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The Mandela Effect (Part 2 – The Celebrity)

This is a continuation of the Mandela Effect story. For the introduction, click here.
How did you first become aware of the Incident?
I have a lot of fans, and I often hold events that allow me to mingle with them. They have all sorts of interesting careers, and I like to ask them questions about their lives. Maybe it’s my sincerity, or maybe it’s just part of being a celebrity, but when they open up and tell me about their lives, they frequently share things that they might not tell another person.
I was in a deep conversation with one of these fans, and he says “You know, I work for (the Silicon Valley Mogul) and there is just the strangest project that he’s working on. It involves you, interestingly enough.” I mean, obviously I want to know more, so I ask him more questions and he tells me about this weird guy that the NSA is surveilling. They’re tracking his internet habits and it turns out that he repeatedly googles and reads whatever are the most recent news articles on the same five people: Donald Trump, (The Silicon Valley Mogul), Kanye West, Vladimir Putin, and me. So I’m surprised, like “Wow. That’s really weird.” And obviously I’m a little worried too, because I’ve had a lot of stalkers, and it’s a really unsettling experience. So I tell him “Hey, this is really scary, and I’m kind of worried that I may have a stalker that I don’t know about. I’m not asking you to say or do anything that would endanger your job, but if he does anything else that involves me, would you please let me know?”
Anyway, a few weeks passes, and I hear back from him and he says “You know, it’s the weirdest thing. He just granted you limited power of attorney in regards to IP infringement. He thinks that the NSA is trying to infringe upon his IP!” I’m like “WHAT?” It turns out that you’re verbally allowed to grant power of attorney and he did so until the end of 2019, to be extended in the event that I file any lawsuits on his behalf.
What did you do?
Well, I mean, what does one do in a situation like that? I talked to my friends about it. They also thought it was the weirdest thing, and one of them was laughing that we should try to get a message to him. My fan, the guy who works for (The Silicon Valley Mogul), told me that this guy reads Daily Mail a lot. It’s sort of this trashy British tabloid that has a lot of pictures in it. It’s not too expensive to insert a paid article there: in fact a lot of Z-list celebrities and Instagram influencers do it when they’re trying to get their glow-up. So as a joke, one of my friends puts a paid ad in there about me… and the guy answers! But here’s the weird thing, he doesn’t hit the post button. He responds with a thoughtful comment and then deletes it. Like what?
Anyway, once me and my friends find out that we can communicate with this guy through Daily Mail, it becomes a thing for us and we try to find out his opinion about all sorts of different things. When you move through our world it can be hard to get a genuine opinion, and this guy is painfully honest. I mean, why wouldn’t he be? He deletes the posts, so there’s no evidence that they even exist. We’re the only ones who know. Anyway, it eventually becomes this sort of… game. We occasionally post paid articles in Daily Mail and ask him his opinion on things. Sometimes it’s serious stuff, like politics or racial issues. Sometimes it’s totally trivial, like… just the other day, a popular actress was asking his opinion about her ankles. Weird stuff like that. We ask his opinions through Daily Mail and my friend who works for (The Silicon Valley Mogul) relays his typed but deleted message back to us a day later.
Eventually, we hear his comment about the colors. “Monochrome with a little red if you pledge your loyalty to me, blue and pink if you think I’m sexy.” And we do that too, because, hey, it’s fun. A lot of us are into fashion anyway, so this is like, a… a cool little thing to let other people know that you’re in on the secret, that you’re in the know. 21 is a special number for him for some reason - so every month, on the 21st, we dress up in his colors. Some of us even work them into music videos, trailers for coming movies, or the color scheme of our music tours. Even corporations are doing it too now, using these color schemes in their commercials. There are symbols, too. Like the “OK” symbol, or the illuminati sign of the triangle near your eye. Those apparently have some sort of significance to him also, so we try to sneak it into our paparazzi shots or poses. And then one day, I look around, and I’m like… wait a second, this is a cult. I’m in a secret cult. We have weird symbols, and similar clothing, and strange rituals we do on a certain day of the month, and a huge secret shared only by us that the rest of the world doesn’t know about. (Laugh)
What is your interpretation of the Incident?
Well, it’s pretty obvious. Shortly after I realized we were in a secret cult, he posted a link to a book on Amazon. It’s written like a cross between a Spellbook, an unhinged Twitter rant, and some sort of science handbook. Except this isn’t any sort of normal science. This is something called “Game Theory” and “Memetics.” Basically, those are sciences of crowd manipulation, except right now they’re still speculative – people can’t agree whether or not they exist or are just wild fringe ideas. But this guy’s theories are like, two decades ahead of everybody else. Apparently, for the past twenty years he has secretly been doing mad science experiments on how to manipulate groups, and he just proved it by starting a cult in Hollywood without even ever meeting a single one of us in person.
But here’s the crazy thing – there’s no proof of any of this. Like I said, he never hit the post button on any of his comments, so there’s no proof any of them existed. If it wasn’t for the fact that we’re all doing the same things, you wouldn’t know. He’s covered his tracks perfectly. If not for the fact that you came here to interview me about it, I’d never say anything, because who would believe me?
What part of the Incident would you categorize as paranormal or outside the bounds of understanding?
OK, this is really going to come off as narcissistic, and I really don’t mean it to come off this way… (laughs)
Go on.
Well, the impression I initially had of this guy is that he was a stalker who was obsessively into me. Even after I changed my mind about that, it seemed pretty clear that he was attracted to me. I mean… to be entirely honest, I got curious and asked him about it on Daily Mail once, and he flat-out admitted it. But, the weird thing is…
Yes?
After January 1st, 2020, he didn’t read even a single Daily Mail article about me. Not even one.
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CryptoCrunchApp - Here's our digest with the hottest news

Here's our digest with the hottest news:
Capitalization: $373 billion Trading Volume (24h): $95 billion BTC Dominance: 58.7% BTC: $11,873 (+1,05%)
🔹The Tether stablecoin (USDT) has overcome Ripple in terms of capitalization once again. According to Coin Metrics, the value of assets in USDT on all supported platforms now equals $13.14 billion, while the capitalization of XRP is about $13 billion.
🔹As trading started on Justin Sun’s non-custodial exchange Justswap, users began complaining that there are many fake cryptocurrencies on the platform. The JUST alt coin has risen in price by 400% since the beginning of August.
🔹Bitcoin options open interest has renewed its all-time high, reaching $2 billion. That is six times higher than at the start of this year.
🔹The Stock to Flow model author has confirmed that Bitcoin is in a bullish stage.
🔹2.61 million BTC are currently stored on exchanges, which is the lowest figure in 2 years. The decrease in the numbers represents a lower selling pressure being a bullish indicator.
🔹The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has registered the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange owned by the Winklevoss brothers. Now the exchange will report its activities to the UK regulators.
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CryptoCrunchApp - Here's our digest with the hottest news

Capitalization: $373 billion Trading Volume (24h): $95 billion BTC Dominance: 58.7% BTC: $11,873 (+1,05%)
🔹The Tether stablecoin (USDT) has overcome Ripple in terms of capitalization once again. According to Coin Metrics, the value of assets in USDT on all supported platforms now equals $13.14 billion, while the capitalization of XRP is about $13 billion.
🔹As trading started on Justin Sun’s non-custodial exchange Justswap, users began complaining that there are many fake cryptocurrencies on the platform. The JUST alt coin has risen in price by 400% since the beginning of August.
🔹Bitcoin options open interest has renewed its all-time high, reaching $2 billion. That is six times higher than at the start of this year.
🔹The Stock to Flow model author has confirmed that Bitcoin is in a bullish stage.
🔹2.61 million BTC are currently stored on exchanges, which is the lowest figure in 2 years. The decrease in the numbers represents a lower selling pressure being a bullish indicator.
🔹The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has registered the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange owned by the Winklevoss brothers. Now the exchange will report its activities to the UK regulators.

3C_digest via @Crypto_News

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A Viral Video Triggered A Dogecoin Sharp Growth

The daily trading volume of Dogecoin has grown by 1900% after the challenge launched in TikTok. In just two days, the price of the asset rose by 35%, amounting to $0.035. The authors of the challenge called for investing in a coin and keeping it until the Doge rate reaches $1.
Dogecoin video with the hashtag #DogecoinTiktokChallenge appeared on TikTok in early July and earned several million likes in a couple of days. The most popular of them, published by user jamezg97, says: “Let's get rich all together! The Dogecoin is now practically worthless. TikTok has 800 million users. As soon as the course reaches $1, you will receive $10,000. Tell everyone you know”. So users began to google “how to buy Doge coin”.
The cryptocurrency with the image of the Doge meme dog was created by Bill Marcus and Jackson Palmer back in 2014: a meme with a dog just appeared then, and discussions of Bitcoin and crypto were extremely popular.
Impressive results of Dogecoin attracted the attention of the blockchain co-founder of Tron, Justin Sun who decided to repeat the success by creating an account on TikTok. Indeed, it is a sin not to use the attention of the app audience, which exceeded 800 million people.
Compound founder and CEO Robert Leshner couldn't miss the trend and stocked up with Dogecoin. When asked on Twitter why he invested in meme coin, Leshner commented on the situation: "I want to have enough skin in the game that I pay attention to the possibility that Tik-Tok will drive asset prices."
Dogecoin price grew amid the viral video, peaking at $0.005599. After the DOGE price peaked, Dogecoin's official Twitter project urged people to be careful.
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A Viral Video Triggered A Dogecoin Sharp Growth

The daily trading volume of Dogecoin has grown by 1900% after the challenge launched in TikTok. In just two days, the price of the asset rose by 35%, amounting to $0.035. The authors of the challenge called for investing in a coin and keeping it until the Doge rate reaches $1.
Dogecoin video with the hashtag #DogecoinTiktokChallenge appeared on TikTok in early July and earned several million likes in a couple of days. The most popular of them, published by user jamezg97, says: “Let's get rich all together! The Dogecoin is now practically worthless. TikTok has 800 million users. As soon as the course reaches $1, you will receive $10,000. Tell everyone you know”. So users began to google “how to buy Doge coin”.
The cryptocurrency with the image of the Doge meme dog was created by Bill Marcus and Jackson Palmer back in 2014: a meme with a dog just appeared then, and discussions of Bitcoin and crypto were extremely popular.
Impressive results of Dogecoin attracted the attention of the blockchain co-founder of Tron, Justin Sun who decided to repeat the success by creating an account on TikTok. Indeed, it is a sin not to use the attention of the app audience, which exceeded 800 million people.
Compound founder and CEO Robert Leshner couldn't miss the trend and stocked up with Dogecoin. When asked on Twitter why he invested in meme coin, Leshner commented on the situation: "I want to have enough skin in the game that I pay attention to the possibility that Tik-Tok will drive asset prices."
Dogecoin price grew amid the viral video, peaking at $0.005599. After the DOGE price peaked, Dogecoin's official Twitter project urged people to be careful.
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A Viral Video Triggered A Dogecoin Sharp Growth

The daily trading volume of Dogecoin has grown by 1900% after the challenge launched in TikTok. In just two days, the price of the asset rose by 35%, amounting to $0.035. The authors of the challenge called for investing in a coin and keeping it until the Doge rate reaches $1.
Dogecoin video with the hashtag #DogecoinTiktokChallenge appeared on TikTok in early July and earned several million likes in a couple of days. The most popular of them, published by user jamezg97, says: “Let's get rich all together! The Dogecoin is now practically worthless. TikTok has 800 million users. As soon as the course reaches $1, you will receive $10,000. Tell everyone you know”. So users began to google “how to buy Doge coin”.
The cryptocurrency with the image of the Doge meme dog was created by Bill Marcus and Jackson Palmer back in 2014: a meme with a dog just appeared then, and discussions of Bitcoin and crypto were extremely popular.
Impressive results of Dogecoin attracted the attention of the blockchain co-founder of Tron, Justin Sun who decided to repeat the success by creating an account on TikTok. Indeed, it is a sin not to use the attention of the app audience, which exceeded 800 million people.
Compound founder and CEO Robert Leshner couldn't miss the trend and stocked up with Dogecoin. When asked on Twitter why he invested in meme coin, Leshner commented on the situation: "I want to have enough skin in the game that I pay attention to the possibility that Tik-Tok will drive asset prices."
Dogecoin price grew amid the viral video, peaking at $0.005599. After the DOGE price peaked, Dogecoin's official Twitter project urged people to be careful.
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A Viral Video Triggered A Dogecoin Sharp Growth

The daily trading volume of Dogecoin has grown by 1900% after the challenge launched in TikTok. In just two days, the price of the asset rose by 35%, amounting to $0.035. The authors of the challenge called for investing in a coin and keeping it until the Doge rate reaches $1.
Dogecoin video with the hashtag #DogecoinTiktokChallenge appeared on TikTok in early July and earned several million likes in a couple of days. The most popular of them, published by user jamezg97, says: “Let's get rich all together! The Dogecoin is now practically worthless. TikTok has 800 million users. As soon as the course reaches $1, you will receive $10,000. Tell everyone you know”. So users began to google “how to buy Doge coin”.
The cryptocurrency with the image of the Doge meme dog was created by Bill Marcus and Jackson Palmer back in 2014: a meme with a dog just appeared then, and discussions of Bitcoin and crypto were extremely popular.
Impressive results of Dogecoin attracted the attention of the blockchain co-founder of Tron, Justin Sun who decided to repeat the success by creating an account on TikTok. Indeed, it is a sin not to use the attention of the app audience, which exceeded 800 million people.
Compound founder and CEO Robert Leshner couldn't miss the trend and stocked up with Dogecoin. When asked on Twitter why he invested in meme coin, Leshner commented on the situation: "I want to have enough skin in the game that I pay attention to the possibility that Tik-Tok will drive asset prices."
Dogecoin price grew amid the viral video, peaking at $0.005599. After the DOGE price peaked, Dogecoin's official Twitter project urged people to be careful.
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Mitch McConnell's Brother-in-Law One of the Masterminds of Trump-Russia

Jim Breyer, Mitch McConnell's brother-in-law, Facilitates Russia’s Takeover of Facebook through Yuri Milner
In 2005 Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, invested $1 million of his own money into Facebook and gained a seat on the board (1).
In Feb 2009 Jim Breyer visited Russia with a number of other Silicone Valley investors. While there, Yuri Milner, a Russian tech entrepreneur who founded DST with close ties to the Kremlin, hosted a dinner to cap the entire event (2). As one Moscow source put it:
DST has the backing of the big boys at the top in the Kremlin, which is why it will go from strength to strength (5)
Milner found out Breyer liked Impressionist art and took him to Russian’s Hermitage Museum to view Matisse paintings otherwise closed off to the public. Three months later Yuri Milner’s DST invested into Facebook at a bloated value. (2)
Mr Milner dismissed suggestions that at a valuation of $10bn he overpaid for his stake in Facebook, especially given that the social networking site has yet to prove it has turned to profit. (3)
it’s seen as a desperate and rather vulgar deal on the one hand—Milner buying a small stake in Facebook, valuing the entire company at $10 billion—and, on the other, Facebook debasing itself by taking Russian money. Russian money! In fact, it seems rather like a desperate deal for both parties (in the midst of the banking crisis, Facebook has only two other bidders for this round—and none from the top VC tier) (4)
By the end of 2009, DST would own 10% of Facebook. Later revealed by the Paradise Papers, DST’s investments into Facebook were financed by the Russian government through state-owned Gazprom. That’s right, in 2009 Russia owned 10% of Facebook. (6)
Soon after, the two continued to work together on other investments. Breyer introduced Milner to Groupon, and Milner helped Breyer’s Accel invest into Spotify (7). In 2010 an Accel representative joined a gaggle of Silicon Valley investors to Russia and signed a letter promising to invest into the country (8).
  1. http://fortune.com/2011/01/11/timeline-where-facebook-got-its-funding/
  2. http://fortune.com/2010/10/04/facebooks-friend-in-russia/
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/7753692/Facebook-is-just-the-first-step-say-Russians.html
  4. https://www.wired.com/2011/10/mf_milne
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/jan/04/facebook-dst-goldman-sachs
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor
  7. https://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/dst-global-hoping-to-grow-across-asia-puts-down-roots/
  8. http://www.ambarclub.org/executive-education/
Jim Breyer and Rupert Murdoch
Then in Nov 2010 Jim Breyer invested into Artsy.net, run by Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, Wendi Deng, and Russia oligarch Roman Abramovich’s then-wife, Dasha Zhukova. Jared Kushner’s brother, Josh, also invested in the fledgling company (1).
At the time Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation had a joint venture with the Russian mob-linked oligarch Boris Berezovsky, called LogoVaz News Corporation, that invested in Russian media (4). It was Berezovsky’s protege close to Putin, Roman Abramovich, who tied Berezovsky to the mob.
According to the Mirror Online, Abramovich paid Berezovsky tens, and even hundreds, of millions every year for "krysha", or mafia protection. (5)
In June 2011, Rupert Murdoch ended his foray into social media by selling Myspace to Justin Timberlake (2) and elected Jim Breyer to the board of News Corp (3).
  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-cadre-and-how-to-invest-in-its-real-estate-deals-2016-6
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myspace
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/19990428071733/http://www.newscorp.com:80/
  4. https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/156126Z:RU-logovaz-news-corp
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich
Jim Breyer invests in Wickr with Erik Prince
In 2012 Breyer invested in a encrypted messenger app, Wickr. Other investors include Gilman Louie and Erik Prince. To understand the connection, we need to go back to 1987. Breyer, newly hired to Accel Partners, made his first investment with Louie’s video game company that owned the rights to the Soviet Union’s first video game export, Tetris (1).
Louie went off to become the founding CEO of the CIA-backed In-Q-Tel which invested in Palantir. Palantir’s founder, Peter Thiel, sat on the board of Facebook with Breyer (2)(3). On the board of In-Q-Tel is Buzzy Krongard (7), the man who helped Erik Prince’s Blackwater receive their first CIA contract, who also joined the board of Blackwater in 2007 (6).
Around that same time, 2012-2013, Prince met Vincent Tchenguiz, founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL (8), and was introduced to Cyrus Behbehani of Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier (9). Cyrus Behbehani sat on the board of RusAl with Christophe Charlier, who is also Chairman of the board at Renaissance Capital (10), an early investor of DST (11).
  1. https://wickr.com/wickr-raises-30m-series-b-led-by-jim-breye
  2. https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/CIA-Asks-Silicon-Valley-s-Help-Executive-to-2904775.php
  3. https://www.iqt.org/palantir-technologies/
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/palantir-defense-contracts-lobbyists-226969
  5. https://feraljundi.com/tag/reflex-responses-management-consultancy-llc/
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/17/us/17brothers.html
  7. https://www.marketscreener.com/business-leaders/A-Krongard-006WHL-E/biography/
  8. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/revealed-erik-prince-had-business-ties-with-netanyahus-disgraced-chief-of-staff-1.5627887
  9. https://medium.com/@wsiegelman/a-fresh-look-at-erik-princes-house-intelligence-committee-testimony-and-emails-with-christophe-6603f06c6568
  10. https://medium.com/@wsiegelman/a-fresh-look-at-erik-princes-house-intelligence-committee-testimony-and-emails-with-christophe-6603f06c6568
  11. https://www.vccircle.com/all-you-wanted-know-about-digital-sky-technologies/
Jim Breyer and Yuri Milner invest in Prismatic
That same year, 2012, Jim Breyer invested in Prismatic, a news aggregate app, with Yuri Milner.
Prismatic’s technology works by crawling Facebook, Twitter and the web (“anything with a URL”) to find news stories. It then uses machine learning to categorize them by Topic and Publication. Prismatic users follow these Topics and Publications, as well as Individuals and the algorithm then uses these preferences and user-activity signals to present a relevant Newsfeed. (1)
Sounds like the beginning of what could be a propaganda dissemination tool. That goes in-line with Yuri Milner’s vision of Social Media. Milner’s theory:
“Zuckerberg’s Law”: Every 12 to 18 months the amount of information being shared between people on the web doubles... Over time people will bypass more general websites such as Google in favor of sites built atop social networks where they can rely on friends’ opinions to figure out where to get the best fall handbag, how to change a smoke detector, or whether to vacation in Istanbul or Rome. “You will pick your network, and the network will filter everything for you,” Milner explained. (2)
So how does Milner intend to utilize the data gathered through social media? Let’s see what Milner did to Russia’s top social media site, VK:
In January 2014, Durov sold his 12 percent stake to Ivan Tavrin, the CEO of major Russian mobile operator Megafon, whose second-largest shareholder is Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs, a man who has long been lobbying to take over VK.
Then, in April 2014, Durov stated he had sold his stake in the company and became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis back in February after "coming under increasing pressure" from the Russian Federal Security Service to hand over personal details of users who were members of a VK group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement in Ukraine. (3)
The Euromaidan protest ousted the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Paul Manafort had worked to install. (4)
  1. https://techcrunch.com/2012/12/05/prismatic/
  2. http://fortune.com/2010/10/04/facebooks-friend-in-russia/
  3. https://cointelegraph.com/news/what-ban-russias-vkcom-is-mining-bitcoin
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yanukovych
Facebook talks US Elections with Russia
In Oct 2012 Zuckerberg traveled to Moscow and met Dmitry Medvedev where they had a very interesting conversation:
Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Medvedev talked about Facebook’s role in politics, though only jokingly in reference to its importance in the American presidential campaign, according to Mr. Medvedev’s press office. (1)
While there he also visited Victor Vekselberg's Skolkovo, who’s currently under investigation by Mueller for donations to Trump (2).
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.
“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (3)
And took time to teach Russian's how to hack Facebook friend data, the same hack used by Cambridge Analytica, Donald Trump’s campaign data firm.
In a 2012 video, Facebook's Simon Cross shows the Moscow crowd how they can "get a ton of other information" on Facebook users and their friends. "We now have an access token, so now let's make the same request again and see what happens," Cross explains (YouTube). "We've got a little bit more data, but now we can start doing really interesting stuff. We can get my friends. We can get some more information about one of my friends. Here's Connor, who you'll meet later. Say 'hello,' Connor. He's waving. And we can also get a ton of other information as well." (4)
Facebook later hired the individual who hacked Facebook and sold the data to Cambridge Analytica (5).
A month after that visit, Putin propaganda mouth-piece Konstantin Rykov, claims he began helping with Trump’s presidential aspirations (6). Days later, Trump registered “Make America Great Again” (7). The following year, Russia's Troll Factory, the Internet Research Agency, was created as was Cambridge Analytica.
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/technology/zuckerberg-meets-with-medvedev-in-key-market.html
  2. https://www.adweek.com/digital/zuckerberg-russia-skolkovo/
  3. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heTPmGb6jdc&feature=youtu.be&t=11m54s
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/ma18/facebook-cambridge-analytica-joseph-chancellor-gsr
  6. https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/24/a-trumprussia-confession-in-plain-sight/
  7. https://trademarks.justia.com/857/83/make-america-great-85783371.html
Andrei Shleifer and Len Blavatnik
Len Blavatnik, a US-Russian oligarch currently under investigation by Mueller, graduated from Harvard in 1989 and quickly formed Renova-Invest with Viktor Vekselberg, another oligarch under Mueller’s investigation (7)(8). Since then Blavatnik has maintained close ties to the university.
In 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Andrei Shleifer led a consortium of Harvard professors to assist Russia’s vice-president, Antaoly Chubais, with the privatization of Russia’s state-run assets. Scandal broke when it was revealed Shleifer, through Blavatnik’s company and with Blavatnik’s guidance, invested in the very companies he worked to privatize. (6)
Years later, Shleifer continued to fund loans to Blavatnik for Russian ventures through his hedge fund, managed by his wife, Nancy Zimmerman (9), and created the Russian Recovery Fund which bought $230 million of Russian debt from Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management (10), who’s seed fun, Tiger Global, later invested in Milner’s DST.
Len Blavatnik and Viktor Vekselberg are major investors in Rusal (11).
Schleifer is still a professor at Harvard.
  1. http://harry-lewis.blogspot.com/2014/01/some-russian-money-flows-back-to-harvard.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Blavatnik#cite_note-Yenikeyeff-7
  3. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story?id=50100024
  4. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/the-billionaires-playlist
  5. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/cafc/16-1718/16-1718-2017-03-14.html
  6. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/tangled-rusal-ownership-thwarts-easy-end-to-sanctions-quicktake
Breyer and Harvard
On April 2013, two months after Breyer was elected to the board of Harvard (1), Len Blavatnik, donated $50 million to the school (2) and joined the Board of Dean’s Advisors (3)(4) and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council (6) alongside Breyer. The next month Breyer announced plans to step down from the board of Facebook with an intention of focusing on his latest Harvard appointment (5).
In 2016 Len Blavatnik donated over $7 million to GOP candidates, including $2.5 million to Mitch McConnell himself (7).
  1. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/02/breyer_elected/
  2. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/04/blavatnik_accelerator_donation/
  3. https://www.accessindustries.com/about/academic-boards-committees/
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/21/delivering-alpha-2017-jim-breyer.html
  5. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/04/27/facebook-board-member-jim-breyer-stepping-down/
  6. http://docplayer.net/54127503-Harvard-global-advisory-council.html
  7. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns
Breyer invests in Russian Companies
In 2014 Breyer’s Accel Partners invested in Russian hotel booking site, Ostrovok, along with Yuri Milner, Esther Dyson (1), Mark Pincus, and Peter Thiel (2).
Accel Partners also invested in Avito.ru in 2012 (3) and KupiVIP.ru in 2011 (4).
  1. https://techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/ostrovok-raises-new-12m-series-c-round-to-expand-outside-russia/
  2. http://idcee.org/participants/companies/ostrovok/
  3. http://www.ewdn.com/2012/05/02/avito-ru-secures-75-million-investment-from-accel-partners-and-baring-vostok/
  4. http://www.ewdn.com/2011/04/14/leading-private-shopping-club-kupivip-ru-completes-55-m-funding/
Jim Breyer, Blackstone Group, and Saudi Arabia
In 2011 Schwarzman was named to the board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (2), headed by Kirill Dimitriev.
In June 2016, during Trump’s presidential campaign, Jim Breyer met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, or MBS (8). The next month Breyer joined the board of Blackstone Group (1) alongside Stephen Schwarzman and Jacob Rothschild (3). In the past Blackstone Group had loaned Kushner Companies a combined $400 million over multiple projects (7). In the 2018 election cycle, Schwzarman donated $5 million to the pro-McConnell superPAC, Senate Majority PAC (13).
Jacob’s brother, Nat, is business partners with both Oleg Deripaska (4), Rupert Murdoch, and Dick Cheney (5). Nat is also a major investor in Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier (6), and RusAl.
In January 2017, Breyer’s business partner at Wickr, Erik Prince, was introduced to Dimitriev by MBS’s emissary, George Nader, and the Crown Prince of the UAE (10).
On October 22, 2018, three weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, when most American investors were spooked away from Saudi Arabia, Jim Breyer showed up at an MBS-hosted Saudi business summit alongside Kirill Dimitriev of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (9). That same day, MBS pledged $20 billion for Blackstone Group's new infrastructure fund (11) to fund Elaine Chao's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan (12). Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnells wife and Jim Breyer's sister-in-law, is Trump's Secretary of Transportation.
  1. https://www.blackstone.com/media/press-releases/article/jim-breyer-to-join-blackstone-s-board-of-directors
  2. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
  4. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/3236166/Muddy-waters-over-Oleg-Deripaska-Nat-Rothschild-and-George-Osborne.html
  5. https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/01/15/cheney-rothschild-fox-news-murdoch-drill-oil-syria-violating-international-law/
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Philip_Rothschild
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  8. https://www.thetrustedinsight.com/investment-news/saudi-prince-mohammed-met-with-20-silicon-valley-innovators-in-tech-summit-20160628142/
  9. https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-moelis-saudi-arabia-20181023-story.html
  10. https://www.vox.com/2018/3/7/17088908/erik-prince-trump-russia-seychelles-mueller
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-22/how-blackstone-landed-20-billion-from-saudis-for-infrastructure
  12. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-22/how-blackstone-landed-20-billion-from-saudis-for-infrastructure
  13. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/07/20/big-money-is-flowing-into-the-2018-fight-for-the-senate/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f59ac6f2ebe5
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Crypto pioneer pays US$4.57M for lunch with Warren Buffett

Cryptocurrency pioneer Justin Sun bid a record US$4.57 million to have lunch with Warren Buffett, who famously referred to Bitcoin as “probably rat poison squared.”
Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
Sun launched Tronix, also known as Tron or TRX token, in 2017. It’s valued at US$2.56 billion and is the 10th largest cryptocurrency in the world, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.com. The 28-year-old Chinese entrepreneur said he hopes to educate the Oracle of Omaha on cryptocurrency and the underlying technology, called blockchain.
“It is very common in investment circles that people will change their minds,” Sun said in a telephone interview. “Investment opportunities are best when lots of people are underestimating the technology.”
Buffett and his longtime business partner Charles Munger have criticized cryptocurrencies in the past. The 95-year-old Munger called Bitcoin a “noxious poison.” Buffett, who says there’s no value being produced from the asset, at least gave a nod to blockchain technology as “important” in an interview with CNBC earlier this year.
“Even one of the most successful investors of all times can sometimes miss a coming wave,” Sun wrote in an open letter to the crypto community. “Buffett has admitted he overpaid for big investment food giant Kraft Heinz Co., while failing to realize the potential of the likes of Amazon.com Inc.; Alphabet, the parent of Google; and even Apple.”
Glide Charity
The annual auction raises money for San Francisco-based charity Glide, which Buffett’s late wife Susan supported. More than US$30 million has been raised over the years, as bid amounts have climbed. Glide provides meals for the city’s homeless, offers support to domestic violence victims, and helps people find shelter.
Previous auction winners have included Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn, who was the highest bidder in 2003. Ted Weschler won two auctions and was later hired by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKa.N) as an investing deputy. This year’s bid was about 38% higher than the winning bid in 2018.
Sun previously founded Peiwo, a Snapchat-like app for China with millions of users. He then started the token popularly known as Tron by using much of Ethereum’s computer code and parts of other startups’ white papers to write his own.
He bought the popular software file-sharing application BitTorrent for US$120 million last year. Demand for the coin surged when Sun announced the BTT token, able to run on both Tron and BitTorrent networks. On May 30, BitTorrent announced it will let users store files across a distributed network of computers using BTT.
Tron, meanwhile, has attracted scores of gaming and gambling applications. Earlier this year, Tron bought app store CoinPlay.
The bidding war for the lunch started May 26. It heated up early in the week and fell fairly quiet heading into the final day of the auction when a handful of bids came in that exceeded US$4 million.
Although he’s deep into crypto, Sun said he trades traditional stocks and reads annual reports of technology companies. He hopes to learn more about Buffett’s value-investment strategy at the luncheon.
The time and place of the luncheon has yet to be determined, according to Sun. It’s typically held at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in New York.
Sun, who can invite as many as seven people to join him, said he’ll choose among his most-persuasive friends as well as the most influential people in the crypto community as it’s likely to be a tough sell to get the 88-year-old billionaire investor to change his mind.
“Cryptocurrencies will come to bad endings,” Buffett said in 2018 at his annual shareholder meeting.
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/crypto-pioneer-pays-us-4-57m-for-lunch-with-warren-buffett-1.1267813
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Craig Hamilton Parker: Predictions for 2020 and Beyond

My Top 6 Predictions for 2020:

My Top 6 Correct Predictions for 2019

World Psychic Predictions

War in the Middle East

(I see this unfolding over 2020 and 2021)

Donald Trump(Happening in 2020. Most of these predictions have been made in earlier my YouTube videos with additional details.)

(Happening in Donald Trump’s second term)

Boris Johnson

World Finances

(Note I am not trained in economics. Get advice from a qualified person when making investments.)

Revolution in China

(See my China predictions and YouTube videos for more details)

North Korea

Other News

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Other things that change value every day that you don't bitch about

The latest trend I see from some crypto people (especially the ones who have a vested interest in BTC failing) is to attack BTC's store of value.
Justin Sun, tweeted recently that if Bitcoin was a store of value it wouldn't have wild price swings. My first reaction to this is, I thought Justin was a lot smarter than this...
My overall reaction is...what about all the other things we use in our daily lives. There is this ignorant notion that somehow a dollar is, and has always been a dollar. This couldn't be further from the truth. Because of inflation, capitalism, and other factors, a dollar in 1999 does not hold the same value as a dollar now. A dollar in 1999 could have bought you one gallon of gasoline depending on where you bought it from. Today that same dollar will buy 0.2-0.4 gallons of gasoline. In 1984 one dollar bought you 20 white castle burgers!
Yet, because people SEE a dollar they think it has the same value.
Other things we use daily that fluctuate in price
Health insurance gold milk bacon avocados chips all parts of the chicken beef lumber real estate even water
In fact my last water bill was 300% higher this past month than the previous month. No explanation was given.
Every time these things fluctuate in value, your fiat fluctuates in value. If you actually tracked the value of the dollar since its creation, its chart would look like a nose dive. Yet, currently there are about 9 trillion dollars in bank accounts, and other types of accounts in the US alone (with only about 30 billion in FDIC insurance...let that sink in)
The biggest stores of value in the US are stocks. Which fluctuate in value every day. Bitcoin has "wild price swings" you say? Dish network stock has lost 60% of its value in the last 5 years. In that same time frame Bitcoin is up 2500% to 4000%
Tell me which one you would have rather held over the last 5 years?
"But gold...gold is where you should put your money..."
If you bought gold in 2014 you're up 25% right now. Wonderful.
But if you bought gold in 2012 you're actually down 20% right now. But yet somehow gold, with an unknown amount of supply, and an unknown amount of demand, is the ultimate store of value. Oh by the way if you hadn't noticed, the price HAS fluctuated...alot.
But I've never heard anyone say you shouldn't invest in gold because the price fluctuates too much.
The most important point is...Bacon is too damn expensive and I no longer eat it!
Seriously though,,,Bitcoin beats everything...literally...as a store of value in terms of what's available. It doesn't mean it will always be that way. But if you're comparing BTC to dollars...there really is no comparison.
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2019 Crypto News Reviews

2019 Crypto News Reviews

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As the end of 2019 draws closure, we are looking back at the most influential news items for the blockchain sector.

5–7 January

ETC 51% attack, a nightmare for small altcoins
As a top 20 crypto asset, Ethereum Classic is not seen as an easy target for a 51 percent attack, and yet in early January, its blockchain was successfully hijacked for several days with estimated losses of $1.1 million. This attack has caused many people to panic, as the small PoW consensus coins are vulnerable to 51 attacks. Luckily ETC has not been stunned by the 51 attack, after a short fall in prices, ETC quickly created a new record of the highest price.

16 January

The only not cool thing about Grin coin is its price
Grin, with the “three nada” label-no ICO, no pre-digging, and no investors, was officially launched on 16 January. “Bitcoin 2.0”, “super privacy coins”… the cryptocurrency community was willing to give it all the good crowns. After the launch of its main network, the price of Grin coin has jumped up and down as was expected. Although Grin has experienced some bad luck as the dropout of its core developer Gary, by launching of the Asic mining machine and the Grin foundation receiving 50 bitcoin donations, this unique project is still motivated to move forward.

February

Lightning Network passed the torch all around the world and it is only a beginning
On January 19, 2019, Bitcoinist Hodlonaut began a social experiment dubbed “Lightning Torch” to test the capabilities and UX experience of the Lightning Network. In total, the torch has been a great success. Many people believe that 2019 was the year, when the Lightning Network shined. However, its security and the ease of use were frequently challenged. Not long ago, the Bitfinex exchange announced support for Lightning Network deposits and withdrawals. This is a small step for the exchange but definitely a big step for the Lightning Network.

April

USDT is going to die? Nope, it is still safe and sound
New York’s top cop accused USDT’s issuer of participating in a cover-up to hide the loss of about $850 million in client and corporate funds. People have revived doubts about Tether’s claim that each of its so-called stable coins is backed by $1 of assets — a feature that gives the coins a central role in crypto markets around the world. This has made many investors switch their boats to PAX and TUSD. But up to now, dapptotal data shows that USDT still has about 81% market share.

4 June

Justin stood Warren Buffett out
Justin, Sun Yuchen, officially announced himself the winner of the charity lunch with Warren Buffett, chairman of the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, submitting a record $4.57 million on June, 4. This news has gone viral in China, making Sun a hot topic online. However, because of coming down with kidney stones, Sun decided to postponed this meal, which has made Sun again cover the headlines of the international news media.

18 June

Facebook unveils Libra White Paper
Libra was officially announced by Facebook and 27 global industry giants on June 18, 2019. With such a global attention, Libra has faced strict regulations all around the world and many global central banks have started working on digital currencies, countering Libra.
Over the past six months, after being abandoned by few of its core members of the association, Libra was forced to slow down its pace. However, worth mentioning, because of Libra, blockchain has become the focus of global attention in 2019.

1 July

PlusToken may be driving down the price of Bitcoin
In July, Chinese media reported that the PlusToken scam attracted over 3 billion worth of cryptocurrency. Six individuals connected to PlusToken were arrested in June. The stolen funds have continued to move through wallets and be cashed out through the independent OTC brokers operating mostly on the Huobi platform. It has been speculated that PlusToken sccammers didn’t just steal $2+ billion worth of cryptocurrency. They may also be driving down the price of bitcoin.

5 August

The second halving of Litecoin
Litecoin (LTC) has experienced an event that is designated to happen once in four years: the halving of the block rewards. On Aug. 5, 2019, Litecoin rewards for producing a block were halved from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC. A co-founder of one of the largest mining pools, F2Pool, stated on Weibo that, given the electricity costs of 0.26 yuan ($0.037) per kilowatt per hour, some mining rigs like L3+ could close their business right away.

23 September

Bakkt isn’t the chosen one, but it is growing to be the one
On September 23, silver-spoon-born Bakkt was officially launched. Specialists believed that it is likely to allow more investors and funds to enter the cryptocurrency industry. However, the platform has faced a great failure and only 72 bitcoins were traded on the first day. In early December, its daily transaction volume has quietly climbed to $ 37 million from only 72 bitcoins. Although the data is still relatively small compared to the top exchanges, being a certified platform by the regulatory body helps a lot. Through the continues development, Bakkt may become the influential platform for the Bitcoin pricing power, which will empower the platform with the super power.

25 October

Xi Jinping Urges Accelerated Blockchain Technology Adoption in China
China’s President Xi Jinping has called for the country to accelerate its adoption of blockchain technologies as a core for innovation. President Xi made the comments at a Politburo Committee session on blockchain technology trends on Oct. 24, stressing that the implementation of integrated blockchain technologies is key in promoting technological innovation and transforming industries. The next day after Politburo meeting, the price of Bitcoin soared 42% to $10,500- hitting the biggest daily gain since 2011.

29 October

Chinese cryptomining giant Bitmain’s civil war breaks into open
On 29 October, the Bitmain co-founder Wu Jihan returned to the company after an absence and replaced Mr Zhan’s name on the company’s registration documents with his own. Mr Wu threatened employees with punishment if they continued to meet or communicate with Mr Zhan or carry out any of his instructions. In the past two months, Wu Jihan offered three tempting and determined mining axes: installment payments, option hedging, and joint mining.

21 November

The call of future-Canaan is listed on NASDAQ
On November 21, Canaan was listed in NASDAQ, commemorating the first share of the blockchain going public. The listing of Canaan was almost the biggest event in the blockchain industry in November. Unfortunately, CAN broke after a short rise of 40%, falling to $4.65 up to now, reaching half of its listed price. However, worth mentioning is that listing of Canaan represents that the traditional financial world has thrown an olive branch on blockchain concept stocks, marking the beginning of the long way to go.

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Shorting Bitcoin led to my investment loss of about 1.5 million Euro within months. Entire family inheritance reserved for a special project to benefit humanity is ruined.

I signed up in March 2017 with IG Markets to open several CFD and stock trading accounts through a London based introducing broker. Not realizing that I have just made the biggest mistake of my life, I started trading with Forex and shares. Mr. Justin from the introducing broker guided me on how to trade with IG web-based platform. He requested to constantly monitor my trading accounts. Whenever I need help, he was always available to give assistance. I developed trust that he cared about my success. I was doing average with my trading and not taking risks.
Through active trading on a CFD account and gradual injection of inherited funds from my family bank brokerage accounts, my portfolio grew to about 400k within few months. I was confident that my trading strategy of holding on to positions to earn interests or dividends whenever market turn against me will be better than cutting out positions with losses. I wanted to invest short term or long term to take profits only or leave positions till losses turn to profits. I did not want to just speculate but I carefully traded with instruments that earned me interest or dividends. At this point, Mr Justin from the introducing broker took more interest in my trading and offered to visit me in Vienna. His reason was to help install L2 Dealer, a downloadable DMA platform for advanced traders. I found it very strange and felt uncomfortable that he will be flying from London to Vienna just for that. Not wanting to be impolite, I met him at Vienna airport and took him to the apartment where I worked day trading. He told me he is married with an Austrian and they have a grown-up boy. This removed my initial doubts and I developed trust and likeness after few hours together. After several unsuccessful attempts to download and install the L2 dealer on my computer, he called a technician at IG for assistance. The person instructed him to install a program on my computer that will enable him to control the L2 dealer installation from UK. After the installation was complete, Mr. Justin showed me how it works but I found it complicated unlike the web-based platform. I drove him to the airport and we kept good contact. Few days later, he sent me an email to trade with Bitcoin. I have heard of Bitcoin from friends and I was not interested since I knew very little about it. After few days of not reacting to his suggestion to trade with Bitcoin, he called me and convinced me that I should look at it with claim that the price action is fantastic. Out of politeness and trusting that he wanted my good, I checked IG Bitcoin product details, trading conditions and margin requirements which was at 12.5% in May 2017 for retail clients. I took a position which I closed same day with good profit. I was impressed and started reading everything I could find online about Bitcoin. It was few weeks before Bitcoin Cash fork.
Two major factors that led to my losses:
  1. BITCOIN FORK CONDITIONS: Statement concerning fork conditions for holders of Bitcoin was not on IG website prior to the fork. I never came across it on any of several crypto websites (Cointelegraph, Coindesk etc.) I was reading for information. Without this vital information and believing the fork shall translate to reduction of value for Bitcoin, I held several short Bitcoin positions through the fork which led to being credited with negative Bitcoin Cash positions by IG Markets. Worldwide Bitcoin communities, fans, longtime followers and enthusiasts were aware that holders of Bitcoin will be credited with free positive Bitcoin Cash after the fork. These much experienced insiders accumulated and built up positive Bitcoin positions to earn equivalent free Bitcoin Cash. Resulting short squeeze in combination with much hype and other forks drove Bitcoin price to about 20,000 USD. My trading strategy of never wanting to cut out positions at losses was playing out to be wrong. At the same time, I was convinced that the price was either being manipulated or being artificially driven up by large players that were somehow able to communicate with each other behind the scenes. I believed the price must reverse hard at a certain point. With this believe in mind, I kept pumping in more funds to secure my positions. It was at this point that a second factor I had not known or reckoned with was applied against me.
  2. TIERED MARGIN: During the run up of Bitcoin, IG had been gradually increasing Bitcoin margin requirement till it eventually reached 100%. Margin requirement was also increased on Forex and stock positions I was holding. Up to that point, I was not aware of tiered margin and the accompanying rights IG had reserved for themselves through the signup terms. As margin increase was gradually being applied on my opened positions, I was covering with hundreds of thousands of Euro in constant stress to save my positions. I sold stocks on family brokerage accounts and pumped the money to IG. My trading account exploded to over one million Euro. Slowly realizing by December 2017 that something was not right, I finally found out about the tiered margins and the negative effects it was having on my CFD trading account. Mr. Justin and IG explained the rule (which I found very unfair) that IG reserve rights to increase margin on opened positions till 100% while charging and keeping up expensive CFD financing costs. I ended up financing the instruments 100% while being charged full financing costs for positions I opened at 12.5% margin. In my own opinion and conclusion which I communicated, IG was employing these and several other methods to trade against me, to force me into giving up my positions at losses when Bitcoin reversal was imminent or obvious. Accepting my fate, I finally stopped pumping money to IG, closed the positions and ended up with about 1.5 million Euro in losses.
I am broken, devastated and sad. Who are the players behind last year Bitcoin run up? Is it possible that exchanges, brokerages and big players were combining to manipulate last year events that caused Bitcoin run up? Can government regulators be of assistance in case of foul play?
I need helpful advice and comments.
D. John
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A Compiled List of 20 Blockchain & Financial Books That You Should Read [2019]

Hey guys - happy Friday!
Over the past years I've dedicated a lot of my time to learning blockchain fundamentals and market behaviour. I've read a lot of books! And boy, were some of them frustrating
 
Most of the books out there are crap – and a waste of time. But there are some gems that are definitely "must-reads". I've compiled a list that narrows down and encompasses the knowledge you need to get started strong.
 
Trust me - the time you put in will be worth it.
 
Just a couple years ago, I was nothing more than a CSI nerd who had no clue how the markets moved. Today, I've managed to double my portfolio during the course of this bear market. I was supposed to go back finish my PhD, get a job blah blah... But now I'm thinking..fuck it, I enjoy this (and I get to learn self-directed forever)
 
I think some of you may be interested in this path as well. All the info you need is already out there. Just start slowly. There's no secret to making money in the markets, it's mostly discipline, mindset & knowledge.
 
Formatted List with links: Blockchain Fundamentals & Trading, Reading List
 
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Books:
Age Of Cryptocurrency - Paul Vigna
Vitaliks Blog from 2014ish - (Not a book, but this was key in my learning journey)
Internet Of Money - Andreas Antonopoulos
The Truth Machine - Paul Vigna
Mastering Bitcoin - Andreas Antonopoulos
Digital Gold Misfits - Nathaniel Popper
 
Trading Books:
Trading In The Zone - Mark Douglas
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds - Charles Mackay
Market Wizards - Jack Schwager
Principles - Ray Dalio
Dark Pools - Scot Patterson
What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars - Brendan Moynihan & Jim Paul
Reminiscence Of A Stock Market Operator - Edwin Lefevre
 
Financial Books
Ascent Of Money - Niall Ferguson
Myth Of The Rational Market - Justin Fox
Debt: The First 5000 Years - David Graeber
Irrational Exuberance - Robert J. Shiller
Options, Futures & Other Derivatives - John C. Hull
 
 
Podcasts
 
Epicenter - with Brian Crain & Sebastien Couture
Unchained - with Laura Shin
Let's Talk Bitcoin - Andreas Antonopoulos
Off The Chain - Anthony Pompliano
 
Original Formatted Post with links etc : Blockchain, Trading & Financial Book List & Podcasts
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A message to the TRX Community and Justin Sun YuChen:

Everyone likes to play; which is why I'm educating this community with an Article on the topic of: Gamifying the Delivery of Money ( paraphrasing an article from HackerNoon.com )
If we can turn the distribution of this new "money" into a "game" of sorts, our success as a network will be all but guaranteed!
The existence, the physical universe is basically playful... So we can say without a doubt, that gamifying "money" will rapidly attract interest from the world's population, as any good game would. ( Alan Watts: Your Life Is Not A Journey; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHnIJeE3LAI )
The layman's term goal of gamified money distribution is to simply get it evenly across the playing field, as quickly as possible, without devaluing the money. The essential reason for this is that, very simply; If everyone is playing the "game", the best players will soon join the lobby and queue up for a bit of "play"... (Attracting big players ensures the security of the "game", because big players will protect and support the game that they're "playing")
Some of the most successful companies in the world "gamified" their company shares and experienced MASSIVE network effect growth because of this; Amazon paid their first employees with SHARES, not salaries... This incentivizes the employees to truly do their best work, knowing they will increase their "piece of the pie" evenly!
This is what "blockchain" is at it's core level, it is the most efficient & technologically advanced form of distributing "shares" for ANY idea/company/nation/person... If you see that, you're already a true believer!
Step 1: DESTROY your greed (partially)
This is the easiest step, out of all 4 steps, just understand this one thing; As long as you have a slice of the pie, you simply focus on growing the pie, not the slice...You already have a share in this idea, so focusing on making the idea more powerful will increase the value of your shares, this is the beauty of a network effect and is the only reason you've made ANY money at all in the Blockchain Industry... Do not fall prey to the "tragedy of the commons"
Step 2: Build (or buy) a Killer App
First off, click here to see the definition of a "killer app" so your mind doesn't wander...BitTorrent is our killer app, and it may well be Blockchain's killer app; it is experiencing incentivization problems that highlight the dangers of the tragedy of the commons. This is a good thing, it gives Tron an opportunity to prove the use case of not only itself, but of all Blockchain technology' potential.
Currently, BitTorrent is experiencing problems with "free riders"; people who only download files (consuming bandwidth) and failing to upload those files after they are finished. Essentially, users of BitTorrent are doing what's best for them, but not what's best for the BitTorrent network & protocol...
This is not entirely their fault, Thomas Hobbes predicted some years ago; that to make a society function at massive scale, you need to have the right incentives in place. I'm sure all of us would mostly agree that the world currently has massive incentivization problems (ie. innocent homeless are starving, criminals in jail being fed/sheltered)
It is my understanding and belief that Justin Sun YuChen bought BitTorrent in an effort to prove the use-case of Tron and therefore Bitcoin & Blockchain by extension... He saw the problems BitTorrent was having, and he looks at them as opportunities to flex the power of a decentralized internet...
The TRX Coin would have amounted to nothing without a plan, without a Killer App, and you should know that Justin Sun has been trying to acquire BitTorrent since before the ICO started, he knew this... The coin is secondary, the coin is the "fuel", the "gas", he was focused on acquiring the "vehicle" first, as he should've...
Step 3: STEALTHILY Gamify the Killer App
There's nothing worse than overt, upfront gamification...Just think about flashy Las Vegas, get rich quick schemes, and timeshares; THAT is overt gamification...
We need stealthy gamification... Imagine you have a sudden craving for a piece of content available on BitTorrent...You open your app, click download, and you're prompted with a request to "skip" the download time for 2 TRX, you click accept and your download is immediately available to fulfill your craving. Now think the same situation, but you don't need the content immediately, you can let it download while you cook your dinner. When you get back to your viewing device, the content is ready and you receive another pop-up request asking if you'd like to provide extra bandwidth to upload this video for others at a reward rate of 1 TRX per hour, you click accept, watch your movie and then suddenly get another craving... This time you don't want to wait, so you spend the 2 TRX you just earned...
THIS is stealth gamification... It does not feel like Vegas, or a slot-machine, or gambling... You simply use it, get value, provide value, and transfer value... STEALTH GAMIFICATION
REMEMBER THIS: Every person who adds to the value of the network, adds to the value of their AND everyone else's shares, which further incentives each party to continue adding value to the network. (This is why you've seen exponential growth in Cryptocurrencies)
Network Effect: "Do what is best for the network, the network will thrive"
Tragedy of the Commons: "Do what is best for yourself, the network will die"
A proper network effect rewards those who benefit the network, and punishes those who exploit the network.
BitTorrent has failed to truly succeed YET because they have only done half of the equation, they have only punished those who exploit the network (slowing download speeds for those who don't upload)... There is no "reward", they need the second portion of the equation, and TRX can provide that... effectively!
Step 4: Reinvest & Revolutionize Economics
If TRX can be successful in building this network effect, and properly manage their greed long enough to accomplish that goal, it will create "groups" of different gamified networks all receiving a steady stream of income and that will do something incredible historically speaking: It will END the quarterly result so thoroughly craved by share holders around the world...
Rather than a network's value being represented by it's profits every 3 months, it will be truly and authentically represented by the power of the network, distinguishing itself in an entirely good way from typical stocks & shares in today's modern environment.
Developers will no longer be forced to choose between producing a quality product, or pushing out some "thing" that will sell quickly and turn profit for the 3-month period... They will be directly incentivized to make the best quality product to increase their network effect, and therefore the value of their holdings...
ENDING NOTES:
If you become a greedy entity who tries to control everything, strangling the system with centralized choke points to keep all the money for yourself, you’ll accelerate the current collapse of our economic stability and break this world. Your crimes will live forever in infamy...
But if you can resist the urge to dominate, to control, to horde every resource, you can unlock the vast hidden potential of the world. Do that and your deeds will echo in the halls of eternity...
You. Just. Might. Save. The. World.
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Evidence Gathering - Libel & Defamation

Well, Craig & Calvin are pretty busy guys so I figured I'd turn an empty hour of my weekend to save them some time and gather some evidence of those trolls defaming Craig or Calvin, because some men just want to watch the world get sued.
Feel free to add in your own evidence in the comments.
BTC Sessions:
"#WeAreAllHodlonaut | CSW Is A Fraud | Julian Assange Arrested" https://youtu.be/T25cjaNYJIU?t=88
"Fraud Craig Wright Twitter Ban? | Continue to #DeleteCoinBase | Samourai Tor Support" https://youtu.be/P8063hIi4Yg?t=542 "Craig Is the laughing stock of the crypto market" "Has 0 credibility"
"Bitcoin Price Pumps | Bitpay Fail | Craig Wright Still A Fraud" https://youtu.be/bes3wSkzJQQ?t=468
The Naughty Investor "Fraud Craig Wright ATTACKS Ripple XRP and Ethereum ETH (DEBUNKED)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNBPsVfdyyM "Craig is public enemy #1, he attacked my two favorite cryptos" "The man know as faketoshi, which he is" "This man makes the bitconnect guys look honest....the biggest fraud in the industry"
Roger Ver "Bitcoin Cash is free of Faketoshi! - Jonald Fyookball Essay on Medium " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ85CIDF6eM
CryptoZombie Bitcoin Pumps!!! Ethereum Leads 📈 FAKEtoshi Strikes Again! Crypto at “Attractive Entry Point” https://youtu.be/6z1SJR1JMmA?t=663
Dobe4ever "Be aware of Craig's (Faketoshi) obsession with porn & kids (compilation of tweets)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDjdLVcgVdQ
SkrillaKings "Who Is Worse: Justin Sun or Craig "Faketoshi" Wright? Also, Ethereum Classic Vision Was A Scam. Duh." https://youtu.be/JfR1xbWBRTc?t=371
Fake-Toshi" Craig Wright Crashing The Market? 💥 Is Crash Short-Term? New Ripple Partnership" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GtpdFgir90
Chico Crypto Craig Wright Satoshi? No Way! Here Is Proof...Bitcoin Founder Is Still Anonymous. Bitcoin News https://youtu.be/UD9KnvcTJyw
Creepy Calvin Ayre! Underage Girls? Hoskinson “Chico=TMZ” Crypto Movie? Crypto News W/ Chip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LehJwxJYIHo
MGTOW Lifestyle "Fuk faketoshi Bitcoin cash sv looks like onecoin to me" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50giORoHO5k
Bitboy Crypto We Now Have a Super Villain in Crypto | His Name is Craig Wright aka Faketoshi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyE3OnxYNAw
Justin Sun Gives Out 2 Teslas After Backlash | IOST Pump | Calvin Ayre Wants to Sue You https://youtu.be/OzqeVKgDWZA?t=3310 The Martini Guy Internet IDIOTS Trigger me! Bitcoin and Forex Traders EXPOSED (Calvin Ayre) https://youtu.be/57eyVE7ae6c?t=249
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Currencies of Social Organisation: The Future of Money (Sherryl Vint)

so, was reading Davies, William (ed.) - Economic Science Fictions (2018) the other day, and thought i'd share the entire chapter Currencies of Social Organisation: The Future of Money from part I: The Science and Fictions of the Economy. bit long, but worth the while.
oh, and, how does it relate to holochain, some might ask again. read up. it quickly becomes self-evident.
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"Presented with the prospect of its own eternity, capitalism –​ or anyway, financial capitalism –​ simply explodes. Because if there’s no end to it, there’s absolutely no reason not to generate credit –​ that is, future money –​ infinitely."
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when thinking aboutscience fiction and money is the different kinds of currencies that are imagined for future worlds: the poscreds of Philip K. Dick’s Ubik, a currency required for every minute transaction such that the door becomes not an item you own but, rather, a provider of services for which you must continually pay, leaving protagonist Joe Chip trapped in his own apartment until someone pays his door to open; the bars of gold-​pressed latinum used by the avaricious Ferengi on Star Trek, the only thing that cannot be replicated in this post-​scarcity world, useless other than as an atavistic marker of wealth; the reputation-​ based currency of whuffie in Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, used to replace the social role money plays in creating a hierarchy in another post-​scarcity world. The inventiveness of SF writers creating objects or systems of account that might serve as money is matched by its actual history and the wide range of items that have served as currency, from large stone wheels called Rai used as money on the island of Yap, to the split tally sticks of medieval English practice, to coinage and the ideal that a gold standard is the ‘real’ value of money, to slips of paper inscribed with various authentications and, finally, to the electronic signals used to store and transmit denominations of value. It turns out that, although most of the world uses money on a daily basis and has done so for almost as long as there have been records of human civilisation, it is not very clear what money actually is. How does money work? What is the underlying relationship among some underlying thing of ‘actual’ value (gold, land, the goods and services produced by a nation), the tokens of that value (coins, banknotes, electronic account balances) and the entity guaranteeing that said tokens are, basically, the same as that underlying thing of value (the King, the Bitcoin algorithm, the European Union). Reading about the history of money turns out to be surprisingly like reading science fiction: the kind of money a society has tells us a lot about the kind of human sociality that is possible in that world. Most definitions of money agree that it needs to be three things: a medium of exchange, a unit of account and a store of value. The ‘store of value’ requirement tends to be overlooked in science fiction extrapolations, confusing whether money is simply a way of keeping ‘score’ of who owes what to whom or whether money is itself something of inherent value (even if it has no ‘use value’, such as gold), such that it will continue to be accepted even through periods of massive social and political disruption. More importantly, however, commentators agree that changes to this configuration of value, accounting, exchange practices and objects-​ serving-​as-​money are deeply consequential for the surrounding social order. Jack Weatherford argues in The History of Money, for example, that new forms of money destroy old forms of governance that were premised on the prior system of economics. 2 His book takes us through a number of such transitions: from a tributary economy of empire based on commodity money that was destabilised by the invention of coinage; through the invention of a system of banking and paper notes that disrupted and undermined the feudal system of medieval Europe by opening a path for power based on wealth (stocks and bonds) rather than on heredity (land); to the prediction that our contemporary system of electronic transfer will have similarly transformative effects on the future. Although science fiction has often imagined new objects or systems serving as currency in the future, it has seldom worked through the cultural power of money as an engine of social control, preferring to either posit post-​scarcity societies of human fulfilment, such as Star Trek’s benevolent Federation of Planets or Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe, or else envisage worlds of ever-​deepening capitalist uneven development that polarises humanity between lush zones of privilege and apocalyptic zones of deprivation that are, crucially, simultaneously produced by the same forces –​ the Sprawl of William Gibson’s cyberpunk trilogy, the orbiting gated community of Elysium (Neill Blomkamp), the privatised air of Rose Montero’s Bruna Husky series or the future of privatised food and seed corporation governance in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. Although science fiction is frequently set in the future, it is always about its present moment of production. Thus, rather than predicting future kinds of money and sociality inherent in this coming shift, the more important thing science fiction can do is to help make visible –​ through estranging extrapolation that denatures what we take to be natural –​ how money functions in our present. In Money: The Unauthorized Biography, Felix Martin argues that we misrecognise money in its classic definition. Instead of thinking of it as a unit of exchange or store of value, he argues that money is a ‘social technology’ composed of three central elements: a denominating unit of value; a system of indebtedness and credits; and the possibility that debts can be transferred to another creditor. It is this third element that is the most crucial, and he contends that, ‘whilst all money is credit, not all credit is money’. Money is a social technology of transferable credit, ‘a set of ideas and practices which organise what we produce and consume, and the way we live together’. Martin goes on to explain that to arrive at this idea it was necessary first to develop one of a universal standard of value, a concept of economic value that is detached from any particular social organisation in which a debt might be incurred. Debt thereby becomes not a social exchange between people as part of a larger social structure of mutual obligations but simply a unit of account that might be transferred to another creditor and mean exactly the same thing, as if the value measured by money was a physical property in the world instead of a measure of human social structures and decisions. This idea of abstract and universal value opens the door to some of the more deleterious effects of the social technology of money. As Martin acknowledges, ‘[T]‌the choice of monetary standard is always a political one –​ because the standard itself represents nothing but a decision as to what is a fair distribution of wealth, income, and the risks of economic uncertainty.’ For Martin, the decision to view money as a thing rather than a social technology –​ which he dates to the Enlightenment and John Locke, with his insistence that the value of the coinage had to be the ‘material’ value of the metal, not the nominal value designated by the sovereign –​ was the first step in what would eventually become our 2008 financial crisis. In the Lockean understanding of money as a thing with inherent and universal worth, a centuries-​long question regarding the degree to which money should be allowed to structure how we live with one another was short-​circuited, taken out of the realm of ethical debate and put into that of natural ‘fact’. We treat money as a mathematical truth rather than a social choice with often disastrous consequences, reducing ‘vital questions of moral and political justice to the mechanical application of objective scientific truths’. 7 With this understanding of money, Western societies came to see a myriad of complex human social relationships through the single and narrow framework of economic self-​interest. In its role as a genre that defamiliarises the present by exaggerating it into an imagined future, science fiction can serve a vital role in reminding us that money is a social technology, not a thing. For example, Andrew Niccol’s film In Time (2009) posits a world in which the unit of account is simply time: one works not for dollars or credits but for minutes, hours, days and, ultimately, years of one’s life. One of the things it immediately makes clear is how ridiculous the fiction is that capitalists and workers (that is, sellers of labour-​power) meet at the market in any manner that remotely resembles an exchange among equals: the capitalist can always wait another day for a more favourable negotiation but the worker, who needs to sell his or her labour-​power to continue to live, cannot. Niccol shows the social costs of inflation, which makes a cup of coffee cost more ‘minutes’ than it did the day before, creating dilemmas for workers who can stretch the working day only so far to accommodate the change. More and more of one’s time is spent working –​ that is, accumulating minutes to live –​ but at some point the number of currency minutes needed to sustain life exceeds the time needed to accumulate them, and the most economically vulnerable simply die. The rich, in contrast, are seemingly immortal, since their time simply existing continues to accumulate ever more minutes through the crucial fact that what they own is capital, not mere labour-​power. Time is a problematic image for currency, of course: it can function well as a unit of account and perhaps even can serve as a medium of exchange (people gamble minutes, hours and years; people give one another minutes, and such economic support is, quite literally, life support), but it is difficult to imagine how time can be a store of value. This is where the film’s attempt to critique the discrepancy between the one-​percent and everyone else falls apart: a disaffected one-​percenter with centuries of life but no purpose (Matt Bomer) decides to give his years to protagonist Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), who uses this unexpected luxury (of time that need not be productive) to penetrate the echelons of the wealthiest citizens –​ tolls to these inner zones are paid in weeks, then months, then years –​ and attempt to destroy the system of lives held in thrall to generating money. The image the film uses to convey this revolutionary overthrow is a raid on a ‘bank’ that has an accumulated stockpile of time, time that is simply sitting there unused while people expire due to its lack. Salas forms a partnership with the disaffected daughter of one of the bank’s major stockholders (Amanda Seyfried), and together they steal and freely distribute this vast quantity of ‘unused’ time, thereby ending the structures of precarity lived by those struggling to ensure they have enough ‘time’ to live another day. Rather than critiquing the limitations of imagining time as a currency, I want to focus instead on what this image makes visible: that money is a social technology, that it always is, as Martin argues, a political tool that structures the way we live collectively and what we as a society have decided is a fair distribution of wealth and risk. By so directly linking the ability to secure a wage to the chances to continue to exist, In Time lays bare an underlying logic of neoliberal capitalism that is otherwise obscured by a discourse that naturalises the market and attempts to compel us to believe that we must accommodate ourselves to its dictates rather than recognise that its very functioning is a creation of human choice. If time in the film functioned as do other currencies, of course, Salas’s heroic gesture would simply contribute to inflation, the collapse of the ‘buying power’ of a unit of time. Despite this limitation, however, In Time points us towards the fundamental injustice of an economic system that extends some people’s lives and capacities while it shortens others. The underlying issue is the relationship between creditors (those with time to spare) and debtors (those whose very lives are in bondage to an economic system). David Graeber’s masterful Debt: The First 5,000 Years is actually another history of money, despite its title. One of his most powerful claims is that we more properly understand the social technology of money as a system of debt rather than one of credit. Whereas, for Martin, money is transferrable credit, Graeber points out that this is simultaneously a transformation of the social obligations that humans have to one another into specifically economic obligations, creating a society that, taken to its logical extreme, results in a world in which all social exchange is financialised debt. Graeber begins his book with an account of the massive social disruption caused by International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans to developing nations, indebtedness that required countries ‘to abandon price supports on basic foodstuffs, or even policies of keeping strategic food reserves, and abandon free health care and free education’ in the name of prioritising the obligation to pay back debt, leading to ‘the collapse of all the most basic supports for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth’. Whereas for Martin the transferability of credit is essential to making it function as money, for Graeber it is precisely the way credit (that is, indebtedness) becomes transferable that creates the social chaos of a society that is thus premised on inequality. For Graeber, debt can become transferable only when it becomes ‘simple, cold, and impersonal’, detached from any larger social context of mutual support and purely a ‘precisely quantified’ sum for which ‘one does not need to calculate the human effects; one needs only calculate principal, balances, penalties, and rates of interest’. He traces the history of debt –​ and social crises of indebtedness –​ from the beginnings of recorded human civilisation through to the IMF crises and beyond, connecting the 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts to the same fundamental mechanisms of inequality that always structure an economy based on money: just as governments spent money to repay IMF loans rather than to offer social services to their population, so too did governments pay to protect the wealthy few who own bank bonds at the expense of other taxpayers. This was a crisis created by the seemingly endless generation of new forms of credit, new ways to make money out of records of debt, a specific form of money as capital –​ that is, as money that must continually grow. Only the power of the US military, Graeber argues, holds the world economic system together based on a fear of reprisal: ‘[T]‌he last thirty years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus for the creation and maintenance of hopelessness, a giant machine designed, first and foremost, to destroy any sense of possible alternative futures.’ Here his discussion of the history of debt begins to sound a lot like discussions of the SF imagination. In recent years critics such as Fredric Jameson and writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson have deplored the failure of the utopian imagination, our inability to imagine alternatives beyond the social order created by capitalism. For Graeber, the disappearance of hope has to do with the crushing circumstances of chronic indebtedness, a cycle that has recurred throughout history and for which, until modern times, a solution existed. This solution is an amnesty on debt, a decision to simply reset all accounts and start over whenever the burden of debt on one segment of the population became so heavy as to debilitate its chances to thrive and also to destabilise the entire social order premised on class difference between debtors and debtees. Graeber links debt forgiveness to an ancient biblical Law of the Jubilee, which ‘stipulated that all debts would be automatically cancelled “in the Sabbath year” (that is, after seven years had passed), and that all who languished in bondage owing to such debts would be released’. Martin dates the idea of periodic debt forgiveness as a way to manage the socially deleterious effects of indebtedness even earlier, arguing that records of this ‘Mesopotamian practice of proclaiming a clean slate when the burden of debt became socially unsupportable are almost as old as the earliest evidence for interest-​bearing debt itself –​ dating from the reign of Enmetana of Lagash in around 2,400 BC’. Graeber ends his book with a call for a contemporary Jubilee on international and consumer debt, arguing that it would be helpful ‘not just because it would relieve so much genuine human suffering, but also because it would be our way of reminding ourselves that money is not ineffable, that paying one’s debts is not the essence of morality, that all these things are human arrangements and that if democracy is to mean anything, it is the ability to all agree to arrange things in a different way’. The best kind of SF vision of the future of money may thus be an idea taken from the distant past, a period proximate enough to the emergence of money and its new social structures that people remained capable of recognising it as a social policy, not a fact of nature. While science fiction has often imagined post-​scarcity societies that thereby eliminate indebtedness, very little has imagined the future of monetary policy and banking. A notable exception is the work of Charles Stross, especially his novel Neptune’s Brood, which uses a passage from Graeber’s book as its epigraph. Stross imagine the future of capitalist social organisation as mutated to accommodate trading across the vast distances of space colonisation and at the high speeds of computer consciousness. Taking his cues from the fact that much of the derivative market consists of trades done by algorithms and software, often requiring an advanced degree in physics to be understood, Stross posits a future of artificial humanoid beings whose ethos is shaped by an ecology of capital treated as if it were nature. Most of the critical discussion about the novel focuses on Stross’s idea of slow, medium, and fast money. Fast money is what we are accustomed to: ‘Cash is fast money. We use it for immediate exchanges of value. Goods and labor: You sell, I buy.’ Medium money is something that more durably stores its value, and is not reliant on the vagaries of governments and fiscal policy like fast money, as in: ‘Cathedrals and asteroids and debts and durable real estate and bonds backed by the honorable reputation of traders in slow money.’ And, finally, slow money is the kind of money required to finance interstellar trade and colonisation in a world without faster-​than-​light (FTL) travel: ‘Slow money is a medium of exchange designed to outlast the rise and fall of civilizations. It is the currency of world-​builders, running on an engine of debt that can only be repaid by the formation of new interstellar colonies, passing the liability ever onward into the deep future.’The details of the novel’s adventure plot –​ featuring a forensic accountant hero –​ show us how such a society, continually passing along debt, would be filled with avarice and exploitation, with only the most instrumental of interpersonal relations. The novel is a careful and thorough figuration of the end extreme of capitalism. A vision of the future anticipated in the epigraph from Graeber above, a future of ever more overwhelming indebtedness, the flip side of money understood as transferable credit. The ultimate horizon of the novel is the reinvention of the Jubilee, the ‘systemwide rest of the financial system entailing nullification of all debts’. Its characters, shaped by capitalism as a necessary fact of life, struggle to imagine the possibility of such a Jubilee. The accountant protagonist, Krina, for example, is shocked when she hears of someone functioning as a debt termination officer, exclaiming: ‘[M]‌atters should never reach the stage where they need to terminate a bad debt! Far better to stir it up with a bunch of lumpen credit properties and shuffle it off to a long-​term investment trust for toxic assets.’ So how does Stross create the conditions for a Jubilee in Neptune’s Brood when no one is power has any incentive to forgive the debs that are the foundation of their social structure? The transformation happens because of the discovery of a kind of matter transmission that enables the equivalent of FTL travel, meaning all financial exchanges can happen at the speed of fast money, and so the accumulated stockpiles of wealth that are slow money are suddenly rendered meaningless. Indebtedness is thereby wiped out when the value of this currency collapses, since a vast slow money debt can now be paid with a pittance of fast money. Obviously Stross’s solution cannot easily be translated into our world, because we do not denominate our currencies in this way nor trade at interstellar distances. Yet I think it still holds a lesson for us that only the displacements of science fiction thinking can capture. The collapse of the slow money economy completely transforms existing power relations, and it is also devastating for those who have accumulated vast holdings in this debt-​based currency. At the same time, however, freedom from debt for others opens up so many more possibilities as to where the resources and energy might go that the positive elements of change are equally powerful to the disruptive ones. The transition is enabled in part by a branch of humanoids whose neural architecture has been transformed to communicate mental states through light, a post-​human redesign intended to make them more effective workers (bypassing the slowness of language). This transformation also changed their social order, however, in ways that ultimately sidelined money and property: ‘They’re still individuals, but the border between self and other is thinner. And they don’t hate. They own property but they don’t have strong social hierarchies –​ top-​down control is a dangerous liability to a team trying to trap a runaway natural nuclear reactor –​ they’re instinctive mutualists. They understand money and debt and credit and so on, but they don’t feel a visceral need to own: What they owe doesn’t define their identity.’ A different kind of human sociality plants the seed for a different relationship to property and money, which ultimately opens the door to detaching human futures from the tyranny of debt. If, as Martin argues, money is a social technology, ‘a set of ideas and practices which organise what we produce and consume, and the way we live together’, then science fiction can make visible the kind of social engineering done by the capitalist technology of money. As a social technology, the tool of money can be oriented towards other kinds of ideas and practices, other kinds of social orders, other kinds of subjectivities. Both In Time and Neptune’s Brood offer exaggerated and extrapolated visions of the society the current technology of money creates, focusing on the human suffering that is produced by keeping this technology in place. Science fiction has always been about the idea that social arrangements might be otherwise, about extrapolating known technologies towards novel ends. Stross gives us a tantalising hint of the possible future of a debt Jubilee, of one way we might reinvent the technology of money.

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Thank you, Grandpa, that many years ago you believed in the cryptocurrency...

Thank you, Grandpa, that many years ago you believed in the cryptocurrency...
Thank you, Grandpa, that many years ago you believed in the cryptocurrency...
English:
I remember the times when the Ether fell in price from $ 30 to $ 6, there was a panic in the market, many were shouting: "everything is gone." I, who bought Ether at 80 cents per share, were also scared then. But time passed and once Ether became worth more than 1000 dollars. Believe me, if you want to cross the road carefully, do not abuse alcohol and drugs, then you will live to the price of an Ether of one million and even 10 million dollars, and the price of the Substratum will probably be above a thousand dollars by that time.
About the price Bitcoin in the next few years, I generally will not speak. Many of you can not even imagine such a price in your head. Very soon the stock exchanges will indicate its price not at the cost of 1 bitcoin, but at a cost per 1 satoshi. Lightning Network will arrange a real technological revolution with bitcoin. Blockchain will break into the house of every family on the planet and change life beyond recognition.
Eat raw fruits and vegetables, breathe clean air, use only open software when working with private keys, enjoy life today and do not sell your crypto currency in spite of any hesitation. And then your grandchildren will then say to you: "Thank you, grandfather, that many years ago you believed in the crypto currency" ...
(Dedicated to Satoshi Nakamoto, Vitalik Buterin and Justin Tabb ...)
Русский:
Я помню времена когда Эфир упал в цене с 30 до 6 долларов, на рынке была паника, многие кричали: "всё пропало". Мне, покупавшему Эфир по 80 центов за штуку тогда тоже было страшно.
Но прошло время и однажды Эфир стал стоит больше 1000 долларов. Поверьте, если будите переходить дорогу аккуратно, не станите злоупотреблять с алкоголем и наркотиками, то доживёте до цены Эфира в миллион и даже 10 миллионов долларов, а цена Субстратума к тому времени наверняка будет выше тысячи долларов.
О цене Биткойна в ближайшие несколько лет я вообще говорить не буду. Многие из Вас даже в голове не смогут представить такую цену. Уже очень скоро биржи будут указывать его цену не по стоимости за 1 биткоин, а по стоимости за 1 сатоши. Лайтнинг Нетворк устроит настоящую технологическую революцию с биткоином. Блокчейн ворвётся в дом каждой семьи на планете и изменит жизнь до неузнаваемости.
Кушайте сырые фрукты и овощи, дышите чистым воздухом, используйте только открытое ПО при работе с приватными ключами, наслаждайтесь жизнью сегодня и не продавайте вашу крипту несмотря ни на какие колебания. И тогда потом Ваши внуки скажут Вам: "Спасибо, дедушка, что много-много лет назад вложился в криптовалюту"....
(Посвящается Сатоши Накамото, Виталику Бутерину и Джастину Табу...)
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Ides of March pick summary

My posts are not really for real day trading but for those looking for high risk and reward holdings. Ill include my new average prices that I’m in with. I am locked up and did not get to average down as much as I would have liked on a few of these. It was a rough February and I could not add more weight to these existing holdings.
Tango Mining TGV.V Avg 0.04. Swings from 0.03 to 0.045. Still holding. Going long. Like I said before things seem to becoming together for 2018. Tango seems sexy but is such a cock tease. Every month or two she gives you hope and a reason to stay. She might never put out but I enjoy her company.
Ryu Apparel RYU.V Avg 0.12. Swings from 0.25 to 0.30. This company I enjoy being invested in the most. This is an investment you can participate in. Follow them on social media. If you are shopping for athletic clothing, commit to only getting it from RYU. It's a great side effect of backing your investment. You end up with awesome clothing and you can feel good about creating awareness when wearing the brand. Help give exposer to the products. So much things going on here. When Justin Bieber and company are pumping the brand at the New York store opening this thing is going to go nuts.

Cryptoish Plays

NetCents NC.V Avg 2.20. Low volume tumble to $1.23. This stock swings heavy. Look back and see its 600% run up. This company is tightly held by their board and they did not sell off anything during that run. They are in it for the long haul. Good entry point this week. They have hired marketing teams and people and will be rolling out a loyalty program for their coin and merchant deals soon. This company I own stock and the coin NCCO. Soon I will add some bitcoin and lite coin to my NetCents wallet as well. They are a payment technology primary. Pay your way they say. This investment has took me down a path of much reading up and learning about the space they operate in. Its interesting stuff and so fresh and early with its vision.
Fintech Select Ltd FTEC.V Avg 0.40. Slow bleed to 0.16. Have to go longer. This is my oldpeoplefacebook play with bitcoin. They have done a horrible job rolling out locations. Once they do get out there and are available to the masses they should do well. Grandma is now able to go to the store and get you a birthday card with some bitcoin inside instead of a gc for itunes. They have a hard to find company website as there are companies and websites galore with that name or close to it. They are one of my biggest reds but I think they could pull it off once they get locations and go south.

WeedStocks

Nutritional High International Inc EAT.CN 0.22 to 0.50 with a peak of 0.98 - Still holding. Going long. California Dreamin’, if this hits $2.50 I’ll do a video review of the FLi truffles from L.A. on my YouTube Channel.
Friday Night Inc. TGIF.CN Avg 0.96. Sitting at 0.72. Congratulations to anyone who picked up at the dip. Going long. If this hits $2.50 by October I’ll do a video on the AMA products from Vegas on my YouTube Channel.
Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. EAC.CN Avg 0.28. Sitting at .20. Holding. Its and odd duck and I just have 10 000 shares. See what it does over the next few years. Nothing exciting yet.
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Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain-Based Products, Needs Regulatory Clarity

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain-Based Products, Needs Regulatory Clarity
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) chief executive Justin Bgoni says ZSE is interested in adopting blockchain technology if regulatory certainty can be achieved, according to a report by local news daily The Chronicle on May 20

Bgoni, while in favor of blockchain technology, is waiting to apply blockchain technology at ZSE until regulatory certainty issues have been resolved:

“Then there is the money side to blockchain technology. This is a bit difficult, in terms of regulation, we are not yet clear on this and we do not want to do something where regulation is not clear as an exchange. But the technology side is very good.”

Regulatory certainty for the crypto spaces is currently being pursued in several jurisdictions. The newly reintroduced Token Taxonomy Act (TTA) in the United States for example, seeks to provide regulatory certainty for crypto by introducing uniform definitions and reclassifying it.

ZSE is considering blockchain-based services and products in real estate investment trust securities, mineral commodities exchange, and exchange-traded funds, per the report.

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Zimbabwe is known economically for the collapse of its national fiat currency in 2015. Since then, Zimbabwe has been the focus for numerous blockchain-based currency proposals and activity, from a paper arguing that Zimbabwe is an ideal environment for bitcoin (BTC) firms to a blockchain summer school being opened in the country.

In 2017, however, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) — the country’s central bank — announced that bitcoin is illegal. That being said, RBZ Director and Registrar Norman Mataruka commented that the bank had begun investigating the risks of crypto, and that it would need to create a regulatory framework for digital assets before they could potentially legalize cryptocurrencies.

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The most impress of history member Eloncity

Andy Li was previously employed as a Cisco Principle Engineer and mastered traffic engineering. He also led ChinaCache to build an ECN/CDN solution for internet infrastructure, which is analogous to the micro-grids. Also, Andy leads the Alibaba Cloud Computing Data Center architecture team, pioneers the use of direct current distribution networks in mega data centers. Finally, since 2014, Andy has been leading POMCube Inc. to design battery energy storage systems (BESS), which can directly power DC appliances.
While working at ChinaCache, Andy experienced the most adverse condition that can happen to an internet and cloud computing company. Due to this disaster, Andy left ChinaCache, but left all his stock ownership to his coworkers and returned to America to start a new career. Although it is nearly impossible, Andy is always chasing an ideal business world without any corruption
Justin Wang, Product Manager. Justin served as Lead Architect for iCAN, NetZero, Architect, Modular Data Center, Smart3Technology. Furthermore, he was Sr. ME, Emerson Network Power, Xian, China.
And here are Dunping Yao, Hardware Engineering Manager. Dunping has 6 years experience in BMS hardware design. Other work includes being a Research Assistant, VRB charging technology for two years at INET (Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology) of Tsinghua University. Eloncity /,herocoin, bitcoin, ethereum, ethtrader, icocrypto
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Released List of Satoshi Roundtable Attendees Gathering this Weekend

Satoshi Roundtable II
This weekend a group of blockchain and bitcoin industry leaders gather again for the Satoshi Roundtable (satoshiroundtable.org) retreat. Participants in the second Satoshi Roundtable include developers, CEOs, investors, adopters and influencers from the blockchain and bitcoin world.
The retreat is limited to approximately 75 attendees and designed to encourage organic, participant-driven discussion free of the distractions of a conference.
Sessions include several topics of overall blockchain interest and a roundtable discussion on bitcoin capacity.
Please provide any suggestions you have for areas of discussion/ focus.
Partial list of confirmed participants:
Gabriel Abed, CEO, Bitt Charles Allen, CEO, BTCS Gavin Andresen, MIT / Bitcoin Foundation Adam Back, President, Blockstream David Bailey, CEO, yBitcoins Mike Belshe, CEO, BitGo Patrick Byrne, CEO, Overstock / T0 Michael Cao, CEO, zoomhash Dave Carlson, CEO, Mega Big Power Daniel Castagnoli, CCO Exodus Sam Cole, CEO, KNC Miner Matt Corallo, Core Developer Luke Dashjr, Core Developer Anthony Di Iorio, CDO-Toronto Stock Exchange, Founder-Ethereum/Decentral/Kryptokit Joe Disorbo, CEO, Webgistix Jason Dorsett, Early Adopter Evan Duffield, FoundeLead Scientist, Dash Andrew “Flip” Filipowski, Partne Co-Founder, Tally Capital Thomas France, Founder, Ledger Jeff Garzik, Founder, Bloq Yifo Guo, Tech Develope Early Adopter David Johnston, Chairman, Factom Samy Kamkar, Super Hacker Alyse Killeen, Partner, Venture Capital Investor Jason King, Founder, Unsung Mike Komaransky, Cumberland Mining Peter Kroll, Founder, bitaddress.org Bobby Lee, CEO, BTC China, Vice-Chairman of the Board, Bitcoin Foundation Charlie Lee, Director of Engineering, Coinbase/Founder of Litecoin Eric Lombrozo, Founder, Ciphrex Corp / Developer Marshall Long, CTO, Final Hash Matt Luongo, CEO, Fold Jake Mazulewicz, Ph.D. JMA Associates (guest speaker) Human performance researcher Halsey Minor, CEO, Uphold / Founder of CNet Alex Morcos, Hudson Trading/ Core Developer Neha Narula, MIT, Director of DCI – Digital Currency Initiative Dawn Newton, Co-Founder, COO, Netki Justin Newton, Founder CEO, Netki Stephen Pair, Co-FoundeCEO, BitPay Inc. Michael Perklin, President, C4 – CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium / Board Member, Bitcoin Foundation Alex Petrov, CIO, BitFury Phil Potter, CFA, Bitfinex Francis Pouliot, Director, Bitcoin Embassy, Board Member, Bitcoin Foundation JP Richardson, Chief Technical Officer, Exodus Jamie Robinson, QuickBt Jez San, Angel Investor Marco Santori, Partner, Pillsbury Scott Scalf, EVP/Head of Tech Team, Alpha Point Craig Sellars, CTO, Tether Ryan Shea, Co-Founder, One Name Greg Simon, CEO & Co-Founder Ribbit! Me / President, Bitcoin Association Paul Snow, CEO Factom, Texas Bitcoin Conference Riccardo Spagni, Monero Nick Spanos, Founder, Bitcoin Center NYC Elizabeth Stark, Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning Marco Streng, CEO, Genesis Mining Nick Sullivan, CEO, ChangeTip Paul Sztorc, Truthcoin Michael Terpin, CEO, Transform Group Peter Todd, Core Developer Joseph Vaughn Perling, New Liberty Dollar Roger Ver, CEO, Memory Dealers / Bitcoin.com Aaron Voisine, CEO, Breadwallet Zooko Wilcox, CEO, Z Cash Shawn Wilkinson, Founder, Storj Micah Winkelspecht, CEO, Gem
Also, representatives from Blockchain, Bain Capital Ventures, Mycelium, Fidelity Investments and others.
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