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Cypherpunkd Episode 022: “The Second Realm: TAZ – Temporary Autonomous Zones” – Jonathan Logan

Posted May 3rd, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Jonathan Logan a respected cryptoanarchist, working in BlackIT and author of the underground smash hit book: “The Second Realm – A Book on Strategy” is back to discuss TAZ – Temporary Autonomous Zones.

We cover some historical examples, current examples in many countries. How they work, where they spring up. How we can create our own TAZ’s. The importance of TAZ in cyberspace and meatspace. Operating a TAZ using some strategy such as Conceal, Know, Delay, Defend, Destroy, Recover.Preparing for, dealing with and avoiding Terrorcrats and Pigs. Jonathan also tipped us off on some TAZ operations in cyberspace, and meatspace that people can look into now. Including the Darknets i2p/onionland and agora.anarplex IRC network in cyberspace and a new TAZ building operation in a major European city that is well underway. We were teased about a project of transportable living containers that are capable of integrating into spontaneous and mobile TAZ’s, but we have to wait until the next show with Jonathan to get the scoop on that… Lots of good discussion and info, this episode will go into a complete Second Realm Series covering many specific topics from the book: The Second Realm – A Book on Strategy.
The Second Realm – A Book on Strategy – Link at bottom.
Jewish Ghettos
Kowloon Walled City

  1. anon says:

    audio after intro (on iphone, at least) appears jacked up

  2. Max says:

    More Second Realm stuff!

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Cypherpunkd Episode 021: “The Curious Deaths of American Private Space Programs” – Jim Davidson

Posted May 2nd, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Jim Davidson discusses how his commercial space company and project were crushed by the state and NASA. Origins of his project, goals, and big names involved. We discuss the NASA / Military Industrial Complex link and the US Government sham of “privatization” which is just more corporatism and NASA monopoly. Jim has words about the Soviet space system vs US programs, historically and now. The viability of getting into space, starting on mars, living in an asteroid belt. Jim makes it clear, getting into space has been solved, moving on from there we can do.
Jim mocks those that would liken space-fanboys to other forms of “Digital-Escapism”. We get excellent economic and physics based reasoning why Deep Ocean-steading is impractical and undesirable when compared to space alternatives.

We start to talk about what is needed to be done to move into space, Jim emphasizes: There are no technical limitations for going into space now. Jim recommends a book the interested can read with a very useful scenario, by science fiction, fantasy writer and agorist Victor Koman called Kings of the High Frontier.

The only problem we have now are Government force crushing entrepreneurs ready to move on this.

We get into the reasons why its important to have a frontier as an option, to use, and to force competitive jurisdictions to treat their residents more like customers rather than pigs in the pen. Passports, borders, travel/work restrictions as part of tyrannical global system of slavery. 
Jim makes the point that one reason we are building the Second Realm is because it works as a frontier, where many forms of communication, trade, business can take place in this new electronic frontier that is impossible or deathly dangerous to do in current meatspace. It is a fascinating show, sobering, a little disturbing, yet encouraging and very thought provoking.

Kings of the High Frontier by Victor Koman
Good Space Colonization FAQ!/planetaryjim
Facebook: planetaryjim

  1. Jim Davidson says:

    I’m not confident that Schulman’s outfit, Pulpless, is still functional. If not, the Koman book is certainly available from Amazon or other book sellers.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to share some of my ideas with your listeners. Individual Sovereign University continues to seek support for upgrading our web site and making more alternative currencies available for payment.

    Dreams. I’ve still got my dreams.

  2. Jim Davidson says:

    I think it was Aleksandr Dunaev. I should mention that in November 1990 when David Mayer and I determined to go forward with the Space Travel Services project, Diamandis decided to use Microsat’s money to pay his American Express bill and not pay payroll. So I was able to focus on the new venture. Later, Walt Anderson would withdraw his involvement, and investment, from Microsat when Diamandis determined to sell rocket rides to the Pentagon.

    Complaints about my remarks suggesting that NASA is basically racist would, if they were made, fall on deaf ears in my case. NASA was designed around concepts by arch-Nazi Werner von Braun. The contractor community was designed by Thornberger – who worked with von Braun at Peenemunde running the Mettelwerken concentration camp. Thornberger refused to join the Nazi party and invoked a Weimar Republic rule that said as an officer in the army, he could not be required to join a political party. Meanwhile von Braun joined every conceivable Nazi group he could find from dance clubs to hunting clubs to a pilot academy. The ambition of von Braun to “conquer” space was aligned with Hitler’s dreams of global domination. Thus space duty stations, Moon military bases, etc.

    It turns out that the USA figure is about 332 persons flown and/or killed in space, out of the 528 worldwide total. However, the man-hours in space figure is very much Russian, with 19,503 hours against 13,382 hours for the USA.

    Seven miles is 36,960 feet, so there are over 1,100 atmospheres of water pressure when you get down to the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

    Deep mines – because we don’t want the Russians to win the mineshaft gap.

    Koman’s book is a novel, not a plan. But it describes a very useful scenario of lots of simultaneous projects all over the world.

    • admin says:

      Podcast post notes updated: “Jim recommends a book the interested can read with a very useful scenario by science fiction, fantasy writer”

  3. Jim Davidson says:

    Hi. On the road again. Today I received Virgin Galactic’s essay describing their successful manned test flight of SpaceShip Two or VSS Enterprise. So, that’s a positive development. Branson, Whitesides, Siebold, Nichols, and the Virgin Galactic team are to be congratulated, as are Burt Rutan and the Scaled Composites team. It remains to be seen how the government is going to get in the way of this tourist flight programme.

    It also remains to be seen, to me, how the government is going to screw up XCOR’s very interesting competitive service out of Netherlands Antilles, partnered with KLM airlines. I’ve good reasons to think that their vehicle is a good bet for suborbital tourist flights.

    What I don’t think either team appreciates is the extent to which they can conquer the technical, physical, economic, and financial challenges, but still be hoist by the explosive legal and bureaucratic issues which have, frankly, hamstrung better men than I.

  4. Max says:

    Very interesting and entertaining show. I love the optimism you still have in you – “When you get off the fucking gravity well, why would you go back in?”

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Cypherpunkd Episode 017: “Individual Sovereign University” – Jim Davidson

Posted April 27th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Jim Davidson of “Individual Sovereign University” joins us. We find out the reasons the institution was founded, its short and long term goals. How it works as a student, how anyone can be a teacher. Some courses offered, how to pay. Payment methods that are in development to encourage more Professors/Teachers in Second Realm to earn via anonymous digital cash, crypto currencies or other asset transfer systems. We discuss some agorism ideas in general, decentralization, a little bit about Open Source Cars, decentralization and Jim coins the term: Mountainsteading while giving some critiques on the Seasteading project. Other items, Bradley Manning, Porcfest, the breakdown of the nation state, and paths he is pursuing toward liberty.!/planetaryjim
Facebook: planetaryjim

  1. Jim Davidson says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to speak in such a comprehensive way about our university project, and other important ideas.

    • admin says:

      You bet Jim. Many enjoyed the show. We will have you back soon.

      • Jim Davidson says:

        How about Monday or Tuesday of next week? I’ll be on travel after that, which does not prevent a conversation, but, may limit sound quality. Also, if you like, we might like to test out my set up with Twinkle and the Blue snowball mic. I think my voice was understandable, but the quality might be better with this other method. Dunno.

    • Patrick Chkoreff says:

      Fascinating talk Jim.

  2. Jim Davidson says:

    I get 30 million hits on “online poker.” lol

    We at IndSovU are interested in help making our courses more accessible by adding other currencies, payment methods, and building a better web site.

  3. Mark Waters says:

    Interesting talk , thanks guys!

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Cypherpunkd Episode 016: “PorcFest” – Stephanie Murphy

Posted April 25th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

PorcFest 2011 – “The Largest Liberty Gathering in the World”. Stephanie Murphy gives us an intro to PorcFest, tells us about many of the activities and events, the market in “Agora Valley”, the PorcFest Agorist Coop, where to find out info on registering to attend, registering to have a booth as a vendor, make reservations for lodging and more. and use coupon code “RADIO” for 20% off
PorcFest Agorist Cooperative on Facebook:
PorcFest Marketing Sponsorships:
Shire Silver:

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Cypherpunkd Episode 010: “The Black and Yellow Pages” – Brock Lorber |

Posted April 15th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

The “Black and Yellow Pages” project is geared toward hooking up people for agorist trade. Brock Lorber is an aviation consultant and trainer from Las Vegas, a columnist for Freedom’s Phoenix (, and a coder. We talk about this directory system, its features for reputation and referrals. How current “Certification Authorities” and EBay like ratings systems are full of Fail. What this system does to address these issues. We cover some basis on PGP Web of Trust models. Trust metrics and reputation ratings. The project goals, its codebase, current state and plans and other good stuff.

The Project:
Freedoms Phoenix Articles
Philly Linux PGP Web of Trust Graph
Advogato: Thoughts on the Social Graph

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Cypherpunkd Episode 009: “ – The Agorist Unconference” – George Donnelly |

Posted April 14th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

George Donnelly creator/organizer of the “Unconference” joins us to discuss his project. George tells us a little of his path from statism to where he is now. We discuss some of the presenters and topics, how it came about, how it went, plans for the next conference. Agorism on the ground in Latin America, the weakness of the state, the atomization of individuals in the US and cultural support systems in many “third world” countries actually being very agoric, and along with many other topics along the way.

Silver coins embedded in plastic sheets:

  1. David says:

    Is anyone else having the interview cut short at around 10 minutes in?

    Also, I’m having some difficulty connecting to the chat room from my client. I’m using WeeChat. Any tips?

    admin says:
    • David, which interview is getting cut off. What stream, player are you using? WeeChat? Does it support IRCS:// SSL?
      We will put up a web interface chat gateway this weekend.
      Let me know more details on your issues. Thanks.

      • David says:

        I think the issue has to do with my version of WeeChat. I was able to connect with other clients. No worries!

  2. admin says:

    Embedded chat system still on its way.
    The mp3 was fixed last week.

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Cypherpunkd Episode 008: “ – A Self Sufficient Revolution” – Ben Godwin |

Posted April 13th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Ben Godwin from the awesome website: joins us for a chat. Ben talks about the sites origin, design and goals. We discuss agorism, mutual aid, self-sufficiency, Direct Action, diverse groups moving into agoric activity, the building of alternate systems to replace the Failed States and the Snake Oil they have been peddling, people looking for and building systems to solve their real world problems – now.

Ben and Harold have a new project in the works?

Bookmark and check it out for regularly updated contributions.

Show Links: Website:
Ben Godwin Graphic Design:
Meet The Natives
The Lost Boys of Sudan
Agorism Poster

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Cypherpunkd Episode 005: “Bitcoin Mania” Part 1 – mids |

Posted April 6th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

This episode special guest is mids, cypherpunk, digital currency fanboy, software engineer, privacy & anonymity software creator and project contributor, eurotrash turned turned AnCap by hanging out in the wrong online chat channels. Yes, its ‘mids’, lowercase ‘M’, cause this guy is L33t.

mids gives us the lowdown on this Bitcoin Mania that is exciting and confusing everyone. mids tells us the Cypherpunk Cryptocurrency invasion has begun.

Issues discussed include: What is Bitcoin? Why is Bitcoin Money? Can a tyrant in government seize the worlds Bitcoins? P2P Software/Network that makes up Bitcoin. Open Source Software. Bitcoin Mining. Past and Current USD value of Bitcoin. OTC Exchangers. Business opportunities in parts of the world for on the ground Over the Counter exchangers. The massive amount of developers creating systems for Bitcoin. The fast growing number of merchants accepting it. And… lots more. Enjoy and look forward to more episodes on Bitcoin and other topics with mids.

Bitcoin project:
Great charts on Bitcoin Market Prices:
One example prominent Bitcoin Exchanger:
Fascinating Bitcoin User Google World Map: Google Maps Link
Get free bitcoins:

  1. Techthefuture says:

    Thanks for a great show on bitcoin. Very illuminating on alternative value transfer systems and the possibilities for an alternative future. Still can’t quite wrap my head around that algorithm stuff though. BTW, great intro to the show! Love the Matrix.

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Cypherpunkd Episode 004: “Loom for Dummies” Part 1 – Introduction – Patrick Chkoreff |

Posted April 6th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

A very basic introduction to Loom. Simple, easy to understand and very informative. Topics covered include: The difference between Loom and Paypal/e-gold/GoldMoney/Pecunix type systems we are all familiar with. Very easy to understand explanations on how loom making and receiving of payments work. What are usage tokens and invitations. Loom locations, contacts accounts and assets.

“Loom for Dummies” will be followed up with Part 2 on How to get a loom account, transfer money in, or get loom assets”. Part 3 will cover a very basic intro on how to issue your own assets.

  1. Diane Winslow says:

    As a 73 year old on S.S., living with daughter at lesser rent, I have wanted to market health info and supplies but am put off by the system watching my every financial move—I make any money and they cut off support before I get on my feet. [first to go would be the $225 Alaska helps seniors with] Sooo, just wondering if there would be way to keep earned income away from my bank and state snoops. Diane Winslow

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Cypherpunkd Episode 003: “What is Hawala?” – Jonathan Logan

Posted April 6th, 2011 in Cypherpunkd by admin

Jonathan Logan a respected cryptoanarchist, working in BlackIT and author of the underground smash hit book: “The Second Realm – A Book on Strategy” answers our question: What is Hawala?

Covering: Introduction to the Hawala money transfer systems and networks, Hawala History, Culture, Trust, Community, Worldwide usage past and present and Alternate Honest Value Transfer Systems.

– See for resources on The Second Realm and to download the PDF/eBook on Strategy.
– In Praise of Hawala is an excellent essay by J. Orlin Grabbe on Hawala.