July 30, 2023

Fed Favored “Core” PCE Price Index Rises 4.1%, Least since Sept 2021, on Drop in Durable Goods. But Monthly Services Inflation Accelerates.

$11,000 to see Taylor Swift? How concert tickets got so expensive.

$600,000 in stolen wine: Inside one of California’s biggest high-end alcohol heists.

Local and federal authorities have shut down what seems to be an illegal medical lab hidden in a California warehouse that contained nearly 1,000 laboratory mice, hundreds of unknown chemicals, refrigerators and freezers, vials of biohazardous materials, including blood, incubators, and at least 20 infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, and a herpes virus.

War and Truce: The Korean Armistice at 70.

Forget F1: the only car race that matters now is the race to turn your car into a digital extraction machine, a high-speed inkjet printer on wheels, stealing your private data as it picks your pocket.

The Rot King. Elon Musk is symbolic of the economic nihilism of the business world.

Digital advertising is Meta and Google’s world, and everyone else is coping with it.

We’re in a Massive “Heat Health” Emergency. But I was told no one needs air conditioning by very confident northern libs.

It’s wild knowing just how many completely incompetent executives are trusted to run businesses. It really is. Amazing how often I encounter it.

That Which Copyright Destroys, ‘Pirates’ Can Save.

Astounding Diversity of Giant Viruses Discovered in Massachusetts Forest.

In the 17th Century, Leibniz Dreamed of a Machine That Could Calculate Ideas.

July 29, 2023

US economic growth accelerates to 2.4% in second quarter.

The Rise in American Pain.

Copyright Self Censorship Denies Us Another Updated Version Of An Abandoned Game.

Connecticut Has Done Something Remarkable With Crime. The state cut incarceration in half, while crime plummeted.

Taylor Swift fans cause record-breaking seismic activity during Seattle shows.

Making ‘The Blue Flash’: How I reconstructed a fatal atomic accident.

From salesman to ‘spy’: An inside account of arbitrary arrest in China.

Renters less likely to be kicked out where eviction filing fees are higher.

Nearly 4 million in U.S. cut from Medicaid, most for paperwork reasons.

US Spies Are Lobbying Congress to Save a Phone Surveillance ‘Loophole.’

July 28, 2023

Study shows glyphosate impairs learning in bumblebees.

How “It works in my machine” turns “It works in my container.”

Google Web Environment Integrity is the new Microsoft Trusted Computing.

Guess you gotta pay to eat inside fast food places now.

A beautiful, broken America: what I learned on a 2,800-mile bus ride from Detroit to LA. Gone are the small, clean, cheap motels and public spaces where anyone can find a place to nurse a cup of coffee.

Home Taping Is Killing Music: When the Music Industry Waged War on the Cassette Tape During the 1980s, and Punk Bands Fought Back.

The US government is taking a serious step toward space-based nuclear propulsion.

Arizona’s water troubles show how climate change is reshaping the West.

Ultra-fast niobium batteries boast 6-min charge for Lotus Elise-based EV.

NEPA really is a problem for clean energy.

Musicians like Jason Aldean love to glorify ‘small-town’ America. It’s embarrassing.

‘It’s exactly as they’d have done it in the 1910s’: how Barbenheimer is leading the anti-CGI backlash.

The Only Americans Who Really Do Need More Parking. The trucking industry is facing a crisis.

Court Filing: JPMorgan Chase “Actively Participated in Epstein’s Sex-Trafficking Venture.”

July 27, 2023

What frightens me about the climate crisis is we don’t know how bad things really are.

Mountain Lion Ambush.

The Magnificence of the Bluefin Tuna.

388,000 American Workers Died of Work Related Reasons in 2021.

In this cohort study evaluating 538 159 deaths in individuals aged 25 years and older in Florida and Ohio between March 2020 and December 2021, excess mortality was significantly higher for Republican voters than Democratic voters after COVID-19 vaccines were available to all adults, but not before.

The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America, July Update: 3rd Year-over-Year Price Drop in a Row. Monthly Increases Are “Just Seasonal”: Robert Shiller.

Scientists Say Recycling Has Backfired Spectacularly.

Triple-digit ocean temps in Florida could be a global record.

Conservatives Have a New Master Theory of American Politics.

July 26, 2023

How can we not be Data Hoarders? YouTube just deleted a channel with over 3000 music videos while I was archiving it. Culture erasure en masse.

Google’s nightmare “Web Integrity API” wants a DRM gatekeeper for the web.

Trade-off between Transcriptome Plasticity and Genome Evolution in Cephalopods.

California leads the nation in gun violence research. But now the entire field is at risk.

This Chart Shows How Wall Street Banks and the Fed Have Become a Match Made in Hell.

An Act of Vehicular NIMBYism.

Why is cancer striking earlier? One answer could be a diet of ultra-processed foods.

EU passes law to blanket highways with fast EV chargers by end of 2025. The chargers must be placed every 60km (37mi) and allow ad-hoc payment by card or contactless device without subscriptions.

Florida approves right-wing jingoistic propaganda channel for use in schools.

Disaster and denial.

Bow Before The Beefy Brains Of Beard Guy!

I am a woman who was falsely accused of a sex crime. It ruined my life.

Instances of “Men written by women” which you find funny or cringe.

Degrowth for Whigs.

July 25, 2023

Stone Walls and Historical Harbors Are Unexpected Havens of Biodiversity.

No class has ever shown more deference to official qualifications and the authority of credentials than modern progressives.

The New New Reading Environment.

“Human Error” is the Scapegoat for Systemic and Organizational Failures.

Young people are flocking to astrology. But it comes with risks. Not risk. The certainty of being a huge dumbass.

How China’s military is slowly squeezing Taiwan.

Eurozone Economy Contracts Further in July, PMIs Suggest.

The hidden way Bidenomics is already weakening Trump’s 2024 hopes.

Why the laws of physics will never explain the universe.

We last raised the US federal minimum wage 14 years ago. This is unacceptable.

The Mediterranean Sea Is Dying, According to People Who Depend on It.

How Slavery Inspired Modern Business Management. Worth posting again.

Mandatory office days ruined my company.

Companies See “Sticky” Inflation in July in Services, as they Pass on Surging Input Costs, Including Higher Wages.

July 24, 2023

These Furry Caterpillars Obtained Their Potent Venom From Bacteria.

Samuel L. Jackson has had it with these motherfucking billionaires not paying their motherfucking taxes.

From a one-way flight to sleeping in a parking lot: Diary of a California dream gone sour.

High-income households rein in discretionary spending as inflation and a soft housing market take their toll.

All the nerds are dead.

The findings from this registered report cast doubt on the possibility that people are making sensible—albeit myopic—choices to use their phones, suggesting that people may be acting against their own best interest when they use phones in social situations.

Florida strikes again.

Lessons I learned during the pandemic.

There’s nothing “accidental” about pedestrian deaths.

Individuals prone to antisocial behavior age faster, study finds.

When states restrict access to reproductive care, female suicide rates go up, study finds.

July 23, 2023

The 30-Year Mortgage is an Intrinsically Toxic Product.

Entire Housing Market, Buyers and Sellers, May Have Shrunk by 20% to 25% because of the 3% Mortgages.

‘Mystery company’ buys $800M worth of land near Travis AFB, raising concerns about national security.

Racial identity is more fluid than you might think.

A Bunch of Attorneys General Are Champing at the Bit to Nail People Who Travel for Abortions.

‘This Is a Really Big Deal’: How College Towns Are Decimating the GOP.

Internet Search Tips.

Insurers Deny Medical Care for the Poor at High Rates, Report Says.

How a Drug Maker Profited by Slow-Walking a Promising H.I.V. Therapy.

ATLAS sets record precision on Higgs boson’s mass.

Spartans Were Losers. The U.S. military’s admiration of a proto-fascist city-state is based on bad history.

July 22, 2023

Greenland melted some 416,000 years ago, shows high risk of causing sea level rise today.

The Overlooked Reason Our Health Care System Crushes Patients.

Maryland’s Top Court Calls Bullshit On Ballistic Forensics.

Oppenheimer 70MM IMAX film print assembly at Science Museum, London.