Odds and Ends — 25 September 2022
Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, Business, and Debt:
A wildly ambitious project to reinvent the entire internet computing stack is finally shipping usable apps after a decade-plus of laying groundwork. Can it overcome a “janky” UX?
Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:
There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. Those words are apocryphally attributed to the Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, referring to the rapid collapse of tsarist Russia just over 100 years ago. If he had actually said those words, Lenin might have added that there are also decades when centuries happen.
The world is in the midst of one such decade. As with other historical hinges, the danger today stems from a sharp decline in world order. But more than at any other recent moment, that decline threatens to become especially steep, owing to a confluence of old and new threats that have begun to intersect at a moment the United States is ill positioned to contend with them.
It's not fair to say the Republican Party isn't diverse. It's made up of a wide variety of racists, sexists, fascists, and morons. pic.twitter.com/Ke1nzXVHpv— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) September 24, 2022
The disapproval was evident in world leaders’ speeches and Russia’s lean schedule this past week at the United Nations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday offered guaranteed protections to Russian soldiers who surrender amid the conflict between the countries after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he was calling up 300,000 reservists to replenish Russian forces.
For Iran’s protesters, the fight for women’s freedom of choice is now synonymous with a desire to end the rule of the ayatollahs.
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