.. early risers don’t need caffeine immediately upon jumping out of bed, but can benefit from having their first cup about an hour after waking.
Worldwide, dozens of governments are developing doctrines and capabilities to conduct “information operations.”
This includes, of course, the United States, which has established a robust Cyber Command within the Department of Defense.
Neither Egypt’s 2011 uprising nor the recent demonstrations in Ukraine was principally about economic grievances.
Egyptians poured into the streets wanting to live in a freer and more just society.
Rometty is seeking to transform IBM as clients shift to storing their data and applications offsite, or in the cloud, rather than buying their own servers.
“An all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine is probably impossible because much of Russia’s military is in bad shape and Ukraine is a huge country; it’s not like grabbing South Ossetia”
“The structure of the benchmark is certainly conducive to collusion and manipulation, and the empirical data are consistent with price artificiality”
The European Union and the United States already trade almost $3 billion in goods and services each day
.. Snowden never took an oath to protect national-security interests.
As a CIA employee, he did take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
In 1100, Henry I of England issued an edict that going forward, taxes could only be paid using tallies — wooden sticks cleaved in half between debtor and creditor.
The sum of money was to be represented by a carefully prescribed abacus of notches of various sizes.
For the next seven centuries, wood passed as proxy for money and the English even evolved a sophisticated system of government financing based around tallies.
The National Security Agency, and revelations about its extensive surveillance operations — sometimes with the cooperation of tech firms — have undermined the ability of many U.S. companies to sell products in key foreign countries, creating a fissure with the U.S. government and prompting some to scramble to create “NSA-resistant” products.
If you were to ask the average guy on the street what Swiss banks do, there’s a good chance he would say something like:
Hide money for rich people with secret bank accounts.
.. the U.S. tax code favors of some activities while discouraging others, often for no good reason besides the influence of connected lobbyists.
.. bigger question is why are so many SEC employees trading stocks in the first place?
I wonder what the Fed is laughing about now …
Free-market advocates assume that taking money from the wealthy and transferring it to the less fortunate is bad for growth — that it will reduce the size of the economic pie.
Today’s economists are not so sure.
No government is likely to be happy about competition in supplying money.
For Bitcoin’s biggest boosters, breaking up the state monopoly on money, with its constant manipulations of value, is precisely the point.
We are building a 21st century economy on a 19th century rail network.
Some old wooden train tracks are still in use;
signal systems are antiquated; and
trains move too slowly and hit too many bottlenecks.
Problem is, the tax is a blunt instrument.