Odds and Ends — 26 November 2022

I’ve been playing around with DeepDreamGenerator’s newish “text prompt” artificial intelligence image creator. This image was generated from the prompt “Nikola Tesla, in the style of Andy Warhol.”

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:

Twitter has lost 50 of its top 100 advertisers since Elon Musk took over

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.

Trouble in the Bahamas following FTX collapse

The locals say they are having to contend with vacant apartments and the loss of job opportunities, once provided by the collapsed exchange.

‘Russia’s Google’ wants to sell its Russian businesses and flee the country with its most promising tech

Crypto Exchange Huobi Denies Rumors It Will Merge With Poloniex

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

Omicron BQ Covid variants, which threaten people with compromised immune systems, are now dominant in U.S.

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.

Latin America faces ‘prolonged crisis’ following pandemic: UN


Donald Trump dined with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes

“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.

The Battle Over the Expanded Child Tax Credit Remains

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.

Trump’s Big Lie charade is over. Politicians who helped him, meet the special counsel

A Year-End Push for Immigrant Labor Deal

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.

Trump posts angry Thanksgiving message: ‘Give me freedom or give me death’

Be careful what you ask for.

Not from The Onion: Kanye West says he asked Trump to be his 2024 running mate

Kremlin guards could be controlled by enemies with ‘hypnotic abilities,’ according to secret memo from Russia’s intelligence agency

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.”


New York’s Grand Dame of Dog Poisoning

Juliet Tuttle may have been the most prolific murderer of pets in American history. How did she get away with it?

How to Discuss Climate Change This Holiday Season Without Pissing Off Everyone


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The Kanye West article was hilarious.

This looked like your kind of thing.