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  1. seve7ete liked a post in a topic by winthan in Ripple For Dummies   
    This is for newbie only.
    Introduction
    ---------------
    XRP is an independent digital asset, native to the Ripple Consensus Ledger (RCL). XRP can transfer the fund between XRP wallets. The user can buy the XRP asset from Ripple Gateway or Exchanges. There are some guides already for purchasing.
    Gateway
    ----------------
    The Gateway operates with IOU digital assets on RCL and accepts XRP for deposit/allow withdraw the funds from Ripple's liquidity pool. Most of the Gateway accepts currency deposits from users and issue balances in the user XRP wallet address of the RCL. The Gateway acts like the bank for deposits and withdraw, and they issue IOU assets as balances on the gateway. Some gateway offers certain digital assets on RCL.
    The user must understand the risk of having the IOU assets on any Gateway. Please be warned that there are dead gateways, where the user can NOT ask for withdrawing the digital assets. Don't be fooled by their cheap offering on the gateway at opening order before knowing how the gateway offer for users. Some unaware users may have a hard time to exchange back to XRP, it may end up with low exchanges/trades later if user traded on the dead gateway. Thus, the user must understand the risk of trading other assets than XRP on Ripple.
    Reserves Requirements
    ----------
    The user must fund in XRP wallet to activate.
    Base Wallet Activation = 20 XRP
    (All active Wallet must hold least 20 XRP for base account activation in XRP wallet)
    Asset Trust Line with Gateway or Ripple Address = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at trusting a gateway for trading/exchange for an asset)
    An Offer (Sell/Buy) On Open Order = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at adding an offer on RCL)
    The reserves are to protect the shared global ledger from growing excessively large as the result of spam or malicious usage. The goal is to constrain the growth of the ledger to match the improvements in technology so that a current commodity-level machine can always fit the current ledger.
    To submit transactions, an address must hold the least amount of XRP in the shared global ledger. The user cannot send this reserved XRP to other addresses. And he must have enough balance of XRP at offering offer at open order.
    Creating XRP wallet
    ---------------
    The user can generate an XRP wallet by joining the exchange, or wallet site. Most of the exchange websites don't offer any free XRP for reserve amounts for wallet activation. At Gatehub gateway, they offer free 50 XRP for the “reserve”.
    The user may generate XRP wallet at https://ripply.eu/coldwallet.html by themselves without joining any exchange or wallet too, and late fund the reserve XRP amounts to work with it. The user may ask Reserve fund at https://www.xrpchat.com to activate the account from generous users or ask any gateways to activate. If the user is shy at begging on XRPChat, please use $1 via PayPal for activation at https://bithomp.com/activation/. 
    The user must keep your secret key safe, that is the only main key to unlock the wallet to transact later.
    The user can check the XRP address with any following address for balance and offers.
    https://bithomp.com/explorer/
    https://ripplefox.com/tool/info
    https://charts.ripple.com/#/graph
    Following are well-known Open Source Code for XRP Wallets, the user may use these wallet tools for trade/payment if the user doesn't like to wallet site or exchange.
    https://yxxyun.github.io/ = Source Code - https://github.com/yxxyun/ripple-wallet
    http://ripplerm.github.io/ripple-wallet = source code -  https://github.com/ripplerm/ripple-wallet
    https://jatchili.github.io/minimalist-ripple-client/
  2. seve7ete liked a post in a topic by winthan in Ripple For Dummies   
    This is for newbie only.
    Introduction
    ---------------
    XRP is an independent digital asset, native to the Ripple Consensus Ledger (RCL). XRP can transfer the fund between XRP wallets. The user can buy the XRP asset from Ripple Gateway or Exchanges. There are some guides already for purchasing.
    Gateway
    ----------------
    The Gateway operates with IOU digital assets on RCL and accepts XRP for deposit/allow withdraw the funds from Ripple's liquidity pool. Most of the Gateway accepts currency deposits from users and issue balances in the user XRP wallet address of the RCL. The Gateway acts like the bank for deposits and withdraw, and they issue IOU assets as balances on the gateway. Some gateway offers certain digital assets on RCL.
    The user must understand the risk of having the IOU assets on any Gateway. Please be warned that there are dead gateways, where the user can NOT ask for withdrawing the digital assets. Don't be fooled by their cheap offering on the gateway at opening order before knowing how the gateway offer for users. Some unaware users may have a hard time to exchange back to XRP, it may end up with low exchanges/trades later if user traded on the dead gateway. Thus, the user must understand the risk of trading other assets than XRP on Ripple.
    Reserves Requirements
    ----------
    The user must fund in XRP wallet to activate.
    Base Wallet Activation = 20 XRP
    (All active Wallet must hold least 20 XRP for base account activation in XRP wallet)
    Asset Trust Line with Gateway or Ripple Address = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at trusting a gateway for trading/exchange for an asset)
    An Offer (Sell/Buy) On Open Order = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at adding an offer on RCL)
    The reserves are to protect the shared global ledger from growing excessively large as the result of spam or malicious usage. The goal is to constrain the growth of the ledger to match the improvements in technology so that a current commodity-level machine can always fit the current ledger.
    To submit transactions, an address must hold the least amount of XRP in the shared global ledger. The user cannot send this reserved XRP to other addresses. And he must have enough balance of XRP at offering offer at open order.
    Creating XRP wallet
    ---------------
    The user can generate an XRP wallet by joining the exchange, or wallet site. Most of the exchange websites don't offer any free XRP for reserve amounts for wallet activation. At Gatehub gateway, they offer free 50 XRP for the “reserve”.
    The user may generate XRP wallet at https://ripply.eu/coldwallet.html by themselves without joining any exchange or wallet too, and late fund the reserve XRP amounts to work with it. The user may ask Reserve fund at https://www.xrpchat.com to activate the account from generous users or ask any gateways to activate. If the user is shy at begging on XRPChat, please use $1 via PayPal for activation at https://bithomp.com/activation/. 
    The user must keep your secret key safe, that is the only main key to unlock the wallet to transact later.
    The user can check the XRP address with any following address for balance and offers.
    https://bithomp.com/explorer/
    https://ripplefox.com/tool/info
    https://charts.ripple.com/#/graph
    Following are well-known Open Source Code for XRP Wallets, the user may use these wallet tools for trade/payment if the user doesn't like to wallet site or exchange.
    https://yxxyun.github.io/ = Source Code - https://github.com/yxxyun/ripple-wallet
    http://ripplerm.github.io/ripple-wallet = source code -  https://github.com/ripplerm/ripple-wallet
    https://jatchili.github.io/minimalist-ripple-client/
  3. Haydentiff liked a post in a topic by winthan in Amazing Christmas gift   
    The bird tees are awesome!
  4. seve7ete liked a post in a topic by winthan in Ripple For Dummies   
    This is for newbie only.
    Introduction
    ---------------
    XRP is an independent digital asset, native to the Ripple Consensus Ledger (RCL). XRP can transfer the fund between XRP wallets. The user can buy the XRP asset from Ripple Gateway or Exchanges. There are some guides already for purchasing.
    Gateway
    ----------------
    The Gateway operates with IOU digital assets on RCL and accepts XRP for deposit/allow withdraw the funds from Ripple's liquidity pool. Most of the Gateway accepts currency deposits from users and issue balances in the user XRP wallet address of the RCL. The Gateway acts like the bank for deposits and withdraw, and they issue IOU assets as balances on the gateway. Some gateway offers certain digital assets on RCL.
    The user must understand the risk of having the IOU assets on any Gateway. Please be warned that there are dead gateways, where the user can NOT ask for withdrawing the digital assets. Don't be fooled by their cheap offering on the gateway at opening order before knowing how the gateway offer for users. Some unaware users may have a hard time to exchange back to XRP, it may end up with low exchanges/trades later if user traded on the dead gateway. Thus, the user must understand the risk of trading other assets than XRP on Ripple.
    Reserves Requirements
    ----------
    The user must fund in XRP wallet to activate.
    Base Wallet Activation = 20 XRP
    (All active Wallet must hold least 20 XRP for base account activation in XRP wallet)
    Asset Trust Line with Gateway or Ripple Address = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at trusting a gateway for trading/exchange for an asset)
    An Offer (Sell/Buy) On Open Order = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at adding an offer on RCL)
    The reserves are to protect the shared global ledger from growing excessively large as the result of spam or malicious usage. The goal is to constrain the growth of the ledger to match the improvements in technology so that a current commodity-level machine can always fit the current ledger.
    To submit transactions, an address must hold the least amount of XRP in the shared global ledger. The user cannot send this reserved XRP to other addresses. And he must have enough balance of XRP at offering offer at open order.
    Creating XRP wallet
    ---------------
    The user can generate an XRP wallet by joining the exchange, or wallet site. Most of the exchange websites don't offer any free XRP for reserve amounts for wallet activation. At Gatehub gateway, they offer free 50 XRP for the “reserve”.
    The user may generate XRP wallet at https://ripply.eu/coldwallet.html by themselves without joining any exchange or wallet too, and late fund the reserve XRP amounts to work with it. The user may ask Reserve fund at https://www.xrpchat.com to activate the account from generous users or ask any gateways to activate. If the user is shy at begging on XRPChat, please use $1 via PayPal for activation at https://bithomp.com/activation/. 
    The user must keep your secret key safe, that is the only main key to unlock the wallet to transact later.
    The user can check the XRP address with any following address for balance and offers.
    https://bithomp.com/explorer/
    https://ripplefox.com/tool/info
    https://charts.ripple.com/#/graph
    Following are well-known Open Source Code for XRP Wallets, the user may use these wallet tools for trade/payment if the user doesn't like to wallet site or exchange.
    https://yxxyun.github.io/ = Source Code - https://github.com/yxxyun/ripple-wallet
    http://ripplerm.github.io/ripple-wallet = source code -  https://github.com/ripplerm/ripple-wallet
    https://jatchili.github.io/minimalist-ripple-client/
  5. Mark555 liked a post in a topic by winthan in Gatehub Contact   
    I am tagging here for @enej @gatehub
  6. seve7ete liked a post in a topic by winthan in Ripple For Dummies   
    That one is open source for generating an XRP  address with a secret key.   And the user can generate a new address if they use a random secret key with https://yxxyun.github.io/, http://ripplerm.github.io/ripple-wallet too. I think that URL is easier for the newbie to print out and keep it safe somewhere. And you can see the source code at https://github.com/ripply-eu/ripply-paper-wallet.
  7. seve7ete liked a post in a topic by winthan in Ripple For Dummies   
    This is for newbie only.
    Introduction
    ---------------
    XRP is an independent digital asset, native to the Ripple Consensus Ledger (RCL). XRP can transfer the fund between XRP wallets. The user can buy the XRP asset from Ripple Gateway or Exchanges. There are some guides already for purchasing.
    Gateway
    ----------------
    The Gateway operates with IOU digital assets on RCL and accepts XRP for deposit/allow withdraw the funds from Ripple's liquidity pool. Most of the Gateway accepts currency deposits from users and issue balances in the user XRP wallet address of the RCL. The Gateway acts like the bank for deposits and withdraw, and they issue IOU assets as balances on the gateway. Some gateway offers certain digital assets on RCL.
    The user must understand the risk of having the IOU assets on any Gateway. Please be warned that there are dead gateways, where the user can NOT ask for withdrawing the digital assets. Don't be fooled by their cheap offering on the gateway at opening order before knowing how the gateway offer for users. Some unaware users may have a hard time to exchange back to XRP, it may end up with low exchanges/trades later if user traded on the dead gateway. Thus, the user must understand the risk of trading other assets than XRP on Ripple.
    Reserves Requirements
    ----------
    The user must fund in XRP wallet to activate.
    Base Wallet Activation = 20 XRP
    (All active Wallet must hold least 20 XRP for base account activation in XRP wallet)
    Asset Trust Line with Gateway or Ripple Address = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at trusting a gateway for trading/exchange for an asset)
    An Offer (Sell/Buy) On Open Order = 5 XRP
    (Automatically reserve 5 XRP at adding an offer on RCL)
    The reserves are to protect the shared global ledger from growing excessively large as the result of spam or malicious usage. The goal is to constrain the growth of the ledger to match the improvements in technology so that a current commodity-level machine can always fit the current ledger.
    To submit transactions, an address must hold the least amount of XRP in the shared global ledger. The user cannot send this reserved XRP to other addresses. And he must have enough balance of XRP at offering offer at open order.
    Creating XRP wallet
    ---------------
    The user can generate an XRP wallet by joining the exchange, or wallet site. Most of the exchange websites don't offer any free XRP for reserve amounts for wallet activation. At Gatehub gateway, they offer free 50 XRP for the “reserve”.
    The user may generate XRP wallet at https://ripply.eu/coldwallet.html by themselves without joining any exchange or wallet too, and late fund the reserve XRP amounts to work with it. The user may ask Reserve fund at https://www.xrpchat.com to activate the account from generous users or ask any gateways to activate. If the user is shy at begging on XRPChat, please use $1 via PayPal for activation at https://bithomp.com/activation/. 
    The user must keep your secret key safe, that is the only main key to unlock the wallet to transact later.
    The user can check the XRP address with any following address for balance and offers.
    https://bithomp.com/explorer/
    https://ripplefox.com/tool/info
    https://charts.ripple.com/#/graph
    Following are well-known Open Source Code for XRP Wallets, the user may use these wallet tools for trade/payment if the user doesn't like to wallet site or exchange.
    https://yxxyun.github.io/ = Source Code - https://github.com/yxxyun/ripple-wallet
    http://ripplerm.github.io/ripple-wallet = source code -  https://github.com/ripplerm/ripple-wallet
    https://jatchili.github.io/minimalist-ripple-client/
  8. winthan liked a post in a topic by T8493 in Sending XRP from gatehub   
    If this is the case, then the UI should clearly & explicitly inform the user about it. Especially because DisallowXRP flag is not enforced at the protocol level and other clients may allow sending XRPs to this address.
     
     
  9. PunishmentOfLuxury liked a post in a topic by winthan in Factom open to price manipulation?   
    The price will depend on how much they create the projects and burn out EC in those projects. Please note that there will be New 73,000 FCT will be added every month from M3. 

    Now, they have a few development, so let's say there is about US$10,000 spending in every month, which will be 100,000,000 EC usage. 

    $1.3 should be the price for 100,000,000 EC usage though based on FTC calculator. 
    So, if you are interested in FCT, you may have to look in future of their projects and speculate how much those Developer going to burn out for EC.  

    Here is the calculator for you for FTC pricing. 
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1K3OAfBupe3UbcqMX_DMiW0J1txKcvjaCxvRzrtcaQ_A/edit#gid=1905199075

    I think, it is good to watch out for their FCT Supply, find out EC usage every month. The more spending EC which impact the more supplement can pump up the price only. Watch out for the FCT supply   

  10. Xi195 liked a post in a topic by winthan in XRP DISTRIBUTION UPDATE   
    From date: January 1, 2017
    To date: January 8, 2017
    Change: 433,260,487 XRP

    Held by Ripple: 63,225,179,974 XRP
    Held by others: 36,771,322,652 XRP 
  11. winthan liked a post in a topic by cmbartley in R3 Director and Head of Labs SF talks about why we need Interledger   
    https://blog.michaeldowling.me/one-blockchain-platform-to-rule-them-all-mordor-objects-9bea437def66#.9zbkp1cvu
  12. winthan liked a post in a topic by lucky in Smart Contract XRP distribution   
    Can you provide a bit of help on how to do this? How to construct a payment that can provably never be claimed? I'd like to lock up my funds for a couple of years. For many XRP investors this would be a great feature, to prevent panic sells.
  13. LetHerRip liked a post in a topic by winthan in A new XRP forum has been born, and we're giving free XRPs   
    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 
  14. jpchang888 liked a post in a topic by winthan in A new XRP forum has been born, and we're giving free XRPs   
    I support all new sites and forums for promotion the XRP. Good luck guys!
  15. LetHerRip liked a post in a topic by winthan in A new XRP forum has been born, and we're giving free XRPs   
    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 
  16. nur liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    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.
  17. nur liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    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.
  18. nur liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    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.
  19. winthan liked a post in a topic by lucky in A new XRP forum has been born, and we're giving free XRPs   
    Why spend so much time writing about something that you barely understand yourself? Why not first engage with the subject you claim to care about on this forum? For a year or so. You really produce garbage, there's no sugarcoating around it. This is helping no one, will only confuse people.
  20. nur liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    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.
  21. nur liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    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.
  22. Mercury liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why ACH is So Hard to Use with Crypto   
    They are looking for opening a company in US to set up for ACH. 
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    I support all new sites and forums for promotion the XRP. Good luck guys!
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