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G+ jau akivaizdžiai priskiria mane rusofilams. Įrašas kabo srauto viršuje jau pusę dienos, kiek galima?

Ne tai, kad visiškai nemėgčiau rusų.
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+Siaubas Baubas Na apie Abramsus negirdėjau - kiek mačiau ištraukas - ten jų kol kas nesimatė siūlymuose Ukrainai. Suprantu - kad Abramsai vieni iš naujausių.
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Kaip visada sekasi.
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Už radimą - nemokamai, o kiek už paslaugą?
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#neoliberalizmas

Working to Cure the Neoliberal Disease.
What it Takes to Destroy an Awful Bug.

By Robert Kadar and Joe Brewer
Co-Founders, Evonomics.com

A lethal parasite has infected the brains of politicians and economists all over the world. It is so invasive that it has defeated all attempts to control or eradicate it since its emergence decades ago, and we are still far from having an effective vaccine or way to prevent its transmission. The virus, known by its species name Neoliberalism Economicus (in lay terms, it is just called Neoliberalism), indiscriminately latches onto the brains of both liberals and conservatives. It turns social consciousness into ego-centrism, cooperation into unconscious greed, and it only gets worse as it mutates and spreads.
Once infected, the virus takes control of the host’s neocortex and converts rational thought into fantasy. The host begins to believe in ideas such as harmonious free-markets where people can act and do whatever they want, a deregulated financial industry that correctly responds to market signals and can dump compounding debt onto society without costs, and corporations that can maximize shareholder value without hurting employees, communities, or the environment.
This insidious virus doesn’t stop there. It leads its host to believe that government’s sole purpose for existing is to ensure that corporations and ultra-rich individuals aren’t restrained by rules because, if they were, economic growth would cease and wealth wouldn’t trickle down to the rest of society. Furthermore, there’s no need for government regulation when a natural order known as the invisible hand creates prosperity for all!
As a brief aside, cultural viruses like Neoliberalism Economicus are natural and quite common. The epidemiology of culture goes by the field name cultural evolutionary studies and deals with the spread of ideas and how human culture evolves when beliefs, values, normative behaviors, and social practices mix and mingle with each other. The study of cultural viruses is a major concern for cultural evolution researchers.
Examples of cultural viruses that have proven to be adaptive for human societies (meaning they increased their ability to survive, reproduce, and outcompete any rivals they might have) can be found everywhere in human history. One that has been particularly effective is the notion of a polity — the concept of a state or province to which all people are members that transcends family or tribe. Ancient polities like the Roman Empire and Sumeria each united very pluralistic and diverse cultures into a unified political organism with great military power. Modern-day polities include nations — the United States, England, France and so forth — as well as larger bodies like the European Union.
When we consider polities to be cultural viruses, what we are saying is that they capture the minds of those who fall under their spell. Many will fight and die for their polity, even though it is nothing more than a shared social construct (albeit one with tremendous benefits for its members). The polity virus spreads as low-ranking members of the community emulate those with power and status. It also serves to unite those of common rank by creating a sentiment of brotherhood and sisterhood. These social bonds are what enables the polity to arise in the first place and are also what keeps it in place once it has taken root in the minds of its citizenry.
What we are finding with Neoliberalism Economicus is that it is not adaptive for individuals or societies. Rather it works like a parasite that bleeds energy away from its host with false stories that appear beneficial at first but are ultimately deadly. The virus grows by perpetuating fictions. These fictions are attractive because their appeal does not rely on facts but rather on the need for power and status. The neoliberal narrative has remained compelling in part because it appeals to powerful interests in society and those who emulate them. As billionaire venture capitalist Nick Hanauer proclaims:
Significant privileges have come to capitalists like me for being perceived as “job creators” at the center of the economic universe, and the language and metaphors we use to defend the fairness of the current social and economic arrangements is telling. For instance, it is a small step from “job creator” to “The Creator”. We did not accidentally choose this language. It is only honest to admit that calling oneself a “job creator” is both an assertion about how economics works and a claim on status and privileges.
It’s no surprise that many of our elites spend billions of dollars paying organizations and politicians to design and spread messages that characterize themselves as the kingpins of the economic order. Who wouldn’t want to be the infallible hero of a story daily embedded into people’s consciousness? But they can’t be entirely to blame because little do these mythological heroes realize their minds are under the control of a deviously intelligent bug!
The infected fail to see that viruses don’t have foresight for how their present actions affect the long-term survival of its host. From the virus’s perspective, the future doesn’t even exist, so it might as well take all it can get now. This short-termism has had damaging consequences; from radical income inequality and mass poverty to ecological destruction and financial collapse. In the end, neoliberalism is a threat to all, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, even those who use it to maintain their status and power. It’s time for a global vaccination program...
What it Takes to Destroy an Awful Bug.
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Municipalinės problemos Amerikoj. Išpūstom kainom sudarinėjo su bankais nuostolingas sutartis, bet kažkodėl vengia bylinėtis dėl nuostolių kompensavimo.

Ar +Remigijus Šimašius ketinate audituoti Vilniaus finansavimo sandorius?
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A detailed description of how badly municipalities were fleeced when they bought interest rate swaps from Wall Street as part of financings
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ir kaltų niekada nėra...
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Menkai žinomi investavimo į bitcoin'ą pavojai

Izabella Kaminska: For example, let’s hypothesise that Tony Soprano was to start a #bitcoin loan-sharking operation. The bitcoin network would have no way of differentiating bitcoins being transferred from his account with conditions attached — such as repayment in x amount of days, with x amount of points of interest or else you and your family get yourself some concrete boots — and those being transferred as legitimate and final settlement for the procurement of baked cannoli goods.

Now say you’ve lost all the bitcoin you owe to Tony Soprano on the gambling website Satoshi Dice. What are the chances that Tony forgets all about it and offers you a clean slate? Not high. Tony, in all likelihood, will pursue his claim with you.

If and when Soprano’s done bruising you the distressed borrower — figuring out, perhaps, that you don’t have physical bitcoin to shakedown after all– what are the chances he follows up the debt trail and goes on to shake down Satoshi Dice? We’d argue pretty high, at least if the sum in question makes the collection effort worthwhile.

As far as contract law is concerned, even if Satoshi Dice received the bitcoin in good faith from Soprano’s debtor, Soprano himself (despite his unorthodox shake-down tactics) retains a right to seize his #property back. And if they passed it on, he can pursue the next party. And so on. Especially since the bitcoin network makes it so easy to follow the trail due to the public nature of the ledger. Eventually, if the coin ends up with a high-value investor or institutional account whose identity is known to the system a formal #claim can be made by means of the judicial system.

It’s these sorts of preceding property claims that the bitcoin system not only fails to eliminate, but arguably empowers by making the paper trail so incredibly transparent. But to what degree is the law really on Tony Soprano’s side when it comes to his claim? (And we’re not referring to his violent retrieval methods, which obviously remain illegal.)

George K Fogg at law firm Perkins Coie has been thinking about the problem of past claims (or liens) on bitcoins for nearly 14 months now.

His conclusion: under the United States’ UCC code (uniform commercial code) as long as bitcoins are treated as general intangibles, no high value investor can be sure that an angry Tony Soprano won’t show up one day to claim the bitcoins they thought they received in a completely unencumbered manner are in fact his. In fact, it’s only if and when Tony Soprano publicly renounces his claim to the underlying bitcoin collateral he is owed that the bitcoins stand a chance of being treated as unencumbered. Until then, a hot potato claim risk exists for every future acquirer of Soprano’s bitcoin.
At cryptocurrency and fintech conferences, FT Alphaville often hears Bitcoin enthusiasts make the assertion that Bitcoin is superior to fiat currency because it eliminates debt from the monetary system. But this, of course, is a fallacy. Bitcoin may have the potential to create a fully-funded reserve system, but it certainly doesn't eliminate debt from any system. At best, Bitcoin's public ledger records a transfer of digital access righ...
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Fiat valiutas kai kas sėkmingai "paskandina" šešėliuose. Sėkmingai daroma ir su valdiškais "pigiausia" kaina paimtais pinigais. Tai sakot su kriptovaliutom neišdegs? :D
Nors iš esmės kriptovaliutos nelabai skiriasi nuo įprastiniu - tiek skaitmeniniame, tiek "analoginiame" pasauliuose vieni sėkminga skandina / šešėliuoja, kiti sėdi.
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Prancūzai griežtina atsiskaitymų grynaisiais kontrolę. Asmenys, keičiantys ar grynintys €1000 privalės pateikinėt dokumentus.

Civilizuotieji #vakarai ...
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Yra užknisanti dalis Payseroje. Valiutos konvertavimas priskaičiuojamas prie dienos limitų. Iškonvertuoji, o sumokėti galėsi tik rytoj.
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Šitas tai geras.
Bernankė rašys blogą.
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Tai jis pats rašys? Ir turės tam laiko? Iš kur tiek energijos turi tie finansininkai?
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Neįsivaizdavau, kiek aklų žmonių. Ir aklumas Tiesai vis didėja. "Tik teismai turi monopolį tiesai". Tai kaip yra tada, kai vienas absoliutas teismas panaikina kito visagalio nuosprendį?
Mane stebina jaunuolių aklumas. Tiek aišku dėl Zuoko korupcijos sistemos žiniasklaida mirga nuo įrodymų dėl biokuro ir Dalkija šildymo aferų, o jie vis tiek balsuoja (ir vėl per plauką neišrinko į Merus). Jaunųjų atsakymas: "matai kiek jis gero padarė Vilniui, koks didingas ir gražus" . Sunku paprieštarauti - su aklais reikia ilgesnės diskusijos, bet jie neturi laiko.
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Galima būtų pagalvot, kad naujiena.
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Single currency area must become a "United States of Europe" in order to secure its future, says manager of world's largest bond fund
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Neįgalų vaiką sunku perdaryt. Dažniausiai šeimos susitaiko su likimu ir pasigimdo naują. Šiaip tai bendros valiutos buvimas yra geras stabilizuojantis veiksnys. Primityviai imant -ji neturi būt privaloma, neapkraunama palaikančiomis įmokomis (turi savaime "išgyvent" iš cirkuliavimo svetimose šalyse naudos - užtektų jai teisės būt naudojama vidaus rinkose) ir nepanaikinanti nuosavų vidaus valiutų (paralelinė).
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Paradoksali europos stratregija graikų atžvilgiu: ECB išleidžia milijardą per dieną finansuodami bankų paniką, tuo tarpu vyriausybei visi kranai užsukti. Bando atsikratyti Syrizos, bet išvengti grexito, bet tas bandymas kainuoja ir nebūtinai pavyks.

2011-aisiais už nesankcionuoto referendumo iniciatyvą sugebėjo nuversti tuometinį premjerą Papandreou, bet tada eiliniai graikai dar nebuvo tokioje desperacijoje, kaip dabar. Sprendžiant iš bankų panikos (kas dar juose išvis gali laikyti pinigus?) nuotaikos ir lūkesčiai tik blogėja, o būtent nuotaikos išprovokavo dabartinių kairiųjų išrinkimą valdžion.
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European authorities are mulling last-resort, worst-case scenarios as Greece's banking system bleeds out.
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Ka cia isradot...nieko nepadarysit.kazkas milijonus krauna.o kiti💋
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Pavlina R Tcherneva ‏@ptcherneva

"It's just as true as it is funny,
That Deficits increase our money;
In understanding this there lies
The power of States to stabilize"
   Kenneth Boulding (1958)

How did we choose to forget this simple fact?
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Šitas tiktų Bobutės Paskolos reklamai.
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Sulėtintai stebime traukinio katastrofą.
The emotional and ideological gulf between Greece and its eurozone government creditors remains dangerously wide.
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Tik klausimas kurio.
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