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Features of the week

Note: Apologies to readers for the late appearance of this week's Features post. I had started working on this one earlier Friday morning, but had to hold off publishing until now in order to finish other posts and tasks.

Please enjoy our, "Features of the week".

1. Georgia forced to accept a Russian occupation.

See also: "Russia's concept for dominating Europe", and "Georgia crisis comes in middle of new great game".

2. Gold, oil slump, leading commodities drop as dollar rallies.

3. Commodity correction: coming into an important bottom?

4. Mohammed El-Erian says the credit crisis is morphing into something much bigger (Bloomberg audio interview).

5. John Authers on signs the credit squeeze will get much more painful over the next year.

6. Rising profits in FASB wonderland...or "Wimpy's rule".

7. Hunter, Touradji hedge funds gain as commodities sink.

8. Banks and Brokers: exposure to Level 3 assets (charts).

9. Suburbia comes to China (Fortune magazine).

10. Crybaby capitalists whine for more (bailouts, that is).

11. Peak caviar and oil/resource depletion models.

12. The Intellectuals and Socialism - Friedrich A. Hayek.

13. Jeffrey Tucker on the role of gold and silver money in, "Truth in the Coin Shop".

14. Seed saving and the Heirloom vegetable garden.

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