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February 19, 2011 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: GS

I'll freely admit that it is not nearly as awesome as the Quantitative Easing video, but it just may be worth your time. If you haven't seen the Quantitative Easing video in a while, scroll down to where I post the link below my video's link.


Ras Dexter and Voluntarianist Arbitration


The Quantitative Easing video

I wanted to show you my inspiration, not set up a comparison, which I feel I would surely lose. 

Don't tell me that "voluntarianist" is not a word. It should be. It sounds a heck of a lot better than "voluntaryist" or even "voluntarist." Maybe I should have gone with "voluntarian." It's shorter. 

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#1) On February 19, 2011 at 3:48 AM, FleaBagger (27.41) wrote:

I should have said - please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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#2) On February 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Nice.   Seen "Buy the Dips?"

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#3) On February 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


(Did I just make up a word?)

David in Qatar

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#4) On February 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM, ChrisGraley (28.66) wrote:

I cracked up the other day when I turned on CNBC and all the analysts were calling helicopter Ben "The Bernank"



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#5) On February 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

Where do you find someone with wisdom and impersonality......???

Very deep and complex for someone who hears noises and someone else who sees writing on walls, yet neither is stoned!

Hope you found somewhere to hide the nickels!

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#6) On February 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

impersonality s/b  impartiality....

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#7) On February 19, 2011 at 8:35 PM, rfaramir (28.69) wrote:

David, nope:

favorited - definition and meaning from Wordnik


favorited - Wiktionary

and I was going to say even


but that's a dead link :-( 

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#8) On February 20, 2011 at 1:31 AM, FleaBagger (27.41) wrote:

Thanks one and all for your support! Now support me as I try to get "voluntarian" to replace "voluntarist" and the wretched "voluntaryist" - who's with me!

Chris - I wish I could have favorited your comment #4! If you could share a link, that would be greatly appreciated!

TSIF - Based on everything else where we've tried market solutions vs. political solutions, I think the market would do a better job of finding someone with wisdom and impartiality. And Ras Dexter is definitely stoned. Sorry if I gave you an impression to the contrary.

And nickels are great, because they are a beast to try to carry surreptitiously. ("What are you doing with that incredibly heavy-looking, bulky duffel bag?") If somebody breaks into your house and sees a crap ton of rolls of nickels sitting next to your laptop, he's just going to steal the laptop. Nobody worries about having a laptop around. 

If you mean "where would anyone put $100,000's in nickels?" then I can only say that I would be set for life with $100,000 and I wouldn't worry about difficult things in investing. I would just open an account with interactive brokers (or whoever it is that still has TMF to borrow) and short the most obvious floaters (like TMF, TYD, ANF, and other collossal dookies), learn to play the commodities market like Jim Rogers. $100,000? My financial worries would be over. Right now investing shrewdly is a way for me to go from devastatingly poor to slightly less poor. I can't make the minimum balance at IB or any commodity broker, so nickels are just a way for me to get my guaranteed 50% return with no research, and no storage worries... because I only have a few hundred dollars anyway.

If you want to store $200,000 in nickels, just buy a bunch of Sterilite tubs at Home Depot, elevate them slightly in case of breaking, and dump the rolls in these waterproof containers. Done. If you like laughing, pray to God that someone tries to steal one. It'll be a hoot!

God bless! 

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#9) On February 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM, TSIF (99.97) wrote:

I was pretty sure that Ras was stoned, just commenting on that he didn't think he himself was.

I can't buy your wisdom and impartiality theory.  Some Monarchy's worked fine for decades until the rulers inbreed and ate from lead spoon/dishes.  In your Moses example, the people respected (feared) God enough that they allowed the judges to function. Over time, whether a monarchy, council of judges, democracy, etc, the people get restless and become "unhappy".  At least our current form of government is "slow to change", especially if we keep Democrats and Republicans inbalanced enough that they can't function outside of a limited window.  We also have some means to act quickly to self-protect when there are aggressors, but unfortunately, we can't be content unless we create aggressors to challenge.

The Jewish people in Moses day actually had it pretty easy in that regard.  They had NO allies and knew who the enemy was....everyone else.

I'm certainly not saying our current system isn't badly flawed. I'm just doubtful that there is anything that could do better.

Back to rolling my nickels. They fit better in the Sterilite tubs loose, but they are easier to measure enough to do my shopping rolled.  I don't use them to short as I think their is more risk/reward daydreaming in speculating in nickel stocks....


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#10) On February 21, 2011 at 2:48 AM, FleaBagger (27.41) wrote:

TSIF - I think it's important to keep in mind that I'm not advocating a perfect solution to end all socioeconomic problems. Just pointing out that it is reasonable to expect voluntarianism to be better than the alternatives the world is trying now.

Voluntarianism deserves a chance for two reasons: it couldn't hurt because anyone who doesn't want to be a part of it won't be (it's voluntary, see?), and it is inherently more morally upright to allow people to choose with whom they associate as opposed to collecting taxes from everyone who has the misfortune to be born under your rule. 

And Ras Dex never said he wasn't stoned. Amanda said she wasn't stoned (and not in possession of any illegal substance).

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