North Korea as You Haven’t Seen It

August 20th, 2014 No comments

My son passed this video on to me – taken in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea. It’s a place we Westerners never get to see, and our opinion of the place is clearly affected by lack of photographic evidence – not to mention anti-North Korean sentiment. Watch it and be surprised.

Enter Pyongyang from JT Singh on Vimeo.

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The Declaration of Bitcoin’s Independence

August 14th, 2014 2 comments

Amen to that!

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Surveillance Risks – Android vs iPhone

August 12th, 2014 No comments

You probably have a smart phone – and if so, it’s more than likely to be either an iPhone or one of the Android iterations.

If you spend any time on the blogosphere it’s easy to come across “platform wars” where Android and iPhone users clash, exchanging “abuse”, and in the case of Android users, a lot of “hate” for Apple and what they believe it represents.

Most of this stuff is puerile in my opinion, as it’s a free market and there is no monopoly – so people can choose what smartphone platform they prefer.

However, there is one area where Android supporters have often lambasted Apple, and that is in regard to “openness” – the fact Android is an open-source operating system, which allows a great deal of modification – as opposed to Apple’s iPhone, which offers a closed system ecosphere.

Well, it appears that being “open” is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when it comes to privacy, surveillance and spyware – as this interesting article reveals:

Why Surveillance Companies Hate The iPhone

 

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How to Spot a Sociopath

August 9th, 2014 No comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve generally been someone who gives others the benefit of the doubt. And I guess this is due to the misplaced idea that others are like me, or will act as I do.

For most people you deal with, this isn’t such a bad position to take. Trouble is, there are certain types of people who are literally out to “get” you, and who may appear normal – but aren’t.

These people are called sociopaths. And if you’re not too sure what that means or how to spot one, then the following guide from Paul Rosenberg will be enlightening:

They Walk Among Us

 

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Government is Sticking Its Finger In The Bitcoin Pie

August 6th, 2014 No comments

It had to happen of course. Bitcoin is a revolutionary invention that undermines state power by re-inventing money as something the government cannot either issue or control. And as a result, it is only natural that governments will attempt to subvert it.

But smart governments won’t ban it outright. Rather, they will attempt to regulate it to their own advantage. And this is what the New York Department of Financial Services is attempting to do with its recently released paper on a suggested regulatory framework.

For an excellent critique of this state-sponsored nonsense, read this essay by Erik Voorhees:

Reflections on The NYDFS Bitcoin Proposal And The Right to Privacy

 

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Why Bitcoin is Important For The World

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

If you’ve got 20 minutes to spare and would like a concise and comprehensive explanation of Bitcoin, then watch this live video of Roger Ver, speaking at a recent Bitcoin conference in Singapore.

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Why Hoarding Bitcoin is Good For Bitcoin

July 20th, 2014 No comments

It’s interesting that in the Bitcoin world, the desire to save is called “hoarding”. Conversely, when people put money into a savings account with their bank, we don’t usually call it hoarding.

There are many enthusiastic “Bitcoiners” who preach spending as a way to drive adoption. But that is not the way I see it, not from the beginning, and not now.

What drives adoption is Bitcoin’s price. With an ever-increasing price, Bitcoin adoption is a given. And when people saving Bitcoin finally get around to spending it (which they obviously will at some time), it will be because they value whatever they are spending it on more than the bitcoins themselves.

When I consider my own Bitcoin saving strategy, I already have a plan as to when and why I would spend it – in both the near and long term. In other words, I certainly plan to spend my bitcoins, but at a time and on terms that will benefit me the most.

Think of it this way. If you were to purchase 10 bitcoins and just turn around and spend them, would you consider that a rational economic action – especially if you had good reason to believe they would triple in value in one year’s time?

I think the only people who would consider the spending option in that scenario are those who have so much money that a mere 10 bitcoins is nothing to them. But for those wanting to get ahead financially, the temptation to save those 10 bitcoins would be considerable.

If you’ve been pondering this conundrum – to spend or save Bitcoin – then have a read of this interesting article:

I’m Hoarding Bitcoins, And No You Can’t Have Any

 

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Bitcoin: A Speculative Attack

July 10th, 2014 No comments

Here’s a mind-stretching article on why and how Bitcoin will become mainstream. Don’t read, at your own peril!

A Speculative Attack

 

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Bitcoin: Future Thinking With Timothy Draper

July 8th, 2014 No comments

Timothy Draper, co-founder and Managing Director of investment firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, talks about his purchase of about 30,000 bitcoins at a U.S. government auction and his vision of the outlook for the virtual currency. Worth a watch…

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An Eye For An Eye

July 7th, 2014 1 comment

“Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot” – so goes the Old Testament quotation from Exodus 21:24.

And so goes the Zionist state of Israel – in full Old Testament drag.

Following the murder of three young Israelis, the Israeli government initiated a rampage of collective punishment, including the destruction of homes of suspects, as to make a mockery of any sense of justice.

In the West we are accustomed to seeing perpetrators of murder brought to justice via the court system and judged by a jury of their peers – being convicted beyond reasonable doubt.

Is it no wonder that a young Palestinian boy was burned to death in revenge? Why not, when the Israeli government is demonstrating the same revenge rage?

In this case I would say the government was clearly guilty of incitement.

It is therefore completely hypocritical for Netanyahu to “condemn” the killing of the young Palestinian, when his own security forces have already killed innocent Palestinians in their savage desire for revenge.

Israel always goes on about its moral superiority, its being the only democracy in the Middle East – a beacon of light in a region of darkness. But actions speak louder than words.

Collective Punishment And Israeli State Terror

Addendum: Further to this subject, I recommend reading the following essay by Justin Raimondo:

Who Started “The Cycle of Violence” in Palestine?

 

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