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4-8-18
 Recent news? Some to report. Gradually, the bottom is trying to form on this bear market. It may not happen until a 5k USD downward spike manifests itself in Bitcoin. Stacy Herbert of Keiser Report fame seems to be reading this one well, but it's hard to say exactly where the bottom is, or how much. Timing is suspect with Tax Time so close at hand, but for those with extra resources - you'll probably have what it takes to get by this rough patch, even if you take a loss on those as well. Keep all paperwork! It'll somehow work out. Verge network got a 51% mining attack! OUCH! 13 blocks gets mined, milked actually by manipulating their time stamps. CHA CHING!! This is a giant sledgehammer crashing through Verge's credibility, according to Danny of Crypto 99. More to come, so check your news. The ultimate vulture of American values wants to trade crypto! George Soros wants to mix and mingle with the depressed prices. He sees blood on the streets. Maybe YOU should continue HODLing and adding to your sta$h? Joseph Young enlightens us on why NOW is a fantastic time to purchase Bitcoin and start HODLing. A group worshiping Bitcoin wants to buy a church in Virginia and this flyer is trying to incite FUD. Is this truly worse than dope smoking as a form of worship, the Flying Gerbil or that Spaghetti Monster with two meatballs as eyes? This facebook link shows an intended protest scheduled this Sunday 4/8 (only the day of this post). What say you, fellow HODLers? Is FUD the new Satan, now that Pope Francis has all this "There is no Hell" having been reportedly cited by him? After all, it made headlines on Drudge Report last week or so. To be fair, the BBC reports via the Vatican that His Holiness said nothing to that effect. When you thought you heard or see it all! (scratching bald head). I recently viewed a really good interview of Max Keiser and Adella Toulon-Foerster discussing HODL tourism and related crypto subjects. You'll see it on the second-half of this RT program. Hey! I thought the Swedes were ready to go CA$HLESS. Apparently, some are giving it a serious second-thought. Professor Milton Friedman gave a prophetic glimpse of Bitcoin back in 1999. He's NOT Satochi, yet saw his vision before his death in 2006. Want a laugh? This is among the reasons I like Sarah's father and voted for him decades ago as Arkansas Governor. Mike's known stabs at stupidity of some, his humor and the zingers he throws in are why he advanced into Fox Network as he did before his Presidential campaign. I spoke with him occasionally when he did color commentary for UALR basketball games during the 2000-2001 season as I was also heard often on the then-Duck 106.7, then a station of Clear Channel. I always sensed him to be a consumate professional in broadcasting and wasn't disappointed. Finally, read this link to discover what Stephen Hawking wanted on his gravestone. Considering his body of work in physics, his epitaph is most appropriate! Happy Orthodox Easter, and may each of you have a great week coming up.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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3-31-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 It's been a trying, busy week at work. At least I'm getting caught up with tax stuff and have finally made contact with the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition. Let me just say some planning is underway and I'll leave it there for now. I continue to hear all kinds of extremely positive feedback on what the Coalition, the Legislature and Governor Mead has given cryptocurrency and tokens meant for utility purposes. I wish each of you a memorable Passover and Easter as a new month begins. Severe weather season is also set to arrive on the Panhandles, but I've not forgotten the April 30th blizzard last year. It remains too cold to plant gardens here, even though dogwoods are already blooming and some trees have new leaf growth, despite the ongoing drought throughout the 5-state region. We're expecting more dry conditions to manifest, although the temps and winds aren't expected to be so extreme as they were. Thanks for your prayers and I'm praying for many of you I know, too! You're all aware of the national and international insanity, now for a boatload of other stories:

 SCAM ALERT! If using Binance or Coinbase, DO NOT respond to any emails asking for any Private Keys! There are phishing emails asking for information from "Support Exchange Staff" and they're scumbags! Don't say you weren't warned.. Thanks to Danny (Crypto 99) for that on YouTube. The biggest ongoing Bitcoin Myth? Those horrendous transaction fees! Anyone spouting that today should be slapped with a wet trout! Do you realize 21% of students admit to using student loans to buy crypto! Perhaps a class on HODL 101 should be introduced with Yours Truly heading that? I'd be way richer than working the warehouse if close enough to the right school. Joseph Young gave the crypto-unwashed some reality in this well-crafted and realistic tweet. Bitcoin Price Prediction Tracker. Will John McAfee have to eat his tallywacker on national TeeVee? Bookmark this wonderful chart as it keeps you informed of the current trend and how it holds.. Remember how I wasn't going to touch the Petro crypto and how I warned Americans on this humble Blog that it would not be wise to touch it either? About a week ago, President Trump banned it. Congratulations for those taking my advice! Bitcoiners trading in the South American nation should be wary that Blockchain Analysis could be ongoing. How is Bitcoin and the alts, you ask? They're again bottoming, working off that December Bloat. Hopefully, the diet is about to end. There's plenty of pain throughout the crypto scene. Some ICO tokens have lost nearly 90% value, much in sympathy with BTC and the alts, ETH in particular! I'm just HODLing and not giving a second thought to it. At times, the computer gets shut off, the cellphone goes into Airplane Mode, and I go out and explore - walk around and enjoy this decent Spring weather before the HOT blasts of Summer arrive. Want to know how to deal with lying cops? This excellent tweet from Bronx2216 in regard to the NYTimes report on "Testilying" by law enforcement gives a solid solution to such nonsense. A New Jersey school suspended a student for attending activities with family at a gun range ON THE WEEKEND! Their policy if you read the old one literally, justified the suspension. Note that it was quickly changed! Many commentors expect a hefty lawsuit to come. This is NOT the way to teach young people to entrust their Constitution for their rights! Similar nonsense occurred with drug dogs sniffing students, a few who were assaulted by the said "officer" K9. News for snowflakes; the animal has a UNION backing it under law. Where's OUR UNION? The Ballot Box, for starters! Use it for such a laudeable purpose instead of worrying about gun control as the MSM and your school would want you to believe. My point? You should indeed be critical and use your critical thinking as I often do, but be prepared to back up your contentions if asked about them! I Reddit often and their communities don't easily faze me since I usually think matters over before engaging the keyboard. The more expert you are, the more convincing you'll likely be. Tracey Watson noted in an article recently of the very thing I'm openly warning others of on other forums. A good site to bookmark, SSRIstories dot org is a website which documents the close association with various pharma and their medicines invoking violent actions. They will be added to my external links in due course. You see, it's NOT the guns which are the problem. If that was really so, even the cops and military wouldn't be permitted to use them either! Now, a psychiatrist gives a viable claim that increased use of these drugs will amount to MORE mass-shootings!! Why isn't this person on MSM now? Is it because of all the pharma $$ being paid to TV nowdays?? If you've been noticing this trend too, you're dangerous as you still have a functional cranium! The NSA apparently provides evidence to other agencies to nail people, in violation of policy to not target US Citizens on American soil. Ross of Silk Road fame may well have a solid point! It's enough of an eye-opener from Snowden to pay attention to. If you scroll down further, the United Nations has severe sexual abuse issues abusing protections afforded to it. If you're female and good looking, don't waste your time with that horrible group of self-protectors and read this article. It's reason enough that Trump should defund it from the USA end at least. They've gone unpunished for far too long! Now for some fluffy video.. The Radar Seal.. I'm serious! That little guy should be awful dizzy by now. For the LOL value of it all, a kid loves the soft drink, too much! Finally, The Parabullic Troll on Twitter (@Crypto_God) gives HODLers reason not to be upset.

 Unless breaking news strikes, I may be back Wednesday, more likely next Saturday. Enjoy the weekend!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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3-18-18
Greetings y'all!,

 So what's with Bitcoin? The biggest part of the FUD is done for now. The "Tokyo Whale" (Mt Gox Trustee liquidation) dumping of BTC has reportedly ceased until September, however, I've read where the Court can authorize more dispensing of coins. Some forums remind us the G-20 meetings on Monday, 3/19 & Tuesday, 3/20 will be putting additional pressure, either direction, on Bitcoin and it's alts - the latter still STRONGLY in sympathy to movements of King Crypto. Worse yet, Ethereum has taken a massive dump over the last month. Today, it's half of what it was on 2/18, then at $960. Whale Panda on Twitter tweeted "Regarding the $ETH dump. 50k $ETH was deposited on Bitfinex 12 hours ago coming from the $EOS crowdsale." and I'm adding this is magnifying the pain that new ICO token holders whose holdings are based on ETH are being fooled into thinking their investments are doomed, when it's the pullback of Ethereum at the core of the perceived issue. With Bitcoin, that remains an issue too, but not as obvious. @coinjunky tweeted yesterday of the "falling knife" effect, so pop some corn, sit back, watch the show, and if you have extra $$ wanting to take advantage of the dip - this could be sweet. I don't yet sense the bottom of this as it appears self-fulfilling! There's not much more to say in regard to pricing from what I've read over the past several days. WARNING: There's fake gold being circulated! So says Egon von Greyerz on the latest King World News. Be damn careful where you buy your gold from! Also, silver is expected to jump upward, but WHEN is the Big Question here.

 From the "On The Other Hand Department", Wyoming has stolen my heart! Governor Mead, you da man!! A tip of the hat deserving to the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition and like-minded legislators whom passed five bills, paving the way to make the Cowboy State a cryptocurrency haven. I've tried numerous time to reach someone at their phone number and am resorting to email, now. Read below to previous submissions to this humble blog for my inner thoughts on this most excellent set of developments. My gut instinct was spot-on. Wyoming, you have my attention, helped my spirit, and have earned my long-term admiration, not solely on cryptocurrency, but on so many grounds and you've helped me step boldly forward in my recent past. My intent on a move to gain residency as a Wyomingite is stronger than ever. I'll have a question or two to the Coalition to ask, so I won't take the liberty to disclose those thoughts here, at least not yet.
 WARNING: Do not send bitcoins to any merchant who uses Coinbase to receive payments! This according to a series of Twitter tweets that make sense. If you're an American and want to learn how your state presently treats cryptocurrencies, check out this cool link!
 Now for a medium-grade rant.. At Greenbrier, Arkansas - many students were punished for being part of the national school walkout over gun violence. Some were "paddled", given two "licks" with it. In Arkansas, these students should know better, unless their parents are the typical drive-back-and-forth from Little Rock on US 65 and I-40/I-430 whom believe the three digits 911 are the automatic cure to each of life's emergencies. Being native to central Arkansas, a gun can be quite the necessity, however, strong responsibility comes with it and authorities there are quick to remind residents of this fact! Although I strongly disagree with the student's stance on this subject, this native Arkie got two swats back in tenth grade for uttering "Shit!" in class. It was no big deal and I still got back at the teacher who did this long after graduation (long story, but my ham radio hobby, which I was in long before he earned his ticket has a connection to this.) I also got suspended to "in house" for a week in ninth grade for refusing corporal punishment of three swats on the butt for getting out of the cold, into my art class too early in the morning. Of course the scum administrators and teachers were utterly clueless as to a bullying problem I was victim to at the time (life has changed me so much since then that these same bullies won't prevail, nor have much a chance, today. I am a survivor.) The official paperwork stated I was cited for smoking, but I was NOT a smoker at the time, so I silently carried a halo around my head, despite the fact I later started smoking for about 12 years. Of course I still hold that nonsense against the morons who ran the Pulaski County Special School District, even with other students testing The System all the time. I won't waste my time trying to get it expunged off my record, because what's the point? It happened so long ago and if someone judges such a minor infraction this far out, even the extremely wasteful government goons, then they can play God to those close to them and piss them off royally, for all I care. Yes, that happens too!
 We as Americans should ask "Where has Justice gone in America?" 50,000 volts at the whim of a Judge and illegally I must add! Texas, I'm disappointed in you for having such a douche at the bench, even in a metropolitan area as Tarrant County (Dallas/Ft Worth), if he believes he's justified in maintenance of court decorum to this degree. His peers found this very troubling and so should other Texans, even if sex offenders appear to "play" his Court. Judge Galligher, you KNOW better than that shit! Even worse, the insanity is directly before your eyes if you live or drive through school zones. Who should want to be a cop today? Someone has to do it, but there should be strong accountability to go with it! Leaving matters to the whims of PA's, DA's, CA's, Grand Juries, even Attorneys General often sweeps the real matter under the rug, and that ain't right! Are you in need of saving money on hospitals and doctors? It's usually not the insurance policy which makes the difference, but your willingness and ability to negotiate!
 Finally, Stephen Hawking has passed due to ongoing ALS issues Wednesday 3/14. He was 76. A noteable quote from the physicist to keep; “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” he said. “Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” He could've given up so long ago, but didn't. Neither should any of us!! Suicide is not the solution for so many reasons. Give the Almighty the opportunity to redeem you as he's done for me. On occasion, I cry my utmost Thanks as I wouldn't be here now on this cruel, blue orb if I had carried through what I damn near pulled off decades ago. I credit my late grandfather for getting sadly emotional on some things in his final year of life and took to heart the fact I can do the same, even growing due to it! Until next time..

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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3-11-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 For the majority of Americans reading this report, welcome again to Daylight Savings Time where you lose an hour, yet gain those later sunsets you adore. Here in the Panhandle by the first day of Summer, you can see twilight as late as 10PM when the late news hits the airwaves! It's been a week since I've last communicated on this blog and a busy week it was at work. I have to admit I was in Amarillo this past Wednesday for the occasional visit to the dentist (I have to go back for fillings, but at least my teeth are healthy overall.) It's an interesting time of year, no doubt. With a wimpy .02" of rain all year and now into D3 or Extreme Drought status, we've been praying intently for rain but have received none so far, just plenty of cold and warm days, some very breezy and I've been enduring the ongoing drought in Bitcoin and alt coins action. BTC has repeatedly tried its best to recover to 11,800 then encountering strong resistance, then going back down. That remains the present holding pattern until the last of those "throwing in the towel" capitulators (according to the wonderful, well-informed Stacy Herbert) gives in to give the uptrend. Now, I've read some trends that the Elliot Wave pattern is favorable for that wonderful breakout, due to reduced volume where the RSI is approaching underbought status. Time will tell on this, but it appears plausible considering the overall Big Picture. This doesn't mean you should "back up the truck" as the buy wall on Bitstamp according to Bitcoinity is weakened somewhat over the past few hours, yet if you do, the present price of 9.6k versus just hours before of under 8.5k shows promise for perhaps the next several months! Some are of the opinion that the 13,888 price prediction that Clif High gave in his December report for this period of time should finally pan out and it could happen very soon over the next couple of weeks. Time will tell! Jim Rickards tweeted some important news regarding Bitcoin and other cryptocoins' status. Does this mean that wantonly spreading FUD is finally prosecutable? I'm expecting lawyers to get busy if I read this correctly.

SCAM ALERT! From Twitter, regarding ICODrops.com (which should soon be part of my external links and I've mentioned before in this blog) "Please be aware that we do not have any mirror websites, and the only real domain is https://icodrops.com . Info, org, tech, net and etc. are fake!" Let me explain that ICO Drops is a site which features ICO information from upcoming, active and finished ICO's. Don't be fooled! Why is Bitcoin sucking wind the past several days? The Mt Gox trustee selloff of coins isn't helping. Note though, this tweet from Coin Panda brings McAfee's prediction back into focus! TL;DR: His tallywhacker remains safe, even with the FUD. HODL on, my friends! Add Cambodia to the list of nations considering their own cryptocurrency. Here's yet another article on how you can protect yourself against cryptofraud. There's a LOT of it out there. Russia is getting ready to legalize cryptocurrency. Expect this by Summer.

 The alt coins are still strongly in sympathy with Bitcoin, but they too should shine. Some have shined better than others, so I expect Atomic Swaps from them, back into Bitcoin. Interesting Blockchain news; Learn how the global Big Brother wants to track every damn thing out there! From ZeroHedge, More and more jurisdictions are tracking citizen's vehicle movements. America, be aware that a trial balloon is likely! At least you'll understand how this will likely be implemented. There's hope yet for those unlucky enough to be buried, yet still casting votes. Perhaps this should come to America? An election secured by.....Blockchain?? Yes!

 Ruth Buzzi added a bar to her shower. You see, doctors and their concern for us can be helpful at times, although she complains it takes longer than before (LOL!!) Drug testing is becoming so.....yesterday! I kid you not!! A recent ZeroHedge article noted certain companies whose safety factor or insurance costs not affected by drug use is discontinuing certain testing, especially marijuana. Many Rust Belt states, Ohio in particular, have significant issues in finding potential employees whom can pass drug tests due to the ongoing opiate crisis. Bear in mind, your humble author still works for a Fortune 500 company that intently pre-screens and subjects their workers to random testing and I have the paperwork to prove it. I seriously doubt they're changing anytime soon, although I'm in no need of such a thing.

 I continue to post pics on my website from last year's Lazy L&B vacation in my "Pic of the Week" link, available from this website's front page. Want these in 4128 pixel width? If used in a non-commercial setting, I freely give these out, so email or tweet me and specify the day when you saw the image, so I can get you the correct one, o.k.? If used in a non-commercial project, simply give Mark James Mullins credit for the image. These are primarily mountain scenes, snapped by my camera from horseback. The rides were better than the previous year as we ventured to nearby wilderness areas and trails I'd not been on before. Of course I made every available ride as I had done the previous year. I'm still trying to figure out if I can afford this year - it's to be determined as I'm willing to forego a year if it makes THE difference in having enough crypto and silver to retire on soon. There will be that point in time where at least some gets cashed out or literally traded for something I'm after. For now, the waiting game continues. Finally, if you or someone you love is way depressed, please consider showing them this wonderfully crafted tweet. NEVER, I say NEVER give up!

 That's it for now. I'm enjoying the later sunsets, praying for rain or snow, eating too much dust, watching the tumbleweeds when the incessant wind gusts up and hoping each of us benefits from the upswings that crypto will soon enjoy.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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3-3-18
Diane Francis noted in her article "Cryptocurrencies are also hazardous. Take Bitcoin, which is at least self-regulated, the currency yo-yos in value without any underlying valuation or justification." Which I counter "So, you've not paid any attention to the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt that others, including yourself are giving out, right?" She said in the same paragraph "There are no controls over how many Bitcoins are issued, and digital counterfeiting rings have been busy replicating the currency at 'Bitcoin farms', and a few have been apprehended." This is what total ignorance of Bitcoin's basics do! It creates unnecessary FUD that Diane dishes out. She is clueless as to HOW bitcoins are generated within Bitcoin the network itself and her story stinks of ignorance, especially since she does not deliniate that the true Bitcoin by nature of it's code is hard-forced to no more than 21 million units, and that's assuming it lasts until 2140. At this point, over 16.8 million have been minted into existence with an estimated 2.8 million of those, possibly higher, being orphaned into addresses due to wallet loss by both defunct exchanges such as Bitomat and users whom didn't back up their wallets. At least she gave me a good laugh from it, so I shared it with you, my faithful readers. Remember the last entry where I encouraged you to "combine your Bitcoin inputs" so they're much easier to work with and certainly to HODL in cold storage? Read this article on how Bitcoin was indeed eating itself throughout 2017, an old story but quite a good read in retrospect from Tom Harding. Mind you, the Mempool is empty or damned close to it but it won't always remain so, especially with Bitcoin's popularity to gain with it's recent monetary gains. So far, I'm spot-on with the cup and handle pattern I mentioned last time in TA (technical analysis) if you view a 7-day or 30 day chart. Even with Segwit and LN on the horizon, Bitcoin is becoming more a store of value - such as gold. Of course, the Market gets the final word on this. After all, it's Bitcoin!

That doesn't keep Mr. Micro$oft from chiming in on how "bad" it is. An interesting read, yet there are points Bill doesn't fully "get." His operating system has become far more invasive on personal privacy on so many levels and far more unfriendly to my computer and millions others, so he has little wiggle-room to speak openly! I'm on the verge of putting the Penguin (either dual-booting or outright saving data then changing to a Linux distribution) on this box, and mind you, I'm among the few who shelled $$ to upgrade to Windows 10! I'm believing more and more that this was an epic fail.

 On the ICO front, Bitcoin.com notes the high failure rate of ICO's. This is why one must be extremely careful in what they invest in that sector, albeit those who are successful will reap nicely. How many investors bother to read the Whitepaper, spare comprehending and asking themselves if the project is viable and capable of handling real-world problems, instead of blowing smoke up their rectums? Finally, from the I've Seen It All Department, and you'd be advised not to look at this link's video if you're squeamish of heights, it's a swimming pool some 42 stories high. Not unique, you say? This one is literally suspended over the edge of a Houston high rise, using 8" thick material with a perfect bluish view, straight down! The Quote of the Day? "The band wagon has started rolling. There are two positions you can take towards the band wagon. You can either jump on board or get run over". - Andreas Antonopolous. Well stated, AA! Well stated..

That's it for now! The weather has no snow, no rain, just warm, dry southwesterly winds with critical to extreme fire danger continuing here in the Panhandles with Amarillo faring worse than my area. I'm getting ready for this evening's Friends of the NRA banquet here in Guymon and will be among excellent company. An update could come Sunday.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-24-18
Greetings, y'all!,
 It's been a very busy week for me at work. Plenty of influenza issues are going around and one of my co-workers was out with it after Wednesday. TL;DR readers, the Bitcoin news is below, but first.. (WHOOP!!, WHOOP!!, WHOOP!!) Venezuela accepts all cryptos for payments now. The revolution has begun! However, there could be legal ramifications for Americans whom invest in the Petro! But, there's always Turkey! Americas' relationship with this NATO ally has been pretty damn shaky as of late, and the Turkish are considering a crypto of their own!

 For now, I'm still on the sidelines regarding price analysis as all the alts have continued swinging in sympathy with BTC. It's been more struggles for Bitcoin and the alts, although looking at the 7-day trend, things appear to look promising for our Crypto King! Look at it yourself. Is that the bottom of a cup formation I see?? Two days ago, @Coinjunky on Twitter gave his perspective. Does that mean we back up the truck? You be the judge as it's your $$ to put in, but so far I sense his gut instinct was spot-on! Hades finally freezes over! JPMorgan praises Bitcoin. I realize this is older news, but significant nevertheless. But as can be expected, days later, Mark Carney of the Bank of England disses it. He's part of The Club and we ain't in it! Additionally, Bank of America paints FUD, admitting in it's latest SEC filing that Bitcoin is a threat! The only point I happen to agree with the bank is any user wishing to purchase cryptocurrency on credit, especially in excess! I agree it's stupid and shortsighted to blindly jump into this with money you don't already have. With that said, let me clarify if it's a DEBIT card or simply a wire transfer of funds you already possess via your bank, it should not be any of their damned business what you choose to do in purchase of any legal product or service! Roger Magno notes in this article that the Bitcoin fees being as cheap as they are, this is the ideal time to consolidate your inputs. In Other Words, move all your Bitcoin balances to ONE address in your wallet which you prefer. This makes fees cheaper in the future if you must spend ALL your balance on anything. What does this mean? If in the recent past you used your wallet for other transactions, it likely created "change" in your wallet to store that change from what you spent from a primary address. Keep in mind, by default, Bitcoin does not send your crypto "change" back to the originating address. Some wallets allow this, but for security reasons this isn't recommended. Still, having one address with your $$ makes it way easier to go "cold storage" on that address (ABSOLUTELY grab the Private Key and carefully note it FIRST before deleting that address on your wallet!!) Occasionally, I find a laudable survey or two.. crazybutlazyy on Reddit claims to be a high school student doing a cryptocurrency research project. Questions aren't too invasive so consider checking this one out while it's active. The user promises to follow up on Reddit with results in the months ahead and I will update y'all if I stumble across those. Technical Analysis gurus should throughly enjoy this tweet of the Candle Game! Sorry, but I can't provide an easily-readable or clickable one. I almost didn't bother but gave each of you loyal Blog readers the BOAD (benefit of any doubt). From the Shaking Your Head Sideways Department, this appeared somewhere in the UK or Ireland and yes, your identity is indeed safe with us! so Mr. McEldroon, our apologies as well. Are you planning for a "Plan B"?? Part One of a three-part series gives some decent insights and reflection. I've found this new Megalist from Coiniverse and am considering putting this on my external links as I have time. Furthermore, I'm still putting photos and information on my still-in-progress Arkansas River source webpage, yet to be announced on its' release date. Have a wonderful weekend!

Are you still HODLing? GOOD!! My final piece for this submission is just for the weak-kneed and weak-hands out there; A pinned tweet from Twitter's @Yorkyor30444439; "If you have the patience to study for 4 or more years, working for 40 years, but not to hold a coin for like 4 days? GTFO."

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-14-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 Happy Valentine's Day! Even if you are the loner type, watching over your screens at crypto dancing around, you had to appreciate watching BTC go above 9K in a very bullish manner earlier today. It's holding shy of 9,500 USD as of this submission. Some think it'll revisit 6k or go even lower, but even if they WISH this, they likely won't buy into it. They'd rather spend their time tapping their keyboards into oblivion of why crypto is such incredible nonsense, and I'm laughing that I still get the priceless last laugh! I spent no time worrying and am concerned over others considering suicide over such temporary trivial matters as a cryptocurrency correction. As you'll read in this article, Moscow has a suicide hotline specific for these situations. The answers I give toward this are rather simple IF you have the patience to follow through: 1) Do NOT invest any more money into any crypto that you cannot afford to lose! 2) Do NOT invest into any crypto solely on either margin or credit unless you fully understand and actively trade on these matters, relying on your expertese to play such strategies. The only time you should use a credit card to purchase cryptocurrency is with money you already have banked and paying off the ENTIRE bill at the next statement date. Otherwise, you're essentially gambling in a manner you may not recover from. 3) Study what cryptocurrency IS and IS NOT. Research and homework should be amongst your first prerequisites before investing even a red cent into this! This is even more important regarding any ICO's which require either BTC or ETH to obtain such tokens. What's going on with Litecoin? LTC is kicking ass today! 40%+ gains within the last 27 hours or so. There's some expected news to come, yet to see this gain on Bitcoin is really telling the alts are pushing hard and may peak soon. There may be some gains in BTC with traders doing like-trades back into it. Just Sayin'!

 Many of you who know Trace Mayer will enjoy sparing 15 minutes hearing Max & Stacy interview him on Sputnik Radio. Fast Company notes that Bitcoin has just topped the list of fastest growing freelance skills in demand. If you've been on this Blog for months now, you'll learn this isn't news at all! Furthermore, NewsBTC dot com notes that elite universities here in America are getting ready to offer cryptocurrency courses. I'm considering doing the same on a non-credit level to gauge demand and cater to those interested in crypto in my remote area. If you reside in the Oklahoma Panhandle or nearby and would consider travel to either Guymon or Goodwell enough times to take a simplified cryptocurrency course whose primary focus will be on security of your crypto if you are considering such purchases or investments, then you may contact me with interest on this course. The course is not yet complete and I'm adding more to it due to developments in ICO's and with some of the new tax laws, which are likely going to be in flux with the States getting into the act! I don't have the link to this one, but Arizona is getting extremely bullish into crypto now! Colorado is close behind and so is Wyoming. Some of the Cowboy State's present laws will have to change to encourage more crypto investment. Wyoming already has a Blockchain Coalition which I'm strongly interested in. They want to change to fit crypto and the sooner I can reside there, the quicker I could make a difference in that regard. It may happen faster than I could affect a move there, but as many of you already know - I already have a strong affinity for that area and could see myself growing old and dying happy there, especially if the laws suit my tastes. They have much going already, even if coal or other energy treasures don't continue panning out into the future. Wyomingites have a strong, independent streak and a love and practice for the Second Amendment which most other states envy. Don't be surprised if I soon reach out to the Blockchain Coalition to network with them in any way practicable going forth. To conclude, my Quote of the Week: "Anyone who thinks that crypto is the 'largest bubble in history' as I've often read recently is failing to recognize the over $10 trillion in government bonds with negative yields. Central banks 'quantitative easing' policies are the cause of the largest bubble in history." - Ryan Taylor (Twitter @RTaylor05) 12/5/17.

Gracias & Alles Leibe,

Mark

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2-12-18
Greetings, y'all!,  At the first of the month, Reddit's /r/Bitcoin sub had an AMA or "Ask Me Anything" segment by a New York firm of CPA's who claim cryptocurrency expertese. You may consider reviewing these comments and questions in advance of any tax filings. Note my disclaimer that I'm not necessarily recommending this or any firm due to their inclusion on this blog, although be aware if you have traded cryptos lately, especially anytime in Tax Year 2017, that getting a second opinion may be prudent. Many CPA's are either not up-to-speed on the vague guidance from the IRS or are too conservative for the same reasons. Although Bitcoin as of early this morning in America is quickly approaching 9k USD, Bix Weir of RoadToRootA fame warns "Big, Big Money wants in and are spreading massive amounts of F.U.D. about the cryptos. It's CRAZY out there in Crypto Liar Land!!" He adds "CLEARLY, there is an orchestrated attack happening after the CFTC announced that they are going to SUPPORT THE CRYPTOS!!! F.U.D. Spreaders Abound...BUY! BUY! BUY!" What he concludes with is equally important for HODLers: "Obviously, sound regulation about spreading false rumors to influence a cryptos price should be implemented. You can't do it with Public Stocks but it's rampant in the cryptos. No Sheriff yet...but he's coming. Strong hand TODAY will end up being the Richest Humans on Planet Earth when this is all said and done!" I've never truly considered why leaders trash the cryptos as they do, but Bix is RIGHT! There's a total void of regulation regarding rumor spreading in crypto which will be resolved as governments continue accepting it! Jamie Dimon, et al, will have to finally STFU!
 I'm enjoying the latest Litecoin contest of grandparents explaining cryptocurrency. If your grandparent (perhaps you are a grandparent reading this?) wishes to record a 2-minute video meant for a general audience, consider entering. There's rules and a deadline on the website. Really, that's all I have to offer for now. I like how the buying trends have sharpened on Bitcoin and it's being reflected on the alts, but time will tell if it's smoother sailing from here. More and more, it appears the 6k dip was the bottom as 7k was defended more than once. Sparing breaking news, I should return mid-week.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-7-18
 Chris Giancarlo.. Remember that name! When this CFTC Commissioner spoke before the SEC, his experience through his niece regarding cryptocurrency, Bitcoin in particular, started the bullish comeback we're witnessing. He's that "total 180" of Jamie Dimon we've been waiting for and the most influential guy since the Buy Bitcoin guy with the note, photobombing Janet Yellen's testimony last year (mentioned on last year's blog, BTW!) Mind you, I still have many critical things to give that Commission, specifically the lack of action regarding manipulation of precious metal, especially silver. More and more, the possibility of JPMorgan acting as a government agency for a specific period of time to keep King Dollar in it's ongoing Ponzi makes the most sense. Yet with all that, Chris is THE MAN in Bitcoin's eyes. He actually has a clue or two on how Bitcoin works. His Twitter follower count has essentially quadrupled in the past 2 to 3 days. Here I was, advocating the CFTC being eliminated and Mr. Giancarlo comes along, bringing life to a Badly Battered Bitcoin. Unbelievable! If I was President, he'd be my Treasury Secretary in a New York Second! For Bitcoin's price, Stacy Herbert of the Keiser Report tweeted "My prediction (bearing in mind that no one can predict markets) is that a genuine capitulation won’t happen until $BTC breaks under $5000. Only when the last of the hodl pretenders has been shaken loose will bitcoin hit new ATH." which is certainly plausable. Remember too, coinjunky on Twitter predicted the same. I still don't see it going that low yet, but sensed a peak low of sub 4k coming over Super Bowl Weekend. At this point, I sense the worst is overwith at this point as a lot of bloodletting has occurred and we've seen some uptrending. The nice thing is that I didn't capitulate, nor did that ever cross my mind. If you're new to crypto and hung on, you're on the cusp, the verge, the edge of GREATNESS! Bitcoin and it's sons and daughters ain't goin' away, no matter what China or any other nation does to eliminate it from their shores. It remains a true, international means of exchange of value. I suspect it's a matter of time before certain cryptocurrencies gain even more traction and love, but this remains an exciting time to be alive! Another exciting tweet was given by Virginia Senator Mark Warner on Twitter. Read it to view the obvious, at least in my eyes, that he senses and likely understands the power which Blockchain has. I'll temper that with a blockchain that is 1) transparent, 2) available to the public, 3) decentralized, 4) that has no convenient "backdoors" that the bankers and government can steal the value at will, either by judicial decree or national emergency. Blockchain and Bitcoin were created to rein in some control back to the People! Don't let your elected representatives drop the ball as you've allowed them on so many other issues. Nevertheless, it's exciting we have at least two "BitcoinDaddies" strutting the Bitcoin Stuff.

Shrinkflation is definitely being noticed today. Trace Mayer tweeted this informative chart on candy bars. I can only imagine how the same would be reflected on good foods! We're also seeing price pressure for a different set of reasons in a different field which I'm very familiar; Vestas, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer has price pressure going lower.

Well, that's it for today. I've still got a lot more work to do this week and am getting some valued sleep. Sparing breaking news, this should be it until late Friday or early Saturday.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-6-18
The stock market took a massive shit, despite all the "Rah-Rah-RAH!!" of the presiding administration in the Swamp. Greater than 1,000 points is very significant, over 4 percent becomes no small potatoes. Will this continue to play out? We'll see. I'm NOT holding my breath.

Kansas news? Of course my former roomie, T.O. and I continue to make numerous, sick jokes about that state. You see, they're considering a basic 18-year old and higher requirement for Kansas statewide offices, after six teenagers have filed in Topeka for the governor's seat! Critics of such legislation should be asked "Are these kids old enough to carry a gun in defense of this nation? Even at age 18, they're too young to legally drink!" You see, 21 and older is far more sensible and very necessary when you're asked to be in smoky rooms, appearing at events where adult beverages are prevalent so you're numbed down with the surrounding nonsense after the fluff, pomp and circumstance is peeled away on the massive onion of politics. Most governors still drive to their work, so being a kid being likely indoctrinated with liberal snowflake nonsense (apologies to the nearby Kansas city of Liberal, you're not "liberal" in that sense.) may not be so good for the Midwest sensibilities of the Sunflower State. The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock has a specific "rock star parking" slot for the Governor. Bubba "I didn't inhale" no doubt used it his two terms, so did "The Huck" and Beebe-brain who followed a while afterwards. I'll never, ever again doubt my mother's advice. I drank the Kool-Aid believing that Arkansas would benefit from having the legislature in session every year. What a legislative nightmare cluster**** it's become! There's too many stupid and repressive laws on the books there. Would I consider moving back to retire? I have my doubts, despite having family there. Kansas still has some growing to do. Their former Governor had some excellent ideas which netted mixed results, yet I agree with him that something had to be attempted. How it works out in the long-term is yet to be determined.

Bitcoin continues to experience selling pressure, sub 6k as of this submission, which affects nearly all other alts. Jim Rickards is correct that the present chart trend will go yet lower before CAPITULATION sets in. I've reviewed the classic chart myself elsewhere and if it plays out, we're looking at sub 5k now before BTC ATM traffic and Coinbase becomes even more frantic with BTFD'ers. 2018 promises to be an epic year for cryptocurrencies, even if China continues to curse it. Other nations shall take full advantage of what the Chinese and other cryptohaters mete out and willing give up. They came back to crypto before and I expect they'll change again. Even if not, it's more hash power for miners elsewhere, making McAfee's mining outfit an even better bet! The late and still great Paul Harvey often stated on his radio show that "We are not one world!" so don't expect any worldwide bans on cryptocurrency. This has happened before and crypto should revive again as it has time and time again. Furthermore, as I've recently preached, crypto is nowhere near a mature market when you see such price sympathies clearly reflected in the alts, especially the fact that ETH was hammered near $575 and change, an 11% loss, despite the power it possesses. Sorry, ETH fans - your favorite won't outdo Bitcoin for a while yet! Are we near the bottom of this deep correction? John McAfee keeps a sound mind in this regard that we saw these prices back in November. I've remained chilled out and didn't get to take the Sunday road trip where I had planned with fiat $$ to trade into either BTC or LTC. Today, these developments have given me an even-better price point to pursue this dip. Just HODL unless you need the $$. I repeat, just HODL unless you need the $$.

In Memoriam; John Mahoney, British-borne but so at home in Chicagoland, has passed at 77. He was the cranky-yet-loveable father, Martin Crane, of his two sons on TV's "Frasier." This drawing truly says it all and hits home if you understood the show, the dog Moose which he loved. Having worked TV Master Control in two separate markets on three separate stations, you can imagine the sheer amount of programming I was tasked of catching for air later on, especially working overnight in the frantic Little Rock market which today with satellite distribution, most Arkansans can receive. I would edit Frasier's show "feed points" of where each segment started and ended for the computer's video storage system. Originally, it was aired on videotape as it was fed via satellite. Some shows leave a certain effect or "taste" if you will. This one has a classy touch and today the memories flow. RIP John!

 That's it for now, barring Breaking News, this is it until Wednesday. For that point too, I won't hold my breath!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-5-18
Post SuperBowl LII thoughts: 1) Few commercials really stood out for me this year. Hyundai's childhood cancer commercial with thanking buyers of that brand was OUTSTANDING and got my Top Pick! Overall, NBC's Winter Olympics promos outdid the commercial sponsors. 2) I'm tickled that Philly got the victory! It was clearly their turn and the Pats had their chances to win. 3) Some of the Eagles' touchdown calls will definitely be talked about. 4) The Patriot's coach is eating a tough loss, nevertheless. 5) Having a Prince tribute in Minneapolis during the Super Bowl? Timberlake pulled that off flawlessly and had a kick-ass halftime performance. As can be expected, there was a digital delay for the network during Halftime in case something else went wrong fourteen years after the wardrobe malfunction with Janet Jackson. By the way, she trended heavily on Twitter in advance of the game with her own named hashtag.

 I'm watching the Bitcoin price trend continue to lower, it tried to hold the 8k neckline. Why not just go ahead and trend even lower? It might. The sell trend line remains stronger than the buy trend for now. The alts continue in a funk, sympathetic with Bitcoin, for the same reasons I gave in Sunday's posting. For now, HODL unless you truly need to trade for the $$. By The Way, have any of you looked over the videos I have linked from Sunday 2-4? There's plenty to check out so don't remain the mushrooms that the bankers would want you to remain.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2-4-18
 There's a boatload to wrap up this weekend on my Blog. Lots of videos to check up on before and after the Super Bowl, so save some of the snacks or popcorn for awesome weekend reading as the funk of cryptocorrection hasn't fully subsided. I'll watch the game as long as NONE of the players or their Staff/Coaches take a knee during the National Anthem, otherwise the TV goes OFF!! Bitcoin was in the 9k range until early morning in America, but a downturn resumed and kissed 8.2k and could go even lower! Understand that with the Big Game today, the vast majority of unwashed shall remain clueless, but if you're a TL;DR'er then let me clue you in that 1) Precious Metals are beginning another BULL (finally!) 2) The cryptos are not ready to solidly rebound yet, although a decent floor in the sub 7k range may well hold. If not, I sense 6k being the next level to shake out the Darwin Award Recipients. 3) I want the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, although I enjoy Brady cheating the odds. He has experience on his side! 4) There won't be a Janet & Justin reunion at Halftime. Fourteen years ain't long enough for those two to bury the hatchet.

 Joseph Young straightens out the crypto internet once again on Twitter. Before his release of this article on Cointelegraph earlier today, he interviewed India's three largest exchanges.
Main points: 1. Cryptocurrency ban in India is just FUD. 2. Finance Minister's words grossly misinterpreted. 3. Don't fall for it again.
 Going to precious metals, Gold and Silver are starting to be shown at least some more love now. Many, including myself, saw the writing on the wall years ago (I've saved up physical metal, outside the banking system and not even in my house) but didn't know when this would finally begin to play out. It's been a damned long time, but looks like it's arriving! From ZeroHedge, originally on SRSrocco Report; "The world's two largest silver mines have seen their productivity decline substantially due to falling ore grades and rising costs." Surprise, surprise, SURPRISE! Political analyst Stacy Herbert, the saner half of the Keiser Report is bullish on the metals as we're progressing into 2018. Frankly, I don't expect Max to remain behind for long with cheap silver's days as numbered, even with his strong focus into crypto. Perhaps their "Silver Liberation Army" might bear shiny arms of Ag again? Even if JPM is proven to be an agent of the US Government in propping up the Ponzi Buck for how many more kick-the-can cycles, the Market is close to raising its' Vertically-Raised Middle Finger of Enlightenmenttm! In Other Words, NOW is a fantastic time to back up the truck for physical silver. I plan to be adding more phyzz shortly, but will first get my tax filing done. Lynette Zang of ITM Trading fame gives us another video which indicates why "stawks" are showing cracks in the egg and about to break down, due to the Bond Market interest going up enough. Although nearly a half-hour, there's so much that financial n00bz can learn in the first five minutes and she's the Chart Queen! Pay attention to this excellent video and experience some Eureka Momentssm, particularly my huge takeaway that one should prepare with fiat $$ outside the banks as CREDIT MARKETS will very likely dry up in a New York Secondtm as I witnessed in '09. She also teaches about gold and silver. The only caveat I add to her discussion is to keep said physical metals stored OUTSIDE of The System, never in your bank deposit box!! If you own real estate, consider becoming a member of your local 'Midnight Gardening Club' if you must or have that convenient boating accident where your stash gets "lost" at the lake bottom, then go back in your scuba suit and recover it. These are interesting times and we're barely into February! Silver Doctors posted a great video featuring Bill Murphy of GATA with Eric and Elijah. Murphy's straight-shooting about metals manipulation and his experience in the Markets makes this another timely update. Greg Hunter interviewed Craig Hemke (Turd Furguson of the infamous TFMetalsReport about many things, especially precious metals. Politics were also discussed. Definitely a good watch on YouTube, so pop some corn or just watch after the Big Game. Speaking of that, how would I bet this one? Brady has the passion, but I want the Eagles to fly away with Victory in SuperBowl LII. Expect surprises during the halftime entertainment! Drudge Report and myself both wondered if JJ makes a return visit in light of the unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, however, don't expect a Janet & Justin reunion on the Big Stage in the Twin Cities after fourteen years! CBS News received a statement from Jackson yesterday: "To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow; I will not," Jackson said in her statement. She added "Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon." So, THERE!

 That's it for now! May the best team win and may your investments win for you as well.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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2/3/18
 Welcome to the weekend! That obese, bucktoothed rodent saw his shadow Friday but my area still has no rain or snow. Please send some our way if you have a surplus! When it comes to cryptocurrencies, If you're a fellow HODLer my question to each of you from this humble Blog is "Liking this, yet?" I'm LOVING it! It closed in on $7700 earlier Friday morning and I had expected it to cross sub 7k, but it caught a second wind and is presently holding north of 9k! Even with this welcome development, I'm planning an out-of-state road trip and taking along some fiat $$ already saved up for these rare occasions. There's little if any reason for you not to prepare in advance, HODLing some fiat so you don't have your bank attacking you for your legal Coinbase or BTC ATM transactions to wean yourselves from the System which Lucy runs and takes away the football whenever Charlie tries to kick it, him not being "connected" in the first place, as I subtly remind you of Sunday's Big Game! Do you "get" where I'm coming from, yet? To all Bitcoin Bears reading this missive, If you already understand how Bitcoin truly works from someone who was there in Mt Gox's heyday and experienced both glory and bloodletting with it's massive swings, you'll view this point in time as the opportunity it presents to you, NOW! Let's review, shall we?
Bitcoin 1) has NOT been hacked, 2) is being fought from so many powerful sources from the sidelines, 3) the current correction presents significant strength to build going forth, 4) as a coin, is really nowhere near mature as most other alts still are sympathetic to it's drops and upswings, therefore I believe it being nowhere near or inside a "bubble" for that matter! Yes, ETH - I've been watching you drop too! 5) is lagging in perception of improvements being made to so many parties, including some businesses whom have supported it in the past. These parties will very likely come back to Bitcoin with hat in hand to it's supporters as SegWit and LN gain greater acceptance with more moving away from on-chain transactions. 6) Futures (BCD, BCA) are shorting this for what they can get, but the bottom is trying to hold, yet I expect more downside in the short term. This cycle SHALL REVERSE in due course. 7) The "I told you so" haters are enjoying their brief moments. Let them! This is what Markets do, as well! Guess who gets the last laugh? I'm betting our side prevails in a huge manner that most governments simply can't grasp. If you're thinking this way and see this technology as a true game changer going forth, then come in to the party!
 You see, Bitcoin won't care whether you lose all your money or gain that new Lambo. Did you buy in at 19+k USD and wish to lock in your losses? Capitulate now to guarantee such an outcome! I'm nowhere near considering this as it ain't my first rodeo, nor will this be my last. Furthermore, I don't care if it takes all Spring or Summer for that matter to "shake out" the weaklings in this sector, generally in it for the wrong reasons in the first place! This cowboy could care less about flashy, speedy cars with high maintenance and insurance. I'm just old enough that I want even better things that I need not go into detail about, lest my critics pin that on me if crypto or improved blockchains should fail me. I see significant change on the horizon which our critics wish never could happen and so do my newer allies, even if our enemies should happen to pull off their versions of technoligies, leaving those who chanced this sea-change fully in the dark. I'm looking forward to the massive wealth transfer yet to be resumed as BCD, BCA and other Futures swing bullish, which they will do after all have cashed out their shorts. I expect a huge attitude adjustment amongst this whole crowd in due course, although I can't quite pin down WHEN it starts taking place, so I place that responsibility essentially in your hands. Many of you are asking "What is the real news behind this latest downleg?" and cointelegraph's William Suberg gives us an article on what he sees. Not at all surprising to me, I see potential collusion with the media and governments wanting to preserve status-quo. Hey, each have their "favors" to call out, don't they? p.s., I've seen this before.

 There are some nations fighting back. The Petro crypto may become reality after all! Venezuela is already into Bitcoin for it's survival, so this development may gain traction soon enough. How it fares going into the future with oil taking less of an energy role is yet to be seen. I'm watching a gradual trend toward more electric vehicles, although these are best suited for the major cities and shorter trips elsewhere.

 We're into the Fighting Stage between banks and credit card companies run by the same. Either outright bans or steep "advance cash" fees are being tacked on. About the only way most can truly fight this is to gradually take out fiat from their ATM over a period of time, building that cache to be used when these opportunies present themselves, such as.... NOW! There's no reason to broadcast to your banks of your intent of putting them out of business, unless that's what you wish to accomplish. Do it in a manner they can't detect in the usual, transparent way in their favor and nobody is worse off for not knowing. This pissing match is far from over and has barely just begun! Expect more regulations regarding ICOs going forth. It truly pisses off the elites that those not considered "accredited investors" (250k+ investable) could get ahead through an ICO. For those trying to get ahead, just bear in mind the tax consequences and keep up with your records. The odds of beating the system to a more financially secure future is certainly there, but I'd pay taxes properly owed to keep issues at a minimum. Besides, you will have full license to verbally bar-be-cue your Congre$$ public servants when they deserve it and they'll be much more likely to listen if you remind them you do pay your taxes voluntarily as stated in the Tax Code (mentioned hundreds of times as "voluntary compliance", BTW! so why do they need such POWER and GUNS?) Maybe this is something viable to bring up to your Congressperson. They're the ones with authority to control the IRS and their policy in the first place! Speaking of power? The Fed Reserve finally showed some backbone and huevos today and let Wells Fargo "have it!" by stunting their growth until the Bank gets control of it's lawlessness. Dammit Janet (Yellin), you finally won some respect from me at 11:59:59 on our Nation's Clock of Tolerance. That was a sweet Swan Song, but why didn't you sing it while you were still a canary and the tune would've shattered their glass when it would've truly made a difference and set an example? Sweet but bittersweet is how I look at it, but better late than never! Want to dodge taxes but not have to renounce your American citizenship with incredibly high exit taxes, getting a second passport, having to renounce citizenship and automatically being placed on some asshat bureaucracies' watch list? Go to Puerto Rico! Now the infrastructure can be inconsistent, so preparing for alternative power is a PLUS! The island, as evidenced by numerous hurricanes, requires plenty of rebuilding and patience. It's tropical as most of the Caribbean, yet opportunity presents itself and crypto hasn't escaped it's lure. Who can blame the Californians for escaping from the cesspool their state has become? New York State, you're not far behind with the ShitLicense that's already slammed the door on opportunities for New Yorkers. Sparing breaking news, this should handle the weekend. Before I hit the road, here's the latest quotable to offer: “Americans love their country, and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return,” - Donald J Trump during the State of the Union address 1/30/18.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-31-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 Welcome to hump day, Wednesday! Yesterday and today I'm sick at home with the stupid stomach flu, but I'll take this over the horrific H3N2 strain which is truly hurting and killing so many others. I'm also convinced my flu shot in late October helped me through this bout as I'm already on the rebound. "One more day to get better" my boss insists as I'm likely contagious and there's still a mild cough. Bitcoin has also been sick and beaten down with incredible amounts of FUD to be discussed soon. Enough with all the hoopla on last night's State of the Union address by President Trump! He made one of the longest in history but had a boatload to say. As expected, the Supremes of the SCOTUS were reserved, but the Democrats, especially the extreme lefties stayed in their seats. The brightest moment had to be Ji Seong Ho, a North Korean defector living today in the South. Watch this video from Oslo, as his story is incredible and his teary victory wave with the crutches he used literally for thousands of miles of journey to escape, combined with the standing ovation, not only for this video but last night's SOTU address, was utterly PRICELESS for all! I admit I shared some of those tears and believe this moment of victory and survival is one Ji will never forget. A victory as incredibly bitter and sweet as it gets!!! You see, these are the kind of people that America should openly accept with such sacrifice, and I'm not alone in this mindset, having reviewed numerous like-minded comments. Drooling Joe gave the Democratic rebuttal and I'll give him credit it was decent, but most comments I saw noted he likely saw none of the speech as he gave no solid references to anything contained from the State of the Union. As a result, he missed out on making a stronger impact, just carrying the canned points of the Party to We The Viewers, so I believe the Dems dropped the ball on this opportunity - the type of fumble which could cost their Party a victory down the line! Nevertheless, he's a star ready to shine for the Dems going forth, so watch what he does, but I expect a Saturday Night Live skit or two featuring both Trump and Kennedy. Even with the drool, Joe is way, WAY BETTER than any Clinton being offered! As I compose this, it's just before 7AM Central Time and the Moon has just entered the umbra or deep shadow of it's Super Blood Blue infamy, yet it's anything but blue! Now, calm down. This amateur astronomer is fully aware of the meaning whose current definition was a goof which stuck back in 1946! A beautiful, deep red is showing through some high clouds here in the Panhandle as the Sun is in civil twilight here. It was too far west for Arkansans to view except from high locations as it was really close to the horizon there. Think of it. There's no Full Moon to come next month! Valentine's Day may be perfect for telescopes that evening, but hopefully a true Valentine can be the center of attention by then. We're still doing horribly on both rainfall and snow and would be tickled for anyone to wish some of your excesses our way! Amarillo is faring even worse than Guymon with the longest streak without measurable precipitation since 1957 not that far away from four months ongoing, with no chances of precip over the next week! They're already rightfully comparing this stretch to year 2011 when I moved to the region, dry as a bone when I arrived, +it briefly snowed the day before Halloween as I started working for DeWind.

 @coinjunky on Twitter opines to the Class that he'd not be surprised if Bitcoin dips to 5k USD and considers such a dip of a lifetime. Yesterday, BTC bottomed around 9500 and is rebounding to over 10k this morning on the American continents. 9k or lower, sick or not sick, I'd be on the road with fiat $$ to buy this dip, even if just for a fractional bitcoin as these dips add up to sweet greatness, even if it should dip further! Litecoin and other alts are feeling this mess too, so they're on my radar, depending on how depressed in comparison. I still see no reason to revise my forecasts I made, especially with all these futures players entering the market and the features, especially LN (Lightning Network) being added to both BTC & LTC now. Remember, people! Not only can the Big $$ short BTC as was done recently, but they can long the living hell out of it too!! You think you're seeing volatility? Watch for new ATH's (all time highs) coming up by March and likely to balloon further UP! I'm noticing something new called Bitcoin White. It's some sort of blockchain and decentralized, capable of javascript smart contracts. It's also available on exchanges now at 50 cents each. You think 50 Cent would jump on this one? He forgot about his previous BTC stash and it's worth multi-millions to him today. Smart HODLing, although he should HODL further and watch it come back as it always has. At least the way I see it, nonetheless. The CFTC finally fined at least six people from three banks for precious metals manipulation. Are any of these from JPM/Chase? Did any of them trade SILVER?? Most importantly, will any of these people serve hard jail time as a true deterent??? We know the answers already! Simply recall how Jamie Dimon responded to Senator Warren regarding potential banking violations. Those "fines" are simply a cost of doing business and never helps Joe Six Pack Public!

Odd news and stuff; Happy Birthday dear chicky! Cute, but the off-tune noise might drive you crazy. Several excellent quotes for consideration; @FerdousBhai on Twitter ponders "In case you are wondering why people invest in ICOs, keep in mind that we live in an era when people are eating laundry detergent because the packaging looks nice." @RichCoinQuick on Twitter stated "If you can't take the FUD, get out of the cryptchen." With yet another government shutdown looming in the next 9 or fewer days; "Your federal government needs your money so that it can perform vital services for you that you would not think up yourself in a million years." - Dave Barry.. Finally, "Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go." - The Dalai Lama.

 Breaking News? I'll try and cover that, but I'm covering myself back up in bed to sleep off this stupid bug. Bye for now!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-28-18
 Breaking News tonight: According to CoinDesk, Tether (USDT) has "dissolved" relationship with auditor Friedman LLP, according to spokesperson for the company behind $USDT token. Story to come. Note that Tether is close with Bitfinex. Although based originally on the Bitcoin blockchain, it transitioned to Litecoin blockchain as noted in Wikipedia. Volume in LTC has remained elevated. It earlier peaked around 194 USD but has corrected to 186 USD as of this submission. Joseph Young in Hong Kong paints the Big Picture once again, using the simplicity of Twitter: "According to Brian Kelly, US-based financial firm Robinhood added 800,000+ users to its cryptocurrency exchange waiting list. Robinhood cryptocurrency platform opens in February. It will become difficult for other financial firms to simply ignore growing demand from clients." So if your bank is giving you shit about your crypto transactions, consider 1) Gathering all your information, such as PAC's (those payments made automatically through your account[s]) and prepare to change them to a NEW bank, 2) Opening up another account at a competing bank, 3) Dumping your first bank and asking to speak with it's manager of exactly why you're dumping them. (Bonus Points that you speak with it's manager and NOT some customer rep who may become numb to these dumpings in due course) and when the first bank wants to offer you an Olive Branch, you instead remain defiant and repeat why you dumped them, that it's a painful lesson learned! They WILL get the memo if enough of us raise either our middle fingers or as the Scottish say "the Tongs" in the UK/Aussie way of gesturing with the degree of rudeness these arrogant bankers deserve. It's your money and you want it NOW, J G Wentworth-style, dammit!! John McAfee today tweeted a Mea Culpa and pledges a "Dubious ICO of the Week" audit expose'. John, your team may be awesome, but I give more creedence to what you say when you research it yourself. YOU have the knowledge and drive, although I realize you have less time to work with. That fact isn't lost on me by any means. Nevertheless, apology accepted as this report was very transparent. Readers of this blog considering an ICO may pay attention to these reports to come. Check out this twitter thread on the anatomy of Proof of Work or PoW in crypto. Do you want my choice of Tweet of the Week? "The old cockroaches always has a distaste for seeing the young grasshoppers making money doing something they don't understand." Now for something to wash one's brain out. A simple comic which says it all. This WILL become more of a social trend going forth. I guarantee it! Speaking of comics; In Memoriam: Mort Walker of Beetle Bailey fame passed at age 94. His comic of an Army Private on a ficticious military base graced newspapers and other periodicals for 68 years, longer than any other comic creator. "Beetle", originally drawn as a college guy barely getting by, decided to join the Army in 1950 as the Korean War was cranking up. It gained incredible traction and this comic integrated with a Black Lieutenant and a host of other characters. I vaguely remember seeing Mort's picture with many of these characters at the Pentagon in 1990. Camp Swampy will continue as Mort's sons reportedly will continue the comic, although as it was with Peanuts' creator Schulz, Walker is a significant loss, too. RIP!This tweet really stood out, at least for me! From the "Now I've seen EVERYTHING Dept.", a rat which showers like a human does! Finally, a cow finds friendship with the herd. Polish Bison, no less! Informative article, and bear in mind the same fate to America's bison almost happened as well.

Sparing Breaking News, I should be back mid-week as Thursday begins a new month.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-26-18
Greetings Y'all,

Where to begin?? There's NO price commentary this weekend since crypto has either been slammed or just flat. More than likely, after this weekend there will be more positive news to come. Still, there's been plenty of news in crypto for the past week. Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck suffered a massive 523MM coin NEM crypto hack with a value of $524 million USD. OUCH!! What have I been preaching to each of you in this humble blog for months now? I've actually practiced it for YEARS and it has yet to fail me. Don't keep your holdings in an exchange any longer than necessary to conduct a trade or sale. Do NOT entrust it to keep your coins safe as a bank, because it isn't! Traders on Reddit have argued that they should be able to trade their coins as needed to fit their circumstances, but even then when history is a guide, these sites often become overloaded if everybody is heading for the exits (often for STUPID FUDdy reasons!) or suffers a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) which not every protective portal can absorb, if great enough! YOU must own your own private key by taking your coins out of centralized exchanges to ensure you have ownership. If you plan to HODL long-term, use Cold Storage. My proposed public course on cryptocurrencies will teach this as security of one's crypto is paramount in keeping it in the first place! For those in Ethereum and related alts who trade via EtherDelta: @EthereumBlue on Twitter warns the following: "The official EtherDelta Twitter account has been suspended. There are a number of fake EtherDelta twitter accounts now linking to phishing sites. Do not follow any links for an EtherDelta Twitter account until this is resolved." This blogger notes he had issues getting to the decentralized site but saw it later that evening and at subsequent times. For now, I have never traded with this site. EtherDelta is proving popular, but this reported development doesn't surprise me at all. Be damned careful of using it for now! There's many reports of man-in-the-middle attacks undergoing where users are losing their tokens and cryptos being traded there. This, along with ICO's are the True Wild West of the sector for now. There's also a chat area where much begging for Private Keys is ongoing. Do NOT give out any private keys, lest you lose everything contained therein. You've been warned! Want some fee-free trading? Robinhood Crypto is likely your answer! Some former co-workers used Robinhood to trade with stocks, so there's a track record. I've never used it but heard of it's features. It's beyond cool that it's made it to crypto now! It's available in five states for these new features in crypto, but expected to expand throughout most of the USA. Already, Litecoin is vying to make it to Robinhood. If you love and HODL it as I do, consider tweeting @RobinhoodApp as I did and ask them to add LTC, please. Latest Bitcoin News: BTC takes yet another hard fork! BCA or Bitcoin Atomic took place earlier in the week. It's another form of Bitcoin Futures. Note today was the expiration of futures in CME Bitcoin Futures. Some whom monitor the actions of these players with deep pockets expect Bitcoin to recover, in particular, I'm watching the videos from Crypto 99 on YouTube as he has a pulse on these developments. Videos are NSFW due to language, but he seems to keep it real! Bix Weir believes the worst of the FUD is overwith, at least for a while. Xoel Lopez Barata gives a simulation and prediction of how Bitcoin may be priced by years-end. It fits my >50k to likely 75k forecast nicely! BLKCF (Global Blockchain Technologies Corporation) was recently halted on the markets. They're traded on the OTC here in America. The news release? GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP. (TSXV: BLOC) (FSE: BWSP) (OTC Pink: BLKCF) ("GBT" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Overstock.com in a press release today said that its blockchain subsidiary, t0.com, Inc. ("tZero") intends to provide advisory services in connection with the recently announced KodakOne Coin Security Token Offering. In addition, tZero will advise on secondary trading of the Kodak Coin. This is the first third party coin to be announced that tZero will be listing and trading on its much anticipated regulated ICO exchange.

 The IMF or International Monetary Fund, the biggest single headache to many a nation, is taking a serious look against Bitcoin and it's alts. We should carefully monitor what potential FUD may be on the way whenever they meet! Looking at Russia, some in banking believe cryptocurrencies should be able to somewhat mature before regulation is placed, especially on a reactionary, knee-jerk level. Why can't this happen here in America soon enough? This is a must-read if you're heavy into stocks. There are two factors in this story, one bearish and one bullish. Do some cranial exercises here and come to realize that ONE of them is strongly manipulated and can't be sustained, even if the Global economy were to attempt to support this Ponzi much further. The cracks in the egg are getting larger and longer but I can't say when the deck of cards finally wobbles enough to tumble. Watch bonds and interest rates carefully and bear in mind that just over 70% of derivatives deal with interest rate betting. If that goes too high, it's Game Over! Earlier in the day, Max Keiser of Keiser Report fame, tweeted "Evidence suggests: The highest demographic concentration of #Bitcoin millionaires are young, black males - thanks to @KeiserReport." Regardless if the link proves true or not, there are a healthy number of black folks discovering cryptocurrency! This is extremely cool in my book as crypto isn't at all racist and gives everyone the opportunity to test out these waters. Check out some of their YouTube vids if you don't believe me! I also have to wave "Hello!" to Reggie Middleton of Veritaseum fame. I've always respected Reggie's viewpoints and insights as this guy is awesomely sharp. The Veritaseum crypto he developed (the unit is Veritas or VERI) is well-thought and possesses so much potential that only decentralized exchanges as EtherDelta dare host it! Presently priced at $380 and change, it's very much UNDERVALUED. A reminder as earlier mentioned; Be damned careful of using EtherDelta for now! There's many reports of man-in-the-middle attacks undergoing where users are losing their tokens and cryptos being traded there. This, along with ICO's are the True Wild West of the sector for now. Veggiecoin isn't for vegans. It's instead for animals! If you love animals and crypto, this may be THE coin for you! More than likely, if this coin gains traction, I may make room for it on my AnimalWonderland website when that gets going. It remains in closed beta testing for now as I simply don't have enough time to work with it. I'm putting in well over 45 hours weekly in my present job now and don't have near the days-off that I used to. If cryptocurrency does as I expect, I may not have to wait too much longer to accomplish so many things I've waited years to experience. I'm enjoying life more than I have, but the best is yet to come! I warn naysayers this will still happen even if crypto should become outlawed in the United States as a "Plan B" is already being planned and put into place. Other news? A belated Memoriam to Naomi Parker Fraley. She was 96 and noted as the model for Rosie the RIveter during WWII. Her legacy will live on, yet for now the phrase "We can do it!" is a work in progress. The Equal Rights Amendment was so, so close to passing decades ago. With the recent marches in the Nation's Capitol and elsewhere, maybe that time is again here and they'll score victory? It could well happen this year. To wrap this up, Crypto Godfather gives some sage advice to anyone trading anything with cryptos. This is something I'll teach in my classes if offered in the not-distant future. Watch those decimals (and addresses being sent to, for that matter!) As I've warned here before, there's malware which can change the sending address you intend on sending crypto to! Getting ready for next weekend's Super Bowl? "If the Super Bowl was done through the Electoral College, the Eagles would carry 49 states and DC." - @Sarge986 on Twitter

 p.s., Could the Italians send this excessive snow MY way? People in the Panhandles likely won't complain at all. Sadly, the forecast here calls for another week of dry weather. Fire danger has reached the critical category at least twice this past week and should repeat at least thrice if not more in the week to come.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-21-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 Erik Voorhees gives investors more insight on WHY Bitcoin behaves as it does. I'll throw in to keep in mind, unlike the stock market or Bitcoin Diamond (BCD) futures, there's no circuit breakers! Your properly-tuned gut instinct can serve you well and don't always entrust your exchange(s) for everything. They can be overloaded, shut down, or even hacked as was MtGox back in the day. I witnessed the insanity that was Spring and Summer, 2013. I also had an account at Cryptsy. I never lost any crypto to either one as I often moved that out of the site. Admittedly, exchanges are getting way better at security, but it's still not a perfect science by any means! Joseph Young gives us an excellent tweet regarding perspective! Want to understand WHY the Crypto market crashed? One guy gives a decently viable opinion. Knowing how banker$ work and think, I tend to agree with him. NSFW due to plenty of language, here's the video you may learn from. Many have noticed that volatility is getting less and less in Bitcoin and alts, which is the point the tweet gives with actual figures. ICO's will have significant volatility until they smooth out enough and those projects with weak solutions and opportunistic scams fall to the wayside. Some governments want to outright ban ICO's so token prices have taken hits in some regions. Bottom Line: Want true Wild West action? The right ICO can deliver, but you must research and have a gut instinct, capable of dealing with stress and pain. Success is not always a given! Regarding Iota, which I've covered in this humble Blog, do not use iotaseed, lest it steal your seed. Just because it's online and convenient doesn't mean you should automatically grant unfettered trust to it. This fact that Iota possesses value is proof positive that those who claim cryptos are useless with no value, have no understanding of what they talk about! The same was said about Bitcoin and of course scammers are prevalent in this. Be CAREFUL!

 Price action: Simply, it's a sea of RED today! Even those extremely few exceptions as Ion are retracing some of their parabolic gains. Some will whine and moan about the latest "crash" with a Bitcoin floor in the low 11k USD range from near 13k several hours earlier, but I truly don't care. There's still a decent amount of FUD littering down on Bitcoin and it seems to spread downward through the alts. Many parties still are raining on Bitcoin's parade, yet it keeps goin' and goin'! I see these dips as fantastic times to add, although for many Americans, this won't occur until they get back their tax refunds. There are those with recent bonuses who are receiving them now and jumping in on the dip. Congratulations as I expect this to be the last massive dip for several months going forward. I predict greater than 50k USD, closer to 75k USD minimum year-end for a single bitcoin and it could wind up higher! For crypto traders, hopefully last year's coin-to-coin trades won't be ruled as taxable events. Definitely get with your tax expert a.s.a.p.! I've done so and if determined that a Form 8824 is required to obtain a Section 1031 exemption, then at least you've given your expert enough time to research and obtain the paperwork for you! My basic info for 2016, except for the 1099s, have already been mailed in to my CPA. For Americans, under the new tax law signed last month, any crypto transfers are now taxable events, despite cryptocurrency not being considered as money. Congre$$ will likely catch some flack going forward, but for now they have plenty on their buffet table. Hopefully Senate Bill 1241 never catches the light of day outside Committee! Keep an eye on these sneaky creatures you've elected, lest they swim and bite YOU when you're not looking. I've learned this from being an Okie and truth be told, it's not much better elsewhere!

 The winds are picking up and there may be light snow later in the day. Not that far from me, a wintry mix is expected in extreme SE Colorado. Yes, Winter IS fun! This video on Twitter was a close call and hopefully nobody was hurt. If not, maybe a giggle or two results from it? What a strange camera shot! Twitter never ceases to amaze. three bucks in Lithania give a priceless pic. Here, deer season has expired for most areas. Sparing Breaking News, I'll return Wednesday. Happy HODLing!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-18-18
Greetings, y'all,

Yesterday, Bitcoin fell below 10k USD for the first time since... last month. If you're a recent buyer and n00b HODLer, you're feeling the pain, but for me? It's just another day at the office! Already, BTC bounced back above 11k and trying to steady in that range after a dive to near 9.2k on Bitstamp. Need to read anything to settle your nerves? This is the best I've found, but personally I don't need it at all. Today is another Meh Momenttm for me. Joseph Young gives us much more insight into this regarding South Korea. He reports an official there allegedly sold crypto holdings before giving everyone there the FUD which is causing so many headaches. As you can see from it, Bitcoin is truly international, yet gives everyone keeping up with it a true microscope to view how our respective governments look at We The People. THINK ABOUT IT and be prepared to vote accordingly when the time comes. Other Bitcoin news is coming to the surface, y'all! If the price remains low, many Americans with stock accounts and some extra bonus $$ could do really well this year. You see, GBTC on the NYSE will have a 91 to 1 stock split on 1/26. Peaking around $3400 a month ago, they're down to under $1700 so if you're into stocks, this is one to consider if you're a true crypto believer. It's on my radar and the upside potential is significant if your risk appetite is higher than average. Dow Jones News reported "The trust started 2017 at $121.65 and then rocketed along with the cryptocurrency itself. Volume picked up last month despite the increasing difficulty to trade considering the per-share price gains. But it will likely spike even more than the 90 times additional stock which will outstanding, that as the trust will become easier to trade on a price basis." Again, this is but a suggestion you may consider. I'm not a financial advisor and am certainly not always correct on these matters. Don't invest any more than you can afford to lose and "NEVER bet the whole ranch!"

 Want to read through a Twitter bulleted list of 41 different points of why Ethereum and Proof-of-Stake are bad ideas? Within it, there are some valid points so I present this link and encourage you to pop some corn if reviewing all of them. Tron crashed recently but is recovering. Lots of rumors abound. I bring this up since I've mentioned Tron before in this Blog. Want an entertaining Twitter thread of a different subject? NSFW due to language, but as you'll figure out soon 'nuff, some things don't change, they indeed remain the same! Brutalist Press gives an interesting take on some Arkancide. Why hasn't the Main Stream Media covered any of this? It's beyond sad that Haiti has gotten so much bad press. Considering it's located in a primary hurricane and earthquake zone with the fact that it's people are so poor they've stripped away much of the forests, then learning these allegations of embezzlement of donations meant for hurricane relief didn't help matters any, which is germane for this in the first place! Occasionally, everybody heard about The Bird. Watch this twitter video for the best photobomb in a TV weather segment I've seen. Usually, a spider spins the story, but as you'll see - the Raven keeps speaking to us, even if upside down.

 I'm not doing any price action coverage today, but encourage you to monitor happenings within cryptocurrency, especially through prices via CoinMarketCap or WorldCoinIndex then the news which shapes it, some which you'll get my take right here. You can learn of ICO's through ICODrops or other sources if you have BTC or ETH and willing to tread in these waters. Definitely do your research! The news will be the dominating factor in the short term. Bix Weir reminded in a recent email that Clif High's 13,800 USD BTC prediction is still on for late Winter/early Spring. I'll keep on HODLing but won't rely solely on Bitcoin for my financial happiness. My work continues and I'm watching for other opportunities. More to come.

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-13-18
Greetings, y'all,

 This installment of the Blog has no crypto price coverage this time. There have been recent developments which have already resulted in both decreases and increases in Bitcoin and related alts. I suspect the present trading range will break free and bring more value. I may present a price update Sunday but have plenty to do this weekend. It was a busy holiday season where I work and I continue learning the job, getting better at it while awaiting the developments in crypto which will help many of you to both improve lives and retire early!

 UPDATE: Electrum Bitcoin Wallet has v3.0.5 available as security vulnerability was not entirely fixed with v3.0.4 so if you've not been made aware over the past week, check and be sure! When it comes to cryptosecurity, I won't hold back any punches! This is true with my proposed cryptocurrency course I hope to teach and especially in regard to reporting such developments to keep HODLers safe through knowledge. Tyler S. on YouTube gave a POWERFUL reason to only entrust buying a hardware wallet from the manufacturer and NOT second-hand from eBay. Bear in mind, this is the subject where the video starts. However, you may review the whole thing to learn more about why Litecoin is poised to gain incredibly during 2018. A victory for Bitcoin HODLers! A Beijing court dismisses a lawsuit against bitcoin exchanges. They encourage their citizens to be careful with crypto, and that should apply universally! Even better, the Koreans realize they're cutting off their own economic heads if they were to fully implement a cryptocease. Joseph Young on Twitter gives us more insight to the latest developments in South Korea. Here on the American homefront, why a story as this doesn't surprise me is reason enough that societal revolution should already be in the works! Sorry, but crony nonsense as this doesn't make America great! Trump of course LEADS and MAKES the news. If not regarding remarks about certain nations, there's plenty going against him by the media. Mark Dice posted this letter, reportedly written by Stormy Daniels whom reports have been circulating of an alleged affair with the POTUS. Daniels, who indeed published a book, states she would've mentioned such inside it. Hey, I'm trying to balance things here and this ain't no easy high-wire act! Back to Bitcoin. Want a Trump LOL Moment? Andre in Norway gives us a zinger! Before each of you get your underwear in a bind over the IRS and new laws in Congress, understand how extremely inefficient our government itself is! Stefan Molyneux shows this to us too well! They do it to make examples out of We The People, even if it costs them too much money, yet I get into arguments of how "sound" the banks are. Give me a damned break, people! These banks are more ready than ever to collapse under their own hubris as Jamie Dimon admitted that Bitcoin is not a fraud after all. Of course we know him to be very sneaky and I'm willing to wager what occurred months ago was likely calculated for a huge dip and scoop-up operation which is exactly why HODLing securely is critical unless you need to spend it. Many support me on this thinking. I'm tempted to ask when Dimon will release the silver shorts so the metal can go stratospheric as it should've done a long, long time ago. You see, I'm ready to make profits there, too! Want to learn the nuts and bolts of the Lightning Network? It's technically-intensive so be ready to put on your mind's "game face" for it.

 Some in Guymon, OK where I presently reside had wondered last March why I stood staunchly against the votes of both my state representatives. Former state senator Marlatt cited a "Big Brother" complex which I then countered with a takeaway of 21 million records of federal government employees, likely by Chinese hackers in 2014 and featured in a major Washington DC newspaper which I cited the date and article before those attending and later broadcast on PTCI's local access Ch. 2. Now, the Panhandle's own Casey Murdock, who deferred answering my question, is running for Marlatt's seat and leaving behind no representation in the House in the entire Panhandle for perhaps a whole year in true Clinton-type fashion! (Bear in mind, this native Arkie never forgot Bubba's promise to continue as Governor, yet broke it to run for the Oval Office) Let this article be additional reason why Real ID is a horrible law in America when you allow unaccountable bureaucrats in any nation to maintain such a nationwide database as this! India should really consider putting their qualified engineers to work on this instead of allowing excessive H1B Visa transfers here. To clarify, I'm entirely for allowing many of them whom I've met to apply for and be granted citizenship here as they have skills and a social mindset that our schools simply aren't emphasizing enough and are a value to society. The BASICS, such as advanced mathematics which are being taught to Indians must come first! Not the Bread and Circuses mentality inherent on too many American campuses. An earned college degree took sacrifice and should be undertaken seriously. Bitcoin and other crypto discussions in a Face to Face interview with John McAfee on YouTube. Pop some corn and spend 45 minutes getting the latest skinny. Want a giggle or two? After reviewing this short video on twitter. I see this lazy cat saying one short phrase "Mi gordo!" or "I'm fat!" but it reminded me of the Japanese story of the rat snake & hamster who became buddies years ago! In terms of reality, this is a poster we should see in every city! Finally, words of advice from Twitter's Chaz Cryptoson (@thechaz) "Living a boring life? Get a job in the cryptocurrency industry. Never sleep again." in which I reply here on this humble Blog; "So true!!" There's some really exciting stuff yet to happen. We're only getting out of the Holidays and I expect some significant volatility to resume with Bitcoin and the alts, both upward and downwards. If you've been watching the trends, the FUD being given has less effect than in the past. I predict this trend to continue as more and more money flows into this massive wealth transfer. I'm also excited that precious metals are also beginning to perk up a few notches, more so in gold than silver, but again I maintain both metals in physical form will take on new life and meaning. Capitulation has hopefully ended in this sector with a floor to build up new value. My hands were strong, so SCREW those shorts!

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-7-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 Using Electrum Wallet on Bitcoin? Tavis Ormandy tweeted "The bitcoin wallet Electrum allows any website to steal your bitcoins. I was gonna report it...but there was already an open issue from last year. I pointed out this is kinda critical, and they made a new release within a few hours. Update to 3.0.4 if you use it." A later update on Reddit also notes the vulnerability.
 According to CoinTelegraph, the NYSE has applied for permission to establish Bitcoin ETF's on their ARCA exchange. So watch the price and see how that affects the alts as well. Joel Valenzuela gives a decent opinion article on what is true crypto. It's fairly short and maybe worth the read for many of you.

 How are crypto prices doing? Bitcoin is taking a tumble into the high 15k range after cracking 17k earlier. If it goes below 15.5k, it won't surprise me and I won't bat an eyelash. Litecoin? Sympathetic to it's Big Brother, it's down to $270 and change. Bitcoin Cash has hardly budged, sitting at 2,567 USD and change. Bitcoin Gold lost some ground, down over 6% at just over $230. Bitcoin Diamond futures are barely over $27 today. Ethereum is tall in the saddle, up 8% at $1,102. Other alts I track include Ripple, up a fraction at 2.74 while Qtum loses 17% to price at 60.76. Tron takes a mild haircut at 15.4 cents at midday. Zcash breaks into the top 10 with a 15% gain and sporting $766 a coin. Not shabby! Binancecoin is just the opposite, down 15% today at 19.20 USD. With these, there's give-and-take!

 In oddities - A video shows each of us a real-world use for fiat coinage!This chart might be worthy of printing or framing, although I've requested one for the upcoming shower of ICO tokens. The Digital Food Chain (in BTC terms)

 On my Pic of the Week, I noted to regular visitors of a computer glitch I am experiencing that causes crashes at strange times and has prevented me from uploading new pics there. I'll keep trying and may luck out over the next day or two. This is exactly what's going on here! Be patient if you visit that portion of my website as sometimes my main computer works, but for the most part this Microsoft update is causing me continued headaches, especially if it crashes and I have to spend up to 15 minutes going through an extended restart. I'll update you as time goes.

 To conclude, a parting thought from Dan Rather of CBS fame to President Trump; "Dear Mr. President, A good rule of thumb is that when you've got it, you don't have to say it. People know. That holds true for wealth, compassion, faith, and yes, being a 'very stable genius.'" Sincerely, Dan

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-6-18
Greetings, y'all!,

 A Happy Belated Birthday to Bitcoin! It turned nine, Wednesday!! If you go to Reddit, you can read about this iconic magazine cover. Over and over and over again, SGTReport fame has referred to The Economist of 30 years ago. Does it have a Bitcoin connection? Many believe so. One thing I believe will happen this year are the Big Fish coming into cryptocurrencies. It won't be limited to Bitcoin for that matter. Certain ICO's (Initial Coin Offerings) have tokens which will moonshoot due to the problems they fix. One youtube video from Crypto Fiend I viewed has a critical opinion that Ethereum, although a decent investment, is too sluggish to handle the huge volume of transactions in a timely manner. It was refreshing to hear something I see as problematic as I saw this with the cryptokitties and other issues including the bugs that Ethereum continues to struggle with. Competition is indeed very stiff and those developing the best blockchains to handle their tokens for specific problems, especially if the smart contracts to be made have a smart interface to enable a user to create them with safety, should stand out to truly rule the roost going forth! This is how I bet some of my holdings before year-end where I don't have a tax liability. If any of you took the opportunity to risk for reward, I truly hope you the best as there are no guarantees, but the possibilities are absolutely worth it to me and I'll see how it fares out as 2018 marches on.

 Litecoin? Charlie Lee knows way more than Bryanttt (@bryantdbc on Twitter) with his reply to the latter's argument of having 'locked up for 6 years but sold the 1st year it took off' and Charlie simply stated "We haven't taken off yet." At that time, LTC was around $230-$250 and has gained decently since to over $300! I'm in very strong agreement with Mr. Lee as Lightning Network is on the verge of breaking through first with LTC, where it's miners aren't being anywhere as snotty and greedy with faster transaction times to boot! Bix Weir of Road To RootA fame is truly hammering that message with extreme LTC bullishness. Personally, I doubt we'll see north of 20k by year's end on LTC, but this is Bitcoin's little brother and it's pretty damn special with nearly all the positive aspects of Bitcoin, so it's not out of the question for Bix's prediction to be spot-on. I traded for some LTC because I believe Charlie made the right decision and he knows way more than he's been letting on. Bix sees that too. So what should I do with the remainder of my BTC? Real Estate is the one remaining category I can invest without having to pay in capital gains, so that's on my radar.

 An update for Americans regarding "like kind transfers" such as BTC/LTC. There's still much debate going on which side the IRS will give taxpayers regarding those before New Years Day. Some swear emphatically that "technically" these transactions are taxable, despite cryptocurrencies not having a currency status by definition. A few of the sharper minds believe this ambiguity was answered back in 2014 and the only way to qualify is to have your CPA work up a Form 8824 with all transactions being requested for a Section 1031 exemption, which many are likely to consider since guidance is indeed that vague and you may not have a case for exemption if you failed to ask for it in the first place! Therefore, all Americans in this position should ask your tax professional now (as I have) to seek guidance going forth. Considering the intentions or ignorance (possibly BOTH) from Congress in passing this, it will be a compliance nightmare for both the Agency and Taxpayers alike, especially for any cryptotraders in 2018. There are many Millennials who believe they shouldn't have to pay any taxes regarding the new law signed before Christmas, and they likely have a rude awakening if having traded using Bitcoin and enforcement becomes a significant priority, due to specific tracking software having been procured by the IRS. Let me ask you; "Do you want to make a difference, going forward?" First, get knowledgeable with the law! Secondly, get knowledgeable with any proposed legislation that Congress may well address. Thirdly, get on the phone 202-225-3121 and voice your concerns with your Congre$$ Critter(s) as they purport to serve YOU! It's extremely helpful to be 1) knowing of what law or bill number(s)/title(s) which concern you, and 2) respectful to the aide on the other end of the phone. This doesn't mean you can't vent a bit, but keep any raw language minimal and only if truly warranted to get across a point. You'd be surprised how few calls a Congressman or Senator may receive on certain bills. Your input may well be THE difference on how they vote it!

 This time around, it's nice to see Bitcoin on a price rise, although I'm watching a reverse pennant forming. There may be a retest of the 16k neckline to come, but I see that as the new support for now. Litecoin was on a tear last night! They're steady around $300 USD. Ethereum is steady around $1,000. Bitcoin Ca$h? Up 6% to $2,559 and change. Bitcoin Gold is up 3% to near $232. Bitcoin Diamond futures is down a fraction to barely over $23. Tron (TRX) is volatile, down 26% to 16.6 cents, but I'm keeping an eye on this token, dealing with smart contracts in blockchain. There's plenty of competition to come, but the right blockchain solutions and their tokenholders will become richer than creme! Siacoin is up over 50%, trading at over a dime. What is Sia? One website notes; "It splits apart, encrypts, and distributes your files across a decentralized network. Since you hold the keys, you own your data. No outside company can access or control your files, unlike traditional cloud storage providers. Sia stores tiny pieces of your files on dozens of nodes across the globe. This eliminates any single point of failure and ensures highest possible uptime, on par with other cloud storage providers. Using the Sia blockchain, Sia creates a decentralized storage marketplace in which hosts compete for your business – this leads to the lowest possible prices, on average 1/10th the cost of current cloud storage providers. Renters pay using Siacoin, which can also be mined and traded. Sia is open source." which makes for a powerful case for me to consider and like this one! StellarLumens (XLM) remains in the top 10 with another nice gain of 10.8% to 72.8 cents. New in the top 10 is BinanceCoin (BNB) with an over 40% 24-hour gain at $21.32 .. Want to pop some corn and learn a bit? Trace Mayer talks Bitcoin. Definitely worth some time.

 Want to laugh out loud? Go back to school and relive those memories! This is one of the better ones I've seen! Have an overly-curious feline? This is what happens when a curious feline messes with your stuff! There's a way to catch them, you know! Some final food-for-thought into this Sunny Saturday in the bone-dry Panhandle of Oklahoma, I totall understand and respect why the quality-minded, 70's Swedish band Abba never reunited on the Big Stage: “To wish for bands to reunite is like wishing your divorced parents get back together: You'll be happy, but they'll be having a really bad time.” - Courtney Barnett

Gracias & Alles Liebe,

Mark

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1-1-18
 2018 has arrived and she's lookin' not too happy! 2017 didn't go out like a lamb for that matter. Mariah Carey wanted her hot tea! So many will now refer to her as Hot Tea Mariah, but tea isn't bad at all - I have my Brit friends and enjoy a "spot" of it too. The DPRK (North Korea) dictator says he has a red button on his desk, but he's not the only one. World War III could well take place this year when Trump replied "We'll see, we'll see." when asked by a reporter regarding Kim's comments. It was a crazy year in so many ways with a lot more on the plate to be digested and black swans flying all over the place, especially regarding crypto! Whale Panda on Twitter @WhalePanda gives the Class some additional insight to the SHITTY job that many miners on Bitcoin continue doing! Such waste and carelessness. Meanwhile, we are the "American Indian" who shed a tear over that apathy, such as Iron Eyes Cody did with his iconic performance in the Don't Pollute public service announcements back in the early 70's, which really made one think and was later the catalyst to start up the annual Great American Cleanup during the mid-80's. After all, he traveled to Heber Springs, AR and nearby Greers Ferry Lake where it got it's start. An event not to be easily forgotten. UPDATE: Jameson Lopp @lopp on Twitter clarified the posting; "An unknown miner just learned an expensive lesson by destroying the entire 12.5 BTC coinbase reward for block 501,726!" which at the price of $12,500 USD times 12.5 equaled over $156k USD. That was about as intelligent as Oklahoma voting in the "Real ID" Act or wasting taxpayer money on the card swipers that OHP was to use in stealing people's funds, obfuscating details to the creditors, no less! At least the Governor suspended the program, lest my state suffered severe consequences regarding tourism. Crypto Randy Marsh on Twitter @nondualnelly opined smartly "They did warn us about institutional money wanting cheap bitcoin, didn't they?" and I would strongly agree, especially Bank$ters whom wish to hammer it down with the futures. I suspect the dip to progress through to 11k then rebound. Tis the HOLIDAY season, y'all. Although Bitcoin is truly international, there are some seasonal influences keeping it from rebounding as fast as some of you fellow HODLers would like. I don't care! Later on, Jameson Lopp on Twitter was questioned about Lightning Network on Bitcoin; Q: When will the Lightning Network be rolled out? His answer? "The rollout has already begun. This is an iterative distributed learning process; it's unlikely there will be a single point in time at which we say LN is 'deployed' because it will grow organically. Software is never finished." Which although I agree, it would be a good thing to receive updates from Devs as I wouldn't want my BTC locked up due to a bug, much like the Ethereum situation which affected it's price! Personally, I'm a bit leery of Ripple and suspect they've made their peak at around $2.42 recently with a correction in the cards, perhaps in sympathy with the Other Guys even if the timing doesn't match. The time to have made any coin-to-coin trades in America tax-free has wrapped up, with traders deeply pissed at the amount of detail the new law will require to comply. I suspect it will come back to haunt Congress who passed that sack of shit, except of course if you use your coins to buy Real Estate and that a revisit of the law will be made well before the next elections, otherwise we know Trump would've likely vetoed it! I've considered using my remaining coins to buy certain real estate, although I don't believe that's where my Big Money may come from. That story in a future Blog, y'all.

 Prices on cryptos for the first day? Bitcoin remains in a trading range between 12.5k USD and 15k USD. Australian banks are being blamed for some of this. Of course they can't allow their people to make up their own minds regarding how their value is banked as that would give them less control. Get it? There's plenty of angry people south of the equator with Summer having started. We'll see how this turns out as the Holidays wrap up with people getting back to tasks at hand. Litecoin? The jury is still out regarding Charlie Lee's decision to bow out of Litecoin, but I tend to side with him. There's a LOT of news to come about Litecoin, enough that I'm bullish to HODL some now. After all, it came off a really good peak, but so did Bitcoin. Both are almost lock-step with each other, but I've stated this won't remain the case much longer. LTC trades around $222 today and steady. Ethereum? 670 to 770 over the past week, it's been a rollercoaster. Today, trading at $748 with a technical pennant closing to a point. Breakout? We'll see soon! Ripple was quite the darling at 2.41 USD on 12/30 but has retraced slowly to shy of $2 USD. As already mentioned, I'm not particularly fond of it, yet it's hot enough for me to track here. Bitcoin Cash may be showing a reverse cup-and-handle pattern, the cup not yet complete. At 2,315 and change, it's going o.k. into the New Year, although the jury is still out. Bitcoin Gold's cup pattern appears a bit more complete and slowly upswinging at $229 and change. Bitcoin Diamond (Futures) is down over 12% to just shy of $24. Verge (XVG) has been volatile! It was .24 yesterday and has shed 25% so far today at 16.2 cents. StellarLumens or the Lumens token XLM is Red Hot and I'm tracking it now. It's doubled since 12/29 at 45 cents, gaining 25% over the past 24 hours. If their technology is presently proving itself, this may not be one to easily ignore!

 Of course there's odd news and funnies; "january 22" on Twitter @nmariesinclair tweeted this NSFW animoji (it's a cartoon animation put to the sender's voice) as it came out hilarious with well over six million views so far. Finally, a wave of the gray Stetson to 2017; you were awesome! Thom C., Lazy L&B, John P. & Monna, The National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois, WY, Mark "Sparky" Herring of QMail 4 (.QWK) fame, C.D. visiting his mother & sister in Texas now, Bill Patrick, Chris Tuttle, Sandra, my family in Arkansas, Patrick and Becky down in the Quapaw and the entire Live Warehouse staff helped me during this time which was both trying and enjoyable. This Blog is brought to you by Bitcoin, Litecoin, and another ICO token I won't mention yet that may well fund my retirement. I have some goals I hope to accomplish this year and hope it helps others as well. I will be blunt that I'm not all about winning personality contests as that doesn't come easily to me. Furthermore, I'm not the greatest social butterfly, despite the trends I understand. The quality of trends is where I focus and that's beyond what many "normal" folks can stomach, therefore I'm different in that regard and will remain so! The faster most of my critics or those not in my inner orbit understand this, the easier I'll be able to communicate and associate with.

Gracias & Alles Liebe!,

Mark