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Author: Chris Fisher

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This Week in Bitcoin is an independent, investigative podcast covering Bitcoin. A high-signal news podcast focused on analysis you'll find valuable.
18 Episodes
The Next Banking Cycle

The Next Banking Cycle


We're on the verge of a significant shift in Western Central Bank monetary policy, and I'll bring the receipts to back it up. Plus, some interesting data coming out of the Mt Gox and German government selling and a critical project update.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBAffiliate LINKS:Buy Sats on RiverThe Bitcoin CompanyLinks:Fed faces cooling job market and persistently high prices, Powell says to Congress | AP NewsUS economy no longer overheated, Fed’s Powell tells Congress Fed Chair Jerome Powell says ‘some pain’ is on the horizon. April, May revised downGerman Government has sold 76% of its BitcoinEric Balchunas on XMt Gox Repayment Plan PDFWasabi Wallet on X: "We have been informed that a coordinator named WasabiCoordinator is trying to slowly siphon funds from its users using a sophisticated attack.Primal Android v1.0.3BitfinexCelsius is going after over 5000 people that withdrew their money from Celsius within 90 days of their bankruptcy.God Bless Bitcoin Documentary on X: "God Bless Bitcoin OFFICIAL TRAILER!MusicFiat Prison Blues by Brrreadfan
Fed Chair Powell shifts stance as a new economic picture sharpens. Plus, the new KYC disaster coming to US customers, project updates, and who is selling thousands of Bitcoins this week.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBAffiliate LINKS:Buy Sats on RiverThe Bitcoin CompanyLINKSTreasury, IRS issue final regulations requiring broker reporting of sales and exchanges of digital assetsHoneywell TH6320ZW2007Lampoharbor: Ecash management toolBOLT 12 | This is how we bitcoin in the future!Twelve CashPhoenix Wallet “New major release!”Median new US home price in BitcoinAndrew Tate announcing his new Scam tokenMeet up along the way: Spokane Meetup - No-Li Brewhouse, Sat, Jul 13, 2024, 4:00 PM | MeetupMUSICCharlie by Kurtisdrums
A few widow-makers hanging over Bitcoin this week, and the post-halving miner capitulation has begun. What we're starting to see, and why, when we look back, this will be remembered as a wild week.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBAffiliate LINKS:Buy Sats on RiverThe Bitcoin CompanyLINKS:Travis Kling on X: "All at the same timeHashrate continues to fall.When Bitcoin drops to $62K it means miners enter limbo and the first circle of Dante’s Hell.The miner capitulation is over—bitcoin’s next bull run begins. - YouTubeBitcoin (BTC) Miner CleanSpark (CLSK) to Buy Peer Griid (GRDI) for $155M Enterprise ValueFirst-quarter GDP grew a soft 1.4%, but the U.S. economy might have more ‘spring’ in its step - MarketWatchFed Rate Cuts Latest: Favorite Underlying Inflation Gauge Is Seen Cooling - BloombergDashboard | TruflationCalifornia Reveals All Job Gains In 2023 Were Fake Yahoo News clipCarl Louis on X FDIC ThreadMuntiny Wallet: Updates after DNS issues Strike launches in the UK following European rollout Jack Dorsey & Lyn Alden | The Power of Open Source - YouTubeBBC coverage of Bitcoin since 2013Nostr:Find my Nostr Public Key at ChrisLAS.comMUSIC:Live While I’m Alive by Abel James
Bitcoin under fire: New mining attacks miss the mark, why Bitcoin’s price stalled, and the critical flaws in Bitcoin Core and LND.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBAffiliate LINKS:Buy Sats on RiverThe Bitcoin CompanyLINKS:U.S. national debt will reach $50 trillion by 2034, CBO projectsBillionaires U.S. 2023 | StatistaMain reason why rates will get cut regardless of where inflation will stand. Credit card defaults from small lenders have hit RECORD levels Housing defaults have just hit the highest levels since 2011OG whales have sold over 50,000 $BTC in the past 10 days, totaling approximately $3.30 billion. exchange swap blog post: SEC ends Consensys investigation into Ethereum 2.0Consensys on X: The SEC has notified us that it is closing its investigation into Ethereum 2.0Energy FUD:Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Attacks Bitcoin Mining with FUDBitcoin mining, AI data centers increasing demand on Texas power grid, leaders say - YouTubeOklahoma Governor signs bill into law that exempts Bitcoin miners from sales tax on electricity billsOklahoma Governor Signs Bill Exempting Sales Tax for Bitcoin MiningJUST IN: Cambridge publicly acknowledges that the age of their Bitcoin mining data leads to “an overestimation in our emission estimates by ~25%”BEEST (Bitcoin Energy & Emissions Sustainability Tracker)Bitcoin Core v27.1: Bug Fixes & Performance ImprovementsLND Versions Prior to v0.17.0 Vulnerable to LND Onion Bomb DoS AttackBitBanana: Lightning Node Management for AndroidFinal Clip of the Week:T-Mobile mining Bitcoin soonTelecom Giant and T-Mobile (TMUS) Parent Deutsche Telekom Plans to Mine BitcoinMusicRunnin’ by Charley T
No Cuts for You

No Cuts for You


A new must-pass bill gives the President of the United States the power to block any Bitcoin transaction. Also, thoughts on the Fed rate and why Bitcoin Miner Bitfarms is preparing a “poison pill” strategy.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:New law grants US president power to block digital asset accessSenate Bill Could Open Crypto to U.S. Sanctions, but Industry Trying to Head It OffText - S.4443 - 118th Congress (2023-2024): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025 | | Library of CongressPowell Admits The Biden Admin Is “Overstating” JobsPhiladelphia Fed Admits US Payrolls Overstated By At Least 800,000Wall Street Admits The Biggest Economic Shocker: All Jobs In The Past Year Have Gone To Illegal AliensBitfarms Adopt ‘Poison Pill’ Strategy to Fend Off Hostile Takeover by Riot Platforms (UPDATED)The decision follows Riot Platforms’ recent disclosure that it has acquired a 12% stake in Bitfarms, as well as a rejected $950 million acquisition offer.MusicGive My Life by Minno
Inflation be damned, central planners have decided to lower the cost of money. How the banks lowering rates impacts Bitcoin. Plus, the shocking stats of the Bitcoin ETFs, project updates, and more.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLinks:Canada becomes first G7 nation to cut interest ratesBank of Canada Cuts Interest Rates to 4.75%, Signals More to Come - BloombergEuropean Central Bank cuts interest rates, diverging from the FedECB cuts rates as it raises its 2025 and 2026 inflation forecasts.ECB Raises Inflation Forecast For 2024 And 2025Bitcoin - BTC Price, Live Chart, and News | Blockchain.comBitcoin Address | Wallet Lookup - BlockonomicsUS President Joe Biden vetoes SAB 121 repealRiot Platforms Acquires 9.25% Stake in Bitfarms Following Rejected $950M Takeover OfferBitcoin (BTC) MIner Core Scientific Rejects CoreWeave’s $1B Buyout OfferSimpleX blog: SimpleX network: private message routing, v5.8 released with IP address protection and chat themesSimpleX Chat v5.8: Private Message RoutingCitadel Securities, BlackRock back Texas stock exchange projectMusicRed Light By: Tony Salomone
The increasing probability of Stagflation might cut Bitcoin's post-halving bull run off at the knees; my thoughts on the Ethereum ETF and why I'm getting skeptical of the political "tone shift."LinksApril pending home sales hit lowest level since start of pandemicThis morning’s revised data show the gov’t is basically “buying” GDP w/ debt, but getting only 50 cents on the dollar - worst deal ever…United States M2 Money Supply is now positive YoY for the first time since November 2022.Germany’s industry in decline - a giant is falling \ stacker news ~econSEC approves rule change to allow creation of ether ETFsEthereum ETF to Get 20% of Bitcoin ETF FlowsAs crypto cash floods Washington, Congress eyes gentler regulations - The Washington PostPresident Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of El Salvador to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Nayib Bukele | The White HouseBiden campaign ramps up crypto industry outreach in surprising tone ‘shift’ | The Blockfaradayfedora’s Shakepay LinkSTUDY: The Personality and Motivational Characteristics of Bitcoiners🧡 Bitcoiners tend to be intellectually curious and emotionally stable🌎value personal growth, relationships, community over material possessions📈Scored significantly higher in financial literacy than the general populationSaifedean Ammous on why Bitcoin is Finical GunpowderMusicTip Toe by Jack Holliday
It's more than Trump. The three major shifts compelling the White House to halt their attack on the Crypto industry. Plus, the details around the new FIT21 bill that takes power away from the SEC, and why I think an Ethereum ETF might be bad for Bitcoin.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:JPM Emly Choy Predsent and Chief Operating officer said:“The tone from the SEC has just changed literally overnight…The administration sensing some panic” Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4763) - GovTrack.usOperation Choke Point 2.0: How U.S. Regulators Fight Bitcoin With Financial Censorship - Bitcoin Magazine - Bitcoin News, Articles and Expert InsightsCustodia Bank Loses Lawsuit Challenging Fed Rejection of Master Account ApplicationCaitlin Long FULL TESTIMONYElizabeth Warren circled wagons around embattled FDIC chief Martin Gruenberg | SemaforWhite House PDF SAP-HR4763.pdfSEC Mandates Overhaul of Ethereum (ETH) ETFPresident Biden and SEC Chair oppose major crypto bill hours before votingU.S. President Biden Does Not Threaten Veto Against House Crypto Market Structure Bill, But ‘Opposes Passage’ (J’informatique's code: REL218932)p2prights.orgThe Peer-to-Peer Rights Fund Launched to Protect Open-Source Devs, Starting with Samourai CaseThis Man Did Not Invent Bitcoin - The New York TimesRipple’s Anti-Bitcoin Campaign To Promote CBDCsMusicElement Zero by Reel Richard
The surprising legal win Bitcoin scored this week and the brewing battle on the horizon. My three takeaways from the newly released Bitcoin 13F Filings, and great news for Bitcoin mining.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:Tornado Cash Developer Alexey Pertsev Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison in the NetherlandsLyn Alden on X: “Criminalizing the mere development and publication of code is an ugly precedent. If published in a book or a blog, it would mean the book or blog is illegal. An illegal order of numbers and letters. Very different than actually using code maliciously.” / XSens. Lummis, Wyden oppose Justice Dept. stance on Tornado Cash chargesCasten, Foster, Sherman, Cleaver Introduce Legislation to Temporarily Prohibit Crypto Mixers | U.S. Congressman Sean CastenText of the Bill PDFIBEX Pay Suspends Services in the United StatesAsaf Givoli on X: “🚀🌊 #Bitcoin mining in 🇵🇾 #Paraguay just got greener! Using 💯% renewable 💧 hydro-power, we’re not just mining, we’re educating! Join the movement as we power up 📚 #BitcoinEducationacross Latin America. 🌱🙌 #GreenMining #CryptoFuture #BTC” / XDaniel Batten on X: “Another nation state leader attests to the benefits of bitcoin mining Kenya has 10 GW of geothermal energy alone, 9 GW of which is completely untapped Bitcoin mining can unlock Kenya’s energy abundance, bringing renewable energy online that otherwise would have been unviable” / XBitcoin Archive on X: “BREAKING: 🇦🇷 Argentina to mine #Bitcoin using stranded gas with 1,200 bitcoin mining machines - Forbes 🔥” / XThree takeaways from Bitwise CIO’s weekly memo to investors.The State of Wisconsin Investment Board reports the following positions: BlackRock Bitcoin ETF: $99,167,688 (2,450,400 shares) Grayscale BTC: $63,687,310 (1,013,000 shares) This is a small part of a massive…" bordalix/helm-wallet: The lightning wallet even your grandma can useMusicI Need a Little by The Retrograde
The seven reasons Bitcoin's price is tanked, updates on the Samurai Indictment, and why the godmother of Modern Monetary Theory thinks it's childish for governments to be held to budgets.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:JPY/USD: Japanese Yen’s Slide and Dramatic Rebound Are Just the Start - BloombergJapan is wrong to try to prop up the yenBitcoin (BTC) Trades At Slight Premium in Yen (JPY) Terms Amid Suspected BOJ InterventionYen Drops to 155 against USD. Currency Collapse at Work, -32% against USD since 2021, -50% since 2012 | Wolf StreetDOJ says Roman Storm did much more than just write code in response to defense’s dismissal motion | The BlockMicrosoft Word - Tornado Cash Govt Opp to Motions vF.docxSamourai Wallet Co-Founder Keonne Rodriguez Pleads Not Guilty, Released on $1M BondAlert on Cryptocurrency Money Services BusinessesWarren and Cassidy Send Bipartisan Letter to DOJ and DHS to Stop Crypto in the Illegal Trade of Child Sexual Abuse Material | U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MassachusettsFed rate decision May 2024: Fed holds rate steadyFederal prosecutors are examining financial transactions at Block, owner of Cash App and SquareTrampoline payments Final Clip of the WeekAuthor Stehpanie Kelton goes on the Daily Show to make case for MMT and why governments shouldn’t have the same financial constraints of “businesses and households”MusicSelf Destruct by The Trusted
The Samourai Wallet founders were arrested, what we know at this point, as well as El Salvador's Chivo Wallet hack. Plus, some good news for Bitcoin's improvement proposal process, my thoughts on the Epic halving sat bidding, and why Runes won't go away anytime soon.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:Epic halving sat BiddingSamourai Wallet Founders Arrested and Charged With Money LaunderingSouthern District of New York | Founders And CEO Of Cryptocurrency Mixing Service Arrested And Charged With Money Laundering And Unlicensed Money Transmitting Offenses | United States Department of Justice[bitcoindev] Adding New BIP EditorsEl Salvador’s Chivo Wallet Source Code & VPN Access LeakedWalletScrutiny - Know your wallet like you built it.Zeus v0.9.0-alpha1Jack Mallers on X: "Announcing Strike Europe 🇪🇺Bullet Proof Stacker Self-Custody Links:Buy Sats on RiverLearn RoboSatsAQUA WalletSparrow Bitcoin Wallet - Sparrow WalletGreen: Bitcoin Wallet on the App StoreMusicPlay Guitar by Doerfel Family Bluegrass
The Bitcoin halving is here, but are Runes crashing the party? I'll explore how the halving could impact Bitcoin mining, the macro signs that indicate short-term price swings are probable, and why everyone is concerned Runes might cause a spike in transaction fees.[[podhome]]LINKS:Runes – Casey Rodarmor’s BlogBitcoin Suddenly Braced For A $35 Trillion Halving Price EarthquakeA bitcoin halving is imminent. Here’s what that means. - CBS NewsWhat bitcoin halving could mean for investors and minersBlockstream Green: Simple and secure Bitcoin walletAQUA WalletRiver Referal LinkLearn RoboSatsWhat is KYCCraig Wright Discontinues Tulip Trading Case in Major Win for Bitcoin Developers🚨 attention lnd node operators that have upgraded or are considering upgrading to bitcoind 27 🚨US Senator Cynthia Lummis says high ranking government officials feel threatened by Bitcoin - YouTubeMUSIC: Leave It Alone - June & The Jets
Roger Ver has presented an alternative narrative about Bitcoin's history. I've read it, so you don't have to.Why he's trying to regulate the blocksize wars, and my response to his claims that Bitcoin's true potential has been stolen.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLINKS:Recent Interview w/Roger VerInside The Blocksize Wars with Adam Back and Jonathan Bier - YouTubeThis Week in Coins: Bitcoin Ends on a Downer as Rival Bitcoin Cash Shines - DecryptBitcoin: Supply Last Active 5+ Years Ago - Glassnode StudioBitcoin: Supply Last Active 2+ Years Ago - Glassnode Studiobips/bip-0101.mediawiki at master · bitcoin/bipsMutiny Wallet v0.6.2: Federated Lightning Addresses for Mutiny+ UsersZEUS v0.8.3 is now The Blocksize War: The battle over who controls Bitcoin’s protocol rulesMusic:So Many Years by TJ Wong
More pro-Bitcoin voices are featured, but are some wolves in sheep's clothing? I'll examine the Pomp Problem and the Bitcoin beachhead spreading from state to state. Why the market bracing for higher inflation for longer, is not great news for Bitcoin in the short term. Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLinks:It’s a Higher-for-Longer World for Rates, and That’s OK - WSJWeekly market commentary | BlackRock Investment InstituteFed chair: Focusing solely on inflation is “no longer appropriate” - MarketplaceFed officials consider leaving rates higher for longer | The HillFed Chair Powell Wants Inflation to Cool More - The New York TimesThe State of Louisiana Passes a Bill To Protect Your ‘Fundamental Bitcoin Rights’Satoshi Action FundBitcoin’s risk/reward ratio will blow your mind - YouTubeBlockFi’s Rise and Fall: A TimelineMr. 100" bought 100% of new supply of Bitcoin over the last 2 daysMutiny Wallet v0.6.1: New Home Screen, Nostr Profile Setup, Federation Discovery & RecommendationsVulnerabilities exploited in the wild fixed based on GrapheneOS reports - GrapheneOS Discussion ForumCoinbase Selects Lightspark for Lightning 🔄 Lightspark’s SDKs, APIs, and developer tools streamline Lightning Network integration, while Lightspark Predict optimizes liquidity requirements and routing in real time.🔐 Coinbase will use Lightspark’s remote-key signing implementation, allowing Coinbase to benefit from a scalable and reliable node infrastructure without managing Lightning keys.This seems to be after a team internally looked at standing up Lightning.This was the guy formerly in charge of implementing Lightning at Coinbase 💀Tether Awards $100K Grant to BTCPay Server FoundationResource of the Week:Bitcoin Halving Countdown ClockMusic:Element Zero By: Reel Richard
Blackrock's CEO has become openly bullish on Bitcoin, why he's taking a victory lap this week. This halving will actually be different, and I'll make the case why. Plus, a new project that could replace Lightning for the plebs.Sponsor: http://podhome.fmPromo Code: TWIBLinks:2024 Halving: This Time It’s Actually DifferentSEC scores big win in lawsuit against crypto exchange CoinbaseJoe Carlasare on X - SOL deflationary statementsBrian Armstrong 🛡️ on XHedgehog: Protocol for Asynchronous Layer 2 Bitcoin Paymentshedgehog on GitHubThe Future of Warfare | Jason Lowery | TEDxDAU - YouTubeSoftwar: A Novel Theory on Power Projection and the National Strategic Significance of Bitcoin: Lowery, Jason Paul: 9798371524188: BooksUS National Defense Fellow at MIT, Major Jason Lowery: Blaming Bitcoin to protect your failing hegemony is not going to help youMusic:Money Maker
The first shots were fired in the battle to bring the rest of "crypto" to the ETF market—the impact on Bitcoin and why the SEC might not be the hero we need.Plus project updates, the historically bad week for one Bitcoin ETF, your boosts, and more.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWIBLinks:SEC probing crypto companies in Ethereum investigation as hopes for ETF dim Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of Ethereum’s 2014 Premine GBTC getting a ‘second wind’ of outflows, $1.4b this week along, now double any other ETF in outflows YTDin a day when GBTC saw record liquidations (to meet bankruptcy obligations of Genesis and others) and when bitcoin tumbled, Blackrock’s IBIT saw a surge of inflows. ETF demand is relentless and price indiscriminateRoboSats v0.6.0-alpha: The Federation LayerBisq 2 AMAMusicHodl.80 IQ.Patriot on X: “This is awesome”
This week, we'll discuss the high-signal mind virus spreading around the community, why the Saylor strategy has Jim Cramer salty, the final word on ETF centralization, and if we should stop calling it the Blockchain and start calling it the Timechain.Sponsor: Promo Code: TWiBLinks:Bitcoin Atlantis – A Bitcoin conference in the AtlanticBitcoin Is Time | dergigi.com21 Ways - 21 Ways To Look At BitcoinJack Talk Mallers on XLawrence LepardBitcoin Flips SilverPierre Rochard on X: "BREAKING: the Biden Administration is cancelling the fake #Bitcoin mining “emergency” Michael Saylor: Bitcoin’s ‘Gold Rush’ Has Started: 2024-2034, Why Smart Money is Buying #Bitcoin - YouTubeDennis Porter on X: "ARIZONA SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION TO CONSIDER ADDING THE #BTC ETF TO AZ STATE PENSIONSLyn Says the ETFs are like an API for FiatTime Chain calendar . ComBTC Minstrel -  | What Shall We Do With Michael Saylor
Has Jeff finally got Bitcoin FOMO? I'll look at the numbers that's got everyone speculating. Then, my thoughts on the White House's next attack on Bitcoin and the notable shift in the public store of value debate.Show Notes:White House Flags Bitcoin Mining as Major Power Grid BurdenFox Biz Reporter talks with WHMiners’ bitcoin production dipped in January amid energy curtailment - BlockworksHow Bitcoin mining stabilized the grid and saved Texans $18BillionBitcoin Energy FUD Busting3 Indy Institutes in just six months with research showing Bitcoin supports renewable transitionPotential Reprieve for Bitcoin Miners With Upcoming Difficulty AdjustmentDemand Response And Curtailment Through Bitcoin MiningUpdates:GrapheneOS v2024 022 300: New Setup Wizard, New Color SchemesCompletely new GrapheneOS Setup Wizard implementation for the initial setup of the device and secondary user profiles;Theme Picker: update color schemes including adding the monochromatic colorscheme option;Sandboxed Google Play compatibility layer: add support for Android Auto 11.3Sandboxed Google Play compatibility layer: add developer functionality for updating Android Auto via the Play Store for testing;Blockstream Green Wallet Desktop v2.0.0: New UI and UXNew UI and UX: the user experience has been simplified and streamlined with a more polished, intuitive interface for easier access to key features;All-in-one UX: use your existing wallets for both your Bitcoin and Liquid accounts across singlesig and assisted multisig. You have the flexibility to choose whether to combine Bitcoin and Liquid accounts or not, and thus to organize your mainchain and second-layer stacks as you deem fit.;Simpler onboarding for new Jade users, minimizing ambiguity and errors during the initial setup;Sign with address to prove its ownership.PricedInBitcoin21The Bitcoin Company Promo Link