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  • I think I'm done with traditional social media. I'm one of the few people I know who never had a Facebook account. Well, in a moment of weakness last month, I decided to create an account for Marketplace and reselling. I used the account for a week, didn't post anything though, and just didn't like anything about it. Facebook actually gave me a really bad feeling, like I just shouldn't be there. It was really weird. By the end of the week, I deactivated the account. It just didn't seem worth it and I felt like a sell-out.
    The truly strange part was how wrong it felt. I tend to trust my instincts and my instincts told me to get the hell out of there! That's really strange to me. I've never received those sorts of vibes from a social platform or anything internet related.

    I know some people love Facebook for sharing family photos and keeping in contact with loved ones. It's a great platform for long-distance friends and relatives. There's certainly nothing wrong with that and I totally get it. I really think these social media companies are getting way to powerful though and I'm more than a little concerned about their ability to control narratives and select what we may or may not see. How anyone abides by that, is incredibly alarming to me.
    My one Facebook post read, "Here for Marketplace if we haven't talked in 20-something years, let's keep it that way."
    It's a bit cold but truthful. There are very few people from my past I wish to reconnect with. On top of that, I found all kinds of weird stipulations for using Marketplace. I'll stick with Craigslist. I hope it never gets to a point where we have to have one of these social accounts to buy and sell online.

    Last night, I decided to deactivate my Twitter account. For some reason, I thought you could delete the account when Jack ran the company. Now that Elon took over, I only saw an option to deactivate the account. Is anyone else getting the feeling like these are nothing more than government spy programs? Why can't I delete my data? Pretty sure Facebook is the same way.
    I've had a love-hate relationship with Twitter for a really long time. It was really my first mainstream social media app. The only reason I signed up was for Crypto Twitter. I instantly fell in love with the community. Plus there was a ton of good trading information on there back in 2013 up until around 2017. I think after 2018, the growth of the crypto community brought with it a ton of scammers, bots, and shady people.
    The weird thing was that with over 43K followers I've interacted with the same 10 or 15 people for the last couple of years. Rarely would I get a comment or reply from anyone new. My follower counts also hovered between 42K and 45K followers. A couple of times during crypto hype cycles, the account grew to just UNDER 50K. I found that really weird. The account would come super close to 50K then suddenly lose 5K to 10K followers. This kept happening from the start as the account grew in popularity. Definitely strange, and far too coincidental.
    The Final Straw
    So I quit Twitter several times over the last couple of months. Each time, I'd just check back in when there was something happening in the crypto market. I really use it as a source of crypto news and a way to gauge market sentiment. I'd end up striking up a conversation or two, laugh at a few memes, and start using it daily again. Then get pissed off by all the propaganda in my feed and quit again. Only to return in the next week or so and repeat the entire cycle over again.
    Last night, like much of America, I watched Donald Trump give his speech after his indictment hearing or whatever it was. Just shameful, this is going to be a post for another day, probably tomorrow. After his speech, however, I decided to log into Twitter to see what other people thought. I should state right now, I'm an anarchist, I don't really believe in government but politics affect us all and I do like to stay current and up-to-date on things. My point is, I'm NO Trump lover. I think the guy is a bafoon and really bad for our country. He's his own worst enemy, and even if he could be a good president they just won't allow him to succeed. My feelings for Trump aside, I logged into Twitter to see how others felt about the speech. I'll post my thoughts on his indictment tomorrow.

    When I logged into Twitter I was shocked to see EVERY SINGLE POST being anti-Trump. Pro arrest. There was one post the algo missed that talked about what a dangerous precedent this was setting. ONE POST... Everything else was extremely negative, nothing positive, and just a massive echo chamber.
    Seriously, I wasn't looking for people to agree or disagree with my opinions and thoughts. What I was looking for was a balance of opinions. Twitter was a very PRO-MAGA platform for a really long time. Many of my followers were MAGA people. Maybe they all left the platform, I can't say, I rarely use Twitter for politics. I do know the last time I checked Twitter for politics it wasn't anywhere near as one-sided as what I witnessed last night.
    Keep in mind, this is the front-runner for the Republican party. He still has a ton of supporters in this country. What bothered me, wasn't all the negativity but the fact that there was nothing else. This just isn't possible. It was at that moment that I said, "I'm done" and then went into settings and clicked the deactivate button. It wasn't about the stance, it was about everyone having THE EXACT SAME STANCE in the thread I was looking at and no alternative points of view AT ALL. Not what I signed up for. NOT TO MENTION, THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!
    Danger

    So many people rely on social media for news and to keep current. I have a huge problem with censorship and an even bigger problem with propaganda, data manipulation, and narrative manipulation. The idea that a social media company can control the narrative is outrageous to me. The idea that some people are OK with this is even more horrifying. I can no longer participate. In some ways, I think the manipulation of Covid posts was a test run for future narrative control and censorship.
    Covid was actually when I first realized how manipulated narratives were on social media sites. Until then, I assumed it was all conspiracy theories. I just can't participate anymore. I really hope everyone comes to their senses soon and walks away from these social platforms. They farm our data, spy on us, share it with governments around the world, and sell the data to the highest bidders for profit.
    The irony is, it looks like people will soon begin paying for the privilege of having their data and political narratives manipulated for them. I don't get it... We have alternatives like Hive that allow us to speak freely. Instead of selling our data, we're rewarded in crypto. Yet, people would rather pay a faceless corporation owned by one of the world's wealthiest men, rather than post somewhere that rewards them for their content and allows them to say pretty much whatever they want.
    I'm never going to understand the current times we're living in. I have an Instagram page for my Tarot site. Besides that, I think I'm done with Youtube too. I'm going to try and focus entirely on Hive-centric social media like #SoMee, #DBuzz, #LeoThreads, and Peakd.
    It's time to walk away from these mainstream social manipulators. Frankly, I think they're doing way more harm than good!
    I think I'm done with traditional social media. I'm one of the few people I know who never had a Facebook account. Well, in a moment of weakness last month, I decided to create an account for Marketplace and reselling. I used the account for a week, didn't post anything though, and just didn't like anything about it. Facebook actually gave me a really bad feeling, like I just shouldn't be there. It was really weird. By the end of the week, I deactivated the account. It just didn't seem worth it and I felt like a sell-out. The truly strange part was how wrong it felt. I tend to trust my instincts and my instincts told me to get the hell out of there! That's really strange to me. I've never received those sorts of vibes from a social platform or anything internet related. I know some people love Facebook for sharing family photos and keeping in contact with loved ones. It's a great platform for long-distance friends and relatives. There's certainly nothing wrong with that and I totally get it. I really think these social media companies are getting way to powerful though and I'm more than a little concerned about their ability to control narratives and select what we may or may not see. How anyone abides by that, is incredibly alarming to me. My one Facebook post read, "Here for Marketplace if we haven't talked in 20-something years, let's keep it that way." It's a bit cold but truthful. There are very few people from my past I wish to reconnect with. On top of that, I found all kinds of weird stipulations for using Marketplace. I'll stick with Craigslist. I hope it never gets to a point where we have to have one of these social accounts to buy and sell online. Last night, I decided to deactivate my Twitter account. For some reason, I thought you could delete the account when Jack ran the company. Now that Elon took over, I only saw an option to deactivate the account. Is anyone else getting the feeling like these are nothing more than government spy programs? Why can't I delete my data? Pretty sure Facebook is the same way. I've had a love-hate relationship with Twitter for a really long time. It was really my first mainstream social media app. The only reason I signed up was for Crypto Twitter. I instantly fell in love with the community. Plus there was a ton of good trading information on there back in 2013 up until around 2017. I think after 2018, the growth of the crypto community brought with it a ton of scammers, bots, and shady people. The weird thing was that with over 43K followers I've interacted with the same 10 or 15 people for the last couple of years. Rarely would I get a comment or reply from anyone new. My follower counts also hovered between 42K and 45K followers. A couple of times during crypto hype cycles, the account grew to just UNDER 50K. I found that really weird. The account would come super close to 50K then suddenly lose 5K to 10K followers. This kept happening from the start as the account grew in popularity. Definitely strange, and far too coincidental. The Final Straw So I quit Twitter several times over the last couple of months. Each time, I'd just check back in when there was something happening in the crypto market. I really use it as a source of crypto news and a way to gauge market sentiment. I'd end up striking up a conversation or two, laugh at a few memes, and start using it daily again. Then get pissed off by all the propaganda in my feed and quit again. Only to return in the next week or so and repeat the entire cycle over again. Last night, like much of America, I watched Donald Trump give his speech after his indictment hearing or whatever it was. Just shameful, this is going to be a post for another day, probably tomorrow. After his speech, however, I decided to log into Twitter to see what other people thought. I should state right now, I'm an anarchist, I don't really believe in government but politics affect us all and I do like to stay current and up-to-date on things. My point is, I'm NO Trump lover. I think the guy is a bafoon and really bad for our country. He's his own worst enemy, and even if he could be a good president they just won't allow him to succeed. My feelings for Trump aside, I logged into Twitter to see how others felt about the speech. I'll post my thoughts on his indictment tomorrow. When I logged into Twitter I was shocked to see EVERY SINGLE POST being anti-Trump. Pro arrest. There was one post the algo missed that talked about what a dangerous precedent this was setting. ONE POST... Everything else was extremely negative, nothing positive, and just a massive echo chamber. Seriously, I wasn't looking for people to agree or disagree with my opinions and thoughts. What I was looking for was a balance of opinions. Twitter was a very PRO-MAGA platform for a really long time. Many of my followers were MAGA people. Maybe they all left the platform, I can't say, I rarely use Twitter for politics. I do know the last time I checked Twitter for politics it wasn't anywhere near as one-sided as what I witnessed last night. Keep in mind, this is the front-runner for the Republican party. He still has a ton of supporters in this country. What bothered me, wasn't all the negativity but the fact that there was nothing else. This just isn't possible. It was at that moment that I said, "I'm done" and then went into settings and clicked the deactivate button. It wasn't about the stance, it was about everyone having THE EXACT SAME STANCE in the thread I was looking at and no alternative points of view AT ALL. Not what I signed up for. NOT TO MENTION, THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE! Danger So many people rely on social media for news and to keep current. I have a huge problem with censorship and an even bigger problem with propaganda, data manipulation, and narrative manipulation. The idea that a social media company can control the narrative is outrageous to me. The idea that some people are OK with this is even more horrifying. I can no longer participate. In some ways, I think the manipulation of Covid posts was a test run for future narrative control and censorship. Covid was actually when I first realized how manipulated narratives were on social media sites. Until then, I assumed it was all conspiracy theories. I just can't participate anymore. I really hope everyone comes to their senses soon and walks away from these social platforms. They farm our data, spy on us, share it with governments around the world, and sell the data to the highest bidders for profit. The irony is, it looks like people will soon begin paying for the privilege of having their data and political narratives manipulated for them. I don't get it... We have alternatives like Hive that allow us to speak freely. Instead of selling our data, we're rewarded in crypto. Yet, people would rather pay a faceless corporation owned by one of the world's wealthiest men, rather than post somewhere that rewards them for their content and allows them to say pretty much whatever they want. I'm never going to understand the current times we're living in. I have an Instagram page for my Tarot site. Besides that, I think I'm done with Youtube too. I'm going to try and focus entirely on Hive-centric social media like #SoMee, #DBuzz, #LeoThreads, and Peakd. It's time to walk away from these mainstream social manipulators. Frankly, I think they're doing way more harm than good!
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  • Have we gotten through the worst of the bear market and crypto winter?

    The industry currently faces regulatory pressure, one of the biggest exchanges, Binance, is facing increasing legal pressures, we're still feeling the repercussions from FTX, fears of a recession, a banking crisis, and crypto appears to be holding it's own. Considering current market conditions, I think we're doing pretty well.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cryptocurrencies-continue-rebound-as-some-say-crypto-is-through-the-bear-market-134642433.html
    Have we gotten through the worst of the bear market and crypto winter? The industry currently faces regulatory pressure, one of the biggest exchanges, Binance, is facing increasing legal pressures, we're still feeling the repercussions from FTX, fears of a recession, a banking crisis, and crypto appears to be holding it's own. Considering current market conditions, I think we're doing pretty well. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cryptocurrencies-continue-rebound-as-some-say-crypto-is-through-the-bear-market-134642433.html
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    Cryptocurrencies continue rebound as some say crypto is 'through the bear market'
    Cryptocurrencies surged in the first quarter, a surprise turn for a market that weathered a meltdown in 2022
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  • Started posting the news again to #SoMee. I really wish the pages formatted better when shared on Peakd and other Hive platforms. We're getting there though. Here's an interesting headline.

    IMF head warns world economy is set for weakest near-term growth since 1990

    I have a really bad feeling about the global economy. Still, with all this happening... STONKS GO UP.

    #stocks #investing #IMF #economy

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/imf-head-warns-world-economy-is-set-for-weakest-near-term-growth-since-1990-144205510.html
    Started posting the news again to #SoMee. I really wish the pages formatted better when shared on Peakd and other Hive platforms. We're getting there though. Here's an interesting headline. IMF head warns world economy is set for weakest near-term growth since 1990 I have a really bad feeling about the global economy. Still, with all this happening... STONKS GO UP. #stocks #investing #IMF #economy https://finance.yahoo.com/news/imf-head-warns-world-economy-is-set-for-weakest-near-term-growth-since-1990-144205510.html
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    IMF head warns world economy is set for weakest near-term growth since 1990
    The IMF projects global growth to remain around 3% over the next five years –– the lowest medium-term growth forecast since 1990 and well below the average of 3.8% from the past two decades.
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  • They are coming after everyone! Add Beaxy to the list of exchanges getting harassed by the SEC.

    Would love to see them get to the bottom of the Cryptopia debacle, apparently they don't get involved in defunct exchanges.

    It is nice seeing them go after all the insider trading though, which has been a really big problem in the crypto industry for a really long time.

    Still, I feel many people were under the illusion that current financial laws didn't apply to crypto. It was obvious what they were doing was wrong though.

    Frankly, I think they're using current financial laws to bully the industry. I also don't think it's fair that they're lumping us in with old outdated securities laws. This is a new and completely different financial instrument than anything that came before it, and is deserving of its own legal framework and guidance.

    https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2023/04/04/the-secs-beaxy-suit-looks-like-a-coinbase-case-preview/
    They are coming after everyone! Add Beaxy to the list of exchanges getting harassed by the SEC. Would love to see them get to the bottom of the Cryptopia debacle, apparently they don't get involved in defunct exchanges. It is nice seeing them go after all the insider trading though, which has been a really big problem in the crypto industry for a really long time. Still, I feel many people were under the illusion that current financial laws didn't apply to crypto. It was obvious what they were doing was wrong though. Frankly, I think they're using current financial laws to bully the industry. I also don't think it's fair that they're lumping us in with old outdated securities laws. This is a new and completely different financial instrument than anything that came before it, and is deserving of its own legal framework and guidance. https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2023/04/04/the-secs-beaxy-suit-looks-like-a-coinbase-case-preview/
    The SEC's Beaxy Suit Looks Like a Coinbase Case Preview
    The SEC took pains to note the Beaxy exchange did a lot of illegal trading. Is this a preview of its action against Coinbase?
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  • The White House just released "The Administration's Roadmap to Mitigate Cryptocurrencies' Risks"

    Here are a couple key highlights I took away...

    "As an administration, our focus is on continuing to ensure that cryptocurrencies cannot undermine financial stability, to protect investors, and to hold bad actors accountable."

    "experts across the administration have laid out the first-ever framework for developing digital assets in a safe, responsible way while addressing the risks they pose. To be sure, the technologies powering cryptocurrencies may offer ways to make payments faster, cheaper, and safer. "

    This next one 100%... This should have happened yesterday!

    "Congress, too, needs to step up its efforts. For example, Congress should expand regulators’ powers to prevent misuses of customers’ assets—which hurt investors and distort prices—and to mitigate conflicts of interest."

    "Legislation should not greenlight mainstream institutions, like pension funds, to dive headlong into cryptocurrency markets. "

    This part was a little reassuring...

    "It would be a grave mistake to enact legislation that reverses course and deepens the ties between cryptocurrencies and the broader financial system."

    Then it ends with...

    "The Administration wholeheartedly supports responsible technological innovations that make financial services cheaper, faster, safer, and more accessible. Yet to realize these benefits, new technologies need commensurate safeguards. Safeguards will ensure that new technologies are secure and beneficial to all—and that the new digital economy works for the many, not just the few. To put the right safeguards in place, we will keep driving forward the digital-assets framework we’ve developed, while working with Congress to achieve these goals."

    Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Looks like they want to take a practical and sensible approach. I truly hope they do. I don't have much confidence in anything they take on. Anyway, here's the link if you want to read it for yourself. Looks like regulation is coming, hopefully it will be practical and common sense regulation.

    #bitcoin #cryptocurrency #SoMee #Hive


    https://www.whitehouse.gov/nec/briefing-room/2023/01/27/the-administrations-roadmap-to-mitigate-cryptocurrencies-risks/
    The White House just released "The Administration's Roadmap to Mitigate Cryptocurrencies' Risks" Here are a couple key highlights I took away... "As an administration, our focus is on continuing to ensure that cryptocurrencies cannot undermine financial stability, to protect investors, and to hold bad actors accountable." "experts across the administration have laid out the first-ever framework for developing digital assets in a safe, responsible way while addressing the risks they pose. To be sure, the technologies powering cryptocurrencies may offer ways to make payments faster, cheaper, and safer. " This next one 100%... This should have happened yesterday! "Congress, too, needs to step up its efforts. For example, Congress should expand regulators’ powers to prevent misuses of customers’ assets—which hurt investors and distort prices—and to mitigate conflicts of interest." "Legislation should not greenlight mainstream institutions, like pension funds, to dive headlong into cryptocurrency markets. " This part was a little reassuring... "It would be a grave mistake to enact legislation that reverses course and deepens the ties between cryptocurrencies and the broader financial system." Then it ends with... "The Administration wholeheartedly supports responsible technological innovations that make financial services cheaper, faster, safer, and more accessible. Yet to realize these benefits, new technologies need commensurate safeguards. Safeguards will ensure that new technologies are secure and beneficial to all—and that the new digital economy works for the many, not just the few. To put the right safeguards in place, we will keep driving forward the digital-assets framework we’ve developed, while working with Congress to achieve these goals." Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Looks like they want to take a practical and sensible approach. I truly hope they do. I don't have much confidence in anything they take on. Anyway, here's the link if you want to read it for yourself. Looks like regulation is coming, hopefully it will be practical and common sense regulation. #bitcoin #cryptocurrency #SoMee #Hive https://www.whitehouse.gov/nec/briefing-room/2023/01/27/the-administrations-roadmap-to-mitigate-cryptocurrencies-risks/
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    The Administration’s Roadmap to Mitigate Cryptocurrencies’ Risks | NEC | The White House
    By Brian Deese, Arati Prabhakar, Cecilia Rouse, and Jake Sullivan 2022 was a tough year for cryptocurrencies. In May, a so-called “stablecoin” imploded, prompting a wave of insolvencies. Just months later, a major cryptocurrency exchange collapsed. Many everyday investors who trusted cryptocurrency companies—including young people and people of color—suffered serious losses, but, thankfully, turmoil in…
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  • Security Alert: #Metamask Address Poisoning.

    If you're using Metamask you may want to be mindful of this. Be careful out there! There are a lot of people that want to separate you from your crypto! Protect yourself, educate yourself, and use common sense and best practices.


    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/metamask-warns-of-new-address-poisoning-cryptocurrency-scam/
    Security Alert: #Metamask Address Poisoning. If you're using Metamask you may want to be mindful of this. Be careful out there! There are a lot of people that want to separate you from your crypto! Protect yourself, educate yourself, and use common sense and best practices. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/metamask-warns-of-new-address-poisoning-cryptocurrency-scam/
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    MetaMask warns of new 'Address Poisoning' cryptocurrency scam
    Cryptocurrency wallet provider MetaMask is warning users of a new scam called 'Address Poisoning' used to trick users into sending funds to a scammer rather than an intended recipient.
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  • Interesting article on class action lawsuit against Keurig Coffee makers.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/m/41bde6b8-ff58-32f8-b5b2-2d39443b1051/keurig-k-cup-settlement-.html

    Quoted text from article, commentary below.

    "According to a CNET breakdown, if you bought K-Cups labeled as recyclable between June 8, 2016, and Aug. 8, 2022, you can request $3.50 per 100 pods purchased, for a minimum of $6 and a maximum of $36 as long as you have proof of purchase. Without proof of purchase, purchasers can claim a maximum of $5 per household."

    I never liked these products due to the environmental implications they presented. You don't have to be an educated person to realize most of these pods will end up in the landfill. We have one of these in our home, but I was adamantly against it from the start. I ended up purchasing a reusable coffee pod/filter for mine. The rest of the family drinks the flavored pods... (Me too from time to time, they really do make a great cup of coffee and it's cheaper than Starbucks!

    I wonder how many people kept receipts for their coffee pod purchases. I'm guessing some businesses that keep them for tax write-offs but not many residential buyers.

    I also wonder who gets to keep all the unclaimed funds?


    Interesting article on class action lawsuit against Keurig Coffee makers. https://finance.yahoo.com/m/41bde6b8-ff58-32f8-b5b2-2d39443b1051/keurig-k-cup-settlement-.html Quoted text from article, commentary below. "According to a CNET breakdown, if you bought K-Cups labeled as recyclable between June 8, 2016, and Aug. 8, 2022, you can request $3.50 per 100 pods purchased, for a minimum of $6 and a maximum of $36 as long as you have proof of purchase. Without proof of purchase, purchasers can claim a maximum of $5 per household." I never liked these products due to the environmental implications they presented. You don't have to be an educated person to realize most of these pods will end up in the landfill. We have one of these in our home, but I was adamantly against it from the start. I ended up purchasing a reusable coffee pod/filter for mine. The rest of the family drinks the flavored pods... (Me too from time to time, they really do make a great cup of coffee and it's cheaper than Starbucks! I wonder how many people kept receipts for their coffee pod purchases. I'm guessing some businesses that keep them for tax write-offs but not many residential buyers. I also wonder who gets to keep all the unclaimed funds?
    FINANCE.YAHOO.COM
    Keurig K-Cup settlement: Today's the final day to join the $10 million class-action suit
    Customers can claim money in wake of Keurig's K-cup coffee pod settlement
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