Odds and Ends — 13 September 2021


Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

DeFi and the 3 Cs

The purely collateral-based type of lending practiced so far in decentralized finance has limitations. Reputation systems may widen the possibilities.

Regulatory and privacy concerns trail SEC’s threat to Coinbase

Why is there a food emergency in Sri Lanka?

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

U.S. Lags In Vaccinations Among G7 Countries

he New York Times reports the U.S. is now lagging behind the UK, Canada, France, Germany and Italy — and just above Japan — in vaccination rates, though trend lines suggest the U.S. will soon slip to last place.

California bank manager beaten, called racist slur after asking man to wear a mask

Alabama man dies of cardiac event after 43 hospitals with full ICUs turned him away

The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates


False Election Claims Reveal a New Normal for GOP

As a wave of recent polling indicated that Mr. Newsom was likely to brush off his Republican challengers, the baseless allegations accelerated. Larry Elder, a leading Republican candidate, said he was ‘concerned’ about election fraud. The Fox News commentators Tomi Lahren and Tucker Carlson suggested that wrongdoing was the only way Mr. Newsom could win. And former President Donald J. Trump predicted that it would be ‘a rigged election.’
This swift embrace of false allegations of cheating in the California recall reflects a growing instinct on the right to argue that any lost election, or any ongoing race that might result in defeat, must be marred by fraud. The relentless falsehoods spread by Mr. Trump and his allies about the 2020 election have only fueled such fears.

Biden Tells Top Democrats He’s Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights

Democrats see $3.5T spending goal is slipping away

Pizzagate conspiracy theorist melts down after George W. Bush calls out domestic terrorists



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