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Offline chanceTopic starter

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Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:53:46 PM »
Oh my god! I just came across this on Yahoo's news home page. Check out this link regarding suggestions for a new look for American currency found in an article published in the internet newspaper, "The Huffington Post". I almost fell out of my chair!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/721294

Things such as this just make me sick. I am truly disgusted and embarrassed by what is happening to this country. Is there no hope of saving it? We have ruined the U.S. for ourselves, our children and for generations yet unborn, and we should be ashamed. But why am I even surprised that Arianna Huffington and those associated with her "newspaper" with its incredible liberal bias would be pushing such an idea and actually hoping that the government might give it merit? And the very idea of putting Obama's likeness on any of our currency! Of course, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for accomplishing exactly nothing. So why not put him on our currency for the same reason!

Sheesh!


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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010, 03:29:27 PM »
This is an incredible overreaction which really sums up the Tea Party "the sky is falling" sentiment perfectly.  Some citizens make some designs for currency that they'd like to see introduced, and that makes you sick?  If you read the article you'd see that the US is not considering adopting this.  There is no threat of this becoming the actual currency.  It will not happen.  People are entitled to their points of view, and this isn't even that radical.  I'm especially not surprised to find this on the Huffington Post; as you said, they're crazy insane liberal (and they picked that particular redesign as the face of the project because they liked it).

Furthermore, I find the paradoxical sentiments of the Tea Party crowd hilarious.  At the same time Obama is changing the country in a way that makes you feel "disgusted and embarrassed" and he's also "accomplishing exactly nothing."  So which is he, some kind of radical socialist crazy who is brilliantly undermining the 200 year history of our country with his Marxist radicalism or a completely incompetent, inexperienced nincompoop.

Things desperately need to be toned down.  Now if you want to argue the particulars of what's going on, I'd love to.  State your premises on what he's done that is "destroying this country" and lets discuss actual facts.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2010, 03:51:23 PM by Jude »

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 04:15:23 PM »
We could use a redesign. American currency is among the easiest in the world to counterfeit.

Having said that.. I'm sorry.. some of the options were HIDEOUS looking.

And I put the HuffPost down there with the Drudge Report for 'lack of bias' <snerk>

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2010, 04:32:36 PM »
I, also, can find no reason why an artistic project would make you feel so strongly, Chance. As Jude said, none of those are going to be the new currency for our country, they were just a fun project to see what we could come up with.

The vehemence in your disgust over such a simple thing, without really reading the article to see that it was just an idea and a project, confuses me.

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 05:40:39 PM »
I would love to see a redesign in US currency, and I really don't care whose face we put on it (I'll spend a $20 just as easily with Dubya's face on it as Obama's). I LOVED the vertical bill! I thought it was brilliant, and the reasoning behind it very sound.

Try not to be so reactionary, chance, since it will get you nothing but giggles here. :)

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2010, 05:44:13 PM »
We could use a redesign. American currency is among the easiest in the world to counterfeit.

Having said that.. I'm sorry.. some of the options were HIDEOUS looking.

And I put the HuffPost down there with the Drudge Report for 'lack of bias' <snerk>

I agree with ease of counterfeiting as a reason for redesigning our currency once again, but every time we have done so, counterfeiters seem to find a way to counterfeit our currency almost before it gets in general circulation.

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2010, 05:47:28 PM »

Try not to be so reactionary, chance, since it will get you nothing but giggles here. :)

For some unexplainable reason I tend to agree with you. Hindsight here at this keyboard is 20/20.  ;D

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2010, 05:59:20 PM »
I, also, can find no reason why an artistic project would make you feel so strongly, Chance. As Jude said, none of those are going to be the new currency for our country, they were just a fun project to see what we could come up with.

The vehemence in your disgust over such a simple thing, without really reading the article to see that it was just an idea and a project, confuses me.

I appreciate your view, Blitzy, and I apologize for my strongly worded post. I should have made it in a more restrained manner. I do, however, know that I read the article in its entirety and feel that it is expressive of a position that is not well thought out if, the designers of the site truly believe, as they state in the article that ""Our great 'rival', the Euro, looks so spanky in comparison it seems the only clear way to revive this global recession is to rebrand and redesign." Did they mean to say this with tongue firmly in cheek? if so then I missed the humor. That is my bad and again, I apologize. If the remark was said in all seriousness though, then I beg to differ and will leave it at that.

Thanks again for your reply.

Offline Wolfy

Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2010, 06:03:32 PM »
We need to get rid of the Penny. o-o...

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2010, 06:06:50 PM »
I agree with ease of counterfeiting as a reason for redesigning our currency once again, but every time we have done so, counterfeiters seem to find a way to counterfeit our currency almost before it gets in general circulation.

You ever seen the Aussie's bills? They are supposedly VERY hard to copy. And I know the Euro is fairly well thought out as well. Using the excuse that 'they'll find a way anyway' isn't a good one. The trick is to find a method that costs them more to make the cash than they can get out of selling it to others. (which is how counterfeiters make most of the cash..selling it at a loss on face value)

Offline Serephino

Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2010, 09:33:55 PM »
I can sort of see why this is upsetting.  Why people think making money prettier is going to fix the economy scares me.  Don't they know most people use plastic anymore? 

It is only a proposal though, and I doubt it will happen.  The government has enough on it's hands right now.  The design of dollar bills is the least of their worries. 

Offline Revolverman

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2010, 09:47:07 PM »
Thats money? they look like bookmarks to me.

Offline Noelle

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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2010, 01:51:19 AM »
I think the vertical ones look freaking sharp. I think people need to calm down over the faces on them -- it's just a design, and very rarely to designs go from conception to (hypothetical) completion without changes .

Some of them in the slideshow are Photoshop car crashes though D:



I think I just threw up in my mouth.

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2010, 01:54:01 AM »
What is that, the special Old Glory bird-moth? It only lives on the surfaces of American flags, and uses the stars and stripes on the backs of its moth-wings for camouflage.

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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2010, 02:22:39 AM »
The reason for color-coding currency and having them be of different sizes is to assist in speed of recognition and for visually impaired people, respectively. The redesign trips up counterfeiters but that's not the purpose behind those decisions.

A counterfeit-proof system would need to communicate with an authenticator. That has rather immense privacy implications, although you can create a system where you can gain privacy by giving up safety and vise-versa.

This doesn't really have any bearing on saving/harming the country, though.

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2010, 02:58:00 AM »
What is that, the special Old Glory bird-moth? It only lives on the surfaces of American flags, and uses the stars and stripes on the backs of its moth-wings for camouflage.

It protects our money from being spent by terrorists and cries tears of glorious freedom in its purest form. Also, I heard that it's not just a typo when they capitalized one part of the president's name but not the other: the majuscule B in Barack in conjunction with the minuscule O in Obama is a very high-tech security measure to prevent counterfeiting. ~*adVAncEd teCHnoLoGy*~


This bill = tl;dr for most Americans


This is what happens when you let hipsters get ahold of the nation's currency:


Quite possibly the most badass design:


The eraser marks look authentic!


I recommend checking them all out at the blog.

Offline Synecdoche17

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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2010, 03:06:26 AM »
Of course, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for accomplishing exactly nothing.

Not to derail the thread, but you do know the Nobel is often awarded to people whom the Committee seeks to inspire/support for their goals, not for their accomplishments? When MLK received the Nobel, he'd accomplished very little, compared to his subsequent achievements. Obama, unlike any other president, committed to unilateral nuclear arms reduction in a Cairo speech; the Nobel committee thought reducing nuclear arms was pretty freaking awesome, as far as peace goes. You're free to disagree with their choice, but it wasn't an unfounded or unusual decision for the Nobel committee.

I believe Obama's cut down on our nuclear surplus already; the U.S. still has several thousand of the glowy critters, but some have been dismantled. He's also signed a treaty with the Russians, which was urgently needed since the Russians can't afford to maintain their arsenal. Of the 90 suitcase nukes made by the USSR, Russia can only find 78! Isn't that a lovely thought? The half-life of tritium gas says we don't need to worry about the bombs as they existed in their current form, but still - yikes.

It's late at night, I'm half-drunk and really sleepy. Hope you all have a good night wherever you are! :)

Offline Nyarly

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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2010, 05:46:10 AM »
I could take the OP a lot more seriously, if it didn't have such an "liberuls are teh evils!!!!" attitude.

Offline Hemingway

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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2010, 09:19:49 AM »
The ones in the article, with the vertical design, are really neat, in a futuristic sort of way. Having Obama on them seems a bit silly, though. At least wait until he's out of office.

Aside from that, going to the blog it links to and reading the comments made my head hurt. It seems a lot of people have the attitude Nyarly mentioned. But what else is new?

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« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2010, 07:33:36 PM »
There are certainly presidents on bills that could be replaced with FDR, though. Obama doesn't have a legacy, yet, and I don't think he is going to be judged as having a comparable degree of foresight.

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2010, 01:49:42 PM »
I didn't go all the way to the blog, but the last one in the article


looked kind of neat, based on my experience of seeing Canadian and UK currency.  Even the current 'new currency' in the US looks positively bland compared to the bills in the rest of the world.

Anyways, I think there's a law on the books that no living person will be depicted on US currency and/or stamps.  Caused quite a fuss when they announced the 'Elvis' stamps

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Re: Someone's thoughts on the need for new US currency- Yeah, right!!!
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2010, 04:17:31 PM »
I like the stoic and muted look of American currency. Others' just seems so "Ooh, ooh look at me I'm purple!" I really don't like the purple 5$ bill the U.S. has either. I want them to do something like the those Educational Bills from the turn of last century though. Those are epic. Not reproductions new prints but still, epic. And we really need to make a massive push to get a real one dollar coin.

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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2010, 10:02:56 PM »
I think we need a $3 bill.