The Daily Populous

Monday July 19th, 2021 day edition

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Given the competitive element in the quest for valuable cryptocurrency, powerful mining rigs—essentially, PCs purpose-built to maximize mining rewards—are the preferred tool of serious crypto miners.

They are expensive, and persistent demand and manufacturing delays can mean months-long waits for rigs to be delivered.

This week, police in Malaysia crushed 1,069 of them with a steamroller.

Authorities in the city of Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia seized 1,069 rigs from miners alleged to have stolen electricity for their operations, per a report from local publication The Star.

Local Sarawak news outlet Dayak Daily adds that the rigs were collected over the course of six separate raids.

Neither outlet stated why the police felt it was necessary to destroy the machines in such dramatic fashion, though it certainly sends a strong message.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the terminally-online Dogecoin memer, has since become reviled by many crypto enthusiasts for his perceived meddling in the scene, including the formation of a “Bitcoin Mining Council.” »

Australia to deport Britain's Katie Hopkins after quarantine breach

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CANBERRA, July 19 (Reuters) - Australia will deport controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins after she admitted breaching the country's quarantine rules, Australia's minister for home affairs said on Monday.

All arrivals to Australia must complete two weeks in a hotel quarantine, where people must put on a mask before meals are delivered then wait 30 seconds to collect the food to avoid transmission.

Hopkins' video - which was later removed - prompted public anger as Australia has for months limited the number of citizens it allows into the country that means thousands of people remain unable to return. »

Texas Senate Passes Bill to Remove Required Lessons on Civil Rights Movements From Public School Curriculums

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Public schools in Texas are one step closer to no longer being required to teach about various American civil rights movements in social studies classes.

The idea behind this new bill is to more explicitly define what can and can’t be taught.

This is all in opposition to a voting bill that would place more restrictions on the state’s already restrictive voting process. »

Madrid building a huge urban forest in a bid to combat climate change

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To combat climate change and pollution, Madrid is building a green wall around the city.

With desertification reaching the doorstep of southern Europe, Madrid's urban forest intends to be both a mitigation and adaptation measure to climate change.

They will be the most affected by climate change, but they are also an essential part of the solution. »

India is proposing a 2-child policy to keep its population under control, and it includes cash benefits for couples who opt for voluntary sterilization

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The two-child policy in Uttar Pradesh would give cash benefits to couples who opt for voluntary sterilization.

On World Population Day on July 11, India proposed a series of fresh population control measures reminiscent of China's two-child policy.

Most drastically, Uttar Pradesh's draft bill on population management states that couples with two children who opt for voluntary sterilization would get incentives. »