July 30, 2011 at 11:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What does it mean to be free?

Imagine you decide to take a road to a particular destination. You are perfectly free to travel along this road. No one is forcing you to go or not to go, it’s totally up to you.

Does this mean you are really “free”?

Let’s say a friend points out an additional road – a road that you didn’t even know about before. The new road could be more scenic, it could be an unknown shortcut to your destination, or it may lead to a different destination entirely. The person now has more choice and now becomes freer than he did before.

Freedom is more than just the lack of tyranny. True freedom involves freedom of choice. One thing that we can do to increase or freedom is to work on our perceptions. IE, if we can concentrate on generating alternatives instead of just choosing between them, we will be in a freer position to choose. But this requires us to perceive the world in more than one way (not just in the way that everyone thinks is “reality”).


wall street

July 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get ready guys, August 2nd is 8 days away and wall street is bracing for a possible downgrade of US bonds. If there is a loss of confidence in government debt, interest rates will skyrocket and investors will need more collateral. If they can’t, then THEY default. Also, although most people don’t realize this, most trades are done automatically by computers using learning algorithms. The problem with this is that you can get a cascade-type of effect where selling begets selling and market crashes occur.

Gold, silver, commodities, and bitcoins should hold up well in the event of a market crash, at least in theory.

Anonymous hackers

July 17, 2011 at 8:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More news from the underground. . .

Hacker group “Anonymous” just busted into florida’s voting database and got the pollsters usernames, accounts, and passwords. Also voting records. Here:

These voting machine things aren’t very secure. Not only thats, these things have probably already been hacked before, only we didn’t know it (in my opinion. . .). If Anonymous can get into these things, how secure is our democracy anyway?

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