September 30, 2023

Worm that jumps from rats to slugs to human brains has invaded Southeast US.

Childbirth associated with significant medical debt. Only in the US.

Think this summer was bad? It might be the best one you and I will ever see.

Fed Up With the Homelessness Crisis, the Sacramento County DA Sues the City.

The Strong Towns Movement is Simply Right-Libertarianism Dressed in Progressive Garb.

Intranasal mRNA-LNP vaccination protects hamsters from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

In Rare Alliance, Democrats and Republicans Seek Legal Power to Clear Homeless Camps.

Homes “unaffordable” in 99% of nation for average American.

US may pay 3x more than EU for Moderna’s US-funded COVID shot. Moderna developed its vaccine with the NIH and got $1.7 billion in federal grant money.

1.4 Million Wealthy Americans Are Evading Nearly $66 Billion in Federal Taxes.

September 29, 2023

What next for COVID evolution?

A comprehensive and reasonable account of ‘woke’ ideology.

If Hurricane Rebuilding Is Affordable Only for the Wealthy, This Is the Florida You Get.

Earthworms contribute to 6.5% of global grain production.

Signal’s Meredith Whittaker: AI is fundamentally ‘a surveillance technology.’

The Coming Collapse of the U.S. Health Care System.

The GOP’s Plan to Ban Birth Control (Part I).

The Perfect Storm Hits Big Banks: Tumbling Deposits, Rising Unrealized Losses, and Higher-for-Longer Interest Rates.

Fed’s ‘golden handcuffs’: Homeowners locked into low mortgage rates don’t want to sell.

How powerful land barons shaped the epic floods in California’s heartland.

$67 Billion of Rare Minerals Is Buried Under One of the World’s Biggest Carbon Sinks.

Pakistan’s Fatal Electricity Bills.

Swiss glaciers lose 10% of their volume in two years.

September 28, 2023

Just look at why it’s so hard to turn offices into homes.

Newly discovered deep-sea enzyme breaks down PET plastic.

Who Lusts for Certainty Lusts for Lies.

Monitoring of radio galaxy M87 confirms black hole spin.

Antimatter embraces Earth, falling downward like normal matter: Study reveals gravity’s effect on matter’s elusive twin.

It’s not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse.Everything on Amazon is becoming an ad.

Gen Xers are next in line for retirement. Many haven’t saved nearly enough.

Desalination system could produce freshwater that is cheaper than tap water.

America is an extremely cruel society.

‘A ticking time bomb’: Why California can’t provide safe drinking water to all its residents.

Drones Everywhere: How the Technological Revolution on Ukraine Battlefields Is Reshaping Modern Warfare.

September 27, 2023

Strawberry is all that’s left among music players, here’s why.

The SR-71 Blackbird Astro-Nav System (aka R2-D2) worked by tracking the stars and was so powerful that it could see the stars even in daylight.

Surging Insurance Costs Have Come for Office Landlords.

The curse of the cool girl novelist. Her prose is bare, her characters are depressed and alienated. This literary trend has coagulated into parody.

I Was Wrong About the Death of the Book. And Umberto Eco was right.

The World Needs New Antibiotics, but the Business Model Is Broken.

In four decades, graduate salaries have decreased more than 10% after adjusting for inflation.

Landmines in Ukraine: Lessons for China and Taiwan.

Male weightlifters who use steroids are more prone to psychopathology than those who do not. Surprising absolutely no one.

Detroit Knows It. Unions Know It. Biden Knows It. Everything Is About to Change in the Car Industry.

Anti-viral drug backfires: COVID drug linked to viral mutations that spread.

‘Dark’ ships are faking their locations to move oil around the world — and it’s likely worth billions of dollars.

Study sheds new light on strange lava worlds.

September 26, 2023

The most intense heat wave ever recorded on Earth happened in Antarctica last year, scientists say.

The Media Is Giving Us 2016 Flashbacks.

How Mastercard sells its ‘gold mine’ of transaction data.

‘Mind-boggling’ sea creature spotted off Japan has finally been identified.

The Top 0.1%, about 130,000 households, hold nearly 13% of the total wealth. The top 10% hold 56% of the total wealth.

Home Price to Median Household Income Ratio (US).

Obesity surgery is associated with a 40% lower risk of haematological or blood cancers (such as leukemia or lymphoma). The benefit of the surgery is linked to baseline blood sugar levels, suggesting blood sugar is an important factor in cancer development. Surely that’s just medical discrimination. 😉

Slow-Boil Refugee Crisis Takes Its Toll Even in Germany. The country received 322,000 asylum requests last year, second only to the much larger U.S., and is struggling to cope.

‘We can’t pay’: A growing wave of student loan borrowers are on the brink of a boycott, survey reveals — this is why many may refuse to resume repayment as Oct. 1 looms.

If you are looking to buy your first home and need to finance, good luck.

With Basically Zero Press Coverage At All, California Assembly Passes Its Own Version Of FOSTA.

To claim that the only thing that exists in nature is physical stuff is, when you think about it, obviously pretty crazy.

Taxpayers Stuck Paying the Bills for Oligarchs’ Seized Yachts and Mansions.

You Now Have to Earn Over $100,000 to Afford a Typical Home in the US.

8-Year-Old Makes Adorable Presentation To Parents About Why He Needs Gun To Kill Classmates.

The Car Market Balloon Is Deflating.

September 25, 2023

Black holes eat faster than previously expected.

Zero-Sum Thinking and the Roots of U.S. Political Divides.

Caracas: The ordeal of living in a city with failed public services.

New electric blue tarantula species discovered in Thailand.

Why Scalpers Can Get Olivia Rodrigo Tickets and You Can’t.

Soaring food prices put staple foods like tomatoes and onions out of reach for many families in India.

In a first, NASA returns asteroid samples to Earth.

Brainless Jellyfish Demonstrate Learning Ability.

The Washington Gerontocracy. The prospect of a Presidential election as a contest of the ancients is not a heartening one, and the anxieties it provokes cannot be dismissed as ageism.

Carnap vs Heidegger: The metaphysics of nothing.

September 24, 2023

US mother sentenced to two years in prison for giving daughter abortion pills.

Expert opinions and negative externalities do not decrease support for anti-price gouging policies. That’s because the experts are, largely, wrong.

Sociosexuality and incel ideology: Does a mismatch between sexual practice and sexual intentions predict extreme misogynist views?

The last stop: what happens when a US city’s subway starts to die?

I’ve always loved tech. Now, I’m a Luddite. You should be one, too.

Ukraine breaches Russian defensive line on southern front. Fighting against a well-fortified dug-in foe takes time, despite what clown-ass motherfuckers like Ian Welsh claim.

The Enshittification Of Streaming Continues As Amazon Starts Charging Prime Video Customers Even More Money To Avoid Ads.

September 23, 2023

Countries Eye Weight Tax To Counter Public Safety Threat Of Extremely Heavy, Large EVs.

Volvo to end diesel car production by early 2024.

Ancient Stone Tools Once Thought to be Made by Humans Were Actually Crafted by Monkeys, Say Archaeologists.

NASA’s Webb Finds Carbon Source on Surface of Jupiter’s Moon Europa.

El Niño is getting stronger, and odds are tilting toward another wet winter for California.

The Selling of America’s Most Controversial Gun. Private equity turned the AR-15 into a big profit-maker and a charged symbol in the debate over gun rights and mass shootings.

Migration could be ‘dissolving force for EU’, says bloc’s top diplomat. Fairly likely, yeah.

Not even death can exempt you from TSA screening.

The Age of the Grift Shift.

Florida’s “War on Woke” Is Spurring a Brain Drain: Thanks to Ron DeSantis’s education policies, the state is seeing an unprecedented exodus of teachers, professors, and college students. As predicted.

Roughly 45% of people ages 18 to 29 are living at home with their families — the highest figure since the 1940s. More than 60% of Gen-Zers and millennials reported moving back home in the past two years, according to the poll, often because of financial challenges.

America is stuck in a greased-pig economy.

American Long-Range Missiles Threaten to Blast Through Putin’s ‘Red Line.’

September 22, 2023

Crowley Partners with BWXT to Develop Nuclear Power Generation Vessels.

The Animals Are Talking. What Does It Mean?

Amazon’s $185 Billion Pay-to-Play System. A new report shows that Amazon now takes 45 percent of all third-party sales on its website, part of the company’s goal to become a monopoly gatekeeper for economic transactions.

Archaeologists discover world’s oldest wooden structure.

Airlines Are Just Banks Now. They make more money from mileage programs than from flying planes—and it shows.

California home insurers plan return to fire zones under new deal.

Demand for Existing Homes Falters Further. Price Cuts, Days on Market, New Listings Rise. Prices Languish below 2022 Peak.