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This interview with a Bitcoins expert is just too good to ignore…
Today, I interview Bitram “Bitty” Coins, the nation’s leading expert in the Bitcoins market.
GN: Mr. Coins, I am happy you consented to an interview.
BC: Call me Bitty.
GN: OK, Bitty. I want to find out what this Bitcoins deal is all about.
BC: It’s about liberty. It’s about a new international market. It’s about a New World Currency Order.
GN: It’s also about buying 10,000 Bitcoins for $50 in 2009, which are worth $13,000,000 today.
BC: I call this value-added investing.
GN: I call it a digital tulip mania.
BC: I see that you are a skeptic.
GN: You have very clear eyesight.
BC: Maybe I can persuade you otherwise.
GN: Give it your best shot.
BC: Let me tell you about the #1 benefit. You get complete privacy.
BC: That’s right.
GN: How does this work?
BC: You go to an exchange and buy Bitcoins.
GN: You mean like Silk Road?
BC: Not Silk Road. The U. S. government shut it down.
GN: Then maybe Sheep Marketplace, Silk Road’s replacement?
BC. It went out of business when someone stole $100,000,000 in Bitcoins — maybe the biggest theft in history.
GN: How did he do this?
BC: Nobody knows.
GN: Will the police catch him?
BC: The police can’t do anything about it.
GN: Why not?
BC: Because, with Bitcoins, you have complete privacy.
GN: So does the thief.
BC: That’s the price of complete privacy.
GN: Then what recourse do the victims have?
BC: Well, one of them said this. “I won’t find this guy. Somebody else will. I assume he’ll be jailed, blackmailed, tortured or killed.” I find this inspirational. It’s 100% privacy at work.
GN: Are these heists a pattern?
BC. Not at all. They are random.
GN: But there are so many of them. Here is a list. (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=83794.0)
BC: It’s just a cost of doing business anonymously.
GN: Because there are no contracts.
GN: Because there are no courts.
GN: Because no one knows who he is dealing with.
GN: So, if you get robbed, you lose everything.
BC: Yes. But the risk is low.
GN: How low?
BC: No one knows.
GN: Because the Bitcoins market is 100% secret.
GC: Let’s get back to your account of how I get 100% secrecy. Let’s say that I buy some Bitcoins on an exchange. A reliable exchange.
BC: A good idea.
GN: How do I get money to the seller of Bitcoins?
BC: By a bank draft.
GN: Is there a public record of this?
BC: Not on a Bitcoins exchange.
GN: I mean at my bank.
BC: Oh, sure. It shows that you have spent the money.
GN: So, I don’t transfer the money secretly.
GN: Then how do I get 100% secrecy?
BC: Because no one can follow your money after you transfer it.
GN: Even me, if it gets stolen.
GN: What if I want to sell some of my Bitcoins?
BC: No problem. You sell them, and you get dollars.
GN: Untraceable paper dollars?
BC: No. Digital money.
GN: But digits can be stored only in a bank.
GN: Then the digits — dollars — wind up in my bank account.
GN: So, this is not secret.
BC: Of course not. It’s central bank digital money.
GN: So, to maintain 100% secrecy, I must never sell my Bitcoins for dollars.
GN: What can I buy with Bitcoins?
BC: Illegal drugs.
GN: What else?
BC: Computer programming.
GN: Anything else?
BC: Not much. But there are more things all the time.
GN: So, let me be clear about this. I give up dollars, with which I can buy anything, so that I can buy Bitcoins, which can’t buy much of anything.
BC: You are buying secrecy.
GN: But I can go to my ATM and get currency. I can spend currency anywhere. I can spend it on anything offered for sale for dollars. This leaves no trace.
BC: But there is a record of this withdrawal.
GN: There is a record of my withdrawal to buy Bitcoins.
GN: Then why should I buy Bitcoins?
BC: Because they keep rising in price.
GN: Why do they go up in price?
BC: Because of success stories.
GN: Give me one.
BC: In 2010, you could have bought 10,000 of them for $25 in pizza.
GN: But in 2009, someone paid $50 for 10,000 Bitcoins. He took a 50% loss.
BC: The dollar-denominated price of Bitcoins is volatile.
GN: So, I should buy them as a speculation.
BC: We don’t call this a speculation.
GN: What do you call it?
BC: Buying the money of the future.
GN: Will it buy more things in the future than illegal drugs and programming?
BC: Of course.
GN: What is the evidence of this?
BC: It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
GN: That’s the New Testament’s definition of faith.
BC: Say, you really know your Scriptures!
GN: I do. This one comes to mind. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”
BC: Right! Lay up your treasures in the cloud!
GN: But not in Silk Road or Sheep Marketplace.
It gets even more interesting from here on. Read the rest of the interview here: http://bit.ly/1bCOxNl
Mike Rogers appeared on Feb 17th with WHDT World News in an interview that was aired in Boston, Miami and several other East Coast US cities. That interview is now available on Youtube.
WHDT World News is available to 6 million viewers from South Beach to Sebastian, Florida and to 2 million viewers in Boston, Massachusetts via WHDN.
To watch the interview, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lklKI-Gk2ik
WHDT World News is an independent full service television station. The program I was interviewed on was a Next News Network’s WHDT World News Program that airs daily at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern on Comcast, DirecTV, Over-the-Air and Online at http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt
Thank you goes out to producer Brian Gill and Gary Franchi of WHDN and the Reality Report for the opportunity. Keep up the good work! You guys rock!
I Will be Interviewed on a US East Coast TV News Program Tomorrow Sunday Feb. 24 (Sat. 2/23 US time)
I will be on an US East Coast TV news program being interviewed about issues concerning the differences between Japan and the USA dealing with gun control, expatriation, immigration, the economy and the view of the United States from here across the Pacific on Sat. 2/23 6 pm & 11 pm EST. (Japan time 8 am & 1pm Sunday, 2/24.) The interview starts at about the half way mark of the show and continues for a good 15 minutes.
明日、2月24日, (日) 午前8：２５~再び13：２５~見てください: http://usmediavault.com/stream.php?s=whdt
Gun Control and Japan
By Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers
When it comes to gun control in the USA the logic of the progressives works in a very curious way. They often like to cherry pick nations from around the world to compare with the USA. One of their favorite nations to use as a comparison is Japan.
The argument goes like this; “Gun crimes are out of control in the United States! In America, over eleven thousand people are killed with guns every year! Japan has strict gun control laws and only a handful of people are killed with guns annually. Therefore Japan proves that gun control works. The United States should have gun control laws like Japan!”
You’ve heard this argument. I’m constantly hearing it; “If the United States were more like Japan”… “If the United States had gun laws like Japan, then gun crimes would virtually disappear.”
Is this true?
Well, it is certainly true that overall Japan is a much safer place than the United States. The data show this to be fact. I would also venture to say that, in many ways, it would be better if the United States and American people were more like Japan and the Japanese people. But I suppose that’s a samurai sword that cuts both ways; there are plenty of unfortunate things about Japan and the Japanese that sometimes make me wish it were more like the USA and American people.
Is directly comparing Japan’s gun laws and crime rate with the USA a good and logical comparison? Does this make sense? Are the progressives bringing up a point that is difficult to argue against? Can we make an apples-to-apples comparison using Japan against the USA?
The answer is no. Unfortunately for the progressives, we can’t sensibly make that comparison and I want to show you why it’s absurd to even consider it. The only things that might make sense in a Japan versus USA comparison might have to do with economics, automobiles, love of sushi and baseball (and I’m not so sure about the baseball part). If we are talking about gun control, crimes, or even universal health care, Japan and the United States are two animals that are as different as night and day.
Let me show you why and then when anyone makes this sort of comparison, you should smile and remind them of these few points…
You want to compare the United States to Japan?
The United States is a country that isn’t even 250 years old.
Japan has been a nation for over 2,700 years.
The United States is a nation of citizens that came from all over the world. Pureblood Native Americans account for a mere 0.9% of the total population.
Japan is a nation that consists of 98.5% of the population as being pureblood native Japanese. These Japanese people are descendants from those folks who came here 30,000 years ago.
Some people consider that the USA has a huge immigration problem. In the United States, there are estimates of up to 20 million illegal aliens in the country.
Japan is not known to have an immigration problem. Japan is extremely strict on immigration. About 150,000 people per year are allowed to immigrate to this country.
Any child born in the USA is automatically awarded citizenship even if that child’s mother is in the country illegally. This accounts for about 380,000 new Americans annually.
Just because you were born in Japan doesn’t mean that you can get Japanese citizenship. Even those living here today, as permanent residents, whose grandparents were brought to Japan as slaves from Korea or Taiwan over one hundred years ago, are not given Japanese citizenship upon birth.
“Cultural Identity” and “United States of America” are not words that I often note in the same sentence. The United States is a good example of a country that is considered a “Melting pot.”
The Japanese have an extremely strong cultural identity. Japan is a good example of one of the world’s few homogenous societies.
The United States was born in a revolution against a monarchy and all through its history it has had a civilian population that has always been well armed.
Japan was a caste society for thousands of years. The people – the peasantry – have never been armed. There was never any idea of democracy in feudal Japan and the people never considered rising up against the aristocrats and the warlords.
The United States was also founded on the principle that “All men are created equal.”
In Japan’s feudal caste society, 98% of the population was the peasantry; the remaining two percent were aristocrats, warriors and merchants. People were far from equal.
In the United States, the law of the land, written in the 1780s, says that the people have the right to keep and bear arms. People in the United States have a history of a country awash with guns.
In ancient Japan, the people were not even allowed to carry swords. The Great Sword Hunt was carried out in 1588 and disarmed everyone. The only ones who were ever allowed to carry arms were the warrior class. Guns? What guns?
According to the Global Peace Index, the United States ranks a lowly 88th place (One rank above the People’s Republic of China). Japan is ranked as the 5th most peaceful nation in the world.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2012, the USA had 56,600,000 people on some sort of government financial assistance.
According to Japan’s Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, as of June 2012, there were 2,115,477 people on some sort of government financial assistance.
In the USA, the official numbers show unemployment at 7.8% of the population. Unofficially, according to Shadow Stats, the unemployment rate is about 23%.
In Japan official unemployment stands at about 4.2%. Unofficially it is at 5.7%.
And that’s just a few of the big differences. There’s much more but I think you get the picture,
Now, you tell me, after considering the above, is comparing Japan and the United States fair when it comes to gun control or even Universal Health Care?
Can we find a cure for gun crime in the United States by looking at how another country with a vastly different history, culture and people with a completely different experience have dealt with it or do we have to look within ourselves and our own nation?
Could it be that the gun crimes and murder rate in the USA have little to do with the numbers of guns and everything to do with what Henson Ong said at a gun violence prevention public hearing said,
“Gun control does not work. Your own history is replete with high school rifle teams, Boy Scout marksmanship merit badges. You could buy rifles at hardware stores. You could order them – mail order them – delivered to your home. Your country was awash in readily available firearms and ammunition. And yet, in your past, you did not have mass shootings… What changed? It was not that the availability of guns suddenly exploded or increased, it actually decreased… What changed was societal decay…”
I think it must be pretty obvious to anyone who thinks about it when talking about gun control and crimes (or even universal health care) comparing the United States to Japan is like comparing a steak barbeque to a slice of fish.
Men may be from Mars, and women are from Venus, but never forget that the Japanese are most definitely from Japan… Americans are from who knows where.
And that’s just the way it is.