The world’s most popular digital currency, Bitcoin, has topped another threshold, reaching $6,031 on Friday. It comes less than a week after the crypto currency smashed the $5,000 benchmark.
Just two days before climbing to the new high, Bitcoin registered its largest one-day drop in a month, plummeting by more than 8 percent following a release of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] primer, envisioning tighter oversight over digital tokens.
The report put virtual currencies in the same category with securities, thus making them a subject of the relevant securities laws. The newly released report echoes the stance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the issue, which said in July that digital currency sales should fall under the scope of the US federal securities laws. The debate over whether to view digital tokens issued through initial coin offerings as commodities has been raging in the US and in another countries.
Bitcoin plunged to below $3,000 in September after China shut down cryptocurrency exchanges. Russia, where Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not currently regulated by law, this month announced it would start regulating issuing, mining and circulation of cryptocurrencies. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that it is necessary to diminish the risks associated with cryptocurrencies, as at present nobody can be held responsible for currency bubbles or other illicit activities with the tokens.
Recently, the Russian Central Bank said that it may block Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency exchange websites as the nature of their operations are akin to financial pyramid schemes.
“We have seen how Bitcoin has transformed from a payment unit into an asset, which is bought in order to obtain a high yield in a short period of time. This is a definition of a pyramid,” the first deputy governor of the Bank of Russia Sergey Shvetsov said in October.
Despite constant fears of a looming governmental crackdown, Bitcoin’s value has increased by more than 500 percent in 2017.
The State Department has confirmed that two additional U.S. diplomats have experienced health problems as a result of sonic attacks in Cuba, bringing the total number of diplomats impacted to 24.
State Department press secretary Heather Nauert on Friday released the revised number of diplomats harmed by the attacks, which she said is based on continued assessments of U.S. government personnel.
The number of sonic attack victims in the State Department is sharply up from the six diplomats it originally said were impacted in mid-August, when news first broke about attacks that had occurred more than six months beforehand.
Nauert also repeated that the most recent attack occurred near the end of August.
She said the assessments are based on medical evaluations of personnel who were affected by incidents earlier this year and do not reflect new attacks.
“Our personnel are receiving comprehensive medical evaluations and care,” she said. “We can’t rule out additional new cases as medical professionals continue to evaluate members of the embassy community.”
The U.S. government’s investigation into the attacks in Cuba and who is responsible for them is ongoing, she said, and “we revise our assessments as we receive new information.”
The Washington Free Beacon in mid-August first reported that the number of U.S. diplomats affected by attacks was far greater than the State Department has previously acknowledged. The State Department has continued to revise its numbers upward in the intervening two months.
Additionally, sources have told the Washington Free Beacon that diplomats started experiencing symptoms months earlier than the fall 2016 timeframe the State Department previously disclosed as the beginning date.
The timing of when the attacks began is especially important after a CBS News report quoting an anonymous victim of the attack charged senior embassy leadership and top State Department officials with having “ignored” for months complaints by U.S. diplomats who were suffering health problems.
That report raised new questions about the Obama administration’s response to the attacks and whether they responded quickly enough to protect U.S. diplomats or the administration slow-walked a response in any way to protect its détente with Cuba.
The State Department has acknowledged that some victims have permanent hearing loss, while others have experienced memory and other cognitive problems, as well as dizziness and sleeplessness.
A State Department spokesperson has declined to provide the Free Beacon a detailed timeline. Instead, the spokesperson said the State Department “became aware of the incidents over a period of several months, stretching from the end of 2016 and into this year.”
“It took time for those who experienced an incident to report it,” the spokesperson continued. “It took time to realize that the experience had potentially impacted their health and then to verify that. It took further time yet to realize that multiple people had experienced things that might be connected. Once we realized that there was a pattern to the incidents and their impact on the health of our personnel, we began an aggressive investigation.”
That U.S. government investigation has not uncovered who perpetrated the attacks nor the sonic device responsible.
President Trump this week said he holds Cuba responsible, but it was unclear from his remarks whether he believe they were directly to blame or could have and should have done more to guarantee U.S. diplomats’ security.
Earlier this month, the State Department withdrew most of the U.S. diplomats from the embassy in Havana, and days later forced the Cubans to leave the United States in similar numbers.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) pushed for both moves. He urged President Trump on Friday to direct the United States to vote against any U.N. General Assembly resolution demanding a change to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, when it comes up for a vote as expected next month.
The U.N. General Assembly, at the behest of the Castro regime in Cuba, will likely vote next month on a resolution demanding the embargo’s end, he wrote.
“While I recognize the U.N. General Assembly’s vote would be only symbolic, it would send the wrong message to human rights defenders and pro-democracy dissidents in Cuba,” Rubio wrote to Trump.
“Over the years, far too many Cubans who have sought to promote self-government, the impartial rule of law, and adherence to universal values on the island have suffered imprisonment, violence, torture, and other human rights violations under the Castro regime. Some have even lost their lives,” he added.
Trump in June announced a partial rollback to President Obama’s diplomatic and economic thaw with Cuba. Although he slammed the administration’s “completely one-sided deal” with Cuba, Trump kept many of the Obama policies in place, while tightening others.
The new approach left many of Obama’s looser travel and commercial policies in place with one major exception: eliminating the freer travel of individual Americans to the island.
U.S. visitors once again will be required to travel in groups with a set itinerary designed for educational, not strictly tourist, purposes. Travelers would be subject to Treasury Department scrutiny of their trip and could face fines if it did not comply with rules.
The group trips would require U.S. visitors to travel with a guide from an educational group—a requirement the Obama policy had lifted.
The U.S. visitors also will be prohibited form staying in any hotels doing business with the Cuban military, including the Four Points Sheraton, which Starwood took over from the military in a deal the Obama administration approved.
In announcing the withdrawal of U.S. embassy staff from Havana, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also issued a formal warning against Americans traveling to Cuba and the dangers it would pose.
Rubio said Trump’s new Cuba policies, outlined in June, are aimed at advancing U.S. national security interests, protecting human rights and universal values, strengthening compliance with the U.S. trade embargo, and empowering “the Cuban people to develop greater economic independence and ultimately political liberty.”
He said he hoped the new policy will help hasten “the day when the Cuban people have the opportunity to elect their own leaders and live under a government that truly represents them and respects their God-given, inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Bassist Peter Hook contributed to New Order’s sound by developing an idiosyncratic bass guitar technique. He often used the bass as a lead instrument, playing melodies on the high strings with a signature heavy chorus effect, leaving the actual basslines to keyboards or sequencers. This has often been cited as a defining characteristic of the New Order sound.
By combining post-punk with electronic and dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. They disbanded in 1993 to work on individual projects, and reunited in 1998. In years since, the band has gone through various hiatuses and personnel changes, most prominently the departure of Hook. They released their tenth studio album Music Complete in 2015.
The group were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records and its nightclub The Haçienda. Their distinctive album sleeves and “non-image” (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label’s aesthetic and their long-term collaboration with designer Peter Saville.
After an acrimonious split with Hook in 2007, the other remaining members kept on touring and recording with new personnel
Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980.
Curtis, who suffered from both epilepsy and depression, took his own life on 18 May 1980, on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour and shortly before the release of their second album. His suicide resulted in the band’s dissolution and the subsequent formation of New Order. Curtis was known for his bass-baritone voice, dance style, and songwriting typically filled with imagery of desolation, emptiness, and alienation.
The Israeli military fired three missiles at the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Golan Heights, a military source told Al-Masdar News a few minutes ago.
According to the source, the Israeli military fired three missiles towards their positions near the town of Al-Kowm, causing material damage at a Syrian Army outpost in the Golan Heights.
On October 5, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed 3 artillery cannons belonging to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area near the Gholan Heights in southern Syria.
The IDF claimed in an official statement that the attack was a response to “5 projectiles” launched at the Israeli-held part of the heights from Syria.
The IDF added that “any future occurrences will force the IDF to intensify its response.”
The source added there were no casualties as a result of the Israeli aggression.
Israel has repeatedly stated that its regime holds the Syrian government responsible for all attacks on the occupied territories, despite the possibility the Syrian Army was not definitely responsible for the attack.
On October 19, the IDF used a Spike missile to destroy a SAA artillery piece in the same area. The attack was also justified by a “projectile” that allegedly landed in the Golan Heights.
According to Syrian experts, the IDF is stepping up its attacks against the SAA in southern Syria as govenrment forces achieve more successes in the battle against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in the area. Earlier this week, government forces attacked terrorists near Beit Jinn town.
However, it’s interesting to note that the IDF has not used its warplanes to attack the SAA in southern Syria since the Syrian missile launch at Israeli warplanes at the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Weinstein is singing…and is grassing his mates up….oh interesting!
Harvey Weinstein has made the decision to cut a deal with the FBI and has offered up the names of elite paedophiles in Washington DC and Hollywood.
Harvey has been entirely blacklisted by the entertainment industry and also by his friends from the political field. He has run out of choices now. It appears, he is utilizing all the information, on the depraved crimes that take place in the upper reaches of society, that he has collected over the years to his advantage, as his “get out of jail free card”.
As Neon Nettle documented: “According to sources within the FBI, Weinstein has offered up the names of some of the most powerful and influential people in the United States in connection with paedophilia, child pornography, and human trafficking.At this point, it’s not clear what sort of deal will be made in return for the information, if a deal will be made at all.
Maybe this could be the “Hurricane Harvey” that Donald Trump was talking about when he made his recent comments about “the calm before the storm”.It has now become obvious that Weinstein has just been the tip of the iceberg, and based on the New York Times, the floodgates have well and truly been opened in Hollywood.
The Establishment continue to push forward in their attempt to shut down the alternative press that is rapidly growing and pushing out the faltering mainstream media. As the EU demands social media sites censor fake news and Reddit, Facebook and other sites begin blocking Fusion Laced Illusions and other alternative media it is now alarmingly evident that their truly is a war on free speech.
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NORTH KOREA’S REAL-LIFE ‘DOOMSDAY SCENARIO’ FOR U.S.
WASHINGTON – A congressional subcommittee on homeland security heard the bad news late last week from two experts who have been studying America’s vulnerability to an existential threat – a real-life “doomsday scenario.”
The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. is almost unimaginably worse than turning a city like Chicago or Denver into ashes, they testified. If just one of the nuclear weapons North Korea is now known to possess could be directed toward the heartland of the U.S. and detonated in the upper atmosphere, it could fry the electrical grid with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), paralyze communications and transportation nationwide, instantly plunge the country back into a 19th century-style existence and cause 90 percent of Americans to starve to death in one year.
That apocalyptic scenario was delivered Thursday by William Graham, chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the U.S. from an EMP Attack, and Peter Pry, chief of staff to the commission, to the homeland security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry sheds light on the threat our nation faces from a nuclear or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security who advises Congress on the full spectrum of security issues. He is now focused on preventing a nuclear or natural electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe–the greatest threat now facing civilization.
Dr. Pry has spent his entire career protecting America from Weapons of Mass Destruction and EMP, first at the Central Intelligence Agency, then at the House Armed Services Committee, on the Congressional EMP Commission and Strategic Posture Commission.
Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey-North Korea Prepping EMP Attack On U.S.-North Korea Could Kill 90 Percent of Americans
North Korea is preparing to hit North America with electromagnetic pulse weapons (EMP):
North Korea prepping EMP attack on U.S.
An Ex- Central Intelligence Agency director made some extraordinary claims on North Korea.
That the regime is a far bigger threat to the U.S. than ever, and it might be time for Washington to consider pre-emptive strikes.
Kim Hyun-bin highlights James Woolsey’s words of caution.
The United States should be prepared to launch preemptive strikes on Pyongyang, including the use of nuclear weapons if necessary.
That’s what former CIA chief James Woolsey said in an op-ed piece in the Hill newspaper, accusing the U.S. media of underestimating the threats posed by the regime.
Woolsey, who was director of the CIA during the Clinton administration,… warned that if the North uses a warhead-triggered electromagnetic pulse,…it could kill 90 percent of Americans.
Woolsey and co-author Peter Pry, who is with the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Commission,… also listed the possible ways North Korea could attack the U.S.,… speculating Pyongyang could use a bomb-laden freighter or even conduct a suicide mission.
Responding to the assertions,… South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday repeated its assertion about North Korea’s capability to conduct a nuclear test… and added something new. “North Korea is capable of conducting a nuclear test upon an order from its leader. Seoul and Washington are monitoring and evaluating the situation. There is also a possibility the regime could conduct a new type of nuclear test.”
Adding to the heightened nuclear threat,… North Korea-monitoring website 38 North… said up to 100 people have been spotted at the North’s nuclear test site. “And in equally worrying news,… many experts believe North Korea could conduct its sixth nuclear test around the birthday of the late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15th.
Warning Signs!Most Americans do not know how to use warning signs or even recognize them if they occur, other than those that were once given by sirens sounding, which were stopped at the end of the cold war.Yes!You Can Survive A Nuclear Blast –Video Below
Kim Jong Uns North Korea Warned Donald Trumps America (Nuclear War)
WASHINGTON – North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite capable of detonating a nuclear weapon more than 100 miles over the United States, creating an electromagnetic pulse that could destroy America’s electrical grid system, a former director of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative said…
Former Ambassador Henry Cooper – who was President Ronald Reagan’s chief representative in the “Star Wars” initiative negotiations with the Soviet Union and SDI director under President George H.W. Bush – said North Korea is preparing its Sohae satellite complex for a launch on a southern trajectory, which is said to be a test.
Cooper told G2 Bulletin the United States lacks sufficient anti-ballistic missile defenses in the southern part of the U.S., especially if the satellite turns out to be a nuclear device that could orbit above the U.S. and explode at a high altitude, affecting the lives of all Americans.He said it would be difficult to distinguish a test from an actual attack, and the best way to counter such a threat to the U.S. homeland is to knock out the missile at the time it begins its trajectory over a southern polar route. But he acknowledged such an action would be politically unpalatable.
However, if the North Korean satellite turned out to be a nuclear device and is detonated over 100 miles above the U.S, it could destroy all life-sustaining critical infrastructures that rely on the national grid, potentially leading to the death of most Americans within the following year.
All grid-dependent systems could suffer, includingfood- and water-supply chains, fuel-supply systems, communications, banking and finance.
Yes, North Korea is an EMP threat to the USA. I have warned about this for years. Now, more and coming forward about this.
Canada and the United States are currently vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that has the potential to destabilize our power grid, water systems, food supply chain and more…
CIA analyst Dr. Peter Pry’s attempts to educate policy-makers and the military on the need to protect our electrical grid. If an enemy detonated a nuclear missile above the skies of North America, it could take out our grid for months. Countries like North Korea and various terrorist groups have already shown they can successfully launch EMP missiles.
“This is a bigger threat than the classic nuclear war we talk about,” Pry explained during a recent visit to Toronto. “It will kill a lot more people. One bomb will basically end your civilization.
“When it comes to issues of national and homeland security, this is why we have government,” says Pry. “Even the strictest constitutionalist should be able to support a bill that is basically for the purpose of providing for the national and homeland security of the American people so that a failed state like North Korea can’t kill 90% of our population with one bomb.”
The challenge is the issue doesn’t appear to be a priority in Canada. Representatives from CSIS, the RCMP and Public Safety Canada all confirm that attacks to what’s called “critical infrastructure” are concerns of theirs, but it appears no recent reports specifically mention EMP. It’s unclear to what degree government experts are studying the issue.
How prepared Canada and the USA actually are for this remains an open question, but the risk is great.
An EMP attack could well be one of the ‘troubles’ that could affect the USA, Canada, and/or various others during the ‘beginning of sorrows’ that Jesus spoke of (Mark 13:8).
North Korean politicians have often been playing a dangerous game with their country and their people, and hopefully they will realize that an EMP attack is not in their interests.
While North Korea is not prophesied to take over the USA (Europe is per Daniel 11:39, etc.), as I wrote in the past, it certainly is possible that it may decided to actually launch one or more missiles at the USA in the future (or take other “terroristic actions; cf. Leviticus 26:26).
North Korea, sadly, is certainly capable of terrorism. It has threatened the USA and its White House in the past.
If North Korea does take certain steps to sufficiently aggravate the USA into a full military conflict, it needs to realize that it likely will no longer exist as it is. At some point in time, however, I believe that both Koreas will be reunited based upon certain verses in Revelation, yet whether this will be because of a war involving the USA or something else, that is not clear.
Of course, if North Korea did so, it would not do well once the USA retaliated. So, North Korea is not likely to publicly and direct nuke the USA. But with its despotic leader, almost anything is possible.
The Koreans are Asians and occupy the “land of the sunrise” (Revelation 16:2) and I believe that they are part of the kings of the east that the Book of Revelation discusses having a role in the end time (Revelation 9:16). For years I have written that I expect that they will reunify. The unification of North and South Korea is consistent with biblical prophecy. But North Korea may take unusual actions before then, and it may regret doing so.
And while some may find it hard to believe, North Korea is truly believed to have the ability to knock out a lot of the USA’s power supply with its electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon capability. Even Voice of America (a news source operated by the US government) publicly warned about it in the past.
Disasters, especially if there is an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack or a severe solar flare storm, could be part of a so-called“perfect storm”of events that could set the USA for destruction.
Many sorrows that the U.S.A. will face, like severe weather problems, diseases and earthquakes, will happen irrespective of who is in the White House (Amos 4:7-10; Luke 21:11).