White House: first legislation for cryptocurrency regulation

On Friday, September 16, the White House published a new framework with directives on greater control of cryptocurrencies and digital assets, with the aim of framing them within a new regulatory framework.

The Biden administration is concerned about increasing volatility and, in particular, the recent decline in cryptocurrencies which has led to problems across the finance landscape. The framework, the first of its kind targeting cryptocurrencies, specifically focuses on measures that could be taken to change the financial services industry, make transactions easier and crack down on fraud.

“Digital assets pose significant risks to consumers, investors and businesses. The prices of these assets can be highly volatile,” says the Biden administration. The current global market capitalization of cryptocurrencies is around one third of the peak in November 2021 ″.

The new guidelines will be updated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): therefore no new authorities will be established. In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission are called upon to redouble their efforts to monitor consumer complaints and to enforce unfair, deceptive or abusive practices. However, no warrants have yet been issued, with the framework lacking effectiveness and clarity, according to some.

Biden also reserves the right to consider whether to invite Congress to amend the Bank Secrecy Act by extending laws against the transmission of unlicensed money to digital asset service providers. According to a White House fact sheet, the opportunity to include digital asset exchanges and non-fungible token platforms (NFTs) is also being considered.

Ultimately, the aim will be to intensify investigations into digital asset market misconduct and redouble enforcement efforts by strengthening coordination between agencies.

30th May (’22): Memorial Day [USA]

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.

Many cities and people have claimed to have first celebrated the event. By 1890, every Northern state had adopted it as a holiday. The World Wars turned it into a generalized day of remembrance instead of just for the Civil War. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as “Memorial Day” and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Amazon: The first American union of workers of the e-commerce giant was recently created in New York

Employees at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse in New York voted to form the e-commerce giant’s first American union. In the vote, 2654 employees said they were in favor of the union and 2,131 were against, according to data provided by the National Labor Relations Board of Brooklyn.

The historic vote is the result of the battle of Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee fired for organizing a protest in 2020 for greater protection against Covid, which created the Amazon Labor Union with which he obtained victory over the Seattle giant that in the past it had managed to block any other attempt at unionization.

When the results were announced, applause rang out from the small crowd gathered for the occasion at the foot of the building in the Brooklyn neighborhood where the counting took place. The name of the union, ALU, is sung several times. Its president Christian Smalls uncorks a bottle of champagne: “People have spoken today, they want a union,” he said. Shortly after, in front of the press, he ironically thanked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos for going into space, “because while he was up there, we were able to create a union.”

In decline for several decades, unions have achieved several symbolic victories in the United States in recent months, starting with the explicit support of US President Joe Biden. He also greeted the victory of the ALU union, saying “happy” that the employees can “be heard”.

The US government places Kaspersky on the cybersecurity blacklist

In recent days, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to include the Russian security company Kaspersky within the same “entity list” that has hosted Huawei and ZTE since last year. According to the FCC, Kaspersky security products pose a national security risk and therefore will no longer be eligible for federal funds. In addition to Kaspersky, which has long since been banned from all US government networks, China Mobile and China Telecom have also been added to the list of unwelcome companies. “Kaspersky is disappointed with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to ban the use of certain federal telecommunications subsidies for the purchase of Kaspersky products and services. This decision is not based on any technical assessment of Kaspersky products that the company continually supports. , but it is taken on a political basis, “said the Russian security company. “I am pleased that our national security agencies agreed with my assessment that China Mobile and China Telecom appeared to meet the threshold needed to be added to our list. Their addition, as well as that of Kapsersky Labs, will help protect our networks from threats posed by state-backed Chinese and Russian entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America’s interests, “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. In this way, Kaspersky earns the double distinction of being the first Russian company and the first company specialized in cyber security to enter the US entity list. Recall that the companies on this list represent, according to the US, a threat to national security and therefore are excluded from the possibility of receiving funds among the 8 billion dollars available every year in the Universal Service Fund program of the Federal Communications Commission, which goes to support telecommunication services in rural areas or for the low-income population or even for institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals. The move by the FCC comes within the context of the consequences triggered by the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Company founder Eugene Kaspersky has long been accused of having ties to the Russian military and intelligence, although he has repeatedly stated that his company is completely independent of the government. A couple of weeks ago the German Federal Office for Cybersecurity advised companies in the country not to use Kaspersky products as the company could be forced to put its products at the service of Russian intelligence.

Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 SuperBowl final

The 56th edition of the Super Bowl took place between Sunday and Monday in Los Angeles, the final of the NFL American football championship and one of the most followed sporting events in the world. It was won by the Los Angeles Rams, the favorites, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in their stadium, as did Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.

It was a hard-fought match, hanging in the balance until the last seconds of the game. Los Angeles had taken the lead in the first quarter with a touchdown from catcher Odell Beckham Jr. on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford. In the second quarter the Rams had scored another touchdown, this time with Cooper Kupp, previously voted best offensive player of the season.

Before the show at half-time, however, Cincinnati had managed to close the gap with a touchdown from Tee Higgins on a throw from quarterback Joe Burrow – 25 years old in his second season in the NFL – going to rest on 13-10 in favor of Los Angeles. In the third quarter, Cincinnati’s comeback had continued with another Higgins touchdown and a free-kick that had brought the result in their favor, 20-16.

In the last quarter, despite Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence due to injury and an ankle problem for Stafford, the Rams scored the decisive touchdown just over a minute from time, again with Kupp. In the next action, a tackle on Burrow by the best defender of the season, Aaron Donald, effectively ended the game and gave the victory in Los Angeles.

After 22 seasons and 7 Superbowl Tom Brady has announced his retirement.

After days of back and forth, leaks and denials, Tom Brady announced his retirement in a long Instagram post. The American football legend, winner of seven Super Bowls (six with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers), has decided that at 44 it is time to leave the field to “focus his energies” on something else. The news had been anticipated Saturday by Espn and Boston Globe but had been denied by Brady’s father and his agent Don Yee. Until a few hours before the official announcement, the superstar of the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay said he was still in a “phase of reflection” on his future. A difficult decision to make and communicate, as he himself explained to his millions of fans thanking them for having accompanied him along this journey. Brady’s has been an extraordinary career, with impressive numbers: 22 seasons played, seven Super Bowls won and a series of touchdown records and passes ringed year after year. “On paper he was remarkable, he became a legend on the pitch,” headlines the Washington Post in one of the many articles in American newspapers celebrating the epic of ‘Tom the Terrific’ or ‘Tb12’, from the number of his jersey. And to think that in his first team, the New England Patriots had come as a reserve reserve. Recovered as 199th, started from the bench and remained for almost twenty years becoming the most loved ever. Then in 2020 the arrival in Florida, the start of a new season of records and the victory of his seventh Super Bowl.

the first concert paid in Bitcoin is by One Republic

A historic event for music ended last week thanks to One Republic. The famous US band was the first to create a live concert that can be purchased in Bitcoin. The event was held on November 16th at the gates of Vienna with tickets sold out in a few minutes through the Strike peer-to-peer app.

The American singer is a big fan of cryptocurrencies and NFT and is convinced that music and technology must go hand in hand. Apparently he has no intention of stopping there, in fact the American artist has already announced that in December he will hold another show that will accept payments in Bitcoin.

It is a very important event for the music scene with the first world famous band launching this type of initiative. The world of music has often been associated with NFTs, where this year we have seen several artists try their hand at digital works.

American Music Awards 2021: The full winner’s list

The American Music Awards were presented Sunday 21th November in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater. The full list of nominees follows.

Here there is the list of Winners

Artist of the Year: BTS
New Artist of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo
Collaboration of the Year: Kiss Me More di Doja Cat e SZA
Favorite Trending Song: Body di Megan Thee Stallion
Favorite Music Video: Montero di Lil Nas X

Favorite Male Pop Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Pop Artist: Taylow Swift
Favorite Pop Duo or Group: BTS
Favorite Pop Album: evermore di Taylor Swift
Favorite Pop Song: Butter dei BTS

Favorite Male Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Duo or Group: Dan + Shay
Favorite Country Album: Goldmine di Gabby Barrett
Favorite Country Song: The Good Ones di Gabby Barrett

Favorite Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake
Favorite Female Hip Hop Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Favorite Hip Hop Song: Up di Cardi B

Favorite Male R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Favorite Female R&B Artist: Doja Cat
Favorite R&B Album: Planet Her di Doja Cat
Favorite R&B Song: Leave the Door Open dei Silk Sonic

Favorite Male Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Favorite Female Latin Artist: Becky G
Favorite Latin Duo or Group: Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Favorite Latin Album: El ultimo tour del mundo di Bad Bunny
Favorite Latin Song: telepatia di Kali Uchis

Favorite Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Favorite Inspirational Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Gospel Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist: Marshmello

Biden runs for cover to defend Kamala Harris in evident difficulty: “she is a courageous leader”

A popularity rate of 28 percent, a mission to Paris that has practically gone unnoticed by the national and international press. Vice President Kamala Harris appears increasingly in trouble, also according to CNN’s detailed revelations about the former Democratic senator’s team’s frustration with her role in the White House.

So much so that President Joe Biden, who also has to deal with an all-time low popularity, just 41%, ran for cover with a statement of support for the deputy published by spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Twitter. “The vice president is not only a vital partner for Potus but also a courageous leader who has taken the lead on important challenges that our country faces: from the right to vote to the causes of migration and the strengthening of broadband”, reads the message addressed “to all those who need to listen”.

Psaki’s tweet, released last night, was relaunched today by other senior White House officials, including chief of staff, Ron Klain, to gauge how alarmed the revelations, also published the night, caused in the West Wing. last on CNN’s website, regarding complaints from Harris loyalists, who claim Biden’s deputy would not be put in a position to be successful.

Accusations to which the West Wing, the wing of the White House that houses the president’s staff offices, is answered by pointing the finger at the “dysfunctions” of the vice president’s office, which has already lost several collaborators within a few months . “Kamala Harris spent nearly a year taking on all the problems the West Wing didn’t want to take on,” is the accusation of one of the former aides of the first female vice president, and not white, with a particular reference to the fact that Harris runs the thorny dossier of migrants.

11th November (2021): VETERANS DAY [USA]

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces (who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who had died while in military service. Another military holiday that also occurs in May, Armed Forces Day, honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. Additionally, Women Veterans Day is recognized by a growing number of U.S. states that specifically honor women who have served in the U.S. military.