Bulgaria: Banks cracked down on Bitcoin exchanges last week by closing down the exchanges’ commercial-bank accounts and blocking them from obtaining national currencies. The exchanges pointed to bankers, not the government, as the source of the problem, although it is likely that the government would have prevented the banks from doing that to any other class of customers. According to independent news sources, the exchanges began restoring operations several days later.
The same governments we are asking to create a ban on killer robots will secretly develop them in spite of any ban. The military seldom worries about mere laws. All they have to do is claim that their efforts are for national security or world peace, and the people will acquiesce. That’s how we got the present killer-drone program. Since laws will never stop tyrants from developing more efficient weapons, our only hope is to create a political system that prevents tyrants from coming to power.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate net neutrality rules. Chairman Pai believes that content providers should not be allowed to censor users and should follow the same rules applied to Internet Service Providers, such as Verizon and AT&T. Because of this position, Chairman Pai has become the target of numerous death threats. There were also protests at his house, and his children were identified on posters advising them their father is evil and that he murdered democracy.
Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, had said the allegations were fake news, and may have committed suicide as a result. He was found dead on a bridge with the fatal weapon on his person. Johnson had been accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl at Heart of Fire Church in 2013, where he was the pastor. He was never charged over the accusations, but was said to be under investigation.