No Coins for You! Michigan Bans Crypto Donations for Political Campaigns
- In the letter signed by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, it was stated that campaign donations may not be made in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies because, by nature, the value of these crypto assets is not fixed, and their volatility makes it impossible to assign an exact dollar value to them in administrative terms.
- Nevertheless, according to the letter, cryptocurrency campaign donations are banned and will remain so not only for these reasons, but because the reporting requirements do not make any allowance for multiple recordings needed to capture the various values likely to be held by crypto assets at various points in the process including date of sale to the donor, date of receipt by the candidate, and date of record on a campaign statement.
Former Nazi concentration camp guard testifies in court
- In a statement read by his lawyer, Rehbogen acknowledged that he was aware of the mass cremation of corpses, but maintained that he did not know about the mass killings or the operations of the camp's gas chamber, according to German state broadcaster ARD.
- Because he was under 21 years of age at the time of the alleged crimes, Rehbogen is standing trial before a juvenile court, though he could still be sentenced as an adult.
- The court also stated that an unknown number of prisoners in Stutthof died from exposure, freezing to death in the winter.
- In 2015, a German court convicted Oskar Groening as an accessory to mass murder and sentenced him to four years in prison.
- Like Rehbogen, Groening also made a statement in court admitting "moral responsibility," but maintained that he did not directly participate in the killings.
Theresa May faces uphill Brexit battle as opponents line up to shred deal
- London | British Prime Minister Theresa May has stitched up a deal with Brussels on leaving the European Union, only to see her opponents immediately start shredding the proposal sight unseen – underlining the risk that Britain's parliament will torpedo the plan and propel the country into uncertainty.
- Meanwhile, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will on the same day run the plan past senior European diplomats in Brussels, looking to get consensus from the Union's 27 member states.
- Other Brexiteers piled in: Jacob Rees-Mogg told Sky News Mrs May's "surrender" would make Britain a "slave state", and Boris Johnson called on pro-Brexit cabinet ministers to resign.
- DUP leader Arlene Foster issued a statement "opposing a deal which weakens the Union and hands control to Brussels rather than parliament" – though she stopped just short of saying her 10 MPs would definitely vote against it.
3 reasons Florida's elections are a perennial chaotic nightmare
- In 1999, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections had the equivalent of 60 full-time employees, a number that rose to 80 by 2006.
- Between 1999 and 2017, Florida introduced early voting, and the population of Broward itself rose 20 percent from 1.6 million residents to 1.9 million.
- But when you adjust for inflation, the $18.2 million spent by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections in 2017 is lower than the inflation-adjusted $19.2 million spent in 2005.
- State governments are trying to keep lean, but the demands on local election officials — new technology, higher populations, more early voting, and meddling by foreign adversaries — aren't getting easier.
- Broward County received $1.16 million of the $14.6 million Florida has allocated.
- Put together, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties would be the 21st-largest state in the country.
Jayhawks senior who almost didn't return to Kansas sets team shooting record in near-perfect performance
- At the end of last year's Final Four run, there was a mutual understanding between Vick and head coach Bill Self that their time together was in the rearview mirror.
- Vick declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, and Self heavily recruited Romeo Langford — the No. 5 player in the Class of 2018 ESPN 100 — to take his place.
- When Langford chose Indiana, Kansas' final scholarship was officially Vick's for the taking.
- The Jayhawks' lone senior erupted for a career-high 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the floor against the Vermont Catamounts Monday night.
- He shot a perfect 8-for-8 from beyond the arc and sank two more field goals with his foot on the three-point line for what constituted the greatest shooting performance in Kansas program history.
- On a team chock full of incredible talent, Vick's shooting ability stood out to his head coach even before his incredible showing Monday night.
Georgia politician and protesters are arrested in the state capitol as tension over tight governors race comes to a head
- Several people were arrested during protests inside Georgia's state capitol on Tuesday, the last day of ballot counting in Georgia's tight and contentious gubernatorial race.
- State Senator Nikema Williams was arrested after she refused to leave the floor of the capital, despite the fact that she said she was not actively protesting.
- Ballots continue to be counted in the state, and a runoff would be triggered if neither candidate earns 50% of the vote in the final count.
- While Kemp has called Abrams' refusal to concede "a disgrace to democracy," thousands of provisional ballots have been counted since election day — including at polling sites that initially said they had completed their counts.
- Despite the ongoing count — which will end on Tuesday, both Kemp and Trump have declared Republican victory in the race.
94% of teachers say they spend their own money on their classrooms — and some have turned to sites like GoFundMe for help
- Teachers spend an average of $479 out of their own pocket on supplies for their own classroom each year, according to a survey from the National Center for Education Statistics released in May. The survey showed that 94% of teachers spent money from their own pockets on their classroom supplies, with some spending thousands.
- It's not just classroom supplies Lytton is spending money on each year — she's also bought clothes and blankets for kids, and food for hungry children.
- In schools where 75% or more of the students were approved for free or reduced-price lunch programs in the 2014-2015 school year, 95% of teachers spent money on their classrooms, a percent higher than the national average, according to a survey from the National Center for Education Statistics.
- The National Center for Education Statistics's data showed that teachers of elementary grade levels spend more money on classroom supplies than secondary grades.
Amazon’s bait-and-switch won’t stop cities from screwing their citizens over for jobs
- For two cities that are supposed to be home to superior talent pools and have thousands of tech workers already, New York and Arlington were still willing to pay Amazon roughly $60,000 per job and $22,000 per job respectively (that’s if Amazon provides the promised 25,000 jobs).
- And if Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal looks bleak to you, take a look at the hundreds of millions of dollars states and cities are still willing to offer companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon to build datacenters, despite a host of case studies showing that datacenters don’t have that profound of an effect on the local economy.
- If the leadership in places with plenty of jobs like New York City and Washington, D.C. are going to give millions in tax breaks to a company like Amazon, who won’t the mayors of smaller cities in greater need of jobs give subsidy packages to?
Climate Change: The Complete WIRED Guide
- If we want to go all the way back to the beginning, we could take you to the Industrial Revolution—the point after which climate scientists start to see a global shift in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
- Political controversy has continued to call into question scientists’ consensus on data supporting the concept of human-caused climate change, motivated by the financial incentives of the fossil fuel industry.
- The science is getting good enough to link specific extreme events—anomalous hurricanes, extreme flooding events—directly to human-caused climate change, and that’s making it easier to build a case for dramatic action to stem the damage.
- The most obvious solution to climate change woes is a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energies: solar, wind, geothermal, and (deep breath) nuclear.
Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Should Be Illegal
- Fourteen months ago, Amazon announced a national beauty contest, in which North American cities could apply to win the honor of landing the retailer’s second headquarters.
- Third, even when the incentives aren’t redundant, and even when companies do hold up their end of the bargain, it’s still ludicrous for Americans to collectively pay tens of billions of dollars for huge corporations to relocate within the United States.
- Back and forth they went, until both states had spent half a billion dollars creating no net new jobs but changing the commutes of 10,000 Kansas City workers who got caught up in an interstate duel.
- “This would not include investments in public infrastructure, work force development or other investments that can attract employers while also providing a significant long-term benefit to taxpayers.” Taxing subsidies would hopefully force cities to change their economic-development strategies, from importing other states’ companies to building their own—through investing in research universities, building more housing, and welcoming immigrants, since foreign-born Americans have the highest rates of entrepreneurship.