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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
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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