Bitcoin has been mentioned for the first time in the US Supreme court decision 'Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. United States' on the the Railroad Retirement Tax Act of 1937 (archived). In a decision which determined that stock options are not cash compensation, Stephen Breyer dissented and attempted to weasel that stock options are equivalent to cash with:
Does a stock option received by an employee (along with, say, a paycheck) count as a “form”—some form, “any form”—of “money remuneration?” The railroads, as the majority notes, believe they can find the answer to this question by engaging in (and winning) a war of 1930’s dictionaries. I am less sanguine. True, some of those dictionaries say that “money” primarily refers to currency or promissory documents used as “a medium of exchange.” See ante, at 2–3. But even this definition has its ambiguities. A railroad employee cannot use her paycheck as a “medium of exchange.” She cannot hand it over to a cashier at the grocery store; she must first deposit it. The same is true of stock, which must be converted into cash and deposited in the employee’s account before she can enjoy its monetary value. Moreover, what we view as money has changed over time. Cowrie shells once were such a medium but no longer are, see J. Weatherford, The History of Money 24 (1997); our currency originally included gold coins and bullion, but, after 1934, gold could not be used as a medium of exchange, see Gold Reserve Act of 1934, ch. 6, §2, 48 Stat. 337; perhaps one day employees will be paid in Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency, see F. Martin, Money: The Unauthorized Biography— From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies 275–278 (1st Vintage Books ed. 2015). Nothing in the statute suggests the meaning of this provision should be trapped in a monetary time warp, forever limited to those forms of money commonly used in the 1930’s.
The single mention of the word 'Bitcoin' has generated substantial headlines, but the real story here is how far Breyer is willing to go in an effort to help the criminal gang in Washington DC pick a few more pockets.
Today US President Donald Trump ended a Bill Clinton era policy separating children from their adult family members when those adults are determined to have been entering the United States without legal authorization (archived). Since a 1997 settlement entered into by the Clinton administration disallowed holding children in "immigration jails" for more than 20 days, children have been separated from their families and moved to separate facilities run by the US Department of "Health and Human Services". Those facilities for detaining children while jail-like are simply not called "immigration jails" to comply with terms of the settlement.
In the past weeks this 21 year old policy decision undone today by President Trump's executive order has becoming an increasingly loud propaganda point for pansuitist social engineers that painted the Bill Clinton family separation policy as a Trump policy.
As a result of Trump's executive order children will still be detained, but with their families. In facilities that thanks to the 1997 settlement are still likely to be referred to as something other as "immigration jails".
After months of whispering and leaks, US prosecutors charged Joshua Schulte with violations of the espionage act. At this time it is impossible to tell if criminal organization masquerading as the US Department of Justice actually has anymore "evidence" of a crime than it did when rumours that they wanted to but couldn't actually charge Schulte emerged earlier.
A court in Britain has imposed restrictions on a group of young 'Drill Rap' musicians (archived). The five young men have been ordered to inform police every time they release new music, and they have been barred from mentioning death, violence, or injury in their songs or social media postings.
German interior minister Horst Seehofer has decided not to participate in an "Integration Summit" hosted by Mother Merkel in a growing internal dispute over Germany's border policies (archived). Seehofer has opposed Mother Merkel's demand that no migrants be denied entry to Germany, even if the migrants are caught in the act of entering illegally. Meanwhile Merkel is calling for a unified approach to the Migrant problem, chastizing the rest of the continent that:
Italy did not feel it was receiving sufficient support from other European Union states. (archived)
Earlier this week the new Italian Interior Minister closed all of the country's ports to a human trafficking vessel which intended to ferry more than 600 African clients from Libyan waters to Italy. Spain eventually decided to extend the vessel an invitation to offload its human cargo.
Earlier today in Singapore US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and signed a peace document in the most substantial move towards ending the Korean War since the expired Armistice of 1953 which lead to the initial cessation of hostilities (archived). In the intervening 68 years Trump's predecessors and the "International Community" with its "rules based order" have been happy to leave an unfinished war between belligerents open on their books. This lead to Korea's development of defensive nuclear weapons under Trump's immediate predecessors Bush II and Hussein Bahamas.
This historic move towards peace followed a contentious G7 summit where after President Trump left in respectful disagreement, members of the "rules based order" club attempted to falsify President Trump's support for a join statement on behalf of their "rules based" club.
Last week a bill in the Israeli Knesset that proposed treating Jewish and Arab citizens equally under the law was quietly disqualified from consideration without drawing any mainstream international attention (archived). Justifications from various officials of the Jewish state on why they can't be inclusive included:
We would be seeing here a kind of creeping conquest from Africa.
I think that ‘Judaizing the Galilee’ is not an offensive term. We used to talk like that. In recent years we’ve stopped talking like that. I think it’s legitimate without violating the full rights of the Arab residents of Israel.
There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.
Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.
Everyone has his own Judaism. In the nation-state bill, when it talks about a Jew, it means the nationality. (archived)
The roughly 2 million prisoners of the 365 square kilometer concentration camp operated by Israel in the Gaza Strip would have been unaffacted by the limited human rights bill.
The US FBI arrested Ron Rockwell Hansen1 of Syracuse, Utah while alleging the 58 year old is a Chinese spy (archived).
Colombia is reportedly joining NATO as a "Global Partner" state. This pivot towards pantsuit will leave Colombia outside of NATO's core military alliance, but the agreement will formalize the Colombian government's status as co-conspirator in Pantsuit's organized criminal enterprise.
Italian populist parties managed to find a finance minister capable of salvaging their effort at forming a coalition government after the Italian President sabotaged their earlier efforts (archived). After Italian and international fiat markets suffered this week in the wake of President Sergio Mattarella's affront to their democracy, the puppet former IMF head Mattarella appointed as interim Prime Minister happily resigned his mandate when Five Star and the League found an anti-Euro finance minister who hadn't actually proposed leaving the Eurozone in public yet.