Fear the rise of info-monopolies over America

Summary: New giant info-monopolies arise and feel their strength. Here are tales of that new era in America (unlike Europe, which is already moving to control them), and guesses about how it will end. A tale of our time: the info giants trod boldly. We have seen this on TV. You wake up to a … Continue reading Fear the rise of info-monopolies over America

The online bubble is bursting. Ask why this keeps happening to us.

Summary; Slowly people begin to see that the third investment bubble has begin to burst, as in the report below about ad-supported online industries. It's too soon to see the scale of the bubble, or do more than guess at the consequences. But we can understand these bubbles, why they repeat, and make it the … Continue reading The online bubble is bursting. Ask why this keeps happening to us.

Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet

Summary:  Next in this series looking the Saudi Princes' attempts to cope with the 21st century, we share Stratfor's analysis of how the Princes and Iran's mullahs (aka ruhani) are responding to their irresistible common enemy -- the internet, and especially social media. "Information wants to be free"" --- Stewart Brand told Steve Wozniak at … Continue reading Stratfor: Iran’s mullahs and the Saudi Princes fight to control the internet

Finding truth amidst the lies about Russia & the Ukrainian civil war

Summary: Today we look at off-road sources of information about the world (especially wars), used by those who seek more than the polished narrow narratives of the western news media. What do we seek? Are we gathering information, or finding only new sources of propaganda? Answers and advice follow, using examples from the Ukraine Civil … Continue reading Finding truth amidst the lies about Russia & the Ukrainian civil war

Bitcoin, the deep web, & the big conflicts of the 21st C

Summary:  The e-conflicts have begun with the development of e-currencies, e-markets, and even e-wars. History tells us that people often don't see the major trends of their time, either lacking perspective or distracted by more cool but less important phenomena. So it is today, as bitcoin gets the most attention while dark e-markets change the … Continue reading Bitcoin, the deep web, & the big conflicts of the 21st C