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Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by Redman on Today at 03:24:22 AM »
Found some vacuum packed coffee at Aldi's yesterday. $two-ninety-ish for a 10oz package. Cafe Bustelo brand
Bought 2, going to open one and try it. If it's ok, I want more for LT beings it's vac packed.
Best by date is 1-7-2021 which could be longer I would think. Dunno

Better than Wally's. $3.28 10 oz can. I've never tried the stuff.
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WSJ:  Bitfinex Used Tether Reserves to Mask Missing $850 Million, Probe Finds

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State Attorney General Letitia James said Hong Kong-based iFinex Inc., which operates the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange and owns Tether Ltd., has been commingling client and corporate funds to cover up the missing funds, which occurred in mid-2018 and hadn’t been disclosed publicly.

The attorney general’s office said it has obtained a court order directing iFinex to stop moving money from Tether’s reserves to Bitfinex’s bank accounts, halt any dividends or other distributions to executives and turn over documents and information. The coverup drained at least $700 million from Tether’s reserves, according to the attorney general’s office.


There's been speculation that Bitfinex and Tether are rotten to the core for over a year.  Sounds like there may actually be something to it. 

Don't trust any exchange, or any crypto tied to the dollar, ever!  Centralization is not your friend in this space.

Prices are falling off a cliff across the board, but BTC is hanging on to it's >50% dominance.
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Make cheese  ;D
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I think the most interesting think that I dehydrated lately was buttermilk but what else would you do with 40 gallons of buttermilk?
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Always have some "Mixed Veggies" dried and ready to add in soups, stews, meatloaf, etc. I get frozen bags of mixed corn, carrots, peas, and green beans. Put 'em in my Excalibur and let it run overnight.

We've also got some jars of each of those individually, along with smaller amounts of dried celery, bell pepper, parsley, and other herbs.

Tried dehydrating potatoes in various forms. The Mrs. is still deciding if she likes home canned or reconstituted dried potatoes best. Until then I call it a "tie" and we keep some of each!

Apple rings and dices handy for snacks, trips, baking, desserts, etc.

Not a dehydrated food, but I also use our Excalibur regularly for making yogurt.
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in a word: NO!

I'm not convinced this actually even helps. It's like the TSA frisking 85 year olds in wheelchairs. Am I any safer because they followed their randomly selected procedure of frisking the ??th person? Absolutely not.
The example I use it I have allergies.  I can no longer go to the drug store to get antihistamines for it.  I have to go to the store, get the card off the shelf and go to the pharmacist to get the drug and pay for it.  Of course I can't take the antihistamines to the front check out I have to pay for it at the pharmacist.

Why?  because it can be used to make meth.  I GUARANTEE that someone making up meth is not buying a single box of antihistamines.  I doubt they are buying them at all.  This does NOTHING but punish the law abiding people.

At the risk of sounding like a Big Brother Statist, cash is not convenient overall.

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I'm not opposed if you want to pay cash for groceries at Wal-Mart, but paying for housing, utilities or vehicle is not anonymous anyhow. 
I agree that cash isn't always convenient.  But that should be my decision.  I will never pay my mortgage with cash, heck, the bank that holds it isn't even on the same coast. 
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People get paid in 100's and take 100's out of the bank, they take up less room than 20's in a wallet.  So then they do get spent. 

-- Oh -- Washington State, right Smurf ? You guys do not have income tax.  So maybe people dont work for cash as much up your way ? Or, it is a different social circles that some of us run in, maybe there are more self employed people I see around.

umm, we still have the IRS. 

Heck, most food trucks today are cashless, using Square Readers plugged into iPads.

At the risk of sounding like a Big Brother Statist, cash is not convenient overall.
Let's say you get a $2500 paycheck (net pay).  You could get 25x $100 bills, but if you owe $1500 for rent, $300 for a car payment, etc. most of your monthly expenses are likely NOT payable in cash.  So you are now forced to travel at an ATM to deposit at least some of that currency so that you can pay recurring household bills.

I'm not opposed if you want to pay cash for groceries at Wal-Mart, but paying for housing, utilities or vehicle is not anonymous anyhow. 
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in a word: NO!

I'm not convinced this actually even helps. It's like the TSA frisking 85 year olds in wheelchairs. Am I any safer because they followed their randomly selected procedure of frisking the ??th person? Absolutely not.

Exactly, this is why I started the thread ! This type of control is anti-freedom and has nothing to do with stopping drug  money laundering. 


I recommend moving your money.  Maybe even the non-profit could move to a local credit union instead of Wells Fargo !
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$100 bills at a farmers market? What kind of fancy and expensive produce are you selling?

Really the niche use is for private party transactions for higher value items.  Firearms, used cars, music equipment, power tools, etc.

People get paid in 100's and take 100's out of the bank, they take up less room than 20's in a wallet.  So then they do get spent. 

-- Oh -- Washington State, right Smurf ? You guys do not have income tax.  So maybe people dont work for cash as much up your way ? Or, it is a different social circles that some of us run in, maybe there are more self employed people I see around.

We have high state income tax and high sales tax.  Sales tax is almost 10%, and they collect that each time a used car is resold ! Not enough that it was taxed the first time.  I imagine that cash sales might under-report price to the revenuers when it goes to get registered..... I have no data on that of course

It is easy at the farmers market to take a $100 for $18 of produce as it is easy to give back 20's as change.  And, that seems to be the same at every store, never seen a problem with 100's.

But also, yes, organic produce at the farmers market is not cheap, I have not checked recently but those berries would certainly add up, not to mention the organic heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes are heavy.  We dont make much on parsley
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$100 bills at a farmers market? What kind of fancy and expensive produce are you selling?

Really the niche use is for private party transactions for higher value items.  Firearms, used cars, music equipment, power tools, etc.
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