The Real Value And Potential of Bitcoin

October 16th, 2014 No comments

If you want a short, concise explanation of the true value and potential of Bitcoin and what this new technology represents, then watch this short video.

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Michael Scheuer’s Islamic State Reality Check

October 15th, 2014 No comments

If you’re concerned about the advance of the Islamic State, then I recommend you watch this video interview with Michael Scheuer, ex CIA  chief for the Bin Laden unit. It certainly provides a reality check and some common sense – a quality sorely lacking in our “dear leaders”.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Before Canadian Senate Committe

October 10th, 2014 No comments

If you’ve ever wanted a thorough explanation of Bitcoin, and the opportunity to hear tough questions answered, then it’s worth watching this video. Andreas Antonopoulos does a brilliant job of articulating what Bitcoin is and answering all the questions thrown at him in an intelligent and clear manner.

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Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Predicts $10K Bitcoin

September 24th, 2014 No comments

Listening to someone with a track record in picking technology “winners” is not a bad strategy for learning something worthwhile. And venture capitalist Tim Draper seems to have an uncanny knack for such – including his prediction that Bitcoin will be worth $10,000 within three years.

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Scotland The Not-So-Brave

September 22nd, 2014 4 comments

I have to admit that I sat glued to my computer screen on the day of the Scottish Independence referendum, fervently hoping that the Scots would grasp a unique opportunity to go it alone.

However, I wasn’t convinced that “yes” could win, especially after the events in the last week of the campaign, where the establishment “powers that be” pulled out all the stops in an attempt to derail the accelerating independence “train”.

The trick that pulled this off was the promise that if Scots voted “No”, then Scotland would be granted additional devolved powers, all wrapped up in a nice-sounding slogan, that the Scots could then have the “best of both worlds” – with more powers, while still remaining in the UK.

And it would appear this was enough to convince around 6% of registered voters who were undecided to tick the “No” box and deny the “Yes” supporters of an historic win. With only 10 points between the “yes” and “no” camps, a 6% gain by “yes” would have been enough to swing the referendum.

While I’m saddened that the Scots didn’t grab this opportunity with both hands – including their hearts and minds – I do indeed understand why “No” won. It’s because fear is a more powerful emotion than hope.

All through the referendum campaign, the “Better Together” campaign was almost entirely negative, using threats of disaster to convince Scots to stay away from independence. These tactics were roundly condemned as being to negative, to the point where the “yes” people were calling the other campaign “Bitter Together”.

All sorts of comments and opinions were aired about how a negative campaign did not inspire like a positive one, and the “No” campaign was castigated for its dour demeanour. But the truth is, they knew what they were doing. They knew that fear rules. They knew that if only they could stoke up enough doubt and fear, then the majority would take fright at the last minute and vote “No”.

The masterstroke, after all this fear and negativity, was to suddenly come up with the “more devolution if you vote no” mantra, with multi-party promises to rush through more “Home Rule” for Scotland, if only people would step away from full independence and stay with the UK and the status quo.

And clearly it worked!

However, no one should be fooled into thinking that the ideal of Scottish independence has gone away. It’s well known that the older voters were more likely to vote “No”. And it’s also well known that young working class voters, especially in Glasgow, voted overwhelmingly for “Yes”.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that demographics alone will change the voting landscape markedly, even within the next five years – especially if those who promised more devolution to Scotland if they voted “No” fail to deliver on their last-minute promises.

 

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The Axis of Evil And Other Nonsense

September 22nd, 2014 No comments

If you look at world events with a sense of foreboding, combined with a feeling of “1984” Orwellian redux, then you are surely not alone. The fact is, a good case can be made to prove those who rule over us are either incompetent, mad – or worse, plain evil.

Bruce Fein gets to grips with this issue in his article…

The True Axis of Evil

 

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Bitcoin: The Bigger Picture

September 22nd, 2014 No comments

Many people get hung up on what Bitcoin is. Is it money? Is it a currency? Is it an asset? But the thing is, Bitcoin is much more than any one of those, as this interesting TED talk explains…

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The Islamic State And The War on Terror Redux

September 16th, 2014 4 comments

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And if that is true, then it’s clear our political leaders are “insane”.

After 9/11 the USA declared a “war on terror” – something that was a bogus concept right from the start, because you cannot have a war on a “tactic” of war. For that’s what terrorism is, a tactic of war.

But never mind the semantics, our leaders were oblivious to the sheer impossibility of winning such a war – then and now.

So here we are, 13 years later, and the threat of terrorism has grown. It has certainly not been defeated. In fact, one could easily posit that all the “war on terror” has achieved so far is to great more terrorists. Worse still, to create smarter terrorists.

For all the billions of dollars spent on this ridiculous war, there is nothing to show for it, except more terrorism – more effective terrorism

So what is the USA’s response to this latest manifestation – IS, the Islamic State? More of the same of course!

I would suggest that responding to IS’s provocations – as in well-publicised beheadings – by waging war on them, is exactly what they want us to do. They want US and its allies to put “boots on the ground”, and by all accounts they will get it, due to the inevitable “mission creep” that will occur when our leaders realise that simply firing missiles from the sky does not in fact eradicate this terrorist menace.

The trouble is, nothing will be able to eradicate IS. Why? Because it’s an ideology, belief, an idea. You cannot eradicate beliefs and ideas. You can kill people, but the ideas live on. And if the West foolishly wages a full-scale war in the Middle East in an attempt to kill off all IS members, all that will happen is what has happened already – a lot more “pissed off” and radicalised Muslims moving over to the Islamic State’s side.

A much better response would be to do nothing. Pay no attention to the beheadings. Make no attempt to attack them. Instead spend that money on ensuring such terrorism does not arrive on one’s own shores, and put up effective domestic defence.

These beheadings are for one purpose only, to inflame the passions of the West so that we feel compelled to wage war against them – something they seem eager to encourage. So the question we need to ask ourselves is this, “Why does IS provoke us? Why do they want to cause the West to start a war against them?”

I believe the answer is simple, to act as a recruiting tool for more radicalised Muslims. If the West engages in a full-on war against IS, then this can easily be interpreted as a general war against Islam, to which many young men (and women also apparently) will respond in ever-increasing numbers. And the end result of such escalation will not be the “degradation” of IS that Obama is promising, but rather, a multiplication of this hydra-headed beast to the point where the only result will be more terrorism, not less.

 

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Advice on War Propaganda From an Expert

September 16th, 2014 2 comments

“The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.” – Adolf Hitler, from Chapter 6 “War Propaganda”, Mein Kampf 1926  – with thanks to ZeroHedge

 

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In Gold, Silver And Bitcoin We Trust

September 15th, 2014 No comments

Watching the global economy, the geopolitical landscape and the dire state of the world is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Everywhere you look you can see disaster waiting to happen.

There are wars popping up all over the place, or at least the threat of wars. There are economies in free fall. There are markets that are defying gravity. And there is the constant reality of  mounting debts that can never be repaid and paper money that is constantly being “printed”.

All this points to danger ahead. The only question is, “Why hasn’t this happened already?”

It’s a good question, and one that can only be answered by referring to the power of centralised states to manage both the media and the markets, to manipulate things just enough to carry on for a bit longer.

But if you take the time to look at all this mayhem with your own eyes – not through the eyes of the mainstream media – then either you close them in despair and hope it’s not happening, or you start to think what you can do to protect yourself.

For example: What will you do if you wake up one morning to find money siphoned out of your bank account to “bail-in” banks in trouble? What will you do if a hyperinflation were to arrive? What will you do if there’s a run on the banks and the ATMs no longer work?

Of course no one wants to spend all their days worrying about such things, as there is enough to worry about in life without speculating on the future. But it does make sense to have a rational plan for such eventualities.

And I don’t believe implementing such a plan is that hard, especially if you know what to do.

For me I try to keep things simple. I look at history and realise that experiments with paper money always fail in the end. I also realise that historically people have always chosen gold and silver as their preferred money – money that is not created and manipulated by governments.

Today we have yet another option – Bitcoin. In fact, some people are calling Bitcoin “Gold 2.0″, because it has many of the properties of gold – including its limited supply and lack of government control.

So the way I see it, a sane plan of action would be to invest in gold, silver and Bitcoin as a way of hedging all bets. We already know that gold and silver never lose all their value. In fact, if you look at historical charts you quickly realise that both these precious metals are proven hedges against inflation over time.

Sure, Bitcoin is more of an unknown, more of a speculation, but at the same time it represents a pathbreaking technology that I believe is destined to change the world. It also represents a form of money that already has an infrastructure in place that enables the buying and selling of stuff – an essential requirement when thinking about alternatives to paper money.

If you’re not up to speed with Bitcoin, then I invite you to download my free report – Bitcoin: The Money Revolution – as it will give you a good primer and starting point.

Gold and silver need no such explanations of course, and still represent the most trusted forms of asset protection.

If you feel you are missing the boat here, that you should get your hands on such metals, but have not yet done so, then I have a very interesting wealth accumulation and preservation strategy I’d like to share with you – a way you can get your hands on gold and silver at cost, even in the smallest of quantities.

Even better, this wealth accumulation/preservation plan can literally pay you to share it with others, while you continue to build up your own savings in gold and/or silver. In other words, if you don’t have a lot of funds to buy meaningful amounts of gold and silver, then this plan can solve that problem for you, giving you the means to not only implement your own precious metals savings plan, but also earn additional cash to fund it.

If you’d like to learn more, then click here to watch a presentation.

 

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