September 20, 2022

Experts predicted a stalemate in Ukraine, here’s why they keep getting it wrong.

‘Crippling’ Energy Bills Force Europe’s Factories to Go Dark. Some more of that dang ol’ “transitory” inflation about to hit.

Food Supply Disruption Is Another Front for Russian Falsehoods. As the war in Ukraine has put pressure on the global markets for food, Russia has spread conspiracy theories that blame the West. A lot of lefties believe these idiotic theories too.

Electric Vehicles Took Off. Car Makers Weren’t Ready.

The Right to Not Be Pregnant.

Public Buses Across Country Quietly Adding Microphones to Record Passenger Conversations. Another reason to avoid mass transit.

September 19, 2022

The worms under the English Riviera might save your life.

The focus on misinformation leads to a profound misunderstanding of why people believe and act on bad information.

More Than 335,000 Lives Could Have Been Saved During Pandemic if U.S. Had Universal Health Care.

How should we do research on human nature? Yes, there is a human nature.

How clever mechanics keep 50-year-old BART trains running: Windows 98, eBay, and scraps.

The $300bn Google-Meta advertising duopoly is under attack.

Poor writing, not specialized concepts, drives processing difficulty in legal language.

How a Fake Billionaire Scammed Rich Buyers for Millions With Bogus Ferrari Build Slots.

September 18, 2022

Why Do All These 20-Somethings Have Closed Captions Turned On? I am not 20-something and I always turn these on even when the show is fully English.

Railroad CEOs Were Paid Over $200 Million As Workers Suffered.

The price of groceries continued to soar in the 12 months that ended in August, climbing by 13.5% — the biggest increase since 1979.

Mudslide Milkshake.

The Stubborn Myth of “Learning Styles.”

Gen Z Never Learned to Read Cursive. I am Gen X and I never learned to read cursive.

On Martha’s Vineyard, even the doctors can’t afford housing anymore. That’s the future of the rest of the country.

September 17, 2022

Lots of strange things about Saturn can be explained by a destroyed moon. Alien space laser, for sure.

Britain and the US are poor societies with some very rich people.

Einstein’s theory of general relativity just passed its most rigorous test yet.

What Modern Humans Can Learn From Ancient Software.

The Uber Hack Shows Push Notification 2FA Has a Downside: It’s Too Annoying.

Quiet Quitting Is a Fake Trend. What people are now calling “quiet quitting” was, in previous decades, simply known as “having a job.”

US border forces are seizing Americans’ phone data and storing it for 15 years.

Blocking Web Fonts for Speed and Privacy.

No, the U.S. didn’t outsource our carbon emissions to China.

American boys and men are suffering — and our culture doesn’t know how to talk about it.

September 16, 2022

Head-On Crash: 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs ’59 Bel Air.

An Architect’s Guide to Building Better Housing.

Say Hello to Crazy Thin ‘Deep Insert’ ATM Skimmers.

Five years of data show that SSDs are more reliable than HDDs over the long haul.

How inflation has eaten into Americans’ average weekly pay in the past year.

100 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1922.

The Search for Intelligent Life Is About to Get a Lot More Interesting. There are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe, home to an unimaginable abundance of planets. And now there are new ways to spot signs of life on them. They checked Earth first. There wasn’t any.

Personal inflation calculator.

Extreme Religious Liberty Is Undermining Public Health.

September 15, 2022

The Treasure America Scavenges From the Poor.

Autonomous Weapons and Human Responsibility. Byte magazine, 1985.

Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time.

Here’s Why Car Wheels Are So Flat These Days (And No, It’s Not Just Aerodynamics And Styling).

Why a possible railroad strike would cripple the supply chain, stoke inflation.

Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years.

Indonesian Girls Are Under Pressure to Wear the Hijab. Pressures on women to follow Islamic dress codes are increasing. That paves the way for further restrictions on girls and women, experts say. Very feminist, dontcha know.

Lindsey Graham’s Unbelievably Cruel Abortion Ban.

Automobile air conditioning.

Gasoline Demand Destruction Accelerates Despite Plunge in Prices: Consumption Drops to August 1997 Level.

September 14, 2022

8 New Minuscule Geckos Discovered in Madagascar.

Scientists think they have found a solution to one of the oldest problems in the universe.

Ukraine Deflates MAGA Macho Myths.

The Strange Behavior of Sound Through Solids. That’s a solid, sound story.

A Very California Lesson on Just How Weird Electricity Is.

Ukraine Pulled Off a Masterstroke. Brilliant battle plan and execution.

Voters Don’t Believe You Stand for Things Until You Actually Do Them. Shocking whom, exactly?

The mystery of why some people don’t catch COVID.

A newly-discovered planet is half-water, half-rock.

World heading into ‘uncharted territory of destruction’, says climate report.

Ukraine : la stratégie occidentale validée par la contre-offensive.

An old Encyclopaedia Britannica is a work to cherish. It may have been eclipsed as reference material, but it’s still a valuable indication of the general knowledge of past generations.

September 13, 2022

Cirrus Vision Jet Pilot Pulls Chute in Florida.

The Fed Appears to Have Violated the Dodd-Frank Act in the Second Quarter of 2020, Giving $455 Billion in Loans to Citigroup.

Take Your Fries and Leave. Why fast food is racing to ditch the dining room. This sounds hellish.

As with bankruptcy so with military defeat. What appears to be a long, painful grind can quickly turn into a rout.

Blood test spots multiple cancers without clear symptoms, study finds.

My slightly mad quest for the perfect spoon.

September 12, 2022

Even in huge cities, you’d be surprised at how sophisticated freshwater delivery systems were in the middle-ages.

Just because antidepressant trials result in enormous placebo effects does not mean that depression responds to placebo in real life. The proper conclusion to the size of placebo effects in these trials is that the measurement of depression is extremely noisy, to put it in the most polite way.

Part of the problem with evaluating claims of “most published books sell [X] copies” is that it—[apologies for the Derrida voice]—it all depends on what you mean by “book,” “published,” and “sell.”

Not So Fast: Insights from a 1944 War Plan Help Explain Why Invading Taiwan Is a Costly Gamble.

A Premonition Of The Planetary Future.

The cynical pose, which flatters itself on being always undeceived, is in practice highly gullible and distinguishable from naivety only in the sour churlishness of its affect. Great sentence.

From an old convent to rooms for rent, schools are desperate to find affordable housing for staff. Goddamn we really fucked up by making housing into a luxury good in this country.

A newly-discovered exoplanet orbiting a cool star is remarkably like Earth.


Vehicles of Death.

September 10, 2022

There’s good reason we separate church and state.

He Stole Another Man’s Name to Rejoin the Army. He Got Caught Decades Later.

Why pain feels worse at night. Pain is always worse for me during the day.

What Americans Are Driving: Vehicles in Operation, Used-Vehicle Exports, EVs, and Stuff for Engine Geeks.

What Makes Your Brain Different From a Neanderthal’s? For most people? Nothing.

September 7, 2022

Black Hours, Morgan MS 493.

The battle for wealth and the battle for youth represent two axes of power. As far as the next few decades go, it’s already getting clear who’s going to win.

The true story of when Congress almost released wild hippos into the Louisiana bayou.

A Genius Cartoonist Believes Child’s Play Is Anything But Frivolous.

American workers need lots and lots of robots. With the power of automation, our workers can win. Without it, they’re in trouble. With redistribution this could work. Without it, we’re still fucked.

September 6, 2022

Greenwashing’: Tree-Planting Schemes Are Just Creating Tree Cemeteries.

The Most Alarming Case On The Supreme Court’s Docket You Haven’t Heard Of. Well shit.

Google’s Project Nimbus is the future of evil.


After self-hosting my email for twenty-three years I have thrown in the towel. The oligopoly has won.

How the decline of local news exposes the public to lies and corruption.

Laborers who fought for 40-hour weeks a century ago wouldn’t want you to send work emails from bed.

The U.S. diet is deadly.

How to Rescue Humanity.

Insurance Refused to Cover Her Vomiting Condition. So She Barfed Outside Their Office.

How Putin’s Agents Are Infiltrating Germany.

Russia will not resume gas supplies to Europe until sanctions lifted, says Moscow.