Friday, 8 December 2017
quote [ Cboe bitcoin futures are set to begin trading on Sunday. The CME contracts launch on Dec. 18. Nasdaq, meanwhile, plans to start its own bitcoin futures as early as the second quarter of 2018.
"I think the short selling is just going to annihilate people when you can start trading it," Cramer said after talking with sources in the bitcoin community. A short seller is essentially taking a position on the belief that an asset price will fall instead of rise. Bitcoin futures will allow bitcoin shorts on a widespread basis. ]
This could be your big chance to get stinking rich.
quote [ But whatever it is, some are more committed to it than ever.
It’s a local issue gone international——and one that could threaten the cohesion of the European Union. If Catalonia breaks away, would Italy’s wealthy northern Lombardy and Veneto regions aim to follow? Or the Flemish parts of Belgium? Or the French island of Corsica, where a nationalist coalition just won 45 percent of the vote in the first round of regional elections? And yet—the way some supporters of Catalan independence see it—the European Union is a product of the post-nation state world, so why not let Europe embrace regions, not just central governments? ]
If Spain comes apart, why not the rest of Europe? Or the Americas?
Thursday, 7 December 2017
quote [ Can a “Green Great Wall” stave off environmental disaster?
By 2050, the government intends to plant 88 million acres of forests in a belt nearly 3,000 miles long and up to 900 miles wide in places. The project has global relevance. According to the United Nations, desertification directly affects more than 250 million people across the world.
China’s sylvan crusade is one of the most ambitious tests to date of whether humankind can geoengineer its way out of a major environmental problem. ]
I admire the scale of this attempt to fight desertification, but it seems kind of a brute force effort.
quote [ “I know who I really am,” Franken said in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. “Nothing I have done as a senator has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the ethics committee would agree. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks that I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.” ]
Well, shit. Moral Panic takes out one the best.
Zero Tolerance is a dumbass policy. He won't be the last (on the left).
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
quote [ A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.
Using computer code he wrote, he searches his archive for statistical anomalies among the more ordinary murders resulting from lovers’ triangles, gang fights, robberies, or brawls. Each year, about five thousand people kill someone and don’t get caught, and a percentage of these men and women have undoubtedly killed more than once. Hargrove intends to find them with his code, which he sometimes calls a serial-killer detector. ]
Hargrove thinks there are a couple of thousand serial killers at large in the US. Law enforcement hasn't been paying attention to the data.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
quote [ Learn more about where you live.
Native-Land.ca is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history.
Search your address, or add territories to map below and click on polygons to learn more.
This map does not represent a specific time period, make territorial claims, or serve as an academic source. ]
A map overlay showing territories associated with native people, mostly Canada & US.
It's a work in progress, with many disclaimers, but still informative.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
quote [ The FCC's plan for net neutrality is a familiar one in the Trump administration: Repeal, but don't replace.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will reveal plans to his fellow commissioners on Tuesday to fully dismantle the agency's Obama-era net neutrality regulations, people familiar with the plans said, in a major victory for the telecom industry in the long-running policy debate.
The commission will vote on the proposal in December, some seven months after it laid the groundwork for scuttling the rules that require internet service providers like Comcast or AT&T to treat web traffic equally. ]
Another Obama initiative the Trumpsters feel compelled to dismantle, cuz of those pesky regulations.
Easy way to express yourself, in extended.
Monday, 20 November 2017
quote [ How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?
Anglin wrote about his longing for a race war and urged his readers to prepare for combat against nebulous forces unleashed by Jews, blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, women, liberals, journalists—anyone who might impede the alt-right’s assault on the nation. Like many young men on the extreme right, Anglin hadn’t just given up on the idea of the United States as a liberal democracy. He wanted to burn it to the ground. ]
This story has it all - 4chan, gamergate, Duterte, Mindanao, Putin, Bitcoin, Charlottesville, gay conversion therapy, cyberstalking, and MAGA.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
quote [ The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite, is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient — the patch then transmits medication data to a smartphone app which the patient can voluntarily upload to a database for their doctor and other authorized persons to see. Abilify is a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and is an add-on treatment for depression. ]
I was afraid there was gonna be a downside to giving schizophrenics a pill that snitches on them, but if FDA is on board, it must be OK.
Sunday, 5 November 2017
quote [ At least 25 people were killed and 20 others injured when a gunman stormed a church in rural Texas with a rifle
this morning, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man, is dead following the massacre in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, authorities said. ]
It's really a shame there's nothing we can do to prevent this happening over and over and over.
Shooter is white guy, so we can rule out terrorism.
not dystopian violence, just regular violence.
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