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Inflatable Bitcoin Rat Makes Comeback Due To Federal Reserve Ethics Issue

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In October 2018, a massive inflatable Bitcoin rat was erected outside of the United States Federal Reserve building by artist Nelson Saiers. Now, the former Managing Director for Deutsche Bank AG and hedge fund manager turned mathematical artist is back at it, as the Fed is up to no good once again.

Here is a glimpse at what is going on at the Fed currently that’s caused Saiers to raise a such a stir, how it involves Bitcoin, and what you can do to take a stand like Saiers has.

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Nelson Saiers And His 2018 Inflatable Bitcoin Rat

Bitcoin wouldn’t be where it is today, trading at more than $40,000 per coin, if it weren’t for early evangelists spreading the cryptocurrency’s message.

No other form of money exists with such scarcity, and it is thanks to a foundation of mathematical code. Math is right up Saiers’ alley. Saiers has been referred to as the “Warhol of Wall Street” due to his financial-based artworks, and received his PhD in Math at the age of 23.

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As an artist, he’s produced pieces heavy with geometry and numbers. In one such example, Saiers features $10 bills crushed up in a vending machine costing only 50 cents each.

Here $10 bills are for “sale” for 50 cents. Alexander Hamilton, whose image adorns the $10 was a huge advocate for a “national bank”. His ideas provided the foundation for the creation of the Federal Reserve a century later. Cheap Money (low interest rates which are often impacted by the FED) was a central cause of 2008 Crash, a description reads.

Saiers’ latest piece is also directly outside the Fed, because he’s trying to raise awareness for something he’s shocked there isn’t more “outrage” over: Federal Reserve presidents playing games with rates and other levers while they are also trading securities in their personal accounts.

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Crypto has come a long way since Saiers' last stunt in front of the Fed | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

The latest Bitcoin rat has been slightly modified from the 2018 original. The newest has a black right eye, which represents how the actions of the Fed presidents are “a real black eye” for the Federal Reserve’s “reputation.” The eye also says POW in reference to the proof-of-work consensus mechanism Bitcoin uses. The black eye also references “getting punched” Saiers told us.

Also updated from the original is the sign that said “I smell a rat.” It now reads “I smell 2 weasels” along with the question “does anybody know how to get to Dallas?” Saiers has shared some exclusive photos with us, which you can check out below.

What’s Going On With The Fed?

The situation the art piece is referencing, is an “ethics review” called for by Fed chairman Jerome Powell, in response to letters Senator Elizabeth Warren sent to the Fed’s regional bank presidents demanding stricter ethics policies, especially around each president’s own holdings.

All this comes following several Fed presidents disclosing stock trades, which have come under scrutiny. The “2 weasels” in question are, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, who held stock in in Pfizer, Chevron and AT&T, and Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan who traded seven-digits worth of stocks like Apple, Amazon and Delta Air Lines, according to a CNBC report.

The problem isn’t that these people were trading stocks, but doing so while also – as Saiers points out – making “rate and bailout decisions.”

So how does this all involve Bitcoin? Well, aside from the fact Saiers has used BTC in the past to prove similar points, the lack of noise around Wall Street and traditional markets over this ethical issue has caused him to turn to crypto instead.

“Satoshi couldn’t stand bailouts,” Saiers said, “so I wanted to bring attention to it to the crypto world.” Saiers’ art is now standing in opposition of the Fed right now.

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With Saiers’ statement now out there, will crypto help the rest of the world wake up to what is going on right under their noses? And when they do, will they finally understand why Bitcoin is so special? Probably not, but the more central banks cause distrust, the better the case for Bitcoin in the long run.

Special thanks to those like Satoshi, Saiers, and others who selflessly fight causes that effect so many others. If you want to get involved and stop this, buying BTC is one option, but you can also contact your local state and federal elected officials and let your voice be heard.

Follow @TonySpilotroBTC on Twitter or via the TonyTradesBTC Telegram. Content is educational and should not be considered investment advice.

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SEC helped Ether Surpass XRP, Ripple CEO

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has said that Ether (ETH) overtook the company’s XRP token by market capitalisation because of the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC).

According to Garlinghouse, the US regulator’s approach towards ETH largely encouraged investors, giving it a free pass that enabled the smart contract platform’s native token to overtake XRP in the market.

 “Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has kind of exploded and that clarity has helped,” he said.

Ripple’s XRP currently occupies the seventh spot among the largest cryptocurrencies, with a market cap of $52 billion according to data from CoinGecko. Ethereum has held the second spot for the last four years after deposing XRP during the 2017 bull run.  The Ether (ETH) cryptocurrency currently has a market cap of over $490 billion after its price surged to set a new all-time high above $4,000.

In comments made on Thursday 21 October at the DC Fintech Week, the Ripple exec also claimed that the SEC’s approach was based on “outdated” laws. He also wondered why a former official at the agency had found it easier to say Ethereum was not a security, yet SEC Chair Gary Gensler cannot make the same pronouncement.

Garlinghouse’s comments come at a time Ripple is battling the US watchdog’s charge that XRP is a security illegally sold by Ripple Labs and the company’s top brass. The company has also faced class-action lawsuits before.

Despite these events, more XRP holders feel the SEC has unfairly targeted Ripple, a view Garlinghouse also holds. According to him, there almost 50,000 holders of the token “are trying to sue the SEC for ‘protecting them‘.”

The tussle has seen the court allow XRP holders to become amicus curiae or friends of the court. However, the same judge handling the Ripple vs. SEC case ruled that token holders cannot join the proceedings as defendants.

XRP has lost about 67% of its value since touching an all-time high of $3.40 on 7 January 2018. However, its current price of around $1.11 means its value is up more than 27% in the past 30 days and more than 340% up since this time last year.

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THORChain Jumps 35% on Ethereum Trading Restart 

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Cryptoeats Disappears After Raising £500K From Token Sale

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Cryptoeats, a company that reportedly raised 8 million in a Series A funding round to build a crypto-based Ubereats alternative, disappeared after launching its token. According to estimations, the startup might have taken more than £500K from investors after the launch of its official token dubbed “eats.” The alleged scam was promoted by UK influencers and manufactured related apparel, and even hosting a launching party in London.

Cryptoeats Initiative Vanishes After Token Launch

Cryptoeats, a company that proposed to build a crypto-based Ubereats alternative, vanished from the internet just minutes after launching its official token. The company, which had an official website and claimed to have raised funds to build their proposal, stated it had run a public beta of the service, partnering with food chains like Nando’s and McDonald’s.

Furthermore, the startup claimed it had already onboarded more than 100,000 customers, who have signed up to download the app and use it on launch day. But the developers of eats, the native token of the platform, emptied the wallet holding the funds coming from the initial token sale, stealing more than £500K from investors, according to reports. Soon after this, all of the social media accounts of the startup disappeared, along with its website.

Cryptoeats Looked Legit

Cryptoeats worried about looking legitimate before disappearing. The company first outed a PR statement where it claimed it had raised $8 million in its series A funding round in 2020. The PR statement, that was published on October 16, declared the company was “set to take a large slice of the $16.6 billion delivery app market.” The statement was issued using Globenewswire and was featured on Yahoo Finance’s website, but both references have been eliminated now.

At a local level, Cryptoeats also did its work bringing U.K. influencers to promote the new initiative among their fanbase. Joey Essex, a reality TV celebrity that promoted Cryptoeats, stated to local media he lamented the situation. Essex stressed:

I’m fuming. This company used my name to dupe lots of people into investing money. It’s disgusting and I feel bad for anybody in that situation.

But Essex was not the only local celebrity that promoted Cryptoeats. Lots of other influencers attended a launch party last week in London, where Cryptoeats apparel was shown and worn by some of the assistants.

What do you think about the whole Cryptoeats fiasco? Tell us in the comments section below.

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