My father is my biggest liability
My biggest liability at the moment happens to be my father.
Year after year, he continually gets me committed to the psychiatric unit in Tralee.
And he is quite determined and sneaky in how he goes about it as well.
I wish he would just f-off and leave me alone.
He usually speaks to the nurses who come up to the house when I am not present and makes statements about my so-called mental ill-health and all of a sudden I get a visit from my GP or someone like that and I end up being committed to the psych ward.
"You must come in for an assesment", they say.
Who is the world's worst father? I think my father would be a contender.
And the worst thing about this is that I cannot seem to find a way out of this, other than to leave the country and go live with my fiance and son in Lao PDR.
And that is exactly what I have planned, as soon as flights resume.
At the moment there are no flights and the airport, borders are closed.
There is no way into Lao at the moment.
I would have left last year if it were possible.
No matter how long I spend thinking about this I cannot seem to find a way out.
If I simply just stop talking to him that wouldn't work, because I need him to take care of my apartment in Cork.
The only option is to leave the country and have them send me my medications over there.
To try to maintain my distance from him whilst at the same time be on reasonable terms with him.
I poured wine all over him at a wedding in 2014 and sometimes I think it was the right thing to do. I actually get satisfaction out of thinking about it sometimes.
The only option is to get as far away from him as possible.
It is difficult to see how he could get me committed in Lao PDR.
There are no psychiatrists in that country and generally they have their own approach when it comes to mental health.
I simply cannot wait to board a flight out of here and off to Lao PDR.
This is the ultimate solution which I mentioned on here a couple of weeks ago - to get outside of his realm of control to a place where he cannot act the blackguard and get me committed to the local psych unit.
I can clearly remember him pleading with my nurse last year in an attempt to get me committed. And sadly he succeeded as well.
He knows how to talk to these people.
He is utterly convinced that there is something seriously wrong with me and that I need serious help.
And he seems to have the utmost of confidence in the 'professionals' in University Hospital Kerry psych unit that they will 'put me right'.
The more I think about him and watch him, the closer to a headless chicken he resembles.
And my only option, sadly, is to leave my home country, Ireland, and go somewhere that he cannot continue with this type of blackguarding.
The worst thing about this is that I have no way of fighting back, I am totally defenseless.
All I can do is to get as far away from him as possible.
Searching for a service which will allow me to Dollar Cost Average into bitcoin via the Lightning Network
I've been searching for a way to Dollar Cost Average (DCA) into satoshis for some time now.
I heard about getbittr.com on a podcast a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately it isn't suitable for me, due to the fact that it doesn't use the Lightning Network.
I want to DCA sats via the lightning network, not via bitcoin.
If I were to DCA with bitcoin (non-lightning network) every week there would be that enormous bitcoin transaction fee of $10-$15 to contend with, which is so enormous relative to my small amount of $200/week that I would be investing.
There is also the fee charged by the provider of 4% which is rather hefty as well.
I also tried the lightning wallet Wallet of Satoshi but unfortunately setting up a weekly DCA purchase is not possible here either.
I tried Okcoin.com which is recommended by Saifedean Ammous but they don't operate via the Lightning Network either.
So after all of the searching I have basically given up on searching for a service which would allow me to DCA into bitcoin via the Lightning Network for the time being.
Bitcoin is starting to look not too dissimilar to silver
I reckon a similar situation to what is going on in the Silver market is starting to arise with Bitcoin.
With silver, the price is controlled by 4 large commercial banks who are short silver.
When I say short, I mean they are betting, using futures and options derivatives, that the price is headed downwards.
These banks have a virtually unlimited line of credit when it comes to shorting silver - they can borrow as much as they want to ensure that the silver price does not rise.
Take a look here.
This is the market for bitcoin futures and options on the CME, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
This is the same market that hosts silver futures and options trading.
Basically, the big 4 banks use derivatives, futures and options, to keep a lid on the silver price.
This is now happening in the bitcoin market - banks are using options to keep the bitcoin price under control.
For if the bitcoin price were not kept under control, all of the fiat currencies that we use around the world today would hyperinflate into bitcoin and everybody would be using bitcoin as money.
However, the wealthiest and most powerful people on the planet do not want this to happen.
This is quite disconcerting for myself and all of the bitcoin maximalists out there who see a bright 'bitcoin only' future.
Just recently, the CME started making a market in Ethereum futures and options.
So what am I to do? Sell all my bitcoin and purchase one of the up and coming cryptocurrencies on coinmarketcap.com?