Hugo Barra, who has served as VP of Facebook Reality Labs for the past four years — overseeing the social giant’s Oculus team and its VR and augmented reality development projects — is exiting his post. Barra announced his departure in a Facebook post Monday, saying May 17 is his last day at the company. […]
During a 28-month period, Hugo Mejia illegally exchanged millions of dollars-worth of bitcoin while attempting to hide his activity.
Hugo Weaving wouldn’t be caught dead in those pointy ears again. The actor has gone on record stating that he has no desire to play the Elven ruler Elrond again, a character who will appear in Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
Weaving, who played the Lord of Rivendell in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, was asked by Variety if he would be open to reprising the character of Elrond for the Amazon series, which will also feature the familiar characters Galadriel and Sauron.
“No way. Absolutely no,” Weaving told Variety. The actor was, however, open to playing the villainous Agent Smith again in The Matrix 4 — which is back in production after the pandemic temporarily shut down filming — but scheduling conflicts nixed that from happening for him.
“Matrix might have happened,” he says. “But Lord of the Rings, no, I would never — I’m not interested in that at all. Look, I loved being in New Zealand with all those great people, and it was like going back to a family but actually, to be honest, I think everyone had more than enough of it.”
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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings takes place during Middle-earth’s Second Age, a period only briefly seen in the Lord of the Rings movies. In our extensive breakdown of the Second Age, we said the setting “spans a long period of time in between the banishment of Morgoth (the original Dark Lord) and the first defeat of his servant Sauron. The Second Age is defined by key events like the rise and fall of the kingdom of Númenor, the creation of the Rings of Power and the formation of the Last Alliance that temporarily saved the world from Sauron’s wrath.”
The long-lived, half-elven Elrond was the captain and herald of Gil-Galad, the High King of the Ñoldor, during the Second Age. During this time, Elrond fought in the War of the Last Alliance, which saw Men and Elves battling against Sauron. These events were depicted in Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring.
In addition to Morfydd Clark as young Galadriel, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman.
The super-expensive show already has a multi-season commitment from Amazon. Production had begun earlier this year in New Zealand before shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming reportedly aims to resume in September.
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This sure beats going for a walk. Hugo, a 1-year-old dog in Glasgow, Scotland, loves jumping on a trampoline so much that his owner, Debbie, got him the toy for his birthday. Now the happy pooch can bounce all day long. Subscribe to our YouTube!
“My name is Hugo Beltran, and I’m a stripper.”
We spoke with Qualcomm XR executives Hugo Swart and Hiren Bhinde regarding the next steps for VR and AR headsets, including wired, Wi-Fi, and 5G options.Read More
Archive of Our Own, the fanfiction database recently nominated for a Hugo, has perfected a system of tagging that the rest of the web could emulate.
Critics of the Second Amendment often misunderstand it as primarily a right to hunt and ward off burglars. But America’s Founders viewed the right to bear arms chiefly as a check against government tyranny.
That latter purpose makes perfect sense to at least one Venezuelan who has fled his homeland in the wake of its disastrous socialist experiment.
“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” said Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, in an interview with Fox News.
“The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population,” Vanegas said.
In 2012, President Hugo Chavez pushed through his rubber-stamp legislature the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law, noted the Truth About Guns blog.
The law, which was generally supported by the public at the time, stripped Venezuelan citizens of every firearm and round of ammunition they owned.
Chavez’s handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has blocked most of the food and medicine supplied by the United States and other countries from crossing the borders with Brazil and Colombia.
At least four people were killed last weekend and hundreds wounded in clashes with protesters and volunteers trying to unload truckloads of aid.
Way back in 1995, when Mexico was in the throes of another financial crisis, I figured out the problem of the existing world’s monetary system, based on the paper dollar as the fundamental currency of the world.
In my ignorance, I did not know that a man named Triffin had already pointed out that problem, which became known as “Triffin’s Dilemma”.
The problem is really very simple:
If the dollar – such as it is – is going to be the basis of the world’s monetary system, and therefore required by all Central Banks as Reserves, there is only one way that these CBs can obtain those Reserves: their countries are forced to undersell all US producers, in order to be able to sell more to the US, than they buy from the US.
The difference between the dollars they get from sales, is more, than the dollars they spend to buy from the US. That difference – known as the US Trade Deficit – flows to the CBs of the world and swells their Reserves.
So if Mr. Trump wants to cut down, or even ideally abolish the Trade Deficit, that would mean that foreign CBs would have to find it much harder to obtain dollars for their Reserves. Mr. Trump apparently does not want to have foreign CBs use dollars as Reserves, by making it very difficult to obtain those dollars – which they can only get if the US runs a Trade Deficit.
What that great world monetary system based on the paper dollar has done to the US, was quite unexpected: it consists in obtaining foreign goods by tendering paper money in payment, something that is fundamentally fraudulent. And that fraud has come back to haunt the US, quite unexpectedly.
The unexpected result of Triffin’s (or “Hugo’s”) Dilemma, has been the de-industrialization of the US, as the world geared up to undersell all US producers wherever they could do so, in order to obtain the indispensable US Dollars.
Mr. Trump is wildly alienating all the rest of the world, with the threat of Tariffs in order to reduce the Trade Deficit. What he does not understand, is that the Trade Deficit is built-in to the US economy, because the world´s CBs need Dollars for their Reserves: that is the System.
There is one way, and only one way, to do away with the Trade Deficit and renew the productivity of the US: abandon the present International Monetary System (derived from the original Bretton Woods Agreements of 1944) and return to the gold standard.
There are no “Trade Deficits” under the Gold Standard, because all countries have to pay Cash Gold for their imports, and collect Cash Gold for their exports. Result: Balanced Trade. No Trade Deficits.
A question in the back of my mind: Is Mr. Trump’s “madness” really leading to the Gold Standard? Is that what he really wants? Because if he continues to undermine the present US Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency, by making it impossible for CBs to obtain Dollars through the US Trade Deficit, that would appear to be the likely final outcome.