Rod Dreher tries to quit Ambien.
Short video of protesters in Moscow pelting riot police with snowballs.
The dream of the reusable space plane lives on.
The serial killer who lived in the same building as his victims, knew them, ran errands for them. Another example of how wrong we are to fear distant strangers more than those we live with. (NY Times)
Kevin Drum says America is in Better Shape than Everyone Seems to Think, with data to back it up.
Six-foot-long carnivorous worms lived in burrows under the Miocene ocean.
The Arizona Republican Party censures three prominent members who criticized Trump. (NY Times)
In surveys, 15 to 20% of Americans think political violence is at least "a little bit justified;" the number does not vary much between the parties but varies a lot depending on how aggressive people are in general.
Immigrants to the US are so important at the higher levels of math and science that any slowdown in US immigration directly reduces "global knowledge production," or so these these guys say.
The humor of American Jewish philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser.
Everyone on TikTok is so oppressed it makes me weep.
The Navy Seals trained him to recognize disinformation, but he still ended up believing in right-wing conspiracy theories and taking part in the Capitol riot. (New York Times)
Twitter thread on Leo Strauss, who thought past philosophers often disguised their real views out of fear of persecution; before cancel culture there was being hanged by the king or burned by the church.
What went down in a QAnon chat room over the month of January. (New York Times)
In the 18th and 19th centuries, lotteries were popular with slaves, who thus purchased a small chance to win their freedom. Denmark Vessey, later famous for leading a slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina, won his freedom that way. Interesting entry point for thinking about the place of lotteries in our society.
I see that the Wolf Full Moon is back. Sigh.
Thomas Edsall on white Christian nationalism in the US, (New York Times)
The ongoing dispute over whether coconut milk is made with forced monkey labor.
The ratings are down at Fox News, and some think this is a sign of a long-term problem for them: with Trump's core followers going full-bore for conspiracy, it may be all but impossible to retain them as viewers while maintaining any semblance of being a news channel.