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1  Economy / Speculation / Should there be a sticky that explains certain terminology used for speculation? on: October 06, 2014, 06:12:15 AM
I think it'd be nice to have information for newbies who want to learn more about how the exchanges work.
2  Other / Politics & Society / Appeals court in Texas allows $3 million defamation suit to proceed against home on: September 05, 2014, 08:41:58 PM
so any texas lovers upset about this shit? the part where the first amendment is ignored, in favor of the fracking industry's agenda?

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Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

So much methane has migrated into the well on Lipsky’s Parker County estate that he can ignite the stream that flows from it with the flick of a barbeque lighter. The Wisconsin transplant blames the phenomenon on nearby gas drilling in the Barnett Shale. In the past three years, he has shared those suspicions in Youtube videos, the film Gasland Part II and in news reports.

Range Resources, the accused local driller, has maintained it is not to blame. In 2011 it filed a lawsuit against Lipsky, his wife Shyla Lipsky and Alisa Rich, a toxicologist the couple hired to test their well. The $3 million suit alleges the three conspired to “defame and disparage” Range and force federal regulators to intervene. Range representatives did not respond to interview requests.

In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency charged Range with tainting the well and ordered the company to provide drinking water to Lipsky and a neighbor. But the agency withdrew that order after the Railroad Commission of Texas said Range was not linked to the contamination.

Following more complaints from Lipsky and his neighbors, the commission took a second look at the contamination. Its report last May said evidence was “insufficient” to implicate the driller. The methane “may be attributed” to unrelated processes, including migration from the shallower Strawn formation, which lies just beneath the aquifer, the report concluded. “Further investigation is not planned at this time.”

Independent scientists are still studying the neighborhood's wells.

Attorneys for the Lipskys and Rich have asked courts to dismiss the defamation suit, pointing to a 2011 tort reform law intended to protect free speech. The law opens the door for the early dismissal of meritless legal claims filed to intimidate critics — so-called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs, that seek to quiet opponents by drowning them in legal fees.

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/09/05/free-speech-case-springs-fracking-dispute/
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Is someone on a mini-donation spree? on: September 05, 2014, 05:21:51 AM
i noticed someone sent me .00001 btc recently.. it hasn't been verified yet actually. looked up the address and he's made plenty of donations, and some signatures contained links to peoples' accounts on here. thanks, whoever it is. so far .238 btc have left his account.

https://blockchain.info/tx/1a599d230ae08259e257db0e7fea65d7fb1a2b1d2d4d93f158db8227a529309c
4  Other / Meta / If someone sends me a scammy PM, should I report it or no? on: August 20, 2014, 01:44:28 AM
I'm not sure if I'm supposed to report to an admin.. seems like scams are kind of treated as laisez faire here, but maybe i'm wrong?

hi_i_am_a_nerd already has a bad reputation, and he's sending me a link to some website that appears to be a wallet phisher.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=210340

here is the original message:

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Hi..

we are looking for knowledgable user and developer feedback for our site/wallet.
 skype contact is: emabujnova
 reward: 50$ IN BTC for you.
 bitsolution.org

5  Economy / Service Discussion / Newegg offers a PS4 for $319.99 with Bitcoin (exclusive payment only) on: August 19, 2014, 10:28:26 PM
http://slickdeals.net/f/7146826-sony-playstation-4-319-99-free-shipping-newegg-pay-with-bitcoin?v=1

i think bringing more attention to these exclusive deals will help us draw in more users.. so if you have an SD account, please thumb it up.. or buy it if you are looking for a good deal on a PS4.
6  Other / Politics & Society / Hilary Clinton's foreign policy is already terrifying on: August 13, 2014, 04:25:39 AM
this is my biggest knock on her.. and the more she shows that she intends to enforce american influence around the world, the better she makes rand paul look to young people.

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The Iraq War sank Hillary Clinton when she ran for president in 2008. The former first lady and then-US Senator's refusal to call her vote authorizing the invasion a mistake made her seem just enough like a George W. Bush clone to alienate liberal Democrats and hand some guy named Barack Obama their party’s nomination. But she doesn't seem to have taken the rejection to heart, and may have actually become even more prone to saber-rattling since.

In a recent interview with the The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, the former Secretary of State talked Syria, Israel, Iraq, and the Obama Doctrine—if that’s really what we’re calling it now. In addition to all but admitting she is ready to run for the most powerful office on planet Earth two years from now, Clinton sounded a nostalgic tone for the bellicose American rhetoric of the Cold War, defended Israel's latest brutal assault on Gaza, and knocked Obama for not meddling in foreign conflicts more often.

“Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don’t do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle,” Clinton said, offering her most aggressive criticism yet of Obama’s famously (some would say toxically) "pragmatic" approach to the world. “You know, we did a good job in containing the Soviet Union, but we made a lot of mistakes, we supported really nasty guys, we did some things that we are not particularly proud of, from Latin America to Southeast Asia, but we did have a kind of overarching framework about what we were trying to do that did lead to the defeat of the Soviet Union and the collapse of Communism. That was our objective. We achieved it."
The Iraq War sank Hillary Clinton when she ran for president in 2008. The former first lady and then-US Senator's refusal to call her vote authorizing the invasion a mistake made her seem just enough like a George W. Bush clone to alienate liberal Democrats and hand some guy named Barack Obama their party’s nomination. But she doesn't seem to have taken the rejection to heart, and may have actually become even more prone to saber-rattling since.

In a recent interview with the The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, the former Secretary of State talked Syria, Israel, Iraq, and the Obama Doctrine—if that’s really what we’re calling it now. In addition to all but admitting she is ready to run for the most powerful office on planet Earth two years from now, Clinton sounded a nostalgic tone for the bellicose American rhetoric of the Cold War, defended Israel's latest brutal assault on Gaza, and knocked Obama for not meddling in foreign conflicts more often.

“Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don’t do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle,” Clinton said, offering her most aggressive criticism yet of Obama’s famously (some would say toxically) "pragmatic" approach to the world. “You know, we did a good job in containing the Soviet Union, but we made a lot of mistakes, we supported really nasty guys, we did some things that we are not particularly proud of, from Latin America to Southeast Asia, but we did have a kind of overarching framework about what we were trying to do that did lead to the defeat of the Soviet Union and the collapse of Communism. That was our objective. We achieved it."

http://www.vice.com/read/hillary-clintons-foreign-policy-is-already-terrifying-812
7  Economy / Speculation / $1.6 million property purchased through bitpay on: August 13, 2014, 01:17:07 AM
that's quite a bit of money.. it would explain why the price has crashed yesterday-ish. it seems bitcoin's market cap is not nearly big enough to absorb this kind of action.

http://www.siliconbeat.com/2014/08/12/tech-entrepreneur-pays-1-6-million-in-bitcoins-for-tahoe-parcel/
8  Other / Politics & Society / Does it seem like things are getting progressively worse? on: August 08, 2014, 08:20:18 AM
Or is it the fact that people always tend to think that the present moment is always the worst?

There is so much crazy shit going on in the world right now.. you have the Putin vs. The West, Israeli-Palestine conflict, ISIS storming through Iraq and murdering innocent people, civil war in Syria, and health concerns about the Ebola virus..
9  Other / Politics & Society / Obama claims that he is against a centralized internet, yet he.. on: August 06, 2014, 09:36:49 PM
appoints Tom Wheeler, a lobbyist for for cable and wireless industries, as the head of the FCC.

there are usually two sides to the story, and i think a lot of people here hate obama for political reasons.. but i strongly doubt there's another justifiable side to the story on this case.

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He was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with positions including President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Wheeler
10  Other / Politics & Society / Rich Koreans Withdrawing Huge Amounts of Won from Banks on: August 05, 2014, 05:24:36 AM
south korea is very technologically adept.. probably one of the most technology-friendly countries in the world. now with these new tax laws, it seems like they are flocking to gold.. and possibly bitcoin?

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A lot of wealthy people in Korea have been withdrawing billions won from banks recently, a so-called “exodus of money.” This money exodus started one or two years ago, and has been proven by the statistics of the Bank of Korea.

According to the statistics of Bank of Korea, individual or corporate accounts with amounts greater than 500 million won (US$484,470) in commercial banks have constantly increased, to a total of 79,940 accounts in 2011. The amount, however, started to decrease from 2012, and there were only 72,400 such accounts last year. The total balance of those accounts increased by 80 trillion won (US$77.5 billion) within one year of 2010, but decreased by 13.7 trillion won (US$13.2 billion) last year.

Wealthy people have three major reasons for this withdrawal trend. The first one is that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), started by the U.S. government in July, is effective in Korea as well. FATCA requires financial companies to report the names and account balances of overseas financial accounts, if U.S. citizens or permanent residents have them, to the U.S. tax authority. As the automatic exchange of tax information between Korea and the U.S. was concluded, Korean financial institutions should report the list of U.S. clients with more than US$50,000 (51.6 million won) in assets to the US government. If unreported overseas assets are revealed, the U.S. government imposes multi-million dollar fines. Accordingly, rich US citizens and permanent residents who live in Korea have moved their assets to gold or commercial real estate.

The second reason is that the targets of aggregate taxation on financial income expanded to people who have more than 20 million won (US$19,397) of financial income annually (originally 40 million won, US$38,726). The maximum tax rate of aggregate taxation on financial income is 41.8 percent.

Considering the current one year interest rate of a savings account is around 2.7 percent, deposits of 800 million won (US$775,152) or more are imposed with an aggregate taxation on financial income. Many wealthy people are withdrawing their deposits in order to avoid taxes.

http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/5726/exodus-money-rich-koreans-withdrawing-huge-amounts-won-banks
11  Other / Politics & Society / Israel Flagged as Top Spy Threat to U.S. in New Snowden/NSA Document on: August 05, 2014, 04:59:59 AM
http://www.newsweek.com/israel-flagged-top-spy-threat-us-new-snowdennsa-document-262991

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Israel was singled out in 2007 as a top espionage threat against the U.S. government, including its intelligence services, in a newly published National Security Agency (NSA) document obtained by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, according to a news report Monday.

The document also identified Israel, along with North Korea, Cuba and India, as a “leading threat” to the infrastructure of U.S. financial and banking institutions.

The threats were listed in the NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List, according to the document obtained by journalist/activist Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept, an online magazine that has a close relationship with Snowden, a former NSA and CIA contractor who fled the U.S. with thousands of top-secret documents last year.

Newsweek Magazine is Back In Print

In this new document, Israel was identified by the NSA as a security threat in several areas, including “the threat of development of weapons of mass destruction” and “delivery methods (particularly ballistic and nuclear-capable cruise missiles).” The NSA also flagged Israel’s “WMD and missile proliferation activities” and “cruise missiles” as threats.

In a section of the document headed “Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence; Denial & Deception Activities: Countering Foreign Intelligence Threats,” Israel was listed as a leading perpetrator of “espionage/intelligence collection operations and manipulation/influence operations…against U.S. government, military, science & technology and Intelligence Community” organs.

The term “manipulation/influence operations” refers to covert attempts by Israel to sway U.S. public opinion in its favor. In this, Israel has dubious company, according to the NSA: Other leading threats were listed as China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, France, Venezuela and South Korea.

Israel has similar company in threats against U.S. infrastructure, according to the NSA document. Under a section headed “Mastering Cyberspace and Preventing an Attack on U.S. Critical Information Systems,” Israel, India, North Korea and Cuba are identified as “FIS [financial/banking system] threats.” Israel also appears on the list of countries believed by the NSA to be “enabling” electronic warfare “producers/proliferators.”

The new document again underscores the schizoid relationship between the U.S. and Israel, which cooperate closely in military and intelligence operations but also aggressively spy on each other. A previously released Snowden document said that “one of NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel.” Another revealed that a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate ranked Israel as “the third most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S.,” behind only China and Russia.

In a series of articles last May, Newsweek reported that “Israel has been caught carrying out aggressive espionage operations against American targets for decades,” an allegation vociferously denied by Israeli officials, who insisted that Jerusalem stopped spying on the U.S. after the late 1980s arrest and conviction of its secret agent Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Naval Intelligence analyst. Over the weekend, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Israel eavesdropped on Secretary of State John Kerry’s cellphone conversations during Middle East peace talks in 2013. (According to a July 20, 2014, piece in The New Republic, “The Kerry team spoke more carefully over cell phones, believing the Israelis might be listening.”)

The State Department had no comment on the Der Spiegel allegations.

Washington’s protective relationship toward Israel is heavily influenced by its close cooperation in intelligence operations against common Middle Eastern threats, such as Iran, Syria, terrorist groups and the Palestinians.

Citing NSA documents, Greenwald’s piece in The Intercept says, “The relationship has, on at least one occasion, entailed the covert payment of a large amount of cash to Israeli operatives.” The NSA and its British counterpart also “rely on U.S.-supported Arab regimes, including the Jordanian monarchy and even the Palestinian Authority Security Forces, to provide vital spying services regarding Palestinian targets.

“Over the last decade,” Greenwald added, “the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC.”

even the closest allies to the U.S. are not considered friends to us.
12  Other / Politics & Society / Ebola outbreak linked to secret Monkey Meat trade on: August 04, 2014, 08:16:48 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713707/Secret-trade-monkey-meat-unleash-Ebola-UK-How-appetite-African-delicacies-British-markets-stalls-spread-killer-virus.html

you brits, man.

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Ridley Road has been identified as a hub for the secret market in ‘bush meat’ — the flesh of exotic animals such as chimpanzee, monkey, porcupine, fruit bats and even giraffe, slaughtered in the African bush and smuggled into Britain.
It is estimated that a staggering 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat enters Britain each year, the bulk of which is bush meat.
The trade has hitherto been defended on cultural grounds, as little different to Britons eating rabbit or venison. But it is now at the centre of a terrifying health crisis.
13  Other / Off-topic / Auntie Fee's Sweet Treat for the Kids on: August 01, 2014, 02:28:40 AM
Sweet Treats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VXQltHSkyY

You don't need to bake it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHbajQ8U8Fw

she is hilarious.. wish she had her own shit. i would watching the mothafuckin shit out of it.
14  Other / Politics & Society / Glenn Greenwald interview by Vice on: July 21, 2014, 06:44:04 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoCPdLh_FiQ

pretty good, insightful stuff.. i think it clarified issues why our government wants to collect data on every detail in our lives. it's definitely not to fight terrorism.

i think we should question what privacy means to us, before we end up losing it completely and living under a totalitarian state.
15  Other / Politics & Society / Timothy Draper, Silkroad Auction winner, plans to cut California into 6 states on: July 15, 2014, 06:05:24 AM
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(Reuters) - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years.

Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities.

"It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians," said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. "The idea ... is to create six states with responsive local governments - states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents."

Salazar said Monday that the campaign had gathered more than the roughly 808,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the November, 2016 ballot. Draper and other supporters plan to file the signatures with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday.

But the plan has raised bipartisan hackles across the state, and opponents say it stands little chance of gaining voter approval. If it does win the support of voters, it must still be passed by Congress, which opponents say is also unlikely.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/15/us-usa-california-breakup-idUSKBN0FK03P20140715
16  Other / Politics & Society / Karl Rove and the modern money machine on: June 27, 2014, 06:56:32 PM
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/karl-rove-and-the-modern-money-machine-108019_full.html#.U627wfldVaZ

more big money in politics than ever.. and it's obviously coming more from one party  Wink
17  Other / Off-topic / Rank which senses you value the most on: June 22, 2014, 04:37:20 AM
1. seeing
2. hearing
3. tasting
4. smelling
5. touching

although losing the touch sense would mean sex wouldn't be that great  Cheesy
18  Other / New forum software / Any way to incorporate a priceticker on this forum? on: June 21, 2014, 09:41:48 PM
would be nice, instead of having to load a webpage.. at least for the people who spend a lot of time here.
19  Other / Politics & Society / How to Get More From Police Self-Surveillance: Don't Turn It Off on: June 15, 2014, 03:42:03 AM
the numbers show that there are fewer and fewer crimes being committed, while the middle class/poor segment of the population are growing. it's probably due to this:

https://news.vice.com/article/how-to-get-more-from-police-self-surveillance-dont-turn-it-off
20  Other / Politics & Society / Netflix refuses to comply with Verizon’s “cease and desist” demands on: June 10, 2014, 06:22:10 AM
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/06/netflix-refuses-to-comply-with-verizons-cease-and-desist-demands/

man these cable companies are getting quite creepy.. there's no limit to the kind of shit they'd be willing to do to sell "airspace" to internet services like netflix. if the new anti-neutrality bill passes, this will become a more and more common occurrence.. the big cable companies would be very, very powerful.
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