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  1. Ten ways to be an effective political activist, in a roughly decreasing order of importance: 1. Be prepared to vote with your feet. Add interstate and international diversity to your social networks -- both personal and business. Lower your costs of exiting, if the need should arise, the jurisdictions that impose on the territories wherein you reside. Repeatedly in history -- from the old American frontier to the fall of the Berlin Wall to modern jurisdictions that specialize in international trade -- low exit costs have not only enabled liberty for the individual and the small group, but they have more than any other factor motivated the larger jurisdiction to provide the most important rights and freedoms for those who stay put. Grow interpolitical roots so that no single polity can chop down your tree. The good news is that modern communications, travel, and standardization of international languages (mostly on English) have made diversifying our social networks -- growing international roots -- far easier than ever before in history. 2. Influence our law in action. Serve on a jury and insist on protecting those who have not been proven to harm or intend to harm another. 3. Make your own law. For starters draft your own contracts, wills, prenuptial agreements, and property deeds. Even better if you can do this as a service for other people, but for that you will generally need to be a member of the appropriate legal guild. To draft law usefully, whether for yourself or others, you will need to learn the real law they don't normally teach in public schools: contracts, property, trusts and estates, and torts for starters, or else (often a second best choice to learning law yourself) retain the services of a sympathetic lawyer. Learn actual law -- don't turn into a whacko running around putting liens on other people's property based on interpretations of the UCC quite remote from what any judge would contemplate. But do start to make your own law. You cannot be free if you cannot make your own law. 4. Influence our law in action. Donate to or get involved with the Institute for Justice and other organizations of politically and legally savvy people defending our most important rights and freedoms in the courts. 5. Make your own law: use strong security to protect the people, relationships, property, and data you value. Learn to defend yourself and your loved ones with weaponry. Write and use cryptography, smart contracts, bit gold, digital cash, and other security protocols made possible by computer science. 6. Tell us about your good research and good ideas: write a blog, comment on a blog, write papers. 7. Start a multinational small business. 8. Vote with your pocketbook -- buy and sell the goods, services, stocks and bonds that promote liberty, and boycott those that promote its violation. 9. Get involved in a lobbying group or political campaign where you can make a difference: usually a local campaign, but on rare occasions a national one. 10. Vote for and against politicians, but don't be fooled -- of all these ten ways to make a political difference, voting in a political election makes the least difference. From here - http://unenumerated.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/ten-ways-to-make-difference.html
  2. These kind of doomsayer predictions have been duping people for centuries. The Internet has given them a worrying amount of life. For every thousand of these predictions one might actually sort of happen. My recommendation is to stop consuming these kind of misinforming media. It screws with your head and leads to bad choices. Instant transactions, no waiting for checks to clear, no chargebacks (merchants will like this), no account freezes (look out Paypal), no international wire transfer fee, no fees of any kind, no minimum balance, no maximum balance, worldwide access, always open, no waiting for business hours to make transactions, no waiting for an account to be approved before transacting, open an account in a few seconds, as easy as email, no bank account needed, extremely poor people can use it, extremely wealthy people can use it, no printing press, no hyper-inflation, no debt limit votes, no bank bailouts, completely voluntary. This sounds like the best payment system in the world!
  3. Where do you think this chart is headed next?
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    Where's this one going?

    Here are some support levels. Note that 5.80 in 1990 and 2011. I think this is an important ratio to think about at present.
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    Where's this one going?

    You're not supposed to know what it is as it affects bias - I just wanted to look at the the direction. But yes it's the Dow-gold ratio.
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    UKRAINE : Riots ...as the Stress Grows

    Liam Halligan on the subject http://media67.podbean.com/pb/656e28835728b5c2da7468f268e3e7d3/5316dd4f/data2/blogs1/2516/uploads/liamhalligan.mp3 http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2014/03/04/liam-halligan-talks-ukraine/
  7. James Turk and the Money Bubble In today's programme I meet James Turk to talk about his latest book, the Money Bubble, written with John Rubino. http://media60.podbean.com/pb/43bb56ae5189d2a28d479831efc964bd/52d7b645/data1/blogs1/2516/uploads/turk.mp3 Download MP3 James is convinced the money bubble is about to burst. I'm not so sure. We discuss. James Turk is a sound money advocate. He is the founder and former chairman of Goldmoney, through which you can buy and store gold. His book, also written with John Rubino, the Coming Collapse of the Dollar, is, in my view, essential reading. http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2014/01/16/james-turk-and-the-money-bubble/
  8. Dr Bubb interviews Dominic Frisby (on : LIFE After The State) "Money is the blood of our economy... and it is riddled with infection." MP3 : http://media65.podbean.com/pb/18b608bcef10952f2989e0113f032170/52aa055d/data1/blogs1/2516/uploads/mhinterviewsdf.mp3 (26 mins.) We turn the tables this week and Michael Hampton interviews Dominic Frisby about Life After The State. Download here. Please click here to the whole audiobook via Paypal. You can also buy it with Bitcoin. And click here to buy on Amazon.
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    An interesting table identifies targets for major bear market lows. We never got there ... From the Atlas Pulse newsletter (very good NL by the way).
  10. Ha. I've got a BTC and a worldcoin wallet so either of those.
  11. With perfect timing, DF launches his latest book - on the future of money. I've called it Bitcoin - the Future of Money? . Really, I should have called it 'crypto-currencies - etc', but there is more public awareness of Bitcoin. More here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-gKmTiEXJU Any help getting it funded would be much appreciated ...
  12. Gold price manipulation? http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2014/02/05/dimitri-speck-gold-price-manipulation-and-the-gold-cartel/ Dimitri Speck Gold Price Manipulation And The Gold Cartel http://media67.podbean.com/pb/36c4fd934146e79114e9f006e278a90a/52f23fd2/data1/blogs1/2516/uploads/speck.mp3 In today's programme I talk to Dimitri Speck about gold price manipulation and his new book The Gold Cartel: Government Intervention In Gold, the Mega-Bubble in Paper, and What This Means For Your Future. Dimitri Speck is a commodity analyst and chief developer of trading strategies for asset manager Staedel Hanseatic, where he is responsible for the Stay-C commodity fund. Visit Dimitri's website, Seasonal Charts.
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    Gold price manipulation? http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2014/02/05/dimitri-speck-gold-price-manipulation-and-the-gold-cartel/ Dimitri Speck Gold Price Manipulation And The Gold Cartel http://media67.podbean.com/pb/36c4fd934146e79114e9f006e278a90a/52f23fd2/data1/blogs1/2516/uploads/speck.mp3 In today's programme I talk to Dimitri Speck about gold price manipulation and his new book The Gold Cartel: Government Intervention In Gold, the Mega-Bubble in Paper, and What This Means For Your Future. Dimitri Speck is a commodity analyst and chief developer of trading strategies for asset manager Staedel Hanseatic, where he is responsible for the Stay-C commodity fund. Visit Dimitri's website, Seasonal Charts.
  14. Talking silver, 43-101and mining with Keith Neumeyer http://media60.podbean.com/pb/7f87fd35abaf1fe0bb143ca6090e3f55/52d433dc/data2/blogs1/2516/uploads/keithN.mp3 Download A fascinating conversation over a pint with Keith Neumeyer, president and founder of First Majestic Silver (TSX:FR/NYSE:AG). We cover the depressed state of mining, the flaws in 43-101, the outlook for silver, manipulated markets and much much more. Keith is a clever and interesting guy, one of the mining CEOs to actually deliver on promises, and this is a recommended listen. http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2014/01/13/talking-silver-43-101and-mining-with-keith-neumeyer/
  15. Thanks! I just voiced the trailer for the show, not the actual show.
  16. Talking Crypto with Johnny Bitcoin In today's show in the murky alcove of some remote, shady pub, I meet a crypto currency trader who goes by the name of 'Johnny Bitcoin'. Here's what he has to say about bitcoin and crypto currencies ... http://media65.podbean.com/pb/c174af676407e4ba32b9873915413ace/52b6fbe8/data2/blogs1/2516/uploads/johnnybitcoin.mp3 Download MP3 And if you haven't yet got your copy of Life After The State, possibly the greatest book ever written, you can get it here at Amazon - or buy the audiobook here.
  17. The highest form of charity, argued the 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, is when the help given enables the receiver to become self- sufficient. But our systems of state charity - aka welfare - have too frequently had the opposite effect: they have actually created dependency. It is time to re-think the way we help people. I'm going to suggest something that many might find upsetting and outlandish - that welfare would be more effective, more varied, more widespread and affordable if there were no state involvement. Read on ...
  18. Joshua M Brown December 23rd, 2013 My fave internet analyst, Bob Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, is out with a note on the themes he thinks will be the biggest for web investors next year. Bob and his team at STRH have been spot-on about a lot of the big trends this year and he nailed Twitter’s eventual valuation way before the stock came public. In today’s note, Peck lists his Top 10 Disruptive Theme predictions for internet investors (all standard disclaimers apply)… *** TOP 10 DISRUPTIVE THEMES FOR 2014 1 – Transportation Transforming: Within the disruption taking place in the Transportation industry, we think there are several themes that will be more pronounced for investors in 2014: a) Delivery – one-day and same-day shipping is becoming more prominent with the USPS now delivering on Sundays and both Amazon & eBay testing same day delivery. Further, subsectors (like groceries) are also seeing more penetration, through initiatives like Amazon Fresh. Transportation on demand – through services like Uber, on demand continues to disrupt staid parts of this industry. c) Automated delivery – (of humans through Google cars or packages through drone deliveries) will continue to make progress, d) Electric vehicles – are also gaining more traction among the mass consumers and we think provide unique offerings. 2 – Local Commerce Personalization: We think the local commerce experience is just beginning its transformation with low powered Bluetooth technologies that will allow deeper customer knowledge and personalization (think Minority Report scene). Stores will now be able to offer personalized service, deals, incentives, and more targeted advertising as you enter or pass by their store. 3 – Payments & Money: Payments has been evolving for years from PayPal to more recent developments like Square. However, we think that there are a proliferation of services like LevelUp, Clinkle, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments, and potentially the iPhone fingerprint sensor that could expand. We also point out that Bitcoin, which was once thought of as laughable, has gained credence as potentially an alternative form of money going forward (Andreessen Horowitz just invested $25m in Coinbase). 4 – Sensor Networks & Wearables: We have been playing with Google Glass now for ~6 months, and while we think the current form factor and functionality are rudimentary, we think the market will begin to understand where this technology can develop to over the coming years. We believe that wearables (Fuel bands, Fitbits, visual wearables (like Glass or Oculus Rift) have a big future for consumers, based on their utility. Furthermore, we think the wide disbursement of these devices could create unique sensor networks and intelligence for companies, advertisers, and governments going forward. 5 – Cloud Adoption Accelerating: We think the adoption of the cloud is only going to accelerate as we transition more towards services, productivity tools, and utility from its early beginnings of storage. Further, we think thin client devices can proliferate further as Amazon pushes on initiatives already pioneered by Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft. 6 – Non-Human Communication (Internet of things): We think we will see more progress in machines talking directly to machines in 2014, without the interaction of humans. On a basic level, programmatic advertising or the Nest thermometer are emblematic. However, we think more progress will be made on appliances, cars, and entertainment automatically communicating. Big Data and services like AWS will be major facilitators. Services like “search without search” will become more prominent. 7 – Advertising Metamorphosis: The online advertising industry is going through a dramatic change at the moment and we think that will only accelerate next year. From the programmatic tsunami, to the birth of Native Ads, we think advertising is undergoing a seismic shift. Further, measurability is becoming more important as advertisers look to track the ad from impression to the Life Time Value of a new customer. Google’s unique Ad ID and the fate of the computer cookie will also be keys trends to watch. We also think ads will become more like content, as advertisers search for engagement. Lastly, we think that cross device delivery of the right media format (text, video, pictures, audio) will be a key theme. 8 – Video = Emotion: The power of video is that it can evoke emotion in consumers. We are seeing the disruption of the creation and distribution of video through services like Amazon and Netflix already, but we think that video advertising is just beginning. This lets the Internet potentially tap into a ~$80b TV ad market in the US alone. This could present a tremendous opportunity for companies and services like: AOL, Google, Facebook, Vine, Instagram and Twitter (and many others). 9 – Sharing Economy Grows: Many studies have indicated that Millennials (or those that have grown up digital) are less inclined to own vs. rent, helping contribute to the “sharing economy.” This spans not only homes, but also cars (i.e., Zip car), books (i.e., Chegg), and other costly items. This can lead to blossoming new industries and potentially side businesses for incumbent industries, if they adapt. 10 – The Blossoming of the Ephemeral Graph: With the emergence of Snapchat, the “ephemeral graph” was established. We think this meme extends well beyond media stereotypes of “the destruction of questionable content” and into the temporal economy. For example, many pictures one receives, they may actually want to see. However, once they’ve seen it, sometimes they don’t really need/want to save it. They appreciated the picture, but now the moment has passed. Further, they don’t need to waste resources on storing or processing the content later. So the Ephemeral Graph could lead to a temporal economy that monetizes the concept of “disappearing content.” The expectation that Facebook and Google were willing to spend billions of dollars on Snapchat underscores the potential of the temporal economy. ***
  19. Worth knowing about ... A lot of good info ... http://thecryptopost.com/ === === Example : http://thecryptopost.com/Issues/TheCryptoPost-23-12-13-1000.pdf Shows prices, ranges, etc. for the Major Cryptos
  20. "Our system of tax is too complicated. Our tax code is 11,000 pages long. That is too long. By about 10,990 pages I'd say. It makes blunders and fraud inevitable. But it's worse than that. Our system of tax is immoral, it is inconsistent and it creates inequality. So I am simplifying it. Here's how. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/autumn-statement-2013-what-george-osborne-should-have-said-8985921.html
  21. Detlev Schlichter: Issues in a Paper Money Collapse / New FB&B Morning all, Sorry I haven't been posting much on here recently. I have been writing a book and trying to concentrate on that. Market-wise it's hard to be bullish on anything at present. Everything's either over-priced (London property, govt. bonds) , teetering on the brink (US stocks) or in a pronounced and clear downtrend (gold stocks, resource stocks) - in which case you're reduced in guesstimating where the bottom is. I think gold is still in consolidation mode post its 1,920 Sept 2011 high. I hope the low was $1,520. But it's going to have to make up its mind pretty soon where it wants to go next. Meanwhile, I just recorded an interview with Detlev Schlichter of Paper Money Collapse fame ... http://media1.podbean.com/pb/cd6ef80184d7f6193143eef1163deb76/500bc4d4/blogs/2516/uploads/2012-07-18-GMYF-DF-E-36.mp3 Download here http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2012/07/21/detlev-schlichter/
  22. This week we self-interview ... http://media63.podbean.com/pb/a835eb0ee2a4af6bb70f9ea9086b3b50/528a0a51/data1/blogs1/2516/uploads/LifeAfterTheStatePrologueforFBB.mp3 Dominic Frisby reads from his book Life After The State. Download MP3 here. Please click here purchase the whole audiobook via Paypal. You can also buy it with Bitcoin. Read the testimonials. http://commoditywatch.podbean.com/2013/11/15/life-after-the-state-audiobook/
  23. That would be great, Dr Bubb. Thanks to everyone on this site not only for supporting this book, but for sharing your thoughts, ideas, expertise and opinions online. Life After The State could not have happened without people doing this. It is very much a product of the open source movement which is the internet. Also ... Life After The State now has a website. You can read a sample chapter Take a look at what people have been saying Listen to the opening chapter of the audiobook Buy the audiobook . Join the forum and get talking. (I am not sure this is going to take off)