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Bitcoin: China's Crackdown Isn't Enough – Only A Global Effort Can Stop Crypto's Monstrous Energy Demand
For regulatory purposes, bitcoin should be considered similar to the global trade in Chinese tiger parts. Banning tiger hunting in the UK is pointless, but banning the sale of tiger parts is useful.
IRS Hitting You With A Fine Or Late Fee? Don’t Fret – A Consumer Tax Advocate Says You Still Have Options
Tax Day has come and gone, and you think you filed your return in the nick of time. Some weeks later you receive a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service informing you of missing the deadline and failing to pay your tax bill on time.
The Internet Is Out To Get You
Assume that everyone and everything on the internet is out to get you – and maybe already has. The "Zero trust" model relies on continuous verification via information from multiple sources.
US Support For Waiving COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Rights Puts Pressure On Drugmakers – But What Would A Waiver Actually Look Like?
The U.S. and Europe are debating waiving patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines, a move that could allow more companies to produce the vaccine around the world. But it’s not as simple as it might sound.
Brazil’s Economic Crisis, Prolonged By COVID-19, Poses An Enormous Challenge To The Amazon
As Brazil’s economy thrived, deforestation in the Amazon slowed. Deforestation levels in 2012 were one-sixth of what they were in 2004.
Biden Wants Corporations To Pay For His $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plans
President Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more.
The Pandemic Recession Has Pushed A Further 9.8 Million Americans Into Food Insecurity
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed hardship on millions of vulnerable Americans through unemployment and reduced work hours. And this has increased food insecurity  across the nation.
Daylight Saving Time Could Be Especially Hard This Weekend Because Of COVID-19 Sleep Loss
Sleep this past year has been affected by a variety of factors, including anxiety, inconsistent schedules and increased screen time. Getting adequate sleep is important to assure our immune system can fend off and fight infections.
Child Poverty In The U.S. Could Be Slashed By Monthly Payments To Parents
Which former president pitched a Family Assistance Plan to the American people that would have provided many families with children a monthly stipend?
The $4 Trillion Economic Cost Of Not Vaccinating The Entire World
Rolling out a vaccine to stop the spread of a global pandemic doesn’t come cheap. Billions of dollars have been spent developing drugs and putting in place a program to get those drugs into people’s arms.
WallStreetBets Is Disrupting Financial Markets — Possibly Permanently
If the financial world follows the pattern seen a decade or so ago in other markets, such as fashion and music, Reddit’s WallStreetBets (r/wallstreetbets) phenomenon might have transformed investing forever.
What Does The Economy Need Now?
The Biden administration has made it clear it wants to inject more money into the U.S. economy and provide more much needed aid. We asked four economists to share what’s on the top of their wish lists for Biden and Congress, and why.
Black Americans Mostly Left Behind By Progress Since Dr. King’s Death
On Apr. 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. African-Americans were only beginning to move into neighborhoods, colleges and careers once reserved for whites only.
3 Fallacies That Blighted 2020's COVID Commentary — Have You Fallen Foul Of Any Of Them?
Throughout the pandemic we have seen a deluge of outright lies, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience from various peddlers of self-interest.
Changing The Rules To Control Monopolies Could See The End Of Facebook Domination
No one raised an eyebrow when Mark Zuckerberg bought tiny Instagram in 2012 for US$1 billion. Now regulators want to unwind the deal, by forcing Facebook to sell Instagram, and WhatsApp. This move may spell the disintegration of the Facebook empire.
Oxford COVID Vaccine Authorized In The UK
What is the significance of the Oxford vaccine now being available? The Conversation asked Michael Head, an expert in global health at the University of Southampton, some key questions about why its authorization is important.
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