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Guest Post: Treasury Is Re-writing History – Literally

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Submitted by Mark McHugh of Across the Street

Treasury is Re-writing History – Literally

Once upon a time in America $100
Billion dollar errors were considered a “big deal.”  Not so much
anymore.  So if you are one of those confused souls who has no idea who
the fuck is buying US Treasuries, take heart.  You are not alone.  Tim
Geithner has catapulted himself to tops on that list by revising a few
numbers on the “ Treasury’s Estimated Ownership of U.S. Treasury
Securities” report (TABLE OFS-2) .

Well actually it was more than a few:

I present the Q1 version of OFS-2 and the Q2 version.  The changes
since 2007 are highlighted (there are more…)  The red boxes show the
most dramatic revisions:

Private Pension holdings were revised up $91.4 B.  (429.8 from 338.4)

The mysterious “Other Investors” holdings were revised down $126.2 B.  (874.9 from 1,001.4).

Are you trying to tell me that the US Treasury just figured out what
the term “Private Pension” means?  I should also point out that these
revisions pertain to Q4 2009, eight and a half months and 1.1 Trillion
in debt ago.

It gets worse….

Glancing at back issues of the Treasury Bulletin,
I can tell you that these are not the first revisions to OFS-2. 
Wierd how the WSJ, FT, NYT, Steve Liesman, Erin and all the other
jack-off  professional financial journalists never mentioned this before, huh? 

I used to be sort of embarrassed to admit that I take screen shots of
things I don’t think the government wants us to see, just in case they
should “disappear.”  For example, I know I’ve seen a video of Bernanke
scoffing (literally) at a school kid and saying, “Today’s situation is
nothing like the great depression.”  Poof. gone.  I’ve even offered a
hundred bucks to anyone who can find it, but I digress.

I’d strongly urge concerned citizens to go download the back issues
of the Treasury Bulletin now.  Like it or not, believe it or not. the
blogoshere is America’s last line of defense.



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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:45 | 586054 cougar_w
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Look it's only an estimate. $100B is like -- what -- a .001% margin of error now? I lop off the third decimal place in Excel spreadsheets all the time, never look back.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:21 | 586610 mark mchugh
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Wow, you're definitely US Government material!

Sure, you could look at it as a .001% error, if you failed the fourth grade.

Or you could look at it as 27% error in the case of Private pensions and a 14% error in the "other investors", if you didn't.

Close enough for government work, right?

How many tries did it take for you to get past the CAPTCHA?


Thu, 09/16/2010 - 20:50 | 586852 mark mchugh
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Of course if you actually want to grasp the scope of this change, think of it this way:

Treasury issued $402B in 2009 Q4

After 2 1/2 months Treasury accounted for $265B (leaving $137B to be accounted for)

After 5 1/2 months Treasury accounted for the remaing $137B.

After 8 1/2 months treasury issued changes in allocation of the $137B totaling $253B.  Meaning the amount of the changes was actually greater than the entire amount that it took them 5 1/2 months to allocate (by 84%).

Making this either the biggest accounting fail I've ever seen or more evidence of the greatest fraud in the history of the world.

Nice to know you're cool with it!



Fri, 09/17/2010 - 05:17 | 587338 Tapeworm
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I can't put my finger on it but a billion is a thousand million for those that need some help from non-existent accounting controls that went somewhere to help a poor bankster guy lift himself up by his own bootstraps to make a better life for all of his cohort. The misplaced sums now rival the net from all manufacturing/mining/agriculture (112 Bn in 2008)

 Why do these maggots think that their threats to blow themselves up are going to convince anyone outside of their northeast corridor?

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:47 | 586056 NOTW777
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when its not your money .......

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:47 | 586061 What_Me_Worry
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The Bureau of Truthiness would like a word with you

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:55 | 586083 Translational Lift
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Do we have a Truth Czar yet??

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:01 | 586106 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Truth Czar all relative.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:11 | 586137 Calmyourself
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Nice turn of phrase, bravo...

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:48 | 586062 GIANTKILR
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Bravo, and well done my friend!!!!!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:50 | 586067 WaltzTangoFoxtrot
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Obviously, Note 9 includes the Federal Reserve of United States.  Does it include Fan and Fred?

And I've heard that they put people in jail for fudging like this in the private sector!



Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:57 | 586091 Translational Lift
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If you're in the Fed or Treas you can do just about anything with impunity..........

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:11 | 586326 doggings
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in China you'd get the 7.62 into the back of the head for less

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 18:57 | 586621 mark mchugh
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Maybe Fannie and Freddie morphed into Federal Government pensions.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:50 | 586068 bigdumbnugly
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well, if you're only offering a hundred bucks for that video then no deal.  but since a $100 billion error is no big whoop i might just come up with it for that.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:51 | 586070 AR15AU
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There should be a line item for Bill Gross's margin account...

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:52 | 586074 breezer1
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this will be on cnbc tonight. just kidding...

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:52 | 586075 BORT
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He was using Turbo Tax Treasury Edition

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:56 | 586084 SpeakerFTD
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:21 | 586169 Fish Gone Bad
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:36 | 586216 HurricaneSeason
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:20 | 586353 RichyRoo
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:23 | 586363 RichyRoo
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:56 | 586089 andyupnorth
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Whatever happened to the $1 Trillion annouced missing on September 10th ,2001?

And didn't the Federal Reserve 'over-issue' another cool Trillion since then?

So this measily $100 Billion is just 5% of the above mentioned!

[Starting to daydream... man, how cool would it be to have $100 Billion... I wonder how the Rothschilds feel right now...]

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:10 | 586125 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Whoops!  More "rounding errors" while tossing around REALLY BIG numbers.

September 10, 2001 was the day Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon was 'missing' 2.3 TRILLION dollars -- a mere 130% of the 1T mentioned above.

 Ah, who wants to quibble about a couple of Trillion amongst friends?

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 22:47 | 587055 mark mchugh
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Good clip May I.

I'm gonna say that ground shifts like the one captured in this article is how Trillions get stolen.  And I completely misgauged how much and how many people care.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:01 | 586629 mark mchugh
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Andy, dude...

If 100B is 5% of a trillion in your world, enjoy those daydreams!

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 08:16 | 587488 A Proud Canadian
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I like to think of it in physical terms....a stack of 100 Billion dollar bills , assuming they are 3 thousands of an inch thick with a half a thou separation would be 5,524 miles high.

Kinda hard to "lose" that much if it wasn't just electrons on a Fed computer.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:57 | 586090 toathis
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You can keep exposing the media or politicians. But its always going to be the same. The system has been around for thousands of years, and it'll be around for much longer.

If you have a valid point on why it? will end soon due to this truth movement or somthing else, let me know.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:09 | 586127 aheady
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Well bless my soul, if isn't Baby Bop!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:43 | 586238 Voluntary Exchange
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Your statement is imprecise and inacurate. Study Ireland pre 1650, a stateless society that survived for over a thousand years.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:23 | 586357 hedgeless_horseman
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Your statement is imprecise and inacurate.

Your statement is redundant and repetitive.  In addition, it contains a misspelling.  Otherwise, I agree with Ireland having tribalism before the rise of nation states, like every other civilization on the planet.  So I guess your statement is vacuous, too.

Peace be with you.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:23 | 586360 hedgeless_horseman
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 18:04 | 586471 aheady
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:57 | 586094 firstdivision
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<OT>Great time to short?</OT>

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:00 | 586101 Chump
Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:06 | 586307 kinetik
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Interesting article but to say the NYT is liberal.... I needed a laugh today and the author provided it with that quip.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 20:59 | 586871 mark mchugh
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I guess were even then, because your reading ability gave me a good one too!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:54 | 586107 hedgeless_horseman
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Missing billions, Tim?  We could have asked those Japs that were caught smuggling hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars of US Treasuries from Italy into Switzerland in the bottom of their briefcases, TWICE!  Unfortunately, the smugglers were, "let go," BOTH TIMES before they could be questioned. 

If they were caught doing this twice (that we know of) how many times are they successful?

Lord, I wish this were tinfoil.

Poof. gone.  I’ve even offered a hundred bucks to anyone who can find it, but I digress.

Have fun finding info on the second smuggling case that happened shortly afterwards. 

Memory hole, bitches!!!!!!



Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:03 | 586638 mark mchugh
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Flashy-flashy thing!

(MIB reference)

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:05 | 586117 enobittep
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If an individual made an obvious mistake like this on their personal tax return - the computers would be scheduling an audit and the IRS agents would be greasing themselves up to crawl up that person's ass.  If a company filed similar sloppy SEC documents - same result.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:08 | 586119 Restcase
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Communications professionals are no longer required to do their own research.

And if their corporate overlords cut back research staff it's not the fault of the talent, is it?

Who says communication professionals have to answer to (ugh) bloggers, anyway?

I for one think the pro talent does a superb job reading, distilling, and presenting the press releases that they are provided with.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:23 | 586366 RichyRoo
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:28 | 586186 Commander Cody
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What's all the fuss about?  Its the goobermint for God's sake!  Consider the source and don't be surprised.  They are not accountable.  Repeat: The goobermint is not accountable!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:51 | 586259 ShankyS
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Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:29 | 586381 Bolweevil
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martini lunches a mainstay these days? Your "fucks" and "shits" in your posts have increased dramatically. Stay focused. You're Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:18 | 586651 mark mchugh
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The "fucks" and "shits" are mine here, and if that's all that concerns you about this post, shove it up your fucking ass, dipshit!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:42 | 586416 bankonzhongguo
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I really think we are starting to see the real chronic change in American intellectual capacity.  Whether it is the story of Rome falling due to too much lead in their cookware, or the modern GMO food supply and mercury preservatives in needless vaccines, there is a progressive failing being witnessed.  You can see it in mainstream news articles with misspelled words, or these kinds of data presentations, or "off balance sheet financing," even the chronic downward revisions in BLS stats.  Maybe Idiocracy is a documentary.  Sure its easy to point to political maneuvering, complex systems, information "telephoned in."  But in time, either the words or the writer will no longer be trusted.  Like they say; "full faith and credit."  Coming soon with an asterisk.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 21:46 | 586948 TwelfthVulture
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This morning in my Foreign Policy Morning Brief, reporting on the Pope's visit to England they actually wrote that the Church of England was founded by Henry VII.  The seventh!



Fri, 09/17/2010 - 02:00 | 587260 StychoKiller
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Roman numerals are obsolete for a reason!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 18:48 | 586589 Species8472
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I used to be sort of embarrassed to admit that I take screen shots of things I don’t think the government wants us to see, just in case they should “disappear.”


Here is what you do, use FireFox, it can save as text, or html, or complete page as html including images and scripts, everything needed to display the page. As far as YouTube and flash videos, get the unplug addin. Click an area off the video display window and then unplug, and down load the video, in mp4. If you down load in flash you can convert to and from different formats using Koyote software, free at downloads.


Thu, 09/16/2010 - 22:27 | 587014 Occams Aftershave
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This afternoon i was in the office of a New York life insurance agent.   He printed out some projections of a whole life policy.  When I asked to take them with me, he said "oh no, they'd kill me if i let you take those."   He didn't want me to actually analyze the fraudulent figures (which i'd already done in my head).   This fraud stuff is everywhere.  Number juggling is rampant to fleece the innumerate populace.

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 01:19 | 587225 Madhouse
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We are so fucking gone that this is quite comical. A hundred billion here, a hundred billion there, and it starts adding up to real fucking money (as I crawl on the floor in uncontrollable laughter)...

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 01:23 | 587229 Madhouse
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Occam's, what were they using for their "number" (projected CAGR) ?   Probably something like 7% ... oh that is so...uncontrollable belly dog is getting excited.... humping me... I am on the floor fucking rolling.... breaking chairs....ahahahahahahahahahahaha....its a Madhouse.....aahahahahahhahahahh

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 05:16 | 587351 Grand Supercycle
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The mixed conflicting market signals return. It reminds me of periods in 2007/2008 during the market uncertainty and dislocation in addition to market intervention or rumours of market intervention (like the QE chatter now).

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