NYT: Trump Finds Reason (actually the US govt has long known) for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan – Minerals

We wrote about this in 2014;

Afghanistan is full of minerals we (and other countries) need. Lithium, vital to electronics is in abundant supply. As is copper, iron ore, gold, and a host of rare earth materials. The countries of the world are licking their chops, and we just happen to be sitting on top of all the wealth. Well good for us.

The problem (one of them) is there is no way to get all this wealth out of the backwater.

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Irish Central Bank Chief: Blockchain is One of ‘The Largest Policy Challenges’

The central banks fear gold and metals generally. They always have as precious metals restrict their power. But a new “villain” is emerging and has been emerging now for years – Bitcoin. (And blockchain transactions.)

I say “Bitcoin” but bitcoin has brothers, Litecoin, Ethereum, to name 2. Together with other alternative digital currencies they present a real challenge to the power of the Fed and company. This challenge will only grow in the future –

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Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying (Maybe much more than “improper”)

“Improper”? Is that the correct word?

The prior administration still has much to account for, which may be why so many from the Obama years are freaking out in government and out.

(From The Hill)

The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

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