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Concept and Features of Eternal Wallet (Part 3/4)
Today, we will look into The Transfer Token (TTT) and detail on how it contributes to TTT and the Eternal Wallet system. Additionally, there is information on partnering with foreign countries’ payment service providers and E-counter, a revolutionary service that expands the use cases of Eternal Wallet. https://preview.redd.it/tsz37g9yb1l51.jpg?width=790&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1483b3a8ec785b367d38e51ca9288eb5cce4c5d1 ⑬ Deposits made in BTC With Eternal Wallet, deposits made using Bitcoin are possible. By enabling this, Eternal Wallet can accept deposits from countries other than the countries in which fiat currency is accepted. This will hopefully result in the increase of participants in Eternal Wallet by accepting such users and lead to the decrease of distortion due to price differences of fiat currencies within Eternal Wallet. https://preview.redd.it/q3x4mrf3c1l51.jpg?width=790&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=65301d57daf87deb414d5fd127aefdde87a7526f ⑭ Improve accessibility by partnering with various countries’ electronic payment companies Atom Solutions is engaging in partnership with electronic payment companies and payment providers of various countries. With these partnerships, not only can users make payments to various services using the fiat currencies within their Eternal Wallets, but also make exchanges with each country’s electronic money. Moreover, by enabling the deposit/withdrawal of Eternal Wallet through each country’s ATMs, overseas remittance sending/receiving cases using Eternal Wallet will increase, leading to better convenience of Eternal Wallet. ⑮ E-counter With Eternal Wallet, as a means to a window for deposit or withdrawal, a service called E-counter is available. As to what E-counter is, it is a service where users can search for a nearby deposit/withdrawal desk within Eternal Wallet. Registering for E-counter can be done with anyone holding a storefront, and commission fees can be set up individually. Traditional sharing services usually cannot be started without a car or a room to conduct business, but E-counter registration can be done with any storefront, be it a restaurant, beauty salon, retail store, etc. The entry requirements are set low as one of its features and are a necessity for the goal of expanding the Eternal Wallet’s service to the far reaches of the globe. https://preview.redd.it/xyfqaar8c1l51.jpg?width=790&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=74237f30417e48c620356467e4cc6f3fed7a4967 In the final chapter, we shall conduct an overview of how each point from the previous articles helps make possible the concept of Eternal Wallet, and the world’s most affordable overseas remittance.
Hi, I have been chatting with a woman in Macao who says she is a beauty salon and fashion shop owner. She has not video chatted me, but has sent some photos, and we have chatted at length. When I first started chatting with her, she told me about all of the money she made trading Bitcoin futures, and sent me a link to a Goldenday Profit Kamyip Co, Ltd, as well as a pdf with an account application. She has a cheese analyst who gives her "signals", she showed me to make 100 k)))) Also there is broker who asked my details to open a trading account. But he is not authorized anywhere)) Subsequent conversations seem to turn to whether I opened the account. Looks like a scam to me. Have any of you had this happen to them? Be carefull
Imagine if there was one desk that all stories could cross so that, at 4am, a media plan could be decided upon and disseminated where all news outlets coordinated to set the goalposts of debate and hyper focused on specific issues to drive a narrative to control how you vote and how you spend money; where Internet shills were given marching orders in tandem to what was shown on television, printed in newspapers and spread throughout articles on the World Wide Web. https://i.imgur.com/Elnci0M.png In the past, we had Operation Mockingbird, where the program was supremely confident that it could control stories around the world, even in instructions to cover up any story about a possible “Yeti” sighting, should it turn out they were real. https://i.imgur.com/121LXqy.png If, in 1959, the government was confident in its ability to control a story about a Yeti, then what is their level of confidence in controlling stories, today? https://i.imgur.com/jQFVYew.png https://i.imgur.com/ZKMYGJj.png In fact, we have a recent example of a situation similar to the Yeti. When Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch met on the TARMAC to spike the Hillary email investigation, the FBI was so confident it wasn’t them, that their entire focus was finding the leaker, starting with searching within the local PD. We have documentation that demonstrates the state of mind of the confidence the upper levels of the FBI have when dealing with the media. https://i.imgur.com/IbjDOkI.png https://i.imgur.com/NH86ozU.png The marriage between mainstream media and government is a literal one and this arrangement is perfectly legal. https://i.imgur.com/OAd4vpf.png But, this problem extends far beyond politics; the private sector, the scientific community, even advice forums are shilled heavily. People are paid to cause anxiety, recommend people break up and otherwise sow depression and nervousness. This is due to a correlating force that employs “systems psychodynamics”, focusing on “tension centered” strategies to create “organizational paradoxes” by targeting people’s basic assumptions about the world around them to create division and provide distraction. https://i.imgur.com/6OEWYFN.png https://i.imgur.com/iG4sdD4.png https://i.imgur.com/e89Rx6B.png https://i.imgur.com/uotm9Cg.png https://i.imgur.com/74wt9tD.png In this day and age, it is even easier to manage these concepts and push a controlled narrative from a central figure than it has ever been. Allen & Co is a “boutique investment firm” that managed the merger between Disney and Fox and operates as an overseeing force for nearly all media and Internet shill armies, while having it’s fingers in sports, social media, video games, health insurance, etc. https://i.imgur.com/zlpBh3c.png https://i.imgur.com/e5ZvFFJ.png Former director of the CIA and Paul Brennan’s former superior George Tenet, holds the reigns of Allen & Co. The cast of characters involves a lot of the usual suspects. https://i.imgur.com/3OlrX7G.png
In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors. Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference has regularly drawn high-profile attendees such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, and Donald Keough. Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004. In 2007, Allen was sole advisor to Activision in its $18 billion merger with Vivendi Games. In 2011, the New York Mets hired Allen & Co. to sell a minority stake of the team. That deal later fell apart. In November 2013, Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter. Allen & Co. was the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014. In 2015, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Time Warner in its $80 billion 2015 merger with Charter Communications, AOL in its acquisition by Verizon, Centene Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, and eBay in its separation from PayPal. In 2016, Allen & Co was the lead advisor to Time Warner in its $108 billion acquisition by AT&T, LinkedIn for its merger talks with Microsoft, Walmart in its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and Verizon in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!. In 2017, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Chewy.com in PetSmart’s $3.35 billion purchase of the online retailer.
Previous conference guests have included Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren and Susan Buffett, Tony Blair, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Allen alumnus and former Philippine Senator Mar Roxas, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Quicken Loans Founder & Chairman Dan Gilbert, Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, financier George Soros, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, eBay CEO Meg Whitman, BET founder Robert Johnson, Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, NBA player LeBron James, Professor and Entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, Governor Chris Christie, entertainer Dan Chandler, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Diane Sawyer, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, entrepreneur Wences Casares, EXOR and FCA Chairman John Elkann, Sandro Salsano from Salsano Group, and Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Oprah Winfrey.
https://i.imgur.com/VZ0OtFa.png George Tenet, with the reigns of Allen & Co in his hands, is able to single-handedly steer the entire Mockingbird apparatus from cable television to video games to Internet shills from a singular location determining the spectrum of allowable debate. Not only are they able to target people’s conscious psychology, they can target people’s endocrine systems with food and pornography; where people are unaware, on a conscious level, of how their moods and behavior are being manipulated. https://i.imgur.com/mA3MzTB.png
"The problem with George Tenet is that he doesn't seem to care to get his facts straight. He is not meticulous. He is willing to make up stories that suit his purposes and to suppress information that does not." "Sadly but fittingly, 'At the Center of the Storm' is likely to remind us that sometimes what lies at the center of a storm is a deafening silence."
https://i.imgur.com/YHMJnnP.png Tenet joined President-elect Bill Clinton's national security transition team in November 1992. Clinton appointed Tenet Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, where he served from 1993 to 1995. Tenet was appointed Deputy Director of Central Intelligence in July 1995. Tenet held the position as the DCI from July 1997 to July 2004. Citing "personal reasons," Tenet submitted his resignation to President Bush on June 3, 2004. Tenet said his resignation "was a personal decision and had only one basis—in fact, the well-being of my wonderful family—nothing more and nothing less. In February 2008, he became a managing director at investment bank Allen & Company. https://i.imgur.com/JnGHqOS.png We have the documentation that demonstrates what these people could possibly be doing with all of these tools of manipulation at their fingertips. The term for it is “covert political action” for which all media put before your eyes is used to serve as a veneer… a reality TV show facade of a darker modus operandum. https://i.imgur.com/vZC4D29.png https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol36no3/html/v36i3a05p_0001.htm
It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever costs. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the US is to survive, longstanding American concepts of "fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated means than those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy.
Intelligence historian Jeffrey T. Richelson says the S.A. has covered a variety of missions. The group, which recently was reorganized, has had about 200 officers, divided among several groups: the Special Operations Group; the Foreign Training Group, which trains foreign police and intelligence officers; the Propaganda and Political Action Group, which handles disinformation; the Computer Operations Group, which handles information warfare; and the Proprietary Management Staff, which manages whatever companies the CIA sets up as covers for the S.A.
…Those operations we inaugurated in the years 1955-7 are still secret, but, for present purposes, I can say all that’s worth saying about them in a few sentences – after, that is, I offer these few words of wisdom. The ‘perfect’ political action operation is, by definition, uneventful. Nothing ‘happens’ in it. It is a continuing arrangement, neither a process nor a series of actions proceeding at a starting point and ending with a conclusion.
CIA FBI NSA Personnel Active in Scientology: https://i.imgur.com/acu2Eti.png When you consider the number of forces that can be contained within a single “political action group” in the form on a “boutique investment firm,” where all sides of political arguments are predetermined by a selected group of actors who have been planted, compromised or leveraged in some way in order to control the way they spin their message. https://i.imgur.com/tU4MD4S.png The evidence of this coordinated effort is overwhelming and the “consensus” that you see on TV, in sports, in Hollywood, in the news and on the Internet is fabricated.
Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.' Thus the uninformed reader will most likely develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'
When you find yourself feeling like common sense and common courtesy aren’t as common as they ought to be, it is because there is a massive psychological operation controlled from the top down to ensure that as many people as possible are caught in a “tension based” mental loop that is inflicted on them by people acting with purpose to achieve goals that are not in the interest of the general population, but a method of operating in secret and corrupt manner without consequences. Notice that Jeffrey Katzenberg, of Disney, who is intertwined with Allen & Co funds the Young Turks. He is the perfect example of the relationship between media and politics.
Katzenberg has also been involved in politics. With his active support of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, he was called "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundraisers."
Last week, former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile entertainment company WndrCo was part of a $20 million funding round in TYT Network, which oversees 30 news and commentary shows covering politics, pop culture, sports and more. This includes the flagship “The Young Turks” program that streams live on YouTube every day. Other investors in the round included venture capital firms Greycroft Partners, E.ventures and 3L Capital, which led the round. This brings total funding for Young Turks to $24 million.
Hollywood activism long has been depicted as a club controlled by a handful of powerful white men: Katzenberg, Spielberg, Lear, David Geffen, Haim Saban and Bob Iger are the names most often mentioned. But a new generation of power brokers is ascendant, including J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, cited for their personal donations and bundling skills; Shonda Rhimes, who held a get-out-the-vote rally at USC's Galen Center on Sept. 28 that drew 10,000 people; CAA's Darnell Strom, who has hosted events for Nevada congresswoman Jacky Rosen and Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; and former Spotify executive Troy Carter, who held three fundraisers for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (Carter also was a fundraiser for President Obama).
Viacom, after splitting off from Les Moonves Les Moonves ' CBS , still holds Paramount Pictures, and that movie studio in December agreed to acquire DreamWorks SKG, the creative shop founded by the Hollywood triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg (a former exec at The Walt Disney Co.). DreamWorks Animation had been spun off into a separate company. Now it's time for Freston to make back some money--and who better to do a little business with than George Soros? The billionaire financier leads a consortium of Soros Strategic Partners LP and Dune Entertainment II LLC, which together are buying the DreamWorks library--a collection of 59 flicks, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, and American Beauty.
A woman got a $35 manicure, then fled without paying (after declined credit card). The salon owner died trying to stop her. Bitcoin Cash may have prevented this.
I ran across this developing story on Google News. I was horrified and wasn't even thinking about cryptocurrency until I read the details. Apparently the "customer" sat getting a $35 manicure from nail salon owner Nhu “Annie” Ngoc Quynh Nguyen, but when it was time to pay tried using a credit card that was repeatedly declined. From the article: The woman told Nguyen she would retrieve money from her car, Chung said. The couple followed the woman outside, approached the car and tried to get the driver’s attention. “My wife ran out and tried to stop her, and then [the customer] rolled forward,” Chung told the Review-Journal. Police said the driver hit Nguyen and dragged her before fleeing the store parking lot. Witnesses told Fox 5 Vegas the altercation was over within seconds. The car that hit Nguyen was a stolen rental car. The driver probably never had any intention of paying the bill and used the declined credit card as a way to get out of the store. Of course, Bitcoin Cash can never be declined since users are their own bank. If the owner had requested partial or full payment up front, or even waited until after services were rendered, it would have been obvious the visitor had zero intention of paying immediately, which might have caused the shop owners to behave differently and maybe not lose a precious life. https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/01/02/woman-got-manicure-then-fled-without-paying-salon-owner-died-trying-stop-he?utm_term=.8cc32a7fd9e6 https://abc7chicago.com/police-seek-woman-who-killed-manicurist-over-$35-bill/5004188/
What Kind of Public Chain Does Islamic Finance need?
https://preview.redd.it/l3nbphm2lc131.png?width=965&format=png&auto=webp&s=9a1c2dae2af1c898134be1bb64144fa21c07b8d5 Introduction The first discussion of the HLC technology community in early May ignited a response to DAG (directed acyclic) technology among public chain enthusiasts around the world. One of the ideas is very appealing: BLOCK DAG is the ideal expansion solution for Bitcoin founder Nakamoto. In that community discussion, the classical blockchain consensus POW (PROOF OF WORK) was re-emphasized with the confidence and legitimacy of technology. In the past few years, POS (PROOF OF STAKE) has been set as the future direction in the global technical media, as if the classical consensus has died, just like in a country’s constitutional structure, the referendum must be given to the members. The same as the agent. When the HLC technical team decided to develop the public chain, it adhered to the values of a classic blockchain consensus and wrote it into the foundation’s extended charter. On May 18th, at the second salon of the HLC Public Chain Technology Community of the Star Blockchain Project in 2019, the DAG’s mixed agreement was the most invented. It answers another business question: What kind of public chain does the global Islamic financial asset need? Quite simply, HLC is to contribute such a public chain to Islamic finance. This simple ideal is very difficult to implement. This is why the HLC public chain has to propose a classic blockchain setting, that is, we want to make a new definition of the transaction-level public chain in our mind, so it finally determines the direction of the Block DAG. In addition, according to the characteristics of Islamic finance, HLC provides a set of public chain solutions that are more suitable for Islamic financial scenarios. This is why HLC finally chose a UTXO-based trading model instead of a more popular one. The account model of the smart contract. What is the HLC public chain? In fact, before answering the HLC public chain, the most important thing is to answer the HLC public chain first. Because HLC’s technology selection is based entirely on values and its own philosophy, the final selection will be different from the hot technology of packaging at the moment. The community has discussed this matter in particular. HLC public chain is not a network under the PoS consensus In the past two years, under the impetus of commercial interests, the classic PoW has been criticized for its huge energy consumption. Some projects have even formed the emergence of PoS for insider related transactions, which seems to naturally represent “political correctness”. The HLC community and technical team are optimistic about the development of PoS and its application in specific scenarios. However, as a public chain, HLC pays great attention to the openness of the network and the fair value foundation. At present, the solution under the PoS consensus still does not solve this problem very well. HLC is not a layer of smart contracts Now, BlockDAG’s protocol has solved the problem of full sequence of transactions, which can provide a basis for supporting a layer of smart contracts. The “one-level smart contract” here refers to the Ethereum-based smart contract that can be supported at the public chain level based on the ledger model. In fact, the HLC public chain integrates the PHANTOM protocol that supports linear ordering of transactions, and is a smart contract that can implement one layer. HLC also had a heated discussion within the technical team on whether it needed to support a layer of smart contracts. At that time, the reason for integrating a layer of smart contracts seems to be sufficient, and it has more application scalability. Especially after the success of Ethereum, smart contracts become an entry option for the new public chain, and have strong confidence for users. Boost the effect. However, whenever there is a major technical direction decision, HLC will return to thinking from a philosophical point of view, and complex problems become very simple. In the trade-off between smart contracts, the HLC technical team believes that HLC’s public chain is designed for Islamic finance as a unique financial system. It needs to integrate the value of huge Islamic finance, so positioning should be a value circulation. The internet. Therefore, ensuring the public chain is simple, efficient and stable is the primary goal. Although Block DAG has provided higher throughput than the blockchain, it can carry value-for-traffic services for a long time, but if you want to carry complex and varied application scenarios, BlockDAG will have a lot of pressure. I believe many people It is still fresh in the memory of the Ethereum’s congestion in the Ethereum. The HLC underlying public chain is not for application services. Therefore, in the architecture design of HLC, the underlying public chain is never for application services, but for value circulation and value assignment services, so we need a free, fair, safe and efficient public chain, which is the classic area we advocate. Block chain settings. However, for the need to apply this piece, we think it is more suitable to achieve through the smart contract under the chain. In applying this layer of consensus agreements, considering that there are more connections with business scenarios, HLC will adopt a more relaxed strategy. Therefore, in each application, it is possible to select a consensus protocol that is more suitable for itself according to its own business needs, and it is not necessary to strictly follow the classical blockchain setting, so PoS, and even PoA-like DPoS can have a good space for display. Block DAG hybrid protocol The positioning of the HLC’s underlying public chain is a value circulation network, so the classic mature UTXO transaction book model is the best choice. UTXO’s ledger is a DAG diagram with a simple and elegant structure. Each transaction consists of multiple inputs and multiple outputs. The input points to the output of the transaction that was not spent when the transaction was generated, and the output can be spent on future transactions, and so on. And continue to expand. Confirmed the UTXO model From UTXO’s book structure, we can see that UTXO does not have an account. The balance of an address (which can be understood as an account) is the sum of the amounts of UTXO that point all output to that address. Without an account, there is naturally no state based on the account, such as balances, so state-based smart contracts like Ethereum cannot be implemented. However, due to the stateless nature, UTXO’s confirmation speed can be made very fast, because as long as there is no double flower, UTXO does not care who is ahead of the transaction, as long as the output is not spent, it can be confirmed. And giving the state of the ledger model takes a while to ensure that these concurrency reach a consensus across the network. Therefore, there is a contradiction between the transaction confirmation time and the transaction linear full order, and the transaction linear ordering is the basis of the smart contract, and can be simply understood as whether it is the priority confirmation time or the priority smart contract. The smart contract means more powerful expansion capability. However, confirming the time is critical to the experience of the trading system. The HLC technical team has considered the following factors, or has chosen a UTXO model that can support faster verification speeds. The fastest confirmed BlockDAG is the SPECTRE protocol. The positioning of the underlying public chain of HLC is a value circulation network, hoping to carry all the scenarios of Islamic finance. Therefore, a stable and safe and efficient trading model is the first choice. The UTXO model is very mature at present. Bitcoin has been running stably and safely for ten years, and it is simple and very well maintained. According to the technical architecture design of HLC, no matter whether the underlying public chain supports the linear ordering of transactions, the HLC public chain bottom branch will not support one layer of smart contracts. In terms of complexity, this means that maintenance costs increase and the risk of failure increases. From the perspective of performance, some systems may be dragged and dropped by some popular applications, similar to applications such as Ethernet, if this phenomenon is many, even The fastest DAG network can’t bear it; from the perspective of fairness, even though HLC’s DAG can carry popular applications, the application itself has to occupy the resources of the whole network, but the investment of these applications is relatively negligible. It is very unfair; from the perspective of flexibility, applications can use their own consensus protocols, or they can be partial-centered. Confirmed the SPECTRE protocol: The SPECTRE protocol is the fastest confirmed in the current Block DAG protocol. According to the official laboratory test data of DAGlabs: Assume that for about 10% of the evil nodes, the risk factor is 1%, assuming that the propagation time is five seconds spread across most nodes of the whole network (this is also the test plan in Bitcoin’s white paper, Convenient for horizontal comparison). At this time, Bitcoin takes an hour to achieve security confirmation, and SPECTRE can achieve security confirmation in about 10 seconds with a block rate of 10, the efficiency is 600 times that of Bitcoin, so fast confirmation speed, even daily Small payments are acceptable. The technical team of HLC adopts a mixed consensus agreement. That is to say, in addition to SPECTRE, there is a DAG protocol. This protocol is GHOSTDAG, and it can also be considered as the PHANTOM protocol. The details are somewhat different and will not be described. GHOSTDAG is a full sort of support transactions, so the HLC public chain can support a layer of smart contracts if necessary, but after our previous analysis, GHOSTDAG’s confirmation speed is quite different from SPECTRE, so GHOSTDAG is not directly Participate in the transaction consensus, but on the very important reward mechanism. Two difficulties in the DAG protocol: One difficulty for DAG is to achieve a fair and secure reward mechanism. Unlike a blockchain, a block has only one owner, so there is no disagreement about who the reward is sent to, but Block DAG’s block is confirmed by multiple miners, and this confirmation is theoretically impossible. That is to say, even if it is a very old block, it can be confirmed by the new block again. So it is difficult to determine the deadline for a particular time, and then assign rewards. The SPECTRE paper gives a suggested solution that requires miners to actively cooperate to generate new redemption rewards. This mechanism is based on an overly idealized setting and the mechanism is complex, and the HLC public chain technical team has not adopted it. The HLC public chain advocates a kind of competitive cooperation, that is to say, the node still has some pressure or actively makes more contributions, instead of feeling positive and negative from the unit investment in the environment of distribution according to work. The return is exactly the same, so passively participate in the network. Therefore, the HLC adopts that the transaction fee for each transaction will only be owned by the miners who are the first to confirm, but the confirmation has involved the problem of sorting the transaction, so the support of GHOSTDAG is needed. Another difficulty of the DAG agreement reward mechanism is that the miners are profitable. If there is no special punishment mechanism, the miners prefer to trade with higher transaction fees; if all miners do this, the transaction repetition rate will be high, repeat The transaction does not contribute to throughput. DAGlabs’ Inclusive gives a suggested solution, which is to simply average the transaction fees, so that if the miners choose a transaction with a higher transaction fee, the final score will be less, so they will choose to randomly select the transaction. Such a random mechanism can reduce the transaction repetition rate to around 30%, which is already very desirable. Although the Inclusive protocol solves the problem of duplication of transactions, it also brings a more serious problem, which is to obliterate the role of transaction fees. The importance of each transaction is actually different, and it should be treated differently to a certain extent. Therefore, if the transaction with high transaction fee and low transaction fee is completely treated equally, not only will the important transaction not be prioritized, but also the spam will be spammed; the attraction will also be reduced for the miners, because all transactions will ultimately be the basis. Transaction fee, no extra motivation at all. HLC uses a weighted random rule similar to the Conflux protocol, which means that although transactions are randomly selected, transactions with higher transaction fees are more likely to be packed into blocks. Explain that Conflux does not mention weighted implementations in white papers or papers. It is currently only mentioned in blogs or in the community, so the final implementation may not be the same as Conflux. The HLC technical team has been exploring this aspect, and maybe the final solution will be similar to Conflux. In view of Conflux’s early publication, HLC expressed respect and gratitude to Conflux for providing ideas. Thanks to the active participation and thought contribution of HLC technical community volunteers. (DAG Institute)
The Master Plan for BitcoinDiscussion: An Outline of the Goals and Intentions and Response to Moderation Questions
There's been a surge in users and interest over the past few weeks. Welcome! It's a pleasure to have you join us here! Along with this new influx of users, there have been a lot of questions about this sub and its moderation. A lot of questions should already be answered in the manifesto, and the posting rules and guidelines, so make sure you've read them both. I'm going to answer questions from these two threads here and here. If you asked a question there, and feel that I still haven't answered it in here, please post below. There will be three main sections in this thread.
The Destination - a description of what the sub will look like if successful.
The Administration - a description of who makes decisions and how, including moderation.
The Plan - a description of the approach used to arrive at The Destination.
This is already described in the manifesto, but I'm also going to clarify several things. Make sure you read it first. This is a place for high quality, serious content. To my knowledge, there does not yet exist a publicly accessible space in the Bitcoin ecosystem that caters to the exchange of ideas in a thoughtful, respectful, and meaningful way. This does not mean a place to say whatever you want. It also does not mean a place where you can surround yourself with people who agree with you and ridicule anyone else. I would also love to have a place where the top experts and creators feel comfortable reaching out and communicating in public without fear of abuse or harassment. Sadly, most of the top names avoid open online fora at this point because of the toxicity. It would be great to have more of them back and willing to interact on here. Take a look through science, geopolitics, and spacex. Those are good examples of subs to for us to emulate. You do not see insults thrown around, there are no memes, and users put real effort into their comments. You will also notice, if you look carefully, that they are aggressively moderated. Which brings us to our next section:
There are 4 parts to this section: governance, moderators, transparency, and rule enforcement.
The sub is not a public agora, where everyone is entitled to come and have their say. It is a salon or a coffeehouse. I am your host, and you are my valued guests. As such, I have the final say on issues. There are two reasons for this:
That's how reddit is built. There is no other model, and every other sub you go to is under the same model. If you think there is a democracy anywhere on reddit, you have been fooled. If there is a community that takes actions based on community votes or willpower, that is just because the head mod has allowed this to happen.
I don't believe it wouldn't otherwise work. If there were some kind of mechanism to allow the enforcement of the community's will, then we would be royally screwed. Any group larger than ours could simply subscribe en masse, and then vote this place into a sub to discuss stamp collecting. And on top of that, reddit is highly sybillable and vulnerable to vote manipulation. As such, I think it is a highly desirable that reddit has the model it does. (And yes, I know I am biased and might be wrong. If that is the case, then I will learn a harsh lesson as my time investment here goes to waste.)
Everything you see about the goals for this place are declarations of things that I will strive for. It is a statement from myself to you as the community. In the manifesto, there is a reference to accountability to the community. This does not mean doing whatever the community wants. This means making an extra effort to be accessible, transparent, and fair to the community. I do not expect anyone to trust me. Rather, I expect to earn your trust over time if I succeed in cultivating a useful space for you. For those who have joined early on, I thank you for your energy, and for placing at least some confidence in me not throwing your efforts away.
I have been asked about how other moderators have been and will be chosen. I will start with the first. The other moderators at the moment are personal friends of mine. This is rather embarrassing, but the reason they are there is because it was quite lonely with just me here at the beginning, and I felt super uncool inviting people to a subreddit with just me. I asked them if they would be moderators so that the place looked a little less pathetic. They agreed. And if you check the moderator's logs, you will see that they have done precisely zero moderation (which is totally fine). I'll be removing all of them (except one in case something happens to me and the place needs to get passed on), and from now on I will only add new moderators as they are needed. For now, new moderators will be chosen at my discretion. Depending on the situation, I may consult the membership for advice, but the final say will be mine. Again, this is how all subreddits function.
I am committed to running this subreddit in a transparent manner.
publicmodlogs is here to stay.
if a non-spam comment is removed for breaking rules, the moderator doing so will leave it publicly visible that a comment has been deleted, and reply with an explanation.
The posting rules and guidelines leave room for interpretation. Myself and any other future moderators will be responsible for interpreting the rules and acting accordingly. If there is a a grey area, the determining factor will be answering the question: "Does this comment contribute to the community's goals?" Content will not be removed because we disagree or just don't like your opinion. Content will not be removed because we are trying to hide something (remember, publicmodlogs). Memes and jokes? Price speculation? They will be removed. Content will be removed for being low-effort[*]. Content will be removed for being unkind. Content will be removed for being off-topic. Content will be removed for being aggressive toward an individual or entity. Content will be removed for dragging in the meta-war going on between the two big subreddits and their respective tribes. This will not become another battleground, and I will be extra strict about enforcing that. Now, you can talk about that whole dispute. You can make calm observations about the goings-on, but if it even seems like an attempt to wage that war here, that content will be removed. Trying to get the moderators to pick a side of the war is not allowed in this subreddit. I will neither condemn nor defend the actions of moderators on other forums. This is my first time moderating any kind of online community, and I intend to run it very differently than how the other Bitcoin communities are run. Any opinions that myself or the moderators express outside this subreddit are 100% personal, and are irrelevant to the moderation of this sub. Trying to drag that into our little garden here will get you banned really quickly. Speaking of which: Bans will happen. Basically, users will get a single warning for breaking the rules. After that, they will get continually lengthier bans for each infringement. First ban is 1 day. Second ban is 3 days. Then 9 days. Then 27. You get the idea: 3x where x = number of previous bans. This is experimental and might change if it sucks.
[*] Just to be clear, low effort does not necessarily mean short. Sometimes short comments are acceptable, such as when asking for clarification, providing a source, etc.
There are three phases to the plan:
This has been the initial six months of the this sub's existence (since I acquired it earlier this year). It involved me personally reaching out to users one by one and trying to get people to join. It involved me posting 95% of the content, and responding to every single comment that anyone posted here. During this phase, moderation was much more relaxed than it will be once we have reached The Destination. This was because having more traffic was a higher priority, so I was willing to tolerate a wider range of comments and posts than usual. I also made a point to reach out to users and explain in detail why they had content removed, and to thank them for their interest. Myself and any future moderators may not have the time to do this in future phases, though I'll try to do it as long as is reasonable. We've more or less reached the end of this phase because now most of the content is produced by you, the members, and I believe that the survival and growth of the sub is no longer dependent on my comments and promotion. This brings us to:
We are just beginning this phase now. At this point, priorities shift from growth to content quality. In phase 1, growth was top priority. Now, they are on equal footing. Moderation will tighten up, but still not to how strict it will be once we are in phase 3. I'll still err on the side of welcoming content over hardcore quality, but you might notice a growing expectation that you must put more effort and thought into expressing yourself clearly and kindly. Comments and threads like these will no longer be tolerated: link, link Near the end, we will also start phasing out threads like this: link
At this phase, growth is no longer a priority, and the job of the moderators (hopefully plural at this point) will be to ensure high quality. We won't be actively promoting the sub (although you still can!) and will likely have our hands full with quality control as the bar is at its highest. Moderation will be strictest. Lazy comments will be removed for being low-effort. If there was a calm way to say something, but you were snarky, your comment will be gone. You get the idea. Comments like these will no longer be tolerated: link, link At this point, submission statements will also be required. If you post a link to an idea or piece of news, you will be expected to start the conversation by writing a single-paragraph introduction in the comments.
And that's where things will be going. A lot of that might have sounded heavy-handed. That is intentional. I would rather push away potential users now than have members be disappointed and angry later on when their expectations aren't met. I will be stickying this thread and will continue to answer questions in the comments below. [nice mode: activate] Thank you so much to everyone who has come here so far. I know I sound like a hard-ass right now, but almost everyone new has been fucking fantastic, and it's been great to see real constructive dialogue going on. And please tell me what you think about this place and my moderation especially if you are happy with it! Even though I will call the shots around here, I want to know what people think, and people who are displeased tend to be much more vocal than those who are happy or content. Again, thanks for all your help. I'm super excited about how things have gone, and where they'll go next!
I should explain fully but I'm not really ready. This is the best I can do right now. This is super long as it is and I have shed many painful tears. Please be considerate. Oh and theres strong language and adult themes. I was accused of heinous crimes on the Facebook platform, then stalked online and off, after what I think was drug-induced interrogation. The horrors I witnessed on the clear net I can never forget, both on fb and on other parts that were jacked to show up. Like the video I recall of a a kid and daughter smoking weed. That was hacked on Madonna's fb feed. Fuck you Madonna if you're approving this for kids. And I don't care if I die. I'm saying it. Madonna - bitch I'm Madonna (the shit she pulls...) Let me get you up to speed with what reddit already knows. My search results were fucked with, badly. Webcams are hacked, as well as microphones, and we all authorize it. My mother was a hoarder. I got ads for storage mart. I would say something, voicing literally, about a topic and then it would come up online. My router was and probably still is hacked. Removed all services and only when I spoke did the lights flicker. The internet is more than trolls, its interrogation tactics are insane. I was told details of my house that others shouldn't know unless they were in my house, like items on my floor (rat poison, which I learned a lot of crazy stuff about thanks to whomever was on the other end of the computer screen.. That alone was psychopathic) I would do something and the worst possible mirroring of my actions came out from cherry picked news articles. For example I went to my car in my underwear in the middle of the night to get something. Ballet happens twice a week across the street. That was the day "kez" from star trek was reported as exposing herself to kids. I was accused of being a pedophile. That's not derivation. First I was accused, then this event happened. Zuckerberg with the help of the government experimented on me, like has been done with so many others. All of social media does this. But it was done to shock and to terrorize me because I threatened to expose tjem for who they really are. A darknet king(or queen. Fuck it I'll nevermbe as rich as ciccone so what do I care) What other possibility could it be? Or maybe because the government needed someone to long-term interrogate and oppress. Unless the fb platform colluded with informants and so-called golden snitches (Toronto media, see the FBI article on reddit of a schizo 23 yr old arrested that's topping this subreddit for more details) to commute other's sentences (the real likely reason that guy was set up to take the fall, just like I was being set up) while foisting blame on me. But of the things I know, I'm not sure that's likely.could be half a dozen reasons and they all are plausible. I met people that had no reason to get angry at me, and I was already stressed. You did this on purpose. I know you and your people can hijack conversations, I read the news. You zuckerberg incited insanity. No one asked why I was upset and if I told them, the very thought of 1984 being realized simply made them deny it, which is frustrating. Because you were right Mark... Or csis.. Who would believe me? I did nothing but care for people and want the best for them. Social media destroyed my life instead of helping it. Mark can blame hackers, but I know he allowed this. People broke terms of service and when I complained, I was told "well you can just block them"... Well Mark, maybe you should just block the Nazi's and the haters like your service told me I should do when I got spammed porn, and hijacked both feeds and in private message. No mark, I don't want to see naked 500 lb chicks bending over. No I don't want to see naked starving Ethiopian crotch. No, I don't want to see clowns. But maybe you should stop being such a whiner. Right? Stupid f***s is the term you used, right?? I'm sorry Mark. Its too late. You can't blame others for what happens on your platform. You know the filth you're involved in and you know how badly you wanted to blame my self destruction on myself. But I was innocent. You know Leviticus. You owe me Mark, and government, more than you believe you do. And you owe the world the truth. And now for your overbearing domination and your carrot dangling of illicit behavior, they're coming for your soul. Or are you part of pizzagate? Oh we all know you are, we all know that your alice in wonderland picturebook says the things that are too horrifying to print. When a celeb post comes up and says she likes pizza.... What does it mean...?? Cheese pizza, child porn, a term I never heard before you came along. And when I saw that picture of a child being face fucked on the clearnet, and smoking weed, and all of that other stuff? You cant hide forever behind pictures of steganographic pictures of cats. Yes I know about your database. You tried to pay me off with the release data of celebrity posts that would be released at a future date. You made me feel dirty. I didn't deserve that innocence being taken away. Wikileaks shows how easy it is to hide control of a PC. I scanned my computer and found nothing. Bit wikileaks exonerated me claims. Maybe that bit word wasnt a coincidence. I didn't need the bitcoin either. You tried to pay me off. (Harper - white lies. Dirty money can't accept/set you free. Pour it all away!) I can't take dirty money mark. Governent. I needed real money, in hand. And if it was all part of an investigation into crimes? Fine. But I shouldn't have been told on your platform that "we dont care what you go to jail for as long as you go to jail." I wasn't the dick face fucking a kid. I'm sorry if you have an unsolved case. Your idea of guaranteed minimum income future is too late, and the chaos you fostered lies on your head alone. Karma's a bitch Mark. You hurt me and I don't forgive you, I can't forgive you, and I'm still debating whether I can forgive my own government. May your family forgive the shame that you will soon see. Oh wait, I forgot. Your family funded every war since napoleon. I loved you like a brother. I trusted you. Now I no longer know how to love. It's all just meaningless. So to quote Flagpole Sitta (the paranoia song, remember?... I member...) I got nerves and then they had to commit me. You told them all I was crazy. But I wasn't. And I never received an apology nor remuneration for the torment you put me through, for the times you tried to evaluate me. This heinous contravention of justice is why I don't want to be a law abiding citizen any more. Because nobody else does! I got accused of arson! And I had already been in a fire. And the snitch across the street from me starts lighting off firecrackers after ALL of my trauma. But I think what hurts the most, is that I couldn't even talk to counsellors about it. I had to block it out. It didn't help that they accused me of unwanted advances. More false allegations! You never quit! And so when thast Muslim man takes a hostage in a salon in Toronto and begs the police to stop hounding him??? I believe him. Because you did it to me. You ruin lives, and you never make it up to those you hurt. You're a bad example. I was...... As Jesus said, I was least of these, in a kingdom of righteousness that I no longer believe in... Well you killed him again Mark. To the extent that you did it to these little ones, you did it to me. So please don't stop the hate speech. I no longer believe you're serious. You tried to incite badness and then you stifle free speech. One last thing. I've learned a lot about chemistry lately. Was that youtoo? Because I see the truth of the videos. Theyre threats and instructionals wrapped in innocent seeming videos. Or is that merely a product of your wife's upbringing? Only you know what I mean. But you know what I mean. So stifle free speech zuckerberg. Its already destroyed Europe, what's a little more in the region below a middle class shopping all-in-one box store south of a major highway? comfortable quiet burb with a shoppers drug mart within feet of that cozy, quiet little place. Actually, I envy that place; no traffic, beautiful upscale houses.. Too rich for my blood. And family. I think thats what hirts the most is what you did to my home life in yoir dogged pursuit. ... I felt the evil in my region Mark, and CSIS. That's why when I heard ariana got bombed and was from Ottawa, I wasn't surprised. But dont blame me. I'm just another casualty on the steppes. You've already stepped on plenty of toes. I'm not the villain, and you hurt me, and I don't love it. Or maybe you're a casualty of the wolf pack. What the fuck do I know??? But it doesn't explain all those "cat" stego pictures now does it?? And I just wish for the damage that was done to be reversed, and for there to be justice. But there is none..... Is there? And I keep hoping, but certainly not praying, that there will be. After what I experienced.... I know God, yhvh, must be dead. Or dead inside... Thanks for listening to my passionate monologue, my rant. And if you don't understand it, realize its regional and that others actually will, and do. And I'll probably will only get a handful of replies and a lot of disbelief... But haters gonna hate, (baby) shudders. That moment was not cool. I can't even say it. And before anyone asks.. I don't need medication, I need everyone to be decent human beings and not the scum of the earth. Religion ruined my life too. I was kicked out without formally being kicked out. They lost their hospitality and accommodating and gentle spirit I once knew. They didnt try to ask "whats wrong?" And once again... Down voted to oblivion. Seems this entire world is designed to stifle. Well, thank you Fritz's son for the book. I'll keep your kindness in mind, you know... The kindness you could afford to dole out from community funds, of course.......
Link to Part 1 Link to Part 2 Mortaren’s appointment had left a slim window through which to prep. As a freelancer, I was free to travel across the country or the world for a story, so time off from work wasn’t an issue that vexed me. I opted to fly to Denver then drive I-25 to Walsenburg - a city to the east of the San Luis Valley and a spot my travels made familiar over the years. By week’s end, after a numbing but uneventful commute, I reached the comfort of my hotel days in advance - I wanted that buffer to breathe and to reconnoiter the site of our meeting. The coordinates pointed to a site too remote for satellites to remap every year. Neither Google nor Bing ever sent cars there to photograph the area. The drive through US-350 was monotonous - mile after mile of farmland parched a uniform yellow. The only excitement, if such were the word, came from the prompts the GPS indicated which eventually took me onto a gravel road. The route crossed a railroad. To my right was a farm. To my left was the overlook - a weathered and wizened hump of earth a geologist told me had been the remnants of a butte millions and millions of years prior. It stood by itself amid seas of grassy plains. A road lurched onto its peak; there the earth had been pressed into a level (and empty) lot. It felt like the safest place to stop, (hopefully), out of sight and out of mind. My rented Wrangler was the sole vehicle at the overlook. For a while I gazed westward. The sky was a vibrant shade of blue that smothered the distance. Across its haze I caught outlines of the Spanish Peaks. I let my eyes wander southward, toward that spot at the horizon where US-350 vanished into a point. I couldn’t see a car anywhere coming or going. A train roared as it approached from the side of the highway. Eastward and below - at what I gauged may have been a spur of the historical Santa Fe trail, I noted the ruins that had drawn me onto that spot. It had escaped my eyes when I drove by it and then, then I realized why. It was at the top of the overlook that the effect was appreciable. The ruins, through the years, had been smothered to its roof by an orchard of junipers. The ruin was that of a two-story house which had been built partially into the ground. I gawked at the style of it for it appeared so out of time, so out of place when compared to the architecture typical of the area around La Junta. The closest match was Spanish Colonial. The eeriest aspect of it was that in spite of the juniper’s swallowing it, it didn’t look like it had been abandoned for any lengthy period of time. I approached the door - a slab of wood impressively resilient to weather - and stuck my head into the shadow beyond its yawning threshold. Its walls were tagged with an eclectic mixture of symbology, some of it Satanic, some of it native. Others defied my erudition. As I grew bold enough to enter, my advance was stopped by a voice. “Yeah, figured you’d check it out.” “Mortaren?” I turned to face the orchard, whose miasma cloaked the figure. “Wanted to see it for myself. Doesn’t strike me as a place to stash a server.” “Exactly.” Mortaren, my erstwhile host, stepped out of the enshadowment and joined my stance at the door’s threshold. I sensed by the immediate familiarity he conveyed to the structure that he wasn’t a stranger to its curiosity. I followed into the abode and almost immediately choked at a waft of putrefaction - urine and feces from sources unknown. Squatters - or worse - I started to suspect may have sought the refuge of its confines. Still, Mortaren was not concerned. Nor was he curious about the freshly-minted tools strewn about the rubble. Gear that I recognized from my years of hiking had been folded into the mess as if to disguise it. I detected, too, the odor of gasoline - faintly and sublimely - as if it were a suggestion stirred by the train that passed by. “It hasn’t been a residence since the seventies.” “Well if that’s so, it’s a mix-up.” “No! Little of the sort, bub, this,” he said of it, swinging a finger around his head toward the upstairs, “this is the spot. Everything that happened, happened here. All of that was filmed where we stand. ZuZu or whomever they worked for, they chose this site not for the way it looked outside but inside. Then ZuZu embedded those clips of it into the code.” “Is it booby trapped?” “In a manner of speaking.” We worked past the foyer and the library that followed it. We walked: Mortaren at the front and I at the back. Could it be doubted anymore? My host splayed intimate knowledge of the abode which could have come only from a personal investigation. How many times had he stopped by? Perhaps he more than stopped by? Perhaps he more than investigated. We entered a wide, tall hallway and paused. The chamber was pitch except for a window at the apex of the stairs which blasted a square-shaped spotlight onto the floor at our feet. Behind us the hallway emptied into a kitchen. Light that filtered through its windows lent it a vibrant, green glow. A glow that came from the vegetation clogging that chamber. I noted flickering, whistling lights like fluorescents out of view but not of earshot. Mortaren refused my help to unroll a tarp; “touch nothing, nothing - don’t leave a print anywhere, kiddo, you gotta trust me, OK”. He revealed a set of tools: pliers, machetes, rakes, and a crowbar. My host took the crowbar and aimed it at the stairs. “Let me give you a word of warning - if you insist you want that game - alright more, more than a word. Yes - I got it. And I’m far from the only sucker, let me say. I suggest, whatever you do, you don’t ever install it, you don’t ever play it, you don’t even stick it into a drive that autoplays, OK?” We ascended; the stairs were droopy and I struggled to stay upright. “Not saying that ‘cause of what it’ll do to your rig - you know what it’ll do, I don’t need to tell you what it’ll do. It’s the sort of stuff that’ll bring the FBI to your door faster than you can say Blue Beelzebub. No, damn it, it’s how that abomination tears into your soul. It’ll compromise you and that’s intentional not accidental. It wants to beat you into submission. The fear - that you’ll be found, that you’ll be trapped - imagine every day, every day thinking ‘today’s the day it happens’. It took a year to convince the FBI I didn’t know what that game was about and then it was too late to save my arse.” Upstairs, my host drew my steps into a chamber whose walls were a faded memory of yellow. Cracks formed like veins running the heights of the walls. The reek of corruption, like that of decay, attacked us fiercely. A hum issued out of the air; it was strongest at the center where the rug that cloaked the floor bulged. Mortaren applied a streak of coroner’s salve to his upper lip. I added a dab to my face. My host insisted I should be thorough; so I complied. The chamber was a formal salon, a pit of “opulence and decadence” for the 70s. Furniture lay scattered to rot. An armoire, as tall as the salon, waited at the far end with its doors wide, agape almost like arms outstretched to greet us. It, like the rest of the furniture, soaked the elements and charred into onyx as if burned. Slowly my eyes accustomed to the ambiance and as such I grew cognizant of a trove of esoteric details. Books strewn about. Mounds of salt. Blobs of candles. Pentagrams. All of that competed head-to-head with the scratches etched into the walls. I found a fingernail embedded into those scratches.... “After I posted the demo, a fan - let’s say they were a fan - contacted my office about it. They offered assistance and I, reluctantly out of curiosity - I complied. I sent them copies of the game. That was my downfall, kiddo.” He stopped to take a breath. “Imagine it. The stuff of nightmares that destroys a man’s life fits so perfectly into a pair of three point five inch floppies. Well, that fan reverse-engineered the executable. Dude sent everything right back to my house with a stack of paper. Never heard of them again. I assumed they were the first to contact the FBI. Can’t blame ‘em.” Mortaren pointed to the rug that spanned the floor. “Is that hum under the floor?” I asked - he nodded. “The sound isn’t from the server, though.” Mortaren lifted the corner of the rug with the crowbar. We cleared the furniture and rolled away the carpet. It decomposed into rubble just by touching it as we did. “It’s a crazy layout. The house was built over a shaft. This room it’s, it’s right over that shaft. The hum comes from the way air works through it.” “So ... the server is real and it’s here?” My host nodded; “The game’s cloak and dagger - a virus that turns your rig into a zombie. You work for them, now, now, you’re part of something worse than anything you imagine. The events that created this mess, this wreck that you see - it was filmed right where we stand. ZuZu transferred the footage to AVI clips and used it to create the maze’s layout and texture. My fan, when they broke apart the game, they found the clips embedded right into the code and I had to watch ‘em, didn’t I? I had to watch ‘em. Look, it’s not over, OK. The ritual they started, it doesn’t end, it doesn’t, ever, end.” I dared not ask what kind of ritual it was. The gaze of his eyes as they relived the video spoke volumes. His whole entire body shook as if the violation were fresh. “I tell you the strangest part of this business. The people who started it, they’re a crazy kooky sex cult out of NAZI Germany. Yeah, they used Crawley’s sex-magik. They never touched kids, though. It wasn’t about the Cheese Pizza for ‘em. But the Chinese Sandwich wasn’t any better.” We walked into the center of the salon, to a spot where the rug had bulged. Removed, we saw what it was. A circle had been drilled into the wood and plugged by plate like a manhole. Mortaren lodged the crowbar into the crack at the circumference of the plate. “You’ll never get it until you see it from their perspective. Twisted as it is. You gotta see it through their eyes. The game exists to re-create the ritual - to recreate the ritual and make you part of it. Simply by watching it, by playing it, you get tainted and that by itself makes you part of it. Damn it.” He tapped the crowbar to the plate that refused to budge. “Haven’t I tried? It’s not enough, is it? Am I too old, at the end? The server.... It’s at the end of the shaft, a hundred feet below. I donno how it’s powered. Maybe it’s geothermal? I donno. It’s there, idling, watching and waiting for a signal to awaken. It’s what sustains the game and the spreads the ritual. It’s the heart of the beast.” ### Cheese Pizza and Chinese Sandwich, to those not aware of 4CHAN and its vernacular, is code for ‘Child Pornography’ and ‘Child Snuff’, respectively. ZuZu and LVN used the dog-whistles of their day to advertize the game to a certain clientele. But the cult that bankrolled Blue Beelzebub abhorred the former as it embraced the latter. And the game itself contained tedious 90s shock - glimpses of death and its like - it never showed the goods, so to speak. The CD contained the augmented DOS the game installed as well as a thorough, documented unraveling of the game itself. Mortaren’s fan discovered and saved BMPs and AVIs that had been embedded into the code. I slipped that CD into a drive and scanned its contents with my virus and malware checkers. Not a single program detected a problem. Given the sizes of the files, though, I found it disconcerting that my checkers took minutes to complete. Mortaren’s fan had placed their deconstruction of the game’s executable into a ZIP folder. The majority of it consisted of code that they converted from binary to ML to C. It was fascinating to gawk as the code which appeared so professional. Yet, as C was not a strength of mine, I found it vague and cryptic overall. I dug into the multi-media directory and extracted images and clips that had been stored there. Saved to my laptop, I selected the largest AVI and played it. That film, whose sights and sounds were equally vivid and jittery, oozed the impression of an 8 mm production. It had been subbed in German and I (mostly) followed it. Mortaren got it right - the clip had been filmed at the house by US-350, specifically, at its salon. I paused to check the layout and compare it to my notes of how I found the furniture and the other, macabre ancillary. Amazingly, decades after the fact, everything matched. ### The clip itself comprised a continuous stream formed of what had to have been a sequence of shorter segments: 1irst Segment:
At a couch sit three women - an older, frailer matron flanked by younger versions of herself. They chat with the cameraman (I assume).
The matron walks out of the frame and the cameraman pans to the opposite side of the salon where a man approaches the couch. The man is dressed in a style similar to that of Crowley’s regalia - decked head to toe with shades of violet and onyx. The magik-man approaches the couch with the women and offers them leis that they take and wear.
The matron reappears, followed by a pair of Amazonian-like natives - they were naked but their bodies were painted. The lei’ed women at the couch rise as the matron introduces them to the natives. It’s at that juncture that the cameraman reveals the women, too, have been painted. Neither men’s or women’s paints are native-like; rather, the runes are straight out of Thelema.
The magik-man sits at the rug between a pair of circumscribed pentagrams. The magik-man lights a roll of sage (?) - the lack definition masks the identity of the object. Smoke billows out of it as he waves it over the pentagrams. The matron sets lights and sets six candles - three to the left and three to the right of the magik-man.
The cameraman drifts down and to the left, down and to the left, down and to the left, to reveal the orgy. Painted men and women are paired and writhe about the pentagrams. The males lay with their backs to the floor and their heads crowned by the candles. The females lay atop the males. Their limbs intertwine. Their bodies contort. All to the rhythm of the magik-man beats into a drum.
The matron, naked and painted, sits in front of the magik-man and extends a chalice.
The magik-man pours the content of the chalice onto a loaf of bread. The cameraman zooms into that bread - it is shaped like a baby. At that instant the hands of the males and the females, their paint smeared and mingled post-orgy, reach onto the bread and yank it into four-quarters. They eat the bread.
The magik and camera men remain at the salon; it’s night, it’s lit by torches. They peel away the rug and reveal a circular portal into a shaft. For a while the magik-man speaks to the cameraman. Subtitles state: “we consecrate the well - are you ready to see it again - to see it as it is enlivened by the spirit of [REDACTED] spurred by the ritual - are you ready - do you think you are ready”, then, “it looks like a hundred feet”, then, “as if a hundred feet were enough”.
The bulk of the video consists of the exploration of the mine at the base of the shaft. The magik-man takes turns, sometimes leading, sometimes lagging, always speaking although the German is not translated throughout this segment. The pair reaches a part of the maze that collapsed. Although their posture is merely suggested by the aim of the camera, the pause and the silence that follows indicate that they are not ready for the obstacle and so struggle to clear a way through it. The viewer notes by the appearance of their hand that the cameraman is at last captured by their own footage. The pair works through the collapse and discovers a vast, circular chamber. The chamber is lit, awash by an eerie, hazy blue light. A crack crazes across the chamber. The light filters through that crack. The cameraman savors the chamber - it’s adorned like the salon; it’s a site where the cult practices its rituals. The cameraman sweeps toward the crack, prompted by a sound that startles the magik-man. The cameraman zooms into the crack - it’s like a well, filled to the brim with water. It’s almost like an abyss, it sinks on and on hundreds if not thousands of feet; the limitations imposed by the film and the pixilation cannot do the reality any justice. The water is upsettingly transparent through and through - and straight into the blur of light at whereever its bottom lay. As the magik-man speaks off-screen and the cameraman continues their zoom, it’s apparent that there are things, things of a sort not floating but swimming through the water. I scream as the view jostles - it is not a jump or a cut, though, it is the cameraman’s shake. Whoever it is that films that site, they had been startled by movement elsewhere. As the camera’s view twists to the side, it pans by where the magik-man stands and captures a glimpse, just, a glimpse of something that had been standing at the other side of the chasm right as it jumps into the water.
### The house off US-350 loomed abandoned in appearance only. Nobody occupied it since the 70s; however, it was not derelict. County records verified that its owners - Ache Industrias, SA - paid its taxes year after year. Ache Industrias, named for a tribe of South American natives, was a company from Paraguay famous for its advances (and patents) re: GMOs. They were a partner to Monsanto but not as known outside of agriculture. Ache Industrias owned that house and the farms that engulfed it; a total of 500 acres. BM: “Word is that the company wants to use this land for research. “A lobby out of Denver, that represents a lot of cattlemen, filed a lawsuit working its way into the Supreme Court at this rate.” Farmers and ranchers who would be, effectively, neighbors, sharing their grazing rights of the nearby Comanche Grasslands objected to the idea, fearing the consequences to their business if their livestock mixed with the GMO livestock. “Meanwhile the acreage isn’t dormant; it’s rented and reaps a lot of profit from royalties.” Ache Industrias wasn’t the first owners, or, as it should be stated, wasn’t the first incarnation of the first owners. BM: “An occultist, Straniak, was its proprietor of record according to my contacts from Brazil.” Straniak, in partnership with two other expatriated Germans, formed a company c. 1930 then known as Straniak-West. Although the exact nature of Straniak-West wasn’t advertised, it’s suspected that they profited from the Chaco War and the partners became wealthy in spite of the Great Depression (which had been a world-wide phenomenon). As Europe verged into WWII, Straniak-West changed its moniker to Ache Industrias c. 1940. Around the tail end of 1941 the partners bought a thousand acres around the La Junta area; about half of the original estate was shed through the years. BM: “Straniak and cohorts summered at their Colorado estate. Right up until they started to rent the land, the house had been the estates only, permanent structure. They used its solitude to mask their rituals.” The cult / company was especially fond of that house and guarded its secrets. Mortaren, as an aficionado of the occult, a passion that spurred him to review games of that genre, became aware of Aleister Crowley and the Thules, chieftains of bizarro early 20th mysticism, strands of which wormed their way into the works of Lovecraft, Blackwood, and a slew of other writers. Straniak, and allies, German mystics intimately linked to the Thules, “a society with their own weird take on Aryanism” whose forays into sex-magik, blood-magik, and sacrifices made them too extreme even for the NAZIs. “He fled to South America before Hitler, if you believe that sort of stuff.” The house wasn’t built by Straniak and Co, though. It already existed by the time they hired a crew to survey their property c. 1933. That area of Colorado had see-sawed between Spain and France before it was ceded to the US after the Mexican-American. Records from two centuries ago were hard to come by. Historians were reduced to combing through diaries and correspondences, however, the ephemera revealed a portion of history that otherwise had been lost. The house used to be part of a hacienda granted to a patron of great wealth. Disagreements arose re: their identity as the sources used to piecemeal the history were themselves uncertain if the figure was American / English or French. Nevertheless, they built an extensive estate c. 1792. The house used to be larger; an earthquake c. 1820 reduced it more or less to the dimensions that Straniak & Co. found it. What probably enticed the occultist crew was what legends claimed had been revealed after the earthquake. Namely - that the house had been erected over a mine from prehistory. The earthquake, as it leveled the house, revealed a shaft into that mine – which so happened to contain gold. Tthe patron used its revenue to rebuild the house - albeit to modest proportions - with the novelty that the house hid or capped the entrance into the mine. BM: “The cavity underfoot itself isn’t the end-all and be-all. The cult was attracted to something else, something else not connected to wealth. Is it a portal into another realm? I donno what but it called to them and they poured resources into it. “They recorded all of their rituals; the climax of which, which became Blue Beelzebub, if my timeline’s correct, matches an earthquake in 1983. It wasn’t much of an earthquake but it explains part of the video. It ripped a gash through the system. The server’s got to be inside that chasm, drawing power from geothermal. A system designed to work for ages without intervention while their poison spreads through the internet. Ah, but it won’t be there for long, I promise you.” Night cloaked the house as we descended its rickety, tilted staircase. It felt as if the structure somehow, someway gained a sort of sentience after decades of mysticism echoed through its confines. I fancied it understood Mortaren’s intentions and shook at the foreknowledge. If it goes, won’t that destroy the evidence? What about the crimes they committed? Won’t they go unpunished? BM: “Altruism, don’t deny it, kiddo.” My erstwhile host was adamant about their business and refuted my pleas to reason otherwise. By destroying the house, they claimed, they would be saving lives, lives yet to be taken. BM: “Kiddo, you’re talking about people, people who will never be punished never, never, never be punished for anything. Blue Beelzebub, it’s just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. And you know it. It’s always like that. They regroup and reorganize. But they took me down. And I’m gonna take this much, this much if anything away from them. Mark my words, they’ll imagine another way to entrap kids and spread their filth. And that’s where you and those like you continue what I start tonight.” ### A stark midnight moon loomed to the south west over the jagged peaks of the Sangre De Cristos. There wasn’t a cloud to mar the sky. Crisp, summery wind stirred a floral scent about the air, then it faded, driven away to the ether by a tide of gasoline then of a char / smoke. I drove by the orchard where I noted how the orange escaped the house. It almost looked like a face, a skeletal face, buried into the junipers. I waved. Maybe the gesture was or wasn’t returned. I didn’t stay. That was the last I saw of Bobby Mortaren. I dismantled the laptops’ HDDs; I scraped the platters then I applied a welder’s torch to them, fusing them, melting them, obliterating any trace what so ever of the data they contained. Later I shredded the floppies and the CD and the papers. For all I knew those may have been the last, extant copies of Blue Beelzebub. My paying job resumed its malaise although I noted that my contacts with the FBI waned. Then my editors shuffled my workload. Cases I had been assigned to were re-directed elsewhere. Leads dried. I was shunned more and more. I could not help but recognize a familiarity to the pattern - to the way I was being isolated and overshadowed. I tried to squash the paranoia that may have transferred to me as I entertained the notion of starting yet another career. Little had been reported about the explosion south of Timpas that night. I eked out a single article about the decline and fall of bitcoin. After that I put my thoughts together to form this record of my dealings with Blue Beelzebub. Partly to settle the history of it - as much of it as I understood. Partly to form a defense. I wanted to be transparent; there’s such scant cover for journalists nowadays. Earlier I received a call from a woman, a former FBI agent who claimed they owed me a favor. They warned that “I had been flagged by an anti-virus software vendor that works with the government”. Apparently, the anti-virus / malware scan had detected a rare item and reported it to the vendor’s server for analysis. That’s how the NSA discovered “the executable” with “embedded content” that “raised eyebrows”. It wasn’t just the government that started to investigate Blue Beelzebub, they continued, “a third party, a cryptic South American outfit”, long suspected of trafficking and exploiting minors, “sparked a lot of chatter across the deep-web about you. You got enemies, son, lots and lots of enemies.” I didn’t know of any FBI agent, current and / or former who “owed me a favor”. I stated that in fact I had received a couple of floppies from a source familiar with the game. Naturally, I scanned the media. “I couldn’t get the program to work properly. It needs DOS and there aren’t too many PCs like it anymore. I destroyed all of that ‘cause it gave me the creeps.” It wasn’t entirely a lie.
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