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.
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.
South Korean coach Shin Tae-yong admited that during low stakes games before the World Cup he had a number of his players switch uniform numbers in order to thwart scouting efforts by competitors (archived). The coach cited Western white folk's inability to "distinguish between Asians" as cause to believe in the effectiveness of the tactic.
Canadian citizen Roger Clark has been extradited to the US1 over allegations he allegedly mentored Dread Pirate Roberts, operator of the late Silk Road darknet market (archived). The FBI and their criminal co-conspirators allege Clark under the alias 'Variety Jones' gave advice to a young man on the internet.
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.
This weekend GPG developer and habitual liar Werner Koch announced a vulnerability that consumes unsanitized input allowing control characters to be called when file names are displayed (archived). The announcement and offered mitigations in conjunction with Koch's history suggest an intentional vulnerability in the software being "burned".
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.
The Big Botnet made from small routers is bigger than initially though and comprised of a far wider range of router models than initially disclosed (archived).