MONEY: Bitcoin “Not Backed”; so what “backs” FRNs?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://fee.org/articles/fed-official-decries-bitcoin-as-not-backed/

Friday, December 01, 2017

Fed Official Decries Bitcoin as “Not Backed”
Bitcoin is backed by the use value of the distributed ledger in the underlying technology of the Blockchain.
by  Jeffrey A. Tucker

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Randal K. Quarles, a Trump administration appointee to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Vice Chair for bank supervision, has given a lengthy speech (“Thoughts on Prudent Innovation in the Payment System”) that directly targets Bitcoin as a danger to the monetary and financial system.

To reiterate, an official speaking for the nation’s central bank that manages the global reserve currency – the institution that has long bragged about its power to bail out the entire world with the magic powers of the alchemist – has put down Bitcoin for being untrustworthy, unbacked, and unsound.

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Will someone please tell me what is backing up the current Federal Reserve Notes that pass for “money” today?

I can’t believe the hubris of some people.

The Federal Reserve Note, since 1970, has lost 99.99% of its value. There maybe even some 9’s at the end of that percentage.

I’m just shaking me head at this “attack” on bitcoin.

I’m speechless.

You should be too.

Save your nickels! It’s only thing worth anything — it still has some silver content. For now!

Argh!

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MONEY: Printed “money” doesn’t represent real wealth

Friday, November 24, 2017

https://goldswitzerland.com/the-biggest-wealth-transfer-in-history/

THE BIGGEST WEALTH TRANSFER IN HISTORY
Posted on November 17, 2017 by Egon von Greyerz

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US DEBT UP 1800X IN 100 YEARS

Total US debt in 1913 was $39 billion. Today it is $70 trillion, up 1,800X. But that only tells part of the story. There were virtually no unfunded liabilities in 1913. Today they are $130 trillion. So adding the $70 trillion debt to the unfunded liabilities gives a total liability of $200 trillion.

In 1913 US debt to GDP was 150%. Today, including unfunded liabilities, the figure becomes almost 1,000%. This is the burden that ordinary Americans are responsible for a burden that will break the US people and the US economy as well as the dollar. 

Whilst ordinary people have been landed with liabilities that they can never repay, the bankers and the 1% elite has profitably (ab)used the leverage that the debt expansion has created and thus amassed massive fortunes.

That is why we are seeing this enormous inequality in wealth. Ordinary people have not yet realised that they are liable for this debt. They will of course never repay it, nor will anyone else. Governments will try to solve the problem by printing even more money, thus exacerbating the problem. Eventually this will lead to high inflation turning to hyperinflation with interest rates going to at least 15-20% but probably higher. At that point central banks have lost total control of their interest rate manipulation.

The world will then discover that this time the money printing will have no effect as manufactured money can never create wealth.

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When you look at the absolute dollars of debt and liabilities, it’s absolutely terrifying.

I’m glad I’m old and won’t see the crash. It’s going to make the Great Depression look like just a very bad day.

Clearly the debt will be repudiated by inflation, defaults, and unilateral abrogation of contracts. Clearly mere “understandings” (i.e., social security; Gooferment pensions; State Gooferment “constitutional” provisions, “promises”) will be “cannon fodder”.

I feel sorry for future generations.

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MONEY: “Public” pensions should be under scrutiny by both taxpayers and potential recipients

Sunday, September 24, 2017

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/651-this-time-its-different-really/

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Great article out of Zero Hedge today covering the current pension crisis in America. If you’ve listened to this show for any length of time, you know the public pension system is wrecked. But this article really went into detail about how it all might shape out in the end. Let’s just say it’s not a rosy picture. Like Mauldin says, “There are no good choices anymore.”

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An excellent point that BOTH taxpayers and those future “public” pension recipients should be very skeptical and demanding that the politicians and bureaucrats be accountable.

Political promises are worth the paper that they are printed on. (Hint: It’s all oral.)

Forewarned is fore armed.

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MONEY: Can the PBGC go broke?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-03/pension-benefit-guarantee-corporation-running-out-cash-millions-affected

Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation Running Out Of Cash, Millions Affected
by Tyler Durden Mar 3, 2017 5:08 PM

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The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), an entity created to “guarantee” pensions of private corporations, is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Teamsters and other unions are poised to take huge pension hits. Previously, airline employees have taken a hit.

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Can the Gooferment ever run out of the money it prints?

But that being said this is one of those “unfunded liabilities” in that “the current 18T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with” that I grouse about.

Now unless the life span of fat old white guy injineers magically increases, I won’t be around for when the crushing debt and defaults hit. 

Personally, I think the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats will just inflate the debt away and there goes any savings denominated in dollars. 

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MONEY: Socialism’s achilles heel

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

https://reason.com/archives/2016/11/28/the-secret-dangerous-world-of

The Secret, Dangerous World of Venezuelan Bitcoin Mining
How cryptocurrency is turning socialism against itself
Jim Epstein from the January 2017 issue

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Four years ago, Alberto’s career prospects were bleak. The 23-year-old Venezuelan had just graduated from college with a degree in computer science, but his nation’s economy was already shredded by 13 years of socialism.

“There were job opportunities, but they paid like $20 a month, and we were used to traveling and buying things from abroad so we couldn’t settle for that,” his friend Luis recalls. Alberto and Luis—whose names have been changed for their own safety—teamed up to start a clothing business, but the venture floundered.

Then Alberto discovered bitcoin mining.

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But the main factor driving Venezuelans to take up bitcoin mining is a price control put in place by the socialist government: Electricity is virtually free.

Bitcoin mining requires a lot of computer processing power, which in turn requires a lot of electricity. In most of the world, utility bills eat into the cost of mining. In places where energy prices are high, it can even be a losing proposition. But in Venezuela, the government has turned bitcoin mining into something akin to owning a home mint.

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Guess the Gooferment there never figure this one out!

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MONEY: And “We, The Sheeple” are the victims

Sunday, October 9, 2016

http://deviantinvestor.com/8262/inflation-is-theft/

Inflation – The Simple Explanation is Theft
Posted on October 7, 2016 by Gary Christenson

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Inflation is a form of theft. Keynes understood it nearly a century ago when he said, “By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”

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I’m so TIRED of the sheeple not recognizing it.

So, what to do?

Stop using Federal Reserve Notes.

Barter, trade, save your nickels, save in gold or silver.

And, don’t let ANY politician tell you that things are just great.

They are using the Federal Reserve System to silently rob EVERYONE who holds a Federal Reserve Note. 

The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

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