There is a persistent assumption that is put forth in countless teachings, books, and discussions. It says something to the effect of, “Emotional conflict, triggers, and family dynamics can pull you out of a state of realization.”

This is usually expressed in a number of ways, but always points to the idea that if we are experiencing the emotional triggers and disturbances that come from our relationships with other people, it means we are getting knocked off center and that we should aim to make sure we don’t experience tension and conflict. …


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Pain sucks

It can suck the joy out of life. Most people dealing with chronic pain and injuries will visit a chiropractor, physical therapist, or massage therapist regularly to manage the pain. Unfortunately, what happens too often is these treatments produce short lived benefits that trap the patient in an ongoing cycle of treatment that never ends up resolving the underlying source of pain.

If you are dealing with chronic physical pain you may have had a specialist tell you that the reason you have pain is because you have a bulging disc, scoliosis, that you are misaligned, your spine is misaligned, your posture is bad, or many other reasons that make an appeal to a standard bio-mechanic view of the body. …


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Fidelity is one of the largest asset management companies in the world, with 2.46 trillion dollars of assets under management and to the cryptocurrency world, it is one of the strongest institutional supporters.

Fidelity began mining Bitcoin before it was cool with operations that began in 2015. Not many financial companies were truly interested in Bitcoin during this time, but Fidelity had the understanding and foresight to know it needed to learn about this emerging technology.

It started its mining efforts to educate itself on how cryptocurrency works, and clearly, the company liked what it discovered as it subsequently began accepting Bitcoin via its charity arm, stating an intent to integrate wallet service providers for its customer’s dashboard, investing in a number of blockchain/cryptocurrency companies, trialing blockchain technology for its software arm, running a Bitcoin lightning network node, and most recently launching a cryptocurrency custody and clearing service. …


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In the mid 90’s we saw the release of the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation consoles, an event that launched a niche form of entertainment into an industry that generated $36 Billion in revenues in 2018.

During this time the excitement surrounding video games was accompanied by a robust adjacent industry- video game guides, video game support phone lines, newsletters, and magazines. These complimentary services drove significant revenues through products and services designed to help people play various games, monthly magazines to inform them of the latest reviews and releases, and even the Nintendo Power Line. …


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In 1946 the Supreme Court made a decision about the legal status of an agreement that allowed buyers to purchase land in a Florida orange grove and then lease the land back to experienced growers to tend and manage the land. In the 1940s, the Florida orange industry was a hot market, and at the time this type of investment was as exciting as many ICOs were in 2017.

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The Supreme Court ruled that in this case, SEC v. Howey, that the substance of an investment contract is more important than its form. The court ruled that even though on the surface this investment appeared different than a standard sale of securities, it would still be treated as a securities offering and an unregistered one at that. …


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“I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”

Mexico said no, now what? One Congressman thinks that cryptocurrency is the answer President Donald Trump has been looking for.

Rep. Warren Davidson, an ardent cryptocurrency proponent, recently drafted a bill called “Buy a Brick, Build a Wall.” Davidson has said that the bill will allow the federal government to fund the border wall by issuing a cryptocurrency. …


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If you have ever been part of a Bitcoin Q&A, it is likely that you have encountered some version of this question:

“What happens if the power grid goes down, an electromagnetic pulse wipes out our computer systems, or there is a terrestrial emergency?”

It turns out Blockstream, a Bitcoin development company responsible for both open source and commercial Bitcoin technologies, has probably been asked this question as well and has been doing something about it.

Blockstream launched the first Bitcoin satellite in August 2017, but with the recent addition of its fifth Bitcoin satellite, it now offers worldwide coverage. What is a Bitcoin satellite? These are satellites that continuously broadcast the Bitcoin blockchain around the world for free. They allow Bitcoin transactions to be sent from anywhere in the world with the appropriate satellite equipment and also allow a full node to operate from anywhere with the appropriate equipment as well. …


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The 2018 cryptocurrency market has rattled many of even the firmest proponents of digital assets. While we have seen the market for digital assets shed over 80 percent of its value, certain cryptocurrency companies have seen their valuation increase.

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Can the valuations being placed on companies like Coinbase, Binance, and Kraken by savvy investors tell us something that the prices of digital assets can’t?

Yes, and here is why.

Despite all odds, it has been a good year for cryptocurrency exchanges. Coinbase was recently valued at $8 billion dollars in a recent $300 million capital raise and has booked $1.3 billion in revenues (including its losses on cryptocurrency investments!). …


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The process of technology discovery, innovation, and improvement is a fundamental human story. When humans discover a new technology or application, there is then a continuous process where that technology becomes refined over time. We know a lot more about making a wheel today than we did thousands of years ago, and we will know even more a hundred years from today.

Blockchains and cryptocurrencies are a new technology, while Bitcoin has existed for 10 years it is only in the last several years that significant collective resources have been deployed into research and development.

If you have followed the discussion that has emerged around this technology, you have probably encountered debates about scaling. Scaling is the process of engineering blockchains to be able to process a greater number of transactions, computations, and applications. Essentially, it is the question of how do we make this technology more efficient and applicable. Blockchains are notoriously slow, inefficient, and more difficult to scale than traditional technology due to the constraints of working with a decentralized network. Decentralization presents a unique set of challenges that are just now beginning to be solved. …


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Artificial Intelligence. Genetic Engineering. Autonomous Vehicles. Blockchain. Virtual Reality.

The mere mention of these technologies is good enough to conjure utopian visions of a society so empowered by technology that our current problems vanish- at least in the minds of uninformed. Talk to the experts or critics and you may hear a different tale altogether.

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Blockchain is What Will Drive a Virtual Economy

To the uninitiated, Blockchain is something akin to a universal panacea that will eliminate the destructive oversight of corporations in a puff of mystical “decentralization”. …

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