Comment: buying and selling

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buying and selling

Since I'm not thinking about selling at the moment, I'll make two side comments:

1. I'm buying and waiting for Nystrom's specific prediction of 10frn per ounce to come true. At that point, I'm "backing up the truck." Won't it be great if physical silver is 10frn per ounce? Then we can all open banks in our garages and send Mitt Romney and his banker buddies to a mental institution.

2. On another topic, I read the following passage recently and I wondered about an analysis of it in regard to the stability of silver's purchasing power:

Between 400 and 500 BC Sun Tzu wrote this:

In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hunderd thousand mail-clad soldiers, with provisions enough to carry them a thousand li, the expenditure at home and at the front, including entertainment of guests, small items such as glue and paint, and sums spent on chariots and armor, will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day. Such is the cost of raising an army of 100,000 men.

How many men in the U.S. military are in the field? How much does it cost to maintain them each day? I'm thinking the expenses are much greater...or else silver has depreciated. I figure it must cost at least 20 frn per day (fuel, food, and maintenance), and that's not even counting salary. That would make 100,000 ounces for 100,000 men. And Sun Tzu claimed he could field the same number for 1,000 ounces. Analysis?