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Microsoft is committed to trying to buy TikTok's U.S. operations, after CEO Satya Nadella discussed a potential deal during a phone call on Sunday with President Trump. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) said in a blog post that it will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok parent ByteDance (BDNCE), aiming to complete negotiations by Sept. 15. "Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns," the company said. "It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury." The company's aim is to build on TikTok's popular user experience with adding privacy and security protections. The proposed transaction has gained the blessing of top Trump administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, as well as several Republican lawmakers, after the president's Friday night comments that he preferred a TikTok ban in the U.S. instead of a sale took all sides by surprise.
All eyes on U.S. payroll data
The U.S. July employment report, to be released this Friday, will have a binary flavor to it. If the jobs situation is consistent with economists' views, it should give investors more confidence in the economy's health while weak data will weigh on investors' near-term enthusiasm. Current consensus is a rise of 1.65M jobs, albeit a bearish drop of ~27% from last Thursday's projection of 2.25M. Congress is trying to cobble together another stimulus package but, unsurprisingly, Republicans and Democrats are at loggerheads over the specifics.
MLB draws strong TV ratings in opening week
Despite concerns over a truncated 60-game season and empty seats in stadiums, Major League Baseball's opening week has been a resounding success. Games aired nationally during opening weekend (July 23-26) drew more than twice as many viewers as a year ago. Walt Disney's (NYSE:DIS) ESPN said that its first 12 broadcasted games averaged ~1.2M viewers, up 34% compared to last year. Fox Sports (NASDAQ:FOX) also enjoyed a double-digit rise in ratings. According to Michael Mulvihill, Fox Sports head of strategy and analytics, the strong start reflects pent-up demand and little competition from other major U.S. sports. The season, though, is facing its first stern test after 18 members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 leading to the cancellations of certain games by several clubs. 17 games have been postponed to date.
Fed to "relax" approach to managing inflation target
The Fed is preparing to abandon its long-held practice of raising interest rates to preempt overheating in the economy, citing persistently low U.S. inflation. Chairman Jerome Powell hinted at the shift in a news conference last week when he disclosed that the central bank would soon complete a comprehensive review of its policy-making strategy. The change is unlikely to alter much since interest rates are barely above zero and are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future. Longer term, central bankers, economists and investors expect rates to return to a more normal 4% or so once the economic recovery/expansion has matured.
Trump readies action against Chinese software firms
During an interview yesterday on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump will announce new action this week against Chinese software companies that he perceives are threats to national security, including TikTok and WeChat that, he says, are "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party." In a separate interview, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declared that "we are not keeping TikTok in its current form." The expected actions will be the latest salvo in the deterioration in U.S./Sino relations.
Apple sued in China over voice assistant patent
Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Company, known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit in a Shanghai court against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) claiming infringement on a patent covering a voice assistant similar to Siri. The company seeks 10B yuan ($1.43B) in damages and, if successful, could prevent the tech giant from selling many of its products in China. In late June, China's Supreme Court ruled that Xiao-i owns the patent which ended a process that involved several trials since 2012. It is the third time in less than a decade that Apple has faced trademark and patent challenges in its #2 market (behind the U.S.). The company has yet to comment on the matter.
U.S. COVID-19 pandemic in new "widespread" phase
According to White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, the pandemic is in a "new phase" that is different from the March/April period with "extraordinarily widespread" cases in both urban and rural areas. Reemphasizing the essential role of wearing masks and distancing, Dr. Birx said, "To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus and that is why we keep saying, no matter where you live in America, you need to wear a mask and socially distance, do the personal hygiene pieces." She also says super-spreading events are the main concern, not super-spreading individuals. Per Johns Hopkins case tracker, U.S. infections are now over 4.6M with over 154K deaths.
GOP and Dems tussle over fourth round of U.S. stimulus
Talks between Republican and Democratic leaders over the specifics of the latest round, the fourth, of economic stimulus are proceeding down the familiar contentious path. Both sides agree on sending $1,200 checks to most Americans but the GOP is apparently balking at a boost to unemployment insurance which was set at $600 per week but recently lapsed. Democrats want to preserve the $600 amount while Republicans want to cut it to $200 due to cost concerns. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing President Trump of standing in the way of a deal. On Face the Nation yesterday, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, "I'm not optimistic that there will be a solution in the very near term."
7-Eleven to acquire Speedway for $21B in cash
Seven & i Holdings (OTCPK:SVNDF) indirect subsidiary 7-Eleven has agreed to acquire Speedway from certain subsidiaries of Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC) for $21B in cash. The Enon, Ohio-based chain operates ~3900 convenience stores in 36 U.S. states. The transaction, which includes a 15-year fuel supply agreement for about 7.7B gallons per year, should close in Q1 2021.
China's Caixin manufacturing PMI hits nine-plus year high
The Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers index hit its highest point since 2011, lending more credence to inklings of a recovery there. China's official PMI rose to its own four-month high last week, and it's got a bigger sample, focused on larger state-owned companies. Caixin focuses on smaller manufacturers, and it hit 52.8, the third straight month it was over 50, signaling expansion.
Rio Tinto sues Australia's Monadelphous over 2019 fire
Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) has sued Monadelphous Engineering Associates (OTCPK:MOPHY) over a fire at Rio's Western Australia iron ore processing facility last year. Monadelphous says Rio is claiming MEA breached terms of a contract, and that Rio is seeking A$493M (about $351M) tied to its inability to process iron ore at the plant during repairs.
What else is happening...
Siemens Healthineers (OTC:SEMHF) merges with Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR) in $16B deal.
SpaceX (SPACE) and NASA splashdown breaks 45-year drought.
Blackstone (NYSE:BX), TPG rejigger REIT debt to sidestep margin calls.
Iran stock market hits record high despite sanctions and battered economy.
Today's Markets In Asia, Japan +2.24%. Hong Kong -0.56%. China +1.75%. India -1.64%. In Europe, at midday, London +0.56%. Paris +0.97%. Frankfurt +1.86%. Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.05%. S&P +0.10%. Nasdaq +0.52%. Crude -1.32% to $39.74. Gold +0.02% to $1,986.30. Bitcoin -0.75% to $11,164. Ten-year Treasury Yield +1.3bps to 0.549%
Today's Economic Calendar 9:45 PMI Manufacturing Index 10:00 ISM Manufacturing Index
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08-11 01:54 - 'Canaan's Co-Chairman was 'Out', Chinese BIG3 Bitcoin Miner Makers under Inner Wars' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/CjOnChain removed from /r/Bitcoin within 964-974min

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The Bitcoin miner maker Canaan Creative (NASDAQ: CAN) lately announced that five members of their board are leaving. As told, the terms of office of two directors, namely Jianping Kong and Qifeng Sun, expired on July 31, and three of its independent directors, namely Hong Zhang, Xiaohu Yang and Mei Luo, expired on August 1.
It is noteworthy that all the departing directors are not allowed to seek appointments nor participate in the elections of the board of directors after the expiration of their terms of office.
On July 9, Canaan Creative’s Hangzhou headquarter underwent business registration record modification. Former directors Kong, Sun and Li Jiaxuan, as well as supervisor Tu Songhua withdrew from the board, and Meng Lu was added as the new supervisor. "The corporate contact person also changed from Zhang Jing to Zhang Ning.
According to the news, recently, the founder Zhang Nangeng had come with some Canaan Creative executives from Beijing to Hangzhou, dismissed a number of managers of Hangzhou headquarter, took away the official seal and business license of the company, later that day, some employees called the police.

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The same as Bitmain, the first NASDAQ listed Bitcoin miner maker Canaan Creative also built the VIE structure, the main body of the company set up in the Cayman Islands. According to some sources, there has been a power struggle in Canaan Creative, between Zhang’s Beijing office and Kong’s Hangzhou office.
In response to what happened in Hangzhou, Canaan Creative said that, "after the registration modification, the company is running normally, and all subsidiaries in China are headed by Zhang as the company's executive director, general manager and legal representative”.
The power struggle in Canaan is not a single case. As the former industry dominant, BitMain technologies, who has released IPO prospectus in 2018 but with no progress, stuck in a Cayman Islands lawsuit between two founders. Its business is also badly affected.
While another rising star MicroBT’s founder suffered from the disaster behind bars. December 12, 2019, Shenzhen Nanshan Court announced that the criminal suspect Yang Zhenxing was arrested by the crime of official encroachment. Outpost OnChain confirmed the news with MicroBT at the first moment.

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Dr. Yang was graduated from Tsinghua University, had been the former miner chip design supervisor in BitMain and worked for the mysterious miner maker ‘FriedCat’. He had designed so-called BE300 chip using a "full custom methodology", the chip failed to go into mass production with the disappearance of FriedCat.
Yang disclosed the "Full Custom Methodology” to the founder of BitMain, Zhan Ketuan, which can significantly reduce the cost and power consumption of the chip. Yang worked part-time to help design the S7 miner (1385 chip) and the S9 miner (1385 chip) that made BitMain's mining dominance possible.
In 2016, Yang left BitMain and built up Shenzhen MicroBT Electronic Technology Company. Subsequently, MicroBT released a number of high-performance crypto mining products, quickly squeezed into the market, which had shaken the market dominance of BitMain. Later on, BitMain launched a patent ownership and infringement dispute lawsuit against MicroBT.
However, a source said that there are some hidden facts behind Yang's arrest. As the source acknowledged, during the end of 2019, the lawsuit between BitMain and MicroBT made significant progress, law enforcement officers from Beijing has come to Shenzhen to handle the case. Right at this point, as the chairman, general manager and the actual beneficiary of MicroBT, Yang arrested by a 100 thousands RMB worth embezzlement case. The case between BitMain suspended after that. The timeliness of the embezzlement case and the identity of the informer are worthy of considering.
Satoshi Nakamoto may not have imagined the emergence of ASIC chips when he published the Bitcoin white paper. The mining machine, a money-printing artifact, has created wealth for mining giants such as BitMain, MicroBT and Canaan Creative in just a few years. While the rapid accumulation of wealth, pathetic stories have also been staged, from the vanish of the FriedCat to the BitMain’s official seal wresting case. The road less traveled may not be the right path for everyone.
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Will Litecoin Eventually Dominate?

We all understand anything is possible in the cryptocurrency space but most of us believe Bitcoin will always be the king. This is the likely scenario, mostly because of brand, PoW, first mover advantage and the fact Bitcoin has become valued as an online asset in addition to a technology.
Litecoin was released October 7, 2011, Bitcoin’s value was in the $5 range. The fascination was there but greed hadn’t yet become a factor. It can be argued, for this reason, Litecoin has also established itself as a long-term digital asset. The silver to Bitcoin’s gold is constantly embedded into our minds, even by the founder Charlie Lee, but is there a chance Litecoin could take Bitcoin’s spot as the top store of value?
Proven history, production cost, influence and adoption all attribute to a customer’s sense of security. Security is the most direct influence on the best SoV. The mystery of Bitcoin’s Satoshi was once a fun game of Google investigator but lately has turned into lawsuits, copyrights, patents, trust funds and forks with brand names that are accompanied by nearly identical logos causing a Bitcoin identity nightmare.
When Litecoin was released by Charlie Lee it wasn’t a direct fork of Bitcoin. Although, similar with PoW, Litecoin was never branded as Bitcoin. Litecoin has always been the biggest supporter of Bitcoin and took a similar path with off-chain scaling. In 2017, Charlie Lee was attacked by some for selling his entire worth in Litecoin during the bull run. The bull run had attracted regulators, although Charlie possibly sold for related reasons it has long been debated.
So, what if Craig Wright does have access to the Satoshi funds? What if Dave Kleiman was Satoshi and Wright has access to the trust? These questions have us wanting to know the answer to who exactly holds the Satoshi funds and how big of an impact it could make on the market price even with just a small movement of funds. Whoever Satoshi is, his influence spreads past the original Bitcoin, he also could influence the two major forks, BitcoinCash and BitcoinSV due to airdrops.
What is left? Litecoin. Satoshi owns zero Litecoin (to our knowledge) and Charlie Lee, Litecoin’s version of “Satoshi” also owns zero Litecoin. This is the only case among the top coins that the founder owns no stake or major influence on market price. Influence on price is a major determining factor on whether an asset is a secure store of value. Lack of influence is what has made Bitcoin such a powerful asset, a major reason why it has dominated as the best SoV.
Litecoin holds nearly identical characteristics but without the added risk of founder influence and what has become a branding disaster. This leads to the question. Can Litecoin become a more secure SoV eventually dominating the market?
Please share your thoughts?
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r/Bitcoin recap - August 2019

Hi Bitcoiners!
I’m back with the 32nd monthly Bitcoin news recap.
For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you an overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in August 2019
Adoption
Development * Bitcoin Core Developer Andrew Chow is straming his code tests on Twitch (7 Aug)
Security
Mining
Business
Education
Regulation & Politics
Archeology (Financial Incumbents)
Price & Trading
Fun & Other
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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain – Industry News – (07.26.19 – 08.02.19)

Total Market Cap, as of 08.02.19 at 12:00pm (PST):
Missed last week’s update? Click here for a summary

STORY OF THE WEEK
· From a court hearing held on July 29th , 2019, New York Supreme Court Judge Joel M Cohen delays the decision whether to dismiss NYAG’s allegations against Bitfinex and Tether or to reject the motion to dismiss for 90 days.

CRYPTOCURRENCY TRADING SERVICES
· Digital-asset wallet service provider Blockchain.com launches a new exchange service dubbed “The Pit”.
· BitFlyer Europe launches new buying and selling service to spot trade cryptocurrencies.
· Kraken partners with Etana Custody to offer new options for fiat deposits and withdrawals in USD, EUR, CAD, GBP, JPY.

REGULATION
· In an explanatory memorandum issued by the Treasury in Australia, proposes to ban cash payments for goods and services exceeding 10,000 AUD (U.S. $6,900). Digital currencies have been mentioned to be excluded should the rule take into effect.
· Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit face stricter requirements to maintain bank accounts as large South Korean banks tighten measures to combat money laundering.
· In the risk factors section of a recent quarterly report, Facebook outlines while it expects its Libra digital currency to launch in 2020, regulatory concerns from lawmakers and regulators may prevent it from happening at all.
· The U.K Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has finalized guidance on crypto assets and the tokens that fall under its jurisdiction.
· Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange Quedex has secured a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Providers Licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). This gives the firm the ability to offer trading services such as Bitcoin futures and crypto custodial services.
· A total of 11 regulations related to blockchain/cryptocurrency has been lifted in the South Korean city of Busan as a controlled experiment to increase research and development.

TECHNOLOGY
· Tether has launched a new token dubbed Liquid USDT running on BlockStream’s Liquid Network sidechain.

INSTITUTIONALIZATION
· According to a recent patent filing, Walmart may be working on issuing its own fiat-backed digital currency.
· Grayscale’s U.S. $2.7 Billion in Crypto Assets Will Now Be Held by Coinbase Custody

PEOPLE
· Co-founder of cryptocurrency exchange Bitmarket, Tobiasz Niemiro has been found dead with a bullet wound to the head on Thursday in a forest near his home city of Olsztyn in Poland.
· Former CEO of Mt. Gox, Mark Karpeles faces a class action lawsuit brought in Philadelphia over the notorious collapse of the exchange in 2014.

TWITTER
· @danheld"A loaf of bread costs: 1915: $0.07 2019: $2.89 | 2010: 119 BTC 2019: 0.00037 BTC You tell me which is a shitcoin"
· @michellebond111“With tomorrow’s hearing, I’m encouraged that our congressional leaders are taking the time to understand crypto and blockchain technologies. Let’s work together on a thoughtful policy framework that fosters innovation at home in the U.S. The time is now.”
· @jimmysong“If you want to really stack sats, make something so good that people will go through the trouble of converting their fiat to BTC to buy it.”
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Cryptocurrencies on pace to close volatile trading week positive following Ethereum Classic addition to Coinbase Index Fund and the launch of the BOLT privacy overlay for Zcash on the lightning network

Developments in Financial Services

Regulatory

General News

Sources:
https://www.ccn.com/asias-largest-stock-exchange-is-honestly-troubled-by-a-cryptocurrency-firm/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/13/does-50-decline-in-the-turkish-lira-prove-bitcoin-is-better-than-fiat/ https://news.bitcoin.com/crypto-cafe-and-coworking-space-hash-house-established-in-xian-china/ https://bitcoinist.com/cryptocurrency-regulations-india-months/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/13/ripples-expansion-plans-overshadowing-its-lawsuit-worries/ https://bitcoinist.com/saudi-arabia-bitcoin-trading-illegal/ https://www.coindesk.com/square-expands-cash-app-bitcoin-purchases-to-all-50-us-states/ https://www.ccn.com/thailand-police-seek-more-arrests-in-24-million-bitcoin-fraud/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/venezuela-to-use-petro-as-unit-of-account-for-salaries-goods-and-services https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-taproot-privacy-tech-is-ready-but-one-things-standing-in-the-way/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/15/coinbase-continues-to-add-50000-users-a-day-during-bear-market/ https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/15/crypto-goes-green-using-renewable-energy-in-cloud-mining https://cointelegraph.com/news/citrix-survey-more-than-half-of-uk-companies-hit-by-cryptojacking-malware-at-some-point https://cointelegraph.com/news/japans-messaging-giant-line-sets-up-10-million-hong-kong-blockchain-venture-fund https://www.coinspeaker.com/2018/08/16/google-blockchain-and-ethereums-future-vitalik-buterin-shares-his-thoughts-at-a-private-event-held-in-san-francisco/ https://blockonomi.com/vitalik-buterin-future-blockchain/ https://www.coindesk.com/pantera-capital-raises-71-million-for-third-crypto-venture-fund/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/16/ethereum-classic-etc-surges-after-coinbase-consumer-confirms-listing/ https://www.coindesk.com/asx-head-says-new-dlt-system-could-save-billions/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/soft-crypto-etf-alternative-now-geared-towards-us-investors-says-bloomberg https://www.ccn.com/gnosis-creator-ethereum-adoption-is-about-dapp-network-effect-not-users/ https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/16/crypto-exchange-huobi-partners-with-five-firms-to-launch-trading-platforms/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/binance-lcx-launches-fiat-to-crypto-exchange-in-liechtenstein https://www.coindesk.com/ripple-endorses-preferred-crypto-exchanges-for-xrp-payments/ https://www.ccn.com/ripple-picks-three-crypto-exchanges-for-international-xrp-payments/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/ripple-partners-with-three-crypto-exchanges-as-part-of-xrapid-solution https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/08/17/xrp-recovers-as-ripple-expands-crypto-exchange-partners/ https://www.ccn.com/genesis-mining-offers-customers-a-discount-to-offset-falling-bitcoin-rewards/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/genesis-mining-compels-certain-customers-to-upgrade-btc-mining-contracts https://www.coindesk.com/jd-com-rolls-out-blockchain-platform-with-its-first-app/
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Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 287 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 141.4. DEA Licenses Being Stolen and Compromising Pharmacists? - YouTube
    • Day 140 back to the opium dome you can just kind of pick the top of it off
    • And take off and go ahead and get your opiates
    • So yeah I'm not saying the director of strategy Awan is the director of the opiate dome or not but
    • Again, why the DEA license?
    • And if there was an enforcement agency--let's say the DEA where
    • And let's say you had somebody a friend in the DEA business
    • Like let's say, Bruce Ohr, you could go around and see which licenses had expired, retired doctors who had retired, revoked, etc
    • If you had a common name like Wong or Awan, you could reuse those licenses much the same way that the employee numbers were reused in the PeopleSoft application
    • So basically, you just say, "hey I'm Albert Wong today, nd I am going to go in and visit let's say Lobel LaBelle"
    • The gal who is the executive director at this largest facility in the country for veterans the largest consumer of pain meds and different types of psych meds
    • And say, "look you're not complying--you're out of compliance with your EEO, 15-percent has to go to EEO, we're gonna lower the boom on you. We're gonna come down on you. We're gonna sue you."
    • And what's the natural reaction?
    • Well, "you have a list of people who I could buy through, small pharmacies, or whatever, small distributors?"
    • Oh yeah sure I've got a list right here : it's it's Omar Awan, you can buy from him
    • Or you can buy from Mark Lambert, he's on our list,
    • Or you can buy from Saipov, he's one of our truckers, you can you can you can get it from him,
    • Or Albert Wong, he's one of our local guys
    • You got to be one of these four though, otherwise we're coming down on you hard
    • We're gonna we're gonna lay it on you with lawsuits right
    • Now, there was just recently a case of this W E R T K I N [[WERTKIN]] I would think of it like a not like a wart on your face
    • And then a family like that would be a wart-kin
    • This is wart kin like work like wer t like beer wort, not like beer wort but like wart-kin
    • But he had 40 of these cases of whistleblower cases in health
    • Now, is that DEA? is that VA? is that VA where DEA meets VA? is that Health? is that HHS? We don't really know
    • But 40 whistleblower cases somehow he has, in San Francisco
    • I'm not saying it's McKesson McKesson McKesson I don't know who those cases are
    • But again, we don't know he's somehow in a private law firm has 40 government whistleblower cases
    • Now, we know there's a hundred 90 whistleblower cases here, with a guy named Stone, who's stonewalling in those cases
    • Again, this Senate is stonewalling the approval of the new Inspector General for those cases
    • We need to get some transparency here
    • There is a huge something very rotten in Denmark something is horribly rotten
    • We need to get a new inspector general to get those 190 cases out see if those are the same 40 cases as the wertkin
    • And then we have all the sealed indictments
    • He was selling sealed indictments. This Wertkin can was selling sealed indictments
    • Now, it's almost sounds like sealed indictments are every bit as much of businesses as expired or retired DEA licenses!
    • Let's get the bottom of this
    • This sealed indictment thing is bad news
    • It seems like a secondary market in sealed indictments
    • Is it just this one guy with the 40 indictments?
    • We have 10,000 more than 10,000 sealed indictments out there, we got to get to the bottom of this
    • First thing Trump can do just take all 190 whistleblower cases
    • And just publish just publish those
    • Publish the Inspector General report for the house
    • Publish all the Capitol police reports just push it out there the sergeant of arms etc just for starters
    • Just for starters just push it out just like you did with the Fast and Furious
    • Just push it out
    • Then we'll bring in Inspector Generals that can look at the crowd source analysis of all that information
    • And with these 40 cases out in San Francisco this Wertkin just push it out who are the 40 cases
    • We need to know
    • If somebody's selling sealed indictments we have a market being established for 40s indictments
    • We have to publish all 10,000
    • Who are the 10,000 sealed indictments
  • Day 141.5. We Will EEO Your Ass, Dr Wong. Write the Damn Script - YouTube
    • Day 140 this is part six or 141 part six here we are at the opium dome let me see if I can get that top
    • And the opium dome opiate dome I got it no no almost got it got it there it is
    • Taking the top off blowing the lid off the opiate dome
    • Forget about Omar Awan with the license with the DEA license ed I want you to think about Omar Awan and the DEA license anymore today
    • But this Curious Case of Dr. Wong
    • Now, this isn't I'm not saying two morons Wongs make a right
    • But this is a case where two Wong's may actually make a right
    • (that's hard to say if you do it really fast)
    • But though this Wong is 48 year old Albert Wong, not the younger guy who shot the women at Yountville--the executive director at the VA
    • But the a guy in Chino
    • He only writes 13 prescriptions a month he's a pharmacist 13 prescriptions a month
    • He's getting all kinds of pressure from these drug companies, we want to go in business, we'll provide you all the doctors, all you have to do is write the prescriptions write the prescriptions write the prescriptions
    • Well the guy--he feels pressured, so he goes into business
    • And it turns out these doctors are fake
    • These are Awan doctors--these are fakes. They're all fake
    • But now, he the FBI is coming after him
    • Now, because he wrote the prescriptions
    • He said I tried to see if they were real, I called the Awan doctors, and they seemed real I--
    • I only got a couple minutes to fill a prescription.
    • I only did 13 prescriptions a month
    • So he writes this letter, and he explains this situation saying, "hey I got muscled out of of my DEA license"
    • This is what happened 2012--it's the case you can read it I put it out on Twitter
    • Now, is this the same thing as Al Capone used to do?
    • Al Capone used to go into a bar...he'd send his guys into a bar
    • He'd say, "hey you got a nice bar--it'd be a shame if it exploded"
    • And the bartender would naturally go well you guys look pretty rough, can you tell me how it won't explode?
    • "Well you got to do protection"
    • "Oh what's how has protection work? (not child protection that's another)
    • "But the way it works is you buy beer from us. If you don't buy beer from us, the place explodes."
    • These are your choices. This is the old SEIU--I'm gonna give you a choice
    • And this is the Chicago Way, having spent a lot of time in Chicago
    • And I'm not saying Rahm Emmanuel's running the opiate dome
    • I'm not saying that. No Rahm Emanuel on the opiate dome
    • But that's your choice
    • And it looks like that same type of intimidation, SEIU intimidation tactic on these pharmacists is being used to get these DEA licenses
    • Now, what if it's the same DEA license that this guy gave up in 2012, that this Albert Wong, the shoot-'em-up guy at Yountville
    • What if he took over that same DEA license, and wrote thousands, and thousands of prescriptions, where the old real doctor, the real doctor Wong was only writing 13
    • What if that was true
    • We might have found the problem on Capitol Hill
  • Day 141.6. Why Are We Expecting So Much From Horowitz? - YouTube
    • Day 141
    • And here at the US Navy Memorial, nice flags here
    • Of course your name's Sandy Berger or a latter-day Sandy Berger there's your sandy pants right there, if you want to stuff your pants with some documents to obstruct justice, which is what we have electronically: terabytes to Pakistan
    • And of course this organization right here the DOJ not only has the FBI in their enforcement arm, but they have the DEA
    • Now, my question is everyone's waiting for the DEA's IG report
    • And they have 450 people--this Michael Horowitz
    • And everybody is expecting great things for Michael Horowitz
    • Well I'm gonna ask you: if myself and Task Force can find Omar Awan's DEA license
    • If we can find Saipov's license
    • If we can find Mark Lambert--the head guy still there trying to push Campbell as the informant, Campbell Soup, Mark Lambert's the key guy
    • He has a DEA license
    • If they can't find those
    • Wong, if they can't find Albert Wong's DEA license--the guy who supposedly has PTSD and is shooting up the VA
    • If they can't find those things, open source, with 450 lawyers
    • And all the inside information
    • And all the ability with the FBI to do any kind of deep dive on any person the United States possible
    • Why are we expecting so much from his report?
    • That's all I'm saying--is why are we expecting anything?
    • The only way that they've ever produced anything is by somebody producing documents in a lawsuit
    • And then they come in later said, "oh yeah we thought of that too"
    • That's the only thing that this is
    • Anyone who is expecting anything out of the Horowitz report is just doing wishful thinking
    • Wishful thinking
  • Day 142.8. [email protected] As Information Artist. - YouTube
    • Continue our series with JK day 142 part 7
    • So we're talking about internalizing information right internalizing it
    • How to apply it I had a student who was on the debate team
    • And foreign student from Cameroon right actually from Africa yeah
    • (looks like you're wearing the opium dome we're gonna move you off the opium dome and)
    • So the students this happened with all the students were many of the students
    • But they would apply it in their other classes the concepts that I taught
    • So the ability to extract, accept good information is the gathering of the good information
    • And then action literacy is acting ethically upon that
    • So she talked about how these concept of accuracy, accessibility, clarity, context, and then are being refined and relevant
    • Those are the main six concepts and--
    • G: how I think of this when I think of you
    • And your in your Mueller song
    • And then your Peter Paul and Mary song or its its Dion it was a guy named Dick Hollar
    • But I think Peter Paul
    • And Mary also covered that song Martin Luther--anybody here yeah the we'll get to that don't worry I know the fans are clamoring to hear--that John
    • And Abraham Martin and John
    • New lyrics Abraham Martin
    • And John got all the people we've lost all the young people we've lost
    • So it really is that's internalizing the with the part I like about this
    • And the part I like about when our searchers do compound searches is they are internalizing the story into themselves that are
    • The act of going and being active rather than passive
    • Yeah I want to say that George and Task Force are information literate and beyond that information I forgot
    • Again, you said fluency fluency there are information fluent
    • And most people didn't give them enough money if we don't get more money
    • That's exactly what they're doing
    • But I thought of music and you being an information artist sort of
    • You're an information artist in the sense that you are when you have to like redo a song with two funny lyrics you're kind of internalized you first have to internalize the information, then you have to re express it to the world
    • And you're creating
    • You're moving from like the consumer of information to a creator of information in a way
    • Yeah no thank you for saying that I hadn't even thought about it because it is a it does take a lot of work and you have to think it through
    • So I had to know the Grinch song for the Muller parody
    • And internalize it and then move off of that
    • So in that's it kind of the funnier example
    • The more serious example is the opiate crisis and, so you've got a couple of of meaningful stanzas at the end right
    • And one is about kids being lost is that
    • Yeah the third stanza is about all the young people that we've lost to the opioid crisis
    • You want to do that alright next anybody seen that crowing child
    • Wake up see what's going on
    • I hear cries from the secret place
    • And see the pain on a mother's face
    • I woke up and millions were gone
    • G: I think that to me is it doesn't just internalize, it somehow imprints on your heart--it's somehow that when you do that it's somehow that's with me for a promotional yeah connects emotionally
    • But but that's a part of information that imprinting of information
    • You've got it yeah that people don't know
    • And actually that's what advertising does in kind of a negative way--they manipulate you right and I use emotion to get you to buy something
    • So can be used first Norden called me by the way that called me her daughter had died from an overdose
    • So that's why when she saw the first clip, that's why she wanted to talk to you right away
    • Well I want to dedicate to all those people
    • And Pittsburgh we're gonna dedicate that song to you
  • Day 142.11. I wasn’t Looking - YouTube
    • Finally we decided to do a fourth piece
    • And not all action literacy is serious right it can be fun okay
    • Now, I'm gonna use it for my own purposes because that's how I am selfish and all that I
    • Action literacy, and if I have an information artist I'm gonna say "look you know"
    • But this song is gonna be about not lucky it's gonna be about just having fun
    • which is
    • "I wasn't looking JK", you can do a keyword search
    • "I wasn't looking JK" it's a song I wrote
    • Now, this sounds a little autobiographical like this is how you met your wife or something yes is it
    • And the gist the song is not looking and that's when you find love
    • There you go and that's when you find information for this channel to always remember "Search Search"
    • I'm kidding
    • That's how I found this about six weeks ago I wasn't looking for George Webb
    • And when I first saw it I saw how you just you cover so many bases I got about 20 percent of I'm like oh my god
    • So let's outro here on a bouncy sunny jingle
    • So nice the weather it was spring here is great
    • So you need me to
    • Let's make that the background
    • {{SONG}} I wasn't looking through the park that way I wasn't seeing
    • But the Sunny day
    • How do you find a love when you're not looking
    • She was cooling
    • But the place was hot was just all my way to the parking lot
    • How do you find a love when you're not looking
    • But it found her that night
    • It was a shining bright
    • And it found me to hey
    • We were looking
    • And that is our story
    • Is you guys got to look for this channel
    • But also look for those serendipitous channels like JK's
    • So JK space swamp space Muller or information artist or information artist
    • Or I wasn't looking jk jk there you have it what is it active literacy action literacy
    • And information literacy
    • And action lose it
    • And we'll catch you in Lisbon if we don't get you in Lisbon will see you in Bosnia
  • Day 142.12. MedCOM. - YouTube
    • Day 142 it's part 12
    • And we can't seem to get off Capitol Hill before more news breaks
    • But phantom secured phantom secure
    • If you wanted a secure phone that would be like a phantom you'd probably contract with phantom secure
    • Oh by the way it turns out Albert Wong's company ABM ABM is an SEIU Union
    • And they do Med secure
    • They do medical facilities MEDCOM the Medical Command
    • If Medical Command is in California, and Albert Wong is doing that medical security with a phantom secure blackberry: Wow!
    • Anyway we don't know if these BlackBerry's these phantom secure BlackBerries
    • They rip the phone out, they rip the microphone out, excuse me they rip the camera out, they rip the browser out, they ripped the normal messaging services the normal BBS messaging services out
    • It's a stripped-down phone reminds me of Obama's phone actually with only 30 phone numbers hardwired into it
    • That's the phone number that Jack Lew and Dennis McDonagh gave Obama, so that he could only text 30 different people
    • Very nice thank thanks, Joe Biden
    • Well anyway I don't think was Joe Biden either those other folks
    • But anyway they watered down his phone
    • McDonough did it and Lew
    • But anyway getting back to phantom secure
    • This is the one that the all the bike gangs have
    • Phantom secures also the provider to who Sinaloa cartel
    • Fast and furious cleared out all the gangs
    • Made it so that the Mexican oil company could be Denationalized, being able to sell the Gulf Shore leases
    • All this is tied together into one big land grab
    • And the people that we're giving the BlackBerries phantom secure BlackBerries
    • Again, all we need to do is publish the server
    • And we'll find out what those IP addresses are
    • And the other thing about phantom secure is it can remotely wipe the phone if it's ever confiscated by authorities
    • Ramos is the guy's name
    • Not Jorge Ramos of what's that Ramos Vincent Ramos is the CEO
    • It's a company based in Canada I think it's based close to blackberry
    • I think it's in Ottawa
    • I think I think Blackberry was in Ottawa
    • And I believe phantom secure's also in Ottawa
    • So this is very closely tied to NATO
    • And the whole NATO crypto Development--the whole government of Canada's cryptography development
    • And that's that's who Hillary went to to, to do the cryptography for these Blackberries
    • Now, I believe that Blackberries are still being configured by Rao Speedwagon Abbas
    • And being run in and out of the buildings--potentially, from the server by Jamal
    • But the technology comes from Ottawa
    • Comes from this same the same place that phantom secure got their cryptography
    • And encryption technology it's the same place that from blackberry it all comes from blackberry
    • As a matter of fact why not just point right at the Canadian embassy
    • It comes from that Canadian embassy right there
  • Day 142.14. Learning Our DEA Letters - YouTube
    • This is Day 142 this part I think 13 this big day
    • So Rizvi everybody's one of rizvi
    • It's kind of taken capitol hill by storm
    • I remember the frisbee craze
    • I remember hula hoops
    • I do not remember abomb beers, I do not remember Coonskin caps
    • But apparently Rizvi if you can find a Rizvi now, on Capitol Hill it's worth big bucks
    • It's like Bitcoin worth--it's like a one Rizvi is like worth a Bitcoin
    • No actually Rizvi is a name of interest
    • I was just kidding you
    • R I Z V I
    • And it's a name of interest in Florida Rizvi investments
    • We recommend everybody go to their website and and--check out Rizvi R I Z V I
    • Well he also has a DEA license
    • So it probably is worth while we all learn about DEA licenses, since it's the most pressing problem in America right now bar none
    • With what 170 opioid deaths a day?
    • That's 1010 parklands a day
    • So this is the most pressing problem in America
    • So let's learn a little bit about licenses for DEA there's only two letters
    • That's a nice part it's--it's kind of like those alpha Bravo teams--the Alpha splitters
    • And the betas stringers
    • They only have to worry about two letters--it's easy
    • Or if you're in the Awan brothers, doing grain or something, A B AB auto
    • Just two letters a B a B a one brother ID
    • So the two letters first two letters--the first letter is going to be the type of practitioner that you are
    • So A B there's an F and a G
    • You just think of all the grades you might get from a teacher
    • And then they add a G because they like me
    • Those are the top level practitioners research hospitals institutions big boys
    • A through G
    • Then there's an M level, first letter again, first letter, M level, which is a mid-level practitioner
    • Those are your physician's assistants, and those clinic nurse practitioners
    • And then exporters are PR
    • So you can think of like "PR firms"
    • Like like most of the people who have been getting these export licenses seem to be PR firms!
    • So P and R
    • Well this one's F and W
    • So Rizvi, we just just saw that he had an export license, we were just going through the list, and saying FW? what's the W?
    • Is a W a special class for R is V or is it not we didn't see anything after R
    • So that's out there for the group
    • Now, MEDCOM
    • We did identify med come it's based in San Antonio Texas they have a young woman that's running Army US Army MEDCOM
    • All the medical security for the US Army
    • Now, it's just odd that that Wong--Albert Wong
    • And we don't know if Albert Wong's dad is the one in the California pharmacy board or sisters the one on the pharmacy board for Hawaii
    • We don't know any of that
    • But what is weird is that ABM his security company contracts directly for US MEDCOM
    • That is strange. That is crazy
    • So we need to drill down on more on ABM we need to drill down more ends
    • Plus it's an SEIU Union!
    • We need to drill down more on that, and find out how actually these drugs move around
    • And who is in charge of the security of these drugs I think it's gonna be ABM, meaning it's a third party
    • And that is gonna be trouble that's going to be trouble
  • Day 142.16. Correction on Roxbury DRs - YouTube
    • Day 142.15 real quick correction
    • Of course we got cannon here then we've got the long Longworth office building ready
    • Can't you just see Rao and Jamal running in and out with those cartridges--those toner cartridges
    • And of course we've got the office building down there the Rayburn office building, John Wilkes phone booth
    • Now, where those drives just put out there for--a placeholder we don't know right now just yet
    • But one last thing is the second letter the second letter in a DEA license should be the first letter of someone's last name
    • Should be the first one letter of someone's last name
    • So Webb would be a W
    • So FW this is the Rizvi last name, should be an R, right? Should be an R for his Rizvi last name and
    • Now, I've learned Q has said this Rizvi person is important
    • I don't want to jump on--drink the Q-laid yeah
    • I don't necessarily think Q is always on mark with a Q-laid
    • But he did say the Rizvi thing is important
    • The only thing I could add to that is that this is odd that the second letter is not an 'R' it's a W in his DEA license
  • Day 142.21. Your Turn Not To Burn - YouTube
    • We thought we were done
    • But we're not. So this is Margaret Lewis, say hi Margo
    • ML: HI
    • Is that too tight?
    • So Margaret is we see folks here in Washington that each come that have something very important to say
    • And I feel like it's my job when I meet somebody like this to really help them
    • And when they want they have something specific, like an action step, like hey we need to tweet this guy Monk or whatever his name is, I want to do it
    • Now, this is a sad story because her daughters horribly burned when she was 16, by a very simple little tiny fix called a "flame arrestor" a flame flame arrestor
    • And for how long for two hundred years that flame arrestors have been used?
    • ML: yes flame arrestor have been on anything that we cook with heat with her light in all of our homes and everyday use, since they were first invented and patented--1800s
    • And problem is somewhere around 2002, manufacturers decided in order to compete in the marketplace they'd save some manufacturing costs and take the safety guard off
    • And when you don't have this little tiny piece of metal or plastic on the opening it turns it what it would be a normal gas can or ethanol or methanol type of a container into a flamethrower
    • And when that vapor gets sucked inside of a container, we call them an an ice or internal container explosion
    • An ice will shoot a flamethrower anywhere up to 15 20 23 feet well
    • And the research has been done by ATF, CPSC everybody knows it
    • And we've been part of trying to get these flame arrestors required, and put back on instead of voluntary
    • And it's been really hard
    • So that's why I said, "hey if I walking down the street or I do an escalator I would ask you for
    • G: and Margaret said, "hey George I know you"
    • So so this is the thing Margaret was worked with GE I think we can say--that you were six six sigma black belt, continuous process improvement
    • Work for Jeff ML work for the previous guy at Welch
    • So this is a person who you were like in the top executive circle going to China China China for
    • ML: I was a lucky girl that could always make my numbers
    • And I like doing what I did
    • And I was very I I enjoyed the challenge till I do it's like I'm not having fun anymore
    • I'm a mom I got twin daughters I needed to do some other things now
    • G: But your life dramatically changed when this happened to your daughter
    • And she was there at the Shriners Hospital with her daughter
    • And she described how they have to exfoliate the skin every 12 hours
    • And the pain...and this is a mom that I see just incredible fortitude
    • I mean I just yeah--just put one foot in front of the other
    • And just make this thing happen
    • ML: I represent about 4,000 moms a year
    • This is happening 4,000 times a year somebody gets burned by a flammable liquid--not my numbers
    • Facts are my friends it's as NFPA's numbers
    • G: This is a very simple fix--this is a ten-cent this is reminds me of the Pinto
    • This reminds me so much to the Pinto, which we had that $5.00 thing on in the gas can
    • And then we had all these people getting the $5
    • ML: Funny you should bring that up, I just happen to have three flame arrestor on me
    • yeah
    • G: I remember those as a kid when you mow the yard right this little piece of metal our screening could be right in like a gas can yeah or the kin that I spent $25 on yeah they sold him to me telling me it was safer
    • And the price had gone from 17 to 25 dollars
    • So I said I'm gonna buy a case
    • They sold me a case
    • And this is the one that didn't put on that one
    • So the manufacturer that showed me that for $25 didn't put this on
    • Can we agree this is not expensive
    • G: that's not expensive
    • ML: This is what caused the damage
    • Here's one and this is a metal one
    • You can see this one would be on like of a car D room 151 oh very high proof, because bartenders do bad flaming shot
    • And here's another one that's on metal or excuse me um this was I not like a alcohol gel
    • So just so you can appreciate this is just three examples you can see
    • These aren't expensive these are complicated they've been around for 200 years
    • G: So let's let's do a quick call to action now
    • But you said is it Peter monk I what I heard
    • ML: Phil Monkton when I heard
    • G: But I heard Peter Monk I was like oh not not that guy. Yeah Moncton like a monk with a ton of stuff on his back
    • ML: yes Phil Moncton is the guy that drives me crazy
    • He's the vice president a largest Gas can company
    • He's also the president
    • G: what's the largest gas can company?
    • ML Scepter S C E P T E R
    • Scepter out of the Canada
    • G: let's all tweet scepter and say, "hey how about the flame arrestor?"
    • ML: Yes it's like five cents scepter had them on their products they took them off by 2002 I happen to have found depositions
    • So I know when they try to claim oh we don't know what they are we need to study it more
    • Because Phil is the chair of the committee that's been pretending to fix the problem for 10 years
    • He's the president of the Manufacturers Association, which is the lobbying group
    • And he's the vice president of all their sales and revenue streams
    • So that one individual--if we can just get one person to like move aside, we can solve this problem
    • G: And what I would recommend it is there's a healt and welfare committee in the House and the Senate side is
    • Find out which representatives are on there and then tag those wraps, saying, "hey why not this flame arrestor--this is ridiculous"
    • When I heard the description of...but I heard the description of her with her her child, it's worth it, do it, just send out a quick tweet that's all there is to it
    • ML: can I ask one thing sure can I ask everybody to do me a huge favor
    • It would mean a lot to me if you'd also look at asking your representatives to support [[HR 919]]](https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/919) Portable Filled Container Safety Act
    • It's a very balanced bill
    • We're saying just put the safety guard back on
    • And we're saying CPSC, you must protect consumers and students in schools, because there's three or four hundred kids
    • G: in science classes these are in science classes, so your kid could be affected, not just kids mowing in the yard
    • ML: right right right
    • And it's always people in their homes in social gatherings
    • And family gatherings
    • It's our houses it's the things they're supposed to be safe to us right
    • And we just want to make it safe
    • Again, cuz it's completely safe with this guard back on there
    • It is you know
    • G: So how do people get in contact with you if
    • ML: Not Your Turn To Burn Dot Com
    • G: Not Your Turn To Burn Dot Com
    • I'm gonna leave it there because I'm gonna get goofy, so we're gonna leave it there
    • {{ 911: Too late! Just kidding we love ya George. Thanks for covering these human interest stories }}
  • Day 143.1 Maybe A Year of Saying "It's the Blackberries!" Played a Role in BB Bust? - YouTube
    • It's day 143
    • And yesterday was obviously a big day there was
    • I think a total of 12 or 13 different videos
    • And I just was amazed yesterday was probably the most productive day in terms of research, leading to entities
    • I don't get focused on let's say the Vegas shooting...
    • I don't focus on all the details other people do that
    • What I do is I say ok what were the people involved, and what were their associations
    • ABM for Wong turns out to be a provider, a secure provider for medCom
    • MEDCOM what is us Medical Command of the three regions based in San Antonio that sort of thing that comes from that
    • What are the parts systemically in our government that could be attacked?
    • What are areas of research that we should move down in and find out more about
    • And then help our government inspectors to drill down
    • That's the idea here same thing here with Erman Owens looking at
    • Are radiologists actually--and this is not a radiologist like a doctors radiologist--This is a person who's taking x-rays
    • Are those people really writing prescriptions?
    • Why do they have DEA licenses if they do
    • That sort of thing
    • I've read several articles from people that were radiologists that never ever receive their DEA license
    • And understanding the DEA license process more
    • And then I saw yesterday it went all the way down to suboxone being a Y or something, fairly far down into the alphabet
    • Maybe not all the way to Y
    • But understanding that, so that the public can understand how this crisis is happening
    • Again, a hundred and seventy people a day
    • If you're gonna march from--wherever in Parkland to Tallahassee, to protest 17 murders, where your police won't go in, even when there have 39 911 calls
    • And even when they have police on-site hearing shots
    • If if you're gonna won't walk all the way from--Miami to to Tallahassee
    • And I think they took buses I don't even think they did a march...{{ lol }}
    • Then why wouldn't you at least put some effort into knowing how these licenses are given out
    • And what the source of the problem is
    • And then you can do that from just doing compound searches
    • And that goes into what we did yesterday, because we have a 190 of these people out there, who are whistleblowers
    • I would bet a half of them a full half of them are somehow are either involved in DEA or VA type whistleblower activities
    • Just given the nature of the news and the metadata in the news
    • And we talked all about being an information artist
    • All the different ways that you can do searches
    • All the different ways that you can help get the message out
    • Protests of the song sixties songs kind of came to light with JK here what that was great
    • Then it brings out things like this just graphics that show in one picture
    • Here the three regions of the US Army Medical Command
    • And these are the are the different--softs points critical crush points potentially
    • And there's that list I was talking about of all the different lists of--C is a practitioner for DEA license
    • J and K--just let's we can always remember J and K now, because we have JK, right
    • And that's the importer and exporter--it turns out to be importer and exporter
    • I hate to associate JK with that
    • But then we have these treatment programs it's almost PTSD it's almost all the same letters of PTSD
    • Just throw an R in there--So yeah just throw an R in there
    • And then it goes all the way down to X for suboxone
    • But curiously enough for this Rizvi guy that Q thought was can be important, come to the Q-laid
    • He thought that was gonna be important there is no W there is no W there is an I believe suboxone is an X
    • But there is no W
    • And Rizvi's license has a W
    • Is that gonna now, be an easy tell for anybody in the VA to come forward with more leads?
    • Well we don't know
    • And then the last week we finished off with this kind of simple fix--
    • I love these things that are ten cents, that's save four thousand lives and four thousand mother's going to Shriners Hospitals to exfoliate their kids skin every 12 hours and watching the pain in their daughter's eyes when that happens
    • I love that one that's where regulations do make sense
    • And just say hey let's eliminate 2000 regulations for this one $0.10 fix
    • So people say well nothing ever happens
    • Yes something does happen
    • This is an indictment of Vincent Ramos
    • And this is the guy who makes that phantom secure software for blackberry
    • RICO conspiracy
    • And conspiracy to distribute controlled substance
    • "oh you didn't take down you only took down one company in Vancouver BC, right"
    • You only took down one company
    • Well it just happens to be the backbone as I've said here for months or almost a year of the Sinaloa drug cartel, the largest cartel in Mexico
    • You want a strike at opioids, you have to strike at Sinaloa cartel
    • There's no out there's no there's no avoiding that they are number one they are number one by far
    • They are the elephant in the room in Mexico in terms of drug cartel right
    • They're not number two
    • We went for number one
    • And this is 80% this is the gorilla
    • Everyone else is a chimp in Mexico we went for the gorillas
    • And we went right at the heart of the information backbone
    • And we struck and we got the indictment: boom
    • Now, we also know that many other tobike gangs sponsored by ATF in the United States used this type of phone
    • So this was real results
    • And it happened within eight hours that was the amazing part it happened while we were doing the broadcast, which was very cool
    • And then this company is obviously in Vancouver
    • Now, I wanted to also I'll just take a little time to talk about this article yesterday was a 15,000 word article it wasn't 30,000 words
    • I pasted twice in the word count
    • So she didn't get paid quite as much Janet Janet Meyer didn't get paid quite as much
    • But there was a great treatment written by
    • And I was like to promote other channels "empty wheel"
    • This guy is got that Trish Negron type hand that Harvard hand--where they really know how to write
    • And really know how to do literary criticism...if you haven't read 15 months and 15,000 words later boosters still obscure the timeline on the Steele dossier
    • I tend to very quickly summarize Deripaska Deripaska Deripaska right
    • That's the essence of the article which is what's being smoothed over
    • But if you really want to see a great treatment, the Harvard hand the Trish Negron type Harvard hand
    • And I wonder if I almost wonder empty wheel is
    • So it has such a fine hand I almost I think oh that's Trish
    • But anyway read empty wheel in this article I'll put the links in
    • And then getting to blackberry someone said Ottawa, because I've been to Ottawa a lot
    • But it's actually in Waterloo
    • And this was one of the first towns I stopped in after I did the pain clinics in Detroit, then I went to the toWaterloo and that's where I met this filmmaker
    • And we were talking about the pain clinics in Canada
    • And how BlackBerry really started kind of out as a paging company
    • And then people said hey we can use these pages back and forth and that becomes kind of a text conversation right
    • >>>CONT
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How do you see isohunt.com compared thepiratebay.se? Rivals? Partners? Both. I'm not for their antics for utter disregard of copyright (Link to static.thepiratebay.se) we follow the DMCA. But I respect much of the policies of the Pirate Parties, and their recent book advocating shortening of copyright terms and sane copyright law reform, but not abolishment.
If you could update, revamp, or otherwise change the torrent protocol what would you like to see? P2P streaming ability. BitTorrent Inc. is working on that.
Is torrenting the final step in peer to peer file sharing? It's final in its openness. It's an open protocol, just like the WWW and history shows open protocols tend to stick around. It can evolve, new clients can implement new ideas, and that's what an open protocol allows. No prior P2P network since Napster is like it in its openness and that is what lasts beyond technical implementations.
Do you think it is possible or worthwhile to change the denotation of torrenting with piracy? Possible yes, easy no. I believe its "stigma" would change when more creators find new ways to take advantage of media sharing on the Internet, and new ways to monetize, directly or not. I'm always considering new possibilities.
How detailed are your logs and how do you curate and or control the torrents listed? We keep logs only for detecting suspicious network activity and bad bots, in aggregate. We don't curate or moderate any torrent, I don't believe that's the job of any search engine. Algorithmic ranking of search results yes but not curation, at least not by us. We have user votes on torrents similar to reddit and that factors into our ranking so you can call it communal curation.
Do you see yourself as a likeable outlaw evading an evil empire, or more of a morally ambiguous dark shadow gangster type...with a heart of gold? Aren't they the same thing? How about a reluctant revolutionary trying to tell the amoral empire to wake up.
Do you think that the future is bright for file sharing? Or in other words, how long do you think the crusade against file sharing will last for? Edit: I accidentally an extra word. As long as the uncensored and unrestricted Internet exists.
How do you stay afloat despite the legal threats? Do you have a large legal staff? We have lawyers in both Canada and the US genuinely excited about what our 2 cases mean, as our case is complicated but precedent setting. Having big cases is somewhat a good thing it turns out. We also have some academic support, and will especially need more with our Canadian case arguing the constitutional issues.
Hey Gary. I interviewed you a few years ago for an academic thesis about copyright and culture. I don't know if its of any interest to you, but its here now. Cheers man, and good luck. Cool!
An excited lawyer? Sounds expensive... Also are you hiring. Substitute excited for intellectually stimulated.
Where do you see the copyright industry going if your suit is successful? Work with us. If you can't fight them, join them. Monetize sharing activity already there. At least that's what I want to see. It worked for the VCR.
What do you think about software patents? Software patents are 99% frivolous and does more harm than good. They should die.
Why did you found isoHunt? Programming hobby when I was in university.
How do you foresee isoHunt evolving to the response and consequences of the case? Other than more court ordered censorship, I don't know.
How big is the team you work with? Is there a physical office? 5 of us and no office, we aren't all in the same city/country.
What is your general legal argument in the cases? What do you think are the important legal similarities/differences to cases like Napster and Megavideo? What precedents are you using to support your case? Link to www.scribd.com is already a good summary of arguments we've made previously in our US case.
Napster and Megavideo are networks into themselves, and/or host actual copyrighted content. isoHunt is a search engine of links on a pre-existing network (WWW).
Sony Betamax is a good precedent that copyright should not trump technological progress. For copyright, search engines and freedom of expression/constitutional issues specifically, there is no precedent we know of.
What is the worst threat you have received? Notice to take down some torrents from MS, just because they were the first (in 2004 I believe). We get all sorts of requests since then and one isn't really worse than another until Hollywood actually sued.
5 Favourite albums and movies? Laputa soundtrack (all the ones by Jo Hisaishi really), Mirrorball (Mclachlan), Shawshank redemption, Matrix, Contact.
Do you watch Community? No.
Is there anyway you can fix it so when I click to open a torrent in a new tab, the original tab doesnt go directly to the same torrent? Also thank you for being awesome Will see about that. Seems to be Chrome specific bug.
Would you ever steal a car, handbag, television or movie? No (I wouldn't), no, (I wouldn't), no (no one can), no (no one can)
Quantcast says your site gets about 23.6 million unique visitors per month. According to your analytics, is that even close? More. Quantcast is conservative.
How many web and DB servers do you use? Is this running on a LAMP stack or something else entirely? What kind of caching technologies do you implement? 9 web servers (Lighttpd and PHP), 5 databases (Mysql), 5 fulltext searchers (Lucene), Memcached for caching on each web server. All spread between 2 colos, in Canada and Sweden. All run Linux of course (Gentoo)
What kind of technical challenges have you encountered scaling up? Mysql. It's a PITA. Everything else is relatively easy to scale horizontally.
What do you think of Kim Dotcom? Interesting showman. I want to see what actual evidence they have if any, on charging him with racketeering and money laundering. Those are what makes a big criminal case, not mere copyright.
What do you think was his biggest mistake and what do you plan to do to avoid those mistakes? Paying uploaders.
Do you think a actual profitable business model could ever arise from torrents and P2P? If so, are you working on it? I'm still looking for it. The Internet and law is evolving, so what wasn't possible before maybe possible later.
Also, the more Tv shows, movies, Games are pirated the less the profit the companies that produced them make and the lower the quality of the next product or even the failure and closure of said company. what do you think of that concept ? do you think your participating in the decline of the general quality of the entertainment materials? Your premise is flawed. Digital sharing is not a zero-sum game. The creative industries are thriving, not despite of file sharing but I argue, because of it.
What type of resources do you have at your disposal to oppose issues such as ACTA/CISPA, etc? You. We are legion. (not that I'm endorsing a certain hacker collective)
What do you see in the future of the internet? What will be the next big thing? Will websites like yours ever die? Also, can you explain how your website affects the movie, music, and software business in a positive way? The internet is fundamentally made for sharing. Facebook is the darling of the Net right now and that's all about sharing. Anything new I can dream of would be about connecting people with information. For isoHunt, who knows. But it's over 9 years old and I certainly like it to stick around.
Are you receiving any notable help from outside parties in your lawsuits? IE; people hoping for favorable precedent? Google came and backstabbed us (mostly). We certainly welcome better interveners/amicus.
Link to torrentfreak.com. No, they filed an amicus in our case, pretending they are helping us before filing it. They basically said we shouldn't qualify for the DMCA safe harbor because we are a "pirate site". Perhaps they got annoyed by our comparison with Google and statistical analysis showing over 95% overlap that all torrents searchable on isohunt (based on info_hashes) are also searchable on Google (and Yahoo). I don't have their amicus on hand, it is on public dockets in the online database of the Ninth Circuit court of Appeals (US).
Google is the new MS. They should get some antitrust probes up their behind.
Sorry a bit late but I think this will explain Link to torrentfreak.com Yup, that.
Have you met the people who run piratebay? Who are the ninjas that run tpb? =b.
What changes would you like to see(to all industries that pirating affects), realistically, that would make a website like isohunt no longer controversial or needed? Worldwide simultaneous release, buying and streaming/downloading at a better than physical retail price, and no DRM.
Use isoHunt and other sharing sites as promotional networks.
Profit!
Do you think you will win your current legal case? We are certainly trying.
Don't despair, I successfully sued the Canadian Government on the grounds of slavery. Keep in touch with the players in legal academia and you'll be fine. You may even score some legal-groupie pussy (yes, it's a thing). I haven't sued the government yet, just inviting them to the party for now.
Define "legal-groupie pussy"?
Did you ever think your site would blow up the way it has? are you rich? what kinds of stuff CANT you talk about, so we wont ask those things? Among top 200 websites on the internet, no. It got bigger than what I expect. I won't talk numbers on our finances, I've updated in my OP ;)
Are you technical or business person? if technical how much do you contribute in actually production code? and if business what are your qualifications/previous experience in management?? I know this sounds like an interview but really, i am interested to know if you don't mind :) I've been working on it by myself as a hobby for a while since 2003. About 80% of isoHunt's code is still by me currently and I maintain my own soup. I am a business person in terms of finances, talking to lawyers, biz dev, etc. I wear many hats.
Qualifications? I was studying Engineering Physics. isoHunt is my qualification when it comes to business or tech.
You are unfortunately not standing on the shoulders of giants (rather the giants are trying to stand on you), and I commend you for how well you've done so far. Is there any way to donate for your legal battle? Thanks, but we aren't really collecting donations right now. That may change as our case requires.
What can we do to support a free internet in your opinion? Besides donating money to you and your legal battles or voicing an opinion on recent legislation (I'm in the U.S.). How do we collectivize and become a stronger community? Internet communities like reddit here is certainly great. And we've seen how people use Facebook and Twitter in revolutions. The important thing is we stay on top of new attempts at censoring the free Internet and protest against it, and not after they already become law.
Who would you say is isoHunt's target audience? And why? Every man, woman and child in the known universe.
How fast is your internet connection? Especially upload. What operating System do you use? My personal connection? 2.5 mbit upload. Mac OS X.
Would you download a car? Yes. Beam me up Scotty.
Which is better? Torrent or magnet? And why? They are the same thing technically.
Has the growing popularity of Spotify lessened music piracy? Whatchoo think about that? I don't have data for or against it.
Have you ever gotten any support from hollywood? or has any attention from them always been negative? Not from Hollywood/MPAA, which I'm not including indie film makers.
Are you scared about ending up in prison or financially ruined? Sure.
Hi Gary, I read that isoHunt was (originally?) based in Vancouver. If that's true, I just wanted to say that's awesome, and cheers from a hometown fan. :) Yes, me and business that runs isoHunt is in Vancouver. Best city in the world even if the nucks lost ;)
Since the site is Canadian, is there anything Canadians can do in particular to support your cause (politically, etc.)? Our Canadian case is still brewing. I'll update on Link to www.facebook.com and our frontpage on developments should we need your support, and thanks.
What is your take on copyright? How do you think an artist can get payed for his/het efforts? Copyright should exist, but without the crap on protecting DRM nobody wants (neither most business or consumer) and with a more sane copyright term. Copyright started out with 14 years centuries ago, that seems to be a good number instead of life + 70 years and perpetually getting extended. A copyright registration system to identify what digital content belongs to who would be useful with cases like ours. How an artist get paid? Live performance, merchandize, internet radio royalties and variants with collectives. The creative industries are already live and kicking, I don't see point of arguing how to rescue them. See Link to www.reddit.com
What maintains your motivation to continue, despite pressure from outdated distribution channels i.e movie studio's and record labels? how soon do you think these outdated channels of distribution will accept and adopt peer to peer distribution of media? I want to see it through to the end? And eventually, I hope. They had to with the VCR.
Thanks for all you have done for us all this years, and for this AMA. You already replied to all the most interesting questions, so I'm left with asking a less interesting one. Do you believe a service like this would benefit the torrenting community - either as a service allowing to bypass unacceptable business models while still compensating creators, or at least as a method to show the good will of the community? I was thinking something similar. The problem with something like this is how do you create an automated system and ensure reasonable authenticity that files/torrents A-E is copyrighted by author Z? It's a problem when you are sending money their way. But the idea is certainly been on my mind. Think a cross between Pinterest with Kickstarter, associating torrents/media with their creators and ways of promoting them, downloading media and paying them.
Yes, and they are also using it on a scale no one has EVER used before. Again, 99.9999999% of applications will NEVER run into scaling issues, especially on that magnitude. You can't possibly compare an enterprise product like Oracle, that has INSANE licensing costs to a FREE database like MySQL. Facebook wouldn't be anywhere it is today if they were paying Oracle licensing. Their pricing would have scaled them into bankruptcy. There is a reason MySQL is the most prolific db on the internet. Like you said, a billion dollar company could handle Oracles money now. But why bother? Mysql is prolific not because it's great technically, but because it's free and fast/simple in the day. Large companies like Google and Facebook uses it for legacy reasons, and they don't use it really as "SQL" so it's not really flattering. It has its uses but if I'm to do isoHunt all over again, I'd be using either Postgresql or Mongodb. (prior has same scaling problems but more consistent and less buggy, latter is a different animal)
How do you know it does not affect sales? Your comments about internet merchandising and gigging are truly ridiculous in many cases, some performers cannot do that to make money. Link to www.reddit.com
Imagine 5 years to write a masterpiece and you make a few thousand bucks cause 80-90% of the people are downloading it for free? It's a hypothetical yes but could you really and truly justify that in any way, shape or form? Obviously I'm talking about general trends and not specific cases.
What can you tell me about these busty russian brides who are waiting to meet me? You should write them some love letters and find out.
Sorry if someone asked this and I didn't see (considering there are 500+ comments). What is your favorite language for writing web applications? Do you use any frameworks? How about your DB engine? IsoHunt runs mostly on PHP, it's a simple and performant language. Ruby is elegant and we've worked with that. Currently, Node.js is the new awesome.
Do you think that people should be able to download copyrighted material? If not, what do you think would be a reasonable compromise between the copyright holders and the general public? Are videos of cute kittens copyrighted by some cat owner? Yes. Is it a problem being shared online? No.
Everything is copyrighted by someone somewhere, so it's a moot topic. Compromise lies in communication and identification of wishes of copyright holders with their associated files, with Internet intermediaries like us.
What do you think of Louis C's Live at the beacon? Do you think if Hollywood sold digital copies for cheap they would still make just as much money or more like Louis did? Why would it work for Louis and not for Hollywood? He's a comedian, not a magician.
Did you ever receive death threats or hateful letters from any political nut-cases? Hateful yes, death threats not yet.
When you were creating isoHunt.com, did you had second thoughts? If yes, what did you said to yourself in order to ignore them? Perhaps I didn't have enough second thoughts.
off, you guys are awesome... the second most awesome torrent site, in my opinion, right after the piratebay. Now, I've been a user of the piratebay, since I've discovered torrenting and I am very loyal to the site; what makes your site better? Convince me. Our search is better and bigger. We index torrents on hundreds of sites, TPB is one of them: Link to isohunt.com
If you had to recommend one torrent file for download to a complete stranger, what would it be? (Please also include a link) Link to isohunt.com
It's a great book.
Would you be interested on advising the creation of a Web 2.0 'copyleft' oriented site? It could include integration with isohunt. We welcome use of our API: Link to isohunt.com
I have something I wanted to ask you mr IsoHunt. What is your favorite kind of beer? Because if you ever stop by my hometown here in West Coast BC, I'd gladly treat you to one. Honey brown is good, or something light. I'm west coast BC too btw ;)
Have you considered taking bitcoin donations? Considered yes. But paying with it was rather convoluted?
If you win you and every person in high management should create a music album to raise money for the struggling record companies. The songs being your own covers of every single top selling track from each record company that sued you. And you should sell it for a penny. Hah, poetic justice.
by a not-so-emotional-yet-grateful woman. Group hug.
I don't know you, I don't know that I will ever know you, but on the off chance I ever meet you in person (and/or your team) i'd love to buy you a beer. Thank you. Cheers.
Trick question. AXXo who?
As someone who is trying to make it as a content producer in Hollywood, I'd just like to say THANK YOU. Obscurity is a far more dangerous fate then piracy ever will be, thank you for facilitating the spread of ideas, art, and culture. This is truly the future. We need more free thinking people like you.
Endure. Things are gonna get worst. The most dangerous person is that who has nothing to lose. That's quotable.
No this is the district court's summary judgment, prior to the 9th circuit court of appeal.
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[Table] IAmA: I'm Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party and subsequent author of "Swarmwise: the tactical manual to changing the world". AMA.

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American here. A sizable group of us believe that copyright and patent law in America has grown completely out of control. However, most of us would also agree that it is still important for creators to have some window of protection over their creations. So my question is: What form of copyright and patent protection would you like to see established in the future? If you could single-handedly write the law, what would it look like? The more I look at patent monopolies and copyright monopolies and their respective effects, the more I dislike them. The effect always turns out to be the strong opposite to the one claimed (i.e., the framework does not protect the creatoinventor at all, but only the big incumbents who can afford a bigger lawsuit war chest). If I were to write the law entirely myself for a small nation, I'd scrap both of them completely and set up a research/creativity haven. In some 15-20 years, practically all patents monopolies filed in other countries would be a result of research in that country, as - this is important to get - research would not be illegal there. However, I'm not writing the law myself so it's important to be realistic. Shorter-term, I think copyright monopoly law can be scaled back to cover a commercial-only monopoly of 20 years from publication with DRM banned as fraud. When I say "commercial-only", I mean that noncommercial sharing of knowledge and culture should be not just legal, but encouraged. (Patents should still go, though, but it takes longer to explain why to the public at large: unlike with the copyright monopolies, they are not as directly affected - unless you count the millions in the third world who die due to lack of medicine, but they never counted in Western policymaking, sadly)
Could you elaborate more on the research/creativity safe haven? How would this be done? Today, patent and copyright monopolies have the effect that inventing and creating is illegal in most cases. If I could write the laws myself in a reasonably small, reasonably technically literate country, it would be great to create such a haven.
Do you have an essay or an article on this specific point? It's still a bit vague. Edit: grammar. I don't, but I'll make a note to write an article about it and ping you when I've done so.
Cheers, Rick.
Mind putting whatever you write somewhere visible? Many are interested. I'm publishing at falkvinge.net as public domain, meaning you could freely republish it anywhere you liked. Is that satisfactory?
Cheers, Rick
How have your political views changed over the last 20 years? 3 years? This year? In general, my views and values have stayed the same (defend freedoms of speech, expression, assembly, and the press; defend the right and duty to share culture and knowledge) but the urgency of defending them has increased with the backlash from the establishment against their loss of power.
I've also come to start favoring a Universal Basic Income as a replacement for all current social safety nets.
But most importantly, I've grown increasingly cynical about the way the world works, the deeper I have gone down the rabbit hole. In essence, the big incumbent economic interests are writing our laws, and I didn't think it was that bad.
We need to return power to the people. In order to be able to do that, we need to defend the freedoms of speech, opinion, and assembly provided by a free, untracked, and uncensored net.
Re: Universal Basic Income (UBI): there's an ongoing European citizens' initiative for basic income which needs a million signatures until 14.01.2013 - 28 countries, including Sweden, are collecting signatures right now and when we succeed, the European Commission has an obligation to organize a public discussion about it in the EU parliament. We have a chance to speed things up regarding the implementation of UBI in Europe. We could appreciate any help with promoting the initiative. An endorsement from a known person such as you would help us a great deal. Would you be willing to endorse us? I'll take a look at it. In the meantime, link to it in your post here?
Won't a universal basic income drive the cost of goods up over time such that the income will be too small to really be effective? Just like how printing more money lowers it's value, rather than giving you more spending power? Well, we effectively already have a minimum income with all our social safety nets (nobody needs to starve). This would be a simplification.
Link to rt.com. Thanks, I'll take a look at it (but having grown a bit cynical about how the world actually works, I doubt I'd be surprised).
If you really want to head down the rabbit hole, here's a great interview with a former World Bank lawyer, and corruption whistleblower. Cheers, Rick.
Have you read Heinlein's "For us, the living"? There's a focus on a similar economic framework if I remember correctly. I haven't. Heinlein used to be one of my favorite authors while I still allowed myself the time and enjoyment of reading fiction, so I thank you for the tip, and add it to my list of things to look at (and hopefully get around to)!
Cheers, Rick
In your opinion, what's the biggest threat to a free and open Internet (i.e. not controlled/blocked by a government), today and in the future? People and industries that, for some reason, don't like when everybody has the power to speak and express themselves freely without centralized control. (EDIT/ADD: Looking at history, this has always been the key to power - the ability to speak and reach a large audience; the ability to interpret reality. It's basically the #1 power from which all other powers stem.)
This particularly includes the copyright industry, the cable TV industry, the telco industry, and every politician that has ever wanted to control public opinion.
In general, the incumbent industries that claim to embrace the internet are not to be trusted on that matter.
Do you worry that calling your party "The Pirate Party" might be a marketing blunder? Did you use the word "Pirate" to attract a certain type of person or to project a certain image to the masses? Link to falkvinge.net (longer)
And.
Link to i.imgur.com (shorter)
Cheers, Rick
Are you still invested in bitcoin? If yes, how many % of your original "all in" at $10 do you have left? I originally went all in at $7, went out at the same price on the way down, and went back all in at about $3. I've done extensive (bad) trading, and don't have my entire initial position, and far from enough to make me financially independent, but still a substantial amount (more than a year's average net pay, to give a ballpark number).
I'm currently all in.
How secure do you feel about your investment now with all the events regarding bitcoin this past year? Most recent of these being the recent closure of silkroad and the Chinese search giant Baidu accepting bitcoin for some services. Disclosure: I own some coins. I follow developments on an hour-by-hour basis, and one of my screens is constantly showing Link to bitcoinwisdom.com.
Wait a minute. Yes, that's me. I made a couple of bad assumptions in that piece, and learned a lot from the comments.
Weren't you the one who wrote that long idiotic piece about how way overvalued BTC was only about 2 mo ago? That's one of my primary modus operandi - put a stake in the ground and go from there.
and went back all in at about $3. On the way up, or down? Doesn't really matter now, but on the way up after the bottoming-out at $2ish.
Like Piper67, it was your 2011 article that got me to move all my savings (just savings, not retirement investments) into bitcoin. Thanks for that! I'm happy you read my thoughts in that article and are now quite rich as a result!
Cheers, Rick
Nobody makes the first jump. Very true. Trading is a brutal game.
Where do you see bitcoin/cryptocurrency in general going in the next 5-10-100 years? Bitcoin is going to do to banks, what email did to the postal system. (The first time I sent the value of a cup of coffee to a friend in India on a Sunday, and they had the money instantly, with nobody but me and them seeing the transaction went to them at all, was an absolute blowaway. It was a frogleap 40 years into the future from where the banks have been holding us. They don't stand a chance.)
When did you realize you prefered polyamorous relationships? What are your biggest reasons? When did you realize you were homo-, bi- or heterosexual? It's an orientation, not something you choose.
I have never been jealous, and I have never understood the sentiment. If I would go out with my gf some night, and she'd meet a man while we were at a party together and go home with him, and come back by lunchtime the next day - she'd be shining happy as the sun itself. Assuming I care about her and love her, I absolutely enjoy when she's happy. I don't see a problem. I see reasons to celebrate that somebody I care about is happy. (Note that this is not a theoretical scenario; this has happened.)
It was much later in life that I learned that most people react with resentment that their loved one is happy in this situation, and I have never been able to relate to this, only to learn it at a purely rational level.
EDIT: Actually, let me add a bit of gleeful anecdote here.
When I was living with one of my serious exes a while back, an ex who was equally polyamorous, we'd sometimes bring home one night stands and sleep in the guest room with them. When she did so, and I fixed breakfast the next morning for the three of us, the guy she'd brought home (being introduced to me as the bf she lived with) was almost always unable to deal with the situation as I happily made breakfast for all of us. They just didn't know how to act or react, they had never been in that situation, they were utterly confused. It was hilarious. :)
You mirror my sentiments. What a relief that there are several of us out there. It took me a long time to realize I wasn't alone in this. Check out polyamorous communities.
Because that says you have no desire for power over another person. Wow, I just love you man! Edit: You don't want to rule them, you want to help them. Wow. I don't know what to say to that. Thanks, you almost make me blush! (Edit:) Thinking about it, Swarmwise is full of that very philosophy - that you hold no real power to command any other human being, and can only lead by inspiring them, now that you mention it.
Well I definitely appreciate it! I have followed your work and was really excited when I saw you were doing an AMA, but did not expect random, off-topic questions to be answered. So thanks again! Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate them!
EDIT - also, congratulations on your cake day!
Your reaction when the Icelandic Pirate Party managed to get 4 people into the Icelandic parliament? Three, but still a major achievement.
I was in Reykjavik for the election party - I always try to be present when the movement expects a major victory, just to re-live that amazing election victory night of 2009 when we were elected to the European Parliament. (Seriously, it was the memory of a lifetime. That's a cliché, but that night lives up to it.)
I had a couple of beers with the Icelandic crew, did a writeup on the victory in the night, and went back to my hotel extremely happy.
The election night was a serious cliffhanger - the party failed a technical threshold right after I had fallen asleep that night, going from three to zero seats, and came back on the right side of that technicality just before I woke back up. So I had been happily asleep while all the nail biting had taken place, and my victory article turned out to be far premature, but correct in the end anyway. :)
Iceland was a great case of getting elected on the national level. Meeting the future MPs before their election was equally great.
Cheers, Rick.
Thanks for the respond and thank you for correcting me, thought they had four. It's possible and probable that her being previously known contributed to the election success of PPIS [Pirate Party Iceland].
But on another note, how much of an impact do you think Birgitta Jónsdóttir has on the Pirate party? Shes is heavily criticized in Iceland for being a nut-job, rude and to much "everything is evil except me"-kind of attitude which I find absurd. And having that attitude - being prepared to piss off your colleagues in parliament to do the right thing with the people - can easily get the prerequisite 5% if you do it visibly enough and reasonably often. It's a stand most representatives would never take.
What are your thoughts on the war on drugs? One of the worst humanitarian disasters in policymaking of the 20th century. You'd think people learned something from the U.S. Prohibition of alcohol.
A history professor somewhere in my information flow said that it's easy to predict the future - it's only a matter of looking at what mistakes people have always made and predict they'll keep being repeated over and over.
To wit, look at when coffee was banned in Sweden and was claimed to be a gateway drug to heavier drug use [in this case alcohol].
Link to falkvinge.net
Cheers, Rick
What do you think is the biggest challenge to those in the U.S. trying to establish and brand a pirate party? Any tips/tricks for organizing? The first-past-the-post system, in my mind, is the biggest challenge. The Swedish Pirate Party was founded, as I describe in Swarmwise, with the estimate that you could get 225,000 votes, and Sweden has a proportional system. (The math would turn out to be remarkably spot on - we got 225,915 votes in the European elections of 2009.)
A proportional election system means that if you get 5% of the votes at the national level, you get 5% of the seats at the national level. In turn, this means that 19 out of 20 people can hate you, and you still win.
In other words, you can and should take big risks to gain visibility in such a system.
In a first-past-the-post system, you need the most votes in a particular geographic area to become that area's representative. Assuming you enter as a third party and the other two parties are of approximately equal strength, that means you must get 34% of the votes somewhere to get a single seat, compared to 5% nationwide for 5% of the seats.
It's a different ballgame completely.
That said, it can still be done, primarily by recruiting previous non-voters, but it needs to be done with a tenacious eye for the goal and a seriously long-term planning - having run the numbers for the US, I estimate that you'd need about 20% of the votes of the eligible electorate. Looking at the PP numbers from elsewhere, that's doable, but in a 10- or 15-year perspective.
People living inside the system may find ways that I haven't, of course.
Cheers, Rick.
The tips and tricks would be in Swarmwise.
The biggest challenge would be the first-past-the-post election system. It's easier in a proportional system.
What are the best arguments to use when people claim that copying is theft? Link to falkvinge.net
You may want to avoid the argument about what the lawbooks look like, though. It can be debated, and you don't want to go down that marsh as the point is to change the lawbooks.
In short - it's exercising control over your property when you manufacture copies that can be regarded as theft; manufacturing something using your own property (network equipment, computer, storage) was never theft.
Link to falkvinge.net
Cheers, Rick.
This example would be more like if a person made a documentary costing a million dollars and another person also made a documentary about the same subject, I don't think that is really what Tornada was suggesting. Link to falkvinge.net
I am interested in the pirate party and I think that a free internet is vital but I am still not sold on this argument. Would you help me out by explaining the party's logic again? Cheers, Rick
Imagine you spent time and energy starting the Pirate Party. And then, I come along and also also start a Pirate Party, stealing votes therefore ruining your entire investment! Well, a lot of people have done exactly this, so it doesn't really work well as an argument to demonstrate some kind of immorality...
Cheers, Rick.
American here. I contend, like Al Franken and others, that money in our politics is a basic flaw that should be fixed. You only spent $50,000 to get your people elected. I would call that proof positive that publicly funded elections can get people who deserve to be in office in to office. How do we go about getting money out of our politics? Or, in your opinion, should we get money out of politics as a first step towards balancing our government? Finally, are you concerned the tactics in Swarmwise could be used nefariously(or used to get terrible people like the Tea Party elected)? Yes, from what I've understood of the U.S. system, it's very biased toward people with money. However - and this is equally important - this is due to how campaigns have always been run, and the until-now criticalness of TV ads, which are horribly expensive. As for the €50,000 - it's important to realize that those were not public funds. They were small donations from what students had left over at the end of the month. Once you're in office or have a near-office election result, you get public funding for the next election, but for your first, you get nothing. So we had €50k against the incumbents' €6M, which were a lot from public funding (and donations). If you want money out of politics, you need to put politicians' jobs on the line over the issue. They're not going to make that happen voluntarily. However, I feel I have demonstrated that results can be achieved without having access to war chests. I speculated a bit about the possibility of using swarm tactics to spread a hate message, but I sincerely doubt it would work - the swarm organization is optimized for speed, trust, and scalability. You can't have a message of distrust and simultaneously build the org on trust; it would most likely take on its own external values and fall apart in internal turf piss fights.
Thank you for coming here and doing this. As for electing terrible people, I don't think the Tea Party see themselves as terrible. Initially, at least as I understand it, they were U.S. Constitutionalists, diehard about freedom of speech and so on, but naïve enough to let themselves be hijacked by corporate interests. This may be wrong in full or in part, but it's my understanding.
Hi the Freshmaker, thanks for the kind words!
Does it help the artists as much as it claims? Further, it doesn't help artists one bit. Remember that the record labels have never been on the artists' side.
Do you feel it legitimize piracy in Sweden? The blank media levy doesn't really legitimize piracy, though. Sharing knowledge and culture never needed legitimization or justification. Preventing somebody from accessing knowledge does.
What do you think about voluntaryism? I don't think it's feasible to argue for a dismantling of governments at this stage. It's much too far out on the Overton window, even if I did like it.
I'm more of a tactician - I choose short-term goals that cause progress toward my long-term goals. Obviously, getting elected to office assumes the existence of a parliamentary democracy.
Cheers, Rick.
What should be the first step (apart from buying your book of course :P) I should take in order to make change in my world? You don't need to buy the book, you can download Swarmwise for free at Link to falkvinge.net - go there first :)
The first thing you should decide on is exactly what you want to change or accomplish. Be laser focused. The second thing you should do is figure out how many people you'd need to be a part of your goal to make it happen.
Then, do it. :)
Cheers, Rick
Hi Rick, I see you're a redditor for a while now, whats your favorite subreddit(s)? technology, /science, /funny, and /bitcoinmarkets, I think.
EDIT: removed /gonewild from the original list as some seem to have not taken the response seriously (the comment is hidden by default) - but this is an AMA, after all; I place value in responding candidly to the questions.
What about /Sweden and /svenskpolitik? Do you spend any time there? Not really - the Swedish political scene is for my successor(s) to deal with; as a former party leader, I should not intervene in how they're doing their job.
Cheers, Rick
Are you of the opinion that global change is possible or even desired? And on what scale? Global change is absolutely both possible and desired. I describe in Swarmwise how to accomplish it. One obstacle is that a swarm of people who set out to change the world must have a razor-sharp focus in order to succeed.
Nobody can change everything, but everybody can change something.
Also, there is a saying: "Politics is the art of making people agree to change something all for their own reasons." That last part is very important to make things happen.
Cheers, Rick
If hypothetically you could only make one change to Swedish legislature what would it be? Kill the FRA law [the Swedish equivalent of the U.S. Patriot act, enabling warrantless bulk wiretapping], probably.
On a close second, insert the single line "this law only applies to commercial, for-profit activity" in the copyright monopoly legislation.
What is your opinion on why the Swedish Pirate Party succeeded, while the German Pirate Party imploded? What led to your initial success? The histories are actually very similar. The Swedish and German parties both had initial huge successes, but then failed to remain at the attained altitude, due to people assuming success would be inevitable.
Getting visibility is hard; keeping it is even harder. Once you start infighting for the inevitable resources that will follow the equally inevitable victory in the future, you've already lost and you're in for a very tough bottoming out before starting to climb back.
I describe this more in chapter 10 in Swarmwise, "Beyond Success".
The German PP is not doing bad by any means, by the way. Getting 2.2% in the federal elections, while not carrying for the Bundestag (German parliament), is still a climb from the last election and too big to ignore.
Cheers, Rick
American here, the eu is mandated to respond to petitions ? The same way the White House has their We The People. "Responding" doesn't even mean "Taking Seriously" - don't read too much into it.
A common argument for internet surveillance and control is the fight against child abuse imagery (and pedophile activity). You argue on the other hand, as seen here and here that surveillance and laws against child abuse imagery is counterproductive. My question is about the argument that surveillance only will make it easier for "internet criminals". Is that your opinion as well? And how is that? There is the saying that "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns".
I argue that any ban on possessing evidence of a crime will be of great help to the perpetrators of that crime, just as you argue.
Also, surveillance is not really a problem for geek-intelligence (meaning technically savvy) criminals; it's the average Joe that gets hit by it. But as the police say, most criminals are stupid, unbelievably stupid.
That saying from the police is not entirely true, of course. The police have a biased selection toward the stupid criminals. The smart ones are never seen, so we can't tell how many there are of them.
Cheers, Rick
Would you rather have a fully transparent society or one with perfect privacy? It's not an either-or; you need privacy for the citizen and transparency in the government.
Essentially, it's a sliding scale - as a purely individual citizen, you should have perfect privacy up until the point where you're formally and individually suspected of an already-committed and serious crime. As you take public office, your right to privacy is gradually replaced with a requirement for transparency of your work depending on the weight of the office, to hold the elected leaders accountable in the next election.
Cheers, Rick
Thank you for the excellent answer! Would not the opening up of government records reveal a lot about citizens however? For example, should you know if someone near you has killed someone (after they have been to prison)? Or is this up to the person to decide how much to reveal. If we employed a public servant, we would be their boss, and they would not be allowed to keep secrets from us, just like you're fired on your own job if you're keeping secrets from your boss that concerns your job performance. Such a transition has implications on what records the government may keep on the citizens, as you correctly point out.
What can I do to help? Help the Pirate Party? Contact your local Pirate Party. You can find it easily by searching for the word(s) "Pirate Party" in your own language and adding your country name.
Examples: Piratenpartei Deutschland, Piratpartiet Norge, Κόμμα Πειρατών Ελλάδας, מפלגת הפיראטים, Пиратская партия Росcии, حزب القراصنة المغربي, etc.
Help the world in general by making it a better place to be in? Read Swarmwise and put a stake in the ground, and form a swarm of volunteers around it to make the cause happen.
Cheers, Rick
Any indication of one in Brazil. We any not very strict in our copyright laws but i can definitely seeing it getting worse in the future. Yes, there is a PP in Brazil trying to get going! I was there at its foundation last summer.
Cheers, Rick.
Rick, do you smoke weed? Thoughts on marijuana in general? I don't, but I think those who do should be free to do so as long as they don't subject others to second-hand smoke.
Mr. Falkvinge, thanks for doing this AMA. This question has already been asked but - what are your thoughts on the NSA spying issue? Do you think the US will become more like China and Russia and begin restricting, or even censoring, opposing popular political opinions? Suppose there were a Pirate Party in the USA. What would that be like? Hi Grimspur, thanks for participating!
NSA spying: I'm happy that it came to light, but shocked at the scale of it. I mean, when us net liberty activists have been shouting, warning, and flailing our arms about the surveillance possible, we have been discarded as unrealistic tinfoil hats.
Now with the facts on the table, it turns out that we have been severely underestimating what has been going on. I'm still not sure how to relate to that.
The US has pretended to be a white knight in shining armor with regards to respect for human rights, and all of a sudden it turns out it's one of the worst crooks out there. This will legitimize a lot of [other] rogue states as they introduce similar wiretapping and mass surveillance: "even the United States and Europe are doing it".
When the Swedish equivalent of the NSA was debated daily in Sweden, we knew that they started each day by visiting the blogs of its critics by using a visitor-IP matcher to their public IP range. Feels safe, sound and cozy, doesn't it?
There are nascent Pirate Parties in some states of the US, but they have a different election system to grapple with (first-past-the-post rather than proportional representation).
Cheers, Rick
Hello Rick! Big fan, long time fan! First off I wanted to let the world know that you have personally helped me in my growth as a citizen of the internet. After reading about how encrypt my personal emails, you gave me some tips and helped me through that process. Thanks! First, thank you for the kind words!
My question is: What do you think of the modern nation-state? What do you think of national sovereignty and borders? Are you a firm proponent of the social contract theory of human relations? What I think the modern nation-state is a rather large question. We can observe that borders are becoming less important within some cultural spheres (say, the US-Canada-Europe-Australia), but increasingly guarded along others (say, US-Mexico). There are many different social contract theories AFAIK, so I can't subscribe to any one of them. But if you want a more politics-based response to the same general idea, I think it's crucial to have the consent of the governed if you are to run a nation-state.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I was about to respond "what spare time?", but I guess I'm rather privileged to have worked myself into a position where I do what I really enjoy doing.
Seeing how I'm currently employed to travel and speak about the pirate political perspectives, I guess spare time is when I do other things.
So, I write code. At the moment, I'm working on generalizing the rather advanced swarm management software the Swedish Pirate Party was using, in order to adapt it for general use. Going to take a while still, but I enjoy coding.
Also, I enjoy cooking for my friends a lot, especially steak dinners, and I love riding really fast motorcycles (I sometimes describe myself as a "low-altitude motorcycle pilot"). Sadly, I haven't had a bike now for a couple of years.
Link to www.facebook.com
Cheers, Rick.
EDIT: forgot endquote.
Absolutely gorgeous bike!!! Thanks! It's a Suzuki Hayabusa 1999. The fastest production bike ever built; the year after (or the year after that) the Jap manufacturers entered into an agreement to electronically cap the max speed at 300 km/h.
Thanks for the response. Hope you get a bike soon! This is one of the best things somebody has told me all year!
One more if you get to it: Do you have hope for a utopian post-scarcity world like /futurology tends to point to? As for whenwhere those conversions will happen, that's a different story. For example, the United States is completely bankrupt and overdue for a structural collapse - the only thing pegging it up is the reserve-currency status of the USD, which is crumbling. Collapses tend to be localized, even if they have global knock-on effects. Compare the collapse of the Soviet Union.
What, from your perpective, is the most pressing challenge for the Pirate Party at this moment in time? Learning how to get re-elected, I'd say.
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