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Africa's Largest Refinery Finds 2.7 Tons Of Gold "Missing" After Computer System Upgrade

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It's one thing to implicitly admit that there is a physical gold shortage and as a result nations - such as Germany - are unable to repatriate their physical gold held in the safe and trusted confines 90 feet below the NY Fed, gold which may or may not be there and has likely been leased out exponentially to cover paper shorts by virtually every BIS-overseen central bank (and the BIS paper gold selling team itself of course). It is something totally different to corzine, as in vaporize, 87,000 ounces of physical gold, some 2.7 tons, and blame it on a computer upgrade glitch. Which is precisely what Rand, Afrrica's largest refinery and processor of about a third of the world's gold since 1920, has done after it "discovered" that $113 million in precious metal was missing after "adopting a new computer system."

Bloomberg reports that the refinery in Germiston, a town 20 kilometers east of Johannesburg, has 87,000 ounces of physical gold less than the amount present in its accounting records after “implementation difficulties” with the new system, the company said in a statement today. That’s worth about $113 million at today’s price of $1,296 an ounce.

Taking a page out of China's infinite rehypothecation scheme, the South African refiner essentially told its investors, most of whom are gold miners, to step up and replenish the missing metal or else investors may come asking questions about their own reported gold holdings. And, it succeeded.

Rand Refinery’s shareholders, including AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG), Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SGL) and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (HAR), agreed to lend the company 1.2 billion rand to help make up the difference.

Laughable excuses aside, those curious where the gold may have gone should probably ask the former CEO: "Howard Craig resigned as chief executive officer in May and has been replaced by Mark Lynam, who is being assisted by management consultant Accenture Plc in sorting out the issue."

However, just like in China, it appears nobody has any interest in actually digging deeper:

The miners, customers of the refinery, have received the prices they were expecting, leading them to conclude it’s most likely an accounting problem rather than theft, James Wellsted, a spokesman for Sibanye Gold, said by phone.

Perhaps it is normal when nearly 3 tons of physical gold goes missing for nobody to care. Alternatively, perhaps it means that just like the entire financial Ponzi system, which can sustain the lies only as long as everyone agress not to "defect" and admit Janet Yellen is a "naked (and very much clueless) emperor", the rot within the gold space has now shifted away purely from the commercial and central banks and is now impacting the miners and refiners. If so, anyone who owns gold is encouraged to take physical possession of it asap because if, as this incident suggests, the Chinese rehypothecation experiment has gone global, when everyone does demand their deliverable be, well, delivered, it will be too late.


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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:40 | 5004848 icanhasbailout
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I gotta get me a computer system like that

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:46 | 5004870 nuclearsquid
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Not surprised.  This is the curse of the ERP.

Funny story... I was consulting for a MAJOR big name firearm manufacturer.  Their operations were a mess:

-all kinds of scrapped inventory

-WIP lying around all over the place (boxes, parts, and yes, even stacks of finished or near-finished automatic firearms.


-all kinds of inaccuracies / missing inventory / lost parts / etc.

They also had problems with their ERP.  Pay millions of dollars a year to saddle yourself with unmanageable headaches.  Great business, isn't it?


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:48 | 5004884 nope-1004
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Old computer = Traditional honest accounting.

New computer = FASB-Geithner-Bernanke-Dimon-Blankfein-Feinstein-COMEX-LBMA accounting.  "Look what I found under the sofa cushions....."


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:48 | 5004902 kliguy38
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Who da foch cares.....its a barbarous relic........load me up with bitcoin now there's a store of wealth

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:53 | 5004930 Anusocracy
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Just from personal experience, they should search all the nearby lakes.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:55 | 5004948 whotookmyalias
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Is it in the basement of the NY FED?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:02 | 5004985 Pladizow
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Aaaaaaaaaaand it's gone?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:09 | 5005010 knukles
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Somebody's having tons of fun!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:37 | 5006020 NoPension
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Lois Lerner. And she ain't talkin'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:43 | 5005191 CPL
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BreX'ed actually.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 06:59 | 5006729 GetZeeGold
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You just won yourself one helicopter ride.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:32 | 5005400 NoTTD
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:59 | 5005888 logicalman
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Either it exists, physically, or it doesn't.

Everything else is accounting.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:03 | 5004988 Save_America1st
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:05 | 5004993 Anusocracy
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Maybe it's in Scrooge McRothschild's money bin.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:09 | 5005013 debtor of last ...
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No, there's only Yellen, the naked emperor.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:47 | 5004894 negative rates
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You can't get screwed by a computer system, until you have one.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:02 | 5004983 SHEEPFUKKER

Wouldn't the bigger farce have been if their computer system had been upgraded and they had suddenly found an extra 3 tons? know, to then lend out 1000x to drive the paper price down and keep the ponzi going full tilt. 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:12 | 5005032 knukles
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Anybody ever heard of a fucking audit FFS?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:17 | 5005554 logicalman
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It matters not what is being audited.

What matters is who is doing the auditing.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:48 | 5006044 knukles
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    - J. Stalin & Co., Auditors, Judges, Juries and Executioners

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:57 | 5005251 negative rates
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Talk to the israelites, they been coming up short since the beginning of the 1600's.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:10 | 5005018 SheepDog-One
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That 'Sons of Guns' reality show got busted by the BATF early on (the dad) for a bunch of missing automatic weapons and parts, that's why they needed that guy to marry the daughter, he was the only 1 with a legit Class3 license.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:36 | 5005161 twh99
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This has absolutely nothing to do with their ERP systems.  I have been instrumental with managing, purchasing and implementing ERP systems for manufacutring companies over the years.  This is just a convenient excuse to blame what has probably been sloppy controls of their warehousing for years.  

I would bet mangement knew about this but just kept sweeping the losses under the rug until they no longer could.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:06 | 5005292 Uber Vandal
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My experience of going from AS400 to JD Edwards / Peoplesoft was slightly different.

For example, with AS400, I would spend about an hour entering paperwork, and our inventory would be dead on.

With Peoplesoft, I would spend about an hour cycle counting (doing inventory) for the system never quite pulled the correct amounts off the inventory from the bill of materials.

I took a bill of materials sheet, weighed up the component parts and found there was a large discrepancy between what the bill of materials was calling for and what the scale was telling me. Which made perfect sense as to why our counts were consistently off on certain components.

I brought it up to the chain of command, but it only went so far, until Mr. I. Am. Somebody did exactly what I did and had a Eureka moment.


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:20 | 5005564 NotApplicable
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As a programmer/analyst who just broke a critical web-page today after three days of testing/debugging/comparing old to new files line by line, all I can say is this, complexity is a bitch. Too many moving parts will get ya. Especially when they're distributed across various servers/business units/software components. At least I was smart enough to back up the old files.

Now, I guess my ZH break is over, and I should go find the bug that produces no error.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:00 | 5005698 Crawdaddy
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Nobody ever wants to fix a $500 problem. They must wait until it is at least a 5MM problem.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:27 | 5006520 Antifaschistische
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I've not seen this in a refining business but this happens often in ERP projects when organizations take the opportunity to actually verify (cleanse) data before "loading" into their "new" system.

Because once the ERP is in place, you at least have the tool to track the lifecycle of an asset from requisition to disposal.   In fractured application environments, it's easy for assets to get "lost" in the cracks of disjointed business processes.


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:45 | 5004871 nuclearsquid
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.... Sorry, i got the ZH double-tap.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:45 | 5004876 john39
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just an accounting problem. damn, same glitch hit MF Global's cash vaults.  must be spreading.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:41 | 5006032 NoPension
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..... and every day, he would push by with an empty wheelbarrow. The guards would check it, and nothing. They figured he was just an old fool, pushing an empty wheelbarrow........they knew he was stealing something, but they just couldn't figure it out.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:46 | 5004881 Postal
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Put back the old system, and the gold magically reappears!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:49 | 5004912 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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This is why you only want to hold gold in paper form. /sarc

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:55 | 5004947 Zirpedge
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Doesn't matter paper or's just a bad store of wealth. Money needs to be invested and circulate to do good in the economy.

This story just proves what a bad investment gold is, I imagine that over the next few days a 3-5% correction will take place only to preceed a return that is more in line with the commercial applications of the substance, which there are a few..


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:03 | 5004980 Pure Evil
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Yep, much better to invest your Toilet Paper USDollars into the financialization schemes of the Wall Street Casino.

Especially now, time to buy the Mother Fucking All Time High in the S&P.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:05 | 5004995 Save_America1st
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So is this what caused the lift in paper PM's today?  Paper silver up like 30 cents and paper gold up like 14 bucks or so. 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:08 | 5005004 Pure Evil
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What a waste. Just think, they could've moved all that money into High Yield junk bonds.


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:34 | 5005409 NoTTD
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More like Cartman.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:02 | 5004984 lordylord
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Ignore reality all you want, but don't bring your nonsense on this site.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:16 | 5005044 Seer
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So, your logic is that because some entity is unable to manage its books correctly that the thing that they "produce" isn't worth having, and that "the ecomomy," which is all about books and is rife with accounting errors, is the thing that is better trusted?


Ever consider that these folks really can't lose here, that suggesting that the amount of gold available is overstated wouldn't cause the price of the gold that IS available to go up?

Those late to the game always complain...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:23 | 5005087 SheepDog-One
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Sure looks like they can't lose by losing $113 million worth of gold.....they immediately got handed $1.3 billion to 'aid in replacing it'! Dang I wish I could get a 1,000% return on my accounting book errors!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:29 | 5005383 Zirpedge
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Tomorrow they'll find the missing gold and keep the bail out money for a whoel year before they seel shares to the government. Are you guys going to learn form this or keep up the money ain't money, your a poopie talk. Take out a loan and start up a internet company before it's too late. Maybe a blog for funny money talkin degenerates who think shiney rocks are worth something.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:17 | 5005054 orez65
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"Money needs to be invested and circulate to do good in the economy"

You, obviously, don't have a clue about what money is.

You are a casualty of your education system. For example, in the US public schools the meaning of money is purposely not taught.

Take a look at any US Dollar denomination, it clearly states: "Federal Reserve NOTE". It doesn't say "Federal Reserve MONEY".

They are notes! pieces of paper signed by a couple of bureaucrats. They can be produced for practically nothing. They can be created by a Federal Reserve bureacrat with a few computer keyboards strokes.

Money has to have intrinsic value. Many things have been used as money throughout the ages. For example, salt, pearls, dimonds, cows, copper, silver, gold ...

I give up, you are poop head!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:22 | 5005074 Pure Evil
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+1 for the Poop Head.

Aye Captain, we have a taste for booty.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:26 | 5005582 NotApplicable
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You should give up, as he's obviously trolling the ever-loving shit out of you. I'm impressed at how many bites he get.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:31 | 5005999 Postal
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:25 | 5005106 FuzzyDunlop21
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I dont really give a shit about the economy, I care about myself. And not in the narcisstic sort of way, but in the self-sustainable kind of way. Why should I spend my money owning shares of (or their product, but as we all know, few companies in the DJIA make anything anymore) if its just to give a employee a job? Fuck them, they should have found a job that actually benefits society. Then I would be glad to buy from them

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:53 | 5004929 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Not bad for a "barbarous relic".

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:28 | 5005122 daemon
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" I gotta get me a computer system like that  "

Easy, use Windows.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:29 | 5005129 The Longest Call
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Yet another example of digital gold gone wild...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:51 | 5006990 Kirk2NCC1701
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About that new Con-puh-duh system...

It's got the Ebola Goldman virus:  Once infected, it messes up things and starts leaking out The Precious.  95% fatal.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:41 | 5004850 Croesus
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Imagine that...who would bother to steal the barbaric relic? 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:58 | 5004958 Zirpedge
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I don't think it was stolen, it was human error in the original account...misplaced decimal point? Just more proof that electronic records and currencies are better for everyone and the markets.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:59 | 5004965 Dr. Engali
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It wasn't stolen, it was just counted wrong. The pooter said so....... sheesh.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:31 | 5005390 Zirpedge
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If i were going to submit a guess as to what will happen next week, they'll find the gold and blame the computer. Computers don't make errors, people do. Same logic applies to guns, I'm sure you'll agree.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:44 | 5004867 BadKiTTy
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Why do "accounting problems" always mean something is less than is should be rather than more?  



Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:54 | 5004940 Xandrino
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depends from which side you look at it ^^ 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:22 | 5005078 Postal
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Not really. Double-entry accounting is sooo outdated. "Trust us. It's different this time."


Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:55 | 5007006 Kirk2NCC1701
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It's only a "problem" for the guys who can't account for it.  Hence... Account-ing problem.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:44 | 5004869 JustObserving
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How many thousand tons are missing from the Fed's vaults in New York?  But then it would be unpatriotic to ask such a question in the land of the free.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:37 | 5004888 john39
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well, now you know the explanation that will be used...  accounting glitch.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:15 | 5005038 SheepDog-One
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I'm sure you can get quite a good echo effect in the Feds gold vault.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:25 | 5005071 Osmium
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My guess is it would be similar to Geraldo opening Al Capone's vault.  Not a damn thing in it.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:48 | 5006046 knukles
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Geraldo is a dick

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:35 | 5006012 Postal
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Unpatriotic terrorist!


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:46 | 5004882 roadhazard
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fat finger

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:36 | 5006017 Postal
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That's what she said....

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:47 | 5004886 Platinum
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Ebola done did it!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:47 | 5004895 Itchy and Scratchy
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Not 'missing' .......... 'misplaced!'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:52 | 5004924 astoriajoe
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deep storage, under the bedrock that the vault is bolted to.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:44 | 5005640 mt paul
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:47 | 5004896 nosoeawe
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If you like your gold

You can't keep your gold



Yellen is one hell of a dirty, filthy, flea infested, cockroach fucking, CUNT

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:48 | 5006045 Postal
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I respectfully disagree. I have observed no signs of filth (I grew up in Arkansas, where taking a bath once a week was optional--I know filth), and fleas ("he who lays down with dogs gets up with fleas" is true for a reason; again, if yer in Arkansas and have hounds...). Cockroaches are nutritious... once you boil them to kill the bad stuff (personally, I prefer grasshoppers and crickets).

In my not so humble opinion, Yellen is the almost perfect woman: She is a respectful lady in public, yet has been conditioned / trained / brainwashed to act like a man. Hence, her acquiescence to her role is acknowledgment that the male is superior, especially with regard to monetary policy.


(I'm not quite sure where to put the /sarc tag... the first paragraph is absolutely true, and the second is too good to spoil...)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:55 | 5004919 Dr. Engali
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"However, just like in China, it appears nobody has any interest in actually digging deeper:"

Digging even deeper?...Like in gold digging.


Off topic: 

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval 

39% of the American people are braindead:

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:56 | 5005019 Pure Evil
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Well, ya know, everyone deserves their own Cult of Mediocrity, especially Obama.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:29 | 5006239 Postal
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39% approve of Obama. More than that are brain-dead.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:50 | 5004920 Sudden Debt
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The gaza massacre is spreading into jordania now.
Looks like the middle east is catching fire so who needs gold anyway right?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:51 | 5004921 Seasmoke
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That's 87,000 less ounces .....Gold must have went up at least $87 today.... correct ??

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:00 | 5005263 negative rates
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If you say so, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:51 | 5004922 agstacks
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Gold futures tumbled late Friday on the news that 2.7 tons of gold is missing.  

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:17 | 5005051 SheepDog-One
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A real 'lol wut?' headline.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:18 | 5005055 Seer
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Obviously, the value of "paper" gold SHOULD be smacked down.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:41 | 5005186 Sudden Debt
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And when they figure out there's no gold in Fort Knox,

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:55 | 5007017 Kirk2NCC1701
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Don't they have boats and deep lakes in Africa?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:53 | 5004937 buzzsaw99
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:57 | 5004954 FeralSerf
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Computer upgrades can sometimes be very expensive.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:11 | 5005025 Pure Evil
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That's what happens when you upgrade from XP to Vista.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:59 | 5004969 Kaiser Sousa
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"get the fuck outta here...!"
Axel Foley

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:06 | 5004997 ThisIsBob
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No green eyeshaded grizzly old scrivner would have lost that.  Luddites, rejoice!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:12 | 5005027 knukles
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Now that is poetic justice, Bob!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:23 | 5005770 Hulk
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BartleBob !!! Its you !!!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:11 | 5005020 Joebloinvestor
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If it is only a refinery and not a lending institution, there may be hope.

However, if it is anything like the Chinese copper storage fiasco and loans were made against inventory, what a mess.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:14 | 5005029 SpanishGoop
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Stupid Windows 3.1

I always knew it had a bug.


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:14 | 5005039 Pure Evil
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Are you sure they weren't just running DOS on a Trash80?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:15 | 5005037 Goldbugger
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So that's wrhere Germany's gold went.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:20 | 5005067 Seer
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And, don't forget, it's where you socks went too!

There are forces operating in the universe that we just cannot comprehend...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:16 | 5005050 Seer
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And of course, if they were US-manufactured computers, there certainly couldn't have been some security breach...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:19 | 5005059 markelshark
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The upgrade? Windows 8.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:20 | 5005064 LFMayor
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that's a hell of a lot of "nugget" style bling, right there.  Shit, I bet everyone in the country has grilles that would make FlavaFlav jealous.

Cheshire Nugget Catz, bitchez

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:22 | 5005077 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Hey if they had a 98% accuracy of the computer count vs physical inventory count that means they have a lot of fucking gold on hand.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:35 | 5005155 Kelley
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The refinery promises to put into place a tough new measure to prevent further losses:

No more cuffed pants while visiting the gold dust. 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:35 | 5005156 DeusHedge
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the standard of living just shot up in zimby :)

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:37 | 5005168 Tigermoth
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"Perhaps it is normal when nearly 3 tons of physical gold goes missing for nobody to care."

"Where's the gold?"

"Eessh! I don't know."

Don't be so suprised; I've lived here for 30 years, it's our new normal.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:38 | 5005172 world_debt_slave
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:38 | 5005174 Otto Zitte
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GIGO stuff them tubes

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:20 | 5005758 flyingcaveman
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Garbage in - gold out?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:40 | 5005183 Atomizer
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Appears you may have to get off your lazy ass and do a physical inventory. Computers are relatively new, ledgers were used for many centuries. 

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:44 | 5005198 alexcojones
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Gold is part of the Grand Chessboard.

The part the MSM only rarely talks about to ridicule.

Gold Will Have The Last Laugh.

And goldholders like you.

PS, Some BTFDers dipped into the stash there

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:48 | 5005213 anonnn
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"The miners, customers of the refinery, have received the prices...

Customers? Can s/o explain how miners are customers? If miners are buying only refinery services, e.g. to refine the ore, then "customer" fits.

If miners are selling ore or refined gold to the refiners, then tyey are being fooled to consider themselves "customers" of the refinery.




Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:59 | 5005254 Pure Evil
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Maybe they came across a few of those London Good Delivery Bars that were filled with tungsten that everybody seems to be talking about.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:57 | 5005249 RhoneGSM
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You'd think miners would have no problem digging deeper  ....

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:07 | 5005294 Being Free
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Reminds me of my own boating accident.  This stuff is just hard to hold onto I guess.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:12 | 5005313 Armed Resistance
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And, it's gone...


Not to steal from Bill Holter's Blog last month but the video is more appropriate every day...



Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:12 | 5005316 anonnn
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2.7 tonnes gold vaporized by an IAD?   Improvised Accounting Device

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:25 | 5005365 Who was that ma...
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The dog ate it.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:27 | 5005373 WTFUD
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Now you see it NOW you DON'T! Puff and it's GONE.
Let's have a world AUDIT.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:27 | 5005375 NoTTD
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You know what this means:  Flight to the safety of stocks from the perils of gold.  


New high for S&P in 5...4...3.....

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:27 | 5005376 kurt
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Nothing to see here just move along, move along.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:27 | 5005377 trip kitchen
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Bits of gold = good

Bitgold = bad

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:30 | 5005388 NoTTD
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So, they "lost" 2.7 tons of gold - but their customers don't care because they got the "right" price.  Huh.   


In a past life, that sounds like theft.  Usually, that's not rectified by the thief paying up when caught. 



Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:34 | 5005411 gcjohns1971
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Oh come on!

A computer glitch vaporized your gold?????

How about you actually drilled it out, inserted tungsten, and then melted down the drill tailings to do some tungsten plating.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:08 | 5005527 Jackagain
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They used to just use Executive Orders...these kids with computers these days...

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:37 | 5005420 fuu
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"who is being assisted by management consultant Accenture Plc"


Bwahahahah, they are so fucked.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 09:54 | 5006896 Jafo
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They will install a new productivity tracking system that will completely stall production - but they will be able to confidently say that no gold was lost in the process.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:53 | 5007632 fuu
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All AR functions will be performed by workers in Bagalore while AP functions will be handled from Hyderabad. Neither group can speak to each other due to language and caste barriers. The resulting confusion will be epic.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:45 | 5005453 NoTTD
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Captain of Industry: "What is 2 + 2"?


His lawyer's answer: "I'll put my paralegal on the research and have your answer is 3 days."


His engineer's answer: "We'll have to do some field studies and appropriate calculations and get back to you with an answer in one week."


His accountant's answer: (Get's up from chair, looks around, closes door to office, lowers window shades, whispers in magnate's ear) "What do you want it to be?"

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:05 | 5005518 JohninMK
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This is a trial run on behalf of the NY Fed testing the reaction of the market to finding their own stock control error (must have been when we transferred the system from punched cards) and paying everyone off in dollars.


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:19 | 5005558 The Phallic Crusader
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Where's Dov Zakheim when you need him?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:42 | 5005841 flyingcaveman
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Transposition error.  Typed in 9.6 tons instead of 6.9 tons, Sorry.  No big deal, its like the difference between a $6 and 9 dollar corn dog at the state fair.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:27 | 5005985 kedi
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Missing gold. Imaginary gold. So what? We live in a world where everything is becoming ever more imaginary by some percent per year. Plus, minus. Happy, sad. Diversions continue to rise. An industry of pointing fingers and cameras at things, real or imagined, manufactured, to divert. Or look worse than your life is, or worse than you are. So far.

Amused to death.

Gold is just another fiat. As long as we are sufficiently diverted from reality.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:13 | 5006143 homiegot
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No gold manipulation here. Ha ha ha ha ha! Buy yours with confidence!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:12 | 5006322 Umh
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The occasional physical inventory stil needs to be done in this age of computers. More than one company has been surprised when their inventories were audited.

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:03 | 5006490 Flying Tiger Comics
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I find this pretty funny given the rigmarole Rand puts other people through when you sign up to supply them with real ie physical gold.


Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:58 | 5007181 AnAnonymous
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Rand, that sounds like an african name, for sure.
When noticed, the situation turns out unsurprising.

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