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Chinese Spy Balloon Over The US

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On February 2, 2023
A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over Montana. NORAD says they saw it before that, and it was probably launched from China. It’s at an altitude above that of commercial flights, which probably means above 50,000 feet, but it can be seen from those flights, according to reports. There are a few videos that […]
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Not Enough Disruption?

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On January 24, 2023
For the past few weeks, a paper in Nature has provoked vapors among those who want more scientific disruption. Bill Broad summarized it in the New York Times. The paper defined “disruption” by a pattern of citations in the scientific literature. Horrifyingly to some, those disruptions have decreased since 1950. There are layers of assumptions. […]

Butter Emails

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On January 23, 2023

Charles McGonigal, the former head of the Counterintelligence Division of the New York FBI office has been arrested for helping Oleg Deripaska avoid US sanctions on Russia. He was head of the division

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How Can They Do That?

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On January 16, 2023
Moderna has announced an increase in the price of their m-RNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 from the $26 per dose that the government has been paying to something like $130 per dose. This will affect insured people only indirectly, increasing their insurance companies’ costs, but the uninsured will pay the whole price. Much of the research […]

Blake Hounshell

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On January 10, 2023
This awful news just came over Twitter. Blake, as Praktike, was a participant in the early-2000s blogosphere. I enjoyed our conversations and found his posts insightful. Then he went on to Foreign Policy, Politico, and recently the New York Times. He will be missed. Depression is a terrible burden. Please know that you’re valued, even […]
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