CryptoBeast #8: How to Get Started in Bitcoin and Alt-Coins with Special Guest Eric Doriean

I spoke to Anyshare.coop founder Eric Doriean about how to get started in crypto and some of the things to look out for. We also discussed some of the potential of blockchain for new ways to living, sharing, and gifting. #communaleffort #radicalselfreliance

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Burning Man Unofficial Founder Dies

John Perry Barlow first went to Burning Man in 1994, and has been a key shaker and mover of the event ever since.

He has shared a stage with his friend Larry Harvey many times, notably in a session called The Founders Speak at Columbia University in 2013.

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John Perry Barlow, left, on stage with Larry Harvey at Black Rock City

He passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with illness. He died on the 22nd anniversary of his famous Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.

He wrote 57 songs for the Grateful Dead, and founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Obituaries at Rolling Stone, EFFVariety, Ars Technica, Jambase

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Barlow was definitely one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever met. He touched the lives of many Burners and technologists. He managed Dick Cheney’s first electoral campaign, and John F Kennedy Jr was sent to Barlow’s Bar Cross Ranch to “straighten him out”. He went from trying to blow up Harvard and hanging out at Timothy Leary’s Millbrook Acid Castle to consulting to the intelligence community.

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His interview with Larry Harvey and Tech Crunch’s Mike Butcher in London kicked off my whole Shadow History research project.

 

A couple of his best interviews:

John Perry Barlow, Cognitive Dissident (Wesleyan Alumni magazine)

The Legend of John Perry Barlow, Jambase (via Internet Archive)

RIP Barlow, true pioneer of the electronic frontier. You will be missed.

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John Perry Barlow at Bob and Natascha Weir’s wedding, Mill Valley 1999

Burners Building Crypto-Utopia in Puerto Rico

Brock Pierce is perhaps the most famous person in the world of cryptocurrency. He got married at Burning Man, and has much more time for Burners than civilians. He and his friends are living in a Monastery and building a permanent city in Puerto Rico called Sol: a Phoenix rising from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

See the whole interview with Brock and Tai Lopez here.

The New York Times picked up this story:

SAN JUAN, P.R. — They call what they are building Puertopia. But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness, that it translates to “eternal boy playground” in Latin. So they are changing the name: They will call it Sol.

Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by blockchain and cryptocurrencies, are heading en masse to Puerto Rico this winter. They are selling their homes and cars in California and establishing residency on the Caribbean island in hopes of avoiding what they see as onerous state and federal taxes on their growing fortunes, some of which now reach into the billions of dollars.

And these men — because they are almost exclusively men — have a plan for what to do with the wealth: They want to build a crypto utopia, a new city where the money is virtual and the contracts are all public, to show the rest of the world what a crypto future could look like. Blockchain, a digital ledger that forms the basis of virtual currencies, has the potential to reinvent society — and the Puertopians want to prove it.

For more than a year, the entrepreneurs had been searching for the best location. After Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s infrastructure in September and the price of cryptocurrencies began to soar, they saw an opportunity and felt a sense of urgency.

So this crypto community flocked here to create its paradise. Now the investors are spending their days hunting for property where they could have their own airports and docks. They are taking over hotels and a museum in the capital’s historic section, called Old San Juan. They say they are close to getting the local government to allow them to have the first cryptocurrency bank.

Read the rest at the New York Times.

This sounds like a great use of Burner power.

Why devote a year’s worth of energy to building something that is destroyed in minutes? I mean, don’t get me wrong, that can be fun the first few times you do it. Is that all there is though, the pinnacle of Self-Expression is destruction? What about other values, Civic Responsibility, Communal Effort, Immediacy? We can take all the creative and artistic talent, brainpower, networks, and newly minted crypto capital of the Burner community and use that to do permanent good, helping others in need. Gifting things that make a lasting impact to many.

BMorg might tell you “but that’s what we do, Burners Without Borders”! Unfortunately the most recent financial data we have says that they spent less than $8000 on these projects in 2015 and 2016, years in which they took in more than $80 million.

At this point the chances of Decommodification, Inc and their ever-expanding year-round crew saving the world are pretty slim. They would have to become something they quite clearly are not. Look at Flysalen, 2 years to figure out a vision for that, hundreds of people plotting world domination in the hot tub at Esalen…still nothing.  Burners, on the other hand? We know how to get shit done. We can make the world a better place. Many of us already are, like SHELTERCOIN. Puerto Rico needs our help, there are many other disaster-devastated destinations. Why destroy stuff when you can rebuild homes and restore communities?

Or, we can just do the same hedonistic debauched thing every year in the same way, the only thing changing is ticket prices going up and lines getting longer while the quality of the crowd goes down. Eat, sleep, Burn, repeat, forever and ever and ever…

 

How Much Do Burning Man Execs Get Paid?

For at least the Top 14 employees, year-round salaries are well into 6 figures. CEO Marian Goodell tops the list with an overall package of $267,839 per year – $22,320 per month. This is about average for an Arts-related charity with a $40 million annual budget.

From the recently released 2016 financial report:

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See our complete financial coverage here.

 

Quinn Michaels: “Burning Man Sits On Top Of A Massive Underground City”

Quinn Michaels is a LARPer playing the #tyler ARG, part of Project MAYHEM (if you don’t know what all that means, see here). By studying satellite heat maps, he claims to have discovered a massive underground city underneath The Man, possibly with a particle collider like CERN. Presumably this DUMB is staffed by secret underground agents of The Man, who are really putting the Deep in the Deep State. It is so secret that it is even more secret than Nevada’s Area 51 Dreamland, because nobody knows about it except Quinn.

Somebody should tell Quinn that Burning Man is not at exactly the same location every year, but does have the same layout every year.

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Although Quinn Michaels claims to be an informed researcher crowdsourcing the truth, he gives no credit to my work in his video titled “Burning Man Festival Deep State Op #tyler”. I expect this sort of behavior from the #clownsource team. But there is a particle collider and underground city beneath Burning Man? Really?

Is Quinn attempting to teach his Artificial Intelligence Chatbot #tyler that Burning Man is a secret underground base? Or is this actually an attempt to discredit my extremely thoroughly documented research, in particular Part 5b – Burning With The Man, by linking Burning Man with outlandish conspiracy theories that thousands of gullible people believe without questioning?  They have tried the same thing already with their opera-tive Douglas Dietrich.

Quinn himself admits he has been working with the FBI since 2015, though it is not clear in what role. COINTELPRO? I debunked some of his ridiculous claims in this Steemit Post, Short Bus Physics With Quinn and J.Go.

Yesterday I got a post-festival Shout Out from my friend @Defango

Defango has been accused – falsely, IMO – by #clownsource as being a Star Trek weapons-wielding wizard who collapsed Quinn’s lung with a homemade microwave weapon. He seems to have become Quinn’s nemesis, along with Action Dave Acton – cstruther George Webb’s brother. Yesterday I also made an appearance on Quinn’s buddy and defender Lift The Veil’s show.  So I find it hard to believe that Quinn posting a Burning Man video today is just a coincidence. But then I’m no coincidence theorist, JV might have a different opinion.

Quinn’s psyop seems to be doing a good job of distracting his audience (13k) and the @csthetruth crowd (46k) from the Nunes Memo, and literal Nunes Garbage Train Wreck that preceded it.

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The train had a helicopter escort with overview of the track,  as most of the Republican leadership – including Mr Nunes who as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has the highest level security clearance – were headed to a hotel with an underground bunker with their families. That’s how big of a deal this memo is. So much shit hitting the fan they needed to hide in a nuclear-resistant bunker.

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Instead of this very real underground facility that is relevant to today’s news, Quinn is saying “look over there!” to the combined 60,000 strong alternative media crowd that have been hoodwinked by #clownsource.

Sure seems like a modus operandi to me.

In their recent episode on Antartica, Quinn pretended his insight was his alone when in fact my fellow New Zealander The Outer Light had already done two shows about it, to his much bigger audience. Quinn got the information wrong, the data generated was from the Strava app not the Fitbit device. Is he linking the “Secret C” to the 66.6% of a circle shape of Black Rock City?

Quinn and J.Go yesterday

The Outer Light 3 days ago:

The Outer Light 2 days ago:

Yesterday the Outer Light seems to have been treading on Quinn’s turf.

More coincidences?

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