GOOD: NCLA Wins Order Blocking Dep’t of Energy’s Unlawful Demand for Cryptocurrency Mining Data. “Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the New Civil Liberties Alliance’s new Texas Blockchain Council v. Dept. of Energy lawsuit. The 14-day TRO blocks DOE and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) from forcing cryptocurrency mining companies to hand over sensitive information about their electricity consumption through a mandatory Cryptocurrency Mining Facilities Survey. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had given EIA emergency permission to collect this data, despite EIA’s failure to demonstrate that short-cutting the statutory process would prevent public harm, as federal law requires. On behalf of its clients, the Texas Blockchain Council and Riot Platforms, Inc., NCLA celebrates the Court’s Order and looks forward to derailing DOE’s unlawful data collection effort once and for all.”

Reminder/Disclosure, I’m on the NCLA’s Advisory Board.

OPEN THREAD: Ring in the weekend.


HMM: Men’s infertility linked to increased cancer risks among families. “A deficiency or absence of viable sperm in a man’s semen could spell danger for him and those closely related to him, new research suggests. Cancers are more likely to occur in these men and their families, reports a team led by Dr. Joemy Ramsay, an assistant professor at Utah University in Salt Lake City.”


WHY DON’T WE KNOW: Who built that infamous January 6 gallows and why didn’t the authorities tear it down instead of leaving it up for hours before the riot even began? It’s almost as if somebody wanted the noose to be there! My latest PJMedia column.

HE’S FINE: Biden’s cheat sheets at fundraisers worry donors. “Biden’s reliance on notecards to help explain his own policy positions — on questions he knows are coming — is raising concerns among some donors about Biden’s age.”

HMM: History repeats? Why Chinese companies are establishing private armies. “China appears to be going back to its old ways. Its companies are reportedly setting up volunteer armies, something which was more common in the 1970s. Several of the country’s state-owned enterprises and a private firm have established in-house fighting forces over the last year.”