There was no mention of Bitcoin in Facebook’s announcement about Libra, the company’s forthcoming digital currency, or the white paper explaining how it will work. However, it was cited in the accompanying technical documents as both a reference point and an example of what Libra will not be.
At the recent Mobile World Congress, 5G was all the rage. The Economist described the next generation of mobile networks as something that will “offer users no less than the perception of infinite capacity.” The rollout of 5G is expected to enable and widely disseminate technologies, such as: the Internet of Things, self-driving cars, autonomous drones, and Star Wars-inspired hologram phones. What was considered science-fiction just a decade ago is currently being prototyped, tested, and piloted. A $1 billion investment in a New Mexico “ghost town”speaks for itself. And, as we enter the era of 5G, the formerly futuristic gadgets might just become commonplace.
Land grab Governments may be big backers of the blockchain
An anti-establishment technology faces an ironic turn of fortune
IN THE hills overlooking Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, sits a nondescript building housing rows of humming computer servers. The data centre, operated by the BitFury Group, a technology company, was built to “mine” (cryptographically generate) bitcoin, the digital currency. But now it also uses the technology underlying bitcoin, called the “blockchain”, to help secure Georgian government records. Experts are eyeing the experiment for proof of whether blockchain technology could alter the infrastructure of government everywhere.
While the blockchain originally sought a foothold in financial services, and digital currencies attracted early attention from investors, now interest in using the technology in the public sector is growing. Brian Forde, a blockchain expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that governments will drive its adoption—an ironic twist for something that began as a libertarian counter model to centralised authority. Backers say it can be used for land registries, identity-management systems, health-care records and even elections.
I attended this county board meeting and was told open public comment was yesterday, not today.
So I remained and commented during each agenda item and worked my information into the record – archived.
Keep in mind I know the County is Incorporated and does not serve the people. The function of the boards are to appear to conduct local business, however, they are merely allowing UN policies to roll into place without the people learning the facts. I understand we are USA, Inc. and EARTH, Inc. and the illusion of government for and by the people is to merely to keep the herd from rebelling.
Therefore, I know public comments amount to nothing and are merely tolerated by the corporate governing bodies.
These meetings are DELPHI Meetings whereby the agendas and plans have already been approved.
The agenda item below, as copied from the county website, is followed by what I witnessed at the meeting.
5. Russian River Total Maximum Daily Load Action Plan Comments 2019-0986
Authorize the Chair to sign and submit comments approved by the On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Ad Hoc to the Regional Water Quality Control Board related to the 2019 Draft Staff Report and Draft Action Plan for the Russian River Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by the June 24, 2019 deadline.
Department or Agency Name(s): County Administrator and Permit and Resource Management
The section above is the agenda item that is referred to in my discussion as follows:
The board discussed the “big financial hammer” that was going to come down upon 49,000 parcels that are on septic systems. The board noted and at times even laughed at the idea that many of these people will be coming in with pitch forks. These unsuspecting property owners whose properties are located within 600 feet of the Russian River water bodies have no idea what the North Coast Regulatory Water Control Board has in store with fees and inspections and implementing a costly monitoring plan. (this river area flows along part of Bohemian Grove in Northern California)
The board said these plans will be “phased in slowly” and bring people into compliance to the new requirements from the State of California.
One of the city staffers, Nathan, said “the public has a right to know a big hammer is coming towards them.”
They spoke about providing maps, but also said individual property owners could enter in their property parcel number and find out if they are in the targeted area. Certainly, by each owner checking separately the community may not learn of the LARGE number of parcels ready to be monitored and assessed fees. It is also possible that many properties will NOT be in compliance and NOT be able to meet the new requirements. What then?
I asked where we could get a copy of the new state regulations, NOW. I was told by Supervisor James Gore go online – go to the North Coast Regulatory Water Control Board (TMDL) Originally there were 70,000 parcels facing these undisclosed septic regulations, and only 49,000 parcels have been already identified. ALREADY! Neither he property owners or occupants know what’s coming.
I told the Board this was a sneak attack upon people in the Russian River area who have just incurred massive damage from recent floods impacting thousand of homes. I said insurance coverage for flood related damages are typically not available and FEMA denied any assistance that was asked for by the County to assist with flood recovery. I said, many of these people may even lose their properties due to lack of insurance and increasing costs.
Further, I told the Board we/they are in a war economy due to the FIRES and the New Normal of Climate Change which is Climate Control which will have even greater financial impacts from weather and more frequent storm and fire events.
The board said the state comes out with regulatory changes and places the board members in front of angry people as the state bureaucrats hide behind the board members. The board said they get the brunt of citizens anger when putting forward the states regulations that they do not control.
It is important to note that I spoke on this item, the ONLY public comment. Most importantly I said that the board members were admitting they have NO Jurisdiction and are only putting forth state policies. They agreed and said the state mandates policies upon the local governments what the Federal Government mandates the states.
My time was up!
Important to note: Since my last “waste of time” at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting the County has deployed TSA style scanning and hired two security guards that examine all attendees prior to being allowed to enter the meeting hall.
Please observe your local city and county agencies level of increased security, to protect them from us – as more statutes, regulations and limiting resource accessibility comes down on all of us “like a hammer.”
These comments are from my notes and the best of my recollection . .
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Chennai is a city that has withstood the rise and fall of empires, but it now faces a grave existential crisis as it runs dry due to a severe water shortage, leaving millions in the lurch.
This week, taps ran dry as water levels in its four major reservoirs fell to one-hundredth of what they were this time last year, caused by a devastating drought.
The crisis in India’s sixth-largest city — with a population bigger than Melbourne and Sydney combined — has pushed schools, hotels and commercial establishments to close, while hospitals have put off non-essential surgeries.
Millions of people are lining up at water trucks to fill containers of water in a crisis that’s hit urban and rural Indians alike, and usually only half leave with their pots filled.
In Asia, 3.4 billion people could be living in “water stressed areas” by 2050, according to a 2016 Asia Development Bank (ADB) report.
“Water shortage should be treated as a permanent ongoing issue,” said Thuy Trang Dang, an urban development and water specialist at the ADB’s Southeast Asia office.
Diets filled with more water-demanding meat and dairy products and general growth in consumption also mean “the issue will only become more pressing unless dealt with not as a one-time crisis but as a way of life”, she said.
Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent, not immune
Although by no means a jockey, I’ve ridden horses along the Sierra Nevada as a boy, in Japan in my teens, and in adulthood through the Nepalese Himalayas and in the Gobi and Kumtag Deserts. There was a moment in time when a murderous gang of smugglers was chasing me up a slope in the Mustang region of Nepal, but my little mountain horse hopped like a bullfrog up the rocky slope leaving the bad guys and their Arabian stallions in the dust. After the close call, that black horse was happily galloping along the gravel of the Kali Gandhaki, River of the Death Goddess, with me, both arms outstretched, letting go of the reins that waved in the wind and whooping in wild abandon.