U.S. to auction 50,000 more bitcoins from Dread Pirate Roberts

D.E. Cantor:

What strange times we live in when the U.S. government is involved in the business of Bitcoin.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Want to be the next Dread Pirate Roberts? You can get started by buying 50,000 bitcoins once owned by Ross Ulbricht (aka the Dread Pirate), who is awaiting sentencing on a litany of charges related to his operation of the Silk Road, a defunct drug marketplace.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that it would hold its next civil forfeiture auction on March 5 from 8am to to 2pm EST. The bitcoins will be auctioned off in 10 blocks of 2,000 bitcoins and 10 blocks of 3,000 bitcoins.

This will be the third such bitcoin auction. The first took place last June when Venture Capitalist Tim Draper bought approximately 30,000 bitcoins seized from the Silk Road, and was followed by another one in December in which a consortium of bitcoin investors bought another stash of 50,000 bitcoins once belonging to Ulbricht.

The new auction comes as the price of bitcoin has fallen precipitously…

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My Adoption Story. Full Version.

D.E. Cantor:

One of the best accounts of what it is like for adopted people I have ever read.

Originally posted on chosen2bhis:

I was born on November 22, 1975, downtown, St. Louis, Missouri at City Hospital. My mother currently had two twin children from a previous marriage she was trying to raise on a single, small income. Even though family helped out as much as they could, she did not want to further complicate the situation and add another burden or stress to the family and felt she could not provide for another child. So, before she could be found out by family that she was pregnant with me, she went to the nearest Lutheran Family and Children services (being Lutheran herself) early in her pregnancy and filled out adoption papers for me to be placed at the time of her giving birth.

Around 6 months, she made a home remedy to try to start labor contractions. I believe she was also wanting to be able to keep her job and not…

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Dealing with Depression…The Medical…The Spiritual…

D.E. Cantor:

One of the best things I have ever read about depression and faith and reading it meant a lot to me as someone who has dealt with depression and wrestled with faith.

Originally posted on chosen2bhis:

So many question about depression. Is it me? Am I overthinking things? Being paranoid? Not trusting God enough? Do I lack faith? Here is an article about depression from a mental health standpoint. I guess we could sit around and argue all day about whether or not the information is factual or credible, but I think that’s just a cop out to not try to look at the reality of things. By reducing depression to one simple sentence, ior by trying to explain why someone is suffering from depression to a simple answer, I believe you are not being fair to the person who is struggeling, and your reasoning lacks sufficient understanding.

Depression is very complicated. For some people it could be one event in their life that has caused them to suffer, for others, maybe it was a series of circumstances, for others, it may be seasonal, sporadic, not…

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The Best Movies of 2014

Originally posted on Variety:

Halfway through 2014, our top three critics found themselves in a rare moment of agreement: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was one of the year’s best films so far. Several months later, Wes Anderson’s delightful comic caper still ranks high on two lists, while rating an honorable mention on a third — a sign, perhaps, of the impossibility of total unanimity in a year of such rich and diverse cinematic pleasures. (Other movies that scored top-10 mentions from at least two of our critics: “Foxcatcher,” “Winter Sleep,” “Gone Girl,” “Interstellar” and “Selma.”)

Here are our critics’ choices for the year’s finest achievements in film:

Justin Chang’s top 10 films of 2014 | Read more
1. Boyhood
2. Under the Skin
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Winter Sleep
5. Foxcatcher
6. Bird People
7. Gone Girl
8. Selma
9. Mr. Turner
10. Interstellar

Peter Debruge’s top 10 films of 2014 | Read more
1. Calvary
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Birdman or…

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The 13 Most Disappointing Movies of 2014

Originally posted on Variety:

Many Hollywood executives probably want to forget that 2014 ever happened. The studios overstuffed the summer multiplexes with sequels — yet another “Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Transformers” — which resulted in audience malaise at the box office (5% down from last year). The indies might have been better in terms of quality, but no title caught fire the way they used to, such as when sleepers like 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” grossed $60 million. And the latest fad in filmmaking — crowdfunding — turned out to be a bust with the release of two high-profile Kickstarter projects (“Wish I Was Here” and “Veronica Mars”) that barely registered with audiences. If Hollywood wants the movie business to thrive against unprecedented competition (TV, video games, etc.), the industry needs to do better, especially when it comes to original storytelling. Here are the 13 most disappointing films I saw in…

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A Sad Day to Be Right

While those of us who write about Islamic terrorism are accused of all sorts of things, including being racists (laughable because Muslim is not a race) and, of course, Islamaphobic, those of us who are to the left on other issues, such as abortion or gay rights have an extra bit of hostility against us from others, who agree with us on those issues. Obviously, “How dare you agree with me on some issues but not all?” is an inane question, but they do not ask us this directly.

For those of us in touch with reality, thinking everyone has a right to marry who they love and opposing those who would kill people for their sexual orientation are consistent positions, as are believing every girl should have the right to grow up to do whatever she wants and being against what Muslim-led governments do to women for wanting an education or walking outside. There is no hypocrisy in being against what Westboro Baptist Church wanting to execute people due to their religious beliefs and Islamofascists actually executing people for theirs.

On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, left-wing icon and titular host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” outlines how those on the left have been wrong to censor and censure any criticism of Islam, in the face of the reality of Islamic terrorism.

Selma’s Real Stories: The Historic Figures You Should Know About

D.E. Cantor:

Interesting article on the true history behind the “Selma” film.

Originally posted on The Urban Daily:

Selma to Montgomery March

Selma,” the film about the marches in the Alabama city during 1965, opened in theaters today and should be at the top of your list of films to see. The passionate, detailed portrayal of the Selma marches in the film has already drawn critical acclaim. While Dr. Martin Luther King is the main leader in the film, many other activists and politicians shaped the events of the Selma Marches. Here are some of the key players in the film and their roles in history:

andre young Andrew Young (played by Andre Holland) was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and helped with coordinating protests and marches for the organization. He served as a mediator and negotiator in crucial moments of the Civil Rights movement and attended many of the conversations between the White House and Civil Rights leaders. He worked on voter registration drives in Georgia and Alabama…

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