all that glitters is not….

The lure of gold. How much gold did King Solomon have. According to the Bible and some forensic accounting there was at least twenty million ounces and it could run as high as 220 million ounces. King David was also a gold bug; having an accumulated hoard of at least eight million ounces. So, there is good reason why Solomon is called the Rich Man:

Read More: security officer. ---Since it was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2010, African Barrick - subsidiary of the world's biggest gold mining company - has been beset by accusations of committing major human rights abuses in Tanzania. Last week, seven Tanzanian citizens were shot dead by "security forces", and a dozen others injured, when hundreds of "armed" local people entered the company's North Mara site, according to the company, in order to seize ore from one of the crushers. Viewed as an isolated incident, the people's actions would appear to be unacceptable. However, they were rooted in a pattern of continual aggression, environmental damage and contempt for local communities on the part of the company which commenced soon after Barrick Gold entered Tanzania over a decade ago. For previous stories on MAC, see: Tanzania: Gold's Tragic Dividend (2010) and Tanzanians call for closure of deadly Canadian-owned mine (2009)

Now let’s notice passages where Solomon’s gold and silver are mentioned. “The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones.” (see 2 Chron. 1:16 & 1 Kings 10:27) Indeed, Solomon’s time was the golden era of Israel…. I hope that this will make you feel how wealthy Solomon was, however, the verdict on this Rich Man is found in 1 Kings 11:9, “So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who appeared to him twice.” Read More:’s-gold-collection-roughly-estimated-in-volume/ In between the second warning and the third strike, Solomon seemed to stash it away, and it still hasn’t been found. aaa

Read More:—-king-solomons-gold-mines/ ---In the course of my numerous explorations in the interests of archaeology, I have found many ancient tombs and lost cities in Africa. Now I hoped to fulfill one of the major objectives of my career, the discovery of the original mines which supplied the fabulously wealthy monarchs of ancient times: Tut, Hannibal, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, with the vast supply of golden ornaments which made them famous. For more than 15 years I have crisscrossed Africa’s ancient caravan trails between Carthage and Utica, and from the Atlas to the Blue Nile in search of the origin of this lost gold. But without success. However, I had located many valuable clues, some of them passed down from generation to generation, others mere whispers gleaned from adventurers who had been foolhardy enough to penetrate into these mysterious interiors and later lose their lives. These clues convinced me that all trails led into the “back door” of Ethiopia, a remote western desert region ruled over by Solomon Ghogoli, a sultan who admits the supremacy of only one other ruler, Haile Selassie.

The shooting, the latest in a series of deadly incidents at the mine over the past several years, raises troubling questions about Barrick’s security agreement with a notoriously corrupt police force that routinely extracts bribes from the villagers who enter the North Mara mine to scavenge for traces of gold.

It also provokes questions about Barrick’s decision to keep operating in the anarchic conditions around its mining site, where violent confrontations are common, allegations of police abuses are frequent and deaths are inevitable.

During a five-day visit to the North Mara Mine and the surrounding villages, The Globe and Mail witnessed an atmosphere of conflict and intimidation. Interviews with injured survivors of the May 16 shootings and other witnesses suggest that most of the villagers were unarmed or carrying only stones when they were shot. The witnesses, along with the local police commander, have contradicted the company’s assertion that hundreds of people attacked the police with machetes, hammers and rocks. Read More:

Read More: Villagers, too, are hunting the ore on the North Mara land that their ancestors worked for decades, sometimes paying with their lives. Security guards and federal police allegedly have shot and killed people scavenging the gold-laced rocks to sell for small amounts of cash, according to interviews with 28 people, including victims’ relatives, witnesses, local officials and human-rights workers. “They are not arresting them or taking them to court,” said Machage Bartholomew Machage, a member of the Tarime District Council, the highest local government body. “They are just shooting them.” At least seven people have been killed in clashes with security forces at the mine in the past two years, according to the 28 people interviewed. In at least four cases, police acknowledged the shootings in contemporaneous press has a long history of mining, especially for gold. Gold from West Africa was traded to Europe at least as early as the tenth century....



Lowell Kirk:Where was King Solomon’s fabulous gold mine, Ophir. I know that the richest gold strike in Nevada found in the 1860

s named Ophir in honor of King Solomon’s Ophir. I remember in the 1950′s watching a Hollywood movie about King Solomon’s Mines. Despite Hollywood’s efforts, no one to my knowledge has ever identified the specific site. Most theories I have read seem to place it somewhere in Africa. But no one seems to have found the site.

In the early 1970s I was able to see some of the treasures from the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut. In 1922 King Tut’s tomb was discovered. It was the only ancient Egyptian Pharaohs tomb ever to be discovered in the modern world that had not been robbed or looted. It was full of golden objects. He was a minor Pharaoh. What happened to the tons of gold that must have been in so many other important Pharaoh’s tombs? What happened to the gold in the tomb of men such as Ramses II, one of the greatest and most powerful of Egyptian Pharaohs?

After having read many books on Egyptian history and having slowly and diligently read and reread the Old Testament, a theory emerged in my mind. I am not a scholar of Hebrew history nor of Egyptian history. But I have developed a theory, which I feel deserves examination by the great experts in those fields. I believe I have an answer to both of those questions. I believe that King Solomon looted some of the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs, including Ramses II. Read More:

image: Wente:Mr. Munk is the founder and chairman of Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest gold miner. From the day he landed in Toronto from war-torn Europe, he has loved this country with a passion. “I arrived in this place not speaking the language, not knowing a dog,” he says. He was 18 – an alien, a foreigner, a Jew in a funny-looking suit. In Europe, people were living in the ruins, like rats.The young refugee presented himself at Lawrence Park Collegiate, where nobody had seen a foreigner before. He expected to be shunned. Instead, the principal took him to a sun-filled classroom, where, unbelievably, boys and girls studied together. At lunchtime, everybody streamed into the cafeteria, where a trestle table groaned with meat, bread and milk. “The amount of food in that place could have fed any city in Europe for a whole day,” he recalls.


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Warren Buffett’s : “You must be animated by controlled greed and fascinated by the investment process.”

…The mine dumps 16,000 tons of liquid waste into the nearby Porgera River every day. These tailings contain rock, heavy metals, and trace elements of chemicals like cyanide that are used to extract gold. Women and children search them for discarded bits of ore-bearing rock. © 2011 Human Rights Watch


Montreal – Revenu Quebec has initiated a massive series of searches and seizures in the Montreal area, alleging that companies and individuals in the gold refining and trading industry engaged in widespread tax fraud on transactions worth $1.8-billion.

More than 175 government investigators conducted the sweep this week, targeting businesses, residences, accountant offices and bankruptcy trustees. Some 125 companies are complicit in the scheme that bilked the government of more than $150-million worth of taxes, Revenu Quebec asserts. No arrests have so far been announced.

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The tax department has named only two companies publicly as being the subject of its investigations – Kitco Metals Inc. and Carmen International Inc. Privately-held Kitco, one of the largest retailers of precious metals in the world, denies the allegations against it….Two separate networks of individuals and companies are at the heart of the false-billing scheme, Revenu Quebec said. The six-step fraud involved companies using artificial transactions to obtain refunds of taxes that were never actually paid as gold was turned into scrap and then refined back into its pure state. Read More:


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