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Besides the U.S. dollar, what is the only major currency to feature bills all of the same size?“Bills are often differen...
11/10/2021
Money Official Site – Finance News & Advice Since 1972

Besides the U.S. dollar, what is the only major currency to feature bills all of the same size?

“Bills are often differentiated by size for the visually impaired. Larger denominations in Australia, for instance, are both taller and wider with strong contrasting colors. Euros also follow this logic, while larger notes – like the €200 and €500 – feature tactile marks too. The U.S. and Canadian dollars are currently the only major currencies with same-size notes. The Canadian dollar, however, features tactile marks on the upper righthand corner of bills, and the notes are also different colors to aid the visually impaired. While most other countries are ahead of the U.S. in making their currencies more accessible for the visually impaired, that may soon change with a new proposed $10 bill that would be the first U.S. dollar to feature tactile markings.”

Source: Money.com | Date Updated: November 8, 2021

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855,000“That's about how many people became naturalized US citizens in fiscal year 2021. That's the highest number in mo...
11/10/2021
US citizenship naturalizations are highest in more than a decade

855,000

“That's about how many people became naturalized US citizens in fiscal year 2021. That's the highest number in more than a decade and a massive rebound from 2020's pandemic-impacted tally.”

The number of people who became naturalized US citizens in fiscal year 2021 was the highest in more than a decade, according to new data, surpassing the Trump administration-era high and rebounding after the pandemic had prompted office closures and service disruptions.

11/10/2021

Where is the oldest international diplomatic U.S. property in the world?

“Morocco was one of the first nations to recognize the newly independent United States of America in 1777. So it’s no surprise that the country is home to America’s oldest diplomatic property, the American Legation in Tangier. Americans established a consulate in Morocco in 1797, and in 1821, Sultan Moulay Suliman gifted a home for the American Consul General — it was the first American public property located outside the U.S. Today, the U.S. embassy is located in Rabat, and the American Legion in Tangier is now a museum and research library that explores the historic relationship between the U.S. and Morocco. It is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark — the only one located outside of the U.S.”

Source: Department of State | Date Updated: November 8, 2021

11/10/2021

Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in 2021, with 244 highly publicized hacks from January to November this year, affecting government bodies, education, and the healthcare industry the most.

It was an increase of 25 percent compared to the same time last year, according to security firm Blackfog.

No industry is immune from cyber-attacks, with highly publicized cases affecting the healthcare, education, and service sector. Government bodies in the UK, Germany, Italy, and India have also been affected by ransomware attacks, costing them billions to deal with the problem. #CGTNAmerica

11/10/2021

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11/10/2021

The legendary town of Banff, Canada's most treasured mountain town.

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“Over the past few days, we have been covering how Tesla CEO Elon Musk's personal worth has been soaring along with the ...
11/10/2021
Bill Gates Would Be Richer Than Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Combined If He Held onto Microsoft

“Over the past few days, we have been covering how Tesla CEO Elon Musk's personal worth has been soaring along with the company's stock prices. Even as Musk enjoys his time at the top, leaving fellow space rival Jeff Bezos behind, there was an obvious question that needed answering. Where would Bill Gates be, had he not sold his shares in Microsoft?”

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos would be way lower in the list had Bill Gates not sold his stocks at Microsoft.

#️⃣ NUMBER OF THE DAY$15.24 trillion“Americans have never been in so much debt as they are now. Between July and Septemb...
11/10/2021
Americans have never been in so much debt

#️⃣ NUMBER OF THE DAY

$15.24 trillion

“Americans have never been in so much debt as they are now. Between July and September, US household debt climbed to $15.24 trillion, an almost 2% increase from the second quarter of the year. It’s not hard to see why: Home and car prices are surging, vaccines are making it safe to go out again, and government aid tied to the pandemic is winding down.”

American households are carrying record amounts of debt as home and auto prices surge, Covid infections continue to fall and people get out their credit cards again.

"Jake Sullivan, President Biden's White House national security adviser, is the "foreign policy advisor" referred to in ...
11/10/2021
National Security Adviser Sullivan is 'foreign policy advisor' in former Clinton lawyer indictment: sources

"Jake Sullivan, President Biden's White House national security adviser, is the "foreign policy advisor" referred to in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann," according to two well-placed sources.

"This is the closest Special Counsel John Durham's investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation has come to anyone directly associated with the Biden White House."

Jake Sullivan, President Biden's White House national security adviser, is the "foreign policy advisor" referred to in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, according to two well-placed sources.

"Alphabet becomes the third U.S. company to surpass a $2 trillion market cap following Apple in 2020 and Microsoft earli...
11/10/2021
Alphabet surpasses $2 trillion market cap

"Alphabet becomes the third U.S. company to surpass a $2 trillion market cap following Apple in 2020 and Microsoft earlier this year."

"Amazon, which is currently valued at roughly $1.7 trillion, was racing Google to become the third $2 trillion company. Facebook hit the $1 trillion mark earlier this year."

"Tesla surpassed $1 trillion in value for the first time last month following an alleged deal to sell 100,000 vehicles to Hertz."

The tech giant doubled its value during the pandemic.

Joe Biden gets another Federal Reserve seat. In addition to choosing a new chair when Jerome Powell’s term is up in Febr...
11/09/2021
Quarles to Exit Fed at Year’s End, Handing Another Seat to Biden

Joe Biden gets another Federal Reserve seat. In addition to choosing a new chair when Jerome Powell’s term is up in February, the US president will replace resigning Fed governor Randal Quarles.

Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles will step down from the central bank in the last week of December, freeing up another vacancy for President Joe Biden to fill as he considers new leaders for the U.S. central bank.

The infrastructure package puts $66 billion into rail. It could power the biggest expansion in Amtrak’s 50-year history....
11/09/2021
The infrastructure package puts $66 billion into rail. It could power the biggest expansion in Amtrak’s 50-year history.

The infrastructure package puts $66 billion into rail. It could power the biggest expansion in Amtrak’s 50-year history.

"The funding would help rebuild the Northeast Corridor, but is also a path to bringing service to new cities and towns nationwide."

The funding would help rebuild the Northeast Corridor, but is also a path to bringing service to new cities and towns nationwide.

#️⃣ NUMBER OF THE DAY$27 billion“Tesla shares fell Monday after yet another truly bizarre, head-scratchy series of tweet...
11/09/2021
Taxes, not Twitter, are the real reason Elon Musk might sell some Tesla shares

#️⃣ NUMBER OF THE DAY

$27 billion

“Tesla shares fell Monday after yet another truly bizarre, head-scratchy series of tweets from CEO Elon Musk over the weekend. ICYMI: Musk polled his 63 million followers to ask whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stake, valued at around $27 billion today. The votes are in, and the ayes have it. But it’s pretty clear Musk was already planning to a big chunk of his shares anyway — he has nearly 23 million stock options that have vested and expire in August. In other words, he's got to use 'em or lose 'em. The whole thing leaves us once again wondering what the heck this guy’s whole Thing is.”

If and when Elon Musk sells a large chunk of his Tesla shares, it'll probably have relatively little to do with a Twitter poll among his loyal followers — and everything to do with a looming multi-billion-dollar tax bill.

The six subpoenas are going to:• Trump 2020 campaign manager William Stepien• Former senior adviser to the campaign Jaso...
11/09/2021
January 6 committee issues 6 subpoenas to top Trump campaign associates

The six subpoenas are going to:

• Trump 2020 campaign manager William Stepien

• Former senior adviser to the campaign Jason Miller

• John Eastman, an attorney who helped craft Trump's argument that the election was stolen

• Michael Flynn, who was involved in meeting about how the Trump campaign wanted to promote the lie that the election was stolen

• Angela McCallum, national executive assistant to former President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign

• Bernard Kerik, who participated in a meeting at the Willard Hotel centered around overturning election results.

The House select committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot on Capitol Hill announced Monday it is issuing six additional subpoenas to top Trump campaign associates as it continues to seek testimony and documents from key witnesses in the sweeping probe.

11/09/2021

Prague, Czech Republic 🇨🇿

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11/09/2021

As of November 8, 2021, 223.9 million people, or about 67.5% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 194 million, or about 58.4% of the U.S. population, are fully vaccinated.

Everyone ages 5 years and up is now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. Make your appointment today!

For more COVID-19 vaccination data, visit http://bit.ly/CDT_vaccine.

Cybersecurity “Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technolog...
11/08/2021
Hackers have breached organizations in defense and other sensitive sectors, security firm says

Cybersecurity

“Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors, including at least one organization in the U.S. This is the conclusion of findings that security firm Palo Alto Networks shared exclusively with CNN. A senior executive of the firm said the confirmed victims are the ‘tip of the spear’ of the apparent spying campaign, and more victims are expected to emerge. While it's unclear who is responsible for the activity, some of the attackers' tactics and tools reportedly overlap with those used by a suspected Chinese hacking group. The National Security Agency and other federal units have been working with cybersecurity experts to track down hackers trying steal key data from U.S. defense contractors and other sensitive targets. Federal officials told CNN this revelation of hacking activity is evidence of their work to stay on top of threats.”

Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors -- and at least one of those organizations is in the US, according to findings that security firm Palo Alto Networks shared exclusively with CNN.

“Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was ahead by a wide margin Monday in his bid for a fourth consecutive term in prelim...
11/08/2021
Nicaragua's Ortega leads in vote tally after jailing rivals

“Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was ahead by a wide margin Monday in his bid for a fourth consecutive term in preliminary vote tallies for an election widely considered rigged.”

“Ortega had received 75%, an apparently insurmountable total, with nearly half of polling places counting, said Brenda Rocha, president of the Supreme Electoral Council. Trailing far behind were a handful of little-known candidates.”

“The strongest potential opponents were in jail rather than on the ballot.”

At the close of voting Sunday, the U.S. President Joe Biden called the election a “pantomime.” The country’s opposition had urged voters to boycott and voting Sunday appeared light, despite Rocha’s report of a turnout of 65%.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was ahead by a wide margin Monday in his bid for a fourth consecutive term in preliminary vote tallies for an election widely considered rigged.

“China committed one act of barbarity when it prosecuted the citizen journalist Zhang Zhan for her revealing look at Wuh...
11/08/2021
Opinion | She told the truth about Wuhan. Now she is near death in a Chinese prison.

“China committed one act of barbarity when it prosecuted the citizen journalist Zhang Zhan for her revealing look at Wuhan in the first stages of what became a global pandemic. Ms. Zhang was sentenced in December to four years in prison on the specious charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble,’ which China uses to suffocate free speech. Now her health has deteriorated, and relatives say she is near death. China will compound the barbarity unless it sets her free and saves her life.”

“Ms. Zhang, a former lawyer, made an indelible contribution to our understanding of what happened in Wuhan. Over three months there, she posted 122 YouTube videos, the first of which she titled ‘My claim for the right of free speech.’ When she got to Wuhan on Feb. 1, 2020, she later recalled, ‘There was not a single soul. It felt as if I stumbled on a movie set right after the shooting was over and everybody has left the set. The world didn’t feel real.’ Her videos confirmed chaos inside a hospital. Ordered to stop filming, she moved around the city in February and March, posting what she witnessed.”

Ms. Zhang should be saluted for her intrepid attempts to record the chaos and cataclysm of Wuhan in those early weeks.

11/08/2021

Fall brings the Smokies crisp air, beautiful foliage, and unfortunately, heavy traffic. Remember these safety tips while traveling on park roads:

📌 Fill up before you come; there are no gas stations located within the park.
📌 Bring a map; cellular service and GPS navigation are limited within the park.
📌 Watch your speed; roads in the park are narrow and winding with blind curves and low shoulders.
📌 Prevent overheating engines and brakes; some roads in the park have steep grades. Keep an eye on your engine temperature gauge uphill and use a lower gear while driving downhill.
📌 Never drive impaired or distracted. Designate a navigator so you can keep your eyes on the road.
📌 Utilize roadside pull-offs if viewing scenery or wildlife.
📌 Use extra caution when driving at night. Be wary of wildlife crossing roadways.
📌 Roads may close due to unsafe weather conditions. Stay updated at https://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS

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