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Weekly Top Posts: 2018-01-14
2018-01-14 05:00 UTC

  1. Crypto: The Problem With David Stockman Is That He Wants You To Think He’s Smart
  2. Crypto: Jason Hreha Is Fucktarded About Both FOMO And Bitcoin
  3. It’s Easy To Have Girl Envy, Even In Black and White
  4. Be Stupid; Lie Yourself To Sleep. Everything’ll Be A’Right.
  5. Do You Hodl Bitcoin Yet?

Weekly Top Posts: 2018-01-07
2018-01-07 05:00 UTC

  1. Crypto: The Problem With David Stockman Is That He Wants You To Think He’s Smart
  2. Crypto: Jason Hreha Is Fucktarded About Both FOMO And Bitcoin
  3. Be Stupid; Lie Yourself To Sleep. Everything’ll Be A’Right.
  4. It’s Easy To Have Girl Envy, Even In Black and White
  5. LOL Jimmy Moore’s Ketotard Failure After Failure

Crypto: The Problem With David Stockman Is That He Wants You To Think He’s Smart
2018-01-03 00:29 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Another day, another elitist telling you how he’s much smarter than you BECAUSE you made tens or hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars, and he didn’t.

He didn’t advise you to do that, so he’s smart, and you’re stupid.


President Ronald Reagan’s Former Director of the Office of Management David Stockman has told CNBC’s Futures Now in an interview that investors in the cryptocurrency market are “stupid speculators” and will suffer a “spectacular crash.”

Stockman stated:

“It’s basically a class of really stupid speculators who have convinced themselves that trees grow to the sky. It will burn out in a spectacular crash. All of these latter-day speculators will have their hands burned to a crisp, and they will learn the proper lesson.”

Look, you all get to be just as meticulously stupid and clueless as you like. He doesn’t grasp the underlying monetary revolution and dollars are like Bibles to a clueless sort like that who will remain intransigent so that he was always right about everything.

Weekly Top Posts: 2017-12-31
2017-12-31 05:00 UTC

  1. Crypto: Jason Hreha Is Fucktarded About Both FOMO And Bitcoin
  2. How’s My Patreon Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Gig Going?
  3. Be Stupid; Lie Yourself To Sleep. Everything’ll Be A’Right.
  4. The Satoshi Bubble of 2009 Continues
  5. It’s Easy To Have Girl Envy, Even In Black and White

Crypto: Jason Hreha Is Fucktarded About Both FOMO And Bitcoin
2017-12-28 23:44 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Got this in my email just now. Look, it’s just hilarious to me.

It’s a delicious mix of an inability to differentiate rational from irrational fear from a “behavioral scientist,” combined with a big mix of Dunning-Kruger about the viability of Bitcoin, from a “behavioral scientist.”

Where in the holy fuck do they come up with these most fucktarded of human debris?


From: Jason Hreha <>
Date: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 2:31 PM
Subject: Are you afraid of missing out? I am.

Jason’s Behavioral Science Newsletter

I’ve been experiencing a lot of FOMO this holiday season.

For those of you who aren’t up to date on the lingo, FOMO means Fear Of Missing Out.

It’s a powerful cocktail of cognitive biases.

First, you take a couple shots of social proof and place them in a large glass filled with ice.

Then, you add an equal amount of the finest “loss aversion” you have on hand and stir until the two are evenly mixed.

If you want, you can sprinkle a little bit of envy on top–but that’s not necessary. The cocktail is strong enough with just two ingredients.

All of us experience plenty of FOMO during the holiday seasons… after all, this is the time of the year when every single store on the planet runs “can’t miss” sales that “are ending in 24 hours”!

This is also the time of the year when families and friends gather together and tell each other about the awesome stuff that they did (and bought) that you (unfortunately) missed…

But this year there was something new in the mixture. Something powerful. Something exotic.

Can you guess what it was?

Let me give you a hint.

It starts with B.

Still can’t get it?

OK–here’s another hint: it’s nerdy.

No. I’m not talking about books.

I’m talking about…


Yes, that ever so sexy digital gold. That rocketship that keeps on moving up and up and up and breaking new price records.

That magical new money that has turned that one friend of yours on Facebook into an overnight investment guru: “Stocks are so 20th century, man…”

We all have someone like this in our orbit. And we’ve all seen the news stories about some 20 year old kid or another who now drives a Porsche because he bought a few hundred coins when they were still a few pennies each.

“If only I had purchased Bitcoin in 2010…”

I bet that the topic was brought up at least once during your holiday festivities.

In my case, it was mentioned at every single dinner I went to between the 20th and 26th.

I’m not going to lie, I had at least 3 fantasies about what my life would be like if I had purchased a couple thousand dollars of Bitcoin back in 2010.

And, yes, they did involve yachts and the occasional Rolex (and I’m not even a watch guy!).

Which brings us back to the topic at hand: FOMO.

There are few things better at changing behavior than FOMO.

It’s the driving force behind fads of all shapes and sizes.

Remember Beanie Babies? That whole fiasco was driven by FOMO.

The housing crisis? FOMO.

Bieber-mania? Yep–you guessed it. FOMO.

Savvy observers of human behavior can detect these manias in their early phases–and capitalize on them.

But most people aren’t astute observers of human psychology. They choose to run with the herd because it’s running–not because of any deeper understanding.

Which points us to another characteristic of social proof: it’s most impactful when we’re uncertain, and very few of us know that much about investing & financial instruments… and even fewer know much about cryptography, and all the other complicated stuff that Bitcoin is built upon…

Which makes it a perfect catalyst for herd behavior. People don’t understand Bitcoin because it’s complicated, so they defer to the judgement of others. The only problem is most of the “others” out there don’t understand it either.

People then buy it because other people are buying it, which causes the price to go up, which causes even more people to buy it because they don’t want to lose out on all the amazing gains people are making.

It’s a devilish loop, and it’s not the best way to invest one’s money.

Which reminds me… you know what’s a good use of money?

Investing in yourself. Investing in knowledge.

Which is why you should sign up for my premium behavioral science round-up.

Every 2 weeks I send out a list of the most interesting 15-20 behavioral-science studies that I’ve encountered. People love it. They learn a lot.

And the next issue is going out tonight.

Don’t miss out! Don’t experience FOMO (see what I did there?). Sign up here:

Until tomorrow,

Curious about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon? Then check out my Patreon Profile.

Weekly Top Posts: 2017-12-24
2017-12-24 05:00 UTC

  1. How’s My Patreon Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Gig Going?
  2. Be Stupid; Lie Yourself To Sleep. Everything’ll Be A’Right.
  3. My Change in Heart, Mind, and Focus: Cryptocurrency Vs. “Paleo” or “Low Carb” Diet
  4. I’m On With Lawrence Neal, Corporate Warrior Podcast
  5. The Palm Beach Letter Gives Out Crap Advice On Bitcoin Gold

Weekly Top Posts: 2017-12-17
2017-12-17 05:00 UTC

  1. My Change in Heart, Mind, and Focus: Cryptocurrency Vs. “Paleo” or “Low Carb” Diet
  2. $1 Million Bitcoin In 2018?
  3. Do You Hodl Bitcoin Yet?
  4. Andreas Antonopoulos Becomes Instant Bitcoin Millionaire
  5. Hey Richard, LOL, How’s That CryptoCurrency Portfolio Going?

Kitchen: Grilled Ribeyes, Mash, and Roasted Asparagus
2017-12-13 17:51 UTC by Richard Nikoley

As you can see, above, the name of the blog has changed. It’s been Free The Animal for 10 years, was two different names in the four years prior, and it’s time for a change so as to better reflect my intentions going forward. As you can also see by scrolling down the page, I’ve been blogging about crypto and money mostly, for months now. This, owing to my paid gig on Patreon, now just shy of 500 Patrons at the time of this writing.

Yea, imagine that. Upwards of 500 folks willing to cut lose with $5 per month in order to participate in a troll-and-bullshit free environment with no ads, pop-ups, up-sells, or “premium” content—euphemism for “I’m just going to charge you more for this because I can.” Nope, it’s very egalitarian of me. Everyone gets the same deal.

It’s funny what levels of general annoyance and harassment people will endure online because it’s “free.” LOL

Curious about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon? Then check out my Patreon Profile.

So, anyway, I’m never about singular focus on a blog and as always, blogging any fucking thing I want is always on the table. TheCryptoKitchen is just a way to narrow the focus just a bit, give some sense of direction. After all, who doesn’t love good food and money? Amiright?

I’ll tend to stay away from all the goddammed dietary nonsense, focussing instead on good food from the kitchen. Simple. Let it just speak for itself. This was always the most pleasurable thing about the whole diet and health thing all the way back. Not only did I get the pleasure of shopping for it, preparing it, and then eating it, I then got to tell the story through pictures.

On the crypto side, I get to write about what is increasingly taking up my life and times in a more work sense. More on all that, later. This is a kitchen post.

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So let’s cook. It was spur of moment last night, Tuesday. I realized it had been a week since good steak on the grill. At the end of our 10-day motorhome excursion over the holidays with five overnight stops along the way, the last one was a night in Santa Barbara in order to break up our return from Carlsbad, CA to our home in the Sierras. I invited my friend Dr. Mike Eades over, shopped, and got cooking. Unfortunately, MD had choir rehearsal so couldn’t attend.

Motorhome Kitchen

The NY Strip looked better than the ribeyes, so got those, which were cooked on the mini-Webber with charcoal—a lost art, given gas, now. Also on the menu was Texas-style green beens, roasted fingerling potatoes, my shallot-mushroom beef stock reduction sauce, and a butter lettuce salad with my Dijon vinaigrette. Unfortunately, no dinner service pics, for some reason.

But not this time. You want pics, we got pics. Up top are the essentials. I also did a simple browned butter drizzle. No, not a cube of butter per serving. A 2-pat portion per serving—as though we’re sane or something, not Ketotarded.

You just can’t go wrong with roasted asparagus. I only ever get the thin ones and when I see them, it almost always overrules any other side-option I might be thinking about. So simple, too:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Trim the tough ends of the shoots, usually 1-2 inches
  3. Toss them in a TBS or two of EVOO and liberally season with sea salt and finely ground black pepper
  4. Roast on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes, until the flowers at the tops are crispy

Done. There’s also mashed potatoes. Everyone knows how to make them. In terms of added fat, I calculate about 1-2 pats of butter and 1/4 cup whole milk per serving. I do not use half & half nor heavy cream. Just don’t need it. Typically, it’s being served with a reduction sauce anyway (my sauces are fat skimmed for better texture and flavor). I do big batches of mash now, so I can easily reheat. In this case, the casserole went in the oven alongside the asparagus. Works great, very convenient, and gets more mashed potatoes in your belly because, who doesn’t want that?

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Shall we proceed? Okay, these are not done on charcoal, but I happen to have the Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill with three close-together burners in a small space that can get it up to 800 F internal. I also have the offset charcoal and smoker attachment. Grill mastery.

Last night, it was a tight schedule so gas only.

I use various methods of grilling, depending on the cut, how lean or fatty, etc. In this case, pretty fatty ribeyes. So, all burners on high, grill is preheated to full on way up, 700-800 deg internal. Toss ’em on, cover for about a minute, open up, move ’em 45 deg for pro-level grill marks, then cover about another 1-2 minutes, until you really hear the fat poppin’ and and sizzlin’, then open it up so as to not overheat the center for medium rare, allowing the fat to char. Then turn, repeat the process, but not so long covered. Open it up and do the finger test until perfect.

And now let’s plate up, including just a drizzle of that browned butter.




Now and then, someone may have doubt that my steaks always come out how we want them: generally medium rare for ribeyes, NY strips, sirloin, and the various flat iron, hanger, and flap cuts. For filets, usually rare, and I’ll sometimes do flat irons rare as well.



And so that will do it for this Kitchen installment. more to follow in the days to come. Also, yes, I will be getting the domain name sorted,, and will just forward once that’s done, so you’ll still get here either way.

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


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Crypto: Post 21 Convention Interview
2017-12-12 21:40 UTC by Richard Nikoley

At the end of September I gave a talk on cryptocurrency at the 21 Convention in Orlando, Florida. The public release of that video will be forthcoming at a future time and I’ll publish it here when it does.

In the meantime, here’s a brief interview.

Curious about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon? Then check out my Patreon Profile.

Weekly Top Posts: 2017-12-10
2017-12-10 05:00 UTC

  1. $1 Million Bitcoin In 2018?
  2. Andreas Antonopoulos Becomes Instant Bitcoin Millionaire
  3. Do You Hodl Bitcoin Yet?
  4. Is Bitcoin A Bubble At $8,000? How About At $1 Million, $10, Or even $100 Million?
  5. It’s Easy To Have Girl Envy, Even In Black and White

My Change in Heart, Mind, and Focus: Cryptocurrency Vs. “Paleo” or “Low Carb” Diet
2017-12-09 23:35 UTC by Richard Nikoley

A few nights ago I texted someone y’all know.

BTC just over 14k now. Started the Patreon gig when it was 4,500. 15k will drive the final nail into diet blogging for me.

Whereas my normal gettyup time now is 4:30-5:30am, I languished insac until 8am the next morning. After clearing my eyes, I checked the markets first thing, just as I used to do a dozen years ago when trading the S&P 500 options (SPX) on the CBOE. Here’s what I saw.

15K hit when I was sleeping and the price level said ‘goodby, for now.’

Not even a week ago, I was talking about maybe snagging another stake under 10k. I did that. $500 more into bitcoin.

But honestly, I was just looking for a clever excuse to use for what I knew for certain was coming anyway.

…Last June 9 my wife, Beatrice, retired after 35 years in the school district. For about 30 years of that time, she taught 5th and 6th grades, sometimes split classes—where she taught two grade levels at a time. But she always wanted to work with kids on a more fundamental, underlying level. She went back to school herself, after more than 15 years of teaching, and got her master’s degree in counseling.

There were no such jobs to transition to.

Eventually, in 2005—10 years of waiting later—the district experimented with academic counseling, with an equally experimental budget. It lasted two years. Her academic counseling program was hugely successful and parents and PTAs loved it uniformly and actually fought for it, but failed.

You can’t fuck with Mother Nature, and when budgetary constraints come along, the very first thing administrators do is protect themselves and find ways to cut the budget for the kids—that is, cut the budget on fulfilling their mission. Whenever you want to look pure and true evil in the eye, think on that.

Bea always took it in total stride. She’s completely unlike me, with an essential amazing grace and a roll-off-back nature like crazy and, it’s impressive. To her, it’s simple; she’s not much interested in the prescient, apropos, and most clever vitriol I can bring to bear with a wink and twinkle of eye on blogs and facebooks. She might laugh, but is never particularly enamored. Her “serious side” operates on different value standards and timescales than does mine.

She could still do that “job” in the classroom. It’s about getting to the nitty gritty. It’s finding out why the kid isn’t curious, is stressed—or whatever it is that’s preventing him or her from doing what kids naturally do, which is suck up information like sponges, with enthusiasm.

I’m helpless when it comes to this sort of true love, in admiration of her essential humanity in a context of a human life where I’m easily Mencken about a whole lot of stuff.

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” — HLM

The female is the absolutely essential taming influence for the male. Moreover, the female has a dual role in managing the “problem” of the male species…

The best of the females find ways to spur on the males they influence to great, greater and in the rare cases, the greatest. There’s almost always a female behind the greatest male—and that’s just biology on the most fundamental hand, and being social enough on the other.

The essential value of the female is to make the male social enough. I’m not being factious. The smartest females know how to make this fundamentally essential thing happen and it’s not for me to understand. It’s rather to be smart and prescient enough to comply with female when boundaries of paths are reached; or, in my case many times, better paths enlightened for me.

Thanks, chicks. I literally, couldn’t do it with out you; but, I’ll still be a male of the human species which means you all have endless work to do. And why would you not? I think it’s a wonderful and natural trade.

I guess I digress.

…A few weeks after retiring last June, Bea took me out to lunch with a file folder of outdated articles about making money blogging. It’s not that we particularly need more money. What it was is that in the space since retirement, she had observed me more closely than ever before.

“Richard, you need to get paid.”

Me: “Well, I have Amazon, Google, a couple other ad things, and Elixa. It comes to 1-2K monthly, on average.”

“You need people to pay you, for all the effort, time, and attention you put in.”

To her, as a never-blogger nobie, it was simply a matter of setting up a paywall that day, on a deal that’s 4,500 free posts in the making.

I knew that would be a flop, of course. But the underlying and essential idea was something I could consider. I’d really just never thought about it much. I kind of like not caring about money a whole lot. I used to care way too much and it resulted in bad things.

Through a series of circumstance I found Patreon. Initially, I thought “Okay, I’ll do a premium diet thing and bla bla bla.”

I hated the idea, knew I’d get killed for even trying. All I could do is stew, caught between my wife’s wishes and the impossibility of delivering, though I knew in the end she’d be OK. But what proper male of the human species doesn’t want to strut around and show off his colorfully erect peacock display to the female he’s nested with?

…In August it came together, something happened. Bitcoin, or more generally, cryptocurrency.

But it was rather subtle. While I couldn’t predict the future, I could easily identify a rising tide and it’s exactly what I saw. I just detected an increasing level of buzz all around me. Buzz is essential to bring it mainstream, where everyone is invested and liquidity is given. That orange circle is when I went in principally with this change for my future, with my female. I say principally—and not all in—because I wasn’t yet ready to dump my 10 years of cred in diet blogging.

So I placed a small bet and got to work creating a couple of posts to launch it on the Patreon platform where, as I reasoned, I could at least show my caring wife that I gave it a shot, and did it as smart I could think to do it—preserve what’s there already while venturing out to something new for a good she’s finally happy with.

I still remember day 1. Ground Zero. I immediately got a few Patrons at $5 monthly and they kept trickling in. I recall telling Bea at the end of the evening, when we were at 17, that we’ll be at 20 by morning. A hunerd bucks gross.

I’m at 469 Patrons at $5 monthly as I write. I was 3-months-in just yesterday, Dec 8.

But do you know of what I’m most enamored? It’s that I’m a male of the human species that gets to do what he wants, but for some inexplicable reason, cannot help but try to please the female I love so much, and am helpless about it. Yea, she checks regularly, gives me updates on the latest Patron count…

I win. :)

But it’s not all I win. There’s the actual deal, and, how does it compare with what I’m leaving behind, diet blogging?

How might a change in focus change your life? Well, I set out September 2 to find out—a week before launch—and this is the result after 3 months. It’s a diversification, about 40 individual and separate crypto investments, not an all-eggs-one-basket.

Yes, of course I’m in Bitcoin and it’s actually the biggest weight of the portfolio (50%ish). It’s a 100% crypto portfolio of about 40 crypto assets, some  green as much as 700% since I took a stake. Only about 5 are rouge currently. To get this list—where others try to sell you a $3,000 newsletter subscription for just one tip—you can get all 40 for $5 per month, no catch.

I’ve been up 80-90% for a couple of days and am happy to have been able to snap a shot right at the 100% mark, which is weekly buys into crypto from early September to just last week when I jumped to put $500 more into Bitcoin because I figured my limit order to buy at $8,001.01 would never fill, so I cancelled it and just took the market at a bit under $10k.

Of course, things depend. I finally got Bea to put just $250 into Bitcoin a few weeks ago in her own account and it’s worth $600-700 now, depending. She gets a kick out of looking at it and is beginning to get over that it’s too complicated to contemplate. I have an app for that, actually; where I show you how to get in now, today. Not tomorrow; today. That post is on Patreon but it’s public, so you can test drive if you like.

…In May of 2007 I wrote the first blog post of what was to become a 10-year obsession that would amount to over 3,000 blog posts, 100,000 comments, a number of speaking gigs and a lot of podcast interviews. It’s 10 years, now.

I’d gone to the gym, started trying to understand why, at 45, I was just getting fatter and fatter and fatter. The rest is history and I’ve made my mark very well, with integrity. I don’t regret anything about it. I especially don’t regret ever making much money off it.

I began like this:

  • Real food is better
  • Low carbohydrate is better
  • Cooking at home is better
  • Working out harder for shorter is better than easier for longer
  • Not eating anything regularly is better than asking what to eat all the time

I hit these deals all along the way:

  • Be mindful of vitamin D, it’s sunshine, and understand if you’re a fish out of water (dark skin in high latitudes)
  • Cholesterol is not a problem on real food diets
  • Ketosis is not a particularly natural state, it’s a survival adaptation
  • Vitamin k2 (MK-4) is so potentially amazing you can’t not hook it up with D3 and get them a room
  • Eat liver
  • Drink whole milk (sometimes…nutrient dense)
  • Eat oysters, mussels, and clams
  • Whole grains have super important minerals, so the cost/benefit goes to eating some
  • The gut is the new frontier, we’ve not begun to understand probiotics and prebiotics, better to feed it willy nilly than starve it with a silly level of ignorant hubris
  • Protein is king
  • And many more things…

Where I end up:

  • Real food is better
  • Low carbohydrate doesn’t matter, calories matter
  • Cooking at home is better
  • Working out harder for shorter is better than easier for longer
  • Not eating anything regularly is better than asking what to eat all the time
  • Be mindful of vitamin D, it’s sunshine, and understand if you’re a fish out of water (dark skin in high latitudes)
  • Cholesterol is not a problem on real food diets
  • Ketosis is not a particularly natural state, it’s a survival adaptation
  • Vitamin k2 (MK-4) is so potentially amazing you can’t not hook it up with D3 and get them a room
  • Eat liver
  • Drink whole milk (sometimes…nutrient dense)
  • Eat oysters, mussels, and clams
  • Whole grains have super important minerals, so the cost/benefit goes to eating some
  • The gut is the new frontier, we’ve not begun to understand probiotics and prebiotics, better to feed it willy nilly than starve it with a silly level of ignorant hubris
  • Protein is king

So, basically, 10 years to come up with something decent foundational, and other than the few ad-ons here and there, that calories count.

I spent 10 years and 3,000 posts coming to a full-circle realization that you’re fat because you eat too much too often, yet you complain you’re too hungry. Well then, you’ve gotten yourself there though self-medicating with junk food for decades. You have to do rehab or detox, or whatever. You have to reprogram your stupid dog brain.

Anyway, I just got a better gig. it doesn’t mean I’ll not keep up Ketotards, do likes and comments on FB, or any of the other things. As to this blog, I’ll post now and then, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly going to be about the real food I cook every day.

I have months of really awesome food pics, only shared on the Facebook that has seen fit to block me 9 times, the latest of which ends tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve come to understand what a disvalue Facebook is; it’s tops. I’m not going to get into it, though. I’ll just use it as a means to get people to click away from it, and spend their money elsewhere.

My energies are in turbo-mode elsewhere, now.

Curious about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon? Then check out my Patreon Profile.



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Andreas Antonopoulos Becomes Instant Bitcoin Millionaire
2017-12-08 22:14 UTC by Richard Nikoley

[Reposted from Patreon]

I don’t know if you’ve been following the story over the last couple of days but it’s emotional on many levels. Here’s Andreas from the Wikipedia POV. He has a website, YouTube, and a Patreon too. Yes, I’m a Patron.

Back in August, when I was chewing on what to do next—as my FreeTheAnimal diet blogging was just not really doing it for me, nor the revival of excitement via a Facebook group I created early June that quickly gained over 1,500 members—I began turning to crypto, having had a long-term interest. Andreas’ videos are what really got me shouting ‘amen, preach it brother’ from the pews.

The TL;DR is that another bitcoin millionaire and investor guy, Roger Ver—whom I gather lots of people hate—chastised Andreas over Twitter for resorting to Patreon to pay his bills when he could have just invested $300 in Bitcoin some years ago and he’d be a millionaire. Andreas responded in a private post on Patreon that got leaked to Reddit.

A gut wrenching excerpt.

It is hard for many to accept that someone who has been involved since 2012 has not amassed a great fortune in bitcoin. The truth, however, is that due to circumstances and some poor choices I made, I was not able to benefit as much from the rise of bitcoin as some others have.

At the end of 2012, when I heard about bitcoin, I had been working as a freelance consultant for about a year after burning out of my previous work as a partner in a research firm. I had a modest retirement fund, a small amount of credit card debt and enough income to make ends meet. I was really in limbo, looking for the next opportunity. Bitcoin arrived into my awareness and slapped me in the face. You’ve all heard my story of tumbling down the rabbit hall, absolutely consumed by awe.

What is not quite obvious is that my obsession also drove me to abandon my consulting work and put all my attention into bitcoin. I worked as hard as I have ever worked, focusing full time on this technology. During this time, I was unable to find any way of making a living through bitcoin. I traveled to speak at conferences (which didn’t even cover expenses), I consulted with startups (which couldn’t pay me), I wrote articles etc. To support my “habit”, I dipped into my savings. I cut back on my expenses as much as I could and started ravaging my savings. By mid-2013 I was forced to start liquidating my retirement funds. In my early 40’s, I was undoing a lifetime of savings, in a way most people would consider irresponsible. While doing so, I incurred penalty taxes for early withdrawal. Then, I went into credit card debt. By the end of 2013 I was “worse than broke”: going into debt at an alarming rate.

Finally, in 2014 I started making a bit of income. I was so deep in debt that I continued to live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to chip away at my debt. It was going to be a long two years before I finally became debt free at the end of 2016.

I won’t complain about the lost opportunity. I am extremely fortunate to be able to live debt free, doing my dream job in a field I absolutely love.

The thing about it is—if you’ve seen his videos, interviews and such—he’s doing it all as an evangelist who truly believes in it; that he can help the poor, unbanked, and fiat victims the whole world over…and he just may be right about that.

The more TL;DR is that this getting out there resulted in tons of people sending Bitcoin to his donation address and within 24-hours, those who love him had sent 50 Bitcoin his way, worth about $750K. One individual sent 37 coins. But it continued. Last I heard, the same individual sent another 42 coins and in total, he’s up to donations of about 100 coins for a cool $1.5 million.

And I haven’t heard a bit of resentment anywhere. Quite the opposite. Most seem to feel that it barely repays him for all he’s done to educate and energize.

So, wow! The story changes. Here’s one I hadn’t read: A bitcoin booster got $1.5 million after being “bitshamed” for being poor.

A few things about this to take particular note of.

1. No middle-men money-changers or “charities” to take cuts.

2. It was peer-to-peer, 100%.

3. It was global, people from all different fiat realms.

4. Fiat currency “exchange rates” were irrelevant.

5. PayPal can go you know what to itself. :)

Have a good weekend chewing on a great love story.

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Do You Hodl Bitcoin Yet?
2017-12-07 18:30 UTC by Richard Nikoley

I’m a hodler. Are you?

You can become a hodler today too.

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$1 Million Bitcoin In 2018?
2017-12-06 15:11 UTC by Richard Nikoley

[Crossposted from Patreon]

Greetings patrons and general public. Well, after 9.5 hours on the road yesterday in a motorhome, from Santa Barbara, CA—a 1-night stopover and hosting of Dr. Michael Eades at camp for a charcoal BBQ dinner—to Arnold, CA in the Sierras, I’m finally back at my normal desk after 10 days.

I’m up at 5:30 a.m., loaded with coffee, checking all systems and it’s a go for launching the next in the Bitcoin FOMO TL;DR series which covered getting into Bitcoin NOW in a public post, buying a couple of Altcoins NOW in a patron-only post, and then getting your stash into wallets NOW.

The next, up later today, will be on setting up both desktop and wallet portfolios, so that in a few months time you wake up to this, which represents my Patreon portfolio that I started Sep 3, 2017 with weekly buys in Bitcoin and some 39 Altcoins, including about 5 ICOs. These are all to hodl, incidentally.

Beyond that, I have three more Bitcoin FOMO TL;DRs planned for Patrons

  1. Going from fiat to Bitcoin with zero fees using ACH transfer and GDAX.
  2. Buying altcoins directly with your Jaxx wallet using Shape Shift.
  3. Buying ERC-20 tokens using the EtherDelta exchange.

But is it true, as some say, that this is just the beginning? Take a look at the link I just forwarded, provided via a Patron over on the Discord channel we have set up (see here about getting your Discord rewards).

For price levels already achieved through $11,500, the model backtests remarkably well, back to 2015. While past performance does not predict the future, it is sweet to contemplate prices of $100K, even $1 million, and much sooner than the wildest predictions have foretold.

It’s really funny when guys like John Mcafee have to come out saying he got it wrong by over 100%, but in the opposite way people often get it wrong. That is, people thought he was crazy calling for $5,000 Bitcoin in 2017 and here I sit with Bitcoin at $12,800. Astounding.

Wrap your mind around this chart, then read the background at the link.

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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-12-03
2017-12-03 05:00 UTC

  1. Hey Richard, LOL, How’s That CryptoCurrency Portfolio Going?
  2. The Bitcoin Order Book Hard Wall Of 10K
  3. The Palm Beach Letter Gives Out Crap Advice On Bitcoin Gold
  4. How’s My Patreon Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Gig Going?
  5. I’m My Own Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Could Peter Schiff Be More of a Complete and Abject Ignoramus About Bitcoin?
2017-12-01 17:12 UTC by Richard Nikoley

I just highly doubt it. It’s really flabbergasting.

His two latest dumb and stupid and ignorant Facebook posts. The comments to each are a riot. He’s getting his teeth kicked over and over:


And today

He could like educate himself a bit, like for instance, by reading this super-excellent overall analysis by Trace Mayer at RunToGold.

At all times and in all circumstances gold remains money but, of course, there is always exchange rate risk due to price ratios constantly fluctuating. If the metal is held with a third-party in allocated-allocated storage (safest possible) then there is performance risk (Morgan Stanley gold storage lawsuit).

But, if properly held then, there should be no counter-party risk which requires the financial ability of a third-party to perform like with a bank account deposit. And, since gold exists at a single point in space and time therefore it is subject to confiscation or seizure risk.

Bitcoin is a completely new asset type. As such, the storage container is nearly empty with only $150B.

And every Bitcoin transaction effectively melts down every BTC and recasts it; thus ensuring with 100% accuracy the quantity and quality of the bitcoins. If the transaction is not on the blockchain then it did not happen. This is the strictest regulation possible; by math and cryptography!

This new immutable asset, if properly secured, is subject only to exchange rate risk. There does exist the possibility that a software bug may exist that could shut down the network, like what has happenedwith Ethereum, but the probability is almost nil and getting lower everyday it does not happen.

Thus, Bitcoin arguably has a lower risk profile than even gold and is the only blockchain to achieve security, scalability and liquidity.

But, all of that would require that Peter Schiff were an honest person of integrity. He has proven over and over on this topic that he in not objective, that he’s deeply dishonest, and that he has zero integrity.

Accordingly, he’s dismissed and ought to just go fuck right off.

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It’s Easy To Have Girl Envy, Even In Black and White
2017-11-30 15:03 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Be Stupid; Lie Yourself To Sleep. Everything’ll Be A’Right.
2017-11-30 14:39 UTC by Richard Nikoley


The Signal That a Dinosaur Has Learned Something is When They Stop Talking
2017-11-30 14:02 UTC by Richard Nikoley

…Kinda like crypto-ignoramus Peter Schiff.

Anyway, I LOLed at this, this morning.

Russia’s Central Bank warns cryptocurrency bubble may result in huge losses for consumers

Uh, thanks for the “warning,” dipshits.

…An esoteric question. Did TASS warn the 62 Million people of “huge losses” who were killed by the Soviet Union, back in the day?


Bitcoin FOMO: The TL;DR, Get In Today, NOW
2017-11-29 18:05 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Let’s get through this quick and dirty. This is a public post, both on FreeTheAnimal and on Patreon. Free to all.

  1. I want as many of my Patrons who haven’t yet dived in—perhaps suffering the paralysis of analysis—to get into an initial stake today.
  2. I want anyone else out there who’s scared to death, or whatever, to do likewise; today. Once in, perhaps they’ll consider becoming Patrons because I’ll have follow-on TL;DRs over the next next three days covering trades into a couple of ‘altcoins,’ then sending them to a couple of cryptocurrency wallets, and then setting up tracking portfolios. These follow-on posts will be Patron-only, but if you decide not to participate at that level, at least you have a toe in.
  3. It’s time for everyone to get just a little bit of rational FOMO (fear of missing out).

The chart you see above covers the last 30-days of Bitcoin. In that time, it has gone from about $6,000 to $11,517 just this morning. It breached $10,000 yesterday for the first time and then $11,000 in less than 12 hours. In this same period, market capitalization has gone from $100 billion to $190 billion. Hey: money is pouring in, and Bitcoin, like stock issues, has a limited supply.

Isn’t it time to just dismiss the Peter Schiff’s and Jaimie Dimon’s of the world as just completely clueless about this, unable to see outside their own finely crafted boxes of illusion?


How much can you put in today? Like, today today? Can you do $25? Then do that. $50? Yes. $100, $250, $500, or even $1,000? You pick, but you’re going to do something today. Tomorrow, we’re going to take a small portion of the Bitcoin you bought and we’re going to buy small stakes in two altcoins on a different exchange. Yes, we’re going to do that. So, account for that in how much initial stake you’re going to do today.

I’m recommending two options:

  1. Put it all into Bitcoin (BTC)
  2. Put 2/3 into Bitcoin and 1/3 into Ethereum (ETH), now trading at about $480

You are not going to worry about the price of Bitcoin, nor transaction fees, today. We’ll get to that later.


There are three decent solutions for getting from your fiat currency (US, Canadian, Euro, etc.) into Bitcoin or Bitcoin and Ethereum.

  1. Coinbase
  2. Kraken
  3. Abra (a smartphone solution that doubles as your wallet…with an easy backup & recovery feature)

Pick one, now. Make sure it supports your currency first. I’m going to run through the process on Coinbase. It’s very easy. It’s going to be easy on the other two as well. I’m using Coinbase because you’re going to make your buys with your credit or debit card, since you’re going to be buying and holding your Bitcoin and Etherium today.

Open An Account

Pretty much like anywhere. First you create an account.

You’ll have to verify your email, etc.

Then you log in. You’ll have a menu.


Before you do anything, here’s what you’ll see to the left, except that the ‘USD’ account would be in your own fiat currency.

Clicking on each of these will show you a transaction history to the right. Yours will be blank until you buy your first crypto, today. After today, you will have a transaction history.

Now, if you wanted to wait 4-5 days, you could hit the “Deposit” button on your fiat account (USD Wallet in my case), and do a free ACH transaction. Then you always have fiat money at your disposal for your next buy. I have my fiat stash over in GDAX, but that’s a more advanced subject for a later time. You’ll ignore it and not analyze it, today, ’cause you’re just buying Bitcoin and Ethereum, today.

Linked Fiat Accounts

Now you’ll need to link up a credit and/or debit card. You can also do your bank account, but verification of the tiny deposits sometimes take time to show up. Credit and debit card pending withdrawals show up instantly in your online access, and since you’re buying today, you’ll use a credit or debit card, because within a few minutes, you’re going to own and hold your own Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Just click on Link a New Account, select credit/debit card, enter the credentials, then open up your online banking account, see the two pending withdrawal transactions, click to verify in Coinbase, enter those two amounts, and you are ready to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum, today.

Buy Bitcoin and Ethereum

You’re doing great. Now you’re ready. It couldn’t be easier. Just click on the Buy/Sell on the menu, and this is how easy it is. One image to explain it all.

And there you go. Just repeat the exact same process to buy your stake in Ethereum.

You’re done. You own cryptocurrency and if you’ve used coinbase, it’s just as safe as a bank, as it’s FDIC insured.

What’s Next

As I said, this is a freebie for all. There will be three more Patron-only posts that will be up at Patreon over the next three days, one step per day.

  1. Tomorrow, Thursday, we’re going to move a portion of our Bitcoin to an exchange and we’re going to buy small stakes in two different altcoins I like (you’ll be free to chose others; same process)
  2. Friday, we’re going to move all of our holdings (Bitcoin that remains at Coinbase, all Ethereum at Coinbase, and the two altcoins you bought) to two separate and different kinds of cryptocurrency wallets
  3. Saturday, we’re going to set up two kinds of portfolios, one on your desktop browser and one on your smartphone so that you can track your holdings

Then, you get to dance on the beach like Tom Hanks, who just made fire.

Become a Patron!




The Palm Beach Letter Gives Out Crap Advice On Bitcoin Gold
2017-11-28 23:26 UTC by Richard Nikoley

So I think you can get a subscription for about 50 bucks per year. It may be $250, but they’ll give it to you any time you want for $50, so long as you buy before midnight tonight. Any midnight, tonight.

I’m a subscriber, as well as to a few other operators who do the exact same thing: Agora, Altucher, Casey, etc. The 50 bucks gets you a little bit of good info (a couple of the crypto recos are at 300% and 350% gains in 7 weeks…non losers…so I’m not claiming fraud here; I’m claiming annoyance), and the rest of it is you being pounded with upsell marketing to the tune of many emails every single day, recycled pitches, A/B splitting tests, etc. It’s a cesspool of ennui.

Just got this email a few ago.


Dear Richard,

On October 10, we told you LightningASIC CEO Jack Liao planned a bitcoin hard fork in an effort to decentralize bitcoin mining.

(LightningASIC is a cryptocurrency mining company.)

That fork created a new coin: Bitcoin Gold (BTG).

All holders of bitcoin (BTC) on the “snapshot” date of October 23 received an equal amount of BTG. Its blockchain is now live, and you can retrieve your BTG.

However, not all wallets and exchanges currently support Bitcoin Gold. We will update you if and when our recommended services start supporting BTG.

Currently, the Ledger hardware wallet supports BTG. Today, we’ll go over how to access your BTG through the Ledger hardware wallet. Once you have your BTG, convert it to BTC.

(Please note: Ledger is a physical wallet used to store your cryptocurrencies. You can’t use this method unless you already purchased a Ledger wallet and stored your bitcoin in it before the snapshot date.)

Action to Take: Retrieve your Bitcoin Gold (BTG) and convert it to bitcoin (BTC).

Instructions to Retrieve Bitcoin Gold (BTG) Using Ledger

Step 1 – Open Ledger Manager

  • Go to the Google Chrome app page.
  • Select “Ledger Manager.” See the picture below.


Step 2 – Add BTG Software

  • In Ledger Manager, scroll down the list to find Bitcoin Gold. See the picture below.
  • Close the Ledger Manager when you’re done.


Step 3 – Open Ledger Bitcoin Wallet App

  • From the Google Chrome app page, open the Ledger Wallet Bitcoin app. See picture below.


Step 4 – Select BTG Split Tool

  • Select Bitcoin Gold from your Ledger device. You will see a screen like the picture below.
  • Click “BTG Split Tool,” in the red box below.


Step 5 – Open Your BTG Wallet

  • Select the “Legacy” or “Segwit” chain, depending on where you store your BTC.
  • If you’re not sure which one to choose, open your BTC wallet to see which chain has the balance.
  • If you hold your BTC on the Legacy chain, then you’ll claim your BTG on the Legacy chain. If your BTC balance is on the Segwit chain, you’ll claim your BTG on the Segwit chain.


  • Please note it may take a few minutes for your wallet to synchronize and for you to see your BTG. Once it shows up, you can transact as you normally would.

Step 6 – Sell Your BTG for BTC

  • Send your BTG to your Bittrex account.
  • From there, sell your BTG for BTC.

Let the Game Come to You!

Big T


I have problems with this, easily delineated.

  1. Where’s the discussion about what Bitcoin Gold is, other than it’s a hard fork of the blockchain and free money? (Aside: A Patron has a friend who cashed out half of a free stack of Bitcoin Cash from the summer hard fork. $100K of free money)
  2. What’s with the just-so, just-do? Is that what Palm Beach Group wants, automatons who always just follow their every command?
  3. How about selling some of the stake, perhaps half, and letting the rest ride? After all, it’s playing with house money.
  4. How about for those who don’t have a Trezor hardware wallet? There will be other ways to claim your free Bitcoin Gold going forward. Why not mention that instead of making it sound like a big discovery they discovered?

I just hate everything about that sort of operation. Show people what you did, explain why—even if for not necessarily rational reasons—or give them a set of options you think are reasonable.

There’s an alternative.

Just so you know. Know know-it-all bullshit. Just do what I say, my guru status must be upheld. That’s just not the way I roll, nor will I ever roll.


The Bitcoin Order Book Hard Wall Of 10K
2017-11-28 21:18 UTC by Richard Nikoley

There’s going to be one hellava selloff at $10,000 per Bitcoin.

Of course, the order book is merely the whole collection of open orders that have yet to be filled, and as such, can change rapidly. The green area represents the bids (limit orders to buy at a certain price) and the red area represents the asks (limit orders to sell at a certain price). It’s the steepness and magnitude of the sell orders right at 10K, juxtaposed with the very smooth linearity of the bids going all the way down. So, hopefully a selloff so that people can get in at better prices as they wait for the $15k and $20K hurdles as Bitcoin makes up for both dollars and gold in terms of revolutionizing money back to its natural deflationary realm after being ruined by state mandated inflation for so long.

I myself have a limit order to buy more Bitcoin at $8,001.01.

In other news, the portfolio is still doing great.

That’s a 52.5% gain on $3,000 spread over 3 months of investing. In other words, not all in early September, but a few hundred a week over the period of time from then until now, meaning 1/3 of it went into the market just in the last month. I have two coins out of my 39 positions that hit 300% and 350% green this morning. I entered these two positions on October 10, so about seven weeks ago.

Also, out of my 39 positions, exactly 4 of them are in the red, the worst being 30%. The worst of the greens is 8%.

I’m tellin’ ya. It’s easy to get started, so that once you go and hit the learn curve, you can dance on the beach like Tom Hanks.

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UPDATE: Well, that was a bust of a prediction, so far. Now at $11,000 this morning…


Hey Richard, LOL, How’s That CryptoCurrency Portfolio Going?
2017-11-26 16:33 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Glad you asked. On September 3, less than three months ago by about a week, I started this portfolio specifically to show and not just talk about “my vast knowledge” of cryptocurrencies. Everybody talks, few show you their actual holdings and how they’re performing.

I had decided to create a presence on Patreaon with none of my antics I indulge in here, or on Facebook. It’s 100% business: the business of crypto and only the business of crypto. That’s going well, too.

Anyway, back to the portfolio. I started feeding it September 3 and added positions every week or two along the way. I hold Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin (the “big three”), and about 30 other “altcoins.” So, that portfolio chart includes about $3,000 of capital additions and now, about $1,200 of overall gains for about 42%.

It was only a week ago when input was at about $2,800 and gains about $500.

My “strategy” is simple.

  1. For the very large part, I buy to hold. I don’t jockey stuff around bearing trading costs. I don’t take profits. I keep it chill. I’ve barely looked at it since heading out for the holiday last Wednesday.
  2. The most “analysis” I do is to check for downtrends and corrections and wait to buy at better prices by setting limit orders and being chill and patient. I recently took 2 full weeks to take two initial positions on a new altcoin with lots of buzz and trading volume. And I got in at relatively good prices…10 coin initial position after a week, and another 5 coins at an even better price after another week.
  3. For taking stakes in altcoins, I look for two things primarily: buzz and daily trading volume.
  4. I take small stakes for each buy, like $20 to $50 at a time, usually, especially when starting out, because I wanted high diversification.
  5. I keep it spread out (diversified) so it’s self-hedging. Right now I’m in about 35 different coins, but will probably eventually get to about 50 coin holdings.
  6. Given the environment, I have taken to opportunity cost calculations on the fly. For instance, for Thanksgiving, we were parked at the sailplane port in Tehachapi, CA, and since I fly hang gliders, sailplanes, and powered, I was looking to take up a Grob to 8,000 feet for an hour. But, I said to myself, “I’d rather have the $170 in my crypto portfolio.”

Curious about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon? Then check out my Patreon Profile.

So, with the Patroeon gig, the intention is to show Patrons, especially the newbies, right off the bat where they might want to be putting their investments: specific coins; and they have 35 to choose from. I could talk all day with endless posts and URGENT ALERTS! but why not just show with my own stakes? And they can click a link anytime they want to see what it’s up to in real time. So, there’s never any of that touting my gains and never mentioning my losses. For instance, anyone can see that my initial stake of $65 in PotCoin is now worth $185, a 215% gain over 2 months. But, they can also see that my worst performer, Monaco, is down 23%.

Transparency. It’s the new confidential.

So the way I think about it, the active portfolio has become the chief value to Patrons. Initially, I thought it would be the how-tos, the various insights, the identifying of possible new coins to take positions on, the social and community aspects, but in the end, people want to see what’s really under the hood and how it works. They become believers to a rational extent based on real progress and performance, and not irrational believers based on hopes and a lot of unquantifiable fluff—like all the $2,000 – $3,000 per year Newsletter peddlers cater to and encourage.

And yet there are those how-tos, and plenty of active folks to help with some of the issues various people have getting started. It is both a learning and a confidence curve. But the portfolio helps mitigate that lack of confidence. It’ll probably be okay; just do what I did. It’ll take some time, but this is what happened for me in just less than three months.

…And I could have just as easily said to myself in early September, “oh, man, I’m too late; I’ve missed the boat.”

As to the learning curve, it’s different for each individual but most will find that’s it’s surmountable in just a few week’s time, and the how-to just builds from there. The more you know, the more you learn, easier and more quickly.

So, the only question remaining is, is when are you going to become a buy-and-hold crypto trader with a highly diversified portfolio? There’s an app for that.

…Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, Bitcoin has now breached $9,000 per coin for the first time. But not to worry, you can still get in without investing $9,000. You can invest in fractions of a coin, since each whole coin is divisible by 100 million units. 0.00000001 is the smallest, a Staoshi, currently equivalent to 

…I have an additional $300 sitting over in Coinbase just waiting to add to the market. What coins will I either add to, or take new positions on? My Patrons will know as soon as it happens.


Weekly Top Posts: 2017-11-26
2017-11-26 05:00 UTC

  1. The Satoshi Bubble of 2009 Continues
  2. LOL Jimmy Moore’s Ketotard Failure After Failure
  3. How’s My Patreon Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Gig Going?
  4. Is Bitcoin A Bubble At $8,000? How About At $1 Million, $10, Or even $100 Million?
  5. The October 25 Bitcoin Gold Hard Fork — Taking Advantage

LOL Jimmy Moore’s Ketotard Failure After Failure
2017-11-21 20:54 UTC by Richard Nikoley

It is to laugh.

Since starting the Facebook group Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles for the purpose of mocking and ridiculing ketotardedness, Jimmy Moore’s list of failures grows and grows.

  • Dr. Adam Nally (see here and here) quits the KetoTalk Podcast and distances himself
  • Dr. Jason Fung pushes Jimmy out of the Intermittent Fasting podcast, and I believe it’s now completely defunct
  • Jimmy gets all his fat laddies to try to shut down the KT Facebook group, and they fail
  • Jimmy has Mark Sisson on a podcast to promote Mark’s new keto book and Sisson completely schools Jimmy on caloric intake
  • Jimmy starts an utterly ridiculous and laughable “Keto Clarity Academy” with a bunch of fat laddies as obesity instructors and coaches, and now, a few months later, shuts it down “effective immediately”

There’s probably moore, but who can keep up with the avalanche of failure?

Just as always, every failure is spun as a success, with better things to come. I’m calling bullshit. People are beginning to see through this charlatan shyster for what he is.

And it can’t be fixed.

Any ketotard following this asshole is a simple fucktard on top of it all. Really, how fucking stupid do you have to be? And even worse are douchebags like Tom Naughton with zero fucking integrity who not only make excuses for him, but out-and-out promote him.

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


The Satoshi Bubble of 2009 Continues
2017-11-20 00:04 UTC by Richard Nikoley

In other news, Whole Crypto Roundup posted on Patreon.

  • The Big News Bitcoin up to $8,000, from under $6,000 in the space of a week.
  • Be Careful How Secure You Want to Be – Don’t make your Crypto wallet so secure even you can’t get to your $300 Million.
  • First World Luxury Problems – Expert FUD.
  • The Satoshi Revolution – By Wendy McElroy.
  • LEAP Options on Bitcoin – Both crypto and conventional hedge funds will be very interested.
  • Discord Platform – A real-time gamer communication platform including voice, a new Patreon reward for all.
  • Patron Polls – Getting the data I need to d a thorough job.
  • Update – Bad, bad Bitfinex.

Read all the details here.

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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-11-19
2017-11-19 05:00 UTC

  1. Is Bitcoin A Bubble At $8,000? How About At $1 Million, $10, Or even $100 Million?
  2. Use Facebook Like It’s A Skanky Whore: Intoducing #ClickAway and #BuyElsewhere
  3. Show Business Shenanigans
  4. What Is A Cryptocurrency “Wallet” Really?
  5. I’m My Own Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

How’s My Patreon Bitcoin and CryptoCurrency Gig Going?
2017-11-19 00:52 UTC by Richard Nikoley

See for yourself.

I initiated this portfolio only September 2, about a week in advance of initiating my Patreon gig, and in that time since the first post, September 2, that’s how it’s done and what’s remarkable is that more than half of the $2,815 invested has been done over the last 30 days and it’s still up 17% overall. Hasn’t been below 15% overall gains in days. We’re looking at a rate of 200% gains annually.

I did this primarily because I wanted to walk the talk. Forever in the investment world I’ve seen various recommendations and sample portfolios—never the dude’s actual and real portfolio and I have it such that any Patron can simply click in and see it going in real-time 24/7. And here’s the other deal: I do own Bitcoin and it’s about 1/3 of total holdings. The other 2/3 is distributed amongst 32 other cryptocurrencies, the best one right now, up 104% and the worst one, down 45%, with everything in between.

But, I know, the bubble is an a priori bubble and it’s going to crash any day now, just like it always hasn’t since January of 2009…

People everywhere are beginning to see this as something they may regret later if they don’t get going now, soon now.

…And that in itself is not a bad gig; like it’s found money. All I needed to do was take what I was doing anyway and do what I always do anyway, which is craft stuff into written word and post it. And here’s the result. You only get to see the actual investments and how to do this by getting up off the couch and getting into it and I do believe that if you’re serious, my deal for a measly $5 per month is a great way to get up and going. Here’s the track record, the name of each ‘coin’ omitted.

How cool is that?

UPDATE, 3 days later:

Here’s what I post at the end of every post on Patreon, so it’s always easy to reference, all the most essential stuff:

Latest Primary Resources:

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Is Bitcoin A Bubble At $8,000? How About At $1 Million, $10, Or even $100 Million?
2017-11-17 18:48 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Bitcoin is reported to have been in a bubble for nearly eight years and counting. It’s a very elastic bubble, since it can go from a $1 bubble to an $8,000 bubble. Initially, when trading at fractions of a penny—where it took thousands of Bitcoin to buy the first pizza—it was largely seen as a novelty. I wasn’t a participant, unfortunately, and wouldn’t buy my first coin until 2014 when it was a mega-bubble at $618, down from super-mega-bubble at $1,000 at the end of 2013, igniting its biggest selloff ever by lots of deer-in-headlights who realized they’re millionaires on a lark, a dare, true belief, or whatever. Just certainly not anything rational. That would be impossible, since it’s a bubble, where mockery and derision is simply a priori, baked in the cake.

Because, it’s not supposed to happen. No experts predicted it, unlike all the things the experts got completely right throughout human history:

  • They really shut down those Luddites at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. No expert touted that people could lose jobs and that would be bad. In fact, they embraced the job and skill migration inherent in rapid industrial progress.
  • The first thing the experts did with the invention of the automobile was admonish and assure everyone that horses and buggies were done, obsolete, that the automobile was here to stay. The future.
  • When labor and money-saving appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, gas and electric ranges, and microwave ovens hit the marketplace, the experts were the first to assure the public that this was a completely normal, capitalist progression. Everyone should embrace all of it, now, no question about it. No concerns or troubling feelings expressed.
  • When computers came along, the first thing all the experts did was to line up and proclaim that this was solidly the future—a computer or two in every home. And, when it went from mainframes to personal computing, they especially embraced the decentralization and flowing down of digital power to the unit of the individual human being. They all said, to an expert, “It’s best if individuals all figure this out on their own, chose their own values, and place their own bets.” It’s what they said. Trust me!
  • Then came the Internet and the Web. Once again, all the experts dismissed all doubt and instead, admonished looking to the future, banking heavily on its wide adoption, never looking back. None of them posed or raised cautionary or insurmountable problems or obstacles.

It’s human nature to poo poo all that’s new new. I’ve been doing it with hiphop and rap forever, and you can too—because its hiphop and rap. But the foregoing bullet list is merely a small sample of all that the anointed experts throughout ages of centralized hierarchical authority have mocked, derided, and dismissed in the service of the sovereign elite.

Understand it from their point of view. Life is short, they have their privileged positions of power and influence, plus taxing authority, and they have a lavish gala someplace, at least once per month. What’s not to love? Why rock the damn boat? And hey, we can already show we care. What do you think charities and foundations are for?

Sovereigns need experts to hedge against rapid and revolutionary change, because whether religion, science, social evolution, or finance, the population gets to make excuses too. And if you’re going to make excuses, play a victim, or whatever way you’re going to complain about human progress, it’s better to refer to an expert than to a King or a Queen—it sounds better; and almost, like being smart and discerning.

You’re in charge of your own mind, dammit; you cited an expert!

Smart sovereigns and the smart experts in their service understand well that short of dictatorship, and with a modicum of free markets, they can’t prevent any of this change long term. All this, then, is for the purpose of management, giving sovereign and staff time to understand it, chew on it, angle it, spin it…to work out details, to eventually control it by embracing it and bringing it under its wing—to ultimately lend the impression that it was their idea in the first place, or at least by their encouragement; and taking credit is where their true and essential whoredom lies in modern Western democracy. Al Gore—who created the Internet after his dad created the highway system—the guy you’d have to invent if he didn’t exist—is far too obvious to be considered masterful, but it’s cute and strangely endearing.

Bless Al Gore’s heart.

Bitcoin. $7,000, up to $8,000. The current range. When does the bubble pop…as you hear the pleas from the experts? Please, can’t it pop, already? We’re waiting.

Uh, they’re conflating.

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