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Comment Re:Non Issue (Score 1) 201

It's actually state law. I'm the general manager of several LLCs and I have to maintain separate accounts for the funds for each one. I addition, I have several personal accounts that I use to manage my own finances. The only difference between classical banking and Bitcoin is that tying a Bitcoin address to a tax ID or SSN isn't required like it is for a bank account.

If the IRS doesn't like that, they can go fuck themselves. Business licensing and corporate charters are powers of individual states, not the federal government.

Comment Re:Non Issue (Score 1) 201

The blockchain isn't private. But the individual Bitcoin addresses are. You can shuffle bitcoin back and forth between several addresses and nobody can figure out who the underlying owner(s) are. Of course, once you spend Bitcoin on something, you create a link between an address and a physical recipient of goods/services. Or you can keep your Bitcoin at an exchange which ties Bitcoin addresses to real identities.

Eventually you will have to submit that coin and it's block chain to trade for something, exposing all the transactions made with that coin since it was created.

Pretty much this. There are tricks you can use with multiple addresses, transferring Bitcoin around anonymously. Once an address has been used to trade for some goods, it is 'tainted' in that one can trace that Bitcoin to a person. But you could just retire that address (empty it of Bitcoin) and you could make it difficult to trace back to a source of income through the anonymous transactions.

Comment Re:Grass is green (Score 1) 225

It's the other way around. The bible (and its predecessors) picked up rules and social etiquette from societies that developed it from before the existence of the written word. The bible is targeted at people who couldn't be trusted on their own without the threat of an all-seeing, all-powerful being to keep them in line.

Comment Re:Grass is green (Score 1) 225

Atheists desire to be their own Gods *so to speak*.

Nope. I'm not a supreme being. I don't go around creating universes. I don't go around smiting people who don't live up to my expectations. But I am responsible for my own morality. In that sense, my conscience is responsible for my own morality. I don't delegate responsibility to a God, Pope, book written by Jewish high priests, or local minister.

IMO, people who don't have an 'internal compass' need a God or counselor to stand in for that missing function. It's like all those bible-thumpers who claim that, if not for God and the Bible, people would be having sex with their dogs. Nope. I have what it takes to recognize that this is wrong. They evidently don't. But there is no need to invoke a mystical being to set down guidelines. Just realize that something is broken within themselves and they need help.

Comment Re:Grass is green (Score 1) 225

As a former atheist,... one can never satisfy his own desire to be equal with God

I se a major flaw in your logic here. As an atheist, there are no gods to be measured against. You can only be the best person you can through self motivation. Not because some guy is watching you and will withhold his love, send you to hell or deliver a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.

Religion in general and Christianity in particular are all about the priests (or politicians) controlling uneducated masses. Postpone your rewards in this lifetime so that you may receive them in the next. Work harder for us for less. The check is in the mail. Trust me.

Comment Re: Benjamin Franklin (Score 1) 394

Other than the fact that Franklin was talking about taxes instead of privacy, the meaning is still pretty clear. And I do get a kick out of how someone (WITTES) tries to turn Franklin's point 180 degrees around. Because 'Muh taxes.'

WITTES: The exact quotation, which is from a letter that Franklin is believed to have written on behalf of the Pennsylvania General Assembly,

"believed to have written" I suppose it depends on what those who are interpreting the statement believe. But not having the actual context (the letter) in hand means that anyone can claim that it means anything.

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