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Russian Space Chief: ‘We’re Talking About Establishing Permanent Bases’ On the Moon

May 24, 2012 3 comments

By Clay Dillow Posted 05.23.2012 at 1:07 pm

Yesterday, the heads of the space agencies for Europe, Canada, Russia, India, and Japan met in Washington D.C. (without NASA, which had all hands on deck for the SpaceX launch in Florida). The most interesting topic of conversation? The moon, which seems to be the destination on everyone’s agenda except for NASA. And for Russia, it’s less a destination and more a frontier for colonization.

Canada Launches Its Own Virtual Cash, Called MintChip


By Rebecca Boyle Posted 04.12.2012 at 11:02 am

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-04/canadian-mint-launches-its-own-virtual-cash-called-mintchip

Canadian Penny Is No More mrgreen09 via Flickr

Next time you visit Canada, you might use digital currency to purchase your poutine, using something called MintChip backed by the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint announced it’s getting rid of the penny and starting a new e-currency instead, and it wants the software community to help develop it.

 The government just launched the MintChip Challenge— which was apparently so popular it’s already fully registered — to seek new digital payment apps for this new virtual currency. The idea is sort of a hybrid, combining the convenience of electronic transactions and the anonymity of cash. It will work via SD cards, but it will have no personal information or bank account data associated with it. It’s sort of like BitCoin but with actual, government-backed value.

 The four-month contest includes 500 developers who will build apps that can demonstrate MintChip’s value. They’ll have to work on a variety of smartphone and desktop browsers. The prize: Solid gold wafers and coins worth about $50,000.

Its anonymity is a pretty unique idea. Other electronic payment systems — PayPal, Square, NFC-enabled phones, etc. — all connect to a person’s credit card or bank account. But cash is a great equalizer; you don’t need to have good credit to use it. MintChip would enable the same type of low-cost transactions for which you’d normally use cash. A Canadian banking group called Interac estimates that small-value transactions under $20 are worth $90 billion to the Canadian economy, the Toronto Star reported.

MintChip still has some kinks to be ironed out, including privacy, security of the currency and other questions. But it’s certainly an interesting concept.

[via Slashdot]

 

Major Paper : Canada Government Covered Up ‘Massive Amounts Of Radiation In Air’


Friday, 05 August 2011 08:29

‘A Major Canadian Paper Reports That The Government Covered Up Massive Amounts Of Radioactive Material From Fukushima In Canadian Air” And Are Continuing To Manipulate Radiation Monitoring Data.’

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Leuren Moret – Nuclear Genocide of Babies and Children in Japan, US, Canada Grows

July 20, 2011 1 comment

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 09:00


Canadians to Protest Against Royal Visit


Sunday, 03 July 2011 08:32

‘Around 300 fans of the separatist Quebec Resistance Network are expected to demonstrate outside City Hall when the royal couple gives a visit to the capital as part of their Canadian tour, group member Julien Gaudreau revealed.

Gaudreau claimed that the Resistance Network would “commit pacifist acts of civil disobedience” on July 3, to express their opposition against the amount of money being paid by the Canadian taxpayers for the event.

He stressed that the majority of Quebecers have not been in favor of the British Monarchy, accusing the federal government of carrying out a “propaganda campaign” to encourage positive attitudes among the Canadians right before the royal visit.’

http://www.davidicke.com/headlines

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