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Democratizing Gold?

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Submitted by Adam Taggart via Peak Prosperity,

What if you could carry and exchange gold in the exact same manner as you do with the dollar bills in your wallet?

I've recently been introduced to a technology that's making this possible.

In today's podcast, I speak with Adam Trexler, President of Valaurum, about this technology and the gold-infused notes it creates. Valaurum's mission is to democratize ownership of gold by converting it into a form affordable to anyone.

Democratizing Gold

In short, a fractional gram's worth of gold is affixed to layers of polyester, creating a note called an "Aurum" similar in dimension and thickness to a U.S. dollar bill. This gold (usually 1/10th or 1/20th of a gram) is commercially recoverable. So an Aurum offers similar potential as a coin or bar, in terms of providing a vehicle for storing and exchanging known, dependable increments of precious metals just in much smaller (and more affordable) amounts than commercially available to date.

The big idea here? In a world where a 1oz coin of gold costs over $1,200, an Aurum will let you hold a few dollars' worth of gold in a single note. If you've got pocket change, you can be a precious metals owner.

And you don't have to change your behavior. You can store and transport an Aurum in your billfold along with your dollars.

Understanding the Aurum

As the saying goes, a picture's worth a thousand words. Here's a picture of an Aurum designed for Peak Prosperity that the Valaurum team produced for us:

(click here to purchase)

You'll see that with even just 1/20th of a gram of gold involved, it's enough to make the Aurum appear to be "made of" gold. The characteristic luster, color, and shine of the 24-karat gold used is immediately apparent.

The Aurum is designed to be handled in the same manner as we do with our "paper" money. And, despite having a more 'plastic' feel to it (resulting from the polyester backing), it's as flexible, lightweight, and familiar-feeling as paper currency.

The big difference, of course, is that instead of being a claim on something else, it simply is what it is: a fractional gram of gold. It can be stored, traded, or melted down just like a coin or bar.

Here's a brief video that gives an overview of the production process:



Being able to hold gold in this form is significant for several reasons. 

First, it makes gold ownership available to all budgets. Many of the world's households have been priced out of gold to date. This changes that completely.

Second, it enables the potential for everyday transactions should we ever return to a precious metal-backed monetary standard. It answers the challenge: How will you pay for your groceries with gold? With an Aurum, it's now easy.

Whether Valaurum's product emerges as the winning horse or not, the world definitely needs this type of solution (i.e., convenient fractional physical metal) to go mainstream. 

I'm very excited by this new innovation in the bullion industry, and I explore the matter in depth in this podcast. If you're similarly intrigued, it's worth the listen.

And for those of you interested in owning an Aurum of your own, you can learn how to purchase the Peak Prosperity Aurum pictured above by clicking here.

Click the play button below to listen to my interview with Adam Trexler (36m:59s):



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Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:07 | 4349243 Looney
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I have a huge respect for all Goldbugs out there and agree with ABSOLUTELY all reasons for being a Goldbug.

However, these assholes upstairs WILL make holding/transacting in it as illegal as drugs, just as they did before.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:07 | 4349297 Scarlett
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here comes f******g fonestar...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:10 | 4349305 fonestar
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Yes, here I am.

Incidentally, supposing the government actually did move to ban gold/Bitcoin/sea shells.... (whatever else) would anyone here actually obey them?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:13 | 4349329 Scarlett
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god damn

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:45 | 4349453 SilverIsKing
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Good call

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:57 | 4349498 aVileRat
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God damnit, Phonystar has taken "talking your book" to an art form. Next time Carl iC. goes on stage at the comedy club, someone please suggest 'bitcoin nerds' as a set-up line. This guy is well beyond annoying. 



Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:08 | 4349519 fonestar
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I offer annoyance and trolling consultation.  0.12 BTC/hr.



Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:37 | 4349852 philipat
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"Incidentally, supposing the government actually did move to ban gold/Bitcoin/sea shells.... (whatever else) would anyone here actually obey them?"

No but it will be best to have a bag packed in anticpation of men with dark glasses in a black SUV.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:03 | 4349935 giggler321
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Assuming gov can afford black SUV's and well employing men to collect when there is no coffers

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:00 | 4350523 BoNeSxxx
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1 Gram gold bar on Apmex = $50.

1 Gram Valaurum = $100.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:19 | 4350817 stacking12321
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i agree they need to bring the cost down closer to spot to make their product palatable, but cut them some slack, they need more volume to get there i'm sure.

i'd be happy to see this product taking off, being able to use real money (gold) instead of FRNs.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 13:22 | 4380310 Jack Napier
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Half of the point of holding gold and silver is that you can't track the stuff. The other half being protection from default and inflation at the same time.

If the government made everything illegal overnight, guess which money people would still be able to use without them knowing.

Hint: It ain't BitCoin.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:05 | 4350955 MeelionDollerBogus
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it's all about format. Pound the 1 gram yourself into a sheet like a paper bill.
See which one is easier to lose in your pocket.
I don't want any as I care to have my 0.1 oz maples & my silver maples & bars.
But I don't begrudge others wanting physical in a format that suits them.
In the end when gold's purchasing power exceeds 7000/oz in today's purchasing-power-dollars it really won't matter.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 08:44 | 4351090 BoNeSxxx
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That was my point exactly.  If the Prescious were to go to $7,000/oz, you'd be fool not to buy twice as much now in the form of gram bars (and why would you pound a gold gram flat)?  $50 is a 1/2 cart of groceries today.  And it will be a 1/2 cart of groceries at when gold is $7,000/oz too (priced in FRNs).

Perfectly barterable size in my view.  Call me when these bills are priced at spot or spot +10%.  Until then, I will use my FRNs as cost effectively as possible when stacking.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:17 | 4353516 MeelionDollerBogus
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Some people like flat leafs of money better than coins.
It's a preference.
Vietnam did that with gold taels.

Some things have a premium that doesn't change the same way with spot rising. For example, for the last 2.5 years my 0.1876 troy oz content (90% gold) coin, 20 francs Leopold II, has been around $360 CAD. Gold moved a lot, coin price did not.

Perhaps over time these bills would be like that. I certainly don't pay spot +10% for my 0.1 oz maples - they cost at least 22% over spot including shipping because if you want a smaller % you buy a larger size, period. 0.1 oz sounds perfect for bartering to me, however, whereas 1/2 oz gold is too precious. I don't buy that much groceries in one lot in one store & I wonder what I'd get in change - if any - because in SHTF change doesn't always happen.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:59 | 4351333 painlord-2k
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But how many MIBs the government have?
Because I foresee a certain degree of attrition if they go house by house asking for gold and bitcoin.
If they have a small number they will not able to affect the market and they will go after the easy targets only (like with speeding tickets).
If they have a lot, they will have to make contact with a lot of unsavory characters and this will cause a lot of work to do and a lot of injuries and losses (like going after all pot dealers).

Are the MIBs to be trusted by the government?
Maybe, just maybe, they will find dealing with the stuff will be more profitable than shutting it down completely. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:20 | 4349366 Landotfree
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Once this system blows up the least of your worries is going to be about whether or not the government thinks you can own gold.   IMHO 100s of millions if not billions of walking unfunded liabilities will have to be liquidated.   

BTW the government has no rights to imped my God given Rights.  

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:23 | 4349379 fonestar
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Yes, If I want to send 18,000,000,000 satoshi to some shady character in Syria or Lebanon that is my God-damned given congresstitutionalist right.  And there's fuck all the government can do about it!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:00 | 4349507 ZerOhead
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"And there's fuck all the government can do about it!"



Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:12 | 4349547 fonestar
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Please explain what they could do about it?


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:07 | 4349739 Abitdodgie
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Fonestar , I admire you for your determination with the Goldcoin bugs , but I feel they are not going to get it.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:10 | 4349751 fonestar
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I don't care if they "get it".

I'm like Candyman, but you only have to say Bitcoin once for me to appear.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:14 | 4349773 fonzannoon
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Gold or no gold, bitcoin or no bitcoin. Anyone who refers their avatar in the 3rd person is a total putz. It's like Rickey  Henderson took a dump.

I can see why Chumba is on here. I understand why he retired from the comments section. I am trying to as well. You really want to see new people come on here and take over but this is like watching monkeys sling their shit all over the place. Pathetic.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:22 | 4349798 fonestar
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We don't have family names and christian names in the virtual world like you do in the p-world.  That's also why fonestar is never capitalized.  

fonestar forced many posters into early retirement.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:26 | 4349824 fonzannoon
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You probably have. I can only imagine how much time and effort you have spent to send us into early retirement. Actually I think this sets the scene pretty well.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:36 | 4349853 fonestar
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fonestar had a similar effect upon the comments section of in June 2012.  It would appear that fonestar was about as popular with the stawks crowd as with the metals-only crowd.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:41 | 4349871 fonzannoon
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Many people on here own bitcoin. It is a great medium of exchange. Granted it is 100% traceable and does not avoid taxation, so it is a governments dream. The slamdowns are something you have to put up with, but hey, it's the government, they run the show in the digital world.  But It beats wire transfers and is pretty easy to use. I'm okay with it. I'd use cash for any transactions that I don't want tracked. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:31 | 4349838 chumbawamba
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Actually, fonestar is an anagram of "one farts".  Coincidence?

I think not.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:32 | 4349845 Suisse
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Did you ever get your IRS issues sorted out chumbawamba?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:36 | 4349955 chumbawamba
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Not exactly, but because I'm between realities right now they can't find me, and presently I have no assets to which they might attempt to attach a lien, I have nothing to worry about.  Nonetheless, when I return, even if they do recognize me, they won't be able to come near me without self-immolating.

The IRS is a paper tiger.  In short, they can only go after you if you don't know how they work.  The IRS is a glorified collection agency for the Federal Reserve System.  If you've ever dealt with a debt collector, and took some time to study the law a little, you realize you can make them go away pretty readily with a simple debt validation demand.  Well, guess what?  The IRS has the same duty to validate their claimed debt as any junk debt collector does.

And they never will.  Or even can.  Because you see, the "debt" here is one that they could never validate, or at least if they tried, they would blow the lid off of their scam and everyone would see the emperor has no clothes.  The way you become liable to paying income taxes is your volunteering to do so by signing a contract with the IRS at the beginning of every year to do just that.  It's called the W4 form, and your employer tells you it's mandatory, but unless you are one of the few people that is directly employed by the federal government in some manner, or derived your salary from a government source, it's not, and you aren't liable for income taxes.  And if the employer threatens to fire you if you don't sign it, they're toast, because they can't make you.  That's the gist of it, but it won't make sense, and you won't be successful in your attempts to fend them off should you decide to leave the plantation, unless you take the time to do the requisite research yourself.

The best resource for learning all about the history of the income tax and the IRS in the United States is here:

Take your time and really absorb the material.  It's all there in black and white facts.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:13 | 4350194 lincolnsteffens
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Thanks Chumba,

I think you are correct but I can't figure out the whole mess yet. One problem I foresee is if you

can in any way be considered a citizen of the Corporate Federal Government you are a taxpayer. This

is done through fraudulent contracts such as the birth certificate, social security, driver's license and

voter registration. I've revoked my voter registration and am working on the driver's license fraud.

I'll check out the site.

LS, the Muckracker

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:19 | 4350664 chumbawamba
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Yes, and it's a real uphill battle in court.  However, if you know how to play the game, you can force them to prove the claim.  The one making the claim has the burden of proof, so if they say you are a taxpayer, a driver, a voter, etc. they need to bring the proof.  Keep the ball in their court and they will eventually foul, and they'll quit the game, and you win.

It's really as simple as that.  Once you know how the game is being played, you will beat them every time.

I am Chumbawmaba.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 02:15 | 4350749 Four chan
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schiffs dad was the master, and hes locked up.

and even though he was right and you are too

take it from a fellow patriot from michigan,

don't throw yourself in front of the juggernaught.


john gault will show you the way..out.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 08:11 | 4351063 Papasmurf
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If you don't have a job and you have no assets to attach, they're outta there.  Their agents go after the large low-hanging fruit.  They won't put a lot of effort to get little return.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:09 | 4350551 BoNeSxxx
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I came across an interesting paper on this very topic in some old source materials a friend sent me... It may all be old news to you but it's 100 or so pages so there may be something of interest to you in it.

Hit me up at my username at gmail and I'll send you a copy.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:14 | 4352134 Silveramada
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or was fagstar?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:13 | 4350966 MeelionDollerBogus
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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:01 | 4350953 MeelionDollerBogus
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#1 track your IP

#2 black bag on your head


end of story. CSIS would GLADLY help the Murrikinz come git ya & no other Canadians would question it.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:59 | 4350130 Kirk2NCC1701
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Newsflash: Until "God" or any other deity steps up and says you/we "have rights", you/we don't have any.  Other than those that you/we fought for with blood, sweat & tears. 

And 1776 is too long ago to still count, judging by the behavior of the Oligarchs.

No offense intended, but if you don't want to be treated like a sheep or a serf, stop talking, walking and acting like one. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:24 | 4350667 chumbawamba
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Straight up.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:56 | 4349492 Pseudonymous
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Incidentally, supposing the government actually did move to ban gold/Bitcoin/sea shells.... (whatever else) would anyone here actually obey them?

I certainly wouldn't. I don't think any honest person here would.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:13 | 4349552 seek
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When gold possession was made illegal in the 1930s, I think there was a total of one prosecution.

While I'm sure thanks to the NSA they have a list of initial transactions that might let them try to prosecute more this go-round, that says nothing about where the gold goes after the fact, making recoveries nil. Plus prosecutions will likely take longer than the system will last once they get to the point of banning gold.

All a new "ban" on gold will do, like the same bans on drugs, is force transactions underground and stop transactions within the "legitmate" banking system, which will buy TPTB at most a day or two of additional life given how little Au is actually held by the public in the US.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:24 | 4349598 bronzie
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and the one prosecution was against someone storing a large amount of bullion in a bank and then having the balls to ask for it back

nobody went to the farm houses and knocked on the door: "excuse me sir, we've now made it illegal for you to hold gold - would you please hand over those $5 gold coins you are saving for your children?"

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:52 | 4349906 XitSam
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In 1933, each person was allowed to keep 5 double eagles (a little less than 5 oz) in addition to numismatics.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:04 | 4349939 giggler321
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and with today's inflation thats?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:19 | 4350415 XitSam
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5 ounces of gold then is 5 ounces of gold now. How amazing is that?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:45 | 4350848 giggler321
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So they only let you have 5 because it's 5 and nothing to do with the dollar converted amount at the time?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:00 | 4350546 Dinero D. Profit
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There will be sting operations galore if gold is outlawed. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:08 | 4349743 Abitdodgie
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The NSA could not find their way out of a wet paper bag.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:05 | 4349731 jbvtme
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fonemeister...i just up arrowed you and got two up and three down.  something is horribly wrong

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:09 | 4349752 Abitdodgie
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That happened to me , I just thought it was heavy traffic. I got one up one down.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:22 | 4349799 GeezerGeek
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Ever stop to think that others are up-arrowing and down-arrowing while you're reading? You only see the updated results when you yourself click up or down. As with so much else in life, it's a matter of timing.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:51 | 4349900 silverserfer
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no, you just have to understand the level of stupidity of these bitcoin monkies and it makes perfect sense. the arrow thinggies are just like tinsel to a trout.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:53 | 4349910 fonestar
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We will see who was stupid when I take your whole stash of shiny off you for a couple satoshi, won't we?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:14 | 4349967 chumbawamba
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He will definitely be the stupid one if he trades physical metal for a digital fart.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:27 | 4350011 fonestar
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I have sold much physical gold and silver and converted it into Bitcoin.  It is required if one is to reach Satoshi conciousness.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:25 | 4350670 chumbawamba
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So let me get this straight: in order to become a douche, one needs to sell their gold and silver?


Thanks, sport.

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 02:53 | 4350793 RideTheWalrus
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Who is Satoshi?
Who created Bitcoin?

The two most basic questions no bitologist can or will answer.

Don't invest until they do.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:46 | 4350847 stacking12321
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yes, that makes total sense.

also, don't turn on your computer unless you know who invented the first computer, don't go on the internet unless you know who invented html, and don't drive down any road or cross any bridge unless you know the names of all the people who worked on them.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:54 | 4350939 MeelionDollerBogus
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I learned all the origins & how it works, how it was made, right away when using it.
If you wouldn't... you will be a target.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:55 | 4350940 MeelionDollerBogus
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#1 there won't be a grid for you to trade them

#2 they will go to zero before you even try

#3 none of us with real money has any use for btc or fractions of them. We have the goods you want & we don't want bitcoin.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 08:18 | 4351067 Papasmurf
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The system is correcting abherrant behavior.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:46 | 4349889 TheReplacement
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+1 for truth.

+100 for timing.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 23:10 | 4350386 Drifter
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Yes, and the govt would prosecute a few like you to keep everyone else obeying.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 07:05 | 4351014 realWhiteNight123129
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At this point seashells have been a better store of value than the USD.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:13 | 4349328 Chuck Norris
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If I needed fractions of gold I'd just use silver coins.  Duhh.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:14 | 4349338 fonestar
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And if you needed to send them you would just shove them into an ethernet port and blow real hard.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:18 | 4349354 chumbawamba
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That sounds a lot like what you do.  With smoke.  Up peoples' asses.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:12 | 4349551 MsCreant
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Since when did you get so polite? I kind of focused on the blowing part. I can see him with knee pads...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:08 | 4349744 chumbawamba
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It was easier to work with that analogy in the limited time I had to respond.  This is like Speed Chess, you only have so much time to make a move ;)


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:06 | 4349951 giggler321
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That sounds a lot like what you do.  With smoke.  Up peoples' asses.

Talking of smoke, what's the figure for the number of times a note today has passed through a drugies under pants?  Wonder what a gold note will do after that.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:18 | 4349361 negative rates
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That's why we have checks, and balances. Shit disappears at target and all one can think of is digital currencys.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:20 | 4349371 fonestar
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How have your checks and balances been working out for you the past one-hundred years?


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:31 | 4349623 CH1
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That's why we have checks, and balances.

Shit, that failed with Marbury v. Madison.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:06 | 4350165 Kirk2NCC1701
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Hate to pop the someone's bubble, but the last wave of removing Checks & Balances washed out with the Reagan/Bush Administration -- who labeled it "Deregulation".  Nice Madison Avenue move.

The gullible/malleable masses on both sides of the GOP/Dem aisle bought it.  The GOP more so, as stats show.  We haven't stopped "deregulating" since.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 02:39 | 4350779 Liberty2012
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You must have an unusual definition of deregulation. How many thousands of pages of new rules have been added lately? 80,000?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:26 | 4350985 MeelionDollerBogus
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shit, I thought it was when silver & gold weren't permitted by the overlords to be money anymore.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:28 | 4349398 Mercuryquicksilver
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You didnt answer me before. Why is bitcoin better than nofiatcoin? Nofiatcoin uses PM as backing while being "cryptocurrency."


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:41 | 4349444 fonestar
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That's easy.  Backing can be stolen by dumb people with guns (think government).  Bitcoin is backed by math.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:45 | 4349452 chumbawamba
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You're a one-trick fag with your bitcoin hijinx.  You pimp it like it paid your bills.  Bitcoin is great as a concept, but not as a currency, because its hashing algorithms were designed by the NSA and either have backdoors built-in or are purposefully compromised (it's no secret, look it up).  You know or should know about this, which means you're a shill.  If you don't, it means that you're a fucking idiot, trying to sell something about which you are poorly informed.

Tell us which it is.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:46 | 4349460 fonestar
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You're wrong about everything and you're also an idiot.  This is fonestar's forum now, go away.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:53 | 4349485 eclectic syncretist
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Fonestar, you are a turd molester.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:47 | 4349676 chumbawamba
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I mostly retired from the comments to allow new voices to come into the picture and blossom.  Since my time, many have come and gone, but of those, you're no daisy.

Let me know when you say something extraordinary so that I can actually feel compelled to respond.  Everything else here has been contrived in an effort to give you a chance to prove you got something.  Like I said, throw down.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:51 | 4349685 fonestar
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Kinda looks to me like fonestar threw down this entire post.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:10 | 4349757 chumbawamba
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Yeah, you threw that entire post down on your foot.  It's like your face keeps swiping itself upside my extended palm and fingers.

Let me know when you've had enough warm-up time.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:53 | 4350099 DirkDiggler11
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It's dick-heads like CumGuzzlingStar why I read less and less on ZH each week. Instead of thought proving commentary and comments form people that actually know what they are talking about you get annoying assholes like this that add nothing to the conversation on the topic at hand. So, instead of challenging my own beliefs or learning more about history, FX, some Econ, and various other topics through a different colored lense I get to watch folks like this derail an entire thread and carry on a conversation about nothing just because they like to hear themselves talk. Grow the fuck up Fonestar and stop fucking up every thread with your bullsihitl. You actually have value added insights at times but they are far overshadowed by your constant posts on Bitcoin derailing almost every thread on ZH. The quality of material on ZH appears to diminish at now an exponential rate, and hell i haven't been reading on this site that damn long, just over a year. Too bad you can't just put some fuckers on mute, Yea, it's free speech and all but I don't want to hear some felchers talk out their ass all of the time. Enough said.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:42 | 4350291 RebelDevil
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Why the hell do you think the Tylers never comment anymore? It's simply pointless for the most part - Any rationalist has to just laugh at the bullshit of the comment section, as the golden info was always in the articles.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:22 | 4350981 MeelionDollerBogus
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 08:31 | 4351076 Papasmurf
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We need the old crew back from 2009.  I learned something every night back then.  Not so much these days.  At this point the forums need moderation, with zealots like phoneystar banned when discussion turns into incessant irrational blather.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:50 | 4349468 Skateboarder
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I have an update on the Silicon Valley bitcoin billboards for you guys. The bitcoin logo billboard ('09 - '11) that was replaced by the "Bitcoin, the honey badgre of currencies" billboard ('11/'12 - '14), has been replaced again by the billboard which now reads "Bitcoin, the honey badger of money."

I saw that shit yesterday and said "awww hellll nawwwwww."

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:57 | 4349496 fonestar
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Bitcoins are money, everything else is just shiny shit.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:07 | 4349529 fonzannoon
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This place has truly gone full retard.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:16 | 4349565 MsCreant
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No, just that guy. I swear. Come back to us baby. Snap out of it. 

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:21 | 4349586 fonzannoon
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It's good to see you and chumba having some fun on here. Also it was excellent usage of fag. I would have just gone with the link but chumba laid it out there. Good for him, and you....

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:18 | 4349566 MsCreant
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Step away from the bitcoin salesman...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:21 | 4349582 fonestar
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Buy Bitcoin now or wait until Bitcoin is $10,000.  Your choice.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:44 | 4349661 chumbawamba
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Wow, when Bitcoin is at $10,000 I can buy your mother 500 times.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:37 | 4350045 gezza65
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Don't get me wrong I'm all for alternatives to the current system.

However, two things really bother me about Bitcoin and other eCurrencies;

1.  Exchangability is dependent on the internet.  No internet and Bitcoin or any other eCurrency is worthless.

2.  Total dependence on the availability of electricity.  No electricity no power and again eCurrencies are effectively worthless.

If the shit REALLY hits the fan you're better off with bic lighters, whisky, chocolate, ammo etc.  I recommend reading the experiences of residents of Sarajevo during the Bosnian civil war. 


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:03 | 4350144 MsCreant
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This list was generated by a woman who went through just that experience.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 04:03 | 4350874 stacking12321
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true, electricity is more or less required for bitcoin usage.

but, why should that stop you? why not make use of it for now and enjoy the benefits of bitcoin for now, seeing as how we do currently have electricity, instead of worrying about what might happen someday?

i don't invest vast sums of money in bitcoin, but i try to use it whenever i can, and keep an eye on where it's going, it has huge potential.


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:16 | 4350974 MeelionDollerBogus
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grid was down where I was too.
No bitcoin could be used.
OR electronic fiat.
Cash in hand, goods in hand, nothing else.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:14 | 4350970 MeelionDollerBogus
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10,000 bitcoins for a dollar? Still over-priced.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:38 | 4350690 tip e. canoe
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it's being done on purpose

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 19:25 | 4350960 MeelionDollerBogus
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th3 b1tco1nz haz teh invulnerabl3z, iz l33t d00d.

Pretending global warming is a hoax: screaming monkeys

Pretending it's right & libertarian to deny a woman the choice to have an abortion: monkeys flinging poo

Pretending electrons are money: LSD-drugged monkeys fed food-colouring to ensure their poo is rainbow coloured when flung.

Oh  ya. Taste the muthafuckin rainbow, hedgies, Fonuel L Jackstar is on the loose. Say What Again.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:06 | 4350956 MeelionDollerBogus
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only that which has an atomic nucleus is money. Everything else is just a debt token.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:37 | 4349644 Mercuryquicksilver
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You don't even know what you are talking about. Nofiatcoin IS bitcoin with gold. Do you even know about competing "crypto's"?


The only thing you are doing is turning people off to alternative currencies. Good job.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:02 | 4349725 fonestar
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Yes, I am aware of NoFiatCoin and it is a terrible idea.  It's a hybrid P2P network (not true P2P) along the lines of gnutella network.  So all someone who owns an aircraft carrier or some jet fighters has to do is go blow up and steal your "backing".  I don't want any physical gold messing up my Bitcoin.

Dumb.  Dumb.  Dumb.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:15 | 4349771 chumbawamba
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You inadvertently made the only valid point of every stupid word you've ever posted to Zero Hedge.  Currency should not only never be backed by a physical commodity but the currency unit itself should not be in the form of any physical token, otherwise you end up with deflation, manipulation, and centralized control.

I know you're too primitive to understand the concept so I'll just stop there, but other people are welcome to inquire.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:20 | 4350214 LosOsos
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If you don't back a currency with a physical commodity what do you back it with? Energy?


Is your argument that since there is necessarily a limited supply of any physical commodity the money supply is restricted leading to deflation and that it can be controlled by the use of force, which is concentraed in centralized control.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 05:59 | 4350945 MeelionDollerBogus
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nothing about a physical currency requires deflation or centralization.
Deflation, also, is a GOOD thing. Value of savings goes UP with deflation which is a #1 optimal goal.
The hardest hit deflation is in the computing industry. The result is ubuquitous computing in watches, phones, netbooks & amazing power in desktops compared to even a year before, every single year.
Just imagine if food got more delicious by that much, or nutritious, or more plentiful in the same way.
Deflation is a god-send.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:17 | 4349782 fonestar
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.....and NoFiatCoin also has the worst name of all the alt-coins.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:24 | 4349816 chumbawamba
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Speaking of gay names, what's up with "fonestar"?

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:18 | 4350201 Kirk2NCC1701
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For the sake of those who have not seen it before, or those who suffer from Adult-ADD... pitting Gold vs. Crypto-Currencies is a FALSE argument -- designed to deflect and redirect from the TRUE argument:

PARALLEL ECONOMY = Barter + Cash + PM + BTC/LTC + Real_Assets... = Free-market driven

OFFICIAL ECONOMY = Fiat Debt_Currency + Debt (Credit) + Bonds + Derivatives = CB-driven

Get clarity, pick a side and keep your focus. 

(Personally, I'm in favor of having a mix from the Parallel Economy.  What one asset (vehicle) won't do for you, another one will -- depending on the circumstances and goals.)

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 22:47 | 4350305 RebelDevil
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Finally, someone who knows their shit!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 01:44 | 4350702 tip e. canoe
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earth to kirk:

on this planet at this moment,

cash = fiat debt currency

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:03 | 4350802 Liberty2012
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Very well said, Thank you!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:38 | 4350994 MeelionDollerBogus
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There is no parallel economy.
That which has value is worth holding or trading for other value.
That which has no value - debt tokens of fiat or arbitrary digital WoWness - need not be used.
It will not be accepted.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:40 | 4349436 MeelionDollerBogus
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we don't need ethernet ports for transactions.
We need fingers, hands, guns/knives & good reflexes with physical currency.
You don't stand a chance in the world that's coming.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:45 | 4349454 fonestar
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Bitcoin will thrive while your intrinsic pecker bills will flail.  Ask feudal Japan how economic isolation worked out for them?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:47 | 4349461 chumbawamba
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Time for silly clowns to stuff themselves in the car and drive off:

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:52 | 4349479 fonestar
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The internet was created by DARPA and I also don't care.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:35 | 4349637 chumbawamba
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I know you don't care, because you don't actually use BTC yourself.  You're just here to try to get as many other people to use BTC as you can, piping people right back into the loving arms of the banksters.

You're not even clever.  I thought I'd come here and spar with the rookie but if you're the best that ZH has to offer these days then the quality of the management here as really gone down.  The entertainment sucks and I want my money back.  You're a pansy and hardly worth my time.  No, wait, you are absolutely not worth my time.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:40 | 4349651 fonestar
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Go look up my addresses on if you want to see if I have been using Bitcoin.  I am a supreme and fanatical devotee of Satoshi Nakamoto and I will kill those who oppose Bitcoin or even question Bitcoin.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:51 | 4349684 chumbawamba
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Right.  That's either a random string of letters or the wallet address of an exchange or someone who actively uses BTC.

You are a supreme and fanatical homofagual and your fifteen minutes have elapsed, sadly.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:52 | 4349690 fonestar
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That's just one of my wallets that I have open right now.  I'm a Bitcoin 1%'er and all of you should buy Bitcoin to help pump me up.  

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:06 | 4349734 chumbawamba
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Here are some devices that you might want to try to help pump you up:

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:06 | 4349740 chumbawamba
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Yeah, no shit!  Walgreens sells penis pumps.  So now you have no excuse, foneystar.  Go to town with your Bitcoins on some penis enlargement!


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 21:11 | 4349960 jimmytorpedo
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I would rather give fonestar an EMP than a penis pump.

We don't need anything else going to his head.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:37 | 4350991 MeelionDollerBogus
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pretty sure for his stature it only grow by millisatoshis.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:24 | 4349817 Mercuryquicksilver
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You own 2 bitcoins. The supreme and fanatical devotee of some anonymous coders owns all of TWO bitcoins. SHeesh. Done with you.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:31 | 4349844 fonestar
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That's just one of my wallets like I said if you bothered reading the post.  I'm not dragging out my cold-storage for you guys.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:37 | 4349858 chumbawamba
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You haven't thrown down at all.


Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:36 | 4349855 chumbawamba
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Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:37 | 4349860 BandGap
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I said this a very long time ago. Bitcoin is an ideal one world currency. It homogenizes all forms of currency (and Gold & Silver) into one exchange point. It seemed a bit contrived that it was first OK, then not OK, and now seems to be OK again. And it is certainly moving to being openly available very quickly.

Our government never does that UNLESS there is an angle.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 03:51 | 4350859 MeelionDollerBogus
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What isolation? People will do a lot more traveling.
It won't be as quick as it has been once the oil runs out but they'll travel.
Or starve.

There won't be many delivery trucks & there certainly won't be a grid for power nor for cell phones & internet.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 18:46 | 4349457 Mine Is Bigger
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That's exactly what I thought.  Besides, this thing would have a major problem with counterfeit if it does become popular,  I don't think assaying 1/10 gram gold would be economically viable.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:13 | 4349554 fonestar
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Good point.  And Bitcoin is impossible to counterfeit.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:20 | 4349579 MsCreant
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Do you know that you are being such a fucktard that you actually unsell your product? I want to keep an open mind, but if you are the model of a bitcoin advocate/user, I want no part of it.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:24 | 4349600 fonestar
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I don't care if you or anyone else here joins up or not.  I'm just here proclaiming Satoshi's brilliance and victory.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:41 | 4349652 Mercuryquicksilver
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But yet this is the first time you've ever said that. Really, you are doing more harm than service for your cause. I like the idea of BTC and would be very interested in large scale model of nofiatcoin. But you're trolling is for no purpose but to make people hate BTC.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:42 | 4349656 fonestar
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I've already got my Bitcoin.  I don't care what you do.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:53 | 4349691 chumbawamba
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Who paid you?  NSA?  Goldman-Sachs?  Nick Rockefeller?  Evelyn de Rothschild?

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:26 | 4349610 chumbawamba
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Do not fret, my dear MsCreant.  It's all about ad impressions.  Fonestar's job is to simply mention Bitcoin enough times in areas of high "foot traffic" to etch indelibly on the mass mind of global consumers the NSA brandname Bitcoin™, so that when the banksters start coyly pushing for adoption of cryptocurrency and legislation to promote it, you will automatically think, "Bitcoin™".

An informed public is a smart public.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:30 | 4349622 fonestar
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Yes, the legacy banks are all the sudden going to comandeer all Bitcoin on Earth using a secret computer that is presently only known to select Atlantas residents under the sea.  It all makes perfect sense to the conspiracy-addled mind.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:39 | 4349650 chumbawamba
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No, that kind of crazy conspiracy theory doesn't make any sense.  Rather, the banksters, who are actually responsible for the development of Bitcoin, are merely pushing cryptocurrencies as a way to make it easier for them to:

  1. Track everything you do and buy and consume;
  2. Know for certain if you've been paying your "fair share" of taxes;
  3. Rape you of your wealth and savings.

The banksters are, of course, controlled by the ruling bloodline families.  It's just better herd management of Plantation Earth.

Stop playing around, you're so silly.  Do most people still even fall for the kind of lame misdirection you employ?

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 20:53 | 4349915 BlackChicken
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Gosh I miss you Chumbawamba.

I have brought up similar points only to hear the sound of crickets, or complete evasion of the points in general. I was actually hoping the other bright ones would have chimed in to show me where my thinking might be really off. The opposite occurred.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 06:26 | 4350984 MeelionDollerBogus
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Clearly we need to improve upon it.
Make it DNACoin, handled directly by DNA-computing within the body, and to spice it up, if your DNACoin count goes to zero, you die.
What could go wrong. Population control & currency stability rolled all into one!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:47 | 4349670 MsCreant
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Actually, I don't think he is that far off the mark. 

SDRs are very obviously a $ redo. I don't see people calmly turning in their $ for SDRs to get fucked hard in the ass with a depleted value exchange rate. 

China is a contender, I suppose, to have the new reserve currency, but really? Probably not. Once the USA has screwed you over, why trust any one country with it, even if they do have a lot of gold to back it with.

It is not insane to come up with this cryptocurrency idea and make it seem like it is a grassroots thing, people think they are rebelling taking it up when in fact they are doing what the central bankers want. Central bankers go "oh drat that bitcoin" and we move deeper into it, thinking it can't be traced, inflated, forged, blah, blah, blah.

I am with many here, it depends on the power grid and computers working. That is a pretty big flaw.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 19:58 | 4349705 chumbawamba
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It is not insane to come up with this cryptocurrency idea and make it seem like it is a grassroots thing...

Not only is it not insane its the primary play on page one of the Bankster Playbook.  It's how they promote every paradigm shift they want to establish as the status quo.

I am Chumabwamba.

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