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China may be on the verge of banning Bitcoin mining.

From this article: China Bans Bitcoin Executives From Leaving the Country, Miners “Preparing for the Worst”

Chinese media is reporting executives of crypto exchanges have been ordered to not leave the country with a very rough translation stating:

“A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.”

As such, miners are seemingly preparing for the worst, with some thinking of relocating to neighboring countries or to very cold areas, such as Iceland.

China has been ramping up pressure on Crypto. So far they have banned ICO’s, Exchanges and now possibly they may ban the Bitcoin mining industry which creates 7.2 million dollars in new Bitcoins every day 365 days a year.

The world’s largest miner is in China: Bitmain. Bitmain controls 28% of Bitcoin hashing power. From: China’s Bitmain dominates bitcoin mining. Now it wants to cash in on artificial intelligence (well worth reading)

The Sophon unit will include Bitmain’s first piece of bespoke silicon for a revolutionary AI technology. If things go to plan, thousands of Bitmain Sophon units soon could be training neural networks in vast data centers around the world.

To grasp how a Beijing startup is poised to challenge the likes of Google, Nvidia, and AMD in the deep learning arms race, it’s essential to understand Bitmain’s pivotal role in the $70 billion bitcoin economy.

The company is a marvel of vertical integration. Bitmain designs the silicon that goes into its bitcoin mining rigs, assembles the machines, then sells them to customers around the world. It also operates the machines for its own account, runs vast bitcoin mines

Bitmain is run by a 31 year old named Jihan Wu. I assure you the Chinese government have paid him a visit.

China shutting down the miners would have a big impact on Bitcoin. Chinese miners going offline would reduce hash rate which would increase bitcoin transaction times and fees.

It would be a bad time to own a lot of crypto that does not have an emergency difficulty adjustment built in.

Bitcoin Cash, which has an EDA feature, is breaking out.

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Buy the Blood in Crypto

China has Kim Jon Un’ed the Crypto world and fired a first strike. The rumor is the PBOC will issue its own digital token, possibly for trading with other BRICS, as a way to sidestop the USD. Maybe they will back this asset with gold? A Chinese digital currency sounds worse for the dollar than for Bitcoin. Get out your WWJD (what will Janet do) bracelets and start praying to your bearded Bernanke Buddha. The China man is sick of your American Bullshit.

In the meantime, don’t be surprised to see stories about Kim Jong Un’s rockets being powered by Bitcoin. We are approaching McCarthyism level hysteria. Crypto currencies are going to be the devil incarnate for the foreseeable future.

China has banned Google, Facebook and many other companies, services and technologies. Guess what, people in China still use those services. China issuing its own token solves nothing regarding their ghost cities, inefficient markets and socialist (communist?) government. China would be better off joining the Bitcoin party but China gonna China.

What does this all mean? There is blood and panic in the streets. Should you be selling? NO! Because you sold above $4k if you have a brain in your head. Right?

This is a Category 6 Fudnado. Bitcoin still operates perfectly and will continue an upward trajectory. Let’s be real for a moment shall we:

Bitcoin Cash and Monero remain my top picks. I added Decred a month ago. Stay away from Ethereum. Trade Litecoin at your own risk.

We may dip again to $2500 on BTC. I’d wait for an uptrend to confirm before buying but you want to buy before the blood in the street dries.

Choose wisely, in a few years you will either be In Da Club or parking my Lambo.

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Jamie, u mad bro? Oh, u mad.

Jamie Dimon, Grand Wizard of JP Morgan, Forger of Chains, Master of Trading Desks, Ruler of the Golden Men, Father of Bailouts and the first of his name has come out swinging on Bitcoin. Again.

This is the same position Dimon has had on Bitcoin for years. In 2015 he said “you’re wasting your time with Bitcoin”. Bitcoin was trading at ~$320 the week this video was uploaded to YouTube in November 2015. If his comments about the government never letting go of control of currency doesn’t cause a concern for you then you *might* be a JP Morgan employee.

The price correction the past few days was overdue. I’ve been tweeting about it for weeks. I expect $3200 Bitcoin before the correction completes. Bitcoin was already sliding. Dimon’s comments shook weak hands who were going to capitulate soon anyway.

Here’s what there is to remember. If you have possession of your private keys there is no counterparty risk. Governments can shut down exchanges or attack fiat onramps but they can’t stop bitcoin. Exchanges DO NOT equal Bitcoin. Shut one exchange down and there are dozens of others to use.

So why would Dimon say this now? The word on the street is Dimon is privy to pending US government action on one or more exchanges. So he’s wrong on bitcoin but he’s not dumb. He’s making statements now because he knows the next move coming.

There is risk if you are holding your crypto on an exchange. Then you are vulnerable. If you hold your private keys then you have s swiss bank in your pocket, extra Obama.

Decentralized exchanges will be big in 2018. Today’s exchanges are a choke point and a tracking mechanism for big brother. With decentralized exchanges truly there will be no way to shut down crypto.

But what if governments outlaw crypto currency? Well, we’ll probably see them try. China has taken measures to put controls in place. Too late, the cat is out of the bag. I think a more likely scenario is we’ll see state level actions in the crypto space. Rumors are N Korea is mining Bitcoin. China may be on verge of nationalizing their largest Bitcoin mining operations.

It’s an interesting time for Crypto. Practice safe crypto and keep your keys safe offline and ride it out.

Bitcoin Cash and Monero are my top picks.

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Hurricane Irma has nothing on the Fudnado surrounding Bitcoin.

Let’s recap what happened this week. But first, some context:

Let’s start with: China bans ICOs. Good! ICOs are complete crap. ICOs are designed to separate fools and their money. ICOs were raising millions of dollars in hours based on very short whitepapers. There is a website where you could create your own fake whitepaper to go with your make believe Crypto project and get rich overnight. Market digested and discarded China banning ICOs within 24 hours.

Next: Bitcoin hit $5,000 for first time. Then it retraced to ~$4,000. Then back to $4,700. Now trading at $4,300. Nothing like 15-20% swings in your portfolio every 12-24 hours to keep you alert and engaged in the market!

Yours truly warned about the correction when BTC was at $4,800. Unlike most of the crypto perma bulls I believe we have another correction coming. Sideways action is healthy for the charts now.

What else….oh yeah….Paris Hilton tweeted about Crypto. What that picture has to do with Crypto I have no idea other than to remind you she is Paris Hilton?

There were rumors China was “banning Bitcoin”. This has happened before. This recycled news even has it’s own South Park meme. (BTW, Crypto has the dankest memes)

China banning Bitcoin news was discredited, then confirmed, then discredited. I honestly don’t know what’s true at this point and don’t really care. This could be fake news?

China has banned Google and Justin Bieber. Doesn’t seem to affect them too much. I think Bitcoin will be fine.

Now we have renewed rumors about www.poloniex.com being close to collapsing or being seized by the government. If you have any funds on Poloniex I recommend you get your crypto/fiat out of Poloniex ASAP.

My current allocation is 80% Bitcoin Cash and 20% Monero. I believe Bitcoin Cash has more upside than Bitcoin and that privacy will be the theme of Crypto in 2018.

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