Odds and Ends — 24 November 2022

I’ve been playing around with DeepDreamGenerator’s newish “text prompt” artificial intelligence image creator. This image was generated from the prompt “Woman wearing a hat, in the style of Renoir.”

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, Business, and Debt:

Bukele’s government introduced a bill to launch the ‘Bitcoin bonds’

Fed officials see smaller rate hikes coming ‘soon,’ minutes show

Founder of EOS Developer Block.One Buys 9.3% of Crypto Bank Silvergate

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

US pandemic death toll higher than in 20 peer countries

They died suddenly - then the anti-vax trolling started

A Lasting Legacy of Covid: Far-Right Platforms Spreading Health Myths


Trump’s Legal Problems All Converged

In a matter of hours Tuesday, former President Donald Trump suffered humiliating defeats in courtrooms across the country that put him on track to have his personal taxes exposed, see his company dismantled, face a trial for an alleged rape, and confront the unencumbered power of the Department of Justice.
It was setback after setback for the former president, who would have struggled to keep up with all the bad news hour by hour—just as journalists struggled to keep track of all the updates and court appearances on Tuesday.

Justice Department Wants to Question Mike Pence

The Justice Department is seeking to question former Vice President Mike Pence as a witness in connection with its criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in power after he lost the 2020 election.
Mr. Pence, according to people familiar with his thinking, is open to considering the request, recognizing that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is different from the inquiry by the House Jan. 6 committee, whose overtures he has flatly rejected.

Belgium’s trade in Russian diamonds continues despite moral pressure

White House Won’t Cooperate with Some GOP Probes

As House Republicans prepare to launch an onslaught of oversight investigations next year, the White House is planning to distinguish between inquiries they deem legitimate and others they view as politically, not legislatively, motivated — with an eye toward minimizing their cooperation with probes they consider improper.
White House officials caution that their decisions about cooperation will ultimately hinge on the nature of the investigations, but their preparations, which have been underway for months, hinge on such a split strategy. The White House is likely to respond to requests for documents and testimony relating to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, for example, but far less likely to engage with Republicans’ investigations into Hunter Biden, the president’s son, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

The Real Problem With the Second Alleged Leak at the Court

It doesn’t matter if Alito preemptively revealed the outcome in Hobby Lobby. Consider the rest of the story.

Right-wing influencers and media double down on anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the wake of the Colorado shooting

Mass shootings are happening so frequently that Republicans barely have time to restock thoughts and prayers.

— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) November 23, 2022

The Crime Spike Is No Mystery

By zooming out and looking at the big picture, the question of what causes violence becomes quite answerable.

Ukraine Energy Systems on the Brink of Collapse

After just six weeks of intense bombing of energy infrastructure, Russia has battered Ukraine to the brink of a humanitarian disaster this winter as millions of people potentially face life-threatening conditions without electricity, heat or running water.
As the scope of damage to Ukraine’s energy systems has come into focus in recent days, Ukrainian and Western officials have begun sounding the alarm but are also realizing they have limited recourse. Ukraine’s Soviet-era power system cannot be fixed quickly or easily.

Russia Descending Into Chaos?

Mr Putin’s war is turning Russia into a failed state, with uncontrolled borders, private military formations, a fleeing population, moral decay and the possibility of civil conflict. And though confidence among Western leaders in Ukraine’s ability to withstand Mr Putin’s terror has gone up, there is growing concern about Russia’s own ability to survive the war. It could become ungovernable and descend into chaos.

Your Day in MAGA Domestic Terrorists

Scotland loses independence referendum court case


The Tiny and Nightmarishly Efficient Future of Drone Warfare

The Failed Plot to Kill 6 Million Germans in the Wake of WWII

Robert Clary, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ star who survived the Holocaust, dead at 96

The U.S. Needs More Housing Than Almost Anyone Can Imagine


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That's quite good, I have been messing around with a couple of them too. Sometimes you get a great result and other times a bonkers one!



Bonkers indeed. This was the result for the prompt “Sam Bankman-Fried stealing from the cookie jar.”


those all says that world is going crezy now days