I Have "Dancing Queen" Stuck In My Head This Morning, Which Makes Reading About The Crypto Couple Even Funnier.
Dearest humans of the internet, as we inch through February, may your work/life be balanced, your coffee be delicious, and your urge to scream and run into the sea be not overwhelming (or at least used for entertainment purposes.) We’ve got this.
I know I say this every couple of days but This. Story. Is. BONKERS: Justice Dept. Seizes $3.6 Billion in Bitcoin and Arrests Married Couple (NYT). And lest the balanced and measured headline deceives you, this whole story is the natural culmination of the start-up/crypto/disrupt the things hustle culture I’ve grown oh-so-weary of over the past few years, as THIS MarketWatch headline better illustrates: New York hipster couple charged in billion-dollar bitcoin heist were ‘serial entrepreneurs’ who used startups to launder money, prosecutors say. She even filmed videos a la the omnipresent cringey VC rap videos of the early 2010s (thank you Daily Beast for this take: Hipster Couple Charged in $4.5 Billion Crypto Heist Is Even Weirder Than You Think) - believe me, my SKIN CRAWLED and I am NOT linking to a video, no matter how many of you sent it to me. I have to think of my mental health, and how I really should have become a scammer when I was younger, maybe I could afford a home in San Francisco… OH OK, ONE MORE STORY, and this one’s by Sarah Emerson, so you KNOW this shit is good: A Woman Accused Of A $4.5 Billion Cryptocurrency Laundering Scheme Has Moonlighted As A Rapper And Forbes Writer (BuzzFeed).
This will not surprise anyone who is or knows elder millennial / late X Mom: Women's labor force participation still lagging (Axios)
The Canadian trucker occupations get weirder and weirder: The hacked account and suspicious donations behind the Canadian trucker protests (Grid)
OK, this is all well and good, but let’s see some of these principled Republicans start voting like it: GOP at war: Romney vows to go head to head with Trump with fundraiser for Liz Cheney (The Independent)
And finally, y’all know I’m a ball of anxiety who’s relied on many tools and tricks, healthy and oh-so-not, throughout my life to manage it - so I’m very happy to see mainstream media discuss dermatillomania, also known as chronic skin picking: I started picking at my skin when my anxiety got bad and work became a struggle. Here's how I dealt with it. (Insider)
You’re great. Drink some water, stay safe, and be kind to each other, won’t you?