yellow fever: shining on

You have to wonder why  so many normally astute and bright people commit basic errors such as buying gold just before the  bubble pops. Part of the blame can be termed ” madness of crowds” , the hysteria and unbridled passions which succeed in entering the spirit  of the otherwise  experienced and common sensible. The allure of gold has been around forever; there are vast stockpiles in the world of the yellow metal hoarded away.  According to the Bible, the source of Solomon’s reputed wealth were the gold mines located in an unknown land of Ophir. Yet, what the Scriptures and faith and god won’t be induced to reveal is exactly where this eldorado  might be found today.In The Bible as History by Keller, the scriptures were proven to be remarkably accurate, however stockpiles of gold whereabouts were never committed to text.  Some intrepids believe it is in the backwoods of Zimbabwe, somewhere in the bush. If true, Mugabe has already drained the resource.  Now that the gold market is “correcting” a polite word for throwing a dart at a bubble, short of blaming a lack of supervision of those wily alchemists….

---The Judgment of Solomon CLAEISSENS (ca. 1538-1613) Read More:

Flaming Lips,The Gold In The Mountain Of Our Madness :
They started up the hill
With their young lives exploding still
They love to dream and run
They had the grass and the trees and the sun
They dreamed of the gold they’d find
At the top of the hill as they climbed
No one would ever doubt
their spirit and strength would run out

Read More: ---The morning of May 16 began like many others. Carrying hammers and rucksacks, hundreds of Tanzanian villagers trudged to the mountain of waste rock at dawn expecting to make another illicit deal with the heavily armed police who protect it. Two hours later, at least five villagers were dead and many others wounded – gunned down by police at the gold mine owned by a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation of Toronto.---

But the hill was steep and long
They never thought they’d be wrong
It wasn’t a hill at all
It was a mountain a thousand feet tall
But with the gold still in their thoughts
They used their young lives to climb and climb
By the time they got up to the peak
They were old and they were weak

Read More: the months leading up to the US intervention in Libya, Gaddafi had been organizing African and Arab nations to adopt a new international currency to unseat the US Dollar as the standard for the sale of oil. Gaddafi planed to introduce the Islamic Gold Dinar… that’s right… terrorist money! That may sound hyperbolic, but in the recent landmark case against the Liberty Dollar, a privately minted silver medallion, US Attorney Anne Tompkins stated, “Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of economic terrorism.” Pricing goods from African and Middle Eastern countries in gold instead of dollars could wreck economic havoc on the US economy as all those dollars flood back to American shores. You see, to the banksters, gold and silver currency is the single most terrifying threat to the dollar’s hegemony. So Gaddafi may be proving, as many of us know already, that even though the dollar isn’t backed by gold it may be backed by lead, or even depleted uranium.---

From Michael Ferguson ( Polymathica Institute ). Read More from Michael at :

Now, I come to Gold. I have attacked the problem of the sustainable value of Gold from two directions. First, I did a linear regression on constant dollar prices and concluded that Gold should trade at about $600 the ounce. I then did a multiple regression against its comparative value to other precious metals. That also yielded a price in the $600 range.However, Gold traded as high as $1,889.70 the ounce (August 22, 2011). Forecasts (akin to $300 oil) are being made as high as $5,000 the ounce. So, for the past year or so, I have been calling Gold ‘a bubble’. Some people have asked me when I think it will burst. I will say what I said when people asked me that about oil. It is not possible to predict irrational behavior. One can only say that rationality will eventually prevail.

When pushed, when oil was at $140+, I said that I just couldn’t see it sustaining for another year. I was told that I was DEFINITELY wrong about that. Of course it lasted less than six months.I am now ready to say that I just don’t see how it can last another year for Gold. We have just seen that the price fell over 11% on a 6.7%l uptick on the USD. That shows weakness. On January 21, 1980 Gold hit $850 the ounce. At that time I said what I am saying now, with just about the same degree of skepticism. Two years later, it was trading in the low $300 for a loss of about 63%. If we apply the same calculation to the recent high we get a drop to $683. Fancy that. If you are in Gold now, you are at significant risk of significant losses. The last time, it lost almost 25% of its value in a week.

There was no gold that they could find
It was all just in their minds
They had dreamed and they had loved
They found the grass and the trees and the sun
They said “What do we do now?”
Spend the rest of our lives climbing back down?
Or we can treasure what we find
And make it golden in our minds.

Read More: ----Michelle Singletary writes in her Washington Post/Bloomberg column that Murphy's Law may soon hit the gold market, quoting experts who say it has reached the level of a

ulative bubble. Oh, gold prices may go up again, but investment advisers and regulators are warning investors to be careful about putting too much of their money in gold. As the stock market has vaulted up and down day after day, investors have fled to gold. But have all these investors chasing what they think is a secure investment created a bubble? You bet your glittery gold bullion, says Wells Fargo Private Bank, which manages money for wealthy clients.---

Michael Ferguson: Read more fom Michael at:

when gold gets this high, three things happen that contribute to a potential bubble burst. First, people who got in at very low prices start feeling like they want to do some profit taking. The number of people turning into sellers for this reason must be less than those who think that they will make large returns by buying in at this historically high price. The first group tends to increase with price while the second group tends to shrink. At some point it crosses over and the bubble bursts….

Read More: ---Anyway, this is one of the most famous and precious Thracian finds. The Panagyurishte Treasure has traveled the world, most recently last year in Japan. When it’s at home in Bulgaria, it is part of the permanent collection of the National History Museum in Sofia. It’s scheduled to tour the US in 2 months, but between now and then, the Treasure is on display at the Plovdiv Archaeological Museum. It arrived under heavy guard on Friday, and now Plovdiv’s Mayor, Slavcho Atanasov, doesn’t want to let it go. “That’s it, now that it is in, we are not letting it go. We will guard it with human chains,” vowed Atanasov who claims that the treasure found in the town of Panagyurishte, which is technically in the Plovdiv District, belongs to the Plovdiv Museum, and not to the National History Museum in Sofia.---

…Second, gold has industrial, jewelry and investment demand. As prices increase, both the industrial and jewelry demand start decreasing (classic price elasticity of demand). This tends to compensate for some of the increases in investment demand which also leads to a bubble burst. One of the most important things that people just don’t get is that the amount of natural resource reserves is determined based upon price and technology. As technology advances, deposits that were not economical before become economical and, consequently, turn into reserves. As price increases, deposits that were not economical at the lower price become economical and, consequently, turn into reserves This is critical to understanding oil and gold and, well, all natural resources. Yes, old gold mines are being reopened to mine gold that is now economical to mine….

---Painting: The Queen of Sheba Kneeling before King Solomon Artist: Tischbein Johann Friedrich August


The fourth type of gold standard could be called the “Dollar Bill” system. The name comes from the title of the bill that Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) is planning to introduce into the 112th Congress for the purpose of fulfilling Congress’ Constitutional mandate to “…coin money, (and) regulate the value thereof…” (Article I, Section 8).

Under a Dollar Bill system, the monetary base consists of fiat dollars (both currency and bank reserves) created by the Federal Reserve. The Fed is not allowed to set interest rates, and it is relieved of responsibility for promoting full employment. Instead, the Fed is tasked with employing its Open Market operations to adjust the size of the monetary base so as to keep the COMEX price of gold as close as operationally practical to a target gold price. Fractional reserve banking is allowed….

Read More: ---Considering the world has been on a de facto oil standard since 1973 and Venezuela now seems to have more oil than even Saudi Arabia, one wonders why Hugo Chavez wants to play with his country's rather large pile of gold. I suppose he has seen what has happened to the stores of wealth held by Iraq and now Libya and does not want something like that to happen to him. In any case, he sure is driving the gold bugs crazy. What is so interesting about the gold market is that folks who believe that "fiat currencies" are essentially worthless so want at least some of their portfolio in gold, have not always taken possession of the gold but have settled for paper promises that the gold in some bank vault is theirs. Now these suckers are discovering that the folks who sold them the paper don't actually have the gold either--or not as much as they have claimed.---

…The target gold price is set by naming a “date and time certain” sometime in the near future, and then fixing the target price at the market price on the COMEX at that moment. This is similar to the approach that was used to establish the final exchange rates for the currencies that were replaced by the euro. A Dollar Bill system could work. Unlike a Bretton Woods system, it cannot be “attacked” in an effort to drain Fort Knox and panic the Fed. And, because the Fed is not involved in setting short-term interest rates, it creates no opportunities for arbitrage. The mechanism used for setting the target gold price would force the markets to disclose “what gold is really worth”, thus avoiding both inflation and deflation at startup.

The Fed’s discretionary, fiat money, “dual mandate” system is failing. It is creating inflation, impeding economic growth, and provoking rising anxiety. It is sowing the seeds of a sudden, violent “dollar crisis”. It is time to stop the madness and make the U.S. dollar once again “as good as gold”. The “Dollar Bill” will show the way. Read More:
Contra Krugman again (as he acknowledges in a quick aside), the above-ground stock of gold does not “gradually disappear into real-world uses like dentistry.” Gold’s real-world use, throughout history and most especially in the ravenous consumer markets of India and China, is precisely in holding it, not in seeing it vanish.

Yes, the damn stuff is indestructible anyway. You need cyanide to dissolve. But the high and persistent value which humanity has long put on gold is what explains the fact that, out of the 170,000-odd tonnes ever mined in history, pretty much every last gram is still with us – known and accounted for – whether in sock drawers, around necks and wrists, in bank safe-deposit boxes or safe and sound inside concrete, steel-doored vaults three storeys back below ground.

“Just about everything you read about what gold prices mean is wrong,” says Krugman, adding (if only a little) to the wealth of inaccuracy and ignoring all that good stuff on gold on the internet. His new thinking, his claims, “is essentially a ‘real’ story about gold, in which the price has risen because expected returns on other investments have fallen.

“[Gold] is not, repeat not, a story about inflation expectations.”

Only half-wrong. Because inflation expectations DO drive the gold price, as the research papers which Krugman himself points to make clear. But it’s only ever a story about inflation relative to interest rates. Because low to negative real rates of interest – when cash-in-the-bank lags inflation, losing real value year-after-year – are very much behind the deep, long-term trend in gold prices today. Just as they were in the 1970s. Just as they were when the world decided it didn’t need QUITE so much investment gold in the 1980s and ’90s, and the price of gold fell over 80% in real terms. Read More:

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