Sepp Hasslberger: End of Servers II – Future of the Internet

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

They have been working on it for years and it seems ready to go now. I believe that the SAFE network could be our chance of re-making the internet from the bottom up, using our own resources instead of centralised servers for our data and our communications.

Project SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) aims to create a decentralized and secure Internet 2.0 (here is a whitepaper). The SAFE Network is a secure and fully decentralized data management service. The network is made up from the unused computer resources provided by the network users.

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Jan 24

Jean Lievins: Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

As the U.S. turns to renewable energy, the question remains: who will benefit? 

Among those concerned with the United States’ energy future—including, increasingly, the utility companies themselves—the business model known as “Utility 2.0″ appears as a beacon of hope. Utility 2.0 addresses the concerns of both energy watchdogs and conventional electricity utilities by offering the latter financial incentives to adopt greener, more flexible infrastructure. But while this new paradigm presents solutions to many of the problems associated with centralized, fossil fuel-reliant power grids, some argue that it does not go far enough.

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Jan 22

Justin Raimondo: In the Absence of Leaders with Integrity — Charlie Hebdo as War-Mongering

Justin Raimondo

Justin Raimondo

The Uses of Charlie Hebdo

This isn’t about free speech – it’s about war

As the great libertarian writer and editor Garet Garrett put it some sixty years ago: “No doubt the people know they can have their Republic back if they want it enough to fight for it and pay the price. The only point is that no leader has yet appeared with the courage to make them choose.”

The American conundrum, and that of the movement for peace and the restoration of the Constitution, is a crisis of leadership. The country yearns for it, cries out for it – and may yet be rewarded for its patience.

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Jan 17

CounterPunch: 99% Screwed Front and Back

counterpunch goodDown the Plughole
40 Years of Economic Policy in One Chart

Once wages detached from productivity, the rich progressively got richer. They used their wealth to reduce taxes on capital, role back critical regulations, break up the unions, install their own lapdog politicians, push through trade agreements that pitted US workers against low-paid labor in the developing world, and induce their shady Central Bank buddies to keep interest rates locked below the rate of inflation so they could cream hefty profits off gigantic asset bubbles.

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Jan 16