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Jordan Peterson Flooded with Bitcoin Posts in Wake of Patreon Debacle

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Prominent public intellectual, Jordan Peterson, weighed in on the recent decision by Patreon to terminate the accounts of many of its users based on political grounds.

In a tweet posted on Monday, Peterson pondered the ramifications of a banking system which similarly excluded people based on political grounds, saying:

“…imagine if banks started canceling the accounts of people who have committed no offense but did not abide by their corporate mission statement? We’d have political banks.”

The tweet was liked 15,000 times and received 3,400 retweets – an even higher engagement rate than usual for the now global personality that Peterson has become.

But perhaps more interesting was the subject and tone of the +800 comments, a huge swathe of which called for one solution and one solution only: Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Vs Patreon

Crypto twitter spilled over into the real world last night, as Peterson’s tweet attracted hundreds of replies from the cryptoverse. One user chimed in:

“The answer lies in an emerging industry that’s been developing since the 2008 crash: cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin leading the pack; an independent, open-source, peer-to-peer cash system with an immutable, public ledger.”

Other users echoed these sentiments, and Peterson’s thread was awash with the one word statement: Bitcoin.

Others, however, took a more cynical approach, with one user suggesting that cryptocurrency has been part of the plan to abolish personal liberties since the start:

“Yep! No cash anymore, just officially whitelisted crypto which obviously is backdoored / stripped of it’s decentralization capabilities … alternatives are illegal and heavily punished … and you are even worse off than today Bright new world.”

Coming in from the practical side of things, another user reminded everyone that even if crypto could fulfill its side of the bargain, the likelihood of the average users fully utilizing its potential seems slim:

“Crypto is only part of the answer. Most people will not host their own wallet and most people can only get Bitcoin by purchasing it with fiat. Both realities make censorship possible. The 3rd party company hosting your wallet can censor you as can the exchange selling you Bitcoin.”

Mainstream

Peterson’s journey into the mainstream public eye is not too dissimilar from that of Bitcoin. First there was an aura of controversy, and even danger. Then, people started to see that there was some utility in what they both offered, and now the mainstream media is taking notice.

If we take Q4 of 2016 as the start of Bitcoin’s slow ascension into the summer of 2017, then you could say that both BTC and Peterson started their bull run’s at the same time.

Given that one of Peterson’s debating partners, Sam Harris, has already cancelled his own Patreon account in an act of protest, it would be interesting indeed if mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency were to arrive via piggybacking on another internet-based social movement, which started off just as controversial as Bitcoin.

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U.S. Stocks Rise on Solid Bank Earnings; Cryptocurrencies Look for a Catalyst

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U.S. stocks continued higher on Wednesday, with the Dow rising triple digits after a blowout earnings report from Goldman Sachs. Cryptocurrencies were mostly directionless after Ethereum delayed its planned Constantinople upgrade due to security risks.

Stocks Rise

All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in positive territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 141.57 points, or 0.6%, to 24,207.16. The broad S&P 500 Index advanced 0.2% to 2,616.10, with financials leading the way higher. The Nasdaq Composite Index recorded a gain of 0.2% to finish at 7,043.70.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) was the Dow’s best performer after reporting much better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter. The investment bank reported per-share earnings of $6.05 on revenue of $8.08 billion. Analysts had called for an EPS of $4.45 on $7.55 billion in sales.

Bank of America Corp (BAC) also rose after reporting a better than expected quarter. The bank beat expectations on the top and bottom lines and tripled its profit to $7.3 billion.

Brexit Uncertainty

Global financial markets were surprisingly calm in the wake of a devastating Brexit vote for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed to pass her proposed legislation on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly against the proposed Brexit deal, setting the stage for a new round of negotiations with Brussels.

However, some members of British Parliament want Prime Minister May to step down or call a general election. The opposition Labour party pushed for a vote of no-confidence on Wednesday, which if passed, would have set the stage for a general election. The motion was rejected late Wednesday.

Under May’s proposed deal, the United Kingdom would embark on a soft Brexit in roughly two months’ time. It’s not entirely clear whether that timetable is still feasible given the latest setback in parliament.

Day 26 of the Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history entered its 26th day on Wednesday, fueling uncertainty about the direction of the economy. With roughly 800,000 federal workers affected by the impasse, some analysts are beginning to worry about the potential impact on economic growth.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the majority of Republicans still support the shutdown because of its implications on border wall funding. President Donald Trump has been adamant that he will not cave unless Democrats make appropriations for a steel barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. The president has warned that the shutdown could go on for “months or even years” if Democrats don’t agree to fund the wall.

With no solution in sight, attention has turned to Senate Republicans, some of which have grown frustrated with the shutdown. If enough of them defect, it could force a vote on a new measure to re-open the government.

Ethereum Hard Fork Postponed

The planned implementation of the Constantinople hard fork was delayed on Wednesday after developers identified a major vulnerability in one of the Ethereum Improvement Proposals (IEPs).

Smart contract auditor ChainSecurity on Tuesday uncovered a major issue with EIP 1283, which proposes net gas metering changes for the SSTORE opcode and new uses for contract storage. According to ChainSecurity, implementing the EIP 1283 would give attackers a loophole to steal funds.

The delayed launch of Constantinople was made official on Ethereum’s official Twitter: “Constantinople upgrade is temporarily postponed out of caution following a consensus decision by #Ethereum developers, security professionals and other community members. More information and instructions are below.”

At the time of writing, no alternative timetable has been provided. More on Constantinople: ETH/USD Price Analysis: Ethereum’s “Thirdening” Approaches.

Crypto Markets Gyrate

The cryptocurrency market saw little movement on Wednesday, as bitcoin held within a narrow range and most of the major altcoins exhibited lower volatility. The value of all coins in circulation dipped slightly to $121.6 billion despite the presence of stable volumes.

Bitcoin edged down 0.1% on the day, reaching $3,642.89. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap experienced a large bounce at the beginning of the week but has faced strong resistance near $3,700.

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Ethereum had posted the biggest percentage drop in the top 20 before paring losses later in the session. EH was last down 0.6% at $122.86.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Cardano gained 4.2% to $0.0445. Binance Coin rose 3% to $6.10. EOS added 1% to $2.43.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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STEEM Coin on the Move While Steemit Loses 20 Million Visitors in Six Months

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One of the three currencies which fuel the Steemit blockchain-based social media site, Steem (STEEM) gained 22% in the previous two days. Despite the increased price movement in January, monthly visitors and unique account creations continue to plumb new yearly lows on the Steemit social media website.

STEEM Price

STEEM’s recovery has been slow in coming – the coin gained 43% from December into January, however most of that came in the last forty-eight hours. Compare that to major and mid-cap altcoins such as Tron (TRX), Zilliqa (ZIL) and Augur (REP) which gained over 100% in that time, and you see a major discrepancy.

From Monday through to Wednesday STEEM went on a 22% run which carried the coin price from $0.249836 up to $0.306033. Trades against Korean won on the Upbit exchange accounted for more than 40% of the day’s trades, or around $1.2 million of the $2.7 million daily total.

Steemit Cools Down

After suffering the indignity of laying off a majority of its staff back in November, Steemit continues to hold on despite plummeting numbers.

Remarkably, the Steemit social media site lost almost 20 million monthly visitors in the last six months – a 61% drop off from the 30.8 million visitors in July, to the current 11.9 monthly visitors according to SimilarWeb. New account creations are also down 83% in the last six days alone, however statistics show that new users tend to flood in whenever the coin price pumps – even if just for a brief time.

CCN reported back in May of 2018 that Steemit had surpassed one million accounts created on the blockchain. This was a startling figure at the time, and grabbed a lot of headlines. However, Steemit statistics from the time suggest the number of unique users was actually much less – closer to 150,000 according to this chart from Steemit’s @arcange.

Follow the Money

The same chart shows that January of 2018 remains Steemit’s most successful month. The site gained close to 120,000 new users in the sixty days leading up to January’s all-time high, when the coin price climbed as high as $8.57.

As the coin fell to a twenty-month low in December, unique accounts on the blockchain also fell to eighteen-month lows in the process. A major increase to new account creations was seen on January 9th, as STEEM went on a similar 23% price spike, and 4,108 new users flocked to Steemit in one day.

Stats courtesy of Steemit’s @penguinpablo

By six days later, new registrations had fallen back to 695 per day, as STEEM’s gains from the previous few days were wiped out.

Steemit launched back in early 2016, and has divided opinion since its inception. Check out this recent primer for an up to date summary of Steemit and its features.

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: Binance Completes 6th Token Burn; BNB/USDT Struggling to Move Back Above Breached Channel

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  • Binace has completed their sixth round of BNB token burning, a total of around 1.6 million.
  • BNB/USDT bulls are retesting a breached ascending channel formation.

BNB/USDT is holding steady for now, with a gains of 4% on Wednesday. Caution can be observed following a breakout to the downside from a rising channel formation. The price had been moving within this structure from around 15th December, when the bulls commenced the most recent upside trend. BNB/USDT had gained as much as 51%, while within the confinements of this. However, all good bull runs must come to an end, and on 10th January the lower supporting trend line gave way to the market bears.

BNB/USDT daily chart.

In terms of price behavior since the break, as detailed earlier, there is a lack of commitment seen. The bulls have stringently retested and been moving underneath the channel but have not got the momentum to break back above at this time.

Binance Complete 6th BNB Token Burn

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by traded volume, Binance, announced they have completed their sixth token burn. Binance burnt a reported total of 1,623,818 BNB tokens. This detailed burn was for the period between October 1 and December 31, 2018. For comparative purposes, the number is similar to the 1,643,986 BNB amount that they previously burned in their fifth round.

Despite the similar number of BNB being burnt, it is worth considering that the final quarter of 2018 had “brought significant changes in the cryptocurrency landscape”. In monetary terms, the dollar value during the sixth BNB burn was around $9.4 million, versus the $17 million during the previous period.

CZ, founder and CEO of Binance, said, “I’m excited about is Binance Chain and Binance DEX, which will launch soon. From a tech standpoint, it is a major development for the Binance ecosystem. From an earnings standpoint, Binance DEX will not directly increase profitability for Binance, but it will certainly increase the utility of BNB in a big way. That should be good for BNB holders. Binance is also a larger holder of BNB, so we benefit the same way as all BNB holders. The more people using Binance Chain, the more value is created, or the more successful we all become.”

Technical Review – BNB/USDT

BNB/USDT must break back above the $6.40 area to attract another wave of buying. This is where the lower supporting trend line of the breached channel in tracking. Separately, a supply zone is seen in proximity, tracking from $6.20-$6.90. The price has not been above this region since 19th November. Should the bulls gather enough momentum to break above this supply, then a fast move could be seen back to $10.00. BNB/USDT had been consolidating here prior to the steep fall in November.

Looking to the downside, there isn’t much in the way of major support seen until the $4.00 price region. This is where the December low can be seen, $4.12, with a demand zone observed running from $4.55-$4.12.

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