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      "The reason it's so hard for most people to understand is that most people don't really understand money. Money isn't wealth. It's an accounting system used to facilitate the exchange of wealth. (The paradox of money is that while everyone wants it, no one actually wants it - they want the stuff they can buy with it!) Many people are put off by the fact that Bitcoins are 'just data'. But that's what ALL money is, information! More precisely, money is a means for credibly conveying information about value given but not yet received (or at least not yet received in a form in which it can directly satisfy a person's wants or needs).
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      This news spread like wildfire and people caught monkeys and sold it to the merchant.
      After a few days, the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys @ 200 each. 
      The lazy villagers also ran around to catch the remaining monkeys!
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      The villagers start to lose sleep! ... They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left and got 500 each.
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      Then the employee told them that he will sell some monkeys @ 700 each secretly. 
      This news spread like fire. Since the merchant buys monkey @ 1000 each, there is a 300 profit for each monkey.
      The next day, villagers made a queue near the monkey cage.
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      The villagers then realised that they have bought the useless stray monkeys @ 700 each and unable to sell them! 
      The Bitcoin will be the next monkey business
      It will make a lot of people bankrupt and a few people filthy rich in this monkey business. 
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      If half your international workers are down with the flu (I'm "just" going off the flu symptoms here)... your company grinds to a halt.
      What worries me is that the world's increasingly-interdependent medical goods supply chains operate very leanly and with comparatively lower stockpiles than we used to.
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