Privacy for Piracy

How do pirates know they are pirates?

They think therefore they Arrr!

Someone’s Dad

Admittedly, I spent a too much time looking for a cheesy pirate joke to start things off here.

But I think we did alright. Pirate themed dad jokes aside, I’m happy to announce that is now accepting cryptocurrencies! It’s been a long time coming so I wanted to share with you why now.

Anyone can see that cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) are here to stay. They’ve gained a lot of acceptance in the various market places both on-line and, with the help of your phone, in meetspace.

If you’re like most humans, you’ve probably heard of this “cyberpunky” new way of commerce but never really knew how to get started. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ve opened a wallet or two in the past and made a few transactions but never really found the convenience level to be on par with that debit or credit card you’ve been using for ages.

Plus there’s always options like PayPal, Venmo, Samsung and Apple Pay. Those apps are already installed on our phones, linked with our bank accounts and available at most every check out. So why would anyone want or need to open a crypto wallet? And dafaq is a blockchain?

I feel you.

But fear not dear reader, for this is not another Bitcoin 101 Tutorial. I’m also going to spare you a history lesson as both of these topics have been widely covered over the past decade and a half. However, if you’re looking for some wisdom from a crypto info from a veteran, I’d suggest checking out this episode of my buddy John Bush’s show Live Free Now. He even offers one-on-one sit downs with people to help get setup for a thriving “cryptolio”. (See what I did there?)

The dollar is weak man. It’s kind of funny re-reading that sentence. I’ve said it out loud a few times but never actually typed it out. But it’s true! When I was younger I could never understand the concept of inflation. It didn’t make sense to me how a loaf of bread was less than a dollar when I was in grade school, but then over two dollars by the time I graduated high school.

The Oxford definition of inflation is:

a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.

It’s that second part that often gets left out of explanations. Economists can argue all they want about whether or not the dollar will collapse but I think you and I should just go ahead and be prepared for it. Just in case.

And don’t forget, everything you and I are doing these days is tracked. And not to “keep and eye on us” necessarily but to mine the data generated from our pointin’ and clickin’. Filter said data through computer algorithms to organize just the right set of advertisements to target you and get you to come buy things you didn’t know you needed.

The best is when you order something on Amazon and then have ads for that product showing up in your feed for weeks after the fact. Seems like the cart leading the horses on that front.

Not long ago, I caught myself asking Alexa to turn on my TV and launch Netflix whilst I was checking my Facebook notifications and sipping on a Venti Carmel Ribbon Crunch. (Don’t judge me)

All of the big companies are frakkin evil. Even the acronym used for them in business and finance makes you worry about getting bit in the rear. FAANG. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and good old Google. The last even went as far as to quietly stop using their ‘Don’t be Evil’ motto a couple years ago.

I’m taking back my privacy and financial freedom. And one method for that is the inclusion of crypto into my regular earning and spending habits. After some research and discussion with a few of my fellow radicals, I’ve decided I want to use Pirate Chain (ARRR).

Besides the obvious “cool factor” from having pirate in the name, the second reason I’m going with Pirate Chain is it’s level of privacy in a financial system dominated by transparent transactions. All Pirate Chain transactions are private by default as opposed to others which give you the option of privacy. You just need to know that you need to turn it on. This leaves vulnerabilities in the protocol right out of the gate which defeats the purpose. Who knew?

Pirate Chain is fully decentralized and does not require a third party to verify transactions because that’s handled within the code. If you really want to nerd out on this amazing technology you can read their white paper or get involved since the team is always looking for volunteers with varying skill sets.

There is also a directory of merchants whom already use Pirate Chain and I would encourage you to look their any time you’re shopping for products or services. This ARRRmada of merchants is only going to grow from this point on. Speaking of which, if you have your own business you might consider getting it listed on there as well!

We’re not even two weeks into the new year but with everything that’s been going on in the world I am both excited and hopeful about all of the alternatives to the status quo that are rapidly being adopted by those who truly understand and value their individual freedom.

I’m curious what strategies you are using to take back your privacy and financial freedom. Let me know by leaving a comment below this post and thank you so much for reading.

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