Every now and then you just have to marvel at the synchronicity of things, in this case, how the synchronicity of a discovery occurs amid growing global economic "downturn" and calls by some for a return to the gold standard. In this case, I found this story and then was deluged by emails from all corners as everyone else found this story too, indicating that people seemed to be interested in the subject of alchemy. Now, before I commence my high octane speculations, consider this story in its various versions:
Now for several reasons this article both delighted me and intrigued me. Delighted me because, well, the little gold-pooping bug has been around for a while, gleefully pooping gold that doesn't have to be mined, but giving new meaning to the idea of waste treatment. And, no doubt, this bit of whimsy also struck Professors Kahemi and Brown at Michigan when they titled their equipment the "Great Work of the Metal Lover", an obvious bow to alchemy, which calls the confection of the Philosophers' Stone, able to transmute base metals into gold, the "Great Work." That its excrement should literally be be gold does have a touch of irony that appeals to me, because so many gold bugs believe gold to be an intrinsic store of value, when, as little cupriavidus metallidurans reminds us, it's just so much poop.
There is another humorous - or perhaps not so humorous - connection here, for as Dr deHart and I discovered in researching Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, there is an obscure alchemical tract, attributed to Paracelsus but of disputed authorship, that speaks of the necessity of incubating the Philosophers' Stone (and for that matter, the alchemical homunculus) in "putrefying dung." The reference is suggestive, and may possibly indicate that the alchemists were encountering the work of little cupriavidus metallidurans.
But now let's stop and think here: this little gold bug represents a technology, a real, genuine, alchemical technology. And as I noted long ago in The SS Brotherhood of the Bell and The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Quest for Exotic Matter, there were in the period between the First and Second World Wars, a number of curious discoveries - oddly enough, both in Germany and Japan - of transmutations of base metals(especially mercury, fancy that!) into gold. As I noted there, even the famous firm of Siemens and other German firms took out patents on transmutative, that is to say, alchemical processes.
Broadly speaking then, "alchemical" processes have been around for a long time, and though granted the amounts reported by scientists at that time were miniscule, let's allow our imagination to run free for a moment. Suppose that these discoveries came to the attention of major corporations and financial institutions (and we already know they did since Siemens took out patents on this phenomenon). We know, too, from letters of SS General Oswald Pohl, that Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler had the SS set up alchemical laboratories all over Germany(see my The Philosophers' Stone, part three). In other words, "with enough money and manpower", and seventy-plus years of technological development, who knows what might have been achieved? But perhaps all those obfuscated figures for the amounts of gold actually in existence are a clue... and perhaps there may be a heck of a lot more of it than the Powers that Be are admitting to.
Why would they keep such a thing secret? Well, for one thing, it would collapse the price of gold if, say, one could stimulated the little bug to poop out vast amounts of gold, or enhance the other processes being investigated in the interwar period. But for another thing, it would allow the creation of hidden reserves which, at artificially inflated prices, would allow the banksters to issue vast amounts of hidden currencies...(which, if you're a particularly fraudulent and greedy bankster - no such thing, right? - would allow you to leverage even more money by re-hypothecating the same amount of gold over and over again). No wonder, maybe, the central banksters are so inimical to audits, for a real open audit might expose a possible hidden technology. (Please note all the subjunctives and qualifiers, after all, we're indulging in High Octane Speculation.)
...like I said folks, High Octane Speculation, but something perhaps to bear in mind.
See you on the flip side.