Antechinus: Spy agencies use metadata for market advantage

Antechinus

Antechinus

A 2008 paper by Arindrajit Dube, Ethan Kaplan, and Suresh Naidu found evidence that the CIA and/or members of the Executive branch either disclosed or acted on information about top-secret authorizations of coups. Stocks in “highly exposed” firms rose more in the pre-coup authorization phase than they did when the coup was actually launched.

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Feb 27

SchwartzReport: America’s Electoral Nightmare — Global Laughingstock for Lack of Integrity

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

If we cannot tell ourselves the truth, corrective choices are not possible. Here is the truth about the integrity of America’s electoral process. We come in 26th in the world, one step above Mexico. Nothing to be proud of.

America’s election nightmare: How voter ID, gerrymandering & fundraising made us a laughingstock

Here’s what happens when you suppress votes, draw districts to favor incumbents and allow the rich to buy elections

EXTRACT

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Feb 26

OPEN POWER: Electoral Reform Act of 2015 – Open Source Activist Tool Kit

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

UPDATE: Book is #8 in Civics category at Kindle, today, 26 Feb 2015.

This is my first Kindle book, published in conjunction with my briefing it to the Economics of Happiness Conference in Portland, Oregon on 28 February 2015. Below is the full description of the book. Amazon provides Look Inside including the Table of Contents.

Micah Sifry says it best in his new book, The Big Disconnect, when he outlines how all activists are as fragmented and ineffective today as they were in the 1960’s. — the two-party duopology and the 42 billionaires behind that two-party duopology have successfully “channeled” all activist groups — including MoveOn and IndependentVoting.org and the Libertarians and the Greens. Everyone is obsessed with “their” hashtag, “their” micro-issues. However well-intentioned they might be, the fact is that we are hanging separately for failure to come together on the ONE THING that we can both all support, and also win: #ElectoralReform.

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Feb 25

Michel Bauwens: P2P Theory Toward Society Reform – Transforming Civil Society, the Private Sector, and the State

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

This article aims to be a summary of the very basic orientation that I propose for social change.

I start from the classic division of human society in three basic aspects: civil society, the private sector, and the state.

1. The transformation of civil society

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Feb 25