Mining difficulty on the Bitcoin network has increased from 860221984436.22229004 to 923233068448.90527344 for an increase of approximately 7.32 percent to a new all time high. In this adjustment period a hard forked altcoin separated from the Bitcoin network to zero meaningfully apparent impact on Bitcoin mining, a 7-ish percent increase of mining difficulty to a new all time high is a very typical . Meanwhile, the altcoin is wrestling with its own precarious difficulty situation.
News is emerging that Y Combinator darling Airbnb has begun firing customers for supporting particular political creeds. In typically SillyCon Valley hypocritical fashion, the leftist provacateurs masquerading as a "business startup" are pointing to their "Community Commitment"1 which demands the platform's users
accept people regardless of race, religion, national origin and other identifiers
Despite this Airbnb refused to eat their own dogfood when they cancelled the accounts of a number of individuals affiliated with groups professing conservative political and religious creeds attending a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In doing so Airbnb not only denied these activists the opportunity to use their platform on a systematically discriminatory basis, they denied the booked "hosts" the opportunity to collect revenue on their investment properties.
At this point there is little room to doubt that the VC circus in SillyCon Valley is far more concerned with reinventing new bureaucracies than engaging in business of any sort. Where before the circus freaks settled for covert political manipulation of their platforms, they have now become either bold or desperate enough to act overtly on their ideology of hate.
How many "Community Commitments" and other unread obligations have you personally clicked through just because you wanted to try some "hot" new "service" in the sharing (a.k.a. poverty) economy? ↩
With Roger Ver's hard fork now solidly mired in the early stages of altcoin woes, attention has turned to Barry Silbert's (WoT:nonperson) proposed hard fork away from Bitcoin and musings on whether Silbert and his allies will jump to the same fate. Firms associated with Barry's fiatist "Digital Currency Group" create an impression of widespread "business" support Ver's initiative lacked, but Silbert's social engineering coup is still no less a fringe effort promoted by a minor player in the Bitcoin economy.
The the much beleaguered Coindesk, social engineering workhorse of Silbert's collection,1 appears to have a few lonely months ahead working the social engineering grind.
The Bitcoin Foundation, stewards of the reference Bitcoin implementation, have rightly refused to acknowledge Silbert's attack on Bitcoin as anything else. Meanwhile the power rangers developing the popular "Bitcoin Core" fork of the reference implementation are trying to minimize the disturbance SilbertCoin will afflict their users with, and in spite of the woe's of Vercoin, a certain kind of derp dressed as developer is likely to continue burning their time on that forked altcoin.
The leader of the legacy Senate GOP, Mitch McConnell, is trying to console America in the wake of his Senate's failure to get on the Trump train by offering "At least Hillary Clinton isn't president". This comes as McConnell allowed his Senate, which pretends to share a political party with the President, to meet "Pro Forma" through their August recess denying elected President Donald Trump the ability to fill vacancies through uncontested 'recess appointments'. The 2018 Midterm election is only 15 months away, tick tock.
During a rally celebrating United States President Donald Trump in West Virginia, the state's governor Jim Justice announced he would be leaving the pantsuit party and joining Trump's political movement. This leaves Senator Joe Manchin the only pantsuit aligned politician holding a West Virginia wide political office, and his seat in the US Senate is up for election in 2018. Traditionally West Virginia has been a "blue" pantsuit aligned state.
The pool ViaBTC, after mining Bitcoin, finally got around to mining a block on their forked altcoin chain at height 478559 on the forked chain. This occurred roughly six hours after Bitcoin block 478558 was mined and built upon. Each new block that trickles out of this chain creates opportunities for Bitcoin balances to be split and markets to work their, in this case slow, magic.
There's plenty of time for popcorn.
Summer of forks lulz have hit an inflection point today, with the "Bitcoin Cash" (abbreviated BCC, BCH, and SFYL ) altcoin breaking away from actual Bitcoin. ViaBTC mining pool, the biggest proponent of the split, mined the first Bitcoin block, 478559, following the fork which was promptly rejected by "Bitcoin Cash" nodes. At the time of the writing of this article – nearly 4 hours into the split – BCH miners have failed to find a single block on their own chain. Trading on ViaBTC exchange was slightly above 5,000 BTC and price hovered at 0.109 BTC per coin.
The special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions' appointment as Trump's attorney general appears to be turning into one of the bloodier fronts of the legacy GOP's struggle to endure Trump's cleansing of the party. Mitch McConnell and other leaders of the legacy Senate GOP are throwing their resources behind an effort to make appointed interim Alabama Senator Luther Strange the elected junior Senator from Alabama. (archived)
Running for the seat from the Great Again wing of the GOP are congressman Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. The bloodiest lines of attack thus far in the campaign have been between Strange and Brooks. Strange indicts Brooks for taking time to come to believe in the Great again, a fault many shared early in the 2016 presidential campaign. Brooks on the other hand is bleeding Strange for being a consummate insider whose nose has already darkened several shades from its time spent in McConnell's anus.
While Strange and Brooks bleed each other, Justice Moore enjoys his status as a Dixie saint which was cemented with his decision from the bench that if Alabama wants Jesus and the ten commandments, by God he was going to give Alabama what it wants. The ACLU and Federal cocksuckers be damned. When Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court through a SJW dominated show trial, he stood fast offering:
to acknowledge God cannot be a violation of the Canons of Ethics. Without God there can be no ethics.
The primary election is scheduled for August 15th. The leading candidate for the overt pantsuit nomination according to polls is an unknown who happens to be named Robert Kennedy.
Mtgox Coinbase employees have started their planned trading vacation this weekend instead of waiting for their intended start date of just before August 1st. Mtgox Coinbase has posted a cryptic status message stating that their withdrawals may be "delayed by up to 12+ hours" (archived). The notation "+" signifies an indefinite addition to the number that precedes it, and for this reason we are deeply Sorry For Your Loss.