Odds and Ends — 24 July 2021

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YOU'RE NOT STUPID, YOU'RE JUST UNLUCKY AT GUESSING

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

Canadian border town suspends Bitcoin mining over aesthetic concerns

The Node: Europe’s Hidden Agenda on Crypto Wallets

'Pingdemic' Triggers Widespread Panic Hoarding At UK Supermarkets

Mercedes-Benz says it's going all-electric within the decade

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

Tennessee Reverses Decision on Vaccine Outreach

Vaccinated America Has Had Enough

In the United States, this pandemic could be almost over by now. The reasons it’s still going are pretty clear.

GOP Governor Says It’s Time To ‘Blame The Unvaccinated’ For Pandemic Surge

“I think they’ve finally realized that if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get sick, and if their people aren’t vaccinated, they’re going to get blamed for COVID outbreaks in the future.” — GOP pollster Frank Luntz, on why Republicans are starting to more forcefully push for vaccinations.

Politics:

’Deadly serious’: Pelosi goes to war with GOP over Jan. 6

The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair

The move follows an executive order issued last week by the White House urging the agency to secure consumers' rights to fix their own gadgets.

Threats rattle Pennsylvania county targeted in election audit

Mike Lindell angry that Fox News is ignoring his “cyber symposium” on election fraud

The symposium is slated for Aug. 10 to 12, and according to Lindell, will show the world that the so-far baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in from the 2020 election are in fact 100% valid, leading to Trump's reinstatement.

Good luck with that.

The Republican anti-vax delusion

America’s vaccination programme is stalling. Populist conservatives are to blame

Tom Barrack Granted Release On Eye-Popping $250 Million Bond

Texas Democrats Have An Ace Up Their Sleeves

Unless Abbott—actually Speaker Dade Phelan—makes good on the threat to lock lawmakers in, ramming through a hardline elections bill in a subsequent special session risks inciting another quorum break—perhaps by Senate Democrats this time. That’s what happened during the last quorum break in 2003 when House Democrats hid out at a Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for several weeks to block the GOP’s aggressive gerrymandering scheme.
The threat of repeated quorum breaks does give Democrats some leverage, thanks to Abbott’s veto of the budget for the legislative branch: Come September 1, legislative staffers will no longer get paid. If the Legislature is actually defunded, that jeopardizes Republicans’ plans to redraw the state’s political maps this fall—a top priority as congressional Republicans try to take the U.S. House in 2022.

Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower

Democrats embrace ‘cook-the-books’ tactic they bashed under Republican reign

Serendipity:

The FAA Changed Its Definition of 'Astronaut' on the Same Day Jeff Bezos Went to Space

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