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Well it happened again. Despite government’s best efforts to scare the crap out of everyone just prior to Independence Day in the USA, there was NO terrorist attack. Nothing happened. But we did get to hear all about that “increased chatter” that “authorities” were aware of. And we got glimpse of highly militarized police.

Notice that before real terrorists strike nobody picks up any chatter. No worries about Charlie Hebdo. No warnings to beachgoers vacationing in Tunisia. The police are doing their normal chores of upholding the law by answering 911 calls and writing tickets for various infractions.

If authorities in the USA really thought there was going to be an attack of some sort, they’d be way ready and may not even bother to scare ordinary citizens about it.

Perhaps someone somewhere decided that every now and again we need a little spookin’ … Just enough so we can’t feel 100 percent alright at a fireworks display. Just enough so lots of police can walk around with big menacing weapons for all of us to see and for the TV news to report.

I hope we never again have to bear an attack like 9/11. But if one were to happen, you can safely assume we won’t get any advance notice.

Back in December I thought that my years of reporting about the ongoing fracking debate in New York State had ended with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision that hydraulic fracturing and the Empire State did not make a good fit.

Fast forward to this week, and like the proverbial phoenix, the pro v con battle is back in the headlines. Back in my headlines! I wonder if it will last for very long this time, or if this latest development merely constitutes “aftershock.” Stay tuned.

 


“Bitcoin self- regulates the production of money and clearing of
transactions that have traditionally been handled by banks and
monopolistic payment systems. As an encryption-based currency, Bitcoin
enables the secure transfer of value as content through almost any
network directly from sender to receiver without counter-party risk. Its
global autonomous network disrupts the old hierarchical financial
institutions and rebels against central authority, potentially rendering
the archaic payment systems irrelevant.” ~ Nozomi Hayase

How Bitcoin Will End World Poverty{Video} William Blair partner Brian Singer explains how Bitcoin and blockchain encryption has a greater ability to bring more of the world’s population out of poverty than anything we’ve seen in decades. Those of you with slow or dialup connections here is a TRANSCRIPT.

On the NASDAQ blog, Martin Tiller ponders whether Bitcoin could destroy the Global Banking System… Here’s a snippet:

What has the industry worried is not so much Bitcoin as the blockchain. Banks are so used to taking a cut every time money changes hands that they cannot imagine life without that particular revenue stream. Here’s a LINK to the full article.  Here is a PRINTABLE version.

Draw your own conclusions? Willing to share?

See Also:  ゴールドマンサックス – ビットコインは金融の未来:

Re-Thinkng Bitcoin

#Bitcoin Your Future

To Protect Net Neutrality, Schumer, Gillibrand Call to Reclassify Broadband as a Utility

This is worthy of sharing! New York’s representatives in the nation’s Capitol are advocating for a sane, solid internet policy!

Washington, DC– As the comment period comes to a close for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking on its Open Internet order, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Senate Democrats, are calling on the Commission to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. In a letter to be sent to the FCC today, the lawmakers point to the need for the FCC to use its authority to “prevent broadband providers from creating Internet fast lanes for those who can pay, leaving others stuck in traffic.” The FCC is currently considering a proposal that could allow broadband providers to charge websites, applications, and services more for faster delivery times to consumers.

Broadband is a more advanced technology than phone service, but in the 21st century it performs the same essential function, write the lawmakers in the letter.  Consumers and businesses cannot live without this vital connection to each other and to the world around them.  Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the FCC to reclassify broadband to reflect the vital role the Internet plays in carrying our most important information and our greatest ideas.

Text of the letter can be found below.

The letter is signed by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

July 15, 2014

 The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St. SW

Washington, DC 20554


Dear Chairman Wheeler:

 An open Internet has become the world’s most successful platform for innovation, job-creation and entrepreneurialism.  An open Internet enables freedom of expression and the sharing of ideas around the world.  An open Internet is driving economic growth throughout the United States.

 Yet, the vitality and nondiscriminatory nature of this platform is at stake today.  We must take steps to prevent broadband providers from creating Internet fast lanes for those who can pay, leaving others stuck in traffic.  We need to prohibit paid prioritization, which would leave start-ups and small businesses to suffer in a new Internet slow lane, harming our economy and job growth.   Our goal must be to protect the openness of the Internet for future generations. 

 At issue today is how the FCC should use its authority to keep the Internet open for business.  We remain concerned that the Commission’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking suggests approaches that could undermine the openness of the Internet.  Because the item tentatively concludes that Internet service providers would be allowed to offer faster delivery times for websites, applications or services that pay for it, the Commission’s proposal could fundamentally alter the Internet as we know it.

 Instead, the Commission should take this opportunity to put truly effective open Internet rules on the books, and do so using whatever authority best stops these discriminatory practices.  We believe that authority already resides in Title II.  By reclassifying the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service, with appropriate forbearance, the FCC could prevent online discrimination. 

 Broadband is a more advanced technology than phone service, but in the 21st century it performs the same essential function.  Consumers and businesses cannot live without this vital connection to each other and to the world around them.  Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the FCC to reclassify broadband to reflect the vital role the Internet plays in carrying our most important information and our greatest ideas.   

 Thank you for your consideration and your work on this issue.

 

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14 y medio Yoani Sánchez

(Reblogueo, traducido del Global Voices)  La revista de noticias en línea dirigida por la bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez, 14ymedio , se puso en marcha hoy en medio de la controversia.Cuando los residentes de la isla mirada de la dirección URL http://www.14ymedio.com se les redirige a un sitio que dice “Yoani $ landia.com”, en alusión a uno de los argumentos utilizados en su contra: que ella ha usado su blog, y por lo tanto su incisiva crítica del régimen de Castro, para ganar elogios y dinero.
Yoani Sánchez Yoanilandia
Hoy en día, horas después del lanzamiento, 14ymedio publicó un artículo de opinión titulado “Nuestro primer día”, un relato de sus primeras horas en vivo, el apoyo que han recibido, y la censura que han sido sometidos.

 

No se necesita mucha imaginación para descubrir la identidad de los atacantes, pero como no tenemos ninguna prueba, sólo podemos suponer que este su alguien que tiene los recursos tecnológicos, permisos de acceso y la información previa, además de animosidad.
No Hace Falta Tener mucha Imaginación párr Descubrir la Identidad de los agresores Pero, Como No TENEMOS Pruebas, PODEMOS solistas conjeturar Que Se Trata de alguién de Que Cuenta Con Los Recursos Tecnológicos, Los Permisos de Acceso y La informacion previa, Mas La animadversión.
La “Declaración de Intenciones” [es] de los estados 14ymedio que:

 

14ymedio es el resultado de la evolución de una aventura personal que se ha convertido en un proyecto colectivo. El blog Generación Y, Yoani Sánchez realizada por, ayudó a impulsar la blogosfera alternativa en la isla y se ha convertido en una referencia en los asuntos cubanos. Siete años después de su creación, con casi un millar de artículos publicados y más de un millón de comentarios, este blog personal está derivando hacia el espacio más amplio del periodismo.
14ymedio es Fruto de la Evolución de Una aventura personal Que se ha Transformado en colectivo Proyecto un. El blog Generación Y, Yoani Sánchez porción Realizado, Ayudo a Impulsar la blogósfera alternativa en la Isla y en sí ha Convertido en Referencia Obligada Sobre Asuntos cubanos.Siete Años Después de Creación do, aire CERCA DE MIL Textos publicados y Más de Un Millon de comentarios, esa bitácora HACIA Ahora deriva personal El Espacio Más Amplio del periodismo.

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