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Couple Who Waved Guns At Protesters Want Their Weapons Back

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The St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters last year now want their guns back.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral on social media in 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, when seen pointing an assault rifle and a handgun at people rallying outside their mansion.

The BLM protesters were marching towards the office of Mayor Lyda Krewson, however, the McCloskeys said they were ‘threatened’.

According to NBC News, Robert Dierker of the City Counselor’s Office told a judge via a virtual hearing on Wednesday (5 January) that the guns taken from the couple have not been destroyed.

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Dierker revealed: “Obviously with our customary efficiency, we should have destroyed (the weapons) months ago. We haven’t. So McCloskey’s a beneficiary of bureaucratic, I want to say, ineptitude.

“But in any event, it’s fortuitous that the weapons still exist.”

The McCloskeys, who are both lawyers, pleaded guilty back in June 2020 and as part of the pleas, the pair voluntary gave up their weapons.

However, Mark McCloskey is running for U.S Senate as a Republican and has sued St. Louis, stating he wants the guns to be returned.

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“The loss of that property would certainly be a legal disqualification, impediment or other legal disadvantage, of which I have now been absolved by the governor, and therefore the state no longer has any legitimate reason to hold the property,” McCloskey said.

At the time, the couple insisted they were worried the protesters would attack their home.

Speaking to KSDK, Mark McCloskey said: “We were threatened with our lives, threatened with a house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened.

“I really thought it was storming the Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it.”

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In 2020, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said in a statement to the Associated Press: “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis.

“We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation will not be tolerating.”

No shots were fired during the incident.

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Burkina Faso leader’s ‘resignation letter’ read on TV

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A presenter on state TV in Burkina Faso has read out a letter purportedly written by President Roch Kaboré to announce his resignation after he was toppled in a coup.

The handwritten letter was shown on TV in a news bulletin on Monday night.

“With this letter, and in the best interest of the nation and following events that have taken place since yesterday [23 January], I have decided to resign from my position as president of Burkina Faso, head of the government, and supreme commander of the national armed forces.

“God bless Burkina Faso,” it said.

The letter was addressed to the “president of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguarding and Restoration” or MPSR, the French acronym by which the junta is known

The coup was believed to have been led by Lt-Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

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What is The Difference Between Cryptocurrency and Fiat Money?

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Two essential features of conventional currencies and cryptocurrencies are that they work as a store of value and the next thing is that they enable frictionless payment options. Though the trust vested on the fiat currency is ensured through the supply of the money from the central authority; and to have the vested trust in the cryptocurrency based on the technology which is called blockchain technology. When we purchase a product or get a service and pay with the use of fiat money, we have to be dependent on the trustworthy authorities. This body or institution acts like an intermediary that looks for the worth of the currency.

Either way, the seller and the buyer have faith that the currency that you are using to pay will have its value even after the transaction is complete.

What Do You Mean By Fiat Money?

The value of the commodity money gets its worth same as the precious metals such as silver and gold. As the government is the one that declares the legal tender, this is why the fiat money gets its value. This does not have any intrinsic value.

What Do You Mean By Cryptocurrencies?

These are the digital assets that are used as a medium of exchange between two different parties. With the use of cryptocurrencies, people have performed direct transactions. These transactions work between two individuals without any restriction or interference of intermediary sources like a bank. Inflation is responsible for the change in the worth of fiat money. The central bank can even print more money at one time whereas there is a fixed supply of 21.000.000 units of Bitcoin makes it more rare. The Cryptocurrency can be traded on the platforms like 1k daily profit.

Is There any Similarity Between Fiat Money and Cryptocurrencies?

The answer to this would be both yes as well as no. It can also be stated that cryptocurrencies are money as they allow people to exchange them for products and services. The exchange happens between parties and it acts as storage of value. However, there are certain types of features associated with the crypocurrencies which can never be implemented with fiat money.

All across the world, people can receive or spend cryptocurrencies and anyone can do it without any middle institution like government or bank. This is one of the most revolutionary aspects that most cryptocurrencies have.

However, in case of the fiat money, it equates to debt. When the bank notes are issued by the bank, you will simultaneously get a percentage of the debt of the government. Now you might ask how is this happening. For example, if the United States and EU create money, there will be value attributed to fiat money. This is mainly because the government declares the legal tender and there is no intrinsic value to it.

Government creates money mostly when people take loans. When people start borrowing money, the bank starts to get more money.  In the case of the US dollar, if people do not take any loan, there would not be circulation of dollars. The dollars would not be out there if consumers do not take bank loans.

Though the fiat money might seem like it contributes majorly to the debt value, this is not the case when it comes to Bitcoin. There is an intrinsic value attached to Bitcoin. The value is usually beyond the community trust. Bitcoins do not generally lean of the debt system and the value goes down below as well. It is effective as a medium of exchange.

Anyone from anywhere in the world can spend and receive cryptocurrencies at any time without any organizational body like government or bank in between. This is what makes Bitcoins revolutionary.

For the future system of money, Bitcoin has started to create a new and better form of trust. This system will be behind Bitcoin as it will become completely transparent and will be based on maths and along with it on the actual consensus of the users every day. Having all this in mind, which one would be best for future fiat money or Bitcoin?

This is the difference between the two which one cannot ignore. Now whether cryptocurrencies will rule the world or not will depend on the users. We as users will decide whether cryptocurrencies will overtake fiat money or not.

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Kenya lifts ban on UAE flights

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Travellers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be allowed to enter Kenya after the East African country lifted a ban on all incoming flights.

The director general of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), Gilbert Kibe, said the ban was lifted on Monday night.

Kenya had suspended all passenger flights from the UAE on 10 January.

It was reciprocating UAE’s ban on all passenger flights from Kenya over allegations that some Kenyan travellers had tested positive for Covid on arrival in Dubai yet they had certificates indicating that they did not have the virus.

The ban however did not affect cargo flights.

The UAE is yet to lift its ban on Kenyan flights

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