Preventing California megafires

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? — ProPublica: The pattern is a form of insanity: We keep doing overzealous fire suppression across California landscapes where the fire poses little risk to people and structures. As a result,...

The Joy of Appropriation

The Joy of Appropriation – Persuasion: I want to focus here on the kind of case that is now most frequently derided as “problematic”: freely adopting aspects of another culture simply because one values them as crystallizations of human excellence. Cultural...

Democratic National Convention, night 1

By and large, I agree with the assessment here: Analysis: Hits and misses from Monday at the Democratic National Convention – CNNPolitics.  My own takes: Michelle Obama’s speech was excellent in content and delivery. One change I would have made was to use...

Obesity, COVID-19, and BMI

Study Says Obesity Raises Risk of Death from Covid-19 Among Men – The New York Times: Older age and chronic health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease are known to increase the risk of severe Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and...

George Floyd: New bodycam video

George Floyd: New bodycam video shows panicked witnesses begging officers to check his pulse – CNN: The footage begins as Thao and Chauvin approach the scene, where Kueng and Lane are trying to get a handcuffed Floyd into the back of a patrol car. Thao watches...