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You’ve probably heard about Goldline, the precious-metals purveyor that buys advertising on the shows of a number of conservative commentators, most famously Glenn Beck.
Beck, of course, is a big promoter of gold, saying just this week, “In the ’80s, Congress realized that if we have problems, people take money out of bonds and put it into gold, silver and precious metals. When you do that, you are in control of your wealth.”
Congressman Anthony Weiner is calling for an investigation into Goldline, “a company Weiner claims employs conservative broadcast talkers to scare viewers into investing in gold -– at grossly inflated prices.”
Federal campaign disclosure records show that Daniel Cotter of Goldline has made five $250 donations to Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Peter Schiff. Not a lot of money, but Cotter presumably made the contributions with gold coins he keeps in a box buried in the back yard.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Chance that an American believes Ramadan is the Jewish day of atonement:
Mathematicians discovered the existence of a pseudoprime that is the sum of 10,333,229,505 known primes and contains roughly 295 billion digits but cannot be represented precisely because the mathematician who found it lacks sufficient RAM.
On the eve of Independence Day in Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered a speech in Belarusian instead of Russian for the first time in 20 years, disproving rumors that he can no longer speak the language.
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