Earliest form of money found and it’s a bunch of rings and axes

Got change for an axe? Thousands of years ago, people used bronze objects such as neck rings, axe blades and “ribs” (curved, flattened rods) as a type of prehistoric currency, making them the oldest known form of money in the world. Archaeologists recently analyzed more than 5,000 of these ancient metal artifacts dating to the early Bronze Age (2150 B.C. to 1700 B.C.), from approximately 100 stashes around Central Europe. Continue Reading

Israel floods farmlands with rainwater in eastern Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Israel had vented its dams for rainwater harvesting, leading to the flooding of farmlands near the Gaza Strip’s eastern borders and the destruction of vast agricultural areas. Israel has built several dams to collect and use rainwater and vents it without warning when large quantities of water accumulate during the winter, causing damage to the Gaza Strip’s farm and agricultural lands. Continue Reading

Bitcoin Breaks Below $30K, Erasing Almost All of 2021’s Gains

Bitcoin dropped below $30,000, pushing this week’s losses briefly over 17% amid continued profit-taking. Per CoinDesk’s prior reporting, the recent drop in bitcoin (BTC, -12.93%)‘s price is likely due to widespread profit-taking by U.S. and European investors, according to trading activity on leading cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Bitcoin dropped to $29,112 on Coinbase at 0:30 UTC on Thursday, a level reached on Jan. 4 when the leading cryptocurrency started rallying hard Continue Reading

The Deep State’s Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes

No doubt about it: the coup d’etat was successful. That January 6 attempt by so-called insurrectionists to overturn the election results was not the real coup, however. Those who answered President Trump’s call to march on the Capitol were merely the fall guys, manipulated into creating the perfect crisis for the Deep State—a.k.a. the Police State a.k.a. the Military Industrial Complex a.k.a. the Techno-Corporate State a.k.a. the Surveillance State—to swoop in and take control. Continue Reading

7 in 10 consumers say they will keep cooking at home after the pandemic

Dive Brief: People in the U.S. are continuing to cook more, with 71% saying they will continue to do so after the pandemic ends, according to a new survey by consumer market research firm Hunter. This habit is driven by the increase in home cooks’ creativity and confidence in the kitchen, as well as the motivation that cooking at home helps to save money (67%), eat healthier (56%) and feel Continue Reading

Jobless claims: Another 900,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims last week

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to remember that, until recently, the U.S. economy was enjoying a decade-long expansion. Even then, however, consumers often seemed constrained. That could be because only the top 20% of U.S. households have fully recovered from the Great Recession, according to the Brookings Institute. ​And because of a wealth gap that has only widened over the last few decades. In 2016, the top 1% Continue Reading

The middle class is stressed and the pandemic isn’t helping

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to remember that, until recently, the U.S. economy was enjoying a decade-long expansion. Even then, however, consumers often seemed constrained. That could be because only the top 20% of U.S. households have fully recovered from the Great Recession, according to the Brookings Institute. ​And because of a wealth gap that has only widened over the last few decades. In 2016, the top 1% Continue Reading