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That time Benjamin Franklin tried (and failed) to electrocute a turkey

Enlarge / In December 1750, Benjamin Franklin theorized that electricity could be used to tenderize meat, and tried to electrocute a turkey to prove it. YouTube/HistoryPod In households across the U.S. today, people are busily preparing the traditional turkey for their Thanksgiving feast—usually in an oven, although more adventurous souls might risk personal injury and …

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3 Major Signs That Precede the Fall of World Reserve Currencies

</header> <strong>The story of reserve currencies is long and stretches far back into ancient times. As modern history shows, however, the average lifespan of fiat reserve assets is just around 100 years. This means that even the U.S. dollar’s period of dominance is probably nearing its end very soon, statistically speaking. But it’s not mere …

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Bitcoin History Part 16: The First Mt. Gox Hack

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>No one remembers the first Mt. Gox hack. It was a small sum, even by 2011’s standards, and the exchange reimbursed all users. The incident was to prove significant, however, for it set in motion a string of attacks on other bitcoin platforms that began the very next day. By the time …

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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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