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"Bitcoin Jesus" Is Trying To Create A Sovereign "Libertarian Utopia"

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Roger Ver - a.k.a bitcoin Jesus - and Olivier Janssens are trying to transform a long-sought after libertarian ideal into a reality. As CoinTelegraph reports, the pair has announced that they’re in the process of creating the first independent state governed by libertarian values – and they’ve invited any like-minded individuals to join them.

The pair said Friday that they’re working with a team of lawyers to try and figure out how to legally create their own independent country. Ver is a longtime advocate of bitcoin who surrendered his US citizenship and became a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis a few years back.

The pair have yet to disclose the location, nor has indicated what entry standards would be required.

The country, which would be reminiscent of Ayn Rand’s Galtian paradise, is intended to be a place where those who reject governmental controls and seek to maintain libertarian freedoms can gather and promote a truly free society.

CoinTelegraph reports that the locations being evaluated include areas that are safe and conflict-free, but also enjoy proximity to economic centers in the US, Europe, and Asia, while also being accessible by water. The team is hoping to offer a stable government with substantial national debt a way to eliminate some of that debt with a land lease to FreeSociety. On its website, the team says they’ve started preliminary talks with governments and interest “is much higher than initially expected.”

While Ver told CoinTelegraph that the country “isn’t an ICO”, it’s unclear how the FreeSociety team would acquire the money needed to purchase land upon which to build their sovereign nation.

Of course, Ver & Co. aren’t the first to attempt this. In 2008, billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel launched an initiative to develop a floating city, called a seastead, that would serve as a permanent, politically autonomous settlement. He invested some $1.7 million in The Seasteading Institute, and resigned from its board in 2011. Back in February, he told the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd. However, it appears the Seasteading Institute plans to soldier on without Thiel.

According to Business Insider, the group recently met with officials in French Polynesia, an island chain located in the South Pacific, and discussed plans to develop a seastead off its coast. If things go as planned, the institute might break ground as early as 2017.

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Did scientists REALLY just admit to exaggerating global warming?

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I had to make this video in a matter of days because of all the nonsense flying round the internet. Very fast for me! So I don't have time to itemize all the sources in time sequence today, I'll do that as soon as I can. Here are all the sources I used, in random order:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4503006/global-warming-sums-experts-bullies-james-delingpole-opinion/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/19/delingpole-climate-alarmists-finally-admit-we-were-wrong-about-global-warming/

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-global-warming-paris-climate-agreement-nature-geoscience-myles-allen-michael-grubb-a7954496.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-were-wrong-worst-effects-of-climate-change-can-be-avoided-say-scientists-k9p5hg5l0

https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-why-the-one-point-five-warming-limit-is-not-yet-a-geophysical-impossibility

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-limiting.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4901278/Report-shows-world-isn-t-warm-greens-warned.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4503006/global-warming-sums-experts-bullies-james-delingpole-opinion/

https://myaccount.news.com.au/theaustralian/subscribe?pkgDef=TA_SDO_P0415A_W04&directSubscribe=true&b=true&sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE170_a&mode=premium&dest=http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/experts-admit-global-warming-predictions-wrong/news-story/fa5d90b23d16eb08e7d0d6b14d1bbf0c&memtype=anonymous

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/21/when-media-sceptics-misrepresent-our-climate-research-we-must-speak-out#img-1

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/12047087/UN-climate-change-deal-to-limit-global-warming-to-1.5C-despite-warnings-people-will-never-vote-for-costly-policies.html

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Fun Exercise to Try at Home: Suicide by Squats

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Let me tell you about a short, 16-minute exercise that I did a few weeks ago, an exercise that had an incredibly-unproportional impact, leaving me with the worst muscle soreness I'd ever experienced, by a very wide margin. It wasn't until the 13th day after this simple exercise that I got through the whole day without feeling its painful effects.

This exercise, which involves nothing more than simple bodyweight squats, was introduced to me with the name “Death by Squats”.

It's simple: Start a timer, then do two squats during the first minute, at whatever pace you like. During the second minute, do four squats, then six, then eight, and so on, increasing by two squats every minute until you can't perform all a minutes' requisite squats.

Generally speaking, I've got strong legs. I do a lot of long-distance cycling (100+ miles at a time), and many lessons at the gym include squats and lunges. It's common to do 50+ squats as a small part of an hour's routine. No big deal.

However, a lot has conspired to drive my fitness level down this year. In imagining what this exercise might be like, I thought that 40 squats in a minute wouldn't have been much of a challenge last year when I was in my best shape, but knew that I'd probably not get to that point (the 20-minute mark) in my current condition. Anyway, I gave it a try.

The “whatever pace you like” naturally meant for me that I'd do them quickly, then rest for the remainder of the minute. At first it felt silly, as the first minute's squats are done in three seconds, so I just stood around waiting for the next 57. Actually, during the early stages, I filled the waiting time with some simple tidying, such as putting laundry away. Such was how unchallenging the start was.

I was still fine by minute 10, finishing its 20 squats in about 25 seconds. At this rate, the 20-minute mark didn't feel so far away. But oh, how my hubris would soon be revealed. The insidious nature of this exercise is that while the amount of work increases, the amount of rest decreases.

Soon I was struggling. I was also struggling to keep my balance in the pool of sweat that had formed on the hardwood floor under me.

As fatigue slowed down my pace, the ever-increasing number of squats left less and less time to recover, and I finished the 15th minute's 30 squats with less than 10 seconds to catch my breath. I knew I'd never finish 32 squats in the next 60 seconds, but thought I should at least try to see how far I got. I finished 26 of them. Having failed to do the allotted number, I was done.

All in all, I'd done 266 squats in 16 minutes.

My legs were absolute jelly. I'd experience this while cycling, such as after an explosive effort on a short climb, but in those cases control would return in a few minutes. This time, I was still shaky in the evening, 12 hours later.

The muscle ache the next morning was monumental. Every movement hurt, giving me a certain “that must have been great exercise” satisfaction. In the past, muscle aches the next day are helped by light exercise, just to get the juices flowing, so I went out on very light bike ride. Oddly, I could cycle just fine, but when I got off my bike I could barely move without crippling pain.

I'd hoped that the light movement would have helped relieve the muscle ache, but the pain on the 2nd day after was unlike any I'd ever experienced. And on the 3rd, it was almost unbearable. I literally couldn't stand from a chair (or from the toilet) without plotting tactics on how to support myself on the way up. Attempting to walk down a set of steps was frightening, even while holding the rail, as I simply lacked the physical control to guarantee the legs wouldn't buckle.

Somewhere around this time I started to feel that the name “Death by Squats” wasn't as appropriate as “Suicide by Squats”, since it's something I did to myself. But then I realized that even more appropriate would be “Botched Suicide by Squats”, since I wasn't actually dead and so I was feeling pain and paying the price from what I'd attempted.

Sadly, “Botched Suicide by Squats” doesn't roll off the tongue so well, so “Suicide by Squats” it is.

The 3rd and 4th day after were the worst, but then it started getting better. The 13th day was the first that I felt no effects.

I have no explanation for why such a short little exercise had such a dramatic impact. It'll be interesting to see whether I see the same results next time.

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Tesla to discontinue the Model S 75, its more affordable model

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Tesla is set to officially discontinue its most affordable Model S option, according to Business Insider. The publication Says it received the information from a Tesla representative.

Coming this Sunday, Tesla will stop offering the Model S 75, with rear-wheel drive, leaving only the 75D, 100D and P100D, which are all dual-motor-all-wheel vehicles.

Tesla has already told Electrek in July that the base Model was set to be discontinued, however this is the first time the actual date of September 24th has been confirmed.

While this might be disappointing to some, the Model 3 is set to replace the Model S as Tesla’s most affordable vehicle. However, anyone who didn’t want to wait an extra year before getting a Tesla will now be disappointed, as will those who wanted an affordable dual-motor-all-wheel option due to the Model 3 not offering it right away.

However, there is a significant difference in prices between the two sedans. The Model S 75, after incentives and gas savings, costs $65,050 USD ($80,183 CAD)  — while the Model 3 is a lot cheaper at $35,000 ($43,142 CAD) according to Tesla Canada’s website, after incentives and gas savings — and at the base model.

Lastly, Sunday is the last time to custom order, although pre-configured models will be sold until inventory runs out.

Source: Electrek and Business Insider

Update: 17/09/21: Tesla Canada’s website uses American prices for the company’s vehicles. We’ve added Canadian pricing for further clarification.

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iPhone X supply issues could be worse than initially expected, says report

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Though the iPhone X is scheduled to start shipping on November 3rd, new reports have emerged indicating that the smartphone will be in even shorter supply than initially expected.

In fact, Christopher Caso, a chip analyst at Raymond James, predicts that the situation could be pretty dire. Following discussions with Apple supply chain sources, Caso says that the production of the iPhone X has not yet started.

“Initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun, with production expected to commence in mid-October. That production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about two months later than expectations at the end of June,” wrote Caso.

This means that while the iPhone X is expected to go into production soon, manufacturing won’t hit its peak until almost the end of this year. Given that the upcoming iPhone X is set to be heavily sought after, it’s likely that some people won’t be able to get their hands on the phone until well into 2018.

The iPhone X marks Apple’s first significant redesign of its smartphone since the release of the iPhone 6. While the device’s price tag is expensive, the iPhone X is a stunningly designed smartphone that features a nearly bezel-less display and new facial recognition technology.

iPhone X pre-orders are set to go live on October 27th, with the full retail release on November 3rd. The base model for the phone is priced at $1,319 CAD and features 64GB of internal storage, while the 256GB model is priced at $1,529.

Via: Mashable

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Should it turn out that the X is not going to be available within a few days of the official launch when i want to order it I'll just pass on it.

As for Apple: Fuck you and your hype machine.
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Apple TV 4K set to eventually support Dolby Atmos surround sound

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While the fact that the Apple TV 4K doesn’t support Dolby Atmos didn’t cross my radar since my surround sound receiver isn’t new enough to process the relatively new high-fidelity sound protocol, it was a significant point of contention for many other reviewers.

Since the Apple TV 4K is positioned as a high-end luxury streaming device thanks to its compatibility with HDR content, including both Dolby Vision and HDR10, it was a strange move on Apple’s part regarding the set-top boxes lake of support for Dolby Atmos.

Apple, however, has confirmed to The Verge, as well as other publications, that Dolby Atmos support is coming to the Apple TV 4K in the future, though a timeline for the features release was not revealed.

To put the lack of this feature in perspective, many of Roku’s lower-end players support Dolby Atmos, and so does Microsoft’s Xbox One S.

Via: The Verge

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