Odds and Ends — 15 September 2021

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Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

Bitcoin billionaires back ‘moonshot’ scheme to resurrect woolly mammoths

Fidelity Prodded SEC to Approve Bitcoin ETF in Private Meeting

Solana and Arbitrum knocked offline, while Ethereum evades attack

Global debt is fast approaching record $300 trillion

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

’This pandemic is our World War II.’ An up-close look at how a Florida hospital fights to save Covid-19 patients

The Covid spike in highly vaccinated Israel holds grim omens for other economies

Fifth Conservative Anti-Vax Radio Host Dies Of COVID Within Six Weeks

Politics:

The 5 Biggest Bombshells In The Woodward-Costa Book

California recall: Democratic governor survives bid to oust him

”If you’re telling your voters not to trust the election results, the logical conclusion is that elections aren’t worth having…”

Top General Feared Trump Would Start War with China

Twice in the final months of the Trump administration, the country’s top military officer was so fearful that the president’s actions might spark a war with China that he moved urgently to avert armed conflict.
In a pair of secret phone calls, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, that the United States would not strike…

Trump Aides Privately Admitted Pandemic Mistakes

Senior advisers to President Trump in February 2020 privately discussed the government’s “critical mistakes” in preparing for the pandemic, countering the former president’s optimistic claims in public, according to emails obtained by the House’s select subcommittee on the pandemic.
“In truth we do not have a clue how many are infected in the USA. We are expecting the first wave to spread in the U.S. within the next 7 days,” adviser Steven Hatfill wrote to Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade director, on Feb. 29, 2020. “This will be accompanied by a massive loss of credibility and the Democratic accusations are just now beginning. This must be countered with frank honesty about the situation and decisive direct actions that are being taken and can be seen in the broadcast news.”
…Navarro privately warned Trump in a March 1, 2020 memo that the government’s response was “NOT fast enough” and that a “very serious public health emergency” was looming, but Trump continued to downplay the virus’s risks in public.

Afghanistan: Taliban leaders in bust-up at presidential palace

Serendipity:

FWIW, Former Pentagon UFO Official Luis Elizondo to Reveal “Shocking Details” in New Book

The memoir “promises to reveal shocking never-before-shared details regarding what Elizondo has learned about UFOs and the profound implications for humanity, all of which will escalate what is already a hot topic globally.”

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an ‘Internet Apocalypse’

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