The losses that started with Asian markets opening continued as European and North American markets opened leading to "circuit breaker" trading halts as stock indexes fell faster than fiat market operators could deign to tolerate (archived). Italian markets have been hit particularly hard as the novel coronavirus has managed to thrive there leading to the quarantine of 15 regions. In the past 20 years, only the reopening of the NYSE in the aftermath of 9/11 and October 23rd, 2008 rival the S&P 500 ETF's opening losses today. Sorry for your loss.
Last month USG.DoJ began the process of transferring former University of Tennessee Knoxville Engineering professor An Ming Hu (WoT:nonperson) to the Bureau of Prisons, potentially cutting his welfare benefits substantially over Hu's similtaneous affiliations with NASA and Beijing University of Technology (archived, archived). Continue reading
With numerous senior members of Iran's government stricken by the novel coronavirus, Revolutionary Guard leader Hossein Salami made a public statement raising the possibility that the outbreak is the result of a US bioweapon attack (archived). On January 3rd the USG assassinated Iranian Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq while there on diplomatic business at Iraq's invitation. Iran retaliated with precision ballistic missile strikes on USG positions in Iraq which the USG humiliatingly could not answer with anything other than token sanctions.
While Salami is merely raising the possibility of USG culpability at this point, the USG's credibility on the international stage is locked into a steep downward spiral.
USG Madame Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Qatar this weekend to watch USG envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sign the USG's surrender to the Taliban, Continue reading
Google has been caught enforcing claims of ownership Indian TV Channel "Zee TV" is casting on the word "did", do in the simple past tense (archived). Zee TV appears to have hired a firm calling itself "RightsHero" to send DMCA takedown notices to Google targeting pages containing "did" in their title because Zee TV would like DID to consistenly serve as an acronym denoting their show titled "Dance India Dance".
The USG has charged four alleged officers of the "People's Liberation Army" claimed to be working out of the "54th Research Institute" in Beijing for purportedly carrying out the 2017 breach of Equifax. The indictment filed in the Northern District of Georia is reproduced in full below: Continue reading