A Difficult, but Also Exciting Year…

Dear Readers,

Another year is coming to a close, and the team at Acting Man wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays and all the best for the new year.

You have probably noticed that your main scribe was a lot less prolific this year than he normally tends to be; unfortunately, we were held back by health-related issues. We remain among the quick though and will try to increase our posting frequency again. After all, it is not as though nothing interesting were happening.

 

We felt a bit like Santa feels in this picture this year, but we are recovering. Santa recovered too, just look at the stock market at the end of the year for evidence.

 

Particularly in the shorter term we plan to catch up a bit by finally bringing some of the updates we long planned to do, but didn’t get around to. One of the topics we plan to discuss will be the bitcoin/ alt-coin space, which was the one thing that made 2017 quite exciting.

The rapid bubble-like advance this year has triggered a lot of debate, with supporters and detractors of crypto-currencies alike appearing to become more strident and zealous in making their case. Let us just note here that the move was less of a reflection of the merits of bitcoin, but rather a reflection of the merits of the fiat money against which it trades.

Both the technological advance represented by the blockchain and the possibilities it opens up and the monetary potential of crypto-currencies merit serious debate though. Cavalier dismissal is not the appropriate stance in our opinion. More on this soon.

 

Bitcoin daily in 2017 – the wild ride – click to enlarge.

 

Since 2017 was also the first full year of the Trump administration we decided we will write a retrospective. Suffice it to say that some of the things we witnessed this year left us quite astonished, to put it mildly. The president may come often across as uncouth, but his actual political agenda at most appears mildly reformist so far (i.e., contrary to how he was and continues to be painted in the media, he is definitely not Hitler).

 

Trump and his famous all-embracing shrug. Yes, he comes across as a buffoon at times… but as it turned out, he’s actually not Hitler (some people seem to be disappointed, oddly enough). His long list of enemies continues to argue in his favor.

 

Lastly, who would have thought back in 2007 – 2009 that the world would be immersed in the third major stock market bubble since the 1990s after such a short time? In fact it is arguably the biggest asset bubble of modern times, and  2017 certainly felt like an exclamation mark in that respect.

Anyway, enjoy your holidays and hopefully you will see more from us in the coming year. In the meantime, we also wanted to remind you that a donation to this site is a tried and true method of warding off visits by Krampus and will generally positively contribute to your spiritual well-being. And yes, we do take bitcoin too…:)

 

Chart by: CryptoWatch

 

 

 

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Dear Readers!

You may have noticed that our so-called “semiannual” funding drive, which started sometime in the summer if memory serves, has seamlessly segued into the winter. In fact, the year is almost over! We assure you this is not merely evidence of our chutzpa; rather, it is indicative of the fact that ad income still needs to be supplemented in order to support upkeep of the site. Naturally, the traditional benefits that can be spontaneously triggered by donations to this site remain operative regardless of the season - ranging from a boost to general well-being/happiness (inter alia featuring improved sleep & appetite), children including you in their songs, up to the likely allotment of privileges in the afterlife, etc., etc., but the Christmas season is probably an especially propitious time to cross our palms with silver. A special thank you to all readers who have already chipped in, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Regardless of that, we are honored by everybody's readership and hope we have managed to add a little value to your life.

   

Bitcoin address: 12vB2LeWQNjWh59tyfWw23ySqJ9kTfJifA

   
 

6 Responses to “Season’s Greetings”

  • Solon:

    Your site is consistently one of the top reads on the Internet, Pater, thank you. But despite having a top end crew to pick up the slack, you were dearly missed (I’d triple read the graphics captions to make up for it, lol). I was hoping the reasons weren’t health-related, but they are what they are. I hope the new year brings you better health and renewed spirit. And all the best of the season to you and yours!

  • Hans:

    A belated Christmas to all. Frank you, Mr Tenebrarum for providing
    this free website.

    For the new year, a happy bitcoin to all believers!

  • Treepower:

    Vale, Pater.

    Habeamus omnes mentem sanam in corpore sano.

  • No6:

    Season’s greetings Pater
    I think the next few months/ years will prove to be interesting times providing you with much stimulating material to write about.
    I for one will be reading it and setting my sail accordingly.

  • jks:

    Thanks for the site, Pater. Best wishes and get well.

    • M.N. Gordon:

      Hear, hear! Thank you, Pater. Wishing you good health and good cheer in the years ahead. Looking forward to more of your shrewd analysis, original and perceptive insights, and sharp wit and wisdom in 2018.

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