Temple Melville talks to Blockchain Blueprint about Scotcoin, its functionalities, use cases and purposes:
We are very excited at Scotcoin because our very first Radio Advertisement is now running!
It’s on Pulse98.4 FM and you can find out all about the station here:
They are a really great bunch of people who just love Scotcoin. You can listen on radio or online and they play great music, and have really interesting talk shows too. Every event in the local area is promoted through them.
If you have anything you would like to know or do in collaboration with them, please get in touch with us!
We are also sponsoring Christina Littleson’s Arts show, Mondays from 1 -3pm
Hat tip to Gus Michael for all his help and Frank MacGowan of Bad Pony Media for the original introduction!
Listen live here: https://tunein.com/radio/Pulse-984-s124511
You can see it from a well-travelled road, the first person to tell us where it is or send us a picture of themselves with the banner gets 5,000 SCOT transferred into their wallet!
Entries via [email protected]
- Your full name
- Your wallet address
- Where the banner is
END DATE: When we get a correct entry or by 31st May. If the prize isn’t claimed we will donate to a charity.
Because of the issues with social distancing, we have had to put the vintage firsts project on hold.
So as a taster see below a few of the stories that people shared. There’s a prize of 25,000 Scotcoin for the best new one we receive before the end of May 2020. Best of luck!
From an Elderly man
I remember going to Jenners in Edinburgh to get my very first long trousers. In those days, boys wore shorts pretty much until they were 12. I remember my mother getting dressed up to take me on the tram. (small laugh/grin) Of course, since then they destroyed all the trams and had to build it all again, end even Jenners is now shutting. I remember the trousers were brown corduroy, and I thought I was absolutely the smartest thing ever. It’s probably why I still wear cords, as they are now known. It was an easy process. I remember I was a little nervous beforehand but the whole experience was simple and easy.
In fact it was very like my experience with Scotcoin. I was a little nervous about downloading a wallet and all the necessities of keeping the pass phrase secure. But once I had done it, I realised that simply following the steps I had been sent by the people at Scotcoin was easy, simple and straightforward. And then, after I sent the wallet address to them, the SCOT appeared in my wallet almost like magic a short while later.
Digital currencies are a great thing for all sorts of reasons – you should join the revolution.
From a middle aged man
I remember my first kiss. I’d fancied Francine for ages and we had begun walking home together. I was just a stupid boy but in my eyes she could do no wrong. She had the obligatory female friend who went everywhere with us and was soooo jealous of me. I spent hours thinking up how I could kiss her, but I first had to get rid of Sarah, her friend. Then one day, Sarah didn’t turn up at school. I asked Francine where she was and was told she’d been kept at home that day. This was it! I was excited but apprehensive and nervous. What if she didn’t like me enough? What if I messed up? After all, I’d never done this before.
We set off after school and my nervousness made me talk too much and too loudly. I remember I was waving my hands about. Francine kept looking at me strangely which only made me more nervous. Just before we turned the corner into her street, she put her hand on my arm and stopped me. Without a word, she swung towards me and kissed me, hard, on my mouth. I was so astonished I just stood there. She pulled back and smiled at me gently, then kissed me again and turned away round the corner. I still just stood there, until she popped her head back round the corner and grinned. “ See you tomorrow.” I walked home on air.
It wasn’t as bad opening a crypto wallet. I read all the instructions and was actually prepared when I did it. The wallet appeared immediately when I clicked on the “Create new wallet” icon. I wrote down the pass phrase as instructed, then clicked into the wallet itself. And there was its address. I just copied and pasted it into a folder, then emailed the wallet address to Scotcoin. A short time later I could see my SCOT in the wallet.
I was nearly as elated as I was after that first kiss with Francine.
Over 40 year old lady
I remember going to my first T in the Park, in Strathclyde Park, just outside Glasgow. It was 1994. My mum drove me and my friend Emma up in the afternoon, and gave us strict instructions we were to leave at midnight and she would pick us up at the spot where she had dropped us off. I think she had no idea what it was all about. We were both just 17 and ready for life! We were excited and elated but a bit nervous too. We’d never done anything like this before and the idea of Festivals was only just getting off the ground.
It was fantastic. The atmosphere was electric (a very overused word nowadays) but we were completely buzzing by the time we left.
Mum had been waiting for us for well over an hour and gave us a hell of row, but it was all worth it.
A bit like setting up my first crypto wallet. I was nervous but I worked through the instructions and wow! There it was. Once those nice people at Scotcoin sent me my SCOT, I could see them in my wallet. I love being a part of the blockchain revolution.
The Fed has been told to “just keep printing money” according to an interview with CBS’s 60 Minute. President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Neel Kashkari referred to there being “an infinite amount of cash at the Federal Reserve.”
He went on to say “That’s literally what Congress has told us to do. That’s the authority that they’ve given us: to print money and provide liquidity into the financial system.”
Remember that this very thing is why Bitcoin was created in the first place
If you have been following our blog you will know that the present literal swamping of the world with newly printed money will lead to the most horrific inflation, with too few goods being chased by too much money. The present panic buying in the UK is merely a harbinger of what is to come. Presciently, I said a short while ago that we would soon lose the rule of law and substitute the law of the machine gun.
Now is the time to hold crypto. Your fiat money – GBP, USD, Euro etc etc will soon be worthless as the Mark was in 1922/3 Weimar Germany.
There, the cost-of-living index was 41 in June 1922 and 685 in December, a nearly 17-fold increase – and it continued to rise.
It was only solved in November 1923 when a new currency was established WITH EVERYONE ONLY RECEIVING 5 RENTENMARK.
So be prepared for the future – buy some crypto!
To help with this, any SCOT bought through https://exchange.scotcoinproject.com/
Will receive double the number of SCOT actually bought.
Robert McDowell is a long time supporter both personally and through Summerhall of Scotcoin. He is currently chairman of that renowned venue in Edinburgh, and a long time top level financier and economist. He has written a couple of pieces for us, this first one on the macro position we find ourselves in and the true scale of the credit crunch that is here now. The second piece is specifically on cryptos and will appear in a few days time.
Georgiova (IMF managing director) was recently quoted as saying “what we want is to guarantee that people are not going to die just because of lack of money“. How absurd can it get? Obviously not a Keynesian but a Monetarist supply sider.
It reminds me of the long since passed Airey Neave (who was Thatcher’s puppet-master until the IRA car-bombed his Jaguar in the House of Commons). He was an admirable person in many ways except he ordered HMT never to report to Cabinet the difference between public spending before & after tax rake-backs, a foolish neo-con rule insanely followed ever since. He was, decades earlier in WW2, nearly caught having escaped from Colditz (an officer class PoW castle) in Germany, heading for Switzerland. He was spotted in a railway station eating a chocolate bar (a Swiss Red Cross supplied one) when chocolate was something ordinary Germans could only dream of enjoying in 1941.
Chocolate then, money now. Lack of money? Lack of air or water? Maybe the IMF think money should be a natural resource (‘public good’) whenever there’s plenty of it? But what the crisis teaches us is that it is not quantity but velocity or circulation of money that gives it value. I shouldn’t wonder too if countless people die prematurely sometimes because they actually have too much money. But, today, asset values like cash are in free-fall and we cannot see any reasons yet for recovery!
Countries can largely shut down to ensure social isolation & social distancing, but it will become harder over time to guarantee basic necessities & essential services. The problem is that while clampdowns, prohibitions and the like, can be announced & enforced, the conditions for lifting restrictions & announcing a return to normal are deceptive & uncertain without a firm date (or time limit). Getting Brexit done clung fiercely to dates by when a make or break deal must be struck. No such iconoclasm is in evidence r.e. Covid-19 & the present anxiety/panic is deeply entrenched. It is so deep that there could be permanent changes in the patterns that have pertained of modern human social behaviour. There will be hard-to-calculate economic (& well-being) consequences.
It is funny how prepared everyone appears to be to be seen to tackle this pandemic with a cavalier disregard for the costs of unintended or unwanted consequences. The economic dislocation that currently appears unbounded appears unending, with arbitrary dates being bandied about. Suddenly, for example, the whole private sector is bleating for government support. These pleas come from those who normally condemn state interference or “tax & spend” almost unreservedly.
All places where crowds might congregate including pubs & cafes plus all live arts & sport are shutting or mothballing or reducing to a skeleton operation. Supermarkets or big shopping stores are not yet shutting, but they are subject to stockpiling, and panic-buying. Many are involuntarily closing. All non-essential travel for months will stop in an effort to try to postpone the spiking of the covid-19 virus.
It’s like thinking that prolonging a recession gets everyone cut back to essentially good & necessary fundamentals and behaviour – a puritanism in fact. It can backfire just like austerity. Those who railed against government austerity policy ain’t seen nothing like the austerity now coming fast down every one of our main streets.
A pandemic – like any defined thing of business – is assumed to be like a game where we are game-players. But games have agreed rules. Players all start with an equality – two factors almost totally missing in real world or real life events yet are demanded in a general crisis. Government must defend all equally, all businesses & all people. Fairness & equality ought to rule, though of course everything has unintended consequences. No good deed goes unpunished.
The pandemic is often likened to a lottery (even if only one of many such lotteries, many of which are much bigger) i.e. everyone has a remotely even chance of getting caught by it. My father often seriously joked there is good luck, bad luck, & luck out! (to be spoken in an Ulster brogue).
Funny how all presume equality of rights (first principle of citizenry) & everything connected thereto. Many of these same people extol inequality & dramatic change as creative destruction or simply good entrepreneurial spirit. But not any longer because they feel it is all someone else’s fault anyway or like the weather, if not the climate, inevitable. Human hypocrisy is now philosophical rationalism. It is limitless in its self-justifying sense of personal & or group entitlement.
The pandemic may be a lottery, but it has classes insofar as inequalities about who gets the worst & highest percentage risk of dying. I’m in the high risk category (retirement age & vulnerable upper respiratory tract). You too probably -no more pub visits!
Summerhall is closing down in events (e.g. 6 weddings in April-June) performances & catering (our main revenue). We will therefore have to reduce staffing to a skeleton crew at immense cost & may even find August festivals cancelled . That is a third of annual revenue! Various government compensations are mooted & insurance claims, but the fact is probably we will probably be unable to access any of these.
Jobs are being temporarily or permanently lost across all sectors given there are so many knock-on effects – a negative vortex. Leading bleaters craving government financial aid (didn’t work for FLYBE) are airlines, airports, and hotel groups. Credit demand on banks is increasing with depleting security for loans, probably with many new margin calls & higher risk rates. Cash & Gold are suddenly King as they frequently are!
Transport & tourism in particular, but general retail too, have all been massively hit. Worldwide, 50 million jobs in tourism/travel industry alone are expected to go i.e. 23%. Global unemployment was 205 millions (c.3 billions with jobs). We now foresee, even if temporarily in the short term (6 months- or more?), at least tripling of joblessness to over 15% of the global aggregate, & possibly another 10-20% may follow if the crisis persists for a year or more. No one knows.
The virus is triggering a major recession globally. Some felt a recession was imminent anyway, waiting only for the excuse to start, but this? Well, we know a normal recession squeezes everyone’s finances & wipes out (nominally in theory) at least 75% of banks’ reserves! Consumer culture is debt-fuelled, so the slowing of the velocity of money makes assets fall in value as well.
While good manufacturers can stockpile & hope to catch up in the eventual recovery rebound, trade lost to services tends to stay lost! A lot of financial firms are bound to go under for their inability to handle withdrawals & foreclosures.
There is a palpable Keynesian response (or at least a strong whiff of it) among governments in their budgetary jet streams. Whatever is blowing in & across central bankers’ rate-setting counters & balance sheet re-jigging has the same smell to it. Hence, the naff IMF statement we started with – much like politicians saying ‘we’ll do whatever it takes’ is necessary implying also “whatever the consequences” while having no idea what these might be.
UK budget deficit borrowing is mooted to hit 25% ofGDP i.e. a war-economy footing. Half of the government budget will be debt financed. That’s probably only sensible. But, off balance sheet or off-budget financial relief may, as in the 2007-9 GFC, prove even more effective.
An amusing aspect is the conspiracy theory that banks & the non bank finncial sector are capriciously unfettered in how they create new money out of loans. Now these same conspiracists must face the opposite – in other words asset value crashes. Generally markets have fallen in price by about a third so far but not yet touched bottom.
Worldwide stock market value was about $70 trillions in total. That’s now had a c.30% fall. Property ownership is reputedly about 60% of world assets or about $217 trillions (Savills Research 2016, of which $162tn is residential). In all likelihood, there is a 20% or higher fall there as well. The $217tn figure includes $145tn not available to be traded or not secured for debt. Hence, the active market amount is c.$70tn.
Commercial property – c. $53tn including land (according to Savills 50% of the world total is in USA, 28% Europe, 5% Latin America, ME & Africa, leaving only 17% in E, S, & SE Asia, which seems a bit implausible despite what we know of market pricing) What can such figures mean? If all ‘assets’ are c. 4 x world GDP & have fallen in price by 1 x world GDP so far this year, that is by about $1,000 per person in the world – man woman and child. Of course the loss of wealth is mostly concentrated in the world’s richest 25%.
That means about $60 trillions of wealth seems to have disappeared. Another $6 trillions of households’ & personal incomes may follow & at least half as much again in lower company profits & actual losses. The UK appears now exposed. Sterling fell this week sharply against both the USD & Euro (considered a safe haven for capital flight alongside CHF (Swiss Franc)). In March up to today, CHF/GBP went from 0.78 to 0.86 i.e. CHF up 10%. GBP/Euro went from 1.206 to 1.097 i.e. GBP down 9.9%. Those are big movements! They will have profound long term effects, not least fewer assets to support future development. Indeed, banks may need to ignore all the existing rules and conventions about loans
Officially the UK continues to enjoy a positive inflow of private foreign capital sufficient to finance the trade deficit without resource to extra government Gilts issues. But, underlying this since 2016 has been somewhere between £1 & £2 trillions of foreign disinvestment & UK capital flight. This is officially recorded in the UK’s net external balance (over £500 billion negative) i.e. about 20 years’ worth of net inflows recorded elsewhere by ONS in the balance of payments accounts.
There is something irreconcilable in these two data sets as there is also in the UK’s self-belief that financial services generate sizeable annual trade surpluses, when the UK’s top ten trading partners in financial services record surpluses against the UK. In truth it may not really matter. Why? Because in the UK, especially London & The City & their surrounding regions are simply far “too big to fail”! It remains to be seen whether we can take comfort in that statement.
Robert will be sharing his views on blockchain and crypto in the next article. We very much hope he will become a regular contributor to our project.
Two actors, a boxer, a cyber-security technician, a business administrator, a mechanical engineer and a builder all go into a gym hall.
Now you may think this is the start of a joke, but believe me this is not only no joke but one of the best things that has happened to me in quite a while.
Some weeks ago, my friend Frank of Bad Pony Media phoned me the other day and said could I take his place at an event. As it happened I could, and waited until the day before to find out what it was.
I was to turn up at St.Roch’s Secondary School in Royston at 9am in order to help some of their school leavers understand and improve their abilities to undertake interviews.
Now for those of you who don’t know, Royston in Glasgow is described as follows at understandingglasgow.com:
“ Male and female life expectancy is considerably lower than the Glasgow average. The percentage of children living in the neighbourhood is considerably higher than the Glasgow average, while there is a lower than average proportion of older people – defined as aged 65 years and over. A high percentage of the population are living in income and employment deprivation and the proportion of children living in poverty is particularly high. Nearly a third of the population are claiming out-of-work benefits.”
So it’s pretty much right up there with the “worst” areas of Glasgow. My immediate reaction was that this would be a group of underachievers with little or no ambition, and definitely no plans.
The young people we were “interviewing” were mostly sixteen to 17, with a few late 15, early 16. The first young man walked up to the table, and I rose to greet him, hand outstretched. ( This was before the Coronavirus) He looked me straight in the eye, shook my hand firmly, smiled and said “Good morning,” If I had been awarding points out of 100 for his interview, I’d have given him 50 immediately and pretty much employed him on the spot. As it happens, all the young people we were helping all behaved in exactly the same way. I’m sure they had already been told that this was the correct way to start an interview, but all 72 of them apparently acted in the same way, so at the very least they were prepared to listen and act on advice. I won’t bore you with what happened over the course of the morning, but myself and the other people roped in to help were all mightily impressed with the confidence, thought out plans and general passion for the interviewees chosen paths.
The two actors in particular were mind blowing in their confidence and poise, and one was so good that already from a standing start two years ago he was in the final casting for a minor part in a full length film about to be shot in Glasgow. The boxer just oozed certainty and had that confident walk that people who have pride in themselves and their ability can carry off to perfection without being arrogant or haughty. The mechanical engineer described his love of taking things apart, understanding them, then putting them back together. The builder didn’t just want to be a brickie – he wanted to understand all aspects from reading architectural drawings to putting the last slate in place. With me were an accountant and a business administrator and I couldn’t help but think we might all be working for this particular young man one day. The business administrator on the panel waxed lyrical about the 16 year old who wanted to be a business administrator – he already knew nearly as much as she did and clearly had a tidy mind and thought processes.
These young people gave me hope for Scotland. We oldies are always moaning about the “youth of today” and wondering what’s to become not only of us but of the country we are all proud of, yet fearful for.
Let me tell you we have nothing to worry about. If Royston can produce young people such as I met on that day then our future is truly in good hands.
CoinTelegraph had a very interesting article on this very thing – see here:
You probably won’t remember but this is something I spoke about and highlighted some considerable time ago as being a perfect use for crypto in disaster situations. UNICEF has now embraced the idea. In the interview their Program Funding Manager Sunita Grote has given, other unique and extremely important facts are mentioned, notably – and I quote:
- It lets us tap into a new resource base for UNICEF and expand our network to receive contributions
- Blockchain can improve efficiency and transparency by tracking the flow of resources and transactions in a more transparent way. Blockchain makes us more accountable and has the potential to reduce the amount of resources we need to do our work. We’re a $7 billion global organization that conducts a lot of transactions between various parts of our organization, so we are looking to see how blockchain can help us manage and track these in a more efficient way.
- We are exploring how blockchain can disrupt and improve systems that deliver programs for children. Blockchain may allow us to make payments in a new way and improve how cash transfers are made.
The other point she made was that they were not going to just take in crypto and resell it. She specifically rules this out, and also simply handing the crypto to governments in affected areas. The digital currencies, she says, are specifically going to be used as currency within affected areas.
That is an enormous step forward and a real life use of crypto that transcends anything it has been used for before.
There is no doubt the Coronavirus is having a severe effect both on world trade but also in travel patterns across the globe.
It is clear that China is actually suffering a severe drop in output (check the electricity figures if you don’t believe me) and it may well be that this drop will translate into drops in manufacturing in the rest of the world. JLR is very nearly out of parts. The Baltic Dry Index (remember – 90% of world trade travels by ship) has fallen over 80% since September 2019, which means that the re-supply cannot just be switched back on. It will take time to build up again.
If you remember 2008 and its aftermath (and who doesn’t) you will know that Central Banks and Governments essentially increased massively the world’s money supply. That prevented a severe recession (with all that would have implied for social cohesion) but it is also part of why assets have increased so much in value in the last 10 years or so. Arguably, that is not a good thing.
I cannot see that the authorities response, financially, is going to be any different this time round. The drops that have been experienced mirror quite closely what happened in 2008.
In short, the real economic danger of Coronavirus is not temporary supply chain disruption, which in itself is likely to substantially slow global economic growth in the first half of 2020. The concern should be that this crisis triggers a panic in consumer and business confidence and in doing so sets off a wider reassessment of asset valuations. The thought of people’s house valuations plunging as they did in 2008 because the earnings of their occupiers have been decimated by layoffs doesn’t even bear thinking about – nor do the potential food riots. You can forget governing by consensus – it would be governing by machine gun. Already jittery investors are scarpering from the riskiest corners of debt markets amid worries the coronavirus could trigger an avalanche of downgrades and defaults.
And that’s why Crypto currencies are becoming more and more important, despite what the market prices are telling us. The inflation that should have been unleashed by the floods of money created 2008 onwards simply hasn’t happened because the classic demand push/pull of economics hasn’t been able to take hold. The credit that drained out of the system simply could not be replaced fast enough. If the governmental printing presses become red hot again, then inflation simply won’t be curtailed (And yes, I know that isn’t how money is created but it’s the usual image people relate to). But think on. Central Banks around the world are already dropping interest rates and increasing liquidity. Don’t think for one minute the Fed will stand aside just because it’s an election year, their traditional stance. There is already talk of WORLD economic activity dropping from 2.9% growth last year to a contraction of a similar amount in 2020. That would be disruptive in the extreme.
So think seriously about having some Crypto tucked away. For a start it won’t inflate away to nothing, so that pint of milk which was 50p and becomes £2.50 will still be 25 Scotcoin or .00006 Bitcoin.
BREAKING NEWS: The Fed just cut interest rates (You read it here first)
There has been much talk of the UK going cashless, particularly because of the relentless drive of contactless. ATMs are reducing in number, especially as the banks in the UK now rake in £100 million a year in fees from the consumer. That machine that charges £1.99 to take out £20 is now a profit centre not a cost centre.
There is great gnashing of teeth about how certain sectors of society rely on cash and “don’t” do internet, and the closing of branches means some areas are slowly but surely being strangled in terms of that good old economic axiom, the Velocity of Money.
However, amidst all the “woke” trumpeting, a fact has been completely ignored.
Over the last 5 years, the amount of cash in circulation has risen by 24% to top £70 billion. Some of that is accounted for by inflation (perhaps 7% or so) but the rest is pure increase.
How and why?
People are making fewer trips to ATMs (not least because that £1.99 charge is a real disincentive) but are taking out larger sums. They are storing around the same amounts in the wallets in their pockets, but are very definitely sticking more under the mattress. This is confirmed by the lack of use of for example £2 coins, but the relentless rise in the number of £50 notes.
In Sweden a similar crisis of cash happened a couple of years ago when both IKEA and their equivalent of the NHS stopped taking cash – card only please. There was such an outcry that the government of the day enacted certain measures to ensure that cash would not disappear and would always be useable. We may have to do the same thing here (indeed, all countries may need to), but we have a very much larger cash circulation both absolutely and per head of population than Sweden, and indeed than most countries.
People have come to the realisation that cash is a good store of value. As of now, the interest you can earn on money in an account is so pathetic that you might just as well keep it in cash. The banks aren’t helping themselves here – Halifax recently dropped an account yielding 1.5% to 0.1% – and wondered why most of the deposits disappeared.
Crypto is helping people realise that stores of value are increasingly important. I’ve argued before that cryptocurrency should be viewed as another asset class and store of value. Yes flows of money are important, but the “sitting still” of money is equally so.
So let’s hear it for cash – “The Cash is dead, Long live the Cash”