The 9pm Heartwarming Schadenfreude of Popping Bubbles with David Gerard

David Gerard brandishes his second book “Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money”. (Supplied, digitally altered by Stilgherrian)

The autumn series of The 9pm Edict concludes with the implosion of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Our special guest is David Gerard, author of Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain and Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money.

This podcast is an expression of glorious schadenfreude. But we also talk about garlic, Julian Assange and the battle with Scientology, and even Elon Musk.

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Bitcoin (BTC) price in USD over the past five years. (Google Finance)
  • Introducing Motherlode, a Ranieri & Co. production. The gripping story about the birth of computer hacking from an unlikely centre - Melbourne Australia. It was here teenage boys, and they were mostly boys, hacked into some of the biggest organisations in the world. It’s also where a young hacker, Julian Assange, cut his teeth on computers and went on to develop Wikileaks, the most disruptive website the world has seen. But Wikileaks didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. It was 20 years in the making. Motherlode reveals the technological and political motivations behind it.
  • This page maintained by David Gerard.
  • A series of incidents in 2009 led to Church of Scientology-owned networks being blocked from making edits to Wikipedia articles relating to Scientology. The Church of Scientology has long had a controversial history on the Internet and had initiated campaigns to manipulate material and remove information critical of itself from the web. From early in Wikipedia's history, conflict arose within the topic of Scientology on the website. Disputes began in earnest in 2005, with users disagreeing about whether or not to describe Scientology as an abusive cult or religion. By 2006, disagreements concerning the topic of Scientology on Wikipedia had grown more specific. Wikipedia user and Scientology critic David Gerard commented to The Daily Telegraph in 2006 that some articles were neutral due to a requirement to reference stated facts
  • It is because of the continued existence on the internet of some of the commentary he wrote for these lists in his mid twenties that we can begin to hear, for the first time, the distinctive political voice of Julian Assange. In general, it is intelligent and assured. One of Suburbia’s clients had published some of the Church of Scientology’s holy scriptures. The church threatened legal action against Suburbia. The client, Dave Gerard, fought back. In March 1996, Assange issued an appeal to join an anti-Scientology protest.
  • Including "Sexy Bob Katter".
  • [27 May 2022] Use of the word “billionaire” as a pejorative is morally wrong & dumb.
  • As much as it is a big deal to be part of the royal family, it sure is not a piece of cake. There re hundreds of rules and regulations that every member of the royal family has to abide by, and some of them will make you thank your stars that you are not part of it. 
  • All you have to do is follow your nose to The Stinking Rose, one of San Francisco’s most unique and entertaining dining experiences. Located in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco’s renowned Little Italy, the garlic restaurant has become famous for celebrating the euphoria of garlic. Offering scrumptious, contemporary, California-Italian cuisine prepared and adorned with garlic, there is hearty fare for the truly adventurous, mild for the novice and sans garlic for vampires. “We season our garlic with food”®
  • [28 May 2022] The first indication from El Salvador’s extremely online president Nayib Bukele that his country’s experiment with Bitcoin was not going well came the second week of May, in typical fashion, on Twitter. But this time it was uncharacteristically subtle: He briefly removed the red laser eyes from his avi.
  • [27 May 2022] 60 Minutes Australia is the most important current affairs show on Australian television. They’re putting together a segment on the crypto crash for Sunday evening, and I spent a morning filming with them.

If they aren’t showing up, try here.

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