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Ben Believes Gold Only Has Value Due To Tradition

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This happened earler:

From Brian Rogers of Fator Securities

ron paul just asked the bernank if he thought gold was money.  The bernank almost swallows his tongue, stares blankly for a few seconds and then says, “no.”

paul then asks why banks hold gold on their balance sheet?  why not diamonds?  the bernank says, “tradition, I suppose.”  so let me get this straight, banks hold billions of dollars of an asset that pays no interest or dividends on their balance sheet for reasons of "tradition".  nothing to do with anything else, just tradition.  uh, yea.  that must be it.

classic!  the bernank just revealed his fundamental adherence to fiat money and his massive misunderstanding of real money and economics.  BUY MORE GOLD AND SILVER immediately if not sooner!!!

We wonder what his answer would be as to why the dollar still has any value left: vampire blood?

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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1452387 RockyRacoon
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Nobody's eating your peas.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:10 | 1452274 Dick Darlington
Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1452390 RockyRacoon
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Did you pea them?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:11 | 1452275 Franken_Stein
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And ruby is aluminium oxide Al2O3, also called corundium with some chromium Cr and iron Fe with proper ratio to one another in it for the red color.

All corundium that is not red is called Sapphire.


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 21:09 | 1454498 WoodMizer
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Diamond was but coal

Between Bernak's cheeks

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1452285 mt paul
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is not money...


to the man who has none...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1452294 StychoKiller
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Gold may not be the current medium of exchange, but it IS A STORE OF VALUE...$1585.5/Toz right now!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:14 | 1452298 ThirdCoastSurfer
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Probably the greatest reason to live in America is (was?) that the possibility of upward mobility exists for all. Ben is a classic example. From humble beginnings he rose to become the defacto leader of the world. 

He is now also classic example of abandoning his roots. Charged with the mandate of employment, three years has only primarily benefited those with an equity sake in banks or the markets.  This is analogous to the creation of a caste system where creative destruction is abolished and influence becomes the primary arbitrar of mobility.  

He is the leader, he is the one who should be in control. He should be holding the whip and offering the carrot but instead he seems to be the one who demures to all threats and who places himself in a subservient position to all comers. 

Corporations are flush with record earnings/profits/cash,  but does he threaten that QE3 will only be implemented if he sees that demonstrable attempts by these corporations to hire have failed (or some other such offensive rather than defensive action)? No.  

If you don't want to pay taxes and you don't want the economy to fail then I suggest that you use the profits of a single or several quarters to hire someone to do something or QE3 will not arrive until the S&P returns to 666.  



Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:08 | 1452586 magis00
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traditiooooooon!!!  tradition!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:16 | 1452306 Crispy
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Dont know about you chaps, but I felt a ripple in the force when he said that...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:40 | 1452444 equity_momo
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Yes, it was as if a million souls cried out in unison "WTF?!" ....and then proceeded to laugh their asses off whilst checking out what was available for immediate delivery at Ampex.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:18 | 1452318 Silverhog
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Maybe he should have asked if a Tree is money.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:19 | 1452326 Atomizer
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I'll going over to Market Ticker and read Karl Dingleberries response to Gold statement. 

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1452358 sasebo
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I'm headed to Naked Capitalism.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:22 | 1452346 sasebo
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The Bernank is just another two bit pseudo-intellectual. What else is new?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1452352 ZeroPoint
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If that's true Ben, the IRS should stop taxing gold profits at 28%.

Fuck the Fed and fuck the IRS.


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:23 | 1452353 FreeNewEnergy
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Now, now, let's not be so hard on the Chairsatan. After all he's right, and there's precedence.

Gold is not money.

Does are not deer.

Water is not fluid.

Geese are not birds.

Lizards are not reptiles.

Humans are not mammals. (Kudos to Herbert Spencer)

Rubies are not gemstones.

The Yankees are not a baseball team.

Meat is not food.

The sun is not a star.

Uranus is not a planet.

The Bernank is not a bankster.

See, it all makes perfect sense.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:56 | 1452538 djcando
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Uranus can be more than just a planet!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1452357 alangreedspank
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It's called "the market" asshat.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:25 | 1452365 Goatboy
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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:25 | 1452368 agNau
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YO Bennie! "Tradition" also perfectly states that FIAT IS TRASH! My GOLD record runs much longer than your fiat record. na,na,nana! Stupid!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1452374 alangreedspank
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Even Greenspan was better articulated than this moron. I think even Greenspan would have answered yes.


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 19:14 | 1454059 Sunshine n Lollipops
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Channelling Alan Greenspan:

"Well, in some cases, but not all, and I would have to say moreso prior to the 20th century, gold had a more or less well accepted role as an exchange mechanism, notwithstanding the increasing presence of government-issued currency at the time, so therefore, defining it as money would be correct in a broad sense, although today that definition would have to be approached with an eye to international acceptance of paper money as a more functional medium, I believe, having a utility that gold, in and of itself, does not, even though in many parts of the world it does carry that distinction and can be used transactionally in its elemental form, whereas the predominant mindset, not just here in the West, but in many parts of the Eastern world and developing markets, is that paper money, and in particular the US dollar, is preferable, simply due to its convenience and of course a universal faith in its backing by the full faith and credit of the United States, not to mention the fact that I flooded the entire planet with it."

RP: "Huh?"

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:27 | 1452375 foxman
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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:29 | 1452391 wandstrasse
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you are speechless, I understand that, I am speechless, too.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:28 | 1452386 Smartie37
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The muthaf'n jig is muthaf'n UP !!!  Sorry, BEN !!!!


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1452401 pstpetrov
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He can't say Yes to the question "Do you think that gold is money?". He looked up and to the right before answering which means he is accessing the center of imagination in his brain - which means that he lies.

His job is to calm the markets. He can't reply yes. :)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:31 | 1452403 wandstrasse
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when gold is tradition, what is silver? Nostalgia?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:32 | 1452405 Hugh_Jorgan
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Ron Paul should be made Fed Chairman, I would love to see how he would go about dismantling it given carte blanche.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1452408 dexter_morgan
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what a fuckwad

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:33 | 1452409 LRC Fan
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Wow some douche just ended his time with "I think Mr Bernanke broke Dr Paul's heart when he said gold isn't money."  Wtf?  If Paul owns gold, which he certainly does, how can his heart be broken?  He's probably made multiple killings on his gold holdings.  Why would he give a fuck what Bernanke says?  He knows he's right and just trying to shed light on it for others to see. 

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:47 | 1452483 Temporalist
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Ron Paul has mentioned on CNBC, FOX and such that he's been buying gold since $35/oz.  He had foresight then and he predicted the economic collapse as well.  He's got more gold than Ft. Knox that's why they hate him.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:42 | 1452954 malalingua
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this is why we need to get this man into the whitehouse. 

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:34 | 1452412 El Oregonian
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why do Police hold Bullets?


I don't know, Tradition?


Round up your Precious Metals 'cause they're value just skyrocketed. i like tradition...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:36 | 1452428 kumquatsunite
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Gold is a fool's trade. I put a piece of gold in a pan and tried to cook it...didn't work. I put a piece of gold on my tongue and tried to eat it; it didn't work. I put a piece of gold in the refrigerator to see if that would assauge my hunger; it didn't work. I put a piece of gold in the ground to see if it would grow; it didn't work. Folks we be in a new era; gold be worth something but not much. Certainly since there have been thirty years with no interest, "Somebody" has some tucked away "Somewhere". When the price gets high enough they'll cash it out and you'll be stuck like you were with WaMu. Good luck with that gold bugs; as in gold bugs get buggered!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:41 | 1452452 El Oregonian
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oh i don't know... gold has been providing nice food for thousands of years. nice try though...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:49 | 1452492 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Try using gold (a large jagged nugget preferably) as a suppository and see if that works.


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1452511 El Oregonian
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Are you really that much of a dumbass? Must be tradition, I guess...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:50 | 1452493 bbq on whitehou...
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Have you tried to pound it into a great sheet and use it to protect you from gamma rays, or other dangerous radiation?

It will.

Have you tried to use it to reflect light or other radiation?

It will also do that. It can be used as a shield where no other will do.

It can also be used in environments for wiring where no other will do.

Maybe its you who require the talents of bread or seed rather then metal. Not all things can serve all purposes.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1452517 Goatboy
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Exactly. Its nice to see reasonable people still hang around. Buying bean cans can secure us not to be hungry for 2 or 5 years. Buying gold on the other hand, I fail to see how it secures anything knowing that future supply is unknown to us as well as regulation concerning it. In worst case scenario, gold might prove some value but guns and food will dominate.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:11 | 1453091 ian807
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Paper dollars and fiat money is a fool's game. I put paper dollars in a pan and tried to cook them...didn't work. I put paper dollars on my tongue and tried to eat them; it didn't work. I put a roll of paper dollars in the refrigerator to see if that would assauge my hunger; it didn't work. I put a roll of paper dollars in the ground to see if it would grow; it didn't work. Folks we be in a new era; paper dollars be worth less and less. Certainly so after thirty years with negative interest through inflation. When the paper currency gets dicey enough and the price of gold skyrockets, they'll try and turn paper  into gold and they'll be stuck like we were with WaMu. Good luck with that paper dollar bugs; as in paper dollars bugs get buggered!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:44 | 1452460 plocequ1
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I missed the testimony. Did he mention anything about NFLX ramping over $300?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:43 | 1452463 swissinv
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haha hilarious - "poor" Bernanke looks so stupid but he got no other choice to do so...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:45 | 1452470 Jesse
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That's not what he said, at all.

What Bernanke was responding to was a question about gold as MONEY.  And he said it is not.  And he is right in his definition of 'money' as 'legal currency.'

He said gold was an 'asset class.'  He did not denigrate it one bit.

As a followup Paul asked him why the central banks hold gold then and not some other asset like diamonds, and he said it was probably tradition.

I mean come on.  He said a lot of wrongheaded things but this was hardly notable and in strict terms not even wrong.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 17:57 | 1453833 goldfish1
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Money: something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 21:09 | 1454497 smore
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Right.  Unfortunately, for some people, gold is not primarily an asset class, or money, but a religion. 

You can tell those people by the uncouth animal noises they make when you question their central dogma.  They give gold a bad name.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1452508 web bot
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I didn't know the Chairsatan is an epileptic (tongue swallow).

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1452510 bbq on whitehou...
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The question was not about currency it was about money.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:52 | 1452513 djcando
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Given the quagmire of phony data and the revelation of just who the "Wizard of Oz" is that is running things, you have nobody to blame but yourself if you are not prepared for the day of reckoning that will inevitably come.


Bitch as much as you want, but if you don't take the necessary actions, you're doomed!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:00 | 1452544 HungrySeagull
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So now we moved from tics to quivering lips to long pauses.

What will it take to induce a mental failure to function (Catonic) or a seizure?

Suppose if Ben said Yes Gold is money?


Aww fuggit. I am so happy at the way things are finally going in the metals dept. Thank you Bennie "MWAH!"

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 12:59 | 1452547 medicalstudent
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holy mother of christ.


thank you for posting this.


finally, he kept his questions short and direct.


bernanke actin a fool.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:05 | 1452572 equity_momo
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Bob Pisani trying to deflect the L0LZ aimed at Ben - he never fails to surpise me in just how big a fucking moron he is.  Good job Bob  , you clearly have a handle on what Gold is or isnt. Fuck up.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:06 | 1452580 Scipionz
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This guy live on another planet/reality....

Maby he is an alien... (They Live)


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:14 | 1452604 Jeremy Roenick
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After watching that video, and seeing RP wrily smile after his question...


I now have an even bigger man-crush on RP!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:15 | 1452609 plata pura
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the jekyll isle cartel spokesman made nary a fib concerning gold; however he would have vex'd reason if he said the same of the precious. gold be inferior to the precious in utility, scarcity and forward looking growth; always remembering that growth = energy consumption. in conclusion when thee hear growth, always; immediately equate that to consuming energy..... a gsr of 41 be intolerable.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:24 | 1452640 Ganja Jane
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Spoken as a US citizen, natural born: We're living in a den of thieves.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:24 | 1452641 BayAreaAlan
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What is the "India Put?"

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:28 | 1452657 Madcow
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Increasingly, Fed comments sound like they're being informed by counsel.

After the collapse - and once this is in the courts, it is essential that the bankers must maintain unwavering commitment to their fiat money theory.  if the lawyers can prove that they all knew it was a hoax the whole time, then there will be clear grounds for criminal prosecution - with High Treason right up there at the top of that list. 

They are now in the process of laying down their own individual legal defenses -

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:51 | 1452746 notadouche
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"After the collapse-and once this is in the courts..." What makes you assume there will be any courts after the aformentioned collapse?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:56 | 1453024 LFMayor
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I'm planning on starting some local chapters after the collapse.  The child sex offenders are first on the list.  Got addresses, pictures and what they were charged with all printed out.

Once we work through that backlog, we'll see what comes next.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:29 | 1452666 firstdivision
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Lolerz at today's 'too the moon' shot on oil.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:36 | 1452696 Lazane
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Lets face it, it is far easier to conceal you dastardly immoral monetary activities fumbling around with nothing but stacks of paper than it would be to fumble around with that constant musical jingle jangle ringing of real money. 

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:43 | 1452724 boeing747
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Gold hits all time high right after Ben said 'Gold is not money'. So paper fiat is money, but how much it worths, 1/10 cent to print? I think gold is ultimate money and safest money that is why every central bank stocks it, otherwise they will stock wheat, corn and bean.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:47 | 1452736 NOPOMO
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Ben will not be happy until he has destroyed the USD. have to be the biggest moron on the face of this planet.  Even the Russians think you are out of control. 

All countries should avoid USD like the plague.  Ben could not even wait a few months...he is like  a trading junkie on steroids.

Vote all the mtf out of office.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:52 | 1452752 barkingbill
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he's actually right though. tradition has certainly something to do with it. unless you believe gold was created by god as the perfect money or some kind of thing like that...of course tradition is part of it. at one time the prehistoric people found this shiny stuff and they liked it...give the guy some credit...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:58 | 1452759 Zero Govt
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Good to see Ron Paul has vastly improved from barrating Bernanke with a hair dryer and getting no answers and moved onto quick-fire pointed questions putting Bernanke on the spot and requiring him to explain himself... much more effective Ronny

Secondly Bernanks answers were dithery and dodgy and laughable in places... central banks hold Gold out of "tradition" ...what planet is this crone from, Uranus??

Finally worth mentioning the hostility in the air between Paul and Bernank... a bit of competition amongst the toady crones of DC at last ...Pauls hostility is very welcome and as time will show, fully justified (Bernanke is going down in the history books as a useless crone who was an idiot and a complete failure.. is there any other in politics)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:56 | 1452770 Cole Younger
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Tradition? If we are holding on to tradition then money should bee backed by a commodity. That was the tradition wasn't it? 

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:57 | 1452773 Margin Call
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If I was a central bank, I'd rather have oil, water and mineral resources on my balance sheet.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:01 | 1452787 Caveman93
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Pathetic and Horribly Delusional....PhD

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:05 | 1452804 FranSix
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You mean, the gold price largely due to the traditional price fixing in the market which would not be allowed in any commodities market and would otherwise be considered fraud?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:13 | 1452842 Kyle Reese
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It makes me sick that Bernank spews the same shit every time they interview him.  Isn't it time to try something new?  Same shit over and over again... let make it easier to lend.  Umm why would any business take any loans in this fucking mess?  If you cant make money at the rates we have now, your business plan wont survive.  Something is out of whack.  Ron Paul said in that same Bernank skewering that each American could have got 17k for the cost of the bailouts.  SO if we are a roughly 70% consumer economy why give the money to bailout failed business and banks?  Some people might think Bernanke is intelligent but I think he has text book thick blinders on his head.  He doesn't know enough about anything else to offer any options...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:22 | 1452881 Stuck on Zero
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Ben is right.  Why do we trust gold?  Tradition.  Why do we trust in the dollar?  Because we'll be arrested and imprisoned if we don't.  Is that better than tradition?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:37 | 1452940 arkel
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One of the greatest vidoes I've seen. Instant classic. Will be used in documentaries after everything collapses.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:39 | 1452944 Platinum_Investor
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Just buy Gold and Silver.  Protect yourself and also make a return as

Gold hits $2000 and Silver hits $80

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:40 | 1452946 Chuck Walla
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If gold is money, the Bernank knows the jig is up. Ergo, Cover eyes and chant whoa, whoa, whoa, I can't hear you!, Whoa, whoa,,, you get the idea.  Now, everyone, on Benny's cue, "Whoa, Whoa,...

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 14:45 | 1452968 Mortimer
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CNBC "if you think gold is money, text 1 for yes and 2 for no" haha

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:01 | 1453041 WilliamShatner
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Is gold money?


In his brain: Yes, but you'll say "no" if know what's good for you.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:04 | 1453055 WilliamShatner
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Is gold money?


In his brain: Yes, but you'll say "no" if know what's good for you.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:04 | 1453056 Zero Govt
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the lines are drawn.. Benny thinks Gold is not money, despite a few thousand years of history it is, so we must assume his historical reference doesn't go deeper than 1939 ... presumably too he hasn't heard US States and the Swiss Right Party are looking into Gold backed currency (bad at history and current affairs, Jeez!)... so when his Benny Bucks implode and Gold is money again Benny is pretty much all out of ammo' and painted into a corner... ready for the pointy 'D' hat Mr Bernank?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:12 | 1453093 XRAYD
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The Fiddler at the FED:


Tradition, tradition! Tradition!

Tradition, tradition! Tradition!

Who, day and night, must scramble for a living,

Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers?

And who has the right, as master of the house,

To have the final word at home?


Who must know the way to make a proper home,

A quiet home, a kosher home?

Who must raise the family and run the home,

So Papa's free to read the holy books?

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:15 | 1453109 Papasmurf
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"do you think gold is money"  pregnant silence for nearly ten seconds.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:21 | 1453136 Lazane
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gold and silver is the money of the ancients, the important fact about the wise old ancients that most ignore is they already knew what fiat money was long before the modern day schlub on the street today. if you don't know the history of the ancients and their money you are doomed to repeat the same mistakes, and the only one that I can think of that may have created gold and silver is the creator, I guess then gold and silver really belongs to the creator.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 21:15 | 1454517 smore
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I guess it really comes down to what the word "is" is.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:28 | 1453174 Fukushima Sam
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By "tradition" he meant "history", as in something he is doomed to repeat because he did not learn lessons from it.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 15:45 | 1453241 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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I was watching it live in the depths of the New Zealand night...hilarious. But also worrying. There was frighteningly little intellectual horsepower on display in that dog and pony show. US politicians are WAY dumber than ours...unbelievable

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 16:05 | 1453325 Fiat2Zero
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Ben is clearly lying.  He knows that Gold is Money.  Remember his statement from the previous congressional hearing "I don't think people want to own Gold."


He knows it's money.  He does not want you to know it's money (for as long as possible).


The jig is up.  We're to the next stage of the crisis.  The gloves are off for round 2 of the "race to the bottom."  The panic buying will commence in 5...4...3...2...1

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 16:25 | 1453416 AldousHuxley
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Tradition that has lasted entire civilized human history must have done so because there is a reason...reason being throughout history banksters and money changers eventually get too greedy and violate the trust of monetary fiat.


Why is your wedding ring made of gold? store of value

Why do billions of Indians wear gold jewelry? store of value

Why are bhuddas, churches, torahs all made in gold? store of value


Why is gold a good store of value? you can't just print it


Gold is highly inefficient monetary exchange, but compared to what central banksters are doing, people are choosing gold over fiat.


Wed, 07/13/2011 - 16:41 | 1453492 icm63
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Gold must be traded inline with its cycle..




Wed, 07/13/2011 - 17:06 | 1453615 vixen
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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 17:51 | 1453800 UP4Liberty
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Ben Bernanke is going to find out very soon that indeed, "GOLD IS MONEY".

Go Ron Paul!

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 17:54 | 1453818 NidStyles
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he say's that because he can 't print gold. He also has an obligation due to his position to keep up the front.

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 18:57 | 1454020 Fiat2Zero
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Gold was the 9th highest Yahoo! search term today (just above Rodney King). Older people (boomers?) tend to use Yahoo! search.

Just another clue that Gold is starting to enter the mainstream consciousness.

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 05:31 | 1455266 suckerfishzilla
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Bernanke is lying to the idiots.  You can't babysit other people's money.

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 07:50 | 1455411 tradewithdave
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Fiddler On The Hoof

Dave Harrison

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 07:56 | 1455418 tradewithdave
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Will Warren Buffet really consider a remix of "Tradition" and "If I were a Rich man" to be performed by Jay Z.


Dave Harrison

Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:24 | 1456423 Canuckistan Al
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I think the classic "Peter Principle" applies to the Bernank:

The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Eventually they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their "level of incompetence").........

"in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties" and adds that "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence".

Explains a few things clearly: 1) why nothing gets done in Washington (they have all graduated to full incompetence. 2) How the "Teleprompter" made it to the Oval Office. 3) Why the Big O, can't get anything meaningful done in there also.

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