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Is This What The New "Swiss Bank Account" Looks Like?

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There was a time when everyone (who was anyone) wanted a Swiss bank account, as much as an offshore cash parking vehicle as for its hushed prestige, whispered to a select few during Hamptons' cocktail parties. Those days are now gone, with the last remaining anonymous offshore private banking bastion left being Singapore, if even that. So in a world in which country after country is scrambling to hike income (and soon financial wealth and asset) taxes on the superrich, is this, paradoxically, what the new "Swiss bank account" is going to look like? And with the Obelix case study officially in the books, who will be the next to take advantage of the former KGB spy's taxation generosity?


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Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:36 | 3127432 Karlus
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People with Russian wives? That are specifically NOT us citizens?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:47 | 3127468 DoChenRollingBearing
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Interested single guys might want to see if any of those ChristianMingle gals are from Russia...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:50 | 3127477 Half_A_Billion_...
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try taxing bitcoins, phd morons


1. go to

2. look at number of subscribers

3. wait 5 minutes

4. press reload, watch higher number of subscribers

5. get the fuck out of the TBTF world; embrace hyperinflation; love The Bernank!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:52 | 3127484 Karlus
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Help me out here. Why would I trust my fortune converting USD (or gold) to some unknown company's chits?

How do I know that they are anything different that soverign's fiat?


*** Serious question, I dont understand the benefits of bitcoin

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:00 | 3127500 Michaelwiseguy
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Russian Passport? Income tax is only 13% in Russia. Russia is the New America because the collectivists have gotten hold of the USA.

And the proof is in the new Pravda and how Russia came to our rescue;

Global warming, the tool of the West

By Stanislav Mishin

For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consiquent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living. In other words, they coasted them into the poverty that the greed and treason of those said same elites was already creating in their native lands.

What better way to staunch protests at worsening economic and life conditions than to make it feel like an honourable job/duty of the people to save "Gia". At the same time, they used this "science" as a new pagan religion to further push out the Christianity they hate and despise and most of all, fear? Gia worship, the earth "mother", has been pushed in popular culture oozing out of the West for a better part of the past 1.5 decades. This is a religion replete with an army of priests, called Government Grant Scientists.

Various groups have fought back. This is including Russian hackers, who published a huge database of UK government, scientific and university emails depicting the fixing of data to sell Global Warming, er Climate Change (as if it never changed on its own). And while taking hit after hit, the beast, like Al Quida, will not die. As a matter of fact, the beast is on a steady come back, as it is quite useful during the down times recession. The US alone spends $7 billion each year on warming "studies", which is, in truth, nothing but a huge money laundering operation, as no real science is conducted and vapid alarmist reports the only product generated.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:05 | 3127513 LetThemEatRand
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Surely Russia's position has nothing to do with their vast oil and coal reserves (2nd in the world in coal).  Believe what you want, but always consider the agenda of your sources.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:08 | 3127526 nmewn
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And numero uno is...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:11 | 3127529 HoofHearted
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You can always become your own central banker. Starve the beast and make sure that you have a few matchbooks from the local strip club. "I spent all my EBT at the Cougar Club, officer." Also you should go canoeing often.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:27 | 3127570 nmewn
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Well thats certainly something to think about ;-)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:58 | 3127642 Manthong
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To paraphrase a gag from a recent comic strip:

Old guy: “Back in my day we had a word for global warming.. it was called “August”.”

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:02 | 3127784 nmewn
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The paradox of cold/hot/wet/dry global warming alarmists

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:43 | 3127893 SilverDOG
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Geological history's proof is in stone. We are warming globally.

The paradox happens to be, the short sightedness of mankind.

Such an immature mindset. 

Forgotten is, what the future becomes.


I did not + -



Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:52 | 3127917 Bicycle Repairman
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Piss off.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:06 | 3128143 negative rates
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No one proclaims their innocence so loudly,

as the GUILTY!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 22:03 | 3128414 Clever Name
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Or the innocent, falsely accused.



Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:58 | 3129198 Panafrican Funk...
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The stupid part about hyperadvocating for man-made global warming is that, in addition to being pretty shaky scientifically, it distracts from actual, practical environmental issues, like clean air and clean water.  The environmental movement would be a shitload more effective if it simply couched it's concerns as "hey, maybe we should not put poison in the air and water, because our kids our injesting poison right now, due to (insert company here) dumping (insert toxic shit here)."

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 01:42 | 3131972 thisandthat
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stupid, unless intentional...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:14 | 3127533 Peterus
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I agree. However in case of AGW "scientists position" is certainly not out of scope of investigation.

Controling some global agency that may rule CO2 emissions is extreme power. It could actually accomplish reinstatment of mass poverty in the West, effectively suffocate sinful industrial revolution to death. Things that some green ideologues wanted for quite some time. It also makes some scientist in small and undeveloped branch of science into saviours, gives them constant funding etc.

Both sides are suspect. So I'm waiting for a string of consequitve, accurate and concrete guesses about climate in 10, 20 years (let's say some median rise in temperatures, where it is going to be highest and where lowest). If they pull it off might be convinced. So far each prediction is grimmer and less accurate than the previous one. Not good enough to demand retooling of the entire global industry.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:51 | 3128670 Lumberjack
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Does NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) keep two separate sets of climate books for the USA?


Glaring inconsistencies found between State of the Climate (SOTC) reports sent to the press and public and the “official” climate database record for the United States.

First, I should point out that I didn’t go looking for this problem, it was a serendipitous discovery that came from me looking up the month-to-month average temperature for the Continental United States (CONUS) for another project which you’ll see a report on in a couple of days. What started as an oddity noted for a single month now seems clearly to be systemic over a two-year period. On the eve of what will likely be a pronouncement from NCDC on 2012 being the “hottest year ever”, and since what I found is systemic and very influential to the press and to the public, I thought I should make my findings widely known now. Everything I’ve found should be replicable independently using the links and examples I provide. I’m writing the article as a timeline of discovery.

At issue is the difference between temperature data claims in the NCDC State of the Climate reports issued monthly and at year-end and the official NCDC climate database made available to the public. Please read on for my full investigation...

...Based on my reading of it, with their SOTC reports that are based on preliminary data, and not corrected later, NCDC has violated these four key points:

In the guidelines, OMB defines ‘‘quality’’ as the encompassing term, of which ‘‘utility,’’ ‘‘objectivity,’’ and ‘‘integrity’’ are the constituents. ‘‘Utility’’ refers to the usefulness of the information to the intended users. ‘‘Objectivity’’ focuses on whether the disseminated information is being presented in an accurate, clear, complete, and unbiased manner, and as a matter of substance, is accurate, reliable, and unbiased. ‘‘Integrity’’ refers to security—the protection of information from unauthorized access or revision, to ensure that the information is not compromised through corruption or falsification. OMB modeled the definitions of ‘‘information,’’ ‘‘government information,’’ ‘‘information dissemination product,’’ and ‘‘dissemination’’ on the longstanding definitions of those terms in OMB Circular A–130, but tailored them to fit into the context of these guidelines.

I’ll leave it to congress and other Federal watchdogs to determine if a DQA violation has in fact occurred on a systemic basis. For now, I’d like to see NCDC explain why two publicly available avenues for “official” temperature data don’t match. I’d also like to see them justify their claims in the next SOTC due out any day.

I’ll have much more in the next couple of days on this issue, be sure to watch for the second part.

For now, in case the SOTC reports should suddenly disappear or get changed without notice, I have all of those NCDC reports that form the basis of Table 1 archived below as PDF files.


Mon, 01/07/2013 - 00:31 | 3128731 Michaelwiseguy
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Wow, thanks. I was over there posting today the Pravda article. But this story is big, really big in the scientific community. I expect heads to roll over this one.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 01:53 | 3131985 thisandthat
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thanks for the sarcasm, lol

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:17 | 3127543 Michaelwiseguy
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Some agendas are natural like oil, coal, and gas. Others like Agenda 21 and man-made climate change are manufactured for our enslavement.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:13 | 3128297 trav777
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that round earth stuff was too

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:44 | 3127740 BlueCheeseBandit
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Surely the environmentalist's positions have nothing to do with the government grants to be had, money to be made selling green products, and political power to be garnered from pushing the climate change agenda.

The trouble with ad hominem arguments...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:22 | 3127824 laboratorymike
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Being a researcher right now, I can tell you firsthand that the green movement is both driven by orgs. like DOE and NSF selectively handing out funding to "green" research. Also, the development of green products has been a big boon for the research area because conventional oil-based chemistry has basically been studied to death, and as such there isn't a need for the old oil and gas research anymore. I've heard time and time again since ~2004 the excitement of professors about how they are working "In a brand new area, no one has done any work on this before!"


On campus, all I can say is that the rhetoric has gone from the bizarre to the sublime. Every time the heat index goes over 100 I hear OHMIGOSHGLOBALWARMINGISKILLINGUSALL! And every time there's a heavy snow the College Republicans come out with signs while chanting "Al Gore lied! It's cold outside!" There is no rational discussion on global warming, at least that I can see.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:41 | 3127883 Raymond K Hessel
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Sounds like you've very rational....follow the money.  You helped follow it from researcher to government.  

As for global warming being real as a given and then having a discussion from that...I also agree with you.  It's completely irrational to take global warming seriously.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:16 | 3128305 trav777
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totally dude, you know, despite that pesky evidence and all that

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:59 | 3128406 willwork4food
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What evidence? Are you referring to climate CHANGE?

What fuckin hypocrites our leaders are to jam us up the ass with a carbon tax, when they passed NAFTA to allow China to become the environmental cesspool of the industrial world with their blessings.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 22:58 | 3128570 laboratorymike
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That pretty much sums it up, through so many agreements the USA get's Canada's resources, Mexico's cheap labor, and China's goods, and in return they get the USA's inflation and pollution. I wonder who won on that deal. And when the world will stop giving us so much stuff at a steep discount.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 22:43 | 3128535 laboratorymike
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    For following the money, here's how the money works from what I can see: University prestige is defined in terms of the number of professors invited to sit on advisory boards of state and federal agencies as policy experts, and in terms of the amount of research funding brought in to a university. The federal+state governments control both of these. So, the NIH/NSF/DOE/DOD/EPA/FDA/USDA/etc. releases grant money that stipulates the terms of what research gets accepted and what doesn't, and researchers willing to investigate the right questions get the rewards (and the heads of those agencies are appointed, so the funding is ultimately decided by who happens to be the favorite in Washington). This is also doubly true when researchers use part of the money for "broader impacts" aka "education outreach programs." The researchers who then deliver the most under this paradigm are then invited to sit on the advisory boards, where they then perpetuate the same perspective that got them there.

    While conspiracy theory is possible under this model, note that it is not required. The real danger in my opinion is that academia is ultimately beholden to political fashion, aka the whims of the political class. But I also think that is the point: the political class controls the academic class through agency funding, so that they are subject to their whims. But since profs get to have a small piece of the action by getting to be a part if they are good little professors, they all gladly go along with it.

    On global warming specfically, I had to rage over a recent edition of the American Chemical Society's main trade magazine, in which a professor described the release of emails from East Anglia as "an attack on the entire profession," saying that the entire scientific community must rally behind the global warming cause and ideologically crush every blogger and global warming skeptic. Come on. Science and espcially university science should be a hall of debate, not an echo chamber, and certainly not an ideological hammer to smash opponents with. It's an abuse of credentials and shameful to the profession of science in my opinion. I am actually open to the global warming hypothesis and would like to see some debate, but there's too many fanatics in official positions for me to take it seriously.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 23:22 | 3128618 Michaelwiseguy
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Good stuff Mike. I did about 18 months of blogging work on Watts Up With That and other blogs to smash their machine during the climategate email days. I'm not paid, just enjoy the challenge and victory.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:54 | 3127634 S5936
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Great stuff. Anybody with half a functioning brain knew it was bullshit. Now we know why. Thx.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:53 | 3127758 TheGardener
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I felt great relieve when the climate hoax got exposed.

MSM and .gov keep churning out the the same propaganda
as before, as if nothing happened. Like posting some obviously faked birth certificate , they probably just make fun of us : those funny little truthers can`t defy our grand
lies !

They carry on regardless.

The truth can be let out in controlled dissent, because
no-one will believe it anyway.

If all else fails, make statements about hoaxes illegal.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:21 | 3127819 Michaelwiseguy
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The mainstream media is stuck on stupid and most everybody knows it. That's why hardly anybody watches them anymore.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:29 | 3127577 Tango in the Blight
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Bitcoin isn't controlled by any company or government.

That's the main attraction of it. It's true peer to peer money.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:05 | 3127657 Ahmeexnal
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Do you accept my own printed monopoly money?  It's not government controlled. It's peer to peer.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:52 | 3127756 GFKjunior
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I would; if it was created in a limited amounts, could not be faked, was easy to transfer globally, and had millions of active users. 


Bitcoin exchange wins right to operate as bank.


A small list of indpendent sites that accept bitcoin, other massive sites like wordpress and reddit do as well.


Bitcoin is right up ZH's alley. I love gold and as much as the next guy on here but being able to have a secret, untracable, medium of exchange that can be sent anywhere in the world instantly is essential to liberty. A little geeky but I reccomend reading the technical details behind it.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:05 | 3127790 Drunken Monkey
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"being able to have a secret, untracable, medium of exchange that can be sent anywhere in the world instantly is essential to liberty."

Bitcoin is not that. A full history of all the transactions that a coin has taken part in is always available on the 'net, and must be because it's the heart of the protocol that prevents someone from spending the same coin twice. If "They" get their hands on your bitcoin user id (not password) "they" know exactly what you have earned and spent.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:22 | 3127815 TWSceptic
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That's why I said before that bitcoin is a totalitarian government's wet dream. Digital money may be exactly what the NWO would prefer to replace the USD and other fiat currencies.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:24 | 3128187 Harbanger
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I agree, eliminating all physical cash transanctions is the goal of the NWO.  Very much like bitcoin, global credits and all.  Using cash is the last bastion of anonymity, of course there will always some form of underground market.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:17 | 3128306 Non Passaran
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The uninformed skeptic, huh?

Bitcoin isn't suitable for their purpose:

a) All transactions are public and transparent

b) It doesn't "support" franctional reserve banking

c) It can't be created at will 

d) Its quantity cannot be manipulated (different from c))

e) They democratize banking - anyone can be a DIY bitcoin bank

f) etc. - I don't want to waste my time on you because you already know all this and more...


I'd love the government to replace all USD with BTC. The price of BTC would skyrocket.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:44 | 3128370 Harbanger
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"I'd love the government to replace all USD with BTC. The price of BTC would skyrocket."

You obviously have a vested interest in bitcoins.  I don't know anyone who would sell you their gold for bitcoins.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 02:50 | 3128858 New World Chaos
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I have 20 grams of gold for sale.  Bidding starts at 100 bitcoins.  Any takers?  This is a real offer.  Valid for a couple days.  Shipping will be from New Zealand (after I get the BTC).  Please consider this in terms of customs, concealment, etc.  Shipping from APMEX could perhaps be arranged if you are paranoid about G-men stealing it, though you may have to deal with the G-men after they follow APMEX's paper trail.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 02:59 | 3128889 aphlaque_duck
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I don't know anyone who would sell you their gold for bitcoins.

Lolwut? Lots of people trade gold for bitcoin. I sold gold last year to buy bitcoin.

Here's a dealer who trades directly: 

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 03:48 | 3128920 Vlad Tepid
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That enthusiasm of your last statement is somewhat indicitave of a pyramid scheme...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:26 | 3127832 laboratorymike
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In that case, one would have to think ahead about how to keep their username encrypted and or separate from any other form of identification. I haven't gotten into bitcoin yet because these are all legitimate questions that need to be worked out.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:34 | 3128028 Half_A_Billion_...
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there is no userid in bitcoin, there are only giant addresses, like this one:  1J4yuJFqozxLWTvnExR4Xxe9W4B89kaukY

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:23 | 3128191 GFKjunior
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Please find out how many bitcoins I sent yesterday and to how.


I'll wait here.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:12 | 3128293 Non Passaran
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Of course he can't because he doesn't give a damn. But a determined group aka the thug government could trace you just like they can find who's behind the nick GFKjunior.

Specifically, they need to enter a trade with you, to buy from or sell to you. Then they get your IP address and from the ISP or telco find who you are. While you may use some measures to evade this, sooner or later they'd bust you.

Bitcoin is anonymous enough. It may be a year or more until they start watching the big fish. The small fish won't be interesting to them unless Bitcoin becomes very popular. Then they could ban the exchanges.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 02:08 | 3132014 thisandthat
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Bitcoin exchange wins right to operate as bank.


Hum... not quite true:

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:47 | 3127617 seek
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While I certainly wouldn't convert a fortune into bitcoin, it's a plausible currency for a short-term survival stash, especially if you think you'll be leaving a country that's subject to capital controls.

Covering all the details of bitcoin in a simple forum message can't be done, but in a nutshell it's not "some unknown company." It's a known algorithm. It's also what I'd call an anti-sovereign currency (or perhaps an atomically soverign currency, like gold.) Like any currency it depends on others recognizing it's value, and exchange is dependent on some level of communication existing. It's not quite fiat, as there are significant computational burdens (which require energy and time investment) and like natural resources there's a built-in limit to how many bitcoins can be "mined."

The key benefits are that it's as anonymous as cash, without requiring you to carry cash. You could in theory hide the appropriate bitcoin information on a web-accessible computer anywhere on the planet, or even print it out and hide it in a book or whatever, and then leave the country "penniless" and recover your bitcoins outside the country.

I would suggest if nothing else it would make sense to set aside a few hours and do some serious reading on bitcoin. It's not a replacement for gold, but could potentially be a replacement exchange currency.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:52 | 3127627 Dr Benway
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My problem with Bitcoin is that someone could come up with Buttcoin or Sitcoin or some other form of computational currency.

I know you address this in your post, and I realize Bitcoin has a firstmover advantage. However, for me its a 'bit' of a dealbreaker.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:06 | 3127660 Winston Churchill
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The FedRes will not put up with that if it becomes much bigger.

Organised crime hates competition.

I'd stick to ancient relics unless you want to get burned in an

example pour les autre.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:43 | 3127738 seek
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They actually don't have much of a choice. The only effective way to control bitcoin is to basically shut down or heavily censor the entire internet.

I could see legislation being passed in some countries (cough, US, cough) making using it illegal, but it's cross into some first amendment issues that would be particularly tricky. More likely is more of the same -- there's signficant restrictions on cash transmission services like Western Union that make moving large amount of money into BTC anonymously within the US almost impossible.

It's worth noting that a substantial portion (>20%) of Chile's internal payments are now done via BTC, and there is now an officially recognized BTC banking gateway in France.

I'm very pessimistic about the general outlook for the US, and expect lots of crazy restrictive laws to get passed, particularly with respect to finance and commerce in the coming years -- but at this point BTC has enough of a foothold in enough places that I believe it's now an unkillable currency; they best "they" can do is restrict the ability to move in and out of it within certain countries, but as the US isn't the world, they won't be able to stop it globally.

I've linked to this blog entry before, because I consider it eye-opening:

I was ambivalent about BTC prior to 2012, now I'm convinced it's on track to the big time.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:34 | 3127719 CH1
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My problem with Bitcoin is that someone could come up with Buttcoin or Sitcoin or some other form of computational currency.

National currencies are ALL counterfeight, all the time. And, there are MANY of them.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:13 | 3127779 GFKjunior
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@ Dr. Benway


There are already several other competing digital currencies, that's the beauty of the free market. Bitcoin is just the largest and most well known. It's hard to get enough people to use one digital currency I doubt they will jump ship unless the alternative is significantly better.


Here is one that all ZHer's would laugh at. Freicoin. It's a currency that promotes inflation because saving is bad!! It has demurrage built in because they believe spending is the most important thing people can do!!

It's based on the ideas of Silvio Gesell, who Rothbard called a "German money crank".



Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:51 | 3127915 TheGardener
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"National currencies are ALL counterfeight, all the time"

If you collect banknotes or traveled far and wide,
those paper certificates surely look funny with
all those silly faces and other features trying
to give a shine of authority.

Shabby banknotes in ever higher denominations indicate
cheap booze and hookers, absence or reluctant use of cash means there is free pussy galore for free spenders from
outside the currency control mechanism.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 04:36 | 3132164 thisandthat
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Did you mentioned Buttcoins?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:57 | 3128261 Harbanger
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"It's not quite fiat, as there are significant computational burdens (which require energy and time investment) and like natural resources there's a built-in limit to how many bitcoins can be "mined."

One of the problems I have with bitcoin is that although it's limitations may be agreed upon, they are man made, not bound by natural physical limitations like mining physical gold.  So therefore it's current limitations will change with time.  The desire, energy and time investment to cheat a system like this is not a big enough obstacle.  Another problem I have is the internet can be too easily shut down, monitored or controlled.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:19 | 3127680 TheGardener
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Singapore announced full OECD compliance in 2009 or so.

Even before, their not-so-private-banking was dominated
by the likes of Citi , HSBC... just trying to rip off
Asians too with their highly uncompetitive offers .

Doubt any real funds moved from Swiss cheese holes into stale Chinese noodles.

No doubt the Swiss were the most professional bankers in the world until told to stumble into their own swords, but
relationship banking always ruled the rest of the world and
easily absorbed any real flows.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:27 | 3127702 CH1
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*** Serious question, I dont understand the benefits of bitcoin

Bitcoin is electronic cash, outside the control of any bank or state.


Bitcoin is not really anonymous, but if you use it well, you can keep your identity unknown.

And, it is finite - only a certain number of Bitcoins can ever be made (and it isn't easy to make them).

IMO, everyone should be using Bitcoin, now. It's not a full replacement for silver and gold, but it's a hell of a good tool.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:21 | 3128314 trav777
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screw bitcoin; it's a joke.

Without STATES and FORCE to back up the transactions, you have nothing.  Bitcoin is a velveteen rabbit.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:24 | 3128326 akak
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Mmmmmmm ..... Velveeta!

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 08:45 | 3129089 tradewithdave
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To my knowledge the Velveteen Rabbit had not resolved the double spend.  Resolving the double spend is not a joke and neither is a "public" record of all transactions that is unless you believe that the largest p2p computer network on the globe is something to laugh about.  How big of a network do you think is required to hack PGP and who will have it first, the government or bitcoin?

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 22:40 | 3134924 TraderTimm
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Well, if a bigot doesn't like it - then it must be doing something right.

Nice little pro-government rallying cry there, too.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:16 | 3127810 TraderTimm
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Karlus, I originally wrote this as a reply to someone else who had critical questions about bitcoin. Reposting here to help illuminate the subject for you.

On to bitcoin specific questions:

1.) "What is the inherent value of the bitcoin algorithm?"

People often stumble on this part because they're not used to operating in the abstract realm of digital representations or code. Tangible items have properties that you're familiar with - if I point to gold as an example, you'll conclude that it has fungible and scarcity characteristics, allowing you to accept its use.

Bitcoin has value, but not in the numismatic sense to which you are accustomed. Its roots are in SHA256 and ECDSA cryptography, which ensure scarcity (and solves the double-spend problem) through proof-of-work. You can't "print" bitcoins any more than you could paint a rock and call it a gold nugget. It is fungible, via the peer-to-peer network that simultaneously verifies all transactions and provides transit to any other node on the planet.

As to inherent value - I value a system that allows me to freely allocate my wealth without restriction. Geographic or political concerns disappear. I value a system that allows transfers in hours, not days, and can do so without extortionate fees. I value a system that can't decide to block payment on a whim. For business, I value a system that doesn't allow chargebacks for equally frivolous reasons. I also value the fact this allows easy physical transport, for situations where I'd need to travel elsewhere.

2.) "How can a digital commodity like bitcoin function as a unit of account,. etc.."

This is already happening. People are trading bitcoins with each other for goods and services. (With the blockchain functioning like a triple-entry-ledger for all transactions.) There is no catch-22, as the system is already functioning and growing at a quick pace.

Most articles focus on the "black" market aspects (which sovereign currencies have been inhabiting for a long time) which ignores the inherent value of bitcoin as a currency and payment processing system.

To put it another way, there would be no black market if there wasn't any VALUE to begin with. Just like Canadian Dollars, US Dollars, Pounds, Yen, Yuan, etc.. All of these currencies have HUGE black markets for various things, yet no one seems to use this as an argument against using that particular currency. Curious, isn't it?

3.) "What is stopping the sort of volatility that have historically affected ALL experiments in free banking from occurring again?"

Explicitly, the system is designed to be just like the internet, decentralized with no central point of failure, global reach, and an excellent foundation in non-inflationary principles by having verifiable units and a upper bound on their numbers. (Don't get fooled by deflationary concerns, it is quite divisible as I've stated before.)

This means no one can turn off a single machine and cause the entire network to go 'poof'. (Which has been the bane of other digital systems.) Even if all of the USA were somehow removed from the peer-to-peer system via firewall blocking or some kind of embargo, the rest of the nodes would survive, as bitcoin has global reach.

As for pricing volatility, the exchanges at the edges provide these - but you must realize that conversion into other currencies is merely a phase in bitcoin's evolution. While market depth has increased and volatility have decreased relative to other currencies, the ultimate use for bitcoin will between the peers themselves which will preclude any "chokepoints" that have been a source of concern.

To put it simply, if I'm earning in bitcoin and spending in bitcoin - what do I care what the Canadian Dollar or US Dollar is doing? Would I even bother stepping out of my secure network to transfer into these currencies? You'd be surprised how many are already doing this, and this number will grow as edge-exchanges become more irrelevant.

As for security, other than the blockchain -  which is powered by the largest collection of machines on the planet, there are methods to store your bitcoins in "offline" wallets that ensure absolute security. As bitcoin is digital and can exist on many different devices, this provides portability and flexibility that is unheard of in other currencies.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:35 | 3128205 H E D G E H O G
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I'm gving you a thumbs up trader although I'm a dumbass and have a long learning curve. It sounds GREAT, and I hope it works. Thanks for the info.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 01:28 | 3128813 lewy14
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Bitcoin cannot be "printed", but it can, in fact, be "mined".

Google "mine bitcoin fpga".

If you can convert bitcoin for enough dollars to cover the variable cost of mining the bitcoin i.e. the cost of electricity - you have an arbitrage, and you will make money.

Bitcoin isn't exactly "energy backed", but it is energy-linked.

Not saying this is good or bad - just saying that folks who convert substantial assets to bitcoin should be aware of all the things influencing the conversion rate.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:15 | 3127971 Half_A_Billion_...
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Karlus:  With bitcoin, you trust nobody.  There's no company, no organization responsible, only a peer-to-peer network that ensures honesty of the system's transactions.  Like gold, bitcoin is scarce: there will be 21,000,000 and that's it (they are also easily divisible).  


So someone that buys 2100 bitcoins basically has 1/10,000 of all the bitcoins that will ever be created.  


The code is open-source, and it uses proven cryptography to ensure people can't be stolen.  Yes, there's a little learning curve, but the potential here is gigantic.


Do not convert gold to bitcoin.  I'm not doing that.  But I'm converting a whole lotta fiat.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:03 | 3128131 Borrow Owl
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There is no 'company' to trust- that's the beauty of Bitcoin.

It's decentralized, open source, voluntary, peer-to-peer... and, with a wee bit of common sense- untraceable.

Bitcoins aren't as much an investment in and of themselves as they are an anonymous tool used to aquire real assets

without leaving a paper trail.



Mon, 01/07/2013 - 05:09 | 3128953 13thWarrior
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And you need serious processing power for making bitcoins quick enough.

Not easy for mortals but walk in a park for HFT leviathans.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 12:35 | 3129685 corvettekenny
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Bitcoin is decentralized.  There is no central company or bank where an account can be seized, transaction records taken, etc.  The "blockchain" is public knowledge and shared by all bitcoin applications.  It contains a list of every transaction the network agreed is valid and a list of all current account numbers and their balances.  If a user managed to "print" 1 million new bitcoins into existence, as is done with fiat hourly, it would be obvious to anyone viewing the blockchain.  Thus there can be no stealthly devaluation of the currency.  Exchange rates are floating between Bitcoin and fiat.  So Bitcoin's value seems to come from a combination of scarcity, transparency, and utility (the number of vendors and individuals willing to do business in Bitcoin).

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:32 | 3128021 geewhiz
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The new offshore accounts is bitcoin ewallets and PM's under your own lock and key. Then you need a nice beast friendly tax consuming persona to wear while you work your way into the artesian underground economy. Thats the new offshore life. Oh and make sure when its cannon fodder time you and yours won't be available for recruitment.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 20:37 | 3128185 H E D G E H O G
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i gave you a green weenie up for your avitar only "half a bilion".

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:10 | 3127953 ball-and-chain
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Who wants to live in a fascist society just to save a little on taxes?

Talk about greed.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:37 | 3127433 faustian bargain
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The question is who is going to have the cojones (or foolhardiness) big enough to do it as publicly as Depardieu did.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:42 | 3127446 Ahmeexnal
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Many people claim to have spotted Steve Jobs alive and walking the streets in St. Petersburg.

And everyone knows Elvis has been living in Moscow for the last 12 years.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:44 | 3127463 LawsofPhysics
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St. Petersburg, is a great town.  Have done business with folks there for 20+ years.  Just don't call it "Leningrad".

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:57 | 3128106 q99x2
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Former CIA directer Willian Casey, the Sha of Iran, Timothy McVey, and decendants of Emilia Earhart also went to Russia. Hillary tried to go but they wouldn't accept her. Instead she had a cerebral hemorage.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:55 | 3127493 wee-weed up
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Depart-ieu better be careful...

He could end up like the billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:37 | 3127435 bank guy in Brussels
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Russia and Europe ! That would be the ticket ...

We in the EU should be close partners with Russia and dump Nato and the American regime

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:39 | 3127441 Stackers
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ROFL, let me know how that works out for you. Russia is no friend to western-europe - just ask the eastern europeans.....

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:46 | 3127452 LawsofPhysics
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Hhmm, I would argue that that may depend on whether or not there is a common enemy and how happy/unhappy those former soviet states are with their current leadership.  The russians won't pay for any welfare, but they would be all too happy to "clean the place up".

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:32 | 3127583 Stackers
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and said current leadership, just like Putin, are nothing but Soviets in a new suit. I have no love for NATO or the empire my government runs, but the Russians are as bad or worse. The Russians want their Soviet empire back too.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:39 | 3127727 CH1
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The Russians want their Soviet empire back too.

Right. All states are predators by nature. We tend to notice the big predators, but the small ones would do the same if they could.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 02:47 | 3132066 thisandthat
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You just forgot all those eastern europeans were allies of Hitler - and many still would, today... Also, it wasn't Russia - and as everyone knows, Stalin was Georgian, ironically enough.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:40 | 3127442 Ahmeexnal
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Russians are not stupid. Why would they want to pay for europe's defense and welfare bills?

No.  As Doug Casey has stated, europe will become a petting zoo. Chinese and Russians will go there to get their maids.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:45 | 3127465 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

A case can already be made that Europe is the world's largest museum...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:30 | 3127712 frenchie
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Céline wrote something close to that many years ago...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 21:13 | 3127964 AgAu_man
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I don't know about this, but I'd go long on Belgium's F&H.  If their FNAR 308 is an indicator, Russia has nothing on them.  Sweeter than a box of Belgian chocolates.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:42 | 3127445 Snakeeyes
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I wonder if they will accept the trillion dollar platinum US coins?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:20 | 3127497's picture

Wouldn't it be wiser for Russia to revalue its own platinum exports at $1 trillion per ounce? Of course the market wouldn't bear that price so the platinum coin plan would be seen for the scam that it is.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:42 | 3127448 cossack55
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Russia has the backup to say FU to the US IRS. About 3000 megatons worth.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:53 | 3127481 nmewn
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Its getting to the point I'd rather pay Boris for protection than be extorted by Timmy.

Prolly makes me a terrist or sumpin ;-)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:41 | 3127607 Dugald
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Pilgrim, your name has been added to the list....

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:11 | 3127673 Winston Churchill
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Wouldn't be my first choice for  nationality, but I don't need yet another.

Happy with just the three.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:52 | 3127757 CH1
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Happy with just the three.

You the man!


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:33 | 3127588 Tango in the Blight
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Political power flows from the barrel of a gun (in these days an ICBM launcher).

-- Mao Zedong


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:50 | 3127476 Karlus
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I think PK is an excellent pick as Timmy's replacement.

Bring it down as quickly as possible so we can get down to the serious business of rebuilding.


I dont want to wait another 15 years while the "crisis" putters along. Lets get to ripping the bandaid off and pressing the reset button on everyone's bank accounts. Its going to happen anyway...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:21 | 3127984 TheGardener
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France filed for bankruptcy by declaring war on Bismarck`s
Germany 1871, England and France upped their hopeless stake by threatening Germany with war in the Morocco crisis 1905/07. All the leftist parties were talking about imminent war among the imperialists, yet it took the proficient warmongers until 1914 to double cross the monarchies to get involved into a real shooting war .

By that measure, war is at least 10 years ahead and any
rebuilding after many resets hopefully this century. :-)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:44 | 3127458 Mercury
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Either Switzerland realizes that they are ultimately screwing themselves by getting away from one of their core competences or someone else will step in to fill the vacuum.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:21 | 3127983 Jreb
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Should be Canada.

Pull out of the UN & Nato. Establish policy of ARMED neutrality, free trade with all - no foreign political alliances of any type.

Completely closed to all foreign governmental agencies of any kind but open border for tax and political refugees from the West and other places.

Productive immigrants only.

A rifle in every home, no national curreny or legal tender laws and a government so small and ineffectual it could never be a threat to anyone EVER again.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 02:53 | 3132080 thisandthat
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Including, and specially, organized crime... hmmm :)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:44 | 3127459 DoChenRollingBearing
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My recent understanding is that Russia has been very aggresive about going after its own tax cheats.  Yes, their incomce tax rates are pretty low (I hear), but the lawlessness of the country (disclosure: never been there) would dissuade me from parking any large sums there.

It really looks like there are very few places to hide now.  Pick a place, and hold lots of gold...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:46 | 3127467 Mercury
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Well, if discretionary banking were only available to non-citizens that would be the best of both worlds from the stste's perspective.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:55 | 3127490 Karlus
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Speaking from direct experience, Russian retail banking is a joke. Literally. They just do not grock banking stuff we take for granted.


Basically, you need to do everything from a local branch, and even then you have to find the right muppet that knows what to do.

Good luck trying a wire transfer, or pulling out a significant amount of money out at a time.


They really are not set up for actual banking...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:40 | 3127605 Tango in the Blight
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Be glad. They won't be able to steal your money as cleverly as US and European banks.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:55 | 3127764 H4NK
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Internet banking does exist in Russia and wire transfers work fine.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 03:40 | 3128913 Oldrepublic
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My first visit to a Russian private bank in Vladivostok back in the late 90s was a real eye opener, all the guards had sub-machine guns!

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:49 | 3127474 Ahmeexnal
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I'd say the safest place is Mongolia.  Genghis Khan buried his massive gold hoard there and it still has not been found.

Plus, there's large swaths of open range land free of evil cellphone towers.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:34 | 3128027 spekulatn
Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:51 | 3127479 market le pew
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And good luck opening a business there without local knowledge. Corruption is still a big problem.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:56 | 3127768 H4NK
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Where can you open a business without local knowledge?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:25 | 3127694 Jeepers Creepers
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I agree, even though Russia has a low tax rate, so are the property taxes in Mexico, except for Gringos who get their houses seized and no one cares.  

Best bet it to claim poverty but have a safe full of gold and silver.



Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:48 | 3127466 lolmao500
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Russia, the new America. Jobs, hot women, lots of land...

The only things left that Russia should adopt... : unrestricted gun ownership.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:51 | 3127478 Karlus
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Go watch some Russian dashcam I dont think that V Putin is down with the purpose of the 2nd...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:23 | 3127991 Jreb
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I have been following RT a lot lately - stories seem very slanted towards more gun control for USA. They don't seem to get the source of the problem. I question their motives.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:37 | 3128039 spekulatn
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You are not alone in your thinking about RT, Jreb.

Trust no mofos ;)

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 03:57 | 3128924 Oldrepublic
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Since September 9, 2012 Americans can get three year multientry visas to Russia with a lot less paper work

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:49 | 3127472 eatthebanksters
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The other boys on the block are starting to gang together to come after the big bully...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:53 | 3127487 Yen Cross
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 Russian flat tax 15%. Nice enticement until you try to make a withdrawal.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:03 | 3127509 chubbar
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You don't actually have to live in Russia OR have your money in Russia to take advantage of their tax rate. Just like you can live in the Bahama's, have your cash in Switzerland but still owe Uncle Sam his taxes. He will live where he is accepted as a Russian Citizen and probably bank in Switzerland but only pay the 15% tax rate back to Putin. Not a bad deal for Putin really.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:10 | 3127527 Karlus
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It actually is genius on Russia's part. Attract top talent with low taxes...kinda like Texas.

You could pull this off a couple ways:

Married to Russian citizen. They get paid, not US citizen

Form a company there



Whats interesting is that Russian citizens can buy US assets (Miami apartments) without having to pay US taxes. I am not sure how US citizen that got money working in Russia could repatriate it or buy anything with their Rubles....

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:21 | 3127545 Yen Cross
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 Good post chubbar. +1   Assuming you have easy access/liquidity to your funds, that's a good way to go.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:54 | 3127489 agent default
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I think back in 2011 Russia passed a law prohibiting the transfer banking data outside its borders.  Macau has the same I think.  Good luck dealing with Moscow and Beijing over this one.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:32 | 3127586 amusedobserver
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Maybe the official transfer of bank data.  But as I understand it, the US has access to all SWIFT system data worldwide, so the US knows all the financial transactions worldwide anyway.


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:41 | 3127608 agent default
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So?  Does Russia come across like the kind of place where they would turn down a suitcase?  Fuck the paper trail.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:09 | 3127665 chubbar
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A Swiss account with a debit/credit card won't come up on Swift. The transfer into the account would but the rest of the withdrawals will be below the radar and can take place anywhere in the world.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:39 | 3127730 DosZap
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What if they are not ON the SWIFT system, and the IRS ain't gonna collect a dime if you are in Russia,or a Roozkie citizen.

But, Putin's ultimate goal is rebuilding the Soviet Union, back to former glory,Corades!.

Plus they like China have made deals outside the USD.

Face it, Russia, and China are the Untouchables.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 15:58 | 3127499 stant
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nostrovia!! keep on grinin and drop that lenin

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:02 | 3127507 fijisailor
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The Cayman Islands is a joke also.  I worked there for 2 years and the banks will roll over and reveal your bank info to the US on request.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:46 | 3127615 uno
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Caribbean banks have the layers of fake businesses to hide the real owners, have to assume everyone in the beltway has accounts down there since it's not being publicaly hit like the swiss accounts

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:58 | 3127643 agent default
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The Swiss got really screwed with all the internal data leaks.  Another plus for Russia:  You wouldn't want to pull of this spy/informant shit on the turf of the KGB guy.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:07 | 3127521 Peterus
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Putin to Hollande: And whos the socialist country now?

Hollande thinks that was a compliment, reembarks on his quest with more vigour and determination.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:15 | 3127537 linrom
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And the next revolution is going to be where?

If you say Russia, you're one smart cookie.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:36 | 3127594 magpie
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Nah, psyops is too busy with the Dot Indians

and with disarming the new genus of American subject

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:18 | 3127544 valkir
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Yes Kalrus,i have watched some dashcam videos from Russia,was fun.I also watched dashcam video from police car in Texas,cavity searches.Was not fun for me,at all.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:21 | 3127551 goodrich4bk
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I understand why some here fantasize about tax havens, but the uber-wealthy will NEVER give up U.S. citizenship so long as they can control its fiscal and military policies for their financial gain.  Moreover, if the financial "collapse" many here predict occurs, it will start at the periphery and work its way in, not the other way around.  

Ergo, the safest place to be is in the Washington D.C. suburbs, not some South American country or remote island.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 19:10 | 3127951 Karlus
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Disagree for a couple reasons:

1) foreigners with nooks know a couple of cities. DC and NYC are at the top.
2) when the crisis kicks off, bubba and his thousand 2nd ammendment friends will go thru that place like a buzzsaw. Nice highways lead right up to the interesting buildings
3) too far away from the food

If i was concerned about the SHTF and I was a Richer, someplace like Amarillo or even a suburb of Tulsa is a better place to hide

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:21 | 3127552 Rustysilver
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Russia's population is about 142 Million; the population drop about 7 M in the last decade. Western Europe has about 400 M.

If it wasn't for oil and NG no one would be talking about Russia.  Putin send a couple of ships to Syria and everyone go crazy. Putin knows how to keep himself in the news.

Meanwhile, Pakis and Indians are shooting at each other in Kashmir. One kill. But, that's old news, it happen yesterday.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:31 | 3127565 linrom
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Where do Russians keep their money? Hint, not in Russia. Russia does not have an economy! The present emigration rates are higher than after the October Revolution. Look at all the neo-cons, they hold up this fascist state as am example of success.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:32 | 3127587 bugs_
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Go east young man.  Flat tax and a fertility rate of 1.43.  I am surprised Putin hasn't started advertising yet.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:07 | 3127793 H4NK
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1.61 in Russia, 1.55 in China, 1.41 in Germany.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:44 | 3127896 laboratorymike
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In China's case they kinda force the low birth rate; having additional children beyond the first is fined, unless you and your spouse were both only children, in which case you are allowed to have 2 kids without being fined. I think the birth rate would climb pretty quickly if the government quit supressing it via fines and easy abortions over there. I know of at least two cases within my own family where a relative listened to official recommendations and got the abortion.

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:36 | 3127597 Dugald
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ROFL, let me know how that works out for you. Russia is no friend to western-europe - just ask the eastern europeans....."

Yes indeed, put me in the picture also, please...

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:51 | 3127628 agent default
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Yeah they are kinda pissed over nothing like let me see.  Napoleon invades, then there was this whole Crimean affair and guess what?  You know who sent Lenin to Russia to start the Bolshevik revolution and get Russia out of the war?  Why the Germans, go read up on the Brest-Litovsk treaty, and how much the communists handed over to the Germans.  Then there was that pesky World War two thing, but yeah.  It's the Russians who are not friendly to the West for no reason at all.  Maybe the West should start getting over their spoiled brat syndrome and starting to see things a bit more clearly?

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:56 | 3127637 b_thunder
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Before making any conclusions about Russia, google the following "William Browder", "Hermitage Capital", "Magnitsky case."  This is how tax collection is done in Russia.  Compare that to tax collection practice in the USA:  USA - you go to the offices of Jew, Jew, and half-Jew.  In Russia the process is what in the USA called "extraordianry rendition": you get raided by special police forces, get a black pillowcase placed on your head, and you're placed in a special jail feared by even most brazen criminals. And your lawyer?  Oh, yes, your lawyer!  He's in the same jail, but in a different cell block. 

The second thing you need to know that unless you're a part of a small circle known as "the family" or one of the old-time comrades from the days of old KGB, you can be arrested and the amount of tax you'll be alleged to owe will be completely arbitrary.

Third, a $30 oil price drop (inevitably causing nat gas price drop) will bust Russia's budget

Fourth, when a russina bank where you have your $$ proves to be a scam, a fraud and a ponzi, the Central bank of Russia won't bail you out.

Fifth, it was US Federal Reserve that saved Russian banking system from complete destruction by loaning $500Billion  to them in the fall of 2008 through "interbank currency swaps."  Are they goign to save the Russkies once more? 

Sixth, there's probably a very good reason that jsut about every russian person of high net worth has a foreign passport, or a permanent residency status in at least one western country. 


Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:16 | 3127676 linrom
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You mean like Goldstein, Cohen and William Bancroft III

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 17:38 | 3127725 icanhasbailout
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Hmmm, who will be fairer to the average Joe, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano, or Vladmir Putin?


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