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Gold and the Economy

This is not a post about the value of gold relative to the economy or about how well or poor it's doing on Wall Street.  When it comes to investments, stock markets and all matters financial, I am a dimwit.  No, this is about a recent and increasingly annoying pattern of deception. It's about gold digging.  The seduction by one for the riches of another. 

These gold diggers seek the treasure of the hapless and unwary, panning the deep, dark waters of fear and doubt.  And like the old prospector who can sense, by the scent of the gold-sweetened wind, the hidden bounty deep within yonder hill, so too can this species of gold digger sense hidden gold, but not in yonder hill;  it senses its bounty buried deep in the pockets of the victims of our plummeting economy.

Dressed in money-green suit and adorned with wide, pearly smile and glistening, gold baubles, it invades our televisions and websites, our email and our postal mail.  You can find it in spam and crouched among envelopes.  It vies for our attention, luring us with bright flashing messages that pop and scurry and litter the screens of our laptop computers and HD TVs.

It's top dollar they claim for your gold and old jewelry. They gamble on the condition of markets and declining stock trades, and bank on your angst and uncertainty.  They sense your worry and kindle your fear.  They capture your mind when you're at your most vulnerable, and they convince you to part with your precious few pieces.  Top dollar you hope?  Don't you believe a word of it.  It's no one's top dollar but these diggers of gold; these prospectors of pain; these predators of the weak and the desperate.

So do us both a favor.  Keep your old gold, bank your earned money and stop these damned leaches from annoying us further.

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