March 28, 2020

Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance. USA! USA! USA!

How to Find Meaning When Everything is Power.

Grocery workers are keeping Americans alive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what they need.

Obesity is associated with impaired immune response to influenza vaccination in humans.


Pandemic surprise: When it comes to contract-breaking and collective action, chains are lawyered up and ready for Red April.

March 27, 2020

Airbnb hosts are scrambling to find long-term renters and flocking to other platforms. If Airbnb is destroyed out of this, that’d be great.


Economic Consequences of The Pandemic.

Biden Sides With Big Pharma Against Plan That Could Make Coronavirus Vaccine Affordable.

President Trump warns of ‘suicides,’ and Bill Gates talks of ‘pile of bodies,’ but they’ve both touched upon an economic term known as the Identifiable Victim Effect.

But *when* will you favor a shift in coronavirus strategy? (no Straussians in a pandemic).

Murdoch family took serious precautions against coronavirus as Fox News downplayed risk to public.

It’s a shame no one buys sedans anymore, because the Genesis G70 is great. I still buy and much prefer sedans. That others don’t is a sedamn shame.

A Failure of Systemic Thinking.

Tech Companies Weren’t Hoarding Masks, They Were Protecting Employees From Wildfire Smoke.

A Rapid End Strikes the Dinosaur Extinction Debate.

A Word About the Horrid Spike in Unemployment Claims and Why it’s Even More Horrid Than it Appears.

March 26, 2020

Millions Of Older Americans Live In Counties With No ICU Beds.

We Need A Massive Surveillance Program. Not sure I agree, but almost anything would be better than the imminent economic collapse.

Going electric reduces emissions.

Coronavirus-Related Drop in Air Travel Could Make Weather Forecasts Worse.

Study supports contested 35-year-old predictions, shows that observable novae are just ‘tip of the iceberg’.

America’s Diseased Politics. The Republicans are confronting the coronavirus with nihilism—and the Democrats are responding with impotence.

How ‘Muscle Memory’ May Help Keep Us Fit. There are tons of great bodyweight exercises you can do at home, too.

Bailouts, A Tradition Unlike Any Other.

More than 60% of restaurants don’t have enough $$ to weather closure for 1 month. 75% say they won’t be able to reopen after 2 months closed.

March 25, 2020

The Coronavirus Is A Media Extinction Event.

Learning how to store passwords or add OAuth2 to your toy web site is not fun. So much of programming today is busywork, or playing defense against a raging internet.

Americans Unfit to Fight a Pandemic. Epidemics of obesity, sedentary habits, and chronic stress leave nation with poor baseline health.

Grocers Stopped Stockpiling Food. Then Came Coronavirus.

Amidst Pandemic, Naughty Dog Allows Employees to Sleep at Home.

The coronavirus economy will devastate those who can least afford it.

Why is everyone scrambling for toilet paper all of a sudden? Consumer behavior researcher Kit Yarrow suggests it’s a case of our social primate brains reacting to newsfeeds full of striking but sometimes disorienting visual cues.

Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Hippos Are Filling Ecosystem Roles in Colombia That Have Been Vacant for Thousands of Years.

What’s the Evidence on Face Masks? What You Heard Was Probably Wrong.

China will emerge from the coronavirus crisis stronger than the U.S., experts warn. Experts in this case are right.

Will We Have an America Without Restaurants? If businesses like ours don’t get help from Washington, more than 10 million Americans could lose their jobs.

Hahnemann Hospital Owner Trying to Profit Off Covid-19, Philly Officials Say.

Fourteen Days. That’s the Most Time We Have to Defeat Coronavirus. I’d say we have six weeks. After that, economy starts decaying and is far less likely to ever recover.

March 24, 2020

Sex Differences in Mate Preferences Across 45 Countries: A Large-Scale Replication.

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever. Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Media must get the facts right in a life-and-death crisis: Right now, that’s not happening.

To Quarantine from Quarantine: Rousseau, Robinson Crusoe, and “I.”

Such a focus on individual responsibility, necessary as it is, functions as ideology the moment it serves to obfuscate the big question of how to change our entire economic and social system.

Ancestor of all animals identified in Australian fossils.

What Are All the Fed’s Corporate & Investor Bailout Programs and SPVs? Here’s the Whole Shitload of Them.

Why Don’t We Use Chemical Weapons Anymore?

March 23, 2020

The problem with people in the intelligentsia is its utter incapacity to conduct a class-based analysis.

If We’re Bailing Out Corporations During the Coronavirus Crisis, They Should Bail Out the Planet.

How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe. The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for the virus sooner.

The Amazing Psychedelic Bamboozle. An experiment on the effects of psychedelic drugs on creativity was actually a creative deception.

Fake animal news abounds on social media as coronavirus upends life.

US weather outlook highlights spring flooding risk. NOAA’s seasonal outlook shows warm temperatures and rain inequality. First, pandemic. Then floods. Then fires.

Ice loss in Antarctica and Greenland increased sixfold in the last 30 years. The next fun apocalypse after this one, arriving soon.

China Is Not the Hero of the Pandemic. You can criticize Trump without parroting Beijing’s propaganda.

We Have a Food Crisis Unfolding Out of Sight. America has fed millions through disasters before. Mobilize restaurant workers now.

Educating the Washington Post: We Did Not Have to Bail Out the Banks in 2008.

The coronavirus relief bill could turn into a corporate coup if we aren’t careful.

March 22, 2020

The Democrats Screwed Up. When do they not screw up?

Neoliberal globalization has been dealt a serious blow.

Flatten the Curve of Armchair Epidemiology.

Service Workers Already Lived in the Fringes, Coronavirus Is Making it Worse.

Our Never-Ending Recession.

Just-in-Time Inventories Make U.S. Vulnerable in a Pandemic. From 2006.

With Climate Change or the Coronavirus, Florida Always Waits Until It’s Too Late.

As COVID-19 spreads, truckers need to keep on trucking.

Against Dog Ownership.

March 21, 2020

The Crisis in Financial Markets Began Before COVID-19.

Spotted water hemlock is the most toxic plant in North America.

Is It Time to Rethink Globalized Supply Chains? The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for managers and prompt them to consider actions that will improve their resilience to future shocks.

Let’s politicize the coronavirus crisis.

Why Biden’s Plan to Expand the ACA Won’t Work.

Unsanitized: Private Equity Licks Its Chops.

Desperate in the UK.

The Fragile System Supplying Food to the World Is Under Strain.

China’s coronavirus recovery is ‘all fake,’ whistleblowers and residents claim.

This Is the One Thing That Might Save the World From Financial Collapse.

The coronavirus crisis shows what happens when a country puts its workers last.

Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus.

you should mourn.

U.S. Should Stop Water Shutoffs During the Covid-19 Pandemic—and Forever.

March 20, 2020

NASA Fixes Mars Lander By Telling It to Hit Itself With a Shovel.

Why Covid-19 is worse than the flu.

Fed Announces Program for Wall Street Banks to Pledge Plunging Stocks to Get Trillions in Loans at ¼ Percent Interest.

The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver.

Global warming influence on extreme weather events has been frequently underestimated.

Green Jobs Are the Answer to the Coronavirus Recession.

Lessons of the Virus: Who Creates Value And What The Good Life Is.

Who wants a revolution? Not the media. And look who owns the media.

It’s Staggering How Many Coronavirus-Related Layoffs Have Already Happened.

Now Is the Time to Cancel Student Debt.

Virtually every kind of adversity is reflexively approached now through bizarrely inappropriate war metaphors.

I’m a virologist & investor… & I’m hearing people say it’s impossible to make covid vaccine b/c we haven’t been able to make one to any coronaviruses. Not true. We have veterinary vaccines for dog & cow strains. Human one’s not been investment worthy, until now. here’s why….

USDA Fights to Take Away Food Stamps From 700,000 Americans Despite Pandemic.

Employee Working From Home Frantically Trying To Finish Report By End Of Days.

The Inconsentability of Facial Surveillance.

While Top Democrats Waffle, GOP Rolls Out Plans for Coronavirus Cash Handouts. Is Pelosi Leading From Behind? She’s not just a waffler, she’s a whole damn Waffle House.

Coronavirus Lays Bare The Real Horror Of American Healthcare.

Junk-Bond Spreads & BBB-Bond Spreads Blow Out Past Lehman-Bankruptcy Levels.