I wonder how much energy these phone-charging pads waste if they’re continuously plugged in.

Article here.

“Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you need the approval of a boss or an authority figure; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so to remain within the “responsible mainstream” (emphasis mine); someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship.

“For an intellectual these habits are corrupting par excellence. If anything can denature, neutralize, and finally kill a passionate intellectual life it is the internalization of such habits.”

Excerpt here.


I applaud how the Dregers have empowered their son to question authority with Google Scholar.

Article here.

“It is a startling next step in the natural burial movement. Even as more people opt for interment in simple shrouds or biodegradable caskets, urban cemeteries continue to fill up. For the environmentally conscious, cremation is a problematic option, as the process releases greenhouse gases.

““Composting makes people think of banana peels and coffee grounds,” Ms. Spade said. But “our bodies have nutrients. What if we could grow new life after we’ve died?””

This is awesome. I don’t understand how this is “sick” or where the “YUCK factor” is. You’ve already passed on. What do you care about what happens to your body?

And how is it any better (or less “yucky”) to have your body pumped full of preserving fluids, then buried in a cemetery, where eventually detritivores such as beetles and worms will crawl through your orifices?

Article here.

“Doctors too often fail to take a woman’s risk seriously and treat it aggressively, or to provide adequate recommendations for prevention, Dr. Andersen and other experts say. “This is especially true for young women,” she said. Yet, she added, “among women between the ages of 29 and 45, it looks like the incidence of heart disease is rising.””

Article here.

December 2022