THE CRYPTO VIGILANTE BLOG

How Mesh Networks Can Power a New Internet Off The Grid [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | September 8, 2021

During 2018 in Venezuela, there were power blackouts throughout the country, leaving cities without power for weeks. Even cell towers ran out of power supply after a few days.  Despite some people charging their phones with generators or car batteries, there wasn’t any cell service for them to communicate with others: no calls, no SMS,…

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Does Crypto Enable Privacy or Transparency? Why Not Both? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | September 2, 2021

These days it can seem like everyone is living in hiding. People hide their faces, their identities, and their assets, obscuring everything. It’s almost like a new dark age.  Indeed, we cannot have light without darkness, and perhaps it’s the same with cryptography.  For those of us who embrace our fundamental human right to privacy,…

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Debate: Will The Real Bitcoin Please Stand Up? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | August 17, 2021

It has been fifty years since the launch of the fiat money experiment known as the US dollar.  On August 15, 1971, Richard Nixon took the dollar off of the gold standard. Essentially, the “US dollar became fake money ripping off workers, and savers became losers,” as Robert Kiyosaki explained on Twitter.  The author of…

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How To Be Sure When The Price Is Wrong [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | August 3, 2021

The price is not always right. In 2018, Dr. Daniel Kim (Ph.D. physics Harvard, MBA Yale) decided to meet the need for a bridge between the separate worlds of “new money” (non-commercial, open-source, grass-roots, cypherpunk crypto projects), and the incumbent “old money” industry of sophisticated trust and estate planning, structural asset protection, and legacy wealth…

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What is the best way to join Bitcoin apps? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | July 31, 2021

After the Bitcoin civil war of 2017, BCH immediately sprang up, followed by BSV, to continue the tradition of building on the Bitcoin blockchain as opposed to the limited store-of-value or “digital gold” mindset of mainstream Bitcoin. When we started The Crypto Vigilante (SUBSCRIBE), Jeff Berwick and Ed Bugos tasked me with building a team…

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Move Money Forward: Is Silicon Valley Afraid of Bitcoin? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | July 19, 2021

Back in 2017, there was a civil war over how to scale Bitcoin.  Now there are the big blockers, those who believe Bitcoin blocks should increase in size to accommodate the capacity of transactions, and small blockers, who say it’s better to optimize the block space they already have.  It’s no secret that I’ve always…

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Is this Bull Market over? Interview with Mr. A of The Crypto Vigilante

By Rafael LaVerde | July 7, 2021

“The market takes away from the impatient and gives to the patient.” Jeff Berwick and I designed The Crypto Vigilante (SUBSCRIBE) to be the world’s best team of cryptocurrency experts. As you may know, Mr. W, our Crypto Market Technician, is excellent with the charts. I’ve asked Mr. W to choose from anyone in the…

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How You Can Avoid Getting REKT As a Crypto Newbie [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | June 27, 2021

I was having a conversation with Jeff Berwick the other day. He told me something fundamental. He said investors get rekt when they have no knowledge or conviction… This is 100% true!  The only way to attain knowledge and conviction is by reading, studying, and coming to your own conclusions.  This requires work, discipline, independent…

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Piece of Cake: How To Gain Your Privacy Back [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | June 16, 2021

So many people do not understand this yet, but Monero (XMR) is the leading cryptocurrency focused on private and censorship-resistant transactions.   The majority of existing cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, have transparent blockchains. As a result, transactions can be verified and traced by anyone in the world. The sending and receiving addresses of these transactions…

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The Surprising Journey of One Compassionate Entrepreneur [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | June 5, 2021

The story of how my friend Sterlin Lujan got into crypto is genuinely inspiring. It all started when he was kidnapped and caged by agents of the State.  In case you missed it, I had the chance to interview Sterlin Lujan recently while he was in Acapulco. We had a great discussion about crypto, liberty,…

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Is Entrepreneurship What Matters Most in Crypto? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | May 27, 2021

Passive investing is cool, but have you ever felt more enthusiastic about new crypto startups and blockchain businesses than your own portfolio’s gains or losses?  I’ve been thinking about this since long before the recent dip.  Many people have become accustomed to thinking in terms of tribalism and politics. Crypto is not about your party…

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Hide Your Keys: How To Make Your Own Metal Crypto Seed Backups [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | May 20, 2021

Whether you’re in a bullish cycle or a bear market, once you’ve acquired a sizable amount of cryptocurrency, you likely understand the rule, “not your keys, not your coins.” Then the importance of securely storing your private keys manifests itself.  There are so many ideas on how to safely store your private keys these days…

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Is it digital gold or digital cash? Is it transparent or anonymous? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | May 12, 2021

It’s becoming more evident to more investors that crypto is the future.  Hyperbitcoinization is upon us. Is it inevitable for cryptocurrencies to take over the world?  I’ve been in the crypto space since 2012, so this isn’t my first rodeo. To be frank, between myself and Mr. X, along with Mr. W and Mr. Z,…

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Where is the Price of Bitcoin and Monero Going? [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | May 4, 2021

To stay ahead of the curve, one must be able to see around the corner.  On Sunday, May 2, our very own Crypto Market Technician, Mr. W, appeared on Monero Talk’s MoneroTopia to provide technical analysis on where the market is headed, particularly with regards to Monero (XMR) and Bitcoin (BTC).  Mr. W offered deep…

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Interview With A 21st Century Crypto Superhero [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | April 29, 2021

Howard Chu is truly a genius of optimization. When he says, “I have a fondness for fast software,” he’s being modest.  With a proven track record of the world’s fastest multiprocessor TCP stack, the world’s fastest Appletalk stack, the world’s fastest LDAP server, faster than real-time speech recognition, and faster than real-time radar data demux/decoders,…

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Cutting Edge Security: Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins [VIDEO]

By Rafael LaVerde | April 26, 2021

I recently interviewed Paul Puey, CEO and Co-Founder of Edge, the popular open-source blockchain wallet and cryptocurrency exchange.  As an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley, Paul is undoubtedly one of the sharpest guests I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with for The Crypto Vigilante video series.  Paul held lead engineering positions…

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Buyer Beware, Shitcoins Everywhere. Introducing Manure0 (SHT)

By Rafael LaVerde | April 18, 2021

The future is wow!  With Dogecoin on the rise again, many investors are reconsidering the phrase “laughing all the way to the bank.” As we’ve recently covered, Pirate Chain (ARRR) may have a funny name. Still, the new asset is no joke – we at The Crypto Vigilante seriously believe in the strong potential of…

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Pirate Chain Surges to All Time High of $1! ARRR You In?

By Rafael LaVerde | April 11, 2021

The future of private decentralized payments is here.  If you haven’t heard by now, Pirate Chain ($ARRR) is quickly emerging as the most private and secure cryptocurrency to date. The mission of Pirate Chain is to preserve people’s financial privacy in a system dominated by transparent transactions, to ensure their financial freedom. Here at The…

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Mr. X on Monero Talk’s MoneroTopia Episode #4

By Rafael LaVerde | February 27, 2021

What’up Vigilantes! We’ve been getting a lot of questions in respect of Monero’s price performance against Bitcoin, most commonly –– why hasn’t Monero rallied more against BTC? Has XMR bottomed out against Bitcoin? And, “should I buy or sell”? In an interview on Monero Talk’s MoneroTopia show, Mr. X gives a Monero Price Report and…

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Oh No! The System Is Rigged!

By Rafael LaVerde | February 2, 2021

What’up Vigilantes!  There once was a man from Edmonton, Alberta… His name was SEK3, an agorist assertor. He believed in counter-economics, And hated all commies. Said a free market system’d never hurt ya.  Seemingly overnight, Wall Street and Silicon Valley (read pro-legacy banksters and elite BigTech) have come out in favor of the mainstream adoption…

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Don’t Stop Networking!

By Rafael LaVerde | January 31, 2021

What’up Vigilantes! “Tragedy, he perceived, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.” This quote from George Orwell’s 1984, in which isolation is a very important theme: From the beginning…

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