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Election Protests May Give New Life To Ecuador’s Dormant Social Movements

Last Sunday Ecuador’s ruling party won another presidential election, though the opposition alleged fraud almost immediately. Election night witnessed opposition protests throughout the country. It was a predictable event. It was going to a very close election and the political climate has become so toxic that both sides seemed convinced if they lost it would

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Tear Gas and Disputed Elections in Ecuador

Amid a disputed election and allegations of fraud nationwide protests break out in Ecuador.

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Pig Sex

The clouds had cleared and there was still time before the sun fell behind the mountains so when I got to the top of the hill, where I was supposed to turn left to head home, I kept going. I cycled past the airport and up another hill that took me away from the highway,

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A Tale of $2 Bills in Ecuador

  Last night, upon returning to Latacunga after traveling with my god-daughter and her family for Carnival, I invited everyone out for pizza. All I had to pay was a stack of $2 bills. That’s all I ever have in Ecuador. Since the nation was dollarized in 2000 not many of these bills have made

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A Short Guide to Bitcoin in 2017

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and payment system. Coindesk has written up a fairly concise article to quickly answer ‘What is bitcoin?’ and if you want more, dive into the wikipedia entry. A good place to find bitcoin enthusiasts discussing the latest news would be r/bitcoin or r/btc. I’ve been interested in the technology for about

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A Notebook From 2016

I carry a notebook with me almost everywhere I go. I see each one filled as a new chapter completed. This one began in Nepal and ended in the US with the election. Here are some excerpts… — What is life? Life is the capacity for growth. It is our ability and desire to improve.

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My Experience with Inkshares: A Cautionary Tale

  About a year ago, in late 2015, I stumbled upon a decentralized, crowd-funded publisher called Inkshares. At a glance, it looked great. Inkshares seemed a combination of a couple of passions of mine. I’ve been interested in the trend toward decentralization for years and am forever interested in projects that subvert media funding models.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline: Today’s Most Important Fight

If the United States is going to move forward in a progressive direction it will be forced to do so from the ground up, kicking and screaming. The encampment blocking the Dakota Access pipeline is today’s best hope. If the world is saved from environmental disaster it will be because ordinary people took action, not

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