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Your Guide to Monero, and Why It Has Great Potential

/////Your Guide to Monero, and Why It Has Great Potential/////

Marketing.
It's a dirty word for most members of the Monero community.
It is also one of the most divisive words in the Monero community. Yet, the lack of marketing is one of the most frustrating things for many newcomers.
This is what makes this an unusual post from a member of the Monero community.
This post is an unabashed and unsolicited analyzation of why I believe Monero to have great potential.
Below I have attempted to outline different reasons why Monero has great potential, beginning with upcoming developments and use cases, to broader economic motives, speculation, and key issues for it to overcome.
I encourage you to discuss and criticise my musings, commenting below if you feel necessary to do so.

///Upcoming Developments///

Bulletproofs - A Reduction in Transaction Sizes and Fees
Since the introduction of Ring Confidential Transactions (Ring CT), transaction amounts have been hidden in Monero, albeit at the cost of increased transaction fees and sizes. In order to mitigate this issue, Bulletproofs will soon be added to reduce both fees and transaction size by 80% to 90%. This is great news for those transacting smaller USD amounts as people commonly complained Monero's fees were too high! Not any longer though! More information can be found here. Bulletproofs are already working on the Monero testnet, and developers were aiming to introduce them in March 2018, however it could be delayed in order to ensure everything is tried and tested.
Multisig
Multisig has recently been merged! Mulitsig, also called multisignature, is the requirement for a transaction to have two or more signatures before it can be executed. Multisig transactions and addresses are indistinguishable from normal transactions and addresses in Monero, and provide more security than single-signature transactions. It is believed this will lead to additional marketplaces and exchanges to supporting Monero.
Kovri
Kovri is an implementation of the Invisible Internet Project (I2P) network. Kovri uses both garlic encryption and garlic routing to create a private, protected overlay-network across the internet. This overlay-network provides users with the ability to effectively hide their geographical location and internet IP address. The good news is Kovri is under heavy development and will be available soon. Unlike other coins' false privacy claims, Kovri is a game changer as it will further elevate Monero as the king of privacy.
Mobile Wallets
There is already a working Android Wallet called Monerujo available in the Google Play Store. X Wallet is an IOS mobile wallet. One of the X Wallet developers recently announced they are very, very close to being listed in the Apple App Store, however are having some issues with getting it approved. The official Monero IOS and Android wallets, along with the MyMonero IOS and Android wallets, are also almost ready to be released, and can be expected very soon.
Hardware Wallets
Hardware wallets are currently being developed and nearing completion. Because Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol, it means it requires unique development in order to allow hardware wallet integration. The Ledger Nano S will be adding Monero support by the end of Q1 2018. There is a recent update here too. Even better, for the first time ever in cryptocurrency history, the Monero community banded together to fund the development of an exclusive Monero Hardware Wallet, and will be available in Q2 2018, costing only about $20! In addition, the CEO of Trezor has offered a 10BTC bounty to whoever can provide the software to allow Monero integration. Someone can be seen to already be working on that here.
TAILS Operating System Integration
Monero is in the progress of being packaged in order for it to be integrated into TAILS and ready to use upon install. TAILS is the operating system popularised by Edward Snowden and is commonly used by those requiring privacy such as journalists wanting to protect themselves and sources, human-right defenders organizing in repressive contexts, citizens facing national emergencies, domestic violence survivors escaping from their abusers, and consequently, darknet market users.
In the meantime, for those users who wish to use TAILS with Monero, u/Electric_sheep01 has provided Sheep's Noob guide to Monero GUI in Tails 3.2, which is a step-by-step guide with screenshots explaining how to setup Monero in TAILS, and is very easy to follow.
Mandatory Hardforks
Unlike other coins, Monero receives a protocol upgrade every 6 months in March and September. Think of it as a Consensus Protocol Update. Monero's hard forks ensure quality development takes place, while preventing political or ideological issues from hindering progress. When a hardfork occurs, you simply download and use the new daemon version, and your existing wallet files and copy of the blockchain remain compatible. This reddit post provides more information.
Dynamic fees
Many cryptocurrencies have an arbitrary block size limit. Although Monero has a limit, it is adaptive based on the past 100 blocks. Similarly, fees change based on transaction volume. As more transactions are processed on the Monero network, the block size limit slowly increases and the fees slowly decrease. The opposite effect also holds true. This means that the more transactions that take place, the cheaper the fees!
Tail Emission and Inflation
There will be around 18.4 million Monero mined at the end of May 2022. However, tail emission will kick in after that which is 0.6 XMR, so it has no fixed limit. Gundamlancer explains that Monero's "main emission curve will issue about 18.4 million coins to be mined in approximately 8 years. (more precisely 18.132 Million coins by ca. end of May 2022) After that, a constant "tail emission" of 0.6 XMR per 2-minutes block (modified from initially equivalent 0.3 XMR per 1-minute block) will create a sub-1% perpetual inflatio starting with 0.87% yearly inflation around May 2022) to prevent the lack of incentives for miners once a currency is not mineable anymore.
Monero Research Lab
Monero has a group of anonymous/pseudo-anonymous university academics actively researching, developing, and publishing academic papers in order to improve Monero. See here and here. The Monero Research Lab are acquainted with other members of cryptocurrency academic community to ensure when new research or technology is uncovered, it can be reviewed and decided upon whether it would be beneficial to Monero. This ensures Monero will always remain a leading cryptocurrency. A recent end of 2017 update from a MRL researcher can be found here.

///Monero's Technology - Rising Above The Rest///

Monero Has Already Proven Itself To Be Private, Secure, Untraceable, and Trustless
Monero is the only private, untraceable, trustless, secure and fungible cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are TRACEABLE through the use of blockchain analytics, and has lead to the prosecution of numerous individuals, such as the alleged Alphabay administrator Alexandre Cazes. In the Forfeiture Complaint which detailed the asset seizure of Alexandre Cazes, the anonymity capabilities of Monero were self-demonstrated by the following statement of the officials after the AlphaBay shutdown: "In total, from CAZES' wallets and computer agents took control of approximately $8,800,000 in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and Zcash, broken down as follows: 1,605.0503851 Bitcoin, 8,309.271639 Ethereum, 3,691.98 Zcash, and an unknown amount of Monero".
Privacy CANNOT BE OPTIONAL and must be at a PROTOCOL LEVEL. With Monero, privacy is mandatory, so that everyone gets the benefits of privacy without any transactions standing out as suspicious. This is the reason Darknet Market places are moving to Monero, and will never use Verge, Zcash, Dash, Pivx, Sumo, Spectre, Hush or any other coins that lack good privacy. Peter Todd (who was involved in the Zcash trusted setup ceremony) recently reiterated his concerns of optional privacy after Jeffrey Quesnelle published his recent paper stating 31.5% of Zcash transactions may be traceable, and that only ~1% of the transactions are pure privacy transactions (i.e., z -> z transactions). When the attempted private transactions stand out like a sore thumb there is no privacy, hence why privacy cannot be optional. In addition, in order for a cryptocurrency to truly be private, it must not be controlled by a centralised body, such as a company or organisation, because it opens it up to government control and restrictions. This is no joke, but Zcash is supported by DARPA and the Israeli government!.
Monero provides a stark contrast compared to other supposed privacy coins, in that Monero does not have a rich list! With all other coins, you can view wallet balances on the blockexplorers. You can view Monero's non-existent rich list here to see for yourself.
I will reiterate here that Monero is TRUSTLESS. You don't need to rely on anyone else to protect your privacy, or worry about others colluding to learn more about you. No one can censor your transaction or decide to intervene. Monero is immutable, unlike Zcash, in which the lead developer Zooko publicly tweeted the possibility of providing a backdoor for authorities to trace transactions. To Zcash's demise, Zooko famously tweeted:
" And by the way, I think we can successfully make Zcash too traceable for criminals like WannaCry, but still completely private & fungible. …"
Ethereum's track record of immutability is also poor. Ethereum was supposed to be an immutable blockchain ledger, however after the DAO hack this proved to not be the case. A 2016 article on Saintly Law summarised the problematic nature of Ethereum's leadership and blockchain intervention:
" Many ethereum and blockchain advocates believe that the intervention was the wrong move to make in this situation. Smart contracts are meant to be self-executing, immutable and free from disturbance by organisations and intermediaries. Yet the building block of all smart contracts, the code, is inherently imperfect. This means that the technology is vulnerable to the same malicious hackers that are targeting businesses and governments. It is also clear that the large scale intervention after the DAO hack could not and would not likely be taken in smaller transactions, as they greatly undermine the viability of the cryptocurrency and the technology."
Monero provides Fungibility and Privacy in a Cashless World
As outlined on GetMonero.org, fungibility is the property of a currency whereby two units can be substituted in place of one another. Fungibility means that two units of a currency can be mutually substituted and the substituted currency is equal to another unit of the same size. For example, two $10 bills can be exchanged and they are functionally identical to any other $10 bill in circulation (although $10 bills have unique ID numbers and are therefore not completely fungible). Gold is probably a closer example of true fungibility, where any 1 oz. of gold of the same grade is worth the same as another 1 oz. of gold. Monero is fungible due to the nature of the currency which provides no way to link transactions together nor trace the history of any particular XMR. 1 XMR is functionally identical to any other 1 XMR. Fungibility is an advantage Monero has over Bitcoin and almost every other cryptocurrency, due to the privacy inherent in the Monero blockchain and the permanently traceable nature of the Bitcoin blockchain. With Bitcoin, any BTC can be tracked by anyone back to its creation coinbase transaction. Therefore, if a coin has been used for an illegal purpose in the past, this history will be contained in the blockchain in perpetuity.
A great example of Bitcoin's lack of fungibility was reposted by u/ViolentlyPeaceful:
"Imagine you sell cupcakes and receive Bitcoin as payment. It turns out that someone who owned that Bitcoin before you was involved in criminal activity. Now you are worried that you have become a suspect in a criminal case, because the movement of funds to you is a matter of public record. You are also worried that certain Bitcoins that you thought you owned will be considered ‘tainted’ and that others will refuse to accept them as payment."
This lack of fungibility means that certain businesses will be obligated to avoid accepting BTC that have been previously used for purposes which are illegal, or simply run afoul of their Terms of Service. Currently some large Bitcoin companies are blocking, suspending, or closing accounts that have received Bitcoin used in online gambling or other purposes deemed unsavory by said companies. Monero has been built specifically to address the problem of traceability and non-fungibility inherent in other cryptocurrencies. By having completely private transactions Monero is truly fungible and there can be no blacklisting of certain XMR, while at the same time providing all the benefits of a secure, decentralized, permanent blockchain.
The world is moving cashless. Fact. The ramifications of this are enormous as we move into a cashless world in which transactions will be tracked and there is a potential for data to be used by third parties for adverse purposes. While most new cryptocurrency investors speculate upon vaporware ICO tokens in the hope of generating wealth, Monero provides salvation for those in which financial privacy is paramount. Too often people equate Monero's features with criminal endeavors. Privacy is not a crime, and is necessary for good money. Transparency in Monero is possible OFF-CHAIN, which offers greater transparency and flexibility. For example, a Monero user may share their Private View Key with their accountant for tax purposes.
Monero aims to be adopted by more than just those with nefarious use cases. For example, if you lived in an oppressive religious regime and wanted to buy a certain item, using Monero would allow you to exchange value privately and across borders if needed. Another example is that if everybody can see how much cryptocurrency you have in your wallet, then a certain service might decide to charge you more, and bad actors could even use knowledge of your wallet balance to target you for extortion purposes. For example, a Russian cryptocurrency blogger was recently beaten and robbed of $425k. This is why FUNGIBILITY IS ESSENTIAL. To summarise this in a nutshell:
"A lack of fungibility means that when sending or receiving funds, if the other person personally knows you during a transaction, or can get any sort of information on you, or if you provide a residential address for shipping etc. – you could quite potentially have them use this against you for personal gain"
For those that wish to seek more information about why Monero is a superior form of money, read The Merits of Monero: Why Monero Vs Bitcoin over on the Monero.how website.
Monero's Humble Origins
Something that still rings true today despite the great influx of money into cryptocurrencies was outlined in Nick Tomaino's early 2016 opinion piece. The author claimed that "one of the most interesting aspects of Monero is that the project has gained traction without a crowd sale pre-launch, without VC funding and any company or well-known investors and without a pre-mine. Like Bitcoin in the early days, Monero has been a purely grassroots movement that was bootstrapped by the creator and adopted organically without any institutional buy-in. The creator and most of the core developers serve the community pseudonymously and the project was launched on a message board (similar to the way Bitcoin was launched on an email newsletter)."
The Organic Growth of the Monero Community
The Monero community over at monero is exponentially growing. You can view the Monero reddit metrics here and see that the Monero subreddit currently gains more than 10,000 (yes, ten thousand!) new subscribers every 10 days! Compare this to most of the other coins out there, and it proves to be one of the only projects with real organic growth. In addition to this, the community subreddits are specifically divided to ensure the main subreddit remains unbiased, tech focused, with no shilling or hype. All trading talk is designated to xmrtrader, and all memes at moonero.
Forum Funding System
While most contributors have gratefully volunteered their time to the project, Monero also has a Forum Funding System in which money is donated by community members to ensure it attracts and retains the brightest minds and most skilled developers. Unlike ICOs and other cryptocurrencies, Monero never had a premine, and does not have a developer tax. If ANYONE requires funding for a Monero related project, then they can simply request funding from the community, and if the community sees it as beneficial, they will donate. Types of projects range from Monero funding for local meet ups, to paying developers for their work.
Monero For Goods, Services, and Market Places
There is a growing number of online goods and services that you can now pay for with Monero. Globee is a service that allows online merchants to accept payments through credit cards and a host of cryptocurrencies, while being settled in Bitcoin, Monero or fiat currency. Merchants can reach a wider variety of customers, while not needing to invest in additional hardware to run cryptocurrency wallets or accept the current instability of the cryptocurrency market. Globee uses all of the open source API's that BitPay does making integrations much easier!
Project Coral Reef is a service which allows you to shop and pay for popular music band products and services using Monero.
Linux, Veracrypt, and a whole array of VPNs now accept Monero.
There is a new Monero only marketplace called Annularis currently being developed which has been created for those who value financial privacy and economic freedom, and there are rumours Open Bazaar is likely to support Monero once Multisig is implemented.
In addition, Monero is also supported by The Living Room of Satoshi so you can pay bills or credit cards directly using Monero.
Monero can be found on a growing number of cryptocurrency exchange services such as Bittrex, Poloniex, Cryptopia, Shapeshift, Changelly, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bisq, Tux, and many others.
For those wishing to purchase Monero anonymously, there are services such as LocalMonero.co and Moneroforcash.com.
With XMR.TO you can pay Bitcoin addresses directly with Monero. There are no other fees than the miner ones. All user records are purged after 48 hours. XMR.TO has also been added as an embedded feature into the Monerujo android wallet.
Coinhive Browser-Based Mining
Unlike Bitcoin, Monero can be mined using CPUs and GPUs. Not only does this encourage decentralisation, it also opens the door to browser based mining. Enter side of stage, Coinhive browser-based mining. As described by Hon Lau on the Symnatec Blog Browser-based mining, as its name suggests, is a method of cryptocurrency mining that happens inside a browser and is implemented using Javascript. Coinhive is marketed as an alternative to browser ad revenue. The motivation behind this is simple: users pay for the content indirectly by coin mining when they visit the site and website owners don't have to bother users with sites laden with ads, trackers, and all the associated paraphern. This is great, provided that the websites are transparent with site visitors and notify users of the mining that will be taking place, or better still, offer users a way to opt in, although this hasn't always been the case thus far.
Skepticism Sunday
The main Monero subreddit has weekly Skepticism Sundays which was created with the purpose of installing "a culture of being scientific, skeptical, and rational". This is used to have open, critical discussions about monero as a technology, it's economics, and so on.

///Speculation///

Major Investors And Crypto Figureheads Are Interested
Ari Paul is the co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital. He was previously a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago's $8 billion endowment, and a derivatives market maker and proprietary trader for Susquehanna International Group. Paul was interviewed on CNBC on the 26th of December and when asked what was his favourite coin was, he stated "One that has real fundamental value besides from Bitcoin is Monero" and said it has "very strong engineering". In addition, when he was asked if that was the one used by criminals, he replied "Everything is used by criminals including the US dollar and the Euro". Paul later supported these claims on Twitter, recommending only Bitcoin and Monero as long-term investments.
There are reports that "Roger Ver, earlier known as 'Bitcoin Jesus' for his evangelical support of the Bitcoin during its early years, said his investment in Monero is 'substantial' and his biggest in any virtual currency since Bitcoin.
Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, has publicly stated his appreciation of Monero. In a September 2017 tweet directed to Edward Snowden explaining why Monero is superior to Zcash, Charlie Lee tweeted:
All private transactions, More tested privacy tech, No tax on miners to pay investors, No high inflation... better investment.
John McAfee, arguably cryptocurrency's most controversial character at the moment, has publicly supported Monero numerous times over the last twelve months(before he started shilling ICOs), and has even claimed it will overtake Bitcoin.
Playboy instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian is a Monero investor, with 15% of his portfolio made up of Monero.
Finally, while he may not be considered a major investor or figurehead, Erik Finman, a young early Bitcoin investor and multimillionaire, recently appeared in a CNBC Crypto video interview, explaining why he isn't entirely sold on Bitcoin anymore, and expresses his interest in Monero, stating:
"Monero is a really good one. Monero is an incredible currency, it's completely private."
There is a common belief that most of the money in cryptocurrency is still chasing the quick pump and dumps, however as the market matures, more money will flow into legitimate projects such as Monero. Monero's organic growth in price is evidence smart money is aware of Monero and gradually filtering in.
The Bitcoin Flaw
A relatively unknown blogger named CryptoIzzy posted three poignant pieces regarding Monero and its place in the world. The Bitcoin Flaw: Monero Rising provides an intellectual comparison of Monero to other cryptocurrencies, and Valuing Cryptocurrencies: An Approach outlines methods of valuing different coins.
CryptoIzzy's most recent blog published only yesterday titled Monero Valuation - Update and Refocus is a highly recommended read. It touches on why Monero is much more than just a coin for the Darknet Markets, and provides a calculated future price of Monero.
CryptoIzzy also published The Power of Money: A Case for Bitcoin, which is an exploration of our monetary system, and the impact decentralised cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Monero will have on the world. In the epilogue the author also provides a positive and detailed future valuation based on empirical evidence. CryptoIzzy predicts Monero to easily progress well into the four figure range.
Monero Has a Relatively Small Marketcap
Recently we have witnessed many newcomers to cryptocurrency neglecting to take into account coins' marketcap and circulating supply, blindly throwing money at coins under $5 with inflated marketcaps and large circulating supplies, and then believing it's possible for them to reach $100 because someone posted about it on Facebook or Reddit.
Compared to other cryptocurrencies, Monero still has a low marketcap, which means there is great potential for the price to multiply. At the time of writing, according to CoinMarketCap, Monero's marketcap is only a little over $5 billion, with a circulating supply of 15.6 million Monero, at a price of $322 per coin.
For this reason, I would argue that this is evidence Monero is grossly undervalued. Just a few billion dollars of new money invested in Monero can cause significant price increases. Monero's marketcap only needs to increase to ~$16 billion and the price will triple to over $1000. If Monero's marketcap simply reached ~$35 billion (just over half of Ripple's $55 billion marketcap), Monero's price will increase 600% to over $2000 per coin.
Another way of looking at this is Monero's marketcap only requires ~$30 billion of new investor money to see the price per Monero reach $2000, while for Ethereum to reach $2000, Ethereum's marketcap requires a whopping ~$100 billion of new investor money.
Technical Analysis
There are numerous Monero technical analysts, however none more eerily on point than the crowd-pleasing Ero23. Ero23's charts and analysis can be found on Trading View. Ero23 gained notoriety for his long-term Bitcoin bull chart published in February, which is still in play today. Head over to his Trading View page to see his chart: Monero's dwindling supply. $10k in 2019 scenario, in which Ero23 predicts Monero to reach $10,000 in 2019. There is also this chart which appears to be freakishly accurate and is tracking along perfectly today.
Coinbase Rumours
Over the past 12 months there have been ongoing rumours that Monero will be one of the next cryptocurrencies to be added to Coinbase. In January 2017, Monero Core team member Riccardo 'Fluffypony' Spagni presented a talk at Coinbase HQ. In addition, in November 2017 GDAX announced the GDAX Digit Asset Framework outlining specific parameters cryptocurrencies must meet in order to be added to the exchange. There is speculation that when Monero has numerous mobile and hardware wallets available, and multisig is working, then it will be added. This would enable public accessibility to Monero to increase dramatically as Coinbase had in excess of 13 million users as of December, and is only going to grow as demand for cryptocurrencies increases. Many users argue that due to KYC/AML regulations, Coinbase will never be able to add Monero, however the Kraken exchange already operates in the US and has XMfiat pairs, so this is unlikely to be the reason Coinbase is yet to implement XMfiat trading.
Monero Is Not an ICO Scam
It is likely most of the ICOs which newcomers invest in, hoping to get rich quick, won't even be in the Top 100 cryptocurrencies next year. A large portion are most likely to be pumps and dumps, and we have already seen numerous instances of ICO exit scams. Once an ICO raises millions of dollars, the developers or CEO of the company have little incentive to bother rolling out their product or service when they can just cash out and leave. The majority of people who create a company to provide a service or product, do so in order to generate wealth. Unless these developers and CEOs are committed and believed in their product or service, it's likely that the funds raised during the ICO will far exceed any revenue generated from real world use cases.
Monero is a Working Currency, Today
Monero is a working currency, here today.
The majority of so called cryptocurrencies that exist today are not true currencies, and do not aim to be. They are a token of exchange. They are like a share in a start-up company hoping to use blockchain technology to succeed in business. A crypto-assest is a more accurate name for coins such as Ethereum, Neo, Cardano, Vechain, etc.
Monero isn't just a vaporware ICO token that promises to provide a blockchain service in the future. It is not a platform for apps. It is not a pump and dump coin.
Monero is the only coin with all the necessary properties to be called true money.
Monero is private internet money.
Some even describe Monero as an online Swiss Bank Account or Bitcoin 2.0, and it is here to continue on from Bitcoin's legacy.
Monero is alleviating the public from the grips of banks, and protests the monetary system forced upon us.
Monero only achieved this because it is the heart and soul, and blood, sweat, and tears of the contributors to this project. Monero supporters are passionate, and Monero has gotten to where it is today thanks to its contributors and users.

///Key Issues for Monero to Overcome///

Scalability
While Bulletproofs are soon to be implemented in order to improve Monero's transaction sizes and fees, scalability is an issue for Monero that is continuously being assessed by Monero's researchers and developers to find the most appropriate solution. Ricardo 'Fluffypony' Spagni recently appeared on CNBC's Crypto Trader, and when asked whether Monero is scalable as it stands today, Spagni stated that presently, Monero's on-chain scaling is horrible and transactions are larger than Bitcoin's (because of Monero's privacy features), so side-chain scaling may be more efficient. Spagni elaborated that the Monero team is, and will always be, looking for solutions to an array of different on-chain and off-chain scaling options, such as developing a Mimblewimble side-chain, exploring the possibility of Lightning Network so atomic swaps can be performed, and Tumblebit.
In a post on the Monero subreddit from roughly a month ago, monero moderator u/dEBRUYNE_1 supports Spagni's statements. dEBRUYNE_1 clarifies the issue of scalability:
"In Bitcoin, the main chain is constrained and fees are ludicrous. This results in users being pushed to second layer stuff (e.g. sidechains, lightning network). Users do not have optionality in Bitcoin. In Monero, the goal is to make the main-chain accessible to everyone by keeping fees reasonable. We want users to have optionality, i.e., let them choose whether they'd like to use the main chain or second layer stuff. We don't want to take that optionality away from them."
When the Spagni CNBC video was recently linked to the Monero subreddit, it was met with lengthy debate and discussion from both users and developers. u/ferretinjapan summarised the issue explaining:
"Monero has all the mechanisms it needs to find the balance between transaction load, and offsetting the costs of miner infrastructure/profits, while making sure the network is useful for users. But like the interviewer said, the question is directed at "right now", and Fluffys right to a certain extent, Monero's transactions are huge, and compromises in blockchain security will help facilitate less burdensome transactional activity in the future. But to compare Monero to Bitcoin's transaction sizes is somewhat silly as Bitcoin is nowhere near as useful as monero, and utility will facilitate infrastructure building that may eventually utterly dwarf Bitcoin. And to equate scaling based on a node being run on a desktop being the only option for what classifies as "scalable" is also an incredibly narrow interpretation of the network being able to scale, or not. Given the extremely narrow definition of scaling people love to (incorrectly) use, I consider that a pretty crap question to put to Fluffy in the first place, but... ¯_(ツ)_/¯"
u/xmrusher also contributed to the discussion, comparing Bitcoin to Monero using this analogous description:
"While John is much heavier than Henry, he's still able to run faster, because, unlike Henry, he didn't chop off his own legs just so the local wheelchair manufacturer can make money. While Morono has much larger transactions then Bitcoin, it still scales better, because, unlike Bitcoin, it hasn't limited itself to a cripplingly tiny blocksize just to allow Blockstream to make money."
Setting up a wallet can still be time consuming
It's time consuming and can be somewhat difficult for new cryptocurrency users to set up their own wallet using the GUI wallet or the Command Line Wallet. In order to strengthen and further decentralize the Monero network, users are encouraged to run a full node for their wallet, however this can be an issue because it can take up to 24-48 hours for some users depending on their hard-drive and internet speeds. To mitigate this issue, users can run a remote node, meaning they can remotely connect their wallet to another node in order to perform transactions, and in the meantime continue to sync the daemon so in the future they can then use their own node.
For users that do run into wallet setup issues, or any other problems for that matter, there is an extremely helpful troubleshooting thread on the Monero subreddit which can be found here. And not only that, unlike some other cryptocurrency subreddits, if you ask a question, there is always a friendly community member who will happily assist you. Monero.how is a fantastic resource too!
Despite still being difficult to use, the user-base and price may increase dramatically once it is easier to use. In addition, others believe that when hardware wallets are available more users will shift to Monero.

///Conclusion///

I actually still feel a little shameful for promoting Monero here, but feel a sense of duty to do so.
Monero is transitioning into an unstoppable altruistic beast. This year offers the implementation of many great developments, accompanied by the likelihood of a dramatic increase in price.
I request you discuss this post, point out any errors I have made, or any information I may have neglected to include. Also, if you believe in the Monero project, I encourage you to join your local Facebook or Reddit cryptocurrency group and spread the word of Monero. You could even link this post there to bring awareness to new cryptocurrency users and investors.
I will leave you with an old on-going joke within the Monero community - Don't buy Monero - unless you have a use case for it of course :-) Just think to yourself though - Do I have a use case for Monero in our unpredictable Huxleyan society? Hint: The answer is ?
Edit: Added in the Tail Emission section, and noted Dan Bilzerian as a Monero investor. Also added information regarding the XMR.TO payment service. Added info about hardfork
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down the Node-Red rabbit hole, part 5 - hold my beer

part1 part2 part3 part4
so, it's been 4 months since i started this journey and i gotta say that NR has really re-vitalized my personal interest in home-automation, as well as, my HA and whole house setup.
i've done more in the past 4 months, to streamline my setup and adding new automations than i've done in the three years since i started using HA somewhere around v0.24.x'ish. i got that shit dialed in now.
(also some credit to EspHome for being awesome, despite having meh documentation. yeah, i said it. meh👏doc👏u👏men👏ta👏shun)
at this point i have about 36 NR tabs. some are just testing, or playing around with a particular component/palette, but most have at least one flow on it that is live and in use.
so, i thought i'd break some of them down for you guys, 'barney style+':
(also, some of these are way to huge to post readable screenshots of, so i'm just gonna describe them. plus some of these i detailed in my previous posts.)
first up is my globals. where i set global.vars
arrive/away
morning/bedtime/naptime
alarm
sonos
ping
watchdog
battery (the nodes are very similar to above)
switch control
harmony
remote
long term away
spotify
washedryer
doorbell
disk space
gmail
calendar
alexa TTS (subflow)
drafthouse
twitter link
so, yeah. i'd like to see some of you post some of your flows/ideas if only so i could totally steal them.
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+obscure skippy joke. it's from a book++.
++yes i read. well, i audiobook, but same diff+++.
+++i mean, it's just basic science!++++
++++i mean, that study coulda been bullshit, sponsored by "the audiobook council" or some shit, but i'm taking it at face value.
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  1. 74796 points, 2 submissions: Tricky_Troll
    1. The last 3 months in 47 seconds. (48474 points, 790 comments)
    2. Bitcoin Doesn't Give a Fuck. (26322 points, 1505 comments)
  2. 50907 points, 3 submissions: LeeWallis
    1. It's official! 1 Bitcoin = $10,000 USD (48506 points, 4587 comments)
    2. It's official! 1 Bitcoin = $10,000 USD (again) (1233 points, 123 comments)
    3. Bitcoin just reached $7,000 USD on GDAX! (1168 points, 359 comments)
  3. 49298 points, 2 submissions: chronic_nervosa
    1. Working Hard or Hardly Working? (25721 points, 326 comments)
    2. Investing Tips from a Pro (23577 points, 598 comments)
  4. 44144 points, 2 submissions: wolfwolfz
    1. It's over 9000!!! (42429 points, 3170 comments)
    2. Mtgox caused 2013 and 2018 crash (1715 points, 425 comments)
  5. 42048 points, 1 submission: buttockpain
    1. Everyone who's trading BTC right now (42048 points, 804 comments)
  6. 41614 points, 3 submissions: PineappleFund
    1. I'm donating 5057 BTC to charitable causes! Introducing The Pineapple Fund (20020 points, 2927 comments)
    2. Farewell from the Pineapple Fund (10944 points, 610 comments)
    3. 🍍 $4mil will fund MDMA trials for PTSD; marked 'Breakthrough Therapy' by FDA. Pineapple Fund is matching MAPS donations 1:1. Reddit, let's make history by crowdfunding an incredible treatment for PTSD, in bitcoin! (10650 points, 558 comments)
  7. 41269 points, 4 submissions: Xtreme110
    1. Bitcoin.. The King (28328 points, 1178 comments)
    2. So here's what actually happened Today. (8542 points, 301 comments)
    3. So Yeah This Happened .. (2330 points, 215 comments)
    4. Did someone Asked for Support levels... (2069 points, 224 comments)
  8. 29323 points, 1 submission: KINNAHZ
    1. I hope James is doing well (29323 points, 1242 comments)
  9. 29123 points, 1 submission: trance929
    1. Weeeeeeee! (29123 points, 1530 comments)
  10. 28063 points, 1 submission: benjaminikuta
    1. Nothing can increase by that much and still be a good investment. (28063 points, 1318 comments)
  11. 27600 points, 5 submissions: Suberg
    1. Rabobank Fined $369M for Money Laundering After Calling Bitcoin a Risk for Money Laundering (14264 points, 312 comments)
    2. Ellen DeGeneres Just Introduced Bitcoin to Her 3 Million US Viewers (7893 points, 619 comments)
    3. Evidence Emerges of CNBC Collusion with Roger Ver, BCash (2665 points, 526 comments)
    4. Reminder: Encrypt and store your bitcoin offline - U.S. Congress Quietly Passes CLOUD Act to Increase Gov't Access to Online Info (1688 points, 277 comments)
    5. 600+ Bitcoin Users Seek Lawsuit Against Bitcoin.com & CEO Roger Ver for Fraud (1090 points, 298 comments)
  12. 26949 points, 1 submission: Kittstar123
    1. This is why I want bitcoin to hit $10,000 (26949 points, 918 comments)
  13. 24897 points, 2 submissions: sunilross
    1. What he would be wishing now? 😂 (22418 points, 954 comments)
    2. Just a few months ago Bitcoin going to $10,000 was a huge celebration Now Bitcoin is at $10,000 and its like the end of the world. What an irony!! (2479 points, 1016 comments)
  14. 24555 points, 8 submissions: TheGreatMuffin
    1. This Bitcoin chart is insane! Oh, wait… that’s actually a chart of US dollar money printing. (8202 points, 1165 comments)
    2. Coinbase Hit With Class Action Claiming Insiders Benefited From 'Bitcoin Cash' Launch (5370 points, 493 comments)
    3. "Anonymous bitcoin donor rains $56 million on stunned nonprofits" (story about The Pinapple Fund) (3331 points, 199 comments)
    4. Odds of winning Powerball (Lottery) vs guessing one bitcoin private key (by @Coinguybri) (2008 points, 260 comments)
    5. Andreas Antonopoulos' depiction of the day he became aware of the donations that made him a millionaire (1878 points, 214 comments)
    6. McAfee doubles down on his promise: "I now predict Bitcoin at $1 million by the end of 2020. I will still eat my dick if wrong." (1387 points, 329 comments)
    7. Federal courts now accepting cryptocurrency for bail (1288 points, 62 comments)
    8. The first Stable version of BTCPay is out: BTCPayServer 1.0.1.1 and NBXplorer 1.0.1.3. Next stable version will include Lightning Network. (by Nicolas Dorier) (1091 points, 103 comments)
  15. 23962 points, 6 submissions: Mobilenewsflash
    1. Difference between New and Experienced Trader (11900 points, 181 comments)
    2. Did you know? I didn't. (4127 points, 294 comments)
    3. Altcoin Master (3555 points, 145 comments)
    4. All we need is this kind of bull run! (2125 points, 122 comments)
    5. Bitcoin isn't the bubble, it's the pin (1199 points, 310 comments)
    6. Simple answer, the right one (1056 points, 230 comments)
  16. 23651 points, 3 submissions: UniqueUsername642
    1. Cheers! (17238 points, 510 comments)
    2. This is Cryptocurrency (5072 points, 371 comments)
    3. Bitcoin Investors be like (1341 points, 335 comments)
  17. 23082 points, 1 submission: jrs0080
    1. Whoever put this up deserves a medal (23082 points, 319 comments)
  18. 23066 points, 1 submission: vindico_silenti
    1. BTC dropping due to lack of quality 11k memes. Closest support line is at 9k Vegeta memes. (23066 points, 820 comments)
  19. 22856 points, 1 submission: danielwilson666
    1. Bitcoin today (22856 points, 1940 comments)
  20. 22657 points, 1 submission: byte_coder
    1. 2018: lets run for office (22657 points, 991 comments)
  21. 22193 points, 1 submission: Hync
    1. Lily Allen turned down 200K in Bitcoins for a gig in 2009 which is worth $1,426,199,000 as of this writing (22193 points, 1293 comments)
  22. 21505 points, 1 submission: paperraincoat
    1. Eleven! (21505 points, 575 comments)
  23. 21044 points, 1 submission: SotakuKun
    1. How To Invest In Bitcoin (21044 points, 634 comments)
  24. 20817 points, 1 submission: MichKOG
    1. Almost everyone now is an Investor (20817 points, 554 comments)
  25. 20647 points, 10 submissions: Bastiat
    1. Day 2: I will repost this guide daily until available solutions like Segwit & order batching are adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and transaction fees are low. You can help. Take action today (5145 points, 766 comments)
    2. Pierre Rochard: "Until your altcoin successfully defeats a coordinated attack like NYA/S2X, with 90% of the hashrate and major businesses trying to force a hard fork, its immutability is untested and its monetary policy is suspect. Bitcoin has earned its keep, its immutability is beyond question" (2249 points, 345 comments)
    3. Day 9: I will post this guide regularly until available solutions like SegWit, order batching, and Lightning payment channels are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and tx fees are low. Have you done your part? (2070 points, 190 comments)
    4. Day 5: I will post this guide regularly until available solutions like SegWit & order batching are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and transaction fees are low. User demand from this community can help lead to some big changes. Have you joined the /Bitcoin SegWit effort? (2017 points, 268 comments)
    5. Day 7: I will post this guide regularly until available solutions like SegWit & order batching are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and tx fees are low. Do you want low tx fees, because this is how you get low tx fees (1959 points, 166 comments)
    6. Day 3: I will repost this guide daily until available solutions like SegWit & order batching are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and transaction fees are low. ARE YOU PART OF THE SOLUTION? News: Unconfirmed TX's @ 274K, more exchanges adding SegWit, Core prioritizes SegWit GUI (1758 points, 220 comments)
    7. Coinbase's short-sighted money grab is @Gemini.com's gain. Trust is the number one concern for new adopters and nobody can trust CONBASE after today (1689 points, 383 comments)
    8. Day 8: I will post this guide regularly until available solutions like SegWit, order batching, and Lightning payment channels are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and tx fees are low. BTC Core SegWit GUI coming May 1, Coinbase incompetence exposed, more exchanges deploy SegWit (1454 points, 177 comments)
    9. Day 6: I will post this guide regularly until available solutions like SegWit & order batching are mass adopted, the mempool is empty once again, and tx fees are low. Refer a friend to SegWit today. There's no $10 referral offer, but you'll both get lower fees and help strengthen the BTC protocol (1193 points, 99 comments)
    10. If every Bitcoin tx was a SegWit tx today, we'd have 8,000 tx blocks & the tx backlog would disappear. Tx fees would be almost non-existent once again. THE NEXT BITCOIN TX YOU MAKE, MAKE IT A SEGWIT TX. DOWNLOAD A SEGWIT COMPATIBLE WALLET AND OPEN A SEGWIT COMPATIBLE EXCHANGE ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW (1113 points, 228 comments)
  26. 20159 points, 1 submission: swahlgren
    1. Danish Bitcoin billionaire new sponsor of professional Danish ice hockey team. Stadium to be renamed "Bitcoin Arena" and get a huge Bitcoin logo in the middle of the ice! (20159 points, 1018 comments)
  27. 20119 points, 4 submissions: bitchari
    1. Value is always in the eyes of the beholder (10999 points, 542 comments)
    2. We did it!! BTC ✌️ (4335 points, 333 comments)
    3. Uncomfortable truths!! (3228 points, 451 comments)
    4. "rat poison" returns!! (1557 points, 234 comments)
  28. 19767 points, 1 submission: Active2017
    1. $7,900+!! (am i doing this right?) (19767 points, 493 comments)
  29. 18709 points, 1 submission: JonathanMauri
    1. Sold some bitcoin to buy my new best bud 🤗 (18709 points, 1752 comments)
  30. 17979 points, 1 submission: crlxzzz
    1. Localbitcoins.com is illegally holding my 9.3 bitcoin on "escrow" since may 2015 (17979 points, 802 comments)
  31. 17806 points, 6 submissions: domelane
    1. FORBES: "South Korea Is Not Banning Bitcoin Trade, Financial Regulators Clarify". (8349 points, 245 comments)
    2. Banks vs Bitcoin (2370 points, 311 comments)
    3. Arizona Senate Votes to Accept Tax Payments in Bitcoin (2363 points, 134 comments)
    4. Visa confirms Coinbase wasn’t at fault for overcharging users (1854 points, 92 comments)
    5. Finally! Coinbase: "Our engineering team has finished testing of SegWit for Bitcoin on Coinbase. We will be starting a phased launch to customers over the next few days and are targeting a 100% launch to all customers by mid next week". (1501 points, 112 comments)
    6. For all the newbies posting: "Bitcoin will crash on Monday! Wall Street is buying to short it to hell!", watch Andreas (Member of the Oversight Board of the CME Futures) to calm your tits. (1369 points, 322 comments)
  32. 17749 points, 2 submissions: BluntLord
    1. possibly the worst thing about this crash... (11631 points, 2540 comments)
    2. Reasons why these price increases are NOT a good thing. no FUD, all facts. (6118 points, 394 comments)
  33. 17228 points, 1 submission: ma_Name_Is_Jefffff
    1. To the new guys, let's see how tough you really are (17228 points, 1371 comments)
  34. 17117 points, 4 submissions: ayanamirs
    1. Don't be this guy (11774 points, 728 comments)
    2. Satoshi Nakamoto about bitcoin.com (2337 points, 313 comments)
    3. SegWit transactions are now 30.71%! (1892 points, 198 comments)
    4. SegWit, Lightning Network, and Schnorr are way more important than the current price. (1114 points, 166 comments)
  35. 16889 points, 1 submission: bitnext
    1. There are 180 different scenarios where bitcoin go. If any one thing happens remember me i am the first one to predict this (16889 points, 452 comments)
  36. 16350 points, 1 submission: YetAnotherCryptoFan
    1. Warren Buffet: (16350 points, 990 comments)
  37. 16128 points, 1 submission: lewjc
    1. Quick analysis of the markets this month (16128 points, 349 comments)
  38. 15721 points, 1 submission: bitiegg
    1. Guys... I'm out... (15721 points, 814 comments)
  39. 15216 points, 1 submission: CryptoCurrencyFreak
    1. The Free Software Foundation has received a 91.45 Bitcoin donation from the Pineapple Fund. Valued at $1 Million USD. (15216 points, 423 comments)
  40. 15144 points, 4 submissions: StoneHammers
    1. exceedingly efficient (7954 points, 205 comments)
    2. Behold my 20 Bitcoin lawnmower bought mid 2012 (4214 points, 289 comments)
    3. This could change everything (1900 points, 68 comments)
    4. Bitcoin today (1076 points, 114 comments)
  41. 14847 points, 1 submission: cryptograffiti
    1. Upvote to get this to the top search result for "Bitcoin CEO." (14847 points, 265 comments)
  42. 14823 points, 6 submissions: Bitzone4
    1. Mood Currently. (6084 points, 448 comments)
    2. Hodlers currently (2882 points, 314 comments)
    3. Lets goooo yes bitcoin (2362 points, 280 comments)
    4. Holders Power (1444 points, 160 comments)
    5. Meanwhile when there's blood in the street. (1032 points, 106 comments)
    6. Who else took the discount opportunity? (1019 points, 209 comments)
  43. 14808 points, 1 submission: ltc-
    1. What a time to be alive! (14808 points, 467 comments)
  44. 14807 points, 1 submission: nrckprth
    1. When you are trying to buy the dip (14807 points, 660 comments)
  45. 14761 points, 2 submissions: zackwong97
    1. Quick grab the offer! (12316 points, 835 comments)
    2. 100 years has past and a new currency was discovered. I believe cryptocurrency can save the world. (2445 points, 221 comments)
  46. 14624 points, 1 submission: lawmaster99
    1. Microsoft joins Steam and stops accepting Bitcoin payments (14624 points, 2163 comments)
  47. 14236 points, 1 submission: kixxaxxas
    1. Yeah! Bitcoin! (14236 points, 496 comments)
  48. 13950 points, 1 submission: EaFaer
    1. Us Senate Bill S.1241 to criminalize concealed ownership of Bitcoin (13950 points, 1621 comments)
  49. 13929 points, 7 submissions: finalhedge
    1. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: “Bitcoin is mathematical. I am a mathematician. There are only 21 million. It is more legitimate than other systems” (3984 points, 487 comments)
    2. Mum knows best (2474 points, 149 comments)
    3. Wall Street Journal has gone from worrying that Bitcoin is a bubble that will crash, to worrying that it's not (2432 points, 440 comments)
    4. Hedge Fund Manager Mark Yusko: "Only gamble was whether Bitcoin would make if from $0 to $100-- that was the real miracle. Going from $4,000 to $400,000 is easy" (1755 points, 272 comments)
    5. Those who scoffed at the thought of $1,000 BTC are scoffing at $10,000 BTC and will scoff at $100,000 BTC (1163 points, 342 comments)
    6. Barry Silbert could make Bitcoin soar to $7,000+ & his own Assets Under Management to $1.5B+ with 1 tweet: call off SegWit2X & uncertainty will be out of the market. (1074 points, 189 comments)
    7. Google gets it. (1047 points, 46 comments)
  50. 13912 points, 4 submissions: readish
    1. Bitcoin is going to do to banks what email did the post office and Amazon did to retail. (7194 points, 1137 comments)
    2. ... hey, Coinbase... (3293 points, 492 comments)
    3. Yes, please! (2342 points, 325 comments)
    4. Calling Bitcoin Cash the "real" Bitcoin is straightforward fraud, and will financially wreck many new investors entering the ecosystem by buying a fake coin. So, exposing frauds is a nice thing to do for other people to prevent them from falling for those scams. (1083 points, 400 comments)
  51. 13876 points, 1 submission: theymos
    1. Don't invest recklessly (13876 points, 1972 comments)
  52. 13839 points, 1 submission: virtualwoman0
    1. Thank you Coinbase!! For taking sooo long to validate my identity, my account, and my bank transfers...your endless delays prevented me from investing in the crypto market before the crash! (13839 points, 556 comments)
  53. 13817 points, 2 submissions: xcryptogurux
    1. Don't be like Greg (9887 points, 370 comments)
    2. Lesson - History of Bitcoin crashes (3930 points, 1676 comments)
  54. 13546 points, 2 submissions: D3M0Sthenes
    1. Can you feel the Pumpening? (12469 points, 436 comments)
    2. There's always that guy at the party (1077 points, 61 comments)
  55. 13507 points, 2 submissions: pc_to_mac_user
    1. Keeping Coinbase on their toes - Robinhood adds no-fee crypto trading! (12040 points, 909 comments)
    2. Coinbase CEO: In the next 3–5 years, you will see countries going into economic crisis and could see the organic adoption of cryptocurrencies (1467 points, 363 comments)
  56. 13489 points, 3 submissions: Godfreee
    1. It was a sad day when we had to retire this meme from our wall after 3.5 years. Next one will have an added zero! (10196 points, 237 comments)
    2. Back in 2013, a single subway sandwich shop accepting Bitcoin got airtime on CNBC, and we were all jumping for joy. Nowadays we get full TV features about Bitcoin and people are like " yawn, could be better". (2020 points, 110 comments)
    3. This magazine cover came out exactly 30 years ago - same day Bitcoin was released 9 years ago. Was Satoshi that meta? 2018 is gonna be a helluva ride. (1273 points, 301 comments)
  57. 13293 points, 2 submissions: ccjunkiemonkey
    1. Sixty free lectures from Princeton on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Total time 13hr 20min. Links in post. (12259 points, 206 comments)
    2. Don't panic, just learn. Sixty free lectures from Princeton on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Total time 13hr 20min. Links in post. (1034 points, 97 comments)
  58. 12875 points, 1 submission: DebtFreeMFers
    1. Guys, I am out (12875 points, 1572 comments)
  59. 12651 points, 1 submission: lriccardo
    1. I spent 3 months building one of the best apps to track cryptocurrencies. Exchanges API sync, wallet tracking and many other features. I am not 16 but I invested a lot of time into this, can I get some attention anyway or am I going to get randomly downvoted as always? The app is also free. (12651 points, 1563 comments)
  60. 12558 points, 3 submissions: agent9747
    1. How to transfer Bitcoin from Coinbase for free! (10322 points, 809 comments)
    2. Stop hating on Coinbase (1210 points, 563 comments)
    3. My Cryptocurrency app is starting to look good :D It will be available soon-ish (1026 points, 193 comments)
  61. 12489 points, 1 submission: tune_down
    1. Insider tip: BTC is going to skyrocket in the next 48 hours (12489 points, 741 comments)
  62. 12328 points, 1 submission: i_mash_shoryuken
    1. This month in Bitcoin. (12328 points, 371 comments)
  63. 12069 points, 1 submission: Ev1lyv35
    1. This hurts me in a different level. (12069 points, 593 comments)
  64. 11898 points, 4 submissions: tinaclark90
    1. I've made some free Bitcoin Icons (4747 points, 246 comments)
    2. Thought I might share this in here. No way Bitcoin is going to survive folks... (4657 points, 824 comments)
    3. New Free Bitcoin Icons (1285 points, 71 comments)
    4. Bitcoin Icons (100% Free) (1209 points, 64 comments)
  65. 11618 points, 1 submission: timbroddin
    1. 9 years ago block 0 was mined. Happy birthday Bitcoin! (11618 points, 455 comments)
  66. 11429 points, 1 submission: tomerux
    1. We waited for that... (11429 points, 186 comments)
  67. 11381 points, 1 submission: sykhlo
    1. And that's why we need limited supply. (11381 points, 803 comments)
  68. 11357 points, 2 submissions: sbrdx
    1. Bitcoiners be like 😂 (9418 points, 413 comments)
    2. When you HODL through a bear market (1939 points, 108 comments)
  69. 11339 points, 1 submission: CosmosKing98
    1. This is governments trying to regulate bitcoin. (11339 points, 549 comments)
  70. 11198 points, 1 submission: Ryamgram
    1. <---- Number of Hodlers with Strong Hands (11198 points, 1127 comments)
  71. 11079 points, 2 submissions: ForeverDutch92
    1. Dutch national newspaper urges people to sell all their Bitcoins as it undermines the government, could destabilise the economy and reduces the power of central banks. Sounds like a reason to buy to me 🤔 (9843 points, 986 comments)
    2. We really need to start pushing for SegWit support. Stop waiting for the Lightning Network to fix everything. (1236 points, 318 comments)
  72. 11063 points, 5 submissions: amorpisseur
    1. South Korean gov't "shocked" at the number of citizens requesting the removal of Justice Minister and Finance Minister for market manipulation (4015 points, 236 comments)
    2. BREAKING: TD Ameritrade to allow bitcoin futures trading Monday (2571 points, 234 comments)
    3. "Microsoft and Starbucks signed on to use the new platform for payments and accept BTC" (2190 points, 330 comments)
    4. We found who's spamming the mempool (1162 points, 207 comments)
    5. Lightning Network progress: 72 out of 75 tests pass! (1125 points, 562 comments)
  73. 11010 points, 1 submission: Sam767679
    1. Legendary story by John McAfee (11010 points, 472 comments)
  74. 10959 points, 1 submission: InteractiveLedger
    1. This is NOT OK. Upvote for visibility (10959 points, 1505 comments)
  75. 10750 points, 1 submission: singularityissonear
    1. Time to invest! (10750 points, 329 comments)
  76. 10749 points, 1 submission: broscientologist
    1. I made a decision tree for everyone panic selling. (10749 points, 896 comments)
  77. 10688 points, 1 submission: K_owar_D
    1. They never told me that buying the lambo would be the easy part... (10688 points, 495 comments)
  78. 10626 points, 1 submission: bigbenxx
    1. Checking the Bitcoin price at work: (10626 points, 328 comments)
  79. 10419 points, 1 submission: EMC2_trooper
    1. I see it every day. (10419 points, 289 comments)
  80. 10330 points, 1 submission: LAH92
    1. The latecomer’s BTC journey (10330 points, 271 comments)
  81. 10324 points, 1 submission: old-man-blorp
    1. It would be so easy then (10324 points, 222 comments)
  82. 10187 points, 1 submission: mrtambourineman89
    1. BTC Grandpa already doubled his profit. (10187 points, 597 comments)
  83. 10027 points, 2 submissions: David3692
    1. Looking at the price when you invested only what you can afford to lose (7560 points, 744 comments)
    2. Trying to explain to the wife why we should buy more now (2467 points, 260 comments)

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Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 305 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 172.2. George Webb Live From Hearst Castle - YouTube
    • It's day 172 this is part 2
    • Welcome to Hearst Castle everyone
    • I found out from Crowd Source the Truth that I am the heir of the hearst riches from my dad's invention
    • So I just want to thank the Internet for the billions of dollars that I've been receiving now, from Motorola
    • It's quite amazing the money is pouring in so much
    • It's well we've gone to Bitcoin because it's stacked up
    • We couldn't get through the front door here
    • Do not believe that this is a regular album try not to show my brother's house
    • But do not believe that this front it this the Hearst Castle is actually behind here
    • And--I love Quinn Michaels because he's so intelligent
    • And I just want to amplify a couple things he said about my dad's patent
    • Yes it was a patent which could be amplified
    • So it starts out as a cordless phone where you could make the phone call out here close by
    • But he always thought about factories he was a big factory guy, and he wanted to do factories
    • And of course he was in the military, so he's always thinking about military applications
    • And if you put an antenna high enough up in the air if you have the rights to this
    • And my my brother actually the one in California who's who I wish would leave Quinn alone, and leave Jason alone leave everybody alone, but we'll see if he does or not
    • But anyway if you put up a high enough antenna, you can have this thing called a repeater, and that allows you to get farther and farther distances
    • So you could literally extend a phone that just has the same principles of communicating out here in the front yard to a worldwide phone call which is what my dad's thing was
    • And I remember I slipped a Motorola phone in my dad's shirt pocket at the nursing home right before he died
    • And he was able to I made a phone call to that phone
    • And he heard it ringing and he he cried
    • So I remember that was a very touching moment in...with my father right before he died
    • But the idea was if you put it up high enough hey if you put it up high enough on a building you can do this kind of long-term transmission
    • And the guy named Martin Cooper, who was also a Navy Intel guy a radio guy, did that
    • He put it up on these Willis Tower, which was a Sears Tower then
    • And he up that the John Hancock building as to cover like goal posts over Chicago
    • Chicago was the first place it was tried
    • My father--it wasn't the SEIU at that time, it was the Teamsters at that time came to our house
    • And much like this I was sitting in the back where the milkman we had actually milk man's came
    • And there was two SEIU Tony's only they were Teamster tony's
    • My father had gotten about $1000 from the Teamsters to use to build their first phone with these parts
    • So that's that story
    • But it was sold to Jack Bear, Golden Bear Communications or Golden Bear Investments I can't remember which is out of Akron, Ohio
    • Jack Nicklaus I believe was kind of like the--guy
    • But then the Union was basically laundering money through this thing with Jack Nicholas
    • And sold it to a hedge fund or back then it was called an investment fund through Allen Dorfman, who was running who was consolidating all the Teamsters
    • He was consolidating the ten different Teamsters investments ten different whatever you want to call fronts for all the different things
    • And Cleveland was kind of a hotbed for pagers, phones, etc was real big thing--remote-controlled bombs, and all this kind of stuff, which my dad had nothing to do with
    • But there was other people working on that stuff
    • So anyway that's the bottom line that's all the facts about the cell phone
    • And Martin Cooper did that I believe that investment that technology did go into Motorola about ten years later in 1973 Martin Cooper walked down the street down Michigan Avenue
    • And made a phone call cited a phone call
    • And the technology really didn't commercialize for another 20 years
    • But that's the story
    • Did he want to do a time phone?
    • No I don't know what that is
    • They also kind of like Jason was talking to some kind of way of attacking me or Quinn was talking about some kind of a technology that could attack me
    • I've never used BOTS--I don't know what bots are I mean I know what they are
    • But I've never used BOTS the one day they talked they did a show about Jason's trend line and my trend line
    • And said I had 89 viewers on January 18th last year well I'd been doing that was about a hundred days into where is Eric Braverman
    • I had I had about 10,000 subscribers
    • So I thought I had more than that actually
    • But anyway we'll see
    • I actually thought I had about 30,000 at that time, but you can check these records
    • So that's the answer to that
    • The day it went up to 56,000 I remember exactly what day I was remember exactly where I was it was
    • I was in Yonkers we were doing the karst of the Alpha Jalloh story
    • I was with a viewer
    • And that was the day he was indicted
    • That was the day Imran Awan was indicted
    • And that's when we had that spike to 56,000, and it came back down
    • And I've always thought that there was a governor or some kind of metering technology to keep me below 50,000, because 50,000 is kind of like you know: "Now, you're a personality or whatever the hell"
    • And I've been just kind of flatlined since then
    • Now, I've never ever used a bot or even know how to organize a bot if there was a way to do it please send me
    • And tell me how to go through all my comments, because I spent a lot of time just looking through comments of the videos I do
    • So I realize this is a little bit long
    • But I just wanted to kind of expand on
    • And by the way this is not my brother Dave's house it's my brother Greg's house I have a brother Bob I also have a sister Sonny
    • And a sister Diane in addition to Dave who's my next one his brother
    • So I'm the youngest of six
    • {{ 911bodysnatchers: CONFIRMED. I've seen the male siblings via BG }}
    • So it isn't the Swigert brothers my name is George Webb Sweiggert
    • I shortened it to Webb because I'm not on the Internet
    • And it's just easier to say plus it's on the web George on the web
    • {{ 911: Plus it's in a couple of legal dockets on PACER }}
    • So anyway if people have a hard time with that can't figure out who it is I apologize
    • My name is George Webb Sweiggert
    • So there you have it there's your download
    • I wanted to do this in front of the Willis Tower because I wanted to do it right behind me
    • But it just so happens my brother hasn't taken me to the train station yet with Task Force
    • {{ 911: Quinn M's element 93 stuff is not science, it's hollow earth, its nazis in space. You're a nice Lad, but try harder, Quinn }}
  • Day 172.3. DIA Agent Webb Fools Trained Detective. - YouTube
    • It's day 172 here we are at hearst castle as you can see there--you're gonna see a lot of metadata with a lot of things that say Mount Prospect, like that sign over there very easily to put those in here at Hearst Castle
    • This water tower everyone everyone believes that's really where Mount Prospect is
    • We put that in here in San Simeon a while back
    • And I'm gonna just step over here and show again, how that Mount Prospect sign keeps paying dividends
    • These dumb dumb dodo heads they come to San Simeon here really get fooled by that
    • Now, now let's say this was about prospect
    • (Oh Rahm? Rahm? could could people Twitter tweet ahead if we are in Mount Prospect from there coming to get your brother stay away from the train station stay away from the basmati rice stay away from the basmati rice barges stay away from Dough Nation
    • There's no Nation like a Dough nation)
    • But Dough Nation's working with us now too
    • And stay away from that Clinton train stop I'm trying to give you warning signs Rahm
    • So anyway back to Mount Prospect let's just say we're in Mount Prospect have you
    • TF: let's pretend
    • Have you stayed in a home here in my prospect? That for that's related a person that's related to me in some way
    • TF: yes I have
    • G: is he older than me, he looks a lot older though right? And his name is Greg
    • Now, did you meet another brother
    • TF: Yeah I met this nice guy name Bob
    • G: So they were a lot nicer than me of course
    • TF: Well they are all very very nice
    • G: Now, that those are fakes those people were brought in Oh see this is a trained detective
    • I completely fooled her she had no idea
    • Now, did you have any idea Patty Hearst was in our basement?
    • TF: no I kind of heard a rumor about that this morning
    • And I've kind of had the run of the house a few times by myself
    • And checked the whole place out and actually no Patty Hearst and no basement
    • {{ 911: George you may want to remove this video you're showing too much of Task Force's face }}
    • G: And you didn't see the ak-47s and the Sengelese Liberation Army in the hood, that we get you didn't see any of that?
    • TF: No you guys must be hiding it boys I usually I'm a detective
    • G: And she had the dope dog she had the dope
    • TF: No I know how to find shit and I didn't find anything
    • G: she's taken there's Rahm I think we got another one Rahm I'm just I'm just saying I'm just saying be on the lookout
    • So anyway so you were fooled even though you found cash even though you found drugs...you were able to not see Patty Hearst
    • TF: could not find patty hearst, couldn't see any crimes, couldn't see anyone related to you that nothing but nice, gentlemen and a very nice family
    • G: And did you see me work with a bot machine this morning the secret bot machine?
    • We have in the in the basement when I play the organ with Dick Cheney I play the Dick Cheney organ music at night
    • TF: yeah you know I was wondering
    • G: it's kind of creepy
    • TF: it's kind of creepy
    • But I I had checked for a basement prior when you guys were out of the house
    • And since I didn't find one I kind of thought it at me that was in my dreams
    • G: That was in her dreams clearly
    • So so So the bottom line is here really a reality check where do you really think we are Illinois, since I've been driving around here by myself for a little bit so for over a week
    • G: So or about a week
    • So anyway we'll leave it there remember to go to Robyn Gritz all you have to just say Robyn Gritz gofundme
    • Now, that's with a Z on the end nothing fits when the witness sits excuse me
    • "Everything fits when the witness sits with the Gritz"
    • And I don't care I know people have different opinions
    • But she if she goes on a couple more long form interviews
    • And talks about Iran we're gonna figure this UAE to---its a very short shot over the Strait of Hormuz from UAE to Iran
    • We're gonna figure this whole centrifuge thing out
    • Was Hillary building resources for the future by taking Uranium yellowcake and spitting it in Iran?
    • Just like the CIA has a space program in again, maybe clots worthy standing next to the EB-3 rocket is just how we do things
    • Now, I think Trump should know that our CIA guy standing next to the EB-3 rocket in North Korea could it be that we also had a secret spinning program Uranium spinning program in Iran as well
    • And the reason why I say that is Resources for the Future, 2009
    • Soon as Hillary comes in a Secretary of State in comes Gattis
    • Gattis knocks her out a dozen teams remember this a dozen teams
    • She's the Supervisory Special Agent--Robyn is the SSA for one team
    • She gets knocked out
    • Day one he asked for the files to try to get rid of her
    • TF: And the only female. She was the SSA, but he asked for files on the only agent on the whole...
    • G: But I think that's a throw because she was the only female agent in Tehran with a team, because her team gets--it could be the woman thing--
    • But I think her team is the one that's in Iran
    • TF: I'm not saying it's a woman thing
    • G: I don't think there's other guys that said
    • So they won't remember it they remember it really they remember it very clearly they remembered
    • So it's very well documented
    • And a lot of people can testify this
    • But the key here is her team is detained
    • They won't let him go out
    • And that's what Hillary becomes Secretary of State
    • Were they secretly spinning the Uranium in Iran
  • Day 172.4. Gritz Files May Unlock Uranium One and Iran Nuclear Deal - YouTube
    • It's day 172 here in beautiful san simeon hearst castle from pay no attention to that Mount prospect sign
    • I did want to ask a Task Force the first time we met Robbie grits you got you guys were together about three and a half hours or
    • So right yesterday I would say you guys were together how long seven seven hours?
    • So you're getting to know her better yes
    • And you would say that she would I mean I heard the bullet
    • I heard you say the phrase I'd take a bullet for you
    • He would take a bullet for me
    • Is this something that like in the law enforcement community whether you're Federal or state is that kind of like a handshake of some sort?
    • TF: right that's a that's kind of a bonding or a knowingness that your partner or the people that your brothers in blue or girls or boys doesn't matter that you would stand in front of them and take the bullet for them because out of your love and respect for their services
    • G: Would you say that lightly to someone would you say that lightly when just met somebody or would you say that after you got to know them?
    • TF: I mean is that something that said lightly or something that's just your duty or no no it's something that happens it's just in the course of bonding with in law enforcement, but it doesn't take long for people that are in law enforcement there's kind of like cop speak like there is with every kind of perfect
    • G: is that something that you said lightly is what I'm saying to her and did you think when she said that to you do you think that was just for fun talk
    • TF: no no no that means what taking a bullet means is I have your back at all cost
    • And taking ovale is a way to say really that at all costs there is no limit to my willingness or yeah my willingness to protects you should you need protection
    • G: if her car broke down like it did yesterday yeah and when she was late at night let's say trying to get home would you help her in a situation
    • TF: right I was gonna turn around and go right back I would not allow her to be that's kind of a form of taking a bullet in some way
    • G: So it's more than just bravado it's more of a bond saying yeah I'll help you like I would help you a partner in a cop
    • TF: right taking the bullet is the--the epitome it's the last step that's basically saying I--like you everything right you say for your a lot of people would say this for their family I'll say it's about that it was about their children they would want them to go first or something in law enforcement you have that connection with people regardless agency that you feel so strongly about who they are their integrity and what they're doing--whatever service that you're gonna go to the mat with him all the way
    • G: OK So let me ask you a question on this there was a part of the moment the moment last night where this Oompa band at the Hofbrau Haus
    • And of course you saw the people streaming in for the Robyn Gritz fundraiser
    • All you have to do is say Robin with a Y grits GRI TZ
    • And then GoFundMe just Google that you'll go right there
    • I think we're at about thirty thousand seventy seven hundred dollars
    • So let's get over thirty-two today if we could
    • But there was a what you remember the part that I'm talking about where the Oompa band started playing the star-spangled banner
    • TF: yeah it was actually one of the most moving moments that I think I've experienced in quite some time because race was packed place is packed
    • Robyn and I were sitting there and George as well who all have been I'd say injured in some way are attacked in some way for standing up for our country
    • And for the ethics and morality of our country
    • And then the second the star-spangled banner came on, all of us immediately stood to our feet put our hands on our chest and began to sing the national anthem
    • And when you you do that even in spite of the fact of what has happens to us
    • You just can feel that--how much we love our country--it was very moving
    • And all the people as well everybody stood up
    • Everyone I wouldn't want to get in there with those waitresses with those paddles right
    • G: If you had not stood up I think there was definitely a price to pay if you didn't stand
    • Anyway the so that that's the kind of the serious part of this
    • But I saw with crowd source of truth they said I had 79 or 80 subscribers in January 13th or 14th the last year
    • And I just checked it one at random Eva Bartlett exposes the white helmets it was December the 20th and thirteen thousand people watched that video
    • So I just if I had 79 viewers
    • And then 30 or 13,000 thousand people watched Ava Bartlet exposes white helmets good for me
    • And one of the transitions I want to make here from female all law enforcement being just every bit as capable or if not more, both at the state, and Federal level is female journalists
    • So I got me thinking about Shifa Guardi who died last year in early february for reporting on Syria
    • I can't remember the English journalist right off the bat what begins with a WH of course Sherina Shim
    • And her mother I made a promise to her mother that we were going to find out who killed Turkish Intelligence who in Turkish Intelligences organization killed her
    • And then it reminded me of this Sabira.
    • People don't know it think of I having an i saber
    • So that's how you spell it I saber
    • Now, this was a journalist now
    • Again, think of timing Hillary Clinton becomes the Secretary of State in January 2009 right
    • She this is a gal who grew up she's about 40 now
    • But she grew up as a journalist North Dakota she was Miss North Dakota she goes to Iran in 2003 to get her second master's degree in Iranian studies
    • She's studying there
    • They revoke one press pass from her in 2006
    • They revoked the second one from the BBC in 2009
    • And she's held there now,
    • She starts in April she starts she's going to be charged with eight years for espionage, for holding classified information is that
    • Does that have anything to do with Jeffrey Sterling and the classified information regarding these centrifuges coming and going
    • Again, these does metadata this they're Robyn Gritz's team is in Tehran and detained from going and investigating this
    • She starts a 101 day hunger strike they decide this is a liability this is going to cause a state incident
    • And Robyn Gritz is the one who gets her out gets her back to her father
    • And if I could just replay Robyn Gritz's explanation of what how her father interacted with her when they got back to New York
    • I think was in New York maybe else DC it was it was a really touching moment
    • I said that's that's the story those are the real stories
    • And moments of your life
    • And that's what needs to kind of be brought forward in this--people who approached her about a book deal
    • I will never be a part of any I will only help crowdsource the outline crowdsource the storyboard crowdsource sourcing as far as sources and citations
    • Don't want a penny from robbing grits I hope she knows that
    • So that is yet more data that says a longer form interview with Robyn Gritz
    • We were going to do a hands interview people might even remember the hands interviewer the kind of the notebook we did with Macduff
    • Kind of his Macduff's life we did the same thing with Task Force
    • We'd like to do just a hands interview of Robyn Gritz just her going through her press clippings
    • And talking about all these different cases got a storyboard the outline or crowd source the outline crowd source the storyboard
    • And that's that's really where we want to go with this I can't bring back sheet Syrina Shim I can't bring back Shifa Guardi I can't I can promote people like david gareja Bartlett as I did December 2016 13,000 views
    • And that's all we can do
    • And we can support people like Robyn Gritz who want to take the Gritz files
    • The Gritz files aren't about Robyn Gritz they're about these journalists that she saved they're about all these things that are metadata to this potential thing of Uranium One
    • And the Iran nuclear deal that were the big bookends of American history--the Uranium One deals starting in 2009 around that time with CFIUS
    • And then the Iran-Contra deal ending the deal in around 2000 summer 2015
  • Day 172.5. Iran Gritz Timeline With Saberi and Sterling - YouTube
    • It's day 172 this is part five
    • And that is Sears Tower that's where they put the antenna just to follow off Quinn Michael's good[sic] [stupid] research
    • That's where they put the antenna that's where Martin Cooper put the antenna
    • And then he walked along this street right here even this is the John Hancock building which is on the Mort on the north side of the city
    • But this is where he walked
    • And he made the phone call for all the reporters
    • And that's really how Martin Cooper who is kind of more adept in even though it was seven years later you could ask my brother's about being on the mobile phone that was nine years later he was more media savvy I also had the backing of Motorola
    • Anyway the patents came out here from Cleveland
    • So we're gonna leave that there
    • And we'll talk more about an ongoing investigation which is the Iran investigation
    • And we have--Task Force is going to be our liaison to Robyn Gritz
    • And her involvement in the Iran investigations
    • So let me set this up with a couple of names you might not be familiar with
    • So the first name is Jeffrey Sterling
    • And he's this black guy almost died in prison
    • And he just got out last year from the CIA for Iranian espionage that's what he was charged with I think he served about three years and three months and three days 333
    • But anyway he was recruiting students in New York City Iranian students or students that would go to Iran and do Iranian studies
    • Now, there was one student from North Carolina
    • And her name was Saberi I talked about in the last film she's this kid from North Dakota wins Miss North Dakota I don't know if she was recruited in New York to go to Iran or if she was recruited in in Washington DC
    • But she goes to Iran in 2003
    • She loses her first Press cadential in 2006?
    • Was she doing espionage work? Who knows?
    • Honeypot? I don't know anything about it
    • But I'm just trying to put the metadata out there for people to look into
    • Now, she loses her second Press credential in 2009
    • And some people think well that's when Hillary took over
    • And that when Hillary wanted to start doing the resources for the future with the yellowcake Uranium
    • And spinning it in Iran
    • So there's a lot of metadata that points in that direction
    • What's really important now, is two key dates one is the Saberi imprisonment in March of 2009
    • And her subsequent hunger strike
    • The other key date is when does Robyn Gritz get her out, which I believe is May ish timeframe
    • And then the other key date is when does the Iranian Government or when does FBI with Gattis, come down on her, grab her file, throw her team that's in on this whole investigation with Robert Levinson, who is another CIA agent, who was abducted there
    • {{ 911: Sounds like two state actors pretending to be oppositional as a means to suppress what Saberi found, something which probably had something to do with human trafficking or drug or organ ratlines. Robyn would then be a threat to expose whatever Saberi found }}
    • When do they throw her out or what did they throw her off the case
    • So you're in contact with Robin yes correct
    • And we don't really know yet, but we're waiting for response?
    • TF: yeah I just I just know that Gaddis came in with Robin in 1997 which is I believe they were in the Academy together because they were in the Academy together
    • G: But she's surprised to learn Andy McCabe bought a house in Chappaqua?
    • TF: yeah in 1998 time in Chappaqua 1988 same year that Hillary Clinton was establishing residency to fight for the Senate position against JFK jr. before his plane allegedly crashed
    • G: "went down by accident"
    • TF: yeah
    • G: So so the other key thing we learned was Andy's first field office was the New York office
    • Now, I still say Andy came from the st. Louis office
    • And he had three years with another agency before he was inserted into New York do we know exactly when he started with in the New York office the field office at this point?
    • TF: I don't know
    • G: But we'll find that out
    • But since he bought a home in New York in 1998 in Chappaqua in Chappaqua in Chappaqua down the street from Hillary I think it's pretty safe to say he was kind of brought in to work the Hillary for Senate all right kind of a run-up
    • And a lot of times we know now, Peter Strzoks and Melissa Hodgman is Peter Strzoks kind of a fake front for bringing in the SEC undermining different executives getting compromising different executives than coming in, and saying hey we're gonna take your company or you can give us a nice donation
    • Was that what was really happening?
    • I know I said that day one in this series
    • But now, we're really drilling down into could that have happened--is that really where he was working, is was that really the kind of color-of-law operation that we're running or wasn't it?
    • And and Robyn's working with you on this?
    • TF: yeah and also just stunned and shocked to find out even--that I have the property records of Andy McCabe's selling or buying or cashing out that same house in 2013 which 1913
    • G: by Peter Burgess by Peter Burgess
    • And I don't know if he's related to our General Burgess or if he's rated related to Karen Burgess the guy who shoots himself at the White House, but we're gonna find out
    • So or even Mr. Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
    • But we'll we're going to find out
    • And all this stuff is so important for other agents to come forward, other people who are working in national security, other--which is all declassified now--other people that were working CIA etc
    • We know that Jeffrey sterling somehow had a was upset and was talking to James Risen about classified stuff for nuclear materials
    • And he had a conversation in 2002 through 2004 James Risen--Pulitzer Prize winner did the whole AT&T exposee "collected it all" of the NSA--we know that it was he was some kind of secrets who were going to James Risen in the book
    • If you look at James Rises book that he wrote about it it was about centrifuges
    • So again, this is not speculation this is New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning reporter reporting that it was centrifuges
    • Reporting that they were going to go after the Ahmadinejad's centrifuges
    • So how did Amadinejad get all that latest and greatest technology?
    • Who approved it?
    • Well let's look at to the other people who are Secretary of State
    • Who approved Stinger missiles?
    • Who approved sarin gas to be moved from Libya to Syria?
    • Who approved all these other movements of Uranium around the world?
    • That's the place you start
    • If somebody Rob's six banks down this street
    • And their head in that direction you
    • And somebody Rob's a seventh bank, you look to who robbed the first six!
    • That's just straight-up modus operandi
    • Anything you want to add?
    • TF: No except that Hillary Clinton was Sec of State during all these transactions
    • G: And all this stuff happens almost like a month or two after she starts
    • And Rahm Emanuel was the chief of staff?
    • TF: And Rahm Emanuel was chief of staff to in the WH w/ Pres Obama at that exact time. At the same time
    • G: But going back to when was early started Rahm Emanuel was the chief of staff in the Clintons Bill Clinton's White House
    • And also Sidney Blumenthal figures very largely in the Clinton Bill Clinton White House as well as the Obama White House through the Obama did not want city Blumenthal in the in the White House
    • But there were a lot of people exfiltrating data to him like Susan Rice
    • And other intermediaries for other behalf of John Brennan
    • We're gonna leave it right there it's bloody cold
    • And there it is
    • That's where the first antenna went for Martin Cooper 1973 to walk down this street and give a demonstration of the same technology of my dad's phone
    • Take the handle put four double A batteries on one side of it
    • Four in the other in the handle, make that antenna a little bit longer, big antenne on on on top of this building
  • Day 172.6. A Q Khan and Al-Attar Are Key To Iran Centrifuges - YouTube
    • It's day 112 what is it no take 172 60 days right there maybe that's what I should start doing back dating everything
    • So so I'll be in sync with the news instead of 60 days ahead
    • But anyway this is Luke capital right here 111 Jackson
    • Now, that has nothing to do with the 111 the pack is a 111 that's no reference at all it just happens to be 111 West Jackson
    • But as I was talking with Task Force about this
    • And Task Force you can come around this side I'll keep the camera up we both were like it's the centrifuges
    • And she said it about the same time I said it I say it's AQ Kwan with the containers, sending them for centrifuges
    • And who did you say it's Attar's the guy look at the Gulftainer deals the same people
    • Look at the Gulftainer deal putting containers they even put the word 'tainer' in the word they're not trying to hide this
    • So and what really ramps up with the Gulfainer deal is when Iran's centrifuges ramp
    • So in 2007 Ahmadinejad says he's got three thousand only three thousand centrifuges doesn't say where they got them from they appear out of nowhere tothey come from Germany? Who knows
    • I think they call him IR 1 i:r to IR 3
    • Then all of a sudden he says oh we got ten thousand in 2013
    • And then they all of a sudden turn on five thousand brand-new state-of-the-art centrifuges
    • Where did you get those?
    • Who approved those for sale
    • Now, Hillary at that time ran the DDT-- or DD e I can't remember whatever weapons of mass destruction type of thing
    • Now, Robyn Gritz worked in anti-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction
    • So she's very close to this situation on the inside
    • Now, it turns out Deep Uranium and his echelon group is on the outside of this
    • And can provide information and names as well
    • That's all I'll say at this point
    • But is this it's to me it's almost obvious, because they get the 5,000 new centrifuges and
    • Now, look in December of 2016, they turn on gas injection
    • Gas injection allows them with the ir8 the ir8 not our IR s ir 8
    • With IR8s they can do Uranium enrichment 20 times faster with the injectors: like what the hell is going on?
    • Who signed this deal?--(We know who signed the deal.. we know I mean Task Force is just saying look I mean it's al Attar I mean--come on I mean the Awans' Al Attar)
    • And AQ Kwon we know has sold centrifuges everyone wearing shoes a lot of people not wearing shoes he sold them through containers through containerizing these weapons
    • Again, I'm not Jack Lew I didn't do the 35 year no contract no no no cut contract no bid contract
    • ...Who was a nuclear scientist
    • Now, the Argentinian nuclear scientist that gets run down in Chelsea also starts making me wonder
    • Now, the gal who leaves in our border protection leaves SES
    • And goes works in border protection in Brussels makes me think
    • All the Obama stuff that I witnessed personally with the fast planes and the fast helicopters and all that starts making me think about Brussels
    • Imran Awan sending stuff from the Port of Baltimore to the port of Brussels with basmati rice makes me to ask questions right
    • I think I think what's happening--is Robyn Gritz has a huge network of folks that are out of the business now
    • But can offer
    • And proper information on the inside we are on the outside as I said before the other night
    • But law enforcement professionals at the state level like that--that Task Force is aware of our on the inside as well as Robyn Gritz's type professionals in the onset
    • What do you want to add to them?
    • TF: not a lot except that I mean just I think it's funny interesting that the same Iraqi nuclear scientist is now in the process of being prepared to buy the Delaware Oh Wilmington port of Wilmington Wellington
    • So it's like at what point do we go enough enough they're buying all of our ports?
    • G: it's not it's not just for shipping basmati rice
    • It's it's it's for these weapons trade in one direction drugs in the other
    • And yeah how many sign---didn't James Woods tweet out about that?
    • TF: I think James several people have now, tweeted out about that why in the world did that happen in the first place in Florida
    • And now, he's gonna buy the port of Wilmington how do we let that happen when we're still actually fighting overseas?
    • G: And then why wouldn't Trump be looking at the IRAs being able to do twenty times faster regenerating in Richmond this reminds me so much of Clotsworthy, Rich Clotsworthy standing next to the EV3 rocket in North Korea
    • >>>CONT
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UK Government Call For Information on Digital Currencies

It's been a while since my last post, between a number of things going on, including getting away for a break. I'm back, and feeling much better for the rest.
I was up until 3am on Friday night responding to the UK government's call for information on digital currencies and drinking tea, wild party animal that I am.
First, though, lets talk code. Bitcoin Core 0.10 is being prepared, and I've been looking at how we bring its exciting changes into Dogecoin Core. The changes are fairly extensive, as would be expected, but hopefully we can do a release not too long after Bitcoin Core's own release. Biggest feature you'll notice in the Bitcoin update is blockchain syncing is now much faster (hours, not days, for initial sync), and doesn't get "stuck" as the current version is liable to, and that's a priority for merging into Dogecoin.
Secondly, I've finished adapting Toshi (Coinbase's in-house cryptocurrency node software) to support Dogecoin. The changes have been raised as a pull request for Coinbase to accept/reject, but for now they're still pending. Meanwhile the enthusiastic can find the software at https://github.com/rnicoll/toshi. It depends on changes to Bitcoin Ruby, and you'll need a copy of the current "master" trunk from https://github.com/lian/bitcoin-ruby/tree/master as it includes those.
Toshi support primarily offers an alternative for our high-activity service providers, using a relational database at its core instead of Berkley DB, which hopefully makes it easier to build across redundant infrastructure, as well as analyse the underlying data in case of any problems. The code still needs a lot more testing, so please dig in and tell me how you get on.
Back to the consultation; I'm waiting on final confirmation from others before these are sent back to the UK government, but the questions posed and their answers:

1. What are the benefits of digital currencies? How significant are these benefits? How do these benefits fall to different groups e.g. consumers, businesses, government, the wider economy? How do these benefits vary according to different digital currencies?

Digital currencies provide an opportunity to revolutionise payments, reducing infrastructure costs, encouraging marketplace competition, and eliminating risks. These advantages are wide-ranging in their impact, and while individuals have been the focus up to this point, this purely reflects current approaches rather than a limitation on the technology. Further, numerous new businesses are being formed to provide services based around digital currencies.

2. Should the government intervene to support the development and usage of digital currencies and related businesses and technologies in the UK, or maintain the status quo? If the government were to intervene, what action should it take?

The government should look at how it can use digital currencies to improve its own processes. For example accepting digital currencies for payment of taxes has potential to reduce costs in payment processing, while simultaneously simplifying adoption by enabling individuals and businesses to retain received digital currency and use it to directly pay costs.
Further, a focus on encouraging startups and other companies working with digital currencies would encourage the UK as a hub for innovative technology.

3. If the government were to regulate digital currencies, which types of digital currency should be covered? Should it create a bespoke regulatory regime, or regulate through an existing national, European or international regime? For each option: what are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the possible unintended consequences (for instance, creating a barrier to entry due to compliance costs)?

To date attempts to regulate digital currencies have suffered from a lack of clarity of goals, risks and rewards. Such attempts have been essentially knee-jerk, either attacking digital currencies or trying to collect vast amounts of information without clarity of intent or use-case.
The widespread use of misinformation to manipulate markets is a substantial problem in regards to digital currencies. The scope and pace at which such market manipulation occurs means that education is the most effective tool in limiting impact, however the existing regulatory environment with regards to investment advice should be used where applicable.
In a more general sense, any attempts to further regulate digital currencies should focus on existing regulation as a base, and should not be attempted without clearly defined benefits which exceed risks incurred.

4. Are there currently barriers to digital currency businesses setting up in the UK? If so, what are they?

For businesses focusing on novel services there is potentially a lack of readily available technical expertise. This is likely to be addressed by the market through specialised training. No other significant barriers are anticipated.
It should also be noted that innovation in digital currencies is not limited to businesses, and that many digital currencies are based on open source software which no formal company or organisation backing them.

5. What are the potential benefits of this distributed ledger technology? How significant are these benefits?

Theoretically any asset or entity which can be described in a digital format can be tracked via blockchain technology (tools such as “coloured coins” demonstrate this, although are very simplistic at the current time). This has scope for revolutionising activities such as share and commodity trading, property sales, and even licensing of digital assets such as music, video, etc.

6. What risks do digital currencies pose to users? How significant are these risks? How do these risks vary according to different digital currencies?

Key risks to users are of three main types:
Many have lost substantial sums of money as a result of one or more of these. Most digital currencies stem from similar technology, and security risks are therefore typically uniform, however price instability as well as misinformation are more significant in the smaller currencies.

7. Should the government intervene to address these risks, or maintain the status quo? What are the outcomes of taking no action? Would the market be able to address these risks itself?

It would be beneficial for the government to assist with educating users on the nature of digital currencies. In the case of security, as the main example, many users trust digital currency as they might a bank account, while the reality is significantly closer to conventional cash. Those who would not consider keeping significant sums in their home or even on their person may well keep significant amounts of digital currencies on personal computers or mobile devices without understanding the risks in doing so.
Price instability is an artefact of speculation and limited adoption, and the market can be expected to address this itself in time.

8. One of the ways in which the government could take action to protect users is to regulate. Should the government regulate digital currencies to protect users? If so, should it create a bespoke regime, or regulate through an existing national, European or international regime? For each option: what are the advantages and disadvantages? What are possible unintended consequences (for instance, creating a barrier to entry due to compliance costs)? What other means could the government use to mitigate user detriment apart from regulation?

Regulation is unlikely to be an effective tool in this case, with education remaining a preferred option. Where absolutely required, regulation should be clear and concise, and if possible make use of the natural audit trails generated as an intrinsic component of most digital currencies.

9. What are the crime risks associated with digital currencies? How significant are these risks? How do these risks vary according to different digital currencies?

The ease with which digital currencies enable money to be moved, and the challenges in tracing such payments, make it a natural target for scammers.

10. Should the government intervene to address these risks, or maintain the status quo? What are the outcomes of taking no action?

As suggested elsewhere, consumer education is likely to be the most effective tool available to the government, with the secondary benefit of probably being one of the cheapest.

11. If the government were to take action to address the risks of financial crime, should it introduce regulation, or use other powers? If the government were to introduce regulation, should it create a bespoke regime, or regulate through an existing national, European or international regime? For each option: what are the advantages and disadvantages? What are possible unintended consequences (for instance, creating a barrier to entry due to compliance costs)? What has been the impact of FinCEN’s decision in the USA on digital currencies?

FinCEN’s regulatory environment is particularly challenging due to the nature of the legislation across the various states, and that there is no simple conformance to all of these requirements. Within the scope of the UK only, this is unlikely to be a concern, however working with other EU governments to provide as few distinct regulatory environments as possible would ensure streamlining of compliance.

12. What difficulties could occur with digital currencies and financial sanctions?

Risks and challenges posed by digital currencies are substantially similar to those from conventional cash. The lack of physical medium does however present complications, conversely the permanent public audit trail provides opportunities for enabling enforcement.

13. What risks do digital currencies pose to monetary and financial stability? How significant are these risks?

In a scenario where mass adoption of digital currencies occurs, it could impact the ability for countries to manage their own currency. Given that currently use of digital currencies in in-person transactions is difficult, slow and provides little to no benefit compared to conventional cash, this is not considered a likely outcome.
I'm expecting to finish discussions of these responses early next week, and will then submit them on behalf of Dogecoin.
Hope you're all having a good weekend.
Ross
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Large self-posts hang when opening

Hey everyone. This is the second time I've ran into this bug and decided to share. On extremely large self-posts the app hangs for a second before it opens to the post -- whether you tap or 3D Touch it.
On 2.8 beta, iOS 10.1.1, iPhone 6s+
Also, as I'm making this post another bug popped up. When a post (and maybe a comment too?) contains an extremely large amount of text, the input window eventually slows to a crawl making it impossible to continue writing.
Copy pasted the Reddit Wikipedia page to make this post a living example.
In June 2005,[72] Reddit was founded in Medford, Massachusetts by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, both 22-year-old graduates of the University of Virginia.[73] The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005. Between November 2005 and January 2006 Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug.[74][75] Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, acquired Reddit on October 31, 2006, and the team moved to San Francisco.[76] In January 2007, Swartz was fired.[77]
By the end of 2008, the team had grown to include Erik Martin, Jeremy Edberg,[78] David King,[79] and Mike Schiraldi.[80] In 2009, Huffman and Ohanian moved on to form Hipmunk, recruiting Slowe[81] and King[82] shortly thereafter. In May 2010, Reddit was named in Lead411's "2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies" list.[83] In July 2010, after explosive traffic growth, Reddit introduced Reddit Gold, offering new features for a price of $3.99/month or $29.99/year.[84] Reddit Gold adds a number of features to the interface, including the ability to display more comments on a page, access to the private "lounge" subreddit, and notifications whenever one's username is mentioned in a comment. It's also possible to endow comments or submissions of other users and thereby give a gold membership to them as an anonymous present.[85]
On September 6, 2011, Reddit became operationally independent of Condé Nast, now operating as a separate subsidiary of its parent company, Advance Publications.[86] On January 11, 2012, Reddit announced that it would be participating in a 12-hour sitewide blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.[87] The blackout occurred on January 18 and coincided with the blackouts of Wikipedia and several other websites. In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.[88] On February 14, 2013, Reddit began accepting the digital currency bitcoin for its Reddit Gold subscription service through a partnership with bitcoin payment processor Coinbase.[89]
In October 2014, Reddit announced Redditmade, a service which allowed moderators to create merchandise for their subreddits. Redditmade closed in February 2015.[90] In November 2014, Chief Executive Yishan Wong resigned and co-founder Ohanian returned as the full-time executive chairman. Ellen Pao, Reddit's business and partnerships strategist became the interim chief executive.[91] On July 10, 2015, Pao resigned and was replaced by Steve Huffman as CEO.[92][93]
In October 2015, Reddit announced a news portal called Upvoted, designed to broaden the reach of Reddit as a standalone site featuring editorial content from Reddit users.[94] In April 2016, Reddit launched a new blocking tool in an attempt to curb online harassment. The tool allows a user to hide posts and comments from selected redditors in addition to blocking private messages from those redditors.[95] The option to block a redditor is done by clicking a button in the inbox.
Technology
Reddit was originally written in Common Lisp but was rewritten in Python in December 2005.[4] The reasons given for the switch were wider access to code libraries and greater development flexibility. The Python web framework that former Reddit employee Swartz developed to run the site, web.py, is now available as an open-source project.[96] On June 18, 2008, Reddit became an open source project.[97] With the exception of the anti-spam/cheating portions, all of the code and libraries written for Reddit became freely available on GitHub.[98] As of November 10, 2009, Reddit uses Pylons as its web framework.[99]
As of November 10, 2009, Reddit has decommissioned their physical servers and migrated to Amazon Web Services.[100] Reddit uses PostgreSQL as their primary datastore and is slowly moving to Apache Cassandra, a column-oriented datastore. It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching. In early 2009, Reddit started using jQuery.[101] On June 7, 2010, Reddit staff launched a revamped mobile interface featuring rewritten CSS, a new color scheme, and a multitude of improvements.[102]
On July 21, 2010, Reddit outsourced the Reddit search engine to Flaptor, who used its search product IndexTank.[103] As of July 12, 2012, Reddit uses Amazon CloudSearch.[104] There are several unofficial applications that use the Reddit API in the Google Play store, and F-Droid repository. Examples include: Reddit is Fun,[105] Andreddit,[106] F5, BaconReader,[107] Reddit Sync[108] and an Android tablet specific application called Reddita.[109] There are also several Windows apps used to access Reddit, including unofficial Reddit apps such as ReddHub[110] and Reddit To Go!.[111] An unofficial desktop application Reditr[112] exists that is compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux and ChromeOS.
There are several Reddit applications for iOS. These include Karma, Upvote, iReddit, iPad-specific applications such as Reddzine and Biscuit, and, until April 2016, Alien Blue.[113] In September 2014, an official mobile application for browsing AMA (Ask Me Anything) threads was released for the iOS and Android platforms under the name Ask me Anything.[114] In October 2014, Alien Blue was acquired by Reddit and became the official iOS Reddit app.[115] In April 2016, Reddit released an official application called Reddit: The Official App, which is available on Google Play and the iOS App Store, and Alien Blue was removed from the App Store in favor of the new app.[116]
The website is known for its open nature and diverse user community that generate its content.[119] Its demographics allows for wide-ranging subject areas, or main subreddits, that receive much attention, as well as the ability for smaller subreddits to serve more niche purposes. For example, the University of Reddit, a subreddit that exists to communally teach, emerged from the ability to enter and leave the online forum, the "classroom", at will, and classes ranging from computer science to music, to fine art theory exist.[120] The unique possibilities that subreddits provide create new opportunities for raising attention and fostering discussion across many areas. In gaining popularity in terms of unique users per day, Reddit has been a platform for many to raise publicity for a number of causes. And with that increased ability to garner attention and a large audience, users can use one of the largest communities on the Internet for new, revolutionary, and influential purposes.[121]
Its popularity has enabled users to take unprecedented advantage of such a large community. Its innovative socially ranked rating and sorting system drives a method that is useful for fulfilling certain goals of viewership or simply finding answers to interesting questions. User sentiments about the website's function and structure include feelings about the breadth and depth of the discussions on Reddit and how the site makes it easy to discover new and interesting items. Almost all of the user reviews on Alexa.com, which rates Reddit's monthly unique traffic rating 125th in the United States, mention Reddit's "good content" as a likable quality. However, others raise the negative aspects of the potential for Reddit's communities to possess a "hive mind" of sorts,[122] embodying some negative aspects of group interaction theories like crowd psychology and collective consciousness.
Philanthropic efforts Reddit has been known as the instigator of several charity projects, some short and others long-term, in order to benefit others. A selection of major events are outlined below:
In early October 2010, a story was posted on Reddit about a seven-year-old girl, Kathleen Edward, who was in the advanced stages of Huntington's disease. The girl's neighbors were taunting her and her family. Redditors banded together and gave the girl a shopping spree[123][124] at Tree Town Toys, a toy store local to the story owned by a Reddit user. In early December 2010, members of the Christianity subreddit decided to hold a fundraiser[125] and later members of the atheism subreddit decided to give some friendly competition,[126] cross-promoting[127] fundraising drives for Doctors Without Borders and World Vision's Clean Water Fund, respectively. Later, the Islam subreddit joined in, raising money for Islamic Relief. In less than a week, the three communities (as well as the Reddit community at large) raised over $50,000.[128] Most of this was raised by the atheism subreddit, though the smaller Christianity subreddit had a higher average donation amount per subscriber.[129] A similar donation drive in 2011 saw the atheism subreddit raise over $200,000 for charity.[130] Reddit started the largest Secret Santa program in the world, which is still in operation to date. For the 2010 Holiday season, 92 countries were involved in the Secret Santa program. There were 17,543 participants, and $662,907.60 was collectively spent on gift purchases and shipping costs.[131][132][133] In 2014, about 200,000 users from 188 countries participated.[134] Several Celebrities have participated in the program, including Bill Gates[135] and Snoop Dogg.[136] Eventually, the Secret Santa program expanded to various other occasions through Redditgifts. Members from Reddit donated over $600,000 to DonorsChoose in support of Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive. The donation spree broke previous records for the most money donated to a single cause by the Reddit community and resulted in an interview with Colbert on Reddit.[137] Reddit users donated $185,356 to Direct Relief for Haiti after an earthquake devastated the nation in January 2010.[138] Reddit users donated over $70,000 to the Faraja Orphanage in the first 24 hours to help secure the orphanage after intruders robbed and attacked one of the volunteers, who survived a strike to the head from a machete.[139] In October 2012, "Shitty Watercolour", a popular Redditor known for posting watercolor paintings on the website,[140][141][142] streamed live a 12-hour painting session on YouTube to raise money for charity: water, a non-profit organization which aims to provide potable drinking water in developing countries. Redditors donated a minimum of $10 to have a photo of their choice painted in a 5 by 5 centimetres (2.0 by 2.0 in) square section of large sheets of paper.[143][144] The paint-a-thon raised $2,700.[145] In February 2014, Reddit announced it would be donating 10% of its annual ad revenue to non-profits voted upon by its users.[146] Reddit continued this policy for 2015, donating $82,765 each to Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Doctors Without Borders, Erowid Center, Wikimedia Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, NPR, Free Software Foundation, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Tor Project.[147] In response to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, redditors raised more than $145,000 for Direct Relief and more than $110,000 for MAP International.[148] Commercial activity In February 2013, Betabeat published a post that recognized the influx of multi-national corporations like Costco, Taco Bell, Subaru, and McDonald's posting branded content on Reddit that was made to appear as if it was original content from legitimate Reddit users.[149] Reddit's former Director of Communications noted that while a large number of Chief Marketing Officers want to "infiltrate the reddit community on behalf of their brand," she emphasized that "self-promotion is frowned upon" and the site is "100 percent organic."[150][151][152][153] She recommended that advertisers design promotions that "spark conversations and feedback."[154] She recommended that businesses use AMAs to get attention for public figures but cautioned "It is important to approach AMAs carefully and be aware that this may not be a fit for every project or client."[155] Nissan ran a successful Branded content promotion offering users free gifts to publicize a new car,[156][157] though the company was later ridiculed for suspected astroturfing when the CEO only answered puff piece questions on the site.[158][159] Taylor described these situations as "high risk" noting "We try hard to educate people that they have to treat questions that may seem irreverent or out of left field the same as they would questions about the specific project they are promoting."[160]
Reddit's users are more privacy-conscious than on other websites, using tools like AdBlock and proxies,[161] and they hate "feeling manipulated by brands" but respond well to "content that begs for intelligent viewers and participants."[162] Lauren Orsini writes in ReadWrite that "Reddit's huge community is the perfect hype machine for promoting a new movie, a product release, or a lagging political campaign" but "very specific set of etiquette. Redditors don't want to advertise for you, they want to talk to you."[163] Journalists have used the site as a basis for stories, though they are advised by the site's policies to respect that "reddit's communities belong to their members" and to seek proper attribution for people's contributions.[164]
Reddit announced that they would begin using VigLink to redirect affiliate links in June 2016[165]
Reddit effect Main article: Slashdot effect Also known as the "Slashdot effect", the Reddit effect occurs when a smaller website has a high influx of traffic after being linked to on Reddit.[166] It is also called the "Reddit Hug of Death" among the website's users. Because Reddit is such a large site, the traffic is immense and can easily crash smaller sites. In order for users to see crashed websites, several Reddit bots have been created that take a snapshot of the website before large amounts of traffic flood the affected website.
"Restoring Truthiness" campaign As a response to Glenn Beck's August 28, 2010, Restoring Honor rally (heavily promoted by him in his Fox News broadcasts during the summer), in September 2010 Reddit users started a movement to persuade Stephen Colbert to have a counter-rally in Washington, D.C.[167] The movement, which came to be called "Restoring Truthiness", was started by user mrsammercer, in a post where he described waking up from a dream in which Stephen Colbert was holding a satirical rally in D.C.[168] He writes, "This would be the high water mark of American satire. Half a million people pretending to suspend all rational thought in unison. Perfect harmony. It'll feel like San Francisco in the late 60s, only we won't be able to get any acid."
The idea resonated with the Reddit community, which launched a campaign to bring the event to life. Over $600,000[169] was raised for charity to gain the attention of Colbert. The campaign was mentioned on-air several times, and when the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was held in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2010, thousands of redditors made the journey.[170]
During a post-rally press conference, Reddit co-founder Ohanian asked, "What role did the Internet campaign play in convincing you to hold this rally?" Jon Stewart responded by saying that, though it was a very nice gesture, the two had already thought of the idea prior and the deposit on using the National Mall was already paid during the summer, so it acted mostly as a "validation of what we were thinking about attempting".[171] In a message to the Reddit community, Colbert later added, "I have no doubt that your efforts to organize and the joy you clearly brought to your part of the story contributed greatly to the turnout and success."[172]
The website generally lets moderators on individual subreddits make editorial decisions about what content to allow, and has a history of permitting some subreddits dedicated to controversial content.[173] Many of the default pages are highly moderated, with the "science" subreddit banning climate change denialism,[174] and the "news" subreddit banning opinion pieces and columns.[175] Reddit has changed its site-wide editorial policies several times, sometimes in reaction to controversies.[176][177][178][179] Reddit has had a history of giving a platform to objectionable but legal content, and in 2011, news media covered the way that jailbait was being shared on the site before the site changed their policies to explicitly ban "suggestive or sexual content featuring minors".[180] Following some controversial incidents of Internet vigilantism, Reddit introduced a strict rule against the publication of non-public personally-identifying information via the site (colloquially known as doxxing). Those who break the rule are subject to a site-wide ban, and their posts and even entire communities may be removed for breaking the rule.
2010 On December 16, 2010, a redditor named Matt posted a link describing how he has donated a kidney, and included a JustGive link to encourage users to give donations to the American Cancer Society.[181] After an initially positive reaction, Reddit users began to become suspicious of Matt's intentions, and suggested that he was keeping the donations for himself. Users telephoned his home and he received death threats. Matt eventually proved that he was genuine by uploading his doctor's records.[182]
2011 On October 18, 2011, an IT manager submitted a post to the subreddit "gameswap" offering Redditors to trade one of 312 codes he had been given for the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.[183] A group of users obtained his personal details, and began to blackmail him for the codes.[184] The Monday after uploading the post, he received 138 threatening phone calls both at home and at his job, and by the end of the day he had been fired.[185]
2013 Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Reddit faced criticism after users wrongly identified a number of people as suspects.[186] Notable among misidentified bombing suspects was Sunil Tripathi, a student reported missing before the bombings took place. A body reported to be Sunil's was found in Providence River in Rhode Island on April 25, 2013, according to Rhode Island Health Department. The cause of death was not immediately known, but authorities said they did not suspect foul play.[187] The family later confirmed Tripathi's death was a result of suicide.[188] Reddit general manager Martin later issued an apology for this behavior, criticizing the "online witch hunts and dangerous speculation" that took place on the website.[189] The incident was later referenced in the season 5 episode of the CBS TV series The Good Wife titled "Whack-a-Mole,"[190] as well as The Newsroom.[191][192]
In late October 2013, the moderators of the "politics" subreddit banned a large group of websites. Many were left wing opinion websites, such as Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Salon, Alternet, Rawstory, The Daily Kos, Truthout, Media Matters, and ThinkProgress as well as some popular progressive blog sites, such as Democratic Underground and Crooks and Liars. They also banned a number of right wing sites—Drudge Report, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Dailypaul, Power Line, and Reason. Salon reported that "the section's moderators explained in a post on Tuesday, the goal is 'to reduce the number of blogspam submissions and sensationalist titles.' The purge, the moderators explained, is also aimed at sites that provide lots of "bad journalism."[193] The December 2013 list of banned websites has been modified since late October, and sites with original content, such as Mother Jones and The Huffington Post, are allowed.[194] Moderators also banned RT, which moderators stated was due to vote manipulation and spam, though one moderator stated that he wanted RT banned because it is Kremlin backed.[195][196]
2014 In August 2014, photos from the 2014 celebrity photo hack were widely disseminated across the site.[197][198] A dedicated subreddit, "TheFappening," was created for this purpose,[199] and contained links to most if not all of the criminally obtained explicit images.[200][201][202][203][204] Some images of Liz Lee and McKayla Maroney from the leak were identified by redditors and outside commentators as child pornography because the photos were taken when the women were underage.[205] The subreddit was banned on September 6.[206] The scandal led to wider criticisms concerning the website's administration from The Verge and The Daily Dot.[207][208]
Also in August 2014, moderators and administrators censored a sizeable amount of content related to the GamerGate controversy; one thread in the "gaming" subreddit had almost 24,000 comments removed.[209] Multiple subreddits were deleted by administrators for voicing opinions on Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu and similarly important GamerGate controversy figures.[210] The subreddit "ZoeQuinnDiscussion" was banned for violating the Reddit rules.[211] Administrators defended this response when questioned, blaming 4chan for raiding threads and causing harm. This was debated by some redditors.[212] An anonymous subreddit moderator claims he was removed for leaking correspondence between himself and Zoe Quinn.[213] On December 18, 2014, Reddit took the unusual step of banning a subreddit, "SonyGOP," that was being used to distribute hacked Sony files.[214]
2015 After Ellen Pao became CEO, she was initially a target of criticism by users who objected to her lawsuit.[215] Later on June 10, 2015, Reddit shut down the 150,000-subscriber "fatpeoplehate" subreddit and four others citing issues related to harassment.[216] This move was seen as very controversial; some commenters said that the bans went too far, while others said that the bans did not go far enough.[217] One of the latter complaints concerned a subreddit that was "expressing support" for the perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting.[218] Responding to the accusations of "skewed enforcement", Reddit reaffirmed their commitment to free expression and stated that "There are some subreddits with very little viewership that get highlighted repeatedly for their content, but those are a tiny fraction of the content on the site."
On July 2, 2015, Reddit began experiencing a series of blackouts as moderators set popular subreddit communities to private, in an event dubbed "AMAgeddon," a portmanteau of AMA ("ask me anything") and Armageddon. This was done in protest of the recent firing of Victoria Taylor, an administrator who helped organize citizen-led interviews with famous people on the popular "Ask me Anything" subreddit. Organizers of the blackout also expressed resentment about the recent severance of the communication between Reddit and the moderators of subreddits.[219] The blackout intensified on July 3 when former community manager David Croach gave an AMA about being fired. Before deleting his posts, he stated that Ellen Pao dismissed him with one year of health coverage when he had cancer and did not recover quickly enough.[220][221] Following this, a Change.org petition to remove Pao as CEO of Reddit Inc. reached over 200,000 signatures.[222][223][224] Pao posted a response on July 3 as well as an extended version of it on July 6 in which she apologized for bad communication and not delivering on promises. She also apologized on behalf of the other administrators and noted that problems already existed over the past several years.[225][226][227][228] On July 10, Pao resigned as CEO and was replaced by former CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman.[92][229]
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