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The bitcoin industry embraces what it was built to avoid—rules and regulation

The bitcoin industry embraces what it was built to avoid—rules and regulation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Bitcoin was designed to be unregulated by any government or central authority. But according to some of the cryptocurrency's biggest supporters, the crash of the prominent bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is the latest sign that bitcoin needs to adopt some sort of oversight if it is going to survive and thrive. "I think regulation is a must at this...
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When regulation takes hold, after this Mt.Gox fiasco, this will be my "go to" for certain quasi-political discussions. 

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How do you like the Long Emergency so far...........?

How do you like the Long Emergency so far...........? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
James Howard Kunstler is one of my favourite writers.  No one has such a way with words, incisive, cynical, sarcastic, derisive, humorous, and also well written full of wit and clever imagery.........
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This is not an optimistic TED talk. It does get one thinking and there is a need to research his conclusions and suggestions.

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A Strong Economy Is The Secret To Winning Medals At The Winter Olympics

A Strong Economy Is The Secret To Winning Medals At The Winter Olympics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
ConvergEx's Nick Colas says why Olympic performance tends to correlate with economic performance.
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"The Winter Olympics are a useful backdrop for case studies on the relationship between athletic performance and economic progress in emerging markets around the world," writes ConvergEx's Nick Colas. "We’ve analyzed the medal count by country since the inaugural Winter Games in 1924, and indeed the results show that athletes rarely make it to the podium until their respective countries experience economic progress and stability."  

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/economics-sochi-olympics-2014-2#ixzz2tmLXPbzy

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