I live in SE Asia and I'm still in the process of completing my preparations but I thought I'd share my progress so far, I started within a week of hearing about COVID-19, I did nothing for H1N1, SARS or MERS, something about this outbreak just seems very different to me. Food
Number 1 for me was the ability to self isolate me and my family which means a good stock of food with a decent shelf-life. I am aiming for 3 months provisions but only have 2 at the moment.
Canned pasta sauce, pasta, tuna, sweet corn, pilchards, pineapple and lychee, rice, cooking oil, charcoal, propane, frozen fruit juices, vegetables and meat, powdered milk. Hygiene & Protection
Next is just general hygene/cleaning but with an eye on decontamination.
Washing Powder, Bleach, Disinfectant, Soap, Shampoo, Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Rubbish Bags, Alcohol, Tissues and Toilet Paper, P95 and N95 masks (not many), Wrap Around Safety Glasses. ~~
BTW. Apparently a 1% bleach solution will kill the virus on any surfaces.
The medical items are selected on the assumption that our local hospital will become very quickly overrun, home care or some horrific field hospital will be the only options. Having nursed a young child at deaths door through viral pneumonia before albeit in a hospital (family are encourage to help the nurses out) I felt the Oxygen and Nebulizer brought enough time for the immune system to kick in.
Full First Aid Kit, Paracetamol, Anti-fungal Cream, Ear-Eye Drops, Doxycycline, Amoxicillin/Clavulanate, Colloidal Silver, Garlic, Tumeric and Ginger, Saline Solution. Oxygen Concentrator with Nebuliser function, Pulse Oximeter, Cold Packs, (Get as much as you can if you use prescription meds). Hard copy of this Reddit Post
These are items I already have/use but might be useful.
Petrol (Gas) Cans, Plastic Sheeting, Duct Tape, Generator, Torch and Batteries, Personal Defence Items, a modest amount of Cash, Bitcoin and Gold.
Most of this is just an everyday shopping list purchased in super-sized quantities and will be used eventually regardless, however, some of the medical purchases require hitting the books quite hard to learn the correct usage and dosages also when and how they can actually be harmful.
I am not rich and in fact cashflow is very tight but the strange reactions of the likes of WHO and authorities in general told me that self-reliance was the sensible option, my main focus is keeping my family safe and healthy. Spending what equates to less than USD $1,000 on preparations is far cheaper than annual medical insurance which is useless once the hospital beds are gone. If you have any ideas on what I've missed or want to share your prepping strategy please let me know in the comments.
EDIT: Add this missed link into body text. https://www.reddit.com/China_Flu/comments/f52cj0/nursing_101_caring_for_your_loved_ones_at_home/
My 2 computers: small chromebook responsible for being my portable computer and my bitcoin and usd miner. My huge laptop that lets me utilize online work professionally by sitting down submitted by
My smartphone that importantly organizes everything I do
My blockchain wallet and bank/paypal account that contains all my accumulated funds
All my social networking sites that display how much effort I put in
My degrees that show all my educational credentials
My musical, cooking, and hardware utensils that can either be upgraded and used for daily activities as well as sold for money or used for practical purposes
My ornaments that make my room look like a museum-like office
My vault located in my wardrobe that contains my beloved cigarettes, gold and jewels, and precious belongings like stamps and my passport
My sword and shield for protection and awesome look to my room
My butcher knife that I use to slice off big meats and veggies if I want to slice something
My bookshelf used to store my emergency money and my wedding ring as well as my videogames snd books for casual reading
My lantern that nullifies terrible odors
Hi there new ETH investor and/or new /ethtrader
community member! Glad to have you aboard. We are a pretty lively bunch around here; inside jokes, memes, and jargon run rampant.
I figured I would create a sort of glossary to help you figure out what the actual fuck we are talking about.
BGD: Big green dildo, as in a big green candlestick on the price chart.
BTFD: Buy the fucking dip.
ATH: All time high, the highest price of a thing ever, 1400ish for ETH.
FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out, the urge to jump on the bandwagon when prices rise.
DeFi: Decentralized Finance, MakerDAO and Dharma and stuff. Loans basically.
CDP: Collateralized debt position. A DeFi thing.
FUD: FeaUncertainty/Doubt, negative sentiments spread in order to drive down prices.
MEW: My Ether Wallet, a website to make and interact with wallets.
TA: Technical analysis, predicting the future of the price based on the past.
2FA: 2 factor authentication, its a security thing, a second password of sorts.
ERC20: The standard for tokens built on ETH.
POS: Not piece of shit, or point of sale. Proof of stake, the new consensus mechanism coming to ETH soon™.
ICO: Initial coin offering, the birth of a new crypto, usually an ERC20. Like an IPO.
IEO: Initial exchange offering, like an ICO, but typically a bit more scammy.
, more on him later...
BAT: Not the animal, Basic Attention Token
OMG: Not oh my god, well sometimes oh my god, but mostly OmiseGo
. Pronounced OH-ME-SAY GO btw.
REP: There is too many tokens to list here, just google it you will figure it out.
DYOR: Do your own research. People want to steal your money. Make sure you know what you are buying.
LN: A silly bitcoin thing.
GDAX: The old name for Coinbase Pro.
Bull: Confident the price will go up.
Confidant: misspelling of confident from e_z_p_z_
. More on him later...
Bear: Confident the price will go down.
Cuecomber: Cucumber, another EZPZ classic. Can be used as in cool as a cucumber, or as in BGD (see? now you know what BGD means, damn this guide is helpful.)
The ratio: The trading pair ETH:BTC.
The flippening: The ETH marketcap being bigger than the BTC marketcap. Coming soon™ .
Soon™: The release date for everything crypto related.
Donuts: Like reddit karma but /ethtrader
specific, and infinitely more valuable. Legend has it that if you get 10 million donuts Vitalik sends you 10 ETH for every 1 ETH you send him. The name comes from cyounessi
's post here.
Moon: The price where you can buy a lambo.
Mooning: The price increasing rapidly. Maybe exposed butts depending on how you choose to spend your money.
Moonboy: A hopelessly optimistic/greedy person.
$13: The price was stuck here for a long time. Dark days for /ethtrader
$420: The top of the bull market before last. Also weed dude hehehe.
$300: The price was stuck here for what seemed like forever. Oh how easy we had it back then...
$324: EZPZ's number. More on him later...
$80: The bottom of the previous bear market. We will definitely never see this price again.
HODL: Hold. From here.
SODL: Sold, same as above.
BUIDL: Build, you get the pattern.
Golden cross: Moving averages of prices crossing. A TA thing.
FIAT: Not the car. Fiat Money.
USD, euros, pounds and so on.
Sharding: An ETH scaling method. Don't make sharting jokes, they anger Vitalik.
Ramen: The meal of choice when the price goes down.
Just... Don't ask...
Weeks not months: In reference to Joe Lubin's prediction for ETH futures coming out. It has been 75 weeks since he said this.
The Winklevii: Founders of Gemini Exchange, the facebook guys.
Updoot the diddly: Or anything with that vague collection of letters, Upvote the daily discussion.
JT's fire pit: jtnichol
posts pictures of food he is cooking in his backyard fire pit. Those posts make you hungry.
The DAO: Tumultuous times in ethereum history to say the least.Further reading here.
: The founder of Ethereum. We really really
Joe Lubin: Co-founder of Ethereum, founder of ConsenSys. Memes aside. We like him.
: Creator of /ethtrader
. Overall good guy.
: A mod of /ethtrader
. Overall sweetheart.
The rest of the mods: Too many to list. It's a great group of people. They won't give you any trouble if you aren't being a dick.
: DC is a smart guy with good opinions. We really like him.
the undisputed meme champion. A genuine crazy person. Made a bad sell on the way up, and wrote lengthy posts about how ETH was going back to $324 multiple times a day for months, often times with terrible spelling and grammar. When ETH did hit 324 he became something like a local hero. He is the heel of /ethtrader
and we all love to hate him.
: A fool, not to be trusted.
: He used to regularly post TA. Sometimes he was right, sometimes he was wrong. The crucial thing was that he was memeable. He started to get a bit of an ego going, and was deleting his posts that were wrong, and keeping the correct ones. He recently made a return to /ethtrader
and made a post that ETH was going to moon on a certain day and it ended up not being correct, which was just fuel on the meme fire. He goes by etherdamus
now and runs a private TA group which has a fee to join.
: He posts a haiku in the daily every day until we flippen bitcoin. Reading a nice haiku is a pleasant way to start your morning.
Everyone else: Well you will see them around and catch the vibe. There are just too many lovable and hateable people to list.
I’m Australian, this isn’t meant to be an alarmist or sensationalist post, but the economic situation in our country is a lot more serious than most of us think.
First off, the current economic situation.
Simply put, our economy is fucked. Our housing market is dangerously overleveraged and because of policies by our government at the time
, we never experienced the correction the US and most of the rest of the world did during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. And now the chickens are coming home to roost
. Australians are up to their eyeballs in debt, almost half of the housing loans are interest only
, it’s the reason the Reserve Bank of Australia hasn’t raised the interest rates since 2016. Because as soon as they do, even by 0.01%, tens of thousands of Australians are going to default on their mortgages. It’s no secret that our housing market is one of the most expensive in the world, and anyone living in our country already knows this. The market value of Australian homes is 4 times
the GDP of the country. Our housing market is beyond the point of saving and the bubble is about to pop. And while our mainstream media is trying to convince us that it will deflate slowly
, history paints a different picture.
And that’s just the start of our problems. It’s no secret that China is our biggest trading partner. We rely on China more than any other developed country in the world
. And what is currently happening on the greater global stage? Our most important military ally has engaged in a trade war with China, and the effects of that trade war are starting to be felt. Chinese stocks are in freefall, and that’s only going to be the beginning of the negative effects from Trump’s hardline approach to dealing with China. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this is going to have a devastating effect on our economy.
Our biggest trading partner is having a financial gunfight with the USA, which is going to result in them buying less of our stuff. And still that isn’t the end of it. Mining is down. Commodities prices are down
. Our manufacturing sector is almost dead
. The only thing we have going for us at the moment is agriculture and that can’t prop up the entire economy. You wanna turn white? Read this article
from last year. Our economy is teetering on the precipice.
You think I’m being dramatic? Well even the Australian MSM can no longer ignore it
. With articles like this
appearing almost on the daily. Our dollar is in serious trouble
, anyone who knows the slightest bit about TA go look at the graphs in that article. Our country is in serious economic trouble. And we don’t know shit about it because our media is a duopoly that makes most of its money from their real estate arms
. All signs are pointing to our dollar about to be worth a hell of a lot less than it currently is.
What can we do?
Since this is the crypto subreddit the solution to this impending economic shitstorm should be painfully obvious. Buy fucking Bitcoin
. Not the solution for the country, for you. The country isn’t going to do shit for anyone of us except saddle us with debt and a cooked economy that is going to take generations to get out of, if ever. So we should be diversifying. Sure buying gold probably isn’t a stupid idea either, but if you think that is proof against state intervention, read a history book
. Even then, gold still needs to be converted into cash to be useful, and anyone paying attention can see that Australia is gearing up for a war on cash
that borders on tyrannical. The only way for us as individuals to protect our wealth at the moment is to convert it into cryptocurrency.
But Bitcoin is low at the moment!
No shit. But if you think it’s going to stay that way you are 1. In the wrong subreddit, and 2. No paying attention to the macro factors of crypto. Wall St is gearing up to enter
. The bank that runs the world is getting involved
. And not just American banks
. Bitcoin may be low now but if you know anything about market cycles, you know that it’ll be back. Here
is a good comparison of BTC a few years ago as opposed to now. It’s almost at the point where it’s irresponsible not to be buying bitcoin, and I’m not the only one that holds this opinion
. Worst case scenario, bitcoin falls to USD 3k. What do you think is going to happen after that? Bitcoin and crypto aren’t going anywhere and you’re kidding yourself if you think that the value of bitcoin isn’t going to be much higher in the years to come.
Of course the RBA is telling people that Bitcoin is dead
, probably because they don’t want Australians to dump their soon to be worthless fiat currency. In fact one any given day you’ll see a bunch of anti-crypto propaganda on our MSM. The same MSM that has been telling us all to buy as many houses as we can for the last 20 years. The same MSM that up until now hasn’t said shit about the direction our economy is heading in.
The writing’s on the wall people. If we keep our wealth in AUD it’s going to be worth considerably less sooner rather than later. Our property sector is going to crash, our dollar is going to crash, our personal wealth is going to be stripped away from us. If you want to avoid this, if you want to protect your wealth, ensure a future that isn’t financial hardship, then we really only have one choice. Buy bitcoin. Personally I am converting half my pay each week into BTC and just holding it. Not putting it into alts. Just btc. I’d advise you do the same as well. I understand that this sounds super risky. But if you read the articles I’ve linked to in this post I’m sure you’ll see that the only risky move is doing nothing. This isn’t a joke or a false alarm. The notion that our economy has always been fine up until now isn’t valid anymore. If you want to protect your personal wealth and purchasing power in the next few years, you really should be buying as much btc as you can while it is this low. This is what crypto is for, avoiding the negative financial downturns of specific countries. It’s a globally traded commodity that is accessible by anyone with a computer. Our economy tanking isn’t going to affect the price one bit.
I hope some of this has been useful. Listen to me, don’t listen to me, it’s your choice. But this is the digital age, there’s no excuse for ignorance anymore.
I finally won something! This is amazing and could not have come at a better time in my life. I'm going back to school this summer and am about to have a mountain of debt. While my university provides pretty good health insurance, it also looks like I may have some medical bills to pay soon. This is going to help me so much!!! I'm so excited exclamation points just don't cut it.
I've loved reddit since the day we met but I never expected to benefit financially from this incredible community. Thanks to all the mods at /millionairemakers
and the generous redditors who are already donating.
Can't wait to tell my mom!
Ooo and if you choose to donate, please tell me one way you think I should spend a small amount to treat myself. UPDATE:
After 8 hours, I have received nearly $1,300!!! You guys just paid for more than 10% of my first semester. Every dollar that you have donated lifts a piece of a burden I thought I'd have to carry for decades. I've never experienced such a sense of joy, relief, and excitement provided by so many caring strangers. There is no way for me to truly express my appreciation as I sit here with a blissed out goofy grin, waving my arms and clapping with each new contribution.
I know everyone is eager to know the running totals so I will post another update either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Probably won't be sleeping too much anyway.
Thanks again to all you amazing folks for making this one of the greatest days of my life! Update 2
GOOD MORNING! I just woke up to another $1000 bringing the current total to $2300! I just still can't believe this is happening. The donations keep coming in along with so many kind words and excellent suggestions. It has already been a deeply life-changing experience for me to be a part of this. I can't even begin to express my profound sense of gratitude for so many people coming together with such unexpected gestures of kindness.
Thank you so so much. And my mom was speechless when I told her. Gonna give her a morning update call right now! Be back soon everyone! Update 3
Good evening all! Currently at $2700 and still rising! This is now more than 20% of my tuition for the summer. As many of you have astutely observed, my tuition is maybe a bit unreasonably high. I have no good explanation for this. I just try not to think about it too much or I would never sleep.
Classes start tomorrow. You will have made it possible for me to walk through those doors with a little more confidence and a lot less apprehension. Each one of you did that for me and I will never forget it. Thank you and good night. Update 4
Still going! I hope everyone had a great weekend, especially those who were enjoying the holiday yesterday. I know I did because I'm now $3,200 less broke and it feels so good. I think tonight I have enough time to treat my mom. Gonna buy some slightly fancy groceries and cook a good meal at home. That's what she will appreciate the most. Thanks for making a random Tuesday night one to celebrate! Update 4
$3600!!! You guys are great! School is tough :( This part is written by the mods:
All of the amounts below should result in esoterics receiving about $1 USD
Methods of payment:
Hello all here, I am Randy Brito (aka @btcven), a Venezuelan whose family moved to Spain in 2004 due to the worsening situation and persecution on the middle class.
I learned about Bitcoin in 2011 and read a lot about it here and at Bitcointalk.org (and learned about Libertarianism too through it), in 2012 founded https://www.BitcoinVenezuela.com
as a non-profit organization dedicated to educate about Bitcoin and basic economics.
Started collaborating with Electrum developers, translated it into Spanish (along with Hive Wallet, MacWallet, and some others). At Electrum also helped as manager of translations, website, social media, support.
Co-founded another local non-profit education group in Spain and gave talks about Bitcoin around the country, mostly in high schools to get the young people started before they even learned how to use a bank account. Also co-founded a Classic Liberal - Anarchocapitalist group in Seville, Spain where I was part of the team which hosted the Free Market Road Show three years in a row.
In 2014 joined Support at Coinbase as one of the two first employees outside the US, when it was still only serving US customers, and worked there for 3.5 years. Joined MetaMask-ConsenSys a few months ago as Customer Support.
Tried to open a Bitcoin<->Bolivar exchange between 2014-2015, we got stopped and the other local exchange there got shut down completely.
I’ve been educating about Bitcoin in Venezuela since 2012, in our website, in social media, with collaborators in the country who gave talks, supporting local groups teaching about Bitcoin there, running campaigns, giving interviews, podcasts. Besides trying to educate about economics, fighting Socialism both in Venezuela and Spain, and more.
For more than two years now I’ve been collecting donations in cryptocurrencies through our humanitarian aid project 'Bitcoin For Venezuela Initiative' to help feed people, buy medicines and help those in need. We started doing a monthly activity to cook food for 400-500 people. Today we help feed 2000+ people daily, by buying food for a soup kitchen where 1600+ people go to eat daily, probably the only meal they have in a whole day. Also cook meals for two orphanages, an elderly center, a kids hospital, and an old people’s hospital. This is the last activity we did: https://twitter.com/btcven/status/1028743266739662849?s=21
We are now also helping another soup kitchen and an elderly center in a small town, and also managing donations to restore a farm school, so it can produce food again for the towns around it, and also teach young people to work in the farm. Donations come mostly from private donators giving us cryptocurrencies, not many donations come from our public addresses (we take Bitcoin Lightning Network donations too!) because we keep most of the pictures and videos taken private because of the persecution in the country of those who do humanitarian aid, and for the safety of collaborators on the ground.
For the past months I’ve been working on speeding up Bitcoin adoption in Venezuela ( checkout these 4 tweets https://twitter.com/randybrito/status/1023679503862824962?s=21
) through a few steps:
- Get funds to develop a very simple UI to make it easy to start using Bitcoin as a medium of exchange using Electrum for Android. Adapt censorship resistant tools being developed so they work for Electrum users too.
- Teach people how to use it and let them know about the different ways of turning Bitcoin to other currencies as store of value (like Dollars, stablecoins, or any synthetic USD) and also use Dollars as unit of account so they can completely stop using Bolivars.
- Develop a DIY cheap device to make a mesh network in Venezuela that could be used not only for secure communications, but more importantly for transacting with Bitcoin even if/when all communications (3G, SMS, calls, cable-internet) stop working (as it has been happening these past weeks). Small router-like nodes with medium WiFi range to connect to others, bigger ones with radio antennas attached to them to connect larger distances, a few of them in the borders with Internet connection and Electrum servers adapted to serve users through the mesh directly. We’ll have a working prototype in ~1 month.
- Continue adapting and developing the needed tools for Venezuelans (also Iran and Turkey are now in/towards a similar situation) to be able to actually use Bitcoin for everyday censorship resulting payments through this mesh privately and securely.
- Research, adapt, collaborate, and promote second layer solutions like the Lightning Network that will let millions of users transact with each other once an important percentage of for example the people of Venezuela use Bitcoin payments every day. This research for example has let us understand that the mesh network devices could have a LN node routing payments through the mesh and make those hosting the mesh devices earn a bit of the fees collected, and even host an IPFS node too.
This project-effort is called Locha https://twitter.com/Locha_io
We need your help and support to make this happen.
Ask Me Anything :)
Randy Brito [email protected]
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