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Top stories and news you should know in the bitcoin, crypto, and decentralized markets
“For the first time in decades, we saw the ferocious beauty of truly free markets operating at scale. Efficiently. Ruthlessly. These assets inhabit a world without a buyer of last resort to bail out its bankers. It was a remarkable display of antifragility. To appreciate it fully, simply imagine how today’s equity, bond and credit markets would withstand a withdrawal of governmental support, let alone a full-frontal assault.”
— Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge
In the last weeks of May it was a bloodbath for bitcoin as BTC finished one of its worst months in history, but zooming out shows it’s still in a massive bull market
Everyone in the traditional markets and media who’ve been proven wrong by bitcoin over the past year plus gleefully hoping for its demise saw their golden opportunity to strike at Bitcoin, only time will tell if they’ve missed it again
In a world full of lies, the truth sounds pretty crazy...
Over the past few weeks, bitcoin and crypto assets broadly fell off the table from their record highs as the communities became even more tribal with increased animosity towards one another as well as the climate change and legacy system marketers too. While the entire market was beginning to fade, Elon Musk who wanted to be the front-man for bitcoin only to find himself as a tertiary character in the scheme of things ventured off into the meme-based crypto called DOGE to become its the self-proclaimed “dogefather” that’s promised to take it to the moon, or $1, whichever most entertaining outcome came first. After raising some concerns regarding the limitations as well as setbacks to DOGE, he oddly proposed features that had failed in prior versions of bitcoin’s codebase and found himself defending a joke while sparring with members of the bitcoin community. It should be a reminder that Elon Musk has been known for making asinine statements via Twitter before that’s cost him personally as well as the companies that he’s running too, he’s basically doing the same thing just with bitcoin and other cryptos like DOGE. According to the Wall Street Journal, the SEC has recently argued in letters that Tesla failed to oversee Elon Musk’s tweets after him needing a lawyer to review them following his $420 “funding secured” debacle. Sounds like he may find himself back in their dog(e) house and Elon may be put on an even tighter leash than ever.
As the price of BTC was sliding, Elon catalyzed it further by promoting a misguided ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) narrative against bitcoin regarding the energy sources and usage of power by the Bitcoin miners. If that did not stir up a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt already, Musk then tweeting that Tesla had “suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin” due to their concerns “about the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions,” specifically did not help either with every climate change activist and ESG supporter taking their long awaited opportunity to come take their shot at the King of Cryptoland, BTC. Despite the misinformed academics, economists, and environmental influencers who’ve all bashed bitcoin calling it dirty money only used by criminals, it is not boiling the oceans like climate change and economic experts have suggested at conferences and events that they fly to on private jets while ignoring the validity of their own claims launched against Bitcoin. It’s been a comedy watching the slew of “Cantillon-aires” that benefit from the Fed’s money printing operations fighting for their broken system of money as its price rose in the face of mounting inflation, but it’s also been a tragedy seeing how many are people wrestling with the lies told to them by the bankers, climate experts, and politicians who are simply stuck spreading a false narrative that’s been debunked over and over while neglecting to realize the truth that they are really the one’s defending a dirty and inefficient Federal Reserve system with fiat money used by criminals and who’s value is backed by the military industrial complex of the United States of America.
It’s amazing that in 2021 we are arguing about bitcoin’s energy consumption as well as its promise for a renewable and sustainable future against people who believe that the current status quo of our reserve currency with an infinite supply in a world of finite resources is somehow the answer to all of these problems that were literally created by the Federal Reserve system and the “petrodollar.” Bitcoin has gotten past the initial stages of truth where people ignored it first then skated by laughing at it, but now it appears to be entering the third stage where people upset with their own lack of foresight and understanding are now fighting bitcoin while using an intellectually dishonest basis for their claims. In the end after they’re done fighting with themselves and come to grips with their reality, then bitcoin wins as the rest of that saying goes because while the narrative was trying to be changed around bitcoin recently the fact remains that its fundamentals underlying it are still rock solid and have not and will not be shaken as easily as the price. To meet Elon’s cries for renewable energy usage worldwide that he views as “potentially promising,” Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy hosted a meeting between Elon and the leading Bitcoin miners in North America to form the “Bitcoin Mining Council” to promote energy usage transparency and accelerate sustainability initiatives worldwide with executives from Argo, BLOCKCAP, Core Scientific, Galaxy Digital, HIVE, Hut 8 Mining, Marathon Digital Holdings, and Riot Blockchain all participating to present and decide on establishing an organization to standardize energy reporting, pursue industry ESG goals, educate, and grow the marketplace.
Many people believe that Elon was pressured by investors to promote this false ESG narrative against bitcoin or possibly even a government or governments who subsidize his businesses. As bitcoin melted down in price and on crypto twitter, other outside pressures came out against it from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banning bitcoin mining to reduce energy consumption and usage of fossil fuels, then the Federal Reserve chairman’s statements about issuing a white paper on a central bank digital currency (CBDC or “digital dollar”) this Summer, and finally with the IRS cracking down on transactions over $10,000 as well as the Treasury Department’s Janet Yellen commenting on nefarious uses almost all in coordination saying that it needs more oversight, regulation, reporting, and tracking. If that wasn’t already bad enough, then the Pope via Twitter even took his own swipe at “technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be replaced without delay.” In the previous newsletter, multiple sources credibly debunk the false ESG narrative that bitcoin’s technology consumes inordinate amounts of energy compared to the banking system or gold mining that in reality is dwarfed by them with data to back it up suggesting that as much as 76% of the miner’s energy mix comes from renewable sources too.
Don’t be fooled. Bitcoin is run by rules, not rulers. No one has the ability to change it without the consensus of a majority of the miners and nodes around the world running the bitcoin protocol to willingly embrace a new form of the code that’s against their own self-interest, such as increasing the total supply of 21 million for a highly unlikely and radical example. It just proves why code that’s as distributed and decentralized as well as bitcoin’s would take either a shutdown of the entire internet globally, or a coordinated attack aimed at disrupting it so badly that all of the parties involved unanimously stopped using the decentralized asset and network in unison to abandon their freedom of speech that in the United States is embodied by the First Amendment protection that views ideas and structures embodied as computer code or software as expressive conduct also known as “symbolic speech” or “speech acts.”
In a way, these recent attacks legitimize BTC as the most anti-fragile form of money and speech with a truly free market without bailouts or lenders of last resort!
TL;DR - The last bastion of the petrodollar system is trying to delay and downplay the inevitability of a bitcoin standard especially hard over the last few weeks as its price fell, but BTC was actually made stronger with a high frequency of liquidations that wrung out excessive leverage from the system, China’s ban on mining reducing the amount of coal and fossil fuels used in its energy mix, and the further decentralization of hash power as the CCP forces it offshore into other jurisdictions. Fix the money, fix the world.
News You Should Know
Bitcoin Is Officially A New Asset Class: Goldman Sachs
The investment bankers are now letting their wealthy clients invest in bitcoin, so according to Goldman Sachs since they can charge some fees on bitcoin it officially can be taken seriously as an investable asset. Goldman’s global head of digital assets, Matthew McDermott, said “…clients and beyond are largely treating it as a new asset class, which is notable—it’s not often that we get to witness the emergence of a new asset class.” He continued to acknowledge the bank’s view that regulation of the crypto space looms large as a significant risk to further price appreciation…
Cathie Wood: Bitcoin is Going Up to $500,000
The world’s most successful ETF manager in a recent interview say that BTC would reach all the way up to half a million dollars per bitcoin. At those prices, bitcoin’s market capitalization would be over $9 trillion and overtake the market value for all of the world’s gold. She roots her prediction in the view that BTC is hugely undervalued at current prices as the reserve currency of the crypto world and the institutional embrace of bitcoin this year is a positive sign for its future while also stating that all of the environmental concerns have been overblown…
Elon Musk Claims He Is ‘Working With Doge Devs’ on Potential Improvements
The self-proclaimed “dogefather” after stating via Twitter that Tesla would cease accepting bitcoin over energy consumption concerns sent out another tweet that said he was working with developers of dogecoin that he described as “potentially promising.” Despite the project’s GitHub showing no real development has taken place on the protocol for years since many of the OG bitcoin core developers since then abandoned it, Elon continued to give the joke and meme-based cryptocurrency attention by announcing that DOGE would be launched to the “literal moon” on a SpaceX rocket in 2022…
Elon Musk Clarifies that ‘Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin‘
After sparring with members of the bitcoin community over Twitter, Elon began teasing them with a known scammer that they would being slapping themselves after Tesla dumped its holdings. As the most hated man by the SEC, Musk returned to Twitter early the next morning to say that “Tesla has not sold any bitcoin.” While some were relieved to hear the news, most of the bitcoin community retaliated by canceling their Tesla car orders as well as daring him to rage quit his bitcoin endeavor and actually sell off his company’s bitcoin holdings…
Jack Dorsey Says Bitcoin Is Climate Friendly. Is He Right?
While the widely accepted view that’s en vogue currently is that bitcoin is an environmental scourge, Jack Dorsey who’s the CEO of Square and Twitter has advocated on the side of bitcoin. His argument is that “Bitcoin mining presents an opportunity to accelerate the global energy transition to renewables” continuing on and saying it “could encourage investment in solar systems.” Dorsey posits that bitcoin is actually positive for the environment and incentivizing the transition to renewable energy as criticisms as well as interest from Wall Street and big banks have been on the rise lately…
MicroStrategy: Another Dip, Another $10M Bitcoin Purchase
The publicly-listed firm bought an additional 229 BTC for $10 million at an average price of $43,663. It now holds 92,079 BTC on its balance sheet that it bought for a total of $2.251 billion. The average purchase price per bitcoin on their balance sheet is about $24,450 per BTC, worth about $3.34B at the time of this writing…
Billionaire Ray Dalio Says He Owns Bitcoin, and Its ‘Greatest Risk Is Its Success’
The man famous for the saying, “Cash is trash,” and founder of the world’s largest hedge fund (Bridgewater Associates) who prior to this year expressed concern around bitcoin and crypto has turned over a new leaf with it. At the 2021 Consensus conference, Dalio revealed that he has “some bitcoin” and caught many serious investor’s attention when also said in his view that bitcoin was superior to government bonds but that success may invite governments to try and kill it…
“The more we create savings in [bitcoin], the more you might say ‘I’d rather have bitcoin than the bond’ Personally, I’d rather have bitcoin than a bond. And then the more that happens, then it goes into bitcoin and it doesn’t go into credit, then [governments] lose control of that.”
— Ray Dalio at CoinDesk’s 2021 Consensus Conference on May 6, 2021
TOTAL CRYPTO ASSET MARKET CAPITALIZATION = $2.371T
Bitcoin Dominance = 41.6%
Ethereum Dominance = 18.5%
(over 10,200 cryptocurrencies)
Last Close = $36,684 (as of June 1, 2021)
Market Capitalization = $686.891B
YTD Performance = +26%
Last Close = $2,633 (as of June 1, 2021)
Market Capitalization = $305.798B
YTD Performance = +256%
*NEW ALL-TIME-HIGH @ $4362.35 on 5/12/2021
Whoops, forgot this section in this edition. I reiterate my last newsletter’s sign off:
Pictures Say 1,000 Words, But Memes Say 10,000
Yano @JasonYanowitzRumor has it @TomBrady is loading up on Bitcoin. Retweet if you think the GOAT should turn on laser eyes. Let’s make it happen. https://t.co/opPjtBGwAD
SBF @SBF_AlamedaHey @TomBrady -- first laser eyes, then you're buying the dip. I'm talking at #Consensus2021 Thursday night if you want to join me! https://t.co/zKmIvnMOQQ
Positive Vibes Only
Thought Provoking Tweets
Blockfolio @blockfolioDogecoin is now as old as the U.S Dollar. We got off the gold standard 49 years ago, and dogecoin was created 49 dog years ago.
John Street Capital @JohnStCapital14/ #2- Paul Tudor Jones called & he said, "Do you know that when Bitcoin went from $17,000 to $3000 that 86% of the people that owned it at $17,000, never sold it?” Well, this was huge in my mind. So here’s something w/ a finite supply & 86% of the owners are religious zealots.
Tweets Moving the Market
Elon Musk @elonmuskSpoke with North American Bitcoin miners. They committed to publish current & planned renewable usage & to ask miners WW to do so. Potentially promising.
Other Investment News
Ark Invest Buys Nearly $20 Million Worth of Bitcoin — Bitcoin Magazine
‘Big Short’ Investor Michael Burry Reveals 800,000 Tesla Put Options in Q1 ($534.4M!) — Business Insider
Bitstamp is Giving Crypto Wings with US Expansion — Blockworks
BNY Mellon Takes Bet on Bitcoin with New Irish Unit — Business Post
BofA Joins Paxos Blockchain Stock-Settlement Network— Bloomberg Law
Christie's to Auction Andy Warhol’s Work as NFTs — Ledger Insights
Coinbase Wallet Could Give MetaMask a Run for Its Money — The Defiant
David Rubenstein "Crypto is Here to Stay." — Investing.com
Emmer Introduces Legislation to Protect Taxpayers with Digital Assets Pending Further IRS Guidance— Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06)
Summers: The Fed's Obviously Got It Wrong — Blockworks
Square Announces $2B Offering of Senior Notes — Bloomberg