Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published

Journalist Jamie Redman is a pioneer. He’s one of first writers in the world to make his living by covering the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Readers count on his good judgement, perspective, careful study, and nonstop production to give them insight literally no one else can. He’s also the lead writer at news.Bitcoin.com, and is prized by colleagues for his energy and positivity. He’s recently crossed being published over 2,000 times here at the news desk. The number is impressive for sure, but it is also time to reflect on his body of work, which is a documentation of crypto history itself. Exhaustive, comprehensive, and original – meet the man behind the words.

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Jamie Redman is Crypto History in the Flesh

News.Bitcoin.com (BC): Tell us a little about your personal journey to bitcoin, crypto. How did you find it?

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published

Jamie Redman (JR): When I first heard about bitcoin it was around 2011. It started when I was frequenting online forums and social media groups that discussed libertarianism, anarchism, and free markets. I asked my wife if she wanted to buy some, and at the time we both had no idea what we were buying. It was only a speculative investment. A month or so later, I began studying and writing about cryptocurrencies every chance I could. I realized that bitcoin would be a revolutionary currency, unlike anything we’ve seen before. So, I wrote a lot about the technology and shared my work with my friends online. I did some videos and writing for the Art of Not Being Governed, and realized I would gear my career towards working within this industry. The biggest thing that astounded me was how big and valuable bitcoin had become without the need of any one person or group, not the state, and in the absence of a corporate entity. I also created a large assortment of memes that I shared as well, and from there I was offered a position at a cryptocurrency news outlet because the CEO really liked my work.

Bitcoin has changed my life and my family’s as well. We have been living off of cryptocurrencies for over three years. The reason for this is because I am extremely passionate about the technology for one main reason – the hope that someday my children’s money will be separated from the state.

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published
In addition to writing, Jamie Redman is also a graphic artist.

BC: You grew up in New England, right? I remember we discussed your love of music too, and how you traveled in dedication to it. Did those experiences influence how you approach your craft today?

JR: I grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and then a few areas on the South Shore just outside of Boston. When I was 18, I decided to use my graduation money to travel with the jam band Phish instead of going to college right away. I traveled around with Phish for five years selling t-shirts and grilled cheese sandwiches, and basically living in the moment. I think my travels with Phish helped me form my hustle, as I am very proud of how hard I work. That stems from living on the road with just a backpack. That experience inspired my first time to really write, and I started to compose an autobiography about my experiences traveling around the US with Phish-heads. It further provoked me to be less dependent on the state.

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published
Jamie Redman with Dr. Ron Paul

Anarcho-Capitalist

BC: Tell us about your personal worldview, your anarchism. How’d you get there?

JR: Phish travels definitely helped, but learning about Dr. Ron Paul in 2008 really sparked my interest in libertarianism. The Occupy Movement also pushed me towards really studying these ideologies with a fine-toothed comb. After Occupy happened I really began researching all types of philosophies and the wide variety of “isms.” Many writings about Austrian economics, objectivism, agorism, relativism, nihilism, mutualism, and even Marxism changed the way I think about the world.

So right now I consider myself an anarcho-capitalist because it seems to fit with the way I think the world should be, but I know that’s not for me to decide. So I think people should try many things, and with true testing and experimentation, society will emulate the best and most efficient practices. Like over time things get worse, but eventually, they do get better after the chaos. These days in my humble opinion, people are free-range slaves with 9-digit numbers and they are allowed to choose an occupation but are forced to pay tax. That’s definitely an improvement from chattel slavery (taking 100% of a person’s labor), but the slavery (taking a percentage of one’s labor) itself still exists. I hope that someday the chains that bind us will be cut and I’m pretty optimistic that they will, but it could be a few more generations away. Innovations like cryptocurrencies, much like the printing press, will help sharpen the blades that cut our current chains. I truly believe that, and it’s why I do what I do.

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published

BC: What are some of the crazier, more memorable stories you’ve covered?

JR: Some of the most memorable stories I’ve covered have been interviewing all kinds of random people within the cryptocurrency space. Some of my most favorite interviews in the past are with people who are actually doing really cool things and not some idolized big wig Bitcoin luminary. Most of those people are pretty boring, but chatting with someone no one knows, who is blind, and learning how they deal with bitcoin transactions and wallets is far more interesting. Most stories like this don’t get as many clicks as when the subject involves idiots like Jamie Dimon, but I think those kind of stories are better. One favorite interview of mine is the Onecoin Buyer Beware interview which went viral all over the world. The article has been translated in multiple languages, and it’s good to expose scams and fake blockchain projects like Bitconnect and Onecoin.

Family Man

BC: What are your thoughts on the current state of the ecosystem, given your perspective?

JR: The state of the cryptocurrency system is still raw, exposed and nascent. I’ve been in the crypto-community for a very long time now, and some people would consider me an “early adopter.” However, I still think it is super early as far as cryptocurrency adoption is concerned, regardless of a coin’s current price and market statistics. So, people just getting into learning about digital assets right now in 2018 are still way ahead of the game.

The current state of the ecosystem to me is like when Windows 95 and personal computers blew people’s minds. Exchanges and wallets need to be more friendly in my opinion, and onboarding people is still a bit difficult, but way easier than when it was back in the early days. But even though I think wallets could be a lot more user-friendly (so my grandma can use them) I say to myself — I wasn’t complaining when I was using dial-up — Because at the time just surfing the net was revolutionary back in the early nineties. That’s how I look at the cryptocurrency space today. It’s so early, and it will be way more advanced 5-10 years from now.

Bitcoin Journalist Pioneer: Jamie Redman Has Over 2,000 Articles Published
The Redmans, as photographed for VICE.

BC: This is a wildcat world you’re in professionally. How do you balance work and family life?

JR: I love my job. I enjoy researching and writing about cryptocurrency solutions and blockchain technology. So because I don’t do a job where I’m stuck in a position where I hate my day-to-day employment, I have a good balance between family life and work. My family sees that I am extremely passionate and happy with what I do, and it pays off with my work production as well. Further, my family and I homeschool our two sons, so with me working from home, all of us are always together. We are a tight bond and live very different lives than most families. Cryptocurrencies are very much a part of our lives and we deal with them on a day-to-day basis. But honestly, with all that said, I have no clue how I balance it all, and I’m cool with that. Bitcoin life is one giant experiment and I accepted those terms the day I jumped into the game.

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Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple CEO, answered candidly during an interview about crypto’s prospects for the future. Among other criticisms, he stressed blockchain technology is mostly hype, and that bitcoin core (BTC) is controlled by Chinese miners and has no hope of being a world currency.

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Ripple CEO Bashes Bitcoin

Attendees of the 2018 Stifel Cross Sector Insight Conference in Boston yesterday were probably expecting to learn more about Ripple, the world’s third most popular cryptocurrency by market capitalization. After all, none other than company CEO Brad Garlinghouse was guest of honor for an interview with Stifel Tech analyst Lee Simpson. And while Ripple certainly was the hot topic, Mr. Garlinghouse also took the opportunity to bash its main decentralized competitor, bitcoin core (BTC).

“A number of prominent people,” Mr. Garlinghouse explained, “even Steve Wozniak, has said that he sees a world where Bitcoin is the primary currency. I think that’s absurd. I don’t think that any major economy will allow that to happen. By the way, it doesn’t make sense.” Indeed Woz has said as much, as have Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who predicted it would happen within the decade.

Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

Brad Garlinghouse, 47, has held his present position since 2015. His professional background is almost all technology related. Stints with Yahoo!, AOL, working in the investment arena with the likes of Silver Lake Partners, @Ventures, @Home Network, SBC Communications, all round out his experience prior to Ripple.

His views about BTC and its eventual influence have found him very quotable of late, especially this month. He’s spent a great deal of time attempting to separate the coin aspect of Ripple (XRP) from the company itself, and this has lead to some interesting juxtapositioning in his method of argument.

BTC Blockchain Not Disruptive, Chinese in Control

During the Boston interview, he even took on the sacred cow of the corporate world, BTC’s distributed ledger technology. “There’s a lot of blockchain craziness, but there are three indicators of market winners. Blockchain will not disrupt banks […] it will play an important role in the way our system works. It’s a short-sighted view […]. Bitcoin is not the panacea we thought it would be.”

Mr. Garlinghouse then compared XRP to BTC. “This is how liquidity will be managed in the future. Bitcoin today takes 45 minutes to settle a transaction. Banks will use what is efficient and cheaper. And if you deliver a better product at a better price […] they will use it.” Ripple CEO: Bitcoin Controlled by Chinese, Absurd to Think it Could be Primary World Currency

An under-reported story, Ripple’s CEO insisted, is how BTC is “owned by China.” He noted, “The smartest thing you’ve done is not have ‘bit’ or ‘coin’ in your name. I’ll tell you another story that is underreported, but worth paying attention to. Bitcoin is really controlled by China. There are four miners in China that control over 50% of Bitcoin. How do we know that China won’t intervene? How many countries want to use a Chinese-controlled currency? It’s just not going to happen.”

Lastly, he assured, “I own bitcoin. Many people consider it as digital gold. I acknowledge, I’m long [on] crypto. I’d advise folks to only invest in crypto only what you’re willing to lose. It’s early to tell how it is going to play out. I think it’s a pretty good investing strategy. I don’t think about the digital asset market. I think about the customer experience. There are millions unbanked or underbanked. When I think about the transformation, it is fundamentally changing the way millions participate in banking. We can fundamentally change the way this works, to bring an entire population up a step in the system.”

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A New Cryptocurrency Radio Broadcast Launches on Boston’s FM 104.9

A New Cryptocurrency Radio Broadcast Launches on Boston's FM 104.9

Over the past six months, cryptocurrencies have been steadily entering the mainstream world more and more by being featured on billboards, newspapers, radio broadcasts and television shows. Now, this July residents from the New England region will be able to hear a weekly radio broadcast called Cryptomania which aims to educate the masses about the benefits of cryptocurrencies and broadcasts every Saturday on Boston’s FM radio signal 104.9.

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New England Blockchain Group Launches Cryptomania Radio Broadcast on Boston’s FM 104.9   

Residents from Boston, New Hampshire, and the North Shore will soon be able to tune in to an FM radio broadcast every Saturday that will feature discussions about bitcoin and cryptocurrency solutions. Listeners can set their dials to the FM radio signal 104.9 this July as the Massachusetts-headquartered organization New England Blockchain LLC (NEB) will launch its first show “Cryptomania – Bitcoin & Beyond.”

The show was created by the NEB founder Dana McIntyre who will also host the show with his sidekick Jameson Rust. The two say that the broadcast will feature a “simple and humorist explanation of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology.” The show aims to educate the public and show them how cryptocurrencies operate and detail how easy it is for anyone to purchase a small fraction of bitcoin.

“Hosting the first weekly FM radio show on Cryptos in America is a real honor for us and highlights our commitment to bring relevant, cutting-edge content to our listening audience and the mainstream public,” McIntyre stated this week.

A New Cryptocurrency Radio Broadcast Launches on Boston's FM 104.9
Cryptomania will air every Saturday at 9:30 EDT starting this July on Boston’s FM 104.9.

Every Saturday Two Million North Shore Residents Can Tune In

The show will air every Saturday at 9:30 Eastern Standard and can be listened to in other areas in the world by tuning into Northshore1049.com. The show will have a large audience to entice as the FM radio signal 104.9 reaches areas in southern New Hampshire and North of Boston and Merrimack Valley regions of Massachusetts which accounts for a population of over 2 million residents.

The announcement for the new radio show in Boston follows other mainstream broadcasts announced over the past few months. For instance, news.Bitcoin.com reported on the Youtuber Jason Appleton planning to launch his Crypto Crow Show on “CBS, the CW and Roku to over 47 million homes.” Another example is when the post-cable network Cheddar announced this past March it would be broadcasting a thirty-minute show about cryptocurrencies called Crypto Craze.

Bitcoiners are sure to welcome the new radio broadcast Cryptomania that’s dedicated to teaching people about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in the Boston region. However, the NEB organization’s upcoming broadcast this July is not the first weekly FM cryptocurrency radio show in the U.S. as the Austin based Crypto Show has been airing on 89.1 FM for years now.

What do you think about a radio broadcast about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies airing throughout New England’s North Shore region? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comment section below.


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I Hate The Patriots And All Their Fans But I Live Here And Need Them To Win

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I live in Massachusetts, and I want the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, and I can’t stand the Patriots.

Let’s get this out of the way: The Patriots are cheaters, Bill Belichick is full of shit, and Tom Brady is dumb malice behind dead sparkly eyes. This team doesn’t deserve another Super Bowl win and the American people don’t deserve to endure another Patriots win and another likely Super Bowl MVP for Brady.

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Despite all of this, I’m still pulling for them to win. And it’s not because I want my friends and acquaintances to be happy; I definitely don’t want that to happen.

It’s because I have to live here.

Unfortunately, my mental self-preservation depends on a Patriots win. I’m just not prepared to deal with what would follow an Eagles victory: a year of whining and complaining about how the Patriots were robbed because Goodell and the NFL somehow conspired with the refs to give the game to Philadelphia. It’ll be awful, it’ll be endless, and it’ll be reality here in New England for the next nine months if the Pats lost. I’d rather deal with a short burst of fans celebrating and then being smug but relatively quiet about it. Anything but the woe-is-me bullshit. Anything but that.

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If you are unfamiliar with Patriots fans—you are blessed—every autumn the people of New England transform from an elitist aristocracy into a braying group of red, white, and blue behatted and bescarved man-donkey hybrids driven by one thing: their shared love of winning football and their rage at being denied the glory they believe to be their birthright.

The transformation goes something like this:

Me: Oh, hello, Amory Appleton-Gates, how are you today?

Amory Appleton-Gates: Oh, wondrous good. Do you know, I just finished reading Rousseau’s A Social Contract — in the original French, of course — and wouldn’t you know it still has so much to teach us.

Me: Cool. Oh, hey, football season is starting soon.

Amory Appleton-Gates: TAWM BRAYDY WAS RAWBBED

These are simultaneously some of the most entitled and most self-pitying people on earth. It may have something to do with the background of the fan base: Here in the cold reaches of the coastal Northeast we balance the demands of Catholic self-flagellation for feeling a hint of happiness with a WASPy refusal to show any emotion on principle. But not on the football field, where the Patriots are seen as one of two annual excuses for regionwide displays of “feelings” (the other is baseball season).

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Because the Pats are supposed to win every game, no matter what, that feeling of superiority brings joy. That inevitably leads to despair. Despair comes when things don’t go right for the Pats. It can never, ever, be the team’s fault. Every loss has to do with an all-encompassing league-wide plot to take down Tom Brady because… he makes the NFL lots of money?

Best not to interrogate it too closely, because illogical paranoia is how the Patriots fan sees the world. The whole suspension debacle from last year is a perfect example of how this delusion works. Despite being the NFL’s most dominant team for two decades and counting, a narrative of a tough and scrappy underdog team beset on all sides by the hostile media, the NFL, and the rest of the country told New England its own story all season long, from the Brady suspension and subsequent comeback in the Super Bowl. It was a perfect replay of the exact same dynamics in the wake of Spygate, and it’s a flabbergasting display of self-victimization that depends on a carefully constructed delusional fantasy that must exclude the reality of Patriots dominance over the last two decades to even work.

But even then, it doesn’t matter. Just last month, ESPN published a fairly thorough piece detailing how the Patriots organization is beset by mild internal divisions and that the long-running dynasty could eventually collapse under the weight of the egos of Brady, Belichick, and owner Bob Kraft. It was a well-reported article that avoided personal criticisms of members of the team — but the way Patriots fans reacted you would have thought William Randolph Hearst had been resurrected by John Skipper to lead the charge against New England.

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Predictably, Patriots fans have tried to spin this latest offense against the team into a twisted fantasy of being gritty underdogs. This tweet is a joke, but not among actual Patriots fans:

People here in New England who normally have rational views of the world see all that go out the window when it concerns the Patriots. It defies all logic that, for example, Tom Brady didn’t know about the deflated footballs in the Deflategate scandal, or that the Patriots weren’t in fact spying on their opponents during the Spygate scandal. But talk to a New England fan about these or any other points that reflect poorly on the team and you’re subjected to the worst kinds of denial, bargaining, and an obstinate refusal to deal with reality.

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There’s not even the whiff of good old moral ambiguity, which was my technique in discussing these topics with Patriots fans before I discovered it’s a lost cause. Here’s what I mean:

Me: Look, I’ll agree that Brady didn’t do anything particularly awful…

Friend: Exactly, he didn’t!

Me: ….especially because all quarterbacks do it. He did it, but everyone does it.

Friend: He didn’t do it. He didn’t know. It didn’t happen.

And so on. Folks, I can’t deal with this shit again. I just can’t. Let’s just have another Patriots victory so things can go back to normal. Two weeks or so of listening to the worst fans in sports strutting around like full-chested peacocks because they once again got their way and won another title is far better than listening to them complain all year about whatever conspiracy the army of racist Bostonian shock jocks decide is to blame for the loss this time.

No. It’s almost baseball season and I don’t want to have it ruined.

Go Yankees.


Eoin Higgins is a writer from western Massachusetts. You can keep up with his work by following him on Twitter.

Google Fiber’s wireless Internet service is leaving Boston

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Google Fiber is ending its wireless home Internet service in Boston, and existing customers in the city will lose their service sometime in the next several months.

Google Fiber has had its struggles, but the Boston shutoff doesn’t necessarily mean that wireless customers in other cities will lose service. The service apparently fared poorly in Boston, but the company says it is still doing better in its other locations.

Google Fiber got into the wireless business in October 2016 when it purchased Webpass, which provides speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps and mainly serves multi-unit residential buildings and businesses. Webpass started serving Boston in 2015 before it was bought by Google.

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Airbnb hosts face fees in city worried about affordable housing

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Airbnb hosts in Boston could get hit with fees in an effort to combat high rents in popular neighborhoods.   

On Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he had filed a city ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. His plan would charge Airbnb hosts fees for renting out their properties, as well as limit the number of days a unit can be rented out. 

„This ordinance is an important step towards our goal of reducing housing costs by creating disincentives to take units off the market for use as short-term rentals,“ Mayor Walsh said in a statement. „It also allows for the continued use of short-term rentals in scenarios that are non-disruptive to our neighborhoods and support our tourism industry.“ Read more…

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Sorry LA, here’s where experts think Amazon will put its second headquarters

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The search for a site for Amazon’s second headquarters has been narrowed down to 20 cities — and according to several experts, the frontrunner among them is Atlanta. 

But it has some formidable competitors. 

„I think that Atlanta is still the top contender, although the field is narrowing,“ said demographic expert Bert Sperling. In November 2017, back when there were more competitors, Sperling also had Atlanta as number one. But now, he believes „things might be changing.“

Fourteen of the 20 finalists — including New York City, Boston, and Miami — are in the Eastern time zone. „That’s pretty tough to argue with,“ he said of their location on the East Coast.   Read more…

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