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Comment: Re:I don't care (Score 1) 532

by kwiqsilver (#44999095) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

Gold appears to be rarer based on what I saw on wikipedia, but I could be wrong.

But in either case, rhenium is hard to extract, refine, and work. Gold is easy to extract, refine, and work, so its value has never been dependent on technology. An excellent example of this is aluminum. It was very expensive, even though it's very common, due to refining costs. That's why the Washington monument has an aluminum tip. To be a good money metal, the production cost can't include any significant amount that technology can improve. The costs should consist of: find it (hard), mine it (fairly simple), melt it (easy), and shape it (easy).

Gold, silver, and platinum are the money metals because they have properties that lend themselves to coining, but there might be some convention to it (palladium would be a good choice too, but it never caught on for whatever reason).

Comment: Re: I don't care (Score 1) 532

by kwiqsilver (#44999039) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...

I would think that someone who has claimed "history" and "reality" as sources would be aware that since humans began recording history, gold has remained fairly steady in its value compared to other valuable goods. And that in times of crisis (financial, political, social, etc.), people have sought refuge in gold.

You do make a good point that gold is only valuable because it's rare and people seem to want it, but that desire seems consistent enough that it's the most stable way to store wealth that humans have figured out yet.

Comment: Re:Not a Coup? (Score 2) 381

by kwiqsilver (#44566487) Attached to: Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead
Because if it was a coup, then the US government couldn't give the Egyptian government $1B+ each year to buy weapons from US manufacturers, that they then use to maintain their Corporate welfare is very important. You wouldn't want to see those rich industrialists out on the street would you?

Comment: Re:Peaceful Printers (Score 1) 273

by kwiqsilver (#43800859) Attached to: 3D Printers For Peace Contest

Remember Sophie Scholl? I don't think she consented...or the Jews...or the gays...or the gypsies. A scared person nodding along in agreement to the gun-toting stormtroopers is not consent.

The "loosening" of gun control in 1938 added more groups to the prohibited list, including Jews. Additionally, it limited firearms ownership to persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit . How many dissidents' gun license applications do you think the Nazis signed off on? Zero? Nada? None? The only "loosening" was that loyal nazi party members were able to get permits more easily.

And I clearly was talking about 3D guns, not 1D guns (How would that even work?). But hey, since you weren't able to refute the idea of armed thugs being more afraid of armed citizens than unarmed ones, it's much easier to pretend.

Comment: Peaceful Printers (Score 1, Insightful) 273

by kwiqsilver (#43799251) Attached to: 3D Printers For Peace Contest

If Ghandi had been able to print guns, maybe the Indians would have been able to eject the British sooner, and with fewer innocent Indian deaths.

Mother Teresa would not have printed anything to help people. She spent most of the money she raised on building convents, not on the poor. Mother Teresa wanted the poor to suffer, because she thought it made her closer to Jesus.

I have a great suggestion for using 3D printers to promote peace: build guns, since the worst violence of the 20th century was from authoritarian governments against their own disarmed populations. Nazi, Commie, Fascist, etc. thugs are a lot more hesitant to go into a town, if they're not sure who in the town might have a gun, or worse, if they suspect everybody in the town has one.

Comment: Re:When did the 5th become a privilege? (Score 1) 2

It's not a privilege, it's a basic human right. But yeah, she, and anyone else involved in this, should spend a very long time in a very small room...if convicted. In reality, she'll probably just resign, and go work as a lobbyist or join a "think tank".

Comment: Re:The NRA will stomp on this (Score 1) 551

The NRA is not a "gun manufacturer lobbyist" group. It's a club of shooters. Most of what the NRA does is training for skills and safety. One of the group's branches (the NRA-ILA) lobbies for gun rights. The gun manufacturer lobbyist group is the NSSF.

But hey, anti-gun idiots like you haven't been concerned about factual accuracy in the past, so why start now?

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