Odds and Ends — 23 January 2023

I’ve been playing around with DeepDreamGenerator’s newish “text prompt” artificial intelligence image creator. This image was generated from the prompt “My life is an open book.”

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, Business, and Debt:

FWIW, Bitcoin due new ‘big rally’ as RSI copies 2018 bear market recovery

Japan was the future but it’s stuck in the past

Brazil and Argentina to discuss common currency

A growing number of Americans face potentially crippling credit-card debt

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

CDC is talking to airlines about wastewater testing in planes. New reports support that strategy.

Biden said the pandemic is over, but the pandemic won’t cooperate

According to a recent study, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are as effective at fighting COVID-19 as cootie catchers are at predicting the future. pic.twitter.com/OiXt8fhFX3

— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) January 21, 2023


Janet Yellen Dismisses Minting $1 Trillion Coin

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve likely wouldn’t accept a $1 trillion platinum coin if the Biden administration tried to mint one to avoid breaching the debt limit, dismissing an idea that has been floated to circumvent Congress on the issue.
Some Biden administration officials and Democrats on Capitol Hill have discussed the possibility that the Treasury could use an obscure law authorizing platinum coins in the event of a potential default. Under the proposed scheme, the Treasury would mint a $1 trillion coin and deposit it at the Fed, and then draw the money to pay the country’s bills.

Oh, they’d accept it. An obscure law is still a law. If push come to shove, the Treasury would issue at least one, and the Fed would take it. Yellen is just trying to throw Republicans off the track.

New York state to forgive $672 million of overdue gas, electric bills

Trump Posed for Photo with Former Mob Boss

German minister says it ‘would not stand in way’ of Poland sending tanks to Ukraine

If House Republicans are so intent on investigating the FBI, why not investigate the FBI’s failure to thoroughly probe the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh?

Why not investigate the Trump White House’s interference with the FBI probe into Kavanaugh?

— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) January 21, 2023

New Mexico shooting suspect shows Republicans seek a violent solution to rejection

From the Big Lie to Twitter to their families, Republicans refuse to peacefully admit that they’re unpopular


Websites Selling Abortion Pills Are Sharing Sensitive Data With Google

Some sites selling abortion pills use technology that shares information with third parties like Google. Law enforcement can potentially use this data to prosecute people who end their pregnancies with medication.

Vaccination to prevent dementia? New research suggests one way viral infections can accelerate neurodegeneration

Salt Marsh Microbes Threaten to Reshape the Atmosphere

Turf wars between microbes dictate how much carbon salt marshes store and how much methane they pump into the air.


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