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Gold and silver fought off the best efforts today of profit-takers who looked to cash in on yesterday's sharp rise in prices. The metals are about even or dealing with a small loss with an hour to go in afternoon trading. 

"Come on people, smile on your brother..." 

         The Youngbloods, "Get Together"

 

"Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone..." 

          John Mellancamp, "Jack And Diane"

 

As the U.S. government throttled toward a shutdown, money invested in all instruments stampeded toward the sidelines around the globe. 

The casual observer might think that the people running Washington would be better suited to be actors in a soap opera. The worms keep turning the same ground over and over.