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[OC] Which front offices and agents are the 3 major newsbreakers connected to? I went through 6000+ tweets to find out!

If this sounds somewhat familiar, that's because I did a 2019-2020 version and posted it back in March.
In terms of changes from that post:
TL;DR
Tracked tweets of Woj, Shams and Haynes from 2018-2020 to see whether any of them report on a certain team or a certain agent's players more than their counterparts. Here is the main graph concerning a reporter's percentage of tweets per team separated into three periods (2019 season, 2020 offseason, 2020 season). Here is a separate graph with the Lakers and Warriors, because Haynes's percentages would skew the first graph.

During times like the NBA trade deadline or the lifting of the NBA free-agency moratorium, it’s not uncommon to see Twitter replies to (or Reddit comments about) star reporters reference their performance relative to others.
Woj is the preeminent scoop hound, but he is also notorious for writing hit pieces on LeBron (sources say it’s been widely rumoured that the reason for these is that Woj has always been unable to place a reliable source in LeBron’s camp). On the other end of the spectrum, it has been revealed that in exchange for exclusive intel on league memos and Pistons dealings, Woj wrote puff pieces on then-GM Joe Dumars (see above Kevin Draper link). Last summer, Woj was accused of being a Clippers shill on this very discussion board for noticeably driving the Kawhi Leonard free agency conversation towards the team.
This is the reason I undertook this project: to see whether some reporters have more sources in certain teams (and certain agencies) than other reporters.
First I’ll explain the methodology, then present the data with some initial comments.

Methodology

To make this manageable on myself, I limited myself to tracking the 3 major national reporters: Shams Charania of the Athletic, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and the aforementioned Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The time period I initially tracked for was from January 1, 2020 to the end of the regular season March, but after finding a Twitter scraping tool on GitHub called Twint, I was able to easily retrieve all tweets since September 27, 2018. However, a month ago, Twitter closed their old API endpoints, and Twint ceased to work. I used vicinitas.io but the data loading became more time-consuming. Therefore, the tweets are up to the date of October 15 2020.
How I determined information was by manually parsing text tweets by the reporter (no retweets):
Now, I didn’t take every single text tweet:
Next, I had to assign possible teams to each tweet:
With all the methodology out of the way, here’s the data! (Here’s a link to a full Google Sheet)

Teams

Here's a graph of number of tweets per team per period, with the colours denoting reporter.
On a quick glance, here's which teams saw a significant period-over-period increase in number of tweets:
And here's which teams saw decreases over a period-by-period basis:
The problem with just using number of tweets is that it's not close on totals between Haynes vs. Woj or Shams. Here's a graph showing total number of tweets in each period for all three reporters. Haynes's most reported period doesn't even stack up to the least reported period of Woj or Shams.
Instead, let's look at percentage of tweets per team per period.
Now, you'll notice that there's two teams missing from the above graph: the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. Here's the graphs for those two teams. As you can see, they would skew the previous graph far too much. During the 2019 NBA season, 27% of Chris Haynes's qualifying tweets could be possibly linked to the Warriors, and 14% of his qualifying tweets could be possibly linked to the Lakers.

Agents

Here's the top 10 agents in terms of number of potential tweets concerning their clients.
Agent Haynes Shams Woj Total
Rich Paul 15 28 24 67
Mark Bartelstein 4 16 30 50
Jeff Schwartz 3 10 25 38
Bill Duffy 2 13 14 29
Leon Rose 1 12 15 28
Aaron Mintz 2 9 15 26
Juan Perez 5 10 8 23
Aaron Goodwin 11 8 1 20
Steven Heumann 1 6 12 19
Sam Permut 1 13 5 19
Woj has the most tweets directly connected to agents by far. It wasn't uncommon to see "Player X signs deal with Team Y, Agent Z of Agency F tells ESPN." The agents that go to Woj (and some of their top clients):
One thing I found very intriguing: 15/16 of tweets concerning an Aaron Turner client were reported on by Shams. Turner is the head of Verus Basketball, whose clients include Terry Rozier, Victor Oladipo and Kevin Knox. Shams also reported more than 50% of news relating to clients of Sam Permut of Roc Nation. Permut is the current agent of Kyrie Irving, after Irving fired Jeff Wechsler near the beginning of the 2019 offseason. Permut also reps the Morris brothers and Trey Burke.
As for Chris Haynes, he doesn't really do much agent news (at least not at the level of Woj and Shams). However, he reported more than 50% of news relating to clients of Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, who reps Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan.
Here are the top 10 free agents from Forbes, along with their agent and who I predict will be the first/only one to break the news.
Player Agent Most Likely Reporter
Anthony Davis Rich Paul Too close to call, leaning Shams
Brandon Ingram Jeff Schwartz Woj
DeMar DeRozan Aaron Goodwin Haynes
Fred VanVleet Brian Jungreis Limited data
Andre Drummond Jeff Schwartz Woj
Montrezl Harrell Rich Paul Too close to call, leaning Shams
Gordon Hayward Mark Bartelstein Woj
Danilo Gallinari Michael Tellem Woj
Bogdan Bogdanovic Alexander Raskovic, Jason Ranne Limited data, but part of Wasserman, whose players are predominantly reported on by Woj
Davis Bertans Arturs Kalnitis Limited data
Thanks for reading! As always with this type of work, human error is not completely eliminated. If you think a tweet was mistakenly removed, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll try to explain my thought process on that specific tweet! Hope y’all enjoyed the research!
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Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?

Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?

Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?
In the past few months, payment giants Visa, Mastercard and PayPal have radically changed their attitude towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, announcing their intention to integrate crypto payments into their systems. It is about the process of global adoption of crypto-innovation in the world of traditional finance.

Visa experience

On March 16, 2018, Visa CFO Vasant Prabhu criticized cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, stressing that these assets are a bubble. Then Bitcoin was worth $8,300.
On July 22 of this year, when the first cryptocurrency rose to $9,360, a message appeared on the official Visa blog with a completely different message entitled “Developing our approach to digital currency.” In this post, the company revealed that its partnership with two regulated crypto platforms, Coinbase and Fold, is part of a corporate strategy to integrate digital currencies into its payment system, reaching 61 million retailers. In its message, the company highlighted the importance of stablecoins, which “have stepped outside the fintech sphere,” and now include a number of financial institutions and central banks in their ecosystem.
From the message of the payment giant it became known that “more than 25 digital wallets have linked their services to Visa.” Visa also noted that these 25 crypto service providers will be able to leverage the payment giant’s full range of capabilities, including the Visa Direct option and the FastTrack platform. It is worth noting that the corporation also supported financially the company Anchorage, which is studying the issues of cybersecurity of cryptocurrency ecosystems. Visa says the company’s main goal is “to continue to do what we do best: develop our system, supporting new forms of commerce.”
On July 28, at a meeting with investors, in which Vasant Prabhu took part, it was said in detail that Visa sees great potential for its own development in the growing popularity of e-commerce and digital payments. It was also mentioned about the corporate payment system Visa B2B Connect, which is designed to perform international financial transfers without the help of the usually slow correspondent banking network.

Mastercard experience

A similar evolution is taking place before our eyes with Visa’s competitor — Mastercard payment system.
So, on July 26, 2018, the CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Banga, compared cryptocurrencies to things that are thrown into the trash. However, two years later, the payment corporation has largely changed its approach to cryptocurrencies. On July 20, it became known that Mastercard has signed an agreement with the Wirex cryptocurrency company. This financial startup allows you to buy and sell cryptocurrencies for fiat money. Since last month, Wirex has become a member of the Mastercard ecosystem with the right to independently issue cards from this payment giant. We will remind that earlier, in February of this year, a similar decision was made by the Visa corporation in relation to the Coinbase crypto exchange.
Moreover, Mastercard intends to launch a special program to support other crypto companies. As Raj Damodaran, Executive Vice President of Digital Assets, Blockchain Products and Partnerships, Mastercard explained, “The crypto market continues to evolve, and the corporation is helping to advance it by providing reliable and secure services for individuals and companies in the modern digital economy.

PayPal experience

Another payment giant, PayPal, has long been silent about any intention to integrate cryptocurrencies into its structure. However, on July 14, a letter from the corporation to officials of the European Commission was published in the media, where PayPal admitted that it is actively developing applications using cryptocurrencies.
The number of PayPal users worldwide exceeds 300 million people, and the company operates in Europe thanks to its banking and payment services license obtained in Luxembourg. In total, the PayPal payment service is represented in 31 European countries, where the company serves 95 million merchants and retail consumers. It is worth noting that PayPal, along with Visa and Mastercard, was previously part of the Swiss Libra Association, which is implementing Facebook’s crypto project to launch the Libra stablecoin.
The fact that PayPal is developing a roadmap for integrating its own payment crypto services is also clearly demonstrated by the announcement of the recruitment of members of the blockchain technology research team, which requires a senior research engineer. This specialist will be responsible for “development, creation and maintenance of key crypto products / services that will be focused on increasing the efficiency and scale of services provided by PayPal.” Information about the open vacancy appeared at the end of June.
PayPal does not deny its interest in the cryptosphere, but has not yet confirmed information about the development of certain crypto applications or services, for example, based on the Venmo mobile application, which is affiliated with the payment giant.

Who will be the leader in this race?

Nevertheless, crypto market players themselves are actively looking for ways to integrate with PayPal. This is illustrated by the example of blockchain company Pundi X, which integrated PayPal support for its Xpos merchant device on July 1.
Another player in the crypto industry, the fintech company Ripple, has not only supported the classic payment operator MoneyGram by buying 10% of its share capital and investing a total of $50 million, but continues to invest in the integration of cryptocurrencies into this service. Following the results of the second quarter, Ripple transferred $15.1 million to MoneyGram. It is curious that in June another payment operator, Western Union, became interested in the innovative successes of MoneyGram, which is considering buying a competitor. It is worth noting that back in January this year, experts from Credit Suisse Bank published a report in which they noted Western Union’s interest in blockchain technology and Ripple’s payment innovations.
The competition for the integration of cryptocurrencies into the services of payment operators is becoming more and more intense. And one of the main participants in this race was the People’s Bank of China with a digital yuan project. At the same time, in January, even before the aggravation of relations between the United States and China, American PayPal became the first foreign payment operator to officially enter the Chinese market after acquiring a local player GoPay.

The next development step is neobanks

Meanwhile, a number of fintech startups are engaged in the integration of cryptocurrencies into financial services, which can potentially challenge all of the above organizations, including the People’s Bank of China with its digital yuan.
Jack Dorsey’s Square company was able to receive revenue from operations with bitcoins in the amount of $306 million in the first quarter of this year. This cryptocurrency service was launched back in 2018, but only in 2020 saw a significant increase in financial indicators. At the same time, since March, through the Square Financial Services division, Jack Dorsey’s company has been able to provide services as a digital bank.
Another fintech giant, Revolut US, with the support of crypto company Paxos, began offering cryptocurrency trading services in all US states on July 15, with the exception of Tennessee. Curiously, traditional financial service providers are also interested in a new partnership with the cryptocurrency “unicorn”. So, on June 20, the international company Revolut announced that it was integrating American Express services for its customers.
In the case of Square, Robinhood and Revolut, this is not just about trading services, which are provided by various crypto exchanges. After all, all these companies are de facto neobanks — digital financial organizations that have every opportunity to integrate cryptocurrencies into their services, thanks to various partnerships. And the range of possibilities of such neobanks is much higher than that of traditional payment giants.
That is why in the near future we will witness how Visa, Mastercard and PayPal will actively explore the possibilities of buying or investing in a ready-made cryptocurrency infrastructure. These corporations are entering the crypto world, as it is increasingly becoming a matter of their survival in the rapidly changing global financial system.
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Mockingbird X.0

Imagine if there was one desk that all stories could cross so that, at 4am, a media plan could be decided upon and disseminated where all news outlets coordinated to set the goalposts of debate and hyper focused on specific issues to drive a narrative to control how you vote and how you spend money; where Internet shills were given marching orders in tandem to what was shown on television, printed in newspapers and spread throughout articles on the World Wide Web.
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In the past, we had Operation Mockingbird, where the program was supremely confident that it could control stories around the world, even in instructions to cover up any story about a possible “Yeti” sighting, should it turn out they were real.
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If, in 1959, the government was confident in its ability to control a story about a Yeti, then what is their level of confidence in controlling stories, today?
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In fact, we have a recent example of a situation similar to the Yeti. When Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch met on the TARMAC to spike the Hillary email investigation, the FBI was so confident it wasn’t them, that their entire focus was finding the leaker, starting with searching within the local PD. We have documentation that demonstrates the state of mind of the confidence the upper levels of the FBI have when dealing with the media.
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The marriage between mainstream media and government is a literal one and this arrangement is perfectly legal.
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But, this problem extends far beyond politics; the private sector, the scientific community, even advice forums are shilled heavily. People are paid to cause anxiety, recommend people break up and otherwise sow depression and nervousness. This is due to a correlating force that employs “systems psychodynamics”, focusing on “tension centered” strategies to create “organizational paradoxes” by targeting people’s basic assumptions about the world around them to create division and provide distraction.
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In this day and age, it is even easier to manage these concepts and push a controlled narrative from a central figure than it has ever been. Allen & Co is a “boutique investment firm” that managed the merger between Disney and Fox and operates as an overseeing force for nearly all media and Internet shill armies, while having it’s fingers in sports, social media, video games, health insurance, etc.
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Former director of the CIA and Paul Brennan’s former superior George Tenet, holds the reigns of Allen & Co. The cast of characters involves a lot of the usual suspects.
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In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors.
Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference has regularly drawn high-profile attendees such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, and Donald Keough.
Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004. In 2007, Allen was sole advisor to Activision in its $18 billion merger with Vivendi Games. In 2011, the New York Mets hired Allen & Co. to sell a minority stake of the team. That deal later fell apart. In November 2013, Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter. Allen & Co. was the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014.
In 2015, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Time Warner in its $80 billion 2015 merger with Charter Communications, AOL in its acquisition by Verizon, Centene Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, and eBay in its separation from PayPal.
In 2016, Allen & Co was the lead advisor to Time Warner in its $108 billion acquisition by AT&T, LinkedIn for its merger talks with Microsoft, Walmart in its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and Verizon in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!. In 2017, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Chewy.com in PetSmart’s $3.35 billion purchase of the online retailer.
Allen & Co throws the Sun Valley Conference every year where you get a glimpse of who sows up. Harvey Weinstein, though a past visitor, was not invited last year.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_%26_Company_Sun_Valley_Conference
Previous conference guests have included Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren and Susan Buffett, Tony Blair, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Allen alumnus and former Philippine Senator Mar Roxas, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Quicken Loans Founder & Chairman Dan Gilbert, Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, financier George Soros, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, eBay CEO Meg Whitman, BET founder Robert Johnson, Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, NBA player LeBron James, Professor and Entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, Governor Chris Christie, entertainer Dan Chandler, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Diane Sawyer, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, entrepreneur Wences Casares, EXOR and FCA Chairman John Elkann, Sandro Salsano from Salsano Group, and Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Oprah Winfrey.
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George Tenet, with the reigns of Allen & Co in his hands, is able to single-handedly steer the entire Mockingbird apparatus from cable television to video games to Internet shills from a singular location determining the spectrum of allowable debate. Not only are they able to target people’s conscious psychology, they can target people’s endocrine systems with food and pornography; where people are unaware, on a conscious level, of how their moods and behavior are being manipulated.
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"The problem with George Tenet is that he doesn't seem to care to get his facts straight. He is not meticulous. He is willing to make up stories that suit his purposes and to suppress information that does not."
"Sadly but fittingly, 'At the Center of the Storm' is likely to remind us that sometimes what lies at the center of a storm is a deafening silence."
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Tenet joined President-elect Bill Clinton's national security transition team in November 1992. Clinton appointed Tenet Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, where he served from 1993 to 1995. Tenet was appointed Deputy Director of Central Intelligence in July 1995. Tenet held the position as the DCI from July 1997 to July 2004. Citing "personal reasons," Tenet submitted his resignation to President Bush on June 3, 2004. Tenet said his resignation "was a personal decision and had only one basis—in fact, the well-being of my wonderful family—nothing more and nothing less. In February 2008, he became a managing director at investment bank Allen & Company.
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We have the documentation that demonstrates what these people could possibly be doing with all of these tools of manipulation at their fingertips.
The term for it is “covert political action” for which all media put before your eyes is used to serve as a veneer… a reality TV show facade of a darker modus operandum.
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https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol36no3/html/v36i3a05p_0001.htm
It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever costs. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the US is to survive, longstanding American concepts of "fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated means than those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3340677/t/cia-operatives-shadowy-war-force/
Intelligence historian Jeffrey T. Richelson says the S.A. has covered a variety of missions. The group, which recently was reorganized, has had about 200 officers, divided among several groups: the Special Operations Group; the Foreign Training Group, which trains foreign police and intelligence officers; the Propaganda and Political Action Group, which handles disinformation; the Computer Operations Group, which handles information warfare; and the Proprietary Management Staff, which manages whatever companies the CIA sets up as covers for the S.A.
Scientology as a CIA Political Action Group – “It is a continuing arrangement…”: https://mikemcclaughry.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/scientology-as-a-cia-political-action-group-it-is-a-continuing-arrangement/
…Those operations we inaugurated in the years 1955-7 are still secret, but, for present purposes, I can say all that’s worth saying about them in a few sentences – after, that is, I offer these few words of wisdom. The ‘perfect’ political action operation is, by definition, uneventful. Nothing ‘happens’ in it. It is a continuing arrangement, neither a process nor a series of actions proceeding at a starting point and ending with a conclusion.
CIA FBI NSA Personnel Active in Scientology: https://i.imgur.com/acu2Eti.png
When you consider the number of forces that can be contained within a single “political action group” in the form on a “boutique investment firm,” where all sides of political arguments are predetermined by a selected group of actors who have been planted, compromised or leveraged in some way in order to control the way they spin their message.
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The evidence of this coordinated effort is overwhelming and the “consensus” that you see on TV, in sports, in Hollywood, in the news and on the Internet is fabricated.
Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.'
Thus the uninformed reader will most likely develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'
When you find yourself feeling like common sense and common courtesy aren’t as common as they ought to be, it is because there is a massive psychological operation controlled from the top down to ensure that as many people as possible are caught in a “tension based” mental loop that is inflicted on them by people acting with purpose to achieve goals that are not in the interest of the general population, but a method of operating in secret and corrupt manner without consequences.
Notice that Jeffrey Katzenberg, of Disney, who is intertwined with Allen & Co funds the Young Turks. He is the perfect example of the relationship between media and politics.
Katzenberg has also been involved in politics. With his active support of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, he was called "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundraisers."
With cash from Jeffrey Katzenberg, The Young Turks looks to grow paid subscribers:
https://digiday.com/media/with-cash-from-katzenberg-the-young-turks-look-to-grow-paid-subscribers/
Last week, former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile entertainment company WndrCo was part of a $20 million funding round in TYT Network, which oversees 30 news and commentary shows covering politics, pop culture, sports and more. This includes the flagship “The Young Turks” program that streams live on YouTube every day. Other investors in the round included venture capital firms Greycroft Partners, E.ventures and 3L Capital, which led the round. This brings total funding for Young Turks to $24 million.
How Hollywood's Political Donors Are Changing Strategies for the Trump Era:
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/hollywood-political-donors-are-changing-strategy-post-trump-1150545
Hollywood activism long has been depicted as a club controlled by a handful of powerful white men: Katzenberg, Spielberg, Lear, David Geffen, Haim Saban and Bob Iger are the names most often mentioned. But a new generation of power brokers is ascendant, including J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, cited for their personal donations and bundling skills; Shonda Rhimes, who held a get-out-the-vote rally at USC's Galen Center on Sept. 28 that drew 10,000 people; CAA's Darnell Strom, who has hosted events for Nevada congresswoman Jacky Rosen and Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; and former Spotify executive Troy Carter, who held three fundraisers for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (Carter also was a fundraiser for President Obama).
Soros Group Buys Viacom's DreamWorks Film Library:
https://www.forbes.com/2006/03/17/soros-viacom-dreamworks-cx_gl_0317autofacescan11.html#541a895f1f22
Viacom, after splitting off from Les Moonves Les Moonves ' CBS , still holds Paramount Pictures, and that movie studio in December agreed to acquire DreamWorks SKG, the creative shop founded by the Hollywood triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg (a former exec at The Walt Disney Co.). DreamWorks Animation had been spun off into a separate company.
Now it's time for Freston to make back some money--and who better to do a little business with than George Soros? The billionaire financier leads a consortium of Soros Strategic Partners LP and Dune Entertainment II LLC, which together are buying the DreamWorks library--a collection of 59 flicks, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, and American Beauty.
The money you spend on media and junk food and in taxes goes to these groups who then decide how best to market at you so that they decide how you vote by creating a fake consensus to trick into thinking that you want something other than what is best for you; but will inevitably result in more money being funneled to the top, creating further separation between the super rich and the average person. The goal will be to assert creeping authoritarianism by generating outrage against policies and issues they hate. Part of manipulating your basic assumptions is also to use schadenfreude (think canned laughter on TV) against characters who support the cause that might actually do you the most good (which reaffirms and strengthens your confirmation biased along predetermined political lines).
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We have a population being taught to hate socialism and love capitalism when the truth is no country is practicing either. These terms are merely disguises for political oligarchies where the collection of wealth is less about getting themselves rich and more about keeping everyone else poor.
What can you guess about the world around you if it turned out that every consensus that was forced on you was fake?
How much money would it take to make it look like 51% of the Internet believed in completely idiotic ideas? Combine shill operations with automation and AI’s, and the cost becomes a good investment relative to the return when measured in political power.
Even the people who are well intentioned and very vocal do not have to consciously be aware that they are working for a political action group. A covert political group will always prefer an unwitting tool to help push their agenda, so that they can remain in the shadows.
FDA Admonishes Drug Maker Over Kim Kardashian Instagram Endorsement https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2015/08/11/fda-spanks-drug-maker-over-kim-kardashian-instagram-endorsement/#25174a29587b
The OSS files offer details about other agents than famous chef, Julia Child; including Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, major league catcher Moe Berg, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and actor Sterling Hayden. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26186498/ns/us_news-security/t/julia-child-cooked-double-life-spy/
USA Today: Businesses and organizations may refer to it as a tool for competitive advantage and marketing; but make no mistake http://archive.is/37tK3
Shareblue accounts caught in /politics posting links to Shareblue without disclosing their affiliation http://archive.is/7HAkr
Psy Group developed elaborate information operations for commercial clients and political candidates around the world http://archive.is/BBblQ
Top mod of /Mechanical_Gifs tries to sell subreddit on ebay for 999.00 dollars. http://archive.is/kU1Ly
Shill posts picture of a dog in a hammock with the brand clearly visible without indicating that it's an ad in the title of the post http://archive.is/Mfdk9
Arstechnica: GCHQs menu of tools spreads disinformation across Internet- “Effects capabilities” allow analysts to twist truth subtly or spam relentlessly. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/ghcqs-chinese-menu-of-tools-spread-disinformation-across-internet/
Samsung Electronics Fined for Fake Online Comments http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/samsung-electronics-fined-for-fake-online-comments/?_r=0
Discover Magazine: Researchers Uncover Twitter Bot Army That’s 350 http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/01/20/twitter-bot-army/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20DiscoverTechnology%20%28Discover%20Technology%29#.WIMl-oiLTnA
Times of Israel - The internet: Israel’s new PR battlefield http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-rise-of-digital-diplomacy-could-be-changing-israels-media-image/
Time: Social Media Manipulation? When “Indie” Bloggers and Businesses Get Cozy http://business.time.com/2013/04/22/social-media-manipulation-when-indie-bloggers-and-businesses-get-cozy/
Content-Driven Detection of Campaigns in Social Media [PDF] http://faculty.cs.tamu.edu/caverlee/pubs/lee11cikm.pdf
the law preventing them from using this in America was repealed http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/
Redditor who works for a potato mailing company admits to being a shill. He shows off his 27 thousand dollars he made in /pics
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Screenshot of post since it was removed. http://i.imgur.com/k9g0WF8.png
Just thought I'd contribute to this thread http://imgur.com/OpSos4u
CNN: A PR firm has revealed that it is behind two blogs that previously appeared to be created by independent supporters of Wal-Mart. The blogs Working Families for Wal-mart and subsidiary site Paid Critics are written by 3 employees of PR firm Edelman http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/20/news/companies/walmart_blogs/index.htm
Vice: Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs http://motherboard.vice.com/read/your-government-wants-to-militarize-social-media-to-influence-your-beliefs
BBC News: China's Internet spin doctors http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7783640.stm
BBC News: US plans to 'fight the net' revealed http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm
Wall Street Journal: Turkey's Government Forms 6 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742.html
Fake product reviews may be pervasive http://phys.org/news/2013-07-fake-product-pervasive.html#nRlv
USA Today: The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted that he was behind a series of websites used in an attempt to discredit two USA TODAY journalists who had reported on the contractor. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-05-24/Leonie-usa-today-propaganda-pentagon/55190450/1
ADWEEK: Marketing on Reddit Is Scary http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/marketing-reddit-scary-these-success-stories-show-big-potential-168278
BBC- How online chatbots are already tricking you- Intelligent machines that can pass for humans have long been dreamed of http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140609-how-online-bots-are-tricking-you
BBC news: Amazon targets 1 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34565631
BBC: More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37684418
Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online - Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43907695
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-20982985
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-20982985
Bloomberg: How to Hack an Election [and influence voters with fake social media accounts] http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/
"Internet Reputation Management http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-04-30/do-reputation-management-services-work-businessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice
Buzzfeed: Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/documents-show-how-russias-troll-army-hit-america#.ki8Mz97ly
The Rise of Social Bots http://www.cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204021-the-rise-of-social-bots/fulltext
CBC News- Canadian government monitors online forums http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bureaucrats-monitor-online-forums-1.906351
Chicago Tribune: Nutrition for sale: How Kellogg worked with 'independent experts' to tout cereal http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-kellogg-independent-experts-cereal-20161121-story.html
DailyKos: HBGary: Automated social media management http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/16/945768/-UPDATED-The-HB-Gary-Email-That-Should-Concern-Us-All
Meme Warfare Center http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tfulltext/u2/a507172.pdf
Shilling on Reddit is openly admitted to in this Forbes article http://www.forbes.com/sites/julesschroede2016/03/10/the-magic-formula-behind-going-viral-on-reddit/#1d2485b05271
Forbes: From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter' http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/04/17/from-tinder-bots-to-covert-social-networks-welcome-to-cognitive-hacking/#4b78e2d92a7d
Hivemind http://www.hivemind.cc/rank/shills
Huffington Post- Exposing Cyber Shills and Social Media's Underworld http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/cyber-shills_b_2803801.html
The Independent: Massive British PR firm caught on video: "We've got all sorts of dark arts...The ambition is to drown that negative content and make sure that you have positive content online." They discuss techniques for managing reputations online and creating/maintaining 3rd-party blogs that seem independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caught-on-camera-top-lobbyists-boasting-how-they-influence-the-pm-6272760.html
New York Times: Lifestyle Lift http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/technology/internet/15lift.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
New York Times: Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html?src=me&ref=general
NY Times- From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?_r=1
NY Times: Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/31/world/europe/russia-finland-nato-trolls.html?_r=1
PBS Frontline Documentary - Generation Like http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/
Gamers promote gaming-gambling site on youtube by pretending to hit jackpot without disclosing that they own the site. They tried to retroactively write a disclosure covering their tracks http://www.pcgamer.com/csgo-lotto-investigation-uncovers-colossal-conflict-of-interest/
Raw Story: CENTCOM engages bloggers http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Raw_obtains_CENTCOM_email_to_bloggers_1016.html
Raw Story: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/revealed-air-force-ordered-software-to-manage-army-of-fake-virtual-people/
Redective http://www.redective.com/?r=e&a=search&s=subreddit&t=redective&q=shills
Salon: Why Reddit moderators are censoring Glenn Greenwald’s latest news story on shills http://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/why_reddit_moderators_are_censoring_glenn_greenwalds_latest_bombshell_partne
The Atlantic: Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/fda-drug-promotion-social-media/404563/
WAR.COM: THE INTERNET AND PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS http://www.theblackvault.com/documents/ADA389269.pdf
The Guardian: Internet Astroturfing http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/dec/13/astroturf-libertarians-internet-democracy
The Guardian: Israel ups the stakes in the propaganda war http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/nov/20/mondaymediasection.israel
Operation Earnest Voice http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/ma17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
The Guardian: British army creates team of Facebook warriors http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/31/british-army-facebook-warriors-77th-brigade
The Guardian: US military studied how to influence Twitter [and Reddit] users in Darpa-funded research [2014] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/08/darpa-social-networks-research-twitter-influence-studies
The Guardian: Chinese officials flood the Chinese internet with positive social media posts to distract their population http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/chinese-officials-create-488m-social-media-posts-a-year-study-finds
Times of Israel: Israeli government paying bilingual students to spread propaganda online primarily to international communities without having to identify themselves as working for the government. "The [student] union will operate computer rooms for the project...it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country." http://www.timesofisrael.com/pmo-stealthily-recruiting-students-for-online-advocacy/
USA Today: Lord & Taylor settles FTC charges over paid Instagram posts http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/03/15/lord--taylor-settles-ftc-charges-over-paid-instagram-posts/81801972/
Researcher's algorithm weeds out people using multiple online accounts to spread propaganda - Based on word choice http://www.utsa.edu/today/2016/10/astroturfing.html
http://www.webinknow.com/2008/12/the-us-air-force-armed-with-social-media.html
Wired: Powered by rapid advances in artificial intelligence http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/06/wired-world-2015/robot-propaganda
Wired: Clinton Staff and Volunteers Busted for Astroturfing [in 2007] http://www.wired.com/2007/12/clinton-staff-a/
Wired: Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists http://www.wired.com/2015/08/pro-government-twitter-bots-try-hush-mexican-activists/
Wired: Microsoft http://www.wired.com/2015/09/ftc-machinima-microsoft-youtube/
Wired: Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’ http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/03/report-recruit/
Wired: Air Force Releases ‘Counter-Blog’ Marching Orders http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/usaf-blog-respo/
Reddit Secrets https://archive.fo/NAwBx
Reddit Secrets https://archive.fo/SCWN7
Boostupvotes.com https://archive.fo/WdbYQ
"Once we isolate key people https://archive.is/PoUMo
GCHQ has their own internet shilling program https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Threat_Research_Intelligence_Group
Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-sponsored_Internet_sockpuppetry
US also operates in conjunction with the UK to collect and share intelligence data https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement
Glenn Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/
Glenn Greenwald: Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/14/manipulating-online-polls-ways-british-spies-seek-control-internet/
Here is a direct link to your image for the benefit of mobile users https://imgur.com/OpSos4u.jpg
Reddit for iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reddit-the-official-app/id1064216828?mt=8
Why Satoshi Nakamoto Has Gone https://medium.com/@ducktatosatoshi-nakamoto-has-gone-4cef923d7acd
What I learned selling my Reddit accounts https://medium.com/@Rob79/what-i-learned-selling-my-reddit-accounts-c5e9f6348005#.u5zt0mti3
Artificial intelligence chatbots will overwhelm human speech online; the rise of MADCOMs https://medium.com/artificial-intelligence-policy-laws-and-ethics/artificial-intelligence-chatbots-will-overwhelm-human-speech-online-the-rise-of-madcoms-e007818f31a1
How Reddit Got Huge: Tons of Fake Accounts - According to Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-reddit-got-huge-tons-of-fake-accounts--2
Whistleblower and subsequent investigation: Paid trolls on /Bitcoin https://np.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/34m7yn/professional_bitcoin_trolls_exist/cqwjdlw
Confession of Hillary Shill from /SandersForPresident https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/3rncq9/confession_of_hillary_shill_from/
Why do I exist? https://np.reddit.com/DirectImageLinkerBot/wiki/index
Already a direct link? https://np.reddit.com/DirectImageLinkerBot/wiki/res_links
Here's the thread. https://np.reddit.com/HailCorporate/comments/3gl8zi/that_potato_mailing_company_is_at_it_again/
/netsec talks about gaming reddit via sockpuppets and how online discourse is (easily) manipulated. https://np.reddit.com/netsec/comments/38wl43/we_used_sock_puppets_in_rnetsec_last_year_and_are
Redditor comes clean about being paid to chat on Reddit. They work to promote a politician https://np.reddit.com/offmychest/comments/3gk56y/i_get_paid_to_chat_on_reddit/
Shill whistleblower https://np.reddit.com/politics/comments/rtr6b/a_very_interesting_insight_into_how_certain/
Russian bots were active on Reddit last year https://np.reddit.com/RussiaLago/comments/76cq4d/exclusive_we_can_now_definitively_state_that/?st=j8s7535j&sh=36805d5d
The Bush and Gore campaigns of 2000 used methods similar to the Chinese government for conducting “guided discussions” in chatrooms designed to influence citizens https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/3xhoq8/til_the_advent_of_social_media_offers_new_routes/?st=j0o5xr9c&sh=3662f0dc
source paper. https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/4d3l3s/government_agents_and_their_allies_might_ente
or Click Here. https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/4kdq7n/astroturfing_information_megathread_revision_8/?st=iwlbcoon&sh=9e44591e Alleged paid shill leaks details of organization and actions.
https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/4wl19alleged_paid_shill_leaks_details_of_organization/?st=irktcssh&sh=8713f4be
Shill Confessions and Additional Information https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/5pzcnx/shill_confessions_and_additional_information/?st=izz0ga8r&sh=43621acd
Corporate and governmental manipulation of Wikipedia articles https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/5sb7pi/new_york_times_corporate_editing_of_wikipedia/?st=iyteny9b&sh=b488263f
Ex -MMA fighter and ex-police officer exposes corrupt police practices https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/6jn27s/ex_mma_fighter_and_expolice_officer_exposes/
User pushes InfoWars links on Reddit https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/6uau99/chemicals_in_reddit_are_turning_memes_gay_take/?st=j6r0g2om&sh=96f3dbf4
Some websites use shill accounts to spam their competitor's articles https://np.reddit.com/TheoryOfReddit/comments/1ja4nf/lets_talk_about_those_playing_reddit_with/?st=iunay35w&sh=d841095d
User posts video using GoPro https://np.reddit.com/videos/comments/2ejpbb/yes_it_is_true_i_boiled_my_gopro_to_get_you_this/ck0btnb/?context=3&st=j0qt0xnf&sh=ef13ba81
Fracking shill whistleblower spills the beans on Fracking Internet PR https://np.reddit.com/worldnews/comments/31wo57/the_chevron_tapes_video_shows_oil_giant_allegedly/cq5uhse?context=3
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TOP SECRET SPECIAL HANDLING NOFORN
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Directorate of Operations
October 16, 1964
MEMORANDUM FOR THE DIRECTOR OF THE CIA
Subject: After action report of
Operation CUCKOO (TS)
INTRODUCTION

1) Operation CUCKOO was part of the overall operation CLEANSWEEP, aimed at eliminating domestic opposition to activities undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency's special activities division, in main regard to operation GUILLOTINE.

2) Operation CUCKOO was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense and the office of The President of the United States as a covert domestic action to be under taken within the limits of Washington D.C as outlined by Secret Executive Order 37.

3) Following the publishing of the Warren Commission, former special agent Mary Pinchot Meyer (Operation MOCKINGBIRD, Operation SIREN) also was married to Cord Meyer (Operation MOCKINGBIRD, Operation GUILLOTINE) threatened to disclose the details of several Special Activities Divisions' operations, including but not limited to, Operation SIREN and GUILLOTENE.
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TOP SECRET SPECIAL HANDLING NOFORN
4) It was deemed necessary by senior Directorate of Operations members to initiate Operation CUCKOO as an extension of Operation CLEANSWEEP on November 30th. After Mary Pinchot Meyer threatened to report her knowledge of Operation GUILLOTENE and the details of her work in Operation SIREN from her affair with the former President.

5) Special Activities Division was given the green light after briefing president Johnson on the situation. The situation report was forwarded to the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of staff, who both approved of the parameters of the operation, as outlined under article C of secret executive order 37 (see attached copy of article).
​PLANNING STAGES
6) 8 members of the special activities division handpicked by operation lead William King Harvey began planning for the operation on October 3rd, with planned execution before October 16th.

7) The (?) of the operation was set as the neighborhood of Georgetown along the Potomac river, where the operators would observe, take note on routines, and eventually carry the operation.

8) After nothing Meyer's routines, Edward "Eddy" Reid was picked as the operation point man who would intersect Meyer on her walk on October 12th, with lead William King Harvey providing long range support if necessary from across the Chesapeake and Ohio canal (see illustration A for detailed map).

9) Edward Reid was planned to be dressed in the manner of a homeless black man, due to his resemblances to local trash collector (later found out to be Raymond Crump) who inhabits the AO and the path that Reid was planned to intersect Meyer.
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12-04 11:13 - 'Have a Look at the Most Valuable Companies in Crypto Space' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/MonteCarloDEX removed from /r/Bitcoin within 465-475min

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Many things have been said about the champions who have been at the forefront of making things happen in the crypto space but not much has been known about them. The list below and the descriptions indicate the biggest companies in the industry not only by valuation and capitalization but also by goodwill and corporate presence both online and offline as well. They shall be listed in no particular order of preference.

Ripple (Valuation of about $5 Billion)

Many people have heard one way or the other about [Ripple Labs Inc]1 . It is widely associated with the now popular [XRP]2 token as it uses this coin in its solutions. Ripple Labs owns and runs RipppleNet. Driven by what is referred to as the Ripple Protocol Consensus Algorithm (RPCA), RippleNet is used for all kinds of transactions between financial institutions but with the introduction of new tools different kinds of platforms will be able to run off it making Ripple be not only the darling of the financial services sector but also to be one of the cryptocurrency companies to watch out for come next year. Ripple has been [tipped]3 to be worth about $5 billion.

Circle (about $3 Billion)

While [Circle]4 is quite popular these days with its hands in many pies in the crypto space, this cryptocurrency unicorn started out as a service where you could buy [Bitcoin]5 with credit card and has grown to be one of the most dynamic organizations out there also with its own stablecoin USDcoin which is tied to the United States Dollar. Sources indicate that Circle achieved its $3 billion valuation after a funding round of about $100 million last year.

Bitmain (about $12 Billion)

Now everyone knows that [Bitmain]6 is by far the largest cryptocurrency corporate organization by sheer size and valuation. Owning the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining facilities and being a major hardware manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining equipment, Bitmain has overtaken just about everyone else to be at the top when it comes to valuations. This does not mean however that it hasn’t had its share of corporate issues. Sources [estimated]7 last year that the total valuation of Bitmain stood at $12 billion.

Binance (about $2 Billion)

[Binance]8 is quite popular in the crypto space as it is one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges at the moment. Its premier position in terms of trading volume (as the second largest) has only made it more obvious that it holds the top spot in the hearts and minds of many within the industry. Apart from trading cryptocurrencies, Binance is also known for other products such as [Binance Coin]9 and its decentralized trading blockchain Binance Chain. CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao has [indicated]10 that Binance is worth at least $ 2 billion or more.

Canaan Creative (about $2 Billion)

While maybe not many new people know about this particular cryptocurrency mining company, Canaan Creative is also one of the leaders when it comes to cryptocurrency mining. Even though the company itself hasn’t been dong well as of late, it is still punching above its weight when it comes to having superstar status. Reports have it that the recent [IPO]11 places it at a little over $ 2 billion.

Coinbase (about $8 Billion)

We all know [Coinbase]12 and its cryptocurrency exchange platform were one way or the other going to be on the list. With other products such as the recently introduced Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Custody and even Coinbase Commerce, Coinbase is indeed on a curve to grow exponentially. So much so that the cryptocurrency exchange put its [valuation]13 at $8 billion last year after finishing its series E round of financing.

BitMEX (around $3 Billion)

With an innovative cryptocurrency trading platform that offers more than the usual trading of cryptocurrencies ( futures and perpetual contracts as well), [BitMEX]14 enables traders to use the necessary leverage to enhance the potential for profit as well. Reports [indicate]15 that BitMEX is worth $3.6 billion from last year although other reports contradict this and put the valuation at around $1 billion.

Robinhood (about $7 Billion)

[Robinhood]16 has created a more centrist appeal than many other cryptocurrency trading platforms. This has led to its massive success as its main focus are the millennials. Robinhood took off in the beginning as a fee-free stock trading platform. Its valuation at around $7 billion was [reported]17 earlier this year and this, of course, makes it be a force to be reckoned within the industry.

Block.One (around $3 Billion)

[Block.One]18 has been one of those organizations that have scaled through all the odds when it comes to corporate-startup challenges. Being a contender for the throne of king of Decentralized Applications, Block.One it has been [reported]19 has a valuation of about $3 billion with a significant majority of its holdings in fiat assets surprisingly for a company that rules its share of the crypto space.

Kraken (about $4 Billion)

[Kraken]20 is one of the premier cryptocurrency exchanges. This goes without saying that the recent [acquisition]21 of a futures trading platform and the closing of its last [funding round]22 to the tune of $13 million had quite a bit to do with its recent $ 4 billion valuation. It has, of course, raised the bar for the cryptocurrency trading platform whose future had reportedly been in the doldrums prior to the acquisition and new funding round.

Is It All about Money?

While the performance of the companies is as important as the reason that they were set up or are operational in the first place, the basic reason for the consideration of the most valued companies in terms of valuation is to gauge the health of the corporate actors currently on the big stage within the crypto space.
This also indicates the direction that the sphere is going in; the direction of greater adoption and inclusion in normal day-to-day events. One thing is certain from the above: a new industry has been born and those who can catch the “crypto-fire” may one day be also among these above-listed companies as many others are in fierce pursuit of being unicorns themselves.
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Have a Look at the Most Valuable Companies in Crypto Space
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Why ARAGON can become one of the main Ethereum-based projects.

1 INTRODUCTION
This section briefly introduces the foundations of Aragon and how it is fundamentally ran and operated.
1.0 What is Aragon?
The Aragon Network (AN) will be the first DAO whose goal is to act as a digital jurisdiction that makes it extremely easy and efficient for organizations, entrepreneurs and investors to operate. It can be argued that firms, companies and projects mostly exist in order to create value by using resources to create products or provide services. The obstacle in that pursuit is intermediaries and third parties such as governments decreasing the output of those operations by imposing restrictions and creating complex regulatory frameworks. Therefore, it can be analysed that Aragon can step in to disintermediate the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures by laws that define user permissions, a governance system, a capital system, and an accounting system. Aragon provides limitless operation for businesses. It’s primary demographic is private companies, but additional support is built for NGOs, project management, charities, and even government organizations. In the future, most company activities can be structured on their network, such as meetings, conferences, tasks, notary services, bookkeeping, banking, etc. Not only does it provide a platform for efficient company management, communication and partnerships, it also minimizes costs related to most tasks required to run those operations.
1.1 Management
The strong foundations of Aragon are displayed throughout their work. Firstly, the efforts to provide investors the most transparent and constructive information is a sign of a well-managed company. Analysing the whitepaper, meeting plans, articles and development plan one can see, that not only does it present in-depth information and thoroughly analysed scenarios, it also outlines the potential issues and limitations that can occur in the future. This factor cannot be underestimated in today’s cryptocurrency/blockchain subculture, as most coins and projects are based around the strengths that developers and project leaders hype, instead of providing well-rounded information for investors to base their decisions on. This type of transparency and care legitimizes the project by a huge margin and indicates a very strong foundational management of the project.
1.1.1 Founders, Advisors and Contributors
The strength of Aragon management is further established with the strong developer duo and advisors. At the age of 17, Luis Cuende and Jorge Izquierdo prototyped a fully decentralized Internet replacement by using mesh networks, blockchain technology and protocols like Bluetooth LE and WiFi Direct. Furthermore, Stampery - Luis’ latest company—made blockchain timestamping accessible, and has worked with institutions like the Estonian government, Microsoft and Telefonica. Before building Aragon, Luis and Jorge were working in Silicon Valley. After figuring out how broken the underlying infrastructure of innovation is, they decided to focus all of their time in building the infrastructure that new companies and organizations will run on top of.
Luis Cuende - Project Lead
Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. He cofounded the blockchain start-up Stampery. Prior to founding start-ups, he created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin.
Jorge Izquierdo - Tech Lead
Curious hacker, creator of multiple apps for iOS, macOS and Pebble. Reached App Store's #2. Always tinkering with new tech. Already convinced about the decentralized future of the Internet, he has been building toy projects such as a mesh network or a small blockchain implementation since 2014.
Aragon also has a list of competent advisors assisting in the development or inspiration of Aragon Network and Aragon Core. The list includes, but is not limited to, people like Fred Ehrsam (Cofounder, Coinbase), Vitalik Buterin (Creator, Ethereum), Jan Isakovic (CEO, Cofound.it), Brayton Williams (Partner, Boost VC), Jean Amiouny (CEO, Shakepay), Jake Brukhman (Founder, CoinFund), Demian Brener (CEO, Zeppelin), and many more notable individuals. Furthered by the transparency, consistent progress and passion for the project, there is no question that the developers and advisors of the Aragon Network are capable and ambitious people willing to put everything on the line for Aragon to succeed.
1.2 Community
When it comes to the community surrounding Aragon, it is very pleasing to come across a mature and constructive bunch of people. The “lambo” and “moon” talk is held to a minimum and the overall tone of messages is informational, educating and constructive. In addition, Aragon is very involved in the community and makes sure to stay engaged by all means necessary in order to receive feedback and share progress (especially in the form of public community engaging developer meetings, etc.). Furthermore, community-requested enhancements and changes are constantly implemented (such as the ETC20 token, governance implementations, etc.). Overall, it can be stated that in addition to the already strong foundations of Aragon, the community is an extremely positive factor and incentivises both the community and developers to stay engaged and transparent, pushing the project forward in a mutually beneficial way (and not just for short-term investor gains).
1.3 ANT Tokens
The ANT token will be the native token for all of the network services that require a token, either for governance or other functionalities. For example in the case of the court, holders will be able to use their tokens to help arbitration and get a reward. Furthermore, when an organization needs investors or plans to do a fund-raiser, the invested tokens can also represent shares in the company on the Aragon Network. Once one invests and buys shares of an organization, they’ll be allocated appropriate voting rights and governance rules.
Another important thing to note regarding the token is that founders have a vesting period of 2 years, denying them the ability to just dump their coins whenever they please, making the ANT tokens healthier overall. Also, transparent distribution information is published and constantly updated – currently investors hold 70% of the tokens, 15% is held for contingency to overcome major hurdles, and 15% will remain in the hands of founders, advisors and early contributors. Aragon also has a set out plan for how the funds gathered during ICO are used, which in addition to providing additional transparency, also provides the investor a clear outline in what they are investing. Current fund allocation is the following - 5% legal, 12% marketing, 17% operations, and 66% development.
With the growth of Aragon, the ANT token will be an inseparable and most important part of the platform functions, allowing the token to have stable growth in the coming years in conjunction with Aragon’s success.
2 ANALYSIS
This section aims to analyse the key benefits presented by Aragon.
2.0 Transparency
Transparency is an instrumental factor for Aragon, as they put quite a lot of emphasis on running their business in a most „public“ way possible. With the overarching popularity of scams and sketchy ICOs, transparency and trust are the two elements lacking in the crypto atmosphere for the most part - but not with Aragon. Not only have they done multiple TV and other public media appearances, showing their faces and what they represent, you can also see the burning passion in their eyes every time they speak about what they are trying to achieve and solve. Further transparency is displayed by public Aragon developer meetings, which are either livestreamed or uploaded for everyone to see and participate in. This is the one and only project creating this sort of ultimate transparency and community involvement with their project, and is exactly what the crypto space needs more of. It can also be stated that this removes a lot of doubt and fear of Aragon being a hoax, as they have a lot on the line being as transparent about their identities and undertakings as they are.
2.1 Practicality and co-existance/partnership potential
Another fundamental strength is the compliance with Ethereum’s growth – every company that wants to move into the blockchain world through ethereum can be incentivized to run those particular activities (management wise) through the Aragon Network. The potential this holds is extremely big, as Ethereum has already been praised and popularized as the primary blockchain to run dApps and smart contracts on. Therefore, it makes sense for companies utilizing Ethereum blockchain to move organizational management of those operations over to Ethereum based Aragon Network, which can help make everything more efficient and effective. All in all, if someone is incentivized to use Ethereum, it is logical for them to also use the Aragon Network for efficiency. Furthermore, Aragon possesses strong links to established blockchain projects, as they can potentially run their operations through Aragon Network in the future to maximize efficiency.
Furthermore, Aragon supports the creation of own ERC20 token on the network, so any company or project can create its’ cryptocurrencies through Aragon while making the most of the platform for operations as well.
Additionally, Aragon has a strong links with Iconomi, which is prone to launch on August 1st as the cryptocurrency index platform. As the awareness of cryptocurrency and blockchain increases, mainstream investing will slowly move a percentage of their funds into cryptocurrencies as well, and this is exactly the aim of Iconomi – to create an ease of access for crypto index investing for mainstream investors. If Iconomi becomes the mainstream investment vehicle for cryptocurrencies and people will buy the ICNX fund, then Aragon token can see immense growth over the years to come (as Aragon is one of the few cryptocurrencies part of the ICNX index). Finally, co-efficient ecosystem can be created through the co-operation of blockchain projects, where each party benefits from one another. For instance, one such co-operation could be in the governance of organizations. If the applicant is not satisfied with the human judges’ resolution, they can request an upgrade to the next level, which is a prediction marketplace in which all the network judges can participate. For this, projects like Augur or Gnosis can bring immense co-operation use-cases. It is important to note that this is only one example, as various project links can be created in such a way that would benefit and grow the whole cryptocurrency/blockchain ecosystem/market.
2.2 Additional functionality
2.2.1 Start-ups and external funding
Further strength of Aragon lies in the external funding sector. With the increasing number of start-up projects and companies looking for external investments, importance lies in making funds easily accessible for future organizations. Furthermore, it can be argued that investing in start-ups is remarkably inaccessible to the public and mostly happens in a closed environment, making it harder for investors to invest and for companies to acquire funding when needed.
 Aragon Core organizations can issue shares directly to another party when the party sends the negotiated amount of currency.
 If an organization wants raise capital publicly, Aragon Core organizations can publish share offers in the marketplace.
Investors can then directly contact to negotiate or invest in a hard limit number of shares. This is especially true important for start-up organizations, as they need to be able to raise capital quickly. For a traditional start-up, this would mean riding the VC unicorn rollercoaster, crowd funding through a third party (e.g. Kickstarter), applying for a business loan, or bothering friends, relatives, and connections for investments. Aragon Core organizations can easily issue new shares in exchange for capital without operating with a third party, both through direct sales and public offerings. This means that investing will become much easier and accessible to both organizations and investors, helping aid the growth of companies in the marketplace and boost overall economy (as most hindered operations are due to lack of resources).
2.2.2 Modularity
Aragon developers have also taken in mind that different organizations might require additional functionalities for their organizational operations, meaning that there is further flexibility provided to meet most demands that might be presented. For this, modular software has been made accessible, allowing additional functions to be developed on top of Aragon Core in the instance where an organization might require features for very specific things relative to their industry/management/governance etc. While the Aragon Network has some basic constitution and governance methods, everyone will also be able to create another network inside the Aragon Network with a more specific set of laws. For example, you could create an organization, join the Aragon Network, and vote for a new set of laws specific to your organization. Effectively, organizations will be able to use the Aragon Network’s services basic constitution and services as a framework, and build a custom set of rules to govern relationships inside organizations. That type of flexibility, both through framework and modular functionality, allows Aragon to become the stepping stone of future organizations that wish to build their infrastructure on blockchain, making Aragon a power-player in the years to come.
2.2.3 Organizational Set-up
In addition to providing modular software for every company to create their own terms of organizational operation, Aragon has also taken into consideration and developed benefits based on the multiple needs of companies today. To provide those benefits, Aragon has built a product that functionality for the following areas:
Identity: A very first pillar of any organization before operation is their identity. Aragon enables any company to create, transfer or develop their identity by providing means for blockchain benefits.
Ownership: Shares are a way to reward founders, investors, advisors, partners and employees and can determine the ownership and direction of the company. Aragon has simplified this through providing semi-automation with the network and creating ease of access to funding, voting and overall governance.
Voting: The Company’s shareholders should be able to have a word over its actions. This is directly linked to ownership, as the platform accessibility and functionality will simplify the process by making it more efficient.
Capital: Since a venture can be risky and may need to acquire certain goods in order to operate or grow, capital in the form of investment/loans is needed. Through creating a platform for companies to acquire funding more easily and for investors to have access to investing, Aragon can solve a lot of problems of hindered development due to insufficient capital.
People: In the end, it's human beings who build the organizations. Aragon is working to create easy ways for organizations to on-board (identity) and reward (payroll) them.
Outreach: A company needs to target their audience in order for them to buy the company's product. For this, marketing efforts are a necessity and allocating budgets for that is inseparable, referring back to links with capital and funding.
Payment processor: Organizations need to be paid and receive funds. Aragon Core serves as a way for them to capture payments easily both from customers, investors, and other companies, removing the need for third-party processors with high fees and long transaction times.
Accounting: In order to manage expenses, burn rate and make business decisions, there is a need to maintain book-keeping. Aragon keeps record of all the transactions and activities on the network, compiles them and creates reports in a semi-automated fashion.
All of these above mentioned factors link together and complement each other to create a super-efficient ecosystem for companies to operate in. Furthermore, taking into consideration that Aragon has also created modular software for companies to introduce additional benefits through personal coding, the platform can provide full functionality and immense benefits for every future organization looking to benefit from blockchain technology in order to push operation efficiency further.
2.2.4 Removing of human conflict
Aragon also aims to resolve the problems companies face due to human conflict by introducing Aragon Network Jurisdiction (further referred to as ANJ), which aids to provide tools needed to solve subjectability of human relationships and personal vendettas. Here is an example subtracted from Aragon Whitepaper: An investor invests into an organization and receives some voting power. The organization founder then goes rogue and sends all investment money to his personal account. If this was an Aragon organization, the investor just had to make sure that transactions above a certain threshold have to be approved by a majority voting. It sets the incentives right for Aragon organizations to be a part of it, since:
Parties that want to interact with the given organization will want certain guarantees in case there's a breach of trust not covered by the contracts.Some bugs could be stopped by opening an arbitration that could freeze all activity until the case is resolved.
All in all, the ANJ is there to provide a decentralized intermediary between human conflicts and attempts to provide tools, through voting and automated smart contracts tracking, to resolve them. This removes a lot of threat of manipulation and self-interest within organizations that seek to exploit investor money, making it a lot safer for funding to go where it is supposed to go and providing investors a peace of mind.
2.3 Current limitations
In this section, some limitations are explained and briefly elaborated.
2.3.1 Minting
The cost to mint new tokens will be determined by ANT token holders. This will likely be a contentious decision and one where the basic economic principles of supply and demand need to be considered. For example, consider the scenario where the cost of minting tokens is too low. More and more tokens will be added to the supply, until supply greatly outweighs demand. This is a recipe for inflation and the value of individual ANT tokens will fall. Ultimately, Aragon believes that token holders will eventually decide on a healthy equilibrium for inflation. Based that belief, by weighing the opinion of every stakeholder, the market will accurately reflect the optimal minting cost. On one hand, this clearly reflects the decentralized model that cryptocurrencies should display (due to democracy elements and mutual agreements), but on the other this can lead to a lot of collective manipulation and conflict within the community. The same has been evident in the recent Bitcoin drama that put a lot of Bitcoin future in question, and also led to a lot of people pulling out their money due to uncertainty (leading to a lot of volatility). Therefore, Aragon places their trust into the hands of ANT token holders, which is the right thing to do, but can also backfire when majority of tokens are held by a certain group of people wanting to manipulate the currency. Overall, if ANT token want to display stability in growth (as opposed to volatility), then there needs to be majority consensus within the community. Do keep in mind though, that even though ANT is an inseparable element of the Aragon project, the platform CAN still operate efficiently for companies without any issues, as only people looking for trade-value (investors) will suffer and/or benefit from volatility.
2.3.2 Development needs
The properties of the Ethereum blockchain present unique opportunities for the creation and management of decentralized organizations, including immutability of records, transparency, and fast transactions. But in order to satisfy multiple requirements that human beings need in order to transact and create value, a layer on top of it needs to be created to align the incentives of everyone participating in the system. This can be a tricky from development point of view, which is why it is listed in the limitations sector. When Aragon is able to make it easily accessible for everyone to create/code additional layers for individual needs on top of the platform (the functionality is planned, but not yet executed) without issues, then this limitation is void.
Further limitations include (from whitepaper):
Subjective breaches: Smart contracts can encode most of the possible breaches of contract, but there is always subjectivity in human relationships. An unbiased Aragon Network arbitration system is needed for cases where conflict is not explicitly resolved in the smart contract code.
Software bugs: The error is always between the chair and the keyboard. Code can contain bugs so the software needs to be easily upgradeable, and a sound bug bounty mechanism must exist to incentivize potential attackers to claim a bounty, rather than attack.
Reward systems: Monetization around certain protocols and systems is unclear at this point. Some players will be key to making organization possible, so a simple reward mechanism is needed.
3 CONCLUSION
In conclusion, Aragon is one of the fundamentally strongest blockchain projects with extremely practical use-cases and immense up-side potential. In the capitalistic world ran by companies, one can argue that it is only a matter of time when companies seek to benefit from the Blockchain technology referred to as the Internet 2.0. Not all companies are technology orientated and have big budgets to spend on personal blockchain development, meaning that if blockchain gets more adoption, companies are forced to adapt to the changing environment. Aragon provides a lot of functionality and can potentially make operations a lot more efficient for organizations, and with already established transparency, development plans and use-cases, it simply cannot be ignored. Acting as a digital jurisdiction that makes it extremely easy and efficient for organizations, entrepreneurs and investors to operate, Aragon can become a lot more than just a cryptocurrency, but rather a stepping-stone in aiding the world transition to the blockchain world of tomorrow.
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Welcome to ShareRing: Your all-in-one Guide

ShareRing
The world’s first web platform for sharing goods and services. One way to pay for sharing everything, no matter what it is or where you are.
ShareRing is an on-demand platform that connects the highly fragmented sharing economy by bringing together sharing services across all industries and geographies. Using our decentralized marketplace, users can securely access, connect, and pay for services anywhere in the world. We’re developing an ecosystem that is essentially the Amazon for the sharing economy. Our pilot online marketplace is launching in November in parts of Australia, Hong Kong, and The United States. Be sure to follow the most recent updates on our Medium or Telegram Announcements channel

ShareToken (SHR) trades live on DX.Exchange once DX has finished their soft launch!

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Origin of ShareRing - Keaz

Keaz is the sister company of ShareRing and a global leader in white label car-sharing solutions. Established in 2013, Keaz clients include Toyota Fleet Management in Australia, Envoy of California, and YooGo who was recently promoted by the PM of New Zealand. Keaz is a private company serving (both corporate and consumer) in over 300 locations in New Zealand, USA, and Australia. We have offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, San Diego, and Denver.

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Collection of ShareRing articles

December

News.com.au How to save money: Woman saves $15k 12/06/18
Business Insider Here's What it Takes to be a Co-founder 12/03/18

November

Dynamic Business Lets talk: Future Proofing 11/28/18
Marketing Mag Does Your Digital Marketing Need Some Refreshment in 2019? 10/26/18
The Australian The Takeoff of the Sharing Economy 11/21/18

October

Century Link Bright Ideas How SMBs Can Take Advantage of the Red-hot Sharing Economy 10/24/18
Finder What Do You Get When You Cross the Sharing Economy with Blockchian? 10/22/18
Smart Company The Three Steps Keaz Founder Tim Bos Took After Realising an Employee Stole Company Code 10/19/18
Automotive Industry Blockchain Can Disrupt the Auto Industry 10/1/18

September

Bitcoin Exchange Guide Everyday Blockchain Using DLT Dapps In Every Way for Every Thing With Everyone 9/14/18
Bitcoinist Blockchain Beyond Crytocurrency and What They Could Mean for You 8/28/18
Crypto Suite Blockchain Beyond Crytocurrency and What They Could Mean for You 9/12/18
The Australian Blockchain to Power Social Good 9/11/18
Forbes The Most Promising Emerging Blockchain Technologies and What They Mean for Crypto Prices 9/10/18

August

The Australian Stories From The Startup Trenches 8/30/18
Dynamic Business Lets talk....Perspective 8/28/18
Shareable 10 Blockchain Projects To Keep An Eye On 8/21/18
The Australian Digivizer, Airtasker, The Iconic reps talk big data at Deakin event 8/8/18
HKC News Chinese Article 8/2/18

July

The Martec Blockchain Startups in Melbourne: 20 You Can't Miss 7/27/18
IB Times Leading charge 5 Australian Blockchain Startups Managed to Raise Big 7/24/18
Blocktime.hk Chinese Article 7/23/18
Forbes The Year of Blockchain and Sharing Economy's Intersection 7/20/18
Collective Hub Why Aussie Startups Are Thriving In China 7/16/18
CIO How SMBs Can Take Advantage of the Red-hot Sharing Economy 7/10/18

June

Business Insider We asked 7 experts whether blockchain is 'the next Gutenberg moment' - here's what they said 6/22/18
AMB Crypto Restoring Trust in the Sharing Economy with Blockchain Technology 6/22/18
The Australian A match made in heaven: How blockchain technology is enhancing the sharing economy 6/20/18
BTC Manager Car Companies Collaborate for the Sake of Blockchain Technology 6/15/18
Dataconomy Blockchain Found A Shortcut To The Universal Sharing Economy 6/14/18
Coin Central Blockchain in Automotive: Fragmented Sector to Focus on New Technologies 6/11/18
Trustnodes Shared Real Estate on the Blockchain, ShareRing to Partner with Quarteria 6/11/18

May

Dynamic Business Let's Talk... Competition 5/30/18
Bit Guru ShareRing Gains Tailwind From Its Inclusion Into The MOBI Automotive Consortium 5/25/18
The Bitcoiner ShareRing Partners with GTI Holdings to Revamp the Sharing Economy 5/24/18
The Bitcoin Times ShareRing is Associated with GTI Holdings to Renew the Exchange Economy 5/24/18
Coin Idol Blockchain Startup ShareRing Joins Car Makers In Bringing Blockchain To Automotive Industry 5/23/18
The Merkle What is ShareRing Cryptocurrency 5/22/18
Crypto Compare ShareRing Will Make it Easy to Share Everything 5/22/18
News BTC Uniting Airbnb, Uber and WeWork Under One Cryptocurrency 5/21/18
Finance Town Hall One App To Rule Them All: How Blockchain Will Turn Your 20 Phone Apps Into One 5/21/18
Distributed Blockchain Solutions Are Changing the Sharing Economy 5/18/18
Nasdaq Blockchain Solutions Are Changing the Sharing Economy 5/18/18
Metro Daily HK Chinese Article 5/14/18
Dynamic Business Federal Budget: startup wishlist part three 5/08/18
iT Wire Start-ups need more govt support: Budget plea 5/07/18
Dynamic Business LET’S TALK… STARTUP/CORPORATE COLLABORATIONS 5/02/18
Coin Telegraph Care About Sharing? Take Our Quiz On The Sharing Economy 5/01/18

April

Coin Speaker Blockchain Startup ShareRing is Facilitating the Adoption of Cryptocurrency 4/27/18
Self Growth ShareRing Is the Sharing Economy Reboot We Were All Hoping For 4/27/18
Crypto Vest ShareRing Banks on Blockchain to become the Sharing Economy’s Amazon 4/26/18
Self Growth ShareRing Is the Sharing Economy Reboot We Were All Hoping For 4/26/18
Guiado Bitcoin Portugese Article 4/25/18
Ethereum Kaufen German Article 4/124/18
Irish Tech News The Blockchain and the Sharing Economy: A Necessary Combination 4/24/18
Bitcoin Mag German Article 4/23/18
Bits Online Tokenization: Trend or Industry Changer? 4/23/18
Smart Company Ten Australian blockchain companies raising millions and disrupting industries 4/23/18
Cointelegraph Sharing Economy, Explained 4/19/18
Cryptocur Russian Article 4/19/18
CCN Meet ShareRing, the Dual-Token Solution for the Sharing Economy 4/18/18
Stocksmasters Meet ShareRing, The Dual-Token Solution For The Sharing Economy 4/18/18
MyTradeCryptoCurrency Could Blockchain Overcome Data Privacy Issues in Light of the Facebook Scandal? 4/17/18
Crypto-News Could Blockchain Overcome Data Privacy Issues in Light of the Facebook Scandal? 4/17/18
Hibtc Chinese Article 4/17/18
Weiss Soros, $25k Bitcoin, Riskiest Cryptos and More 4/16/18
Eleven News Blockchain-Based Project Builds Superstore Platform For Sharing Everything 4/16/18
Bitcoinist Sharing economy is booming and clockchain wants in 4/16/18
The ICO Daily Blockchain-based project builds superstore platform for sharing everything 4/16/18
Crypto Traders Online platforms, Big Data, and algorithms are the three main contributors to the increasing popularity of today’s sharing economy. 4/16/18
The Merkle Blockchain-Based Project Builds Superstore Platform For Sharing Everything 4/16/18
The Blockchain ShareRing Nets $3.8 Million In Seed Funding, Prepares Token Generation Event 4/16/18
Goldmann and Son PLC Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App 4/15/18
Mooncatcher Meme A company is building a Blockchain-based system to eliminate fragmentation in the sharing economy 4/15/18
Bigcoin Vietnam Vietnam Article 4/15/18
CCN Blockchain Platform Aims to Become a One-Stop-Shop for Sharing Physical Assets App 4/14/18
CoinTelegraph Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App 4/14/18
News BTC Blockchain Platform Is on the Verge to Developing a Tokenized Sharing Economy 4/13/18
The Next Web Blockchain and the sharing economy, a match made in heaven? This startup plans to prove it 4/13/18
Coins Speaker Meet ShareRing: The One-Stop-Shop for Sharing Everything Powered by Blockchain Tech 4/13/18
Coins News Update One-Stop-Shop for Sharing Everything Powered by Blockchain Tech 4/13/18
Kochies Business Builders Win a trip to Hong Kong: ShareRing calls for entrepreneur pitches 4/13/18
It Wire Sharing services marketplace ShareRing is seeking business concepts from start-up companies 4/13/18
Coin List Blockchain startup capitalises on growth of billion dollar sharing economy 4/12/18
Dynamic Business LET’S TALK… STARTUP FOUNDERS 4/11/18
JD Supra DJI Brings Blockchain to Drones 4/9/18
Small Business UK The Sharing Economy: A low-cost solution for upscale services 4/3/18
Malta Blockchain Summit Disruption Is Coming to the Expansive Sharing Economy 4/2/18
Bitcoin Exchange Guide ShareRing ICO: SharePay & ShareToken Global Sharing Solution? 4/2/18

March

Finance Magnates Blockchain Technology is Disrupting the $100b Sharing Economy Market 3/29/18
Dynamic Business LET’S TALK… SMART GROWTH 3/29/18
Use The Bitcoin Here’s What’s Going on in the Sharing Economy 3/27/18
Crypto Ninjas Can a Decentralized Sharing Economy Resolve Itself? 3/27/18
Bitcoin Garden Meet the Blockchain Startup with a Dual-Coin Setup to Combat Volatility in Crypto 3/26/18
Coin Schedule Blockchain, The Sharing Economy, and You 3/23/18
News Max Can Blockchain Create a More Secure and Equitable Sharing Economy? 3/23/18
ICO Crunch Blockchain-based global platform for sharing services and things 3/23/18
Ant Hill Online Two-sided marketplace ShareRing closes $3.8m capital raise, launches $62m token generation event 3/23/18
Dynamic Business NEW VISA SCHEME REQUIRES ‘AGGRESSIVE CHANGES’ TO HELP EARLY-STAGE STARTUPS: SLINGSHOT’S CEO 3/23/18
TechWorm Disruption Imminent: Blockchain Startup Sets Its Eyes on a Tokenized Sharing Economy 3/21/18
Crypto-Economy ShareRing Brings More People to the Blockchain with a Dual-Coin System 3/20/18
Crypto Central The Sharing Economy is Big 3/20/18
It Wire New talent visa scheme a ‘breakthrough’ for Aussie tech companies 3/20/18
Zero Hedge The Future of Ownership: Having More, Owning Less 3/20/18
Investment Watch Blog Investing in a Shared Economy: The Constructs Behind the Concept 3/20/18
Smart Company A “game changer” for Aussie startups: Government unveils new trial visas aimed at startup scene 3/19/18
Asgardia Space News ShareRing Launches Token Generation Event in Hopes of Disrupting the Extensive Sharing Economy 3/19/18
Business Insider What Australia's tech leaders are saying about the 457 visa changes 3/19/18
Business Insider The Australian tech industry was gifted a much more flexible visa for migrant workers 3/19/18
Hacked ICO Analysis: ShareRing 3/19/18
ChipIn Decentralized Sharing Platform is Taking a Bite out of the Sharing Economy 3/18/18
SoHu Chinese Article 3/16/18
Deal Street Asia Australian sharing economy startup ShareRing raises $3m seed funding 3/15/18
Smart Company ShareRing raises $3.8 million seed round in mission to become the blockchain-fuelled Amazon for the sharing economy 3/15/18
Finder Melbourne startup aims to be the “Amazon of the sharing economy” 3/15/18
e27 ShareRing, a blockchain-powered marketplace for sharing services, secures US$3M funding 3/15/18
Inves8r ShareRing raises $3.8 million seed round in mission to become the blockchain-fuelled Amazon for the sharing economy 3/15/18
MSN ShareRing raises $3.8 million seed round in mission to become the blockchain-fuelled Amazon for the sharing economy 3/15/18
Coin Telegraph German Automotive Innovation Could Drive Real-World Blockchain Usage 3/15/18
Business Insider Australian blockchain-driven startup ShareRing just raised $3.8 million 3/15/18
PR News Wire Disruption Is Coming to the Expansive Sharing Economy as ShareRing Launches Token Generation Event 3/15/18
Australian Financial Review ShareRing's bold bid to be 'Amazon of the sharing economy' 3/14/18
Insider Monkey The Sharing Economy and What to Expect in 2018 3/12/18
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Looked for the next big project and stumbled upon ARAGON... Compiled some research and thought I'd share it with you guys - let me know what you think! [LONG]

1 INTRODUCTION
This section briefly introduces the foundations of Aragon and how it is fundamentally ran and operated.
1.0 What is Aragon?
The Aragon Network (AN) will be the first DAO whose goal is to act as a digital jurisdiction that makes it extremely easy and efficient for organizations, entrepreneurs and investors to operate. It can be argued that firms, companies and projects mostly exist in order to create value by using resources to create products or provide services. The obstacle in that pursuit is intermediaries and third parties such as governments decreasing the output of those operations by imposing restrictions and creating complex regulatory frameworks. Therefore, it can be analysed that Aragon can step in to disintermediate the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures by laws that define user permissions, a governance system, a capital system, and an accounting system. Aragon provides limitless operation for businesses. It’s primary demographic is private companies, but additional support is built for NGOs, project management, charities, and even government organizations. In the future, most company activities can be structured on their network, such as meetings, conferences, tasks, notary services, bookkeeping, banking, etc. Not only does it provide a platform for efficient company management, communication and partnerships, it also minimizes costs related to most tasks required to run those operations.
1.1 Management
The strong foundations of Aragon are displayed throughout their work. Firstly, the efforts to provide investors the most transparent and constructive information is a sign of a well-managed company. Analysing the whitepaper, meeting plans, articles and development plan one can see, that not only does it present in-depth information and thoroughly analysed scenarios, it also outlines the potential issues and limitations that can occur in the future. This factor cannot be underestimated in today’s cryptocurrency/blockchain subculture, as most coins and projects are based around the strengths that developers and project leaders hype, instead of providing well-rounded information for investors to base their decisions on. This type of transparency and care legitimizes the project by a huge margin and indicates a very strong foundational management of the project.
1.1.1 Founders, Advisors and Contributors
The strength of Aragon management is further established with the strong developer duo and advisors. At the age of 17, Luis Cuende and Jorge Izquierdo prototyped a fully decentralized Internet replacement by using mesh networks, blockchain technology and protocols like Bluetooth LE and WiFi Direct. Furthermore, Stampery - Luis’ latest company—made blockchain timestamping accessible, and has worked with institutions like the Estonian government, Microsoft and Telefonica. Before building Aragon, Luis and Jorge were working in Silicon Valley. After figuring out how broken the underlying infrastructure of innovation is, they decided to focus all of their time in building the infrastructure that new companies and organizations will run on top of.
Luis Cuende - Project Lead
Luis has been awarded as the best underage European programmer in 2011, is a Forbes 30 Under 30, a MIT TR35 and was an Advisor to the VP of the European Commission. He cofounded the blockchain start-up Stampery. Prior to founding start-ups, he created the world's first Linux distribution with facelogin.
Jorge Izquierdo - Tech Lead
Curious hacker, creator of multiple apps for iOS, macOS and Pebble. Reached App Store's #2. Always tinkering with new tech. Already convinced about the decentralized future of the Internet, he has been building toy projects such as a mesh network or a small blockchain implementation since 2014.
Aragon also has a list of competent advisors assisting in the development of Aragon Network and Aragon Core. The list includes, but is not limited to, people like Fred Ehrsam (Cofounder, Coinbase), Vitalik Buterin (Creator, Ethereum), Jan Isakovic (CEO, Cofound.it), Brayton Williams (Partner, Boost VC), Jean Amiouny (CEO, Shakepay), Jake Brukhman (Founder, CoinFund), Demian Brener (CEO, Zeppelin), and many more notable individuals. Furthered by the transparency, consistent progress and passion for the project, there is no question that the developers and advisors of the Aragon Network are capable and ambitious people willing to put everything on the line for Aragon to succeed.
1.2 Community
When it comes to the community surrounding Aragon, it is very pleasing to come across a mature and constructive bunch of people. The “lambo” and “moon” talk is held to a minimum and the overall tone of messages is informational, educating and constructive. In addition, Aragon is very involved in the community and makes sure to stay engaged by all means necessary in order to receive feedback and share progress (especially in the form of public community engaging developer meetings, etc.). Furthermore, community-requested enhancements and changes are constantly implemented (such as the ETC20 token, governance implementations, etc.). Overall, it can be stated that in addition to the already strong foundations of Aragon, the community is an extremely positive factor and incentivises both the community and developers to stay engaged and transparent, pushing the project forward in a mutually beneficial way (and not just for short-term investor gains).
1.3 ANT Tokens
The ANT token will be the native token for all of the network services that require a token, either for governance or other functionalities. For example in the case of the court, holders will be able to use their tokens to help arbitration and get a reward. Furthermore, when an organization needs investors or plans to do a fund-raiser, the invested tokens can also represent shares in the company on the Aragon Network. Once one invests and buys shares of an organization, they’ll be allocated appropriate voting rights and governance rules.
Another important thing to note regarding the token is that founders have a vesting period of 2 years, denying them the ability to just dump their coins whenever they please, making the ANT tokens healthier overall. Also, transparent distribution information is published and constantly updated – currently investors hold 70% of the tokens, 15% is held for contingency to overcome major hurdles, and 15% will remain in the hands of founders, advisors and early contributors. Aragon also has a set out plan for how the funds gathered during ICO are used, which in addition to providing additional transparency, also provides the investor a clear outline in what they are investing. Current fund allocation is the following - 5% legal, 12% marketing, 17% operations, and 66% development.
With the growth of Aragon, the ANT token will be an inseparable and most important part of the platform functions, allowing the token to have stable growth in the coming years in conjunction with Aragon’s success.
2 ANALYSIS
2.0 Transparency
Transparency is an instrumental factor for Aragon, as they put quite a lot of emphasis on running their business in a most „public“ way possible. With the overarching popularity of scams and sketchy ICOs, transparency and trust are the two elements lacking in the crypto atmosphere for the most part - but not with Aragon. Not only have they done multiple TV and other public media appearances, showing their faces and what they represent, you can also see the burning passion in their eyes every time they speak about what they are trying to achieve and solve. Further transparency is displayed by public Aragon developer meetings, which are either livestreamed or uploaded for everyone to see and participate in. This is the one and only project creating this sort of ultimate transparency and community involvement with their project, and is exactly what the crypto space needs more of. It can also be stated that this removes a lot of doubt and fear of Aragon being a hoax, as they have a lot on the line being as transparent about their identities and undertakings as they are.
2.1 Practicality and co-existance/partnership potential
Another fundamental strength is the compliance with Ethereum’s growth – every company that wants to move into the blockchain world through ethereum can be incentivized to run those particular activities (management wise) through the Aragon Network. The potential this holds is extremely big, as Ethereum has already been praised and popularized as the primary blockchain to run dApps and smart contracts on. Therefore, it makes sense for companies utilizing Ethereum blockchain to move organizational management of those operations over to Ethereum based Aragon Network, which can help make everything more efficient and effective. All in all, if someone is incentivized to use Ethereum, it is logical for them to also use the Aragon Network for efficiency. Furthermore, Aragon possesses strong links to established blockchain projects, as they can potentially run their operations through Aragon Network in the future to maximize efficiency. Furthermore, Aragon supports the creation of own ERC20 token on the network, so any company or project can create its’ cryptocurrencies through Aragon while making the most of the platform for operations as well.
Additionally, Aragon has a strong links with Iconomi, which is prone to launch on August 1st as the cryptocurrency index platform. As the awareness of cryptocurrency and blockchain increases, mainstream investing will slowly move a percentage of their funds into cryptocurrencies as well, and this is exactly the aim of Iconomi – to create an ease of access for crypto index investing for mainstream investors. If Iconomi becomes the mainstream investment vehicle for cryptocurrencies and people will buy the ICNX fund, then Aragon token can see immense growth over the years to come (as Aragon is one of the few cryptocurrencies part of the ICNX index).
Finally, co-efficient ecosystem can be created through the co-operation of blockchain projects, where each party benefits from one another. For instance, one such co-operation could be in the governance of organizations. If the applicant is not satisfied with the human judges’ resolution, they can request an upgrade to the next level, which is a prediction marketplace in which all the network judges can participate. For this, projects like Augur or Gnosis can bring immense co-operation use-cases. It is important to note that this is only one example, as various project links can be created in such a way that would benefit and grow the whole cryptocurrency/blockchain ecosystem/market.
2.2 Additional functionality
2.2.1 Start-ups and external funding
Further strength of Aragon lies in the external funding sector. With the increasing number of start-up projects and companies looking for external investments, importance lies in making funds easily accessible for future organizations. Furthermore, it can be argued that investing in start-ups is remarkably inaccessible to the public and mostly happens in a closed environment, making it harder for investors to invest and for companies to acquire funding when needed.
 Aragon Core organizations can issue shares directly to another party when the party sends the negotiated amount of currency.
 If an organization wants raise capital publicly, Aragon Core organizations can publish share offers in the marketplace.
Investors can then directly contact to negotiate or invest in a hard limit number of shares. This is especially true important for start-up organizations, as they need to be able to raise capital quickly. For a traditional start-up, this would mean riding the VC unicorn rollercoaster, crowd funding through a third party (e.g. Kickstarter), applying for a business loan, or bothering friends, relatives, and connections for investments. Aragon Core organizations can easily issue new shares in exchange for capital without operating with a third party, both through direct sales and public offerings. This means that investing will become much easier and accessible to both organizations and investors, helping aid the growth of companies in the marketplace and boost overall economy (as most hindered operations are due to lack of resources).
2.2.2 Modularity
Aragon developers have also taken in mind that different organizations might require additional functionalities for their organizational operations, meaning that there is further flexibility provided to meet most demands that might be presented. For this, modular software has been made accessible, allowing additional functions to be developed on top of Aragon Core in the instance where an organization might require features for very specific things relative to their industry/management/governance etc. While the Aragon Network has some basic constitution and governance methods, everyone will also be able to create another network inside the Aragon Network with a more specific set of laws. For example, you could create an organization, join the Aragon Network, and vote for a new set of laws specific to your organization. Effectively, organizations will be able to use the Aragon Network’s services basic constitution and services as a framework, and build a custom set of rules to govern relationships inside organizations.
That type of flexibility, both through framework and modular functionality, allows Aragon to become the stepping stone of future organizations that wish to build their infrastructure on blockchain, making Aragon a power-player in the years to come.
2.2.3 Organizational Set-up
In addition to providing modular software for every company to create their own terms of organizational operation, Aragon has also taken into consideration and developed benefits based on the multiple needs of companies today. To provide those benefits, Aragon has built a product that functionality for the following areas:
All of these above mentioned factors link together and complement each other to create a super-efficient ecosystem for companies to operate in. Furthermore, taking into consideration that Aragon has also created modular software for companies to introduce additional benefits through personal coding, the platform can provide full functionality and immense benefits for every future organization looking to benefit from blockchain technology in order to push operation efficiency further.
2.2.4 Removing of human conflict
Aragon also aims to resolve the problems companies face due to human conflict by introducing Aragon Network Jurisdiction (further referred to as ANJ), which aids to provide tools needed to solve subjectability of human relationships and personal vendettas. Here is an example subtracted from Aragon Whitepaper: An investor invests into an organization and receives some voting power. The organization founder then goes rogue and sends all investment money to his personal account. If this was an Aragon organization, the investor just had to make sure that transactions above a certain threshold have to be approved by a majority voting.
It sets the incentives right for Aragon organizations to be a part of it, since:
All in all, the ANJ is there to provide a decentralized intermediary between human conflicts and attempts to provide tools, through voting and automated smart contracts tracking, to resolve them. This removes a lot of threat of manipulation and self-interest within organizations that seek to exploit investor money, making it a lot safer for funding to go where it is supposed to go and providing investors a peace of mind.
2.3 Current limitations
2.3.1 Minting
The cost to mint new tokens will be determined by ANT token holders. This will likely be a contentious decision and one where the basic economic principles of supply and demand need to be considered. For example, consider the scenario where the cost of minting tokens is too low. More and more tokens will be added to the supply, until supply greatly outweighs demand. This is a recipe for inflation and the value of individual ANT tokens will fall. Ultimately, Aragon believes that token holders will eventually decide on a healthy equilibrium for inflation. Based that belief, by weighing the opinion of every stakeholder, the market will accurately reflect the optimal minting cost. On one hand, this clearly reflects the decentralized model that cryptocurrencies should display (due to democracy elements and mutual agreements), but on the other this can lead to a lot of collective manipulation and conflict within the community. The same has been evident in the recent Bitcoin drama that put a lot of Bitcoin future in question, and also led to a lot of people pulling out their money due to uncertainty (leading to a lot of volatility). Therefore, Aragon places their trust into the hands of ANT token holders, which is the right thing to do, but can also backfire when majority of tokens are held by a certain group of people wanting to manipulate the currency. Overall, if ANT token want to display stability in growth (as opposed to volatility), then there needs to be majority consensus within the community. Do keep in mind though, that even though ANT is an inseparable element of the Aragon project, the platform CAN still operate efficiently for companies without any issues, as only people looking for trade-value (investors) will suffer and/or benefit from volatility.
2.3.2 Development needs
The properties of the Ethereum blockchain present unique opportunities for the creation and management of decentralized organizations, including immutability of records, transparency, and fast transactions. But in order to satisfy multiple requirements that human beings need in order to transact and create value, a layer on top of it needs to be created to align the incentives of everyone participating in the system. This can be a tricky from development point of view, which is why it is listed in the limitations sector. When Aragon is able to make it easily accessible for everyone to create/code additional layers for individual needs on top of the platform (the functionality is planned, but not yet executed) without issues, then this limitation is void.
Further limitations include (from whitepaper):
3 CONCLUSION
In conclusion, Aragon is one of the fundamentally strongest blockchain projects with extremely practical use-cases and immense up-side potential. In the capitalistic world ran by companies, one can argue that it is only a matter of time when companies seek to benefit from the Blockchain technology referred to as the Internet 2.0. Not all companies are technology orientated and have big budgets to spend on personal blockchain development, meaning that if blockchain gets more adoption, companies are forced to adapt to the changing environment. Aragon provides a lot of functionality and can potentially make operations a lot more efficient for organizations, and with already established transparency, development plans and use-cases, it simply cannot be ignored. Acting as a digital jurisdiction that makes it extremely easy and efficient for organizations, entrepreneurs and investors to operate, Aragon can become a lot more than just a cryptocurrency, but rather a stepping-stone in aiding the world transition to the blockchain world of tomorrow.
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Gregory Maxwell /u/nullc has evidently never heard of terms like "the 1%", "TPTB", "oligarchy", or "plutocracy", revealing a childlike naïveté when he says: "‘Majority sets the rules regardless of what some minority thinks’ is the governing principle behind the fiats of major democracies."

UPDATE: This post was inspired by a similar previous post which also has lots of great points, but the current post has a slightly different focus because:
(1) This post assumes ignorance (not dishonesty) on the part of nullc.
(2) This post basically gives a list of a bunch of sources on Wikipedia talking about oligarchy and plutocracy, as a starting point for anyone interested in this stuff.
Gregory Maxwell nullc has repeatedly shown that he has a very weak grasp of the political and economic realities shaping our world today.
He should not be (actually nobody should be) in charge of setting major economic policies and parameters (eg money velocity aka "max blocksize") for the most important non-state-based currency in the history of humanity (Bitcoin).
Are serious investors and businesspeople going to believe in a new currency whose economic parameters (eg money velocity aka "max blocksize") are centrally planned by a private for-profit corporation Blockstream whose CTO and CEO (Gregory Maxwell nullc and Adam Back adam3us) have repeatedly shown that they are totally clueless when it comes to markets and economics?
I don't even know where to begin to school this guy on the reality of politics and economics in the world today. It would take literally years of reading up on events in the mainstream media and online in order for him to get familiar enough with this stuff to stop blurting out ridiculously ignorant statements like:
"Majority sets the rules regardless of what some minority thinks" is the governing principle behind the fiats of major democracies.
https://np.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/44meru/why_would_miners_go_against_their_own_interests/czrgb0d
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/44p5tk/does_the_community_believe_that_gmaxwell_is_being/
Maybe the Wikipedia articles on "Oligarchy" or "Plutocracy" would be a good place for him to start reading up, so he can avoid making such ignorant public pronouncements in the future.
Meanwhile, it is obvious that this guy should not be in charge of centralized planning for Bitcoin's economic aspects such as "max blocksize".
Actually, blocksize is probably not a even a "parameter" which can be "pre-determined" by a C/C++ programmer.
Blocksize is more likely an "emergent phenomenon" which should probably be determined by the market itself.
Below are many, many links talking about how "oligarchy" and "plutocracy" have replaced democracy in politics and economics today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy#United_States
Some contemporary authors have characterized current conditions in the United States as oligarchic in nature.[8][9]
Simon Johnson wrote that "the reemergence of an American financial oligarchy is quite recent," a structure which he delineated as being the "most advanced" in the world.[10]
Jeffrey A. Winters wrote that "oligarchy and democracy operate within a single system, and American politics is a daily display of their interplay."[11]
Bernie Sanders,opined in a 2010 The Nation article that an "upper-crust of extremely wealthy families are hell-bent on destroying the democratic vision of a strong middle-class … In its place they are determined to create an oligarchy in which a small number of families control the economic and political life of our country."[12]
The top 1% in 2007 had a larger share of total income than at any time since 1928.[13] In 2011, according to PolitiFact and others, the top 400 wealthiest Americans "have more wealth than half of all Americans combined."[14][15][16][17]
French economist Thomas Piketty states in his 2013 book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, that "the risk of a drift towards oligarchy is real and gives little reason for optimism about where the United States is headed."[18]
A study conducted by political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton University, and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University, was released in April 2014,[19] which stated that their "analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts."
It also suggested that "Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise."
Gilens and Page do not characterize the US as an "oligarchy" per se; however, they do apply the concept of "civil oligarchy" as used by Jeffrey Winters with respect to the US. Winters has posited a comparative theory of "oligarchy" in which the wealthiest citizens – even in a "civil oligarchy" like the United States – dominate policy concerning crucial issues of wealth- and income-protection.[20]
Gilens says that average citizens only get what they want if economic elites or interest groups also want it; that is, economic elites and interest groups are influential.[21] ...
In a 2015 interview, former President Jimmy Carter stated that the United States is now "an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery," due to the Citizens United ruling, which effectively removed limits on donations to political candidates.[25]
Links for the above references (footnotes) in the Wikipedia article on "Oligarchy":
[8] Kroll, Andy (2 December 2010). "The New American Oligarchy". TomDispatch (Truthout). Retrieved 17 August 2012.
http://www.truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/93150:andy-kroll--the-new-american-oligarchy
It used to be that citizens in large numbers, mobilized by labor unions or political parties or a single uniting cause, determined the course of American politics. After World War II, a swelling middle class was the most powerful voting bloc, while, in those same decades, the working and middle classes enjoyed comparatively greater economic prosperity than their wealthy counterparts. Kiss all that goodbye. We're now a country run by rich people.
[9] America on the Brink of Oligarchy 24 August 2012 The New Republic
http://www.tnr.com/article/magazine/books-and-arts/106430/money-politics-inequality-power-one-percent-move-on-effect
Winters conceives of oligarchy not as rule by the few, but as a kind of minority power created by great concentrations of material wealth. Compatible with a wide range of regimes, oligarchy can co-exist and even be “fused” with democracy as it is today in the United States.
[10] Johnson, Simon (May 2009). "The Quiet Coup". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/05/the-quiet-coup/307364/?single_page=true
The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.
[11] Winters, Jeffrey A. (November–December 2011) [28 September 2011]. "Oligarchy and Democracy". The American Interest 7 (2). Retrieved 17 August 2012.
http://www.the-american-interest.com/2011/09/28/oligarchy-and-democracy/
Democratic institutions aren't sufficient in themselves to keep the wealthy few from concentrating political power.
[12] Sanders, Bernie (22 July 2010). "No To Oligarchy". The Nation. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
http://www.thenation.com/article/no-oligarchy/
While the middle class disappears and more Americans fall into poverty, the wealthiest people in our country are using their wealth and political power to protect their privileged status at everyone else's expense.
[13] "Tax Data Show Richest 1 Percent Took a Hit in 2008, But Income Remained Highly Concentrated at the Top. Recent Gains of Bottom 90 Percent Wiped Out". Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
http://www.cbpp.org/research/tax-data-show-richest-1-percent-took-a-hit-in-2008-but-income-remained-highly-concentrated?fa=view&id=3309
[14] Kertscher, Tom; Borowski, Greg (10 March 2011). "The Truth-O-Meter Says: True - Michael Moore says 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined". PolitiFact. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/ma10/michael-moore/michael-moore-says-400-americans-have-more-wealth-/
"Right now, this afternoon, just 400 Americans -- 400 -- have more wealth than half of all Americans combined," Moore avowed to tens of thousands of protesters.
"Let me say that again. And please, someone in the mainstream media, just repeat this fact once; we’re not greedy, we’ll be happy to hear it just once.
"Four hundred obscenely wealthy individuals ... -- most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of 2008 -- now have more cash, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined."
[15] Moore, Michael (6 March 2011). "America Is Not Broke". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/america-is-not-broke_b_832006.html
America is not broke.
Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.
Today just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.
Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008, now have more loot, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.
[16] Moore, Michael (7 March 2011). "The Forbes 400 vs. Everybody Else". michaelmoore.com. Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
https://web.archive.org/web/20110309211959/http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/must-read/forbes-400-vs-everybody-else
According to the most recent information, the Forbes 400 now have a greater net worth than the bottom 50% of U.S. households combined.
[17] Pepitone, Julianne (22 September 2010). "Forbes 400: The super-rich get richer". CNN. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/22/news/companies/forbes_400/index.htm
Forbes magazine released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans on Wednesday, and their combined net worth climbed 8% this year, to $1.37 trillion.
[18] Piketty, Thomas (2014). Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Belknap Press. ISBN 067443000X p. 514
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_in_the_Twenty-First_Century
Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a 2013 book by French economist Thomas Piketty. It focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States since the 18th century. It was initially published in French (as Le Capital au XXIe siècle) in August 2013; an English translation by Arthur Goldhammer followed in April 2014.
The book's central thesis is that when the rate of return on capital (r) is greater than the rate of economic growth (g) over the long term, the result is concentration of wealth, and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability.
[19] Gilens, Martin; Page, Benjamin (9 April 2016). "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" (PDF): 6.
[20] Gilens & Page (2014) p. 6
https://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9354310
Each of four theoretical traditions in the study of American politics—which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic-Elite Domination, and two types of interest-group pluralism, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism—offers different predictions about which sets of actors have how much influence over public policy: average citizens; economic elites; and organized interest groups, mass-based or business-oriented.
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.
[21] Prokop, A. (18 April 2014) "The new study about oligarchy that's blowing up the Internet, explained" Vox
http://www.vox.com/2014/4/18/5624310/martin-gilens-testing-theories-of-american-politics-explained
Study: Politicians listen to rich people, not you
Who really matters in our democracy — the general public, or wealthy elites?
[25] http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/videos/jimmy-carter-u-s-is-an-oligarchy-with-unlimited-political-bribery-20150731
Former President Jimmy Carter had some harsh words to say about the current state of America's electoral process, calling the country "an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery" resulting in "nominations for president or to elect the president." When asked this week by The Thom Hartmann Program (via The Intercept) about the Supreme Court's April 2014 decision to eliminate limits on campaign donations, Carter said the ruling "violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutocracy#Post_World_War_II
When the Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote the 2011 Vanity Fair magazine article entitled "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%", the title and content supported Stiglitz's claim that the United States is increasingly ruled by the wealthiest 1%.[34]
Some researchers have said the US may be drifting towards a form of oligarchy, as individual citizens have less impact than economic elites and organized interest groups upon public policy.[35]
A study conducted by political scientists Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin Page (Northwestern University), which was released in April 2014,[36] stated that their "analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts."
Links for the above references (footnotes) in the Wikipedia article on "Plutocracy":
[34] Stiglitz Joseph E. "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" Vanity Fair, May 2011; see also the Democracy Now! interview with Joseph Stiglitz: Assault on Social Spending, Pro-Rich Tax Cuts Turning U.S. into Nation "Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 Percent", Democracy Now! Archive, Thursday, April 7, 2011
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105
It’s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened. The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent.
...
America’s inequality distorts our society in every conceivable way. There is, for one thing, a well-documented lifestyle effect—people outside the top 1 percent increasingly live beyond their means. Trickle-down economics may be a chimera, but trickle-down behaviorism is very real. Inequality massively distorts our foreign policy. The top 1 percent rarely serve in the military—the reality is that the “all-volunteer” army does not pay enough to attract their sons and daughters, and patriotism goes only so far. Plus, the wealthiest class feels no pinch from higher taxes when the nation goes to war: borrowed money will pay for all that. Foreign policy, by definition, is about the balancing of national interests and national resources. With the top 1 percent in charge, and paying no price, the notion of balance and restraint goes out the window. There is no limit to the adventures we can undertake; corporations and contractors stand only to gain. The rules of economic globalization are likewise designed to benefit the rich: they encourage competition among countries for business, which drives down taxes on corporations, weakens health and environmental protections, and undermines what used to be viewed as the “core” labor rights, which include the right to collective bargaining. Imagine what the world might look like if the rules were designed instead to encourage competition among countries for workers. Governments would compete in providing economic security, low taxes on ordinary wage earners, good education, and a clean environment—things workers care about. But the top 1 percent don’t need to care.
[35] Piketty, Thomas (2014). Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Belknap Press. ISBN 067443000X p. 514: "the risk of a drift towards oligarchy is real and gives little reason for optimism about where the United States is headed."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_in_the_Twenty-First_Century
[36] Gilens & Page (2014) Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Perspectives on Politics, Princeton University. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
PDF! www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf
Finally, it is worth mentioning the notorious "Plutonomy" memo prepared by analysts at Citigroup:
https://pissedoffwoman.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/the-plutonomy-reports-download/
Citigroup wrote memos in 2005 and 2006 addressed to investors, basically saying that the world is dividing up more and more into a small group of rich people who drive the economy, surrounded by a large number of poor people whose economic interests can be safely ignored.
As the above links show, it is shockingly naïve for Gregory Maxwell u/nullc to claim that policies for fiat currencies are determined by "democracies".
If he is this ignorant about the reality of so-called democracies and fiat currencies, one can only wonder how much other stuff he is ignorant about, in his ongoing misguided attempts to impose his own centralized economic planning on Bitcoin.
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