Are US Senators too old to understand crypto?

(Note:  Orin Hatch retired in 2019)

The average age of Senators in the current Senate is 62.9 years.  Are these Senators too old to understand crypto? This question was raised in light of the sudden announcement of a crypto provision that was tacked on to the infrastructure bill in the Senate at the last moment.

Some Republicans supported the move due to their concerns over the cost of the bill.  It was thought that additional income could be raised by a broad tax on the crypto industry, even though it may actually prove to be illegal. This knee-jerk addition to the bill at the last moment was immediately and strongly opposed by the cryptocurrency industry.  They would like to be regarded in a similar fashion as commodities, especially since there is no profit until cryptocurrency is sold. If tax reporting were required of miners, developers, and stakers, none of these groups have access to customer data, which could make the provision ultimately unenforceable.

There are two versions of the additional provision that have yet to be voted on, and it remains to be seen which version will make it into law.  One version might be acceptable to the cryptocurrency industry, but one is very strongly opposed by the industry. The second version has galvanized organized opposition in very short order. Obviously, the House still has to vote on this bill and the House is not currently in session. They are not scheduled to return until September 14th unless the President calls them back earlier.

The version that attempts to tax PoS software developers or "proof of stake" is strongly opposed by the cryptocurrency industry, and may prove unenforceable in the long run. The question of whether the Senators have the ability to understand and process the differences between these two versions is a valid question.  Sooner or later, the cryptocurrency industry will have to face some level of regulation.  This has been known for quite some time. It remains to be seen if the Senators will side with Biden on strict new tax and regulation on the industry, or if they will adopt more reasonable standards acceptable to the cryptocurrency industry. 

One legitimate fear is that any excessive regulation will drive the nascent cryptocurrency industry offshore and that the US will lose all benefits from this industry that has a huge potential to contribute to the US economy directly as well as indirectly.  The loss of this entire industry would certainly be a severe blow to the US economy in the long term. 


Post was written by John Lombaerde  – a Markethive contributor and entrepreneur

The Myth of Money-Making Internet Affiliate Marketing

Let's admit something to ourselves.  What are the chances that the next Internet money-making product you buy online is going to make you a substantial amount of money?

If you have ever bought any of these products in the past, your email inbox is probably full of these kinds of offers, unless you get sick of them and choose to unsubscribe.

I say slim to none, but that is by design. Let's look at the question from the point of view of the vendors of these products. The reality is that any product that could make you rich is the opposite type of product they would be selling.  Where is their income going to come from tomorrow if they sell you something that makes you rich today?  You will no longer be their customer, and they may go out of business.  So what kind of customer are they looking for?

They want fairly gullible customers that are willing to believe the promise that you can make money with their product. It is better if you can make a little bit of money with their product, but as long as you keep coming back for more, it doesn't really matter if you make any money at all using what they sell you. That is the stark, cold and somewhat cruel truth that needs to be told. They will sell you a small piece of the Internet money-making pie as long as you keep coming back again and again to buy their products. 

You can find hundreds, even thousands of these kinds of products at JVZoo, Warrior Forum, Clickbank, and others as well. These vendors are working hard constantly to come up with clever ways to promise you money-making methods so you keep coming back to the trough to feed on a regular basis.

The kick in the head is that you will never become financially independent with their methods because limited success is built into their products.  I call that a win-lose-lose proposition.  It seems like you are winning, but as P.T. Barnum used to say, a sucker is born every minute.

Let me give you a prime example of this from my own experience. I used to work for a company that is an Amazon FBA reseller. FBA means fulfillment by Amazon.  You list the product for sale on Amazon and Amazon ships to the customer for you. Simply put, you buy products wholesale and sell them at retail prices on Amazon in a storefront.  Amazon is so highly successful at online retail you would think that selling on Amazon is a goldmine, right?

The reality is much, much more complicated than that.  The truth is that over 100,000 small businesses each year hope to cash in on the Amazon FBA opportunity and begin their FBA business on Amazon.  Would you like to know how many of them are still in business after only one year? Only 10% survive after the first year. That success rate speaks volumes about how "easy" it is to become successful on Amazon as an FBA reseller.

There are many reasons for this, but I will give you three of them.

1) Most new FBA resellers are consumed with a "get rich quick" mentality.  This is a sure-fire way to fail at any kind of business in my opinion. Anything worthwhile comes from hard work and perseverance, so most of them are doomed from the start.

2) If you really want to be successful at almost anything, you need to find a good mentor. In other words, you need to find someone who has already become successful as an Amazon FBA reseller.  Most new FBA businesses lack that resource.  Usually, they purchase an online course or go to YouTube in order to find out how to become successful on Amazon, and the people they listen to are not actually successful themselves, so they are easily led in the wrong direction.

3) Most new FBA businesses on Amazon are way, way undercapitalized.  People cash in their 401k for $ 5,000.00 or $ 10,000.00 and think they have enough money to run an Amazon FBA business.  Unless you have $ 100,000.00 to invest in your new Amazon FBA business I would not consider even getting started.  5 or 10 years ago, when Amazon was a bit easier and less competitive it might have been possible to start with a smaller amount of capital, but not today.  An Amazon FBA business today is much too competitive to run without a substantial amount of capital to invest.

So I believe that even based on these three reasons alone, most FBA resellers on Amazon are doomed to fail from the start. I have to say that the company I worked for was highly successful on Amazon and avoided most of the pitfalls that have doomed other FBA businesses.

With the knowledge I gained working for a top Amazon FBA reseller, would I start my own Amazon FBA business today?  There is no way I would do that, even if I had $500,000.00 to start the business. Why not?

1) The FBA business on Amazon is much too competitive now.

2) It requires a vast amount of work to manage, and only large companies with a large staff and an experienced management team will survive.

3) All in all, even with sufficient capital and intimate knowledge of the Amazon FBS business model, there is much too great a risk involved.


So I guess you could say I am still looking for the ideal online business in which I can invest my time and energy.

Keep this under your hat, but I may have already found at least one or two ideal online businesses in which to invest my time and energy.

I am in the process of proving them out at the moment, so let's keep in touch.  Either one or both businesses may prove to be a lucrative opportunity for you too.


Whatever I find, I am not the kind of person to keep it under my hat.  Markethive will be the first place I will let people know what I have found.


I wish you the best possible success in all your endeavors.


John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur



Become my Friend to see all of my Posted Content and Market on LinkedIn

If you have not been properly welcomed to Markethive, let me extend a hearty welcome to all new subscribers. My name is John Lombaerde. My interest in Markethive goes back to the precursor of Markethive, Veretekk, but that is a long story for another time. I am an active Entrepreneur One subscriber.

My heart and soul are dedicated to the success of Markethive. Part of what I do is try to post as much varied and appropriate content on the News Feed as I can find. I think I probably post as much or more varied content as anyone else in Markethive. I actively search dozens of sites and hundreds of posts each day for relevant information.

I post news and information, especially news ignored by the major networks. I also post information on technology, computing, and quantum computing, AI and machine learning, robotics, human interest, language, humor, wildlife, climate, world photos, podcasts, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, music, streaming movies, and probably a few other topics I can't remember off the top of my head. Oh, I also post classic art from a wide variety of artists and genres.

Unfortunately, you will not see any of this content if we are not friends here on Markethive. So please send me a friend request by clicking on my name at the top of this post. I respond with a yes 100% of the time to friend requests.

Here is another small request. I am sort of an expert on LinkedIn. For nearly a year, I taught a free class every Saturday on LinkedIn here at Markethive. I have 16,000 first-level connections on LinkedIn. (this is above the top 1 percent level). My LinkedIn profile url is – . I have found that LinkedIn is the best place to market any product or service. There are over 2 million groups on LinkedIn and there is a place for everyone. If you are serious about marketing you need to take advantage of LinkedIn.

You can join my LinkedIn group here on Markethive, (, but I would also like to let you in on one of my LinkedIn "secret sauces". I automate much of what I do on LinkedIn, saving me dozens of hours each week. Just click on the link below to find out more.

I wish you the best possible success in all of your endeavors. John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur

The truth about cryptocurrency

Why is there such a gold rush mentality surrounding cryptocurrency in recent years?


Of course, it is because of the steep gains in the last few years of Bitcoin and to a certain extent Ethereum as well.


What does that have to do with the other lesser known cryptocurrency coins?

In fact very little if anything at all. There is a certain lifting of the tide that raises all boats effect, for sure.


The truth however is that the vast majority of today's cryptocurrency coins will not be around for very long.

There is way too much hype and much too little substance for them to survive in the long term.


They are like penny stocks in the stock market.  Does anyone really make any money at all with Penny stocks?

So what determines the staying power of a cryptocurrency coin?


First-mover status is important, but that belongs essentially to Bitcoin and Ethereum only.

Other coins must show their mettle in a different way.


Let me tell you about a coin that will be around for the long term. This is the Markethive coin.

Why would I claim this about the Markethive coin?

1) Markethive's success does not depend solely on the speculative value of the coin, (unlike almost every other cryptocurrency, including of course, Bitcoin and Ethereum.

2) Markethive is a profitable business as a social network, with or without any cryptocurrency coin.

3) The Markethive coin has exchange value for goods and service on the Markethive Network, including advertising, press releases, etc.

4) Markethive has one of the highest Alexa rankings of any cryptocurrency, (currently 4,347 worldwide)

5) These are some stats on the Markethive website:

17.57 M

Monthly Unique Visitors

130 M

Monthly Pageviews


Social Followers



This far exceeds nearly any other crypto currency on the market.


Now here is the biggest benefit for you and the reason for my email today.


Currently there is an air drop of 500 Markethive coins that is yours merely for signing up into the network at no charge.

All you need is an email address and a cell phone for verification.

My bet is on Markethive to be around in 5 years and well beyond.


Here is the link to get your 500 Markethive coins.  This is a limited-time offer so take advantage today while it is still available.


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I think you will be very happy with everything you get for free from Markethive, including their air drop.


Reply to this message to find out more information.


Thank you and best success in your entrepreneurial efforts.


John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur


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Last Chance at Massive Success with the Markethive Airdrop Matching Bonus

Last Chance at Massive Success with the Markethive Airdrop Mathing Bonus


As many of you know, I am sure, the Markethive Airdrop of 500 Markethive coins is about to be phased out.  With the release of the wallet the signup bonus as well as the matching bonus will change dramatically.  

If you would like to send your Markethive affiliate signup link out to nearly 35,000 crypto enthusiasts, now is the time to do it.

You can purchase this hi-quality list of verified names and email addresses of crypto enthusiasts for $ 499.00 at the following link.

(The list includes American and European leads only – name and email address) The list has also been thoroughly deduped. In addition, if you need software to send email out to this kind of large list, it is also available for a one-time cost of $ 500.00. You will be able to send out email at the rate of 250 per hour, which is a rate that is acceptable to many ISP's

I really don't see where anyone could get quality verified leads like these for less than 1.6 cents per lead. I think any Markethivers who take advantage of this offer will have tremendous success when they look back. Who knows where the Markethive coin will go? This is a roll of the dice like any other marketing attempt, except that the odds of success are significantly stacked in your favor.

Let's do the math. If the Markevthive coin starts at $0.10, (ten cents) in 30-60 days, even with a very low one percent response, you will realize a $ 1,000.00 profit. (Things that make you go Hmm………..)

Please carefully consider this limited-time opportunity. Thank you.


John Lombaerde



9 things we can learn about Blogging from Edison

9 things we can learn about Blogging from Edison

(Photo courtesy of The New Yorker)

I know the reputation of Edison has taken a beating in recent years.  He was not very good at giving credit where credit is due to his employees, and he was quite the ruthless businessman, not the laid-back genius as he was formerly portrayed. 

He did have, however, have words of wisdom, some of which can help us to better understand blogging. Let's put aside his recently tarnished reputation for a minute.  He did set up his laboratory here in NJ where I live, in both Menlo Park, and East Orange, so he had that going for him.


1) “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”  You don't have to have something great to start, you just need to imagine what it is you want to create, whether it is a physical product or a piece of software, even if you start with nothing at all.

2) “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”  This is how brainstorming works. You need a great number of ideas, most of which will be thrown out, but out of one hundred or one thousand different ideas, there may be one which is truly great!

3) “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”  This is an essential principle of any good business. You either need to substantially improve on an existing idea, or discover something that people need but do not yet have a good solution to solve their problem. 

4) “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”  If you can work seriously with a given purpose on goal-oriented work, that is likely to bring good result.  The difficult part is deciding where to focus to achieve the best possible result.

5) “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”  Edison was blessed with unbridled ambition. It took Thomas Edison superhuman feats of biology to fuel his astoundingly ambitious to-do list. He reportedly slept a mere three to four hours at night, “regarding sleep as a waste of time, 'a heritage from our cave days,'” as James Maas tells us in his 1997 productivity bestseller Power Sleep (public library). You may not have to deprive yourself of sleep as he did, but there is no substitute for hard work as any successful businessman or businesss will tell you.

6) “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”   This is one of his most famous quotations, and one I have always liked. You may have great ideas for a blog or a business, but unless you put in the sweat equity to make it work, you will not have the success you desire.

7) “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Many people lose inspiration or hope when things do not go well at first.  You probably know the answer to this question, "What does it take to get into Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

8)  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Many bloggers give up after only a month or two.  Anything worthwile will take time to find success.

9)  “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”  In the middle of your struggle, you may not feel this way, but in looking back, Edison may have envisioned that his work was fun in looking back at his life, but I am sure in large measure he did view his work as fun.

Best of success in all your endeavors.

Let's make Markethive great!


John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One

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Quantum Computing huh yeah What is it Good For?

Motown had a big hit with Edwin Star's song "War" in 1970 at the height of opposition to the Vietnam War.  I understand where this sentiment came from at the time, and some may be wondering the same thing about quantum computing today.

What is it good for anyway?  There still is no viable commercial quantum computer on the market as of 2021.  Yet we hear about quantum computing as though it was the solution to all our scientific problems that have held humankind back for generations. 

Here are some facts about quantum computing that have helped to raise some healthy skepticism. 

  1. No equivalent of a classical computer terminal to read and display data.
  2. No ability to read and write text or data files.
  3. No ability to access a database to read, write, update, or query data.
  4. No ability to access data over a network.
  5. No ability to send or receive data from web services over a network.
  6. No real-time sensor access.  (courtesy of

Well then, what in the world is quantum good for anyway?

A post on quantum computing research at suggests that these are possible applications for quantum computing.

  • Automotive:
    • 1- Optimizing large autonomous fleets
  • Energy:
    • 2- Utilization prediction
    • 3- Grid optimization
    • 4- Weather forecasting
  • Finance:
    • 5- Automated trading (e.g. predicting financial markets)
    • 6- Risk analysis
    • 7- Portfolio optimization
    • 8- Fraud detection
  • Insurance:
    • 9- Valuation of instruments, premiums in complex cases
  • Logistics:
    • 10- Supply chain optimization
    • 11- Inventory optimization
  • Manufacturing
    • 12- Design optimization (e.g. batteries, chips, vehicles, etc.)
  • Pharma:
    • 13- Drug interaction prediction
    • 14- Personalized medicine taking into account genomics
  • Technology/software
    • 15- Machine learning

These are very specialized and highly focused types of applications far from general computing needs.

So in the end, it turns out that there are a number of very useful applications for quantum computing, but we are still 5-10 years away from mainstream quantum computing.  In the meantime, we have plenty of options for fast computing using traditional microprocessors to solve today's problems.

This is a photo of a Google Quantum computer under development. Admittedly, today's quantum computers look a bit more like fancy heaters or AC units than computers.

Find and Use the Best Free Tools

Find and Use the Best Free Tools

When you have a small business you can delegate and distribute the work load among your employees.

When you are a solo entrepreneur you do not have any such luxury because of course, you have to do everything yourself. It kind of irks me when solo entrepreneurs act as though they had all the time in the world, and waste their time.  These are some suggestions that can help overcome this problem.

1) Find the best free business tools you can and take advanatage of as many of them as you can.

Here is a website with over 40 free business tools and more.

2) Find tools that can automate mundane tasks such as your efforts on social media. Social Media can be a huge waste of time if you are not careful. For example, I am very active on LinkedIn with 16,000 1st level connections. (This represents better than the top 5% on LinkedIn).  I also have a group on LinkedIn with 1500 members that is growing on a daily basis.  Without some kind of automated method of contacting and inviting on LinkedIn I would have spent thousands of hours trying to accomplish this, but I now spend only 15-20 minutes per day.  If you visit the following link you can find free tools to automate your social media activities.

You will notice it is the same link.  There are both free social media software programs to automate your social media efforts as well as many free business tools.  So what are you waiting for?  Just use your cell phone number and you will be given a text message with a code to login.

Be smart and take advantage of these free tools.  Be patient, this is a brand new site, and there are only 40 tools there now, but soon there will be over 100, and training as well.

Best of success in all your endeavors.


John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur




Why should you market on LinkedIn?

Why should you market on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world's largest business network with an astonishing 722 million users now in 2020. Most of the people on LinkedIn are business professionals.  Only about 1 percent of LinkedIn users post content on a weekly basis.

That means of the 9 billion impressions every week on LinkedIn, only 3 million users are taking advantage of this type of marketing.

To see additional mind-blowing statistics about LinkedIn, visit –

Through a combination of unique content creation and repetitive posting, your reach on LinkedIn can be considerable.

The best method to reach LinkedIn subscribers is to create a group with your offer or a sales / squeeze page.  You do not need to change the post there.

You can create a post with the best original content you can come up with that you feel will interest professionals on LinkedIn. 

The best time to post on LinkedIn is between 8AM and 2PM EST on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can repost and change the time from Eastern to Central and then Pacific time. Always make sure your post is relevant, helpful, and informative, and include an image every time you post.  (Only post images without copyright, of course).  A creative commons license is fine. You can repost the identical content 5 times using this method, and also wait one week or more between posts to get the best exposure.

Post on Markethive as well, with a link to LinkedIn asking people to like your post on LinkedIn.

Since March of 2020, LinkedIn has revived the ability to sent at least 200 messages each day to anyone who shares a group membership with you.

You do not go through a 2-step process to invite and then send your message to them.  Of course, it is not recommended to send promotional links in your first message.

It is better to send an invitation to join a group of your own.  You merely say that you share membership in a particular group and then explain a bit about your group and ask them to join your group.  Once they join your group you can freely message them at any time.

Here is the link to my group on LinkedIn.

and here is my profile ink.

I have built a group on LinkedIn of 1500 members (at a rate of 5-10 per day) this year on LinkedIn, and there seems to be no end to this activity. At a slow but steady rate of 1500-2000 per year this will yield over 10,000 members in 5 years. That is a substantial group and many of these group members have joined Markethive.

When the Markethive wallet is released, no doubt this will be one of several substantial and consistent income streams from Markethive.

This can be done manually, but it would certainly take a substantial amount of time every day.  I have found a way that automates message sending which takes less than 5 minutes per day.  I spend an additional 10-15 minutes per day answering the responses I get from these messages, and also invitations that people send to me on a daily basis.

Here is a link to the software I use to do this on a daily basis.  I will personally train you how to use this software for maximum effectiveness.

I have been working on LinkedIn for nearly 10 years now, and I have nearly 16,000 first-level connections.  

Once you reach a certain number of connections, people will automatically send you invitations because they understand how reach works on LinkedIn.  I do not send out invitations any longer, I just respond to connections for anyone who has a profile picture to identify themselves.

If you have any additional questions about how to market on LinkedIn, comment below, or send me a message here on Markethive and I will respond right away.


Thank you.

Best of success in all your endeavors.

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One member.



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Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.

Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop;

Someone who makes you believe that there is good in the world.

Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.

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