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The E-Sylum (2/10/2019)

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Here are some additional items I came across in the media this week (sometimes with the help of readers) that may be of interest.

Look out, kids - the subject line of yesterday's Coin World digital edition read, "Mint to launch rocket at children." -Editor

Union Soldier Gets Medal of Honor Back
Thomas Fallon Medal of Honor flag Thomas Fallon had been in the United States barely two years when he signed up to join the Union's 37th New York Infantry in 1861.

The Irishman fought in more than 20 major Civil War battles, waded through the Savannah canal and once captured 29 Confederates, eventually becoming Freehold Borough's only Medal of Honor recipient.

Yet somehow his medal spent the last six decades at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, under another war veteran's name.

"I know that since 1957 that medal has not honored the man that it's due to honor," said Muriel Smith, a local historian. "So it's about time 100 years later that he be honored for what he did during the Civil War."

To read the complete article, see:
For decades, this Civil War Medal of Honor memorialized the wrong man (

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The Future of Bitcoin

Gosia Fort passed along this article on a panel discussion on the future of Bitcoin at the University of Pittsburgh. Thanks. -Editor

Bitcoin graphic "Bitcoin is like a new language, except it's a new currency. It could become the new global currency, but it will only become that if that's what people want. There's no way to force bitcoin against the will of the people. If people around the world find it more convenient to use Bitcoin than domestic currencies, then it will become the universal, global currency of humankind," Wilmer said.

To read the complete article, see:
Point of View: Three Pitt Scholars Discuss the Future of Bitcoin (

Cryptocurrency Exchange Owner Dies With Password
Ron Guth writes:

Here's a cautionary tale about why it is important to keep your password safe but to share it when it matters.

The unexpected death of the owner of Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange has left £145 million of cryptocurrency locked in a digital wallet to which he reportedly had the only password.

Indeed. You can't take it with you, but you can sure make it hard for anyone else to get it. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
Bitcoin: Millions of dollars of cryptocurrency 'lost' after man dies with only password (

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