The Random Show, Episode 24: Porn Attacks, Eating Insect Protein, Tech Finds, and More

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There are dozens of topics covered in this tea-infused, bromantic episode of scatterbrained nonsense.

Like what? Well: porn (including select picks), taking an “alcohol vacation,” fixing low testosterone, the wonders of insect protein, start-up talk, and much more. O-tanoshimi dane!

Please note: The 100 free spots for Exo protein bars filled up in less than 15 minutes! Hope to do more giveaways next month, but — in the meantime — you can get Exo here, while inventory lasts. My favorite flavor right now is cacao nut.

This edition of The Random Show was recorded and edited by Graham Hancock(@grahamhancock). For all previous episodes, including the epic China Scam episode,click here.

Enjoy!

Show notes are below, courtesy of kind reader Wayne Patton (Thanks, Wayne!):

1. Unicorn Peppermill at 1:10 – good for all kinds of herbs/spices, not just pepper. Tim’s favorite (and perhaps Amazon’s favorite) peppermill.
2. Benefits of turmeric tea and longevity beginning at 2:11
3. Diet of the world’s “oldest” city per capita at 5:00
4. Kevin on why you shouldn’t push down elderly folks at 6:25
5. The 30-day challenge beginning at 9:30
7. Low testosterone conversation at 13:25 & 16:20
8. Tim’s favorite porn at 16:05
9. The bet between Kevin and Tim at 19:08

*Commercial: Donate to http://www.donorschoose.org

10. Crypto currencies like Dogecoin and micro-transactions at 21:00 (side note: Tim only invests if he has an “informational advantage”)
11. At 26:30 Kevin begins talking about http://www.ethereum.org and how it could have a decentralizing effect on the internet and cryptographic currencies
12. Protein from crickets at 31:00 – http://www.exo.co
13. First 100 people get a free cricket bar at 38:45 [NOTE:  These slots filled up within 15 min of this post going live]
14. What Kevin’s excited about (hint: recycling furniture) at 40:18 –http://www.moveloot.com
15. At 43:15 Kevin talks about http://www.misfitwearables.com and how much he likes the product
16. On meditation and the effects at 44:39
17. Dopamine vs. serotonin and building habits at 47:20 – stay tuned at http://www.summertomato.com
18. The effects of heat on the body (and magnesium oxide) at 48:45
19. Magnesium deficiency and the effects at 51:00
20. Tim’s podcast at 54:00 – Don’t podcast drunk and edit sober.
21. Tim on taking illustration classes at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA (http://www.filoli.org) at 57:15
22. Slaine The Horned God graphic novel by Pat Mills & Simon Bisley at 58:15
23. Subscribe for Tim’s quarterly subscription package –http://quarterly.co/tim – and why it’s so much fun for Tim
24. Kevin’s dream about a Bonsai style orange tree at 1:01:20
25. Titanium sunglasses at 1:02:03 – http://www.williampainter.com

Posted on: May 5, 2014.

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74 comments on “The Random Show, Episode 24: Porn Attacks, Eating Insect Protein, Tech Finds, and More

  1. I’d really like a full post or discussion on your experiences on transcendental mediation. You mentioned you were going to do one in TimTimTalkTalk T4 The Tim Ferriss Show ep.1 with Kevin. I haven’t been able to schedule the consecutive days to learn the practice but I’ve got a flexible schedule this summer and I’m setting aside the cash.

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  2. I can corroborate Tim’s experiment having performed something very similar two months ago. It sounds ludicrous, but give up porn and masturbation for 30 days as a challenge. I think you’ll be astounded by the effects (energy levels, testosterone, creativity, will power, and so much more). Happy to share more if anyone is interested.

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  3. Fun fact: the hormone oxytocin is released when you have an orgasm. For men, interestingly, it is only released when you have an orgasm with someone you love.

    Not so fun fact: porn isn’t love.

    Good luck in going with no pron for a month, Tim. Its an awesome strategy that will help you to feel things that you haven’t felt for a long time. You’re going to feel more motivated, sexually charged and masculine.

    Pron is a serious issue affecting males all over the world today. They just don’t know it though. A great analogy: you can eat McDonalds today, tomorrow & next week and you won’t get a heart attack anytime soon. Life seems great. But if you consistently do this over an extended period of time, you’re buying a one-way ticket to heart attack city that you’ll use at some point in the future. Similarly, dudes that are watching porn 3-4 times a week are guaranteeing themselves health-related problems at some point in the future. Things like low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, social anxiety, depression, etc are all common. The science has begun to catch up and reveal some intriguing findings. Eg. a cocaine addict’s brain scan is similar to that of a pron addict.

    The Taoists practiced sex energy many years ago and Napolean Hill talked about it in Think and Grow Rich. Its not rocket science: if the Taoists and Napolean Hill recognized that the simple behaviour of mastrbation can become an issue for men hundreds of years ago, imagine the negative effect of modern internet pron on the male brain and body.

    ps: Kevin, if you consider pron a harmless diversion, you should talk to marriage therapists and divorce lawyers.

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    • I have also seen lots of reports that masturbation is very healthy, and that abstainers suffer from all sorts of problems (depression, prostate issues etc).

      A random Google search reveals hundreds of articles on the benefits of regular masturbation. I would post links here but it doesn’t let me, so I guess I have to search for the findings you mention too. I have to admit they sound suspicious to me :)

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    • The Taoists have some amazing exercises that are like a cross between kegel exercise and focused breath meditation that will send your testosterone through the roof.

      I’m not sure there have been any studies conducted on the practices but anecdotally, they can really turn your health around. I’ve noticed stronger erections, massively increased stamina, and almost complete ejaculation control. Also they make you horny as a 15 year old.

      Combine that with waking up early (just don’t use curtains and let the sun wake you up), and you’ll have morning wood every day and never need another cup of coffee or other stim for energy.

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  4. Good for you giving up porn Tim. F*ck yeah. I also like what you said about the “afraid of offending people” re: not watching porn. You’re obviously doing some tough/good work, my friend. Cheers!

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  5. 2 more tips for night-time sleep aids:
    -Decaf green tea extract capsule + 5htp/tryptophan.
    -Tryptophan mixed with water and predigested collagen protein, and swallowed. Hat tip to Steve Fowkes on that one.

    Magnesium will only help either of the above. In all cases, it’s like getting hit by a train. My favorite and most bioavailable magnesium supplement is putting ConcenTrace Mineral Drops (in a blue bottle available at WholeFoods) into empty gelcaps. Way better results than oxide, etc.

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  6. Love the Random Show! I wish I could get one of those Cricket Bars however, I live in Canada. I was curious, Kevin was talking about getting deep sleep for 3 to 4 hours a night. Is that average? I use a Basis Band for sleep tracking and I have never gotten more then 2 and a half hours, and I range usually from 1 and a half to 2 hours. this doesn’t change much whether I get 7 hours or 11 hours of sleep. I take magnesium citrate at night, pill form 1200mg, and I also do the Tbs of Almond Butter at night with celery (from 4HB). I also never wake up feeling completely refreshed and ready to go. Tips and tricks? Is my Deep Sleep normal? I have also tried the Honey and Vinegar concoction that was all the rage a few months ago…it didn’t work.

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  7. Totally knew Tim would say Anjelica. How could he not? She broke my 10-day streak. Her latest X-Art stuff is great….

    Tim, I had 470 testosterone level per WellnessFX several months back. During that porn & masturbation-free 10-day period, my libido was insane. Unscientific experiment, but I legitimately felt amazing. Most energy, more focused, better mood.

    Really probably should kick that for a full month, at least.

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    • Too many people equate libido with testosterone. That’s not how it works (as an easy example, just go take horny goat weed. Your libido will rocket, your T will remain untouched)

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  8. You can absorb trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, and zinc while you bathe. The Kneipp salt product line is very high in trace minerals, and is free from chemical additives.

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  9. Hey, Tim…loved the show
    I remember you once recommended a book on drawing called (Maybe) “Drawing from the head” about drawing proportionally from the head

    I’ve been searching for it, with no luck….any help with the name of the book would be great!

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  10. Show notes:

    Opener: Tim’s on an alcohol hiatus.

    1. Unicorn Peppermill at 1:10 – good for all kinds of herbs, not just pepper. http://www.unicornmills.com
    2. Benefits of Turmeric Tea and longevity beginning at 2:11
    3. Diet of the world’s “oldest” city per capita at 5:00
    4. Kevin on why you shouldn’t push down elderly folks at 6:25
    5. The 30 day challenge beginning at 9:30
    7. Low testosterone conversation at 13:25 & 16:20
    8. Tim’s favorite porn at 16:05
    9. The bet between Kevin and Tim at 19:08

    *Commercial: Donate to http://www.donorschoose.org

    10. Crypto currencies like Dogecoin and micro-transactions at 21:00 (side note: Tim only invests if he has insider information . . . okay, okay, he said “informational advantage”)
    11. At 26:30 Kevin begins talking about http://www.ethereum.org and how it could have a decentralizing effect on the internet and cryptographic currencies
    12. Protein from crickets at 31:00 – http://www.exo.co
    13. First 100 people get a free cricket bar at 38:45
    14. What Kevin’s excited about (hint: recycling furniture) at 40:18 – http://www.moveloot.com
    15. At 43:15 Kevin talks about http://www.misfitwearables.com and how much he likes the product
    16. On meditation and the effects at 44:39
    17. Dopamine vs. Serotonin and building habits at 47:20 – stay tuned at http://www.summertomato.com
    18. The effects of heat on the body (and magnesium oxide) at 48:45
    19. Magnesium deficiency and the effects at 51:00
    20. Tim’s podcast at 54:00 – Don’t podcast drunk and edit sober. Everyone vote for “Tim Tim Talk Time” as a title in the comments.
    21. Tim on taking comic book penciling classes at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, CA (http://www.filoli.org) at 57:15
    22. Slain The Horned God graphic novel by Pat Mills & Simon Bisley at 58:15
    23. Subscribe for Tim’s quarterly subscription package – http://quarterly.co/tim – and why it’s so much fun for Tim
    24. Kevin’s dream about a Bonsai style orange tree at 1:01:20
    25. Titanium sunglasses at 1:02:03 – http://www.williampainter.com

    Personal note on the show: On Saturday I ended a 30-day alcohol free period by having a few drinks at a Derby party. Felt so bad the next day (compared to the previous 30) that I’m now doing 60-days.

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  11. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, will look into your “quarterly”. Enjoyed podcast as well, Kelly Starrett is one all should check out. Thank you again for your work.

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  12. i might be a dumb ass. but where do i get to the actual show? is it a video or what? where’s the link to it? sorry for asking, i’m kinda new here…

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  13. Add competitive fighting (boxing, contact martial arts) to the no alcohol, no masturbation “detox” and you’ll be amazed at the testosterone increases and carryover to focus in all domains of life.

    Its not porn per se, its the “release” under conditions of no object identification reciprocation.

    Thankfully (!), sex with another person with orgasm and ejaculation has a dramatic effect on increasing testosterone.

    The issue with masturbation + porn is the complete externalization of “other”.

    This is no voodoo Bay Area new age bullshit.

    There are some amazing life extension effects buried in this biology as it all relates to reproductive success. These are deeply wired programs that stem from pheromone detection.

    Incidentally, we are starting to run some legit animal studies on this and the underlying neural circuit mechanisms. It all just validates what men and some have known for ages intuitively.

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  14. Tim, at the risk of sounding like a porn addict, what is your strategy for abstaining from porn and masturbation? I cannot go more than 2 days, I kid you not.

    I want to do a porn fast, but when I lie awake at night, it is THE only thing that can help me fall asleep. Tips?

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    • This guy said his research has shown only one way… referring to ED (erectile dysfunction). The talk is a great look into how internet porn changes the brain.

      Google Gary Wilson’s TED talk “The Great Porn Experiment”

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  15. Credit where credit is due: Although “Tiny habits” might have been created by this UCSF guy Kevin mentions, he did not create the ideas behind them. The idea of regular, ridiculously small steps originates from W Edwards Deming and his work in the Training Within Industries (TWI) program in WWII days and possibly even earlier, though we have access to documentation in the form of the books Deming wrote in his lifetime. This philosophy of constant improvement was exported, along with the rest of TWI, to the ruin of Japan’s postwar economy where it took on the name kaizen, and helped rebuild some of the gigantic companies we know today, the poster child of which is Toyota. In the US it also became the cornerstone of what we now call Six Sigma

    More recently this work came to the attention of Dr Robert Maurer of UCLA who used it extensively in his own practice, and then wrote a fittingly short book on using this technique for habit change called “One Small Step Can Change Your Life”, published in 2004. This book outlines the six techniques used in employing kaizen, one of which Darya is using, i.e. “Take small actions”.

    Anyway food for thought.

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  16. Hi Tim — This is interesting & keep going with the podcasts, I really enjoyed this.

    ‘Porn’ seems to be a taboo subject that people just don’t want to talk about. I’m glad this has been addressed in such a carefree way. I often go on ‘Low-Porn Diets”, from week to week, and the result (for me) is increased will-power, productivity, physical strength and my face glows. I go on these LPD’s quite often and always notice the difference. Having said that, Anjelica is HOT!

    I think you’ll ace it on the cricket protein bars!

    Cheers,

    Sam

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  17. Regarding low testosterone, have you looked into eliminating plastic packaging? I’ve heard it increases estrogen.
    [Moderator: Link removed]

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  18. @Tim,
    You’ve recommended “Sláine” before, which is great. But dude… [Pedant warning], you are *still* mispronouncing his name. For linguaphile like yourself that’s too half-assed. The name is in Irish (which Americans tend to call “Gaelic” but that’s another rant).
    In a discussion of Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel “Musashi” you’d never consider calling it “Moosawshey” or some other lazy anglicisation. I’m guessing you’d have more respect for the source culture and language. Why not with “Sláine”?
    For an idea of how to say it see http://www.forvo.com/word/sl%C3%A1ine/#ga or this soso TTS synthesiser of one dialect pronunciation http://bit.ly/1j7NSb1
    (The unusual sound after the “n” is what linguist call “velarisation”.)

    Here’s hoping that next time you mention the great Mr Bisley and Sláine you’ll have go at a better pronunciation. ;-)

    P.S. I enjoyed the Joel Waitzkin podcast, a man committed to mastery in all its modes.

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  19. I definitively need more deep sleep. If Darya Rose @summertomato achieved it just with respiration exercises that is a good news and motivates me to try it. Anyone know how to do it? Just deep breath? Time of day? I don feel like doing it in the morning.

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  20. Just for the record: Kevin doesn’t know anything about dopamine, serotonin or habits (but that was funny). I’ll be giving a much more in-depth explanation of what he was attempting to talk about in my CreativeLive course later this month.

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  21. Regarding what Kevin said at 47.20:

    Robert Sapolsky talks about dopamine driving behavior. It seems to be the anticipation of pleasure, not the reward itself, that raises dopamine in certain parts of the brain. This lines up with what kevin was talking about. Lots of implications for hacking behavior with this information.

    He has a 5 minute clip on youtube about this

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  22. I like that show, because of the nice flow and the mix.

    I was really impressed that Kevins wife got up to 6hrs of deep sleep. That’s wow. As I know 2-3 hrs are average. Never tracked my sleep, but will try now. Anyone know how you got nice and easy out of the deep sleep zone? I use a alarm clock app which starts 7 minutes before you actually need to get up. It starts very slowly and getting louder. Any other suggestions?

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  23. Really enjoyed watching this random show episode. I know polyrachis ant has been consumed for centuries in China as a superfood which they say is great for sexual health. Cricket bar is an interesting idea, not at all appetizing to western culture I would assume, but could be more marketable in China.
    -Like you mentioned just about anything could be made into a flour, I wonder why why don’t see black and red bean candy bars the way cacao has, plus various other food items. Dried, floured, sweetened, flavored organically, and presented in an easily accessible candy bar, the food possibilities are endless. I would prefer soylent bars to liquid.

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  24. As a NASCAR fan, I have to admit that it was hilarious to watch last Sunday’s race. One of the sports most popular drivers was making a charge for the front, only to have a car with a giant grinning dog on it get in his way.

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  25. Tim,

    Good job putting down the wine for a month, same with the porn. But, when you spoke of herbs it is obvious that you were blazed for this episode, it’s all good though, do you prefer Sativa or Indica strains?

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  26. I obsessed with the living wall. Does anyone know where I can I purchase one? I really wanted to do a moss wall in my shower in Hawaii but all I could find were concept walls, nothing on the market in the US.

    Any leads appreciated :)

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  27. Hey Tim, If you’re looking to improve your illustration skills try searching for ‘Andrew Loomis’. Not all of his stuff is in reprint but most of today’s graphic novel illustration is based off of his teachings.

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  28. Looking for information on efficacy of Ketogenic eating before, during, and after pregnancy via gestational surrogate.

    Wendy Ripani
    Milwaukee, WI

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  29. Good for you to report about your T levels. I think it’s a huge problem only the drug companies are talking about…(but not in a way that will make men healthier.)

    In Dr Norman Diodge’s book on neuroscience “The Brain that Changes Itself” he covers this (and many other unrelated but huge brain-science advancements like fully recovering patients of stroke/paralysis, blind people who learn to see with their tongue, and other mind blowing stuff). He addresses this issue about hormones and pornography that change the brain, even down to the cells and DNA and the 3D brain scan prove it.

    It falls in agreement with your findings. (I sense that he’s been sidelined for having a very unpopular findings and I wonder if you’ll get flack too. You won’t from me:) )

    (Diodge’s book and work have won numerous awards. Check his wikipedia page. You should add this amazing book to you reading list—or book club list!).

    Funny though, a slew of articles indicate the a man gets a 35% BOOST in Testosterone if he masturbates and watches porn. It is just a temporary boost they are tracking?

    (Pharmaceutical and Porn industries are multi-billion dollar beasts that won’t take your findings happily and would probably love to bury your findings.) A huge spike in access to porn and a huge spike in males with Low T—I doubt it’s a coincidence. (Watch Fox News Channel or most sports channels, for about 4 minutes and you are guaranteed to see a (Erectile Dysfunction) Cialis type drug ad or Low T drug commercial. And maybe the first spokesman for ED, Bob Dole, should keep his hands where we can see them, huh? ;)

    Good work, Tim.

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  30. For those interested in the “no-fap” challenge. I highly recommend the website yourbrainonporn.com. Which also deals with dopamine and other brain chemicals released when watching porn and why it’s basically not a good idea to do porn but why it has such a strong allure to the (visually oriented) male mind.

    I found this one of the better shows actually. I’m not sure if the absence of alcohol has anything to do with it.

    I would be quite interested for some mind-hacking tips/research from Tim. I’ve been doing meditation and studying a bit on the different effects different meditation techniques have on the mind, but I have to say it’s all still a bit vague…

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  31. I’d actually prefer to get protein from insects if it means eating less-processed foods. I can’t really understand how people consider that gross, but look at chickens, pigs and cows, let alone lobsters and crabs and fish, and think the animals are appetizing.

    I saw an article a few months back about how Americans used to be freaked out by sushi, and how it’s huge. The article talks about a company hoping to make a similar transition with insects. Quick google search brought me to World Ento, but not sure if that’s the original company I read about or not.

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  32. Interesting chat about what may drive deep sleep… I find that eliminating caffeine is a complete game changer…I was in the 8am and 3pm coffee fix cycle that is hard to shake…but after 2 wk purge …energy picked up and was sleeping better.

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  33. I recently read an interesting book about porn (the author taking the view that it is a sort of public health epidemic), and was reminded of it while watching this episode of The Random Show. Some of you may find it interesting – “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality” by Gail Dines.

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  34. Raw Elite record holding powerlifter Jamie Lewis has some interesting views on the whole “sex frequency and testosterone” issue.

    [Moderator: Link Removed]

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  35. Fermented Turmeric Tea is awesome! I spent about 3-4 weeks in Okinawa Japan and you see a lot of the older generation drinking it. When talking with people, I always asked their perspective on why people in Okinawa live so long and Fermented Turmeric Tea was at the top of the list. [Moderator: Link removed.]

    Though it should be mentioned, and I wonder if Tim and Kevin noticed this as well, but the younger generation seems to be moving away from the traditional Okinawa diet and lifestyle. They eat a lot of meat/processed food/less vegetables, they don’t take part in traditional activities that their elders do, and they spend a lot of time isolating themselves via technology. I’m curious to see if within the next 50-80 years the Okinawa lifespan stays the same as the younger generation matures.

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  36. Hey Tim,

    I read that you talked about ETHEREUM.
    I wondered if you were interested in cryptocurrencies.
    Have you heard of NXT? It’s a decentralized system that will revolutionize the way finance will do business.

    Here are some resources:

    http://nxt.org/

    http://nxtforum.org

    http://wiki.nxtcrypto.org/wiki/Main_Page

    The marketcap of NXT is currently over 60 million dollars.
    And this could well be over 300 million soon and over 1 billion on mid term scale (1 year) and over 5 billion on the long term.

    Hope you learned some new stuff!

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