CLOSED SYSTEMS OF FINANCE: THE RECENT CRYPTOCURRENCY TUMBLE
As most regular readers here are aware, I'm not on the crypto-currency bandwagon. Indeed, I've been struck by the impression that for many people, crypto-currencies are a phenomenon approaching that of a religion; they're not only financially invested in them, but to a certain extent, emotionally and spiritually invested. The hype which accompanied their advent seems to corroborate this impression, for I recall that many viewed them as a kind of "end run" around central banks and fiat money and monetized debt. The selling point, at that time, was not only that they were "secure", but that the system was closed, only a certain number of "XYZ" virtual "coins" were created, and the more people that bought into them, the higher their value soared, and the smaller the fraction of a coin one could own became.
It was this aspect of a closed system that bothered me (and continues to do so), for beyond all the claims about "security" - which, again, I've questioned, because cyber-systems are in my view inherently insecure, and I've even voiced that suspicion about quantum entanglement encrypted systems, bucking the claims made for it (keys can be stolen, after all, by good old fashioned analogue means called "a spy"). Why does the closed system aspect of this bother me?
Simply put, because it privileges the very (few) people launching this or that "cryptocurrency." If ever a system were designed to enable a very few to manipulate the fortunes of the many, this was it, it seemed to me. This, again, was not a view many people shared.
But now RT is reporting that this is precisely what happened (this article was spotted and shared by Mr. P.K., who has my thanks for doing so):
Bitcoin price manipulated from $150 to $1,000 by single actor – researchers
Consider the implications of the following paragraphs:
In a paper published in a recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics, a team of researchers examined the impact of fraudulent activity that occurred on the leading bitcoin currency exchange in 2013, and found that a single actor was “likely” behind a massive spike in exchange rates.
In their paper, “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem,” the researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel and the University of Tulsa examined Mt. Gox transactions over a ten-month period from February to November 2013, and found that approximately 600,000 bitcoins, valued at $188 million, were “acquired by agents who likely did not pay for the bitcoins.”
In an early version of the paper published by the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa, researchers said they discovered a group of users that had “??” as an entry for country and state fields, which usually contain location data or a null value.
After analyzing the accounts with abnormal location values, they found one account named “Markus,” which was different from the rest. Markus never paid transaction fees and “reportedly paid seemingly random prices for bitcoins.”
“Markus likely did not pay for the bitcoins he acquired; rather, his account was fraudulently credited with claimed bitcoins that almost certainly were not backed by real coins,” the researchers wrote.
The Markus account bought a total of 335,898 bitcoins, worth $76 million, over the course of 225 days.
An additional 49 accounts with abnormal location values were grouped into a collection of accounts that the researchers named “Willy.” Each of the Willy accounts bought exactly $2.5 million worth of bitcoin before they became inactive.
The researchers referred to the group of Willy accounts as “Willy Bot,” which they said collectively bought around 268,132 bitcoins for just under $112 million over the course of 65 days.
Researchers said the fraudulent purchases had a “very strong positive association” to the “unprecedented” increase in the bitcoin exchange rate, which grew from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.
There you have it: essentially, two actors drove the early spike in price on Bitcoins. Add to this recent revelations that various unsavory groups have used the phenomenon of crypto-currencies as funding mechanisms for their activities, and you get the idea.
And what goes up, can come down, via the same mechanisms(this article was shared by Mr. T.M., who again I would like to thank for bringing it to our attention):
Crypto carnage: Bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000 on Coinbase, and ethereum crashes too
I would argue - herewith my high octane speculation of the day - that the inherent danger of such closed systems, privileging the few who jump on the bandwagon early, is perhaps lurking behind the scenes of this story as well, though as of this moment there is no evidence of this. As Mr. T.M. put it in his email to me, get in early, pump, and then dump, and convert back to normal assets and cash, and voila, one has made a tidy profit by harvesting the wealth of others locked into the system.
Now, if that speculation seems wild and woolly (and most of my high octane speculations are, to be sure, wild and woolly!), just exactly as I was writing this blog, I received the following link from Catherine Austin Fitts, who sent along a link that Ms. K.M. had just shared with her! And, with thanks to both of them, ponder this:
Bitcoin Is A ‘Project Of US Intelligence,’ Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder Claims
Now as most computer security savvy people are aware, Kaspersky Labs has one of the most widely-used computer security platforms out there. And here is Natalya Kaspersky's assessment:
The Bitcoin cryptocurrency was developed by “American intelligence agencies,” Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of the InfoWatch group of companies and specialist in cyber security systems, said during her presentation at ITMO University in St. Petersburg.
“Bitcoin is a project of American intelligence agencies, which was designed to provide quick funding for US, British and Canadian intelligence activities in different countries. [The technology] is ‘privatized,’ just like the Internet, GPS and TOR. In fact, it is dollar 2.0. Its rate is controlled by the owners of exchanges,” one of the slides read. (Emphasis added)
That's the advantage of a closed system privileging the initial participants: it's a perfect mechanism for funding of all sorts; its private unregulated nature makes it a virtual playground for "unsavory groups", and it's a perfect means to harvest people's wealth, and convert it to a covert funding mechanism.
Now, just imagine coupling this technology to the calls for a constitutional convention, and one has the perfect "walk away from the responsibility for missing money" nightmare scenario...
See you on the flip side...
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“What a revoltin’ development this is!” – William Bendix as blundering Chester A. Riley, a wing riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California in “The Life of Riley”, a long-running 1950s television series I use to watch as a kid.
Don’t believe anyone who says they can’t block it. If they can block TOR packets they can block BTC packets even when they are encapsulated inside HTTPS.
This could be the biggest sting of all time. Get all the drug dealers, money laundering and others (including legit) to invest and then pull the plug.
Bitcoin is the honey trap of the bankster’s nirvana of a cashless society and I’m shocked! shocked! that the three letter boys cobbled it together.
I’d only add that it was rolled out now as a sponge to absorb all those unaudited trillions of QE fiat sloshing around the casinos — err, financial markets — that might otherwise gravitate to that barbaric relic and ultimate currency, gold. The central banksters must, simply must, suppress the PM markets by any means necessary to keep their Ponzi scheme going.
Spin those plates, don’t ever let ’em drop!
I am a “code monkey” on rampage, reverse engineering the Rune system, the matrix of subconsciousness. Yes, I did HACK the Runes. It took me three years to break the Odin-code.
Bitcoin is a Frankenstein’s money monster, created by code monkeys like me. I want to implement the Runes into the Constitution, like Bitcoin into the currency exchange system. Monte Carlo, here I come!
Everybody tinkering with automobiles, cannot be held responsible for all the car crashes in the world, caused be reckless drunk-driving. Those, who create brilliant source code, do not share the banksters unnatural mindset, because creating source code is basically natural creativity.
Source code is pure logical thought, and no matter how much an outcome is emotionally desired, a program will only work as intended, when the logic is correct. You cannot solve a mathematical problem by wishful thinking. A calculator does not respond to emotional input. Thought and intent is mind and emotion. Intent is desired outcome.
Daniel, Daniel where art thou? In the lion’s den? Just throw me to the lions. There are many ways to skin a cat.
Just the newish technology in separating the rest of us from our wealth by our thieving elites.
Glad to see you’re back Marcos… I hope you’re ok.
Both the digitized & analogue forms of currencies being controlled by the few to perpetrate FRAUD.
As the say goes:
What else is new?
Couple the above with the designed in, hardware “bug” on Intel CPU’s (original design work done in a small ME nation, by the way) and you have a “backdoor” which cannot be “fixed”; known (at the time) only by the alphabet gangs; and you have the ultimate insider funding mechanism.
This may also explain a great many other things related to this backdoor in the defense industry such as colliding ships, lost aircraft, etc. Instead of “Intel inside” maybe it should be “intelligence inside”.
Yep, if your hardware is compromised, everything else is compromised on-down the line. (Wonder where they hook-in to monitor bitcoin passwords?) Check this out:
Also nightmarish (from 2015, although later M$ Windows 7/8/10 is probably now on board):
computerworld dot com/article/2939435/government-it/us-navy-paid-millions-to-stay-on-windows-xp.html
” ‘The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,’ said Steven Davis, a spokesman for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego. ‘Until those applications and programs are modernized or phased out, this continuity of services is required to maintain operational effectiveness.’
Davis wouldn’t provide more details about the systems or their use, citing cybersecurity policy, but an unclassified Navy document says the Microsoft applications affect ‘critical command and control systems’ on ships and land-based legacy systems. Affected systems are connected to NIPRnet, the U.S. government’s IP network for non-classified information, and SIPRnet, the network for classified information. “
File sharing a “clearing house” is less about money, and more about transaction. Seeding a GROWING SEED is what blockchain is.
Point is, that ANY community can apply this principle in internal transaction, and create a their own coinage.
Why do you insist on having Nebuchadnezzar’s image on your coins? I refuse to bow to his golden image. Yahweh is Pyramid!
Let’s mint the Gizeh Coin!