Bitcoin Whitepaper -

Default English word list

Alright so, I took the default database from there and with the help of html, I extracted the words to a list separated by commas. It's useful when you want to translate those words into your native language.
Word of advice, when using google translate, do not put all words at once there, it can rapidly worsen the translation.
(And there is a last thing. Their algorithm of picking only custom words is not working really good, at least for me. Meaning that I often get duplicates, despite having a list this big and without duplicates. I'm still trying to find some solution to this, so if somebody is experiencing this as well, share the knowledge please, I will do the same.)
SOLUTION: Thanks for the reply from PepegaWR who identified the cause. I also tested it and there seems to be a custom words limit of 5000 characters. The easiest way in my opinion is to shuffle the words before each session to minimize the impact. Also thanks to the flynger who had the same idea before me :)
Finally, here it is, enjoy the scribbling ^^ :

ABBA, AC/DC, Abraham Lincoln, Adidas, Africa, Aladdin, America, Amsterdam, Android, Angelina Jolie, Angry Birds, Antarctica, Anubis, Apple, Argentina, Asia, Asterix, Atlantis, Audi, Australia, BMW, BMX, Bambi, Band-Aid, Barack Obama, Bart Simpson, Batman, Beethoven, Bible, Big Ben, Bill Gates, Bitcoin, Black Friday, Bomberman, Brazil, Bruce Lee, Bugs Bunny, Canada, Capricorn, Captain America, Cat Woman, Cerberus, Charlie Chaplin, Chewbacca, China, Chinatown, Christmas, Chrome, Chuck Norris, Colosseum, Cookie Monster, Crash Bandicoot, Creeper, Croatia, Cuba, Cupid, DNA, Daffy Duck, Darwin, Darwin Watterson, Deadpool, Dexter, Discord, Donald Duck, Donald Trump, Dora, Doritos, Dracula, Dumbo, Earth, Easter, Easter Bunny, Egypt, Eiffel tower, Einstein, Elmo, Elon Musk, Elsa, Eminem, England, Europe, Excalibur, Facebook, Family Guy, Fanta, Ferrari, Finn, Finn and Jake, Flash, Florida, France, Frankenstein, Fred Flintstone, Gandalf, Gandhi, Garfield, Germany, God, Goofy, Google, Great Wall, Greece, Green Lantern, Grinch, Gru, Gumball, Happy Meal, Harry Potter, Hawaii, Hello Kitty, Hercules, Hollywood, Home Alone, Homer Simpson, Hula Hoop, Hulk, Ikea, India, Intel, Ireland, Iron Giant, Iron Man, Israel, Italy, Jack-o-lantern, Jackie Chan, James Bond, Japan, JayZ, Jenga, Jesus Christ, Jimmy Neutron, John Cena, Johnny Bravo, KFC, Katy Perry, Kermit, Kim Jong-un, King Kong, Kirby, Kung Fu, Lady Gaga, Las Vegas, Lasagna, Lego, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo da Vinci, Lion King, London, London Eye, Luigi, MTV, Madagascar, Mario, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars, McDonalds, Medusa, Mercedes, Mercury, Mexico, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Microsoft, Milky Way, Minecraft, Miniclip, Minion, Minotaur, Mona Lisa, Monday, Monster, Mont Blanc, Morgan Freeman, Morse code, Morty, Mount Everest, Mount Rushmore, Mozart, Mr. Bean, Mr. Meeseeks, Mr Bean, Mr Meeseeks, Mummy, NASCAR, Nasa, Nemo, Neptune, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nike, Nintendo Switch, North Korea, Northern Lights, Norway, Notch, Nutella, Obelix, Olaf, Oreo, Pac-Man, Paris, Patrick, Paypal, Peppa Pig, Pepsi, Phineas and Ferb, Photoshop, Picasso, Pikachu, Pink Panther, Pinocchio, Playstation, Pluto, Pokemon, Popeye, Popsicle, Porky Pig, Portugal, Poseidon, Pringles, Pumba, Reddit, Rick, Robbie Rotten, Robin Hood, Romania, Rome, Russia, Samsung, Santa, Saturn, Scooby Doo, Scotland, Segway, Sherlock Holmes, Shrek, Singapore, Skittles, Skrillex, Skype, Slinky, Solar System, Sonic, Spain, Spartacus, Spiderman, SpongeBob, Squidward, Star Wars, Statue of Liberty, Steam, Stegosaurus, Steve Jobs, Stone Age, Sudoku, Suez Canal, Superman, Susan Wojcicki, Sydney Opera House, T-rex, Tails, Tarzan, Teletubby, Terminator, Tetris, The Beatles, Thor, Titanic, Tooth Fairy, Tower Bridge, Tower of Pisa, Tweety, Twitter, UFO, USB, Uranus, Usain Bolt, Vatican, Vault boy, Velociraptor, Venus, Vin Diesel, W-LAN, Wall-e, WhatsApp, William Shakespeare, William Wallace, Winnie the Pooh, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Xbox, Xerox, Yin and Yang, Yoda, Yoshi, Youtube, Zelda, Zeus, Zorro, Zuma, abstract, abyss, accident, accordion, ace, acid, acne, acorn, action, actor, addiction, addition, adorable, adult, advertisement, afro, afterlife, air conditioner, airbag, aircraft, airplane, airport, alarm, albatross, alcohol, alien, allergy, alley, alligator, almond, alpaca, ambulance, anaconda, anchor, angel, anglerfish, angry, animation, anime, ant, anteater, antelope, antenna, anthill, antivirus, anvil, apartment, apocalypse, applause, apple, apple pie, apple seed, apricot, aquarium, arch, archaeologist, archer, architect, aristocrat, arm, armadillo, armor, armpit, arrow, ash, assassin, assault, asteroid, astronaut, asymmetry, athlete, atom, attic, audience, autograph, avocado, axe, baboon, baby, back pain, backbone, backflip, backpack, bacon, bad, badger, bag, bagel, bagpipes, baguette, bait, bakery, baklava, balance, balcony, bald, ball, ballerina, ballet, balloon, bamboo, banana, bandage, bandana, banjo, bank, banker, bar, barbarian, barbecue, barbed wire, barber, barcode, bark, barn, barrel, bartender, base, basement, basket, basketball, bat, bathroom, bathtub, battery, battle, battleship, bayonet, bazooka, beach, beak, bean, bean bag, beanie, beanstalk, bear, bear trap, beatbox, beaver, bed, bed bug, bed sheet, bedtime, bee, beef, beer, beet, beetle, bell, bell pepper, bellow, belly, belly button, below, belt, bench, betray, bicycle, bill, billiards, bingo, binoculars, biology, birch, bird, bird bath, birthday, biscuit, bite, black, black hole, blackberry, blacksmith, blanket, bleach, blender, blimp, blind, blindfold, blizzard, blood, blowfish, blue, blueberry, blush, boar, board, boat, bobsled, bodyguard, boil, bomb, booger, book, bookmark, bookshelf, boomerang, boots, border, bottle, bottle flip, bounce, bouncer, bow, bowl, bowling, box, boy, bracelet, braces, brain, brainwash, branch, brand, bread, breakfast, breath, brick, bricklayer, bride, bridge, broadcast, broccoli, broken heart, bronze, broom, broomstick, brownie, bruise, brunette, brush, bubble, bubble gum, bucket, building, bulge, bull, bulldozer, bullet, bumper, bungee jumping, bunk bed, bunny, burglar, burp, burrito, bus, bus driver, bus stop, butcher, butler, butt cheeks, butter, butterfly, button, cab driver, cabin, cabinet, cactus, cage, cake, calendar, camel, camera, campfire, camping, can, can opener, canary, candle, canister, cannon, canyon, cap, cape, cappuccino, captain, car wash, cardboard, carnival, carnivore, carpenter, carpet, carrot, cartoon, cash, casino, cast, cat, catalog, catapult, caterpillar, catfish, cathedral, cauldron, cauliflower, cave, caveman, caviar, ceiling, ceiling fan, celebrate, celebrity, cell, cell phone, cello, cement, centaur, centipede, chain, chainsaw, chair, chalk, chameleon, champagne, champion, chandelier, charger, cheek, cheeks, cheerleader, cheese, cheeseburger, cheesecake, cheetah, chef, chemical, cherry, cherry blossom, chess, chest, chest hair, chestnut, chestplate, chew, chicken, chihuahua, child, chime, chimney, chimpanzee, chin, chinchilla, chocolate, chopsticks, church, cicada cigarette, cinema, circle, circus, clap, clarinet, classroom, claw, clay, clean, clickbait, cliff, climb, cloak, clock, cloth, clothes hanger, cloud, clover, clown, clownfish, coach, coal, coast, coast guard, coaster, coat, cobra, cockroach, cocktail, coconut, cocoon, coffee, coffee shop, coffin, coin, cola, cold, collapse, collar, color-blind, comb, comedian, comedy, comet, comfortable, comic book, commander, commercial, communism, community, compass, complete, computer, concert, condiment, cone, confused, console, continent, controller, conversation, cookie, cookie jar, copper, copy, coral, coral reef, cord, cork, corkscrew, corn, corn dog, corner, cornfield, corpse, cotton, cotton candy, country, cousin, cow, cowbell, cowboy, coyote, crab, crack, crate, crawl space, crayon, cream, credit, credit card, cricket, cringe, crocodile, croissant, crossbow, crow, crowbar, crucible, cruise, crust, crystal, cube, cuckoo, cucumber, cup, cupboard, cupcake, curry, curtain, cushion, customer, cut, cute, cyborg, cylinder, cymbal, dagger, daisy, dalmatian, dance, dandelion, dandruff, darts, dashboard, daughter, day, dead, deaf, deep, deer, defense, delivery, demon, demonstration, dent, dentist, deodorant, depressed, derp, desert, desk, desperate, dessert, detective, detonate, dew, diagonal, diagram, diamond, diaper, dice, dictionary, die, diet, dig, dinner, dinosaur, diploma, dirty, disaster, disease, dishrag, dispenser, display, diss track, distance, diva, divorce, dizzy, dock, doctor, dog, doghouse, doll, dollar, dollhouse, dolphin, dome, dominoes, donkey, door, doorknob, dots, double, dough, download, dragon, dragonfly, drain, drama, drawer, dream, dress, drink, drip, drive, driver, drool, droplet, drought, drum, drum kit, duck, duct tape, duel, dwarf, dynamite, eagle, ear, earbuds, earthquake, earwax, east, eat, echo, eclipse, eel, egg, eggplant, elbow, elder, election, electric car, electric guitar, electrician, electricity, elephant, elevator, embers, emerald, emoji, employer, emu, end, engine, engineer, equator, eraser, error, eskimo, espresso, evaporate, evening, evolution, exam, excavator, exercise, explosion, eye, eyebrow, eyelash, eye shadow, fabric, fabulous, facade, face, face paint, factory, failure, fairy, fake teeth, fall, family, farm, farmer, fashion designer, fast, fast food, fast forward, father, faucet, feather, fence, fencing, fern, festival, fidget spinner, field, figurine, filmmaker, filter, finger, fingernail, fingertip, fire alarm, fire hydrant, fire truck, fireball, firecracker, firefighter, firefly, firehouse, fireman, fireplace, fireproof, fireside, firework, fish, fish bowl, fisherman, fist fight, fitness trainer, fizz, flag, flagpole, flamethrower, flamingo, flashlight, flask, flea, flight attendant, flock, floodlight, floppy disk, florist, flower, flu, fluid, flush, flute, fly, fly swatter, flying pig, fog, foil, folder, food, forehead, forest, forest fire, fork, fort, fortress, fortune, fossil, fountain, fox, frame, freckles, freezer, fridge, fries, frog, frostbite, frosting, frown, fruit, full, full moon, funeral, funny, fur, furniture, galaxy, gang, gangster, garage, garbage, garden, gardener, garlic, gas, gas mask, gasoline, gasp, gate, gem, gender, generator, genie, gentle, gentleman, geography, germ, geyser, ghost, giant, gift, giraffe, girl, gladiator, glass, glasses, glitter, globe, gloss, glove, glow, glowstick, glue, glue stick, gnome, goal, goat, goatee, goblin, godfather, gold, gold chain, golden apple, golden egg, goldfish, golf, golf cart, good, goose, gorilla, graduation, graffiti, grandmother, grapefruit, grapes, graph, grass, grasshopper, grave, gravedigger, gravel, graveyard, gravity, greed, grenade, grid, grill, grin, groom, grumpy, guillotine, guinea pig, guitar, gumball, gummy, gummy bear, gummy worm, hacker, hair, hair roller, hairbrush, haircut, hairspray, hairy, half, halo, ham, hamburger, hammer, hammock, hamster, hand, handicap, handle, handshake, hanger, happy, harbor, hard, hard hat, harmonica, harp, harpoon, hashtag, hat, hazard, hazelnut, head, headache, headband, headboard, heading, headphones, health, heart, heat, hedgehog, heel, heist, helicopter, hell, helmet, hen, hermit, hero, hexagon, hibernate, hieroglyph, high five, high heels, high score, highway, hilarious, hill, hip hop, hippie, hippo, hitchhiker, hive, hobbit, hockey, holiday, homeless, honey, honeycomb, hoof, hook, hop, hopscotch, horizon, horn, horse, horsewhip, hose, hospital, hot, hot chocolate, hot dog, hot sauce, hotel, hourglass, house, hovercraft, hug, hummingbird, hunger, hunter, hurdle, hurt, husband, hut, hyena, hypnotize, iPad, iPhone, ice, ice cream, ice cream truck, iceberg, icicle, idea, imagination, impact, incognito, industry, infinite, injection, insect, inside, insomnia, internet, intersection, interview, invasion, invention, invisible, iron, island, ivy, jacket, jackhammer, jaguar, jail, jalapeno, janitor, jaw, jazz, jeans, jeep, jello, jelly, jellyfish, jester, jet ski, joker, journalist, journey, judge, juggle, juice, jump rope, jungle, junk food, kangaroo, karaoke, karate, katana, kazoo, kebab, keg, kendama, ketchup, kettle, key, keyboard, kidney, kindergarten, king, kiss, kitchen, kite, kitten, kiwi, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knot, knuckle, koala, kraken, label, laboratory, ladder, lady, ladybug, lake, lamb, lamp, landlord, landscape, lane, language, lantern, lap, laptop, laser, lasso, laundry, lava, lava lamp, lawn mower, lawyer, leader, leaf, leak, leash, leather, leave, leech, legs, lemon, lemonade, lemur, lens, leprechaun, lettuce, levitate, librarian, library, licorice, lid, light bulb, lighter, lighthouse, lightning, lightsaber, lily, lilypad, limbo, lime, limousine, line, link, lion, lips, lipstick, litter box, lizard, llama, loading, loaf, lobster, lock, log, logo, lollipop, loot, loser, lotion, lottery, lounge, love, low, luck, luggage, lumberjack, lung, lynx, lyrics, macaroni, machine, macho, mafia, magazine, magic, magic trick, magic wand, magician, magma, magnet, magnifier, maid, mailbox, mailman, makeup, mall, mammoth, manatee, manhole, manicure, mannequin, mansion, mantis, map, maracas, marathon, marble, margarine, marigold, market, marmalade, marmot, marshmallow, mascot, mask, massage, match, matchbox, mattress, mayonnaise, mayor, maze, meal, meat, meatball, meatloaf, mechanic, meerkat, megaphone, melon, melt, meme, mermaid, message, messy, metal, meteorite, microphone, microscope, microwave, midnight, military, milk, milkman, milkshake, mime, miner, minigolf, minivan, mint, minute, mirror, missile, model, mohawk, mold, mole, money, monk, monkey, monster, moon, moose, mop, morning, mosquito, moss, moth, mothball, mother, motherboard, motorbike, motorcycle, mountain, mouse, mousetrap, mouth, movie, mud, muffin, mug, murderer, muscle, museum, mushroom, musket, mustache, mustard, nachos, nail, nail file, nail polish, napkin, narwhal, nature, navy, neck, needle, neighbor, neighborhood, nerd, nest, network, newspaper, nickel, night, nightclub, nightmare, ninja, noob, noodle, north, nose, nose hair, nose ring, nosebleed, nostrils, notebook, notepad, nothing, notification, novel, nugget, nuke, nun, nurse, nut, nutcracker, nutmeg, nutshell, oar, observatory, ocean, octagon, octopus, office, oil, old, omelet, onion, open, opera, orange, orangutan, orbit, orca, orchestra, orchid, organ, origami, ostrich, otter, outside, oval, overweight, owl, oxygen, oyster, paddle, page, pain, paint, paintball, pajamas, palace, palette, palm, palm tree, pan, pancake, panda, panpipes, panther, pants, papaya, paper, paper bag, parachute, parade, parakeet, parents, park, parking, parrot, party, password, pasta, pastry, path, patient, patio, patriot, pause, pavement, paw, peace, peach, peacock, peanut, pear, peas, peasant, pedal, pelican, pencil, pencil case, pencil sharpener, pendulum, penguin, peninsula, penny, pensioner, pepper, pepperoni, perfume, periscope, person, pet food, pet shop, petal, pharmacist, photo frame, photograph, photographer, piano, pickaxe, pickle, picnic, pie, pig, pigeon, piggy bank, pigsty, pike, pill, pillar, pillow, pillow fight, pilot, pimple, pin, pinball, pine, pine cone, pineapple, pink, pinky, pinwheel, pipe, pirate, pirate ship, pistachio, pistol, pitchfork, pizza, plague, planet, plank, plate, platypus, player, playground, plow, plug, plumber, plunger, pocket, pogo stick, point, poison, poisonous, poke, polar bear, policeman, pollution, polo, pond, pony, ponytail, poodle, poop, poor, popcorn, pope, poppy, popular, porch, porcupine, portal, portrait, positive, postcard, poster, pot, pot of gold, potato, potion, pound, powder, prawn, pray, preach, pregnant, present, president, pretzel, price tag, priest, prince, princess, printer, prism, prison, pro, procrastination, professor, programmer, promotion, protest, provoke, prune, pub, pudding, puddle, puffin, puma, pumpkin, punishment, punk, puppet, purity, purse, puzzle, pyramid, quarter, queen, queue, quicksand, quill, quilt, quokka, raccoon, race, racecar, radar, radiation, radio, radish, raft, rail, rain, rainbow, raincoat, raindrop, rainforest, raisin, rake, ram, ramp, rapper, raspberry, rat, ravioli, razor, razorblade, read, reality, reception, receptionist, record, rectangle, recycling, red, red carpet, reeds, referee, reflection, reindeer, relationship, religion, remote, repeat, reptile, rest, restaurant, retail, revolver, rewind, rhinoceros, rib, ribbon, rice, ring, ringtone, risk, river, roadblock, robber, robin, robot, rock, rocket, rockstar, roll, roof, room, rooster, root, rose, royal, rubber, ruby, rug, ruler, run, rune, sad, saddle, safari, safe, sailboat, salad, sale, saliva, salmon, salt, saltwater, sand, sand castle, sandbox, sandstorm, sandwich, satellite, sauce, sauna, sausage, saxophone, scar, scarecrow, scarf, scary, scent, school, science, scientist, scissors, scoop, score, scream, screen, screw, scribble, scuba, sculpture, scythe, sea, sea lion, seafood, seagull, seahorse, seal, search, seashell, seasick, season, seat belt, seaweed, second, security, seed, seesaw, semicircle, sensei, server, sew, sewing machine, shadow, shake, shallow, shampoo, shape, shark, shaving cream, sheep, shelf, shell, shipwreck, shirt, shock, shoe, shoebox, shoelace, shop, shopping, shopping cart, short, shotgun, shoulder, shout, shovel, shower, shrew, shrub, shy, sick, signature, silence, silo, silver, silverware, sing, sink, sit, six pack, skateboard, skateboarder, skates, skeleton, ski, ski jump, skin, skinny,, skull, skunk, sky, skydiving, skyline, skyscraper, slam, sledge, sledgehammer, sleep, sleeve, slide, slime, slingshot, slippery, slope, sloth, slow, slump, smell, smile, smoke, snail, snake, sneeze, sniper, snow, snowball, snowball fight, snowboard, snowflake, snowman, soap, soccer, social media, socket, socks, soda, soil, soldier, sombrero, son, sound, soup, south, space, space suit, spaceship, spade, spaghetti, spark, sparkles, spatula, speaker, spear, spelunker, sphinx, spider, spin, spinach, spine, spiral, spit, spoiler, sponge, spool, spoon, spore, sports, spray paint, spring, sprinkler, spy, square, squid, squirrel, stab, stadium, stage, stamp, stand, stapler, star, starfish, starfruit, statue, steam, step, stereo, sting, stingray, stomach, stone, stoned, stop sign, stork, storm, stove, straw, strawberry, streamer, street, stress, strong, student, studio, study, stylus, submarine, subway, sugar, suitcase, summer, sun, sunburn, sunflower, sunglasses, sunrise, sunshade, supermarket, superpower, surface, surfboard, surgeon, survivor, sushi, swag, swamp, swan, swarm, sweat, sweater, swimming pool, swimsuit, swing, switch, sword, swordfish, symphony, table, table tennis, tablecloth, tablet, tabletop, taco, tadpole, tail, tailor, take off, talent show, tampon, tangerine, tank, tape, tarantula, target, taser, tattoo, taxi, taxi driver, tea, teacher, teapot, tear, teaspoon, teddy bear, telephone, telescope, television, temperature, tennis, tennis racket, tent, tentacle, text, thermometer, thief, thin, think, thirst, throat, throne, thug, thumb, thunder, thunderstorm, ticket, tickle, tie, tiger, time machine, timpani, tiny, tip, tiramisu, tire, tired, tissue, tissue box, toad, toast, toaster, toe, toenail, toilet, tomato, tomb, tombstone, tongue, toolbox, tooth, toothbrush, toothpaste, toothpick, top hat, torch, tornado, torpedo, tortoise, totem, toucan, touch, tourist, tow truck, towel, tower, toy, tractor, traffic, traffic light, trailer, train, translate, trap, trapdoor, trash can, traveler, treadmill, treasure, tree, treehouse, trend, triangle, trick shot, tricycle, trigger, triplets, tripod, trombone, trophy, tropical, truck, truck driver, trumpet, tuba, tug, tumor, tuna, tunnel, turd, turkey, turnip, turtle, tuxedo, twig, type, udder, ukulele, umbrella, uncle, underground, underweight, undo, unibrow, unicorn, unicycle, uniform, universe, upgrade, vacation, vaccine, vacuum, valley, vampire, vanilla, vanish, vault, vegetable, vegetarian, vein, vent, vertical, veterinarian, victim, victory, video, video game, village, villain, vine, vinegar, viola, violence, violin, virtual reality, virus, vise, vision, vitamin, vlogger, vodka, volcano, volleyball, volume, vomit, voodoo, vortex, vote, vulture, vuvuzela, waffle, waist, waiter, wake up, walk, wall, wallpaper, walnut, walrus, warehouse, warm, wart, wasp, watch, water, water cycle, water gun, waterfall, wave, wax, weak, wealth, weapon, weasel, weather, web, website, wedding, welder, well, werewolf, west, western, whale, wheel, wheelbarrow, whisk, whisper, whistle, white, wife, wig, wiggle, willow, wind, windmill, window, windshield, wine, wine glass, wing, wingnut, winner, winter, wire, wireless, witch, witness, wizard, wolf, wonderland, woodpecker, wool, work, workplace, world, worm, wound, wrapping, wreath, wrench, wrestler, wrestling, wrinkle, wrist, writer, x-ray, xylophone, yacht, yardstick, yawn, yearbook, yellow, yeti, yo-yo, yogurt, yolk, young, youtuber, zebra, zeppelin, zigzag, zipline, zipper, zombie, zoo, zoom,
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Vitalik's response to Tuur

I interlaced everything between Vitalik and Tuur to make it easier to read.
1/ People often ask me why I’m so “against” Ethereum. Why do I go out of my way to point out flaws or make analogies that put it in a bad light?
2/ First, ETH’s architecture & culture is opposite that of Bitcoin, and yet claims to offer same solutions: decentralization, immutability, SoV, asset issuance, smart contracts, …
Second, ETH is considered a crypto ‘blue chip’, thus colors perception of uninformed newcomers.
Agree! I personally find Ethereum culture far saner, though I am a bit biased :)
3/ I've followed Ethereum since 2014 & feel a responsibility to share my concerns. IMO contrary to its marketing, ETH is at best a science experiment. It’s now valued at $13B, which I think is still too high.
Not an argument
4/ I agree with Ethereum developer Vlad Zamfir that it’s not money, not safe, and not scalable.
@VladZamfir Eth isn't money, so there is no monetary policy. There is currently fixed block issuance with an exponential difficulty increase (the bomb).
I'm pretty sure Vlad would say the exact same thing about Bitcoin
5/ To me the first red flag came up when in our weekly hangout we asked the ETH founders about to how they were going to scale the network. (We’re now 4.5 years later, and sharding is still a pipe dream.)
Ethereum's Joe Lubin in June 2014: "anticipate blockchain bloat—working on various sharding ideas".
The core principles have been known for years, the core design for nearly a year, and details for months, with implementations on the way. So sharding is definitely not at the pipe dream stage at this point.
6/ Despite strong optimism that on-chain scaling of Ethereum was around the corner (just another engineering job), this promise hasn’t been delivered on to date.
Sure, sharding is not yet finished. Though more incremental stuff has been going well, eg. uncle rates are at near record lows despite very high chain usage.
7/ Recently, a team of reputable developers decided to peer review a widely anticipated Casper / sharding white paper, concluding that it does not live up to its own claims.
Unmerciful peer review of Vlad Zamfir & co's white paper to scale Ethereum: "the authors do NOT prove that the CBC Casper family of protocols is Byzantine fault tolerant in either practice or theory".
That review was off the mark in many ways, eg. see, and by the way CBC is not even a prerequisite for Serenity
8/ On the 2nd layer front, devs are now trying to scale Ethereum via scale via state channels (ETH’s version of Lightning), but it is unclear whether main-chain issued ERC20 type tokens will be portable to this environment.
Umm... you can definitely use Raiden with arbitrary ERC20s. That's why the interface currently uses WETH (the ERC20-fied version of ether) and not ETH
9/ Compare this to how the Bitcoin Lightning Network project evolved:
elizabeth stark @starkness: For lnd: First public code released: January 2016 Alpha: January 2017 Beta: March 2018…
10/ Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is now live, and is growing at rapid clip.
Jameson Lopp @lopp: Lightning Network: January 2018 vs December 2018
Sure, though as far as I understand there's still a low probability of finding routes for nontrivial amounts, and there's capital lockup griefing vectors, and privacy issues.... FWIW I personally never thought lightning is unworkable, it's just a design that inherently runs into ten thousand small issues that will likely take a very long time to get past.
11/ In 2017, more Ethereum scaling buzz was created, this time the panacea was “Plasma”.
@TuurDemeester Buterin & Poon just published a new scaling proposal for Ethereum, "strongly complementary to base-layer PoS and sharding":
Yay, Plasma!
12/ However, upon closer examination it was the recycling of some stale ideas, and the project went nowhere:
Peter Todd @peterktodd These ideas were all considered in the Treechains design process, and ultimately rejected as insecure.
Just because Peter Todd rejected something as "insecure" doesn't mean that it is. In general, the ethereum research community is quite convinced that the fundamental Plasma design is fine, and as far as I understand there are formal proofs on the way. The only insecurity that can't be avoided is mass exit vulns, and channel-based systems have those too.
13/ The elephant in the room is the transition to proof-of-stake, an “environmentally friendly” way to secure the chain. (If this was the plan all along, why create a proof-of-work chain first?)
@TuurDemeester "Changing from proof of work to proof of stake changes the economics of the system, all the rules change and it will impact everything."
Umm... we created a proof of work chain first because we did not have a satisfactory proof of stake algo initially?
14/ For the uninitiated, here’s a good write-up that highlights some of the fundamental design problems of proof-of-stake. Like I said, this is science experiment territory.
And here's a set of long arguments from me on why proof of stake is just fine: For a more philosophical piece, see
15/ Also check out this thread about how Proof of Stake blockchains require subjectivity (i.e. a trusted third party) to achieve consensus: … and this thread on Bitcoin:
Yes, we know about weak subjectivity, see It's really not that bad, especially given that users need to update their clients once in a while anyway, oh and by the way even if the weak subjectivity assumption is broken an attacker still needs to gather up that pile of old keys making up 51% of the stake. And also to defend against that there's Universal Hash Time.
16/ Keep in mind that Proof of Stake (PoS) is not a new concept at all. Proof-of-Work actually was one of the big innovations that made Bitcoin possible, after PoS was deemed impractical because of censorship vulnerability.
@TuurDemeester TIL Proof-of-stake based private currency designs date at least back to 1998.
Oh I definitely agree that proof of work was superior for bootstrap, and I liked it back then especially because it actually managed to be reasonably egalitarian around 2009-2012 before ASICs fully took over. But at the present time it doesn't really have that nice attribute.
17/ Over the years, this has become a pattern in Ethereum’s culture: recycling old ideas while not properly referring to past research and having poor peer review standards. This is not how science progresses.Tuur Demeester added,
[email protected] has been repeatedly accused of /criticised for not crediting prior art. Once again with plasma:
I try to credit people whenever I can; half my blog and posts have a "special thanks" section right at the top. Sometimes we end up re-inventing stuff, and sometimes we end up hearing about stuff, forgetting it, and later re-inventing it; that's life as an autodidact. And if you feel you've been unfairly not credited for something, always feel free to comment, people have done this and I've edited.
18/ One of my big concerns is that sophistry and marketing hype is a serious part of Ethereum’s success so far, and that overly inflated expectations have lead to an inflated market cap.
Ok, go on.
19/ Let’s illustrate with an example.
20/ A few days ago, I shared a critical tweet that made the argument that Ethereum’s value proposition is in essence utopian.
@TuurDemeester Ethereum-ism sounds a bit like Marxism to me:
  • What works today (PoW) is 'just a phase', the ideal & unproven future is to come: Proof-of-Stake.…
21/ I was very serious about my criticism. In fact, each one of the three points addressed what Vitalik Buterin has described as “unique value propositions of Ethereum proper”.
22/ My first point, about Ethereum developers rejecting Proof-of-Work, has been illustrated many times over By Vitalik and others. (See earlier in this tweetstorm for more about how PoS is unproven.)
Vitalik Non-giver of Ether @VitalikButerin: I don't believe in proof of work!
See above for links as to why I think proof of stake is great.
23/ My second point addresses Ethereum’s romance with the vague and dangerous notion of ‘social consensus’, where disruptive hard-forks are used to ‘upgrade’ or ‘optimize’ the system, which inevitably leads to increased centralization. More here:
See my rebuttal to Tuur's rebuttal :)
24/ My third point addresses PoS’ promise of perpetual income to ETHizens. Vitalik is no stranger to embracing free lunch ideas, e.g. during his 2014 ETH announcement speech, where he described a coin with a 20% inflation tax as having “no cost” to users.
Yeah, I haven't really emphasized perpetual income to stakers as a selling point in years. I actually favor rewards being as low as possible while still being high enough for security.
25/ In his response to my tweet, Vitalik adopted my format to “play the same game” in criticizing Bitcoin. My criticisms weren't addressed, and his response was riddled with errors. Yet his followers gave it +1,000 upvotes!
Vitalik Non-giver of Ether @VitalikButerin: - What works today (L1) is just a phase, ideal and unproven future (usable L2) is to come - Utopian concept of progress: we're already so confident we're finished we ain't needin no hard forks…
Ok, let's hear about what the errors are...
26/ Rebuttal: - BTC layer 1 is not “just a phase”, it always will be its definitive bedrock for transaction settlement. - Soft forking digital protocols has been the norm for over 3 decades—hard-forks are the deviation! - Satoshi never suggested hyperbitcoinization as a goal.
Sure, but (i) the use of layer 1 for consumer payments is definitely, in bitcoin ideology, "just a phase", (ii) I don't think you can make analogies between consensus protocols and other kinds of protocols, and between soft forking consensus protocols and protocol changes in other protocols, that easily, (iii) plenty of people do believe that hyperbitcoinization as a goal. Oh by the way:
27/ This kind of sophistry is exhausting and completely counter-productive, but it can be very convincing for an uninformed retail public.
Ok, go on.
28/ Let me share a few more inconvenient truths.
29/ In order to “guarantee” the transition to PoS’ utopia of perpetual income (staking coins earns interest), a “difficulty bomb” was embedded in the protocol, which supposedly would force miners to accept the transition.
The intended goal of the difficulty bomb was to prevent the protocol from ossifying, by ensuring that it has to hard fork eventually to reset the difficulty bomb, at which point the status quo bias in favor of not changing other protocol rules at the same time would be weaker. Though forcing a switch to PoS was definitely a key goal.
30/ Of course, nothing came of this, because anything in the ETH protocol can be hard-forked away. Another broken promise.
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: Looks like another Ethereum hard-fork is going to remove the "Ice Age" (difficulty increase meant to incentivize transition to PoS).
How is that a broken promise? There was no social contract to only replace the difficulty-bombed protocol with a PoS chain.
31/ Another idea that was marketed heavily early on, was that with ETH you could program smart contract as easily as javascript applications.
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: I forgot, but in 2014 Ethereum was quite literally described as "Javascript-on-the-blockchain"
Agree that was over-optimistic, though the part of the metaphor that's problematic is the "be done with complex apps in a couple hours" part, NOT the "general-purpose languages are great" part.
32/ This was criticized by P2P & OS developers as a reckless notion, given that every smart contracts is actually a “de novo cryptographic protocol”. In other words, it’s playing with fire.
See above
33/ The modular approach to Bitcoin seems to be much better at compartmentalizing risk, and thus reducing attack surfaces. I’ve written about modular scaling here...
To be fair, risk is reduced because Bitcoin does less.
34/ Another huge issue that Ethereum has is with scaling. By putting “everything on the blockchain” (which stores everything forever) and dubbing it “the world computer”, you are going to end up with a very slow and clogged up system.
Christopher Allen @ChristopherA: AWS cost: $0.000000066 for calc, Ethereum: $26.55. This is about 400 million times as expensive. World computer?
We never advocated "putting everything on the blockchain". The phrase "world computer" was never meant to be interpreted as "everyone's personal desktop", but rather as a common platform specifically for the parts of applications that require consensus on shared state. As evidence of this, notice how Whisper and Swarm were part of the vision as complements to Ethereum right from the start.
35/ By now the Ethereum bloat is so bad that cheaply running an individual node is practically impossible for a lay person. ETH developers are also imploring people to not deploy more smart contract apps on its blockchain.
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: But... deploying d-apps on the "Ethereum Virtual Machine" is exactly what everyone was encouraged to do for the past 4 years. Looks like on-chain scaling wasn't such a great idea after all.
Umm.... I just spun up a node from scratch last week. On a consumer laptop.
36/ As a result, and despite the claims that running a node in “warp” mode is easy and as good as a full node, Ethereum is becoming increasingly centralized.
@TuurDemeester Finally a media article touching on the elephant in the room: Ethereum has become highly centralized. #infura
See above
37/ Another hollow claim: in 2016, Ethereum was promoted as being censorship resistant…
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: Pre TheDAO #Ethereum presentation: "uncensorable, code is law, bottom up".
Yes, the DAO fork did violate the notion of absolute immutability. However, the "forking the DAO will lead to doom and gloom" crowd was very wrong in one key way: it did NOT work as a precedent justifying all sorts of further state interventions. The community clearly drew a line in the sand by firmly rejecting EIP 867, and EIP 999 seems to now also be going nowhere. So it seems like there's some evidence that the social contract of "moderately but not infinitely strong immutability" actually can be stable.
38/ Yet later that year, after only 6% of ETH holders had cast a vote, ETH core devs decided to endorse a hard-fork that clawed back the funds from a smart contract that held 4.5% of all ETH in circulation. More here: ...
See above
39/ Other potential signs of centralization: Vitalik Buterin signing a deal with a Russian government institution, and ETH core developers experimenting with semi-closed meetings: …,
Hudson Jameson @hudsonjameson: The "semi-closed" Ethereum 1.x meeting from last Friday was an experiment. The All Core Dev meeting this Friday will be recorded as usual.
Suppose I were to tomorrow sign up to work directly for Kim Jong Un. What concretely would happen to the Ethereum protocol? I suspect very little; I am mostly involved in the Serenity work, and the other researchers have proven very capable of both pushing the spec forward even without me and catching any mistakes with my work. So I don't think any argument involving me applies. And we ended up deciding not to do more semi-closed meetings.
40/ Another red flag to me is the apparent lack of relevant expertise in the ETH development community. (Check the responses…)
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: Often heard: "but Ethereum also has world class engineers working on the protocol". Please name names and relevant pedigree so I can follow and learn.
I personally am confident in the talents of our core researchers, and our community of academic partners. Most recently the latter group includes people from Starkware, Stanford CBR, IC3, and other groups.
41/ For a while, Microsoft veteran Lucius Meredith was mentioned as playing an important role in ETH scaling, but now he is likely distracted by the failure of his ETH scaling company RChain.
I have no idea who described Lucius Meredith's work as being important for the Serenity roadmap.... oh and by the way, RChain is NOT an "Ethereum scaling company"
42/ Perhaps the recently added Gandalf of Ethereum, with his “Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians” [sic] can save the day, but imo that seems unlikely...
Honestly, I don't see why Ethereum Gandalf needs to save the day, because I don't see what is in danger and needs to be saved...
43/ This is becoming a long tweetstorm, so let’s wrap up with a few closing comments.
44/ Do I have a conflict of interest? ETH is a publicly available asset with no real barriers to entry, so I could easily get a stake. Also, having met Vitalik & other ETH founders several times in 2013-’14, it would have been doable for me to become part of the in-crowd.
Agree there. And BTW I generally think financial conflicts of interest are somewhat overrated; social conflicts/tribal biases are the bigger problem much of the time. Though those two kinds of misalignments do frequently overlap and reinforce each other so they're difficult to fully disentangle.
45/ Actually, I was initially excited about Ethereum’s smart contract work - this was before one of its many pivots.
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: Ethereum is probably the first programming language I will teach myself - who wouldn't want the ability to program smart BTC contracts?
Ethereum was never about "smart BTC contracts"..... even "Ethereum as a Mastercoin-style meta-protocol" was intended to be built on top of Primecoin.
46/ Also, I have done my share of soul searching about whether I could be suffering from survivor’s bias.
@TuurDemeester I just published “I’m not worried about Bitcoin Unlimited, but I am losing sleep over Ethereum”
Ok, good.
47/ Here’s why Ethereum is dubious to me: rather than creating an open source project & testnet to work on these interesting computer science problems, its founders instead did a securities offering, involving many thousands of clueless retail investors.
What do you mean "instead of"? We did create an open source project and testnet! Whether or not ETH is a security is a legal question; seems like SEC people agree it's not:
48/ Investing in the Ethereum ICO was akin to buying shares in a startup that had “invent time travel” as part of its business plan. Imo it was a reckless security offering, and it set the tone for the terrible capital misallocation of the 2017 ICO boom.
Nothing in the ethereum roadmap requires time-travel-like technical advancements or anything remotely close to that. Proof: we basically have all the fundamental technical advancements we need at this point.
49/ In my view, Ethereum is the Yahoo of our day - an unscalable “blue chip” cryptocurrency:
Tuur Demeester @TuurDemeester: 1/ The DotCom bubble shows that the market isn't very good at valuing early stage technology. I'll use Google vs. Yahoo to illustrate.
Got it.
50/ I’ll close with a few words from Gregory Maxwell from 2016,:
See my rebuttal to Greg from 2 years ago:
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Why is Bitcoin Cash better than a big block privacy coin like Monero? Serious responses please.

I am a huge supporter of the hard fork that created Bitcoin Cash. It is the best demonstration of the potential of Bitcoin's white paper approach while also innovating. Reliable 0-confirmations, reliable and inexpensive confirmed transactions. What is not to love?
However, surely for transactions everyone is going to want privacy? Corporations, institutions, the wealthy, and even the not wealthy, don't want their transactions to be soduko puzzles for government surveillance and hackers to mine.
I will start with two BCH advantages over XMR:
  1. Apparently Supporting XMR is technically more difficult for wallets and other tools.
  2. The tremendous media and social hype around the word "Bitcoin" not only raises the public's consciousness of BTC but to a lesser extent BCH.
These seem like temporary advantages to me.
Any other serious advantages of BCH vs XMR or other privacy coins? Or vice versa?
Advantages for BCH:
  1. Supporting BCH with wallets and other tools is technically easier than for XMR.
  2. The tremendous media and social hype around the word "Bitcoin" and BTC also raises the public's consciousness of BCH.
  3. BCH transactions take up less space than XMR, making BCH ledger more scalable.
  4. XMR's reputation as criminal friendly may create political/regulatory pushback.
  5. BCH has already been adopted by more merchants.
  6. More on chain scriptability than XMR.
  7. XMR wallets need the whole ledger. BCH wallets can efficiently update with targeted queries.
  8. The longer history and greater resources behind BCH result in better user interfaces and other related tools than for XMR.
  9. BCH fees are lower than XMR fees. (Although XMR fees are likely to drop with more usage.)
Advantages for XMR:
  1. XMR has far stronger privacy than BCH. BCH coinjoin services are available but much weaker.
  2. XMR privacy is mandatory and consistent, as opposed to voluntary methods like coinjoin services.
  3. XMR's blocks are created every 2 minutes, so confirmation times of block inclusion are faster. (Although reliable 0 confirmations for BCH may be fastest in practical terms for smaller transactions.)
  4. XMR funds are free from tainting which in BCH/BTC can result in funds being locked by exchanges due to association with gambling or other undesired histories.
Apples and Oranges: Block reward schedules vs. Inflation schedules
BCH has a maximum quantity that can be minted, as block rewards are drawn down toward zero. So BCH is rapidly reaching zero inflation, but also very small block rewards.
XMR takes a different approach with block rewards eventually being constant every year, so they will always exist while letting the inflation rate drop every year, eventually becoming negligible.
Relevant BCH improvements in progress:
  1. Graphene in preparation for greater scaling with sharding and parallelized block validation.
  2. Opcode work for future support of colored coins and other tech.
Relevant XMR improvements in progress:
  1. Efficient range proofs for RingCT to improve scaling with smaller transaction sizes.
  2. Kovri private IP2 routing.
Bottom Line?
Each coin provides different valuable features.
Neither coin looks in danger of matching the other coins best features any time soon.
Thanks for all the informative, insightful and constructive comments!
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The Statue of Liberty, Mystery Babylon, Freemasonry and The New Roman Empire / Fourth Reich

The Mother of Exiles and the Destruction of Babylon

I've always thought Mystery Babylon in Revelations was America. Lots of signs point to that. Inanna/Ishtar was known as the Whore of Babylon and Mother of Prostitutes because she supposedly started the practice of sacred prostitution. Inanna was the goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, combat, justice, and political power.
Sacred prostitution, temple prostitution, cult prostitution,[1] and religious prostitution are general terms for a sexual rite consisting of sexual intercourse or other sexual activity performed in the context of religious worship, perhaps as a form of fertility rite or divine marriage (hieros gamos). Some scholars prefer the term sacred sex to sacred prostitution in cases where payment for services was not involved.
But some scholars believe that this practice never existed and has been misunderstood.
The practice of sacred prostitution has not been substantiated in any Ancient Near Eastern cultures, despite many popular descriptions of the habit.[7] Through the twentieth century, scholars generally believed that a form of sacred marriage rite or hieros gamos was staged between the king of a Sumerian city-state and the High Priestess of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare, but no certain evidence has survived to prove that sexual intercourse was included. Along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers there was a temple of Eanna, meaning house of heaven[8] dedicated to Inanna in the Eanna District of Uruk.This will be relevant in my next post about the source of Yahweh's narcissism but for now, I'm just using this to illustrate part of the reason I think America is Babylon.
The Statue of Liberty is a representation of the Roman goddess Libertas. Which is a goddess that derived from many other goddesses: Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Aphrodite, Venus, etc. Ultimately this goddess was transformed in a personification of America and liberty called Columbia. And just like Inanna, is it any wonder America seems to have 2 split sides to it? One side that is sexually repressed and all about virtue. And another that is obsessed with sex, violence, war
There's also the fact that the way Babylon is described sounds a lot like America. Getting the whole world drunk on our luxuries and riches, being arrogant and being fools who know nothing. This sounds like America too.
The Sumerians worshipped Inanna as the goddess of both warfare and sexuality. Unlike other gods, whose roles were static and whose domains were limited, the stories of Inanna describe her as moving from conquest to conquest. She was portrayed as young and impetuous, constantly striving for more power than she had been allotted.
Inanna also was depicted as riding a Lion and she associated with the planet Venus.
Regulus is a part of the constellation Leo and considered "the heart of the lion". Considering Regulus is a very important star in Trump's birth chart apparently, and that star was known as The King in Babylon (known as the little king as well in other places), that would make Trump the King of Babylon.
In 2014, Regulus was eclipsed by an asteroid for 14 seconds right over New York.
An asteroid will pass directly in front of Regulus, one of the brightest stars in our night sky, next Wednesday — briefly blacking out the star in what astronomers are calling a “once in a lifetime” event. Better yet, New York City falls directly within the viewing path which is literally paper-thin on the earths scale. The event is so small, and so brief, that it will only be visible over a sliver of area. And this area happens to encompass millions of people in New York City, Northeast NJ and Long Island.
On Thursday, March 20 2014, Regulus will participate in a rare celestial event when an asteroid passes directly in front of the star, as seen from Earth. The asteroid in question is 163 Erigone. Asteroid 163 Erigone is about 45 miles (72 km) wide, but its "shadow" slanting to Earth's surface will be 67 miles (108 km) wide.
Erigone's shadow will move on a southeast-to-northwest trajectory and will extend from New York City as well as western and central Long Island to Oswego in New York State, and then continues northwest, the length of Ontario to the Hudson Bay shore of Manitoba. Those who are within the shadow path and watching at just the right moment with just their eyes will see an amazing sight: Regulus will seem to abruptly disappear as if a switch had been thrown, blotted out by the tiny invisible asteroid.
Regulus will remain invisible for up to 14 seconds (for those situated along the center of the path); an incredible, albeit very brief occurrence.
This "once in a lifetime event" eclipsing right over New York. Where the Statue of Liberty is.
Revelations 17
There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. 5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
America's colors are red, white and blue. Red+Blue = Purple. Purple apparently represents royalty as well as vanity. Scarlet represents the blood of Christ and martyrs.
The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet
The color purple is also associated with royalty in Christianity, being one of the three traditional offices of Jesus Christ, i. e. king, although such a symbolism was assumed from the earlier Roman association or at least also employed by the ancient Romans.
In Europe and America, purple is the color most associated with vanity, extravagance, and individualism. Among the seven major sins, it represents vanity. It is a color which is used to attract attention
In the Roman Catholic Church, scarlet is the color worn by a cardinal, and is associated with the blood of Christ and the Christian martyrs, and with sacrifice.
According to this, the creator wanted the Statue of Liberty to be covered in gold.
and was glittering with gold
**8.Bartholdi planned for the statue to be covered in gold.**In order to make the statue visible after dark, Bartholdi proposed that Americans raise the money to gild her. However, given how daunting and arduous a task it had been to gather even enough money to place the statue in New York harbor, no one followed through on paying the enormous cost of covering the massive statue in gold.
Not to mention this little interesting fact that brings the 2nd Beasts actions that are spoken of to mind.
:The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
:**9. Thomas Edison once had plans to make the statue talk.**When Edison introduced the phonograph to the public in 1878, he told the newspapers that he was designing a “monster disc” for the interior of the Statue of Liberty that would allow the statue to deliver speeches that could be heard up to the northern part of Manhattan and across the bay. Thankfully, no one pursued that strange promise, which would have led to the odd experience of walking in New York and suddenly hearing the Statue of Liberty “talking.”
precious stones and pearls.
There are 25 windows in the crown which symbolize gemstones found on the earth and the heaven’s rays shining over the world.
The sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue to be fully illuminated, a feature that’s suggested in its official name, “La Liberté Eclairant le Monde,” or “Liberty Enlightening the World.” (At first the Statue of Liberty doubled as a lighthouse, given its position in the New York Harbor, but that didn’t last: It was decommissioned as such in 1902.)
Originally the lighting scheme was to be red, white, and blue—with a giant searchlight trained on the statue’s face and shoulders. Officials claimed in 19th-century newspaper accounts that they would make the statue so bright as to cast a glow on the clouds of the night sky 100 miles away. The statue’s face was to be lit by a reflector so bright that newspapers described it as “4 million candle power.” Her diadem was meant to sparkle with electric light. These were lofty goals in the dawn of the electrical age, and they carried symbolism that has lost much of its potency now that electricity is taken for granted.
She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
In the torch, the flames are covered in gold. Looks enough like a cup. Also, in Isaiah 14:12 (another prophecy detailing the fall of Babylon that I didn't bother copying and pasting all of here) it refers to Babylon (or it's king) as "Lucifer, son of the morning". Lucifer means "light bringer" (hence the torch and the statue's original name being Liberty Enlightening the World) or "morning star" which is another name for the planet Venus which is associated with Inanna/Ishtar.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Notice how that star shape has 11 points? Seems like a strange number.
The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority
The 10 kings + the beast = 11.
The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings.
It has 7 spikes coming out of the head.
We're a very diverse country and Lady Liberty represents us taking in people from all countries. We pretty much control the world (for now) as the 7 hills represents the 7 continents, which is literally what is said they represent. Plus she's literally sitting on an island in the water.
Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
The creator of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a Freemason and they placed this plaque at the base of the statue.
Masonic theories abound about the Statue of Liberty’s connection to the masons. Those who do ascribe to the theory cite Bartholdi’s and Eiffel’s membership in the Freemasons, that many original plans for the statue demonstrate the link and that many elements of the statue carry symbolic meaning.
In addition, the masons presided over the cornerstone laying for the Statue of Liberty, a moment commemorated in a 1984 plaque in dedication to the masons on the 100th anniversary. In 1884, the grand master William A. Brodie laid the cornerstone with grand lodge members present. Brodie is reported to have said, “Why call upon the Masonic Fraternity to lay the cornerstone of such a structure as is here to be erected? No institution has done more to promote liberty and to free men from the trammels and chains of ignorance and tyranny than has Freemasonry.”
Then there's the poem that is inside the base.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries sheWith silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The Mother of exiles.

Prophecies of the Destruction of Babylon / America / New York

Jeremiah 51
45 “Come out of her, my people!Run for your lives!Run from the fierce anger of the Lord.46 Do not lose heart or be afraidwhen rumors are heard in the land;one rumor comes this year, another the next,rumors of violence in the landand of ruler against ruler.47 For the time will surely comewhen I will punish the idols of Babylon;her whole land will be disgraced
Well, we're definitely hearing of rumors of violence here in America and if there aren't rumors of ruler against ruler, we're going hear them soon.
The Bible details the destruction of Babylon a few different times. Mystery Babylon seems to be a new Babylon, different than the one in Biblical times, that gets destroyed at the end. Everything described here sounds like America and the King of Babylon being Trump. The capital being New York.
With the eclipse of Regulus in 2014 for 14 seconds right over New York. I think they might get hit with something major. Maybe a hurricane. This season is suppose to be bad and FEMA is saying they are completely unprepared. I'm sure that wasn't on purpose or anything. I think maybe a big earthquake might happen soon too in the next month. Seeing a lot of weird shit. A lot of polarity with the planets and asteroids. I think it's all connected to our polarity as the Trump Delusion continues. You seeing these reports and videos of these racist people just saying mean shit to people all over the place now for no reason? They're lashing out because they're scared their delusion bubble might burst so they're acting out. It's only going to escalate until both sides completely lose their fucking minds.

The New Roman Empire / Fourth Reich & The Double Headed Eagle of Lagash
Welcome to General Election 2016 – The Transition
The Hegelian Dialectic is the transition of things. And the Illuminati loves to use it. We have been expecting it.
We have read about it. And now it is here, in front of our faces. And many are IGNORING it.
Folks, we are witnessing Hegelian logic on display.
How we got here is an aside, but here we are. The disease is Hillary, and the medicine is Trump. For most folks, that’s all that matters. Case closed. What most citizens do not realize is that this is all a ruse. A mirage.
It is being carried by, “they.”
“They” are using the illusion, because America was stationary and stubborn.
“You can’t New World Order me!” Americans said, “…Because we know about you.”
Did the globalists go away and cry in their beer? Nope. They knew this would happen. It was expected. Butsome of the citizens heard a few radio shows that told them, “we’re gonna win.”
Hegel’s dialectic utilizes the “mirage.” And then steers the people through its house of mirrors with scary monsters. In America’s case, the monster is a short woman with a trucker’s voice named Hillary. Their task is simple. Globalism. But how do they get there?
Scare them with the Thesis – Hillary / the Enemy of Freedom.
And offset her with the Anti-thesis – Donald the Lion-Hearted / Champion of the People.
…Next stop – the Synthesis. Ashes with a rising phoenix.
It's right there in front of us. Do you see it folks?
This is also known as
Problem > Reaction > Solution
Ultimately this is leading to:
Problem: Trump vs Deep State
Reaction: Global Disaster
Solution: One world government and one world currency
They say this is a double headed eagle, it's not. It's a double headed Phoenix. And it's the symbol of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonary.
“The Double Headed Eagle of Lagash” is the oldest Royal Crest in the World… No emblematic device of today can boast of such antiquity. Its origin has been traced to the ancient city of Lagash. It was in use a thousand years before the Exodus from Egypt and more than two thousand years before the building of “King Solomon’s Temple.”
“As time rolled on, it passed from the Sumerians to the men of Akkad, from the men of Akkad to the Hittites, from the denizens of Asia Minor to the Seljukian Sultans from whom it was brought by the Crusaders to the Emperors of the East and West, whose successors were the Hapsburgs and the Romanoffs.”
“In recent excavations, the city-emblem of Lagash was disclosed also as a lion headed eagle sinking his claws into the bodies of two lions standing back to back. This is evidently a variant of the other eagle symbol”.
“The city of Lagash is in Sumer in Southern Babylonia, between the Euphrates and the Tigris and near the modern Shatra in Iraq, Lagash had a calendar of twelve lunar months, a system of weights and measures, a banking and accounting system and was a center of art, literature, military and political power, five thousand years before Christ”.
“In 102 B.C. the Roman Consul Marius decreed that the Eagle be displayed as a symbol of Imperial Rome. Later, as a world power, Rome used the Double-Headed Eagle, one head facing the East the other facing the West, symbolizing the universality and unity of the Empire. The Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire continued its use and the symbol was adopted later in Germany during the halcyon days of conquest and imperial power”.
So far as is known, the Double-Headed Eagle was first used in Freemasonry in 1758 by a Masonic Body in Paris – the Emperors of the East and West. During a brief period the Masonic Emperors of the East and West controlled the advanced degrees then in use and became a precursor of the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite”.
The Latin caption under the Double-Headed Eagle – “Spes Mea in Deo Est” translated is “My Hope Is In God”.
A part of this sounds familiar
“In recent excavations, the city-emblem of Lagash was disclosed also as a lion headed eagle sinking his claws into the bodies of two lions standing back to back. This is evidently a variant of the other eagle symbol”.
In 102 B.C. the Roman Consul Marius decreed that the Eagle be displayed as a symbol of Imperial Rome. Later, as a world power, Rome used the Double-Headed Eagle, one head facing the East the other facing the West, symbolizing the universality and unity of the Empire. The Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire continued its use and the symbol was adopted later in Germany during the halcyon days of conquest and imperial power”.
So far as is known, the Double-Headed Eagle was first used in Freemasonry in 1758 by a Masonic Body in Paris – the Emperors of the East and West. During a brief period the Masonic Emperors of the East and West controlled the advanced degrees then in use and became a precursor of the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite”
So it represented the universality and unity of the Empire of Rome and was later adopted by Germany during their days of conquest and imperial power. For these Freemasons, it represents two emperors, one from the east and one from the west coming together to create one empire. Hmm.. I wonder if that has any significance to today's world.
The imperial bird with two heads simultaneously facing East and West has been Russia’s official coat of arms for centuries, with only a break during the Soviet era. The emblem, however, is far older than the country, with roots dating to ancient civilizations.
An eagle on a country’s coat of arms is quite common – this bird is as popular a national symbol as the lion. “He is the king of birds; just like the lion is believed to rule all animals, and he is associated with the cult of the sun,” Georgy Vilinbakhov, head of Russia’s Heraldic Council, explains.
So Trump's new coat of arms has the same symbol as Russia which symbolizes 2 empires, one from the east and one from the west, combining into one.
Does the way they dress look familiar to anyone?

The Rise of The Phoenix and One World Currency
Source: Economist; 01/9/88, Vol. 306, pp 9-10
Title of article: Get Ready for the Phoenix
THIRTY years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century.At the beginning of 1988 this appears an outlandish prediction. Proposals for eventual monetary union proliferated five and ten years ago, but they hardly envisaged the setbacks of 1987. The governments of the big economies tried to move an inch or two towards a more managed system of exchange rates – a logical preliminary, it might seem, to radical monetary reform. For lack of co-operation in their underlying economic policies they bungled it horribly, and provoked the rise in interest rates that brought on the stock market crash of October. These events have chastened exchange-rate reformers. The market crash taught them that the pretence of policy co-operation can be worse than nothing, and that until real co-operation is feasible (i.e., until governments surrender some economic sovereignty) further attempts to peg currencies will flounder
The new world economyThe biggest change in the world economy since the early 1970’s is that flows of money have replaced trade in goods as the force that drives exchange rates. as a result of the relentless integration of the world’s financial markets, differences in national economic policies can disturb interest rates (or expectations of future interest rates) only slightly, yet still call forth huge transfers of financial assets from one country to another. These transfers swamp the flow of trade revenues in their effect on the demand and supply for different currencies, and hence in their effect on exchange rates. As telecommunications technology continues to advance, these transactions will be cheaper and faster still. With unco-ordinated economic policies, currencies can get only more volatile.
In all these ways national economic boundaries are slowly dissolving. As the trend continues, the appeal of a currency union across at least the main industrial countries will seem irresistible to everybody except foreign-exchange traders and governments. In the phoenix zone, economic adjustment to shifts in relative prices would happen smoothly and automatically, rather as it does today between different regions within large economies (a brief on pages 74-75 explains how.) The absence of all currency risk would spur trade, investment and employment.
The phoenix zone would impose tight constraints on national governments. There would be no such thing, for instance, as a national monetary policy. The world phoenix supply would be fixed by a new central bank, descended perhaps from the IMF. The world inflation rate – and hence, within narrow margins, each national inflation rate- would be in its charge. Each country could use taxes and public spending to offset temporary falls in demand, but it would have to borrow rather than print money to finance its budget deficit. With no recourse to the inflation tax, governments and their creditors would be forced to judge their borrowing and lending plans more carefully than they do today. This means a big loss of economic sovereignty, but the trends that make the phoenix so appealing are taking that sovereignty away in any case. Even in a world of more-or-less floating exchange rates, individual governments have seen their policy independence checked by an unfriendly outside world.
As the next century approaches, the natural forces that are pushing the world towards economic integration will offer governments a broad choice. They can go with the flow, or they can build barricades. Preparing the way for the phoenix will mean fewer pretended agreements on policy and more real ones. It will mean allowing and then actively promoting the private-sector use of an international money alongside existing national monies. That would let people vote with their wallets for the eventual move to full currency union. The phoenix would probably start as a cocktail of national currencies, just as the Special Drawing Right is today. In time, though, its value against national currencies would cease to matter, because people would choose it for its convenience and the stability of its purchasing power.
The alternative – to preserve policymaking autonomy- would involve a new proliferation of truly draconian controls on trade and capital flows. This course offers governments a splendid time. They could manage exchange-rate movements, deploy monetary and fiscal policy without inhibition, and tackle the resulting bursts of inflation with prices and incomes polices. It is a growth-crippling prospect. Pencil in the phoenix for around 2018, and welcome it when it comes.
So it was a random Sunday: bed, eat, repeat until I went online and I saw a link by a new user called @limon. There was a small introduction to a YouTube video which at first glance didn’t look interesting, but what the hell? Lets read this.
He talked about an article from The Economist, year 1988, coin, phoenix and then Zoin… wtf?
Anyways, I opened the link (don’t open links from strangers) and watched the video in Youtube, (it’s in Spanish)
@limon claims in the video (minute 5) that he actually found a not so well know cryptocurrency (yet) by doing some research on an article from 1988 and he is somehow convinced it’s going to be huge. Yes, @limon saw the writing and thought maybe I should check this and find out which is the coin of the future.
As crazy as it seems, finding a cryptocurrency by doing research on a 1988 magazine its quite incredible. Is it a coincidence or is it a prediction? Not even @limon knows, but there’s a few things that can blow up your mind here.
This is the article from 1988. It claims that there will be a currency (referred as “phoenix”) that will be used by everybody in several countries in 2018.
So yes, you all might say “the coin is called the Phoenix”. There’s actually a coin called Phoenixcoin but that didn’t seem to convince @limon once he checked it out in (it sucked even for @limon who wanted to believe with all his heart)
But @limon didn’t give up, he thought what if its hidden? So he decided to take a closer look at the magazine cover.
He noticed that he could read the letters backward (um…interesting)
He got XIN3ONd NET by reading the cover letter backwards and he said well, XIN is Chinese, and found out in google translator that XIN meant NEW.
Then 3ONd he looked at it and thought this is Russian… and it was. That weird word that would not mean anything to someone meant something for @limon so he decided to google translate it.
Well yeah 3ONd is Russian and means ZOI, but wait is this a coin? @Limon decided to search “ZOI” in
WOW, Zoin existed. He ended up with the sentence NEW ZOI NET, in which Zoi was an actual currency.
He starting searching now all about Zoin (DYOR) and liked everything he saw. The team, the community and development its very much updated.
Got even more carried away when he saw Zoin’s logo:
And when he researched even deeper, he found out that ZOIN was left by its first developer and got taken over by its community from all over the world.
Yes, Zoin emerged from the ashes. What? wait. Zoin is also a Phoenix.
Anyways, @limon found all the signs of a prophecy from 1988.
He couldn’t wait so he joined Zoin’s community and shared his video.
By the way he bought some Zoin. After finding the last lost prophecy he had no plans on missing out.
Check all about Zoin in the following links.
You can reach out to the team on Discord, website address is and their twitter @zoinofficial
You better don’t miss it. Its a prophecy.
Thank you limon.
Notice the year on the coin and at the end of the article, 2018. "Pencil in the phoenix for around 2018, and welcome it when it comes". Trump and Russia both have a double headed Phoenix signifying the union of an Empire. This article talks about a one world currency called "Phoenix" coming in 2018. The number 10 upside down is 01. It's a bit on a coin
I posted about an Israeli company that can do things with blockchain and DNA in my previous postings on this topic. I think that this will have something to do with the Mark of the Beast.

Trump is the Tip of the Spear for the NWO Plan

Notice the spear tip coming out of the Phoenix's head on the cover of the Economist magazine? Trump. has a spear on top of both of his coat of arm. Trump is the tip of the sphere. I think once he's fulfilled his purpose in wrecking everything and nuking North Korea, I think they might have someone take him out. Then things would get even crazier.

My Other Posts on This Topic
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BitShares -- Collection Of FAQs, Developers' Guides, Tutorials, Network/Wallet Configuration, ... and Much More

Thanks to Tsugimoto, we have a great collection of Developers Guide, FAQs, Tutorials & much more, for anyone wanting to get into BitShares.
Reading materials
Address structure, Format, block, time, etc
Data structures
Public key system
Scriping language?
Vesting Balance
Fee Pool * What is the fee pool all about?
Prediction Market
Market Fees
Market Pegged Assets
Integration Guide * How to Run and Use a Full Node
Blockchain Interaction
Network and Wallet Configuration
Network and Wallet Configuration
CLI Wallet - FAQ
Create lifetime membership
Witness - FAQ
Price Feeds
Public & Private testnet differences
Committee Guide
Worker Guide
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I have a solution to the block size issue....

The 1Mb or 20Mb block issue is constrained by block size. Gavin has said 20Mb is best, whilst the retarded loser core devs not agreeing with Gavin say 1Mb is fine (which Satoshi also said). Clearly it's impossible to choose between leaders (as their styles are different), so I meditated on it (facilitated by a Soviet benzo-analog mixed with Adderall and smoked like the wise Native American Kings used to do)
We've been looking at this all wrong. To solve problems, I like to practice a technique called "thinking outside the box" (as well as thinking while I type, like now)... then it hit me, as I thought about boxes, I realised blocks are constrained... by their shape! So change the shape of the block to... a sphere! It is, by definition, the largest volume to surface area in nature. Some quick calculations show this will increase room by 3.1415 x 21 million Satoshis / kB! (I haven't done the actual math, so perhaps someone can type it in and reply with the answer as they tip me!)
Secondly: the block size is limiting transactions per second, we're told. I turned to the whitepaper for guidance, but before I could try reading past the abstract, I thought I'd go to Kinko's to print the whitepaper on different color paper for reasons. That's when it hit me. I stopped seeing it as the whitepaper and saw beyond that. I counted the pages: 12 in total. Think about that!: string theory says there's actually 12 dimensions. (I'm not, not saying Satoshi didn't know that FWIW). But what about time? Wikipedia says no, so as I went to edit it to say yes, I remembered Carl Sega said blockholes are so black they bend time. And here's the kicker, you guise: blackholes are actually spheres, (identical to the sphere I proposed above) and can hold unlimited transactions since time is so heavy (scientists have proven this already, It's called a singularity)
Now, I know this is really technical, but it's worth it. The only problem is I'm not proficient in guthibs, so I am unsure how to integrate this solution with the Bitcoin core software's JavaScript/HTML code.
I've reached out to Gavin this morning, and he said he would be excited to discuss it with me another time (which I understand, since I didn't tell him I was visiting his house beforehand.).
Looking forward to seeing this change the world! See the attached tech specs here
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Let's aggregate some news sources for newcomers shall we?


Can we make a list of helpful newsfeeds for our newcomers? I'll take suggestions and add them to this post and save them in a Google Doc for future reference.


Sign up for alerts from Joe Urgo - joeyurgz and follow his Medium account for the Dapp Daily newsletter and follow his twitter @jfurgo as well. Get notified by Twitter.
Also This Week in Ethereum is a weekly newsletter by evanvanness along with his twitter @evan_van_ness Sign up for his newsletter and get notified by email. A really nice blog!

NEWS SITES has Android and iOS covered for you with plenty of journalists to follow. They have an RSS feed you can read if you have an RSS feedreader for your phone/desktop.


Ethereum Development Team:
Mr_Yukon_C has a great YouTube channel. When he posts a video it's ALWAYS worth a watch. Just a splendid fellow with plenty of useful information.
darkestchaos has pretty much a video everyday and talks about a wide variety of topics in Crypto. I enjoy his feed as well. Really nice guy and knowledgeable across many platforms. Plus he can play a mean piano.
I can't remember this guys reddit name but his video channel is really clean. I like his take. and on Twitter


How to safely store eth tokens in MEW:
Ledger Wallet Support

Calendars and Countdowns - Global Calendar for Google Calendar! - Coutdown of some of the hottest ICO's. (buy at your own discretion)

State of the Dapps - Look at all of em! See what stages they are all in with an easy to follow color coded system.

What is Ethereum?

A beginner’s guide to Ethereum by Linda Xie
Introduction to Ethereum: The Internet’s Government by Karl Floersch
Just Enough Bitcoin for Ethereum by Mike Goldin
Ethereum: Bitcoin Plus Everything by Mike Goldin
Programmable Blockchains in Context: Ethereum’s Future by Vinay Gupta
App Coins and the Dawn of the Decentralized Business Model by Fred Ehrsam

Start Developing Dapps

Tools and Technologies in the Ethereum Ecosystem by Mahesh Murthy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Smart Contracts in Ethereum by Manuel Aráoz
A 101 Noob Intro to Programming Smart Contracts on Ethereum by ConsenSys
Smart Contract Best Practices by ConsenSys
Library Driven Development in Solidity by Jorge Izquierdo
Developing Ethereum Dapps with Truffle and MetaMask by Dan Finlay
How to create decentralized apps with Clojurescript re-frame and Ethereum by Matúš Lešťan

Official Links

Ethereum Project Home
Ethereum Wiki
Ethereum Blog
Ethereum White Paper
Ethereum Yellow Paper
Ethereum Homestead Documentation
Solidity Documentation
There are MANY more than this but these are some resources to get you started on mobile. Hope this helps so let's pitch in and get this list going!
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Headlines for week 06 of 2019

Listen to the Headlines for week 06

​Show notes for Security Endeavors Headlines for Week 5 of 2019
InfoSec Week 6, 2019 (link to original posting)
The Zurich American Insurance Company says to Mondelez, a maker of consumer packaged goods, that the NotPetya ransomware attack was considered an act of cyber war and therefore not covered by their policy. According to Mondelez, its cyber insurance policy with Zurich specifically covered “all risks of physical loss or damage” and “all risk of physical loss or damage to electronic data, programs or software” due to “the malicious introduction of a machine code or instruction.” One would think that the language in the cyber insurance policy was specifically designed to be broad enough to protect Mondelez in the event of any kind of cyber attack or hack. And NotPetya would seem to fit the definition included in the cyber insurance policy – it was a bit of malicious code that effectively prevented Mondelez from getting its systems back up and running unless it paid out a hefty Bitcoin ransom to hackers. Originally, Zurich indicated that it might pay $10 million, or about 10 percent of the overall claim. But then Zurich stated that it wouldn't pay any of the claim by invoking a special “cyber war” clause. According to Zurich, it is not responsible for any payment of the claim if NotPetya was actually “a hostile or warlike action in time of peace or war.” According to Zurich, the NotPetya cyber attack originated with Russian hackers working directly with the Russian government to destabilize the Ukraine. This is what Zurich believes constitutes "cyber war."
Reuters reports that hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence breached the network of Norwegian software firm Visma to steal secrets from its clients. According to investigators at cyber security firm Recorded Future, the attack was part of what Western countries said in December is a global hacking campaign by China’s Ministry of State Security to steal intellectual property and corporate secrets. Visma took the decision to talk publicly about the breach to raise industry awareness about the hacking campaign, which is known as Cloudhopper and targets technology service and software providers in order reach their clients.
A new vulnerability has been discovered in the upcoming 5G cellular mobile communications protocol. Researchers have described this new flaw as more severe than any of the previous vulnerabilities that affected the 3G and 4G standards. Further, besides 5G, this new vulnerability also impacts the older 3G and 4G protocols, providing surveillance tech vendors with a new flaw they can abuse to create next-gen IMSI-catchers that work across all modern telephony protocols.
This new vulnerability has been detailed in a research paper named "New Privacy Threat on 3G, 4G, and Upcoming5G AKA Protocols," published last year.
According to researchers, the vulnerability impacts AKA, which stands for Authentication and Key Agreement, a protocol that provides authentication between a user's phone and the cellular networks.The AKA protocol works by negotiating and establishing keys for encrypting the communications between a phone and the cellular network. Current IMSI-catcher devices target vulnerabilities in this protocol to downgrade AKA to a weaker state that allows the device to intercept mobile phone traffic metadata and track the location of mobile phones. The AKA version designed for the 5G protocol --also known as 5G-AKA-- was specifically designed to thwart IMSI-catchers, featuring a stronger authentication negotiation system But the vulnerability discovered last year allows surveillance tech vendors to create new models of IMSI-catchers hardware that, instead of intercepting mobile traffic metadata, will use this new vulnerability to reveal details about a user's mobile activity. This could include the number of sent and received texts and calls, allowing IMSI-catcher operators to create distinct profiles for each smartphone holder.
The Debian Project is recommending the upgrade of golang-1.8 packages after a vulnerability was discovered in the implementation of the P-521 and P-384 elliptic curves, which could result in denial of service and in some cases key recovery. In addition this update fixes two vulnerabilities in the “go get” command, which could result in the execution of arbitrary shell commands.
It is possible to trick user’s of the Evolution email application into trusting a phished mail via adding a forged UID to a OpenPGP key that has a previously trusted UID. It's because Evolution extrapolates the trust of one of OpenPGP key UIDs into the key itself. The attack is based on using the deficiency of Evolution UI when handling new identifiers on previously trusted keys to convince the user to trust a phishing attempt. More details about how the flaw works, along with examples are included in the article, which is linked in the show notes. Let’s take a minute to cover a bit of background on Trust Models and how validating identities work in OpenPGP and GnuPG:
The commonly used OpenPGP trust models are UID-oriented. That is, they are based on establishing validity of individual UIDs associated with a particular key rather than the key as a whole. For example, in the Web-of-Trust model individuals certify the validity of UIDs they explicitly verified.
Any new UID added to the key is appropriately initially untrusted. This is understandable since the key holder is capable of adding arbitrary UIDs to the key, and there is no guarantee that new UID will not actually be an attempt at forging somebody else's identity. OpenPGP signatures do not provide any connection between the signature and the UID of the sender. While technically the signature packet permits specifying UID, it is used only to facilitate finding the key, and is not guaranteed to be meaningful. Instead, only the signing key can be derived from the signature in cryptographically proven way.
GnuPG (as of version 2.2.12) does not provide any method of associating the apparent UID against the signature. In other words, from e-mail's From header. Instead, only the signature itself is passed to GnuPG and its apparent trust is extrapolated from validity of different UIDs on the key. Another way to say this is that the signature is considered to be made with a trusted key if at least one of the UIDs has been verified.
If you’re up for some heavy reading about manipulation and deceit being perpetrated by cyber criminals, it may be worth checking out a piece from buzzfeednews. It tells a woeful and dark tale that does not have a happy ending. A small excerpt reads: “As the tools of online identity curation proliferate and grow more sophisticated, so do the avenues for deception. Everyone’s familiar with the little lies — a touch-up on Instagram or a stolen idea on Twitter. But what about the big ones? Whom could you defraud, trick, ruin, by presenting false information, or information falsely gained? An infinite number of individual claims to truth presents itself. How can you ever know, really know, that any piece of information you see on a screen is true? Some will find this disorienting, terrifying, paralyzing. Others will feel at home in it. Islam and Woody existed purely in this new world of lies and manufactured reality, where nothing is as it seems.”
Security researchers were assaulted by a casino technology vendor Atrient after responsibly disclosed critical vulnerabilities to them. Following a serious vulnerability disclosure affecting casinos globally, an executive of one casino technology vendor Atrient has allegedly assaulted the security researcher who disclosed the vulnerability at the ICE conference in London. The article covers the story of a vulnerability disclosure gone bad, one involving the FBI, a vendor with a global customer base of casinos and a severe security vulnerability which has gone unresolved for four months without being properly addressed.
Article 13, the new European Union copyright law is back and it got worse, not better. In the Franco-German deal, Article 13 would apply to all for-profit platforms. Upload filters must be installed by everyone except those services which fit all three of the following extremely narrow criteria:
Available to the public for less than 3 years Annual turnover below €10 million Fewer than 5 million unique monthly visitors Countless apps and sites that do not meet all these criteria would need to install upload filters, burdening their users and operators, even when copyright infringement is not at all currently a problem for them.
Researchers from Google Project Zero evaluated Apple's implementation of Pointer Authentication on the A12 SoC used in the iPhone XS. There are bypasses possible, but the conclusion says it is still a worthwhile exploitation mitigation technique. Among the most exciting security features introduced with ARMv8.3-A is Pointer Authentication, a feature where the upper bits of a pointer are used to store a Pointer Authentication Code (PAC), which is essentially a cryptographic signature on the pointer value and some additional context. Special instructions have been introduced to add an authentication code to a pointer and to verify an authenticated pointer's PAC and restore the original pointer value. This gives the system a way to make cryptographically strong guarantees about the likelihood that certain pointers have been tampered with by attackers, which offers the possibility of greatly improving application security. There’s a Qualcomm white paper which explains how ARMv8.3 Pointer Authentication was designed to provide some protection even against attackers with arbitrary memory read or arbitrary memory write capabilities. It's important to understand the limitations of the design under the attack model the author describes: a kernel attacker who already has read/write and is looking to execute arbitrary code by forging PACs on kernel pointers.
Looking at the specification, the author identifies three potential weaknesses in the design when protecting against kernel attackers with read/write access: reading the PAC keys from memory, signing kernel pointers in userspace, and signing A-key pointers using the B-key (or vice versa). The full article discusses each in turn.
There is a dangerous, remote code execution flaw in the LibreOffice and OpenOffice software. While in the past there have been well documented instances where opening a document would result in the executing of malicious code in paid office suites. This time LibreOffice and Apache’s OpenOffice are the susceptible suites. The attack relies on exploiting a directory traversal flaw, identified as CVE-2018-16858, to automatically execute a specific python library bundled within the software using a hidden onmouseover event. To exploit this vulnerability, the researcher created an ODT file with a white-colored hyperlink (so it can't be seen) that has an "onmouseover" event to trick victims into executing a locally available python file on their system when placing their mouse anywhere on the invisible hyperlink. According to the researcher, the python file, named "," that comes included with the LibreOffice's own Python interpreter accepts arbitrary commands in one of its parameters and execute them through the system's command line or console.
Nadim Kobeissi is discontinuing his secure online chat Cryptocat. The service began in 2011 as an experiment in making secure messaging more accessible. In the eight ensuing years, Cryptocat served hundreds of thousands of users and developed a great story to tell. The former maintainer explains on the project’s website that other life events have come up and there’s no longer available time to maintain things. The coder says that Cryptocat users deserve a maintained secure messenger, recommends Wire.
The Cryptocat source code is still published on GitHub under the GPL version 3 license and has put the domain name up for sale, and thanks the users for the support during Cryptocat's lifetime.
Malware For Humans is a conversation-led, independent documentary about fake news, big data, electoral interference, and hybrid warfare. Presented by James Patrick, a retired police officer, intelligence analyst, and writer, Malware For Humans covers the Brexit and Trump votes, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian hybrid warfare, and disinformation or fake news campaigns.
Malware For Humans explains a complex assault on democracies in plain language, from hacking computers to hacking the human mind, and highlights the hypocrisy of the structure of intelligence agencies, warfare contractors, and the media in doing so. Based on two years of extensive research on and offline, Malware For Humans brings the world of electoral interference into the light and shows that we are going to be vulnerable for the long term in a borderless, online frontier. A complete audio companion is available as a separate podcast, which can be found on iTunes and Spotify as part of The Fall series and is available for free, without advertisements.
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[PI] There was a prompt last year for a comedy love triangle with a teenage ghost, and I liked it so much I just kept going. Would you like to have a look?

I started this at the end of last year from this prompt, and then it became like a thing. I've been trying to get to it on Mondays. The second story finishes on kind of a cliff-hanger. Of course you don't have to read that far. But I welcome feedback on any part that you read. (So far, other critiques can be summed up as: less detail, more about characters, good pacing, good clarity). Thanks for looking!
The Good Young Five! and the Golems of German Gold
The Good Young Five! and the League of Iron Rings
TRUE: There is a stretch of the I-4 Highway in Florida known as The Dead Zone. It allegedly sits upon a grave where four German immigrants were buried in the 19th century. It is rumored to be haunted. It has a high number of accidents each year. And it has a significantly higher percentage of fatalities to accidents than other parts of the highway.
The girl with blue eyes was drinking a Coke in the hallway at my middle school, Florida Cedar Middle School, when I bumped into her.
"Sorry," I said.
"Wait," she said. "What did you say?"
She had started walking backwards right in front of me. She pulled her dark hair over her shoulder, and she squinted at me with her blue eyes. She wasn't wearing a uniform like the rest of us 8th graders, and she didn't have a backpack either. But she looked about my age, fourteen years old, or maybe thirteen. She moved her face up close to mine, like she was checking me for something.
"You can see me?" she said.
She was slowing me down. There were still about five minutes left, but Wednesday Art was my only class with Brigidde Smarton all week. And I was going to ask Brigidde to the 8th Grade Dance. I wanted to get there early, so I could save a seat for Brigidde, because my dad had told me that high-school was like real-estate: Location, Location, Location. I figured that if we sat together she would have to say yes.
But my heart was bumping, because it was Now or Never (as my dad also said). The Dance was in two weeks. And I wasn't really listening to the girl with blue eyes, who wore a long-sleeve white shirt with a dog stitched by the collar, because I was thinking about Brigidde. I felt kind of sick. I was trying to rehearse what to say.
"This is my classroom," I told the girl with blue eyes so she would leave. "Art Class, Room 202."
She looked behind her.
"You said that to me, right?" she said.
I went in, but she followed me.
I think it's the job of an Art Teacher to be both weird and oblivious. So, Mr Ease didn't even say anything when this girl walked in behind me. She had never been in our classroom before, and she had a can of Coke which wasn't allowed, but Mr Ease just looked up and nodded. Then, he went back to cutting some clay on his desk with a scalpel.
"Why are you ignoring me?" the girl asked when I sat down.
I took out my sketch-book and my pencils. I started drawing, but she got in the desk beside me.
"Are you going to stay here?" I asked her. "I'm sorry I'm being rude, but I'm just really nervous right now and - "
"You ARE talking to me!" she jumped up again. "I knew it! But wait, does that mean like... you're the same as me?"
"I mean like... what are you?"
"Don't you have a class to go to?" I asked her.
And then Brigidde walked in. Brigidde walked in with her green eyes like shallow seas in the sun. She had freckles, and her hair was red like fire and sunrise. Brigidde was forced to wear the school-uniform, like the rest of us, even though she should be robed in only moonlight and flowers. I felt a lump in my throat.
"Hey, Toe," said Brigidde.
"Hey," I said.
"Oh my God," said the girl with the Coke. "Are you talking to her, too?"
"What?" I said.
"What?" said Brigidde.
"Sorry I wasn't talking to you," I said.
"Okay," said Brigidde.
"You weren't?" said the girl with the Coke.
Then I looked up, and Mr Ease was standing over me. He was staring at my sketch-book on my desk, where I was drawing to try to control my nerves. He had brown eyes, and he was watching me closely, with his weird thin scarf wrapped around him like he was in the desert, or like he was trying not to breathe on me. The other students were coming in, and Mr Ease held up his hands to make them stay quiet, while he looked down at me.
"That's right, Antony," he said to me. "That's what Art is. It's all the voices. You have to hear all the voices, and you just don't stop, because it's Art. IT'S ART! It's no weasel shrinking from the vast and empty, but it IS. IT IS! Don't let me stop you, Toe. You're in it! Keep going, keep feeling it!"
"What?" I asked.
"Wait, he's talking to you, too!" said the girl with the Coke.
But, suddenly, I could feel everyone. Everyone in the class was crowding around my desk, where I was drawing. I could feel their body heat. My left hand was shaking under the desk, even while I was sketching with my right hand, because it was Now or Never. But I couldn't talk to Brigidde with everyone watching me. I couldn't ask her to the Dance with Mr Ease standing over me like a crazy uncle. I wanted to talk to Brigidde alone. I was going to say: People think this whole Dance thing is over-rated, but it's cool, too, right? And she was going to say: Yeah, I actually think so. Then our hands would just sort of come together, like it was meant to be.
But then I realized I was drawing Brigidde! And everyone was watching. It was too late, because 40 minutes had gone by - like that! - and I was already finished with the drawing. I was putting the final touches on it while everyone hovered around me. Now, they would all see Brigidde on my paper. Even from the gray of my pencil, they would know it was her green eyes like seas and her red hair like fire. They would know how I felt!
"Oh, it's beautiful," said Brigidde. "Who is it?"
"What?" I said.
"May I?" said Mr Ease.
He leaned forward and drew up my sketch-book. Like a proud mother, he turned it around to show the class - but the girl in my picture had dark hair, but with eyes that somehow seemed blue in spite of the pencil's gray.
"You're a psycho!" said the girl with the Coke. "Is that how it happened? Is that like - wait, are you a stalker or something and you killed me? And now I'm supposed to - "
"I don't even know you!" I shouted. "Get away! I didn't draw you! I drew Brigidde! But you changed it and it's ugly! You ruined it!"
My nerves had snapped, and I was on my feet now, shouting, in front of everyone. The girl with blue eyes started crying. Everyone was looking at me. Then, the girl with blue eyes turned and ran, with her dark hair streaking behind her like a shimmer on the water at night. The classroom's blue metal door opened as she went out, and everyone looked at the door when it swung closed again. The bell rang.
"Thanks Mr Ease," the whole class said and they left.
I sat down again, alone, in the Art Classroom. I ran a hand through my short rough hair. I pulled my sketch-book to myself slowly, because it wasn't even Now or Never anymore, it was Too Late. Mr Ease was back at his desk, chiseling at his little clay doll. The next class was already coming in, in their lumpy white shirts and maroon uniforms.
"That's the kid who my sister said just totally flipped out today," one of them was saying. "She said the door just opened by itself after he shouted."
"But she said the picture was amazing, right?" said another. "I'd love to see it."
I got up and walked out. The whole day was like a hazy dream after that. In Biology and History, I sat in the back and drew in my sketch-book. I sketched through Applied Science, too. And, even after school, I sat in the courtyard and sketched while everyone went home. The school turned eerily quiet, like something that had just died. The teachers stayed in their classrooms, making occasional noises like ghosts. Then, they left, too.
I was alone, still sketching in the courtyard, while the sky softened as evening fell. Then, the low sun suddenly flashed on a dome on top the school. It was like light in a blade, and I flinched - and a cold hand grabbed my neck. I turned around, and there was a haggard gray face staring at me.
"It's Art!" said Mr Ease.
He smelled like the homemade rum that my uncle and grandfather made from the sugarcane on their farm.
"It's art and it knows that I killed her!" said Mr Ease. "I killed her and she came in through the door, and she was there on the picture to get me! To get me! Because it's art and it's alive and it knows!"
"Knows what?"
"Good heavens!" Mrs Sippi appeared. "Let's get you home, Mr Ease. What are you doing?"
Mrs Sippi took Mr Ease back to his classroom. She had sharp blue eyes and silvered hair that was done up in a bun above her glasses, and she was always kind. But today she seemed brisk, like she was hiding Mr Ease from me. She told me to leave while she called him a taxi.
I walked home under the green June trees. I was still wearing the blue blazer and tie of my school uniform, but there was grass pollen in the air - it made my eyes water like I was about to cry. Or maybe I secretly wanted to cry, because I was ashamed. I had missed my chance to ask Brigidde to the 8th Grade Dance.
But then, when my front door opened, Brigidde was standing there, like the luckiest break of all time.
"Hey, Big Toe!" my dad said. "We've got the new neighbors here for dinner, but I think you already know one of them."
It was like a dream when he pulled me in and closed the door. He had his hand on my head, scruffing me, and I didn't even care that he still treated me like I was eight years old, because Brigidde was there. I had another chance! She was with a man and a woman, and suddenly I understood. She had been talking about moving for months. The house next door had a For Sale sign that went up and was taken down again. It was them. This tall man, with the gray vest and reading glasses in his pocket, was Brigidde's father; and this friendly round woman with the curly red hair was Brigidde's mother. These were my neighbors. Brigidde was going to be right here next to me.
"Location, location, location, am I right, Big Toe?" my dad asked. "Why don't you head back and wash up for dinner."
"Oh, and Brigidde told us you were amazing in Art today," said my mother. "Bring us out your picture. It was a girl, right? And get your brother, too."
"Breda always talks about you," said the woman with the curly red hair.
Breda. That was Brigidde's nickname at home, she had told home. She said it was Celtic for healing, and, when I had heard that, I imagined her clothed in a glowing wind on the Scottish moorlands. I had drawn her like that. But I always changed her just a little, so that no one (like my brother) would know if they got hold of my sketch-book. I always changed her, I realized, and since I rarely used color-pencils, there was no way to know the hair-color and eye-color.
"That's impossible!" I said to myself, and I suddenly ran back to my room to check my sketches.
It wasn't just today's picture - I had drawn the girl with the Coke in all my sketches. She was everywhere. I flipped through my smudged pages, but every time I had tried to draw Brigidde, I could see that she actually had darker hair and blue-ish eyes. Every picture was the girl from school today. It made my skin prickle to see her all through my sketch-book, and I turned around to throw my backpack into my closet. But, when I opened the door, the girl with the Coke was inside.
"Jeez!" I jumped backwards and fell against my dresser.
I had hit my bed, too, and my pillow and a sweater fell on my head. By the time I had pulled them off, my brother was in the room. He was my twin. He looked just like me, with brown eyes like aster honey, but his black hair was cut short because he was a swimmer.
"Someone called for me?" he asked.
"Christophe, shhh," I said quietly. "Someone's in that closet. Open the door and stay calm. Maybe she has a weapon."
He turned and threw open my closet and screamed.
"Oh God! It's got me! It's eating my face! Oh God! What is this thing? Oh God!"
The closet was empty, and my brother fell back onto my bed laughing.
I hung up my blazer and tie, and I rolled up my sleeves while my brother grabbed my sketch-book. He was flipping through the pages.
"Where's the one from today, Toe?" he asked.
"It's the last one. Bring it with you. And you should have been out there already helping get dinner."
"I was out there helping. I just came back to make sure my Bitcoin miner was running. Getting that cryptographic loot, son. You know I just made a hundred dollars and lost it again in a week."
"Way to go."
"The new neighbor thought it was cool. I told her and she kept asking me questions. She's fun to talk to. We're going to the 8th Grade Dance together."
I had walked past him to the bathroom in the hallway, where I was washing my hands. But, now, I stepped out. I was just standing there, unmoving, with my hands still wet while my brother shrugged.
"I asked her and she said Yes," he told me. "No biggie."
"Man, you should just see your face right now! Of course I didn't ask her!"
He pushed me back into the bathroom and ran down the hallway into the living room. He slid on his socks. He was only 20 minutes younger than me, but he always acted like he was nine years old. I heard him ask our dinner guests to look at the amazing picture that he drew in his spare time today. He said it was more precious to him than any amount of money, but, if someone was interested, he would start the bidding at five dollars. My mother told him to sit down. Then, she cleared her throat like I should be at the table by then.
I dried my hands and walked down the hall. My mother held up the picture from Art Class when I joined everyone at the table.
"Tell us about it," she said.
"Just a girl."
"He keeps her in his closet," my brother Christophe said.
My father laughed as he passed me the potatoes.
"She shounds kind of shelf-ish," my Dad did a Scottish accent.
"But has she been in his drawers?" my brother said.
My mother's face colored. She was blushing, and - because her curly black hair was pulled back behind her earrings in a thin elegant hair-band - we could see her ears coloring, too. She looked at my father, and he looked sternly Christophe.
"Dinner talk, Little Toe," my father said to my brother.
"I'm shorry."
"He was amazing, though," said Brigidde. "It was like watching... I don't know. But everyone was watching. A picture like that would have taken me hours. I couldn't even do it anyways. It's hyper-realism, right? That takes forever. But it was just amazing. Who was she, Toe?"
"The girl sitting beside me?" I asked.
"No, the girl in the picture."
"She was sitting beside me."
"She's in our class?"
"No, she was just there today," I said.
"I didn't see her."
"She was right beside me when you walked in."
"You were alone when I walked in," said Brigidde
She had the sketch-book, which everyone had been passing around. She handed it to me across the table - and our fingers touched. She smiled and looked into my eyes.
"Wait, I recognize that girl," said Brigidde's mother.
She put down her napkin, and she squinted at the picture as I held it up to her. And Brigidde's father, too, seemed to go remarkably still in his chair, like he was watching my face for something. They were nice people. I had met them at a parent-teacher talent-show the year before, when Brigidde recited from the Cathach of St. Columba. I had shown some pictures then. Afterwards, the Smartons had asked me about our Art Teacher, Mr Ease. They wanted to know something about his drawings. And Mr Smarton had kept hooking a finger over his tie to loosen it, like he was having trouble breathing. But I couldn't remember much of that conversation now.
"She's a child model on TV, right?" Mrs Smarton wondered. "No, that's not it, but I've seen her somewhere. Anyways, that's just like school! Somebody right there and you don't even notice them. Can you believe Wilbert and I went to the same high-school and never knew each other? We had the same classes, too. It wasn't until we started dating in college that we figured it out. To be young!"
"To be young!" my parents raised their glasses.
But Mr Smarton sat back and drank his wine - he was still looking at me.
"You should walk Brigidde to school tomorrow," he said.
"I should?"
"Yeah, it'd be good for her. This'll give her a chance to get to know the area."
Brigidde made this sort of smile - it was like she had bitten into a lemon with only the left side of her mouth. It was beautiful to me, but her father laughed.
"Can you be outside tomorrow at seven, Antony?" he asked me.
It was very early in the morning while I walked with Brigidde to school. There was a lake on the way, and the sky was pale above it, with a crescent moon shining on the water. We stopped. It was a Second Chance. It was Destiny. I was just about to ask Brigidde to the 8th Grade Dance, when she said she was cold. She stepped close to me, and we kissed for a long time.
"Brigidde," I finally said.
The girl with the Coke was in my room, and I jumped up in my bed. I had been dreaming. It was 3:00 am. I pressed my back against the wall, while the girl with dark hair and blue eyes watched me from where she was sitting at my desk.
"What are you doing here?" I asked.
"I don't know," she said.
She looked at the floor. I leaned quickly to the side of my bed and got my old baseball bat.
"You're going to hit me?" she asked. "Isn't it enough that you already killed me?"
"What are you talking about?"
"I'm talking about your sketch-book, Antony McStalkerton."
"What? Were you in the closet earlier? Did you steal my sketch-book? How long have you been here?"
"Yes. No. And long, but not long," she said. "I was mostly in your brother's room - oh my God, he's such a hunk."
I put down the baseball bat. She was still wearing her jeans and her white shirt with the dog stitched at the collar-bone, like I had drawn her in my picture. She was still drinking her Coke.
"He's my twin," I said. "He looks the same as me."
"In your dreams," she said.
"We literally have the exact same DNA. He is exactly the same as me."
"Yeah, but he has that haircut," she said, "and that body. What is he?"
"He's a swimmer."
"Oh my God, I love swimmers," she said.
"Yeah right. Name one other swimmer in the world."
"Michael Phelps," she said.
"Name another one," I said.
"Your brother."
"You're an idiot."
There was a noise from the wall behind her. She got up and moved sideways to my open door, and I picked up my baseball bat again. But it was only my brother.
He came out into the hallway. He was wearing his boxer shorts, and his short black hair was matted at one side of his head. He stood there, sleepwalking. It used to freak me out when he did that, but now I usually just waited for him to go back to bed. The girl with blue eyes got up and went into the hallway, too, beside my brother. She started jumping and throwing her arms out to the side. It looked like a kind of dancing.
"Whatchu gonna do if I do THIS!" she shouted. "Whatchu gonna do if I do THIS!"
She started thrusting her hips around.
"Stop!" I whispered. "What are you doing? Shh! You'll wake my parents."
"Whatchu gonna do if I do THIS!" she shouted.
"Uh," my brother groaned.
The girl with blue eyes was right in front of him, but he stumbled past her, as if she weren't there. He went back into his bedroom. I heard him fall on his bed, and the girl with blue eyes stopped dancing. She sighed. She came back to where she had been sitting at my desk.
"I just don't think you're a murderer," she said as she sat down. "But you're also the only person who sees me, so there has to be a connection."
"Who sees you?"
"Come on!" she said. "Haven't you been paying attention today? I'm not wearing the school uniform! Nobody sees me. Not your friend in class, not even your brother."
"He's a heavy sleeper."
"A heavy sleeper?"
She walked out of the room again. Then, I heard her in my brother's room, screaming at the top of her lungs - it sounded like a cat was has having its fur pulled out. It went on and on, for a good four or five minutes. Then, the girl with blue eyes walked back into my room again, where she dusted off her hands like she had just finished some hard work. Her can of Coke was balanced on top of her head. She took it down and drank.
"You see?" she asked.
"You're trying to tell me you're a - "
There was a scratching in the wall again. This time the girl with the Coke jumped.
"What was that?" she asked.
"My brother."
"No that came from the window," she said.
I leaned forward to pull back the curtains.
"No, stop!" she said. "Stop! Stop! What if you open it, and it's like a face or a monster or something. I'm scared of ghosts."
She got up on the bed with me and grabbed my arm. Maybe I was still half-asleep. But I looked at her and shook my head. I threw the curtains back. The girl with the Coke screamed and lightning flashed, and a face appeared in my window - it had eyes that were green like seas and hair that was red like fire.
Brigidde crawled in and sat with me on the floor. We pulled the blanket down around our shoulders and leaned close to each other. She had a book of ancient writing.
"I'm really glad you're awake, Toe," she said. "I want to show you something."
"She's always reading," said the girl with the Coke, who was sitting at my desk again.
"You know her?" I asked her.
"Who?" said Brigidde.
"I've been sleeping at her house," said the girl with the Coke.
"She's been sleeping at your house?" I asked Brigidde.
"Who?" said Brigidde.
"She can't see me, you idiot," said the girl with the Coke.
"Just be quiet," I said.
"What?" said Brigidde.
"Not you."
Brigidde looked around the room. She looked right at the girl with the Coke, who started flipping her hair and whispering - it looked like she was going to do that awful dance again ("Whatchu gonna do if I do THIS!"). But then, Brigidde just shrugged and opened the book.
Brigidde's fingers went across the strange writing, and she pronounced something I didn't understand. Then, she pointed at a sketch. It looked like a squat clay man, with short legs and huge arms and a body like a box. The clay man had strange letters on his forehead. Brigidde leaned close to me so I could see the picture better, and I smelled her hair. We were sitting right next to each other on the floor. She looked up into my eyes and my brain went soft.
"Did you see what Mr Ease was doing on his desk today?" Brigidde asked me.
She took out a printed picture. It was an image of Mr Ease's desk, with the clay that he had been carving with his scalpel. He was making a figure that looked exactly like the figure in the book.
"My friend took this picture with her phone today," said Brigidde, "and she emailed it to me so I could print it. It's a golem. Mr Ease is making a golem! They come from Germany and Prague, and they can come to life!"
"It was almost Too Late," I said.
"What? They come alive! They protect you from evil - but then they become evil themselves, sometimes. And they can communicate with the dead."
"They communicate with the dead," said the girl with Coke. "Maybe HE knows something!"
"Quiet!" I told her.
"What?" said Brigidde.
"People think this whole 8th Grade Dance thing is over-rated," I said to Brigidde, "but it's cool in a way, right?"
Brigidde looked at me and her lower jaw fell open. Her lightly-freckled face went blank. Her green eyes went clear and far away, like she was looking past me into the distance. And I felt something cold go into my heart. I wished my Dad would have said Timing, Timing, Timing, because that would have been better. I had screwed up again. Suddenly, I couldn't move because it was like the air was made of needles. Brigidde stood up and pulled the cover off her shoulder, and she turned to the window, which I had left open.
"I have to go," she said.
"No wait," I said. "I'm sorry, Brigidde. I - "
She was already outside.
"Good night, Antony!" she said.
She took off running. There was a soft drizzle of rain starting, and she disappeared at the pine tree between our yards, going around to her back porch. I heard her sliding glass door close in the distance. I slumped on my bed.
"Oh my God, that was so awkward," said the girl with the Coke.
"Please, be quiet."
I pushed my face into my pillow.
"Did you really mean what you said... about your picture today?" the girl with blue eyes asked me.
"Huh?" I said into my pillow.
"Today, earlier... you said I... your picture was ugly."
I turned around on my bed. I pulled up my blanket, which was halfway off the mattress onto the floor, where Brigidde had dropped it. The girl with the Coke was still sitting at my desk, but she was only using half the chair. She was leaned forward over her knees. She had put down her cold soda-can between my cup of pencils and my stacks of American and manga comic-books. She was touching her lips with her finger-tips.
"What's your name?" I asked her.
I sat up and closed the window.
"I don't know," she said.
"You don't know?"
"I don't remember."
"You know Michael Phelps," I said. "But you don't know your name?"
She shrugged.
"Well listen, Blue-Eyes," I said. "I think you're very pretty. It's just I had a lot on my mind today, and I was being an idiot. It had nothing to do with you."
"Was it her?'"
She looked at the window.
"Yes," I said. "It was her."
She nodded to herself. She stood up and crossed her arms, and then she pulled her shimmery dark hair to one side, so that it covered the dog that was stitched on her shirt. She was looking at the floor. She was wearing blue socks with white stars on them. She had her weight on one foot, with the other foot on top of it, like she was trying not to take up too much space while she waited for something.
"Blue-Eyes," she said. "I like that. You can call me that, if you want."
"And I'll make you a deal," she said. "If you'll help me figure out whatever I'm supposed to be doing, and why I'm here, then I'll help you get that that girl with the book to fall in love with you."
"It's all so easy."
"Maybe it is. We can start tomorrow."
"But we'll never see each other again."
"Nothing," I told her. "I just said I was tired. I'm sleepy. But it's a deal."
"It's a deal?"
"Sure," I said.
She smiled, and a softness went through her, like she had taken off something heavy.
"Thanks," she said. "Well... good-night, Antony McStalkerton."
"Good night, Diana Blue-Eyes."
"Good night."
I turned and faced my wall and yawned. The next thing I remembered I was waking up again, with my alarm clock going off.
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