March 10, 2022 7:27 pm

Ukrainians Calling Russian Invaders “Orcs”

Apropos “ruscism,” I thought I’d also note this other relatively new usage, seemingly pretty clearly from Tolkien. Some Googling suggests there are some possible broader connections, e.g., to this Russia/Mordor item, but I can’t speak to how common the usage was in the past. But right now it does seem to be a thing (e.g.,…


March 10, 2022 7:10 pm


I hadn’t heard the term (in the form “ruscist”) until listening to “Bayraktar” this morning—as you might gather, it’s a portmanteau of “Russian” and “fascism.” In Ukrainian and Russian, “fascism” is pronounced with an “ah” sound, so the two words rhyme. “Ruscism” is said to have been popularized in 2008, with the Russo-Georgian War, though…


March 10, 2022 4:25 pm

Why Can’t the CDC Tell the Truth About Smoking and Vaping by Teenagers?

The agency ignores downward trends in both kinds of nicotine use and obscures the huge difference in the hazards they pose.


March 10, 2022 3:08 pm

Why Sanctioning Russia Will Fail

The best way to de-escalate fighting in Ukraine is to give Putin a face-saving exit, not immiserating his people by cutting them off from the world.

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March 10, 2022 2:24 pm

Man Receives 3 Years in Federal Prison for Using COVID Relief Funds on a Pokémon Card

The punishment is a bit rich considering the government’s own mishandling of pandemic cash.

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March 10, 2022 1:30 pm

The Mask Mandate for Air Travel Was About To End, So the TSA Extended It

The policy, which covers trains, buses, and subways as well, is now set to expire on April 18.

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March 10, 2022 1:15 pm

With Just 10 Signatures, This Gas Station Owner Could Kill a Ban on Pumping Your Own Gas

Legislators in New Jersey and Oregon keep failing to repeal their states’ bans on self-service gas stations. Is Massachusetts’ small town direct democracy the solution?

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March 10, 2022 12:10 pm

A Judge Finds a ‘Substantial Basis’ for the Claim That Fox News Recklessly Promoted Trump’s Election Fantasy

The decision allows Smartmatic to proceed with its defamation lawsuit against Fox, two anchors, and Rudy Giuliani.

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March 10, 2022 10:45 am

Court Says U.S. Cannot Expel Migrant Families to Countries Where They Face Harm

A federal judge wrote that migrants could face “horrific consequences” if expelled to certain places, particularly Mexico and Central American countries.

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March 10, 2022 9:56 am


A Ukrainian-language song from the war (with English subtitles).


March 10, 2022 9:21 am

More Defense Spending Does Not Equal More Safety

Congress continues to allocate funds to produce weapons that the Pentagon itself says it doesn’t need.

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March 10, 2022 8:15 am

Libertarian Candidate Faces Uphill Ballot Battle To Challenge Marjorie Taylor Greene

Before she can make her case to the voters, Angela Pence has to collect signatures that she would not need if she were a Democrat or a Republican.

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March 10, 2022 8:01 am

Court Upholds Allowing Pro-Vaccination Parent to Make Vaccination Decisions for Children

From Dutchess v. Dutch, decided yesterday (correctly, I think) by the Alaska Supreme Court: Divorced parents disagree about vaccinating their two minor children. The father wants to vaccinate the children per their pediatrician’s recommendation. The mother objects on religious grounds to vaccinating the children…. [T]he superior court issued an order granting decision-making authority concerning vaccinating…


March 10, 2022 7:40 am

Dispatch From Ukraine: Living as a Russian in Ukraine

A Russian-Ukrainian woman describes how Russians are being fed misinformation.

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