Why Whales and blockchain?

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Why Blockchain? Why Whales?

One of the biggest issues for making a change on the earth is the financial pathway.

Ie, the climate is not such an insolvable problem. Nature easily can fix it, but the issue is us and our relationship with money.  Issues of money, corruption and authentication - an even bigger problem.

Ok let's get back to nature and look at the climate and whales and no, I don’t mean large volume investors that affect the crypto prices, but real whales, the kind that live in the sea! - so here are some basics:

The planet is 75% water and most of our atmosphere is generated by the activity of the life in the sea - our fish are being fished out at alarming rates despite “scientific monitoring”; the fish are taken at levels way beyond what nature can replace at this rate. 

 

The whales are the key…

(90% of all whales have been fished to extinction. Yes you heard me 90%!)

What whales do

Whales fertilise the sea with their poo. Great plumes of green spread from way down in the depths of the ocean as they feed to the very top enabling a plethora of microbes and plants… the first most important element in all food chains.

Without food, water and sunlight the microbes don't proliferate.

Without microbes, the plants don't breath and reproduce.

Without plants, the smaller sea creatures have nothing to eat.

Without these creatures - krill and shrimp etc that we seem to love to consume as though they were limitless - the larger fish have nothing to eat… and on up until you get the sharks that clean the waters.

An entire beautiful loop. So when we strip any of these big players out we kill the system.  Sure, some can go and others adapt but we have taken too much.

Much as we like to think it is all cared for… the really big issues for our survival are food and clean water. These are of paramount importance to fixing all sorts of bigger problems. But there is no point expecting a starving family to be thinking of anything but trying to survive or a corrupt culture to do anything but operate in the only way it knows how. It is in this space that blockchain is disrupting poverty and creating a means for the billions of people without protection from their government or access to a national identity, that the blockchain is really shaking things up.

Any creature will do its best to strip the immediate environment of whatever it can to feed, cloth and house itself and its young. solutions but be thoughtful and intelligent.

Ok so that is all obvious and you have seen charity and education efforts at play being touted all your lives but the reality, we all know, is that there are many factors at play to stop great solutions from actually working.

 

Ok so why blockchain?

 

At its core, blockchain is incorruptible.

If you know the address of a code given to you is from or for the person you are sending it to, then it will go there.

It is clearly seen on the blockchain for everyone to view. 

- if you are sending a bitcoin somewhere enter the address or transaction code (after you have sent it) into the www.blockchain.info search bar at the top of the page and it will show what happened to the coin in the internet and how it is progressing in the blockchain.

Anyone can see this forever. Once it is in the chain it cannot be altered

-for ethereum enter it into etherscan.com and enter your address or transaction hashcode (called a TX ) in that search bar. It is always there.

ps, all ERC20 tokens are also on etherscan.com.

Ok, so why is this important?

Because vulnerable people often have people in the middle steal the money, simple.

Call it a bank, an agency, a govt. whatever! A poor person is not poor because they won’t work, it is often because they have no way to do the most basic of things like having access to an ethical bank account to store funds so they can get ahead of starvation with a law that will protect their money or even have a govt identity. So people will strip the ocean of life to eat just as they have almost stripped the sea of whales.

Handling poverty and creating ways and means for the starving to get access to regenerative, sustainable food supplies and clean water, that supports bio diversity, education and the means to regeneration is a much needed path to reducing the way we strip the earths resources.

Save the Whales is one of many blockchain solutions being invented, funded by the millions of people who perhaps have the luxury of not needing to scrimp to eat and so have the ability to think and understand this bio life cycle. We are excited to actually address these ideas with small personal, expendable funds, that we can authenticate and get into the hands of the people working to repair the damages we are inevitably creating and thus repopulate the whales that feed our oceans, our atmosphere and inevitably our very survival . SO yes... save the whales, save the climate is a big one. And Blockchain data and currency can help.

 

Take a look at this great article from the founder of Binance on why ico's can change the way you can change the world. 

 

 

 

Crytocurrenices trading platforms and security what to watch out for.

Exchanges

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Hey all! ok so now for some dirt...

most of my reticence in posting and blogging about crypto has been around the following information because there is indeed much to be excited about in this space but getting any real help or truly independent info has been... challenging. I started this particular edition of our blog in November 2017 and since then the market, as you will all know exploded! really too high.

Most of the bloggers were getting paid at that time to write their data to support the platforms. And in the beginning, they needed it. Then they became so inundated with users and unable to scale to the massive explosions that there were a number of issues. Primarily it is in service they failed, but now many are finally getting up to speed with responses now sometimes in days instead of weeks. One of our team comes from a restaurant background so to use her analogy; it's like opening your doors to the customer and they all expect to rush in and get that empty seat that they can just see... over there! But then, if the staff foolishly succumb to the pressure and let them all in, all they could do, being understaffed, is scramble to take the orders, because now, as they are seated "paying customers" they demand service! And you can be sure they wont pay if you don't serve them well. Ok so now the floor staff have totally overwhelmed the kitchen with dockets they cannot possibly manage to cook. so they start freaking out, burning food after they proudly and successfully served the first few orders... maybe they actually had enough staff for the first few dockets ...but now its like "fantasia" with  never-ending orders so they start letting the food go out half cooked (or, in the case of an exchange - customers and coins not fully vetted or secure) so you end up with a room full of angry/hungry dissatisfied customers and no way to fix anything before they leave - and in the case of some of the crypto exchanges it was security breeches with the loss of some wild amounts of money.

If these platforms simply "held people at the door" and let customers in as they were truly able to service them... ie so they had time to train and put on more staff to match the inflow, things would not have been such a mess! Inexperienced business operations.

Clearly the issue was over having quality developers and highly skilled security to match the amount of opportunists out there trying to break in.  

But this is getting ahead of everything.  Lets look at a few:

Take Poloniex for example, they WERE one of the largest, original trading platforms based in the USA that don't accept any normal money - or what is referred to as 'fiat currency'. 

To get your coin into that platform you had to go in from your bank, then into a local platform that your bank approves and has a relationship with and then you have both the bank and platform verify you are a real person ( called KYC or Know Your Customer) and not some crook trying to clean their crime funds "launder it".

 

Most of the platforms required a number of different things to meet their own regulations and in researching the differences, we found them all very strict. You pay a service or transaction fee for all this verification and cannot move more than a little bit of money in or, especially, out until they figure you out and clear you. Even then, they have a tiering system of verification on some exchanges like Kraken to permit larger and larger amounts of funds in and out. Some even hold live skype call to see you are real. Once you are in a platform you will find that each one is like a mini market with the price to buy a coin varying a lot from the global average so it is very much a 'shop around' kind of thing. If you want a simple way in you can use one of the credit card paying systems that your bank has that does the verification and vouches for your money but these days even that is becomeing abused and not accepted with credit card fraud. For instance, if you are in Australia and Hong Kong, Coinspot operates a way in where you can only deposit up to $1000 in a 24 hr period and they must call you on the phone and verify your info over the phone. Then they let you put more in after a week but they are so expensive because their market to buy and sell is so small. We had no problems so no reason to contact them but their response time seemed about 1-2 days. There are more local platforms like  btcmarkets for Australia with a clear system to use with good, clear accounting  unlike many that are simply impossible to track anything like some of the european and asian exchanges. There are really so many to choose from it really depends what country you live in. China banned crypto and the big exchange Binance moved to Honk Kong and then eventually to Malta.  Once into a market and you buy a coin, you can send it to other platforms that have more types of coins to buy and sell which is where the penny stocks or ICO's can be very exciting that are changing our world. That is the main reason there are so many exchanges as they all take different mixes of coins.  Many of course are fake and disappeared as fast as they were created as people were not actually investigating them and just betting like many do on jockey colours and horse names at the races. Truly lotto! Why the regulators wanted to stop this when people will always take a punt I don't know as it was clearly marked as high risk!

You still have to complete the verification process on almost every site (except totally decentralised exchanges that no one runs like etherdelta to deposit your new coin but that is not the actual issue. The big thing is getting it out again!  Poloniex took over 2.5 months to verify a researcher from our team and a total of 4.5 months to respond to lost coin queries! Until verified you could not take more than USD$2000 out at a time. Then there was the issue of them losing a coin something like 70,000 coins of an alternative coin worth only pennies but during the 4 months, it was still 'lost', they did not respond and when they did it was to ask for silly things, then another month would go by before a another response. Either way, you could sit there and watch a coin go crazy in 24 hours and cant touch it losing literally thousands of dollars worth of coin as the platform crashed in overload - so don't get too excited (or frustrated) and breath!! We decided to look at it as enforced savings and character building and hope that the platform got itself together. Don't think for a moment anyone will honour any money lost... this is crypto, not a bank. It IS is the wild west!! If you are scared don't go there! In many countries there is still tax to pay if you make money!

Now there are other exchanges, much bigger and safer. Binance is possibly the largest and at this point, in April 2018, it has just been announced to be relocated to Malta as it had problems with governments in China, HongKong etc. It is listed as embedding  a staff of 200 on the ground in Malta (for a remote based exchange that is a lot of service staff!) and is regarded as one of the safest for security. It is also huge and selling something is very quick.

Other markets you cannot sign up to unless you are of that nationality because they are regulated and connected to a country which non-residents may not enter like Korea

There are ones not connected to any bank and therefore do not carry euro, dollars yen etc and are very easy ones to get into.  There are lots of sites to read about. The other big platform in the states is Coinbase that also had a predecessor that simply folded and took all the coin with it still under investigation called Mt Gox. America is becoming more and more regulated under Trump so unless you are American we recommend you steer clear of most of the sites. The one that our peers give the best wrap to is Bittrex even though it too had $70million stolen it seems to be going strong, Bitfinex is complex someone broke in and stole 119,756 bitcoin... (that is a lot of money!) the following site link gives you a good idea of some of the exchanges but it is an overwhelming amount of information.

there are lots of reviews in the exchanges and it is exciting but we recommend only putting small amounts on any one exchange and mainly taking it offline into a thing called Cold storage via a Trezor or Nano Ledger S which will store your coin keys not on the internet so its called a cold wallet. Cold storage means no one can hack it but you must keep the object safe and your recovery actions or YOU could lose it! Ps it is important to buy from official stores as there are eBay fakes compete with certificates that are set to steal your computer info so pay the extra and get the genuine thing.

 

 

 

Block Chain 102 ... how is it relevant? - an agricultural application and the climate

This pic is in a land in Australia that receives less than a cup of water a year. The left field is without regeneration practises. The right is with these. It is the soil that has been improved to hold the water. can you see the difference?

This pic is in a land in Australia that receives less than a cup of water a year. The left field is without regeneration practises. The right is with these. It is the soil that has been improved to hold the water. can you see the difference?

Blockchain and the climate...

The application for agriculture is identity validation for premium markets wanting to ensure the product they are paying a premium for that originates in a far off or remote location, and must move through potentially corrupt ports, is actually the thing that arrives.  That, at the many checkpoints, there has been no possible human error as data entry because it is all done over the internet via the code with the validation encrypted in the code through the global network.

A premium will always be paid for food, fibre and proteins derived from the best soils with the most dense nutrients. Ironically, these soils also resolve our atmospheric CO2 issue by returning our wasted carbon back into the soil so our aim is to increase this activity!

Farms that use regenerative practise use up to 4 times less water because the soils becomes like a sponge of microbes and community all retaining the water.

The farms that do this will also most oft be the ones who treat the animals with best practise and humanity. This is not only in the organic community and it is a misread of the many great farmers out there who practise without certification but with a dedication to quality that get missed in this discussion.

Farmers are business people and to do this, they either own the most fertile, expensive land usually through inheritance or they must develop it with labour intensive practises that simply don’t add up in a conventional market that the hungry billions of people globally are willing or able to pay. So premium markets and their integrity security become the focus for soil improvement; something blockchain can potentially resolve.

You might question this saying but surely someone can still swap the item out for an inferior product? That’s where the creation of DNA and Phenotype scanners are being developed. So that within the code there can be the original DNA fingerprinting of the land and its unique markers that can be scanned, encrypted for transport and authenticated at the receipt end. 

Seeing the product is moving through the checkpoints and the farmer is being paid instantly using crypto currencies is currently already being used by groups like agunity.com which operate in several poor, rural countries changing the economic basis of marginal farmers by simply giving them a mobile phone (and a solar battery to charge it) so the farmer can now get and verify that their produce gets to their buyer and receive instant payment. The lives of these farmers is altering from as little as $300 a month to $1000 with just this one simple implementation.

As for internet connectivity issue (many farms are a long way from a mobile tower or any ability to upload via satellite) it is more a problem in a vast country like Australia with a small population but as Ag starts to see the use of technology to gather data that can take the guesswork out of farming, we feel sure the funds to alter telecommunications and transport infrastructure will bring this up into a competitive market. At present the big farmers use radio frequency on farm and upload from the farmhouse. Even these two big areas are the areas of industry that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are revolutionising!

Ok enough on farming and blockchain. Back to crypto! next blog.. its all on crypto stuff.