January 31, 2021

The Year of the Plague in Charts: Weirdest Economy Ever.

How Wall Street Is Devastating Our National Security.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is trying to get out of the firing line as anger grows over the EU’s botched vaccine rollout. It’s not the first time in her career that she has sought to evade responsibility.

Diamonds Aren’t Special and Neither Is Your Love. We’ve coupled love to marriage and marriage to gems, and all three thrive on the assumption of rarity. What would it mean for love to be common?

Don’t Permanently Fence the Capitol. Oh you know they will.

NRA laid the groundwork for deadly Capitol riot for years.

Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery.”

Dizzying pace of Biden’s climate action sounds death knell for era of denialism.


January 30, 2021

We Have to Save Books from the Book People.

The pandemic will not end unless every country gets the vaccine.

What Is Important About The Reddit Gamestop Short-Squeeze.

Pluto on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: A problem of cartography.

Before Google, There Was The Reference Librarian.

Suck It, Wall Street.

Coronavirus: How ‘overreaction’ made Vietnam a virus success.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is just a symptom of the larger GOP disinformation problem.

When the Threat of Political Violence Is Real. Congress has been here before. It wasn’t pretty.

Facebook is banning leftwing users like me – and it’s going largely unnoticed.

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.

Media tries to “both sides” an insurrection: No, anger over the Capitol riot isn’t “partisan rancor.”

January 29, 2021

The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship.

Our Cyberpunk Future Is Unavoidable.

Love and Death. “Quality of life” calculations leave out far too much that matters.

How Monopolies Slowed the Vaccine Roll-Out, and Small Business Sped it Up.

U.S. Suffers Sharpest Rise in Poverty Rate in More Than 50 Years.

Telephoto fear: Japanese photojournalist shows how lenses affect views of crowds amid virus.

Butterfly wing clap explains mystery of flight.

The Study That Debunks Most Anti-Abortion Arguments.

What to Say if Someone Wrongly Claims ‘99% of People Survive COVID.’ The stat has become extremely popular with both celebrities and your COVID-denying friends on Facebook. Here’s how to push back.

2020: The Year the Internet Age Truly Began.

Robinhood’s Customers Are Hedge Funds Like Citadel, Its Users Are the Product.

Why you should care about data privacy even if you have “nothing to hide.”

Reddit’s Elegant GameStop Revolution Will Be Crushed. Oh yes. That will not be allowed again.

Why Coronavirus Is Punishing the Economy More than Spanish Flu. Also, no extended lockdowns.

Reform the Bureau of Land Management: Biden Must Succeed Where Obama Failed.

GameStop: Intentionally Dying.

January 28, 2021

Screen Time Cannot Be Worse Than My Dumb And Dangerous Childhood. Same here.

The False Rumors About Vaccines That Are Scaring Women.

America, the only country in the world that allowed private citizens to amass military-style weapons in such astounding quantities while also reassuring itself that such an arsenal would never prove politically consequential.

To call Trump’s political cult “deplorable” is, quite honestly, to elevate it above its real standing.

What the Old Don’t Get About the Woke.

Every year, tens of millions of Americans collectively lose billions of dollars to scam callers. Where does the other end of the line lead?

Vaccinated People Are Going to Hug Each Other. The vaccines are phenomenal. Belaboring their imperfections—and telling people who receive them never to let down their guard—carries its own risks. Fucking right.

The internet of free ideas and diverse ideas is about to take it in the neck.

January 27, 2021

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds.

Will Bill Gates And mRNA Vaccine Monopolies Be Responsible For Millions of Covid Deaths? You betcha.

A Beth Israel researcher helped create a COVID-19 vaccine that awaits approval. It could be a ‘game changer.’

The Trump Administration Let Boeing Settle a Killer Case for Almost Nothing.

The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try.

An Unleashed Dog, Sentenced to Death After an Attack. If your unleashed dog has a go at me, I will not hesitate to kill it. Then you, if I have to.

Cold-water immersion blunts and delays increases in circulating testosterone and cytokines post-resistance exercise.

Europe’s ‘long-Covid’ economic frailty.

White people least likely to wear masks consistently, study finds. Shocking no one at all, anywhere.

The Intentional Precarity Of Gig Work In America. “Some things are only profitable because you’re not forced to pay the actual social cost.”

Israel’s Early Vaccine Data Offers Hope. Initial studies show a significant drop in infections and hospitalizations after just one dose, and very few cases after two.
This is just what I’d expect to see.

Designing 2D graphics in the Japanese industry.

Was This Dinosaur More Subaquatic Killer or Giant Wading Bird?

January 26, 2021

A quarter of all known bee species haven’t been seen since the 1990s.

Fighting fiber was the right’s dumbest self-own.

A Troubling New Pattern Among the Coronavirus Variants.

How U.S. Research Damning Electric Cars Is Funded by Saudi Oil Interests.

People buying SUVs are cancelling out climate gains from electric cars.

Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.

Now That I Am Old Enough to Enroll in Medicare, I Am Against Socialized Medicine.

Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows.

Future Schlock. Utopia can be found in rejection of the utopian dreams of tech companies.

January 25, 2021

You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies.

Kids highly likely to transmit coronavirus to others: study.

See-Through Lemon Meringue Pie.

Not An Easy Way Out: Democrats Share the Blame.

Biden’s executive order unlevels the playing field for girls.

Medicine Is Made for Men.

Why profound personal connections are lacking in our lives — and how to find them.

America Has a GPS Problem. The system is essential but also vulnerable. We need a backup.

Harvard’s top astronomer says our solar system may be teeming with alien technology. The galaxy might be, too, we just don’t know what we’re looking for.

The new mosquito bringing disease to North America.

Asymptomatic infection blunder let Covid-19 spin out of control.

Climate change is a spirit mocking stationarity.

Can We Stop a Super Coronavirus? No. And if Germany cannot, we have no hope at all.

January 24, 2021

The People the Suburbs Were Built for Are Gone.

Inflation Is Spreading Broadly into the Economy. Amid Surging Costs, Companies Raise Prices, and Customers Pay them, Despite Weak Economy, 10 Million Missing Jobs.

At Least 20 Capitol Police Officers Have COVID-19 After Riot.

Sea Shanties and the Whale Oil Myth.

NASA instrument spots its brightest X-ray burst ever. A strange brightening of the swirling disk of gas around a compact neutron star has astronomers excited.

I Am Not a Soldier, but I Have Been Trained to Kill. A sprawling tactical industry is teaching American civilians how to fight like Special Ops forces. That will end well.

The Pain of Service Crapification.

The Logic Of Bootlickers Is The Logic Of Too Many Americans.

January 23, 2021

Democrats, Here’s How to Lose in 2022. And Deserve It. Oh, they’re gonna lose big. Believe it.

The Nazification of the Republican Party.

Escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 variants from neutralization by convalescent plasma.

A temporary decision by Walmart to stop selling firearms reduced the suicide rate by 3.3 to 7.5 percent in counties with stores, “an estimated 5,104 to 11,970 lives saved.”

How to Know You’ve Lost Your Grip on Reason. Five warning signs that your political views no longer fulfill the most basic of democratic criteria.

An Ancient Form of European Money: Bronze Rings, Ribs and Blades.

If you were fired because you attended the attempted coup at the Capitol on January 6, “cancel culture” is not at fault. The real threats are the conspiracy theories that hijacked your brain, the politicians who exploited that, and the society that makes it so losing your job can literally kill you.

This study demonstrates that the FFEs of consumer-grade masks available to the public are, in many cases, nearly equivalent to or better than their non-N95 respirator medical mask counterparts.

The Money Trail to the Siege at the Capitol Leads to Charles Koch and Koch Industries.

The Link Between the Capitol Insurrectionists and Abusers.

Yes, It Was a Coup Attempt. Here’s Why.

Post-COVID lungs worse than the worst smokers’ lungs, surgeon says.