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With the Newsweek claim that they have found the purported founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, starting 15 minutes in to the interview with Tim Richardson on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, he states:

I also happen to know a little about Japanese culture; I’ve lived in Japan, speak Japanese.

And regarding the name Satoshi Nakamoto:

The choice of that word for him has many ramifications if you look at Japanese culture and Japanese history.

and:

The reason why you would pick a person like that, say versus a Korean, or a person from Latin America.

While Richardson wouldn’t say whether he thought this Satoshi Nakamoto was the real founder or not, his words to me imply that the name was invented, or that they chose this person from among a team of founders to be identified as the founder of Bitcoin for a very specific purpose.

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On April 3, 2011, I wrote the article, Who is behind enenews.com?, in which I wrote:

Who is behind enenews.com, the site known as Energy News, which, for the time being, has been focusing solely on the fallout of the Japanese nuclear disaster?

The short answer is, we don’t know.

It later came out that it is run by an anonymous, self-described lawyer with a penchant for posting hyped and fear-based articles about nuclear power.

As I commented on June 22, 2011:

Enenews.com keeps putting out the scary headlines, but what they’re not going to do is get into the unnecessary reasons for the disaster in the first place.

If nuclear power wasn’t so heavily subsidized, if the government got out of building nuclear plants and if the private sector could get insurance to build them and the consent of neighbouring property owners who would be most affected, then go ahead with building more nuclear plants.

But no, it’s about putting out the fear.

Sadly, as of August 15, 2012, according to Alexa.com, the site is more popular than ever, and predictably, its author still isn’t advocating any solutions.

My proposal for immediate redress of the current situation concerning nuclear power — which the most rabid anti-nuclear activists and the most laissez-faire free market advocates should find common ground in supporting — is this:

  • Eliminate all government funding for nuclear power research
  • Eliminate all government funding for the operation and insurance of nuclear plants
  • Sell all government-owned nuclear plants to the private sector, or close those that aren’t sold
  • Require the consent of local property owners for the continued or new operation of nearby nuclear power plants

It may be that the implementation of these proposals eventually results in the end of nuclear power as we know it, and I think that could prove to be the case, but the longer time goes without any well-known, so-called “green” organizations advocating such proposals, the more I question their commitment to their espoused principles.

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James CorbettThe late Bob Chapman was known as the International Forecaster, and the new International Forecaster is James Corbett, as seen on theinternationalforecaster.com.

Corbett will be the weekly Monday regular guest on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty show as Bob Chapman had been, and his debut episode was July 30, 2012.

He established his independence from Bob early on, by differing with him over gold and silver certificates versus physical gold and silver, in favouring physical gold and silver. He also disclosed that he is a Canadian living in Japan, which definitely gives him an international perspective.

For my articles on the late Bob Chapman, see here.

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Who is behind enenews.com, the site known as Energy News, which, for the time being, has been focusing solely on the fallout of the Japanese nuclear disaster?

The short answer is, we don’t know.

A domain registration lookup shows its private registration with the mysteriously named DomainSecrecy.net.

A ping of the domain shows the address of 98.158.182.89, which traces back to the internet domain host provider UK2 Group, which is located in Providence, Utah.

It is a mysterious site, indeed, with no About page, no mention of its authors, contact info, or its sources of funding, despite 144 posts since its inception on March 18, 2011.

With less than one full month online, the site already has a one-month Alexa rating of 129,331th place among over 20 million ranked sites on the Web.

What we do see, however, are scary headlines citing mass media sources, with added editorial.

For instance, the March 29 headline, Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard.

3300% higher is 33 times higher, but 3300% sounds a lot scarier. The headline also draws a word association between rainwater and drinking water, despite going on to mention the mass media source that says a 3300% higher amount of radioactive iodine in rainwater samples is still 25 times less than would be of concern. Also, nowhere does the article mention that the half-life of radioactive iodine is eight days.

The article, however, adds emphasis in bold to the amount of radiation found in the rainwater samples and to the maximum EPA levels for drinking water, further making an association.

In the meantime, while many Americans are being focused on a very serious crisis for the Japanese, their focus is consequently shifted away from the more directly relevant unlawful presidential war decree on Libya, and the zero prosecutions for fraud against those who knowingly marketed subprime securities as AAA, unlike the more than a thousand convictions of the criminals involved in the far smaller savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.

Update 06/25/11: A reader pointed out eight days after my article, on April 11, that the author of enenews.com is also the one behind floridaoilspilllaw.com, and that can be found in the earlier comments.

On April 18, the author finally got around to creating an About page, wherein he claimed he is not a lawyer trying to sue. On June 24, after enenews.com had gone down for hours as it has several times in the past few months, someone pointed out that the author has since revealed he is a lawyer.

To those who say this information is now evident, it wasn’t when I published this article on April 3, and the scary headlines with an anti-nuclear editorial bent, the lack of other energy news coverage, and no positive solutions haven’t stopped either.

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As of February 10, 2011, the CIA World Factbook is still reporting December 31, 2008, numbers for the Market Value of Publicly Traded Shares.

Rounding out the Top 10 are (T represents trillions of USD):

1. United States 11.740T
2. European Union 7.564T
3. Japan 3.220T
4. China 2.794T
5. United Kingdom 1.852T
6. France 1.492T
7. Russia 1.322T
8. Hong Kong 1.320T
9. Germany 1.108T
10. Canada 1.002T

On February 28, 2009, I recorded their Top 10 for 2007.

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