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  1. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    Besides, the Queen looks so cool on the money. Pity no one used those silly "presidential" dollar coins They actually stopped making them for general circulations because everyone hated them and no one used them. (Probably because the $1 note was never withdrawn, so people were never forced to use them.)
  2. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    That's true. And of course there's the specter of identity theft!
  3. Britain's "Symbolic" dictatorship

    Altai, there is a difference between "power" and "authority". If you read the Canadian constitution, in fact, there's not even a mention of the office of a prime minister (ditto Australia). Instead, it goes on quite a bit about the Queen's Privy Council of Canada and the office of Governor-General who is to "reign" on her behalf as a viceroy. In reality, she has no power in Canada, or in the UK, or any commonwealth realm for that matter. What's printed on paper often has a larger truth behind it. And in the UK, there's not even a piece of paper, at least, not a single document, that sets down the rules. These are rules which have been growing in size and scope since 1215. The issue of the crown possessing absolute power by the grace of god (Die Gratia Regina), was decided (more or less) in that year, when the King was forced, at sword point, to sign the Magna Carta. Though it took a while to sink in, the power of the crown has been in recess since then, or a little after that. Following a general election, the queen is obligated to "appoint" as PM the leader of the party that won the election, since the majority party leader is likely to command the "confidence" of the House of Commons. That, if I understand correctly, is how parliamentary democracy works. So the queen's "appointment" is entirely symbolic--it isn't an independent "choice" (therefore, authority, but no power). Once this prime minister is officially "appointed" by the queen (AFTER being put in place by the voters), and he/she "recommends" the cabinet to the queen (translation: the PM tells her whom to appoint, not the other way around), the PM and cabinet ("her Majesty's Government") basically tells the queen what to do, for the most part. Her constitutional "power" as you put it consists of three "rights": the right be consulted, the right to encourage, and the right to warn. That's about it. The PM can respectfully nod his head during their weekly private audience, and then go and do whatever the hell he wants to. Ironically, the power possessed by your average president in your average presidential democracy doesn't come close to that of a prime minister if your average commonwealth realm (like UK, Canada, etc.) But those prime ministers come and go at the whim of the electorate and party politics. It's not an easy concept to understand, but there it is.
  4. Another terror attack by USA in Spain

    Um....and how did you arrive at the conclusion that it's really the USA in guise of ISIS?
  5. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    As far back as I can remember, it's been pretty 50-50 with me. But since I buy stuff on amazon.com a lot, and other online websites, my use of cash has been very low. It's almost like money is worthless these days unless it is digital.
  6. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    So there's no way you can send people into orbit without popping their eyeballs out on a really rough ride?
  7. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    No. You've still got that confused. I can understand why you'd think that, being from a country where the military has intervened in politics. The military follows orders, but they also follow PROPER orders, not just orders issued from twitter. And what does this have to do with cash vs. digital currency?
  8. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    Hey, speaking of cash: do they still make Kruggerrands?
  9. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    You've got that completely backwards. The Pentagon in this situation was distancing itself from White House politics, not making policy.
  10. Galactic Republic = United States?

    Not necessarily. Things are always more complicated than the media will portray.
  11. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    Altai, I don't know what you read in the media where you are, but some of your information is quite inaccurate. [sorry to get a little off topic, however.] The military despises Donald Trump. One of them was recently quoted as saying, in reference to the president's recent actions, "we don't take orders from Twitter." The US military--contrary to what you hear in the Middle East about America and its military--don't like wars. The civilians backing them do. People who have to go fight wars personally don't tend to relish in starting them all too often. Many have complained about Donald's most recent comments about North Korea. Take note that Donald is a civilian, who has never done military service a day in his life. The US military does NOT intervene in politics. Coming from Turkey I can see how you would automatically assume that it does. They [the US military] do what they're told by their civilian masters, however much they may hate what they're told to do; their function is to follow orders from the civilian leadership even if they roll their eyes at it. The US military has no desire to intervene in global economics. By the way, it's called Beijing not Pekin.
  12. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    Back tot he subject of cash, I read that in the Netherlands, cash is not widely accepted; it's all debit cards. apparently, banks charge for storage of cash so merchants charge extra when you pay with cash. In Germany the situation is apparently different. In Macro econ, we learned that physical money (coins and notes) are only 2% of the entire money supply.
  13. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    screwed? I've heard a Canadian refer to CBC as "Al Jazeera-Canada" lol
  14. I figured this thread would fit better under Travel/Leisure/Sports even though I got the idea from a business/economy topic about why we're still using physical money. Personally I hope we keep using it because I collect it. "Real" money is neat. I have a large paper money collection I refer to as my "Dictator's Hall of Fame". Not too much American money, though; but I do have a $1 and $5 silver certificates from the 1930's. The most rare thing I had was a 1919 10,000 rouble note with little hammers and sickles all over it and "Worker's of the World Unite!" around the edges in different languages. My biggest mistake was selling it when I was hard up for real money. I have a few coins, but nothing near what I have in paper. Mostly Kennedy half dollars. I also have some unissued stock and bond certificates that look great. Anyone else into money-collecting?
  15. Why Are We Still Using Cash ?

    Yeah but it benefits the cotton farmers of Georgia and South Carolina, for example, to have that paper money. In fact, they're the reason we don't use dollar coins.
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