January 15, 2021

One of the indigestible facts of this country is that most of its terrorism and nearly all its mass shootings are committed by mostly conservative-leaning white men, conservative here meaning those most earnestly committed to their white supremacist-misogynist identity politics.

The business owners, real-estate brokers, and service members who rioted acted not out of economic desperation, but out of their belief in their inviolable right to rule.

The Hacker Who Archived Parler Explains How She Did It (and What Comes Next).

I’m a pregnant doctor and I feel confident receiving the Covid vaccine. Here’s why.

US police three times as likely to use force against leftwing protesters, data finds. Shocking absolutely no one.

The Conditions Now Exist For A Long Term Right Wing Insurgency In America.

Recovering from Covid gives similar level of protection to vaccine. PHE found immunity from earlier infection provided 83% protection against reinfection for at least 20 weeks. Note that “at least.” If you don’t understand what that means, do better.

Want to understand the Capitol rioters? Look at the inflamed hate-drunk mobs painted by Goya.

L’éducation idéologique. (Article is in English.)

How Facebook Incubated the Insurrection. Right-wing influencers embraced extremist views and Facebook rewarded them.

The Last Thing We Need Is Another War on Terror.

There’s no unity without accountability.

Renters vs. homeowners.

Electricity Has Been in a Slump for 14 Years, But All Heck Has Broken Loose in How it’s Generated.

New research shows the connection between political victimhood and White support for Trump.

Unemployment Claims Rise Sharply, Showing New Economic Pain.

Why My Older, Smaller Library Was Better.

January 14, 2021

That Office AC System Is Great — at Recirculating Viruses.

Asymptomatic transmission of covid-19.

I truly don’t understand anti-maskers, and I know it’s because I have what they lack. Empathy.

How to Better Ventilate Your Home During the Pandemic.

The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up. Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

Where sedition is rewarded.

‘My spending has gone up, not down, in lockdown.’ A study finds that the financial burden on poorer families has increased during the pandemic. Certainly true in the US too.

Ventilation and viral loads: the key misunderstandings of how coronavirus spreads.

‘The horror stories are countless’: inside the LA hospital at the center of the Covid crisis.

Think like a Virus.

How White Evangelical Christians Fused With Trump Extremism.

Jared Mauch didn’t have good broadband—so he built his own fiber ISP.

One striking aspect of the Capitol Hill putsch was that none of the rioters’ grievances had any basis in reality.

Donald Trump being banned from social media is a dangerous distraction.

Following Trump Ban, Facebook Tells Employees to Avoid Wearing Company-Branded Apparel.

For the founders, the key to a stable and enduring system rooted in the consent of the governed was the establishment of filtering institutions of deliberation that would enlarge the view of narrow self-interested constituencies, dispel delusions and dissipate the raw emotions of popular sentiment in order to reach a governing consensus.

Riots, effigies and a guillotine: Capitol attack could be a glimpse of violence to come. Guaranteed to come.

January 12, 2021

Improving natural ventilation in hospital waiting and consulting rooms to reduce nosocomial tuberculosis transmission risk in a low resource setting.

A tale of two Americas: Before Trump’s deadly coup, Georgia voters changed the country.

The Terrible Bind America’s Elites Are In.

Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists.

Inside the Capitol siege: How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control.

Records show fervent Trump fans fueled US Capitol takeover.

Democrats are poised to control the US Senate. They have no excuses any more. Oh but they will find many.

Anyone shocked by the US Capitol attack has ignored an awful lot of warning signs.

Even when Trump is gone, these angry people will remain in our society..

January 11, 2021

Wikipedia is 20, and its reputation has never been higher. Remember when Wikipedia was considered the Greatest Evil by all academia?

No, Looting Is Not Akin to Overthrowing the Government.

“Keeping a Business Alive that’s Generating No Revenues is an Uphill Struggle”: Friend and Hostel Owner in Barcelona. An Industry Collapses.

Jellyfish Build Walls of Water to Swim Around the Ocean.

If you want to stop the rise of fascism you need to change. Change your sick society. Profoundly. Not just cover up the manifestations of that sickness.

Multiple European security officials told Insider that President Donald Trump appeared to have tacit support among US federal agencies responsible for securing the Capitol complex in Wednesday’s coup attempt. Ya think?

These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off “Racist-Ass Terrorists.”

Jaywalking decriminalization is coming to Virginia, a century after the auto industry helped make it a crime.

Trump attempted a coup: he must be removed while those who aided him pay.

Trump was admirable, to those who admired him, because he was living proof that a person could be an absolutely replacement-level asshole and also be untouchably rich and famous and respected and, because of how editing works, also always right.

Political Violence Is No Anomaly in American History.

January 10, 2021

Just one day after black women, once again, protected US democracy in Georgia, white men were attacking the very symbol of that democracy in Washington DC.

22 disasters, 262 dead, $95bn in damages: US saw record year for climate-driven catastrophes.

Timing Matters: Impeach, Convict, Remove NOW.

An Air Force Combat Veteran Breached the Senate.

The Only Thing Worse Than A NIMBY Is A YIMBY.

America in danger.

Energizing America. A Roadmap to Launch a National Energy Innovation Mission.

The Myth of American Innocence. The Capitol attack shows the danger of forgetting America’s history.

Can we save democracy from the two-party system?

January 9, 2021

Americans Have Found The Enemy, And It Is They.

How the Trump-incited mob may have caused a COVID superspreader event.

It took thugs roaming the halls of Congress for media to speak the truth. That won’t last long.

Is the Schrödinger Equation True? Just because a mathematical formula works does not mean it reflects reality. An equation can be false and produce true results.

Climate Change Is Turning Cities Into Ovens.

Of course you could have seen this coming. The people who invaded the Capitol have spent years showing us who they are online. Didn’t know they’d invade the Capitol, but something like this was inevitable.

You Do Not Have to Hand It to the GOP.

Facebook is directly responsible for violence globally and in American society. Mark Zuckerberg, or Facebook, needs to be held liable.

‘Senate Being Locked Down’: Inside a Harrowing Day at the Capitol. Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached. Here’s how they experienced it.

2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows.

US jobs numbers drop dramatically as Covid cases soar across the country. US lost 140,000 jobs in December, down from a gain of 245,000 in November, ending seven months of jobs growth.

The mob assault on the Capitol is simply another entry in the catalog of American decline.

From Charlottesville to the Capitol: how rightwing impunity fueled the pro-Trump mob.

The Narcissists’ Coup.

This is how hominins adapted to a changing world 2 million years ago.

January 8, 2021

Facebook Forced Its Employees To Stop Discussing Trump’s Coup Attempt.

Japanese lessons for the American coup.

Scientists Attempt To Convince Public To Take Covid More Seriously By Explaining Concept Of Death.

Resistance training benefits older women just as much as older men.

Increased exercise in midlife linked with better brain health in later life.

‘Why Am I Not Getting a Job?’: Months of No Work Show Risks.

Look at the Capitol Hill rioters. Now imagine if they had been black.

How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance.

Riot on the Hill.

January 7, 2021

Constructor Theory.

I have decided that reading the news in America is like listening to Gollum.

A lot of public health experts are very risk-averse and they are used to hiding behind RCT results to minimize the chance of blame. A lot of experts in general, unless they can reliably take your money.

Magnetic moments of iron atoms in Invar Fe–Ni alloys.

A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy.

The average family can’t afford to own a home in most U.S. counties, study finds.

Scientists Are Hunting for a Mysteriously Missing Supermassive Black Hole.

Small Number of Covid Patients Develop Severe Psychotic Symptoms. Most had no history of mental illness and became psychotic weeks after contracting the virus. Cases are expected to remain rare but are being reported worldwide.

Never too late: how a retired teacher’s ‘fungi hobby’ led to her finding 20 new species. What a cool lady.

Astronomers discover a peculiar batch of stars moving fast enough to leave the galaxy forever. Can I hitch a ride?

Trans women retain athletic edge after a year of hormone therapy, study finds.

Paycheck-To-Paycheck Nation: Why Even Americans With Higher Income Struggle With Bills.

How seniors are already falling behind in 2021.