July 28, 2021

California and New York City to mandate vaccine for government workers.

The Rise and Fall of the Ultimate Doomsday Prepper.

Rationality Is Not A Way Out Of Group Action Problems like Climate Change and Covid.

Biden’s relapse into bipartisan fantasy.

Supply-Chain Backlogs Turn Chicago Into New Chokepoint.

Spiral shark intestines work like Nikola Tesla’s water valve, study finds.

As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger. Yep. The deliberately unvaccinated should be charged with murder. I am completely serious.

Fact check: Businesses can legally ask if patrons have been vaccinated. HIPAA does not apply.

From ports to rail yards, global supply lines struggle amid virus outbreaks in the developing world. Finally some stories about ths.

People infected with the delta variant of the novel coronavirus may be carrying more than a thousand times more virus particles and may test positive two days earlier than those infected with the original SARS-CoV-2.

People shielding five times more likely to die of Covid, Scottish study finds.

More sex in more places has not changed people’s general sheepishness towards it. Take, for instance, how it is seen as “awkward” or “uncomfortable” for two people who once had casual sex meet again in a regular context, as if they committed a heist together are were told not to contact each other again.

globalinequality: Is Norway the new East India Company?

The Time Tax. Why is so much American bureaucracy left to average citizens?

July 27, 2021

Historical language records reveal a surge of cognitive distortions in recent decades.

The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them.’

The Great Outdoors Is Giving Way to the Great Indoors.

16 of 30 Google results contain SQL injection vulnerabilities.

Pickup trucks are a plague on Canadian streets. And American ones.

People Sure Are Driving a Lot, Gasoline Consumption Hits Record, But Flying & Mass Transit Lag Way Behind.

Devastated by Disasters, Lake Charles Is Still Waiting for Help.

What does public health really mean? Lessons from covid-19. Good piece. They were writing in the BMJ, so they could not say “extended lockdowns are moronic,” but did express that in a more venue-appropriate way.

Fight the Delta variant, but don’t let it stop the reopening. Right on.

As many as 60% of COVID-19 cases went undetected as of March 7, 2021, the last date for which the dataset they employed is available.

Plant root–associated bacteria preferentially colonize their native host-plant roots.

A Health Care Giant Sold Off Dozens Of Hospitals — But Continued Suing Many Patients.

July 26, 2021

4 in 10 workers say they’ll look for another job if they have to go back to the office full-time.

How Apple, Facebook, and Google Broke the Mobile Browser Market by Silently Undermining User Choice.

Why Elite Romans Decorated Their Floors With Garbage.

Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Can Deliver on the Failed Promise of Private Industry.

The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair.

Empty Storefronts Are Killing Our Neighbourhoods.

Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction.

Do Adults Really Not Remember School Sucked?

COVID and the brain: researchers zero in on how damage occurs.

Time to assume that health research is fraudulent until proven otherwise?

Scorn and Consequences: What Refusers Deserve.

It’s Time to Start Requiring Vaccinations.

The Inflation Is Real, and It Isn’t Going Away Soon.

The End of “Cancel Culture”? Young Americans may return us to a culture of compassion and forgiveness.

What’s a “Stuck Nation”? America in 2021, paralyzed by injustice and inequality.

The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat: Vaccine Refusal.

July 25, 2021

SpaceX lands NASA launch contract for mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight.

How The Metaphysics Of Capitalism Destroyed The World.

In Defense of Dumb Nationalist Bullshit. You’re allowed to feel good.

Inside a Tennessee hospital grappling with Delta and vaccine hesitancy.

Does not compute: Avoiding pitfalls assessing the Internet’s energy and carbon impacts.

Epigenetic clocks reveal a rejuvenation event during embryogenesis followed by aging.

Cleaner air has contributed one-fifth of US maize and soybean yield gains since 1999.

American Dysfunction Is the Biggest Barrier to Fighting Covid.

Stimmies Work: Relief and Recovery!

Hubble views a faraway galaxy through a cosmic lens.

Maker of dubious $56K Alzheimer’s drug offers cognitive test no one can pass.

More-Than-Human and Deeply Human Perspectives on COVID-19.

July 24, 2021

Silicon Valley’s Best Pandemic Ever. As the world reeled, tech titans supplied the tools that made life and work possible. Now the companies are awash in money — and questions about what it means to win amid so much loss.

Global Warming Is Coming For Us, So You Better Get Used to Seeing Skin. It’s the coldest summer of the rest of our lives. Let the people show nip. Anything to push back against the prudes is ok in my book.

Why Are Pedestrian Deaths at Epidemic Levels?

Republican governor says ‘time to start blaming unvaccinated’ for rise in cases. Exactly right.

We tested AI interview tools. Here’s what we found. One gave our candidate a high score for English proficiency when she spoke only in German.

Exercise Capacity and Mortality among Men Referred for Exercise Testing.

Loneliness Is Breaking America.

A Rare Eagle.

July 23, 2021

You Don’t Need A Full-Size Pickup Truck, You Need a Cowboy Costume. The most popular vehicles in America may be the greatest examples of overcompensation ever invented.

The Departure Board Edition.

Inside the disinformation machine: How far-right media brainwash millions daily.

Men and women are equally likely to resort to blatant forms of sexual deception.

The Influence of Types of Stimulation and Attitudes to Clitoral Self-stimulation on Female Sexual and Orgasm Satisfaction: a Cross-sectional Study.

NASA Releases First Detailed Map of the Insides of Mars.

What I Saw in Yosemite Was Devastating.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the question of whether you are an optimist or a pessimist from a personal one into a political one.

Lifting Weights? Your Fat Cells Would Like to Have a Word. A cellular chat after your workout may explain in part why weight training burns fat.

A good scrap. Disagreements can be unpleasant, even offensive, but they are vital to human reason. Without them we remain in the dark.

July 22, 2021

Too Many Democrats Don’t Realize Voter Suppression Laws Are a Threat to Their Power. No, they realize. They just do not care.

The argument for switching off lights at night.

Why Shame Is A Bad Public Health Tool — Especially In A Pandemic. Blue state scoldy people do not care.

Are Hardgainers Actually a Fitness Myth? No, they exist, but it’s not the end of the world. Good article.

The Untamed Rise Of Hospital Monopolies.

US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since second world war.

Americans misperceive racial economic equality.

People Want To Work, They Just Don’t Want To Work For You.

The typical COVID death took 14 years of life away in 2020.

The sky is filled with rivers of darkness.

July 21, 2021

Giant tsunami from dino-killing asteroid impact revealed in fossilized ‘megaripples.’

What’s it like hauling nuclear weapons across the country.

Don’t Wanna Pay Ransom Gangs? Test Your Backups.


Dying Earth genre.

The Kids Were Safe From COVID the Whole Time. Why we should rethink COVID safety protocols for children — and everyone else.

The National Security Disaster You Probably Missed Last Week. One of Washington’s most sclerotic bureaucracies strikes back.

Companies claim there’s a labor shortage. Their solution? Prisoners. So we’re just gonna do some slavery, huh?

Giant rare moonfish washes up on Oregon coast.

‘No One Is Safe’: Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World. More of that stuff that could “never happen” happening.

A Brief History Of Gasoline: How Standard Oil Built Its Toxic Monopoly.

Americans’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion. A new study finds that health care has become the country’s largest source of debt in collections. Those debts are largest where Medicaid wasn’t expanded.

July 20, 2021

Cities Try to Phase Out Gas Stoves—but Cooks Are Pushing Back.

Five years, four judges, six lawyers, $400,000 in attorney and expert fees and costs, a child yanked back and forth, the petty arguing — all for a net payment of about $1,000 a month.

Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship.

Mars Didn’t Dry Up in One Go – Martian Climate Cycled Between Dry and Wet Periods.

There’s a new tactic for exposing you to radical content online: the ‘slow red-pill.’