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The Blanche Report: Hitting the Fan, Bitcoins & Stavropol – Ставрополь

If Chris Christie thinks he’s running for president in about eighteen months, he better be telling the truth. Right now the governor of New Jersey is in the direct line of the stuff hitting the fan.

The story is as follows: When Christie, a republican was running for Governor of New Jersey, the mayor of Fort Lee New Jersey, a democrat, did not support him. Christie won the election. Enter a few very enthusiastic aides in Christie’s compound. They decided that the mayor of Fort Lee needed to be punished for not supporting Christie. As such, they devised a plan.  They would make it look like work was being done on two of the three feeder lanes to get onto the George Washington bridge, knowing full well it would cause endless hours of chaos and traffic jams, the likes of which we never see here. These lane closures lasted for days.

 An elderly woman died because the EMS could not get to her. A child was missing and the police could not search for him properly.

Today Christie held a press conference. He spoke in the right tone and said all the right things. He didn’t know, he fired them all, it was disgusting, he’s sad – you get the picture.

And here is the question, always the same, just different people: What did Christie know and when did he know it? He claims innocence. Let’s just say if he is tied to this in any way, shape or form, he will still be Governor of New Jersey in 2016.

Then there are the two Canadian beauties arrested in Mexico a couple of days ago. Seems they were not content to just be sightseers. They decided that something in Mexico was not quite right and they were going to do something about it.  So… they threw a couple of molotov cocktails at a government building. Let’s just say the Mexican government didn’t take too kindly to them. Guess where they are? Right. In a Mexican jail. Feh.

Wait – the story gets better. One of those two beauties was front and center a year ago in our own red square nightly student demonstrations. She’s obviously a busy little beaver. It also seems that her political career may come to a grinding halt if the Mexican government decides that what she and her cohort did was not just a prank, but terrorism. Today in Montreal there was a demonstration in front of the Mexican consulate for their release. Hello?? The world has gone crazy.

This next piece should be broadcast on some eco-friendly station. Then again, maybe not. Those watching would all go into cardiac arrest.  The mayor of one of Montreal municipalities is ‘shocked’ that some garbage men put the recycling stuff in with the regular garbage. Blanche – save the world, save the trees, save the whales, save us from these monsters!

Could someone please tell that mayor to get a grip. Does he really think that every garbage collector sifts through everyone’s collection to put the right stuff in the right place? He needs a reality check. Oh wait, he just got one.

Remember we keep telling you to watch the olympics in your house in your pajamas? Ok, you can watch them dressed, but take heed. Russian authorities said on Thursday that security forces had been put on combat alert in the southern Stavropol region after the discovery of six bodies with gunshot wounds in four different cars, three of which were rigged with explosives.

We did some investigation and found out that Stavropol is a mere 8 hours from Sochi – in the same region. The chechens are inching closer and closer to the games and giving more and more hints that something’s going to happen there. Wait Blanche,  we can finally give a Russian transliteration! Stravropol – Ставрополь. Hehehehehe. This next piece may be a bit long, but sometimes ya gotta read the fine print to understand what’s flying out there. Ever hear of the Bitcoin? Our eyes glazed over every time the term came up. Here ya go:

What is it: Bitcoin is a network that enables a new payment system and completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority (no banks) or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet.

Who created it: The first Bitcoin specification and proof of concept was published in 2009 in a cryptography mailing list by Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi left the project in late 2010 without revealing much about himself. The community has since grown exponentially with many developers working on Bitcoin.

Who controls the bitcoin network: Nobody owns the Bitcoin network much like no one owns the technology behind email. Bitcoin is controlled by all Bitcoin users around the world. While developers are improving the software, they can’t force a change in the Bitcoin protocol because all users are free to choose what software and version they use. In order to stay compatible with each other, all users need to use software complying with the same rules. Bitcoin can only work correctly with a complete consensus among all users. Therefore, all users and developers have a strong incentive to protect this consensus.

How does bitcoin work:  From a user perspective, Bitcoin is nothing more than a mobile app or computer program that provides a personal Bitcoin wallet and allows a user to send and receive bitcoins with them. This is how Bitcoin works for most users. Behind the scenes, the Bitcoin network is sharing a public ledger called the “block chain”. This ledger contains every transaction ever processed, allowing a user’s computer to verify the validity of each transaction. The authenticity of each transaction is protected by digital signatures corresponding to the sending addresses, allowing all users to have full control over sending bitcoins from their own Bitcoin addresses.

Dizzy? Us to. It’s still gibberish and computer geek language. We’ll stick to what we have for now.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk..

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