Lord of the FTX Contagion, To Kill a Terra, The Regulators and Fury, and 20 Crypto Jokes

Let’s see what happened this cryptoweek.

In the ongoing FTX mess, the Bahamian authorities confirmed the exchange is under ‘active’ investigation and that the prime minister’s financial intelligence unit is involved, Sam Bankman-Fried went down to $100,000 from the $17 billion he was worth earlier this year, BlockFi sued Bankman-Fried to seize his Robinhood shares, Silvergate said it had less than $20m in exposure to the bankrupt BlockFi, Genesis creditors sought options to avoid bankruptcy, Solana-based DEX Serum went ‘defunct’, and BlackRock chief executive said more crypto firms would fall following FTX collapse. Meanwhile, US Democrat Beto O’Rourke returned the $1,000,000 donation from the FTX founder before the exchange had collapsed.

In South Korea, financial regulators said they warned the Terraform Labs co-founders Do Kwon and Daniel Shin against launching their business in 2018 but were ignored, prosecutors asked for an arrest warrant for Daniel Shin and a group of “early investors”, police and prosecutors quadrupled the amount of money for crypto monitoring tools in the past 12 months, and a university introduced blockchain-powered mobile phone-based student IDs.

As that was happening, Kraken cut 30% of its workforce, Binance acquired 100% of the Japanese crypto exchange Sakura Exchange BitCoin, and Nassim Taleb said that Coinbase is ‘worthless’. Meanwhile, Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort said he had lost $300,000 in a crypto hack.

The National Bank of Ukraine is looking at CBDC for retail payments, cross-border transactions, and crypto trading, while Vladimir Putin said an independent blockchain-based payment network would be ‘much more convenient’ than the existing system. The European Central Bank said that ‘bitcoin is rarely used for legal transactions’ but on-chain data suggests otherwise, and its President Christine Lagarde said crypto regulation in the EU following the FTX collapse is ‘very much needed’. The Spanish government will create crypto-related clauses in the nation’s Criminal Code, the Brazilian government wants to police crypto and train prosecutors to deal with scams, and the top Japanese financial regulator may be preparing to police the DeFi sector.

And now a carefully selected collection of jokes for your laughing pleasure. Laugh.

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Morning, cryptoverse! How's BTC doing?

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To each their own.

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Buying season’s here.

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Hero.

Source: galactix_crypto / Instagram

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When was the first time you made this mistake?

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Circus.

Source: Super_ye_ / Twitter

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Feel free to enter panic mode at once.

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Yo! SBF!!

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Found!

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Different types of gons.

Source: coin.bureau / Instagram

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Experts having a discussion in the comment section.

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No worries, all good.

Source: Gate.io / Twitter

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At this point, why not.

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SBF on his apology interview tour.

Source: Cryptoc Poet / Twitter

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Solving long-standing issues.

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Look at me balancing my shitbags!

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Speaking of bags, found a suitable one to pack all my money.

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The same old man keeps yelling at bitcoin.

Source: Dan Held / Twitter

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Coming in early 2023. Or running away, we’ll see.

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And here’s a documentary for you.