US stock prices took a hit today with the three major indexes all falling more than three percent (archived). The Dow Jones Industrial Average had shown some small gains for the year until markets opened today. The day's 3.56 percent drop takes its performance down to -2.2 percent for 2020. Mainstream reports are crediting coronavirus panic for the loss, but US stock prices have been climbing rapidly the past few months as the Federal Reserve undertook a quiet campaign of "Quantitive Easing", buying questionable debts and printing new dollars.
Today saw the US Dollar fall against both the Peso Uruguayo and Brazil's Real with the dollar dropping more than one percent with respect to Uruguay's wholesale interbank rate compared to Friday (archived). Since Argentina's new criminal government was installed this very month and went on to pass an "Emergencia Económica" law, uncaring markets have taken the Peso Argentino down to 76.75 for a single dollar at the market determined "blue dollar" rate.
The Argentine goverment is claiming to sell dollars at both a "wholesale" rate of 60 pesos to the dollar which they don't while they have started actually selling dollars at a "solidarity" rate 30% higher than their entirely hallucinated "wholesale" rate. This Argentine reinvention of the "convertible ruble" was initially proposed with the "tourist dollar" label and comes as Argentina once again is selectively defaulting on its debts.
A Mexican military plane carrying Evo Morales and other recently resigned Bolivian government socialists into Mexican asylum was diverted to Paraguay to refuel after Peru closed their airspace to the plane's political cargo (archived). Chile and Ecuador are alleged to have closed their airspace and airports as well. In the end, Brazil allowed Mexico the use of its airspace to make the coca growing would be Aymaran Tito into a northern hemisphere problem.
Katie Hill, a freshman congress critter sitting in the vice chair of the "House Committee on Oversight and Reform" appears to have flagrantly violated a rule passed in February 2018 forbidding members of the House from sexing the staff (archived, archived). The no sex with staff rule as passed by the then GOP dominated house in response to the #metoo moral panic. Katie Hill of the Hill is alleged to have maintained sexual relations with at least two staffers, one of each sex.
Her present occupation of the Vice Chair of the particular committee she does further complicates internal USG power struggles playing out.
A circulating yet multilated photograph of an adult woman alleged to be the congresswoman grooming her subordinate in the nude is presented below:
NYSE parent Intercontinental Exchange has begun trading Bitcoin futures from Bakkt yesterday (archived). Microsoft and Boston Consulting Group are also involved in the instrument. The contracts promise physical delivery of Bitcoins, but it remains to be seen how seriously anyone involved in this particular market is going to investigate the sincerity of the delivery claims. This new source of volatility has seen fiat/Bitcoin interfaces reporting substantial volatility with today's manifesting mostly in a downward direction.
This move opens up lessons in Bitcoin prices and inflexibility to a whole new class of trader.
Primary elections in Argentina on Sunday returned results that gave the "Peronist" ticket of Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Kirchner sufficient votes to win the October general election outright if yesterday's performance is repeated. This has been met with a 14.5 percent fall of the Peso Argentino against the USD, while the brief narrowing of the buy/sell spead of the Peso Argentino in Uruguay has been blown open with exchanges in Uruguay advertising spreads as wide as 0.50/1.15 (archived). Argentina's stock market has suffered today as well.
In a development less clearly connected to Argentina's electoral/economic disaster, the twitter account of Prefectura Naval Argentina was "hacked" to broadcast an hoax alert claiming a British missile attack had killed 27. In the incredibly unlikely event a new Falklands conflict opened up again between Argentina and Queen Elizabeth's forces, the largest open question is which of the two combatants declined more in the intervening decades.
Player Mircea Mircescu scored the biggest-ever "pop" in the history of Eulora, MiniGame's Bitcoin-denominated MMORPG, just past midnight server time on December 16th, 2017. Reigning the "Top of Pops" list in-game, the windfall weighs in at 3505.309 million ECu, or a hair over three and a half Bitcoin. The previous chart-topper occurred two years ago, also in December, at 1081.602 million ECu.
Mircescu's real-world avatar Mircea Popescu hinted at the pop's provenance in the game's IRC channel, #Eulora, where he stated the winning click occurred during a crafting run of "bod", or Black of Desspayr, a highly sought-after potion critical in the manufacture of blueprints for other items. Previous auction data for the item shows a markup of over 250% on the base price, which corresponds to the amount reported in-game for the pop –suggesting the market value of Mircescu's winnings likely exceed 8.5 billion ECu.
The pop comes on the heels of major events in Eulora's development, including the unfolding of an Ada-implemented communication protocol and an improved crafting and exploring bot refined by players to ease the hands-on aspect of in-game activities.
Two Ukrainian vessels were seized by the Russian Navy after the erractically maneuverng ships aggressively approached the Kerch Strait bridge without providing advanced notification required by a 2003 treaty between Russia and Ukraine (archived). Russian personnel treated Ukranians wounded in defense of the 18.1 kilometer long bridge. Ukranian President Poroshenko has responded by declaring martial law while Hawks in NATO governments has proposed opening hostilities outside of the Syrian proxy war sandbox. Russian influenced media outlets are supposing that if a new Crimean war breaks out, it will be the last (archived).
In a petition to the US District Court for Eastern Virginia, US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer argue for issuing sealed charges in a case titled "United States of America v. SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI" with SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI presumably being a pseudonym for the defendant who may not be named. Except further down in the document a failure in redaction yields gold:
Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.
And a bit further down:
The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.
And so any order to seal the charges being leveled at Julian Assange is moot. If there are not already sealed charges against Assange in different pseudonymously obscured case, it can be assumed there will be in another regardless of the determination in this one. Full text below: Continue reading
Legislators in Russia are drafting a law that would normalize a system of duelling for citizens and civil servants to avenge insults allowing for men to engage in dignified combat by small swords, sabers, and pistols (archived). The elderly, and the disabled would be allowed to select substitutes to defend their dignity in the combat arena while women are to be excluded from elegibility to seek recourse through dueling. As the proposal stands now at least one participant in a duel is required to be a civil servant for it to be recognized under the proposed system.