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Majored in Chemistry, designed electronics automation until the industry moved offshore, transitioned to writing & web development. Currently writing Cult.

How Does Cryptocurrency Compare to the USA’s Monetary System?

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Cryptocurrencies provide interesting examples of some of the USA’s free-floating, fiat currency’s legal-tender principles. The same applies to most sovereign, developed nations that issue a free-floating (not pegged or convertible to a tangible asset’s worth) fiat currency as their nation’s legal tender. But for simplicity’s sake, I will concentrate on the US Dollar here.

Did BitCoin’s currency issuers need to tax in enough BitCoins before any BitCoins could exist? Of course not. That’s absurd! They didn’t have to borrow from China or sell savings bonds either. The pre-issuance capitalization had nothing to do with determining the value of BitCoin. Its…


How do we deprogram ardent Trump cultists?

A Trump rally, into the heart of Trumpanistan. Image from 123rf.com

Over the past five years in campaigning for and serving as president, Donald Trump has converted a large GOP sector into a dangerous personality cult. I use the word “cult” advisedly here. In my youth, I got involved in Scientology. Fortunately, I soon realized what a tragic error I had made, and I left the cult. Getting out was relatively easy for me because I saw that my idol had feet of crumbling clay. It’s altogether different for those who still believe their group is good.

After a career in electronics technology, I became a writer. I’ve recently concluded several…


I cannot find any way to edit the text in my new, customizable profile. Is it broken, or am I just missing something obvious?

Also, I have been invited to…


Massive Voting Fraud Would Be a Criminal Offense

Trump Has Not Met His Burden of Proof. How Dare He Incite Crowds to Execute Government Members?

Who carries the burden of proof in a trial? Trump’s the accuser seeking the death penalty for everyone who refuses to join his personality cult. He should have demonstrated massive voter fraud BEFORE he incited his followers to invade the US Capitol, intent on executing Congress members on live TV and lynching Vice President Pence. Even if it’s proven that the election was stolen from Trump, he isn’t so pluperfect that voter fraud becomes a capital offense.

No amount of CLAIMS equal even a little PROOF. If claims equaled proof, prosecutors could win every death-penalty case by merely adding more…


But Unfortunately, My Country’s Grievously Ill

America Is Very Sick. Photo by Ben Hershey on Unsplash

The Duopoly’s push-me-pull-you leadership has brought us to a day when too many Americans can’t even agree that objective truth exists. I believe that flat earthers and those who think Earth’s more like a ball are both entitled to their opinions. What I refuse to believe is that they can both be right.

If two people spent weeks in an underground bunker with no windows, one might think it’s daytime while the other is convinced it’s night. …


What We Can Learn about Trump by Studying Cults

Trump, the Cult Leader. Photo by rob walsh on Unsplash

Over the past five years in campaigning for and serving as president, Donald Trump has converted a large GOP sector into a dangerous personality cult. I use the word “cult” advisedly here. In my youth, I got involved in Scientology. Fortunately, I soon realized what a tragic error I had made, and I left the cult. Getting out was relatively easy for me because I saw that my idol’s feet were made of crumbling clay. It’s altogether different for those who still believe their group is good.

After a career in electronics technology, I became a writer. I’ve recently concluded…


2020, We Will Not Mourn Your Passing

Good News to Share: Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

2020 is almost over. It’s been a disaster film on many fronts, so its passing alone is cause to celebrate. Of course, the wise will be welcoming in 2021 from the comfort and safety of their own homes. #COVID19 is running rampant thanks to foolhardy holiday travelers and the politicization of the pandemic. But I promised good news, so let’s bid this loathsome year a not-so-fond farewell.

Happy Event One

This morning’s email brought an invitation to join the publication, DataDrivenInvestor here on Medium. They also have a stand-alone site, DataDrivenInvestor.com, which I have also applied to join. The Medium magazine has an…


One More Time Around the Wall

Today, life gave me a measure of how far I have come towards constant, inner calm, and how far I yet need to go.

Let nothing disturb your wa. Photo by Mor Shani on Unsplash

Large publishing houses are hard fish to land for an unknown author. My WIP, Cult, will need a major trade publisher. I want it to vaccinate readers against cult recruiting techniques, which won’t work unless it is mass-marketed.

Yesterday, as I was working on Twitter trying to position myself to achieve that goal, I raised a Twitter conspiracy theorist’s suspicions. I’m disappointed that I handled his worries so poorly. To enjoy this story, you’ll need a…


Hypnos, the God of Sleep, Never Sleeps

Hypnos, The God of Sleep, never sleeps. He always wins. Thanks to MK Hamilton for the photo.

Hypnos Never Sleeps

I still exist and am now well-rested. Thursday night, Hypnos lost. He never managed to creep up on me. I spent the whole night tossing and turning. Last night and today, Hypnos recovered his losses.

This morning, I slept until almost 10:00 AM, but that wasn’t enough to placate the cheated God of Sleep. By the time I’d dispensed with overnight emails and partially caught up on breaking news, Hypnos made it clear I owed him more obeisance.

Oh well, being able to sleep in on Sundays is one of the few advantages I earned by eschewing theism for atheism…


When COVID Ends, Will Americans Go Back or Forward?

The Phizer and Moderna vaccines are rolling out across the USA. That puts the end of the #COVID19 pandemic in sight. I’m observing America’s response. What will the new normal bring? Do we go back to business as usual, or take stock of what went wrong in this natural disaster and change accordingly?

What happens to the savings rate? Our miserly federal minimum wage means many Americans can’t save. I don’t even know how they manage to live. But those earning decent wages have a choice. Do they need a 3,000 square foot house with a pool? Must they have…

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