Infiltrators: Bitcoin Paranoid – Episode 162

The Story: Have government agents infiltrated Bitcoin?

If you created a system that could potentially displace a lot of existing organisations – large, powerful organisations – rendering them obsolete and removing their sources of funding, you could reasonably expect that some people from those groups wouldn’t be too happy about it. They will most likely decide to take action – perhaps even criminal action – in order to protect their interests. That’s why when Bitcoin was created, it made sense that its inventor (or inventors) decided to remain anonymous.

The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto remains unknown, and as far as we know, no longer has anything to do with the project. So they are most likely safe from reprisal. Yet, what about the people who are involved in the project today? If powerful people wanted to slow down or even destroy Bitcoin, how would they do it? The decentralised, anti-fragile nature of the system makes it too strong for an attack using software. But the developers’ identities are public, and the discussion boards are public. Anyone with sufficient resources could begin to corrupt these groups using money, violence, threats of violence, and sowing seeds of confusions in public forums – perhaps even creating entire companies to subtly undermine the integrity of the project.

In this episode, Kurt looks at a couple of historical examples of how “law enforcement” organisations are willing to get their hands dirty for questionable purposes, and speculates how similar strategies could be used to unhinge the Bitcoin community – or other digital currency communities. He discusses how Hoover used the FBI to act out his prejudices against black Americans, how London Metropolitan policemen were involved in sexual relationships as part of their undercover operations, and the types of unusual comments that float around among prominent Bitcoiners, that raise the question of whether Bitcoin has been compromised.

Join me on a journey of infiltration, deception and mystery in the next episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

Dash digital cash vs Bitcoin: Which will achieve mass adoption first? – Episode 154

Bitcoin vs Dash: Ridiculous comments about Dash – Episode 157

The Links:

Anarchast – Opening Yourself Up to The World, Living Freely and Enjoying the Ride with Kurt Robinson

Just being black was enough – The Nation

Tape shows Nixon feared Hoover – NY Times

Undercover agents fathered children – The Antimedia

Undercover police had children with activists – The Guardian

Luke JR’s $5 comment on Reddit

Lesser known reasons to keep blocks small in the words of Bitcoin Core developers

In-Q-Tel on Wikipedia

In-Q-Tel’s website

The Cash:

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Open-Source Education: Carey Giudici – Episode 161

The Story: Decentralised micro-education for future leaders

Millions of children around the world are aware to some extent of one specific truth – that schools no longer teach what is relevant to them, and the structure of schooling doesn’t serve them. Many modern schools are built around the Prussian model – a military model, which in many cases, demands compliance above all else, and secondly, emphasises the memorisation of facts. Once upon a time, this was beneficial in certain ways, preparing workers for the monotony of factory jobs in the industrial era. Now that era has passed, and with the age of automation upon us, it becomes increasingly obvious that learning to be a human robot not only won’t help students thrive – it will barely allow them to survive.

Carey Giudici is an editor and writer who realised that there were paths to knowledge as yet unexplored, and one way to lead children along the path of self-knowledge was by giving personality tests to them, and connecting them with mentors, experts with similar personality traits around the world who can guide them.

In this interview, Carey tells us about how this system of education, which he calls SMILE, might function, how it already is beginning to function, and how it will help young people with high levels of stress, frustration, and confusion in schools that don’t teach them to become leaders.

The Cash:

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The Dash instamine and why it doesn’t matter

When a digital currency is mined before it’s released to the public, that may be a symptom of a scam – but it doesn’t prove without a doubt that it’s a scam. It may be an indicator that the creators just intend to boost up the value of the currency a little, sell their holdings, and leave. However, if we find that the creators continue to work on the coin long after any get-rich-quick scheme should have expired, is it still reasonable to say that the coin is a scam?

 

Derrick Broze: Decentralize Your Life – Episode 160

The Story: Derrick Broze – Author of “Manifesto of the Free Humans”

In this interview, Derrick Broze of The Conscious Resistance explains how he decided that money and status weren’t so important and he structured his life to meet his needs, about the Freedom Cells and similar organisations popping up across the US – these small independent groups of people training each other to be more free, about the Decentralize Your Life tour that he and his crew are about to embark on – spreading the message of liberty and independence, and finding ways to build communities, and about his new book, written with John Vibes, “Manifesto of the Free Humans”, which is the third book in their “Conscious Resistance” series, bridging the gap between spirituality and anarchy.

The Eps:

Alfredo Romero – How to squash Mexican protesters

Kenny Palurintano – Anarchist Adventurer

The Links:

Decentralize Your Life tour details

Derrick Broze on Anarchast, speaking about the Decentralize Your Life tour

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Bruce Lipton: Becoming the superorganism of humanity

The Cash:

If you enjoy our posts, please have a look at The Paradise Paradox’s page on Steemit where you can join, earn money, and upvote our posts to help support the show! You can also find a lot of additional content which is not posted on this site, with Kurt’s posts on Steemit and Aaron’s posts on Steemit.

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A message of peace – Kurt Robinson Raps

Kurt delivers a divine discourse through acappella rhyme, conveying to the audience that they are powerful, reminding them of their essence.

 

Lyrics

You might have seen me burn a stage, ruptured with earthquakes
But you never saw when I put first feather to first page
Thousands of hours going unshowered fighting with a pen
Writing, rewriting, editing, and writing again

Creating complex metaphors with such force
Well-articulated thoughts given physical form
Imbibing forgotten mystical shamanic medicines
Performing sacred rituals to show the proper reverence

I spent time analysing logical and philosophical premises
How to develop prosperity, how to avoid pestilence

Studying holy texts that are so complex
They made my brain flip my solar plexus and soul flex
Alongside entrepreneurial biographies to get a clear view
Of how to integrate the spiritual and the material

So when you hear me spit it’s not just any rhymes
It’s a perspective of a man who has lived many lives
Who has dug deep into the spirit to autodidactically verify
Peeled back layers of onions to find what it said inside

I’ve jotted mountains of lyrics of found-within-ness
That condense the epiphanies of powerful visions
It takes a scholar to make the division between my witticisms
My pseudo-intellectualism and my wisdom

In past lives I ate fools whole and chewed bones
Barefoot face of the sun, walked through snow
Killed men and raised dead for a cool show
Wrapped space around time in a cute bow

I outlived universes’ entropy till it grew cold
Waited through the heat death till they anew growed
All the skills from my past selves, all of my cast spells
But nothing compares to the power to move a human soul

God’s fingers touched my lips so let me speak
For I come from beyond time with a message of peace
These things I know heaven is high, hell is deep
And nothing will fill your heart like service to your fellow being

So what lies within your heart tell me please
Tell me what you hide inside that’s seldom seen
Suffering makes you live, you bled, you breathe
Embrace your divine nature and set yourself free

You’ve been blessed with will and pure intellect
A chance to love yourself or ignore and neglect
The need to decide your own meaning of life
Within your forty more breaths divorced from death

You can be Me easily reborn in the flesh
With an earth with soil so well-formed and fresh
So I humbly present you a choice with all respect
These are yours to wreck or yours to protect

You were born with a divine melody, a holy tune
Singing the sweetest song a soul consumes
Look into the eyes of a child and you’ll know it’s true
Your earthly brethren have such high hopes for you

Life can be like a hall of mirrors
We get obsessed with the surface like a sort of sickness
Take a look – what’s behind all those visions
Pure space, the space to transform into brilliance

All those millions of possibilities the universe spins through
You came from nothing, so you’ve got no more to lose
Everything that’s within me is within you
So please stand up, and do what you were born to do

How to Squash Mexican Protesters: Alfredo Romero – Episode 159

The Story: How Mexico threatens, harasses and bribes activists

May 11th, 2012, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto gets up to do a speech, describing his political platform before hundreds of students. At the end of his discourse, a group of students stood up and demanded an explanation of the government action in the civil unrest of Atenco in 2006, which resulted in violent beatings, rapes, and even death. At that time, Peña Nieto had been the governor of the state of Mexico.

Peña Nieto responded that he had acted personally to re-establish order and peace, that it was within the legitimate use of public force, and that it was found valid by the supreme court.

Many of the students didn’t like it, and began screaming at Peña Nieto, and blocking his path. In order to get out of the university, he had to hide in a woman’s bathroom for some time.

After the event, Peña’s colleagues claimed that the screams from the crowd were organised by provocateurs, sent by the opposing candidate López Obrador, that they were too old to be students – 30 or 35 years and up, a small group of less than 20 people. In response, a group of 131 youths posted a video showing their university identification. Social media exploded throughout Mexico, with many showing their support of the students, and their disapproval of Peña Nietos candidacy and later presidency, using the slogan “Yo Soy 132”, or “I am number 132”.

From there, the movement grew to a national phenomenon, drawing inspiration from the Arab Spring movement, and the Occupy movement, developing national assemblies to discuss events, and of course, to attempt to impeach the president.

In this episode, Kurt interviews Alfredo Romero, a long time activist in Mexico who was involved in Yo Soy 132, among other social movements, was threatened, prevented violent agents provocateurs from throwing stones, was accused of throwing the same stones, was arrested and intimidated by the police, and even offered comfortable government positions to silence him. Alfredo also talks about a couple of grass-roots solutions that are popping up in Mexico right now, including the work of Archbishop Vera López, who is attempting to establish a parallel government, focused on the voice and the needs of the community.

Join us as Alfredo lays out the dirty tricks used by governments everywhere to silence dissent in this next episode of … The Paradise Paradox!

The Eps:

The Links:

Alfredo Romero interviewed on We Are Change about being kidnapped by police

Vera López in Wikipedia

 

The Cash:

If you enjoy our posts, please have a look at The Paradise Paradox’s page on Steemit where you can join, earn money, and upvote our posts to help support the show! You can also find a lot of additional content which is not posted on this site, with Kurt’s posts on Steemit and Aaron’s posts on Steemit.

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The Dash Digital Cash D.R.E.A.M. – Kurt Robinson Raps

Every couple of years we look at our bank accounts and realise that our money buys less than it did. We work so hard for our money, and yet it seems difficult to get ahead. Why? It’s not by accident. The monetary system is structured that way. Central banks continue to print money, and bankers get rich, but as the currency supply increases, the value of our dollars decrease.

What’s the solution? Many people thought that Bitcoin could free us from this mess. The promise of decentralised currency – not controlled by any central authority, but instead governed by algorithms, using cryptography – could mean the end to central banks. Yet, it seems like Bitcoin hasn’t yet lived up to that dream. We can’t spend Bitcoin at the corner store, we can’t tip in it, and if we tell our bank manager that we have some bitcoins as collateral for a loan, he’ll probably laugh. And, as transaction fees go higher and higher, it seems less and less likely that Bitcoin will ever live up to our highest expectations. It seems that Bitcoin might not be anything more than Internet nerd money.

Dash is based on Bitcoin, but has certain other features which might just make it live up to those expectations. It allows the stakeholders to form a consensus to make decisions about where the project is going, and it has a focus on user experience. If the team manage to create virtual money which is stable, accepted, and so easy that your grandma could use it – could Dash be the currency of our dreams?

Here’s a rap song which explores those concepts.

To download the track, right click here and press “Save as“.

Lyrics

Dash rules everything around me
D.R.E.A.M. get the money, digital cash y’all

I grew up where half dollars have 12 sides
Queen’s head on the front, roo & emu behind
But instead of gaining value the Aussie lost it
So I wondered what could have possibly caused it
In the minds of politicians corruption’s forming
Abusing the system of inflation we’re born in
To make an honest livin’ you work, it takes time
But central banks just print their money – that ain’t right
Now I’m living in Mexico, collecting the pesos
stash a little silver case the bank goes broke
Once upon a time a peso was “buen dinero”
1990 it got away & they dropped “tres ceros”
Your man Trump – I don’t believe in him
Puppet Peña Nieto – you can see the strings
Politicians criminals thieves & kings
See your money float away like leaves in the wind

Dash rules everything around me
D.R.E.A.M. get the money, digital cash y’all
Dash rules everything around me
D.R.E.A.M. get the money, digital cash y’all

I guess I wondered ’bout a way out the struggle
Starvin children dotcom housin’ bubble
The system’s rigged, the dollar has to topple
That’s when I heard the name Satoshi Nakamoto
Stranger emerged to the world to give it code
& change it forever through digital gold
He’s still vanished, with the code it could manage
To give us an exit from the whims of banksters
And as it rose, nouveau riche control the cheese
A new breed of millionaires promoting peace
But as the years passed we found we had a problem
This nerdy tech wasn’t ready for mass adoption
Some still suspect the government payroll
Agents provocateurs COINTELPRO paid trolls
Thought Bitcoin’d save us from one thing we wanted it
Instead fell victim to the same thing – politics

Dash rules everything around me
D.R.E.A.M. get the money, digital cash y’all
Dash rules everything around me
D.R.E.A.M. get the money, digital cash y’all

You’re never gonna get, outta debt
When every cent you’ve met is borrowed from the Fed
They’ve got you in an awkward position
But the dream’s still alive, I can see it in my vision
They arrested Von Nothaus, stealing his ingots
they got charlie shrem for laundering digits
They snapped up Ross saying he sells dope
They arrested so many, but you can’t arrest hope
The goal is to create a system so resilient
It evolves whenever it’s fisted out of commission
The dream is to cast off these banker’s shackles
That have been for centuries on our hands & ankles
The dream is this, whatever cards you dealt
Whoever you are, can find a path to wealth
They’ll get lines blurred, nothing’s what it seems
No matter what occurs, don’t give up the dream

Dash Rules Everything Around Me – D.R.E.A.M.
Get the money – digital cash y’all
Dash Rules Everything Around Me – D.R.E.A.M.
Get the money – digital cash y’all
Dash Rules Everything Around Me – D.R.E.A.M.
Get the money – forget the dollar bills y’all
Dash Rules Everything Around Me – D.R.E.A.M.
Get the money – forget the dollar bills y’all