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The Platinum Club

As part of the ongoing Periodic Video series (previously and more previously), Martyn Poliakoff takes us inside Johnson Matthey, where he shows us some "Super Expensive Metals" — a few of the rare platinum group metals — as they are refined and processed from raw ore into finished products.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 11, 2014 - 11 comments

Surplus surplus surplus, Sir!

Military planners for the U.S. Army have decided not to ship back more than $7 billion of equipment — about 20 percent of what the Army brought into Afghanistan — because the shipping costs are too high and the need for the used equipment too low. Instead, the Army is destroying the equipment in-country: shredding it, crushing it and selling it on the Afghan scrap market for pennies a pound.
posted by infini on Jun 21, 2013 - 82 comments

A heart of gold

Midas is a puzzle game by Wanderlands. (Flash)
posted by oulipian on Jun 15, 2013 - 19 comments

Smarter than the smarties and tougher than the toughies

Famously valuable, Scrooge McDuck's money bin is now becoming reality.
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 6, 2013 - 33 comments

Mineralism

The Tucson Show 2013 Mineral Rooms. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 30, 2013 - 16 comments

99 is the magic number

David Gold, founder of Southern California's (and beyond) ubiquitous 99 Cents Only Stores, has died. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Apr 27, 2013 - 18 comments

'The ECB with hereditary leadership and the right to employ an army'

"All this gives us one way to understand the Lannister zeal for power in King's Landing. In effect, Tywin is attempting to execute a debt-for-equity swap since his debts aren't actually recoverable. But that simply underscores the extent to which the loans to the Iron Throne are, themselves, worthless as financial assets." Economics of Ice & Fire, Part I and Part II (minor dialogue spoilers for S03E03) [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Apr 19, 2013 - 16 comments

Gold Crash

"Gold's crash this weekend is, as Oprah might say, a teachable moment. Crashes like this are a good way to find out how markets work. It's like a game of financial Clue, a way to keep sharp your skills of deduction. You don't have to be a stock investor or a math whiz to figure it out, either – you just have to have a good grasp of news and human psychology." - the Guardian on this week's crash in gold commodity prices.
posted by Slap*Happy on Apr 18, 2013 - 85 comments

What they really coveted was Arutam’s golden throne

The most-storied warrior tribe in Ecuador prepares to fight as the government sells gold-laden land to China.
posted by tykky on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 comments

The full economic impact of Smaug can only be understood by recognizing that the dragon's arrival resulted in a severe monetary shock…

The Macroeconomics of Middle-Earth
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 2, 2013 - 63 comments

What to do with $175,000 in weed found in your back yard

Some evil bastard has stuffed a bag of dope into a hole behind my house and turned my life into the backdrop of a James Ellroy noir.
posted by growabrain on Dec 6, 2012 - 101 comments

Three Ts and Gold

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission changed their rules to require companies to disclose if they use 'tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product”' These are also known as 'conflict minerals.' The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone, Businessweek [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 27, 2012 - 17 comments

The Ju-Ju Magic of the Miners of Afosu

The Ju-Ju Magic of the Miners of Afosu. Photos and paintings from Ghana by Ben Zawalich.
posted by homunculus on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 comments

'Broken is better than new'

'Often, we try to repair broken things in such a way as to conceal the repair and make it “good as new.” But the alternative “better than new” aesthetic—that a conspicuous, artful repair actually adds value' - on kintsugi, the art of beautiful repair. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 21, 2012 - 30 comments

sovereignty and taxation

David Graeber: Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Jun 8, 2012 - 85 comments

Too much gold is never enough (also tiles)

“To all unmarried ones who would like to spend their life by my side and within all the beauties of my home. Please look below at all the magic of my home that I have decorated with taste, perhaps just for YOU. Don Milisav Juan Gonzales Brzi, Contact: +33-#########″
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 15, 2012 - 59 comments

The Important One Is Mauve

Un Hommage à Thomas Pynchon's Rainbow [PDF, NSFW (language)] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Mar 10, 2012 - 12 comments

Ntaganda: "We didn't kill you this morning."

The Warlord and the Basketball Star When an athlete-turned-humanitarian and an energy executive tried to buy gold in Kenya, they found themselves mired in Congo's dangerous world of conflict minerals -- and totally outmatched. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 1, 2012 - 3 comments

Your money's no good here.

Is The Shining really about the gold standard? Using unpublished info from the Stanley Kubrick Archives as a key source, Kubrick's Gold Story [part 1 of 4] is a film analysis that uncovers economic themes encoded in The Shining with regard to gold vs fiat monetary systems. Written, narrated and edited by Rob Ager [Previously].
posted by albrecht on Feb 8, 2012 - 75 comments

In Gold We Trust

In Gold We Trust. With the shiny stuff soaring to $1643.12 an ounce and prominent politicians advocating a return to the gold standard, Wells Tower investigates the latest Klondike gold rush.
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 16, 2012 - 103 comments

Swap your ounces for pounces!

Cats 4 Gold! 1. Request info 2. Mail your gold 3. Get some cats!
posted by desjardins on Dec 22, 2011 - 28 comments

Golden Retriever

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela wants to bring his country's gold back home. Eleven billion dollars worth of Venezuelan gold (211 tonnes ) is currently deposited among a number of US and European banks, at least some of which will have difficulties meeting the call. Transporting the gold will be expensive and complicated - not because of the physical volume but because of its immense value. (via) [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 29, 2011 - 83 comments

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany: The Mother-lode. [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Aug 14, 2011 - 9 comments

Inside The Order

One crime had been solved — but the chest of gold stolen from Patty Kingston's closet remained a mystery. The deputy heard the Brown boys knew who stole the gold — but suddenly, without explanation, they and everyone in the clan clammed up. [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Aug 7, 2011 - 17 comments

Golazo, Golazo, Golazo, azo azo azo

Did you see this goal? It's the last goal of this year's Gold Cup, and it's one of the very best I've ever seen. I thought I'd share it. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Jun 26, 2011 - 109 comments

Fading to yellow in a brown leather frame.

67 years ago today, 150, 000 allied troops landed on 5 beaches on the coast of France that were defended by Rommel and about 60,000 troops of the Nazi Wermacht. Today is the D-Day landings anniversary. Lest we forget.
posted by dazed_one on Jun 6, 2011 - 62 comments

Cannabis culture

Cannabis Culture
posted by twoleftfeet on Apr 3, 2011 - 59 comments

Liberty Dollars in Jail

Bernard NotHaus has been convicted of possessing and selling coins that resemble United States coins, violating U.S.C. 18 § 486 and other US statutes. This follows three years after a raid on the Liberty Dollar offices. The trial took four days, the deliberation all of two hours. The US government is now pursuing a forfeiture case against Liberty Services for approximately $7 Million. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Mar 21, 2011 - 158 comments

Gold dispensing ATM machines

Gold dispensing ATM machines are becoming more popular. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Dec 17, 2010 - 97 comments

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story, told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon and more. [more inside]
posted by ericb on Dec 16, 2010 - 18 comments

Cursed By Gold

Georgina Cranston travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to photograph the women who work deep inside some of the country's disused gold mines. [more inside]
posted by gman on Dec 4, 2010 - 13 comments

How to crash JP Morgan

Max Keiser (previously) writes in the Guardian about a strategy to try and cause JP Morgan to crash; a strategy which he encourages. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Dec 4, 2010 - 35 comments

Bloomberg's Pimm Fox Interviews Mr T.

The normally all-business Pimm Fox interviews Mr. T on Bloomberg Television (SLYT)
posted by nj_subgenius on Oct 14, 2010 - 13 comments

Price per ounce

In honour of Chinese jade hitting $3,000 an ounce, a quick context of what one ounce buys... $1300 $883 $350 $51.93 $20.08 $4.74
posted by nickrussell on Sep 22, 2010 - 38 comments

Hua Yang De Nian Hua

"Hua Yang De Nian Hua, or "To those who we remember fondly", is a 2000 short film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai that was shown at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. It consists of a 2m 28s montage of scenes from vintage Chinese films, most of which were considered lost until some nitrate prints were discovered in a California warehouse during the 1990s, set to a song from the soundtrack of Wong's In The Mood For Love, a golden oldie by Zhou Xuan."
posted by puny human on Sep 15, 2010 - 13 comments

Free's Gold

Record label Fool's Gold, run by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, has just put their entire catalogue online for free streaming with links to paid downloads for each track. [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Aug 13, 2010 - 9 comments

Motherlode

[Infographic-Filter] Fools Gold: Inside the Glenn Beck Goldline Scheme. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 28, 2010 - 170 comments

World's richest nation: would you believe Afghanistan?

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan.

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
posted by scalefree on Jun 13, 2010 - 156 comments

GOLD!

A 55-year-old metal detectorist has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. [more inside]
posted by puckish on Sep 23, 2009 - 100 comments

Your TV would never lie to you, especially about gold

How to value and sell your gold. Probably a waste of time though, those real people who sold their gold on TV seem happy enough.
posted by alan on Aug 28, 2009 - 20 comments

found: keys to davy jones' locker

Is salvaging sunken treasure a form of piracy or the preservation of history? Does commercial for-profit exploration of historical shipwrecks taint the historical legacy of these naval graveyards? Who owns the treasures lost for so many centuries? Marine archeology is testing its legal limits with one man's work. [previous]
posted by infini on Jun 5, 2009 - 25 comments

The Copper Standard

The new monetary standard: Copper.
posted by bigmusic on Apr 19, 2009 - 51 comments

Iceland, beauty and deja vu

In the early 1980s, Roni Horn travelled to Iceland and lived alone for a few months in the (supposedly haunted) lighthouse at Dyrhólaey. While there, she made rocky, earthy drawings. They formed the first volume of a currently incomplete, abstract encyclopedia of the country [flash navigation] which has now progressed to include beautiful photographs of hot pools, glaciers, lava and rivers. A river's surface has appeared in different guises within a university. She has even made a library of water in a little Icelandic town. However, those currently in or near London can visit an exhibition in Tate Modern. [more inside]
posted by paperpete on Apr 4, 2009 - 7 comments

"Hang on a minute, lads, I've got an idea."

The Italian Job: Problem Solved
posted by Artw on Jan 23, 2009 - 43 comments

When I do my lady flips

I'm scrapbookin' everything we do (sytl) - previously
posted by Hands of Manos on Jan 13, 2009 - 29 comments

The Real Price of Gold

We've talked about gold on Metafilter before (1 2 3), and while the price of gold as a commodity rising to record levels again, nobody is talking about the real price of gold. Unfortunately, small-scale mining is sometimes crucial to the livelihood of communities, for example in Suriname (1 2). Although there are attemps to make mining cleaner, the way growth in demand is outpacing supply, combined with the belief that it is a perceived safe-haven store of wealth, it is likely the negative effects will be with us for many decades.
posted by DreamerFi on Dec 29, 2008 - 65 comments

For my sugar spun sister

The Stone Roses are set to reform. It's almost 20 years since they released their extremely fine album creatively titled The Stone Roses. The band that was a big part of the Madchester movement have been bumping into each other at Manchester United games and no doubt seeing the money that the footballers are making decided it was time to regroup. The rumours are not certain, but some say it is 75 percent likely and media reports everywhere indicates it is probably happening. [more inside]
posted by sien on Dec 15, 2008 - 54 comments

The Gold Standard

Gold Standard, Way before then, Then, Now, and... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Nov 16, 2008 - 50 comments

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nation's Millennium General Assembly

All that glitters is not gold. In this case, it happens to be pure junk. (via) [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 28, 2008 - 22 comments

Preserving the Heritage of Zonians

Canal Zone Images is a collection of stories and images about the Panama Canal Zone. Did you know that the construction workers were paid in gold and silver ('spiggoty' dollars)? "Paper money was not used on the pay car at all. In the first place, there was always a danger of its blowing away, and in the second place paper money in the hands of negro workmen soon assumed a most unsanitary condition." [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Feb 25, 2008 - 12 comments

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