Episode 19 – Inflation, deflation, and stablecoins with Frances Coppola (Part 1) — Crypto Critics’ Corner

Inflation, deflation, and stablecoins with Frances Coppola (Part I) Crypto Critics' Corner

Frances Coppola – "infamous" nocoiner and author – joins Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey to teach everyone a thing or two about inflation, deflation, hyperinflation, and stablecoin regulation.

In this episode Cas and I are discussing the problematic history of charities in the crypto space. 

In this episode Cas and I are joined by Frances Coppola to discuss inflation and deflation along with stablecoins. 

You can find Frances’ Twitter here, her blog here, and her book here.

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Sunday Reads – Things I Found Interesting 2021-08-01

This one will be a little bit longer than normal because I was in a wedding last weekend and did not get that week’s post up.

Books I Read

Dolores Clairborne – A fascinating King novel that focuses exclusively on a single woman and the people she did and did not kill as it steps through her life.

Tether

Tether execs likely received target letters from the Department of Justice.

Tether was a specific topic of discussion at Yellen’s working group.

ICYMI

In this episode Cas and I were joined by David Z. Morris to discuss what Enron can still teach us.

In this episode Cas and I are joined by Rohan Grey to discuss money transmitters, CBDCs, stablecoins, and the best way to regulate that morass.

In this episode Cas and I are joined by Preston Byrne to discuss stablecoins, DeFi, regulation, and decentralization theater.

In this article I try to assess the currently available evidence that Bitfinex and Tether have committed bank fraud, it also includes an audio version, a new thing I’m trying out so let me know what you think.

In this episode of the Blockchain Debate podcast I discuss whether or not I think algorithmic stablecoins will ever work.

In this episode of The Daily Dive I discuss Bitfinex and Tether and get to specifically talk about the new information about their Department of Justice probe.

In this episode Cas and I discuss a variety of cryptocurrency charity scams and frauds.

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Episode 18 – Crypto Charity: where you donate to random people making promises and get nothing in return — Crypto Critics’ Corner

Crypto Charity – where you donate to random people making promises and get nothing in return Crypto Critics' Corner

Today's episode is guest-less! Just Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discussing how particularly egregious cryptocurrency-based charities tend to be. Examples include Jacob Kostecki, Binance's Pink Care Token, and Deltec Cares.

In this episode Cas and I are discussing the problematic history of charities in the crypto space. 

I discuss Jacob Kostecki here:

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Episode 17 – From Skeptic to Believer: Preston Byrne on the cryptocurrency ecosystem — Crypto Critics’ Corner

From Skeptic to Believer: Preston Byrne on the cryptocurrency ecosystem Crypto Critics' Corner

Lawyer Preston Byrne joins Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey for a wide-ranging discussion that goes from his own crypto journey (of skeptic to believer) to regulatory and legal risks for stablecoin operators. Visit his Twitter to see more from Preston https://twitter.com/prestonjbyrne

In this episode Cas and I are joined by Preston Byrne of Anderson Kill Law to discuss stablecoins, his perspective on crypto, and the interplay between regulation and decentralized finance.

You can find Preston’s Twitter here.

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Episode 16 – Stablecoins, CBDCs, and the STABLE Act with Rohan Grey — Crypto Critics’ Corner

Stablecoins, CBDCs, and the STABLE Act with Rohan Grey Crypto Critics' Corner

Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey are joined by Assistant Professor of Law at Willamette University and one of the authors of the STABLE Act, Rohan Grey. We discuss how stablecoins operate, what he hopes to see from CBDCs and the problems he sees in all kinds of new(er) money markets. Find him on Twitter @rohangrey

In this episode Cas and I are joined by Rohan Grey, Assistant Professor at Willamette Law and one of the creators of the STABLE Act to discuss money transmitters, stablecoins, CBDCs, and the STABLE Act.

You can find Rohan’s Twitter here.

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Episode 15 – Revisiting Enron with David Z Morris — Crypto Critics’ Corner

Revisiting Enron Crypto Critics' Corner

Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey are joined by David Z. Morris to discuss what happened at Enron, the ramifications of its downfall, and how the climate during Enron relates to today. If you'd like to hear more from David visit his website http://www.davidzmorris.com/  his twitter profile https://twitter.com/davidzmorris or subscribe to his substack http://davidzmorris.substack.com

In this episode Cas and I are joined by David Z Morris of Coindesk to discuss Enron and how we think this relates to the current cryptocurrency ecosystem. 

You can find David’s Twitter here, his Substack here, and his book here. (Note: this is an affiliate link which helps support my work.)

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Sunday Reads – Things I Found Interesting 2021-07-18

Stablecoins

Janet Yellen is getting together a whole bunch of regulators and law enforcement to figure out what the heck is happening with stablecoins.

ICYMI

I was able to go on the Grant William’s Podcast to discuss Bitfinex and Tether and he has also made his report on Tether and Bitfinex freely available.

In this episode Cas and I discuss his journey to try to find the offices of Bitfinex and Tether.

In this article I tried to figure out why Tether’s reserves look so…weird.

On this Twitter Spaces I was able to discuss Binance’s current situation with Frances Coppola, Cas Piancey, and David Gerard.

In this article I try to exhaustively document every audit, attestation, consulting memo, and letter meant to prove Tether was sufficiently backed.

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Episode 14 – Behold the Brash Bunk from Bitfinex and Binance — Crypto Critics’ Corner

Behold the Brash Bunk from Bitfinex and Binance Crypto Critics' Corner

Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss Cas' trip to Hong Kong in search of the ethereal Bitfinex headquarters, how and why exchanges continue to try to get away with existing nowhere, and what it means for consumers.

In this episode Cas and I discuss his investigative work to check out the addresses for Bitfinex and Tether. 

You can read Cas’ article on this here.

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Sunday Reads – Things I Found Interesting 2021-07-11

Binance

Binance in their continual journey to be simultaneously everywhere and nowhere has ended up right back where they started, in Hong Kong.

TrueUSD

I am still worried about the fact that we have yet to get more information from TrueUSD about their acquisition or when attestations may resume. Cas covered it months ago here.

ICYMI

In this article I document the periods where we have definitive proof that Tether was not fully backed.

In this episode Cas Piancey and I are joined by David Canellis of Protos Media to discuss the myriad problems we see with BitClout.

In this Twitter Spaces hosted by ChadSGX and Wolf Financial I am joined by Cas Piancey and Frances Coppola to discuss Tether and Bitfinex

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Episode 13 – BitClout is Bad — Crypto Critics’ Corner

BitClout is Bad Crypto Critics' Corner

Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey bring on David Canellis, the director of news at Protos Media (https://protos.com) and long time journalist covering cryptocurrency and fintech, to discuss the "decentralized" social media platform BitClout. We'll talk about its odd origin story, why David thinks it's probably destined to fail, and why it reminds us of so many other projects that never made it out of the 2017/2018 cryptocurrency bullrun.

In this episode Cas and I are joined by David Canellis of Protos Media to discuss the controversial cryptocurrency BitClout.

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