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1  Economy / Economics / Re: First UK Bank Bans Businesses Accepting Bitcoin on: April 22, 2021, 09:17:52 PM
Came across this potentially damaging development for Bitcoin today:

https://capital.com/natwest-bans-business-cryptocurrency-transactions

NatWest, a relatively well known UK bank (out of roughly 20) has decided to ban any businesses from using its accounts for any Bitcoin related transactions. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come, if I remember correctly this bank has been caught up in a money laundering scandal in the recent past and maybe it is getting jittery - even if the general trend is towards opening up cryptocurrency related services. Banks can also be "on the hook" if companies using their facilities have not performed proper checks on their customers transactions and you could say there is a lot of hard to trace funds floating around. Do you think other banks will follow suit? If they do, will we see the Bitcoin price sink in future or can institutional money overcome these obstacles?

This has been done through the years a bank in the US banning businesses using bitcoin will only make businesses using them move to a new bank.  Unless its country wide sweep they are only damaging themselves.  Member when Jamie Dimon kept saying how bitcoin was crud...I member that.  How did that age?  Point is no need to worry bitcoin is too big for one bank to alter its course.
2  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 22, 2021, 09:11:20 PM
Do you think that the Celtics, who is a underdog can pull a upset here? They are still in the 6th place just behind Atlanta Hawks. Or the powerful West team can win with a (-5.5) handicap?

No Jayson Tatum, No Kemba Walker, No Jaylen Brown, Celtics will be too easy to handle for the Phoenix Suns.

On their first meeting, Sunx able to hold Celtics with a 10 point lead with Tatum and Kemba on board.

Don't risk for Moneyline with them.

Completely agree.  Phoenix maybe on a second leg of a back to back but with the Celtics without those 3 I don't think they will even be able to crack 100 against the suns here.  Suns are not a dark horse but they are my dark horse to win the entire chip this year.  Like picking a Longshot (besides the Knicks:)) to run with.

You like an underrated team,..same here, nobody is talking about them beacuse all eyes are looking at the Nets and the Lakers, but look how good the Suns are, they could get into the top 1 before the regular season ends. Lots of improvement on the competition this year, it's hard to predict who will win the NBA finals or who will advance.

I've suffered since 1999 watching them year in year out.  Gut themselves with eddy curry type trades.  Rely on the likes of vets at the end of their career to be starters, and Isiah completely gutting the team.  Marbury and Stevie Francis in one backcourt oh that was special lol.  And then watching LeBron tell the world he was taking his talents to South Beach:(.  Getting the 9th draft pick in the draft when steph was taken 8th.  Completely sucking in 1st position in the zion draft and get rj instead (although I love rj, just like zion much more).  It's been a rough ride for sure.  But you ain't a fan unless you've been through the hard times.
3  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 22, 2021, 01:04:10 PM
Do you think that the Celtics, who is a underdog can pull a upset here? They are still in the 6th place just behind Atlanta Hawks. Or the powerful West team can win with a (-5.5) handicap?

No Jayson Tatum, No Kemba Walker, No Jaylen Brown, Celtics will be too easy to handle for the Phoenix Suns.

On their first meeting, Sunx able to hold Celtics with a 10 point lead with Tatum and Kemba on board.

Don't risk for Moneyline with them.

Completely agree.  Phoenix maybe on a second leg of a back to back but with the Celtics without those 3 I don't think they will even be able to crack 100 against the suns here.  Suns are not a dark horse but they are my dark horse to win the entire chip this year.  Like picking a Longshot (besides the Knicks:)) to run with.
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: Another huge dump happening today, is this it? on: April 22, 2021, 12:53:51 PM
We are again seeing a bloody market, what is happening, do you know what's the reason behind this huge dump?

BTC -11%
ETH -12%
BNB -14%


Major coins are in red, the rest will follow, what could be next?

This is just crypto crazy ups and crazy downs.  I'm starting to think that there are no bull runs and bear runs.  This is and has been cryptos MO since it started.  Sometimes it spikes highers sometimes it spikes lower.  Keep stacking says and stop looking at charts.  Its healthy Smiley
5  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 22, 2021, 12:45:24 PM
The New York Knicks is getting straight wins which take them into 4th spot in the Eastern Conference by beating the Atlanta Hawks today in the overtime. Looks like the few games left will be hard for those who are in the tight spot because every team right now is playing as we've never seen before.
Correct.
Even with teams at high seeds will need to take care of every games they will play.
Every win is a must to avoid the play-in tournament. Knicks might be in 4th rank but the 7th rank is just 2 wins away from them.
Julius Randle is the key player to this Knicks team which is why they are on the safe spot.
He had been scoring like crazy and stepped up his game. Then there is Rose for support and Quickley taking up a notch for every game he plays.
Knicks has a bright future for this young players.
he is a bigger version of Steph Curry, this guy has suddenly become a great 3 point shooting. On the win against the Hawks, he was shooting 6-8 from beyond the arc, if he can be consistent with that, I guess Knicks will be a big surprise in the playoffs.
They've already pull a surprised already by having a winning streak that put them in the 4th spot in a highly contested Eastern conference. And the top 3 of Eastern conference is on a losing skid, that gives the Knicks the edge somewhat.

Knicks vs Raptors on Sunday, this is going to be good, I do hope that Toronto will play their stars against the Knicks and no load management for Paskal Siakam.
This is a big surprise for a team with only good players, no stars, the coaching staff is doing a great job, and the players really have good chemistry, other people said that players who have better teamwork will eventually have an advantage even with facing a talented team, but they still need superstars to compete with the nets, but ill be surprised if they takedown the mighty nets this season.

I know a lot of people don't consider Randle a star but the dude beasts everyone night in a nd night out on the court.  He rarely is the worse of his match up of the court.  He can hit from anywhere on the court.  Rebounds at a high rate and perennially leads the team in assists.  Never takes a play or night off.  He might be the best player the Knicks have since Ewing left the team.  And don't give me Carmelo, yes Carmelo is good but definitely one dimensional.
6  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 22, 2021, 12:40:02 PM
The NBA is at fault here, they should not created this "load management" because it's hard to control it to be honest. A team will certainly find ways to preserve their players to avoid injury, especially when they are already guaranteed with the playoff spot, I think they should review this as there's a lot of criticism about this, they are making NBA soft, missed the old days, sorry.
I agree to that, it's not the players that are soft in this modern era, infact players are most explosive, can shoot deep threes, and even have the 250+ pounds body that can move swiftly, agile and fast. But it's the NBA itself for changing so much in-game decisions from regular fouls down to technical fouls.
I remember Timmy got teched while sitting at the sideline for laughing at a referee's decision.
Back in the 90's you can't get tech taunting and shouting at your opponent after a poster.
You can't really compare era's though, maybe what the NBA has done is to really help the players with all this load management, but it seems it has back fired on them. Players and fans are criticizing it.

Now the control is more on the officiating, teams can challenge a call, etc. There's a lot of changes now and the NBA has really evolved, but there are pros and cons about it.

You can compare eras.  I'm a huge bb fan but its soft now vs the 90s.  I mean hand checking is a foul now.  Hand checking was just part of defense.  MJ would average 50 points a game in today's era.  Its like football and what they've done.  Imagine Jerry Rice and what he could do in today's "can't touch after 5 yards".  Load management is just another way of saying players are getting soft.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Crazy Dogecoin run 100x in 2 years on: April 22, 2021, 12:34:28 PM
Did anyone else miss out on the Dogecoin run?
This is up 100x over a year or two, and it is still going higher.


Over a year or two ??

Bro, Doge price was /100 on 1st of January 2021  Roll Eyes

I'm really getting bored with this hype. What a pity newcomers are rushing on such projects (doge is followed by many copycats).

Imo we need a crack to clean the cryptospace Tongue

It will undoubtedly happen it always does.  In every bull run complete crap rises for no reason and then when the dust settles there is a new group of bagholders and a group of people who think crypto is a scam because they bought into this crap without looking in the first place, natural selection.
8  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: HOLDING VS TAKING PROFITS DURING BULL RUN on: April 21, 2021, 08:08:09 PM
It's always advised to take profit at intervals during bull because you never know when dip will come and how far it will go. Contrary, there is a perspective of holding for long to get a maximum profit( as said by CZ : "you can't be rich if you can't hold"). From the little survey i did, holders usually earn more profits that people who take little profits. However this depends on your kind of person and what works for you, holders are patient people who don't care whatever happens along the way. Profit takers see opportunities and take profits and move to next one. It's a very deep topic to be honest, and I will like to have your opinions on this. Please share your views

Holders have always won.  Also major tax implications.  Depending where you live it could mean paying tax of short term gains up to 40% vs long term at 15% or around there.  That right there might make more sense just to hold in itself.  Where one lives and its national tax outlook (i think Germany has no taxes if you hold over a year) makes decision making also change.  But yeah I long long run traders get burned holders get rewarded...generally.
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Crazy Dogecoin run 100x in 2 years on: April 21, 2021, 08:05:36 PM
Doge is a real example of a coin that can be controlled by a billionaire.
so strong was the power and fame of the elon that the doge, which was originally an ordinary coin, flew uncontrollably as it is today.
just take a twitter tease elon musk can turn an ordinary coin into an extraordinary one.
for doge holders this is certainly a great achievement but for people who do not invest in doge like me, today can only see the power of a billionaire who can change and control the market.

At the same time a coin that is propped up by memes and elon tweets in a bull is fine but when the market turns, these coins with no real substance are going to fall like a rock and hide back into thee d honey badger as the bag holders take massive lumps lime every other bull turned bear.  Watch out for that turn it will be epic.
10  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 21, 2021, 08:03:34 PM
Anthony Davis will be back in uniform for the Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow. A long time coming. Will be great to see them get LeBron back soon for a nice Finals run. They’ve both been missed recently as the Lakers have dropped quite a few spots out west. I still like their odds overall, as the Nets haven’t gotten much time together playing as their new team (although with that much talent it might not matter).

Yep once those 2 are back and playoffs start back to business as usual for bron.  People are looking at the Lakers with this lineup and discarding them.  Probably the best time to lay playoff odds on the Lakers once they start winning with those 2 again odds are gonna drop like they always do at playoff time.
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: $1?$10?$100?What will the price of $Doge be? on: April 21, 2021, 05:15:17 PM
Unbelievable!!!

3 months ago, I thought $0.08 was the highest price of $Doge, and I chose to short it

As a result, now it is $0.4 and I lost my money Cry Cry Cry


In the past weeks, BTC and ETH were all dumping, only dog-related coins are rising, Dogecoin ($DOGE), SHIBA ($SHIB), Akita ($Akita) have all risen a hundred times, too crazy!!!

What will the price of $Doge be?

And which one will be next dog?

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Yeah shorting in this type of market never fares well sorry to hear.  But it was just dog related coins its pretty much the whole industry going up.  As far as the coin you brought up.  It could but more than likely it will end up just being another pump and dump coin like most of the rest of them.
12  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 21, 2021, 05:13:06 PM
No question about it, Curry has lead his team this season with his historic shooting and scoring. But I'm not sure if that is enough for a ring, probably they will be having a hard time winning on the first round of the playoffs. But what's important is that these young guys get the experience.
Sure, Curry is a phenomenal scorer, but he needs more support from teammates because GSW's participation in the playoff is still questionable. Even if the Warriors will end this season at the current position, then they need to win another two games to reach the playoff.
They are not expected to make it to the playoffs because they miss Thompson, however, the way they are playing, they are really competitive and I think the new rules that the top 10 is included in the playoff elimination really help them as they have a shot to be included in the playoffs.

Just trust Curry and his team, they may look so underrated now but we know that GSW has a championship experience and were champions for like 2 or 3 times, so they are still a tough team to beat.
Good to see golden state warriors fighting again for the playoffs. This makes me happy as they are one of my favorite teams. I wish that klay thompson can make a recovery before the playoffs but i dont think it is possible

There is zero chance he comes back for the playoffs.  Seasons done in a couple of weeks.  He will be lucky to be ready for the first game of next season.  I just hope klay can ay again let alone at the top flight that he has in the past.
13  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 21, 2021, 04:16:20 PM
Honestly unless you are at the very end of your career load management is a little dumb.  You play to win every year.  If golden state load manages Steph and gives him a game off a week or only let's him ay half a game those are almost assured losses.  Sorry but if I'm a coach and steph is healthy he is on the court.  
I personally think load management is bullsh*t (unless If necessary) and I think some teams are abusing it just to let their superstar rest and avoid injury. I mean everyone is susceptible to injury and it really feels like load management is somehow considered as cheating. Fans are paying tickets to see their favourite team and players.
I remember the Spurs was fined by the NBA for benching out Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili while the playoffs was closely approaching.

Curry doesn't need any of those. He's hungry to win and play from regular season to the playoffs.

The NBA is at fault here, they should not created this "load management" because it's hard to control it to be honest. A team will certainly find ways to preserve their players to avoid injury, especially when they are already guaranteed with the playoff spot, I think they should review this as there's a lot of criticism about this, they are making NBA soft, missed the old days, sorry.

There really isn't anything Adam silver could do.  Ypu can't mandate healthy players ay x number of games or x number of minutes per game.  If so who qualifies for this, it gets real messy.  Only thing you can do is shake your head, but good on curry for not wanting to "load manage" or kerr to sit down.  Players and coaches from the 80s and 90s would never deal with this.
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: ALTS ARE ALL DOING WELL! on: April 21, 2021, 12:04:49 PM
Majority of the cryptocurrencies are doing well because it's no doubt that we're in the bull run. Nitpicking is fine with those best gainers and there's still a lot that didn't gained a lot on this bull run. But as long as you're holding those best performers, it's now giving you a problem.
A good problem indeed, whether you want to take profit or keeping it longer.

True and at some point with these alts you need to take a profit.  I hope people learned from the 2017 bull run.  Those who don't take profit will be the bag holders.  Every alt pumped then and looks that way this year, it is not sustainable and the fall will be fast and furious just don't know when.
15  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 21, 2021, 12:01:57 PM
@wiss19, I think Curry could still get an MVP once their team will quality in the playoffs, they don't need to win a championship or be in the NBA Finals as Giannis had the same scenario in the past but he still won the regular season MVP.

Curry is on an improve level now, he can score 30 points easily, I guess that's his average now (Correct me if I'm wrong), and the way I see it, he is so happy playing and basketball seems easy for him.

As I have said before, Curry is on a personal mission to win the scoring title this year. Bradley Beal is still leading though, but let's see after this week, if Curry's incredible streak continues, he can have overtaken Beal and won the scoring title.

I wouldn't say that he is on an improve level, he is really on his prime right now, 33 years old and carrying his team on his shoulder.
Golden state might make it in the playoffs with this kind of performance of curry but, is the team management realizing that they are shortening curry's playing time in the league? if he will take the load of the team he might just 2-3 years before retiring, if you have a precious player you have to manage his playing time for the good of the team and that player, there is no sense of letting him play with nothing to loose then will be eliminated in the first round, that's a bit careless for the management.
I think it was Curry's decision to really play and not do load management this year as compare to other teams or players who wishes to sit down and not play. Medical science has advance throughout the years, so I think he can still play 2-3 years down the line because they are going to protect him with sports science. So it's not careless though, they know the risk involved here and Steph and his family know this as well.

Honestly unless you are at the very end of your career load management is a little dumb.  You play to win every year.  If golden state load manages Steph and gives him a game off a week or only let's him ay half a game those are almost assured losses.  Sorry but if I'm a coach and steph is healthy he is on the court.  
16  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 20, 2021, 01:20:59 AM
Knicks with a great win over the Pelicans yesterday, they needed that.  With that being said what in the world was Lonzo ball going to cover d rose on the drive down the lane down 3 with 2 seconds to go.  Let him score lol.  Left bullock one of the Knicks deadliest 3 point shooters.  If I was the coach he would never hear the end of that.
17  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Introducing Bitbills! on: April 20, 2021, 01:17:28 AM
I still don't get what your product is supposed to do. Maybe you need to do more than post a picture and a few words. Description and use case would be welcome 

This is an old thread and was one of the very first bitcoin collectables.  I mean what does art do or baseball cards do.  In short its a loaded physical card.  In the beginning was an easy way to gift someone bitcoin or even give someone bitcoin who didn't know the first thing about crypto. 
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: Altcoin recommendation for this alts season on: April 20, 2021, 01:10:09 AM
There is no doubt we are going to have an altcoin season just like from 2017 event.  I believe before BTC hits its maximum ATH for this season altcoins will start to blast headed by high market cap altcoins headed by ETH, XRP, LTC

Any recommendation for coins that can give me 50x to 100x , against BTC pairs.  Just sharing my bags do you think these are good? BTC 30%,  ETH 20%, LTC 10%, BNB 10%, UNI 10%, BCH 10%, ADA 10%

Share yours.


Honestly it seems any alt on binamce is doing well pick a coin any coin.  No rhyme or reason why.  Usually will be followed by a hard crash, this one is going to sting a lot of peoe real hard.  I recomend staying close to the biggies and don't get caught too hard on the wrong side of the line.
19  Economy / Economics / Re: Bernard Madoff dies in prison. A 20 year long Ponzi on: April 20, 2021, 01:04:54 AM
Yeah, Madoff fucked over a lot of rich people over a very long period of time--but if you've read a little bit into the history of the scam, there was one guy who kept questioning how Madoff was making such steady returns in both bull and bear markets.  He even reported his concerns to the authorities, who did absolutely nothing.

It sucks when anyone gets scammed, but I'd have much more sympathy for the victims if they weren't so rich to begin with (but I'm not saying they deserved it, because they didn't).  It does amaze me how brazen Madoff was to just flat-out lie to his clients for so long. 

I didn't realize he was so old, but I guess time flies and I'd kind of forgotten all about him since he's been in prison.  Too bad, so sad about the judge not letting him out on compassionate grounds.  He didn't deserve that IMO.

When you are so big the authorities don't look into you, he has savy investors how would he scam anyone, lol?  Convenient how they turn a blind eye.

Saddest part of the whole story is the people that lost everything and were legitimately taken and lost everything they had.  Point in case never put all your eggs in one basket...even with bitcoin.
20  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2021 NBA Season on: April 17, 2021, 08:51:25 PM
I have to say, I am very impressed with what the New York Knicks are putting together this season.  I sure did not see this coming, but with that said I'm also not surprised being that they are coached by Tom Thibodeau.  As a Chicago Bulls fan I was absolutely furious when the Bulls management forced him out of Chicago.  He may be absolutely "basketball nuts", as he's a bit overboard with his passion for the game at times, but he sure does get results.  I believe the Knicks have the best defense in the game right now...crazy.

Same here mate, I did not also expect that Julius Randle will be this good in this season. I don't usually watch every game of the Knicks but man, they are on a hot streak now and Randle made 44 points and 10 rebounds against Luka's team, I never seen him put up this kind of numbers before to be honest.

Randle has been posting numbers lile that all season.  I usually watch every game and randle has been nothing short of amazing this year.  His baseline jump shot is sick and he has been amazing on the boards and running the team.  Finally enjoyable to watch after years of throwing terrible teams out there.
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