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A reckless driver who was on drugs when his pickup truck crashed into a pack of bicyclists , killing five, was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in southwestern Michigan. Charles Pickett’s trial lasted just a few days in Kalamazoo County. There was no dispute that he had swallowed painkillers and other…
Several people were killed and others wounded when a bus carrying a junior league hockey team crashed with a tractor-trailer Friday in western Canada, police said.
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Authorities raided a Nashville-area PetSmart on Thursday, seizing hamsters, mice, and a guinea pig, WSMV reports. According to the Tennessean , PETA says it received photos and videos from a PetSmart employee showing store managers “repeatedly refusing to provide sick, injured, and dying animals with veterinary care in order to keep…
A study on “ubiquitous but insidious” lead exposure is being deemed a “big deal” after researchers found a link between lead exposure and the deaths of around a quarter-million Americans annually from heart disease. In what USA Today says is the first study using a nationally representative sample to look…
One of the world’s most affluent persons, Bill Gates, appears to have bought in to the rhetoric of popular media and government law enforcement accounts. Recently, Mr. Gates and his wife submitted to a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA), and Mr. Gates gave some unusual views on cryptocurrency.
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Bill Gates Was Once Pro Crypto
The popular social media billboard platform, Reddit, is famous for its innovative feature, Ask-Me-Anything (AMA). It’s a freewheeling, open (mostly) question and response thread placing constituents or fans in near direct contact with the connected, famous, powerful.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 62, for close to a quarter century has occupied the title of Forbes‘ richest person in the world. Estimates in the many tens of billions float about Mr. Gates, as he’s since retired from active corporate and software development duty and instead become a philanthropist of the first order. Indeed, he and notorious bitcoin skeptic Warren Buffett derived The Giving Pledge, handing over half their wealth to foundations, attracting other billionaires to do similarly in the process.
Questions during Mr. Gates’ sixth AMA revolved from the silly to topically pertinent, and inevitably headed toward cryptocurrency. Askur1337 put it straight: “Whats [sic] your opinion on Crypto Currencies?” In truth, it isn’t entirely obvious just what Mr. Gates believes. As far back as 2014, he’d lauded the decentralized currency. He insisted to Bloomberg then, “Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be. Bitcoin is better than currency in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”
A year later, he’d come off such optimism, explaining bitcoin could “make moving money between countries easier and getting fees down pretty dramatically,” but “bitcoin won’t be the dominant system. We need things that draw on the revolution of bitcoin, but bitcoin alone is not good enough.” It was enough to have some crypto news outlets refer to Mr. Gates as a “bitcoin enthusiast.”
Death Caused by Crypto Fairly Direct
It’s pretty clear now such characterization is far, far off the mark. “The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity,” Mr. Gates began his rather terse answer in this year’s AMA. The hard truth is, of course, cryptocurrency is largely pseudo anonymous, and truly ghost cryptos are few and far between.
Nevertheless, Mr Gates continued, “I don’t think this is a good thing. The Governments [sic] ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing,” repeating cannards long ago discarded by sober analysts. “Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs,” he typed, “so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”
The qualifier there, “fairly,” allows some wiggle room if Mr. Gates is ever cornered by such a statement. Blaming cryptocurrency as a cause of death because a few have used one to ingest the other is oddly hysterical for Mr. Gates. A simple thought experiment should suffice: consider all the overdoses prior to crypto’s genesis in 2009. Had, at any time, anyone, including Mr. Gates, an intensely public figure asked for comment continuously, ever blamed government fiat paper money? Has anyone ever linked ATM cards, debit cards, the technology of plastic credit cards to have “caused deaths in a fairly direct way?”
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The deaths last month of Barry Sherman, the billionaire founder of generic drugmaker Apotex Inc., and his wife are being investigated as homicides, Toronto Police said Friday.
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The four children of Canadian billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman have from the outset insisted their parents’ December deaths were not the result of a murder-suicide, a theory that had been forth by a source in the Toronto police. Now, vindication. After a six-week investigation, Toronto police on Friday revealed…
Friends balking at rumors of a murder-suicide are seizing on new details about the deaths of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey. Sources tell the Toronto Sun that the two were found hanging side by side on a railing near an indoor pool in their Toronto mansion…
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Catherine Veerhusen tells the Des Moines Register . “No words, no words.” Veerhusen and her husband were driving Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when they saw a herd of deer—one buck and three does—on a bridge over US Highway 30. Veerhusen says the…