Bitcoin Bingo!

Now that Bitcoin is increasing

its’ market cap back up to $4Billion, we are also seeing the flood of mainstream news article about bitcoin. Here’s a game you can play as the new wave of FUD inevitably is stirred up with the tide of news; it is called Bitcoin Bingo!

Bingo with Bitcoin news

Bitcoin News Bingo

The way you play the game is to Google “bitcoin” and mark out the words as you see them appear. When this card was originally created in December 2013, we could play black out in a half-day. A lot has happened in the bitcoin ecosystem since then, so it surprising to me that journalists are still going to this same well and not doing any new research…well, no I’m not surprised. I guess I’m really just embarrassed for them.

 

AirVPN is a VPN That Takes Your Anonymity Seriously

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TorrentFreak asks:

“WHICH VPN SERVICES TAKE YOUR ANONYMITY SERIOUSLY?

VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance, but unfortunately not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users’ IP-addresses and other private info for months. To find out how anonymous VPNs really are, TF asked the leading providers about their logging practices and other privacy sensitive policies.

spyBy now most Internet users are well aware of the fact that pretty much every step they take on the Internet is logged or monitored.

To prevent their IP-addresses from being visible to the rest of the Internet, millions of people have signed up to a VPN service. Using a VPN allows users to use the Internet anonymously and prevent snooping.

Unfortunately, not all VPN services are as anonymous as they claim, as several incidents have shown in the past.

By popular demand we now present the fourth iteration of our VPN services “logging” review. In addition to questions about logging practices, we also asked VPN providers about other privacy sensitive policies, so prospective users can make an informed decision.

AIRVPN’s Answers:airvpn

TF: Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you to match an IP-address and a time stamp to a user of your service? If so, exactly what information do you hold and for how long?

AirVPN: No, we don’t keep such logs.

TF: Under what jurisdiction(s) does your company operate?

AirVPN: Italy.

TF: What tools are used to monitor and mitigate abuse of your service?

AirVPN: We use internally written tools to mitigate attacks against our VPN servers as well as DDoS attacks originating from clients behind our servers.

TF: Do you use any external email providers (e.g. Google Apps) or support tools ( e.g Live support, Zendesk) that hold information provided by users?

AirVPN: No, we don’t.

TF: In the event you receive a DMCA takedown notice or European equivalent, how are these handled?

AirVPN: They are ignored, except when they refer to web sites running behind our VPN servers. Due to our service features, it is perfectly possible to run web sites from behind our servers: we also provide DDNS for free to our customers. For these specific cases, we can act similarly to a hosting provider and we verify that the web site is compliant to our Terms of Service. We have had web sites spreading viruses and other malware (verified without any doubt) and we intervened to quickly stop them when we were warned about the issue.

TF: What steps are taken when a valid court order requires your company to identify an active user of your service? Has this ever happened?

AirVPN: Since we can’t provide information that we don’t have, an “ex-post” investigation is the only solution, if and when applicable. So far we have had no court orders of this kind.

TF: Does your company have a warrant canary or a similar solution to alert customers to gag orders?

AirVPN:No, we don’t. While a warrant canary’s effectiveness is questionable, we recommend to use technical means to solve the problem at its roots. When a customer can’t afford to trust us for the sensitivity of his/her activities, he/she can simply use Tor over OpenVPN, or OpenVPN over Tor, to get an immediate protection which a warrant canary, not even if updated every day, will never be able to provide.

TF: Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic allowed on all servers? If not, why?

AirVPN: Yes, it’s allowed on every and each server. We do not discriminate against any protocol or application and we do not monitor traffic or traffic type.

TF: Which payment systems do you use and how are these linked to individual user accounts?

AirVPN: We accept Bitcoin, a wide range of cryptocoins, PayPal and major credit cards. About PayPal and credit cards, the usual information pertaining to the transaction and account/credit card holder are retained by the financial institutions, and it is possible to correlate a payment to a user (which is good for refund purposes when required). When this is unacceptable for security reasons, then Bitcoin or some other cryptocoin should be used. Bitcoin can also be provided with a strong anonymity layer simply by running the Bitcoin client behind Tor.

TF: What is the most secure VPN connection and encryption algorithm you would recommend to your users? Do you provide tools such as “kill switches” if a connection drops and DNS leak protection?

AirVPN: Our service setup, based on OpenVPN, is the following: 4096 bit RSA keys size, AES-256-CBC Data Channel, 4096 bit Diffie-Hellman keys size, HMAC SHA1 Control Channel, TLS additional authorization layer key: 2048 bit.

Perfect Forward Secrecy through Diffie-Hellman key exchange DHE. After the initial key negotiation, re-keying is performed every 60 minutes (this value can be lowered unilaterally by the client). Due to the serious doubts about NIST standard Elliptic Curves parameters being manipulated by NSA, we feel to share Bruce Schneier’s considerations to not use ECC.

Our free and open source client Eddie (under GPLv3) for Linux, Windows, OS X Mavericks and Yosemite, implements features which prevent the typical DNS leaks in Windows and any other leak (for example in case of unexpected VPN disconnection). Leaks prevention, called “Network Lock”, is not a trivial kill-switch, but it prevents various leaks that a classical kill switch can’t block: leaks caused by WebRTC, by programs binding to all interfaces on a misconfigured system and by malevolent software which tries to determine the “real” IP address. In the future, probably before the end of 2015, our client will be available, as usual free and open source according to our mission, for other VPN services too.

We provide guides, based on firewalls and not, to prevent leaks on various systems for all those persons who can’t or don’t wish to use our client Eddie.

TF: Do you use your own DNS servers? (if not, which servers do you use?)

AirVPN: Yes, we use our own DNS servers.

TF: Do you have physical control over your VPN servers and network or are they outsourced and hosted by a third party (if so, which ones)? Where are your servers located?

AirVPN: Our servers are housed in datacenters which we have physical access to, provided that the access is arranged in advance for security reasons. Datacenters must comply to some technical and privacy requirements. With rare exceptions, a datacenter must have a PoP to at least one tier1 provider. Without exceptions, datacenter must be network neutral, must provide bandwidth redundancy, minimum uptime of 99.8% and our servers must have a dedicated port and a guaranteed bandwidth. We have servers located in Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA. We work or have been working with big and small providers, such as Amanah, IBM, Leaseweb, Voxility, HugeServers, Serveria, YesUp, Teknikbyran, just to name a few.

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CNBC Commentary: Bitcoin’s golden moment: BIT gets FINRA approval

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Bitcoin’s golden moment: BIT gets FINRA approval

Online wallet and exchange services such as Coinbase have made it incredibly easy for the everyday investor and user of bitcoin to buy the currency. But what if you want to buy and hold bitcoin as an investment? Or, what if you want to diversify your investment portfolio into this new asset class, but do not have the expertise or resources to securely procure and store bitcoin?

One solution to this problem has been the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), which holds bitcoin in a trust in which investors can then buy shares. The BIT has been a private vehicle open to accredited investors since 2013, but that is about to change.

On March 1, 2015, Grayscale Investments (the sponsor of the BIT) announced that it has received regulatory approval from FINRA for the fund to trade publicly on an electronic platform operated by the OTC Markets Group.

This announcement ensures that the BIT will be the first publicly traded bitcoin investment fund and could pave the way for more stability in the price of bitcoin. It is also possible that a publicly traded fund like the BIT could have the same effect on the price of bitcoin as the SPDR Gold ETF had on the spot price of gold.

When GLD began to trade, the spot price of gold was trading just above $400 per ounce. Prior to launch of the GLD, in order to purchase and store gold, investors needed to call a broker who specialized in buying spot gold and then arrange for storage. This meant opening new accounts and paying for vault space.

Alternatively, many investors opted for the simple solution of buying gold coins and storing them in a safe deposit box. However, this method was not very efficient and as a result investing in gold was difficult for the average investor.

Once investors had an ETF option, the diversification into gold began in earnest. Propelled by ease of investment and a well-timed financial crisis, the price of gold more than quadrupled to over $1900 in 2011.

I have previously written about the inverse relationship between the price of bitcoin and merchant acceptance. There has been a flawed assumption that merchant acceptance will push the price of bitcoin ever higher. However, the evidence suggests differently. In fact, it appears that increased merchant acceptance has been a drag on the bitcoin price. The following chart illustrates that as bitcoin transactions increase the price declines.

The best explanation for this phenomenon is that as merchants receive bitcoin they immediately convert to fiat currencies. This selling pressure could be a big driver of the downward slope in price despite corporations like Dell and Microsoft accepting the digital currency. However, the public listing of the BIT could change this relationship.

There is really nothing mysterious about financial markets, they simple represent a place where buyer and seller agree on price, but disagree on value. If the seller values fiat currency more than bitcoin (perhaps to pay employee salaries in US Dollars) then they are more likely to accept a lower price.

On the other side of the bitcoin transaction is the buyer which currently consists of long term investors. A falling price suggests that the sellers either outnumber the buyers or are more aggressive in terms of price.

Presently there is very little competition between buyers, but an easy on-ramp to investing could change that dynamic. As long term investors enter the space the BIT may provide the needed competition for a scarce resource that will push the price higher. This is exactly what occurred when GLD was launched.

Competition for a scarce resource is not a development unique to digital currency – this is the way markets have operated for thousands of years.

Dynasty or Di-Nasty?

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Are you ready for the next “choice?”

Bloomberg View: Bitcoin Still Confuses Bankers

Fed Chairman Bernanke Testifies On Monetary Policy To Senate Banking Committee

Bitcoin, the poster child for digital currencies, is proving something of a headache for central banks. Should they ban it, regulate it, embrace it, undermine it or just ignore it? Their best bet would be to let Darwinism take its course, and resist the regulatory impulse to interfere with either Bitcoin’s survival or demise. And, if it lives, they should step aside and celebrate innovation rather than try to block its progress.

Bitcoin has always posed a challenge to central bankers’ exclusive power to mint money, but it’s never been clear how the official guardians of monetary stability would respond to it. Reports published in recent weeks by the European Central Bank and the Bank of England suggest they’re scrambling to keep all of their options open. Schizophrenia is setting in.

 

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The ECB’s kaleidoscopic list of central bank views on what Bitcoin is or isn’t illustrates the quandary. Sweden and Finland deny it is a currency at all; the latter also disqualifies it as an instrument of payment, while the former taxes it as an asset. Germany regards it as a unit of account, akin to the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights, so not legal tender but still a form of financial instrument. The Federal Reserve regards the technology as not “sufficiently mature,” but worthy of “further exploration and monitoring”; it also says it doesn’t have the right to regulate digital money.

The ECB’s new report suggests there are as many as 500 different virtual currency platforms, mostly tweaks of Bitcoin’s open-source system. The bank is highly skeptical, however, of whether anyone is using anything other than Bitcoin to actually make payments. Yet even if it commands more than 80 percent of the virtual currency market, as the ECB estimates, Bitcoin remains a minnow in the world of finance. The ECB contrasts the 69,000 daily Bitcoin transactions globally with the 274 million non-cash payment transfers each day just in the European Union. It also highlights that in both number and volume of transactions, Bitcoin is dwarfed by regular payment systems:

Bitcoin Volume

SOURCE: ECB

 

 

The ECB warns that digital currencies currently have fundamental flaws, including the lack of refund rights if your account makes payments you didn’t authorize, whether by fraud or accident, plus the existence of what it calls “scamcoins” designed exclusively to bilk participants. It also acknowledges why users might like Bitcoin. Cheaper transaction costs, a true disregard for geographical borders, faster settlement and the perceived anonymity of the system all offer advantages over traditional methods of moving money.

Bank of England report published last week follows the central bank orthodoxy of denying that digital currencies can count as money because of their miniscule role in buying and selling goods:

Data suggest that digital currencies are primarily viewed as stores of value — albeit with significant volatility in their valuations — and are not typically used as media of exchange.

The way the world is using Bitcoin may hasten its demise. Its value has rallied 48 percent since January’s lows, but that still leaves Bitcoin down 70 percent since its peak just over a year ago. That makes it a pretty disastrous store of value:

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As my colleague Noah Smith argued in January, money is distinct from a risky long-term asset. People don’t expect the value of money to increase in value over time, and part of the definition of what constitutes money versus an investment is that money is a medium of exchange. You buy things with money; you don’t buy stuff with your investments. As Smith put it:

The sooner people give up the hope that bitcoin will skyrocket in price, the sooner they will be willing to spend bitcoins in everyday life, the way they now spend dollars. The quicker bitcoin as an investment dies, the quicker bitcoins as currency can come to life.

Nevertheless, the surprising conclusion of the Bank of England report is that it might consider introducing its own version of Bitcoin. The technology involved “may have significant promise,” it said. “A central bank-issued digital currency might be a more easily controlled means of settlement and exchange,” said Michael Kumhof, a senior research advisor at the central bank.

That proposal sums up how central banks are likely to deal with Bitcoin in the future. They’d clearly prefer virtual currencies to die a natural death. Absent that outcome, they’ll attempt to drag the digital platforms into existing oversight frameworks, and smother them in the suffocating embrace of rules, codification and administration.

Ensnaring digital currencies in a web of officialdom would destroy their principal attraction to users — the fact that they’re not part of the existing financial infrastructure, operating instead in a digital hinterland removed from government interference. That would be a pity.

To contact the author on this story:
Mark Gilbert at magilbert@bloomberg.net

Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans For Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology

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Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans For Bitcoin And Blockchain Technology

by TRADERMAN
Cryptocurrency writer for BTCfeed.net and Founder of Razor’s Forex Trading Blog —>http://razorsforex.blogspot.com

It is slowly dawning on everyone how centralized and corrupt the political and monetary system of the world has become. In 2010, Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks organization found out how quickly they can be ostracized by the financial establishment and online payment processors such as PayPal, that cave in to the will of the US corporatocracy. WikiLeaks had only one option left, turn to Bitcoin or die. Kim Dotcom, the founder of MEGA (file-sharing service), has found himself in the same position as WikiLeaks. PayPal has decided to distance themselves from Mega by severing their multi-year business relationship as a result of a report released by NetNames, funded by MPAA. The report accused Mega of not being a “legitimate” cloud storage service i.e. safe haven for movie pirates. According to statement released by MEGA, “MEGA is aware that Senator Leahy (Vermont, Chair Senate Judiciary Committee) then pressured Visa and MasterCard to cease providing payment services to the companies named in that report.”

MEGA made an effort to demonstrate that their service is legitimate, but PayPal did not like the end-to-end encryption that provides complete anonymity to users of MEGA.

Read more about MEGA’s end-to-end encryption on our other affiliate profile page. Click Here

[PayPal acknowledged that the business is legitimate, but advised that a key concern was that MEGA has a unique model with its end-to-end encryption which leads to “unknowability of what is on the platform”.]

Paypal would like to have people believe it is “concerned” by MEGA’s encryption system, but it is highly unlikely that was the sole reason for their abrupt withdrawal. According to MEGA, “Visa and MasterCard then pressured PayPal to cease providing payment services to MEGA.”

Many other online cloud storage services (Google, Microsoft, Apple) do not seem to have the these types of issues of course. As long as the government can freely snoop, you are “good to go” in the eyes of the US corporatocracy. MEGA is proud to stand up to the pressures of the MPAA and it’s puppets, “MEGA will not compromise its end-to-end user controlled encryption model and is proud to not be part of the USA business network that discriminates against legitimate international businesses.”

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Just like WikiLeaks, MEGA now has to turn to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, as a means of facilitating their “unapproved” business transactions. Kim Dotcom does not just plan to incorporate Bitcoin itself into MEGA, but has repeatedly hinted in several tweets, at a potential blockchain based system called MegaNet, that will run on mobile devices. That famous saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, seems to be quite applicable here. In their blind crusade, the MPAA and ignorant government officials are digging their own graves! Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will provide the means for unobstructed technological innovation to take place, outside the approved boundaries of the western corporate-owned government complex.

 

 

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“Just Don’t Look”: The Passive-Aggressive Approach to Defeating Advertising “Monsters” That Anyone Can Do

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The REAL Internet: Get AirVPN Using Bitcoin

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I decided to update the page where I feature a business that takes bitcoin which I have used and recommend; click here to check it out.

Streaming media blocked outside of the US or UK is a great benefit to using a VPN, but the most important parts of using a VPN configured router is universal security of your network for all of your devices. Security from malware as well from snooping apparatchik of a hostile (or “friendly”) government who might be spying or who might be working for the copyright-cartels who want to monitor everything shared in order to prosecute. Certainly, VPNs provide a freedom of choice which ISPs who throttle bandwidth for certain types of internet traffic in favor of other, more profitable content seek to withhold as their right.
This is the real benefit of choosing a type of provider like AirVPN, circumventing censorship, georestriction, and traffic shaping.
They allow all protocols; Net Neutrality respected.
If media is still the most important thing, then you will be amazed at how fast un-throttled torrents will download.
 
For me personally, I believe file-sharing is a Privacy and Freedom of Speech issue and that indefinite copyright claims cannot co-exist with the right of people to freely and privately share their culture/speech with each other in order to further human development. If in the course of my communication with others that I must share my copy of a song, movie, or book–then either we have the right to privately share our thoughts and what makes up our understanding of our world or we cannot say no to 3rd party intrusion. People who cannot say no are also known as slaves.

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“Guerilla Marketing,” Influence, and Deceit are Not New to People Paying Attention

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In 1998, I was sitting at the end of a bar talking with the bartender and a couple of people sitting on the other corner. From my place, I could see down the length of the bar past the couple to the area where the wait-staff picked up their drinks and beyond to where other patrons gathered on stools and standing to put orders in with the bartender on the opposite side. While the four of us talked, obviously the bartender continued to work, and during one of the moments while he was away from us, an “event” happened; a PR event known as “guerilla marketing.”

Because of our conversation, we had missed the beginning of the event, but basically it had begun with an argument over something innocuous but vocal, which easily dragged others into it. I admit, it was a long time ago, and we were having our own conversation 6 feet away, so I was aware of what was going on, but I wasn’t hearing what the real argument was; it was one of those typical, pointless bar conversations such as (this was not the real subject), “Hey,what are the seven deadly sins?” Followed by right and wrong answers and jokes and then a slight disagreement about one of the answers based on some feigned, comical ignorance can be entertaining for that kind of small venue.

This was what was happening, there was a rather entertaining disagreement about something in particular that had attracted the attention of others around them. As the exchanged escalated, a bet was made for who had the right answer and the stakes were the guy who was wrong had to buy shots for everyone at the bar. This really got attention from the people from the other end of the bar who were all lined up to put in their drink orders; suddenly the couple and I having our own conversation were subsumed by people crowding in to hear the answer and to see if they’d get a free shot.

So have I illustrated the scene enough? Basically, we’d not been paying attention to the “event” as it was unfolding, it was not until we were interrupted and crowded that we began paying attention to the focus of the crowd. It was at that moment the actual “reveal” occurred with a “neutral party” announcing who was right and who had to buy the bar a shot of whatever. The crowd cheered, the guy who lost made a big announcement mentioning the ridiculous name of some nasty Jägermeister knock-off he was buying everyone and within a few minutes, a couple of “hot girls” had distributed coasters with the name around to everyone.

The bartenders were pissed because they said that had happened more often and it really disrupted the flow of the bar. There weren’t enough glasses and enough people to wash them fast enough for a stunt like that and it caused a hole in the night’s register. Think about it, the same work it took to distribute $3 shots could have distributed the $5-$7 well drinks the people in line were to order.

This was going to be a Facebook Post

Because of FB algos and distance in time and space from old acquaintances, not everyone who this post was intended for will ever even see it; I considered making this visible to the small group of people who were involved with Occupy Tulsa, friends in the media, and a few others who would understand why I included them. But then after working on it for a bit, I decided to take it over to my neglected website as it fits with the theme I write about often…. the fact that reality is much more fluid than what a culture can afford to have its adherents realize for themselves, thus there is very little authentic ‘public’ life without intrusive, deceitful actors selling a particular way of life.

The information in this leak is 10 months old, but it resurfaced on my rss feed this morning.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/document/2014/02/24/art-deception-training-new-generation-online-covert-operations/

Looking over the internal documents of the GCHQ, I identified many tactics that we observed happen with occupy. Particularly the “sensemaking” section under “Gambits of Deception” triggered flashbacks to then entire “Danfany” episode, of which black hats like the “Christian Machiavellian” and others took advantage and made the entire group look like idiots to the media. The media, of course, being none to happy to show the “high jinks” to the sceptical public who had supported the efforts in the beginning, but then quickly distanced itself from the drama they observed in the “open forum” of the General Assembly.

This further confirms the power of an intent and fucatory mal-actor at shaping daily perception of events and others.

Back to that night in 1998, we drank our shots and commiserated with our bartender friend and went on to the business of the rest of the night.

I didn’t give the “event” a second thought that night.

A few years later, however, while perusing books at a thrift store, I found a marketing book with a section on “guerrilla marketing.” The term was new to me and attracted my attention. As I skimmed, quite to my surprise, there was a section highlighting the effectiveness of “guerrilla marketing” using the example of “spontaneous events” at bars and restaurants. As I described at the beginning, a contrived discussion ends with everyone in the bar getting a free shot of the brand name.

Because the book was a marketing book, it talked about the percentages of people who were more likely to unconsciously order that shot for the night and how many continue to reflexively order the brand at that bar during future visits. The retention numbers were impressive since they were all built on the fact that most of those people would never know that they were witnessing what was essentially a live-action commercial in real-time. Most sub-consciously identify with the other patrons at the bar and because these attractive people were at the same bar as them mentioning a particular name as their drink which they wanted to share, the brand is memetically associated with their handsomeness, the spirit of sharing, and a general good time.

They will NEVER know that the same crew probably went on to hit every other bar on that street which had ordered a case of the stuff they were being paid to advertise.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

Manipulating Emotions; It’s Not Just Facebook!

Recently, a new bit of clickbait has been showing up on my Facebook “news stream.”

I’ve seen it get posted by at least 3 different people on my timeline and I have watched their threads degenerate into arguments. In the last case, the OP commented,

Apparently this post caused some angry private messages, not by me or to me, but because of this post and its threads. I only posted this as information and to discuss the topic. We are all here for our own reasons and we have our own views.. it is important that we respect those views and keep our tempers in check.

I think the piece itself is full of, what us “radical linguists” (there are others, dozens!) see as “hidden language;” in that, the words and phrasing that this author has used are meant to pull up other, words from other, more emotional arguments in readers’ heads.

Words, indeed, are the ‘what’ in the question of “What creates the world?” To be simplistic, what do we use to define words but other words?

There are numerous examples I could point out, but the one that takes the cake for being having a major caveat built into it rendering it the basis for an argument was number 12:

“We currently have fewer soldiers, sailors and airmen in war zones than any time in over 10 years.”

Do you see it? Its the same kind of caveat as when W Bush said,

“Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories regarding the attacks of September 11.”

What I see in both those statements is a huge, hidden categorical syllogism that renders the statements factually, yet not logically true.

While *we* may have less troops in the war zones themselves, the amount of troops controlling drones from comfy chairs in a bunker outside of Boulder, CO is left up to the reader to discover on their own, if the notion of how much the drone war on weddings in Afghanistan has expanded since Obama has been in office.

As far as conspiracy theories about September 11th goes, Mr. Bush wasn’t encouraging the UN not to tolerate conspiracy theories, just the “outrageous” ones. Presumably he means the ones not repeated Ad Nauseum on Fox, CNN, and CNBC et al in between commercials for Proctor and Gamble products.

Basically, I believe the language used in the article and its hidden categorical syllogisms is what actually accounts for the source of the bickering from the emotional responses this article induced.

As for my personal reactions to many of the statements, I’m neither a democrat nor a republican, but I used to be called “liberal” until I started the questioning the nature of the state itself, that is, collusion and force. While many of the statements with their sources may be accepted at face value, they are at the expense of context. I disagree that the unemployment numbers going down are an example of a positive thing since one must be aware of how much the labor pool has shrunk since 2008 in order to have proper context for a 5.9% unemployment rate. Also, looking into the breakdown of the actual unemployment numbers in the tables by demographic attributes, and the number which tracks the ‘underemployed for education level’ which is nicknamed the “PhD.s flipping burgers” is well over 14%. That represents a great deal of loss when one considered the amount of money that it took to educate these people and all the economic factors that were calculated based on that level education (e.g. future earnings potential x economic activity multipliers) which is now, ultimately lost investment. So I think the politics of the piece are not so much “liberal” or even “democrat” as much as it seems to be cheer-leading the government itself.

While I used to spend a great deal of “activist energy” on demanding change and hoping for better laws to stop bad things from happening. It really wasn’t until I started learning more about how money works, what creates it, who has to bear the risk for its creation, and its intimate relationship with debt that I began to understand the ‘collusion’ on the part of the political class with the real, invisible authoritarians who “own the world;” e.g. the people (both human and Corporate) who privatize labor and the capital it creates in trade for little green pieces of paper created at taxpayer expense. The notion of “redistribution of wealth” is ridiculous in the US since every dollar is created out of debt. Now, if there is discussion of redistribution of debt or risk from those who are least able to defend themselves from it back onto those responsible for creating it and externalizing it, I’ll be right there.

At one time, Samuel Huntington opined on the good old days when the president (Truman) could run the government the with the help of one or two Wall Street lawyers; I wish the same could said today, but judging from the luminaries (sarcasm) which the Obama character placed into the key economic positions in his government (Geitner, Summers, Paulson, et al), perhaps the good old days of a “strong executive” is back.

To the financial sector and the central bankers that feed it, it doesn’t matter which party occupies the set-decorations that pass as the US government, whether its a mush-mouthed son of a carpetbagger passing himself off as a Texan or well-spoken son of Frank Marshall Davis (just to mix up the story a bit), what passes for political debate and the pop-culture will always be shaped by the words which the mouthpiece media is fed to deliver as the story of record.

The government’s roll is to be the force, the tool that is used by the authoritarian private state that owns the US to enforce policies that lead to genocide, ecocide, and economic exploitation by law.

Depression Quest | An Interactive (non)fiction Game about Living with Depression

I've also told my partner that it felt like my arms would work

I’ve described it as feeling like I’m swimming in glue

Depression’s cycle is made worse by its power over sufferers which forces them to internalize their struggle and which renders friends and family’s attempts to “help” more destructive than supportive.

Tragically, it is this misunderstanding of the depressed persons thought-processes by everyone (including/especially the depressed person) that their concern inadvertently reinforces the overwhelming sense of self-loathing that is present with depression.

As the cycle plays out over and over during one’s lifetime, the depressed person alienates others who attempt to help and those friends misinterpret the rebuffs to their efforts as dismissals of their friendship.

You may know people who are severely depressed, chances are you’ve experienced their flakiness first-hand when you had plans to meet and they didn’t show up, or when they did show up, they were socially awkward until they drank a little and over-shared about something very emotionally and out-of-character, or they said they’d call you and you hadn’t heard or seen them again in three months.

When you do get them out, it even seems like they have a good time and even go home very late; but then again, without explanation, they drop off the face of the planet for extended periods of time. While they say they are busy, they are actually “busy” with pacing their apartment stressing over how they aren’t doing what they should be doing or didn’t do what they should have done and now its too late.

They probably made excuses about going to bed early, but chances are they literally laid in bed all night awake and thinking about what they should have done that day to make their life normal and easy to live as everyone else seems to be able to do without effort and what they are supposed to prepare be doing the next day to make their life normal but have no clue what its supposed to be.

Periodically, the depressed person will suddenly gain a sense of the difference between who they feel like they are now and the person they were before the last/latest ongoing “episode” and experience shame, guilt, and remorse for not only losing that person they imagine they were, but also for being responsible for killing all the relationships with the people they cared about all because of not feeling like they could, or knew how to communicate to others what it is like to try to make decisions or simply “be” with depression.

This game is one interpretation of this struggle. It attempts to show what it is like to try to get through normal life as a person with depression. It’s like a ‘choose your own adventure,’ except you’ll notice some of the choices that ‘regular people’ would make are not available… and I mean they are present so you can see them, but they are crossed off and not an option. This was a particularly poignant feature I’m glad creator Zoe Quinn included; just because the depressed person intellectually knows that something is wrong and can see there are options that other people may reflexively choose, it doesn’t mean one would even consider those options if they weren’t crossed off.

I recommend playing several times so you can choose the options ‘as you would’ as yourself, a non-depressed person and then again with the other options to see what plays out for the character. If you are also depressed, play the game to try to gain some perspective on yourself and to gain some vocabulary to use and try to share your experience with others.

Hopefully this game will show you that there are others who are struggling to put those feelings and thoughts into words too; let this be an opportunity to, if nothing else, to try to relate your experiences to your loved ones through this lens. This is a chance to share the game with the people in your life to say, “Hey, check this out–does this make sense to you?”

Please follow it up with, “Because it REALLY makes sense to me and I’d like to talk about that.”

Overall, it’s not the best game and it’s not the best representation of what it is actually like to live with depression’s voice in one’s head everyday all the time; but I think it is a good start for “regular people” who know a person with depression (or who don’t realize they do).

I hope this game will make someone suddenly put a bunch of incidents with that person together in their mind in such a way they say,
“OOOOHHHHH…. wait a second…. I thought that guy just was being a lazy jerk for not coming to my party/anniversary/wedding/etc…. and those times he’d drink a little and start bitching about work and then get so angry about how much he hated people he’s ‘forced’ to work around…. and all the times he’d sarcastically criticize people who were successfully doing what they loved to do and making a living with it…. and then afterwards, he’d disappear into his house for months sending out cryptic, self-effacing messages about his embarrassment about his behavior…..I GET IT NOW. He was really expressing frustrations with what he imagined was himself, but which no one else seemed to see.”
http://www.depressionquest.com/

Nest

…and be grateful for the person who sticks around.

Love of Billionaires in a Zero-Balance Economy

The Billionaire is the one telling you how hard it is to steer properly.

If, in a zero-balance economy made up of entries on balance sheets and where one person’s entry on the asset column of their balance sheet is an equal entry on the debts column of another person’s balance sheet then, some people have more “money” BECAUSE others have less or none at all.

But don’t read that wrong. I’m not subtly suggesting that “wealth” should be “re-distributed” from those with it to those without it. Their “wealth” is based on corresponding “debt.” Redistributing “wealth” within a system tilted so that assets flow towards these people and debt and risk flows towards others will do nothing without correspondingly redistributing the debt that made that wealth possible in the first place. The fallacy is that they accumulated that wealth without successfully externalizing the Risk of their investments onto others least able to defend themselves from it.

Poor people are poor because wealthy people are wealthy. Don’t repeat that too loudly without offending people who believe in the old Horatio Alger stories that say anyone can be wealthy by “hard work and dedication” ….. oh, AND LUCK. “If you work hard, someday you may be walking home from the factory and the boss’s daughter may have lost control of her horses so you’ll be able to be there to save her and impress the boss so much that he’ll put you in charge.” Only in America.

This little rant has been inspired by the new book Billionaires:Reflections on the Upper-Crust published by the Brookings Institution Press. 

People in the US love their billionaires.
What did Soros say?
What did Rupert say Soros said?
Did you hear that Bill Gates is donating millions to that charity?
Wow, Richard Branson is so cool, I wonder what he’s going to do next?
Yeah, Zuckerberg is a dick, but I’d be a dick too if I were a billionaire.
But you really can’t say anything bad about Warren Buffet, he’s just a nice old man from Omaha who must have a brilliant mind.
How dare you criticize George Kaiser and his Family Foundation! He gives money to programs that help poor women in prisons’ children so they can get an education. What would Tulsa do without him?

Its Always A Good Time to Start Composting

http://earthbus.org/gardentower

I really like the idea and the look of this composter. If it actually works, it would be even cooler. I know most my friends and readers of this site are in North America, but you all may not know I’m in South America now; so I can’t get one of these delivered to me. If you know anything about me, you know I love nothing more than raising up a nice crop of compost, so if you can, buy one of these and let me know how well it works or otherwise what your experience is with it.

If I get positive reports back to me, I may have to have one of you “mule” one down to me.

Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

Is “the state” JUST the Government? Or is There Something More Creating our Ways of Life?

Updatedpyramid

One point where I seem to split from many of my friends who call themselves “anti-government,” market capitalists, and even anti-capitalists to some extent, is that I apply the term “State” to include not just the government, but also all industry that directs technological and infrastructural developments (like car/oil companies for example) which depends on protectionism, the ‘mental colonizers’ such as the Public Relations industry & subordinate mouthpieces on the nightly news, and the all of the institutions (whether NGOs, non-profits, or large universities) whose board members all seem to come from the same upper echelons above .75 depicted here.

These are the institutions sculpting what ‘daily life’ for most humans looks like and what ‘proper goals’ should set by individuals for aspiration. These organizations claim the exclusive right to decide what the future will look like and silently conspire to create an atmosphere of TINA.

There
Is
No
Alternative

I think illustrations like this support my view on The State more than their fear and distrust of ‘Government’ and misunderstanding of the source of Capital, who creates it, who owns it, and who steals it to be used as it is today.

If we take the illustration literally, and visualize all the workers on the bottom of a pyramid of power, then we can see that the broadest part of the pyramid on the bottom SHOULD be rebelling due to all the weight and stress foisted upon them. However, talking this thought experiment out a little further, let’s imagine the workers on bottom as stratified further…not top to bottom, but instead visualize concentric circles.

The outside most part of the group is actually the biggest circle surrounding a smaller, middle circle which surrounds a tight little group in the middle of all the workers. This tight little group never sees outside of the other workers and bears majority weight from above, all the way up to the top of the pyramid.

Needless to say, these are the most oppressed workers who shout the loudest about the unbearable weight of all the upper classes above them. But their oppression doesn’t just come from above, it comes from the outside, largest circle of the bottom pyramid as well.

You see, the majority of the people around the outside of the bottom level of the pyramid are actually bearing LESS WEIGHT from the people above and they have access to the most fresh air.

Therefore, there is our answer of why the bottom classes are so easily swayed by a “democratic” majority that keeps the inner circles in line by shouting down their complaints of the weight from above.

For the core oppressed to gain the freedom of life outside of the concentric circles around them, they not only have to fight the oppressive weight from above, they also must struggle with making their peers understand how they are complicit in allowing the majority of the weight to stay on them while believing they are struggling against the same forces.

A Night in the Desert with Cops and Bodies All Around

Clarence and I hitchhiked across the US in 1997.

I know how to act around the guys with guns that are protected by badges just like I know how to act around a potentially dangerous dog. Don’t make sudden movements, don’t turn your back, DON’T KEEP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS. Simple stuff really. But the key is that you cannot LOOK like you are aware of how to act around them, that is a challenge to them. I abide cops and the law the same way I abide a vicious guard dog–I avoid them and do no business with those who hide behind them.

One time, I was kind of stuck in the middle of the Nevada desert in the middle of the night. No car would stop for except for the county Highway Patrol. They stopped short of me, keeping their bright in my face instead of pulling up next to me or beyond me to stop as a potential ride would. Although blinded, I somehow saw a glimmer of the red and blue above the lights, so I unconsciously put my arms out away from my body.
As the patrolmen then began getting out of their cars and maintaining bright flashlights in my eyes, I heard them say, “Oh look, he must have been through this before.” And then to me, “You obviously have something to hide, or else you wouldn’t be trying to make it look like you don’t.”
“No sir, I just know how to act around the men with the guns in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.”

Well, they ran my ID and sweated me for a while, but I was nothing if not a savvy hitchhiker, I’d done my research and knew little tricks of legalities like how far from pavement one can stand and legally stick his thumb out for a free, long-distance trip. So they didn’t have anything to use to take me in on and I hadn’t challenged their immediate authority over me.

Instead, they handed me a pen and an index card that asked for all my vital stats: weight, height, eye color etc, as well as a description of my clothing and my belongings. I asked them what it was for, and they just looked at each other and said, “Meh, don’t worry about it, YOU’LL be able to find a ride out of here.” And they left me at that.

No cars stopped for me after that, they all flew past in excess of 90 mph. Eventually I had walked far enough to reach the next town. It was around sunrise, so I stopped off at the local diner. The waitress was very nice and asked me all about my story and how I came to be there.

I told her what she would understand of how I came to be there (the real details are really too much for most people to handle), ending with my experience with the cops from the night before. I summed up the index card with what I thought it might have been; I supposed that if they found me again, they’d have some excuse to arrest me as a vagrant.

She kind of squinted and grimaced out the window saying, “He didn’t tell you what that was for? Well, he’s my husband, and I’m going tell him he should have told you what that was.”
“Was it bad?”
Well, no. You see, they find so many dead bodies out here that’s their way of keeping up the people they had contact with beforehand.”
“How many bodies?”
“A lot. Do you realize how close to California and Death Valley we are here? Most of them are murder victims. But a lot are guys like you, accidentally hitchhiked out here or got dumped by an angry girlfriend or wife in the middle of a car trip.”
“What? That happens?”
“Oh yeah, that happens more than you’d know. A couple on their way from the East Coast, think they are going to a better life in California, been fighting since Ohio… either he says ‘Stop the car and let me out,’ or she somehow kicks him out.”
“Really?”
“…And it’s never the guys who dump the girls, because they come back or someone will pick up a girl. But women keep going to live their life in California, meanwhile the guy wonders out here for a few days and either dies from exposure or someone shoots them from their car as they drive by.”
“What? No way, you have to be messing around with me.”
“No, I’m not. That’s kind of ‘unofficial’ sport around here, but don’t tell my husband I told you that.”

“Wow. I guess I’m glad I made it here as soon as I did.”

She then bought some bags I had weaved and other trinkets I’d learned to travel with for barter moments like that. Eventually I did make it Las Vegas and then my troubles really began.

Thoughts on Robin – Depression Sucks

Robin Williams was Human

Fuck you, depression.

Fuck you for taking my friend.

Fuck you for being the only ailment where no advancement in treatment has been found.

May you burn in hell depression…oh that’s right…you are hell.

Depression is a table for one.

Depression is a silent killer.

Depression took my friend.

His death has made me…depressed.

You win again.

Fuck you.

 

As someone who has battled depression my whole life, both on and off meds and self-medicating with THC, to me, depression is a very personal, internal struggle that is very difficult to talk about how it ‘feels’ with others, even others who suffer from depression too.

My first reactions upon hearing the news were shock and disappointment. But then as we heard more details of his depression, it was like we’re in a war and I just heard we lost another battle. I felt an acute tinge through my entire body as I began to think, “If someone like HIM couldn’t fight it…then….”

For several days, I slipped into a funk that was very much like the time my high school friend killed herself 5 years after graduation. That was the only other time I had to deal with the wake of suicide on such a personal level. My friend had recently won the Miss Latina Pageant in our town, so there were many left wondering what had happened to her to make her do that.

With Robin’s death, I was filled with irrational feelings of disappointment in myself…as though if it’d been possible for me to overcome my depression, then perhaps it wouldn’t have been strong enough to take someone like Robin.

Rick Overton, one of Robin’s close friends, posted about Robin’s personality change after his open-heart surgery which somewhat snapped me out of that. It made me feel so much better than the picture that my mind was projecting. It helped give perspective that I’d totally missed and helped silence that part of my mind that conjures up terrible, abstract things over which I’ll focus and stress on for days.

Its been a hard couple of weeks of unexpected emotion and self-reflection. Robin was 20 years older than I am, and I’d not given serious thought to how much of my life, my personality, my point of view on life was formed by watching Robin perform the characters who, in turn informed me about life and relationships. I can’t believe there will be no more of those performances to see, I’m still not ready for that part quite yet. In the meantime, I’m grateful for a cannon of work which is worth multiple viewings. Has anyone watched Being Human (1994 film) in while? Some of his most underrated and under-appreciated work.

I’m very glad to see Depression getting attention. I hate it that it took the death of someone whom I never realized was such an important person to me for it to happen. There are ways you can help a depressed friend, but unfortunately, a depressed person is hardest on those they care about the most. So often, what happens is the people who can help the most are run-off by the person who needs the most help.

Perhaps as the dialogue about what depression is and how it affects people is taken more seriously, techniques and patterns of interpersonal interactions can be developed and shared. Then depressed people may gain a sense of themselves as seen by others rather the negative self-impression that enforces self-alienation.

“Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be.

But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand (or won’t be allowed to know) how the government’s digital credit system will operate; therefore, the public will probably equate the two. But when the government’s secretive system’s “unforeseen” flaws are exposed through mass usage, then the public will either see the differences of the Bitcoin Core or they will eschew it and succumb to whichever authoritarian takes advantage of the weakened economic state for popularity. If anything, if they were really interested in the future of Ecuador’s dollar-based economy, the Ecuadorian government’s best hope would be to open the first National Bitcoin Exchange through the Central Bank so they could trade off their dollars and implement their electronic money scheme based on something with long term value: BITCOIN. Then when/if the dollar destabilizes further and more Worldwide transactions are based in some other form of reserve currency or simply NOT-THE-DOLLAR, the Ecuadorian government would have reserve bitcoins to trade for any currency necessary to secure trade with as wide a variety of sources possible. Other than that, what happens to Ecuadorians when/if there is any destabilizing event that affects the dollar?

Don’t mean to sound so dire, actually. Just saying that Correa and the government seem to be cashing in all the bonus coupons its been saving up from all the infrastructure, health, and education projects all at once. This has really been depleting the goodwill those bonus coupons represented. As someone who knows Game Theory, Correa may appearing to be playing a strategy with a goal that opponents and critics say to be that of a Dictator, but I’d bet that he’s playing an angle that is not as obvious. Not to give credit to Correa or say his and the government’s intentions are at all benevolent, I’m too much of a cynic to believe that they would be acting if not first for their own and their progenies’ future power matrices.

I think it could be as simple as the Ecuadorian government believing its own best interests are that of the peoples and “nation” of Ecuador in the future. This is akin to someone smoking their own belly-button lint and breaking everyone’s windows to let in some fresh air because their house stinks so bad. I hope this type of Chauvinism doesn’t last much longer, but I’m afraid with economists, bankers, and politicians still so hostile to being supplanted by an algorithm that makes them obsolete, then we can always expect them do everything they can to spread ignorance about the Blockchain. No authoritarian system, no matter how benevolent, ever designed itself with a OFF button.

Lucky for the rest of us, Open Source Knowledge, Decentralized Cryptocurrencies, and Cryptographic Technology is like the TV B GONE of Centralized Authoritarianism. We don’t have to fight governments or bankers directly, we don’t have to storm the Bastille, we simply have to build our own systems that replace them and stop contributing to their delusions of power over us by abiding their laws and violence. Sure, they might still exist, but as islands of tyranny and injustice surrounded by the rational world chosen by people who refused to play that game by their rules. Let me amend that to say “people who refused to WIN that game by their rules.” We’ve got our own game over here. Its much funner to play and progressively more rewarding than the old one because everyone is designing their own interface instead of having to buy the proprietary version from the monopolized provider.

For more on the reaction of the Ecuadorian Bitcoin Community, of which I am a part, click here for their website.

Ecuador’s Bitcoin Community issues An Open Letter

Here is the google-translated version of the open letter to the Ecuadorian government concerning the problems with the plan for the national electronic currency violating the Constitution’s guarantees of Privacy and Security of communication. The Community has offered suggestions and guidance to help exempt cryptocurrencies from the legislation.

Quito DM, July 20, 2014
Messrs
National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador
Present.

Dear Sirs:
The Community Bitcoin Ecuador born in late 2013 as an interdisciplinary group of citizens area economy, computer systems, electronics and traders interested in taking alternative monetary systems and decentralized criptomonedas.

The main objective of the Community is to investigate and publicize, in our country, the technological advantages Bitcoin; protocol which has sparked an unprecedented interest worldwide due to their particular application as electronic currency, also boasts unique features that allow your about new services are developed with varied applications such as storage decentralized information, notary services, smart contracts, etc..

The scenario of creating an Ecuadorian electronic money raised through the draft Code Monetary and Financial, has raised obvious interest in our community, because we keep close relationship with the subject; why we have raised several questions, mainly in right to privacy.

The “Draft Organic Monetary and Financial Code,” as it is raised, proposes the creation of a new centralized electronic currency would operate in tandem with the dollar as circulating determine the following items:

Article 14: Functions: The Board has the following functions:
19. “Set Payment Systems”
21. “Regular management of electronic money […] in accordance with the provisions of this code.”
38. “Set units of account”.
Article 36: Duties: The Central Bank of Ecuador has the following functions:
20. “Providing exclusive national coins, as well as e-currency under policy issued by the Board and Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation;
“Article 92. “… The Central Bank of Ecuador is the only entity authorized to provide and manage currency national or electronic metal in the Republic of Ecuador, […] according to the provisions of this code […]. “” The specified currency in this article is a means of payment. ”

Creating an electronic currency brings unquestionable benefits such as reduced costs for The system and user convenience, however, inadequate technical implementation may affect severely to user privacy.

1. Concerning respect for privacy
Intimacy and privacy are universally recognized human rights treaties and multiple conventions, several of them officially ratified by our country and enshrined in the Constitution of the follows:

Rights of Freedom
Article 66: It is recognized and guarantee to persons:
20. “The right to personal and family privacy.”
21. “The right to the inviolability and secrecy of the physical and virtual correspondence […] This right protects or any other form of communication. ”
Money is one of the most intimate tools we have. Daily life includes activities Cart – Sale of goods and services made ​​as simple as traveling by bus or buy food. The currency would facilitate electronic experience or relationship between merchant and consumer, but the inadequate implementation of the system could lead to the creation of tools with the ability to tracking activities of its users, even the location of the same. Depending on the algorithm implementation, the electronic currency could invade the privacy of citizens, and that from the digital transactions can make the association between identity, place, amount, and time setting transaction.

Physical currency, due to its very nature has the ability to disclose users; however, the electronic currency due to its centralized nature is digital and fully programmable, the system can be easily modified as the exclusive boundary having the current legal framework. System electronic currency that does not take into account these concerns could be used as a means of monitoring massive.

Additionally, Article 92 of the “Monetary and Financial Code” states that: “In no case State may compel a natural or legal person in private law to receive a currency other than the dollar United States of America “in such capacity under the current physical access of the citizen could be limited if we consider the following items of the project:

Art.92. “Swap […] of dollars of the United States of America, […] pertains only to Central Bank of Ecuador … in accordance with the provisions of this code and the regulation issued by the Board and Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation. ”
Art.95. “The exchange of the currency … will be conducted by the Central Bank of Ecuador, and in the light bearer, no charge of any kind. The entities of the National Financial System will be required to provide services to exchange currency in accordance with the terms prescribed by the Policy Board and Monetary and Financial Regulation, with exceptions to be determined. ”

These items could create a scenario in which physical access to be limited circulation and use of Electronic currency is indispensable.

The implementation of electronic currency should consider the advantages of privacy offered by the medium physical, and incorporated into the algorithms that structure this system. While this is technically feasible for Through the use of protocols such as Bitcoin, allowing to keep the cryptographic algorithms independence between the user’s personal data, place and own transaction data; keeping, including the transactional history of the coin, without attaching personal data citizens.

February. Criptomonedas On the use of decentralized
In late 2008 a document entitled “Bitcoin: An Electronic Money System Par Par” was published; It describes the operation of an electronic coin which acts on the Internet without the need for a central agent coordination. The publication led to decentralized criptomonedas, ie implemented on digital currencies cryptographic algorithms working on the network without the need for have a centralized governing nucleus but delivery control functions and coordination algorithms Mathematical operating in a distributed manner between the network nodes. This allows the protocol to be used in different applications such as DNS decentralized systems, notarization decentralized, smart contracts, intelligent property and several technological applications still development process.

Bitcoin is free software, its distribution is free and the source code is open, so anyone You can access this technology, and possesses the necessary skills can participate directly in the developing it.

In that sense, Bitcoin is consistent with Executive Order 1014 of 2008 Free Software establishes as state policy.

Their style, utility and proven possibilities consider the Bitcoin protocol should be studied and researched from an academic point of view and should be allowed to develop an appropriate scenario towards criptomonedas in Ecuador. For example, the Institute of Technology Massachusetts (MIT) has allowed the development of a viable environment to Bitcoin inside campus with the aim of boosting research and entrepreneurial activities around this technology of their students.

Following this line, as Yachay projects that seek to promote the development technological change and Productive Matrix could be spaces where criptomonedas investigated develop and formally. Likewise, the disruptive technology allows the creation of a new way of relating economically decentralized and peer (Peer to Peer) according to the precepts and guidelines development policies popular and solidarity economy driven by the Plan National Good Living.

PROPOSED COMMUNITY Bitcoin ECUADOR
1. Concerning respect to privacy
Request an item level set algorithm to separate personal and location data is included, data system of electronic money transactions, which indicate:
Art “the privacy of users of electronic currency under the principles established will be maintained the Constitution of Ecuador. Implementing all necessary assurances techniques that reflect the Current state of the art, in order to limit the association between personal data users own the place and transaction information. Its implementation will be open source. ”

We consider it a matter of time before electronic currency is the monetary standard and because of its convenience store to be in widespread use. The Ecuador, being a pioneer in creating an electronic currency State origin, you should use methodology that respects fundamental rights. The electronic money must be auditable and source code must be released as free software, in order to ensure privacy algorithm design system, rather than by operating policy.

“Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something that we do not want everyone to know, but a matter secret is something we do not want anyone to know. Privacy is the ability to reveal selectively to the world. “Eric Hughes, 1993

February. Decentralized About Criptomonedas
To allow the development of a decentralized ecosystem criptomonedas propose incorporating word “national” before the word “electronic” is drafted Article 92 as follows:
Article 92 “The Central Bank of Ecuador is the only entity authorized to provide and manage currency national or national electronic metal in the Republic of Ecuador, and equivalent convertible to dollars United States of America, in accordance with the provisions of this Code and the regulation and Released Board and Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation. ”

Exclude decentralized criptomonedas prohibitions of Article 96.
Including the decentralized criptomonedas Article 98 as a means of payment voluntary.
Add the word “national” before the word “electronic” to paragraph 21 of Article 14, the following way:
Section 14 (21). “Regular management and provide national electronic currency to the Central Bank of Ecuador implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as the metallic currency, in accordance withprovisions of this Code, ”

With this background, we request granted a formal hearing to present our proposals reform project to clarifying concerns or questions that may arise when respect, or failing that, consider the analysis of the principles referred to in this document.
Hoping to contribute to a conceptual improvement in the current bill, thank you in advance for your attention.

Best regards.

Community Bitcoin Ecuador
www.bitcoinecuador.org
comunidad@bitcoinecuador.org
medios@bitcoinecuador.org
0999195091/0987018307

 

Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?”

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Why I’m A Bitcoiner

When I begin telling somebody I am a bitcoiner, sometimes their eyes glaze over in the same way eyes would glaze over when I began a sales pitch. But they’re mistaken. I am not selling bitcoin, I am promoting an alternative way of living, doing business. At one point I too was in their shoes.

Maybe it is in my blood to yearn for change, maybe the grass is always greener on the other side. If one thing is for sure, I don’t see bitcoin as a viable medium of exchange and beyond simply because I have personally invested time into understanding it. It’s usefulness was made clear to me, by another digital native, and I soon understood that many of the world’s problems could be solved with a technology like bitcoin. It doesn’t matter that bitcoin’s price might go to unexpected heights. That award for those who sought change is merely an afterthought when placed in the perspective that distributed currencies make central banking obsolete.

Upon learning that I am leaving the Federal Reserve System, friends and family immediately inquire if perhaps I am being naive and angsty. They’re worried that I am falling for a financial scam…and that I am trying to get them involved. From my perspective, I lament that the answer for my departure is anything but obvious.

It is no fun watching our loved ones live in ignorance of the new way of doing things. So here are my real, unfiltered, honest reasons for leaving the financial system. You’ll notice many of them are moral.

Discussions revolving around the new technology bitcoin oftentimes focus on the economic and financial technicals. Whether or not the system itself is viable in terms of functionality or not and also whether or not it is just plain useful. Rarely, a fact that highlights our personal pre-disposition away from morals and ethics, does discussion about the “should” of bitcoin pepper the philosophizing about bitcoin. In the following examples I try to promote this line of reasoning.

1. Government held a legal monopoly on money until bitcoin.
 – a. Fiat money system was designed by the American power elite.
 – b. The same interests who supported Nazi Germany & the Soviet Union.

2. Government controlled fiat money funds an immoral system.
 – a. A century of American military interventions.
 – b. There are more Americans in jail than there were in Stalin’s gulags.
 – c. You’re old enough to go to war before you’re old enough to have a drink…and smoke?

3. The world is built upon the back of the poor, while the rich collect interest.
 – a. Americans work 129 days a year to pay taxes.
 – b. Twice as many billions fund corporate welfare than social welfare.
 – c. Nearly 40% of Americans believe they will work until they die.

4. Privacy is dead.
 – a. Five Misconceptions About US Cyber Espionage
 – b. 2013 Global surveillance disclosure
 – c. Americans lose access to international banking

5. Stealing is moral…sometimes
 – a. The IMF believes a “steady dose of financial repression” is in order to fix the global economic crisis.
 – b. The European Union wants a plan “to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing.”
 – d. Cypriots fighting for their lost savings to no avail
 – e. “All Italians money launderers until proven innocent.”                                                                                                                                      

6. The Debt
 – a. The US National Debt is 211,000,000,000,000
 – b. No jubilee in sight.
 – c. Young American was brainwashed and then ripped off at college.

7. The financial industry is insecure
 – a. 75% of banking sites found insecure
 – b. Banking apps poorly written says researcher
 – c. Apparent hackers block access to major US banking websites

8. Bitcoin is potentially good for the earth.
 – a. Receipts are poisoning you
 – b. Cash or credit? Both might be worse for the environment than bitcoin
 – c. Big banks don’t care about the environment

9. Bitcoin helps the poor.
 – a. Especially those without bank accounts
 – b. 80% of African adults have no bank account…bitcoin to the rescue.
 – c. Bitcoin and modern tech is disrupting the corporate labor market

10. Bitcoin saves individuals on money transfer (MT) fees, helping the poor, while creating competition for big finance
 – a. Moneygram MT fees
 – b. Western Union MT fees
 – c. Wire Transfer fees
 – d. PayPal fees    
 – e.  Bitcoin’s non-fees   

11. Bitcoiners are charitable
 – a. Feeding homeless and saving lives
 – b.Non-profit success stories starting to emerge.

Justin O’Connell is Chief Executive Officer of GoldSilverBitcoin and the author of bitcoin, Bitcoinomics, and administrator of the Bitcoinomics website. Justin is also a co-host at Our Very Own Special Show, a lifestyle podcast about music, news, life and other topics and an editor at The Dollar Vigilante.  He lives in California.


Read more at http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/07/why-im-a-bitcoiner/#pvrSBKw9EIcdMPsv.99

On Science and the Defense of Theory

On Science.

Recently, Clif High wrote on his website that included the insistence that he is crazier than David Ikes. I tweeted to him that I say the same thing all the time; to which he responded, “Hopefully only about me.” I said, “No, about myself, however I use ‘Have YOU heard of Clif High’ as proof of my nuttiness.” Clif wrote back that he nearly spew his tea through his nose at reading that.

Again, perhaps I’m showing myself as wackier than David Ikes, but I don’t mind…. so with that said, let me get a little etymologically and linguistically nerdy.

Science is a biased METHOD rooted in Logical Positivism and therefore restricted to empirically sensed data; but that’s not to say does not have merit in the ONGOING process of discovery.

SCIENTISM is an approach which applies the scientific method indiscriminately and definitely for PROFIT. ScienTISTS, fragmented and isolated in their industries, all adhere to the same approach. While Scientists may have disagreements, as long as they agree on the method taken to reach a theory, then they can strike an accord.

So what? Quantum physics and Newtonian physics are mutually exclusive theories? Well, assholes keep building nukes that uses both sets of physics while “Scientists” keep arguing about the so-called “Unified Theory” that combines the two.

Then there are the followers, the masses with dedication to scientifically proven theories to the point of refusing to accept data discovered after theories were “settled and PROVEN.” These are scary people whose behavior is more akin to religious zealotry than real acceptance of so-called science.

It is the same thing for a christianist and a scientist to settle a discussion by taking a parental role of hushing everyone and going to a book and reading a selected passage, the wisdom of such is supposed to be clear.

When a theory has been relegated to the realm of “conventional science,” proponents of scientism will irrationally defend the theory itself against the real tests required by the scientific method. For example, at the super-collider C.E.R.N. scientists keep constructing experiments to prove their hypothesis and find the so-called “god particle.” The particle’s existence is necessary to prove the existence of dark matter. Dark matter’s existence is necessary to explain why all the astronomer/mathematicians’ calculations using gravity as the dominant force in the universe aren’t quite adding up right. Oh my goodness, there is a lot riding on finding that particle, “God.”

That’s why every time the experiment conducted doesn’t get the results that proves the hypotheses, they re-construct the experiment compensating for whatever failure occurred before. They vow to keep recreating the experiment until they achieve the results required by the suppositions they’ve made about everything else so far. Okay, I admit I maybe portraying what the funding going to C.E.R.N. is being used for, but as I understand it, this is no longer science nor scientific method. It is a bunch of monks on their sacred mountain huffing gasses and pretending to tell the future for the highest bidders.

Since mathematicians don’t spend time in laboratories, they don’t spend a lot time keeping up with the fourth state of matter, plasma. So to them, applying any sort of electrical energy across the void of space is koo-koo talk; space is empty and planetary movements are determined by a complicated interplay between mass and distance and time, stuff that can seen and measured.

What about those pesky calculations? Well, when some astronomical event doesn’t match the model’s predictions, then do not scrap the model and go looking for a new accepted point of view, the big money is in aligning the universe to fit with the model by creating “Dark Matter!” Dark Matter the magic stuff that solves equations without all the messiness of redirecting funds based on new data which might benefit competing industries.

Lastly, as in worst, there are science teachers. The good ones can inspire people to create new things and the bad ones spread dogmatic tropes about what people called scientists are doing and “proving” and who snuff out any exploration outside of the boundaries set by respectable scientific institutions. I don’t keep up too much with Dawkins, but I wonder if he has addressed dogmatic behavior of the people who use science in the same way of silencing debate that religious people do?

“Well, you are wrong because the great Markoni of the Atom said….x-y-z… and he was a lot smarter than you or me, so I think that settles the argument.”

By virtue of calling themselves “Teachers” they anoint themselves with an attitude that others, ignorant of the subject, observe and say, “Oh, well she’s a teacher and therefore must know,” and everyone who disagrees with the teacher looks like an intellectual. But its easy to disagree with teachers, just start from the point of view that “teachers are not always right.” If students could be inoculated with that idea while young enough, there might be hope for them to actually learn to think and most importantly, learn to learn.

So Science is a good thing. But not everything labeled with the term is actually science. Although it may very well be scientific and based on the approach of applying the scientific method, faith in something that makes no common sense does not help anyone. Skepticism is a good thing. But turning skepticism inside out and using it to enforce the dominant theories which benefit dominant industries is not actually skepticism.

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