Odds and Ends — 11 August 2022

in #oddsandends2 months ago

Tarsa beats Yodin Zaku (28 mana, Weak Magic and Noxious Fumes rule sets, only Fire splinter playable).

Don’t mess with the Kitty (60 mana, Spreading Fury and Heavy Hitters rule sets, all splinters available).

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

Coinbase Exchange Faces SEC Probe Over Crypto Yield, Staking Products

Nvidia ups its metaverse bet with new developer tools

Europe’s streets go dark to save energy

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

The US is on a Covid plateau, and no one's sure what will happen next

Will ‘Centaurus’ be the next global coronavirus variant? Indian cases offers clues


GOP discovers new standards on the mishandling of classified info

The problem is not that Republicans flip-flopped, it’s that they only pretended to care about document retention in the first place.

What Is Really Unprecedented Is Trump’s Criminality

While it is factually true that there is no history of a former American president being raided by the Feds, these observations implicitly treat the FBI’s behavior as the source of the historic break. The reason Donald Trump is the first former president to be treated like a criminal is that he is the first former president who is a criminal.

This one’s a hoot, a masterclass in hypocrisy:

Convicted Felons Are Leaping to Trump’s Defense

Q: So when did the DOJ start treating removal of classified documents like a felony anyway?
A: When President Trump signed a 2018 law making it a felony. pic.twitter.com/KA6RKYlQ8L

— Jeff Yarbro (@yarbro) August 9, 2022

Satellite images show Crimea airbase badly damaged

Trump Takes the Fifth Amendment in New York Deposition

Donald Trump declined to answer questions from the New York state attorney general’s office on Wednesday, a stunning gamble in a high-stakes legal interview that is likely to determine the course of a civil investigation into his company’s business practices.

“You see the mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” — Donald J. Trump

Republicans love the Fifth Amendment so much, the Second Amendment is jealous.

— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) August 10, 2022

An Overnight Switcheroo on Defunding Law Enforcement

Two years ago, in congressional and state elections, Republican candidates accused Democrats of supporting proposals to ‘defund’ or ‘abolish’ police. Actually, although anti-police slogans were widespread on social media and among protesters, very few Democratic officeholders supported these ideas. But Republicans didn’t let those facts get in the way. They smeared the whole Democratic party as an agent of crime and chaos.
Monday’s FBI search of Mar-a-Lago—reportedly in pursuit of classified documents that former President Donald Trump may have illegally kept when he left office—has turned this issue upside down. Now that law enforcement has targeted Trump, conservatives are denouncing the FBI. Some want to defund the bureau; others are demanding its complete abolition.

Their mentor was attacked. Now young OB-GYNs may leave Indiana

“It may be funny to you motherfucker, but it’s not funny to me.” — Beto O’Rourke, when a heckler laughed after he mentioned the school shooting that killed 19 children in Uvalde, Texas.

Pizzagate promoter tapped for Kremlin-backed propaganda campaign

You know things have gone off the rails when Trey Gowdy is a voice of reason: Fox News Host Blasts ‘Abhorrent’ Alex Jones: ‘He Was the False Flag’

Republicans Are Breathlessly Defending Trump Against the FBI Raid. But Just Wait.

Hear me out: Maybe the feds turning over your home for crimes is bad for your political future.

Trump, Alex Jones and Steve Bannon: GOP goons follow a familiar playbook when accountability knocks

Threats and bluster are meant to intimidate authorities and juries into backing down — but no one should be afraid

A long Twitter thread worth reading:

Okay. Seems solid that the FBI searched Mar-A-Lago, based on multiple sources, including a very angry shouty man who is liveblogging it.

Let's talk about what they had to do to get that search warrant, what it means, and what we'll be able to find out about the investigation. /1

— DarkTimesHat (@Popehat) August 8, 2022

Why the Trump search warrant is nothing like Hillary's emails

“For the department to pursue a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago tells me that the quantum and quality of the evidence they were reciting — in a search warrant and affidavit that an FBI agent swore to — was likely so pulverizing in its force as to eviscerate any notion that the search warrant and this investigation is politically motivated.”

Vos Trashes Election ‘Investigation’ He Started After Trump Stabs Him In Back

Trump’s brownshirts have plans: Extremists Are Threatening Trump Search-Warrant Judge

Far-right extremists on pro-Donald Trump message boards and social networks are making violent, antisemitic threats against the judge who reportedly signed the warrant that allowed the FBI to search the former president’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
Multiple members of these toxic online communities are even posting what appears to be Judge Bruce Reinhart’s home address, phone numbers, and names of his family members alongside threats of extreme violence.

Relieved Trump Thought Mar-A-Lago Raid Was About All The Bodies


The 388-year-old play that’s still going

What is a semiconductor? An electrical engineer explains how these critical electronic components work and how they are made


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