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Submission + - Man Convicted of Issuing Competing Currency ( 15

roman_mir writes: This FBI file is about a North Carolina man, who is convicted of minting silver coins, which compete with the currency issued by the US Mint.

The 67 year old is is facing 15 years of prison time and $250,000 fine as well as confiscation of $7,000,000 worth of silver and silver coins.

Following an eight-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation, von NotHaus, the founder and monetary architect of a currency known as the Liberty Dollar, was found guilty by a jury in Statesville, North Carolina, of making coins resembling and similar to United States coins; of issuing, passing, selling, and possessing Liberty Dollar coins; of issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money; and of conspiracy against the United States.

Von NotHaus designed the Liberty Dollar currency in 1998 and the Liberty coins were marked with the dollar sign ($); the words dollar, USA, Liberty, Trust in God (instead of In God We Trust); and other features associated with legitimate U.S. coinage.

In coordination with the Department of Justice, on September 14, 2006, the United States Mint issued a press release and warning to American citizens that the Liberty Dollar was “not legal tender.”

Article I, section 8, clause 5 of the United States Constitution delegates to Congress the power to coin money and to regulate the value thereof.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”

Of-course the value of the US dollar under the US government has been in steady decline ever since the creation of the Federal reserve bank. Here is some data on how much value US dollar lost only in the last 25 years.

US Mint does not like competition, so it would be interesting to see its take on JP Morgan announcing that they are accepting physical gold as collateral with its counterparties.


Submission + - Ron Paul Nation Banned from Digg (

An anonymous reader writes: Without notice, political campaign site Ron Paul Nation has had its Digg account cancelled. From the Ron Paul Nation website's complaint:

This development should, but sadly doesn't, come as a surprise. Upon reading more into the Digg culture there are a definite large surge of positive Ron Paul diggers, but more recently there has been a large surge of activity from members of the "Bury Brigade," as they are known ... for their efforts to bury all Ron Paul related stories bearing a positive spin.


Submission + - Comment Spam with a twist - help!

An anonymous reader writes: My wife is the victim of porn comment spam. It isn't her site that's hit; it's her name. Some scum-bag porn-link site with about 10,000 pages dedicated to the most obnoxious "click here!" porn, is using comment spam to drive up it's search rank. Nothing new, right? But usually those comment links are a drug name or the name of a porn-star. This idiot, or his robot, however, have decided that my wife, due to her poetry page, is a porn star, and now a google search on her name comes up with a huge number of comment-spam hits. Those links, if you click them, take you to a pages filled with porn. Help!!

My wife is a very kind, moral, feminist, porn-hating, religious person, and a preacher's kid to boot. Needless to say, she's never stared in a porno, and none of those pics are of her. Her name is quite unique, and the offending source page has a ton of text copied from her site (without permission) to ensure it gets picked up in the searches — there is no coincidence in the name.

She's frenzied and quite beside herself. I've tried the obvious — the porn site is, of course, not listed with a real email or address in whois. The registrar doesn't seem reputable, and won't respond to emails. I keep submitting the blog or gallery pages with the comment spam on them to google's abuse department, but the scum-bag's comment spam robot can generate a lot more of these than I can.

My wife is on the verge of changing her name and moving to Tibet. All we want is for the offending page to be removed, and the spammer to stop using her name. How can I get through to these people?

I really don't want to drive up the hits on this site, but you can see the kind of page it is by opening nnnn dot sneerpan dot info, where nnnn is any four digit number (definitely NOT safe for work!) I'm desperate for any advice from the Slashdot community! Please help me prevent my wife's imminent nervous breakdown.

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