Permaculture and the Unreal Gaming Engine = TRAINER

If You Love Something, Set It Free

If You Love Something, Set It Free

Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free, and all future updates will be free!

You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.

This is the complete technology we use at Epic when building our own games. It scales from indie projects to high-end blockbusters; it supports all the major platforms; and it includes 100% of the C++ source code. Our goal is to give you absolutely everything, so that you can do anything and be in control of your schedule and your destiny. Whatever you require to build and ship your game, you can find it in UE4, source it in the Marketplace, or build it yourself – and then share it with others.

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Develop in the Unreal Ecosystem

Beyond the tools and source, Unreal Engine 4 provides an entire ecosystem. Chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. Buy content in the Marketplace, or build your own and sell it there.

To help you get started, the engine includes a large number of video tutorials and documentation, as well as ready-made game templates, samples, and content.

Unreal Set Free

In early 2014, we took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. We put all of our source code online, available to all who signed up. We flipped the switch and crossed our fingers.

The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown tremendously. The quality and variety of creative work being done has been breathtaking. When we asked people to submit their projects to be shown this year at GDC, we had the challenge of picking just 8 from over 100 finalists that were all good enough to show.

The state of Unreal is strong, and we’ve realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That’s why we’re taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.

Made Possible By The Community

For those of you who have been with us for the last year, thank you! With your input and participation, we’ve worked insanely hard to make the engine better, more useable and more powerful, releasing 7 major updates and more than a dozen minor updates.

In going free, we’ll be issuing a pro-rated refund to current subscribers for their most recent month’s payment. And, everyone who has ever paid for a UE4 subscription will receive a $30 credit that can be spent in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.

Blue Skies Ahead

This news comes during an unprecedented time in our industry, amidst revolutions in virtual reality and augmented reality, and in the presence of the largest community of indie developers that has ever existed, all facing a crowded market and seeking the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

Yet in Epic’s 25 years as an independent company, we have seen no time of greater opportunity for developers than today. Whatever your development aspirations, Epic stands with you, both as a technology provider, and as a fellow game developer counting on UE4 to power our own games.

Minnesota: Come defend your right to vaccine choice.

Originally posted on The PPJ Gazette:

Rally at the MN Capitol March 4!

Come defend your right to vaccine choice.

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Please join health freedom advocates for vaccine choice to meet legislators face-to-face and share why you Oppose SF380/HF393. Meetings will be set-up for you! Just show up for as much as you are able. Children are welcome.

RSVP Here at Conscientiousminnesota.org and include your address so we can know your district and be sure YOUR legislators get the message that you OPPOSE these dangerous bills (SF380/HF393).

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NY Demonstrators Say #No2Netanyahu While DC Protesters Rally To #ShutDownAIPAC

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 State of Israel does not represent world Jewry.

By Joe Catron  MintPressNews.com  

Demonstrators NetanyahuNEW YORK, March 1 – Demonstrators rallied outside the News Corp. Building to protest the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States.


NEW YORK — Dozens of demonstrators in New York braved driving snow on Sunday to protest the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States.

“One of the issues we aim to raise awareness about is Israel’s impunity against international law through its unconditional support from the United States,” Hani Ghazi, the New York-area Israeli Apartheid Week(IAW) coordinator, told MintPress News before speaking at the rally. “Netanyahu’s speech perpetuates that complicity.”

While those demonstrators gathered outside the News Corp. Building in Midtown Manhattan, hundreds more converged in Washington, D.C. to protest the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference at the Walter E…

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17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest

Originally posted on wchildblog:

Democracy Now, 2/27/2015

Authorities in Pasco, Washington, have revealed police fired 17 shots at Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican farmworker who was shot dead on February 10.

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Emulate Your Example

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“When you get, give.
When you learn, teach.”
 Maya Angelou

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For each of us, eventually, whether we are ready or not, someday, it will come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame, and temporal power, will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned, or owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists, will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or on what side of the tracks you lived at the end. It won’t matter if you are beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

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Texas Town Sees 61% Drop in Crime After Kicking Out Cops

Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.

In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.

Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told guns.com

The private security firm places its officers on continuous patrol in their assigned neighborhoods, as opposed to the strategy of intermittent presence that the constable embraced.

“On a constable patrol contract, it’s either a 70/30 or an 80/20,” Alexander said. “Meaning they say they patrol your community 70 percent of the time, [while] 30 percent of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports.”

SEAL also relies heavily on crime statistics when it designs its patrol efforts.

“The second thing that drastically reduces the crime is that we do directed patrols, meaning we don’t just put an officer out there and say ‘here, go patrol,’” he said. “We look at recent crime stats, and we work off of those crime stats. So if we have hotspots in those areas say for that month, we focus and concentrate our efforts around those hotspots.”

When asked to compare traditional law enforcement to the SEAL model, Alexander explained:

“Law enforcement officers are trained to be reactive. They’re out there to run calls, they’re running one call to another, so they’re reacting to something that’s already happened. Private security, the way that we train our guys, is more proactive, meaning that we’re in the community proactively patrolling to prevent those crimes.”

Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported.

So far, more than 70 communities in Harris County, where Sharpstown is located, have contracted with SEAL, according to guns.com.

Tox Foundation

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Project Tox, or Tox as we’re often called is a free and open source replacement to the well used proprietary application Skype. Unlike Skype, Tox focuses on both security and privacy, utilizing a distributed hash table and onion routing mechanism to create an infrastructure without an infrastructure, all while maintaining fluid voice, video, and text chats. Unlike our competitors, Tox focuses on doing things like encryption transparently, removing the idea of a learning curve, to help design something that even Grandma could use.

Helterskelter to World War Three

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Helterskelter to World War Three – Darkmoon.

From and with permission of

http://www.darkmoon.me

March 1, 2015

This fact-filled article (source) is well worth studying carefully  because it gives us an overall perspective of the criminality of the American government as it plunges the world ever closer to WWIII.

Slightly abridged, with pictures and captions by Lasha Darkmoon

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This week I was invited to address an important conference of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Whitehouse.gov’ caught freezing vaccine choice petition to prevent signatures from reaching 100,000 threshold

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

Sunday, March 01, 2015
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Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Thanks to D. 

(NaturalNews) A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling for the prohibition of laws requiring mandatory vaccines has been throttled by the White House, buried from public view and finally frozen for over 36 hours to prevent the petition from achieving 100,000 signatures, Natural News can now reveal.

The petition, which was rapidly headed toward the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a response from the White House, was frozen mid-day Friday and has remained stuck at 56,791 signatures for over 36 hours.

The petition is titled “PROHIBIT ANY LAWS MANDATING THE FORCE AND REQUIREMENT OF VACCINATIONS OF ANY KIND.” It can be found at this link.

The petition reads:

No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children…

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Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

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Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015 by Christina Sarich, published on Natural Society, on February 24, 2015 “Non-GMO is More Profitable.” This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of

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200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate

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200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder, published on Green Med Info, on February 22, 2015 To Directly download this PDF file CLICK HERE The media, your pediatrician, politicians and health authorities like the CDC and FDA claim that vaccines are safe and effective. So why do hundreds of peer-reviewed studies

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Celebrating a decade of Zapatismo in New York*

Originally posted on Hwaairfan's Blog:

Celebrating a decade of Zapatismo in New York*

Some keep repeating the mantra that Americans are sheeple and that’s why there has not been a 21st century revolution taking place. However, some Americans are revolting, not on the streets, but by taking control of their own lives. From Brick-by-brick: Missouri Judge Rules Common Core Unconstitutional* to Water Pipes that Generate Electricity in Portland*, This Edible Park Feeds 200,000 Hungry People Every Month* to How Nebraskans took Control of their Energy Grid*. From 90yr old US Veteran Arrested for feeding homeless Changes the Law* to High School Students Refuse to Take State-wide Tests*. From One Public Bank’s Success Story Outperforms Goldman Sachs* to A U.S. County Votes in Self-Governance*. And so it goes on…

By Jessica Davis

For ten years the local people of El Barrio have been organizing horizontally to create non-authoritarian spaces of urban resistance and solidarity.

We fight so…

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World’s Largest Container-Shipper Warns Global Trade Is Slowing Down

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While it will hardly come as a surprise to many, especially those who have followed the historic collapse of the Baltic Dry index to levels which, all else equal, signify a global depression of epic proportions…

… and which led South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilder, to report a $3 billion loss in 2014, the recent comments of the CEO of the world’s largest container-shipping group, Maersk Line, should put things into perspective, especially for those who say that the Baltic Dry is no longer indicative of anything but massively dry-bulk ship overbuilding and excess supply (some 8 years after the past cyclical peak).

Unfortunately, as Søren Skou, Maerk’s CEO, admitted when he warned that global trade growth could slow this year from recent 4% growth ratnes, as Chinese, Brazilian and Russian economies disappoint, the Baltic Dry is still not only relevant and accurate but telling…

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Spectacular Developments In Austria: Bail-In Arrives After €7.6 Billion Bad Bank Capital Hole “Discovered”

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“Spectacular Developments” In Austria: Bail-In Arrives After €7.6 Billion Bad Bank Capital Hole “Discovered”

by Tyler Durden, published on Zerohedge, on March 1,2015

Slowly, all the lies of the “recovery”, all the skeletons in the closet, and all the bodies swept under the rug are emerging.

Moments ago, Austrian ORF reported that there have been “spectacular developments” in the case of the Hypo Alpe Adria bad bank, also known as the Heta Asset Resolution, where an outside audit of Heta’s balance sheet exposed a capital hole of up to 7.6 billion euros ($8.51 billion) which the government was not prepared to fill, the Austrian Financial Market Authority said.

As a result, according to Reuters, the bad bank that was created in the aftermath of the Hypo collapse, is itself about to be unwound, as the bad bank itself goes bad!

“Austria’s Financial Market Authority…

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Malaysia – The kettle is boiling.

Originally posted on Satu Insan - Malaysia:

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‘Malaysia could be 60 days away from Greece’

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When interviewed, a bank manager said that many of the bank’s customers believe that the nation’s coffers are empty and that we will soon be in very dire straits.

While some of the bank’s customers believe that Malaysia will only really be in trouble in 2019, at least 50 think that trouble will come much sooner—possibly within the next few months—with domestic consumption projected to nosedive due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April, and with the price of fuel expected to rise.

The bank manager anticipates that the price of RON95 price will exceed RM2 in April or May, and during this time, the rakyat, especially those in the lower income group, will feel the pinch as GST will have been implemented by then.

The bank manager went so far as to say that Malaysia will…

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MegaNet – BlockChain – Freedom

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Kim Dotcom Has Big Plans for Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

March 1, 2015
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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.

[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.”

Bitcoin Warrior

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.

​Catalonia prepares to set up own foreign missions, tax system amid independence drive

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Catalonia is preparing its own tax system, and creating a network of foreign missions as it prepares for a snap regional vote on independence. Recently Spain’s top court ruled that the region’s symbolic referendum vote in November was unconstitutional.
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D.C. Police Chief: All Cannabis Arrests Do Is Make People Hate Us, Alcohol is Much Bigger Problem

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

D.C. Police Chief: All Cannabis Arrests Do Is Make People Hate Us, Alcohol is Much Bigger Problem | The Joint Blog.

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March 1, 2015

chieflanierWashington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is defending her district’s recent decision to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis, saying that all cannabis arrests do is make people hate police, and that alcohol is a much bigger problem.

The comments were made by Chief Lanier at a recent meeting of the American News Women’s Club. Lanier says that D.C. police have “embraced” the district’s recent legalization of cannabis, and that last-minute attempts by Republican lawmakers in Congress to prevent the bill from being implemented is “No big deal”.

“Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop,” Lanier said. “They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem.”

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Anti-govt vs. anti-racism: Thousands gather for rival rallies in Rome (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Thousands of supporters of the right-wing Northern League party flooded the streets of Rome on Saturday, slamming the government of Matteo Renzi. A rival rally took place at the same time, with organizers calling the League’s views “racist.”
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The Dreaded Prison FEMA Camps ? Control Of Masses For NWO Sorting

Originally posted on Redwood Forest:

Carlos TheZilla published an article on WordPress.

Anonymous – Homeless People in US Deported to Camps

Anonymous – Homeless People in US Deported to FEMA Camps – Criminally Poor?

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RECAP: L.A. Planning to FORCE Homeless into FEMA Camps this Summer!

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RECAP: 200.000 Homeless Americans Vanishing – FEMA Camps

RECAP: Hundreds of Thousands of Homeless Americans Vanishing

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IRS – nuff said

IRS Drops Civil Forfeiture Case, Will Return $ 344,000 It Seized From Iowa Doctor

As a neurologist at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa, Alireza Yarahmadi has helped patients with epilepsy, sleep disorders and strokes. Now he can add another line to his CV: civil forfeiture victim.

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Last June, the IRS seized $344,405 from the Iowa doctor’s account, alleging that he frequently withdrew cash in amounts under $10,000 to put into safety deposit boxes. Banks have to report any cash transactions of $10,000 or more. Meanwhile, it’s against federal law to “structure” deposits in amounts under $10,000 for the purpose of evading that reporting requirement. Moreover, under civil forfeiture laws, the government does not have to convict or charge people with a crime to take their cash and other valuables.

Read More: Iowa Cops Seize Almost $ 50,000 from a Couple, Didn’t Charge Them With A Crime

Yarahmadi denied he was “structuring” his deposits and insisted in court documents that “the money was not derived from, proceeds of, used in connection with, or otherwise related in any way to criminal activity.” He is also suspicious of banks, because his family lost their savings during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Unfortunately, Yarahmadi is not alone. According to a new report by the Institute for Justice, “Seize First, Question Later,” between 2005 and 2012, the IRS seized roughly $242 million for alleged “structuring” in about 2,500 cases. Half of the seizures were under $34,000. Remarkably, in at least a third of all cases, merely making transactions under $10,000 triggered an IRS seizure; no additional wrongdoing was alleged.

Read More: Iowa Forfeiture Victim Will Get Her Money Back

Last fall, after the Institute for Justice began representing innocent entrepreneurs from abusive seizures in two cases, the IRS announced a new policy, claiming it would “no longer pursue the seizure and forfeiture of funds associated solely with ‘legal source’ structuring cases,” i.e. money that was lawfully obtained. During a congressional hearing last week, the IRS Commissioner even apologized to “anyone who got caught up in this.”

That policy change also prompted Yarahmadi’s attorney, Gail Brashers-Krug, to urge prosecutors to drop his case, calling it “a miscarriage of justice.” On Feb. 3, 2015, a federal judge dismissed the civil forfeiture case against Yarahmadi’s cash.

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SuperNET, the multi-crytpo wallet, with a DeCentralised Exchange has been RELEASED – PLEASE STOP USING CENTRAL BANKING

SuperNET’s Decentralized Exchange Aims to Put an End to Bitcoin Bank Heists

by Juan S. Galt @ 2015-02-28 10:50 AM

SuperNET version 1.1 Beta has been released on February 26, signaling a new era for cryptocurrencies, decentralized exchanges, and financial privacy alike. It is available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu.

What is the SuperNET?

According to their wiki:

“The SuperNET is a conglomerate of innovative, reliable and decentralized blockchain technologies. A cutting edge trading toolbox & an investment stock exchange, built on top of a strong anonymity network.”

All participating cryptocurrencies can be accessed via one client that users can download, or in the future access via the web. Up until now, SuperNET’s expanding ecosystem was only accessible through a modified version of the NXT wallet. It was just as easy to install, but dependency on NXT wallet gave away its infancy as a project.

Today, SuperNET celebrates this milestone client release with a new GUI. The layout and general feel of the new wallet differs from NXT’s elegant though more complex client, through which any cryptocurrency can flow.

However, as a beta release it is not yet perfectly smooth, and while testing it I had to refresh the client a few times. SuperNET project manager, T3cltd says:

“As it is an ongoing beta project it’ll not be ‘complete’ for some time, so the multi-wallet function that exists initially is being built on week by week from now.”

Users should expect continual growth and incremental updates instead of one big release.

Here is a sneak peak:

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Time to Rethink Centralized Exchanges

Beyond the look and feel of the new GUI, there are about a dozen developers and server admins guarding the foundations of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange.

And it could not come at a better time. In February alone, we witnessed multiple exchange hacks. The BTER and Bitstamp heists alone totaled over US$6.5 million, although these numbers pale in comparison to the thefts and losses of fiat currency in the traditional financial system.

Decentralization could be the answer to prevent similar heists in the future resulting from the single point of failure in the cryptocurrency industry, i.e. centralized exchanges.

Most centralized exchanges store the private keys to your bitcoin and dogecoin under the control of one group or entity, such is the case for exchange hot wallets at least. You can tell this is the case by looking at the initial number of bitcoin addresses. If it starts with 1, such as 1PDsr, then there is only one private key to that particular address. If it starts with 3, such as 3Sjdu, then it is a multi-signature address, and 2 to 15 keys are needed to access it.

SuperNET stores your coins on 2-of-3 multi-signature addresses, each hosted on its own server, with a copy of each blockchain. Together they are referred to as clusters.

Each server is maintained by teams and individuals from separate companies, or from various online communities, such as the developers of the cryptocurrencies involved. For withdrawls to occur, the servers must reach consensus about a transaction and wait for confirmations as usual.

Some examples of these teams are MyNXT as well as Coinomat and Frohike, each acting as guardians of the bitcoin Multigateway (MGW) cluster.

With the new release comes a new cluster, bringing five new coins to the decentralized exchange. Each new server is operated and maintained by the development teams of three of the five new coins, Opal, Bitstar and Vericoin.

On future versions of this platform, InstantDEX will be activated, allegedly allowing for instant conversion between coins, which honor the spot price. MGW serves as escrow and clearing house, automating the withdrawals when confirmations set in.

This model, and the software that runs makes it possible, is a fresh and perhaps groundbreaking application of multi-signature technology that may even disrupt the cryptocurrency market itself. The MGW software is scalable beyond 2-of-3 multi-sig, limited only by the blockchains in question. Since most alternate cryptocurrencies support n-of-15 multi-signature, there are many combinations possible, though the best arrangements are likely yet to be found.

Like any other cutting-edge technology, little research exists so far on how to best organize this multi-signature system. Lead developer James Lee says it has proven no easy feat to coordinate with interested hosts and maintain live support, particularly at the quality that consumers expect.

To achieve this, the community has established a central product management team (CPMT) to sustain live and consistently fast withdraw times solving related problems, which have emerged during the earlier stages of MGW. The software is open source, so interested parties are welcome to play around with, review, and experiment with the code.

A step in the right direction

MGW is considered decentralized because there is not one single company that signs transactions and because as open source software, anyone can host parallel clusters. However, it is not fully decentralized because users are still transferring full control of their coins to another group as the trade is being done.

This is important to keep in mind as like with any other exchange, it is recommended to withdraw large amounts to the safety of your own wallets when possible, and according to James Lee this will be automated.

“I will make some [decentralized] tradebots that will do the ‘deposit, trade, withdraw’ that we all recommend people to do, but sometimes are forgetting to do, well this will be automated. So your funds will be in MGW just for the duration of the trade.”

Though MGW is not as decentralized as we would all like, SuperNET is certainly breaking the bounds of centralized exchanges, and the legacy of centralized banking that proceeds them. With hackers getting more sophisticated and aggressive, innovation in this area of the industry cannot come soon enough.

A New Era of Cryptocurrencies

The new client will continue to allow users access to the full suite of NXT technologies. This includes the new Monetary System (MS), which in essence allows anyone to create a cryptocurrency—even ones that can be mined—without having to worry about their network security or having a mining pool raise the difficulty “to the moon” and then dump the profits.

All MS currencies will function on top of NXT and, as such, piggyback on its proven (albeit controversial) proof-of-stake technology.

Moreover, NXT is not the only coin that SuperNET allows access to. Alongside a handful of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin and dogecoin, five new communities have joined the party and are officially tradable on the wallet. Here’s a quick rundown of the new coins:

  • Opal—an information and finance exchange platform developing decentralized storage and featuring privacy tools such as stealth addresses.
  • Bitstar— a 30-second block time hybrid coin with high-interest returns. The team of developers have partnered up with T3CLtd, a Cyprus BTM company and the SuperNET to bring multicoin ATMs to the market.
  • VPNcoin—as the name suggests, this is a decentralized virtual private network being developed—now with the help of the SuperNET—and designed to bring full IP privacy to the masses.
  • Vericoin—allows you to “spend VRC anywhere bitcoin is accepted” while enabling transfer of VRC through text messages. They also have a strong focus on financial privacy.
  • BitcoinDark—promises one of the most advanced crypto-currency anonymity technologies yet to see the market, and not just for its native coin. All SuperNET coins will benefit from its technology. BitcoinDark is a very special addition and deserves its own section to be briefed.

A New Era of Financial Privacy

“My goal is to make it impractical for any organization to do automated mass surveillance on all citizens, just by monitoring and analyzing blockchains and internet packet traffic. Of course, if they assign operatives to personally monitor someone, they will be able to find out anything they want, especially with physical coercion or sending you pretty girls. However, when everything is debugged and my algorithms are validated via independent review, I believe we will achieve this goal of anonymous transactions.”

—James Lee, aka Jl777

The lead developer of the SuperNET, James Lee, posted this back in November while discussing an anonymity feature of Teleport, the main privacy technology built with BitcoinDark (BTCD). Teleport has been specifically designed to prevent Bitcoin’s information leak issues while being flexible enough to cooperate with other privacy coins, such as those based on ring signatures or mixing.

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Within Teleport’s tool kit is Clonesmear, a feature that can randomly delay transactions within a specified range from being recorded on the blockchain, to blur associations with the identities and IP addresses that sent them.

Alongside it are Dead Drop Addresses, which are dead ends for investigators, leaving them with a village-worth of possible recipients of a transaction.

Today, Teleport is built right into the new SuperNET software. However, with this release, it will only be available to advanced users through the use of its API. Btcddev, core developer, tells us that “Teleport will be asleep,” i.e. disabled in the background, until testing and debugging has finished.

The tiny BitcoinDark blockchain will be included in every client from now on, setting the stage for a vast amount of developments to come. Among them is the crowdfunded, and until recently, mysterious InstantDEX, which Lee says is almost finished.

All crypto-to-crypto trades will be converted to BitcoinDark, so in order to trade bitcoin for dogecoin, SuperNET will automatically exchange BTC for BTCD, and in turn BTCD for DOGE. This is expected to raise the volume and thus stability of BitcoinDark dramatically as the use of InstantDEX grows, while giving users one-click access to strong anonymity.

Most of these developments are expected to come out in 2015, which could make it the year of decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges. Hopefully this marks the beginning of the end for bitcoin bank heists.

Protests heat up in Venezuela following teen’s death

Originally posted on Follow The Money:

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The killing of a 14-year-old boy by a policeman during an anti-government protest is raising already high tensions in Venezuela amid a crackdown on the opposition and crippling economic problems.

Protesters hurling rocks clashed with police backed by armored vehicles late into the night, and the country was braced for further demonstrations Wednesday after the student, identified as Kluiverth Roa, was shot in the head and killed during a confrontation in San Cristobal, the capital of a restive western state.

Police officer Javier Mora Ortiz, 23, confessed to firing on the boy with plastic ammunition, officials said.

A photo and video of the student lying in a pool of blood, his backpack hanging over his shoulder, as a man frantically tries to staunch the bleeding and others scream and clutch their heads in horror rocketed around social media. Mourners were gathering in San Cristobal for the funeral, expected Wednesday…

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Protests heat up in Venezuela following teen’s death

Originally posted on Follow The Money:

Venezuela Unrest

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The killing of a 14-year-old boy by a policeman during an anti-government protest is raising already high tensions in Venezuela amid a crackdown on the opposition and crippling economic problems.

Protesters hurling rocks clashed with police backed by armored vehicles late into the night, and the country was braced for further demonstrations Wednesday after the student, identified as Kluiverth Roa, was shot in the head and killed during a confrontation in San Cristobal, the capital of a restive western state.

Police officer Javier Mora Ortiz, 23, confessed to firing on the boy with plastic ammunition, officials said.

A photo and video of the student lying in a pool of blood, his backpack hanging over his shoulder, as a man frantically tries to staunch the bleeding and others scream and clutch their heads in horror rocketed around social media. Mourners were gathering in San Cristobal for the funeral, expected Wednesday…

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The first anti-government protest in Greece turns ugly

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The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.

According to latest information, there was no intervention by riot police although squads were standing near by.

The first anti-government protest has been launched in Athens on Thursday afternoon. A month after the left-wing/nationalist SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition took office, a week after the Eurogroup agreement in Brussels.

With anti-EU banners and red party flags, members of  Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow (ANTARSYA) took to the streets in downtown Athens to protest the extension of continuation of loan agreements and Varoufakis’ Reform List with “austerity measures.”

ANTARSYA calls for defaulting on Greece’s debt, and nationalization without compensation of major industries, banning of lay-offs, the disarmament of the police, full political and social rights for immigrants.

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IRS watchdog investigating email scandal: ‘potential criminal activity’ — 32,000 “lost” emails are “found”

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

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February 27, 2015

Washington (CNN)The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails told a congressional panel on Thursday night they are looking into the possibility of criminal activity.

Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups applying for nonprofit status. Congress requested Lerner’s emails from the IRS and agency officials told lawmakers an unknown number of emails had been lost when Lerner’s computer crashed.

READ: Issa’s final IRS report spreads blame

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has since recovered a number of those emails.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Treasury Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus told the House Oversight Committee Thursday.

Camus did not elaborate on who may have committed possible criminal acts. And, he cautioned that the investigation is not complete and cautioned against…

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Live, From Athens, It’s Anti-Government Protest Live

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Two words can describe yesterday’s first anti-government protest organized by the far-left Antarsya party now that the Greek honeymoon with the new Syriza government is over: disorganized and violent, as the following video which captured the gist of yesterday’s event – which can hardly be called a protest and if anything was just young angry people tossing Molotov cocktails, shows.

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Which is why today’s first truly official protest organized by the Greek communist party in front of the Greek parliament on the well-known Syntagma square, will get far more attention, especially since it was Syriza’s own anti-bailout protests that filled the same venue as recently as a few weeks ago.

The Guardian reports:

“the chants of KKE communist party protesters are wafting through central Athens, reports Helena Smith, as they march through the city centre on their way up Syntagma square where tonight’s “anti-loan” rally is due to…

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RISE UP – You HUMANITY…….♥♥♥…

Originally posted on Mission Galactic Freedom:

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Oh My Brethren HUMANITY… Its our Time to RISE up……ONE Resolution I have Made and try allways to keep is this : to RISE ABOVE the little Things… Once I saw the world with open eyes I realized that I came here to change it.

Awakening to your true Source Self – I Am. A light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… We Rise By Lifting Others.. And the Others is You & ME….Let’s Be the Change we want to See in the WORLD………. Bring it!

~ Galactic Human ~

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RISE UP – Official Video
When YOU are ready to rise, YOU’ll rise up..

A collaborative effort of TragedyandHope and Activist, Author and Garret John Laporto of the viral sensation “The Wayseers Manifesto”

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A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World’s First Vertical Farms

Originally posted on What in the world is going on?:

Thanks Rose. KS

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3042610/a-vacant-lot-in-wyoming-will-become-one-of-the-worlds-first-vertical-farms

A unique conveyer belt design allows the three-story greenhouse to be efficient and sustainable, providing jobs and fresh produce to the Jackson community.
Jackson, Wyoming, is an unlikely place for urban farming: At an altitude over a mile high, with snow that can last until May, the growing season is sometimes only a couple of months long. It’s also an expensive place to plant a garden, since an average vacant lot can cost well over $1 million.

But the town is about to become home to one of the only vertical farms in the world. On a thin slice of vacant land next to a parking lot, a startup called Vertical Harvest recently broke ground on a new three-story stack of greenhouses that will be filled with crops like microgreens and tomatoes.
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Americans Catching a New War Fever

Damon:

War, blah, blah, blah, fear, blah, blah, blah, be afraid, blah, blah, blah, let us pass new laws taking away more rights, blah, blah, blah, terrorism, blah, blah, blah.

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

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The U.S. media/political elites are again riling up the American people about threats abroad, whether it’s the hysterical reporting about Russia or the sensationalistic coverage of Islamic State atrocities. The results are showing with more Americans favoring more war, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar The current U.S. administration has?

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Zerohedge: Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal . . . don’t miss this one . . . deception and more lies . . . so what else is new? ~J

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-23/1967-he-cia-created-phrase-conspiracy-theorists-and-ways-attack-anyone-who-challenge

Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.

The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other  founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.

But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.

The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967

That all changed in the 1960s.

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The dispatch was marked “psych” –  short for “psychological operations” or disinformation –  and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

The dispatch states:

2. This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including…

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What Happens If The Department Of Homeland Security Shuts Down

Damon:

If it would just go down and stay down – the world would be a better place!

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

Moments ago we got another stark reminder from none other than the president himself, that the nightmare of all mega-statists, another (partial) government shutdown, may be just around the corner:

The reason: as soon as tomorrow, the one part of the US government which to many is a manifestation of all that is broken with the current US “big brother” state of pervasive, ubiquitous surveillance and broken immigration policies, the Department of Homeland Security which was created in response to September 11, and which houses the agencies with jurisdiction over immigration law, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may be shut down.

As ABC explains, the reason is that unlike the rest of the government, the…

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Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t Even Know It

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don’t EvenKnow It.

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Chain - Public DomainMost Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do.  These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is what the vast majority of us are.  It is just that the mechanisms of our enslavement have become much more sophisticated over time.  It has been said that the borrower is the servant of the lender, and most of us start going into debt very early into our adult years.  In fact, those that go to college to “get an education” are likely to enter the “real world” with a staggering amount of debt.  And of course that is just the beginning of the debt accumulation.  Today, when you add…

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This Amazing New Beehive Design Allows You To Have Raw Honey On Tap

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I?d like to share something that?s going viral at the moment with all of you on Collective Evolution. It?s quite possibly the coolest invention I have seen in a long time.

Australian father and son team, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, have spent the last ten years designing this amazing beehive which allows bees to live as naturally as possible (the hive is never opened), while still providing us with raw honey. It enables people to harvest honey without causing them any harm whatsoever. Typical beekeeping practices involve ?smoking? the bees out and away from the hive while the beekeepers get the honey out. Many vegans see this as very cruel and choose to stay away from honey altogether, all the while missing out on the incredible health benefits honey has to offer. This amazing new hive, means that there is absolutely no cruelty involved at all.  And it also means a…

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The Daily Bell: Has Public Sentiment Turned Against Central Banking?

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

Staff News & Analysis – February 25, 2015

angrycrowdBloomberg seems to be uncomfortable with Rand Paul’s Audit the Fed bill. This editorial repeats many of the points of a previous one, published earlier this month. We analyzed that editorial, “Bashing Central Banks – Does Rand Paul Know What He’s Talking About?” Here’s how the Bloomberg article began: Rand Paul’s Know-Nothing Fed Bashing … See if you can spot the errors in Senator Rand Paul’s push to audit the Federal Reserve, which he laid out Friday in Des Moines: “Anybody here want to … Read More +

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A World without Owners

A World without Owners
Why we submitted to financial slavery and how we can be free again
“Freedom of icelandic horses along the grassland around the Geyser area” by Moyan Brenn @Flickr CC BY

We all enjoy modern technological advances, whether it’s the internet or our favorite cereal brand. But the way society is organized today has captured our individual productivity in the benefit of financial elites. If we had not surrendered our productivity, we could earn up to four times as much wealth as we do today. The solution is to break away from centralized hierarchies towards smart decentralization. And we still get to keep our modern benefits.
Background: Bitcoin’s Innovation

If you haven’t heard of Bitcoin yet, it’s magical internet money. But Bitcoin’s major innovation is not its boardgame money, but a way to decentralize ownership of a financial ledger. The Bitcoin ledger, called the blockchain, has no owner, no central bank or other authority. The ledger is distributed across participants’ computers who run the Bitcoin software.

Shutting down one participant doesn’t harm the Bitcoin network. Anyone can send and receive Bitcoin without restrictions. While some thieves could steal Bitcoins, so far nobody has succeeded to seize control of the Bitcoin network itself. Compare Bitcoin to how your bank works. Banks maintain their customers’ accounts, while at the same time owning and controlling the ledger that records these accounts. This gives commercial banks the power to create money from nothing.
We Cannot Trust Banks

In fact, creating money from nothing is precisely how modern economies actually control the money supply. The role of central banks is limited to setting the rent percentage that banks have to pay on loans, thus only influencing money supply indirectly. When European Central Bank director Draghi announced to “print” a few trillion Euros, what he meant was to give commercial banks a license to make up more money—fairydust.

However, the world banking system is based on legacy security principles developed back in the 1970s and 1980s, and therefore open to global-scale fraud. Two known scenarios recently lead to the theft of billions of dollars worth of currency:

Bank account balances are just numbers in a database. Those numbers can be altered. Surplus funds can then be wired out of the bank without the bank ever noticing. A top security researcher at Kaspersky Labs Inc., Mr. Golovanov, explains, “We found that many banks only check the accounts every ten hours or so. So in the interim, you could change the numbers and transfer the money.”
Banks can create money from nothing! This means that insiders can plot to rob a bank from within. Forget about Hollywood movies like The Insider. There’s no need to haul around bags of cash. Instead, when banks give out business loans or home mortgages, they create the money from nothing. Bank account holders can then withdraw that money. That’s exactly how in October 2014 a gang of criminals robbed Bulgaria’s KTB bank and stole over $2B USD, “due to what appears to be a ponzi financing scheme aimed at draining the bank.”

Peak Centralization

You’ve probably heard of Peak Oil, the point where extracting a barrel of crude oil costs more than its market price. Peak Centralization is the point where world government and world banking converge into a single global organization—the World Government. The question is whether it will ever come to that, because the forces of centralization are countered by forces of decentralization. This is the age-old struggle between power elites and free masses.

Going back in history for a moment, most of us believe that prehistoric man came up with money—clams, gems, rocks, salt or anything—to cope with the inefficiency of bartering. For example, if you bartered a bag of potatoes for a chicken, how much chicken could you get for just one potato? You’d have to kill the chicken, which was impractical. But in reality that never happened. Instead, prehistoric man bartered asynchronously, e.g. he would trade a potato on many different days and ultimately receive a whole chicken in return. We can’t scratch each others’ backs at the same time, there’s a delay.

The barter system works well for as long as you can remember who owes whom what. This system is inherently decentralized, because every participant stores a personal copy of the financial ledger—the who-owes-whom memory—in their own minds. This memory was not perfect, but it works up to communities of around thirty or forty members. Beyond that point the human mind could no longer cope remembering. We were forced to switch to accounting using rocks, ropes, sticks and later coins, gold, paper money, credit and debit cards, and Bitcoin.

(Peak Centralization actually occurred in the West during the past two centuries. In the year 1800, 90% of Western people was self employed. Self employment went down to 50% in 1900 and 10% in 2000 .)
The Invention of Financial Slavery

Ever since prehistoric bartering, the financial system moved away from a perfectly decentralized system towards a centralized global banking system. This solution helped mankind’s population to scale up to almost seven billion members, but there is a downside: we surrendered our lives to financial elites who took control of the who-owes-whom ledger. The reason is that centralized systems only work when we submit our trust to them.

Because we could no longer rely on our own memory, we were forced to accept the authority of bankers, accountants, notaries and others who specialized in this field. But absolute power comes with absolute corruption. For example, in the decades before letting go of the gold standard, banks would run a fractional reserve where they possessed only a small fraction of the gold they were supposed to, on the assumption that the people would not redeem all their gold at once. (For this reason, many governments criminalized publicly calling for a bank run.)

Once financial elites mastered the skill to control local, national and global financial ledgers, they effectively took control of the people’s productivity. In one way, the financial elites have the power to declare one business owner bankrupt while extending a loan to another ‘promising entrepreneur’. Bank managers can extend billion dollar loans to corporate friends, while denying loans to honest middle-class families. Banks benefit themselves from corporate centralization and therefore have an incentive to disrupt middle-class competitors.
The End of Centralized Ownership

Since we can go no further than 100% centralization, the only other way we can go is decentralization. Using emerging technologies such as the Bitcoin blockchain we can reorganize society, governance and finance. While prehistoric men and women were forced to remember who-owes-whom records themselves, Bitcoin’s technology solves this problem in a way that doesn’t require centralization: the Bitcoin blockchain is a decentralized ledger without an owner, yet it is much more secure than the current global banking system.

In this sense, the blockchain is modern solution to a prehistoric problem. The applications of decentralized ledgers are limitless:

Own your medical history. Imagine you go to a doctor and temporarily give them access to your medical history. They can add information to you record, but when you leave, you can retract access again. Nobody can ever access your medical history without your approval.
Own your education, diploma’s and certifications. Today, centralized authorities such as universities and schools issue and validate your diploma records. Without a diploma, you may not even get a job. Imagine a social proof of your skills, issued and validated by regular people just like you.
Own your national identity. The Edward Snowden case shows that governments can retract your passport at will, impairing your ability to travel the world—essentially reducing you to a prisoner of your government. With Bitcoin technology, We The People could issue a global passport, one that cannot be retracted by anyone, a sort of proof of existence.
Own your productivity. We go to work in expensive office building apparently erected for someone else’s grandiosity (The Rockefeller Building, The Trump Tower). Why can’t we decide each day what tasks to work from, from friendly environments, even working for a different company each day while owning our productivity. In the future, companies will compete based on creativity and customer service, but not worker exploitation.
Own your ideas and inventions. The Creative Commons copyright licences are an example how to do things differently. The world’s patent system, which now benefits big corporations who have the funds to sue small-business, will be overturned, if not abolished completely. Smart patents, or Creative Patents, will accelerate collaborative innovation in the benefit of all mankind.

A World without War

What caught my attention about Bitcoin most was the story of Silk Road, a ‘black’ market where drug dealers could buy and sell anything but without having to meet in person. The anonymity of the internet protected drug dealers from getting stabbed, shot at or robbed. Online user ratings discriminated between ‘honest’ and ‘fraudulous’ drug dealers. That’s an unexpected benefit—because that means we can also organize ‘white’ markets to operate in this manner, e.g. without violence and corruption.

A decentralized world, one where people lend their productive lives to causes of their own choosing, one without central governments, banks or militaries, can be a world without crime, corruption and even without war. With the Bitcoin blockchain principles available to us, we now have an obligation to use them. Let’s build a world without centralized ownership of our lives.

Tor / BitCoin / Tails

Tails Now Includes A Bitcoin Wallet

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In the world of online privacy and security, the Tails live operating system distribution, with its numerous built-in applications, pre-configured with security in mind, has grown in popularity.

Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

– Tails

Launched in June 2009 The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a security-focused Operating System based on the Debian Linux distribution. The system is designed to be booted as a live DVD or live USB, “This is a conscious decision as this mode of operation is better for what we want to provide to Tails users: amnesia, the fact that Tails leaves no traces on the computer after a session is closed.” states Tails. The operating system will leave no trace, or digital footprint, on the computer running it, unless explicitly told to do so.

Tails is aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. All outgoing connections from a computer , running the operating system, go through the infamous anonymity network The Onion Router (Tor), while direct connections are blocked. Tor prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays, run by volunteers all around the world. This group of volunteer relays is called the Tor network.

Individuals use Tor to keep websites from tracking them and their family members, or to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers.

– Tor

Originally designed and developed primarily for protecting US Navy government communications, Tor is now used every day by many groups of people. People who seek to improve their privacy and security online.

Tor is being used equally by journalists, law enforcement, governments, human rights activists, business leaders, militaries, abuse victims and average citizens concerned about online privacy. This diversity actually provides stronger anonymity to everyone as it makes it more difficult to identify or target a specific profile of Tor user. Anonymity loves company.

– Tor

By using Tails, you have a computer that is designed to be secure from malware, government surveillance, and hackers in general. Journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Barton Gellman have each stated that Tails was a crucial tool they use in their work with whistleblower Edward Snowden. Tails popularity skyrocketed when Snowden called it his favorite privacy tool, which he used to evade the National Security Agency (NSA).

Tails have been vital to my ability to work securely on the NSA story. The more I’ve come to learn about communications security, the more central Tails has become to my approach.

– Glenn Greenwald

Since Tails boots up from a portable device, it makes your desktop portable. You can take it with you wherever you go. The included software has been vetted for security and anonymity vulnerability. You can use its security and anonymity tools, even on public computers. In the latest distribution, version 1.2.3, Tails now includes Electrum.

Using bitcoin web wallets such as Coinbase, Xapo, or Blockchain.info is possible with Tails, but accounts can still identify you to governments, and IP addresses are not perfectly hidden with Tor. There seemed to be no perfect privacy solution without hacking into Tails itself, to install a software wallet. Due to the nature of Tails’ high-security environment, that was never easy enough for most users to do themselves.

With the blockchain download now above 28 Gigabytes in size and USB drive writable space on Tails drives limited to only four GB, a local bitcoin wallet had to be found that didn’t download the blockchain at all, operating much like a web wallet instead. Electrum fit the bill perfectly, and is both open source and decentralized, so it has had wide appeal to privacy advocates.

“Electrum is one such client that does not require downloading any of the blockchain, and therefore should work well in live systems like Tails.”

– Tails

There are no public stats on how many people are using Tails, but given that Tor has so many users, and also given that Tails is the most popular implementation of Tor, It is fair to say that there could be several hundreds of thousands of people around the world who may have never heard of Bitcoin before will have a bitcoin wallet as soon as they upgrade to the latest version of Tails.

Tor is the anonymity network with the largest user base. More than 700,000 users connected to Tor daily in 2013. Being adopted by such a large audience proves its maturity, stability, and usability.

– Tor

BREAKING: Activists block Dominion headquarters and demand “stop selling our futures”

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BREAKING: Activists block Dominion headquarters and demand “stop selling our futures”

10993455_346779095520082_5135792969283947908_nAt 7:00 a.m. a group of over 50 activists blocked vehicle access to Dominion Resources’ Tredegar Campus in Richmond, Virginia to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Traffic quickly formed on Tredegar Street as activists stretched large banners across the road and paraded large puppets around the scene. Two activists remain suspended from a pedestrian bridge with a banner reading “Stop Selling Our Futures” while a larger crowd occupy the access way to the campus below.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would transport natural gas from West Virginia, where there is a boom in hydraulic fracturing, 550 miles, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. “This proposal would be a dangerous investment in fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when the scientific consensus is clear that we must invest in renewables, such as…

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Indigenous Groups are Calling for the Decolonization of Australia

Originally posted on Unsettling America:

 Protesters march on Parliament House in Canberra. Photo courtesy of Elenor Gilbert, Enlightening Productions Protesters march on Parliament House in Canberra. Photo courtesy of Elenor Gilbert, Enlightening Productions

By Paul Gregoire, Vice News

On February 9, members of the National Freedom Movement gathered on the lawns at Parliament House in Canberra to present the Australian minister for Indigenous affairs, Nigel Scullion, with the Aboriginal Sovereign Manifesto of Demands. This document calls for negotiations between the Commonwealth government and Indigenous nations across the country to set out a framework for what’s known as “decolonization.”

The National Freedom Movement was born out of the Freedom Summit that took place in Alice Springs last November. The summit saw a delegation of Aboriginal leaders from around the nation meeting to declare the independence of Australia’s First Peoples and address the growing disparities they face. These include increasing levels of incarceration and suicide, the continuing forced removals of children from their families, and the Western Australian government’s…

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McDonald’s and Monsanto Are Both ‘Losing Money Fast’ | Natural Society

Damon:

Sorry to see them go!

Originally posted on The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed:

by Anthony Gucciardi

Posted on February 22, 2015

In a series of headlines that would pass as virtually unbelievable several years ago, mainstream economists are sounding the alarm over the financial decline of both fast food giant McDonald’s and biotech juggernaut Monsanto.

CNN asks, ‘Is McDonald’s doomed?’ Business Insider declares that ‘McDonald’s Is Losing America’ as the company fires its own CEO. What’s happening? As it turns out, the world is starting to ask what they’re truly eating in their food — and the new conglomerate of natural grocers and restaurants are trailblazing the way into an entirely new economic environment. In other words: people are simply tired of shoveling garbage into their bodies, and they’re not going to put up with it anymore.

So are you surprised to find that many are turning away from fast food leaders like McDonald’s?

Nations around the world are already rejecting the ensemble…

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DeCentralised Autonomous Organizations

An Operational Framework for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations – original article here

The concept of a “Distributed Autonomous Organization/Corporation” is an idealistic outcome of the crypto-tech revolution. Its roots originate in themes on organizational decentralization that were depicted by Ori Brafman in Starfish And The Spider (2007), and ones about “peer production”, aptly described by Yochai Benkler in The Wealth of Networks (2007). But these two themes were recently joined by the advent of cryptocurrency related technologies by Dan Larimer who observed that Bitcoin is the original DAC, and Vitalik Buterin who expanded on that construct by generalizing it further as a DAO, noting that the DAO has “internal capital”. Deregulation of crowdfunding and unbundling of services were two additionally paired themes that added to this combustion, and the whole thing was turbo-charged by a crypto-tech governance layer of technologies and trust-based automations to allow DAOs to “run without any human involvement under the control of an incorruptible set of business rules.”[1]

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A few thought leaders and visionaries explained the theory and vision of DAOs/DACs, but missing from the literature are real experiences and a deeper dive into the realities of operating a DAO. Certainly not all DAOs will be born by following a cookbook. And there will be variations and shades of purity in DAO principles, for practical purposes.

So how do you get there, and what are the pieces of the puzzle from an operational / practical view?

Just because we can add crypto-tech doesn’t mean that the DAO will be successful. As a play on words, a DAO is DOA (dead on arrival) until the market starts to validate its assumptions.

Evolutionary Paths to DAO’s

Although it is possible to aim for a DAO from day 1 of planning, it is also possible to evolve towards it, and it’s equally feasible to incorporate parts of a DAO construct into a traditional organization. If the DAO is the actual nirvana in terms of autonomous agents doing their work via artificial intelligence or smart programs, then we could imagine a path to an evolutionary sequence, where each subsequent stage builds on the functions of the previous one, as depicted in the following graph:

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  • Participative – users voluntarily and independently participate in loose tasks
  • Collaborative – users collaborate and add value towards common goals or objectives
  • Co-operative – users expects some shared gains to be returned
  • Distributed – starts the propagation of these functions by multiplying them across a wider net
  • Decentralized – further scalability is reached by instilling more powers to the edges
  • Autonomous – autonomous agents, smart programs, and (later) increased levels of artificial intelligence and AI algorithms will provide self-sustainability in operations and value creation at the centers, edges and arteries of an organization.

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FATHERS4JUSTICE: COURTS BLOCK PUBLIC FROM ATTENDING F4J FOUNDER MATT O’CONNOR’S TRIAL

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FATHERS4JUSTICE: COURTS BLOCK PUBLIC FROM ATTENDING F4J FOUNDER MATT O’CONNOR’S TRIAL
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COURTS BLOCK PUBLIC FROM ATTENDING F4J FOUNDER MATT O’CONNOR’S TRIAL

The Official Fathers4Justice YouTube Channel 

Published on 21 Feb 2015
WATCH officials from HM Courts & Tribunals Service and the Ministry of Justice @MoJGovUK block the public from attending Matt O’Connor’s trial at Aldershot Magistrates Court yesterday, 20/2/15.Fathers4Justice founder Matt O’Connor then refused to take part in his trial for a Section 5 Public Order offence after the magistrates explained the closed court was for ‘health, safety and security’ grounds.At a hearing about the ruling of the magistrates to exclude the public, the court room was occupied by several security personnel who were not from the area. O’Connor explained he was concerned about a ‘conspiracy of silence’ in Hampshire involving the Police, Press & Courts to cover up the involvement of…

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Why I Have Resigned From the Telegraph

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto:

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The coverage of HSBC in Britain?s Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

Five years ago I was invited to?

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“The Truth Is Unspeakable.” What A Real American Sniper Has To Say About His Duty In The Iraq War

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When I first saw the trailer for the film “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, I knew it was something that I didn’t want to see. Not just because it?s about war (something I don?t support), but because I knew right away that it was going to tell a one-sided story that would likely propagandizing the American war effort and heroizing the American soldiers taking part. Some like to refer to this sort of movie as “war porn” because it glorifies the act of war, and thus killing as well.

Real Life Accounts

Throughout this article we will be looking at real-life accounts from an actual American sniper, Garret Reppenhagen. Interestingly enough, Garett has a lot in common with Bradley Cooper’s character from the movie (which is in turn based on the story of Chris Kyle). They both enlisted in the military at an older age, were in Iraq…

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