"JPMorgan Chase is aiming to obtain a patent for a proposed system that will integrate distributed ledgers for the facilitation and reconciliation of financial transactions. https://t.co/QHnv6kLe8t" $btc $ltc $neo $eth #btc #bitcoin #crypto #ethereum
"JPMorgan Chase has patented a digital payment system that could rival Bitcoin. . . . JPMorgan has also patented payment software that would latch onto your Internet browser and allow you to shop without pausing to fill out forms with personal financial information."
Positive Growth of Employment Opportunities in Crypto and Blockchain Sector
Blockchain training institute: Great news for anyone seeking a career in the blockchain or cryptocurrency industries. Positive growth of employment opportunities in the crypto and blockchain sector. The job search engine, Indeed, published a report revealing that people seeking employment in blockchain and cryptocurrency domains have increased significantly. It is also evident by the fact that job ads related to crypto and blockchain have also increased, as seen by the 26% growth from 2018-2019, succeeding a four-year trend of 1,457% rise in these domains! Meanwhile, other industry-specific job searches saw a drop of around 53% in the same time, which followed a long recession run. As per Indeed’s analysis, the passion among job-seekers increased in late 2017, the time when cryptocurrency was on a bull run, wherein Bitcoin’s price peaked to its all-time high of $20,000, however, it has gradually dropped after reaching the high. Going deeper into the report, the top five job postings in the current year, were all related to computers, with the most common positions being that of:
Additionally, Deloitte, IBM, Accenture, Cisco, and Collins Aerospace featured in the top 5 employers that posted jobs related to blockchain. However, Ernst & Young joined Deloitte in the top 10 as one of the Big Four companies to post blockchain openings. Nevertheless, companies in the cryptocurrency and blockchain business also posted numerous openings, wherein they ranked as follows:
Coinbase – 7th place
Overstock.com – 8th place
tZERO/ Ripple – 9th place
Circle – 11th place
Kraken – 12th place
ConsenSys – 13th place
Apart from these, banking firms JP Morgan Chase and Signature Bank, occupy the 14th and 15th place on the list. Unexpectedly, one of the pioneers in the telecom sector, Verizon, is the only company from the telecom sector occupying the 10th place in the employer’s list posting blockchain-related jobs. Even though Verizon has invested significantly in blockchain, and also filed for a patent related to this technology, it has not made any important declaration in this domain. Lastly, as per Indeed’s report, it forecasts an upward trend of jobs in the crypto and blockchain sector in the year 2020, even with high volatility in prices and ambiguity in regulatory norms that oversee the crypto industry. Source: https://nvestweekly.com/
11-13 07:33 - 'Positive Growth of Employment Opportunities in Bitcoin and Blockchain Sector' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/NvestLabs removed from /r/Bitcoin within 0-8min
''' [link]2 Great news for anyone seeking a career in the blockchain or bitcoin industries. Positive growth of employment opportunities in the bitcoin and blockchain sector. The job search engine, Indeed, published a report revealing that people seeking employment in blockchain and bitcoin domains have increased significantly. It is also evident by the fact that job ads related to p0bitcoin and blockchain have also increased, as seen by the 26% growth from 2018-2019, succeeding a four-year trend of 1,457% rise in these domains! Meanwhile, other industry-specific job searches saw a drop of around 53% in the same time, which followed a long recession run. As per Indeed’s analysis, the passion among job-seekers increased in late 2017, the time when cryptocurrency was on a bull run, wherein Bitcoin’s price peaked to its all-time high of $20,000, however, it has gradually dropped after reaching the high. According to the [blockchain training institute]1 , the top five job postings in the current year, were all related to computers, with the most common positions being that of: Software Architect Full-stack developer Front-end developer Software engineer Additionally, Deloitte, IBM, Accenture, Cisco, and Collins Aerospace featured in the top 5 employers that posted jobs related to blockchain. However, Ernst & Young joined Deloitte in the top 10 as one of the Big Four companies to post blockchain openings. Nevertheless, companies in the cryptocurrency and blockchain business also posted numerous openings, wherein they ranked as follows: Coinbase – 7th place Overstock.com – 8th place tZERO/ Ripple – 9th place Circle – 11th place Kraken – 12th place ConsenSys – 13th place Apart from these, banking firms JP Morgan Chase and Signature Bank, occupy the 14th and 15th place on the list. Unexpectedly, one of the pioneers in the telecom sector, Verizon, is the only company from the telecom sector occupying the 10th place in the employer's list posting blockchain-related jobs. Even though Verizon has invested significantly in blockchain, and also filed for a patent related to this technology, it has not made any important declaration in this domain. Lastly, as per Indeed’s report, it forecasts an upward trend of jobs in the crypto and blockchain sector in the year 2020, even with high volatility in prices and ambiguity in regulatory norms that oversee the crypto industry. ''' Positive Growth of Employment Opportunities in Bitcoin and Blockchain Sector Go1dfish undelete link unreddit undelete link Author: NvestLabs 1: nv*st*a*s.com 2: pr*view.re**.it/*9*n**k*ney3**jpg?w***h=***0&am*;forma*=pj*g&au*o=w**p&am*;s=fc3aa0d56c35f**ad4*46*b1*32*2cfd7296*eb2 Unknown links are censored to prevent spreading illicit content.
1943 Uprising at Treblinka Concentration Camp (crematorium destroyed)
1944 Jewish survivors of Kovono Ghetto emerge from their bunker
1944 Turkey breaks diplomatic relationship with nazi-Germany
1945 After 3½ days suffering exhaustion, lack of water and shark attacks in the Philippine Sea, the surviving crew of USS Indianapolis are spotted by Wilbur “Chuck” Gwinn, a PV-1 Ventura pilot on a routine sector search. 316 had survived.
1945 Potsdam Conference between Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill ends
1948 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
1948 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
1948 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
1952 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita
1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
1953 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London
1967 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball's novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1968)
1968 35th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17, 69,917 at Soldier Field
1968 Ron Hansen (Washington) & Tim Cullen (Chicago WS) become the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season, they had been traded in February in opposite directions
1969Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion
Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein. As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations. This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.
Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein. Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company). Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books. His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web.
Jack Canfield: Legendary Founder, Chicken Soup For The Soul.
John Friedman: Founding Partner, Easton Capital.
Cullen Hoback: Director, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
Dianne Morrison: Partner, MorrisonMcNabb, LLC.
Colin Sebastian: Director, Equity Research/Internet, RW Baird.
Brett Shevack: CEO, Brand Initiatives; Former Vice Chair, BBDO.
Marci Shimoff: author, Happy for No Reason.
Sherry Turkle: Professor, MIT; author Alone Together.
Ownership & Investment
MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016. Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Crunchbase Profile. Founded: 2012 (source) Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014. 2016 valuation: $20m (source] Backers:
John Friedman, venture capitalist, founder & MD, Easton Capital, New York, NY.
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
California Disclosures -- Do Not Track, 3rd-party cookies, and California Privacy Rights.
Your Identity: We protect it to the extent the law allows
Linking to Third-Party Sites: These are your decisions and responsibilities
Security: HTTPS and Encryption
Terms of Service
The ToS addresses:
Allowable Content and Acceptable Use
Who Our Services are For
User Content Ownership
Misuse of Usernames, Page names, Group names
Fake Accounts (pseudonyms allowed, misleading is not)
More on Spam
Our Commitment to Data Security
MeWe Content Data
MeWe Log Data
Your Data Portability
Deleting Your Account -- Right to Erasure
MeWe Secret Chat
MeWe Invitations and "Add Automatically"
Additional Policies for Pages, Groups, and Events Notifications of Requests for Account Information
Guidelines for Law Enforcement Seeking Customer Data (Worldwide)
Ownership In and To the Site and Services
Effective: November 6, 2018.
The FAQ addresses:
What is MeWe (emphasises privacy)
The Politics of MeWe ("absolutely no political agenda")
How can MeWe be free and make money? (additional services/freemium)
Which devices is MeWe available on? (Android, iOS)
What content can I share on MeWe (photos, videos, documents, voice messages, privacy mail, chats, gifs, memes, doodles)
What are some unique features of MeWe?
Who can see the posts I share?
Can I delete my MeWe account and is it easy to do this?
This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy. Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.
Privacy Bill of Rights
A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
You control who can access your content.
You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.
There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.
The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.). There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.
Facebook Alternative MeWe Raises $5.2M, Los Angeles Business Journal (July 7, 2018) "The latest round, as well as MeWe’s total $10 million in fundraising, was predominantly backed by celebrity investors, such as author Marci Shimoff, Rachel Roy, and Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com, which sold to Linkedin in 2015 for $1.5 billion. Jack Canfield, creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, also invested in MeWe."
Is building a Facebook alternative worth the effort? MeWe thinks soVentureBeat (July 5, 2018) "[T]here are still companies hoping to make their mark in the social networking realm with “Facebook alternatives.” One of those is MeWe, a “next-generation” social network that positions itself as the anti-Facebook: “Your private life is not for sale. No ads. No Spyware. No BS,” its website proclaims." Continues to mention "modest $5.2 million" funding round. Also a "sister product", MeWePRO, a Slack competitor.
Startup MeWe Launches Free, 'No Ads' Social NetworkeWeek (March 16, 2016) "MeWe, a new network engineered with its users' data privacy built in, is betting that a lot of people will say yes to both of those questions. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup, whose parent company is Sgrouples.com, launched its freely available social network out of beta March 9 with more than 200,000 members already using it.... Sir Tim Berners-Lee, co-architect of the World Wide Web, found out about MeWe on his own and approached the company about getting involved."
Facebook Alternative MeWe closes $5.2M Series A Yahoo/PR Newswire (July 5, 2018). "The investment brings MeWe's total funding to $10 million, to support the engineering of MeWe and the enterprise version MeWePRO.... The company has relied on high net worth individuals for all of its funding including Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com ...; Marci Shimoff, a #1 New York Times bestselling author ...; Rachel Roy...; and Jack Canfield."
Exactis Data Leak 2018: 340 Million Records ExposedInvestorPlace (June 29, 2018) "'Today's cookies can link your mobile phone to your laptop, to your home monitoring devices, and much, much more. Creepy? Scary? Orwellian? Yes, yes, yes,' Mark Weinstein, the privacy expert and founder of social media company MeWe, told MarketWatch. 'So imagine that Exactis, like Facebook, knows everything about you — really.'"
MeWe Raises $3M in FundingFinSMEs (March 9, 2016) "Sgrouples, Inc., the Mountain View, CA-based developer of MeWe, a social network with neither ads nor tracking, raised $3m in funding."
This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.
The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.
There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
MeWe Android 4.4 rating (13.1k ratings). Permissions: Contacts (read), Location (approximate/precise), SMS (receive), Phone (read status & identity), Photos/Media/Files (read, modify, & delete contents), Storage (read, modify, or delete), Camera (take pictures/videos), Microphone (record audio), Device ID & Call Info (read status & identity), and numerous elements under Other.
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.
Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button. The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.) The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.
The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.
Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site. Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.
My Cloud - Seamlessly organize all your content in My Cloud; it's your personal cloud. My Cloud offers an interactive dashboard for you to control everything you’ve posted or shared - making it simple to delete or reshare.
Unique profiles - Be yourself, free from any tracking and spying. Customize your profile for every group you create or join.
Voice integration (on any or all content) - Post pictures, videos, or documents and include a voice message. Respond to a shared post or just chat. MeWe’s voice integration works for you and your contacts throughout the entire platform.
Universal tagging - This is a new, convenient way to sort and organize all the content you receive and share, making it easy to find everything, anytime.
Enhanced permission control (patent issued) - Manage permissions on a granular level and decide exactly who sees what. You can also remove yourself from the search directory, make yourself invisible to other members online, and much more.
Much More – join MeWe today and take a look inside! MeWe is the next-gen social networking experience designed for you to have fun, stay in touch, collaborate, organize, and simplify.
A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.
Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter. The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members. This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.
MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.
MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest. "MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ. The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here. A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Health & Fitness
Cars & Motorcycles
Fashion and Beauty
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories. The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5. Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
Activism: QAnon+++ (2,572), PATRIOT PREPPERS USA (2,430), Deplorables Republic (2,48), The War Drummer (1,898), Patriots for a United America. (1894), Anonymous (1,700).
Alternative Energy: Reiki, Crystals, and alternative healing (2,114), 💜Starseeds & Empaths💜 (345), Living in Colour (365).
Alternative Lifestyle: Natural Healing and Home Remedies (3,045), Backyard Farming of All Things (2,696), WeTheSheeple (2,251).
Alumni Connections: Google Plus Refugees (271), Google+ Refugees (186), Frog Pond (156), Carlsbad NM High School alumni (57).
Animals: I Love My Dog (4,421), Pussy Shots (4,619).
Astronomy: Spherical Earth Truth, Flat Earth is Wrong (278), Nibiru, Nemesis, Hercolobus, The Destroyer (187).
Biology: Trees (344), Field of Birds (104), Patriots of Australia (51).
Personal Improvement: For Introverts. (1,214), Anarchy, Philosophy, Psychology, and Spirituality (679), Positive Affirmations (447).
Philosophy: In5d Esoteric Metaphysical and Spiritual Database (1,764), Thought Bouncing (1,137), Obtectivists - Galts Gulch - Ayn Rand fans (561).
Poetry: Dead Poest (1,407), Palacio de Poetry (451), Poets Corner (412).
Politics: Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11,486), The Conservative's Hangout (8,345), Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5,600), Drain The Swamp (4,978), Libertarians (4,528), United We Stand Trump2020 (4,216).
Pop Culture: The Loftus Party (116), The Walking Dead: The Stalking Dead (100), Tyler, Texas (71).
Privacy: Join the Open/Privacy Movement (3974), Kingsport tn gun trader (1,157), Safer Computing (555).
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.
Google Plus expats (1,862)
Google+ Refugees (186)
G+ Refugees (101)
my Google+ expatriates
The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.
It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
Drain The Swamp (4978)
United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
The Right To Self Defense (3757)
Alternative Media (3711)
Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
Return of the Republic (2509)
Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
Berners for Progress (1963)
Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
The American Conservative (1839)
I Am The NRA (1704)
Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
We Love Donald Trump (1611)
MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
news from the front (1337)
Basket of Deplorables (1317)
Payton's Park Bench (1283)
Convention of States (1282)
Britons For Brexit (1186)
MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
MeWe Free Press (1119)
The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
#WalkAway Campaign (894)
ALEX JONES (877)
The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
We Support Donald Trump! (810)
The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
Official Tea Party USA (749)
Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
Yes Scotland (697)
"WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
Ted Cruz for President (650)
No Lapdog Media (647)
Q Chatter (647)
Daily Brexit (636)
Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
The Trumps Storm Group (600)
QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
100% American (569)
Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
Deep State (560)
In the Name of Liberty (557)
Material Planet (555)
Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
Magna Carta Group (520)
Constitutional Conservatives (506)
Question Everything (503)
Conspiracy Research (500)
Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
Conservative Misfit's (479)
Canadian politics (478)
HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
UK Politics (430)
Bongino Fan Page (429)
Radical Conservatives (429)
RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
The Deplorables (409)
America's Freedom Fighters (401)
Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
Political satire (383)
RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
End The Insanity (349)
Coming American Civil War! (345)
Constitutional Conservatives (343)
United Nations Watch (342)
A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
The New Libertarian (335)
Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
American Conservative Veterans (331)
America Needs Donald Trump (326)
The UKIP Debating Society (321)
Coalition For Trump (310)
FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
2nd Amendment (287)
Never Forget #SethRich (286)
Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
104: Conservatives Against Liberal Beliefs C.A.L.I.B (273)
184: Progressive and Liberal Politics (119)
301: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder (33)
302: Resistance Against Liberal Socialism (33)
358: NOT For Liberals (17)
367: Drinking Liberally Houston (14)
400: Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Army (6)
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
391: Saving The Republic: Video News & Opinion (8)
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
7: The Right To Self Defense (3757)
80: RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
150: POLITICS ON THE LEFT (156)
157: 1st Amendment Rights Protected By The 2nd Amendmen (141)
209: On The Left With Jeremy Corbyn (84)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
300: Gather Left (33)
385: Defend Washington State Gun Rights (9)
390: Left Coast Conservatives (8)
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
121: Revolutionary Socialists United (204)
216: Socialist Thought (79)
220: Stories Of Communism (76)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
288: Snuggly Wuggly Socialists (38)
302: Resistance Against Liberal Socialism (33)
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:
97: FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
100: Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
320: Green Party of Ohio Issues & Discussion Group (29)
Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects. Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.
Various typos and tagging corrections. 2018-11-29 - 30
Added G+MM references count for MeWe to lede paragraph. 2018-12-2
When I get into a project I do so under the imagination right now that birth of bitcoin was like the big bang, and now the universe is forming. There will be galaxies, stars, big planets, planets, moons and little asteroids in the new universe of crytpo. I like to reason that there are voids that need to be filled and look for indicators that that project will fill that void, much like stacking a detective case of evidence for or against a certain project. Here is why I think Walton will be galactic in a few years. disclaimer these points have been made before in various subreddits! 1) The Team- A large, well educated team full of people who have masters, PHDs, experience, RFID chip patents and research papers. Few other projects can claim to have that kind of expertise already going for them. 2) Connections- Former Samsung VP, the technological overlord of South Korea, one of the countries where crypto is being fast adopted, is on the team. So is one the higher ups from Septwolves. It's about who you know- these people definetly have contacts in the business world and can push the walton agenda. It's also not as if these people are lacking money- their primary motivation must be to actually make a great, new product. (ok, and get a few more millions, but when you are that rich it's not as if you need to chase the cash) 3) Real life usecase- Whilst the blockchain is a fantastic piece of tech, it's not exactly going to save the rainforest- it's an innovation which has real use cases. We have seen a smattering of startups throwing blockchain into anything. Whilst I love the idea of decentralisation, let's recognise that most people trading are caught in the hype bubble of blockchain. Walton is combining the IOT and blockchain, in the way blockchain is supposed to be used- keeping accurate and transparent records. It's nothing incredibly fancy but it's real. 4) Proven sucess- Anyone here needs to look up that Macy's has already improved their productivity and their revenue by implementing RFID chips. This will be a clear signal to any other clothing store (which is what Walton is firstly focusing on) that RFID will be lucrative and make their lives easier. 5) IOT- whether we like it or not, IOT is coming, and it's going to be a lucrative industry. Very lucrative. Walton is preparing for this by creating a product warehouses of the future will be able to use efficiently and effectively. 6) China tech- China needs to rally around their homegrown industries. One reason why the ban came in is because a million chinese icos were being made on the ethereum network, for lack of a viable one in China. They are switching to their own blockchain away from ethereum. They won't be the chinese token which take similar steps. Not one western company ranks in the top 5 companies in China- don't expect that to change. 7) The rise of China- As China is projected to overtake the US as the worlds leading economy, this product is going to marketed and sold to the worlds largest consumer market, which is notorious for their warehousing industry. 8) Parterships- Great ideas without implementation fail. If you look at the dot.com bubble, there were actually alot of websites ideas which didn't take off- they were too ahead of their time or lacked the right circumstances. Alot of these ideas were later incooperated by today's big players or re-done in a modern setting. Walton has already secured partnerships with well established clothing and logistic brands that are themselves worth billions and was/is in talks with Haier electronics. Their marketcap will eventually reflect the level of the companies they have partnered with. There is also a partnership with South Korea's Seoul university. 9) Volume- Before the China fud this coin was rising with 30 million volume. All transacted pretty much one one exchange. The only other coins that have gotten that kind of volume before are all now sitting within the top 20. The china FUD shot a bullet in the baloon and this has given the chance for anyone who wants to invest a golden moment. 10) Logo- This might be my smallest point, but quality projects have quality logos. This isn't something drawn up by some cowboy, it's a distinctive, well created logo. Look up something like safex if you want to see a disaster of a logo and general images. Bonus: Walton tokens are going to be taken out of circulation for a year due to the refund thus rising the price a little bit of each token. Now, based on the indicators, you might say: What if China bans all projects? Loopring is re-listing, Neo continued to list on exchanges- the show is somehow going on, albeit hopping on one leg for now. China will not destroy it's own tech industry and let the competition get ahead- they merely want to have some control over it. Their best and brightest would leave and go to other countries to work there if they couldnt continue their projects in China. I gather arguments and evidence and draw conclusions based on rational arguments. The one thing holding them back is the air of FUD and their self imposed silence. We are one positive annoucement away from skyrocketing. My price prediction: 40 dollars by years end. 100 dollars in march. This is also being slighty conservative. Any good news for bitcoin plus FOMO will probably send it higher quicker. All feedback welcome!
→ A Japanese Telecom Giant Wants to Use Blockchain to Store Contracts - CoinDesk Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is looking to invent a new contract agreements system based on blockchain technology. → OKEx, Malta Stock Exchange Partner to Develop Security Token Trading Platform OKEx has partnered with the Malta Stock Exchange to develop a security token trading platform headquartered on "Blockchain Island." → JPMorgan Wants to Use Blockchain to Issue ICO Tokens JPMorgan Chase is pursuing a patent for a distributed system that uses blockchain technology to issue ICO tokens. Gas Price Up, Referendum II on Hold. RSB2 token distribution ended yesterday! Because of the price volatility of Ether transactions and our desire to keep voting cost low for our community members the voting date has not yet been set. However, the market seems to be stable. We will closely monitor gas price during the weekend & the voting date will be announced as soon as possible. Ethereum Average GasPrice Chart Source: Etherscan.io Daily Performances The technicals, news flows and decent pick up in volumes all show positive signals. Slight pull backs are expected but if $6800 on BTC holds the next upside target is the $7500-$7800 levels. So far the rally seems to be led by BTC as can be seen by a large drop in ETH/BTC spread to 0.062 (levels not seen since April), except for Stellar which continues to outperform the market. It may take some time to get broader market buying but this will signal a much stronger momentum. Weekly Top 5 Price comparison - BTC. - ETH - XRP - BCH . - EOS --------------------------------------------------- https://preview.redd.it/vuftdzhz02b11.png?width=1042&format=png&auto=webp&s=d575819089b4caf72ac39dad28996a8ad4becd64 Technical Analysis -BTC BTC has now broken the Head & Shoulders neckline at $6,870 and has rapidly moved past beyond it. The target of the formation is around $7,900 so we expect to reach that level in the next days/weeks. This is very positive overall on a medium to longer term perspective, the next major hurdle is the $8,000 level, where BTCUSD will meet a downtrend that has proven difficult to surpass last time. https://preview.redd.it/6e81gfa412b11.png?width=1310&format=png&auto=webp&s=9b6393260fc0f29fcfd95fad5bf28bb6c18b42d9 -------------------------------------------
Bitcoin is a gatekeeper with no future. The longer it remains top player, the slimmer the chance a decentralized currency will ever be adopted.
I haven't posted in a while, but I think it's time. There are very few technological advances that compare with the invention of the Internet. Distributed ledger technology is one of them. Kickstarted by Bitcoin, the entire industry of decentralized (or hoping-to-become-decentralized, in many cases) tokens is now in dire need of direction and clear information to be presented to the world. It is insane to me that everyone always discusses the potential price of Bitcoin and the implications of that price, but rarely (if ever) does any expert discuss the ideals it represents and asks themselves: are current developments indicating that it will be able to live up to these ideals? It's probably because everything is pointing towards the answer to that question being "Fuck no." A single company controls half of the Bitcoin network's hashing power, and therefore essentially fully governs its future development. We have seen time and time again that the original vision described in Satoshi's whitepaper has been highjacked. So why is there still so much support for this project? In short, Bitcoin currently acts as a (misguided) meter for public confidence in cryptocurrencies in general. This leads us to a very ironic catch-22: the market largely follows the price variations of Bitcoin, making it completely speculative (as it's not based on value created or adoption) and extremely volatile, making adoption very difficult as people are chasing short-term profits instead of long-term growth. But the 'fact' that the death of Bitcoin would sink other projects with it is a carefully-crafted lie. It would not. In fact, it's the opposite. Bitcoin is a tiny snowflake on the enormous iceberg that is distributed ledger technology. It was the spark that started the fire, nothing more. For fuck's sake, personal identification, decentralized governance and supply-chain tracking/audit trails alone are use cases that are just as impactful as decentralized currencies. As investors, we've been given a tremendous opportunity to support technology that will change our lives and could greatly reward us financially, but we're pissing it out a window by not recognizing that we're being manipulated and by not denouncing bad actors. Disinformation is stronger in this age than it ever has been before. Whoever still supports Bitcoin: you are being duped. This isn't to say there won't be another bull run or that Bitcoin will never surpass its previous all-time high, because that could very well happen. Rather, it's that corporations and wealthy individuals have absolutely no interest in giving you your dues and you bet your ass that they'll find any way they can to capture all the value distributed ledger technology will create. If you think companies and governments will adopt Bitcoin, you're seriously delusional. Patents are being awarded left and right for private technology. They're in a race against the clock, but also against information, and they're winning. To conclude: the standardization of both distributed ledger protocols and currencies is much,much too valuable for our global society to assume that we'll be able to accommodate a myriad of players. The only way some public projects (the ones you are invested in) can emerge victorious is if the right ones are recognized, and in turn manage to gather significant support early enough in the game to gain critical mass. For this, we need to tune out the noise and we need to constantly talk about projects making real strides towards adoption, while simultaneously calling out media outlets who are doing the opposite.
Original Transgression Here Fact: There are eleven recognized sub-species of Tiger. Five are now extinct. Fact: The Siberian Tiger is the largest sub-species. Males average between 400 and 675 lbs. The largest wild specimen weighed in at 845lbs. Bengals can be close, their weights overlap, and since there’s more of them in closer proximity to humans there’s more likely to be…incidents. Tigers have been known to consume close to 90lbs of meat at one time. The best estimate is an adult tiger kills and eats a deer sized prey animal about once a week. However, they have been known to take cows and elephant calves. The Champawat Tigress had 436 recorded kills. I say recorded because it very likely killed many more people. You see the smart man-eaters, they start slow; they’re secretive. They usually start out of desperation, but once they realize how easy it is, they can’t stop. I wonder… do you think they get a thrill out of the terror they inflict? I have to believe they do. I mean it can’t be just the act right? Tons of animals surplus kill. Sorry, for you animal lovers out there, it’s the technical term that means killing for fun. From insects to great apes, lots of animals kill other animals for no apparent reason than the thrill of it. They exert massive amounts of energy into taking the life of other creatures. Not for food, not for territory, some of them even torture the other animals first. The Champawat Tigress’ legend grew so large that after Jim Corbett tracked and killed her, they made him a holy man. Corbett killed several other infamous man hunters with his 7mm Mauser (That’s .275 Rigby for you Brits, I haven’t forgotten about you Deadman Talking). That rifle is still on display, revered by the locals in India. Truth be told I envy Jim Corbett. Picking up traveling the world hunting monsters. Sounds like quite the life to me. Oh I’m sorry… You all wanted a story about Dogman right? Wanted to get your fix of Wooly-Booger before trundling off to bed. Well, all in good time. If you want to know so badly, just skip down a bit. Right now I have some business to attend to. First I have to get somethings off my chest, I feel the need to clarify somethings for you: 1) I am incredibly disappointed in the OP (Bick) for such a judgmental title. “The Monster” is really hurtful. I thought we understood each other better than that. 2) To those of you saying, the name should have been “Bait”: if I had known the OP was going to share something I thought we had discussed in CONFIDENCE, or I had written the story; I agree. Bait would have been a better title. If only because “Air headed female Millennial finally has a purpose” seems a bit wordy. Plus, if I had written it I would have spent a lot more time on my rifles; no one really wanted to hear the yapping of that self-absorbed twit anyway. 3) Some of you are under the mistaken impression that the OP is my girlfriend, sorry… was my girlfriend. This is incorrect. The OP is a friend of mine. One of the few I have, so for him to betray me like that, well; I might just have to plan another hunting trip. I mean can you imagine. What if he had shared enough details and one of you started hunting my honey-hole. Unbelievable. The balls on this guy. 4) If you haven’t figured it out by now this is being dictated. BickisMyPen’sname agreed to dictate this and the rest of the story in part for penance for breaking faith. I SHOULDN’T HAVE to tell him that stories shared between US are confidential unless I EXPLICITLY state otherwise. “So Mr. BickisMyPen’sname, what do you have to say for yourself?” “Please don’t make me write this, you know how much I hate getting sucked into other people’s stories.” “TELL THEM!!” “I’m sorry I told them about your hunting trick. It won’t happen again.” “And??” “And, I will dictate this word for word just like you wanted. I will finish the story telling them of your great hunting exploits.” “And??” “Aw c’mon man, really?” “AND??” “And as penance for breaking faith, I will tell everyone my secret for catching… Really? I wouldn’t say insane… Fine fine. I will tell everyone my secret for catching insane amounts of trout in Northern Michigan, and (sigh). I will give XXXXX (redacted) directions and also lead him to said fishing hole for trout. Good enough?” “Well?” “Natural Scent Powerbait and Crawlers. It’s like Trout crack.” “Ha! I knew you were stacking the deck. There now, not so bad. You’re my boy! Don’t look so glum. After this we’ll hit a Meijer, grab a bite, and take few days to go catch a limit of trout. You can navigate us up to that trout pond. I might even tell you about my latest hunt, you can tell me what happened to that attractive you couple I read about. Yeah, it’s fine, let’s get back to it; I want to get through this quick. I can hear the rods calling me.” Now that that’s out of the way, some of you (looking at you ziplockzzz) have accused me of being a psychopath. In reality, I am a more probably a high functioning sociopath. But, if you think I’m bad, imagine being friends with this guy. He’s so obsessed with horror, he goes around collecting stories from people, and gets off knowing he’s actually made people scared. Good guy, but maybe a bit of a screw loose. Or heck, maybe I've got one loose, the Dogmen sure like to get off by trying to scare people. I’m just here trying to do what I do, and so is he. “Btw, XXXXX (Bickismypensname) you can keep your original title. You did promise all those people a (he’s making air quotes folks) “proper” ending.” Lulz (sic), I don’t know... I thought it was it was the natural ending. It was after all, the last thing she said into the phone before screaming off into the night. I mean, maybe not the ending people were expecting, but it was pretty final. Really surprised how many of the people listening to the story didn’t pick up on the fact that your story was the message was transcribed from the audio recording on her phone. Of course I took the phone, I couldn’t have someone accidentally catching on to my trick now could I? That was until ol’ diarrhea of the keyboard over here started blabbing to everyone. Ugh, she was so wordy too, I bet you didn’t have to do much punch up before you put that one out did you? I took the phone in order to sever the primary evidence chain. Habeas Corpus (produce the body). As far as I know, she’s just another 411 statistic. But, a sharper than average police detective with that in hand might have made my life difficult for a little while. You know why she didn’t remember exactly how we met? Because I set it all up that’s why! It was super easy too! I really ought to send Michael Eisner and whoever else is at Disney a big fucking thank you card for pretty much putting out a playbook on how to hunt…sorry attract certain women. In this age of entitled self-absorbed over sharing (he’s giving me a pretty mean look) princesses, it was ridiculously easy. You know the hardest part for me? Finding one that wasn’t such a freaking “Bambi-ite”. For real people, nature isn’t green; Nature is BLOOD RED. If you’re reading Dogmen stories I hope you have a good grip on that, cause (sic) nobody’s coming to save you. EVERYTHING in nature kills and eats everything else. Why should people be any different? Times get tough, Bambi eats thumper. Cryptids need to eat too, why not a readily available food supply? To be honest, I think they’re more territorial anyway. You want to lure one out? Want to piss it off enough to hunt or trap it? Better figure out a way to make it so mad it can’t think straight and comes after you, or a handy assistant as the case may warrant. Some of you are wondering how I pay for all of this? Well it’s not as hard as you think. Step 1 is find a lucrative niche, and Step 2 is to capitalize. Engineers do make pretty good money. I’m exceptionally financially fit thanks to several lucrative patent rights and some smart investing (Thanks Bitcoin). Last thing, I am disappointed in some of the comments especially from the people listening. Overall, the reader’s comments were better. People reading it for themselves seemed to grasp it better than those who had it read to them. Pursuant to the rules of NoSleep, everything BickisMyPen’sname writes is quite true, it just doesn’t always happen to him. Sometimes he pieces the stories together from interviews, or diaries. Oftentimes he is one of the participants but he writes himself out. He’s made quite the hobby of trying to scare you, so I can understand why he would want to tell about my exploits after all. I hope you can appreciate the great lengths he goes to, to accurately describe and relate these events to you. Let’s see, to sum it all up. Yes, she was the bait. The OP conveys true and original material. The story didn’t end in the middle, my friend the OP ended it there because that is where the recording on her phone ended. He knows the rest of the story, but he gets off on knowing you could be terrified that (more air quotes folks) “The Monster” is still out there and it could be coming for you. That one isn’t, it was a rogue, a lone male; good size, not bad for my first cryptid. That one won’t be coming after anything, but there’s much worse things out there. There’s an Alpha Pack Leader up there that made me hire a construction crew to come out and armor up my cabin. Those of you familiar with “The Siege of Lockett Ranch” that shit ain’t(sic) going to be happening to me. Maybe at the end of my story I’ll tell the people how to fortify their homes. I do have to say, I’m glad I only had to tango with the one. If it had been that Alpha, or even if it had had a mate; well I don’t think I’d be here telling you the rest of this story right now. In any case, let’s have some Scotch and get back to it. Jesus Christ! Ice and ginger ale in a fifteen year old single malt scotch; and you call me a Monster. Well never mind, just come on; people want to know about my dangerous game hunts. Fact: In the past half century there has only been three recorded fatal predatory wolf attacks on humans. Fact: The Beast of Gevauden is credited with 210 human attacks; 113 victims died, and 98 were devoured. Though the beast was never identified it was described as a ‘Larger than Average Wolf’. It was said to be much larger than a wolf, with a reddish coloration and an unbearable smell, as well as teeth bigger than those of a normal wolf. Sound familiar? It too was put down by a better than average hunter, Monsieur Jean Chastel. So really, you should be thanking me. France keeps the best records on this (wolf attacks), but the Norwegians aren’t far behind. A worldwide 2002 study by the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research showed that 90% of victims of predatory wolf attacks were children under the age of 18, especially under the age of 10. In the rare cases where adults were killed, the victims were almost always women. Unfortunately, I didn’t exactly have somewhere where I could just grab up an orphan or two now could I? A diminutive female was next best option, and far less suspicious. Now let me ask you: What do you think it means that wolves are credited with so few fatalities? Do you think these Apex predators that competed with us for food for millennia, and that survived with us through the last ice age, just gave up on attacking us? Do you really believe that wolves that continue to plague Eastern Europe and Asia, are somehow just so scared of Man that they leave us alone? Few recorded kills means one of two things. Either it truly isn’t happening, or…they’re really good at it. Fact: On average there are 90,000 missing persons in the USA at any given time. Fact: Michigan has nearly twice as many missing people per capita as all of its neighboring states. Fact: Dead people can’t file attack reports. Chastel tracked The Beast of Gevauden into the mountains, its stomach still contained the remains of its last human kill. Corbett literally found the Champawat tigress by following the trail of blood and limbs from her latest victim; a teenaged girl. As prolific as those killer beasts were, it was these thoughts that made me wonder how much more prolific would their runs have been had they laid low? If the beasts were tactical enough to cover their tracks; like they were in the beginning, how long could they have gone on for? If they hadn’t grown so brazen, how many people could they have continued to prey upon? Why am I telling you all of this? It’s because it was this line of thinking that lead me to hunting cryptids in the first place. It would be (is) insanely easy for something to prey on us. Dogmen, werewolves, vampires, reanimated corpses of every shape and variety, as I myself have demonstrated; it’s easy. Well Alright, let’s get to the Dogman. Let’s see it all started when I was feeling particularly bored. You see, as I mentioned before; I am financially well-endowed but not ludicrously so. Everyone has to know their limits. I had been working my way through the American Grand Slam when I realized how ridiculously bored I was. The hunts just weren’t holding the same thrill for me as they were before. Let me interrupt your thoughts, this isn’t a segue into ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ I was just feeling a little under challenged. I had actually put up my rifles and was hunting brown bear with a traditional bow. The costs of repeat trips to Alaska getting onto bear and hunting a trophy was in the tens of thousands of dollars, and I just wasn’t feeling it. No matter how close I was to the massive creatures, no matter how dangerous they appeared, I just didn’t feel challenged. How crazy is that, right? Here are the largest land predators on earth (or so I thought), and I’m armed with what is essentially a spring and a pointy stick. I don’t know. I guess something inside of me had broken. I still loved guns. I could talk all day about a beautiful Ruger Model 1 in .280 Remington that used to bring down all of the deer and one of the caribou species in North America. Or we could admire the 10 gauge Browning Gold I use to pass shoot snow geese and big Canadians (yup the same one I refit as a self-defense gun. If you think a 12 gauge has stopping power, try a 10 sometime; and hold on!). Would you like to hear about the .460 Weatherby I used to put down the Dogman? I bet you would. We’ll get there. So there I was, feeling particularly bored. Our friend the OP here was out collecting material for some fresh nightmare, and so I just started surfing the web. I was bored with North America. Sure there was dangerous game, but I wanted something tumultuous. I wanted to pit myself against something that even with a rifle, it had a really good chance at taking me down. So of course I started looking to Africa. Why not? I had the rifle for it. Not to brag, but the custom shop over at Weatherby does immaculate work. My .460 Weatherby Mag. It costs more than a lot of people’s cars. Weatherby put that cartridge out in 1957 and for almost thirty years it was the most powerful commercially available rifle in the world. It will stop a charging Cape Buffalo, trust me. Still, something didn’t seem right. I wanted that trip to be something special, maybe the trip that would be my last big hurrah. I think a lot of it boiled down to I was having trouble finding ethical hunts. Now I know a lot of you are pretty incredulous about that, and I may be a lot of things; but I’m no poacher. What happened to XXXXX(Redacted) is many ways her own fault. Sure I’ll admit to putting her in some precarious situations, but all I did was make the offer; she acted it out every step of the way. I believe in fair chase. I didn’t want a canned hunt. I don’t shoot fish in a barrel, I didn’t want to go hunt something just to kill it. I wanted the thrill of the chase, especially when I knew that something might stalk me back. When I couldn’t find something that seemed like a good fit, for whatever reason I started looking at South American hunts. I had been thinking of grabbing XXXXX (BickisMyPensName) and doing some bird hunting with him if work could afford to let me get away. I get eight weeks of paid vacation per year, but it’s rare for me to use even half of it. I made some phone calls and soon enough I was on my way down to South America. I had converted an old break action H&R 20 gauge to fire tranquilizer dart sabots using ultra low powder rounds. Luckily, I had very little trouble getting the firearm through customs. That hasn’t always been the case. As an American you never know quite how much freedom you have until you start to visit different parts of the world. The OP is also quite the accomplished hunter and doing some wing shooting together might have been enough to get out of my doldrums. You never know what kind of weird shit you’ll get into with this guy around I was looking through sites when I came across something interesting. A jaguar was attacking livestock in Uruguay. Seems like the locals didn’t know what do since they wanted to protect the feline, but they also didn’t want it eating their livestock. Personally, once it had taken something from me, I would have three S’d the situation and been done with it, but they’re endangered so I can sort of see why they would want to keep it breeding. When I arrived at the village, I checked my gear and went to a little clearing and set up some targets on the edge of town. This brought no end of amusement to the locals. Seeing a guy hold one inch groups with a break action 20 gauge at 50yds was pretty impressive it seems. To be honest, I think my eyes are starting to go, too much time at a desk in front of a computer screen. As a teen using the same iron sites, the villagers would have seen just a large ragged hole. Oh well, none of us live forever, and it was close enough. If I didn’t get within 30 yards with these rounds it wasn’t going to matter, the dart might just bounce off. Uruaguay has fairly decent gun laws, and some of the villagers were better equipped for jaguar hunting than I was. Then again I wasn’t going out to kill it. Some of the more brash young men wanted me to show them how I had made the tranquilizer loads and to show them how to make some of their own. I showed them. Really it was no skin off my ass, so why the hell not. I think maybe it was a good way to impress the Senoritas. Whatever the case, I showed them. I took a meal with them, and then I stayed in a guest house that had been set aside for me. I wanted to get some sleep so that I could be well rested for tomorrow. Jaguars are mostly nocturnal and I wanted to scout where it had been haunting during the day. At dinner the locals had been telling me it had been getting braver. It had been spooking horses and they have some smaller cattle down there that had recently calved, and were concerned the new baby cows would be too delicious for the predatory cat to stay away from. All of that could wait until the morning. Now it was time to try and rest. I wasn’t going to be much good to anyone if I was a zombie and too out of it to track. The locals said they had some dogs, but I really wasn’t about to trust some untrained curs with my life. For all I know they would start barking and scare the cat off before I could get in range. I laid in the bunk provided for me pulled my hat over my eyes and slowly drifted into a light sleep. I must have only dosed for a couple of hours when I heard a piercing scream. I rushed to the noise, gun in hand, a small group of the locals had converged on the attack site. The big cat had escalated, skipping from calves to kids. A young girl had been taken. The villagers wanted to go track it down, but were fearful of going after the cat in the darkness, and fearful that even after attacking a girl the Government would not look kindly on them hunting and killing the cat. Suddenly, all eyes were on me. “I will go after it.” I proclaimed to the group. “There is little hope the child is still alive, but if she is, I will bring her back.” And with that I started into the jungle. It was worst possible timing. I was dead on my feet exhausted. The animal had every possible advantage. I was outmatched and out maneuvered. I was loving it! I was running on pure adrenaline. The only thing keeping me tethered was the yapping of the dogs around me. The villagers had released them thinking they might be of some aide to me. Two medium size dogs not even lab size and one small one basically a toy breed. I felt safer already… I had no misconceptions that the child was still alive. Jaguars attack from behind. Unlike other big cats they crush the brain or the base of the spine when they attack, no suffocation, no chance she was hanging on. Nevertheless, I followed the dogs into the night. The air in the pitch black jungle was thick and heavy. Strange Calls echoed thru the night. The two larger dogs ahead of me suddenly cut ahead just as I got to a little clearing nearing the edge of the water. Not good. Jaguars are excellent swimmers. They eat the damn caiman if they’re in the mood. The small dog next to me had stopped barking and had instead opted to stand beside me shivering. I was about to make my move to the water’s edge when I heard it. The first dog went down. There was some brief thrashing and snarls, I can only imagine that the other dog prolonged the suffering of his partner by another couple seconds or so before the lithe attacks of the cat brought it down. With his partner down, the second dog didn’t have much of a chance. I heard its snarls for a bit longer before the jaguars screams of triumph filled the night. I was now alone with a rat dog in the South American jungle with a killer jaguar prowling around. It. Was. Exhilarating. The feeling was tremendous. I crouched down against the nearest thick tree and cocked the hammer on the shotgun. The trembling excuse for a dog now huddled up to me pissing itself. There was no way out. The jaguar had us completely surrounded. It could attack from all sides or from above. I could feel its presence more than see or hear it. Death knew I was there, just not my exact position. Any movement from my position would provoke an attack. Staying throughout the night would mean it would wait until I was too tired and weary and then attack. The adrenaline running through my veins was powerful but it wasn’t limitless. That’s when it struck me. He was full, and still stalking me. He wasn’t attacking out of hunger, at least not anymore. The girl and the two dogs would have been meal enough if that had been the case. No, this one was territorial. The dogs and I had invaded its territory. It had found us with the noise we had made, and then closed in until its night vision gave it the advantage. I stood up to get a better vantage. The tree wouldn’t provide much protection but hopefully it would cover my ass long enough for me to figure out how to use its aggression against it. I had to shift my weight to stand up. Fortunately, I stepped on the paw of the dog wannabe. It gave a pitiful yelp. As if on que, the Jaguar roared in response. The deep throaty roar into a snarl silenced all of the other night life around me. That was it! The dog would give me the edge I needed. Sorry pup. I stepped on its paw again. The pitiful thing yelped again, but it wouldn’t leave my side. As if on cue the answering roar returned. This time 20 yds away on the opposite side. Damn! It was moving so fast. It was time to make my move. I pulled out road flares I keep in my hunting vest. I always have them in case to signal or start a fire. I ignited one then stepped on the dog’s tail. Roar! Crack-hiss! Every time it roared from a new position, I lit and threw out a flare in that direction. The bright lights might not hinder its night vision, but it might give me enough light to see for my single shot. I made a half circle around us and then gave the dog a final step. It whimpered hideously not daring to fight back or even leave. The flares left one path of darkness between us and the jaguar. I turned and walked towards the water. I crouched waiting for the feline hunter to come for me. I sat there motionless. My gun raised, I scanned the embankment and the water for the sure sign that Death was approaching. My breath was shallow, cold sweat dripped all over my body. Something wasn’t right. If it was coming this way. What was going on? I had covered all the routes hadn’t I? Then it hit me, as soon as the thought rose half formed in my mind I swiveled and fired toward the tree tops. Jaguars are great climbers and can pounce from above. Fact: Most tranquilizer darts take ten minutes to act. Fact: Most tranquilizer darts use a ketamine cocktail specially measured for the size of the animal. Fact: I am a fucking brilliant engineer and I wasn’t going to trade my life for some stupid jungle cat that wanted a piece of my ass. My cocktail is equal parts, sedative, tranquilizer, and paralytic. It works faster than you can say ‘Hey does this smell like chloroform?’ Fast enough to save my life, but not fast enough to keep the claws of that thing from tearing gashes in my arms. It would take weeks to heal. My heirloom shotgun… not so lucky. There was no way that my grandfather could know that one day after he gave it to my father; my father would give it to me and years later it would save my life. The damn cat’s jaws nearly crushed it. It certainly pinched it tightly enough that I couldn’t work the release lever to break it open. I now had a club and an unconscious jaguar. Fucker must have weighed 250lbs easy. I’ve had worse drags but none came to mind as tugged on the rope tied around that bastard’s throat. Hot sticky blood occasionally would trickle out of my arm wounds. All in all, I was less than a half mile from the village. I’ve dragged deer for miles up hill and didn’t feel as exhausted as I returned to the village. When I got to the village I found the mother and father of girl. I gave them my hunting knife, and pointed them at the cat. They had the right to first refusal after all. Her mother, her mother stabbed it while wailing. I passed out. Lucky me, they treated me with real medicine. Nice stinging iodine in my open cuts. I swear if I hadn’t been unconscious I would have died of shock. Two and half days I laid there barely moving. If I had been one of the villagers I would have taken bets. When I woke up, I was ravenous. They had memorialized the girl and “peace” had returned to the village. I didn’t see her parents nor any sign of the jaguar. I’m guessing they figured out how to shoot shovel and shut up after all. That night there was a feast, they had slaughtered a calf for the whole village. Asado, I think it was called. It was excellent. I forgot how good cooking over real wood tastes. Afterwards, the village witchdoctor, for lack of a better term, made iowaska. I’ve never tripped before, it was quite the experience. I saw things that I’ve never known. The shaman guided me. He showed me things I could never dream of. At the height of my journey, I saw them. Cryptids, creatures and beasts of all sorts. Mainly, I saw Dogmen. I saw packs of them. I saw them in places I knew and places I didn’t. Places I’ve hunted since I was a child. I floated just beyond their perception, though; they may have sensed me. I saw myself fighting the jaguar while I saw the Dogmen. That’s when I knew. No more boredom for me. I had to hunt Cryptids. I had to hunt a Dogman. [Part 1 as Dictated to BickisMyPensName] The Return Part 2
Why is Blockchain hot right now? So you've been reading about the promise of blockchain technology, and talking about every Fortune 500 company venturing into Blockchain Technology. If you've been waiting for the Year of the Blockchain to arrive, it has now. 2019 is the year of the blockchain. It is expected to disrupt existing industries and the way we conduct business. After thorough research and speculation, it can be concluded that blockchain definitely isn't cure all, but it is a good solution for a peer-to-peer, trustless and decentralized system/ processes. Wait, but what are the advantages of this new technology? The potential advantages include enhanced efficiency (faster processes and reduced manufacturing/ delivery times), collaboration (across industries), transparency, and trust, as per the report from financial institutions. Despite this, adoption has been slow in the past few years. It picked up the pace in 2017. Are we there yet? Finance executives and institutions were initially slow in exploring the idea of the blockchain. In early 2017, most of them had no thoughts on using it or imbibing it in existing systems/ processes. There was a drastic change in attitudes in less than a year. By Dec 2017, most of them were exploring blockchain use cases and were bullish about cryptocurrencies. According to their risk assessment, blockchain has been perceived to have the lowest possible risk in terms of exposure to financial systems in organizations. This brought a 360-degree change in their outlook towards blockchain technology. This change shouldn't come as a complete surprise. Cryptocurrencies witnessed a peak in market cap in Dec 2017 when Bitcoin hit nearly $19000 and many institutions started exploring blockchain and cryptocurrencies, around that time. History of Blockchain Blockchain Technology was introduced to the world for facilitating the transfer of P2P electronic cash - Bitcoin (this was also the subheading of Bitcoin's whitepaper). It spread faster than fire and Silicon Valley's creativity and imagination has put forth thousands of use cases for blockchain technology in the existing world. It's like living at the brink of a technological breakthrough, similar to living in the world before the internet exploded. Institutions using Blockchain Technology
A report released by Greenwich Associates shows the financial services industry is spending about $1.7 billion to move blockchain technology from proof of concept to wider adoption. Blockchain budgets in institutions have increased 67 percent in the past year, with one in 10 banks budgeting in more than $10 million for blockchain technology. Among others, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase have spent over $2 Million in blockchain research over the past 2 years. Citi bank, France's BNP Paribas, Barclays, Goldman Sachs are among the banks/ institutions who embraced this technology in late 2017.
Blockchains with digital records of students’ academic degrees, professional certifications and other records are a breakthrough for universities that have long relied on transcripts and diplomas to attest to academic achievement. Central New Mexico Community College was the first college to start issuing digital diplomas in late 2017. They took this one step further by accepting cryptocurrency payments based in the blockchain. Multiple Ivy League colleges and universities are said to have made investments into “at least” one cryptocurrency fund. A technology news site published this information in October 2018. Citing an unnamed source, the report included multi-billion dollar endowments of Harvard University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, MIT, and the University of North Carolina.
For most technology firms, new trends in technology are always worth checking out. This also means that companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft are experimenting with blockchain and distributed ledgers. A patent filing from mid-2018 shows that Apple wants to use Distributed Ledger Technology to timestamp specific data. This may not be a predictable development, however having an immutable record of timestamps and data can be of immense value to any technology firm. Other companies on the list are Microsoft, Alphabet, Walmart, and Amazon. What they achieve is yet to be determined, a lot of their efforts are kept under covers and a lot of different opinions are coming out in public regarding the same.
Adoption by Government Institutions
Governments across the world have been launching blockchain initiatives and embracing this new technology. The Indian Government is exploring the idea of voting, land registry, healthcare and other government initiatives on the blockchain. Why Blockchain is the future? The world went from no internet to major internet dependency in less than a decade, and this may happen even faster with blockchain technology. Our lives largely revolve around our identities on social media, our digital footprint and our social media connections. This caught the attention of hackers and we witnessed an increase in the number of digital identity thefts and hacks. It's like we are a point where there may be no other choice than to adapt to a technology that would protect us, help us grow and bring us newer opportunities. Real world use cases This brings me to real-world use cases of blockchain and they range from farm to fork (food), identity management, electronic cash transfer (remittances), medical record management, partial ownership of physical assets (securitization), decentralization of social media and governance on blockchain. And blockchain doesn't have to necessarily disrupt, but essentially take things to the next level in almost all industries. Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Cryptocurrencies have no existence without blockchain technology, as this gives them features like transparency, decentralization and trustless P2P ecosystem. Blockchain is key to cryptocurrencies. The world witnessed a large number of ICOs in 2016, 2017 and 2018 that tokenized use cases that didn't require decentralization and raised large investments for the same. 2019 is more about securitization of real-world assets that the world transacts in - like gold, real estate, technology, art, antiques, and luxury goods. 2019 is the year of security tokens and real-world adoption of blockchain. When will blockchain see mainstream adoption? Blockchain adoption is picking the pace and in the next 5 years, we would see industry giants move new projects to the blockchain. As most use cases of blockchain involve securitization, people would need time to get used to tokens and use tokens for almost everything on the blockchain. This would take a considerable time, as the penetration of digital/ electronic cash took over a decade to become mainstream pan India. Mass blockchain adoption is predicted in the next 20 years. Have any thoughts, ideas, comments or suggestions? You can send them to my inbox directly. Write to me at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
U.S. Dow futures this morning were indicating another nosedive at the open that breach the correction level, defined as a decline of 10 percent over time from recent new highs. Monday was the worst day for the Dow and S&P 500 since August 2011 as well as the biggest single-day point drop for the Dow in history. Futures have been volatile all night and have been positive at various junctures. (CNBC)
Why the stock market plunged Monday (CNBC)
White House says it's 'concerned' about stock market drop (CNBC)
Cramer: Stop yourself from panicking and find the sell-off's opportunities (CNBC)
The yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note and on the 30-year Treasury bond were lower today as investors continued to keep abreast of the volatile trading seen across international and domestic markets. Bond yields move inversely to prices. (CNBC)
The Cboe Volatility index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, was higher this morning after doubling during regular market hours Monday. The key market measure jumped above 50, its highest level since August 2015. (CNBC)
Obscure security linked to stock volatility plummets 80% after hours, sparking worries of bigger market effect (CNBC)
European stocks reduced some of their earlier losses after tumbling 3 percent in the early hours of today's session amid inflation growth expectations. The pan-European Stoxx 600 was 1.7 percent lower with every sector in the red. (CNBC)
Economic numbers will get no attention today, but there are a few on the schedule beginning with the December trade deficit at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Labor Department releases its December JOLTS report at 10 a.m., its measure of job opportunities and labor turnover. (CNBC)
Corporate earnings reports this morning include Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Emerson (EMR) and General Motors (GM). After the bell reports today include Dow component Walt Disney (DIS), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Gilead Sciences (GILD). (CNBC)
Disney looks expensive ahead of earnings, market watcher says(CNBC)
Bitcoin fell below $6,000 to its lowest level in more than two months, according to CoinDesk. The move came amid worries of increased regulation. With the decline, it has now lost more than 50 percent for the year so far. (CNBC)
Over $550 billion wiped off cryptocurrencies since record high (CNBC)
House GOP lawmakers are proposing a long-term boost to military funding in a short-term spending bill slated for a vote this week. The move is likely to cause tension with some Democrats and complicate plans to keep the government open. (Washington Post)
President Donald Trump's lawyers have reportedly cautioned him not to take wide-ranging questions from Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Trump has publicly said he wants to interview with Mueller. (NY Times)
A House panel has voted to release the Democratic rebuttal to the GOP's accusation that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court. President Trump will have a work week's time to decide to release the information publicly. (Washington Post)
Carter Page on Nunes memo: 'Worse than I could have possibly imagined' (Politico)
'Treasonous': Trump goes after Dems who didn't clap during State of the Union (CNBC)
Vice President Mike Pence was heading to the Winter Olympics in South Korea today. During Pence's visit, Washington wants to keep the focus on North Korea's disregard for calls to halt its nuclear program and convince allies to keep up pressure. (Reuters)
Elon Musk said SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy rocket is unlikely to carry humans to the moon or deeper into outer space. Instead, the company said it will focus on developing an even larger booster announced last year. (WSJ)
General Motors – The automaker beat estimates by 27 cents a share, with quarterly profit of $1.65 per share. Revenue also came in above forecasts. GM saw record income for 2017, although it did take a one-time $7.3 billion non-cash charge related to tax reform.
Allergan – The drug company earned an adjusted $4.86 per share for its latest quarter, 12 cents a share above estimates. Revenue was also above forecasts. Allergan was helped by strong sales growth for products like Botox and Juvederm, although it did see a negative impact from the loss of patent exclusivity for some of its other products.
Tapestry – The company formerly known as Coach earned an adjusted $1.07 per share for its fiscal second quarter, beating the consensus estimate of 89 cents a share. The handbag maker was helped by higher sales for the Coach and Stuart Weitzman brands. Tapestry also raised its full-year forecast.
Centene – The health insurer beat estimates by 4 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of 97 cents per share. Revenue also topped expectations and Centene raised its full-year forecast, as its Affordable Care Act-related business grows and as it benefits from tax reform.
WellCare Health – WellCare reported adjusted quarterly earnings of 32 cents per share, 11 cents a share above estimates. Revenue beat forecasts, as well, benefiting from growth in its Medicare and Medicaid business. WellCare raised its full-year forecast due to benefits from the new tax law.
Becton Dickinson – The medical device maker came in 7 cents a share above estimates, with adjusted quarterly profit of $2.48 per share. Revenue came in above Street projections, helped by strong growth in its life sciences division.
Dunkin' Brands – The restaurant chain reported adjusted quarterly profit of 64 cents per share, 1 cent a share above estimates. Revenue beat forecasts and the company raised its quarterly dividend by 7.75 percent to 34.75 cents per share.
SandRidge Energy – Midstates Petroleum proposed a combination with SandRidge in an all-stock transaction. The proposal comes a few weeks after SandRidge ended a $746 million deal to buy Bonanza Creek Energy following opposition from large shareholders including Carl Icahn.
Lululemon – Lululemon stock is under pressure, following the sudden surprise resignation of CEO Laurent Potdevin, with the yogawear maker only saying he had "fallen short of the company's standards of conduct." No further details were given.
BP – BP posted better than expected profits which were more than double year earlier levels. BP's results were helped by higher prices and production, and the energy giant resumed share buybacks after a three-year hiatus.
Toyota – Toyota raised its full year profit forecast by 10 percent, following a quarterly operating profit that was its best in two years. The automaker's results were helped both by stronger sales in Japan and a weaker yen.
Pfizer – Pfizer reported upbeat results in a study involving its Xtandi cancer drug to treat early stage prostate cancer. The drug maker said using Xtandi in combination with standard hormone therapy reduced the risk of the disease spreading by 71 percent compared with just using hormone therapy.
Skyworks Solutions — Skyworks reported earnings that topped Street forecasts as well as announcing a new stock buyback program. However, the chipmaker and Apple supplier did issue an outlook that is shy of consensus estimates.
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