October 24, 2020

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps.

Mystery of unusual neutron star system revealed after 20 years, thanks to thousands of volunteers. Since they solved it, they should do the neutron dance.

Out of Work in America.

President Trump is benefiting from single-payer, single-provider health care. We all should.

The road hogs are pigging out. Dave Barry from 1999.

Toxic Internet Culture From East To West. What the digital worlds of Japan’s imageboards and America’s alt-right reveal about real-life precarity.

The pobblebonk frog makes the best noises.

October 23, 2020

“A huge reason that our politics is not so extremely polarised and so far out there is because we no longer have Murdoch-owned press in New Zealand, and it’s never taken a foothold.”

The Importance of End-to-End Thinking in System Design.

The Corporatization of Nursing Homes. A tragic history of how we’ve treated elderly citizens, for profit.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year.

How an Ill-Fated Fishing Voyage Helped Us Understand Covid-19.

The People Who Prioritize a Friendship Over Romance.

New Orleans to furlough city employees, 4,000 will go unpaid over 6 days. And the next phase of the pandemic depression begins.

October 22, 2020

As cases rise again, second thoughts on another lockdown. Lockdowns were good as temporary measures. Now we’ve failed and it’s too late.

Systemic Risk in the Broad Economy. Interfirm Networks and Shocks in the U.S. Economy.

On top of skyrocketing medical costs, many Americans face staggering surprise bills for “air ambulances.” What’s no surprise is that the private equity industry is deeply implicated in this nightmare — and spending heavily to make sure no one puts a stop to it.

Minivan buyers tend to be more self-confident and more “other-oriented”: more involved with family, friends and their communities.

The Internet, smart phones, and social media (ISS) have set human communication back about 20,000 years. That is, we now rely more on gossip than we have since we lived in small tribes.

Down-to-Earth View of the “Recovery” in Near-Real Time, Eight Months into the Pandemic.

Satellites Put the World’s Biggest Methane Emitters on the Map. Now the companies and countries responsible for a powerful greenhouse gas won’t be able to hide from view.

October 21, 2020

Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor.

Confronting the Parasite Economy. Why low-wage work is bad for business—and all of us.

Driver of the largest mass extinction in the history of the Earth identified.

And if there is one thing we can definitively state, it’s that this virus is much, much less likely to spread outdoors than in.

Supreme Court Justices Are Politicians, Too. And just like Republican politicians, the conservative justices are dedicated to preserving the right’s minority rule.

Constructing Our Enemy: Synthetic Lifeforms in Film 1911-1979.

How Criminal Charges Against a Wall Street Icon Went from Front Page News to a Yawn at the New York Times.

After 2 Hurricanes, Lake Charles Fears Its Cries for Help Have Gone Unheard.

Why small businesses in supply chains matter too.

Le gouvernement a donné son feu vert à un nouveau malus automobile lié à la masse pour les véhicules pesant plus de 1.800 kg. Une mesure destinée à lutter contre l’achat de modèles plus lourds et polluants et qui est critiquée par les constructeurs automobiles. Should be done in the US too.

‘Scarred for life’: Sage experts warn of impact of Covid policies on the young. The liberal idea of “stay inside forever” was always a moronic one.

Coronavirus Tanked the Economy. Then Credit Scores Went Up. The average credit score hit a record in July after millions of Americans had lost their jobs, scrambling lenders’ underwriting models.

October 20, 2020

The preexisting conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. An enormous new data set peers into the health of the world’s population before 2020.

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place. A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.

There’s a Word for Why We Wear Masks, and Liberals Should Say It. It’s high time Democrats played some philosophical offense on the concept of “freedom.” Liberals play offense? LOL.

Covid-19: The global crisis — in data.

All that is to say that starting at 1 is not an unreasonable position at all; to a typical human thinking about the zeroth element of an array doesn’t make any more sense than trying to catch the zeroth bus that comes by, but we’ve clearly ended up here somehow. So what’s the story there?

Seven Laws of Sane Personal Computing.

After sidelining scientists, Europe plays catchup with new coronavirus wave.

October 19, 2020

Zeptoseconds: New world record in short time measurement. In other words, they made Zepto Marks.

Tech Companies Are Destroying Democracy and the Free Press.

Why I’m Glad I Left America. Life in France is better, especially now.

Britons alarmed by unpleasant border infrastructure they demanded.

What has happened in the wholesale commodification of American culture is the gangsterization of American life. And people saw in Trump a gangster who wins. Nailed it.

Iowa derecho in August was most costly thunderstorm disaster in U.S. history.

Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic?

October 17, 2020

Bullshit Economic Statistics.

Efficacy of face masks, neck gaiters and face shields for reducing the expulsion of simulated cough-generated aerosols.

The Third Coronavirus Surge Has Arrived.

The radical mysticism of identitarian reductionism.

Homes with gas stoves can contain approximately 50 to 400 percent higher concentrations of NO2 than homes with electric stoves, often resulting in levels of indoor air pollution that would be illegal outdoors.

Earth’s New Gilded Era. The world is getting hotter, and the divide between rich and poor is getting bigger.

The Money Men Could Save Us. But They’re Stuck in the Seventies. (And, unfortunately, yes, they mostly are men.)

The American Mortgage Is An Investment In Racial Inequality.

October 16, 2020

We Can’t Ignore Rural Voter Resentment.

From everything we can see, re-infection is a very rare event. I’d expect some re-infection because this happens with almost every virus.

The COVID response is missing an obvious cadre of experts. People trained in public health — who are not necessarily physicians — should handle public health crises.

Proprietary Grapes Come With Draconian End User License Agreement.

Julian Assange faces the ‘trial of the century’: 10 reasons why it threatens freedom of speech.

8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up.

The Modern Lives of Ancient Symbols.

Trump treats essential workers as expendable, and many Americans are following his dangerous lead.

Republican Judges Are Quietly Upending Public Health Laws. A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.

We can’t let the WTO get in the way of a ‘people’s vaccine.’

A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can’t find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1%.

Inside the Fall of the CDC.

Thirty-year failure to tackle preventable disease fuelling global Covid pandemic, Study reveals increase in high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and obesity, all risk factors for disease.

The economics of vending machines.

October 15, 2020

The Five Deadly Sins of the Left.

$5 Billion Lawsuit Accuses Google of Tracking Users’ Private Internet Activity.

Why Liberals Pretend They Have No Power.

The history of Satanic Panic in the US — and why it’s not over yet. Some of the victims of mass hysteria over satanic ritual abuse are still serving sentences.

10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection.

An extra artery in the human arm is a sign we’re “still evolving,” study says. The presence of the median artery in the arm has become more prevalent in the last few centuries, scientists say.

COVID Models: What the Pandemic Has in Store for the World.

The Key to the Productivity Puzzle.

Gender-Role Ideology and Height Preference in Mate Selection.

Cisco Delays Next-Gen Office Phone for 20th Consecutive Year. Only IT nerds will really get this one.

New Gender-Inclusive USB Standards Rename Connectors to Dom and Sub.

October 14, 2020

Sweden’s gamble.

AI is an Ideology, Not a Technology. At its core, “artificial intelligence” is a perilous belief that fails to recognize the agency of humans.

The Fruits and Vegetables Used to Create Gory Horror Movie Sounds.

Why the Trump Administration Doesn’t Want to Help. The pandemic recession is wildly uneven. Wealthy people are doing just fine. Hourly workers are not.

Where Remote Work Saves Commuters Most.

Grim new analyses spotlight just how hard US is failing in pandemic. High death rates, large death toll, mental health crisis, and economic ruin.

The Data Show a Bleak Outlook for Global Economic Growth.

Brooklyn’s Anti-masking Protests Betray a Broken Culture. The demonstrations say less about one particular community than they do about the brokenness of the American condition.

The Pandemic Was Even Deadlier Than We Thought This Spring and Summer.

Obama’s Words. Were fucking worthless drivel.

Rest When You’re Dead. Economic security in old age is a fading dream.

America’s true unemployment rate.

Economics is a disgrace.

October 13, 2020

The Limits of Phenomenology.

Scarlet fever is making a comeback after being infected with a toxic virus, researchers say.

‘Shutdown is literally killing people’: families of isolated nursing home residents demand compromise.

The Atlantic Ocean Hasn’t Been This Hot in at Least 2,900 Years.

PC demand hits biggest growth in more than a decade thanks to the pandemic.

Pandemic practice: Horror fans and morbidly curious individuals are more psychologically resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making Sense of the Unknown.