Month: December 2018

World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Parisians welcomed have with a spectacular lights and firework show over the Arc de Triomphe, at the end of the French capital's famous Champs-Elysees avenue. The display began punctually at midnight, and television pictures showed a huge crowd of people....

/ December 31, 2018

The Atlantic Daily: She’s Running

(Photo by David Goldman / AP) What We’re Following 10 new factors that will shape the Democratic primary (Edward-Isaac Dovere)A pundit president, impeachment fever, grappling with the Obama legacy, and more. → Read on. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t want to be...

/ December 31, 2018

Fake Markets and Return of the “Plunge Protection Team”

By Clint Siegner It’s amazing what passes as a market these days. Stocks rallied during the Christmas week, and the mainstream financial press would like you to believe bargain hunters swooped in after the weeks of heavy selling to grab...

/ December 31, 2018

Scarlett Johansson slams deepfakes, says she can’t stop the internet from pasting her face on porn

Scarlett Johansson, the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, knows a thing or two about unwanted nudes making their way onto the internet. In 2012, a hacker was sentenced to 10 years in prison after leaking nude photos of her and other...

/ December 31, 2018

What really happens to immigrants at the U.S. border

After you cross the border, at a legal point or illegally, you end up in the court system. A Texas A&M law professor says there are 58 immigration courts and each judge sees about 1,000 cases a year. In 2016,...

/ December 31, 2018

Bangladesh election makes mockery of democracy: BNP’s Alamgir

Dhaka, Bangladesh - The leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has said that Sunday's general election was a "fraud" and marred by widespread irregularities. "Yesterday's election was totally fraud," Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the general secretary of...

/ December 31, 2018

Trump, Free of Adult Day Care, Homes in on a 2020 Strategy: Lobbing Twitter Bombs to the Base

By Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images. Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend blaming Democrats for “any deaths of children or others at the border” were as ugly as could be imagined, after a year in which Washington seemed to lose its capacity...

/ December 31, 2018

Why this year suddenly fell apart on Wall Street, and what’s ahead

Everything was going right for the stock market until Oct. 3rd. Then everything went wrong. Up to that point, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had been up about 8 percent for the year — a solid gain if not quite...

/ December 31, 2018

Silicon Valley pledged to break up the boys’ club of investing in 2018. How did it do?

One year ago this month, Shervin Pishevar, an early investor in Uber, was ousted from his venture capital firm, Sherpa Capital, over sexual harassment allegations. He appears to be quietly back as the CEO of a scooter startup called Bolt,...

/ December 31, 2018

Blu-ray Review: STARMAN Resonates Even More Today

Starring Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Bad Times at the El Royale) and Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Scrooged), John Carpenter's science-fiction romance Starman hit the screens in 1984. In Starman, an alien crash lands to Earth, and to survive...

/ December 31, 2018

Fidelity’s Man: Can Tom Jessop Bridge Crypto and Wall Street for Good?

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Everyone in cryptocurrency has a story about the time they went down the proverbial rabbit hole. Tom Jessop’s takes place in his kitchen. It was around 2013 or 2014 when Jessop, then a managing director at Goldman Sachs with...

/ December 31, 2018

Report: Amazon is planning a Whole Foods expansion to benefit Prime Now

Amazon is planning a Whole Foods expansion in the U.S., according to a report by The Wall Street Journal published this weekend. The goal is to put more customers within the range of Amazon’s two-hour Prime Now delivery service, including...

/ December 31, 2018

These 8 Luxury Home Décor Brands Will Elevate Your Home to 5-Star Status

Though IKEA will always have a soft spot in our hearts, some design decisions need to be made with longevity in mind. If you’ve found your dream home and plan to stay there a lifetime, it’s worth seeking furniture pieces that will...

/ December 31, 2018

The Top WIRED Photo Stories of 2018

The Hellish E-Waste Graveyards Where Computers Are Mined for Metal. Ever wonder where your old batteries, phones, and light-up toys wind up? The answer is dumps like this one in Ghana, China, and India. Kai Löffelbein took us there in...

/ December 31, 2018

A Disaster for Brazil: Noam Chomsky on Brazil’s New Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Today we spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh and I recently spoke to Chomsky in...

/ December 31, 2018

The Daily: Arguing Over Augur, Regulated Stablecoins Attract Flak

The Daily Welcome to the final installment of The Daily for 2018. It seems fitting that the year’s ultimate edition should focus on one of 2018’s overarching themes within the cryptoconomy – stablecoins. We’ve also got space to squeeze in...

/ December 31, 2018

ESI Scale Interview 45

Today we continue the ESI Scale Interview series where people answer questions about their success at working the ESI Scale. In short, the series focuses on what the interviewee is doing in the areas of earning, saving, and investing. They...

/ December 31, 2018

Syria conflict: Trump ‘slowing troop withdrawal’, says Lindsey Graham

Image copyright AFP/GettyImage caption President Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops from Syria A top Republican has said US President Donald Trump remains committed to defeating Islamic State (IS) in Syria, despite his plan to withdraw US troops....

/ December 31, 2018

Sydney New Year’s Eve revellers camp overnight to nab best spots to view fireworks

Updated December 31, 2018 17:30:26 With hours to go until the clock strikes midnight, revellers have started lining up for the best vantage points for fireworks displays across Australia — but none are quite as excited as those in Sydney....

/ December 31, 2018

2018 Was the Reality Check. 2019 Starts the Crypto Comeback

Micah Winkelspecht is CEO and founder of Gem, a crypto portfolio app company based in Los Angeles, The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  If 2017 was the year of irrational exuberance, 2018 became the year...

/ December 31, 2018

Mar-A-Lago Members Happy Trump Will Be Gone New Year’s Eve: ‘It’s A More Pleasant Club When Trump Isn’t Here’

Donald Trump will not be at his Mar-a-Lago resort for New Year’s Eve this year, but many members of the exclusive club don’t seem to mind the president’s absence. Trump announced this week that he will remain in Washington as...

/ December 31, 2018