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1  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Child Kidnappings by the Western-European States on: April 18, 2021, 03:04:09 PM
Another cautionary tale from the last year, which caught my attention, this time from Sweden, where the child was kidnapped after the mother was accused of being too caring and of distrust in the Swedish medical institution.

https://aif.ru/society/law/za_nedoverie_u_rossiyanki_v_shvecii_zabrali_doch_posle_analizov_v_rf




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For more than two weeks, Russian woman Elena Shishina did not see her daughter. She was taken away by the authorities of Sweden, where Elena lives with her family. Swedish social services did not like that Elena dared to turn to Russian doctors to clarify the diagnosis of the child.

The Scandinavian authorities regarded the appeal to the Russian doctors as a fact of distrust in Swedish medicine. And the mother herself was accused of excessive guardianship and anxiety.

Elena moved to Sweden in 2002. First she studied there, then worked as a nanny, then got a job in a transport company.

While abroad, Elena met her future husband: a citizen of Belarus, Vitaly Bitel. From him, she gave birth to a daughter, Lisa.

Related article: Anti-human rights agencies. Russian Germans had their newborn son taken away

"I gave birth to Lisa when I was 41 years old," says Elena Shishina. — She wasn't sickly, but she always ate poorly. In Sweden, we asked for help several times, but we were always sent home, saying that the child is healthy, and you are making everything up."

But her daughter was getting worse. Lisa stopped gaining weight, began to have colic and constant diarrhoea.

It was then that Elena decided to seek help from Russian doctors. In her native Cherepovets, she still has relatives. It was during the next visit to her homeland that she decided to turn to the local doctors.

"Tests were made and they found out that Lisa is allergic to cow's milk protein and eggs," says Elena. - I had to change the mixture. And - lo and behold - Lisa's bowel disorder stopped! She began to go to the toilet normally and even started to gain weight."

But Elena's joy was premature. After she and her daughter returned to Stockholm and told local doctors that she had managed to determine the cause of her daughter's intestinal disorder, the guardianship authorities intervened. They regarded her appeal to Russian doctors as a fact of distrust of Swedish medicine. And the mother herself was accused of excessive care and anxiety. "They believe that since we did some research in Russia, we tormented Lisa, hindered her development," explains Elena Shishina. — And about all those medical tests that we did in Russia, they said that it was a lie, and I made up the diarrhoea. In their opinion, we worry too much and go to the doctors too often, and this is wrong."

Related article: "Because I'm Russian." In Switzerland, the guardianship authorities took the baby from the mother

Elena was told that after medical procedures, Lisa developed depression, the girl is not well in the family and should be removed and transferred to a Swedish shelter.

"In Sweden, they love to treat all sorts of mental illnesses, so the diagnosis of "depression" is a common thing here. We were not provided with any documents for the removal of our daughter," says Elena Shishina.  "The trial should take place only in 2 months. In the meantime, we were offered to meet with Lisa for an hour once every 3 weeks under the supervision of the guardianship authorities. But we did not agree with their proposal and asked them to change it."

Now Lisa is in a rehabilitation centre without hypo-allergenic food and, most importantly, without maternal love and affection. The Russian authorities and human rights activists have already become interested in the case.

For example, the organization "Russian Mothers" supports Elena Shishina and suspects that the Swedish guardianship authorities want to enrich themselves on the removal of the child. In their opinion, in Europe, children of this age are "a hot commodity", there are queues for their adoption.

The family contacted the Russian Embassy in Sweden. They promised to provide assistance in challenging the court's decision and in reuniting the family.

"The diplomats are in constant contact with the Russian woman. The Embassy is providing her with all the necessary assistance," Dmitry Krylov, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Sweden, told TASS. "We have sent a request to the Swedish authorities."
2  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Child Kidnappings by the Western-European States on: December 18, 2020, 04:13:48 PM
Norwegian media are slowly starting to direct attention to the CPS cases. A few weeks ago a 1-year-old child was beaten to death by a foster family, where it was placed by CPS. The family they kidnapped it from are "receiving psychological support" for the loss of their child:

https://www.nrk.no/trondelag/barn-dode-i-barnevernets-omsorg-_-biologiske-foreldre-far-krisehjelp-1.15284763
https://www.nrk.no/trondelag/politiet-tause-om-barnedodsfall-_-frykter-vitner-skal-bli-pavirka-1.15289423


In today's news, Strasbourg Human Rights Court will not be evaluating a case, brought to it by a Norwegian/Romanian family, where CPS kidnapped and placed into foster care their 5 kids. The kids were returned to the family after strong criticism from an independent psychologist report, but the case was still to be brought up in a Norwegian court. The parents decided not to take any chances and moved to Romania, foregoing meeting at the court. That is the reason for HRC to dismiss the case. The reason for kidnapping their 5 kids was that parents would occasionally smack a misbehaving kid, something that the parents did not deny. From the very beginning the parents agreed to stop this practise. However, CPS saw it fit to exert a punitive measure against the parents and the children in the form of child kidnapping.

https://www.nrk.no/vestland/menneskerettsdomstolen-vil-ikkje-behandle-barnevernssak-1.15293202

3  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Child Kidnappings by the Western-European States on: June 04, 2020, 09:25:48 PM
Resurrecting this thread once again.

For those thinking such events are rare or some kind of scare-mongering, here are articles from the Norwegian State Broadcasting company NRK with some admissions, facts and deep-dives into several cases. The investigative report was barely pushed through by the mayor of one commune, where several such child mistreatments happened.

In this case three kids were taken from their father and the siblings were split. The boys managed to persevere, though one, who is now 28, admits that he considered taking his own life, and did not do that only so as not to sadden his father. The girl suffered mental strain and is now in a psychiatric hospital for life. The single father worked shifts during their childhood, and on one occasion a social worked reported that he saw an empty refrigerator and a teacher reporting that one of the boys did not have food with him to school. The now-grown-up boy in question said in an interview that he gave away he food ration to a neighbour's dog as he didn't like eating at school. So the father not filling up the fridge and the boy not taking his food all the way to school resulted in the family torn asunder without parole. Teh commune will pay a monetary compensation, but 150000 NOK is not something that will repair their lives.

https://www.nrk.no/vestland/knusande-rapport-mot-barnevernet-i-samnanger_-_-ei-totalsvikt-1.14993512
https://www.nrk.no/vestland/knusande-rapport-mot-barnevernet-i-samnanger_-_-ei-totalsvikt-1.14993512
https://www.nrk.no/vestland/brorne-blei-feilaktig-henta-av-barnevernet_-_-eg-hadde-fa-vener.-sa-mista-eg-familien-1.15006795

The last paragraph of the first article refers to a report from 2019 conducted by the State Health monitoring organisation which shows that such cases are numerous (https://www.helsetilsynet.no/presse/nyhetsarkiv/2019/gjennomgang-av-106-barnevernsaker-om-akuttiltak-eller-omsorgsovertakelse/)

Then there is an article about a boy, who was forcibly taken from his mother and his sister and spent almost a year distribution zone, waiting for some family to adopt him. He ran way to spend Christmas with his mother, hid with relatives when the CPS and uniformed police came for him. Ultimately the police waited in ambush and 4 policemen took him away from his mother again "for his own good". In the end he, a 15-year-old, defended his case in the court and on a rare occasion managed to be returned to his mother and sister. Reason: mother had economic difficulties. The CPS used 3 million NOK to keep the boy imprisoned at the institution, money a fraction of which they could have used to give economic aid to the boy's mother.

https://www.helsetilsynet.no/presse/nyhetsarkiv/2019/gjennomgang-av-106-barnevernsaker-om-akuttiltak-eller-omsorgsovertakelse/


And finally, a very rare admission, Sentral Party, supported by the Labour are calling CPS for "systemic crisis" and are calling for a full investigation of the practice:

https://www.nrk.no/nordland/krever-full-gransking-av-barnevernet_-_-dette-er-en-systemkrise-1.15038057



In the meantime, Russian independent TV channel NTV produced a 4-part documentary about the Lisov family's ordeal in Sweden, and several other similar cases, one other particular case coming from Denmark (only in Russian):

https://www.ntv.ru/peredacha/based_on_real_events/m75060/o595956/video/
And the series on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%D0%9F%D0%BE%D1%85%D0%B8%D1%89%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5+%D1%80%D1%83%D1%81%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D1%85+%D0%B4%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%B9
4  Local / Skandinavisk / Re: Hvor fører man gevinst ved bitcoinsalg og bitcoinformue i selvangivelsen? on: April 10, 2020, 05:22:50 PM
Retningslinjene for skatteåret 2019 er på samme sted, som i fjor, men med flere detaljer og eksempler:
https://www.skatteetaten.no/person/skatt/hjelp-til-riktig-skatt/aksjer-og-verdipapirer/om/virtuell-valuta/

Det nye skjemat gjør det vanskelig å finne frem til riktige poster, så jeg gikk til det klassiske skjema på Altinn og la til post 4.1.10

Kurs per 01.01.2020 som Skatteetaten ønsker oss å bruke er 1BTC = 63.171,13 NOK
5  Local / Skandinavisk / Re: Hvor fører man gevinst ved bitcoinsalg og bitcoinformue i selvangivelsen? on: April 07, 2019, 12:19:33 PM
Og da har enda ett, ganske så turbulent, år gått forbi...

Skatteetaten har nå en egen seksjon for "virtuelle valuta" i utenlandsk(!) seksjon.

https://www.skatteetaten.no/person/skatt/hjelp-til-riktig-skatt/aksjer-og-verdipapirer/om/virtuell-valuta/

Der deles informasjonen i kjøp, salg, mining og formue.

Ifølge "formue" seksjonen, så er det post 4.1.10 (Formue andre finansprodukter) som skal brukes til rapportering.
I eksempelet viser de da også til omregning via USD.

Jeg må si at dette blir vanskelig byråkratisk sett når kjøp og salg inngår (Hva med BTS->EUR->ETH->BTC, regnes det som kjøp og salg når NOK og uttrekk er ikke involvert?). Når staten behandler penger som verdipapirer, blir det omtrent som å be én å redegjøre for hjer 50-lapp og hver kronemynt brukt og anskaffet gjennom året, og jeg jeg bruker BTC som betalingsmiddel...

Uansett, de nye retningslinjene hos skatteetaten må leses og analyseres nøye før årets selvangivelse er klart.

Basert på Skatteetatens eksempel, så er kursen ved utgangen av året : 1BTC = 32.518,45 NOK
Om jeg bruker Oanda og oppgir 01.01.2019 får jeg: 1BTC = 32.673,10 NOK
6  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Child Kidnappings by the Western-European States on: April 06, 2019, 06:46:38 PM
^^^ I agree. However, parents need to be disciplined if they are harming their own children... and I mean real harm, not simply a disagreement with public, socialistic indoctrination. If the parents simply don't know how to keep from harming their own children (negligent or life-training harm), they should be trained regarding how to not harm their children.

Generally, taking the children away from their parents, damages the children more than leaving them with their parents would have. In addition, many children who are removed from their home wind up as child sex slaves who are sold by government people to pedophile groups.

Cool

Sadly, that is the case. The initial idea of the child protection services was good. But the actual implementation has gone really bad. The only reason of separation of the children from parents should be proven gross abuse of the children. In all othe cases, the services should educate the parents and, possibly, monitor the situation, without parting the kids from their parents.

Some good news regarding the case from the 3rd of April:

Love & justice: Russian family reunited by Polish court decision after fleeing Sweden
https://www.rt.com/russia/455659-poland-court-russia-children/

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A Russian father, who fled with his three daughters to Poland, going against Swedish social services which put the children in a Muslim foster family, finally received justice as a Polish court allowed the girls to stay with him.

On Wednesday a Polish court decision, ruling that Swedish social services had violated an EU convention that forbids placing children in foreign cultural environments, ended a forced separation of a father and his daughters who are 12, 6 and 4 years old.

    3 rosyjskie dziewczynki miały być bezprawnie odebrane ojcu przez szwedzkich urzędników na polskiej ziemi.

    Naruszeniu prawa międzynarodowego sprzeciwiło się @OrdoIuris

    Błyskawiczna reakcja mec. @BartoszLewand20, wsparcie rządu oraz RPD doprowadziły do skierowania sprawy do sądu! pic.twitter.com/DbOzTTuaHr
    — Jerzy Kwaśniewski (@jerzKwasniewski) April 3, 2019

Denis Lisov, who came to Sweden seven years ago, learned that social services decided to take away his three daughters and place them in a Muslim foster family after his wife was admitted to a hospital with mental illness. The services decided that Denis, who wasn’t officially employed at the time, couldn’t take proper care of the girls.

Though Lisov's family formally retained custody of the children, the father only had the right to see them six hours a week.

...

After a year apart Denis Lisov took desperate measures to leave Sweden for Russia with his daughters. However, the family was stopped in Warsaw by Polish authorities as Sweden reported the girls missing. Through the intervention of Russian diplomats and lawyers, the children were not sent back to Sweden, and the case was handed to the courts.

...

The case has received a lot of attention in all three countries. Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński praised the ruling tweeting “The Court decided that the children should stay with their father. Well done the police and the border police.”

In Russia, children’s ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova thanked her Polish counterpart for the attention to the matter and promised assistance to the Lisov family.

7  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Child Kidnappings by the Western-European States on: April 03, 2019, 04:01:37 PM
I am resurrecting this old thread of mine, on account of another hair-raising child state-kidnapping case, this time in Sweden.


A Russian citizen, who reclaimed his children from a foster family, asks for asylum in Poland
http://www.aif.ru/society/law/zabravshiy_svoih_detey_iz_priemnoy_semi_rossiyanin_poprosil_ubezhishcha_v_polshe

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Moscow, April 3 - AIF-Moscow.

Russian citizen Denis Lisov, who took his children from a foster family in Sweden, asked for refugee status in Poland, writes RIA Novosti.

Advisor to the Russian Embassy in Poland Vladislav Vybornov explained that Lisov lived earlier in Khabarovsk, then asked for asylum in Sweden. When his wife was hospitalized with a serious illness, the guardianship authorities took his three children - four, six and twelve year-olds - and placed them in the foster home of Muslims from Lebanon living in Sweden. According to the official version, the children were given away due to the fact thatLisov allegedly coped poorly with their parental responsibilities.

Lisov decided to return home, but since he had no Russian documents, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Swedish Gothenburg gave him a certificate, according to which he and his children could fly to Moscow through Warsaw.

The Swedish authorities placed the adopted children on the police wanted list. Lisov with his three children was detained at the airport of Warsaw.

Lisov's lawyer Bartosz Lewandowski said that he requested asylum in Poland to "protect themselves from the Swedish services." The defence insisted that at the time of trial the children would remain with the father. Levandovsky intends to file a petition for non-admission to participate in the trial for representatives of the family who adopted Lisov's children.
8  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: Bitminter bitcoin mining pool - Pays TxFees, Merged Mining, Fair PPLNS rewards on: March 31, 2019, 11:56:34 AM
And pity about the tale block Cry
I was hoping to get the credit for the January through March work effort, before turning the rig off for the warm months (it's basically only on during the colder months as an alternative to the 1000W electric panel oven). Hopefully another block turn up soon while some of the later shifts are still eligible for pay.
9  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: Bitminter bitcoin mining pool - Pays TxFees, Merged Mining, Fair PPLNS rewards on: March 27, 2019, 09:18:05 PM
Since when did the VPN access become blocked? Especially since BitMinter is promoting use of VPN, albeit from another provider.

This network was blocked because of the amount of spam coming from them. I've removed the block - try it again now.


Thank you. It's working for me now. Spam is an inherent problem with any VPN, which affects the legitimate VPN use.
10  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: Bitminter bitcoin mining pool - Pays TxFees, Merged Mining, Fair PPLNS rewards on: March 23, 2019, 10:57:39 PM
Since when did the VPN access become blocked? Especially since BitMinter is promoting use of VPN, albeit from another provider.

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Error 1005 Ray ID: 4bc3fc544baa8661 • 2019-03-23 22:54:10 UTC
Access denied
What happened?
The owner of this website (bitminter.com) has banned the autonomous system number (ASN) your IP address is in (9009) from accessing this website.
11  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Musings on the state of the home mining hardware on: October 22, 2018, 08:17:46 PM
Which reminds me, the Avalon4.1 could run quietly and at bottom clock had comparable efficiency to its contemporary the S5.

Looked at Avalon 4.1 specs. It looks quite promising for the home use, especially if I manage to mod it with another fan.
Do you think this seller is legit? The price seems to be on the lower side http://krasminer.com/products/Avalon-4.1-%E2%80%93-1.3T.html
12  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Musings on the state of the home mining hardware on: October 22, 2018, 05:23:11 PM
Take a look at Canaan Creatives twitter. They are releasing a mining heater at the end of this month.

https://twitter.com/canaanio/status/1053122034278969344

That's interesting! Thanks for the heads-up. Definitely something to watch.
13  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Musings on the state of the home mining hardware on: October 22, 2018, 04:40:42 PM
With the autumn setting in in the Northern hemisphere and the temperatures dropping,  it's time to turn on the heating. For this I use electric heaters ranging from 600W to 1200W, depending on the room size. And as with the previous winters, I turn on the trusted KnC Saturn (2 modules x150W, 300GH). It gives warmth, and is quiet enough with its 140mm/120mm fans.

This time I thought I'd check if there are any viable upgrades, which would be quiet (<28-32dB), draw under 1500W of power and be a bit more efficient, than the Saturn.
Profitability was not a concern - this would primary be a glorified room heater with a side bonus of giving something in return and supporting the Satoshi vision of decentralisation (why not a miner in every house?).

After analysing data at https://www.asicminervalue.com/ (it has dB readings!) and ploughing through a few threads, I came to the conclusion that no such option, sadly, exists. The now-defunct and trouble-riddled Antminer R4 was the closest, but even it was too loud for my taste.

I'd love to see a form factor, similar to the stand-alone, modular and compact one of the Antminer S9 (or, even, S3), yet equipped with a couple of Noctua NF-F12 or NF-S12A fans and as much hash power that such cooling could handle. I guesstimate that the power draw of such system would be limited to something between 600W-800W and about 5-6Th/s of hashing power.

Not as spectacular as Whatsminer M3, but that would allow the mining (which is still a race to the bottom) to come to the homes as an unobtrusive heating hardware.
USB sticks are an option, and I still have a few U1s running in the same heating setup, but they are not as manageable as a stand-alone mine, which you can place anywhere in the house.

So, have I overlooked something? What are the options for a home miner, who is not after maximising the profitability or hashing power, but rather after minimising the noise level?
14  Local / Skandinavisk / Re: Hvor fører man gevinst ved bitcoinsalg og bitcoinformue i selvangivelsen? on: April 12, 2018, 02:27:27 PM
Det blir 4.5.4 i år også, uten noen ekstra skjemaer:

https://www.skatteetaten.no/person/skatt/skattemelding/finn-post/4/5/4/

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4.5.4 Annen skattepliktig formue

Gjelder for inntektsåret 2017

Hvis du har annen skattepliktig formue per 31. desember føres verdien i denne posten. Med annen skattepliktig formue menes for eksempel formue av bitcoins eller annen kryptovaluta, kapitalisert festeavgift, rettigheter knyttet til skog/utmark, andel av selskap med deltakerfastsetting (RF-1221) og/eller NOKUS (RF-1246).

Skattepliktig formuesverdi er 90 prosent av verdien av disse formuesobjektene:

    Netto formue andel NOKUS-selskap
    Andel av netto formue i KS, ANS mv.
    Andel av felles netto formue i KS, ANS mv.
    Annen formue innenfor inntektsgivende aktivitet
    Formue av kapitalisert festeavgift
    Rettigheter knyttet til skog/utmark

Skatteetaten beregner automatisk rabatten på 10 prosent av disse verdiene i skatteoppgjøret.

Oanda-kurs for BTC-NOK for 01.01.2018 er 1BTC = 117.697,00 NOK

Interessant å observere stigningen fra år til år  Grin
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Russia says BTC will never be legalised - do you think we'll see a knock on? on: November 30, 2017, 09:56:37 PM
It is quite true. I believe that it will. Russia will never allow the free circulation do not of their territory is a controlled currency. The methods of the struggle can be very hard. During the Soviet era in Russia shot people for trade dollars. Putin came from the KGB so I assume any options.

Could you please stop this bullshit? You've been watching too much CNN/BBC stuff...
If you want to go down that route, you should remember what US government did to people holding gold in the beginning of 20th century.

As for Russia, it is quite innovative, when the blockchain technology is concerned. Re Buterin's talk with Putin regarding the technology in general in Ethernet in particular.

What Nikiforov said is that Bitcoin will not be made a legal state tender on the territory of RF. But then again, neither are dollars or Euros are legal tender in Russia. And neither is Euro or Rouble a legal tender in USA.

Now, if you want the state of affairs regarding Bitcoin and blockchain in Russia, I'd suggest the following two reads, closer to source, i.e. Russia:

Russia’s Love Affair With Crypto Confuses Many
http://russia-insider.com/en/russias-love-affair-crypto-confuses-many/ri21668

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“After the meeting, it seemed to me that the light flicked on for him [Putin]” Tom Luongo, an expert on the Russian economy, told VICE News. ”This was a way to rapidly push forward Russian financial and banking services, they are now moving rapidly to effectively digitize their entire economy.”

Bitcoin megacity could rise in Russia's Siberia
https://www.rt.com/business/410028-russia-bitcoin-megacity-siberia/

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Russia may soon build a city in Siberia just to mine cryptocurrency. The idea is to provide a new source of income for people and the state, and in the future create a rival to Silicon Valley.

The city should be located in Siberia or the Far East, not far from a large hydroelectric power station, according to Russian State Duma member Boris Chernyshov.

Cryptocurrency mining has become popular in Siberia due to the region's low energy costs. The process requires computing power and lots of electricity. Irkutsk has become a hub for cryptocurrency mining because electricity is very cheap, about five times less expensive than in Moscow.

"A mining city will help people make money, buy apartments and other things they need. It will replenish the state budget at the expense of taxes. If we build such a settlement near the border, for example, with China, this will immediately cause great interest, there will be flows of business tourists. Such a place will become a business hub, bringing investment from abroad. This is a driver, a point of growth," said the deputy.


16  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: Bitminter bitcoin mining pool - Pays TxFees, Merged Mining, Fair PPLNS rewards on: October 30, 2017, 07:35:45 PM
Thank you for the summary!
What is the best way to "split the coins"? Would it be to send mined coins to the BTC wallet, then wait for 20-30 confirmations before sending BTC out of the wallet? As far as I understand, that way the BTC inputs in a transaction would differ from the inputs on the B2X chain, correct?
17  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Do run a Bitcoin Core FULL NODE Now! on: October 30, 2017, 06:59:18 PM
I don't quite see the benefit of run your own full node.
Aren't the miners already providing the needed computational power to verify the transactions?
What am I missing here?


Mining - computational power for processing of the transactions.
Full node - a complete copy of the Bitcoin ledge, that miners read and write against. Full nodes ultimately "vote" which chain is perceived as main by the miners.
18  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / A must-read in-depth informative article on the SegWit2x on: October 30, 2017, 06:55:16 PM
B2x Fork - What It Is, Why I Don't Support It and How I Am Trading It
https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/blog/segwit2x-is-an-attempted-hostile-corporate-takeover-of-bitcoin

This article gives a very good run down of what the coming fork is about, the arguments for larger blocks and against segwith2x.
It delves into the technical aspects without being to technical. It points a searchlight at the closed-door NY agreement. It scrutinises the questionable competence of the SegWit2x developer.

Please also read the statement from the Bitcoin Core team:

Beware of Bitcoin's possible incompatibility with some major services
https://bitcoin.org/en/alert/2017-10-09-segwit2x-safety
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Do run a Bitcoin Core FULL NODE Now! on: October 30, 2017, 06:34:44 PM
Having a full node running is a very good idea - that is one of Satoshi's visions behind the decentralised nature of Bitcoin.

I have had one running 24/7 since I first acquainted myself with Bitcoin. Currently the blockchain database uses 150GB (I have it on a dedicated 238GB SSD disk, dimensioned for growth).
20  Bitcoin / Press / [2017-09-09] ‘They’re real’: Russia eyes regulating Bitcoin & other cryptocurren on: September 09, 2017, 05:45:49 PM
‘They’re real’: Russia eyes regulating Bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies
https://www.rt.com/business/402594-cryptocurrency-russia-regulation-law/

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Russia is developing a legal framework that would regulate the purchase of cryptocurrencies, Russia’s finance minister says, adding that the government wants to legitimize cryptocurrencies and wind down the black market.

Speaking at the II Moscow Financial Forum, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov reassured Russian fans of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that the government has no intention of outlawing cryptocurrencies.

“The state understands indeed that crypto-currencies are real. There is no sense in banning them, there is a need to regulate them,” the minister said.

Instead, the Russian financial authorities are now working to bring operations with cryptocurrencies into compliance with Russian law. The legislation, to be ready by the end of the year, envisions registration of would-be buyers and a clear definition of buying procedures and rules of circulation.

Explaining the need for tighter regulation, Siluanov pointed out that those investing in virtual money are subject to greater risks due to the lack of external regulation.

“We must make an organized market out of the black market,” he said.

While not disclosing details of the proposed law, Siluanov said the ministry’s goal is to make the purchase of cryptocurrencies covered by law to the same degree as buying treasury bonds and other securities.

Earlier it was reported that Russia is mulling prohibiting the mining of cryptocurrencies in apartments. The procedure is deemed unsafe, as substantial increases in power consumption may result in fire.

...

The last bit can be viewed as funny, but some people in their desire to mine could overload both the local grid, as well as producing more heat than their surroundings could absorb/cool.
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