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Western Union and Moneygram are EOL for anyone with a smartphone, obsoleted by the . Some currencies today, most within the next few years. Nigeria (NGN) and Ghana (GHS) just got connected to instant, virtually free USD remittances:

It's not just node count and network capacity growing exponentially. With it, the Lightning Labs newsletter size also seems to be growing at similar rates these days...

It should not be surprising that academic bureaucrats, who willingly become authorities on scientific matters in service of a political authority, are therefore oftentimes not very good scientists, and are prone to disregard dissenting opinions after making public announcements. After all, authority rests on trust, while science means you can be wrong anytime, and you should even welcome when that's the case.

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Also, and more importantly, there is no scientific authority to begin with, for exactly this reason. Throughout history, whenever a scientific matter was treated as dogma, and not as "the best model we currently have while considering any and all new evidence and theories", it stagnated and crippled the search for truth.

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It's difficult for me to be tolerant of people claiming they are able to recognize scientific authority on epidemiology, immunology, or climate change, when most don't even recognize high school physics in action, when they are explicitly challenged to consider something that is counter-intuitive.

> The work of reconciling science and public opinion is carried out, not through education, but through a kind of distributed demagogy, or Scientism. We are learning that this is not a stable solution to the perennial problem of authority that every society must solve.

/ht @lain

Checked out Zeus, an open-source node front-end for Android and iOS.

Supports all major node implementations: ✅
Connect via Tor: ✅
Available on F-Droid: ✅
Proper FOSS license: ✅

Major drawback: no encryption for stored credentials yet! ⚠️

Conclusion: Very promising, but not secure enough for a node with serious funds at this moment. Donated some sats, keeping on watch list.

> Julian Assange speaking in 2011: "The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war"

Mission accomplished. A 20-year racket worth ~2,200,000,000,000 USD.

Actual history vs. pop fiction:

> While belief in witchcraft, and persecutions directed at or excused by it, were widespread in pre-Christian Europe, and reflected in Germanic law, the influence of the Church in the early medieval era resulted in the revocation of these laws in many places, bringing an end to traditional pagan witch hunts.

> With Blockstream Energy’s Modular Mining Units (MMUs) installed on site, energy producers can dynamically deliver power to the grid, the Bitcoin network, or a mix of both, with power allocated automatically according to daily or seasonal fluctuations in demand from the grid. In turn, this accelerates ROI on renewable energy investments and incentivizes further investment in renewable sourced Bitcoin and alternative energy use in general.

Apparently, Freenode now requires SASL, but the SASL auth just fails for me with valid credentials. So I cannot even connect to it at all anymore. I guess that's it then.


Blockchain due diligence 101:
run a (validating) node...put your money only in ones where you do not fail with your hardware at home.

> When he announced the closing of the gold window, Nixon said, “Let me lay to rest the bugaboo of what is called devaluation,” and promised, “your dollar will be worth just as much as it is today.”

> The dollar has lost more than 85% of its value since Nixon’s fateful decision, based on the CPI calculator.

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