Mind your business.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Science Behind Making A Change That Lasts

By Aytekin Tank, Founder of JotForm

The best-selling productivity author David Allen called it Getting Things Done.

Malcolm Gladwell, researcher and writer about the wonderful weirdness of human psychology, coined the “10,000 hour rule.”

But perhaps neither method for maintaining momentum has been adopted as fiercely as an off-the-cuff remark made by comedian Jerry Seinfeld over a decade ago:

Don’t break the chain.

“He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

Don’t break the chain.”

Not breaking the chain leads to momentum.

And momentum isn’t mystical.

Science defines it as the force that allows something to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

Read the rest on Medium.

This is the song your business idea or the book you were always going to write someday is singing to you right now.


TRON Founder Justin Sun to Acquire ĀµTorrent Company, BitTorrent for $140M

By Ingrid Lunden

'BitTorrent, an early mover (and currently the largest player) in decentralised computing architecture to distribute and store data, is being sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun and his blockchain media startup Tron, according to multiple sources close to the deal, who spoke to TechCrunch.

Variety earlier this week reported that a sale of the company to Sun closed last week, without naming a price, following rumors that circulated for at least a month that the two were in negotiations.

Shareholders have now been sent the paperwork to sign off on the deal, and that has detailed the $140 million price — which includes both a cash payment from Sun as well as cash in the company being distributed to shareholders alongside proceeds. Some are, we understand, still disputing the terms, as more than one person claims to have made the introduction between Sun and BitTorrent . A source says it’s unlikely that the disputes will actually kill the acquisition, given how long BitTorrent has been looking for a buyer.

BitTorrent most recently said it has about 170 million users of its products. Currently, these include its main client and BitTorrent Now. The latter is focused on video, music and other creative content. BitTorrent claims that its protocols move as much as 40 percent of the world’s Internet traffic on a typical day, making it the largest decentralised application around at the moment.

Tron is one of the new kids on the block in the wide world of blockchain startups. Founded by Sun, who previously had worked for Ripple (a settlement system built on blockchain tech), Tron says its mission is to build “a truly decentralized Internet and its infrastructure.” That has included (no surprises here) the creation of its own cryptocurrency, the TRX. TRX, loosely, appears to be a cryptocoin for the entertainment industry. Tron has plans to use TRX as a way to pay for content on its network, according to this whitepaper.'

Read the rest on TechCrunch.

Renaissance Lute - John Dowland

If music and sweet poetry agree,
As they must needs, the sister and the brother,
Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
Because thou lovest the one, and I the other.

Dowland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch
Upon the lute doth ravish human sense;
Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such
As, passing all conceit, needs no defence.

Thou lovest to hear the sweet melodious sound
That Phoebus' lute, the queen of music, makes;
And I in deep delight am chiefly drown'd
When as himself to singing he betakes.

One god is god of both, as poets feign;
One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.
— Richard Barnfield,
The Passionate Pilgrim

Lute Duo

Friday, June 29, 2018

Jordan Peterson, Eric Weinstein, and Dave Rubin LIVE!

Eric Ross Weinstein is an American economist, writer, and managing director of Thiel Capital, Peter Thiel's investment firm. He writes on investments, capitalism, science, and mathematics.

h3h3 Shootin' With iDubbbz

Proud of YouTube for not demonetizing this.

These boys ain't right.

Another video they made the same day for iDubbbz' channel:

Joe Rogan Experience #1137 - Duncan Trussell

Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian, and host of his own podcast “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grant Cardone Attempts to Close a Deal on Stage!

There is no fear in business.


IRS Can't Steal Money Fast Enough, U.S. Treasury Starts to Eat Social Security Trust Funds

By: Howard Gold

"Almost lost amid the torrent of recent news was a sobering item that will surely have far-reaching consequences.

The U.S. government announced that for the first time since 1982, it is tapping into Social Security trust funds to pay current benefits to recipients and it is dipping into Medicare’s reserves to cover the costs of that program.

The trustees also projected that the trust fund will run out of money by 2034 and that Medicare’s fund for paying costly hospital bills will be depleted by 2026.

That may ultimately force a cowardly Congress to cut benefits, raise taxes, increase the eligibility age, or some combination of the three. For the 52% of Americans who rely on Social Security for more than half their retirement income and the 25% of retirees who get more than 90% of their income from the program, that would be a disaster."

Read the rest at

Netflix Reported To FBI For Streaming A Foreign Film With A Child Porn Scene

By: Megan Fox

"An Argentinian movie that Netflix offers called Desire is upsetting subscribers because of what looks like illegal content. Viewers on Facebook have shared a clip of the movie and are calling it outright child porn. In the opening scene, two little girls who look to be about seven and nine are playing 'horse' on pillows. The older girl begins to obviously masturbate as the younger child watches. The camera even takes this scene into a closeup of the child's face in slow motion, moving up and down and panting like a porn star. The scene is graphic and includes an orgasm. The film is directed by Diego Kaplan.

PJ Media reported it to the FBI and the Department of Justice, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has launched an investigation."

Read the rest at PJ Media.

What is it about the movie business that attracts sickos?

And what is with these new age liberal feminists who are cheering on the sexualization of children?

I do not recommend these people as babysitters.

Someone Copyright Infringe This Work of Art Into A Meme

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Creative Writers and Daydreaming

By: Sigmund Freud

We laymen have always been intensely curious to know–like the cardinal who put a similar question to Ariosto–from what sources that strange being, the creative writer, draws his material, and how he manages to make such an impression on us with it and to arouse in us emotions of which, perhaps, we had not even thought ourselves capable. Our interest is only heightened the more by the fact that, if we ask him, the writer himself gives us no explanation, or none that is satisfactory; and it is not at all weakened by our knowledge that not even the clearest insight into the determinants of his choice of material and into the nature of the art of creating imaginative form will ever help to make creative writers of us.

If we could at least discover in ourselves or in people like ourselves an activity which was in some way akin to creative writing! An examination of it would then give us a hope of obtaining the beginnings of an explanation of the creative work of writers. And, indeed, there is some prospect of this being possible. After all, creative writers themselves like to lessen the distance between their kind and the common run of humanity; they so often assure us that every man is a poet at heart and that the last poet will not perish till the last man does.

Should we not look for the first traces of imaginative activity as early as in childhood? The child’s best-loved and most intense occupation is with his play or games. Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him? It would be wrong to think he does not take that world seriously; on the contrary, he takes his play very seriously and he expends large amounts of emotion on it. The opposite of play is not what is serious but what is real. In spite of all the emotion with which he cathects his world of play, the child distinguishes it quite well from reality; and he likes to link his imagined objects and situations to the tangible and visible things of the real world. This linking is all that differentiates the child’s “play” from “fantasying.”

The creative writer does the same as the child at play. He creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously–that is, which he invests with large amounts of emotion–while separating it sharply from reality. Language has preserved this relationship between children’s play and poetic creation. It gives the name of Spiel [“play”] to those forms of imaginative writing which require to be linked to tangible objects and which are capable of representation. It speaks of a Lustspiel or Trauerspiel [“comedy” or “tragedy”] and describes those who carry out the representation as Schauspieler [“players”]. The unreality of the writer’s imaginative world, however, has very important consequences for the technique of his art; for many things which, if they were real, could give no enjoyment, can do so in the play of fantasy, and many excitements which, in themselves, are actually distressing, can become a source of pleasure for the hearers and spectators at the performance of a writer’s work.

There is another consideration for the sake of which we will dwell a moment longer on this contrast between reality and play. When the child has grown up and has ceased to play, and after he has been laboring for decades to envisage the realities of life with proper seriousness, he may one day find himself in a mental situation which once more undoes the contrast between play and reality. As an adult he can look back on the intense seriousness with which he once carried on his games in childhood, and, by equating his ostensibly serious occupations of today with his childhood games, he can throw off the too heavy burden imposed on him by life and win the high yield of pleasure afforded by humor.

As people grow up, then, they cease to play, and they seem to give up the yield of pleasure which they gained from playing. But whoever understands the human mind knows that hardly anything is harder for a man than to give up a pleasure which he has once experienced. Actually, we can never give anything up; we only exchange one thing for another. What appears to be a renunciation is really the formation of a substitute or surrogate. In the same way, the growing child, when he stops playing, gives up nothing but the link with real objects; instead of playing, he now fantasies. He builds castles in the air and creates what are called daydreams. I believe that most people construct fantasies at times in their lives. This is a fact which has long been overlooked and whose importance has therefore not been sufficiently appreciated.

People’s fantasies are less easy to observe than the play of children. The child, it is true, plays by himself or forms a closed psychical system with other children for the purposes of a game; but even though he may not play his game in front of the grown-ups, he does not, on the other hand, conceal it from them. The adult, on the contrary, is ashamed of his fantasies and hides them from other people. He cherishes his fantasies as his most intimate possessions, and as a rule he would rather confess his misdeeds than tell anyone his fantasies. It may come about that for that reason he believes he is the only person who invents such fantasies and has no idea that creations of this kind are widespread among other people. This difference in the behavior of a person who plays and a person who fantasies is accounted for by the motives of these two activities, which are nevertheless adjuncts to each other.

A child’s play is determined by wishes: in point of fact by a single wish–one that helps in his upbringing–the wish to be big and grown up. He is always playing at being “grown up,” and in his games he imitates what he knows about the lives of his elders. He has no reason to conceal this wish. With the adult, the case is different. On the one hand, he knows that he is expected not to go on playing or fantasying any longer, but to act in the real world; on the other hand, some of the wishes which give rise to his fantasies are of a kind which it is essential to conceal. Thus he is ashamed of his fantasies as being childish and as being unpermissible.

But, you will ask, if people make such a mystery of their fantasying, how is it that we know such a lot about it? Well, there is a class of human beings upon whom, not a god, indeed, but a stern goddess–Necessity–has allotted the task of telling what they suffer and what things give them happiness. These are the victims of nervous illness, who are obliged to tell their fantasies, among other things, to the doctor by whom they expect to be cured by mental treatment. This is our best source of knowledge, and we have since found good reason to suppose that our patients tell us nothing that we might not also hear from healthy people.

Let us make ourselves acquainted with a few of the characteristics of fantasying. We may lay it down that a happy person never fantasies, only an unsatisfied one. The motive forces of fantasies are unsatisfied wishes, and every single fantasy is the fulfillment of a wish, a correction of unsatisfying reality. These motivating wishes vary according to the sex, character, and circumstances of the person who is having the fantasy; but they fall naturally into two main groups. They are either ambitious wishes, which serve to elevate the subject’s personality; or they are erotic ones. In young women the erotic wishes predominate almost exclusively, for their ambition is as a rule absorbed by erotic trends. In young men egoistic and ambitious wishes come to the fore clearly enough alongside of erotic ones. But we will not lay stress on the opposition between the two trends; we would rather emphasize the fact that they are often united. Just as, in many altarpieces, the portrait of the donor is to be seen in a corner of the picture, so, in the majority of ambitious fantasies, we can discover in some corner or other the lady for whom the creator of the fantasy performs all his heroic deeds and at whose feet all his triumphs are laid. Here, as you see, there are strong enough motives for concealment; the well-brought-up young woman is only allowed a minimum of erotic desire, and the young man has to learn to suppress the excess of self-regard which he brings with him from the spoilt days of his childhood, so that he may find his place in a society which is full of other individuals making equally strong demands.

I cannot pass over the relation of fantasies to dreams. Our dreams at night are nothing else than fantasies like these, as we can demonstrate from the interpretation of dreams. Language, in its unrivaled wisdom, long ago decided the question of the essential nature of dreams by giving the name of daydreams to the airy creations of fantasy. If the meaning of our dreams usually remains obscure to us in spite of this pointer, it is because of the circumstance that at night there also arise in us wishes of which we are ashamed; these we must conceal from ourselves, and they have consequently been repressed, pushed into the unconscious. Repressed wishes of this sort and their derivatives are only allowed to come to expression in a very distorted form. When scientific work had succeeded in elucidating this factor of dream distortion, it was no longer difficult to recognize that night dreams are wish-fulfillments in just the same way as daydreams–the fantasies which we all know so well.

So much for fantasies. And now for the creative writer. May we really attempt to compare the imaginative writer with the “dreamer in broad daylight,” and his creations with daydreams? Here we must begin by making an initial distinction. We must separate writers who, like the ancient authors of epics and tragedies, take over their material ready-made, from writers who seem to originate their own material. We will keep to the latter kind, and, for the purposes of our comparison, we will choose not the writers most highly esteemed by the critics, but the less pretentious authors of novels, romances and short stories, who nevertheless have the widest and most eager circle of readers of both sexes. One feature above all cannot fail to strike us about the creations of these story-writers: each of them has a hero who is the center of interest, for whom the writer tries to win our sympathy by every possible means and whom he seems to place under the protection of a special providence. If, at the end of one chapter of my story, I leave the hero unconscious and bleeding from severe wounds, I am sure to find him at the beginning of the next being carefully nursed and on the way to recovery; and if the first volume closes with the ship he is in going down in a storm at sea, I am certain, at the opening of the second volume, to read of his miraculous rescue–a rescue without which the story could not proceed. The feeling of security with which I follow the hero through his perilous adventures is the same as the feeling with which a hero in real life throws himself into the water to save a drowning man or exposes himself to the enemy’s fire in order to storm a battery. It is the true heroic feeling, which one of our best writers has expressed in an inimitable phrase: “Nothing can happen to me!” It seems to me, however, that through this revealing characteristic of invulnerability we can immediately recognize His Majesty the Ego, the hero alike of every daydream and of every story.

European Union Internet Policy: Fix It Til It's Broke

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Unless you're the EU, in which case, fix it til it's broke!

EU Toys With Blowing Up the Internet as We Know It

Members of the European Parliament have voted to advance legislation that could have a disastrous effect on the internet as we know it.

Changes to the EU's Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which were approved by committee members on Wednesday, contain an article that would force platforms to pay a "link tax" to publishers whose content is linked on their services, and another that would force publishers to install automated filters to prevent the uploading of copyrighted material.

Article 11, the "link tax," grows out of experiments in Germany and Spain that are ostensibly designed to give local publishers a cut of the profit that giant American companies like Google and Facebook make by advertising against the links and snippets of text their users post. The rule has had disastrous and counterproductive effects where it has been implemented. In Spain, the legislation caused Google News to pull out of the country entirely. Further studies show that the law caused a $10 million loss to the industry, primarily shouldered by smaller publishers that relied on the tech giants for distribution.

This new incarnation, which would cover all of the EU's 28 member countries (with specific details of implementation left up to each individual country) would make it more difficult for publishers to simply pull out of Europe entirely, but likely not without additional collateral damage. Publishers, who will take a considerable hit if they lose access to giant platforms, would have an incentive to perhaps cut some sort of deal with behemoths like Facebook or Google.

Read the rest at Popular Mechanics.

The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped.

By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but Article 11 and Article 13 are considered disastrous by some of the foremost tech experts in the world.

Explaining what’s wrong with these two points of the legislation in detail is difficult because the articles themselves are so vague. That’s the primary issue for critics. Both articles make unprecedented demands on anyone operating a popular website to monitor copyrighted material and to pay fees to news organizations when linking out to their articles. Defenders of the plan say that critics are exaggerating because of assumptions they’re making about how the legislation will be implemented. Critics, like one of the “fathers of the internet,” Vint Cerf, and the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, say the risks outweigh the benefits. Who are you going to believe?

Let’s take a look at what’s at stake with these new forthcoming regulations:

Read the rest at Gizmodo.

Everybody But Ron Paul Wants to Run The World

Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find You acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to run the world
It's my own desire
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to run the world
There's a room where the light won't find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do, I'll be right behind you
So glad we've almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to run the world
I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to run the world
Say that you'll never, never, never, need it
One headline, why believe it?
Everybody wants to run the world
All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to run the world

Anamorphic - Joker

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Trump's Travel Ban Is Definitely Not Anti-Muslim, It's Worse

The Trump travel ban (which was upheld today by five of the nine wise ones) on any citizen of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, is not anti-Muslim.

It's far worse than anti-Muslim.

It's a tacit admission of how badly the United States has devastated these countries, so badly that we can't risk letting anyone from there over here because we know some of them might just have a reason to give us back a tiny taste of the hell our government has unleashed on their countries.

So why is Trump continuing to do this to other countries?

BAR9 - Strung Out

Monday, June 25, 2018

5 Reasons Conservatives Should Reevaluate Immigration Policy

My purpose in writing this essay is to evaluate the immigration policy that is commonly supported by conservatives today, especially in the years leading up to and including the Obama-Trump era in U.S. politics, and to show you how this immigration policy is not conservative in any way, how its underlying arguments and mindset are entirely foreign to the American conservative tradition, and how it in fact has far more in common with the ideas and mindset of radical leftist ideologies like those of Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin.

Nailing down a definition of conservatism is no easy task, but generally American conservatism has been characterized by an intellectually rigorous understanding of and commitment to rule of law, individual liberty, and limited government.

1. A conservative immigration policy would not violate anyone's individual liberty.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -The U.S. Declaration of Independence

Individual liberty has always been of paramount concern to American conservatives. Current U.S. immigration policy has been a longstanding violation of the individual liberty of so many immigrants. As our Founding Fathers agreed, *all* men are created equal, and have an unalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. These rights are inherent to human nature. They aren't just for U.S. citizens, and they don't come from the Constitution. The Founding Fathers said they come from God.

The U.S. Constitution and statutory law are supposed to enshrine these self-evident truths, these cornerstone principles of American political exceptionalism. To the extent that a law doesn't (like the innumerable federal laws that conservatives oppose on principle), it is no law at all, but a counterfeit that subverts the very purpose of law. Saying "Illegal immigrants broke the law," sidesteps the essential question of whether the law regards individual liberty to begin with.

2. A conservative immigration policy would not be based on collectivist, socialist premises.

Now those who defend strict federal regulations on immigration, such as federal quotas and permits with aggressive police state measures to enforce them, will say that these policies protect the life, liberty, and property of American citizens, and they will characterize the immigrants who come into this country as essentially an unruly mob of violent criminals and welfare freeloaders. This way of thinking is not conservative, because it is essentially collectivist in its premises, and assigns class guilt to a certain category encompassing millions of people in a certain social strata, the way Marxism does.

As conservatives will readily and correctly argue about gun ownership, the few individuals who make a choice to commit a violent crime with a gun do not define or characterize millions of others who peacefully and safely bear arms. Many American citizens commit violent crimes, but they are an extreme minority and they are individually responsible for their own actions. Conservatives do not accept the fact that there are violent criminals among American citizens as a reasonable basis for blanket restrictions on the freedoms of the millions of other Americans who have not. Those immigrants who have committed violent crimes are also in the extreme minority among immigrants and they are individually responsible for their own actions.

Here is a breakdown of some homicide data from Texas by the Cato Institute if facts matter to you in this debate:

"There were 951 total homicide convictions in Texas in 2015. Of those, native-born Americans were convicted of 885 homicides, illegal immigrants were convicted of 51 homicides, and legal immigrants were convicted of 15 homicides. The homicide conviction rate for native-born Americans was 3.88 per 100,000, 2.9 per 100,000 for illegal immigrants, and 0.51 per 100,000 for legal immigrants (Figure 2). In 2015, homicide conviction rates for illegal and legal immigrants were 25 percent and 87 percent below those of natives, respectively.

Illegal immigrants made up about 6.4 percent of the Texas population in 2015 but only accounted for 5.4 percent of all homicide convictions. Legal immigrants made up 10.4 percent of the Texas population but accounted for only 1.6 percent of homicide convictions. native-born Americans made up 83 percent of the Texas population but accounted for 93 percent of all homicide convictions."

3. A conservative immigration policy would not grow the police state.

Whatever you let your government do to anyone else, including foreigners, you might just be setting up a future where it's now more likely to happen to you, your children, and your grandchildren. This is an example of the principle Christ was communicating in the Book of Matthew when he says whatever you did for the least of these you did for him. Also when he says in the same book whoever calls someone "You Fool!" is in danger of hellfire. It's a matter of respect. Treating others with contempt, the kind of contempt that makes it possible for the United States to continue getting away with a policy of institutional harassment, threats, intimidation, and the most aggressive possible bullying of immigrants, while being gleefully cheered on by throngs of voters is playing with hellfire.

Conservatives, who have been rightly skeptical and fearful of the U.S. federal government throughout its entire history, who have repeated until they are blue in the face to historically naive and uncomprehending liberals that they are stockpiling the world's largest civilian armament because they don't trust Washington not to attempt a hostile takeover, should bristle anytime they see that government abusing anyone, because it's a slippery slope.

Think I'm paranoid? In the earliest days of the Obama Administration, the Department of Homeland Security produced two separate memos profiling conservatives as potential terrorist threats and circulated them to state police departments. The first of these, dated February 20, 2009, was entitled The Modern Militia Movement, and advised state police that potential domestic terrorists could be identified by bumper stickers or activism in favor of limited government, state's rights, many of the amendments in the Bill of Rights(!), the pro-life movement, abolishing the income tax, or withdrawing from the United Nations.

Governments throughout the last hundred years have shown a tendency so powerful it's like a law of physics to become tyrannical, and the path of least resistance is always to enlarge its powers by oppressing and terrorizing a scapegoat with the support or apathy of the general population. Once this treatment of any individual is allowed, a terrible crack in the foundation of society forms, and the circle of tyrannical government power widens to include everyone. In Soviet Russia, it was the Kulaks who were scapegoated in this way, but before long everyone would suffer under the crushing heel of Soviet tyranny.

4. A conservative immigration policy would not be based on fear and zero-sum, scarcity mindset economics.

The federal immigration policy supporters will say that even the non-violent immigrants to America are violating the life, liberty, and property of native born Americans because they are taking money out of the U.S. Treasury through the federal government's welfare programs, and thus stealing what rightfully belongs to American taxpayers. It's simply untrue. A 2013 report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that: "...more than half of undocumented immigrants have federal and state income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes automatically deducted from their paychecks."

The reality is: Immigrants boost economic productivity, pay state and federal taxes, and pay more for federal benefits than they use. According to a 2010 report by the American Immigration Council: "In one estimate, immigrants earn about $240 billion a year, pay about $90 billion a year in taxes, and use about $5 billion in public benefits." Interestingly ICE uses takes more than that ($7.6 billion in FY 2018) out of the federal coffers each year.

Even if it weren't true, it's not immigrants that are doing this to Americans' paychecks and job prospects. It's the federal government whose rapidly expanding size, role, and influence conservatives are unwittingly cheering on to implement their immigration policy. The conservative solution would be to reform and limit the welfare state, not grant unchecked, tyrannical executive powers to the vast and ever growing police state to oppress an entire class of people for some undeserved class guilt. It is a dangerous and short-sighted economic strategy.

It's also foreign to the conservative mindset, which values rugged individualism, and the ability of anyone to work hard in America's remarkably free market system and create opportunities for themselves, rather than lobby the government to prevent others from competing with them for some kind of economic privilege that they feel entitled to. Ironically enough, immigrants to this country are more likely (twice as likely) than native born, voting American citizens to start a business of their own.

5. A conservative immigration policy would not trample on anyone's private property.

It's not merely immigrants that are tyrannized by the federal government's rigid and aggressive police state enforcement of migration quotas and federal work permits for immigrants. As crackdowns on immigrants who haven't renewed their permits increase, federal police are intruding onto private establishments of business where immigrant workers are welcome by the owners as employees. These same immigrants are welcome as customers in other businesses, and as tenants by business that lease residential property.

It should be up to these private property owners to decide who is welcome and who is not in their privately owned establishments. This country, all 3.8 million square miles of it, and all 300 million of us on all that land, is too vast for central planners in Washington to decide who gets to be where. The solution, as espoused by conservatives philosophers and economists from John Locke and Adam Smith forward, has been to allow private property owners to decide what to do with their own property, including who is welcome and who isn't. Saying that a few professional politicians, bureaucrats, and police have the prerogative to decide that for all of us is socialist central planning plain and simple.

This article was sponsored by The Independent Voter Network.

Blackmill - The Drift

Grant Cardone Says Your Goals Aren't High Enough

"I want you to go play the two million dollar game now."

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

By: Sandeep Ravindran

'Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research.

It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the air is thin and oxygen is scarce. Flapping wings push against the air to generate lift, and the thinner the air, the less force those wings can produce.

Yet bumblebees are abundant in high alpine regions. Researchers have long wondered how these tiny flyers were able to navigate the challenges of high-altitude flight—and just how high bumblebees could go. (See intimate portraits of bees.)

“We wondered if these challenges—the reduced air density and oxygen—would limit how high bees can fly,” said Michael Dillon, a scientist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie who recently spent time with colleagues capturing bumblebees at 10,660 feet (3,250 meters) above sea level in China.

“The answer seems to be a resounding no,” he said. “They’re capable of flying very, very high.”

Dillon and his team of researchers found that the bees they collected could fly at air pressure equivalents exceeding 24,275 feet (7,400 meters) above sea level, equivalent to some of the lower peaks in Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range. Two bumblebees were able to fly at more than 29,525 feet (9,000 meters)—higher than Mount Everest.

“We were shocked at how high they could fly,” Dillon said.'

Read the rest at National Geographic.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Outbreak: On Transgender Teens and Psychic Epidemics

By Lisa Marchiano,
Psychotherapist and Certified Jungian Analyst

Having lived through both World Wars, Jung was aware of the dangers of what he termed “psychic epidemics.” He discussed the spontaneous manifestation of an archetype within collective life as indicative of a critical time during which there is a serious risk of a destructive psychic epidemic.

Currently, we appear to be experiencing a significant psychic epidemic that is manifesting as children and young people coming to believe that they are the opposite sex, and in some cases taking drastic measures to change their bodies. Of particular concern to the author is the number of teens and tweens suddenly coming out as transgender without a prior history of discomfort with their sex.

“Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” is a new presentation of a condition that has not been well studied. Reports online indicate that a young person's coming out as transgender is often preceded by increased social media use and/or having one or more peers also come out as transgender. These factors suggest that social contagion may be contributing to the significant rise in the number of young people seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.

Current psychotherapeutic practice involves immediate affirmation of a young person's self-diagnosis, which often leads to support for social and even medical transition. Although this practice will likely help small numbers of children, there may also be many false positives.

The earliest written record from the town of Hamelin in Lower Saxony is from 1384. It states simply, “It is 100 years since our children left.” Historical accounts indicate that sometime in the 13th century, a large number of the town's children disappeared or perished, though the details of the event remain a mystery. “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” is, as far I as have been able to determine, the only Grimm's fairy tale that is based substantially on a historical event. Both the actual event and the Grimm's tale suggest an archetypal situation in which adults have allowed children to be seduced away into peril. This tale is a disconcertingly apt metaphor for various social contagions that have overtaken collective life throughout the centuries.

Having witnessed the destruction and horror of World War II, Jung had much to say about what he termed “psychic epidemics.” Several times throughout The Collected Works, he stressed that such “mass psychoses” are the main threat facing humanity today. “The gods have become disease,” Jung famously wrote. “Zeus no longer rules Olympus but rather the solar plexus, and produces curious specimens for the doctor's consulting room, or disorders the brains of politicians and journalists who unwittingly let loose psychic epidemics on the world”

(1967 Jung, C. G. (1967). The collected works of C G Jung. Vol. 13. Alchemical studies. (H. Read, M. Fordham, G. Adler, & W. McGuire, Eds.; R. F. C. Hull, Trans). Bollingen Series XX. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [Google Scholar], p. 37). When we smugly imagine ourselves above the influence of contents from the collective unconscious, then we are most susceptible to possession by them.

Read the rest on Taylor & Francis Online.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Lover Of Death Gets His Wish

Neocon Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68

Caitlin Johnstone pulls no punches:

"Fox News contributor, Washington Post columnist and neoconservative thought leader Charles Krauthammer has died of cancer, and there is a mad media rush of establishment eulogies scrambling to canonize him as a great man in the eyes of the public before anyone can step back and take stock of what this man’s legacy actually is. This is perfectly understandable, because if social consciousness cements into history what a wheelchair full of toxic human waste Krauthammer actually was, it will make things much more difficult for them to manufacture support for their neoconservative wars going forward.

In April of 2003, Charles Krauthammer christened the Iraq invasion he had loudly and persistently advocated the 'Three Week War.' As part of his arguments about how easy the war would be and how soon it would be over, the time-challenged Krauthammer bizarrely asserted that the war in Afghanistan had taken nine weeks."

Read the rest on Medium or Steemit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This Is The United States Vol #019 - ICE Director Says ICE Can't Be Compared To Nazis Since They're Just Following Orders

Via PoliticsMaven:

"Asked what he thinks of people comparing ICE to Nazis, acting director Thomas Homan replied with the Nuremberg defense.

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday that comparing ICE agents to Nazis is unfair, because 'they’re simply enforcing laws enacted by Congress.'

Thomas Homan employed the 'Nuremberg defense' – used by German Nazi officials in an attempt to escape accountability with the claim they were merely following orders."


This Is The United States.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dow Tumbles Over 300 Points, Wiping Out Gain For Year, As Trump Directs More Tariffs At China

P&G's stock went up, likely on anticipated Pepto sales

CNBC: "Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday after President Donald Trump's latest threat to China increased fears of an impending trade war between the world's largest economies.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 329 points, with Boeing, DowDuPont and Caterpillar as the worst-performing stocks in the index. The 30-stock index also erased all of its gains for the year and was on pace to post a six-day losing streak, its longest since March 2017."

Axios: "President Trump announced on Monday that he wants to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese exports on which to add tariffs of 10% — in addition to the $50 billion in tariffs the administration has already announced — which could set off the next battle in a burgeoning trade war.

What to expect: China has said it will hit back with its own tariffs, as it has done before. If that happens, Trump said in last night's announcement that he wants to identify another $200 billion of Chinese exports to tax. That would total $450 billion in Chinese exports. China exported $505 billion to the U.S. in 2017, so the U.S. would nearly run out of exports to tax. The U.S. exported about $130 billion to China last year."

America should have elected an economist to run the government instead of an actor.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Opus 21

Take the Power of Nine Challenge and listen to one Beethoven symphony a day for nine days in a row to massively up your power level. Do this while you're working, working out, or doing household chores. Or do it quietly while sitting still with your eyes closed. As these spirits wash over you in a sublime frolic, they will make everything clean and pure, and you will approach life with a sense of humor and divine potency. If you're in this to win this, take the Power of Nine Challenge.

Monday, June 18, 2018

This Is The United States Vol #018 - Audio of 10 Crying Children Who Were Taken From Their Parents By The United States

ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.”

Read ProPublica's report here.

Great Writers Are Found With An Open Mind

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague’s forwarded email has set me straight. Sent to a literary agent, presumably this letter was also fired off to the agents of the entire Penguin Random House stable. The email cites the publisher’s ‘new company-wide goal’: for ‘both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.’ (Gotta love that shouty boldface.) ‘This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.’ The email proudly proclaims that the company has removed ‘the need for a university degree from nearly all our jobs’ — which, if my manuscript were being copy-edited and proof-read by folks whose university-educated predecessors already exhibited horrifyingly weak grammar and punctuation, I would find alarming.

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. Gender and ethnicity questions provide the coy ‘prefer not to say’ option, ensuring that being female or Japanese can remain your deep dark secret. As the old chocolate-or-vanilla sexes have multiplied into Baskin Robbins, responders to ‘How would you define your gender?’ may tick, ‘Prefer to use my own term’. In the pull-down menu under ‘How would you define your sexual orientation?’, ‘Bi’ and ‘Bisexual’ are listed as two completely different answers (what do these publishing worthies imagine ‘bi’ means?). Not subsumed by that mere ‘gender’ enquiry, out of only ten questions, ‘Do you identify as trans?’ merits a whole separate query — for 0.1 per cent of the population. (Thus with a staff of about 2,000, PRH will need to hire exactly two). You can self-classify as disabled, and three sequential questions obviously hope to elicit that you’ve been as badly educated as humanly possible.

Read the rest at The Spectator.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Being Aggressive Overcomes Fear - Jocko Willink and Jordan Peterson

What JBP actually says in this is Bravery Overcomes Fear.

What are you afraid of?

Couple Reveals Child's Gender Five Years Too Late

Oh boy

A story that defies understanding until you realize... how old the parents are.

It's a boy! And he's five. Beck Laxton, 46, and partner Kieran Cooper, 44, have spent half the decade concealing the gender of their son, Sasha. "I wanted to avoid all that stereotyping," Laxton said.

I'm confused. Is being stereotyped as a boy worse than being stereotyped as a court jester with an extra chromosome? "Wha--! That is so offensive!" Agreed. So why did she do it?

"Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?"

On a hunch I checked out her blog to see how opposed she was to slotting people into boxes:

I may be wrong, but this appears to be a woman whose whole life is boxes.

The premise for this unstory is that the parents wanted to prevent any gender stereotyping, so hid the child's gender from everyone to let him [sic] grow unstereotyped.

The problem is that the parents already know the sex. They can't unknow it. They aren't acting from no information, they are acting in reaction to the information. They are saying they are raising him gender neutral, but what they are actually doing, precisely, is choosing not to raise him as a boy.

Sasha's gender was almost revealed when he took to running around their garden naked, but Beck was resolute and encouraged him to play with dolls to hide his masculinity.

Hide it from whom? The kid knows he's a boy. If he wants to play with dolls that's one thing, but evidently the dolls aren't for him, for his benefit, but as a signal to other people.

Not wanting other people to affect his development is fine, but as parents they are the most important influence in his early years, and their chief lesson is that who he is is less relevant than the appearance of who he is. They are telling him reality doesn't exist. Not "boys can do whatever they want" but "pretend you are not a boy."

As a "radical feminist", would she have encouraged the same denial from a daughter?

Read the rest at The Last Psychiatrist.

Esbe - Bloomsday

Sweet, soothing, and celebratory– a very fun album.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Song Of The Stars

Dead Can Dance

We Are
The Stars
Which Sing

We Sing With
Our Light

We Are
The Birds
Of Fire

We Fly
The Sky

Our Light
Is A Voice

We Make A Road
For The Spirit
To Pass Over

We Are
Like The Wind
Luminous Wind

We Make A Road
For The Spirits
To Pass Over

For The Spirits
To Pass Over

Ba Mwen
Son Oue

Ba Mwen
Son Oue

O Ba Mwen
Son Ou
Soley Leve

Give Me
Your Sound

Give Me
Your Sound

Give Me
Your Sound

Monty Python's John Cleese On Political Correctness and The Role of Offensive Comedy

Amazing that in the 80s it was conservatives who were stuffy and self-righteous, and who led moral panics against offensive speech, and today it seems far more often that conservatives are the ones poking fun at sacred cows, while liberals are more often the ones reacting with sanctimonious moral panic.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hitler Agrees with Jeff Sessions Interpretation of Romans 13

I am merely enforcing the law!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dont Take On Me

But I'll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is okay
Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry

This Is The United States Vol #017 - Sarah Sanders Tries To Defend Migrant Family Separation Policy

Only the most credulously partisan Republican wingnut would choose to believe that the Democrats are making the Trump Administration do this.

As for the Bible, in the book of I Samuel, the children of Israel sin by clamoring to Samuel for God to appoint a government headed by a king to rule over them.

God is disappointed in them and tells them of all the misfortunes a king will bring to their nation.

One of the things He warns will happen is that the king will separate children from their parents.

Fox News North Korea Hypocrisy Caught on Tape

The Fox News North Korea hypocrisy video is making its rounds on the Internet this week after Now This dug up footage of Fox News anchors and analysts slamming Barack Obama for expressing his willingness to meet with North Korean leaders, and contrasting it with clips of the heavily partisan cable news network heaping effusive praise on President Trump for doing just that.

The video begins with a clip of one of the Fox & Friends morning show hosts, Steve Doocy, criticizing as "extraordinary" then-President Obama's willingness to meet with leaders of North Korea:

"Would you, as president, meet with the leaders of a country like North Korea? Obama, extraordinarily, said, 'I'd meet with them.'"

In another clip, Mike Huckabee (whose daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, now works for Mr. Trump as White House Press Secretary) waxes indignant:

President Obama likes talking to dictators!

As Huckabee would have his audience believe, Obama doesn't merely talk to dictators as a necessary aspect of international diplomacy and statecraft (which would be bad enough, right!), but he actually likes it! He looks forward to it on his days off!

On the golf course he bellows a heavy sigh that he's not chatting up Robert Mugabi instead! "Hey Bobby, love what you're doing with the mustache!" This is what passes for commentary on partisan cable news networks like Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Next up, Sarah Palin piles on with:

"He [Obama] would meet with some of these madmen without any preconditions."

Not to be outdone, Doocy gets two clips in the montage:

"[Talking as if he is Obama] 'You know, I'm gonna reach out to these crazy people around the world and try to get things done.'"

Followed by a Fox News analyst claiming:

"Obama is bowing and scraping before dictators."

And another asking Karl Rove:

"What is team Obama doing establishing formal contacts with these people?"

That was 2008 - 2016 Fox News under President Obama.

The difference between Fox then and Fox now, with a Republican President in the White House is emphasized to perfect comedic effect as the montage shifts to the recent Fox News North Korea coverage of President Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, playing over-the-top triumphant music (like the Star Wars throne room theme at the end of A New Hope) with a Fox News voiceover:

"A remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries!"

Then Sean Hannity:

"The commander in chief's leadership is now leading to a major foreign policy breakthrough– President Trump scoring a big win!"

And Laura Ingraham:

"President Trump proves the experts wrong again and scores a stunning diplomatic triumph."

Then one of the other two heads on Fox & Friend's three-headed partisan attack dog says this, echoing and reversing Sarah Palin's grievance against Obama:

"How about this? All he wants is to get them back to the table as a precondition."

Followed by Geraldo Rivera:

"It's breathtaking, it's audacious, it's bold. It will be historic. I'm juiced about it."

Careful Geraldo, you're starting to approach the partisan sycophancy of Chris Matthews, who actually bragged to Keith Olbermann and MSNBC's audience in 2008 that he felt a tingle go up his leg while listening to Obama speak. ("Look what a good Democrat I am, listening to Obama speak actually gives me literal physical pleasure." Partisanship on both sides is absolutely nuts!)

Hannity again:

"Obama would personally negotiate with the leaders of terrorist nations like Iran and North Korea without preconditions."

But now:

"The world will probably be a little bit safer. The media should be giving President Trump credit for that."

You can watch the entire montage here.

Democrats should not gloat over this either. Only consistent Independent voters and third party members can legitimately have a good laugh over this. Democrats spent all eight years of Obama doggedly defending him as he hit the gas pedal on nearly every aspect of the Bush Administration that Democrats found most egregious (like executive power, Wall Street corruption, never-ending military conflicts, and civil liberties violations), and elected Obama to reform in the first place.

The blatant inconsistency in coverage of POTUSes on different sides of the partisan duopoly should be enough for Independent voters to turn off all cable news (not just Fox) forever and stick with independent media online instead. It's okay to have an agenda, but the agenda should be principles and policies, not advancing parties, and conveniently switching positions on principles and policies every four to eight years, depending on who's in office.

What good could possibly come of that?

As I wrote on The Independent Voter Network in March of 2017:

"It seems that willful amnesia is the grease that oils the machine of partisan dysfunction."

Thank you to The Independent Voter Network for sponsoring this article.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Epic of Gilgamesh - Tablet I, Part II: The Wild One

(Part I Here)

Walks Around
Within The
Walls of Uruk

Like A
Wild Bull
He Makes

Head Held
High Over
The Others

There Is No
Rival Who Can
Raise A Sword
Against Him

His Men Stand
At The Alert
To The Sound
Of His Voice

But The Men
Of Uruk Grow

Does Not
Leave A
Son To
His Father

Day And
Night He
Stretches Out
His Hand
To Take

Is Gilgamesh
The Keeper
Of Uruk-Haven?

Is He As
A Shepherd?


Does Not
Leave A
Girl To
Her Mother

The Daughters
Of Warriors,
The Brides
Of Young Men

Their Laments
Rose To The
Gods Above

So The Gods
Of The Sky
Implored Anu
Lord of Uruk

"Indeed Have
You Brought
Into Being
A Mighty
And Proud
Wild Bull

There Is No
Rival Who Can
Raise A Sword
Against Him

His Men Stand
At The Alert
To The Sound
Of His Voice

But The Men
Of Uruk Grow

Does Not
Leave A
Son To
His Father

Day And
Night He
Stretches Out
His Hand
To Take

Is Gilgamesh
The Keeper
Of Uruk-Haven?

Is He As
A Shepherd?


Does Not
Leave A
Girl To
Her Mother

The Daughters
Of Warriors,
The Brides
Of Young Men"

Anu Heard
Their Laments
And The Gods
Called Out
To Aruru:

"It Was You
Who Created

Now Create
A Word

An Answer
To Equal The
Stormy Heart
Of Gilgamesh

Let Them Be
A Match For
Each Other

So That Uruk
May Find

When Aruru
Heard This
She Created
Within Herself
The Word
of Anu

Aruru Washed
Her Hands And
Pinched Off
Some Clay
Throwing It
Into The

In The Wild
She Created
Brave Enkidu
Son of Silence

Endowed With
Strength By
The Gods of
And Rain

His Body
Was Shaggy
With Hair

His Hair Was
Grown Out
Like A Woman

His Locks
Billowed In
Like Ashnan

He Knew Not
People Nor
Laws and Customs

But Did Wear
A Garment
Like Sumukan

He Ate
With The

And Jostled
At The
Watering Hole
With The Animals

As With Animals
His Thirst Was
Only Sated
By Water

A Famous
Trapper Came
Face to Face
With Him
Opposite The
Watering Hole

A First
A Second
A Third Day

He Came
Face to Face
With Him
Opposite The
Watering Hole

At The Sight
Of Him The
Face Went
Stark With Fear

And Enkidu
And His
Animals Went
Back Home

The Trapper
Was Frozen
With Fear

Though His
Heart Pounded
And His Face
Went Pale

He Was Disturbed
To The Very Core

And His Face
Became Weary
As If He
Had Made A
Long Journey

The Trapper
Addressed His
Father Saying:

"Father, A
Certain Fellow
Has Come From
The Mountains

He Is
The Mightiest
In The Land!

His Strength
Is As Mighty
As The Hand
Of Anu!

He Continually
Goes Over
The Mountains

He Continually
Jostles At The
Watering Place
With The Animals

He Continually
Plants His Feet
Opposite The
Watering Place

I Was Afraid
So I Did Not
Go Up To Him

He Filled In
The Pits That
I Had Dug

He Wrenched
Out The Traps
I Had Spread

He Released
The Wild Animals
From My Grasp

He Does Not
Let Me Make
My Rounds In
The Wilderness!"

The Trapper's
Father Spoke
To Him Saying:

"My Son
There Lives
In Uruk A
Man Named

There Is No
One Stronger
Than He

He Is As
Strong As
The Hand
Of Anu

Set Off
To Uruk

There Tell
Of This Man
Of Might

He Will Give
You The Harlot

Take Her
With You

The Woman Will
Overcome The
Fellow As If
She Were Strong

When The
Animals Are
Drinking At The
Watering Place
Have Her
Take Off
Her Robe
And Show
Her Sex

When He
Sees Her
He Will Draw
Near To Her

And His Animals
Who Grew Up In
His Wilderness
Will Be Alien
To Him"

So He Took His
Father's Advice

The Trapper
Went Off
To Uruk

He Made
The Journey

And Standing
Inside Uruk
The Trapper
Declared To

"A Certain Fellow
Has Come From
The Mountains

He Is
The Mightiest
In The Land!

His Strength
Is As Mighty
As The Hand
Of Anu!

He Continually
Goes Over
The Mountains

He Continually
Jostles At The
Watering Place
With The Animals

He Continually
Plants His Feet
Opposite The
Watering Place

I Was Afraid
So I Did Not
Go Up To Him

He Filled In
The Pits That
I Had Dug

He Wrenched
Out The Traps
I Had Spread

He Released
The Wild Animals
From My Grasp

He Does Not
Let Me Make
My Rounds In
The Wilderness!"

Gilgamesh Said
To The Trapper:

"Go Trapper
Bring The
Harlot Shamhat
With You

When The
Animals Are
Drinking At The
Watering Place
Have Her
Take Off
Her Robe
And Show
Her Sex

When He
Sees Her
He Will Draw
Near To Her

And His Animals
Who Grew Up In
His Wilderness
Will Be Alien
To Him"

So The
Trapper Went
Taking The
Harlot Shamhat
With Him

They Set Off
On The Journey
Making Direct

Part III: The Fall

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Motets for 5 Voices

From Wikipedia:

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525 – 2 February 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work has often been seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony.

In music, polyphony is one type of musical texture, where a texture is, generally speaking, the way that melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic aspects of a musical composition are combined to shape the overall sound and quality of the work. In particular, polyphony consists of two or more simultaneous lines of independent melody, as opposed to a musical texture with just one voice, monophony, or a texture with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords, which is called homophony.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Guide to Investing in CryptoCurrency for Beginners

The first of many globally successful private cryptocurrencies over the last decade, Bitcoin is history's most profitable investment so far.

To understand why, we first have to fundamentally understand what money is and why it's so valuable.

If you want to start investing in cryptocurrency, it's important to understand these fundamentals first.

One of the easiest ways to lose a lot of money investing is by not having a deep understanding of what you're putting your money into.

"Invest in what you know."

Peter Lynch is the legendary American investor and mutual fund manager who averaged a 29.2% annual return (more than doubling the S&P 500 stock index) from 1977 to 1990, the best performance of any mutual fund over that period in the world.

The assets under his management grew from $18 million in '77 to $14 billion by 1990.

He's famous for saying, "Invest in what you know."

CryptoCurrency Is Private Money

If you can't give a technically precise definition of money and its function in the economy, you are not ready to invest in cryptocurrency– yet.

Money is a product with certain features that solve problems people have– just like any product.

1. One of those problems is that many people produce far more than they can consume, and need a way to save the extra value they've created.

Money provides a store of value so that people can save, and have an incentive to produce even more.

2. Another problem is that everybody has too much of something and not enough of something else, but may not be able to find someone who has an excess of exactly what they need, and a lack of exactly what they have too much of to directly trade for it.

Money provides a universal medium of exchange so that everyone can trade what they have too much of for payment in money, knowing that they can trade money in payment for what they don't have enough of.

3. The third problem money solves is foundational to a modern, hyper-productive economy.

The problem is that in order to make useful calculations for advanced and complex economic undertakings, we need a way to understand and express the relative value of all goods in terms of each other.

Money provides a unit of account so that we can value goods and services, record debts (which is essential to the credit and capital markets, massive drivers of economic productivity), and make precise calculations to understand, manage, and grow our businesses as well as our personal finances.

Monopoly Money and Free Market Money

Up until the advent of Bitcoin, the world's money has been provided by central banks with legally-granted monopolies over money, under the pretense of providing it as a socialized good under the heavy-handed control of bureaucratic central planners with the best interests of "the general welfare" in mind.

In America the monopoly private bank in charge of the nation's money is the Federal Reserve.

It was founded in 1913, and is headed by a chair appointed by the President of the United States.

I'm going to get to some practical investment and financial advice with specific steps to follow to invest in cryptocurrency, but this next part is important to understand if you're just getting started.

It's the backstory and context to why the market for private cryptocurrency has emerged in the first place, and explains its meteoric rise, as well as its continued promise as an investment vehicle.

The Federal Reserve and U.S. Dollar

The Fed and U.S. government have exercised a tightly-controlled, legally-sanctioned monopoly over the market for money for over a century now.

And as with all coercive monopolies, the legally privileged few who operate it profit excessively and unfairly at the expense of everyone else.

When new entrants are not allowed to compete in the market for any product, the product stagnates.

The business that holds a monopoly over it can dictate terms to those who use it. The needs of the customers take a backseat to the profits of the monopoly.

The result is a product that costs those who use it more while providing them with less value.

This is the history of the U.S. Dollar since 1913.

Inflation Is Theft

The Federal Reserve system is constantly making every dollar we've earned worth less every year through inflation by creating massive amounts of new dollars and lending them to borrowers at a profit.

Because the U.S. government has actually made it a crime to create a private currency and aggressively prosecuted those who've tried, consumers and businesses have no choice but to use their funny money, and the entire monopoly monetary system has stolen trillions of dollars from everyone:

...and given all that stolen money to the owners of America's monopoly banking system.

(That's why the top campaign contributor to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were both Wall Street hedge funds, and why Wall Street banks, which are essentially branches of the Federal Reserve, always number high among the top contributors to presidential candidates of both parties.)

In other countries like Venezuela, Greece, and Zimbabwe, the monopoly central banks stole so much so fast from economies that were not stable enough, that they completely collapsed their currencies and their entire economies.

But when multiple businesses in any product segment actually have to compete for willing customers in a free market instead of coercing them, their profits are dependent on serving the customer.

If they don't treat the customer fairly and if they don't continually innovate to improve their product, they will lose market share to competitors who do.

Previous attempts at creating private currencies (such as Liberty Dollar, E-gold, and Liberty Reserve) have been violently shut down with armed raids, prison time, and seizures of the private money by the incredibly corrupt government money monopoly.

But the creators of Bitcoin found a way to create a private, Internet-based currency that could not be stopped by making the entire system completely decentralized and peer-to-peer.

Unable to stop it, the U.S. federal government had to relent to the new reality that it could no longer aggressively hold onto its monopoly over money.

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are legal in the United States, with the U.S. Treasury classifying bitcoin "as a convertible decentralized virtual currency in 2013. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, classified bitcoin as a commodity in September 2015. Per IRS, bitcoin is taxed as a property."

Now that you have an overview of what money is, and a good sense of the problem of government money monopolies (for more in depth study on the history of the Federal Reserve, I recommend The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin), a brief overview of the solution is in order before diving into the specific steps to start investing in cryptocurrency...

Bitcoin, history's most profitable investment.

So far Bitcoin has been the most profitable investment opportunity of all time. And it happened in a flash.

In 2011 you could buy one bitcoin for 30 cents apiece, so for $100 you could buy 333.33 bitcoins in 2011.

If you didn't touch it during the wild ride up...

You could have sold your initial $100 investment of 333.33 BTC on Dec 17, 2017 for $6,594,267.

During that time, over a thousand other cryptocurrencies have emerged.

The market capitalization (or total value) of all cryptocurrencies exceeded $800 billion in 2018.

What drives the price of cryptocurrencies?

The demand for a product like Bitcoin appears insatiable, and in its wake, many other private digital currencies like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), and Steem (SBD) have created massive fortunes.

The technically skilled software engineers who design them, the major companies that use them, and the speculators who invest in them have created the fastest growing part of the global economy.

Now everyone has many currencies to choose from. Private digital currencies can be customized to meet the needs and interests of those who use them.

As competition in the free market for currency intensifies, so will product innovation.

Private currencies like Bitcoin have features that are highly valued by the market: Many are open source, decentralized, peer-to-peer, secure, anonymous, and non-inflationary (unlike the U.S. dollar and other fiat currencies). They held instant appeal to a market place that has spent hundreds of billions buying them.

So investing in cryptocurrency is really not a bad idea.

But that doesn’t mean that people don’t have bad ideas about how to go about investing in cryptocurrency.

Like those people who took mortgages out at the height of Bitcoin’s price in December 2017 to buy massive amounts of BTC and then found their investment dropped by a gut wrenching amount overnight.

Most of them were probably terrified and sold their bitcoin at a massive loss. They’ll be traumatized over that for a long time if not the rest of their lives.

Which is a shame.

Because the problem wasn't cryptocurrency, the problem was they made an impulsive speculative gamble hoping to get rich quick, and worse, they did it with money they didn't even have!

And also because the growth of cryptocurrency, like the growth of broadband Internet and the World Wide Web in the late 1990s, saw a predictable early rush of premature over-investment (the “Dot Com Bubble” in the case of the web), but the World Wide Web continued to be a powerhouse engine of economic growth, and crypto is just getting started too.

So if you want to take advantage of this incredibly promising investment opportunity, follow these steps to ensure that you think and go about it the right way.

Despite the promise of easy millions that has happened for many fortunate people who were lucky enough to know about Bitcoin and other highly profitable cryptocurrencies, and invested in them early, you should not think of investing in cryptocurrency as a get rich quick scheme. It should be part of a broader financial plan and sound money mindset.

Even if you were to be so lucky and make millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency profits almost overnight, what do you think would make you so different from all those people who've won the lottery and gone from rags to riches and back to rags in no time because they didn't have good financial habits?

If you don't already have an overall financial plan, that's the first place to start as a foundational basis for getting into cryptocurrency and having the right financial mindset to protect and grow your wealth.

Step 1: Manage Debt First

(If you're already debt-free, have money to invest that you can afford to lose in a volatile, high-risk / high-reward market like cryptocurrency, skip to Step 2.)

Don’t finance your private currency portfolio with debt. Not even indirectly. That means if you have debts, and you’re interested in becoming wealthy by investing in cryptocurrency, start by whacking at those debts relentlessly. There isn’t enough space in this article for a truly in-depth guide on paying off debt and becoming debt free, but I can provide an overview.

First, write everything down. Get a nice notebook and a pencil and list your assets (how much money you have in checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement funds, etc.) in one column and your liabilities (credit cards, student loans, etc.) in another.

Then list all your monthly cash inflows and all your monthly expenses or outflows. If you want to become the kind of person who attracts money and accumulates wealth, you have to become an individual who produces more than they consume and invests the excess instead of spending it. It really is as simple as that, though it's not easy for everyone to do.

For many people, their time horizon is so short, that they are unable to delay gratification for future gain. Though luck certainly has something to do with it, and some poor people have just had extremely bad luck, if you are living in a relatively stable country with a lot of opportunities, and you're at least average of intelligence and in good health, the difference between the rich and poor is mostly that the poor spend their time and money, while the rich invest theirs.

Cashflow is king, and if you cannot balance your spending to stay within your income while increasing your income, you will never have enough money even if you win the lottery. That's why people who get suddenly rich through winning the lottery or overnight success in sports or entertainment end up in serious debt with a lot of zeroes on it even though they had millions to start with. If you want to invest in cryptocurrency to become wealthy, you have to learn how to think like the wealthy do.

So if you have debts, you must learn this financial discipline now, by making it your absolute mission to crush those debts as fast as possible. That means insanely decreasing your expenses and increasing your income. Everything non-essential that you're paying for has to go. Netflix is $12 a month. Kill it and spend the extra time reading to learn more about investing and cryptocurrencies. If you have cable, cut it. It's making you stupid anyway. Don't even think about eating out or drinking alcohol or soda pops.

If you smoke, quit now. What's the point anyway of becoming wealthy just to die an early death in pain and discomfort and not get to enjoy it?

I don't say this flippantly. I'm writing this guide to investing in cryptocurrency for myself first and foremost, to organize my thoughts and make a plan to start doing this. To pay off my two credit cards ($3600 and $2600 as of June 8, 2018) as fast as possible, I'm going to buy no more groceries until I eat every last canned good and pack of ramen in my cupboards.

Then I'm only eating bulk rice, beans, whole grain rolled oats, onions, potatoes, and eggs until my credit cards are paid off and I'm done bleeding $200 a month in interest and fees. I could be investing that, but I'm not because I haven't taken my debts seriously.

If you're in debt, I highly recommend you do the same. You might even get physically as well as financially healthier at the same time, so that's a big double win for you! You might find you can think more clearly too if your brain isn't full of all the junk sugars in bad food, nicotine, carcinogens, and cable television.

If you keep wasting money on instant gratification, which causes you to waste even more money on servicing debts you're dragging behind you, that next pizza you order could be costing 2028 You thousands and thousands of dollars of foregone cryptocurrency earnings. If it helps, that's how you have to view the price tags on all the little mindless pleasures that keep you in debt for a moment of fleeting pleasure today.

That pizza isn't going to cost you $12. It's going to cost you $12,000. Not worth it! I'm not saying there's no point in enjoying life, but not if you're in debt (i.e. indentured to a bank) and trying to become wealthy. So long as you have your daily bread, you will be fine.

Those animal pleasures like salts and sweets and smokes are not good enough for you. Instead you could be building your own empire and a fortune that lasts generations. If you miss Netflix and eating out, gorge yourself on useful information to fill the void instead. Man can not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Now the next step, and this is especially important if you have bigger debts than I do, like a millstone of student loans hanging around your neck, is you have to increase your income. Clear out Netflix, video games (unless you are a pro gamer, sell your consoles and put it toward your debts)– whatever it is that takes up your time– and get a second job or a part time job.

Take all the extra money you're making and the money you're saving from cutting back expenses and just repeatedly punch your debts in the face with it, until they're on the ground and down for the count. Use notorious financial advisor, Dave Ramsey's "debt snowball" method of paying off your smallest debt first, and then adding the monthly interest savings to your assault on the next biggest debt.

You may have to modify that a little based on which debt is costing you the most in interest and fees. Do what makes sense. Dave Ramsey is hardly bullish on cryptocurrencies, but he's an expert at helping people get out of debt (and he'll come around on cryptocurrencies when everyone else does).

Listen, I know you came here looking for a cryptocurrency investment guide for beginners, and not for advice on getting out of debt or becoming a better person, but if you look at cryptocurrencies as an easy way out of becoming smart with money, you are likely setting yourself up for a bad time, even if you do luck out on the next meteoric ICO (initial coin offering) and get dollars back for pennies overnight.

Maybe especially if you do. It'll pass right through you and burn hot and fast if you are the kind of person who turns all the gold you touch into things instead of turning all the things you touch into gold. And the crash after flying so high will be absolutely miserable.

Now the next steps are still a work in progress. They will be detailed and specific, but completely readable to a normal person. I'm not sure when I will have it completed–– I've got many ongoing writing projects related to The Humble Libertarian in addition to posting daily news updates about politics and business from all over the world. If you would like an update when this guide is complete, subscribe to my email list and I will be sure to let you know when it's published!

Thanks for reading.

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