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Forget the kitties – cryptocelebrities are the latest blockchain money spinner

Isn’t there an easier way in this online world? Surely there’s something you can invest in that can’t get broken or stolen and doesn’t need to be kept wrapped in cotton wool. The world of cryptocurrency has exactly what you need – just invest in a virtual Kanye West or Angelina Jolie.

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Take a look in the financial press and you’ll see that while there’s the usual doom and gloom surrounding the economy, there are also more opportunities than ever to invest in unconventional ways. The phrase “alternative investments” is one that has become commonplace, and has come to be recognized as anything that tracks a little differently to the broader economy.

Having some alternative investments in your portfolio makes plenty of sense – it is a classic example of what our parents told us about not keeping all our eggs in one basket, and it has encouraged people in general to become far more savvy about investments. It has also led to some truly bizarre investment options.

What sort of alternative investments?

Before we get into the surreal world of cryptocelebrities, it’s worth thinking about some of the options that are growing in popularity but are less “out there.” Investments like gold and silver are becoming more popular among everyday investors due to their resilience in times of trouble and the ability to trade them simply online. The smartphone age has also brought the world of currency trading to the masses. Online tutorials give guidance on how to trade Forex successfully for beginners, and smartphone apps make it easy to set up an account and even get advice from a virtual stockbroker.

Also, when you buy something collectible that is going to increase in value, that’s a classic example of an alternative investment. We’ve seen investors choose to plough their money into classic cars, fine art and even bottles of vintage wine. Of course, that’s fine if you know what you are doing and have the right facilities. Otherwise, the car goes rusty and won’t start, the art gets damaged and some fool drinks or drops the wine.

Isn’t there an easier way in this online world? Surely there’s something you can invest in that can’t get broken or stolen and doesn’t need to be kept wrapped in cotton wool. The world of cryptocurrency has exactly what you need – just invest in a virtual Kanye West or Angelina Jolie.

The cryptocelebrities phenomenon does provide an interesting glimpse at some of the bizarre ways the new world of blockchain can be used. It will be an interesting space to watch, to see just what they come up with next.
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Welcome to the world of cryptocelebrities

The idea is a variation on the theme of cryptokitties, cute virtual kittens that you can buy, sell and even breed. All transactions are conducted in Ethereum and a new cryptokitty is “born” every 15 minutes. The game had all the necessary ingredients – it’s fun, it has the cute factor and the built-in limitations mean that there is scarcity, which drives up value. It was a resounding success, and one that almost brought the Ethereum network to a standstill last December.

But who wants a virtual kitty when you can have a virtual Ellie Goulding? It’s a bizarre question, but one to which the makers of cryptocelebrities are rapidly finding an answer.

The game is reminiscent of those football trading cards that the boys in the playground were so obsessed by in years gone by. When you buy a contract on a cryptocelebrity, it looks very much like one of those cards. But the point is, just like the celebrity, it is unique. There is only one Ellie Goulding, one Kanye West, one Donald Trump.

Unlike the cryptokitties, when you buy a cryptocelebrity, there is no guarantee it is yours for long. Every cryptocelebrity is available to buy if you’re willing to pay the price. And it will only increase in value.

Once you’ve purchased, let’s say, Jason Statham, for 0.8 ETH, he will show up with you as the owner. His card will also show his new price of, let’s say, 0.98 ETH. Anyone can buy him from you, and you will get most of the profits. If you’re desperate to hang on to him, and who can blame you, you can buy him back and the price will now be around 1.2 ETH. And so it goes on.

The cryptocelebrity contract shows a unique image of the celebrity, the current contract owner, the price at which the contract was bought and the new price at which the contract is now available. It also shows how many times the contract has been traded. Currently, the most-traded and highest-value contract is that of Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum. He’s been traded over 30 times and his contract value stands at over 20 ETH (£10,000).

A genuine investment?

It’s easy to see that cryptocelebrities offer an opportunity to make some quick money, but this also has the look of a pyramid scheme that will have a limited lifespan. By all means get in there, have a little fun and make a few trades, but for a sustainable investment, it would be wise to look elsewhere.

The cryptocelebrities phenomenon does, however, provide an interesting glimpse at some of the bizarre ways the new world of blockchain can be used. It will be an interesting space to watch, to see just what they come up with next.

Health & Wellness

LGBT adolescents more likely than other kids their age to try to kill themselves

A study found that sexual minority youth were 3.5 times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. Meanwhile, transgender adolescents were 5.87 times more likely, gay and lesbian adolescents were 3.71 times more likely and bisexual youth were 3.69 times more likely than heterosexual peers to attempt suicide.

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LGBT youth have higher risk for suicide attempts.

This is according to “Estimating the Risk of Attempted Suicide Among Sexual Minority Youths: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”, a study done by Ester di Giacomo, MD; Micheal Krausz, PhD; Fabrizia Colmegna, MD; Flora Aspesi, MD; and Massimo Clerici, PhD and which was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

For this study, the researchers pooled data from 35 earlier studies to show that sexual minority youth were more than three times as likely to attempt suicide as heterosexual peers. Transsexual youth were at highest risk, nearly six times as likely to attempt suicide as heterosexual peers, researchers reported.

“Adolescents facing ‘non-conventional’ sexual identity are at risk of higher self-threatening behaviors, independent of bullying and other risk factors,” Dr.di Giacomo, the study’s lead author, was quoted as saying by Reuters Health. “I think that a difficulty in self-acceptance and social stigmatization might be keys for understanding such elevation in the risk of self-threatening behaviors.”

This may be because many LGBT youth have trouble accepting who they are because of the way they are seen by others, di Giacomo added.

The study noted that “suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents” and that “sexual minority individuals are at a higher risk of suicide and attempted suicide.”

Thirty-five studies reported in 22 articles that involved a total of 2 ,378,987 heterosexual and 113, 468 sexual minority adolescents (age range: 12-20 years) were included in the analysis. The study found that sexual minority youth were 3.5 times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. Meanwhile, transgender adolescents were 5.87 times more likely, gay and lesbian adolescents were 3.71 times more likely and bisexual youth were 3.69 times more likely than heterosexual peers to attempt suicide.

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Since the findings suggest that youths with non-heterosexual identity have a significantly higher risk of life-threatening behavior compared with their heterosexual peers, the researchers stressed that “public awareness is important, and a careful evaluation of supportive strategies (e.g. support programs, counseling, and de-stigmatizing efforts)… be part of education and public health planning.”

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Unnatural disasters: Coping with a freak accident

By exploring some freak accidents, it will be showing you what can be done when you’re in this sort of situation.

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Humankind has been going through a challenging process over the last few decades. As technology reaches a point where advancement can’t carry on in the same direction, the focus is being shifted from things like speed and power to finding ways to keep people safe.

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Unfortunately, though, with the world still filled with machines from a different era, the normal things you do won’t always be safe. The risks are often minimal, but this makes it even harder to deal with issues when they arise, and this post is here to help. By exploring some freak accidents, it will be showing you what can be done when you’re in this sort of situation.

Electrical Fires

Modern electrical work is performed to a much higher standard than it used to be. As people’s understanding of this area has improved, the way that homes are wired up has come along with it, lowering the risk of issues being caused by this sort of technology by a huge degree. Of course, though, if you live in an older home, you won’t have the benefits of this sort of advancement. Old wiring is much more likely to cause issues like fires than the newer stuff, making it important to stay on top of the situation with upgrades where you can afford it, and protection with fire alarms and insurance where you can’t.

Public Transport Accidents

Trains, planes, and busses have all undergone huge changes over the last few decades. In the past, these machines were designed as simple tools to get people from A to B, with little regard for how safe they were. As time has gone on, a lot of governments have struggled to upgrade this infrastructure, though. This opens the doors for accidents, with plane crashes and train accidents becoming increasingly common as populations grow.

If you are ever in an disaster like this, taking the time to contact Emroch & Kilduff, or a similar legal firm, will be the best course of action. This will give you the tools to get yourself back on your feet, while also raising public awareness surrounding the issue of old transport.

Structural Collapse

When a building or other piece of structural infrastructure collapses, the damage which can be left in its wake can be incredible. These accidents can often be fatal, with people being hurt by a range of factors, and this makes it important to know how to deal with them. As they often go unnoticed, preparation is nearly impossible. Instead, you should be proactive in working to avoid it in the property you own. This can be achieved through regular maintenance, along with proper upkeep of what you have. Along with this, if something happens on public land, you will often have the chance to fight your case in court.

With all of this in mind, it should be easier to see the risks which living in a world built in the past can bring. Not a lot of people think about issues like this during their day to day life, even when a problem is staring them right in the face.

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Tips for modern dating in 2018

Here are some of the best tips to use that will serve you well when you choose to date these days.

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The world of dating has changed a lot over the past decade and is almost unrecognizable from how it used to be. In fact, it is fair to suggest that technology has taken over and now has a huge bearing on the world of dating and how we live our lives. It’s fair to say that many people are overwhelmed and intimidated by the world of dating in 2018, but it’s not as scary as you might think.

Yes, there is a lot to take in, but it is also important to understand that there is more opportunity than ever before for exploring the world of dating in a big way. This is an exciting opportunity, and modern dating has opened the door for many more people to be able to enjoy the world of modern dating. Here are some of the best tips to use that will serve you well when you choose to date these days.

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Sign up to a Few Sites

There are a lot of different options out there when it comes to the world of online dating in 2018. That is to say, there are a lot of different sites you might consider using. There are free sites, and ones where you pay a membership fee to join, and all of them offer different things. In fact, no matter who you are, or what you are looking for, it is pretty clear that there are options out there for you by way of online dating sites. So whether you are dating with a disability, or looking for religious people, there are sites out there to help you.

Cast Your Net Far and Wide

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You have to make sure you cast your net far and wide, and that you do as much as you can to improve your chances of success. It is important that you understand everything the dating world has to offer, as well as playing the law of averages. You’re going to be going on a lot of dates before you find someone you connect with, so play the odds. Whether you are dating within the LGBTQ community or the heterosexual dating scene, you have to make sure you are casting your net far and wide and making the most of the experience.

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Facebook Stalk

Before you go on a date with someone, you might want to do a bit of homework on them. These days it is so important to make sure you think hard about what a person is like before you go on a date with them, and you want to be sure you are keeping yourself safe. This means a spot of Facebook stalking just to put feelers out, and get an idea of the sort of person you are going to be going on a date with.

Be Yourself

The most important rule to learn about any sort of dating is to simply be yourself. You need to keep in mind the fact that there are a lot of things involved in the dating game. But, as long as you are yourself and you think hard about what sort of person you want to date, you will be fine. Don’t compromise who you are just to fit with what someone else is like – be yourself as much as you possibly can.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to actually improving your life in a dating sense. You have more opportunities than ever, and this is going to help you make the right decisions in the future. So, it is crucial to think about what is involved in the process of modern dating and seize the opportunity to meet new people.

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Bill signed to add gender ‘X’ to birth certificates in New York

Beginning January 1 in New York City, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people can choose to change their gender to “X” on official city documents by submitting their own affidavit.

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Beginning January 1 in New York City, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people can choose to change their gender to “X” on official city documents by submitting their own affidavit.

This comes after New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed a new law adding the ability to select a third gender on birth certificates without needing a letter from a health-care provider.

According toDe Blasio, “New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are, not the other way around. You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back.”

With this development, New York follows the states of California, Washington, New Jersey and Oregon in passing such legislation.

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Your everyday health habit checklist

If you don’t consider yourself a very healthy person right now, don’t fret. You can incorporate habits slowly, one at a time when you feel ready, and you’ll eventually be somebody who considers themselves a healthy, happy person.

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There are many health habits that you may find useful to get into – but here, we’re going to discuss some of the most important habits that really do have the potential to change your life for the better.

If you don’t consider yourself a very healthy person right now, don’t fret. You can incorporate habits slowly, one at a time when you feel ready, and you’ll eventually be somebody who considers themselves a healthy, happy person. Incorporating these habits slowly is so much better than trying to go all gung-ho off the bat, as you will likely get overwhelmed and end up quitting. Slow and steady wins the race, so they say.

Here’s your everyday health habit checklist so you can be the best version of yourself:

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Get Out Of Bed And Set An Intention For The Day

When you get out of bed, do you snooze your alarm 10 times and then get up with minutes to spare, having to rush around to get ready? This isn’t the best way to start your day, and can actually carry over to the rest of your day and make you feel stressed even if you don’t have anything to be stressed about.

When you get up, practice getting up as soon as your alarm goes off. You can use an alarm that simulates sunrise to help you. Then, set an intention for your day. What are your goals? How do you want to feel? When you do this every day, you’re more likely to get things done and feel great while doing it.

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Exercise Before The Day Gets Started

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Exercise is a wonderful way to stay fit and healthy, but it has other benefits too. Exercising in the morning can actually get you all fired up and feel ready to tackle the rest of the day’s tasks. Exercising at night is still great, but it’s too easy to make excuses, especially if you’ve had a hard day!

Be Mindful In Everything You Do

Start being more mindful in everything you do, whether you’re washing the dishes, or on the road. You can get help from Brauns Law if you’ve been in an accident, but it’s better to be mindful before anything like that happens.

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Start The Day With A Healthy, Hearty Breakfast

Now, we’re not here to argue with people who say that breakfast really isn’t important and that fasting is the way to go. That really does work for some people, so you might want to try it and see if it works for you. However, if you find yourself getting hungry and reaching for the biscuits as soon as you arrive in work, it’s time to start making time for a healthy breakfast.

List Things You’re Grateful For Day And Night

List the things you’re grateful for in the morning, and before you sleep at night. This can have a great impact on how you feel throughout the day and how you sleep!

Drink Plenty Of Water

Make a note to drink lots of water every hour; make markings on a bottle if you really need to. Water is great for your health and energy levels.

And lastly, Get Some Natural Light.

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Where to next for a citizen of the world?

You’ll hear lots of people talk about how certain places are ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities. The truth is we can pretty much visit any place on the planet with a click of a button. However, there are places on God’s green earth which do fall into the category.

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The gender X citizens of the world, you don’t belong to one tribe. Sure, you love the country of your birth and are patriotic, but you don’t call it home. To you, home is where the heart is, and your blood-pumping muscle has gone global. You’ve caught the bug and want to visit as many countries as possible.

In short, you’re a citizen of the world.

Picking which places to fly to next isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are too many places and not all of them appeal to your personality. Hopefully, the tips below will help you to be decisive.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

You’ll hear lots of people talk about how certain places are ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities. The truth is we can pretty much visit any place on the planet with a click of a button. However, there are places on God’s green earth which do fall into the category. Imagine getting to say you’ve been to North Korea – the chances are that won’t happen again.

So, when the opportunity arises, you should consider dropping everything else. It’s irrational, it’s immature, and it’s part of what makes traveling so intoxicating. Never say no to a bona fide one-time thing.

MORALITY

Everyone has values they live by; however, that doesn’t mean other places share the same morals. You might be gay or transgender or straight but an advocate for the movement. If you are, places, where LGBTQ rights aren’t respected might not be the best choice.

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First of all, it can land you in jail or with a fine. Secondly, it’s upsetting to see ideas which belong in the past still openly celebrated. On the other hand, you might need to go to gain an understanding of the people and country. The choice is yours, but morals should always play a part.

SAFETY

Again, your sexuality and life choices might put you in danger. Although it’s not fair, it’s essential to consider beforehand. But, there are more risks which have nothing to do with your gender or preferences. Some places are inherently unsafe for different reasons. You can see the rate of motorcycle accidents at HugheyLawFirm.com yet you can times it by ten in Southeast Asia. The same goes for violent crimes in this country compared to South and Central America. If you can’t guarantee your safety, then it might not be worth going.

LOCATION

You have a bucket list, but does it take geography into account? Think about all of the places you want to go and split them up by their location. The nations that are closest can go to the bottom of the list because they’re easier to visit. The exotic ones which take days to get there and don’t have running water are for the young and passionate. Everything else you can fit into your golden years or long weekends. For example, states in the US you’ve never been to.

Where you go is a personal choice. However, the thing to remember is common sense. Keep that in mind and you won’t go too far wrong.

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