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Yesterday a terrorist attack in Paris took the lives of at least twelve persons, including many journalists and cartoonists of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, “guilty” of informing and entertaining the public.

The disgusting attack against freedom of thought and the free press has been universally condemned, and it may seem unnecessary for a tech magazine to add its voice to the global outrage.

Je Suis Charlie

Charlie Hebdo attackBut every journalist is Charlie. In particular, every technology journalist is Charlie, because Tech Is Charlie.

Science and technology advance with free information, free inquiry, and free dissent. In a healthy society that can provide a fertile ground for science and the development of new technologies, everyone must be free to express their dissent by whatever non-violent means, including satire.

History shows that important scientific advances, paradigm shifts, and revolutionary new technologies are often developed by free spirits who don’t respect authority, question everything, and aren’t afraid to throw stones at sacred cows. It can be argued that the success of the Western civilization, as far as scientific and technical progress is concerned, started with society’s reaction against the secular power of the Church. The Inquisition burned Giordano Bruno – but they couldn’t burn Newton.

I am not unconditionally supportive of our Western civilization, and I regret our past – and present – harmful actions against the rest of the world. But our civilization has developed the concept of a secular society with civil rights, freedom of thought, information, non-violent dissent, and satire. That’s what the terrorists want to take away, and that’s what we must preserve.

Hackers Are Charlie

Hackers have a playful and irreverent spirit. They play with everything, make fun of everything, and by doing so, they create the future. The Internet was conceived as a government project, but it was developed by those who started playing with computers and software to see what cool things could be done. Today’s biohackers, neurohackers, crypto-enthusiasts and tinkerers in the Western world, relatively free from the power of organized religions, are creating tomorrow’s technologies. It is important that they remain free to do so.

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    January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    You wrote: “But our civilization has developed the concept of a secular society with civil rights, freedom of thought, information, non-violent dissent, and satire. That’s what the terrorists want to take away, and that’s what we must preserve.”

    I agree but the big question is this: Who ARE the terrorists?
    In my opinion, the top 3 are: The CIA, the Mossad, M15/M17

    How many terrorist plots and attacks have these organizations coordinated? The answer is: we don’t know but we know they’re responsible for many “false flag” operations around the world that have caused irreparable damage and much suffering.

    So before you go chasing ghosts or windmills or whatever the TV tells you is the new “Threat Du Jour”, maybe do a little reading OUTSIDE the mainstream media bull and find out what other people in the world are saying. Find out if some of these “terrorist attacks” might not be exactly what the television is telling you they are.

    Considering the fact that our TV’s and Radios are chock full of misinformation and propaganda these days, is it really that hard to believe that much of what you read on “Yahoo! News” is also propaganda? Hey people your opinions are what some people want to change and control. Bottom line: Don’t let anyone control how or what you think.
    Right?

    Think about it. Which is potentially more threatening and more dangerous:
    1) poorly funded, uneducated middle eastern nut cases?

    2) Well funded, well trained counter intelligence experts with military training and backing and the freedom to go anywhere and do anything without being seen or noticed or held accountable?

    Yes terrorism is real and yes there are middle eastern terrorists. But there are also well funded movements underway that are working really, really hard to make us hate Muslims. Sorry folks, I’m not buying into it. If you are one who IS buying into it, then you might consider watching a bit less television. Just a thought.

    As is true with any group – 80% of the Muslims in this world are good people who want the same things anyone wants – food, clothing, affordable housing, a living wage, etc for themselves and their families. Most Muslims don’t spend all their time reading the Quran anymore than I sit around reading passages from the Old Testament. The Muslims I’ve known own corner stores in every major city, have wives and children, houses, mortgages or rent to pay and the same “life is a struggle bullshit” that we all have to put up with.

    Also, the majority of Muslims condemn violence and terrorism. Most Muslims practice peace just as most Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc. practice peace. The people who are trying to convince us that THE MAJORITY of Muslims are bad are themselves the terrorists. Without any statistics on their side, without any proof on their side, with poorly gathered anecdotal evidence floating in a sea of patchwork quilt events, false flag operations and pure fantasy, Big Brother and his goons want me to hate a massively large group of people – Muslims. This is the most ridiculous, childish game I’ve seen since half the American public were DUPED into believing Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the the Twin Towers and Building #7.

    This Western attempt to demonize all Muslims is by far the sickest and scariest thing I’ve seen the media put on in many years.

    Why do so many otherwise intelligent people believe everything they hear on the news?
    Why should I believe that the murders in Paris were REALLY committed by angry Muslims? Because the TV tells me so? Isn’t it possible that this was another false flag operation aimed at getting more people on board the “I hate Muslims” train?

    I’m not saying it was a false flag operation. I’m simply stating the fact that corporate owned and government influenced networks and news programs put out A LOT of propaganda each year. And therefore I’m being intelligent in asking the question: Am I to believe what I hear on the news or could the reality be different than what is being broadcast?

    Kill your Television today.

    • Giulio Prisco

      January 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Re “80% of the Muslims in this world are good people who want the same
      things anyone wants – food, clothing, affordable housing, a living wage,
      etc for themselves and their families.”

      I agree.

      Re “Yes terrorism is real and yes there are middle eastern terrorists. But
      there are also well funded movements underway that are working really,
      really hard to make us hate Muslims.”

      Again, I agree. We must protect our civilization against both.

      • Bitcoins and Gravy

        January 9, 2015 at 12:20 am

        We must protect our “civilization” against both.

        Yes but let’s act civilized about it shall we? Most civil unrest in the world is now aimed at the banking cartel and market manipulation like we see with the Wall Street gambling mob. Most civil unrest is aimed at the multitudes of elected officials who abuse their office, take bribes as often as they can and basically float around like pirates with their trusy rusty moral compasses that haven’t pointed truthwards since they were children.

        Most civil unrest is due to the fact that people in power cheat and lie and steal and manipulate and coerce and subjugate and imprison and kill.

        Really it’s time to rise up and rid the world of the fascist power mongers. But we can’t. We’re busy. I’ve got a podcast to edit tonight; Margaret is watching her favorite sit com; David is busy playing war games in his parents’ basement; Ron and Jessica are down at the pub getting blitzed; Stephanie and Diane are busy planning their shopping trip for tomorrow; Derek, Bruce and Mark are watching the big game tonight; Phil has a report due tomorrow for work; Mary has a paper due for her class; Marcel is surfing the net in search of the perfect restaurant and everyone else is on facebook pretending like they have hundreds of close friends who would do anything for them.

        panem et circenses.

        Does anyone know what that means?

        We are being appeased en mass so that we don’t rise up en mass and overtake those who are abusing their positions and their power. We ought to be busy collecting feathers and stockpiling barrels of tar. We ought to be busy building sturdy scaffolding in the village squares of the world and learning to tie a good noose with hemp rope. We ought to be busy digging trenches deep and wide and getting the bulldozers fueled and oiled and ready to move.

        But I’ve got a podcast to edit. I’ve got tea to make with honey. I’ve got to brave the elements and drive my car down the way for a bowl of soup for dinner. l’ve got to get into my cozy bed at midnight after kissing my dog Max goodnight. And then I’ve got to sleep. And with any luck I’ll have a nice dream. Maybe I’ll dream about finding treasure or living in a palace or having a beautiful girlfriend or flying too high in my own private jet airplane.

        • Giulio Prisco

          January 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

          I don’t disagree with the spirit of your comment. At the same time, it’s difficult and probably impossible to “act civilized” when they are shooting at you – you either shoot back or die.

          Think of a wolf – it doesn’t want to eat you because it is bad, but because it is hungry, which is a perfectly understandable motivation. So you can understand and even empathize with the wolf. But you still must shoot it if you want to stay alive.

          Of course, we should act civilized _before_ being attacked (for example, by feeding the wolf). But when the wolf jumps at you it’s too late for acting civilized.

          • Giulio Prisco

            January 13, 2015 at 9:09 am

            Again, I don’t disagree. But look, we are shooting at them and that’s a fact, but they are shooting at us and that’s also a fact. I wish to see an end to this insanity, but how do we end it? I am afraid that we can’t unilaterally stop shooting. That is not a viable option at this point – they would only shoot more.

          • Daniel Schiavini

            January 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

            I don’t have the magical solution, but I am sure the solution is not voting to far-right parties that want to end immigration and send Muslims back to their countries. And it’s not forbidding them to have their own culture, closing mosques and not allowing headscarves in French schools. The only solution viable in the long term is living peacefully together – the world is only getting ‘smaller’ from now on. And seriously, a 3rd world war would be the last of this planet.

          • Giulio Prisco

            January 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

            I agree, but my point is that if we stop shooting they will just shoot more. It’s too late to be nice, we should have been nice since decades ago. Now, they just hate us and want to kill us. It takes two to be peaceful.

          • Daniel Schiavini

            January 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

            We are shooting a great deal of the 99.9% Muslims that are actually good. Killing people is not a solution, it only creates more and more problems. It has never worked and never will. This cartoon illustrates it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Latuff#mediaviewer/File:Bombman.png

          • Giulio Prisco

            January 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

            So what should we do instead?

          • Daniel Schiavini

            January 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

            Like I said, I don’t have a magical solution. But we should start by not discriminating them and allowing them their freedom of religion and culture

          • Giulio Prisco

            January 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

            We should certainly do that, but if we start today we can expect to see a reduction of terrorist attacks in a couple of decades, not sooner. What do we do in the meantime?

          • Daniel Schiavini

            January 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

            A big rise in terrorist attacks in 2012: 17 people died in the EU. https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/rise-terrorist-attacks-europe-2012
            That’s probably like the chance of dying from a coconut falling on your head.

            So why not spend those billions in something more useful… Why not build schools in the middle east, instead of building hate like it’s being done now? Why not give them all access to internet? Or even food. For sure that would change the western world’s image and lessen the hate.

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EOS Price Forecast: EOS/USD Heading for Another 300% Move?

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  • EOS/USD price action via the 4-hour chart view has formed a bullish flag pattern.
  • The price is moving around levels seen back end of March to early April, before a bull run of over 300%.

The past six sessions for EOS/USD have been erratic to say the least. It has been subject to a high amount of volatility, swinging aggressively in both directions. There has been a lack of commitment from either the bear or bull camps of late. As the market continues to trade with such behavior, it appears to be trying to find its feet, ahead of a potential chunky firm trend.

EOS DApp Hacked Again

An EOS based gambling DApp, EOSBet has been hacked, with $338,000 being reported as stolen. This isn’t the first time; just back in September, hackers managed to get away with a reported 40,000 worth of EOS, which at the time had a value of $200,000. It has been said that they were able to exploit their smart contracts, having found security vulnerabilities.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart View

EOS/USD 4-hour chart

EOS/USD price action has formed a bullish flag pattern, which began taking shape on 15th October, after the aggressive price behavior stabilized. The bulls at the time ran the price well up into $6 territory. Consequently, it then met the breached ascending trend line, failing to move back above this area. This followed the sharp breakthrough to the downside, which occurred on 11th October. As a result, a drop of over 15% was seen, forcing EOS/USD to retreat in a demand area, within the $5.0000 level proximity.

Looking to the upside, small near-term resistance is seen at around $5.6100, which is the upper trend line of the mentioned bull flag pattern. A breakout will likely open the doors to a retest of the broken ascending trend line, tracking around $6.1100. Support can be eyed at $5.4600, which marks the lower trend line of the flag. Furthermore, should this fail to hold, EOS/USD could likely fall back down to the serving demand area, within the lower $5.0000 territory.

April 2018 Bull Run

EOS/USD April bull run

In April of this year EOS/USD entered a chunky bull run, gaining over 300%. From the back end of March until 11th April, the price had been stuck within consolidation mode. Resulting in the price trading within a tight range, at levels of where the price is currently seen today.

Something quite astonishing started to unfold. Between the period of 11th April to the 29th April, a bull run of around 290% was seen. Over this time frame EOS/USD went from $5.9500 up to a high of around $23.0811. The price is currently demonstrating a similar behavior to that of what was seen during the mentioned period. It is interesting to note that the price did have historical levels to break through, as it had already run higher during the period of December 2017 and came back down. Finally, this is not to say EOS/USD will observe the same bull run. However, it is an interesting observation to be aware of.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Has the Potential for a Short-term Rally, Though Bearish Set-up Eyed

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  • Stellar’s XLM potentially has further room for upside, within the short-term view.
  • Danger still looms for XLM/USD, as the daily chart suggests of a bearish technical pattern set up.

Steller’s native token XLM, has failed to commit to any sustained trend. This has been the case since the start of July. Bull rallies that have been witnessed were quickly sold by the market bears. This led the market to trade within a generally long running form of consolidation. Price action is narrowing, given the unsustainable short-term trend runs that have been witnessed. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Stellar foundation have certainly been busy.

Stellar Developments

It was reported recently, blockchain security company BitGo, announced their support of Stellar Lumens (XLM). Being added to the BitGo’s list, Stellar now receives custody solutions. Their users will be able to generate wallets for Stellar Lumens. This is said to be starting at some point within the next couple of weeks. Elsewhere, as previously reported, the Stellar foundation at the start of this month released their heavily anticipated decentralized exchange, StellarX.

4-hour Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart, price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern. This comes after the surge higher between September 20-23. XLM/USD has since entered consolidation mode, trading within a range-bound nature. The price is coming very much towards the end of this technical pattern seen, raising the case for an imminent breakout. Near-term support can be observed around $0.2350 area. This is the lower tracking trend line of the mentioned pennant. A failure of the support could very likely see a fast fall to $0.2050. XLM/USD was last trading in this territory between September 12 – 20. The mentioned period was during a time of consolidation, prior to the mentioned breakout higher.

Resistance is seen just ahead of the current price. The above descending trend line of the pennant pattern is tracking around $0.2460-70. Enough bullish momentum to see the breach would likely force the price running to $0.2650. This is seen as an area of resistance on the 4-hour chart view. Looking further to the north, eyes would be on the supply heading into the $0.3000 mark.

Daily Chart Technical Review

XLM/USD daily chart

Taking into consideration the 4-hour chart view, there is still room for another squeeze higher. Despite this, danger appears to still be looming for XLM/USD. Risks on the daily chart point to the downside. The view of this is that a longer-term bearish pennant pattern is containing the price. XLM/USD support on the daily chart can be seen just sub of $0.2000. A long-running supporting trend line can be seen. The price having required assistance on June 29 and several occasions from September 8 – 12. To the upside, resistance can be seen around $0.2900. XLM/USD was rejected already on a few prior occasions, by the above descending trend line. July 25-2 and then most recently September 23, all saw respective bull runs halted.

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IOTA Price Analysis: Current Behavior Raises Concerns of Another Drop in the Price

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  • Current technical indications still point to downside risks for IOTA’s MOITA price.
  • Near-term chart view sees a rising wedge pattern. The daily chart observes a bearish pennant formation.

The IOTA price remains at risk for now of a breakout to the downside. It appears more likely that downside pressure will be seen, in comparison to any upside surprises. Despite this, IOTA’s native token has made solid recovery in just over a week of trading. Since 25th September, it has gained 8%. Trending higher has been observed from a low of around $0.5200, up to current levels around $0.5600.

IOTA Developments

Most recently, Bitpanda announced they now offer deposit and withdrawal services for IOTA. Bitpanda is fintech company based in Vienna, Austria. They specialize in selling and buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Becoming Europe’s leading retail broker for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more, boasting a user base of over 900,000 users. “We are very pleased to announce not only withdrawal and deposit functionalities for IOTA on Bitpanda, but also that Bitpanda now officially supports the latest IOTA tech — IOTA Hub,” as stated in their most recent blog post.

This move goes to show the growing presence IOTA is having across the market. The market acknowledgement of the foundation’s technology. IOTA’s MOITA is currently the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which is seen at $1.5 billion.

Elsewhere, as covered previously, the foundation is very close to revolutionizing the car insurance industry. They presented a new project in which they have been working on at bIOTAsphere. This was a proof of concept technology, known as Tangle. Full details mentioned in the previous article.

Near-term Technical Review 

IOT/USD 60-minute chart

Looking via the 60-minute chart, current price action has formed a rising wedge pattern. This price behavior makes it susceptible to a breakout to the downside. Should the bears manage to breach the lower support, sellers could pile in. To the downside, support in this view can be seen tracking around $0.5650. Further to the downside, 60-minute support should come into play around $0.5420.

Daily Chart Technical Review

IOT/USD daily chart

For over a month now, price action, as clearly seen on the daily chart view, has been firmly within consolidation mode. The range is getting tighter, building up the likelihood of an imminent breakout. Resistance is sitting just ahead around $0.5850, very close to current levels. Support eyed at $0.5430, a breakout could see the price tumbling. A potential downside target would likely be around the $0.4000 territory, testing 14th August low.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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