In recent years I have become so very disheartened to see the words “Patriot” and “Patriotism” misused in the worst ways. They now accompany political fundraising emails. They adorn memes created most often outside our borders, designed to divide and sow discord among us. They are used to divide and distinguish ourselves in the most horrible us-against-them way. Prior to September 11th 2001 I always felt I knew what “Patriotism” was all about, but really, I did not.  In retrospect for me the word was little more than a vague notion of loving my country, dressed in imagery of three (more…)

Yesterday’s “crypto crash” has likely forced the SEC to once again reject a bitcoin ETF.  Before the crypto crash, there was momentum gaining in the crypto community that a bitcoin ETF was finally going to be approved.  The main reason for this hope was the crypto background of new SEC Chair Gary Gensler. Crypto hopefuls pointed to the blockchain courses that Mr. Gensler taught at MIT and felt that his crypto knowledge would surely put him in the bitcoin ETF approval camp. While it’s true that Mr. Gensler is an expert on the blockchain and cryptocurrency markets, it’s also true that (more…)