Chanterculture the white supremist counterculture

“Trump performs for the Chanterculture a very similar function to the one he does for his political supporters: giving loud public voice to culturally unsafe (racist, xenophobic, hateful, choose your adjective) sentiments. He serves less as a real politician with policies and strategy than as the protagonist in a counter-narrative of American culture that sees the forces of modern identity-based liberalism on the verge of genuine acceptance and, it fears, domination. The difference on the internet is, Trump doesn’t need to say anything at all — the creators of the new Chanterculture will say it for him.”
“They claim to support him because he is against “immigration from culturally incompatible ethnic groups,” because “he doesn’t support political correctness,” because “[h]e’s not a good candidate for people who care about others, which I don’t. No lives matter.”

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Switzerland to vote on banning banks from creating money

Switzerland to vote on banning banks from creating money

Referendum on radical proposal to give central banks sole money creation power will be held after petition gains 110,000 signatures

90pc of all money in circulation in Switzerland is “electronic” 
Switzerland will hold a referendum to decide whether to ban commercial banks from creating money.
The Swiss federal government confirmed on Thursday that it would hold the plebiscite, after more than 110,000 people signed a petition calling for the central bank to be given sole power to create money in the financial system.
The campaign – led by the Swiss Sovereign Money movement and known as the Vollgeld initiative – is designed to limit financial speculation by requiring private banks to hold 100pc reserves against their deposits.
“Banks won’t be able to create money for themselves any more, they’ll only be able to lend money that they have from savers or other banks,” said the campaign group.
Under Switzerland’s direct democracy, a referendum can be held if a motion gains 100,000 signatures within 18 months of launching.
If successful, the sovereign money bill would give the Swiss National Bank a monopoly on physical and electronic money creation, “while the decision concerning how new money is introduced into the economy would reside with the government,” says Vollgeld.
The idea of limiting all money creation to central banks was first touted in the 1930s and supported by renowned US economist Irving Fischer as a way of preventing asset bubbles and curbing reckless lending.
In modern market economies, central banks control the creation of banknotes and coins but not the creation of all money, which occurs when a commercial bank offers a line of credit. Central banks aim to influence the money supply with monetary policy and regulatory tools.
The SNB was established in 1891, with exclusive power to mint coins and issue Swiss banknotes.
But over 90pc of money in circulation in Switzerland now exists in the form “electronic” cash created by private banks, rather than the central bank.
Members of the initiative committee for Monetary Reform (Vollgeld-Initiative) hand over boxes with more than 120.000 signatures at the Federal Chancellery in Bern, Switzerland
“Due to the emergence of electronic payment transactions, banks have regained the opportunity to create their own money,” said the Swiss Sovereign Money campaign.
“The decision taken by the people in 1891 has fallen into oblivion.”
Referenda on monetary matters are not new in Switzerland. Last year, the country voted by more than 78pc to reject a law calling for the central bank to increase its gold reserves from 7pc to 20pc.
Unlike the gold vote – which was seen as a precursor to re-introducing the Gold Standard in Switzerland – economists have been more supportive of the idea of “sovereign money” as a way to stabilise the economy and prevent excess credit growth.
Iceland – which saw its bloated banking system collapse in spectacular fashion in 2008 – has also touted an abolition of private money creation and an end to fractional reserve banking.
A date for the Swiss referendum has not been set.
Geneva is home to some of the world’s biggest investment banks.


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Climate talks chef Marc Veyrat fined for razing forest

Climate talks Bastard French chef Marc Veyrat fined for razing forest
A French chef hired to work at the Paris climate change talks has been fined for razing 7,000 sq metres (75,000 sq feet) of protected forest near his restaurant. Marc Veyrat illegally destroyed the trees near the La Maison des Bois (House of the Trees) in the Alps. The court in Annecy also heard Mr Veyrat ordered a large portion of protected wetlands to be dried up. He was one of five chefs picked to cook for world leaders at the Paris talks. He was ordered by the court to pay a fine of €100,000 (£73,000; $108,000) and to restore the wetlands within three months.

Luxury brands are targeting Chinese students in the United States

The mall sponsors Chinese student groups with roughly 45,000 members in what she called one of its most successful marketing plans.
Chinese shoppers account for 31 percent of the US$273 billion global personal luxury goods market, according to Bain and Co, and the United States is the biggest market outside of Asia.
It is not clear how much of overall luxury sales can be attributed to purchases by students, but some top brands clearly see the group as a financial force in its own right and as providing access to a much larger group of well-heeled shoppers — parents and family — making it an important new marketing channel.
Some 29 percent of high net-worth parents in China who send their children abroad for primary school and college choose US institutions, according to the Hurun Report, which publishes an annual list of China’s richest people.
business insider

Sen. Feinstein approves major cyber bill

Sen. Feinstein says this is “just the beginning” of her efforts to destroy the privacy of law-abiding citizens
Congress approves first major cyber bill in years
Major Silicon Valley players such as Apple, Twitter and Yelp all came out against the measure around the same time.
Numerous top tech firms and social media have indicated they will simply not participate in the information-sharing program set up under the bill.
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Any company that participates in this program should be drummed out
of business.
Lauren Weinstein

Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016 (5-14 Feb)

Here in Chennai, we are seeking to recover from
the recent rain and floods.
The NGO I direct (the World Storytelling Institute)
is attempting to help with a hopefully socially-
therapeutic storytelling process, as detailed below.
Best regards,
– Eric
Dear Chennai Storytelling Friends,
The World Storytelling Institute (based in Chennai)
is dedicating its activities over the next couple of
months to helping people of Chennai process and
come to terms with their experiences of the “Big
Rain of Nov/Dec 2015”.
Regarding personal-experience stories about
the “Big Rain” — we would show ways of, when
possible, re-framing tragic stories as heroic stories.
In tragic stories, characters are overcome by difficulties.
In heroic stories, characters overcome difficulties.
The resulting storytelling could celebrate peoples’
coping skills.
It is hoped that this kind of storytelling might be
fun, educational, and therapeutic.
One upcoming WSI event relating to the above is,
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2016 (5-14 Feb).
Two themes of the Festival this year are,
A) Storytelling relating to the Big Rain
of Nov/Dec 2015.
B) Storytelling for Communication
between cultures, between people, and
within people. Including topics such as —
Travel. Tourism. Translation. “Journey”
and “Path” as metaphors for life. Visiting
other lands and worlds. Discovery and
Exploration of the other, and of the self.

The Festival’s final 3 days (12-14 Feb) would
occur at Dr MGR-Janaki College.

The Festival Poster is at .

Column 2 concerns Workshops for College
Students on Fri 12 Feb.

Column 3 concerns Workshops for Adults
on Sat 13 and Sun 14 Feb.
As noted near the bottom of the Poster:
On the evening of Tues 9 Feb 2016 (India time),
we would facilitate a global videoconference-webcast
on Storytelling, with Chennai Storytelling Festival
2016 Guest Co-host Ms Ruth Stotter, .
Videoconference-webcast details would be on
as the date approaches.

This year the Festival is also dedicated to
training as many people as possible to be
able to lead Storytelling Workshops (so they
could conduct Storytelling Workshops both
via physical presence and via videoconference).

Towards this end, please see

Guidelines for leading a Workshop in
Basic Storytelling,

Storytelling Suggestions for Rainy Days,

Big Rain storytelling reminds me of the Vermont
Folklife Center’s wonderful “Weathering the Storm” program after the flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. The Story Circles were
beautifully conducted and the resulting CD is a model.

The FAA Aircraft Registry is already public and on the web

The FAA Aircraft Registry is already public and on the web
If you provide an aircraft ID (N number) as input you get information about the owner.  I own an aircraft and my name and address are  available to all via this registry if you know my aircraft N number (N4918Y for those who are interested) you can find my address.
There is nothing really new in making the same  information available about drone owners.  It is also my understanding that the NexGen (ADS-B) air traffic control system  requires each individual aircraft to broadcast its unique permanent ID.  This is  quite different from broadcasting a transponder code assigned for a  particular flight or the default visual flight rules code (1200).
Sidney Karin

Netflix vs. Caps vs. Neutrality vs. The Internet

Netflix vs. Caps vs. Neutrality vs. The Internet

Once again we have the issues of data caps and neutrality framed in the narrative of telecommunications.
Using Netflix, Hulu, etc. as examples — if a video provider places a cache at (or near) the head end of a cable system how could Comcast claim that they are consuming [sic] network resources when the providers are paying for the connectivity to their proximate caching server? We accept these measures because we accept a telecommunications narrative in which each conversation requires dedicated resources and that is simply not true for the
Internet. Arguing against caps saying that others might “steal Internet” [sic] only doubles down on the old narrative.
Also why are we upset with T-Mobile giving video a free ride? How does that differ from what cable companies do when they give their own content a free ride by dedicating much of the capacity of their cables to broadcast or Video on Demand. With FiOS the VoD goes over the very same IP connection as all other traffic — the only difference is that it doesn’t count against the bandwidth limit. You can see these when you place your own router before Verizon’s and see the additional traffic.
Another example of a physical metaphor is the idea of buying a cable box per television just like having a separate pair of copper wires for each phone number. Netflix and others simply limit the number of concurrent connects as a policy but those policies no longer have any relationship to the physical wires.
The Internet is a different concept and we use the telecommunications infrastructure as just another facility.
Rather than trying to address the conflicts within the telecommunications framework we need to look at the limits on our ability to programming around it. And we need to rethink the FCC’s policy assumption that there must be a for-profit telecommunications provider in middle of each connection. Perhaps
the so-called Internet-of-Things will force us to rethink these policies because things need a free-to-use infrastructure since they can’t negotiate for each connection.
Bob Frankston