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Crypto Recovering From PBoC ICO Ban

The People’s Bank of China banned initial coin offerings and asked for an immediate halt of fundraising activity. Despite only applying to China, this rocked the crypto markets, shaking weak hands of out of crypto, only to begin a quick and predictable recovery.

For those who have been in the game long enough, this is nothing new nor is it cause for hysteria, as it has become a well-established pattern. Furthermore, it has shown that cryptocurrency has become increasingly resilient to these type of announcements.

        Established Pattern of Resiliency: Source

 

 

It’s important to understand that it’s still the wild west for cryptocurrency, it’s still relatively new and unregulated. You can’t expect it to go unregulated and there is nothing wrong with regulation, so long as the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency remains intact, and it will. These type of regulations are not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. The more legitimized and safeguarded it becomes the better.

“This is a positive move given the rapid proliferation of low quality and possibly fraudulent coin sales promising the moon,” said Emad Mostaque, London-based co-chief investment officer at Capricorn Fund Managers Ltd.

“There is tremendous value in the model but we need to see more separation of high quality, ethical offerings versus those seeking to circumvent securities law for a quick buck.”

In regard to ICOs, this was a legitimate concern that had to be addressed. It’s a bad idea to allow ICOs to go unregulated, a lot of people will get burnt bad and it would only reflect poorly upon cryptocurrency. Furthermore, it’s doubtful that China won’t later accept regulated ICOs that will be of higher quality.

Truth About Afghanistan & Anti-War Movements

I‘m not an advocate of war but I’m skeptical of anti-war sentiment and the danger it creates. The anti-war sentiment regularly rejects objective reality, replacing facts with feelings. Ironically, this can and has lead to far greater immorality than the immorality of war itself. I also find it troubling that anti-war movements are unaware that anti-war propaganda is a foreign nation’s best tool for controlling a nation it seeks to undermine. This is something activists of any type should be aware of, as they’re naturally a prime target for covert infiltration and influencing of policy change.

Myth of Meaningless War 

In today’s politics, Afghanistan is a “meaningless” and “endless war”, only destructive to America and democracy itself. This could not be further from the truth.  A big secret of the military industrial complex is that there is no such thing as a meaningless, endless war. There is a purpose for almost, if not every act of war the U.S. takes. However, the American people can’t be trusted by the establishment to recognize the greater dangers in the realm of geopolitics, so the veil of terrorism is used to simplify and pacify the masses.

If They Were Honest

If the U.S. establishment said, “We need you to risk your life to prevent the escalating threat of Communist China dictating global affairs”, nobody would sign up for that war as the implications of world order under China aren’t as tangible to them as the “war on terror”.

Proxy War On America

The average American doesn’t understand the destructive influence of China on Silicon Valley, Hollywood, mainstream media, academia, manufacturing, etc. It’s slowly eroding America and democracy but no one sees it since this war is very complex and subtle and therefore, intangible. So, instead of Trump decrying Iran, Russia, and China for undermining Afghanistan and America, the Trump Administration invokes the veil of terrorism and focuses on Pakistan, which is the right thing to do if we’re serious about Afghanistan, China, and North Korea.

Afghanistan 

In reality, the war in Afghanistan is more about China, Russia, and North Korea than the ‘war on terror’, although Pakistan is a legitimate concern.

“New scenarios of the US strategy in Afghanistan affect the interests of China. Over the recent time, the administration of (President Donald) Trump has been way too active in initiating hotbeds of tension close to the Chinese borders: in North Korea, and now in Afghanistan”

“Behind all these bright-eyed statements about a certain new strategy in Afghanistan is a trivial position — to remove a rival or weaken him. Nowadays, the People’s Republic of China is the main rival of the US on the global arena,” Adzhar Kurtov said.

This is about assuring dominance, preventing China from becoming the international leader and containing Russia.

Lesser Of Two Evils 

The U.S. establishment is morally indefensible in many ways but it pales in comparison to Communist China and what a world order under China would mean for humanity. I don’t welcome that world, a world lined with Foxconn factories with suicide nets to prevent their slave labor from killing themselves in mass, nor do I welcome the ever pervasive censorship of China, which has crept its way into America through the intermediary of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Likewise, I think it’s obvious from a geopolitical perspective, that Russia and the U.S. have motives that clearly aren’t in alignment.

It comes down to a choice. . .

In geopolitics, we are stuck between choosing the lesser of two evils. If we do not choose the lesser evil, the greater evil prevails. I do not believe in the evil of veiling our interests, especially when the military has created incentives to join. I don’t believe in the evil of occupying foreign nations for political purposes. Nevertheless, these are more acceptable compromises than that of the greater evil and rejecting the greater evil is something worth fighting for.

Perhaps, one day, we will not be subjected to moral compromises of that nature but as it stands, this is the objective reality of our world.

Analysis of ODNI Statements On Russian Interference

On Friday 7 October 2016, the ODNI released a Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security.

Seemingly contradictory assertions are being made in this statement. For example, it states that the U.S. Intelligence Community is “confident” that these compromises were directed by the Russian government while admitting that “we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government”. Likewise, stating that the “alleged hacked” e-mails or thefts and “ disclosures” released through DCLeaks, WikiLeaks, and the Guccifer 2.0 persona, are “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts”, undermines the narrative of Russian interference. There is simply too much indirect language and too many degrees of separation.

The language and terminology of the statement make it very difficult to understand what is and isn’t being asserted, exactly. It’s almost as if the statement is intentionally indirect and non-commital.

On Wednesday 14 December 2016, the ODNI released a Statement on Requests for Additional Information of Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.

An important part of this statement is the acknowledgment of briefings on Capitol Hill and that the USIC will make its findings available to the public “consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods”.

The briefings are probably the source of media misinterpretation from various “officials”. In regard to the inability to produce full evidence of Russian interference, it’s simply because no hard evidence actually exists and without that evidence, WikiLeaks is vindicated within the minds of Americans and belief in Russian involvement dissolves. In fact, 71% of Americans do NOT believe the Russian government was involved.

On Wednesday 16 December 2016, the ODNI released a statement in regard to their previous statements.

The strange part of this statement is that it reasserts the claims of the first statement and continues to utilize the terminology of disclosures of “alleged hacked” e-mails. However, it only refers to e-mail compromises in relation to the Guccifer 2.0 persona and claims that those disclosures were intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. This implies the “alleged hacked” emails were leaked through the directed efforts of the Russian government to interfere with the election process. What does this imply of the other leaks and their sources, though? Is the USIC only accusing the Guccifer 2.0 leaks of being a Russian-directed effort?

There’s an underlying impression that these statements and that the general narrative of Russian interference is to veil political corruption and mishap and perhaps even interagency dispute. It could also be that maintaining the narrative of Russian interference is a form of leverage against Russia.

Predicting the future: IoT Data Mining & Causal Foresight

The next leap in technology and human capability will come with the endless possibilities of the Internet of Things and big data mining combined to create predictive models for the future.

Once the potential issues regarding security are resolved IoT will head the forefront of data mining. With countless devices connected to each other within an overarching network, it will be possible to locate and measure things to an astonishing degree based on the endless data that these networks will provide.

Big data already helps obtain a sense of causal foresight and that will expand with the integration of IoT into our daily lives. By analyzing the data and patterns that emerge we could begin to create theoretical models that could act as causal forecasts. Even the way you use your mouse could become a predictive variable in who or what is happening or could happen.

The necessity for proper regulation is of the utmost importance in regards to breaches of personal privacy but this movement is more about the well-being of humanity itself than the individual.

If we as a species have causal foresight we can save ourselves from foreign threats or even save ourselves from ourselves. That is the goal. In fact, data mining is already used to predict criminal hotspots and the ability to map criminality will only improve with time. Furthermore, as we transition into a global identity, there will be no desire or necessity to hide things because everyone and everything will be connected. You will be “they” and to harm or hide things would only come to the detriment of yourself.

It’s quite ironic that we desire to be understood but fear it at the same time, that we dream of people coming together and yet stifle the technology that would lead to exactly that. The movement toward more and more transparency is undeniable and unstoppable, though. This is the future.

Sammy R. LaPoint © 2016

 

Is IoT the initial stage of our global identity?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the future. Major governments and economic blocks around the world are already investing in it.

IoT will create a global network of physical objects embedded with sensors, software, and network connectivity, which will allow physical objects to exchange information with us and other physical objects.

IoT will create a sense of interconnectedness that was previously unimaginable. In fact, IoT could be the initial stage of a global identity in which our individualistic identities and the objects attached to them will begin to merge and work collectively as a centralized network.

Does that seem far-fetched? Well, consider the inter-connectivity already created through the internet. After the Paris attacks cities around the world lit their major landmarks in support of Paris. It was a beautiful act of global solidarity and displayed just how connected we truly are.

With IoT, such a thing will be magnified tenfold as perceived separation dissolves and we begin to respond to life collectively. We ( what we perceive as ourselves and the objects we use ) will learn how to empathize together, work together, dream together,  build and grow together.

This is what we can expect around the corner and it could lead to something far greater; a global identity, in which we no longer perceive ourselves as separate entities but a single entity.