Did the U.S. Government Burst the Bitcoin Bubble of 2017?

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At a recent conference, Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), detailed how the U.S. Government orchestrated the Bitcoin crash of 2017/2018 in an interview with Coindesk.

“We saw a bubble building, and we thought the best way to address it was to allow the market to interact with it.”

Bitcoin in 2017 had risen to a historic high of nearly $20,000.00 per Bitcoin. According to CoinMarketCap.com, on December 17th, 2017, the price of Bitcoin rose to $19,140.00.80; the next day, Bitcoin futures went live. 

In a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The rise and subsequent fall in the price of Bitcoin were directly related to Bitcoin Futures:

Giancarlo went on to say: “Coming out of the 2008 financial crisis, the legit criticism of regulators was along the lines of: Where were they during the expansion of the real estate mortgage bubble, and why didn’t they take steps to pop that bubble when they could have?”

Today October 23rd, 2019, as Bitcoin faces continued struggles and sits around $7477.75, time will tell how Bitcoin Futures, BAKKT, and the continued hearing surrounding Facebook’s Libra will affect the price of Bitcoin.

What is Guardian Circle? a conversation with CEO Mark Jeffrey


In this interview, I chat with Guardian Circle CEO Mark Jeffrey as we discuss the Guardian Circle app, the Guard Token and why it’s important to connect with friends, family, and neighbors. For more on Guardian Circle and the Guard Token go to http://www.guardiancircle.com

Guardian Circle provides a community emergency response network. Mobile devices are used to create ‘flash mobs of help’ anywhere on earth. Six billion people have no emergency response. Four billion are unbanked. Guardian Circle + $GUARD cryptocurrency provide a way for citizens to help and reward one another.

Music by Joe Tea The Producer

What is Aphid.io? A conversation with CEO Brandon Cooper


In this episode, What is Aphid.io? I chat with Brandon Cooper CEO of Aphid.io an AI/Machine Learning app designed to help with the 40-hour workweek. Formerly known as AphidByte, Aphid was founded in 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Aphid is an ecosystem and financial technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technologies. For more information on Aphid, go to https://www.aphid.io Aphid is on Twitter @aphidbyte, connect with Brandon Cooper on Twitter @brandonc00per

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Wine & Blockchain Technology: In Vino Veritas/Vires In Numeris

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One of my favorite films on wine is the documentary Sour Grapes. A story of fraud and scandal in the world of wine and wine auctions. Of a man who passed fake wines off as authentic to some of the wealthiest collectors in the world.

Buy Sour Grapes on Amazon.com

What can collectors and auction houses do to combat these frauds? One answer is Blockchain Technology.

At its basic level, Blockchain is a ledger. Blockchain records data, which is immutable because each block is connected to the block before it. To change the data in the Blockchain would require the entire chain to be changed.

Adding to that. Blockchains are decentralized, the data is spread out across the internet and not stored in any central place. Making hacking or attacks harder than standard databases.

So how does this help winemakers and sellers fight fraud? Say, you have a Sonoma Valley Winery that has produced twenty bottles of Pinot Noir 2015. Before shipping, the winery’s accounting person logs the number of bottles or crates shipped on their Blockchain of choice.

The stores or auction houses that are to receive the bottles can view this data. Where the shipment came from and if they choose can record who purchased a bottle.

So how does the figure back into Sour Grapes?

An auction house can check the Blockchain to verify the data on the shipment. So when a third party comes in and they want to sale a bottle of Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir 2015. The auction house can check the Blockchain, see if this person purchased a bottle or if a twenty-first bottle was made.

Now the question comes up, why bother? Why this when a phone call or email could suffice?

The auction house can be sure that the bottles of twenty they received are the only real bottles of Pinot Noir 2015. Consider the auctions Rudy Kurniawan supplied with fake wines, netted over ten million dollars.

The added benefit and security of Blockchain Technology should not be overlooked.


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Poloniex Closing to U.S. Customers

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On October 18, 2019, Poloniex announced spinning off from Circle into a new company, Polo Digital Assets, Ltd. Poloniex would be backed by a “major” Asian investment group. While the announcement said that this investment group would focus on global crypto traders, those traders do not include U.S. based traders.

Beginning October 18, 2019, U.S. based users will no longer be able to create and setup an account on Poloniex. Then, as of November 1, 2019, trades will no longer be possible, the message advised U.S. users to not deposit funds to Poloniex accounts. Funds will be available for withdrawal through Circle until mid-December, according to the announcement.

Some have speculated Justin Sun, Tron Foundation founder and CEO of BitTorrent was looking to buy Poloniex. This was soon put to rest when in a tweet Justin Sun responded:

I’m not buying anything. Just invest some and help out my friends. Actually I have a huge bag of $BNB, $HT, $OKB etc and bet on all exchanges that support $TRX & $BTT.

8:27 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Poloniex, founded in 2014, was purchased by Circle in 2018 for $400 million USD.
The Poloniex announcement also includes a Q&A section which you can read here

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HODL Masters Golf Tournament: Bringing Crypto Together Through Golf

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The Crypto market continues to be in a state of turmoil. Bitcoin having fallen below $8000 USD on October 18th, 2019 and many investors are nervous it will only get worse. But, Crypto is not dead and the community continues to thrive.

This week was Los Angeles Blockchain Week. A full week of Crypto themed events and talks around Los Angeles. Focused on Blockchain Technology, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency and most importantly, community building.

One of these events, the Hodl Masters Crypto Golf Tournament.

The tournament, held on October 14th 2019 (my birthday) and sponsored by:

Crypto Blockchain Plug
Blockchain Beach
Angelique on the Links

Organized to support Crypto Kids Camp and Blockchain education.

The golf tournament took place at the Westchester Golf Course in Westchester, California. In attendance were both local Crypto personalities, enthusiast and golf lovers.

It was a great day of fun, food and prizes in the California sun for a great cause and bringing the Crypto community together.

For more on Crypto Blockchain Plug, please visit cryptopluginglewood.com

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Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Does it Matter? with @CryptoStache


In this interview from CIS 2019 for Los Angeles Blockchain Week, I chat with CryptoStache as we discuss his time in Cryptocurrency, the HODL Masters Golf Tournament presented by Crypto Blockchain Plug and Melrose PR. We also discuss who is Satoshi Nakamoto and does it matter? For more on CryptoStache, visit his website: https://www.cryptostache.com and be sure to subscribe to the CryptoStache YouTube channel. If you would like to connect with CryptoStache on Twitter, he can be found @cryptostache

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Teaching Cryptocurrency with @MidEarthCrypto


In this episode, I chat with Quinn @midearthcrypto and DecentralizeAmerica.com as we discuss Cryptocurrency education in colleges and universities and Crypto in South America. We also discuss Libra, the letters sent to Stripe, Visa, and Mastercard by two U.S. Senators and how Facebook’s reputation tainted Libra from the start. Please like, share, comment and subscribe for more.

If you would like to read the letters to Stripe, Visa and Mastercard, click the link: http://bit.ly/35BWwe1

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Pi Network: Crypto Mining With Your Phone


Hi Everyone, in this episode, I chat with Pi Network Head of Community Vince McPhillip. Pi Network is a mobile app where users mine Pi Network tokens with their smartphones. Please note: Pi Network is not listed on an exchange as of Oct 10, 2019. The app is a great way to learn about and see mining in action but there is NO current monetary value. Please see the https://minepi.com website.

If you would like to have a look at the app, you can download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Use the invite name dragonwolftech when prompted.

From the Pi Network Whitepaper: As the world becomes increasingly digital, cryptocurrency is a next natural step in the evolution of money. Pi is the first digital currency for everyday people, representing a major step forward in the adoption of cryptocurrency worldwide.

Mission: Build a cryptocurrency and smart contracts platform secured and operated by everyday people.

Vision: Build the world’s most inclusive peer-to-peer marketplace, fueled by Pi, the world’s most widely used cryptocurrency

A special thank you to MelrosePR