Clinton Campaign National Spokesperson Brian Fallon argued that the former head of the DIA under President Obama, retired U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn’s denunciations of Clinton were “silly” and the investigation should “be allowed to continue without political interference and without side commentary from people that don’t have an understanding of the fundamental facts” on Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Fallon said, “Well, that’s just silly. I respect the general, but that’s not going to happen. Look, this investigation, this review into the security of the emails, should be allowed to continue without political interference and without side commentary from people that don’t have an understanding of the fundamental facts. And just last week, you saw the same situation unfurl with former Secretary Colin Powell, as well as former aides to Secretary Condoleezza Rice. In both of those two cases, you now have the same agency looking at their emails, personal emails ,and saying that there is information that, in retrospect, they think should be treated as classified. The exact same situation playing out in the two previous secretaries before Secretary Clinton. So I think that tells you everything about the relative seriousness of this.
This is a guest post by Michael Gord and the opinions represented are those of the author.
From socializing to hailing a cab to finding our way around, there’s an app to help. Now, there is a new and improved model that is revolutionizing the way we build scalable applications called a DApp, or decentralized application.
David Johnston, CEO of the DApp Fund, predicts in his white paper that “decentralized applications will someday surpass the world’s largest software corporations in utility, user-base, and network valuation due to their superior incentivization structure, flexibility, transparency, resiliency and distributed nature.”
What Is a DApp?
A DApp has four characteristics. It must be open source, with all changes made by a majority consensus of the user base. Data must be stored on a public blockchain to avoid a central point of failure. There must be a cryptographic token, referred to as an App Coin, to access the application, and these tokens must be issued according to a standard cryptographic algorithm acting as a proof of the value to nodes that contribute to the application.
Bitcoin is an example of a DApp, as it is an open-source token and uses the blockchain, a peer-to-peer and public distributed ledger, to form a trustless system. In fact, Bitcoin is the most popular DApp, as it simplifies many aspects of the traditional financial system, such as transferring money across the world.
Another application of a DApp is something built as a protocol that uses another blockchain and its own token to function. An example is the Omni Protocol, which “is a protocol built as a layer over Bitcoin that allows you to generate, send, trade, redeem, pay dividends to and make bets with tokens representing any kind of asset,” said Patrick Dugan, who’s a board member of the project, in an interview with Bitcoin.com.
Alternatively, a DApp can be built as an extension to the program. For example the SAFE Network, a peer-to-peer storage network, uses the Omni Protocol to issue “safecoins,” which operate the network. With the SAFE Network, decentralized applications are ensured complete data security, and there are projects such as SAFEpress, similar to WordPress, for the SAFE Network, to help people develop on the Network.
Imagine a DApp becoming the computer operating system (OSX or Windows), the programs used on the system (Photoshop, Dropbox), or specialized software that uses the programs, such as a blog that integrates Dropbox. Bitcoin is only the tip of the iceberg of what is possible with this new type of application.
Can App Coins Have Value?
David Johnston and team define App Coins in another white paper as “tokens that are native to Decentralized applications that have a digital token associated with their use or monetization.”
In addition, networks can choose to operate exclusively with their network’s coin, such as the safecoin that powers the SAFE Network. Doing anything on the SAFE Network requires safecoins, and developing on the SAFE Network provides additional value to developers.
“I want to host my apps on SAFE and not have to worry about servers,” said Francis Brunelle to Bitcoin Magazine. Brunelle is an app developer and enthusiastic community member who predicts that “safecoins will be valuable because it will be the only way to buy storage space on the SAFE Network.”
A strong user base on an application can be reinforced through a successful integration of App Coins. An application that rewards contributing developers and lead users with tokens that have a monetary value has an intrinsic advantage over one that does not. Furthermore, a large user base that uses an App Coin presents a barrier to exiting to a competing service with a less popular coin.
Finally, App Coins provide monetary choice as an alternative to both fiat currency and to Bitcoin. People have different opinions on monetary policies, especially with the rise of digital currencies. App Coins can adopt any number of monetary viewpoints and allow everyone a vote to their preferred economic policy.
The Consumer Future
DApps will likely soon become “consumer apps,” as there are already many in development. The Safe Network decentralizes Internet services and guarantees privacy to all Internet users. Ethereum provides a decentralized application layer and programming language for DApps to be developed.
Factom is a scalable data layer that simplifies big data management record-keeping. Augur is a decentralized prediction market that allows people to forecast events and be rewarded.
As Johnston says in Johnston’s Law: “Everything that can be decentralized, will be decentralized.”
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Friday on CNN’s “The Lead,” retired U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, discussed his call for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race because she is under investigation by the FBI for how classified materiel was handled on her private email system. Partial transcript as follows: FLYNN: The nation would allow itself to back down a little bit and let this investigation run its course with her not in the limelight and making this such a big, big deal, I really do believe that the severity and the number of resources that are applied, despite what the outcome is, I just think the lack of accountability frankly in a person who should have been much more responsible in her actions as the secretary of state of the United States of America, this is not — TAPPER: No, I get this. FLYNN: If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail. TAPPER: But she and her supporters say this is an issue of overclassification. FLYNN: No. TAPPER: These are things that are classified now but were not at the time or, and you
February 12, 2016 Twenty-six new conservative leaders, including Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, have joined Marco’s Georgia Leadership Team. The latest addition came today, with former Georgia Republican Party Chairman Alec Poitevint joining the team. He had this to say: Having endured almost eight years of President Obama, Americans are frustrated with the direction of our country….
Thursday in South Carolina at the Politico event on the economy and the election, Gene Sperling, the former director of the National Economic Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and declared he was “reaching the worst instincts in people.” Sperling said, “This is a person who is running a campaign that is appealing to the worst instincts in people. He has mocked a person with disabilities openly and then asked the person with disabilities to apologize for it. He has maligned Latino Americans calling them rapists. He has had the most anti-freedom of religion position with Muslim.” He added, “Bernie Sanders should not be mentioned in the same breath with him and either should Hillary Clinton.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in war-torn Libya is “the greatest cause for concern,” President Obama’s envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition told lawmakers.
Email from David Axelrod: Warm Memories of a Chilly Day
February 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM ET by Melanie Garunay
David Axelrod sent the below message to the White House email list, reflecting?on President Obama’s return visit to Springfield this week.?Didn’t get the email??Sign up for updates.?
The last time I stood in the plaza outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, I lost the feeling in my toes.
I was huddled with 17,000 others in near zero temperatures to help Barack Obama launch an improbable challenge to the prevailing politics and policies of Washington.
Men, women, and children from around the country shivered together in the shadow of the hulking capitol where Abraham Lincoln once served. They had come, an aroused citizenry, to change the course of history, and the sheer joy and energy of that mission made the threat of frostbite a trivial concern.
I returned to Springfield on Wednesday, not in a rented campaign van, but on Air Force One, accompanying the President of the United States on the anniversary of his audacious announcement.
Watch some behind-the-scenes footage of President Obama’s return visit to Springfield, the place where it all began.
As we walked into the empty plaza, the scene came alive in my memory: A young man at the podium, his voice booming off the surrounding buildings. Thousands of supporters shaking handmade signs, roaring their approval.
“I’d crawl to Iowa to work for this guy,” one middle-aged man told us that day, a sentiment I heard from so many others. Frigid cold be damned! They came to make history and change the country’s course. And they would.
So much of what Obama promised nine years ago has come to pass. He has turned around an ailing economy, enacted health reform, promoted clean energy, wound down two wars, lifted up diplomacy, and so much more. But people of all political stripes also responded to his call for national unity, healing, and renewal.
And on that score, we as a country have more work to do.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to lead a pro-Ted Cruz super Political Action Committee (PAC) called “Keep the Promise to Veterans.” Perry will recruit veterans to the Super PAC, which will help bring attention to the issues affecting veterans in America. According to Bloomberg: Among those who will be joining Perry, Walt said, are the decorated former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell; Dakota Meyer, a Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient; and Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The family of Dallas billionaire Darwin Deason has held talks about funding the new group, according to two people with knowledge of these discussions who asked for anonymity, but no decision has been made. Walt said planning for the group’s activities is at an early stage and it’s not clear how much money the organizers will seek to raise. Deason was one of Perry’s top donors, contributing $5 million to a super-PAC supporting the former governor’s presidential bid last year. Almost $4.9 million of that amount was returned to him after Perry withdrew from the race. Last month, Deason’s son, Doug, held an informational session for potential Cruz donors during a California retreat organized by the billionaire Koch brothers,
Bloomberg’s Joshua Green writes that Republican consultants are reacting to the rise of populists like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders with harsh criticism of big banks like Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.
Billionaire Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner and winner of the New Hampshire GOP primaries, told Breitbart News exclusively on Thursday that it’s time the United States of America starting treating Mexican drug cartels as if they were an “enemy army” on the other side of the border. “We need to treat the drug cartels as though they are an enemy army,” Trump said when asked how we need to handle the cartels in response an explosive new report from Breitbart Texas managing director Brandon Darby and Breitbart Texas reporter Idelfonso Ortiz. “An enemy army,” Trump reiterated. “That’s how we ought to treat them.” Darby’s report with Ortiz walked through how the cartels committed mass murders of hundreds—maybe thousands of people in cities and towns along Mexico’s border with the United States. Then, to cover up the mass executions, the cartels used a network of ovens to burn the bodies—hiding the evidence of their atrocities from their own government, which hasn’t done much to stop them, and the world. Trump told Breitbart News on Thursday as he prepares to barnstorm South Carolina heading into that state’s GOP presidential primaries on February 20: Large parts of Mexico is a criminal