Real or Excuse for Dismal Poll Numbers?

Tulsi Gabbard supporters and detractors sparred on social media over the weekend on the hashtag #TulsiMediaBlackout Her critics say her campaign is astroturf, and most of her supporters are actually “Russian bots” unleashed by the Kremlin. Her supporters say the media is ignoring her because she’d actually shake up the status quo. Are they right? Starting late Friday night and building to a crescendo Saturday, #TulsiMediaBlackout is trending on Twitter. The hashtag refers to claims by supporters of Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that the media is sweeping her presidential campaign…

Blockchain, Power and Politics: How Decentralization Engenders Freedom

The 21st century world is connected, but not centered. These are both good things. Connections link people, cultures and ideas. Indeed, all the great advances in human history have been the result of social and economic networks. Without the trade routes of the Indian Ocean, the Islamic world would never have acquired the numerals of India that now form the foundation of our mathematics of science. Without the coffeehouses of 17th- and 18th-century Britain, the Enlightenment probably wouldn’t have materialized. Genius dies in isolation; connection is the engine that drives…

Earl Thomas Has Doomed Ravens With Super Bowl Promise

Ravens safety Earl Thomas has predicted that Baltimore is going to be in the Super Bowl this year. With a 9-2 record and a win over the Patriots, it looks like the Ravens may be the team to beat—at least in the AFC. But bragging about making it to the Super Bowl or predicting a win is almost always a bad idea. Right now, it is hard to say who even has a shot at beating the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl or who could stop them from getting…

Major Twitch Star Reveals Tempting $1.2 Million Offer to Change Sites

Twitch star Trainwreckstv reveals he was offered $1.2 million to leave the site. He was forced to turn the deal down because of his Twitch exclusivity deal. If he had moved, Trainwreckstv would be one of several other popular Twitch streamers to leave. In an episode of his Scuffed podcast, Twitch streamer Trainwreckstv revealed that he had been offered $1.2 million to leave the site. Trainwreckstv, who has 411,514 followers on Twitch, didn’t name the site but did confirm that it was a Chinese streaming company. That is a huge…

Bitcoin Fails to Break $7.8K and Now Risks Reversing to New Lows

Whereas Bitcoin (BTC) was hovering at $6,500 earlier this week, it has since rebounded to the resistance zone of $7,800 but failed to break it on the first attempt. Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360 As the short term trend is still upwards, should traders be cautious about the recent price action? Let’s take a look at the charts.  Bitcoin still inside the downwards channel The more notable timeframe — the daily in this case  — is still showing a downward trending channel since the top at the end of…

Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Won’t Beat Donald Trump if They Can’t Beat Baby Yoda

Baby Yoda, the fictional character from “The Mandalorian,” is taking over social media feeds. Even with the entry of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the Democratic aspirants trail the adorable alien in terms of social media interactions. Baby Yoda’s dominance may be a sign that Democratic candidates are no match against Donald Trump. Baby Yoda is taking social media by storm. The uber cute character from Disney+’s hit series “The Mandalorian” is capturing the imagination of millions of Star Wars fans. The breakout star is out-trending all Democratic 2020 candidates on Facebook…

This GTA V ‘Pleasure Bot’ Is the Best Thing on Twitch Right Now

The Grand Theft Auto role-playing scene is a rich world of colorful characters. MiltonTPike1 is among the most recognizable faces in the GTA V RP community. His latest character is unexpectedly wholesome. You may have stumbled across the entertaining Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) role-playing scene on Twitch. An elderly Englishman heading a gang of geriatrics known as the Prune Gang? A wedding ceremony involving a tractor? Courthouse scenes descending into a flavor of madness US court TV shows can only aspire to? It’s a strange and alluring world…

The Fact, the Fiction and the Context

It’s the clichéd rhetoric of choice for anyone seeking to discredit crypto. An ace in the hole for any argument against its proliferation. The go-to thesis for those who know very little about cryptocurrency but wish to appear otherwise.  The idea that cryptocurrencies are solely utilized within illicit activities has become both a tool for mass media to disparage the industry and, for many, a reason to steer well clear. But besides being a tired stereotype, it may also be true. That’s one of the prevailing problems with stereotypes: While…

Josh Shaw Suspension Is Proof NFL Wants to Look Tough, Not Be Tough

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for gambling on NFL games. Shaw has been forgettable as an NFL player, but fans may remember him as the USC player that injured his ankles jumping from a balcony. He claimed he was trying to save a drowning nephew. But he eventually admitted that he was trying to avoid the police. A neighbor had called them because Shaw and his girlfriend were arguing. Whenever it can, the NFL likes to flex its muscles and throw the…