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This is episode 191 of You, Me, and BTC – your liberty and Bitcoin podcast.
Every man learns the truth at some point in his life.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
There’s a criminal gang out there that will literally cage you or kill you if you don’t fork over your money. This mafia claims to condemn abuse, theft, and murder while practicing every one of those behaviors daily. But it’s okay because all my friends agreed that some people are allowed to hurt other people. They voted.
What’s a man to do when he realizes this lot in life? Do we go off grid? Do we attempt to reason with our masters? To we attempt to rally our fellow slaves?
Tonight, we’ll chat about all of those options and more. We certainly don’t claim to know the right answers, but we’re going to talk about all this anyway. And of course, we strongly encourage you to share your thoughts in the chat box while we’re live.
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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • Venezuela has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Though it is not moral or justified, people choose violence over starvation when there are no alternatives. Of course, “we” libertarians all know that this situation was created by government/s coercion’s consequences, but so few among the greater population seem to recognize that. It seems like a similar fate faces the whole world.

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  • Intro- Blockchain basics: business ledgers Classes coming <p style=”text-align: left;”> https://developer.ibm.com/courses/all-courses/blockchain-for-developers/</p>

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  • Is anyone out there doing any cloud mining of ETH? If so do you have any pros/cons regarding the experience? I found this and it looks interesting: https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/hashcoins/mining-contract-ethash-medium/

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