Man will pay $70 million for permission to search for bitcoin

A British man accidentally threw away a hard drive loaded with bitcoin into the trash. As such, he has offered more than $70 million if the local authority will allow him to excavate the landfill site. The IT worker James Howells had a digital store of 7,500 bitcoins which he had mined 4 years prior when it held little value. However, when the bitcoin went up in value, he realized he had mistakenly thrown out the hard drive out with the trash.

Therefore, he has approached the Wales’ Newport City Council to ask for permission to dig a specific section of the landfill site where he thinks the hard drive ended up. He plans to pay a quarter of the current value of the bitcoin, which is $70 million.

At the moment, a single bitcoin is trading around $37,000.

The Council however, has reported that it is not allowed to permit the excavation, as it is not possible under the licensing permit, and the excavation would have a huge environmental impact on the surrounding area; in fact, just digging up the landfill, storing, and treating the waste could cost significant amount.

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GameStop Stock Soaring high in the midst of Pandemic

According to Yahoo Finance, GameStop shares saw an increase of 57% on Wednesday. This skyrocketed price was influenced by new board members from RC Venture as well as the game market in Holiday season. Wall Street had a big momentum with over the 50% gains of the share.

Young adults and teens eagerly gobbled up the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles upon release. Some computer gamers found that their games were not in stock due to increased demand during the pandemic.

It seems that under the pandemic, consumer trends have changed and have skewed to release their stresses first using forms of entertainment: such as PJs and video games over office clothing, and finding ways to talk to people playing video games. This make more sense to them.

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USA Requires Coronavirus Negative Documentations for Entry

Before departure to fly to US, foreigners should carry their coronavirus negative test result and proof documents from health care providers or public health officials.

According to a new federal policy, this will impact travelers who are heading to US from Jan. 26, 2021.

The new policy requires all air passengers, who should have test result from health care provider or public health official within three days before their departure to US.

If the traveler had a positive test result in the past, but the traveler no longer has symptoms then the passenger should have the positive testing result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler has been cleared for travel.

The C.D.C currently recommends that all air travelers including those flying within the United States, get tested one to three days before travel, and three to five days after the trip is complete.

Last week, all Major U.S. Airlines required all passengers to get tested between the destinations. The Major U.S. Airlines are backing a policy and welcoming this policy to expect opening borders with reasonable and rational way.

However, the variant mutation virus from the U.K. is fast spreading and there has been at least 10 states in U.S. that have shown signs of this new strain, alarming all living in the U.S.

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6 Inmates Escape from California Prison on Saturday, STILL AT LARGE

The 6 inmates escaped the Merced County Jail on Saturday night, using bedsheets as makeshift rope and accessing a 20-foot night roof.

They were identified as Jorge Barron, 20, of Atwater, California; Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19, of Atwater; Manuel Allen Leon, 21, of Vallejo, California; Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr., 21 of Planada, California; Fabian Cruz Roman, 22 of Los Banos, California; and Edgar Eduardo Ventura, 22 of Portland, Oregon.

All but one was charged with violent felonies, including murder, and they are considered to be armed and dangerous.

The county is working with local, state, and federal officials to track them down.

If anyone spots any of them, they should not be approached or engaged with; you can call: 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or you can visit US Marshals website.

A reward of up to $5,000 is offered per escapee for any information leading to their arrest.

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Day After the Riot, Trump Concedes

Early Thursday morning, Congress certified the Electoral College votes. This was delayed due to the riot caused by Pro-Trump rioters that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. After the results were announced, Pres. Trump publicly conceded the loss to Joe Biden and promised an orderly transition.

He called this the “end of the greatest first term.” There were no further statements.

The FBI is currently in the process of arresting and searching for those involved in the organization and perpetration of Wednesday’s run on the Capitol Hill.

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Trump Locked out of Twitter after “Proud Boys” storm the Capitol

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Twitter finally locked Pres. Trump’s Twitter account, preventing him from posting messages, after he published a string of inaccurate and inflammatory tweets during a protest turned riot in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the US capitol in the early afternoon of January 6, 2021.

Twitter said it would lock Pres. Trump’s account for 12 hours and threatened to extend the ban if he did not erase his tweets inciting violence and rejection of election results.

His account may be permanently deleted if he continues violating Twitter’s policies by continuing his behaviors.

Twitter has made this decision based on the calculation that his current rhetoric was simply too violent and the risk of harm greater than keeping his account alive.

This move follows after the pro-Trump mob stormed the capitol building, which has led to several officers injured and one woman dead from a gunshot on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been consistently calling the election fraudulent since his loss in November.

Social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook had been under fire by people and Congress alike for their refusal to address “fake news” or inaccurate information. They had been reluctant, but with today’s violence, could no longer hide behind the privateness of their platforms.

That being said, those researching online movements have noted that such violence is the result of people operating in closed social media networks where many conspiracy theories can get out of hand with no fact check to quell the conspiracy theories.

Many Trump supporters continue to believe that violence was incited by the left wing rather than their own supporters that stormed the Capitol building, only adding fuel to the conspiracy fire.

That being said, once Trump leaves office, the social networks are freer to deal with Mr. Trump as they see fit. For example, Twitter has already released a statement that once Mr. Trump leaves office, he would be treated like any regular user; however, until January 21, the pressure continues.

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NASA says Mars now has the largest canyon in the solar system

Photo from NASA

The newest canyon found on Mars has overtaken any canyons on Earth for the largest canyon in the solar system. Named Valles Marineris Canyon, it slices along the Martian equator for about 2,500 miles and would reach from New York City to San Francisco. The deepest canyon floor is at about 7 miles deep, which is deep as some parts of the deepest parts of the Earth’s ocean.

The photos of the canyon was taken using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and although it is not yet clear as to how it formed, the European Space Agency seems to think that the largest portions cracked open billions of years ago, with the volcanic creation of the Tharsis bulge where Olympus Mons is located at.

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$600 Stimulus Checks Begin Arriving to Americans

The latest $600 stimulus check passed by Congress just before the end of 2020 has begun dispersement. According to Earnin, mobile app that allows access to paychecks early, the latest $600 stimulus check should last three to three and a half months for the average American living paycheck to paycheck.

During the first round of $1200 stimulus checks it had taken peoples’ bank accounts about six and a half months to return to normal fund levels. That being said, those using Earnin are people that live paycheck to paycheck, with lower bank balances.

The $600 stimulus however, only covers those who earn less than $75000 if single and $150000 as couples in 2019. The payments phase out if the individual earned more.

Those with $87,000 single income or $174,000 for married couples will receive no stimulus payments.

Any American who has less than $100 in their checking accounts will not see their money last more than 6 weeks, as about 1 in 5 of those struggling financially will spend the money straight away.

As it is after the December holiday season and winter, timing could also show that people are likely to spend the money faster than when they received the money last year, as it is generally known to be a time of higher expenses.

Although Americans could defer some payments on their credit cards, student loans and mortgages, and while some have been extended, others have not. It may still be a long while before Americans can actually “stimulate” the economy.

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이슈는 이슈로 덮으려 하나 국민은 더는 궁민이 아니다.

윤석열 검찰총장 사퇴와 이낙연 더불어민주당 대표의 사퇴를 외치는 국민의 목소리가 새해 벽두부터 뜨겁다.

각종 범죄와 비리에 연루된 그들의 얽히고 섥힌 실타래, 그 실을 풀어헤치는 국민의 날카롭고 예리한 눈과 입,더는 묵과하지 않을 것으로 보인다.

해외 언론인으로서 한마디 하자면,

세계 제 일류 시민정신을 가지고 있는 한국 국민은 정치가 광장에서 이루어진다는 것을 직접 몸소 보여 주었다. 강 추위에 떨면서도 광화문 앞에서 적폐척결과 박근혜 하야를 외쳤던 촛불국민은 몇 개월동안 오직 정의와 국민의 권리를 되찾기 위해 거리로 나섰다. 갓난아기부터 할아버지까지, 해외동포들도, 해외 언론들도 한국 국민의 민주수호와 국민 자주권 회복을 향한 의지에 박수와 응원을 아끼지 않았다. 결국 촛불 시위로 국정농단의 대표적인 사례 였던 박근혜 정권을 끌어 내렸다.

2017년 5월 9일, 제 19대 대통령으로 당선된 문재인 대통령은 “국민이 주인인 정부, 더불어 잘사는 경제, 내 삶을 책임지는 국가, 고르게 발전하는 지역, 평화와 번영의 한반도”라는 국정지표를 내걸고 일자리 확대, 정치권력과 권력기관 개혁, 부패, 재벌 개혁, 민주주의와 평화를 선도하는 국가, 청년의 꿈을 지켜주는 국가, 여성에 대한 성차별을 없애며, 농어민,자영업자, 소상공인의 소득이 늘어나는 활기찬 국가, 어른과 아이들이 두루 행복한 나라, 무엇보다도 안전하고 건강한 대한민국을 위해 국가가 국민의 생명과 안전을 책임 지겠습니다.”라고 말했었다.

위의 문대통령 공약 중에서 가장 큰 핵심이 되는 항목은 부패한 정치권력과 권력기관 개혁이 아닌가 싶다. 현 사법부의 원리와 원칙을 무시한 법 집행을 보면서 국가가 국민을 위해 더는 사법부를 개혁할 의지가 없는 것은 아닌가 하는 의구심을 갖기 시작했다.

윤석열 검찰총장의 처와 장모가 연루된 각종 비리 문제와 나경원 전의원 아들 예일대 입학에 큰 역할을 했던 서울대 관련 “Research Paper”는 문제 삼지 않으면서, 정경심 교수의 딸 “표창장”문제는 4년과 벌금 5억을 선고했다. 과연 이것이 공정한 법 집행인가? 최근의 법원 판결을 보면서 사법부의 실체와 법관의 자질도 의심하지 않을 수 없다.

추미애 전 법무부 장관이 검찰 개혁을 위해 칼을 빼 들었지만 윤 검찰총장을 임명한 임명권자인 문대통령은 결과적으로 추미애 장관에게 힘을 실어주지 않았다. 또는 문재인 대통령의 귀와 눈을 가리고 있는 그 무엇이 존재하는 것은 아닌지 의심이 든다.

객관적으로 보면 문재인 대통령은 최선을 다해 대통령직을 수행해왔고 또 하고 있다고 생각된다.

그런데 “인사가 만사”라는 말이 있다. 난 대통령 주위에 대통령을 잘 보좌해줄 수 있는 사람이 많지 않음을 눈치채고 말았다.

최근 추미애 장관님이 법무부 장관직을 내려 놓자 난 속으로 말했다.

대통령님, 제발 추 카드를 놓지 마세요!

라고,

그러나, 내 바램과 반대결과가 나옴과 동시에 이낙연 더불어 민주당 대표의 “두 전직 대통령 사면설 “ 이 나왔다. 이것은 현재 온 국민의 분노의 대상인 윤석열 검찰총장과 적폐판사들의 탄핵을 한 순간에 수면아래로 가라앉게 하는데 큰 역할을 했다.

너무 충격적이었다. 현 정권의 근간이 흔들리게 하는 “사면 설 “, 촛불집회 국민들이 적폐의 근원인 박근혜 정부를 내리고 촛불을 들어 국민이 세운 문재인 정부, 전직 국무총리를 했던 이낙연 현 여당 당대표가 마치 자신이 이미 대통령이 된 듯한 느낌이 들게 하는 “사면설”을 전 국민 “통합” 이란 명목으로 새해 첫 날 말을 했다. 역사적으로 볼 때, 전두환, 노태우 사면때도 “국민통합” 이라는 이유를 들어 그들을 사면했다. 그 결과는 어떠했는가! 우리는 모두 기억하고 있다.

그들은 모두 당당하게 고개를 세우고 아무런 잘못이 없는 듯 살아가고 있다.

이슈를 이슈로 덮으려고 새해 첫 날 이대표가 이러한 발언을 한 배경에는 동교동 계,이명박 계, 그리고 박근혜 파 와 모종의 거래가 있었던 것은 아닐까 의심에 눈초리를 거두기 어렵다.

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Stimulus Check will hit the road Tonight

Help is on its way for many Americans. Recently, the second round of $600 per person, and tax-free Economic Impact payment will be deposited directly from tonight as of 29 December, two days before the end of the Year.

The Treasury Secretary had announced last week that he expected the federal government to start delivering the payment this week. After Pres. Trump announced the desire to see up to $2,000 for individual and vetoed the $600 one, he ultimately signed the bill with conditions to raise amount to $2,000 again.

Many American expected the Trump’s last effort while in office and it was survived at the House flour but Today, the bill was blocked by the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. Stock Market went down in response.

Pres. Trump pointed that the bill should provide more for the Americans and not for the High Tech companies and foreign countries which is what many Americans agree with his last pitch. Treasury and the IRS said that they would work as soon as possible to deliver to many Americans who have suffered in the harsh economic climate.

Many healthcare workers are in danger at the line of virus war but many are still waiting for their vaccines, and they need more help but their revenue and funds had been cut in the beginning of the Trump administration.

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