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  • Nevada Residents to Decide Fate of Mining Tax

    10/15/2014 10:35:42 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 6 replies
    mining.com ^ | 10/12/2014 | Andrew Topf
    The Nevada gold-mining industry is keeping its ear carefully tuned to what residents think of the state's mining tax. In November Nevada residents will be asked to vote on whether to remove a mining-tax cap from the Nevada constitution, which stipulates that the mining industry will pay no more than 5 percent tax on the net proceeds of minerals. If voters reject the 5 percent provision, the state legislature could impose whatever tax rate it pleases.
  • The Ebola outbreak is not just a human tragedy. It’s also an economic one.

    10/14/2014 6:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | October 14, 2014 | Ylan Q. Mui
    Harnessing the energy of the St. Paul River in Liberia, the Mount Coffee hydroelectric plant was supposed to bring power -- and prosperity -- to a country upended by nearly two decades of civil war. That was before the outbreak of Ebola ravaged the developing nation, where less than 1 percent of the population has access to reliable public electricity. Construction on the plant has ground to a halt. The foreign staffers leading the project have left the country. Hopes of lighting up Liberia by 2016 could are dimming. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 2,300 people in Liberia,...
  • Debate: Should the Silver State repeal mining-tax cap?

    10/10/2014 7:16:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 10/10/2014 | By MICHELLE RINDELS
    LAS VEGAS — Proponents of a ballot measure that would remove a mining-tax cap from the Nevada constitution said the industry has a sweetheart deal that keeps it from paying its fair share, while opponents said the measure is the first step toward raising taxes and discouraging mining companies from doing business in the state. The remarks came during a debate on Question 2 that was scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on Vegas PBS. Passing the measure would repeal a 150-year-old constitutional provision that applies a 5 percent cap to taxes on the net proceeds of minerals and...
  • Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

    10/07/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 1 replies
    Mining.com ^ | 10/03/2014 | Cecilia Jamasmie,
    In an in-depth assessment of the disease’s likely impact, the bank concludes that from the gold mining companies operating in the continent Randgold Resources (LON:RRS) is particularly exposed due to the locations of its mines, as the company's production is entirely focused on West and Central Africa. Nordgold and AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) are also in a tough position, with 57% and 53% of their net present value (NPV) in the most affected region respectively, it adds. Iron ore and aluminum producers, as well as oil drillers also have some exposure. ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) has iron ore assets in both Guinea and...
  • Alan Greenspan Lets His Hair Down; Talks Up Gold

    10/07/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/07/2014 | Brian Domitrovic
    Former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan published a mighty interesting article in Foreign Affairs last week. He said that China could be thinking of increasing its gold stocks in a big way. Perhaps, Greenspan implied, the Chinese even have a thought of making their currency, the RMB, convertible in gold. The episodic article went on to discuss how strange it is that the big fiat-country countries, from the United States on, maintain their multi-hundred-billion-dollar gold stocks. They never want to sell, for all the trashing of gold-as-money from the wonks, economists, and serious statesmen. When gold prices are low (which...
  • Will Gold Crash With The Dow... Or Soar?

    10/06/2014 8:01:10 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-6-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/06/2014 In 2008, we projected that the crash in the market was in fact a mini-crash and that the day would come when a more major crash would occur - one that reflected the level of debt. In recent months, this prognostication has been gaining traction - that a second, more severe crash is inevitable. There are two primary camps amongst economists with regard to the economic direction that a crash will generate: inflationists and deflationists. Inflationists tend to feel that the governments of the world that are now in debt over their heads will do what governments...
  • Silver Soars As The Dollar Dumps Most In A Year; Stocks Surrender Payrolls Gains

    10/06/2014 2:41:55 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-6-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 10/06/2014 Following Friday's post-payrolls exuberance, the US Dollar crashed by the most in over a year today and stocks retraced most of their gains with only European data (weak) to base any momentum ignition on. Today's stock weakness turning point coincided with the bankruptcy headlines of GTAT but the divergence to USDJPY and bonds set the scene for stocks' demise. Trannies were today's laggard (after leading Friday) along with small-caps as The Dow clung to 17,000 and S&P closed marginally red. EUR strength led USD weaker and the plunge accelerated into the US close (eradicating all payrolls gains)....
  • The Weekend Is Over, And Gold Is Falling ($1185)

    10/05/2014 5:58:45 PM PDT · by blam · 56 replies
    BI ^ | 10-5-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
       October 5, 2014Joe Weisenthal There goes gold. As markets whirr back to life to start the week, gold is falling again. (snip)
  • GOLD ($1198 Oz)

    10/03/2014 6:28:13 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Kiytco ^ | 10-3-2014 | blam
    Buying Time.
  • Billionaire George Soros just bought 18 million of Yamana Gold, Inc.(AUY); Should you buy too?

    10/01/2014 12:32:56 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 29 September 2014 | Robert Baillieul
    George Soros may be one of the best investors on Earth. In 1973, he founded the Quantum Fund. Over the next two decades, Soros went on to earn 30% annual returns for his clients. This performance has cemented his place amongst legends like Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch. That’s why you should always watch what stocks Soros is buying. And right now, he’s making some big bets on the mining sector. George Soros bought $18 million of this gold stock. Soros hasn’t hesitated to express his concerns about fiat currencies. Central bankers are flooding the world with cheap money and...
  • Opinion: Gold May Rebound as Bearishness Sets In

    09/25/2014 7:52:57 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 25 September 2014 | Mark Hulbert
    It was two weeks ago when I reported that sentiment analysis, at long last, was on the side of the bulls — at least for a tradeable rally. Yet, far from rallying, bullion today is $18 per ounce lower — a nine-month low — than it was then. Does this mean contrarian analysis was wrong? Have contrarians reconsidered their bullish turn? No is the answer, on both counts. Consider the average recommended gold market exposure level among a subset of short-term gold market timers tracked by the Hulbert Financial Digest (as measured by the Hulbert Gold Newsletter Sentiment Index, or...
  • Gold crashes and is now tarnished for good

    09/22/2014 7:50:29 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 93 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 22 September 2014 | Jeff Reeves
    Gold shined brightly at the beginning of 2014, with bullion prices jumping by about 13% from New Year’s Day until mid-March. But since spring, and particularly since July, gold prices have been on the decline. Last week, the precious metal settled near lows not seen since Christmas 2013. So should investors consider this sell-off as an opportunity to buy precious metals on the cheap? Or is gold really tarnished for some time to come? Sadly for gold bugs, it’s the latter. There’s always a big argument for gold as the only alternative amid overpriced stocks, a weak U.S. recovery and...
  • Here a bubble, there a bubble: Ol' Marc Faber

    09/19/2014 10:34:58 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 Sep 14 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Even after the Dow and the S&P 500 closed at new all-time highs, closely followed contrarian Marc Faber keeps sounding the alarm. "We have a bubble in everything, everywhere," the publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday. Faber has long argued that the Federal Reserve's massive asset purchasing programs and near-zero interest rates have inflated stock prices. The catalyst for a market decline, as he sees it, could be a "raise in interest rates, not engineered by the Fed," referring an increase in bond yields.
  • Silver Is Getting Crushed

    09/19/2014 2:14:13 PM PDT · by blam · 75 replies
    BI ^ | 9-19-2014 | Akin Oyedele
    Akin Oyedele September 19, 2014 On Friday, Silver fell more than 3% to less than $18 an ounce, its lowest level in more than four years.Silver - FinViz The price of gold also fell about 0.8% and touched its lowest level since January. Gold has been weak recently and is approaching a four-year low. Gold - FinViz Platinum also fell to a nine-month low.(snip)
  • Super-rich rush to buy 'Italian Job' style gold bars

    09/19/2014 9:41:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 28, 2014 | John Ficenec
    The super-rich are looking to protect their wealth through buying record numbers of "Italian job" style gold bars, according to bullion experts. The number of 12.5kg gold bars being bought by wealthy customers has increased 243pc so far this year, when compared to the same period last year, said Rob Halliday-Stein founder of BullionByPost. "These gold bars are usually stored in the vaults of central banks and are the same ones you see in the film 'The Italian Job'," added David Cousins, bullion executive from London based ATS Bullion.
  • Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

    09/16/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ron Paul
    On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank. The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the...
  • Egyptian Commentator Demands Jews Return Gold Taken in Exodus

    09/15/2014 1:43:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/14/2014
    Not for the first time, an Egyptian commentator (this time a political scientist) has demanded that the Jews compensate Egypt for the gold they took on their way to freedom from slavery. (snip) It is worth noting that today's Egyptians are mostly the descendants of Arab conquerers - not the ancient Egyptians of Biblical times.
  • Time Magazine Derides Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler

    08/19/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 17, 2014 | Steven Welch
    December 3, 1934, Time Magazine, Plot Without Plotters, From Straight Dope One frosty dawn in November 1935, 500,000 War veterans rolled out of their blankets in the pine barrens around the CCC camp at Elkridge, Md. The brassy bugle notes of "Assembly" hurried them to the camp's parade ground, where, mounted on a white horse and surrounded by his staff, they found their leader, Major General Smedley Darlington ("Old Gimlet Eye") Butler, U. S. M. C., retired. "Men," cried General Butler, "Washington is but 30 miles away! Will you follow me?" The answer was a mighty shout: "We will!" Squad...
  • Lack of Gold Standard Hurts U.S. Economic Growth, Forbes Says

    07/15/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    LAS VEGAS--The absence of a gold standard in the United States is hindering economic growth and leading to ill-fated monetary policies, former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes told more than 1,000 attendees during his keynote speech at the FreedomFest conference here. Forbes confidently reinforced his past advocacy for a return to the gold standard to help stabilize the falling U.S. dollar, reassure foreign investors of the value of U.S. government bonds and spur federal spending discipline. He pointed blame directly at the U.S. government by telling attendees that such intervention is needed because “Big Brother” is “destroying the dollar.” “The...
  • De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement

    08/09/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Aug 14 | Tyler Durden
    The last 3 months have seen Russia's "de-dollarization" plans accelerate. First Gazprom clients shift to Euros and Renminbi, then the UK signs currency swap agreements with China, then NATO ally Turkey cuts ties and mulls de-dollarization, Switzerland jumps in the currency swap agreements, and BRICS create their own non-US-based funding vehicle, and then finally this week, Russia's oligarchs have shifted cash holdings to Hong Kong. But this week, as RT reports, Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US...
  • Gold Prices Reveal Truth About U.S. Economy

    08/04/2014 7:59:04 AM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 49 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | August 1st, 2014 | Jeff Opdyke
    Wall Street, the Fed and the oval office are determined to convince you that the U.S. economy is on the upswing. After all, the economy grew at a 4% annualized rate in the second quarter.  And jobs growth continues to exceed 200,000 new jobs monthly — assuming, of course, that you buy into the manipulations used to calculate the jobs picture and disregard the inconvenient truth that our economy is gaining more low-wage part-time jobs and losing more higher-wage full-time jobs. So, apparently, life outside my front door is hunky-dory, peachy-keen and all-around nifty — at least that’s what...
  • Booty Makes Big Discovery On Treasure Coast Wreck Site. (17th century) Gold Pyx.

    08/02/2014 10:13:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shown below are two parts of the same item found 25 years apart.  The front part (on the right) was found 25 years ago, while the back (left) was recently found by the crew of the Booty.  Treasure Coast Finds. Photo source: Video from Orlando Sentinel link below. A truly great discovery was made this summer by a Treasure Coast salvage crew.  In fact a lot of discoveries were made, but the one I want to focus on today isn't a gold coin or even a bunch of gold coins, but something more important. 25 years ago a very intricate...
  • Gold Could Go To Infinity" - Ron Paul

    07/30/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7-30-2014 | Ron Paul
    07/30/2014 Ron Paul “I Still Believe In Gold” - Ron PaulDr Ron Paul, the popular Presidential candidate and America and the world's most popular libertarian voice, told CNBC yesterday that he “still believes in gold” and that “gold could go to infinity.” Former U.S. Representative Dr Ron Paul told CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders that the long-term case for gold remains firmly intact.Dr Ron Paul: “Timing is the only thing. I remember watching gold when it was 35 dollars an ounce and we thought if it ever hit a hundred dollars, the world would come to an...
  • Experts: America's gold is gone

    07/18/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 91 replies
    WND and King World News ^ | 18 Jul 14 | Mark Leibovit
    Paul Craig Roberts: The entire U.S. gold hoard is now goneFormer U.S. Treasury official Dr. Paul Craig Roberts told King World News the entire United States gold hoard, including gold supposedly held at the Fed for other countries, is now gone. This is very bad news for Germany and other countries which have trusted the Fed to safely store their gold. Excerpts from the interview: Eric King: Dr. Roberts, I know you’ve seen the report on Bloomberg about Germany supposedly being happy with storing their gold at the New York Fed. It seemed to be a propaganda piece. What was...
  • (Bleep) the Liberals

    06/29/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Flattus wrote: It's funny to watch Cons attempt to portray this disaster in Iraq as Obama's issue. Sorry, no sale. Thinking Americans know whose war this is. But it's not surprising to see you run from it.From Ron Paul's column today, referring to Necons:"They cannot admit they were wrong about the invasion being a ‘cakewalk’ that would pay for itself, so they want to blame last week's events on the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq. But the trouble started with the 2003 invasion itself, not the 2011 troop withdrawal. Anyone who understands cause and effect should understand this."-- Welcome Our...
  • Germany To Leave Its Gold In Federal Reserve

    06/24/2014 7:01:15 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 19 replies
    Retired Texas Vet | 6-24-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    Angela Merkel stated today that Germany would leave its 1,500 tonnes of gold in the Federal Reserve vault in NYC for continued safekeeping. Proponents for repatriation of German gold were outraged that Angie would double-cross them after initially agreeing to have at least 674 tonnes of gold repatriated. Insiders confirmed that only 5 tonnes of gold were repatriated before shipments were inexplicably stopped. The current Federal Reserve Chairthing, Janet Yelling, announced today that the former Federal Reserve Chairthing, Ben Bernanke's computer hard drive had crashed destroying the inventory of gold on deposit with the Fed. Shockingly, the six backup copies...
  • One Ton Gold Shipment Into Hong Kong Revealed To Contain Just Worthless Metal

    06/06/2014 12:11:19 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6-6-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 06/06/2014 Two years ago, stories of fake tungsten-filled gold coins and bars began to spread; it appears, between the shortage of physical gold (after Asian central bank buying) and the increase in smuggling (courtesy of India's controls among others) that gold fraud is back on the rise. As SCMP reports, a mainland China businessman, Zhao Jingjun, discovered that HK$270 million of 998kg of gold bars he bought in Ghana had been swapped for non-precious metal bars. What is perhaps even more worrisome, given the probe into commodity-financing deals and the rehypothecation evaporation; these gold bars were shipped to...
  • Steve Forbes: Link Dollar To Gold Or Face Great Depression II

    06/03/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-3-2014 | Paul Bedard
    Paul Bedard June 3, 2014 Influential financial publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes is out with a new warning that the U.S. faces an economic catastrophe due to the Federal Reserve's loose dollar policy, and returning to a strict “gold standard” is the only way to avoid disaster. In Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy -- and What We Can Do About It, Forbes blames President Obama's money team for the stagnant economy, high prices, declining mobility and big government. "[The Fed's] vastly misguided monetary policies are now setting the stage for a new...
  • Balancing the Budget and the Trade Deficit is Easy: Return to Gold Standard

    06/01/2014 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Daily Ticker's Lauren Lyster conducted an interesting interview today with British Member of Parliament Kwasi Kwarteng on gold and balancing the budget. To play the video, click on the preceding link. Kwarteng is author of War and Gold, a Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt. Kwarteng notes the historic stability under gold standards, specifically citing the 2008 financial crisis and national debt level as problems related to the Fed and printing paper money. "The credit crunch, the credit bubble that preceded it, and the huge amounts of debt and deficits that we have are related to paper money,"...
  • U.S. Gold Holdings Close to Zero-Rob Kirby

    05/28/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    USA Watchdog ^ | 05/28/2014 | Greg Hunter
    Rob Kirby is an expert on forensic macroeconomics. His research shows central bankers are starting to not trust each other. “Countries around the world with foreign reserve accounts where they hold vast amounts of U.S. dollars, all it’s going to take is for one of them to get really spooked . . . and bolting for the door ... What about America’s gold? Is it still in Fort Knox? Kirby says, “I don’t believe America possesses any substantial amount of gold. America claims to have sovereign holdings of just over 8,000 metric tons. I believe that number is grossly inflated,...
  • Regulator Fines Barclays for Gold Manipulation: Permanent Price Suppression?

    05/25/2014 8:55:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    A couple of readers asked me to comment on the news Regulator Fines Barclays Over the Pricing of Gold. A British financial regulator has fined Barclays $43.9 million after accusing a former trader at the bank of improperly influencing gold prices at the expense of a customer. The F.C.A. also fined the former Barclays trader, Daniel James Plunkett, £95,600 and barred him from participating in any regulated financial activity. The authority said Mr. Plunkett, who settled with it, had profited at the expense of a customer, who was later fully compensated by Barclays. Mr. Plunkett’s improper conduct occurred on June...
  • Why Bitcoin Matters For Bankers

    03/16/2014 11:35:27 AM PDT · by TsonicTsunami08 · 56 replies
    American Banker ^ | March 16,2014 | Marc Hochstein
    Ask Alan Lane. In October, the president and CEO of Silvergate Bank in La Jolla, Calif., was up in Sacramento for a roundtable convened by the California Bankers Association and the state's Department of Business Oversight. Reading a laundry list of about a dozen issues on the department's radar, Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen mentioned Bitcoin — the Internet currency, payment system and technology that's been grabbing headlines, igniting controversy and inspiring innovation across the globe. Lane pricked up his ears, in part because the $616 million-asset Silvergate had been in discussions about banking a Bitcoin startup.
  • Dollar on the Brink of Disaster-John Williams

    05/19/2014 10:30:45 AM PDT · by GilGil · 25 replies
    USA WATCHDOG.COM ^ | 5/18/2014 | Greg Hunter
    So, with another “plunge” in the economy coming, how’s the dollar going to hold up? Williams explains, “You are not seeing an annual deficit of $400 or $500 billion dollars. You are really seeing something close to $6 trillion. That is beyond control, and it raises the question of long term solvency of the U.S. It is a big concern for the global markets. It’s really the reason why nobody outside the United States wants to hold the dollar. Now, look at the U.S. economy, it is turning down. Economic strength is a big factor in the value of a...
  • Gold falls on Yellen’s assessment of economy

    05/07/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2014 3:37 PM EDT
    Gold is falling after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and said that inflation remains low. […] Yellen’s comments suggest that the Federal Reserve is set to continue reducing its economic stimulus, lessening the threat of rising prices. Investors typically buy gold as a hedge against inflation. …
  • Dr. Jim Willie-Russia May want Gold Not Stinking Dollars

    05/07/2014 11:02:32 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    USA Watchdog ^ | 05/07/2014 | Greg Huunter
    Financial newsletter writer, Dr. Jim Willie, thinks the Ukraine crisis is more of a financial war than a shooting war. Dr. Willie says, “A couple of months ago, I said, ‘Give it time and the whole nation would sink,’ and the Putin strategy would be to create a standoff militarily, maybe some skirmishes, but let the nation sink. It’s been raided of its gold and raided of its official government funds; and, now, the energy companies are in there doing fracking. I think what is happening now is we are starting to see the breakdown.” Dr. Willie, who holds a...
  • The Gold Price is Fixed... So What?

    05/02/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    We can't ignore it anymore - the markets are rigged. The LIBOR scandal broke almost two years ago, and the banks found responsible for manipulating that key index are still dealing with lawsuits. Meanwhile, allegations of gold market manipulation have been simmering for over a decade and grew into an inferno after the spot price dropped dramatically last spring. Yet I'm left wondering what the conspiracy theorists hope to accomplish. Yes, I believe in exposing truth for its own sake and that the individual investor should have the same opportunities in the marketplace as the big institutions. But with these...
  • A Roman hoard from the end of empire

    05/01/2014 9:44:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | April 27, 2014 | VU University Amsterdam
    Dutch archaeologists have recently completed the rescue excavation of a unique treasure hoard dating to the beginning of the 5th century AD, from a field in Limburg... According to the Byzantine historian Zosimus, Constantine III tried to re-secure the entire Roman Rhine frontier against Germanic invaders... The historians Orosius and Zosimus tells us that Constantine III solved the problem of the invading Germanic groups by liberal use of the money bag along with developing close alliances to Germanic warlords on both sides of the Rhine... The Echt hoard would therefore have belonged to a Germanic officer in Roman service –...
  • Gold's Permanent Breakout

    04/29/2014 8:25:37 PM PDT · by publius321 · 5 replies
    You don't have to be on crack to believe the dollar isn't spiraling toward worthlessness but it would probably help if embracing that delusion were to be your goal. (Video-selfie)
  • Gold-Plated Mobile Banned For Muslim Men: Saudi Scholar

    04/25/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 24, 2014
    A well-known Saudi Islamic scholar has issued a fatwa (religious edict) prohibiting men from using a gold-plated mobile phone. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Fowzan, a jurisprudence professor and member of the Saudi human rights commission, said women can use such handsets. “As for men, they are prohibited from using gold or gold-plated mobile handsets…such handsets are allowed for women but not men,” he said on his Twitter page in response to a query from a reader. Saudi newspapers said Fowzan’s fatwa came as thousands of men in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states started to opt for gold-plated mobile phones.
  • World's Largest Gold Crystal Found

    04/17/2014 11:51:14 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 5 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/9/ 2014 | Marc Lallanilla
    It's the size of a golf ball, but a lot more valuable: Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Lujan Neutron Scattering Center have verified that a heavy piece of gold, found years ago in Venezuela, is, in fact, a single crystal of the valuable element — and it's worth an estimated $1.5 million. The lump of gold, which weighs 217.78 grams (about 7.7 ounces), was brought to Los Alamos to confirm whether it was a single crystal of gold, or a more common multiple-crystal structure. "The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size has never been studied...
  • Gold Is Having Its Worst Day Since The Day Of The Taper

    04/15/2014 5:48:07 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 4-15-2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Gold Is Having Its Worst Day Since The Day Of The Taper Joe WeisenthalApril 15, 2014, 8:30 AMGold is getting smoked today. Worst day since December, when the taper was first announced.
  • The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver

    04/12/2014 10:48:13 PM PDT · by Petro · 69 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | April 11, 2014 | George B
    Friday, April 11, 2014 The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver Every day, the radio airways and cable news broadcasts are filled with advertising from "gold bug" companies who are trying to convince you to buy both gold and silver. There are dozens of them: Goldline, Lear Capital, Rosland, Merit, and so on. All of whom claim that, by holding these precious metals, you are being protected against inflation as a result of massive government spending and the devaluation of the dollar, or, protected against another recession, depression, or stock market crash. The problem is that all of those claims...
  • Unearthed: The Humble Origins Of World Diplomacy (Hittites)

    01/18/2003 2:51:58 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 847+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-19-2003 | David Keys
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • Tiny 3-D images from Stanford and SLAC shed light on origin of Earth's core

    12/16/2010 12:58:12 PM PST · by decimon · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2010 | LOUIS BERGERON
    A new method of capturing detailed, three-dimensional images of minute samples of material under extreme pressures is shedding light on the evolution of the Earth's interior. Early results suggest that the early Earth did not have to be entirely molten to separate into the rocky crust and iron-rich core it has today. Researchers at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are leading the group pioneering the technique, which could lead to a wide range of new experiments.To answer the big questions, it often helps to look at the smallest details. That is the approach Stanford mineral physicist Wendy Mao...
  • The Sun: A Great Ball of Iron?

    07/17/2002 11:33:32 PM PDT · by per loin · 66 replies · 680+ views
    Science Daily
    Source:   University Of Missouri-Rolla (http://www.umr.edu) Date:   Posted 7/17/2002 The Sun: A Great Ball Of Iron? For years, scientists have assumed that the sun is an enormous mass of hydrogen. But in a paper presented before the American Astronomical Society, Dr. Oliver Manuel, a professor of nuclear chemistry at UMR, says iron, not hydrogen, is the sun's most abundant element. Manuel claims that hydrogen fusion creates some of the sun's heat, as hydrogen -- the lightest of all elements -- moves to the sun's surface. But most of the heat comes from the core of an exploded supernova...
  • Sea floor records ancient Earth

    03/23/2007 11:06:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 66 replies · 4,679+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 23 March 2007, 09:09 GMT | Jonathan Fildes Science and technology reporter, BBC News
    The ancient sea floor was discovered in southwest Greenland A sliver of four-billion-year-old sea floor has offered a glimpse into the inner workings of an adolescent Earth.The baked and twisted rocks, now part of Greenland, show the earliest evidence of plate tectonics, colossal movements of the planet's outer shell. Until now, researchers were unable to say when the process, which explains how oceans and continents form, began. The unique find, described in the journal Science, shows the movements started soon after the planet formed. "Since the plate tectonic paradigm is the framework in which we interpret all modern-day geology,...
  • Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert CO2 (To Hydrocarbons!)

    04/11/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 04-11-12 | Jennifer Chu - Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Copper -- the stuff of pennies and tea kettles -- is also one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy. When fashioned into an electrode and stimulated with voltage, copper acts as a strong catalyst, setting off an electrochemical reaction with carbon dioxide that reduces the greenhouse gas to methane or methanol. Various researchers around the world have studied copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in powerplants: Instead of being released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide would be circulated through a copper catalyst and turned into...
  • Geologists point to outer space as source of the Earth's mineral riches

    10/18/2009 11:54:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies · 1,191+ views
    University of Toronto ^ | Oct 18, 2009 | Unknown
    TORONTO, ON – According to a new study by geologists at the University of Toronto and the University of Maryland, the wealth of some minerals that lie in the rock beneath the Earth's surface may be extraterrestrial in origin. "The extreme temperature at which the Earth's core formed more than four billion years ago would have completely stripped any precious metals from the rocky crust and deposited them in the core," says James Brenan of the Department of Geology at the University of Toronto and co-author of the study published in Nature Geoscience on October 18. "So, the next question...
  • Third world pillaging will destroy the Earth's magnetic field

    09/28/2009 7:39:37 AM PDT · by mudblood · 32 replies · 1,837+ views
    Collective Wishes ^ | 9/28/09 | Candle
    There is a growing body of evidence now to support the theory that Western enviro-pillaging is leading to the flip-flop of the Earth's magnetic field. The acclaimed Indian science journal Jonwar Chodu recently published a controversial piece denouncing the Western World's mining of metal in 3rd world countries. But not for the normal reasons of hegemonic multinational imperialism - itself a good reason to stop all this horrible mining... No, this time it was for a reason far worse. You see, when you take metals from one part of the world, depleting them from whole regions almost entirely, and then...
  • New idea tackles Earth core puzzle

    07/10/2013 9:25:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 July 2013 Last updated at 08:27 ET Share this pageEmail Print | Simon Redfern
    Scientists have proposed a radical new model for the make-up of the Earth's core. The study may explain a longstanding puzzle about the most inaccessible part of our planet. It suggests that differences between the east and west hemispheres of the core are explained by the way iron atoms pack together. ... Lying more than 5,000km beneath our feet, at the centre of the Earth, the core is beyond the reach of direct investigation. Broadly speaking, it consists of a solid sphere of metal sitting within a liquid outer core. The inner core started to solidify more than a billion...