September 23, 2021

We labor for years, often lifetimes, to build a community of software and users, and it’s all gone in an instant, replaced by people who didn’t take the time to understand what was learned.

Chrome’s Latest Feature Enables Surveillance.

Covid-19 death rate more than 4 times higher in least vaccinated states than in most vaccinated.

2021 Could See Over 100,000 Drug Overdose Deaths in America.

A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea.

Comparing Covid-19 to the ‘Spanish Flu’ Just Shows How Badly We Screwed This One Up.

Whether it’s homes or jobs, our dreams are moving further out of reach every year.

Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs. They’ve aligned themselves with forces they despise. But lefty anti-vaxxers don’t see the contradiction.

‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease. Eventually we might all have to deal with COVID-19—but a shorter, gentler version, thanks to vaccines.

The Democrats’ Greatest Delusion. The point of a majority is to enact legislation—not simply to maintain that majority.

September 22, 2021

America’s car crash epidemic.

‘Carbon Footprint’ and ‘Net Zero’ Don’t Mean What You Think. Words that imply strong emission reduction policies have adopted slippery meanings intended to imply companies are doing more to reduce emissions than they actually are.

Amazon’s AI Cameras Are Punishing Drivers for Mistakes They Didn’t Make.

Home Price to Income Ratio (US & UK).

Quashing demand or changing clients? Evidence of criminalization of sex work in the United Kingdom.

Specters of Saint Francis: Agamben’s The Highest Poverty and the State of Digital Culture.

This passwordless future requires that Microsoft follow in Apple’s and Google’s footsteps in deciding which software you are allowed to run on your computer. These vendors don’t trust you to manage your own security, instead they want you to hand all trust over to them.

$5.9 million ransomware attack on farming co-op may cause food shortage.

No, the COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause male infertility — but COVID-19 might.

Understanding Suicidal Americans. Why do Republicans support suicide by vaccine and mask refusal?

Unvaccinated Idahoans chose to continue Trump’s death panels.

September 21, 2021

House Democrats are scared to tax billionaires – that’s a costly mistake.

U.S. vs. China: A battle of ideas, not militaries.

The Economic Mistake the Left Is Finally Confronting.

Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

Billionaire Sacklers’ immunity threatened as DOJ moves to block opioid deal.


The housing crisis is the top concern for urban residents.

The Assassination of the Internet Archive by the Coward Chuck Wendig.

Cry macho: Why scared white guys are so dangerous.

‘Just Trust the Experts,’ We’re Told. We Shouldn’t.

Guess what the three Democrats blocking lower medication prices have in common?

The state of sex education in the United States is dismal.

September 20, 2021

Consolidation of the VPN industry spells trouble for the consumer.

Excision’s CRISPR gene editing therapy for HIV is heading into human testing after FDA clearance.

Ways men live without working in America.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet.

The Promise of Carbon-Neutral Steel.

Americans See Worst Buying Conditions in Decades on High Prices.

How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government.

Why America Must Go Big on Infrastructure.

World Runs Out of Weirdest Stuff: The WOLF STREET Beer Mug Shortage.

September 19, 2021

Renting a car will be a pain until at least 2022.

The psychology behind right-wing authoritarians’ denial of science.

Who Is Driving the Great Resignation?

Al Naslaa Rock Formation in Saudi Arabia.

Cancel culture, & the death of classical liberalism.

Comparing US and Nordic Labor Taxes.

Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue. As they should be.

Our Drug Supply Is Sick. How Can We Fix It?

We finally have proof that remote working is making people ruder.

September 18, 2021

Long Covid less common than feared – ONS study.

Facebook forced troll farm content on over 40% of all Americans each month.

The housing theory of everything.

Why Americans Die So Much.

Plants evolved complexity in two bursts—with a 250-million-year hiatus.

The United States of Sanctions. The Use and Abuse of Economic Coercion.

It’s time for variant-specific boosters.

Fire On Bomber In 1980 Posed Nuclear Risk.

How China Avoided Soviet-Style Collapse.

What Comes After Mind-Blowing Free-Money Blow-Off Spike in Retail Sales? A Spike Doesn’t Spike Forever.

Women Are Nearly Half of New Gun Buyers, Study Finds.

September 17, 2021

The World Needs a Pandemic Plan B. We must prepare to deal with future health crises in a world beset by nationalism and rivalry.

Employers are spying on Americans at home with ‘tattleware’. It’s time to track them instead.

Tell Children the Truth.

China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor. This is the kind of thing we should be doing, and lots of it.

The Crime of Curiosity.

Scientists find evidence of humans making clothes 120,000 years ago.

Windows 11: Just say no.

Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells’ Molecular Signals.

September 16, 2021

COVID vaccines very effective, hinder spread, studies say.

Why culture wars are an elite device. Plutocratic populists reduce economic conflicts to questions of belonging.

Lumber crash leads to ‘blowout’ sales as prices crater.

Two studies suggest the sweet spot for longevity lies around 7,000 to 8,000 daily steps or about 30 to 45 minutes of exercise most days. This is what I also concluded about two years ago.

Deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status, England: deaths occurring between 2 January and 2 July 2021. The vaccines are incredibly effective.

Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead. “Tried.” Right.

Effect size is significantly more important than statistical significance.

September 15, 2021

The Case Against ‘Excellence’ at Universities.

Big ISPs fight to save exclusive wiring deals that limit choice in apartments.

Vaccine hesitant people are dying – and their loved ones want the world to listen. Can we just call them dipshits? I am calling them dipshits because they are dipshits. A dead dipshit is still a dipshit, just more static.

To colonize different environments, bacteria precisely tune their nanomotors.

The Rock That Ended the Dinosaurs Was Much More Than a Dino Killer.

The U.S. is falling to the lowest vaccination rates of the world’s wealthiest democracies.

It’s all in the ink: Vinland Map is definitely a fake, new analysis finds.

September 14, 2021

The War on Terror Was Corrupt From the Start.

Europe’s reputation as a cosmopolitan haven has been exposed as a mirage.

Americans Expect their Earnings to Get Whacked by Red-Hot Inflation, Blow Off Fed’s Sermons about “Temporary.” They are correct.

Biden was at his best and boldest on vaccine mandates. The deliberately unvaccinated should be hounded out of life until they relent, or die. I honestly don’t care which.

Leaked documents reveal the special rules Facebook uses for 5.8M VIPs. “These people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

What will the planet look like in 50 years? Here’s how climate scientists figure it out.

Baby Boomers: Rich With Real Estate and Not Letting Go.

September 13, 2021

The effects of a warmer world are visible in animals’ bodies.

Social networks. It’s worse than you think.

Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes.

The Panic Series (Pt. I) – 1792.

The 9/11 Era is over. Good.

Longitudinal analysis of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections reveal limited infectious virus shedding and restricted tissue distribution. About what I expected to see, but still good news.

Study finds low rate of COVID-19 “breakthrough” infections, fewer symptoms in vaccinated people.

9/11 and the birth of the Big Lie.

This “Waning Immunity” Argument Against the FDA’s Covid Vaccine Approval Is a Scientific Quagmire.