Could Facebook’s Diem become Fedcoin by default?

May 28, 2021

Why did US lawmakers kill Libra in the crib but have so far been silent on Diem? If the US is behind the curve in the race to a Central Bank Digital Currency, one way to jumpstart Fedcoin would be to use Facebook’s DiemUSD stablecoin.


Do We Really Want to Return to "Normal" If "Normal" Is Destroying the Planet?

May 28, 2021

Change the incentives, and the outcomes change. Ecologist Howard Odum provided a profound insight into human expansion, stagnation and collapse. He argued that humans are wired to maximize power output (i.e., consumption) rather than maximize efficiency.


Russia as a rogue network state

May 27, 2021

Following up on an issue from a couple of weeks ago, that argued cyber crime is a post-national activity, let’s briefly delve into the larger argument, or frame, that Russia is emerging as a rogue network state.


Systemic Risks Abound

May 26, 2021

If you wanted to design a system guaranteed to collapse in a putrid heap, you’d make moral hazard ubiquitous and you’d make the system 100% dependent on a hubris-soaked faux savior. For the past 22 years, every time the stock market whimpered, wheezed or whined, the Federal Reserve rushed to soothe the spoiled crybaby.


#AxisOfEasy 197: Belarus Blogger And Journalist Snatched Off Of Hijacked Plane

May 25, 2021

Android apps leak data vs misconfigured cloud backends,
Personal security app plans private security response,
Belarus blogger and journalist snatched off of hijacked plane…this and more in this week’s Axis of Easy # 197


Fed to Treasury Dealers and Congress: We Can’t Count On You, We’re Taking Charge

May 24, 2021

The Fed sees itself as trapped by the incompetence and greed of the other players and by its own policy extremes that were little more than expedient “saves” of a system that is unraveling due to its fragility and brittleness.




Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 


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