You’ve come to Dan’s Depot because you are interested in survival. And beginning now, you can find my blog right here covering money, wealth, the economy and financial survival.
I write about gold and silver. And that covers a lot of ground. I believe that owning some amount of physical gold and silver, kept outside the banking system and away from Wall Street, is important to you right now, and is going to be even more important to you down the road. If you own gold and silver, or if you are thinking of converting some of your paper money to gold or silver, there are many things you should know that were not taught in your schools, that are not commonly discussed between you and most of your friends, and that are not truthfully portrayed by the main media or by your government. My work is dedicated to helping you make decisions that are right for you.
Learning effective financial survival in a rapidly changing economic climate is going to mean, in part, learning new ways of thinking about wealth, global economic forces and even the simple meaning of money. It’s going to mean knowing how to effectively compare government propaganda and Wall Street Speak to your own God-given common sense. It’s going to mean some understanding of where our nation has been, where it’s going and why. I hope you’ll join in those discussions in the weeks and months ahead.
But most importantly, financial survival in a world going mad will require of you something you may not have considered. It’s going to mean taking a new look at yourself, your own habits, your own nature, your own values, and then recognizing your strengths and your weaknesses while deciding for yourself just what is important and just which way to go.
There may be some surprises. For instance, if you own gold and silver, and if you have it in your possession, then you’ll be interested to learn that the number one danger to that aspect of your financial survival is YOU. That’s because you are a potential target, and the best defense you’ll ever have is to keep your mouth shut about what you have.
February 18, 2012. Around 10 p.m, a man knocks on the door of a home in Gonzales, Louisiana. The homeowner recognizes the visitor and lets him in. Five others rush in behind the visitor, overpowering the man and his wife. A son-in-law also at the home rushes to the aid of the elderly couple. When it’s all over, the man and his son-in-law are dead with their throats cut, and a metal safe reportedly containing more than a hundred thousand dollars in gold, silver and rare coins is missing. The wife dies several days later in a hospital. During the investigation, police keep hearing the same story from many who knew the well-liked, well-respected family. The homeowner who let that visitor into his home that night loved to talk about his safe filled with gold to just about anyone.
December 1, 2011. Richmond, Texas. About 7 p.m. a man, wife and daughter return home from dinner at a nearby restaurant. Two men wait outside, watching. As the family enters their home, the two men break in waving pistols. They are looking for gold and cash. The criminals don’t just hit and run. They ransack the home for 2 1/2 hours, finally getting what they want from the father after sticking a pistol in his daughter’s mouth. The homeowner is a precious metals dealer. Everybody in town knows that. That alone makes him an easy target at work. But somehow, someone also knows he keeps a half million dollars in gold and cash at home. The armed criminals get away with the gold and cash, driving away in the homeowner’s SUV.
In the Louisiana case, six suspects were arrested within a few weeks and charged with triple murder. Police found the safe in the woods, with a single silver coin left inside. In the Texas case, there have been no arrests, no suspects and the trail is cold. There are dozens and dozens of such stories.
Professional coin dealers, bullion buyers, diamond merchants and pawn shop owners have been living with threats of robbery and murder for as long as they’ve been in business. I’ve met several who have been robbed. But stories of savage home invasions by criminals looking for large collections of gold and silver, as in the Louisiana and Texas cases, used to come along only occasionally. Now, those crimes are piling up in number and frequency since the interest in gold and silver pushed values up in recent years, right alongside the ever increasing number of stories you hear of copper wire thieves. There has been one common element in all of these many crimes targeting homes: what should have been private information about fortunes kept at home was out there on the streets. Someone knew about the house with the gold who had no business knowing.
If you now own gold and silver and keep it safely tucked away nearby, or if you plan to become a goldbug, then now is the time to take a hard look at your own human nature. Ask yourself some tough questions: Do you like to brag? Can you keep a secret? Do you see any way that showing off a few ounces of silver can easily become a rumor of a very valuable stash? Who already knows about your personal business – close, trusted friends and relatives, or many of your neighbors and everyone they talk to? Or the people your young children might innocently talk to? Have you taken any practical measures to safeguard your home and yourself, or do you generally believe bad things won’t happen to you? How readily do you accept personal responsibility? A hard look at your own honest answers to these questions I pose, and other questions you can come up with on your own, will go a long way in preventing the kinds of criminal horrors that victims in Louisiana, Texas and all across the nation have faced. The right answers could save your life.
There’s lots more about financial survival to talk about. Until next time.