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How to avoid the end times – The Japan Times

Posted: March 24, 2020 at 5:56 am

New York It feels like the end times. A mysterious invisible killer stocks the land. Wild rumors abound. The government is useless. Theres no sense that anyone knows anything, much less is in charge. Could the United States become a failed state?

Yes, but not yet. Yes, but not because of the new coronavirus. Late-stage capitalism will ultimately destroy the current sociopolitical governmental system, not COVID-19. A vaccine will come online either later this year or early next year; that will be the beginning of the end of this scourge. Before then, many if not most Americans will have contracted the disease and recovered from it. Businesses will reopen. People will go back to work. The stock market will resume its climb.

In the meantime, many of us are wondering: how would/will we survive in an apocalyptic scenario without a somewhat benevolent government to run things?

I have good news: It is possible. Not easy. Not fun. But it can be done. I know because I have seen it. For decades Afghanistan was the epitome of a failed state, a nation whose government is no longer able or willing to supply essential services to its citizens. The 1978 CIA-backed overthrow of a Russian-supported regime prompted the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, which was followed after withdrawal by a brutal, grinding civil war partly resolved by the victory of the Taliban in 1996. They ruled until 2001 but didnt built much infrastructure before being themselves driven out of power by the U.S. after 9/11. I was there under the Taliban, long before the U.S. and NATO began reconstruction in the mid-2000s.

Afghans were utterly dependent on themselves. Not only did the Taliban government fail to provide services like mail delivery and garbage collection, the Taliban made peoples lives miserable through arbitrary edicts and a psychotic religious police force that beat Afghans in the streets willy-nilly.

Try to imagine, if you can, what it would be like to live in a country that didnt have a single inch of paved road, just muddy ruts. No one has a phone. There are no newspapers. Radios and televisions are banned, which is fine because you have no electricity and no stations are broadcasting.

Inside your house, theres no running water. You have to walk to a communal well if you are lucky enough to have one nearby that isnt polluted. Theres a good chance that a local thug controls the well and forces you to pay for water. It gets blazing hot in the summer, but theres no air conditioning. Its freezing cold in the winter but theres no heat. You could burn some wood but you cant find any because everyone has already chopped down all the trees.

Under the Taliban you cant send your daughter to school. But you cant send your son either because there probably isnt a local school at all. No one has work as we know it. You exchange odd jobs in a 100 percent unemployment economy where cash has stopped circulating; everything relies on barter.

There is a certain freedom. Without a public records office you dont need a deed to move into an empty house. But of course you cant sell it if you leave. Theres no department of motor vehicles so if somehow do you acquire a car you can drive it regardless of your age. On the other hand, if someone steals it, theres no police to report it to. If you did get that car, you probably would only want to drive it around your neighborhood. If you tried to drive to a different town, you would almost certainly be robbed and killed.

Sounds like it would be impossible to survive, right? But millions of Afghans did. Some of them even had children. Life went on. How? Its almost unfathomable for us Americans, so accustomed to our creature comforts, to imagine.

Not that they could have afforded to anyway, but Afghans did not hoard. Situations in which survival is precarious require you to be nimble. That includes being able to pack up and leave at a moments notice. If you manage to accumulate some possessions, you want something highly portable: cash (in Afghanistan, that meant dollars), jewelry, gemstones. A years worth of toilet paper weighs you down.

I have met more than my fair share of survivalists in the U.S. Typically their instinct is to hunker down on a remote plot of land, stockpile weapons and supplies, fortify a perimeter and arm up to fend off potential marauders. They are foolish. When the crap hits the fan, the best armed man will not be able to fight off a dozen invaders. Its smarter to pack up and go if your area turns into a battle zone.

What you really need to stock up on are two items: personal relationships and IQ points. Both make the difference between life and death. Good friends welcome one other into their homes. If one home is lost, they can squeeze together into a second one. A good friend might have a skill or a possession that you might need they can stitch a wound or drive you somewhere in their car.

You make yourself useful in a failed state exactly the opposite of how you do in ours. In the U.S. in 2020, it pays to have excellent skills in one or two areas, to be the best at what you do in your specialty. Not in Afghanistan in 2000. Dangerous places work best for people with a wide variety of skills. Learn to do a lot of things fairly well. Shoot a gun, drive a car, cook, sew. Translate a foreign language, ride a motorcycle, fish, hunt. You can sell those skills to people who dont have them.

Most of all, stay sharp and think nimbly. Hone your instincts. Watch for changes that might affect you and the people you care about. Prepare to drop everything you are doing at a seconds notice and take off if need be. We are all descended from people who lived this way. Those who didnt died. Survival is in your DNA.

I dont think youll need raw survivalism for the coronavirus apocalypse. But its worth keeping in the back of your mind.

Ted Rall is a political cartoonist and writer.

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Is It as Impossible to Build Jerusalem as It is to Escape Babylon? (Part Two) – CounterPunch

Posted: February 27, 2020 at 1:16 am

(Part Two of Three)

An interview withPeter Harrison by GYRUS.

The late French anthropologist Pierre Clastres seems to be a big influence on your work, and I was interested to gather from your work that he seems to be influencing quite a bit of recent anthropology. His theories are a kind of subversion of the usual Hobbes vs. Rousseau dynamic, in that he valorises pre-state societiesbecauseof their penchant for violence since he believes the structure of their violence resists the consolidation of power by a State, and thus preserves autonomy. How did his theories impact your thinking?

I have only read Clastres in very recent years but his work is pivotal to the perspectives I attempt to elaborate in the book. I am not sure that his writing is yet having an influence on modern anthropology in general terms, but it is significant that the Brazilian anthropologist, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, not only makes clear the key concepts that emerge from Clastres ethnology but has also endorsed Clastres rejection of the teleology of exchange as the basis of all human societal interaction something that was, of course, effectively inaugurated by Marcel Mauss (which is evident if one follows Claude Lvi-Strauss elaborations rather than David Graebers attempt to escape the notion of the immature exchange relationship as the motor of pre-State human behaviour in his gamble on the critique of debt). The archaeologist Severin Fowles, has also, following Clastres, explored the centrifugal logic that appears to lie at the heart of primitive society through his studies of violence in Puebloan societies.

It is by examining Clastres understanding of the violence in primitive society that I have also been able to provide a perspective on the feud in non-State societies that abandons the summoning up of motives derived from the perspectives of economics and exchange, and which also abandons the notion that all societies must operate under the premise of social control. All these perspectives economics (survivalism), exchange, and social control are part of our modern-day logos and they are relentlessly and crudely employed to understand all other social forms and peculiarities. So, scholars as varied as Fernand Braudel, Christopher Boehm, William Miller, and Yuval Noah Harari, feel able to use their modern Sherlock Holmesian magnifying glass to explain the motivations of non-State peoples from their own perspective of exchange, trade, social control, and human nature with no awareness, I contend, that their magnifying glass only reveals to them the human story they are able to see. This does not mean that I am claiming to understand how non-State societies work, this is something I stress as being impossible. But I am claiming that if one takes the actual words and actions of non-State peoples seriously (as Viveiros de Castro does, for example), along with generating an awareness of how the way we live today impacts our view on everything, then there is the possibility of recognising that in other societies other things are going on.

But we can extend Clastres observations of the centrifugality of primitive society, in which dependence in any shape or form, or at any level, is anathema, into an investigation into the problematic that exists within the interconnecting discourses of freedom, universality, and peace. What Clastres tells us, in perhaps a roundabout way, is that all political phenomena since the emergence of the State must always, if become reality, be made manifest as methods for managing the population and that this necessary management naturally and unavoidably denies independence and what we understand as freedom. What I do with this vertiginous insight is to then simply reveal the impossibility of removing the State form in a mass society. This has implications for all political tendencies that claim to offer a way to dispense with the State and/or to institute a realm of freedom, as Marx terms it.

Have you found holes in Clastres model of pre-State societies relying on violence and feuding to keep social units small? Without suggesting that any particular form of contemporary foraging life is necessarily typical of early human life, Clastres case studies were in the Amazon, and cultures there can have very different dynamics to those in other areas, e.g. Inuit, San, or Hadza. Clastres seemed to make no effort to correlate his Amazonian findings with wider ethnography, which seems myopic for generating general theories. Also, what do you make ofDavid Graeber and David Wengrows recent proposition, that seasonal gatherings played a crucial role in the origins of hierarchy?

No, I havent found holes as such in Clastres intuitions in regard to the position of violence, feuding, or war in non-State societies. What I have found is support for his conjectures in the work of diverse anthropologists who do not usually intend to promote such conclusions, or who leave significant questions hanging in the air, such as the question of why tribal rivalries are the last primitive predisposition that generates heat in certain Indigenous communities.

Perhaps if Clastres had lived longer he would have searched for and found evidence for his theories in studies of other societies. I have, of course, recklessly extrapolated his theory across the gamut of non-State societies across the world but, for me, in general, his perspective holds.

In regard to the work of David Graeber and David Wengrow, that you mention, I tend to think three things. Firstly, that there is an assumption based on radical Enlightenment thinking as we have inherited it in the West, particularly as expressed in the idea of communism (or radical democracy, as the French economist and activist, Frdric Lordon, terms it), that it is possible for a mass society to operate on the basis of egalitarianism and individual freedom. Secondly, that there is a deep desire amongst these types of scholars to find justification for their radical democratic views in past social organisation. Thirdly, that if one tries to use the categories of egalitarianism or freedom as descriptors for social organisation in non-State societies one is immediately skewing what those societies may actually be like in favour of the promotion of a teleological bias or political agenda.

This is where, for example, the very fine thinker and anthropologist R. Brian Ferguson takes a dubious route, I think, in his objection to Steven Pinkers Hobbesian judgement of non-State peoples (see Pinkers book,The Better Angels of Our Nature). Ferguson cant accept the violence of non-State societies, and therefore cant connect this to their autonomy and independence, because to do so would be to destabilise his (leftist) argument that it is the State that prevents peace and the universalising of good will (following, and adapting, Rousseau).

In fact, the State does facilitate peace through its strategy of assuming the monopoly of violence, as Max Weber indicated. It is interesting that most leftists around the world will currently be favourably comparing countries with strict gun laws to the present situation in the USA where, for historical reasons, the US government has never apparently quite understood the benefits for a State in more properly disarming the population.

Graeber and Wengrow, whose paper was presented in the same year as Brian Haydens similarly-themed book,The Power of Feasts: From Prehistory to the Present, but extended and published the following year, occupies the same territory in regard to pondering the origin of the State as did tienne de La Botie nearly 500 years ago. La Botie described the establishment of the State as a misfortune caused by the phenomenon of tyrants or gangs taking control of society (by force or deception) that was then normalised by the population as it, slowly or quickly, accepted this new state of affairs. That is: the masses, ultimately, voluntarily,frustratingly and annoyingly, subjected themselves to servitude.

These are the twin myths that underlie radical leftist political discourse, or perhaps theexistential angstat its core. The first one is that bad people gained control over others (or at least that unchecked power corrupts), at some point in the past, inaugurating a tradition of hierarchy and domination. The second one is that the retarded, or false, consciousness of the masses does not allow them to see that they contribute voluntarily to the misery that envelops their lives.

The radical leftist strategy to escape this situation is, therefore, to replace the government, or dispense with it, and to simultaneously or at a later date awaken the consciousnesses of the entirety of the masses.

On the other hand, in reference to how the State began and what Wengrow, Graeber, and Hayden propose, Gilles Deleuze and Flix Guattari, following and extending Clastres intuitions, have suggested that there is no evolution of the State and no one thing, such as fire, or the scattering of seeds, or the invention of pottery, or feasting, or the settlement of an alluvial valley, that initiates the inexorable rise of the State. Instead, they further deepen the mystery, but in another direction, by claiming that the State was always already there. This is how they rationalise that societies that wereagainst the State, in Clastres terms, could exist when there was no discernible State in the area. This is also why, in their conception, the State was able to appear all at once and fully armed.

But their solution to the question of the State is more a provocation than a simplification. The problem, as I see it, is that too much hocus pocus is being invested into what the Stateactually is. So much so, that the notion of the State becomes a mystery like the mystery of God. My proposal is that the State is simply the natural (necessarily managerial) solution to the fact of a large population which is why, for example, the Russian Revolution, irrespective of whether it was a communist or a capitalist phenomenon, became what it always had to be: a managerial solution. The mystery, which is now, under these terms, much more prosaic than the mystery of the origin of the State, is simply how populations got too large.

But there is a spanner in the works of my argument concerning mass society, as I indicate in the book, and it is found in the example of atalhyk as it has been interpreted by archaeology. This, apparently, was a large settlement of perhaps up to 8,000 people at its height that existed for up to a thousand years, from about 6,500 BC, that yields no evidence in the archaeological record of any form of hierarchy. The phenomenon of atalhyk is not only viewed as an egalitarian society by modern scholars, it is also viewed as a warless one. But this makes me wonder about the motivations of the interpreters of atalhyk. It is possible that atalhyk might be used as a practical, historical example of the modern concepts of egalitarianism and individualism as it has been used in the recent past in support of the claimed virtues of matriarchal society in order to gain leverage within, and for radical democratic discourse. If atalhyk is to be used as a proposal for moving present society forward, or as an example of how we might fix our problems, then it must be suspected that atalhyk is being misunderstood, fabricated even, for employment within a modern political agenda.

Drawing on Eduardo Kohns work, you describe capitalism as the most effective system for rendering us soul blind. Could you outline this concept, as something from indigenous cultures which has relevance for understanding the modern world? I found the perspectivism here to haveinteresting resonancewith psychologist James Hillmans use of the word soul.

Marx identified the concept of alienation as being a separation, or estrangement, from ones labour. And for Marx the consistent ability to labour, to work purposefully and consciously, as opposed to instinctively, towards apre-imaginedgoal, was the trait that distinguished humans from other animals. This means also that humans are able to be persuaded to work creatively, with vigour and passion, for the goals of others, or for some higher goal than the maintenance of daily survival. As long as they are able see some tiny benefit for themselves, which might be service to a higher cause, or even just simple survival, since working for the goal of others may be the only means of obtaining food. So, Marxs definition of alienation was more specific than an existential definition because it specified labour as the defining human characteristic. But he was also aware that the general conditions of capitalism made this alienation more acute and that this escalated estrangement of humans from immediately meaningful daily activity led to a sense of being a stranger in ones own world, and not only for the working class. This estrangement (I want to writetranger-ment, to reference Camus, but this is not a word) afflicted all classes, even those classes that seemed to benefit from class society, since capitalism had, even by his own time, gained an autonomy of its own. Life is as meaningless [or better: as anti-human] for a cleaner as it is for the head of a large corporation. This is why Marx stated that all people under capitalism were proletarian.

When I discovered the idea of soul blindness in Eduardo Kohns book,How Forests Think, I was struck by it as another useful way of understanding the idea of alienation. The concept of soul blindness, as used by the Runa people described by Kohn, seems to me to be related to the widespread Indigenous view of the recently deceased as aimless and dangerous beings who must be treated with great care and respect after their passing to prevent them wreaking havoc on the living. In Kohns interpretation, to be soul blind is to have reached the terminus of selfhood, and this terminus can be reached while still alive, when one loses ones sense of self through illness or despair, or even when one just drifts off into an unfocussed daze, or, more profoundly, sinks into an indifference similar to to reference Camus again that described by the character Meursault, inLEtranger.

There are some accounts of Indigenous people first encountering white people in which the white people are initially seen as ghosts, one is recorded by Lvi-Strauss for Vanuatu. Another is embedded in the popular Aboriginal history of the area I live in. On first contact the white people are immediately considered to be some kind of ghost because of their white skin. This may have something to do with practice of preserving the bodies of the dead. This involves scraping off the top layer of skin which, apparently, makes the body white. This practice is described by the anthropologist, Atholl Chase, in his reminisces of Cape York. But for me there is more to the defining of the white intruders as ghosts because of their white skin. These foreigners also act as if they are soul blind. They are like machines, working for a cause that is external to them. For the Indigenous people these strangers do not seem to have soul: they are unpredictable; dangerous; they dont know who they are.

But it is the anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro who, I think, connects most clearly to the work of James Hillman on the notion of the soul. James Hillman uses the term soul but he does not mean a Christian soul and he is not ultimately meaning the mind. For him the soul is a form of mediation between events and the subject and, in this sense, it might be similar to Bourdieus conception of disposition. For Viveiros de Castro, A perspective is not a representation because representations are a property of the mind or spirit, whereas the point of view is located in the body. Thus, Amerindian philosophy, which Viveiros de Castro is here describing, perhaps prefigures Hillmans notion that soul is a perspective rather than a substance, a viewpoint towards things rather than a thing itself.

To be continued

Originally published in 2018 by Dreamflesh blog.

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Veteran Analyst Warns of XRP Crash to $0.20 as Price Stumbles – Ethereum World News

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As Bitcoin has collapsed over the past day, so too has Ripples XRP.

Since peaking at around $0.34 last week on the back of FOMO buying, the popular altcoin, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has plunged as low as $0.26 a drop of around 25%. Ouch.

While the cryptocurrency has already plunged heavy, underperforming Bitcoins relatively measly 10% loss, a top analyst is fearing that more pain is on the horizon.

Legendary commodities trader Peter Brandt recently remarked that XRP is in the midst of forming a potentially extremely bearish chart pattern: a head and shoulders top, marked by two shoulder-like price action and a blow-off top.

Brandt remarked that should this textbook pattern play out, the cryptocurrency could fall to $0.2071 around 23% lower than the current market price around $0.27 for that is where the measured move for this pattern lies.

Should XRP fall this low, that would mean bulls would be put back to the drawing board, for the cryptocurrency would have broken through the crucial daily and weekly support around $0.27.

While a strong drop in something like Ethereum would normally be accompanied by a plunge in Bitcoin, XRP can move independently of the market leader due to certain market dynamics; indeed, in 2019, the altcoin fell 50% against the U.S. dollar, dramatically underperforming Bitcoins 94% yearly performance.

That means for this bearish pattern to unfold for XRP, it isnt a necessity for Bitcoin to fall that much lower than it is now.

While Brandt is warning (not predicting) of a potential crash in the altcoin, there are some sure the asset remains bullish, citing a confluence of technical analysis trends.

Financial Survivalism, the trader who called Bitcoins surge to $9,200 by mid-January weeks in advance, almost nailing the timing and magnitude of the move, said that XRP could be forming a medium-term bull trend.

In a tweet published Tuesday, he posted the below chart, showing that he expects the price of the cryptocurrency to rocket towards $0.70 160% above the current $0.27 price in the coming months.

Financial Survivalism backed this lofty forecast by looking to a few factors on the long-term chart of the cryptocurrency: the Heiken Ashi candles have turned green on a weekly basis, implying reversal, the cryptocurrency has turned a key horizontal into support, and it has broken above a falling wedge pattern, adding to the bull case.

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XRP Could Be on Verge of Explosive Breakout Higher, Taking It 100% Higher – Ethereum World News

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XRP hasnt done too well ever since finding a local top last week. Since peaking at $0.34, the price of the leading cryptocurrency has fallen off dramatically, tanking over 20% to as low as $0.265 or so on Wednesday.

Despite this strong pullback, there remain many analysts that expect for XRP to surge even higher in the coming months. Heres why.

Prominent market commentator Cal recently noted that XRPs long-term chart is starting to look bullish, falling through horizontal support that stretches back two years to bounce and smash straight through it shortly afterward, showing that bullish momentum is building. Indeed, he wrote that I think a lot are underestimating the importance of this, accentuating that traders may be sleeping on the performance of the cryptocurrency.

He remarked that this move considered, he expects a pullback into the two-year support around $0.21 to $0.24, prior to a strong bounce that will catapult XRP higher very, very quickly. His rough forecast estimates a $0.60 XRP price by the end of the year.

This forecast was echoed by Financial Survivalism, a trader who called Bitcoins surge to $9,200 by mid-January weeks in advance, almost nailing the timing and magnitude of the move.

He remarked in a recent tweet that e expects for the price of the cryptocurrency to rocket towards $0.70 160% above the current $0.027 price after a pullback to the region that Cal expects, around $0.024.

The analyst backed this forecast by looking to a number of factors: the Heiken Ashi candles have turned green on a weekly basis, implying reversal, the cryptocurrency has turned a key horizontal into support, and it has broken above a falling wedge pattern, adding to the bull case.

While XRPs long-term outlook is starting to look optimistic once again

Indeed, Cals own chart, which is long-term bullish, shows XRP retracing slightly in the coming months, prior to heading higher as 2020 elapses.

Not to mention, a leading analyst of traditional markets, Peter Brandt, recently suggested that XRP could soon print a bearish chart pattern: a head and shoulders top.

Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, Brandt remarked that should this textbook pattern play out, the cryptocurrency could fall to $0.2071 around 23% lower than the current market price around $0.27 for that is where the measured move for this pattern lies.

Should XRP fall this low, that would mean bulls would be put back to the drawing board, for the cryptocurrency would have broken through the crucial daily and weekly support around $0.27.

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XRP Just Flipped a Key Resistance Into Support: Why This is Bullish – Ethereum World News

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Over the past two days, the crypto market hasnt fared too well. After peaking last week, the prices of digital assets across the board have tanked. XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, tanked from the multi-month high just a smidgen above $0.34 to as low as $0.265 a hurting loss of over 25%.

Despite this brutal crash, which made the biases of many traders flip negative after a short period of bullish optimism, a strong technical signal just formed that may support buyers moving forward.

While cryptocurrencies seemingly move without rhyme or reason, the movements of these assets (and assets in other classes) can be chalked down to price points here and there; a close above a certain price point can imply bulls are in control, and a close under a certain level may suggest bears are ready to graze, so to speak.

Trader Mexbt recently shared the chart below, which shows XRPs one-day chart with data stretching back to last November. The main point of the chart is that XRP has recently flipped $0.25-$0.26 a crucial monthly resistance into support, boding well for the bullish narrative of the asset.

Indeed, this level could act as a base for the cryptocurrency to rocket higher.

The turning of the monthly resistance into support isnt the only thing that has analysts, well, over the moon about XRPs prospects in the coming weeks and months.

Financial Survivalism, the pseudonymous trader that called Bitcoins January price action to a tee some weeks in advance, argued in a recent tweet that XRP may be on track to hit $0.70 this year.

The analyst backed this lofty forecast by looking to a few factors on the long-term chart of the cryptocurrency: the Heiken Ashi candles have turned green on a weekly basis, implying reversal, the cryptocurrency has turned a key horizontal into support, and it has broken above a falling wedge pattern, adding to the bull case.

While there are these technical factors, everyone and their mother isnt bullish on the cryptocurrency. On the contrary.

Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, veteran commodities analyst Peter Brandt warned his followers that XRP is in the form of printing a textbook a head and shoulders top, marked by two shoulder-like segments of price action and a blow-off top in the middle.

Brandt remarked that should this textbook pattern play out, the cryptocurrency could fall to $0.2071 around 23% lower than the current market price around $0.27 for that is where the measured move for this pattern lies.

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Ripple Is On The Verge Of A New Rally According To Analysts – Somag News

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The last few days in the cryptocurrency market have not been very good. The market faced bearish pressure due to huge losses in Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP.

Especially in this process, Ripple (XRP) fell hard. Popular altcoin fell from its $ 0.34 peak to $ 0.26. With this decline, the bull run in the midway caused negative feelings about cryptocurrency, but despite the losses given, analysts believe that XRP can resume the bull run and bring the bulls back to its ranks.

Preparing for XRP IncreaseThe popular crypto analyst CJ has suggested that signs of the XRP chart may experience a strong upward leap shortly afterwards.

In the chart he shared, the analyst stated that XRP has come to the end of the falling wedge pattern over the past two weeks and is prepared to break upwards. Saying that the support area of the falling wedge is $ 0.24, CJ expects XRP to break this formation up to $ 0.35.

He also shared with you that there is a signal coming from the indicator that XRP will make 1000%, and the popular cryptocurrency analyst HODL2100K on Twitter has announced that the IchiEMA indicator has signaled to buy on the weekly chart of the cryptocurrency. With this signal, XRP had seen an enormous rally from $ 0.20 to $ 3 at the end of 2017.

Another popular cryptocurrency analyst, Financial Survivalism, stated in its latest analysis that XRP will reach $ 0.70 in the short term. On the other hand, technical analysis guru Peter Brandt, who has tried a new analysis method on XRP, thinks that the cryptocurrency will decrease by 23% to $ 0.2071.

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West Ham need something drastic to kickstart a revival they might not get it in the Premier League – FourFourTwo

Posted: January 25, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Before West Hams game against Everton on Saturday, when hundreds of home fans gathered to protest against the state of their club under the current owners, you could be forgiven for expecting that another afternoon of rage, rebellion and toxicity at the London Stadium.

Insteadthough, the mood was a more apt one of dejection and disinterest. Issa Diop put the home side ahead in the first half, Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised shortly afterwards, and the rest of the game played out to an atmosphere that landed somewhere between misery and melancholy. If West Ham fans - whose protest marked a decade in the ownership of Davids Gold and Sullivan - are grieving the state of their club, then they are becoming dangerously close to reaching the acceptance stage.

They mustnt allow this to happen although they can hardly be blamed for having their enthusiasm whittled away by grim pursuit of season-on-season survival that seems to have become their clubs new MO. Thankfully theres an obvious way to put a stop to that. Whisper it, but could West Hams best hope lie in relegation?

Clinging on to Premier League status has not prevented them from becoming that most ominous type of club: one that turns good players bad. Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals, Joao Mario, Andre Ayew and Jose Fonte are just the most obvious examples from recent years of players whose evident talent seems to have been drained out of them upon joining West Ham.

There is a common denominator here. And as much as the owners might argue otherwise, the problem is not bad decisions made in isolation but a deep-seated culture of mediocrity that infects even the brightest talents. There have been successes, most notably Dimitri Payet and Marko Arnautovic. Yet they both responded to their own blossoming by seeking new employment and downing tools accordingly. That is hardly a trend that reflects well on the club, nor one that screams sustainable success.

From the outside looking in, West Ham doesnt just seem like a badly run club, but a club that has completely forgotten how to enjoy itself. Even interpreted in the most generous light, the recent re-hiring of David Moyes carries an unmistakable undertone of joyless pragmatism.

In this sense, the failed experiment that was Manuel Pellegrini elicits some sympathy, in that he was in many respects the right idea exotic, progressive, high-pedigree, risk-taking but with one inescapable pitfall: he has all the personality of a garden shed. And its personality, more than investment or footballing talent, that West Ham have so desperately lacked of late.

Go back as far as two decades, and West Hams roster of permanent managers Roeder, Pardew, Curbishley, Zola, Grant, Allardyce, Bilic, Moyes, Pellegrini, Moyes reads dangerously like a whos who of cheerless drones. That list of names would be far from ideal for any aspirational mid-ranking club, let alone one whose self-image contains a certain amount of thrill-seeking glamour.

Relegation would allow the club to escape the clutches of this means-to-an-end misery and invest fully in a manager who can be given the time and scope to build something from the bottom up. The he knows how to keep a club in the division argument would be mercifully redundant, opening up a whole new tranche of candidates who are distinguished by ambitious excellence rather than gritted-teeth survivalism: Paul Warne, Michael Flynn, Lee Johnson. And thats before you look abroad, as has worked so well for Norwich and Leeds (Marcelo Gallardo, anyone?). It would also afford them the vital luxury of being able to get this decision wrong without it being the cue for impending armageddon.

Broadcasting money lost out on by their disappearance from the top flight would be somewhat offset by the divisions famously generous parachute payments: 55% of equal-share broadcast revenue in the first year after going down, then 45%, then 20%. West Ham also have the added benefits of being based in London a draw for many high-pedigree players and of a stadium that brings in a matchday revenue of 27.1m (the typical figure for Championship clubs hovers between 5-10m, Leeds boasting the divisions highest with 17m).

Going down might be a bleak experience in the short-term, but beyond that it could be exactly the jolt of life West Ham need, not least because the ensuing campaign would be one they could spend looking upwards rather than nervously over their shoulders.

West Ham United: RIP 1895-2016 read one banner on Saturday. Its not survival that the club needs its revival.

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Lost in Space Season 3 Releasing on Netflix and Dr. Smith Will Return – Honk News

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Lost in Space season, two appeared on Netflix on Christmas Eve 2019 with ten new scenes. Many have watched all the most recent scenes and need to know whether there will be another arrangement.

Lost in Space is a knotty reevaluating of the religion 60s arrangement will be back. Season two considered the To be family as they endeavored to land at Alpha Centauri and meet the other Earth voyagers. Regardless, by and by, various spanners were hurled in progress.

Netflix directly cant avow whether the show will be returning for another season. As the show marginally turned out, its too early for any recommission news right now.

The US spilling stage gave season two the green light a month after the principal trip turned out, so there could be a statement days after the fact.

There are most likely going to be ten new scenes like the underlying two outings yet again, fans ought to kick back and watch.

Season two turned out just under the wire for Christmas on December 24, 2019, while the subsequent trip was dropped on Netflix on April 13, 2018.

As indicated by this, season three is well while in transit to turn out eventually in 2020.

There was a period bob between the first and second seasons, so there could be a similar time with a potential third season.

Lost in Space revolves around the experiences of the Robinson family Maureen, John, and their three children as they cross space. Exactly when an outcast robot deals their spaceship, regardless, they tumble into a wormhole, and the Robinsons should clear.

Meanwhile, they ought to in like manner battle with June Harris, a criminal sociopath who acts as the benevolent Dr. Smith to crush their focal objective.

Season two sees the family sent to a complex grandiose framework by untouchable development, to a detect that the Robinsons had as of late been forewarned was uncommonly dangerous. The arrangement modifies twisty sci-fi survivalism with the relieving vibes of a family show.

The supporting cast is most likely going to make a bounce back as the show wouldnt be the equal without the Robinson family at its heart. This suggests Molly Parker will be back as key and mother Maureen Robinson.

While James Bond and Black Sails on-screen character Toby Stephens is rehashing his activity as father and past Navy Seal John Robinson, youth performer Maxwell Jenkins will be back as the loveable Will Robinson.

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Lost in Space season, two showed up on Netflix on Christmas Eve 2019 with ten new scenes. Many have observed all the latest episodes and need to know whether there will be another series. Lost in Space is a lumpy reconsidering of the cult 60s series will be back. Season two considered the To be family as they attempted to arrive at Alpha Centauri and meet the other Earth travelers. In any case, once again, numerous spanners were tossed in progress.

Netflix presently cant seem to affirm whether the show will be returning for another season. As the show just barely turned out, its too soon for any recommission news at this time.

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The US streaming stage gave season two the green light a month after the first trip turned out, so there could be a declaration days later.

There are probably going to be ten new episodes like the initial two excursions yet once more, fans should sit back and watch.

Season two turned out in the nick of time for Christmas on December 24, 2019, while the second outing was dropped on Netflix on April 13, 2018.

According to this, season three is well on the way to be turning out sooner or later in 2020.

There was a period bounce between the first and second seasons, so there could be a comparable timeframe with a potential third season.

Lost in Space centers around the adventures of the Robinson family Maureen, John, and their three kids as they cross space. At the point when an outsider robot bargains their spaceship, in any case, they tumble into a wormhole, and the Robinsons must clear.

In the meantime, they should likewise fight with June Harris, a criminal sociopath who acts like the kindhearted Dr. Smith to destroy their central goal.

Season two sees the family sent to a complex cosmic system by outsider innovation, to a spot that the Robinsons had recently been cautioned was exceptionally hazardous. The series adjusts twisty science fiction survivalism with the soothing vibes of a family drama.

The supporting cast is probably going to make a rebound as the show wouldnt be the equivalent without the Robinson family at its heart. This implies Molly Parker will be back as strategic and mother Maureen Robinson.

While James Bond and Black Sails on-screen character Toby Stephens is repeating his job as father and previous Navy Seal John Robinson, youngster entertainer Maxwell Jenkins will be back as the loveable Will Robinson.

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The Best And Worst Of WWE NXT 1/15/20: Survivalism – UPROXX

Posted: January 18, 2020 at 11:24 am

Previously on the Best and Worst of NXT: The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic kicked off, the womens division showed out, and Johnny Gargano cut a John Cena-esque promo. Fine speech, indeed.

If youd like to read previous installments of the Best and Worst of NXT, you can do that here. Follow With Spandex on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter.

And now, the Best and Worst of WWE NXT for January 15, 2020.

Hes on vacation! Im Scott Heisel. I write for this website too. In fact, I wrote the B&W of NXT column from 2017-2018. Good to see you again! Lets get into it.

This weeks NXT starts off with Keith by god Lee, who is still massively over and is headed into a North American title match next week with Roderick Strong. So, of course, Lee is almost immediately interrupted by the Undisputed Era, who puts a beating on him, in heaaaaaavy quotes. Seriously, yall wanna complain about the Dark Orders punches when Kyle OReilly is striking like this? Cmon, man.

Lee gets his ankle Pillmanized (off the second turnbuckle, natch) and Tommaso Ciampa runs out for the save, only for Lee to immediately get back to his feet. Dude, your ankle should be broken. Maybe limp a little?

We get a variation of the same segment a half-hour later, only this time Ciampa comes out and gets jumped by TUE, only to be saved by his former tag team partner and sometimes-blood rival Johnny Wrestling Gargano, which results in an impromptu #DIY reunion, all for the sake of a one-off match at Worlds Collide against Mustache Mountain. This is getting dangerously close to the whole character alignments dont matter, its about BRAND SUPREMACY schtick we deal with every November, and while Im sure some folks are happy to have Ciampa and Gargano back on the same page, Im over here still waiting for the final blowoff to their epic feud. I wouldnt mind if this added any layers to their relationship, but given that both men are embroiled in separate feuds and both have matches at Takeover: Portland already, its strictly fan service to goose the WWE Network viewing numbers for Worlds Collide.

Its worth mentioning, however, that the Velveteen Dream was mentioned by both Lee and Ciampa in their respective promos. If we say his name one more time, maybe hell show up in Enzo Amores old Beetlejuice suit. #saveusy2v

Cathy Kelley promises us a medical update on Lees condition, but instead, he randomly shows up in the next segment at 100 percent to throw some Full Sail security guards through bushes and car windshields. I guess that ankles fine after all!

I gotta be honest: I didnt like any of this. I get that Keith Lee essentially had the A-story of the evening, but having two separate good guy gets beaten down by heel faction, another good guy comes out for the save segments within 30 minutes both featuring the same players just seems superfluous. Put it all in the opening segment and lets move on. There are fewer things I dislike on a wrestling show than hearing a wrestlers entrance music more than once. Once the audience pops, theyre not gonna get up again for it, especially in the case of Ciampa, who had his entrance music played twice in under a half-hour. Pops are special, and a finite resource. Lets not waste them.

The first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continued with the Broserweights having one hell of a fast-paced match against NXT UKs Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster, a team that should not exist (mods and punks are enemies, damn it!). I dont think anyone was surprised that Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle rolled here heck, they already have matching gear but Mandrews and Webster put up a surprisingly good fight for a pair of guys that just had the shit kicked out of them in a ladder match.

The match itself was perfectly cromulent (although it at times gave me that same feeling of anxiousness like when I accidentally play a podcast at 1.25 speed), but nobody in that room thought the Broserweights were going to lose, no matter how many nearfalls they teased us with. (That said, the jackhammer into a rollup false finish made me laugh, and also made me wonder why no one ever did that to Goldberg before) Even Dunne seemed to get sick of the match taking so long when he flat-out punched Mandrews in the damn face after he attempted a flip off the top rope. Pin them and move on already.

One of the most memorable moments of AEWs tournament to crown their first tag team champions was the first round upset between Private Party ostensibly the 8 seed and the Young Bucks, clearly the 1 seed. It was exciting and surprising, and not something WWE really ever dabbles with, presentation-wise. Which is why, to be completely honest, I kinda zoned out during this match between the reunited Time Splitters Kushida and his old IWGP partner Alex Shelley and the Grizzled Young Vets from NXT UK. Knowing that the winner would go onto face Kyle OReilly and Bobby Fish the same team that beat the Time Splitters for the IWGP tag straps years ago made this feel like a foregone conclusion. Imagine my surprise when Shelley took the pin! Considering the Dusty Classic has been incredibly predictable this time around, it was nice to have something different happen, especially involving a special guest of sorts.

(Supplemental Best to Alex Shelley having the Teenage Bottlerocket logo on his tights. Shut up and get rad.)

Next, we get the first mention of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship since Angel Garza won it a month ago and apparently he has to defend it against three other competitors at Worlds Collide. Very well. Its an excuse to put together an absolute ripper of a triple threat match to earn a spot in that fatal four-way between NXT OG Tyler Breeze, former champion Lio Rush and up-and-comer Isaiah Swerve Scott. If theres one match you watch in full this week, let this one be it: It was full of creative, blood-pumping spots (seriously, how is Lio so fast??), and all three competitors looked great throughout.

While it wouldve been nice to see Breeze get the spot, that ship has long since sailed (say what you will about Sami Zayns main roster mistreatment, but at least the dude got to win the NXT championship once Breeze hasnt sniffed gold since FCW). The money match is Garza/Rush III, so might as well let Swerve get the Worlds Collide spot and save that for a Takeover. Plus, Swerves JML Driver looks insane, so expect him to hit it on one of the NXT UK competitors then get tossed out of the ring by Garza for a sneaky pin to retain.

Tonights main event was a blast for a number of reasons seriously, who doesnt like a good ol battle royal? but it will likely be remembered for the glorious return of Shayna Baszler, who hasnt been on NXT TV since dropping the womens title a month ago. She makes her impact felt immediately, eliminating a full third of the field, including pretty much all the cans (sorry, MJ Jenkins and Kayden Carter) but also a big-time player in Mercedes Martinez when the two of them were staring each other down, it felt like I was watching Looper.

It was also the return of Tegan Nox, who was rocking a killer Nine Inch Nails tee earlier in the show (shout-out to Trent Reznor, who is not only already halfway to an EGOT but just got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame yesterday) and who had the funniest spot of the whole match when she chokeslammed Io Shirai onto Shayna Baszler. Bah gawd! Of course, her presence summoned Dakota (Cobra) Kai, who eliminated her and then chucked Noxs old knee brace at her head for good measure. Thatll be a fun feud.

There were a lot of fresh faces in this match, which made it easy to lose track of folks. That made the eventual reveal of Shotzi Blackheart as the whoops, Im not eliminated after all entrant at the end of the match that much more surprising. She had the crowd behind her big time, which will be helpful once Shayna murders her on live TV next week. They can all donate to the Gofundme her family will start for her funeral expenses.

Our final two came down to Io Shirai and Bianca Belair, with the EST eventually getting the better of the genius of the sky. Even though the crowd was firmly in Ios corner, Im okay with this. NXT is already giving a massive face push to the current male crowd favorite, Keith Lee, because they can run him against Roddy and his shitty little boots. Ios still technically a heel, even with the crowd support, so if you were to run her against Rhea Ripley this soon, it would be all the more damaging to whoever has to lose that match. Now, Ripley gets to square off against Belair in a Wargames rematch of sorts, and Im looking forward to all sorts of absurd power moves from each woman. Is hoss a gender neutral term? It should be. Hoss fights forever.

Thats it for this weeks Best and Worst of NXT. Drop down into our comments section below to let us know what you thought of the show (and how wrong I am about all the Lee/Ciampa/Undisputed Era stuff), and give us a share on social media to help spread the word. Thanks for reading this far. Brandon will be back next week!

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