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The Most Important Creation In The History Of Man: Bitcoin & How to Use It

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

by Michele Suede (Libertarian News)

Recently I wrote an article entitled The Most Dangerous Creation In The History Of Man.  The article covered the emergence of Bitcoin; an electronic open source peer-to-peer currency that has no central banking server, is untraceable (when proper steps are taken), and essentially can not be taxed through coercive measures.  The article makes the point that if a currency can not be taxed and controlled, eventually it will topple the coercively funded fascist control grid you call the modern State.  Read more about it in thisBitcoin forum post that explains it in more detail.

I’ve received several requests for more information about how people can put Bitcoin to work for them.  Most articles on Bitcoin, and even the Bitcoin site itself, don’t give a clear top to bottom description of how common users of Bitcoin can put the currency to use.

It is a tad confusing  if you are not familiar with how currency markets work, but not to worry, it is not as intimidating as it sounds.  Bitcoins are generated on a logarithmic scale by dedicated “miners” who run software that generate the complex hash codes which make up a Bitcoin.  Bitcoins can not be artificially inflated and require real resources (electricity and time) to produce.

Here are a few reasons why I think Bitcoins are superior to gold as medium of exchange:

1.  It is impossible to artificially inflate the supply of Bitcoins in existence.  They are produced at a known steady rate, the supply of which will eventually top out.  The nature of Bitcoin transactions makes it so that no bankers, nor anyone else, can use fractional reserve accounting to artificially inflate the money supply.  Clearly this means governments, nor anyone else, can use artificial credit expansion to make more of them.

2.  Bitcoin transactions are made for the web!  It is impossible to actually ship gold across a wire.  The best one can do is use a medium that represents gold, such as shares of GLD, and trade those as a currency.  Clearly this leaves room for inflation of the money supply by unscrupulous bankers.  When a person transacts in Bitcoins, it is the equivalent of actually sending gold across a wire.  The unreproducible currency itself is transacted with, unlike a paper currency that represents a commodity.

3.  Bitcoins can not be confiscated since the files they reside on can be replicated and hidden in USB keys or anonymous servers.

4. The peer-to-peer nature of Bitcoin makes it as impossible to stop as BitTorrents.  Governments would have to shut down the web to stop it.

5.  It is impossible to create salted Bitcoins or “shave the edges” off of them.  There are wide spread rumors that the supply of gold that central banks are holding is loaded with tungsten bars coated in gold.

6.  Obviously they are lighter, easier to transact with, and far easier to secure than gold bullion.

Let me repeat:  Bitcoin IS NOT A PONZI – it is the same as if people were digging up gold nuggets out of the ground and then trading them as money.  Any claims that early adopters are simply promoting this as a Ponzi are like claiming people who were promoting buying Apple’s IPO were promoting a Ponzi.

Bitcoins use a 256 bit public/private key encryption algorithm that has never been cracked in practice and is considered secure by the NSA.

Bitcoins CAN NOT BE ARTIFICIALLY INFLATED.

Total Bitcoin production will TOP OUT in the future meaning NO NEW BITCOINS WILL BE CREATED BEYOND A CERTAIN DATE.

If you have additional concerns, please take the time to research the answers on your own.   Don’t blindly dismiss it because of a concern that could easily be addressed with some simple research and questioning of those who are current users of the system.

Anyone who has a through understanding of Austrian economics should immediately recognize the inherent benefits of Bitcoin.  Bitcoin is the equivalent of electronic gold.  Even better than gold in some respects.

Here are a few articles that cover the economics of the Bitcoin monetary system in more detail:

That said, lets go through the process of a common user setting up a Bitcoin account in an electronic bank and then purchasing some Bitcoins with US Dollars.  Then we will buy an item using the Bitcoins we just purchased.

Check out OKPay.com for a payment processing service that accepts Bitcoins and translates them directly into an e-wallet that can be accessed by a Master Card debit card anywhere in the world.  Checkout Crypto X Change for an easy way to buy and sell Bitcoins through normal bank accounts.

Step 1:  Setting up a Bitcoin wallet.

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Chimpanzee Abuse: Extreme Cruelty at New Iberia Caught On Tape

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Please see a related article by Dr. Bekoff entitled Chimps in Research: Lies, lies and more lies

Thomas J. Rowell - Phone: (337) 482-0225

Thomas J. Rowell
Director, New Iberia Concentration Camp
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 13610
New Iberia, LA 70562-3610

by Marc Bekoff (Psychology Today)

There’s much concern about the use and incredible abuse of captive chimpanzees in laboratories. Now, you can see it if you choose to do so. To quote Thomas Rowell, the head of the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana where the abuse occurred, “There were five minutes or less of video where you said to yourself, you know, I wish so and so hadn’t said this … Or I wish they’d have been more careful here.” Yes, Dr. Rowell, I’m sure you wish this would go away and you and your colleagues can continue to do unnecessary research on these amazing animals without being caught abusing them. Cruelty can’t stand the spotlight.

Now, imagine what the chimpanzees were feeling. You can be sure they were suffering deep physical and emotional pain because of this intentional abuse. Pehaps they were asking “Why me, what did I do to deserve this?”

Chimpanzees and other animals are not objects, and lies and deception have characterized the ongoing debates about the use of chimpanzees in research. We don’t need any more words, we need action to stop the use and severe abuse of chimpanzees in research. You can contact the New Iberia Research Center (Thomas J. Rowell, DVM, Director, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 13610, New Ieria, LA 70562-3610). Other contact information can be found here.

This is the least we can do for these amazing sentient beings who have lived horribly compromised lives “in the name of science.” Get them out of these hell-holes now!

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World Day for Animals in Laboratories 2012

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012
12:00pm to 5:00 pm

Victoria Square
Birmingham City Centre
B1 1BD, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Posted by Birmingham Animal Action

National march and rally to remember the millions of animals who die in vivisection laboratories around the world each year. World Day is officailly on the 24th April each year and this year there will be a week of action leading up to the national meeting of campaigners and those opposed to vivisection! We welcome anyone who supports us to attend and show the public how they can actively do something about this so millions of animals don’t die in outdated and bad scientific practices. We’re not oppossed to good science that benefits all of us and look to other methods that contribute to scientific progress without the use of animals! See more details at www.wdail.org

Each year around the world, millions of animals are killed in animal experiments of various species. Animals we call “companions” and others we barely come into contact with but still they are sentient and have a right to exist for their own reasons. Scientists tell us we need them to die so we can live and be in better health. Take various medicines to help ease or cure our illness’s and disease, but at what cost and to whom.

Many of our lifestyle factors contribute to our illness’s and health related problems, it’s why many of us go vegan and move to a more ethical way of life that where possible doesn’t inflict harm and suffering on others. We look for a balanced diet and a healthy one that meets our nutritional needs and ethical choice.

Our health does matter and it’s an important part of daily life to be in good health whether mentally or physically. Knowing these animals die in the ways they do and seeing people affected by prescription medications, as an impact on all of us and while we can’t always be sure of the right answers. It’s a fact that nearly 4 million animals die each year in this country alone and over 100 million worldwide.

All animal exploitation is based on the fact that we can and must use animals for our benefit, hold their lives in ours and then decide how to use that life up and treat the animal as a commodity to be consumed without a second thought to the pain and suffering inflicted on that animal being used.

The March and Rally on Saturday 28th April 2012 in Birmingham is a chance to express our need for change and to say it’s time we looked for alternatives to animal testing that are based on good science and an ethical choice that will benefit us all. Being vegan is a personal choice and something we hold close to us but it’s about care and concern for others, how they are treated and used for the so called benefit of humanity. For me this March and Rally are as important than any other vegan campaigning because when vivisection ends and other methods of scientific research are prevalent, our society will be closer to understanding that each individual has value and it doesn’t matter of what species they belong, it still matters to them.

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URGENT!! Special Needs Dog in NJ Needs a Permanent Home, Situation Desperate

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Shiloh

by Jody Sidote

I am in urgent need of help with a timid, sweet, senior male Vizsla.

Shiloh is 16, and has retired from walks and play. He spends his days resting, and requires only love and attention along with reassurance and assistance getting up and down steps.

He likes cats, but struggles greatly tolerating other dogs.

My mother has become GRAVELY ill, and I need to place Shiloh in another home, where I know he will get the love he deserves.

He has been fostered since 10/11, and was saved from being put down by NYC ACC Manhattan.

Please contact if interested-PLEASE.

I can be emailed at [email protected] or message me on Facebook.

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Disabled Chain Wheelchairs Together, Stage Disruptive Civil Disobedience with Sick & Elderly

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

A group of disabled, sick, and elderly people in the UK put out a call earlier this month for activists to support a “daring and disruptive act of civil disobedience” scheduled for January 28 in London. In response, Ann Parkes represented Negotiation Is Over at this demonstration yesterday as these courageous individuals fought back against NHS reform and shut down traffic on Regent Street all afternoon. Following is Parkes’ report…

“As the the cause of our illness
One glance at our rags will tell you more
It is the same cause that wears out
Our bodies and clothes” ~ (Brecht ~ “A Worker’s Speech To A Doctor”)

by Ann Parkes (NIO UK)

Occupy London is not going away. The 99% are not going away. It is now time to derail and smash a system that has fucked us over for too long.
Protestors from all sectors have united in a common cause: the long-term disabled, the chronically ill, caregivers, single parents, pensioners, the unemployed. All have united in order to pour derision on this corrupt government and participate in acts of civil disobedience – causing disruption and chaos in order to highlight acts of legalised criminality which is ruining the lives of the most vulnerable.

The Tory Government is in the process of selling off the National Healthcare System (NHS) and public services to their millionaire cronies. Contraction of OUR NHS will be beneficial to privateers who put Profit before People. Treatment & surgery will be at the discretion of these businessmen – are you likely future fodder for the capitalist machine? If not, say “hello” to your – sooner rather than later – eco-friendly coffin!

There is absolutely no redeeming feature in looming NHS or social care reforms These cuts are a direct response to an economy left in shreds by the bankers and their millionaire pals in the city. It is estimated that almost two million pensioners in the UK now live below the poverty line.
40% of the NHS is said to be in the hands of the private sector.

Yesterday in London, 28th January 2012, Regent Street was brought to a standstill by 300 people protesting against the Welfare Reform Bill, which has it’s third reading in the House of Lords next week. Groups included: UK Uncut; Disabled Against Cuts; Disabled Peoples Direct Action; Black Triangle; Pensioners; Single Parents; Single Mothers Self Defence; Boycott Workforce; The Unemployed;

We are saying NO to the Welfare Reform Bill and to the attacks on the Rights and Dignity of the Disabled Community. Instead of WRB – Penalise the Banks for the Crisis they have caused and Clamp down on Corporate Tax Avoidance which costs the UK £25 BILLION per annum

There is no place for ‘The Old Boy’s Network’ – We are All In This Together – AREN’T WE??

“A free health service is pure socialism and, as such, it is opposed to the hedonism of capitalist society” (Aneurin Bevan – Father of NHS in 1948)
NHS based on three promises:

  • to meet the needs of everyone;
  • free at point of delivery;
  • based upon need and not wealth.

Whilst Tories insist that treatment will be free at the point of delivery, this means nothing. Given the ruthless cuts they now propose, how long is it going to be before the point of delivery is reached – how many people will die before adequate treatment or surgery is offered?!

We met at Holborn Tube Station at around 11am and made our way, via tube and/or on foot to Oxford Circus. Within a short time, Oxford Circus was a ‘No Go’ area with buses and coaches at a standstill and passengers disembarking to continue their journey on foot. Bus drivers were frantically using their cell phones – very unhappy at their temporary imprisonment in their cabs – ought to try permanent imprisonment in a wheelchair comrades!!!

Many of the disabled protestors chained their wheelchairs together across the street at the junction of Regent Street and Oxford Circus. Approximately 300 protestors converged with banners, loudhailers, drums, percussion instruments – a little bit of red paint, and the odd balloon here and there. A party atmosphere prevailed notwithstanding the seriousness of the protest.

Parallels were drawn between cuts to the vulnerable in society, who are being targeted and penalised for the excesses of corrupt fat-cat bankers. Outrageous that such obscene bonuses paid to these same bankers, in spite of them bringing the economy to its knees. Tax evaders such as Lloyds Bank, Vodafone, numerous High Street companies, and individual businessmen who pay virtually no tax back into the economy, also provoked the outrage of protestors, whose benefits are being eroded or completely removed. General agreement was that government focus should be on those in society who have brought the economy to it’s knees, evade taxation, and their financial responsibility. Indeed, it would appear that the wealthy crooks are rewarded for their financial Irresponsibility – with the vulnerable being left to pick up the tab!!

The Government seeks to turn people against their neighbours and identify comrades as terrorists. The Disabled are being labelled as idlers; the Unemployed as scroungers and Protestors as violent anarchists.

An 87yr old I spoke to – quote – “It’s like ethnic cleansing. They want to cleanse society of those who can’t contribute any longer. It’s little short of sending us to the gas chambers.”

Lesley, former teacher – “if you are disabled it becomes even more difficult to find employment. Noone wants to employ someone who may slow things down or whose input may not be up to employer’s required standards, due to their disability. Businesses are there to make money, they do not have a social conscience.”

Jayne, 50 yr old – I’ve cared for my mother for the past 4 years, leaving well-paid, secure employment and receiving a derisory ‘carer’s allowance’ for doing so. If my mother’s DLA is stopped, what is going to happen? At my age it will be difficult to return to work and try to juggle caring responsibilities.

Black Triangle is a UK Disabled People’s Movement which is now fighting an Anti-Defamation Campaign. They have adopted the Black Triangle as their logo – symbolising the thousands of disabled people murdered during the Holocaust. John McArdle, their spokesman, said – “we are fighting for a just, accessible society for those who are disabled. Our aim is to embarrass this corrupt Government who have reneged on their promises that the vulnerable will be protected from the impact of these savage cuts.” There are 17 documented cases of suicides due to support being taken away. This is a Human Rights Issue. The Government seeks to divide and rule amongst disabled people.

There is a Revolution brewing on the streets – and behind closed doors. The momentum needs to be maintained ….

The WRB has it’s third reading in the House of Lords on 31st January.

On Wednesday, 1st February the demonstration is being taken to the House of Commons. See you there!!

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Emotional debate over use of chimpanzees for medical research

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

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by Gary Dwyer-Joyce (CTV News)

Stare into the eyes of a chimpanzee, meet the intelligent gaze that stares back at you and you will recognize a link with human beings that stretches back millions of years.

Now that link has become the centre of a heated and often emotional debate.

On the one hand are scientists who believe using chimps for medical research offers hope for many of the diseases that plague mankind.

On the other are opponents, some of them also scientists, who say this research is cruel, unnecessary and ultimately a waste of money.

Just inside the gates of the Fauna Foundation, a sanctuary for chimps near Montreal, is a large, metal cage. It’s there to remind visitors of the price chimps have paid as unwilling subjects for medical research. Some of the 12 animals who live at Fauna were once housed in cages like this at a research facility in New York State, suspended from the ceiling of bare, barrack-like rooms, their world reduced to a few square metres. The only time they left their cages was to be infected with HIV in a long, and ultimately futile, search for a cure for AIDS in the 1990s. When that research was abandoned, nobody wanted to look after the infected chimps until the Fauna Foundation stepped in.

“Fauna was the first sanctuary in the world to rescue HIV-positive chimpanzees,” said Gloria Grow, the founder of the Foundation. “And the three that are left here at Fauna look pretty good on the outside, but we know on the inside, they’re totally destroyed.”

They live out their days in an environment designed to be as close to their natural habitat as possible. They have indoor and outdoor areas, grass and trees to play in and a series of islands enclosed by a moat and an electric fence. For a chimpanzee, it’s a comfortable world, but one that also offers them the affection and respect from human beings they often lacked in research facilities.

“It’s taken them a long time to trust humans again,” said Gloria Grow. “They’re like prisoners. Some days are good and some days are bad. So we start over each day in some cases.”

Chimps aren’t used for AIDS research anymore, but they are used for other types of studies. Right now, the United States and Gabon are the only two countries in the world that allow medical research on chimpanzees.

In Canada, there’s no outright ban, but no one is actually doing it.

Instead, Canadians commission studies at research facilities like the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, the largest facility of its type in the world. It’s home to nearly 7,000 primates, 360 of them chimpanzees.

“For some, research chimpanzees are actually absolutely critical,” said Thomas Rowell, the director of the centre. “Some of the products that we work with, for example antibodies, target very specific receptors that are present only on human cells and on chimpanzee cells.”

The chimpanzees at New Iberia live in an outdoor, zoo-like setting, divided into groups according to age and sex. They only move indoors when needed for a research project.

Now there is a bill before Congress that aims to stop using chimps in the United States, a ban that was prompted in part by an undercover operation at New Iberia in 2008 by the American Humane Society. Using hidden cameras to shoot over nine hours of video, the investigation found evidence of alleged abuse at the centre. One scene showed a chimp being sedated by a dart gun and allowed to fall to a concrete floor. Another showed an unco-operative subject being hit in the teeth. The images went viral on the Internet and created a public relations disaster.

“There were five minutes or less of video where you said to yourself, you know, I wish so and so hadn’t said this,” said Thomas Rowell. “Or I wish they’d have been more careful here.”

Since then, New Iberia says conditions have improved and the centre is trying to present a more humane face to the public. When W5 visited, we were shown new techniques for sedating chimps where the animals are trained to present their arm to receive an injection instead of a dart gun.

But no matter how hard places like New Iberia try to restore their image, opponents of using chimps for research are not appeased.

“Chimps are a tiny, tiny little fraction of the research conducted on animals,” said Wayne Pacelle, President of the American Human Society. “And the vast majority of scientists long ago decided: too expensive, too difficult to handle, too smart. We shouldn’t be doing it.”

If the research is banned, it will create a new problem. All those animals — around a thousand in all, mostly at New Iberia — still need to be fed and housed.

“They still have to be paid for,” said Thomas Rowell, the Director at New Iberia. “Whether these animals are being maintained in sanctuaries or whether they’re being maintained at the research centres, they still need to be supported.”

One place they won’t be going to is the Fauna Foundation in Quebec.

“Fauna is not taking any more chimpanzees,” said the founder of the Fauna Foundation, Gloria Grow. “Smart, sensible sanctuaries with older directors without a succession plan really shouldn’t be taking on any more than we have.”

But, according to the American Humane Society, the U.S. Congress already has legislation in place that could deal with this issue. “A thousand is actually a pretty manageable number,” said Wayne Pacelle. “We rescue all kinds of animals, find places for them. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

 

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