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ROSC 14: The Bitcoin House

BitcoinHouse It’s been a strange but recurring theme in my life that when a cluster of bad things hit, something good follows close behind. Often, I learn later that the good thing was initiating just as the bad things struck. But whatever that is and however it works, it happened to me again. There is currently so much going on that I barely know where to begin.

Does Western Civilization Still Have a Purpose?

WesternCivilization When Western Civilization began to form at about 500 AD, it was full of purpose. In particular, it was devoted to bringing the light of Christ into the world: to overcome the ancient darkness and to replace it with righteousness. But please don’t imagine that when I say “bringing the light of Christ” and “500 AD,” I’m talking about the reign of the Roman Catholic Church and the “Dark Ages.”

ROSC 13: Time to Have Fun Again

HaveFun Last Wednesday was my day to reorient myself. I end up doing that from time to time, and I think it’s essential, given the complexity and pressures of modern life… and very certainly so, given the complexities of a non-standard life. Immediately I focused on the messes of the sanitarium and the “superfluous” people I had lent my time to. I don’t regret it of course – it was the …

Jesus Versus Religion

JvsR Religious people get an unfairly bad rap these days, so I want to start by defending them. My purpose here is not to slam religious people, but to show that religion doesn’t adequately represent Jesus. It was religious people who killed the ancient evil of slavery. First, the religious people of Europe, having inherited a full social system of slavery from Rome, disassembled it between about 500 and 1000 AD, …

The Universe Is Flat

univers If you haven’t heard this before, I’m sure it sounds crazy to you. It did to me too. But a serious number of rigorous experiments has established this concept and clarified it quite well: The universe really is flat. Now, as you try to wrap your mind around that, I want you to see a screenshot from Wikipedia’s “Universe” page, showing the universe’s physical characteristics: And no, that’s not there …

ROSC 12: The Second Blow

ROSC12 * After I left the big breakup at the sanitarium, I spent a few days ruminating on it all. I took a couple phone calls from Esther and another from Johnny (who was worried for Esther). I was hoping that things would reach their end quickly. I’ve never seen one of these situations heal, so I’d rather the break was quicker than slower. What I didn’t expect was another crisis …

The Great Ephemera Machine

Ephemera Ephemera: (plural of ephemeron) transitory things publications that are designed to be short lived We in the modern West are living inside a giant ephemera machine. Every day we receive more than a thousand messages telling us what to fear, what to identify with, what to compare ourselves to, and of course, what we should buy. Nearly all of this is ephemera – things that will matter nothing next year, …

ROSC 11: The Stone of Stumbling

ROSC11 Last time I left off as we sat in a full dining room at the sanitarium, where, hopefully, we had broken through the hurtful theology of our time, giving these people a chance to heal on the inside. And while the moment lasted a useful amount of time, it was soon enough broken by Dora, who excused herself for a doctor’s appointment. Esther excused herself as well and drove her …

Why People Won’t Protect Themselves

cryptography I’ve been promoting encryption for quite some time, and one of the things you can’t miss in this business is that most people have a psychological aversion (and a strong one) to protecting themselves. Not only are the products I sell affordable (less than a dollar a day for serious, professional-level protection), but I repeatedly tell people how they can get free encryption if they’re willing to work at it. …

ROSC 10: Truth at the Sanitarium

ROSC10 Last week young Esther asked me back to the sanitarium and told me that the people there “wanted to talk.” I was reasonably sure that the meeting was prompted by Dora’s cancer diagnosis – she seemed to be important to the rest of them, making her passing a turning point – but I also gathered from Esther’s expression that they had more on their minds. And so I did two …

The Day Bitcoin Was Hacked

BitcoinHacked In the ninth year of Satoshi, at 9:30am UTC on a cold February morning, Bitcoin was hacked. The hacker (or hackers) found a way to take advantage of a command in Satoshi’s original code. Then, using some very impressive number-crunching power, they played man-in-the-middle and intercepted transactions as they approached the big Bitcoin miners.

ROSC 9: Maladjustments

Maladjustments As I sat with the TCM crew at Jay’s (for those who don’t recall, TCM means the creatively maladjusted), I realized that they were living up to their name. The ideas they came up with for the sanitarium people were pretty far outside the box. One idea, for example, was to keep a rolling stock of Uber driver credentials, which could be abandoned after each tax season (or if Uber …

Civil War and the Status Quo

StatusQuo We’ve all been hearing fears of civil war in America recently, and while I think those fears are overblown (as fears generally are), I want to address something that doesn’t make the news feeds: the fact that we can take this question seriously exposes a sick, degenerate status quo. We need to be clear on this point. Arguments Pro and Con I don’t believe civil war will come to America …

ROSC 8: The Exchange

TheExchange I don’t use phones very often; most days I talk on the phone no more than once or twice, and often not at all. Phone calls interrupt me, and interruptions waste a lot of my time… I have to figure out where I was before the call, reassemble the pieces, and get going again. In the construction business, we used to call that demobilization and mobilization, and it led to …

The Dirty Trick That’s Destroying Us

DirtyTrick Every civilization has its own peculiar characteristics, and because of them, each has its own vulnerable areas… areas that a clever adversary can take advantage of. Our Western civilization is no exception. And most unfortunately, we’ve been under a sharp attack for many years by people who found our weakness and are exploiting it. I’ll explain how and what we need to do about it. Our Foundations Western civilization was …

If You Love Bitcoin, Promote Good Altcoins

Altcoins Bitcoin spawns strong emotions in people, once they wrap their minds around it. And for good reason, of course: Bitcoin is the future, being born in our midst. One of the ways this goes off the rails, however, is when people think about Bitcoin in the old way. In particular, they think of the crypto-economy as if it were a zero-sum game. They fear the altcoins (Litecoin, Ethereum and the …

ROSC 7: The Cloaked Life

ROSC7 The Thursday after my visit to the sanitarium, I showed up early to the TCM lunch at Jay’s Bar. I brought a legal pad and a pen, sat down, and started making notes. “You look serious this time, Professor.” I looked up to see Michele handing me a lunch menu. “Yeah, I picked up another hard problem, and I want the team to help me with it.” Michele laughed. “I …

Why AI Could End Up Saving Us, Rather Than Killing Us

AIkill When I wrote The Breaking Dawn, I avoided mentioning artificial intelligence (AI). Big Data became an important part of the story, but self-aware machines were not. You can’t include everything in a novel and still keep it moving. But here is the story I had in mind for AI – why the tyrannical elites (“the Order”) shut it down. It illustrates why it may not be the disaster some people …

ROSC 6: Rise of the Scarred People

ScarredPeople In the back room of the sanitarium, young Esther showed me a handmade plaque, about the size of a typical award plaque, which it may have been originally. “Everyone here has gone through this,” she said. “Even me.” I’m pretty well used to dark things (having read lots of nasty history), but this was a dark perspective that was new and slightly jarring. It read: This is where scarred and …

The 16 Years’ War and Its Cost

WarItsCost Every night on American TV you can see repeating commercials to raise money for young people who’ve had limbs blown off. It might be cruel to ask the following question in the presence of these veterans, but millions of other people have been forced to pay for all of this, and they need to be protected as well. And so, with condolences to the young people who signed up for …