The new Arcade City app is now out. Is it all just a game? Also in this fortnight's episode, The Gamification of Arcade City Edition, What's in the News with articles on Bill Weld, pot user gun bans, anti-gun New Jersey, TSA nonsense, the FBI's war on encryption, and more, and a Crypto Corner segment on the Jaxx Wallet. And, be sure to stay tuned to the end of the show so you can hear how to win some cool swag.

WHAT'S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES 

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In episode 33 of this show, I brought you an Ancap App that I was super excited about, Arcade City. At the time, Arcade City had a functional app that was connecting drivers and riders, much like Uber. Arcade City was supposed to revolutionize ridesharing using a decentralized model on the Ethereum blockchain. It was hailed as the “Uber killer” by some in the cryptocurrency media. Arcade City's goal was to connect drivers and riders peer-to-peer without a centralized company taking 30% of the ride cost, meaning more money for the driver and cheaper rides for the rider. The app that was initially released in February, though, was rudimentary at best and was very buggy, but it was there, functional, and promised great things. Just a couple of months after the app came out, it was mysteriously pulled from app stores for no apparent reason with a vague promise on the Arcade City site that version 1.0 would be coming out soon, initially mid-spring, to completely replace the old, functional app.

Well, the new 1.0 version of Arcade City did finally come out on September 1st, or did it?

State of the City, September 7th 

An American Fraudster: The Dirge of Christopher David, Arcade City CEO

Why Austin's ‘Anti-Uber' start-up is probably doomed.

How much does it cost to make an app like Uber

Arcade City AMA on Reddit

Deconstructing the Arcade City app

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS 

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In OG libertarian news, Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld apparently supports the Obamacare mandate.

In the constitution of no authority news, a federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the 2nd Amendment.

In more second amendment toilet paper news, a 72-year-old man is facing up to ten years in prison in New Jersey for owning a 300-year-old antique flintlock pistol in the state.

In the TSA's latest terrorist catch news, TSA agents in Pheonix, Arizona prevented a pre-teen with heart defects from going through security. Chille Bergstrom, 9, requires a pacemaker and has to forgo traditional metal detectors which, according to the TSA, was unacceptable.

In the government is here to help news, FBI Director James Comey is gathering evidence so that in 2017 America can have an “adult” conversation about breaking encryption to make crimefighters' lives easier.

In blaming the victim news, a man who was found beaten bloody, nearly naked, and apparently robbed of several hundred dollars on his birthday was then arrested by police for public intoxication.

In thank you for the permission news, defying a veto threat from the Obama administration, the House of Representatives Friday passed by voice vote a bill that would allow terror victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, to sue Saudi Arabia.

In taxation is theft news, the European Union has decided that they can tell Ireland  how to tax business in their country.

Sales of Kaepernick's red Niners jersey have skyrocketed in the wake of his refusal to stand during the national anthem, becoming the number one selling jersey at NFL shop.

Kaepernick got some unlikely support from women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe who followed his example and knelt during the playing of the national anthem at a National Women’s Soccer League match while also giving a nod to Kaepernick.

And police officers have threatened to boycott the home games of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers if the organization fails to take action to halt protests by its quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

CRYPTO CORNER 

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I talked about the Jaxx wallet a few weeks ago, and it has now become my go-to Bitcoin wallet for many reasons. You can hear about that on episode 39 of this show at thelavaflow.com/39. Jaxx supports Bitcoin, the DAO, and Ethereum, but it has recently also added Dash support to its wallet. That was the piece it was missing, in my opinion, to make it the best crypto wallet out there.

With this addition and the Shapeshift integration built right in the wallet, you can convert on the fly between all four cryptocurrencies, which is very convenient.

 

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TEASER INTRO

The new Arcade City app is now out. Is it all just a game? Also in this fortnight's episode, The Gamification of Arcade City Edition, What's in the News with articles on Bill Weld, pot user gun bans, anti-gun New Jersey, TSA nonsense, the FBI's war on encryption, and more. And, be sure to stay tuned to the end of the show so you can hear how to win some cool swag.

INTRO

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Freebasing libertarian principles straight to your brain every fortnight! Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the state that was the home of the first credit union in the US in 1908, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode forty-five, The Gamification of Arcade City Edition, and it’s Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, when at least 812 people have been killed by police already this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

In episode 33 of this show, I brought you an Ancap App that I was super excited about, Arcade City. At the time, Arcade City had a functional app that was connecting drivers and riders, much like Uber. Arcade City was supposed to revolutionize ridesharing using a decentralized model on the Ethereum blockchain. It was hailed as the "Uber killer" by some in the cryptocurrency media. Arcade City's goal was to connect drivers and riders peer-to-peer without a centralized company taking 30% of the ride cost, meaning more money for the driver and cheaper rides for the rider. The app that was initially released in February, though, was rudimentary at best and was very buggy, but it was there, functional, and promised great things. Just a couple of months after the app came out, it was mysteriously pulled from app stores for no apparent reason with a vague promise on the Arcade City site that version 1.0 would be coming out soon, initially mid-spring, to completely replace the old, functional app.

Well, the new 1.0 version of Arcade City did finally come out on September 1st, or did it? Many of the promises made, that there would be ride-sharing, an integrated bitcoin wallet, blockchain technology, none of this is actually part of the app that came out. What did come out was a four-page app with the only functionality being logging in and receiving and giving what are called karma points. The app didn't even include basic functionality that most apps have such as Facebook integration and the ability for the app to stay logged in to keep you from having to type in your username and password every single time you open the app. These are very easy things to drop into an app that requires only basic and minimal coding to do, yet they are not there. The karma points I mentioned are meant to be used to unlock your city for ride-sharing. For example, the city I used is Portsmouth, NH, the place where Christopher David started his Arcade City venture, and it has only 96 out of 20779 karma points as of now and has been that way for nearly a week. Yes, you heard that right. Two weeks after the product has been launched, the city the company was originally founded in, which should have some pretty massive hype about the product because of the liberty community here and the friendships that Christopher David has here, has only .4% of the total karma needed to unlock ride-sharing in the city.

But surely some cities are doing better, right? Maybe Austin, where Christopher David is now stationed and developing his product is close to unlocking basic ride-sharing. The Austin city council kicked Uber and Lyft out of the city months ago which is why Chris moved out there to push Arcade City. There is massive support out there and they have been doing ride-sharing under the Arcade City name there for months through a Facebook group that has over 40,000 members. Surely in a city that has that much Arcade City hype, they are close to unlocking ride-sharing, right? Austin, as of a couple of days ago, was at 2614 out of 790390 karma needed to unlock the city or .3% towards unlocking basic ridesharing in the app. But not to worry, at some point, according to a comment by Christopher David in the Arcade City Square Facebook group, he will give a huge arbitrary subsidy of karma to Austin to get them started. "Imminent 100K city bonus and a few thousand KP (Karma Points) each to folks who helped Austin with our Unsung competition - city should easily hit the needed CKP within 48 hours after that." How imminent is imminent? As of the writing of this podcast, there is still no city even up to 1% of unlocking the ridesharing. Oh, and be careful why you are giving away karma points to help unlock your city. Chris has posted that he has arbitrarily deleted many karma gifts in the system because they weren't given for good enough reasons, according to him.

In a conversation I had with Chris for this show, he said that Austin is on track to being unlocked by probably Wednesday of this week. That is the day after this episode releases. I asked him if this included his arbitrary huge karma dump for Austin and he said, "subsidy implies it wasn't earned. The karma system reflects the contributions folks are making or have already made, to the Arcade City ecosystem. Allocations are being made daily to the people who’ve spent countless hours building the Arcade City network over the past eight months." So, it takes Christopher David going to every city, setting up a headquarters, buying advertising, and paying staffers to unlock a city because they've earned it? Give me a fucking break. He also said, "we're projecting active 'unlocked' ridesharing networks in 100+ cities in at least 10+ countries by the end of the year." Another thing Chris said that baffles me is, "Our Austin leaders and our global ‘swarm’ leaders are the people we want to have the most influence of determining who deserves which networks deserve help to come online next." I have to wait for a bunch of people I don't know to wield their influence and determine when my city comes online? So much for decentralization.

And, even after going through the huge and arbitrary hurdle of getting enough karma to unlock your city, Arcade City is requiring a "constitution written by a diverse group of local Arcadians describing their vision for their community" before ridesharing can be unlocked. According to a post by Arcade City on Medium, "the city’s constitution can include many things, written and multimedia, but at minimum, it should include a vision statement for the city and an explanation of the support and other processes that city will use for self-governance. The constitution should be the consensus result of an open and collaborative process involving multiple different stakeholders, both Arcadians, and the broader public." What the actual fuck? Other posts by Arcade City say that this constitution will require 30 potential Arcade City members to come together and write it for the entire geo-location they are in. So I am bound by a constitution that I may have had no say in written by people I may or may not know just to use this app? Why kind of batshit crazy bullshit is this?

So, I asked Chris about this. I asked him how is requiring karma points and a constitution to unlock a city considered "decentralized" and why is that necessary for people to start making money giving rides? His answer to this baffles me as well. "No one is preventing people making money from giving rides. We’ve had thousands of drivers giving rides for months even without an app, including more than 1000 drivers in Austin alone. Arcade City the corporation has laid out an ambitious vision of total decentralization over time, a vision that will take resources and solid corporate strategy to attain. We have a corporate interest in ensuring that people representing our brand in new cities aren’t making stupid mistakes that give customers a poor impression of Arcade City, mistakes that could have been avoided if they’d been connected with experienced drivers in our network. We think it's completely fair to ask that city networks develop their own processes for communication, marketing, and conflict resolution before allowing them to use the tools we provide." How does any of this equal decentralization?

So, what is behind the curtain of this app? We'll get to that in a few minutes. First, let's find out what's behind the curtain of Christopher David.

Look, I have been in Chris David's corner for a long time now. I was at the very first Portsmouth city council meeting where we protested their move to kick out Uber. This was Chris's Free Uber campaign. Shortly after that is when he started Arcade City. I was on the verge of putting some seed money into Arcade City until allegations about Chris's past came out that made me skittish. I've always wanted Chris and Arcade City to succeed. But, it's clear now that Arcade City is nothing more than a bit of bullshit. I don't think that Chris David is intentionally trying to scam people, I just think he is terrible at running a business with other people's money, and his past proves this out. Let's start there.

Back in early April, Medium.com posted an article called "An American Fraudster: The Dirge of Christopher David, CEO of Arcade City." This tough expose was written by Ivan Chen-O'Neill from a first-hand account of Chris David's past. Ivan worked closely with Chris for four years starting in 2011. Christopher David back then was Christopher Pille before changing his name and forming his first company, Victory Online, a web marketing company that shut down after their biggest customer claimed that Chris was "unreliable to work with" and terminated their contract. Chris then went on to run for Congress. During this run for Congress, he took a lavish vacation at a $300 - $500 a night resort while running up personal credit card charges on the card of Chen-O'Neill to nearly $4,000 and leaving many of the people he contracted to work with his campaign out in the cold. Also, during this time, he used Victory Online to take an investment from a lady for $10,000 before closing down the company. Chen-O'Neill won a judgment against Chris for over $5,000, money that he has still never seen one cent of still today. One of Chris's former friends also claims that Chris owes him $150,000. Chris himself admitted on a Reddit AMA to owing a personal debt personal debt that "runs into the high five figures" and that he is "not good at managing money."

Chris then went on to start a Bitcoin consulting company called Coinvox with lofty goals that never went anywhere. He used that company, much as he did Victory, to take money from people with pie in the sky promises and never delivering, including, according to his former partner, defrauding his partner in Coinvox for $10,000. As the Medium article says, "Coinvox of course also went on to failure. Investors in Coinvox never saw any results, only expensive trips taken by Chris to attend Bitcoin conventions in New York, Washington DC, and Hong Kong. Just like his Congressional campaigns, Chris loved to use raised money on vacations and getaways." I encourage you to check out the show notes to this page, where I have links to this article and other items. You can get that at thelavaflow.com/45. Obviously, I can't go into every detail of this long article on this show, but it is fascinating. This is the article that persuaded me not to invest in Arcade City.

It's at this point that Chris left California and came to New Hampshire to join the Free State Project and began his Free Uber campaign, followed shortly after with Arcade City. At this point, an article in Fusion goes deeply into what has been going on behind the curtain with the first iteration of Arcade City. That article is titled "Why Austin's Anti-Uber start-up is probably doomed." This article was posted in last July of this year.

It talks about his original 50-50 partner in Arcade City, Dennis Acton. Dennis began to be worried when Chris began telling press in mid-January that the app would launch on Valentine's Day, despite the fact that the company had not hired anyone to code it. Chris David claimed he was going to write the app himself, although he has said that his coding abilities are basic at best. This app was going to be a revolutionary blockchain-based ridesharing app on the Ethereum platform, but when AC finally hired a CTO, Mark Burggraf, to do the coding, they hired one that had no idea what Etherum was and who built an app that had nothing to do with Ethereum at all.

While this was going on, in late January, a couple of weeks prior to the big launch of the app, Chris took on a political consulting job for a gubernatorial candidate. The candidate says that he paid David $23,000 to help collect the 3,000 signatures needed to get him on the ballot, but then fired Chris after he delivered hardly any signatures.

With the CTO working 18 hour days, Arcade City was able to release a very crude app on February 14th, but the app had only very basic ride-sharing capabilities and left out many planned features like GPS tracking and in-app payment options. Chris also claimed to have raised a round of capital that didn't materialize, claiming later that it fell through after he "announced it too soon."

Many of the same allegations made by people who worked with Chris on previous ventures were being made by the early people involved in Arcade City, that his leadership was erratic and that he would often disappear for days at a time with no explanation. As Fusion says:

When Acton and David held a swag sale that raised more than $2,000, the Arcade City-branded gear was never delivered to those who participated and the money raised disappeared. When Acton asked how the swag sale money had been spent, he says David evaded answering. David, meanwhile, says that he used the money for business expenses, though he declined to provide a record of such, and still plans to eventually deliver the swag.

Dennis Acton said:

“He was always fast and loose with money and that was a red flag for me, but I felt if we could figure out a good corporate structure we’d get some checks and balances in place. He’s the vision guy, you don’t want to reign someone like that in. But when you get into business agreements with people you can’t play fast and loose anymore.”

Dennis resigned in March after the swag sale issue only to find out that David had started a new company, Arcade City, Inc. The original company that Acton was a 50-50 owner of was Arcade City, LLC. This is when Chris moved to Austin, setting up the Arcade City Austin Facebook group while he tried to raise capital for the company. At one point, Chris said he was "most of the way" to raising $2 million from venture capitalists, but then a couple of weeks later he claimed to only have raised the $270,000 from an unnamed angel investor. According to Chris David, $100,000 of that came from Roger Ver, known as Bitcoin Jesus. Others say the entire $270K came from Roger Ver. This is money that Ver, according to sources, has acknowledged is gone now and has said that he is not happy with how the money was wasted. In a CoinTelegraph article written by Joel Valenzuela, Roger said, “Of course I'm unhappy with how lavishly the money has been spent. Spending money frugally is the sign of a good manager. There are places to spend lots of money and most places you shouldn't spend much at all, especially when it's your seed capital.” Chris has also claimed to be "on the verge" of closing a $3 million funding round, but there has been no evidence of this.

And now, we make it to the present. Thursday of last week Ivan Chen O'Neill published another article on Medium warning the community of new revelations. He described the new AC app this way:

The App does nothing other than scroll users through a series of texts claiming that ridesharing capabilities will be “unlocked” once users gather enough “Karma” in each one of their cities. Understandably, drivers are frustrated and angry that the app was released with a “game” forcing them to work for free before any of them can start making money:

Chen-Oneill goes on to say that many people believe the current app has absolutely no ridesharing capabilities built in to be unlocked at all, and he presents proof. In the article, he links to a Reddit thread where some programmers looked into the code for the Arcade City app only to find that the suspicions are correct, there is no code for any ridesharing in the app at all. This clearly proves that all of the karma bullshit in the current app, and I use that term lightly, is nothing more than a smoke screen and a stall tactic so the ridesharing can be built. But, building the ridesharing should be easy, right, with the nearly $300,000 he's raised?

Maybe not. Remember when I mentioned earlier that Roger Ver has allegedly said the money is essentially gone? Well, he's right. According to Mark Burggraf, the Arcade City CTO that built the very first version of the Arcade City app that released in February, Chris David admitted to him that the money is pretty much gone and there is no ride sharing. In a Facebook message sent to Burggraf, Chris said:

Sorry I've been out of communication. Been barely scraping by money and tech wise. We signed an agreement with a top ReactNative devshop that we had to postpone some of the work on due to funding shortage, so we have some partially done rideshare code and a good-enough 'geo unlocking / karma / basic reputations system' app that I coded myself. It will take cities about two weeks to unlock - between now and then I'll get some basic rideshare functionality up, probably very similar to what you built back in February.

We've raised enough angel funding ($270K total) to keep the lights on. Have had many very productive conversations but I decided to postpone closing a full round until after launch, given that we'll have stronger bargaining position once we have a massive global network on a shoestring budget like we'll have in a few weeks. I'm going to Shainhai next month for Devcon2, hoping to find a few deep pocketed Ethereum folks who can fund the next big phase of development.

Chris confirmed to me that the money is mostly gone, saying, "Money is tight but not "gone" and I think we've made huge accomplishments on a relatively shoestring budget. We don't have Uber's $12B+ in capital yet we've made a huge impact in Austin and globally over the past eight months." He said that to me a couple times in our emails back and forth, and I don't get it. Uber didn't start as a $12 billion company. They started on a shoestring as well, starting with three cars in New York and expanding from there. And it didn't require arbitrary karma points and centralized constitutions or for people to work for free trying to unlock their city before they can use the app to make money driving. I asked him where the money went and he said, "Generally our budget has gone to advertising, headquarters, paying app developers (a number of different contractors have worked on different parts of the app), and paying a few full-time and part-time staffers in Austin and around the country" Does prioritizing a headquarters, staff around the country, and advertising make a bit of sense when you don't even have an app that can do what you promised? Of course not.

As Chen-O'Neill says:

This confirms our worst suspicions:

1. The app in stores right now is incomplete and was intentionally released to stall users while Chris completes the rideshare coding himself.

2. Chris blew through all $270,000 from investor Roger Ver (https://twitter.com/rogerkver) and others and still has no app to show for it.

3. Chris is broke, and is heading to DevCon 2 in hopes of finding “deep pocket Ethereum folks” to fund his continued fraud.

That's pretty damning, for sure, especially considering how much it would cost to bring out a basic rideshare app like Uber has. Cleveroad.com has an article showing that it is estimated that a platform like that would cost only about $30,000 to develop. And, according to Chris in our conversation, "The ridesharing features in the app currently are largely similar to what we already launched back in February, with additions like Bitcoin integration and the gamification features added by me." Even with adding a crypto wallet into the app, which should not be much more than a drop-in piece of code, and adding in the decentralization and blockchain functionality, this app should have cost no more than $50,000. What happened to the other $220,000? I bet Roger Ver would love to know. Simply put, why did it take several months and $270,000 to put an unnecessary and centralized karma system that Chris said was written by himself on top of a supposedly decentralized ride-sharing app using the existing code for a ride-sharing app they already had?

In his Reddit AMA, Chris said possibly the truest words about his issues. “I am not good at managing money. I am not good at managing the logistics of following through on my big-picture vision.” As I said earlier, I don't think Chris is intentionally trying to scam anyone. I think he has, yet again, found himself in over his head and he is trying desperately to claw his way out of it. I do think, though, that as his past has shown, people close to him and those who have invested in Arcade City will be the ones to come out of this with the most lost. While I believe that Chris has every intention to release a functional app, I believe he has fooled himself and that it will never happen. I believe that, at this point, it has to be considered that this is nothing more than an unintentional fraud and that everyone should keep their money as far away from Arcade City as possible. I really wanted Arcade City to succeed. I love the original idea behind it, a decentralized rideshare app that would allow people to voluntarily decide how much a ride was worth to them, but that is not available, and probably never will be under the name Arcade City. This seems to be nothing more than a vicious cycle and a pattern of Christopher David that has played out from Victory Online to Coinvox and now to Arcade City. Caveat emptor.

I understand that this perspective might piss off a lot of people, including Christopher David, but that is certainly not my intention. It's my intention to get all of the information out there in one place and to hopefully save some lost money for people who may consider giving more money to Christopher David. I think Arcade City still has a chance, but the only chance it will have is if Chris steps down and brings in someone to head up the company who can make this happen. I really want to see AC succeed and I think this is what it's going to take.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In OG libertarian news, Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld apparently supports the Obamacare mandate. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Weld said, “I understand that if you want to cut costs, you’ve got to get more people in the system, so I always supported the mandatory feature there, unlike most Republicans, because I know that if you don’t do that, you’re not going to get the 28-year-old bartender who’s making $125,000 a year into the system and he’ll not insure and then when he breaks his leg skiing at Sugarbush, he’ll show up at the emergency room.”

Now I've heard it all. The OG libertarian supports the Obamacare mandate, eminent domain, gun control, and many other non-libertarian things. So much for the word libertarian having any real meaning anymore.

In the constitution of no authority news, a federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the 2nd Amendment. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington, and Oregon. It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who tried to buy a firearm in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told gun sellers they can assume a person with a medical marijuana card uses the drug. The 9th Circuit in its 3-0 decision agreed that it's reasonable for federal regulators to assume a medical marijuana card holder is more likely to use the drug.

In addition, a ban on the sale of guns to marijuana and other drug users is reasonable because of the use of such drugs "raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated," Senior District Judge Jed Rakoff said.

This just proves that the protections you get from the constitution don't mean jack shit. They may as well have been written on toilet paper and flushed.

In more second amendment toilet paper news, a 72-year-old man is facing up to ten years in prison in New Jersey for owning a 300-year-old antique flintlock pistol in the state. Gordon CanGilder is a retired schoolteacher and has never been in trouble with the law until he was transporting an unloaded mid-1700's firearm in his vehicle.

Keep in mind that this gun was made before this country was even formed and is the style used by many of our forefathers to fight against the British. You can't even use the argument that the second amendment only applies to guns from the time period with this one, because this gun is from that time period.

This is precisely why I added and hour to my move from Arkansas to New Hampshire to avoid driving through New York and New Jersey w ith my unloaded and locked up weapons. This has to be one of the most blatant examples of the fact that the constitution is a useless piece of paper that I've ever seen.

In the TSA's latest terrorist catch news, TSA agents in Pheonix, Arizona prevented a pre-teen with heart defects from going through security. Chille Bergstrom, 9, requires a pacemaker and has to forgo traditional metal detectors which, according to the TSA, was unacceptable.

The Transportation Security Administration’s website says: “You should not be screened by a walk-through metal detector if you have an internal medical device such as a pacemaker.” Yet on Saturday, 9-year-old Chille Bergstrom was refused the alternative screening he usually receives, and instead was subjected to an arduous exemption screening that involved four police officers. His mother, Ali Bergstrom, explained to KMSP that the family makes sure to arrive at airports early and travels with TSA documentation that supports his need for alternative screening.

But apparently, the TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport didn’t get the memo from either the TSA or the American Heart Association. They demanded Chille receive either standard screening or exempt screening. An hour later, they learned that Chille would not be flying on Saturday. Chille was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare congenital disease that often involves heart defects. As a result, Chille has currently undergone 15 open heart surgeries. Despite needing a pacemaker, Bergstrom’s family had never experienced any issues with the TSA prior to Saturday.

“[I was] shocked beyond belief. In walks the head of the Department of Homeland Security for the entire airport, followed by other supervisors, and managers with ten other people from TSA,” the child's mother said. Chille added that there were four police officers, “With everything, guns, Tasers, all that.”

Bergstrom explained that she questioned the usefulness of the hoopla.

“One of the TSA agents told me they’d prevented terrorist attacks using 9-year-old boys with pacemakers and children before, so I laughed and said, ‘Oh when?’ At that point, the TSA agent became very quiet and said, ‘Oh we’re not at liberty to discuss this’."

The TSA has never caught a single terrorist in the history of the organization, let alone one that is 9-years-old and has a pacemaker. What a load of horseshit.

In the government is here to help news, FBI Director James Comey is gathering evidence so that in 2017 America can have an "adult" conversation about breaking encryption to make crimefighters' lives easier. Speaking at last week's 2016 Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, Comey banged on about his obsession with strong cryptography causing criminals to "go dark" and making themselves harder to catch. Comey said that once the election cycle is over, he will be resuming his push to force technology companies to bork their own products, and this time armed with plenty of supporting documentation.

"We want to lock some people up, so that we send a message that it's not a freebie to kick in the door, metaphorically, of an American company or private citizen and steal what matters to them. And if we can't lock people up, we want to call (them) out. We want to name and shame through indictments, or sanctions, or public relation campaigns – who is doing this and exactly what they're doing."

Americans do have the right to a measure of privacy in their own homes, cars, or on their electronic devices, he said. But the government also has the right to invade that privacy when law enforcement feels it has probable cause. But Comey isn't giving up in his quest to introduce a backdoor in encryption systems, or a front door as he prefers to call it. This despite the NSA and the best minds in the crypto business pointing out that it's mathematically impossible to build such an access mechanism that can't be found and exploited by others.

US tech firms are, of course, very worried about law enforcement's plans. If implemented, any backdoor would kill their sales, both domestically and internationally. American technology sales have already suffered post-Snowden and selling broken crypto would accelerate this decline.

In blaming the victim news, a man who was found beaten bloody, nearly naked, and apparently robbed of several hundred dollars on his birthday was then arrested by police for public intoxication. An officer responded to St. George Bar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina around 4:30 a.m. and found a man with just torn boxer briefs on, blood on his face, and gashes on his body, according to a Myrtle Beach police report. The officer also observed a knot almost the size of a golf ball under the victim’s eye.

The responding officer didn’t gain many details from Brooks, but he did say that two or possibly three males beat him, took his clothes, and stole $700 from him. After about 20 minutes, the responding officer arrested Brooks because of his slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet, and was not making any sense.

We should all thank the Myrtle Beach PD for taking such a dangerous victim off the streets, a man who cause no harm except to the fists of the people who beat and robbed him. No one should be able to walk the streets after harming someone else's fists while getting his ass beat and robbed.

In taxation is theft news, the European Union has decided that they can tell Ireland how to tax business in their country. Ireland has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, a low as 12.5%, far below the US rate of 35%, which naturally attracts companies to the country to do business. One of those companies is Apple, Inc. Supposedly, Ireland has the right to set their own tax rates, but the EU has said, "not anymore." The EU has determined that Ireland's low tax rate is illegal, even though Irish voters have repeatedly chosen to keep it that way. This has helped make Ireland home to a vibrant economy, the envy of many other EU member states.

Yet, the E.U. isn’t exactly flexible when it comes to matters of self-determination for the member states. Indeed, that is in large part why Brexit happened in the first place. Ireland can't get out of the EU fast enough.

In updates to a Spurt news, Colin Kaepernick has been receiving tons of support lately. And yes, I was told by no less than ten of you that I mispronounced his name on my Spurt episode on this topic. Thanks for letting me know. On to the good news for Kaepernick.

Sales of Kaepernick's red Niners jersey have skyrocketed in the wake of his refusal to stand during the national anthem, becoming the number one selling jersey at NFL shop. His white Niners jersey reached number 12 on the site. A source with knowledge of sales numbers confirmed to ESPN that more Kaepernick gear was sold last week on the 49ers team site than the past eight months combined as well.

Kaepernick got some unlikely support from women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe who followed his example and knelt during the playing of the national anthem at a National Women’s Soccer League match while also giving a nod to Kaepernick. She had this to say:

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also stayed seated during the national anthem at a Thursday night preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Lane says he's not friends with Kaepernick, but he appreciates and supports the message of protest that the quarterback is trying to send.

And police officers have threatened to boycott the home games of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers if the organization fails to take action to halt protests by its quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In a letter sent from the Santa Clara Police Officers' Association says:

"The 49ers organisation has taken no action to stop or prevent Mr Kaepernick from continuing to make inaccurate, incorrect and inflammatory statements.

If the 49ers organisation fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate workplace behaviour, it could result in officers choosing not to work at your facilities.

Our members have the right to do their job in an environment free of unjustified and insulting attacks."

About 70 Santa Clara officers patrol Levi's Stadium during the home games. I say good. Let them stay home and let the 49ers pay for private security from companies that don't have a track record of killing people. I imagine people in the stadium will be much safer.

In some personal news, I was interviewed by Marc Clair for the Lions of Liberty podcast and it posted last week. It was a great conversation, and if you're interested in hearing it you can go to thelavaflow.com/lionsofliberty and give it a listen.

CRYPTO CORNER

I talked about the Jaxx wallet a few weeks ago, and it has now become my go-to Bitcoin wallet for many reasons. You can hear about that on episode 39 of this show at thelavaflow.com/39. Jaxx supports Bitcoin, the DAO, and Ethereum, but it has recently also added Dash support to its wallet. That was the piece it was missing, in my opinion, to make it the best crypto wallet out there.

With this addition and the Shapeshift integration built right in the wallet, you can convert on the fly between all four cryptocurrencies, which is very convenient.

The Jaxx wallet is available now on Android and iPhone. Unfortunately, Apple has requested that Jaxx remove the Dash support from the wallet after they already approved it. This means you better get the app now while it still has it if you're an iPhone user. I've used iPhones for many years in corporate environments, but that will be changing next time I can upgrade my phone. If Apple wants to continue making these sorts of mistakes then they can keep their phone.

Jaxx is also going to be adding support for Ethereum Classic, which is the older form of Ethereum prior to the split a few months ago. This is not as big of a concern for me, but for those that have Ethereum Classic, this will be a good thing for you.

Either way, it's clear that Apple has serious issues with cryptocurrencies they may disagree with. If crypto is important to you, I would highly suggest getting off of the iPhone if you can.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite movie partner, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/45.

I have a bunch of new iTunes reviews this week! KJWikstrom had this to say:

Great Podcast! What a great podcast! Rodger Paxton focuses on important news stories and issues of concern to people who value freedom. His analysis is always superb, informative, and interesting. Highly recommended!

That's an awesome review KJ and it is much appreciated. Thanks! The next review is from WryGuys at wryguys.com. These guys sent me an incredible t-shirt for free the other day just because they're fans of the show. Go check them out at wryguys.com.

Engaging, provocative podcast! Thoroughly entertaining and highly informative podcast covering current events from a liberty-minded perspective. Mr. Paxton is an eloquent and thoughtful presenter, and this show is a most welcome addition to our podcast rotation. - The Wry Guys

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Better and better! This show keeps getting better and better loving the spurts... Keep up the great work! Look forward to meeting you in person someday... Again an awesome podcast! Garry

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No BS, no fluff! Rodger puts on a very succinct, no BS show. This a show for ADULTS that can handle unpoplular, thought-provoking, uncensored, full-on subject matter. He sticks to the point he is making and does not go off on tangential, meandering, "stream of consciousness" fluff tirades that many other shows are full of. Keep on striking the root, Rodger.

Werd, thanks so much. Glad you appreciate what I do. Elisabethienne had this to say about the show:

Thorough, Informative, A Good Use of Time! These podcasts are so well researched it is unbelievable. Each topic or event is presented with background information that is cited in the show notes so a listener can easily access and perform their own research. Rodger presents is with a wrapup of some issue or event that we don't have the time to go out and research ourselves. He presents his own viewpoint which is truly libertarian, and he states his opinions honestly, in an editorial style, rather than presenting his own opinion as news. This has jumped to my must-hear podcast and I'm grateful to Mr. Paxton for taking the time to create it.

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Thanks a lot, KB. I'm still an IT guy on the side. And the last review this week is from JCornontheCob.

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