Mike Pompeo, 70th United States Secretary of State.

Until now, Norwegian-facilitated negotiations to end Venezuela’s presidential showdown and long-suffering crisis have failed. Nicolás Maduro has yet to be overthrown in Venezuela. U.S. foreign policy towards Venezuela has turned out to be a disaster. To make things worse, President Trump still needs to save face in Venezuela before the presidential election later this year, even if the face-saving comes without President Maduro’s ouster. Although Donald Trump has denied being behind bungled the Venezuelan coup plot called ‘Operation Gideon’, his administration is still being encouraged to investigate the events and clarify its details.

Time has taught us that Donald Trump…


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¿Es artificial la inteligencia que llamamos inteligencia artificial? ¿O es inteligencia precósmica? Tanto en su raíz como en su proyección, la inteligencia artificial trasciende del hombre y la naturaleza tal como las conocemos. Me cuesta evitar pensar en la procreación, tanto en términos etimológicos como sustanciales, cuando veo las cosas desde esta perspectiva.

Pokemon, Digimon y Evangelion han sido, en esencia, cápsulas culturales de la inteligencia artificial. Aunque no todos hablaban de inteligencia artificial en pleno apogeo de estas series, la idea estaba ahí en fundamento y forma. Alrededor del mundo, toda una generación creció con las ideas inoculadas con…


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As we have earlier mentioned, two bills in the draft from the short legislature session of 2020 (HB-2483, SB-1412) are about to be officially introduced in the following weeks. The versions of both drafts that surfaced this week seem to be dominated by CAI and AACM, which ignore the concepts and input from the Nesso community (Nesso).

Reducing the Voting Requirements of CC&R Changes:

It is not a joke that Senator Gray’s bill would now allow associations to amend the CC&R’s to increase the restrictions on the use of your property, with only a majority vote of the community. …


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Yes, the U.S. 2020 presidential election is over. U.S. Electoral College has officially affirmed Biden’s victory. President-Elect Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021. Authorities ultimately dismissed Claims of widespread fraud, a stolen election, and illegal voting made by President Trump and his political allies. While some political actors publicly made allegations of fraud, Trump’s lawyers backed away from asserting fraud.

However, one should stress that Americans did not forcefully reject Trumpism, even if Biden prevailed in the end. Trumpism is likely to remain alive for some time, no matter who is in the White House. The world has…


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As long as money has existed, so has currency counterfeiting. A proper understanding of currency as a means of warfare throughout history may be useful for adequate assessment of contemporary economic problems and the development of public policies to address them accordingly. For thousands of years, money has been essential for human life.

According to Alonso Felipe de Herrera y Guzmán, the first Spanish coins were brought from Europe to Santo Domingo in 1510. Until then, the Crown had refused to relax the laws that prohibited the exportation of coins from Spain to America. Counterfeit castellanos and ducados had, however…


William Blake — Cristiano con el escudo de la fe. A través de Wikimedia Commons.

Las teorías de conspiración no son nuevas. De una forma u otra, estas han estado con nosotros a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad. El sujeto no siempre logra explicar empíricamente la realidad que lo rodea, especialmente cuando los acontecimientos se encuentran, todavía, en desarrollo. Evaluar la historia en retrospectiva es una cosa y ser protagonista de ella, en menor o mayor grado, es otra.

Las conspiraciones, además, existen. Es un hecho público y notorio. La sociedad está organizada en grupos políticos, económicos, sociales y religiosos que, en conjunto, hacen vida en espacios inter y multiculturales. Grupos y…


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The first legislative session of Arizona is coming up on January 11th, 2021 (41–1101). This is a great opportunity to improve transparency and protect homeowners’ rights by strengthening statutes through the legislative branch. Homeowners deserve to be treated fairly and be informed of what is happening in their communities; they should be encouraged to speak, vote, and participate in the decision-making process of our Arizona communities. Each legislature session is a constant struggle against HOA industry special interests. …


Counterfeit money (falske penger) in Norway. Counterfeit 19th-century coins (Falske mynter). Norwegian National Museum of Justice. Wolfmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Few institutions and means are as important to human welfare as money. Considered by most economists to be a market phenomenon, money acts as a social mechanism of distribution, usually by some authority of power. It can be said that this institution has played a key role in the transfer of real resources between parties and the distribution of economic surplus. Remarkably, it has been historically found that the very formation of the modern nation state has been inextricably linked with the process of establishing a unified sovereign national currency. It is no wonder, then, that efforts in war or…


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La innovación de la técnica y la tecnología impulsa cambios profundos en nuestras nociones de humanidad, naturaleza y ontología, lo cual se ha traducido en una evolución consecuente de lo que entendemos por tiempo, espacio y lugar. Si bien es cierto que asociamos la palabra implante con las intervenciones estéticas, una gran parte de las personas que viven en sociedades bien organizadas tienen dentro de sus cuerpos artefactos o dispositivos que fueron creados por el hombre, como los marcapasos para el corazón. Otro buen ejemplo de ello son las resinas dentales, comúnmente presentes en la dentadura de muchas personas. Los…


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Even if moves to reinstate the policy introduced by Barack Obama in 2014 to normalize U.S.-Cuban relations are expected, the truth is that the Biden administration is not likely to soon return to the U.S.-Cuba bilateral commercial, economic, and political landscape that existed prior to Jan. 20, 2017. If only the Republic of Cuba were to exit Venezuela, the Biden Administration would have a relatively free rein to make changes to Trump administration decisions relating to the Republic of Cuba. Any relief for Cuba should be linked to open economic activity for citizens, tolerance for political dissent, and no restrictions…

Vicente Quintero

Social researcher. Politics, Philosophy, History and Economics. Poetry. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FCTQP3L/

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