Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
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A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/

U.S. stops short of branding Vietnam, Switzerland, Taiwan currency manipulators | Financial Post

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday said Vietnam, Switzerland and Taiwan tripped its thresholds for possible currency manipulation under a 2015…
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Biden Delegation Pledges US Support for Taiwan Self-Defense – The Diplomat

An unofficial delegation led by former Senator Chris Dodd completed a three-day visit to Taiwan in a show of support from the Biden administration.
— Read on thediplomat.com/2021/04/biden-delegation-pledges-us-support-for-taiwan-self-defense/

China’s Dystopian “New IP” Plan Shows Need for Renewed US Commitment to Internet Governance – Just Security

The US must rally partners to rein in the abuse of multilateral institutions for Huawei’s plans on 6G and beyond, which make concerns over 5G look minor.
— Read on www.justsecurity.org/75741/chinas-dystopian-new-ip-plan-shows-need-for-renewed-us-commitment-to-internet-governance/

Peter Wirzbicki – The Two ‘Nations’ of Reconstruction: Democracy, Sovereignty, and Capitalism in Postwar Thought | Department of History

Peter Wirzbicki – The Two ‘Nations’ of Reconstruction: Democracy, Sovereignty, and Capitalism in Postwar Thought | Department of History
— Read on history.princeton.edu/news-events/events/peter-wirzbicki-two-‘nations’-reconstruction-democracy-sovereignty-and-capitalism

Icelandic pensioner blacklisted by Chinese Communist Party government unfazed by China anger – Taiwan English News

Icelandic pensioner blacklisted by Chinese Communist Party government unfazed by China anger – Taiwan English News
— Read on taiwanenglishnews.com/icelandic-pensioner-blacklisted-by-chinese-communist-party-government-unfazed-by-china-anger/

China sanctions Icelandic individual over Xinjiang – Chinadaily.com.cn

The Chinese embassy in Iceland on Friday announced sanctions against an Icelandic individual for spreading lies and disinformation on so-called human rights issues in China’s Xinjiang without naming the person.
— Read on global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/18/WS607b71cfa31024ad0bab63ef.html

Japan Not to Concede on Sovereignty, Democratic Values: Suga | Nippon.com

Washington, April 16 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday indicated Japan’s stance of not conceding on territorial sovereignty and democratic values, apparently mindful of China’s ramping up of its hegemonic position in Asia, including over the Senkaku Islands.

“We have no plans on making concessions on matters regarding sovereignty, and on universal values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” Suga said in an online speech on Japan’s diplomatic policy at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank.

The Senkaku Islands in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa are claimed by China.

“We will argue what we should argue and strongly demand specific actions,” the prime minister, who is visiting Washington for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden, said, referring to China’s rising maritime assertiveness backed by military power.
— Read on www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2021041700288/

Scott Turner Describes the Largely Forgotten History of Evolutionary Theory | Evolution News

The fatal flaw with metaphysical vitalism was that it invariably led to circular reasoning.
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