http://www.cbe.org.eg/ Not Responding: Has The E(gyptian)CB Been Plundered?

Tyler Durden's picture

We were doing some diligence on Egyptian (now historic) gold holdings but unfortunately the following link no longer seems to work:http://www.cbe.org.eg/ To those who guessed correctly that this is the web site of the Egyptian Central Bank, you win whatever is held in the vaults of said building. Which we are willing to bet against all that is held in our own tungsten warehouse in Kentucky, is absolutely nothing. To any potential readers in Egypt, may we recommend you go politely enter the building at 31 Kasr El-Nil Street, Cairo, go to the basement and check on the precious metal inventory. There should be 75.6 tonnes of gold. Which incidentally may also be a sufficient motive for someone to pull off a Die Hard 23.

As a reminder, there should be signs of life here: after all the ECB decided against hiking rates today despite what at first glance appears a food price inflation driven revolution:

Egypt's central bank kept its key overnight interest rates steady on Thursday as it struggles to foster growth without reigniting the high inflation that has fuelled unprecedented protests against the government.

An increase in rates could help slow consumer inflation that is running at an annual 10 percent, but could scare away investment that would help the government meet its growth target of 7 percent next year.

"The central bank is stuck between a rock and a hard place," said John Sfakianakis, chief economist at Banque Saudi Fransi.

"They can keep rates as is and maintain vigilance, but vigilance doesn't help much in this situation, which is that food inflation at 17 percent is creating huge disposable income problems."

"So the other scenario would be to increase rates, but increasing rates would not do anything at a time when the country is up and is going against the regime."

Police fought protesters in the Egyptian cities of Suez and Ismailia on Thursday, the third day of protests to try to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

And for the motherfucking win:

In a statement that accompanied the decision, the central bank repeated
its view that underlying inflation remain contained, saying some of the
worst price increases occurred in early 2010.

It is unclear if the head of the Egyption Central Bank was also 100% confident he too can take away  inflation on a 15 minutes notice. All those who wish to ask him directly are invited to try:

+20 2-2393-6127
+20 2-2393-6066
+20 2-2393-4134
+20 2-2393-8903
+20 2-2395-1769

Alas, nobody is picking up.

 

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Ragnarok's picture

TD, it was Die Hard 3. Die Hard 2 was the airport and the SA Dictator.

 

Riddle 1:

As I was going to St Ives

I met a man with seven wives

Every wife had seven sacks

Every sack had seven cats

Every cat had seven kittens

Kittens, cats, sacks, wives

How many were going to St Ives?

 

Riddle 2:

You are given a 5 gallon jug and a 3 gallon jug in front of a fountain. Measure out exactly 4 gallons of water.

Montecarlo's picture

Fill the five from the three, mark the line, then fill the five with five.  Pour from the five to the three so that three remain in the five.  Now mark the three.  That is your 2 GAL line. Empty the five, and fill it twice from the 2Gal line in the three.  Good times.

Ragnarok's picture

OR

- Dump a full 3 into the 5

- 2 from a new 3 into the 5 (filling it)  leaving 1 in the 3

- Dump 1 into empty 5

- Dump 3 into 5 containing 1 to make 4

thetruth's picture

or

- fill up 5

- from 5, fill up 3, leaving 2 in 5 and 3 in 3

- pour out 3 on the floor

-pour remaining 2 from 5 into 3, left with 0 of 5 and 2 of 3

- fill up 5

- dump 1 from 5 to fill up remaining 1 of 3, left with 4 in 5 and 3 in 3

Zyroh's picture

the ZH Paradox:

only ZHers have the presense of mind to liberate the gold in central banks during a revolt.

only ZHers realize there's no more gold in central banks, so we don't bother.

knukles's picture

Or in applying the Heisenberg Principle; "One either knows how much gold there was or how fast it left."

saulysw's picture

OR

- Fill up 3, and pour into 5

- Freeze it

- Fill remaining space in 5 (2 units at the top), twice.

A Nanny Moose's picture

That water expanded when you froze it. Plus there is the whole waiting to freeze thing. We need instant gratification here

saulysw's picture

Hey, I didn't say it was the *best* solution, or the most practical....but it is a solution of sorts.

I agree, most of the others are better!

knukles's picture

Or, by eye, just saw off the top 2/3 of the fucker, fill the bottom and say; "Here." 

Rahm's picture

Will you be my Chief of Staff?

UncleFester's picture

What about...drink 4 gallons of beer, wait an hour, then piss in the 5 gallon bucket?

UF

countryboy42's picture

Fill the five, then fill the 3 from the five. 2 gal left in the five. pour out the 3 gal, and pour the 2gal in the now empty 3 gal container. refill the 5 gal, and use to fill the 3 gal (1 gal out of the five) 4 gal left in the five gal. container. No pen needed.

MrBoompi's picture

You are given a 5 gallon jug and a 3 gallon jug in front of a fountain. Measure out exactly 4 gallons of water.

-- You can do it without marking the jugs.  Fill up the 5 gal jug.  Fill up the 3 gal jug from the 5-gal jug, leaving 2 gal in the 5 gal jug.  Dump out the 3 gal jug and dump the 2 gallons you have in the 5 gal jug into the empty 3-gal jug.

 

Fill the 5-gal jug full again, then fill the 3-gal jug (containing two gallons of water) from the full 5-gal jug and you'll have 4 gallons remaining in the 5-gal jug.

 

 

 

Batty Koda's picture

Only if the riddler is male, if the riddler is female we have to get into a debate about the colloquial use of "cat".

Bastiat's picture

Wives: 7

Sacks: 49

Cats: 343

Kittens: 2401

total kittens cats, sacks wives:  2800.

downrodeo's picture

the traffic congestion only occurs in the outbound lanes

 

1 is the answer

attst487's picture

You don't know that the answer is one. You do know that it is at least one (the author), but there isn't any available information about anyone else going or not going. There could be several thousand headed there on another road.

Dr. Sandi's picture

You don't know that the answer is one. You do know that it is at least one (the author), but there isn't any available information about anyone else going or not going. There could be several thousand headed there on another road.

Ahh, sophistry, the main educational benefit of 4 years at Harvard.

saulysw's picture

Wives: 7

Sacks: 49

Cats: 343

Kittens: 2401

total kittens cats, sacks wives:  2800.

 

What about the narrator? +1 ? And "a man"? +1 ?

DisparityFlux's picture

Oh come on, just unload a 11 round clip into the mofo asking the questions and move on.

figuringitout's picture

1. Fill the 5 -> Pour into 3

2. Empty the 3 and pour the remaining 2 gallons from the 5 into the 3 -> Result is 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug and the 5 gallon jug is empty.

3. Fill The 5 gallon jug again

3. Pour from the 5 gallon into the 3 gallon until the 3 gallon is full. Since there are already 2 gallons in the 3 gallon jug (from step 2), you would empty 1 gallon from the 5 gallon jug...leaving 4 gallons in the 5 gallon jug.

bankonzhongguo's picture

"And for the motherfucking win ..."

So funny, I just released my eggs.

 

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way ..."

Heroic Couplet's picture

Fill both half way.Pour the smaller into the larger.

2.5 + 1.5 = 4. Pour the 1.5 (3 gal) into the (5 gal).

sabra1's picture

every wife had seven brian sacks? or was brian kicked in the sacks?

Miss Expectations's picture

Riddle 3:

How many central bankers can fit between a rock and a hard place?

Buck Johnson's picture

I know the St Ives riddle, it's a good one though.  How many were going to St Ives, it was the Person of course he said it in the first line.  The man was someone he met while the person was going to St Ives.  Also the 5 Gallon jug and 3 Gallon one is good also. 

Step 1, Fill the 5 gallon jug and then pour it into the 3 gallon jug.  The 5 gallon jug has 2 gallons left. 

Step 2, Now throw the 3 gallon water away.  Pour the 2 gallons from the 5 gallon jug to the 3 gallon jug.  So no the 3 gallon jug has just 2 gallons of water. 

Step 3, Fill the 5 gallon jug again, and pour 1 gallon to the 3 gallon jug. What do u have left in the 5 gallon jug ?? 4 gallons of water.. !

Ima Pseudonym's picture

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out,

Fill the 3, pour it into the 5, then dump the 5 out ......

Oh, excuse me, we are talking water here, for a moment

I thought we were talking something else.  Once

you get into a habit, it is hard to break.

BB

PS. I was just filling the 3 gal first to throw you off.

VegasBD's picture

All the ISPs in Egypt were told to stop resolving .eg DNS traffic

asteroids's picture

That's a start but if you know the IP address in Egypt you are on your way. What has happened is that they "effectively" turned off the routers. They withdrew BGP announcements for networks in Eygpt. I bet some networks inside Egypt are working.

SpeakerFTD's picture

There's a third Gruber brother?

VegasBD's picture

yippie kiyyea mother fucker

ReallySparky's picture

Come on the Money is gone.  The bank was looted a long time ago.  Heck it was probably HSBC and JPM, they needed to cover their shorts.  Unfortunately soon they will also loose their national treasures and museum items, which will turn up in private collections.

iDealMeat's picture

WikiLeaks would take state dept. computers and HD's..  oh, wait..  never mind..

Send em to me..  I'm a buyer..

cougar_w's picture

Internet kill switch

VegasBD's picture

turned off dns, they dont have a kill switch

cougar_w's picture

I meant that. Nobody around here knows what DNS is. Though as a practical matter they could filter at the border routers, I don't think there is more than one or two trunks getting in, should be easy enough to shut things off for 90% of the country.

faustian bargain's picture

Unless people start digging their phone modems out of storage in the attic.

cxl9's picture

Normally Egypt is decently connected to the Internet. Their main commerical provider, TeData, peers with Cogent, Verio, Level3, among others (Mentor Graphics?), although how many actual physical cables these run on is a matter for speculation.

http://www.fixedorbit.com/AS/8/AS8452.htm

But, no, this is not simply a DNS outage. They've fallen off the global Internet completely as their route advertisements have been withdrawn ..

==============================================
=  Global Crossing International IP Network  =
=    Contact:  GBLX-IP NOC: ncc@gblx.net     =
=     +1-800-404-7714 | +1-406-651-4028      =
=  UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS STRICTLY PROHIBITED!  =
=                                            =
=             Route View Server              =
=   All connections and keystrokes logged    =
=      for European Route View Server        =
==============================================

route-server.ams2>sh ip bgp 193.227.1.1
% Network not in table
route-server.ams2>

 

Thorny Xi's picture

you beat me to it ... they're not in the DNS or routing tables right now.

spinone's picture

maybe another cargo ship was dragging its anchor

knukles's picture

Oh Yeah!
Remember the last time a "anchor was drug" in the Mediterranean about 5 years ago cutting 3 separate lines and were repaired within several days and just so happened the USS (or whatever the initials are) Jimmy Carter was there and voila! the lines were repaired.

Hint, look up the Jimmy Carter submarine. 

saulysw's picture

cougar_w : "Nobody around here knows what DNS is."

Actually, I think that there are quite a few switched on IT people here.

Dr. Sandi's picture

Good place for a reminder. If you can't connect ZH during the next revolution, use the IP address:

ZERO HEDGE http://188.126.66.68/

Good until their SP changes it or until the drones blow up the server.

Boilermaker's picture

Wasn't the Pres-o-dent of Eqypt a no-show on TV today?

DonnieD's picture

He was supposed to address the country. Probably too busy loading up the armored truck on the way to the airport.