Champagne wishes and Bitcoin dreams

Happy Saturday, y'all! This week we're covering the potential demise of the electoral college, Bitcoi
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Champagne wishes and Bitcoin dreams
By Daveslist • Issue #46
Happy Saturday, y'all! This week we’re covering the potential demise of the electoral college, Bitcoin’s meteoric rise, and why you shouldn’t feed monkeys Taco Bell.
Let’s get it on…

Probably bought a sweet Pinto with the money, though.
Probably bought a sweet Pinto with the money, though.
Why doesn’t anyone know we’re incredibly close to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote?
I do my dead level best to avoid politics on Daveslist, but this development is interesting enough to merit a rare exception. There is a national movement in the offing that renders the electoral college powerless without the need for a Constitutional amendment, and it’s completely legal. 
So far 11 states comprising 165 electoral votes have already passed laws pledging those votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The last legislator blocking passage in Oregon has stepped aside, clearing a path for that state to increase the tally by 7 electoral votes. Connecticut has tabled the proposal for the moment, but it is expected to pass there as well, adding another 7. 
Once the magic number of 270 is reached, the electoral college effectively ceases to exist.
Simply WOW: $10,000 Bitcoin Investment in 2010 Now Worth $200 Million, Gold $9,900
Bitcoin has been on an absolute tear for the past month. By the time you read this, it’s likely Bitcoin will have crossed the $2,000 mark for the first time in its short history. Wish I still had all the Bitcoin I bought under $100…
Uber Doesn’t Want You to See This Document About Its Vast Data Surveillance System
Uber tracks a ridiculous amount of data on you if you’re a user. I deleted the app a few months ago because I just couldn’t be a part of their shenanigans any longer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect their first mover advantage. That said, this is clearly going a bit too far.
The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero
You’re probably hearing more and more frequently that we’re in a tech and/or startup bubble. It’s pretty easy to see why people might think that when you look at a company like Juicero. The hallmark of the Dot Com bust was the fund-anything mania the immediately preceded the crash. History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself, but it does echo…
Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food
Know who for sure didn’t buy a Juicero machine? This guy. That Mickey D’s will kill you, homie.
When Your Child Is a Psychopath
This is truly terrifying and is every parent’s nightmare. Genuine psychopathy can be detected in children as young as 3, and has long been believed to be untreatable. Hopefully not for much longer.
Who’s at the Controls on KLM? Sometimes, the Dutch King
It doesn’t get much cooler than this. Turns out that King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has been low-key flying planes for KLM twice a month for the past 21 years.
The FCC Spent Last Week Trying To Make Net Neutrality Supporters Seem Unreasonable, Racist & Unhinged
I’d expect nothing less from the likes of Ajit Pai. He always seems genuinely shocked that the American people don’t want control of the Internet turned over to the cable companies. Maybe he should be forced to deal with Comcast customer service. That would certainly change his mind.
40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found
The timeline on humanity and civilization keeps getting pushed back further and further. You may have heard of the Denisova Cave people of Siberia. The site of the their community has yielded stunning artifacts over the past several years, including this bracelet which was meticulously crafted with various hand tools including a drill.
Inches from death
WARNING: this one might give you a serious case of the willies. 
This drunken frat boy does a header off a rooftop into the shallow end of a pool full of people - and that’s not even the worst part. As always on Reddit, the comment section is pure gold.
That’s it for this week, y'all. I hope you enjoyed the links. Feel free to hit the THUMBS UP or THUMBS DOWN and let me know what you liked or didn’t and, as always, feel free to share with anyone else you think might enjoy it.
Have a fantastic weekend, stay safe, and I’ll see you next Saturday!
DAVE
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