December 31, 2021

Wall Street banks post record $10 billion in IPO revenues even as average investors in 2021 face worst returns in years.

Wingdings redrawn in the style of Comic Sans to create the “worst font ever.” I kern not believe this.

The collateral damage of the Republican war on the vaccine.

The most unusual job market in modern American history, explained.

Fascism is coming: Americans don’t care.

Noble lies are a public health hazard.

Omicron: My Current Model.

How the Pursuit of Unknown Viruses Risks Triggering the Next Pandemic. And the current one as well.

December 30, 2021

A subset of Memory B-derived antibody repertoire from 3-dose vaccinees is ultrapotent against diverse and highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Omicron.

Flu Makes A Comeback In US.

They Were the Pandemic’s Perfect Victims. The pandemic killed so many dialysis patients that their total number shrunk for the first time in nearly half a century. Few people took notice.

Our housing-based system of capital ownership is unsustainable.

Media love bad news; you don’t have to.

Hyundai shuts down its engine development team amid focus on electric cars.

Why so much Obama-era pop culture feels so cringe now. Now? Felt cringe then.

Despite omicron, Covid-19 will become endemic. Here’s how. Despite? Because of.

Data Shows Little Improvement in Long COVID Patients After One Year.

December 29, 2021

Ill Liberal Arts.

It’s Madness What Is Happening to College Kids.

The State of External Retina Displays, [Almost] 2022 Edition. Still terrible.

Hitting the Books: Amiga and the birth of 256-color gaming.

Fascism in America: It’s nowhere near as new as you might think. I did not in fact think it was new at all.

Invisible and unheard: how female veterans suffering trauma are let down by US healthcare.

It Keeps on Raining Too Much Too Fast.

With US swamped by omicron, Biden scraps travel bans. Yay for no prison countries.

10 lessons I’ve learned from the Covid–19 pandemic.

Omicron is “not the same disease we were seeing a year ago” and high Covid death rates in the UK are “now history”, a leading immunologist has said.

The Cost of Engaging With the Miserable.

December 28, 2021

I think it’s important that we recognize the power of non-governmental institutions and the value of freedom from oppression by those institutions.

Inventories of New Houses for Sale Highest since 2008, Worst Spike in Construction Costs in at Least 50 Years: What the Heck Is Going On?

The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care.

mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine boosters induce neutralizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant.

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King needed one more ending. The case for the Scouring of the Shire. Very much agreed.

A day after giving birth, I was asked back to work. America needs paid family leave.

The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point.

Hong Kong is clinging to ‘zero covid’ and extreme quarantine. Talent is leaving in droves.

Why Emotional Intelligence Takes a Dive Among the Affluent.

2021 Was a Huge Missed Opportunity on Climate Action.

A new study suggests the omicron variant has some of the common cold inside of it.

December 27, 2021

No, Large-Scale Societies Don’t Need Massive Inequalities.

Mark Zuckerberg Is TNR’s 2021 Scoundrel of the Year. The nitwit founder of Facebook has created the worst, most damaging website in the world. And we’re just supposed to accept it.

Scientists Identify a Previously Unknown Type of Storm, Called an ‘Atmospheric Lake.’

Remaining isolated is bad for our health in other ways—we know this intimately by now, because we’ve lived it.

Astronomers Discover Massive Planet 10 Times Bigger Than Jupiter.

Philosophers and Other Conjurers.

Spies, voting machine companies and Big Pharma are still your natural enemies.

The west is the author of its own weaknes.

Why they hate him: Dr. Fauci triggers the right because he reveals their deepest insecurities.

December 26, 2021

Omicron Brings New Risks to Unvaccinated Pregnant Women.

Oops, Americans’ Big Pay Increases Got Run Over by Even Bigger Price Increases.

The Absurdity of Renting a Car Will No Longer Be Tolerated. Supply is low, demand is high—but that alone cannot explain the weird indignity of renting a vehicle.

Scientists Finally Solve the Mystery of Why Comets Glow Green.

An excess of young people with advanced degrees has been one of the chief causes of instability in the past.

Our results suggest that LaTeX reduces the user’s productivity and results in more orthographical, grammatical, and formatting errors, more typos, and less written text than Microsoft Word over the same duration of time. That’s because LaTeX is just useless nerd-signaling.

The majority of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies in COVID-19 patients with obesity are autoimmune and not neutralizing.

My rough estimate is that the unit cost of provisioning a service on AWS is about 3 times that of a competent IT organization providing a similar service in house. I made the same calculation. It is about 3x.

December 25, 2021

The number of hospitalizations was undeniably not as bleak as they were last winter, but there was a simmering frustration. All the ICU COVID patients, every single one, was unvaccinated.

The Coronavirus Is Part of Our Lives Now. We’ve Finally Accepted That.

The 12 Tweets of Christmas.

The contested meaning of “long COVID” – Patients, doctors, and the politics of subjective evidence.

While omicron explodes around the world, covid cases in Japan keep plummeting and no one knows exactly why.

US farms made $200m via human smuggling and labor trafficking operation. Yet we concentrate on fake sex trafficking.

How I lost my past.

From the ‘Silent Majority’ to the Unvaxxed Minority.

December 24, 2021

The Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive.

Out of Control. America’s losing battle against diabetes.

The year conspiracy theories yielded deadly consequences.

The Fed Gets Its Ducks in a Row for the Next Wall Street Bailout; Quietly Adds Goldman Sachs Bank, Citibank to Its New $500 Billion Standing Repo Facility.

Will this pandemic ever end? Here’s what happened with the last ones.

Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color—and Stress Is Involved, of Course.

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste. The makers of cancer drugs also make vials with too much medication for many patients. The excess drugs are tossed in the trash — another reason health care costs are so high.

December 23, 2021

A Quadrillion Mainframes on Your Lap.

For mainstream liberals in rural America, daily life involves dealing with far-right intimidation.

Series of preclinical studies supports the Army’s pan-coronavirus vaccine development strategy.

Scientists find perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo preparing to hatch like a bird.

Himalayan glaciers are melting at an extraordinary rate, research finds.

Scientists can’t yet explain the origin of the omicron variant — but all of their theories are troubling.

From Noether’s Theorem to Bremsstrahlung: a pedagogical introduction to large gauge transformations and classical soft theorems.

Please Don’t Tell Me ‘It’s Not Covid’ While Coughing in My Face.

Irene Bosch developed a quick, inexpensive COVID-19 test in early 2020. The Harvard-trained scientist already had a factory set up. But she was stymied by an FDA process experts say made no sense.

America is now in fascism’s legal phase.

How to pray to a dead God.

How the 2020s Economy Could Resemble the 1980s.

December 22, 2021

The Science of Visual Data Communication: What Works.

Another Example Of How The Playing Field Is Tilted In Favor Of Copyright Owners.

My career of treating patients has ended.

An extinct millipede the length of a car once roamed northern England.

China Hawks Don’t Understand How Science Advances.

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world.

We oldies had our moment – we cannot ask the young to lockdown again now. Fucking right.

Covid Panic is a Site of Inter-Elite Competition.

What Kendi and Trump have in common is a desire to see power allocated in society on some basis other than ability.

The Quiet Scientific Revolution That May Solve Chronic Pain.

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future.

How we destroyed The Matrix. Incels and trans activists are both fooled by its myth.

Going Out to Eat in the Age of the Shrinking Menu.

December 21, 2021

The Fed still thinks inflation is transitory. It just doesn’t use the word.

The economic policy response to Omicron.

The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program at One Year: How Many Deaths and Hospitalizations Were Averted?

Antibiotic Use in US Farm Animals Was Falling. Now It’s Not.