winthan

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  1. @cmbartley @Dizer - here is for you guys
  2. I don't understand why someone wanna bring https://www.rippletrade.com/ or old outdated contents to confuse newbies. Ya, they could refer to XRPChat when needed ;P
  3. That content is very confusing for newbies. They really need someone who knows the ripple.
  4. 1) American lefties dislike Russia because it rejected socialism; indeed the Soviet experience stands as an indictment against the whole scheme. 2) Righties dislike Russia because communist or not (and how many think it still is?) it’s still Russia. 3) Americans have to have a rival, an opponent, a counter, an enemy even. It’s geopolitical chiaroscuro: the City on The Hill must shine in the Darkness. 4) Russia is the right size of the opponent. To be obsessed with Venezuela ("national security threat" though it was declared) would be unworthy of such a "great" and "winning" country. China is too big and because it owns so much of the US economy, too dangerous, to provoke. Russia is of sufficient size to be a worthy target. 5) Russia is a safe target (or so Obama thought a year ago). US-Russia trade is small and there is little cost to being sanctimonious against Russia: bashing Russia gives a pleasing sense of moral superiority without uncomfortable consequences. 6) Maybe Russia is an ungrateful child? In the 1990s there was much talk about US aid and advice reforming Russia, the "end of history" and all that. Russia was, evidently, on the verge of becoming "just like us". But it didn’t and such back-sliding cannot be forgiven. 7)Russia is a convenient palimpsest on which to write the presumptions you brought. Martin Malia wrote a fascinating book showing how Westerners from Voltaire onwards found Russia to be the perfect exemplar of whatever it was that they wished it to be. So, in Russia you can find whatever you’re looking for: a "geostrategic foe", for example. 8) Given that today "human rights" have been reduced to little more than applauding sexual preferences, (watch this Ukrainian video on why the Dutch should have voted Yes, if you think I'm overstating things) Russia is so old-fashioned that all can hate it. 9) They're just trapped in it – they've been crying wolf so long and so loudly, they can't stop. 10) The people who actually run the USA (the White-House-and-Congress/the-Deep-State: your choice) know that the USA is losing the industrial production capacity that made it Number One. Their solution, so the theory goes (Pepe Escobar's Empire of Chaos theory), is that the only way to keep the USA (relatively) on the top is to depress the others. Chaos and instability on its borders will bog Russia down. Europe can be bogged down by using the Russian threat – in this respect, the sanctions against and by Russia are hurting Europe more than anyone else. In the end, the USA will still be king of the hill even if the hill is smaller. 11) For some reason – it's observable, even if it's not explicable – Americans personalize everything. And, out there, visible everywhere, is Vladimir Vladimirovich. On Wednesday the Panama Papers are about him, on Thursday they are by him. Putin Derangement Syndrome sells papers and animates talk shows. Just in the month of April, for example, we have been told that Putin is going out with Murdoch’s ex-wife; we have seen both versions of the Panama Papers story; told that Dutch voters were thought-controlled by him, that he has a secret army in Europe and an army of "spy dolphins". Putin Derangement Syndrome is getting crazier and crazier. 12)We cannot forget sheer profitability. Billions spent on an F-35 fighter, a Littoral Combat Ship, unending tank production, trillion-dollar nuclear weapons program and billions and billions more cannot be rationalized by pointing to a handful of "terrorists" equipped with small arms, road-side bombs and suicide vests. Without a serious enemy, justifying big contracts, how can generals hope to get a second high-paid job in retirement? The enormous US military sector needs a capable and convincing enemy. And, other than Russia (or China – remember the pivot to Asia?), what is there? 13) There is the argument that NATO is one of the principal ways that Washington maintains its dominance over Europe and the EU. The easiest and simplest justification for NATO is a return to its earliest purpose, as Lord Ismay wittily put it, "To keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down". The director of Stratfor has opined that the "primordial interest" of the USA has been preventing any sort of condominium between Germany and Russia. The Russia-the-eternal-enemy position provides both a justification for the continuation of NATO and a prophylactic against a Berlin-Moscow axis. It ensures a Europe that cannot stand on its own. 14) Sheer laziness. The 24/7 news cycle needs material and it's always easiest to stick with what you have. Because Russia filled some time yesterday, it should do so again today. There's always someone available to tell you that Putin is corrupt, or Russia is about to invade some country, or Russia is about to collapse, or Russians are hungry or some other click-bait headline. Better than celebrities and their drug or marital problems because it gives that soupçon of gravity that makes the audience feel it's not wasting its time. The steady diet has its effect and so Russia-the-eternal-enemy comes to be casually accepted. 15) It's clear that Putin's team is serious and that many Western leaders are not. Also, and this cannot be denied, the team is successful. This minor country that makes nothing - where no one wants to live and which is dying - is setting the course. Meanwhile, in the West... This must infuriate the Western Establishment and that is a motive for the unceasing attempts to demean Putin & Co. It is "magical thinking": if they repeat the charm loudly and often, maybe Russia will go away and no Western population will have to contemplate the possibility that national governments might actually do what they are paid to do. 16) The state of mind in the Obama Administration is not made better by million-view YouTube videos comparing his work-out style with Putin's. Nor pages of sneering cartoons contrasting a macho image with a feeb. Nor pages of "Putin beats Obama". It has been some time since people gushed over Obama's "glistening pecs". It would also go some distance to explain outbursts like "White House criticizes Vladimir Putin’s posture" or flippant – and self-deceiving – dismissals like "regional power acting out of weakness" or "Russia is the outlier". 17) A subset of the above is the realization that the Putin team has out-maneuvered Washington at every step in the past few years. Washington was not able to overthrow Assad in Syria. The US Navy will not have a base in Sevastopol. Ukraine is a failing nightmare and its chances of joining NATO are probably lower than they were ten years ago. The sanctions regime against Russia has backfired. Russia survives low oil prices. The Moscow-Beijing axis is stronger than ever. Russia is not "isolated". The Western Alliance is surely weaker than before. And this returns us to the "magical thinking" that we see manifested in Washington's confused and contradictory utterances. 18) Fake news creates propaganda to blame on the Russia for anything.
  5. Contact support at Gatehub via email or pm to @enej, they will get back to you soon regarding about activation.
  6. They are looking for opening a company in US to set up for ACH.
  7. Is this for gatehub? Yes, stripe ACH is good for US customers to deposit for free. And US customers can wait for 5 days to load credits on account.
  8. I support all new sites and forums for promotion the XRP. Good luck guys!
  9. You can deliver an ultimatum to them, and see how they respond. I am sure that they will value their reputation and business than the bitcoin. And they better update their ToS page clearly for everything as well.
  10. it is there - http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/ripple
  11. I am testing the ILP nodes, It looks good for money transfer cross-border for client-wise. Node operators can issue IOUs in their own node with one currency ONLY, so there is one node for one currency. And operators can issue any amount they want in their nodes for their operating accounts. ILP set up the account(s) as the connector to connect with other nodes. So, then you can transfer the fund (IOU) btw the nodes which you setup for trust. There is a good thing that node operators can earn from fund transfer. However, liked you said it is too early stage. There is no RCL yet. So, I have seen that demo Gatehub and Bitstamp setup demo for sending money and peers to peers. It is what they did for transferring btw trust nodes. You cannot transfer the fund if you don't have any trust connectors btw your site and another site you want to send to. So, there should be a trust connection when the transfer is made. This is what I see with current ILP Kit. and there is no XRP fees, no ripple dependencies at all yet. Right now, if you wanna operate with current ILP for real funds, you should have to some agreement between nodes for settlements for your connectors. You have to review the balance of connectors and so and on. Please mind that the ILP kit is in very beta and early stage so far. And I feel that It is good for remittance services for across border, and make some money from money transfer. ;P
  12. Well, as far as I know, He registered that site with UAB SKV3 company name (whois). And Under that company name, he may run the ripple gateway of SnapSwap. I am not very much sure how he operates, though. My point is that, if I could withdraw (a US citizen who is not residing in the U.S) then why can't OP withdraw?
  13. Long story short, I had some BTC in SnapSwap same liked him. But mine was a few, I requested for refunds. It went well, and I got refunds back luckily. But this OP got the issue and some people got the same responds as well.
  14. btc2ripple.com is the currently working SnapSwap gateway.
  15. yes, there was Snapswap.us. But this OP @DrStrange is not from US.