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  • Joni Mitchell, Barry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Justino Díaz, and Bette Midler are all Kennedy Center honorees who got a big reception at the White House over the weekend.
  • Economically depressed Upstate New York towns are divided over whether to allow hedge funds and other financial firms to come in and build Bitcoin mining facilities, which are extremely energy-intensive and bad for the environment.
  • Ghislaine Maxwell's parents wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to make their daughter's stay in jail nicer.
  • The New Yorker published a 7,000-word neg of Succession star Jeremy Strong.
  • The latest trend among Millennials, some of whom are now in their 40s and living in a precarious world beset by COVID-19: writing wills.
  • Australia, where people get drunk twice as frequently as the global average, has been named the drunkest country on Earth.
  • Actor Michael Sheen told the BBC he's now basically "a not-for-profit actor" who's donating major chunks of his acting checks to worthy causes.
  • Here's Pitchfork's list of the 100 best songs of 2021, a ranking you may not agree with but hey, there's somethin' for everyone in here!
  • It appears to be Italian Awareness Month.
  • And finally, a cat in a bubble: