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Use Bitcoin, Boycott Pierre Omidyar's PayPal

Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson
Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson, photo by Pierre Omidyar

Summary: Why we need to divert support (e.g. monetary means) towards those who challenge the status quo, where the gap between rich and poor is wide and rapidly widening

RECENTLY, the FSF's President [1] and OSI's President [2] both made it into the press in relation to Bitcoin. which some associate with FOSS [3]. "BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin," says one recent headline [4]. Bitcoin generally helps us bypass the international banking cartel, which may seemingly be working in a state of competition but is actually a self-sustaining monster which is very political. It censors, it incriminates, and it also buys (almost literally) our politicians.

"Public figures we now have about unemployment are quite bogus and very deceiving at best."Over the past month we've accumulated many examples of economic injustices that are reinforced by banks. We hope to show that a better world is possible once the Big Banks are off their high horse.

Here in the UK, poverty is becoming a real issue, as confirmed by a new report [5]. Great Britain is better known for its billionaires, not for those whom the media ignores. The UK is making it harder for the unemployed to even get housing [6]. Philanthropy is for the most part a publicity stunt [7] and unlike in France, where a 'millionaire's tax' has been passed [8], here in Britain we're forced to compete with the millionaires and billionaires (who evade tax) using alternative paradigms and business models [9], It's not looking too good [10] because hatred/xenophobia [11] (e.g. blaming immigrants baselessly [12]) and general fear [13] become new tools of distraction (fearing the poor and other races/nationalities, ignoring the real issue which the UK's immigration minister speaks of [14]). People are dying because of these policies [15-18] and the delusion of dependence on oligarchs continues to distract everyone from the real villains [19-20]. Our fundamental services in the economy (e.g. post office and healthcare, like the rail system) are being privatised to create more new oligarchs, essentially stealing what is public. The situation seems to be worse in the UK than in the rest of the EU, where money is at least trickling down from the government to people, at least sometimes [21]; this is one thing that oligarchs would not do. Banks in Europe don't get the levels of bailout they get in the UK [22], so it's clear that the City of London (financial centre) still dominates British politics (British MPs just got a serious pay rise [23]). Greece is another sad story [24] and it helps show why austerity would be a horrible deal for the UK [25].

In the US, like in the UK, many people are on zero-hours contracts [26], so even those who are considered "employed" are not really properly employed (that's 10% of so of the British population). Public figures we now have about unemployment are quite bogus and very deceiving at best.

"...people who act as intellectuals are deprived and marginalised unless they play ball for the plutocrats."Looking at the United States, which by some criteria is the only Western country to have a wider economic disparity than the UK, there is another round of war on the poor [27-28], to the point where simple illnesses kill the poor [29] (eliminating them). There are signs of hope in New York [30] and Seattle [31] because of new elected officials, but overall the picture is grim because of homelessness and corruption [32-33] (Wall Street in particular plays a role, creating a "crisis" [34-35] to justify cuts). There are far better ways for dealing with the situation [36-37], but since these would not serve the oligarchs, nothing is going to change for the better. Oligarchs don't like democracy [38-40]; it's a threat to them. Oligarchs are doing incredibly well for themselves [41-43] (sometimes at the expense of taxpayers [44-48]), whereas others risk going hungry [49] or even dead [50-52]. Many workers are treated like cattle [53-55] and it is making more people furious, leading some to action [56-58] like marches [59].

The problem can be seen in other English-speaking countries. In Australia, for example, the headline "Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise" [60] recently received a lot of attention. It sure seems like the oligarchs at the top just keep hoarding more and more, giving back nothing at all to those below them, even when their business is doing well [61-62] (owing to the actual work of those at the bottom). In universities it is exceedingly easy to see economic injustice [63-65]; people who act as intellectuals are deprived and marginalised unless they play ball for the plutocrats.

"In prior years Assange helped expose tax evaders (with help from Elmer) and he continues to possess copies of documents that can destroy corrupt banks"At the end of the day there's room for hope. And why? Because activism on the Internet is proving to be effective. WikiLeaks recently exposed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists [66-67]. making it clear why plutocrats (especially in the UK these days [68-69]) want Julian Assange killed [70]. He created a tool of effective resistance and he is its main maintainer and public faces. In prior years Assange helped expose tax evaders (with help from Elmer) and he continues to possess copies of documents that can destroy corrupt banks. Sarah Harrison, the British girlfriend [71] of Assange (who is Australian), recently explained why Pierre Omidyar is part of the banking cartel [72-73] and therefore must not be trusted, especially with his media ventures [74]. He used economic embargo against Wikileaks before he started spinning the story [75] (Wikileaks is already being maligned by the same institutions [76]).

We need to use Bitcoin, not PayPal. And we need to remember what the likes of Omidyar think of people like Edward Snowden, who are made enemies of the state because oligarchs (like Omidyar), make it so [77-78].

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  4. BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin
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  5. Report reveals the new face of UK poverty
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  6. Buy-to-let property supremo shuts door on housing benefit tenants

  7. The Front Man: Bono (In the Name of Power) by Harry Browne

  8. France passes 75% 'millionaire's tax'

  9. The food co-op where shoppers are happy to work
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  10. Which will be the big economies in 15 years? It's not a done deal
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  11. Britons ready to welcome migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, poll finds

  12. Government delays EU immigration report because it is too positive

    A review into the impact of EU migration on Britain has been delayed because the Government feared it was too positive.

    The latest part of Whitehall’s Balance of Competences study, which looked specifically at freedom of movement, had been due to be released yesterday. But, according to reports, it has now been shelved until next year because Theresa May, the Home Secretary, takes issues with its findings.
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  14. Pay better wages, minister tells Domino's Pizza boss
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  15. Ministers scrap €£20m scheme to keep elderly warm

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  17. Suppressed report: welfare reform link to homelessness and food bank use
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  18. Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts

    Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.

    In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.

    A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.

  19. Brainwashed by the cult of the super-rich
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  20. The One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue!
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  22. Europeans trying to complete deal on bad banks
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  23. MPs set to receive 11% pay rise
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  24. Greece's million unpaid workers
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  25. Autumn Statement: Osborne to give upbeat forecast
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    And there will be an extra €£1bn of cuts from the budgets of government departments for each of the next three years.

  26. Zero-hours contracts: 5.5m Britons 'are on deals offering little guaranteed work'

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  27. US economy losing 'up to a $1bn a week' after jobless benefits cut
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  28. North Carolina Shows How to Crush the Unemployed
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  29. Guy Gets Sick, Spends Few Hours in Hospital Then This Happens....

  30. Mayor Bill de Blasio challenges New York's millionaires with higher taxes
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  43. HP gives CEO a $1.5m pay rise amid worldwide layoffs
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  44. Meet Nicholas Moore, America's Highest Paid Road Worker
    Macquarie Group Limited is a publicly traded banking, financial, advisory, investment, and fund management services headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In the United States, it has pushed for the privatization of public infrastructure and assets and operates major toll roads including Chicago's Skyway, Indiana's Toll Road, and the Dulles Greenway in Virginia, where area residents complain that higher tolls are pushing traffic into residential areas. The firm also owns a stake in Acquarion, a private, for-profit water service provider in New England, and is a major investor in K12 Inc., a for-profit provider of poorly performing "cyberschools." K12 Inc. receives 86% of its revenue from taxpayers.

    U.S. taxpayers and toll payers contribute to making Moore "America's Highest Paid Road Worker." Moore made $8.8 million in compensation in fiscal year 2013, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek . Macquarie's top executives are also well compensated making an estimated $53 million in combined compensation in fiscal year 2013. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, Macquarie reported $6.7 billion in revenue (this amount converted from Australian to U.S. dollars).

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  53. Get a clue, McDonald’s: Chain tells workers how much to tip their pool cleaners, dog walkers, and masseuses
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  55. Sen. Warren and 6 others introduce bill barring employers from rejecting job seekers for bad credit
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  56. Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World
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  57. The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
  58. David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'
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  59. So the march is on. Fifteen years after Granny D started her…
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  60. Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise

  61. CEOs with Platinum Plated Pensions Want to Raise Social Security Eligibility to 70
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  62. Washington Post: The Problem With Populism
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  63. Elderly Adjunct College Professor Dies in Poverty
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  64. At Some Other Berkeley
    At UC Berkeley, the California public university system’s flagship campus, on November 20, 2009, in the early morning hours, dozens of students occupied and barricaded themselves inside Wheeler Hall, a beautiful neoclassical building at the center of campus that hosts more classes than any other campus building. Throughout the day, thousands of students, faculty, and campus workers massed outside Wheeler to support the students holed up inside.


    While the student movement at Berkeley, with some notable exceptions, struggled to build on the 2009 mobilization the following year after administration repression, the resonance of anti-tuition hike struggles in California in 2011 with the national Occupy movement led to an explosion of protest activities throughout the state university system that fall. Berkeley was no exception. What began as a decently-attended protest on November 9 ballooned into a major standoff with off-campus police called in to respond to the erection of tents on the grassy knoll adjacent to the “Mario Savio Steps” on historic Sproul Plaza. Hundreds of students linked arms to nonviolently prevent the tents from being taken down by external riot police and withstood police brutality in return.

    In one widely-circulated video, a female student and faculty member are seen being grabbed by their hair and thrown to the ground while nearby students scream in pain as they are jabbed in the abdomen with batons. Berkeley Professor and former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass and his wife and fellow faculty member Professor Brenda Hillman also suffered police violence as they stood with students. Graduate student organizers sustained broken ribs, sprained wrists, and badly bruised torsos; some have reported longer-lasting psychological trauma.

  65. Protest over free education for all Quebec children ends peacefully
    On International Human Rights Day, protesters occupied the offices of Quebec’s Education Minister for several hours on Tuesday in order to raise awareness of the plight of non-status children in Quebec.

  66. WikiLeaks Reveals One Company's Silly Strategy to Silence Anti-Keystone Activists
    A corporate presentation made public by WikiLeaks reveals exactly how the energy industry sees pesky climate activists: as a bunch of “radicals,” “realists,” “idealists, and “opportunists.” Also, as a real threat, judging from evidence that Canadian energy giant Suncor hired the consulting firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, to help it nip populist opposition to development Alberta, Canada’s vast oil reserves—which depends on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline—in the bud. (Suncor told InsideClimate News that it never hired Stratfor, but its name comes up 11 times in this 35-page presentation, embedded below.)

  67. Wikileaks reveals failed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists
    The presentation was prepared by Stratfor, a global intelligence firm based in Texas, for what appears to be Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest oil sands producer. (While Suncor denies ever having commissioned or seen the presentation, the company’s name is mentioned a total of 11 times throughout.) It breaks down nearly two dozen environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation,World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, into four basic categories: radicals, idealists , realists and opportunities and then sets out potential strategies for dealing with each, such as intentionally delaying negotiations or, as is proposed in this slide, ignoring them...

  68. Ecuador president Rafael Correa: 'Britain is violating Julian Assange's human rights'
  69. No charges ever pressed: Assange marks three years of UK detention

  70. The Drone That Takes Out Julian Assange
    While it might be a stretch to imagine that Julian Assange is on Barack Obama's infamous kill list- there is a overt trend to brand journalists as terrorists. If the objective behind this trend is successful, it might grant Michael Grunwald his sadistic wish after all. For example, this week it was revealed that British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.

  71. A very middle class enemy of the State: How DID an ex-pupil of €£30k-a-year Sevenoaks School in Kent end up in exile in Berlin... clutching a laptop of UK state secrets... via a 'romance' with Julian Assange?

  72. WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison: 'How can you take Pierre Omidyar seriously?'
    WikiLeaks staffer who accompanied Edward Snowden to Russia, attacks the eBay founder for not helping the 'PayPal 14'

  73. Pierre Omidyar in 2009: “Anybody who publishes stolen info should help catch the thief”

  74. Pierre Omidyar's Leaky Struggle to Become a Press Freedom Fighter
  75. WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age
    The story started in December, 2010, when PayPal suspended its relationship with WikiLeaks and the foundation accepting donations on their behalf for a period of several months. Today, PayPal can be found as one of several payment options available to support WikiLeaks' work.

  76. Wikileaks movie 'The Fifth Estate' named 2013's biggest box office flop by Forbes

  77. Government whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden: Don't come home

  78. Voice of Russia radio interview about spies, oversight, whistleblowers, and Snowden.

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Possibly Worse Than Bribes: US Politicians and Lawmakers Who Are Microsoft Shareholders
They will keep bailing out Microsoft to bail themselves out
The Software Freedom Conservancy Folks Don't Even Believe in Free Speech and They Act As Imposters (Also in the Trademark Arena/Sense)
Software Freedom Conservancy was already establishing a reputation for itself as a G(I)AFAM censor/gatekeeper
Djibouti Enters the Windows "10% Club" (Windows Was 99% in 2010)
In Africa in general Microsoft lost control
GNU/Linux Share Doubled in the United States of America (USA) in the Past 12 Months
Or so says statCounter
Even in North Korea (Democratic People's Republic Of Korea) Google Said to Dominate, Microsoft Around 1%
Google at 93.26%
[Meme] The Red Bait (Embrace... Extinguish)
They set centos on fire, then offer a (de facto) proprietary substitute for a fee
Shooting the Messenger to Spite the Message
segment of a Noam Chomsky talk
[Video] Boston Area Assange Defense (Yesterday)
It was published only hours ago
Guinea: Windows Down From 99.3% to 2.7% 'Market Share'
Guinea is not a small country
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 15, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, July 15, 2024
What's Meant by "Antenna Abuse" (Gemini)
syndication is not a monopoly in Gemini and if one doesn't condone political censorship, then one can create one's own syndication service/capsule
Microsoft Layoffs and Entire Unit Termination: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
What an announcement to make just before Independence Day
Links 16/07/2024: Old Computer Challenge and One Page Dungeon Contest
Links for the day
Microsoft Falls Further and Closer Towards 10% (Windows "Market Share") in Kuwait
more countries entering the "single-digit Windows" (under 10%) club
Gemini Links 15/07/2024: Antenna's Pro-Hamas Bias Revisited and Old Computer Challenge
Links for the day
[Video] Julian Assange, Over One Decade Ago, Cautioning About What the Internet Had Truly Become
video is not new
Homage to Malta
Malta is probably easy for Microsoft to bribe
IRC at 16
Logging has been used for us and against us
In Malta, Android/Linux Has Overtaken Microsoft Windows (According to statCounter)
statCounter milestone?
Links 15/07/2024: China’s Economic Problems, Boeing Under Fire
Links for the day
500 Days' Uptime Very Soon
Good luck doing that with Windows...
Windows Falls Below 20% in Tunisia
A month ago we wrote about GNU/Linux in Tunisia
Links 15/07/2024: Google Wants Wiz and Why "Sports Ruin Everything"
Links for the day
Gemini Links 15/07/2024: Old Computer Challenge and Sending Files via NNCP
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, July 14, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, July 14, 2024