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Respect: Deathstroke (DC Rebirth)

Deathstroke The Terminator aka Slade Wilson is a DC Comics comic book character that has been around since 1980.
This respect thread which may be updated in the future, will be about the "DC Rebirth" version of Deathstroke, which has been the main version/Earth 0 version of the character since he was more or less rebooted back in 2016.
The main writer of this Deathstroke is Christopher Priest which is why this Deathstroke may be known as "Prieststroke". Christopher Priest is virtually the Word of God when it comes to this Deathstroke, and he has a site specifically dedicated to this Deathstroke: http://lamerciepark.com/comics/deathstroke/
Most quotations will be from that site, and I recommend reading it for the best intro into the series and an understanding of this Deathstroke.
Also for an idea of how this Deathstroke is meant to look, This is Deathstroke's Rebirth Design version 1.1.
Now, Who is DC Rebirth's Deathstroke?:
He is not a mercenary, profesional soldier, military subcontractor or any other clever euphemism used to round the edges off of his description. Deathstroke kills people for money. Lots of money. He spends a great deal of that money on a virtual army of lawyers who expertly prevent police and/or covert entities from ever positively proving Lt. Colonel Slade Wilson (Ret.) and Deathstroke are, in fact, one and the same.
Physically;
Deathstroke is approximately 55 years of age but appears to be 20 years younger due to the tissue regeneration caused by his rapid healing power. He is 6'4", taller than Superman or Batman, (and very intimidating). Slade is an extremely cool customer, much like the first act or so of the Michael Mann-Tom Cruise film Collateral. He occasionally wears sunglasses so the eye patch (a stick-on white patch) isn’t necessarily seen. It is very difficult to get Deathstroke to lose his temper.
Mentally;
Deathstroke is an emotional cripple along the lines of Hugh Laurie's House M.D., a guy who desperately loves and desires to be close to his children, but is too emotionally damaged to ever achieve that. He was a terrible father and is now haunted by a lot of poor choices made with his wife Adeline and his boys, especially.
So
The only people he actually talks to are his longtime partner Major William Randolph Wintergreen, British SAS (Ret.), his kids and his ex-wife. Wintergreen, approximately 65, is a reluctant partner who has ethical conflicts about DS's line of work. Other than that, Deathstroke is (in my version) much more laconic than as he's traditionally been portrayed. He trusts no one, thinks most everyone is an idiot, speaks only when absolutely necessary.
Also
Deathstroke works for himself, is suspicious of all governments (especially ours). You hire him by posting an offer on the Dark Web along with a six-figure deposit in untraceable Bitcoin.
Deathstroke's basic powers are:
Enhanced Strength: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Enhanced Reflexes: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Note* Christopher Priest has written Captain America before (The Captain America and Falcon series if i recall), so what his Captain America did may be usable for his Deathstroke. Also YMMV is "Your Milleage May Vary", which means basically it may be different in your view.
Deathstroke also has
Enhanced Intellect: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. We no longer say Deathstroke uses "90% of his brain capacity." If Deathstroke used 90% of his brain capacity, he'd be Charles Xavier. Now we just say he's really, really smart. Deathstroke is probably the smartest guy in the DC Universe. He is easily the equal of Batman in terms of strategic planning. Deathstroke's intellect is deadlier than his sword. He typically out-thinks and out-strategizes everybody in the book. He is a keen observer and expert detective. He usually has several balls in the air at one time.
And
Rapid Healing: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. Deathstroke's rapid healing clots blood in seconds and seals wounds in minutes. The time it takes for full healing depends upon the wound: a bee sting, maybe a couple seconds. A gunshot wound: a few hours. It depends on the complexity of the knitting process, how much tissue needs to be regenerated and other factors. It is not an instant process. Deathstroke's rapid healing cannot regenerate organs. It can heal organs, but, for example, it won't regenerate a liver if a bad guy rips his out. Therefore, his rapid healing power did not simply create a new eye (or, in the case of Marvel's over-the-top Deathstroke parody Deadpool, grow a new hand). Deathstroke experiences pain like anyone else. Just because he has rapid healing doesn't mean he'd just sit around and let people gut him with swords. This is why he wears a protective uniform.. Deathstroke experiences trauma like anyone else and is capable of going into traumatic shock from injury. If he does not allow his rapid healing process to properly close a wound, Deathstroke can bleed out and die just like anyone else.
This all as Dr. Villain has explained comes from a dormant Metagene that after being activated in an experiment "literally evolved his brain." Meaning Deathstroke is actually a Dormant Meta-Human. His evolved brain means Deathstroke can "Access his brain functions on a cellular scale--Enabling Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength and Reflexes.", and just in case you are not aware; Deathstroke lost his right eye due to his (Now Ex) Wife shooting him in the back of the head. Anyway Deathstroke is genetically enhanced with Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength, Reflexes and intellect, and being Half blind is said to have only made him more dangerous.
By the way: Yes. Deathstroke is stronger and faster than Batman, as he has directly told Batman.
Anyway, Deathstroke has been known as a decorated war hero, devoted husband, loving father, relentless warrior, prisoner of war, and the world's deadliest assassin. He's also been called "the most ruthlessly efficient killer alive", "the best informed and most prepared assassin on the planet", "one of the most dangerous men on the planet", "the terrifying master assassin", the absolute best asssassin, and "the deadliest man alive".
And Deathstroke's major background info has been summarized here. It's also been summarized again by The Riddler and again by Black Mask.

Deathstroke's Gear:

Deathstroke's standard gear:
  • His Promethium Broadsword aka The Deathstroke
  • His Titanium Staff
  • His Ikon Suit Prototype
  • His Glock 19
  • His combat belt
and
  • His knife
Also it has recently been explained that Deathstroke's mask is lined with Encephalitic filters. This prevents the mind control and even the new amped up telepathy of Jericho.
Make sure to check out this link for more information on Deathstroke's gear: https://www.reddit.com/useTheTrueDeathSkeleton/comments/eeurec/respect_deathstrokes_dc_rebirth_gea?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
This thread is huge so I had to put them in a different one. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Deathstroke Feats:

STRENGTH FEATS
Striking:
Other:
Limits:
  • Can't lift a Car over his head.
SPEED FEATS
Reaction/Combat:
Other:
INTELLIGENCE FEATS
Combat Strategy/Intelligence:
Other:
SKILL FEATS
Combat Skill:
Other:
DURABILITY FEATS (Non Ikon Suit)
Unarmored/Virtually Unarmored:
Limits:
"Deathstroke Classic" which has Promethium Chain Mail that absorbs energy (Note his mask doesn't really offer much to any protection):
Limits:
Endurance:
RAPID HEALING FEATS
Other:
RESOURCES FEATS
Hosun (Deathstroke's sometime tech guy):
Wintergreen (Deathstroke's best friend and virtual conscience):
Prep only:
Other:

MISC:

Some stuff on Deathstroke's mentality:
The 2016 Deathstroke comic book series has concluded and Christopher Priest has finished his Deathstroke series, so, this is likely the end of this respect thread for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, The Legend Continues..
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Starbucks MLM Scam?

Hey and thanks for your help. I've told this story to about a dozen people and we all feel like it was a scam of some kind but there was a new development just yesterday. Sorry for the length and possible typos. Please ask questions if you have any.
BACKGROUND
So I work for myself while also going to school. I spend a lot of time at coffee shops for the caffeine, internet, and uncomfortable chairs (it helps me study for some reason). I like to reward myself for a completion of an assignment by doing word jumbles and crosswords–I'm weird.
FIRST ENCOUNTER
So about a year ago I was approach by a guy–let's call him Jason. Jason was well dressed, very business casual, carrying a laptop that he never actually opened or used in anyway. Jason commented on my word jumble, "wow that was really fast." I say thanks and that I do them a lot. He starts asking what I do for a living and such and I explain. He goes on about how he works a tech job but wants to move toward some passive income. He uses this phrase, "I believe the world brings people together for a specific reason." I'm genuinely interested in passive income investments but I don't have time to listen to him. I apologize and tell him that it sounds interesting but I don't have time, i've got to get back to work. I put my headphones on and just kind of ignore him.
SECOND ENCOUNTER
Fast forward 6 months and at a different Starbucks he approaches me. Same kind of speech but I don't have a word jumble or crossword in front of me. He just sort of comments on my work and asks what I'm going to school for. I recognize him but I can tell he doesn't remember me at all. We chat for like 15 minutes about nothing really but he does use the phrase again, "I believe the world brings people together for specific reasons.". He offers to buy me coffee and I'm thinking to myself this will make a good storry one day. We chat more about his passive income stuff and how he has a mentor that showed him the way to creating wealth and how he doesn't have a lot of people to talk to about this stuff. –HOL' UP- did he just say he doesn't have friends? Is that what he said? While I don't consider myself to be an extroverted person one thing that has always made me really sad is when people don't have people in their lives. It's my self-interest kryptonite and I give in to his request for us to maybe do another coffee date.
When I get home I tell my fiancee about the interaction. She's adamant that this is a scam but that if I need to see it through–go for it. I know in my mind that it is but I'm just not sure. What if he's super lonely and just needs a friend? What if he's being scammed by this mentor and doesn't know it?
THE COFFEE DATE
Two weeks go by and we finally find a Saturday to meet up. Normal conversation I ask about where he's from and how he ended up in tech, blah, blah, blah. He starts with the mentor thing again. I ask more about it and he starts tip toeing around the subject. Won't give me an answer about how he met this mentor and what kind of business it is. I ask if it's real estate, gold, stock market, MLM? He doesn't give me an answer but insists that I should meet this mentor. Keeps mentioning how the mentor doesn't work anymore and retired at 30 with 2 kids and a wife, travels the world, and doesn't want for anything. I get blunt and I ask, "what are you looking for out of me?" and I sense his nervousness
Jason: Well, you just seemed like the kind of person that liked this stuff?
DeeESSmuddafuqqa: What kind of stuff?
J: finding value in meeting people that connect people towards their full potential
D: what does that mean tho? who is this mentor?
J: he's a very private person. he doesn't just meet with anyone. I still would like you for you to meet him but you seem uninterested. do you not value learning more about him?
D: Not really. I just thought you needed someone. I've made a lot of mistakes in pushing people away that needed someone to talk too and it haunts me. I didn't want you to be one of those people. [I'm using a very stern voice at this point]
J: [chuckles] no I have tons of friends. I just know the world brings people together for specific reaso–....
D: [abrubtply cut him off] alright that it. you don't remember me but you've given me this same speech now before. what is this? is this some type of a gimmick or scam? You met me a year ago and gave me this "I believe the world brings people together" thing so obviously you're going from starbucks to starbucks trying to recruit people for something. what is it?
J: I'm sorry I really don't remember meeting you before. Which starbucks was it?
D: The one near Safeway and Petco off of El Camino Real.
J: I'm sorry I don't usually go over there but maybe I did. I'm really sorry.
D: it's cool man. I'm just not interested in the business of whatever it is you're doing. not only do I not trust the validity of it but I just don't have the time. sorry dude. have a great weekend [walk away]
He send me a text apologizing and I just respond back that I think it's a little shady but that I'm not interested. And I don't hear back
SURPRISE ENCOUNTER
So I'm at a Starbucks. This is a completely different one from the first, second and third ones in this story. I settle in to study some Microbiology and Organic Chemistry–yaaaaaaaaay! :( I start listening to music and I hear a muffled:
J: Hey!
D: [surprised but cordial] Hey dude! How are yo–
J: I just needed to come over and get something off my chest.
D: Uh....okay
J: It's not fair of you to act like my business isn't legitimate. My bitcoin and real estate opportunities are great and you have no right to insist that I'm some con artist trying to scam people. I'm offended and needed to come over and say tha–
D: [put headphones on] that's cool dude, have a nice night :)
ANOTHER?
So yesterday, I'm at my usual Sbux doing the usual stuff. I'm listening to music and this guy comments on my headphones. I see a couple regulars but this isn't someone I've ever seen before. I explain to him that they were a gift and that they look cool but their performance isn't great (you can probably guess the brand). He asks what headphones I would get for myself and I start going on and on about headphone brands (I used to make hip hop beats and became very familiar with equipment). He goes on and on about how knowledgable I am and then states...
"Hey so I have this belief that the world brings people together for a reason."
I probably went pale in the face but I realize, he's also well dressed, carrying a laptop that he's never used or opened. I immediately just said, "i'm not interested" and put my headphones on. He gets up and walks away and I haven't seen him since.
CONCLUSION/QUESTION
So I guess I'm not sure if this was a scam or not but I'm interested in hearing if other people have had situations like this. What are these people doing? Is it some organization or some MLM scheme? Is this something you've seen/heard? Is it just a freak coincidence?
TL;DR: Approached at multiple starbucks by a guy offering to have me meet his "mentor" but won't tell me what kind of business his mentor is in. Uses the phrase, "I believe the world brings people together for a reason."
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Approached at Starbucks Scam?

Hey and thanks for your help. I've told this story to about a dozen people and we all feel like it was a scam of some kind but there was a new development just yesterday. Sorry for the length and possible typos. Please ask questions if you have any.
BACKGROUND
So I work for myself while also going to school. I spend a lot of time at coffee shops for the caffeine, internet, and uncomfortable chairs (it helps me study for some reason). I like to reward myself for a completion of an assignment by doing word jumbles and crosswords–I'm weird.
FIRST ENCOUNTER
So about a year ago I was approach by a guy–let's call him Jason. Jason was well dressed, very business casual, carrying a laptop that he never actually opened or used in anyway. Jason commented on my word jumble, "wow that was really fast." I say thanks and that I do them a lot. He starts asking what I do for a living and such and I explain. He goes on about how he works a tech job but wants to move toward some passive income. He uses this phrase, "I believe the world brings people together for a specific reason." I'm genuinely interested in passive income investments but I don't have time to listen to him. I apologize and tell him that it sounds interesting but I don't have time, i've got to get back to work. I put my headphones on and just kind of ignore him.
SECOND ENCOUNTER
Fast forward 6 months and at a different Starbucks he approaches me. Same kind of speech but I don't have a word jumble or crossword in front of me. He just sort of comments on my work and asks what I'm going to school for. I recognize him but I can tell he doesn't remember me at all. We chat for like 15 minutes about nothing really but he does use the phrase again, "I believe the world brings people together for specific reasons.". He offers to buy me coffee and I'm thinking to myself this will make a good storry one day. We chat more about his passive income stuff and how he has a mentor that showed him the way to creating wealth and how he doesn't have a lot of people to talk to about this stuff. –HOL' UP- did he just say he doesn't have friends? Is that what he said? While I don't consider myself to be an extroverted person one thing that has always made me really sad is when people don't have people in their lives. It's my self-interest kryptonite and I give in to his request for us to maybe do another coffee date.
When I get home I tell my fiancee about the interaction. She's adamant that this is a scam but that if I need to see it through–go for it. I know in my mind that it is but I'm just not sure. What if he's super lonely and just needs a friend? What if he's being scammed by this mentor and doesn't know it?
THE COFFEE DATE
Two weeks go by and we finally find a Saturday to meet up. Normal conversation I ask about where he's from and how he ended up in tech, blah, blah, blah. He starts with the mentor thing again. I ask more about it and he starts tip toeing around the subject. Won't give me an answer about how he met this mentor and what kind of business it is. I ask if it's real estate, gold, stock market, MLM? He doesn't give me an answer but insists that I should meet this mentor. Keeps mentioning how the mentor doesn't work anymore and retired at 30 with 2 kids and a wife, travels the world, and doesn't want for anything. I get blunt and I ask, "what are you looking for out of me?" and I sense his nervousness
Jason: Well, you just seemed like the kind of person that liked this stuff?
DeeESSmuddafuqqa: What kind of stuff?
J: finding value in meeting people that connect people towards their full potential
D: what does that mean tho? who is this mentor?
J: he's a very private person. he doesn't just meet with anyone. I still would like you for you to meet him but you seem uninterested. do you not value learning more about him?
D: Not really. I just thought you needed someone. I've made a lot of mistakes in pushing people away that needed someone to talk too and it haunts me. I didn't want you to be one of those people. [I'm using a very stern voice at this point]
J: [chuckles] no I have tons of friends. I just know the world brings people together for specific reaso–....
D: [abrubtply cut him off] alright that it. you don't remember me but you've given me this same speech now before. what is this? is this some type of a gimmick or scam? You met me a year ago and gave me this "I believe the world brings people together" thing so obviously you're going from starbucks to starbucks trying to recruit people for something. what is it?
J: I'm sorry I really don't remember meeting you before. Which starbucks was it?
D: The one near Safeway and Petco off of El Camino Real.
J: I'm sorry I don't usually go over there but maybe I did. I'm really sorry.
D: it's cool man. I'm just not interested in the business of whatever it is you're doing. not only do I not trust the validity of it but I just don't have the time. sorry dude. have a great weekend [walk away]
He send me a text apologizing and I just respond back that I think it's a little shady but that I'm not interested. And I don't hear back
SURPRISE ENCOUNTER
So I'm at a Starbucks. This is a completely different one from the first, second and third ones in this story. I settle in to study some Microbiology and Organic Chemistry–yaaaaaaaaay! :( I start listening to music and I hear a muffled:
J: Hey!
D: [surprised but cordial] Hey dude! How are yo–
J: I just needed to come over and get something off my chest.
D: Uh....okay
J: It's not fair of you to act like my business isn't legitimate. My bitcoin and real estate opportunities are great and you have no right to insist that I'm some con artist trying to scam people. I'm offended and needed to come over and say tha–
D: [put headphones on] that's cool dude, have a nice night :)
ANOTHER?
So yesterday, I'm at my usual Sbux doing the usual stuff. I'm listening to music and this guy comments on my headphones. I see a couple regulars but this isn't someone I've ever seen before. I explain to him that they were a gift and that they look cool but their performance isn't great (you can probably guess the brand). He asks what headphones I would get for myself and I start going on and on about headphone brands (I used to make hip hop beats and became very familiar with equipment). He goes on and on about how knowledgable I am and then states...
"Hey so I have this belief that the world brings people together for a reason."
I probably went pale in the face but I realize, he's also well dressed, carrying a laptop that he's never used or opened. I immediately just said, "i'm not interested" and put my headphones on. He gets up and walks away and I haven't seen him since.
CONCLUSION/QUESTION
So I guess I'm not sure if this was a scam or not but I'm interested in hearing if other people have had situations like this. What are these people doing? Is it some organization or some MLM scheme? Is this something you've seen/heard? Is it just a freak coincidence?
TL;DR: Approached at multiple starbucks by a guy offering to have me meet his "mentor" but won't tell me what kind of business his mentor is in. Uses the phrase, "I believe the world brings people together for a reason."
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So you made yourself a little bit of money, huh? How nice.

So you made yourself a little bit of money, huh? How nice.

 
All your life, all you've ever wanted, is a little bit of money. And congratulations, now you have it. Does it feel nice? Does it feel like a dream come true? Of course it doesn't. It's all just numbers on a screen, staring at you like a pathetic joke. But thanks to your thankless job, you made yourself a little bit of money. How nice.
And now, you, in all your half-decayed intelligence, have decided that you want to invest the little bit of money that you've made? Well, step right up to the raging wildfire that is the field of investing. We've got a shit-show full of stocks, mutual funds, bonds, real estate, gold and other commodities, all clamouring for your attention, and even more for your money. Done properly, you can retire into an ungodly amount of wealth. And done poorly, you can join the majority of investors setting their cash on fire, day in and day out.
But don't feel daunted or scared. You're on the right path, and that's probably the only time you're going to hear those words in your life. Just the fact that you're thinking about investing your money puts you at a major advantage, just the fact that you've even made a little bit money is extremely rare. Look around you, what do you see? People that are so poor that they're crawling out of their tents on the roadside, people that are such douchebags that they're buying worthless bling like fur sweaters and gold chains, people that are so childish that they absolutely have to buy the latest iPhone with their credit cards, and people that are so dumb that they just can't be bothered to learn about investing. Just the fact that you're here now, thinking about investing, makes you part of an exclusive club.
Before you get ahead of yourself and feel one cent of happiness for being better off than most, let me tell you something - there's an army of twats waiting to screw you out of the little bit of money that you've made, an army of twats who wants to take away the only thing that matters to your miserable existence anymore. These are crooked relationship managers who'll sell you anything to get commissions. These are unsuspecting relatives who'll recommend terrible investments just because they don't know any better. These are seedy stock brokers who'll push schemes offering incredibly high returns that are too good to be true. These are corrupt financial advisors who'll destroy your returns, either because they're incompetent or unscrupulous, or both. You've got an entire armada of twats just waiting to snatch the money right out of your wallet. What're you going to do about that? Are you going to put your head down and hand over the cash? Are you going to run to your mommy like the little bitch that you are? No, you're going to pull out a knife and stab that little twat right in the heart. And here's how to do that, beginning with a set of basic guidelines.
 
Savings are sexy
Let's be honest, you were never made of the stuff that gave wet dreams to women. Well, here's your chance. You know what all the girls like these days? It's not that ripped chest, or that sleak jawline. It's a man who saves. Step aside AXE body spray, there's a new sheriff in town. If you're spending more than you're earning, you've got bigger problems to worry. Before anything else, you need to make sure that you're bringing in more money than you're spending. So reign in your spending, delay gratification. That burger is going to taste pretty much the same without the overpriced slice of cheese. And the movie will probably be on Netflix in a few months.
 
Debt is your kryptonite
So you borrowed a little bit of money and are now stuck with the interest payments. That's okay, who hasn't done dumb stuff when they were young and full of hormones. I know I have. This one time I cleaned up an entire jar of mayonnaise thinking it was yogurt. Set some money aside every month, not just to pay the monthly minimum on your loans, but a little more so you can pre-pay all your debts. Some loans take priority over others: pay off your credit cards, personal loans and similar high-interest debt first. Keep in mind that not all loans are straight poison: those that help you develop assets like a home loan or increase future income like an education loan or business loan are alright. However, investing while carrying a high amount of debt is like playing football with one leg tied behind your back. Not exactly ideal.
 
Read like your life depends on it
Stop reading WhatsApp forwards, pick up a book, and then pick another one. If you don't develop a habit of reading properly, you're going to get a lot of poop flinged at you in this business. But if you can make it through a book every once in a while, get read to fling some poop on the n00bs. You don't have to go straight for the finance section. Begin with any book that sounds interesting to you, and work your way up. Reading not only helps you understand the world around you, but also develops a better personality and temperament within you. Most of you have the patience and memory of a goldfish, and generally speaking, goldfishes are not good investors.
 
Gold is old
Gold was what housewives in the 70s stockpiled in their cupboard because they had no other option. But you, you are the child of the 20th century. You actually know how to turn on the wi-fi. You have better options, like mutual funds. No matter what your uncle from the third cousin over says, investing in gold is setting your cash on fire. All it will do is make you feel good from the inside, while the eternal fireplace fuelled by your cash keeps burning in the background. Gold and silver are metals that we dig out of the ground. As an investment, they just sit there and stare at you. Just because they shine doesn't mean they're good investments. However, not everyone is convinced of this basic guideline. So if you're hell bent on investing in gold, I recommend going into the mountains and throwing yourself off a tall cliff. A medium-sized one works too.
 
Insurance =/= Investing
While housewives in the 70s had gold, housewives in the 80s had LIC*. Getting life insurance is critical if you have family that depends on your income, but insurance and investing, like pizza and pineapple, never mix well. Have you ever wondered what the insurance company does after collecting your premium money? Well, the company invests your premium money in stocks and bonds, which is also what mutual funds do. So let the insurance people insure, and let the investing people invest. Separation of labour was something that the caveman figured out in 2nd century. It's time you evolved from being a caveman.
 
Real estate is not real investing
The only reason for you to buy property is if you're going to be living in it. Buying real estate purely as an investment is one of the worst decisions you could ever make. Real estate: is an illiquid market (need to wait to find a buyer or seller), has high transaction costs (stamp duty and other bullshit charges), has a lot of red tape (needs several government approvals) and faces high maintenance costs (occasional cost of paint and plumbing here and there). However, every other Tom, Dick and Harry will tell you that real estate is a great investment. Why? Because real estate is how Indians signal wealth to others. It is how Indians demand respect from the chaar log committee. It's how we tell people that we've got a big dick, and we're not afraid to swing it around. You don't have a big dick. Tuck that little stinker back in your pants. You're just embarrassing yourself.
 
Pick your poison properly
Identifying the bad investments is a greater skill than identifying the good investments. Now that gold and real estate have been vilified as bad investments, let's turn to the places that actually deserve your money - mutual funds. For the uninitiated, which includes most of you idiots, a mutual fund collects your money and invests it in the stock market on your behalf. A diversified basket of stocks in good quality companies will outperform most other investments over any time period longer than 10 years. Mutual funds can give you this diversified basket of stocks. If you haven't been living under a rock for the past few years, you've probably see the advertising campaign - Mutual Funds Sahi Hai. And if you have been living under a rock, stay there. We're doing great without you.
 
Get yourself into a coma
The best investors, the ones who win the game in the long-term, always have patience. When you're investing in stocks or mutual funds, you need to have a minimum time horizon of more than 5 years. Any less than that, and out come the fireplaces that are fuelled by your cash. Mentally, you need to be in a place where the stock market might run off a cliff screaming into the wind tomorrow morning, and you'll still continue investing as per your plan because you're thinking about the long term. This ensures that your emotions, influenced by the ups and downs of the stock market, don't get in your own way. Ideally, you want to invest and immediately get yourself into a coma. Trust me, no one will notice that you're gone. You're one person in a world with seven billion people. You're really insignificant in the larger scheme of the Illuminati.
 
Don't watch CNBC
All your life, you've only made socially acceptable choices, because you crave validation from the people around you. To your repitillian brain, approval from strangers feels better than an orgasm. But when it comes to investing, never seek validation of your choices, especially not from the pundits on CNBC. Televised business news focuses on the shortest of short terms, while you need to keep your eye on the longest of long terms. Yes, it is important to keep tabs on current events, but there are far better sources of information than the nightly news. I recommend reading Livemint and Reuters for news. Those two outfits did not pay me to endorse them, but if the PR people over there are reading this, give me a call. I accept cash, cheques and PayTM. Fuck it, I'll even take bitcoin.
 
Keep It Simple, Shithead
Here is a basic plan on how to use your money when you get paid every month. First off, take care of any loans by paying off the hungry bankers who will come demanding their pound of flesh. Pay off all credit cards, in full and on time. Now, estimate how much you're going need for your monthly bills - this includes everything from your electric bill to your tab at the local bar. Deduct that amount and invest the rest of your money. When it comes to investing, begin by putting in three months of your monthly expenses in a liquid mutual fund. This is your emergency cash stash. Next up, depending on your time horizon and risk appetite, select a combination of ~3-8 mutual funds. There are a few different types of mutual funds, here's a handy rule of thumb to navigate them:
High time horizon Low time horizon
Low risk appetite Large-cap equity funds Debt mutual funds
High risk appetite Mid/small/multi-cap equity funds Debt mutual funds
When you're done, set up SIPs so that you don't have to do the transfers manually each month. Every year, take some time off to review this process.
 
This basic plan will require tweaking, depending on the context of your life. But having that plan is very important, not just for your financial life but also for the rest of your life. In the back of your mind, you've always known that. But you never followed through on making a plan, and now your life is just a series of mistakes and regrets. Is that why you drink so much?
The lords of literature require that I write a conclusion to this piece. But this is not the end. This is the beginning of your investing journey. The basic guidelines mentioned here are intended to serve as the starting point for your own research. These guidelines are not rocket science, they are not supposed to be complicated. A person of average intelligence and awareness can reasonably expect to understand and follow them. The question is: are you a person of average intelligence and awareness? Assuming that enough of you read this, statistics require half of you to admit that you're dumb as a rock.
Always keep an eye out for the armada of twats that will try to convince you that investing is rocket science, simply so they can charge you high fees or lure you into unprofitable investments. Done poorly, you can expect a mid-life crisis magnified by a bonfire of your cash. Done properly, you can create the kind of wealth that can benefit you as well as your future generations. You've already disappointed your parents. Don't disappoint your children now.
 
 
Side note: If you're a housewife from the 70s or 80s who objects to your characterization in this article, please write a formal letter of complaint and shove it up your butt.
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Cryptocurrency NEO-review and analysis of prospects

Cryptocurrency NEO-review and analysis of prospects

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The NEO digital asset platform was previously called Antshares. But in recent times, a complete rebranding has been made. In addition to the name change, the startup updated blockchain nodes and technical documentation, as well as the stock Ticker. In addition, the official website and social media were redesigned. The transition to a new version of the smart contract system, called NEO-2.0, was carried out.
The NEO cryptocurrency has been showing stable and non-stopping growth for a long time. Very quickly, the Chinese creation took seventh place in the top of Coinmarketcap. This, without a doubt, is a serious bid for prospects, given the high competition in the cryptocurrency market. And Ether confidently holds the second line after the famous Bitcoin. So the crypto currency NEO clearly has all the chances to rise much higher than the seventh line.
At the moment, the price fluctuates around $45. The cost for three months has increased 20 times.
The volumes of neo cryptocurrency reserves are clearly defined and limited to 100 million tokens. So far, only half of the available potential — 50 million tokens-is available on the market. So the crypto currency NEO clearly has all the chances to rise much higher than the seventh line.
The project is actively developing. OnChain cooperates with other players in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. At the moment, there are connections with blockchain startups Coindash, Bancor, Agrello and others. The Chinese project Red Pulse has announced the creation of a financial research platform based on the NEO-2.0 smart contract system. Also, in cooperation with NEO, there is an intensive development of The Elastos operating system based on blockchain technologies.

THE history of the emergence and development of neo cryptocurrency

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The date of origin of the project can be considered 2014. NEO Creator Da Hongfei is a Director of Shanghai-based OnChain. In 2014, onchain, according to Da Hongfei's idea, launches the AntShares blockchain project. On the basis of this platform, a cryptocurrency of the same name was also created.
Yes Junpei put to the company is simple, but a global problem. His goal was to build a fundamentally new system of financial interaction. This system should unite the sectors of the real and virtual economy into a single whole with the help of high-tech contracts. And cryptocurrency from OnChain should become a unit of payment for these contracts.
Soon OnChain enters into a contract for cooperation with the Wings blockchain project, as well as contracts with economic giants Microsoft and Alibaba.
In August 2017 begins the story of NEO already in its current form with the current name. Da Hongfei carried out a complete rebranding and technical modernization of the project. The rebranding was a huge success, and the price of cryptocurrency from OnChain soared 40 times.
But not without problems. On the fourth of September, the Chinese authorities adopt a package of sanctions laws against cryptocurrencies and ICO. It was a heavy blow, which at the time almost 2 times brought down the course of the brainchild of Hongfei. However, soon the NEO cryptocurrency moved away from the blow and began to confidently win back the lost positions. At the moment, OnChain is actively upgrading the product and simultaneously trying to find a compromise with the Chinese authorities for the legalization and quiet operation of its offspring.

Features and principle of operation NEO

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From a technical point of view, the Chinese cryptocurrency is very similar to Ethereum. The basis of the platform is the construction of smart contracts and their subsequent payment with tokens. Also an important part of the project is the ability to create new technologies based on the platform, as well as easy integration with other services.
Despite the fact that NEO is often called "Chinese Ether" and the fact that the Ether still occupies a higher position in the ratings, the product from OnChain has advantages that the Ether lacks. NEO is much more practical and functional. This, no doubt, opens up the potential to move the Airwaves in the ratings in the near future.
Let's see in detail how everything works. Transactions within the system are possible when paying a Commission. The Commission is paid in-system currency. That is, for the transaction you have to throw in the system additional "fuel". The developers of OnChain decided to create an additional in-system currency, called GAS, as a fuel (a means of paying commissions).
NEO mining is impossible. There is a final coin value of 100 million. 50 million thrown on the market during the ICO. The second half of the developers keep at home. However, GAS mining is possible. However, it occurs when holding coins in a purse. That is, the more tokens you have, the more GAS coins you can get to pay commissions. Today, 2000 coins in the wallet accumulate 1 coin GAS every twenty-four hours. Such mining is associated with the work of the network on the Proof-Of-Stake algorithm. Coins generate themselves. Without the use of farms of video cards and megawatts of electricity.

Like any cryptocurrency, NEO has advantages and disadvantages.
The benefits of NEO:
  • the publicity of the company and experienced team;
  • contracts and cooperation with corporate giants;
  • a wide functionality, much superior to the functionality of Ether (it is difficult for a simple person to understand what the salt is, but for a specialist NEO opens the widest horizons for development and operations);
  • activity in meetings and seminars;
  • active struggle of OnChain for legalization (although there are some problems with this now in China, however, there is a high probability that soon all issues with the government will be settled, which will attract large investors and significantly increase the already considerable capitalization of NEO).
The shortcomings of NEO:
  • all gas storage nodes belong to OnChain, that is, NEO is a centralized structure, although it is served as decentralized, this means that blockchains are in the hands of a narrow circle;
  • OnChain has the technical ability to monitor the transactions of coin owners, transmit information to the authorities, as well as personally block funds in users ' accounts and regulate the rate.
However, there are great economic and technical prospects for the development and increase in the price of the coin.

Difference between NEO and Bitcoin

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The main points that distinguish NEO from Bitcoin:

  • Direct mining of NEO is not feasible, you can only mine GAS to pay commissions.
  • Bitcoin mining depends on the power of the technical base of the miner. The larger the pool of farms from video cards, the more active is the production. In the NEO system, gas mining occurs exclusively due to the presence of coins in the wallet.
  • To organize a large Bitcoin mining requires large purchases of iron and organization of production (supply of high-power power supply line, cooling system, etc.). A direct injection of investment is sufficient for the development of GAS. Each purchased 2000 coins of "Chinese ether" will steadily accumulate exactly 1 coin of GAS per day.
  • Bitcoin has the most decentralized system of blockchains, as opposed to pseudo-centralization of NEO.
  • The processing speed of one NEO block is only 15 seconds. For bitcoin-as much as ten minutes. In the future, it is predicted to accelerate the processing of blocks for NEO to 1 second.
Despite the risks associated with the organization of blockchains, NEO remains a very promising platform in the cryptocurrency market.

NEO storage wallets

On the official NEO website you can find links to the following wallets.
  1. Wallet NEON-Wallet from the group of independent developers City of Zion. Quite good, but the factor of third-party development and the presence of bugs impose their risks.
  2. NEO-CLI. This wallet is recommended only for programmers and people who are good at command line.
  3. NEO-GUI. The best option for the average user. To use it, you need to download the application, synchronize the blockchains and make a backup of the wallet. All. Now you can safely carry out financial transactions using Chinese kryptonite.
There is also the option of storing directly on the exchanges, however it is risky. Also, holding coins on an exchange rather than in a personal NEO wallet will not generate GAS.

NEO: buying and sharing

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NEO can be bought and sold on exchanges or exchanged in multi-currency wallets. The most famous exchanges:

  • Bittrex;
  • Binance;
  • CoinSpot;
  • YONBI;
  • JUBI;
  • Yuanbao;
  • 51szzc;
  • Yobtc.
As the value and popularity of NEO increases, a massive increase in trading platforms where you can buy or sell "Chinese Ether" is predicted.

Ways to get NEO

Unfortunately, at the moment there is no way FOR direct NEO mining in the manner of Bitcoins and Ether.
However, there is a way out. NEO cranes can be used. Cranes are resources where the user receives a cryptocurrency reward for performing certain tasks or participating in lotteries.
There is a high probability that if successful in the legalization negotiations, OneChain will provide additional ways to get their tokens.
As you can see, NEO is a very promising and rapidly developing cryptocurrency. And although the Chinese government has created some difficulties, on the example of Bitcoin, we see how high the rate of the crypto currency can rise if the factors interfering with the development disappear. So, the prospects of NEO are optimistic and you can risk investing in them.
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BAT Community Weekly Update: 10/05/2018 to 10/11/2018 — AMA with Yan Zhu, Why GDPR is kryptonite to Google & Facebook, Brave & Brendan Eich mentioned by US Senate committee (video), BAT/Brave Team at ETH SF, Worldwide BAT Meetups next week

Welcome to this week's BAT Community Update! Big thanks to u/MurphD for his contributions!

BLOG: Why GDPR is Kryptonite to Google & Facebook on Anti-Trust
Brave’s submission to Margrethe Vestager, the EU Anti-Trust Chief, responding to her call for stakeholder input. Brave’s recent submission to the European Competition Directorate General for Competition describes how a core principle of the GDPR called “purpose limitation” can be used to prevent anti-competitive behavior by Google and Facebook.
https://brave.com/vestage

VIDEO: Brave and Brendan Eich mentioned by US Senate committee
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9nbz90/video_brave_and_brendan_eich_mentioned_by_us/

VIDEO: Brave & BAT at Founders Fund with Brendan Eich (CEO) — Detailed talk about BATBrave & BAT official meetup event graciously hosted at Founders Fund, featuring Brendan Eich. Brendan is the inventor of JavaScript, founder of Mozilla/Firefox and CEO of Brave.Brave is a new, privacy-first browser that blocks all third-party ads and trackers by default. Basic Attention Token (BAT) is a revolutionary digital advertising platform that rewards users in Ethereum-based BAT tokens for any ads they opt into seeing, and locally matches ads to user interests without any tracking or data collection required.
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9mgb9l/video_brave_bat_at_founders_fund_with_brendan/

BAT Community presents its first worldwide meetup events: “24 HOURS OF BAT” (Oct. 16th)
The BAT was first integrated into Brave in October 2017. To celebrate reaching 1 year of BAT utility in Brave, we’ve asked all of our Regional Leaders and volunteers from around the world to host meetups in their country on October 16th, 2018 and create a full day of global BAT meetups!
If you are in the area where one of our meetups will be taking place, you are invited to join in! Meetups with event pages for each region are listed below. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more event pages for 24 Hours of BAT meetups in other countries!24 Hours of BAT meetup in Media, Pennsylvania:
https://www.meetup.com/BATPennsylvania/events/254956818/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Jakarta, Indonesia:
https://www.meetup.com/BAT-Indonesia-Community/events/255078993/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Vigo, Spain:
https://www.meetup.com/Meetup-de-Educacion-y-tecnologia-en-Vigo/events/255192626/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Toronto, Canada:
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9kh6z5/event_details_batbrave_meetup_on_october_16th/
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Bogotá, Colombia:https://www.meetup.com/BATColombia/events/255091430/?_xtd=gqFyqTI1ODQ1NDA2OaFwp2FuZHJvaWQ&from=ref
24 Hours of BAT meetup in Perth, Australia:https://www.meetup.com/BATPerth/events/255358589/
And be sure to check out these other upcoming BAT/Brave meetups!
BAT/Brave meetup in Medellín, Colombia on October 20th: https://www.meetup.com/BATColombia/events/254368593/
BAT/Brave meetup in Montreal, Canada on October 23rd:
https://www.meetup.com/BATMontreal/events/255413618/

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!
The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:
Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!: https://imgur.com/a/lhF1G9I
Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates:

Brave releases desktop client] version v0.25.2
Brave releases Beta client version 0.55.12
https://github.com/brave/brave-browsereleases/tag/v0.55.12

Brave Team Tweets:

More fiat to cryptocurrencies exchanges to come?
Ivan Buncic @ivanbuncic Replying to @BrendanEich @brave will it [Brave] supports something else than bitcoins for contributions?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich We switched from Bitcoin last year, to @attentiontoken. @UpholdInc is first partner enabling exchange to many fiats/cryptos in many regions. More to come. 3:01 PM - Oct 5, 2018

Almost 30,000 publishers/creators, and coming up on 5 million active users!
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Early October @Brave stats: 4.6M MAU 28.7K publishers/creators (23.1K verified) 1:52 PM - 5 Oct 2018
BAT Community @BAT_Community Official BAT/Brave event last night with a great presentation by @BrendanEich! Thanks to Founders Fund for providing the beautiful venue. ☁️✨🦁🚀$BAT #Brave #BeBrave @AttentionToken @brave11:45 AM - Oct 5, 2018

Check out Brendan’s post on Hacker News discussing sending crypto anonymously to favorite sites and creators:
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Oct 6, 2018 I just commented on "Brave – A private, secure and fast browser", HN post at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18154545 …
BrendanEich @BrendanEich “In this sense, all browsers insert the vast majority of ads today.” pic.twitter.com/cbyXw9GLVr 1:03 PM - Oct 6, 2018

Brave’s ad deals don’t come through exchanges.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich As noted elsewhere, we already do antifraud. I'll reply at length, but note our ad deals do not come through exchanges, they require integrity-checked Brave -- so there's no way that fork would get paid so easily. To cheat us, fraudster would have to fake users who run our code. 5:08 PM - Oct 6, 2018

Brave working on BAT for premium content… and don’t forget: Brave gives you token grants!
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Oct 7, 2018 Replying to @naval @sriramk Brave (see the Payments panel in settings/preferences) does let you take a token grant _gratis_ and pin percentages of your monthly budget to any site or YouTube or Twitch channel you want. Reddit & Twitter account support coming. As Brave Rewards, revamped & on mobile very soon.
BrendanEich @BrendanEich
We’re working with some of those sites + other publishers (e.g., Dow Jones Media Group) on “BAT for premium content” too. Everyone needs non-adtech revenue. From recent trips to NYC and Paris, it’s clear to me that publishers are waking up, like the Ents in Tolkien going to war. 10:23 AM - Oct 7, 2018

Brendan’s response to “Why not imitate a specific model (Patreon) that is working in the wild?”
Naval @naval Oct 7, 2018 Replying to @BrendanEich and 2 others
IMHO too oblique and roundabout. Why not imitate a specific model (Patreon) that is working in the wild? Pay USD to sponsor publishers. Publisher’s site unlocks specific content to paying subscribers. Of course this requires some module on the publisher’s side. cc @photomatt
BrendanEich @BrendanEich
If you want roundabout, try getting publishers & users at the same time, with a pitch that requires both at once. Metcalfe’s Law, Catch-22. So we start with users and now, nearing 5M MAU, we have over 23,000 creators on board. We do not centralize data or censor, unlike Patreon.
11:32 AM - Oct 7, 2018
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Last thing: most users do not want to pay, at least not at first. So we give token grants while building other models to pay the user to let paid tokens flow by default to their top or pinned sites. >430K user wallets from desktop only option, coming to mobile in several weeks.
9:15 PM - Oct 7, 2018

How is the adblock support on Brave? Sampson explains:
Kevin S. @ifandbut01 Oct 8, 2018 Replying to @Grummz @brave
How is the ad block support?
Sampson | [email protected]
@brave uses the same lists which power other popular ad-blockers. One exception is that we don't have a pay-to-play model (like others) which lets some advertisers through. We go a step further too, blocking cryptominers (first browser to do so?), auto-play media, and more.
10:44 AM - Oct 8, 2018

Too many browsers, Luke?
Luke Mulks @lukemulks You know you work for a browser, when you have 12 browsers installed on your machine, and at least 3 of them are from the same company. Lol. 4:57 PM - Oct 8, 2018

GDPR only helping big incumbents?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich It's a silly slogan that GDPR only helps big incumbents. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18132868 … 2:03 PM - Oct 3, 2018

Has Brave always been based on Chromium? Sampson explains:
Sampson | brave.com @BraveSampson Brave has pretty much always been built on Chromium. The current released inherited the Chromium code by way of another project called Electron. We forked Electron to improve security, but this slowed us down. Brave Core is us moving closer to the root code-base, for many gains… 8:12 PM - Oct 8, 2018

Will advertisers on Brave would be required to purchase the $BAT token?
Mike Rogers @mikerogers121 Oct 9, 2018 Replying to @BrendanEich and 3 others Sorry Brendan, I made a mistake with the first Q. What I wanted to know is if advertisers on Brave would be required to purchase the $BAT token, via Uphold or other exchange, in order to pay for ads on the Brave platform?
BrendanEich @BrendanEich Yes, the token flows from advertisers to users and publishers. It is the unit of account for attention, sent p2p in as many cases as we can do w/ anonymity, held in user wallets over 30 days of anonymous analytics, settled either via Uphold or soon p2p to optional pub eth wallet.
9:23 PM - Oct 9, 2018

From Reddit: Can extensions spy on us? If it can, how do we prevent it after 1.0 release?
Great response from Chris here:
https://www.reddit.com/BATProject/comments/9n5nws/can_extensions_spy_on_us_if_it_can_how_do_we/

News You Should Know:

Facebook to release first-party cookie option for ads, pull web analytics from Safari
Facebook is the latest big digital ad seller to release a solution to address moves by browsers to kill third-party cookies. The company is releasing a new first-party cookie option for advertisers, publishers, and developers to measure and optimize Facebook ads and capture analytics data from browsers that block third-party cookies — namely Apple’s Safari and soon Mozilla’s Firefox.
https://marketingland.com/facebook-to-release-first-party-pixel-for-ads-web-analytics-from-browsers-like-safari-249478

The EU’s new privacy law is starting to bite Facebook
REGULATION helps incumbents, which have the resources to comply, but hurts newcomers. Or so argue critics of the European Commission’s new rules for the digital realm and of its privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). That may yet prove true, although the GDPR makes exceptions for smaller firms. But for now these new laws are making life harder for big technology firms. Facebook, in particular, is in the cross-hairs of European regulators as never before.
https://www.economist.com/business/2018/10/06/the-eus-new-privacy-law-is-starting-to-bite-facebook

Exclusive: Audit cleared Google privacy practices despite security flaw
An independent auditing firm signed off on Google's privacy practices earlier this year after the internet giant had discovered a software bug that exposed private information on potentially hundreds of thousands of users.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/410568-exclusive-privacy-audit-failed-to-mention-of-google-plus-security-flaw

Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users
A vulnerability in the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people using the site between 2015 and March 2018, the search giant acknowledged Monday.
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-exposed-data-of-hundreds-of-thousands-of-google-users/

Roaring Fans:

Yagiz‏ @anonrig Today's the day I switch from Google Chrome to @brave 6:15 PM - 6 Oct 2018

Ö. Onur ERGINOGLU @OnurErginoglu Hey @BrendanEich and @brave team! thank you for saving my 60 minutes from being wasted! There is nothing precious than the time! 9:50 PM - Oct 7, 2018

Zach‏ @heyztb 31,000 ads blocked, just over 31 minutes of times saved @brave Funny how that works out. 3:37 PM - 8 Oct 2018

Tereza Iofciu‏ @terezaif Damn.. this is like in 5 mins after starting to use @brave creepy af #adsblocked #browsermagic #Brave 8h8 hours ago
Just a Random Person‏ @ShrekOverflow First day using @brave with moderate usage (mostly google sites). 20h20 hours ago

Christopher Scott‏ @chrisjscott I'm in love - @Brave browser for macOS + @DuckDuckGo search engine has become my new jam. #MyDataNotYours Oct 10

Kim Priestap‏ @kimpriestap Google is too big, too powerful. Divest from Google. Use @DuckDuckGo for search engine and @Brave for browser. I'm also switching over to @protonmail for email. https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-exposed-user-data-feared-repercussions-of-disclosing-to-public-1539017194 … via @WSJ Oct 10

Barbora the explorer‏ @barbori_j Started using @brave today and couldn't be happier with it! Fast, smart, no ads, hallelu! Try it too #bravebrowser @AttentionToken #blockchain #innovation
Oct 10
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Garlictipsbot, deposits & the future

Hi All,
I've been less and less active here, on the Discord and on the internet in general these days. The garlictipsbot mostly runs itself except for the deposits code, which often needs manual interventions, kicking and sometimes restarting entirely. The deposits code was always terrible, taking advantage of something called 'accounts' in the core wallet which is a terrible implementation and should never have been in the crypoto-space at all, the BTC devs are getting rid of it soon. I should have used something else :(
I will start with the bad news, which I'm sure you've probably guessed by now.
Since it was coded on a Sunday afternoon it did the job for what it needed to do, unfortunately these days the bot doesn't get much use so I've been talking with Puffycheeses and Kryptonite about taking it over. Unfortunately they don't want to touch it either (due to the really bad deposits code...) and they will be making a new bot linked to Discord soon so people can tip on Reddit and Discord which will be cool in itself.
The good news for you guys is you get a kick-ass new bot, the garlictipsbot will continue serving requests for withdrawal and tipping other people for the next few months. The only thing that's going away right now is the ability to deposit. Within the next few months the tipping features will be turned off, and finally the bot server will be closed down with the remaining funds and balance sheets going to the Garlicoin Devs, there will be a final update when that day comes with how to claim your GRLC from the devs once the bot is down. In the meantime I believe SoDogeTip also supports GRLC now! It's been a fun ride, I will still be around to answer questions via PM and the bot is (and always has been) open source so if anyone wants to fork it go right ahead.
Warning: Do not send any money to any address you have received before, the bot will not credit it to your account. You will need to PM me so I can send you the GRLC back
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The Forbidden Truth: Nodes can loosen their consensus rulesets (e.g., increase their block size limits) without asking for permission or waiting for "consensus." [More censorship on the bitcoin-dev list]

Tom Zander began an interesting discussion on the Bitcoin-Dev mailing list when he announced the release of Bitcoin Classic 1.2.0. There was debate that such an announcement was inappropriate, arguing that because new Classic nodes would immediately begin accepting blocks larger than 1 MB, that Classic was incompatible with Bitcoin [which is untrue].
Although discussion is still taking place on that email thread, as usual my email was rejected. Here is what I wrote:
What many people forget is that common nodes can enforce a (strictly) looser rule set than mining nodes, and still be guaranteed to track consensus. We use this often-overlooked fact to our advantage when rolling out soft forks: after the miners begin enforcing a new rule, non-upgraded common nodes will be enforcing a looser rule set until they upgrade. We know from experience that this situation—where some nodes enforce less rules than the mining majority—is both safe and a practical way to reduce the coordination required to implement protocol upgrades.
Classic (and Unlimited) are using this fact that common nodes can enforce a looser rule set to reduce the coordination required for a future increase in MAX_BLOCK_SIZE. It is a commitment strategy that allows node operators to signal their preferences to the network. As more and more node operators stop enforcing the 1 MB limit, it will gradually become much less risky for miners to try mining a block larger than 1 MB to see if it is accepted into the Blockchain.
For the market for consensus to function properly and allow Bitcoin to grow, node operators are encouraged to stop enforcing any rule they believe is hindering Bitcoin. They don’t need to ask for permission or wait for “consensus." If enough node operators feel the same way, then that rule will no longer be a rule.
Best regards, Peter
Incidentally, I've tried to post on this topic twice before and both emails were also rejected. See here and here.
Blockstream/Core knows that their control over the network relies on perpetuating the false notion that it is "unsafe" for node operators to take matters into their own hands when it comes to consensus parameters. The fact that node operators can independently elect to stop enforcing any rule is kryptonite to the small-block narrative, and so they need to fool us into believing that Bitcoin is fragile and that nodes cannot deviate from their "consensus." They ostracize community members who express their individual preferences (unless of course they happen to align with those of Blockstream/Core) even though it is critical for members of a decentralized network like Bitcoin to communicate their genuine preferences in order to evolve.
What is so frightening to Blockstream/Core is their knowledge that Coinbase/BitPay/BitStamp/Xapo/etc could announce tomorrow that "EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: OUR NODES NOW ACCEPT UP TO 8MB BLOCKS" without any significant risk. In fact, this would be a great act of leadership, precipitating other nodes to fall inline and increase their block size limits as well. Eventually, it would be clear as day that the 1 MB restriction on the size of blocks is no longer important. Miners would be free to produce bigger blocks, allowing Bitcoin to break free from its three-transactions-per-second shackles.
Here is a great article on this topic that deserved more attention: https://medium.com/@Mengerian/the-market-for-consensus-203de92ed844#.u3nq04k5e
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Deathstroke rebirth

Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson is a DC Comicbook character. This thread will be about the DC Rebirth version of Deathstroke, which more or less Rebooted Deathstroke back in 2016. The main writer of this Deathstroke is Christopher Priest which is why this Deathstroke may be known as Prieststroke. He as far as I am concerned is the Word of God when it comes to this Deathstroke.
Christopher Priest has a site specifically dedicated to Deathstroke: http://lamerciepark.com/comics/deathstroke/
and most quotations will be from it. I recommend reading it for the best intro into the series.
Also This is Deathstroke's Rebirth Design version 1.1
Now, Who is DC Rebirth's Deathstroke?:
He is not a mercenary, profesional soldier, military subcontractor or any other clever euphemism used to round the edges off of his description. Deathstroke kills people for money. Lots of money. He spends a great deal of that money on a virtual army of lawyers who expertly prevent police and/or covert entities from ever positively proving Lt. Colonel Slade Wilson (Ret.) and Deathstroke are, in fact, one and the same.
Physically;
Deathstroke is approximately 55 years of age but appears to be 20 years younger due to the tissue regeneration caused by his rapid healing power. He is 6'4", taller than Superman or Batman, (and very intimidating). Slade is an extremely cool customer, much like the first act or so of the Michael Mann-Tom Cruise film Collateral. He occasionally wears sunglasses so the eye patch (a stick-on white patch) isn’t necessarily seen. It is very difficult to get Deathstroke to lose his temper.
Mentally;
Deathstroke is an emotional cripple along the lines of Hugh Laurie's House M.D., a guy who desperately loves and desires to be close to his children, but is too emotionally damaged to ever achieve that. He was a terrible father and is now haunted by a lot of poor choices made with his wife Adeline and his boys, especially.
So
The only people he actually talks to are his longtime partner Major William Randolph Wintergreen, British SAS (Ret.), his kids and his ex-wife. Wintergreen, approximately 65, is a reluctant partner who has ethical conflicts about DS's line of work. Other than that, Deathstroke is (in my version) much more laconic than as he's traditionally been portrayed. He trusts no one, thinks most everyone is an idiot, speaks only when absolutely necessary.
Also
Deathstroke works for himself, is suspicious of all governments (especially ours). You hire him by posting an offer on the Dark Web along with a six-figure deposit in untraceable Bitcoin.
Deathstroke's basic powers are:
Enhanced Strength: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Enhanced Reflexes: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Note* Christopher Priest has written Captain America before (The Captain America and Falcon series if i recall), so what his Captain America did may be usable for his Deathstroke. Also YMMV is "Your Milleage May Vary", which means basically it may be different in your view.
Deathstroke also has
Enhanced Intellect: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. We no longer say Deathstroke uses "90% of his brain capacity." If Deathstroke used 90% of his brain capacity, he'd be Charles Xavier. Now we just say he's really, really smart. Deathstroke is probably the smartest guy in the DC Universe. He is easily the equal of Batman in terms of strategic planning. Deathstroke's intellect is deadlier than his sword. He typically out-thinks and out-strategizes everybody in the book. He is a keen observer and expert detective. He usually has several balls in the air at one time.
And
Rapid Healing: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. Deathstroke's rapid healing clots blood in seconds and seals wounds in minutes. The time it takes for full healing depends upon the wound: a bee sting, maybe a couple seconds. A gunshot wound: a few hours. It depends on the complexity of the knitting process, how much tissue needs to be regenerated and other factors. It is not an instant process. Deathstroke's rapid healing cannot regenerate organs. It can heal organs, but, for example, it won't regenerate a liver if a bad guy rips his out. Therefore, his rapid healing power did not simply create a new eye (or, in the case of Marvel's over-the-top Deathstroke parody Deadpool, grow a new hand). Deathstroke experiences pain like anyone else. Just because he has rapid healing doesn't mean he'd just sit around and let people gut him with swords. This is why he wears a protective uniform.. Deathstroke experiences trauma like anyone else and is capable of going into traumatic shock from injury. If he does not allow his rapid healing process to properly close a wound, Deathstroke can bleed out and die just like anyone else.
This all as Dr. Villain has explained comes from a dormant Metagene that after being activated in an experiment "literally evolved his brain." Meaning Deathstroke is actually a Dormant Meta-Human. His evolved brain means Deathstroke can "Access his brain functions on a cellular scale--Enabling Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength and Reflexes.", and just in case you are not aware; Deathstroke lost his right eye due to his (Now Ex) Wife shooting him in the back of the head. Anyway Deathstroke is genetically enhanced with Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength, Reflexes and intellect, and being Half blind is said to have only made him more dangerous.
By the way: Yes. Deathstroke is stronger and faster than Batman, as he has directly told Batman.
Anyway, Deathstroke has been known as a decorated war hero, devoted husband, loving father, relentless warrior, prisoner of war, and the world's deadliest assassin. He's also been called "the most ruthlessly efficient killer alive", "the best informed and most prepared assassin on the planet", "one of the most dangerous men on the planet", and "the deadliest man alive".
Lastly, Deathstroke's major background info has been summarized. It's also been summarized again by The Riddler
Ok, now that you have been introduced to this Deathstroke...

FEATS:

STRENGTH FEATS
Striking:
Other:
SPEED FEATS
Reaction/Combat:
Other:
INTELLIGENCE FEATS
Combat Strategy:
Other:
SKILL FEATS
Combat Skill:
Other:
DURABILITY FEATS (Non Ikon Suit)
Unarmored/Virtually Unarmored:
Limits:
"Deathstroke Classic":
Limits
RAPID HEALING FEATS
Other:
RESOURCES FEATS
Hosun (Deathstroke's sometime tech guy):
Wintergreen (Deathstroke's best friend and virtual conscience):
Prep only:
Other:

GEAR

Deathstroke's standard gear includes:
  • His Promethium Broadsword aka The Deathstroke
  • His Titanium Staff
  • His Ikon Suit Prototype
  • His Glock 19
  • His combat belt
and
  • His knife
The Deathstroke:
Deathstroke’s sword was originally named “Scrymgeour.” Eòsaph Mar cut down a thousand of King Charles’ men with it after Jenny Geddes threw her stool at the head of the minister in St Giles’ Cathedral, inciting the Bishops’ Wars. Or, at least, that’s the story Deathstroke told. One of dozens. Slade Wilson actually won the sword from a rich collector in Glasgow with a full house, queens full of nines. An antique Grete war sword, the blade was forged of three separate pieces hammer-welded together, the bottommost a flattened diamond cross-pattern. The blade became mangled during the “Judas Contract” incident and HIVE re-cast it in Type-II, or “Volatile,” Promethium—a dangerous mutagen capable of absorbing unlimited amounts of energy—which Deathstroke stole from S.T.A.R. Labs. It is suspected that particle bleed from this blade may have played a role in activating dormant metagenes in Slade’s children. The blade cannot be damaged or destroyed by any known means.
Note* It "is capable of absorbing unlimited amounts of energy","cannot be damaged or destroyed by any known means" and is made of "Volatile Promethium"
Feats:
Sharpness
Absorption
Other
Titanium Staff:
He also carries a telescoping Titanium staff fitted with a plasma torch for less-than-lethal confrontations.
Feats:
Plasma Torch energy (Usually orangish)
Plasma Burst energy (Usually blueish)
Can be used to travel
Other
Ikon Suit Prototype:
He currently wears a costume we call the Ikon Suit, designed by Dr. Ikon, a Canadian superhero who was once one of Slade Wilson's partners in covert ops (David Isherwood, a nervous, Jeff Goldblum-type introduced in issue #2). The Ikon Suit contains a point defense shield system which senses incoming force (a punch, a bullet) and hardens the uniform in those spots, like the shields on the Enterprise. And, like the Enterprise shields, the wider the surface the Ikon Suit needs to defend, the weaker the shield. At the size of a fist, for example, the shield is virtually impenetrable, allowing DS to survive a punch by Superman or Darkseid. If DS were walking through a nuclear explosion or reaction, the shield would envelop his entire body to protect him-- but would likely buckle if Superman then punched him. Deathstroke does not fully understand how the system works and cannot repair it himself, but would need to turn to Dr. Ikon.
Note* this part especially: "The Ikon Suit contains a point defense shield system which senses incoming force (a punch, a bullet) and hardens the uniform in those spots, like the shields on the Enterprise. And, like the Enterprise shields, the wider the surface the Ikon Suit needs to defend, the weaker the shield. At the size of a fist, for example, the shield is virtually impenetrable, allowing DS to survive a punch by Superman or Darkseid. If DS were walking through a nuclear explosion or reaction, the shield would envelop his entire body to protect him-- but would likely buckle if Superman then punched him"
The Ikon Suit also has an Artificial Intelligence and has explained it's voice is Wintergreen's and it is the A.I. tactical system part of the Ikon suit beta D which is Deathstroke's.
Note Deathstroke's left arm is Exposed. This means it's unprotected by the Ikon Suit unless the defensive shield is expanded.
Feats:
Combat Belt:
Standard
Presumably has
MISC:

Ongoing

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New Deathstroke respect

Deathstroke The Terminator aka Slade Wilson is a DC Comics comic book character that has been around since 1980.
This respect thread which may be updated in the future, will be about the "DC Rebirth" version of Deathstroke, which has been the main version/Earth 0 version of the character since he was more or less rebooted back in 2016.
The main writer of this Deathstroke is Christopher Priest which is why this Deathstroke may be known as "Prieststroke". Christopher Priest is virtually the Word of God when it comes to this Deathstroke, and he has a site specifically dedicated to this Deathstroke: http://lamerciepark.com/comics/deathstroke/
Most quotations will be from that site, and I recommend reading it for the best intro into the series and an understanding of this Deathstroke.
Also for an idea of how this Deathstroke is meant to look, This is Deathstroke's Rebirth Design version 1.1.
Now, Who is DC Rebirth's Deathstroke?:
He is not a mercenary, profesional soldier, military subcontractor or any other clever euphemism used to round the edges off of his description. Deathstroke kills people for money. Lots of money. He spends a great deal of that money on a virtual army of lawyers who expertly prevent police and/or covert entities from ever positively proving Lt. Colonel Slade Wilson (Ret.) and Deathstroke are, in fact, one and the same.
Physically;
Deathstroke is approximately 55 years of age but appears to be 20 years younger due to the tissue regeneration caused by his rapid healing power. He is 6'4", taller than Superman or Batman, (and very intimidating). Slade is an extremely cool customer, much like the first act or so of the Michael Mann-Tom Cruise film Collateral. He occasionally wears sunglasses so the eye patch (a stick-on white patch) isn’t necessarily seen. It is very difficult to get Deathstroke to lose his temper.
Mentally;
Deathstroke is an emotional cripple along the lines of Hugh Laurie's House M.D., a guy who desperately loves and desires to be close to his children, but is too emotionally damaged to ever achieve that. He was a terrible father and is now haunted by a lot of poor choices made with his wife Adeline and his boys, especially.
So
The only people he actually talks to are his longtime partner Major William Randolph Wintergreen, British SAS (Ret.), his kids and his ex-wife. Wintergreen, approximately 65, is a reluctant partner who has ethical conflicts about DS's line of work. Other than that, Deathstroke is (in my version) much more laconic than as he's traditionally been portrayed. He trusts no one, thinks most everyone is an idiot, speaks only when absolutely necessary.
Also
Deathstroke works for himself, is suspicious of all governments (especially ours). You hire him by posting an offer on the Dark Web along with a six-figure deposit in untraceable Bitcoin.
Deathstroke's basic powers are:
Enhanced Strength: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Enhanced Reflexes: Roughly that of Captain America. YMMV.
Note* Christopher Priest has written Captain America before (The Captain America and Falcon series if i recall), so what his Captain America did may be usable for his Deathstroke. Also YMMV is "Your Milleage May Vary", which means basically it may be different in your view.
Deathstroke also has
Enhanced Intellect: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. We no longer say Deathstroke uses "90% of his brain capacity." If Deathstroke used 90% of his brain capacity, he'd be Charles Xavier. Now we just say he's really, really smart. Deathstroke is probably the smartest guy in the DC Universe. He is easily the equal of Batman in terms of strategic planning. Deathstroke's intellect is deadlier than his sword. He typically out-thinks and out-strategizes everybody in the book. He is a keen observer and expert detective. He usually has several balls in the air at one time.
And
Rapid Healing: Post-Rebirth, we're redefining this a little. Deathstroke's rapid healing clots blood in seconds and seals wounds in minutes. The time it takes for full healing depends upon the wound: a bee sting, maybe a couple seconds. A gunshot wound: a few hours. It depends on the complexity of the knitting process, how much tissue needs to be regenerated and other factors. It is not an instant process. Deathstroke's rapid healing cannot regenerate organs. It can heal organs, but, for example, it won't regenerate a liver if a bad guy rips his out. Therefore, his rapid healing power did not simply create a new eye (or, in the case of Marvel's over-the-top Deathstroke parody Deadpool, grow a new hand). Deathstroke experiences pain like anyone else. Just because he has rapid healing doesn't mean he'd just sit around and let people gut him with swords. This is why he wears a protective uniform.. Deathstroke experiences trauma like anyone else and is capable of going into traumatic shock from injury. If he does not allow his rapid healing process to properly close a wound, Deathstroke can bleed out and die just like anyone else.
This all as Dr. Villain has explained comes from a dormant Metagene that after being activated in an experiment "literally evolved his brain." Meaning Deathstroke is actually a Dormant Meta-Human. His evolved brain means Deathstroke can "Access his brain functions on a cellular scale--Enabling Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength and Reflexes.", and just in case you are not aware; Deathstroke lost his right eye due to his (Now Ex) Wife shooting him in the back of the head. Anyway Deathstroke is genetically enhanced with Rapid Healing, Enhanced Strength, Reflexes and intellect, and being Half blind is said to have only made him more dangerous.
By the way: Yes. Deathstroke is stronger and faster than Batman, as he has directly told Batman.
Anyway, Deathstroke has been known as a decorated war hero, devoted husband, loving father, relentless warrior, prisoner of war, and the world's deadliest assassin. He's also been called "the most ruthlessly efficient killer alive", "the best informed and most prepared assassin on the planet", "one of the most dangerous men on the planet", "the terrifying master assassin", the absolute best asssassin, and "the deadliest man alive".
And Deathstroke's major background info has been summarized here. It's also been summarized again by The Riddler and again by Black Mask.

Deathstroke's Gear:

Deathstroke's standard gear:
  • His Promethium Broadsword aka The Deathstroke
  • His Titanium Staff
  • His Ikon Suit Prototype
  • His Glock 19
  • His combat belt
and
  • His knife
Also it has recently been explained that Deathstroke's mask is lined with Encephalitic filters. This prevents the mind control and even the new amped up telepathy of Jericho.
Make sure to check out this link for more information o Deathstroke's gear: https://www.reddit.com/useTheTrueDeathSkeleton/comments/eeurec/respect_deathstrokes_dc_rebirth_gea?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
This thread is huge so I had to put them in a different one. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Deathstroke Feats:

STRENGTH FEATS
Striking:
Other:
Limits:
  • Can't lift a Car over his head.
SPEED FEATS
Reaction/Combat:
Other:
INTELLIGENCE FEATS
Combat Strategy/Intelligence:
Other:
SKILL FEATS
Combat Skill:
Other:
DURABILITY FEATS (Non Ikon Suit)
Unarmored/Virtually Unarmored:
Limits:
"Deathstroke Classic" which has Promethium Chain Mail that absorbs energy (Note his mask doesn't really offer much to any protection):
Limits:
Endurance:
RAPID HEALING FEATS
Other:
RESOURCES FEATS
Hosun (Deathstroke's sometime tech guy):
Wintergreen (Deathstroke's best friend and virtual conscience):
Prep only:
Other:

MISC:

Some stuff on Deathstroke's mentality:
The 2016 Deathstroke comic book series has concluded and Christopher Priest has finished his Deathstroke series, so, this is likely the end of this respect thread for the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, The Legend Continues..
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