Arson and plunder ruin Palestinian olive harvest.
SFV Scanner: “More shots fired calls in Mission Division.”
SV News: “Inside the burnt out church in Santiago, Chile.”
Shipping containers in Los Angeles becoming homes for the homeless.
Al-Masdar News: “Powerful explosion heard outside Karabakh capital.”
City of Parral in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Workers trapped on roof as cartel assaults Ministerial Police.
David Marcus: “Twitter has suspended the account of White House coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas.”
Cyber Warfare Market to See Huge Growth by 2025 - Major Giants BAE System, Boeing, General Dynamic.
With artificial intelligence, every soldier is a counter-drone operator. At all levels, soldiers must know how to face a drone threat.
Greenland is coming to paid streaming soon. Greenland will now be available to audiences on digital platforms starting December 18, and 48-hour rentals will be offered for $19.99.
Michael: “Australia has gone full fascist, introducing a digital health passport, tied to your vaccination record. No vax, no travel.”
Rishi Sunak warned public sector’s food supply at risk. Companies providing food for care homes, schools, hospitals and prisons call for government support.
Reading Too Much Political News Is Bad for Your Well-Being. Obsessing over politics could hurt your happiness and your relationships.
7 MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned in Prison. Necessity is the mother of invention, so those who have been in prison have came up with some innovations.
Man dangling from Chicago’s Trump Tower for over 2 hours, demanding to speak to President Trump released a message.
Al The Great: “Antifa burn the US flag and eat a heart symbolic of the President during an anti-democrat violence protest in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10.18.2020.”
The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect. It’s an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).
Be Smart Wear A Mask. Wearing a mask may save your life. Or it may just give you a vastly reduced or even asymptomatic experience with Covid-19 the disease.
Cold, Snow, and Epic Flooding: "the weather in Slovakia is reminiscent of the apocalypse.” Unfortunately, conditions in Slovakia aren’t expected to improve anytime soon, with addition Arctic blasts forecast to batter the country.
Look at this because they are pushing it hardcore in 2020. “My techie husband convinced me to get a chip in my hand. It’s used as a key. Like OMG! how cool and fashionable!!! I want one!!!” PAY ATTENTION.
America must build its technology industries to win against China and Russia. The investments needed for 21st century great power competition have now surpassed our expenditures on counterterrorism.
Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS. The UK Space Agency has today backed a healthcare drone start-up founded by NHS staff, to help in the response to COVID-19.
Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA. The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries.
For all those who need a more in depth explanation. What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is based on the premise that the human species in its current form is not the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.
The anti-California Dream: Leaving becomes an industry. Beyond conservative Facebook memes and YouTube videos, has California reached a breaking point that’s accelerating an exodus?
Wildfires in Colorado now biggest state has ever seen. They’ve been burning for two months and they’re slowing making their way towards Denver. Veuer’s Tony Spitz has the details.
Archbishop performs exorcism to cleanse protest site. The archbishop of San Francisco performed a short exorcism ceremony Saturday outside a Catholic church where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero.
Julia: “THERE WERE JUST FIREWORKS SHOOTING NEAR MY HOUSE TOO!! LIKE ITS JUST A SUNDAY NIGHT?? What for?” Steve Louchis: “Fireworks during fire season?” [Damn how many of them are there… 2nd lockdown is coming.]
NATO plans new space center in Ramstein, Germany. NATO member states are set to announce the creation of a space center in the air force high command base in Ramstein, Germany, according to reports. It would monitor, and in time likely protect, friendly satellites.
SV News: “JUST IN: China Daily bureau chief Chen Weihua calls for mob violence and petrol bombs on the streets of the United States on Twitter.” Chen Weihua: “Hope there will be more petrol bomb throwing mobs in protests in the US. Endorsed by NYT.”
Anxiety rises among COVID-19 survivors as Seattle man is confirmed to have caught virus twice. A Seattle man is likely feeling very lucky after officially surviving COVID-19 twice. His case is only the third case in the United States where doctors confirmed reinfection.
Reports indicate that the Venezuelan Floating Storage/Production Vessel, FSO Nabarima, currently located in the Gulf of Paria, has more than 1 million barrels of crude oil onboard & the vessel is in distress. [Oh no, not another oil spill!!]
Inter-satellite laser communications improving Starlink performance, as SpaceX expands constellation - SpaceFlight Insider. SpaceX launched its fourteenth batch of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral’s LC-39A, at 8:25 a.m. EDT, October 18, 2020.
‘Do you want me to stop working?’ As Paris restaurants are ordered into new curfew, angry citizens hold street protest. Over a hundred protesters took to the streets of Paris to decry the new curfew introduced by President Macron to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete. “A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce. [Looks like you will soon be getting Claytronics Scientists Create Living Concrete.]
’From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture.’ Inspired by Charles Massy’s best-selling book “Call of the Reed Warbler”, filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.
Fitness influencer dies of Covid. He was early 30s, great shape, had wife and a few kids. Say something nice /pol/, is the virus not as deadly as it appears or is it actually quite dangerous considering it took out someone healthier than the average person?
Adam Milstein: “NY Post Twitter account with 1.8M followers has been frozen since Wednesday morning, October 14th. Twitter is refusing to unlock NY Post account unless the outlet deletes 6 tweets reporting the on 2020 Democratic nominee @JoeBiden’s son, Hunter Biden.”
Eric Feigl-Ding: “HOLY COW—"In a young, low-risk population with ongoing COVID-19 symptoms, almost 70% of individuals have impairment in 1 or more organs 4 months after initial symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” This is serious. It’s a young population too.”
Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame. COVID-19 is killing Asian Americans in the Bay Area. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how systemic racism is driving high death rates.
Protest against Covid-19 rules in Prague escalates into clashes with police. Czech riot police deployed tear gas, flashbang grenades, and a water cannon to disperse a crowd of protesters who refused to leave Prague’s Old Town Square after a rally against government measures to fight the coronavirus.
Google Cloud Joins Forces With EOS. Google is the first Silicon Valley giant to seek to become an EOS block producer. Through this new partnership, Google Cloud will work with Block one to enable new ways for its open-source community of developers to engage and build applications on EOS.
Practical Advice for Escaping a War-Torn City. One of the worst disaster scenarios would be to be trapped inside a war-torn city. Here are all of the things you should consider. [If your plan is to simply grab your backpack, hop in the car and take off for the border you will probably be rudely surprised, if you live that long.]
Disgust & applause after huge crowds swarm Liverpool ahead of ‘tier 3’ coronavirus lockdown. Street parties erupted in Liverpool hours before the city entered into a strict lockdown, prompting both condemnation and praise from Britons as new coronavirus restrictions polarize the country.
Astronaut requirements changing rapidly with private spaceflyers, long-duration missions. Being an astronaut of the 2020s will be completely different than it was for any astronaut that came before, a panel of spaceflyers told the virtual International Astronautical Congress Wednesday (Oct. 14).
Joshua Potash: “Wow so this morning the Brooklyn Housing Court woke up to its doors spray foamed and bike locked shut, and then this document was released in a telegram room. It looks like people are not tolerating evictions anymore.” [Awesome! Housing is for everyone, especially if you’re told your job no longer exists. Good for them.]
Pippa Malmgren Discusses America’s “Digital Civil War”, Social Unrest & The Black Vote. With politics playing so prominently into what’s been driving US markets lately, as investors (or the algos that trade on their behalf, at least) seemingly reacted to every comment out of Capitol Hill. [Are we in a digital war???]
Disintegration Fears Grow As Worsening Rifts and Fractures Spotted at Two of Antarctica’s Most Important Glaciers. Satellite imagery has revealed that two of the fastest-changing glaciers in Antarctica are fracturing and weakening faster than ever – the first step towards the glaciers disintegrating and causing sea levels to rise dramatically.
This is the WALL of toilet paper at Costco in Atlanta, GA. Apparently, they are stockpiling ahead of the second wave. “All other items were fully stocked from grains, beans, meats, produce, and supplements… even clothing.” Supply chain for toilet paper is tricky due to extremely low margins. They are stockpiling because shipping a half truck eliminates the profit. Also partly why there was a shortage and it took so long to get back filled.
”We’re out of Corn" - MSM blames COVID, Science reveals Diminishing Solar Activity is the cause. New scientific paper: “the mean temperature on the Canadian prairies has cooled down by 2C in the last 30 years”. [Be Selfish!!! Hoarding is a Myth!!! Hoarding is a myth, Hoarding myth is used so goverments can have someone to blame and not acknowledge that rationing must take place due to a break down in the supply chain.]
Some value for the group. The new Army Field Manual 7-22, which is the FM on physical fitness, is actually really good. Way more in depth than prior versions of FM 7-22 that I’ve read in the past…this one mentions things like periodization, Type 1 and Type 2 muscle fibers, even sleep and nutrition. Army is having common sense for a change. It’s approved for public release so free to download here if you guys want. [Thank you Captain.]
Richard Barrow in Thailand: “According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the telegram messaging app. This follows news that the anti-government protest organizers were using the app to communicate.” [To our Thailand based members learn how to use VPN’s now!!! Our Chinese Admins did it, so can you!!!]
NASA’s Osiris-Rex Benu to land on asteroid: Here’s what happens. The artist’s idea of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collects a sample from the asteroid Bennu. NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona NASA’s Osiris-Rex. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to TAG an Asteroid: 10 Things to Know About Bennu. NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018.
SpaceX just launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites and nailed rocket landing at sea. There’s more than 800 Starlink satellites in orbit now. SpaceX is one step closer to providing internet as it launches fourteenth fleet of Starlink satellites. SpaceX deployed the fourteenth fleet of Starlink satellites this morning. At around 8:25 a.m. EDT the five-times-flown Falcon 9 lifted off for its sixth flight from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Federal Crimes Uncovered In Biden Hard Drive | Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 78. In this episode of Common Sense, Rudy Giuliani, who was the trailblazer for RICO prosecutions in the 1980s, demonstrates how the thirty years of the Biden Family selling public office, and many other crimes, makes a perfect RICO case. [This is best summary. Remember before he was “America’s Mayor” he was America’s Prosecutor after cleaning up the East coast mob.]
Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr. It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election. It’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe.” Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election. That’s one way to rock the vote. An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election. [Funny how they refer to him as “celebrity scientist.” Honestly dislike this guy and the lies he peddles… him and Bill Nye.]
Cassandra Scarebanks: “4Chan Users Claim to Have Found Way to Easily Change People’s Voter Registration and Cancel Ballots Online in Oregon and Washington.” Matthew: “MAJOR VOTER FRAUD 4chan discovered a major bug in Oregon’s online voting system that allows anyone to change someones registration & vote. If you know someones Name & Date of Birth, you can change their vote.” "Actually no, this isn’t voting. It’s a sample digital ballot that you have to print out and return in person. Here’s the form they think is real.”
Meanwhile, in Thailand. Thousands defy emergency decree and transit shutdown as pro-democracy protests continue. Protesters took to the streets again on Sunday despite a government-declared state of emergency and shutdown of public transport in Thailand. On Saturday, demonstrators deployed various tactics to continue protesting with the rallies ending largely peacefully at night. The protesters are demanding monarchy reforms, amendments to the constitution to make the country more democratic and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who came to power through a military coup in 2015.
Utility lacked basic training before blackouts. When Pacific Gas & Electric cut power to large swaths of wildfire-prone Northern California last fall, few of the emergency personnel managing the blackouts for the nation’s largest utility had learned the fundamentals of managing an emergency in their home state. The utility entered 2019 planning to “de-energize” its aging electric grid during autumn windstorms, so that downed lines couldn’t spark a blaze. Yet among the hundreds of people who handled the blackouts from PG&E’s emergency operations center, only a handful had any training in the disaster response playbook that California has used for a generation, The Associated Press found.
Voter Fraud and how you can protect yourself. I’ve been looking into the mail-in ballot fraud and its redundancy checks are there for a reason!!! Yes, people are manipulating the system. Yes, if you log in via VPN you can request ballots over and over for different people with zero checks - even mail it - but upon second tier checks, it wont pass. Protect Yourself: check your mailbox - if you see some name in it you don’t know, report it. Better place a camera over mail box, mail fraud is a HUGE problem globally. 6 ways we could stop this kind of fraud from occurring: Use paper ballots to establish a backup record of each vote; outlaw any kind of internet voting — for now; verify election results; crosscheck voter registrations nationwide to weed out duplicates; make voting by mail more secure; spend more to make elections trustworthy.
10 newly-discovered asteroids within 1 lunar distance in 10 days. 10 newly-discovered asteroids with a close approach within 1 lunar distance (<1LD asteroid) were discovered from October 12 to 18, 2020, marking a significant increase in detection and flybys of asteroids within 1 lunar distance in such a short period of time. 9 newly-discovered asteroid flybys were detected from October 15 to 18. Over the next 3 days (October 18 - 21), 5 newly-discovered asteroids will fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance. From October 1 to 18, our sky surveys have detected 12 <1LD asteroids, tying the month with September 12 days before the end of the month. There are now 84 known asteroids to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, including 2020 SO on December 1. 2020 now has now surpassed 2019 by 7 <1LD asteroids and holds the record for the closest asteroid flyby.
The Phenomenon (2020 film) The film features interviews with Former Senate Majority leader Harry Reid,Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta, former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Christopher Mellon, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, ufologist Jacques Vallee, and journalist Leslie Kean. In the film, Reid is asked about other evidence and replies, “I’m saying most of it hasn’t seen the light of day.” Richard J Boylan: “UFO reports are collected officially by Admiral Kelly Aeschbach, Cmdr., Office of Naval Intelligence. Naval Intelligence runs Area 51 (Groom Lake Nat’l Laboratory) and its satellite, S-4 (Papoose Lake Nat’l Laboratory. That’s why Bob Lazar’s ID said he worked for the Navy Dept.” HuffPost: “There’s more than one up there,” the former Senate majority leader says in the new UFO documentary “The Phenomenon.” Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies: “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/18/2020 SCU Livestream, 10/21/2020 “Time Travel, Hominid Evolution, and the UFO Phenomenon.”
Chinese forces prepare for possible military invasion of Taiwan. Beijing is replacing its old DF-11s and DF-15s and deploying its most advanced hypersonic missile DF-17 in the southeast coast, amid heightened tensions between China and the US. According to the sources, Beijing is replacing its old DF-11s and DF-15s and deploying its most advanced hypersonic missile DF-17 in the region. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” remarked the anonymous source quoted by SCMP. China Threatens to Detain Americans if U.S. Prosecutes Chinese Scholars. American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud. “The arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military.” China warns it will take Americans hostage if US doesn’t drop charges against Chinese research scientists. China has warned the US it will take Americans hostage if they don’t release detained Chinese research scientists.
’Classified knots’: Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information. In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new methods of distributing secret cryptographic keys—used to encrypt and decrypt data, ensure secure communication and protect private information. The group recently published their findings in Nature Communications. “This is fundamentally important, in particular from a topology-focused perspective, since framed knots provide a platform for topological quantum computations,” explained senior author, Professor Ebrahim Karimi, Canada Research Chair in Structured Light at the University of Ottawa. “In addition, we used these non-trivial optical structures as information carriers and developed a security protocol for classical communication where information is encoded within these framed knots.”
Why your kids NEED Starman suits. Children’s Starman suits/SpaceX astronaut suits - available for kids to spark imagination and play for children. [Wizards are made, not born. Always encourage and stroke the genius inside. Start them on the Blue pathway early on. Project Macak. TESLA’S CAT. Nikola Tesla’s favorite childhood companion] was the family’s black cat, Macak. Macak followed young Nikola everywhere, and they spent many happy hours rolling on the grass. It was Macak the cat who introduced Tesla to electricity on a dry winter evening. “As I stroked Macak’s back,” he recalled, “I saw a miracle that made me speechless with amazement. Macak’s back was a sheet of light and my hand produced a shower of sparks loud enough to be heard all over the house.” Curious, he asked his father what caused the sparks. Puzzled at first, [his father] finally answered, “Well, this is nothing but electricity, the same thing you see through the trees in a storm.” His father’s answer, equating the sparks with lightning, fascinated the young boy. As Tesla continued to stroke Macak, he began to wonder, “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” he concluded. - W. Bernard Carlson, Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. “Is nature a gigantic cat? If so, who strokes its back? It can only be God,” Tesla concluded. What can we learn about parenting through Tesla’s asking about Macak? We can see how replying to a question in a way that inspires a child’s creativity could be what sparks the genius inside. Many parents ignore their kids or consider their kids’ questions annoying. Don’t be that type of person… Most people are not aware that the Nolan brothers paid tribute to Tesla’s cat Macak in the film The Prestige. Watch closely… Teach your kids about Macak. Carry on the tradition. Macak is one of the earliest lessons, Parents and children in the Black World of Technology learn. It’s on the same level as Flight of Dragons. Keep the little Wizards ahead of the curve.
SpaceWatch GL Opinion: Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective. As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Journal 30. In recent years, Space operations have developed into a remarkable field of strategic interest for technologically advanced nations and military activities. In particular, the discussions surrounding Space functions has increased significantly, as has the awareness of the dependence on Space by NATO member countries. It is commonly accepted in the NATO operational environment that Space is a valuable resource, available for military activities and it’s a domain which must be preserved against possible intrusions aimed at preventing and limiting the use of assets on-orbit. One of the highest priorities for NATO is Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR). The importance of JISR was reconfirmed at the 2014 and 2016 Summits held in Newport (Wales) and Warsaw (Poland), respectively, and implemented in exercise Unified Vision in 2018. One of the most important and crucial aspects in NATO operations is to have Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) products that are actionable and verified by combining multiple sources. Among the various sources of intelligence available, some of the most effective means of data collection come from Space, in which ISR assets gather information to support operational commanders at all levels. In the Space domain, the next challenge of ISR is to enhance the awareness of Space-based assets and their limitations, optimizing the coordination among NATO nations and personnel training.
Is it public knowledge in this channel that Covid is neuroinfectious? Alex Dunlap: “Once in the brain, SARS-CoV spread rapidly, causing widespread nerve damage that led to the animals’ death. A few years later the scientists replicated the work with the coronavirus that causes MERS. In both studies, the virus showed a preference for neurons in certain areas, including the brainstem, which is involved in regulating involuntary respiration. And like it its genetic cousin, SARS-CoV-2 also uses ACE2 as a molecular doorway into human cells.” We’ve been citing the long term damage potentials from before the pandemic declaration. Step back in time. Good, just checking. Staggering number of people still don’t know. I’ve studied neuroinfectious disease for a decade. “Glymphatic system. The lymph-like system that removes waste from the brain.” Highly recommend reading Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash to anyone interested in ancient history related to this particular subject. How does that book relate to this? I read that a decade ago or more. Do you remember them talking about Enki? The book is known for a ~50 page section near the middle that seemingly has little to do with the core plot. I’ll have to go back and re-read. At the time that name would have had no meaning to adhere to. Ohhhh man. I cannot wait to hear how it goes. The book revolves around a historical conflict between a goddess cult and Enki over language itself, and the reassumption of these weapons of control by men in the modern world who have tracked down the historical artifacts from the last conflict. The book revolves around a historical conflict between a goddess cult and Enki over language itself, and the reassumption of these weapons of control by men in the modern world who have tracked down the historical artifacts from the last conflict. I’m pretty sure the Foundation trilogy by Asimov is a metaphor for anti-Diluvean civilization and its eventual return. So who are the humans protected from this in the design of this virus…what part of the population do they want to keep, that won’t be susceptible, is it blood type? A genetic lineage? Do we know? Isn’t there truth to the negative blood type theory about the elite? They themselves (elite, politicians, etc) obviously are protected (antidote?). Frightening to imagine the next few years. What actionable intelligence can we uncover to protect our brains…there must be some way to redirect the virus from the Ace2 receptors…plants, herbs, frequency? We need to figure it out fast. Can’t wait til we learn more about the 9 societies! Really want to know who is who. Who can we trust. This disclosure group rocks! The stuff I linked about zinc and ionophore not only works on corona but would have worked on polio and many other virus. Any human intelligent enough to look at the data and draw their own conclusions. If you’re a sheep who blindly follows the TV - go ahead let Disney (media) run you off a cliff just to sell a story…same as lemmings. I will search for your link, it must not be too far back. No sheep here! Found it fast by searching Ionophore. Now to research and source that… haven’t heard of it yet. Thanks!
Your Guide to the Great Reset. You’ve all heard by now that The Great Reset is upon us. But what is The Great Reset, exactly, and what does it mean for the future of humanity? Raoul Pal: “Important Thread: If you don’t think Central Bank Digital Currencies are coming, you are missing the big and important picture. This is going to be the biggest overhaul of the global financial system since Bretton Woods. Talking of Bretton Woods, this IMF article alludes to a huge change coming but lacks real clarity outside of allowing much more fiscal stimulus via monetary mechanisms. And tomorrow, the IMF holds a conference on digital currencies and cross-border payment systems. But it’s not just the IMF. This was first floated by Mark Carney at the Bank of England over a year ago and set the course for a new system. His big idea is a move away from the dollar, using CB digital currencies so its affects on world trade, flows and debts was not so pronounced. The ECB weighed in many times in the last year but the latest is clear - CBDC’s are coming… and soon. Next up was the regulatory changes in the US, allowing for bank custody of digital assets, especially bitcoin. i.e the acceptance that digital assets are not going away and in fact are the future. And recently the Cleveland ref added their thoughts. On Monday, Jay Powell gives his input on central bank digital currencies at the IMF talk listed above. Central Bank digital currencies are coming and they will change everything… They are coming under stealth of X-border payments but it means so much more… They allow the CB’s to circumvent the banking and fiscal system and give or take money (tax or transfer payments) directly. That completely changes monetary vs fiscal policy for ever. CB’s will now be able to manage fiscal policy, outside of governments balance sheets. They can give, for example, restaurant owners a direct payments for stimulus whilst at the same time, charging negative interest rates on larger savers. They can create direct tax payments too, in the rails of the payments system. No more IRS? Multi-interest rates set centrally will be the norm. No one needs to allow the banks to set interest rates based on capital availability or risks. CB’s can now create a defined cost of capital to whomever they please (if they get the powers by the Governments, which will come). Don’t forget, it absolves any spending responsibility in a crisis from governments and after 2008 and 2020, they are desperate for it. It also will push behavioural economics to the forefront based on big data and real time activity data. CB’s can now create incentives directly as rewards, or punishments. They can affect human behaviour in a way that is much less blunt than traditional monetary and fiscal policy. There are enormous downsides and there are enormous upsides too too all of this. Many will say it’s taking even more freedoms away and in someways it is. It also gives those disadvantaged by lack of available capital a better chance - a key problem. Right now it has to be via debt at punitive rates but this changes all of that. Poor can get direct transfer payments with the debt in the CB balance sheet. Its the key step towards UBI, which too is good and bad… And the reality is we don’t really have any freedoms from governments or central banks if we operate in the main system (i.e. ex-gold and bitcoin) and the big tech firms already have perfected behavioural economics as a way of changing human behaviour. BUT, the key part here outside of a totally revolutionary way to collect taxes, give incentives and overhaul the entire system is an implicit agreement at IMF level that central banks can run unlimited balances sheets if they combine forces… The move eventually (in late say 3 to 5 years) away from the dollar towards a basket of currencies (the LIBRA idea, which was the lightbulb moment), then they can all agree to increase balance sheets together to avoid single countries getting penalised via FX. Again, there will be huge benefits to the new system but it can only mean a further debasement of the ENTIRE fiat currency system. Can it create structural inflation? I don’t know (Im sure the debate will be HUGE) but I doubt it due to secular pressures but… Fiat globally will be worth less versus hard assets. And that means that gold and in particular Bitcoin will become THE way to circumvent the system of ever lower value. It also create incentives systems for other nations to opt into a hard currency system to attract capital. This paves the way for global regulatory arbitrage. Yes, there is a chance that CB’s will try to suppress Bitcoin in the further future but much like suppressing gold, it is highly unlikely to work due to the incentive value of owning it. In the end, we have lived with gold as an opt-out for millennia and we will live with Bitcoin too. Im not concerned and its a story for another day. Right now, the positive impact on Bitcoin and gold is extraordinary. Regulation globally is opening up to acceptance. This is bad news for the banks who are about to be attacked by CB’s, FinTech and Crypto. The are losing their role in the financial system over time. Short the banks, long bitcoin (as A Pompliano) ikes to say. And he is dead right. The Wall of Money is coming. Bitcoin is protection as a pristine reserve asset. Bitcoin is freedom. Bitcoin is future value and bitcoin is THE future. Everything is changing and its changing fast. I’m irresponsibly long and its seeming more and more responsible by the day. Bitcoin is your way out…THE store of value and their will be ease of use rails… I hear this from many but the time for release is approaching in next 3 years, I think. Well the two worlds have collided so macro guys have to get up to speed on digital assets and digital asset people on macro… we all have a lot of learning to do.”
TOO MUCH BITCHING AND BICKERING TODAY!!! Read below. We are here to help each other.
How to answer questions in a helpful way
Your coworker asks you a slightly unclear question. How do you answer? I think asking questions is a skill (see How to ask good questions) and that answering questions in a helpful way is also a skill! Both of them are super useful.
To start out with – sometimes the people asking you questions don’t respect your time, and that sucks. I’m assuming here throughout that that’s not what happening – we’re going to assume that the person asking you questions is a reasonable person who is trying their best to figure something out and that you want to help them out. Everyone I work with is like that and so that’s the world I live in
Here are a few strategies for answering questions in a helpful way!
If they’re not asking clearly, help them clarify
Often beginners don’t ask clear questions, or ask questions that don’t have the necessary information to answer the questions. Here are some strategies you can use to help them clarify.
- Rephrase a more specific question back at them (“Are you asking X?”)
- Ask them for more specific information they didn’t provide (“are you using IPv6?”)
- Ask what prompted their question. For example, sometimes people come into my team’s channel with questions about how our service discovery works. Usually this is because they’re trying to set up/reconfigure a service. In that case it’s helpful to ask “which service are you working with? Can I see the pull request you’re working on?”
A lot of these strategies come from the how to ask good questions post. (though I would never say to someone “oh you need to read this Document On How To Ask Good Questions before asking me a question”)
Figure out what they know already
Before answering a question, it’s very useful to know what the person knows already!
Harold Treen gave me a great example of this:
Someone asked me the other day to explain “Redux Sagas”. Rather than dive in and say “They are like worker threads that listen for actions and let you update the store!” I started figuring out how much they knew about Redux, actions, the store and all these other fundamental concepts. From there it was easier to explain the concept that ties those other concepts together.
Figuring out what your question-asker knows already is important because they may be confused about fundamental concepts (“What’s Redux?”), or they may be an expert who’s getting at a subtle corner case. An answer building on concepts they don’t know is confusing, and an answer that recaps things they know is tedious.
One useful trick for asking what people know – instead of “Do you know X?”, maybe try “How familiar are you with X?”.
Point them to the documentation
“RTFM” is the classic unhelpful answer to a question, but pointing someone to a specific piece of documentation can actually be really helpful! When I’m asking a question, I’d honestly rather be pointed to documentation that actually answers my question, because it’s likely to answer other questions I have too.
I think it’s important here to make sure you’re linking to documentation that actually answers the question, or at least check in afterwards to make sure it helped. Otherwise you can end up with this (pretty common) situation:
- Ali: How do I do X?
- Ali: That doesn’t actually explain how to X, it only explains Y!
If the documentation I’m linking to is very long, I like to point out the specific part of the documentation I’m talking about. The bash man page is 44,000 words (really!), so just saying “it’s in the bash man page” is not that helpful
Point them to a useful search
Often I find things at work by searching for some Specific Keyword that I know will find me the answer. That keyword might not be obvious to a beginner! So saying “this is the search I’d use to find the answer to that question” can be useful. Again, check in afterwards to make sure the search actually gets them the answer they need
Write new documentation
People often come and ask my team the same questions over and over again. This is obviously not the fault of the people (how should they know that 10 people have asked this already, or what the answer is?). So we’re trying to, instead of answering the questions directly,
- Immediately write documentation
- Point the person to the new documentation we just wrote
Writing documentation sometimes takes more time than just answering the question, but it’s often worth it! Writing documentation is especially worth it if:
a. It’s a question which is being asked again and again b. The answer doesn’t change too much over time (if the answer changes every week or month, the documentation will just get out of date and be frustrating)
Explain what you did
As a beginner to a subject, it’s really frustrating to have an exchange like this:
- New person: “hey how do you do X?”
- More Experienced Person: “I did it, it is done.”
- New person: …… but what did you DO?!
If the person asking you is trying to learn how things work, it’s helpful to:
- Walk them through how to accomplish a task instead of doing it yourself
- Tell them the steps for how you got the answer you gave them!
This might take longer than doing it yourself, but it’s a learning opportunity for the person who asked, so that they’ll be better equipped to solve such problems in the future.
Then you can have WAY better exchanges, like this:
- New person: “I’m seeing errors on the site, what’s happening?”
- More Experienced Person: (2 minutes later) “oh that’s because there’s a database failover happening”
- New person: how did you know that??!?!?
- More Experienced Person: “Here’s what I did!”:
- Often these errors are due to Service Y being down. I looked at $PLACE and it said Service Y was up. So that wasn’t it.
- Then I looked at dashboard X, and this part of that dashboard showed there was a database failover happening.
- Then I looked in the logs for the service and it showed errors connecting to the database, here’s what those errors look like.
If you’re explaining how you debugged a problem, it’s useful both to explain how you found out what the problem was, and how you found out what the problem wasn’t. While it might feel good to look like you knew the answer right off the top of your head, it feels even better to help someone improve at learning and diagnosis, and understand the resources available.
Solve the underlying problem
This one is a bit tricky. Sometimes people think they’ve got the right path to a solution, and they just need one more piece of information to implement that solution. But they might not be quite on the right path! For example:
- George: I’m doing X, and I got this error, how do I fix it
- Jasminda: Are you actually trying to do Y? If so, you shouldn’t do X, you should do Z instead
- George: Oh, you’re right!!! Thank you! I will do Z instead.
Jasminda didn’t answer George’s question at all! Instead she guessed that George didn’t actually want to be doing X, and she was right. That is helpful!
It’s possible to do this in a condescending way though, like:
- George: I’m doing X, and I got this error, how do I fix it?
- Jasminda: Don’t do that, you’re trying to do Y and you should do Z to accomplish that instead.
- George: Well, I am not trying to do Y, I actually want to do X because REASONS. How do I do X?
So don’t be condescending, and remember that the person asking may actually want to do X for reasons that you don’t know about! It might be appropriate to answer both the question they asked and the one you think they might need the answer to instead: “Well, if you want to do X then you might try this, but if you’re trying to solve problem Y with that, you might have better luck doing this other thing, and here’s why that’ll work better”.
Ask “Did that answer your question?”
I always like to check in after I think I’ve answered the question and ask “did that answer your question? Do you have more questions?”.
It’s good to pause and wait after asking this because often people need a minute or two to know whether or not they’ve figured out the answer. I especially find this extra “did this answer your questions?” step helpful after writing documentation! Often when writing documentation about something I know well I’ll leave out something very important without realizing it.
Offer to pair program/chat in real life
I work remote, so many of my conversations at work are text-based. I think of that as the default mode of communication.
Today, we live in a world of easy video conferencing & screensharing! At work I can at any time click a button and immediately be in a video call/screensharing session with someone. Some problems are easier to talk about using your voices!
For example, recently someone was asking about capacity planning/autoscaling for their service. I could tell there were a few things we needed to clear up but I wasn’t exactly sure what they were yet. We got on a quick video call and 5 minutes later we’d answered all their questions.
I think especially if someone is really stuck on how to get started on a task, pair programming for a few minutes can really help, and it can be a lot more efficient than email/instant messaging.
Don’t act surprised.
This one’s a rule from the Recurse Center: no feigning surprise. Here’s a relatively common scenario
- Human 1: “what’s the Linux kernel?”
- Human 2: “you don’t know what the LINUX KERNEL is???”
Human 2’s reaction (regardless of whether they’re actually surprised or not) is not very helpful. It mostly just serves to make Human 1 feel bad that they don’t know what the Linux kernel is. I’ve worked on actually pretending not to be surprised even when I actually am a bit surprised the person doesn’t know the thing and it’s awesome. Answering questions well is awesome. Obviously not all these strategies are appropriate all the time, but hopefully you will find some of them helpful! I find taking the time to answer questions and teach people can be really rewarding.
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