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These services will blow your mind. All are BSV only.

You need to know about these. 

Most people who think they are “in bitcoin” connect a bank account to Coinbase, log into Twitter, and watch the red and green candles take them on emotional rollercoaster rides like pathetic gambling addicts.

Anyone who is worth anything actually uses bitcoin. And if you use bitcoin, you quickly discover what’s good and what’s not. I shouldn’t even be telling you this because so much of bitcoin is an intelligence test to keep stupid people out, but at the risk of alienating myself from the most intelligent among us, here are some links to stuff that I personally have used and really think you ought to know about. 

In alphabetical order:

audioB

audioB – Discover and share original audio created by independent music producers, podcasters, DJs and more. Reward your favourite artists with micro-payments, powered by Bitcoin SV.

Ark

Ark – App and Chrome Extension powered by BitcoinSV that gives you the super power to save stories and articles and cool websites that you love. Imagine if every time you saw an article you liked but didn’t have time to read, you could just save it in your Ark. It then gets posted to the blockchain in its entirety, so even if the website goes down or gets censored, you still have it permanently recorded. Of course, everything is locked up and protected the same way your bitcoin wallet is — with a 12-word backup phrase. Now imagine you are long gone, and your grandchildren want to know what made you such a great person. What was grandpa reading back in 2020? You can hand over your 12-word phrase to anyone you want, and they can see the entire history of everything you ever posted. All the articles you read and liked and wanted to save. Everything.

Baemail

Baemail – Encrypt emails and apply economics to your inbox. Instead of all emails being free (which, nothing is truly free) — you can attach bitcoin to messages you send to friends. Your inbox can tell people, “Hey, to send George a message and have your email appear at the top of his inbox, you will need to attach $1.28” — Wouldn’t you be a lot more likely to open and read an email if you got paid for your precious time? 

bico.media

bico.media – Upload huge files of any type to the bitcoin blockchain and share them as easily as you do a link. Pictures, audio, video, documents, whatever. This site makes it super easy. Upload, pay some bitcoin, and enjoy your files.

bitpic

bitpic – An avatar that you post in one place, on bitcoin, and you can use it on all of your web services. It’s like Gravitar, but you own it (with your keys). It’s nice having a profile picture!

bitstagram

bitstagram – A cool, easy place to post and share pictures that you want to save for a long time. Sort of like Instagram, but instead of some faceless corporation owning your pictures once you post them, these pictures are yours. Meaning, they were published and signed using your keys. So you can cryptographically prove ownership. Take your posts and republish them anywhere you please.

Bit.sv

Bit.sv – A website that gives you the super power to post text to the bitcoin blockchain. All your posts are signed with your private key. You can show previews of your posts to everyone on the site, reveal the whole thing, or put all or part of it behind a paywall. When you pay to read someone’s content, that is a bitcoin transaction that goes from your wallet to theirs, and it leaves a permanent record of that transaction on the blockchain. Beautiful. Owning your keys means you can always take your content with you with that same 12-word backup phrase you use for your wallet and pop it into any bitcoin client. Amazing.

Coin Dance

Coin Dance – The most important bitcoin charts you need to see. All the essentials about BTC, BCH, and BSV. Hash rates, transaction volumes, average fees, etc. Even a brief look at these charts will reveal exciting insights into the past, present, and future of bitcoin.

HandCash

HandCash – The best Bitcoin wallet. Period. I love to use it. I have used dozens over the years. This one puts them all to shame. You can have a handle, so no more annoying scanning long strings of letters and numbers. Just send $5 to $derrickj and you’re done. Instant confirmation, so you can turn around and spend your money right away. Of course it works even if you only send $0.01. Supports the Anypay Protocol. These guys are the best.

Money Button

Money Button – Holy hell, this one is amazing. You have no idea. Imagine a button that can appear on any site, and you swipe the button, and it pays. There are even invisible Money Buttons so that when you click the “Like” button on a post, it automatically pays out $0.02 or whatever it costs. For programmers, this is amazing because if you wanted to sell a mug on your website before, you had to take in all kinds of baloney information and have forms and security and make it do all this complicated stuff but now with Money Button, all that is taken care of magically with Bitcoin. You can use this to power all kinds of stuff, like identity verification, and signing into apps like Twetch, where you can use it for your wallet as well. It also supports creating countless Paymails that you can even put on the market for others to buy with Bitcoin!

Planaria

Planaria – A way to use bitcoin as a computer. I don’t fully understand this one because my IQ just isn’t high enough, but my understanding is that you can write programs and they can be executed by anyone (or anything) interacting with them via bitcoin transactions. 

Planaria Corp

Planaria Corp – A profit-seeking corporation based in New York City that aims to create powerful, simple, and elegant tools for people to use to build on bitcoin. It’s almost like the world has just begun, and man has just invented fire (bitcoin), and Planaria Corp opened up a Home Depot across the street from our caves. Here’s a hammer. Here’s a chainsaw. Here’s some pipes. Here’s some wheels. They have got it all. How do they do it?

Retro Twetch

Retro Twetch – A proof of concept that you can take the same content on Twetch and apply a new lens on top in order to use a different interface. It’s beautiful and works really well. Sometimes more fun to use than actual Twetch. And created by a super cool and helpful explainer Joshua Henslee. He’s awesome.

sCrypt

sCrypt – Wow so this one is ambitious. sCrypt is a programming language created to make it easy for coders to make cool stuff happen on the bitcoin blockchain. It can take human-readable code and convert it into machine readable code that bitcoin knows how to work with. You can do loops and everything you would expect from a real programming language because bitcoin is Turing complete.

Simply Cash

Simply Cash – A terrific wallet that I love to recommend. Simple. It opens right up, and you’re ready to go. Supports Paymail (a way to use a human-readable address rather than a long jumbled up mess of letters and numbers to communicate your bitcoin address.

True Reviews

True Reviews – Imagine if trolls couldn’t leave fake reviews. Yeah. Only verified customers. True Reviews uses cryptographic proofs in bitcoin to link your wallet to your reviews, so businesses can know with certainty that the person leaving a review on their page actually purchased something from their store. Businesses can focus on serving their real customers.

Twetch

Twetch – One of the coolest and most ambitious products of the new century. Twetch is so much more than a Twitter on the blockchain. Their CEO Josh Petty and his terrific team of badasses have a solid vision and an attitude that matches their die-hard work ethic. They are building the interface to bitcoin. There’s a lot in that sentence, so it will take too long to unpack here, but you definitely want to start down this rabbit hole if you value your future.

WeatherSV

WeatherSV – Remember the Ministry of Truth in 1984? They would change information in old newspapers to modify the past. He who controls the past, controls the present. He who controls the present, controls the future. So it goes. But now, with WeatherSV, that would be an impossibility. Because the weather data is stored to an immutable, distributed ledger called bitcoin. 


Okay, now keep these to yourself. I don’t want word getting out that I shared them with you. If anyone asks, pretend you discovered them on your own.

With great love and respect,

Derrick Horton
President, Anypay Inc.

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What’s the deal with Anypay and BTC?

“Elaine, breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it in one push; you gotta rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.”

Jerry Seinfeld, The Voice

A long-time Anypay user who owns a restaurant sent me an email last night, sounding distressed. His business has been accepting bitcoin for over seven years. Until recent events made meetups impossible, his restaurant was home to the longest continuously running Bitcoin meetup in the world. Countless big names and major players in bitcoin have been his customers. So when his email came to me at 8:15 PM yesterday evening, I knew I had to reply immediately.

“I saw an article saying Anypay is no longer taking Bitcoin?!?! Please get back to me about this.”

Thanks Ian. Your click-bait article made everyone freak out at us and forced the issue.

Breaking up is hard to do. We said it was over with BTC in February. Then we took BTC back. Now it looks like we are breaking up again. Look, BTC is not marriage material. We had great times, but it is time to face facts: BTC has changed.

“In the information economy, the economy can change as fast as we change our minds.”George Gilder, Life After Google

If you already know why using BTC sucks, you can skip this post. But for those of you who are reading this and thinking, “What the hell?” please read on, or else you will soon be hopelessly lost and confused. You need to know the truth, and I am going to tell you what no one else will.

BTC sucks for merchants

Anypay supports 3 forks of bitcoin:

  • Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV)
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Bitcoin Legacy (BTC)

Anypay recommends against using Bitcoin Legacy (BTC) for payments. It is unfair to business owners and an overall bad experience for everyone.

At the time of publishing, the cost to get your bitcoin transaction into the next block is on the Bitcoin Legacy blockchain is 318 sats/byte (roughly $7.50). Let us say you are patient and can wait an extra twenty minutes to an hour, so you include a fee of $5.00.

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How long can you wait?

Customers have to pay that extra fee on top no matter the size of their bill.

Even if your customer are only sending you $1.00, they have to pay $1.00 to you, plus $5.00 on top of that to send the transaction. It costs them $6.00 to send you $1.00.

Fine. Now say you wanna spend that $1.00. You can’t. You need at least $5.00 just to spend it. So now what? You can try and spend it by attaching a lower transaction fee, but then you’ll have to wait for it to get confirmed in the blockchain.

There were 80,000 unconfirmed transactions waiting in the BTC mempool earlier this week. Try transacting at a high-traffic time, and your transaction could take hours, days, or never happen and get rejected after waiting all that time. Bitcoin Legacy can only process so many transactions per day. The lower the fee, the longer you wait.

You might say, “Who cares about a five dollar transaction fee? I have a lot more than that.”

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Fees, fees, fees

OK. But you have to pay a fee per input! That means if I paid you $25.00 in BTC, it would cost me $25.00 plus $5.00 to get it to you. Then you would have $25.00 in BTC, but you can only spent $20.00 worth because $5.00 gets eaten up in fees.

That is a scenario with one input, one output. What happens when you want to spend multiple outputs?

Instead of a one-time payment of $25.00, I pay for five separate drinks on five separate occasions. Let’s say each drink costs $5.00. I, as the customer, pay a total of $50.00 to transmit $25.00 of value in BTC. (That’s $5.00 for the drink, plus a $5.00 fee on top every time.)

Here’s the kicker: That $25.00 of BTC you have? It’s made up of five different inputs. Uh oh! That means you have to pay a fee on each one. That’s $5.00 per input, so it will cost you $25.00 in fees to spend. You get zero dollars of purchasing power from that $25.00 of BTC! Ouch!

How is it possible that someone spent $50.00 paying you, and you get $0.00?

Clearly, using this coin doesn’t make any sense anymore.

It screws the merchant. 

And BTC fees are only going up. 

We will keep supporting it, but God, how much longer can we continue to look ourselves in the mirror and pretend this is okay?

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Fees on BCH, BSV, and DASH are all less than $0.01. I just checked, and it is currently over 31,279 times more expensive to transact on BTC. 

Aaaand it’s gone

If you thought losing your purchasing power was bad, try this on for size: BTC has a feature called “replace by fee” that allows customers to send a bitcoin transaction to a merchant, and then before it is confirmed, they can change the output (“replace”) by supplying a higher fee (“by fee”) and send the bitcoin payment back to themselves! Well that sucks if you are a merchant!

Your cashier thinks the customer paid, but after the customer walks out, he reverses the transaction, leaving you with nothing.

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If you owned a bar like this guy and had been accepting BTC for seven years, you would be rightly pissed to learn this information. All that money you think you made, but it is all going to get eaten up by transaction fees? If you are lucky enough to have some value left over after paying fees, your transaction could get stuck in the mempool for hours, days, or may never confirm. Oh, and some of your customers used “replace by fee” to reverse their transactions without you or your staff knowing about it, appearing to pay while actually sending you nothing.

This merchant has countless unspent outputs. When he sends BTC, can you imagine the fee he is going to pay? Bars, like most businesses, receive lots of small dollar value transactions. He may have lots of BTC, but it is made up of tons of small inputs.

With e-currency based on cryptographic proof, without the need to trust a third party middleman, money can be secure and transactions effortless.Satoshi Nakamoto

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There is good news. Remember those qualities that made you fall in love with Bitcoin in the first place? How about the ability to transact with anyone in the world, instantly, for a fraction of a penny? What about the promise of smart contractsprograms that “live on the blockchain” and self-execute when a user sends a payment? How about decentralized, time-stamped, and encrypted data storage? Tokenized assets. Verifiable identities. Immutable records. Consensus — the solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem.

You can have all this, plus the economics that provide stability and scalability. Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision is the bitcoin outlined in Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper. BitcoinSV’s fees are decreasing while the number of transactions on the network are increasing.

  1. Stable protocol.
  2. Miners have choice.
  3. Miners compete to process transactions, resulting in lower transaction fees.
  4. Lower transaction fees allow for lots of transactions for lower cost to users.
  5. More transactions become possible because miners can choose to mine big blocks. (Put another way, transaction processors can choose to process more transactions.)
  6. More transactions results in more fees to the transaction processors.
  7. More transaction fees attract new transaction processors, giving users more options and lower fees overall.

These are the economic conditions you want. A fixed protocol. Competition among service providers. Freedom to differentiate. A predictable supply of monetary units with a fixed upper limit. Put all this together, and you have the best tool for communicating value among people the world has ever seen.

Now you know.

With great love and respect,

Derrick Horton
President, Anypay Inc.

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Peaceful Parenting Call Sparks Conversation on Free Talk Live

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Making Mistakes and Taking the Consequences

This week I joined the Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast to give a retrospective on the “activism” I did almost a decade ago. That word, “activism,” is repulsive to me now. Then, it meant I was “doing something.” It probably sounded like a joke to everyone else like it sounds like a joke to me now when others use it to describe their stupid, pointless protests and marches.

Pretty much the opposite of action.

Don’t mistake my attitude for bitterness. But I was 21 during the “Victimless Crime Spree.” What were you like when you were 21? I am more mature now, I have learned what works and what doesn’t, and my example shows that civil disobedience is a pretty poor way to truly increase one’s personal freedom.

It’s a long, uncharted slog to the promised land of Ancapistan. In this episode, you get the benefit of learning how you can truly increase freedom in your personal life while minimizing risk. Enjoy!

It’s been long enough, and I have been well-behaved enough, that I got all my charges annulled last year. It cost about $100 to wipe away 16 or so charges because the State of NH was good enough to give me a bulk discount (I’m not kidding).

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Bringing “Peer to Peer” Back to Bitcoin

Today I learned about an old feature in bitcoin that is new again. It is a way of transmitting information across the bitcoin network that is faster, more scalable, more peer-to-peer, and allows for more data to be shared than the traditional method.

According to Ivan from HandCash (“the Bitcoin wallet you can recommend”), Satoshi’s original client included a way to do transactions with another peer via IP, but it was vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks and was deleted.

Then bitpay came along and got the Bip70 thing going. That made it possible for wallets and payment processors to do something similar but with greater security. But nobody liked it. It was annoying, and not all wallets supported it, and it’s kind of in use now but not ubiquitous.

Fast forward to today: HandCash and Anypay announce P2P transactions at point of sale! That means your transactions will always be:

  1. Instant
  2. Correct
  3. Able to include extra information

What kind of extra information? How about stuff like, “Who bought this? What store was this transaction at? What item was purchased?” Stuff like that.

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Bitcoin

Gentlemen Prefer BitcoinSV

Last night while hosting the national radio show Free Talk Live, a friendly person sent me a message on Discord. Normally I ignore random chats, but this person demonstrated proof of work, so to speak, by offering to me that he streamed my movie, Victimless Crime Spree, to people on Twitch looking for fun and interesting content.

Well that’s great. I am induced to serve him because of his willingness to serve me by sharing my movie. He is helping me spread my ideas, and now he is coming to me asking to better understand one of my ideas. So hey, I feel inspired to give him an answer because he has demonstrated that spreads great ideas.

Since I took the time to respond to him, I figured I would amplify this message by posting here for you to enjoy.

Why I prefer to use BitcoinSV in almost all circumstances:

  1. They are both great. They are both bitcoin. They are both good at sending back and forth to people and things at high speed and low cost. They are trustworthy and valuable and have tons of great features and people working on them. Love them both.
  2. I like applications that use bitcoin. I like to use bitcoin. I like it when I can send bitcoin, and something cool happens. For example, when I “Like” a Twetch, I am sending $0.02 of bitcoin to the person who posted that content. When I comment on their thread, I am paying them $0.05 for the privilege of adding my words permanently attached to their content, and not only do they get paid for it, but it goes onto the blockchain where it will be stored forever. If I wanted to, I could take the transaction elsewhere to a different social media platform because I actually own my data as easily as I do a 12-word phrase.
  3. Storage size and decreasing fees. Because of the increasing size of the BitcoinSV blockchain, I can fit larger content onto the bitcoin blockchain and save data that is more fun than just payments. I can post pictures, audio, video, and other file types, encrypted, and share them with anyone else in the world. Theoretically, they could be stored forever, and I pay for that by submitting that data into multiple bitcoin transactions and paying fees for each one. The good news is, fees on BitcoinSV have actually been decreasing — so low, in fact, that the default is now 0.5 satoshis per byte! Amazing! Can they go lower? It’s up to the miners to decide. Ultimately it is they who receive payment. In a marketplace, it should be up to the business owner, the owner of the capital — not the commissar — to decide who receives services, in what quantity, and at what price. I have had fun posting pictures, using social media, and earning bitcoins all the way.

If you want proof that the best things in bitcoin are happening on the BitcoinSV blockchain, consider the following resources:

coin.dance – a data-focussed website that compiles and compares crucial information regarding each of the three bitcoins: BTC, BCH, and BSV.

Twetch.app – a web app that functions like Twitter, but because it is built on bitcoin, all interactions are transactions occurring on the blockchain. You own your data — every post, every picture uploaded, every comment and like — just like you own your 12-word backup phrase. You can earn bitcoins for great posts by people clicking “like” and you receive coins right into your wallet. Unlike Twitter, you cannot be deleted.

Bit.sv – a web app that functions like Facebook or Medium, but you get paid for the content you post. You can post content to the blockchain where it is stored permanently. Then you can set a price to charge for people to unlock that content. A few cents, probably. You get paid for creating great content, and you get a terrific ad-free experience because you actually pay for the content you are enjoying rather than having advertisers pay for your experience.

simply.cash and handcash.io, the best wallets for bitcoiners and regular people. simply.cash is great because it requires nothing. If you’re a bitcoin OG, you might prefer things this way. HandCash is a great wallet you can recommend to your friends and “normal” people because it works like they would expect. Really good UI. Both wallets, as with any BitcoinSV wallet, implement Paymail — a way to easily communicate your wallet address in a human-readable format. So for example, I have the paymail derrick@simply.cash. That’s a lot easier than trying to tell someone to send payment to: 1PEACE1yXxAvhnHxpYLFWiRu2A9rSxnkwG

bico.media is a way to upload files to the bitcoin blockchain

Ark is an app that allows you to bookmark webpages on the blockchain. In so doing, you are creating curated content from the internet and storing it on the bitcoin blockchain for others and yourself to enjoy later. Imagine you want to save an article to read later. Then the page gets deleted for some reason. Well, it’s still there, right on the blockchain because you saved it with Ark.

These and countless other apps that I don’t have the time to mention — are all appearing on BitcoinSV. It is clear to me that because BitcoinSV is built to scale with a hands-off capitalistic approach, people who like to build things are attracted to building upon it. Bitcoin Cash seems to be focussed on what the devs can do for us, the users, whereas BitcoinSV seems to be focussed on what you, the entrepreneur, can do to serve the market.

As a freedom-lover, I believe the market is a man’s best hope for personal liberation. I intend to serve billions of people one day, and in so doing, I will induce billions of people to serve me — perhaps by sending me a small fraction of a penny in bitcoin for a service I offer at scale. The more I serve others in the free market, the more money I can make, and the more opportunities open up for me. In this way I am liberating myself from the state in which I was born: naked, penniless, and empty-headed.

The more money I make, the more I can learn about nutrition and health and philosophy and morality — and put that knowledge to productive use. Rather than focussing on the government for a solution to life’s problems, I can solve them myself independently using my brain and my hands. That might be a round-about way of saying it, but the bottom line is this: I am profit-seeking because it is moral and practical. BitcoinSV affords me the greatest potential for profiting by market activity rather than gambling or speculation as with other digital assets. That is why I prefer BitcoinSV.

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What is the “Deep State”?

Tonight I hosted Free Talk Live, a national call-in radio show broadcast live on over 200 stations plus satellite. Many of the calls focussed on the “Deep State” — but what does that mean?

Show topics:
Salon Owners Opening Against Governor’s Orders :: People Should Push Back :: Emergency Orders Unconstitutional :: Deep State :: Free Press Frustrations :: Four Steps to Destabilize a Nation :: Government compared to Car Companies :: Scott the Bigot :: Oil Below Zero :: Central Banks :: Bitcoin vs Government :: Twetch :: More Freedom Coming? :: Dallas Salone Heroine

HOSTS – Ian, Mark, Derrick J

Here is the video from that episode, plus my notes from the callers below:

Abbreviated Episode (Audio Only):

Full Episode (Audio Only):

Caller Mike in Brunswick, Maine:
“Can’t trust newspapers, the deep state is controlling them.”

Caller Dave in New York:
“Operation Mockingbird quote from director : ‘We will know our mission is complete when everything the American public believes is false.'”

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Caller:
“Love it or leave it.”

Caller Dave in Michigan:
Complains about Governor bitch banning seeds and stuff going stir crazy

Caller John:
Thinks trump is great

Caller Sam in Washington:
Tells us to look up Yuri Bejmenov (KGB subversion expert defected in 1970s) who did videos at UC Berkley about the 4 steps:

Demoralize (pornography)
Destabilize (people don’t talk to each other)
Crisis (what is happening now)
Normalization (cementing the “new normal”)

Caller Robert:
General Motors was run with top-down, and that was good.

Caller “Scott the Bigot” in Miami:
Racist stuff against Jews controlling the media and international banking.

Caller JT in Pennsylvania:
How oil can go below zero, South Africa sending 70k troops to keep people down.

Caller Bob:
Makes us all Senators (no thanks!)

Caller Ed in New Mexico:
Central banks are the worst, private, not government, would that even be better if they were?

Caller JJ in Dalton, Georgia:
“Deep State” is part of the establishment

Caller Steven Zeiler from Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
Twetch.app, social media, and the deep state deleting and controlling things

ForkFest ad – Will Anypay be there, dome, party, etc?

Caller:
You can’t travel and there are FEMA camps in the Mariana that quarantine people, having less freedom after this event

Caller Robert in Myrtle Beach:
Question about “digital assets,” content creator, tokenize real estate

Caller Dave:
“We are vectors for a disease,” he wears a paper bag over his head with two slits for eyes, recommends it for everyone

Caller Kenneth:
Federal Reserve — is it part of the government?

Links to stories from today’s show:

https://www.lmtonline.com/local/article/Laredo-pair-allegedly-violated-coronavirus-15212653.php

https://global.intercoin.org/feature/ubi

https://diviproject.org

https://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-abolishes-flogging-081805531.html

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Ben Franklin The Morals of Chess

The MORALS of CHESS.

The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. For life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effects of prudence or the want of it. By playing at chess, then, we may learn:

1. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action: for it is continually occurring to the player, “If I move this piece, what will be the advantages9 of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me? What other moves can I make to support it, and to defend myself from his attacks?

2. Circumspection, which surveys the whole chess-board, or scene of action, the relations of the several pieces and situations, the dangers they are respectively exposed to, the several possibilities of their aiding each other; the probabilities that the adversary may make this or that move, and attack this or the other piece; and what different means can be used to avoid his stroke, or turn its consequences against him.

3. Caution, not to make our moves too hastily. This habit is best acquired by observing strictly the laws of the game, such as, if you touch a piece, you must move it somewhere; if you set it down, you must let it stand. And it is therefore best that these rules should be observed, as the game thereby becomes more the image of human life, and particularly of war; in which, if you have incautiously put yourself into a bad and dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy’s leave to withdraw your troops, and place them more securely; but you must abide all the consequences of your rashness.

And, lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged1 by present bad appearences in the state of our affairs, the habit of hoping for a favourable change, and that of persevering in the search of resources. The game is so full of events, there is such a variety of turns in it, the fortune of it is so subject to sudden vicissitudes, and one so frequently, after long contemplation, discovers the means of extricating one’s self from a supposed insurmountable difficulty, that one is encouraged to continue the contest to the last, in hopes of victory by our own skill, or, at least, of giving a stale mate,2 by the negligence of our adversary. And whoever considers, what in chess he often sees instances of, that particular pieces of3 success are apt to produce presumption, and its consequent, inattention, by which more is afterwards lost than was gained by the preceding advantage; while misfortunes produce more care and attention, by which the loss may be recovered, will learn not to be too much discouraged by the present success of his adversary, nor to despair of final good fortune, upon every little check he receives in the pursuit of it.

That we may, therefore, be induced more frequently to chuse this beneficial amusement, in preference to others which are not attended with the same advantages, every circumstance, that may increase the pleasure of it, should be regarded; and every action or word that is unfair, disrespectful, or that in any way may give uneasiness, should be avoided, as contrary to the immediate intention of both the players,4 which is to pass the time agreeably.

Therefore, 1st. If it is agreed to play according to the strict rules, then those rules are to be exactly observed by both parties; and should not be insisted on for one side, while deviated from by the other: for this is not equitable.

2. If it is agreed not to observe the rules exactly, but one party demands indulgencies, he should then be as willing to allow them to the other.

3. No false move should ever be made to extricate yourself out of a difficulty, or to gain an advantage. There can be no pleasure in playing with a person once detected in such unfair practice.

4. If your adversary is long in playing, you ought not to hurry him, or express any uneasiness at his delay. You should not sing, nor whistle, nor look at your watch, nor take up a book to read, nor make a tapping with your feet on the floor, or with your fingers on the table, nor do anything that may disturb his attention. For all these things displease. And they do not show your skill in playing, but your craftiness or your rudeness.

5. You ought not to endeavour to amuse and deceive your adversary, by pretending to have made bad moves, and saying you have now lost the game, in order to make him secure and careless, and inattentive to your schemes; for this is fraud, and deceit, not skill in the game.

6. You must not, when you have gained a victory, use any triumphing or insulting expression, nor show too much pleasure; but endeavour to console your adversary, and make him less dissatisfied with himself by every kind and civil expression, that may be used with truth, such as, You understand the game better than I, but you are a little inattentive; or, You play too fast; or, You had the best of the game but something happened to divert your thoughts, and that turned it in my favour.

7. If you are a spectator, while others play, observe the most perfect silence. For if you give advice, you offend both parties; him, against whom you give it, because it may cause the loss of his game; him, in whose favour you give it, because, though it be good, and he follows it, he loses the pleasure he might have had, if you had permitted him to think till it occurred to himself. Even after a move or moves, you must not, by replacing the pieces, shew how it might have been played better: for that displeases, and may occasion disputes or doubts about their true situation. All talking to the players, lessens or diverts their attention, and is therefore unpleasing; nor should you give the least hint to either party, by any kind of noise or motion.— If you do, you are unworthy to be a spectator.— If you have a mind to exercise or show your judgments, do it in playing your own game when you have an opportunity, not in criticising or meddling with, or counselling, the play of others.

Lastly. If the game is not to be played rigorously, according to the rules above mentioned, then moderate your desire of victory over your adversary, and be pleased with one over yourself. Snatch not eagerly at every advantage offered by his unskilfulness or inattention; but point out to him kindly that by such a move he places or leaves a piece in danger and unsupported; that by another he will put his king in a dangerous situation, &c. By this generous civility (so opposite to the unfairness above forbidden) you may indeed happen to lose the game to your opponent, but you will win what is better, his esteem, his respect, and his affection; together with the silent approbation and good will of impartial spectators.

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New Hampshire Youth Strike for the Climate

A group of about a hundred students took off from school today to attend an event in Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today as part of a larger day of action across the state and beyond. They brought signs, listened to speeches, and signed clipboards offered to them by political campaigners visiting from Massachusetts. Below is the video I captured from the event. It features interviews from young people explaining why they attended today and what they want their opposition to know.