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question just ask for an attorney. survivor chair a goodish. definitely don't want to be going to try to jump on cops. you're more likely to walk free if you're rich and guilty or if you're poor and. you've got 2 eyes and ears and one mouth. so you should be seen in here and a whole lot more than you're saying if you don't take that advice easy going to dig yourself.
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an entire village in alaska has had to move if another country threaten the wife of an american. we do everything i. wanted to escaping climate change is the same threat right now alaska has seen some of the fuss just coastal erosion in the world. 30 feet. 35 feet of ground in just about 3 months while we were measuring. is in the teens the river is. closer to the town. was. i think we're part of a murderer. this
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is boom bust though in business where you can't afford to mess i'm rachel blossoms in washington coming up to them now some cargo ship blocking mr webster now is stuck for a 4th day spark you concern for the impact it will have on the global oil supply herschel traffic remains at a standstill what do you as is facing a growing semiconductor shortage that is giving technology production like never before so what's to blame and how long will it last then watching technology is becoming more popular than ever before but are there legitimate concerns about its impact on the environment that could be addressed well this gas at all that we have
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a lot to get to so let's get started. it is what some experts are simply calling a maritime traffic jam in the suez canal a massive cargo ship is stuck in the narrow waterway for a 4th day blocking hundreds of shipping vessels from being able to access their route which is the shortest distance between asia and africa egyptian officials who are working to get the cargo ship moved say they are expected to be able to have the waterway clear within 48 to 72 hours but admit that the process could possibly take weeks here's our child as with the latest. traffic jam in one of the world's most vital trade arteries the suez canal blocked on tuesday when 822-4000 ton container ship got stuck after strong winds and a sand storm knocked it off course. and. the $1300.00 foot ship now wedged. the canal for more than 4 days preventing other
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vessels from moving in either direction along the crucial trading pruett that's responsible for around 12 percent of world trade. policy that says. this is the blockage only adding to industry supply strains already hampered by ongoing chain bottlenecks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic the canal also a major source of income for egypt experts say the ramifications will be felt everywhere every day the canal is closed number one it means that egypt isn't getting toll money for this about $700000.00 for every vessel to go through but more importantly container ships or tankers are not delivering food fuel manufactured goods to european goods are not being exported from europe to the far east in this is going to have a massive impact on production on availability of goods in europe and in
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asia and while the 120 mile canal between the red sea and the mediterranean is the shortest route between asia and europe operators are now forced to reroute more than 150 ships waiting to pass through sending them on a 2 week extended voyage around the southern tip of africa further to the domino effect a vessel stock right now also. gets to late before it gets out to asia that's going to take it another month before it's out there but if the vessels don't make it out asian time they are of course also on able to commence that next journey with cargo from a ship back to europe in time which means the next journey around is going to be delayed up into europe and while the canal is also a transit point for roughly 8 percent of global natural gas the blockage will add to an already rising middle east risk premium for oil and refined products and analysts say the delays could increase shipping up to 30 percent and a pro long disruption. could impact close to primarily the european market and then
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the core comes out it's almost like a kitchen then you get both older vessels in the queue and the additional mobile vessels coming into the northern european ports at the same time so the longer this lasts the higher the risk that we're going to see massive congestion problems in the european ports say a week to 2 weeks from now now experts say it's a bit premature to assess the full impacts arising from the incident but they do predict that within the near term the blockage is likely to add to industry supply strains causing further delays meantime experts are investigating exactly what caused the ship to run aground reporting for boom bust trinity chavez r.t. . joining me now to go further and up on this topic is boom bust co-host and investigative journalist ben swan now ben this is the type of incident that gets more serious the longer it goes on so what else can you tell us about the efforts being made to move the ship and why is it so difficult. yes really glad that
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trinity had that piece ahead of time because it gave you kind of the visual of what's happening there this is a massive cargo ship we're talking about i think it's 247000 ton container ship and the way it's wedged right now it's just locked in there as some we would call it catty corner way that is wedged in there and so we can't get around it at all there are 200 vessels right now that are waiting in line to try to get around this thing and you can't instead they've actually been sent to other areas we also know though that some of these vessels are being sent to something called the bitter lakes area it's a kind of a shallow lake area and the ships are going in there as like a waiting area but it's not helping because they can't get around it so get this egypt is using 8 tug boats and excavation equipment along the banks of that canal in order to move that ship but as you said it could be a few hours 2 days or even multiple weeks and the longer it goes on obviously the greater the ripple effect that will see as a result of really the backlog that's taking place here and this truly is
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a bizarre incident all around a man only 1st heard about it we're going well wait a 2nd has this happened before what's going on with this ship and now we're 4 days into it now as we mentioned officials say that they are expecting to be able to get the loan but they do admit that it could possibly take weeks what would that mean for the global economy. well obviously it's as trinity explained it's going to create more of a backlog really worldwide and we're already seeing slowdowns in terms of products making it their way to destinations around the world because of the coronavirus we've seen supply chains had already been slowed down extensively as a result of coronavirus the now you're talking about 2 things you're talking about this is one of the the major ports for really between asia and and the middle east in terms of. goods and services and also oil right boiling natural gas is the most important part of this and that's where we're probably going to see the biggest
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effect if you're asking where in the world is this really going to have an impact it's going to be the fact that you can't move those oil tankers through the suez canal and as a result of not being able to do that because as you know while speculation drives the price of oil not the reality of oil but speculation we'll probably see the price of oil going up in a very short amount of time as a result of this which is of course what the oil industry wants right and it's kind of interesting when you see it work out like that you see a lot of people being hurt by this by not being able to move the supply but then at the same time they're profiting others who are profiting off of watching that oil price go up now always and this can be the 1st time that something like this has happened so do the private companies that own these ships have any kind of contingency plans in place. where there's a contingency plan in terms of the suez canal is obviously a canal right that's connecting oceans and it's connecting seas in order to be able to make a shorter route so what's happening instead is the same company by the way that
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owns this particular ship it's a japanese company has already started rerouting their other ships so instead of going through the suez canal they're going around the tip of africa in order to get around from asia and over to europe so listen as some of these experts were saying in that story the trinity had there is a backlog that will take place here because one you're having a hard time. the ships out if they do have to go around instead of through the suez canal go around the tip of africa you're talking about additional days or even weeks of for of time in order to be able to deliver goods and then to pick up goods and take them back so what it really comes down to is the amount of time that this particular ship sits here stuck inside the suez canal unable to move is really going to have an effect long term on what the those contingency plans are so yes it is true that these other ships can go around if they need to but that's adding as i said days or even weeks to these delivery times and for a lot of them what they'd rather do right now is just sit and wait which is about
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again what about $200.00 ships are doing right now they're just sitting and waiting . that betting game and i think end of this there are some who are going to be saying i told you so about their route that they ended up taking great insight as always ben swan thank you for your time thank you. early losses we start off in russia where the mo x. is down as markets anticipated new sanctions from the us inflation concerns remain in focus with officials warning it is out its peak in the country russia also surpassed or point $5000000.00 cases of cove it 19 as the country began producing a 3rd vaccine now the shanghai composite is also down friday rally which saw the index gain 1.6 percent was not enough to make up for losses earlier in the week
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china's one year alone primary along with the 5 year old p.r. were left unchanged we have another red arrow in hong kong the hang seng fell into correction territory trading 10 percent lower than its $52.00 week high last month but the index gained nearly 1.6 percent on friday shares of shalmi and great wall motor surged more than 6 and 10 percent respectively in japan the nikkei is down there dropped her earlier in the week over fears of a renewed cove at 19 lock down but rallied as the record one trillion dollar budget for the upcoming year was passed on friday the sensex is also down as india saw cases hit a 5 month high on thursday bank of america says the country's economy could overtake japan's as the world's 3rd largest by 2031 moving that prediction back by 3 years due to the global pandemic and australia we see our 1st green arrow of the
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week they asked sex actually had its best week in nearly 2 months pushed up by recovering commodities and south africa the all share is also up there rand recovered from recent lows after the country's central bank announced it would keep repo rates unchanged at 3 and a half percent london is in the green the footsie held onto momentum from asian markets on friday a rise in oil prices overnight due to the massive container ship blocking the suez canal. also help the positive trend the german dax and french kakkar in the red astra zeneca supply concerns and europe are still raising questions about a pandemic recovery as leaders warn of the start of a 3rd wave of seeing. in brazil is down but just slightly latin america's biggest economy has struggled amid the pandemic with the 2nd highest number of cases worldwide at over 12000000 and firm blackrock is becoming more cautious of
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brazilian stocks as the recovery remains uncertain that in mexico the b.m.v. is in the red the country's central bank kept interest rates unchanged at 4 percent as expected which helped push up the peso while mexico's state run oil giant petro bras took a hit after 4 executives resigned over the incoming c.e.o. now here in the u.s. the dow and the s. and p. are up while the tech heavy nasdaq is in the red fed chairman jerome powell said thursday the economy is recovering more quickly than initially expected due to stimulus measures and the ongoing vaccine rollout and finally in canada the t s x is down this week but bank of canada says it will start rolling back its buying and lending programs as the economy continues to recover a jump in crude prices helped the index claw back some losses at the end of the week moving into next week we're going to continue to look at cove it might see numbers and the prospect of economic recovery worldwide and that is your global
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market walk. the united states is facing a growing shortage of semiconductor chips and the effects are being felt everywhere from smartphones to cars sparked by the ongoing trade war with china and made worse by unprecedented lockdowns many are now asking how long this shortage will last here's our tease natasha suite with a look at the issue plaguing the latest forms of technology. a semiconductor chips shortage in the u.s. it's impacting major technology based companies american businesses relied on chips from overseas for the majority of their production and the past and this is what the current history incredibly hard slowing production as a result her current. go to appear before the book you're going. to be. court. wants
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a grove of people all the way to go but it really is for many manufacturers ringback cut back on ship orders as declined during the height of the pandemic but as demand for vehicles slowly resumed ordering their supplier broad was a nightmare this led to ford canceling shifts at 2 different plants the company said it could face a drop of 2 and a half $1000000000.00 because of chip shortages alone general motors in a similar predicament saying it expects a loss of $2000000000.00 in profits and just this week g.m. extended more production cuts temporarily closing its missouri and michigan plants through april nissan is also cutting back production and its domestic plant as well as the one in mexico globally the car industry purchases the recession $1000000000.00 worth of chips toyota and volkswagen both fine $4000000000.00 each on an annual basis but now some companies are hoping to lessen the u.s. is for independents intel is one of several companies looking to expand chip production within the u.s.
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the company investing $20000000000.00 to build 2 new factories in arizona last month biden said he is pushing for 30 $7000000000.00 in funding for chip manufacturing within the country and surely going to be signed another executive order will help address the vulnerabilities in our supply chain across additional critical sectors of our commerce so the american people are prepared to withstand any crisis and rely on ourselves at one samsung also saw the laser production last year both companies putting off launches of new smart phones as a result now the reason the price. of chips have skyrocketed is krypto mind mean the profits for big queen mining are determined by the cryptocurrency is price competition has been on the rise as prices have recently surged above the peak of 2017 this has made chips even more desirable to buy despite becoming more scarce for major electronic companies dependent upon semiconductors while the economy is seen some rebound in the chip shortage could take up to 2 years to replenish and in
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the meantime manufacturers are looking to take advantage hiking prices for a 2nd time in under a year where porting a 4 boom bust suites are. time now for a quick break but when we come back all eyes are on bitcoin as a record $6000000000.00 and options contracts expire so what does this mean for the world's most popular cryptocurrency well the scots next and as we go to break here are the numbers out the close. humanity has never seen such strange natural phenomena before all giant coming to
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a past artificial intelligence is not that it turns evil but just that it turns very competent but has goals that are not aligned with our goals. the price of bitcoin dropped back to near $50000.00 for the 1st time in 2 weeks or racing $100000000000.00 from its market capitalization as a record $6000000000.00 options contracts were set to expire on friday so what does this mean for the world's most popular cryptocurrency and will have a lasting impact joining me now to. us co-host christine and mason joppa c.e.o. block or solutions mason all start with you here big question has dropped back to the low fifty's range and it seems like their recent rally is losing steam where do you see it going from here in the near term. thanks for having me rachel and
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chrissy a great day to be recording today because up nearly 3 percent along with the rest of the market recently what we're seeing is a nice trend and where the year after that because adding event which is when the because of having cycle takes place and the amount of bitcoin released to market is cut to half every 4 years that is typically the best year for bitcoin and that is the year that upper forms for comparing back to 2018 we're seeing that in the years like that there's 9 correction so what we're going to see this year is a bull market we're seeing bitcoin consolidated nearly double its prior all time highs bitcoin close that $30000.00 at the end of 2021 so we're we're seeing institutional participation this year in a lot of companies you know collapse because in an ad that is or treasury overall i think the outlook for this year is a bull trend and and a continued you know general of trying to market and i know with a lot of people now talking about bitcoin everyone's watching to see exactly what
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happens and what these trends are going to look like moving forward now kristie while the market participants are enjoying the bullish on other industries are suffering because of the inflated price a tip as demand for a mining rig surge what's happening there. well these chips are basically in all of our smart devices these days from laptops to smart phones t.v.'s cars etc and the semiconductor industry has already been struggling with supply chain destruction caused by coke in 1000 pandemic and 20192020 but even before that with the us china trade war which caused china to stock up and for chips for the past years so big buy mining is now pretty even sure of the entire or in the. or rigs creating an additional shortage and there's. einar is prompting an increased demand for more and more advanced ships as well so the short bridge and the price boom and ships is now starting to affect other industries that are relying on these very same chips
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so the problem is so severe now that toyota and volkswagen been forced to cut production due to shortage of chips and smartphone makers they've also delayed the launches of new device so you have ts and c. and samsung somewhat world's largest chip makers and there are the main supply for tech giant such as apple and but right now production capacity for these chips have been diverted away as minor as take continues to grow big point miners demand for chips now represent a 10th of the entire sales of ts and c. which is the 3rd largest chip maker and the world and as of today dram chips are up over 60 percent in the past 3 months so while it certainly chip maker profits the short fall has wrecked havoc on the sectors previously predictable price cycles chip prices were expected to fall last year and now another 20 percent rise in consumer chip prices expected from the 2nd quarter as shortage intensifies and we certainly know that the demand is there but it is interesting to see how that supply has been impacted especially over the last 4 years in the specially when it
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comes to what the by administration is going to do about it now switching gears a little bit mason despite its increasing mainstream adoption of bitcoin there are some major concerns about the cryptocurrency is impact on the environment so break it down for us how much does bitcoin contribute to the world's total carbon footprint i mean is it even significant and are these fears overblown. i do think it's overblown overall on the big point only consumes about point 5 percent of the total actressy globally and that's that's estimated about 13 gigawatts 65 percent of the big point mining is based in china and a large portion of that you know if you're looking down down the line goes down to north america in the united states and other areas i would say a large portion of crypto miners are targeting hydro and renewable energy sources on miners are truly flocking to the lowest cost energy around the world and they possess some of those those are the most lucrative and lowest cost energy contracts
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and typically you'll find that where you have an abundant supply of power and not enough demand to consume that power some miners are taking energy that would be otherwise wasted and consuming it on a really good use case look at is natural gas in the states they're actually flaring excess natural gas so miners are taking that which actually helps a carbon footprint is when you flare natural gas it really increases carbon emissions and in general overall miners have operational flexibility so they have off peak in curtailment agreements with with states in energy providers and cities around the world and they're willing to turn off their energy during demand spikes and they actually help stabilize the grade and balance network so overall you know my take is miners impact is minimalized and they're actually contributing to the to the overall energy grid in a positive way interesting and that's also notable to consider especially when it comes to a lot of those critics out there who automatically want to look at the environment now kristie i want to bring up an interesting person who is talking about bitcoin
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we're seeing it get increasingly more a validation on wall street right now but the latest convert seems to be george soros the man who broke the bank of england of the soros fund management what is his take on it. well this is really exciting because soros is considered a titan in the industry and when he makes moves others follow so it's really cool to hear the sources starting to put some wheel money and real weight and to the industry so sources c.i.a.o. said that their view on big point has changed recently and it's no longer it french asset due to there's a complete debasement of the u.s. over the past year the us dollar money supply has increased by 25 percent in the past year alone so an inflection point is coming as a result of inflation so it really goes to show how far bit quinn has come in the last decade as wall street begins to realize the true value of i and this past month soros join a $200000000.00 investment into point for ny and y d g which is a provider of technology and investment solutions for because i so i'm i.d.a.g.
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will be working on bitcoin related strategic initiatives that was for additional institutional adoption so you have life insurance annuities property casualty insurers now all in the aggregate of more than a $1000000000.00 of direct and direct point exposure so by. and as we see them get on board we're going to see an additional wave of institutional adoption much stronger than what we saw in 2020. excellent points to consider here kristie i and mason japa thank you both so much for your time. thanks for having me. that is all for now you can catch boom bust on demand by downloading the portable t.v. out for your apple or android device was the very next time and as always don't forget to question more.
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players. of the most pathetic and dangerous consequences of the russia gate hoax is how it is bled into policy at the center of this hoax was to discredit and then finally destroy donald trump now it informs us russian relations the result is dire this bilateral relationship may never recover. seemed wrong well we just don't hold. any of you yet to shape out these days to come to educate and indeed from an equal trail.
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when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground the. always. get into any conversation or start answering questions. if you're rich. you got. one now. so you should be seen in here and
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a whole lot more if you don't take that advice. no money for food and a growing mental health crisis stuck in isolation. groups offering free subsidized meals. u.k. vaccination centers surging numbers of fraudsters. britain braces for. even just slows down the vaccine program. and do as i say not as i do. russian energy sales to. the country its 3rd biggest.

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