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The week that was

Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy
Winter is now less about bundling up to keep warm than a season to top up on vaccinations and withdraw into your bubble to isolate from the latest Covid wave.
With New York’s infection rates spiking, we have decided to pull up the drawbridge and go back into the low crouch mode of last year to keep ourselves Omicron-free. Today we started double-masking outdoors again.
The year end has always been about spending time with family so I’m thankful at least to have them all together, albeit under a medical emergency.
Tidings of comfort and joy y'all.

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The US is imposing new sanctions on Chinese biotech and surveillance companies involved in the biometric surveillance and tracking of Uyghur Muslims.
The Iranian government vowed to impose sanctions against American entities and individuals involved in police brutality against Black people.
Everybody was reading Renay Mandel Corren’s obituary.
Cracks appeared in Meta’s “warm and fuzzy” depiction of virtual reality as one beta tester reported being groped by a stranger.
Jeff Garlin, an actor in the TV series The Goldbergs, was kicked off the set after HR complaints about his abusive behavior. Garlin’s body double will take his place while Garlin’s face will be digitally superimposed in post-production.
Eric Clapton successfully sued a 55-year old German widow for listing one of her late-husband’s bootleg CDs for $11.
In order to prevent smash-and-grab looting raids, The Grove, a high-end shopping mall in Los Angeles, added fencing that resembles barbed wire to its outdoor decor. “The coil wire is a reasonably new technology in retail crime prevention”
Due to a “lapse of concentration” a trader listed a Bored Ape NFT for a tenth of its market value. The lucky buyer sniped it for the equivalent of $40k and re-listed it for $248k.
Former First Lady Melania Trump proudly listed an NFT that is a watercolor of Melania Trump’s icy glare encoded with an audio recording of Mrs. Trump reciting “a message of hope.” Each piece is available for 1 SOL ($180).
Russian economists have concluded that investing in Lego is more lucrative than investing in gold.
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