Brian Austin

November 29, 2022

Local Yokels - CLT in the News

A bunch of local (Charlotte, NC) news mostly from my favorite local newsletter The Charlotte Ledger.  Definitely worth the sign up, mostly the work of Tony Mecia and Cristina Bolling. Ledger is my second favorite local newsletter after North Carolina Rabbit Hole by Jeremy Markovich. Both are free, and certainly worth supporting.

Dirty Crypto Money

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd was one of eight members of Congress who wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission in March, asking that the agency hold off on requesting information on “cryptocurrency and blockchain industry participants.”

Budd, a Republican who was elected to the Senate this month, received $500,000 from a political action committee backed by FTX’s co-CEO. 

Dubbed the ‘Blockchain Eight’, Budd was part of larger political lobbying effort by SBF (four Democrats and four Republicans). I'm neither shocked nor surprised because this is how politics work in the US.  

I am waiting on the inevitable regulatory backlash once the losses of everyday individuals are realized. Crypto won't go away, but it's untaxed, pseudo-anonymous status is in jeopardy.

Cone for the holidays

Someone at Charlotte’s airport has a sense of humor, with the airport last week putting up Christmas trees made out of traffic cones.

During a recent flight out of CLT I joked with my children that the Charlotte airport has been consistently under construction since the 1990s.  No joke, the airport has seen phenomenal growth over the past 30 years.  Someone obviously has a sense of humor. No word on whether we can expect a visit from Coney Hawk this Christmas.

Meteorologist & Pilot Remembered

via The Charlotte Ledger

A tragic helicopter accident killed WBTV meteorologist Jason Myers and helicopter pilot Chip Tayag. Myers was memorialized as a kind, man of faith who was beloved by man. Tayag, as early reports indicate, heroically guided the stricken craft away from residential homes and a busy thoroughfare. The story made national news last week.

Investigators say a preliminary report should be available within 2-3 weeks, however it could take anywhere from 12-24 months before a final report listing any cause or contributing factors to the crash may be released.

Check Your Acorns - Charity Auction

via Mailbrew / Twitter

REMEMBER THESE JERSEYS? Here is the link to participate in our silent auction! Bid to have a chance to win! - @NCStateHockey

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