“the Swiss National Bank. As I said above, don’t forget there are still central banks deeply entrenched in QE and, beyond local government bonds, are buying foreign assets (in large amounts). Switzerland’s central bank has more freshly printed money to put to work every quarter, and has been increasing their allocation to equities dramatically–$80 billion of which is now (as of the end of the first quarter) in U.S. stocks! That’s a 29% bigger stake than they had at the end of 2016. The SNB is the world’s eighth biggest public investor.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrich/2017/05/16/this-central-bank-owns-80-billion-worth-of-u-s-stocks/)
Technology & Culture:
Sorry to shatter some expectations, BitCoin will not make mankind “better” just as the iPhone not “automatically” made mankind “better”.
Technology can always be used for good or evil – the question is – will mankind be able to come up with a method of coming to intelligent informed decision as “a crowd of 10 billion”. (democracy tried to be such a method but now fails massively btw nowadays democracy has almost nothing to do with ancient Greek style democracy where only:
“citizens” (men with swords) were allowed to vote
it was voted on very direct concrete things like “should we go to war with Troja or not?” (black stone in the basket = no, white stone in the basket = yes, not almost obscure complex laws that nobody not even the politicians that vote on it understand)
Socrates said: only those that think deeply and rationally about things should be let near a vote
The BlockChain can be used for evil: NSA will create a “permanent” = unalterable record of every “fart” anyone ever did (total 1984 mass surveillance dictatorship) – “building perfect records of people’s lifes”
everything depends on a balance
The BlockChain can be used for good: help mankind survive by adding biodiversity to financial monetary systems by providing an alternative to debt created FIAT.
The amount of Bitcoins are limited by math – but what does math stop from diving bitcoins into smaller and smaller bits? (Just the amount of 0.00000000001 post-dot-digits one’s computer can process (it is actually not so easy for some programming languages X-D to process very large or very small numbers))
Same as an iPhone / Android phone SHOULD have a flashlight that might help people not fall in holes at night, when the “main flashlight” (the MAIN FIAT CURRENCY) fails.
So YES bitcoin can help mankind survive – which we hope all agree on – is a good thing.
but things need to be taken further: as technology improve – culture should improve too
the character of mankind re-cultivating from greed lying cheating egoism to altruism less aggressive more cooperative more sustainable more sharing more fair way of survival IS HARD BUT POSSIBLE 🙂
this is how capitalism + reckless corrupt politicians KILL their own people
The Declaration of Independence – for it’s age of over 250 years – was and still is (!) GREAT AMAZING MASTER PIECE OF CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION.
A beacon of light in the middle ages.
Now it seems the corrupting forces of capitalistic have worked steady on going back in time to the middle ages (PLEASE NOT AGAIN!) (corruption -> collapse -> say hello to the middle ages, rebuild from ash and rubble)
when Trump prints $2Trillion new Dollars and hand them out IN SECRECY WITHOUT ANY conditions (to bail out wallstreet (“the cancer”) not mainstreet (the society/worker)) he makes a terrible mistake and just increased INBALANCE and DECREASED STABILITY
i expect Trump to step down in the next weeks for mishandling a massive crisis
Trump and other’s do not understand – they are not as important and mighty as they think – that without a rise in paychecks – without people working for it – money is worth NOTHING – it becomes paper without a function and purpose.
Central Banks and
NEED TO REALIZE THAT ALTERNATIVES (biodiversity of monetary / cooperation systems = is good = more stable economy & society) ARE GOOD AND SHOULD BE ALLOWED
this also means: gov (of course should not over tax anybody) BUT NEEDS TO ALLOW/ACCEPT PAYMENT OF TAXES in many other currencies such as BitCoins
ALLOW ALTERNATIVES TO FIAT CURRENCIES OR RISK SOCIETY COLLAPSE
have killed the American Dream. (some are still fighting… like Elon Musk)
for me: it is a crisis of ignorance = STUPIDITY (not bliss) and lack of education
If you want to kill a country – kill it’s education system.
Because in a society full of idiots – what do you think will happen?
Shit will happen. A LOT OF SHIT.
USA… sorry to say but… unless USA can do the turnaround and become a beacon of light again – refugees will be the least problem – Nobody will want to move there anymore.
My sincere sympathy with the US Jills and Joes of mainstreet.
There are 35 projects to develop a vaccine against the corona virus. (which if it is changing at a flue like rate, will have to be re-made new every year/season – from blood of people that already survived the virus!).
THE FEAR: is that a flu like virus could come into existence that spreads as easy as flu (during winter times in northern (colder) hemispheres) but is as severe as HIV or other disease (Spanish Flu revival).
Neither the swine nor bird flue have proven to be that deadly.
The corona virus according to who data has a global (!) mortality rate of around 3%. (depending on medical care available in the country)
BUT: flu and HIV viruses for example are “dirty copy machines” meaning: when they infect someone they reprogram human body cells to reproduce themselves (parasite style).
when a biological virus successfully compromised a human cell – some viruses tend to make very bad copies from themselves with loads of errors in the genome. (imagine to receive a fax and then copy the fax, then copy the copy and so on… until the text can almost not be read anymore).
a lot of those bad copies won’t even work (wastage) – but some of them will work – while having a completely new surface – allowing them to slip through the immune virus scanner undetected.
so the reason why mankind has the flu every year – again – is because of those bad copy / fast mutation technique of flu virus.
that is also the reason that there is not a single vaccine against all flu viruses or a vaccine against HIV (also dirty copy machine).
Should the Chinese become vegetarian?
Hygiene wise this virus could also have started in India (it is probably there, but nobody is testing X-D and counting the numbers)
India has 90% vegetarians for religious reasons (hindu).
Chinese people that have risen out of poverty love to eat meat. So the meat consumption there is skyrocketed. Not good and highly unsustainable.
Hongkong approach to the corona virus: not complete halt of tourism and flights but: everyone that wants to enter Hongkong needs to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
If you have an important business trip. That is probably what it takes to get there.
The tourism industry is suffering heavy heavy losses, while oil get’s cheap as dirt (nobody needs it).
Of course this needs to be taken serious. Studied. Monitored but not panicked about.
But if governments do not have truthful intelligent studied people in this area – than any government is fucked and we are all governed by idiots.
The French minister of Health via Twitter:
⚠️ #COVIDー19 | La prise d'anti-inflammatoires (ibuprofène, cortisone, …) pourrait être un facteur d'aggravation de l’infection. En cas de fièvre, prenez du paracétamol. Si vous êtes déjà sous anti-inflammatoires ou en cas de doute, demandez conseil à votre médecin.
in English (auto translated): # COVIDー19/ taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone,… ) could be an aggravating factor for infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol.
If you are already taking anti-inflammatory medicines or if you are not sure, ask your doctor for advice.
in French (original): “#COVIDー19 | La prise d’anti-inflammatoires (ibuprofène, cortisone, …) pourrait être un facteur d’aggravation de l’infection. En cas de fièvre, prenez du paracétamol.
Si vous êtes déjà sous anti-inflammatoires ou en cas de doute, demandez conseil à votre médecin.”
in Spanish (auto translated): # COVIDー19 / tomar medicamentos antiinflamatorios (ibuprofeno, cortisona,…) podría ser un factor agravante para la infección. En caso de fiebre, tome paracetamol.
Si ya está tomando medicamentos antiinflamatorios o si no está seguro, consulte a su médico.
in German (auto translated): # COVIDー19/ Einnahme von entzündungshemmenden Medikamenten (Ibuprofen, Cortison,…) könnte ein Faktor für die Verschlimmerung der Infektion sein. Bei Fieber paracetamol einnehmen.
Wenn Sie bereits entzündungshemmende Medikamente einnehmen oder Zweifel haben, Fragen Sie Ihren Arzt um Rat.
“Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, became a national hero and symbol of the Chinese government’s systemic failings last month. Li had tried to warn his medical school classmates Dec. 30 (2019) about the existence of a contagious new virus that resembled the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).”
governments are largely advised by lobbyists that come from big billion USD and EUR companies that have not the public well being in mind but only the profit of their company, Trump style: “sealing the deal”
especially the pharma mafia has proven again and again to be willing to kill in order to make profit
possible solution: food and water and even energy people can produce themselves if the gov would give them the land and cheap loans
all other SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTS humans lifes depend on in order to survive (medicines) need to be produced by at least one governmental institution in order to avoid being “ransomed” by private companies
is someone sick, who has the virus but shows no symptoms?
as with any flue, he/she could be a danger for very old and already sick people, so yes, docs and elderly care staff should be tested and stay home until tests are negative, but anyone else: guess no need to stay home
The ‘false’ pandemic: Drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu, claims Euro health chief
“The swine flu outbreak was a ‘false pandemic’ driven by drug companies that stood to make billions of pounds from a worldwide scare, a leading health expert has claimed.”
“Due to delays with processing of preprints by established online services (BioRxiV, MedRxiV), we have decided to publish selected contributions with relevance to SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 on our own website.”