value of the dollar

The Brazen Heist of a Massive Gold Coin in Germany

The coin’s face value is one million Canadian dollars.

Around 10 years ago, the Royal Canadian Mint, which produces both coins for regular use as currency and some designed especially for collectors, produced a very large coin, nearly two feet in diameter and over an inch thick, with a legal value of one million Canadian dollars.

The coin, like some others produced by the mint, was made of pure gold—at least 99.999 percent pure, the highest of any bullion coin in the world. It wasn’t meant to be spent so much as to be looked at, and at 221 pounds, it’s not exactly pocket change…

One of my friends asked me the other day if I would suck one thousand dicks for a billion dollars, and I love questions like that because not only are they so demonstrative of the no-homo society we live in, but they also show a fundamental lack of understanding that some people have for the value of money. Like, do you realize just how much money one billion dollars is? Do you realize I could live my life in the lap of luxury buying literally everything I could ever want and still have a fortune to leave to my children?? For sucking some dicks?? We are talking 1 million dollars per dick sucked!! That’s just economical like come on man.

Public schools are tied to real estate values. Every dollar invested in schools/education would raise collective home values by multiples. [People move because of school districts! Why not invest like you would a bridge or road?]

Also, a well-paid teacher within a well-funded school would make capitalism look bad. A socialized position must be under attack as to privatize in the future.

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i love ocelot trust me i do i love him so much but compared to the concept art. we got great value ocelot. we got discount ocelot. we got dollar store revolver ocelot. we were robbed

You know, sometimes I think about astrology and the origins of astrology, and how everything came to be the way that it is. I wonder how or why the people who first discovered the study of astrology associated certain events or circumstances with the positions of celestial bodies, and I wonder how they correlated specific behaviors with the signs. It just reminds me of the weirdness and eccentricities of the world. Everything we know to be true are concepts constructed by people we don’t even know, these are customs and ideals that have been alive for many years and have become relatively normal. Long ago, someone or some group decided that the value of a 100 dollar bill equates to 100 dollars even though it is merely a rectangular piece of paper, and that’s still the way it is now. Someone with the same exact piece of paper is considered poorer because their bill says that it equates to only 5 dollars while the other person is richer because their bill says that it amounts to 100 dollars. It is very bizarre to me, very absurd, I almost can’t comprehend what we all consider to be reasonable and typical. Words - the English language - this was made up by people in the past and we just decided to give each word random meanings and it’s stayed that way because somebody said so, these are the rules, this is the way it needs to be structured. But why? How did this happen? And back to the topic of astrology…. These things we believe to be correct are merely the convictions of several individuals, maybe they never had any real merit to begin with, whatever that may be; perhaps their original thoughts have even been altered and adjusted through the years, who knows, we don’t have the accurate accounts of history, perhaps a lot of things that the first astrologers professed are not the same things we are familiar with now. Human beings are constantly coming up with new concepts, new ideas, and the facts are the facts - but are they? I don’t follow facts, I don’t think facts exist, what are facts? Who can prove it? What logic did they use to prove it? Why did they apply that logic? Logic is nonsensical. We don’t have any answers in this universe.

Understanding Scottish Independence: for Americans

It seems like a lot of Americans don’t understand the relationship between the UK and Scotland. Let me tell you a story to try to help you understand.

Imagine that Canada has a terrible disaster of some kind. They’re completely bankrupt. They can barely feed themselves. Maybe it was a huge meteor strike or something. Anyway, Canada is kind of lowkey screwed.

So America decides to help their little brother to the north. They offer to bail out Canada, as long as Canada joins the US, and the ten provinces and three territories of Canada become 13 new states.

For a while things are pretty okay. Canadian currency becomes American currency and every Canadian dollar is valued exactly like American dollars. The Canadian capitol in Ottawa is shut down, and Canada sends their representatives and senators to Washington DC. The old provinces can still collect state tax, but all the federal taxes get sent off to the IRS, and the Canadians get Federal funding the same as other states.

Not all Canadians are happy about the arrangement. They feel like their identity as Canadians is lost. It seems like there are more and more barbeque joints and fewer and fewer Tim Horton’s as time goes by. They want to still be Canadians, but everyone now calls them Americans. After all, they’re all from North America, right?

The problems start to arise when it comes to governing. The Americans draft a bill in congress that cuts all funding for French language education and television. The Canadians are incensed! They are told, “You have representatives in Congress. Just tell them to vote against it!”

They do, but there are only 26 Canadian Senators and 50 Canadian Representatives in Congress, while there are 100 Senators and 435 Representatives from the US. Even when Alaska and Minnesota vote with Canada, there are not nearly enough votes, so they lose all of their Federal funding for French tv and education.

That ends up just being the start. The US cuts funding for the Canadian socialised medicine and welfare programs. They decide it’s not fair for them to get better healthcare and welfare protection than the other states. They’re told that if they want to keep those things they’ll have to raise the money from their own state budgets and state taxes. But they have restrictions on how much they can raise in state tax, so services are strained.

There are little problems here and there as well. Whenever Canadians go down to the original states, the locals refuse to take their Canadian money or give them a hard time, even though it is legal US currency.

Most of the former members of the Canadian national hockey team are recruited into the US olympic hockey team. They do really well in the early rounds, and headlines scream “USA! USA!” When the Canadians point out that every player on the team is Canadian, the Americans scoff and say, “Quit being so nationalistic. We’re all Americans.” The team loses in the final to Russia. The headlines scream, “American Bid for Gold Destroyed by Incompetent Canadians.”

Canada is rich in oil and other natural resources, which are now owned by the US government. With so much land and so few people, per capita they contribute more money to the US budget than they get back in Federal spending. They ask to get more of it back to pay for healthcare and education, but they are outnumbered in congress as usual.

Socially, Canadians are just different. The Canadian states legalise gay marriage across the former Canada with little fuss and the only protests came from the south. They have strict firearm restrictions and they resent that Americans keep bringing in guns.

A war breaks out in Europe. Planeloads and boatloads of European refugees pour into North America from Britain, France, and Spain. The President immediately reacts and calls for restrictions on refugees, claiming that there is no space for them, and they’re too dangerous. Meanwhile, Canada wants to welcome as many refugees as possible. There is plenty of space in Canada, they love welcoming new cultures, and they want to help. Unfortunately, immigration is not a state-level power, so they are banned from accepting refugees.

The US decides to increase their military spending and starts wars all over the world, as usual. Canada pays their share and then some. Americans start to feel uncomfortable with all the nuclear stockpiles in the country, but they refuse to get rid of them. Instead, they park their entire store of nukes just outside Toronto. Not a single Canadian voted to approve the move.

Things start to break down. The Canadians have long recovered from their original crisis, and it just seems like they no longer have any power to govern themselves. They are socially far more liberal than the original states, but their votes don’t mean anything in Congress, so they are constantly saddled with an extremely conservative government.

They’ve been an independent country before. They know it’s possible. If they broke out of the US, they could bring back socialised medicine and welfare and the French language. They could spend more on health and education and less on the constant wars. They could make the Americans take their nukes back, so that they aren’t endangering their largest city.

The Americans don’t understand. “Your population is so small! You’re part of the greatest country in the world! You’ll never have that kind of global clout if you leave us.”

But the Canadians don’t want global power. They just want to take care of themselves and be Canadian again.

So that’s basically what the relationship between Scotland and England is like. Scotland doesn’t want an Empire like England does. We just want to take care of ourselves on our own terms. Our priorities and values are just fundamentally different.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio, February 18, 1913

“Girls must not chew gum in public, wear large hats, be flippant, play bridge nor attend suffrage meetings. They must have good domestic educations, be able to sing, play the piano and must have worked long enough to know the value of a dollar.”

The last thing I’m gonna say is this: 

If you’re undecided, because you’re fed up with politics as usual. I hear you. I really do.

But Trump is a child. Like, people are surprised he’s been able to control himself for the last week or two of the election. A week or two. 

And do any of us really think that is him controlling himself? Or, if you’re honest with yourself, do you think everyone who works for him is trying desperately to keep him in line? 

But do you think they’ll be able to do that when he’s president? Or do you think he’ll just fire anyone who irritates him? 

Please realize how much power a president has. Markets rise and fall on their words alone. To the point that when it just looked like he had a better chance, the value of the dollar dropped. It literally fell. At the mere possibility of him being president.

Imagine the effect he’ll have if he’s storming around, threatening war here, and announcing we’re not going to abide by our treaties there. Even if he can’t actually do what he threatens, just saying it can have massive consequences. 

If you share his politics. Fine. But find someone competent to try to implement them. Not a grown adult man who has apparently never learned that actions have consequences. 

Please think this through. Rationally. Just for a second, try to think about it as rationally and objectively as possible. 

Because only one of these two candidates is a competent person. 

anonymous asked:

For God's sake, lay off the Red Wings. Haven't you seen that you guys suck this year? There's a twitter account pointing out that one of your top forwards, Sheahan, HASN'T EVEN SCORED THIS YEAR, and you're getting excited about a rookie. If you're ever going to play decent again (doubtful) maybe dump the useless players you have sticking around because of memories and pick up some new guys. Otherwise, the memories will be all you have.

Hi, Nonnie. 

First off, thanks for following the Red Wings. You recognized Nosek as a recent NHL player, for which I commend you. He just got called up on Saturday, so this is a pretty big deal for him. I’m happy for him, and I’m glad you are, too. 

Secondly, yeah, Sheahan hasn’t scored. He’s had a drought that’s lasted over an entire season, and it well and truly sucks, for him and the Wings. But that doesn’t stop him from getting out and hustling hard every game. That same twitter account points out that he’s lined up over 100 SOG, even if they haven’t gone in. And he does still have points that are garnered from assists, so he’s not useless. He’s a team player, and I’m ecstatic that he’s willing to work so hard for us. 

As to your allegations about us “ever play(ing) decent again (doubtful)”, I’d like to remind you that tonight’s Wings loss was after three straight games in a row, all on the road. We went 2-1, which is pretty impressive. This late in the season, the guys are digging deep, and it shows. Despite the difficulty of the season, it took until tonight to actually mathematically eliminate us from playoffs, so I would say that although we haven’t reached our potential, we’re ‘play(ing) decent’. 

Lastly, as far as memories go, we have some pretty good ones. 25 straight years in the playoffs. 4 Cups in just my lifetime; 97, 98, 2002 and 2008. We just passed the 20th anniversary of Fight Night at the Joe, wherein we came back from a huge deficit while playing the Avalanche to win after a huge fight. Hell, we’re the reason why Patrick Roy started playing with the Avs after we scored so many points on him while he was in net with the Habs and they didn’t pull him that he requested a trade. I’ve watched a good portion of Yzerman’s career, and I saw all of Datsyuk’s. The name Konstantinov or the word ‘Believe’ still makes me cry whenever I hear it (Fischer, too). So yeah, I have a lot of memories that I treasure. It’s why I support my boys

So, you know what, your threat of the memories being all I have? Isn’t very threatening, honestly. I will have them and cherish them for my entire lifetime, and the current performance of the team has nothing to do with that. I hope that you’re new to hockey, and have time to develop this kind of rapport with your team. It’s amazing. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

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Oregonians!! Take action now! OREGON PEOPLE:
Have you heard the news that yesterday the State Land Board voted to sell all 90,000 acres of Oregon’s oldest forest to loggers, the Elliot State Forest - public land held in trust that includes critical old growth habitat - to a logging company. This wasn’t supposed to happen. There are two Democrats and one Republican on the Board. Governor Kate Brown fought the sale vehemently. Our new State Treasurer, Democrat Tobias Read, violated his campaign promises and voted to sell the ancient forest. What’s more, the bid is nearly $140 million less than what the lands appraised value - if you can even place a dollar number on Oregon’s most significant carbon sink.
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It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.

Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.

I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.

—  A message from the Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis

My dad and I were talking yesterday about one of my family members and he was explaining to me how important it is to be valued in a relationship. He told me, “If you put five dollars in the bank and they only gave you three dollars back, you would be pissed, right? You wouldn’t bank there anymore, would you? They’re not giving you what you gave them.”

I thought that was a perfect analogy. To recognize your worth and the effort that you give. To demand more. To realize that relationships are two people- not one.

My dad’s a pretty smart man.

@isaacsapphire:

OTOH, you are aware that patronizing, “oh the poor thing” White Savior complex/upper class people performative/masturbatory charity is a thing? A thing that Less Wrong occasionally flirts with pattern matching to?

well I personally haven’t purchased any mosquito nets, making me either a terrible heartless person or the only non-racist for miles around.

I mean, the whole point of institutions like GiveWell is to avoid performative charity and focus on quantifiable outcomes with best value per dollar donated.

When it comes to patronizing I think that telling people who explicitly say that charitable actions count louder than words that maybe they are only saying that as a performance is well, pretty damn patronizing?

Like if a bunch of people are talking about how economic disruption is a tough problem to solve and you snidely interject that really they’re just trying to engineer an underclass they can lord it over, well I don’t want to say fuck you but it’s hard to find any other way to end that sentence, you know?

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