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Got Gold? Head Of IMF Policy-Steering Committee Says Fund Needs $320 Billion To Be "Properly Resourced"

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Those observing the emperor's lack of clothing are multiplying. Earlier today, someone opened their mouth, and remarked on the blatantly obvious. Next thing you know Hungarian CDS was 30% wider, Romanian bond auctions were failing, the euro was tumbling, the PPT was scrambling, US markets closed green with nobody trading, etc. Yet the "letting the genie out of the bottle" award of the day has to go to the head of IMF's policy-steering committee, Youssef Boutros-Ghali who said that the IMF is essentially insolvent in its current form of being the go to backstop for a European bailout. "If we are going to start including funds made available to
Europe, then the IMF is not properly resourced," Youssef
Boutros-Ghali told Reuters, adding that IMF members were
talking of doubling the amount of SDRs
. The means the IMF is $318 billion short of solvency. And what is the IMF long? Why gold...3,005 tonnes worth.

The IMF has to have more resources after the support for Greece and needs to "very significantly" increase the amount of special drawing rights, the head of the Fund's policy-steering committee said on Friday.

What does this mean in English? The IMF currently has 204 billion in allocated SDR to member countries (or $318 billion). Boutros-Ghali has basically said that in order to preserve its front-man status as a world bailout force (just because the Fed knows that the political whiplash of it being the bailout provider of last resort would mean the end of it, thus needing a strawman such as the IMF), the IMF will need to raise another $318 billion. Where will the IMF get that money? Here's an idea: the IMF holds 3,005 tons of Gold. At today's fixing, this equates to just over $116 billion (and much more should the price of gold mysteriously skyrocket). Of course, any fiction that the SDR is backed by gold will then disappear, but it's not as if anyone even remotely pretends that any fiat currency (and the SDR is no exception) has any value left whatsoever. And since the US will end up having to fund the bulk of the SDR allocation, at least US taxpayers would be on the hook for a far more manageable $200 billion that the IMF needs in order to fully bail out Greece and everyone else in Europe.


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Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:17 | 393615 WilliamShatner
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Anyway, this could be the thing that'll be used to drive the gold price down.

A big "ooga booga" to scare everyone into stearing away from gold because they'll envision this massive quantity of gold "flooding the market".

Might get a chance to add to my stack soon.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:23 | 393642 Hephasteus
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Just keep 1176 support in mind. It's a line not easily crossed.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:25 | 393647 tmosley
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Let's hope so.  I hope they hold out until the middle of July, as I am coming into some FRNs at that time, and I've been wanting to add a big stack of Roosevelt dimes and some fractional gold to my collection.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:36 | 393673 ratava
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farcional gold? 

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:57 | 393717 DoChenRollingBearing
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How about that.  I get some money in July too, some of which will go to yummy purchases of Au, Pt, and Ag.

As I was zigging and zagging over there at the Peace Flotilla War Zone earlier, I think I saw you around.  Whew!  My first post got junked off (20x) in a bit over an hour.  So I now am in a comfortable gold thread where I don't have to bring my AK-47...

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 08:25 | 394205 Ted K
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Sir, you are mistaken, Marla Singer reported earlier those were waterguns with red ink ammo.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:42 | 393686 Assetman
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My understanding was that the IMF have been pretty active sellers of gold reserves over the last 6 months or so anyway.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:28 | 394094 SWRichmond
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It will be interesting to see if officialdom's trend of trying using gold to try to recapitalize the system continues.  That is what they are doing, after all, isn't it?  As much as they badmouth it, they are using it as capital.  Is the IMF in this case a proxy of sorts for the central banks, so that the CBs can claim they never sold any barbarous relic, never relied on it, never did anything useful with it...?  Someone pointed out that the IMF doesn't really own anything but rather gets its money and gold from member countries.  The IMF merely provides a level of obfuscation; governments are the actors, and international banksters through them in turn.  See what I mean?

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:55 | 393711 Hansel
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By driving the price down they only hurt themselves.  They would have to sell all of their gold at about triple today's price to break even on their fundraising goal.  I'm thinking they sell hardly any of it, and the BIS "sells" SDRs to the central banks, which the central banks always value at par.  The BIS gets cash, the central banks get SDRs (which are better than gold in ponzinomics), and the IMF can hand out lots new fiat.  Or something like that.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:57 | 393715 Turd Ferguson
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criminals will use the "fear" of IMF gold sale as excuse to suppress price and buy more time


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:24 | 393831 Spitzer
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You have a short memory. Look at what happened when they did that last time. India stepped up and gold went to 1227

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:36 | 393850 Mission Stupid
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+ Star Trek.  Love the avatar.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 03:53 | 393987 akak
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But does the IMF really hold any gold of its own, or is it all doubly-counted bookkeeping entries that are simultaneously held on the books of its member nations?  I have NEVER read any reference to where the IMF holds its supposedly unencumbered gold, nor have ever read of any physical transfers that ever took place following any announced IMF sale.  Is the very concept of separate IMF gold a complete farce?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:04 | 394074 LeBalance
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thank you

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:18 | 394085 TooBearish
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More like electronic version of gold, the IMF is not a sovereign but a Bernie Madoff clone, where SDRs are swapped for the "gold," at light speed.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:46 | 394118 cbaba
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Nope, just opposite, it will push the Gold price up.

Remember first time we heard about this IMF gold was from Soros, he was telling that IMF should sell their gold to raise money for poor countries and spend it to fight poverty.

His point was this gold should be exposed so that it cannot be used behind the doors operations from FED,BE,LMBA,JPM,MS,GS etc. who actively manipulate the gold price all the time.

They already lend, used this gold many times , it may  exist 3000 tons in IMF accounts but they are stored in Vaults in Big dealers and has already been sold may be 10 times with the leverage..

IF The IMF openly sell this gold many central banks will rush to buy it and Cartel will loose the price control.

That's what Soros was expecting, he hoarded gold and expecting to make a killing when the price hits the roof.


Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:18 | 393619 lance_manion
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 Edit:  *corrected*

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:17 | 393624 boeing747
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Less than 5 days before May 6th crash, I predicted in a comment here that stock market will be 'nuked' after one ZHer posted "China is secretly purchased physical gold in Mid East market' and Dubai installed 1st Gold ATM. Right after May 6th crash, I also posted here that Gold and emerging markets will be 'nuked', since then Gold stopped crazy rising and Shanghai index slipped further much low. This will continue for at least six months, then complete story starts, let's see. Thanks ZH for valuable info.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:40 | 394826 RockyRacoon
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Lots of folks wondering why China doesn't buy up all the loose gold in the world, including the IMF gold "selling".  The reason is that the Chinese do not want the yuan to appreciate. Simple as that.  So, one must ask, why would buying gold make the yuan appreciate?  Because that would imply a gold backing to the currency!  Imagine that.  Simple information like that should give the gold-bashers some pause.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:17 | 393625 Trimmed Hedge
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Buy now or be priced out forever!

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:20 | 393633 Nolsgrad
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gook was funnier

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:23 | 393641 lance_manion
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Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:20 | 393634 jory
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This is the same predicament all Goldbugs will be in .  Forced sellers to raise Cold Hard Cash to pay the bills.  But I thought Gold was money?  


Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:25 | 393645 Nihilarian
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'LMFAO' is right, but not for the reason you think.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 05:50 | 394042 doggings
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indeed, I do a lot of that at these numpties.

swap real money for paper? definitely LMFAO!!!!! I would default long before that, having maxed credit cards to buy more.


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:40 | 394109 Popo
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" I would default long before that, having maxed credit cards to buy more."


Oh oh.  I'm a believer in $5000 gold... but I'm also a believer in the distinct possibility (probability?) that the powers that be will smash the price down (hard) in the near term.  Careful with that leverage there doggings.

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 10:35 | 396818 doggings
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leverage? :) you misunderstand.

i dont intend to max any credit cards out to buy gold,  but if I did, I wouldn't be paying it back? leverage is only leverage if you have any intention of paying it back, otherwise "gift" would be a better word ;)

I was only responding to numpty saying people would be selling Gold to get paper, by saying that trade is only ever going to be in the other direction for me now until Dow Gold is at least 1.5 / 1 if not better.

into Gold, out of paper.  fullstop.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:25 | 393648 Nolsgrad
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that could present and interesting predicament, except that person you pay won't want bills cause they're trash and would prefer gold or silver. good try though.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:36 | 393675 aaronvelasquez
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Did you just find this site and decide to blanket it with your single opinion on all threads?

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:42 | 393687 homersimpson
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Jory go back to your CNBC forums.. you clicked on the wrong website.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:58 | 393719 Turd Ferguson
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You're such a duchebag

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:15 | 393736 BlueDonkey
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when the shtf jory will be long sdr's and if he does get "enlightened" before then he might even be long paper gold

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:41 | 394111 Popo
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What's a duchebag?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 09:33 | 394425 TheDriver
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Here, let me Google that for you.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:53 | 393882 Spitzer
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what if your rich ? gold is to protect money you dont plan on spending

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:11 | 394078 ColonelCooper
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Ding Ding Ding!  I see a short little school bus pulling up in front of your house.  Time to stop visiting with your friends Jory.  Put your helmet on, and run along to school.  Try to keep from licking the windows today sweetheart?  Mr. Jessup says he's not going to let you on the bus anymore if you keep it up.  I guess he's a little put off about the whole "adult" diaper thing.  Here are your crayons and safety scissor.  The teacher asked me not to send anymore paste with you after the last time.... I guess the whole vomiting on little Susie Calwell was uncomfortable for some people.  I meant to ask you, "how did you swallow a whole dog turd"? 

Bye Douche.


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:17 | 394737 hangemhigh
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something like what you scoff at actually happened once before.  prices quoted in paper money were cut in half and prices quoted in PM's were cut in half again.  so, during that time frame, those holding PM's clearly had the hammer. 

fortunately for both the TPTB, and the morts, this situation did not last long. 

unfortunately, this time mostly for the morts, part of the solution sent  % rates to the moon;

if i remember correctly, the fed funds rate hit 14%



Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:27 | 394738 hangemhigh
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Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:27 | 393653 DavosSherman
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fucking morons

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:30 | 393658 Kali
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lol, I love ZH!

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:34 | 393668 fasTTcar
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God, we are going to start printing SDR's now.


Bullion Bitchez!

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:34 | 393669 Cheeky Bastard
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adding that IMF members were talking of doubling the amount of SDRsThe means the IMF is $318 billion short of solvency. And what is the IMF long? Why gold...3,005 worth.


No. more like sub-1k if they do this. They will just fractionalize with 50x multiple x% of the gold they have and dump it to LBMA which will in turn use said non-existing gold to short the market before UE #s and options expiration dates. That should give JPM 10 years worth of "supply" to manipulate the markets. Also, it should dot wonders for SPDRs "gold" holdings.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:43 | 393689 brushfire
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cynicism is a bitch cheeky. while you may be right, it is beginning to feel like we are circling the drain no? keep in mind that andrew maguire has called JPM on the carpet regarding fractionalization and market manipulation. the psychological effects that the affiliated DOJ case has on those playing in the paper gold markets is difficult to quantify, but i think people are on edge. this could collapse at any time. plan accordingly. 

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:54 | 393704 Nihilarian
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The circle jerk will come to an end when physical delivery will be demanded. When that happens, all derivative holders will run for the exits at once. 10 years, 2 years, I don't know when 'savvy' investors will realize they've been getting their salad tossed by madoff-type prospectuses.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:55 | 393707 Cheeky Bastard
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Tell me about it man. Just the other day a couple of us ZHeedgers had a discussion about how there is some dark, ominous feeling in the air. About something big happening in a month or two. While everyone assume that it might be among the sovereigns, or with this BP situation, my eyes are focused on gold. If the gold mechanism fails [the current gold mechanism employed by the LBMA, IMF and various synthetic ETFs] I really do not know what will happen. LEH will look like child's play. Sure my asset holdings will skyrocket and I will be multiple times "wealthier", but on a macro-scale SWHTF. LBMA already has the problem in suppressing the price of gold before OE dates, and on some days it seems as if they might not pull it off, but they usually do; but the action leading up to their desired price is more volatile and unlike anything I have seen before.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:54 | 393788 Hephasteus
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Quit lying cheeky. You're just like me. You don't give a shit about being multiple times wealthier and being validated. You're sick. I'm sick. Neither of us could enjoy it. It's been 20 years since wealth would have done damn thing for me. You're doing it because no how smart and how easy things go for the assholes in charge there's always people here to remind them just how easy it is to roll them.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:14 | 393818 Burnbright
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Eh surpressing the gold price is just a price control mechanic. Not sure what the out come will be when gold and silver runs out but it will be fun to watch the fire works. Go long popcorn imo.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:22 | 393824 nuinut
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IMF have exactly zero, just paper promises from members, who are highly unlikely to cough up any physical at this point in time.

This is just more bullshit propaganda from Uncle Sam, who is really feeling the heat now, judging by the way the MSM/press release anti-gold, pro US patriotism faucet has been opened good and wide this week.

Example: Check it out...

Not only are we circling the drain, but I can hear that sucking noise getting louder too.


As we had all been noticing, the water was getting cold, anyway.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:48 | 393871 Mission Stupid
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You know who will survive this crisis?  Wealthy religions!  If you want a lesson on wealth preservations look to the asset holdings of the Catholic Church.  Land  and Gold bitchez!

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:22 | 393920 faustian bargain
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The Mormons are not too shabby in that department either.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:44 | 393936 nuinut
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Here's a theory, since no one really knows how the IMF works in practice:  


When you join the IMF as a member nation (like joining a country club), you pledge a certain amount of your gold, but you don't ship it to NYC.  You keep it in your own vaults, wherever they may be (which may be NYC).  If the IMF ever disbands, you of course get to keep your gold.  


But if you get in trouble and need the IMF's help, the IMF will bail you out with one of the fiats in the SDR basket (almost always the dollar) but at this point you are no longer a "member", you are a "ward" and the IMF becomes your custodian or your guardian.  The IMF now takes physical possession of your pledged gold (which in some cases is already in NYC, it doesn't even move) and you only get it back if and when you pay back the loan in full, with interest, and abide fully by all austerity measures the IMF recommends.   


The 400 m.t. the IMF is now selling are the sum total of all physical they have taken in from "bad" nations over the past half century.  But like a good $IMFS cheerleader, they are willing to part with that gold on a whim, all at once, even though it took decades to accumulate.  (ref. the Bundesbank speech by Ernst Welteke, BUBA pres 2004; - "The gold reserves have been accumulated from external economic activities over a prolonged period. Hence, it is appropriate to manage this asset in a manner which safeguards its underlying value. Future generations should also be able to derive benefit from this asset.)  


But herein lies the problem with the IMF assisting the ECB in the Greek bailout.  The IMF cannot take Greece's gold because it is now pledged to the euro-Freegold project through the ECB/BIS.    So what do we get? 

We get Boutros-Ghali publicly whining the IMF "is not properly resourced"!!!!!





Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:03 | 394072 taraxias
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Greek gold is still in a vault in Athens. "Pledging" it is one thing, handing it over is another. The Greeks may have be spending over their means, but stupid they are not.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:30 | 393842 Tapeworm
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The IMF gold is a notional construct at best. The IMF has gold by way of pledges from the original members but they do not have ownership as the signatory countries could not give away their respective treasury holdings without due consideration. I will guess that there are some heated conversations going on about this crap of the IMF selling the signatories metal. IOW, I do not believe that there is real metal changing hands unless the signatory central banks are cool with selling their respective country's assets.

 After the legalities that no CB cares to respect, then we need to know the sell to whom.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 03:54 | 393988 AnAnonymous
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IMF gold comes mostly from the business of extraction they had with South Africa. IMF was just the transfer vector of gold outside of South Africa (which also provided the prosperity South Africa boasted about. For the suckers who follow who will have to deal with dwindling gold mining capabilities, the story is going to be a different one)

IMF gold is as real as South African gold could possibly be.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 04:06 | 394000 akak
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That is all a fascinating hypothesis, for which I have never read nor seen any evidence.

Care to back up that rather wild claim with some facts?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 05:57 | 394044 AnAnonymous
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I suppose IMF own admission of this fact is not enough for you so no, I have nothing about that.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:18 | 394087 ColonelCooper
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I guess what he's getting at is,,,,, like you got a link or sumptin?  Maybe the name of the magazine you read about it in? 

Sorry that your just calling it a fact wasn't enough for some of the haters around here.


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 10:24 | 394539 AnAnonymous
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I've just checked. The IMF site has a faq on where they acquired their gold (I suppose they got that question frequently asked enough to write a FAQ on it)

Reads like a very  obvious source to look at when you have never read or seen any evidence of it.

So I stand my ground.   Nothing in the bag that could convince the guy as the IMF own admission is not enough for him.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 05:01 | 394034 doomandbloom
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this is getting spooky...

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:08 | 393727 DoChenRollingBearing
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I feel like we've been circling the drain for months.  I'm so glad I am out of the whole work for zip routine and got into gold.

Only big problem with the Mad Max SHTF scenario is I live in a condo.  But, my gold and guns & ammo will go to my kid if the end draws near...

If it is not Mad Max, I'll be alright.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:21 | 393749 brushfire
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patience is called for. if nothing else, the US Treasury market will force everyone's hand. i fear the timeframe for a collapse in the treasury market is within a decade, which is really quite scary. dont get caught up in the static. short term nothing is certain. long term, we all know how this ends.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:40 | 393768 JLee2027
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Circling the drain, I love it!  

The manipulation is in the final stages.  It blows it's top this year.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:13 | 393724 velobabe
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Mi scusi



L  B  M  A     over it babe.

just did the thursday night bike ride. got to have a back tail light, though.

crazy, all 20 somethings.

the youth in america, honest their is some hope for the .025% of the male population when they are collectively accepting velobabe, guidance.

male after female

that really is all that it is about.

see it, smell it and witness it, i thinkin that is it†

         we are quite lucky, frankly in america and UK.



cheeky your educational in a way, for me.

i am sooooooooo educational for the male american that rides a bike.

h o n e s t.

s p r e a d   t h e   l o v e†

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:14 | 393734 DoChenRollingBearing
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Me thinks La Italiana likes you Cheeky...  Better go hide if you don't want your marriage wrecked!


Velo, I do not know Europe REAL WELL, but it is nice.  I will stay here though.  You know, all those unstable euro-paper-thingys.  Glad you had a safe bike ride at night here in America, bikers are at risk at night here.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:54 | 393780 velobabe
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i got junked two times,

let me take it to you, two times,


               honest i forgot what i was going to say.

now i am thinking it is the picture, not the content, damn†

     kathy needs to fall a sleep.

crazy paris thing going on right now.

first time italiano female, in the french open, against SS

federer out, rafa, you virgin baby.

tiger may not make the cut in O H I O

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:57 | 393790 DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, I did not junk you Velo.  I love your posts, really.

My wife just made me read a book called "Choosing Civility", so I am trying to be nicer, more generous, more decent, etc.

I was only warning Cheeky that he had better run & hide if he wants to keep his marriage intact!

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:20 | 394088 Cheeky Bastard
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Im not married DCRB; twice divorced, but currently not married [and chances are pretty high I will never again be married].

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 09:21 | 394380 velobabe
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yeah r i g h t, that's what they all tell me.

and something else, im sure you know what that one liner is†


like the concept of kanji, though.

that's what i am calling my new photo art


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 03:18 | 393966 Privatus
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velobabe, I need some of what you are on.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:54 | 394061 velobabe
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W O W   i am going for an all time many junks for veloblade.

The Ride Guide
To have fun and to be nice to everyone...
To ring thy bell, To wish everyone well...
To sing, to dance, to make merry,
To not bring more than I can carry...
To leave no trace, to Cruise and not to race...
To ride in control and not be a troll...
To stay to the right and to ride with a light...

And of course to say... "Have a Happy Thursday!"


plus who cares about being  M A R R I E D, it's all in the mind†

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:38 | 393677 beastie
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Jory just to help you connect the dots. Sterling can be swapped for US Dollars and vice versa. However those currencies are not acceptable all over the world.

The difference is I know my goats, ganje and gold can be swapped in any country at any time can you say you the same for Sterling or the USD?

I'll help you out here the answer is no they can't. The major difference is I can pack a lot of gold into a suitcase and fly into any civilised country in the world in almost limitless amounts. Can't say the same for USD or any other currency can you.

So now we are down to just gold as a truly international currency as I am not paying to bring my goats on a plane and I can alway grow more ganje.


I have a feeling a few rolls of quarters is about your speed though.

So my trading advice is stick with the goats and ganje and use the proceeds to acquire some gold.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:53 | 393703 jory
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Is "Beastie" what your boyfriend calls you?  LMFAO!!

Let me connect a few dots for you.  Gold isn't money anywhere in the world.  Understand that?  It isn't used anywhere in the world as a medium of exchange.

I think you've been smoking too much of your Ganje.  


Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:59 | 393721 Turd Ferguson
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Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:19 | 393744 AUD
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"Gold isn't money anywhere in the world". Except the on LBMA dipshit.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:28 | 393752 gerriek
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Wrong. In Zimbabwe gold is frequently used to pay for basic needs. Gold is in big demand. About a month ago 14 gold traders were raided and killed in Iraq in one hit. Even the terrorist does not want to fund their operations in USD anymore.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:03 | 394046 doggings
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Gold isn't money anywhere in the world.  Understand that?  It isn't used anywhere in the world as a medium of exchange.

FFS. really, what planet are you from? nope, not for the last 5000 years it hasnt been money anywhere? ..nor for the next 5000 eh?

seriously, LMFAO at just how clueless you sheeple really are. good luck with your green paper. I prefer the white soft stuff for wiping my arse personally, but each to their own.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:30 | 394096 goldfreak
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Jory is just a troll who will dissapear when the price of gold goes up. THen he will have a new screen name and just spew the same stupidity he's doing now.


He's NAdler

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:39 | 393679 carbonmutant
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The problem with trying to use gold as currency is that they always want to give you the change in paper...

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:49 | 393696 fasTTcar
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That is what silver is for.

And quite possibly copper.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:12 | 393813 nuinut
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Fractional reserve in and of itself is not such a terrible thing. The problem is that it creates a moral hazard. This moral hazard is such that even regulation cannot fix it because ultimately the regulators become morally corrupted by the system.


The shift that is coming in the gold market, from paper to a physical market, is the ultimate conclusion to a fractional reserve system. It is the collapse of the system as confidence is ultimately lost that there is any reserve actually being held in your name.

If we only use fiat currency as a unit for trade, and not for store of value, but instead have a non-fractional wealth reserve riding shotgun, the system will once again become sustainable.

The currency will fluctuate per the actions of the printer, but if he prints too much, more value will flow into the wealth reserve. If the printer is responsible, people will gradually be willing to hold the fiat for longer and longer periods of time. Ultimately, if the printer remains responsible, some people may hold the fiat as a store of value. But then this will tempt the printer to print more and value will flow back into gold.


This is where evolution is taking us. It is not taking us back, it is taking us forward. We are evolving to a place where governments print the money we use for trade, but not for savings. They will have to earn our trust again before we will save in their currency.

FOFOA, from comments regarding "It's the Debt, Stupid"

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:39 | 393852 Double down
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Really nice, thank you

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:36 | 393761 dumpster
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yep but the paper is backed by gold . and to use gold as currency would entail using a note but it is backed by gold... so change is given .. or you can redeem the paper for gold .


and what  is this always .. not in your life time  .. since your were born circa 1989 that makes you a zit head with no experience  

still must have a fever that has twisted your thinking

sometimes the level of smarts and junk minds is dreadful

how do you find your way to work .. you and jorymust be hooked at the hip .. and crawl to work ,, so as not to hurt the morning paper boy

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:12 | 394050 breezer1
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gold got me across a border once. no change back though.

Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:55 | 393708 Honest_Money
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When they can print hundreds of billions of dollars or Euros or SDRs overnight, what are those currencies really worth?  It becomes more amazing to me everyday that I can even still buy gold and silver with my fiat paper.  Fiat is the bubble, not gold.  Gold is still only selling for about 12% of M2 money supply...what a bargain!



Thu, 06/03/2010 - 23:55 | 393710 HedgingInfinite...
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I'm going to bed.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:18 | 393740 Bow Tie
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didn't think the IMF actually had any gold anyway. further gold 'sales' would just be more member states reclaiming ownership of their pledged gold. remember if they ever wanted to sell some on the actual open market, eric sprott is down for a few hundred tons. he'd want delivery though. didn't think so.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:18 | 393742 palmereldritch
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Got Carbon?

For cash-strapped governments, the potential revenue from carbon pricing would seem to provide at least one benefit from climate change. And, indeed, it would enable them to make less use of more distortionary taxes and deal more confidently with the potential revenue challenges arising from trade liberalization and globalization.

(That last line is my favorite....ummmm who was responsible for GATT and globalization after all?...and those cash strapped governments would be paying debt servicing to whom ultimately?...why the IMF!.....)

Damn you Copenfrauden!!!...where is our blood supply?!!!...Looks like it's going to have to be gold-based SDRs in the interim until the slick in the Gulf and the slick in D.C. can convince the planet otherwise.

Oilblama, do your magic!

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:20 | 393747 jory
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$6.2 Trillion worth of Gold floating around in the world doing nothing.  $900 billion in US dollar currency in existence.  Pull out a FRN and drool you Idiot Goldbugs.  That FRN is more rare than Gold by a factor of 7.



Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:49 | 393779 RockyRacoon
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Looks like somebody needs to ride to your rescue.  Where's Master Bates / Johnny Bravo when you need him (them).  The trolling crew must be off tonight.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:01 | 393798 DoChenRollingBearing
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Looks like jory is out of his league.

Rocky, I got all tore up over at the Peace Flotilla War Zone du Jour thread.  They junked me the 20 x in a little over an hour, and I got disappeared.  Real fight club over there, practically could sleep through a gold thread now, LOL.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:51 | 393782 Quinvarius
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You actually think there is only 900 billion in US dollars in existence?  That leaves every citizen in America with about 500 dollars a piece after TARP.  Interesting theory you have there.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:32 | 393930 GoinFawr
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Hey Jory: gold doesn't 'float'. Which is only one of the many reasons why it has been such a reliable store of wealth for all of recorded history. While every (count 'em: not some, not one, but every) fiat currency has eventually failed. 

That bit of education aside, Jory, I just can't be bothered to refute the rest of your ridiculously simplistic and fallacious calculation; I have too much respect for myself and others posting on this site.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 08:13 | 394179 Irwin Fletcher
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LMFAO? Laughing my fucktard ass off?


Hey Jory, chill out. Here's my suggestion, on the off chance you're over 21: buy a bottle of vodka, a bottle of kahlua, and some half and half. Mix together over ice, drink, and repeat 3 times. Watch The Big Lebowski, and you will see how to mix these together properly. When the Dude drinks, so should you. When he smokes, you should spark up one of the same, and roll another. If you enjoy the experience, please thank me by never posting on this site again. 

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:44 | 393774 boeing747
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Ben will soon realize that he has no other option but let stock market go under to save "In God We Trust" against "In Gold They Hold".

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:44 | 393775 strannick
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Of the 3000 tons gold the IMF allegedly holds; I wonder how much of this same gold is simultaneously claimed by;

1. USTreasury

2. Comex  

3. Deutsche Bundesbank

4. SPDR Gold ETF

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:31 | 394098 ColonelCooper
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Bingo!!  Give that man a prize.

I sometimes wonder how much of the gold my neighbor thinks he has in his "Gold Backed IRA" is actually in my backyard.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:45 | 393776 jd2iv987
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if the price of gold increases doesnt that mean their short fall is less?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:53 | 393787 Quinvarius
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All of our paper woes lead back to the same solution.  Gold must be taken up.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:56 | 393784 bob_dabolina
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Last I checked the U.S was bankrupt.

Not sure why the EUR is so bad...I'm pretty sure Germany is productive to the euro zone...who is producing for the dollar? North/South Dakota? That ain't gona cut it.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 00:53 | 393785 boeing747
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Some Gold may still bury underground

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:12 | 393816 SilverIsKing
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$118 billion?  Chinese chump change.  China can snap up all that gold with the loose € jingling around in their pockets.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:55 | 394065 buzzsaw99
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Others as well. +1

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 01:26 | 393832 dumpster
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silver gold

In 1964, this silver coin was worth 25 cents.  Back then you could use this coin to buy a gallon of gasoline.   Today, if you take this same coin to a gas station, you can buy about 1/10th of a gallon of gas. HOWEVER, if you stop by your local coin dealer, he will pay you roughly the silver-melt value of this coin, which is $3.24 with spot silver a $17.95.  You can then take the proceeds to the gas station and buy a little more than a gallon of gasoline. As you can see, the face value of a quarter has declined since 1964 by 90%.  But the silver-melt value of that same quarter has maintained its purchasing power over those 46 years.  With an ounce of gold, this example is even more dramatic.  Back in 1964, the price of an ounce of gold was fixed at $35.  Today, that same ounce of gold is worth $1210.   If you do the math, you will find that the value of the U.S. dollar in relation to gold has declined by nearly 98% since 1964.  Got gold?  Got silver?
Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:43 | 394059 Irwin Fletcher
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Got nickels? Lots and lots of nickels?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:16 | 393912 GoinFawr
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Pah, I'd bet the IMF has as much gold in hand as your average sub 100,000 unit GLD holder.

Didn't Eric Sprott offer to buy the remaining 193 tonnes or so they have 'earmarked' for sale? But of course, they won't sell to the likes of 'him'.

My impression of how that sales call went:

E.Sprott: "Yah, we'd like to buy some gold. In fact, any that you have for sale, 193 tonnes or so I believe it was?"

IMF: "Uh, yeah... right. Er, ah, would you be requiring delivery on that order...?"

Sprott: "Natch!"

IMF:"oooo, that could be a problem...How's about this, instead: we have a couple of smaller GDP countries that we've been 'helping out' for awhile, could we offer you them in lieu of delivery perhaps? ... they might have some 'liens'  outstanding, but we could work that into the price, no?"

E.Sprott: "..."

IMF:"Or how about some tasty SDR's... or mb some extra USD?"

Sprott: "(click!)"

IMF:"Hello? Hello?"


Fri, 06/04/2010 - 02:20 | 393916 doomandbloom
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Got Leo?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 03:00 | 393957 Heavy
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Yep, gold is going to maintain value during "deflation" and gain value during inflation, and even more so for hyperinflation.  Thus...(real as opposed to paper) gold holdings are good for value preservation and gains in the future on a long term view if long term is over the next five or so years.

May the mighty IMF with its new digitallish currency (no paper here, nothing to see, move along) inslave us all to our salvation, or something along those lines.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 03:12 | 393963 Privatus
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Yousef Boutros-Ghali? Of the same family of statist cockroaches as Boutros-Boutros Ghali? We are freaking doomed.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 04:49 | 394025 PaperWillBurn
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I bet if the IMF offered China all of their gold for $318 Billion they would jump on that deal. But I doubt the IMF really has that much PHYSICAL gold

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:26 | 394055 Riley Wilde
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Where will the IMF get that money?

My understanding of the way SDRs work is that the IMF does not actually need any money to increase the number of SDRs. Instead, if a super-majority of the members vote to double the quotas then they will all have twice as many SDRs.

An SDR then allows a country to swap it for hard currency either through a voluntary arrangement or through the IMF allocating members to provide the hard currency. Hence, the "cash" isn't needed until the point when a member asks to swap SDRs for currency. It is an easy act now, pay later action. Costless now and when a serious crisis breaks out it will be easy/essential to justify the printing of money at that point. In some ways, I think increasing SDR quotas is analogous to the Fed entering into swap agreements with other central banks. Whether these swap lines or SDRs get used in future and where that cash comes from is a later problem.

To get back to the original question, I don't think it is about “where” the "IMF" will get that money, but which countries will have to supply the hard currency to the weak countries and how will these relatively stronger countries supply the cash.

Is anyone here knowledgeable enough on IMF matters to comment?


R. W.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 06:58 | 394066 MarketTruth
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Bankster Credo:

When all else fails, double down.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:04 | 394073 Jake Lamotta
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Folks, never give up your gold as fiat currecy will be worthless in a few years perhaps even months!

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:18 | 394083 Trichy
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What European bank is taking a huge derivtives loss,

Any one knows?

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 08:10 | 394175 jesusonline
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The rumor has it SocGen is in some kind of trouble with its derivative positions. Look it up on Reuters and FT Alphaville

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:32 | 394092 cowdiddly
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Em, Its the russians who are buying up gold at the moment as fast as they can. Ivan knows all to well the effects of whats coming.

And for the idiots how think gold is not money. I just sold two of my smaller nuggets on ebay last week and they seemed to have plenty of buying interest. 16 bids later they paid me well above spot . But you guys hang on to those greenback. LOL

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 12:14 | 394927 hangemhigh
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this is just wild speculation on my part but i think there is something very stealthy going on in Europe. 

the first 'tell' is the german position on CDS/naked shorts.  they want to whack the wall street "plunderbund"  by dismantling their leveraged derivative, mark-to-make believe franchise.

they will, of course, need lots of help.  the russians can be a major player in this deep cover drama in the sense that a new medium of inter-market trade settlement will probably emerge that is backed by commodities, i.e. gold, oil and natural gas.

the OPEC homeys will almost certainly want to play ball as between them they, and the russians, can continue to control the market in crude

the chinese will, though deeply concerned about global instability, continue to pose as innocent bystanders with far more important, internal, fish to stir fry.




Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:44 | 394114 rogerramjet
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Gold well probably never be used as money in the US, but it is a good idea to have some gold coins  around since you can always go 2 a coin shop and exchange it for the funny money (oops) fiat money 2 pay some bills.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 07:49 | 394126 fireangelmaverick
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EUR/CHF plunges 200 pips in 10 minutes. Tyler cover please!

I do not think my stomach can take such volatility any more. Going long Maalox as a hedge.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 08:06 | 394170 Rip Toff
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They are solvent when when gold hits USD3219 (from my rough calculation).

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:46 | 394857 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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+1 for the statement, as the number does not even really matter, but your point is dead on.

I have the number at $10,000/oz...splitiing hairs

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:44 | 394845 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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People, the system is defunct, and the people in charge are idiots.  We need to flush those sitting, and start a new system, stat.

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 13:43 | 395260 Heavy
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Arrr matey, ye be timely with yer revolutionary sentiments, arr.  On to the plundering of the plunders. 

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