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The Tech That'll Save Us From An Apocalyptic Asteroid Looks Awesome

In celebration of World Asteroid Day this week, scientists came out of the woodwork to explain to all the different ways we can prevent an asteroid from causing an Armageddon-level apocalypse.The European Space Agency used the occasion to promote its proposed Asteroid Impact Mission, which would study how an asteroid’s trajectory could be altered using a so-called kinetic impactor. They also released this series of images, which show us how missions designed to stop a space rock from slamming into our planet and annihilating all life on Earth—while clearly heroic—might also be quite beautiful.While the chance of a kilometer-scale asteroid slamming into the Earth and eviscerating our biosphere is quite low, even a relatively small space rock could cause serious damage. What’s more, developing asteroid redirection technology for defense purposes may pay off in unexpected ways. If, for instance, we can use kinetic impactors to nudge a platinum-rich asteroid our way, well, that’d pay for the cost of the mission a thousand times over.source

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#FULLTILT POKER FINALLY PAYS OUT TO US PLAYERS #POKERSTARS #DOJ JUST RECEIVED A DIRECT DEPOST FROM - DOJ POKER STARS

WE GOT PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just received deposit from: DOJ POKER STARS (for FULL TILT funds)The domains of the three top US-facing online poker sites were seized by the F.B.I. on 4/15/2011 (which is now being referred to as Black Friday), and the following charges are being filed against various parties associated with PokerStars, Full Tilt, and UB/AP: 1.) Violation of UIGEA 2.) Operation of Illegal Gambling Business 3.) Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Wire Fraud 4.) Money Laundering Conspiracy Many online poker players are quite emotional over everything that’s happened. Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are filled with rants. Some rants are decently thought out. Other rants are on the order of “FU FBI.” In today’s internet culture, it’s really easy to say the first thing that comes to mind. However, negative one-liners aren’t going to bring about change. Times like this require coherent and logical thought.

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MasterCard cuts ties with Backpage.com after pressure from law enforcement

MasterCard will no longer allow its cards to be used in ad purchases on Backpage.com, following pressure for Illinois law enforcement, according to multiple reports.Backpage.com, a classifieds site similar to Craigslist, runs ads for a variety of things and includes an “adult” section with ads for escorts, “back rubs” and strippers, among other things. The site has been criticized by many forallegedly allowing pimps and sex traffickers to solicit sex anonymously.Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart sent a letter to both Visa and MasterCard Monday asking them to disallow use of their cards by patrons of the site. Cook County is the second most-populous county in the U.S. and Dart has beentracking solicitations for prostitution on the site for some time.According to the Wall Street Journal, in Dart’s letter to the two companies, he wrote that “we have objectively found [Web sites like Backpage] promote prostitution and facilitate online sex trafficking.”“I am calling on Visa and MasterCard to do the right thing — defund this criminal enterprise,” he said in his statement issued before Mastercard’s announcement, according the Chicago Tribune. “After years of unchecked growth in the online sex trade, it has become increasingly indefensible for any corporation to continue to willfully play a central role in an industry that reaps its cash from the victimization of women and girls across the world.”Dart has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning in order to discuss his efforts to work with the two credit card companies, the Tribune reported.MasterCard representatives told media outlets Tuesday that the company has strict rules against using their cards for “illegal or brand-damaging activities.”“When the activity is confirmed, we work with the merchant’s bank to resolve the situation,” said company spokesman Seth Eisen in a statement, according to USA Today. “Based on a request from Cook County Sheriff’s Office, we contacted Backpage’s acquiring bank about the issue. They have advised us that they are terminating acceptances at this time.”Multiple media outlets were unable to reach Visa for comment about Dart’s request to the company.American Express has already disallowed use of their cards on Backpage,according to USA Today.Dart’s office told Time Magazine that Backpage sells adult ads at prices in between $5 and $17. Those ads generate roughly $9 million a month, with 1.4 million ads for sex placed just this past April. If Visa also stops allowing use of their cards on the site, users will only be able to pay with Bitcoin.Former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer told the Chicago Tribune that Dart’s actions were a “progressive” way to go after the site given the minimal legal restrictions on sites like Backpage.“It’s hard to solve this problem under the criminal code,” Cramer said. “People are buying ads, and the owners of the Web site aren’t theoretically doing anything illegal. They are providing a forum.”Bitcoin is their only solution now.

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#KeepItDown Confederate Flag Takedown

https://youtu.be/gr-mt1P94cQf

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BitGold Announces Platform Launch in the United States

Open Your Account HereBuy Gold Easily Within 1% of official gold price.Store Gold For Free Over 10 physical Brinks locations.Join BitGold Here

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