Monthly Archives: January 2016

This App Could be Using the Future’s (Decentralized) Internet

New apps pop up in Apple’s App Store every day, some with more fanfare than others. FireChat, a messaging app, showed up quietly. The free tool didn’t have big-name cachet or the kind of sexy hook that has propelled services like Whisper and Secret into Next Big Thing territory. If you download it now, there’s not a whole lot going on; it’s still new and underutilized. But FireChat, which was developed by peer-to-peer Internet sharing company Open Garden, is potentially one of the most important apps in the App Store: It could take the idea of a mesh net mainstream.

And what is a mesh net, exactly? A mesh network is an alternative to the Internet, based on connections that move from device to device. So for FireChat, if I download it and talk to someone in my area who also has the app, we can exchange messages without using data or going through a centralized network. Mesh networks create resilient communication channels because, like a chain of mesh, the small inter-device links create a hard-to-ruin connection.

Anyone with the know-how can set one up, and they can be configured to adjust automatically to the availability of bandwidth and other resources, so once a mesh net is up, it is very hard to destroy. In fact, a mesh network is basically as hard to murder as Voldemort. To shut down a mesh net, you need to shut down every single individual connecting point, just as Voldemort’s horcruxes kept him alive even when his main body was destroyed. Except mesh nets aren’t evil wizards, so we’re good.

Done right, a mesh net will be immune to firewalls and government Internet bans, something important to consider for countries with censored Internet like China and Egypt (and something that may be of special interest to people in Turkey after the Twitter ban debacle). They can also come in handy during emergencies, when Internet service goes out (in fact, an Australian organization created a mesh net called Serval specifically for this reason). They can also be cheaper than the regular Internet. Micha Benoliel, Open Garden’s CEO, believes establishing mesh nets is necessary to building better overall connectivity. “We need to create small Internets that can function on their own and [then] connect them to the big Internet,” he told Technology Review.

FireChat serves as an excellent prototype for mobile mesh networking tools. It allows users to communicate with people nearby without using the Internet or cell reception. FireChat creates new, highly localized networks using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that allow phones to connect to each other directly. This is called “multipeer connectivity.”

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Jason Stapleton interviews KrisAnne Hall | Ron Danielowski | LinkedIn

My old friend Jason Stapleton hosts a great interview with KrisAnne Hall, which seems to reinforce what Joseph Sobran and Lysander Spooner believed:

Now of course nobody in American politics, not even the most fanatical liberal, will admit openly that he doesn’t care what the Constitution says and isn’t going to let it interfere with his agenda. Everyone professes to respect it — even the Supreme Court. That’s the problem. The U.S. Constitution serves the same function as the British royal family: it offers a comforting symbol of tradition and continuity, thereby masking a radical change in the actual system of power.” – Joseph Sobran, How Tyranny Came to America

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” – Lysander Spooner, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

KrisAnne Hall does a solid job laying out the argument for decentralizing federal power and mentioning solid decentralized solutions, some of which (as she mentions), are already happening.

KrisAnne also does a good job illuminating pitfalls like the ConCon (Constitutional Conventions)  approach, and explains how the process expands the decision making process for change.

Of course, the decentralized approach appeals to all lovers of liberty who see the big picture of what’s to come.

Jason really deliver in “Beyond the Sound Bite,” it lives up to it’s name and worthy of your time.

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Source: Jason Stapleton interviews KrisAnne Hall | Ron Danielowski | LinkedIn

Nation’s Two Leading Socialists Meet at the White House, Conclude Everything Is Bush’s Fault – The Rush Limbaugh Show

RUSH: Now, while all this is going on, two of the leading socialists in America met at the White House today, Bernie Sanders and Barack Hussein O.  Now, I don’t know what the occasion was.  Do you know why Bernie went there?  There’s something not right about this. (interruption) Is that what it was?  Okay, so Obama praised Hillary, almost sounded like an endorsement.  Of course, ’cause did you hear what Hillary’s saying?  Folks, I’m here to tell you right now, there’s not gonna be an indictment on Hillary.  The FBI’s gonna have to revolt, because it isn’t gonna happen.

Source: Nation’s Two Leading Socialists Meet at the White House, Conclude Everything Is Bush’s Fault – The Rush Limbaugh Show

Meet KrisAnne Hall – an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups…

Anne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.

Source: Oregon Truth – KrisAnne Hall

Mayors: We’re More Scared of Terrorism Than Ever

With attacks in Chattanooga, San Bernardino and Philadelphia fresh in their minds, the concerns of mayors from Honolulu to New Orleans, Syracuse to Los Angeles show that the American anxiety about security extends well beyond hot rhetoric of the GOP debate stage and has hit home in the country’s largely Democratic City Halls. But as worried as they are, the mayors express frustration at the way Congress and a number of front-running presidential candidates, Donald Trump in particular, are making matters worse by exploiting populist fears about immigrants, sabotaging local efforts to engage directly with Muslim and other minority communities.

Source: Mayors: We’re More Scared of Terrorism Than Ever

World less free for 10th year, study shows

The Freedom in the World 2016 report found that there has been a “protracted democratic slump (that) represents a major break from the steady and at times spectacular gains registered from 1975 to 2000.”Over the last ten years, 105 countries have suffered declines in political rights and civil liberties — the measure of freedom used by Freedom House to compile its report — while 61 nations registered gains.

Source: World less free for 10th year, study shows

Ammon Bundy and Five Others Arrested, and 1 Is Killed, in Rural Oregon – The New York Times

Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed seizure of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, was arrested and one was person was killed Tuesday night in rural Oregon, the F.B.I. and the Oregon State Police said.Five other people, including Mr. Bundy’s brother Ryan Bundy, were arrested, the authorities said.

Source: Ammon Bundy and Five Others Arrested, and 1 Is Killed, in Rural Oregon – The New York Times

FBI Arrests Jihadist Said to Be Planning Milwaukee Masonic Temple Attack – ABC News

imagesA Milwaukee man faces federal charges after he allegedly purchased two machine guns from undercover agents as part of a plan to attack a Masonic temple.Court documents show federal prosecutors charged 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamzeh on Tuesday with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and unlawfully receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.According to an FBI affidavit, agents were tipped off in September that Hamzeh planned to travel to Israel in October to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens in the West Bank. He abandoned those plans due to “family, financial and logistic reasons,” the affidavit said, but refocused his efforts on a domestic attack.Hamzeh discussed his plans extensively with two FBI informants. The affidavit said the FBI started recording his conversations with the informants in October.Hamzeh and the two informants traveled to a gun range on Jan. 19 and practiced with a pistol. Afterward they took a tour of a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. The affidavit does not name the temple. Dean Puschnig, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Greg Haanstad, declined to identify it.

Source: FBI Arrests Milwaukee Man Said to Be Planning Temple Attack – ABC News