Bitcoin mining is the process of computers solving complex algorithms to create new bitcoin, the miner is rewarded in bitcoin. As the value of the cryptocurrency has soared so has the energy consumption required to mine it.
Bitcoin mining is now using more electricity than Argentina. And is poising some serious questions to governments and financial institutions.
Recently Elon Musk added $900 million to his fortune through bitcoing mining, but in the process it could cost him his mission to make his company “emissions-free”.
Amazon have quietly updated their policy on which books they will sell. The policy update has already seen books banned that are deemed to break their policy regarding hate speech.
Amazon’s policy states: that they “don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive.”
This has sounded alarm bells amongst conservative groups. Already Ryan Anderson’s book critical of gender theory, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” has been removed from their website. They also removed a popular documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, from their streaming site.
Amazon have 83% of the book market, it is feared that such moves will see the conservative voice shut down. With such a massive market share it will also see publishers not publishing books that give a different view, if they will not be able to be sold on Amazon.
President Biden has overturned a ruling that President Trump passed allowing doctors to use the drug buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid addiction. Doctors have been left dismayed by the decision, saying the drug is one of the most affective tools they have to combat drug addiction.
Doctors have called on the President to reconsider the move. They have even gained a support in a rare bipartisan show of support for the licensing of the drug.
Google has quietly increased the level of manual censorship on it’s search engine. Human moderators can penelize websites in violation of the companies policies. This would result in some or all of a website being suppressed in a search result.
Some of google’s violations are:
Discover policy violation: Adult-themed content
News and Discover policy violation: Dangerous content
News and Discover policy violation: Harassing content
News and Discover policy violation: Hateful content
News and Discover policy violation: Manipulated media
News and Discover policy violation: Medical content
Discover policy violation: Misleading content
News and Discover policy violation: Sexually explicit content
News and Discover policy violation: Terrorist content
News policy violation: Transparency
News and Discover policy violation: Violence and gore content
News and Discover policy violation: Vulgar language and profanity
The New York Stock Exchange chief has warned it may leave New York if Albany imposes a new stock sales tax.
“The New York Stock Exchange belongs in New York. If Albany lawmakers get their way, however, the center of the global financial industry may need to find a new home,” she Stacey Cunningham, NYSE President.
Project Veritas obtained leaked video showing top executives at Facebook admitting they have too much power, and expressing their willingness to work with Biden.
“In his first day, President Biden has already issued a number of executive orders on areas that we as a company really care quite deeply about,” Zuckerberg says in a compilation video of his recorded remarks from Jan. 21. “I think that these were all important and positive steps, and I am looking forward to opportunities where Facebook is going to be able to work together with this new administration on some of their top priorities, starting with the COVID response.”
In the video former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, acknowledges world leaders who have hit out at Facebook’s decision to ban President Trump from the social media platform.
The twitter account of Daily Citizen has been banned. Daily Citizen is the news site of the Christian organisation Focus on the Family.
Daily Citizen tweeted on January 19th about the President’s appointment of a transgender woman to Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of HHS.
The tweet read: “Dr. Levine is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”
Twitter wrote to Daily:
“Hi The Daily Citizen, your account, @FocusCitizen has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against hateful conduct. You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
Daily argued that they were defining what “transgender woman” meant, and pointed out many other people and organisations had done the same. In a statement they wrote:
“Numerous outlets reported on Levine’ appointment – including President Biden’s White House – noting Dr. Levin’s transgender identification,” the letter reads. “Many of the articles and tweets explained that Dr. Levin was born male, believed he is really a woman, had surgery and opposite-sex hormones, and now identifies as a woman.”
“Our tweet does not promote violence against, threaten, or harass Dr. Levine,” it continued. “Yet, we are deeply puzzled about how it was misconstrued. We simply explained to our readers the appointment and defined what transgender women are – those born male who believe they are a woman, regardless of whether they have had opposite-sex hormones or surgeries.”