April 12, 2024

Consumer prices moved higher in March. Auto insurance costs were a major reason.

16% of Home Listings Were Affordable for the Typical Household in 2023, Likely the Bottom for Housing Affordability.

Hollywood Believes The Time Is Ripe To Bring Back SOPA.

Starting today, ISPs must display labels with price, speeds, and data caps.

All-cash offers, wealthy buyers push Southern California home prices to a record.

Bad news for Biden (and all Americans): Inflation is creeping higher at the worst time. “Transitory.”

The Hidden Costs of Homeownership Are Skyrocketing.

Solving an early medieval money mystery with lead isotope and trace analysis.

Companies are using inflation to price-gouge Americans – and making it worse.

In the Arctic, American commandos game out a great-power war.

Privatization Warning. A VA advisory panel issues a red alert on outsourcing.

April 11, 2024

The Biggest Landlords of Single-Family Rental Houses and Multifamily Apartments: Who Owns the US Housing Stock?

Google continuously states (and very publicly) that their goal is to show helpful content, to reduce spam, and make the search results fairer to all sized websites. But the opposite is happening, and aggressively.

The Person Who Was in Charge of OpenAI’s $175 Million Fund Appears to Be Fake.

“Record-shattering” heat wave in Antarctica — yep, climate change is the culprit.

Higher gas and rents keep US inflation elevated, likely delaying Fed rate cuts. “Transitory.”

The urban-rural death divide is getting alarmingly wider for working-age Americans.

Inflation comes in hotter than expected in March. “Transitory.”

On board a B-52 bomber mission to China’s doorstep.

Computer scientist wins Turing Award for seminal work on randomness.

China’s Shipbuilding Capacity is 232 Times Greater Than That of the United States.

I followed all the “rules” to set myself up to try and purchase a house. I will still never be able to afford one.

For-profit corporations are bleeding us out.

Why beating inflation is turning out to be as hard as losing weight. “Transitory.”

Shipping’s Shadow World. The shipping industry, which moves more than 80 percent of global trade, is poorly regulated, environmentally dangerous, and rife with labor violations.

The 67-Hour Rule. Married couples are working as much as ever.

April 10, 2024

Yellen Implores China to Rethink Economic Growth Strategy.

A Memo to OpenAI: You Are Not the Protagonists. Bury their new Voice Engine program in an unmarked grave.

She Built a Microcomputer Empire
From Her Suburban Home. The untold story of Lore Harp McGovern.

After a fiery finale, the Delta rocket family now belongs to history.

Germany to Order Ships, Armored Vehicles Worth Up to €7 Billion.

What Middle-Aged People Can Do Now to Help Prevent Dementia Later.

Yes, Social Media Really Is a Cause of the Epidemic of Teenage Mental Illness.

April 9, 2024

The EPA’s push to clean up trucking goes way beyond 18-wheelers.

Is the frequency domain a real place?

What John von Neumann really did at Los Alamos.

TSMC will build third Arizona fab after winning $6.6B in CHIPS funding. Nice.

Here’s why Americans under 40 are so disillusioned with capitalism.

The Explosion of Asylum Claims Driving the Global Migrant Crisis. Laws meant to protect refugees from persecution are now used by vast numbers of economic migrants, nearly guaranteeing entry at borders and allowing applicants to remain while yearslong cases work through courts. We should stop all of this.

Many cancer drugs remain unproven 5 years after accelerated approval, study finds.

April 8, 2024

Ripples in Spacetime Reveal Mystery Object Colliding With a Star’s Corpse.


Insurers Are Spying on Your Home From the Sky. Companies are using drones to check out roofs or to spot yard debris and undeclared trampolines.

The perfect heist? Inside the seamless, sophisticated, stealthy L.A. theft that netted up to $30 million.

Scientists confirm record highs for three most important heat-trapping gases.

What Chinese Navy Planners Are Learning from Ukraine’s Use of Unmanned Surface Vessels.

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. 😉

Why are there so many species of beetles?

April 7, 2024

Data brokers are gearing up to fight privacy bills.

SLAC completes construction of the largest digital camera ever built for astronomy.

Roku explores taking over HDMI feeds with ads. Evil, evil.

The Race to Reinvent CPR. A new, high-tech approach called ECPR can restart more hearts and save more lives. Why aren’t more hospitals embracing it?

The U.S. would be insane to go it alone on trade and manufacturing.

Dark extinction: the problem of unknown historical extinctions.

Environmentalism could stop the clean-energy transition. NIMBYism masquerading as environmentalism, that is.

Revealed: a California city is training AI to spot homeless encampments. We waste money on shit like this instead of fixing the actual issue.

April 6, 2024

Rich state, poor state, red state, blue state: who gets the most from federalism?

99 Cents Only to close all 371 stores and wind down its business, laying off 14,000 employees.

1 in 18 people in the U.S. live in “deep poverty”, making less than $6,380 a year as an individual or $13,100 for a family of four.

Bidenomics Is Making China Angry. That’s OK.

Millennials are so broke they’re ruining their parents’ retirements. Well Boomers ruined their lives…so only makes sense?

An Utterly Misleading Book About Rural America.

As some countries spurn cars, the U.S. continues to embrace highways.

Realtors association must face US Justice Dept. probe, US appeals court says.

Fed Governor Bowman says additional rate hike could be needed if inflation stays high. “Transitory.”

April 5, 2024

Boulders rain down on cars after Taiwan quake.

America’s Great Poet of Darkness. A reconsideration of Robert Frost at 150.

As a teenager in South Korea, Ayoung An decided to become a violin maker. Her journey eventually took her to Cremona, Italy, a famed hub for masters like Antonio Stradivari.

Study Finds Wall Street Mega Banks Have Overstated Income for Years on Commercial Real Estate Loans They Sell to Investors.

In one of L.A.’s largest cash heists, burglars steal as much as $30 million. Mystery surrounds case.

Life Expectancy for Newborn Children.

Big Tech Is Trying to Prevent Debate About Its Social Harms.

How the Bluespotted Ribbontail Stingray got its Spots.

April 4, 2024

Scathing federal report rips Microsoft for shoddy security, insincerity in response to Chinese hack.

Why is the government suing Apple? Look at your iPhone’s restrictions.

What was it like when oxygen killed almost all life on Earth?

Breakthrough in prime number theory demonstrates primes can be predicted.

HR is not your friend.

The dismantling of GE, once America’s iconic ‘everything company,’ is now complete.

Man pleads guilty to stealing former coworker’s identity for 30 years. Victim was jailed for 428 days after LA cops failed to detect true identity.

The global greening continues despite increased drought stress since 2000.

Cable lobby vows “years of litigation” to avoid bans on blocking and throttling.

April 3, 2024

Office CRE Mess Keeps Getting Worse, Massive Repricing Underway.

Google agrees to delete Incognito data despite prior claim that’s “impossible.”

Banning abortion is increasing government regulation, no matter what the New York Times tells you.

Playground bullies do prosper – and go on to earn more in middle age.

Long COVID brain fog may be due to damaged blood vessels in the brain.

I just cant take this unfair system anymore – I want it destroyed.

New two window drive-thru scam popping up in my area.

California is building fewer homes. The state could get even more expensive.

It has become almost impossible to separate the effects of digital technologies from our everyday experiences.

The cell is not a factory. Scientific narratives project social hierarchies onto nature. That’s why we need better metaphors to describe cellular life.

Jon Stewart claims Apple discouraged him from interviewing FTC Chair Lina Khan.

Corporate Greed Is Costing You at the Grocery Store. Consolidation in our food system affects more than just prices. It also damages whole local economies.

Nato plans $100bn ‘Trump-proof’ fund for Ukraine. Good.

Trump could gut abortion access in California if elected. Here’s how.

April 2, 2024

Women are getting off birth control amid misinformation explosion.

Tiny orchid flowers pollinated by tiny flies.

From its start, Gmail conditioned us to trade privacy for free services. If you wanted to use Gmail, you had to let Google scan the contents of your inbox.

‘Guilt tipping’ is getting out of control, but signs show consumers are pushing back.