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05-13-16 -- Mike Sylvia, Joël Valenzuela - Scott Horton - Eric Margolis -- (VIDEO & MP3s LOADED)

Mike Sylvia (NH State Rep) and Joël Valenzuela (author, writer) on alternative currencies (i.e. Monero) - Scott Horton Radio on the GOP circus and upcoming R & D conventions - Eric Margolis (syndicated columnist and foreign correspondent) Israel
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Guests: Mike Sylvia
Media Type: Audio • Time: 53 Minutes and 31 Secs
Guests: Scott Horton
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Hour 1 - 3

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Guests: Mike Sylvia

Hour 1 - Mike Sylvia (NH State Rep) and Joël Valenzuela (author, writer) on alternative currencies (i.e. Monero), marijuana legalization efforts (Mike)

Hour 2 -- Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) on the GOP circus, the R & D convention shenanigans

Hour 3 - Eric Margolis (syndicated columnist and foreign correspondent) on the Golan Heights

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May 13th, 2016

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Hour 1

2016-05-13 Hour 1 Mike Sylvia, Joel Valenzuela from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

7 Reasons Irina Likes Cryptocurrency More than Fiat:

Mike Sylvia

Hew Hampshire State Rep

Free State Project early mover Mike Sylvia has been mainstay for liberty in the state house since 2012, and naturally was given an A+ rating by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance for his pro-freedom voting record. At Keenevention 2015, Mike headed up this year's Legislative Panel at Keenevention! Panelists included JR Hoell, an A rated rep from Dunbarton & Bow, Dan Itse, the A+ rated Legislator of the Year from Fremont, Jim Spillane, the A+ rated rep from Deerfield, and Jim McConnell, the A+ rated rep from Swanzey.

Some highlights.

Native of Rhode Island

Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island

30+ years FedEx

Enjoyed (back in the day) piloting hangglider, ultralight, experimental, and single engine airplane

Found liberty in Ithaca NY 2005

Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives 2006 (lost ;) )

Joined the Free State Project and made the move in 2010

Elected to NH General Court in 2012

Serving second term in the House Judiciary committee

New Hampshire Liberty Alliance award winner 2015

Lives in the town of Belmont in Belknap county in the beautiful lakes region.

Would rather be climbing trees and hiking than sitting in the the legislative office building :)



Joël Valenzuela

Joël Valenzuela is an author. He writes about Bitcoin and politics in the USA and is editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of civic action organization the Rights Brigade, a mover to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, a martial art instructor, and a musician.




Monero and alternative cryptocurrencies, Also, marijuana legalization efforts

Show Notes:

Monero ethos (not paying for promotion). That's cool but it raises a question for all software based tech; how do you assure that the software retains an ethos going into the future?

Core developers; central point of failure?

OK, here is what looks like a head spinning (for me) breakdown of Monero. A comment to a podcast (haven't heard) Let's Talk Bitcoin


Tid bits:
Daily Decrypt DASH vs. Monero video that caused a minor flap.

DASH? Evan? BTC/Miami Jan2016 Evolution/DAPI? Joël have you heard anything about 'Evolution'?

Interesting that Dash (whatever it is) has the same sounding name as the Islamic rebels.

What portion of the Bitcoin hashing power/mining is controlled by the US Gov.? Certainly they have a 'toe in the water'.

As I have seen with the passage of medical MJ in NH; the fiscal note on my decrim bill stated that the med. dispensaries would lose money if decrim passed. Have we come to the point where those with a financial stake in Bitcoin are throwing up roadblocks to a truly anonymous crypto-coin?

Why I never jumped into Bitcoin: I'm old enough to know that gov. has wanted a cashless society for a long time. A traceable electronic money fits them perfectly.

Today we have these little drones to fly around controlled by phones; they didn't come from out of nowhere. Around 1990 when I was wasting my time hanggliding, we flying people were invited to a little conference at MIT to brainstorm tiny flying vehicles. It was hosted by DARPA.

Hour 2

Media Type: Audio • Time: 53 Minutes and 31 Secs
Guests: Scott Horton

Hour 2 -- Scott Horton (Scott Horton Radio) on the GOP circus, the R & D convention shenanigans


Hour 2

2016-05-13 Hour 2 Scott Horton from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Scott Horton



TOPICS: GOP, Trump, and the desperation of the republican party, upcoming conventions...


Scott's previous interviews on the Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show:



Hour 3

Media Type: Audio • Time: 55 Minutes and 46 Secs

Hour 3 - Eric Margolis (syndicated columnist and foreign correspondent) on the Golan Heights


Hour 3

2016-05-13 Hour 3 Eric Margolis from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Eric Margolis

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.



Remember the Golan Heights?

By Eric Margolis

April 30, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces had surprised Israel and were fast approaching the edge of the steep Golan Heights, captured by Israel during the 1967 war. It seemed as if Syrian armor and infantry would retake Golan, then pour down into Israeli Galilee.

Soviet recon satellites observed Israel moving its nuclear-armed, 500km-range Jericho missiles out of protective caves and onto their launch pads. At the same time, Israel was seen loading nuclear bombs on their US-supplied F-4 fighter-bombers at Tel Nof airbase.

Believing Israel was about to use nuclear weapons against Syria and Egypt, Moscow put huge pressure on both to rein in their advancing forces. Damascus, already in range of Israeli artillery on Golan, ordered its armored forces on Golan to halt, allowing Israel to mount powerful counter-attacks and retake the strategic heights.

In 1981, Israel formally annexed the 580 sq. mile portion of Golan that it occupied. This illegal annexation was condemned by the United Nations, the United States and Europe' powers. But Israel held on to Golan and implanted 50,000 there in some 41 subsidized settlements.

The world has pretty much forgotten how close it came to nuclear war in 1973 over Golan. The heights became a primary nuclear trigger point along with Kashmir, Germany's Fulda Gap, and the DMZ, Korea's inner border.

Golan recently resurfaced in the news when Israel's rightwing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, that his nation would never return Golan to Syria. In a speech soon after, Netanyahu vowed Israel would hold on to Golan for "all eternity." He also admitted for the first time that Israel had made "dozens" of cross-border attacks on Syria.

The long basalt plateau is indeed a valuable prize. It extends from snow-capped, 9,200 ft. (2,814 meter Mt. Hermon in the north to the Sea of Galilee and Yarmouk River in the south.  Golan supplies 15% of Israel's scarce water and may contain gas or petroleum deposits.

Israeli artillery on Golan can hit Syria's capitol Damascus; Israeli electronic sensors blanket Damascus and cover all Syrian military movement below. Having walked much of the Golan on both Syrian and Israeli-held sides, I can attest to its remarkable military importance and thick defenses.

After the 1967 war, Israel ethnically cleansed Golan, leveling the capital, Kuneitra, with bulldozers and expelled almost all Golan's 130,000 Druze and Arab inhabitants. Jewish settlers were brought in to replace them. The US shielded Israel from UN action and world-wide protests.

Before 2011, Israel hinted that it would return Golan to Syria as part of a comprehensive peace agreement – provided Damascus ceased supporting Palestinian claims to their lost lands. But once the Syrian civil war conveniently began, there was no more talk of Golan. 

In fact, it's pretty much clear that Israel has been quietly fueling the Syrian conflict by discreet arms and logistics support to so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels and lobbying for the war in Washington and with the US media.  Netanyahu has even said – with a straight face – that Israel cannot return Golan or even negotiate, until calm returns to Syria and Iraq.

Netanyahu is clearly following the grand strategy of the founder of his rightwing Likud Party, Zeev Jabotinsky, a militant Russian Zionist. Jabotinsky asserted that the Arab states were an artificial, fragile mosaic of inimical Arab tribes.

Hit them hard enough, claimed Jabotinsky, and they will shatter into small pieces, leaving Israel master of the Levant (central Arab world). The destruction of Iraq and Syria have confirmed Jabotinsky's theory.

Accordingly, Israel is delighted to see Syria, a primary foe, lying in ruins as a result of a US, British, French, Turkish and Saudi-instigated civil war. Damascus is in no shape to demand the return of Golan, and the rest of the world does not care.

The destruction of Syria as a unitary state offers the expansionist Likud government many opportunities to extend influence into Syria – as was the case in Lebanon during its bloody 1975-1990 civil war. Or even carve off more Syrian territory "to protect Israel's security."

The words of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion, still resonate: the state of Israel is a work in progress and its borders should not be fixed or even defined. Notably the borders with Syria and Jordan.


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