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Anyone who claims Bitcoin is better than gold or silver are incredibly deluded

First, let me start by saying I love bitcoin. We’ll the idea of it anyway. Bitcoin screams that we all want a more honest money system. Any anytime we can get our hard earned money out of the system (banks and Government), it’s a good thing. But, replacing a make up fiat currency system with a made up digital currency system is madness.

Bitcoin a virtual currency, backed by absolutely nothing except the fierce belief in the integrity of a complex mathematical formula which few of its proponents even understand, and is proving to be little more trustworthy than the U.S. dollar, after hackers tested and defeated controls put in place to manage it, and then fail at the first hurdle. Yeah, that sounds about right.

And the market value of one Bitcoin has gone from about $.02 to over $7,500. Seriously?

“Virtual currency like Bitcoins are innovations that deserves great caution, given the lack of any guarantees and responsible parties to back them in the longer term or evidence that this isn’t just another Ponzi scheme.”

In reality, Bitcoin creators are faceless and anonymous and you have no idea if they are cyber-criminals or well intentioned people who are looking out for you. As far as I am concerned, Bitcoin is just another tool, another penny stock, another empty shell company, and another way for you to make or lose money. In the fall of 2011, bitcoin was at $2. By November 2017 it had risen to more than $7,500! If that’s a currency, those bitcoinians must be some productive citizens.

So why is gold and silver  better than bitcoin?

Despite the fact that gold and silver is a fundamental element of the cosmos and can’t be destroyed with a software error, there are really people running around the internet claiming Bitcoin is “better than gold and silver.” They point to the fact that Bitcoin is incredibly portable (which is true) and easy to transfer to other parties without lugging around physical coins (also true when there’s a functioning power grid and internet infrastructure), yet nearly same advantages can be attributed to a checking account. I don’t hear anyone arguing that a checking account is “better than gold and silver.”

Another myth about Bitcoin is that all transactions are anonymous. This is absurd and stupid, given that the entire history of every Bitcoin transaction is replicated in the public blockchain, meaning that every Bitcoin transaction is easily tracked. (If you want real anonymity, use Zcash, which is a vastly superior cryptocurrency.)

For those who still aren’t convinced that Bitcoin doesn’t compare to gold and silver as a store of wealth, here’s a short list of the almost self-evident reasons why Bitcoin will never measure up to the reliability and trust of gold and silver .

#1) Gold and silver has been around for over 13 billion years and is a fundamental element of the cosmos. Bitcoin has existed fewer than 13 years and hasn’t even come close to standing the test of time.

If you think an abstract, experimental construct that has only existed for a few years — that’s Bitcoin — is a better store of value than a cosmic element which has existed for 13 billion years, you don’t understand the definition of “store of value.” Or maybe you just don’t understand the Table of Elements. (Try to destroy Iron, Copper, Nitrogen or Carbon and see how far you get…)

#2) Unlike Bitcoin, gold and silver cannot be created or destroyed by human beings.

Despite the best efforts of all the alchemists in the history of the world, nobody has yet figured out a way to make gold and silver . (That’s because it’s an element, not a compound.) Similarly, you can’t destroy gold and silver in anything less than a nuclear explosion or an exploding star. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is created via software and can be destroyed in an instant. The ability of humans to artificially create and destroy Bitcoin means by definition that it is not a reliable store of value.

3) When the power grid goes down, gold and silver is still gold and silver. But Bitcoin becomes worthless.

Ask any citizen of Puerto Rico about the value of Bitcoin following a hurricane-induced power outage, and you’ll come to discover that Bitcoin’s value is exactly zero when there’s no electricity. Yet, amazingly, gold is still gold. It doesn’t vanish into thin air when the power disappears. In fact, gold and silver becomes even more valuable when other forms of electronic money fail and collapse. gold and silver had value long before electricity, computers and cryptography, as a matter of fact, and gold will still have value long after modern human civilization crashes and burns.

#4) Physical gold and silver cannot be stolen through the internet

Gold and silver is a physical material. No one can steal your gold through the internet. Bitcoin has been repeatedly stolen through online wallets, computer hacks and the theft of wallets. Sure, someone can attempt to steal your physical gold at gunpoint, but they can also steal your Bitcoin in exactly the same way. Thus, Bitcoin has all the theft risks of gold and silver , plus the additional theft risks of cyber space on top of that. (In other words, there are far more ways to steal Bitcoin than to steal gold and silver.)

#5) The value of any single Bitcoin depends on the entire Bitcoin infrastructure continuing to operate

The value of your Bitcoin is wholly dependent on the entire Bitcoin infrastructure continuing to function, which encompasses transaction confirmation computers running 24/7 and processing blockchain transactions. This infrastructure now requires more electricity than an entire nation of 186 million people. If that infrastructure goes down, Bitcoin becomes worthless because it cannot be used for transactions. Yet gold is impervious to such failures and does not require a massive global network of computers to maintain its value. Gold can be transacted using no technology at all. (“I’ll trade you this gold coin for that truck.”)

#6) When you try to burn gold, you just get melted gold. When you burn Bitcoin wallets, you lose all your Bitcoins.

You can destroy paper by burning it, turning it into mostly carbon. You can destroy plastic by burning it, too. You can even destroy an automobile by setting it on fire. But guess what happens when you try to burn gold? You just get melted gold. That’s because you can’t “burn” gold and turn it into something that isn’t gold. Like silver, copper and platinum, gold is an element of the cosmos. The laws of physics tell you that gold is a far better store of value than Bitcoin, since gold is always gold. (But Bitcoin is a complex logical abstraction that depends on a multitude of logic layers and electrical infrastructure to continue to function.)

#7) Owning gold is truly anonymous. Your gold cannot be detected, and if you move it around, nobody else knows.

The entire Bitcoin blockchain is public knowledge. That’s why there’s no such thing as a truly anonymous transaction using Bitcoin. But gold can be used in transactions without leaving any trace at all. Gold can be physically moved, used in barter, used to manufacture precision instruments and applied to a multitude of other uses all without leaving a trace of its history. Gold is the truly anonymous currency that Bitcoin can only dream about becoming. (And Zcash is the truly anonymous cryptocurrency of choice, if you want anonymity in the crypto space.)

#8) Gold has practical industrial, medical and scientific applications that grant it inherent value. Bitcoin can be replaced tomorrow by a better cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin cultists are fond of saying the supply of Bitcoin is strictly limited. That’s complete nonsense, of course, once you realize that over 1,000 cryptocurrencies have already been created and launched, mostly on top of the Ethereum “smart contracts” layer. Thus, Bitcoin isn’t unique at all. In fact, in terms of cryptocurrency technology, Bitcoin is already outmoded and technically obsolete. Far better cryptocurrencies already exist (such as Ethereum or Zcash, for lots of technical reasons), and there’s no question that even more superior cryptocurrency solutions will be introduced in the years ahead. Bitcoin was an awesome “proof of concept” early experiment, but it’s not the crypto coin that will be widely adopted by most of the modern world. For starters, there isn’t enough electricity in the world to support the mining required if everybody starts using Bitcoin. You’d need a whole new fusion energy source just to power the infrastructure due to the fact that Bitcoin is ridiculously inefficient and wasteful of energy.

#9) Gold is universally recognized and accepted as valuable in every culture on our planet. Bitcoin is unrecognizable to most humans living today.

Most people living today have never used Bitcoin. And even those who use Bitcoin barely understand what it is or how it works (which is why they keep blindly buying it, oblivious to the inherent risks I’ve outlined here). Gold, on the other hand, requires no complex explanation. People see gold and they immediately recognize its value. There’s no academic math explanation needed.

Bitcoin, sadly, requires an understanding in very high level cryptography mathematics (with prime numbers and all that) to truly understand. That’s why most people don’t understand how Bitcoin works. They also don’t realize that the first nation which invents a 512-bit quantum computer will instantly be able to steal all the cryptocurrency in the world without much additional effort. The cryptography is the only thing that keeps cryptocurrencies functioning, and cryptography is nullified by quantum computing. (But try to explain that to most people and they just look at you with a blank stare, after which they obediently repeat, “But Bitcoin has electrolytes!”)

#10) Most people buy gold to protect value, yet most people buying Bitcoin today are speculating on a “get rich quick” scheme that will blow up in their faces.

Finally, people who buy gold are the kind of people wise enough to know that protectingvalue is a worthwhile goal. Yet Bitcoin buyers are speculating on what they see as a kind of dot-com repeat bubble, a “sure thing” scheme to get rich without effort. Almost all the buy-ins for Bitcoin today are based on greed, not wisdom. And nearly every buyer automatically assumes there will be another future buyer to which they can sell their Bitcoins at a higher price. (Classic bubble greed mentality at work here, repeating all the same mistakes of every other bubble throughout world history.)

The Bitcoin speculation ecosystem, in other words, is a classic Ponzi scheme which requires new suckers to buy into the system in order to pay off the earlier suckers with profits. But as always happens with every Ponzi scheme, sooner or later you run out of new suckers to keep propping up the system. At that point, the bubble bursts, and most people lose everything. (Just as those who invested in Bernie Madoff’s scheme. And if you don’t know the story of Bernie Madoff, you have no business buying Bitcoin in the first place.)

Bottom line: If you want to protect wealth, buy gold and silver… if you want to play the lottery, buy Bitcoin

When the Bitcoin pyramid scheme collapses, gold and silver buyers will have the last laugh (as they always have, throughout world history). Never forget the Golden Rule: He who owns the gold makes the rules.

Long after Bitcoin has skyrocketed and imploded, long after the bloody aftermath bitch-slaps the gullible crypto cultists across the face with the cold hard punch of reality, gold and silver will still be gold and silver, and it will still have value, without or without software, electricity, cryptography or computers.

Bitcoin, though it may yet rise to $100,000 or beyond before it craters, will one day be remembered as a shared delusion that hurt a lot of people and suckered in a lot of otherwise intelligent optimists who lost millions of dollars in “value” they foolishly thought was real. Bitcoin is right now in its “parabolic” price phase, meaning it’s skyrocketing in a non-linear function. Parabolic rises in value are, by definition, never sustainable, and that means the bubble will one day pop. When that day comes, you will desperately wish you had traded Bitcoins for physical gold and silver .

Bitcoin may still rise for another 1-2 years before cratering, and it could conceivably achieve a price of $100,000 before that comes. If the greed equation in your mind looks at this, you might be thinking, “Should I buy in now and sell before it all comes crashing down?”

My only answer to that was best stated by Clint Eastwood in 1971. “Do I feel lucky? … Well, do ya, punk?”

Bitcoin confidence game, PERIOD!

Yet, even after reading this blog, there will be some people who will lining up to support Bitcoin because they believe in the importance of virtual currency. It seems like every day the news reports well-meaning business owners who proudly display their geek cred – and complete lack of real business sense – by pointing out that they accept Bitcoin.

Nobody, however, seems to be pointing out that nothing whose worth is so inherently and unpredictably volatile should be used as the basis for real-world currency.

Newsflash… We already have that!

Are you awake Yet?

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