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Over the past several years, the German people, for a variety of justified reasons, have expressed a pressing desire to have their central bank perform a test, verification, validation or any other assay, of the official German gold inventory, which at 3,395 tonnes is the second highest in the world, second only to the US. We have italicized the word official because this representation is merely on paper: the problem arises because no member of the general population, or even elected individuals, have been given access to observe this gold. The problem is exacerbated when one considers that a majority of the German gold is held offshore, primarily in the vaults of the New York Fed, and at the Bank of England - the two historic centers of central banking activity in the post World War 2 world.

Recently, the topic of German gold resurfaced following the disclosure that early on in the Eurozone creation process, the Bundesbank secretly withdrew two-thirds of its gold, or 940 tons, from London in 2000, leaving just 500 tons with the Bank of England. As we made it very clear, what was most odd about this event, is that the Bundesbank did something it had every right to do fully in the open: i.e., repatriate what belongs to it for any number of its own reasons - after all the German central bank is only accountable to its people (or so the myth goes), in deep secrecy. The question was why it opted for this stealthy transfer.

This immediately prompted rampant speculation within various media outlets, the most fanciful of which, of course, being that the Bundesbank never had any gold to begin with and has been masking the absence all along. The problem with such speculation is that, while it may be 100% correct and accurate, there has been not a shred of hard evidence to prove it. As a result, it is merely relegated to the echo chamber periphery of "serious media" whose inhabitants are already by and large convinced that all gold in the world is tungsten, lack of actual evidence to validate such a claim be damned (just like a chart of gold spiking or plunging is not evidence that a central bank signed the trade ticket, ordering said move), and in the process delegitimizing any fact-based investigations that attempt to debunk, using hard evidence, the traditional central banker narrative that the gold is there and accounted for.

And hard evidence, or better yet a paper trail of inconsistencies, is absolutely paramount when juxtaposing the two most powerful forces of our times: i) the central banking-led status quo (which is de facto the banker-led oligarchy whose primary purpose in the past several centuries has been to accumulate as much as possible of the hard asset-based fruits of people's labor, who toil in exchange for "money" created out of thin air - a process which could be described as not quite voluntary slavery, but the phrase would certainly suffice), and ii) "everyone else", especially when "everyone else" still believes in the supremacy of democratic forces, accountability, and an impartial legal system (three pillars of modern society which over the past 4 years we have experienced time and again have been nothing but mirages). Because without hard evidence, not only is the case of the people against central bankers non-existent, even if conducted in a kangaroo court co-opted by the banker-controlled status quo, it becomes laughable with every iteration of progressively more unsubstantiated accusations against the central banking cartels.

Finally, when it comes to cold, hard facts, which expose central banks in misdeed, even the great central banks have to be silent silent, as otherwise the overt perversion of justice will blow up the mirage that modern society lives in a democratic, laws-based world will be torn upside down.

And while others engage in click-baiting using grotesque hypotheses of grandure without any actual investigation, reporting or error and proof-checking to build up hype and speculation, which promptly fizzles and in the process desensitizes the general public and those actually undecided and/or on the fences about what truly goes on behind the scenes, Zero Hedge travelled (metaphorically) in space - to London, or specifically the Bank of England Archives - and in time, to May 1968 to be precise.

While there we dug up a certain memo, coded C43/323 in the BOE archives, official title "GOLD AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE OFFICE FILE: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK (FRBNY) - MISCELLANEOUS", dated May 31, 1968, written by a certain Mr. Robeson addressed to the BOE's Roy Bridge as well as its Chief Cashier, and whose ultimate recipient is Charles Coombs who at the time was the manager of the open market account at the Fed, responsible for Fed operations in the gold and FX markets.

This memo, more than any of the other spurious and speculative accusation about Buba's golden hoard, should disturb German citizens, and of course the Bundesbank (assuming it was not already aware of its contents), as the memo lays out, without any shadow of doubt, that the BOE and the Fed, effectively conspired to feed the Bundesbank due gold bars that were of substantially subpar quality on at least one occasion in the period during the Bretton-Woods semi-gold standard (which ended with Nixon in August 1971).

The facts:  

At least two central banks have conspired on at least one occasion to provide the Bundesbank with what both banks knew was "bad delivery" gold - the convertible reserve currency under the Bretton Woods system, or in other words, to defraud - amounting to 172 bars. The "bad delivery" occured even as official gold refiners had warned that the quality of gold emanating from the US Assay Office was consistently below standard, and which both the BOE and the Fed were aware of. Instead of addressing the issue of declining gold quality and purity, the banks merely covered up the refiners' complaints 

It is this that the Bundesbank, the German government, and the German people should be focusing on. If in the process this means completely ridiculing the Buba's "she doth protest too much" defense strategy that what is happening in the media is a "phantom debate" as per Andreas Dobret's recent words, so be it. In fact, one may be well advised to ignore anything Buba has said on this matter, because in attempting to hyperbolize the matter out of irrelevancy, the Buba is now cornered and will have no choice now but to explain just what the true gold content of the gold even in its possession is, let alone that which is allocated to the Buba account 50 feet below sea level, underneath the infamous building on Liberty 33.

Full May 1968 memo from the BOE to the NY Fed: highlights ours:




U.S. Assay Office Gold Bars


1.  We have from time to time had occasion to draw the Americans’ attention of the poor standards of finish of U.S. Assay Office bars. In addition in 1961 we passed on to them comments from Johnson Matthey to the effect that spectrographic examination did not support the claimed assay on one bar they had so tested (although they would not by normal processes have challenged the assay) and that impurities in the bar included iron which caused some material to be retained on the sides of crucible after pouring.


2. Recently, Johnson Matthey have put 172 “bad delivery” U.S. Assay Office bars into good delivery form for account of the Deutsche Bundesbank. These bars formed part of recent shipments by the Federal Reserve Bank to provide gold in London in repayment of swaps with the Bundesbank. The out-turn of the re-melting showed a loss in fine ounces terms four times greater than the gross weight loss. Asked to comment Johnson Matthey have indicated verbally that:-


(a) the mixing of “melt” bars of differing assays in one “pot” could produce a result which might be a contributing factor to a heavier loss in fine weight but they did not think this would be substantial ;


(b) a variation of .0001 in assay between different assayers is an extremely common phenomenon;


(c) over a long period of years they had had experience of unsatisfactory U.S. assays


3. It is not, however, possible to say that the U.S. assays were at fault because Johnson Matthey did not test any of the individual bars before putting them into the pot.


4. The Federal Reserve Bank have informed the Bundesbank that adjustments for differences in weight and refining charges will be reimbursed by the U.S.Treasury.


5. No indication should, of course, be given to the Bundesbank, or any other central bank holder of U.S. bars, as to the refiner’s views on them. The peculiarity of the out-turn will be known to the Bundesbank: it has so far occasioned no comment.


6. We should draw the attention of the Federal to the discrepancy in this (and any similar subsequent such) result and add simply that the refiners have made no formal comment but have indicate that, although very small differences in assay are not uncommon, their experience with U.S. Assay Office bars has not been satisfactory.


7. We hold 3,909 U.S. Assay Office bars for H.M.T. in London (in addition to the New York holding of 8,630 bars). After the London gold market was reopened in 1954 we test assayed the bars of certain assayers to ensure that pre-war standards were being maintained. It might be premature to set up arrangements now for sample test assays of U.S. Assay Office bars but if it appeared likely that the present discontent of the refiners might crystalise into formal complain we should certainly need to do this.  In the meantime I would recommend no further action.


31st May 1968



To summarize: Bank of England discovers discrepancies with US Assay Office gold bars, notifies the NY Fed that its gold bars have major "bad delivery" issues, but, and this is the punchline, on this occasion, we'll keep it quiet, because the Bundesbank got these bars. This is merely one documented assay occasion: one can imagine that of the hundreds of thousands of gold bars in official circulation, the "good delivery" quality of bars outside of the US, and perhaps BOE, official holdings has progressively declined over the decades of Bretton Woods. One can also only imagine what has happened to all those "good delivery" bars currently held by the Fed as custodian at the NY Fed. Literally: imagine. Because there is no way to check what the real gold consistency of these gold bars is, and whether the refiners found ongoing future inconsistencies with "good delivery" standards of bars handed off to other "non-core" central banks. And, yes, without further evidence the above is merely speculation.

As to the remaining relevant facts: the US ran out of good delivery gold in March 1968 and only had coin bars remaining. Which is why it closed the gold pool and went to a two-tier price system. The Bundesbank went on to cover some of the outstanding gold debts of the Fed to the gold pool. Subsequently, the US then did several deals with the BOC to get a substantial amount of gold to pay back the Bundesbank which was sent over to England from March until June 1968. One can, again, only speculate on the quality of said gold. The Fed then created unsettled accounts to account for these transfers between itself and the Buba.

In light of the above facts and evidence, one can see why the Buba is doing all in its power to avoid the spotlight being shone on the purity of its gold inventory: after all the last thing the German central banks would want is someone to go through the publicly available archived literature, to put two and two together, and figure out that it does not take one massive "rehypothecation" (see "to Corzine") event for German gold credibility to be impaired: all it takes is death from a thousand micro dilutions over the decades to get the same end result. Because chipping away one ounce here, one ounce there for years and years and years, ultimately adds up to a lot.

We eagerly look forward to the Buba's next iteration of self-defense. We can only hope that this one does not include a reference to a "phantom debate", to "East German terrorist Simon Gruber" or to Goldfinger, as it will merely further destroy any remaining credibility the Bundesbank may have left in this, or any other, matter.

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Look forward to more archive-based disclosure ot what may have happened to Buba's, and not only, gold in the coming days and weeks.


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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:44 | 2966416 Peter Pan
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I didn't know there were international waters on the east German border.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:59 | 2966455 Dr. Richard Head
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And Mitt didn't know Iran did. Do you think MIC cheerleaders care about the facts? Just bomb them, steal their gold, and steal their beer even if it because they talk funny.

In the words of Maynard, "Let's have a war and build a New Jersey. Let's have a war, so you can go and die. Let's have a war, crank up the Dow Jones. Let's have war and clean out this place."

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:07 | 2966476 knukles
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Doc, you forgot the oil.  Gotta steal their oil, too.  Best they have both gold and oil.  Then we can occupy for the long term and really fuck up the culture.

They hate us for our Feifdoms

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:35 | 2966545 Dr. Richard Head
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I want a beer girl in those big people leprechaun outfits

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:07 | 2967111 willwork4food
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I'll take two and a 6-pack to go please.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:43 | 2967571 cowpieflapjack
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They hate us for our greedoms.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:07 | 2966477 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I didn't know there were international waters on the east German border.

It's the other Strait of Hormuz. Just remember that the next time someone uses the term Straits of Hormuz.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:50 | 2966239 jimijon
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Diluted Alchemy. What is real? What is matter? The delusion / illusion that only appointed alchemists can conjure authentic numbers.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:51 | 2966241 Dick Darlington
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:52 | 2966242 DollarMenu
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Damn, this shit is better than any TV show.

Thanks TD & ZH.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:15 | 2966506 mick_richfield
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True, but there was a movie with Brad Pitt that was based on this web site.
It was pretty good.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:36 | 2966552 old naughty
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"...better than any TV show."

OMG, you are comparing this to them TV shows, still?

Who around here still hope to get reality from them?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:54 | 2966246 saints51
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Mr. Panos intercepted delivery. Greeks have it stashed in their mattresses.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:55 | 2966248 jmcadg
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Is Chavez melting down his hoard as we speak?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:17 | 2967126 thecoloredsky
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depends if ghaddafi's gold was pure

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:57 | 2966254 Seasmoke
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Argo Fuck Yourself

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:58 | 2966260 Joebloinvestor
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The United States says to trust and obscure.

What a great system for a reserve currency.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:58 | 2966261 Seize Mars
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Fraud. Theft. Lies. Threats. Invasion, murder.

Government is great!

Let's put them in charge of my fucking health care.

Oh, and by the way, they'd really, really like to disarm us as well.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:22 | 2966350 Miffed Microbio...
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Bought another gun yesterday. Gun store was doing great business , more than last election. There's many out there that are thinking along your lines of thought. People I now are either asleep and content or wide awake and prepping. We live in very interesting times.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:00 | 2966460 Parrotile
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As an outsider I have this vision of a "Post Financial Apocalyptic" America where a large chunk of the population are indulging in the mother of all shootouts with each other - bullets (and larger ordnance) flying everywhere, probably pretty indiscriminately too.

Ever thought for one moment that this might be just what TPTB want to happen - the "Armed, therefore potentially troublesome" subset of the population conveniently running their own "mutual depopulation programme"?

If the "Armed and Dangeroous" subset get a-hold of the "really big stuff" from the hundreds of Military / National Guard depots it''' certainly become very interesting, very quickly.

It would make downtown Beirut at the height of the "troubles" look like a quiet afternoon in a Public Library . . . . .

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:10 | 2966486 knukles
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There is no reason whatsoever to buy a shit load of guns and ammo.

As my best friend MgySgt used to say; "there'll be plenty layin' 'round on the battlefield"

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:38 | 2966556 TheFourthStooge-ing
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As an outsider I have this vision of a "Post Financial Apocalyptic" America where a large chunk of the population are indulging in the mother of all shootouts with each other - bullets (and larger ordnance) flying everywhere, probably pretty indiscriminately too.

You do know that television and movies aren't real, don't you? The American "wild west" was far more peaceful than indicated in pop culture, but peace is more difficult to market than lots of killin' and explosions.

Post financial apocalyptic America won't be a picnic, but after some stressful adjustments, most exchanges of bullets will probably be as barter items in trade for other goods.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 12:54 | 2967728 PLira
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True that on the "Real" Old Western society being much less wild than portrayed.

An armed society is a polite society.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:42 | 2966567 Dr. Engali
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Kill them all and let God sort them out.

I have considered this very point myself. Why go through the bother of disarming the populous? It's too much trouble. When the time comes they have us so divided we will take out each other and TPTB will come mop up the rest.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:53 | 2966598 DosZap
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I have considered this very point myself. Why go through the bother of disarming the populous? It's too much trouble. When the time comes they have us so divided we will take out each other and TPTB will come mop up the rest.

Dr. won't work bro, just 10% of the RED side is enough to take out all the LEFT side.

The RED side were born, and teethed on weapons, and their use, and actually know how to use them, and very well,at MANY ranges.

most here do not have a clue that civilain shooters, and instructors taught (may be different now), to a HUGE degree taught the military many new tricks,and shooting skill sets.

Just as MOST real innovations come from the private sector, so it is/was with our troops.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:04 | 2966628 Dr. Engali
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I hope you're right. Actually I'm counting on that fact.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:56 | 2966896 knukles
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Sounds like good math to me....

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:06 | 2966912 dexter_morgan
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meh, whaddaya think the drones are for - will take the reds out in a new york minnit.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:42 | 2967169 Lednbrass
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Yeah, thats been a spectacular success in the Middle East.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:20 | 2966670's picture


just 10% of the RED side is enough to take out all the LEFT side.


So wild Indians are going to attack the liberals? That ought to be interesting.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:22 | 2967349 John_Coltrane
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5 million experienced NRA members couldn't agree more.  I even like the odds of the NRA membership vs the US army-many of which likely have stronger alligience to the NRA than they do our current government.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:16 | 2966652's picture


If the "Armed and Dangeroous" subset get a-hold of the "really big stuff" from the hundreds of Military / National Guard depots it''' certainly become very interesting, very quickly.


But government is the armed and dangerous crowd.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:06 | 2966284 Wakanda
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"bad delivery"

When the Dominos guy hands you a cold pizza?

When the Chinese take out sends pork roll instead of shrimp roll?

When the US Federal Reserve shorts you 172 bars of gold?

Inquiring minds want to know.  -  Congrats Tylers!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:07 | 2966293 Seize Mars
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By the way, this is Superior reporting, ZH. Well done.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:42 | 2967170 DaveyJones
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good point, we don't tell him we love him enough

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:07 | 2966294 centerline
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The demise of the Roman empire comes to mind.  This time though is it a handful of central banks who have managed to wrap the globe in counterparty risk with neat little bow (actually looks more like a fuse I think).  Yeah... it's going to end well.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:08 | 2966479 Burr's 2nd Shot
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or something.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:21 | 2967134 willwork4food
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Actually it is a bit different. Didn't Jesus, mother Shipton, the Mayans and a few others comment on this age?

Naw, can't be.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:09 | 2966296 Sweet Chicken
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Bares repeating.



American Eyes

American Eyes

View the world through American eyes

Bury the past

Rob us blind

And leave nothing behind

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:09 | 2966299 Dr. Engali
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This is why I live the Hedge.. Well this and the commentary. Great job Tyler's, and thank you.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:12 | 2966315 tongue.stan
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the rabbit hole is deep and lined with tungsten

That' all folks!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:13 | 2966317 GubbermintWorker
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Alas, am glad that I am but a poor slob who's gold consists of fractional ounces.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:14 | 2966321 SillySalesmanQu...
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Who has most of that 185,000 tons of gold? Why most of the readers here @ZH bitchez... :)

Of course, 99% of it has been lost due to unfortunate boating accidents...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:18 | 2966658 Mesquite
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India (the citizens)

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 14:26 | 2967959 HedgeCock
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What a coincidence, Hurricane Sandy took 99% of my gold out to sea...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:15 | 2966323 divide_by_zero
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Gold was obviously lost thru the "Corzine's share" much like Angel's share with wine when it ages.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:15 | 2966325 Intoxicologist
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In Intoxicologist lingo, this can be construed as short-shotting someones drink then, right?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:16 | 2966328 Thecomingcollapse
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Mouth Agape!  I sure hope this hits the mainstream..preferably German media! 

Get your popcorn ready!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:19 | 2966333 dwdollar
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Just think... we have even less information to draw conclusions about Fort Knox.

I'm sure Uncle Scam is saving the highest quality gold bars for US citizens. /sarc

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:18 | 2966335 jmcadg
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So was Gordon Brown just selling UK gold at fair Market value? Rather than admit to having tungsten in the UK stack, clear out the US crap, keep the good shit? Just thinking...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:18 | 2966337 Colonial Intent
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Long Tungsten?


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:25 | 2966359 THE DORK OF CORK
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I don't buy it .

The central bankers hold no nationality - they are all just good friends..............


I believe you could cash a Sterling cheque in Berlin up to 1916...............what exactly does that tell you ?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:12 | 2966496 knukles
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Somethin' big happened?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:26 | 2966362 resurger
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:27 | 2966364 slackrabbit
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Holy shit!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:29 | 2966372 mantrid
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I wonder what poor Chavez got

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:31 | 2966373 Smiddywesson
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LOL, same thought on Chavez


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:30 | 2966374 MsCreant
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No one said it yet?

Say it! Say it!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:35 | 2966389 Colonial Intent
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Gold Bitchez?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:45 | 2966420 MsCreant
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Say it with conviction!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:50 | 2966437 GubbermintWorker
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:12 | 2966456 Colonial Intent
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:06 | 2966475 Parrotile
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And nickel (you don't want to leave your lead in the cold without a jacket do you?? !!)

Old but nice-the old 7.62mm NATO Boxer rounds do still have pretty excellent "Stopping Power" - and they fit the AK 47 too!!

(Just sayin' . . .  )

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:23 | 2966677 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Parrotile said:

And nickel (you don't want to leave your lead in the cold without a jacket do you?? !!)

Copper is the most widely used material for jacketing lead bullets. Nickel is used more for protecting the brass cartridges from corrosion (nickel washed brass).

Old but nice-the old 7.62mm NATO Boxer rounds do still have pretty excellent "Stopping Power" - and they fit the AK 47 too!!

I hope you never need to depend on that sort of "knowledge". The 7.62x51mm NATO round (Boxer? Most military cartridges use Berdan primers) and the 7.62x39mm AK-47 round are in no way interchangeable. The shells differ in length, diameter, and shape, and even the bullets themselves are of different diameters (7.82mm v. 7.92mm).

(Just sayin' . . .  )

Well, yeah, the internet is like that.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:43 | 2966735 FeralSerf
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They don't fit very well. The 7.62 NATO is 51mm long.  The AK47 is 39mm long.  The 7.62X51 is similar in energy to the old .30-06.  The AK47 7.62X39 is similar to the .30-30 Winchester.  Big difference.×39mm×51mm_NATO

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:13 | 2966803 lakecity55
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:12 | 2966802 lakecity55
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"and me.... I'm Rhodium. I'm cool, too."



(Thought I would round it out)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:50 | 2966438 GubbermintWorker
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:31 | 2966378 Blagio
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1974 Audit of Fort Knox

Here we see Rep. Gene Snyder of KY holding a U.S. Postal scale as Rep. John B. Conlan of AZ places a gold bar on it. When you enhance the image, you can see that the scale shows the bar weighing 22.25 pounds. A normal bar of .995 gold would weigh 28.9 pounds, nearly 30% more.

The Sec. of the Treasury tried to explain away this discrepancy by claiming that the scale was a common household scale and was defective. The photo shows, however, that it was an official postal scale, typically accurate to one ounce.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:31 | 2966379 SmittyinLA
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BOC (Bank of China?) 1968? We're we at war with them at that time?  

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:27 | 2966690's picture

Cold war. Although this was going on:


Sino-Soviet relations soured after the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia in August 1968. In October, the Chinese demanded North Vietnam cut relations with Moscow, but Hanoi refused.[234] The Chinese began to withdraw in November 1968 in preparation for a clash with the Soviets, which occurred at Zhenbao Island in March 1969. The Chinese also began financing the Khmer Rouge as a counterweight to the Vietnamese communists at this time. China's withdrawal from Vietnam was completed in July 1970.[235]

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:32 | 2966380 SmittyinLA
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Was "the Nam" a total fraud? 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:35 | 2966548 Poor Grogman
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With al that Hippy coombaya touchy feely stuff breaking out in Cali and people "dropping out" of the system.

Of course it was..


Couldn't have peace and love breaking out now could we?....



Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:36 | 2966393 rosethorn
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"the refiners have made no formal comment but have indicate that, although very small differences in assay are not uncommon, their experience with U.S. Assay Office bars has not been satisfactory."


Should trigger an audit immediately.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:14 | 2966504 knukles
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Close enough for government work.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:28 | 2966795 Urban Redneck
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As much as government employees are cut from the same stock the world over, that level of BS in an assay office isn't acceptable.

However, while laughing at the the latest english-language propaganda from Swiss government I came across this:

Scroll down to the Precious Metals Control video

at 3.10 into the video they have a gold plated tungsten bar that I haven't seen before


(that's offical government media, not some reporter running around the NY jewelry district)



Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:02 | 2967010 smiler03
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+1 Great link, very educational, not just the tungsten bit.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:17 | 2967299 dogbreath
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there is never just one cockroach

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:41 | 2966410 debtor of last ...
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Mr. Durden.

Don't get Assange'd

And thanks for the wipers.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:43 | 2966415 luna_man
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And...If you don't check with MY MAIN MAN first...


"I pity the fool"

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:45 | 2966421 Al Huxley
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For something that apparently is just held for 'tradition' everybody sure fucks with it a lot.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:21 | 2966520 mick_richfield
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Well, that's traditional too.

There's a reason all the coins that matter have little ridges all around their edges.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:46 | 2966422 AUD
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gold bars that were of substantially subpar quality


declining gold quality and purity

Yes indeed ZH - quality

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:48 | 2966432 MsCreant
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Everyone, everywhere, anytime you can, should be commenting on this story and putting the pressure ON!


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:16 | 2966508 knukles
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Doubled over, grunting...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:39 | 2967316 putaipan
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:51 | 2966881's picture

Did GATA know about this? Or did ZH scoop GATA and they're reading along with us right now?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 12:33 | 2967688 Bay of Pigs
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In 1999 when GATA launched their organization, they laid out the groundwork of the bullion banks (JPM, GS, HSBC, etc...) the COMEX and Barrick Golds involvement in the gold suppression scheme. That in turn led them to the FED, UST and the swaps and leases between Central Banks. Little by little, and bit by bit, they've been able to piece together ther story and ongoing criminal enterprise that engulfs the entire financial sector.

Now having ZH reach a much wider audienece all these years later can only be a good thing.

Nice work Tyler(s). 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:00 | 2966457 Shigure
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In the record you put a link to (C43/323) dated 1st May 1967 to 31st October 1968, the description reads:

"Discussion of New York clearing system; FRB Bulletins for comments; some 1967 devaluation papers; large United States (US) gold shipments; US defence purchases and offset payments; some figures of US banks' Euro-Dollar borrowings."

So, has the Euro been going that long then?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:12 | 2966494 AUD
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Eurodollar is $US denominated credit outside of the US.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:31 | 2966701's picture

A good question and an excellent answer.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:57 | 2966767 Shigure
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AUD. Thanks for your reply

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:02 | 2966775 Orly
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Yeah, seriously.  I was five years old and you weren't even born yet.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:00 | 2966458 illyia
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Nice investigation job TDs. Under-appreciated in this competitive crowd. But you did real homework on this.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:15 | 2966505 bugs_
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Yamashita's (bad delivery) gold

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:51 | 2966751 FeralSerf
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It's been claimed that Barrick fixed that.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:17 | 2966512 silverserfer
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best way to get your gold is to dig it out of the ground yourself. it wont be 24k but at least the impurities are mainly silver! 

Dig bitchez!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:39 | 2966558 akak
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best way to get your gold is to dig it out of the ground yourself.

And why not?  The shit is everywhere, and it only costs $5 to dig from the ground!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:28 | 2966693 TheFourthStooge-ing
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akak said:

And why not?  The shit is everywhere, and it only costs $5 to dig from the ground!


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:11 | 2967027 smiler03
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"And why not?  The shit is everywhere, and it only costs $5 to dig from the ground!"


Dig from the ground? Ha! What a fool! You can just scoop shit up from the side of the road in China.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:45 | 2967256 knukles
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Fuckin' move to Heaven, roads are paved with it.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:06 | 2966633 Never One Roach
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"Your gold is in a segregated worries."

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:11 | 2967318 putaipan
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no.  this is pre- "corazined".


poof, bitches!


(edit, to get the "poof bitches" joke right)


in sloooooowww motion.-  pooooooofffff..............beeeeeeaaaaaaaaatchhhhhhhhes~

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:21 | 2966518 eddiebe
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Are they talking about The Bubba?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:22 | 2966522 DosZap
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Oh, and BTW.

Have any of you noticed the colors of the SO called US bars holdings?.

Some(a lot) look like they are mix of wheel weights, and gold, or fools gold.One would expect the color of 0.999 Gold to be Uniform, esp GOOD DELIVERY BARS.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:32 | 2966534 KingTut
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It's worth mentioning that when the US confiscated citizen's gold in 1933, the majority of that was in the form of US gold coins.  To make them more durable in circulation, the coins were 22 karat, whereas pure gold is 24 karat.  So if one of these "coin melt" bars was refined into good delivery bar, 400 oz of 22 karat will out-turn at 366 oz of fine, for a loss of 34 oz.  Pretty significant.

The quicky audit of Ft Knox conducted in the 1950's revealed many bars with strange coloration.  This might be explained if they were "coin melt", instead of good delivery.  Why bother purifying it if its just going to sit there for 1000's of years.  You only need good delivery if you're going to sell it (or swap it).

A little spooky none-the-less.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:08 | 2966560 Bob
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Damn, Tyler throws down.

Good.  Hope you're all in on this one. 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:46 | 2966578 Poor Grogman
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How much more of the jigsaw puzzle does one really need to see before one understands what the picture is ?

Are we simply being conditioned to receive the really bad news?



Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:48 | 2966586 robnume
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What the Fuck? Jump, Central Bankers, Jump!!!!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:09 | 2966630 Bob
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The video:

It's funny, watching it three years later--it's as great as it was then . . . yet it ruefully deepens your understanding of how shit has gone in the real world over that time. It's ugly. 

Something tells me we've been slackers on this shit.  It's hard to argue with results. 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:53 | 2966604 Cheesy Bastard
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Lots of Zero Hedge readers have real gold, but it you want it you better learn to scuba, buba.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:01 | 2966620 Never One Roach
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New York rations gasoline; storm victims still in the dark

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:19 | 2966932 Oleander
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The  TSA is sending in screeners from across the country. Will they be houseing the Sandy victims at Fort Dix? Fema Camp? I know a screener who was deployed to NJ.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:21 | 2966674 rosethorn
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Mascot bird teaching Fukushima children how to avoid radiation — RT

"A report by Fukushima Medical University first published this April and updated in July revealed that 36% of Fukushima children have unusually overgrown thyroid glands, and could be prone to cancer. Of 38,000 children examined, 13,000 had cysts or nodules as large as five millimeters, the Health Management Survey stated, which made doctors around the globe rate Japan’s reaction to the aftermaths of Fukushima disaster as “ultimately medical irresponsibility.”"

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:51 | 2969331 Non Passaran
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:37 | 2966712 Piranhanoia
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The deutsche gold is hardly pure.  It has the blood of millions of europeans in it.  That is how they stole it.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:38 | 2966855 Urban Redneck
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Most the gold that exists in throughout the world has the blood of millions from hundreds of wars over centuries of "civilization" in it.  You argument is beyond naive.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:19 | 2967041 smiler03
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Good point. Those Spaniards killed "quite a few" Aztecs and Incas to make their churches shiny.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:10 | 2967216 willwork4food
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Yes, but a shiny gold church erases all sins. Right?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:41 | 2966728 Odin
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Fucking Rothschilds...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:45 | 2967320 putaipan
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fucking templars....

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:42 | 2966734 BattlegroundEur...
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Looks like Gold actually degrades over time.  Who would'uv thought.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:55 | 2966760 Boxed Merlot
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So, is this circa 1968 info the kind of stuff we should expect the new Utah Facility to have at their disposal for dissemination to the free people of the US?  Or will it just be made available for the dorks of the realm busy frisking gramma on the tarmac at Lee Bird Field in North Platte NE?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:01 | 2966774 dexter_morgan
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LOL, so much for honor amongst thieves

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:13 | 2966806 Smiddywesson
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A friend of mine just landed a job with a precious metals dealer.  In preparing him for this topic, I wonder if he will think I am absolutely out of my mind?  How does a rational person describe to another rational person that the world he lives in, the politics, the financial world, the class structure, and all the history he has ever learned is a falsehood?  I might just hand him copy of The Matrix and tell him good luck.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:20 | 2966820 Smiddywesson
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I was serious.  He knows NOTHING about PMs.  LOL, good luck!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:29 | 2967053 smiler03
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Like countless employers these days, they want them ignorant so that they can brainwash them from the start. Ivy League University Grads into Wall Street, for example.

An observation: a bit like religion.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:46 | 2967322 putaipan
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freakin'chicago school boy's......

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:24 | 2967233 willwork4food
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Unless they are ready to know more, they ain't ready

'throwing pearls to swine' comes to mind

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:48 | 2967323 putaipan
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the oystee's were delicious....but , what were those hard round white things?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:14 | 2966808 Youri Carma
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Exclusive:Gold Fort Knox’s gone!

December 13, 1999 – In the 1970?s a very courageous gentleman named Edward Durrell claimed that substantially all of the US Gold Reserve being stored at Ft. Knox was gone. Only 1,000 tonnes or so of the 8,500 tonnes supposedly being stored there remained. The rest had been secretly taken from Ft. Knox and shipped to London in 1967 and early 1968 for sale by President Johnson in an ill-fated attempt to keep the price of Gold at $35 per ounce.

Mr. Durrell provided a lot of anecdotal evidence to support his claim. These included eyewitness accounts of hundreds of Army trucks leaving Ft. Knox in the middle of the night over a period of many weeks, supposedly loaded with the Gold bounty. Other interesting but circumstantial evidence was the sudden and unexpected dismissal of Gordon Tether, business editor for London’s Financial Times, who published Mr. Durrell’s claims. To my knowledge, no mainstream US newspaper dared to publish Mr. Durrell’s allegations.

Jim Willie (Part 2/2): the rush for physical gold is on

Jim Willie (Part 1/2): US recovery is a fairy tale

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:31 | 2966960 brak
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Simon Gruber'd Bitchez!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:23 | 2966945 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Throw internet kill switch in 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. 2 .. 1 .. 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:42 | 2966975 Atomizer
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Is the Federal Reserve Act going to expire?


nudge nudge, wink wink

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:04 | 2967015 tony bonn
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zh has laid a huge malodorous turd the size of hurricane sandy....

the facts presented by james turk and others regarding the dissipation of german gold is, contrary to the assinine opinion expressed in this farticle, based on forensic evidence and subsequent corroboration.....i would urge readers to obtain information elsewhere on this important topic....

germany has little to no gold and its official reserves vastly overstate any remnants it may still posess. for the same reason that barry soetoro refuses to disclose his legal birth certificate - issued no doubt in or near mumbai (kenya - not india) - so the us government and private banking cartel aka the federal reserve refuse to permit german delegations to inspect their gold.

it is laughable that anyone considers a riddle wrapped within an enigma wrapped within wet tissue paper a tangible good. you couldn't get a driver's license with such flimsy evidence of identity and i surely wouldn't extend such faith based gibberish to the gold supply of the german republic.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:31 | 2967059 Almost Solvent
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So, the gold isn't there like they say it is?


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:50 | 2967325 putaipan
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that ain't sarc/ baby..... that's naiiiiiivtee'.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:21 | 2967133 helping_friendl...
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I wasted my time trying to write what I just read!

Right on!

It is a contract issue since the FRBNY is a, private, banking cartel.

Let the Germans sue in Brussels or press Tel-Aviv!

Not our, or Barry's, problem.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:04 | 2967208 newengland
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James Turk, a good gold man; trustworthy, imo.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:34 | 2967065 Divine Wind
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Tyler, this is excellent work. Pretty ballsy reporting in certain respects.

Be careful, brother.

I am certain there are people at Buba and elsewhere who are saying;

"Who in the F*CK is this Tyler Durden guy?"

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:10 | 2967116 helping_friendl...
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Have you ever considered ZH might be a device of TPTB? 

A device to enable the military indusdrial complex?

Think about it?!

Cohen chicanery!

Why should our gov't get involved in a corporate, civil, contract issue?

Let the Germans take it to Brussels or attack Tel-Aviv. NOT OUR PROBLEM!


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:21 | 2967131 Divine Wind
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Tyler, are you really who you say you are????

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:12 | 2967157 helping_friendl...
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That is what I am saying!

What is TDs interest, other than drama, in the Germans gold deposits with a private banking cartel i.e. the FRBNY?

The article is written in such a way as to try and encumber, or make the appearance of encumbrance, the Gov't of the USA when it is a contract between the German Gov't and a (Israeli?) corporation, a private banking cartel.

I protest and challenge the legitimacy of this articles premise.

Is the US Gov't bound to the FRBNYs contracts?

Let us hash this out now before we fight the Germans, on behalf of the banking cartels, a third time!!!!!!!

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:30 | 2967239 willwork4food
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Good points HF. I kind of like to think along the lines of Les Visable that the logical outcome of evil feeds upon itself..and ultimately destroys itself.

Unfortuanately it takes a few others with them...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:49 | 2967258 helping_friendl...
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I'm not fluent in French, think I know what your saying, appreciate your concurrence, 

Let the Germans sue the FRBNY at the Hague. 

Let the Germans bankrupt the FRBNY and repossess Israel. 

Why should our state be involved?

If the FRBNY absconded with the Krauts  gold; let the Krauts sue the FRBNY (Israeli banking cartel) to recover their property. 

I consider this a civil matter to be resolved in civil court. If the Germans get no satisfaction let them seek satisfaction in Tel-Aviv.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:48 | 2967324 helping_friendl...
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Does it seem strange to you that the Third Reich would attempt to annilate Jewry in western and Eastern Europe then place their gold reserves with a Jewish Banking Cartel?

How is this possible?

The Germans had no gold reserves after their surrender in 1945!

The Allied armies, Russian and Western Europe, seized any gold as spoils of war.

Where did this huge reserve come from?

Why would the victors allow the vanquished to keep ill gotten booty?

If the Germans were so evil then why did we forgo the millions killed and enable the Huns to recapture and build the second largest  Gold reserve in the world?

All gold held in private, Jewish, banking cartel custody? 

Does anyone else realize a huge lie being perpetrated on the living relations of those who were slaughtered?

I know!! I have done my research! My DD. 

If you care to know the truth you will seek the truth.

I am no anti Semite gauging my love for the Palestinian people and work to restore the Palestinian State including self determination of the Palestinians.



Sun, 11/11/2012 - 03:32 | 2969318 jimmyjames
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Great post!

Herbert Walker Bush was there-

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