Month: July 2016

Marijuana Grows Are Causing Millions In Fire Damage In California

Photo Source: LA Times

The negligent use of equipment and improper installation of electrical systems on cannabis farms caused four wildfires in Calaveras County between June 14 and July 11, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Cal Fire brought three of the fires under control quickly, limiting damage to minimum acreage and vegetation, according to Cal FIre Battalion Chief Matthew Gilbert.

The July 2 Appaloosa Fire, however, charred 310 acres on numerous properties.
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Bitcoin Belle On Bitcoiners: “I Am Like A Hen Mother To A Group Of Lost Boys”

Bitcoin Belle, who goes by “DI$RUPTIV3” on Twitter, hates the media and compares Bitcoiners to “lost boys” in need of mothering. That’s what she told me when the website reached out to her for comment on the Craig Steven Wright affair, the Australian man who recently claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, founder of Bitcoin. Belle had been following the developments closely, tweeting about them regularly in well-received tweets, so we reached out, in earnest, for her comment. Here’s what she volunteered.

Belle, who courts Bitcoin payments for herself on Twitter, says on her Twitter profile: “If you like it, you should put a Bitcoin on it.

Her location, according to the social media site, is “World of No.” Perhaps I should have anticipated a “no” when we reached out to talk to Belle about her Bitcoin opinions! Well, her opinions are what we got. 

She told us she hates the media! She chastised me for not knowing this. (How could I have not known every detail about this Belle’s life?)

When I asked out to chat with her, she fired back over Twitter: “Why are you interested in my views? And have you not seen how much I hate the media.”

Busy with our own lives, instead of following hers, no – I did not know. She also had unfavorable things to say about the Bitcoin Community

“I am like a den mother to a group of Lost Boys,” referring to the Bitcoin community. “I would agree there are many who need mothering.”

Belle, who also goes by Michele Seven, added: “I do not give my permission for this or any part of it to be used or shared beyond this DM exchange.”

Since Bitcoin prides itself on transparency, I thought that the community should know how one of their “Belle’s” thinks of them.

A slave to the controversial, she added: “Fuck off.”

Belle, who tends her own garden, once tweeted: “The best course of action is to abolish the state.” Of course, she’s never laid out a plan for action.

Adidas Stan Smith Gold Leaf: The Goldbugs Perfect Shoe

The Stan Smith shoe has been a constant at tennis courts since 1971. The shoe gets an upgrade this year. This mens pair of shoes now sport a luxurious gold-plated update to their former look. The shoes are exactly the same as the original shoes since but with the 24-karat gold leaf on the tongue, heel tab and Stan Smith signature. The perforated 3-stripes are accompanied by the Stan Smith logo on the tongue. The show features leather lining.
The shoe will let your foot breathe. It includes the patented OrthoLite® sockliner designed to minimize
 the development of odor, based on dimethyloctadecyl[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ammonium chloride. The shoe boasts a logo on the heel patch, a rubber cupsole and its imported.
The show, a special release, is a tasteful interpretation of a simple sneaker. The gold and the white contrast each other, hinting at elegance and subtly all at once.
The limited 999 Noble Metals Pack dropped July 15. The Stan Smith shoe was once named  one of Complex‘s top tennis shoes of all time in 2014.

The show costs a luxurious $110. But that’s no problem for our moneyed readers.

Bitcoin Is In Demand In Mr Robot’s USA Season Premiere

Mr Robot, a psychological thriller, is an experimental, new type of television show. For instance, fans were able to see the premiere of the show on social media the night before it premiered after the show’s creators “leaked” it online. The show follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night. Read More

IRS Targets Colorado Marijuana Businesses

The Internal Revenue Service has sent many Colorado marijuana companies questionnaires largely focused on IRS Form 8300, which tracks cash transactions above a certain amount. Fears of money laundering charges have gripped cannabis entrepreneurs. Read More

Luxury Bitcoin Products You Need To Enjoy Your Success

GoldSilverBitcoin is a site for people who love money. That means our readers are moneyed and successful. They like to look their best, and enjoy their lives above and beyond the concerns of society and the poor. For them, we’ve put together this list of luxury products they can use to enjoy their decorated lives. Read More

Guide To Craft Beer By The All Star Game In San Diego

San Diego is known for white sand beaches, championship droughts, droughts, and world-renowned craft beer. The 2016 All Star Game, hosted at Petco Park, and home to the San Diego Padres, is upon us. Tonight is the Home Run Derby. No need to stress. Here’s your guide to the best craft beer by the big game. Read More

Vivian Kubrick: My Father Did Not “Fake The Moon Landings”

Sorry Anthony Kiedis, but it appears space was not made in a Hollywood basement.

Vivian Kubrick,an American born English filmmaker, has spoken out about accusations that her father – Stanley Kubrick – assisted the US government in faking the film landings.

She wrote in a statement posted on Twitter: “Surely (!?) an artist, such as my father, whose profound degree of artistic integrity is self-evident, whose political/social consciousness is manifestly present in nearly every film he made. Whose highly controversial subject matter literally put his life at risk, and yet he continued to make the film’s he made… don’t you think he’d be the very last person EVER to assist the US government in such a terrible betrayal of its people?!?” Read More

A Bitcoiner Did LSD On A Plane & Had An Awakening

The Redditor, who recounted his story in the Bitcoin Reddit r/BitcoinMarkets, dedicated to price analysis of the crypto-currency, was due to fly home across the Pacific when he decided to really go on a trip. Not wanting to smuggle drugs through the airport, nor wanting to through away the strog LSD tabs he had procured while on vacation, he ate them before going through security, “figuring it would kick in pretty nicely in time for the flight. It did.” Read More

Bitcoin Leader Coinbase Makes Key Upgrades To Platform

Coinbase announced changes to its Merchant Tools, such as partial refunds. Coinbase Merchant Tools currently boasts 43,000 merchants. The company has asked its top merchants and customer support teams how to improve the Coinbase Merchant experience.  The company also now uses Insight as its BlockExplorer.

“With more reliable transaction confirmations, we’re improving the experience for merchants, their customers, and Coinbase support,” the company wrote in its blog.

The company has determined overpayments a problematic aspect of Bitcoin. “Mispayments has been our number one requested merchant feature for some time.”

The Bitcoin wallet and exchange added:”Our legacy system…made it a little too easy to create a mispayment.”

To solve the problem, Coinbase has introduced “Overpayments.” The company explained: “In our legacy system, we frequently saw customers accidentally overpaying for their order, whether due to transaction ‘miner’ fees being unnecessarily added, or due to errant keystrokes.” In addition, refunds for overpayments have been made easier.Coinbase, one of the original well-funded Bitcoin companies and based in San Francisco, has been a stalwart for the volatile Bitcoin space. The company maintains a regular blog, as well as openly shares usage statistics in the industry. Its Shift Payment debit card, furthermore, has been a certain boon in promoting Bitcoin adoption.Learn more about Coinbase here.

California Governor Signs Gun Control Proposals into Law to “Enhance Public Safety”

Gov. Jerry Brown signed six gun-control bills into California law on Friday. They encompass restrictions on semiautomatic rifles, as well as a requirement that ammunition purchasers go through background checks in order to “enhance public safety” in California.

Gun regulation advocates did not get everything they wanted, as the governor vetoed five other measures, like an expansion on the use of restraining orders to confiscate guns from individuals.

The Legislature approved on Thursday a dozen gun-control bills introduced in the aftermath of December’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, which left 14 dead. The tragic events in Orlando, having claimed 49 lives, helped push the bills through.

“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Brown stated in a signing message.

The California spokesperson for the The National Rifle Assn. Institute for Legislative Action, Amy Hunter, excused the governor of using tragedy for political momentum: “Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a draconian gun control package that turns California’s law-abiding gun owners into second-class citizens. The governor and Legislature exploited a terrorist attack to push these measures through even though the state’s already restrictive laws did nothing to stop the attack in San Bernardino.”

The bills, including a ban on sales of semiautomatic rifles with “bullet buttons”, which enable the swift taking out of a magazine and the reloading of the gun.

Brown is a gun owner. He hunted when he was younger. In 2013, he vetoed numerous gun control bills.

Brown said then: “I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semiautomatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights.”

He was happy with Friday’s version, citing its better focus. Brown’s office evoked Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s expansive gun control measures which will appear on the November ballot in the state.

“The governor took swift action today and voters will have a chance to go even further in November, if they choose, with the lieutenant governor’s initiative,” remarked Evan Westrup, Brown’s spokesman.

Newsom sees the actions as a start. “Today’s steps in the right direction will grow into a giant leap forward for public safety if voters pass the Safety for All initiative to keep guns and ammo out of the wrong hands.”

Sex Goes On Sale In Brazil Ahead Of Olympics

Rio de Janeiro prostitutes have put their sex on sale ahead of the  2016 Olympics, which are just one month away.

Sex workers located in the city’s well-known Vila Mimosa district are offering 30 minutes for 40 reals ($12 USD) – a 48% discount from 75 reals ($22.50) – for visitors to the Olympics games. A thirty minute threesome is advertised at 40 reals per girl – $12 USD each.

The discounts come after a disappointing World Cup in Rio for sex workers there, when an anticipated surge in John’s never came to fruition.

“We were all expecting so much from the World Cup, but no one turned up,” one woman told The Daily Mail. Another sex worker told the paper that prostitutes were offering deals “like a supermarket.”

Fearing a World Cup repeat, prostitutes have produced leaflets in English offering the discounts. The leaflet is reportedly targeted at Olympic athletes, who reportedly have no trouble finding sex at the games – the Rio Olympics organizers are giving each athlete 84 condoms.

The oldest prostitution zone in Rio de Janeiro, Villa Mimosa is home to dozens of bars and nightclubs, as well as a marketplace. Brazil’s struggling economy has affected Brazilians across the country. Experiencing the worst recession in a century, the women of Villa Mimosa fear a failed Olympics.

One woman told The Daily Mail:  ‘We were all expecting so much from the World Cup, because everyone told us demand would be huge. We all thought we’d make a fortune. ‘We put big TV screens in the road for the men to watch football, we put on barbeques, and Brazilian music parties.”

The month long World Cup tournament, which came to Rio in 2014, drew approximately a million foreign visitors to Brazil. Despite hosting the World Cup, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product dropped by 3.7% that year.

The economic conditions in the country have turned excitement for the games into anxiety. Although the country will pay approximately $20 billion to host the games, it will  only bring in $4.5 million in revenue. Olympic cities usually lose money.

Marijuana & Sex Parties Play Little Role In Australia Election

The sex and marijuana parties have not played much role in the controversy surrounding the Australian federal election, which could  could result in a hung Australian parliament.

The sex party, a civil liberties focused party bore out of a lobby group, as well as the Hemp party, which seeks to legalize cannabis in all Australian states, each collected 0.65% of the vote by Monday morning in Australia. The two parties formed an alliance and are running a “joint ticket” in all Australian states except New South Wales and Victoria. Read More

Addison Cameron-Huff: “Brexit mirrors Bitcoin in that it’s about decentralization.”

Markets have been reeling since news that Britain would leave the European Union. Britain represents the first country to leave the EU, and uncertainty about what’s to come has led investors into safe have assets, including gold, silver and Bitcoin.

While the Bitcoin price remains stable, amid what some are calling its big moment to shine, there does certainly seem to be correlation between global economic uncertainty and bitcoin’s price resurgences. Read More

The SEC Has Monitored Blockchain Technology Since Before Ethereum Attack

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been keeping a close eye on blockchain technology.

Such crowd funded blockchains seemingly operated under a so-called “good deal exception,” in which investors, who are satisfied because they are making money, do not complain to authorities.

That didn’t stop the SEC from pondering how securities law might apply. Read More