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Council backs historic status for just two L.A. Times buildings, clearing way for redevelopment

December 6, 2018 |

The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural monument status to two former Los Angeles Times buildings in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday — rejecting a bid by preservationists to include a third structure standing in the path of a proposed real estate development.

The unanimous decision…


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Spain threatens Brexit deal over Gibraltar status

November 21, 2018 |

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to pass a Brexit deal have suffered a further setback after Spain threatened to veto her draft divorce agreement over the handling of Gibraltar.
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Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?

October 20, 2018 |

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?

When the idea of a working digital currency like bitcoin was introduced, many of its early adopters disliked the current bureaucratic system, with a cartel of bankers pulling the world’s monetary strings. Over time, however, something weird has happened and the idea of permissionless innovation perverted into people literally asking nation states for permission, begging for ETFs, and creating a settlement layer for the ‘new 1%.’

Also Read: Bitcoin Ownership: Your Private Keys to Financial Sovereignty

Bitcoin Changed Everything — But Some People Want to Pervert the Original Goals

Over the last two decades, there’s been a growing faction of anarchists, libertarians, and freedom fighters aiming to change the world. They have become fed up with the sociopaths leading the world into never-ending conflicts and are tired of the central banks printing massive amounts of fiat, devaluing currencies, and causing hyperinflation.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?

Then, after the 2008 economic crisis, a technological innovation called Bitcoin was born, allowing users a medium of exchange that couldn’t be censored. For the first time ever, a software-derived currency gained value, even though it wasn’t backed by a single individual, corporation or nation-state.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?
Many people believe cryptocurrencies are meant to end the nation state’s and central bank’s rule over money.

Back in the early days, on Bitcointalk.org and developer IRC channels, Satoshi and other developers discussed many ideas that revolved around removing central authorities. On Feb. 11, 2009, Satoshi posted to the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation) introducing his software to the world. Within that specific post, the software’s creator explained that most commerce now relies on third parties and financial institutions that ultimately can’t be trusted.

“Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve,” Satoshi explained. “We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts.”

From this point on, not only did Satoshi’s idea changed the entire way people had thought about money, but the entire concept of trusting a third party was turned upside down for those who listened. During Bitcoin’s infancy, there were no discussions of exchange-traded funds (ETF) backed by corporate entities like Cboe and Vaneck. Network fees were a penny or less for the network’s first few years and at that time anyone could send micro-transactions across the globe. But since then, BTC fees have fluctuated wildly, effectively censoring people in developing nations, from time to time, who can’t afford higher fees. This makes the network undesirable for remittances.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?
How can BTC be censorship resistant if network fees censor more than half of the world?

Long ago, no one cared about Wall Street deals from Bakkt and institutional money flocking towards bitcoin. Satoshi talked about privacy, Tor and I2P integration back then — not shaking hands with the devil. Most people talked about using bitcoin to remove central authorities in banking, content publishing, music, tipping, domain services using .bit, and literally anywhere they could think of on the open web.

Taboo Talks of Darknets, Avoiding Taxes, and Even Remittances Has Been Replaced With the Need for Status Quo Acceptance

For a while now, these ideas have since been silenced by loud discussions of futures markets, politicians accepting bitcoin, and Wall Street thieves swapping BTC paper notes. Talking about things like darknet markets and the Silk Road is deemed ‘too taboo’ for the masses hoping and praying for elected officials to define bitcoin as ‘money.’

The malaise started in 2015 when blockchain hype jumped into light speed and more people began begging the state for cryptocurrency acceptance. Can you believe people ask permission from bureaucrats to use a permissionless currency? Instead of donating funds to Wikileaks, Antiwar, and other activists on the front lines, people now clap feverishly when they hear Goldman Sachs is contemplating a trading desk.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?
My interview with Cody Wilson back in 2015.

We have not yet realized that institutional money does not equate to mass adoption. For some odd reason, many people believe that once big money players jump in on bitcoin, the demand will skyrocket. They grow excited any time a financial incumbent enters the ‘blockchain space’, thinking that this lead to a significant network effect. These individuals seem to forget how small the financial elite is within this world, and they are forgetting or ignoring the massive amounts of people who could use a hard currency without a third party. One would think that mass adoption begins with the people who need it the most — the unbanked. Some people will recall that at one time the remittance industry was regarded as a prime sector for bitcoin to dominate, but nowadays cross-border payments are a distant memory.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?
Anarchist Amir Taaki has been very vocal against the current thought leaders and dogmatic followers.

There are certain thought leaders who are pushing a new agenda for Bitcoin technology. Many of these clowns disingenuously imply that the unbanked will be able to use bitcoin despite its high fees. Developers using sophistry act like meritocracy has elevated them to their positions. In fact, they’ve created a disgusting technocracy applauded by those prone to confirmation bias and circular logic.

Bitcoin Intentions: Are We Aiming to Replace the Status Quo or Become Them?
In the Bitcoin space ‘thought leaders’ have grown in number. 

Thankfully, they don’t seem to have anticipated the blowback they’ve instigated. The cult of Bitcoin personalities is slowly losing power but it will take time to dissipate. Over the past year, after 2017’s absurd comments about high fees being good for settlement, these individuals have started to promote using fiat over bitcoin.

People should start looking at the early days of Bitcoin again. They should re-read old forum posts and discussions concerning how it was once the goal to remove the world’s money from the state and central banks. Back then people followed a philosophy that aimed for consistent freedom, but the get-rich mentality and permission-seeking mindset has proven pernicious.

As John Lennon once said, it’s easy to become the status quo when you are entrenched in trying to replace them. Bitcoin deserves better.

What do you think about the original philosophy of the early adopters and cypherpunks being replaced by visions of joining the status quo? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comment section below.

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United Airlines raises requirements for loyalty reward program’s most elite premium status

October 10, 2018 |

Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier fliers.

Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $ 15,000 and accumulate…


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Russian space chief: No ‘2nd-tier status’ with NASA outpost

September 22, 2018 |

Russia’s space agency chief said Saturday that it wouldn’t accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon, but Roscosmos spokesman quickly clarified that Russia is still staying in the project.
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Cultural Heritage Commission supports monument status for former L.A. Times buildings

September 20, 2018 |

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday recommended that the city grant historic cultural monument status to a downtown office complex formerly occupied by the Los Angeles Times.

Preservationists applied for monument status for the three main buildings last July. If their application…


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Canadian Regulated Bitcoin Trust Achieves Mutual Fund Trust Status

September 13, 2018 |

Canadian Regulated Bitcoin Trust Achieves Mutual Fund Trust Status

A Canadian regulated bitcoin trust has achieved the mutual fund trust status, allowing eligible investors to invest in the trust through government-sponsored tax-efficient investment plans. The investment is approved by the Ontario Securities Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission. 

Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals

Mutual Fund Trust Status

Canadian Regulated Bitcoin Trust Achieves Mutual Fund Trust StatusFirst Block Capital Inc. announced on Monday, September 10, that its flagship product, the FBC Bitcoin Trust, “has now achieved mutual fund trust status.”

As such, the trust has become the “first and only” investment product approved by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) to offer “unit holders the exclusive opportunity to hold units of a bitcoin investment in their Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) and Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP).”

Noting that the investment is available only to accredited investors, the firm explained:

The trust units are [now] considered a qualified investment for a mutual fund trust under the Tax Act, having exceeded 150 unit holders within one year of launching.

Canadian Regulated Bitcoin Trust Achieves Mutual Fund Trust StatusThe firm describes itself as “Canada’s first fully registered, dedicated cryptocurrency and blockchain investment company” that holds exempt market dealer (EMD), portfolio manager (PM) and investment fund manager (IFM) licenses. Its co-founder and chief investment officer, Marc van der Chijs, detailed:

Our goal is to make investments in the digital currency asset class more accessible and we are one step closer to achieving this goal by allowing unit holders to place units in government sponsored tax efficient vehicles, and by providing daily liquidity.

Two More Funds Coming Soon

In addition to the bitcoin trust, the firm plans to launch two investment products. The company’s funds are kept in Xapo’s cold-storage vault.

Canadian Regulated Bitcoin Trust Achieves Mutual Fund Trust StatusThe first of the two is the Active Blockchain Opportunities ETF which is “an actively managed ETF dedicated to uncovering the best companies exposed to this global secular theme,” the firm describes.

The other product is the Cryptocurrency Index Fund that tracks the performance of tokens selected by the firm’s management team. The company explains, “The evaluation of selecting a token into our index fund is mainly determined by the development of its technology, market capitalization, and market liquidity. The goal is to provide investors with a transparent benchmark in this new asset class.”

What do you think of this bitcoin trust? Let us know in the comments section below.


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City officials recommend monument status for three Los Angeles Times buildings

September 12, 2018 |

A campaign by preservationists to garner monument status for three buildings the Los Angeles Times occupied for decades will have the support of city staff when the Cultural Heritage Commission meets next week to consider the issue.

The Office of Historic Resources recommended in a recent report


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Preservationists call for historic status for Los Angeles Times buildings, threatening redevelopment plans

July 4, 2018 |

Preservationists hope to secure city monument status for three historic Los Angeles Times buildings, which could hinder a plan to redevelop the downtown block where they stand.

City officials last week accepted an application to the Cultural Heritage Commission to officially recognize the buildings,…


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Speculation Ramps Up on Melania Trump’s Health Status

May 19, 2018 |

The president has said she’s doing well, and the first lady herself tweeted on Wednesday she was “feeling great,” but other than that, Melania Trump’s health status after her kidney surgery on Monday has been kept “under wraps,” per the New York Times . Specifically, CNN poses the question: “Why is…
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