The Senate’s E-BIKE Act could make electric bikes a lot cheaper

From The Verge: Much like the House bill, Schatz and Markey’s legislation would offer Americans a refundable tax credit worth 30 percent of a new e-bike’s purchase price, capped at $1,500. All three e-bike classes would be eligible for the tax credit, but bikes with motors more powerful than 750W would not. The credit would …

Opinion | Good Riddance, TurboTax. Americans Need a Real ‘Free File’ Program.

From The New York Times: Intuit, the tax preparation giant, performed a public service last week by announcing its exit from a federal program that let some Americans use a free version of its TurboTax software. […] Indeed, dogged reporting by the journalism nonprofit ProPublica has shown the ways that Intuit, in particular, tried to …

Deirdre O’Brien: ‘We Believe That In-Person Collaboration Is Essential to our Culture and our Future’

From John Gruber at Daring Fireball: And like I wrote a few weeks ago, it’s not that Apple’s leadership isn’t listening or hasn’t learned much from the last 16 months — they have, and this hybrid model is the result. But the decision was made, so there’s nothing to “back down” from. These last few takes have …

Why Fauci Advised Against Wearing a Mask Early in the Pandemic

Three points Fauci makes, paraphrased here: We [the Administration] were told right in the Situation Room that there would be a shortage of masks, because people were going to buy N95’s. We did not want to create a situation where health care providers wouldn’t get those masks. There was no real evidence (at the time) …

We Can’t Teach Our Nuclear Plant Operators About Critical Reactor Theory and Risk Them Learning About Radiation

From McSweeney’s: As the chief engineer of this nuclear power plant, it is my responsibility to ensure that the plant continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible. But recently, there has been a growing fringe movement among certain scientists and academics advocating a dangerous educational doctrine that threatens the very fabric of our …