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Russian-Roulette

 

Let’s consider a well publicized recent sale of Russian gold bullion to itself:

I noticed this article to-day by Rob Kirby

And it is a very worrying development indeed!


Russia sells gold to itself

December 14, 2009 3:47pm by Emma Saunders

The Russian central bank data table appended below is the World Gold Council. It states that Russia possesses 607 [actually, now officially 640 tonnes with the addition of the recent 30-ish tonne purchase from itself] metric tonnes of gold bullion.
will spend $1bn next week, buying 30 metric tons of gold from Gokhran, the state repository. Gokhran had planned to sell 20-50 MT on the open market, but cancelled after news of the sale leaked. The sale would have helped plug Russia’s budget deficit, and, apparently, purchase some diamonds from state-run miner Alrosa….

Does this not strike you as being odd?

In case you missed it, Russia announced that they are selling gold to THEMSELVES!?!?

The source of the gold

The revelation that Russia is “selling gold to itself” and lack of acknowledgment that Gokhran exists – is a MAJOR omission by the World Gold Council in their aggregate gold bullion data.


++Additionally, the World Gold Council also reports that as of October 2009, gold exchange-traded funds held 1,750 tonnes of gold for private and institutional investors.

The World Gold Council’s data keeper is GFMS Ltd. The GFMS web site makes the following claim:

GFMS is the world’s foremost precious metals consultancy, specializing in research into the global gold, silver, platinum and palladium markets.

GFMS is based in London, UK, but has representation in Australia, India, China, Germany, France, Spain and Russia, and a vast range of contacts and associates across the world.

Our research team of fifteen full-time analysts comprises qualified and experienced economists and geologists; while two consultants contribute insights on important regional markets.

Executive Chairman Philip Klapwijk and CEO Paul Walker appear regularly at international conferences and seminars, and their articles have been widely published. All analysts travel regularly and extensively to stay in touch with GFMS’ unrivalled network of contacts and sources of information around the world.

With 15 full-time analysts, two consultants and “representation” in Russia – how is that GFMS [and by extension the World Gold Council] can omit such a large hoard as stored at Gokhran and materially misreport the nature of Russian gold reserves? They didn’t even mention the existence of Gokhran in a footnote.

Gold professionals who have been inside Gokhran [Russian] State bullion depositories have provided me with personal accounts of this bullion depository. They report scenes reminiscent of the movie Gold Finger – on steroids – literally countless metric tonnes of neatly stacked gold bullion.

So, a better question might be, what else – regarding GOLD – has GFMS and the World Gold Council not reported or omitted?

Getting A Beat On Where the World’s Physical Gold Is Stored

It is generally accepted that for the entirety of mankind’s existence on this planet – the earth’s crust has yielded roughly 160 thousand metric tonnes of gold. The World Gold Council / GFMS identifies where roughly 32 thousand tonnes of that total are located.

We might add to what’s listed above, the following:

“No one knows exactly how much gold has been passed from generation to generation and is now stashed in safe deposit boxes across India. But bullion analysts estimate Indian families are sitting on about 15,000 tonnes of gold worth more than $US550 billion ($A600 billion).”

Then, if we conservatively assume that the rest of the world has as much as India stored away in safe deposit boxes – that’s another 15,000 metric tonnes.

Therefore by using reported World Gold Council / GFMS data plus some very conservative assumptions, we can approximately account for 62,000 metric tonnes of the world’s roughly 160,000 metric tonnes ever mined.

By the process of elimination and adjusting for the 62 thousand metric tonnes referenced above, there is a residual 98 thousand metric tonnes of physical gold bullion; the location of which cannot be readily identified.

The very nature of World Gold Council / GFMS data may be characterized as being static and don’t tend to change much year-over-year. This demonstrates that the owners of gold bullion DO NOT GENERALLY
TRADE THEIR PHYSICAL STASHES
– they sit on them!

The Conundrum That “IS” the London Bullion Market Association [LBMA]

The LBMA is considered to be the world’s foremost physical gold market. Here is their data on the number of ounces of gold “transferred” DAILY – by month, year-over-year – from Nov. 08 – Nov. 09:

Month Millions of Ounces Transferred / Day
Dec 08 17.5
Jan 09 18.8
Feb 09 23.8
Mar 09 22.2
Apr 09 20.5
May 09 21.9
Jun 09 20.5
Jul 09 17.7
Aug 09 16.4
Sep 09 20.6
Oct 09 20.8
Nov 09 21.5
Total 242.2

There are 22 business days per month, so the LBMA claims to have traded 151,046 metric tonnes of gold in the most recent 12 month period.

242.2
x
22 = 5,328 million physical ozs or 151,046 metric tonnes

The LBMA reports that they have “transferred” or traded 151,046 metric tonnes of gold – a commodity that when folks possess it, they are demonstrably inclined NOT TO trade it. Using another bench mark, annual global mine production is in the neighborhood of 2,500 metric tonnes. The LBMA claims to have sold last year’s global mine supply over 60 times in 12 months.

The LBMA claims to do this year-in, year-out.

This implies that ANY LBMA physical gold stocks are HIGHLY LEVERAGED through trade in paper gold

London is but one exchange where gold trades. Others include N.Y., Tokyo, Dubai, Bombay and different points in China. Don’t forget, physical ounces traded on ANY of these exchanges are additional ounces that London cannot be trading.

The reality is that every physical ounce of gold reported to be in the vaults of the LBMA and exchanges in general, is sold tens and perhaps more than a hundred times over in paper form. This paper selling suppresses what would otherwise be the freemarket gold price.

The Russians are known to be very shrewd and calculating. It makes one wonder whether the Russian announcement of a sale of gold bullion – TO THEMSELVES – might not have been a “tell” signaling their intention to not only withhold physical metal from the market and ensure that paper promises of delivery of real metal are honored.

Could it be that the Russians are really signaling that the assignment of false, arbitrary values [using futures / derivatives] to finite resources will no longer be tolerated?

If so, the real leverage is in owning physical gold bullion – not the paper promises.

Silver, the Dollar And the Two American Citizenships

Silver, the Dollar And the Two American Citizenships

Christopher M. Quigley B.Sc., M.M.I.I., M.A ,

 The most ominous flaw in our constitutional set-up is the fact that the federal government does not have control over money and credit and does not have control of corporations. It is therefore not really sovereign. And it is not really responsible, because it is now controlled by these two groups, corporations, and those who control the flows of money. ……. Now I come to my last statement. I regret ending on what is, I suppose, such a pessimistic note– I’m not personally pessimistic. The final result will be that the American people will ultimately prefer communities. They will cop out or opt out of the system.

Today everything is a bureaucratic structure, and brainwashed people who are not personalities are trained to fit into this bureaucratic structure and say it is a great life–although I would assume that many on their death beds must feel otherwise. The process of coping out will take a long time, but notice: we are already coping out of military service on a wholesale basis; we are already copping out of voting on a large scale basis.

I heard an estimate tonight that the President will probably be chosen by forty percent of the people eligible to vote for the forth time in sixteen years. People are also copping out by refusing to pay any attention to newspapers or to what’s going on in the world, and by increasing emphasis on the growth of localism, what is happening in their own neighbourhoods………. Now I want to say good night. Do not be pessimistic. Life goes on; life is fun. And if a civilization crashes, it deserves to.

When Rome fell, the Christian answer was, “Create our own communities.” Oscar Iden Lecture Number 3 of 3 “The State of Individuals” Prof. Carroll Quigley Georgetown University Georgetown 1978 As a European looking at the American economic and political scene I find it fascinating to see Prof. Carroll Quigley’s prophecy from the Oscar Iden Lectures in 1978 come to pass. It is generally accepted today that astute and aware citizens obtain their information from the internet and private news groups. Any review of these mediums will alert one to the fact that nearly half of the States of the Union have powerful committees actively working on opting out of the Federal system. It is my humble opinion that as the monetary crisis deepens this movement will grow in momentum. This trend for renewed local sovereignty seems to be taking off exponentially and as in the movie “Network” it would seem: “people are as mad as hell and will not take it anymore.” Upon researching this phenomenon deeper it would appear that more and more Americans are beginning to have a legal epiphany and realize that most of them actually have two citizenships. They are citizens of their respective republics, were they were born, in addition to being citizens of the “Federal” Union. Amazingly increasing numbers of Americans are applying for US passports asserting their citizenship of their home republics and rejecting their option of recognizing the Federal State, which in American jurisprudence relates solely to the District of Columbia and territories. This issue has become a powder-keg because it increasingly appears that the I.R.S. has no constitutional power outside the Federal Area and if you are not a Federal citizen, but simply an American citizen of one of the 50 American states, the I.R.S. has no actual jurisdiction over you under common law.

Once this “secret” becomes mainstream the Federal dollar is as good a dead. No collectable taxes equals no Federal Reserve dollar. As people around the World begin to comprehend the magnitude of this legal conundrum it can only have serious implications for the future value of the dollar and the price of silver and gold. Should the I.R.S. lose its mandate to collect taxes from American” Continental” citizens the system will demand an immediate solution. It is hard to see how this situation will work out favourably to the greenback. This is why, I reckon, smart state legislators are preparing options now. If the Federal Dollar is in a death spiral it is better to have a home State replacement ready to go.

 They know that the mainstream media will not report this growing movement and thus intelligent lawmakers are quietly developing their own networks of informative action. As Quigley predicted in 1978 these networks are becoming the framework for future political power. According to his theory, power comes from the ability to get things done, period, and as the Federal system morphs into debt paralysis any parallel “State” system that is effective will become the basis of all new political power-broking. America is undergoing a revolution as we speak be under no illusion folks. Anybody who thinks this “recessionary” crisis is normal is not informed. It will be fascinating to see how the genius of American creativity will fashion a solution. Even Canute could not hold back the sea, for the tide was too awesome in power.

America is in pain and citizens demand action. The tide of a resolution is forming on the ground in State capitals where increasingly Federal offices and officers are being ignored and shunned, but don’t expect to read about this in the newspapers. Silver dollars anyone?

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