Gibraltar Soccer Team Will Pay Players in Cryptocurrency

By James Sweet III | Gibraltar

Gibraltar United, a soccer team from the British territory of Gibraltar, is set to become the world’s first sports team to pay players in a form of cryptocurrency. The team’s owner, Pablo Dana, is an investor in “Quantocoin”.

The team’s management has reached an agreement with players that will take effect next season, changing their method of payment from fiat to crypto. Gibraltar’s finance sector, according to The Guardian, is leading nations in embracing technological innovation and the blockchain. Pablo Dana sees the transparency of blockchain technology as a way to reform the soccer community and to remove corruption in the sport.

Due to the size of both Gibraltar and the soccer club, Dana sees embracing the blockchain as a way to pay foreign players who can’t easily access a bank account based in Gibraltar and allows their payments to bypass many fees and taxes in the territory.

If the many teams and leagues of soccer embraced the blockchain, they could easily stop illegal contributions and bribes to clubs, players, and league officials. Soccer seems to be a good market for cryptocurrencies, as players like Lionel Messi have signed partnerships with crypto firms and businesses.

In reference to Gibraltar’s technologically advanced environment, Pablo Dana said, It was the first [place that] regulated betting companies 20 years back when everyone was seeing them as horrible.” 

With Gibraltar United taking a step into the unknown, the club could be a pioneering force in the world. If the process involving cryptocurrency works out, many nations and private organizations may become less reluctant to the blockchain technology, seeing how it could expose illegal practices like money laundering and bribes, as well as making the payroll process easier for both business owners and employees.


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Gary Johnson Will “Very Likely” Enter New Mexico Senate Race

By Drew Zirkle | New Mexico

The New Mexico Senate race, a competition that was previously thought to be a predictable stroll for incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich (D), is expected to change drastically in the coming hours and days. Gary Johnson, prominent Libertarian Presidential candidate & former Republican Governor of the state is expected to enter the race soon.

The current candidate that the Libertarian Party is fielding for Senate, Aubrey Dunn, is expected to relinquish the nomination for the race today at 2:30 PM EST according to the chair of the NM LP, Chris Luchini. This will allow the New Mexican Libertarian Party the opportunity to nominate a new candidate for the upcoming general election in November. Luchini has confirmed that the New Mexico Libertarian Party Central Committee has already scheduled a meeting for this coming Saturday to choose a replacement candidate to run for Senate.

When reached by phone, Luchini stated that he spoke with Gary Johnson earlier today and that Johnson was “very interested in considering getting into the race.” Luchini also stated that there were no other candidates interested in running and that the central committee was ready to “offer [Johnson] the position.”

This development comes at an incredibly crucial time for the Libertarian Party, as the New Mexico LP has reportedly received an incredible increase in donations and interest for the upcoming Senate race. In addition to the increasing strength of the Libertarian Party, the GOP is facing difficulties in this particular race. The GOP candidate, Mick Rich, has no political experience, is polling very poorly, and has reportedly only raised around $650,000. Additionally, according to an unnamed source, Mick Rich refused to accept campaign donations at a recent campaign event in Los Alamos, leading to some speculation that Mick Rich may drop out of the race, leaving the Senate race wide open for a potentially powerful Johnson campaign to take on Heinrich.

Regardless of whether Mick Rich drops or not, his campaign is beginning to flounder, with most polling data putting him under 40% despite the fact that most GOP candidates are competitive in statewide races in New Mexico. Gary Johnson, a popular former Governor and a recurring figure in national politics, is expected to have a competitive advantage over Rich. Johnson is also expected to be a problem for Martian Heinrich, as Johnson’s familiarity with voters and established base of support ought to give him an energized base of support at the onset of his campaign.

Although Johnson has not publicly announced his intention to run for the Senate seat yet, it is abundantly clear that the Libertarian Party of New Mexico is preparing for Johnson to take up the torch behind the scenes. Furthermore, social media groups have sprung up on Facebook and Twitter suggesting that Johnson’s team is gearing up for the announcement. This preparation combined with Johnson privately confiding his interest in running indicates that in the coming days, Johnson is likely to launch a formal bid and this previously quiet Senate race will turn into one of the wildest races to watch this November.


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A Recent Spike in Bitcoin Leaves Members of Congress Speechless

By Dane Larsen | @therealdanelars

“As long as the stupid criminals keep using Bitcoin, it’ll be great,” -Michael Conaway (R- TX)

Representative Conaway of Texas’ 11th Congressional District made snide remarks about members of the American cryptocurrency community. Along with his traditionalist GOP and financially unstable Democratic colleagues, he took cheap shots at crypto investors, without giving opportunities for rebuttals.

At a segment of the Committee of Financial Services, the subcommittee of the Monetary Policy and Trade received some backlash from the crypto community. The 115th US Congress was incredibly biased against decentralizing the government in the economic sector during these meetings of the Subcommittee.

“As a medium of exchange, cryptocurrency accomplishes nothing except facilitating narcotics trafficking, terrorism, and tax evasion,” -Brad Sherman (D- CA)

The greatest allure of Cryptocurrency, its anonymity and decentralized nature, is under attack by legislators who seek to regulate currencies like Bitcoin. The House and Senate have already made necessary action forcing members of Congress to “disclose their holdings”, and passed a bill to facilitate exchanges of Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies, in an attempt to stop illegal activity. Some councilmen and women have even been in the works trying to write a proposal flat-out prohibiting the mining and use of Bitcoin.

Predictably, the reaction by the media and elites was to cast doubt over the ability of cryptocurrency users to circumvent the Federal Reserve and current monetary policy practice. To praise people like Conaway for calling out the “criminals” is to go with the mainstream; in other words, the easy way out. Congress would rather clump all investors into this stereotype of the small minority, rather than sympathizing with the crypto investors and looking with a broader approach, at the sheer amount of people who are involved in the community without coming at it from an illegal standpoint. A very large portion of the community is involved to ‘stick it to the man’, not deal drugs or hold prostitution rings. We know this objectification all too well because cryptocurrencies have had a negative stigma since the launch of Bitcoin in January of 2009.

The feeling of detest for Bitcoin is bipartisan in the US House and Senate, yet the wonders of BTC, BCH, LTC, and ETH are global. The market shows many young people are interested in investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

An enormous amount of knowledge that the American people know about Bitcoin (considering Litecoin, Etherium, and other cryptocurrencies are about as exotic of words to them as anything), is about the Great Spike in late 2017, when BTC rose to just about $19,000. After that, the people know that has decreased. But after that is where the stories go through two different paths. Most households believed that crypto fizzled out into nothingness until it was a memory: a forgotten commodity.

The extent of crypto knowledge for the average American is about the Great Spike of late 2017, and it’s eventual fall from grace. When BTC rose to $19,096.64 in late last year, then falling down thousands of dollars in a matter of days. The general public thinks Bitcoin is dead. However, this couldn’t be more wrong. Bitcoin is alive and well, showing signs of promise and great potential for the coming months to end off 2018. Bitcoin is up $2,324.52 since last month, reaching $8,200. Whether it was just a leap in public interest, or the word spreading about crypto, the price of Bitcoin is rising at a steady rate.

Since the Subcommittee of Monetary Policy and Trade, and the rise of Bitcoin, no Representative who called out or talked bad about the crypto market and/or community has made any public briefing admitting their fault or apologizing. Although expected, we can all sit back, disappointed at the disconnect from the D.C. members of Congress and the American public.


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Iran vs The World

By Joshua D. Glawson | United States

From its inception in 550 B.C., the Persian Empire reigned with fervor and might. The Persians carved out their territory that would expand across major parts of Eurasia, keeping the Greeks at bay, as well as other nations in pursuit of their own place in history. Ever since the first establishment of the Persian Nation-State, they have had to fight off other nations and were influenced by them. The biggest change first occurred in 637 A.D. when Persia fell into the hands of the nomadic Arabs at the Battle of Kadisiya which is close to the Euphrates River. Once the Arabs took hold of the Persian Empire, they brought with them Islam and Arabic, which forever changed the Persian language and religion casting out most Zoroastrian practices. Zoroastrianism was not only the main Persian religion of choice, but it is often considered the first monotheistic religion of the world. After a long period of delegation, finding peace under the new regime and identity of the Persian Empire, in 1722 Afghan rebels had a degree of conflict with the Persian Empire, and they pursued the capturing of Isfahan. This seizing of a major city led the way for Russia and Turkey to also plunder their way through Persia, and by 1724 the Russians and Turks split the spoils among their militaries and elite.

By the 1800s to mid-1900s, the British and Americans had tight economic and personal relations with Persia. Although the British and Americans were both there to better petroleum and crude business in their favor, it was only the Brits that were seen as adversaries while the Americans were generally seen in favor by the Persian people. This was surely well-established when many Americans who were living in Persia in the early 1900s fought along the Persians’ and their rights in the Persian Constitutional Revolution from 1905 to 1911.

As quoted in the book, All the Shah’s Men, one person wrote, “…The American contribution to the improvement and, it was felt, the dignity of our impoverished, strife-torn country had gone far beyond their small numbers…Without attempting to force their way of life on people or convert us to their religion, they had learned Persian and started schools, hospitals, and medical dispensaries all over…” They went on to say, “The dedication of these exemplary men and women was not the only reason many Iranians admired the United States. American officials had spoken out to defend Iran’s rights. The United States sharply criticized the 1919 Anglo-Persian Agreement through which Britain acquired colonial powers in Iran.”

“That same year at Versailles, President Woodrow Wilson was the only world leader who supported Iran’s unsuccessful claim for monetary compensation from Britain and Russia for the effects of their occupation during World War I. In the mid-1920s an American envoy in Tehran was able to report that ‘Persians of all classes still have unbounded confidence in America.'” Of course, needless to say, it was also the US President, Woodrow Wilson, who would, unfortunately, lead America out of a more non-interventionist leaning foreign policy, into a hawkish mentality of a pursuit of war and control in the world from WWI to his constant concern for control over the Middle East. To this day, his policies plague American politics creating countless numbers of problems for the US and the world in an onslaught of political blowback.

In 1935, with relations with and influence from Nazi Germany, Persia’s name was changed to ‘Iran.’ This was a cognate of the word ‘Aryan,’ as the Nazis were in pursuit of the origins of the actual Aryan nation of people, and Persia’s leader, Reza Shah, wanted to establish good relations with the growing German powers. Not only was this a means of changing the direction of the Persian nation, but it was also a way of aligning with the Nazis against the British and Russians who had plundered their land for well over a century. This allegiance to Nazi Germany would prove tragic for Iran in WWII, as in 1941, the Anglo-Soviet Allies invaded and ensured the Nazis could not keep reign over the region.

With growing tensions over the following ten years from the British setting up the Anglo-Persian Oil Company also in 1935, Persians’ boiling tempers over increased economic struggles, and the ongoing introduction and implementation of Socialism, after also being struck left and right by the British, Americans, Russians, Turks, Afghans, and others, Iran voted to nationalize the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The name was then changed to the National Iranian Oil Company. This, then, led to Mohammad Reza Shah officially signing the 1951 declaration that the State was the sole owner of the company, and put Mossadegh as Iran’s Prime Minister.

Mossadegh’s office prompted news outlets around the world to respond and criticize from various perspectives. The British press criticized Mossadegh for being like Robespierre, very Socialistic in a negative way, after Iran essentially stole the company rights. While the US, on the other hand, praised Mossadegh for being like Thomas Jefferson freeing Iran from the British as Jefferson helped to free America from the British. Although, the British interpretation of the events was probably more accurate than the Americans’, both the British and the US colluded together in 1953 to overthrow Mossadegh and return the Shah.

In 1953, the CIA and Britain’s M16 staged a coup in Iran to overthrow Mossadegh because it was clearly evident that he was attempting to allow the Soviets into Iran instead of the Western Allies. The US policy at the time, the Truman Doctrine, stated that the US would come to the aid and defense of any people threatened by Communism. Mossadegh’s introduction of disorder within Iran was eventually the downfall of the Shah and allowed Socialists and Communists to infiltrate Iran ever since.

Iran has been continuously influenced by the outside world in that it has lost most of its military capabilities coming from the 5th largest military power in the world and then losing most of it all by the early 1980s after the Iran-Iraq war. Iran now continues to seek to create nuclear weaponry in order to better negotiate their place in the world and to possibly end many of the sanctions put on them by the US. The US and Iran used to have very good relations and diplomacy prior to the end of the Shah’s reign.

Today, Iranian leaders continue to utilize Diversionary War Theory “which states that leaders who are threatened by domestic turmoil occasionally initiate an international conflict in order to shift the nation’s attention away from internal troubles.”  Many of the economic difficulties are not only due to the government seizing companies especially in the oil and natural gas industries, but also the sanctions brought on by the US. So, it is not as obvious that leaders in Iran are attempting to divert the attention of the economic struggles of Iran, rather there is some justification for their anger towards the US.

Iran’s justified anger with the US was initiated by the US’ infiltration and establishment of Mohammad Reza Shah and continued acts of aggression such as severe economic and travel sanctions, and completely encircling Iran with US military bases and battleships. Furthermore, since the US has now backed out of the Iranian Nuclear Deal that was being led by the Obama administration, Trump’s administration will most likely be reimplementing these heavy economic and travel sanctions, along with several others that are surely to assist in the near total destruction of Iran.

This, of course, is not to suggest that Iran is completely innocent. Iran has innumerable cases of human rights violations and a severally corrupt government which allows paying one’s way out of crimes and completely undermining the private sector as the Iranian government has the power to seize and control privately owned companies at near whim.

Overall, Iran has been shaped, influenced, benefited, and harmed by the international community from almost the beginning. The strife caused through interventionist policies of outside nations and States has also prompted internal domestic conflicts and turmoil for Iran. These instances of influence have led to destabilization and the pessimistic future for Iran. Although Iran has done everything they believed possible to leverage their negotiations by building nuclear weapons and attempting a Nuclear Deal with the US, unfortunately it has thus far failed. Iran’s past one hundred years has already been filled with chaos and confusion, surely the next one hundred will be the same as long as countries outside of Iran continue to intervene and act in hostility towards them; and if Iran continues to violate the rights of individuals within their borders, there is no hope for Iran as a country.


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Illinois’ Only Hope: Kash Jackson

Ian Brzeski | United States

Illinois is a complete mess, there is no other way to put it. Illinois’ economic growth has only increased by 4% within the last 10 years. To put that into perspective, throughout the Great Depression, the United States’ GDP grew by 10%. Illinois is doing worse now than the entirety of the United States was doing throughout the Great Depression. Illinois continues to elect the same kinds of corrupt politicians over and over again, taxes keep going up at a tremendous rate, citizen’s liberties are constantly being stripped away, people keep moving out of the state at an astronomical rate, and Illinois just keeps spiraling out of control. Kash Jackson is the man for the task.

Who is Kash Jackson?

Born Benjamin Adam Winderweedle, Kash Jackson is the Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, a town close to the Texas border, with a population of around 200,000. He served in the U.S. Navy for about 20 years until he officially retired in 2016. After his retirement, he settled in a small suburb of Chicago with his three children. He is committed to completely rearranging the Illinois government so it is properly suited for the people of Illinois and his children.

“I will focus on stabilizing the state budget, fighting corruption, and restoring power to individuals and their communities.” -Kash Jackson

Kash will fight for all of your liberties all the time. He believes in Constitutional rights and will do anything in his power to fight any rights violations that he sees going on. Many politicians will make the same claims as Kash does. However, the difference between many politicians and Kash is that Kash takes action. He stood with the Veterans for Standing Rock in North Dakota due to the injustices against the Constitutional rights of Native Americans. Kash does more than just make promises, he goes out and fulfills them.

Why Republicans/Conservatives should vote for Kash

People in Illinois want a change from the hypocritical and corrupt politicians that they have dealt with for so long. Republicans in the state are fed up with Bruce Rauner as he has failed routinely on delivering on his promises. During his time as governor, income tax rates rose, there was a two-year budget deadlock, a massive bailout of the Chicago public school system, and he signed an abortion bill that pushed abortion to remain legal even if Roe v Wade was overturned during the Trump presidency. The bill allowed for state employees and lower class women to obtain free abortions for any reason whatsoever. Obviously, when it says “free”, it really means at the expense of the taxpayer.

Conservatives knew when electing Rauner that he did lean pro-choice, but he did promise the people that he was not going to make the abortion issue a social agenda. What’s worse is that he promised the people that he would veto that bill. Many conservatives and pro-lifers have lost trust that Rauner can keep his promises. On top of that, he had a 44-point agenda which included a property tax freeze and term limits. He was not able to fulfill any of his major goals from that agenda.

Kash is a true advocate for small government. Under Rauner and practically every other preceding governor, the government got bigger, taxes and gun control have increased, and with that, crime as well. Kash wants lower taxes and fewer regulations on businesses so business owners could open up their businesses much more efficiently and quickly. He also wants to put a freeze on property taxes and allow for tax increases to be put up to a vote via a referendum.

Some of my friends were worried that by voting for Kash then you are basically giving Pritzker a free path to victory, and that is far from the truth. A Capitol Fax poll has figured out that 26% of people would vote for a 3rd party candidate and about 11% of people are undecided. Pritzker currently sits at 36% and Rauner at 27%. Kash is leading the 3rd party candidates, is right on the tail of Rauner, and is not far at all from Pritzker. Just recently, Kash has been invited to join the NBC5/Telemundo debate on September 20th. This is the first time ever that the Libertarian candidate for governor in Illinois is able to debate with the Republican and Democrat nominees. This is a huge win for the liberty movement and will greatly increase the chances for Kash to become the next governor of Illinois.

Why Democrats/Liberals should vote for Kash

There is a reason to even believe that Democrats would vote for Kash or at least another 3rd party candidate. Some Democrats are concerned with the fact that JB Pritzker basically bought his primary spot. Pritzker is a billionaire who essentially just spent way more than the rest of the Democrats running. He spent a record amount, around $70 million, in the primary, and who knows how much more he will spend throughout the rest of the election process.

From an economic standpoint, I understand that Democrats probably will not agree with Kash on most issues. However, Kash is truly a man for the people. An issue that Democrats may agree on with Kash is the reformation of the criminal justice system due to many injustices set about by our court system. He demands the release of all prisoners who were wrongly imprisoned for victimless crimes.  He also feels that neither a single person nor family should ever be forced into poverty while going through our court system.

JB Pritzker wants to raise your taxes, but then evades paying $230,000 worth of taxes by removing all of the toilets in one of his mansions. Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn were the previous Democrat governors who heavily contributed to the downfall of Illinois, and it looks like JB Pritzker is not going to be any different. Kash Jackson, like I said before, stood with the veterans at Standing Rock. Pritzker is a massive investor in Energy Transfer Partners LP which is the company who constructed and is also a part owner of the  Dakota Access Pipeline. He is heavily invested in the same company that has committed horrendous atrocities against protestors at Standing Rock and has violated the rights of the Native Americans living there. Is this really the man who Democrats want in the gubernatorial office?

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