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List of moderately difficult skribbl words for your new friend group (1200+ words)

That is to say that this list contains words that this list contains words that:
  1. Usually aren't instantly guess-able (like star, apple, or Nike).
  2. Can be played with a group of acquaintances (I play with a group of interns at work to blow off time)
Created this list by modifying an existing difficult word list we found online and adding a bunch of new words. If you see a stupid difficult word, it was probably a word from the existing difficult word list that I forgot to remove. (amicable and reimbursement were the type of bs I removed lol).
abraham lincoln, accordion, accounting, acre, actor, adidas, advertisement, air conditioner, aircraft carrier, airport security, alarm clock, alcohol, alert, alice in wonderland, alphabet, altitude, amusement park, angel, angle, angry, ankle, apathetic, apathy, apparatus, applause, application, apron, archaeologist, archer, armada, arrows, art gallery, ashamed, asteroid, athlete, atlantis, atlas, atmosphere, attack, attic, audi, aunt, austin powers, australia, author, avalanche, avocado, award, baby, baby-sitter, back flip, back seat, baggage, baguette, baker, balance beam, bald, balloon, bamboo, banister, barbershop, barney, baseboards, bat, beans, beanstalk, beard, bed and breakfast, bedbug, beer pong, belt, beluga whale, berlin wall, bible, biceps, bikini, binder, biohazard, biology, birthday, biscuit, bisexual, bitcoin, black hole, blacksmith, bleach, blizzard, blueprint, bluetooth, blunt, blush, boa constrictor, bobsled, bonnet, book, bookend, bookstore, border, boromir, bottle cap, boulevard, boundary, bow tie, bowling, boxing, braces, brain, brainstorm, brand, bride, bride wig, bruise, brunette, bubble, bubble bath, bucket, buckle, buffalo, bugs bunny, bulldog, bumble bee, bunny, burrito, bus, bushel, butterfly, buzz lightyear, cabin, cable car, cadaver, cake, calculator, calendar, calf, calm, camera, cannon, cape, captain, captain america, car, car accident, carat, cardboard, carnival, carpenter, carpet, cartography, cartoon, cartoonist, castaway, castle, cat, catalog, cattle, cd, ceiling, cell, cellar, centimetre, centipede, century, chain mail, chain saw, chair, champion, chandelier, channel, chaos, charger, chariot, chariot racing, check, cheerleader, cheerleader dust, chef, chemical, cherub, chess, chevrolet, chick-fil-a, chicken coop, chicken legs, chicken nugget, chime, chimney, china, chisel, chord, church, circus tent, clamp, classroom, cleaning spray, cliff, cliff diving, climate, clique, cloak, clog, clown, clue, coach, coast, cockpit, coconut, coffee, coil, comedian, comfy, commercial, community, companion, company, compare, comparison, compromise, computer, computer monitor, con, confidant, confide, consent, constrictor, convenience store, conversation, convertible, conveyor belt, copyright, cord, corduroy, coronavirus, correct, cot, country, county fair, courthouse, cousin, cowboy, coworker, cramp, crane, cranium, crate, crayon, cream, creator, credit, crew, crib, crime, crisp, criticize, crop duster, crow's nest, cruise, cruise ship, crumbs, crust, cubicle, cubit, cupcake, curtain, cushion, customer, cutlass, czar, dab, daffy duck, dance, danger, darth vader, darts, dashboard, daughter, dead end, deadpool, deceive, decipher, deep, default, defect, degree, deliver, demanding, demon, dent, dentist, deodorant, depth, descendant, destruction, detail, detective, diagonal, dice, dictate, disco, disc jockey, discovery, disgust, dismantle, distraction, ditch, diver, diversify, diversity, diving, divorce, dizzy, dodge ball, dog, dolphin, donald trump, doorbell, doppelganger, dorsal, double, doubloon, doubt, doubtful, download, downpour, dragon, drain, dream, dream works, dress shirt, drift, drip, dripping, drive-through, drought, drowning, drugstore, dryer, dryer sheet, dryer sheets, dugout, dumbbell, dumbo, dust, dust bunny, duvet, earache, earmuffs, earthquake, economics, edge, edit, education, eel, effect, egg, eiffel tower, eighteen-wheeler, electrical outlet, elf, elope, emigrate, emotions, emperor, employee, enemy, engaged, equation, error, eureka, everglades, evolution, exam, exercise, exhibition, expired, explore, exponential, extension, extension cord, eyeball, fabric, factory, fad, fade, fake flowers, family tree, fan, fast food, faucet, feather, feeder road, feeling, ferris wheel, fiddle, figment, finding nemo, firefighter, firefox, fireman, fireman pole, fireplace, fireside, fireworks, first class, first mate, fish bone, fishing, fizz, flag, flat, flavor, flight, flip flops, flock, florist, flotsam, flowchart, flower, flu, flute, flutter, flying saucer, fog, foil, food court, football player, forklift, form, forrest gump, fossil, fowl, fragment, frame, fresh water, freshwater, friction, fries, front, frost, fuel, full, full moon, fun, fun house, funnel, fur, galaxy, gallon, gallop, game, gamer, garden, garden hose, gas station, gasoline, gavel, gentleman, geologist, germ, germany, geyser, giant, ginger, giraffe, gladiator, glasses, glitter, glue, glue stick, goalkeeper, goatee, goblin, gold, gold medal, golden retriever, gondola, good-bye, government, gown, graduation, grain, grandpa, gratitude, graveyard, gravity, great-grandfather, grenade, grill, grim reaper, groom, groot, group, guess, guillotine, gumball, guru, gymnast, hail, hair dryer, haircut, half, hand soap, handful, handle, hang, hang glider, hang ten, harry potter, hawaii, hay wagon, hearse, heater, heaven, helmet, hermit crab, high heel, high tops, highchair, hitler, hockey, homework, honk, hoodies, hoop, hopscotch, hot, hot dog, hot fuzz, hot tub, hotel, houseboat, human, humidity, hunter, hurdle, husband, hut, hydrant, hydrogen, hypothermia, ice, ice cream cone, ice fishing, icicle, idea, igloo, illuminati, implode, important, improve, in-law, incisor, income, income tax, index, inertia, infect, inglorious bastards, inside out, insurance, interception, interference, interject, internet, invent, invisible, invitation, iron man, ironic, irrational, irrigation, isaac newton, island, ivy, ivy full, jackhammer, japan, jaw, jazz, jedi, jellyfish, jet lag, jig, jigsaw, joke, joker, journal, juggle, jump rope, jungle, junk, junk drawer, junk mail, justice, kangaroo, ketchup, kill bill, killer, kilogram, kim possible, kiss, kitten, kiwi, kit-kat, kneel, knight, koala, lace, lady bug, ladybug, lamp, lance, landfill, landlord, lap, laptop, last, laundry detergent, layover, leak, leap year, learn, leather, lebron james, lecture, legolas, leprechaun, letter, letter opener, lettuce, level, lice, lichen, lie, lifeguard, lifejacket, lifestyle, light, lightning, lightning mcqueen, lightsaber, limit, lion, lipstick, living room, lobster, logo, loiterer, lollipop, loonie, lord of the rings, lottery, love, loveseat, loyalty, lullaby, lumberjack, lumberyard, lunar eclipse, lunar rover, lung, lyrics, macaroni, machete, machine, macho, magnet, mailbox, makeup, mammoth, manatee, mark zuckerberg, martian, mascot, mascot fireman, mask, mast, mastercard, mat, mayhem, mechanic, megaphone, member, memory, mercedes benz, mermaid, meteor, michael scott, michelangelo, microscope, microsoft, microsoft word, microwave, midnight, migrate, millionaire, mime, mine, mine car, miner, minivan, mirror, missile, mitten, mohawk, moisturizer, molar, mold, mom, monsoon, monster, monsters inc, mooch, moonwalk, moth, mount rushmore, mozart, mr potato head, mulan, mummy, music, mysterious, myth, name, nanny, naruto, navigate, negotiate, neighborhood, nemo, nepal, nest, netflix, neutron, newsletter, night, nightmare, nike, north pole, nose, nostril, nurse, nutmeg, oar, obey, observatory, office, offstage, olive oil, olympics, one-way street, opaque, optometrist, orange juice, orbit, organ, organize, ornament, ornithologist, ounce, oven, owl, oyster, pacific ocean, pacifier, page, pail, pain, palace, pancakes, panda, panic, pantyhose, paper plate, paperclip, parade, paranoid, parent, parking garage, parley, parody, partner, password, pastry, patrick starr, pawnshop, peace, peacock, peanut, peasant, pelt, pen pal, pendulum, pepsi, periwinkle, personal, pest, pet store, petroleum, pharaoh, pharmacist, philosopher, phineas and ferb, phone, photo, piano, pickup truck, picnic, pigpen, pigtails, pile, pilgrim, pilot, pinboard, pineapple express, ping pong, pink panther, pipe, pirate, pizza, pizza sauce, plan, plank, plantation, plastic, playground, pleasure, plow, plumber, pocket, pocket watch, point, pokeball, pokemon, pole, police, pomp, pompous, pong, popeye, population, portfolio, positive, positive champion, post, post office, practice, president, preteen, prey, prime meridian, printer ink, prize, produce, professor, profit, promise, propose, protestant, psychologist, publisher, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, punching bag, punishment, punk, puppet, putty, quadrant, quarantine, quartz, queue, quicksand, quit, quiver, raccoon, race, raft, rage, rainbow, raindrop, rainwater, random, raphael, ratatouille, ratchet, ray, reaction, realm, ream, receipt, recess, record, recorder, recycle, referee, refund, regret, religion, remain, resourceful, rest stop, retail, retire, reveal, revenge, reward, rhyme, rhythm, rib, rick and morty, riddle, right, rim, rind, ringleader, risk, rival, robe, robot, rock band, rocket, rodeo, roller coaster, roommate, roundabout, rowboat, rubber, ruby, rudder, runt, rv, s'mores, safe, salmon, salt, sand castle, sandbox, sandbox bruise, sandpaper, santa claus, sap, sapphire, sash, sasquatch, satellite, saturn, sausage, saxophone, scarf, scatter, schedule, school, school bus, science, scissors, scooby doo, scrambled eggs, scream, screwdriver, script, scuba diving, scythe, seahorse, season, seat, seat belt, seed, serial killer, servant, sewer, shaft, shakespeare, shame, shampoo, sheep, sheets, shelter, sherlock holmes, shipwreck, shoelace, shopping cart, shotgun wedding, shower, shower curtain, shrew, shrink, shrink ray, sickle, sidekick, siesta, signal, silhouette, silt, simba, simpsons, skateboard, skating rink, ski goggles, ski lift, skip, skipping rope, skydiving, slack, sleep, sleet, slim shady, slipper, slump, snag, snapchat, sneeze, snooze, snore, snow globe, snowball, snowflake, soak, social distancing, socks, softball, solar eclipse, somersault, song, sophomore, soul, soulmate, soviet russia, space, space-time, spaceship, spaghetti, spare, speakers, spiderman, spirited away, sponge, spoon, spotify, spring, sprinkler, squat, stage, stage fright, stagecoach, stairs, staple, starbucks, starfish, startup, star trek, statement, stationery, statue of liberty, stay, steamboat, steel drum, stethoscope, stew, stewie griffin, sticky note, stingray, stockings, stork, storm trooper, story, stout, stowaway, stranger, strawberry, streamline, student, stuff, stun, submarine, sugar, suit, sun, sunburn, sunlight, sunscreen, superbad, superman, surfing, sushi, swamp, swarm, sweater, swim shorts, swing dancing, switzerland, swimming, syringe, system, tachometer, taco bell, tadpole, tag, tank, tattle, taxes, taxi, teabag, team, tearful, teenage mutant ninja turtle, teenager, teepee, telepathy, telephone booth, telescope, temper, ten, tesla, testify, tetris, thanos, the beatles, the dark knight, the prestige, theory, think, thread, thrift store, throne, ticket, tide, time, timeline, time machine, time zone, tin, tinting, tiptoe, tire, tissue box, toast, today, toddler, toilet paper, toll road, tomato sauce, tombstone, toothbrush, toothpaste, top hat, torch, tornado, toronto maple leafs, tourist, tournament, tow, tow truck, toy store, toy story, trademark, traffic jam, trail, trailer, train, train tracks, transformers, translate, transpose, trapped, trash bag, trash can, trawler, treatment, trench coat, tricycle, trip, trombone, truck, truck stop, tsunami, tub, tuba, tug, tugboat, turret, tutor, tutu, twang, twitter, umbrella, unemployed, united states, university, upgrade, vacation, vampire, van, vanilla, vanquish, vegan, vegetarian, vehicle, vein, venn diagram, vest, villain, violent, vision, vitamin, voice, voicemail, volleyball, wag, wall-e, wallet, wallow, wasabi, washing machine, water, water buffalo, water cycle, water vapor, wax, wealth, weather, wedding, wedding cake, weed, welder, werewolf, wet, wetlands, whale, whatsapp, whey, whip, whiplash, whisk, wifi, wig, wikipedia, win, wind, winnie the pooh, wish, witch, wizard, wolverine, woody, workout, world, wormhole, writhe, yacht, yak, yard, yardstick, yawn, yeti, yin yang, yoda, yodel, yolk, youtube, zamboni, zen, zero, zeus, zip code, zipper, zombie, zombieland, zoo
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MeWe: A trip report

Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein.
As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations.
This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.

Leadership

Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein.
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company).
Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books.
His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.

Advisory Board

Ownership & Investment

MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016.
Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041
Crunchbase Profile.
Founded: 2012 (source)
Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014.
2016 valuation: $20m (source]
Backers:
Despite the business address, the company claims to be based in Los Angeles County, California and is described by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Culver City, CA, company.

Business

Policy

In an August 6, 2018 Twitter post, Weinstein promotes MeWe writing:
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
Highlights of these follow.

Privacy

The privacy policy addresses:

Terms of Service

The ToS addresses:
Effective: November 6, 2018.

FAQ

The FAQ addresses:

Values

This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy.
Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.

Privacy Bill of Rights

A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
  1. You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
  2. You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
  3. You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
  4. Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
  5. You control who can access your content.
  6. You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
  7. Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
  8. Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
  9. Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
  10. You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.

Press

There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.

Self-reported articles

The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.).
There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.

Other mentions

A DuckDuckGo search produces several other press mentions, including:

Technology

This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.

Mobile Web

The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.

Mobile App

There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.

Desktop Web

Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button.
The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.)
The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.

Onboarding

The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.

Interface

Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site.
Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.

Features

Among the touted features of MeWe are:

Community

A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.

Size

Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter.
The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members.
This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.

Active Users

MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.

Groups

MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest.
"MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ.
The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here.
A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories.
The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5.
Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.

Google+ Groups

The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.

Political Groups

It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
  1. Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
  2. The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
  3. Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
  4. Drain The Swamp (4978)
  5. Libertarians (4528)
  6. United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
  7. The Right To Self Defense (3757)
  8. Alternative Media (3711)
  9. Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
  10. Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
  11. Return of the Republic (2509)
  12. Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
  13. Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
  14. Berners for Progress (1963)
  15. Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
  16. The American Conservative (1839)
  17. I Am The NRA (1704)
  18. Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
  19. We Love Donald Trump (1611)
  20. MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
  21. Q (1396)
  22. ClashDaily.com (1384)
  23. news from the front (1337)
  24. Basket of Deplorables (1317)
  25. Payton's Park Bench (1283)
  26. Convention of States (1282)
  27. Britons For Brexit (1186)
  28. MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
  29. MeWe Free Press (1119)
  30. The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
  31. Libertarian (1097)
  32. WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
  33. AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
  34. #WalkAway Campaign (894)
  35. ALEX JONES (877)
  36. The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
  37. We Support Donald Trump! (810)
  38. The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
  39. TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
  40. Official Tea Party USA (749)
  41. Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
  42. Yes Scotland (697)
  43. "WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
  44. Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
  45. Anarcho-Capitalism (658)
  46. Ted Cruz for President (650)
  47. No Lapdog Media (647)
  48. Q Chatter (647)
  49. Daily Brexit (636)
  50. Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
  51. The Trumps Storm Group (600)
  52. QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
  53. 100% American (569)
  54. Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
  55. Deep State (560)
  56. In the Name of Liberty (557)
  57. Material Planet (555)
  58. WikiUnderground (555)
  59. Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
  60. Magna Carta Group (520)
  61. Constitutional Conservatives (506)
  62. Question Everything (503)
  63. Conspiracy Research (500)
  64. Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
  65. Conservative Misfit's (479)
  66. Canadian politics (478)
  67. Anarchism (464)
  68. HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
  69. Deplorable (450)
  70. Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
  71. UK Politics (430)
  72. Bongino Fan Page (429)
  73. Radical Conservatives (429)
  74. RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
  75. The Deplorables (409)
  76. America's Freedom Fighters (401)
  77. Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
  78. CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
  79. Political satire (383)
  80. RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
  81. UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
  82. The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
  83. End The Insanity (349)
  84. Coming American Civil War! (345)
  85. Constitutional Conservatives (343)
  86. United Nations Watch (342)
  87. A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
  88. The New Libertarian (335)
  89. Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
  90. DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
  91. American Conservative Veterans (331)
  92. Anarchism/Agorism/Voluntaryism (328)
  93. America Needs Donald Trump (326)
  94. The UKIP Debating Society (321)
  95. Coalition For Trump (310)
  96. Egalitarianism (306)
  97. FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
  98. 2nd Amendment (287)
  99. Never Forget #SethRich (286)
  100. Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:

Conclusion

Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects.
Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.

Updates

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Auscoin ICO is an underwhelming fraud

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam Karagiozis: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael Slogget: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean Harris: Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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Auscoin ICO is a scam targeting Mum and Dad investors in Australia

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam K: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael S: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean H Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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In-depth review of Auscoin credits to /u/CryptoKittyKiller. A reminder to make sure that nobody loses money in this scam ICO

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam Karagiozis: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael Slogget: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean Harris: Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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Futures Falls On Chip Carnage As World Await Brexit Verdict

Stocks in Europe faded early gains and S&P futures fell after a mixed session in Asia as chip stocks were taken to the woodshed on poor guidance from Nvidia and Applied Materials sparked fears that the chip bull run is over, while investors wondered whether China and America can de-escalate their trade war after mixed signals by US officials just days before the G-20 summit.

The euro failed to rebound while the sterling halted its biggest drop in 2 years after some of the most dramatic 24 hours yet in the Brexit process and another turbulent week for world markets. With reports of a UK leadership coup still rife and fear that the country could crash out of the EU without an agreement, cable struggled to rise above $1.28.

Meanwhile traders around the world were waiting for an outcome from the ongoing Brexit saga: “If and when a vote on the withdrawal agreement occurs is uncertain. Whether the withdrawal bill is passed by both houses of Parliament is uncertain,” Joseph Capurso, a senior currency strategist at CBA, said in a note. “Whether the Prime Minister resigns or is challenged for the leadership is uncertain. And, whether there is a second referendum and/or an election is uncertain.”
Fears over political turmoil in the UK and Italy dragged Europe's Stoxx 600 back into the red, set for its first weekly drop in three, trimming Friday’s gain as AstraZeneca's drop weighed on the gauge after a cancer-drug setback while telecom names were outperforming. Utilities started the session lower in the wake of yesterday’s ECJ decision which deemed the UK’s scheme for ensuring power supplies during the winter months as a violation of state aid rules. Other individual movers include Vivendi (+4.2%) sit at the top of the Stoxx 600 after posting impressive Q3 sales metrics and announcing a potential sale of part of their Universal Music Group division. Elsewhere, AstraZeneca (-2.3%) and Shire (-1.3%) have been seen lower throughout the session after both posting disappointing drug updates.
Not helping sentiment, ECB head Mario Draghi said the bank still plans to dial back its stimulus at the end of the year, but acknowledged the economy had hit a soft patch and inflation may rise more slowly than expected. “If firms start to become more uncertain about the growth and inflation outlook, the squeeze on margins could prove more persistent,” Draghi told a conference.
Earlier in the day, Asian shares ended the session in the red (MSCI Asia -0.2% to 151.52), led lower by declines in Japan, even as China and Hong Kong rose after initial reports the United States might pause further China tariffs were denied by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross who damped hopes of any imminent trade deal with China. The Nikkei fell 0.6% pressured by a drop in the USDJPY after China Mofcom began an investigation into alleged dumping of machine tools by Japanese firms. The Hang Seng (+0.3%) and Shanghai Comp. (+0.4%) swung between gains and losses after continued liquidity inaction by the PBoC which skipped Reverse Repos for a 16th consecutive occasion.
S&P futures were hit on fresh slowdown concerns, this time out of the semiconductochip space, after Nvidia gave a dire sales forecast, projecting a 20% drop in revenue while a disappointing outlook from Applied Materials indicated the chip industry is holding off on expansion plans in the face of a murky outlook for electronics demand. The chipmaking sector saw another bout of selling in Asia, wiping at least $11.2 billion in market value amid signals that demand for servers, personal computers and mobile is falling.

Also falling after hours were shares of AMD and Intel, dragging Nasdaq futures lower.
"It started with Apple, then Nvidia ... Since performances of these companies set the tone for the global tech and chip industries, related Japanese stocks will likely be sluggish for a while,” said Takatoshi Itoshima, a strategist at Pictet Asset Management.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed after Fed Chairman Powell flagged his concern over potential headwinds for the U.S. economy, while the pound staged a modest rebound on reports that some pro-Brexit ministers decided to stay in their governmental posts. The pound gained as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May defied demands to quit and amid reports her environment secretary wouldn’t resign, following the resignation of several ministers Thursday. The yen rallied as trade stress simmered, with investors trying to gauge whether China and the U.S. can de-escalate their dispute.
Also under water was the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, which hit a one-year trough overnight. It had tumbled 10 percent early in the week when support at $6,000 gave way. It was last changing hands at $5,500 on the Bitstamp platform.
Treasuries were steady while 10-year yields on German bonds were set for their biggest weekly fall in three weeks, in a sign that the Brexit uncertainty and worries about Italy’s finances, continued to support demand. Italian bonds edged higher even as European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in an interview with Il Sole 24 Ore that the country’s government was openly defying EU budget rules. Emerging-market currencies consolidated recent gains while oil prices extended their rebound.
Oil prices rose, helped by a decline in U.S. fuel stockpiles and the possibility of a cut in OPEC output. Brent (+1.3%) and WTI (+1.1%) are both in the green and continuing their rebound seen yesterday with WTI hovering around USD 57.00bbl. Energy newsflow remains light, post-yesterday's DoE report, however, Iraq’s North Oil Co. have announced that they have resumed Kiruk oil exports heading towards the Turkish port of Ceyhan. Looking ahead, the main highlight on the calendar will be the Baker Hughes rig count. Elsewhere, natural gas futures are relatively steady after their 19% decline yesterday which came in the wake of a 20% increase the day before.
In geopolitical news, US Republican and Democrat Senators filed a bipartisan bill seeking to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to war in Yemen and killing of journalist. North Korean Leader Kim inspected test of new high-tech tactical weapons, according to Yonhap citing North Korean state media
Today's data include October industrial production and capacity utilization. Viacom is among companies reporting earnings
Market Snapshot
Top Overnight News
Asia-Pac stocks traded indecisively as the region lacked fresh catalysts and as uncertainty regarding Brexit and US-China trade played on investor’s minds. ASX 200 (-0.1%) and Nikkei 225 (-0.6%) were choppy with outperformance of tech and mining names in Australia overshadowed by a lacklustre broader market, while the Japanese benchmark was subdued by mild flows into the JPY and after China Mofcom began an investigation into alleged dumping of machine tools by Japanese firms. Elsewhere, Hang Seng (+0.3%) and Shanghai Comp. (+0.4%) swung between gains and losses after continued liquidity inaction by the PBoC which skipped OMOs for a 16th consecutive occasion, while participants were also tentative amid ongoing trade uncertainty after conflicting reports regarding the next round of China tariffs being placed on hold which USTR Lighthizer later denied. Finally, 10yr JGBs were mildly higher with prices underpinned amid an indecisive tone seen in stocks and with the BoJ also present in the market for JPY 680bln of JGBs in the belly to super-long end.
Top Asian News - China’s Kindergarten Crackdown Is the Latest Disaster for Stocks - Modi Is Said to Enlist Tata for Jet Airways Rescue Ahead of Vote - Philippines Shuts 3 Miners, Suspends 9 Others After Review - Indian Central Bank Board to Discuss Surplus Funds Transfer
European equities trade relatively flat (Eurostoxx 50 +0.2%) in the wake of mixed trade headlines overnight for the US and China. Performance across European indices is relatively equal whilst focus once again falls on the FTSE 100 (U/C) which remains at the whim of Brexit-inspired fluctuations in the GBP. Once again, potential upside for the index is being capped by losses in domestically focused banking names (RBS -3.0%, Lloyds -2.1%) as Brexit uncertainty continues to dampen investor sentiment. In terms of sector specifics, most sectors are trading higher with mild outperformance seen in telecom names. Utilities started the session lower in the wake of yesterday’s ECJ decision which deemed the UK’s scheme for ensuring power supplies during the winter months as a violation of state aid rules. Other individual movers include Vivendi (+4.2%) sit at the top of the Stoxx 600 after posting impressive Q3 sales metrics and announcing a potential sale of part of their Universal Music Group division. Elsewhere, AstraZeneca (-2.3%) and Shire (-1.3%) have been seen lower throughout the session after both posting disappointing drug updates.
Top European News
Currencies:
In commodities, gold (+0.2%) is trading relatively flat after hitting new weekly highs of USD 1218.39/oz earlier in the session; following uneventful overnight trade. Elsewhere, Shanghai Zinc prices have risen due to London Metal Exchange stockpiles falling to decade-low levels. Brent (+1.3%) and WTI (+1.1%) are both in the green and continuing their rebound seen yesterday with WTI hovering around USD 57.00bbl. Energy newsflow remains light, post-yesterday's DoE report, however, Iraq’s North Oil Co. have announced that they have resumed Kiruk oil exports heading towards the Turkish port of Ceyhan. Looking ahead, the main highlight on the calendar will be the Baker Hughes rig count. Elsewhere, natural gas futures are relatively steady after their 19% decline yesterday which came in the wake of a 20% increase the day before.
US Event Calendar
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The Libertarian Society that Was.

For one week every year in the town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, something truly remarkable happens. Libertarians of all stripes and shades travel from around the world, from Mexico to Canada, from Australia to Great Britain, and create the society that they want to see. It is called the Porcupine Freedom Festival, or Porcfest for short.
There are no cops, there are no rulers, and the only laws that exist are the laws that exist between men as they deal with each other as equals. Gadsden flags ("Don't Tread on Me") and Market Anarchist flags (gold and black bisected) were waved instead of the usual Red White and Blue. Almost one in every three men had a sidearm strapped to their legs. People were excited about Bitcoin as a currency, and hopeful for the future.
I arrived on Wednesday night at around 11:30, and I did not have a campsite. I drove up and parked along the side of a path, and walked down a hill where I saw a large collection of party-goers hanging out in the rain beside a campfire. I walked down and met up with a friend of mine from London, named Harold. He stared at me for a second before drunkenly hugging me and making sure that I was provided with a beer. He then introduced me to his group of friends.
"This is Edward Snowden, everybody," he declared to those he was talking with. They laughed. I suppose I do bear some resemblance to the famed whistleblower, but I doubt my accomplishments will hold much light in comparison. Still, it wasn't the worst nickname I have been given.
Harold then led me to Jonathon, who is a man from French-Canada. Both of them had visited me at my house earlier in the week
I had loaned Harold one of my tents earlier in the week when he, along with Jonathon, had visited my house on their way to New Hampshire. They were being given rides by our friend Phillip, who was attending with his wife and his two daughters. While Phillip had opted for a hotel, they had opted for a campsite.
The tent that I had loaned him was apparently flooded. As such, Harold asked if he could sleep in my car. Jonathon, on the other hand, had brought his own setup, and it was very dry, and didn't need to use my vehicle for such things. I consented, and we decided to see if any food was available this late at night.
We found a vendor in a tent selling ice-cream. They accepted Bitcoin. I decided to try their ice cream, which they assured was made without the permission or license of the state. It was delicious and did not kill me.
We then wandered by to the fire with our ice cream. There was a man in nothing but a loincloth sitting on a picnic table, and he seemed to be selling moonshine. There were a few young men enjoying some cannibis. There was no more beer. I decided to go to bed.
The next morning, I met a man and a woman who were sitting on top of a large boulder that I'd apparently parked next to. They were watching the sunset, and I was told that if you sat on that rock, you'd have an amazing view. I took their word for it before I took a waddle around the campsite. It amazed me the sheer number of men walking around with all manner of firearms. The most common were hip-holstered openly carried pistols, but there were also several men wielding shotguns and semi-automatic (assumedly) sporting rifles. There was also a tent that I found with a class on constructing an AR-15. The class was 700 dollars. You kept the AR-15 you had built when the class was over.
The amount of vendors that were operating was also pretty interesting. There were hot-dog vendors, a bacon-pancake vendor, vegan and paleo specific foods, raw honey, and even entire bars and saloons with a wide assortment of strange spirits.
Other businesses included gold and silver trade, a Bitcoin ATM, blueprints for automatic weapons, unlicensed tattoo parlors, unlicensed casinos, and even a strip-club called the Thunderdome (I would give you the scoop on the happenings in there, but I abstained; those who did not inform me that I did not miss out on much).
We went on a beer run and headed away from the campsite past another campsite (one with a Christmas theme) and into the town of Jefferson. Even though it was less than 5 miles away from the campsite, few here seemed to know what Porcfest was. When told that Libertarians really liked New Hampshire, one local resident replied, "Why? There's nothing here."
Their pizza was good, their cigarettes (what Jonathon called "Darts") were cheap, and their alcohol was about what you'd expect at a gas station.
I spent that day talking with Jonathon, the Canadian man who I loaned my bed eariler in the week. He was 19 years old, and had been all over the world. He was well-travelled, and had spent his adult life so far travelling the world. He paid for this with undefined Bitcoin-related riches, no doubt an early investor.
Harold was a man in London who is an organizer for a Libertarian club and also heads the Anarcho-Capitalist Steam group, with over 800 members.
We did Karaoke that night, and though most of the singers were about what you expect at a Karaoke event (with me butchering Tainted Love by Soft Cell), Phillip from Ohio blew the crowds away with his rendition of Frank Sinatra's hit My Way, which spoke to the hearts of the freedom-loving crowd. Phillip was classically trained and had attended 4 years of voice school, and I sympathized with the act that followed his. The event was not a contest, but he won it anyway.
On Friday morning, I woke up early with Jonathon and Harold and we attended a safety brief for the range. A local gun range had agreed to allow us to shoot on their range, and an NRA instructor gave the classic safety rules to everyone, just in case they weren't aware of them previously. We then drove in a caravan over to the range, and were treated to a wide selection of highly powerful automatic weapons. For 25 dollars, you could get a 30 round magazine of 5.56 or 7.62 and safely fire it at a paper target through an M16 or an AK-47. I decided to skip that and fire a .50 caliber Desert Eagle.
It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to firearms, I've fired my fair share of fully-automatic weapons when I was in the infantry. From Ma Deuces to Saws, I've fired a lot of weapons. The Desert Eagle was, by far, the most absurdly over-powered. Needless to say, I'd like to own one.
.22 ammunition was free to shoot, so after firing the Deagle as it's called in the Counter Strike community, I went up and went plinking with a variety of .22 caliber rifles and pistols while my friends went crazy with M16s.
A gay dance party was held on Thursday night at the camp-site. I was told by one persona attending that it was easy to tell the gay people from the straight people there.
"The gay people are dressed normally," I was told.
I bought a cookie from a pair of sisters who were no older than 6 years. It was delicious, but 1 dollar for a cookie is a bit expensive in retrospect. Who can say no to kids selling cookies? Certainly not many of the people there. Even those who ate Paleo would taste a cookie if a 6 year old tried to sell it to them.
The Paleo diet is very interesting, as many of the people at this event would eat only paleo food. The diet of low-grain and primitive blueprints doesn't, on the surface, have anything in common with Libertarian philosophy or politics, so why was it that they were in such showing at the event? I may never know. Another oddity was the amount of Libertarians with beards. I do not refer to your typical goatee, but I instead talk of fully-blown lumberjack beards. Perhaps it's the fashion in New Hampshire, it'd certainly be in keeping with their reputation.
I took Jonathon and a man who runs a video-blog (Lengthyournarther on YouTube, but let's call him Steve) out to lunch. The wings had something to be desired, and the pizza seemed manufactured, but then again, Western New York sets the bar high in this regard, and I consider myself a connoisseur in this respect. When we got the bill, Steve decided to pay for his share with a 1 troy-ounce silver coin with a buffalo on it. Silver was regarded as acceptable all across Porcfest, but in the town of Lancaster, it wasn't as readily accepted. I, however, do accept Silver as a method of payment, and was more than willing to pay on his behalf for the shiny coin. Gold was also completely acceptable in Agora Valley (one name for the campsite), but neither of these were nearly as popular as Bitcoin. Everything was for sale if you had bitcoin, from guns to poker-chips to sex. There was a bitcoin ATM machine, and bitcoin stickers, and bitcoin shirts. I got a free shirt from a 12 year old that ran a booth. He surveyed me on my experience with bitcoin, and provided me a knife, an umbrella, a t-shirt, along with other goodies. It was, by any metric, a completely fair trade for me.
On the last night, I was getting rather tired. Too much alcohol and not enough sleep will get any man, and if you combine sunburn with these you get a man who is quite tuckered out. I attended a few folk-music concerts, saw a man get an entire tent hopping as a one-man band, and saw a large wooden porcupine get lit up in a bonfire. I went to bed early before my eyesockets got too heavy.
When I woke up on Sunday Morning, however, it was all gone. The booths were getting packed up, many people had already left, and people were wandering around cleaning up after themselves. I said goodbye to my friends, and after packing up my things, I began the long ride home.
At first, I was feeling rather somber for the fact that I would have to return to New York, a land of statism and silliness. The thought of leaving New Hampshire, where seat-belts are considered optional, was pretty depressing, but then I remembered some wisdom passed by Dr. Suess.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".
Just over three days I spent in New Hampshire, partying and rallying with all manner of free people. That was enough to render me completely exhausted, but a younger man might want a bit more. For one week, in the tiny town of Lancaster, in Coos (pronounced "Koo-Ah-s") County New Hampshire, a Libertarian society existed. It was amazing due to what I saw, but also the things I didn't. It was liberating with what I could do, and also what I didn't have to do. It was amazing to be accepted as an individual, while being part of a larger group. It gave me a glimpse of what a Libertarian society could be, and hopefully, what such a society will be.
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[UPDATED] * Auscoin ICO review * from Facebook

[UPDATED] * Auscoin ICO review * COPIED FROM ANON-
I want to give my fact-based review on an upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b) a https://www.auscoin.io/…/documentati…/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/ 1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
  1. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/…/mislea…/false-or-misleading-claims
  2. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
  3. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statis…/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
  1. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
  2. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4.Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
  1. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam Karagiozis: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael Slogget: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/…/n…/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean Harris: Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
*Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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