April 19, 2011
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Bill Gates Newest Interest Is Global Warming
On May 10
Microsoft�s co-founder will be making a keynote speech in
Seattle for Climate Solutions, a small Seattle non-profit
organization combating global warming. Gates will be
speaking on a topic he�s been researching over the last
several years � global warming.
known and has made a name for himself by looking at global
problems through a quantitative lens rather than an
Gates� blog on this topic
always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my
telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to
use my telephone.�
�Bjarne Stoustrup, Danish computer scientist.
loophole is something that benefits the other guy. If it
benefits you, it�s tax reform.�
�Russell B. Long, former U.S. senator.
Are You Cross-Pollinating?
bartering with businesses that target similar demographics,
but provide different products and services? Now is the time
to trade customer lists, display each other�s promotional
materials, and offer discounts to each other�s customers.
setting up an educational session that features you and the
other business owner(s) as speakers � collect an attendee
list and share the information.
Many Seniors Financially Insecure
to the National Council on Aging, one in every three (33%)
seniors is economically insecure, living on an annual income
of less than $22,000.
Web Advertising Surpasses Newspaper
advertising in the U.S. rose 15% to $26 billion last year
and outpaced both traditional media and newspaper ad revenue
for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising
revenue for newspapers totaled $22.8 billion, cable TV
networks $22.5 billion, $17.6 billion from broadcast TV
networks, and $15.3 billion from radio.)
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IRTA�s Ron Whitney Clears Up Barter Confusion With Press Release
The executive director of the International Reciprocal Trade
Association, Ron Whitney, recently sent out the following press
release to inform the business community about trade exchanges and
how they differ from a recent case in North Carolina that has caused
some confusion about barter:
�Trade Dollars used in modern trade and barter transactions among
businesses participating in barter exchanges are a legal and robust
form of commerce in America," said Ron Whitney, Executive Director
of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA).
�Recent news stories suggesting that the Liberty Dollars verdict is
a signal that the U.S. Government is against private barter
currencies are categorically incorrect and ignore the facts of the
The U.S. organized barter industry was officially sanctioned by the
Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 and signed
by President Reagan.
Recent media reports about Bernard vonNotHaus, who is awaiting
federal sentencing in North Carolina, seem to have caused confusion
about barter. VonNotHaus, was recently found guilty 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.
Numerous organizations have experimented with local currency, but
federal laws restrict them from resembling U.S. bills or from being
passed off as money printed by the federal government, which
vonNotHaus� coinage resembled.
Charlotte-based lawyer Aaron Michel, who is appealing the
conviction, attempted in Federal District Court to portray
vonNotHaus� private coinage as a form of private voluntary barter
currency. He argued Liberty Dollars were a means to help keep
currency in local communities by creating networks of merchants and
consumers who used the money.
�Recent news stories suggesting that the Liberty Dollars verdict is
a signal that the government is against private barter currencies
are categorically incorrect and ignore the facts of the case,�
explained Whitney. �The government rejected any comparison of
vonNotHaus counterfeiting activities with legitimate barter
As the government stated in its U.S. District Court Brief of April
7, 2011, �The defendant was not operating a private currency barter
system, rather he was counterfeiting United States coins and using
deceptive means to inject them into the flow of current money to
defraud the public.� These arguments clearly substantiate the
legality and validity of the modern trade and barter industry.
For more information go to
or phone Ron Whitney at 757-393-2292.
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Startups Going It Alone � There�s A Message Here
Entrepreneurs created 565,000 businesses every month during 2010,
according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, but
most of those businesses didn�t employ additional workers beyond the
�Far too many founders are choosing jobless entrepreneurship,
preferring to remain self-employed or to avoid assuming the economic
responsibility of hiring employees,� foundation CEO Carl Schramm
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your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you
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thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday
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your barter company�s listing up-to-date?
keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A)
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International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter
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Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month
visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have
names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange
isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the
situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click
Traveling Overseas? Here�s The Best Credit Card To Use
If you�ve ever traveled overseas and made purchases with a credit
card you probably were stung by currency conversion fees � a charge
for changing dollars into the local currency. If you want to avoid
the fees one card stands out according to the personal finance web
That card is Capital One Visa as they charge no fees for foreign
credit purchases, debit card purchases, and credit card cash
advances. Not only do they decline to charge their own fee, but they
eat the fee charged by the payment network.
(Most credit cards charge 3% on the amount of foreign purchases,
payment networks Visa and MasterCard both charge a 1% fee to the
bank that issued the credit card. Additionally, most banks tack on
an additional 2%.)
For more information on various cards go to
for �Currency Conversion� and click on the story.
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wait times. If a company has multiple customer service numbers,
they�re listed in order of their user rating
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