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Daily Digest 2/1 - Worries Grow About Bitcoin Price, Are Canadian Oil Prices Set To Rebound?

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:47 AM

Economy

Freedom, Is it worth it? (Time2Help)

With a few years of hard work you can come to rational conclusions (all of which are not pleasant in the slightest), and with these everything you thought you knew changes. This, in turn, leads you to an odd place where you are almost completely alone. Everything that didn’t make sense before becomes clear and you understand that most everything is a puppet show to keep the peasants entertained and distracted from the true goals that are being quietly put into place. 

Fired employee had previously confused drills (Thatchmo)

Brig. Gen. Moses Kaoiwi, director of joint staff of the Hawaii National Guard, has been appointed interim administrator of HI-EMA, a role that will require him to sort out agency deficiencies pointed out in the state investigation headed by retired Brig. Gen. Bruce Oliveira and move to implement at least some of the 23 recommendations contained in the highly critical 13-page report.

Worries Grow That the Price of Bitcoin Is Being Propped Up (Adam)

In December, Bitfinex was subpoenaed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a United States regulatory agency. The news, first reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday and confirmed by a source familiar with the subpoena but not allowed to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation, led to a sell-off in most virtual currencies. The people behind Bitfinex issue a virtual currency called Tether. Unlike most digitals tokens, every Tether is supposed to be backed by traditional money — the United States dollar. New Tether tokens are issued when investors give them dollars. One dollar is worth one token. Because of the credibility that comes with that tie to the dollar, Tether are often used to buy other virtual currencies like Bitcoin.

The Most Gold You've Ever Seen? (Diane C.)

Have you ever seen this much gold in one place? In this video, Mike Maloney shows the remarkable images coming out of Russia that are evidence of their recent surge in gold reserves. What do they see coming? Is this a subtle challenge to Fort Knox and their ongoing lack of transparency?

Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals (DCM)

But the BB gun testimony is particularly disturbing in light of 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death in 2014, the 13-year-old in Baltimore who was shot twice by cops in 2016 after he allegedly sprinted from them with a replica gun in his hand, and the 86 people fatally shot by police in 2015 and 2016 who were spotted carrying toy guns.

Power Politics - The History Of The Present (Jesper A.)

The deeper truth is energy is fundamentally alien to historians, as we enter a new world of power politics. There are two possibilities when the apocalypse comes, or strikes. If you take the gloomy side of the trade, like most environmentalists do, including Richard Heinberg, or if you choose a more balanced view like Joe Scott (cf. Joe Scott, Answers with Joe at Youtube, the one called “the singularity”), the question still remains; what if? Listening to Ray Kurzweil you almost get the impression there will be no air-pockets in our travels ahead. I conclude we are ascertained to have a somewhat bumpy ride.

Are Canadian Oil Prices Set To Rebound? (Josh O.)

Let’s face it, if you’re Amazon you’re smiling ear-to-ear. If you’re a hip boutique, selling high-margin clothing, you may be doing OK. If you’re selling cheap shoes on perpetual sale at the back of an expensive mall, you’re in trouble … and if you don’t have any online presence, you may as well put on a pair of those cheap sneakers and run.

In Reversal, FEMA Says It Won't End Puerto Rico Food And Water Distribution Wednesday (TS)

But perhaps the most surprising reaction came from the government of Puerto Rico itself. In a statement, the island's public security secretary, Hector Pesquera, said that while he was aware that FEMA would eventually transfer responsibility for distributing food and water supplies over to the island's government, "this has not happened yet and we were not informed that supplies would stop arriving."

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