Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bannon Takes On Europe, Populism and Cryptocurrency

Stephen K. Bannon during the early weekend in Rome and Milan, explained his modest efforts to build a vast network of European populists to demolish the Continent’s political establishment.

“All I’m trying to be,” he said, “is the infrastructure, globally, for the global populist movement.” Only months ago, Mr. Bannon was forced out of the White House and Breitbart News, the alt-right news empire he helped make into a political force, for the sharp criticisms of President Trump’s children attributed to him in a book. “He’s lost his mind,” Mr. Trump said at the time.

But now Mr. Bannon, the architect of Mr. Trump’s populist campaign message and the president’s former chief strategist, has returned with an International Nationalist Populist mission.

On Saturday, he headlined the annual conference of France’s far-right National Front in the northern city of Lille, where he was introduced by its leader, Marine Le Pen. People with knowledge of Mr. Bannon’s itinerary suggested that he might meet on Sunday with the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, but Mr. Bannon declined to say whether or not he would, only saying that he admired Mr. Orban as a “hero” and “the most significant guy on the scene right now.”

In Zurich, Mr. Bannon  had a “fascinating” meeting on Tuesday with leaders of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party. 

But it is Italy, where populist forces smashed the country’s establishment by combining to win more than half the vote on Sunday, that Mr. Bannon has turned into his de facto headquarters.

He declined to name whom he had met, other than to describe them as a broad array of politicians, operatives and investors.  Aside from the occasional coffee at Campo de’ Fiori or photo-op at Piazza Navona, Mr. Bannon has been holed up in hotel rooms, taking meeting after meeting.

In Rome, he stayed at the luxurious Rafael hotel, where Bettino Craxi, the face of Italy’s corrupt establishment and mentor to Silvio Berlusconi, was pelted with coins in 1993 by an angry mob as he departed the political scene.

In Milan, he sat in a room at the grand Principe di Savoia, opposite a copy of Titian’s portrait of the Duke of Mantua, a master of intrigue in Renaissance Italy and a longtime sufferer of syphilis, surrounded by red damask wallpaper. Jams were on a room service cart, and a copy of a book titled “Headlines All My Life” was on the desk.

Duke of Mantua

He sipped sparkling water and described a grand vision for a global populist future. 
In the United States, Mr. Bannon said, he is working on a project to create a think tank to “weaponize” populist economic and social ideas.

He sees that work spreading to Europe, where a proliferation of populist websites in the image of Breitbart News, either owned by him or others, will spread those ideas, under his guidance. As a final component, he wants to train an army of populist foot soldiers in the language and tools of social media.

(Stephen K. Bannon took Zurich by storm Tuesday, addressing a sell-out crowd,” began Breitbart’s article on the speech.)

But Mr. Bannon, who said he was paying for the trip, said he was weighing whether to buy a name-brand outlet, like Newsweek or United Press International, or to start a new one, or to connect entrepreneurs with capital or invest himself. 

“Whether I do it or a local entrepreneur does it,” he said, “there are going to be these populist nationalist news sites that pop up in the next year on line. That will only take these things to the next level.”

Finally and the only positive outcome of this trip might be that he has become fascinated with crypto currencies and how they can help populist movements, the subject of a speech he gave in Zurich this week. 

In preparation for the speech, organized by Die Weltwoche, a conservative Swiss magazine, Mr. Bannon said he visited the town of Zug, known as Crypto Valley for its bustling cryptocurrency industry. He was impressed.

“If Brussels and the European Central Bank is worried about Italy going to the lira, their concerns should be that all these communities and states are going to crypto,” he said in Milan.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Blockchain Breakout and The Millions

During the past month we all realized why Bitcoin - the much-hyped “cryptocurrency” - is the pioneer in this space and how many more BCH, ETH, LTC among others are emerging victorious down the road.
The technology powering Bitcoin is not just changing the currency industry - it’s changing IT, healthcare, banking, cybersecurity, and nearly every other industry today.
I can tell you that major companies, like IBM and Walmart, and even an entire country (Belarus) are implementing this technology in their own businesses to completely transform the way they do business:
  • Reducing fraud
  • Accessing transaction and product details at lightning speeds
  • Securing payments and blocking hackers
  • …and much, much more
Now, I’m going to show you how you can invest in it right now and take advantage of what I call the “Blockchain Breakout”… without being a venture capitalist or a super-connected angel investor by simply sending you a personal invite to Coinbase a digital currency exchange headquartered in San Francisco, California. One of the best broker exchanges of Bitcoin (₿), Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum (Ξ), Litecoin (Ł) and other digital assets with fiat currencies in 32 countries, and bitcoin transactions and storage in 190 countries worldwide.

Here is my personal Invite: COINBASE and as soon as you use this referral you will get $10 of free Bitcoin, now bear in mind that during this season it might be possible that Bitcoin itself might be up to € 20,000 per Bitcoin so there is still a long way to profit but be cautious.

Did you know that the most exciting part of Bitcoin is not the currency itself?
The most exciting part of bitcoin is actually the technology behind the currency.
Bitcoin is run by a technology called “blockchain.”
Here’s how blockchain works:
Most people use a middleman to make transactions. The bank is an example of a middleman. If you want to buy something, you need to either get money from the bank or use a payment processor to run the transaction.
The blockchain technology allows consumers and suppliers to conduct these transactions directly, removing the need for a third party.
Now, here’s the key to the whole thing: blockchain provides a decentralized database, or “digital ledger”, of transactions that everyone can see. (here some interesting literature)

The network of computers that can see the transaction must all approve an exchange before it can be completed.
This network is essentially a chain of computers that must all approve an exchange before it can be verified and recorded.
And there’s no central database to hack.
But while this sounds complicated, it all happens much faster than you think: faster than wire transfers or any other banking transactions.
The technology can work for almost every type of transaction involving value, including money, goods and property.
Its potential uses are almost limitless and people like you or me control the price, the use, and the demand. So with this brief update I just have to say Enjoy the Christmas season and The New Year and see you in the other side.