President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

Stupid Index Tricks

The United States has less press freedom than 54 countries. Or does it?

Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising

Trials of mRNA treatments are going well.

President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden takes his mask off to deliver remarks on COVID-19 and the economy, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Covid Malaise?

A pandemic hangover may be clouding American politics.

Working From Everywhere is Getting Harder

The pandemic ruined everything.

Treating COVID Like the Flu

New CDC guidelines acknowledge the political realities.

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A Decades-Long Stock Market Bubble?

The S&P and Nikkei are at all-time highs. Economists warn that it won’t last.

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Bowling Aloner

If we’re even bowling at all.

Thursday Tabs

The Enshittification of . . . Couches?

They don’t make ’em like they used to.

Masking Didn’t Become Normal

Or did it?

Home Schooling Exploding if You Were Taught Math at Home

The innumeracy hurts.

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Gratuity Porn

Can generosity be wrong?

Ancient Tabs

These have been hanging around for a while.

Deutschland Unter Alles

Germany’s economy is among the worst in the OECD.

Cashing Out?

Americans have largely stopped using checks and are rapidly doing the same with cash.

Impeachment Toothlessness

A political trial for political crimes always yields a political result.

Far Right Politics Spreading Across the West

The trend shows no sign of abating.

Biden Administration Overstepped Bounds on Social Media Pressure

The 5th Circuit upholds a lower court ruling but narrows its scope considerably.

Which Arm Should You Get Your Vaccine In?

It may actually matter.

President Joe Biden talks on the phone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden talks on the phone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Wants Federal Workers Back at the Office

A pandemic-inspired perk seems to be going away.

Europe Becoming Poorer?

The Eurozone is falling further behind the United States.

Disinformation and Free Speech

How far should the government be able to go?

Working Hard? Or Hardly Working?

What the numbers tell us about remote work and productivity.

COVID ‘Emergency’ Officially Over

Long after most people returned to normal, public health agencies have given in.

Biden to Reshape Joint Chiefs

He’s likely to make heads explode.

Saturday Tabs

You know the drill.

RFK Jr. Running for President

Marianne Williamson is getting some competition.

Finland’s Ordinary Election

A refreshing instance of normal democratic politics amid interesting times.

Americans Don’t Live as Long as We Should

We’re falling further behind for many reasons.

COVID Experts Mostly Back to Normal

Another sign that the pandemic is now endemic.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Goes Bye-Bye

Disney has replaced a controversial song at its theme parks.

The Experts Were Wrong on COVID

Hubris has set back the cause of science.

Biden Student Loan Forgiveness in Danger

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is signaling an unfavorable ruling.

Self Promotion: An Interview On Becoming Trauma Informed

A brief primer on trauma and a link to an interview and paper on being trauma informed

Dilbert Canceled

Newspapers across the country are dropping the popular strip over a racist rant.

We’re Doomed! Doomed!

We’re all gonna die, folks.

Gen Z Doesn’t Want Crappy Jobs!

The silliness of “generations.”

Cool Free Event: Disclosing Government Content Moderation Requests

A free panel on how transparent social media platforms should be about government requests

28% Personally Know Someone Who Died From COVID Vaccines

More than a quarter of Americans know something that isn’t true.

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Farm Veterinarian Shortage

We can’t find enough people to treat cows, pigs, and horses.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Cinco De Mayo reception Thursday, May 5, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Cinco De Mayo reception Thursday, May 5, 2022, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

Biden’s Running. Really.

The President will be the 2024 Democratic nominee. Get used to it.

Authorities Urge Masking Against ‘Tripledemic’

Will anyone listen this time?

US Intelligence Fomenting Overseas Protests?

A 34-year CIA officer’s thoughts.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Congress Overturns Military Vaccine Mandate

A truly bizarre vote.

Trump’s Rhetoric and the GOP’s Test

Spoiler alert: the GOP has already failed this test multiple times.

Monday Morning Tabs

Some links to peruse.

Nevada ‘Blue Shift’ Expected to Keep Senate Democratic

Adam Laxalt’s big lead is slowly erodiing.

Craziness, Disconnectedness, and a Toxic Political Climate Equals Violence

The attack at the Pelosi house should surprise no one.

Russia’s Oil Power Gone Forever?

The International Energy Agency forecast is gloomy for Putin and company.