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Selma Blair Makes Emotional Reveal on Personal Health

October 22, 2018 |

Selma Blair has publicly revealed a medical drama that’s been playing out in her personal life. In an emotional Instagram post, the Legally Blonde actress wrote that she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left…
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NYPD Makes First ‘Proud Boys’ Arrest

October 19, 2018 |

The NYPD remains on the lookout for 11 people involved in a Oct. 12 clash between members of the “Proud Boys” far-right group and others now identified as “antifa” members, but has made one arrest. Geoffrey Young was taken into custody at his home in New City, NY, around 7pm…
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‘We Are in New Territory’ as Michael Makes Landfall

October 10, 2018 |

“We are in new territory,” National Hurricane Center Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen wrote on Facebook. “The historical record, going back to 1851, finds no Category 4 hurricane ever hitting the Florida panhandle.” Hurricane Michael is making landfall just within that speed range—the upper end of it. The Orlando Sentinel reports…
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Chelsea Clinton Dodges Trump Question Like a Pro, Makes Bill and Hillary Proud

October 10, 2018 |

Chelsea Clinton’s picked up a few things from her parents — such as how best to dodge questions about their nemesis, President Trump.  We got Chelsea at LAX Tuesday and talked Halloween — what kinda costume ideas she…

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Inmate Makes His Choice Ahead of Execution

October 9, 2018 |

A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to allow him to die by electric chair over lethal injection because it’s the “lesser of two evils.” Attorney Kelley Henry confirmed that Edmund Zagorski made the request roughly two hours before the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled…
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Venezuela Makes Petro Crypto a National Currency, Publishes New Whitepaper

October 4, 2018 |

Venezuela Makes Petro Crypto a National Currency, Publishes New Whitepaper

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has made several claims regarding his country’s digital currency this week. He announced the launch of the petro as a national currency on Monday, reportedly claiming that it is already “present in the world’s six topmost international exchange houses.” A new whitepaper has also been published showing that the petro is no longer 100 percent backed by oil but is also backed by some of Venezuela’s other resources.

Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals

Petro Officially a National Currency

Maduro announced on Monday the official launch of the petro, supposedly an oil-backed cryptocurrency created in February. In a televised address, he said:

Venezuela makes history! Today we take a step forward with the launch of petro as a national currency and platform for strengthening our financial sovereignty.

Telesur TV subsequently quoted him declaring that the petro, “unlike other digital currencies, doesn’t need to be mined because it already has a value; it is shielded with Venezuelan oil and mining wealth.” According to the publication, Maduro was also referring to “the country’s gold, diamond, iron, and aluminum.”

New Whitepaper

Following Monday’s announcement, the Venezuelan government published a new whitepaper for the petro.

Venezuela Makes Petro Crypto a National Currency, Publishes New WhitepaperIn contrast to the previous whitepaper, the new version states that the petro is using Dash’s X11 mining algorithm for Proof of Work, as well as a staked masternode system for Proof of Stake verification. The hybrid system will employ four-megabyte blocks and a one-minute block interval.

A page of the new whitepaper, describing the basic concepts of the technology behind the petro, displays illustrations taken directly from the Dash and Bitcoin whitepapers.

“Lol Venezuela’s new petro token is a blatant Dash clone,” tweeted Ethereum developer Joey Zhou upon reading the document.

Furthermore, the petro is no longer backed fully by a barrel of oil. Instead, it is now backed by 50 percent oil, 20 percent gold, 20 percent iron, and 10 percent diamond, the new whitepaper details.

Maduro Claims Petro Already in Six Exchanges

Without naming any exchanges, Telesur TV also quoted Maduro claiming:

The petro is already present in the world’s six topmost international exchange houses and will now be accepted at a national level.

Venezuela Makes Petro Crypto a National Currency, Publishes New WhitepaperHe further described, “All Venezuelans will have access to the petro and through it to make international purchases,” the news outlet quoted him saying, noting that “Petro coins are now a legal substitute to dollars in real estate deals as well as paying for goods such as airline tickets, hotels and the like.”

Venezuelan officials hope that the petro will “neutralize” the threat of black markets and money mafias across the country, the news outlet conveyed. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza was quoted telling reporters that “Such money mafias are widely blamed for a slump in the value of the Venezuelan bolivar, further exacerbating the nation’s economic woes.”

Sovereign Bolivar

Venezuela has also recently launched a new national currency called the sovereign bolivar. AVN state news agency reported:

Each unit of the cryptocurrency will be equivalent to 3,600 sovereign bolivars and will be the reference for fixing the value of work, the price of services, and of consumer goods — one of the accounting units that will govern the Bolivarian nation.

Maduro also revealed that from Nov. 5, “the Venezuelan people will be able to purchase the petro cryptocurrency with sovereign bolivars,” the Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information wrote.

What do you think of Venezuela’s claims regarding the petro? Let us know in the comments section below.


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James Corden Makes #EmmysSoWhite Joke at Emmys

September 18, 2018 |

Before Regina King won an Emmy Monday night, there were an awful lot of white winners , which could be why James Corden declared upon taking the stage before King’s win, “Let’s get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite.” Or it could be because Corden took the stage after Betty White was honored. Either…
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Germany Makes Antimigrant Deal With Italy as New Coalition Crisis Brews

September 14, 2018 |

Germany and Italy have agreed in principle to stop illegal immigrants from traveling between the two countries, Germany’s interior minister said on Thursday, delivering on a compromise that ended a serious internal crisis in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government earlier this year.
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Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina as Category 1 storm

September 14, 2018 |

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday as a Category 1 storm Friday, while the coast was battered by hurricane-force winds and officials warned of a “catastrophic” storm surge.
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Hurricane Florence puts millions in crosshairs for historic surge; makes move toward Carolinas

September 13, 2018 |

Catastrophic flash floods, life-threatening storm surge, tropical storm-force winds – and even tornadoes – are expected as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the United States east coast Thursday, even as the massive storm was downgraded to a still-deadly Category 2 hurricane.
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