November 25, 2020

Early Coronavirus Mutation Made Pandemic Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests. I suspected this was the case.

Southwest Louisiana still picking up the pieces after back-to-back hurricanes. Hurricanes Laura and Delta dealt a double blow to Louisiana just six weeks apart.

Boeing’s 737 Max Is a Saga of Capitalism Gone Awry.

November 21, 2020

The Moral Calculus of COVID-19.

These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

In multiple countries, alarm over hunger crisis rings louder.

Terminal/CLI Epub reader.

Community Defense: Sarah T. Hamid on Abolishing Carceral Technologies.

The Beirut Port Explosion.

Likes and impulsivity: Investigating the relationship between actual smartphone use and delay discounting.

A Simple Theory of Why Trump Did Well.

November 20, 2020

NSA Spied On Denmark As It Chose Its Future Fighter Aircraft: Report.

Parent Plus loans are burying families in college debt. “I feel like I’m stuck in it until I die,” a Nevada father says of the debt he and his wife owe after helping their children pay for college. Totally normal country, nothing to see here.

Walmart and McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, new study shows.

Why Google Dominates Advertising Markets.

Neighborhood associations are installing license plate readers to privately police who drives on their streets.

The entire electoral system is in fact rigged — rigged structurally and perfectly legally in favor of Republicans, because of that sea of red on the maps surrounding the little dots of blue (where the actual people live).

Singapore’s Red Ants are here to remind (and occasionally shame) you into wearing your mask.

The Tragedy of a Ruined Telescope. One of the world’s most beloved observatories is being demolished before its time. We are a deeply stupid people.

Dear Joe Biden: are you kidding me? The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board. This is just what I expected to see.

The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data.

Very Little Stands Between the U.S. and a Technological Panopticon.

Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract Covid-19.

November 19, 2020

I Suffered, Therefore So Must Others.

Retail Sales Wane at Many Brick & Mortar Stores. Department Stores Progress to Zombiehood. But Online Sales Surge to Record.

How Yellowstone Extremophile Bacteria Helped With Covid-19 Testing. The heat-resistant enzyme from Thermus aquaticus is used in PCR testing to detect pathogens.

I should have loved biology.

‘Depressed, disheartened and tired to the bone’: Coronavirus overwhelms U.S. hospitals. Some hoax, eh?

Harold Ramis, Unlikely Prophet of Trump.

‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies.

November 18, 2020

Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating.’ Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health. Remember when libs said Zoom was “just as good as in person?” I do.

Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden. Hit hard by job losses and the pandemic’s effect on schooling and child care, American women face short-term difficulties and long-term repercussions.

Economic Growth Is Stagnating, But There’s More to the Story.

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests. Hospital workers who got vaccinated were significantly less likely to develop COVID than those who did not.

The Denialist Playbook. On vaccines, evolution, and more, rejection of science has followed a familiar pattern.

Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls. Firewalls are “100% blind” to ~50 Apple apps and processes under undocumented change. This is a fucking nightmare.

The Peace Deals of the ’90s Are Breaking Down.

Our politics isn’t about left vs. right anymore — it’s about reality vs. dreadful fantasy. More than 73 million Americans just voted for a dangerous, delusional fiction. Our only choice is to defeat them.

November 17, 2020

Your Computer Isn’t Yours.

Liberals Envisioned a Multiracial Coalition. Voters of Color Had Other Ideas.

Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns.

All Container Heck Breaks Loose amid Flood of Orders from US Retailers to Supply Stimulus-Stuffed Consumers, Cancelled Sailings by Carriers, and Record Spiking Freight Rates.

Macron accuses English-language media of ‘legitimising’ violence in France. He is right. To a lot of libs, murder and a satirical cartoon are roughly equivalent.

The old way of handing out corporate hardware doesn’t work anymore. It’s no longer just about issuing a laptop—the world and our requirements have changed.

GitHub Defies Copyright Cops, Restores YouTube Downloader.

Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest ocean trenches.

November 16, 2020

A less-racist brand of Trump populism could bring a GOP dynasty unless Dems do something.

The Clean Energy Transition Is Becoming a Tidal Wave.

Stolen books worth £2.5m found under floor of Romanian house.

Scientists Grow Bigger Monkey Brains Using Human Genes, Replicating Evolution.

I never noticed the way society caters to extroverts — until Covid hit.

How the Pandemic Scrambled Long-Term Driving Patterns: Americans Already Drove Less, Hidden by Population Growth.

Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians.

Trump’s refusal to concede is just the latest gambit to please Republican donors.

November 15, 2020

Centrists lose again — and mainstream media blames the left again.

This tale of these two Nordic approaches to COVID-19 shows how similar countries can make dramatically different choices about how to balance the tradeoff between liberty and security.

The Strange Disappearance of Cooperation in America.

Social democracy or feudalism.

UPS and DHL are building football field-sized ‘freezer farm’ for cold storage of Covid-19 vaccine deliveries.

A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays.

The Pandemic’s Future — and Ours.

November 14, 2020

See Coronavirus Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States.

Why the FTC Will Target Instagram in Its Case Against Facebook.

Foreign investors poised to flood U.S. real estate markets.

‘Breakthrough finding’ reveals why certain Covid-19 patients die.

How Exercise Might Affect Immunity to Lower Cancer Risk. Working out may enhance the immune system’s ability to target and eradicate cancer cells, a study in mice suggests.

Measles surging as COVID-19 curbs disrupt vaccinations.

One of the great problems in America and most of the Western world is that we have been unable to accomplish anything important for over 50 years.

November 13, 2020

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever.

The Most Famous Paradox in Physics Nears Its End. In a landmark series of calculations, physicists have proved that black holes can shed information, which seems impossible by definition. The work appears to resolve a paradox that Stephen Hawking first described five decades ago.

A hypothetical election result where a candidate wins the presidency with only 22% of the popular vote.

Lessons from the past and warnings for the future from 400 million years of wildfire.

Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Covid Infections Significantly, New Study Shows.

The Republicans’ bid to overturn the election is a full-scale emergency – and yet the Democratic strategy seems to be to pretend it isn’t happening.

Good News on T-Cell Response.

The Greatest Privilege We Never Talk About: Beauty.

Decision Trees. Trying to automate environmentalism alone won’t resolve political barriers to conservation, but it might help us think differently.

November 12, 2020

Trump’s baseless claims damage American democracy. Democracy works only when losers recognize that they have lost.

The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Updated Findings from a Literature Review.

Trump is attempting a coup in plain sight. How do we cover it when it’s happening here?

New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages.

How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts. Will see more and more of this.

Stop Saying Women “Dropped Out” Of The Workforce. We Were Pushed.

L’homme qui a vu venir notre crise de l’information.

Joe Biden’s victory marks the end of a chapter, not a new beginning.

Now you can see the COVID-19 risk anywhere in the country, in real time.

Trump’s sore winners make even worse losers: Why his loss is inflaming an already delusional base.

Study of nearly 2,000 Marine recruits reveals asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

Atmospheric rivers help create massive holes in Antarctic sea ice.

Screw the Mars hype. Here’s why we should move to Venus.

November 11, 2020

COVID Took My Grandfather. But It Wasn’t What Killed Him.

You aren’t Hunter Biden.

Before the Dust Has Settled, Corporate Democrats Are Already Attacking AOC and the Left.

The Left Isn’t Going Back to Brunch After Trump.

Nearly one in five Covid patients later diagnosed with mental illness – study.

Hoping for a return to normal after Trump? That’s the last thing we need.

Poll wonks and epidemiologists need to be more transparent. And we need to stop being suckers.

Changes of Mind. The Pattern Seekers: A New Theory of Human Invention.

The election of the doge.

How a Human Cousin Adapted to a Changing Climate.