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VIDEO — Andreas M. Antonopoulos educates Senate of Canada about Bitcoin (Oct 8, ENG)

Bitcoin Embassy
Oct 8, 2014

October 8th 2014, Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
“Study on the use of digital currency”, 11th session

Background on the “Study on the use of digital currency”:

In Canada, the public debate surrounding Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is currently being formalized as the official “Study on the use of digital currency”, a consultative exercise conducted at the initiative of the Senate of Canada’s Banking, Trade and Commerce committee.

Although the Senate of Canada exerts less authority than the House of Commons, its standing committees have proven to be an influential source of expertise and opinion. It also enjoys considerable international attention: according to Stuart Hoegner, general counsel at the Bitcoin Alliance, “no other parliamentary body in the world has publicly canvassed the breadth of materials and opinion that this committee has”.

[hat tip: New World Next Week]


Facebook & Apple Are Paying Women to Delay Having Children — video included

by Susanne Posel
OccupyCorporatism.com
Oct 15, 2014

occupycorporatism-freezingeggsFacebook has been offering female employees the chance to freeze their eggs by paying up to $20,000 in expenses and give the gift of putting of having children in exchange for working through the “prime career-building years”.

Apple said in a public statement: “We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.”

Around the age of 35, women on average are expected to begin having a family by way of societal pressures.

It is also round this age that the viability of eggs for freezing begins to diminish and therefore harvesting these eggs would not guarantee the employee would be able to use them for fertilization successfully in the near future.

In fact, it is unknown how successful a woman of 30 or 40 who has had her eggs frozen would be in being able to become pregnant using this method.

Jennifer Eaton, medical director of assisted reproductive technology at Duke Fertility Center (DFC) said: “We don’t yet have patients who’ve cryopreserved eggs in their 20s and are coming back in their 30s and 40s, because the technology is so new.”

Author Sarah Elizabeth Richards spent nearly $50,000 freezing her eggs 8 years ago and chronicled her experiences in a book: “You feel bad about yourself, like you’re the odd man out, and somehow you’ve messed up on your path. By freezing, you’ve done something about it. You’re walking taller; your head is held higher. And that can pay off in both your work and romantic lives. Egg freezing gives you the gift of time to start a family, but it’s also, like, here’s how many years I actually have left for my other goals—what can I do with them?”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in their National Vital Statistics Report (NVSR) that “since the 1970s the number of women having babies between the ages of 35 and 39 has increased 150%” while the other side of this trend reveals that 2 out of every 100 infants born in the US are conceived with the help of fertility treatments.

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MUST READ — FEMA Conducting Pandemic Drills Amidst Ebola Crisis

by Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
Oct 16, 2014

In yet another curious coincidence surrounding the recent Ebola crisis, it appears that FEMA has been preparing for the appearance of a pandemic of deadly disease in the near future all along.

As part of theFEMA Pandemic Exercise Series: PANDEMIC ACCORD: 2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy , the Sifma.org website states that,

The Federal Executive Boards in New York City and Northern New Jersey in partnership with FEMA Region II, The Department of Health and Human Services Region II, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Clearing House Association are sponsoring a two year series of pandemic influenza continuity exercises – tabletop exercise 2013 (complete), full scale exercise 2014 – to increase readiness for a pandemic event amongst Federal Executive Departments and Agencies, US Court, State, tribal, local jurisdictional and private sector continuity.

The exercise, having been underway since 2013 is scheduled to continue to December 4th 2014. The exercise will involve eight scheduled events and/or webinars which will discuss questions surrounding continuity of operations for essential services, transportation impacts, disruption in communications and internet connectivity, disruptions to power sources and other related possible damages to the normal function of societal life. The exercises also deal with the aftermath of the pandemic including “coping with the deaths of multiple coworkers/loved ones,” “replacing staff,” and “replacing personal protective equipment for a potential next wave.”

The fictional pandemic is designed as an influenza virus spreading from person to person worldwide. Sifma describes the setting for this exercise by peppering in statistics regarding the 1918 “Spanish Flu” and projected damage done to the U.S. population as well as the U.S. economy.

The stated objectives of the exercise are “to mitigate vulnerabilities during a pandemic influenza outbreak; to identify gaps or weaknesses in pandemic planning or in organization pandemic influenza continuity plans, policies, and procedures; and encourage private and public organizations to jointly plan for, and test, their pandemic influenza plans.”

The Sifma website provides an overall summary of the exercise as well as links to webinar presentations which can be viewed for free.

Regardless of the origins of the Ebola crisis, whether it be conspiracy or gross incompetence, there are a number of aspects to the entire situation which simply do not add up. While one would not argue that preparedness on the part of the federal government regarding a possible pandemic is a bad thing, its behavior thus far has exuded anything but preparedness. Considering America’s sordid history with national emergency exercises, the ongoing FEMA pandemic exercise cannot help but raise red flags.

Recently from Brandon Turbeville:

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

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[hat tip: Alex Hunter]


VIDEO — #WakeUpCall: Narcissists exploit Syrian children

RT
Oct 14, 2014

For IN the NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident discusses how yet another hashtag campaign is making the rounds on Twitter. This time, the goal is to get people to post photos of themselves just waking up and then challenging their friends to do the same, all while donating money to UNICEF to aid Syrian children. Called #WakeUpCall, it hasn’t taken off nearly as much as the Ice Bucket Challenge did, exposing one of two main flaws in hashtag activism.

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Hackers Hijack Retailers’ Showroom PCs for Cryptocurrency Mining

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by | Published on October 9, 2014 at 13:40 BST

Dutch hackers have started hijacking laptops showcased in retail stores and using them for cryptocurrency mining, according to a report.

The stores involved have admitted that an undisclosed number of display samples were affected by malware and said they would take steps to eliminate the practice.

Dutch tech publication Computerworld reported the problem on 7th October after a computer science student revealed that laptops in the Media Markt chain of shops have been exposed to mining malware for some months.

Computerworld found that a total of 105 laptops were part of a botnet and that an estimated €500 had been generated in mining revenue over that time.

Media-Saturn Netherlands, owner of Media Markt, said it should not be possible to run malware on the machines as “a display model should require the password of an administrator”, adding:

“We will consult with our locations and suppliers [...] Where necessary, we will come up with new or more stringent protocols.”

Several other stores were found to have a risk of malware, namely Paradigit, MyCom and Computerland, according to the report.

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3D printer for creating untraceable AR-15 rifles hits market

RT USA

Published time: October 03, 2014 03:21

A screen from a YouTube video by Defense Distributed

Defense Distributed has offered a pre-sale of its new milling machine which allows buyers to print and assemble a steel AR-15 rifle in the comfort of their own home. The weapon is completely untraceable.

Ghost Gunner is the company’s new computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) milling machine. Unlike its so-called Liberator gun, which is a plastic gun design to be created via a 3D printer, the Ghost Gunner is the PC-connected hardware for manufacturing the lower receiver of the popular AR-15 rifle.

The receiver is the control part of a firearm which houses the operating parts and serves as the frame of the gun. Without it, the weapon is inoperable. It is also where the manufacturer places the serial number, which is required by law.

The US does allow for creating a firearm from parts or kits, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which states: “[An] unlicensed individual may make a ‘firearm’ as defined in the GCA for his own personal use, but not for sale or distribution.”

As a way to get around that law, manufacturers can make a semi-finished lower receiver that “isn’t technically a gun, but gets as close to the line as possible,” Ars Technica reported. The metal piece is usually 80 percent finished, and can be purchased from a variety of companies. The Ghost Gunner machine will finish the lower receiver, and then customers can purchase the rest of the AR-15 parts online, without being subjected to waiting periods or background checks.

The company’s co-founder, Cody Wilson, is a self-described anarchist. He told Wired that he wants to make the process of avoiding government weapons regulations easier and more accessible than ever before.

“Typically this has been the realm of gunsmiths, not the casual user. This is where digital manufacturing, the maker movement, changes things,” he said. “We developed something that’s very cheap, that makes traditional gunsmithing affordable. You can do it at home.”

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Couple to Get Married on the Bitcoin Blockchain at Disney Bitcoin Conference

28769-bitcoinby Adam Hofman
Bitcoin Magazine
Sept 23, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL, SEPTEMBER 22 – The value of Bitcoin is about to become life changing for one couple, who will use Bitcoin technology to register their marriage on the blockchain, as one of the governance services provided by Bitnation.

This hi-tech wedding is the first of its kind, and will take place at the Disney World Coins in the Kingdom Bitcoin Conference on October 4th and 5th at The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista on The Walt Disney World Resort.

David Mondrus is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of RedboxJewels.com, and advisor at Bitnation, who met Joyce Bayo while he was researching new business opportunities in the Philippines. She stole his heart when she fed him pineapple on a boat. He stole a kiss from her the following night and she has been trying to get it back ever since.

“We believe that like the blockchain, our love and marriage are forever and that our relationship is not defined by governments or the church.  So enshrining our commitment to each other in the blockchain in front of our friends is very dear to us.” said David Mondrus, the groom.

The blockchain is a cryptographically secure public ledger distributed amongst all of its users, which records all transactions on the the Bitcoin Network.  When one address signs a transaction it is broadcasted to the network and recorded forever.  The blockchain cannot be changed or edited unless there is a consensus within the community of people from all over the world who help maintain the ledger and at this point that numbers above 7000+.  The blockchain allows people to be able to always go back and verify when a transaction has a occurred, where it was sent from, and the address which received the transaction.

One way of utilizing this public ledger technology is to embed messages or contracts inside of a transaction.  These contracts or messages can be seen by anybody looking at the blockchain as long as it exists.  Pondering what type of records one usually documents publically, a variety of uses come to mind such as marriages, titles, notarized documents, shareholder agreements, and even votes.  Once embedded within the blockchain, it is easy to determine who owns what utilizing a tool called a block explorer and all without the necessity of a central physical location to store the documents.  In effect the blockchain is a record of all of our actions and achievements stamped permanently in time. The blockchain is a transparent time capsule for all to see.

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Facebook Wi-Fi Drone the Size of 747 Could Fly in 2015

Red Ice Creations
Sept 25, 2014

From: NBC News

The Facebook drones are on their way, and we’re not talking about bored friends who send out Candy Crush Saga invites. The company shared a few more details about its plan to use drones to provide free Wi-Fi to the two-thirds of the world’s population that lack Internet access. First, don’t call them “drones,” Yael Maguire, engineering director of Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, said Monday at the Social Good Summit in New York City. Instead he refers to them as “planes,” seeing as they will be “roughly the size” of airplanes “like a 747,” although much, much lighter.

They also will have to be powered by the sun to continuously provide Wi-Fi coverage. It would not be the first solar-powered plane; the makers of the Solar Impulse 2 told the AP in April that their vehicle could theoretically fly indefinitely. That plane, however, had a pilot. Facebook hopes to get around regulatory and technical barriers to let one person be in control of up to 100 of its drones. Maguire said that Facebook hoped to test one of its planes in the United States by 2015 and have them sending out Wi-Fi signals in the next three to five years.

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9 Epic Failures of Regulating Cryptography

Activist Post
Sept 27, 2014

Recently Apple has announced that it is providing basic encryption on mobile devices that they cannot bypass, even in response to a request from law enforcement. Google has promised to take similar steps in the near future. Predictably, law enforcement has responded with howls of alarm .

We’ve seen this movie before. Below is a slightly adapted blog post from one we posted in 2010, the last time the FBI was seriously hinting that it was going to try to mandate that all communications systems be easily wiretappable by mandating “back doors” into any encryption systems. We marshaled eight “epic failures” of regulating crypto at that time, all of which are still salient today. And in honor of the current debate, we’ve added a ninth.

They can promise strong encryption. They just need to figure out how they can provide us plain text. – FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni, September 27, 2010

[W]e’re in favor of strong encryption, robust encryption. The country needs it, industry needs it. We just want to make sure we have a trap door and key under some judge’s authority where we can get there if somebody is planning a crime. – FBI Director Louis Freeh, May 11, 1995

If the government howls of protest at the idea that people will be using encryption sound familiar, it’s because regulating and controlling consumer use of encryption was a monstrous proposal officially declared dead in 2001 after threatening Americans’ privacy, free speech rights, and innovation for nearly a decade. But like a zombie, it’s now rising from the grave, bringing the same disastrous flaws with it.


Beware: Facebook’s “Soft Censorship”

Land Destroyer

SoftCensorshipSeptember 5, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LocalOrg) – The Land Destroyer Report maintained a Facebook page under the name Anthony Cartalucci. Since 2009 it was used to express my personal thoughts regarding the news of the day, as well as share relevant links with followers. Today, Facebook, without warning or opportunity to appeal, decided that the Facebook account must be changed over to a “page.” By doing so, all those following my account no longer would receive updates, because of Facebook’s “news feed” filters.

The premise behind news feed filters is that people have too many “friends” and are following too many accounts, so they can’t possibly manage all the content themselves. Therefore, Facebook will do it for them. We already know about the Facebook “experiment” where they intentionally manipulated the news feed of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users without their consent.

A report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) titled, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” stated in its abstract that:

We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness. We provide experimental evidence that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues.Not only are the findings troubling – illustrating that Facebook possesses the ability to influence the emotions of its users unwittingly through careful manipulation of their news feeds – but the invasive, unethical methods by which Facebook conducted the experiment are troubling as well.

Clearly manipulating users’ news feeds possesses powerful propaganda and mass-manipulative influence – surely influence those with the resources would be willing to pay for. And that is exactly what Facebook has arranged for with their new “reach” system. Facebook’s own explanation is as follows:

Rather than showing people all possible content, News Feed is designed to show each person on Facebook the content that’s most relevant to them. Of the 1,500+ stories a person might see whenever they log onto Facebook, News Feed displays approximately 300. To choose which stories to show, News Feed ranks each possible story (from more to less important) by looking at thousands of factors relative to each person.

Those involuntarily forced to switch from standard accounts over to “pages” will notice the “boost” feature below each post. This is where you are required to pay Facebook money to ensure people who voluntarily followed you to receive content from you, actually receive it. Obviously, this confers a major advantage to well-funded start-ups, established media outlets, and large, corporate-driven propaganda machines. For the independent or freelance journalist, analyst, or activist, Facebook has gone from an open platform to a cage of soft censorship.

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VIDEO — Engineers vs. Thugs: the Power of Bitcoin, Cryptography & Tech

Activist Post
Sept 23, 2014

Vinay Gupta is one of those unique minds. A pragmatist without the negativity, and a visionary unleashed from ideology.

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