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Editorial

Thwarting vaccine efforts

Biologically speaking, viruses are not alive. They don’t need to be alive to harm us. The microscopic parasites thrive in the gray area of the undead and wreak havoc on the living by hijacking our cells to replicate. This is the case with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease that ...

Who benefits from division?

Divide and conquer — the strategy has been around at least since the days of the Roman Empire. Divide et impera, divide and rule, was a strategy that allowed the Romans to subjugate adversaries with a minimum of cost and effort. Why fight a united foe when you can soften it up by sowing ...

More than a joy ride

The richest man on Earth briefly lost that title Tuesday morning, but only because for a few floaty minutes he was no longer on Earth. Jeff Bezos has spent two decades using his Amazon wealth to underwrite a rocket venture, Blue Origin. On Tuesday the company launched its first manned flight to ...

Corporate tax evasion

President Biden and other world leaders are on the brink of an extraordinary agreement that could curb the maddening —” and until now, seemingly insoluble —” problem of corporate tax evasion. Success would mean hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue for fixing crumbling ...

Lessons for newcomers

A beloved, 82-year-old kumu hula was recently attempting to pull out of the Costco gas station when a young man cut her off in his truck. His friends thought it was funny when he flipped her the bird. A fancy car with out-of-state plates pulled to within feet of our rear bumper this week as we ...

Science clear on heat dome

Last week’s shockingly high temperatures in the northwestern US and Canada were — and are — frightening. Heat and the fires it caused killed hundreds of people, and are estimated to have killed a billion sea creatures. Daily temperature records were smashed by more than 9 degrees ...