Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High. ""The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue -- an estimated $13 billion last year -- also likely has the most employees using food stamps." The name of the mammoth food stamp-reliant company is no secret: Walmart. As journalist Krissy Clark notes in Marketplace's valuable new series "The Secret Life of the Food Stamp," Walmart benefits from food stamps in multiple ways, as taxpayers both underwrite the company's food sales and also subsidize its payroll costs..."Topic(s):
Raija Ogden was competing in Australia’s Endure Batavia Triathlon on Sunday when, upon entering her second lap of the run, a remote-controlled drone helicopter dropped from the sky, hitting her in the head and knocking her off her feet. Ogden - wife of defending champion of the race Courtney Ogden, who wound up finishing second overall - was hospitalized and in stable condition after the incident.
The drone was owned and operated by New Era Photography and Film, a team of local videographers who were covering the event live and using the drone helicopter to film from above the race, according to EverythingGeraldton.com.
“We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system,” New Era owner Warren Abrams told the Australian news outlet.
The race organizers immediately issued a statement declaring they would investigate what caused the drone failure, and discovered less than 24 hours after theb event that New Era Photography was not licensed to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Australian Certified UAV Operators (ACUO) announced Monday that Warren Abrams’ company does not hold the proper certification that would have allowed New Era to use a drone to film the race. ACUO maintained that New Era has admitted to filming races for some time, although the nonprofit organization’s research seems to indicate that New Era might have put civilians at risk.
“The very act of flying a UAV low over the head of members of the public is a direct breach of Part 101 of the Australian Civil Aviation Regulations which clearly mandates a minimum separation of 30 meters,” the watchdog said in a statement.
“The circumstances by which the air vehicle came to be in close proximity with the triathlete and subsequent events culminating in her being physically injured is not acceptable by any standards of professional airmanship.”
Abrams said the device did not strike Ogden, only that it flew too close to her and she became so frightened she fell down. He also said the company does have the government’s permission to fly drones, going as far as giving Everything Geraldton his purported registration number.
The event comes as drone accidents seem to be becoming more common throughout the world. Last week, a UAV controlled by the US military crashed on a roadway near a Pennsylvania elementary school. No one was hurt when the surveillance aircraft went down, but officials told local media that the nearly $150,000 drone was a “total loss” after it was run over by a car.
Still, such events are unlikely to curb a fast-growing drone market. Australia, in particular, is increasing its own reliance on drones, announcing last month that it would spend US$2.7 billion on a fleet of Triton drones that will be used to identify Indonesians, Sri Lankans, and other foreigners who try to enter Australia illegally.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters that the high-tech UAVs will be employed “to secure…ocean resources, including energy resources off northern Australia, and help to protect our borders.”
The time has come to flip to a new page in the magazine. My time as Editor-in-Chief at Bitcoin Magazine has come to an end. It has been a great honor and a tremendously fun and crazy adventure to take. From initial concept, to the form of a website and finally a paper magazine. We couldn’t have done it without your help and support. You believed in us from the beginning and for that I will always be grateful.
One of the best parts of this entire Bitcoin adventure is the people you get to meet. Before starting this new chapter, I wanted to take a moment to thank again everyone for their support, passion and hard work. Dedicated people like Elizabeth, Vitalik, Ryan, Adam, Vanessa, Corinne, Shane, Roxana, and the rest of our contributors are the heart of this magazine.
Our new editor, Ruben, is a good friend of mine, a fantastic person and writer. It feels great to know that the person who will be carrying the torch is one of the good guys. It is a pleasure to work with people that are driven by passion rather than money.
You are all inspiring colleagues, dear friends and genuinely good people. I know the future is bright and that the magazine will continue to even greater success.
When Vitalik shared his Ethereum idea with me back in November 2013, I instantly knew that I could help the project in some way. I wasn’t sure how at first. As months have passed, one of the Ethereum projects I have enjoyed most, has been working on the concept of “holons” – meaning something that is simultaneously a whole and a part, structures existing at a balance point between chaos and order. It is comforting to know that the magazine is in good hands while this idea unfolds.
Holons are purposeful physical manifestations of the protocol that use and develop distributed authority systems and open technologies. They are highly innovative and agile hubs synced across the globe, with the mission of enabling people to develop world changing tools – transparency, openness, inclusiveness, fairness and purposefulness being the defining traits of this new model.
This idea quickly evolved into a project on its own and the rabbit hole keeps getting deeper. It feels like this journey is shaping up without any estimation of a return date. The last time I had this feeling was when the idea of starting this magazine was in development. How far this new project can ultimately go is still unclear even to me. However, I do see a new and beautiful pattern for a decentralized global society starting to emerge.
The new chapter begins.
Thank you for everything,