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Crypto Guru Review, by a Mom


January 3, 2018, by Suzanne

To My Dear (grown) Children,

As of this writing, Bitcoin is back up enough that the money I’m sending
0.06739776 BTC = $1,021.64
 

is enough to initiate an interest bearing “loan” to the Bitconnect trading bot.

You might not choose a lending program.  There are mining pools you can join, which I know very little about, or you can just sit on it and watch the market.  My own goal is to earn more Bitcoins (more dollars is just gravy),  so I did go with a loan investment program.

A minimum of $1010 gets you an extra .1% / day.  The “Reinvests” do not get that extra .1% kicker, but you have the option of reinvesting it every day for the daily variable interest, or holding it until you have enough to initiate another loan.  You can hold it in unchanging USD, or in the BCC (Bitconnect) coin wallet, on the possibility it might grow there faster than in the USD wallet.  Putting it immediately into BTC (Bitcoin) incurs exchange fees, and if you’re going to reinvest it or make a new loan anyway, there is no point.
 
I started mine at $1020, did daily reinvests for a couple of weeks, but I’m now accumulating the interest, in either the USD Lending Wallet, or the BCC wallet (BCC=Bitconnect Coin), until I accumulate enough interest to initiate another loan with the .1% daily kicker.   The BCC Bitconnect Coin is not the same as the BTC Bitcoin, but they follow very similar profiles on their price charts.   I care more about the slopes up and down than I care about the actual price per coin, since unlike stocks, you can buy fractions of coins.
 
The BCC company did some kind of adjustment to its coin supply or something, to correct for that too steep dip last week.  They appear to want to keep it on mirroring BTC.
 
BTC & BCC price path in USD (U.S. Dollars) as of 01/02/2018
BCC, BTC price comparison in USD, 01/02/2018


 
BTC & BCC’s daily ROI (Return on Investment), as of 01/02/2018
 
BCC, BTC ROI comparison, 01/02/2018


Some of my favorite crypto gurus on YouTube are:
 
World Crypto Network (WCN) –  a variety of crypto shows a day, with multiple hosts, much like FreedomizerRadio
 
Thomas Hunt – short Bitcoin news blips on the above WCN, but with his own channel too at MadBitcoins.
 
Tone Vays – extensive Bitcoin chart analysis
 
Jimmy Song – Bitcoin blockchain programmer, teaching blockchain programming seminars
 
Crypto Spark – short videos with a broad view on the world of crypto, which is much bigger than just Bitcoin
 
Sunny Decree – Swiss German, good technicals, good overview of the crypto world.  Used to sponsor Bitconnect, but he turned on them over a graphical image error on the Bitconnect website, which he felt was misleading, and I felt was merely a mistake.  It has since been corrected in either case.  I guess he does all right for himself on other lending and especially mining platforms.
 
Ivan on Tech – Programmer, Russian born, now lives in Sweden.  Good technical explanations.  He appears to be younger than I think he really is.  I think he wears lipstick.  He is starting up an online academy to teach blockchain programming.   He’s the one who said how hard it was to explain to citizens of 1st world countries why Bitcoin is a safe haven from banksters & governments who go rogue.  But people in Russia, Venezuela, & Zimbabwe, etc, get it.
 
Andreas Antonopolus – deeply philosophical and evangelical about Bitcoin saving the world – he saved his mother’s life savings from the clutches of the E.U./European Central Banks/Greek Government (aka crony banksters)  when they went raiding the Greek public’s deposits, called “Bail-ins”, a crime they had been planning against the whole world, including Americans, to save the banksters from their own corruption failures, —  by transferring her life savings into Bitcoin where they couldn’t get it..    (Don’t think the NWO doesn’t eventually have that planned for you and me, if they could possibly get away with it.)
 
CryptoNick – a teenager who has a knack for trading & choosing lending programs (there are others besides Bitconnect) & cloud mining investments.  He made a bet with his parents he wouldn’t have to go to college if he could make a millionaire of himself, and he did it faster than he expected to.
EverythingCrypto – a brand new channel that only has 3 videos, but if she keeps it up, she’s very good at explaining how-to’s to newbies to crypto.  Just those 3 videos have already put her over 4,000 subscribers.
 
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Bitconnect.co
 
Bitconnect Specific Gurus I like are –
 
Roy Murphy – lots of calm technical explanations.  I ended up choosing him as my “upline” sponsor, (not required to join Bitconnect) because I was pretty sick of all the drama on several other Bitconnect YouTube channels.
 
Crypto Challenge, Darren (I don’t know his last name) – lots more calm technical explanations.
 
Trevon James – some technical, a lot of drama, always entertaining, he sometimes understands more than he’s able to express.
 
One I really don’t like is –
 
Craig Grant – actually pays for ads on YouTube.  ALL DRAMA ALL THE TIME, no technical nuthin’.  Big swagger.  After several videos, I’ve realized I really don’t like him as a person.  I even hate his commercials now.
 
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Wallets
 
You all need Coinbase accounts to move USD into and out of your bank accounts, although I hear others are becoming available.   However, Coinbase is known to pass judgement on your transactions, and if they consider who you’re transacting with “spammy”, they will suddenly close your account.
I have no idea what Coinbase thinks of Bitconnect, because Bitconnect is only a year old.  In fact, Bitconnect is having an ICO & new decentralized exchange launch later this month.  You can make a lot of money with Bitconnect without being anyone’s sponsor, but their main marketing model is Multi-Level-Marketing, where you can make a lot more money in commissions a lot faster, if you have the personality for it.  (I don’t think I do.)  But just the MLM aspect triggers some people into labeling Bitconnect a “scam”.  It’s not.   But I don’t know what Coinbase thinks of it.
 
For this reason, the advice I’ve heard more than once is to get a personal wallet for BTC/ETH/LTC that is the only path you move crypto money into and out of Coinbase with, even though it might cost you more fees.   Right now Nick and I have Blockchain.info wallets.  A lot of people have Exodus wallets you download and install on your hard drive.  (I’m too scared of them, myself.)   I believe Andreas Antonopolus is associated with both of those companies.  I wouldn’t touch a phone wallet, except for maybe enough money to go grocery shopping with.  Tone Vays recommends GreenAddress.   A quick search on Blockchain.info (DNS, IP loation)’s & GreenAddress.it (DNS, IP location)’s server info, shows that they are both hosted in likely the same building in San Francisco.
Bitconnect itself has a BTC wallet, but that is the wallet I prefer not to deposit directly to from Coinbase.
 

Some people prefer and recommend hard wallets, which plug into your USB port, which have recovery protocols you can set up in advance to recover your money, if it ever gets lost, stolen, or destroyed.

Some of the gurus have demonstration/review videos of hard wallets.   Nano S & Tresor seem to be the two big names.

Oh, yeah, where I chart:

CrytpocurrencyChart.com

CoinMarketCap.com

Gdax

Where Tone Vays charts: TradingView.com

I guess that’s enough for now.
 
Dang!  In the time it took to write this,
0.06739776 BTC = $1,000.41
 
We’ll have to watch it to get it locked in a “loan” above $1010 or $1020.  Bitcoin almost looks like a living thing, the way it breaths in and out.
 
I view Bitconnect as taking some of the volatility out of crypto for me.   It’s like jumping rope, timing when to jump in, when to jump out.
That’s enough for now. 
 
 
Love, Mom
PS – Update 01/08/2018 – On a final note, you might have fun (& profit) looking into Steemit social media.  This guy, Thrift Shop Hustler on YouTube, & @reseller on Steemit (same guy), is pretty good at explaining it, although its level of complication is like learning a high-strategy virtual game!    💡  😆
Shhhhhhh.....,

How Tom Arnold faked his video


December 21, 2016, by Suzanne

It’d be laughable if it wasn’t so sick. The MSM is drum beating has-been Tom Arnold’s claim that he has video of Trump saying racist/abusive things. If Tom Arnold has such a video, it’s only because he forged it for his cocktail party friends. Remember JFK in Forest Gump, folks? This is how they did it.

Movie software to make anyone say anything:

The public already knows Trump ain’t that kinda guy.

But now we also know that Tom Arnold is.

Suzanne.

Shhhhhhh.....,

Shhhhhhh.....,

Don’t Mess with Programmers!


May 16, 2014, by Suzanne

Websites Throttle FCC Staffers to Protest Gutting of Net Neutrality | Enterprise | WIRED

If enabled on your server, all it takes is pasting some code into your .htaccess file in your filemanager!

How to throttle the FCC to dial up modem speeds on your website using Apache.

(Said to work on Nginx servers, too.)

Gee, will we see this deployed as an option in the next WP update?  Or as a plugin?

Holy Cow!  There are people already calling for a plugin in the WP forums!  :-O
WordPress › Support » Plugin request: Throttle the FCC to dial up modem speeds on your website – Nginx

For the ISPs pushing to be allowed to throttle high bandwidth sites (like Netflix, YouTube, etc), they would likewise have to pay their own programmers to do it.

pro-Throttlers vs anti-Throttlers.

Well, what if they gave a cyberwar and nobody came?  😉

Suzanne.

Shhhhhhh.....,

 

 

Microsoft Skype has Google-Talk-Plugin Core — (Say whuuuht?)


May 2, 2014, by Suzanne

I’m between ISPs right now.  One has been turned off, the new one is to be installed next week.   In the mean time, I can get online through my phone, or I can talk, but I haven’t yet figured out how to do both.

So yesterday, to be able to talk and be online at the same time, I went to install Skype, because I remembered I had an account I hadn’t used in several years.  But when I did, it tried to force me to merge my Skype account with my Microsoft Outlook.com account.  No way.  I want nothing to do with a Microsoft Outlook.com account.  I had only been forced to even create an Outlook.com account a few months ago when I bought my Windows 8 computer from my son.  You cannot run Windows 8 without an Outlook.com account, which I think is pretty sucky anyway.  This attempt to force me to merge Skype with Outlook startled me pretty badly, because I didn’t know, or had forgotten, that Microsoft had bought Skype.  So I searched up the story, and sure enough found this 2 year old Forbes article, which had been written well before the NSA / Google listening scandal broke, when we were all still innocent naive babes.

Forbes 7/22/2012

It’s Terrifying And Sickening That Microsoft Can Now Listen In On All My Skype Calls

Really creepy.  Fuhgettaboutit.   I went to the Windows Control Panel / Programs & Features to uninstall the Skype, but couldn’t find anything called Skype.  What I did find was that the only thing I had actually installed that day, was the Google-Talk-Plugin.  Not Skype at all!

(Whuuuuuhh?)  Did they think we wouldn’t notice?

The connection between Google & the NSA and perpetual recording of all is now common knowledge thanks to Eric Snowden, but now we find a smoking gun for a trifecta with Microsoft too?   I am sufficiently spooked.  The author of the article above was wondering why Microsoft had spent so much money on the Skype brand.  Why indeed?  Microsoft already had the basic technology, in fact had been one of the first VOIP providers back in the day with NetMeeting, which I do remember had a bit of an awkward interface, so it had been an easy switch for me to go to Skype, as it probably for a lot of people.  But rather than compete with a nicer user interface, a new sexy name, and force its installation with Windows, it appeared Microsoft was eating crow and over-paying just for the Skype name.  Very weird.  Bill Gates might be a megalomaniac with ideations of world domination, but he’s not stupid in business with a habit of overpaying for something.  Why would he spend it if it weren’t for some unstated reason?  Where did that kind of money, $8+ billion to force the deal, come from?

Perhaps it wasn’t Microsoft’s money at all.  What’s bigger than Microsoft?  Why, Uncle Sam, of course.   But I don’t think Microsoft would take charity from Uncle Sam.   Instead, I think Microsoft was a shill buyer for the NSA.   The government is good at shill buying.  (Think Fast & Furious.)   Uncle Sam’s S.O.P.   NSA pulling the strings, and merging the Google-Talk’s bugging technology with Skype, under the hood, where you’re not supposed to notice.  Everybody would have scattered like pigeons had they known the government was Skype’s real buyer.   I sure did yesterday.   I ripped the Skype with it’s Google-Talk/NSA engine out by its roots.

Suzanne.

Shhhhhhh.....,

Conclusion: Yes, Obama Adminstration DID plant Faceook Assassination Poll


October 1, 2009, by Suzanne

Friends sent me this unbelievable story this morning:

Secret Service: Facebook poll no threat to Obama
By EILEEN SULLIVAN (AP) – Oct. 1, 2009

— that the Secret Service has identified that it was a child who posted the Facebook poll asking if people would approve of assassinating the president, and has concluded that it was nothing but a harmless childish prank, “case closed”.

WHAT?? EXCUSE ME??

This is NOT standard practice for how the government deals with children who allegedly threaten anybody, under the Patriot Act. THIS is how they deal with them and their parents:

Mom says Patriot Act stripped son of due process
Posted: Apr. 29, 2009

Follow the case here.

I don’t believe for one minute there was any “child” we can just pat on the head and send on his way over the Facebook Assassination poll, nor that the Secret Service wouldn’t fully pursue anyone who merely voted in the poll. I conclude that Yes. The Obama administration (or its agents hired to find its critics in Facebook & MySpace) did plant the poll, and are now trying to make the story end quickly so we can go on to thinking about other news stories and possibly not notice that…

The President is a TROLL

The President is a TROLL

LOL LOL LOL LOL

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Did Obama Administration Itself Plant the Facebook Assassination Poll?


September 28, 2009, by Suzanne

Facebook is all in a lather today, because somebody posted a poll two days ago as to whether the president should be assassinated. Such a poll is of course, disgusting, and oooooohhh, the Secret Service is investigating, and they’re gonna get their criminal.

Oh, really. Then, what is that smell? That odor of mendacity, that is wafting through the air?

Look at these two news stories side by side, one from today, and one from less than a month ago –

Sept. 2, 2009
On Facebook, MySpace? Obama’s got your e-mail
White House spammer-in-chief wants contractor to track critics

Sept. 28, 2009
Secret Service probing Facebook poll on Obama

Look carefully. Take a minute to think about it, and suddenly a lightbulb will come on. Could it be? The president (or his own agents) had that poll placed himself??

What a transparant maroon. There’s a word for people like him.

Troll




(Lest these articles get scrubbed from the internet, I’ve saved pdf copies here, and here, and, oh, this one’s interesting, here.)


And the New Year brings Universal Vulcan(ic) Mind Meld!


December 30, 2008, by Suzanne

I swear the spiritual heavenly reality of instant mind-to-mind communication is rushing full force upon us. It can be overwhelming, but there are ways to lasso the volume and chaos and corral it to something manageable.

If Facebook and MySpace are too dizzzy bizzzy, cumbersome, and prone to crashing my computer for me, then Twitter is a lightweight little text-based humming bird that lets me fly and tweet without strangling me with boat anchors of everybody else’s sponsored c.r.a.p. tied around my neck.

Over the last month or so, I’ve been becoming more familiar with Twitter’s harmless-looking little web site, and at first you think what damage can be done in 140 characters, but whoa, do people’s personalities come out! And it’s quite addictive! You can even take it with you everywhere you go by piping it into your cell phone. If there’s no other reason I’d want a smart phone, that’s it. Besides keeping your friends and family in your pocket within a second’s reach (and apparently, Twitterers were a first source of news in the Mumbai attack), the really great thing about it is you get to rub elbows with anybody, and I mean ANYBODY. To explain it, Twitter is a method of sending text messages to large groups of people at once, and receiving text messages from anybody you choose to subscribe to. There is usually some overlap between subscribers and subscribees, but it doesn’t have to be 100%. There is some equalization because you can reply to tweets you’ve received, even if the tweeter is not a subscriber to you.

It’s incredible the fascinating people I’m getting to know. Some are famous, and some aren’t, but probably the coolest are the Pope, @PopeBenedictXVI, and some ~m~u~m~b~l~e~ er big name marketers and inspirational speakers. (OK, I admit, the Pope is using an American aid, but he’s good at it.) @BarackObama used to do Twitter, but, heh heh heh, the day after the election, the Secret Service Cone of Silence descended upon him and they confiscated the two rectangles in his pocket – his Blackberry and his cigarette pack. New presidents must sign off all electronic communication, first e-mail, and now Twitter, lest somebody archive it. (Used to be just the Nixon tapes we worried about.) Apparently presidents must also get all their news from designated CIA advisers, too. Ok, the Secret Service didn’t really take his cigarette pack, but it seems there’s no smoking in those government buildings’ conference rooms anyway. It’s funny but sad, Ol’ Barack has picked up 20,000 new Twitter followers since the election, and every one of them will be disappointed for 4-8 years.

“Somebody” else cool to follow is the Phoenix Mars rover @MarsPhoenix. The machine itself has gone to permanent sleep in the Martian winter, but the scientists are still tweeting with the science they’ll be doing for years to come with the data they’ve collected.

So please join the big party in the sky with me! Please follow me at @SuzCorner.

Moon Phase and Sun Face Widgets


July 12, 2008, by Suzanne

I came across this Moon Phase widget I really liked, and if you want one for your blog too, you can click on it and sign up free. The Sun Face Widget I made myself embedding an image of the Sun’s magnetic features, taken daily by the National Solar Observatory. The Code follows.

CURRENT MOON

Current Solar Magnetic Activity

Credit: National Solar Observatory

Code for the Sun Face widget:

<!-- Begin Sun Face Widget -->
<table border="1" width="142" bgcolor="#000000">
<tr><td align="CENTER">
<font face="ARIAL" color="#FFFFFF" size="-2">Current Solar Magnetic Activity<br/>
<a href="http://www.nso.edu/latest_images/gong_current_mag.jpg" target="NEW"><img border="0" width="100" src="http://www.nso.edu/latest_images/gong_current_mag.lr.jpg" height="100"/></a><br/>
Credit: <a href="http://www.nso.edu">National Solar Observatory</a></font>
</td></tr></table>
<!-- Solar Image by NSO.edu, widget by SuzCorner.com -->
<!-- End Sun Face Widget -->

Some Stuff is just cool 🙂

Genepax Water Car Company Developing English-Language Web Site


June 18, 2008, by Suzanne

I don’t think Genepax realized the attention they were going to garner from all over the world, or they might have had an English-language web site ready before their big unveiling last week. 😉

I myself was so happy to see the story of their water-powered car, that I jumped to the URL they had painted on the back of it, but when I got there… it was all in Japanese. Not to be defeated, I cranked it through an online translator and found charming references to things like the “life force of water”, etc., but it was a pretty broken translation, and I couldn’t understand much of it. I managed to navigate myself through their contact page, and after a couple of attempts I managed to submit a suggestion that they make an English-language version of their web site.

And voila! Now they are!

It’s underdevelopment at http://www.genepax.co.jp/en/

I feel so loooooved 😀

For the pages that aren’t ready yet, gawhead — try one of my flags in the upper right corner here on it.

‘Til next time,

Suzanne.



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