「領比特幣做公益」

http://www.ptt.cc/bbs/NTU/M.1400947193.A.74A.html
我反對這種做法。
Coinbase 給這些錢,是希望推廣比特幣的使用,做公益固然好,但是使用比特幣和做公益比起來至少也一樣重要。

比特幣把地球上的交易成本縮減到零,而且比起電匯要數天,比特幣的支付是即時的(數分鐘)。同時保障了交易雙方的隱私及交易權,避免像 Paypal, Bank of America 停止 WikiLeaks 的支付這樣不公平的事件發生。

華爾街肥貓、政府及各種內線交易員滑鼠點兩下就可以造成多少人傾家蕩產,房子法拍,想到捐錢做公益,為什麼不想想如何阻止這些人?越多人用 bitcoin ,銀行對於金融市場的控制就越低,也就不會造成像是二次房貸、金融風暴這樣巨大的影響。

可以做的事情:問問為什麼基金會們沒有使用bitcoin捐款的管道?跟同學說你可以付bitcoin來買我的課本。

比利時警方在 TTIP 和平示威出動水砲並逮捕281人

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140516/06133827253/water-cannons-turned-peaceful-ttip-protestors-brussels-as-public-barred-negotiations.shtml

怎麼跟臺灣服貿的狀況這麼像……

TTIP 是大西洋貿易投資夥伴協議,過程不透明,大多數公開的資訊來自歐盟這方。

官員表示 NGO 及公民社會團體透過網路散播不實消息。

Techdirt 作者評論:

That’s interesting not just for the refusal to admit that it’s lack of transparency that is creating this void, but also for the barely-concealed fear of social media, probably because it can’t be controlled in the way that traditional media can.

很有趣的事情是,官員不僅拒絕承認缺乏透明性是造成資訊匱乏的主因,也看得出官員們對社群媒體有難以掩飾的恐懼,大概是因為社群媒體沒辦法像傳統媒體一樣被控制。

European Business Summit(歐洲商業高峰會)自我描述為:

Europe’s key meeting place for business leaders and decision makers, where Business and Politics Shape the Future.

歐洲商業領導人及決策者的重要集會,用政治和商業塑造未來。

Techdirt 作者點評

Business, politics — but not civil society, which, as usual, was not invited to shape the future. So, instead, it was forced to stay outside the meeting, on the streets. Here’s what happened while business and politics were busy inside:

商業、政治——沒有公民社會,如同往常地沒有被邀請來塑造未來。所以大家只好待在議場外的街上。商業和政治正在裡頭忙著的時候:

This Thursday morning over a thousand people were in the streets of Brussels, attempting to peacefully protest against austerity and the proposed great transatlantic market (TTIP) which were being discussed in the absence of citizens at the European Business Summit.

(略過不譯了)

In an unprovoked move 281 people were violently arrested, including Belgian and European parliamentarians and candidates, senior trade union officials, farmers and many elderly citizens.

在一次大膽的行動中281人遭到暴力逮捕,包括比利時及歐洲議會議員及候選人,資深貿易聯盟官員,農夫及老年公民。

reports and images on other sites confirm that the Belgian police were extremely heavy-handed, deploying water cannons and tying demonstrators’ wrists together behind their backs for what seems to have been a polite and low-key peaceful protest.”

其他網站上的報道及照片證實比利時警方穿戴重裝備,部署水砲,並且把示威者的手腕兩兩綁在一起,儘管示威現場看來十分和平。

不管是怎麼看都和服貿、佔領立法院很像啊……