When the Enviromarxists Come for Bitcoin

Every time the Bitcoin price jumps a swarm of kombucha drinking hipsters flock to Vice to take stabs at writing hit pieces on the energy consumption of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is back in the spotlight these days thanks to some wild price movements and central bank meetings. The decentralized currency has recently been trading over its all-time high of $1200 on some exchanges. But the higher the price goes, the more it exacerbates bitcoin’s dark side: shocking levels of electricity consumption.

Daniel ShaneVice - A Single Bitcoin Transaction Takes Thousands of Times More Energy Than a Credit Card Swipe

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Understanding Bitcoin Forks. Fork Off.

First, lets take a lay of the land. There are three branches of Bitcoin governance:

  • Nodes: A computer that connects to the Bitcoin network is called a node.
    • Full Nodes: A comupter that downloads newly mined blocks and ensure that all transactions conform to consensus rules, and are also responsible for relaying transactions across the Bitcoin network.
  • Miners: A computer that executes proof of work to create Bitcoin blocks.
  • Developers: A contributer to Bitcoin source code and consensus rules.

There are two ways to change existing Bitcoin law…

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Advice From Grandpa // The Curmudgeon's Guide by Charles Murray

Mr. Murry is the man who wrote The Bell Curve, a somewhat controversial study on IQ. Reading the mans book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead feels a bit like getting advice from your Grandfather. Not the crazy Grandfather that says the aliens are coming, but the one that talks about how he got screwed over on his pension and is trying to stop the same thing from happening to you. Forget the fact that no one gets a pension anymore.

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Your Storytelling Ritual

Why do people tell stories? There’s the obvious reason that people tell stories for entertainment. But entertainment doesn’t account for the thousands of repeated stories we tell only ourselves.

Storytelling is a transformation ritual. They are tools that are ment to get you from the person you are to the person you are aiming at becoming. Similar to how art is a way of healing your wounds while simultaneously exposing them. If that sounds like a plausible enough motive for storytelling, I’ll take it one step further and say, every judgment you make about yourself is a story.

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