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Closing the Loop

Sunday July 3, 2016

Peer to peer markets have quickly dried up as Bitcoin has grown in value and market cap. It’s difficult to make OTC trades with bitcoin directly between peers to receive goods and services. Proponents of a block size limit increase always fail to propose a solution to establishing peer to peer trade routes. The consumer has come to expect Amazon.com as the standard user experience for online shopping, thus this same consumer wants an identical experience while substituting credit cards for Bitcoin.

The irony behind this consumer’s mass adoption mentality is the frequent citation of the Bitcoin whitepaper’s abstract: “A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.” Mass adoption consumers tend to overly rely on centralized solutions such as Amazon, instead of directly trading with peers. They focus on strictly the idea of electronic cash, while ignoring the idea of peer to peer trading completely. Luckily due to consumers revolting, the anonymous enterprising entrepreneur has more opportunity than ever to establish profitable trade routes that have been completely untapped in the peer to peer network.
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Consumers Revolt

Saturday July 2, 2016

Autumn of last year I wrote an article about consumers beginning to revolt. Interestingly, the prediction the article was constructed around is slowly playing out. Companies like Shapeshift and Poloniex sound exactly like this prediction:

…one of them is that consumers revolt, entrepreneurs intervene, before the end of 2015 there’s about a thousand to a million different Bitcoin forks, each with its ten million-ish monetary base worth about a dollar, on global average. The size of the inter-Bitcoins market, the complexity and confusion ensuing makes pretty much everything unmanageable for the “ordinary person”. Hedge funds and banks (the ones a little ahead of using Excel) that trade in this murky complexity make a killing and become the principal driver of economic growth worldwide

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Mass Adoption as a Ponzi Scheme

Friday July 1, 2016

Bill Maher recently proclaimed in his show’s segment, New Rules, that millennials have romanticized socialism. In this rare instance, Maher directly criticized the entitlement mentality that has supposedly infected this generation of youth. I had to check the program title, since for a second I thought I was watching Bill O’Reilly.

Millennials don’t remember a threatening Soviet Union or any Soviet Union. The only time they’ve ever had to crouch under a desk was to go down on their teacher. So the new generation is ready for socialism. Problem is, they may be ready for a little too much socialism.

Almost 2/3rds of Sanders’ voters want free college and free universal health coverage for no more than an extra thousand dollars in taxes…even though that’s not really socialism. That’s Santa-ism.

[Millenials have gotten] too used to getting shit for free.

I was told wed all be rich

“I was told we’d all be rich!”

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Outer Heaven

Tuesday June 28, 2016

It was once said, “A soldier is a political tool, nothing more.” The Boss realized the abuse of soldiers to advance political agendas. She believed politicians were merely the embodiment of the social values of a nation, and as such, “People aren’t the ones who dictate the missions…The times [do]. People’s values change over time. And so do the leaders of a
country. So there’s no such thing as an enemy in absolute terms. The enemies we fight are only in relative terms, constantly changing with the times.”

This makes loyalty to the end a slippery slope, as “the only thing we can believe in with absolute certainty is the mission”. And of course the greatest soldiers are the ones who complete the mission by any means necessary. From the politician’s view, these great soldiers are indeed effective tools. Loyalty to the end is a powerful concept – it implies one is willing to give their life than betray said loyalty.

Why be loyal to a nation which cares not for you? Why give your life for a nation which would use your undying loyalty as a political symbol?
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