If our garden goes well, we'll have more corn than we will need or want.

In this scenario, I'll be the only guy in town with a sign in his front yard that reads:

"Sweet Corn 4 Crypto"

I need to make some trips to blood plasma donation center. The price of is so low. The last time I bought (my biggest purchase), it was a hundred dollars higher!!!

There’s not enough reason to justify using most kinds of cryptocurrency.

If it’s used for investments, you can lose your lunch. Right now their value can rise and fall quite a bit, especially fall.

If it’s so you can buy stuff without carrying cash or writing a check, you can do that with many other “establishment” and regulated electronic options, like Google Pay or Apple Pay or Venmo or CashApp or PayPal.

Nearly all cryptocurrencies are on a public transparent ledger so that anyone can see everything about your crypto/financial history, forever.

But if you want to buy and sell and transfer funds without a nosey third party watching or interfering with restrictions and regulations, and if you want with a ledger as reliable and trustless as Bitcoin’s, then use a so-called “privacy coin,” the most established and best of which is .

Monero has a public ledger that cryptographically obscures who sent how much to whom. There are ways to confirm that a payment was made, but that’s only done with the cooperation of the buyer and seller. Other people don’t have the “keys” to do that.

I promote Monero because it’s not a fad or a nerdy NFT that is popular today and “so yesterday” tomorrow. It actually has utility. It’s usable and practical.

This past weekend I was happy to use it for a VPN service at ivpn.net. It’s a great service that doesn’t even take any information from you at all (no phone number, email, name — nothing). You can try it out for a week for just $2. Refill whenever you want by scanning their QR code and depositing any amount. It’s simple. So convenient and private. The way things ought to be.

(A similar but less expensive VPN is called Mullvad VPN. If you pay with Monero, you get a 10 percent discount. I haven’t tried it, but have heard great reviews.)

Get your wallet at monero.com.

The price of dropped fairly suddenly over the past couple days. Before that, it shot up pretty high. It generally follows the cryptocurrency trend in that regard, even though Monero was shooting for the stars while Bitcoin was in a slump.

But crypto was never intended to be a money-making investment. It’s meant to be a means to privately transfer digital wealth from peer to peer. Yet when there are dramatic fluctuations in price — which is inevitable at this stage — it can adversely affect the opportunity-seeking person consumed by greed.

It should be treated as digital cash. Use it wisely, and save it wisely; don’t be stingy, and don’t be foolhardy.

I’ve been promoting the heck out of Monero lately because its main value is in its utility. While I believe (hope) its dollar value will skyrocket in the long run, its primary worth is that it can be used privately, when you don’t want a middleman involved in a transfer of currency between you and another party.

So, for example, our workplace is collecting money for the family of an employee’s wife. They were forced into Poland from the Ukraine, and they need financial help for sustenance. We were given a QR code to use Venmo. No — I’m not getting involved with that spyware. So can you guess how I’m going to offer my modest donation? Not Venmo. Not CashApp. Not PayPal. And especially not Bitcoin (which is digital, but transparent — not digital *cash*).

Do yourself a favor and look at it. Try it out. No personal info required.

getmonero.org <— get more info
monero.com <— get a free wallet

Yesterday I tipped our waitress in .

She had never used cryptocurrency, but she was more than willing to download a wallet from Monero.com and let me scan her QR code for the tip.

It made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I had a Gmail address when Gmail accounts were privileged and could only be had by “invitation.” I was in love with it and how unobtrusive the advertising was (!!!). And later I loved Google Docs, Google Music, Google Calendar, Google Wallet, etc. I promoted all things Google in my circles.

We all have things in our past we’re not proud of. We can only repent and move forward.






I heard a podcast this morning in which a Catholic author was interviewed. I wanted his book, so I emailed the book publisher and asked if they’d take Monero. They said they don’t yet have a way to accept it in a “seamless” way (i.e., automated on the web site), but the lady gave me a wallet address and sent me the ebook, trusting me to pay. And of course I paid right away. Then I told her when and how much the transaction was, and she replied to say she received payment.

A sweet experience. Sometimes you just have to ask.


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SEX & MONEY

Sex is meant to bind a man and a woman together in marriage, and to rear any children borne of their love. If you turn it into a mere way to get your jollies, its purpose is distorted and things go wrong, both externally and in your soul.

Cryptocurrency was originally meant to serve as a private, freedom-serving digital currency. If you turn it into a mere way to get rich, its purpose is distorted and things go wrong, both externally and in your soul.

It’s always best to use things according to their design, according to their purpose. That’s why I’m a fan of and the ethical, private use of .

“If you’re living in Russia and are opposed to what they are doing and want to fund those who are fighting in Ukraine against Russia, you probably don’t want to send Bitcoin, because you don’t want to be on Putin’s permanent sh*tlist.”

— Douglas Tuman (host of Monero Talk)

There are two people at work I’ve recently tried to convince to download a Monero wallet and let me send them money.

One is hesitant. She thinks all cryptocurrency might be fake — a scam. Yet she knows it’s an inevitable thing of the future, so she’s going to ask her financial advisor about it (who I’m sure won’t advise it, because Monero is not going to help him any). She won’t just do it on her own even though she wouldn’t have to give anyone her name, number, email, address, or any other identifying info, and I would be giving her free money.

The other one just says no. For no reason. He wants nothing to do with it, doesn’t believe in it. But when the feds insist he receive inflated U.S. digital dollars in an assigned wallet they give him, and keep track of all his transactions, he will have no choice. He will wish he had a private, parallel option.

There is a third person, however — a young woman living with us until she graduates from nursing school this summer. She’s engaged to be married in a few months. She’s heard me talk about it plenty, and when I made the offer to her, she said, “I’m going to let Ollie make those decisions.”

That was the best answer I’ve heard. I respect that. And he’s a pretty smart guy, too.

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Eric Sammons: “It's important to distinguish between decentralized and centralized digital currencies. One can free us from the State, the other can enslave us.”

True, but I still insist that not all decentralized digital currencies are equal. As I keep saying, Bitcoin (for example) is traceable and non-fungible.

When you get Bitcoin on an exchange and give out your ID, all your Bitcoin transactions and balances are known forever. And even though Brandon can’t stop an individual transaction on his own, corporate miners and exchanges can be regulated by the government and cause you lots of headaches.

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Toward the end of February, I paid a friend who drove us around in Florida a total of $30 worth of Monero for gas money. (The day before I talked him into downloading a Monero wallet — he was not familiar with it.) Today I see what I gave him is worth $43.14. Not bad.


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On Ukraine's official website, I found their Bitcoin address to accept donations for war.

Here is the activity associated with their address:

blockchain.com/btc/address/bc1

I will never use Bitcoin.


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I promise you it's coming. And it's eerily mark-of-the-beasty.

Jesus is our Savior. Stay true to him and all things will work out for the best, despite sufferings in the meantime.

I'm not saying dealing in Monero can overcome threats posed by CBDCs, but it would be prudent to get some for what it's worth. (By the way, the price of Monero is on the rise. Can't help but think it's related to the Russian-Ukraine war and Biden's plans for a digital currency system.)

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You can go to a place like blockchain.com and put in anyone’s address, and you can see all their transactions, including how much they have in their wallet.

Can’t do that with .

Use Monero.

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I’m sad after one of my favorite video podcasters announced today that it might be his last video — if not forever, at least for a while. He’s “Monero Matteo.” He is an Orthodox Christian, and for me he has been the best (private crypto) cheerleader.

But, in light of world events, he says he thinks it’s too late for Monero and parallel economies to compete with the evils around us. He sees grave economic peril and other serious concerns ahead for us and is focusing more on his faith, especially now during Lent. I don’t disagree, but I’ll miss hearing his updates.

We should store extra food, be connected to a good parish, build our relationships, and be filled with faith. If Christ is with us (if we are with Christ), who can be against us? Not even death can separate us from the love of Christ.

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