Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose..............J.B.S. Haldane
Quantum Mechanics is not only stranger than you imagine, but stranger than you can imagine ............(a version attributed to Richard Feynman)
Time to Slam the Door on Cryptocurrencies?
The revelation that the GRU used cryptocurrencies to facilitate and hide their hacking into the US 2016 election is one more reason to consider shutting them down. Cryptocurrencies exist because some clever computer guys figured out how to use cryptographic principles to hide transactions. Unfortunately, the principle applications are criminal: money laundering, tax evasion, and financing illegal operations like spying, sabotage, and terrorism.
There are a variety of good reasons why governments seized control of money, and we now have some more. Aside from the previously mentioned benefits, banning them would save hella electricity.
The coverup is in full swing. Check out Josh Marshall : At first the evidence was scattered and anecdotal. But now it's pretty clear that a key aim of the Bush administration's takeover of the NOLA situation is to cut off press access to report the story. And this from Kevin Drum , including this quote: At the National Guard checkpoint, they are under orders to turn away all media. All of the reporters are turning they’re TV trucks around." from Bob Brigham Impeach Bush. Do it now!
According to a new ABC poll , 74% of Republicans approve of Bush's handling of the Katrina disaster, and only 47% of all Americans disapprove. Via Kevin Drum , the Army Corps of Engineers knew of the Levee breach early Monday , and FEMA has been busy preventing aid from getting to New Orleans . At what point does incompetence shade into genocide?
The most pointed critique of social security and liberalism in general is the libertarian critique. The problem with libertarians, for a liberal, is that we have too much in common. We both believe in individual rights, tolerance of individual differences, and dislike government prescription of religion. The basic difference, it seems to me, is the different answers we give to Cain's (with thanks to the Captain - my original version had the corpse asking the question!) famous question: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That's not really my basic bitch against the libertarians though. My real complaint is the same as my complaint against most religion - its premise is a fraud. For those who can't stand to wait for the punchline, I believe that trying to implement libertarian principles leads to tyranny or social disintegration. Demonstrating that takes some historical (and pre-historical) context. For all but the last 15,000 or so of the 100,000 years the human sp