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Kanye Songs Depicted As NBA Players (MBDTF)

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Dark Fantasy (Jeremy Lin)
When everyone thought after the Taylor Swift incident Kanye’s career would be over, Kanye masterfully created the greatest album of all time. Dark Fantasy was the opener of the album that put him in the GOAT conversation
Dark Fantasy is a song that gives perspective on Fame, and Jeremy Lin has witnessed a sudden rise to stardom like no other. Linsanity brought the whole league together in supporting him. Even his opponents were screaming for him. Both Kanye and Jeremy Lin came from middle class households, and both were struggling to make it in the game in their early parts of their career.
”I fantasized about this while watching Chicago. Melo, Carmelo me, Knicks mediocrealago. Injury, the first year that I blow. How do you say clutch in Chinese? Me llamo.”
Gorgeous (Donavan Mitchell)
Donavan Mitchell is an amazing example of players standing up to racism. Kanye is one of the few rappers that people with no interest in hip hop would listen to, or even could recognize. Donovan Mitchell has a voice that talk about social issues to a group of “fans” who aren’t particularly fond of people who look like Donovan outside the basketball court.
Also Donovan Mitchell is pretty good looking.
”Penitentiary chances, the devil dances. And eventually answers to the call of Autumn. All of them fallin' for the love of ballin'. Got caught with thirty rocks, the fan look like Alec Baldwin.”
Power (Shaquille O’Neal)
Shaquille O’Neal singled handily changed the NBA. Prior to the 2001-2002 season, help defense was illegal. Unfortunately for opposing big men, Shaq dominated, I mean DOMINATED his opponents. He was nearly 370 Pounds in LA, and still had very nice footwork. However, Shaq became quite a polarizing figure, just like Kanye. There’s moments when Shaq says something ridiculous and everybody clowns him, and there’s moments where Kanye steps out of line and we all make a small facepalm. But both Kanye and Shaq are fun, good spirited people who at the end of the day we hold respect for.
”Fuck Orlando they don’t pay cash. Tell em Diesel said Kobe can kiss my whole ass. And specifically he can kiss my ass hole. I can’t shoot free throws? You nephews got jokes.”
Shaq despite not being the quickest, will try to make some hustle plays.
”Now this will be a beautiful death. I’m jumping into the third row
All Of The Lights (Rajon Rondo)
On a game you could only watch on nbastreams...I mean league pass, Rajon Rondo appears to just be a nice playmaker who happens to not be an outside weapon. But when the TNT crew is in the arena or it’s a playoff game, Rondo transforms into one of the most entertaining players to watch in the NBA. Rondo may throw some of the most beautiful passes we’ve ever seen, or maybe throw 20+ assists or perhaps get a 32 point triple double
His fall from his Boston days could be described as:
”Something wrong, I remove my headband. KG gone, my Rivers left. I pissed off Ray, he joined DWade. I missed at the line, and passed that bread. I’m getting traded, I’m almost there. To my surprise, a midget replacing me. I had to take him to that Chris Paul University...”
Monster (Jay Z deleted verse)
”Barkley, Bradley, Johnson, Bogues, Patrick Ewing with no talent, question, what do all of these things have in common?”
So Appalled (Hassan Whiteside)
After Whiteside got paid after balling out before his contract year, his effort has severely lacked To improve the Heat’s interior defense, Spoelstra told Hassan to not mope like DJ Khaled playing the quiet game, and instead. ”Look Hassan, put two hands in the air if you don’t really care. Your contract sometimes, I mean ridiculous. It’s like that some times, I’m putting in Olynyk.”
All Hassan could respond with was “Fiji wishes and different exotic fishes”*
Devil In A New Dress (James Harden)
Oklahoma City was given a difficult question. Hold on to a 22 year old Serge Ibaka who was averaging nearly 4 blocks per game. Or keep their Sixth Man Of The Year, James Harden. The Thunder made the excellent decision in putting the former Sun Devil in a new Houston Rockets uniform. The future MVP’s trade to Houston was the most devastating event to occur in the city’s history.
”What happened to that 3-1 lead? Oh they blew it. KD packs his bags up, who casually could score. Serge Ibaka break ups, the casualty of tour. How Russ gon’ win and have no shooters on the floor? I thought I was the asshole, I guess it’s rubbin off. You signed the, Hooded Carmelonan, the Clanker of Shots, hard to be humble when you are staring down on a Wes Johnsotron.”
Runaway (Chris Paul)
I love Chris Paul, but it’s clear why fans and his opponents think he can be a douche at times. His aggressive physical play style can be changed to an egregious flop in a moments notice. Chris Paul also according to multiple sources, is not exactly loved by officials
”I don’t know what it is with officials. But I’m not too good at that shit. See I could have me a good team, but still be addicted to the State Farm Ads. See I just blame everything on you, at least you know that’s what I’m good at.”
Pusha Morey was asked about if he regrets trading for a PG who will be getting paid 44 million dollars when he’s 36.
”Twenty four seven, three sixty five, his contract stays on my mind. I-I-I-I did it. All right, all right, I admit it.”
Hell of a Life (Amir Johnson)
According to Nicki Minaj, Kanye West was watching adult content on his computer while working on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whatever he was watching it happened to be a massive success. Amir Johnson, also is an adult films junky, at least according to the numerous actresses he follows.
Joel Embiid on what was on Amir’s phone
”His phone to hide, we both screwed the rules made, he wanna role play til his career over.”
Blame Game (Roy Hibbert)
Roy Hibbert was born ten years too late to be a hall of fame center. During the later stages of the successful 2010s Pacer Teams, Hibbert caught a lot of flak for his underperformance. What may have caused the Paul George, David West, George Hill and Roy Hibbert teams to fall apart was the rumor that Paul George was sleeping with Roy Hibbert’s wife
Roy Hibbert was caught listening into his wife servicing the rising NBA Superstar.
(All Credits for this excerpt go to u/rzpieces.)
“Oh my God
Baby you done took this shit to the nother motherfuckin' level!
Now a perimeter defender like me
Ain't supposed to be gettin' no shot blocker like this
Goddamn, Goddamn! Who thought you how to get vertical for a nephew?
Hibbert taught me.
You never use to play dirty, but now you you throwing elbows!
My, my God, where'd you learn that?
Hibbert taught me.
Look at you, motheruckin' butt ass naked, with them, Hibbert 2s on Who thought you how to put some Hibbert 2s on?
Hibbert thought me
Yo you took your paint defence up a whole 'nother level
This is some Cirque du Soleil defence now shit!
You done went all-NBA on a nephew OK
And I, and I love it
And I thank you, I thank you, my legs thank you!
How did you learn, how, how did your rim protection come up?
Hibbert taught me
I was coasting on players I never coasted on before
I was in there like ooh shit I never been here before
I've never even seen this part of blow-by town before
It's like you got this shit re-upholstered or some shit
Who the fuck happened?
Who, who the fuck got your defence all re-upholstered?
Hibbert re-upholstered my defense
You know what, I got to thank Hibbert
And when I see that nephew I'ma thank him
I'ma buy his HibbertCoin
I'ma mine that motherfucker
I'ma shoot a bitcoiner!
That's how good I feel about this nephew
Ahh, I still can't believe you got me this ring
This motherfucker is the exact motherfucker I wanted!
You went to the finals! This is the motherfucker I wanted
I saw this, I saw it
Kobe had this shit on on the bench
I remember! Kobe had this on on the bench
That's right, that's right!
Yo yo babe, yo yo this is the best birthday ever!
Where you learn to treat a nephew like this?
Hibbert taught me
Hibbert taught you well, Hibbert taught you well”
Lost In The World (Tobias Harris to Boban)
Lost In The World is supposedly a love letter Kanye emailed to his now wife Kim Kardashian. And their bond together is almost as strong as Boban’s and Tobias’s
you are my Boban, you are my Haris
Who Will Survive In America
Hopefully Enes Kanter.
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There is no such thing as real magic

I'm an amateur magician. I've performed at children's parties and done some touring. I wouldn't class myself as an expert, but I am in the magic circle. I love to see professional magicians perform, there is nothing better than when you see a trick and you have no idea how it was done.
I read a forum post a month ago that had a link to a YouTube video, 10 times magic went wrong. I checked it out, and as you can imagine, the contents were quite horrific. Two of the clips were of the Nail Under the Cups trick. If you are from England, you may have seen Derren Brown performing this. It's a good one, if the magician is qualified. If they aren't, then you end up being at positions seven and three of this video.
A magician mixes up some cups, under one is a piece of wood with a nail pointed up. The others are weighted, so they all feel the same. The magician puts on a blindfold and gets their volunteer to guide them over the top of the cups. The magician then pushes the volunteer's hand down, crushing the cup. It's usually when there are two left that this trick goes wrong. And when it does it's very bloody.
The clip in question though, is of a man sawing a woman in half. We've all seen this. But in this grainy footage, the woman screams, the box is brought apart, blood drips from the opening and the legs of the woman slip out. The bloody bottom half slams on the floor with a thunk, the legs spasm, then stop. The curtains are hastily brought across and the show ends.
There are comments after the video, people calling bullshit, until someone posted the full trick in question. At the end of this video, the woman can be seen on stage, whole again, nothing wrong with her at all.
People argue with each other that the woman must have been in the upper box and the lower box contained some prosthetics. The thread ends with someone saying that they swear it's real, they've seen it in person.
I commented saying, "I'm skeptical, magic is illusion, no one gets sawn in half; incredible footage though."
The next day, I get a direct message from someone with the handle Tricked4Life.
Hey Baz1987, the man from that video is performing next month. He's called The Russian, it's invite only. I can arrange tickets if you like?
I replied, Totally, I'd be up for that, please!
While waiting to hear back, I went to watch the video again. The link didn't work, a message came up saying it had been taken down due to copyright infringement. I tried the top 10 one too, that was also gone, just a 404 page.
It was a Saturday, so I was already on the whiskey and watching Netflix. I think I was binge watching Breaking Bad for the third or forth time.
Tricked4Life replied with a link. I browsed to the site. It looked like something from 1997. There was a still from the video and a form below. Slightly drunk, I filled out the details and continued to the payment form. I had to pay in BitCoin, what the fuck was that?
I messaged Tricked4Life, "I don't know what BitCoin is."
"PayPal me the money and I can buy it for you."
"How do I know this isn't a scam?"
"You don't, but as a magician, you should see through a trick a mile off ;)"
It sounded like he was baiting me.
"How much?"
"£540."
"Christ, that's heavy."
"It's worth it though."
"Have you seen him before?"
"No, this will be my first time. I know some people who are going. They said he's incredible. You have to see it for yourself."
I left the computer and continued watching TV, though I couldn't concentrate. I really wanted to know how the trick was done. I drank more whiskey and got more drunk.
I woke in the early hours. Confused, I took in my surroundings and realised I fell asleep in front of the television again. My head pounded, so I went to the kitchen and drank some orange juice, before throwing the best hangover cure, bacon, into the frying pan.
As the meat sizzled, I checked my phone. I had an email with the subject, Ticket Confirmation. My heart sank. I opened it up to see a confirmation number and an address... in the Ukraine.
I'd bought things while I was drunk before, but not a ticket to a magic show in Eastern Europe. Not only was I out £540, I'd need to book plane tickets and a hotel.
I gazed at the whiskey bottle, to see it almost empty, not even as much as a shot left. I felt embarrassed.
I logged into the forum and read the messages I had sent.
Fuck it! was the first. The second my details and a third saying I'd PayPalled the money over, with a reply saying to buy a Tuxedo if I didn't have one.
I won't bore you with the details of how I had to beg my manager to give me the time off at last minute, suffice to say I had to agree to perform at his daughter's birthday. I was surprised and relieved with how cheap plane fare was to the Ukraine. That was the only ray of light I had in this stupid ordeal. I rented a Tux from a local business and I was ready to go.
The flight was bumpy. We flew through a thunderstorm and for the first time in my life, saw the lighting hit the tip of the plane. People startled and children cried. I was nervous myself. It wasn't long after the Russians shot down a passenger jet over the Ukraine. I was very happy when we landed.
I sat in silence in the taxi to the hotel. When I got out, I saw it was a dump. I asked the driver to wait, he nodded. I had no idea if he understood me or not. Three stars was supposed to be the rating, but it looked more like an abandoned office building than a hotel.
I checked in and changed. I was glad I was only staying for the night. My rushed plans meant I didn't have more than a few hours until the show started.
Thankfully the taxi was still outside when I returned. I handed him the printout of the address and we drove off into the night.
It was an odd city, nothing like the London that I'd known all my life. It was as if it wasn't planned, that it just sprawled in every direction when the need for more buildings were required. We stopped at the end of an alleyway. He pointed down it.
"Are you sure?" I said.
I expected us to be somewhere posh.
"Is right," the man said, finally breaking his silence.
I got out. Almost as if the driver was in a hurry, the taxi sped off. Suddenly I felt all alone, in a foreign country I knew nothing about.
The rain poured down and soaked through my Tux. The woollen material grew heavy with the water. I wondered if I'd get my deposit back.
I jogged down the alleyway. Light leaked out from a door underneath a fire escape. I thumped on the frame and waited.
A man wearing paint splattered jeans and a body warmer opened it.
"I'm sorry, I don't know where I'm going. I'm looking for this."
I handed him the printout.
"I'm supposed to see some Russian magician..."
He lifted his chin and opened the door wider. I was glad to get out of the rain. Inside had the appearance of a factory service corridor.
"Through there," he said pointing to the end of the hallway.
Visions of me entering some basement out of the film Hostel filled my mind and I wanted to turn back and go straight to the airport. The outside door clunked shut.
I took a deep breath and walked forward. My shoes echoed around the small passageway and I felt vulnerable. I pushed on the metal bar at the end and hoped for the best.
I was shocked. The low murmurs of hundreds of voices filled the large room I entered. It wasn't as I expected. It was cavernous. It looked like a palace. Large marble columns rose up from the floor and held in place an ornate ceiling, from which hung intricate chandeliers.
Dozens of men in suits drank from Champagne glasses, all deep into conversation. No one turned to stare at me. It was as if there was nothing odd about me entering via a back door. For a magic show, I found it kind of fitting. Standing there though, I wasn't sure if I felt more out of place here or in the alleyway.
A waiter approached and I panicked.
"Drink, sir?" he said, offering me some Champagne.
I took the crystal flute and resisted the urge to down it in one.
I sipped and tried to blend in.
"The show will start in thirty minutes," was announced over the tannoy in an Eastern European accent.
The guests looked up as if watching the person making the announcement.
Another waiter offered me some canapés. I grabbed one and thanked him.
"Baz?" someone shouted and I peered around.
I locked eyes with a man I didn't recognise.
"Do I know you?" I asked.
"I'm Dan," he said offering his hand.
"I'm sorry, I don't recall."
"Tricked4Life? I ordered your ticket."
Confused, I said, "How did you recognise me?"
"Your avatar, man," he said smiling, "Good to meet you in person. I wasn't sure if you'd come."
"£540, I wasn't going to stay at home."
"Are you excited? I've seen some famous magicians around."
I was nervous. Dan didn't appear to be.
"Oh shit, is that ," I asked.
He turned.
"Hell, yeah," he replied, " and are also here too."
"That's crazy, this is the real deal then?"
"I think so," he said, taking a large gulp of his drink.
"What's his real name?"
"I don't know, no one does."
"That's a bit ominous."
"He's the best of the best, who cares what he's called."
Dan checked his watch.
"We should go take our seats."
"Yeah."
The house lights went down and cheers erupted from the crowd. A spotlight lit the red velvet curtains. They waited for the crowd to die down before they opened.
I was disappointed when I saw him on stage. His hair was grey, not black like the video. He was so much smaller in stature than how he appeared, too. Assistants wheeled in a large tall box.
The magician led one of the assistants inside and proceeded to lock the padlocks on the front of the box. He counted down from three, and on the beat after one, fireworks exploded at the front of the stage and the walls of the box collapsed in on themselves. He approached and spun the box around showing it was now flat. The remaining assistants rolled it off stage and the crowd clapped.
"That's easy," I said turning to Dan, "Fireworks - textbook misdirection and trap door underneath."
He smiled.
Medieval wooden stocks were now brought onto the stage. The magician asked for a volunteer from the audience. A young lady stood up (the only female in the whole crowd) and was invited on stage. The magician mimed claps, and the audience obliged. The woman was secured into place. He threw some eggs into the crowd and offered her as a target. Most missed, except the last that hit her square on the face. Laughter erupted. An assistant arrived with a melon. The magician picked up a sword, its blade flashed in the bright spotlight. He lifted it overhead and brought it down, slicing the melon in two with ease.
He approached the woman in the stocks and with one swift blow, her hands and head fell into the baskets below. The crowd roared with approval.
"Impressed yet?" Dan said to me and to be honest I was vexed.
No sudden flash of light to hide the switch of body parts with fakes, but no blood either.
"She was obviously a stooge, are there any other women in the crowd?"
More helpers joined on stage, mopping the floor as if to clean up blood that wasn't there. A chuckle fluttered through the crowd.
The final illusion was the classic Chinese Water Torture Cell made famous by Harry Houdini.
A large tank of water sat centre stage. The magician took off his clothes to reveal a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century bathing-suit, a beige number that covered his body and upper legs. He placed on a nose clip and rubbed his hands in anticipation.
He ascended the ladder attached to the tank and jumped in. Water splashed over the sides and an iron lid was slammed into place. Padlocks were locked around the top and a curtain drawn in front. A man started a stopwatch and gazed at it in earnest.
Time passed. I checked my watch, he had been in there for ninety seconds. The curtain was removed, to reveal his hand poking out the top trying to pick the locks on the outside, then the curtain was replaced.
Another minute passed and banging could be heard from within. The man with the stopwatch brought his hand across his throat, signalling to end the performance.
Someone ran on stage with an axe and the curtain was pulled away. The locks were still in place, but the tank was empty. The audience gasped.
"Hallo," rang out around the auditorium.
I turned to see The Russian in the stalls above, dripping with water.
Wild cheers erupted and everyone clapped.
"How did he do that then, Mr Smart Guy?" Dan asked, clearly pleased with himself.
"I have no idea," I said, clapping without even thinking about it.
The house lights went up.
"There will be a ten minute intermission before the second part of the show, will guests with tickets..." the announcer said, listing off numbers, "... please make their way to the door at the side of the stage."
"That's me?" I said to Dan confused.
"Me too, are you excited?"
"I don't understand?"
He grinned and grabbed my hand.
He led me along the row.
"What's going on?"
"Didn't you wonder why it was so expensive? We're part of the show!"
A silent dread filled me.
"I don't want to do it."
"Come on! You're a magician, don't you want to know how it's done?"
"Yeah, but I don't want to be on stage."
"You've done that before, though."
"Of course, but mostly in front of children. At most fifty people. Not in a theatre with over four hundred containing some of the most respected magicians in the world."
"Too bad, you're going," he said, tightening his grip.
We waited at the back of the line of eight people. A man checked tickets and one by one they were led backstage.
Dan passed his ticket over, letting go of his grasp. I thought about leaving, but before I could, the man asked for mine and like a robot I handed it over.
It was quiet backstage.
"Oh shit, is that ?" I said as the man approached.
"Hey," he said excitedly, "I'm..."
"I know who you are," I said shocked that was talking to me.
"Are you boys excited?"
"Very," Dan said, "Baz here's a little nervous."
"Don't be nervous," said, "this is what we are'll here for, right?"
"I have no idea what's going on," I blurted out.
"Don't listen to him," Dan said, "he's just scared."
"And you should be, it's not very often that you're in the presence of a real magician."
"What do you mean?"
"You know, someone who performs real magic."
I scoffed, "There's no such thing as real magic."
"Is this guy for real?" said pointing his thumb at me.
Dan shrugged his shoulders.
balked at me, "Then why are you here?"
"I wanted to see it for myself."
"And that you will, son. Be part of it."
"I don't think I want to."
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," he said gesturing with his hands, "it's what we all dream of."
We heard a roar of applause.
"It's time," said, getting in line behind the queue that had now formed.
"I don't know about this Dan," I said.
"It'll be fine, I promise."
I watched as the first of us was taken on stage. A round of applause, then silence. A minute or so passed, then I heard a blood curdling scream and my heart raced.
"What the hell was that?!?!"
"Shhhh," Dan said in deep concentration.
Then the next one was taken and then the next. With each one, a silent time passed, the end of the trick punctuated by a scream.
"Dan!" I said in a whisper, "That man has blood on him!"
I stared at the stagehand as he exited stage right. Blood flecked his shirt and face.
"It's all part of the fun," Dan said, slapping my back.
My stomach lurched, as one by one, the line got shorter.
"Wish me luck," said as he was led on stage.
The man was now drenched in blood, but it didn't seem to bother Dan.
"We have a special guest tonight, please welcome ," bellowed out on the tannoy.
We were almost at the top of the stairs now. Dan watched the performance, his face lit up with pure joy before he grimaced and looked away.
"What's happening?" I asked.
"Holy shit, that was intense. I'm not sure I can do this," Dan said.
But it was too late, the stagehand had already grabbed him and dragged him up. I ascended the last few steps and could now see the wooden floor. I gasped as Dan walked through the blood than now pooled. His shoes left yawning, sticky stalagmites in the congealing liquid.
A horizontal box was opened and he was placed inside. From my angle it was obvious there was no-one placed in the leg side. I watched his feet poke through the holes at the end and the box closed on top of him. The magician picked up a chain saw, pulled the cord into action. Blue-grey smoke billowed out of the side as he revved the engine. Without a second thought, he brought it down, through the box. Dan's face contorted as he shrieked in agony.
"Stop, stop!" he shouted.
The magician ignored him. Blood sprayed out, covering him and launching a mist of bright, red liquid onto the crowd, who cheered in response.
The chainsaw idled. The assistants pulled the box apart and just like the video, Dan's legs fell out of the other end of the box. It was then I noticed the box had been purposefully sloped to allow this to happen. That was the trick. I felt sick and ran.
There was nowhere to go. A large man stood at the door I had entered. Luckily he hadn't noticed I'd panicked. I slowed to a walk and took the stairs down into the basement. As I descended, I heard the muffled tannoy then a rapturous applause.
I paused at the door at the bottom. I assumed it was the fire exit. I tried to turn the knob but it didn't budge. I could hear voices on the other side. I placed my ear against the metal, flinching at the cold. It was a chant. Low tenor voices repeated the same line again and again, in a language I didn't understand. They switched into a more sing-song chorus, then returned to the original verse.
I banged on the door and the voices stopped.
"Mister, you can't be down here," the large man from backstage said.
I obeyed him without a struggle. He let me back into the theatre. The crowd didn't acknowledge me. Waiters patiently walked through the punters offering more Champagne and canapés.
Without thinking, I screamed out, "He's killing them! All of them, they are dead!"
The audience silenced and looked at me.
" is dead, everyone's dead. I saw it. It's not a trick!"
"Sir," one of the waiters said holding his hand up for me to stop.
"I won't be quiet, it's a fucking abattoir up there! Didn't you all see?!"
People started to panic. I raced for the exit. The doors were camouflaged from this side. I ran my hand down the seam trying to find a hidden latch.
"Calm down, sir."
I turned to see the large security guard.
"Fuck that, that man is insane! Let me out of here."
He grabbed my arm, stopping me from leaving.
The house lights went down again and the audience settled.
"Please show your appreciation to your magician tonight and his wonderful volunteers."
The man held me tightly, and I gave up trying to leave and gazed at the stage.
The Russian appeared front and centre, bowing. His assistants from the night joined him. Everyone clapped.
Then one by one, the people who were in the line ahead of me walked on stage, wearing pristine white suits.
waved as he walked on, the audience cheered. The last to enter was Dan. I was shocked.
The crowd stood and clapped.
"Let's not forget our friend at the back there," The Russian said, as the spotlight travelled over the audience, stopping on me.
I froze. The security guard let go of me and joined in the clapping. I ran my hand through my hair and feigned a smile.
"I hope to see you all again soon," The Russian said for one last time and the house lights came up.
Instantly murmurs broke out around the theatre.
"Great job, really added to the finish," one man said as he exited past me.
"Thank you," I said without thinking.
Everyone wanted to shake my hand, but all I could do was stand in confusion and unexpected awe.
The last of the people left, and so did I. As I entered the large hall I was in earlier, I saw Dan. He held a cardboard box under his arm.
"Great job you did," he said grinning from ear to ear.
"What the fuck just happened?"
"I'm sorry," he replied.
was standing next to him.
"I admit it, I didn't think it would work, but your friend Dan here said it would and I trusted him."
"Is anyone going to fill me in on what happened?"
Dan put his hand on my shoulder, "They needed someone to cause a fuss, you know, to make it seem all the more real."
"Dude, I saw you get chopped in half! What did you expect me to do."
"It was really great," said.
"I thought you were dead."
He tried to smile, but I could see the guilt in his face.
"Really sorry, man. It was a shitty thing to do. If we told you though, it wouldn't have looked believable. The Russian doesn't like to use shills."
"What about the woman in the stocks?"
"That was only the warm up. Hey check this out!"
Dan opened the box and revealed his Tux, it was ripped to shreds.
"Glad I didn't rent," he said laughing.
"It was great to meet you," said, "here's my card. If you ever want to see me perform, let me know, I'll get you backstage passes."
"You're not going to try to kill me too?"
He laughed.
"I'll see you around," he said, leaving through the backdoor.
We followed a few minutes later.
A row of limos waited to pick up people as they left.
"You go first," Dan said.
"Aren't you coming?"
"Nah, I'll get the next one."
I told the driver where I was going.
I slept badly in the hotel, my dreams filled with corrupted visions of the night before. I flew back to England in the morning.
I stayed away from that forum for a while, but curiosity got the better of me. There was a post about , saying he'd cancelled his tour. I read the comments, they were filled with the expected bile of people pissed their favourite magician had flaked out on them.
There was a direct message. I clicked. It was from Tricked4Life. It contained a single photo. It appeared to be of someone's torso, a purple-pink bruise ran horizontally along its stomach, blood seemed to leak as if it were some sort of wound. Underneath the photo was a comment.
"I need help, I think the magic is wearing off."
I replied and told him to go to the hospital. That was 48 hours ago and I've not heard back.
xx
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Kanye Songs Depicted As NBA Players (MBDTF)

Masterpiece 5/11
Dark Fantasy (Jeremy Lin)
When everyone thought after the Taylor Swift incident Kanye’s career would be over, Kanye masterfully created the greatest album of all time. Dark Fantasy was the opener of the album that put him in the GOAT conversation
Dark Fantasy is a song that gives perspective on Fame, and Jeremy Lin has witnessed a sudden rise to stardom like no other. Linsanity brought the whole league together in supporting him. Even his opponents were screaming for him. Both Kanye and Jeremy Lin came from middle class households, and both were struggling to make it in the game in their early parts of their career.
”I fantasized about this while watching Chicago. Melo, Carmelo me, Knicks mediocrealago. Injury, the first year that I blow. How do you say clutch in Chinese? Me llamo.”
Gorgeous (Donavan Mitchell)
Donavan Mitchell is an amazing example of players standing up to racism. Kanye is one of the few rappers that people with no interest in hip hop would listen to, or even could recognize. Donovan Mitchell has a voice that talk about social issues to a group of “fans” who aren’t particularly fond of people who look like Donovan outside the basketball court.
Also Donovan Mitchell is pretty good looking.
”Penitentiary chances, the devil dances. And eventually answers to the call of Autumn. All of them fallin' for the love of ballin'. Got caught with thirty rocks, the fan look like Alec Baldwin.”
Power (Shaquille O’Neal)
Shaquille O’Neal singled handily changed the NBA. Prior to the 2001-2002 season, help defense was illegal. Unfortunately for opposing big men, Shaq dominated, I mean DOMINATED his opponents. He was nearly 370 Pounds in LA, and still had very nice footwork. However, Shaq became quite a polarizing figure, just like Kanye. There’s moments when Shaq says something ridiculous and everybody clowns him, and there’s moments where Kanye steps out of line and we all make a small facepalm. But both Kanye and Shaq are fun, good spirited people who at the end of the day we hold respect for.
”Fuck Orlando they don’t pay cash. Tell em Diesel said Kobe can kiss my whole ass. And specifically he can kiss my ass hole. I can’t shoot free throws? You nephews got jokes.”
Shaq despite not being the quickest, will try to make some hustle plays.
”Now this will be a beautiful death. I’m jumping into the third row
All Of The Lights (Rajon Rondo)
On a game you could only watch on nbastreams...I mean league pass, Rajon Rondo appears to just be a nice playmaker who happens to not be an outside weapon. But when the TNT crew is in the arena or it’s a playoff game, Rondo transforms into one of the most entertaining players to watch in the NBA. Rondo may throw some of the most beautiful passes we’ve ever seen, or maybe throw 20+ assists or perhaps get a 32 point triple double
His fall from his Boston days could be described as:
”Something wrong, I remove my headband. KG gone, my Rivers left. I pissed off Ray, he joined DWade. I missed at the line, and passed that bread. I’m getting traded, I’m almost there. To my surprise, a midget replacing me. I had to take him to that Chris Paul University...”
Monster (Jay Z deleted verse)
”Barkley, Bradley, Johnson, Bogues, Patrick Ewing with no talent, question, what do all of these things have in common?”
So Appalled (Hassan Whiteside)
After Whiteside got paid after balling out before his contract year, his effort has severely lacked To improve the Heat’s interior defense, Spoelstra told Hassan to not mope like DJ Khaled playing the quiet game, and instead. ”Look Hassan, put two hands in the air if you don’t really care. Your contract sometimes, I mean ridiculous. It’s like that some times, I’m putting in Olynyk.”
All Hassan could respond with was “Fiji wishes and different exotic fishes”*
Devil In A New Dress (James Harden)
Oklahoma City was given a difficult question. Hold on to a 22 year old Serge Ibaka who was averaging nearly 4 blocks per game. Or keep their Sixth Man Of The Year, James Harden. The Thunder made the excellent decision in putting the former Sun Devil in a new Houston Rockets uniform. The future MVP’s trade to Houston was the most devastating event to occur in the city’s history.
”What happened to that 3-1 lead? Oh they blew it. KD packs his bags up, who casually could score. Serge Ibaka break ups, the casualty of tour. How Russ gon’ win and have no shooters on the floor? I thought I was the asshole, I guess it’s rubbin off. You signed the, Hooded Carmelonan, the Clanker of Shots, hard to be humble when you are staring down on a Wes Johnsotron.”
Runaway (Chris Paul)
I love Chris Paul, but it’s clear why fans and his opponents think he can be a douche at times. His aggressive physical play style can be changed to an egregious flop in a moments notice. Chris Paul also according to multiple sources, is not exactly loved by officials
”I don’t know what it is with officials. But I’m not too good at that shit. See I could have me a good team, but still be addicted to the State Farm Ads. See I just blame everything on you, at least you know that’s what I’m good at.”
Pusha Morey was asked about if he regrets trading for a PG who will be getting paid 44 million dollars when he’s 36.
”Twenty four seven, three sixty five, his contract stays on my mind. I-I-I-I did it. All right, all right, I admit it.”
Hell of a Life (Amir Johnson)
According to Nicki Minaj, Kanye West was watching adult content on his computer while working on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whatever he was watching it happened to be a massive success. Amir Johnson, also is an adult films junky, at least according to the numerous actresses he follows.
Joel Embiid on what was on Amir’s phone
”His phone to hide, we both screwed the rules made, he wanna role play til his career over.”
Blame Game (Roy Hibbert)
Roy Hibbert was born ten years too late to be a hall of fame center. During the later stages of the successful 2010s Pacer Teams, Hibbert caught a lot of flak for his underperformance. What may have caused the Paul George, David West, George Hill and Roy Hibbert teams to fall apart was the rumor that Paul George was sleeping with Roy Hibbert’s wife
Roy Hibbert was caught listening into his wife servicing the rising NBA Superstar.
(All Credits for this excerpt go to u/rzpieces.)
“Oh my God
Baby you done took this shit to the nother motherfuckin' level!
Now a perimeter defender like me
Ain't supposed to be gettin' no shot blocker like this
Goddamn, Goddamn! Who thought you how to get vertical for a nephew?
Hibbert taught me.
You never use to play dirty, but now you you throwing elbows!
My, my God, where'd you learn that?
Hibbert taught me.
Look at you, motheruckin' butt ass naked, with them, Hibbert 2s on Who thought you how to put some Hibbert 2s on?
Hibbert thought me
Yo you took your paint defence up a whole 'nother level
This is some Cirque du Soleil defence now shit!
You done went all-NBA on a nephew OK
And I, and I love it
And I thank you, I thank you, my legs thank you!
How did you learn, how, how did your rim protection come up?
Hibbert taught me
I was coasting on players I never coasted on before
I was in there like ooh shit I never been here before
I've never even seen this part of blow-by town before
It's like you got this shit re-upholstered or some shit
Who the fuck happened?
Who, who the fuck got your defence all re-upholstered?
Hibbert re-upholstered my defense
You know what, I got to thank Hibbert
And when I see that nephew I'ma thank him
I'ma buy his HibbertCoin
I'ma mine that motherfucker
I'ma shoot a bitcoiner!
That's how good I feel about this nephew
Ahh, I still can't believe you got me this ring
This motherfucker is the exact motherfucker I wanted!
You went to the finals! This is the motherfucker I wanted
I saw this, I saw it
Kobe had this shit on on the bench
I remember! Kobe had this on on the bench
That's right, that's right!
Yo yo babe, yo yo this is the best birthday ever!
Where you learn to treat a nephew like this?
Hibbert taught me
Hibbert taught you well, Hibbert taught you well”
Lost In The World (Tobias Harris to Boban)
Lost In The World is supposedly a love letter Kanye emailed to his now wife Kim Kardashian. And their bond together is almost as strong as Boban’s and Tobias’s
you are my Boban, you are my Haris
Who Will Survive In America
Hopefully Enes Kanter.
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All We Know About Cryptbontix (DIG) + Other Tokens

All We Know About Cryptbontix (DIG) + Other Tokens
“If you want to go to the future, you have to go to the past. The future of money is gold.”
Arbitrade has acquired Cryptobontix, and although they both have different but complementary business models, they have formed a symbiotic relationship benefiting both parties to bring you this multidimensional asset class.
Cryptobontix is the company responsible for creating a family of tokens backed by precious metals such as Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.
Currently, you will not be able to find a lot of information on their website, because:
“The website is awaiting legal approval from our council and council of our newly developed partners before we can release details of our operations and partnerships.” ~ Cryptobontix
The Cryptobontix Inc. development team has created four cryptocurrencies based on the Etherium smart contract technology (ERC20 Token), which are backed by valuable hard-backed assets. These include:
  • Dignity (DIG) – backed by ingot of gold bullion
  • Namaste (NAM) – backed by ingot of silver bullion
  • Orectic (ORE) – backed by ingot of palladium bullion
  • Honor (HNR) – backed by ingot of platinum bullion

Key Features Of The Asset-Backed Tokens:

  • Robust security & privacy protection, making it difficult for hackers, corporations and governments to unfairly seize assets.
  • Faster & cheaper transactions than traditional electronic systems.
  • Elimination of boundaries and fees associated with international transaction, some bank charges are as high as 10-15% – Baffles the mind to think what big industries and companies must spend on these fees!

How this changes the digital asset landscape and the future

To give you a better understanding of how powerful this family of tokens really is for the future economy, let’s take a closer look at another traditional store of value, money.
Money has four functions; It is a:
  • Store of value
  • Medium of exchange
  • Unit of account
  • Standard of deferred payment
One of the many problems with our traditional monetary system is the declining value of our fiat currencies, they are dropping immensely due to the impact of inflation on the economy over time.
For instance, the Great British Pound has lost 90\% of its value since 1973 and the price of a pint of milk has increased by 767\% in 40 years.
What is commendable and unique about the Cryptobontix Inc. cryptocurrency tokens is that they provide a dependable means of exchange beyond the direct control of national banks, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Canada, Monetary Authority of Singapore, etc.
This is particularly attractive for those concerned about future long-term inflation as a result of:
  1. Loose monetary policy such as quantitative easing (often central banks’ “printing money” by purchasing government bonds).
  2. Near zero inter­bank lending rates.
  3. Banks going into liquidation such as the recent crash of Deutschebank or India’s war on cash.In 2016 Indias Finance Minister says “honest people” have no need worry. They removed the two large denominations of the rupee (500 and 1000 rupee) from use, stating it will no longer be legal tender. Citizens were given only four hours notice of this change, thus removing 86\% of cash in circulation by value. And in a country where 95\% of all transactions happen in cash and this is where more than 40\% of the population of the country has no bank account. The immediate effect was expected to be a loss of 2-4\% of the GDP of the country, and the ripple effect has been devastating.
By combining bullion, the oldest store of value, with the newest, cryptocurrencies, we believe Arbitrade & Cryptobontix have created both a new hybrid asset class and investment vehicle that has the potential to become a global leader in this sector.
We are witnessing the start of a new era in bullion backed digital assets. Trust-less is the key & decentralisation is the strength
“Arbitrade is acquiring $8.7 Billion worth of the four bullions (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium) that will back the company’s four major tokens.” - Arbitrade Management 25/05/18

History: UNY To DIG Swap

The history of events leading up to the rebranding of T.J.L. Holdings to Cryptobontix Inc. has been outlined below:
  • T.J.L. Holdings launched unity Ingot (UNY) on May 8th 2017. Tokens value proceeded on a gradual decline.
  • T.J.L Holdings, then rebranded to Cryptobontix Inc.
  • A 1:1 token swap from Unity Ingot (UNY) into Dignity (DIG) was initiated by Cryptobontix Inc. and took place from the 8th February through to 20th February 2018 on the Livecoin exchange.
  • During the take-over, a small number of members from T.J.L Holdings remained with the development team in the capacity of consultants until the transfer was completed and the company is successfully operating as Cryptobontix Inc.
  • Cryptobontix Inc. has a renewed vision of the original idea behind the Unity Ingot project and is now leading a family of tokens into its next stages of expansion.

Dignity (DIG)

Backing the Dignity token to Gold will give the token a floor value that matches the true value of the gold. It should be noted that assets usually trade at multiples of their intrinsic value.
Key facts about the Dignity (DIG) token:
  • The first token of it’s kind to be backed by both:
  1. Mining hardware – 10,000+ high performace mining rigs
  2. Gold bullion -$3 Billion in Gold Bullion ($1 worth of Gold Bullion for every token issued.)
  • Tender: GOLD
  • Quantity: 0.02445 grams per token
  • ‘Floor’ Value: $1.00 USD (awaiting audit confirmation)
  • Original UNY supply: 10,000,000,000
  • UNY Burned: 7,000,000,000
  • Token swap UNY > DIG
  • DIG Total Supply: 3,000,000,000
  • Currently listed on Coinmarketcap, ticker DIG and currently on the Livecoin exchange, with further popular exchanges listing the token throughout the summer of 2018.
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What makes DIG so unique in the crypto-space, is that once it is developed, its continued growth is tied to both the value of gold and the performance of cryptocurrency (mining & buyback), which means the only way it could completely fail is if the entire cryptocurrency market fails.
Global trends and adoption rates indicate this is a highly unlikely event when one considers the value, energy and passion that has transpired and got us to this point.

Namaste (NAM)

This token represents the very first truly silver backed cryptocurrency and sets another industry standard for the new era of hard backed tokens.
Key facts about the Namaste (NAM) token:
  • Backed by $2 Billion in Gold Bullion to be traded for Silver Bullion upon each payment. ($2 worth of Silver Bullion for every token issued.)
  • Tender: SILVER
  • Quantity: 3.6559 grams per token
  • Value: $2.00 USD (on release)
  • NAM Supply: 1,000,000,000
  • Planned Release: To Be Confirmed, Testing underway
  • Number of mining rigs dedicated to this token: 10,000
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Orectic (ORE)

This token represents the very first, truly palladium backed cryptocurrency and sets yet another industry standard.
Key facts about the Orectic (ORE) token:
  • Backed by $1 Billion in Gold Bullion to be traded for Platinum Bullion upon each payment. ($3 worth of Platinum Bullion for every token issued.)
  • Tender: PALLADIUM
  • Quantity: 0.101 grams per token
  • Value: $3 USD (on release)
  • ORE Supply: 500,000,000
  • Planned Release: To Be Confirmed, Testing underway
  • Number of mining rigs dedicated to this token: 10,000
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Honor (HNR)

This token represents the very first truly platinum backed cryptocurrency and sets yet another industry standard.
Key facts about the Honor (HNR) token:
  • Backed by $500 million in Gold Bullion to be traded for Palladium Bullion upon each payment. ($4 worth of Palladium Bullion for every token issued.)Tender: PLATINUM
  • Quantity: 0.125 grams per token
  • Value: $4 USD (on release)
  • HNR Supply: 500,000,000
  • Planned Release: To Be Confirmed, Testing underway
  • Number of mining rigs dedicated to this token: 10,000
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Gold Bullion

Arbitrade Ltd. has made a definitive deal with Sion Trading FZE Dubai to acquire $10,000,000,000 in gold bullion. The bullion will be held at Brinks’ vault at the Dubai Gold Exchange. The company will have the bullion audited by a major accounting firm that operates in both Bermuda, Dubai and the United States before the end of September 2018 or as the accounting firm’s schedule permits. The audit is not an important factor and is only being done to satisfy U.S. Regulators.
Source: Arbitrade news update

How To Get Hold Of Your Physical Assets

According to the existing white paper:
  • After two years, you will be able to swap your token 1 to 1 for a special utility coupon that grants you your amount of bullion.
  • These will be redeemable during specific periods each year.
  • In November of every year, 1/15th of the token float will become available for you to trade your tokens with, until the expiration date of the coupons.
  • You will then be able to redeem the physical bullion held against the token by using the coupon.
  • At any point throughout the year, you can place a bullion order at the Cryptobontix website and fill out and send an order form to the prescribed address.
  • The shipping department will then process the transaction when the November redemption window opens and will ship the physical bullion to the token holders.

Mining Facility

Cryptobontix Inc. and Arbitrade have partnered with:
  1. Coin Miner LLC – to provide mining hardware
  2. Cryptotopic Inc. – to build and operate the mining facilities
View video footage of one of the facilities.

Coin Miner LLC

  • Arbitrade Ltd. and Cryptotopic Industries have been working with Coin Miner LLC and the build team to create a 100,000 square foot industrial mining facility in Ontario, Canada. A facility that was previously used for metal manufacturing.
  • Has over five years experience in industrial sized mining infrastructure & development
  • Over the next 12 months, they aim to provide the facilitities with 65,000 mining units, ranging from high-performance ASIC and GPU mining units such as proprietary G Series mining units with Nvidia & AMD chips achieving 275MH at 1,200 watts each.
Hayden Gill, Arbitrade’s leading advisor & mining consultant, says:
“The D9 miners alone will be generating a minimum of 305 Decred (DCR) per day which is currently trading at $99.90 on CoinMarketCap.com ***(June 2018)***
Arbitrade and Cryptobontix have also reported purchasing additional units from Bitmain, Canada Computers & Halong.
The mining units will commence operations for:
  1. Arbitrade’s decentralized exchange (DEX)
  2. Cryptobontix’s bullion and cryptocurrency mining backed tokens
Once installed and operational, the facility will mine the most profitable cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Etherium, Dash & Monero.
The daily cryptocurrency mining profits are to be used to:
  • 50\% – purchase physical bullion
  • 20\% – buy additional high standard mining rigs
  • 15\% – support buy back tokens and trade exchange marketplaces
  • 15\% – operational cost and upkeep of mining facility
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Cryptotopic Inc.

Arbitrade reported it has commenced a 15-year lease agreement with Cryptotopic Inc., an Ontario company that will work with Coin Miner LLC, on behalf of Arbitrade, to build Canada’s largest mining facility in a 100,000 square foot industrial warehouselocated in Watford, Ontario, Canada, which will house the 65,000 mining units.
This lease agreement marks the first of four facilities Arbitrade plans to open over the next 36 months with Cryptotopic Inc. and Coin Miner LLC.

Coin Miner LLC

Hayden owns Coin Miner LLC and has been overseeing the mining developments in Watford and Atlanta. Watford has 5MW of current power that can facilitate 4,000 mining rigs to start. Arbitrade, along with Coin Miner LLC, has been successfully negotiating with Hydro One and its partners to bring in up to an additional 150MW of power so that the Watford facility will be among the largest cryptocurrency mining facilities in the world.
Currently, the property boasts a massive size of 100,000 square feet, but there are an additional 16 acres available that can accommodate an enormous expansion up to 1,000,000 square feet of mining space. The company, on behalf of Hayden, has been in negotiations to develop the company’s own ASIC mining rigs and GPU miners.
The Atlanta facility has already been toured by top stock and crypto analyst Ronnie Moas. Photographs and videos are available on his Instagram account. You can also check the Timeline.
If Arbitrade execute properly, this will make them one of the largest cryptocurrency mining operations globally.
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Meanwhile, on Satoshi's Interstellar Comet, another smart contract executes flawlessly

With all this speak of DAO's and other scam coins, it is time to speak the truth. On Satoshi's Interstellar Comet, smart contracts are used all the time. Let's say you decide to beat your wife with a lead pipe and she was smart enough to code in a clause specifically saying "do not beat your wife with a lead pipe". Provided you beat her with a lead pipe and not a plastic bat (which was not coded into the contract), a trusted oracle will instantly and irreversibly transfer bitcoin from your account to hers. Unfortunately you do not have enough bitcoin in your wallet.
The developers of your marriage smart contract are good at their jobs and were experienced enough to foresee such such an exception occurring. They inserted a clause into the contract that says :
if (account <=0) { print("no funds available. please settle in private courtroom"); gosub 0; } 
You both sit down at your kitchen table and calmly go through the list of private courtroom reviews on the blockchain. You settle on AAAA Courtroom down on 85th street. This courtroom is owned by Judge Dave, a 28 year old entrepreneur who runs a brothel in his basement and is famous for his grapefruit flavored fentanyl e-cigs.
After a quick trip in your unregulated coal rollin' lifted pickup, you and your wife arrive at an old craftsman house that reminds you of a burlesque parlor--you have arrived at AAAA Courtroom. As you walk into the building, a petite young woman offers to take your coat and asks if you want a drink. You ask for a double jack daniels and coke and your wife asks for a "Ultra-bomb", which is a cosmopolitan spiked with delicious 25I-NBOMe.
Judge Dave sits down at the bench and eyes both you and your wife. Four developers walk in and begin formally verifying the smart contract on a not so clean whiteboard off to the side of the room. This whiteboard has been used to formally verify hundreds of smart contracts over the years. While this goes on, Judge Dave puffs away at a grape flavored 4-Fluoromethcathinone e-cig and inspects lead pipe you used to beat your wife.
A few hours later, the developers nod at each other and the leader quietly brings a slip of paper over to Judge Dave containing the verdict. Judge Dave steadies his hand while the powerful stimulants he inhaled earlier kick in and gives his verdict. Your wife should not be awarded any funds. The smart contract programmers specified that the lead pipe must weigh at least 10 pounds and measure no less than 2 feet long. The lead pipe in the judge's hand was 9.8 pounds and a mere 23 inches long.
You begin to smile as your wife pleads with the judge. With tears in her eyes, she claims that before arriving, you chiseled away some of the pipe so it would fall under what was specified in the smart contract. She says the intent was to keep you from beating her. The judge won't have any of it. Nowhere in the smart contract does it mention tampering with evidence and even though he can clearly see the chisel marks, she is shit out of luck.
"Sorry for your loss, Ma'am. The intent is whatever the code says the intent is, and the intent here is he should not beat you with lead pipes weighing over 10 pounds and longer than 2 feet. Next time", continues Judge Dave, "hire better programmers. Even my interns would have added couple of lines to cover that condition".
Once you are home, you write up a favorable review of Judge Dave on your laptop, hit "submit", settle back in your chair and take a quick bump of heroin. As the room goes fuzzy and warm, the chisel you used to modify the lead pipe falls out of your pocket and onto the floor. You stare at it for a good minute, smirk, and say out loud "just another wonderful day on Satoshi's Interstellar Comet".
As you can see, on Satoshi's Interstellar Comet, justice always prevails. No jack booted thugs or oppressive nanny state needed. Just keep buying and holding bitcoin and someday soon, you too will be able to partake in the galaxies free'est market ever.
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Bitcoin and altcoin prices: The importance of inflation

I wonder if there is anyone who has been immersed in cryptocurrencies for any length of time who IS NOT UTTERLY SURPRISED that one Bitcoin is now selling for around $7900, at current prices around 6.16 times one ounce of gold. You show me someone who genuinely predicted Bitcoin's meteoric rise, and I'll show you a boaster or a liar. Sure lots of people, Roger Ver, et cetera, predicted a rise. But not the magnitude, and I'm not talking about all those out declaring to-the-moon quotes to get a soundbyte and their name in the newspaper.
Personally, I have been very surprised. But maybe if I was smarter, I would not have been. When Bitcoin first overtook gold in price, I was floored - whatttt? went my brain. But maybe again that was just me being dumb.
Some people think there are about 150,000 tons of total gold in the world, which would mean there are about 4 billion, 374 million, 990 thousand ounces of gold in existence. But others think there are 2.5 million tons of gold in the world, which would mean there are about 72 billion, 915 million ounces of gold.
And so when I think of the supply of gold, which is universally considered a very rare and valuable item, should I have been surprised when Bitcoin, of which there will ever only be 21 million, surpassed gold in price? And that's without thinking of fiat currencies, like the US dollars which I understand are so plentiful or infinite in number that the Treasury and Federal Reserve tend to give them out for free to any and all polite bankers that come asking.
What has dawned on me over time is that there is clearly demand for cryptographic currencies, and that the cryptocurrencies that have, and will continue to, rise fastest in price are those with the most limited supply. It has struck me that the free-money responses of all the central banks since the GFC of 2008 have fundamentally changed the way people view fiat money, and fundamentally broken their confidence in it. And not just this, but that the solution offered by one Satoshi Nakamoto of a distributedly verified digital currency with a limited and fixed total number of units is viewed by many as a better alternative, and one that given even modest demand from early adopters and technology enthusiasts has over time risen exponentially in price.
It led me to thinking, what is the real funny-money here? Is it Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, derided by the Jamie Dimon's, the Warren Buffet's, the heroes of the old financial order? Or is it in fact the case that it is the fiat currencies, the US Dollars, the Pounds Sterling, the Yen that are the real funny-money? My personal view is that all major floating fiat currencies are now fundamentally suspect, especially those issued by countries with small central bank gold reserves, but frankly given their sheer excess of supply all of them.
That is not to say all cryptocurrencies will succeed. But I fundamentally believe some certainly will, and in my view exponentially relative to fiat currency. And to do date, and I believe continuing into at least the medium term, the cryptocurrencies that will succeed in terms of rising most in price are the ones with the most limited supply. Bitcoin is the obvious example.
The problem with Bitcoin is, it HAS ALREADY risen exponentially through multiple iterations. In my view, while anyone trading in the crypto space now would be wise to consider holding a portion of their float in Bitcoin, Bitcoin's capacity to continue to rise exponentially is limited by its relatively larger market capitalization. I'm quite confident it could double, or triple, I'd even grant a fourfold rise.
But what about the real rises, the rises of 20 fold, 50 fold, 100 fold and more that have turned many a 30-something year old man with a day job, an interest in technology, and too much time in front of the computer screen into millionaires? I don't believe Bitcoin is capable of the exponential rise that smaller market cap coins are capable of, or put another way, I think there are certain small cap coins with limited supply that have a real chance to rise at a faster rate than Bitcoin. They can outperform.
The key of this for me in the short to medium term is that such a cryptocurrency must have a good development team, and must have a low supply. At present, 'low supply' basically means coins that copied Bitcoin's maximum 21 million total supply, of which a number have. This also means that I'm rather neutral on coins with very big total supplies like XRP, and why I'm not surprised that lately Ethereum has tracked sideways while many other coins with lower total supplies have risen. It is why Litecoin with its already over 53 million coins have has never excited me. Sure Litecoin today is fifth largest by market cap on coinmarket cap, but this is misleading. It's only worth $67 per coin, whereas Dash which sits just below it in total market cap is worth $418 per coin. Remember, they were once worth about the same per coin, and they're now worth roughly equal in market cap, but PER COIN price is what we have to consider. In this regard Dash has blown Litecoin out of the water.
Now of the coins I've considered with limited supply, one stands out to me as offering the best potential for exponential rise and outperformance. That is Zencash, a zkSNARKs coin that protects transactional privacy. There are three reasons why this coin has made such a mark on my radar. One, it's worth about $22 today, and it has really only risen about threefold from its lows. What if we could have all bought Dash at $22, we'd be pretty happy today, wouldn't we, with our 20 fold profit? The second reason I like Zencash is, like Dash and Bitcoin, its total supply is limited to 21 million. The third and final reason I like Zencash is that like Dash it has a funded governance model where a portion of coins earned from mining are allocated to fund the coin's development, in other words to pay staff and contractors to develop the coin and ecosystem. It worked for Dash, and I believe it will work for Zencash.
If there's anything that has struck me about the whole cryptocurrency revolution, it has been the impact of scarcity and limited supply in catalyzing the exponential rise in value of an asset even in the face of only moderate and not yet mainstream demand. Perhaps it shouldn't have, but I must raise my hand and admit this has surprised me.
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Now is the time to sell Bitcoin

Don't expect anything deeply profound today. I haven't had any good mushrooms lately, so my mind is occupied with banal and worldly affairs. Now, with no further ado, here is my warning to you, from someone who studies this subject closely.
When I bought Bitcoin back in 2013, I paid 90 dollar a piece for them. Everyone who was even vaguely aware of Bitcoin's existence considered you a paranoid right-wing populist conspiracy theorist back then if you bought them.
Today, you're paying 6000 dollar for a Bitcoin, but if you're buying Bitcoin, you're in the company of Hedge Fund managers and CEO's. I sold all my Bitcoins around 2700 dollar, to the kind of people who are now buying them. I failed to anticipate how stupid people genuinely are. One thing you always need to remember in investing is that it's bad to have popular and dumb people agree with you. You want to have the smart and unpopular people on your side: 4Chan NEETs, angry white male libertarian gun nuts, autistic computer programmers and people like me. When you're not being laughed at, you're making a bad judgment call.
When I bought Bitcoin back in 2013, I made a simple calculation: If this thing fails, I lose a monthly wage. If this thing succeeds, I have the kind of money that allows me to make a down payment on a house. There was massive upside, in fact, I increased the value of my investment around 30-fold. That's about as far as I expect this thing to take me.
When you're planning on buying Bitcoin today, there's a simple calculation you can make: This thing can still very easily completely crash in value. When you buy a house, a painting, or jewelry, you'll probably never lose 100% of your investment. With bitcoin, it's very easy to lose your entire investment.
On the other side of the equation, is the question of how much Bitcoin can still grow. Can Bitcoin increase in value 30-fold, like it did for me? The answer to this question is quite simple: No, it can't realistically do such a thing.
Why can't Bitcoin increase in value 30-fold again? There are many reasons for this, but I would like to focus on the simplest reason first: Mining Bitcoin requires the use of massive amounts of electricity. In fact, a single Bitcoin transaction takes as much electricity as powering an entire house does. Over time, the electricity required per transaction has merely gone up.
The reason for this, is due to the main flaw that underlies the Bitcoin project: Bitcoins are rewarded to people whose computers carry out pointless work. As a result, the cost spent on electricity will eventually be equal to the amount of money earned from Bitcoin mining. Today, an estimated 0.1% of all global electricity demand is due to the mining of Bitcoin.
This phenomenon is not sustainable. In fact, based on the current value of Bitcoins, Bitcoin's current energy consumption would have to be 0.44%, for the cost of electricity to be equal to the value derived from mining them. This point will eventually be reached, but it hasn't been reached yet, due to the time lag between the rise in value of Bitcoin and the entrance of new mining participants.
What would thus happen if Bitcoin were to rise in value 30-fold? The answer is that 13.2% of global electricity demand ends up solely devoted to the mining of Bitcoins. This will be unequally distributed: Countries with high electricity costs might witness few people mining Bitcoins, while countries like China and Iceland would be likely to have massive Bitcoin mining operations.
Do you think that governments would allow such a thing to happen? I expect that governments would intervene to prohibit such a tremendous waste of scarce resources. Bitcoin can easily crash in value 90% on its own, as it did such a thing in 2011. Bitcoin would crash in value 90% even easier however, if governments sought to outlaw Bitcoin. I expect that government would not even allow Bitcoin to rise in value 30-fold. Bitcoin it worth 100 billion dollar today. The sudden collapse of Bitcoin will have significant economic consequences around the world. Those consequences would be even bigger, if Bitcoin were worth more than 3 trillion dollar.
There is some skepticism you might have towards my assertion. To start with, the number of Bitcoins awarded per block is going to halve around four years from now. This does not solve the problem however. Only half as many Bitcoins are awarded per block today as a year ago, yet the energy devoted to mining Bitcoins has merely continued to increase. Part of the reason for this fact is that more people want to make transactions. Bitcoin miners now derive a large amount of money from the fact that people are willing to pay a lot of money to have their transaction included in a block.
The technology underlying Bitcoin is very useful. Bitcoin itself however, is an imperfect implementation of this technology. Bitcoin doesn't have one error, it has multiple design errors, that are difficult to remove. The network takes roughly two weeks to change the mining difficulty. The consequence of this is that Bitcoin can collapse: If China were to shut down all Bitcoin miners and 80% of mining capacity disappears, it means that the network capacity to handle transactions suddenly drops by 80%, while the time it takes for the network to adjust to this new situation takes months.
The effect of this would be the equivalent of a bank run: If your bank tells you the time it takes to withdraw your money will be increased by a few days, you would run to the bank to withdraw your money, which would lead other people to try to withdraw their money too. Because of the inadequate proof of work algorithm of Bitcoin, random people with good computers would not be capable of solving this problem: They can't compete with ASIC devices.
Another problem inherent to Bitcoin is that it has a hardcoded 1 MB blocksize limit, with no adequate mechanism built in to change this limit. Opinions differ widely on what should happen to this limit, but no simple mechanism exists that allows people to change the limit, without leading to chaos and confusion. In alternative cryptocurrencies like Monero, there exist simple mechanisms that enable a gradual increase in this limit.
There's another problem Bitcoin has. It either needs to grow, or it dies. The reason for this is very simple. Its survival right now depends on a massive artificial subsidy, in the form of the block reward. This reward halves every four years, which reduces the incentive to solve computer problems to generate blocks. The solution to this now consists of mining fees, but those fees will only rise, if people are interested in making use of Bitcoin. Fees will always need to be high to keep bitcoin safe.
A minor problem Bitcoin has it that every transaction is publicly recorded and thus visible for everyone who wants to see it. As a result it becomes possible to analyze transaction patterns. This is not a problem if you're a low-grade moron, who thinks he can buy some Bitcoin wait a few years and move to a tropical island. Your stupidity is tolerated by the government and you won't risk ending up thrown in jail.
It's a big problem however, if you're trying to use Bitcoin to buy or sell drugs. There are ways to obscure your transaction pattern with Bitcoin, but these methods are costly and tend to lead to you ending up with other people's "dirty" coins. They're also not directly obvious to people who are not computer nerds. In Monero, this whole problem is directly solved for you: Nobody can have a clue what you're doing with your coins. As a result, you can buy hallucinogens on a dark net market, put up some witch house and have a good time laying in the dark on the damp stone floor of your mother's basement next to the slime molds and rat feces, without worrying about cops breaking into your house and dragging you off to pound-you-in-the-ass prison. Or so I've heard.
The point to understand is that Bitcoin is a currency whose value is ultimately backed up by its use for people who want to buy illegal substances anonymously. If superior alternatives exist that allow you to do such a thing, Bitcoin loses its niche. What happened to horses and camels when the automobile was invented? Bitcoin can't survive simply off the fact that idiots expect it'll help them get rich quick, it needs to have some sort of genuine use.
To summarize this post, my suggestion is to sell all of your Bitcoins right now. Wait a year until the tulip bubble craze is over, then look at the market again and consider buying whatever coin has solved the problems intrinsic to Bitcoin, provided its market capitalization is still less than one billion dollar. I'm never wrong.
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What's coming: colored coins could allow P2P exchanges and value stability on the bitcoin network.

I see very often here people asking for P2P exchanges or open source P2P servers, but since there are many bitcoin newbies I think it's valuable to share with everyone a few innovations happening right now that could help bring those things.
Colored coin is an innovation on "smart properties" the concept of taking a few of your satoshis and giving it some value that is bigger than the nominal value of bitcoins on them. Because all coins can be tracked to their origin, anyone can keep check of ownership of those coins. For example a bank can issue a bunch of promises saying "I promise I will give the owner of this satoshi an ounce of gold" and then sell those colored coins at however price other people are willing to pay.
Or, for example, Bitpay could whenever someone asks to convert their bitcoin payments in dollars could instead of just adding it to it's internal database, give the owners colored coins that were worth bitpay credits, redeemable for a fixed amount of dollars.
This is where P2P exchanges get in. Imagine that whenever you open an account and deposit money in Mt Gox, instead of that credit being stuck inside MtGox servers they gave you back in colored coins worth "MtGox Dollars". As long as you can find someone that trusts in MtGox, you can exchange those MtGox dollars for any amount of bitcoins you could agree on, just using your own bitcoin client.
If someone is willing, he or she could also accept MtGox directly for a payment for a service, or exchange it for colored coins of other denominations, like BitInstant Euros, Silk Road Pounds Or Shady Pirate Gold.
Thus along as you trust the issuer, you could never hold bitcoins, but hold any other currency you wish. You might not trust the value of bitcoin longterm but if you can still use cryptocurrency innovations to hold a diverse portfolio of gold, dollars, euros and bitcoins.
Even if you don't trust completely the issuer, you can still use the system. Say you owned $100 worth of BitFloor credits in colored coins. Even if Bitfloor is shut down by it's corporate banks, if some other entity is willing to assume it's bill – say the completelly unrelated Bitfloor Cayman Islands Inc – they can accept that credit and exchange for something else. Or you can request that any "colored coin" is worth at least an x amount of satoshis – so if Shady Pirate Gold Corporation just disappears, you still have a minimum amount of bitcoins.
If this sounds like reinventing fiat money, this is exactly what it is: a 21th century reinvention of 18th century non-governamental private banknotes. It might not be your cup of tea but those are very welcome innovations and could really be useful for everyone.
How can you help?
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The OpenVisionZ Blog #11 Mr. Peter Panda the Bear Cat Gave Me Toxoplasmosis

The OpenVisionZ Blog #11 Mr. Peter Panda the Bear Cat Gave Me Taxoplasmosis

The OpenVisionZ Blog #11 Mr. Peter Panda the Bear Cat Gave Me Toxoplasmosis

his is just going to be a freestyle blog about the heroism resulting in the assisted rescue of Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Catsubsequently giving me Toxoplasmosis.

So I have a cat, the cats name is Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat he is a feral cat and has probably given me Toxoplasmosis. The Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat story starts with him being stuck about 60 feet up in a bulimic tree right outside of my window. Panda was crying like the little bitch, so I say that to give some audio perspective
Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat likes to sex up my feetsies and cuddle at night, the fucking my feet he probably derived from me, I like to give him a little tickle on the nuts once and a while and that usually gets him fired up, but not to digress I am going to explain why and what I did to adopt this little fucking bear cat and save him from the tree he was stuck in, and the reason why I think he has given me Toxoplasmosis and could be the first Professional Colombian Jiu-Jitsu Feline Champion of America
So the day starts off with smoking pot as usual, I started to hear a faint cat cry and then it got a bit louder, so I look out my window and what do you know there is a cat stuck in the tree next door and it's kinda wedged in a crux of the tree what I would would call the vagina of the tree branch, and this cat was crying like a little bitch, so I paid it no mind and carried on with my weed smoking and shut the window cause who gives a fuck that a cats in a tee they do that for birds and a panorama vista.
So a few hours went by and the crying was getting more annoying and more annoying and I decided to throw rocks at him...I'm kidding I didn't throw rocks, I threw feathers and cotton balls, I just went to sleep and figured he would be out of the tree in the morning. The next day comes and I wake up to this cat crying and meowing away and I figured he was probably doing that all night and I realized this little mother fucker was not only a bitch, he was a bitch stuck in a tree vagina who is too stupid to get down. 📷Cat Food Deals from Amazon📷📷I had no choice but to leave for work and I felt a little bad so I opened the window and yelled out "Hey you little bitch knock it off and get down from that bulimic vagina crux"
📷So the work day was over, I work nights, when I got home at 3:30 am I heard a faint meow and as I walked into my backyard the security light popped on and it made the little bitch panda start to meow louder and louder, I looked up into the tree and I looked at this cat who was stuck looking down at me meowing and I started to wonder how dumb was this animal?
So I said "you a lil bitch get your little bitch ass down here and meow like that to my face" and I went upstairs and went to sleep. So day 3 comes and this cat would not shut up all night, it was meowing like a maniac cat stuck in a tree all night. So I wake up light a joint and make a coffee and all I could hear was "meow meow mmmmeeeeowwwwww" it was getting very annoying, the fact that a cat was stuck in a tree was starting to become a bit sad. I opened my window and he was about 25-30 feet up from me, I live on the 3rd floor. So I look up and I see that he has birds tormenting him swooping down on him like little Japanese kamikaze planestrying to take out the enemy, it was like a scene from world war 2.
I started to feel bad because this little kitten of a cat being as much as a bitch as he was, was getting attacked by blue jays and has been stuck in a oak tree for the last 3 days and maybe more, no food no water and one day of rain and the weather was hot, and I know there must of been ants and insects biting him, he was probably getting all cramped up, he was just in a fucked up spot and stuck.
So as I watch these birds dive bomb this kitten I lit a joint, I started to yell out swing kitty swing at those bitch ass birds, swing and swipe, use your claws fuck those birds up, get one and eat it, I know your hungry get those little bitch birds with your claws, rip one out of the air, I wanted to see this cat snatch a bird out of the air like a scene from King Kong, but that didn't happen and the birds gave up, now this cat was just looking at me and he started to meow like a bitch, I felt bad because I knew he was hungry and probably scared, and by now I know that his parents can't help him, they were stray savage cats and were most likely scrounging dumpsters in the neighborhood somewhere or making cat sex in a dark ally or something.

Kitty Elevator

📷Kitty ElevatorI started to think of elaborate ways to get this cat out of the tree, I wanted to climb up and get him but I was not a monkey and it most likely would have ended with me falling and breaking most my body, then I thought maybe I could get a bucket and rope and throw it up in the tree and make like a little kitty elevator for him to climb into and get lowered down. That didn't go so well because he was dumb enough to get stuck in the tree which meant he was not smart enough to climb into a bucket and get lowered down. The problem was getting to be that he hasn't had food📷 or water in days, I was waiting for him to just fall out of the tree from exhaustion. I had to walk away because there was nothing I could do to get him down, I looked up at him and said "yo you little bitch you need to get out of that tree" he replied with "meow" and I went back inside my house and started to brain storm ideas and search online for animal rescue places.
I started to call every animal association possible the ASPCA, the local veterinarians, fire stations, PETA, everything I could think of that had anything to do with animals, and they all asked me if "I have ever seen a dead cat in a tree" and I said "no" and they said "he will get hungry and climb down sooner or later" but its been almost a week and he didn't look like he could make it down, the branch that he was stuck on was almost at a 90 degree angle, the way a cats claws📷 are shaped he would have had to back down and he was not smart enough to do that, so being a little kitten who's parents abandoned him to go have sex in dumpsters, he had no one to help him.
I was in a pickle so was this bitch of a bear cat. I had a eureka moment, I could call a tree company and maybe they could come climb the tree grab him and bring him down. I started to call local arborists and I got a hold of this guy "Peach Tree Paul" who said he would come and get him down for $100, and I agreed to the price. "Peach Tree Paul" the tree conqueror arrived with a toy mouse on a string and began to throw it up in the tree trying to get this cat to chase the toy mouse down the tree, the cat got frightened and went about another twenty feet up into the tree.

Toxoplasmosis Gives You Courage!

📷Panda Bear the Cat"Peach Tree Paul" said fuck it time to climb, he broke out the harness and ropes and his little pouch to put the cat in, I believe he called it his pussy pouch, he started to climb the tree but the cat got frightened and climbed to the bulimic part of the tree, this dumb bitch of a cat climbed to where the branches were weak and skinny, the part of the tree that threw up instead of bloom, which made the rescue even more heroic, if "Peach Tree Paul" couldn't rely on the branches to hold his weight, he could not hook the ropes up.
"Peach Tree Paul" was not going to sacrifice himself and risk falling, but long story short he climbed up grabbed the cat and stuffed him in the pussy pouch and threw the pouch down, just kidding, he climbed down with the pussy pouch and asked me what I wanted to do with this pouch of pussy cat, either let him go, eat him, or keep him? I decided to keep the little bitch of a cat and named him the infamous Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat.
📷Cat Food Deals from Amazon📷So now this is where the Toxoplasmosis comes in and where the fun of having a new pet gets scary because about a month after having this stray bear pretending to be a cat. I started to develop a twitch and a craving for soccer, I started to wonder if my car could reach a 100 miles a hour on the straight away near the play ground for underdeveloped Mexican kids, all of a sudden I discovered I was a incredible soccer player, and I just wanted to play soccer and ride a motorcycles at the same time while blind folded, I started to crave sex with anything, rocks, sandpaper, stereo receivers, weed bongs, I stuck my hand in a bee hive and commenced to slapping white woman with arm tattoos, I started to teach Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat some Columbian jiu-jitsu the kind they teach to under privileged children in Bogota and rolled with him on a bed of thumbtacks, I had cravings to swallow rusty razors and wash them down with orange soda, and the most dangerous casual activity I couldn't get enough of was, I wondered about how many attempts it would take to achieve a victory in a wrestling match with a homeless methed up black man. Every Friday morning me and my training partner Mr. Peter Panda Bear the Cat would head down to the 7/11 and do classic wrestling taunts at the loiterers lingering by the dumpster. The Toxoplasmosis does not impede me from having a great pet panda bear cat and if you can save a animal from any situation that is not ideal for it, then do it! Do what you can and save these furry fuckers from the cages the pounds and animal control police keep them in, these scummy people who claim to love animals and answer telephones for a living, do not give a shit about saving the animals they just like to act sympathetic towards them, and most importantly don't tickle a feral cats nuts unless you want it to commit sexual acts with your toes at night.
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Another Announcement and Pt.2 and Pt.3

Good morning, it is I, the mighty, the glorious, PizzaLoli. I want to apologize for not posting Pt.2 last night, so to do so I decided I would post two parts tonight and post another in two days--as I specified I would two nights ago. Once again, I am very sorry, so please enjoy!
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Part 2: “Recent Events and Checking the P.O. Box.”
After seeing the message, Grace ran outside, of course having Lucina following her, and hopped inside her silver pick-up truck.
Currently, they were driving past the suburban area, passing houses, apartment buildings, grocery stores, and anything else one would see while driving through a suburban area.
In the passenger seat, Lucina sat and watched as the scenery passed. It was all barren and abandoned, in some places it even was evident that nature was taking back over in all of the chaos which was apparently unfolding elsewhere today.
It was genuinely and surprisingly beautiful.
Grace noticed Lucina fading into the scenery around them, “Hey,” She said, nudging at her with her right arm, “Do you want to know how all this happened?”
“You know?” Lucina asked her, still looking out her window.
“I’ll tell you as much as I can.”
“Go ahead then.”
“This all started about a few months ago, right? So basically, before the beginning of all this madness, the government officials were trying to grab some of these important guys and leave. All of them. Why? No one knows, but there are a few speculations of things like aliens, which, frankly, no sane person should be able to believe that or a nuclear meltdown at the facility over there.” Grace said, pointing over her shoulder with her thumb.
Lucina nodded and made an approving humming noise.
Ahead, they were approaching a giant pile up of cars which were all stopped in front of two buses parked perpendicular to the road with a fairly large post office to the left, and a giant school of some kind to the right.
“We’re almost there.” Grace said, slowing down.
Lucina looked forward and saw the cars, “What do you mean? Are you saying we’re going to go through that or something?”
“Nope, you’re way off.” Grace replied, pulling off to the left side of the road and against the curb, stopping once she made it to the back bumper of some small electric sedan.
“So, where then?”
Grace opened her door, placing her right in front of the post office’s front doors of a dark wood, “Here.”
“This place? Really?” Grace heard Lucina practically yell from inside the truck, then throw the door open and jump out. She ran to Grace’s side, “Really? Please tell me you’re not joking!”
“I’m not, what do you think all of this is for, eh?” Grace asked, motioning at her armor and helmet.
Lucina shrugged and walked toward the doors, opening two of them at once. From inside, a welcoming smell and feeling of a heater and last night’s can of beef soup all seeped out into the street.
Grace walked up behind Lucina and pushed her in, following quickly inside, and closing the door behind them. Currently, they were inside of the main room, which spanded about thirty meters from the door to the other side of the roon and five times that from the wall on their left to the wall on their right.
“Woah…” Lucina spun around, looking up at the ceiling which was much, much taller than her and Grace too.
Although the room was big, that didn’t necessarily mean it was tidy. All around them were piles of papers, letters, and boxes. Only some of the boxes were open, but Grace thought that most of it was most likely things she wouldn’t be needing.
“Come on, this isn’t where I’m set up,” Grace pointed at another double door on the opposite wall, “It’s all in there.”
Lucina followed with her eyes to where Grace was pointing, then ran to the door.
“You’re really hyper, aren’t you?”
“Most of the time.”
Grace walked over and pulled a key out of her chest rig, inserted, turned, and pulled it out of the lock on the door then pushed them open to reveal an extremely clean hallway with about four doors on each side and a ninth at the opposite end.
“Wow! You cleaned this place?” Lucina asked, running to each door, opening it, peeking in, and closing it.
“I must have.” Grace nodded and locked the doors behind them.
“The walls don’t have anything but their paint on them, the doors have all kept their dark color, and the tile floor is still shiny!” Lucina exclaimed, arriving at the last door, “What’s this?”
“A special room, the largest one too.” Grace said, walking over.
“There’s a keypad and a normal lock on here…” Lucina said, seeming disappointed.
“Which I can open.” Grace responded, pulling out another key and unlocking one, then pushing in a ten-digit code on the pad.
The locks clicked, and the door turned inward. Inside, massive shelves with computers making a low humming sound filled the back, and the front had a metal platform with a large terminal in the center and yellow guardrails separating the two parts of the room.
“No way. I can’t believe what I’m seeing.” Lucina said, walking in, “I must be hallucinating. There’s no way you could get this many computers in here!”
She was right, normally, a single computer in the sectioned off area of Russia known as the Novrinsk region was rare, but this many, it made the owner look like the *filler*.
The computers were each wired up with two wires each, one leading toward the terminal, and the other leading to a giant generator to their right.
“What’s this then?” Lucina asked, walking to the console.
“It’s what overlooks all of the progress made by the computers.” Grace replied, walking to Lucina’s side, “Here, take a look.”
Grace pressed one of the buttons, making the monitor in the center of the three turn on, showing a number with three digits before the decimal as well as having some symbol of a coin with a B on it.
“No. No way.”
It was near impossible. According to the screen Grace boasted, she was very, very rich. Too rich to be inside of Novrinsk. The number on her screen was of BitCoin, a type of cryptocurrency which was fairly expensive of date. The screen said she had about 672.48 bitcoin--approximately 11,714,601.60 USD, or 676,700,990.18 rubles.
“What..?” Lucina was at a loss of words, “Why are you still here then? You could bribe your way out of here!”
“But that’s no fun. You see, I can still make a lot of money. Much, much more money.” Grace grinned.
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Part 3: “Of all Times, Night was the Worst.”
Lucina was sleeping so peacefully. Peaceful sleep was a very large rarity nowadays, considering most of the time you could hear gunshots cracking across the night sky every night, but Lucina was lucky, it seemed as though there was no fighting to be had tonight.
Game Over, Grace. The phrase made its way back into the priority of Grace’s mind. It meant her old employer wasn’t exactly “happy” with her recent actions, but that didn’t matter. For various reasons.
She backed out of the room she had given to Lucina, the guest room, and closed the door. And locked it.
Grace continued to walk down the hallway, then turning into the first door on her right, the one next to the guest room, her room. As she entered, she looked around for each piece of equipment which she had hung up before she ate and put Lucina to bed.
Everything she had put down--everything besides her forest ACUPAT fatigues--were inside; her helmet, called a Fast MT, sat on the bedside table, her anti-explosive armor, called a 6B43 6A, hung on a hook next to the closet, and her holster, which had an extra slot for a magazine, sat completely filled by a suppressed M9, with a tactical flashlight/laser attached and a DeltaPoint red dot sight on top, sat next to the helmet.
She strapped the holster onto her right thigh--even though she was ambidextirous, she preferred her right hand for her pistol--threw the armor over her head, then applied the straps around her waist, and placed her goggles--which were inside the helmet--on, followed by the helmet itself.
Once she had equipped the gear from her room, she exited and head down the hall, past one door and into the next, the weapon racks. Inside the weapon racks room were--obviously--gun racks, six of them, with three weapons, be it rifles, shotguns, as well as the single light machine gun, the M60.
After taking a minute to appreciate her wide selection of weapons, she grabbed the KRISS Vector off of a table in the back--since it was not large enough to place on one of the rack--next to a large rifle, as well as the Remington RSASS which was on the front rack, to be displayed to all eyes lucky enough to get this far without getting shot.
After throwing the RSASS’s strap over her shoulder, she left the room, turning back to the door to lock the two locks on it and crossed the hall to the munitions stash. This door only had one lock, although it was a complicated keypad lock.
Inside were black, labeled boxes in stacks sorted by caliber size. Nearest to the door were the larger bullets, starting from the uncommon rifle caliber 12.7x99mm, or better known as the .50 BMG which is fired from the even less common Barrett .50, and ending at the one box of 5.6x15mmR, or the .22 long rifle.
Grace slowly walked along the aisle, which was all the room left in the room, reading the tags as she went, looking for the bullet similar to the .308 winchester, the 7.62x51mm NATO for her RSASS. After passing a few of the stacks, she stopped and grabbed the top box, placed it on the ground, and opened it.
Inside the box were two smaller boxes labeled as M80 and M61 as well as eight magazines all shoved in the other half of the black box.
Grace grabbed the box labeled M61 and three magazines, then started to load them at a painfully fast pace, one magazine of twenty bullets filled in less than seven seconds.
She pulled the RSASS off of her shoulder and loaded one of the magazines, after placing the other two on the ground and the boxes back where they were, and loaded a single bullet into the chamber by pulling the bolt back and letting it slip back into its resting position, then placed the RSASS back over her shoulder.
Grace then continued down the aisle, now searching for a black box labeled as 11.43x23mm, another way of labeling the .45 ACP pistol round which was to be used in her KRISS Vector.
Once again, she stopped and knelt down in front of another stack of boxes, pulling one down which had an additional label, “Vector”, to tell her that the magazines for her Vector were also inside the box. She lifted the lid, and inside were, again, two smaller boxes and three magazines on the other half.
The two smaller boxes were labeled as FMJ and HP, meaning Full Metal Jacket and Hollow-Point.
She reached in to grab the three magazines and the box labeled as FMJ, to then load each magazine with twenty five bullets each, only to load them slower, keeping the size of the bullets in mind and knowing how easy it would be to drop one.
Once finished, she tucked two of the magazines under one arm and grabbed her Vector with the other, loading in one of the magazines and chambering a round in a similar way to the RSASS.
As she stood back up, she let the Vector hang loose on the strap, which went over her shoulder and head, and walked back down the aisle to the door which she turned, revealing a Wartech MK3 chest rig which had multiple pouches and slots for magazines.
She placed the two remaining Vector magazines into two slim, long slots and the two RSASS magazines into a smaller pouch on the left.
After placing the magazines inside, she took it off the door and placed it over her armor, adding a good three kilos, then checked the other pouches and where the rig would hold together.
Grace then exited the room, closing the door and hearing the lock click behind her. It was a useful lock.
Next, the med room. She headed down the hallway to the next door and entered. Inside was a room similar to a hospital room, only not as white and sterile. There was a bed with a table next to it, a stack of clothes--white t-shirt and blue jeans--on the table, and a counter across the room, next to the door which had multiple syringes strewn about on top.
She walked along, picking up two clear syringes and an orange syringe, then placing them into a pouch on her rig opposite of the pouch with the RSASS magazines.
After scooping the syringes up, she found a small, white pouch with a red cross at the end of the counter. It was an IFAK which seemed to be unopened, so it was presumably never used. Grace found it a small pouch next to the syringes and placed it inside, then walked to the door.
After exiting, she thought of what she might be missing. Close range, Vector. Medium to far, RSASS. Meds, IFAK and morphine. Extra mags, yep, I’ve got those. Pistol, check.
She felt as though she was missing something, but decided it unnecessary and walked to the doors leading to the vast open room in the front of the post office.
Grace knew what was going to happen, and that’s why so much adrenaline was already taking effect on her mind, things started slowing down without her, things started getting louder and louder. It was something she could never forget nor leave behind, this feeling. It made her feel invincible.
Grace took a step forward, and another, then another, making her way to the doorway. Although she was carrying a decent amount of weight, she moved fairly agilely. Another few steps and she was almost there.
The doors stood like guards, keeping evil-doers away from a queen or a person of authority.
She cracked her neck and knuckles, preparing for what will happen next. Then, she pulled out the orange syringe and turned it around in her hand in the light.
It was what let her survive so long, but caused the massive amounts of pain she’d lived with since what happened.
Grace popped the cap off, revealing an inch-long needle protruding from the bottom.
Good luck, future me. Hope the headache doesn’t get too bad. She stabbed the needle into her thigh and pushed the liquid into her system.
It would take a while, but the results made it all worth it. It made her what people knew her as. It let her call herself an old name still.
What keeps me sane? It was a random thought, but it somehow slipped in, It seems obvious considering I didn’t shoot Lucina in the bunker. What stopped me?
She didn’t know.
Then it all surged in. The adrenaline finally hit her head from her bloodstream. Everything seemed clearer.
Humanity. It survived somehow. I guess I’m still human.
Ha. Grace? Human? There’s not even a chance. A foreign voice was taking over her mind, who was it? It was her real self.
My turn. They took their goddamn time.
All of Grace’s muscles locked up, then relaxed, and Grace could no longer control anything she did, but instead, hear the calm humming coming from her throat.
She picked up her Vector, aiming at the ready, preparing to breach the right door.
It was a simple way to gain the advantage. The enemy didn’t know exactly where she was in the building, and they had--presumably--just entered the building.
Her right leg raised up and her weight shifted to her left, her thigh tensed then it kicked out harder and faster than Grace had ever thought she could go, hitting the door with her foot which had on heavy, steel sole boots.
The door flew off of its hinges, landing a good meter or two away from the doorway, to reveal a group of four United Security Private Military Contractors close by, a group of two across the street on the roof of the school, looking in through the windows in the front of the post office, and a last group out on the street hiding behind cars with a number close to five.
About eleven? This is not even fair.
For them.
It seems you changed, at least a little bit.
However, the soldiers were less optimistic than Grace and her alter-ego, it seemed. As each of their faces were slowly turning from hard resolve and determination to absolute, pure fear.
It was the least surprising, it was likely the brass would leave out this detail as no one would turn up for the assault.
The reason why, it was simple, Grace was an old co-worker of these wonderful PMCs. She used to run assaults with people like these, until it all happened.
She was deployed here without any intel or orders, but as they arrived, her deployment was gunned down upon at the lighthouse by a Russian PMC faction. Grace was one of the only two to immediately survive out of the first deployment of thirty, and the other was wounded excruciatingly, bleeding out in three places, and with more than a pound of lead adding on to his standard weight. Unsurprisingly, he had passed, but with mercy rather than without.
After that, she had scraped what the enemy had left behind, armor, helmets, ammo, weapons, food, water and ran, looking for somewhere to hide until the brass sent people to come save her.
However, within her, there was an undying question of, “Will they really come to save me?”
Of course, I’ve been working for them for six years now. They wouldn’t just leave me. She had thought. It was horrible. She was only twenty-six when she got here and her birthday had been coming up soon after, but she had lost count of the days.
But, that question grew, louder and louder every day. No one called in on the comms, no one was searching the streets, only patrolling.
You are naive, A voice started sprouting from the question, You are not fit for this. I will help. Accept me.
At first, she didn’t, but it became self-evident she would have to in order to maintain at least decent health.
Grace herself had apparently spaced out, but her other self had not. The front most four operators were already on the ground alongside her Vector, as she was now preparing her RSASS for ranged fire.
The real Grace would be capable of half of this, even with the adrenaline, but this version of Grace was a real fighter. She had a real fighter’s instincts and no doubts when ready to pull the trigger. Stopping her was like fighting against the will of some higher being, although, it was likely there was none above Tarkov, with all that had happened here already.
The fact that there was no easy way to escape from Tarkov was very easy to come to. There were ways, yes, but none were easy to achieve for someone like a normal citizen who used to reside in this city.
The two snipers now lay face down on the roof, the rifle in one’s hand pointing up. Dead, presumably.
The crosshair of the RSASS’s scope moved down to the street, where the rest waited, quivering with fear.
In Tarkov, there were plenty of bandits and criminals from the old city left, causing trouble everywhere, and there were also new heroes and villains raised by people’s skills and imagination.
Now there were no longer any barrels pointed at Grace, and not nearly as many sounds assaulting her ears. It was over.
There. My job’s done, go clean up or whatever you do now.
Right.
Still no thank you?
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Thank you for reading! I hope you all have a nice day/night! Don't forget to sleep well <3
Part 6: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/8oegx0/part_6/
Part 4 and 5: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/8nzbco/pt4_and_pt5/
Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/8mnkjp/announcement_and_pt1/
Original Post: https://www.reddit.com/EscapefromTarkov/comments/8mfe80/fanmade_novel/
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Initial coin offerings: cryptocurrency's next high-risk big money maker

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After the boom and bust and boom of bitcoin, where some lost millions on discarded drives and others found forgotten wallets with enough to buy a flats in Oslo, the next big thing in the cryptocurrency is here to generate millions of pounds for the lucky few brave enough to invest: the initial coin offering.
Enter the ICO. They're essentially crowdfunding campaigns for cryptocurrency startups, these days almost always based on the Ethereum platform - a bitcoin spinoff which lets users build distributed businesses all plugged into the same blockchain.
The startup's developer sets the currency up so that a significant batch of initial coins are allocated to them, which they then auction off to investors who want to get in on the ground floor.
Some startups take a more complex route, and offer tokens that guarantee the holder a share of the return on the platform - in effect, cryptographically guaranteed equity.
Ethereum itself was launched with a sale that netted 31,591 bitcoin in exchange for its first 60m ether tokens.
It's since been outdone by at least 10 other ICOs run on Ethereum alone, including the Basic Attention Token used for tracking-free advertising on the Brave adblocking browser, the MobileGo token used in a cryptocurrency-based video game marketplace, and the Bancor Network Token, which backs a platform designed to make it easier for users to make and launch their own blockchain tokens.
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Initial coin offerings: cryptocurrency's next high-risk big money maker | Technology

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 65%. (I'm a bot)
After the boom and bust and boom of bitcoin, where some lost millions on discarded drives and others found forgotten wallets with enough to buy a flats in Oslo, the next big thing in the cryptocurrency is here to generate millions of pounds for the lucky few brave enough to invest: the initial coin offering.
Enter the ICO. They're essentially crowdfunding campaigns for cryptocurrency startups, these days almost always based on the Ethereum platform - a bitcoin spinoff which lets users build distributed businesses all plugged into the same blockchain.
The startup's developer sets the currency up so that a significant batch of initial coins are allocated to them, which they then auction off to investors who want to get in on the ground floor.
Some startups take a more complex route, and offer tokens that guarantee the holder a share of the return on the platform - in effect, cryptographically guaranteed equity.
Ethereum itself was launched with a sale that netted 31,591 bitcoin in exchange for its first 60m ether tokens.
It's since been outdone by at least 10 other ICOs run on Ethereum alone, including the Basic Attention Token used for tracking-free advertising on the Brave adblocking browser, the MobileGo token used in a cryptocurrency-based video game marketplace, and the Bancor Network Token, which backs a platform designed to make it easier for users to make and launch their own blockchain tokens.
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ICO article in MSN

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After the boom and bust and boom of bitcoin, where some lost millions on discarded drives and others found forgotten wallets with enough to buy a flats in Oslo, the next big thing in the cryptocurrency is here to generate millions of pounds for the lucky few brave enough to invest: the initial coin offering.
Enter the ICO. They're essentially crowdfunding campaigns for cryptocurrency startups, these days almost always based on the Ethereum platform - a bitcoin spinoff which lets users build distributed businesses all plugged into the same blockchain.
The startup's developer sets the currency up so that a significant batch of initial coins are allocated to them, which they then auction off to investors who want to get in on the ground floor.
Some startups take a more complex route, and offer tokens that guarantee the holder a share of the return on the platform - in effect, cryptographically guaranteed equity.
Ethereum itself was launched with a sale that netted 31,591 bitcoin in exchange for its first 60m ether tokens.
It's since been outdone by at least 10 other ICOs run on Ethereum alone, including the Basic Attention Token used for tracking-free advertising on the Brave adblocking browser, the MobileGo token used in a cryptocurrency-based video game marketplace, and the Bancor Network Token, which backs a platform designed to make it easier for users to make and launch their own blockchain tokens.
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Bitcoin for passport and citizenship!! Rich people can now fulfill the tax heaven dreams easily...

This is a nice article I saw on Yahoo!
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‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Offers Passport, Tax-Free Tropical Paradise for Wealthy Clients Bloomberg By Jason Clenfield and Pavel Alpeyev 7 hours ago He's known as Bitcoin Jesus in the world of cyber-currencies. Though he can't promise you heaven, he is offering a haven: a condo in the Caribbean that comes with a new passport and almost zero taxes.
Meet Roger Ver, ex-U.S. citizen, ex-convict, millionaire investor, self-described libertarian and founder of Passports for Bitcoin.com.
More from Bloomberg.com: ‘Bitcoin Jesus' Calls Rich to Tax-Free Tropical Paradise
The ever-expanding universe of what you can buy with bitcoins includes a hotel stay in Rome, a kimono in Tokyo, and cable TV in the U.S. Ver, a pioneer investor in bitcoin startups, now says he can add citizenship to the list.
Specifically, that's the right to live in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, two sun-kissed islands a three-hour flight from Miami. St. Kitts has run an invest-and-become-a-citizen program since 1984, making it the oldest of its kind, says the country's website.
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Plunk down $400,000 for real estate and you get a passport that allows visa-free travel to 120 countries. There are no taxes on personal income or capital gains and the islands' restrictive disclosure laws offer shelter from outside scrutiny, according to the Tax Justice Network, a think tank that studies secrecy jurisdictions.
Ver's website, in English, Russian and Chinese, offers a way to purchase a piece of that paradise with bitcoins. He says it will help people who are hemmed in by government restrictions on cash transactions.
More from Bloomberg.com: Medtronic Is Biggest Yet to Renounce U.S. Tax Citizenship
"I'm going to China next month to explain to people that bitcoin is the easiest way to pay for things outside the country," Ver said during a meeting this month at the plush 51st floor lounge of Tokyo's Roppongi Hills.
Trader, Hacker, Boxer A trim 35-year-old with a crew cut, in a black polo shirt and slacks, Ver looked a little like an electronics salesman at a big-box retailer. Still, a crowd of followers hung on his every word. A former derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., a hacker, and a professional boxer were all there to pitch ideas or talk bitcoin with the master.
Ver got rich investing in bitcoin early and has become a regular speaker at industry conferences. He's provided seed funds for a dozen prominent startups including Kraken, an exchange where people buy and sell the digital currency, and Blockchain, an online wallet used to store it.
Bitcoin was invented in 2008 as a currency that could be used without government oversight. That's drawn people who want to trade illicit goods like drugs and guns. It's also gained support from libertarians like Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal who plans to build an artificial island where people can do whatever they want. Ver's passport site, his latest venture, is a scaled down version of that ideal.
Evade Taxes "St. Kitts' government is much more libertarian compared with the U.S.," Ver said. "It's not even close. So all these early bitcoin adopters, of course if they have the means, they'd rather be a citizen of St. Kitts."
However they pay to get in, people usually seek out countries like St. Kitts so they can evade taxes, says John Christensen, director of the Tax Justice Network. The U.S. Treasury Department last month said the island's passports are being used to facilitate financial crime.
"To be blunt, we talk about places like St. Kitts as places where you go to escape from responsibilities," Christensen, an expert on tax havens, said by phone from London. "St. Kitts sells secrecy on the international market and, unsurprisingly, attracts all types of dirty money."
Gaining Citizenship Erasmus Williams, press secretary for St. Kitts, didn't respond to phone calls or e-mailed questions about the Citizenship-By-Investment program.
A woman who answered the phone at the Office of the Prime Minister said the program is "not a matter of buying passports, it's about gaining citizenship."
Nonetheless, no residency or visit is needed, just that $400,000 investment -- re-sellable after five years -- or a non-refundable $250,000 donation to the country, according to St. Kitts's official website.
For those who don't get the message the first time, the site repeats in bold print: "No personal visit required."
Still, wealthy Chinese have a tough time buying in because government limits on money transfers stop them from sending more than $50,000 worth of cash overseas each year.
"The processing agent in St. Kitts told me he feels bad for all of his Chinese clients," Ver said. "They have to reach out to all different friends and relatives and get them to all send the money in drips and drabs. Bitcoin solves all of that."
Anonymous Ledger That's because it was designed to be anonymous. While an online public ledger stores every single Bitcoin transaction, the entries don't include the names and addresses required for bank accounts.
In practical terms, a person in Beijing can buy bitcoins at home through BTC China, OKCoin or numerous other exchanges. With a few swipes on a smartphone, the money can then be beamed to St. Kitts with no government on Earth the wiser.
The U.S. lost its allure for Ver after he was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after selling about 14 pounds of explosive without a license on the EBay auction site. The product, "Pest Control Report 2000," was basically a firecracker to scare birds away from cornfields, Ver says.
Locked Up "I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't hurt anybody. I had nothing but happy customers and the U.S. government locked me in a cage because of that," he said. "So I want nothing to do with those people. I don't want to support them. I want them out of my life."
Ver moved to Tokyo after finishing probation in 2006. He got his St. Kitts passport on Feb. 13, 2014, and abandoned his U.S. citizenship by the end of the month.
"I would have done it the same day if I could," he said. "They told me I had to have a one-week cooling-off period. They said, ‘Did you know if you renounce citizenship, you won't be able to serve in the armed forces?' It was like, ‘darn.'"
The U.S. is unusual in taxing its citizens no matter where they live. Recent laws requiring disclosure of foreign bank accounts has driven up the number of wealthy Americans looking to sever ties with home. A record 2,999 renounced their citizenship in 2013.
Although Ver's computer parts business made him a millionaire by the time he was 25, the real money came after he bought tens of thousands of bitcoins in 2011. They cost about $1 each then. Today they trade at about $600, according to the CoinDesk price index.
Bitcoin Evangelist Ver said he earned his moniker, Bitcoin Jesus, by telling anyone who would listen about bitcoin well before other venture capital companies paid any attention to the digital currency.
One of the people who got a dose of Ver's sermons was the agent who processed his application for citizenship, Paul Bilzerian. Bilzerian is a former corporate raider who moved to St. Kitts after long battles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and two stints in prison for securities fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government of millions.
The two men bonded over the belief they'd been targeted by U.S. authorities, according to Ver. Together, they started passportsforbitcoin.com in April, Ver said.
Bilzerian, who is one of several-dozen licensed government processers in St. Kitts, declined to comment in an e-mail.
Their website says a second passport insulates you from governments that intrude on citizen's lives. The site also has testimonials from Ver and Bilzerian's son, Dan, a 30-something professional poker player with millions of followers on Instagram, where he posts pictures of himself with half-naked women, along with his gun collection. He didn't respond to e-mailed questions forwarded through his press agent.
"I value freedom more than almost anything else and a second or third passport provides me insurance just in case the U.S. government decides to value security over freedom," Bilzerian's son writes on the passport website.
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