Minneapolis lost its first native American, female, and openly gay police chiefs in the tripartite resignation of Janne Harteau. Harteau resigned from her diversity milestones following the shooting of blond Australian migrant Justine Damond by Somali born Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. Noor was initiated into the Minneapolis police department through a "fast-track" training course (archived).
Swedish rail operator MTR Express has resigned itself to naming a new train running the Stockholm to Gothenburg line "Trainy McTrainface" after it opened to the naming process to the masses, and the only possible outcome resulted. A variety of suggested names commemorating persons, culture, and events were ignored in favor of a name at intersection of plain description and peak anthropomorphism. Surely Trainy McTrainface was a
very happy train after being told the result.
Miners on the Bitcoin network signaled that they would begin enforcing a new set of block acceptance rules concerning the handling of "anyone can spend" transactions, commonly referred to as "Segregated Witness". For users of the actual Bitcoin system and actual Bitcoin software, this news comes with the usual "soft fork" related increase in the risk of chainsplits and orphaned blocks. For users engaging in fringe behavior on the Bitcoin network and seeking to abuse the new "rules" surrounding the "anyone can spend" edge case, there exists incredible potential1 for "your loss".
This move by Bitcoin miners circumvents an effort advanced by assorted social engineers to attempt enforcing this new "anyone can spend" ruleset through a loud tantrum. It remains to be seen how large a pile of coins the brave and the duped are willing to amass under "anyone can spend" conditions in order to tempt miners to abandon this new "soft forked" ruleset.
From Qntra, December 28th, 2015
The chief idiocy in the Blockstream camp is that if miners decide to stop enforcing the "soft" forks that Blockstream needs, the miners are somehow on "invalid" chains. Soft fork enforcement is nothing more than a courtesy extended by miners. Should miners trigger activation of segregated witness, and a super majority of miners later decide to stop enforcing its rule set, Blockstream is out of luck. Luke-Jr's protests about the "valid" blockchain would be as impotent as his protests about the valid Pope. So long as the longest chain that wins verifies on the actual reference Bitcoin client, life goes on.
There are hazards to artificially trying to introduce new levels of trust to a system that doesn't require it. Softforks that explicitly create an incentive for their own revocation create an extraordinary moral hazard
This week, following yet another failure by legacy legislative members of the GOP to end Obamacare, United States President Donald Trump summoned GOP members of the Senate1 to a luncheon where he issued them an ultimatum. They must begin selling! President Trump even singled out a Nevada Senator, Doubting Dean Heller, and challenged Heller on his presumed desire to remain a Senator (archived). Only eight of the thirty three US Senate seats being contested in the 2018 mid term election are currently held by the GOP. This places non-compliant, legacy, GOP Senators like Doubting Dean vulnerable to challengers during this coming spring's primary season as Trump's GOP moves towards greater purity and ability.
The luncheon's lesson is that in Trump's GOP, faith without works is now dead. Private professions of faith and muted announcements supporting the cause are no longer enough. GOP legislators must begin the work of selling the Trumpreich's agenda or they will be purged as the party resolves its schisms. Eight years of Hussein Bahamas, where the GOP existed as a hollow and lazy opposition party doing little other than serving to legitimize pantsuit's pretensions of purpose, allowed Trump to capture the party. Now that Trump has the GOP, he will have his way with the GOP.
Black American actor O.J. Simpson, who starred in Roots and The Klansman, was paroled after spending 9 years in prison following a botched attempt to recover a number of his personal effects from a Las Vegas hotel-casino.
Columbia University has agreed to settle in a gender bias suit in which the University and its agents awarded course credit for a sustained campaign of gender based harassment against a male student (archived). Terms of the settlement have not been released. Columbia's lawyers had attempted to deny the University's role in the harassing student's conduct when the University awarded academic credit, materially encouraging the harassing conduct.
According to a poll conducted by ABC and Jeff Bezos' Washington Post, the number of Americans buying into their bullshit is falling. Despite the constant hammering of the "Russian collusion" conspiracy theory in pant suit fake news output, less American voters believe it now than believed back in April according to pantsuit's own polls. (archived) Based on the ample evidence of which way pantsuit pollsters err, it can be assumed that believership in the fake news fanfic is nearly nil outside of its authors.
Following the recent masssive tax hike in Illinois which ended up satisfying the interstate lottery treaty organization and brought Illinois back into jackpot seeking communion, other government spending in Illinois is seeing cuts. Illinois "universities", whose credit ratings have been on a long march to rock bottom in the absence of payments from Springfield, are now making even bigger cuts on campus not that payments from the state have resumed.
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale announced it would be cutting 26 million United States dollars and eliminating seven academic programs. (archived) The seven programs to be snuffed out are:
- B.S., Mining Engineering
- M.S., Mining Engineering
- B.A., Business Economics
- B.S., Physical Education Teacher Education
- B.A., Africana Studies
- M.A., Political Science
- Ph.D., Historical Studies
As presented by the University this list's ordering begins with two degrees covering an entire productive industrial field deemed unpopular by students, the business department's degree programming which requires math1 and is therefore also unpopular, the applied science of hamplanet prevention and remediation in children, and then three token field of study beloved by pantsuit but unpopular with students are being slain as well.
Illinois residents are clearly receiving an excellent value in exchange for their increased tax burden.
The study of pantsuit economics divorced from business is in no danger of elimination, just the useful applications. ↩
This week a Bitcoin network difficulty adjustment took the mining difficulty from 708659466230.33203125 to 804525194568.13183594 for an increase of approximately 13.52 percent. This is an all time high mining difficulty, and it comes on the heel of last adjustment's ~0.43 percent drop to the the then second and now third highest mining difficult in the history of Bitcoin so far.
In an effort to prevent students from associating outside the confines of the socialist indoctrination camp known as Harvard1, a committee of faculty and administrators have proposed increasing sanctions against students who join "exclusive" organizations off campus (archived). The proposed move is being marketed under the "diversity" and "inclusion" labels frequently pushed by pantsuitists, and it would impose penalties up to expulsion on students who join fraternities, sororities, and other "single gender organizations". These voluntary associations unaffiliated with Harvard have traditionally served as refuges for students unwilling to buy into the whole social program advocated by their indoctrinators.
Last year students joining these independent organization were banned from holding leadership positions in Harvard sanctioned organizations by camp Commissar Drew G. Faust (WOT:nonperson).
at one point a University ↩