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Is it legal for Congress to #default on the US #NationalDebt? It depends on who you ask. There are a ton of good legal arguments for and against, so perhaps it comes down to what the (degraded, corrupt, illegitimate, partisan) #SupremeCourt says?…

1/ A kitchen sink. The Supreme...
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:…

In those terms, it seems like the game is over. #Biden should just surrender, hand the most extreme wing of the (degraded, corrupt, illegitimate, authoritarian) #GOP everything, even if doing so will push Biden's approval rating lower, dangerously close to the next election.

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"Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. And, the costs & threats to America & the world keep rising.

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"American diplomacy matters."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"#Putin’s war was premeditated & unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West & @NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home.
Putin was wrong. We were ready."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden's #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia
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Oops they’re doing it again. Republican members of Congress want to be seen as voting in lockstep with their party but they also want credit when the legislation crafted & passed by #Democrats pay huge dividends for their constituents. #WeSeeYou👀 1/20 #DemocratsDeliver
This article, from Jan. 20, 2022 By Steve Benen tells the story of the double-dealing, mealy-mouthed, two-faced, weaselly, yellow-bellied, two-timing, lying Republican swine. The article doesn’t use those words but draw your own conclusions. 2/20…
“Around this time 12 years ago, as investments from Barack Obama's Recovery Act started reaching communities nationwide, Republicans who opposed the economic package started showing up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies.”3/20 #RepublicanHypocrisy
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Get rid of the SALT tax cut for the wealthy and the bank surveillance and someone write an intelligible bill. I support child tax credit permanently with work requirement. Incoherence does NOT sell. @JoeBiden @SenSchumer @SpeakerPelosi
Did any of YOU read the Senate bill? It is gobbledygook. Shame on you "legislators" for such sloppiness. NO FED FUNDING AGENCY WOULD FUND YOU. You make it embarrassing to be a Democrat. Make bills focused, limited scope and paid for! SALT is 2nd most expensive item in bill.
The bipartisan #InfrastructureBill was exemplary and is HOW our government should function. Pelosi & Schumer have created this partisanship. The WORST ever, except Newt. Don't reward them with tax cuts for the rich. Orwellian surveillance of small business & ALL bank accounts.
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SO @POTUS Biden & the Dems have had enormous successes, that the media ignores. WE MUST CELEBRATE & TOUT these WINS! Don't let the #GOPTraitorsToDemocracy control the narrative.
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The infrastructure Bill-
$110 billion into roads, bridges and other major projects.
$42 billion to modernize ports and airports.
$66 billion in freight and passenger rail.
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#DontKillCrypto Update: @RonWyden and @SenLummis have made good on their word to fight to stop invasive surveillance and defend small developers creating alternatives to Big Tech.…
The bad provisions in the #InfrastructureBill might be the law, but the fix bill these Senators have introduced is a clear signal:

🔥The fight for a common sense approach to new tech that doesn't entrench Zuck as Ruler of web3 is not over.
We drove 40,000+ calls to the Senate on this issue and we are being heard. The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee is taking a stand, will your Rep join him? Find out:
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It's official. @POTUS signed the bipartisan #InfrastructureBill into law.

When Do We Get Our Broadband?…

Now, action shifts from Congress to key federal agencies that will implement the broadband provisions.

@brookingsMetro noted it will be a longer-term, patient approach to rebuilding American competitiveness through infrastructure @jwkane1 @CarolineRGeorge @AdieTomer
Some key actions and deadlines in the months and years ahead:
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💡🚲🧵 @ArlingtonVA @BikeArlington @USDOT. In May, I bought an #ebike. I named it #SlayerPete after our bike-loving Secretary of Transportation, @SecretaryPete. Image
I ride #SlayerPete to my office in DC, for errands, and, yes, for exercise. While #Arlington #Virginia has a great network of paths and trails, it still lacks the kind of secure bike storage/parking recently opened at the East Falls Church Metro @wmata. Image
In fact, safe/secure bike parking/storage is the biggest impediment to me using my #ebike even more.
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Benchmark Lithium prices - Battery Grade, EXW China @benchmarkmin

Nov 2018 $11,875
Nov 2019 $7,950
Nov 2020 $6,100
Today $30,025

Structural shortage is set to hit in 2022.

Lithium carbonate prices are at all time highs but easy to see them soar above $40k in 2022
Lithium is the key element that this entire low carbon economy is being built on. With low cost energy storage en masse, speed, scale and economics will fall apart

The passed £1 Trillion US #InfrastructureBill is set to send lithium into a super bull market next year.
The White House has identified lithium ion batteries as a core technology.

“We will get America off the sidelines on manufacturing solar panels, wind farms, batteries, and electric vehicles to grow these supply chains”
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We've put together a multi-part series on #broadband provisions in the #infrastructure bill:…

Analysis organized around: Deployment | Adoption | Middle-Mile | Workforce Training | Tribal Connectivity
#DigitalEquity #InfrastructureBill
First up: Over *$42 Billion* for broadband deployment grants to the states.

The Largest U.S. Investment in Broadband Deployment Ever:…
The #infrastructure bill will not just build broadband networks, it aims to ensure that every American can use reliable high-speed internet service.

Enter: #TheDigitalEquityAct
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BREATHTAKING—$1.2 trillion for infrastructure will be revolutionary. This will be a monumental achievement when it’s finally signed. The modernizations and electric ⚡️ car infrastructure upgrades will be epic too. Thx @JoeBiden @SpeakerPelosi @WHCOS.…
2) Notably, the #infrastructurebill would provide:
$110 billion for roads and bridges. More than 45,000 bridges nationwide are rated in poor condition. The bill also includes $16 billion for major projects that are too large or complex for traditional funding.
3) $66 billion for Amtrak for passenger and freight rail. The bill aims to eliminate Amtrak’s maintenance backlog and to modernize Northeast Corridor.
$65 billion to expand broadband internet access. The WH estimated as many as 40 million Americans lack broadband access.
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This was what I worried would happen with @Booker4KY. Not be on the offensive with @RandPaul, who's an abysmal, but only on the defensive when need to. Just like the @KyDems always do, which is a losing strategy. But Booker's running on policies that are materially popular!!!
Here's a fun fact about running in an election... If you run as an Aggressive & Offensive Candidate with Policies that help the People & their Material Well-being, then you win.
Here's how I know; In the 2015 Midterms, @AlanGrayson of the @FlaDems, he won with no problem. He was unapologetic when being a "#Progressive", stands up with his Principles & goes for the Jugular in Political Ads at his Opponents on how their Policies are Wrong, Evil & Bad &...
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Poorly written provisions in the #InfrastructureBill could regulate #crypto out of existence & make felons of everyday users. Here are a few of the thousands of exciting #blockchain projects that could be impacted by unworkable regulation. (Sharing, not endorsing) #DontKillCrypto
#Bailbloc is an app that redirects a small portion of your computer’s unused processing power towards mining Monero. It then exchanges the Monero for USD, and donates the $$ to a rotating list of bail funds in the @bailfundnetwork every month:
.@GCASCollege is the world’s first debt-free degree granting college owned by faculty, staff, supportres, and graduates, powered by its own crypto-token, GCASy:…
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The next 24 hours are crucial for #cryptocurrencies. This is the plan to get the House to fix deeply broken provisions in the #InfrastructureBill: we've built a scoreboard, and we need you to contact your rep if they haven't spoken out. >> #DontKillCrypto
On 9/30 the House will likely vote to pass the #InfrastructureBill, but this isn't the end of the story. #Crypto isn't dead. On the contrary, this is a golden opportunity to form a much bigger, bipartisan coalition in support of a #decentralized internet.
Because of the 40,000+ #DontKillCrypto calls already, both Republicans and Democrats are calling to fix this unworkable legislation. Your rep should join them. You can see if they have + contact them at
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#Crypto Update: the House is scheduled to vote on the #InfrastructureBill this Thursday 9/30. This is a crucial opportunity to get your representative on the record in support of a #DontKillCrypto fix and a decentralized future. Contact your rep at
We're actively updating the scoreboard at to reflect which representatives support a fix for unworkable legislation. This is the best moment possible to ask your reps to join them. The plan for the next 48 hours is to do a big push.
EVERYONE: Use our scoreboard to see if your rep has made a public commitment. If they haven’t, use our easy tools to contact your rep now. If they reply, let us know at Then, make sure your friends and collaborators do the same by the morning of 9/30.
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Lots to like in the #InfrastructureBill, esp that public investment is back.
For me, the Q is always about scale & direction.
-US school bus fleet 480,000
-Cost per bus $100,000-$300,000 (electric cost more)
-Fleet replacement cost $48b-$144b +
-Infrastructure bill: $7.5b🧵
Allocation to address inequities from gentrification and the highway system: $1b

That's approx what it costs to build 100-200miles of highway. I.e., a very small amount to redress decades of legacy investments in an interstate hwy system that ripped through many communities.
$1.25b appropriated for Appalachian Development to connect remote communities from 13 Appalachian states from NY to AL. Given above hwy building costs, you know that funding is a drop in the bucket, given objectives.
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Top 5️⃣ Lessons Learned Debating Crypto Policy with the U.S. Senate

As we reflect on the industry’s efforts with the #infrastructurebill, I’d like to share my thoughts on the key lessons we learned as a community and what we can do to keep moving forward.

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1️⃣ More education is needed 1️⃣ Many in Congress badly need a crypto education. Most Members had their first deep dive into the technology during this legislative debate. Now we must proactively engage with policymakers so they have a deeper knowledge of these innovations.
The best way to understand a new technology is to try it out. The Chamber’s initiative, Crypto for Congress, was created especially for elected officials.
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56.01/ Week fifty-six, Aug. 7-13, 2021, thread begins here.

#ChodeshTov everyone! Happy #Elul, the "deep breath before the plunge" (as Gandalf says).

Week 55 thread is below.
56.02/ Excellent shibboleth action here from Rabbi Ruttenberg, in a benevolent, non-murdery, way, of course.

56.03/ Honored with #haftara yesterday but it had been so long since I last did one that my eyesight has gotten bad enough that I was juggling a mask, fogged glasses, & the too small print of even a full-size Artscroll. And why did Yeshayahu have to make up so many weird words?!
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1/ Dear Senators, still confused about why the @markwarner amendments (yes, all 5 of them) fall short of fixing the #crypto provision in the #infrastructurebill? Here are 3 things you need to know.
2/ FIRST: *Crypto networks are operated by the community, not companies.* Yes, there are companies that support these networks, but the real work is done by unaffiliated network participants.
3/ This means there isn’t a big corporation hiring a bunch of software developers, writing proprietary software, and investing in hardware to offer an online service.
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1/ Attention US Senators - curious how this obscure, little industry called “crypto” has been able to be so effective in Washington this past week? Let me explain to you crypto’s 3 SUPERPOWERS...
2/ SUPERPOWER #1: #Crypto has a *very big* and *very passionate* user/participant base. This includes the 50+ million people in the US who hold crypto assets.
3/ But it also includes the thousands of individuals & businesses contributing to network operations. Unlike traditional financial services & Internet platforms, crypto networks are built, operated & maintained by a COMMUNITY of participants.
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THREAD: The Biden admin has been talking a big game about being "tough on Big Tech" and Silicon Valley monopolies. But right now they're quietly defending a provision in the #InfrastructureBill that targets software developers who are trying to build alternatives to Big Tech
Here's what's going on: the administration has been pushing a "pay-for" measure in the bipartisan infrastructure package that would expand US government surveillance of #cryptocurrency projects. @EFF has a good summary of concerns with the provision here:…
The provision has been sold as being about taxes. But it's so poorly written that it would create reporting requirements that would demand people like software developers and even volunteers within decentralized tech projects hand over data or conduct surveillance of their users.
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What is going on in the #treasury market? 10 year treasury just hit 1.13%. Yet my fair value model has it at 1.75% (incorporates Copper/Gold and other ratios - r2 of 90%+) #bonds #yields #YieldCurve ImageImage
This is right as fears of growth slowing down are coming up #jobs #ADP…
Yet, the #ISM Manufacturing PMI is still in a highly expansionary state at 59.1 Image
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1/ @blockchainassn and its 46 member companies—companies with tremendous expertise in the crypto ecosystem—appreciate the Senate’s ongoing engagement on the digital asset tax information reporting provisions in the bipartisan #infrastructurebill.
2/ While some minor improvements have been made, the latest language still poses fundamental concerns and questions about certain terms and definitions used in the provision.
3/ To be clear, the Blockchain Association firmly believes that all taxpayers should pay the taxes they owe.
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