its another reason that both the left and the right need each other to curb their ideological excesses
they cling to these systems of authority at all costs resorting to violence to keep the old order even as history erodes it out from under them. in the process they trample on the individual liberties they claim to champion and become the authoritarians they fight against.
Bitcoin was one of the biggest leaps in technology since the inception of the Internet, hailing the new era of digital money, disrupting industries and financial institutions as well as introducing a new social paradigm where transparency and trust are the default value.
the contradiction embedded in this anti-free speech advocacy is so glaring. For many of those attacking the ACLU here, it is a staple of their worldview that the U.S. is a racist and fascist country and that those who control the government are right-wing authoritarians. There is substantial validity to that view.
Why, then, would people who believe that simultaneously want to vest in these same fascism-supporting authorities the power to ban and outlaw ideas they dislike? Why would you possibly think that the List of Prohibited Ideas will end up including the views you hate rather than the views you support? Most levers of state power are now controlled by the Republican Party, while many Democrats have also advocated the criminalization of left-wing views. Why would you trust those officials to suppress free speech in ways that you find just and noble, rather than oppressive?
Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation.
A journalist, Katie Hopkins, has been reported to the police, and, bizarrely, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), for writing a column for the Sun in which she referred to the African migrants trying to get into Europe as "cockroaches." Hopkins is known for her outré views. She's been reported to the police before, for "hate crimes against fat people"! She said "fat people are just lazy," which is apparently a police matter now.
The way to think of pricing cryptocurrency is as speculation above some floor determined by the growth of the network according to Metcalfe's law. There are also various other metrics that probably correspond to price like the number of transactions, the number of wallets, and the hash power wielded by the network.
Tom Lee, the cofounder of FundStrat Global Advisors, is bullish on bitcoin and has a unique way of valuing the cryptocurrency.
He says his short-term valuation model, built on Metcalfe's law, can explain the majority of bitcoin's volatility.
the main innovation of cryptocurrency is that you can keep this digital record on all the computers on a peer to peer network without having to rely on a central authority to prevent any of the peers from double spending their balance.
A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. Digital signatures provide part of the solution, but the main benefits are lost if a trusted third party is still required to prevent double-spending. We propose a solution to the double-spending problem using a peer-to-peer network.
cryptocurrency is software that keeps a record of transactions denominated in money created by that software.
whatever measuring tool the participants in a monetary order agree to use, gold or a transaction in a digital ledger, to make a record of how much value they exchange with each other, that tool retains the value it records.
Bitcoin Cash was created when Bitcoin developers had a dispute about the best way to scale the network to meet rising demand. Some developers and miners hard-forked the bitcoin blockchain by increasing the number of transactions that a single block can support in the process creating a new ledger with a very similar set of rules.
Ripple is actually a company, but they created a cryptocurrency called XRP. XRP is pre-mined meaning all coins were created at once and then distributed or sold to various parties. XRP solves the double-spend problem differently than bitcoin, there is no proof of work. Whereas Bitcoin's origins are philosophically opposed to existing financial infrastructure and bitcoinattempts to route around it, Ripple and XRP are aimed at improving existing financial infrastructure via cryptocurrency tech.
Ethereum extends bitcoin by incorporating a more complete, easier-to-use, but less secure programming language to implement smart contracts. Ethereum trades security for ease of use because of this developers have chosen it as the platform on which to launch the first decentralized applications sometimes with associated initial coin offerings.
A token sale is like a crowdfunding campaign, except it uses the technology behind Bitcoin to verify transactions. Oh, and tokens aren’t just stand-ins for stock—they can be set up so that instead of a share of a company, holders get services, like cloud storage space, for example. Below, we run down the increasingly popular practice of launching an ICO and its potential to upset business as we know it.
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by doctors for their patients. The use of cannabis as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to production restrictions and other governmental regulations. Limited evidence suggests cannabis can: reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms.
In Texas, for instance, 116 people are currently serving life sentences on charges of simple drug possession. Seven of those people earned their sentences for possessing quantities of drugs weighing between 1 gram and 4 grams, or less than a typical sugar packet.
On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 peoplesit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Unionand Human Rights Watch.
Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says thatmost of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They're sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can't afford to post bail.