“We… are Bitcoin!” I recently saw the Venom movie starring Tom Hardy and it spawned an idea in my head. Bitcoin can be viewed as an alien symbiote. Let’s explore the idea!In the movie, Tom Hardy plays a reporter named Eddie Brock. Eddie stumbles into a suspicious looking research facility and gets “infected” by an alien life form. The alien and the reporter are then forced to live in the same body and a schizophrenic relationship between their separate wills unfolds. The alien needs Eddies body to survive on earth and Eddies body would die if the alien left. Furthermore, the symbiote gives Eddie a plethora of superpowers, including very rapid regeneration of injured body parts.Those of us infected by the Bitcoin virus experience a similar thing. Once you’ve understood the underlying concepts, (...)
Charlie Shrem: a #bitcoin Story From Riches-to-Rags
Charles Shrem IV. [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia CommonsThe Winklevoss Twins are subject to ridicule more than once. 15 years ago, they were outsmarted by Mark Zuckerberg who allegedly stole their idea of a social network. Just last week they announced that Charlie Shrem embezzled US$32 Million by taking their Dollars and not giving them Bitcoin back in 2012 (Took a long time to go public with that). Time to recall who Charlie Shrem is and which pivotal role he played in the history of Bitcoin.“ In prison, the more of a celebrity you are, the less respect you get. You’re judged on who you are as a person, and I like being judged like that because I feel like I’m a I’m a pretty okay person. People liked me and I was judged on that, not on the Bitcoin stuff.”“I am one of the first 10 people (...)
Vom Profit mit der Not
Weltweit sind rund 65 Millionen Menschen auf der Flucht. Es gibt so viele Flüchtlingslager wie nie zuvor. Eigentlich als Provisorien gedacht, sind viele Camps heute Dauereinrichtungen. Ein neues Geschäftsfeld ist entstanden, ein Geschäftsfeld, das private Unternehmen für sich zu nutzen wissen.
#camps_de_réfugiés #asile #migrations #réfugiés #profit #économie #privatisation #marché #business #vidéo #film #documentaire #technologie #ONU #nations_unies #ikea #biométrie #surveillance #HCR #UNHCR #Jordanie #IrisGuard #supermarchés #données #terrorisme #Dadaab #liberté_de_mouvement #liberté_de_circulation #apatridie #Kenya #réfugiés_somaliens #accord_UE-Turquie #Turquie #Poseidon #Frontex #Grèce #Lesbos #Moria #hotspots
Les conseillers de #IrisGuard :
#Richard_Dearlove : ▻https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dearlove (il a travailler pour les #services_secrets britanniques)
#Frances_Townsend : ▻https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Townsend (conseillère de #Georges_Bush)
#G4S assure la protection des travailleurs humanitaires à Dadaad... L’ONU a dépensé, selon ce documentaire, 23 mio de USD pour la protection de ses employés, le 2ème plus haut poste de dépenses après l’eau potable...
Market Forces: the development of the EU security-industrial complex
While the European Union project has faltered in recent years, afflicted by the fall-out of the economic crisis, the rise of anti-EU parties and the Brexit vote, there is one area where it has not only continued apace but made significant advances: Europe’s security policies have not only gained political support from across its Member States but growing budgets and resources too.
Transnational corporations are winning millions of euros of public research funds to develop ever more intrusive surveillance and snooping technologies, a new report by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute reveals today.
The report, Market Forces, shows how the EU’s €1.7 billion ‘Secure societies’ research programme has been shaped by the “homeland security” industry and in the process is constructing an ever more militarised and security-focused Europe.
The research programme, in place since 2007, has sought to combat a panoply of “threats” ranging from terrorism and organised criminality to irregular migration and petty crime through the development of new “homeland security” technologies such as automated behaviour analysis tools, enhanced video and data surveillance, and biometric identification systems.
Key beneficiaries of this research funding have been companies: #Thales (€33.1m), #Selex (€23.2m), #Airbus (€17.8m), #Atos (€14.1m) and #Indra (€12.3m are the five biggest corporate recipients. Major applied research institutes have also received massive amounts of funding, the top five being: #Fraunhofer_Institute (€65.7 million); #TNO (€33.5 million); #Swedish_Defence_Research_Institute (€33.4 million); #Commissariat_à_l'énergie_atomique_et_aux_énergies_alternatives (€22.1 million); #Austrian_Intstitute_of_Technology (€16 million).
Many of these organisations and their lobbies have played a significant role in designing the research programme through their participation in high-level public-private forums, European Commission advisory groups and through lobbying undertaken by industry groups such as the European Organisation for Security (#EOS).
The report also examines EU’s €3.8 billion #Internal_Security_Fund, which provides funding to Member States to acquire new tools and technologies: border control #drones and surveillance systems, #IMSI catchers for spying on mobile phones, tools for monitoring the web and ‘pre-crime’ predictive policing systems are currently on the agenda.
It is foreseen that the fund will eventually pay for technologies developed through the security research programme, creating a closed loop of supply and demand between private companies and state authorities.
Despite the ongoing economic crisis, EU funding for new security tools and technologies has grown from under €4 billion to almost €8 billion in the 2014-20 period (compared to 2007-13) and the report warns that there is a risk of further empowering illiberal tendencies in EU governments that have taken unprecedented steps in recent years towards normalising emergency powers and undermining human rights protection in the name of fighting terrorism and providing “security”.
Market Forces argues that upcoming negotiations on the next round of funding programmes (2021-27) provide a significant opportunity to reform the rationale and reasoning behind the EU’s development of new security technologies and its funding of tools and equipment for national authorities.
More than 2 000 Burundian refugees living in a transit camp in Democratic Republic of Congo are resisting plans to register them on a biometric database, claiming it would violate their religion.
They belong to an obscure Catholic sect that follows a female prophet called #Zebiya and claim to have fled their homeland due to religious persecution.
Welcome to Australia where we greet refugees with open arms. Oh wait, that’s Austria | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian
Austria and Germany about to go back to normal border system. Last week both Austria and Germany suspended the usual border check and let all migrants/refugees from Hungary go to either of countries.
ir - Austrija un Vācija plāno pakāpeniski ierobežot migrantu ieplūšanu valstī
strija, arī Vācija plāno pakāpeniski atcelt īpašo robežšķērsošanas procedūru, kas ļauj tūkstošiem migrantu tagad iekļūt šajās valstīs no Ungārijas, vēsta BBC.
Atvieglotu robežšķērsošanas procedūru dēļ pagājušās nedēļas beigās Austrijas robežu šķērsoja tūkstošiem migrantu, kuri varēja vai nu palikt Austrijā, vai doties tālāk uz Vāciju.
„Mēs palīdzējām vairāk nekā 12 tūkstošiem cilvēku grūtā situācijā. Tagad mums jāsāk pakāpeniska izeja no šīs ārkārtas situācijas un jāsāk darboties normālā režīmā," teikts Austrijas kanclera Vernera Faimena paziņojumā.
Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe - World Socialist Web Site
Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe
By Alex Lantier
7 September 2015
The government of Austria announced on Sunday that it would close its border and resume controls blocking the travel of migrants from Hungary. Border restrictions had been temporarily lifted over the weekend, allowing thousands of refugees to travel on to Germany.
Thousands of migrants have crossed into Austria, after Hungary’s surprise move to take them by bus to the border.
For days the government had blocked them from travelling by train, but it relented after many began walking towards the border on Friday.
About 4,000 people arrived in Austria, with many moving on to Germany. Meanwhile a second group has set off on foot from Budapest towards the border.
Pataphysique de la #Guerre
C’était pour libérer ma révolte afin que mon sommeil fût meilleur. Avant de refermer l’ordinateur l’autre nuit, j’ai ressenti la nécessité de saluer mes amis des réseaux sociaux avec une histoire belge que Guy Peellaert, qui était belge et avec lequel je travaillais au moment de l’histoire, me racontait chaque fois que nous nous opposions sur une idée concrète. Je vais la raconter parce qu’elle parle du temps que nous traversons. Elle tient en un aphorisme : « Le Belge meurt au volant toujours dans son (...)
Chroniques et contes de l’Agora
Beirut has now joined the list of cities where meetings between the Syrian government and opposition have taken place. In an effort to find a political solution out of the Syrian predicament, the Norwegian government is sponsoring an intra-Syrian dialogue in #Lebanon under the supervision of Reverend Dr. #Riad_Jarjour. Will they remain low-level meetings or will we witness a ‘Beirut I’ conference on #syria?
The Afropeans are Coming
Over the next three days, a group of artists, writers, filmmakers and cultural commentators will meet at Afropea Now!, a a symposium of film screenings, concerts, a workshop and an exhibition taking place at the cultural institution Stadtwerkstatt in Linz, #Austria. I am the curator. Last week Africa is a Country asked me to get some of […]
Ça commence donc aujourd’hui :
The “German #Bob_Geldof of development aid’ is dead.
Austrian actor and founder of the NGO ‘Menschen für Menschen’ (People for People), Karlheinz Böhm was buried last Friday in Salzburg, #Austria. His remains came to rest in a cemetery in his native country yet earth from Africa was carried to Europe in order to allow him to rest in Ethiopian soil as he had […]
The Freedom Party of #Austria or FPÖ aspires to come first nationally in the European elections. For the past 30 years it has been trying to normalize its image by attempting to break from its ideological heritage close to Nazism.
Stop telling the FPÖ it is a #neo-Nazi party. Since the 1990s, they have been working to move away from this ideology to turn into a large right-wing populist party. lire la suite
Refugees on hunger strike in Vienna
Meanwhile, as of December 25th, there are 32 refugees on hunger strike. Every day people without papers from other parts of Austria and even from other European countries are joining the movement, because they got aware of the ongoing protests in Vienna.