03-20-15 -- Dmitry "Rassah" Murashchik - Glenn Cripe & Jim Turney - Dave Hardy (Archive Ready)
Dmitry "Rassah" Murashchik (Community Manager for Mycelium) on bitcoin, bitcoin anonymity, and ease of use - Glenn Cripe (Language of Liberty) along with Jim Turney in the Ukraine to talk about Bitcon there - Dave Hardy - Waco Movies
Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 173:0 Mins and Secs
Dmitry has been involved with digital currencies as far back as 2003, studying their use and economic development in various games and virtual worlds. He holds a Master's in Global Finance and Economics, and has over a decade of experience in personal and corporate finance and investments. He also has a background in technology, and prior to switching to finance was involved in IT and software development, including working as an IT manager and software developer for McDonald's Corp.Dmitry has been involved in bitcoin in various capacities, including mining, investing, helping with related project development, venture funding, and volunteering as a Bitcoin consultant for "Bitcoin 101″ tables at various conferences. Since its founding in November of 2011, Dmitry has worked as an accountant and treasurer for the Bitcoin100 charity fundraiser, and was promoted to the role of director in May of 2013. More recently, Dmitry was hired to work as a Community Manager for Mycelium, the group behind the Bitcoin wallet, as well as the BitcoinCard.org project.
Mycelium - What we are all about
The Mycelium project was started by developing the Bitcoincard in 2008. The goal was to create an infrastructure-independent, self-powered, ad-hoc network that could dynamically form wherever a sufficient number of nodes came together to support it. Back then there was no bitcoin, and the main purpose of this network was to create an uninterruptible text messaging system that works directly between active and present nodes within a radius of 300 meters, via credit card form factor user devices. When Bitcoin was released, the project team realized that it fits perfectly into the project's ideology, and decided to concentrate its efforts on integrating bitcoin into a software-programmable hardware device.
In 2012, Mycelium team decided to diversify projects, and began developing Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet and other bitcoin-related products. The software development and hardware engineering team is comprised of world-class specialists, whose main task is to develop a full range of products which would enable bitcoin use by both physical, and legal/corporate persons in all areas of economic activity, ranging from the acquisition, storage, and use of bitcoins in everyday life as payment tool, to long term investments and professional trading of cryptocurrencies.
Today the Mycelium team consists of 35 people working in Europe, America and Asia.
Mycelium's Goal - to make bitcoin penetration as prevalent in our lives as the level of Internet penetration is in the life of modern man.
Glenn brings Lukas Schweiger, Chairman of European Students For Liberty; Vlad Tiulchenko (his local business partner in the Ukraine and organizer of the camp, and Jim Turney, an American and long-time liberty activist, has lived for many years in Cyprus
Glenn Cripe – from Chicago, now living in Phoenix **
Jim Turney – from Virginia, now living in Cyprus
Vlad Tiulchenko – from Sviatogorsk (eastern Ukraine), camp organizer
Vladislav is the primary organizer of this Liberty Camp, motivated by his participation at three camps last year, where he improved his English and learned libertarian ideas. Recently, Vladislav became the Local Coordinator for European Students for Liberty, and became active in creating a libertarian society in Ukraine. Vladislav studies Mass Communications and PR. His main hobbies are collecting and investing in antiques, and sports such as swimming, yoga, martial arts and table tennis.
Lukas Schweiger – from Vienna, now working / studying in Iceland
Lukas obtained a graduate degree in political science from the University of Vienna and a graduate degree in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Iceland. Lukas became interested in the ideas of liberty at an early age by questioning the extensive role government plays in peoples lives. He has been a leading figure in organisations like the Austrian Liberal Students Forum (LSF) and the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC). He joined Students for Liberty (SFL) in 2012, and has been the Chairman of European Students for Liberty (ESFL), the first international venture of SFL, since April 2014.
Joanna Krynska – Warsaw, Poland
Studied Social Psychology, professional experience: Public Relations (PR agencies, NGO/publising house, Politics/local elections, from April National Broadcasting Council)
Harut Voskanyan – from Armenia, now working / studying in Belarus (Minsk)
BA and MA in Political Science, MA in Human Rights and Democratization,
active civilian, researcher (resolution of ethnic conflicts, European studies, Caucasian studies, Russian studies).
** Since 2005, Glenn has brought LLI's Liberty Camps and Seminars to over 2000 students in 22 countries, expanding his network of freedom fighters around the world. When not hosting Liberty Camps, Glenn recruits and develops new local partners, teachers, and donors for the Institute. He also enjoys playing classical piano, attending jazz, opera, and folk events, and hiking in the Arizona mountains and desert. Before co-founding the Institute, Glenn pursued a career in IT development, consulting, and training. He takes special pleasure in having helped translate and publish the works of Ayn Rand into Russian in 1993 — the first time her works could be read in her native language. Originally from Chicago, now an Arizona resident, Glenn has lived in a dozen cities in the US and abroad. He studied languages, finance, and economics at Indiana University. He speaks Italian, French, and a bit of German.
Attorney who helped Mike McNulty bring out the truth about Waco
David T. Hardy has practiced law since 1975. He was born in Phoenix to an old-line Arizona family: his great-grandfather was Nat Hickman, a gunslinging outlaw who took the alias of Charles W. Hardy when he fled to the Arizona Territory in 1872. There he married an Indian, and was elected the first JP of Cave Creek, A.T.
Hardy served as Associate Editor of the Arizona Law Review, and was on the moot court team which took first place in the Regional competition and competed at the Nationals in New York City. He was also on the team which won the statewide American College of Trial Lawyers competition for best jury argument.
Since then he has handled cases up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and won a death penalty appeal in the Arizona Supreme Court. From 1982 to 1992 he worked in Washington at the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, mostly representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Hardy has five books and thirteen law review articles in print; one of the articles has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and eleven of the thirteen U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
One of the heroes of the Waco fights of the 1990s has passed away. Mike McNulty did more than any other single person to doggedly pursue the truth about Waco. And he produced or co-produced a number of superb films that vividly and compelling explained why the feds were lying about the carnage they unleashed in Texas. And he fed great information to me and other journalists – as well as sometimes impatiently pushing us forward, urging us to turn over more rocks. (I think my sense of humor puzzled or irked him at times during our phone calls, but I came out on the right side of the issue, so he usually tolerated me pretty well.) Mike was never cowed by official bullshit or by the strutting and intimidation attempts by lawmen or political appointee poohbahs. Mike helped Janet Reno get the legacy she deserved.
I quoted Mike at length on an article on the Waco coverup that came out in the Washington Times on the morning of the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995:
Other investigators are also raising questions about the government's possible role in killing the Davidians. Michael McNulty, chairman of the Citizens Organization for Public Safety, of Fort Collins, Colo., has conducted an extensive analysis of videotapes on the final assault, as well as interviews with forensic scientists and Davidian survivors.
Mr. McNulty believes FBI snipers shot Davidians on the morning of April 19 as they were running out of the back of the compound to escape the CS gas. (During the FBI-Randy Weaver confrontation a few months before the Waco conflict, one FBI SWAT team member summarized the rules of engagement as "if you see 'em, shoot 'em," according to a confidential Justice Department report). Mr. McNulty argues that infrared videotape indicates that the tanks may have pushed the bodies of the slain Davidians back into the building before the fire began. (Mr. McNulty has portions of the tape, but there are significant gaps that the government has refused to release).
Mr. McNulty also believes the FBI intentionally ignited two fires in the compound the final day with pyrotechnic devices. He says that FBI pyrotechnic devices were fired into areas inundated with CS gas particulates at precisely the same time that fireballs exploded from the back of the gymnasium. According to Army manuals, there is a significant risk of flammability from CS gas particulates. For instance, Army field manual FM-21-27 states on page 21: "Warning: When using the dry agent CS-1, do not discharge indoors. Accumulating dust may explode when exposed to spark or open flame."
Here's my thumbnail on first meeting Mike from Public Policy Hooliganduring the congressional hearings on Waco in July 1995:
"Hanging around the hearing room, I met activists who were doing a great job of raising Cain on Waco. Mike McNulty, a stalwart Mormon and gun rights zealot, was taping the proceedings for possible use in a future movie. I had quoted Mike in Lost Rights and in a few articles. Along with Dan Gifford and William Gazecki, Mike was one of the masterminds behind the film "Waco: Rules of Engagement," would later win an Emmy and was an Oscar finalist for best documentary. I also met David Hardy, a genial, ceiling-tall, bald-headed lawyer who used the Freedom of Information Act to demolish the ATF's and FBI's official narratives. I had lunch a time or two with Jim Pate, a jolly 30-something reporter from North Carolina who was working as a consultant for ABC News. Pate would be summoned to testify at the Timothy McVeigh trial because McVeigh had several Soldier of Fortune magazines with Pate's Waco articles in his car when he was arrested."
Mike did not stop digging after Congress washed its hands of Waco: "In late summer 1999, Waco re-exploded on the nation's political radar. Mike McNulty, trolling in the Texas Rangers' warehouse of Waco evidence, discovered several military-style pyrotechnic rounds the FBI had fired into the Davidians' home during the final assault. Janet Reno and the FBI had previously denied using the type of devices practically designed to incinerate their targets. A former high-ranking CIA official reported that the Pentagon's elite Delta Force troops were on the scene and participating in the final day's conflict."
Janet Reno siderailed that controversy by appointing a former senator and kowtowing preacher John Danforth to lead an independent investigation to prove that the FBI had done nothing wrong at Waco. Mike counterpunched Danforth's whitewash with another film – "the FLIR. Project" – discussed in the 2001 Washington Times op-ed posted at the bottom of this remembrance blog.