US Marshal Shuts Down Cynic.me for Security Theatre

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Bitcoin, Canada, Philosophy, Police State, Rant, Sovereignty, States | Posted on 15-11-2014

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So Deputy United States Marshal Criminal Investigator Maxime Vales (or one of his criminal cohorts) violated the TERM & CONDITIONS for the use of this site to view this (now password protected) page:

http://cynic.me/2014/10/24/silk-road-judge-doxxed-and-msm-lies-about-it/

He then contacted my Canadian hosting provider about it and had them take my site down today. (I’ve since gotten it back up, obviously!)

The post is about an Ars Technica article that falsely claims that this article (.onion link requires TOR) contains death threats against Katherine Bolan Forrest, who is the judge in the “Silk Road” case against Ross Ulbricht. There is no death threat in there. It’s not nice, but it isn’t a death threat either. Ars Technica lied.

For the sake of ease, completeness, and transparency (something that is completely foreign to government), I posted the entire unredacted, uncensored article (it’s not hard to find – more info below). This seems to have pissed off the US Marshals who sent this to my hosting provider:

Please be advised that the personal security of a United States Marshals Service protected person has been threatened by way of dox. United States District Court Judge Katherine Bolan Forrest’s restricted personal identifiable information, in violation of the Court Security Act of 2007 has been made public on the below listed website that is connected to GoDaddy as the sponsoring registrar. I am requesting that this restricted personal information be immediately removed from the website in order to ensure that no further threats to the security of Judge Forrest are carried out. I am also requesting that a representative from the legal department contact me as soon as possible regarding this sensitive matter.

This is nothing more than security theatre and scare-mongering. If anyone were to do anything to that judge, it would already have happened.

The original dox (.onion link requires TOR) link from the wiki site now returns a 404, but the dox archive (.onion link requires TOR) is still up, and the dox can be found here (.onion link requires TOR).

None of these things are difficult to find. Whether or not I publish the information is completely irrelevant to the security of the judge. Like, FFS… Justin Bieber has dox published (.onion link requires TOR), and he’s still alive!!! There are probably a lot more crazies out there that want him dead.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

I have made it explicitly clear that nobody in any government position is welcome at Cynic.me. That includes US marshals.

Unless Maxime Vales is psychic, I really have no clue how he could possibly abide by the T&C and know what was on that page, or any page at Cynic.me for that matter.

CENSORSHIP & CHILLING EFFECTS

There is no law against publishing publicly available information, which the information at the links above is.

This does nothing to protect the judge at all as I’ve outline above just how simple it is to find the information. A blog dedicated to technology, voluntaryism, and personal points of interest that has near zero readership except for a few popular posts isn’t going to make the smallest impact at all.

This is merely overreach and an attempt to scare me and others from publishing information that the US police state finds inconvenient.

If this can happen to me, it can happen to you. Whether or not you agree with anything I say isn’t particularly relevant. The point to free speech is to tolerate dissenting opinions.

HE SHOULD SIMPLY HAVE CONTACTED ME!

Maxime Vales is really a bit of a douche. Instead of contacting me and asking nicely, he went nuclear to have my site taken down.

But I most certainly would have taken it down had he just asked. Albeit, I would have to charge him a reasonable service fee. I think 144,341 bitcoins plus an additional 29,659 bitcoins as an “administrative fee” would be reasonable. (Ross certainly wouldn’t need to worry about paying for his defense anymore.)

WHAT TO DO?

Well, I certainly don’t want armed thugs harassing me for publishing publicly available information, so I’ve password protected the page for the moment. I’m a bit worried that the 8 character, lower case password might be easy to guess. Nah. I’m not worried. I’m sure it’s just fine.

If anyone has any good information, my ears are open.

DOUCHEBAGGERY

Now, I know that some people will say that it’s douchey to post dox information. Perhaps it is. But it’s more important to be open, transparent, and complete.

The point of my blog post was to point out blatant lies in the presstitute corporate-whore dinosaur lamestream media. They regular twist facts and often blatantly lie. This was one of those cases.

The issue was about a darkweb wiki post. I posted the entire article along with a link to it. Everything could be verified by checking my own post, and by checking the original.

You see, some of us out here actually believe in free speech (even speech that some people don’t like) and honesty, which we don’t get from the lamestream media.

I’m not interested in shining a flashlight on lies if I can shine a spotlight.

Remember:

THE FBI DOXED ROSS ULBRICHT FIRST!

Cheers,

Ryan

Another Salvo from China in the Currency War

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Banking, Money, States | Posted on 22-11-2013

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China is backing off it’s USD feast saying that it has had quite enough for now.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/pboc-says-no-longer-in-china-s-favor-to-boost-record-reserves.html

China, not China“It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in a speech organized by China Economists 50 Forum at Tsinghua University yesterday.

With China buying less American debt, the “good times” for the US are coming to an end. This decreased demand for the USD will cascade down into the ranks of the poor and middle classes and wreak havoc as all financial crises do.

As the dollar loses value, prices will begin to rise. Keep in mind that real inflation is much higher than government reports due to how they manipulate the inflation calculation methodology. Here are a couple charts from Shadow Stats that illustrate the disparity:

The question now is how much value will the USD lose now that its single largest buyer is no longer going to be buying?

We are looking at the start of the end for the USD. It’s been losing purchasing power for a century now with less than 4% of the value it had 100 years ago. Inflation numbers have been hidden from most people through manipulated methods, and now are poised for a massive acceleration as the USD is on the verge of dropping into free-fall.

In a recent Keiser Report, Max Keiser warned that we’re on the edge of seeing a 30-year bond bubble pop. With US bonds being one of the largest out there, and demand for them drying up as China backs off and the Fed hints at tapering their Quantitative Easing money printers, it looks like the needle is getting closer.

I’m very curious as to how the US dollar collapse will play out. If it’s anything like the Asian currency crisis in 1997/1998, we’ll see this disease spread the same way. The Canadian CAD, the United Kingdom GBP, the Swiss CHF, the Japanese JPY, the Australian AUD, and the European EUR will all suffer as each of those countries has been printing money similarly to how the American have.

With Canada linked at the hip through it being the US’s largest trading partner, I expect to see the devastation hit Canada first. This might not play out like that though as Canada’s banks are rumoured to be relatively stable. Perhaps the toxic debt may cascade elsewhere first. But that won’t stop the massive hit Canada will take in terms of trade when the US can no longer afford to purchase goods from Canada.

This is going to hurt. A lot of people are going to pay dearly for supporting their criminal governments and their insane spending sprees.

With any luck, we’ll see a return for the value of gold and silver, and perhaps even bitcoins. That $10,000/ozt gold and $100,000/BTC may be closer than anyone realises.

Peter Schiff on Gold vs. Bitcoins Misses the Point

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Logic, Money, Philosophy, Security | Posted on 22-11-2013

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Peter Schiff is absolutely one of the smartest guys out there, and I have a lot of respect for him. However, he’s still missing the point about bitcoins and how they have intrinsic value. But first, here’s his most recent video on the topic:

bitcoinPeter is stuck on how gold has intrinsic value through physical usage where bitcoins have no physical usage and therefore no intrinsic value. He is quite correct if he means that bitcoins have no physical intrinsic value. However, this is not what he means. He means that they have no intrinsic value whatsoever. This is where he misses the point. Read the rest of this entry »

1 More Reason to Use Bitcoin – Feds Steal Mt. Gox Dwolla Funds

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Money, Philosophy, Police State | Posted on 16-05-2013

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The irony here is simply sickening. The Feds have stolen funds from Mt. Gox’s Dwolla account. Don’t they see that what they are doing only gives 1 more reason to use bitcoin? They can’t seize bitcoins, so that danger is eliminated. Governments can steal your fiat stored in banks or payment processors, but they can’t steal your bitcoin unless they steal your wallet.dat file and threaten, coerce, or torture you to get the password for it.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/feds-seize-money-from-top-bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox/

Feds seize money from Dwolla account belonging to top Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox

Mobile payments service won’t move money to and from Mt. Gox post-court order.

The Department of Homeland Security has apparently shut down a key mobile payments account associated with Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange.

Chris Coyne, co-founder of online dating service OKCupid, tweeted out an e-mail he received from Dwolla this afternoon. The e-mail states that neither Coyne, nor presumably any other Dwolla user, will be able to transfer funds to Mt. Gox.

Dwolla confirmed the change to the New York Observer, which first reported the story. Dwolla received a seizure warrant from a federal court.

“The Department of Homeland Security and US District Court for the District of Maryland issued a ‘Seizure Warrant’ for the funds associated with Mutum Sigillum’s Dwolla account (a.k.a. Mt. Gox),” a Dwolla spokesperson told NYO’s BetaBeat. “Dwolla has ceased all account activities… for Mutum Sigillum while Dwolla’s holding partner transferred Mutum Sigillum’s balance, per the warrant.”

It isn’t yet clear why this seizure happened, and Dwolla isn’t saying anything beyond confirming the court order. Mt. Gox didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry from Ars about the seizure. A user on Bitcoin StackExchange published this short reply received from an inquiry to Mt. Gox about the shut-down: “Thank you for the e-mail. We can see that the Dwolla transactions are not getting processed right now. We will contact Dwolla and post an announcement regarding this. Your patience is appreciated till then.”

I’m certain the irony will be lost on the technocrat bureaucraps (not a typo) who fundamentally don’t understand bitcoin, let alone what “money” and “currency” are.

The crypto-anarchists are sounding better all the time…

Dear Mr. Paul Krugman, About Bitcoin…

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Cynicism, Money, Politics, Rant | Posted on 15-04-2013

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Dear Mr. Paul Krugman,

I read your recent piece about Adam Smith and bitcoin.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/adam-smith-hates-bitcoin/

Once again, it seems all roads in economics come down to the roads.

Perhaps, Mr. Krugman, you can explain how without roads, goods and services can be delivered to people efficiently?

It appears that you agree with Adam Smith, and that you two might agree with some other similar arguments. For example, when it comes to corn, as Smith uses, we might take it that wealthy land owners with large estates aren’t putting their land to the best use. For that matter, how much space does anyone need? Perhaps it would be better to bulldoze all the estates, and the suburbs? By moving people into small cubicles, we can free up land for more productive uses, like GMO corn from Monsanto. Because as we all know, if it isn’t patentable, it’s not worth anything. Why not maximize profits for all we can?

Silver and gold as currency? Surely jewelry has no value. Keeping silver & gold as a currency can’t serve any purpose, can it? Neither is silver used in any industrial applications? It must not play any part in electronics, because Adam Smith told us that silver isn’t valuable, and since he’s dead, he must be right.

No, Mr. Krugman. You are just another symptom of the problem. You perpetuate outright lies. Well, if you believe them, then they’re not lies, but I’d bet that you’re not a complete and total moron.

Silver and gold have many real world applications. Please try to educate yourself and find out about the industrial applications of silver and the worldwide silver production capacity.

When it comes to Bitcoin, Mr. Krugman, perhaps you would do well to understand what cryptography is, what its applications are, and try to understand how cryptographic analysis of numbers and verifications of transactions creates a currency that is based in mathematics (cryptography) that cannot be debased like how the USD and the JPY are being raped by central banks at the moment.

You make a fool of yourself when you open your mouth with such utterly incompetent and ignorant drivel. Or rather, you appear to be a fool to people who understand the issues. Would I be wrong to guess that doesn’t include the readership of the New York Times? Because otherwise, I’d bet that you’d have kept your mouth shut.

Sincerely,

Ryan

Litecoin Mining on Mac OS X – Solving Library Errors

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-04-2013

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I have FINALLY managed to get an LTC miner running on my Mac. The basic problem was that unless you do a lot of development on a Mac, you’re unlikely to have your machine set up properly for mining, and you’ll get missing library errors from the miner –  libidn.11.dylib and libssl.1.0.0.dylib.

(I generally find that OS X is simply a shiny version of Unix that’s harder to use. Getting a miner running was further confirmation that anyone who is considering a Mac should just get some blazing fast hardware and slap on some Linux distro. But I digress… On to mining Litecoin on a Mac!)

First, upgrade OS X to 10.8 or whatever. Apple never supports anything older than from last week, so might as well get up to date.

Next, install the most recent version of Xcode, which is 4.6.1 at the moment. Why do you need to install development tools to mine litecoin? Because it’s a Mac. That’s why.

Once you’ve got that installed, install MacPorts. You’ll need to install some other things before installing that, but MacPorts walks you through it quite well.

Once you’ve got that done, you’ll need to make certain that you have the right libraries available for the miner. Open a terminal and run the following:

sudo port selfupdate

sudo port clean wget
sudo port install wget

sudo port clean openssl
sudo port install openssl

Otherwise you may end up with errors about missing libraries: libidn.11.dylib and libssl.1.0.0.dylib.

You’re then ready for the miner:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=55038.msg654850#msg654850

Download the Mac OS X binary, unzip it, then follow the directions in the readme file, and you should be up and running real quick.

Hope that helps someone get started with the silver of digital crypto-currencies, LITECOIN!

Cheers,

Ryan

Canadians Bullish on Bitcoin

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Canada, Money, Philosophy, Politics | Posted on 08-04-2013

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Over the past while I’ve noticed disparities in prices in different bitcoin exchanges.

In particular, the VirtEx exchange in Canada often trades at around 10% higher than mtGox.

 

Typical bid/ask spreads at mtGox are around 1.2% to 1.6% of the BTC price, with most bidding trading around the even dollar and $0.50 marks. It’s common to see $5+ spreads, but those generally close up pretty quickly.

Spreads on the VirtEx are typically wider than those at mtGox with $5 spreads being common for much longer periods.

The larger spreads seem to indicate some hesitation or uncertainty, but the consistently higher trading prices at VirtEx indicate that Canadians are quite bullish on bitcoin and willing to pay a bit more simply to get it easier and faster at another exchange. Why wait days or weeks to get on an exchange when you can get into the VirtEx market almost immediately? The price is rising so fast that even if BTC is trading higher, you’ll come out far ahead.

Cheers,

Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitcoin Hit Piece After Bitcoin Hit Piece

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Banking, Logic, Money, Philosophy, Politics | Posted on 07-04-2013

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Mainstream news is reporting hit piece after hit piece on BITCOIN. It’s a non-stop parade of pundits all coming out to scream the horrors of bitcoin and how it is nothing but a bubble.

But remember, these are the same kinds of pundits that rallied around the dot-com bubble singing its praises, and the same pundits that failed to see the subprime mortgage housing bubble until it was too late. Their credibility is lacking, to put it politely. Just to illustrate the degree of ignorance, allow me to indulge in a few laughs…

Here’s an article from The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/comment/9975539/Bitcoin-is-clearly-a-bubble.html

‘Bitcoin is clearly a bubble’
Many people in the developed economies yearn for a financial system that does not have the option to rob them.

By Andrew Oxlade

9:06PM BST 05 Apr 2013

That is why gold has been so much in demand during the financial crisis – and popular with shrewd sceptics in the years before.

The clarion call of those “gold bugs”, shrill in normal times, sounds more reasonable in the “new normal” – the age of unrestrained money printing and financial repression (using monetary policy to shift the wealth of citizens to government).

This explains why Bitcoin – a global “cyber currency” – has exploded in popularity. The temptations of this phenomenon are easy to grasp: we crave an opportunity to hold wealth in a currency that cannot be devalued by printing more of it.

Bitcoin, alas, is not that. More Bitcoins can be created by those who have a powerful enough computer, although there is apparently a ceiling on the total currency.

People are ignoring the warnings, with the price charging higher. It is clearly a bubble – a tempting vessel for money, arriving during the perfect storm of currency debasement and the seizure of savings in a eurozone state – Cyprus.

As in every bubble before – from the South Sea Company bubble of 1711 to the dotcom boom and bust at the end of the millennium – investors eagerly part with their money on the conviction that prices will rise and they’ll step off at the right time. But no one knows whether today is the day investors wake up to their error.

The wise money will steer well clear.

In the highlighted portion, the author demonstrates utter ignorance about bitcoin. No, there is not an “apparent ceiling”. There is a hard ceiling limit of 21 million bitcoins that can possibly be created for the rest of eternity.

In talking about “those who have a powerful enough computer,” he again illustrates utter ignorance about bitcoin and further ignorance about technology in general. The predicted end of bitcoin mining (digitally “printing” or creating bitcoins) will end around 2140. Now, it is possible that quantum computing or some other as of yet uninvented form of computing could shorten that significantly. However, it doesn’t really matter as the difficulty factor in mining bitcoins increases as more are created, and it doesn’t particularly matter whether you are dead for 10 years or 100 years when the last bitcoin is mined. You’ll probably still be dead.

When the author says, ” The wise money will steer well clear,” I really have to wonder, if he’s that ignorant, would the best bet be to do the exact opposite of what he’s advocating?

But he’s far from the most ignorant or the most hostile out there. There is a great abundance of nay-sayers. Every day there is a new hit piece, so why not just pick another one at random to have a little fun with?

Venture Beat came out with a pack of lies. Oops? Did I say lies? I meant… No. I meant lies.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/05/coinbase-phishing-bitcoin/

Coinbase phishing attacks are the 3rd Bitcoin security problem this week

Sorry, but the security issue has nothing to do with bitcoin.

There have been Paypal phishing attacks pretty much non-stop since Paypal began. How would this be for a headline?

Paypal phishing attacks are the 300 millionth US dollar security problem this week

Perhaps just a tad insane? The recent security issues surrounding bitcoin are not bitcoin related issues. But, what they do illustrate is that bitcoins are VALUABLE and that people will go to great lengths to steal bitcoins. If bitcoins had no value, would people try to steal them? Hardly. These kinds of dishonest hit pieces insult one’s intelligence, as the authors must really believe that you are either incredibly stupid (if you’re in IT or a geek) or incredibly ignorant (we are all ignorant of many things) to believe such blatant lies.

One of the dominant themes in bitcoin hit pieces is that bitcoin can be used for “illegal activity”. Here’s a CNBC hit piece as an illustration:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100618934

Bitcoin Great for Narco-Dollar Traffickers: Pro

Published: Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 7:58 AM ET
By: Matt Clinch

Digital currency bitcoin has seen a spike in interest coinciding with a huge rally, but it has divided opinion greatly with analysts differing on whether it’s an advancement in the monetary system or just a large Ponzi scheme that should be avoided.

Davide Serra, founder and CEO of Algebris Investments, is firmly in the latter group, likening the recent surge in bitcoins to tulip mania in the 17th century, when the market for plant bulbs reached extraordinarily high levels in the Netherlands before suddenly collapsing.

If you’re a narco-dollar trafficker you’re going to love it, because basically it’s a way to smuggle money through,” Serra told CNBC Friday.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency allowing users to exchange online credits for goods and services. While there is no central bank that issues them, bitcoins can be created online by using a computer to complete difficult tasks, a process known as mining.

“Someone who tries to buy it comes on TV, pushes the story and hopefully tomorrow you can sell it for a higher price. That’s not a currency—that’s a ponzi scheme,” Serra said.

According to Serra, the system relies on selling bitcoins at a later date to “a greater fool.”

No central bank, no pension fund, no institutional investor will ever put a dollar into this thing,” he said.

The hit piece continues, but of course it comes out swinging with the “bubble” angle, then goes on to slander it by associating it with narcotics.

The funny thing is, haven’t the fiat currencies been used for a lot longer for drugs? Where was the hit piece on “Canada dollar gaining popularity with drug traffickers” or other similarly insane article title? Bitcoin is a medium of exchange and is hardly responsible for whether people want to buy or sell drugs.

Now for his comment on central banks, pension funds and institutional investors… I happen to know of at least 1 deal that is being put together with exactly those people in mind, and that what the author has stated is simply false, if not a flat out lie. (While I would love to comment on the deal, it is confidential. I simply happen to know enough about it.)

About the “Bubble”

Countless articles call bitcoin a bubble, but I have yet to see anyone address the underlying assumptions that would justify that claim. Perhaps if the standards that have been applied to other markets applied to bitcoin, then certainly there would be a common foundation for those claims to rest on. But those standards do not exist the same for bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a free market currency, and there is nothing like it in the world. Well, there are some other crypto-currencies, but other than those, none.

Not even gold & silver are comparable anymore. JP Morgan has paper silver short positions that dwarf the amount of available physical silver. No, silver and gold are already highly manipulated outside of actual gold and silver through paper shorts. Can this happen to bitcoin? Yes. Will it? The jury is out on that one. The market is only going up, so short positions simply don’t make sense right now. The market needs to level off with less upward volatility for shorting to become possible. There are some exchanges that make it possible, though we are nowhere near seeing that quite yet.

Some other markets, have caps on how much a stock can go up or down. That doesn’t exist for bitcoin as we’ve seen.

Bitcoin is also new to the market and there is a very limited supply of them available. What we are seeing is the initial valuation of the bitcoin after a couple years of testing the waters.

There is a great deal of investment in bitcoin from a lot of people. While mtGox is the largest exchange, the currency itself is decentralized, is not subject to regulation, cannot be regulated, and has no single point of failure like centrally controlled currencies do, i.e. the central banks that can tank currencies through printing money, e.g. Zimbabwe, the United States of America (the Federal Reserve). With the freedom that comes with bitcoin, and the massive investments from so many people world wide, and a lack of any single point of failure, it is hard to imagine a downside to bitcoin. Ooops. Nope. Not if you’re part of the establishment and are threatened by bitcoin, then bitcoin itself is a downside.

The Establishment’s View

That bitcoin threatens the established powers in banking, finance, and government has not been entirely lost by all the establishment pundits. Some are very aware.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-05/bitcoin-really-is-an-existential-threat-to-the-modern-liberal-state.html

Bitcoin Really Is an Existential Threat to the Modern Liberal State

…Nonetheless, Bitcoin raises some interesting questions. One is whether it might undermine the modern state — which, for many of its libertarian-anarchist advocates, is the whole idea…

From the horses mouth, to your screen. The pundit there still doesn’t quite understand that tax is theft though…

Taxation: How do governments collect taxes on transactions in Bitcoin? The answer is they don’t, and they can’t. Crypto-currency’s strong protections on anonymity make it impossible for any state to know who is buying what, who is paying whom, who earns what, and who has what in savings. That poses a direct challenge to the power of states to levy taxes.

The problem is that Bitcoin makes tax evasion easier. States could enforce reporting of Bitcoin income for individuals and businesses, as they try to do for cash, which is also hard to track. But encryption and the peer-to-peer network structure make Bitcoin even harder to follow than physical cash, and digital cash is much better than the physical kind for storage and transactions, so the scale of the challenge could end up being much bigger.

Few articles even bother to put any thought into bitcoin, so I must hand it to Mr. Soltas, as he has apparently taken the time and effort to actually understand what bitcoin is and what it can do for us. Even if he’s on the wrong side of the fence about tax there. 🙂

He ends his article with a wonderful taste of what could be:

In the next chapter of the history of currency, money might very well turn on its creator, and roll back government.

There are a few other well thought out articles and reporting on bitcoin in the MSM, but most of them miss the point about freedom. Instead, they try to slur freedom with accusations of “tax evasion” (i.e. refusing to allow yourself to be financially raped by the local criminal organization that many people call “government”) or “illegal activities” or “drugs”.

The hit pieces will continue. There is a lot at stake here. The most important of which is freedom.

Cheers,

Ryan

Bitcoin Hit $100 USD

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Banking, Money, Solutions to Problems | Posted on 02-04-2013

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Well, Bitcoin just hit $100 in a big way. Massive buying with orders as large as 1,000 BTC and numerous orders filled in the hundreds of BTC. It will roll back a bit, but the next time, it’ll be over $100.