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2014-09-12 Hour 1 Richard Grove
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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2014-09-12 Hour 2 Harmon Kaslow
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Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? opens in theaters this Friday, Sept 12th, 2014.
This 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.
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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?
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Voting and Elections
Freedom and Elections are Mutually Exclusive
by Powell Gammill (L), candidate U.S. Representative, District 9 (Arizona) - "You own yourself. Otherwise you are owned."
2014-09-12 Hour 3 Davi Barker
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 Wyllie.
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 know this:
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 market system.
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 quit.
'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 believer"
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 happen."
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 plan."
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 problematic.
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 concerned.
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