March 31, 2023

US money supply falling at fastest rate since 1930s.

High egg prices send profits at largest US producer soaring more than 700%.

Welcome to the age of average.

How the Current Refusal to Deal Harshly with Failing Banks and Their Executives Will Create an Even Bigger Crisis.

Why Americans fear the AI future. Five decades of rising inequality and slow growth have made us a less optimistic country.

How 3% Mortgages Altered the Housing Market for Years to Come: A Lot Smaller but More in Balance than it Seems, Hence Dropping Prices Despite Low Inventories.

Good intentions are being exploited to establish a post-constitutional cyber-government.


$31B merger will make rail industry even more consolidated.

Why are young people driving less? Evidence points to economics, not preferences.

Volcker Slayed Inflation. Bernanke Saved the Banks. Can Powell Do Both? In 140 years, American policymakers have never faced a banking crisis quite like this.

In Florida, absurdity has become the new normal.

Why Is Arizona Using Precious Water to Grow Alfalfa for Saudi Arabia?

81 Percent of Americans Live in a One-Party State.

NASA’s Massive Rocket Transporter Is Officially a Record-Breaking Big Boy.

Meta wants EU users to apply for permission to opt out of data collection.nInstead of a yes/no consent, Meta users will fill out a form and include justification.

Romance Under Capitalism Kills Our Libidos.

The New Light Is Bad. There’s something off about LED bulbs — which will soon be, thanks to a federal ban, the only kind you can buy.

March 30, 2023

Modern software performance is firmly in its “beyond parody” stage.

Scientists discover why aspirin works so well.

‘No scruples, no regrets’? President Macron’s unpopular pension reform, forced through in a most undemocratic way, will only fuel support for the far right and further weaken voters’ faith in politics.

Idaho Is About To Become The First State To Restrict Interstate Travel For Abortion.

The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America, March Update: Biggest Monthly Price Drops Now in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver.

The normalization of a lack of physical activity in our modern society has led to the perception that exercise is an “intervention”. However, physical activity remains the modus vivendi engrained in our genes and being sedentary has been the real intervention and collateral effect of modern societies. A billion Fat Acceptance clowns screamed as one….

A cautionary tale: Those who seek to suppress disinformation may be destined, themselves, to sow it.

The AR-15’s rise to dominance over the past two decades was sparked by a dramatic reversal in strategy by the country’s biggest gun companies to invest in a product that many in the industry saw as anathema to their culture and traditions.

Stability Breeds Instability.

Renewably Generated Electricity Surpasses Coal for the First Time in the U.S.

Judge finds Google destroyed evidence and repeatedly gave false info to court.

March 29, 2023

Big Tech’s big downgrade. Google, Amazon, and Meta are making their core products worse — on purpose.

Why there may be no return to ‘normal’ for the U.S. used vehicle market.

Losing weight is good for the heart, even if you regain some of it.

How the most powerful rockets in history are speeding up a new race to the Moon.

Crime in your area: Use of neighborhood apps is associated with inaccurate perceptions of higher local crime rates.

New design for lithium-air battery could offer much longer driving range compared with the lithium-ion battery.

No one needs an AR-15 — or any gun tailor-made for mass shootings.

What does an AR-15 do to a human body? A visual examination of the deadly damage.

AI and the American Smile. How AI misrepresents culture through a facial expression.

March 28, 2023

How Snails Cross Vast Oceans.

Diderot effect.

The chat control proposal does not belong in democratic societies.

Florida, abortion refuge in US south, poised to pass six-week ban. Red states going to utter hell.

The canary in the mine of our collective knowledge.

How Big Tech’s predatory culture fuels failures like Silicon Valley Bank.

Get Off My Desktop! Windows Needs to Stop Showing Tabloid News.

They Posted Porn on Twitter. German Authorities Called the Cops. Regulators are using an AI system to scan websites and messaging apps to find pornography. Creators face fines and potential prison sentences. Dystopia now.

Suddenly the U.S. is facing a problem we thought we’d solved: Rampant child labor.

Four ways to fix the bank problem. It is not clear how bad this crisis is going to be but reform is urgently needed. Some really good ideas here.

Biden’s executive order limits government’s use of commercial spyware.

U.S. and China wage war beneath the waves – over internet cables.

Home prices are plummeting everywhere but the US. Blame America’s favorite mortgage. It’ll happen here too. Just will take longer.

Germany at a standstill as huge strike halts planes and trains.

Yes, TikTok is a threat to America. But so are U.S. social media companies. Ban TikTok. And Facebook too.

March 27, 2023

Skeptical of the lab leak theory? Here’s why you should take it seriously.

As traditional weapons suppliers like the U.S. face wartime production shortages, South Korea has stepped in to fill the gap, while trying not to provoke Moscow.

Home Price to Income Ratio (US & UK).

No One Is Having A Good Time Here.

Sunlight in your bedroom could become a luxury as cities debate allowing landlords to rent windowless rooms in former office buildings to alleviate the housing crisis. Huge fire safety issue there.

We are living in a world of overlapping emergencies – climate change, a pandemic, mounting geopolitical tensions – and more shocks are sure to come. Policymakers need to be prepared to react before the next one unleashes widespread inflation once again, and interest-rate hikes are not the answer.

Prices at the supermarket keep rising. So do corporate profits. Is it really inflation? Or something else?

The social media context interferes with truth discernment.

Artificial Intelligence Tries to Eat Spaghetti.

Life online is a choking, oppressive smog. Teenagers need a place they can breathe. A new study shows more than half of teens spend their free time in their bedroom. But we are offering them nothing away from their screens.

What are California lawmakers doing to fix the housing crisis? A look at 2023’s new bills.

Vaccination halves risk of long Covid, largest study to date shows.

March 26, 2023

The series of fortunate astrophysical events that gave us Ceres.

Why we need a new economics of water as a common good.

The Largest Source of Stolen Guns? Parked Cars.

Stanford’s War Against Its Own Students.

‘Dad said: We’re going to follow Captain Cook’: how an endless round-the-world voyage stole my childhood.

Society’s Technical Debt and Software’s Gutenberg Moment.

The sad state of U.S. life expectancy.

People Can’t Get Their A.D.H.D. Medicine, and That’s a Sign of a Larger Problem.

Compared with the reference, mortality the year after spousal loss was 70% higher (HR 1.70 [95% CI 1.40 to 2.08]) for males aged 65–69 years and remained elevated for a period of six years.

Preparing for the worst outcome for Internet Archive.

The Monopolies Behind the Adderall Shortage.

March 25, 2023

The world’s most remote 4×4 track – 1,058 miles over 10 days without seeing another person or vehicle.

Book Publishers Won’t Stop Until Libraries Are Dead.

You can’t tell people anything. No you cannot.

Report Signals Humiliating End for Russia’s Shadow Army in Ukraine.

Scientists Finally Manipulate Quantum Light, Fulfilling Einstein’s 107-Year-Old Dream.

Home Prices Drop Year-over-Year for First Time since Housing Bust 1. Sales Bounce from Deep-Dismal to just Dismal.

Get ready: More blackouts are coming.

“You Know What? I’m Not Doing This Anymore.” There’s a quiet new crisis brewing in Texas following the abortion ban. It could get much worse.

Accenture slashes 19,000 jobs worldwide.

Falling Lithium Prices Are Making Electric Cars More Affordable.

Snowpack in southern Sierra hits all-time record levels. How deep is that?

Rising seas will cut off many properties before they’re flooded. Along the US coasts, many properties will lose access to essential services.

March 24, 2023

The Joy of Letting Loose.

Amid soaking storms, California turns to farmland to funnel water into depleted aquifers.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Why Buying Furniture Is So Miserable.

Overturning Roe v Wade likely led to an increase in distress in women.

“Click-to-cancel” rule would penalize companies that make you cancel by phone. Canceling a subscription shouldn’t be harder than signing up, FTC proposal says.

Biden Plan to Cut Billions in Medicare Fraud Ignites Lobbying Frenzy.

Perplexity and Philosophical Progress.

Big Four Networks Push FCC To Further Erode Media Consolidation Limits.

Having the genetics of a night owl protects night shift workers against sleep loss.

March 23, 2023

‘Don’t Say Gay’ lawmaker pleads guilty to COVID relief fraud. Shocking.

What Have Humans Just Unleashed? Call it tech’s optical-illusion era: Not even the experts know exactly what will come next in the AI revolution.

Why Construction Projects Always Go Over Budget.