Odds and Ends — 29 March 2023

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Crypto’s Unfulfilled Dreams Get a Tailwind From U.S. Crackdown on Binance, Coinbase

Bank seeking to have governor's wages garnished to settle debt

How Irish farmers turn cow dung into digital gold (Bitcoin)

Arizona had the highest COVID-19 death rate in U.S.

Game-Changer Nasal Spray: A Universal Shield Against All COVID-19 Variants

Federal Judge Orders Mike Pence to Testify

A federal judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to appear in front of a grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, sweeping aside two separate legal efforts by Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump to limit his testimony. The rulings on Monday, by Judge James Boasberg in Federal District Court in Washington, were the latest setback to bids by Mr. Trump’s legal team to pare back the scope of the questions that prosecutors can ask witnesses close to him in two grand jury investigations.

Fox News Doesn’t Want Murdoch to Testify

Lawyers for Fox News were met with skepticism Tuesday when they argued that Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch should be excused from testifying in court as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the company.

What if the Attack on the U.S. Capitol Succeeded?

Trump Sings a Song of Sedition

A former president, a man once entrusted with the Constitution’s Article II powers as our chief magistrate and the commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world, an elected official who held our survival in his hands with the codes to our nuclear arsenal, considered it an honor to be serenaded by a group of violent insurrectionists who are sitting in jail for offenses against the government and people of the United States… A thought experiment might help. Imagine if, say, Barack Obama held a rally and stood at attention as a group of anti-constitutional rioters—perhaps people who had called for attacking police officers and lynching top officials of the United States—used his voice as a motif while singing from prison to honor him. You know exactly what would happen: That one moment would dominate the news cycle until the last star in the galaxy burned out.

The Real End Goal of the Anti-Choice Texas Abortion Lawsuit

U.S. Pushes Europe to Line Up Against China

With urgency like never before, European governments are restricting exports of chip-making equipment to China, banning TikTok on government devices and pushing protectionist trade policy. Even long-time holdout Germany, the European Union’s biggest economy and a heavy investor in China, is starting to question its business-first ethos.

The Many Levels Of McCarthy’s Newest Debt Ceiling Nonsense

Ginni Thomas Received $600K from Anonymous Donors

A little-known conservative activist group led by Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, collected nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations to wage a cultural battle against the left over three years. The previously unreported donations to the fledgling group Crowdsourcers for Culture and Liberty were channeled through a right-wing think tank in Washington that agreed to serve as a funding conduit from 2019 until the start of last year. The Post’s investigation sheds new light on the role money from donors who are not publicly identified has played in supporting Ginni Thomas’s political advocacy, long a source of controversy. The funding is the first example of anonymous donors backing her activism since she founded a conservative charity more than a decade ago.

Who is Humza Yousaf, the new SNP leader?

Sean Hannity Fails Again Trying to Coach Trump

Donald Trump’s long-awaited return to Fox News’s airwaves on Monday night after a months-long absence occasioned an altogether familiar exercise: His longtime ally Sean Hannity helpfully tries to coach him to give the right answers, and Trump utterly fails to oblige. A telling exchange results, but not in the way the host intends.

Russia Caught Red-Handed Making Fake Video of Ukrainian Attack on Woman and Child

Russian soldiers say they were sent into battle with 'blocking' units behind them to stop them from retreating

Grand Jury May Have Already Voted to Indict

The Manhattan grand jury that has been weighing potential ‘hush-money’ charges against Donald Trump since mid-January could have voted Monday — we just wouldn’t know it yet. If they’ve already voted to indict, the district attorney’s office does not need to file the indictment immediately. Instead they could slow-walk the post-vote process for days, forestalling the moment when Trump is officially indicted, as is in their discretion and power to do…

Facial recognition is helping Putin curb dissent with the aid of U.S. tech

Trump, Bush tax cuts have largely driven national debt issues since 2001

U.S. Renewable Electricity Surpassed Coal Last Year

More Borgen, less Sherlock: Europe cracks down on British TV

Streaming services may struggle to replace content from the UK, which contributes significantly to their ‘European works’ quotas.

Mathematicians Excited About New 13-Sided Shape Called 'the Hat'

Researchers proved the existence of a kind of shape that'd only been predicted to exist by theory.

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