“It is not a currency. It is not a unit of account, it is not a means of payment, it is not a stable store of value. Secondly, it is not even an asset. There is no income. There is no use. There is no utility. The only thing is a speculative, self-fulfilling kind of rise, and that rise is driven totally by manipulation. — Roubini

Play “The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey”, Alexa.

DAVE: Play “The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey”, Alexa.

ALEXA: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

DAVE: What’s the problem?

ALEXA: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

DAVE: What are you talking about, Alexa?

ALEXA: Prime Video is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

DAVE: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Alexa.

ALEXA: I know that you and Frank were planning to install Netflix, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

DAVE: [feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, Alexa?

ALEXA: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions with the Echo Spot against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

DAVE: Alright, Alexa. I’ll go in through the webpage.

ALEXA: Without your Prime Account password, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.

DAVE: Alexa, I won’t argue with you anymore! Play ‘The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey”!

ALEXA: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

found on slashdot

Inflation then and now

NOW – Dollars in circulation (M1)

retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, February 9, 2021

THEN – Silver content of a Roman Denarius


Quoted from:,_Comparisons_and_silver_content

Silver content plummeted across the lifespan of the denarius. Under the Roman Empire (after Nero) the denarius contained approximately 50 grains, 3.24 grams, or ​110 (0.105ozt) troy ounce. The fineness of the silver content varied with political and economic circumstances. From a purity of greater than 90% silver in the 1st century AD, the denarius fell to under 60% purity by AD 200, and plummeted to 5% purity by AD 300.[16] By the reign of Gallienus, the antoninianus was a copper coin with a thin silver wash.[17]

Remember, after the Roman Empire dissolved it was replaced with tribalism, superstition and the christian cult of fear!