Marty's Bent A daily newsletter highlighting signal in Bitcoin. Marty's Ƀent Issue #530: You should read this We find ourselves in, what seems to be, a very precarious situation as the world looks to be entering another phase of coordinated monetary easing. Marty's Ƀent Issue #529: The framing intensifies, will it work? At the end of the day, the government can posture for or against Bitcoin as it sees fit. Bitcoin will continue to produce blocks roughly every ten minutes, enabling peer to peer transactions for anyone with access to the network. Marty's Ƀent Issue #528: The framing has begun Are we okay with accepting the uncomfortable truth that bad people will use certain tools to their advantage to ensure that we do not curb innovation and overall freedom? Marty's Ƀent Issue #527: BetterHash explainer Let's break away from the madness of the current macro environment and pivot back to "the tech" that is Bitcoin. Specifically, Bitcoin mining. And, more specifically, Bitcoin mining pools. Bitcoin mining pools have Marty's Ƀent Issue #526: This should not be overlooked To me, these comments come off as a subliminal alert to Jerome's fellow citizens; this party may not last forever and he can hear faint melodies as the fat lady begins to warm up in the corner. Marty's Ƀent Issue #525: A new era begins It's hard for Uncle Marty to walk away from these relatively benign comments from the leader of the free world and his Fed chairman without feeling bullish. Bitcoin is on the stage now. It cannot be ignored. Marty's Ƀent Issue #524: Signs of scaling What is incredibly beautiful about this process is that it is completely voluntary. Individuals opt-in to the creation and utilization of these features by their own volition as Bitcoin draws their attention and leverages their labor to fortify itself. Marty's Ƀent Issue #523: Surveillance tech crawls forward "Worse yet, the students can’t opt out. “It’s a binary choice for the kids,” Bulger said. “A teacher told me years ago, ‘If you want to opt out of using Marty's Ƀent Issue #522: Usability is getting so much better I sent a message to space for a little more than half a penny... Marty's Ƀent Issue #521: Monster thread on Europe This is why we Bitcoin, freaks. To hedge ourselves against the folly of modern monetary experiments that seem to be going terribly awry. The world is in desperate need of a metric system for monetary value that cannot be manipulated by bureaucrats. Marty's Ƀent Issue #520: Is this what a fulfilling life looks like? Is this what we're willing to settle for as a generation? Is this a new normal that will only be accentuated as we move further into the future? Will it be an accepted reality? Is it already an accepted reality? Marty's Ƀent Issue #519: Bitcoin is revolutionary Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Marty's Ƀent Issue #518: Bitcoin "maximalism" is descriptive Those attempting to replicate Bitcoin's organic success come to find that they cannot replicate the state of the world and the inherent collective unawareness of cryptocurrencies that existed in January of 2009. Only a time machine can do that. Marty's Ƀent Issue #517: Bitcoin energy consumption estimates In the winters here in the States people go crazy for the consumerist holiday that is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ by plugging in lights that consume much more energy than the entire Bitcoin network. Marty's Ƀent Issue #516: Monday madness roundup There seems to be a palpable discontent throughout the world right now. You can feel the tension on all fronts. Hong Kongers fighting hard for their freedom. Americans getting violent as the middle class continues to be completely eroded away. Marty's Ƀent Issue #515: Money is not a shared illusion For a while there, we had no choice but to use the money forced upon us by the State. Just over 10-years ago the table was flipped as Bitcoin hit the scene. Marty's Ƀent Issue #514: The ultimate hedge As the total amount of negative yielding debt (government bonds that are expected to lose value over the duration of their lifetimes) continues to balloon above $13 TRILLION we're seeing a sharp rise in the price of Bitcoin. Marty's Ƀent Issue #513: China leading the way? Slowly but surely the world begins to grasp the gravity of Bitcoin and its freedom enabling essence. As I type right now, we have just surpassed $13,000 with authority. Is this all going to happen much faster than anyone anticipates? Marty's Ƀent Issue #512: Systemic risk, not ideal It seems as though we find ourselves in a hellish cycle. We find ourselves living in a time when the people at the bottom of the totem pole feel (justifiably) shafted by the system and are more than ready to get what they deem they deserve in the form of handouts Marty's Ƀent Issue #511: Energy FUD priorities I'm beginning to wonder if people really hate Bitcoin's energy consumption or if they just hate the fact that it completely turns their worldview on its head and should not exist for this reason. Marty's Ƀent Issue #510: The race to the bottom is back on Stay vigilant out there. Uncle Marty thinks things are only just starting to heat up on the global stage. Marty's Ƀent Issue #509: Tradeoffs are important to consider Bitcoin has decided to take the hard route on its journey towards sufficient decentralization, and this makes people very uncomfortable. Marty's Ƀent Issue #508: Perspective is key It's fascinating to see just how long Bitcoin spent under $1,000; 2,360 days or 73% of the time that has past since mid-August 2010, which marks a few weeks after Bitcoin's first official pump (from $0.008 to $0.08, what a fucking pump). Marty's Ƀent Issue #507: Cash App opens up BTC deposits In the midst of the mania surrounding the official announcement of Facebook's fake blockchain, Cash App started rolling out the ability to deposit bitcoin onto their app to some of their users. Marty's Ƀent Issue #506: Reminder: Bitcoin is GOOD for the environment At a time when the world is screaming about global warming and energy consumption, it's imperative that we stop talking and actually implement the solutions that exist today.