The Weekly Sedition

Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:50 AM

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor
  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

From the Space for All Foundation — $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest

Filed under: Politics, Science, Technology — mikewb1971 @ 6:35 PM

Subject: $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:25:04 -0700
From: BM-2cX6yauJFsr8ueVDUjNNK4qi6ADrnn1HRQ@bitmessage.ch
To: SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Dear Fellow Libertarian:

Let me take a moment to thank you for all the hard work that you do on behalf of liberty. Unfortunately there is far too much work and too little appreciation! Can I ask a favor? Would you please send the following out to any appropriate lists?

We are a small group of libertarians developing an organization to promote private space travel.

Pie in the sky?

Perhaps. We would really appreciate you letting people know about this contest.

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation


Space for All Foundation Essay Contest

Two Levels and eligibility:

Level I: 4th – 9th Graders
Level II: 10th Grade – College Undergraduates

Entry Deadline: October 30, 2014.

Grand Prize for each level is $1000 in Bitcoins.

There will be one prize (Grand Prize) awarded for each level.

Prizes will be announced by December 20, 2014.

Assume the following:

  1. We are limited to our solar system. No Faster Then Light travel. No wormhole technologies. No time travel. No alternate dimension travel.
  2. We would like the essays to focus on the next 20 years.

Topics for Level I

  1. Why are private space travel and exploration more important then government controlled efforts?
  2. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?

Topics for Level II

  1. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?
  2. How would society change with common place private space travel and exploration?

Judging

The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the societal implications of the topics. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are founding members of the Space for All Foundation and the essays will be judged in a manner to ensure the anonymity of our participants. The Space for All Foundation checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

Rules

No application is required. The Contest is open to students worldwide. Entrant must be a 4th-9th Grader for Level I and a 10th grade to college undergraduate for Level II. To avoid disqualification the email with the essay must include the following information:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your e-mail address.
  3. The name, address and telephone number of your school; (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  4. Your current grade level.
  5. Topic selected (#1 or #2 from list above).

Level I

  • Essay must be no fewer than 450 and no more than 1,500 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

Level II

  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

To Enter

  • Please do not submit duplicate essays!
  • If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming our receipt.
  • If you have not received an e-mail notification within 48 hours, please e-mail SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch and ask for confirmation.

Comments or Questions

Comments or questions about the essay contests are welcome. Please write to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation
http://3ayspace4uiyivsz.onion (Requires Tor Browser to see the site)

Home of the Space Lottery


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.5
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Saturday, 9 November 2013

The Old “Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer” Scare is Back

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:20 AM

Recently I came across this article on my Facebook feed – Cell Phones Frying Kids Brains

Back in 2008 in the first class of my Intro to Biophotonics course, we calculated the amount of energy it would take for the signal from a cell phone to cause tissue damage.

  1. It generally takes about 8 electron volts (eV) to break a covalent molecular bond (most bonds in the human body are the covalent kind).
  2. The wavelength of a typical cell phone signal is about 1 cm.
  3. Plugging that wavelength into the equation E=(hc)/(λ)

    where

    E is energy
    h is the Planck constant, measured in electron volt seconds (eV*s)
    c is speed of light, measured in meters per second (m/s)
    λ is wavelength, measured in meters (m)

    E = ((4.14×10-15 eV*s)(2.99792458×108 m/s))/(1×10-2 m) = 1.242×10-4 eV

  4. Compare the two

    (8 eV) / (1.242×10-4 eV) = 64412.24

Thus you would need to have 64413 cell phones next to your head to get brain cancer from that type of signal.


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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Why Sacrifice to Gaia via Recycling?

Filed under: Politics, Science — Tags: , , — weeklysedition @ 5:23 PM

Current mood: annoyed

I recently received this email from the administration via MyCNM

To be in line with CNM’s goal to become more environmentally friendly, the CNM Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office will phase out paper letters and will begin sending e-mail correspondence.  Please check your myCNM account for information from our office.

Sorry, folks, I’m not willing to join the cult of Gaia, nor pay homage to it just on their say-so. When given a choice, I don’t recycle. If the proponents of the practice truly want people in general to adopt it, then they should make it so everyone involved profits from the deal, as opposed to us simply giving our empty bottles, cans and outdated newspapers away upon demand.

See here for the other side of recycling, or here. If you want it in a more colorful fashion, here’s the relevant episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Oh, My Poor Aching Planet!

Filed under: Humor, Philosophy, Politics, Science — Tags: , , — weeklysedition @ 3:18 AM

Oh, My Poor Aching Planet!

by Mike Blessing [gunssavelives@comcast.net]

For years now, libertarians have been called “corporate dupes” (among other names) for not jumping onto the “environmental” (read eco-fascist) bandwagon. The Watermelons make it sound like we spend one weekend a month kicking over 55-gallon drums full of toxic waste in old-growth forests.

Sorry to pop your bullshit bubble, Watermelons, but I have better things to do than throw trash randomly about on the ground.

I have no problems with those who choose the “Green lifestyle” on a voluntary basis. Who knows — in their quest to reduce their “carbon footprints” and “heal Mother Earth,” they might come across afew ways for the rest of us to save a few FRNs on our energy bills. They might be getting a helping hand from the X-Prize Foundation — the Automotive X PRIZE is offering prizes for teams that build cars that can get 100 miles per gallon of gasoline and be mass-producable.

The problem with most of these advocates of permaculture, “simple living” and such that I’ve come across is that where politics and the law are concerned, they tend to be Watermelons to varying degrees. If “living Green” is your thing, by all means, go for it. My complaint is that so many of the people advocating the “Green life” have the perverse desire to force that lifestyle upon everyone else using legislation, court decisions and executive-branch regulations.

The funniest aspect of this is the Green desire to “protect Mother Earth,”to “relieve Her suffering” — if this isn’t a religion, what is? But still — what does that say about people who worship a Goddess who’s allegedly getting Her ass kicked by mere mortal humans?

And that is exactly what the Greens are alleging — “If we don’t take action,” (meaning that the policies they advocate aren’t enacted into law) “there won’t be an Earth for your kids and grandkids to live on.” I’ve heard that numerous times from various eco-fascist types.

Give me a break.

What the dirt-worshippers don’t realize (some of them work really hard at not realizing this!) is that socialism never works. It hasn’t worked yet, and it never will work. The harder its proponents try to make it work (more laws, more taxes, more regulations, piled on top of the crap of the past), the worse they make things for everyone else. There are places in the former Soviet Union that make American Superfund sites like Love Canal and Times Beach look like a cleanroom at a semiconductor plant. See Troubled Lands: The Legacy of Soviet Environmental Destruction for more.

And if the damage done by socialist-minded humans wasn’t bad enough, we would do well to remember that these clowns are pikers in comparison to good ol’ Gaia. When it comes to dealing out death and destruction, face it, Mother Earth is a mean, coldhearted bitch. While two-legged pieces of shit such as Mao, Stalin and Hitler (listed in order of body count) have killed millions in their tenures, they never came close to wiping out the human species in the manner of the Lake Toba supervolcano eruption about 75,000 years ago — that one is thought to have reduced the human population to 2,000 — 10,000 people. Percentage-wise, that’s significantly nastier than all of the dictators in human history put together. See R.J. Rummel’s Power Kills site for the details.

If the Greens truly wanted to wean humanity off of the fossil fuel teat, (YES, I’m including natural gas here — it’s still a hydrocarbon, and as such, it still yields carbon dioxide and water vapor after combustion), they would embrace nuclear fission. Uranium-235 can provide about a million times as much energy per unit mass as than petroleum oil, and has a far better overall safety record than fossil fuels.

For those of you who are into fusion power as a way to power the world, check out what Dr. Robert Bussard has working on lately. (This is the same guy who developed the concept of the Bussard ramjet.)

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Mike Blessing has been promoting libertarian positions and philosophy for ten years since moving to New Mexico in 1994, and is Executive Heretic for KCUF Media


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