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A Comedy Of Golden Bundesbank Errors

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Follow this simple chronology of events:


October 24, 2012 (source: Bundesbank pre-revision; courtesy of Google Cache)

"The reasons for storing gold reserves with foreign partner central banks are historical since, at the time, gold at these trading centres was transferred to the Bundesbank. To be more specific: in October 1951 the Bank deutscher Länder, the Bundesbank’s predecessor, purchased its first gold for DM 2.5 million; that was 529 kilograms at the time. By 1956, the gold reserves had risen to DM 6.2 billion, or 1,328 tonnes; upon its foundation in 1957, the Bundesbank took over these reserves. No further gold was added until the 1970s."


October 28, 2012 (source: "Some Follow-Up Questions For The Bundesbank, And Its Gold" courtesy of Zero Hedge)

1. Thiele says:

"By 1956, the gold reserves had risen to DM 6.2 billion, or 1,328 tonnes; upon its foundation in 1957, the Bundesbank took over these reserves. No further gold was added until the 1970s"

This is factually incorrect. From a documented source such as Timothy Green's gold reserves report from 1999 (source), we find that German gold reserves were 1,328 tonnes in 1956 and contined to rise every year until 1969 when they hit 4034 tonnes, an increase of 200% since 1956! Offical German gold in 1970 was 3,537 tonnes and declined to 2,963 by 1979. Since then it has increased by just 400 tonnes.


October 29, 2012 (source: Bundesbank post-revision)

"The reasons for storing gold reserves with foreign partner central banks are historical since, at the time, gold at these trading centres was transferred to the Bundesbank. To be more specific: in October 1951 the Bank deutscher Länder, the Bundesbank’s predecessor, purchased its first gold for DM 2.5 million; that was 529 kilograms at the time. By 1956, the gold reserves had risen to DM 6.2 billion, or 1,328 tonnes; upon its foundation in 1957, the Bundesbank took over these reserves. Further gold was added until the 1970s."

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Minor difference.

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One can only hope that the Bundesbank does not apply the same level of quality-control and error-proofing to its gold holdings, as it does to its official statements debunking crackpot conspiracy theories.


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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:55 | 2928007 Zombie Investor
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"The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to delay Friday’s October jobs report, the final reading on the labor market before next week’s federal elections.'

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:59 | 2928020 insanelysane
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"Unbelievable"; I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:12 | 2928063 JohnnyBriefcase
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He meant "inconceivable!".

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:18 | 2928078 Pladizow
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He meant, "expected"!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:20 | 2928089's picture

These boating accidents are getting serious.



Russian ship with 700 tons of gold ore missing

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:42 | 2928165 icanhasbailout
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gold investors know you can't be cynical enough

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:46 | 2928179 SWRichmond
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A Comedy Of Golden Bundesbank Errors

Leaving the DM.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:50 | 2928190 The Phu
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Perhaps the work of Ragnar Danneskjold?  Ayn Rand was right!  </sarc>

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:16 | 2928280 Bansters-in-my-...
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He meant "undeliverable"

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 16:36 | 2928860 Sokhmate
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he meant unconcievable

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:25 | 2928100 zapdude
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Crocomire!  I love that game.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:30 | 2928122 JohnnyBriefcase
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Best. Game. Evar.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:21 | 2928086 lunaticfringe
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Quite believable. The report will be offered up on the basis of whether or not it is helpful to the incumbent. If it is a negative or adverse report, somebody will deem it inappropriate for release.

As we get nearer to the elections, a yeti stepping off a spaceship in my front yard and delivering free pizza if I promise to vote democratic- would no longer surprise me.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:28 | 2928113 swissaustrian
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They'll blame Sandy on CNBC come Friday.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:56 | 2928009 Karlus
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Gold, Hündinnen?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:21 | 2928093 saveandsound
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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:58 | 2928017 apberusdisvet
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The new gold backed currency will be called the Rothschild.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:59 | 2928227 BigJim
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abbreviated to 'rotters'

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 11:59 | 2928019 q99x2
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Dow 12,999 today. What does it matter that markets are closed the number is still changine. Even CNBC crew came in today. They are sitting around with their tumbs up their ass and they have the lights out in the office

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:48 | 2928361 WillyGroper
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>>>>>They are sitting around with their tumbs up their ass

Does that mean they have ASSid indigestion? :)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:01 | 2928024 aleph0
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OK, it "is" Fox News, but still :


Ship with 700 tons of gold ore disappears off Russia

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:09 | 2928048 Tyler Durden
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1) It's Associated Press

2) 700 tons of gold ore would lead to the extraction of... 24 kilograms of gold.

File:Gold 30g for a 860kg rock.jpg

Relative sizes of an 860 kg block of gold ore, and the 30 g of gold that can be extracted from it. Toi gold mine, Japan.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:10 | 2928054 krispkritter
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Nothing a little gold spraypaint can't fix! I mean if they can use it over tungsten, why not?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:31 | 2928120 francis_sawyer
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That foto is only "phase one" of the operation... Then ~ after the Rothschilds [& friends] have stolen their bit, the refined gold brought to market is about the size of one of those grains of sand...

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:04 | 2928244 Matt
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You can probably gold plate a few hundred tons of tungsten with 24 Kg of pure gold.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:36 | 2928538 StychoKiller
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Mmm, tungsten -- tasty, tasty tungsten!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:27 | 2928109 walküre
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Is it possible they made a mistake when editing the piece before release?

Further gold was added ..

I'm not an English expert but can a sentence commence with "further" ? Where are our grammar experts today? Swimming? Seriously, I tend to think the sentence should have read "No further gold was added ..."

Which would make sense and correspond with the other accounts.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:57 | 2928390 JohnG
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Interesting question.  Yes, a proper sentence may begin with further.  "was added" is however a grammatical error - passive voice.  Should be active voice as it is not clear "who is doing what."

Should be something along the lines of "We added...."

Hell you asked for an english person......I took a minor.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 16:11 | 2928778 Unholy Dalliance
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Try: more gold was added…

And it is OK to say was added.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 18:53 | 2929220 Urban Redneck
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You may be genius- even though my German sucks- it's the same in Google cache (10/26) as is currently on the website.

Bis in die siebziger Jahre kam weiteres Gold hinzu.ügen.php

Current German

Cached German as of 10/26

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:37 | 2928145 malikai
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24 KG? Sure, I'll take it. Not sure I'd want to be found afterwards, being Russian gold and all.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:02 | 2928026 dariomilano
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pirates bitchez O.O

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 18:16 | 2929181 A Nanny Moose
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....argh!!! Bytchez! x.O

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:02 | 2928030 Dr. Engali
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That looks like a Wonka bar. Except in this case you get a tungsten ticket.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:09 | 2928049 krispkritter
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I'd still like to keep the wrappers...

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:49 | 2928367 GolfHatesMe
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And Everyone is a winner

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:04 | 2928032 glenlloyd
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This revision should surprise no one....

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:06 | 2928038 Itch
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um, yeah because its just a typo

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:51 | 2928178 Skateboarder
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One frickin word can make the difference between a) a couple of decades, and b) a few thousand tonnes of gold...

Nice catch TD, excellent sleuthin as always.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:07 | 2928041 francis_sawyer
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:38 | 2928542 StychoKiller
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Ya gotta wonder how some people are even smart enough to remember to breathe!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:10 | 2928052 Al Huxley
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I'm just surprised that the Bundesbank feels compelled to respond in any way to the 'show us our gold' outcries from whoever.  The fact that they feel the need to respond makes me think that they probably don't actually have any gold, that all the rumors are actually true. 

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:19 | 2928085 Unprepared
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"I did not have --- relationship with that women."

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:10 | 2928053 Diplodicus Rex
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The grey bar in that photo is not tungsten. The shaped dent was made by a drill bit which would have been selected to cut through the soft gold expecting the gold to be consistent throughout the bar. That drill bit could not have made the dent in the tungsten. Tungsten is very hard and requires special tools for machining. I never liked that story at the time. Something does not smell right about it.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:26 | 2928104 Svendblaaskaeg
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Bingo! - it's fools tungsten


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:38 | 2928150 Hedgetard55
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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:29 | 2928118 Random_Robert
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You have to read the original story -

Certified Assayers don't drill holes with 1/8 inch drill bits - that is NOT an Assayer's hole- it was drilled by the bar's owner, using his garage drill press.

Now, any rank hobbyist with a neighborhood Lowes, Home Depot or Sears can get a set of Tungsten carbide or Titanium drill bits, and YES, a carbide or Titanium bit could dig into a chunk of refined tungsten for a little bit before it became too dull to dig any further...

Now, I can't certify from a photo that the grey bar in that picture is Tungsten (the way you seem to be able to), but the rest of your argument is rather capricious, and arbitrary...

 I detect no order from that photo, or from the original story.


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:56 | 2928213 Diplodicus Rex
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Thank you for the correction. I stand corrected and withdraw my statement. That may also explain the slice that has been taken off the corner like a bar of chocolate.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:16 | 2928469 philosophers bone
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Rip Ben a new assayers hole.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:36 | 2928142 RSBriggs
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Not quite true - Tungsten the metal is fairly ductile - it can be cut with hardened steel tools; a tungsten carbide drill bit could easily have made the mark shown in a bar of tungsten.   Tungsten carbide is hard and brittle as is alloyed Tungsten, but Tungsten in pure form is not all that difficult to machine.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:57 | 2928215 Diplodicus Rex
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Tue, 10/30/2012 - 02:48 | 2930613 Svendblaaskaeg
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"Tungsten carbide is hard and brittle"

yes, great material for those long lasting blowjobs (sandblasting nozzles)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:52 | 2928196 SubjectivObject
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Annealed "pure" tungsten has a hardness in the general range of 30 Rockwell C.  This is well less than carbide tool steel bits (60-85 Rockwell C).  Commercial alloys of tungsten can have hardness more or less than 30 Rockwell C, but the more alloy added the more the material's density is changed from the nominal tungsten/gold density.

(not to be confused with tunsten carbide here)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:57 | 2928218 Diplodicus Rex
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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:58 | 2928394 MK ultra
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You win the prize. Machinable Tungsten is often referred to as being in the "Green" state.

It has to hipped (hot isostatically pressed) into blanks and then finish ground with silicon carbide or diamond tools to create drill bits or inserts.

Been in the tunsten business for 19 years now. The profits from my scrap carbide business funded my stack ;-)


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:18 | 2928079 Unprepared
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Tyler, you did censor the udderworld troll, didn't you?


I was writing a respond and both his and my posts have been sucked by the net vortex.


Not that I mind. I think I saw the troll on Mish a couple of years ago.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:18 | 2928082 williambanzai7
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I thought Kelly's Heroes stole all the German gold.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:28 | 2928116 bank guy in Brussels
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Or the big stash might be at the secret Nazi bases in Antarctica, where some say many leading Nazis went after the war ... One of the more curious internet by-ways ...

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:10 | 2928263 Matt
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Why go to Antarctica when you could go to Argentina?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:15 | 2928269 BigJim
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LOL. Good find!


Of Nazi bases in Antarctica, which as we have said, may very well have been the point-of-origin of the 'Nazi-Grey' craft that Barney and Betty Hill encountered during their abduction experience. The historical facts are evident...

...the VIPs and scientists started to show up with a compliment of ULTRA, a highly specialized Nazi SS team like our MJ-12. ULTRA has always been in control of Antarctica. ULTRA is the name of a secret alien interface agency in the NSA. Remember that the NSA has connections to both the Nazi S.S. and the Dulce base. According to contactee Alex Collier, the upper level members of the NSA-ULTRA group are cloned replicates or have been so heavily implanted, virtual cyborgs, that they could be considered as being barely human -- automatons who are remotely controlled by the Greys' group ego or group mind. It is also noteworthy that ULTRA is also the NAME OF the Above Top Secret CIA-NSA-Alien base under the Archuleta plateau...

The human imagination never fails to surprise and delight. I think I need to add another layer of foil to my hat before the Greys' group ego can assimilate me.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:04 | 2928415 JohnFrodo
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You scoff obviously you have not seen the new documentary about the Supersoldiers.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:04 | 2928421 JohnG
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Didn't they make a Stargate episode about imaginary equipment and aliens and stuff in Antartica?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 03:35 | 2930651 are we there yet
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So Bernanke is an alien clone from Antarctica? I didn't know aliens were Jewish. But he is doing gods work. With our money.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:50 | 2928372 JohnFrodo
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No way to explain why operation highjump remains classified 60 years later.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:03 | 2928411 knukles
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The powers that be ridicule, snarl, get all pissed off and label people conspiracy theorists then go so far as to claim that conspiracy theorists are turrderistusts...
When all they'd really do if it was nothing at all was to disclose the Nothing At Fucking All.

Like counting the gold in the vaults in front of the people on Live Fucking TV

Or re-manufacturing birth certificates when all needs be done is a letter to the state authorizing release of official state records.

I am so fucking sick and tried of this playing 20 questions shit....

etc., etc., etc.


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 18:20 | 2929205 Diogenes
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Maybe Obama has a real birth certificate but keeps releasing fake ones to keep his enemies chewing on that bone. He knows it doesn't mean anything anymore, and he's afraid of what questions they might ask if they aren't distracted.

And maybe the guards are not there to stop people getting at the gold (that isn't there) but to stop them seeing that it isn't there.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:31 | 2928127 BandGap
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First they had to make a deal, deal. Maybe the guy is a republican.

Lost my job friday, have to watch that movie in between pumping out resumes.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:46 | 2928356 ZeroAvatar
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Maybe Ben will let you borrow his printer? (You'll need a LOT of resumes, just sayin'......)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:05 | 2928424 topspinslicer
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In all seriousness I wish you good luck in your job search

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:36 | 2928143 oddball
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We did, I was there.  Woof woof.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:47 | 2928183 BarryG
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:58 | 2928220 JR
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With roughly 66pc of its gold held at the New York Federal Reserve and only 21pc at the Bank of England after the Bundesbank “slashed its holdings in London from 1,440 tons to 500 tons in 2000 and 2001” in part because “the Bank of England was selling off most of Britain's gold reserves – at market lows – on orders from Gordon Brown,” according to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, this fitting comment was made by blogger Jack Flash:

“So let Bernanke and crew explain to the Germans that gold is not money and they should not be upset in the least to lose it.”

Says Evans-Pritchard regarding Germany’s withdrawal of two thirds of its vast holdings of gold from Bank of England vaults shortly after the launch of the euro more than a decade ago:

“Peter Hambro, chair of the UK-listed gold miner Petropavlovsk, said the Bundesbank may have withdrawn its bullion in self-protection since it did not, apparently, have its own specifically allocated bars in London. ‘They may have decided that the Bank of England had lent out too much gold, and decided it was safer to bring theirs home. This is about the identification. Can you identify your own allocated gold, or are you just a general creditor with a metal account?

“The watchdog report follows claims by the German civic campaign group ‘Bring Back our Gold’ and its US allies in the Gold Anti-Trust Committee that official data cannot be trusted. They allege central banks have loaned out or ‘sold short’ much of their gold.”

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 12:58 | 2928223 orangegeek
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The Bundesbank mismanaged their counts because they were too busy making tungsten bars covered in missing/unaccounted for gold.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:03 | 2928243 trichotil
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kelly's heroes is joollywood propaganda to cover up the work of more  murderous commie heeb moneychangers.

Massacre at Oradour sur Glane
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:19 | 2928289 HD
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I fail to see what the big deal is.  I buy bags and bags of gold coins the day after Easter at K-Mart for a huge discount. I'm set for life!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 13:21 | 2928298 jmcadg
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'Russian ship with 700 tons of gold ore missing'

These typos are getting sloppy.

It was actually Russian ship with 700 tons of gold or silver missing. They couldn't tell in the dark!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 14:37 | 2928539 Zerohedge fan
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How about magic trick?

"I'm going to make this pencil disappear."

"Ta da!


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 16:26 | 2928823 pies_lancuchowy
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where did this hilarious 'lemetropole' dude dissapear? 3 months ago he was SURE that silver will go 100 % (DOUBLE) up , because he allegedly was told so by 'his contact in New York' (lmao) . Vernon... oh Vernon... where are you ?

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 04:44 | 2930678 2ndlook
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This German gold was probably sold with secret German concurrence. 

See, how everyone is busy blaming Gordon Brown, for selling British gold at low prices. 

Remember Gordon Brown could not have done this alone and single-handedly. 

To those who remember, with Gordon Brown, other Central Banks sold gold too.

Known as the CBGA (Central Bank Gold Agreement) some 2000 tons of European gold was sold - at record low prices. 

What could have been the reason? 

The end of Soviet Union.

Did BundesBank know of this disappearence? Betcha.

Have such disappearances happened before? Many times.

1 of the 3 scams will happen:

1. NY Fed will give a 'certificate' from 1 of the Big-3 auditors confirming existence of German gold.

2. If pressed for physical audit, some gold from a distance will be pointed at & the auditors will be told, "See that gold there? It's yours."

3. Germany will get US gilts as replacement "Sell these & buy gold", the Germans will be told.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 12:00 | 2931604 helping_friendl...
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Dulles Brother, Bush family are all traitors.

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