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1-17-19
Greetings, y'all!
 Cryptopia has been hacked, becoming the first exchange to experience being hacked this year. I'm NOT buying their "unscheduled maintenance" and glad they're finally fessing up. Again, NEVER entrust your coins to any exchange as if it were a bank! If you have the balls to ignore this, don't say I didn't warn 'ya! There's a possibility that the Marshall Islands may still launch their SOV or Soverign crypto this year, despite all the issues this Blog noted during Fall, 2018. Stay Tuned as this develops. Justin Moon (@_JustinMoon_ on Twitter) gives additional insight why Bitcoin is beneficial, especially to a business! There's exciting developments in Cheyenne as Wyoming's Legislature is in session. As cryptocurrency-related bills are being considered and hopefully passed, I'll outline what I learn right here on the Blog. For now, I'll continue HODLing during this cryptowinter and remain patient as I still believe we've not reached that elusive bottom where the Bear is too tired and finally has to hibernate a while.

 Obituaries: Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Group has passed at 89. The man who put the "mutual" in "mutual funds" and one of the last remaining straight-shooters was a LEGEND! He didn't brag about doing God's Work as some bank$ters have, instead, he walked the walk and ran an honest biz, making an honest living. My hat tip and continued admiration goes to Mr. Bogle and may his legacy be an encouragement , a catalyst to doing what's right! May you rest in peace and be showered in His blessings, Jack! Bradley Bolke, who voiced Chumley the Walrus on the Tennessee Tuxedo cartoons from the 60's has passed at 93. I proudly follow various voice artists and Bolke did magnificent work. As some of you may remember, Rankin/Bass was among the cartoon creators of that time. It's always really sad to read of any rodeo competitor who died due to injuries suffered doing what he loved to do in this unique and extreme of sports. Mason Lowe at age 25 was already married and had numerous rides under his belt in the PBR. Apparently, something happened before his ride at Denver's Western Stock Show which caused severe injuries that he later succumbed to. As a former bronc rider, there are many thoughts and decisions which I faced in the small state associations and the practice pen as each ride can potentially be your last. The idiotic comments from several in the story's comments forum prove how ignorant many people truly are about the rodeo sport. They consider us the fools, yet many of them do extremely foolish things in their lives which if were placed under the microscope would yield quite a number of colorful responses, particularly from the witty bullfighters who jump in to free a cowboy who got hung up on his rope. I've even wrote a song, not yet published, about rodeo clowns or bullfighters and I pray it receives the love I gave into writing it, showcasing many pieces making their unique life puzzles they live and love. It's my goal to get this song copyright after my upcoming move with another goal of getting it demo'ed in Nashville - easy peasy because it won't require many elements to piece together. Rodeo cowboys are contestants who realize way more than many give them credit for, and as Garth sung about, their closest relationships are often strained to the breaking point. I've seen some drugs in the sport, especially for pain. I've met those who are truly helpful and straight-shooters and way too many who are more full of shit than a Christmas turkey. In fact, getting mud, dirt and shit (more often, a decent mix of these) in your nose and ears from being bucked off is an expected reality that makes it not so romantic, yet it adds to the reality. I've repeatedly witnessed the personal intensity they give for that eight seconds they lend and hopefully benefit from and I appreciated the same respect I received when I did the same during that short part of my life, lucky that the injuries I received didn't prevent me from going forward with other careers. As mentioned elsewhere, I've gained more than I've lost from my experiences and don't regret having given it the opportunity it presented, no matter the outcome. If these utter buffoons can't realize the tragedy that Lowe's loved ones are going through, there's really little if any hope these critics will realize when their own lives go upside-down. In the Cowboy Way, it's essentially something realized early on and we adapt to! For now, my hat is off to Mason, his family at this time of loss and what he and others in their journeys are about. They're people, too!

That's it for this Blog submission. Comments are welcomed and encouraged via @windmechanic on Twitter. I also wish to welcome additional followers and have some really cool people on that growing list. It's my favorite way of notification whenever something new changes here. Sparing breaking news, my next submission should be this coming weekend when it again turns bone-chilling cold and snowy.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,
Mark

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1-13-19
Greetings, y'all,
 I "get it." Bitcoin again breaks hearts throughout the Cryptosphere! News? The Bears ain't dead yet!! Furthermore, if TA is a guide, we may well be looking at a sub-3k move within the next week or so, yet it could rally toward the previous 4.1k total. I stand by the observation that the Bears are weaker than before and NOW remains a fantastic time to back up the truck for unwanted coins. Even the litecoin I bought recently has decreased by a few dollars and shouldn't remain there even into medium-term. I'm basing all this on my past experiences in this space and looking forward to long-term happiness when the Bulls return. For now, CryptoWinter remains in place for now. Moon Overlord on Twitter tweets: "$ETH is hard forking to reduce the block reward size from 3 -> 2 in a week or less and everyone is asleep at the wheel" which I totally agree, but the Market is dictating the current pulse. I don't HODL ETH but believe they'll rebound in due course with the others. I'm also noting this particular tweet thread on @QWQiao and many have valid questions regarding AML/KYC in regard to crypto exchanges and conventional financial institutions per-transaction. Indeed, there are blockchain visionaries eyeing this exact thing in the not-so-distant future to allow a token proving compliance and compatible with exchanges and institutions around the globe. My question would be how often the token would need be updated past initial approval. Wyoming news? My move there could be even happier, although I wish I could spend more on unwanted crypto.. Another bill clears the Committee! As Caitlin Long mentions in this tweet, the Wyoming bank bill is delayed until this coming Friday. Stay tuned for developments from Cheyenne.

 This is an interesting area I'd love to visit and have noticed this on the map, long ago! Angle Inlet, although remote, even has it's own airport. You can get there by boat in the Summer, ice road on the Lake in the Winter, and by road through Manitoba, Canada as the story correctly notes. Mind you, I've been to Minnesota a bunch of times since I lived four miles from its' southern border, even got a seat belt ticket in Minneapolis from their socialist "seat belt specialist" trooper, fresh from either the military or the academy years ago, they wasting resources putting local cops on bridges to aid in these spoils so there's more money to pay the "gimmes." Now you understand why I went out of my way to cast my vote for Ron Paul in Iowa's 2011 Straw Poll, denying a vote for Pawlenty, who I think is spending time in the Inner Beltway in a different role than Governor. You see, Tim voted for the seat belt law which at the time I believed should've been a personal choice, regardless of the circumstances. Today, I'm not so concerned about these laws, but I don't embrace them, either! Even with my work safety background, I grudgingly follow them away from the workplace and always despise radio and television annoucements of crackdowns on seat belt violators. It's not a Darwin Awards wish I want granted as there are instances where those who were belted properly were still killed in accidents, including one child in my former Russellville, AR who over a decade ago was ejected from his seat, despite evidence of having been buckled! You think us former News Directors smile and simply forget these tragedies?? Furthermore, it's not even the seat belt I protest, but the damned shoulder strap which until recently would cause pain on my left clavicle or collarbone. I broke that twice rodeoing during '88. Understand, I have NO, repeating, NO regrets whatsoever on trying my hand in that rough-ass sport of bronc riding. It was challenging in the utmost sense and I swore to savor those moments, both good and bad. Hells Bells! One of the rodeo songs I wrote has a line or two in it where a contestant is on the phone at the Vegas NFR with his mother on the other end, The final Round 10 with the Eliminator Pen with the Best of the Best awaiting, she almost cusses him as she doesn't want her boy to be ridin' that "crazy hoss!" and he lies to her "I wears a safety belt, of course!" Yes, I plan on placing a copyright on the strongly-blues-themed tune after my move. I have so much to do right now! Rather than ca$hing them out, I even chose to move four entire days of paid-time-off to later this year so I'll have extra time to do some things while still employed here in the Panhandle. Only those in my Inner Orbit will know in advance when my move is to happen. It will very likely not be advertised here on the Blog. That's it for now, sparing Breaking News, I should have an update next weekend.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,
Mark

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1-10-19
Greetings, y'all,

The BEAR is still there! Overnight, Bitcoin corrected and erased recent gains, down nearly 6% to 3775. The good news is that the frequency which this occurs is way less than before. The bears are losing their panache, so give this more time to play out. I remain bullish into the mid and long term.

The Wyoming Blockchain Coalition has a special invitation to cryptoenthusiasts around and close to Cheyenne. They'll host a Cocktail Party on Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:30PM 7:00PM at the Cheyenne Depot Museum, 121 West 15th Street. No RSVP needed. Hear from CEOs of blockchain companies that have already created jobs in Wyoming and those considering making the move! I wish I could make it, but it's work, work, WORK for now. Stablecoins may be considered a form of money transmission under Texas law contends Charles Cooper, Texas Banking Commissioner in a memo published Wednesday. This development could be interesting for some in the Lone Star State, a place in danger of being left out of cryptocurrency progression. To their credit, Texas continues to have lawmakers attempting to have civil asset forfeiture addressed strongly, as they should have done since the Tenaha incidents. For now, it still costs too damn much for the racket of hiring attorneys to defend one's property, improperly STOLEN by the state or their county and local underlings in the first place. When these agencies are forced to pay for their mistakes, including any and all attorney's fees, then we'll quickly see an end to this mess! Cryptocurrency exchange Kracken tweeted out their annual compliance graph which gives decent insight as to an overbearing government when Congre$$ fails to do their work toward addressing regulation and acceptance of cryptos, instead of accepting more dinosaur banker money to their campaigns! As noted in the thread's comments, Binance has moved to the Mediterranean island (and very crypto-friendly) of Malta. Earlier today, I finally added some litecoin to my holdings. They're there for the future and as of this posting, has risen over 5% in 4 hours. I predicted in a tweet to Max Keiser of BTC cracking 4k, which it did under an hour afterward. It's remained over 4k and I think 4.4k may be next in the cards. Finally, Gab portal has its' Coinbase access revoked for the second time since December, this includes the personal account of founder Andrew Torba. Apparently, some powerful people are doing some arm-twisting, giving greater arguments to decentralized exchanges, since politics have clearly entered the space through the on-ramps and off-ramps of conventional exchanges, under greater scrutiny in part due to the regulation which may well try to kill it. When the bankers screw things up, they pay a huge fine and it remains business as usual. With these exchanges, I'm willing to wager their people go to prison. It's apparently the $$ trail and I'm predicting we'll pay greater fees for these exchanges to remain operational, due to these increasing compliance requirements. It's high time Americans in this space begin to demand Congre$$ get with it and start doing their jobs, instead of all the ongoing vicious drama elsewhere that threatens to further divide this nation. That's it for now, so thanks for visiting! Gracias & Alles Liebe,
Mark

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1-2-19
Greetings, y'all and welcome to 2019!
 All 2018 posts can be found on the linked 2018 above in the page's introduction, the same for 2017. You're welcomed to pop some corn and read through for predictions I made which did and didn't come true. I've had my share.

 Bitcoin Electrum wallet users, read this post right away! Phishers want to install malware that may trick YOU the user into downloading their crap, disguised as updated versions of Electrum. It's being done via an richtext error message, sent by the server. It appears very legit, but IGNORE IT until a fix is made. Unfortunately, there have reportedly been dozens of hostile servers put up, increasing chances of a user getting royally screwed. ZeroHedge had this article on the Dark Wallet Puzzle, the first known cryptopuzzle. Expect more of this emerging art form to appear, and think of the $$ one can make! That's why some of you visit my humble Blog, so think of those New Year's Resolutions that you gain from. An interesting read, indeed! Finally, the THIRD of January is Proof Of Keys Day! It will prove if you're a true HODLer or not. How is this? You entrust your exchange too much with YOUR coins. I've preached about this issue throughout the course of this Blog, including it's first year. If you possess your private key(s) for the coin(s) you own, then you indeed OWN them! Otherwise, if you depend on your exchange to be your bank, then you're begging to suffer the fate of many others before you, some who are damned bitter and even hostile toward this space. It's so needless and learning how to secure your coins makes you way the hell more powerful going forth, especially if the exchanges you're involved with happen to be gambling through hypothecation or the futures market. As Caitlin Long mentioned recently on the Keiser Report, one having their keys effectively insulates them from such harm. Stop being a light bulb, ready to get screwed! Read up on this matter on the above link. Until the weekend or breaking news, HODL on and stay tuned!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,
Mark

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