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FTR #785 Bit[coin]burg, Part 4: Fool’s Gold, Part 2

The fourth of our pro­grams about Bit­coin, this broad­cast fur­ther doc­u­ments the pre­dictable chaos and malfea­sance result­ing from a valu­able mon­e­tary enti­ty that is total­ly unreg­u­lat­ed and open to all of the vagueries and crim­i­nal­i­ty to which inter­net busi­ness is sub­ject. Much of the pro­gram focus­es on the col­lapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Japan, one of the world’s largest Bit­coin mar­ket­places. Blamed ini­tial­ly on hack­ers, it may well be that the oper­a­tors of Mt. Gox were engaged in delib­er­ate malfea­sance, as were anony­mous hack­ers who called atten­tion to the sins of the com­pa­ny’s man­age­ment. The pro­gram notes that the con­cen­tra­tion of own­er­ship in the Bit­coin com­mu­ni­ty is even more pro­nounced than it is in the reg­u­lar econ­o­my.


FTR #775 Ratzinger Leaves the Ship–The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

The star­tling res­ig­na­tion of Pope Bene­dict XVI (nee Joseph Ratzinger) brings to mind a num­ber of con­sid­er­a­tions. Ratzinger was some­thing of a care­tak­er, charged with sus­tain­ing the Opus-Dei style reac­tion grip­ping the Vat­i­can and keep­ing the lid on poten­tially dam­ag­ing inquiries.. He took office with the Holy See engulfed in scan­dal and inquiry, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing priest molesta­tion inves­ti­ga­tions, renewed inquiries into mon­ey laun­der­ing by the Vat­i­can Bank and inquiries con­cern­ing the Vatican’s behav­ior dur­ing and after World War II. Might some of those issues over­whelmed his papa­cy, forc­ing the first Papal res­ig­na­tion in his­to­ry?


FTR #771 The Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook, Part 13: Beware of Libertarians Bearing Gifts (1934 Coup Attempt Redux)

Sum­ming up his polit­i­cal out­look, Snow­den wrote that the elder­ly ‘wouldn’t be fuck­ing help­less if you weren’t send­ing them fuck­ing checks to sit on their ass and lay in hos­pi­tals all day.’ The forces for which he fronts are: ” . . . root­ed in a the­ory that, in James Madison’s words, would “speed­ily put an end to the Union itself.”


Katherine Harris’ Husband “Commits Suicide”

We note the recent alleged sui­cide of for­mer Flori­da Sec­re­tary of State Kather­ine Har­ris’ hus­band, a Swede named Anders Ebbe­son. Ebbeson’s company–InterCon–specialized in mak­ing appli­ances for yachts and RV’s, which would dove­tail very well with drug smug­gling and oth­er con­tra­band traf­fick­ing activ­i­ties. Ebbe­son worked for Elec­trolux after it bought out his first com­pa­ny. Elec­trolux was the cre­ation of Axel Wen­ner-Gren, a promi­nent Swedish indus­tri­al­ist who was a Third Reich ally.


Update on Snowden’s “Op” as Destabilization of Obama


A recent law­suit against the NSA about its spy­ing oper­a­tions was brought by Lar­ry Klay­man, an extreme right-winger who called on the “Mus­lim” Oba­ma to put down the “Quran” and come out of the White House with his hands up!

Judge Richard J. Leon, who ruled in favor of Klay­man and his clients, is a loy­al Bush fam­i­ly run­ning dog, hav­ing helped to cov­er-up the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal and the Octo­ber Sur­prise, in addi­tion to hav­ing been involved with the desta­bi­liza­tion of the Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion over the non-exis­tent White­wa­ter “crimes.”


Update on Bitcoin, Max Planck Institute

One of the most vis­i­ble sup­port­ers of bit­coin is a “tech­no-lib­er­tar­i­an” named Cody R. Wil­son, whom we exam­ined in FTR #760. Wil­son, not sur­pris­ing­ly, is a devo­tee of Hans Her­mann-Hoppe and an active oppo­nent of democ­ra­cy. Bit­coin users have favored the Tor net­work. Now, a researcher with the Max Planck Insti­tute is look­ing to devel­op an alter­na­tive inter­net net­work that wil be imper­vi­ous to pen­e­tra­tion. One won­ders if that is intend­ed to facil­i­tate secure move­ment of ter­ror­ist and/or covert oper­a­tions monies for Under­ground Reich ele­ments.


FTR #760 Bit[coin]burg–The Rebels Without a Clue

In this pro­gram, we exam­ine a clan­des­tine, online cur­ren­cy called bit­coin. Bit­coin has been hatched from the same lib­er­tar­i­an, Lud­wig von Mis­es milieu to which Eddie “get rid of social secu­ri­ty, bring back the gold stan­dard” Snow­den adheres. Although the cur­ren­cy has usu­al­ly been attrib­uted to one Satoshi Nako­mo­to, an arti­cle in Fastcompany.com hypoth­e­sizes that the actu­al devel­op­ers of bit­coin were Charles Bry, Neal J. King (who offi­cial­ly denies any involve­ment) and Vladimir Oks­man. All three work for a Ger­man firm called Lan­tiq, evolved from Siemens A.G. Ger­many is the only nation that rec­og­nizes bit­coin.


Bit[coin]burg II

“Tech­no-lib­er­tar­i­ans” view bit­coin as a pos­si­ble alter­na­tive to the dol­lar as a reserve cur­ren­cy, man­i­fest­ing an anti-gov­ern­ment ori­en­ta­tion. It has been sub­ject to all of the same ills as reg­u­lar cur­ren­cies. Lib­er­tar­i­an-fas­cist Peter Thiel is a backer of bit­coin.


Bitcoinburg–Who Developed this “Virtual Currency?”

In this post, we exam­ine the ori­gins of the bit­coin vir­tu­al cur­ren­cy, which evolved into the online cur­ren­cy of choice for the cus­tomers of the Silk Road net­work. Alone among sov­er­eign nations, Ger­many has rec­og­nized bit­coin as legal ten­der. An arti­cle at Fast­com­pa­ny hypoth­e­sizes that three indi­vid­u­als named Neal J. King, Charles Bry and Vladimir Oks­man are the true orig­i­na­tors of bit­coin. All three work for Lan­tiq. Lan­tiq is a firm evolved from Siemens spin­off Infi­neon AG.


FTR #751 Interview with Russ Baker

In this vis­it with Russ Bak­er, we intro­duced some new top­ics and updat­ed some oth­er inquiries. Not­ed as a ped­dler of the unten­able “Lee Har­vey Oswald as lone nut assas­sin” hypoth­e­sis, Ger­ald Pos­ner has emerged as a PR func­tionary for the broth­er of Afghan pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai. We not­ed that Bill O’Reil­ly did some good work on the JFK assas­si­na­tion before con­form­ing to the right-wing ide­o­log­i­cal dic­tates of Fox News. Much of the pro­gram cen­tered on dis­cus­sion of the re-open­ing of the inves­ti­ga­tion into Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion. Grant Coop­er’s behav­ior as Sirhan Sirhan’s first defense attor­ney was stun­ning.