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  1. Nov 2022
    1. “The prospect of utility independence and wholesale rates make fossil fuels far more compelling than grid-restricted renewables”

      Another sound(?) argument over pro-fossil-fuelness of BTC: grid independence of fuels!

    2. Rising demand helps fossil fuels, and falling demand helps renewable energy

      That is a valid argument that BTC is pro-fosil fuel.

    3. These people hear climate and energy keywords and are now just slapping it on their projects, in the hope that that’ll ward off criticism. Storage? Energy efficiency? Demand response? Yeah, that’s what this is! Why the hell not?

      Greenwashing is the problem.

    4. If zero emissions power is used, it’s a side-effect, not an effort to engage in climate action.

      That is the raw truth: no furl preference, just price driven.

    5. It ends up so weird and confused because it’s a community of explicitly anti-community, anti-government people clumsily feigning membership on a finite physical planet

      The same old atomistic mentality.

  2. May 2022
    1. The HRF design intends to operationalize entangled security (figure 8). It provides orchestration logic at ecoregional, nation-state, and local levels and is expected to vary  according to context. It comprises four main task groups: HRF support; planetary security; human security; and state security.

      These are umbrella categories that can allow for the classification of vast numbers of existing transition projects. With the use of disaggregated planetary boundaries, doughnut economics framework, Inner and Outer transformation, and Bend-the-Curve gamification, the impacts of each type of operation can be measured.

    2. A guiding principle will be to make the hyper-response as not only fun and enjoyable as possible but also meaningful via a vibrant grand narrative approach that connects the mission to conceptions of identity, values, and evolving worldviews.

      Gamification will play a critical role to tap into the human psychology that will encourage proactive action. Bend-the-Curve is the glocal game proposed as a way to mobilize ordinary citizens aggregate community scale response teams.

      As part of this gamification, a private Transform application within the public and open Indyweb can facilitate individual inner transformation, synchronize that to individual outer (behavior) transformation and synchronize that to collective inner and outer transformation at the respective community collective scale and finally aggregating all community impacts, to the global collective transformation scale. Built in data privacy of the Indyweb insures that everyone can contribute data to the aggregator in a completely anonymous way. All of this is designed to operationalize Donella Meadow's insight that inner transformation of worldviews, paradigms and value systems is the most powerful of all leverage points.

    3. For four years, an accelerated and intensive global effort will be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restore ecological stability. It will be “fast and furious” because it will involve startup action as well as implementation. It is focused on the remaining “low-hanging fruit” for fastest global reductions

      The Tipping Point Festival can introduce the Bend-the-Curve (BtC) gamification to engage as many cities, towns, rural communities and bioregions as possible. A 3 year research program to dis-aggregate planetary boundaries can allocate a fairshare of local biophysical targets each city, town, rural community and bioregion must aim to achieve if we as a civilization are to meet the 1.5 deg C target, as well as other Anthropocene and planetary boundary targets.

      Doughnut economic framework can be adopted immediately and educated across all communities to plant seeds of local change actor chapters who can start their own local doughnut economies and begin reshaping their local economy into circular bio WEconomies.

      When the dis-aggregated planetary boundary metrics are available, then each community can adopt and aim to bend their local curve, in order that we altogether bend the global curves back to a safe operating space.

      it may be questionable whether we are able to develop highly accurate targets, but even if we are close enough, the greater value is to allow citizens to have a tangible and compelling and measurable reason to work together, organize and mitigate our human impacts in a systematic way. In this way, we can expose the hyperthreat by breaking it down into digestable, identifiable pieces that are cognitively more accessible and can lodge into the salience landscape of the individuals of a community.

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  8. Nov 2017
    1. That's why the mainstream media's obsession a few years ago with unmasking Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin, was so silly

      Some of the obsession is certainly just the predictable nature of humans chasing drama and clickbait headlines. But there are essential differences here.

      First, whoever Satoshi is, he is thought to control about a million BTC-- approximately 5% of the total authorized and 6.25% of coins in circulation. What his plans are for those coins is very important to the market price. Imagine if 500k of his BTC were to be sold right now?

      Second, bitcoin, and crypto/blockchain in general, has potentially enormous implications for our global economy. It's entirely rational for us to want to know who was this person, or persons, and their connection to the state, the dark state or the anti-state. We want to understand their background, mindset and intentions so we can better understand the thing itself, why it was created and therefore what role it might play in a potentially larger chess game. It's entirely more important than pants, because it's more strategic than pants. It's also considerably more important than the knowing the discoverer of a natural phenomenon like fire, because natural phenomenon are there for anyone to discover. If we discovered that it was Russian state-sponsored hackers that invented Bitcoin, then it would be entirely different (maybe their goal is to undermine USD as a reserve currency) than knowing that it was a cabal of offshore gamers or just some average computer nerd who found it a fascinating problem and never wanted the limelight and didn't need the money.

      Third, the notion that there is a real, mortal person behind the coin is important to its long term disposition. If Vitalik Buterin were to die or take ill tomorrow, the price of ETH would plummet since he remains its chief architect and decision maker. It's an existential and very real (and probably underpriced) risk to that coin's economy. His decisions and his pronouncements heavily influence it's future and it's ongoing price. Bitcoin seems to lack that risk right now because its creator is in abstentia. But it also suffers because key issues of scaling and architecture are argued by groups which cannot come to consensus, resulting in forks that are attempting to solve them. However, his re-emergence would be a significant factor-- perhaps positive, perhaps negative-- on the long term outcome of bitcoin, other coins, and their overall economic value.

      So, yes, whether he really exists, and may emerge at some point in the future is very very important. And of course-- it's a question we may never know the answer to.