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05:21 PM on 07/06/2011
Lets take all the money that Wold Vision, The Vatican and the Southern Bapitsts use for conversion and evangelism and build roads and infrastructure
05:19 PM on 07/06/2011
The Christians and Muslims are going "Dang! we ought to have raided this as well"! LOL :)
04:04 PM on 07/06/2011
Hey.. Let's melt all the golden works of art in the Vatican vaults which were made by looting the mayans, incas and the rest and use it to help the poor euro states like Greece and Romania. Let's also sell all the precious stones the Vatican has to help the poor. While we are at it, we will also auction the pope mobile and use the proceeds to help the poor. The man needs exercise so he can walk like others when he strolls through Vatican square to meet his flock.
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Chucktheman
12:51 PM on 07/06/2011
If they found it in my garage, it belongs to me. If they found it in the temple, it belongs to the temple.
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Chucktheman
12:49 PM on 07/06/2011
If it were found in vaults of the Vatican City, people would not be giving advice on how to use it.
If they are not giving any of it to me, I don't care what they do with it.
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60s Dem
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11:25 AM on 07/06/2011
Selling the treasure would be a crime unless it was sold to publicly owned museums. If it was sold to the public, all the treasure would be bought up by the ultra-rich who would sit on it and make MORE money on it in the coming years. It should belong to everyone...not just a few rich pigs with their ill-gotten gains.
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11:20 AM on 07/06/2011
World-class archaeologists and historians must get involved analyzing historical value of the treasure.
Those items of high artistic and historical value must remain at the temple, or temple owners can sell it to museums.
Those without -the temple owners should be permitted to sell to the public, if they so desire.
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10:34 AM on 07/06/2011
What to do with it?

In a country with such wrenching poverty, I think the answer is obvious.
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11:12 AM on 07/06/2011
Genius answer.
20 billion dollars. 1.2 billion people.
After shipping and handling each person gets five bucks.
12:50 PM on 07/06/2011
The poverty level is 40%, less the half the total population. Hardly "wrenching" poverty as you claim....
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07:25 PM on 07/06/2011
dingbat!!
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NYBill
06:28 AM on 07/08/2011
It must be fun to go through life not knowing anything about the world. The best part must be not knowing that you do not know anything. Ignorance must truly be bliss.
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frank day
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10:21 AM on 07/06/2011
How can this treasure be Privatized?
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Eileenla
09:15 AM on 07/06/2011
Question: Why do we continue to bloat the edifices that stand between us and the divine? We make the edifices more important than the RELATIONSHIP they're supposed to be supporting. In doing so, we create a barrier between ourselves and divine communion in perpetuity, because we believe we can't access divine wisdom and essence without going through a temple or church or synagogue - a belief the institutions reinforce because it suits their purpose, which is continued existence.

I suspect most of the problems of society today can be traced directly to this "middle bloat" in all our systems. All our institutions have grown bigger, more self-important and more focused on their own profitability than on doing the job they were originally intended to do. IF we can grasp and change that, our entire world will change. And by the way, the human ego is the first bloated center with which to start the change.
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NormalAmericanMan
If we knew anything, we would not be here.
10:04 AM on 07/06/2011
Organized religion, "the business" of religion is the problem. I found God just by going for a walk one day.
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Eileenla
10:10 AM on 07/06/2011
I first met God on acid...but since then it has become a regular relationship without the need for substances (or churches) to provide the interface.
05:54 AM on 07/06/2011
I have to agree with their government. As huge an amount of money as that is, it's the temples. If they chose to sell some of the older items to museums to help culturally and make the funds into modern currency to feed the poor, or improve the temple grounds, or even just transfer it into more gold that's their decision. No one elses.
02:13 AM on 07/06/2011
OK...Cool - Give it to the poor from whom most of it was originally extorted.
12:52 PM on 07/06/2011
It wasn't extorted, it was given by pilgrims and visitors as offerings.
02:05 AM on 07/06/2011
Gold is not spent to buy products on the market. Gold is used as a security to raise investments, run projects and thus turn the wheels of the economic engine. Gold, by itself, has no economic value. Its value is purely symbolic. This is why this Kerala kingdom stocked up gold, it raised the confidence of outsiders to come to Kerala and trade in there. Kerala was the centre of the ancient spice trade route.

Even today, this gold has a similar symbolic value. Investors would pump more money into Kerala and the economy will benefit, simply by the confidence for investors that this is a rich state. After the second world war, all the gold reserves of the world ended up in USA enabling the US to print money and rev up the economic engine. The size of the US gold reserves boosted confidence in the US dollar amongst the world community. None of the gold was "spent", it is still sitting in the reserves.
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NYBill
06:47 AM on 07/06/2011
Except for the bullion that was transfered to England after the war and that shipment that was sent to France when DeGaule called in the Gold equivelent of the paper dollars that were in the French treasury.

How many other Gold transfers there have been are unknown because I do not believe the treasury publishes that imformation.
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dmeekthemimi
11:52 PM on 07/05/2011
20 billion in India sure buys a lot!! In the US you wouldn't get a super highway for that. You'd 10 miles of toll road! And instead of housing and food for the poor with what's left over, you'd get a couple of toll booths and a $100 donation to the local food bank!
05:26 PM on 07/06/2011
IT doesn't go far in India either.. The "Sekular" polticians would pocket it all in the name of "Poor starving children". Which is what they are trying to do.
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NYBill
11:25 PM on 07/05/2011
India was, 140 years ago, a colony, protectora­te,dominio­n of Great Britain. As the Raj, Great Britain was a legal business partner to the then Government of India; thereby, making a share of this fortune property of the British Crown...Pl­us interest!
When I refer to India, I am referring to the entire Raj, not India exclusivel­y.

What would happen if every Indian citizen was to receive 400,000 Pounds? It would ruin whatever economy India has.Who would do the menial and repetitive work of operating a country? Inflation would deflate the value of the Indian currency to zero value on the world market, at the same time, reducing the total value of the treasure.
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NormalAmericanMan
If we knew anything, we would not be here.
10:06 AM on 07/06/2011
Good thing it is not your decision, right?
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60s Dem
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11:30 AM on 07/06/2011
Your knowledge of history, your math skills, your logic, and your understanding of economics are all LAUGHABLE. Go get an education before you post gibberish like this.