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1  Other / Politics & Society / Re: SKY NEWS BBC NEWS CNN NEWS C4 NEWS ITV NEWS ARE LIARS STATION NEWS .. on: October 29, 2018, 11:07:30 AM
There’s no such thing any more as ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’.  It’s impossible to listen to any one news outlet and expect just the news….maybe Reuters or AP from time to time.  You have to go into it knowing the bias of the news station overall and filter yourself as you’re reading or listening.  Everyone has an agenda and sponsors and Boards of Directors to protect, so of course there are lies.  The six figure celebrity reporters are complete liars.  The Economist magazine used to be good and maybe Techcrunch is good for some relief from the hype.
2  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US national held hostage in foreign nation on: October 29, 2018, 10:40:24 AM
Right after this post Kashoggi’s son left Saudi Arabia for the US.  No matter what Saudi Arabia would have wanted, it was too late to hold captives.  That didn’t work out so well for them with his father in their embassy.  Saudi Arabia has to roll out the PR campaign of the century while keeping their heads low long enough to publicise the punishment of a ‘fall guy’ for the murder.  Governments will issue travel bans whenever they can get away with it because they don’t want dissidents.  Right now, Saudi Arabia can’t, but if it could, it would.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Re: BRAZIL HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT: JAIR MESSIAS BOLSONARO on: October 29, 2018, 08:37:41 AM
Brazil’s reputation in the West is abysmal.  A huge landmass with massive natural resources, urban population centres with incredible potential and pristine beaches for the tourist industry.  Remember, Brazil was the B in the ‘Brics’.  However the media couldn’t stop making fun of Brazil’s inefficiency during the olympics and the recent prison riots replete with reports of ISIS style beheadings making Brazil seem out of control.   If Brazil is to demilitarise its favelas and allow the cities to grow it may take a leader like Bolsonaro.  Unfortunately though seems that he’s going to be a terrible custodian of the rainforest and all of the ecological ramifications that privatising giant swaths of it will have.  Hopefully he’s in power long enough to clean up the cities, but not to destroy Brazil’s natural resources through unimpeded mining.
4  Economy / Speculation / Re: China on: October 29, 2018, 08:03:04 AM
China recently released its censorship regulation for blockchain startups.  Like a dam, when you fill one hole another pops up.  The Chinese people are too entrepreneurial to be held back by the heavy handed “Great Firewall of China” censors.  Like www.coindesk reported on Oct 22, 2018, its citizens regularly post on the ethereum blockchain to evade censors.  Yes, the Chinese government’s incessant communist censorship may slow down blockchain innovation, but they’re such an overall economic powerhouse that it won’t affect their economy.
5  Economy / Economics / Re: China systematically hijacks internet traffic on: October 28, 2018, 11:55:19 PM
According to Wikipedia, “ Internet censorship in China is among the most stringent in the world”.  We’ve all heard about the Google vs. China fights for years now.  Just because China is guilty of massive censorship, doesn’t mean that they are hijacking information, but I would be suspicious.  After all they were calling incidents of re-routing of highly sensitive US Department of Defense information including email addresses a ‘mistake’ back in 2010, so this is nothing new (see telegraph.co.uk Nov. 2010).  Common sense says that world power operating as a unitary one-party socialist republic just might be hijacking something.
6  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bitcoin is not banned! on: October 28, 2018, 10:41:53 PM
When you look in Wikipedia to see which countries ban bitcoin, you’ll see that on paper, there are ‘absolute bans’ of bitcoin transactions in certain countries.  However, the real test is to see the activity on localbitcoins.com.  A few countries claim to have an ‘absolute ban’, but there are plenty of traders who will accept bank deposits to release the bitcoin, like in Egypt.  But then in Algeria, there’s only one person offering very limited transactions due to its ‘absolute ban’ (or really scary enforcement penalties in this country).  Overall, people are active in bitcoin everywhere whether or not the government is in approval. 
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How to prove source of funds 4 bank? on: October 28, 2018, 04:45:53 PM
This is why the big privacy coins have been so popular.  Trying buying as many goods and services as you can with venders that accept bitcoin or the other privacy coins.  You just need to prove the source is not nefarious (drugs, human trafficking, terrorism) and that you’ll pay your taxes.  Eventually they’ll release the funds.  Also, in the future, when you do a transfer, try a smaller amount.
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: ICOs and listing on: October 25, 2018, 10:56:23 PM
It’s just about visibility and access to investors.  Many new ICO’s offer break through solutions to real world problems, but don’t have the money raised even after the ICO to list on an exchange that provides the exposure they need.  A mid-range exchange should be good enough to raise capital for development.
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: ETF approval is high on: October 25, 2018, 09:26:37 PM
As a recent article from cryptoslate by Anthony Xie suggests, there is momentum for the SEC to approve a physically backed ETF.  This will offer other major cryptos a goal to strive for in the future  as long as they can hold up to the approval process.  Hopefully this will  encourage cash flow and demand to the cyrypto markets all around.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: what are you gonna do? on: October 25, 2018, 08:38:36 PM
Though the Bitcoin market is stalled, as was predicted the day the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, or CME, introduced bitcoin futures trading, the future of cryptocurrencies is still bright.  Many factors are being put in place which could attract institutional investors to take a stake in lesser known cryptos other than BTC and Ethereum that are being launched this year.
11  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Modern society is a human farm on: October 22, 2018, 10:48:58 PM
George Orwell wrote Animal Farm in 1943 which was was born from his observation during the purges of the Spanish Civil War of,  "how easily totalitarian propaganda can control the opinion of enlightened people in democratic countries".   More clearly, the book is a satire of the Russian revolution and a critique of the Stalinist Russia that was born from it.  The animals (actually the pigs) run the farm with brutal totalitarianism.  I don’t know if this or any forum can liberate us, but unlike George Orwell’s Animal Farm, it is a platform for a free flow of information sparked by the growth of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.   
12  Other / Politics & Society / Re: IPDC - War on drugs a failure on: October 22, 2018, 10:19:10 PM
Since alcohol is such a contributor to morbidity and morality, wouldn’t legalising drugs make heroin and cocaine the new alcohol?  So now all the extra taxes the government collects it spends on cleaning up addicts?  Seems like wishful thinking that more legalising drugs thereby making more addicts will somehow NOT affect society negatively as they mingle amongst us and our families around town on an LSD high.   
13  Other / Politics & Society / Re: IPDC - War on drugs a failure on: October 22, 2018, 06:32:29 PM
Mexico’s drug traffickers (before they qualified as cartels) filled the void the Colombian cartels left in the 1990s.  There was ample workers and land and the politicians didn’t bother dealing with it or were being paid off.  The Philippines is not inheriting a trafficking  from Colombia like Mexico did and Duterte is attacking way before it balloons (whether or not it it would ever have deserved such a crackdown, and he’s just using it as a platform to justify dictator tactics). 
So how do we measure failure?  Seems that in Mexico it’s mostly failed due to ongoing violence.  In the US it’s mostly failed due to ongoing demand.  In the Philippines it may have succeeded only because it was attacked (justifiably or not) so early on.
14  Other / Politics & Society / Re: New elected president in Mexico. on: October 22, 2018, 03:37:00 PM
Mexico launched a full scale war on drugs in 2006, which, though a good cause, only made things worse.  With the cartels providing so many jobs so quickly, Mexico’s educational system could not produce trained citizens ready for the the workplace fasts enough to compete.  In addition, cartels were paying off politicians, receiving immunity from agents (US & Mexican) for turning on others, and forming their own para- militaries which caused mass killings.  Finally policies are beginning to be made in the US to cut the drug consumption at its core and authorities have been successful in apprehending Cartel leaders in recent years. 

I bet Mexico wishes its political problems had been mainly corruption and economic distress as this post suggests instead of its bloody War on Drugs since 2006. 
15  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What would education be like in a society where work was optional? on: October 22, 2018, 01:39:26 PM
As history shows us in during FDR’s WPA programs of during the American Great Depression, governments are tasked with ensuring their people have jobs.  If most jobs are allowed to become automated in countries like China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and even Turkey, then who will feed, clothe and house the masses?  Stephen Hawking said in 2016 that automation along with other factors put many populations at "the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity."  However, there are many bright spots.  According to an August 23 2018 Forbes article by Sameer Maskey,  AI can be leveraged by businesses and NGOs and governments in the areas of emergency response (earthquakes & typhoons), agriculture, medicine delivery, education, and, of course, jobs. 
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Global Economic Crisis's and CryptoCurrency on: October 18, 2018, 10:46:28 PM
True.  Crypto coins are a way for new technologies to be introduced and to raise money for development.  Right now though, Bitcoin seems mainly to be either a driving force or a fly in the ointment with which governments must contend, mostly on a regulatory basis.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What do you think in the future on DONALD TRUMP in his term of presidency ? on: October 04, 2018, 09:14:53 PM
The stock market is up and unemployment is down.  North Korea & US are talking for the first time since the end of the Clinton Administration with Madeleine Albright.  Iran is being economically squeezed and its proxies are being exposed for drug running to fund terrorist activities as opposed to being coddled by the last administration.  What is not a laughing matter is that Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement which may have been very reckless….too early to see. 
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: Let's talk about South Korea and ICOs. on: October 04, 2018, 06:51:31 PM
As early as the 1960’s South Korea was looking to West Germany as example of hard work and reconstruction to acheive economic growth.  So now that they’ve been accepted as a developed country for a while, It’s a natural progression that they should be embracing ICOs and goes hand in hand with South Korea’s leadership in the tech sector with their mobile media and apps inventions.  The ban in South Korea last winter created a lot of FUD, so hopefully the market will improve overall if it’s lifted.
19  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Is government responsible for solving unemployment ? on: September 05, 2018, 12:16:19 PM
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) just put out a report that predicts that while technology (especially AI) will have a huge impact on employment, it will be up to the government to make policy accordingly.  Governments will have to make sure the pre-college educational system gives kids a more technologically marketable education.
So yes, employment is the government’s job.  FDR knew that with the Works Programs he implemented in the US in the wake of the 1929 Depression there. 
20  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: How to find early investors ? on: September 05, 2018, 11:40:37 AM
A company called AngelList has been around for a while, but maybe you don’t qualify for the amount of money they raise for projects.  You’ll have to research it.  Their minimum investment in a start-up might be $1mill.  Good luck.
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