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Manipulation 101

Give good information to low credibility sources Give bad information to high credibility sources Amplify bad information X person does B bad thing Members of the public start to find out about X doing bad thing, rumors / reports begin B — bad thing — gets mixed in with rumors and speculation — with this comes naturally low quality sources &…

Securities Regulations & Building in a Regulated Industry

Today Coinbase posted a blog post about its recent communications with the SEC on its Lend product The SEC has told us it wants to sue us over Lend. We don’t know why. Coinbase expressed frustration at the SECs communications process. Coinbase also said that they do not believe the Lend product to be a…

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Fiat is evil. Opt out. Buy Bitcoin.

Fiat is not just a little bit evil like a scam or the type of graft and corruption we often see. Fiat is not just Janet Yellen being paid $7.2 million for Zoom calls with big bank cronies. Fiat is not just Elizabeth Warren supporting billions in banker bonus money for TARP. No, the evils…

Ventilator Project Update: March 21th, 2020

Decentralized Response The Ventilator Project in conjunction with the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) / endcoronavirus.org is moving along and we wanted to provide an update to some of the recent activities of the group. There is still a lot to be done and we are just getting started, so if you or someone…

We need Ventilators — We Need You to Help Get Them Built

I am leading the ventilators sub group of the EndCoronavirus.org organization. We need your help. https://www.endcoronavirus.org EndCoronavirus.org is an effort by NECSI, (Twitter: @necsi) The New England Complex Systems Institute, a group of scientists led by Yaneer Bar Yam (Twitter: @yaneerbaryam ) follow the account at @endcovid19 The volunteer group is heavily staffed with scientists…

An Emergency Preparation Drill That Could Save Your Life

Crisis Planning As Part of Your Security Plan This is a drill. Should you choose to accept this challenge, following the instructions in this drill could save lives and improve your peace of mind and overall security profile. A great piece on safety from Kraken a few years back started with a premise “Let’s begin…

Don’t be a Trader, Be an Asset Allocator

Focusing on a long term plan almost always beats a focus on charts and short term moves Investment selection is the most important part of your financial plan. Every investor should have a written plan which covers a pie chart allocation of the major investment categories they invest in. This should be based on an…

Bitcoin for Securities Tokens

Using the World’s Strongest Chain for the World’s Strongest Use Case Securities make up a multi deca-trillion global industry that is here to stay. The old rails and systems used by the securities industry can be improved on with distributed ledgers. Every Bitcoin supporter should be excited about this massive use case. I don’t think…

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A Cypherpunk Solution for Mass Identity Theft

Creating Offline & Private AML / KYC Compliance “Since we desire privacy, we must ensure that each party to a transaction have knowledge only of that which is directly necessary for that transaction. Since any information can be spoken of, we must ensure that we reveal as little as possible.” – Eric Hughes, A Cypherpunk’s…