"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat

Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


Monday, August 1, 2011

Bank of Korea buys gold for the first time in 13 years

Dow Jones News is reporting this afternoon that the Bank of Korea has confirmed that it purchased 25 metric tons of gold between June and July of this year and now has gold reserves of 39.4 tons of gold as of the end of July.

The move is noteworthy because it confirms a move towards diversifcation by a large Asian Central Bank away from the Dollar.

While Korea is certainly not among the largest holders of gold in the world, (it ranks 45th in gold holdings according to the World Gold Council data), it indicates another Central Bank's desire to acquire additional gold. So much for the yellow metal being viewed as a "barbarous relic".