Episode 160: Maskless

Grumpy Old Bens

A lively discussion about masks and virtue signaling, ransomware, meme hate, crypto-currencies, piracy, social media, and more on this episode of Grumpy Old Bens!!

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NOTES / LINKS:

Pirate Bay Token
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/usps-mail-trucks-ev-funding-house-committee/

The Pirate Bay Promotes ‘Mysterious’ Digital Pirate Token (Updated)
https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-promotes-mysterious-piratetoken-tpb-210513/

A Complete Beginners Guide To PancakeSwap And CAKE Tokens
https://www.bitdeal.net/what-is-pancakeswap

Joe Biden Issues New ‘Rule:’ Get Vaccinated or Wear a Mask Until You Do
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/13/joe-biden-issues-new-rule-get-vaccinated-or-wear-a-mask-until-you-do/

Yankees’ Torres Positive for COVID Despite Being Vaccinated
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/05/13/yankees-torres-positive-for-covid-despite-being-vaccinated/

‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Production Halts After Fully Vaccinated Host Tests Positive for COVID-19
https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2021/05/14/bill-maher-show-halts-after-host-tests-positive-coronavirus/

Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
https://www.vice.com/en/article/88ng8x/pentagon-americans-surveillance-without-warrant-internet-browsing

Bitcoin Tanks After Elon Musk Says Tesla Stops Accepting It Due To Carbon Energy Use
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2021/05/12/elon-musk-says-tesla-stops-accepting-bitcoin-for-car-purchases-due-to-carbon-energy-use/?sh=28a58ede6f85

Chemical distributor pays $4.4 million to DarkSide ransomware
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/chemical-distributor-pays-44-million-to-darkside-ransomware/

Irish healthcare shuts down IT systems after ransomware attack
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/irish-healthcare-shuts-down-it-systems-after-ransomware-attack/

Tesla stops accepting BTC for cars
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-05-13/money-stuff-elon-musk-got-bored-of-bitcoin

Darkside, ransomware as a service
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-12/darkside-hackers-mint-money-with-ransomware-franchise

Price controls made everything worse
https://fee.org/articles/why-politicians-not-hackers-are-to-blame-for-the-gasoline-shortage/

FB app downloads down 30% since May 2020
https://9to5mac.com/2021/05/13/report-facebook-app-downloads-drop-30-amid-tiktok-growth-and-privacy-concerns/

Vizio ramps up ads, streaming, data, selling customer privacy
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/vizio-tv-buyers-are-becoming-the-product-vizio-sells-not-just-its-customers/

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