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Cryptocurrency Economics

Crypto Confidential – Adventures in the Underbelly of the Cryptocurrency World

It’s no secret that I love Bitcoin and have a deep fascination with the entire ecosystem of cryptocurrency. That love affair goes back to working with alternative currencies and barter systems in the 1990s and then extends through the 2000’s as I learned about the possibilities of using digital currencies to disempower banks, corporations, and governments.

In 2017, I jumped into the swirling maelstrom of digital money and began learning everything I could about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Bitcoin and the thousands of digital ‘altcoins’ that exist alongside it. In early 2018, I decided to get as deep into this underbelly as I could by finding a project, joining a team, and building a crypto token.

This is the narrative of that journey. I joined the ‘Lupecoin Project’ first as a supporter and then as a co-founder. Together we built a community, created a token, and shared a vision. There was good, there was bad, and there was ugly. I don’t want to mislead anyone – none of us were deep in the muck – we weren’t doing scam ICOs, ripping off supporters, or figuring out how to steal millions of dollars. We weren’t buying and selling sex workers, drugs, and murder on the famous Silk Road. In fact, we were just a bunch of pretty nice guys trying to build something we thought might make the world a better place – and failing miserably at it.

In Crypto Confidential, my goal is to teach the reader as much as I can about cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, blockchain, and the bizarre communities surrounding this cool technology. After reading this book, the reader will have a much clearer understanding of why blockchain and crypto are among the most important and revolutionary technologies today. In addition, the reader will learn about the bizarre history of Bitcoin and what Ethereum, and altcoins are. Along the way, the reader will be informed about the many scammers, scams, ripoffs, and strange personalities that live in the crypto underbelly.

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Economics Politics

The Obscenity of Borders and Walls

Borders and walls are artificial constructs created primarily as control systems for the population within them, rather than, as is popularly suggested to protect said population from without. Think about it for a second.

Who makes borders? Governments.

Where do governments get their economic ability to create force and restrict freedom? From collecting taxes.

Where do taxes come from? They come from the people who live inside the borders of a territory. Borders are nothing less than a system that allows for the use or threat of force against a population in order to extract a tax from that population – which is then used to beef up (secure borders), create regulations, and extract further tax in the form of tariffs, restrictions on migration, and – in general – population control.

Your first reaction might well be that the above is ridiculous – but give it a moment. It will become clear.

But what about protecting us from terrorists? Terrorists don’t recognize borders and the ones most likely to kill you already live within twenty miles of where you live. Statistically, your chances of being killed by a terrorist are close to zero – not because of borders, but because in all reality , you are not a person or in a place that fits a terrorist target. If you are killed by a terrorist, you will likely be killed by a terrorist who shares the same nationality as you. In the unlikely event that a foreign terrorist kills you, it is most likely that they will enter your country legally and the borders will not stop them. The 911 terrorists were all allowed to cross the border legally. They were all in the U.S. legally. Stricter borders would not have stopped them.

But what about protecting our jobs? Do you work in migrant agriculture? Are you a nanny or maid? In general, migrants take the jobs that you don’t want to do. If you want to be an apple picker, no one is stopping you. There is plenty of demand. The pay is terrible and the work is hard. It’s not at all likely that a migrant is going to take your job as an investment banker, a trucker, a teacher, a cop, or a barista. If they do, they probably navigated the immigration system to come here legally and then overcame the xenophobia present in most U.S. companies to get the job, which – frankly, shows that you were probably pretty bad at your job.

But….borders protect us from invasion, right? No. There are no armies waiting to march into your country unless you live in the Middle East or the former Soviet Union. Diplomacy and guns stop armies from invasion. Borders are to control citizens.

So, if borders don’t stop terrorists, don’t protect jobs, don’t protect from invasion – what are they for? They are for drawing circles around people and saying “These people belong to me (as a country) and I reserve the right to take a percentage of all of their labor, charge them a percentage on all they spend, and charge a duty (tariff) on any goods coming into this territory (thus driving up the price and increasing the sales tax at the same time). Borders are tax control systems. That is all they are.

They are the among the most inhumane, unnatural, and offensive inventions of humankind.

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Politics Religion

It’s Time for a New Jesus Story

Everyone loves Jesus. Whether you think he was the son of God, a myth, a real person, a story – or whatever – it’s pretty much impossible not to love Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He loved people, he shared his food, he didn’t judge anyone, he walked the Earth and practiced loving kindness.

He gave us such gems as “The meek shall inherit the Earth” “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s ” “Turn the other cheek” “Love thy neighbor as thou would be loved” and “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do” – I mean, Jesus was amazing. He didn’t get angry when his neighbors decided to bury some woman under a bunch of rocks after killing her by throwing the rocks at her – instead he just said. “Let him who has not sinned throw the first stone” – they were all embarrassed and dropped their rocks – but once he left, they probably picked them up again and killed the woman.

And that’s the problem with Jesus. He was incredibly naive and blind to the true nature of most humans. He said “…they know not what they do” in regards to the people hitting him with branches, nailing him to some boards, and pelting him with stones – but he was wrong. Those motherfuckers knew exactly what they were doing.

Jesus was wrong about a lot of things. “The meek shall inherit the Earth” bullshit – the conniving, greedy, dishonest, sociopaths shall destroy the fucking Earth. They are doing it. They’ve been doing it all along. Meanwhile, all of the people who actually do know better, the people who see what is happening have been turning the other cheek and being anally gang raped while they attempt to love the pricks who are fucking them to death as they would be loved.

Meanwhile, those same assholes have cut and pasted the scripture that suits them and use it to force more victims to submit to their destructive, homicidal (and suicidal), and bat shit fucking crazy greed driven agenda. The meek aren’t going to inherit shit except an uninhabitable planet, a grim and painful death, and the creation of a literal hell on Earth. We’re already there friends. This ain’t the fucking ‘Good Place’.

We need a new Jesus story.

Fighting Jesus

We need a fighting messiah! We deserve a royal ass kicker who uses his crown to strangle the unjust. We require a no holds barred, tell it like it is, call out the bullshit and serve it a death sentence spiritual leader who punishes the guilty, raises up the good, and humiliates the hypocrites. We don’t need a bullshit ‘prince of peace’ to lead us to salvation after death…we need an unforgiving revolutionary hero who fights tooth and nail for what is right and offers no quarter in the fight to save our planet, our souls, our god-forsaken humanity.

There are already several incredibly kick-ass Jesus stories to help us find our way. First, let’s not forget that Jesus went into the temple to talk about God and meditate on life and he found a bunch of slimy money lenders disrupting the peace of the temple. Did he let the meek inherit the Earth? Did he leave? Did he turn the other cheek or treat them as he wanted to be treated? Fuck no. He freaked the fuck out and started breaking tables and picking up motherfuckers and tossing them out. This might be the last of the true stories left from the true Jesus.

Muslims revere Jesus. Yes, you read that right you ignorant so called Christian fucks. Muslims believe that Jesus never died but God grabbed him and took him to heaven saying “this is one tough son of a bitch, I can use a tough man like him to lead my armies at the end of time”

Muslims believe that at the end of the world – the armies of darkness will be in control and they will be destroying the planet and killing all life on it and at that time, God will raise up an army of the righteous and send Jesus back down to Earth to lead those armies to victory – not by sitting peacefully and wishing for a better world – but by killing and destroying those who have taken it and are destroying it. Jesus is coming back and he isn’t bringing peace and light and forgiveness – he’s coming back to kill the bankers, the polluters, the liars, the cheats, the swindlers, the abusers, the bullies, and the hypocrites. Jesus won’t be alone, he’ll be joining a new hero who raises up an army of the righteous. That new hero is called the “Mehdi”.

All the idiotic Christian hypocrites are waiting for Jesus to come and save them but he’s not coming to save them – he’s coming to rid the world of them. The Muslims have the right idea. We need a Jesus like that.

Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of good Christians – unfortunately they are following a gospel that was written to control them and keep them meek, submissive, and enslaved. The real Christians and Muslims are quietly fighting, resisting, biding their time, waiting for the right moment to strike. Meanwhile, the fake Christians and their allies are starting wars, destroying the planet, enslaving children for profit, putting profits over people, and generally just having a good time making this world a living hell for the rest of us.

We need the Fighting Jesus. We need some new Jesus stories. They’re coming.

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Politics

The United States of America is broken and probably beyond repair

I know that no one wants to consider this possibility, because frankly – it’s a terrifying prospect for the entire world – but unfortunately, the government of the United States of America is broken and probably beyond repair.

I’m not just talking about Donald Trump, though I think he is a symptom of the problem – as well as an accelerating factor. He played a huge part in breaking it – but it wasn’t him alone. The U.S. government hasn’t been good for a long time. There was a time, under Obama, when things seemed to be heading back in the right direction. I firmly believe that Obama went into office with the intention of fixing the major systemic problems. If you look at his first campaign and the beginning of his first term – you can see that he was trying. And that’s when the biggest cracks began.

From the beginning, Obama was besieged by racism, questions about his religion, his birth, and his background. The far right didn’t bother with the truth and racists latched onto every opportunity to erode his credibility – with very little success. Trump’s political rise actually started with the false accusation that Obama was not born in the United States. Trump’s political career began with peddling a lie.

Every effort he made after the first two years was filibustered, drawn out, or fought. Every advance forward was torn down by the Republican led congress – finally resulting in the denial of Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee by the Senate led by Mitch McConnell. There had never been a situation like this. If it can be said that there was a definitive moment when the USA broke beyond repair – this was it. At the same time, the not guilty verdict of the court in the illegal armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by an illegal militia – also made clear that the rule of law was no longer the law of the land in the United States.

The campaign of Donald Trump, his subsequent election, and illegal meddling in the election of 2016 by the Russian state to help bring him victory were simply confirmation of the fatality. It has become abundantly clear in the 2+ years since Trump took office, that he has no intention of allowing a fair election, being subject to the rule of law, or being accountable to the congress, the supreme court, or the American people. His continual interference with the Mueller investigation, his war against the press, his blatant lying about anything and everything – has painted the truest picture of the death of the United States that anyone could ask for.

The president of the United States lied, cheated, stole from the American taxpayer, colluded with a foreign government, obstructed justice, illegally declared a national emergency, shut down the government as a heavy handed bargaining tactic, and has not respected the rule of law from day one. Meanwhile, his administration has stacked the justice department, the treasury, and the departments of education, interior, housing and more with cronies, demagogues, and straight up criminals.

The Republican party has lined up behind him. His enemies have either been fired or have resigned. So far, we haven’t seen assassinations of his enemies but he has repeatedly made suggestions that his supporters use violence against his enemies which has resulted in death threats and several mass shootings by those who support him. His support of racists, white nationalists, right wing conspiracy theorists, and actual nazis. He has embraced the dictators of the world and pushed away the democracies of the world by rewarding enemies and punishing friends. He has engaged in multiple trade wars resulting in higher prices for consumers and most likely in favorable trades for himself and his allies using inside information. In fact, he has used the presidency repeatedly to further his own business interests and most likely used announcements to create favorable outcomes for his political allies.

The Republican led Senate has engaged in whatever action they can to enrich themselves and their campaign contributors, protect the president, and allow him to destroy the very fabric of the United States of America. Those who were hoping that the Mueller Report would lead to the downfall of the president or his administration have been hoping for a never to come miracle. The disappointment and anger of the left at the way that Trump’s attorney general, the senate, and all other Republican organizations is immense – but was utterly predictable. There has been nothing in the behavior of the Republicans or Trump in the past eight years that would lead one expect honorable, fair, or just outcomes from a report that everyone knew would have no positives in it for the president or his administration. The writing was on the wall and it should have been clear.

Equally, the writing is on the wall that should the president be impeached, he will not step down. Should he lose the election of 2020, he will claim that there was interference in the election and will retain the presidency. Even if, he makes a show of stepping aside in 2024, you can rest assured that either his son or his daughter will run for the office and win. At this point, there is no going back to the way things were – and even if that were the case, the breakage to the system has been too severe and there is no way to repair it. The rules of the three branches of government have been completely shattered – partisan supreme court judges, illegal actions by the senate, and the complete and utter befouling of what was once the most honorable office in the world.

So where does that leave us? Not in a good place.

An ignorant and greedy crook is in charge of the most powerful country in the world. He has the backing of the most violent and ignorant segments of the population. The military supports him. He has shown time and time again that he will say or do whatever he can to protect himself and to make profits for himself. The system by which the government of the United States is protected and changed has broken beyond repair. The left in the United States is still hoping that the system works – they are struggling to ‘fix’ the problems we now have. The left believes that change can be brought about from within the system. The left believes that they can still win by following the rules while the right has demonstrated again and again that they will not follow the rules and have stacked the deck in their favor while the left lags behind still playing fair.

At the moment, it’s like a home run derby between a doped up home run king at the height of his steroid induced power and a good natural slugger without any doping. The commissioner of baseball is selling the dope, the owners of all the other teams are making profits from the dope, the fans are demanding more and more home runs – they don’t care about the dope. They don’t care about the effects of the dope on the player using steroids. The natural athlete is left far behind as the steroid slugger hits run after run. Eventually though, the steroids cause his heart to explode. There will be a moment of panic, confusion, and weakness from the commissioner, the owners, and the fans – at that point, there is only one thing left for the very strong player to do. After all, he is strong and he has a bat – so it is probably time to stop hitting runs and instead smash the entire structure of the game.

Smashing the state is the only option left.