I’m posting early, because I’m heading out to Dulacca today, returning next Tuesday. I’m not expecting to be online.
1. Cryptocurrency crash
Here’s an explainer on what’s behind the Bitcoin mania.
This is helpful:
- I should emphasize that the algorithms used to generate Bitcoins are pointless. They serve no useful purpose. To some partisans, that’s a good thing, because if they were tied to some useful purpose, that might confer some intrinsic value upon the currency; best to let its value float freely, limited only by the human imagination.
This is horrible:
- According to some estimates, Bitcoin’s power use already may equal 3 million US homes, topping the individual consumption of 159 countries.
John D sent me this link:
The current scare is said to be because South Korea is thinking of banning it. Seems everyone should!
2. Most don’t care when Australia Day is held
It seems only yesterday that we were talking about when Australia Day should be held. They say time goes fast when you are having fun, but perhaps it’s because I’m old and it’s all spinning so fast that I will soon be thrown off.
Any way a new poll shows that 84 per cent think it is important the country has a national day of celebration.
But 56 per cent say they don’t mind when the day occurs, challenging the notion that Australians see January 26 as sacred or untouchable.
Some 37 per cent realise the date is offensive to many Indigenous people because it represents the beginning of the dispossession and violence of British colonisation.
Sooner or later we’ll do it. Mark Latham is heading up a Save Australia Day campaign, so that should help push things along. Cory Bernadi is behaving like a meat chop. Powderfinger are saying that they don’t want to be on his play list, not that he can’t use them. Bernadi has hit out accusing pop stars of plagiarism and drug use, as though that disqualifies them from expressing an opinion.
John D sent me this, but we don’t know where he got it from:
- “Jan 26 was the day the English established an offshore detention center in the Pacific forging a tradition that we still follow today.”
3. Milkshake duck
“a person who is initially viewed positively by the media but is then discovered to have something questionable about them”
Personally I think they’ve jumped the shark.