Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Poof! All Your Bitcoins Are Belong To Us

Holy crap!

I think it's a reasonable thing to say that I am DAMN glad I don't have one thin dime invested in those things.

Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars -- Recovery Steps and Taking Your Tax Losses
Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from Coindesk.com) This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns.

Here is a handy chart that illustrates what happened to the value of a Bitcoin yesterday.

Basically, if you had a bunch of those, they are either gone or worth one hell of a lot less.

409 million dollars worth disappeared yesterday,causing panic and the price crashed.

I'm thinking this is a damn good instructional moment here for me personally.

I need to get some intangible currency. I can certainly imagine waking up some day in the not too distant future to find out that a roll of toilet paper will do me more good than a fist full of dollar bills. I certainly don't trust the banking system even though I use it.

I don't know of any employers who pay in cash and still withhold taxes and such.
They either pay by paper check or electronic deposit.

I actually had someone gift me some Bitcoins several years ago when they first came out but I had no freakin' clue about what to do with them. They had absolutely no value to me.
I put 'em in some electronic wallet thingy and then promptly lost the location and password for it.
Writing it down didn't do me a bit of good either because that's back when I was hittin' the bottle really hard and I know that info got tossed. They didn't cost me anything and I'm not out anything the way I see it.

There are a whole bunch of people out there right now who just found out the hard way what imaginary money is really worth.

Even worthless paper money is good for starting fires if it has no other value.


  1. I agree - cash is rapidly being used as a consumable. Inflation and lack of any real monetary interest when putting it in a bank or credit union made me realize that $$$ is used to buy items - so buy the actual item NOW and store that rather than the cash.

    You need to eat and drink, so storing long term food makes sense. Doesn't have to be MRE or freeze dried commercial products - plenty of low cost items. Key is DO YOU ENJOY IT - if you don't like the taste now, eating will not be a happy experience.

    What else - TOOLS. Knowledge of how to use them is great, but without the tool, many tasks become impossible.

  2. When bullets become money, I will be rich.. rich I tell you.

  3. Silver and lead are always good to go...

  4. Lead brass and powdered goodness. 30 Cal. ammo cans make great storage containers. Keep them dry and keep them full.


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