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.
The ongoing delays associated with the US F-35 "Joint Strike Fighter" and dwindling numbers of airworthy A-10 combat aircraft has the US looking at a major procurement of lightly armored turboprop aircraft to fill their close air support role (archived). Options being considered include the Brazilian Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Beechcraft AT-6B trainer. This move represents a step towards bringing the US aircraft fleet closer in capability to American regional powers Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil.
Harvard University has been exposed engaging in systemic discrimination against Asian applicants in the name of "diversity" (archived). According to the internal report from 2013, 43 percent of Harvard's freshman class would have been Asian if they University had adhered to strict qualifications based admissions criteria. To prevent that outcome the University's admissions office increased the weight of subjective criteria like "personality" as part of an organized effort to marginalize Asian applicants.
A supply glut in combination with bottlenecks between fields, refineries, and tankers in the once-independent Republic of Texas, has enticed unknown refineries to blend cheaper (and poorly-characterized) cutter stock into their bunker fuel products to hit viscosity numbers, damaging fuel systems in northwards of thirty vessels in the Gulf region (archived).
No interest has publicly been expressed by oil insiders on the numerous shambling cryptographic provenance solutions in search of prolems and customers; but this has not deterred Team Cockchain ("Smokin' it!" ™®) from announcing eleventeen different projects to disrupt this massive industry from their mothers' basements.
Eric Radulovic, an Indiana man associated with AntiFA terrorist groups is accused of infiltrating Alt-right forums and threatening to kill attendees at Alt-right free speech events under the sperglord theory that "the movement needs martyrs". Radulovic's sperglord posts included the caveat that:
it's a false flag for sure, but I'll be aiming for the more tanned, dark-haired muddied jeans in the crowd so real whites won't have to worry.
At this point is is safe presume the "anon" personhood fandom forums have all degraded to the point every participant is at least three false flags away from themselves.
British researcher Martin Hutchins, who reverse engineered the WCry/WannaCry virus afflicting Windows Machines, is the target of US prosecutorial aggression as the criminal gang in Washinton DC refuses to stop issuing charges against Hutchins for unsolved malware attacks. The case against Hutchins amounts to code in assorted libraries Hutchins contributed to having become popular with malware system integrators due to its quality. Because other people profited from code Hutchins authored in a manner the USG deems criminal, they have decided to hang him.
Beyond the obvious pressure the USG is trying to exert corralling independent security researchers to subscribe to their own "irresponsible disclosure" schemes, the US prosecutorial strategy is strongly incentivizing everyone who produces code which might eventually be used in malware to make the jump and profit from exploits in the shitstack themselves.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has concluded their investigation into former head Philip Berk's groping of George of the Jungle, born Brendan Frasier, at a Golden Globes event in 2003 (archived). The group has concluded the incident was a joke. The then 34 year old George of the Jungle recalled of the incident:
His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around. I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.
Last month Riverstone Pictures released a children's film titled Show Dogs in which the central plot point was a police dog "finding his quiet place" in order to get over his discomfort with dog show judges manhandling his genitalia.
The US FBI arrested Ron Rockwell Hansen1 of Syracuse, Utah while alleging the 58 year old is a Chinese spy (archived).