More Reliable News Sources on Syria

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Politics, States | Posted on 29-08-2013

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It’s stunning to see the lies and drivel in the mainstream news media. They’ve done an excellent job at distorting truth and displaying some of the most transparent lies, e.g. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a wonderful source of lies and misdirection. You can verify that by listening to just about any word that comes out of his mouth.

For some better reporting and news about what is actually happening, check out Syria Report:

http://syriareport.net/

Or Syria Rebel Watch on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/SyrianRebelWatch2

However, do be aware that they are actually reporting what is going on, and that includes some graphic footage that many people will find extremely disturbing, e.g. foreign rebel fighters in Syria beheading and executing civilians.

 

Disinfo or Poor Reasoning at Reason.com?

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Logic, Police State, Politics, Software | Posted on 22-06-2013

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zxx fontA recent article at Reason.com talks about how a specific font (ZXX) can hide information from the NSA.

http://reason.com/blog/2013/06/21/dont-want-the-nsa-to-read-your-email-use

This is a pretty silly claim.

The first reason is pretty obvious: If it’s in digital text, then since the underlying character values are all the same as normal text and the font is irrelevant, well, the font is then irrelevant.

But for images or printed copies on paper, the only thing needed is for the OCR software to recognize the font and then match the glyphs (characters) to the proper letters, and again the font is irrelevant. Perhaps it might take the NSA a while to clue into it, but they’d eventually “get it”. Given that they store so much data, how long it takes for them is almost irrelevant.

It’s all pretty simple. Which makes me wonder whether the Reason.com article is purposeful disinformation or whether it is simply not well thought out by someone who isn’t very techno-savvy. It’s probably more likely that it’s just not well thought out, but given the simplicity of the issue, that’s somewhat hard to believe, leaving the question of whether it is purposeful disinformation open.

The Rise of Voluntaryism/Anarchism

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Philosophy, Politics | Posted on 01-06-2013

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I just noticed that the Adam vs. the Man logo now uses the voluntaryist “V”.

He used to espouse strong libertarian ideas, but now seems to be a flat out voluntaryist. Good on him!

 

Christianity and Anarchism/Voluntaryism

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Logic, Philosophy, Politics, Religion | Posted on 31-05-2013

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For quite a while I’ve been mulling over how Christianity is anarchistic, and even necessarily so. Then I came across this:

http://anarchast.com/front/2013/5/2/anarchast-ep72-with-paul-rosenberg-christians-are-anarchists.html

When you think about it, it makes sense. Christianity doesn’t force anyone to be a Christian. The entire point is to freely choose. Freewill is paramount. This is pretty much what you get with voluntaryism – choice.

3D Guns Banned by Tyrants

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Philosophy, Police State, Politics | Posted on 11-05-2013

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Information is now officially illegal in the United Police States of America.

Cody Wilson’s 3D printed guns and gun parts have been shut down. Well, kind of. Truth is, the cat is out of the bag.

You can get a torrent of it here:

http://thepiratebay.sx/search/liberator/0/99/0

Now is the time to download it. Pump up the download and seeding stats to show the corrupt politicians that freedom of speech is out of their control. They have failed to muzzle the beast of freedom.

Patrick Henry said:

Give me freedom, or give me death.

This is entirely about freedom. Stand up. Do what you can. Make your voice heard before you are silenced. This is not about guns. This is about freedom and free speech.

For more information, visit:

http://defensedistributed.com

Or:

http://defcad.org

The Right of Revolution

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Canada, Philosophy, Police State, Politics | Posted on 11-05-2013

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I’d never seen the New Hampshire Constitution before, but man… talk about BAD. ASS. Check out article 10:

[Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

And let me emphasize the last part there:

The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

That’s some serious hard core bad ass mean mother f**ker Constitution.

Just reflect on that for a moment… “nonresistance… is absurd”.

I envy Americans. They have far better Constitutions than the sheeple in Canada.

Obama vs. Reagan

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Logic, Philosophy, Police State, Politics, Solutions to Problems | Posted on 08-05-2013

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Barack Obama:

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.

Ronald Reagan:

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

Ahem…

Nuff said?

Foreign Policy’s Power Map

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Money, Politics, Rant, Uncategorized | Posted on 05-05-2013

It is far from rare to see total BS in the media, but the following is a spectacularly skewed list.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/the_500_most_powerful_people_in_the_world

For the sake of ease, here’s an Excel file that you can sort to have a deeper and easier look into the FUD:

Foreign policy top 500 powerful people

In there you’ll find all manner of insanity and disinformation. But, then again you only need to look at how they compiled the list:

Is it possible to identify the 500 most powerful individuals on the planet — one in 14 million? That’s what we tried to do with the inaugural FP Power Map, our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion. Think of it as a list of all the most important other lists. Here’s how they stack up — and why (sorry, declinists!) Americans are still No. 1 in pretty much everything that matters. For now.

Sources and Methods: Where possible, we took a “list of lists” approach, consulting the authoritative rankings for a given industry and substituting judgment where quantitative assessments do not exist. Among our sources: Box Office Mojo Yearly Box Office, Citypopulation.de by Thomas Brinkoff, Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes World’s Most Powerful People, Global Finance World’s 50 Biggest Banks, Fortune Global 500, Global Journal Top 100 NGOs, Institute of Media and Communications Policy International Media Corporations, Pensions & Investments/Towers Watson World 500, PFC Energy 50, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database and SIPRI Top 100 companies, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Fund Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Thomson Reuters, Vanity Fair New Establishment List, Wall Street Journal MarketWatch World’s Largest Mutual Funds.

So, we’re relying on sources like banks? Really? Well, by some measures, that would certainly be correct. After all, who owns the world governments? (Hint: It isn’t the people.) But look at how they categorise people and just think about it for a few moments…

Here are a few highlights…

BRAINS

Of the 38 intelligent people in the world, 27 are from the US of A. Notably, the 1 nuclear scientist on the list isn’t intelligent… He’s just “evil”.

Interestingly, the “brains” list is dominated by CEOs, corporate presidents, chairpersons, company founders, etc. etc.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? This is what they call brains? If you ever needed a reason to believe in the doom & gloom that so many predict, this is it. Money = Brains.

And then somehow Barack Obama manages to get into the “brains” category. WTF!?! Well, if you think it’s smart to continue endless wars against abstract nouns and phantoms, then perhaps.

Britain 4
China 1
Japan 4
Russia 1
South Korea 1
USA 27

It’s simply stunning that “brain power” is dominated the way it is in the list. Stever Ballmer? Really? These are the most powerful brains on the planet?

BULLY PULPIT

As you might expect, the only opinions in the world that matter are from the US of A. Of the 79 people whose voices matter, 35 are from the US.

As you might expect, executives from many media organisations make the cut here, as do many politicians and several religious leaders.

– (Dali Lama) 1
Argentina 1
Brazil 1
Britain 6
Burma 1
Canada 3
China 3
Egypt 2
France 3
Germany 3
India 2
Israel 3
Japan 3
Mexico 1
Nigeria 1
Qatar 2
Russia 1
Saudi Arabia 1
South Korea 1
Sweden 1
Turkey 3
USA 35
Vatican City 1

FORCE

Of the 78 people who wield a great deal of force in the world, it would be irresponsible to list the US with a monopoly there. After all, who would you have to blame as an enemy for your next war?

Speaking of, the Orwellian named “Defense minister/secretary” takes 16 spots there.

Now… ready to crap your pants? Private citizens also make the list. Yep. Not politicians. Those include executives from Raytheon, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics. Those are 5 of the most dangerous people on the planet according to Foreign Policy.

The rest of the list is mostly rounded out by other military and intelligence service chiefs.

Afghanistan 1
Australia 3
Brazil 2
Britain 5
Canada 3
China 5
Colombia 1
Denmark 1
Egypt 1
France 4
Germany 3
India 3
Indonesia 1
Iran 3
Israel 3
Japan 2
Jordan 1
Lebanon 1
Mexico 1
Netherlands 1
North Korea 1
Pakistan 2
Russia 6
Saudi Arabia 2
South Africa 1
South Korea 3
Spain 1
Turkey 2
UAE 2
USA 12
West Bank 1

GOOD

Of the 40 forces of good in the world, over half come from the US. Perhaps strangely, while the Dali Lama managed to nag a “Bully Pulpit” position, he didn’t manage to get credit for being a force for good in the world.

Bangladesh 1
Britain 3
China 1
France 2
Gambia 1
Germany 1
India 2
Japan 1
New Zealand 1
Portugal 1
South Africa 2
South Korea 1
Switzerland 1
USA 22

Somehow Ban Ki-moon managed to make the list. Really? The fellow who heads up the UN? The UN is one of the most corrupt, evil organizations on the planet. If you don’t think so, you really need to have a deeper look into what the UN actually does, because you are woefully ignorant about the UN. Look up Agenda 21 and understand the implications of it. (Hint: If they get their way, you’ll be living in a shoebox with a prescribed diet that includes <0.01% of the vitamin D your body needs (I’m being generous there).

Even more Orwellian, the president of the World Bank manages to get on the “good” list. Seriously? It gets worse… Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director, is on the “good” list. But then again, so do Bill & Melinda Gates…

EVIL

Well, you can expect all the usual suspect on the “evil” list. No real surprises if you swallow the MSM “us vs. them” BS. Well, a few surprises, like Obama not making the list…

Afghanistan 2
Algeria 1
Egypt 1
Iran 3
Iraq 1
Lebanon 1
Mexico 3
North Korea 1
Pakistan 1
Russia 1
Sudan 1
Syria 1
West Bank 1
Yemen 1

MONEY

Money is what makes the banksters stick their hands down their pants, but they’re not alone. Of the 216 names on the list, the US gobbled up a full third.

Argentina 1
Australia 2
Austria 1
Brazil 4
Britain 9
Canada 3
China 16
Colombia 1
Finland 1
France 13
Germany 12
Hong Kong 6
India 3
Indonesia 1
Iran 1
Italy 6
Japan 12
Kuwait 1
Mexico 5
Netherlands 2
Nigeria 1
Norway 3
Qatar 1
Russia 14
Saudi Arabia 6
Singapore 2
South Africa 3
South Korea 2
Spain 2
Sweden 1
Switzerland 2
Taiwan 1
Thailand 1
Turkey 1
UAE 1
USA 73
Ukraine 1
Venezuela 1

POLITICS

And, then we have the politics…  That was a far more diverse list with 118 names on it, but 62 countries represented with the US only taking 16 spots.

Afghanistan 1
Algeria 1
Argentina 3
Australia 3
Belgium 1
Brazil 5
Britain 6
Burma 2
Canada 3
China 9
Egypt 2
Ethiopia 1
France 5
Germany 4
India 6
Indonesia 4
Israel 1
Italy 2
Japan 7
Lebanon 1
Mexico 5
Nigeria 1
Pakistan 1
Philippines 1
Poland 2
Portugal 1
Qatar 1
Russia 4
Saudi Arabia 3
South Africa 2
South Korea 4
Sweden 1
Turkey 4
UAE 3
USA 16
Vietnam 1
West Bank 1

I’ve gone over just a few points, but you can filter through the list with the Excel file and have a look at just who Foreign Policy says are the top 500 most powerful people in the world.

But it should be pretty obvious that Foreign Policy is touting banksters, corrupt politicians, corporatists, and war mongers as the “top 500” kinds of people that we should all aspire to be. Sickening.

Is Barack Obama one of the most powerful? Certainly. But he, along with most of the other people on the list, should also be labeled as a force of evil on the planet.

Dear Mr. Paul Krugman, About Bitcoin…

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Cynicism, Money, Politics, Rant | Posted on 15-04-2013

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Dear Mr. Paul Krugman,

I read your recent piece about Adam Smith and bitcoin.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/adam-smith-hates-bitcoin/

Once again, it seems all roads in economics come down to the roads.

Perhaps, Mr. Krugman, you can explain how without roads, goods and services can be delivered to people efficiently?

It appears that you agree with Adam Smith, and that you two might agree with some other similar arguments. For example, when it comes to corn, as Smith uses, we might take it that wealthy land owners with large estates aren’t putting their land to the best use. For that matter, how much space does anyone need? Perhaps it would be better to bulldoze all the estates, and the suburbs? By moving people into small cubicles, we can free up land for more productive uses, like GMO corn from Monsanto. Because as we all know, if it isn’t patentable, it’s not worth anything. Why not maximize profits for all we can?

Silver and gold as currency? Surely jewelry has no value. Keeping silver & gold as a currency can’t serve any purpose, can it? Neither is silver used in any industrial applications? It must not play any part in electronics, because Adam Smith told us that silver isn’t valuable, and since he’s dead, he must be right.

No, Mr. Krugman. You are just another symptom of the problem. You perpetuate outright lies. Well, if you believe them, then they’re not lies, but I’d bet that you’re not a complete and total moron.

Silver and gold have many real world applications. Please try to educate yourself and find out about the industrial applications of silver and the worldwide silver production capacity.

When it comes to Bitcoin, Mr. Krugman, perhaps you would do well to understand what cryptography is, what its applications are, and try to understand how cryptographic analysis of numbers and verifications of transactions creates a currency that is based in mathematics (cryptography) that cannot be debased like how the USD and the JPY are being raped by central banks at the moment.

You make a fool of yourself when you open your mouth with such utterly incompetent and ignorant drivel. Or rather, you appear to be a fool to people who understand the issues. Would I be wrong to guess that doesn’t include the readership of the New York Times? Because otherwise, I’d bet that you’d have kept your mouth shut.

Sincerely,

Ryan

Canadians Bullish on Bitcoin

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Canada, Money, Philosophy, Politics | Posted on 08-04-2013

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Over the past while I’ve noticed disparities in prices in different bitcoin exchanges.

In particular, the VirtEx exchange in Canada often trades at around 10% higher than mtGox.

 

Typical bid/ask spreads at mtGox are around 1.2% to 1.6% of the BTC price, with most bidding trading around the even dollar and $0.50 marks. It’s common to see $5+ spreads, but those generally close up pretty quickly.

Spreads on the VirtEx are typically wider than those at mtGox with $5 spreads being common for much longer periods.

The larger spreads seem to indicate some hesitation or uncertainty, but the consistently higher trading prices at VirtEx indicate that Canadians are quite bullish on bitcoin and willing to pay a bit more simply to get it easier and faster at another exchange. Why wait days or weeks to get on an exchange when you can get into the VirtEx market almost immediately? The price is rising so fast that even if BTC is trading higher, you’ll come out far ahead.

Cheers,

Ryan