Palm Sunday

Normally this blog does not note the high holy days of Easter, except for Resurrection Sunday every now and again.

But, since the State of South Dakota has criminalised Good Friday a few days before Easter, I will Streisand the high holy days of Easter, among them Good Friday.

Today we remember Christs triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Which starts to get even more ominous tomorrow, but I will not tell that part until Maundy Thursday and the last supper.

This post legal in South Dakota. The Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday posts will be illegal in South Dakota, especially the Good Friday post, because they will consist largely of portions of the New Testament that are now illegal in South Dakota, and have long been dangerous for any pastor anywhere in the Global American Empire to mention.

John Chapter 12:

12. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13. Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

14. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

15. Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.

16. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

17. The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.

18. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

19. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

20. And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

21. The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

22. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

23. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

25. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

29. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

30. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

31. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

32. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

33. This he said, signifying what death he should die.

128 Responses to “Palm Sunday”

  1. CBDC Mark Of The Beast says:

    I have tried to warn at least a dozen people IRL over the years,
    and hundreds to a thousand more online.
    No one listens, at all, they simply do not care, and the rest dont get it… it’s really sad, especially when I point them to piles of real news articles of all the arbitrary financial and speech censorship going on.
    They just do not listen.
    And they perma-unfriend for simply pointing out this type of two links to plainly obvious info.

    I feel that human suffering on this Earth… under the control of these Servants of Satan known as Politicians and CEOs and NGOs, now using their precious CBDC tool to empower their enslavement of and power over free humanity further… is going to get much much worse.

    Please, get a real P2P and privacy-capable cryptocurrency up and running across the Earth that can handle at least a 5k tx/sec scale, ongoing forever without bloating out disk storage or other resources. I think this is possible, I don’t know how, but we must release it.

    In the end Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, but here on this Earth we must also do for ourselves until then.

    And a next generation crytocurrency is one of those things we must do to try to dispel and route around this evil, IMO.

    Happy Easter 🙂

      • Anti-CBDC says:

        Rhocoin… well, I would encourage the development and release of that coin ASAP to see how it can succeed in practice.
        This blog has been built into a resource reference for years, and it will still be here and mirrored.
        But now we need to focus on implementation.
        Because I think things are getting tight, and I don’t think we can afford to wait any longer, IMO.
        Accordingly, you have my support in shifting to working nearly fulltime on getting Rhocoin out.

      • Mister Grumpus says:

        You’ve come a long way with getting your thoughts and concepts out with these “off-blog” Rhocoin posts. Great work.

    • Mayflower Sperg says:

      Liberal ideology is to the global intelligentsia what US dollars are to the global economy: counterfeit value that everyone accepts because everyone else accepts. If you believe in liberalism, you’re a good person, one of us. If you don’t believe, you’re some sort of extremist wacko to be avoided at all cost.

      We’ve had a “digital dollar” since the 1960s, so the great fear must be that paper money will be abolished. In 1969, America said goodbye to $500, $1000, $5000, and $10,000 notes. Well guess what, demonetized banknotes are worth more than face value because they’re a collector’s item with a fixed or dwindling supply. In the 1920s USSR, you could still buy stuff with Czarist money while Soviet money was basically worthless. Somalia has had stable prices since 1990 because when its government stopped existing, it stopped printing money.

      The global elite has all sorts of devious plans to brainwash, impoverish, castrate, vaccinate, and race-replace us serfs. Keeping your money safe only addresses a small part of that threat matrix.

      • Anti-CBDC says:

        Counterfeit… there was a time when people didn’t believe in that shit ideologies. Then someone figured out a way to brainwash the masses. It seemed to start around the early 1900’s.

        Took the notes out of circulation, banned gold, instituted “$10,000” limit (today it’s really like $100k intentionally left unadjusted for inflation).
        There’s still the problem that paper notes wear out if printing stops, and private paper is no less immune to eventual corruption.

        Either way, I fully support Jim taking a break from here to develop Rhocoin full time now.

        And to be honest, I support whoever else wants to do a real cryptocurrency too, instead of all these fucking pump-n-dump shitcoins and smartcoin gadgets… they’re intentionally made to be a psyop distraction from real projects.

        All people really want is Money… a solid store of value, and globally transactable around once a week (or two, or a month) for maybe 2B people… so that they can have a true alternative to Govt Fiat CBDC, without having to carry around Gold or worry who’s going to find or steal their Gold stash.

        If Rhocoin is that coin, then so be it, full steam ahead, now please 🙂

        I have a feeling we’re going to need that alternative cryptocurrency economy soon.

        • jim says:

          Existing crypto currencies are now starting to catch the heat, not in the form of an attempt to outright ban them, which has been repeatedly tried and repeatedly failed, but rather, Ethereum has been assimilated to become a CBDC, and Bitcoin is being converged to a CBDC. And scaling limits are hitting Bitcoin hard, disrupting the lightning network which is vital to plans to replace fiat in everyday use.

          Solving the convergence to CBDC problem, which is also the fungibility problem and the privacy problem only matters if we solve the scaling problem. And the solution to all four problems in one blow is to not have the data on the public broadcast channel in the first place.

          • Anti-CBDC says:

            Well I’m not technical designer so can’t comment much on protocols.

            But I do know BTC only does like 6tx/sec natively, which is a joke.

            I do know Bankers and thus Govts are trying to get at BTC via ETFs and onto boards of publicly traded Miners and could lever that to censor (did you see the latest censor mining “protocols” from Jack or Ocean or Luke or whoever?) And I remember AXA and Blockstream and so on… all fishy smelling, when it was the ongoing code [branches] that was supposed to be King.

            Ethereum just got endorsed by the Bankers and Wall Street for their RWA tokenization projects, and got spot ETF applications open. And who knows what Vitalik and the ETH people are loyal to besides rainbow kittens.

            I support your work, and that of others if they are truly trying to do a real coin.

            If you release Rhocoin here I will try to run it on Linux or BSD.

            I’d rather Rhocoin happen than this blog.
            Because I’m afraid the world is really moving much faster coordinated against us now than we are against them (and ie: BTC seems now to be more of a stagnant captured ruse operation than a real coin that is being openly developed into a real store+currency).

            ps: I don’t think bans will ever work. But letting shitty incapable coins like BTC “win” the mass is the same thing as a ban… “It’s a Trap”… the “convergence” and “assimilation” you speak of.

            It seems so weird that so few now seem to be trying to compete as by just being “Money”.

            I don’t know much Lightning, but its “Keep A Tab” usage model seems to constrain P2P settlement so much that I call it smells like fish. How many tabs they want me to keep, and how nested deep, and how long, and across how many open gadgets, with how much nominal float locked up in that mess. No thanks.

            If you guys have any other “real” money coins you want me to look at, post them.

            • Fidelis says:

              The most import use case for BTC is still working. You need an asset for people fleeing capital controls and confiscation to be able to dump into and fly to a friendly jurisdiction without getting shaken down along the way.

              The second most important use case is also still working. You need an asset that can be used to balance books between soverigns that don’t necessarily trust each other.

              While these two cases probably aren’t very satisfying for middle class people, they are absolutely essential in thwarting attempts to fully top down implement digital communism. So, more important, for now, than transaction bandwidth is privacy and very liquid exchanges between BTC and local currency by whatever effective means are available. Even if no further technical developments are made, so long as exchanges manage to stay open and liquid in countries outside the GAE, BTC has won. The only reason I see to ‘rush’ development, as opposed to calmly building out, on the ledger using zk tech is to be a first mover and make a large pile of cash.

              • jim says:

                Yes, BTC is still working. The need is not urgent, but it is clearly visible on the horizon. And the first mover is going to make an enormous pile of cash once the need does become urgent.

                BTC is already running into scaling problems and fungibility problems. The scaling problems are disrupting the lightning network, which network is essential in order to replace fiat in everyday transactions. The fungibility problems are not a huge problem yet, but will become so, probably before very long.

                • Fidelis says:

                  I don’t see how fungibility becomes a concern here. Either the exchanges listen to the Rules Based Borg or they don’t.

                  Lightning is just terrible, a duct tape solution that has long overstayed as the other solutions have yet to take hold. It was never going to work long term, the designers never thought it was going to work long term, and since it’s inception more and more problems have appeared. More than everyday transactions we need liquid markets between every imaginable pair, carried out with the maximum possible privacy between participants. We don’t need to beat the million little fintech payment apps, we need to beat binance and coinbase.

                  It might be just so that with the same stroke you solve privacy and payment scalability and digital exchanges, but regardless the best way to create an escape hatch is to focus on keeping exchanges open and deeply deeply liquid.

                • jim says:

                  Lightning is, as you say, a mess of duct tape, but this is partly a problem with the non custodial lightning wallets not being well written or user friendly. I have high hopes for rust lightning, which is not yet ready for prime time, but seems to have learned from the errors of its predecessors.

                  Lightning is not inherently terrible. It is just that the current tools are poorly conceived and poorly written.

                  The lightning specification drops the difficult problem of setting up appropriate gateways upon the head of the user, and deems all the information that the user needs to do this out of scope.

                  The current state of play is that genuinely non custodial lightning wallets are linux command line tools that require good linux sysadmin skills to use safely, are poorly written, and are incomplete in that to obtain the information one needs to set up channels one needs to log on to various web sites, and transport information from those websites to the command line of wallet, and from the command line output of the wallet to those websites.

                  This is fixable. We could make setting up a non custodial wallet easier than getting a credit card or a bank account. But it requires a great deal of work by good programmers who want to be paid.

                  What should happen is that one has a regular non custodial wallet, similar to standard bitcoin wallets like sparrow, a wallet that supports both the base layer and the lightning layer, but which also displays information about vertices on the lightning network as these websites I mentioned earlier do. And getting a gateway to one of those vertices, or purchasing incoming liquidity from one of them, should just be a matter of clicking on it and typing in the desired outgoing and incoming liquidity.

                  The standard non custodial wallets also, of course, support the lightning layer and the base layer, but they are absolutely terrible as base layer wallets, and most of the things one needs to do to actually get a useful gateway are out of scope, necessitating these websites.

                  That gui is perfectly doable. It just has not been done

                • Fidelis says:

                  Lightning is not inherently terrible.

                  If we set aside the issues of burdening the user with managing a server with highly sensitive data, which is I suppose a fair enough tradeoff for actually keeping data off the public broadcast:

                  – Channel force closes are not uncommon and expensive.
                  – If some sort of event occurs we can get lots of force closes all at once, and with a congested BTC chain lots of people could lose lots of money
                  – Incoming liquidity is extremely annoying and is going to be extremely expensive. You need to lock up money in an always on hot key, in order to even recieve money.
                  – Capital lockup costs gives you a benefit to very large routing nodes, as they can collect the most fees, giving you a strong centralization gradient
                  – Relying on a very complex scheme where you chain contracts across many parties, rely on things such as economic loss to punish bad actors (as opposed to it simply being impossible to do, just as it’s impossible to know the hash preimage), rely on needing to go to the basechain at any time, rely on your contracted routing node to not blow up, etc.

                  On the whole LN is extremely complex, extremely fragile, only scales in proportion to the base chain, and capital and user management intensive (even with clever software, you’re going to be managing quite a lot of complexity with self custody). You cannot fix these issues with clever user interfaces, they’re inherent in the protocol. LN is fine as a bridge into a better system, but was never going to be a stable long term global network.

                • jim says:

                  Yes, valid points.

                  Lightning is unsatisfactory to get us where we want to go. Large scale adoption of lightning replacing fiat necessarily means most people using custodial wallets. Self custody lightning wallets could be much easier, but they will never be easy. Even if lightning replaces fiat, dangerous centralisation and dangerous levels of custodial bitcoin necessarily ensues. Since the holders of custodial bitcoin tend to lease out their bitcoin to short sellers, financial crisis is likely to ensue, resulting in a demand by powerful Bitcoin authorities to make Bitcoin a CBDC so that they can be “loaned” enough freshly created bitcoin to “solve” the financial crisis.

                  Because of the seven transaction per second limit, it is simply impossible for enormous numbers of people to have self custodial lightning wallets, not matter how easy we make it.

                  Credit cards achieve seemingly fast transactions on top of a system where in reality, transactions take days, by a trusted authority. Which trusted authority turns out to be not very trustworthy at all.

                  Well, open entry for trusted authorities, and an immutable and universally accessible record of how often an allegedly trusted authority has failed to come through.

                  You lock a utxo to an authority, which lock you can remove, but only with a timeout. To spend that utxo fast, the authority has to countersign, and the authority guarantees that it will only countersign one and only one such transaction per utxo, and will ensure that that transaction gets on the blockchain eventually, even though it might take a while to get it on the blockchain. If you sign the transaction, the authority countersigns it, If the countersigned transaction does not get on the blockchain because of high fees, the authority will push it through out of its own pocket.

                  If it should ever happen that the authority countersigns a utxo, and it does not go through, whether because the authority countersigned two conflicting spends on the same utxo, or any other reason, the unsuccessful countersigned transaction hangs forever over the allegedly trusted authority as a black mark. So the recipient instantly knows he has the money as soon as he has the countersignature, (because the authority has a long history with no black marks) though he cannot immediately spend it until the underlying transaction actually goes through.

                  This is kind of unworkable on bitcoin, because contracts are expensive, but taproot makes them potentially almost as cheap as regular transactions — because you can keep the unused scripts off chain. And they could become a whole lot cheaper using a method similar to Litecoin mweb addresses, that allow a pile of transactions to be consolidated into one. Recursive snarks can do what Litecoin mweb addresses do, but allow arbitrary contracts (such as timelocks) on the blockchain, while mweb addresses do not.

                  A taproot scripted utxo need only contain the merkle root of an unboundedly large merkle tree of scripts, and a spend of that utxo only contains the merkle path to the script actually used and that script. And the big script only comes into play when things go wrong.

                  But this solution does not get us a good replacement for fiat, because of scaling limits and high fees. This solution, though it could be implemented today using taproot, is not very useful unless we first fix the scaling problem. (The scaling problem is what is causing the high fee environment and also what is screwing up the lightning network.)

              • Anti-CBDC says:

                > we need liquid markets between every imaginable pair

                Disagree. 99% of coins are junk, thus 99.99% of pairs are junk.
                You know a True L1 Coin that is trying to compete as being “real Money for the masses”… if they put more into their whitepaper and code than they do their websites and social bling.
                While yes, if you’re writing a trading engine for random people to deploy on let’s say a Tor Onion’s (and we desperately need that engine to be written and released), that engine should be able to handle say a very select list of no more than say 50 L1’s.
                I’m suggesting that at any given time there are far less than 50 L1’s that are Truly creating new protocol tech… ie less than 50 that are genuinely trying to beat BTC and become a real Money+Currency.
                The rest of the L1’s, and by definition all their L[n]’s beneath them, are nothing but pointless trash.
                And 50 is being generous, it’s really more like 15 L1’s that are developing and doing anything novel towards being a simple global Real cryptocurrency.
                So you’re talking no more than 15 to 25 to 50 pairs in reality, with 5 or less coins being liquid bases to all 15-50 coins.
                That is all you need to give the “REAL” L1 Money competitors some development liquidity amongst each other.
                The bigger problem is actually physically finding those 10-50 Real L1 development groups to list… you have to sift through 1000’s of coins and research forums… because most of them are unknown yet because they’re doing “boring” Money, not “exciting” shitcoin pump-n-dump hype scams and govt-corporate fiat, “smart contracts” “defi” “rwa” “tokens” “all the things” etc. “Money” is boring, it’s always at the bottom of the lists… until one of them hits and begins dominating everything.

                I would list Rhocoin, among others, because it seems to want to be real money cryptocurrency, and to not be all that other bullshit.

                People posted a phrase…
                “P2P-PEC … A Peer-To-Peer Privacy-Capable Electronic Cash System”
                But that’s hard for people to understand what goes into it.

                I think people need to focus on defining the limited goal of an L1 first,
                then choose whatever protocol tech can meet it.

                Most people in the World just want a Money on their phone, that’s it, nothing more,
                and when whatever L1 that can do that is released,
                it will be a massively bigger win than BTC ever was.

                (Maybe even BTC will become that, or become forked again to become that, and that would be ok too, but it is curently looking unlikely, though a fork is looking a bit more likely, and if forked, the Gov-Banker-ETFs will be a fun time to watch).

                But you have to first define what a “Money” is.

                Unprintable Non-Inflating
                Free, preferably zero cost run by mutual interest of volunteers in preserving their own nominal values,
                or at least no more than the lesser of 1% (something below all current credit debit wire and transmitter fees), or trivial needed to support tx-mix-privacy if native-crypto-privacy is not used.
                Cash feels and usage model
                Transactable at least Weekly to Daily
                Perpetual 100year resource-needs aware (cpu, disk, network) at global scale of 2B active users
                And so on… really basic fundamental principles, money eschews and is not exotic.

                Most L1’s including BTC fail miserably and spectacularly, especially at scale.

                And nowhere in that list is *anything* about DeFi, RWA, Smart, NFT, etc.

                > fungibility

                BTC is very unfungible, aka very non-private.
                Chainalysis is deployed, and all mixes swaps and cross-L1 trades give you dirty coins,
                or at least look like a laundry even if you didn’t get someone else’s dirt,
                at least from the point of view of exchanges running KYC and Chainalysis,
                they perma-lock peoples accounts and AML them all the time, and the enforcers
                are also deploying it to run across retail point-of-sale, that’s all very very BAD,
                and it’s all happening because BTC is not fungible.
                BTC are just total liars about fungibility.
                If an L1 is not privacy-capable, if its users don’t have a simple way of achieving
                strong hard untraceable unmarked privacy with it, it’s not fungible, period.

                > Either the exchanges listen to the Rules Based Borg or they don’t
                > we need to beat binance and coinbase

                Real-world physical exchanges are “licensed” by the Govts,
                there are hundreds of such exchanges around the world, they
                all suck, because their Govts will shut them down, or will shut down
                the banking and geo-political-trade links of those who don’t listen.

                Virtual-world Tor-Onion (i2p, cjdns, radio, and so on) exchanges
                don’t have those problems. There are currently almost ZERO of them,
                there need to be HUNDREDS. There are not hundreds because the
                plebs have NO CEX EXCHANGE SOFTWARE they can download from
                GitHub to run one on any of those overlay networks.
                Once you give them that software, HUNDREDS will appear.

                And there are almost ZERO true cross-L1-coin DEX out there either,
                because no one has started and agreed on a standards RFC interface
                that all coins that want to be DEX COMPATIBLE must follow.
                Once you write and ratify a simple DEX specification, many L1 coins
                will begin writing to interface with it.

                > ease of use

                Not worried. Once you have developed and released Real L1’s, CEX, and DEX,
                then many others will recognize those real protocols and reference implementations,
                and will begin writing the upper “Ease Of Use” layers.
                If you have no Real-L1’s, there won’t be interest in writing the upper EOU layers.
                There is now much hesitation in coinworld to write EOU for BTC and all other L1’s,
                because people now have knowledge to forsee the failure of those L1’s to meet those
                goals, most important of which is scale. Thus they don’t write the EOUs and
                are waiting for better L1’s before doing so. The BTC and other Maxi’s are all busy
                trying to write their EOUs, but they no L1 to write them to, so they are lying
                and wasting their time, which should be put to achieving a Real L1.

                Don’t get me wrong, IMO we need some Maxi’s EOUs on their broken L1s to extend the
                illusion that crypto is currently a Real-Thing, buying us time until we can discover
                and write the Real L1’s protocols that will take us to 100year perpetual scale.

                I am ok with Rhocoin becomes one of those competing L1’s.

                • jim says:

                  1. All Crypto coins should be using hierarchical deterministic wallets, to enable paper wallets and thus wallet recovery from its paper wallet. Bitcoin core, Litecoin care, and core lightning are not (albeit core lightning sort of does, but the user hostile interface makes it useless) However it is generally possible to add an external wallet to a peer which does support hierarchical determinism, and this is what everyone does with bitcoin, and could be done with lightning, but is not done. Rust lightning is designed to facilitate such external wallets, so that it is is possible to write an external wallet that provides a user friendly gui. You can sort of kind of do this with lnd and core lightning, and there are guis around, it is just that so much is left out of scope, and the wallets are terrible.

                  2. The seed phrase of a hierarchical deterministic wallet should be a grammatically correct random nonsense phrase, rather than a list of twelve random words, making it more practical to carry through an airport in your head.

                  3. All crypto currencies should support schnorr signatures or an equivalent functionality to make scriptless scripts possible, preferably with a ristretto elliptic curve to make writing scriptless scripts less difficult and safer.

                  4. All crypto currencies should support time locks. Monaro does not, and Litecoin in privacy mode does not. With timelocks and scriptless scripts, you can support Anonymous Multi-Hop Locks, which makes the lightning network and atomic exchanges possible, and with atomic exchanges, makes real dexs possible. All dexs are kind of fake. They actually have a central authority. With Anonymous Multi-Hop locks, you can have a real dex, that really is a protocol rather than an organisation, and you can have instant atomic exchanges between currencies over their lightning networks.

                  5. Any Dex worthy of the name should hide the IPs of participants while enabling them to chat to each other, because if you reveal your IP, you reveal the IP of a person who has secrets that are worth a lot of money, and unwanted visitors, private or from the government, might arrive at your home. Bisq enables conversation between traders while a trade is open without revealing the IP, but it lacks full social network capability, and relies on Elements, which is anti privacy software, for its community forum.

                  All of this requires a large programming effort from a lot of programmers working full time. Which requires money. Information wants to be free, but programmers want to be paid. Money requires a monetization model, and a monetization model requires a solution to the cold start problem.

                  Starting point: Replace, not a crypto currency, but a social net that supports concealed IPs (as a default option, sometimes you conceal your real IP by operating through a remote host, and sometimes you are using an innocuous and penniless identity, and the social net needs to have some well known real IPs inorder to work. Produce a privacy coin for that social net, analogous to nostr and lightning, which caoin no one will want to use because totally illiquid. (The cold start problem)

                  Bitmessage is such a social net, but it is abandonware and has no functional identity system or moderated forums.

                  Do a Dex on that on that social net, which is what Bisq has done in a half assed way, since Bisq lacks a privacy coin, a full social net, scriptless scripts, and atomic exchanges. With atomic exchange between bitcoin and your privacy coin, bingo, you have liquidity, and with a better Dex, you have solved the cold start problem. Bisq got the atomic exchange between their coin and bitcoin right, unlike most of them, but it is not a privacy coin and does not support scriptless scripts, and Bisq is not a full social net.

                • Fidelis says:

                  Relax a little bit please, I’m not really interested in making the best shitcoin exchange either (though, once money is solved, we will probably find ourselves with other token based protocols that solve different problems, and they deserve a chance to make money as well). I wasn’t talking about cryptocurrency pairs alone. I meant pairs such as BTC/RUB or BTC/RMB or BTC/SGD, all balanced against USD/BTC in preparation for the shakedown. Though a pair is a pair, I wouldn’t mind if the shitcoins were liquid also, the more the merrier. The game right now is leaving a crack open for capital to escape digitally programmed communism. This is the most urgent use case.

                • jim says:

                  > I’m not really interested in making the best shitcoin exchange either

                  Creating the best shitcoin exchange is a necessary step in getting past the cold start problem.

                • Anti-CBDC says:

                  > There is now much hesitation in coinworld to write EOU for BTC and all other L1’s, because people now have knowledge to forsee the failure of those L1’s to meet those goals, most important of which is scale. Thus they don’t write the EOUs and
                  are waiting for better L1’s before doing so. The BTC and other Maxi’s are all busy trying to write their EOUs, but they have no L1 to write them to, so they are lying and wasting their time, which should be put to achieving a Real L1.

                  As an example of the above concept, that people are now learning and admitting knowledge that L1’s must scale, or they have just another shitcoin… that people now know to ask “Do You Scale?!?!” as the most important question before accepting any coin as a True Contender to be an real globally usable L1… that people are now being forced to reject 99% more of coins (including BTC) as shitcoins because that answer is “NO”.

                  Sure, ETF’s and Govts and Corps and Banks can store wealth but they cannot transact at scale, and other non-self-custodied tx widgets and models can too, but none of such nonsense is P2P transactable sovereignty at scale.

                  This is the first big Maxi podcast I know of where a Maxi allowed an honest critique of BTC’s failure to scale…

         WBD Shinobi on Scaling
                  “If we stop changing Bitcoin right now there is no way that even 1% of 1% of the planet will be able to afford to actually hold their own keys… because it’s not going to be cost effective. Can you be self-soverign if you do not control a UTXO?”

  2. Pseudo-Chrysostom says:

    PBS has been running ‘documentaries’ lately about how bad evil Caesar tried to take over the wonderful roman democracy.

    • Hesiod says:

      *Laughs through the lens of The Ancient City*

    • jim says:

      Lightning summary of Roman Democracy. Elections stolen ever more blatantly. Senate convicts Caesar in absentia of a multitude of political crimes. Death penalty incoming, if he does not do something.

      Marches into Rome. At swordpoint holds what was probably Rome’s last honest election.

      Once you start fixing elections ever more blatantly, it is over. You cannot go back from that.

      Trump, unfortunately, is no Caesar, but I think he gets it. He remarked that the Democrats have opened Pandora’s box. The significance of that is that once you open the box, there is no possibility of stuffing what comes out back in the box.

      Politically weaponized justice and ballot box stuffing is not going to go away, even if this time around Team B appoints Trump president in the hope that he will be able to arrange an orderly and dignified retreat for the Global American Empire.

    • jim says:

      The demons hear what I have been saying.

      Ceasar incoming. Once you start stealing elections, as the Roman Republic did, and applying politicised justice, there is no return.

  3. Humungus says:

    Humungus will take your test and join.

    Women misbehave because they wish to test who is the stronger man. If a man shows weakness, they begin to seek other men. Women must be dominated like any thoroughbred. It is the only way.

    Blacks are incompatible with White man’s law because they are a privative race of man. They commit crime and rape and take what they want from society. When Humungus gathers his army, Blacks will be most useful.

    George Soros will be no threat to my post apocalyptic world. He gets his money from corrupt government burocrats to do fake revolutions. Humungus will lead a real revolution after the coming nuclear war.

    • jim says:

      On the face of it you passed the test fine, and you are now whitelisted. But something about your pass leaves me ill at ease. We shall see.

      • Wulfgar Thundercock III says:

        The assumption of military utility of niggers, let alone it outweighing their negative societal utility?

        • Humungus says:

          Primitive minds can be controlled with fear and superstition and make excellent war dogs. We will unleash them on our foes after the apocalypse
          saving the best of us to take the women for ourselves.

          • jim says:


            A hundred white men can defeat ten thousand blacks.

            And today, we are moving to a new age of aristocratic warfare. Blacks have long been militarily irrelevant and insignificant. They will become more irrelevant and less significant.

            A warrior army needs a true faith, not ignorance and superstition.

            • Humungus says:

              We shall see. When the land is scorched in nuclear fire, will there be an aristocracy or men with the strength to be brutal. If 10,000
              blacks die, so be it. They will be the fodder for my revolution.

              • jim says:

                A whole lot of the very best people are moving themselves as far from power as they can get without treading water, If someone’s IQ is above 135, he is apt to have moved to location far from locations likely to be nuked — not necessarily to get away from nukes, but to get away from enemies. The people now in power don’t like smart people. The way the wind blows, nuclear war is going to result in the average IQ of the white survivors being higher. The big blue megalopoli are full of stupid people there to live on welfare, crime, and government jobs.

              • Mayflower Sperg says:

                If your enemy are city-dwelling, nigger-loving white liberals, drive millions of starving niggers over to their side to eat their food and fuck their women. Otherwise, yeah, niggers are useless.

                Jim once said that when civil society breaks down, one side starts treating women as booty, and soon all sides treat women as booty. A likely corollary is that one side starts treating niggers as food, and soon all sides treat niggers as food.

                • Humungus says:

                  Those with mobility will rule over the wasteland. Gasoline and women shall be the new currency. Those who remain in fixed fortifications will soon find themselves targeted, harvested for their resources. We will be like the Mongol hordes of old, nomadic, striking with a fury feeding on resources of a dying age and taking the women for ourselves which are rightfully ours. Only the strong shall survive in line with natural law.

                • jim says:

                  Going to put you on moderation for persistent idiocy if you keep this up.

                  As Contaminated NEET said, great movie, terrible military strategy. Logistics wins. Logistics requires a stationary bandit and a market economy.

                • Mayflower Sperg says:

                  That too is a temporary state of affairs. Gasoline doesn’t grow on trees, roads don’t maintain themselves, and rubber tires fall apart after a few years. Eventually there’s nothing left for mobile bandits to plunder, it’s all gone or under the protection of stationary bandits, so time for road warriors to settle down and become stationary bandits too.

                  Fixed fortifications seem to hold up pretty well in Ukraine, and you’ll have far less firepower at your command than the Russian army.

                • Contaminated NEET says:

                  Yeah, we all saw that movie. It was pretty cool. I’m not sure it’s going to be a good strategic manual, though.

                • Mister Grumpus says:

                  Niggers as food? We’ll see. But niggers as weapons? That’s been going on for many decades. Should the other side finally use them similarly, it’s on. Business class tickets are so much cheaper than a month or two in lockup. No more prisons, wink wink.

                • jim says:

                  In the civil war, our enemies are likely to start eating niggers — niggers will revert to eating each other as soon as they have cleaned out the shelves at Walmart. We should not. Such moral depravity undermines order. The side that maintains its own order, and subverts the enemy’s order, wins.

                  War rape undermines order and discipline in the army. War brides, however …

            • Mister Grumpus says:

              I can see Aidan revising his priors now. With the right drones and enough solar panels to recharge them, recolonizing Africa will be like eating fresh donuts straight from the box.

              • Fidelis says:

                The problem with colonizing africa was never the macrofauna. It’s the weather and disease that weighs you down more than anything.

    • Humungus says:

      Fools! You have defied Humungus for the last time. I would have carried you to the gates of Valhalla myself, shiny and chrome. But you reject my way, the only way.

      • jim says:

        On moderation for idiocy, inanity, and not being funny.

        It was a fun movie though.

        But war is not only hellish, but boring. Organised violence beats unorganised violence, organisation is complicated and boring, organisation on a large scale requires logistics, logistics needs a market economy. The world of William the Marshal was fairly Mad Max, and he initially acquired horses, armor, an estate, and a wife, at swordpoint. Which was exciting and dangerous. But, having an estate and a wife, had to turn a profit so that he could buy horses and armor. And he, and others like him, had to fix the Mad Max problem.

        War requires inflicting disorder on your enemies, and establishing order for yourself. Hence the obvious tactic in the coming civil war of herding niggers into our enemy’s cities, and abducting women into marriage.

        • Pseudo-Chrysostom says:

          Is landing flat really a matter for censure? Ostensibly the minimum standard is people can post however they like as long as however they like is eucivic, and as long as they can show they are people, and as long as they can say shibboleth – that is, acknowledgment of what an other party is saying if arguing against it, acknowledgement of key truthcrimes in general, and at measured rates. Beyond that?

          • jim says:

            OK, you are right. Taking him off moderation.

            By taking stupid positions, he elicited relevant and informative argument, and obviously his stupidity is not to be taken seriously. He is just kidding.

        • Mayflower Sperg says:

          > herding niggers into our enemy’s cities

          As a parting gift, each nigger shall receive a cheap machete stamped with the words, “This is your meal ticket.”

  4. Bwana Simba says:

    Are western whites getting shorter? At 6 feet tall I didn’t used to be a big guy, just a bit above average. And I am pretty lean, in shape for a skinny guy. Last couple years I have noticed I am taller than most guys, by quite a large margin. Some older men are of a similar height or taller, but younger… I dwarf them. Is it r selection over k selection? Drop in testosterone and intelligence and rise in obesity? I went to an Orthodox church recently… and I didn’t look anything like the people there. All white… but little people. Different facial features… softer, everyone is so soft faced now. What the hell is going on?

    • Bwana Simba says:

      Sorry for the randomness of that post, it’s just odd. I look at old photos and tv shows, and I look like some of the guys in them. Modern media is anti white, anti Christian, anti western/ European tradition and anti men, but… I don’t look like modern Americans at all. And not just because so many are fat. Even the healthy ones.

    • jim says:

      Yes, Western whites are obviously getting shorter. And obviously life expectancy is dropping, even though the official statistics say otherwise. (Official statistics acknowledge a very minor drop, but reality is a major drop.)

      It is like the obvious discrepancies you notice in GDP per capita that you can see when flying in through an airport. The city looks third world as you are landing, the airport looks third world as you walk into the terminal, the transport and people look third word as you go to the hotel. Which GDP discrepancy has recently been revealed in another way by logistic capability. As I have said before many times, the Global American Empire has been following Reagan’s playbook. In the primaries he said that Soviet GDP was fake and implied he would bleed them dry with a thousand pinpricks, and as president proceeded to do exactly that. But when the Global American Empire tried this strategy against Russia, it was revealed whose GDP is fake.

      Global American Empire logistic performance in this war has been consistent with the general feeling you get flying in.

      You can see the drop in life expectancy in anecdote and casual observation, which are confirmed by life insurance company data. Which do not dare to explicitly contradict official statistics, but implicitly contradict them.

      • Bwana Simba says:

        But why? Are modern women choosing shorter men? Birth control screwing over genetics? Bad diets? The r select/ fast life crowd are outbreeding the k select/ long haul crowd? Why are they getting shorter?

        • Alfred says:

          Probably a few reasons. Off the top of my head, dairy consumption has fallen by like 35% since 2000 alone, and probably a good bit more since the 1980s and so on. Pretty sure consistent milk intake is associated with like 1-2 inches in adult height.

          Also just generally poor metabolism. I think the average metabolic rate has fallen remarkably in the last 100 years. Resting temp used to be in the 99.0s, now I think they’re thinking about revising it down into the 97.0s.

          Estrogens also cause earlier closing of the growth plates, one reason why women are shorter. More estrogens, both xenoestrogens and estrone from fat, probably accelerates closure in boys.

          • jim says:

            Also American milk is just very bad. Pretty sure the government has done something to it. Getting good milk is illegal and is being done like drug deals. People who like milk are getting it the way they get ivermectin, through channels unusual and frequently illegal.

            This is related to the war on cattle farming and push to make us eat bugs.

            • someDude says:

              Are you talking about Pasteurized milk being mandatory and trade in raw milk being illegal and subject to lawfare against participants?

              • Karl says:

                Don’t care that its pasteurized, but there are many things wrong with it. It is homogenized, has reduced fat content and I assume thre is a long list of treatments and additives not made public.

                • jim says:

                  It the additives that are not made public that worry. If you want to get something as toxic as the jab into people, it is a lot easier to sneak it into their food than to inject them with it. The jab revealed clear intent to harm us. I think there is something added to American milk and dairy products that tastes funny — though sour cream tastes OK.

                • Karl says:

                  The jab required cooling. Milk also requires cooling and is often consumed right out of the fridge. So it is an obvious choice.

                  Anything in milk might also be in any other dairy products, but maybe harder to taste as things like sour cream and cheese have a strong flavor than can hide anything funny.

                  Might be time to heat anything mass produced before eating. That should destroy any mRNA stuff therein.

          • Fidelis says:

            Lets add that genetically healthier women have the least children.

            • Bwana Simba says:

              This is true too. The women having the most kids are single mothers emboldened by the state. The freaky chicks who would have died on the streets, died in child birth, disappeared in the woods orr been ostracized as whores and witches are partying hard.

              • Fidelis says:

                I was thinking in the opposite direction, in that women with good genes tend to price themselves so highly they never can manage to actually have children, well into their 30s coping that any day now she will get her 7ft billionarie warlord. The people having the most kids from what I can tell are about one std to the left of the mean. Dumb and ugly, but not extraordinarily so. Too dumb and ugly and it becomes difficult even for women to find someone to impregnate them, and for men the sweet spot seems to be 90iq– dumb enough where the various social cues consciously and unconsciously neutering you have no effect, but still capable of basic functioning.

                • jim says:

                  > well into their 30s coping that any day now she will get her 7ft billionarie warlord.

                  Thing is, from eighteen to twenty six or so, they could have gotten their seven foot billionaire warlord — but they did not. And in their thirties they think they are twice as wonderful as they were then.

                  Any chick in her late teens to early twenties who is not fat nor deformed is a rock star, and it destroys them the same way it destroys literal rock stars. That is why the less attractive half of the bell curve tends to have more children and more successful marriages.

                  Most OK looking women in who are “in a relationship” are resentfully, angrily, and reluctantly settling for what they think is second best, while waiting for that booty call that is going to come any day now.

            • Agt Mulder says:

              Also women that do have kids, have then in their late 20s. In the 1950s, women would have kids at 18 yoa and younger. The best eggs come out first. 30 year olds have low quality eggs at that point. The solution is for women to have kids at 16 again.

              • Adam says:

                >The best eggs come out first. 30 year olds have low quality eggs at that point.

                When women begin having kids around 20, and continue regularly having kids into their 30s and even 40s, there is no obvious decline in the children. It almost seems like girls born later, the youngest sisters are the prettiest. And the older children both boys and girls have more masculine qualities.

                • Pseudo-Chrysostom says:

                  Known phenomena. Waves of interuterine testosterone are highest in the first few births and taper off on successive ones.

                • Agt Mulder says:


                  Does inter-uterine testosterone aid or hinder fetus development?

                • Pseudo-Chrysostom says:

                  For sons it is obviously important and beneficial. Older sons and younger daughters is ideal, though of course life finds a way in any case.

    • anonymous mouse says:

      > I went to an Orthodox church recently… and I didn’t look anything like the people there. All white… but little people. Different facial features… softer, everyone is so soft faced now.

      Well, it’s an Orthodox church. Most of the people there probably have ancestry from east/southeast Europe.

    • skippy says:

      Sorry, this was meant to be a reply to the discussion on who was to blame for the death of Christ.

      • PatS says:

        We all killed Christ.
        Christ was in full control of his death.
        He is the paschal lamb and high priest.
        He carried the weight of all of our sins onto his Cross; our sins committed past, present, and future.
        Do you want to stop adding weight to his sacrifice? Be repentant and confess your sins, and stop sinning.
        Who killed Christ? All of our answers should be “I did”.

        • Anonymous Fake says:

          Being a flawed hero like Peter isn’t the same as being a traitor like Judas. Christ might have died for the sins of all, but his killers are still only the JEWS.

          • jim says:

            We all killed Jesus. The specific role of the Jews will be given due and proportionate weight in the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday posts.

            • Arkyshugger says:

              I think there are six parts to the complete and correct answer. looking forward to your reveal later this week. Christ is King.

              • Arkyshugger says:

                Niggers in the US have an average IQ of about 85, and for this reason many of them are functionally retarded. They’re a bit smarter than nigger Africans mainly from interbreeding with Whites. they’re also genetically prone to violence and short time preference.

                God created woman from man to be his helpmate, but per Genesis 3:16 they rebel against God’s good order and therefore their desire is contrary to men, this the battle between the sexes. Men must establish and maintain loving dominance of women’s desires to foster proper family formation, which will have the side effect of making their women fulfilled and happy.

                • Anon says:

                  “They’re a bit smarter than nigger Africans mainly from interbreeding with Whites”
                  I always hear this, yet i noticed that black from africa are far “saner” than black from US. a lot of them have inherit understanding of the human hierarchy and even an appreciation of it. Some tribes in kenya worship royal whites as gods.
                  I am still not fully on the IQ as indicater of human cognitive ability. I meet people with supposidly “high” iq and have very dumb opinions, and people with “low” iq and quite perceptible.

                • jim says:

                  Selection effect. Most slaves were not captured in slave raids. They were vagrants, layabouts, criminals, and such like. Hunters and gatherers in farming community, hunting other people’s cattle and gathering other people’s crops. They were people other people did not want around any more. People who were unable and unwilling to look after themselves, because disinclined to think about tomorrow. A nigger does not think he should be held responsible for what he did ten minutes ago, and does not think about the consequences of what he is doing now will be in ten minutes. Which attitude got them shipped out.

                  African blacks are saner because the sane threw out the insane. People who lacked the future orientation to work to eat tomorrow got to work by a whip on their backs.

              • jim says:

                Well I am not going to give the complete and correct answer in the posts– just quotes from the Bible which render the complete and correct answer obvious. The comments are the correct place for the complete and correct answer.

            • someDude says:

              I’m curious. In what manner do Christians think they all killed Jesus? By their silence as he was being dragged to the crucifixion?

              • ArkyShrugger says:

                The sins of the world make Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection necessary.

              • jim says:

                Our sins killed Jesus. But the Jews had a rather more hands on role.

              • FrankNorman says:

                It was the Jewish Sanhedrin that handed Jesus over to the Roman governor, insisting that He was some sort of revolutionary – because they were afraid that He might actually become one.

                So it was “the Jews” in the sense of a small group of very important Jews, who represented that entire nation.

                Fuzzy collectivist thinking then equates that small group of important Jews with every single Jew ever to exist across time and space.

                • jim says:

                  It was the mob that chanted for Jesus to crucified, intimidating Pontius Pilate (For Jerusalem was difficult for the Romans to rule, and revolt was always brewing.)

                  Peter was there, and he, and the Jews he addressed, had no doubt that they were collectively to blame:

                  Acts 2: Peter says that the House of Israel murdered christ.
                  Acts 2:
                  36: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

                  Acts 3:
                  13: The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

                  14: But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

                  15: And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

                  16: And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

                  17: And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

                  18: But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

                  19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

                  Acts 7:
                  49: Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

                  50: Hath not my hand made all these things?

                  51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

                  52: Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

                  53: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

                • FrankNorman says:

                  I feel I should point out that in the second section from Acts that you quoted, it’s Stephen addressing the Sanhedrin – the same Very Important Jews who did make the decision to get the Romans to kill him.

                  And we can assume they knew how to astroturf up a good mob when they wanted one.

                  That said – all those people died long ago.

                • jim says:

                  That matter will be more fully addressed on Maundy Thursday

                • Jamesthe1st says:

                  Once the Jews reject Christ, holding on to Jewish theology is to reject Christ. The content of their faith is explicit denial of Christ as the messiah. So unless a Jew repents, his faith is the faith that rejects Christ and killed Him.

                • jim says:

                  Easter contains multiple statements to the effect that the deal God had with Jews, which was a collective deal, is collectively cancelled with extreme prejudice

                • Wulfgar Thundercock III says:

                  All the Jews that were directly responsible for the assassination of Christ are dead and gone, long ago. “Let his blood be upon us, and upon our children.” So they said, long ago, before they were dead and gone. And Jews ever since have picked up that curse and born it with the same pride that saw Jerusalem burned and the Second Temple sacked. The Jews act collectively against Christ and His followers, seek to obfuscate their role in His murder, and try to prevent His word from being spread. Therefore, they should be collectively exiled or killed, until no Jew stands on Christian soil.

                • jim says:

                  Easter has negative implications for Jews today: They are now the unchosen people. And if you don’t think that is so, or should not be so, or is not fair, you are going to have to get Job’s shoes and take it up with God.

                  If Jews are collectively special because God chose them collectively, they are now collectively special because God is pissed.

                  The New Testament contains multiple references to the Jews being special, and privileged above other races by a special deal with God. And Easter is in substantial part about that deal getting cancelled with extreme prejudice. If you want to erase that out of Easter, how about we also erase all that Chosen People stuff out of the Old and New Testaments.

                • Anon says:

                  @ jim
                  what is your opinion of Pontius Pilate ?
                  is he considered part of those who condemned
                  christ and so share the blame.
                  or state servant tried as his best to keep the peace.
                  he famously supposedly “washed his hands” from the matter
                  which strike me as unlike a good statesman as he allowed the mob to rule.
                  in general what the reaction view when a christ like figure
                  who is actually sincere, and the people want him dead
                  appear before a king ?
                  do the king pass the mob judgment or refuse the mob judgement.
                  appear before a statesman.

                • jim says:

                  Obviously Romans executed Christ. Lots of blame to go around.

                • Fidelis says:

                  The role of the empire as state in a province which is not firmly controlled is enforcing the peace and upholding the local moral code.

                  Christ was killed because the Pharisees et al claimed he broke the moral code and make a huge ruckus about it. Had Pilate not carried out the sentence, would have led to riots and more. It wasnt a mere mob, but the local people ostensibly next in charge after the Roman officials. Hence the language that is recorded, he tried to get them to see reason in the matter and failed. Had he not carried out the sentence, would have threatened Roman control in the region — as is commented on from time to time here, when power is ignored power is lost; if he ignored the crowd and released Christ Jesus, and the crowd killed him, it would lead to many more problems afterwards. These problems would very likely lead to many dead jews and Romans alike. So, Pilate made the difficult choice and carried out his duty under all reluctance, despite his view that it was not a just sentence, it was not his place to judge further.

                • skippy says:

                  The Sanhedrin was not a purely informal or cultural body. It was a recognized political authority. It had the power to impose criminal sentences, just not the death penalty, which the Romans monopolized as a symbol of sovereignty, hence the need to demand the Romans pass sentence (or Powell’s reconstruction that the Sanhedrin actually illegally stoned Jesus to death and dared the Romans to do something about it). The Sanhedrin did not cease to be a real political entity in the land of Israel until the Arab Muslim conquest.

                • skippy says:

                  Nor was the composition of the Sanhedrin exactly a “mob” of the Jewish unwashed:

                  “The Mishnah describes the Sanhedrin in this period further. The Great Sanhedrin met in the Hall of Hewn Stones in the Temple in Jerusalem. It convened every day except festivals and Shabbat. Its members included priests, Levites, and ordinary Jews whose families had a pure lineage such that their daughters were allowed to marry priests.”


                  It bears some resemblance to the “mob” that demanded the vaxxx, and then three vaxxx, and then three vaxxx for three year odls, i.e. connected and compliant elite adherents.

                • Handi says:

                  Regarding the Romans, Jesus said “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” I interpret this to mean of the Romans in general, not just the individual soldiers nailing him to the beams. Including Pilate, they were carrying out a state function that got subverted by the Sanhedrin to be an act of Jewish rebellion against God, but it was not an act of Roman rebellion against God. It’s not for nothing that the gospels repeatedly record Pilate’s words that he found Christ innocent.

  5. Anon says:

    Open source zkVM where you can write programs in Rust:

    • jim says:

      “SP1 is a performant, 100% open-source, contributor-friendly zero-knowledge virtual machine (zkVM) that verifies the execution of arbitrary Rust (or any LLVM-compiled language) programs.”

      Well. Is performant?

      There is an obvious and documented bug in their toy example (proving a Fibonacci number) There is an obvious and trivial fix for the bug (test for overflow in every iteration) I wonder if test for overflow, which proof engines find notoriously costly, would result in their example taking considerably more than a few seconds to generate a proof. I suspect that if fixed the bug in their toy example, an attempt to generate a proof would result in a crash due to memory or disk overflow.

      What happens when you generate a proof of performance of several verifications of several proofs of performance? It is not obvious to me that a general purpose verifier is capable of handling this case efficiently. But we will see.

      The underlying problem is that to generate a proof of the performance of arbitrary code, you have to reduce it to a boolean circuit, which is apt to become enormous, and then represent the boolean circuit as an arithmetic circuit, which is considerably more enormous, Things go a whole lot faster if you don’t go all the way down to boolean, and instead have a vm that cannot perform arbitrary code, but whose performance can be verified directly by an arithmetic circuit, rather than a boolean circuit which then gets represented by an arithmetic circuit.

      But these vms tend to be absolutely horrible to work with. A recursive snark system is a system that can prove performance of a verification, without going all the way down to a boolean circuit – and can therefore generate a proof of performance of verification in relatively short time. And those vms with this capability are absolutely horrible. These guys tell us they have vm that can generate proof of execution of arbitrary rust code. Which is a remarkable and extraordinarily useful accomplishment. But the hard problem is to generate a proof of performance of a verification of a proof of performance. Which is trivial as mathematicians define trivial, but hard as engineers define hard.

      I suspect that to produce code that is actually performant, one cannot use a general purpose rust vm, but must use an absolutely horrible and strange language executed in a very strange vm.

      What one is really doing under the hood is generating a proof that one lump of data has a relationship to another lump of data, that the prover knows data that has a given relationship to the much smaller data visible to the verifier, and I doubt one can get actually useful performance without making this explicit and transparent in the proof language.

      What does under the hood is generate byte code, which is interpreted to produce a whole bunch of lumps of data, and the prover constructs a proof that these lumps of data have a relationship to each other that corresponds to correct execution of the code.

      To write efficient proofs, I suspect those lumps of data have to be outside the hood, leading to a rather incomprehensible and difficult to program proof language, a proof language in which it is not always easy to know if the program is validly proving what it claims to be proving.

      The ability to prove correct execution of arbitrary code is not useful if some things one wants to prove are apt to take a very very long time.

      What one wants to be able to do is prove that a hash is the root of a merkle dag, where each vertex of the dag contains a (possibly empty) bytestring and a (possibly empty) sequence of pairs of bytestrings and hashes of similar vertices, and prove that the root hash is the hash of a dag whose vertices bear a certain relationship to each other. Since it is a dag, the relationships are recursive, and the proof should prove to the verifier that the prover has the data and verified it, or that, for some of the subtrees, for some of the levels of recursion, he verified a proof by some other prover who had the data for that subtree, even though the prover does not necessarily have the whole data for that subtree, or very much at all of that likely enormous and likely secret subtree, which likely contains a multitude of secrets of a multitude of people who are not sharing their secrets with anyone.

      And I don’t think a general purpose proof system designed to verify arbitrary code is going to do this very efficiently. What we want to do is what proof systems do in fact do. Provide proofs that the prover knows data that has a specific relationship to data available to verifier.

      Transforming this problem (verification of arbitrary relationships in data known to the prover but not necessarily known to the verifier) to the verification of execution of arbitrary code executed by the prover but not executed by the verifier, is apt to result in some very verbose boolean circuits.

      • Fidelis says:

        This reminds me of the tradeoffs BTC made with regards to arbitrary script execution. You run into a huge pile of problems if you try and allow execution of arbitrary code. Seems much more practical to think ahead and design optimized circuits for the most useful cases, things like recursive batching of signatures, basic ownership transfer and suchlike, as opposed to attempting to design a full zk general purpose CPU.

  6. The Cominator says:

    You sure this is right, South Dakota and Florida have generally had the most unpozzed unplagued by secret enemies state governments in the country. South Dakota is the one state that never shut down anything during the covid hoax. What exactly got banned theoretically and what is being enforced.

    We know here the laws on the books mean almost nothing as men rule and decide what the text of the law means and how its applied…

    • S says:

      I dont know- as Vox Day would put it, these people have rejected Jesus Christ for Judeo-Christ. It is like the degeneration of Hinduism under pressure, but instead of excessive purity laws they are openly damning their souls.

      • jim says:

        The Jews damned their souls by elaborating the letter of the law to violate the commandments. I don’t know what the Hindus you speak of are doing, but India is clearly not a place where there is much actual purity.

        • S says:

          I was referring to the ‘Christians’ in Florida and South Dakota passing the law. While Florida has Jews, South Dakota has the smallest population of Jews in the country (250?)- this is sucking up to Jews/bribery/delusional religious beliefs (Judeo-Christianity where Christianity is combined with claiming Jews are still God’s chosen people).

          The Hindu reference was after getting their faces smashed in going whole hog on cows being holy (its been brought up on the blog before; apologies if I’m garbling it).

          • jim says:

            In the law of Manu, holy cows are not particularly holy. You can eat them. You have to kill them in the appropriate manner, which is not particularly elaborate or precisely defined, and, of course, the person turning them into meat has to rightfully own them. Law of Manu should be authoritative for Hindus, and the British East India Company kind of took for granted that it was, and enforced it on Hindus, while enforcing Christian law on Christians and Mohammedan law on Mohammedans. But no end of priests have been socially enforcing elaborations and interpretations of the law of Manu. I have no idea whether this is a Jewish style legalistic evasion of the laws of Manu, but I notice that the law of Manu prescribes cleanliness, and India is filthy.

            Which would suggest that Hindus are obeying the law of Manu the way Jews are obeying the laws of the Old Testament.

            • someDude says:

              India being dirty was spiritual degradation by Gandhi-ism leading to demoralisation and hence apathy which leads to filth. The prime cause is always spiritual. Let’s take a look at Paris and San Fran

              Ad Hinduism revives and pride grows, India can be expected to be cleaner. It was clean in the 1500s under Hindu Monarchs as domingo Paes attests. The law of Manu was not less followed then than today.

              • TheDividualist says:

                An Euro hunter around 1930 noticed North India is clean and South India is filthy, and then northern Rajput leaders, whom he saw similar to Euro nobles, told him the North breeds warriors and the South breeds monkeys. No opinion of my own, just playing historic reporter here.

                • someDude says:

                  This is a bit ironic as South India is economically much more prosperous and developed than the South and North Indians flock to the South for jobs.

                  However, South Indians are quick to realise that this does not prove any innate superiority of the South. It’s just that North is in a low level civil war due to a large number of “guest residents” whose holy land lies to the west of India and who bend towards that holy land 5 times a day. These guests make it hard for the North Indian Hindus to think of too much beyond survival

                  Not sure who that Rajput was, but they have not been Dharmic warriors for the last 400 years having collaborated with both the Guest residents and the Brits since then. The banner of Hindu resistance passed on to the Marathas since then

                • someDude says:

                  correction: Meant to say South India is much more developed and prosperous than the North. Silly typo

              • jim says:

                Long ago, long before the events in the Ukraine, I predicted:

                “Today, all religions are becoming progressivism, except for Russian Orthodoxy, which is protected by nuclear weapons, and the Cathedral’s efforts to fix Russian Orthodoxy may well result in nuclear war.”

                Which prediction of nuclear war with Russia is now looking more prescient.

                If Hinduism revives, expect nuclear war.

                you cannot build or maintain technology without frequent and regular testing. India needs to get back to doing nuclear tests. Six tests is nowhere near enough, and many of them were not full tests. What you learned then will be forgotten or subtly corrupted and misinterpreted, and six tests is not enough data to start with.

                India thinks the problem is China, but Chinese disagreements with India are merely about where the border in barren and unpopulated land is located. Both sides are silly to care. The Cathedral is unhappy about India being Indian.

                • someDude says:

                  Agreed on the testing. On the flip side, neither do Pakistani or Chinese nukes work, as their orgs maintaining their stockpiles are subject to the same incentives as we are.

                  Indians in their hearts of hearts feel deeply that problem is Islam. They are asking yet unaware of the entropic power of the Cathedral. As for China, the government promotes China as an enemy as that is the only thing that can unify the various religions in India. China as an enemy is something religious Hindus, progressive Hindus, Muslims and Christians can all get behind.

                  Hate, after all, being the easiest binding force. China, working with the Pakis and always supporting them, does not, ofcourse help.

                • Dharmicreality says:

                  When you don’t have an effective state religion to keep @ nation together, National socialism is the compromise solution which is what Hindutva is currently doing.

                  National socialism of course needs immediate near enemies to keep the different factions together and also suffers from the usual problems of socialist decay.

                • Bwana Simba says:

                  You also said Islam is still alive and fighting back, albeit it has lost some territory and gained territory elsewhere. Would you still say Islam is still alive?

                • jim says:

                  Obviously alive and well in Afghanistan.

                  Pretty ill elsewhere, but mostly in better shape than Christianity. Deathly ill in the UAE, near death in Iran.

    • jim says:

      The law explicitly defines blood libel as hate crime, and defines the doctrine that the Jews killed Christ as blood libel. Which law against the Christian commemoration of Easter was passed a few days before Easter.

      There probably will not be any martyrs this Easter or the next, they will just rely on chilling effect, but by and by, Jewish prosecutors and Jewish judges are going to start enforcing the law.

      • The Cominator says:

        Well technically the execution was carried out by the Roman state the Jews just agitated for him to be put to death.

        • jim says:

          Luke 23:

          13: And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

          14: Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

          15: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.

          16: I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

          17: (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

          18: And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

          19: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

          20: Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

          21: But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

          22: And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

          23: And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

          24: And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

          25: And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

          Mathew 27:

          24: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

          25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

          • The Cominator says:

            Still agitation the sentence was passed by Pilate and carried out by Roman executioners (the fact that he died by crucifixation is telling as the Jews did not use crucifixion as a means of execution) the screaming Jewish mob shouting crucify him doesn’t change that they agitated for him to be killed but did not carry it out (I presume it was soldiers but maybe the Romans had civilian executioners idk).

            Doesn’t make the Jews especially the Pharisees innocent but technically the sentence and the execution was done by the Roman state. So if you ask me whether the Jews killed Jesus I would say technically no, but they were instrumental in making it happen.

            • FrankNorman says:

              In the modern civilized world, we do not hold people alive today accountable for the wrongdoings of their remote long-dead ancestors.

              Jews trying to prosecute Christians for celebrating Easter is something that could backfire very badly on them.

            • Hesiod says:

              Back in the late 80s, IIRC, during a particularly nasty flair-up in NYC between Coons and Kikes, SNL aired a skit in which the Big Noses did an outreach program to patch things up with the Big Lips. Part of it was a rap song with the message “the Jews didn’t kill Jesus, the Italians did”.

              Quite a comedic presentation of “Let’s not you and I fight, but rather you and him fight.”

            • Fidelis says:

              I didn’t kill the man, the bullet did.

        • A2 says:

          They could have let him live him had they wanted to.

          18: And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

    • Your Uncle Bob says:

      All the existing American apparatus of control rely on the salami slicing strategy for the rest of us to get the message and fall in line. IRS audits, red flag laws for guns, CPS trafficking of children if parents are Christian/homeschool/spanked their kids once/didn’t use their new pronouns, divorce judgements that jail fathers if their income drops, enforcement of over-expensive business licensing and certification, lawsuits if you don’t bake the cake/cater the wedding… It’s all one case at a time, one raid at a time, one fine or judgement at a time. So there’s always a way for obese civnat boomers in back the blue t-shirts to say, “they must have done something/they should have followed the law/should have figured out the real rules,” and if some few obese civnat boomers start to get outraged the lightning still gets grounded in them “raising awareness” and sharing the story, thinking someone else will do something for them if they just get sunlight on the story. (Narrator voice: no one ever does.)

      The enabling legislation for all those were passed years ago (red flag laws, bake the cake) to decades ago (all the rest). It’s not some paranoid tinfoil hattery to start asking what the consequences of new enabling legislation will be.

      In short, “what exactly… you sure this is right… what is being enforced [now today]” is normie thinking not strategic analysis thinking.

      And from another angle…




      Not so much. Muh Greatest Ally retards have always been strong on the GOP side. And Florida especially is the place where DeSantis shot himself in the dick for his presidential run by flying to Israel to sign an anti-Deplorable free speech bill into law prior to this.

      • The Cominator says:

        DeSantis shot himself in the dick if anything by sending mixed messages on Ukraine funding and having Bush people around him. They don’t really much need new laws to enforce things or even do mass murder the obstacle is institutional willingness to do mass murder in the face of projected resistance. I do not fixate on Israel policy either way and find people who do rather irritating,
        I oppose all foreign aid and don’t want to fight their proxy wars. I used to vaguely favor the Israelis over muzzies because after 9/11 I REALLY hated muslims the way I still hate progs for a long time but now… I really just hate progs and other leftists the Jihadi ideology (which seemed to have had glowie hands behind it) has gone somewhat dormant.

        There was some kind of plan to do mass murder of the Amerikaner class under blackout conditions but I get the sense that they aren’t going to do it now probably mostly because Ukraine has lost (though taking forever). Mass murder isn’t done according to laws though harassment of ordinary citizens is done according to laws (ie like Canadian and British “hate” laws).

  7. Gman says:

    What did South Dakota do again?

  8. Ex says:

    Hm. The church I attend reads and preaches through the Bible on a cycle; we had the above text for last year’s Palm Sunday and this year we have the earlier part of John 12, parallell in Matthew 26, which I’d also like to share.

    Passover is approaching. It’s the holidays. Jesus is visiting Simon-who-was-cured-of-leprosy and Lazarus-who-was-cured-of-dead. I imagine that there is a big party celebrating this sort of thing with people Jesus has healed.

    Another Mary (it’s a common name) shows up with very expensive ointment/oil costing a year’s wages and starts to anoint and wash Jesus with it. Some of the disciples grumble that that’s a bit much.

    Judas specifically complains that this expensive ointment could have been sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor. He said this because he was the group’s treasurer and used to skim off the top.

    Jesus says it’s fine, let her celebrate Him, she shall be remembered for it and there’s not much time left for Him. He is anointed to His death; the poor you will always have with you.

    Denied the opportunity to embezzle, that’s when Judas decides to sell out and goes to see the high priests and see how much they’ll pay him to betray Jesus. Thirty pieces of silver.

    The text says unspecified “silvers” of unclear value. One Bible commenter speculates that it’s the same value as the denarii mentioned above, and Judas is looking for the same 10% he was planning to skim. Another speculates that it’s an irony because thirty of a particular coin in that time was the standard price for a slave.

    The reactionary moral is that since a long, long time ago, anti-poverty programs have been very bad at lifting the poor out of poverty and very good at enriching the people administering the programs; and the people administering the programs can feel very entitled to their income stream.

  9. Locust Post says:

    Bravo Jim! I happen to have some influence on our town’s communication. As a subversive action, I’ve got the town doing a post each day of Holy Week with overtly Christian messages about the meaning of the day, including bible passages. This is being done under the guise of promoting tourism to the town by featuring Holy Week images from our local churches which visitors are free to visit. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction…

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