Odds and Ends — 26 November 2022
I’ve found that if the subject is someone whose image is known to us mostly or entirely through black and white photos, the A.I. will consistently produce a monotone image. It usually does a pretty good job with “in the style of” but this one doesn’t seem particularly Warholish to me.
Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, Business, and Debt:
Half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers appear to no longer be advertising on the website.
A report from Media Matters for America states that these 50 advertisers have spent almost $2 billion on Twitter ads since 2020 and more than $750 million just in 2022.
The locals say they are having to contend with vacant apartments and the loss of job opportunities, once provided by the collapsed exchange.
Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:
My brother, who’s immunocompromised due to a transplant, recently became ill with Covid. But he got a monoclonal antibody infusion ASAP and has been improving.
“This is a fucking nightmare. If people are looking at DeSantis to run against Trump, here’s another reason why.” — A Trump adviser, talking to NBC News, about Donald Trump dining with Fuentes.
When the history of American hardship is written in some distant decade, two recent events may capture the whipsaw forces of the age.
Child poverty fell to a record low. And the program that did the most to reduce it vanished.
The story of that temporary program — technically, a tax-credit expansion but more plainly a series of monthly checks to most families with children — was extraordinary in every way. A guaranteed income in a country long resistant to one, the expanded child tax credit emerged from obscurity to win support from most of the Democratic Party, aided millions of low- and middle-income families during the pandemic and helped cut child poverty nearly in half.
Lawmakers, agriculture groups and farmworker organizations are pushing to pass an overhaul of the farmworker visa program through both chambers of Congress before the GOP takes control of the House next year.
Be careful what you ask for.
Not from The Onion: Kanye West says he asked Trump to be his 2024 running mate
The leaked memo contains details that could have easily come from the plot of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — with everything from theories that soldiers could be hypnotized, to efforts to prevent infection by “psycho-generators.”
Juliet Tuttle may have been the most prolific murderer of pets in American history. How did she get away with it?