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How Bitcoin Could Serve the Marijuana Industry (With Banks Still Nervous)

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The reason venture capitalists have become so intrigued with Bitcoin over the past year or so is because it is what the industry refers to as a “disruptive technology.” Some of the key tenets of a disruptive technology are that it allows people and businesses within a certain industry (or industries) to do things cheaper, faster, and better than before by a significant, if not revolutionary margin. Bitcoin easily checks all these boxes. Even more than that, it also frees humanity from the vengeful whims, or simply the bureaucratic inefficiencies, of the state apparatus. Case in point, when Wikileaks was unable to access the traditional banking system due to a state sponsored blockade, they were still able to obtain funds through Bitcoin. In fact, that specific example, is the primary reason that I officially got behind Bitcoin in late summer 2012. I made this point clear in my debut article on the topic titled: Bitcoin: A Way to Fight Back Against the Financial Terrorists?

Which brings me to the topic of today’s post. Medical marijuana is already legal in 20 states plus the District of Columbia. It is also completely legal for recreational use in two states; Colorado where I reside, as well as Washington State. Nevertheless, big daddy government still thinks it knows best and continues to classify the relatively benign substance as a schedule one drug under federal law. As such, the banking system, (including state banks) is simply to afraid to get involved. Enter Bitcoin.

Well at least that is what I suspect will happen. As of now, it has been anecdotally reported that one dispensary has made Bitcoin payments an option, but I haven’t seen any clarification as to which one. I see this as a fantastic opportunity for both the Bitcoin community as well as the marijuana industry to come together to solve a major problem. It could be a huge win-win for both. The main question on my mind at this point is whether or not the main Bitcoin payment processing companies Coinbase and BitPay will agree to play along…

*Note: Since the publication of this post a reader pointed out that since the Bitcoin payment processors do utilize the banking system, it doesn’t exactly solve the problem. This is a fair point, but leads me along another thought process. It may indeed end up being a blessing in disguise as it sets up the marijuana industry as the perfect testing ground for use of BTC as an actual currency. Ie, potentially paying suppliers and employees in Bitcoin, perhaps only partially at first. This is going to be fascinating to watch.

First let’s examine the problem. A recent article from the New York Times highlighted it. Here are some key excerpts.

The New York Times writes:

Legal marijuana merchants like Mr. Kunkel — mainly medical marijuana outlets but also, starting this year, shops that sell recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington — are grappling with a pressing predicament: Their businesses are conducted almost entirely in cash because it is exceedingly difficult for them to open and maintain bank accounts, and thus accept credit cards.


As a result, banks, including state-chartered ones, are reluctant to provide traditional services to marijuana businesses. They fear that federal regulators and law enforcement authorities might punish them, with measures like large fines, for violating prohibitions on money-laundering, among other federal laws and regulations.


“Banking is the most urgent issue facing the legal cannabis industry today,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in Washington, D.C. Saying legal marijuana sales in the United States could reach $3 billion this year, Mr. Smith added: “So much money floating around outside the banking system is not safe, and it is not in anyone’s interest. Federal law needs to be harmonized with state laws.”


The limitations have created unique burdens for legal marijuana business owners. They pay employees with envelopes of cash. They haul Chipotle and Nordstrom bags containing thousands of dollars in $10 and $20 bills to supermarkets to buy money orders. When they are able to open bank accounts — often under false pretenses — many have taken to storing money in Tupperware containers filled with air fresheners to mask the smell of marijuana.


The all-cash nature of the business has also created huge security concerns for business owners. Many have installed panic buttons for workers in the event of a robbery and have set up a constellation of security cameras at their facilities beyond what is required, as well as floor sensors to detect break-ins. In Colorado, Blue Line Protection Group was formed a few months ago, specializing in protecting dispensaries and facilities that grow marijuana, and in providing transportation security. The firm largely uses military veterans who have Special Operations experience.

Also in a recent article, CoinDesk alludes to a possible solution using Bitcoin:

At least one marijuana dispensary in Colorado has reportedly begun accepting bitcoin.


A somewhat bigger problem for dispensaries lurks in federal law. They cannot accept credit card payments, so all purchases must be in cash – or bitcoin.


Banks and credit card companies are playing it safe. They must comply with federal legislation and although it might be possible to come up with a workaround, they do not appear interested at this point.


Federal law has forced dispensaries to accept cash, and cash only – but bitcoin is a tempting alternative. Anonymity does not matter, since recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, but with no credit cards in the mix, it is practically the only alternative.


Sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado are reportedly exceeding $5m a week, and banks simply cannot enter the fray until regulators give them the green light.

It’s still early days, but this is fertile testing ground for Bitcoin’s disruptive, game-changing capabilities. I will be eagerly watching this story.


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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:21 | 4329540 0b1knob
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There is an interesting SF book called The Diamond Age about the post banking world of governmentless anarchy.    The book takes place in the near future where all economic activity is conducted by encrypted untracable means.   The point of the book is that once transactions become untracable they also become untaxable.  This does not work out well for the USSA although England and China adapt and survive.   Once the government losses control of the currency they are gone like a mirage.

Very interesting read.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:37 | 4329601 NotApplicable
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I'm thinking banks will get the greenlight after tax authorities tire of dealing with stacks of all cash payments.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:47 | 4329638 CH1
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I love it that our sanctified, omnipotent overlords are shooting themselves in the foot... again.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:02 | 4329860 Fukushima Sam
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To avoid the dangers of a cash-only business retail pot shops could:

1. Accept only Bitcoin, or give price incentives for Bitcoin purchases.

2. Provide Bitcoin ATM in front lobby.

3. Immediately convert Bitcoin sales to USD deposits in electronic accounts.

4. Profit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:22 | 4329897 zaphod
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I am very confused. Didn't the FED just shutdown Silk Road because of all the drugs? 

And this gave Bitcoin legitimacy because now it was not associated primarily with drug use.

And now Bitcoin is going to help enable a legal drug industry. 

None of this makes any sense.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:43 | 4330098 GetZeeGold
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I always pay for my dope with bitcoins....that way the DEA always knows where to find me.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:02 | 4330113 negative rates
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What are the banks worried about? They do back door cocaine deals all the time with equities. The turf maybe. 

Oh yea, and the Federals, always wrong, but never in doubt!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:24 | 4330130 bonderøven-farm ass
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A friend of mine owns several dispensaries in CO....and he's expanding.  Cash has been a blessing and a problem, so he's been purchasing physical gold.  He's not the only one.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:45 | 4330135 GetZeeGold
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Acapulco Gold is bad ass weed....and worth it's weight in gold.


My dealer is old school.....he takes gold....but he's still a little leary about bitcoins.


Don't even think about placing your order over a cell phone.....he hates that crap.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:08 | 4330174 markmotive
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What if the electricity goes? Will bitcoin retain value during a war?

Bitcoin myths exposed

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:03 | 4330223 CH1
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Maybe you should stand on the street, wave your arms, and scream Bitcoin Is From The Devil!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:11 | 4330519 TheAnswerIs42
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Buying or selling ANY amount of certain coins, like American Silver /Gold Eagles is NOT subject to the IRS 1099B reporting requirement.

The transactions can be completely private and legal, but it depends on the PM dealer as to whether or not they file the 1099B (it is "optional").


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:08 | 4330231 CH1
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Didn't the FED just shutdown Silk Road because of all the drugs?

LOL... as if they really hated drugs. They shut it down because it made them look stupid.

And this gave Bitcoin legitimacy because now it was not associated primarily with drug use.

Dream on. It became far more popular after the SR takedown.

And now Bitcoin is going to help enable a legal drug industry.

Currencies work for ANY industry - that's what currencies are for!

So, are you going to learn anything, or lash out wildly at BTC because it is "other"?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:11 | 4329950 sessinpo
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Or is could simply be

1) legalized on the Federal level

2) thus allowing for credit/debit cards to be used.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:04 | 4330880 Milestones
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Quite frankly, I'm at a loss to understand how a STATE CHARTERED BANK is hindered by Federal laws if the State Bank issues it's own Debit card, good for only Mary Jane customers in Colorado.( Though perhaps it would be better to hanle things --Wow I can see many problems now I hadn't thought about. How do you transfer the money around if local but federally encumbered banks in say N.J. refuses to accept a cashiers check from the M.J. bank in Colorado---yet the M.J. bank in Colo. is using FRNs--This could get dicey--does that constitute interstate commerce but then the initutial use of FRN.s to buy M.J. i Colorado is interstate commerce to begin with.

Hell I think I'd better end this comment and get  the ole thinking cap back on. There has got to be a way if the will is there. Whoever solves this mother is going to be a wealthy man.

Course I'm sure if the bank is JPM or Goldman-sucks a solution wil be forthcoming. Greed is really going to be in play here--plus a really neat answer will be provided by the Supremes.

Sorry for taking up your time.               Milestones

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4330332 Martel
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1. Accept only Bitcoin, or give price incentives for Bitcoin purchases. 2. Provide Bitcoin ATM in front lobby. 3. Immediately convert Bitcoin sales to USD deposits in electronic accounts.

If the merchants themselves operate the ATM, they also get some profits from the exchange margin. That could be substantial. Since it is mostly one way transaction (customers buy bitcoins to buy pot), Lamassu's ATM suits fine. It costs just $5000 or so.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:58 | 4329673 icanhasbailout
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yeah right like the taxman is going to complain about all those embezzlement opportunities

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:11 | 4329790 Unpopular Truth
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tax authorities can collect taxes at point of sale. Here is how:

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:01 | 4329930 One World Mafia
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Makes tax enforcement a snap. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:38 | 4329606 fonestar
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Bitcoin is currently not being used by the underworld (not the internet's underworld).  When that changes, how high Bitcoin could go is anyone's guess.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:42 | 4329621 Harbanger
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"Bitcoin is currently not being used by the underworld"

Do you just throw things out for effect, What makes you say this?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:44 | 4329631 NoDebt
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How the hell did you and I end up on the same side of this argument?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:49 | 4329646 chumbawamba
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Can someone smart please explain to me how weed can be legal in the D. of C. but yet the feds still raid cannabis collectives in California, clear across the other side of the country, in a foreign political jurisdiction no less?

I am Chumbawamba?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:55 | 4329660 Skateboarder
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Always two sets of rules in Empire my friend. San Jose got clubs got nailed for a second a couple of years ago. Just cuz. Hemp Con in San Jo this weekend. Come one, come all, get yer picture taken by the feds.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:56 | 4329666 Harbanger
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It's not just weed, there are many laws that don't apply to DC.  It's selective enforcement.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:12 | 4329796 Unpopular Truth
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are social security deductions in the same boat?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:03 | 4330114 negative rates
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The is a law for uins, and a law for weins, and they aint the same law.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:50 | 4329647 Harbanger
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Don't ask.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:58 | 4329670 fonestar
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"Bitcoin is currently not being used by the underworld"

Do you just throw things out for effect, What makes you say this?


I'm still reading of cases all over the place of people getting caught with double and triple wrapped bags of cash.  And I'm thinking to myself, "you don't need to do this anymore guys".

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:08 | 4329695 Harbanger
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"people getting caught with double and triple wrapped bags of cash."

Fiat smugglers are not the people you're looking for.  Those are most likely poor fools trying to get some $ out of their capital controlled country.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:43 | 4329893 Musashi Miyamoto
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I don't know anything about the efficacy of saran-wrap but once upon a time i stashed my money in a shoebox under my bed. Now that I have dedicated myself the path of Sotoshi I fear not of spiteful prostitutes and sketchy landlords. I am free to accumulate as much in liquid assets as i so desire without fear of govt. taxes or other "liberators".

P.S. A lot can be said of rubber-bands, you can wrap each 100 and each 1000 into wads and bricks for a more "professional" feel. its important to maintain image. Flashing a brick of cash with a hot date gets you to 3rd base on the bad nights.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:09 | 4330175 firstdivision
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 liquid assets

to which BTC is not at all

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:44 | 4330307 sleigher
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Did you not read those stories about silkroad and that ulbricht character?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 05:11 | 4330060 TheHound73
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"The underworld" has a $500 billion market cap. Bitcoin's is $10 billion.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:33 | 4330138 aphlaque_duck
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$10T+ by some estimates.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:46 | 4329625 NoDebt
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"Bitcoin is currently not being used by the underworld"

Of course not.  Of course not.

If anything's got a chance at being the world's new black market currency, it's BitCoin.  Do you want me to lay out for you the restrictions MtGox has put on my account in the last 6 months in a clear effort to limit it's effectiveness for small-time crooks?


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:55 | 4329658 CH1
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Real crooks use HSBC and Wachovia.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:02 | 4329679 fonestar
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That's a big part of it. Currently, the companies that serve as a junction between the dollar-BTC worlds are dumb enough to believe they are going to confer favour from the state by playing by the state's rules.  More Bitcoin has to filter out further from these first adopters for Bitcoin to make a mark in the upper and underworld's economies.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:55 | 4329924 Musashi Miyamoto
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I had this conversation on the darknet a couple months ago. IMHO Bitcoin could and should be left to the "Bill Maher Libertarians" and associated establishment posers. The Underground will develop its own cryptocurrency. Think about it, with over 100 altcoins I think that we will see the development of the "darknet altcoin" that will grow in tandem, and become widely accepted within the cyberspace black-market.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:09 | 4329697 Hongcha
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Fonestar, a lot of good people are underworld and off the hook.  Me, I'm getting my costume ready.  Ready for perpetual halloween.

Who knows what it's used for.  On the internet nothing is true and everything is permitted.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:54 | 4330160 Acet
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The Internet: where men are men, women are men and little girls are FBI agents.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:21 | 4330185 firstdivision
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Dafuq are you smoking?  Did you buy it off Silk Road?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:42 | 4329613 LawyerScum
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I'm currently reading a book by the same author (Neal Stephenson) called "Snow Crash".  In the book denominations of the dollar have gone up to billion and trillion levels.  The remnants of the U.S. Gov. have to put out a memo about the proper usage and acquisition of toilet paper that billion dollar bills are unacceptable replacements for toilet paper because they clog up the pipes.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:56 | 4329648 Skateboarder
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My friend who has read a jillion pages recommended and gave me a copy of his Snow Crash. I opened that shit and the protagonist's name is "Hiro Protagonist." I thought "eww, cheesy," and put it away. Really been meaning to give it another try. I wouldn't have been given it if it wasn't worthwhile.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:17 | 4329681 Hongcha
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Skateboarder, you might give Snow Crash another shot although it was published 20 years ago and like William Gibson may be a tad behind the times.  It is interesting to see how much N.S. anticipated but not 650 pages interesting.

I think the California clubs do just fine without the goddamned MC, Visa, Chase, BofA, insurance companies and other assorted cuntage involved.  What I don't like is every transaction gets recorded with Hongcha's name on it. And my card links to my home address.  But tell you the truth, I am not terribly concerned about that; there are only about other 2 million licensed pot smokers in the state.  

I would be interested to know how CO and WA are working the I.D. thing.

If you give these young kids credit card access to the pot clubs, dear me then it might swing a little more out of control.  At this point it's fine, no credit extended and there should be none extended unless you are truly ill.

Seems ACA has pushed the natural remedy segment out into the cold.

Funny how the Fed aligns with and supports all the dead things - banks, insurance cos., jails, big pharm, Monsanto, oppression of natural cures.  The Fed is itself is necrotic, is evil in its banality.

"It's not that they don't want you to do drugs.  They just want you to do their drugs."  Chris Rock

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:45 | 4329767 Skateboarder
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Thanks for the reinforcement/opinion, Hongcha. I will certainly at least try to make a dent in it before I give up a second time.

This one time I was skating at one of my local parks. It has this curvy ledge that ends in a 90 degree turn, meaning that you have to pop over the impending curb facing you. Not the greatest picture, but here:

So I was haulin' ass, trying to go for 2 blocks' length that day. Somewhere along the way, the ledge was sticky. Sticky as in, you stop sliding in an instant, and you get thrown forward. Being thrown about six to eight feet, I clipped my lower quadricep tendon on the 90 degree ledge facing me as I somersaulted and ate shit on the ground below. Couldn't fucking believe what had just happened. I put my ass on my skateboard and pushed myself to get the pipe. Pain relief. The tendon was fucked, but that wasn't to be fixed until all the inflammation had gone down. Imagine a smooth bundle of fibers being seperated laterally in the E/W directions and lumped to form bumps/hills in the N/S directions. The swelling and inflammation lasted a month. The second month, as some tendon healing had taken place, I got high every night and slowly massaged my tendon pieces back into a bundle shape. It was pretty painful for the first ten days, and the bud-dha was the single most helpful tool in times of duress. I refuse to take bigPharm and only use natural remedies. Fuck their horsebollocks manure.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:52 | 4330323 sleigher
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Reading about the endocannabinoid system in our bodies and what happens to cells when we get cancer is quite amazing.  I truly believe that bud-dha was placed here for us by whatever power it was that made the universe.  Look at cancer cells and CB2 receptors, then understand what cannabinoil does when it hits those receptors.  No way this could be a mistake or just by chance.  Only pure evil would keep humans away from one of the greatest gifts to man.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:33 | 4329586 Harbanger
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All TPTB want is for you to get a proper prescription first, then follow the rules given for your safety and pay some taxes.  Simple enough. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:06 | 4329939 Harbanger
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No sense of humor.  Jeez, what did people expect legalization to look like.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:10 | 4329491 BLOTTO
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Im baked right now.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:11 | 4329494 HedgeAccordingly
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:32 | 4329584 nmewn
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lol...sawright, they convert it to fiat (for tax purposes) ;-)

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:41 | 4329618 BLOTTO
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BTW, marijuana is a currency on its can trade it for a lot of goods and services.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:41 | 4329847 denverdolomte
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Thank you Blotto! +10 


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:10 | 4329493 HedgeAccordingly
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but i thought Greenspan said it was a bubble? 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:12 | 4329498 q99x2
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Right arm. It is horrifying the poverty and tryranny that the banking punks have been placing the world under. Overthrow them. Defeat them. Arrest them. Redistribute their stolen wealth into bitcoin.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:21 | 4329536 willwork4food
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Arrest them. Hang them. On Pay-Per-View. Redistribute their stolen wealth to the actual people that still work for a living.

Fixed it for ya.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:13 | 4329500 Grande Tetons
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:15 | 4329506 Duke of Earl
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Yes, but do they take Krugerrands?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:19 | 4329529 the grateful un...
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once the banks get in the marijuana business you can kiss your doob goodbye

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:24 | 4329553 adr
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Amazing that after the get rich quick scheme of flipping real estate blew up, the new get rich quick scheme of flipping digital currency took off. All you needed was a low cash investment and the return would be incredible. Buy up homes for a few thousand dollars in back taxes and flip them for a few hundred thousand as the investors scramble to buy into the mania.

Just like real estate, early investors made out like bandits, the bandits they actually were. Were the homes really worth the money they traded for, of course not. But people believed they were.

History is full of scams, even those that don't believe they are running a scam can be used by the scam artists to push the agenda. After all they just thought they were making honest money. Sorry but if you didn't work for it, it's not honest money.

Maybe if people put the time and energy they put into trying to make a quick easy buck into pursuits of real value, we'd have a better world.

But you don't want to miss out on making money right? Bitcoin's going to $1 million. Easy money all day long. All you have to do is buy in and the money will make itself, just like that 1300 sq ft beach condo in Florida.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:15 | 4329799 Exponere Mendaces
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Make sure to contact all the venture capitalists, Richard Branson of Virgin, the CEO of Overstock, the fund manager over at Exante Ltd., the hedge fund guys over at Glocap San Francisco... man, the list just goes on and on.

You are so lucky to have identified this as a scam, now you can save all these professionals the trouble! How it ever made it through the due diligence processes of Hedge Fund Managers, CEO's, Billionaires and Multi-Million Venture Capitalists is just amazing.

Please, report back after you've warned everyone, we really would love to hear their responses.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 02:13 | 4329890 RideTheWalrus
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Please, report back when you know who created bitcoin.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 05:11 | 4329932 John___Connor
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Please report back when you know who created HTTPS or bitTorrent. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 06:12 | 4330081 frenzic
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1. Who cares because any douchebag can make his own certificate, think about it. For once, think about it.

2. Bram Cohen, ain't that a surprise.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:06 | 4330228 John___Connor
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Exactly. Who cares who invented an open source protocol because anybody can verify a transaction in the blockchain because of bitcoin neutrality, think about it. For once, think about it. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:23 | 4330958 frenzic
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caught with your pants down

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:59 | 4330028 mmanvil74
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Is it just me or was this comment copied and pasted from a previous post? Either way, the disinformationists are doing their best to spread FUD about Bitcoin but the cat is already out of the bag. Welcome to the new world of finance, jump on or get run over.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:06 | 4330115 negative rates
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If it were that easy, everybody would be doing it.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:16 | 4330179 firstdivision
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E*Trade were the pioneer in this.

Buy something electronically that you can never hold or count.  Hope the price goes up and you sell it. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:25 | 4329555 Seasmoke
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It's 420 somewhere in the world.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:07 | 4330116 negative rates
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Well even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:27 | 4329564 infiniti
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How in the fuck are the banks nervous about $12 billion total market value of "cryptocurrencies"? JPMorgue makes half that much every 6 months in actual factual USD, just riding their balance sheet and feasting on the sheeple, trust me, they aren't worried about any stupid fucking bitcoins or litecoins or beanie-baby bucks.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:44 | 4329849 Bunga Bunga
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...because they know it will go to +-12 trln one day.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:28 | 4329568 williambanzai7
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Is this what the Bitcoin people mean by hashtag?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:39 | 4329609 nmewn
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No hookah for you!

Tag...your it, my treat ;-)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:09 | 4329700 mt paul
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ahhh , memories of Kashgar nites

warm dry winds blowing in off the Taklimakan desert

drinking hard black coffee , smoking hashhish 

with dusty hard worked locals gathering for market day

listen to the camels grunting amongst themselves

like old men reminiscing , about their youth

Kashgar nights....


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:49 | 4329858 Oh regional Indian
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That sounds like Paul Bowels after a bowl of Marrakesh's finest....


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:54 | 4329653 the grateful un...
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and shale oil is really code for hash oil

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:31 | 4329834 Shazam342
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Good one, WB7!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:32 | 4329836 Shazam342
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Good one, WB7!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:36 | 4329992 void_ptr
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He who would pun would pick a pocket.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:39 | 4329569 Dr. Engali
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I don't know if bitcoin can stand the test of time, but I am in full support of anything that helps tear down the current system. One thing is certain, we live in interesting times. Forty years ago who would ever have thought that we would be legalizing marijuana today?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:39 | 4329612 Caviar Emptor
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Yup. What next, gay marriage? Black presidents?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:41 | 4329616 Dr. Engali
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With Zero we got a twofer.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:52 | 4329649 the grateful un...
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forty years ago, how about the fabulous furry freak brothers?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:35 | 4329753 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Dope will get you through times of no bitcoin better than bitcoin will get you through times of no dope."

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:16 | 4329803 Exponere Mendaces
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"Bitcoin will get you through a cavity search better than Dope in your cavity."

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:48 | 4329856 Skateboarder
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Normal people don't put weed up their butt...

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:45 | 4331646 Exponere Mendaces
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The TSA doesn't care, or the DEA apparently.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:08 | 4330117 negative rates
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You are right, the insanity has increased expodentially over that time frame because we didn't.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:29 | 4329576 Blazed
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:37 | 4329604 Caviar Emptor
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BITEcoin : currency for sex industry. And yes it's part of globaluzation

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:41 | 4329619 nmewn
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Wait, devolving currencies for specific interests & needs.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:43 | 4329624 Caviar Emptor
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Yes. BRITcoin is sure to follow so as not to lose national identity

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:18 | 4329810 Exponere Mendaces
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Too bad there isn't any specific coin to capitalize on your failed sense of humor. Keep making jokes, by 2015 Bitcoin will be creeping into your life, whether you want it or not.

Enjoy that bitter feeling!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:42 | 4329620 Hugh Jorgan
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I am sure all the RICO's in the world are already deep in the bitcoin business.  its a perfect way to launder ill-gotten gains, be they legal weed or illegal weed-its going to turn into the preferred currency of criminals everywhere.  That will do one thing-keep the IBs on Wall in the money when everything else falls apart. 

Hate to say it-but that is pretty much why the digital currency age was born-for the purpose of laundering money.  Its all about legitimizing illegal gains. 

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:47 | 4329637 Caviar Emptor
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Remember BCCI? Pioneers in the laundering game

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:18 | 4329968 sessinpo
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The gains don't even have to be ill gotten. It's a good way to transfer wealth to lower taxation places.

If anything, the ones that will utilize and gain the most from this, is the ones that most people bitch about.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:43 | 4329622 flyonmywall
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You mean, how George HW Bush had a prescription for THC drops for glaucoma?

The problem is that everybody wants their cut. It's all a mafia scheme. Cut out the middleman, and get a cheaper price.


Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:45 | 4329632 Payne
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Co-locate a coin shop in a dispensary.  Sell the coins on credit and only accept the coins or cash is payment for the MJ.  Easy peasy.

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:48 | 4329644 Atomizer
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Flatulence cou ba nex bom, Nu?

Wa du fowing.

  • Make all worker wear government supplied pants - Monitor Flatulence level 24/7
  • Any peasant exceeding .00012% PPM in 24 hour be charged $750 dollar. Repeat exposure collect $250 dollar per burst.
  • All fine halp state to make new fings
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:53 | 4329651 ebworthen
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Let's just make Pot legal currency; it's green isn't it?

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 23:57 | 4329664 the grateful un...
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gives a new meaning to fractional reserve banking. dude i just smoked the weed i am loaning you, and you smoke it and loan it to the next guy, we all get high, on one joint!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:03 | 4329682 Major Major Major
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mine is kinda purple right now

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:16 | 4329713 mt paul
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tried to grow some hydro

on the iceberg..


but the seals ate them ..

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:17 | 4329717 Advoc8tr
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Hemp paper kicks ass ... good use for the leftovers. Who said money can't grow on trees.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:19 | 4329813 Exponere Mendaces
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Perfect, not like you can just grow more of it!

Oh wait...


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:13 | 4329708 Advoc8tr
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Something is amiss ?  All of a sudden I see articles Pro legalisation on the front page of our newspapers here in Brisbane with 90% of commentators vociferously agreeing.  I've been plugging away at this seemingly obvious solution to lowering (statistical and acquisition related crime ) along with raising tax revenue for years only to be shouted down and dismissed as radical - now every fucker suddenly agrees ?   Most people are nothing but echo chambers that breathe ... as soon as someone of perceived "authority" says it's OK everyone else is immediately on board - never spared the issue a dedicated brain cell then or now.

Now I'm paranoid they're up to something nefarious as usual :S

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:16 | 4329716 mmanvil74
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The banks should be nervous.  Their privelege exists only because of regulation.  Once the market discovers the farce that are the banks, and how little to zippo they do for anyone but the 1% every other person in the 99% will take large measures to avoid dealing with the "service" offered by the banks, which is no service at all but a complete parasite, that just about everyone understands but until now had nothing they could do about it... until Bitcoin!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:32 | 4329748 mmanvil74
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And get this, here is a contrarian belief for you... many members of our government actually understand and want to see bitcoin, MJ and any other thing that represents freedom in the world to be legalized and adopted on this planet.  It is merely the bankers that they have to supersede, because you see folks, we put too much of the blame on our government, there are actually "good and freedom loving peeps" in there, thanks to the Tea Party and others.  So, make your contribution at your local gov't voting box, it does matter and it can create change.  Bitcoin will bring down the bankers and establish global democracy, individual freedom, and free market never before imagined, but each one of us has to take a step in that direction.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:19 | 4329811 Bow Tie
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bitcoin and weed i love them both.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:23 | 4329818 HOBO POTHEAD
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Anybody got any spare Bitcoins?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:21 | 4330186 TheHound73
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:29 | 4329827 mijev
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"They haul Chipotle and Nordstrom bags containing thousands of dollars in $10 and $20 bills to supermarkets to buy money orders."


And I bet they also buy huge bags of cheetos and microwave pizza. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 01:39 | 4329845 e_goldstein
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Kinda suprised that RBS and HSBC aren't all over this. I mean, they already have experience with the drug cartels. Guess that if the money isn't dirty, they aren't interested.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:06 | 4329941 One World Mafia
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What is to stop whoever has the bucks to pay for the most mining power from changing the software?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:15 | 4329957 silvermail
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Nothing can compete with Bitcoin - because human stupidity, has no boundaries and limits!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:16 | 4329959 silvermail
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Some idiots say: Bitcoin is a threat to the U.S. dollar.
At that time, they forget that Bitcoin is supported by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Army.
If someone thinks, that the system which represents a real threat to the hegemony of the dollar will have the support of the Senate and the U.S. Army, he is definitely a full idiot.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:16 | 4329961 silvermail
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Bitcoin – a product of the Federal Reserve.
Dollar discredited itself in the eyes of the public. The Fed also discredited itself in the eyes of the public.
Of course for Fed was needed make a legend about some Satoshi, which supposedly created Bitcoin, and then he is evaporated.

Thus, the Fed shows for fools (which the majority) that Bitcoin - a system that "does not belong to anyone," and "no one is controlled".

But this is absurd. In the world there are no financial assets and payment systems that have no legal owners,
with a specific name, surname and ID number.

All that is in front of the prefix "The global World or International" - it is the property of the United States. Or controlled by the United States.
Everything else - the local and minor.

Federal Reserve no longer need gold. Now they have a Bitcoin. As soon ends era the first fiat money - the U.S. dollar, immediately begin the era of other fiat money under the control of the Fed - it will Bitcoin.

Bitcoin system has a limit of coins. But Bitcoin system has no limit fragmentation of these coins.
Crushing coins Bitcoin to infinity - it's the same exact Monetary Emission, like printing FRN.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:51 | 4330158 satoshi101
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I am as real as Bitcoin.

Now think about that statement for awhile.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:16 | 4329964 silvermail
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One of the main objectives of bitcoin - it distract investors from exit in the real money - Gold and Silver.
Bitcoin today is the main enemy of the PMs and the main instrument of the Fed for to suppress the price of PMs.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:38 | 4330140 madtechnician
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Rubbish the BTC market is a tiny fraction of less than 1% of the gold market to think BTC is supressing gold price is rediculous. BTC is a flea on the back of a donkey (gold).

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:21 | 4330184 webbie
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Right! SMH Everyday there's a new reason to discredit BTC by these PM cats. I have heard it all. Bitcoin surpressing Gold??? WTF! Hey we will let you know when Bitcoin is suppressing Gold but by that time Bit will be at Dow 16k. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:17 | 4329965 silvermail
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For the Blind about Bitcoin again:

U.S. Senate supports Bitcoin.
U.S. Army supports Bitcoin.
U.S. banking system supports Bitcoin.

I very hope, that you are able at least a bit of thinking.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:18 | 4329967 silvermail
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today the system encourages unprincipled.
What is the main principle of Bitcoin?
It is very simple: In order to live better than other people, you do not need to work. You do not need to benefit society via your useful productive job.
You only need to have a more powerful computer.

And so will you generate yourself more benefits, than your stupid neighbor, what works in the two jobs, at 12 hours every day.

But it is a vicious principle. This is the principle of unscrupulousness. This is contrary to the fundamentals of morality and ethics. And it defies common sense, because it is a utopia.

The system encourages unprincipled parasitism on the body of society.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:19 | 4329970 silvermail
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I'm aware of:
Titanic (shit-coins) - a brand-new ship, it is not like the other ships, it's big, it has a lot of new technologies, and of course Titanic (shit-coins) will not sink! LOL

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 14:29 | 4331157 BitStorm
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Your posts read like a Greek Tragedy. You're a blacksmith looking at a fully functioning assembly line.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:48 | 4331662 Exponere Mendaces
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Or a caveman trying to understand why a plane flies without a beak and feathers.

Totally beyond their comprehension.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:19 | 4329973 silvermail
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The Chinese government are smart people. They will not allow to cheat themselves via any crap-coins, instead of real money - gold and silver.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:21 | 4329975 silvermail
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Bitcoin?! LOL!

Bankers finally found a way to rob people via "market way" and to stay away. I mean, is good way for banksters, to rob people and do not stay after guilty.
Only the market, only the market, nothing personal. LOL

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:22 | 4329979 silvermail
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Gold, in addition to faith, based on the 5,000 years of cultural and religious traditions, including the Bible and the U.S. Constitution.
Bitkoin relies only on 5 minutes blah blah blah about anything.
Feel the difference.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:23 | 4329982 silvermail
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12 major myths about Bitcoin :

1. The creator or creators of Bitcoin (which nobody knows anything) certainly crystal honest, absolutely unselfish and very decent people. These people never think about anything else, except for the happiness of all the other people around the world.
2. Crystal honest people who created Bitcoin, have no relation to the bankers and the power, that serves the interests of the bankers. Conversely, people who created Bitcoin, of course, are opposed to bankers, fiat money and selling power. How could it be otherwise?
3. Bitcoin is decentralized system! It is not necessary to prove this you just have to believe like in God.
4. Bitcoin system is absolutely safe! It is not necessary to prove this you just have to believe like in God.
5. Bitcoin system has no back doors! It is not necessary to prove this you just have to believe like in God.
6. System Visa, Master card and PayPal - it's business for the creators of these systems. Therefore, they take money for their services in the form of commission from the amount of each transaction. But Bitcoin system - it's just a hobby for its creators . Therefore, they do not take money for their services. They are unselfish, they good, white and fluffy.
7. Bankers, governments and intelligence agencies do not know who is the creator of Bitcoin. Therefore, they can not influence them.
8. People who created Bitcoin, do not need the money and they do not fear death. Therefore, they can not be bought or intimidated in order to provide access to system management Bitcoin.
9. Bitcoin PR company, which runs on all countries of the world and is worth billions of dollars, is only a free coincidence.
10. Plans of Bankers and government to rob the people savings, through the beautiful "market mechanism," are just paranoid fiction only.
11. Everyone who owns a Bitcoin becomes a fighter against fiat money system, which is also like Bitcoin , made ??out of nothing. Therefore, each owner Bitcoin has the right to be proud and consider myself a very clever.
12. Among those people who do not believe in Bitcoin and laugh at this Bitcoin flock, none of them are smart people. All of them are only enemies and fools. But among those people who holy believers in Bitcoin, none fool's, it is only very smart people.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:25 | 4329984 silvermail
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Once upon a time people would ask their friends: "You have already bought a ticket on the Titanic?"
Today, they ask: "You have already bought a Bitcoin?".

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:25 | 4329986 silvermail
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n Bitcoin against FRN, changed only the recipients, but the principle of infinite print money remains unchanged.
That is, changing only pig, trough remains the same.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:28 | 4329994 silvermail
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Should not be confused confused between the two concepts - "divisibility money" and "divisibility money without any limit."
You can not practically be divided for a real use 1 gram of gold, at 1,000,000 units. And one dollar, you  can not divided for practical use at 1000000 units also.
But one Bitcoin, you can divide for practical use on any number of pieces - such as the 100 billion pieces.
Biktoin - a utopia.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:29 | 4329997 silvermail
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The transition to free money under the strict guidance of the Fed and the U.S. Senate?!!!

You have a very rich sense of humor! LOL

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:29 | 4329999 silvermail
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A society without cash money - a society of slaves.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:31 | 4330002 silvermail
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bitcoin?! LOL

Grandiose ideas of universal happiness and prosperity without difficulty, always occupied the thoughts of fools.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:31 | 4330004 silvermail
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Bitcoin - it is not a currency.
Bitcoin - a technology. Technology grabbing money.

Bitcoin - it is not a medium of exchange. Bitcoin - a means of deception.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:03 | 4330169 satoshi101
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Note that the last month the BTC whores are now offering to exchange their 'coin' for pure GOLD, that is telling.

BTC will be completely denied in 3-6 months, just like beanie-baby, or cabbage-patch dolls, ... never fucking happened.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:40 | 4330205 madtechnician
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If you say it enough times it WILL come true !

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:50 | 4331669 Exponere Mendaces
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Wow, fake-toshi and silverFAIL are astro-turfers going full retard. I guess they were the low bidders for the smear campaign.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:32 | 4330005 silvermail
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Do you really believe that the development and take-off of the project bitcoin occurred without the participation of the bankers?
Sorry, but you are very naive.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:34 | 4330006 silvermail
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To understand what will be the currency in the future and on the what exactly it will be based, need to listen to what say in Beijing, not Washington.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:37 | 4330009 Musashi Miyamoto
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20 consecutive posts?... 20?... Really?...

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 03:57 | 4330027 silvermail
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Yes, it is the cry of the soul!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 07:40 | 4330142 madtechnician
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The sound of desperation and bullshit more like.

Go educate yourself before posting more mindless shit.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 08:33 | 4330200 silvermail
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I knew in advance that you will not be able to object to me something essentially.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!