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Le gouvernement des États-Unis saisit 300 portefeuilles BTC et en blacklist des centaines d'autres destinés à financer des groupes terroristes et contenants plusieurs millions de dollar

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Les autorités fédérales des États-Unis ont saisi environ 2 millions de dollars de BTC auprès des organisations terroristes les plus meurtrières au monde. Dans l'une des mesures de répression les plus étendues contre les réseaux de financement du terrorisme, le gouvernement a saisi plus de 300 portefeuilles BTC prétendument liés à des terroristes en Syrie, en Turquie et à d'autres pays du Moyen-Orient.
Dans ce qu'il a décrit comme la plus grande saisie du genre, le ministère de la Justice a saisi les portefeuilles de monnaie numérique appartenant à des organisations comme Al-Qaïda ou l'Etat islamique.
Ils ont déclaré qu'ils avaient également mis sur liste noire plusieurs millions de dollars de portefeuilles Bitcoin et d'autres crypto-monnaies liés à la collecte de fonds en ligne des terroristes.
Les trois groupes se sont appuyés sur les médias sociaux pour accumuler des cryptomonnaies. Selon des documents judiciaires, les terroristes ont sollicité des dons d'utilisateurs sur les réseaux sociaux, se faisant passer dans la plupart des cas comme des organisations humanitaires cherchant à aider les personnes touchées par les conflits en Syrie.
Cependant, lors d'enquêtes menées par le FBI, il a été découvert que les fonds étaient destinés à acheter des armes pour les terroristes.
En plus de se faire passer pour des organisations caritatives, les terroristes auraient également vendu des masques médicaux sur Internet. Depuis le début de la pandémie de coronavirus, cet équipement est très demandé, un fait dont les terroristes ont profité pour lever des fonds pour leurs opérations.
Les enquêteurs se sont appuyés sur des outils d'analyse blockchain développés par Chainalysis pour traquer les paiements en monnaie numérique.

On le dit depuis longtemps, la phrase "pas tes clés, pas tes bitcoins" n'est qu'un mensonge relayé en masse par les adeptes de BTC pour tromper le public et inciter les criminels à utiliser BTC.
La réalité est que Bitcoin à été conçu pour créer un monde plus honnête, et donc rendre plus facile l'arrestation des grands criminels de guerre internationaux.
Bitcoin repose sur un équilibre des pouvoirs qui permet d'arrêter les criminels internationaux mais assure la vie privée des gens normaux, en créant à grande échelle une situation d'aiguille dans une botte de foin: il devient impossible de tracer chaque personne mais facile d'en tracer une en particulier.
Avec un Bitcoin passé à l'échelle, et la capacité de calcul pour l'analyse de la blockchain qui est limitée, les gouvernements doivent alors se concentrer sur les grands criminels et laisser les gens normaux avoir leur vie privée.
Cela ne marche évidemment qu'avec un passage à l'échelle massif, comme c'est le cas sur BSV avec un record de déjà 1000 transactions par seconde et en constante augmentation, alors que BTC reste bloqué volontairement à 3 transactions par seconde depuis des années, rendant facile de tracer tout le monde en même temps.
De plus, pour pouvoir blacklister ou saisir des bitcoins, les gouvernements ont besoin d'accords internationaux entre les pays.
En effet, une fois que Bitcoin passe à l'échelle et que le traitement des transactions est distribué sur le monde entier, les Etats-Unis ne peuvent pas agir sans l'accord de la Russie par exemple.
Si ils veulent le faire de force, alors ils doivent prendre un risque énorme et forker Bitcoin, c'est-à-dire créer une version parallèle, avec le risque de s'isoler économiquement du reste du monde.
C'est ainsi que Bitcoin crée un meilleur équilibre des pouvoirs à la fois monétaire, économique, et judiciaire, mais aussi politique, qui est sans précédent.
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The CBDC Road to Practice-The Framework of LDF 2020

The CBDC Road to Practice-The Framework of LDF 2020
The CBDC Road To Practice——The Framework of LDF 2020
March 8, 2020 By JH( Lend0X Project Architect)
The Market Structure Analysis of CBDC
I. CBDC helps GDP growth
CBDC can be used as cash for commercial banks or as a medium for (government) bonds. The way in which assets are issued will have a huge impact on GDP growth. For commercial banks, the CBDC issued by the central bank is the source of assets. For customers, the products under the CBDC are the use of funds. Blockchain-based CBDC and bank account-based digital cash and banknotes are generally considered to have a huge difference in the contribution of GDP to quality, cost, and efficiency.
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Qualitatively
The Bank of England states in the 2019 study that the macroeconomic effects of issuing central bank digital currency (CBDC), the following three advantages of digital currency can increase interest-bearing central bank liabilities, and distributed ledgers can compete with bank deposits as a medium of exchange.
In the digital currency economy model 1. The model in the report matches the adjusted US currency issuance before the crisis, and we find that if the issuance of CBDC accounts for 30% of GDP, compared with government bonds, it may permanently increase GDP by 3%.
  1. Reduce real interest rates, reverse taxes and currency transaction costs.
  2. As a second monetary policy tool, countercyclical CBDC price or quantity rules can greatly improve the ability of the central bank to stabilize the business cycle.
Cost
II. The issuing system and payment structure of CBDC
The BIS research report pointed out that CBDC has many open questions, such as whether they should be retail or wholesale? Directly or indirectly to consumers? Account-based or token-based? Based on distributed ledgers, a centralized model or a hybrid model? How does CBDC pay across borders?
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Of the three issuance systems (indirect, direct, and hybrid), CBDC can only be issued directly by the central bank. In The first type of indirect issuance structure,the CBDC is the indirect architecture ,and is done indirectly. ICBDC in the hands of consumers (such as the digital currency issued by the 4 largest state-owned commercial banks in DCEP) represents commercial banks (such as the 4 largest state-owned commercial banks) debt.
In the second type of direct and third type of mixed issuance structure, consumers are creditors of the central bank. In the direct CBDC model (type 2), the central bank processes all payments in real time and therefore maintains a record of all retail assets. The hybrid CBDC model is an intermediate solution where the consumer is a creditor of the central bank, but real-time payments are handled by the intermediary, and the central bank keeps copies of all retail
CBDCs in order to transfer them from one payment service provider to another in the event of a technical failure.
In terms of efficiency
Three payment architecture architectures allow account-based or token-based access. Although its DCEP digital currency is not a token in the blockchain, it is similar to the token in blockchain in key features such as non-double spending, anonymity, non-forgeability, security, transferability, separability, and programmability. Therefore, DCEP still belongs to the Token paradigm, not the account paradigm.
All four combinations are possible for any CBDC architecture (indirect, direct or hybrid) whatever the payment structure is based on the centralization or centralization mode, the account or token mode of blockchain smart contract account . But in different structures, central banks, commercial banks, and the private sector operate different parts of the infrastructure.
At present, the DCEP issuance structure adopts a two-tier structure, and its payment system——four major state-owned commercial
banks issuing four ICDBC tokens. Its technical architecture features are consistent with the first indirect distribution method. Because DCEP is positioned as digital cash (M0 cash) and the central bank's DCEP supports offline mobile payment, considering its huge payment transactions, a centralized account system for DCEP payment methods is essential. Offline Payment methods access to mobile wallets based on tokens are also essential for commercial banks.

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LDF Central Bank Digital Currency CBDC Project Development
At present, the technical framework of the CBDC and the selection of infrastructure are divided into the R & D and cooperation of domestic application planning DCEP application scenarios; its overseas expansion goal supports the development of the “Belt and Road” digital asset ecosystem. DCEP adopts a double-layer system of commercial banks and central banks to adapt to the existing currency
systems of sovereign countries in the world. China, as a currency issuing country, has strong economic strength and basic conditions necessary for world currencies. At the same time, DCEP can also save the issued funds, calculate the inflation rate and other macroeconomic indicators more accurately, better curb illegal activities such as money laundering and terrorist financing, and facilitate foreign exchange circulation worldwide.
1. LDF——the combination of CBDC program and token economy
Only after answering questions such as the openness of CBDC currency itself, can we solve how the application of multiple blockchain industries such as LDF digital asset issuance platform, digital asset support bond platform, and lending and other CBDC currency "product traceability", "digital identity authentication", "judicial depository", "secure communication"and other basic applications, these LDFs are an important direction for exploring blockchain applications.
2.Select the most widely used blockchain technology as the basic platform
LDF introduced CBDC to use blockchain technology because it is the most mature landing foundation platform. It has the advantages of decentralization, openness, autonomy, anonymity, and tamper resistance. It can make the entire system information highly transparent, its data stability and the reliability is extremely high, which solves the point-to-point trust problem and can reduce transaction and operating costs. At present, the underlying technologies of mainstream digital assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT are all blockchain technologies. At the same time, the application scenarios of the blockchain not only include digital currency, but also include many fields such as "product traceability", "digital identity authentication", "judicial depository", "secure communication" and so on.
3.Interpretation of DCEP and selection of LDF blockchain technology architecture
·DCEP does not use a real blockchain like Libra, but may use a centralized ledger based on the UTXO (Unspent Transaction Output) model, and it still belongs to the Token paradigm. This centralized ledger reflects the digital currency issuance and registration system maintained by the central bank. It does not need to run consensus algorithms and will not be subject to the performance bottleneck of the blockchain. The blockchain may be used for the definitive registration of digital currencies and occupy a subsidiary position.

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·Users need to use DCEP wallet. The core of the wallet is a pair of public and private keys. The public key is also the address, where the digital certificate of RMB is stored. This digital certificate is not a token in the blockchain in the complete sense, but it is consistent with the Token in many key features, and it is based on 100% RMB reserve. Users can initiate transfer transactions between addresses through the wallet private key. The transfer transaction is recorded
directly in the centralized ledger by the central bank. In this way, DCEP implements account loose coupling and controlled anonymity.
·Although DCEP is a currency tool, the third-party payment is mainly a payment tool after "disconnecting directly", but there are many similarities between the two. If DCEP is good enough in terms of technical efficiency and business development, and from the perspective of users, third-party payments can bring the same experience after DCEP and "disconnect directly". Therefore, DCEP has a mutual substitution relationship with third-party payment in the application after “disconnecting directly”.
·DCEP will have a tightening effect on M2, and M2 tightening reflects the contraction of the banking system to a certain extent. Digital currency does not pay interest, and the People's Bank of China has no plan to completely replace cash with DCEP, so DCEP will not constitute a new monetary policy tool. DCEP has strong policy implications for central bank monitoring of capital flows, as well as anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing and anti-tax evasion. Therefore, the supervisory function of DCEP exceeds that of monetary policy.
·The impact of DCEP on RMB internationalization is mainly reflected in cross-border payments based on digital currencies. Although cross-border payments including DCEP, can promote RMB internationalization, cross-border payment is only a necessary condition for RMB internationalization, not a sufficient one. The internationalization of the RMB is inseparable from a series of institutional arrangements.
4.The effectiveness of digital currencies in the LDF framework
CBDC is positioned as digital cash or currency under the LDF framework, and the remaining various tokens, cryptocurrencies, and stablecoins are treated as digital assets. The application platforms involved in LDF (asset mortgage bond platform, digital asset issuance platform, and lending). The underlying assets of LDF are part of the digital asset equity. The reason why LDF uses CBDC and stable currency as currency is due to ·LDF framework links three financial ecosystems ·CBDC has the characteristics of currency transaction, accounting unit and value storage have been verified
·Stablecoins can be used as a payment tool for token economic platforms, not currencies
The stable currency selected by LDF should effectively play the payment function of the currency, and meet the requirements of the following LDF framework: ·Must be universally accepted ·Must be easy to standardize in order to determine its value
Due to the characteristics of DvP (payment is settlement) based on blockchain technology, LDF's smart contracts have the characteristics of decentralized intermediaries, such as the function of asset account contracts partially replacing account settlement; the asset pool contract replacing SPV, and the cash flow contract replacing assets Payment intermediary The digital currency selected as an LDF that meets the above standards is very important for the effectiveness of the LDF framework. Otherwise, the platform built by the LDF framework will not be able to achieve the capabilities of distributed ledgers and DAO organizations.
LDF regulatory compliance
LDF chooses CBDC (DCEP) as the construction of digital asset transaction payment platform, which has the characteristics of DvP (asset payment is settlement). It supervises compliance with the selection of digital currencies that support smart contract accounts and trading platforms (anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing) has a decisive role.
DCEP takes the form of loosely coupled accounts to achieve controlled anonymity. The current electronic payment methods, such as bank cards and third-party payment platforms, all use the method of tightly coupling accounts, that is, funds must be transferred through real-name bank accounts. But With the improvement of people's awareness of information security, electronic payment cannot meet people's demand for anonymous payment. The digital currency of the central bank adopts the form of loosely coupled accounts, enabling asset transfers without the need for bank accounts, so as to achieve controllable anonymity.
Unlike Bitcoin's complete anonymity, the central bank has the right to obtain the transaction data within the legal scope, and the source
of digital currency can be traced through big data analysis, while other commercial banks and merchants cannot obtain relevant information. This mechanism, while protecting data security and citizen privacy, also enables illegal activities such as money laundering to be effectively supervised.
Association of LDF's DAO Autonomous Economic Model with CBDC
The direct DCB (such as DCEP) or LIBRA of the LDF token can quantify the value of DAO / DAE through a certain transformation and analysis, and predict its future long-term growth rate and the problems to be solved by the economic model, the solution path adopted, and the overall structure design, technological innovation, team composition, development vision and roadmap.
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·The LDF economic model transplants the estimation model of the asset value of the general economic system to DAO 2.0 organization and market management, so as to establish a unified evaluation system for the value generated by the distributed autonomous economy (DAE). The endogenous economic growth model considers important parameters such as savings rate, population growth rate, and technological progress as endogenous variables. The long-term growth rate of the economy can be determined by the interior of the model. Moreover, the LDF economic model takes the number of tokens, nodes, and technical inputs of the distributed organization as similar parameters. The CBDC (such as DCEP) or LIBRA directly targeted by the token can quantify the value of DAO / DAE through certain transformation and analysis and predict its long-term growth rate in the future.
·In response to the special needs of transactions and asset on-chain in the blockchain field, the LDF economic model has developed a DAE (Decentralized Autonomous Economic) protocol group specifically designed to eliminate various pain points of decentralization in the blockchain field, and has developed corresponding LDF DAO DAPP, these agreements include: ·Issuance and trading of tokens based on smart contracts ·Distributed order submission and matching ·Transaction interest rate and mortgage method based on automatic discovery mechanism
Therefore, whether it is a community member, an investor, or a blockchain project developer that develops applications on the LDF economic model, it can use the distributed rules, consensus mechanisms, infrastructure, and smart contracts provided by it to achieve the following purposes:
·Encrypted token asset transaction and circulation based on community autonomy ·Issue of new LDF tokens ·Construction, collaboration, management, voting, and decision- making of specific encryption token communities
·Develop a smart contract system for the dual factors of community node rights and workload ·Customized incentive standards for nodes with different interests
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Chinese cryptocurrency is coming!

At the same time that Facebook has become the focus of the global financial market by issuing its cryptocurrency "Libra", DCEP (digital currency electronic payment) created by the people's Bank of China has officially moved from behind the scenes to the front of the stage. Is this the "new world currency" prepared by China for the global economies?
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At present, the digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) launched by the Central Bank of China is a new encrypted electronic currency system based on blockchain technology. DCEP will adopt a two-tier operation system, that is, the people's Bank of China will first exchange DCEP to banks or other financial institutions, and then these institutions will exchange DCEP to the public. Moreover, the central bank's global currency has been preparing as early as 2014. The future wealth is not US dollars, nor gold, which must belong to the blockchain digital assets; the digital assets will become the new favorite of the financial system and the general trend of global economic change.
The central bank's digital currency will replace the cash, so in the background of the central bank's digital currency, what market opportunities will we pay attention to? What are its distribution characteristics? Does DCEP have all the necessary conditions for "world currency"?
Compared with the launch of Libra coin issued by Facebook, we can find that they are very similar in terms of security, architecture, and concept. The difference is that DCEP keeps the advantages of Libra, and at the same time, DCEP gives an almost perfect answer to the design defect that Libra cannot become the world currency.
📷 (1) DCEP and RMB can be freely convertible 1:1, supporting connection with the central bank; (2) DCEP adopts the two-tier system of commercial banks and central banks to adapt to the existing monetary system of sovereign countries in the world; (3) DCEP is the legal tender and the replacement of paper one, which can ensure that the existing monetary theory system still plays a role; (4) DCEP can be based on special design, and can not rely on the network for point-to-point transactions.
In a word, DCEP can not only realize all functions of the world currency US dollar, but also save issuing funds, calculate inflation rate and other macroeconomic indicators more accurately, better curb illegal activities such as money laundering and terrorist financing, and facilitate exchange and circulation in the global scope. Click here to visit BTCMEX.com.
With the continuous challenges of bitcoin, Libra and other digital currencies, central banks around the world pay more and more attention to the research, development, and implementation of digital currencies. According to the existing survey in 2019, six countries in the world have issued legal digital currencies, eight countries plan to launch them, and nine countries are doing research. In order to protect the currency sovereignty and legal status of RMB, China's central bank has established a special research group on legal digital currency as early as 2014 and applied for 84 related patents as of September 2019. As a new form of digital currency, DCEP also uses blockchain technology. However, the central bank is the only issuing center, and the importance of decentralized bookkeeping has been weakened. The blockchain technology of DCEP is mainly used in the management of wallet address of DCEP and the supervision of transaction information. DCEP's transaction mode is very similar to that of electronic currency in the past. It also uses mobile phones to transfer between digital currency wallets, but it does not need to be connected to the Internet or bound with bank accounts.
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Compared with traditional legal currency and electronic currency, DCEP has the following advantages: Dual offline feature. DCEP is mainly used in retail scenarios. Although DCEP also needs to pay through mobile phones, it is more convenient. DCEP can be separated from the bank account in the process of transaction, and transfer remittance and payment can be completed in the offline form, achieving a similar effect with paper money. It has become a habit for many people to go out without cash. However, when the network signal is poor, the electronic money payment cannot work. DCEP can make up for this shortcoming. Click here to visit BTCMEX.com.
The trade-off between security and anonymity. DCEP, like the digital currency in the past, respects the anonymous trading needs of traders. In addition to the need to bind with the account when converting the digital currency and the real currency, DCEP will not expose its own information to others when trading with the digital currency. Only the central bank can query the transaction information, which can also effectively combat money laundering, illegal transactions, and other acts.
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Funny To read! The Dutch financial authorities think they can do it !! "Licenses will end anonymous crypto selling"

Google Translate
Licenses will end anonymous crypto selling
It should no longer be possible to purchase or sell crypto coins anonymously. In an advice that the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets and De Nederlandsche Bank have handed over to Minister Hoekstra of Finance, they argue that the government must therefore introduce a licensing system. The minister immediately announced that he was taking over the advice.
In December, Hoekstra itself indicated that a system with permits for trading platforms and part of the so - called wallet providers for crypto coins should be put in place. The advice of the regulators now gives more details about what such a system should look like. It will have far-reaching consequences for the parties involved.

Hype is over

Hoekstra had asked for the advice at the beginning of last year. Around that time crypto coins such as bitcoin were hugely popular among Dutch people and there was eagerly speculated on the course. Also, more people put money into 'initial coin offerings', products for which the AFM previously warned that they are susceptible to fraud and that it is not always clear what the buyer gets back in return.
In the meantime, interest among consumers has declined somewhat. The danger of risky speculation and fraud has therefore become less urgent, according to the regulators AFM and DNB. As a result, they mainly emphasize the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing via cryptocurrencies.

Explosion of unusual transactions

According to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), an independent investigation unit of the police, that is a big risk. At the beginning of last year, FIU reported that the number of unusual transactions with crypto coins had increased enormously: from an average of 300 to almost 5,000 per year.
Meanwhile, there is also a new European directive that must tackle this problem. This prescribes that platforms that offer the purchase or sale of crypto coins against conventional currencies as euros or dollars, must comply with the same laws against money laundering and terrorist financing as financial institutions such as banks. This also applies to platforms where you as a customer can keep a wallet for your crypto coins, a kind of digital wallet.
In practice, this means that these parties must keep an eye on all transactions of their customers, and report suspicious transactions (just like banks already) to the authorities. In addition, they have to collect and store information from their customers, so that these data can be retrieved from any investigation by the judicial authorities.

Rules apply to thirty companies in the Netherlands

All EU Member States now have to introduce these stricter rules for the beginning of next year, and it is up to the countries themselves how exactly they are shaping them. The Dutch government opts for a system with permits. That is to say: every party that wants to be able to offer transactions from 'ordinary' money to cryptocurrencies, and some wallet managers, must apply for a license to continue to do so.
According to De Nederlandsche Bank, this means that they will be tested before they are granted a license, for example to the question of whether they are able to collect all these data and to deal with them in a responsible manner.
There are currently around 30 companies and organizations in the Netherlands that should apply for a permit if they want to continue their work. If they do not, then they will soon be punishable.
This is dramatic for young innovative companies. Richard Kohl, Bitcoin Netherlands Foundation
DNB expects that it will be a big challenge for them to meet these new requirements. Richard Kohl, board member of the Bitcoin Nederland Foundation that stands up for the interests of crypto coins and related organizations, puts it stronger.
"This is dramatic for young innovative companies," says Kohl, who has also been in discussions with regulators about this for some time. "We have long fought for a strong innovation culture in the Netherlands, this is a big step backward."
He expects the new rules to bring a huge amount of paperwork. Companies will also have to pay a lot of money to comply with the rules and get a permit, he says.
According to him, this causes a major competitive disadvantage compared to large established parties such as banks. He thinks that many parties will feel compelled to stop.

Ethical concerns

Moreover, too little research has been done into how big the problems with crypto coins are, says Kohl. He thinks the measures that will soon take place are disproportionate to what is now known about the problems.
In addition, he points to major ethical objections of the new system. "Banks and financial institutions already need to keep track of customer and transaction information, so there are only more parties who do this, while you may wonder how well our personal information is protected and used, such as how the Chinese government want to be able to follow all transactions of all citizens. "

https://nos.nl/artikel/2268005-vergunningen-gaan-einde-maken-aan-anoniem-cryptomunten-verkopen.html
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How long have they thought about this, Or rather how long have they slept?
Bitcoin is and will always remain anonymous, it can not be checked.
Fortunately, I know who says it.

The males in suit.The Dutch government can handle everything. They even save the world with the climate plans. The temperature in the world decreases 0.00000003 degrees over 100 years.That costs a total of one thousand to two thousand billion euros within 10 years. Each household costs 100,000 euros for renovations and an electric car.They are not going to do anything about the heavily polluting industry. In fact, according to the calculation, they increase even faster with many types of subsidy. I give the government a big fuck you! They get crazier and crazier every day. Meanwhile, those programmed robots seem to have their repetitive answers.
And the Prime Minister, who has never had the opportunity to sniff a pussy from his life. The smell of fresh vagina.

Those idiots will not get me a penny, In the future they will not get a penny of tax on my bitcoins.I have donated over last 3 years and nice amount of money to "stichting opkikker" They let the dreams come true for children who are seriously ill and incurably ill.
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Slack chat with James Lovejoy (VTC Lead Dev)

Thought I would share this chat I had with James Lovejoy last night. Super generous of him to provide this much access and time answering questions. I was already a HODL'er, but this solidified it.
beerfinger [1:28 AM] Just read through the entire rebranding thread in the Vertcoin subreddit. Earlier today I also watched some of Crypto Hedge's interview of James Lovejoy from last August on YouTube. I understand both sides of the rebranding argument and have tried to play devil's advocate. Right now I do believe that the argument against rebranding is stronger. Full disclosure: I've worked in marketing/advertising my whole career and just recently got into cryptos. With that said, there are two questions that keeps nagging on me:
[1:28] 1. this coin has been around since 2014, so nearly 4 years. James seems like an incredibly smart and capable chap, but I'm just going to go ahead and assume the he hasn't always been the Lead Dev while he was in high school. Presumably there was someone before him and, after he graduates and moves on to whatever it is he's going to do with his life, there will be someone after him. Yes? So, with all due respect to James, as an investor in VTC, what assurances are there that this isn't merely an interesting side-project for a brilliant MIT student with little interest/incentive in its value as an investment portfolio? If the value of this coin to James is that of a college project, that is something I as an investor would like to know.
jamesl22 [1:32 AM] Hey!
[1:33] I've been the lead dev since Nov 2014
[1:33] (while I was in high school)
[1:33] And I've kept at it through college, I certainly don't intend to go anywhere
[1:33] Plus, there are more who work on this project that just me
beerfinger [1:33 AM] 2. I've read complaints about Vertcoin from people who poopoo its usefulness. Decrying it as "just another coin trying to be Bitcoin with not much differentiating it." People don't seem to view the ASIC thing as a big enough differentiator to make VTC stand out. There seems to be a kernel of truth to that as part of the argument against rebranding seems to be a tacit acknowledgement that it should not occur until a major change in the development is launched. So my question again stems back to James' motivations and incentives here. Is this a convenient use case for some college thesis? Or is the team really working on coming up with a major change in development?
[1:34] hey James! wow, thanks so much for your quick response
[1:34] great to actually communicate with you. and I stand corrected. very impressive that you started on this so young. I can see why MIT accepted you :slightly_smiling_face:
[1:36] my questions still stand though: I'm not trying to insult you so I hope you don't take it that way, but as someone who considers VTC part of my investment portfolio, I am very curious to hear about your incentives. You clearly have noble intentions. But what is your ultimate goal? What's the end game? Is it the same as Satoshi's was? (assuming he was really one person who existed)
[1:37] Or is there something else?
jamesl22 [1:37 AM] I think it's the same as Satoshi's
[1:37] To recreate the financial system in a fairer, more distributed way
[1:37] My research at MIT is totally separate to my work on VTC, though the two are complimentary (both are in cryptocurrency)
[1:38] In my ideal world everyone runs a VTC miner and full node in their home, banks become narrow banks and clearing houses/stock exchanges are a thing of the past
[1:39] The rewards of the financial system (in the form of transaction fees) will be distributed to the people, rather than siphoned off by banks or ASIC manufacturers as happens now (edited)
goodminer [1:40 AM] :thumbsup:
beerfinger [1:40 AM] I see. That is compelling. So, being that's the case, that sounds to me like something worthy of a brand, no?
[1:41] Unless you think there are other coins on the market with the same goals. In which case, what will differentiate VTC?
jamesl22 [1:42 AM] I don't think there are any on the market with as strong of an ideology as us
[1:42] Or any that can demonstrate that it follows through on its commitments
[1:42] The way I see it, VTC went from being worth $0.01 last year to 100x that now
[1:43] I don't see how a rebrand can possible accelerate already parabolic growth
[1:43] Bear in mind, that until a few months ago we had 0 marketing, that is where our focus should be now
beerfinger [1:44 AM] Fair. I'm curious, what do you think it SHOULD be worth?
[1:44] I mean right now, at this moment.
jamesl22 [1:44 AM] I don't think I should say, the SEC might be watching us
beerfinger [1:44 AM] Not in the future.
[1:44] haha
[1:44] ok
[1:44] Can you say if you feel it is undervalued?
[1:44] or overvalued
jamesl22 [1:45 AM] I will say with confidence that 95% of the top 100 is severely overvalued
beerfinger [1:45 AM] coins you mean
jamesl22 [1:45 AM] Yes
[1:45] On coinmarketcap
[1:45] If you visit most of their websites, there is no code at all
[1:45] Yet it's worth many times what VTC is worth
[1:46] Where VTC has been established for nearly 4 years, bug free and features well demonstrated
[1:46] VTC also had LN and SegWit on main net before LTC or BTC (edited)
beerfinger [1:46 AM] Yes I mean your statement doesn't surprise me. It's a nacent market. Lots of snake oil, clearly.
[1:47] I guess to steer this back towards the branding/marketing of your coin though, you clearly feel strongly about it and have a clear vision. Do you feel that as it stands the branding conveys that sentiment?
jamesl22 [1:47 AM] When you say branding, I assume you mean "vertcoin" and the logo?
beerfinger [1:48 AM] yes. logo, color scheme, etc...
[1:48] name even
[1:49] also to clarify one point, when I say that you clearly feel strongly about it, the "it" refers to your coin (not the marketing of it)
jamesl22 [1:49 AM] I think it's largely arbitrary
beerfinger [1:49 AM] why is that
jamesl22 [1:49 AM] Most coin names have no meaning whatsoever
[1:49] Google, the largest tech company in the world has a silly name
[1:50] Litecoin (whose name ought to imply it has fewer features) is #4
beerfinger [1:51 AM] I wouldn't underestimate the amount of strategy that went into branding Google (and continues to this day)
jamesl22 [1:51 AM] What's most important is the pitch, how can you convince someone who knows nothing about the technicals behind cryptocurrency, that ASIC resistance and decentralisation is important?
[1:51] Yes, but the original branding was arbitrary and haphazard
[1:52] Yet the technology spoke for itself
[1:52] Now it's in the dictionary
[1:53] Spending lots of time and money on a new name/logo, trying to get community consensus on that and then redesigning the website/subreddit/wallets/other services to reflect the changes is not where I think we should focus our small resources
[1:54] My goal over the next year or two is to take VTC from speculative value to real-world value
[1:54] So point of sale, ease of use, that's the focus now
[1:55] I aim to over time provide complete solutions for merchants to implement VTC at point of sale, for laymen to set up nodes and miners in their homes
[1:55] As well as potentially enterprise support if we get big enough
beerfinger [1:55 AM] It sounds like this is your intended career path then, yes?
jamesl22 [1:55 AM] In some shape or form, yes
beerfinger [1:55 AM] Wonderful
[1:55] When do you graduate, James?
[1:55] If you don't mind me asking
slackbot Custom Response [1:55 AM] I AM talking to you aren't I !
jamesl22 [1:56 AM] Charlie Lee worked at Coinbase for several years before returning to LTC a month or two ago
[1:56] 2019
beerfinger [1:56 AM] So you're a Sophomore? Or are you in graduate school?
jamesl22 [1:57 AM] Junior
chuymgzz [1:58 AM] @beerfinger can you imagine when people first heard the word "dollar" like WTF is a dollar where did it actually came from. It actually comes from Czech joachimsthaler, which became shortened in common usage to thaler or taler. Don't pay much attention to the name Vertcoin, just take a look at the tech. If you buy into this coin's ideology, you will actually start to like the name.
jin [1:58 AM] Hey guys :slightly_smiling_face:
[1:59] @chuymgzz but not everyone looks purely at the tech, if we look at the top 100 coins, you would know whats going on :stuck_out_tongue:
beerfinger [1:59 AM] Cool well thanks for indulging me, James. I really appreciate it. Hopefully this conversation continues in the future. While your probably right that right now is probably not the right time, that doesn't mean at some point in the future it won't be. In the meantime, I'll take comfort in the knowledge that I've invested in a worthy cause.
chuymgzz [1:59 AM] Longer term only the functional ones and the ones that deliver will survive and a whole ecosystem will be built around it
jin [1:59 AM] buzz and hype is unfortunately a large part of it
beerfinger [2:00 AM] *you're
jin [2:00 AM] that is true, but without marketing to draw in attention (which leads to usage and so on etc) it will be difficult for a functional one to survive even
beerfinger [2:07 AM] @james122 One more thing: how do you feel about regulation? Pro or con? Do you feel that the idea of nation states like the US and China (ergo the ICO ban) taking it upon themselves to place restrictions on the market to try and make them safer is anathema to the idea of decentralization? Are you a full on libertarian in that respect? Or do you welcome regulation because it'll separate the wheat from the chaff?
jamesl22 [2:07 AM] I think we need a sane amount of regulation
[2:08] ICOs are clearly illegal imo
[2:08] Unless they are performed under the same rules as an IPO
[2:09] Plus I don't want to create a safe harbour for child pornographers, people traffickers and terrorists to store their money
[2:09] However I do think the state has no right to spy on you without a warrant (edited)
beerfinger [2:09 AM] You mean you don't want to be Monero? :slightly_smiling_face:
jamesl22 [2:09 AM] No
[2:10] I will pursue privacy features that make the pseudoanonymity provided by the blockchain easier for people to use effectively
[2:11] That way, it is not obvious to anyone your holdings or transactions publicly (edited)
[2:11] But things like sting operations would still be theoretically possible
beerfinger [2:13 AM] Love it. I still feel the branding thing will need to be revisited at some point. I don't know what that means, exactly. Whether its as small as a font change to something bigger like a new color scheme, logo or even name, I'm not sure of. The ideology is strong, but as it stands Vertcoin doesn't have a clear differentiator in the market. I'm not sure that matters so much yet at this time, but it will.
[2:15] You clearly have a strong vision, I'm just not sure it's being communicated effectively yet. Hence, haters who say Vertcoin is just trying to be another Bitcoin.
workstation [2:15 AM] beerfinger might be a huge whale sniffing out Vertcoin before a huge loadup. Not that, that's a bad thing :stuck_out_tongue:
beerfinger [2:15 AM] haha... I wish
jamesl22 [2:16 AM] Vertcoin is trying to be another Bitcoin lol
[2:16] It's picking up where Bitcoin left off
[2:16] If people want a decentralised cryptocurrency, they should use Vertcoin
[2:17] Bitcoin just isn't one anymore
[2:17] Neither is Litecoin (edited)
beerfinger [2:20 AM] Semantics really, but if that's the case then that means Vertcoin isn't trying to be another Bitcoin. Bitcoin is already Bitcoin, which is a coin that did not fulfill it's promises. Vertcoin, on the other hand, like you said picks up where Bitcoin left off. I'm not sure that's being communicated by the brand (yet). Doing so may have nothing to do with rebranding (unless rebranding generates a bigger social following who then helps you communicate that).
workstation [2:20 AM] You've continued on a great coin James and no doubt Vertcoin has great features vs other coins, however without widespread use and adoption, Vertcoin might just become another coin without much use. The marketing side is sometimes even more important than the development side. Just need to look at history for that. E.g. Early version of Windows was buggy, bluescreen of death plagued it. But with heaps of $$ and marketing, Windows is pretty rock solid these days.
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jamesl22 [2:22 AM] Yes, agreed to both statements
[2:22] We're working on it, but it takes time and money
[2:23] But really, adoption is pointless until point of sale works properly
[2:23] When you can get it into people's physical wallets, or phone and they can spend it in a store, that's when it takes off (edited)
[2:23] Walmart, Target, all the big retailers hate Visa and Mastercard
workstation [2:24 AM] Thats a long way off... Even Apple and Samsung are struggling in that area
jamesl22 [2:24 AM] They would love a solution that opted them out of having to pay their fees
beerfinger [2:25 AM] @workstation To play devil's advocate for one sec, most successful people in the world don't achieve success because they tried to achieve success. Success is merely a byproduct of their passion. I do believe that James' commitment to the ideology can be sufficient. But it is true that the branding should communicate his vision. That is a constant conversation, too.
workstation [2:25 AM] yes, true
jamesl22 [2:26 AM] What we really need is talented content creators to make compelling media that explains the vision in a layman friendly way
[2:26] Thus far the message has been far too technical
[2:26] But in the past, the space was mostly populated by technical people so that is understandable
[2:26] It is only in the last 6 months that the general public has started to get involved
[2:27] Sadly "ASIC resistance" doesn't speak to them
beerfinger [2:27 AM] @james122 While it's true that universal adoption is key, you can say that about ANY coin. Even dogecoin would suddenly become a real coin if everyone up and decided to start using it one day. What's your strategy for making VTC that coin?
jamesl22 [2:27 AM] Whereas I think taking power from banks, chinese miners and giving it back to the people can be far more compelling
workstation [2:27 AM] We take Visa and Mastercard at our stores. We only do it because it boosts sales. People these days are all borrowing on credit because they don't have enough.... Paying on their CC# lets them buy things now (instant gratification) and slowly pay later. They managed to get banks on board because they make so much money on the interest. There is a clear reason why those cards satisfy a demand. We get charged about 1.5% by VISA/MC. To be honest, it's not a real deal breaker.
beerfinger [2:27 AM] haha, well, james you're talking to the right guy :slightly_smiling_face:
[2:28] My career is content creation
[2:28] I have nearly 20 years producing commercials and (lately) social content for global brands
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beerfinger [2:29 AM] I would be happy to consult and provide any assistance I can
[2:29] "taking power from banks, chinese miners and giving it back to the people can be far more compelling" - that's your modus operandi
[2:29] you can definitely tell that story in a compelling way
[2:30] Question: have any crypto's ever created any sort of ad before? Even just for social content? (sorry, I'm new to this space)
jamesl22 [2:30 AM] Well we'd obviously be grateful for your assistance
[2:31] I'd imagine so, though I don't follow many other coins' social media very much
goodminer [2:31 AM] @beerfinger lets chat :smile: We've been working on a lot of initiatives over the last few weeks
jamesl22 [2:31 AM] @workstation 1.5% to a huge retailer is a large sum of money though
workstation [2:35 AM] I don't see any coin being widely used to be honest. They fluctuate way too much. Say a typical consumer whose after tax salary is $1000/week.. He buys groceries at the store for $1/Liter. This is simple maths for him, he knows it's going to cost $1 each week, inflation may make it rise to $1.10 next year, but he understands that. With coins, the price of his milk is too hard to calculate.
[2:37] Why would Bob switch to using coins, when Visa/MC give him so much more? He doesnt pay the processing fee (1.5%), he gets free credit (these days, banks will easily approve 10k credits). Why would he switch to Vertcoin?
jamesl22 [2:37 AM] @workstation, volatility is high because market volume is low
[2:38] I think it will take another financial crisis or two though before people start to abandon fractional reserve banking (edited)
workstation [2:42 AM] As long as bob gets his paycheck, he's not going to care what happens at the fed
jamesl22 [2:43 AM] Bob ain't gunna get his paycheck one day though
[2:44] Because the credit ponzi scheme economy will have collapsed
workstation [2:48 AM] yes, the fed can print whatever it wants out of thin air... But its backed by US tax payers to the tune of 2+ trillion/year with most banks adhering to loan capital requirements. E.g. they need a certain amount of money deposited before they can loan more money out. What is Bitcoin/alt coins backed by? Seems like its somewhat of a ponzi scheme now, with everyone piling in thinking it will go up forever. I get that BTC is backed by real energy usage/capital requirements to mine it (asic equipment, datacenters, etc), so its more "real" than $1 USD, but they both service a purpose.
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workstation [2:51 AM] but whats the end goal because it seems they all become ponzi schemes. The only true coin will be one that will not allow any fiats be converted to to coin.
[2:51] the only way to earn a coin, would be to mine it, wouldn't you think that that would be the truest coin?
[2:52] right now people are just moving wads of fiat money into coins/alt coins, thereby skewing everything.
beerfinger [2:54 AM] just jumping in here with one last comment before I go to sleep: money, whether we're talking salt, precious metals, fiat currency, or cryptos, is just something that we all agree to prescribe a value to. That being the case, how are you going to stop someone from trading that value for something they want? If someone wants to trade their cryptos for chickens, a latte, USD or anything else, they're going to do it. No point in trying to regulate what people spend their money on or how they do it. Seems the antithesis of the whole decentralization thing anyway
workstation [2:57 AM] true
aegisker [3:02 AM] I belive when crypto matures, has fast and easy payments solutions, volume will rise and price will be more stable. Current price is speculation due to news and new development. I dont belive that after 10 years we will be seeing such swings.
beerfinger [3:04 AM] sorry keep thinking of new stuff... @jamesl22 your point about POS is salient. What's your perspective on coins like TenX that try to address that with payment platforms and cards?
[3:05] is that what you mean? nuts & bolts, how would Vertcoin become a POS option?
aegisker [3:06 AM] How is usdt keeping its price around usd?
beerfinger [3:07 AM] don't they just keep up with USD inflation by making sure there's an equal amount of tokens to USD in the market at any given point?
jamesl22 [3:07 AM] Integration of LN and AS is key
[3:07] Then providing some hardware or software solution to integrate with payment processors
[3:07] I haven't looked at tenx
beerfinger [3:07 AM] so Vertcoin IS actively pursuing this then
[3:08] interesting
[3:09] perhaps there's some way to leverage things like ApplePay
jamesl22 [3:09 AM] I doubt it
[3:09] ApplePay's design is fundamentally different
beerfinger [3:09 AM] I mean it doesn't have to be ApplePay itself. Can be a separate app
lucky [3:09 AM] Having bitcoin or altcoins tied to your debit card isn't unbelievable
jamesl22 [3:10 AM] Of course not
[3:10] But it is suboptimal
beerfinger [3:10 AM] yeah sort of kills the whole decentralization thing
lucky [3:10 AM] in fact if we are going the whole hog and saying fiat collapsed. You'd be silly to think the banks would standby and let crypto take over without them
beerfinger [3:10 AM] now we're relying on banks again
lucky [3:11 AM] At the first sign of crypto succeeding fiat. Banks will take over
[3:11] Because they can trade their fiat to coin
[3:11] Government too
aegisker [3:12 AM] Well, banks issues debt, whole market is built around debt. Crypto would take that away
[3:12] This will be hardest transition
jamesl22 [3:12 AM] If the crypto market ever gets to say $1tril, the banks will use their lobbyist army to squash it as best they can
lucky [3:13 AM] Is it not possible crypto gets immediately regulated into the banking system as soon as it passed fiat in some way
jamesl22 [3:13 AM] They don't care right now because the space is tiny compared to their own equity
lucky [3:13 AM] Yes exactly James
beerfinger [3:13 AM] i like the idea of leveraging NFC tech as a way to introduce crypto to POS purchases... everyone already has a smart phone so no need to reinvent the wheel... it's basically just an app
lucky [3:13 AM] If finance is going to change politics needs to too
[3:14] Nfc seems like the way. Yeag
[3:14] Lots of the android wallets leverage it
aegisker [3:14 AM] No need for nfc, nfc was kinda overhyped. Qr codes can work equally good
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] @beerfinger I think LN will allow us to achieve that
lucky [3:14 AM] Lol qr
[3:14] Who has ever scanned a qr....
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] We just need a hardware implementation for the reader
beerfinger [3:14 AM] sorry james, what's LN?
lucky [3:14 AM] Apple made sure qr never worked
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] Lightning Network
beerfinger [3:14 AM] ah
aegisker [3:15 AM] If u use your phone, why complicate with nfc, is there a security benefit?
beerfinger [3:15 AM] the infrastructure is there... most readers i come across these days are already NFC compliant
jamesl22 [3:15 AM] QR can work, but requires a high res display in the POS device
[3:15] Which would increase costs
[3:15] NFC is cheap af
lucky [3:16 AM] Yep. Qr is extremely requirement heavy
aegisker [3:16 AM] For example, pub: you get check with qr. U pay with your phone. Waiter sees on his computer that its payed.
lucky [3:16 AM] Look at Asia and south America
[3:16] Nobody can read qr
aegisker [3:17 AM] I europe all checks already have qrs for tax checking
lucky [3:17 AM] I work in global marketing. Qr is completely unadopted in the real world
[3:17] Yes in no public scenario qr is used
aegisker [3:17 AM] Where you from?
lucky [3:17 AM] Uk
[3:19] A decade in marketing I can tell you for sure Joe public doesn't scan qr codes
[3:19] James is right. We need an alternative hardware solution
[3:19] And I think I unique piece of tech in public would drive massive interest
aegisker [3:20 AM] In slovenia, croatia, austria(i tjink) there is law that all transactions in coffeeshops or shops(everything with fiat transaction) is sent to tax authority as soon as check is printed. U get qr code on your check, so you can check if tax s paid for your service. This is to prevent black markets and unauthorized sellers. Works pretty well. If you frequently scan qrs you can get some bonuses..
[3:21] Public got used to this pretty fast.
lucky [3:21 AM] So there's an incentive
aegisker [3:21 AM] So also you could print qr shop wallet addr.
lucky [3:21 AM] Kind of skews the ease of adoption stat we are looking for
aegisker [3:22 AM] Costz nothing
lucky [3:22 AM] Costs a smartphone with a quick camera
[3:22] How about in a dark club
beerfinger [3:23 AM] I came tonight with many questions about Vertcoin. Namely the incentives of the Devs and how it differentiated itself in the marketplace. All of those questions have been answered as best as I could have hoped. The only thing left is figuring out a way to tell that story. @jamesl22, all of the things you've said tonight are reassuring and exciting. They provide great promise for the future of this coin and even more - your goals, if realized, are truly category shifting. This is such a compelling story. TELL IT!
lucky [3:23 AM] Asking every transaction to require an in focus photo capability is insane, imo
aegisker [3:23 AM] uploaded and commented on this image: IMG_20170908_092307.jpg 1 Comment Thats how it looks
lucky [3:23 AM] We need something similar to a contactless debit card
[3:24] Good luck scanning that in the dark with a £100 smartphone. Though.
aegisker [3:24 AM] For starters this is easiest solution for early adoption (edited)
workstation [3:25 AM] why not something short like vCoin. Then u could make it go off V=Vendetta, sort of has a nice mystery, anti establishment
aegisker [3:25 AM] You just need plugin for your pos software that checks your crypto wallet for received funds
[3:26] Imo this is easiest way to implement first public purchases of beer or coffee
beerfinger [3:26 AM] by the way, less is more when it comes to branding
[3:26] look at apple
[3:26] i love this example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k YouTube Brant Walsh Microsoft Re-Designs the iPod Packaging
[3:31] and there's always something to be said for ad wars... apple's david vs goliath attack ads vs microsoft is what put them back on the map
[3:31] that could be a great angle for Vertcoin... go after Bitcoin
[3:31] make fun of it the way Jobs poked at Gates
[3:32] that's just my 2 Vertcoins
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Bitcoin Mining & The Beauty Of Capitalism

Authored by Valentin Schmid via The Epoch Times,
While the price of bitcoin drops, miners get more creative... and some flourish.
The bitcoin price is crashing; naysayers and doomsayers are having a field day. The demise of the dominant cryptocurrency is finally happening — or is it?
Bitcoin has been buried hundreds of times, most notably during the brutal 90 percent decline from 2013 to 2015. And yet it has always made a comeback.
Where the skeptics are correct: The second bitcoin bubble burst in December of last year and the price is down roughly 80 percent from its high of $20,000. Nobody knows whether and when it will see these lofty heights again.
As a result, millions of speculators have been burned, and big institutions haven’t showed up to bridge the gap.
This also happened on a smaller scale in 2013 after a similar 100x run-up, and it was necessary.

Time to Catch Up

What most speculators and even some serious proponents of the independent and decentralized monetary system don’t understand: Bitcoin needs these pauses to make improvements in its infrastructure.
Exchanges, which could not handle the trading volumes at the height of the frenzy and did not return customer service inquiries, can take a breather and upgrade their systems and hire capable people.
The technology itself needs to make progress and this needs time. Projects like the lightning network, a system which delivers instant bitcoin payments at very little cost and at virtually unlimited scale is now only available to expert programmers.
A higher valuation is only justified if these improvements reach the mass market.
And since we live in a world where everything financial is tightly regulated, for better or worse, this area also needs to catch up, since regulators are chronically behind the curve of technological progress.
And of course, there is bitcoin mining. The vital infrastructure behind securing the bitcoin network and processing its transactions has been concentrated in too few hands and in too few places, most notably China, which still hosts about 70 percent of the mining capacity.

The Case For Mining

Critics have always complained that bitcoin mining consumes “too much” electricity, right now about as much as the Czech Republic. In energy terms this is around 65 terawatt hours or 230,000,000 gigajoules, costing $3.3 billion dollars according to estimates by Digiconomist.
For the non-physicists among us, this is around as much as consumed by six million energy-guzzling U.S. households per year.
All those estimates are imprecise because the aggregate cannot know how much energy each of the different bitcoin miners consumes and how much that electricity costs. But they are a reasonable rough estimate.
So it’s worth exploring why mining is necessary to begin with and whether the electricity consumption is justified.
Anything and everything humans do consumes resources. The question then is always: Is it worth it? And: Who decides?
This question then leads to the next question: Is it worth having and using money? Most people would argue yes, because using money instead of barter in fact makes economic transactions faster and cheaper and thus saves resources, natural and human.

_Merchants exchange goods with the inhabitants of Tidore, Indonesia, circa 1550. Barter was supplanted by using money because it is more efficient. (Archive/Getty Images)_If we are generously inclined, we will grant bitcoin the status of a type of money or at least currency as it meets the general requirements of being recognizable, divisible, portable, durable, is accepted in exchange for other goods and services, and in this case it is even limited in supply.
So having any type of money has a price, whether it’s gold, dollar bills, or numbers on the screen of your online banking system. In the case of bitcoin, it’s the electricity and the capital for the computing equipment, as well as the human resources to run these operations.
If we think having money in general is a good idea and some people value the decentralized and independent nature of bitcoin then it would be worth paying for verifying transactions on the bitcoin network as well as keeping the network secure and sound: Up until the point where the resources consumed would outweigh the efficiency benefits. Just like most people don’t think it’s a bad idea to use credit cards and banks, which consume electricity too.
However, bitcoin is a newcomer and this is why it’s being scrutinized even more so than the old established players.

Different Money, Different Costs

How many people know how much electricity, human lives, and other resources gold mining consumes or has consumed in the course of history? What about the banking system? Branches, servers, air-conditioning, staff? What about printing dollar notes and driving them around in armored trucks?
What about the social effects of monetary mismanagement of bank and government money like inflation as well as credit deflations? Gold gets a pass here.
Most people haven’t asked that question, which is why it’s worth pointing out the only comprehensive study done on the topic in 2014. In “An Order of Magnitude” the engineer Hass McCook analyzes the different money systems and reaches mind-boggling conclusions.
The study is a bit dated and of course the aggregations are also very rough estimates, but the ball park numbers are reasonable and the methodology sound.
In fact, according to the study, bitcoin is the most economic of all the different forms of money.
Gold mining in 2014 used 475 million GJ, compared to bitcoin’s 230 million in 2018. The banking system in 2014 used 2.3 billion gigajoules.
Over 100 people per year die trying to mine gold. But mining costs more than electricity. It consumes around 300,000 liters of water per kilogram of gold mined as well as 150 kilogram (330 pounds) of cyanide and 1500 tons of waste and rubble.
The international banking system has been used in all kinds of fraudulent activity throughout history: terrorist financing, money laundering, and every other criminal activity under the sun at a cost of trillions of dollars and at an order of magnitude higher than the same transactions done with cryptocurrency and bitcoin.
And of course, while gold has a relatively stable value over time, our bank and government issued money lost about 90 percent of its purchasing power over the last century, because it can be created out of thin air. This leads to inflation and a waste of physical and human resources because it distorts the process of capital allocation.

_The dollar has lost more than 90 percent of its value since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. (Source: St. Louis Fed)_This is on top of the hundreds of thousands of bank branches, millions of ATMs and employees which all consume electricity and other resources, 10 times as much electricity alone as the bitcoin network.
According to monetary philosopher Saifedean Ammous, author of “The Bitcoin Standard,” the social benefit of hard money, i.e. money that can’t be printed by government decree, cannot even be fathomed; conversely, the true costs of easy money—created by government fiat and bank credit—are difficult to calculate.
According to Ammous, bitcoin is the hardest money around, even harder than gold because its total supply is capped, whereas the gold supply keeps increasing at about 1-2 percent every year.
“Look at the era of the classical gold standard, from 1871, the end of the Franco–Prussian War, until the beginning of World War I. There’s a reason why this is known as the Golden Era, the Gilded Age, and La Belle Epoque. It was a time of unrivaled human flourishing all over the world. Economic growth was everywhere. Technology was being spread all over the world. Peace and prosperity were increasing everywhere around the world. Technological innovations were advancing.
“I think this is no coincidence. What the gold standard allowed people to do is to have a store of value that would maintain its value in the future. And that gave people a low time preference, that gave people the incentive to think of the long term, and that made people want to invest in things that would pay off over the long term … bitcoin is far closer to gold. It is a digital equivalent of gold,” he said in an interview with The Epoch Times.
Of course, contrary to the gold standard that Ammous talks about, bitcoin doesn’t have a track record of being sound money in practice. In theory it meets all the criteria, but in the real world it hasn’t been adopted widely and has been so volatile as to be unusable as a reliable store of value or as the underlying currency of a productive lending market.
The proponents argue that over time, these problems will be solved the same way gold spread itself throughout the monetary sphere replacing copper and seashells, but even Ammous concedes the process may take decades and the outcome is far from certain. Gold is the safe bet for sound money, bitcoin has potential.
There is another measure where bitcoin loses out, according to a recent study by researchers from the Oak Ridge Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It is the amount of energy expended per dollar for different monetary instruments. One dollar worth of bitcoin costs 17 megajoules to mine versus five for gold and seven for platinum. But the study omits the use of cyanide, water, and other physical resources in mining physical metals.
In general, the comparisons in dollar terms go against bitcoin because it is worth relatively less, only $73 billion in total at the time of writing. An issue that could be easily fixed at a higher price, but a higher price is only justified if the infrastructure improves, adoption increases, volatility declines, and the network proves its resilience to attacks over time.
In the meantime, market participants still value the fact they can own a currency independent of the government, completely digital, easily fungible, and limited in supply, and relatively decentralized. And the market as a whole is willing to pay a premium for these factors reflected in the higher per dollar prices for mining bitcoin.

The Creativity of Bitcoin Mining

But where bitcoin mining lacks in scale, it makes up for it in creativity.
In theory—and in practice—bitcoin mining can be done anywhere where there is cheap electricity. So bitcoin mining operations can be conducted not where people are (banking) or where government is (fiat cash) or where gold is (gold mining)—it can be done everywhere where there is cheap electricity
Some miners are flocking to the heat of the Texan desert where gas is virtually available for free, thanks to another oil revolution.
Other miners go to places where there is cheap wind, water, or other renewable energy.
This is because they don’t have to build bank branches, printing presses, and government buildings, or need to put up excavators and conveyor belts to dig gold out of the ground.
All they need is internet access and a home for the computers that look like a shipping container, each one of which has around 200 specialized bitcoin mining computers in them.
“The good thing about bitcoin mining is that it doesn’t matter where on earth a transaction happens, we can verify it in our data center here. The miners are part of the decentralized philosophy of bitcoin, it’s completely independent of your location as well,” said Moritz Jäger, chief technology officer at bitcoin Mining company Northern Bitcoin AG.

Centralized Mining

But so far, this decentralization hasn’t worked out as well as it sounds in theory.
Because Chinese local governments had access to subsidized electricity, it was profitable for officials to cut deals with bitcoin mining companies and supply them with cheap electricity in exchange for jobs and cutbacks. Sometimes the prices were as low as 2 dollar cents to 4 dollar cents per kilowatt hour.
This is why the majority of bitcoin mining is still concentrated in China (around 70 percent) where it was the most profitable, but only because the Chinese central planners subsidized the price of electricity.
This set up led to the by and large unwanted result that the biggest miner of bitcoin, a company called Bitmain, is also the biggest manufacturer of specialized computing equipment for bitcoin mining. The company reported revenues of $2.8 billion for the first half of 2018.

Tourists walk on the dunes near a power plant in Xiangshawan Desert in Ordos of Inner Mongolia, in this file photo. bitcoin miners have enjoyed favorable electricity rates in places like Ordos for a long time. (Feng Li/Getty Images)Centralized mining is a problem because whenever there is one player or a conglomerate of players who control more than 50 percent of the network computing power, they could theoretically crash the network by spending the same bitcoin twice, the so called “double spending problem.“
They don’t have an incentive to do so because it would probably ruin the bitcoin price and their business, but it’s better not to have to rely on one group of people controlling an entire money system. After all, we have that exact same system with central banking and bitcoin was set up as a decentralized alternative.
So far, no player or conglomerate ever reached that 51 percent threshold, at least not since bitcoin’s very early days, but many market participants always thought Bitmain’s corner of the market is a bit too close for comfort.
This favorable environment for Chinese bitcoin mining has been changing with a crack down on local government electricity largess as well as a crackdown on cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin itself and mining bitcoin remain legal in China but cryptocurrency exchanges have been banned since late 2017.
But more needs to be done for bitcoin to become independent of the caprice of a centralized oppressive regime and local government bureaucrats.

Northern Bitcoin Case Study

Enter Northern Bitcoin AG. The company isn’t the only one which is exploring mining opportunities with renewable energies in locations other than China.
But it is special because of the extraordinary set up it has for its operations, the fact that it is listed on the stock exchange in Germany, and the opportunities for scaling it discovered.
The operations of Northern Bitcoin combine the beauties of bitcoin and capitalism in one.
Like Texas has a lot of oil and free gas and it makes sense to use the gas rather than burn it, Norway has a lot of water, especially water moving down the mountains due to rainfall and melting snow.
And it makes sense to use the power of the movement of the water, channel it through pipes into generators to create very cheap and almost unlimited electricity. Norway generates north of 95 percent of its total electricity from hydropower.

A waterfall next to a hydropowerplant near Sandane, Norway, Oct. 25, 2018. (Valentin Schmid/The Epoch Times)Capitalism does not distinguish between renewable and fossil. It uses what is the most expedient. In this case, it is clearly water in Norway, and gas in Texas.
As a side note on the beauties of real capital and the fact that capital and the environment need not be enemies, the water in one of the hydropowerplants close to the Northern Bitcoin facility is piped through a generator made in 1920 by J.M. Voith AG, a company from Heidenheim Germany.
The company was established in 1867 and is still around today. The generator was produced in 1920 and is still producing electricity today.

Excess Power

In the remote regions of Northern Norway, there aren’t that many people or industry who would use the electricity. And rather than transport it over hundreds of miles to the industrial centers of Europe, the industries of the future are moving to Norway to the source of the cheap electricity.
Of course, it is not just bitcoin mining, but other data and computing heavy operations like server farms for cloud computing that can be neatly packaged into one of those containers and shipped up north.
“The containers are beautiful. They are produced in the middle of Germany where the hardware is enabled and tested. Then we put it on a truck and send it up here. When the truck arrives on the outside we lift it on the container vehicle. Two hours after the container arrives, it’s in the container rack. And 40 hours later we enable the cooling, network, power, other systems, and it’s online,” said Mats Andersson, a spokesman for the Lefdal Mine data center in Måløy, Norway, where Northern Bitcoin has its operations. Plug and play.

A Northern Bitcoin data container inside the Lefdal Mine data center, in Måløy, Norway. (Northern Bitcoin)If the cheap electricity wasn’t enough—around 5 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 17 cents in Germany—Norway also provides the perfect storage for these data containers, which are normally racked up in open air parks above the ground.
Also here, the resource allocation is beautiful. Instead of occupying otherwise useful and beautiful parcels of land and nature, the Northern Bitcoin containers and others are stored in the old Lefdal olivine mine.
Olivine is a mineral used for steel production and looks green. Very fitting. Hence also the name of the data center: Lefdal Mine.
“We take the green mineral out and we take the green IT in,” said Andersson.

Efficiency, Efficiency

Using the old mine as storage for the data center makes the whole process even more resource efficient.
Why? So far, we’ve only been talking about bitcoin mining using a lot of energy. But what for? Before you have actually seen the process in action—and it is similar for other computing operations—you cannot imagine how bizarre it is.
Most of the electricity is used to prevent the computers from overheating. So it’s not even the processors themselves; it’s the fans which cool the computer that use the most juice.
This is where the mine helps, because it’s rather cool 160 meters (525 feet) below sea level; certainly cooler than in the Texas desert.
But it gets even better. On top of the air blow-cooling the computer, the Lefdal data center uses a fresh water system to pump through the containers in pipes.
The fans can then circulate air over the cool pipes which transfer the heat to the water. One can feel the difference when touching the different pipes.
The fresh water closed circle loop then completes the “green” or resource efficiency cycle by transferring its heat to ice cold water from the nearby Fjord.
The water is sucked in through a pipe from the Fjord, the heat gets transferred without the water being mixed, and the water flows back to the Fjord, without any impact on the environment.
To top it all off, the mine has natural physical security far better than open air data centers and is even protected from an electromagnetic pulse blast because it’s underground.

_The Nordfjord near Måløy, Norway. The Lefdal data center takes the cold water from the fjord and uses it to cool the computer inside the mine. (Valentin Schmid/The Epoch Times)_Company Dynamics

Given this superlative set up, Northern Bitcoin wants to ramp up production as fast as possible at the Lefdal mine and other similar places in Norway, which have more mountains where data centers can be housed.
At the moment, Northern Bitcoin has 15 containers with 210 mining machines each. The 15 containers produce around 5 bitcoin per day at a total cost of around $2,500 dollars at the end of November 2018 and after the difficulty of solving the math problems went down by ~17 percent.
Most of it is for electricity; the rest is for leasing the containers, renting the mine space, buying and writing off the mining computers, personnel, overhead, etc.
Even at the current relatively depressed prices of around $4000, that’s a profit of $1500 per bitcoin or $7,500 per day.
But the goal is to ramp it up to 280 containers until 2019, producing 100 bitcoin per day. Again, the company is in the sweet spot to do this.
As opposed to the beginning of the year when one could not procure a mining computer from Bitmain even if one’s life depended on it, the current bear market has made them cheap and relatively available both new and second had from miners who had to cease operations because they can’t produce at low bitcoin prices.

Northern Bitcoin containers inside the Lefdal Mine data center in Måløy, Norway. (Northern Bitcoin)What about the data shipping containers? They are manufactured by a company called Rittal who is the world market leader. So it helps that the owner of Rittal also owns 30 percent of the Lefdal mine, providing preferential access to the containers.
Northern Bitcoin said it has enough capital available for the intermediate goal of ramping up to 50 containers until the end of year but may tap the capital markets again for the next step.
The company can also take advantage of the lower German corporate tax rate because revenue is only recorded when the bitcoin are sold in Germany, not when they are mined in Norway.
Of course, every small-cap stock—especially bitcoin companies—have their peculiarities and very high risks. As an example, Northern Bitcoin’s financial statements, although public, aren’t audited.
The equipment in the Lefdal mine in Norway is real and the operations are controlled by the Lefdal personnel, but one has to rely on exclusive information from the company for financials and cost figures, so buyer beware.

Norway Powerhouse?

Northern Bitcoin wants to have 280 containers, representing around 5 percent of the network’s computing power.
But the Lefdal mine alone has a capacity to power and cool 1,500 containers in a 200 megawatt facility, once it is fully built out.
“Here you have all the space, power, and cooling that you need. … Here you can grow,” said Lefdal’s Andersson.

A mine shaft in the Lefdal Mine data center in Måløy, Norway. The whole mine will have a capacity for 1500 containers once fully built out. (Valentin Schmid/The Epoch Times)The Norwegian government was behind an initiative to bring computing power to Norway and make it one of the prime destinations for data centers at the beginning of this decade.
To that effect, the local governments own part of the utility companies which operate the power plants and own part of the Lefdal Mine and other locations. But even without notable subsidies (i.e. cash payments to companies), market players were able to figure it out, for everybody’s benefit.
The utilities win because they can sell their cheap electricity close to home. The computing companies like IBM and Northern Bitcoin win because they can get cheap electricity, storage, and security. Data center operators like Lefdal win because they can charge rent for otherwise unused and unneeded space.
However, in a recent about face, the central government in Oslo has decided to remove cryptocurrency miners from the list of companies which pay a preferential tax rate on electricity consumption.
Normally, energy intensive companies, including data centers, pay a preferential tax on electricity consumed of 0.48 øre ($0.00056 ). According to a report by Norwegian media Aftenposten, this tax will rise to 16.58 øre ($0.019) in 2019 for cryptocurrency miners exclusively.
The argument by left wing politician Lars Haltbrekken who sponsored the initiative: “Norway cannot continue to provide huge tax incentives for the most dirty form of cryptocurrency output […] [bitcoin] requires a lot of energy and generates large greenhouse gas emissions globally.”
Since Norway generates its electricity using hydro, precisely the opposite is true: No greenhouse gas emissions, or any emissions for that matter would be produced, if all cryptomining was done in Norway. As opposed to China, where mining is done with coal and with emissions.
But not only in Norway is the share of renewable and emission free energy high. According to research by Coinshares, Bitcoin’s consumes about 77.6 percent of its energy in the form of renewables globally.
However self-defeating the arguments against bitcoin mining in Norway, the political initiative is moving forward. What it means for Northern Bitcoin is not clear, as they house their containers in Lefdal’s mixed data center, which also has other clients, like IBM.
“It’s not really decided yet; there are still big efforts from IT sectors and parties who are trying to change it. If the decision is taken it might apply for pure crypto sites rather than mixed data centers, like ours,” said Lefdal’s Andersson.
Even in the worst-case scenario, it would mean an increase from ~5 cents to ~6.9 cents per kilowatt hour, or 30 percent more paid on the electricity by Northern Bitcoin, which at ~$3250 would still rank it among the most competitive producers in the world.
Coinshares estimates the average production price at $6,800 per Bitcoin at $0,05 per kilowatt hour of electricity and an 18-months depreciation schedule, but concedes that a profitable miner could “[depreciate] mining gear over 24-30 months, or [pay] less for mining gear than our estimates.”
Jäger says Northern Bitcoin depreciates the equipment over three years and has obtained very favorable prices from Bitmain, making its production much more competitive than the average despite the same cost of electricity. In addition, the natural cooling in the mine also reduces electricity costs overall.

Cheap Producer Advantage

At the moment, however, the tax could be the least of any miners worry, as the bitcoin price is in free-fall.
But what happens when the price crashes further? Suffice it to say that there was bitcoin mining when the dollar price was less than 1 cent and there will be bitcoin mining at lower prices thanks to the design of the network.
Mao Shixing, the founder of mining pool F2pool estimated 600,000 miners have shut down since the November crash in price, according to a report by Coindesk.
As it should be in a competitive system, the most energy intensive and obsolete machines are shut down first.
As with every other commodity, when the price drops, some miners will leave the market, leaving space for cheaper competitors to capture a bigger share. But with bitcoin this is a bit simpler than with copper or gold for example.
When a big copper player goes bankrupt, its competitors have to ramp up production and increase cost to increase their market share. With bitcoin, if 3,000 computers get taken off the total mining pool, they won’t be able to mine the approximately 5 bitcoin any longer.
However, because the difficulty of solving the computationally intensive cryptographic tasks of bitcoin decreases automatically when there are fewer computers engaged in the task, the other players just have to leave their machines running at the same rate for the same cost and they will split the 5 bitcoin among them.
“The moment the price goes down, our production price will go down as well,” said Jäger, a process that already happened from November to December when the difficulty decreased twice in November and the beginning of December.
This naturally favors players like Northern Bitcoin, which are producing at the lower end of the cost spectrum. They will be the ones who shut down last.
And this is a good thing. The more companies like Northern Bitcoin, and countries like Norway—even with the extra tax—the more decentralized the bitcoin system.
The more computers there are in different hands mining bitcoin, the more secure the system becomes, because it will be ever more difficult for one player to reach the 50 percent threshold to crash the system. It is this decentralized philosophy which has kept the bitcoin system running for 10 years. Whether at $1 or $20,000.
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Part 40: Transcription, "Awan Brotherhood / Hillary's Hackers"

George Webb
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  • CONTINUED... [Day 195.2. Hillary'Hillarys, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • If you look at previous drug operations, for instance, that we ran in Iraq with David Petraeus--if you read his book again, not my book all in, he talks about half of the people that were taken in kidnappings, or or what they call "extractions" in Special Forces were done without firing a shot.
    • Now how do you go into a hostile village with all these automatic weapons and all these guards and all this Isis and so forth, and not fire a shot?
    • And the way it's done is you fly over the village with--and you spray it with a sarin like substance--this is the same testing that they did in Porton Down important down in England in the 50s, with over Norwich and other towns along the coast and seacoast they had done it under over inland towns as well but then they wanted to see how the sea mist and the sea winds and
    • So forth affected it that's why they chose some of those coastal England towns, and everybody just goes to sleep.
    • You don't go to sleep right away but it operates in your parasympathetic nervous system--you kind of nod off kind of thing now they they do it at 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. so that people are driving and so forth aren't affected, but every once a while you'll see a train driver fall asleep and stuff where they've done spraying US.
    • But when everybody's asleep you don't need to go in with a big team.
    • So if you have eight pot growers--let's say in Peebles Ohio--and this is Pike County, and their name is Rhoden.
    • There's six boys and there's two two wives, but they're all have guns they have 20 dogs and you would have to go in there with gosh 20 or 30 automatic weapons and and bulletproof vests, and if you're going to take those guys out.
    • Or you can spray em. Once you spray em, everybody goes asleep.
    • All you need is two Somali kids from a war-torn nation that have already shot seven or eight people in the head--by the time they're 13--
    • When they go in there everybody's asleep, they just they just shoot everybody in the head.
    • And that's exactly what happened in the Rhoden killings.
    • And all you need is a handler like Stevie Stevens, come down pick them up in Columbus, and then go to Pike County, and do that shooting, and that's exactly what happened in that shooting.
    • If you release the DNA evidence, Sheriff Reader, or release the tips, then we can follow up on that.
    • If in the other case, if in the Cleveland car dealer shooting, the Kuznik shooting, if they release the DNA for Stevie Stevens, and his phone records, we can see where he went a year before.
    • But if you just follow these handlers around, it'll kind of follow the kill ratlines.
    • So. We will be going to Ohio and I hope to interview Sheriff Pfizer.
    • And I would like to go to Peebles, Ohio and interview the mother, and the widow as well.
    • These are the kids were not you know Rhodes Scholars.
    • I'm not saying that, but they were growing pot. I mean it wasn't like they were running child sex rings, or any of the other stuff that's going on you know with the political class.
    • And they did not deserve to be murdered--I mean that's just ridiculous
    • So that's round two and we'll keep recording hopefully I get my PC issues challenged
    • So you won't have to look at my mug and we'll move on from there
  • [Day 195.3. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 9 195 part three
    • One of the things I also wanted to talk about was off, offing the expenses of ratlines on to the Government.
    • In foreign countries, what DynCorp was allowed to do is: basically use the police forces that they were training to exact taxes on the country. And so the country was actually paying for the enforcement network.
    • But then someone had the bright idea: "well why don't we make all the people involved in our ratline confidential informants? If we make them confidential informants, then we can say that it's part of national security, and then have that part of the ratline"
    • So nine-tenths of the ratline is is informants and operatives
    • So we'll just off--we'll just put those off-book as well... we'll co-op the government expenses for those as well.
    • Well if you're running a ratline in the United States, you go, "well we got the sheriff okay the government's paying for that part of the red line, couldn't we do the same thing? Couldn't we have confidential informants working anti-terrorism, and teach these folks doing some you know light surveillance just you waiting at a location till somebody shows up, and sending a text saying they're there that kind of thing low-level low-level, relay work--what they used to call relay work.
    • Well guess what? That's exactly what happened.
    • Danna Priest a great journalist from the Washington Post, did a expose called Top Secret America in 2017.
    • So we really haven't had any work on this since 2017. But what she outlined was these 2,000 private companies.
    • It's basically a retirement plan for people in the intelligence community.
    • Basically they go start a security company, and there's these massive security companies you know like the one that Snowden worked for.
    • And G4S and and these mega companies. But then they hire a whole Christmas tree of security companies below them.
    • And at the street level it could be you know you can hire a landscaper with eight lawn cutters as your security company as your ratline.
    • And again if I'm sitting at a 7-eleven, waiting for a car to show up, with a certain license plate, and then it shows up, and then I text that back to whoever, it owns my quote/unquote security company I just made you know 15 bucks an hour for two hours, it's it's 30 bucks.
    • That allows me to buy supply when it comes in
    • So it's it's also kind of a jobs program. And it's kind of an ingenious jobs program of kind of putting the cost of running the ratline on to the people of the United States, rather than paying that in reducing profit......
    • So I just thought I would throw that in, oh by the way, those number of private security companies in America through DHS Department of Homeland Security has gone from 2200, when she wrote the article up to around I think the company that was tracking it in Ohio--it was around 7,000 in 2016, or 15 maybe. I'm guessing that is the numbers around 10,000
    • Now that's 10,000 organizations not employees the number of employees I would guess is about a hundred per.
    • But no accounting black-budget DynCorp we have no idea how much money is actually being spent but why not employ your ratline? That way they have money to buy the stuff that you're bringing in.
    • Also by the way the contacts with the ax wants Awans with their ability to reach into the DHS system, would be a fantastic way of managing your ratlines.
    • You could see all your people, all your payments, where your people are, what they've earned to date, all those kind of important things.
    • And again it's it's just taking what's been done overseas with DynCorp and bringing it to the United States
  • [Day 195.4. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Payday 195 part 4
    • This is where I get to do corrections
    • No I was wrong: Dana Priest did Top-Secret America, one of the best series in Washington Post history.
    • The best reporting on the Intelligence Community, since the beginning of the CIA.
    • Was in 2010--Top Secret America--it was so good that Washington Post came back, and made it a--what I consider the best kind of journalism possible, where you can go on the site, with Washington Post, and interact with all the data she pulled together, and she had a couple of folks that she worked with, but Dana Priest was really the one who led the charge, and deserve that Pulitzer Prize.
    • And 2010 I think the Washington Post still has that site at because it was so good, and other research institutions continue to add to the research base that she created.
    • And as I have said in the past, I think the future of journalism is data-driven journalism, where the actual citizen journalists can interact with the data, and I'm try to do the same thing with the stuff that's created.
    • That metadata that's created from this series, with all the great research that's been done out there, I think we're up to three million words now, and all the metadata from the scraping.
    • Five Bibles plate King James Version 750 thousand words.
    • So yeah, about six Bibles, but it'll continue to grow more and more, and that's not counting the links the articles were the links point to which also have entities
    • So sometimes I don't make mistakes, sometimes I deliberately make mistakes...is what I should have said.
    • Yeah I knew Aristophanes calculated the circumference of the earth.
    • I just wanted to say Archimedes so badly, and it's a good story actually, because Archimedes was from Syracuse, Sicily, and you've got Aristophanes from where Libya is, not too far from Benghazi, in a place near modern-day Shiraz.
    • They both meet in Alexandria in Egypt, on the on the Nile, on the Mediterranean Sea.
    • So it's kind of an east-meets-west story.
    • They were contemporaries of each other.
    • So you know they're Stephanie's story now and modeling: it just shows you the power of modeling.
    • If you see the model enough, if you see enough parts of the earth, and you come up with the principle in simple terms, so that anyone in you know ninth grade math class, can recreate what you did, on any given summer solstice, or winter solstice, then you you hit on something--you've got a good principle.
    • And that's what I try to do in this series. I try to do that with, you know, showing the three-man-kill-teams.
    • I try to show that without DynCorp does with operates with sheriffs here in the US, and overseas I try to keep establishing those patterns as a matter-of-fact if you go to the home right now of Aristophanes which was in Cyrene, near Shirat, there's a modern-day slave market
    • So. In 2600 years, 2700 years I don't think we progressed that much, by having DynCorp run things.
    • On the flip side, Archimedes is known for the displacement of water--the Archimedean screw, the parabolic reflector, all these things I have to tell the story though--because it's my series, I can do what I want--of displacement, because you have the problem of a king with a crown. And a goldsmith made it for him. And they suspected the Goldsmith was mixing in silver to try to, you know up the profit a little bit.
    • It's kind of like a DynCorp contract you know, working in operatives, and calling them agents, and trying to get full pay...
    • So what they said is, "hey can you calculate how much gold should actually be in this?"
    • Well, everyone that they took it to, said, " well, you have to melt the crown down."
    • Archimedes said, "wait a minute now: if we put it in water what will happen is it'll displace the amount of water, that it's equal to the volume of the crown {{ marking the displacement line and removing the crown }}, then we'll take the water--we'll make equal volume in gold, we'll melt the gold, and we'll see if we'll put another equal amount of gold {{ to bring water up to the line...achieve the displacement }}, and we'll weigh [the crown and the 'amount of gold', displacing the same amount of water, next to] each other, that's how we'll know if it's all gold or not--very simple solution
    • I love the models, because the models then can be held up against reality and we can see what the truth really is.
    • And you're going to find this over and over again--these anomalies:
    • The Awans making $160,000 a year
    • The Awans with the passwords to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's laptop
    • The Awans getting the vault 7 hacking tools from the CIA,
    • The FBI director saying we can't release the metadata of the emails that the people of the United States owned through the Federal Records Act
    • We can't even release the metadata of your emails people of the United States of America, because it's not proof.
    • Well it doesn't matter if it's not proof, we own those emails you need to release the metadata at least of those emails doesn't matter of national security is involved or not because it was a violation of the law to plan and scheme with those emails to begin with
    • Same thing is true with all along the way here, in the investigation.
    • And these things, these models are like a litmus test, that you can apply in all situations.
    • The Kallstrom model of investigation, I call it: just "what would a common-sense investigator do?" and then compare that to the reality of what's actually happening
    • So there's a little bit of philosophy here, a little bit of history, a little bit of east-meets-west, a little bit of DynCorp motivation.
    • I think the DynCorp--if they were doing the crown...it would probably be all silver but a little bit of gold of gold plate on it
    • {{ 911:word}}
    • And that's it for round 4
  • [Day 195.5 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 5 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 195 part 5.
    • I'm in Plymouth Indiana on the way to Pittsburgh.
    • I won't exactly say why right now, but maybe stop in Ohio, but I don't want to be--I want to get a little element of surprise.
    • Anyway I just published to here Javed's social security number
    • Now I know what everybody's saying is, "oh my god he's a billionaire--if that's the same Tahir Javed, and he runs a ratline, and George, your dead, Pakistani ISI... okay, yeah maybe.
    • But what it's called Misprision.
    • Misprision of treason.
    • It's not "prison" I'm not mis-saying the word missed "prison".
    • It's Misprision of treason: it's against the law to not turn in or provide information to the FBI if you believe someone's committing treason or spying on the United States of America.
    • So I really don't have a choice here.
    • I'd do it anyway, but I don't really have a choice.
    • The reasons why I publish his social security number is just like the ax wands Awans: multiple Social Security numbers, multiple aliases, more than five or six houses in different states, Maryland again, Virginia again, Florida again, Pennsylvania again, it lots of overlap.
    • The two cities where we had houses before. And again, with multiple dates of issuance for the Social Security number 89 in 2002. And then they shut off the sixth social security information 2014.
    • I just don't, like you know, I can't take any chances. I'm really not taking chances for the American people--I'm taking a chance here personally probably with the billionaire's social security number.
    • But I'm not going to take chances with the American people.
    • {{ 911: translation: I'm putting my own life on the line for you. Thanks for that George. You're a hero }}
  • [Day 196.1. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 1 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196 I'm going to be traveling today to Pittsburgh
    • So I'm going to not be able to get to my slides.
    • If you watch the series, you'll notice I do a lot on modus operandi basically it's saying if there's a bank robbery in town, you look at all the people who've robbed banks before, and the people who are closest are most likely to have committed that crime versus somebody lives in India--let's say if you have a robber here in Indiana.
    • I don't know why that logic can't be applied across the board. motor swap around I modus operandi--I'm pretty sure it's Latin term that's been around for over 2,000 years.
    • You've got Feta Gulen--for people who don't know him Gulen--you can google it B being involved in a terrorist organization called FETO our key NATO partner in the Middle East--our only NATO partner in the Middle East, Turkey.
    • A person who he's known in for thirty years says he is a terrorist. And his organization FETO is a terrorist organization. Where does this person live? Somewhere close to the United States? NO! In Pittsburgh near not Pittsburgh near Philadelphia... near New York near Washington DC
    • So I look at those things. Well what was the modus operandi of Feta Gulen?
    • Well he helped infiltrate governments by taking them down with the needle--meaning opioids, rather than the gun.
    • He did it in 1979--operations like Cyclone working with Pakistani intelligence.
    • He did it with in Gladio B--if you want to google that Gladio B in Central Asia again Pakistani intelligence.
    • He did it in Turkey with politicians, lawyers, key police officials, military police officials, and doctors that was the most recent attempt for a coup
    • Nowhe's doing again in the United States
    • So what I do is I just present evidence and then let people make their own decisions
  • [Day 195.2. 196.2 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196
    • This is part 2.
    • Just on the subject of modus operandi and Gulen, I found a really good article.
    • So they sent me a good series by a guy named Tariq Saeeid (Saeedi), basically I didn't I've never read him before, but basically just agreed, and supported everything I said about Gulen this morning.
    • And the other thing about the CIA running these operations is--it's the same thing over and over.
    • They just change the names
    • So the next operation I'd like everybody to Google just so there's a fact base here, it's [Operation Duck Soup]()
    • So it was taking those Chinese villagers--those Hmong's to grow opium--they're the ones who basically left China, when China went communist, and Chiang kai-shek-- was Formosa now Taiwan--and they grew opium, and the opium was flown--the heroin was flown into the Demilitarized Zone during the Vietnam War.
    • And that's how the opium, or the heroin crisis started in the United States.
    • The idea was will infect the soldiers first, get them introduced to heroin, and then they'll bring it back to all the cities in the United States, and that started in 1963 with Henry Kissinger.
    • But I'm not trying to pin this on Kissinger, but and Richard Holbrooke fought it, and all that.
    • So if you want to look at operation Duck Soup. It was basically using the needle again, against the American soldier.
    • Soldiers are a great target, because they're all together in one--they're clustered at ports, you can get at them with your own doctors, and it's a captive audience.
    • And again here we are 40 years later, we're targeting soldiers again.
    • The incidence of opioids--I think coming back from the Vietnam War was about 25 percent of the folks had some form of addiction problem.
    • I think now, coming back the soldiers are--I think I saw Brian Williams with MSNBC talking about 50%. 50% of the soldiers. * How is that not duck soup? That's duck soup!
    • So that's I'm here in Toledo making my way across Ohio going to Cleveland
  • [Day 195.3 196.3. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 196 here near Strongsville Ohio
    • I just wanted to do an update on Gulen, and why I talked about Gulen this morning, and it's the linkage to Osama bin Laden.
    • I couldn't really do the linkage to Osama bin Laden, until I talked about Gulen, and his work in 1979, with the Mujahideen.
    • In all these revolutions, and all these coups, you need what? Infrastructure: you need an infrastructure guy, you got to make sure that you control the electrical grid, that you control the phone grid, the cell phones if the country has cell phones; the water supply, all the train routes; all the roads, and you need to put people in positions before the coup that you know control those things, the airports etc
    • So that's what I'm talking about is Gulen has done this for about 35 years now
    • And he's doing it in the United States.
    • He just tried it in Turkey
    • So, the reason why I'm going to Scranton, the reason why I'm going to Saylorsburg again, is to show this relationship
    • Now, all along the way, that's been tied to the Mujahideen.
    • The Mujahideen is the Pakistani ISI overt operations
    • So Gulen is the covert operations, and Osama bin Laden, Mujahideen, Pakistani ISI, all the same thing--is the over operations
    • So, that whole ratline I'm talking about: Pakistan to Turkey--that's that ratline I'm talking about then, in effect at least since 1979, but really the Mujahideen, really start that in Afghanistan, and then move it to Kosovo, through Albania in 1993 with Hillary.
    • So that's the connection to Hillary {{ 911:Iran-Contra / Mena AK. via "Amjad Awan" AND Huma/WeineAwans }}
    • Now the connections of the yuan brothers Awan brothers is they're Pakistani ISI, and they're being funded with the drug money from Turkey from Gulen about 90 miles away in Saylorsburg, and I'm drawing in that connection, and thickening that connection, because that's who's paying for it.
    • I did the 12 houses, I show the serial numbers tied to those 12 houses, with your Awan brothers
    • I just did Javed's 12 houses--also Pakistani ISI that's where the money is coming from
  • [Day 195.4 196.4 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Okay this is day 195196 part four.
    • The reason I'm here in Pittsburgh now filming this Salvation Army, was this used to be the front organizations where you could crash, if you were a CIA operative, or whatever.
    • The original Gladio program was through the Salvation Army in Eastern Europe.
    • As a matter-of-fact, Madeleine Albright's dad was a in the Salvation Army in Czechoslovakia, and that was the key resistance Gladio resistance by the CIA.
    • So much more so in the United Europe in the United States
    • So, I thought I would show that picture there.
    • And then just say that things have moved on. Now the Awan brothers, you know the Awan brothers and nicer places like this.
    • But they're safe houses all the same.
    • Barry Seal--just a little trivia--Barry Seal was shot in front of one of these in New Orleans, because he was trying to get to the safe house.
    • Barry Seal's the famous pilot who went from Mena Airport, and took weapons to Nicaragua, and then brought back cocaine.
    • And just across the street there's a City of Asylum--and it's this new form of restaurant slash bookstore, that is sort of a, oh, it would be a social justice type of restaurant book store.
    • And you can see there's a currently a nice quartet performing, and they have a little vignette that plays on video, about someone in a country where they want to harvest the oil.
    • (And you can see it's a Masonic Lodge.)
    • Instead of saying, Joe Biden and Valerie Nuland want, you know, gas and oil rights, they talk about somebody who wants to be able to talk on Facebook without restrictions and make jokes. {{ "spreading freedom"...because you know, Facebook and Twitter, Youtube, et al are so free, they are demonetizing, shadowbanning or outright deleting users like myself from their sites for their 'conservative' views that aren't. }}
    • I also thought it was interesting that the University of Denver University of Colorado Medical Center, more specifically in Denver, really pioneered organ transplantation.
    • And CIA doctors were funded through the University of Colorado in Denver.
    • And when they learn their craft, and they came here just over that hill, I don't know if you can see UPMC--the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, but there's a famous doctor--he's a great doctor named Starzl--who did the first liver transplant at the University of Colorado Denver, and then came here.
    • And the woman I interviewed--who was a 40-year operating room nurse for the transplantation team here, at the University of Pittsburgh--told me a week ago that oil sheiks would rent out a whole floor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and get to the front of the line.
    • So that's where it's really all started. The CIA's history in organ transplantation, from an oil town. Denver, started really here in mid-80s.
  • [Day 197.1 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 1 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 198-- a little bit early here, in the morning so I'm a little scruffy.
    • But you see here Sally Yates is going to testify in front of Congress.
    • And all these are great opportunities, just for like a Senator Grassley to say, you know, did this Michael Flynn have any relationship with these Awan brothers.
    • We've heard a lot about these Awan brothers and these burglaries, and these threats of kidnapping, and these threats of House Intelligence or House IT staff.
    • Did the in your time as Deputy Attorney General, did anybody bring you the Awan Brothers case?
    • Did the FBI mention it? Or did any other law enforcement officials bring this to you as a concern for national security?
    • Now that there seems to be this journalist that keeps publishing these Social Security numbers, that are being used by more than one person....and these people are still employed with the House of Representatives does that bother you?
    • Or is that a subject that you believe should be investigated?
    • It seems like they own 12 houses,
    • They owned lots of car dealerships
    • Lots of home mortgage companies
    • They seem to have lots of ties to Pakistan, with businesses in Pakistan,
    • And transportation rice importation export lots of trucking,
    • And transportation refrigerated transportation
    • Are any of those telltale signs to you? With your deep expertise in law enforcement? What do you think about that Sally Yates?
    • All that they have to do is have one person mention the Awan Brothers on the congressional record, and the story breaks wide open
  • [Day 197.2. Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 2 - YouTube]
    • Seven I think.
    • Sorry about the mistaken date earlier.
    • There's a BP across the street. Closed.
    • I'm in 1927 Railroad Avenue, so I don't know if this is 1927 or not...[knock knock knock knock knock] 1927? {{ C&DTV on mailbox }}.
    • Supposed to be a rapidly growing business. Well-financed, helping this place Pakistani folks in America.
    • Well-financed, growing rapidly. Well, Awan Brothers United.
    • It looks like it's answering the door.
    • Going to knock one more time [knocks]. Awan Brothers United. 2017 Railroad Street Wilford Lane near Carnegie no answer
  • [Day 197.3 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 3 - YouTube]
    • Okay day 197 part 3 stuck in traffic in Pittsburgh --So no risk here
    • A lot of people want me to comment about the doctors the doctors that had their throats cut in Boston--if I know anything about that
    • I won't say anything, because I don't know anything about the case.
    • I know about Bill Weld, and the, you know, the FBI connection to organized crime, along with the CIA.
    • Boston was kind of their Ground Zero, with the Tsarnaev brothers, and before that.
    • There's been kill teams going back all the way to that can't think of his name Bulger slimy Bulger--whatever his name was--it's a long history with FBI corruption in in Boston. Whitey. Whitey bulger. And you can just google that.
    • A lot of the scams near cash, near money have been in in the Boston area, with the various forms of Bitcoin and these Pirate Bay kind of online drug schemes.
    • It all just seems to be in Boston.
    • But I'll comment on the Dr. killings.
    • If you have a legit pain clinic and the doctor field you know was definitely a legit guy. He trained at Harvard. He is from England. He was just a really first-rate pedigree.
    • A doctor any and they start a pain management clinic. People approach them and say hey, "you'd be perfect for this--you'd give us the reputation, and the kind of gravitas we need to start a pain management clinic," and they do.
    • That's the ones you usually target. If I'm a CIA guy, I don't go after second pedigree, I go after the first pedigree.
    • And I go after guys who are divorced, that are susceptible to beautiful young women.
    • They used to say in the CIA, "everything starts with a stripper."
    • I mean you know it's kind of like, "how do you make chicken cacciatore in the Hungarian cookbook? First you steal a chicken."
    • I'm sorry I didn't mean insult Hungarians, but you know the CIA cookbook was: first you get a stripper, and then that's how I get access, and then they start getting all the pillow secrets, and then you eventually start flying them around the world.
    • When you fly them to East Africa or West Africa in this case Guinea, you take them to a place, and you introduce some of these doctors, and these struggling villages, and you build this kind of sympathy toward whatever people, and then you say, "Well hey there's this pain clinic here, or there's this factory here, they're trying to get on their feet making synthetic drugs making generic drugs--here's the drug trial for it. Here's how great it is. And let's introduce this into the pain clinic, as a substitute for whatever the other drug is."
    • And at first the doctor's like, "I don't know, but then the sex is really great."
    • And then the doctor says, "I guess we could try it, and see how it goes."
    • Then he has his first couple of ODs, because the people had to double and triple the strength of their dosage.
    • And then they get cold feet.
    • The person who killed him--let's call him Bamp--he's from Guinea.
    • You don't have doctors with...you know Bamp had the key to their their condo, their penthouse condo, 11th floor condo.
    • So Bamp somehow gets into their condo, and slices their throats.
    • Now if remember if you're JTTF, you control the media. You control the local police.
    • You can tell the local police, "here's the statement you're going to make." You give it to them, you rehearse it with them three times, then they say it.
    • If you notice on all these things, the FBI guy's not too far behind, standing right over the right shoulder of the guy, to cut in if they make any false moves.
    • And here's where you you reuse that doctor.
    • You bring in a doctor from a foreign country. The sexy hot doctor, and you know you can say whatever you want.
    • You could say she was, you know, ground up in a in a meat grinder
    • Now I'm not saying this girl Dr. B is in that category, but I'm just saying if you want to run an operation--that's how you do it.
    • You don't kill off your Golden Goose: it keeps getting you new doctors in your pain clinics.
    • You just move them to different countries, and then you do it all over again change their name change your identity.
  • [197.4 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 4 - YouTube]
    • Ok day 195 here (no it's 197) in historic Deutschtown in Pittsburg
    • As you can see, there's kind of a large area here which is kind of a plaza which is nice
    • But this street has really beautiful brickwork all along this street, it's kind of a rejuvenated neighborhood.
    • Allegheny General--the hospital--is right down there, so it's Pittsburg's known for it's hip replacements because it has all these hills and older folks getting in and out of the driveways and so forth.
    • But I don't want to talk about that. I want to talk about the Military-Industrial-Complex--do you see the transition there.
    ANd the last person who challened you was Cynthia McKinney in 2004. She said, "hey what about this budget--what about this
    Then you got knocked out of Congress, then no one would want to challenge anybody. And that's what's happened
    has challenged the MIC. Cynthia Mckinney being the last person.
  • [197.5 Hillary's Hackers, Awan Brothers Saga Deepens, Part 5 - YouTube]
    • Okay here in Deuschtown Day 197 in Pittsburgh part five.
    • This isn't doesn't relate directly, but this is an awfully pretty street here on Ohio Street
    • 435 is where the post office is. General store and then farmer's daughter right here.
    • That style of brickwork is called Spanish or Mediterranean Revival.
    • The reason why I focused on Jeff Sessions and the Judicial Minister that he's meeting with today is: he's met with him twice before.
    • Once in February, once in March, and they've asked for his extradition twice.
    • Of course Erdrogan has the one of the largest intelligence office services in NATO, and if he starts putting Gulen on trial, lots of information will come out of it.
    • Just like the metadata for the emails it's going to be a treasure trove for investigators
    • And so that's why I focus so much on Gulen and his extradition
    • So that's the follow-up there, and we'll keep on the story we'll keep on all the stories keep generating metadata keep generating links because all those go into our big metadata project that we have with Maltego
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