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Your Art: It’s not me. It’s you.

Your Art: It’s not me. It’s you.’ is an art project I am crowdfunding through Max Keiser’s startJOIN platform. I had the idea whilst I was compiling my previous art-book, Your Face, with the sentiment that it would be cool to compile an art-book of other, everyday, people’s art (like some kind of guerrilla curator). Your Face, also crowdfunded through startJOIN, gave me the opportunity to publish a book of my own artwork and I want to be able to provide such an opportunity for other artists – “Why should they publish their art through you and not do it themselves?” I hear you say: Well, some artists that I have already been in contact with regarding this project are not so computer literate and need a “middle-man” to publish their art; others would just like to be part of a collective alternative to the already established artists and art-books (Russell Brand is always banging on about collectivism these days and he is right, we do need to find our own collective alternatives; this is one of them). The word ‘established’ can be read as the already popular artists or as the establishmented (made up word, I know), the artists that are funded by the war machine itself, by oligarchs and royals and art galleries sponsored by corruption. The Tate Modern and Tate Britain, for example, are sponsored by AIG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Morgan Stanley, to name but a few – When I was coming up with this idea, a successful artist cousin of mine said that “there are so many artists out there who would love to have their work published in a book” and this gave me the motivation to actually try to realise the thought. However, I can only realise this with the essential help of my fellow artists (whilst I’m on the subject, I must say how honoured I am to be mentioned in The Artist Taxi Driver’s recent video, ‘Westmonster: The artists are coming for you!’, and if you don’t sponsor my project, please please please sponsor his ‘Westmonster: The Movie’ project. It is essential! The artists really are coming for you, Westmonster.)

Westmonster: They Live You Kip

Artwork by Mother Shipton for The Artist Taxi Driver

So, please, realise that art is essential in any revolution and the establishment is afraid of the artist because of this; for their insight, for their free-thinking and provocation. We do need to collectivise, and for the artist to collectivise, that is a very beautiful, and potentially powerful, prospect. The sooner artists move away from big business and big benefactors, the better – Fuck that shit!

Artwork by Mother Shipton for Sean Fahey

Artwork by Mother Shipton for Sean Fahey

… Here comes the bit where I ask for your money ;-) Not in the way that they beg for you to vote for them on The X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent or whatever, run by huge corporations, hosted by amoral human beings, loved by countless millions, no. In this way: Please support my art project, Your Art: It’s not me. It’s you., if you want to. All I’m asking for is £1 and I will include your art in the book (£1/JPEG) – I accept Bitcoin and Startcoin. If I don’t receive enough support this time around, I’m sure that this book will be made sooner or later because this is the way forward for art, so it might as well be now. Art is releasing itself from the stranglehold of the rich, as is society. Is art a reflection of life? Or is life a reflection of art? (to quote Oscar Wilde). You decide.

Your Art: It's not me. It's you.

Your Art: It’s not me. It’s you.

As is the way of the internet, I expect to receive some negative comments on this post and in anticipation of that, I say – in the words of The Prodigy – “People like you just fuel my fire!”


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Kilkenomics being broadcasted next year ? StartJOIN it!


Kilkenomics 2015 will be a tremendous event to broadcast/stream for the world to see.

StartJOIN has been helping allot of good projects come to light.

The potential that startJOIN crowdfunding platform has as a gateway to major distribution.

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Not only are there suggestions about starting a project on StartJOIN raising funds to stream sessions from next year’s Kilkenomics Economics and Comedy festival in Kilkenny Ireland.

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One Year After Silk Road Seizure, Silk Road 2.0 Is Seized, Other Marketplaces Go Down


Original article appeared at Bitcoinomics.Net

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The Operator of Silk Road 2.0 – Dread Pirate Roberts 2 – has been charged in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, Blake Benthall attempted to resurrect Silk Road, a secret website that law enforcement seized last year, by running Silk Road 2.0, a nearly identical criminal enterprise. Let’s be clear—this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison. Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.” (more…)

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[KR675] Keiser Report – CRASH! BOOM! POP!

We discuss ‘American Psycho’ type banker murderers roaming the streets beheading prostitutes. While in the central banks, we see ‘corporatism’ as defined by the World Bank in the 80s and 90s – and that is a balance sheet greater than 25% of GDP. In the second half Max interviews Professor Steve Keen and artist Miguel Guerra about their new crowdfunded graphic novel series – CRASH, BOOM, POP – where economics will be fun to learn. Professor Keen promises Max a naked Margaret Thatcher to keep with the genre. They also discuss the godzilla in the Japanese central banking consuming any debt the population throws at it and where this might lead for the final global debt showdown.

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Thoughts on Election Day: Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct

Decentralization vs. Centralization is the defining battle of our time. Midterm elections 2014 are a sideshow…

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This Mayoral Candidate Wants To Nullify Legal Tender Laws & Promote Bitcoin


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Did FinCEN & SEC Just Destroy Bitcoin’s Future In The US?


Originally appeared at Bitcoinomics.Net

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Two government agencies came out with new rulings and requests for the Bitcoin community, and many in the Bitcoin community see this as a possible end for Bitcoin-related businesses in the US.

Ultimately, while the actions have implications for Bitcoin businesses, bitcoin use among individuals will largely remain unchanged, and the actions will push the community towards further decentralization and less dependence on few players in the space.

The US Securities Exchange Commission sent out letters to upwards of hundreds of bitcoin-related companies asking them to hand over documentation regarding their crowdsales of what the SEC views as unregistered securities offerings. (more…)

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Will Bitcoin Be Treated Like Online Piracy?


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Banks are aware of Bitcoin. One CEO doesn’t think it is long for this world.

Bitcoin developers “are going to try and eat our lunch,” Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase said last week. “And that’s fine. That’s called competition, and we’ll be competing.”

Dimon sees the point in Bitcoin.  But there are some problems he sees on the horizon. (more…)

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Does The Dictionary Foretell Our Monetary Future?


Originally appeared at GoldSilverBitcoin

Google is known as a massive technology company. Best known for its Search, Adwords, Adsense, Analytics, Google Books, Google News, YouTube, Google Voice, Google Maps and other products and services, something Google is not known for is financial advice, but that might be changing. (more…)

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This Economic Theory Might Spell The End Of Bitcoin

Ohhh yeah, bitcoin heading East along with all our gold.

[Article By Bitcoinomics.Net Chief Editor, Justin O'Connell]

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The future of bitcoin trading is in question. Local authorities have had diverse reactions to average people trading bitcoins, from setting up sting operations to outlining lengthy regulatory frameworks. A main question that might be decided over the coming months is whether or not everybody who has sold bitcoins on Local Bitcoins could find themselves in violation of state laws.

All of this could have been predicted by you though, if you knew about one simple economic theory.


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Banking on bitcoin?

This is Channel 4 News’s recent coverage of bitcoin (11/09/2014). Apparently, the Bank of England are getting behind the crypto-currency now. What is the agenda?

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“It’s no longer possible to dismiss bitcoin as a wet dream for techies or anarchists when one of the world’s leading central banks has decided to take it seriously.

Having monitored developments in the world of bitcoin for a year, the Bank of England has now delivered its verdict on a currency that was only created five years ago.

When I spoke exclusively to the Bank’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, she was keen to say the Bank doesn’t want to dismiss bitcoin. It is watching how it develops and wants to be seen to be taking it seriously.

Perhaps she has a vested interest in keeping an eye on this rival currency. As Chief Cashier, her signature will start appearing on every new bank note from next Spring – a flourish that won’t be required if we all switch to digital.

But I wonder if the Bank is still not taking bitcoin seriously enough.

Rapid growth

It’s keen to emphasise just how small demand for the currency is right now. It calculates there are perhaps just 300 bitcoin transactions in the UK every day and only 20,000 people who have a digital wallet.

Victoria Cleland told me: “At the moment, there isn’t much evidence of the general person in the street really wanting to move to bitcoin”.

Then again, things on the internet have a habit of starting small and getting very big very fast.

Nicolas Cary of the BlockChain website points to the experience of PayPal, saying they “went from doing zero … transactions to doing a couple of million to doing 10 million to doing 100 million. Bitcoin now does 200-300 million dollars-worth of transactions a day, and the speed at which it got to that point is an order of magnitude faster than PayPal.”

He believes bitcoin could match VISA and Mastercard in size – possibly within just a few years.

But even if the Bank is right about bitcoin’s limited appeal in the UK, I suspect there are two other groups that might drive its usage – two groups at the opposite ends of the economic spectrum.

Billionaire banking

One is the super-rich. Many of them are exactly the sort of techie geeks who love the idea of bitcoin – including some who have made millions through investing in bitcoin itself. One such billionaire told me he’d consider holding 10 per cent of his wealth in bitcoin in future.

If that commitment gets repeated by other wealthy entrepreneurs, then bitcoin will become an important part of the financial infrastructure, and fast. It’s not the volume of bitcoin transactions that will matter but their total worth.

Alongside the super-rich will be the super poor.

Financially excluded

Billions of people on the planet have no access to bank accounts and, frankly, the banking system has shown no interest in them.

Already, mobile phone technology has moved in to fill the gap – by creating a whole new payment system that allows people to move money by text. The M-Pesa system in Kenya is the most developed example. In that country, 12 million people use a text message system developed by Vodafone to make transfers – that’s more than a quarter of the population.

Here in the UK, bitcoin allows anyone with a smartphone to effectively operate their own bank account, moving money for almost nothing.

You might not have a bank branch in a hundred miles, you might not trust the banks anyway, and you might not trust your nation’s currency either. Bitcoin will allow you to circumvent them.

As the Bank says, one of the main attractions of the currency is that it “minimises the degree of trust participants need to place in any third party”. It also, cuts down on commission fees charged to people trying to send money home.

So is bitcoin the future?

The internet is littered with next big things that disappeared back into the ether. Think MySpace or Friends Reunited. But the idea doesn’t tend to die, it evolves. With even the Bank calling bitcoin “the internet of finance”, it seems this idea may be here to stay.”

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The Payments Problem Apple Pay Doesn’t Solve


[The Following Post By Bitcoinomics Chief Editor, Justin O'Connell]

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Apple announced its payment product, Apple Pay, this week, and it was immediately touted by JP Morgan Chase’s Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake as the future of payments. But is it all its made out to be by Apple executives and their partners on the project? Lots of questions remain, such as the fact Apple Pay will only be available in the United States at first. Once it is made available beyond US borders, the question remains – will it be adopted as a payment method in places where Apple penetration is lackluster? (more…)

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