* “How America Went Haywire,” the most important piece in this batch.
* “High-heel heaven,” one of the funniest pieces I’ve read recently.
* “The Most Common Error in Media Coverage of the Google Memo.” Basically, no one is actually reading the memo, and almost everyone is instead loading up their pre-programmed, mood-affiliated responses. See also Ross Douthat for another orthogonal response. One short summary might be, “Think bigger and longer term,” which we are not so good at doing right now. Or maybe ever.
* Not directly related to the above, but: Men Are Better At Maps Until Women Take This Spatial Visualization Course: A bit of education can erase a definitive cognitive gap between men and women.
* Transit projects left undone in New Jersey, 2000 – 2020. The phrase “wasted opportunity” comes to mind.
* The not-so-secret trick to cutting solo car commutes: Charge for parking by the day.”
* “2016 Was Hot, Weird, and Unprecedented.” Also, “Super-heatwaves of 55°C (131°F) to emerge if global warming continues.” Prediction: when it happens, loads of people shout, “No one warned us!!!”
* “First large-scale deep-sea floating offshore wind farm.” There is lots of good news out there, but rage incites more viewing than the good news.
* The death of the internal combustion engine.
* “Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC: Fired White House staffer argued ‘deep state’ attacked Trump administration because the president represents a threat to cultural Marxist memes, globalists, and bankers.” To call this “insane” is an insult to the insane. If I’d read an SF novel about the sequence of events of the past year two years ago, I’d have called it unrealistic and unbelievable. Yet here we all are.
* “Liberals should reject the divisive, zero-sum politics of identity and find their way back to a unifying vision of the common good.” Yes. Interesting venue for this piece, too.
* The next moon landing may be near.