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Tragedy & Hope
1 -- Richard Grove (Tragedy & Hope) on Obama's drumbeat for war and IBM and blockchain technology
2 -- Harmon Kaslow (Producer for Atlas Shrugged I,II and III) on the movie's nationwide release today
3 -- Davi Barker (Bitcoin Not Bombs) gives bitcoin update
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Tragedy & Hope
Topic: Obama's drumbeat for war with Syria; IMB and blockchain technology...
IBM Sees Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology in Internet of Things
IBM, one of the leaders in the upcoming 'Internet of Things' era
where most devices of everyday use would be connected to a cloud, and be
able to communicate with one another, sees the future of this
communication in blockchain technology, first used in Bitcoin. IBM has
invested significant resources into the internet of things paradigm, and
sees the blockchain technology solving some core issues, helping the
ideas go more mainstream. According to IBM,
The Internet of Things represents an evolution in which
objects are capable of interacting with other objects. Hospitals can
monitor and regulate pacemakers long distance, factories can
automatically address production line issues and hotels can adjust
temperature and lighting according to a guest's preferences, to name
just a few examples.
The traditional model of internet of things involves a centralized
data center that gathers all the information collected through the
various connected devices. However, this has a serious drawback in terms
of lifecycle costs and revenue. The company that makes a smart LED
needs to consider the costs of managing the data collected from this
device for an average of over 20 years, whereas the revenue is usually a
one-time event when the consumer buys the light bulb. This makes the
internet of things limited in scope only to devices that can be sold a
high premium or that aren't used often.
To solve this problem, IBM sees a future where each device is
self-sufficient in managing itself, thus managing costs and resources on
its own without involving recurring expenditures for maintenance. This
uses edge-based cloud computing in a distributed environment, which
means the devices on the edge of the network are connected together to
form their own distributed cloud. This is sustainable as long as the
devices are present, and the lifetime of this cloud becomes the lifetime
of the devices that form the cloud in the first place. The network is
therefore self-contained in a way, lasting for as long as the devices
can last and at a fractional cost to the manufacturer.
An important aspect of this distributed cloud is the lack of trust in
individual nodes. With a centralized system, trust is easier, since a
central agency manages all the devices and their identities and
potentially weeds out the bad nodes. However, with potentially billions
of devices coming online, this is a next to impossible task. Instead,
IBM sees the future to be a distributed model that doesn't require
trusting every node in the network – a problem that had already been
solved by Satoshi Nakamoto in designing Bitcoin.
According to Paul Brody, the vice president for IBM Global Business Services,
The core of this new approach is built upon the Block
Chain, a model of distributed computing leveraging the architecture of
BitCoin (without the financial component). Using the Block Chain we can
implement the typical transaction processing work done by centralized
data centers without any of the cost associated with those systems by
using compute power generated by individual devices that would, in most
cases, go to waste. These distributed, Block Chain-based services will
run on new transport protocols as well.
The blockchain technology, which is widely known to have solved the old Byzantine General's Problem,
provides a way to create a network consensus without having to trust
individual nodes. Bitcoin uses the proof of work algorithm to secure its
network, but several other mechanisms have since been developed to
accomplish the same goal.
Today, using Bitcoin, it is the first time that devices can act in
the financial markets completely independent of any human interference.
An algorithm can generate its own Bitcoin wallet that enables it to
trade with other algorithms. When these sit on top of things, it means
everyday household items can in fact participate in financial dealings
with one another and to the outside world (for instance, devices
connected to the grid could negotiate a price for reduced electricity
usage during peak hours). IBM is already exploring these possibilities with Bitcoin.
CIA Chief: We'll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher
More and more personal and household
devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car
navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus
cannot wait to spy on you through them.
Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an
"Internet of Things" — that is, wired devices — at a summit for
In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm.
"'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly
applies to these technologies," Petraeus enthused, "particularly to
their effect on clandestine tradecraft."
All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you're a
"person of interest" to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had
to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the
rise of the "smart home," you'd be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room's ambiance.
"Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and
remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency
identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy
harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using
abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing," Petraeus said, "the
latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater
supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing."
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Producer - Atlas Shrugged I,II,III
Producer - Atlas Shrugged I,II,III
Go to http://www.atlasshruggedmovie.com/theaters for showtimes and information.
Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? opens in theaters this Friday, Sept 12th, 2014.
movie does NOT have the support of Hollywood or the traditional media.
Its success (measured by opening weekend box office) depends on the
support of those who believe in free enterprise and individual liberty –
those who want to send a message that our lives are our own.
the people in your sphere of influence to go see this movie. Email them
... post on Facebook ... Tweet ... put in your newsletter. Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt? Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Ayn Rand Sequel Movie HD:
Approaching collapse, the nation's economy
is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the
government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most
productive who are mysteriously vanishing - leaving behind a wake of
despair. One man has the answer. One woman stands in his way. Some will
stop at nothing to control him. Others will stop at nothing to save him.
He swore by his life. They swore to find him. Who is John Galt?
A Message from the Senior Editor of FreedomsPhoenix
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Freedom and Elections are Mutually Exclusive
by Powell Gammill (L), candidate U.S. Representative, District 9 (Arizona) - "You own yourself. Otherwise you are owned."
Bitcoin Not Bombs
Coins in the Kingdom Brings Magical Internet Money to the Magic Kingdom
(ORLANDO, FL) The College Crypto Network has teamed
up with Jason King of Sean's Outpost and M.K. Lords of Bitcoin Not
Bombs to bring the exciting world of bitcoin to the happiest place on
earth—Disney World. Coins in the Kingdom will be a two day bitcoin
conference in Orlando, FL on October 4th and 5th followed by an escape into Disney World on October 6th.
The conference will bring together the brightest minds in the bitcoin
space, but also feature activities for kids and educational workshops
for those new to the technology. After hearing demand for an affordable,
accessible bitcoin conference, organizers made sure to keep ticket
prices low to encourage new attendees—you can attend the two day
conference for only $60 with hotel rooms available for $99 or get a VIP
package that includes entry into Disney World on the 6th,
conference attendance, a hotel room, and a Coins in the Kingdom t-shirt
all for the price of one ticket to many other conferences.
The theme is a fun one as it will take place in the heart of Downtown
Disney in the lovely Wyndham Hotel, and the conference itself will
feature intimate panels that allow for more audience interaction.
Featured speakers include Pamela Morgan, Jeffrey Tucker, Jason King,
Charlie Shrem, Bruce Fenton, Paige Peterson, and Andreas Antonopoulos,
and the topics will cover a wide range of possibilities with blockchain
technology. Panels and talks will explore everything from best security
practices to bitcoin media to how bitcoin can be used in political
campaigns with Libertarian Party candidates Lucas Overby and Adrian
Organizers hope that the whimsical environment of Disney will bring
bitcoin to a new audience and are playing up the notion that bitcoin is
still seen by many as "magical internet money" which is a fitting name
given the enthusiasm bitcoiners have for the cryptocurrency. Other
functions of the Bitcoin protocol will be explored during this
conference as many are unaware that currency is only the beginning of
what blockchain technology offers, though there promises to be enough
magical internet money sharing to make Scrooge McDuck envious.
For the full line up and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.smore.com/jkzy5-coins-in-the-kingdom
Davi's reference to controversy with Stefan Molyneux...
Stefan Molyneux Jumps Shark, Uses State to Silence Critics
Over the last couple of weeks many in the liberty movement have been discussing the disturbing news about Stefan Molyneux, the popular liberty-oriented internet philosopher.
A few years ago, Molyneux was criticized (in The Guardian
and elsewhere) for being a cult leader. Several aspects of Molyneux
ring several cult red-flags, like jargon, a charismatic guru,
encouraging followers to completely disassociate with family and friends
who don't agree (the jargon for this is "de-fooing"), and also the
suppression of dissent within and without the group.
It is the last of those on which I focus here. Recently, Molyneux has
admitted to his business manager using Youtube's copyright claim system
to lodge complaints against, and shut down two channels that were
critical of Molyneux and his followers. One of them was "TruShibes".
Thankfully, someone had all the videos and have since re-uploaded them
to new channel TruMirror.
Molyneux has not apologized for his manager's actions and allegedly
excused them by claiming that he was protecting his listeners. The claim
is some callers were supposedly being doxed and harassed by one of the
offending channels (not TruShibes, another one called FreedomainDamon).
Even if that were true, as a talk radio host,
it's not my responsibility to protect my callers. If you become part of
my show, you're becoming a public figure and someone listening to the
show might want to know more about you. If that bothers you, don't call
at all, or if you do, be careful about what you reveal.
Former fans of Molyneux have said they've been ostracized and banned
for dissenting on Molyneux's forums and former "inner circle" (another
cult red-flag) members have spoken out.
Recently, "PaulieDoyle" posted an article to Buzzfeed entitled, "Holy
Moly: The Bizarre Online Cult Of Stefan Molyneux". It was widely
shared. Today it mysteriously disappeared from Buzzfeed (and I am
reposting it below from its google cache).
Perhaps it was supporters of Molyneux (or Stefan himself or his
business partner, Michael DeMarco) who got it removed or perhaps it was
the article's author himself to garner more buzz. I don't know, but I do
Stefan Molyneux is a brilliant guy that I like personally. We've met a
number of times and he's been a guest host on my radio show in the
past. He's entertaining and has a good sense of humor. I think that he's
developed a cult of personality by surrounding himself with people who
some critics describe as "Stefbots" and has no one around to check his
ego. I'm concerned about some of the things I've heard and observed,
including his "truth about" videos (I don't believe anyone claiming to
know the truth.), misogynistic statements, the use of IP law to suppress
dissent (while he allegedly opposes IP – Intellectual Property), and
the various outlined cult red-flags. As a result, I have made the choice
to remove his video from the "About" page here and also have pulled his podcast, Freedomain Radio, off of LRN.FM.
Here's the deleted piece from Buzzfeed:
Holy Moly: The Bizarre Online Cult Of Stefan Molyneux
Misogynistic online cult personality Stefan Molyneux continues to grow in popularity. What exactly is he teaching people?
19/08/2014 – UPDATE: Molyneux, a man who
claims he does not believe in intellectual property, had two videos
linked in this piece removed, claiming copyright infringement. Luckily, I
anticipated it, and wrote down what he said! Both removed videos have
now been replaced with quotes of what he said. Enjoy!
Like all cult personalities, Stefan Molyneux cuts a superficially
charismatic figure. Tall, bald and smiley-faced, the increasingly
popular 47 year old Canadian runs FreeDomain Radio, the world's most
popular philosophy podcast. He's interviewed people like Noam Chomsky; he gives public talks about economics, and he's even been fortunate enough to have Joe Rogan helplessly nod in agreement with him for 3 hours during a nauseatingly fawning encounter.
A self proclaimed libertarian anarchist, those who stumble across
Molynuex will more than likely be greeted by videos in which he argues
(poorly) for free-market solutions to the worlds woes: that everything,
including law, justice and security, can be provided by an unregulated
Fine. It's just his point of view, and, agree or disagree with him,
Molyneux's online bloviating about a political system that's never going
to become a reality is at first seemingly innocuous. His followers are
free to click, watch, agree, and tip their fedora in solidarity.
Behind this Youtube philosopher, however, is a growing cult of
personality in which devout followers adhere to alarmingly absolutist
(and widely discredited) teachings.
If, for some reason, Molyneux's videos have spoken to you in a profound
sense, and if you're willing to donate 50 or more dollars a month to
FreeDomain Radio, you can become one of its 'Community' members. These
members are, for the most part, people who have fully committed to
Molyneux's teachings on ethics, philosophy and family. It is to these
followers that Molyneux discusses and often endorses the appalling
practice of 'Defooing'.
'Defooing' – a term coined by Molyneux – is the practice of cutting
any and all ties with 'corrupting influences' in one's life. These
corruptions can range from an immoral acquaintance to an abusive parent
or spouse. In theory, defooing would be fine if Molyneux were merely
advocating leaving abusive or unhealthy relationships; however it seems
as far as Molyneux is concerned, virtually all friends and parents are
corrupt and worthy of cutting ties with. In a 2005 essay in which he discussed his philosophy, he scathingly wrote
"So face it: your parents were bullies, or weak curriers of
favour, or manipulative emotional infants themselves. You have no
respect for them, for respect requires courage, and courage requires
logical morality. You do not love them, since love demands virtue, and
manipulating children into blind obedience is not at all virtuous."
Numerous people have cut ties with their friends and families as a
result of Molyneux's teachings on relationships and family. Parents have
been never spoken to again. Friends have been lost. Jobs have been
'Defooing' and practices similar are widely discredited by psychologists. Molyneux's wife – a psychologist – was even accused of professional misconduct for advocating it to callers to the show.
In fact, such is the damage people feel that Molyneux and his wife have
done: there are three websites dedicated to warning people about the
dangers of joining their online community.
"You'll watch videos related to the topics that you're interested in,
whether its atheism, or whatever, and gradually he sort of bleeds in
stuff about relationships and psychology" says Alex, a young woman who
cut ties with her family at the behest of Molyneux. Although she has
since reunited with her family, Molyneux's teachings greatly damaged her
life, causing her to drop out of her college major, quit her job, and
cut all ties with her loved ones. "I was committed. I was a true
Finding herself increasingly interested in Molyneux' teachings, Alex
became involved with the FDR community, eventually becoming a member of
Molyneux's inner-circle, a select group of 'Philopher Kings' who are in
direct contact with the libertarian luminary. She and the others in this
small group were even at times invited to Molyneux's house.
"I was listening to the podcasts non-stop…I would listen to 6 or 7 a
day. [After she eventually left the FDR community] What I learned about
later was this concept of' information overload' that happens in cults.
Once you've absorbed a certain amount of information, you lose your
critical faculties…so, you have these podcasts that are like, one, two,
three hours long, and once you've absorbed all of these different
tangents, he hits you with stuff that's really, really radical. But, by
that point, you've sort of been depleted of your resources to think
about these things critically. That's where the real shift starts to
At least consistent in applying their philosophy to themselves, both
Molyneux and his wife have cut all ties with their respective families.
His wife, who he often references on his show, had a relationship with
her family until she met Molyneux and he convinced her that her childhood had not been happy at all.
Alex's experience was almost identical to that of Holy Molys first
victim – Molyneux encouraging her to sever ties with her family and
friends in the name of his absolutist conception of morality. "I
listened to the podcast about confronting your family, and the different
ways that you felt that they'd made mistakes when raising you. Very
quickly I went towards the podcasts that were like, 'Well, this is how
they're going to respond, and this is why, and this conversation is
actually futile.' And I went really quickly from that to defooing. I
left my home in the middle of the night, moved in with my boyfriend, and
just stopped responding to my parents. They were thinking of filing a
missing persons report at the time."
Once a successful young woman with a boyfriend, a job, and a college
course, Alex soon found herself poor, alone, and miserable. "I had two
conversations with Stef, one was about childhood, and the other was
about how frightened I was to defoo. I didn't really have a contingency
Two years after defooing, Alex still found herself living her life in
search of the approval of the FDR cult. "I broke it off with my
boyfriend. I had been getting the feeling that, Stef thought our
relationship wasn't healthy. It's a very common thing that happens. And
so, I broke it off, and was ready to become more deeply involved in the
group, but here I was again, no job, no money, nothing. I was kind of in
a state of catatonic depression for a while."
In conjunction with deliberately isolating new members of his community – a practice that is commonly accepted as being a trait of cults –
Molyneux also releases videos in which he discusses 'the facts' about
popular or historical figures. The subjects of his scholarly 'Truth
About's range from Abe Lincoln to Chelsea Manning.
These videos without fail advocate a free-market approach. In his
critique of Lincoln, Molyneux argues that the American civil war – and
indeed the problem of slavery – could have been solved if the southern
states had been allowed to secede. Apparently, the north could have
simply purchased all the captive laborers , and then promptly set them
free. It didn't seem to occur to him that the Confederacy may not have
wanted to sell their sources of unlimited free labour, and that slavery
remaining legal in the seceded south might still have been potentially
Unrelenting in his quest for poor taste, on the 28th of May – the day
Maya Angelou died – Molyneux posted on his Facebook asking if he could
be directed to any source materials regarding the authors life. Two days
later, 'The Truth about Maya Angelou' was uploaded to YouTube; the only harsh truth revealed being the lack of research that goes into Molyneuxian exposés.
In his critiques, Molyneux almost without fail brings up traumatic
events from the individual in questions childhood. He then uses these
juvenile misadventures to explain what he regards as his subjects
foibles. In making the childhoods of public figures he is criticizing
central to their flaws, Molyneux is underhandedly reinforcing his other
teachings about parenting and relationships. Everyone is flawed because
of a bad childhood, and what is needed for the moral progress of the
species is a year zero approach in which followers of Holy Moly cut all
ties with past corruptions in their lives and begin anew.
As well as reinforcing his widely discredited views on relationships
and family, these videos serve a very important function for the cult of
Molyneux: in his demystifying and criticizing heroes of history and
lore, he's also tacitly adducing his own prestige to his followers. The
philosopher king is slowly but surely discrediting people commonly
accepted as moral heroes, all the while portraying himself as an
ethical, economic and relationship guru.
Adding more problems, in his role as a dating guru,
the right-wing Renaissance man is an unapologetic misogynist in his
attitude toward women. The cognitive dissonance required in order to
take Molyneux seriously as a social critic and philosopher became
particularly obvious when he turned his sights on woman-hating mass
murderer Elliot Rodger.
Unsurprisingly, in revealing 'the truth' about Elliot Rodger,
Molyneux pointed the finger at two of his usual targets: women and
socialists. The latter because they have normalized the notion that it's
okay to redistribute wealth with the use of force, and the former
because someone – presumably some gold digging slut – must have gotten
the idea into young Elliot's head that wealth can be traded for
beautiful girls. When Rodger realized that this wasn't so, he snapped.
For a philosopher king, Holy Moly doesn't seem to realize that the
kind of rhetoric he espouses on his channel both validates and
encourages people with views similar to Rodger's. Addressing a caller in
a video titled 'The Matriarchal Lineage of Corruption', Molyneux went on a particularly vitriolic rant, in which he blamed women for the presence of evil in the world, saying
"Women who choose the arseholes will fucking
end this race. They will fucking end this human race if we don't start
holding them a-fucking-countable…They're the gatekeepers. Look, women
who choose aresholes guarantee child abuse. Women who chose arseholes
guarantee criminality, sociopathy, politicians; all the cold hearted
jerks who run the world came out of the vaginas of women who married
arseholes. And, I don't know how to make the world a better place
without holding women accountable for choosing these arseholes. Your Dad
was an arsehole because your mother chose him. Because it works on so
many women. If 'arsehole' wasn't a great reproductive strategy, it would
have been gone long ago. Women keep that black bastard flame alive.
They cup their hands around it, they protect it with their bodies. They
keep the evil of the species going by continually choosing these guys.
If being an arsehole didn't get women there would be no arseholes left.
If women chose nice guys over arseholes we would have a glorious and
peaceful world in one generation. Women determine the personality traits
of the men because women choose who to have sex with, and who to have
children with, and who to expose those children to. I get that you're
angry at your Dad, and you have every reason to be angry at your Dad.
Your Dad is who he is fundamentally because your Mother was willing to
fuck him and have you; willing and eager to fuck the monster. Stop
fucking monsters: we get a great world. Keep fucking monsters: we get
catastrophes. We get war. We get nuclear weapons. We get national debts.
We get incarcerations and prison guards and all the other florid
arseholes who rule the world. Women worship at the feet of the devil and
wonder why the world is evil. And then, you know what they say? "We're
victims!..Poor us!". And some women are absolutely…but dear god in
heaven…men will become whatever women want them to become, because women
are the gatekeepers…So, I think that if you accept that women are
central to the cycle of evil in the world, then you will be able to see
how it really reproduces. Evil is of matriarchal lineage – in the
present. I'm not talking about Mongol hoards and rapes and blah, blah
blah. Evil passes through the Mother. It's Jewish. It's a Matriarch."
Basically, evil is a thing because women have
sex with men that Holy Moly doesn't approve of. The free market
apparently does not provide the best results when female consent is
Although Molyneux's teachings (and in particular his attitude towards
women) are increasingly insane with every podcast, Alex is optimistic
that eventually, people will discover the kind of person he really is,
"Stef has become demonstrably more unhinged, and I can only see the
trend worsening until anyone with a reputation to uphold won't want to
be associated. As far as the new young one's he's continually drawing
in, hopefully more and more criticism will accumulate that exposes the
insanity through this whole thing, so it can't be buried like it was
when I first became involved"
And so followers of Molyneuxian morality must ask themselves: if
Elliot Rodger had heard about 'The Matriarchal Lineage of Corruption',
do you think he would have been encouraged or discouraged to commit his
crimes? What's the difference between the rhetoric above, and the kind
Rodger wrote in his manifesto?
"The most meanest and depraved of men come out on top, and women
flock to these men. Their evil acts are rewarded by women; while the
good, decent men are laughed at,"
This kind misogynistic rhetoric isn't an isolated incident either, a recent Facebook post of Holy Moly's saying
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