Go watch OBB’s collab with NBTV on “The BEST Ways To Prevent Malware”

OBB and Naomi Brockwell TV (NBTV) collaborated last year on the subject of anti-malware programs and whether they are really all they are cracked up to be.

Here are the places where you can watch Naomi presenting the final product of our work:

This episode is also available on most major podcast platforms.

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A long-overdue update on OBB work

Hello friends and followers! I am writing to inform you that OBB is back, and you can expect to see more content coming from us in the future!

What happened during the “break”??

OBB has been focusing on internal growth during this time. I personally have been doing more self-education in order to become a more competent technology writer, entrepreneur, and boss. OBB also made its first hire (besides myself) and created a streamlined process for making more hires in the future to keep up with the demand out there for cybersecurity education.

Where allowed by OBB’s agreements with publishers, there will probably be updates when an OBB client publishes OBB work.

If you are a news organization, content creator, or anyone who would benefit from outsourcing your technology research to present to a mass audience, then don’t hesitate to reach out to OBB to become a client.

LLPress: World Bank’s own charter might obligate it to accept BTC, even if it refuses to provide further assistance with crypto adoption

Originally published by Liberland Press

El Salvador requested the World Bank’s help with its transition to add Bitcoin as legal tender. The World Bank flatly refused. However, the World Bank’s own charter may force it to at least accept Bitcoin, if nothing else.

The World Bank’s excuses for rejecting El Salvador’s request were the following, according to Yahoo Finance, “While the [Salvadorian] government did approach us for assistance on bitcoin, this is not something the World Bank can support given the environmental and transparency shortcomings”.

RELATED: Bitcoin and ecology: What activists forgot

On their website, the World Bank specifies their “Environmental and Social Policies”, saying,

When we provide governments with financing to invest in projects — such as building a road, connecting people to electricity, or treating waste water — we aim to ensure that the people and the environment are protected from potential adverse impacts. We do this through policies that identify, avoid, and minimize harm to people and the environment. These policies require the borrowing governments to address certain environmental and social risks in order to receive World Bank support for investment projects. We know from experience that including environmental and social considerations into project design and implementation improves development outcomes.

World Bank

According to the “International Bank for Reconstruction and Development” Articles of Agreement, which is found on the World Bank’s website,

SECTION 12. Form of Holdings of Currency
The Bank shall accept from any member, in place of any part of the member’s currency, paid in to the Bank under Article II, Section 7 (i), or to meet amortization payments on loans made with such currency, and not needed by the Bank in its operations, notes or similar obligations issued by the Government of the member or the depository designated by such member, which shall be non-negotiable, non-interest-bearing and payable at their par value on demand by credit to the account of the Bank in the designated depository.

World Bank

For those who do not speak legalese, it basically is saying that “The [World] Bank shall accept from any member [in this case, El Salvador]… notes or similar obligations issued by the Government of [El Salvador] or the depository designated by [El Salvador]…”

Thus, it seems that the World Bank may be forced to accept Bitcoin (or at least an asset derived from Bitcoin) from El Salvador.

Additional assistance from the World Bank related to Salvadorian BTC adoption, on the other hand, probably faces a more uphill battle.

This article by Martin Leo Rivers in Forbes lays out a case for why the World Bank must accept Bitcoin, plus how the environmental standard held for Bitcoin by the World Bank is apparently different from the standards which it has held for its own fossil fuel investments in the recent past.

As far as the World Bank’s transparency concerns go, Rivers says that Bitcoin’s nature as a distributed public ledger makes it, “by far, the most transparent monetary network that has ever existed.”

Bitcoin’s transaction history can be easily viewed by visiting a BTC block explorer website. However, instead of actual names, the transactions record what the public keys of the senders and recipients were. As soon as an investigator is able to link one’s public key to their actual identity, then the investigator is able to know their entire transaction history for that address. Privacy coins, on the other hand, (like Monero, Zcash, Dash, and Pirate Chain, among others) use technological means to (so far as possible) hide the transaction histories and/or balances while still retaining the anti-double-spend property of Bitcoin.

Despite the above, Reuters reports that a spokesperson for the World bank said, “We are committed to helping El Salvador in numerous ways including for currency transparency and regulatory processes”.

Trump is a dollar supremacist

Former U.S. President Donald Trump condemned Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, saying, “I want the [U.S] dollar to be the currency of the world–that’s what I’ve always said.”

Not only that, but, in the same interview which he had with Fox’s “Varney & Co.”, Trump said that Bitcoin “just seems like a scam”.

These remarks are not surprising. Trump is a member of the legacy system of finance. He grew up in a different generation. It is common for members of the older generations to not be open to the revolutionary idea of a new form of money which lacks a central governing authority. Of course, there are notable exceptions, like Trump’s personal friend Robert Kiyosaki, who said, “Money without borders and without government control will change the entire world. Blockchain may take us out of the Information-Age and bring about the Decentralized-Age.”

In addition to his old age, Trump also is an economic nationalist in other areas, like when he would impose tariffs in order to incentivize Americans to purchase more expensive products that are made in America.

It is clear that Trump values American dominance more than he values individual liberty, especially on the economic front.

It remains to be seen exactly how much the Biden Administration will be attempting to suppress Bitcoin, but one member of his team—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen—has openly declared intent to persecute the use of cryptocurrencies. Yellen said back in January, “Cryptocurrencies are of particular concern. I think many are used, at least in a transaction sense, mainly for illicit financing. And I think we really need to examine ways in which we can curtail their use, and make sure that anti-money laundering [sic] doesn’t occur through those channels.”

Notes:

“Donald Trump” image by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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Ammunition startup ditches Big Tech social media platforms

The ammunition subscription startup AmmoSquared announced Thursday that it will “no longer post or provide customer support through” the platforms “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube”.

The company says that this was not only the smart move from a “business” perspective, but that “it was also a moral decision,” due to the fact that tech giants profit from user engagement, including that of companies that post content to their platforms.

It is refreshing to see a company that is willing to vote with its digital feet and go to greener firing ranges in the social media landscape. I really should start following their example with Outsmart Big Brother.

I am an investor in AmmoSquared. I am also a person who is familiar with Big Tech’s hostility to free speech, especially things like firearm freedoms. To see this kind of leadership from AmmoSquared makes me extremely proud.

Here is AmmoSquared’s statement which they posted at the end of their May 13 update.

Lastly, on a completely different topic, we have decided to discontinue our use of the “Big 4” social media platforms. We have pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube but will no longer post or provide customer support through those platforms.

This was primarily a business decision: we don’t have the resources to keep posting content for a questionable return – or under constant threat of deletion. However, it was also a moral decision because we can’t, in good faith, support companies that engage in politically motivated censorship.

The reality for a 2A company is that these platforms can delete our business profile in the blink of an eye without so much as a warning – so why should we play their game and invest in building up a community and content on their platforms? So we won’t.

So in the mean time we’ll utilize email and blog posts more often and look for other freedom loving platforms to support in the future. Or maybe we’ll just build our own. 😉

Outsmart Big Brother has reached out to AmmoSquared for more information on where they plan to go from here.

Notes

Original ammo image by Brett Hondow from Pixabay

How to use Secure SHell (SSH)

SSH (Secure SHell) is used in order to use one computer to control another computer. This can be done over insecure networks (like the Internet) because of the cryptography used to protect the data transferred between the computers involved.

In this example, I use Parrot Security OS (a hacking-oriented operating system based on Debian Linux) as the computer that I physically touch and interact with. The other computer (which I remotely control) is my Raspberry Pi single-board computer (SBC), which I have already installed Ubuntu Server on. Ubuntu Server is another Debian-based Linux distro, but the “Server” part of its name means that it only comes with the command-line interface (CLI) and not a graphical user interface (GUI) which most people are used to. By the way, none of these links are affiliates. Feel free to try out substitutes (like a cloud server instead of a Raspberry Pi, Linux Mint instead of Parrot Security, etc.)

Having a CLI means that you do not have the same experience of navigating your computer like the 2-D world of the GUI, but it does reduce the storage footprint of your OS (Graphics take up a lot of space.) Using a CLI can speed up your computer’s processes, and (once you get the hang of it) can also speed up your own processes of navigating your computer. Plus, when you use a CLI, it makes you look like a total badass in front of your friends and family!

Open terminal in Parrot Security OS

To start, you need to make sure that you have SSH already on both computers. From what I recall, both of my computers in this situation included SSH capability automatically when I installed each OS.

In this example, I assume:

  1. You already have an account with the server that you are trying to SSH into,
  2. You know your username, password, and IP address for the host that you want to SSH into.

How to SSH

Open a terminal and type the following command. Replace “USERNAME” with your actual username and “IP_ADDRESS” with your actual IP address. Keep in mind, these credentials are for the target computer, not the computer you are already using.

ssh USERNAME@IP_ADDRESS

Press the “Enter” key.

The server will prompt you to enter your passphrase (again, for the target computer).

After typing your passphrase, press “Enter”.

If you are prompted whether you are sure or not that you want to connect, select in the affirmative (unless you don’t want to connect. I’m not the boss of you).

You should now be connected to the target computer. Congratulations!

Notice how the username and hostname of your command prompt has changed. Here is a picture of my original terminal (left) for my Parrot Security computer, and my SSH terminal (right) for my remote server.

While normally you are only capable of controlling only the computer that is physically present where you are, SSH-ing into another machine enables you to choose which machine you use to perform tasks.

“jonathan@parrot” means that I am interacting as the user “jonathan” on the machine named “parrot”.

Likewise, “flossboss@smartsauce” means that I am interacting as the user “flossboss” on the machine named “smartsauce”. However, if you use a similar arrangement to what I have set up here, your remote server terminal will probably look more like “ubuntu@ubuntu”, since that is the default for Ubuntu Server. I have already changed both my username and hostname for this server, so that is why it looks unique.

Once you are finished with what you wanted to do through your remote server, you can close the connection by typing the following simple command in your remote terminal.

logout

There. That wasn’t so bad, now was it?

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Notes

Music by aldermansweden from Pixabay

Terminal vector graphic by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Keyboard vector graphic by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

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How to become a citizen of Liberland

I became a Liberland citizen this month! Let me share some information for those of you who are considering doing likewise.

First, what is Liberland?

Liberland flag

Founding

Liberland (officially the “Free Republic of Liberland”) is a tiny, libertarian country in Europe nestled between Serbia and Croatia. The territory was claimed by Liberland since it was previously a “no man’s land” after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

Src: https://liberland.org/en/about

The Danube River serves as a border mark between Serbia and Croatia. However, since all rivers tend to evolve over time, a dispute arose between the two countries over which version of the border was valid: the old river path, or the new river path. The old river path gave Croatia a net increase in territory, while the new river path gave Serbia a net increase. Since every country wants to have the maximum possible claim to territory, each side asserted that the border was on the opposite river path from what the other claimed. Since each side wanted to not undermine their own claim to their own version of the map, there ended up being pieces of land that were claimed by NEITHER country. The biggest of those unclaimed pieces was eventually claimed as the newly formed Free Republic of Liberland by President Vít Jedlička, First Lady Jana Markovicova, and Jaromír Miškovský on 13 April, 2015. That day is also the birthday of the American Revolutionary icon Thomas Jefferson.

Liberland founding document

Principles

Liberland is aspiring to become the most libertarian nation on earth.

Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, Bitcoin.com Founder Roger “Bitcoin Jesus” Ver, and Nomad Capitalist Founder Andrew Henderson are among the many notable people in libertarianism who are counted among Liberland’s citizens.

While the details of the Liberland Constitution are still being worked-out, some of the key features that are proposed include:

  • Zero taxes (with the possible exception of a “land fee”).
  • All government operations funded with voluntary crowdfunding.
  • Blockchain-powered political systems.
  • Merit system where those who contribute more to the country are rewarded with more influence in the political process.
  • No restrictions on civilian ownership of “small arms” as defined internationally.
  • No standing army, but rather a “territorial defense force” which only defends the defined borders of Liberland in the event of invasion.
  • No regulations on marriage.
  • Freedom of speech, the press, religion, etc.
  • No government involvement in education.
  • A legislative, an executive, and a judicial branch.
  • No government debt obligations.

Status

Since Liberland claimed its territory before any other country, it has rightful claim to it.

However, since the border dispute between Croatia and Serbia is ongoing, the Croatian police have been occupying Liberland’s territory (despite not claiming it as their own), refusing to allow Liberlandians to enter Liberland. However, that fact has not stopped Liberland from making progress with arranging a free trade zone with Serbia and encouraging settlement communities on the Serbian side of the Danube.

Within the first few years, there were Liberlandians who attempted to enter Liberland, but were stopped and arrested by the Croatian police. However, that seems to be happening less now.

In the meantime, President Jedlička and the many Liberland representatives in countries around the world have been working to achieve recognition and support of Liberland’s right to exist.

The Liberland Aid Foundation has also been doing humanitarian work around the globe to help show that Liberlandians are willing to help make the world around them a better place.

While Liberland has diplomatic passports, there are not yet “normal” passports for everyday Liberlandians. However, that is something that is being worked on. In the meantime, citizens can receive a certificate of citizenship.

Who should apply for Liberland citizenship?

Liberland citizenship is for people who are willing “To Live and Let Live” as the Liberland national motto goes.

This includes, but is not limited to, libertarians, capitalists, minarchists, anarchists, and classical liberals. Liberlandians come from a diverse range of professions, nations, religions, ethnicities, etc. The unifying theme, however, is that of a global community of people who want to help build the freest, most innovative nation on earth.

Who should NOT apply for Liberland citizenship?

Given the libertarian nature of Liberland, there are a number of people who should probably stay away from it. Take the following conversation I had with someone on Facebook, for example.

JM: “I am now a US-Liberland dual citizen!”
DWV: “You’re just greedy. You already have great citizenship. I’m stuck in South Africa. …So how do I get it?”
JM: “[M]y first tip for you is to be nice and not call people ‘greedy’ for wanting to become global citizens. …Besides, if you can’t help but complain out of envy at the success of others, then you probably would hate life in Liberland. Liberland is for people who are willing to tolerate unequal success among legally equal individuals.”

Simply put, collectivists would not enjoy life in Liberland. The intolerant would not enjoy life in Liberland. The envious would not enjoy life in Liberland. There are naturally going to be some individuals who are more successful than others. There are also inevitably going to be a diverse range of people who are successful. Therefore, the aforementioned groups (collectivists, intolerant, and envious) should all stay out of Liberland for their own sakes.

In addition to that, Liberland explicitly denies citizenship to Nazis and Communists.

Prerequisites for citizenship

E-residency

People who are interested in Liberland citizenship can start by registering an account on the official Liberland website at liberland.org and completing the application form for e-residency.

Liberland e-residency card

My advice here is to BE HONEST. Regardless of your net worth or income right now, you still have a shot at being accepted.

Just like how Dale Carnegie’s iconic bestselling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” says, you must “Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.”* Therefore, when you answer the questions on the form, focus on how you will help Liberland. While it is fine to mention what you are looking to gain from Liberland, do NOT focus on your own wants or needs. There are literally hundreds of thousands of applicants for Liberland citizenship worldwide. I am sure that many of them also “want” or “need” to get citizenship. However, Liberland is unable to accept all applicants. Can you really blame them when their territory is just seven square kilometres?

That is why you need to make your application stand-out by saying how you will help make Liberland better. You can be a software developer, an architect, a lawyer, a physician, a mechanic, a welder, an entrepreneur, a libertarian activist, a journalist, a songwriter, and more. Whatever career you have, you can be a contributor to the Liberland economy. If you are an investor, Liberland is also ready to welcome you by offering a business-friendly regulatory environment, starting with the Apatin Free Trade Zone in Serbia.

KYC

New applicants must go through KYC (Know Your Client) vetting to make sure they have a reasonably clean criminal record. After all, nobody wants to live next door to a convicted terrorist.

The Liberland KYC-Chain interface

Contribute value to Liberland

Once you become a Liberland e-resident, you need to contribute value to the country in order to achieve citizenship.

Donate and/or volunteer for Liberland

This is the way I personally became a citizen. I wrote articles for Liberland Press and received Merits based on how much I wrote.

The Merit is Liberland’s official (crypto)currency, which is still being developed, but nonetheless is being used to quantify the contributions an individual has made. You need 5,000 Merits to become a citizen. I also made a few USD and BTC donations to Liberland, and was rewarded Merits for those as well.

As of the time of this writing, you can purchase 1 Liberland Merit for 1 USD. So, a $5,000 USD donation would be enough for citizenship. As far as citizenship by investment countries go, that is SUPER affordable. If you don’t believe me, watch some videos by Nomad Capitalist. The numbers for more widely recognized countries sell at around $100,000 USD and up.

Eventually, Merits will probably be used as a governance token for secure and verifiable elections. Therefore, you are incentivized to keep paying voluntary taxes in order to grow your Merit holdings and thus your voting power.

Invest in Liberland waterfront property

Alternatively, you can buy a property in the Liberlandian community on the Danube River through floating.ll.land and receive citizenship as part of the deal. Here are the three property types that are currently on the site.

Bitcoin Freedom cabin: €50k

Bitcoin Freedom is being renovated and has cabin(s) for sale.

Bitcoin Freedom src: https://www.floating.ll.land/
Cunami houseboat: €80k

A relatively large houseboat.

Cunami houseboat src: https://www.floating.ll.land/houseboat
Katamaran houseboat: €45k

A relatively small houseboat.

Katamaran houseboat src: https://www.floating.ll.land/katamaran

Follow up

If you have done everything that you are supposed to do according to the forms on the official sites and you still have not heard back regarding your application within a week or two, then send a (respectful) follow-up email. Explain how you want to help Liberland succeed and what you are already doing to help.

Conclusion

Best of luck to you!

Stay free, everyone!🕊️

Notes

*Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. P. 93.

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Create a basic website with HTML, CSS, and JS

Here I walk you through the process of creating a very basic web page, including my process of debugging and searching for solutions. We will use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and just a touch of JavaScript (JS) to build a beginner-level web page document.

This video is designed for beginners.

Hopefully I will go over the process of actually making your website live on a server in a future video. Please let me know in the comments if you would find that helpful. 🙂

Find the code used in this lesson on GitHub here: https://github.com/Outsmart-Big-Brother/create-a-basic-web-page-using-html-css-and-js

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OBB is (finally) on Parler!

After many attempts during the past couple of months, I am proud to announce that Outsmart Big Brother is finally on Parler.

Parler is a alternative social media platform that has had a shaky start to the year, since they were formerly hosted on AWS, but were then booted from it.

That upheaval resulted in OBB not being able to create an account. What luck, right?

Fortunately, OBB had a stroke of good fortune today and successfully joined Parler. Those who are interested in following OBB there can find OBB’s profile at @OutsmartBigBrother.

Outsmart Big Brother looks forward to sharing useful content to this recovering platform, in addition to all the others.

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What is Bitcoin? Why is it special?

Bitcoin is the OG cryptocurrency.

But what is a cryptocurrency and why should I care?

Find out in this episode.


What is a cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a type of digital money, especially one that uses cryptography and decentralization to make sure that you can only spend each unit once and that you can only create new units after performing some service to the community.

You might ask, “But if I use digital US dollars already, what benefits do I gain by using crypto?”

There are many problems with the US dollar, which crypto can solve. Since this episode is an introduction, I will focus on Bitcoin—the “original gangsta”—and the solutions and limitations which it offers.

First, let’s analyze fiat currencies, like the US dollar, the euro, and the Chinese yuan.

Fiat

  1. Centrally controlled.
  2. Potentially unlimited quantity (think: inflation).
  3. Total quantity is tied to arbitrary decisions by the central authority.
  4. Can potentially be anonymous if dealt in cash. Not private if dealt digitally.
  5. Requires trust in people and institutions with whom you do business, along with intermediaries.
  6. (If deposited in a bank) Can be easily confiscated by authorities.
  7. Can be difficult to make cross-border payments.
  8. Transactions tend to be reversible.
  9. Transactions can be censored by governments, banks, and other institutions.

Bitcoin

  1. Decentralized. No single entity has power over the Bitcoin network. This is due to the fact that Bitcoin uses blockchain technology as its foundation.
  2. Total quantity limited at 21 million.
  3. Quantity of new bitcoins created is determined by an exponential decay function.
  4. Pseudonymous. Instead of using your real name, you use your public key. But beware: as soon as someone is able to link your public key to your real identity, your entire transaction history for that wallet is revealed.
  5. If you can understand the code, it is trustless. However, those who cannot read code must trust the code itself. However, they still do not need to trust any third party.
  6. If private keys are well-hidden, Bitcoin can be extremely difficult to be confiscated by authorities.
  7. Easy to send Bitcoin to anyone’s wallet, regardless of where they are in the world.
  8. Transactions are irreversible.
  9. Transactions can be completed despite what governments, banks, and other institutions think.

At the end of the day, no, Bitcoin the protocol can’t be regulated. Obviously, men with guns wearing costumes are scary, but a gun can’t change the mathematics behind Bitcoin.”

Roger Ver aka “Bitcoin Jesus”

Keep in mind, Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency as we know it. Obviously, there are a TON of improvements that have been made to the concept. That’s why you see many different types of cryptocurrencies, from Bitcoin, to Bitcoin Cash, to Ethereum, to Litecoin, to Dogecoin, to Marscoin. Each of these cryptos has its own set of pros and cons, which I hope to address in future episodes.

My challenge to you all this week is to do a self-assessment of your own financial situation.

“If the dollar were to go into hyperinflation, would my family be prepared?”

“Is crypto a viable alternative to cash and card payments?”

“What if the government were to seize my entire bank account tomorrow through civil asset forfeiture? Would my entire net worth be down the tubes?”

Then decide what you should do NOW to prepare yourself for when trouble comes.

Special thanks to Jenni Thee Libertarian for giving myself, Outsmart Big Brother, and the Mars Initiative a shout-out on Twitter.

Jennifer works for Young Americans for Liberty. Her persistence is the reason I went ahead and submitted my application for YAL’s Revolution 2021 event this coming August.

By the way, did you know that the Mars Initiative (a nonprofit dedicated to funding humanity’s first trip to Mars) accepts (and HODLs) crypto donations? I volunteer for them and think that is really cool.

What topics would you like me to cover in future videos? Let me know in the comments.

Please like, follow, and share if you enjoy this content.

Stay free, everyone!

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Links for all outside content:

BTC image by xresch from Pixabay.

Music by Twisterium from Pixabay. Sped up by Jonathan McCormick.

Mars Initiative website.

For further study:

On civil asset forfeiture:

https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/issue-areas/criminal-justice-policing-reform/civil-asset-forfeiture/

https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police/asset-forfeiture-abuse

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/civil_forfeiture

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