Showing posts from July 10, 2016

Damaging blockchain heist fails to deter innovators

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["It is an experiment and everyone involved in it knows that." Hmm. Blockchain totally eliminates all possibility of forgery but is eminently hackable? *RON*]

By Matthew Allen, SwissInfo, 7 July 2016

A blockchain-based crowdfunding platform – heavily reliant on a Swiss-designed cryptocurrency – can rise from the ashes of a multi-million dollar heist that has tarnished its reputation, according to one of its key figures.

The Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) platform was a victim of its own success by raising far greater funds for investing in start-ups than was thought feasible, Fabian Vogelsteller told a Zurich conference on Thursday. It attracted $160 million (CHF156 million) within a few weeks of being launched this year rather than the expected $20 million.

Speaking at an event organised by Swiss blockchain start-up consultancy nexussquared, Vogelsteller said this unexpectedly large haul of funds attracted a criminal hacker …

We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence

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[Recent research has shown cities what works. For starters, hire more female police officers. See also: More police officers die on the job in states with more guns, and More Guns, More Fear, More Killings. Also, showing that what those who rule really want is a stupid compliant labor pool: U.S. spending on prisons grew at three times rate of school spending, *RON*]
Kate Stringer, Yes! Magazine, 8 July 2016

After being pulled over for a busted taillight on July 6, Philando Castile informed a Minnesota police officer at his window that he owned a gun and had a license to carry it. As he reached for his license and registration, his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter then watched as the police officer fired four shots into Castile’s body. He died in the driver’s seat.
Castile was one of 137 Black people in the United States killed by a police officer this year. Another Black man, Alton Sterling, was killed by police in Louisiana the night before.…

The Democrats Ignore the 500-Pound Lobbyist in the Room

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[The corporatocracy rampant. "The Democratic Party Platform draft contains zero about the billions of dollars spent to lobby Congress, the White House and the other federal regulatory agencies — $3.22 billion last year alone." Party members pay little attention to the industry that's destroying government and politics. See also: "It's About Letting Giant Corporations Rig the Rules": Warren Skewers TPP, and Military-Industrial Election, and Trudeau stalling on ban of biggest killer of workers in Canada. *RON*]

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company, 7 July 2016

After weeks of hearings and work by a dedicated committee, the draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform contains just one mention of lobbying — a multibillion-dollar business that nearly half of the people who have left Congress since 2008 have joined. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In all of the 35 single-spaced pages of the Democratic Party’s platform dr…

For Any ‘Reasonable’ Prosecutor, Damage to National Security Would Outweigh ‘Extremely Careless’ Hillary’s (Largely Irrelevant) Intent

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[Gross negligence with respect to national security is insufficient? We need to concern ourselves with whether Hillary intended to do harm? Explain this one then: Goose, Meet Gander: Marine Mired in Email Scandal Wants Same Deal as Clinton. *RON*]

By Andrew C. McCarthy, PJ Media, 7 July 2016

After masterfully marshaling facts that showed Hillary Clinton was grossly negligent in mishandling the nation’s defense secrets – i.e., after demonstrating that she was patently indictable for a felony violation of federal law – Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey recommended against prosecution. His rationale is even more difficult to justify on close examination than it appeared at first blush.

Director Comey contends that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case due to the former Secretary of State’s purportedly benign intent. In point of fact, her intent – besides being very far from benign – is largely irrelevant: the criminal statu…

Legal Experts Raise Alarm over Shocking Use of 'Killer Robot' in Dallas

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["Due process is not just enshrined in our constitution, it's also enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights... The same way that the Obama administration uses unmanned drones in other countries, we see a similar situation here." Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law. *RON*]
By Nadia PrupisCommon Dreams, July 08, 2016

As news emerges that police officers in Dallas, Texas used an armed robot to kill the suspected shooter in Thursday night's ambush, experts are warning that it represents a sea change in police militarization that only heightens risks to human and constitutional rights.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Friday morning during a press conference that police "saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate" where the suspect had taken refuge in a parking garage as police tried to negotiate with him, adding that he w…

Zimbabwe leader blames West's sanctions for late salaries

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[Zimbabwe's (more than usually) on the edge of falling apart: #Zimshutdown2016 and the new protest politics taking root in Zimbabwe. The country was shut down by work boycotts, partly in protest against police violence but mainly in response to the government's failure to pay salaries. The government is seeking a bail-out from the IMF, and is in bad economic distress. But when asked about a post-Mugabe succession plan, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa declared that Zimbabwe "will not be dictated to" when it comes to who runs the country. Chinamasa also found himself trapped in a London cab for more than an hour this week when Zimbabwean protesters, angry over the economic woes of the country, blocked the taxi from leaving a conference venue. As usual Mugabe's blaming everyone except himself. *RON*]

By Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press, 8 July 2016

BINDURA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday blamed sa…