Bitcoin crosses $40K mark, doubling in less than a month


First it went through $US20,000. Then 10 days later, it broke through $US25,000, and then, with barely taking a breath, it crossed $US30,000. Now only a few days into 2021, the price of bitcoin has crossed $US40,000.

Nothing’s new with the digital currency in the month since it crossed $US20,000 — there’s been no major change in how it can be used. Although some investors are now using the notoriously volatile currency as a “store of value,” which is traditionally a title saved for safe haven investments like gold and other precious metals.

Bitcoin has made a habit of breaking records, as its safe haven appeal increases.Credit:Bloomberg

“Will you be able to buy a cup of coffee with bitcoin? Probably not with the current version of Bitcoin. It’s largely become a store of value,” said Mike Venuto, a co-portfolio manager of the Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF, a $US391 million ($503 million) exchanged-traded fund that focuses on blockchain technologies and companies that deal with cryptocurrencies.

Media attention to its rise has only added fuel to the rally. But investors in digital currencies and companies that trade or “mine” them are warning people to be sceptical of Bitcoin’s recent rise and to be braced for a lot of volatility.

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President Trump’s legal team claims 40K double votes found in Nev.


LANSING, MI – DECEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani speaks as Jenna Ellis, a member of the president’s legal team looks on. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

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In addition to other voting irregularities in Nevada, the Trump campaign said that tens-of-thousands of people voted twice.

On Thursday, Trump campaign attorney Jesse Binnall told a judge that over 40,000 people voted twice, while 20,000 voters did not have a mailing address and roughly 2,400 voters had an out of state address.

The Trump attorney also said a local news station found that 1,500 ballots were cast under dead people’s names.

Additionally, Binnall argued that voting machines in Clark County lacked proper security. This information emerged during the Trump legal team’s hearing in front of a state judge on voter fraud.

“The questions are how did this happen? Who is responsible?” Binnall asked. “And what do we do about it?”

While addressing the court, Binnall said early policy decisions made by state election officials ultimately set the state up for failure, even months before the election ever took place.

“It was not an unforeseeable problem,” Binnall added. “It’s a problem that people were making clear all along. That there was going to be issues if we didn’t take robust efforts in order to make sure that every voter was only voting once.”

Binnall specifically highlighted changes to general election procedures that took place before November. These changes removed restrictions on mail-in voter registration. He said that legislators’ decision to adopt AB4 “took us to a system of universal mail voting at pretty much the last minute.”

Back in August, Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB4 into law in response to the pandemic. He promised a fair and accessible election.

Due to the new policy, the number of mail-in ballots cast increased from 6,300 in 2016 to more than 690,000 in 2020. Come Election Day, the wave of mail-in ballots on top of record-high in-person turnout overwhelmed poll-workers.

“As a result, there was a system that was ripe for the picking when it came to fraud,” Binnall claimed. “And the fraud came.”

Binnall also mentioned that poll workers went on to restrict meaningful access to Republican poll watchers, which made them unable to monitor and ensure the accuracy of the counting process.

“Election officials planned and implemented an election system that would be highly susceptible to fraud,” Binnall said. “It would ignore the best practices developed over the years and skew meaningful observation.”

The President’s campaign has argued that the push for election integrity supersedes any political agenda. He stressed that upholding the integrity of American democracy is the primary goal of their legal battle.

“Transparency is not political, transparency is something that is necessary for us to have a democratic election,” Binnall emphasized. “So that we know it is the candidate chosen by the voters that is the one actually elected.”

Judge James Russell said he wants to review all of the evidence presented and will make his decision Friday.

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Puppy scammers steal $40k from Tasmanians during COVID-19


Adele Harding has wanted a puppy for a long time.

So when the breeder she was on the waitlist for jacked up the price, she turned online, scouring sites such as Gumtree and Trading Post.

Ms Harding, who lives on Hobart’s eastern shore, eventually found a man in Victoria who was selling cavoodle puppies.

“I chose Victoria because I had family and friends there and I was getting them to go and handover the money,” she said.

“Then corona hit and lockdown hit and it was too far for my family to go and so I panicked.”

She was only too aware of puppy scams and so began to research the breeder “furiously”.

“We internet-stalked the guy, [he] sent us his driver’s licence, which was a heavy vehicle licence. I then Google-earthed his house and saw trucks in his driveway.”

She found other photos of him online so she “knew that he was who he said he was” but she did not know if he had any puppies.

“[I would] get the photos he sent me [of the puppies] and put them into Google to make sure that they weren’t generic images. They never were,” she said.

Eddie and Lilah Harding lavish attention on new family member Huxley.(ABC News: Lucy MacDonald)

Finally, before she paid her full deposit she had to send him a puppy crate, but she added some extra items to make sure it was not a scam.

“So I put in the puppy crate a blanket and a teething ring. I didn’t tell him,” she said. 

“The day before the puppy was meant to fly out [the crate] came, he rang me and said it had arrived. 

“Then I paid the money and that night he was taking selfies of him and the puppy.”

This story has a happy ending.

The cavoodle puppy, now named Huxley, arrived on Wednesday, much to the joy of her two children Eddie and Lilah.

But not all Tasmanians have been so lucky.

Travel restrictions a red light for scams, police warn

Tasmanian police said they have seen a 50 per cent rise in puppy scams this year, with cavoodles one of the most common breeds involved in scams.

So far 12 Tasmanians have fallen victim to such scams, losing a total of more than $40,000 — they are the cases police know about.

Man holds a golden retriever puppy
Buddy the four-month old golden retriever was bought from a local breeder during the pandemic.(Supplied: Allie Costin)

Detective Sergeant Paul Turner said puppy scams generally start online.

“Buying a puppy is a very emotional thing for a lot of people,” he said.

“COVID has meant that people are at home for longer periods and the restrictions that are in place have meant that people have commenced buying these types of items online.”

He said it was important that people thoroughly research the breeder before sending them any money.

“Do a Google search on the exact wording of the ad and that will often identify that it is a scam,” he said.

“Look for warnings signs such as breeders that say they can send you a puppy from overseas in a matter of weeks when that’s just simply not possible with quarantine restrictions.

He also said people should be cautious when asked to pay via money transfer services.

As for Adele, all the stress and worry has been worth it.

“She’s gorgeous. [The kids are] ecstatic. They feel like it’s just a dream,” she said.



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Mitch Asser went in search of something greater in life and he found it — in a $40k van touring Australia’s east coast


Mitch Asser bought his first house at 19 because he was “told to” but, when that lifestyle did not feel right, he sold up and a decade later has been making more than $100,000 a year while living out of a van.

“I had a car and [house] — the perceived lifestyle that we’re told is supposed to make us happy but I just felt trapped,” the 30-year-old said.

At 16, Mr Asser left school in Newcastle in New South Wales and embarked on an apprenticeship as a power line worker earning “quite decent money”.

“I bought a house when I was 19 because that’s what I was told to do, but … I found myself drinking on weekends and suppressing my emotions because I wasn’t truly happy in my life,” he said.

Choosing the path less travelled

At 23, Mr Asser sold his house, car and belongings and followed an intuitive “whisper” to search for something greater.

The sharp change in direction got some loved ones offside.

“Other people in my family were really disappointed … I did definitely lose a few friends.”

From the inside of the back of a van, the doors open to a water view at sunrise.
“After the first week it felt quite normal, to be honest,” Mr Asser says of van life.(Supplied: Mitch Asser)

Mr Asser travelled the world for six years but when he returned to Australia he did not want to fall back into a life of bricks and mortar.

After watching a YouTube video of a couple who lived in a van that resembled an apartment he was “blown away” and bought a refurbished van for $40,000 and hit the road.

“The first two or three nights were a little bit nerve-wracking because you’re in this small space.”

A van to rival a small city apartment

Ms Asser’s van has hot water, a shower, a composting toilet, solar panels, a kitchen and a bed.

“It’s everything that you’ve got in a small apartment,” he said.

The only adjustments Mr Asser needed to make were to extend the length of the bed and increase the power capacity with external battery packs.

Additional power is a necessity for running his digital marketing business, which brings in more than $100,000 a year.

Man standing at a laptop inside the back of a van. The back doors to the van open out to a water view.
Mr Asser says when building his digital business he forgot the pleasure of watching a daily sunrise and sunset.(Supplied: Mitch Asser)

Mr Asser has travelled from southern New South Wales to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and spent months in some locations to get a feel for the people and place.

Nomadic lifestyle costs $1,500 a month

He says, aside from needing to find a reliable water supply, one of the biggest challenges of life on the road is uncertainty.

“Sometimes it’s uncertain if you’re going to have enough solar power to power everything,” Mr Asser said.

“I’ve had to overcome that by spending more time in caravan parks where I am able to just relax that little bit more.”

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Uncertainty is a challenge Mr Asser contends with more often during the coronavirus pandemic, but the benefits of his drifting lifestyle — that comes at a cost of up to $1,500 a month — he says are worth it.

“My core value is being adventurous and it really feels that while I’m being adventurous I also still feel like I have a home at the same time,” he said.

“Australia just has so many amazing, beautiful places to visit.

“Whether it’s places to park along the beach, or the rivers, and open up the back doors and you see the most spectacular views, or going into the hinterland and find some lookouts and opening the van up and just looking out over the valleys right through to the ocean.

Man sits on the floor of a van chopping up fruit.
Mr Asser admits he prefers to eat at local restaurants than cooking but this has been difficult during the pandemic.(Supplied: Mitch Asser)

Despite the romance and freedom of life on the road, ultimately Mr Asser hopes to one day find a permanent place to call home.

“Eventually I do want to settle down somewhere,” he said.

“I really want to make sure that it’s a place that I love with all my heart so that I know that I can be happy there.

“I always think if I’m on my deathbed, and I think back to my life, would I have wanted to take this leap and try something new and if the answer is ‘yes’, then I just do it.”



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