Whether or not anything can be known, can be settled not by arguing, but by trying.

Francis Bacon

After Trump's election, let us make voting compulsory

Article | Marquez Comelab | 05 Feb 17 | Update: 28 Feb 17 | Full View
How can America's democratic system produced Donald Trump as its President? Is there really no one else more qualified or suited to be the President of the most powerful and most influential nation on Earth? Isn't Democracy supposed to be a system where people elect who they want as their leader? How can this system, a system that is supposed to be a shining example of democracy, produced a man who is surely now one of the, or THE most hated person in America and the world?
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Hypernormalisation: Terrorism, Syria, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 06 Jan 17 | Update: 05 Jan 17 | Full View
Hypernormalisation is a film by Adam Curtis broadcasted by the BBC. It is just a great film to assist us in the momentous task of piecing certain events that can help explain where we find ourselves and our world today. Most of us do not have time to think and analyse all the relevant news articles and reports that come out. So we do not really know what is going on in the world. Adam Curtis has taken it upon himself to do this for us.  
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President Rodrigo Duterte Christmas Message

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 31 Dec 16 | Update: 03 Jan 17 | Full View
Rodrigo Duterte is the new President of the Philippines. The UN and the US have previously raised concerns for his war on drugs and corruption. He rejected all criticism vehemently. This is his Christmas message to the Filipino people.
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On the election of Donald Trump, Bias and Climate Change

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 17 Dec 16 | Update: 17 Dec 16 | Full View
Like most people, I had a quiet confidence that Hillary Clinton was going to win the US election. “If Trump is lucky enough, the number of votes he will get might come close but, Hillary will pull through in the end”, I thought. Like those those in the Clinton camp who began their pre-emptive celebrations popping open champagne bottles, I was shocked to find out that Trump had won. 
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Might Bitcoin shoot  upwards?

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 11 Dec 16 | Update: 11 Dec 16 | Full View
Looking at the last few months, comparing the exchange rates between Bitcoin, the Australian dollar, the Euro and the US Dollar, as well as the news in India, Europe and China, there is tension visible on the trading charts.  Traders and investors seem to be jostling for positions and placing their bets. It seems optimistic to me. There's a heightened probability that Bitcoin is about to strongly push above its current price.
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E-estonia.Com: Start a company in Estonia as an E-Resident

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
Brexit has raised a few problems for people and companies in the UK, now that its people have voted to exit the EU. Estonia, a smart cookie, in this story is wanting to provide a solution for those who wish to remain part of the EU. From what I understand, you can incorporate in Estonia, without being a resident or a citizen there. It is an interesting proposition to look into. I am all for giving governments competition for their services.
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A Short History of the Mafia

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
I love videos that compress a tonne of information in a few short minutes. Here's one to give us a short history of the Mafia. 
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The European Central Bank Wants Tighter Control over Bitcoin

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 24 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
According to an article (link below) : "The European Central Bank (ECB) has proposed a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council stating that ‘virtual currencies do not qualify as currencies from a Union perspective,’ and wants digital currencies to be explicitly defined as not legal currencies or money... the use of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, pose a threat as terrorists and criminal groups are able to transfer money within digital currency networks with a certain leve
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Hard Promises, Soft Promises: Promoting Autonomy instead of Authority

Videos | Marquez Comelab | 25 Oct 16 | Update: 24 Oct 16 | Full View
In addition to what I blogged about yesterday, about the European Central Bank wanting more control over Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos talks about Hard Promises and Soft Promises, about Autonomy instead of Authority.  I am definitely with him. Bitcoin's Blockchain feature of unalterable record of all transactions is not a weakness. It is a strength. Do not change it. Being able to change the details of transactions is like being able to change how history is written in textbooks. 
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Look at the way we die

Book page | Marquez Comelab | 04 Sep 16 | Update: 03 Sep 16 | Full View
I think that you can tell that there is no god when you consider the way majority of people die. When a soldier, or a policeman die in their duty, it is easy for us to put their lives and their passing in some grand context. It is easy enough to generate a background story or a theme to create meaning as to how that person lived and how and why he or she had died. But when you look at the news to see how many people die, you get a sense that it is all just random.
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Parasocial interactions

Book page | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 03 Sep 16 | Full View
This has been something I've always observed: our tendency to relate to fictional characters. Apparently, it has a term: Parasocial Interactions. 
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 03 Sep 16 | Update: 02 Sep 16 | Full View
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Why It’s So Hard to Stop ISIS Propaganda

Commentary | Marquez Comelab | 26 Mar 16 | Update: 08 Aug 16 | Full View
SIMON COTTEE wrote an article as to why ISIS' propaganda is effective in attracting youths. Our problem is that we haven't countered it with a better narrative, a better story.  After the attacks in Belgium, it is obvious that we are not doing enough in providing a narrative that can give hope to young men who are susceptible to the type of propaganda ISIS has been producing. 
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Australia can't afford to miss the 'blockchain' revolution

Commentary | Marquez Comelab | 25 Mar 16 | Update: 08 Aug 16 | Full View
Dr. Jim Chalmers MP is the Federal Member for Rankin. He is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, the Shadow Minister for Sport, and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade, Investment and Productivity, wrote an article and argued for Australia taking advantage of Blockchain. 
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Our rate of forgetfulness

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 30 Jul 16 | Update: 30 Jul 16 | Full View
Our brains throw away half of all new material within an hour. By Day 30, we’ve retained about 2-3%.  Source: A BBC Article titled, The mystery of why you cant remember being a baby.
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American Dominance: A Call for More Global Competition

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 19 Jun 16 | Update: 20 Jun 16 | Full View
According to an article by The Register (Last accessed: 18 June 2016),  "CIA director John Brennan told US senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting American businesses. And that's because, according to Brennan, there's no one else for people to turn to: if they don't want to use US-based technology because it's been forced to use weakened cryptography, they'll b
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Bitcoin: The Planetary Currency

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 18 Jun 16 | Update: 18 Jun 16 | Full View
Bitcoin Logo and Banner
We need a currency that no longer relies on national governments. We need a planetary currency. Bitcoin may be it.
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Bitcoin Vs AUD as at 16 June 2016

Blog Posts | Marquez Comelab | 17 Jun 16 | Update: 17 Jun 16 | Full View
Bitcoin vs AUD as at 16 June 2016. Weekly Chart.
I heard about Bitcoin around 2012 but I just sat and waited to see if I would hear more of it.  I really got interested about Bitcoin when I heard an interview of an entrepreneur starting a business providing Bitcoin services and his reasons for why it is a good currency. 
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Overlooking Paris from the Eiffel Tower

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 15 Jun 16 | Update: 15 Jun 16 | Full View
Overlooking Paris from the Eiffel Tower
A majestic view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower.
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Cervantes, Ilocos Sur

Larawan | Marquez Comelab | 19 May 16 | Update: 19 May 16 | Full View
Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
As I ride at the back of a vegetable truck with nothing more than a pole to hang on to, we drive pass this scene in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. I see farmers up early in the morning to work and harvest their crop. Stunning back-drop showing the bluish haze of early morning fog against the green and gold colours of the fields. 
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