2017-05-05: Give USA your Username, Bitcoin Rush, Sheeple, and Ninjas!

Bitcoin Gold Rush

May 5, 2017 – We are in Matsumoto, Japan, at the Tabi-shiro Guesthouse & Lounge to talk about the US government demanding 5 years of social media history to enter the country, bitcoin’s post-Trump election bump, the demand for professional ninjas, China’s Boeing and Airbus competition, and more! Nobody became belligerent this episode, but we did have a crowd watching us and we managed to finish in under an hour! We drink Asahi draft beer, Yona Yona beer, Andong soju and ginger ale! We have no idea what we’re talking about… we’re just here for the booze!

World News:

US plans for visas to require five years of social media history for many to access country (Independent)
Bitcoin surges above $1,500 to record as more investors bet on ‘digital gold’ (CNBC)
Merriam-Webster adds “sheeple” to dictionary, cites Apple users as an example (The Vanguard)
Pro-ninja flow slows to a trickle as recruitment stalls in Nagoya (The Asahi Shimbun)
Rash of shaved cats found in Waynesboro (The Roanoke Times)
After 6 Days, Man in Gorilla Suit Done Crawling the London Marathon (NBC Washington)

Local News:

More records fall: Median home price hits $722,000 in Seattle and $880,000 on Eastside (the Seattle Times)
「御柱」に沸く 塩尻・小野、辰野・矢彦、松本・千鹿頭の3神社 (Shinmai News)
Chinese rival to Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 completes successful first flight (The Seattle Times)

 


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2017-04-21: Great Barrier Death, USS Carl Vinson, Erdogan Powers

USS Carl Vinson

April 21, 2017 – We are in Matsumoto, Japan, to discuss the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the USS Carl Vinson not being where the USA said it would be, and the referendum to expand the presidential powers for Turkey’s Erdoğan. We also discussed police officers being shot in Seattle, and the city of Federal Way being sues for school-zone speed traps. We are enjoying some Japanese beers, mugi shochu, and some donated sake (we can’t read the bottle!). We have no idea what we’re talking about… we’re here for the booze!

World News:
The Great Barrier Reef’s catastrophic coral bleaching, in one map (Vox)
USS Carl Vinson was said to be heading to Korean peninsula, went in opposite direction (The Hankyoreh)
Post-referendum Turkey: Renewed conflicts, new allies (Al Jazeera)

Local News:
3 police officers shot in downtown Seattle (The Seattle Times)
City of Federal Way under fire in class action lawsuit for ‘illegal’ school zone (Federal Way Mirror)


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