March 31, 2020

Sexually Antagonistic Selection on Genetic Variation is Rare in Humans.

Turning Back the Clock on Aging Cells.

The untold origin story of the N95 mask. The most important design object of our time was more than a century in the making.

No, the coronavirus wasn’t made in a lab, a genetic analysis shows.

America’s underpaid, oft-forgotten EMTs are bearing the brunt of the pandemic. Sadly, front-line EMS teams are used to being forgotten by our broken for-profit healthcare system. Medicare For All now.

Court: Violating a site’s terms of service isn’t criminal hacking.

Macy’s is furloughing a majority of its 125,000 employees.

2019 Saw Over 60 Gigawatts of Wind Power Installed.

The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun. Across the country, social distancing is morphing from a public-health to political act. The consequences could be disastrous. Anyone not social distancing should be tased.

March 30, 2020

Coal mines emit more methane than oil-and-gas sector, study finds.

The internet should be a public utility.

Perhaps it’s the poisonous influence of identity politics, but it seems like most educated people don’t understand that contagious diseases are contagious — meaning, they can be transmitted from the source country to some other country through any number of intermediate countries.

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land.

California once had mobile hospitals and a ventilator stockpile. But it dismantled them.

Guidance against wearing masks for the coronavirus is wrong – you should cover your face.

The Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise.

Debt and Power: An Interview With Michael Hudson.

Our Health-Care System Is Killing People. This is literally what it’s designed to do. Hello, fuck every single moron who does not support Medicare For All. This is what happens.

The robots are ready as the COVID-19 recession spreads.

New York, New York.

How to talk to the coronavirus deniers in your life. No talk. Only punch.

My Family Owns a Grocery Store. The Supply Chain Is a Real Problem.

US awol from world stage as China tries on global leadership for size.

Liebig’s law writ large.

Notes: The Industrial and Neoliberal Origins of COVID-19 (aka SARS 2.0).

The latest sign the economic downturn is intensifying: White-collar workers are being laid off now.

‘White-Collar Quarantine’ Over Virus Spotlights Class Divide.

What does a gender-neutral city look like?

March 29, 2020

Actually, the Spartans Weren’t All That Great.

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation.

It is workers who make society function, not executives, financiers and CEOs.

Millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance in a pandemic.

Why has the media ignored sexual assault allegations against Biden?

How Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro Compares to the 1994 Trackpad Mac.

Report: Average American Consumes 156 Pounds Of Sugar Per Year But Would Like To Consume Much More.

Trump Announces Plan To Retrain Nation’s 3 Million Unemployed Americans As Human Ventilators.

How Games Marketing Invented Toxic Gamer Culture.

I miss the culture warriors.

You Can Now Ride a Submarine To the Deepest Point On Earth.

Coronavirus: Stay fit to fight the virus, say medics.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida is doubling every three days, putting the state on a trajectory to see tens of thousands of infections in the coming weeks.

Secrets and Lies of the Bailout. The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come. From 2013, extremely relevant to now.

The Federal Reserve’s Coronavirus Crisis Actions, Explained (Part 1).

The NIMBYs of the Coronavirus Crisis.

March 28, 2020

Billion-Year-Old Algae and Newer Genes Hint at Land Plants’ Origin.

What Bell did.

Fox News Has Always Lied to Old People. This Time It May Kill Them.

The Ugliest Cars Ever Made.

Copper boosts pig growth, and now we know why.

Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance. USA! USA! USA!

How to Find Meaning When Everything is Power.

Grocery workers are keeping Americans alive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what they need.

Obesity is associated with impaired immune response to influenza vaccination in humans.


Pandemic surprise: When it comes to contract-breaking and collective action, chains are lawyered up and ready for Red April.

March 27, 2020

Airbnb hosts are scrambling to find long-term renters and flocking to other platforms. If Airbnb is destroyed out of this, that’d be great.


Economic Consequences of The Pandemic.

Biden Sides With Big Pharma Against Plan That Could Make Coronavirus Vaccine Affordable.

President Trump warns of ‘suicides,’ and Bill Gates talks of ‘pile of bodies,’ but they’ve both touched upon an economic term known as the Identifiable Victim Effect.

But *when* will you favor a shift in coronavirus strategy? (no Straussians in a pandemic).

Murdoch family took serious precautions against coronavirus as Fox News downplayed risk to public.

It’s a shame no one buys sedans anymore, because the Genesis G70 is great. I still buy and much prefer sedans. That others don’t is a sedamn shame.

A Failure of Systemic Thinking.

Tech Companies Weren’t Hoarding Masks, They Were Protecting Employees From Wildfire Smoke.

A Rapid End Strikes the Dinosaur Extinction Debate.

A Word About the Horrid Spike in Unemployment Claims and Why it’s Even More Horrid Than it Appears.

March 26, 2020

Millions Of Older Americans Live In Counties With No ICU Beds.

We Need A Massive Surveillance Program. Not sure I agree, but almost anything would be better than the imminent economic collapse.

Going electric reduces emissions.

Coronavirus-Related Drop in Air Travel Could Make Weather Forecasts Worse.

Study supports contested 35-year-old predictions, shows that observable novae are just ‘tip of the iceberg’.

America’s Diseased Politics. The Republicans are confronting the coronavirus with nihilism—and the Democrats are responding with impotence.

How ‘Muscle Memory’ May Help Keep Us Fit. There are tons of great bodyweight exercises you can do at home, too.

Bailouts, A Tradition Unlike Any Other.

More than 60% of restaurants don’t have enough $$ to weather closure for 1 month. 75% say they won’t be able to reopen after 2 months closed.

March 25, 2020

The Coronavirus Is A Media Extinction Event.

Learning how to store passwords or add OAuth2 to your toy web site is not fun. So much of programming today is busywork, or playing defense against a raging internet.

Americans Unfit to Fight a Pandemic. Epidemics of obesity, sedentary habits, and chronic stress leave nation with poor baseline health.

Grocers Stopped Stockpiling Food. Then Came Coronavirus.

Amidst Pandemic, Naughty Dog Allows Employees to Sleep at Home.

The coronavirus economy will devastate those who can least afford it.

Why is everyone scrambling for toilet paper all of a sudden? Consumer behavior researcher Kit Yarrow suggests it’s a case of our social primate brains reacting to newsfeeds full of striking but sometimes disorienting visual cues.

Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Hippos Are Filling Ecosystem Roles in Colombia That Have Been Vacant for Thousands of Years.

What’s the Evidence on Face Masks? What You Heard Was Probably Wrong.

China will emerge from the coronavirus crisis stronger than the U.S., experts warn. Experts in this case are right.

Will We Have an America Without Restaurants? If businesses like ours don’t get help from Washington, more than 10 million Americans could lose their jobs.

Hahnemann Hospital Owner Trying to Profit Off Covid-19, Philly Officials Say.

Fourteen Days. That’s the Most Time We Have to Defeat Coronavirus. I’d say we have six weeks. After that, economy starts decaying and is far less likely to ever recover.

March 24, 2020

Sex Differences in Mate Preferences Across 45 Countries: A Large-Scale Replication.

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever. Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Media must get the facts right in a life-and-death crisis: Right now, that’s not happening.

To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and “I.”

Such a focus on individual responsibility, necessary as it is, functions as ideology the moment it serves to obfuscate the big question of how to change our entire economic and social system.

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils.

What Are All the Fed’s Corporate & Investor Bailout Programs and SPVs? Here’s the Whole Shitload of Them.

Why Don’t We Use Chemical Weapons Anymore?

March 23, 2020

The problem with people in the intelligentsia is its utter incapacity to conduct a class-based analysis.

If We’re Bailing Out Corporations During the Coronavirus Crisis, They Should Bail Out the Planet.

How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe. The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for the virus sooner.