Cryptocurrencies Should Be Regulated Like Commmodities, Judge Rules

Nearly two-and-a-half years after the CFTC officially declared that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly would be regulated like securities, a federal judge has ruled that the agency does, in fact, have the authority to regulate the fledgling asset class, according to the same rules governing energy and metals, effectively defining cryptocurrencies as commodities.

US District Judge Jack Weinstein ruled that the CFTC had the standing to bring a fraud lawsuit against New York resident Patrick McDonnell and his company Coin Drop Markets, permitting the case to move forward. Weinstein also preemptively barred McDonnell and CDM from engaging in commodity transactions, according to coindesk.

“Virtual currencies are ‘goods’ exchanged in a market for a uniform quality and value. … They fall well within the common definition of ‘commodity’,” the judge wrote in the order on Tuesday.

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NiftyHash: An Apple Mac Mining GUI client for Mr. NiceHash

by belisoful – In lak’ech ala K’in.

The first  beta release of a NiftyHash 1.0b3 is now available for download.  This is the first Mr. NiceHash specific client for the Apple Mac.  It supports all the typical functionality and adds a few new elements for usability.  This is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for command line mining software.  This makes it easy to use your computer to mine.

Download the NiftyHash client:  NiftyHash1.0.0b3.dmg.zip (17.1MiB)

Instructions:

  1. Download the client v1.0b3.
  2. Run the Benchmarks to analyze performance.
  3. Enter your Bitcoin address.  If you don’t have one, sign up with nicehash.com for a Nice Hash Wallet.
  4. Turn “on” the Miners to start mining.

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Australian Banks Reportedly Freeze Accounts Of Bitcoin Users

Australian Banks Close Accounts of Bitcoin Companies

Adding to the pressures on bitcoin early this morning, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that bitcoin users across Australia are reporting that their accounts have been abruptly frozen by the country’s “Big Four” banks. And while the banks have remained largely tight-lipped about the closures, many angry account-holders are jumping to conclusions and blaming the banks for punishing them because of their involvement with bitcoin.

Bitcoin investors are claiming Australia’s banks are freezing their accounts and transfers to cryptocurrency exchanges, with a viral tweet slamming the big four and an exchange platform putting a restriction on Australian deposits.

According to the Herald, cryptocurrency trader and Youtuber Alex Saunders called out National Australia Bank, ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation on Twitter for freezing customer accounts and transfers to four different bitcoin exchanges  – CoinJar, CoinSpot, CoinBase and BTC Markets.

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Bitcoin Jumps To New Record High $11,850 As Governments, Regulators, Bankers Panic

via Zero Hedge – Another dip to be bought as the weekend’s pump’n’dump in Bitcoin has led to yet another new record high this morning at $11,850.

Bitcoin’s market cap is now $200 billion…

This resurgence comes after a week of considerably more active propagandizing from the establishment.

As we noted previously, this week has seen a new group of establishmentarians jump on to the offensive against anti-decentralization, de-control, pro-freedom cryptocurrencies – urging bans, crackdowns, fatwas, taxation, creating their own cryptocurrencies, demanding citizens sell, and outright confiscation (this group includes governments world wide and their mainstream media mouthpieces)

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Each Bitcoin Transaction Uses As Much Energy As Your House In A Week

via ZeroHedge.com – While Bitcoin bulls will probably never have it so good as they have in 2017, we wonder whether many of them have stopped to think about the environmental downside of this roaring bull market. After all, back in the dot.com boom, people had ideas about potential internet businesses, issued pieces of paper representing ownership and watched their prices go parabolic parabolic. All it took was a Powerpoint presentation, some computer programming expertise and a “research” report, courtesy of Mary Meeker, Henry Blodgett et al.

The environmental downside we’re referring to in Bitcoin is, of course, is energy.

We alluded to this in a constructive way here when we noted that a new Bitcoin mining hub is developing in Iceland, where the natural temperature dramatically reduces the cost of cooling computing hardware.

The primary energy requirement, however, goes into the computing power to “mine” the Bitcoins. The Bitcoin mining industry can consume 24 terawatt hours of electricity and still be profitable – the Motherboard website provides some context

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Venezuelans use bitcoin ‘mining’ to escape inflation

While practiced worldwide, Bitcoin mining is part of a growing, underground effort in Venezuela to escape the worst effects of a crippling economic and political crisis and runaway inflation that the IMF says could reach 720 percent this year
While practiced worldwide, Bitcoin mining is part of a growing, underground effort in Venezuela to escape the worst effects of a crippling economic and political crisis and runaway inflation that the IMF says could reach 720 percent this year (AFP Photo/ROSLAN RAHMAN)

Caracas (AFP) – Inside a locked room in an office building in Caracas, 20 humming computers use their data-crunching power to mine bitcoins, an increasingly popular tool in the fight against Venezuela’s hyperinflation.

In warehouses, offices and homes, miners are using modified computers to perform complex computations, essentially book-keeping for digital transactions worldwide, for which they earn a commission in bitcoins.

While practiced worldwide, Bitcoin mining is part of a growing, underground effort in Venezuela to escape the worst effects of a crippling economic and political crisis and runaway inflation that the IMF says could reach 720 percent this year.

Having no confidence in the bolivar and struggling to find dollars, many Venezuelans, who are neither computer geeks nor financial wizards, are relying on the bitcoin — currently valued around $6,050, or other virtual currencies.

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Health Ranger BitCoin Questions Answered

The Health Ranger Mike Adams and Natural News.com

Recently the Health Ranger Mike Adams  publicly issued questions for the community to answer.  Here are the answers from an actual computer techie who works with digital assets on a daily basis.

Question #1) Apple produces iPhones. Amazon produces fulfillment services for millions of products. What does Bitcoin produce?

Digital Assets produce a functioning alternative to UNLIMITED RE-HYPOTHECATION of DEBT; that is called “The Federal Reserve” and “Debt as Money Ponzi scheme.”  The value is in its processes, and the ability to be TRUSTLESS.

Question #2) Bitcoin’s “value” has increased by 350% in the last 12 months. What has Bitcoin introduced in that time period that would justify a 350% increase in its value?

Several Things:
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United States seeks to Criminalize Cash and Cryptocurrencies in New Bill; While Russia, India, Japan, China, Australia Legalize and Support

United States seeks to Criminalize Cash and Cryptocurrencies; While Russia, India, Japan, China, Australia Legalize and Support

The brazen move by the United States to legalize cryptocurrencies seem to be to control it, make it illegal, to stop the perception that Federal Reserve notes are both worthless and valueless, and to recapture its realizing value back into a dying debt-money system of injustice; particularly financial injustice.

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(WASHINGTON, DC) The new Bill S.1241 titled *Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act* of 2017 makes it illegal to have and transact in cash and digital currencies/cryptocurriencies without registering the amounts and trades with a local bank.

The Money Laundering Act conceptually declares digital crytpo-currency mining, usage, and holding an act of money laundering and counterfeiting, particularly in regards to Federal Reserve Notes maintaining their fictitious Valueless Perception of Worth.

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Nevada Passes New Bill: Free-Trade Zone for Digital Currencies

While New York Inc and California Inc are attempting to literally franchise digital currencies with “BitLicenses” for a Fee, limiting digital rights, Nevada supports Digital Currencies.  Nevada is similar to Delaware in their open franchising and friendliness of and to “in/sub-corporations.”

Signed Into Law: Nevada Becomes Free-Trade Zone For Bitcoin And Other Blockchains

This could make Nevada a hub for blockchain startups and it certainly offers agorist opportunities. In this video, Vin Armani examines a brand new law in his home state of Nevada that creates a free-trade zone for cryptocurrencies and other blockchain applications exempting them from regulations. The law prohibits taxing and regulating blockchain businesses.

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State of New York Converts Digital Rights to Use Bitcoin into Privilege with a License for a Fee in Violation of Legal Precedence

The State of New York has converted Digital Rights –using Bitcoin, “virtual”-digital currencies and Block-chain technology– into a privilege with a License for a Fee.  The New York Department of Financial Services called it a BitLicense and is “required” for all businesses transacting Virtual Currencies like a bank.

The goal is to “regulate bitcoin and virtual currencies.”  However, there is nothing “legal” about virtual currencies.  Digital Currencies are entirely NON-LEGAL and only LAWFUL.  The NY-DFS has been sneaky about it too:

A business must obtain a BitLicense if it engages in virtual currency business activity involving New York State or persons that reside, are located, have a place of business, or are conducting business in New York.

Such regulation “shadow bans” all “STATE OF NEW YORK ARTIFICIAL PERSONS/CITIZENS” from various digital currency networks.   See The Real Cost of Applying New York BitLicenses.

Frost estimated the [BitLicense] application cost Bitstamp roughly $100,000, including time allocation, legal and compliance fees.

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Bank Insider Describes Inept Obsolete Global Banking System -The Reasons to use Bitcoin

These are the style of banking computers still used by major banks today.  They are slower than your smart phone and tablet.

All banks COPY debts for a transfer.  They don’t actually TRANSFER debt.  Each bank creates a whole new set of “debt” -by loaning it into existence- for any particular “negotiable instrument.”  That’s why it takes 2-3 days for ACH and Checks to clear…  the negotiable instrument technically MUST go into DISHONOR for the bank to replicate the debts in the ways they need to maximize shareholder profit.  The banks aren’t even waiting the 3 business days any more… they are just replicating debt with honor because that’s what they do.

Given all the non-sense with the banking system… and that there literally isn’t enough value to go around for most people on the planet, Digital Currencies are a perfect replacement available right this very moment, NOW.

Bitcoin and all the other alt-coins do not use millennia old definitions of DEBT-lack based “Wealth” like the Rothschild Central Banks.  Digital Currencies -like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Zcash, etc- are CREDITS without usury.  The seigniorage is mined democratically by the people for the people and is share with and for our benefit.  The Central Bank of Central Banks -Bank of International Settlement in Jesuit Switzerland– even claims that Digital Currencies could hurt their “debt profits” and entirely disrupt the central bank model.

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Bitcoins reach $2000- Is Bitcoin being Attacked with Subversive Transactions?

There are many things being done and said to generate distrust of bitcoins, such as the German Central Bank Warning Not To Use Bitcoin As It Is Not Backed By A Central Bank.

The banks have been “investigating”, investing in, and creating their own digital currencies…  so has the governmental service corporations (FBI, DEA, US Secret Service, CIA, NSA [spying], Pentagon, Federal Reserve [their white papers on bitcoin], ECB [white papers]).

The FBI’s Bitcoin address in known.

These block-chain technologies are highly studied: academically, technologically, mathematically, information network systems dynamics, financially, etc with many case studies.  The bankers and attorneys have an infinite amount of debt to influence and harm the perception of bitcoin and related digital currencies.

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Latest CIA Hacking Tools Used to Propagate XMR Monero Digital Currency Mining – XMR Rises 50%

“It’s Much Bigger Than WannaCry”: New Stealthy Cyberattack Could Dwarf Last Week’s Global Worm Epidemic

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday.

Meet Adylkuzz – the new cyberattack that “is much bigger than WannaCry.”

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German Central Bank Warns Not To Use Bitcoin As It Is Not Backed By A Central Bank

The unidentified actors are ALL of us as Bitcoin and other alt coins is minted by a democratic process rather than a centrally controlled fraudulent ponzi “central bank.”

One of the easiest methods of getting into mining highly profitable alt coins is with MinerGate. It is a Smart Profit Switching Mining App with Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu support.

 

https://minergate.com/

 

The process to mining and earning your own bitcoins and alt coins:

  1. Click the link
  2. create an account (email, password, not much more)
  3. download the app for your computer
  4. Login to the app
  5. Start the Smart

Miner with about 75% of the CPU processor cores. and just let it mint the most profitable seigniorage for you.

Use the digital currency, trade them on exchanges, and even convert them back to Federal Reserve Notes!

Swiss Holding Cash as their Banks go to Negative Interest Rates

Review this article describing the Importance of Negative Interest Rates.  The public behavior between positive interest rates and negative interest rates is non-linear; beset with dramatic changes in public behavior.  The effects of the changes in behavior is amplified within the fiat banking system.  Switzerland seems to be going to negative interest rates, and their people are turning to Cash, gold, silver, bitcoins, and alt-coins: