US Marshals to auction 4,041 Bitcoins. Whales-only apply…

Yes, it’s true. Anyone who wants to can get in on some Bitcoin at a potential giant discount to market. Well… only those with already deep pockets, that is.

Here’s what the US Marshals .Gov site posted just this week.

Washington – U.S. Marshals Holding Bitcoin Auction
Approximately 4,040 bitcoins to be sold. $200,000 deposit required by Feb 12, 2020. Contact U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

That’s right, The U.S. Marshals are auctioning approximately 4,040 bitcoins “in connection with various federal criminal, civil and administrative cases” their press release reads.

In order to bid, potential bidders must complete all registration requirements by Feb. 12 and submit a $200,000 deposit (in U.S. dollars of course) which is required to simply participate, though all bidders except for the winner will have their deposits returned according to the release. Pre-registered bidders are the only ones whose bids will be accepted, and those bidders will be a part of a 6-hour “Sealed-bid” bidding session on February 18th.

According to the USMarshals.gov site, the winning bidder will be notified Feb. 18, also implying that only one bidder will win and thus there is only one Lot consisting of all 4,000+ $BTC up for auction. #Hodlers of #BTC during the climb of 2017 may remember other US government auctions of seized Bitcoin, all but solidifying that the #cryptocurrency was legitimized by the US Marshals and more importantly by the Internal REvenue Service (#IRS) simply by the nature of a government entity selling and receiving US dollars for the asset. Here again, and recognizing that the IRS has since 2016, offered taxation guidelines for owners of the currency to submit taxes on profits, the crypto seems to be legitimized as a tradable asset in their guidelines and dockets.

Further details on the auction are available posted on the site and in the press release at www.usmarshals.gov/assets/2020/febbitcoinauction. According to the site, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program is a key component of the federal government’s law enforcement efforts to combat major criminal activity by disrupting and dismantling illegal enterprises, depriving criminals of the proceeds of illegal activity, deterring crime and restoring property to victims. The U.S. Marshals Service plays a critical role in identifying and evaluating assets that represent the proceeds of crime as well as efficiently managing and selling assets seized and forfeited by the DOJ.

Now, it seems to us there are just a few more questions that arise here than are answered.

  1. Does the IRS, thus the US government still consider Bitcoin an asset?
  2. Does the one-bidder-takes-all model seem fair to you or average US citizens or does it favor hedge funds, whales, and institutional money only?
  3. Should the auction be broken down into varying lot sizes allowing for average retail consumers to be a part of a government auction, one that their tax dollars help fund?
  4. … more question below, but first…

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Noting some of these concerns however, in a more detailed read of the most recent updates on the site, it turns out there are 4 total lots up for auction, each of varying size. AND, to the sured delight of the #twitterati and the #cryptotwitter followers, WHERE and WHO each of these lots was seized from is now listed on the US Marshals site (and below).

FEB 18 AUCTION includes seized assets as outlined below:

DEA Forfeitures

United States v. Tyler Lee Ward et al., (Case No. 18-cr-438)
United States v. Ryan Farace (Case No. 18-cr-00018)
United States v. Matthew Lee Yensan (Case No. 17-cr-00303)
United States v. Alexandre Cazes, et al., (Case No. 17-cv-00967)

FBI Forfeitures
United States v. Ronald L. Wheeler, III (Case No. 17-cr-377)
United States v. Konrads Voits (Case No. 17-cr-20689)
United States v. Seth Bangert (Case No. 19-mj-00073)

HSI-USCBP Forfeitures
United States v. Donte L. Gibson, et al. (Case No. 18-cr-094)
United States v. Gal Vallerius (Case No. 17-cr-20648)
United States v. Darcy Wedd (15-cr-00616)
United States v. Sky Justin Gornik (17-cr-2796)
United States v. Matthew Mulford (Case No. 19-cr-028)

This sealed bid auction for 4,041.58424932 Bitcoin separated into four series: 

Series A (5 blocks of 500 Bitcoin) and 

Series B (10 blocks of 100 Bitcoin) and 

Series C (10 blocks of 50 Bitcoin) and 

Series D (1 block of 41.58424932 Bitcoin). 

You will not have the opportunity to view other bids. You will not have the opportunity to change your bid once submitted.

Final questions for this reader…

4. If the deposit was not a concern, would you buy Bitcoin from the U.S. Government? If so what’s the right amount, or too much?

5. Is this yet anothe rway for the US Gov to make money at the ‘expense’ of its people while making it harder and harder for US citizens to own, purchase or pay taxes on the same asset?

6. What questions does this all bring up for you, good Hodler?

  • Nelson Wells is a CEO, a single dad of twin daughters, a cryptocurrency hodler, a believer in the long term world-redefining power of blockchain. Reach out & follow him at Clermont1

Baby elephant saves drowning Man!? Inspiring stories – Things I’m moved by, mostly generous people and amazing feats of care by animals. Like this sweet baby elephant.

The baby that saved it’s rescuer., Darrick Thomson, co-founder of Save Elephant Foundation.

According to reddit user Aurtach, the “drowning” man is Darrick Thomson, who is the co-founder of Save Elephant Foundation, and the elephant is Kham Lha who he rescued and brought the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand the previous year. Since then, the two have been inseparable, and play like this often.”

Aurtach goes on, “He (Thomson) is a goddamn hero to these elephants that he has saved, and the real story behind this video is much cooler than the title given, while the elephant is still showing compassion and care in coming to his ‘rescue’.”

For me the vision of this act of care by a wild animal is something reassuring, heartwarming, and even brings a tear to my eye.

Darrick is a co founder of the Save Elephants Foundation that is stationed in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This foundation operates the Elephant Nature Park, which shelters Kham Lha and more than 70 other rescued elephants.

The mission of the Save Elephant Foundation is to love animals so that they will love us back. Darrick Thomson has certainly put that to heart, having Kham Lha love him back.

Darrick assisted in Kham Lha’s healing after her rescue in 2015. Since then he showed love and compassion to the cub and the animal grew with fondness of him.

In the other video, Darrick and Kham Lha are seen holding hands around the park, an activity they both love doing.

Even though they are different species, they are true friends. Just as Darrick saved Kham Lha, she will go out of her own way to save him any day, even though she is an animal.

How Animals And Humans Helped Each Other To Define Humanity:

Experts who tried to examine this bond theorized that our relationship with animals contributed to our evolution as species, and helped define our humanity.

The bond between man and animals have begun since time immemorial, though for different purposes.

Throughout human existence, animals have acted as protectors, companions, and workmates.

Animals have played their part in helping herd other animals in the field, fighting alongside humans in battles, and helping in rescue missions.

Some animals even comfort humans in times of trauma or an illness while others stand as loyal friends.

We see and hear many inspiring and unbelievable stories of ferocious animals who were rescued and developed close friendships with humans.

Each of these stories touches us in ways we can’t explain. We are shown a level of love, kindness and a humane spirit, beyond the one we are used to see every day.

We are reminded that love, friendship and courage are traits not found just among humans, but among all species that can behold them.

It’s funny how some animals can teach us about being humane and having humanity more than a lot of humans can.

So the spirit of humanity might not be something exclusive to humans, nor our special creation that only we have created.

Maybe the spirit of humanity is something we’ve discovered by interacting with animals throughout our evolution, and instead of fearing, choosing to love and help each other.

Bitcoin Price will Double as Halving Date Looms Closer – Our Countdown Clock is on

Our Bitcoin halving countdown clock is on and counting backwards to May 7, 2020, the date I predict the blockchain will reach the next halving and $BTC will be more than double its year previous price per coin. [Share our clock or copy our code and embed it yourself]

Athens, Georgia. Nelson Wells is an investor, Co-founder, CEO, and Blockchain “Futurist”

Atlanta Digital Currency Fund’s chief investment officer, Alistair Milne, has said that the block reward halving of Bitcoin could push the price of the dominant cryptocurrency to massive gains in the next 12 months, or any 12 month period leading up to the halving.

Do YOU believe Milne’s claim and basis? If so tell me why, and if not, let’s hear it.

According to an article in CCN Friday March 8, 2019 titled, “Bitcoin’s Impending ‘Halving’ Could Spark Meteoric Price Boom,” the impending ‘halving’ could lead to these massive gains.

bitcoin price halving

Bitcoin’s May 2020 halving could lead to a meteoric price boom for the flagship cryptocurrency. | Source: REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

Bitcoin’s Impending ‘Halving’ Could Spark Meteoric Price Boom

A block reward “halving” in Bitcoin is referred to as the mechanism that decreases the amount of Bitcoin generated by miners after mining a block.

On the Bitcoin network, the blockchain, miners solve complex cryptographic problems using computing power to process transactions, which are then placed in blocks to form a blockchain.

To compensate miners, every block generates a fixed number of Bitcoin to “pay” the miners for serving the community and running the nodes which create the blocks, and this “mine” the cryptocurrency “coin.”

The block reward, or fee to miners, of the Bitcoin network decreases by half for every 210,000 Bitcoin mined. Traditionally, a block reward halving like this has led the price of Bitcoin to rally because it reduces the rate in which new BTC is produced.

As Bitcoin nears its fixed 21 million supply, the scarcity of the digital asset increases, which boosts the price and the demand from the market.

Historically, the Bitcoin price has tended to move a year before the block reward halving. While a few analysts claim that the halving is already priced in, the numbers show that it gradually gets priced over time, and even accelerates, as the cryptocurrency approaches its halving date.

See the related article by cryptocurrency author Joseph Young of Bitcoin Analysis, Bitcoin Price News at CCN.com

Meanwhile, leave me your comments and thoughts on where (and why) you think Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are headed into 2020 and beyond.

Here’s A Video of the Midengine C-8 Chevy Corvette Driving in California

Yes, here below is some new video of the Midengine (mid-engine?) Corvette Running Around California, captured and edited by none other than the venerable Raphael Orlove. Chevrolet has officially tagged it the C8 vette, and they’ve even so much as labeled the #C7 #Corvette Stingray as “the Final Edition” as witnessed at Horsepower Obsessed.

Screenshot: Driven

The Midengine Corvette is already burdened with the curse of being an expensive American car. That means it will go on auction early in its production run, and Boomer money will pile onto it and relegate the thing to “collector” status before a tire ever hits the road.

Are you one of these guys who’d like to snatch one up and let it sit (mostly) and gain value? If so, we don’t judge, just tell us below! Inquiring minds wanna know.

Regardless, from a driver’s standpoint, the car shouldn’t be trapped in a garage. It shouldn’t be forced to live out its life in a climate-controlled prison, waiting for the day that it can come back up at Barrett-Jackson with LOW MILES EARLY SERIAL NUMBER NUMBERS MATCHING COLLECTOR’S EDITION.

I say this because here’s a collection of a pre-production prototypes out in the snow and slush and sleet on a twisting California mountain road, the kind of place a traditional Corvette driver would look at and resolve to stay inside and grouse about while soaking in the hotel hot tub… – see more by Raphael Orlove 

For the full article go to Jalopnik and share and give Orlove and Jalopnik some car enthusiast love.

I don’t claim the rights to this article or any post from other sites; I’m simply a fan and enthusiast myself who likes to share and get word out on rare, collectible, unique, or otherwise hard to find or appreciating well-loved cars that are classics or soon-to-be-classics. Occasionally I post them here at nelson-wells.com .

For other Classic car info or posts on Pontiac GTO’s, E39 BMW’s, Bimmer wagons, or too many timeless classic Toyota Land Cruisers, see my other posts below or on my blog. – Nelson Wells, Athens, GA

The Best Unsigned Artist Playlist You Haven’t Heard

At Team Clermont we host a ton of playlists. We do that because we work with dozens of artists; unsigned bands, signed groups, indie-rockers, singer-songwriters – you name it, we have it on our roster.

So it’s so refreshing when we take a step back at times like this, right now, in this moment, and listen to our entire “#unsigned” artist roster. I could go on and on about each of these amazingly talented artists (and maybe I will below), but right now I just have to share with you -and anyone you think SHOULD be listening- the most amazing Team Clermont playlist. It’s just called our 2018 Press Playlist, but for your info, these are ALL unsigned bands & singers.
So, here you go; your workday playlist to keep your toes tapping. -Please support indie music – Nelson Wells

Artist spotlights to follow.
Did you enjoy this playlist? Please let us know a favorite track or artist!

Sharing the Artist’s Story – Is the Music Enough?

Nelson Wells Sharing Artists Story

2-minute guides for the indie musician or band from an industry PR pro:
Is the music of an independent musician enough to get noticed??

Nelson Wells, Publicist from Team Clermont based in Athens Georgia, sat down with Jay Coyle of the Berklee College of Music Online to answer this question and how the music business uses Public relations for Press and Radio, in a series of interviews for the modern role of PR, Press, and Radio for today’s independent recording artists in the industry.

Nelson Wells sold his first startup company at the age of 21. Now he is on his 5th venture facilitating the launch of other technology startups and consulting in fields as diverse as blockchain investing (Bitcoin) and tech startups marketing and music marketing.

Wells’ company, Team Clermont , a music and technology public relations firm, now in its 20th year, was the first of its kind to accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin for music or tech PR campaigns. He actively consults and still finds time for designing and prototyping his own inventions as a “toolshed” inventor while heading up Public Relations firm, Team Clermont.

Currently you may find Wells filling any one of the following roles: mentor & angel investor at FourAthens, the newest technology incubator in the Southeast, as President & CEO of tech & music PR firm #TeamClermont, speaking about PR & marketing at conferences like SXSW, Geekend, or CMJ, or surfing different waves in Nicaragua, Costa Rica or France.

As CEO of Team Clermont Wells lead the team through its first 20 years tripling its valuation in a niche market in less than three years. Team Clermont has since quickly become North America’s premier boutique music & tech PR firm specializing in National Publicity campaigns, independent Radio marketing, technology startup launches, blockchain investment consulting, & film sync licensing pr. Nelson began Team Clermont in 1997 as the independent radio promotion division of his PR firm, Wells & McLean, Inc with partner Jimmy McLean, artist manager for such successful Southern acts as Jason & The Scorchers, Five-Eight, and Allgood.

In 2001, as cofounder of Team Clermont with industry pro Bill Benson, Wells expanded the company to incorporate a full-service traditional media department and an online media and press department. In 2004 Wells & team were the first Music PR company to officially service a full list of blogs with their clients’ recordings making the team a household name with online press pitching to music blogs such as Gorilla vs Bear, Brooklyn Vegan and from the smallest blogs like Baby Sue Music Review to online forces like Pitchfork, MTV. com and Huffpost.

Now 20 years of successful music PR campaigns has catapulted Team Clermont to the top of their field. Clients include Warner Bros. Records, Mute Records, Astralwerks, Domino, R.E.M., Asthmatic Kitty, Merge Records, SubPop, SXSW, Forbes blockchain contributor and author George Howard and more.

As CEO of Team Clermont, Wells spends his time on tech & music PR, and on funding and advising small startup software ventures, surfing waves, crafting handy inventions that may change the world or may only improve his kitchen technique, and taking care of his twin daughters.

For consulting services contact Nelson Wells below. [Consulting services may include technology startup launch marketing, public relations for tech startups, public relations for record labels, pr and radio marketing for artists and musicians, startup consulting for those interested in investing in blockchain assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Stellar.org’s XLM Lumens, IOTA, or any other cryptocurrency. Disclaimer: Nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice.]

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If you are in the United States or wish to market in North America, schedule a meeting with Nelson, Bill or the Team today!

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Excerpt:
one of the things we talk about in these
courses is publicity and the concept of
an evergreen story and obviously it’s
something that’s very topical you know
when you’re working with a client or
maybe you’re talking to a client for the
first time or you’re in you’re figuring
out their kind of momentum in what you
want to bring to the project walk me
through a little bit about you know what
do you think is important in crafting of
a story or and I don’t want to use it in
such a way that says you’re you’re
making up something on this and I said
craft in it but you know crafting the
tale to bring to the marketplace to
basically separate this artist you know
walk me through a little bit about the
process that you do for that that’s good
because we can’t make up a story for an
artist we have to take what they give us
and and hope that there is a story there
that we can share because that’s all
we’re doing we’re sharing their story
whether it’s just the music doing the
talking or whether there really is
something there to talk about to gain
more exposure and that’s what separates
the artist without a story from those
width and so that’s it in a nutshell
like I can’t make up a story for an
artist I can say there is no story here
the music is enough to carry it will
that get the their package even open
interview sometimes it might not other
times you’ve got an amazing story that
just is elaborate and might involve
independent films or tour buses breaking
down in Europe and fistfights and all
kinds of stories we’ve heard but if they
don’t detract from the band and the
action
music that’s what’s important so we’re
so independent that we really looked the
artists to say you tell us what
distinguishes you from everyone else and
if we can sell that story and your music
is strong enough to back that up then we
can take it on but we really only take
on artists who we believe in and
sometimes that comes from a story that
just gets us to listen and we can use
that same story to get others to listen
whether they’re at a magazine or a
dot-com
you know zine or at a radio station…

Interview: Nelson Wells Talks Indie & College Radio Promotions

Nelson Wells Radio and PR

One thing we’ve tried to *gently* hit our TuneCore Artists over the heads with is the importance of marketing their music before and after they release it. It starts with telling your friends and family, continues with staying on top of your social media channels, and after you begin playing shows and building a network in your local scene, you can start focusing on getting your music into the hands of radio music directors and media professionals. It requires a lot of work, but hard work can pay off!

At this point you’ve likely learned that getting your music heard on commercial radio stations isn’t an easy process. Why not change your route a bit and zero in on the often undervalued college and independent radio stations?! Here to explain the values of these types of stations and other ways DIY promotion can pay off is Nelson Wells – founder and CEO of indie PR and radio promotion powerhouse Team Clermont!

When an independent artist is releasing their first album or single, what do you consider to be some of the first and foremost basic avenues of self-promotion?

Nelson Wells: Number one, get your list of contacts together, both industry and fan and begin to reach out to see who else they could add to the inner circle. Number two, use the age old industry formula that says for every dollar you spend recording and pressing an album, be prepared to spend $4 to promote it. Many a great album have been written, recorded and produced only to sit and fill a warehouse or someone’s closet simply because no one explained the need (and cost) of getting it out. Even with personal social media and digital file sharing there is so much more that can be done on a much larger and broader scale.

Number three, get your social media (and file sharing) in line and begin the build up and smart tactful accumulation of fans and industry types. Number four, prepare and launch a well thought out funding campaign, whether it’s having family and friends fund your release, attracting a label, or executing a crowd funding campaign with any of the well known funding sites or the newer more hands-on type sites like MusicRaiser that focus just on musicians. Number five, research publicists and national radio promoters to partner with you on your release months before you actually release it. You can walk a copy down to your local college radio station or the weekly zine yourself, but it’s a really good idea to have a short list of 2-3 professionals who have reviewed your material and are ready to schedule you in their release calendar if you’ve raised your funds and can afford them.

What do you feel are few of the most common misconceptions from artists when it comes to getting heard on the radio?

“If we send it out they’ll play it.” The truth is radio stations still get so many releases that this myth just isn’t true; it’s physically impossible. Also, if you haven’t done your homework as to whether your style music fits the genre of each station you are sending to then you further decrease your chances of being heard and reviewed at those stations because your style simply doesn’t fit. Do your homework or hire people who do it for a living and who have relationships with the music director at each station whether that’s college MD’s or programmers from A3, or Americana, or modern rock radio.

What do you consider to be some wise DIY tactics for brand new indie artists pushing their first releases to different radio formats?

Other than what I stated above, if an indie artist does not raise funding or cannot afford an indie radio promoter then a handful of the indie promoters actually sell DIY packets that allow you to set up and manage a radio campaign on your own for a fraction of the cost of hiring the firm. You just have to remember that while you may have all the correct addresses and contacts and some solid pointers for doing your own radio promotion, the real value to a radio promotion company is their relationships. They can utilize these relationships weekly, yet you’re just getting started building these relationships most likely just by sending out your first release.

How important is college radio when it comes to influence and trendsetting?

There is a key element to this question as well as to the value of college radio in general, and that is the value of tastemakers. College radio stations are made up almost exclusively of tastemakers, or people who influence and set trends. In other words those music directors, program directors and DJ’s are the first ones whose friends listen to them when it comes to what the newest releases are that are landing a radio stations. These radio people leave campus after class and their DJ hours and go work in the local venues, the local music magazine or the record store on the corner.

So in the big picture even if your record is getting a few spins on the local college station that may or may not mean that potential fans are hearing it, but if the workers surrounding the station like it, you can be sure that others are hearing it.

Given that college stations are typically staffed with students/directors used to dealing with labels, firms & DIY pitches alike, do you have any advice for follow-up?

Some of the best follow up is simply researching email addresses of the music directors at each station ahead of time. Many are posted publicly online or on the station’s own website. Of course you may include your email, facebook and twitter accounts, but don’t assume that radio station people have the time to reach out and contact you; that’s your job. Another old school form of getting stations to contact you with information about your record at their station is by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope that is easy for them to send back after they check off √yes, we are spinning your record, or Sorry, we passed on your release…

Other ideas for that card: “Is there a venue you think we should play?___” “Would you like extra CD’s for your DJ’s or to give away on air?”

As the radio industry has gone through conglomeration over the past couple of decades, how has the way independent firms pitch to commercial stations?

I don’t know. We mostly service non-commercial radio, but I’d guess it involves a LOT more money, and more “consultants.”

What roles do public and community radio play when it comes to promoting independent music?

To me these play the largest role for up and coming artists, new artists, and those without a mainstream sound or a major label deal. Public, community (and college) stations are Team Clermont’s bread and butter. These are the stations and the people who “get” the indie artist and the Team Clermont client.

How can indie artists be better utilizing radio promotion when it comes to embarking on their initial regional and national tours?

The most important thing in music PR is simply getting word out and making it a continual practice each day of your career, and yes, you can make a career out of your music. This means doing it yourself whether you are hiring an indie radio promotion company like ours or not. In fact I’ll tell most touring artists to save their money by not hiring us for a tour but to rather wait until a full length release is a few months away. Then use that money to just survive on the road. It’s tough out there,

And you’ll be glad you have enough money for PB&J’s and for buying fans some beers for allowing you to crash on their couches.


Learn more about Team Clermont and their services for indie artists here!