Vigile

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  1. It's coming. Not really sure what we can do to put Pandora back in the box. A bunch of my friends on FB got notified by Twitter this week that they had, *gasp!* been victims of Russian "bots" and had retweeted them. FB and Twitter are using algos now based on MSM resources and Snopes, two of the most unreliable and misinformative sources of info out there. Corps are working with the governments to herd us all into our little corners so that we don't share info with those outside our narrow groups if it's not info they don't want shared. If all you're doing is trading barbs over the Democrats or the GOP or sharing cat pics, you'll be fine. But if you criticize Israel, the two party system, etc... you'll get ghost-banned.
  2. BAA

    It probably wouldn't be that hard to figure it out. His last post was somewhere around the last couple of days in November and we know his accident was at the end of November, so you could probably google his first name plus car accident along with the date.
  3. Really Good Bitcoin/Blockchain Report

    Yeah, I was just mentioning, not disagreeing either. It's an interesting vid as it outlines many of the risks and potentials. I think the governments are absolutely going to try and get behind this and that's a bad thing. But maybe there can also be alternative competing economies simultaneously so we aren't all completely dependent.
  4. Really Good Bitcoin/Blockchain Report

    In the vid, it talks about how the tech could support a world-wide system of totalitarianism where the governments track every transaction we make and can cut us off at the knees if they wish, or it could be a system that completely frees us from tyranny and makes every transaction completely private. It just depends on how the tech is applied and who wins the race I guess.
  5. We've had a number of discussions here about Bitcoin and Blockchain tech, so when I ran across this video today, I thought it might be interesting for a few folks as it attempts to separate the hype from the realities and it appears there are many/much of both. Hope others find it as informative as I have:
  6. Real estate all over the world is going up as bank policy frees up cash for consumers to bid up the markets. It went crazy in Moscow a few years ago to the point where a small 1-room flat in the center was selling for $1M. Things have stabilized since the sanctions, so that actually helped home buyers. Most people here already own their own flats though as they inherit them from their grandparents or their parents. The same is true in Italy. I imagine in Belgium it's like that to a degree too? I know what you mean by consumerism. A couple of summers ago, my friend Jenny visited us. We were a little taken aback by how many presents she brought us and then by how much she was buying while she was here. We just hadn't been around it for so long it was a bit of a culture shock for us.
  7. Over here, there is 4 weeks vacation guaranteed by federal law. In addition, most people get 10 day breaks from New Year to the old Russian Xmas. Plus, there are a number of paid holidays throughout the year, such as Victory Day, etc... All in all, they get around 6 weeks off per year. School kids actually have it harder over here though. They go to school 6 days a week. They get roughly the same holiday time that American kids get. But, when they are 18, they essentially already have a liberal arts degree.
  8. Distance is only part of the problem in the US. The big ones compared to Europe though are disposable income and free time. Americans just have a lot less of those and those two are very high up on the freedom list IMO. As for distance, people here fly to Bali, Thailand and even Mexico on a regular basis; just regular people, not the super rich. I suppose it's a good thing Americans aren't doing the same, seeing as they would leave a much bigger carbon footprint, but it's still a shame that they have to spend so much of their lives just working without so much time for actual living. One issue, to be fair to the corporations, is probably more the American people's fault than anything. Americans all think they need to live in big, expensive houses. Their houses are like anchors that enslave them. They'd have a lot more disposable income, and hence, more freedom, if they chose instead to live in smaller flats like Europeans. Houses don't make people happy, IMO. Free time is more valuable, but Americans chose to sell their time to the banks.
  9. .... wtf. Try the laundry pod challenge!!!

    I don't believe the story. Doesn't pass the smell test. If it's a lawsuit in the making, it makes more sense.
  10. .... wtf. Try the laundry pod challenge!!!

    This story didn't make sense to me until now. Now I see how the pods look like candy. The story just appeared out of nowhere and suddenly it went viral. Stories don't go viral naturally today, they get fed through PR networks and it works like astroturf campaigns. I'll go out on a limb and predict in the next few days/weeks someone is going to launch a lawsuit against Tide charging them with negligence for making poison look like candy.
  11. I don't see any freedom in the American corporate world either. People are less than not free, they are living in virtual dictatorships in many cases. I see far more freedom in European companies. They get much more time off, they are far less worried about getting fired for arbitrary reasons. They are in much better shape if the company does lay them off so they don't feel the same fear of their bosses that Americans must lest they end up homeless after the boss finds a reason to let them go. They don't have to work sick because they have medical care and sufficient medical leave as well as protections against getting fired because the boss is punishing them for their illness. And most can even afford to actually take real holidays when they do get their extra time off. Most Americans I know these days barely make ends meet and holidays means going camping or staying at home and catching up on chores. The theoretical ability to leave one's job doesn't mean one isn't actually a slave if they can't actually leave that job without severe consequences.
  12. Ethnic Cleansing in the USA

    The racism is a complete distraction like it always has been. Read Howard Zinn's People's history. He makes this more than clear. Without that context, you probably won't be able to see what I'm getting at here. I just read yesterday that Obama deported more hispanics by tens of thousands in 2016 than Trump did in 2017, so perhaps the racism you talk about is exactly the same kind of manipulation that has occurred over and over again throughout US history since before the revolutionary era. If you're correct, that people don't care about FISA, then I guess they'll just get what they deserve. I find that incredibly sad, but I suspect more care about it than you think and that what you're telling me people really care about is more of a media narrative than it is actual reality. The threat, btw, is 100% manufactured. The security state creates the threats, both real and imagined, it doesn't mitigate the threats. This is plainly supported by the facts.
  13. Ethnic Cleansing in the USA

    How the world really works: FISA was scheduled to be extended by congressional vote last Thursday. At first it was unclear whether Trump impulsively intended to derail the bill with conflicting tweets. Later, Democratic Leader Pelosi appeared to change her mind on whether to recommend a “yes” or “no” vote at least three different times, telling house democrats to hold off on voting. There was major confusion on the floor. Pelosi at one point even reportedly begged Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to pull the bill, before giving an impromptu floor speech about the dangers of tyrannical government and appeared to be arguing against FISA. It wasn’t clear how democrats were going to vote and congress was clearly stalling. Anyone watching the chamber that morning would have immediately known something was amiss. The bill was either about to be pulled or something was in the works – but what happened next was either a hell of a coincidence or something much more nefarious. Just a few blocks away a meeting was taking place between President Trump and several senators in which they were discussing DACA. The Senators were briefing Trump on details of reallocating green cards from the diversity lottery. The morning meeting was not unlike many others with Trump, who has a reputation for being gruff and offensive at times. However, the meeting ended slightly differently than other Whitehouse meetings – it ended with a Capitol Hill aide rushing to the Washington Post to deliver an urgent message. The reason for the sudden contact? An anonymous leak, likely from either the ranking member of Defense Appropriations, Senator Durbin, or the Chair of Foreign Operations, Senator Graham. Moments later President Trump’s “Shithole” comments exploded in the national press and the story went viral across the globe. As soon as the first signs of the story hit the press, the House of Representatives summarily pulled themselves out of their apparent confusion and voted to extend FISA by a vote of 256-164, with Pelosi leading the charge in favor of granting the President additional spying powers through 2023. Today, nearly a week later, the news continues to report Trump’s use of the word “shithole" with no mention of FISA, which allows the government to engage in mass, warrantless surveillance of Americans’ and foreigners’ phone calls, text messages, emails, and other electronic communications without a warrant and in violation of the constitution.
  14. Just throwing this out there without comment, other than to mention it's fresh news: Chinese credit rating agency Dagong, based in Beijing, downgraded US sovereign ratings from A- to BBB+ overnight. The reason: “deficiencies in US political ecology” and tax cuts that “directly reduce the federal government’s sources of debt repayment” weakening the base of Washington’s debt repayment. The ratings are now level with those of Peru, Colombia and Turkmenistan. And they have been put on a negative outlook.
  15. That's pretty cool. We were at the medical commission today to do some stuff for my health status. There was a mother and a child about 10yo there. The little girl looked normal, but couldn't speak and would just cry constantly. We figured maybe she had been deprived of oxygen or something at birth as she hadn't developed normally. I told my wife, as many challenges as we have to deal with because of my health, it's not nearly as bad as what that poor mother had to go through every day. She had so much patience it was admirable. I wouldn't be able to do it.