Today’s 5 Things includes old science that messed up our response to COVID-19, Amazon giving your internet away for free, whether or not the unemployment bonus is keeping workers from working (hint: it’s not), and climate change.
- Wired: The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
- Ars Technica: Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors
- Mississippi Free Press: ‘Breaking Point’: Restaurant Workers Push Back Amid Unemployment Benefit Crackdown
- FactCheck.org: Is Unemployment Bonus Keeping Workers on Sideline?
- Scientific American: The World’s Northernmost Town Is Changing Dramatically
A couple of quick notes about the unemployment bonus: I doubt very many people are refusing to work so they can earn that sweet, sweet extra $300 per pissant unemployment check. For one thing, at best, that’s like $1200 a month, which is barely rent in most places. Also, when the restaurants closed, a lot of people moved on to other jobs that paid better. Or, y’know. Died of COVID.