Cyborg | Designer-Babies | Futurism | Futurist | Immortality | Longevity | Nanotechnology | Post-Human | Singularity | Transhuman

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. One of the people who played a role in making that happen spoke at ETSU on Monday.

When Hank Thomas stood up to speak, he started singing songs of freedom.

“Things are wonderful in this country now that I can truly say ‘My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee’ and ‘God Bless America’,” he said.

In May of 1961, however, there was a much different tone.

“I may be in this university but I certainly would not be welcomed,” said Thomas. “The law of the land as far as the South was concerned, every time I got aboard a bus, whether a municipal bus or an interstate bus, I was supposed to go to the back of the bus.”

Thomas decided to board a bus in Washington D.C. that was headed to Louisiana to fight for desegregation. He was only 19-years-old and a sophomore at Howard University.

Thomas became one of seven “Freedom Riders” on board that bus.

When the bus got to the Alabama border, a mob was waiting. Thomas told us the crowd disabled the bus by slashing the tires.

“The bus driver could not drive the bus any further and all the windows of the bus were broken out,” said Thomas. “The bus driver got off the bus and really ran for his life but we were able to lock the door so they could not get in.”

Original post:
Freedom Rider remembers civil rights movement

October 20, 2014

The tax exemption would benefit the islands and residents and would not have a negative impact to their economy.

LABUAN:Duty-free islands of Langkawi, Tioman and Labuan will be exempted from the Goods and Services (GST), said Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan.

He said the tax exemption would benefit the islands and residents and would not have a negative impact to their economy.

Addressing a GST briefing here on Sunday, he said the government would take measures to ensure that the transition from the Sales and Services Tax to the GST from April next year would not be drastic to ease the burden of the people.

He said the government would strengthen the GST Enforcement Unit with an addition of 2,270 members, 1,300 Price-Watch Team members and 202,800 Consumer Squad members as well as the inclusion of 579 penghulu and penggawa.

The Price watch team, made up of consumer associations, have been allocated funds to monitor profiteering by traders, he said.

– BERNAMA

The views expressed in the contents are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of FMT.

Go here to see the original:
Duty-free islands exempted from GST

LABUAN, Oct 19 (Bernama) — Duty-free islands of Langkawi, Tioman and Labuan will be exempted from the Goods and Services (GST), said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

He said the tax exemption would benefit the islands and residents and would not have a negative to their economy.

Addressing a GST briefing here today, he said the government would take measures to ensure that the transition from the Sales and Services to the GST from April next year would not be drastic to ease the burden of the people.

He said the government would strengthen the GST Enforcement Unit with an addition of 2,270 members, 1,300 Price-Watch Team members and 202,800 Consumer Squad members as well as the inclusion of 579 penghulu and penggawa.

“The Price watch team, made up of consumer associations, have been allocated funds to monitor profiteering by traders,” he said.

Read the original here:
Duty-free islands exempted from GST – Ahmad Maslan

Oct 202014

The owner of the Boscawen pizza parlor looked uncomfortably at the 45 mm handgun strapped to Robert Forsythes hip.

The gun was legal, Forsythe told him reassuringly. A Republican candidate for a House seat in Merrimack County District 8, Forsythe who pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit earlier this year has campaigned almost entirely on Second Amendment issues.

Sometimes, he said, when asked whether people get nervous around the gun or question him about it. They never say anything, really. If they do, its usually a chance for him to educate them about existing gun laws.

The gun is legal because New Hampshire has long been an open carry state, where residents can carry a handgun without a permit as long as its visible. After his arrest, Forsythe got his concealed weapon permit, which allows him to carry the gun hidden from view or with him in a car something that isnt legal under the open carry law.

The focus of Forsythes campaign is something candidates expect will create controversy during the next legislative session: the prospect of constitutional carry. Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona and Vermont are among the states that have constitutional carry, in which a government-issued license to carry isnt mandated.

I would co-sponsor constitutional carry, and if I cant push that through, Ill at least try to sponsor legislation to allow loaded rifles in cars. Nobody ever uses a rifle in road rage, said Forsythe, a 32-year-old former U.S. Army medic.

Issues such as the economy, Medicaid expansion and Northern Pass are secondary to Second Amendment issues for Forsythe, and he isnt shy about it.

Its been proven many times . . . the more armed citizens you have, the safer you are, Forsythe said.

The gun-regulation divide surfaced again recently after the state Department of Safetys changes to the concealed carry license application prompted pushback from gun-rights activists. Constitutional carry discussions will be taken up this next session, said Pat Sullivan, executive director of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

This keeps rearing its head in many different forms, Sullivan said. What we have currently works, and if its not broken, dont try to fix it.

Go here to read the rest:
A campaign to carry



Jeff Clements of Free Speech For People at the 28th Amendment Nation Roadshow
On October 3, Jeff Clements, co-founder of Free Speech For People and author of “Corporations Are Not People” joined the 28th Amendment National Roadshow in …

By: freespeechpeople

Excerpt from:
Jeff Clements of Free Speech For People at the 28th Amendment Nation Roadshow – Video



Meet The People Of Freedom Powersports With Tera Hardee
Sunday October 19th 2015 we will be hosting the first annual 2 Wheels For Tots Charity motorcycle ride event. Come dressed as your favorite super hero or princess. Registration will be from…

By: Freedom Vision

More here:
Meet The People Of Freedom Powersports With Tera Hardee – Video



Mua Voyage – from the Pacific Islands to Sydney – for oceans and climate change
We are sailing from the Pacific Islands to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, conveying a message to the world about 'Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future', calling for…

By: Mua Voyage

Read this article:
Mua Voyage – from the Pacific Islands to Sydney – for oceans and climate change – Video

Organizers of a private Mars colonization effort may have to rethink their ambitious plans, a new study reports.

An analysis led by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has identified a few purported problems with the blueprint laid out by the Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2025 as the vanguard of a permanent settlement.

“We’re not saying, black and white, Mars One is infeasible,” study co-author Olivier de Weck, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in a statement. “But we do think it’s not really feasible under the assumptions they’ve made. We’re pointing to technologies that could be helpful to invest in with high priority, to move them along the feasibility path.” [Mars One's Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)]

The Dutch nonprofit Mars One aims to land four colonists on the Red Planet in 2023. Do you want to be one of them?

The study team looked at many different aspects of the proposed Mars One mission, from the rockets needed to get gear to the Red Planet to the details of how settlers would grow their food. The results are sobering for would-be colonists, more than 200,000 of whom have applied to be a one-way Mars One astronaut. (There are no plans at the moment to bring the settlers back to Earth.)

For example, Mars One aims to source the colony’s drinking water on-site by baking Red Planet soil, which is known to harbor water ice, at least in some locations. But the technology needed to do this is not yet ready to fly on a space mission, study authors said.

Furthermore, the new analysis suggests that growing crops within settlers’ habitats, as Mars One envisions, would generate enough oxygen to make the living spaces a fire hazard.

Piping in nitrogen could lower the oxygen to safe levels, researchers said, but this fix would likely deprive the colony of a vital gas needed to compensate for leakage into the surrounding Martian atmosphere. The possible end result? A space that would quickly become unlivable, suffocating colonists after about 10 weeks, the study found.

There are ways to prevent this scenario growing food in isolated greenhouses, for example, or implementing an oxygen-extraction system. But the best alternative is to nix the idea of Mars farms and bring all the colony’s food from Earth, the study determined.

“We found [that] carrying food is always cheaper than growing it locally,” said study lead author Sydney Do, an MIT grad student. “On Mars, you need lighting and watering systems, and for lighting, we found it requires 875 LED [light-emitting diode] systems, which fail over time. So you need to provide spare parts for that, making the initial system heavier.”

View post:
Private Mars Colony Project May Not Be Feasible, Study Suggests

Nobody likes giving up their privacy. But as much as we complain about it, relatively few of us are willing to put time,money, or effort into consistently protecting our privacy online. And its not like its that hard, relatively speaking: the Tor Project offers excellent, free software that lets you browse the Internet in complete anonymity, if you use it properly. With Tor, data you send over the Internet are encrypted and stripped of any identifying information (namely, your IP address) before reaching their destination. Its one of the most reliable methods that you can use to protect your identity online. However, it does take some amount of experience to use, along with a conscious decision to choose security over convenience. If that sounds like too much work (and itsure sounds like a lot of work, doesnt it?), the Anonabox could be exactly what you need.

The Anonabox, now on Kickstarter, is a tiny little networking tool that will sit there and invisibly do all of the Tor-related stuff that youd want it to do, without you ever having to think about it.

The appeal of Anonabox (relative to other, similar products) is threefold. First, its about as easy to use as you could possibly hope for: plug one end into a free port on your modem or router, add power (USB), and thats it. The Anonabox will set up its own wireless access point (in tandem with any existing network) that you can connect to when you want to, and all the data that are sent through it will be anonymized through Tor. No wireless? No problem, its got an ethernet port, too.

Second, its completely open source, which means that people way smarter than you can make sure that there arent any security holes in the software.

And third, its cheap: the people behind this thing have spentyears refining it for their own use, which has driven the price down to something equivalent to a cheap router. Add all of these things together, and your total investment (time, money, space, effort, frustration, embarrassment, emotional anguish, etc.) drops to the point where even those with a vague interest in the option for online privacy would have a hard time justifying not getting an Anonabox.

So, since Anonabox is entirely based on Tor, why not just use the Tor browser, which is free? The simple answer is that Anonabox anonymizes everything that your computer is sending out over the Internet, not just the websites that you visit through your browser. Email, instant messaging, filesharing, all of it.In that respect,using a piece of hardware that runs everything through Tor like this certainly makes things safer, but it cant keep you perfectly safe.

Most of the time, when a Tor user is compromised, its because thatuser (or the users computer)did something that shouldnt have been done: security and privacy areas much about youusing good browsing practices andexercising caution as they are about anonymizing hardware and software. For example, if you browse the Internet through Anonabox with the same Web browser that youve been using, its possible to identify you through the unique characteristics of the cookies that your browser has probably picked up. Instead, you should be using a different browser, or ideally the Tor browser itself, which is specifically designed to prevent things like that from happening. The point is this: no combination of hardware or software is capable enough to protect your privacy if you use it wrong.

Anonabox was looking for $7,500 for an initial production run on Kickstarter, and theyve surpassed that by just a bit, clocking in at well over $150,000 in funding with 28 days to go. Youve missed the early bird version of the Anonabox ($45), so instead youll have to pay $51, with delivery expected early next year.

Read the rest here:
Anonabox Promises Total Online Anonymity That's Easy, Open Source, and Cheap

Humans love to have their minds blown. We are changed by that feeling of seeing or learning something perfectly new — that feeling we call awe. And, according to Jason Silva, thats the secret to really spectacular online content.

Great content trades in the currency of inspiration, said Silva, host of the popular National Geographic TV show Brain Games and futurist with YouTube series Shots of Awe, at Advertising Week in New York City earlier this month. If we are going to tell a story, if we are working with advertisers — why not make that story inspirational? Why not make that story mindblowing? Why not give people that experience of cognitive ecstasy? Because I promise you they are going to be more compelled to share if they are moved by what you have created.

At a time when the volume of material for people to read and watch is exponentially growing, being able to grab consumers attention online is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you can invoke wonder and amazement in the content you create and share, you stand a better chance at making those consumers your customers.

Related:Market to Empowered Women: It’s Ethical — And It’s Good for Business

Silva spends his life seeking that feeling — that exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure. He specifically curates what he reads, sees and does to maximize his potential for experiencing awe.

I think it was Aristotle who used to say that human beings dont care about spectacle, what they care about is ecstatic understanding, he says. We want to feel like we learned something new. We want to upgrade our maps. We want that cognitive ecstasy.

How does he define awe? Its that sensation you experience when youre presented with something you have no existing framework to process. Consider the first time you went to the Grand Canyon or the first time you saw an IMAX 3-D film about space. Literally you have no reference points for what you are seeing, no anchoring for what you are seeing, so your mental maps of the world are being upgraded in real time and that is an experience of awe.

Its next to impossible to listen to Silva and not believe what he preaches. Hes animated, energetic and eager. Its as though he wants to give his audience a taste of the cognitive ecstasy he preaches about. But alongside his charismatic presentation is some pretty impressive science. A 2012 study published in Psychological Science determined that experiencing awe slows down peoples perception of time, and that the more a person experiences awe, the more satisfied they are with life.

Related:Dig Inn Founder: ‘I Wouldn’t Let People Tell You That You Can’t Do Things’

Advances in technology open up more opportunity for awe — and thats a good thing. The changes we are experiencing now, such as the constantly shrinking size of a computer chip or the miniaturization of the video camera, will provide new experiences we cannot even imagine. Silva says thats not something to be feared, but something to look forward to.

Read the original here:
Your Online Content Should Deliver 'Cognitive Ecstasy'

A solid landmark to freedom was unveiled late Sunday afternoon at the south end of the LeClaire levee.

The Scott County Freedom Rock shone brightly in an unveiling ceremony that was held after the 25th annual LeClaire Lions Club Apple Fest.

A chilly, misty rain that began earlier in the day cut short the event for some vendors and visitors. Most of the people in the crowd of about 100 held umbrellas as speakers talked about the meaning of the rock before it was unveiled.

Freedom Rock committee members Kari and Loren Long of LeClaire said the weather didnt hurt Sundays apple pie contest.

We had six judges that judged on appearance, taste and texture, Kari Long said. We sold the pies, piece by piece, for $1 a piece. The $400 raised, Army veteran Loren Long said, will embellish the Freedom Rock, which will have additional lighting, landscaping and a story board. Our works not done, he added.

In regard to the rain, People this really meant something to still came out, Loren Long said. This is for all of Scott County this isnt just for LeClaire. Its been an honor to serve on the committee.

During the unveiling ceremony, Joey Dwyer sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Among the speakers was LeClaire Mayor Bob Scannell, as well as Sgt. Maj. Brian Marone, sergeant major of the U. S. Army Sustainment Command, Distribution Management Center. He called the unveiling a very special moment for LeClaire, Scott County and the Quad-Cities.

Marone said the paint on the rock contains the ashes of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Cox, who was 32 when he died in 2008 in Afghanistan. May it stand here forever, he said.

It is such a great honor in memory not only of Nathan, but all those who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice, said Annie Cox of Davenport, Coxs widow.

You guys have such a rich history here, said artist Ray Bubba Sorensen II, who painted the rock. Sorensen said he likes to paint eagles and Old Glory. He explained that, on the Scott County rock, he depicted an eagle with a ribbon in its mouth, with the ribbon going across the county. The rock also includes an image of Buffalo Bill, LeClaire’s favorite son.

The rest is here:
Rain doesn't dampen Freedom Rock's day



Gmod | TTT | And We go boom! | w/ freedom spotlights at the end
Today we play TTT on garry's mod. Me and some other people expload… =======Spotlights======== These spotlights are for Freedom partners only. If you would like to join the freedom! partner,…

By: TheCrazyGamer89

Read this article:
Gmod | TTT | And We go boom! | w/ freedom spotlights at the end – Video

Created: 10/09/2014 6:58 PM WNYT.com By: WNYT Staff

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

How should that be applied in the 21st century?

That was the topic of debate at Albany Law School.

The panel included state lawmakers, college professors and Robert Schulz, chairman of “We The People Of New York.”

They discussed the New York SAFE Act and the implications of mass shootings and the school shooting at Sandy Hook.

Its great for students to interact on real life issues at the law school, said U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian. In this case the second amendment to the Bill of Rights and discuss its impact to today’s society. It gets their minds working and makes for a lively discussion and debate,

Hartunian moderated the afternoon session. He was a member of the Albany Law School class of 1986.

Read more:
Panel at Albany Law School discusses second amendment

The Office of the National Security Adviser has called for stronger media collaboration between the media and security agencies in the ongoing counter terrorism operation in the country.

The Special Adviser to the National Security Adviser on Economic Matters, Prof. Soji, Adelaja, made the comment while representing the NSA, Sambo Dasuki, at a three-day seminar entitled Security/Media Relations in Crisis Management which held under the chairmanship of the a former Chief of Defence Staff, and Chairman of Sure-P, Gen. Martin-Luther Agwa,i in Abuja on Wednesday.

The seminar was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Keneth Minmah, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, representatives of heads of all security and paramilitary agencies in the country.

Adelaja said the media had critical role to play in the current security challenges facing the country.

He said it was important for the media to give priority attention to need to avoid misinforming the public and promote the general interest of the people and the country.

He added that the media should take into cognisance the fact that the terrorists would always exploit the media as an instrument to communicate to the people in a bid to target the nations unity.

He said, The NSA is very excited that this meeting of the minds is happening right here is Abuja at a very critical time in the history of our nation. We know for a fact that this is a time when we are facing very significant security challenges and the media has a tremendous responsibility to discharge during this period.

We know for a fact that terrorists, part of their strategy is actually to leverage the media in communicating with the people. It is very very important that the media is diligent in its work, decipher facts from misinformation, understanding the role that they have in balancing the interest of the people, the interest of government and of course recognising that the insurgents are seeking to tear at the heart of what holds our country together.

Adelaja said while the media had done very well more was expected from them.

The media in Nigeria has done a very god job today but much more could be done. We are all learning, this issue of the insurgency is so new to us. In fact it is so new to the world. So it extremely important that we learn fast, we should understand our roles and responsibilities, not only as pressmen, media men but as citizens as we carry out our duties in informing the Nigerian people, he said.

See more here:
NSA seeks media support in counter-terrorism operations

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y., Oct. 8 (UPI) — A federally backed $207-million plan to replenish the sands along the beaches of New York’s Fire Island has been stalled, thanks to an ongoing lawsuit filed by the state chapter of the Audubon Society which argues the project would threaten the federally protected piping plover.

Proponents of the project, which is backed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, argue that reinforcing the beaches with additional sand is essential to protecting the people and property of Fire Island — and preventing future storm damage from the likes of Hurricane Sandy.

In the lawsuit, the Audubon Society argues the beach rehabilitation project will “inhibit natural renewal of ephemeral pools, bay tidal flats and open vegetation,” and prevent “natural storm processes that create habitat to act unimpeded.”

“The burying of existing beaches under dredged material temporarily destroys available prey resources along the coast while the construction of dunes running parallel to the ocean fragments nesting habitat from optimal foraging habitat and prevents plovers from accessing bayside areas for foraging,” the plaintiffs add.

The Audubon Society and their allies say the project is also a massive waste of money — throwing away millions on a short-term and unreliable fix. But local supporters of the plan say environmentalists are valuing birds over people.

“They are asserting that habitat protection trumps the safety and security of the residents living in Mastic Beach and other low-lying South Shore communities,” state representative Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, said in a statement. “This is a position I simply cannot support. I believe the action of Audubon New York in this instance, particularly as the dredging contract was about to be awarded, is indefensible.”

At a hearing in federal court on Wednesday, a judge declined to lift the current injunction on the sand replenishment plans. The plaintiffs say they don’t want to thwart the project in its entirety, but only wish to spare two vital nesting grounds on Fire Island. As of now, it appears federal officials may have to rethink their plans before they’re able to move ahead with construction.

2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.

Read the original here:
Piping plover stalling plans to replenish Fire Island beaches

Oct 062014

Kekula saved, from left, her sister, Vivian, 28, her mother, Victoria, 57, and her father, Moses, 52.

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Brussels were quarantined at New Jersey’s Newark airport and later released this weekend over Ebola fears that turned out to be unwarranted. In this case and that of the Ebola patient in Dallas, government and our citizens struggle to define the parameters of the sanctioned suppression of individual liberty that is the quarantine.

In the modern United States, the people boast unparalleled personal freedoms. Whether enumerated in the Constitution or “penumbral,” the inalienable liberties of the individual are designed to never be overridden by the interests of the majority.

Read the rest here:
Ebola at war with your liberty

Kekula saved, from left, her sister, Vivian, 28, her mother, Victoria, 57, and her father, Moses, 52.

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Brussels were quarantined at New Jersey’s Newark airport and later released this weekend over Ebola fears that turned out to be unwarranted. In this case and that of the Ebola patient in Dallas, government and our citizens struggle to define the parameters of the sanctioned suppression of individual liberty that is the quarantine.

In the modern United States, the people boast unparalleled personal freedoms. Whether enumerated in the Constitution or “penumbral,” the inalienable liberties of the individual are designed to never be overridden by the interests of the majority.

See the original post here:
Beating Ebola vs. personal liberty

Exchange in the context of finance often conjures up images of busy trading floors where traders gesticulate and shout in deafening din. In the world of Bitcoin, things are much quieter. The Bitcoin exchanges, as many of them are, can be little more than a website and a piece of program running behind it. Many of these exchanges, often registered in offshore tax havens such as British Virgin Islands, dont have much of a physical existence.

Given how new Bitcoin is, it may not be surprising that the Bitcoin exchanges at large resemble the banking industry in the early days a little bit They often fail. This year, the industry is stigmatised by the fall of Mt. Gox, the longest lasting and erstwhile largest Bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo, Japan. In the aftermath, there was a wave of criticism of incumbent exchanges, which were referred to as single point of failure. Contrary to the popular demand, however, the single point of failure persisted. On the ruins of the failed Mt. Gox, new exchanges emerge and many prosper. Among them, China-based OKCoin and Huobi impress many with their meteoric rise from obscurity.

Both Huobi and OKCoin, the largest Chinese exchanges, had been questioned over the veracity of their claimed trading volumes. After one of the first accusations being reported by Bitcoin news website CoinDesk last year, despite consistent denials from these exchanges,similar suggestions popped up fairly regularly on the social media. However, skepticism notwithstanding, the China-based exchanges, exemplified by the two aforementioned, are making strides. Both have grown from nothing to be relatively large companies within a period of a year Both Huobi and OKCoin have over 150 employees each. Both appear to be on solid ground financially, at least judging by the way they spend and speed of expansion. In a recent interview, OKCoins CEO Star Xuconfirmed that his company had been profitable.

From left to right: Yan Chuan, Elon Zhao, Mike Gropp

All these lead to a question: Are the Chinese exchanges, despite their shortcomings, possess some special quality that makes them more successful?

Will Chinese Exchanges Dominate The World?

In a high-rise office building in Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang district in Beijing, I met Elon, Mike, and Yan Chuan, three cofounders of BitBays, a new Bitcoin exchange. I first met Mike and Elon at the Shanghai Bitcoin Expo a week before, where they gave a presentation. Although a secure and globalized Bitcoin exchange sounded to me just vanilla marketing talk, I was curious as to how they implemented the concept. I was also interested to learn what they have to say about the exchange environment as well as other questions that many are concerned with.

I started the interview by asking what are the competitive advantages and disadvantages of the large Chinese exchanges such as Huobi and OKCoin. Acknowledging the success of the two, Elon listed three factors that he believed are behind the growth: The appeal of zero-fee, general lack of speculative assets in China and a highly developed Internet industry.

In spite of these advantages, Elon didnt believe that any of the two, in their current shape, stand much of a chance to be global leaders. First, there is the negative image associated with being Chinese. It is like an American sees an Arabic exchange or a North Korea exchange. Then, Chinese companies generally performed badly in terms of globalisation. Elon cited the example of WeChat: despite its phenomenal success in China, the mobile communication app remains a Chinese phenomenon. It is hard to imagine that a Bitcoin exchanges can do what Tencent, a much larger and deeper-pocketed company, cant.

However, Elon believed BitBays had the advantage as a late-starter. The company had little burden; it would be much harder to switch direction when you are halfway in the journey. Elon compared BitBays that he envisioned with Blockchain.info. Blockchain.info is the worlds largest online Bitcoin wallet service. Headquartered in Luxembourg, the wallet provider has employees distributed in many countries across the globe. According to an email reply from Roger Ver, cofounder of Blockchain.info: People help from Blockchain from all over the world. North and South America, Europe, Asia, and even South America. I dont think we have anyone in Africa yet though.

More here:
Interview With BitBays – A Bitcoin Exchange That Tries To Make A Difference



The People March For The 2nd Amendment, 2014.10.03
Since my First Amendment Rights were violated by the operator of the Event page by deleting my comments on his event. We are normally a friendly News agency and will make the best of any failings….

By: TwoHatsPublishing

See more here:
The People March For The 2nd Amendment, 2014.10.03 – Video

Fifty years to the day after thousands filled UC Berkeleys Sproul Plaza to fight for their right to free speech, hundreds of people activists from the 1960s and current students alike gathered Wednesday in the same space to celebrate the once-shunned but now widely celebrated movement.

The crowd came to honor the Free Speech Movement, which exploded Oct. 1, 1964, when students swarmed the campus in a 36-hour protest against a campus ban on political activism.

What followed was unprecedented: Students engaged in months of protest, bringing the campus to a standstill, landing some 800 student activists in jail and leading thousands more to protests and sit-ins before the university granted students the right to free speech.

Immigrant rights advocate Dolores Huerta, the late Mario Savios wife, Lynne Hollander, and UC Santa Cruz Professor Bettina Aptheker, among others, spoke during Wednesdays noontime rally. It was the pinnacle of anniversary events running throughout the month, including panels, movie screenings and performances all to honor the birth of student activism in Berkeley.

I was thrilled as I entered the plaza to see all those tables up, Aptheker said. Thats what we were fighting for.

Perhaps 50 of the people in Wednesdays crowd were back to remember their part in the fight, including Bob Orser, who was 31 when the movement began. He recalled refusing to make way for the police car that was stopped dead in the center of Sproul, unable to take away civil rights organizer Jack Weinberg, who had been busted for setting up a table on the plaza.

Bud Bates class of 1966 had joined the ranks when he saw the protesters gathering by the hundreds. Dana MacDermott, who graduated in 1968, had been arrested when she refused to leave Sproul Hall during a sit-in that followed the events of Oct. 1.

‘It changed everybody

When they started citing students for running political tables, I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘You really should be there, MacDermott said Wednesday. It changed everybodys worldview.

When change happens, change happens fast, said Weinberg at the anniversary rally. Our officials oppressed us in 1964, but our struggle for free speech prevailed.

Continue reading here:
Thousands gather in Berkeley for free-speech anniversary



FireFox! Start Your Own Web Hosting Company
Web Hosting Advertise Here $10 a Month Affordable web-hosting
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin




Designer Children | Prometheism | Euvolution | Transhumanism

Sign up below for the Prometheism / Designer Children Discussion Forum

Subscribe to prometheism-pgroup

Powered by us.groups.yahoo.com