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Bitcoin challenged my comprehension of money. and from that, governance too

Social Media hacking jokes aside for today, I thought to share a thought experiment I had on how bitcoin fundamentally challenged the way I view money forever.
I was always told throughout life and even in school that money distributed by the government, managed by the government, but used amount the populus. It wasn't until I was 17 in my senior year where I learned about the in-depth concepts of money with topics such as Federal Reserve Banking (How banks make money), taxes, debt, and fiscal and monetary economy. What's funnier is that when I was 14 I heard about bitcoin, but I thought it was just an idea for some far off technology like Nuclear Fusion or Astro mining. So I'm happy to state I learned more about bitcoin before I learned about my own government monetary system. Unfortunately, It would not be for another 2 years before I learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain entirely and another few months before I can actually buy some.
It was at the moment when I fully understood the concepts of bitcoin where I fell in love with it, the idea that NO government, company, or bank could just step in and take your money. No overdrafts, chargebacks, or no 3-5 days deposits. It is great. I get excited to the point I share all I can to people around me about the concept and yet they are confused like a child learning a new language because the concept of true financial responsibility and digital sovereignty can be complex to comprehend. Many of them refer to the same statements: "Money should be protected and held by the bank so I trust that it will forever be there". As I think of it more I start to think of ways how blockchain technology as a whole can be implemented into fintech (or even become the new fintech). Henry Ford once said that
" It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
It is merely with the introduction of bitcoin and decentralized finance tools when this quote incubates into fruition. Cryptocurrency as a whole puts the individual in power with the same banking tools as the whole banking collective operates on. I agree that there are many people who are fed up with the banks, and their practices but at the same time those people are even more scared to assume their own financial control due to immense responsibilities the bitcoin introduces (private key, cognitive understanding of the industry and tech). Yes, banks are here to provide a service to the public ease and use, but therein lies the question of how much freedom do people really want when they realize that they are also baring even more responsibilities than they are used to. Great power comes with great responsibility. The more financial freedom (I'm not talking about in dollar amounts, but security and accessibility ) you have over your wealth the more responsibility is needed to maintain it. So then more so this brings furthermore changed my perception that I don't have to be so reliant on centralized parties with my money, but I can own my money on the blockchain and send it anywhere where in the world as I deem fit.
So this brings to my thoughts of how would blockchain systems work in government and laws. The laws are barely adapted to handle the internet as is; now they are further behind to handle blockchain. With coronavirus going around this is a testament to show how we are becoming stronger digital society. I have not been out of my home in the past few days, and most of the older ways of doing things are becoming challenged with the introduction of new technologies. The only thing that defines our governments are the lands in which was founded, discovered, or concurred by winning factions and ideals that ultimately curated most of the cultures we see today. We can speak to anyone we can on the internet in a matter of seconds, make a full-time living, we can buy nearly anything and get it delivered on the same day or week, and be associated with communities that align with our interest all online. So when these apps have more data and international relations than the governments we reside, can governments be more than just "land"?
Finally, this brings into question Facebook and Libra. Facebook is one of the largest public multi-national countries on this planet, and libra in eyes of many just a software update. However, Libra shined a light on so many things I've always wondered. With as powerful as Facebook is that probably knows more about you than your government, and has more international relationships with more countries than your government, if/whenever libra is released, this now puts a corporate entity in charge of your money. And As they say, libra existing on blockchains, really can't be stopped if ever it's released. Sure governments can be banned and sue Facebook all they want, but if there are people using it, the damage is done, they can't shut down Facebook without causing an economic collapse probably one worse than the great depression. Facebook is just too big to fail. Google, Amazon are other companies seeking to challenge governance by cities for their corporate entities and employees. They most likely won't be here in the USA too much regulation, but someone where like Africa or even cities on water .
All in all, as I leave, Everything I knew about finances such as mortgages, paychecks, loans, mediums of exchange, trade, and banking tools are all fundamentally challenged by the introduction of bitcoin. The power lies in those who own the system, and when no one owns the system, but everyone manages it, the real power becomes invested back into the people. With this knowledge, I know that I am truly more powerful than I thought I was, and you should feel empowered as well. Sure the infrastructure may take time before things become convenient enough for wide-scale adoption, but we are the founding fathers and mothers of the first generation in the true power of decentralized tech. We are the ones that decide on how the first implementation of this tech should be used, and that's all by experimentation. I agree that it will be a daunting task and scary for those who are not familiar with this. Like all things that exist it starts with experimentation.
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From Conspiracy to Fact: An analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Information Control, and the New World Order (Appendix includes hundreds of citations) - PART 1

UPDATE: This article is now available as a printable PDF with embedded hyperlinks for navigation through sources. This link will be valid thru July 9: https://ufile.io/4mpkg4x6

PLEASE NOTE: This article may be updated periodically with new information and links as they become available. All referenced information and a whole lot more is indexed and linked in the related appendix posts. Please feel free to crosspost, share, and take from my ideas to build your own. Namaste.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Appendix A | Appendix B

Hello. My name is Chris. I am nobody, really. An average citizen. I am an overweight 42 year old white male from the Midwestern suburbs of the US who has been fortunate enough to live a pretty comfortable life. I used to be a freelance graphic designer with a focus on small businesses, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that that career and part of my life is more than likely over in light of current events. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I've always been concerned about social injustice and tried to stay politically informed, even dabbling in some activism here and there. At times I've stepped away from paying attention for my own mental health, or due to laziness, defeatism, whatever. But I've never stopped caring, or trying, to fight the good fight and do the right thing.
The news recently has of course swept us all up, and touched all our lives in some way or another. The world has never seen anything like the "Coronavirus Pandemic," and it's clear that our society will be changed forever when we finally come out the other end of this mess. But I've had the luxury of time recently, and in reading the news about things that were going on, I couldn't help but notice the patterns, and that a lot of stuff didn't exactly make sense.
So, here we go, with the "conspiracy theory."
I hate that term, because although it's technically accurate, it's been demonized and weaponized by the media and society at large to take on a bad connotation. Tinfoil hats, alien abductions, crazy people muttering to themselves, etc. You've no doubt got a lot of images in your mind of a conspiracy theorist.
And make no mistake, what I'm going to tell you here is all currently very popular conspiracy theory. However, I think that by removing opinions and conjecture from it, and focusing on facts and things that have already happened, I can present this huge amount of overwhelming, disparate information in a way that makes it less a "theory" and more a "research project." And so that is how I have approached this.
I have spent the last week doing little else besides reading every news and opinion article I could find, saving and organizing hundreds of links, and assembling a coherent, logical outline to organize and present these theories, and more importantly, facts. There are a lot of less-than-reputable sites and publications out there, and I have tried when at all possible to provide sources from verifiable news sites, with a wide range of slants and focuses, to illustrate that what is happening is not part of any one particular political agenda.
I hope that you take the time to check the links, really look into the information presented here, and form your own opinions. Please do not just take my word for it. To that end, there are also a few links mixed in that are labeled as having come from conspiracy. These are well-written and well-reasoned posts from other concerned citizens that I think are worth reading, and relevant to the discussion here.
One last thing - If you are new to most of these ideas, the information presented here is more than likely going to seem overwhelming at first. I encourage you now, and always, to take mental health breaks for yourself, and put down your phone or turn off your computer. The information will be here when you come back. And as you'll soon understand, what is happening is an unstoppable tide, truly a force of nature at this point, and there is nothing you can do to fight it, so try your hardest to relax, put on some chill music, hug your dog, and most of all...
BREATHE.
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If you start researching conspiracy theory, you're going to find a lot of information. Some much better or worse presented than others, and some much more plausible or unbelievable than others. Despite the seeming ridiculousness of some things you might read, I encourage you to always approach new information with an open mind.
That said though, I have one main principle that guides all my beliefs about conspiracy theories, and that is the "Filter of Likelihood." Essentially, you have to ask yourself how possible, how likely, and how feasible a piece of information is. Furthermore, you need to ask yourself what the motivation would be. In many cases, it's quite easy to see how something makes a lot of sense based on other known info, whereas some theories seem rather implausible no matter how you look at it.
I am interested only in the plausible, and where possible, the already actualized. Additionally, there's a lot to be said, and a lot that has already been written on many of these topics, so I will focus on current events and simple concepts.
I will also ask you to open your mind to possibility. Please consider this as you evaluate new information:
  1. Do you believe there are things going on in the world that you don't know about yet?
  2. Do you believe that there is technology and science you've never heard of?
  3. Do you believe that society is progressing at an increasing rate?
  4. Do you believe that as populations grow, we require new societal strategies?
  5. Do you believe that those with power and money want to retain their power and money?
Of course you believe all these things, and none of these are wild or unusual concepts. Rather, these are very basic concepts that apply to everyone, and always have. They are all part of our shared human experience, and undeniable facts of life. Populations grow, societies evolve, technology advances, and the world changes. And most important to our discussion here, people, families, and empires constantly jockey for power and control, while fighting for resources, power, fame, and...
MONEY.
We all hate TicketMaster, right? Who do they think they are, what the hell is this bullshit "service fee," etc. It's something everyone can get behind. But did you know that TicketMaster willingly cultivates that image? That venues, teams, and artists, in their pursuit of more money, raise fees and then let TicketMaster be the bad guy and take the heat so their reputations remain intact?
There are many more people, organizations, and other entities in the world playing that same role for those who really have the money, who really call the shots. And those who call the shots work very hard and spend absolutely unfathomable amounts of money, time, and blood, to make sure that you don't ever realize who's actually taking your money.
They do this in the simplest, easiest way. If you simply control information from the top down, and disseminate it when and where you see fit, you can effect great societal change without lifting a finger.
Please imagine... really, try to imagine... You just read an article, saw a video, whatever, from a very, very reputable source. And it just informed you that an asteroid was 83% likely to impact the Earth next month. What would you do? What would happen in the world?
Hopefully an asteroid will not hit next month, but it's important to really imagine what would happen and why, and how. Because a huge amount of information would be generated and published, people would panic, society would crumble, and the world as you know it would change forever in an instant, the moment you read that headline.
Control of information is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind today. A person living in 2020 can easily encounter as much information in a day as someone in Medieval times might have encountered in a lifetime. And it comes at you from all angles, in all forms, non-stop, 24/7. Much like the water in the pipe, the information is always there, and one needs but turn it on.
Disseminating the information then becomes a practice all its own, and to be sure, information processing accounts for more than half of the US GDP. And the rate at which it's spread, and way it is handled makes a huge difference in the societal repercussions. So a few different techniques are used:
It might be the greatest understatement of all time to say that there has been a lot of information passed around about COVID-19, the "Coronavirus," recently. In fact, there has never been anything like what we are currently experiencing in all of human history, and not by a long shot. And this unprecedented turn of events has caused a lot of people to react in a lot of ways, and say and do a lot of things, for better or for worse.
Full disclosure: In particular, if you look up conspiracy theory, you'll see a lot of stuff suggesting that the "Coronavirus is a hoax." (You'll also find a lot of poorly-written rambling) I want to be clear that I DO NOT believe that. I am 100% sure that there is a Coronavirus, that it is making people sick, that a lot of people are dying, and that our medical professionals and many other undervalued workers are overwhelmed, and breaking their backs every day to do their best to keep their friends, families, and loved ones safe. I am extraordinarily grateful for them and admire the resolve and bravery that so many have shown in the face of this disaster. I do not think it is a hoax at all.
However, I think that literally everything else that is happening surrounding the "pandemic" is.
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The Pandemic
In the first week of January this year, I got sick. Really sick. I know when I got it and who I got it from, and honestly the exact moment I got it (I only was in proximity of the dude for a few minutes). He had warned me that he was really sick, and I blew it off. I started feeling sick a day or two later, and a day or two after that I felt like I was dying. Fever, chills, aches, extraordinary fatigue. And literal, nonstop, 24/7 coughing. I had every single symptom of what we now know as COVID-19. I commented to anyone who would listen that I didn't recall ever feeling that sick before in my entire life. The most memorable part of it though was that after a couple days, I completely lost my sense of smell and taste. Joked a lot about how you could feed me onions and soap cause I'd have no idea. I try to have a good attitude about being sick.
I spent a week sleeping on the couch before I finally went to the doctor. She gave me a Prednisolone steroid pack (which has worked well for me in the past), some Trazodone to knock me out, and Benzonatotate for my cough. As soon as I took the first dose of steroids I started to feel pretty fucking great, and it was more or less a non-issue after that.
I spoke to a lot of people about it then and after, and man, I can't tell you how many stories I personally heard from people I know that said the exact same thing. Then I started reading the same story over and over again on Reddit:
We didn't start really hearing about the Coronavirus in the media until the beginning of March, and we didn't hear about the "Pandemic" until just a couple weeks ago. And what a couple weeks it's been since then. But I am quite certain that it's been around for a lot longer and that I, and a lot of other people I know, had it - and DID NOT DIE FROM IT - way back in January.
We now know that the first documented case in the US was on January 19th, but that word "documented" is so, so important here. That means that we had identified the virus, developed a test, and tested a person with the symptoms that day. It does NOT mean that was when the virus reached the United States. How sick do you have to be before you take a day off work? Before you go to the doctor? With America's healthcare system or lack thereof, it's almost certain that many people had this virus before we determined what it was, and how infectious it really was.
There is also the matter of the statistics of severity vs the regular flu. This is a highly contentious topic and I am no medical expert, and do not wish to make any assertions. However, what I can tell you from my personal experience is this: I had a horrible "flu" in January, got basic medicine, got better. So, either I had the flu, or perhaps I did indeed have the Coronavirus.
We will never know because I was never tested. But the important thing is that it doesn't matter. Either I (and many others) had the Coronavirus and it did not kill us (calling into question the severity of the infection) or we just had a bad cold or flu, but it had the exact same symptoms as COVID-19 (calling into question the extent of Coronavirus diagnoses). But logically, one of those two statements is true.
Furthermore, the data keeps changing, and I don't mean increasing on a daily basis. I mean up and down, back and forth, it is deadly or maybe it isn't, etc. On January 14 the WHO told you it couldn't spread from human to human. But then on Jan 19 we saw the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. Then it turns out that the Wuhan market outbreak began earlier in December. And then it's an "epidemic," but most people will only get mild symptoms. What are you supposed to believe? And it sure does seem to come at you as a firehose, and it's hard to even think about anything because OHMYGODTHECORONAVIRUS!
But let's stop and look a couple basic facts. As a matter of fact, I'm going to let Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi explain this one to you. This is a very informative 10 minute video, watch it:
Sucharit Bhakdi - Very clear math showing that the COVID statistics are being manipulated
So 80% of people only experience mild symptoms, and we're crashing the economy for this? The statistics aren't any more extreme than many other illnesses we've had over time, and we're crashing the economy for this? It doesn't make sense until you consider that there are other factors besides just the virus at play.
Wolfgang Wodard - Explaining how the statistics are being manipulated to cause panic
The media, and society at large is inundating you with terrifying information about the Coronavirus. But if it's not as bad as we originally thought, then why? We don't freak out about every illness that comes along, and we've certainly never in the history of civilization had over 1/3 of the global population locked down under mandatory quarantine.
And then there's the debate about where the virus came from. We believe it came from a meat market in China, under unsanitary conditions. The science behind a coronavirus making the leap from one species to another is well-established and researched, and it is a very likely scenario. There are also conspiracy theories that state that China released it on its people intentionally, or even that the US military released it in China. Again, we will never know exactly where this Coronavirus came from. It may be natural, it may be man made, and there are very plausible paths for both. I don't know what to believe myself. So here I ask you to make your own judgement based on likelihood.
What we do know though is that the state of the world this virus has been unleashed on has played a major factor in its spread. In 1950 the global population was 2.5 billion, and that has exploded to almost 8 billion people in 2020. As a matter of fact, population growth has been exponential since about the time of the Industrial Revolution.
With all these people on the planet there are sure to be many disagreements and conflicts, and there indeed have been. As a matter of fact, 2019 saw global protests on an unprecedented scale, in Hong Kong, France, Syria, and many other countries. Citizens have literally been fighting police and military with rocks, clubs, arrows, and molotov cocktails.
Did you know that? Despite my seeing headlines and pictures every day of the riots in Hong Kong, I have been shocked to learn that multiple of my close friends, intelligent and aware people, had no knowledge whatsoever of the protests even existing. But that is far from a coincidence; rather, it is quite by design.
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Billionaires and Coincidences
Another major talking point over the last 5 to 10 years has been the "1%" - the handful of super-rich individuals who posess and control the vast majority of the Earth's wealth and resources. Where it used to just be a numerical term, "Billionaire" is now a dirty word, and one of the nastiest. We all hate billionaires. They are evil, and profit off the exploitation of the rest of the world.
The "Illuminati" we call them, in pursuit of a "New World Order." Crazy stuff, right? Mysterious symbols and people in black robes doing nefarious things in secret meetings, and running the world from behind the scenes. We love the Illuminati, it's a huge pop culture thing now. The subject of endless speculation, they are made fun of in the media, movies, and now Taco Bell commercials. It's so far fetched it could never really be true. And the fact that you think that is by design as well.
So, we don't know where the Coronavirus came from, but it's certainly here, and there are lot of other things unfolding in the world around it. Many different current events from all different places and fields of study. Some of it seems a little too coincidental. It is certainly very coincidental that this economically destructive Coronavirus entered the world right as there were global uprisings, protests in the street, and a growing public hatred for billionaires.
Well, here are a few other coincidences: Hundreds of CEOs of major companies stepped down from their positions in recent months. Multiple US Senators sold stock right before the market crashed. Even the boss of the New York Stock Exchange sold his own stock right before the crash. Did they know something they weren't telling us?
Here's another coincidence. In 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation published a selection of future-predicting scenarios in the name of "exploring the ways that technology and development could co-evolve." One of these four scenarios, entitled "Lock Step," eerily predicts a global viral pandemic and the resulting hypothetical consequences, which almost exactly mirrors the COVID-19 pandemic we are in the midst of today.
Also coincidental: The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in China on November 17th, 2019. Literally one month earlier, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. In this exercise, they discuss the potential implications and consequences of a novel Coronavirus, including an economic crash, martial law, and of particular interest, the control of information. (You can view some published highlights here)
The World Economic Forum is comprised of the richest of the rich. The 1%. The Billionaires. CEO's, politicians, business owners, and many other powerful and influential figures. They meet regularly to discuss topics of global concern, and strongly control the dissemination of information. And of primary concern to many of them is maintaining their wealth and power in a rapidly-changing world.
And finally, here's one more coincidence: At the exact same time as the Event 201 exercise, The World Military Games was held in Wuhan, China, Oct 18-27, 2019. It was the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports. Wuhan China was, as we now believe, the source of our current global COVID-19 outbreak.
Whether you think it is a "conspiracy" or not, that is all certainly coincidental, to say the least.
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"Why didn't I hear about any of this?"
That's an excellent question, and one that likely has multiple answers. For starters, how much do you really pay attention? Where do you get your news from? Do you research things you hear or just accept them on hearsay? Critical thinking skills are paramount in making sense of the chaos unfolding all around us.
As I mentioned before, I can tell you that I personally know multiple people who had no clue whatsoever about the riots in Hong Kong last year. As you read this, you may be one of them. And it may seem like something that is happening far away, and "could never happen here." Or you may have been aware of it but just that it was happening. But please, consider for a moment: millions of average citizens risked their lives and safety in the streets of Hong Kong for months on end, fighting police and military, and transforming the city they lived in into a warzone. WHY? Why would people do something like that? Regardless of their motivations, that many people were banding together to fight for something they believed in. And that is worth considering.
It's not really your fault though that you may not catch wind of all this news. The "mainstream media" that you hear about all the time deliberately controls information - downplaying threats and overreacting to silly things - in order to make sure that you hear the version of the news that they want you to hear.
Did you know that only 6 corporations control 90% of the media In America? That number is reduced from 50 companies in the 80's. And literally all the news you see on TV, at the very least, is 100% owned and controlled by these companies. Lately, distrust is growing for cable news networks, and many people turn to their local hometown station for trusted news. The problem with that though is that your hometown station is probably owned by Sinclair Media, one of the most powerful broadcast networks in the country that you've never heard of.
Please watch this very brief video, illustrating the chokehold that Sinclair Media maintains over your nightly local news broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLjYJ4BzvI
Of course, not every piece of news is pre-programmed but a lot is. The real news is out there, but sometimes you have to look a little deeper than the infographics on TV news. Even if information is being directed from the top down, the boots on the ground tend to be passionate people with a variety of interests and agendas, and they are still doing their best to do real journalism despite corporate oversight.
Think of those who are directing the information as steering an impossibly massive ship with a rudder. You can slowly adjust the course of direction, however it is slow to react. If you want to stop, you have to start thinking about stopping wayyy ahead of time. And similarly, once it gets underway, it is then influenced by an inertia all its own. Micro controls and adjustments aren't really possible.
Our society is this giant ship. There are 8 billion people on this earth - that is 8000 million. An incomprehensible number that grows rapidly every day. As civilization grows and advances, so does our medicine, our technology, our cultural norms. These are all natural processes that are necessary to manage an increasing number of societies all around the globe. And many of the advances we're making have exciting potential benefits for humanity, although as with all tools, they also inherently possess the potential for abuse.
Here are some other things happening in society right now, some you may be aware of and many you may not:
There is an interesting chicken or egg relationship between science fiction and real world science. Sci-fi writers are inspired by the real science of the day, then they apply their creativity to imagine what might be in the future. Young scientists encounter these fantastical ideas and think they are worth pursuing, and then set about to make them a reality, and the cycle continues.
Futuristic concepts are then preempted and introduced through the media to the conscious mind, as we include them in books, movies, TV, video games, and more. Eventually we start seeing headlines of these new technologies and developments happening in other places, usually Japan and China first due to their prevalence in the industrial and technological sectors of our global economy.
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Continue to Part 2

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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
What should we write about next? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we'll post another article soon!
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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History
In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History
In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History
In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
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China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History

China Opens A New Era In Blockchain History
In 2020 the main world news about blockchain and cryptocurrency come mainly from China, whose policy in this sphere was already called “super-aggressive”. Mining state calls blockchain the main innovative technology, they say it fuels the competitive environment for the crypto business and connects large bankers and telecommunications giants.
On April 18, 2020, the Agricultural Bank of China launched a test application for using the national cryptocurrency. The acronym “DCEP” (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) is increasingly discussed in the analytic community. The app became available in test mode in large cities of the country.
The system created by the Agricultural Bank includes two types of digital currency. The first is the currency for commercial banks. The second is the issue of digital money for individuals and legal entities by commercial banks.
Although mobile payments through Alipay and WeChat Pay have been used in the daily life of the Chinese for a long time already, the government made another step and created a new cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the global financial Chinese system and the widespread adoption of blockchain technology – that is a future caused by the actions of China, which initially remained wary of such initiatives.

A little bit of history

In October 2019 Xi Jinping, the President of China announced that the development of blockchain technology is one of the state’s priority tasks and called for boosting the development of this sphere in the country. It was heard by the grapevine that China started developing its own cryptocurrency in early 2014. The news about new crypto periodically popped up, although according to the experts, the country was more associated with strict regulatory actions. The industry was even included in the preliminary list of industries that should be banned and some blockchain conferences were closed by the police.
Much has changed with the release of Libra (Facebook cryptocurrency). Facebook is a private company with 2.3 billion users worldwide and the prospect of issuing its own currency could potentially turn the project into the main global cryptocurrency.
China took this as an incentive. First of all, an incentive to push the dollar out of the electronic payment market, and in the future, to change the entire global financial system. Looking at the example of China, and realizing what opportunities might be missed, many other countries have announced the development of their CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency). For example, the European Central Bank, the Central Bank of South Korea, Russia, Sweden, and several other countries talk about their own developments in the field of state cryptocurrencies.
Forbes has placed the launch of the DCEP in the first place on the list of the most influential events that will determine the blockchain ecosystem in 2020.
However, China has always been the largest cryptocurrency miner. Huge mining farms and some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges are based here. And while Xi Jinping’s statement was logical and expected, official support from the authorities led to major investments and blockchain research. The Chinese telecommunications giants have been given the green light to freely innovate. In fact, they were given tremendous power. Immediately after the October announcement, shares of Chinese technology companies rose significantly, as well as Bitcoin prices. Requests for the term “blockchain” in the Chinese searching engines have grown up 60 times.

Blockchain Bonds

The scale of China’s actions is huge nowadays. One of China's largest commercial banks, Bank of China (BoC), issued blockchain bonds for $2.8 billion. Two-year bonds will go on sale with an interest rate on the coupon of 3.25% per annum.
The Bank of China intends to direct the raised funds to support small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs will be able to obtain loans at lower rates since the blockchain system allows the bank to reduce the cost of issuing and circulating debt instruments.

What positive changes will the project bring?

The introduction of the DCEP system will help the People's Bank of China reduce the cost of issuing money. It will also help reduce the commercial banks’ costs in transactions, improve the business climate in the field of innovation, and minimize risks. When making an interbank transfer using the new currency, users will not be charged a transaction fee. DCEP will allow us to make transfers within the country and abroad easily. It is most likely that the DCEP platform will have more opportunities and advantages. Now the world needs to accept the fact that the monetary and financial system has entered a new era.
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[Diplomacy] The Third Belt and Road Forum: The Caucasus

June 8th, 2021
Beijing, China
The reality is that China does not have the military power that the United States and Russia bring to the world stage, nor do we have decades of Cold War influence that have carved out spheres of influence in the forms of economic unions, alliances, and buffer zones. However, we have the greatest weapons of all on our side: time, and an artificially-devalued currency that allows us to perform what Western economists refer to as "black magic." Our system has confounded the West and its brightest minds for years, and they will continue to scratch their heads as the honorable and powerful People's Republic exercises our soft economic power to carve out our own spheres of influence across the world.
Debt is a loaded gun with a hair trigger, a time bomb with a broken clock. There is a reason moneylenders were so hated all throughout human history -- they held power over their debtors, real power. In a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by the multilateral alliance of NATO and the lone Dragon, we must build a multinational web of our own. We do not have natural allies as do the Americans and Europeans, and many around us do not trust us enough to sign onto a permanent military alliance. However, we can slowly bring the nations of the world to appreciate us through copious investments. And it is through these investments that we will make these countries dependent upon us for growth, so that they may one day repay our kindness with a favor of our own request. The greatest minds of China, including Paramount Leader Xi Jinping, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun, and Silk Road Fund Chairwoman Jin Qi have determined that this is our path forward, and we will follow it to the glorious destiny that awaits us.
The first Belt and Road Forum of 2021 will focus on a valuable reason, one with limitless potential for growth and profit, and an important battleground in the war for global influence: the Caucasus. Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan have been isolated for this round of offers, focusing on infrastructure, energy, agriculture, and more.

Turkey: The Middle Corridor

A nation seeking to increase its own global standing, the Republic of Turkey recently announced the creation of the Middle Corridor Project, an investment program seeking to increase connectivity between Europe and Asia through Anatolia and the Caucasus. Conveniently enough, the People's Republic share the same goal. While Chinese-Turkish relations are not all they once were, it is our opinion that our nations still have much to gain through cooperation in this arena. Therefore, we bring the following offers to the Republic of Turkey:
Working On the Railroad
Following the imminent integration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway with the Edirne-Kars High Speed Railway, the Turkish-Chinese trade network -- with a total volume of over $100 billion -- will become much faster and more efficient. The vast expansion of this capacity for movement of goods will continue to open up trade avenues between Turkey and China, allowing the Turks to benefit from Chinese investment and affordable manufacturing while Chinese companies will gain access to one of the largest and fastest-growing markets and industrial bases in Europe. To further accelerate and improve this process, China is willing to offer a loan of $2 billion dollars at a 2.4% yearly interest rate for the purpose of more quickly integrating the two rail networks with the rest of the trans-Asian railways. As Chinese companies have been proven to construct a mile of high speed rail for the ludicrously low price of $30 million, this offer should invigorate the process and greatly enhance the railway's capabilities should Turkey accept.
The Nuclear Option
A major goal of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources throughout the 2010s has been the construction of nuclear power plants in order to increase the nation's share of energy from that source. However, a number of projects have only ended in failure, having met various roadblocks from the safety issues that led to the abandonment of the Sinop Power Plant Project and the deterioration of relations with Russia that have halted the progress on the notable Akkuyu Power Plant Project, which was originally scheduled to be built, owned, and operated by Russian parent company Rosatom. The final nuclear plant scheduled in Turkey is the İğneada Power Plant, to be supported by American company Westinghouse Electric.
The People's Republic believes that Turkey would be better off working with the expert Chinese engineers and technicians, rather than the Russians, whose vision of Turkey and willingness to help is clouded by political tension, and the Americans, whose vision of Turkey is little more than a puppet and bulwark against Islamic terrorism in the Middle East. Certainly, Turkey can do better than this. The People's Republic has recognized that Turkey's economy has incredible potential fueled by a hardworking people and a bounty of natural resources. Therefore, we offer the following proposal to the Republic of Turkey:

Georgia: On My Mind

Georgia, despite the relative prosperity in Tbilisi and other major cities, is still very much a developing country. It is heavily reliant on agriculture in many regions, and subsistence farming remains quite common throughout rural parts of the nation. The People's Republic's analysis of the country has determined that in order for it to accelerate its growth and drastically increase its standard of living, it must break the economic stranglehold that is subsistence farming, and Chinese corporations are more than willing to assist in this task. In 2019, Maya Tskitishvili, the Georgian Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development commented that the Belt and Road Initiative would serve an essential function in growing the Georgian economy. As Georgia was one of the first nations to express interest in the initiative back in 2015, we find it fit to repay this faith in kind.
Fixing Farms
As stated, reforming agriculture through the end of subsistence farming is key to unlocking Georgia's industrial and economic potential. To this end, the Beijing Hosen Investment Management Group, along with a number of smaller Chinese agricultural investment firms, are willing to invest a total of $40 million into purchasing farms of 200 acres or less, or farms that have a projected yearly revenue of $50,000 or less, in order to consolidate them into large farms. These farms will employ at least 80% of their workers as Georgian nationals, while Chinese workers may be immigrated into the country to pick up the remaining jobs that will be created -- a notion that Georgia has previously explored with South African, Armenian, and Arabian nationals. Agriculture is generally associated with economies of scale, meaning that larger farms are more productive and more cost-efficient, so neighboring farms that can be combined into singular large enterprises will have a higher priority for purchase and investment. Furthermore, for larger-scale, Georgian-owned agricultural projects, the People's Republic is willing to offer various loans to Georgian companies. A total of $250 million will be made available at a flat yearly interest rate of 3% for the lease of Chinese-manufactured farming equipment from WeiFang Guanghui Agriculture Mechanism, Shandong Yingsheng Machinery Company, and the Qingdao Iaoshan Tractor Factory.
The governments and cooperations of China and Georgia will cooperate to ensure that Georgian farmers who sell their farms will be able to find jobs in the newly-consolidated agricultural conglomerates to ease fears of unemployment. Furthermore, our economists (as well as Georgian economists) estimate that the jobs created by the elimination of subsistence farming will more than compensate for those lost during the transition.
Bit by Boring Bit
Interestingly, a growing career path in the nation of Georgia is full-time Bitcoin mining, as well as other forms of cryptocurrency. It is becoming quite common for young Georgians to take advantage of powerful Soviet-era electricity grids and the abundance of electricity in the region to mine vast quantities of cryptocurrency, making Georgia one of the leading countries in the crypto market. We believe that we can use this to our advantage. Chinese investment banks, notably the Agricultural Bank of China, will purchase a number of cryptomines and put them to work for the People's Republic, subsidizing part of the electricity cost in exchange for a portion of the profits and a foot in the door of the vast Caucasian energy industry, which will be developed more later.

Azerbaijan: The Middle Child

At the Second International Belt and Road Forum in 2019, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev indicated his country's express interest in taking part of the project to expand its infrastructure and trade opportunities. With the increasing importance of the BTK railway, we see it fit to secure our interests in the Azerbaijani economy so that both our countries may profit. We wish to extend an offer of a loan of $8 billion with an interest rate of 3.2% to Azerbaijan to be used in expanding the Baku International Sea Trade Port, which currently handles 15 million tons of cargo, to handle 25 million tons of cargo by 2028. We would also like to explore the possibility of increased Chinese presence in the Caspian through investments in Caspian Sea natural gas, and the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is willing to invest $2.4 billion for the construction of two natural gas drilling facilities in the Bahar offshore oil and gas field in the southern Caspian. These natural gas facilities will employ at least 80% of its labor force as Azerbaijani workers, and up to 49% of shares in the facilities will be made available for sale to non-Chinese investors. There are an estimated 25×109 m3 of natural gas in the Bahar fields alone, and the fields currently produce around 130 billion m3, making them a valuable resource that should yield consistent production and profit well into the future.

The Fourth Belt and Road Forum

The People's Republic is open for business. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that scarred many economies around the world, we want our fellow nations to know that China is willing and able to invest in them to ensure a better future for both our peoples. Currently, China is targeting the Middle East for the next round of investments, but the People's Republic promises that any nation which requests loans will be considered.
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Chinese authorities are testing the digital yuan: is it worth waiting for the digital dollar?

Chinese authorities are testing the digital yuan: is it worth waiting for the digital dollar?

Chinese authorities are testing the digital yuan: is it worth waiting for the digital dollar?
The development of the digital renminbi is proceeding rapidly: a few days ago it became known that companies and customers of the largest banks in several cities of China were testing it. Moreover, corporations such as McDonald’s and Starbucks will take part in the test, among others. + Why is China in a hurry to release a national cryptocurrency, at what stage is development and why its main opponent is not Bitcoin or Libra from Facebook, but the US dollar, DeCenter found out.
For a long time, almost nothing was known about China’s national digital currency (DCEP), or the digital renminbi, except that the Chinese authorities were working on it. Information was officially confirmed only in 2018. Moreover, it turned out that research and development has been ongoing since 2014. And in the summer of 2019, the deputy head of the department of the National Bank of China (NBK) Mu Changchun, who is called the main ideologist of the digital renminbi project in power, said that he was “almost ready.” This was preceded by the sensational announcement of the cryptocurrency project Libra from Facebook, which officials in many countries took with hostility.
As DeCenter wrote, cryptocurrencies have pushed the Chinese authorities to create DCEP by the growing competition with fiat currencies. Despite the formal ban on cryptocurrency exchanges and ICOs, Chinese people are still actively using crypto assets. The digital yuan could be an alternative to decentralized coins. In addition, the main capacities of world mining of the Bitcoin network are concentrated in China, the blockchain startup industry is developing rapidly and with government support. Such a contradictory and motley picture.
According to the professor of Fudan University, Michael Song, the real impetus for accelerating the development of the digital renminbi was not so much the Libra coin, but the keynote address by President Xi Jinping in October 2019. Then he called on officials to “make every effort” to develop the blockchain and introduce solutions based on it into the real economy. At the same time, Xi noted the importance of implementing technology in digital finance. According to Song, this was a signal for central authorities to accelerate the release of DCEP and facilitate its distribution in China and beyond.
Mobile App First
But the real details about the digital yuan became known recently, in April. Then, WeChat published screenshots from the test mobile application of the Agricultural Bank of China (SBC) for operations with DCEP. Some of the application’s functions were visible on the screenshots: wallet, function of payment via QR-code (a popular payment method in China), receiving and sending money, as well as “pairing” wallets of two users for transactions through convergence of devices (probably using NFC-technology)
Mobile app interface for the RMB.
Later, the NBK confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots and added that the digital renminbi is being tested in cooperation with several commercial banks, and its territory is limited to four major cities. As The Block later clarified with reference to Chinese media, in one of the cities — Suzhou — municipal officials in May will receive half of the subsidies for travel on public transport in “digital yuan”.
The authorities did not disclose the official launch date for DCEP, but added that the next test of the digital national currency will be held in 2022, during the Beijing Winter Olympics. Probably, then the scale of the test will be much larger and will also affect foreign citizens.
It is curious that on the same day, the State Committee for Development and Reforms of the PRC — the former Gosplan, now in charge of strategic economic planning, announced the inclusion of blockchain in the national technology development strategy. Now it is a priority for the state along with other promising areas, such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and the Internet of things.
Commerce and trading in the digital yuan
The NBK is not limited to banks and individual users of the digital yuan: thanks to a report from the Chinese publication InterChain Pulse, another test was revealed, but with the participation of almost two dozen companies. The project will be held on the territory of the New Xun’an District (something like a special economic zone, but an urban type).
The project includes companies in the field of catering, retail, transport and entertainment. The list also includes American companies McDonald’s, Starbucks and Subway, as well as a number of local chains: fast food Qingfeng Baozi, supermarkets JD (operated by the leading online retailer of the same name in China), Jinfeng cafe and others. Four state-owned banks provide financial infrastructure, as well as fintech giants Ant Financial (formerly Alipay) and Tencent. Administrative support is provided by local governments.
Xun’an — a kind of testing ground for the “digital city”. All government services have already been digitized here, 5G mobile networks, unmanned vehicles and much more are used. At the end of March, a blockchain laboratory was opened in the city, which will be engaged in the implementation of DLT-based solutions in urban infrastructure and services.
At the same time, InterChain Pulse did not provide data on the date of the start of the digital renminbi experiment in Xiongang or the timing of its implementation.
Ram against the dollar
Given that the digital yuan is a project of the Chinese authorities, it is not surprising that, in addition to domestic economic interests, they also pursue political goals. Namely, the victory over the global “hegemony” of the US dollar. So, the DCEP developer Mu Changchun in September last year said that “the digital yuan is necessary for China to protect the monetary sovereignty of the country”.
The Ledger Insights portal cites an article by the Chinese political science center Zero One Think Tank, which states that the digital yuan will help “internationalize” the Chinese currency. In particular, through transactions in large-scale foreign economic projects of the PRC. Among them is the One Belt, One Road initiative, which brings together many of China’s neighbors as part of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Sea Silk Projects. High scalability of DCEP will solve the problem of increasing the share of settlements in RMB in foreign trade. So far, China has failed.
State-owned Chinese companies already have the infrastructure needed for cross-border operations in the digital yuan. For example, last fall, the Chinese Construction Bank (the third largest in China) released the second version of its financial blockchain platform for international settlements after the volume of operations on it exceeded $ 50 billion. The platform users are mainly foreign banks and Chinese exporters.
All four major Chinese state banks, which recently announced their participation in the project for the commercial testing of the “digital yuan” in Xiongang, have their own foreign trading platforms based on a distributed registry.
Digital dollar
The U.S. currency really dominates global finance: in 2019, 90% of international transfers and 60% of government reserves were in US dollars, while the yuan in both segments accounted for only 2%. Such data are quoted by Voice of America.
The dollar is needed by private companies and banks to hedge the risks of depreciation of national currencies in international transactions. However, the widespread use of the dollar also gives the US government leverage — for example, with the introduction of economic sanctions.
The emergence of alternative international currencies could undermine US influence. In a commentary on Voice of America, Special Assistant to the President Tim Morrison expressed confidence that Beijing’s intention to “dominate this new financial technology should be alarming”, referring to cryptocurrencies.
Apparently, while the US authorities do not plan to issue their own digital dollar.
In late February, speaking in the Senate, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said that Washington does not intend to issue a national cryptocurrency at this time, but may return to this issue in the future.
The day before Mnuchin’s statement, Jerome Powell, the head of the US Federal Reserve System, spoke in the House of Representatives. Congressmen called on him and colleagues in the government’s financial bloc to step up work on the digital dollar until they got ahead of the Chinese. To this Powell replied that the conditions in the USA and China are different: “For example, the idea of a registry where everyone will see each other’s transactions is unlikely to be attractive in the context of the United States. This is not a problem for China.”
As for Libra, last year’s announcement of which was accompanied by mass criticism of Western officials, on April 20 an updated version of the white paper project was released. In the new document, the developers officially abandoned the concept of a single global stablecoin, decentralization and anonymity and pledged to comply with all regulatory requirements.
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From Conspiracy to Fact: An analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Information Control, and the New World Order (Appendix includes hundreds of citations) - PART 1

PLEASE NOTE: This article may be updated periodically with new information and links as they become available. All referenced information and a whole lot more is indexed and linked in the related appendix posts. Please feel free to crosspost, share, and take from my ideas to build your own. Namaste.
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Hello. My name is Chris. I am nobody, really. An average citizen. I am an overweight 42 year old white male from the Midwestern suburbs of the US who has been fortunate enough to live a pretty comfortable life. I used to be a freelance graphic designer with a focus on small businesses, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that that career and part of my life is more than likely over in light of current events. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I've always been concerned about social injustice and tried to stay politically informed, even dabbling in some activism here and there. At times I've stepped away from paying attention for my own mental health, or due to laziness, defeatism, whatever. But I've never stopped caring, or trying, to fight the good fight and do the right thing.
The news recently has of course swept us all up, and touched all our lives in some way or another. The world has never seen anything like the "Coronavirus Pandemic," and it's clear that our society will be changed forever when we finally come out the other end of this mess. But I've had the luxury of time recently, and in reading the news about things that were going on, I couldn't help but notice the patterns, and that a lot of stuff didn't exactly make sense.
So, here we go, with the "conspiracy theory."
I hate that term, because although it's technically accurate, it's been demonized and weaponized by the media and society at large to take on a bad connotation. Tinfoil hats, alien abductions, crazy people muttering to themselves, etc. You've no doubt got a lot of images in your mind of a conspiracy theorist.
And make no mistake, what I'm going to tell you here is all currently very popular conspiracy theory. However, I think that by removing opinions and conjecture from it, and focusing on facts and things that have already happened, I can present this huge amount of overwhelming, disparate information in a way that makes it less a "theory" and more a "research project." And so that is how I have approached this.
I have spent the last week doing little else besides reading every news and opinion article I could find, saving and organizing hundreds of links, and assembling a coherent, logical outline to organize and present these theories, and more importantly, facts. There are a lot of less-than-reputable sites and publications out there, and I have tried when at all possible to provide sources from verifiable news sites, with a wide range of slants and focuses, to illustrate that what is happening is not part of any one particular political agenda.
I hope that you take the time to check the links, really look into the information presented here, and form your own opinions. Please do not just take my word for it. To that end, there are also a few links mixed in that are labeled as having come from conspiracy. These are well-written and well-reasoned posts from other concerned citizens that I think are worth reading, and relevant to the discussion here.
One last thing - If you are new to most of these ideas, the information presented here is more than likely going to seem overwhelming at first. I encourage you now, and always, to take mental health breaks for yourself, and put down your phone or turn off your computer. The information will be here when you come back. And as you'll soon understand, what is happening is an unstoppable tide, truly a force of nature at this point, and there is nothing you can do to fight it, so try your hardest to relax, put on some chill music, hug your dog, and most of all...
BREATHE.
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If you start researching conspiracy theory, you're going to find a lot of information. Some much better or worse presented than others, and some much more plausible or unbelievable than others. Despite the seeming ridiculousness of some things you might read, I encourage you to always approach new information with an open mind.
That said though, I have one main principle that guides all my beliefs about conspiracy theories, and that is the "Filter of Likelihood." Essentially, you have to ask yourself how possible, how likely, and how feasible a piece of information is. Furthermore, you need to ask yourself what the motivation would be. In many cases, it's quite easy to see how something makes a lot of sense based on other known info, whereas some theories seem rather implausible no matter how you look at it.
I am interested only in the plausible, and where possible, the already actualized. Additionally, there's a lot to be said, and a lot that has already been written on many of these topics, so I will focus on current events and simple concepts.
I will also ask you to open your mind to possibility. Please consider this as you evaluate new information:
  1. Do you believe there are things going on in the world that you don't know about yet?
  2. Do you believe that there is technology and science you've never heard of?
  3. Do you believe that society is progressing at an