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1  Economy / Economics / Argentinian Economy Nosedive Attracts Crypto Investors as Peso Falls on: September 23, 2018, 06:30:53 PM
Argentinian Economy Nosedive Attracts Crypto Investors as Peso Falls

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Argentina is not quite undergoing the pain of Venezuela but it’s beginning to feel the economic pressure, driving numerous investors to Bitcoin as a safe haven for their pesos.

The Argentinian economy has shrunk by 4% during the second quarter, with President Mauricio Macri’s government announcing that it expects the economy to shrink further by 2.4% this year. One of the causes of the slump has been attributed to a drought that occurred early in 2018 which severely damaged soybean and corn production.

https://bitcoinnews.com/argentinian-economy-nosedive-attracts-crypto-investors-as-peso-falls/

It looks like another country on the brink of financial collapse made people to move their money to bitcoin as a leverage to their problems. It really looks though that bitcoin or crypto is challenging the traditional hedge (gold or other precious metals). Perhaps one advantage of crypto is that it's easy to spend as compare to gold that's why people really find it easy to shift their cash to fight inflation and survived. This could be a good test case again, as we have seen Venezuela and Zimbabwe staying afloat because of bitcoin/cryptos.
2  Economy / Economics / Lehman Weekend: The Biggest Bankruptcy in American History on: September 14, 2018, 12:43:13 PM
It was like 10 years when Lehman Brothers collapsed followed by a global and economic disaster. But we have to thank that this event has happened otherwise Satoshi wouldn't created Bitcoin in the first place. It was the catalyst for him to invent a P2P currency without any intermediary (usually banks), and to operate without any government's intervention, thus decentralization.

Personally though, I was affected by this event, was laid out after September 2008 and was out of job for about a month. I was caught by surprised because there's some assurance that we wouldn't be affected, but damn we are totally wrong.

How about you guys, you directly affected by it? Do you think that if Lehman was saved by US government, Satoshi wouldn't push to create bitcoin? Or it is inevitable? The man himself will release it with or without the financial meltdown in 2008?
3  Economy / Marketplace / OKEx Coin Delisting on: August 15, 2018, 03:31:30 PM
I don't know if traders at OKex is aware that some of the coins will be de-listed at 12:00 Aug 17, 2018.

(https://support.okex.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012770652-OKEx-Implementation-of-Token-Delisting-and-Hiding)

I hope that most of you doesn't have any of that shit coins If you still holding much better to liquidate them if possible to avoid the headaches.
4  Economy / Gambling discussion / Boxing News: Crawford beats Loma for ESPY fighter of the year (2018) on: July 19, 2018, 05:14:35 AM
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Terence Crawford has been named the 2018 ESPY Best Fighter for his wins over WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, Julius Indongo and Felix Diaz. It’s a nice accomplishment for the 30-year-old Crawford to get the ESPY award, but his biggest win was over Horn, a fighter that won a controversial 12 round decision over Manny Pacquiao last year.

(https://www.boxingnews24.com/2018/07/terence-crawford-named-2018-espy-best-fighter/)

Since we are still in the Manny Pacquiao's fever, it was reported that Crawford wins fighter of the year over Lomachenko. This two has been in the discussion on who's Manny going to face next. So its going to be interesting if either one of them can get in the ring with Pacquaio and prove themselves against the legend.
5  Economy / Web Wallets / Jaxx Wallet and Bitcoin Wallet Security Issues on: March 15, 2018, 07:55:39 PM
According to Cheetah Mobile's blockchain research: (https://cryptovest.com/news/bitcoin-jaxx-wallets-have-security-issues-cheetah-mobile-warns/)

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Bitcoin, Jaxx Wallets Have Security Issues, Cheetah Mobile Warns

The blockchain research division of Cheetah Mobile warned on Tuesday it had detected serious security weaknesses in two of the most commonly used mobile digital currency wallets - Bitcoin Wallet and Jaxx Blockchain Wallet.

Anyone heard about the security flaw on Jaxx and Bitcoin Wallet? Quiet surprise though the Jaxx still exist as there are problems with this wallet ever since. Just want to give a fair warning to those who still uses Jaxx to store their crypto coins. As I still some members still recommending it to newbies. Just be careful and until their is a fix, don't used this wallet as not to get compromise.
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Disappointed with Banks on: November 08, 2017, 05:02:51 AM
Yesterday, I accompanied my wife to a bank because she wanted to open a new account. We went to the first bank and it seems everything is ok. However, I noticed that they are asking too much questions, like what is the purpose of opening one and where are the money coming from, so I find it quite surprising. Then they asking a lot of identifications and I have to go home to find another proof of billing address. And then what irritates me is that the bank manager is asking too much question about me, eventhough my wife already noted that its not a joint account. But later, the bank manager declined our application, so I was very pissed. Next we went to another bank were my wife has a previous account but due to personal reasons, she has so closed it years ago. So the same thing happened, and I was again so pissed because my wife already should 2 ID's and the bank manager says that the signature of each one is identical. My wife reasons out that his SSS ID is like taken 20 years ago so due to time, there might be some deterioration on the pictures, and of course they might be some discrepancies because the ID is too old. Again she was declined. This got my thinking that I would not transact to any banks, though my last transaction with a bank is like 2 years ago.

Do you guys have the same experienced? I understand that this maybe because of the KYC/AML complaint but at least they should used their common sense on checking ID's or documentations.
7  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-08-02]Bitcoin Exchange OKPAY Wants To ‘Sue’ GitHub Over “Libelous” BTC-e C on: August 02, 2017, 05:35:46 PM
Bitcoin Exchange OKPAY Wants To ‘Sue’ GitHub Over “Libelous” BTC-e Claims

OKPAY CEO Sergey Mayzus has said he is preparing to sue GitHub following accusations he was involved with BTC-e.

A group of the exchange’s customers, which set up an action page on GitHub, had encouraged the public to “report” Mayzus to FinCEN and Cypriot financial authorities over “working closely together” with BTC-e.

“Mayzus and OKPay are working closely together with BTC-E,” the website still reads.

Mayzus subsequently retaliated saying his lawyers had sent GitHub a request to remove the “libelous” content but had not received a response.

“However, up to this day, we have not received a response from the owners of the above website and have not come to an understanding with GitHub Inc., which brought the lawyers of my companies to start preparing a lawsuit against GitHub Inc. and the owners of the website btceclaims.github.io,” he wrote in a statement on OKPAY July 31.

Full Read Here: https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-exchange-okpay-wants-to-sue-github-over-libelous-btc-e-claims

Another interesting information has resurfaced again today that has added another drama in the BTC-e seizure. To quote GitHub:

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Sergey Mayzus, founder of Mayzus. Mayzus and OKPay are working closely together with BTC-E

This is such a accusation indeed. Sergey Mayzus already released a official statement denying any connection with BTC-e.

https://www.okpay.com/es/company/news/mayzus-official-statement-in-connection-with-btc-e-closure/
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Exchanges that will not support 'Bitcoin Cash" on: July 27, 2017, 06:23:28 PM
Here's what well-known exchanges that will not support BCC in an event that their is a fork:

The first bitcoin trading platforms to announce they will not support the BCC hard fork were GDAX and Coinbase. The GDAX exchange is a subset of the Coinbase company, and the August 1 UAHF plans are the same.

Poloniex Leaves the Decision Up in the Air

“Even if two viable blockchains emerge, we may or may not support both and will make such a decision only after we are satisfied that we can safely support either blockchain in an enterprise environment,” explains the U.S. based exchange Poloniex.

Itbit Will Not Support the UAHF Outcome

“Itbit will not support the trading of Bitcoin Cash — If customers want to access Bitcoin Cash immediately following the fork, they should withdraw their Bitcoin to an external wallet address on or before July 31, according to standard cutoffs,” Itbit details. 

Bitmex and Exodus Choose to Decline BCC Listing

“As such, Bitmex will not support the split or distribution of Bitcoin Cash, nor will Bitmex be liable for any Bitcoin Cash sent to Bitmex,” the company’s blog explains. “Therefore, it is up to our users to withdraw from Bitmex prior to August 1st if they wish to access Bitcoin Cash tokens or any other hardfork.”

Bitstamp Says BCC is an ‘Altcoin’ and Will Not Support the Protocol

“In the event of a User Activated Hard Fork (UAHF) on 1 August or thereafter, it is important to clarify that Bitstamp would not be in a position to support Bitcoin Cash (BCC), the coin associated with the Bitcoin Cash proposal,”

Source: https://news.bitcoin.com/fork-watch-these-bitcoin-exchanges-will-not-support-bitcoin-cash/




9  Other / Politics & Society / Oxford study claims Duterte paid trolls to promote or defend him online on: July 26, 2017, 12:34:26 AM
MANILA, Philippines — A University of Oxford study found that $200,000, around P10 million, was spent to hire trolls who would spread propaganda for President Rodrigo Duterte and target his opposition.

The study titled “Troops, trolls and troublemakers: A global inventory of organized social media manipulation” looked at how political parties and candidates across 28 countries deploy "cyber troops" who use a variety of strategies, tools and techniques to shape public opinion.
 
Countries included in the research were Argentina, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, North Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.
 
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/24/1721044/duterte-camp-spent-200000-troll-army-oxford-study-finds

LOL. I really find it funny that no less than Oxford are doing a study on President Duterte and others as well on the strategy on how he won the election in the Philippines. He is already in the office for 1 year already and they are still hell bent on attacking him. I remember there was a supposedly coup attack back in December but didn't materialized because it didn't get any support from the masses. And despite the backing of some of the richest people in the Philippines and abroad, it didn't push through by lack of support. I agree that Internet now is really being used by a lot of politicians in different parts of the globe, but I have my reservations about Duterte or his camp using paid trolls to promote him. He is already known before his candidacy. Whether its true of not, Duterte has still the support of the people. He's rating is still very high in the last survey.
10  Other / Politics & Society / Dr. Michael Coffman, The Patriot who exposed Agenda 21, passes away on: July 18, 2017, 05:52:36 AM
Dr. Michael Coffman, a firebrand patriot known for exposing Agenda 21 and the globalist gameplan to end rural America, passed away after a battle with cancer.


Infowars recently found out about the loss of Dr. Coffman, who explained how the globalists wanted to restrict world populations to tightly controlled megacities in the Alex Jones documentary Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement.

Coffman, who held a Ph.D in Forest Science, was once instrumental in stopping the ratification of a biodiversity treaty which would have triggered the eventual disappearance of private land ownership through piecemeal use restrictions.

https://www.infowars.com/dr-michael-coffman-patriot-who-exposed-agenda-21-passes-away/
11  Other / Politics & Society / The last survivors on Earth may well be the tardigrade on: July 15, 2017, 09:59:26 PM
The last survivors on Earth may well be the tardigrade

The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.

The new study published in Scientific Reports, has shown that the tiny creatures, will survive the risk of extinction from all astrophysical catastrophes, and be around for at least 10 billion years -- far longer than the human race.

Although much attention has been given to the cataclysmic impact that an astrophysical event would have on human life, very little has been published around what it would take to kill the tardigrade, and wipe out life on this planet.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170714071459.htm

Damn. You would have thought that we have this kind of species, totally indestructible species. Interesting facts.

12  Other / Politics & Society / Kremlin Documents Suggest Link Between Cyber Giant And Russia Spy Agency on: July 08, 2017, 03:15:46 PM
U.S. intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia’s spying apparatus.

Now, official Kremlin documents reviewed by McClatchy could further inflame the debate about whether the company’s relationship with Russian intelligence is more than rumor.

The documents are certifications issued to the company by the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

https://epeak.info/2017/07/06/kremlin-documents-suggest-link-cyber-giant-russia-spy-agency/

If this is really true then it would hurt Kaspersky as it has already supplemented itself as one of the trusted Anti-Virus out there.
13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Cryptocurrency Exchange Kraken on: July 07, 2017, 11:37:55 PM
This week a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the San Francisco-based trading platform Kraken. A group of customers have revealed that their holdings of 3,414 ETH was liquidated during an Ethereum market flash crash. According to the plaintiffs the cryptocurrency exchange suffered from a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack at the time having many Kraken users unable to use the service.

https://news.bitcoin.com/class-action-lawsuit-exchange-kraken/

I think customers have the right to sue them. However, I don't know what will be the impact of this on the other exchanges and trading platform. Let's just wait and see how's things turn out in the next couple of months.
14  Other / Politics & Society / Nikki Haley Picked The Wrong Day To Complain About Her Job on: July 06, 2017, 06:13:55 PM
Nikki Haley Picked The Wrong Day To Complain About Her Job

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley would like the country to know that while its citizens were eating hot dogs and watching fireworks, she was spending the Fourth of July in meetings due to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launching the country’s latest missile test.

https://epeak.info/2017/07/05/nikki-haley-picked-the-wrong-day-to-complain-about-her-job/

What's your thoughts about her?  Grin

15  Other / Politics & Society / 4chan Has A Plan To Shut Down All The Creepy Children’s Video Proliferating in Y on: June 26, 2017, 06:20:19 PM
4chan Has A Plan To Shut Down All The Creepy Children’s Video Proliferating On YouTube

It’s an open secret on YouTube that “toy channels” or channels producing videos for children are insanely fucked up. Not all, but some make bizarrely sexual, graphic content that receives millions of views from unsuspecting kids.

We’ve written about the sexual Elsa and Spiderman videos, where actors in from Vietnam or former Soviet bloc countries pantomime strange sexual situations. We wrote a piece on sexual Minecraft videos, and even popular, mainstream videos that film disgusting poop videos with child actors. There’s also dozens of subcategories we never covered, like Mickie Mouse scat and piss videos, disturbing Russian child bondage videos, and so much more.

The videos use keywords children are likely to search, like popular Disney characters, poop, fart or toilet. They are able to ensnare the attention of children and rack up millions of views, which earn the creators thousands in shared ad revenue with YouTube.

https://epeak.info/2017/06/25/4chan-has-a-plan-to-shut-down-all-the-creepy-childrens-video-proliferating-on-youtube/

YouTube should be the one monitoring what videos are being uploaded on their website and take it down if deem unappropriate. It looks like a lot of videos being uploaded are really exploiting and targeting the innocent children. And for the parents, you have also the responsibility to look at what your children are watching in YouTube.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Ireland’s first gay prime minister is formally elected on: June 16, 2017, 09:32:38 PM
Leo Varadkar has made history in Ireland by becoming the country’s first openly gay prime minister, as well as the youngest

Leo Varadkar was formally elected taoiseach at a confirmation ceremony in the Dáil in Dublin yesterday after winning the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month.

The former GP and son of an Indian father and Irish mother, won the vote by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstaining. His parents Ashok and Miriam were present to see him receive his seal of office. The couple met when they worked in an English hospital in the 1960s.

Varadkar’s partner, Matthew Barrett, who is a doctor, was also watching. Varadkar came out as gay shortly before the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland during an interview with RTÉ, Ireland’s national television broadcaster.

https://www.positive.news/2017/archive/27532/irelands-first-gay-prime-minister-formally-elected/


I think this is a big deal for the once Catholic Republic of Ireland. But times are changing now. And people are not defined by their sexuality.


17  Other / Politics & Society / Recognising Australia’s first peoples ... properly on: May 20, 2017, 06:17:26 PM
Australia will soon take an important step towards potentially recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its Constitution.

The Referendum Council is due mid-year to report its final advice to the Commonwealth Government and the Opposition on constitutional change. The advice will inform a final model to be taken to a referendum.

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/q-amp-a-recognising-australia-s-first-peoples-properly

I think this is long overdue. They should have recognized the Indigenous Australians years ago.
18  Other / Politics & Society / A new Ebola outbreak hits the Democratic Republic of the Congo on: May 13, 2017, 12:59:35 AM
Since the end of April, a number of people in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo have become sick with an “undiagnosed illness,” and three people have died as a result. Yesterday, the country’s Ministry of Health told the World Health Organization that one of the deaths was caused by the Ebola virus.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/12/15632502/ebola-world-health-organization-democratic-republic-congo

This should be contained asap, otherwise it will cause a public health crisis again in DR of Congo that will take a lot of innocent lives.
19  Other / Politics & Society / South Korea election: Moon Jae-in claims victory on: May 09, 2017, 03:40:55 PM
South Korean's today elected a new President Moon Jae-in. And it looks like he is opened to negotiate with their North Korean brothers. It looks like this will shake up the political landscape in the region. I haven't read or seen any reaction from the official news agency from North Korean though regarding the result of the elections.

"Moon is expected to overhaul Seoul's policy on North Korea, looking to open talks with Pyongyang and challenge the deployment of a controversial US missile defense system. Such a position stands in stark contrast to the hard-line conservative policy of former President Park."


http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/asia/south-korea-election/index.html
20  Other / Politics & Society / Duterte: I called Xi at Trump's request on: May 05, 2017, 07:37:56 AM
Philippine President Duterte revealed that President Donald Trump called him up and asked him to talk to President Xi of China to act a "broker" with North Korea:

Duterte: I called Xi at Trump's request

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday revealed that his conversation yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping was made at the request of US President Donald Trump.

Duterte on Wednesday had a phone conversation with Xi, and one of the topics they discussed was the situation in North Korea. On Saturday, Trump phoned Duterte to discuss the same issue.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/04/17/duterte-i-called-xi-at-trumps-request
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