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From Spartacus to Satoshi: A Brief History of Economic Rebellion

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Government dominance of human beings via slavery and violent economic oppression is as old as government itself. For thousands and thousands of years kings and rulers, usually held to be “appointed by God,” have used free, non-violent individuals as their tax farm livestock to exploit for economic gain and political power. Without …

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From Booze to Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

</header> <strong>Stories continue to emerge about newly discovered illegal mining operations being busted by state and corporate authorities. Just last week Iranian media reported the seizure of 177 Bitcoin mining units worth over $270,000 being smuggled via truck in the Arak region. On July 31, Russia’s Kraskom power company reported illegal siphoning of power from …

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Astronomers believe the young Milky Way once swallowed a dwarf galaxy

Sponsored Links MARIANA SUAREZ via Getty Images Astronomers believe they’ve mapped an important sequence of events that shaped our galaxy 10 billion years ago. In a paper published in Nature Astronomy today, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) share their findings that a dwarf galaxy, Gaia-Enceladus, once collided and merged with the …

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Money and Democracy: Why You Never Get to Vote on the Most Important Part of Society

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>It’s very odd that citizens never get to vote or have any say in regard to society’s money, even though it’s one of the most important aspects of everyday life. In fact, in developed countries, most central banks are institutions that are privatized from political interference and history explains why.</strong> Also Read: …

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Flowery V20 Talk and Government Terror: Why Darknet Crime Is the Least of Our Worries

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Governments and central banking regulatory bodies continue to express concern about crypto being used for criminal purposes and terror. The terror campaigns of these very same governments continue unabated, however. In the wake of the V20 summit it might seem that lawmakers actually care about stopping darknet crime, money laundering, and other …

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NASA reopens Apollo mission control in time for Moon landing anniversary

Sponsored Links Johnson Space Center, Twitter The fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing is rapidly approaching, and NASA is determined to mark it in a fitting way: by restoring the hub of Apollo’s operations to its former glory. The agency has reopened Apollo mission control at the Johnson Space Center after a restoration …

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The Politicization of Money: Crypto as a Safeguard Against Economic Propaganda 

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Money has come a long way since its origins. From cowry shells to crypto, transferable, divisible, and economically sound means of exchange have been adopted by market actors everywhere. Modern history has brought us to a dangerous place, however, a cultural climate where politics and bad economics have co-opted monetary utility in …

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A tale of lost WW2 uranium cubes shows why Germany’s nuclear program failed

Enlarge / This is one of the 664 uranium cubes from the failed nuclear reactor that German scientists tried to build in Haigerloch during World War II. John T. Consoli/University of Maryland When University of Maryland physicist Timothy Koeth received a mysterious heavy metal cube from a friend as a birthday gift several years ago, …

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Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”>Browsers of the world, unite!</div><div class=”caption-credit”><a rel=”nofollow” class=”caption-link” href=”http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/the-web/20/388/2224″>Photograph by Computer History Museum</a></div></figcaption> </figure> <div class=”article-intro”><strong>Update</strong>: It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. 2019 marks <a href=”https://home.cern/science/computing/birth-web”>30 years since Tim Berners-Lee worked at CERN</a> and came up with a little idea known as …

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No, someone hasn’t cracked the code of the mysterious Voynich manuscript

Enlarge / Composed circa 1420, the 240-page Voynich manuscript is considered by scholars to be the most interesting and mysterious document ever found. Photo12/UIG/Getty Images The Voynich manuscript is a famous medieval text written in a mysterious language that so far has proven to be undecipherable. Now, Gerard Cheshire, a University of Bristol academic, has announced …

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