Odds and Ends — 16 March 2023

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Chinese Businessman With Ties to Steve Bannon Arrested, Charged With Fraud, Including $500M Crypto Scam

A Quick Look at the Lying Trumpist Liars Behind that Database on Corporate Giving to “BLM”

According to stories bursting across the right-wing mediasphere today, a key reason for the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was its focus on spreading “woke culture” rather than efficiently managing risk and profits. Ground zero for this is the allegation that SVB had donated over $73 million to the “BLM Movement & Related Causes.” That struck me as quite a lot of money for a single company, even a large and profitable one, to give to any cause or even all causes. So I tried to find out where this factoid came from and rapidly found my way to a Trumpist think tank. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s a complete lie.

Why we should care about Credit Suisse’s problems

Illinois enacts mandatory paid leave ‘for any reason’

I’m retired now, but I can’t remember having an employer who didn’t have paid time off. Maybe some crap job when I was in my teens or twenties?

Forget HTTP: Ethereum has a new URL standard that can’t be blocked

In This Texas County, There’s No Such Thing as Moving on From COVID-19

Malnutrition deaths spiked during COVID in Minnesota

DeSantis administration revokes Hyatt Regency Miami alcohol license after it hosted ‘A Drag Queen Christmas’

New Florida bill would ban diversity, inclusion programs on university campuses

Is Ron DeSantis Flaming Out Already?

The Florida governor has a plan to win the Fox News primary—and lose everything else.

Deluge of New January 6 Prosecutions Coming

More than 1,000 additional people could still face charges in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, according to a letter to the DC federal court from the US attorney in Washington.

Keep On Eye On Boris Epshteyn

The fact that the person ostensibly coordinating all of the lawyers defending Donald Trump across multiple investigations has himself had his phone seized by the FBI remains almost unbelievable to me…

In the mob’s eyeline: A senior Republican’s close brush revealed in new Jan. 6 footage

The footage, released after media requests to access videos used in connection with a Jan. 6 criminal case, shows the apparent evacuation of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) from the Senate chamber as a uniformed officer separates him and his security detail from the first wave of rioters who had breached the building. Those rioters were led by Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola, who used a riot shield to shatter a Senate window and ignite the breach of the building near the chamber.

Why the US is going full throttle on hypersonic missiles

Trump’s Truth Social Slashes Staff Amid Expanded Federal Investigation

New York federal prosecutors have reportedly expanded their investigation into Trump Media to include an examination of whether or not the company violated money laundering laws.

EU nears deal to restock Ukraine’s diminishing ammo supplies

Israelis Are Now Openly Talking About the ‘Total Destruction’ of the Jewish State

Benjamin Netanyahu's push toward autocracy has triggered massive protests — and a sense that the end of the 75-year-old Israeli experiment may be near

Mike Pence Is Warning Us About Trump

But we’re too complacent to hear it.

What did Congressman Andy Ogles do with nearly $25,000 meant for child burial garden? He won’t say

It’s a story that goes far beyond questions about Ogles’ inflated resume. It’s a story that stems from a personal tragedy — the stillborn death of a child whose photo Ogles sometimes posts on his political social media — and a GoFundMe that allowed Ogles to rake in tens of thousands of dollars for what was supposed to be a children’s burial garden. Yet, what makes it a story is the fact that there is no burial garden, no one knows where their donations went, and Ogles refuses to say what he did with the money.

Court: Ukraine can try to avoid repaying $3B loan to Russia

The Biden administration demands that TikTok be sold, or risk a nationwide ban

Possibly not in Biden’s personal self-interest? Lots of garbage on TikTok of course, but a fair amount of political content too, with an audience skewing to the young side and mostly Democratic-leaning. But national security implications might trump personal self-interest.

A Common Dry-Cleaning Chemical Might Be Causing Parkinson's

Solar Panels Floating in Reservoirs? We’ll Drink to That

Floating photovoltaic systems, or “floatovoltaics,” provide electricity and reduce evaporation. Plus, you don’t need to clear land for a solar farm.

Probably not viable for reservoirs that have lots of recreational boating, but even for those perhaps some parts of the surface could be reserved for floatovoltaics.

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