Month: October 2018

The Atlantic Daily: Grim

What We’re Following Bad Math: “One of the White House’s most consequential environmental rollbacks may be in self-inflicted legal danger,” writes Robinson Meyer. The administration’s clean-cars rollback plan is riddled with literal miscalculations. Many of the blaring headlines about a...

/ October 31, 2018

“A Hoax Designed to Distract the Nation”: How the Jacob Wohl Saga Explains What’s Deranged About MAGA

The existential dread that typically dominates Twitter was briefly replaced Tuesday by a burst of Schadenfreude at the expense of Jacob Wohl, a 20-year-old MAGA troll whose renown largely derives from his hyperbolic replies to Donald Trump’s tweets (“Defund Latin...

/ October 31, 2018

Khashoggi murder: Turkey gives official details of Saudi writer’s death

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? Turkey has given its first official statement on how it believes Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed, saying he was...

/ October 31, 2018

PSA: You Need to Know About Travel Delay Protection If You’re Booking Flights

Picture this: It’s right before Thanksgiving, and you’re ever-so-patiently navigating the scene at an airport. People are everywhere—but you expected that. What you didn’t expect, however, was for your flight to be delayed. So you wait it out, pushing stuffing and...

/ October 31, 2018

So this is what it takes to get Republicans to denounce racism

Representative Steve King AP Far far right wingnut, Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa, was finally condemned by other Republicans after defending Austria’s Freedom Party, a fascist group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and led by Heinz Christian-Strache,...

/ October 31, 2018

Interview: PROSPECT Directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell Talk Sci-Fi Western and Wanting to Keep Things Indie

Gunpowder and Sky's new sci-fi label DUST is releasing their inaugural film, Prospect, into New York and Los Angeles theatres on Friday, November 2, and for Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell, this is huge deal. The two young directors have...

/ October 31, 2018

Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered immediately after entering consulate: prosecutor

This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time which is 11 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich...

/ October 31, 2018

These insane dream homes will go under the hammer this Saturday

The house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, will go to auction on Saturday. DREAM homes galore will be going under the hammer this weekend. The split-level house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, already has seven registered bidders, according to Ray...

/ October 31, 2018

Trump’s birthright citizenship proposal, explained by a law professor

President Donald Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship — a policy that guarantees that any child born on US soil has guaranteed American citizenship regardless of the status of their parents — would deny citizenship to children born to undocumented...

/ October 31, 2018

Indian Official Suggests Ban on ‘Private Crypto’ Prior to Supreme Court Decision

India's secretary of Economic Affairs has recommended that the country’s Ministry of Finance to impose a ban on “private cryptocurrencies,” according to a report published by the Indian government press center Oct. 31. The Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC),...

/ October 31, 2018

Pierre Bergé’s Foundation Withdraws a Mysterious Painting the Fashion Mogul Once Attributed to Manet From Its Sale at Sotheby’s

The late French collector Pierre Bergé used to tell people that Edouard Manet had painted the 19-century canvas of a young boy with a dog, though it wasn’t formally authenticated as such. Now, it has been abruptly pulled from the “Pierre Bergé: From One...

/ October 31, 2018

Binance Freezes Funds With Suspected Money Laundering Links From Controversial Exchange WEX

Troubled cryptocurrency exchange WEX.nz has seen its funds frozen by fellow exchange Binance after users claimed the exchange was involved in money laundering, CEO Changpeng Zhao confirmed on social media Oct. 29. In response to an alert by an online...

/ October 31, 2018

Planting Bitcoin Part Four: Gardening

Dan Held is the founder of crypto portfolio service Picks & Shovels. He previously founded data service ZeroBlock, which sold to Blockchain, and served as VP of product at ChangeTip.  This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk's "Bitcoin at...

/ October 31, 2018

How the Apple Watch changed the world

In 2015 Switzerland was fucked. This blunt belief, grunted out by Apple’s Jony Ive and repeated by the media as a death knell for the watch industry, seemed to define a sad truth: that the Swiss watch was dead and...

/ October 31, 2018

Tech employees are much more liberal than their employers — at least as far as the candidates they support

Tech employees tend to be predominantly liberal when it comes to politics; their corporate employers are much more middle-of-the-road. Those are among the findings from an examination of political contributions during this election cycle, using data from Open Secrets, a...

/ October 31, 2018

Sterling rises as the UK’s Brexit minister says he expects a deal by November 21

The U.K.'s Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, told lawmakers Wednesday that he expects the country's exit deal with the EU to be finalized by November 21. Sterling surged following the news and was up more than 0.4 percent versus the dollar...

/ October 31, 2018

ERC-20 Co-Author Proposes New ICO Model to Protect Investors from Fraudulent Token Sales

The Ethereum (ETH) developer that co-authored the ERC-20 token standard has introduced a new model for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), Czech business news outlet Kurzy reports Oct. 31. Speaking at Ethereum’s annual Devcon conference in Prague Oct. 30, Fabian Vogelsteller,...

/ October 31, 2018

As Bolsonaro Threatens to Criminalize Protests, a New Resistance Movement Is Emerging in Brazil

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to Brazil to look at the implications of the election...

/ October 31, 2018

Kenya’s Bithub Africa Mines Bitcoin Using Solar Power

Mining Bithub Africa has started using off-grid solar power to mine bitcoin and ethereum. John Karanja, the founder and chief executive officer of the small Kenyan mining operation, hopes to spread the technology to the rest of the continent while...

/ October 31, 2018

Future of Nauru children unclear as transfers to Australia continue

Fewer than 40 asylum seeker children now remain on Nauru as the federal government continues to quietly transfer families to Australia for medical treatment. Refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said a number of groups arrived in Adelaide earlier this week, while...

/ October 31, 2018