‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Video Game Controversy: Boycotts And J.K. Rowling’s Comments On Transgender Community, Explained

ToplineThe highly anticipated Harry Potter video game debuts this week, but it’s been plagued by controversy and boycotts as players grapple with whether to support J.K. Rowling’s franchise in light of her history of comments widely seen as transphobic. Key Facts…

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‘Mattress Mack’—Known For Winning $75 Million On World Series Wager—Opposes Bill Legalizing Online Sports Gambling In Texas

ToplineHouston furniture magnate Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale spoke out against Texas legislation that would legalize mobile sports gambling, despite his history of placing massive multi-million-dollar sports bets as a promotion for his stores—giving state lawmakers a surprising opponent as the nationwide…

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California Governor Urges Federal Inquiry Into Surging Natural Gas Prices

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Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com,California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has called on the federal authorities to launch an investigation into the soaring natural gas prices in California and the rest of the Western U.S., as customers have been warned they would receive high…

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Ukraine Could Get 237 Leopard 1A5 Tanks—Assuming Someone Can Cut A Deal With A Belgian Arms-Dealer

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to LinkedinThe governments of Belgium, Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands are trying to scrape up all the old Leopard 1A5 tanks in Europe and send them to Ukraine. There’s just one problem. Fifty of the 1980s-vintage…

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US Democrats want more info on agencies’ crypto mining data collection

United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm were the recipients Feb. 6 of another letter on the environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining. Eight Democratic lawmakers headed by Elizabeth Warren reached out to the officials this…

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ConsenSys CEO: ‘We’ve retained virtually all of our capabilities’ after job cuts

Blockchain software developer ConsenSys retains the ability to achieve its goals after recent layoffs, CEO Joe Lubin claimed in a Feb. 7 interview with Cointelegraph, stating that “we’ve retained virtually all of our capabilities.”According to Lubin, the cuts were implemented “mostly…

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US financial regulators warn against crypto exposure in retirement accounts

Three financial watchdogs in the United States have issued a warning to investors considering certain individual retirement accounts with exposure to cryptocurrencies.In a Feb. 7 notice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, the North…

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He’s B-a-a-c-k! Fauci, the Gangster Who Couldn’t Jab Straight Bids for Control of the Next Generation of (Nasal) Vaccines

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente. As readers know, I stan for nasal vaccines and mucosal immunity generally. So now that I’m sure I’m not gonna stroke out, I’m writing this short post to express my astonishment, dismay, revulsion, and anger that…

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Laotian CBDC proof of concept project to launch using system pioneered in Cambodia

Japanese financial software firm Soramitsu has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Bank of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Payment Systems Department on the launch of a proof-of-concept project for a Laotian central bank digital currency (CBDC).…

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US Attorney requests SEC and CFTC civil cases against SBF wait until after criminal trial

Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has petitioned the court to delay civil proceedings against former FTX chief executive officer Sam Bankman-Fried “until the conclusion of the parallel criminal case”.In Feb. 7 filings, Williams requested…

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Dispersion in Q1 Nowcasts

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Here are several nowcasts of 2023Q1 GDP, placed against the January WSJ mean forecast and IMF WEO projection of 31 January. Figure 1: GDP (bold black), GDPNow (red square), IHS Markit/S&P Global (tan triangle), Goldman Sachs (light green line), WSJ January…

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Binance to support users in Turkey’s earthquake region with $100 airdrops in BNB tokens

The devastating earthquake that hit Turkey on Feb 6 has left a trail of destruction in its wake, affecting numerous communities and individuals.In response to the tragedy, cryptocurrency exchangeBinance has announced that it will airdrop $100 USD worth of BNB tokens…

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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/7/2023

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Golden Grosbeak. Caracas; Chuao Distrito Capital, Venezuela. * * * Politics “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51 “Here’s food…

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Fed Official Warns U.S. Debt Default Would Be ‘Catastrophe’ As Bank Of America Gears Up For The Worst

ToplineFederal Reserve official Neel Kashkari on Tuesday reiterated the Treasury's concern over the nation's looming debt ceiling crisis, and though he's unsure how likely a potential default could be, the central banker's comments come one day after Bank of America's chief…

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: ‘Hard To Grasp The Reality’ Donald Trump ‘Was Ever President’

On MSNBC Tuesday morning, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough joked about Donald Trump, saying that “it is really hard, even a couple of years later, to grasp the reality that that man was ever president of the United States. I mean,…

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