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Google’s Great Cryptocurrency-Blockchain “Delist”


Are you — as a cryptocurrency ‘hodler’ — ready for Cryptogeddon? The greatest ‘delist’ ever performed by a single company? Ready, for billions of dollars in value to be flushed down the internet drain?

Well, hold onto you crypto’s — or not — because the party is starting all over again…thanks to a dominant search engine.

Most people, I’ll venture, could care less if Google, like Facebook, limits advertisers and their ability to search for bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or even Ripple XRP or other dirty things.

But, when Google marries the Thought Police, it’s only a matter of time before the real ones show up.

Google is free to use right? You don’t pay for it. So, who cares if by June of 2018, crypto is dead?

But, it begs the question: where will Google stop? What website, blog, organization, racist comment, naughty picture, fake news, iffy diet book, comedic review, or cat video will be censored next? Seriously, who cares if a cat freaks out?

This is just the beginning. So, in the grand tradition of Big Brother, why not just go for it now?

I suggest Google starts with a blank screen. No history lesson, art work, music, videos – just a dull gray screen.

And I then ask or type my question: “What the hell is cryptocurrency? And follow-up with, “screw Google.”

That question is then sent to the NSA, where it is cataloged, verified, vilified, and disapproved. A copy is then forwarded to my employer, the SEC, the IRS, the FBI, my wife, her mother, the Chinese Government, my kids and a local group of “Thugs against Thugs.”

Then my computer explodes, my house burns down, my dog bites me and a tree falls on my car. A few years later the post office delivers a letter from the Governor stating that I’m under investigation for the crime of “Thinking for Myself!” It also requests back taxes for the new retroactive cryptocurrency pretax or one major organ to be ‘donated’ to the Congressman of my choice.

And we’ve all been there. We google a topic, only to be served ads, not in the margins, but as a direct result of our search – in our collective faces. No, I don’t want vitamins. No, I don’t wear dresses. And how did you know I wanted a cookie? Did the NSA tell you? Alexa? That bitch, she always laughing these days.

Which is okay if you are shopping. Not so fun if you are researching. And there are other search engines that don’t garbage up your user experience like Google does. But none have the reach. Google is that 700 lb. gorilla. But he’s been sitting much too long and he’s getting fat and sloppy and he just shat upon thy rug.

Google…has about 74%…

Google, if you check, has about 74% of the international search engine market. Bing comes in second – maybe at 5 to 8%, depending upon which article you believe. I mean, these figures are only estimates, right? All the rest are far below that, however.

But nothing lasts forever. If you do not give the people what they want, you will – eventually (in a free market) – lose.

Maybe in North Korea, Iran, the New Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and China – censored search engines and closed Internets are all the rage. But in less unfree nations, people will become a bit friskier.

Google’s bill is paid by advertisers. And Google’s advertising policies are influenced by its major shareholders, i.e., the voters. We get that.

The shareholders own stock, the sales of which are regulated by the U.S Government, i.e., the straw bosses. A no brainer.

The government, of course, issues the money that people use to purchase stocks in the first place, i.e., he who owns the fiat money makes all the rules. Gold is passé.

You see the problem then. We are screwed.

Google is in a tough spot regarding cryptocurrencies. They can be investigated by governments for advertising a competitive monetary system. No such competition is allowed – at least in the U.S. We have “In God We Trust” money now. Heavenly regulated, infused with special powers – pumped out of our banks, at the discretion of the Fed. (That’s where they keep the Monopoly Game Board and the booze.)

Google can be sued by happy lawyers, for advertising investment vehicles that are not approved by governments. Remember: regulation. You must first bow, kiss the Pope’s ring, then pray that you didn’t slobber on his dress.

You are not allowed to make financial decisions on your own. You must (should) purchase “investments” from trained professionals and not “mine” your own cryptocurrency. Who the hell do you think you are anyway?

Free and unfettered markets do not exist in the U.S. It’s a pay to play system – a mixed bag at best. Keep your head down. Work hard, grovel, pay your taxes and die – and then pay more taxes, as a zombie.

And, whole communist dictatorships, such as China, can’t stand cryptocurrencies anyway. Google would lose business in Beijing, Hong Kong and… potentially, AMC Theaters.

China owns AMC now. That’s why I’m not going to AMC to watch movies any longer. Don’t want to enrich dictators. Does “AMC” mean the “Authoritarian Movie Company” now?

The fact that Chinese political prisoners are involuntarily donating their organs also bothers me. If I visited China, would I be placed on the “involuntary organ donor” list? I’m not going to find out.

For the same reason, many of us will voluntarily not use Google any longer. We have dumped Facebook. Why make either of them richer, if they have no spine? The thing is, do any of us have spines?

So, as we approach June of 2018, a reasonable person would think that cryptocurrencies are about to take a nose dive.

Or…will the ones that capitulated early on, survive and conquer? Like Ripple? Didn’t they start dating the banks early on? Then coddled up to the regulators? Isn’t Hedera Hashgraph (SAFT) taking a similar road? Cardano ADA?

Or…will Google fall, as us naughty searchers go elsewhere? Already, I’m seeing more and more readers of my blog bouncing in from other search engines.

Welcome, wanderers from the non-Google worlds. I hope your visit was not unpleasant.

Tell, me – have you found greener pastures?


 

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Will Caesar Assassinate Bitcoin and all Blockchains, This Time Around?

Dear Readers,

As the Ides of March approach, but this time Caesar lives?

In 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated. It was March 15th. Senators stabbed him to death next to a theater. Why? Because he dared to be king. He had it coming.

Bitcoin, in the sphere of crypto, has been a dominant force since its inception. It was the first “successful” mover. But it was never a bloody dictator. It never ordered you to buy it.

The ever-growing number of cryptocurrencies, vie for dominance. They want bitcoin dead. So does today’s Caesar. And you can name your own Caesar. Certainly, the selection of contenders is vast. And there appears to be no experts about. Yes, there are those who code. The programmers. The computer wizards. The black hat hackers. The financial gurus. YouTube personalities. Twelve-year-old millionaires. And there are the economists, bankers, government agencies, detractors and dictators.

Then the rest of us, holding onto our wallets, stocks and bonds, silver coins, collectibles, and homes. We are not the Caesars, however. We are the commoners – the Plebeians. Maybe, as Plebeians, we’ve placed our crypto bets. Maybe not.

We know the score. We know that the dollar markets are volatile. The debasement of our currency ongoing and long term inflation (fiat currency devaluation) the result. Gold and silver prices, manipulated. The Catch-22 of the modern era. Until the “catch” breaks.

The only real markets left – with some measure of freedom – are the cryptocurrency markets. All others, to my knowledge, are regulated. Even my local flea market is regulated, somewhat.

In February of this year (2018) cryptocurrency bounced off a new low. I wondered then, if it was a reset of some sort. Now, over a month later, it appears to be doing it again. I fear another reset is looming. A much deeper one.

Some like to look to the past.

In 2013, bitcoin increased in value from a hundred dollars to over a $1000. It sparked the imagination of millions. Do you doubt it? After three years, as a nerdy plaything, suddenly, it was here. But you ask – what exactly was here?

Then bitcoin sank in value. Giving back half and more. Yes, it could have been speculation. Mt. Gox. Whales. FOMO. Take your pick.

In 2014, bitcoin seemed like it was dying. It lost over 60% of its value. Fluctuated. Maybe they were worth $300 by years end. We wondered. Was it over?

Then 2015 came. Bitcoin gained at least 25% by years end. It was looking to match the latter part of 2013’s values. Could it once again hit $1000?

Many of us reinvested.

Then June of 2016 came. Bitcoin decided to go up. By years end, it was once again looking at the $1000 mark. People – investors took notice. Would it pop again?

What if?

That was the biggest question. What if this thing keeps on going? Where will it stop? Will the snake-oil salesman come out and paint the rosy pictures? They did. Millions each, they shouted.

In 2017 everything changed. The banner year – so far – for bitcoin. Exchanges, as bad as they were, slow, cumbersome — lit the fire. Bitcoin took off. Over 19 times in value. Almost holding at $20,000. But before the year was over…shaking.

And 2017 was like 2013 all over again. By the end of the year, bitcoin was off almost 25% from its highs. The banner year was over. We felt deflated. Betrayed. We looked for scapegoats.

They were easy to find…

The financial world, which had been ignoring it, at least publicly, began kicking it steadily – and copying the technology. They were to blame. And the tax men. And the regulators. And China, Russia…and the endless bitcoin debates…and the bitcoin clones…and stiff competition from other altcoins…crypto-assets…tokens…

Now 2018 arrived. From the highs of late 2017, bitcoin nosed over. No longer treading water, it sank. It halved and then some. Percentage-wise, 2018 – so far – has eaten bitcoin’s lunch and its supper…

If you hold (or hodl) you should be concerned. No other altcoin has yet to muscle in on BTC’s turf. There is no trusted replacement. Not yet. And this time, Caesar is sharping his sword.

If anyone can honestly say that bitcoin is not the touchstone of the cryptosphere, even as its “dominance” fades, beware. Fake news?

Anyone can see the wag of that bitcoin’s tail. But he is a free dog. He survives in the wild. The Plebeians are his friends, but he has no master. Whether that dog lives, is the question. For Caesar hunts.

To those altcoins that ‘joined him’ – you know who you are – you have not solved any problems. You have merely profited from the Plebeians who serve the Caesar. But Caesar is bankrupt, and you live in his kennel.

The joiners are like loyal dogs. They will serve any Caesar. Drink from any poison fountain, so long as it is sweet. When it sours they pack their bags full of cash and wait for the next opportunity.

For now, I hope the joiners succeed, that I may profit from their folly. Then plow that money into the honest cryptos, if any still exist. Have they ever really existed?

Caesar has sent his troops in. His tax collectors. His regulators. One by one. In plain sight. Brazenly. He knows not to attack the Plebeians directly. He attacks the places they frequent, instead. The watering holes, the bazaars, the money tables.

Right now, Caesar is cutting the supply lines. The flow of water — crypto. The great cisterns – exchanges – are being brought to heel. Banks cut off the life-blood one by one.

Back to the kennels now, you Plebeians. No more dreams of roaming free. Nay, you pigs of the trough, stick your snouts in low. Grovel as you may. Dream the farm animal dreams and know that you are such tasty pork chops.

Perhaps it’s time for the wolf. But even a good wolf needs his Spartacus.

 


Media Source: William Darby

Will Bitcoin become Over-regulated?

Dear Cryptocurrency Investors…and those concerned about the future of regulation,

The bad bitcoin news continues and most of us do not want to hear it, but we need to.

We need to think about what they will do next. Before the dominoes begin to fall. Currently, cryptocurrency appears to be reacting.

It’s time to be proactive or at least think ahead.

What’s the bad thing about ICO’s being regulated?

The next bend in the road.

It’s the first good way in. A way for governments to begin their crawl into the cryptosphere using the alleged reason that they want to protect you – to save you money. Because, you know – if they leave it up to you – you’ll screw it up and some fools will get ripped off.

A Broad Stroke…

So, instead of going after the thieves, the regulators use a broad brush. They paint everyone red. It’s then your job, as a cryptocurrency developer, to prove your innocence. You are automatically guilty from the start. Hey, it’s the way of the money-changers.

That’s how regulations work. Not laws, which help to convict the bad guys, but regulations to tell the good guys how they will run their businesses. From how many toilets a grocery store must have to the slope of the wheel chair ramps at Wally World.

“…regulations…”

Can you imagine the crypto-regulations? How many coins a crypto might have. How much they may charge. Where they can sell. How they will register and identify all users. How the company must be formed. What records it must keep.

I could go on.

The point? Innovation would suffer. Coins, good and bad, would die. The big boys on the block would file all the necessary paper work and press on, only to become embroiled in more legal issues. Bitcoin would need to register. The one saving grace – that bitcoin is not a company or a corporation – would be tossed in the crapper.

You’d have the same choice as before. Which company should I invest in? Which controlled, fiat dollar financed, regulatory burdened, bankster run, non-private new-crypto should I choose?

How about none of the above, if crypto gets ramrodded?

Now, you might say that ICO’s, which in the early days of purist-crypto (that never really existed), are no different than premining. And I’d have to agree. But if you accept an ICO, then no harm no foul and…let the best seed money bear fruit. Not much different than initial stock offerings that go belly up or soar.

No longer. The regulators, in their quest to ensure the permanence of centralized government monetary systems have no choice but to secure the current systems via tight controls of the supply of money; and that means anything that is even remotely connected to money. And that means…you and me.

Cryptocurrency is more closely related to stocks than money, some will argue, but make no mistake, the ICO warning is a shot over the bow, again.

So, what is next, logically?

Ignoring for the moment, steps being taken by various governments to fold crypto-regulation into the murky half-laws dealing with KYC and money laundering issues, how will the government gangs launch their next foray?

Here’s an idea.

When the laws pass that will require all Americans, Europeans, Asians etc., to report their crypto-holdings, that will simply be the opening bell. The “hey, we’ve just legitimized your bubble money and now you must let us ruin it” moment.

Next, after regulating who may or may not create a cryptocurrency, via an ICO, they (our blessed regulators who invent and create nothing) will, in the most obvious of blunders, conclude that anyone seeking to initiate a blockchain based crypto or similar, must first seek approval from a bureaucrat, who is necessarily, holding keys to the jail cells. It will be the Pre-ICO rules. Comply or bye-bye. Good guys must be throttled with numerous and confusing righteous regulations, above and beyond the laws, to be sure.

Now that is not all.

How else, given their penchant for protecting their conscriptual citizenry, will our illustrious innovators of graft continue to serve our interests?

“…retroactive…”

I say they will go full retroactive. After all, it’s the best way to collect taxes. Make them guilty, yesterday.

Henceforth, all cryptos having existed prior to now, and which are not currently in compliance with the laws heretofore dictated, must comply immediately. All persons having control or interest in the core development of any and all cryptocurrencies, must come forward to [fill in the blank] and file all appropriate applications, submit all required fees, undergo a background check, and more or less, be told exactly how said currencies will be sold, dispensed or used.

The above, is of course nonsense or is it?

Keep an eye out.

Just wait for it. Maybe in a year?

I’d be nervous if I was a “dev.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Jack Shorebird

Ripple (XRP): Kill the ICO’s?

 “He has erected a Multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their Substance.”

Dear Cryptocurrency Folks,

The above is a line from the Declaration of Independence in the United States of America. Then and now, these states often differed in their opinions and laws — or lack of them — but for a time, men and women of courage dared to enrage a despot.

The declaration was addressed to King George III. And, as we know, it changed history.

I firmly believe that a certain Ripple (XRP) CEO needs to read the above words and attempt to comprehend their meaning, if he has the capacity. Read them, and if he has the guts, to step up and do what is right and not what is expedient.

But few men of this stature exist. Few men or women are willing to “do the right thing.”

You, the people of the Fintech Future, should know that cryptocurrency is a revolution in currency. A new way to both secure transactions, records, identity and the like — with modern technology.

Without interference.

Without “Swarms of Officers” to harass us.

Not so, according to some. We need to be whipped into shape, otherwise there would be mayhem in the streets, sayeth the crypto-banker kings.

But your rights to own crypto, to experiment, to invest, to see where this road takes you — is about to be attacked. It’s only a matter of time, before — if you allow it — they will eat our substance, yet again.

The lights are being snuffed out, one by one. And this is not only about the regulation of an airline or some new drug. This drills much deeper. This goes all the way down to the economic tool we use daily. A tool that, each day, is rotting away in your wallet. That tool, which was essentially stolen from you, decades ago, is itself under attack. But not in the sense that you think.

The tool is fiat money. It is weak and wobbly, but our governments require its use. Order its circulation. Decree its sanctity. Its religion. Its myth.

Its competition is cryptocurrency, yet another fiat, but with a primary advantage: inflation resistance.

Many of these crypto’s have a limited virtual supply. This is unlike fiat currency, which expands and contracts – inflates and deflates – at a bureaucrat’s whim.

Without exception, history reminds us that flexible fiat currencies of this nature, eventually fail. They die of inflation. Prices, indexed to the fiat, skyrocket. Black budgets devour the stock seed of wealth.

Is there an interim solution to fight this downward spiral? A way to slow the inflationary money drain, until systems of sound monies can be reinstalled, by law?

In other words, is there a way to let the people decide what is sound money, not a group of government bankers. Not a convoy of business gunships, mired in the Bay of Fiat, unable or unwilling to explore, fearing that the edge of world lay beyond the Pillars of Hercules.

Can this new revolution, transition us, without arms, without mobs in the streets — to a better financial reality? Or will pro-monopolistic, anti-capitalistic, pull peddling puds ground innovation under the wheels of corruption — once again?

I believe that cryptocurrencies offer the possibility of sound money. That, if governments are disallowed entry, crypto’s will innovate and help secure a better, sounder, more modern monetary reality. A bridge, if you will, to a better future.

But, this new technology will necessitate the changing-of-the-guard. The purse strings will need to be handed back to the people. Something, I fear that governments cannot and will not allow. Not in Communist China or in those lands beyond the oceans daring to fly that banner of freedom in the mean streets of controlled and planned economies.

From those who nurse from the udders of corruption, to those who devise the method of their eventual destruction, to admit their impotence, is heresy. Government fiat must survive, they implore. It is the only way for them to lead — to control.

However, the longer we hold the line. The longer we keep the regulators from mucking with the innovators, those geniuses of finance and math, the harder it will be for the bureaucrats to halt the process of monetary evolution.

Many governments, companies, professors, financial experts and so on, are leading the charge against the ever-growing popularity of this monetary/service revolution. A system that could replace money as we know it or fail completely.

And if the innovators fail in the current climate of monetary corruption of the highest order, it will be at the hands of those self-appointed representatives of our indefinable “common good.” Those muckrakers born of backroom shenanigans, fiat five-year plans, and a group disintegrative psychosis.

Let cryptocurrency fail or succeed on its own. Allow investors their mistakes. Arrest those who bilk and steal.

Some ICO’s will fail and some will succeed. We only know, that when killed-off with draconian regulations, they will never be. Never have the chance to grow at all, if buried by rules, red tape and bloated bureaucracies. Bureaucracies with feeding-tubes attached to each citizen, beholden to special interests who seek only to increase the size and number of such vile tubes. Tubes now becoming iron pipes, flowing faster. Draining the only value that might yet cure this diseased body politic.

I speak of cryptocurrencies, of course.

A Ripple CEO now supports regulations. Please show Ripple some tough love. Do what you think is best. Let them know that they are not a true crypto in the sense of that word. They are only a fiat conduit. A pump to help speed up the delivery of the poison that is killing the wealth of the world.

Who knows. Maybe these Ripple XRP’s will serve to undo the twisted monetary systems that it is attempting to lubricate. A quickening, of sorts, but not of the expected variety.

I can only hope.

Here is my commentary (audioblog) about the matter. I didn’t cuss too much and it’s a bit raw:

 

Your American Friend,

 

Jack Shorebird