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$24,000 - $26,000 - 3 (3.4%)
$26,000 - $28,000 - 7 (8%)
$28,000 - $30,000 - 12 (13.8%)
$30,000 - $32,000 - 20 (23%)
$32,000 - $34,000 - 8 (9.2%)
$34,000 - $36,000 - 6 (6.9%)
$36,000 - $38,000 - 3 (3.4%)
$38,000 - $40,000 - 2 (2.3%)
>$40,000 - 17 (19.5%)
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I have my doubts about getting stuck in this particular zone for much longer because this price floating around $10k feels a bit uncomfortable (or is the word unsustainable?).. [...]

I know bitcoin likely does not give too many shit about these various macro-factors, but in the short term, seems difficult to sustain any kind of flatness, even if we never know for sure regarding how long are we going to be here in the $10k range.... in bitcoinlandia.

I’ll be a contrarian here.  Partly to play devil’s advocate and pick your brain; this is a mere hypothesis:

$10k is a neat Schelling point:  It is comfortable.  I myself have long taken to thinking of a bitcoin as “more or less worth somewhere around $10k”—or more precisely, I tend to think of a U.S. dollar as currently being worth about 0.0001 BTC, more or less.  It is convenient because I am not a speculator, or even really an investor; my HODLings are my “savings account”, and I think of Bitcoin as money more than as an impliedly non-monetary asset.  How many others think somewhat similarly?  It’s a nice round number; it makes for easy mental calculations when carrying on financial transactions with people who still use dollars as a unit of account (!).


Well, if the BTC price can stay between $9k and $11k for the next 6-9 months, I may start to reconsider my earlier assertion, start to become more comfortable in this price range and/or to change my current thinkenings on the topic.. I doubt it, but I might.. if there is a 6-9 month stickening to a somewhat $9k and $11k BTC price range.

Realistically, we have a BTC price battle going on (some might call it a war), whether you recognize such battle (war) or not.

We have largely achieved a baby level of BTC adoption at the retail level (as you seem to recognize such low level of adoption, too) and we have a quite a few BIGGER players that are just starting to dabble in BTC (and a few of them recently transparent about such dabblings - and front running of BTC measures).  BTC is immature as fuck, but you have BIG players messing around with it.  How you going to achieve stability from those kinds of circumstances  - seems like pie in the sky wishenings, to me.

Furthermore we have the decently convincing and foundationally solid BTC price prediction models of: 1) stock to flow, 2) four-year fractal and 3) s-curve exponential adoption based on metcalfe and networking principles.  

Yeah, who gives any shits about any of these BTC price prediction models or any other BTC price prediction models.. they are just hypotheticals, right?...

We should get real and figure out that the currently convincing BTC price prediction models have some power behind them.  They are not merely abstract blah blah blah.. hopenings... as some would like to frame them in such a way...

In other words, we should not be ignoring the power of such BTC price prediction models, especially the combination of the three that I mentioned above and creating our own pie in the sky framework of "I am comfortable here at this price because it feels good." blah blah blah..

King daddy gives less than two shits if you, nully wully #nohomo, feels good.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

There are various fundamental principles that provide bases for our currently convincing and solid BTC price prediction models - that largely would become problematic if BTC prices were to get stuck for some strange reason in our current level for any significant period of time..

Yeah, perhaps stagnate around $300k to $500k in 4-6 years might make a wee bit more sense as some kind of round number to get stuck, but anyhow, around $10k seems like out-of-touchness with regards to what actual asset we are dealing with in the real world rather than some kind of fantasy preferences of stability that is stuck in some range that is practical and lower than our previous 2017 bubble...blah blah blah.  Yeah, in 2017, $19,666 was not sustainable, but we are not in 2017 no more, Dorothy.


Thereupon, if some market factors are pushing the price up, and others are pushing down, and many people are setting walls of limit orders either just above or just below $10k, then why wouldn’t the price sustain this kind of flatness for awhile?  Is it not to be expected to converge around these major milestones before it eventually diverges?

I don't buy it.  You might want to consult with Torque about this manipulation within a range (around round numbers) angle, though.  Like I already mentioned, if BTC prices are still floating around $9k to $11k 6-9 months from now, I might start to reconsider.. even though such a scenario still might ONLY be a result of short term luck rather than within any kind of meaningful, likely or plausible scenario that NOW should be contemplated, even though out of the blue, it could end up happening.. ..  

I do think that the long-term trend is up, way up—just because supply is capped, and demand growth has barely even started toward its long-term potential.  It will be some years before Bitcoin even remotely approaches saturation on the demand side!  (Add to this the necessary compensation for depreciation of the dollar, Euro, etc.)  So, at some point, we will need to break out and go far above $10k.

Well sure, and as you know, we have already had a correction that has been playing out for over 2.5 years.  

I am not trying to impose any of my values on king daddy because I do not give any shits if it just appreciates 5% per year or even if king daddy were to get stuck between $5k and $6k for the next couple of years (of course, financially and psychologically, I would prefer that BTC prices were not to go down to that price range, but I am also financially and psychologically prepared for such a possibility, too), but I just don't think that either flat or going down to $5k-$6k are likely scenarios under our current market circumstances, just like it is not likely to get stuck anywhere below the previous 2017 ATH (of $19,666) for any significant period of time that might last more than another year to 18 months...  

Sure, there are likely going to be some surprises along the way of BTC getting to its previous ATH and surpassing the previous ATH and also getting to some new blow off top (presuming that another blow off top is in BTC's cards), and sure, we might get stuck in some price zones that seem to defy logic, but manipulators will try these kinds of BTC price manipulations and even be successful for a period of time and maybe for a period of time that is longer and lower than any of us would prefer, until they are not...

Ultimately, I just cannot give much weight to presumptions that you seem to want to employ, nullius, that seem to want to presume that there is NO kind of real battle (or war) going on in bitcoinlandia in terms of disagreements about where BTC's price is and where its price is going... and these kinds of ongoing battles do not contribute to your preference for periods of stable prices and presuming that BTC is even capable of stable prices at this point in its relatively short life and given the power of its fundamentals..  Do you realize that BTC is a paradigm shifting technology that has never been experienced before?  Its a once in a life time disrupter, like the invention of the wheel.. or something equivalent...

Anyhow,.. here and there and at kind of unexpected place locations along the way, we might get some seeming periods of stability, but $10k just does not seem to be any kind of plausible one at this time and in my current thinkenings about potentially plausible scenarios.  Sure, $10k would have seemed plausible a year ago, as a potential spot to get stuck for 6 months or longer, but we are NO longer at that place in BTC's price cycle... so there would be some kind of need to overcome a variety of factors underlying BTC price prediction models in order to enter into any kind of meaningful price stability in this $10k arena.


I also think that too-rapid increases driven by pure speculation are not good.  That is the definition of a bubble.

Sure.  We are in the midst of a BTC price correction, currently.  Whether you label our current location as a 18% correction from $12,000 or a 25% correction from $12,500, it is still a BTC price correction, so then a question becomes how low and for how long will we go.. We could stop here and resume up, or we could get a 30% to 60% correction that lasts a few months. I don't proclaim to really have many ideas about where we are going.. even though i have a hunch that flat is not very likely at this point.

We could also say that we are in a 50% correction from December 2017, but that seems a bit too zoomed out, too.

I believe that it is largely reasonable to to suggest that the December 2017 peak of $19,666 resulted in a one year correction down to $3,124, and then a kind of flat and uncertainty period until about April 1, 2019 and we were confirmed to be out of that 2018 bear market as of May 2019 while we were in the midst of the 3 month price bounce from $4,200 to $13,880...

In the meantime, ever since July 2019, we have had a variety of BTC price corrections and also taking a while to get back to the late June 2019 highpoint of $13,880, yet along the way, none of those BTC price corrections, or even taking them as a whole have removed BTC from being confirmed to be in a bull market since May 2019.. which had started in December 2018.. even though we had not realized such bull market until May 2019-ish (of course, some people realized such bull market earlier and some people deny that we went into a bull market, and they can all go fuck themselves..  each and every one of them.... hahahaha).

Million dollar question remains, where are we at currently and where are we likely to go, which seems to be partly determined by figuring out the framework that you would like to apply, and seems to be largely addressed by the combination of the current BTC price prediction models as I already mentioned.  

Furthermore, surely we can surely experience UPs, DOWNs and SIDEWAYSes at various points along the way... and you, nullius, seem to be speculating that $10k could be a potential sticking point along this path, while I am not.  Does it matter?  I am not sure.  

For any of us, we may make a variety of tweakenings of our BTC strategies depending where the BTC price is at, how long we expect the BTC price to be here and where we expect the BTC price to be going.  

Personally, since I have largely put myself into a kind of maintenance approach to my BTC portfolio since about early 2017, I do not make very many changes to much if anything that I do in respect to BTC, so surely sometimes I might have some disagreements with other persons regarding what to do, because I am in a different place with my particular HODLings.  For example for me, if the BTC price goes up, I sell a bit of it (and i have been employing this approach since BTC prices were at $250 in late 2015), and if the BTC price goes down, I buy a bit.  Sure, I might tweak a bit along the way, too, but in about early 2017, I considered that my BTC approach had migrated from BTC accumulation to maintenace (they are not absolute categories but points on a spectrum).

Accordingly, currently if some circumstances in my cashflow were to change, such as I were to win the lottery, I might inject part of such materialized hypothetical winnings into BTC which I consider to be a tweak based on changed circumstances.  Furthermore, if I were to come across some decent sized unexpected expense - such as my car gets burned in a BLM riot, then I might withdraw a bit of BTC to buy another car...  In any event, such tweakenings of my strategy are NOT very dependent upon where the BTC price is going while we are in our current area of $4k to $30k - maybe some bigger adjustments would be made to my particular system if it appeared that we would be going outside of that range any time soon.

When I was in a BTC accumulation phase, the way that I played with those cashflow issues would have placed more emphasis on making sure that I make progress towards reaching my BTC accumulation goals - which was more aimed at increasing the amount of BTC, rather than my current status that remains o.k. with something that approximates maintaining either a similar amount of BTC stash ... again on a discretionary spectrum rather than absolutes.


Sure, you, nullius, might be in a different situation (as compared with me) in terms of adjustments that you might make to your system or your BTC strategy if you were able to consider where the BTC price might be going in the coming year, perhaps?  
 I recognize that you seemed to battle me, a bit, in terms of giving credence to the liquidation mode, so maybe you would be somewhere more receptive to BTC accumulation and BTC maintenance and perhaps deemphasizing anything in connection with liquidation.. perhaps?  (especially since you may be purportedly attempting to maximize your BTC accumulation in order to be able to pass it on to a bunch of likely to be undeserving snot-nosed nulliuses  ... hahahahahaha )



 I do not want another November–December 2017 scenario.  

King daddy does not give any shits about what you want.

Anyhow, if you recall that November/December 2017 price peak, it took quite more than a year to build up to such price peak, so the November/December 2017 price peak did not just happen out of the blue...

Of course, this time around we have differing macro-circumstances than we had in 2017.  In 2017, we had forkenings and forkening threads, and we had ICOs, and surely some of our current happenings in the broader space could end up having similar effects on BTC, but king daddy is going to do what king daddy is going to do.  

Whether it is time to go up now (and get some unsustainable pumpening), or or whether it takes one year or two years from here to peak, it is not as if any of us can prescribe BTC's price path to be gradual rather than explosive, even when explosive seems to be more within the cards of how these kinds of matters play anyhow.  Haven't you noticed?  Seems to me that whales have a tendency to manipulate BTC prices for too long and for too low, and what ends up happening is that BTC prices explode... and no one can really stop it, and perhaps some of that explosiveness comes from some players manipulating BTC prices too low and for too long, no?

Even if we were to proclaim that we would prefer that king daddy follows such a mild and gently path, I believe that NOT even  the whales have such capabilities to control king daddy in such mild and gentle paths forward.  Furthermore, even if Torque and some other members might conjecture that the whole damned BTC price trajectory is orquestrate by some supposedly existing powers that be entities, the odds seem quite unlikely that we are going to experience smooth and gentle BTC price movements, even if all of us get into a circle and chant for it.  BTC no work like dat.


I am not watching the ticker and asking, “When moon?”  I want to see a new ATH driven by increased adoption and usage as money—not by FOMO, irrational exuberance, etc.  

It is what it is, no?

Of course, there may be some of us that could go out there and attempt to build and contribute to the BTC development direction that we want to happen, but in the end, we cannot really stop what is causing the BTC price to increase or decrease (use cases, speculation or whatever), and surely there can be some financialization aspects that contribute to adoption and upwards price pressures that might not exactly be healthy for BTC, but financialization tools can be used in part of the games that are attempted to be played by BIGGER players.. especially if they believe that they can make money or even attempt to achieve other objectives by playing around with such financialization tools include engaging in fractional reserve (rehypothecation) practices.  There are likely goals to financially profit from BTC manipulation and there are also goals to destroy BTC, if that were possible.

Of course, at this juncture, increased adoption driven by loss of confidence in fiat currencies would not be a bad thing...

Sure, loss of confidence in fiat does seem to be one of our current BTC price pressure factors.. but surely there are no one cause situations in bitcoinlandia that cause BTC prices to go up, down or sideways.  There are a variety of factors, and sometimes we will witness that BTC prices will move in the exact opposite direction of what we might have had expected and end up staying in some kind of less than preferred price range for a period of time that is much longer than we might have thought reasonable or sustainable ... .


Too much speculation also increases volatility, which slows adoption—which detracts from Bitcoin’s fundamental value!

You going to go out there and stop speculators?  How?

With any network effect, speculation is one of the first use cases of any asset, whether we are referring to bitcoin or any other asset.  

Speculation is not going to go away, even if other use cases develop around it, and even if the asset becomes more mature.  Are you trying to suggest that bitcoin is too mature for speculation?  Bitcoin is just a baby, so speculation is going to exist for a long ass time in bitcoin, whether we like it or not.  Manipulation, too.  So best to just deal with such speculation, manipulation and volatility rather than wish it away.

You know about the 7 network effects that are outlined by Trace Mayer, right?  Even though Trace Mayer might currently be persona non grata, there continues to be a lot of discussions and articles around the seven network effects that he described in earlier articles and interviews that can be Googled to look up a variety of such articles that flesh out those seven network effects.. and speculation tends to be amongst the first of the network effects to develop.. and it is not like speculation is going to go away once it starts.

Here's one rendition of the seven network effects - even though they can be fleshed out in a variety of other ways:

>>>>>>The 7 network effects of Bitcoin are:

Speculation — Speculators are attracted to this new asset class by its novelty and high volatility.

Merchant Adoption — Merchants are attracted by the profit margin increases which Bitcoin enables, namely: avoiding credit card fees and eliminating chargebacks.

Consumer Adoption — Consumers are attracted by discounts (a la Purse for saving on Amazon), increased transaction privacy, and greater economic sovreignty: e.g., the ability to buy restricted or otherwise unavailable goods.

Security — Insofar as the system is secured by miners and decentralized by nodes the network can be considered trustworthy. Likewise, as more speculators, merchants, and consumers come on board, the price increases and miners are incentivized to participate, further securing the network.

Developer Mindshare - Developers are attracted to Bitcoin because there is money in it, and because its open protocol and codebase enable permissionless innovation.

Financialization - Fintech firms and venture capitalists are investing in the Bitcoin ecosystem not only to facilitate main street investor speculation, but also because its programmable nature allows for the transfer and registry of assets of all types: titles, stocks, securities, etc.

Adoption as a World Reserve Currency - While the previous network effects build upon each other and help to raise its market capitalization, developers continue to enhance Bitcoin's scalability and utility. Eventually all transactions may be settled on the blockchain. Adoption as a World Reserve Currency may happen through the gradual recognition of Bitcoin as a technically superior form of money. More likely, however, is uptake resulting from: A) continued crises in other fiat currencies, or B) so called "speculative attacks" against weaker currencies, leading in either case to Hyperbitcoinization.<<<<<<<


Thus, I don’t see the $10k range as “uncomfortable”.  As long as it has stable support there, I am happy for the time being.
 

I did not characterize our $10k range as "uncomfortable" in terms of any kind of personal preference.

I only characterized our current $10k price range as "uncomfortable" in the sense that I don't expect such price range to last for very long, but whatever, if such price range does end up lasting, I don't really care either.  It is not like I am betting on some other direction.  I just consider stability in BTC prices as a lame ass expectation because it remains unlikely, even if such stability does coincidentally happen in BTC from time to time (like a kind of temporary truce).
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Mark it!
9/12 Closing Price: $10,501-$11,000 🤪
I was reading few belogs and mostly beleive we are going to stay between your figures for some time. Smiley
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https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/astrazeneca-shares-plunge-covid-vaccine-study-put-hold-due-adverse-reaction
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gonna get messy with us too. some support coming in but lots of selling
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September 08, 2020, 10:23:09 PM

Bitcoin going down again Sad  Oh well.
Also, real Defi: https://www.btctimes.com/news/lnmarkets-closes-pre-seed-to-build-bitcoin-derivatives-on-the-lightning-network

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well now it's holding up. that would be real bullish  Undecided
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big fight for 10k
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I also think that too-rapid increases driven by pure speculation are not good.  That is the definition of a bubble.  I do not want another November–December 2017 scenario.  I am not watching the ticker and asking, “When moon?”  I want to see a new ATH driven by increased adoption and usage as money—not by FOMO, irrational exuberance, etc. ...

  I think the huge hype and price bubbles help to drive awareness and adoption.

More than the inevitable, inevitably painful correction drives people away?
  Yup.




First impressions count.  Think of all the people who caught the FOMO get-rich-quick virus in December 2017, and got shorn like the sheep that they are—who lost real money that meant something to them.  Are they ever coming back?  I’m not the first to suggest that that precious bull run set back mass adoption for years.

You're late and you wait, or you keep on hodling.  One is not shorn buying bitcoin; one is shorn by selling for less than one paid.  Ask JJG.  IIRC he started buying well up into the Nov '13 horrible dangerous bubble.  #stronghands



Bitcoin is king because it’s boring.  That is to say:  It is reliable.  Core uses solid, well-understood technologies, instead of chasing the latest fad.  Its developers say, “it’s done when it’s done”, not “move fast and break things”.  And as volatile as its market is, it is incomparably less so than most altcoins.

Sure. maybe now.

You can in good conscience tell your grandma to buy some Bitcoin. 

I did. She did.  More than 7 years ago ( Shocked wow time flies)  #noregrets


Not so much the back side of the peaks, but that is a lot easier to bear after a few rounds. There is actual data to research on past cycles now, for those that choose to dyor.

It’s easy to say “DYOR”.  Hard for the n00b who is stepping into an alien world, taking a risk—and oft as not, getting burned.  Whereas “DYOR” sounds suspiciously like the kinds of excuses tossed out by ICOs, Defi tokens, and other shitcoin scams.  LOL, you lost money believing in us—your fault, sucker! 

Again, you have to sell to regret in the long run.  I DID MOR.  There was fuck all that wasn't sketchy in 2012.  Thought I missed the boat in April 2013, but instead set myself up nicely for November 2013.   Nov 2017 was a long time coming, and I fully expect to ride the train again withing the next months  - 2 years.  With that many cycles in the books, as well and several alt runs, There is actually something to research now. 

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big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.
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big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.


Maybe.  You might have to watch it in the rearview mirror though, if you blink.
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big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.


once we reach it, it's done, though. Fomo starts.
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that's just something specific for one company...there is another news item: several other companies vaccines have to be maintained at -70C.
Regular medical clinics rarely have deep freezers like this and dry-ice packs cannot last long.
Imagine clinics injecting basically a placebo since the vaccine was in -20 for a few hours.
Patients would never know that this happened.
They are talking about "cold custody", but where would be the proof-in somebodies undecipherable writing?

IMHO, stay AWAY from any vaccine that required -70C.

big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.


once we reach it, it's done, though. Fomo starts.

if we follow prior wiggles around ATH, it is likely that we would potentually burst to 22K before reversing to 16-18K, then another wiggle around 20K, then GO GO GO.

can't really focus on btc right now...too much RL.
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big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.


Don't think so much. If we pass 20K, then discovery price.. so can be much faster than the 10K psychologic..
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September 09, 2020, 12:57:21 AM

First impressions count.  Think of all the people who caught the FOMO get-rich-quick virus in December 2017, and got shorn like the sheep that they are—who lost real money that meant something to them.  Are they ever coming back?  I’m not the first to suggest that that precious bull run set back mass adoption for years.

You're late and you wait, or you keep on hodling.  One is not shorn buying bitcoin; one is shorn by selling for less than one paid.  Ask JJG.  IIRC he started buying well up into the Nov '13 horrible dangerous bubble.  #stronghands

True.  I started buying at the high in November 2013, so that first BTC that I bought was not consistently profitable until around March/April 2017 - around 40 months (3 1/4 years) later.

There are probably NOT very many people who would inject everything into an asset at the top - or at least I had not taken that approach, so even though my first BTC cost my $1,200, by the time early 2017 came along, my average price per BTC (counting all my BTC purchases) was less than $500 per BTC - even though my sim port hack situation in early 2017, caused my average price per BTC to go up to about $750 per BTC.

Long term conviction helps.  Not investing more than you can afford to lose helps (which might be another way of saying willingness to ride the investment to zero).  It also helps that ultimately the underlying asset did go back up in price... both above my average price per BTC ($500/$700) and also above the price of the first purchase ($1,200) - even though DCA'ing would not have required for BTC to go back above that original $1,200 price in order for the average cost per BTC of my whole investment to have turned into a profitable status anywhere above $500 or alternatively above $750 (if counting the cost of the hack).


With that many cycles in the books, as well and several alt runs, There is actually something to research now.  

Helps to have been in bitcoin for a few of the cycles, as you suggested, explorer..   so being in bitcoin for a few cycles seems to give more options in terms of profitability... but also there is a track record, too.. as you also acknowledge.

big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.

I suspect that $20k will be more like a knife through hot butter, as compared with $10k.

It's like the earlier cycle... there was more of a battle for $500 in late 2015 and early 2016 and $700 in mid and late 2016, than there was for $1,163 in early 2017.

big fight for 10k

The fight for 20k will be much bigger.


Maybe.  You might have to watch it in the rearview mirror though, if you blink.

That's what I am saying.
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September 09, 2020, 01:41:14 AM

Adapted from amidst a longer compound reply to Jay and explorer, which I may or may not have time to finish:

Not investing more than you can afford to lose helps (which might be another way of saying willingness to ride the investment to zero).

Have you ever seen anybody say, “Don’t put more money into dollars than you can afford to lose”?  (They should, but that’s not the point.)  Bitcoin cannot claim to be sound money, when it is marketed under this disclaimer.

Whereas Bitcoin’s only fundamental value is as money.  If it’s not sound money, then why bother?



Long term conviction helps.

I state the foregoing from a position of real long-term conviction:  If Bitcoin were to crash to zero, I would literally lack food.  I am effectually “all in” with Bitcoin, for ideological rather than financial reasons; and yet, some of the replies that I am getting here, especially what explorer said, are a little bit too close to “you don’t believe hard enough”.  It’s the kind of thing that draws mutters from rational people about a “cult-like mentality”, etc.  Well, I do have a Bitcult; but when it comes to serious discussion of Bitcoin’s fundamentals and long-term prospects, I neither drink Kool-Aid, nor hand it out.
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September 09, 2020, 02:19:51 AM

Adapted from amidst a longer compound reply to Jay and explorer, which I may or may not have time to finish:

Not investing more than you can afford to lose helps (which might be another way of saying willingness to ride the investment to zero).

Have you ever seen anybody say, “Don’t put more money into dollars than you can afford to lose”?  (They should, but that’s not the point.)  Bitcoin cannot claim to be sound money, when it is marketed under this disclaimer.

Whereas Bitcoin’s only fundamental value is as money.  If it’s not sound money, then why bother?


That's goofy-talk.

We do not go from less than 1% bitcoin adoption to world reserve currency status overnight.

If you want to invest 100% into bitcoin or take some other non-practical approach to bitcoin, then that is your choice.. you are likely going to get screwed here and there, because there are a variety of other assets and frequently it is helpful to be able to have other things that you are able to spend (such as fiat or various other ways of not having all your eggs in one volatile asset.   

I think it is better to go first steps first, which is get nocoiners off of zero, first.  99% of the world population owns absolutely no bitcoin.

You can make a shit ton of money by just having 10% of your value into bitcoin.

I see no reason to be attempting to push these matters onto people if they are not ready...

either they get it or they don't and the ones of us who recognize the matter of the value of bitcoin earlier are going to profit stupendously because we were able to see the value in bitcoin first and to act in the right direction, and we were also able to invest into it, before some of the dying dinosaurs like warren buffet or charles munger were able to recognize or appreciate the value...

We also saw the value in bitcoin instead of getting distracted by shitcoins.  A lot of folks are going to get distracted into shitcoins, and how you going to change that? I say, just let them fucking learn the hard way, just like a lot of us did.  They are NOT all of a sudden going to be bitcoin enlightened by having it forced upon them..  but they will eventually come to bitcoin, even if it takes one or two generation before the recognize the value of bitcoin over the various snakeoils that you are not going to stop.. and we do not even have the power to stop such snake oils whether we are referring to various shitcoins or various fiats and whatever other various other currency "innovations" that come in the coming years.
 



Long term conviction helps.

I state the foregoing from a position of real long-term conviction:  If Bitcoin were to crash to zero, I would literally lack food.  I am effectually “all in” with Bitcoin, for ideological rather than financial reasons;

Personally, I do not agree with that approach.  Bitcoin allows us to commit to it, ideologically, and to live well at the same time.  It is one of those rare opportunities in life, and a lot of people have become rich as fuck by only having a reasonable amount in bitcoin and also having cash, too.

You are going to come off as a crazy fuck, if you are not somewhat allocated in cash too, and you also likely make yourself a target... but, hey, if you want to make yourself a target, that is up to you.

I am saying that there is no reason to die for the cause because you can get rich and you can support bitcoin.. no need to die for the cause, here.. unless you are merely suicidal (but that is not necessary.. as I already mentioned).

and yet, some of the replies that I am getting here, especially what explorer said, are a little bit too close to “you don’t believe hard enough”.  

You do not need to convince any of us.

You should be protecting yourself though because none of us (or other random peeps on the internet) give any shits about you as much as you should be protecting yourself, psychologically and financially.


It’s the kind of thing that draws mutters from rational people about a “cult-like mentality”, etc.

Yes.  People are going to consider you a weirdo... It is much easier to get along in society by being able to communicate with others and to build bonds rather than appearing like a weirdo.

So there is a need for balance.  So if you go out on a date, it is good to have money in order that you can eat the steak dinner and to be able to convince the chick to come back to your pad.

 Well, I do have a Bitcult; but when it comes to serious discussion of Bitcoin’s fundamentals and long-term prospects, I neither drink Kool-Aid, nor hand it out.

Ultimately, it is your choice regarding what level of balance you believe is good for you and what works for you to be able to achieve your personal objectives.

Personally, I think that it is better to have some balance.  If you are earning income in fiat, then you figure out what level of balancer that you need to have in fiat and what level in bitcoin.

If you are earning in bitcoin, then you may have to cash into fiat from time to time.  No one should be forced to be cashing out of either one at a time that is not of their own choosing but if you have everything in bitcoin, then you are likely going to be causing your own emergency situations, unless you have figure out every single place to go to be able to spend your BTC for housing, utilities, food, transportation, entertainment (and hookers, lambos and blow).  Even if you are moderate with your consumption, you still likely having regular living needs that cause regular expenses.

If you do not have that, then maybe you need to explain your situation a bit better... because we should be attempt to discuss these bitcoin balancing matters in generally applicable ways for normies rather than fanatical ways or ways that are quite peculiar to some kinds of weird situations, in my humble bumble opinion. 
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https://mailchi.mp/83fd6ed702f3/martys-bent-september-8th-2020-819

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For those who need a refresher, DLCs allow two or more parties to enter into a smart contract agreement regarding a future event. In the case of Nicolas and Chris, they are betting about the outcome of the US Election this year. However, they could have bet on the price of bitcoin on the same date, the outcome of an NBA game later this week, or the temperature in Boise next Wednesday at noon local time. The two construct multiple transactions that decide where the funds are sent; in this case there is a transaction that sends the funds to Chris and another that sends them to Nicolas depending on the outcome of the election. The movement of funds within the DLC is dependent on a signature from an Oracle that confirms the outcome of the event once it happens. The Oracle has no idea who is using their signature to execute DLCs unless users publicly state that they are. This allows individuals to make bets in private and for anyone who is so inclined to use a particular Oracle's signature. One signature for millions of bets is possible. Making DLCs scalable to the masses.

possibly the first one in the wild

That could be one way to have natively bitcoin-based DeFi, possibly on the Lightning Network. More of this is coming our way.
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September 09, 2020, 02:25:09 AM
Last edit: September 09, 2020, 02:41:19 AM by jbreher

The name should be changed to tangle.

From here on out, tangle should be the correct nomenclature for that formerly known as chain.

Unfortunately, the term 'tangle' is already understood to apply to an alternate crypto token database design that has no resemblance to a blockchain whatsoever.

You really think that Jay didn’t know this?

I really don't know. I rather expect that JJG had no idea that 'tangle' refers to an alternative database structure as the basis of several altcoins. Why don't you ask him/her directly?
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September 09, 2020, 02:46:13 AM

The name should be changed to tangle.

From here on out, tangle should be the correct nomenclature for that formerly known as chain.

Unfortunately, the term 'tangle' is already understood to apply to an alternate crypto token database design that has no resemblance to a blockchain whatsoever.

You really think that Jay didn’t know this?

I really don't know. I rather expect that JJG had no idea that 'tangle' refers to an alternative database structure as the basis of several altcoins. Why don't you ask him/her them* directly?

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