The Turbid Plaque

Life is complicated

Sometimes a filter gets overloaded and clogs, and The Filtrate doesn't come out that week. When it re-starts, though, the result is an even more concentrated distillation of news, because it's been accumulating for an additional week. Wow, this metaphor holds up well, doesn't it?

In a couple of re...

Did you notice that Friday the 13th falls on a Thursday this month? So does The Filtrate. Coincidence? You decide.

First, a programming note about this weekly newsletter: the summaries aren't the stories. Each contains a link to a paper or news report, and one criterion for inclusion in The Filtra...

This week's issue of The Filtrate is brought to you by schmutzdecke, the schmutz that filters out other schmutz.

Any paper that correlates survey respondents' policy opinions with their blood alcohol concentrations has to be a fun read, and this one doesn't disappoint. One surprising result: e...