28 Oct 2013

Obama asks Eric Schmidt if “Bitcoin is Anything He Has to Worry About”

By Michael Krieger: Here’s a story recently related to me by a guest at a White House dinner, which included Google’s Eric Schmidt: The president, whose most important job is surely to protect the integrity of the monetary system, smugly asked Schmidt if Bitcoin, one of many growing challenges to currency hegemony, was anything he had to worry about.
- From a USA Today article titled: How CEOs are Clueless About Technology
If the above is accurate (and I have no reason to suspect it isn’t), it is priceless information on so many levels. First of all, rather than ask about Bitcoin in an inquisitive manner free of prejudice as a enlightened leader surely would, Obama is merely primatively wondering if he needs to “worry about it.”
Actually Barry, if you had any sense and foresight whatsoever you would be looking at it as a great opportunity. An opportunity for the nation to lead the way in growing the Bitcoin economy and shed the archaic, feudalistic monetary system we are currently enslaved under. However, since you work directly for the oligarch money manipulators themselevs, you are clearly and disastrously unable to see things in a more productive and beneficial way.
Second, as I highlighted earlier this year, Eric Schmidt had no clue what Bitcoin was when Julian Assange first mentioned it to him in a lengthy interview in 2011. The initial exchange went as follows:

Just Another BPD Mom + A “guilty pleasure”: Ignoring the feminist narrative

By It’s day 28 of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Men and Boys, the invisible victims of domestic violence. Like many men featured in the In His Own Words series, “Jimbeaux” fell in love with and married a woman with Borderline Personality disorder.
She abused him and their son. She made false allegations. She tried to alienate their son from him. When the son was finally able to tell the judge that he wanted to live with his father and his reasons for doing so, BPD mom rejected the boy in retaliation and embarked upon a costly legal campaign undoubtedly fueled by borderline rage.
While Jimbeaux and his son were able to get away from their abuser, they paid a price. Jimbeaux is in debt thanks to a corrupt family court system that time and again enables and empowers malicious, abusive women bent on destruction. His son suffers the scars of having a BPD mom, as do most children left in the sole care of a BPD parent for any significant period of time.

"There Is A Revolution Going On" Liberty is the Answer + Ron Paul On Faux Fed Transparency: "Believe Me, The 'Big Stuff' Is Done In Secret"

Freedom equals prosperity. It's been down hill since 1913!
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OXI Day: This poem about Greeks will touch your soul

HALC: Auslander was an accomplished American poet and the first Consultant in Poetry for the Library in Congress. In 1943, he published a collection of poems, The Unconquerables. Each poem was dedicated to a different German-occupied country. Here’s his poem about Greece:
An Open Letter to the Unconquerable Greeks
Joseph Auslander
I write this letter to you on my knees
In the night,
O people of a thousand Thermopylaes,
And every word I write,
If it be worthy somehow in your sight—
Sons of Solon, daughters of Pericles—
Will blaze with light.
Regard this letter
As token payment long since overdue
From your eternal debtor—

Institutionalized Misandry: Letter to Temple University administration - A Voice For Male Students

By Summary: a student at Temple University was expelled and has his life in ruins over a false rape claim. After providing this brief backstory, the remainder of the submission is my “friendly” email to Temple University administrators. The primary purpose of this submission is to expose the names of those involved and highlight for the public how and why administrators like them do what they do.
Since this is a large university (26th largest in the US), they have many administrators who handle student affairs, making it hard to pinpoint which one worked with the Title IX Coordinator on this particular case. However, they only have one Title IX Coordinator (Sandra Foehl). Since she must oversee all accusations of sexual assault and is the overarching authority on gender equity compliance, we know she had a hand in this. That is why I call her out by name, and why we can nail her to the wall on this one.

Bitcoin hits $200 but where did this digital money trend really start?

internet-money-pd-insideBy Will Bancroft: In recent days bitcoin has surged past the $200 price level. That’s a bit like the Dow blazing past 15,000, which it did in May. Bitcoin’s market cap is once again over $2 billion on the back of stunning 50 percent price rises in less than two weeks.
Digital currencies have come a long way and although still niche, illiquid markets, their evolution continues at a rapid rate. But when did these disruptive, digital money trends get started? I think you can trace it to the early 1990s, well before crypto-currencies had even been conceived.
The first developments in this new money trend started with the marriage of the oldest forms of money – gold and silver bars – expressed in the 1s and 0s of the information age. After David Chaum, a mathematician started his DigiCash experiment in 1990 – it ultimately failed – and other pioneers filed patents for digital gold payments systems, the action really got started in 1996 when eGold was founded by oncologist Douglas Jackson and attorney Barry Downey.

The Subjectivity of Price

Stefan Molyneux: Female morality, knowledge creates responsibility, failure to launch, who benefits from your failure, helping abused children, facts as authority, the subjectivity of price and the reality of win-win situations.

US Big Brother is Coming to Your Car

By Michael Krieger: This is a topic that has been on my radar screen for a while, but one that very few Americans seem to be paying attention to despite the egregious revelations concerning NSA spying that have emerged recently. I first flagged this issue in late 2012 in an article titled: Coming to Your Car: Mandatory Black Boxes That Record Everything.
The latest push for tracking devices in cars is being sold as necessary in order to raise funds to pay for the nation’s decayed highway infrastructure. For example:
 As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.
This is simply idiotic. There is already a tax per gallon on gasoline, so people are already being taxed based on how much they drive. Only a control-freak, moronic government bureaucrat would come to the conclusion that the solution to this problem is to install Orwellian tracking devices in people’s cars.
More from the LA Times:
WASHINGTON — As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.

The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.

Feminism: A Hierarchy Of Entitlement - Betty Friedan Is 'A Complete Cunt'

maslows-hierarchyBy In 1963 Betty Friedan started second wave feminism by identifying the woes of women as “The problem with no name.” The reason it had no name is because it wasn’t really a problem. Well, okay, it’s a problem for people who don’t have actual problems.
Twenty years earlier, Abraham Maslow developed his Hierarchy of Needs theory which provided a ranking system placing types of human development on a pyramidal scale. The base of the pyramid consists of survival or physiological needs which must be met before the next level, safety, can be sought and so on up through the progressive levels that follow; love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization, and self-transcendence at the apex.
Betty had a degree in psychology but it seems she missed the lectures on Maslow. Either that, or she was unable to grasp the concepts because he avoided “crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens” like her when he chose subjects to construct his theory.
Here is a graphic of Maslow’s hierarchy to explain what sorts of problems normal humans face.

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BBC/NHS: Double-horror as UK public weal hit by hate-crime

By John Ward: Everything the Conservative Party is going to do from here on is going to be predictable. At least, that’s the impression one gets looking through the ‘news’ this morning.
24 hours after Grant ‘Who am I?’ Shapps threw down the gauntlet to the Beeb, in marches Berkeley-Hunt to tell us that The NHS risks losing public support because of a BBC-style culture of excessive pay and payoffs. I don’t think the NHS is losing support at all, but we can see that the two familiar hate-targets are still clearly in the rifle-sights. And in rigid military order, ‘Ministers’ the Torygraph tells us, are falling in behind the march: they want to strip the Beeb of its right to cover crown-jewels sporting events.
Guess which satellite news company has built its viewership on sporting events?
I don’t like overpaid NHS management getting fat salaries either, but whose idea was it again to create an internal market in the NHS? I don’t mind Hunt telling them they need a reality check on pay. Can we now therefore hope that his colleague the Chancellor will write to all senior investment bankers proffering the same advice? Is Dave ‘four pullovers’ Cameron going to read the Riot Act to the six energy suppliers who’ve been ripping us all off when wholesale prices stayed flat as a pancake?
But when the electorate’s thick, and truth is thin on the ground, stuff like this will happen.

Jeremy Scahill on Media Venture with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras: "We Hit the Jackpot"

KontextTV: Jeremy Scahill talks in the clip about the new media venture with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding

Poverty In America - Photo by C.G.P. Grey
By Michael Snyder: Did you know that the number of Americans on welfare is higher than the number of Americans that have full-time jobs?  Did you know that 1.2 million public school students in the U.S. are currently homeless?  Anyone that uses the term "economic recovery" to describe what is happening in the United States today is being deeply insulting to the nearly 150 million Americans that are considered to be either "poor" or "low income" at this point.  Yes, things are great in New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, but almost everywhere else economic conditions continue to steadily get worse.  The gap between the wealthy and the poor is at a level that America has never seen before, and this is beginning to create a "Robin Hood mentality" that could cause a tremendous amount of social chaos in the years ahead.  Anger at the "haves" in America continues to rise at a very alarming pace, and the "have nots" are becoming increasingly desperate.  At some point all of this anger is going to boil over, and you won't want to be anywhere around major population centers when that happens.  Despite unprecedented borrowing by the federal government in recent years, and despite unprecedented money printing by the Federal Reserve, poverty in the United States keeps getting worse with each passing year. The following are 29 incredible facts which prove that poverty in America is absolutely exploding...

The State of Britain - George Galloway

George Galloway gives his speech on the state of Britain today.
OxfordUnion: He outlines that his talk will be about Britain rather than the rest of the world. During the Second World War Winston Churchill was invited by his own foreign secretary, Lord Halifax to make peace with Hitler, a surrender peace with Hitler. Churchill said he would rather everyone be choking on their own blood than to have Great Britain surrender to the Nazi's. If Britain had been invaded and Churchill escaped death then he would have retreated to the hills to organise the British resistance. He makes this point as there are so many people in Britain that don't understand that any people who have had their homeland invaded and occupied by others feels exactly the same.