July 31, 2022

After Going Solar, I Felt the Bliss of Sudden Abundance.

Yes, Republicans really did try to make abortion punishable by death.

The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial.

By 1960, the DoD alone accounted for 36 percent of all the research and development in the world.

TikTok and the Fall of the Social-Media Giants.

Why the Myth of the Miserable Lottery Winner Just Won’t Die.

Lāhainā Noon.

Combatant Socialization and Norms of Restraint: Examining Officer Training at the U.S. Military Academy and Army ROTC.

Nitrogen crisis from jam-packed livestock operations has ‘paralyzed’ Dutch economy. Degrowth nonsense like this going to lead to widespread famines, even in the West. Have to put a stop to this ASAP.

Women Are Being Forced to Deliver Nonviable Fetuses Because of Abortion Bans.

Indiana Senate narrowly passes near-total abortion ban.

Trump is a loser. Here’s why it matters.

Breathing dirty city air is as bad for your lungs as smoking.

The mighty Mississippi River – and its direct access to some of the most prolific agricultural plains in the world – gives the US an incredible geopolitical advantage.

July 30, 2022

Pollinators of the sea: A discovery of animal-mediated fertilization in seaweed.

Aeroflot Flight 593. Jesus Christ. Sometimes, it totally is the fault of bad piloting.

Is Everything Getting Old?

Yes, we’re probably in a recession, and that’s fine.

Republicans Are Trying to Ban Speech About Abortion Pills. Activists Are Vowing ‘Mass Defiance.’

The Aging Student Debtors of America.

A major publishing lawsuit would cement surveillance into the future of libraries.

Stricter COVID-19 lockdown measures coincided with an increase in serious self-harm triggered by social isolation in children and young people, according to a new study.

Food and drinks are getting sweeter. Even if it’s not all sugar, it’s bad for our health.

Paper Girls review – a hugely fun sci-fi caper that’s like an all-female Stranger Things.

July 29, 2022

A Russian Sociologist Explains Why Putin’s War Is Going Even Worse Than It Looks. Ian Welsh is inconsolable.

How the NY Times obscures the Republican push to roll back marriage equality.

Everybody’s suddenly reporting on Christian nationalism – I want to scream “We told you so.”

US economy shrinks in second quarter, signaling unofficial start of recession.

Hospices have become big business for private equity firms, raising concerns about end-of-life care.

If Democrats are losing the working class, it’s not because of the left.

The Dirtbag Is Back. A returning cultural archetype is indifferent to power and extremely adept at enjoying meaninglessness. What a relief.

Yes, Social Media Really Is Undermining Democracy.

July 28, 2022

The U.S. still has a chance to fix itself before 2024. But when democracies start dying—as ours already has—they usually don’t recover.

2009 – The Year Democrats Could Have Done Something. Ayup.

Risk of Reinfection, Vaccine Protection, and Severity of Infection with the BA.5 Omicron Subvariant: A Danish Nation-Wide Population-Based Study.


Do right-wing evangelicals really want a “Christian nation”? Hell no! Whatever ruthless, loveless, vicious vision of America these people have, it definitely isn’t “Christian.”

The right in the US has a new bogeyman: libraries.

Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy.

Where abortion has been banned now that Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Affordable Care Act lawsuit threatens contraception access.

Long COVID in non-hospitalized people – the incidence of any long COVID symptoms was 5.4% in people with COVID-19 vs 4.4% in an uninfected control.

The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Contempt for Women Is Worse Than I Imagined.

Big Tech & Startups Getting Ready for Reality: Shedding People, Offices, and Warehouses.

Alien space bats.

July 27, 2022

Two Weeks In, the Webb Space Telescope Is Reshaping Astronomy.

Anti-Social Conservatives. The Republican party is against society.

Florida started penalizing bureaucratic delay. Housing permits spiked.

Puzzle of prized white truffle finally yields to science.

I bought a cheap electric pickup truck from Alibaba. Here’s what showed up.

U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan.

Inside the global gig economy of werewolf erotica.

The Single Most Important Thing to Know About Financial Aid: It’s a Sham.

Rents spike as big-pocketed investors buy mobile home parks.

Dawn of the apocalypse: Existential crisis for our species is right here, right now.

The Dark Triad traits predict authoritarian political correctness and alt-right attitudes.

War in Ukraine Could Change the Types of Weapons the Pentagon Wants, Raytheon CEO Says. If it does not, that’d be a huge fuck-up. (I said a decade ago that drones and stand-off weapons were the future.)

ruining it for everyone.

The Hilarious Crusade Against Coffee.

Inflation is (and has always been) overwhelmingly differential. Inflation is restructuring.

Inflation Is Even Worse If You Measure It the Proper Way. Making a year-over-year comparison of price increases is easy to understand but inevitably backward-looking. And right now monthly core inflation is clearly accelerating.

Prices of New Houses Plunge, Sales Crater to Lockdown Level, Inventories Pile Up to Highest since 2008.

Discovery of new UEFI rootkit exposes an ugly truth: The attacks are invisible to us.

July 26, 2022

Archaic lighting.

A Court Without Precedent. The judiciary is supposed to be informed by historical memory, and guided by more than its members’ whims.

Bison Roundup at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

No evidence for nudging after adjusting for publication bias.

“Pro-Life” Idaho Republicans Declare Women Should Be Left to Die to Save Fetuses.

The Case for Age Limits in American Politics.

Front-Runners in the Race for Variant-Proof and All-Coronavirus Vaccines.

Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why.

The audacious PR plot that seeded doubt about climate change.

Say Goodbye to Free Returns: Fashion Retailers Are Starting to Charge.

The Biden administration has dropped the ball on vaccine development.

How Putin’s Flawed Assumptions Doomed Russian Victory in Ukraine.

We Need to Keep Building Houses, Even if No One Wants to Buy.

World Grows Less Accepting of Migrants.

The deadliest road in America. Knew it would be in Florida.

The dystopian American reality one month after the Roe v Wade reversal.

July 25, 2022

99% of sexually experienced U.S. women aged 15–44 have used at least one contraceptive method as of 2008.

Comparison of bacterial suppression by phage cocktails, dual-receptor generalists, and coevolutionarily trained phages.

Imposter syndrome is actually the human condition.

Dee Ferris at Corvi-Mora, London.

The GOP’s coming for your birth control. Yes it is, and it will probably succeed.

The GOP’s Birth Control Strategy. Say it’s actually abortion.

‘Nobody would choose this’: A turnpike rest area and a van become home for one Maine family. Jeanie Cannell, her husband and his daughter have lived at the Kennebunk travel plaza on the Maine Turnpike for three months, unable to find affordable housing, even though two of them work full-time. Rents are insane now.

This animation shows the binary black hole system of OJ 287. Every 12 years, the smaller black hole punches through the accretion disk of the larger black hole and results in a flash of light that is over a trillion times brighter than the sun.

July 24, 2022

New Ford F-450 Comes With Shotgun In Case Truck Doesn’t Kill Pedestrian On Impact.

Ron DeSantis Would Kill Democracy Slowly and Methodically.

Even as far back as three decades ago, it was clear that Republicans were intent on repealing things like abortion rights, as they have now succeeded in doing for tens of millions of women.

Gavin Newsom’s campaign to reframe – and reclaim – freedom.

#metoo contributed to more men voting for Trump. So there’s another reason to regret forcing Franken to quit without any process, it was stupid politics.

Community Input Is Bad, Actually. Angry neighborhood associations have the power to halt the construction of vital infrastructure. It doesn’t have to be this way.

U.S. pundits: Please stop trying to concede on Ukraine’s behalf.

Pakistan is in big trouble.

In the early days of the Ukraine invasion, one of the main lines pushed by Putin’s defenders was that the expansion of NATO posed a threat to Russia and that Ukraine was about to join. This didn’t stand up to even momentary scrutiny.

How the states went nuts: Democratic backsliding in state capitals — and how to defeat it.

Climate Change Is Not Negotiable.

Inside the remote California county where the far right took over: ‘Civility went out the window.’

From the Secret Service to the Fed, Inspectors General Are Enablers to Corruption at the Agencies they Oversee.