Bitcoin Theft Directive Proposal

The EU Commission recently proposed a Directive  on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. Article 4 (a) would require Member States that the following is punishable as a criminal offence: theft or other unlawful appropriation of a payment instrument; A “payment instrument” is defined in Article 2 (a) as: “payment instrument” means a protected … [Read more…]

“FreeSociety” Anarchist State Project

Roger Ver is now in the business of founding new states. I recall that he was a positive force for Bitcoin a couple of years ago, before moving along to the Bcash altcoin. His current state founding project is called “Free Society”. There is a web address in the .com domain (, and Bitcoinmagazine just … [Read more…]

Outage Outrage

The recent hurricane Irma left over 90 percent of Florida power company “FPL” costumers without power. You might think that people who have their own solar panels installed would be not affected. You would be wrong. Turns out local regulations require private customers to shut down their solar panels once the grid powers down. This … [Read more…]

“Stupid”: Jamie Dimon on Cryptocurrencies

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon made some critical comments on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He expects Bitcoin to be closed down eventually, since governments don’t like the idea of losing control over currency, or not knowing where it is. The reason that hasn’t happened already is that the sector is still too small for governments to … [Read more…]

“Man is Stupid” Says the Pope

According to this AP article. And that’s a quote from the Old Testament. Googling “every man is stupid” and “old testament” finds a Bible hub quote, Jeremiah 51-17 as a source, which reads in the “English Standard Version”: Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for … [Read more…]

Turtle on a Fence Post

“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself. If you see climate skeptics taking over a major political party only in the United States, that didn’t happen by itself either.” That’s the message in this video by Al Gore. The fossil fuel industry has paid a lot of … [Read more…]