Keiser Report: Lightning Storm (E1343)

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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the #LightningStorm caused by Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, taking the Lightning Torch and, thus, becoming part of the Lightning Network second layer experiment on the bitcoin blockchain. As this and other second layer technologies take off, what does a bitcoin standard world look like? They also address Jackson Palmer’s comments about the contradiction in #BitcoinTwitter whereby Jack is hated for deplatforming but praised for mentioning Bitcoin. This just proves that centralized databases are subject to censorship — i.e. the deplatforming Jack must do in order to abide by human laws while bitcoin is censorship resistant and follows natural law. In the second half, Max talks to Jonathan Hales of bitbacker.io who has developed a more censorship resistant alternative to Patreon.

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Keiser Report: Trump’s Winning Streak (E1293)

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss CNN posting an editorial suggesting that Trump is ‘on a winning streak.’ The op-ed, in fact, argues that “Trump became an undeniably consequential President” when he got Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court. If this is the case, where does this leave the Democrats as midterms loom? In the second half, Max interviews Trace Mayer about the seven network effects of Bitcoin and where we stand on those today. They also discuss rehypothecation and futures markets for Bitcoin and whether this will impact prices.

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A Bitcoin ATM Could Be Coming To A Gas Station Or Vape Store Near You (HBO)

When bitcoin’s price skyrocketed last year, suddenly a bunch of people wanted to get in on the action but didn’t know how. But the currency’s shady origins and digital only echo-system isolated it from a whole swath of interested investors. Soon start-ups set about trying to bridge the gap between the digital and physical world, and a few stumbled on a common contraption: The ATM.

Today, Bitcoin’s price is well below it’s historic high, but interest in the currency remains strong, and companies are trying to bring it to more investors.

Brandon Mintz is the CEO of Bitcoin Depot, an Atlanta company that distributes Bitcoin ATMs across the country. Machines like his are the only places where you can use paper money to purchase digital currency.

Mintz’s Atlanta-based company operates Bitcoin ATMs across the country. The machines are the only places where you can use paper money to purchase digital currency. There’s no wait time like there is online, where an exchange can take weeks to verify your identity and banking information. All you have to do is enter your name, phone number, and scan a photo ID if your purchase is more than $2,000.
There are now more than 3,000 according to Coin ATM Radar, a website that maps them. But in the U.S., there is almost no federal or state monitoring of Bitcoin ATM transactions — which makes it hard to get a clear picture of who is feeding cash into these machines and why.

So far, New York is the only state that requires Bitcoin ATM operators to have a license. Companies like Bitcoin Depot self-report suspicious activity to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau within the U.S. Treasury Department created to, “determine emerging trends and methods in money laundering and other financial crimes.” But they do so without independent oversight.
In a statement to VICE News, Bitcoin Depot said, “Bitcoin Depot has outstanding compliance policies and strives to go above and beyond all know your customer (kyc) and monitoring requirements at its ATMs.”
The ATMs themselves cost as much as $10,000, compared to a few thousand for a regular ATM. Some let you sell Bitcoin and take cash out; most don’t. Mintz estimates that his customers put tens of millions of dollars into his machines every year. Host stores can expect to make an average of a few hundred dollars a month.

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We Met The Founder Of Etherium, VICE on HBO, Season 6 (Bonus Scene)

Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.

VICE’s Michael Moynihan travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the ethereum blockchain, to get a front row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.

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