Thursday, February 6, 2014

Silver and Gold Photography

The Trailer We'll All Be In

I thought I'd treat your eyes to a little silver and gold colour scheme today. Everybody knows that silver is an essential ingredient in photographic film emulsion, and in fact, as such it is now a declining industrial use for the precious metal. But were you aware of an early photographic process called Chrysotype? I was not aware, until my much recent interest of reading about investing in precious metals - there's a great article about it here. And this is what the results look like. With today's price per ounce, even though it is falling, this must be a tremendously expensive way of processing, but it certainly does posses a unique beauty!

Actually, much of my interest and reading lately has been toward silver, not gold. Silver is extremely scarce right now, because it's a losing proposition to mine more of it, given it's extremely low price in relation to the high cost of energy. Many are saying that silver is the ultimate bargain, because, although most of the above ground silver in the world is rapidly being used up, it is very much needed by industry, in many applications - electronics, aero-space, medicine, solar panels, and yes, even photography, still. Most silver analysts believe that the price of silver (and gold) are being heavily manipulated downward right now by the world's federal banks, to prop up the crazy bubble-filled economy we're now in, but this can't go on forever.

All the analysts are right - silver has nowhere to go but up, once all the price-fixing stops, whenever that'll be. And because every currency in the world right now is rapidly de-valuing because every nation is madly printing Trillions of dollars worth of it, silver and gold will go up a lot. But especially silver. Some are predicting five-hundred per ounce, or even more.

It sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime doesn't it? But be careful, for it is really a trap! Think about it - you can walk into a Bullion Dealer today, and pay them some cash for their silver coins or bars, which are right now priced amazingly low, pay no sales tax on it, and walk out anonymously with the coins in your pocket. But because of the fact that the rocketing price of precious metals is directly tied to the inevitable collapse of all world currencies, you certainly might turn your thousands into millions, but then what? Will your friendly neighbourhood Bullion Dealer even be around to pay you back what your coins are supposed to be worth? Remember, all currencies will be worthless, so even if your Dealer is still open (which will be highly unlikely), they couldn't possibly be holding enough dollars to buy everybody's silver and gold back. Nor would they even want to, given that at this new game-changing level, silver and gold will have nowhere to go but down.

What about the Banks? Wouldn't they cash in your booty? Well, no; again, assuming the banks even survive, even today, if you bring them a silver coin with a $5.00 face value, that's all they'll give you - the face value, even though the $5 coin is now supposed to be worth close to $20 for it's weight in silver. When it's worth $500, is this policy going to change? I wouldn't expect so.

Many other survivalists are saying that because these are "real wealth" (as opposed to promissory note currency - and I admit, they are right in saying this) you'll be able to use silver and gold to barter with, once the dollar fails and the SHTF. "Stock up on the Three-G's - Grub, Guns and Gold" they say. Well, again - once everybody has lost their savings, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pensions - once these have all become worthless paper, silver and gold will probably be the last thing that anybody would want, and the whole world will finally be economically on equal footing - doing everything possible to find their next meal! It will become a barter economy al-right, but keep in mind, you cannot eat gold and silver.

There's a verse in the Bible that seems to predict exactly this situation -

"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their stomachs" Ezekiel 7:19

Don't be trapped! I know it sounds very frightening, but the Bible also offers real hope with another kind of gold, being sold by God Himself -

"Therefore I counsel you to buy of Me gold refined in the fire that you may become rich, and white robes to put on, so as to hide your shameful nakedness, and eye-salve to anoint your eyes with, so that you may be able to see.  All whom I hold dear, I reprove and chastise; therefore be in earnest and repent. I am now standing at the door and am knocking. If any one listens to My voice and opens the door, I will go in to be with him and will feast with him, and he shall feast with Me." Revelation (Apocalypse) 3:18-20

There's the answer - to become eternally alive in God, no matter what happens in this failing world. How is this done? It's even more simple than buying silver at the Bullion Dealer, and can happen as quickly to you as it takes to compose and take a photograph -

"whoever comes to me I will never on any account drive away." John 6:37

"every one who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21

God's eternal promises are far, far more valuable than any form of worldly wealth - always have been and always will be. He has always promised us - "call out to Him and he will hear you".

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