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The Price of Bitcoin Doesn’t Matter Right Now

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Balloons bearing the bitcoin logo float above the floor at the Inside Bitcoins conference and trade show, on Monday, April 7, 2014 in New York. The balloons are part of a promotional effort by London-based Cloud Hashing, a bitcoin mining company. image credit: Mark Lennihan/AP

by Jerry Brito
WIRED
Jan 14, 2015

The price of Bitcoin has taken bit of a dive over the last couple of days, shedding over 20 percent of its value in the last 24 hours. The sell-off, like other sell-offs and rallies before it, draws a lot of attention and questions about what it means for the future of the technology. Here’s why I don’t focus on price much.

Bitcoin is best thought of as a 5- to 10-year project, and we’re at the very early stages. An (admittedly imperfect) analogy is the early Web.

Like the early Web, Bitcoin is an open platform that no one owns, and on top of which anyone can build without having to get anyone else’s permission. And just like the early Web, success requires investors, entrepreneurs, and developers to build out the infrastructure and applications that will make it useful to average users.

The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee; he published a paper proposing it in March of 1989. The following year he worked to implement the idea in code, making the first website in December of 1990. The first popular Web browser didn’t come until 1993 when Marc Andreessen and the team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications released Mosaic. The following year Andreessen started Netscape and released the Netscape Navigator browser in 1994.

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5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life

by Kayla Matthews
Natural Society

Jan 21, 2015

First, let’s set the record straight by saying that sugar in and of itself isn’t evil, per se. It occurs naturally in plenty of foods, including fruits and milk. With that being said, adding excess sugar to your dietary intake simply isn’t necessary. In fact, you’ll notice numerous positive things happen when you decide to quit sugar for life.

Although people living in the Western world have been trained to desire sugary treats, as well as foods that include copious amounts of sugar for flavoring, we certainly don’t need it. If you stop eating anything but naturally occurring sugars, you’ll notice that 5 very distinctive things will happen.

1. Your Energy Will Improve

Ironically, many of us have a tendency to reach for sugar-filled items, including so-called energy drinks and caffeinated beverages, when we’re tired. Yet without all the sugar, we’re guaranteed to have a higher energy level naturally. In other words, all that sugar is blocking our body’s ability to keep our energy stores at maximal levels. Plus, there will be no up-and-down with your blood sugar, so afternoon crashes will become an experience of the past.

2. Your Weight Will Stabilize

Sugar makes you crave more sugar, and we’re not just talking about sugar in its raw form. Let’s face it: most sugar comes in high-fat and/or high-carb foods that have been processed or at least contain tons of unwanted ingredients. There is, of course, the exception of fruit, which are nearly all sugar.

By going on a sugar detox, your body will not be subjected to the need to deal with all those additional calories. You won’t feel hungry, and you’ll end up losing weight – or at least not seeing the scale fluctuate as dramatically.

3. Your Intestines and Colon Will Perform More Efficiently

If your insides could tell you what they wanted on a daily basis, they would say lots of fiber and a minimum amount of tough-to-digest, impure foods. When you remove sugar, you’re enabling your tummy and bowels to reset their abilities to process what you’ve eaten. You may even find that you go to the bathroom more often … this is a good thing. It means everything is getting back to a normal routine.

4. You’ll Stop Wanting Sugar

It’s a fact: sugar begets sugar. After you rid it from your food regimen, you’ll slowly begin to lose the desire to eat anything with sugar in it. Fruits will taste plenty sweet, and if you do take a bite of a cake or pie, you’ll be shocked at how overpowering and overly sweet it seems.

5. Your Skin Will Look Healthier

Have you noticed that you can’t seem to crack the case on why your acne appears and disappears despite all the creams, potions, and ointments you’re using? It may be that sugar is hurting your skin from the inside out. Many people report that their skin feels and looks healthier after they stop giving in to sugar’s pull.

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VIDEO — New TV Show “Sex Box” Features Couples Literally Having Sex in a Box on Stage in Front of a Studio Audience

Truthstream Media
Jan 24, 2015

I think I’m going to make a new category on this website titled, “Documenting the Downfall.” This story definitely goes there.

Welcome to high tech Rome, everyone.

by Melissa Melton | Originally published at The Daily Sheeple

In a television first, a new show coming out in February on the cable channel WeTV is simply called “Sex Box.”

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Not to kill the suspense here, but it’s a show featuring couples having sex. In a big metal box. In front of a live studio audience. On TV.

[Sex Box: Trailer]

The show, which WeTV is hailing as “groundbreaking” and “captivating,” is being billed as “the most extreme couples therapy ever” and not a new form of weird voyeuristic amateur pseudo-porn.

During the show, a couple walks out on stage in front of an audience of people clapping like it’s just a regular episode of Oprah or something, only this time, they’ll be sharing the most intimate moment they can share together outside of childbirth live in a giant metal box in front of said audience on stage on TV — essentially exploiting something that should be upheld as special or at the very least private and turning it into something cheap and repulsive while people watch.

After the act is presumably over, the couple is supposed to come out of the box and sit down on a couch with three random TV personality “experts” (strangers) and talk about their love life and sexual issues in front of the audience that just sat there presumably waiting while watching them have sex in a giant metal box.

WeTV is a cable channel owned by AMC Networks, “Similar to VH1 and Bravo, the channel’s programming focus is bent mainly towards women, though since the fall of 2014 the network has also attempted to accommodate additional male viewership,” according to Wikipedia. More than 83 million households (or nearly 73% who own a television) are getting WeTV piped into their homes.

Who calls up asking for tickets to be a part of that studio audience, by the way? “Hey, it’s a Thursday and we’re not doing anything hun, wanna grab the fam and head on down to WeTV studios and watch some random couple get it on in a giant metal box on stage?”

I guess I’m opening the door to being called “prude” here, but… really? W. T. actual F.?

Sounds like they’re taking a scene out of the movie Requiem for a Dream and trying to normalize it for prime time reality TV.

It’s hardly a secret that the days of television’s supposed innocence are so long gone they may have never even existed in the first place, but is this really our modern society? This what is passing for TV programming these days?

What are we, high tech Rome?

What’s next, a show featuring live duels to the death between angry neighbors because one didn’t return the others’ lawn mowers in a gladiatorial pit as a form of “extreme mediation therapy” on live TV?

Or is this the final step on the path to Videodrome?

This disturbing film described how the theater of the mind would use sex and violence as a weapon to brainwash and control the captive population:

Professor Brian O’Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena — the videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore television is reality, and reality is less than television.

Can you imagine what an alien race on the outside looking in would think of this show?

Guess I’m not the only critic:

Activists 3D Printed a Gun In Front Of State Capitol Building

by John Vibes
Activist Post
Jan 23, 2015

A group of activists in Texas stirred controversy this week, by 3D printing a gun right out front of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. The unique live protest was organized by the group Come And Take It Texas, or CATI, and featured a CNC device called “Ghost Gunner” which uses 3D printed parts and is capable of manufacturing a gun.

“Anybody can purchase one of these to print firearms in their own homes,” Murdoch Pizgatti, president of CATI said on NBC News.

There has been a heated debate about 3D printing technology in the past few years, as 3D print gun projects like Wikiweapon have begun to grow in popularity and gather press recognition. Wikiweapon was a project that intended to share open-source blueprints for 3D printed guns, allowing anyone with the right equipment to manufacture a firearm from their home.

The Ghost Gunner is made by Defense Distributed, the parent company of the Wikiweapon project, and set up by founder Cody Wilson. The company is fittingly based in Austin, Texas, where the protest took place this week.

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Pedophiles in Politics: An Open Source Investigation

by James Corbett
The Corbett Report

01/11/2015

As 2015 begins, high-profile cases involving accusations of pedophilia in the highest ranks of political power are making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

MPs Caught in Pedophile Network

The first case involves the exposure of five VIP pedophile rings operating in Britain in the 1970s and 80s that have been researched in a dossier compiled by John Mann, an MP for Bassetlaw in the Midlands, which was then submitted to the London Metropolitan Police for further investigation. These five rings all included at least one current or former member of parliament, with a total of 24 politicians having been identified in Mann’s dossier. Six of those 24 are currently serving members of the UK government, including three MPs and three members of the House of Lords. As an MP himself, Mann enjoys parliamentary privilege to name the accused politicians in the House of Commons but has said he will not do so because he believes the accusations should be investigated by police first.

The Met are already investigating claims made by an alleged victim of the network that a Conservative MP strangled a boy to death during one of the ring’s sex parties, and that he personally witnessed two other boys murdered by the gang, including one who was run over in broad daylight. Mann has also indicated that he believes two men may have been murdered as part of a cover-up of the network’s activities.

One of the hurdles in investigating the claims is the Official Secrets Act, which prevents the disclosure of state secrets and “sensitive” information. “It is clear there are a lot of people who could provide a lot of information, potentially vital information, to support ongoing criminal investigations,” Mann said regarding the investigation. “But they are not doing so because of the Official Secrets Act. They are fearful of not only breaking the law but the potential effect on their pension. This is absolutely crucial if we are to get some of these ex-officers coming forward and to get prosecutions of some of the former MPs.” He has asked Home Secretary Theresa May to lift the restrictions, allowing former officials to speak up about what they know about the case, but so far there is no indication that this has been done.

Epstein Accuser Names Names

Meanwhile in the United States a similarly shocking set of allegations are emerging from a Florida court case surrounding Jeffrey Epstein, the prominent American financier and billionaire who was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. In the years since his conviction, dozens of women have come forward to accuse him of abuse, and he has made 17 out-of-court settlements in various civil cases arising from these accusations. There is now an ongoing federal civil suit in Florida in which two women are alleging violations of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act in the remarkable plea deal that saw Epstein emerge from the scandal with a single count of solicitation of underage prostitution and a 13-month prison sentence.

Late last month, Virginia Roberts made headlines by submitting a motion to be added to the legal action in Florida. Those documents allege that Roberts was one of Epstein’s underage sex slaves and names both Prince Andrew, Duke of York and fifth in line for the British crown, and Alan Dershowitz, a well-known lawyer and author, as men with whom she was forced to have sex while underage. Buckingham Palace has emphatically denied the claims, and Dershowitz threatened to sue Roberts’ lawyers over the allegations but was instead counter-sued for defamation.

The scandal threatens to re-focus attention on the Epstein case, which raises many important questions about the billionaire’s connections with the rich and powerful. It has since been revealed that Epstein had 21 different phone numbers for contacting his friend Bill Clinton, who, court records allege, “frequently flew” on Epstein’s private jet between 2002 and 2005. The American tabloid press is now reporting that the new claims have created problems for Clinton’s marriage, with Hillary allegedly visibly angry at Bill at a recent public appearance.

Nothing New

Allegations of pedophilia networks amongst the political and entertainment “elite” are of course nothing new. In recent years Britain has been rocked by revelations of repeated, serial sexual abuse of children by popular children’s television entertainers Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris. These scandals have raised questions about institutional support for these activities at a number of levels, including the BBC, the political classes and even royal participation in the enabling and cover-up of the abuse.

Likewise in America, allegations of political pedophile rings date back decades, with the most notorious being the Franklin scandal in which Lawrence E. King Jr. was accused of running an elite child prostitution ring for Nebraska Republican Party members and high-ranking U.S. politicians. The story involves accusations that link the ring to CIA drug dealing, murder and cover up, including accusations of ritual abuse in the Bohemian Grove. The investigation was championed by former State Senator John De Camp and eventually brought before a grand jury in Douglas County but was eventually thrown out as a “carefully crafted hoax” and two of the alleged victims were themselves convicted of perjury after two other witnesses recanted their supporting testimony. Still, questions still surround the cover up of the case as documented in suppressed documentaries like Conspiracy of Silence.

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MUST LISTEN — Remedy Roundtable 05 – Prof. Jay Courtney Fikes, Lydia & Royce White Calf – “The Lakota, Naropa Institute, and Wounded Knee – From Gen. Custer to Carlos Castaneda” – #220 | Gnostic Media

Gnostic Media
Dec 19, 2014

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Episode 220 is Remedy Roundtable #05 with Prof. Jay Courtney Fikes, Lydia and Royce White Calf, titled: “The Lakota, Naropa Institute, and Wounded Knee – From Gen. Custer to Carlos Castaneda”

This is a POWERFUL episode where one of the last pure bred Lakota Native Americans, Royce White Calf, who was at Wounded Knee and lived to tell about it, comes on to tell all. His wife Lydia joins us along with Prof. Jay Courtney Fikes – who’s returning for his 4th time.

In this episode we expose more on Native Revivalism, the FBI and CIA attacks on the Lakota nation – including their promotion of the New Age and Neo-Shamanism – and the likes of Carlos Castaneda, and the planned genocide against the only native American nation to seize the US flag – not once, but 3 times.

And this episode is being released on Friday, December 19, 2014. It was recorded on December 17.

Royce White Calf is a Lakota from the Oglala Lakota Nation. He is known for leading in the sobriety movement on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the late 70’s, and his work for the youth in the 1980’s which led Tom Brokaw to give him the Outstanding Young Man of America Award on national television in 1982.  He became an active member of the American Indian Movement by 13 years old, during the Wounded Knee Occupation of 1973, and has led in his People’s struggle ever since.  He has appeared on CNN and FOX News – featured in an interview regarding Camp Justice and the Reservations mass killings of 1999, which forced President Bill Clinton to come to the Reservation in an attempt to quell another Resistance Movement. Royce has also taken a vehement stand with Russell Means against Columbus Day in Denver Colorado. He has appeared throughout the years on other media coverage, local and national, including the New York Times, The Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, The Rapid City Journal, Indian Country Today, and radio both national and internet. In 1995, he was the youngest sitting member of The Great Sioux Nations Treaty Council, in its history.

Lydia White Calf is a non- Indian form Greenwich, Connecticut. By 21, she was a photojournalist based out of Singapore, and stringing for The South China Seas Morning Post, The Bangkok Post, The Jakarta Post, and The New York Times. She also worked for tens of magazines internationally, including Harper’s in Australia, and other magazines throughout the Asian region.  She has been published in The London Times, and later moving back to this country, she worked for The Miami Herald and The Palm Beach Daily News.  In 1991 she won Best Photo Essay from The Florida Magazine Association for her work in Tibet.  A project regarding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome took her to The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1993, where she met Royce White Calf.

Together, they directed a film project for Viacom entitled “The New Indian Wars”, in 1993.  They married in 1994, and moved to Boulder Colorado where Lydia wanted to pursue a Masters Degree in Jungian Psychology.  While in the BA Program at The Naropa Institute (now The Naropa University), they stood up against administration-wide fraud and became the whistle blowers regarding Cultural Appropriation and Genocide to The Lakota People on Pine Ridge, by Naropa – while also calling attention to the broader widespread  issue of Cultural Genocide to Indigenous Peoples of The Western Hemisphere. For this Russell Means also became their Spokesperson. They were asked to be Jurors in 1998 for the Northwest Tribunal On First Nation’s Genocide in Residential Schools in Canada, for which ultimately Dennis Banks came to their assistance for a national statement in 2012. Both issues were heard on the Floor of the United Nations Subcommittee on Human Rights, presented by Alaskan Elder and expert on International Law, Rudy James (of the Thlingit Nation).  They have appeared jointly on radio for 15 years, including Native America Calling, and in local and national press. They continue to fight for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and for The Lakota Nation. They currently reside in the mountains above Boulder with their two sons – both Federally Enrolled members of The Oglala Sioux Tribe, in Nederland Colorado.

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