Miguel A. Torres

Mexico

Independent inventor with several patents on my name in fields such as vehicle and information technology. Proficient at mechanical design and manufacturing (lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, etc.).

Independent writer with extensive knowledge in many humanistic fields such as History, Law, Economy, Politics. Expert on Physics. I’m about to release a book describing the Theory of Information.

I speak some human (Spanish, English, German) and computer (x86 assembly, BASIC, C/C++, Java/JavaScript, PHP, SQL, etc.) languages.

Above all, I’m an homo quærens (a philosopher).

Stories started by Miguel A. Torres

Recent Contributions from Miguel A. Torres

17 April 2018

09 April 2018

06 April 2018

30 March 2018

29 March 2018

28 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 10:06:19, 28 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Peter, I wish I had more time to work on the stories, I think that's more productive than posting comments. However, in less than a month I'm going to release to the public the preliminary edition of my book and I can't really be distracted right now. Actually, please keep that release in mind. I'm finally going to present the Theory of Information, which is what I used to come up with, among many other things, Alternet. )

26 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 20:48:39, 26 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I mean, you know the old adage: "actions speak louder than words". )
• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 20:45:55, 26 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I tend to be negative myself, in the sense that I often express critic more than I do praise. But I do see a lot good things. In all honesty, I think we're doing well considering the resources we have. I joined up in December, we're in March now, and I still see very few active external contributors. There is a lot that needs fixing, true, but despite this, we're slowly building momentum: we're covering the major topics already. I mean, it works. We're slowly but steadily becoming an alternative. I just wish the core staff would understand that this is not a general, but niche news site and that most of our readers are probably well informed already. We have to go beyond "reporting", like "XXX said this, YYY said that". We have to understand that this kind of "factual" is not the same as neutral. Skripal coverage was factual, but not neutral. By replicating every statements of the UK government we used our platform to spread their rumors. We have to keep context in mind: we report on an attempted murder (attack seems an exaggeration) and then, on the same or following day, we flood the site with articles such as "Russians are perfecting hybrid warfare". We can't realistically expect our readers to keep each story separate. Just because we're not saying so explicitly, it doesn't mean we're not validating an unproven assumption (the Russians did it). )

25 March 2018

19 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Russia changes the rules of warfare, perfecting 'hybrid war'‎; 08:14:23, 19 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> US senator John McCain along with Victoria Nulan visited Ukraine shortly before the neo-nazi coup. They literally orchestrated it. And, after they won, they began a crackdown on Russians living there. They attempted to ban Russian language. They needed protection from this and clinged to Russia. Putin only did what any smart president would have done: arrange some elections. They won it by sheer majority. They took it peacefully. What invasion? )

18 March 2018

17 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 19:28:53, 17 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> See, I apologize if I was a bit harsh earlier, there is obviously no easy way for me to raise criticism on this. However, it's our duty to keep an eye on each other. And I see "exceptionalism" here (our colleagues in the US are also prone to that). It's a double standard to suspect foreign states yet fail to hold your own government to the same level of suspicion. You say it's a conspiracy "theory", but I see Julian Assange, who was granted political asylum by Ecuador, being held captive illegally in London, in public view, for several years now. Despite a UN resolution. As far as I know, he's not even been charged of anything in the UK. And even if he was indeed guilty of what he was accused of (which I doubt), there is something called "timing". He builds Wikileaks and suddenly is persecuted? We can't afford to be naive. It's OK to avoid speculation, but there is something called "educated guess". There is no doubt that the British government is perfectly capable of political persecution. If they are capable of doing that to Julian Assange in broad daylight, it's reasonable to suspect that they are capable of a lot more in the shades. From what I heard this morning, they beat me to it, but I was going to suggest to put into question the alleged monopoly Russia has over the chemical agent used in the attack. Chemistry is anything but a monopoly and nerve agents tend to be quite simple in structure, despite the mystical aura. Just about anyone who knows this substance is also capable of manufacturing it, so the origin is not proven. Right now, there is nothing pointing to Russia other than sayings from the UK government and we shouldn't validate rumors. In broader terms, we shouldn't try to wash our responsibility by claiming that "the specialists think so". We always have the last saying in what we publish. It's like medicine: you can consult as many specialists you wish, but in the end you have the last word on your own health. )

16 March 2018

15 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 08:07:13, 15 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Seriously, what's going on here? I understand Sergei Skripal's death is a hot topic in the UK, but unless we have something useful to add, we should keep quiet about it. No information is always better than disinformation. It is jaw dropping that we're reprinting this kind of gossip as a front cover just to have coverage on the issue. I want to believe that this is just economy of information: that there is so much information available in English from the US/UK, it's easy to just reprint stuff to make a quick story. But we're giving the world the impression we're just another fake-news source because this reads like propaganda machine. Let me put it this way: we're following just have one narrative: the (evil) Russians did it. But we have no solid proof of it whatsoever. Myself, I find it just as probable that the British government is getting rid of double agents and blaming Russia. It's killing two birds with one stone. Why this and other similar cases like Alexander Litvinenko's only happen in Britain? Is the British government a sacred entity we can't put into question? )

11 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 06:27:46, 11 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Please, someone help me to understand this: why the title “Mexico City’s political contest is becoming a turf war” is inappropriate while “Nerve agent attack would be new chapter in Kremlin playbook” is appropriate? )
• (removed) . . Comment:Feedback on everything please!‎; 06:26:53 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ (Comment Deleted)
• (view) . . Comment: Nerve agent attack would be new chapter in Kremlin playbook‎; 05:45:36, 11 Mar 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Seriously, I can't believe this is our headline. You accuse the Russian state of something this severe but don't bother to ask them for an official statement on it? )

23 February 2018

21 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: US imposes new sanctions against Venezuela's cryptocurrency‎; 16:53:05, 21 Feb 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Untraceable? Contrary to popular belief, block-chain transactions are far from anonymous. Sure, wallets are not tied to an specific name, but the transaction itself is always public. In this regard, cryptocurrencies are more transparent than regular money is. Why bypassing sanctions is corruption? I thought sovereignty exists precisely to counter external interference. )
• (view) . . Comment: US imposes new sanctions against Venezuela's cryptocurrency‎; 16:37:32, 21 Feb 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> I'm checking into this. Apparently, the technical details are fairly standard: the distributed ledger is maintained by regular users and it will be possible to mine coins in the future. There is nothing technical about petros being redeemable in oil: it's just the Venezuelan government binding itself to honor the digital contracts stored in the block-chain. That's why they choose Ethereum instead of Bitcoin. This will be done through the traditional legal system of courts. I find it quite suspicious that the first batch of coins is already mined. If this is a one-time thing, there should be no concerns. But if the Venezuelan government is considered a privileged user in the network and has direct control over money supply (essentially by decree), there will always be a high risk of rapid depreciation. I think I'm going to write about it. )

06 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 07:14:36, 06 Feb 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Look for "recent changes" in the drop-menu under your name. Then you can go to the "stories" section on the black menu on the left. I thought it was obvious, but I now see that this is bad design/non-obvious. Just be careful, as soon as you open a story any change is recorded. )

05 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 20:22:39, 05 Feb 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> If you go to your user panel->stories you'll see that some of them have a "Draft" label close the title. They are not public yet if they have that label (only members can see the draft). )

02 February 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Feedback on everything please!‎; 03:29:24, 02 Feb 2018 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> This is the way it works now. What we're lacking is a meritocracy. However, current version is built upon Wordpress so I doubt we can do much about it. )

28 January 2018

• (removed) . . Comment:Will Alternet replace present day internet?‎; 18:13:54 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ (Comment Deleted)
• (removed) . . Comment:Will Alternet replace present day internet?‎; 18:13:53 . . Miguel A. Torres (talk | contribs)‎‎ (Comment Deleted)

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  1. Miguel, it would be great if you’d add more information on who you are and what your skills are in your MY PROFILE area. It would be valuable for people to assess how to take in the information you’re offering in pieces like the bitcoin one today.

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