Germanic of Time: “Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. The group of far-right and ex-military figures are said to have prepared for a “Day X” to storm the Reichstag parliament building and seize power. A man named as Heinrich XIII, from an old aristocratic family, is alleged to have been central to their plans.” Germany arrests 25 accused of plotting coup. (Wait, you can be arrested for planning a coup?)

+ Morality Tale: “As long as America’s leaders fail to recognize that the movement in Iran is about more than a revolt against a restrictive dress code, Tehran knows it can manipulate the U.S. into not responding with due seriousness.” Roya Hakakian in The Atlantic: The Real Reason Iran Says It’s Canceling the Morality Police.

+ AI Before E Except After C: “The essay, in particular the undergraduate essay, has been the center of humanistic pedagogy for generations. It is the way we teach children how to research, think, and write. That entire tradition is about to be disrupted from the ground up.” AI is going to transform academia (and will eventually become smart, pithy, and hilarious enough to put me out of business). Stephen Marche in The Atlantic: The College Essay Is Dead.

+ Scammer Time: “Cybercriminals using hacking forums to buy software exploits and stolen login details keep falling for cons and are getting ripped off thousands of dollars at a time.” Wired: Scammers Are Scamming Other Scammers Out of Millions of Dollars. (Wait, I thought that headline was for an article about the VCs who invested in FTX?)

+ Bot Row: Amid outcry, San Francisco pauses on ‘killer police robots.’ (It’s cute that humans still have a say about such things.)

+ Hand, Jive: Watch the moment relatives of a fallen January 6 police officer snubbed Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy and refused to shake their hands. It’s the little things…

+ The Bronx Embalmer: While the rest of the country was focused on Georgia, folks in the Bay Area were focused on the Bronx. And, sadly, Aaron Judge as decided to stay there instead of coming home to play for the Giants. What, our $360 million wasn’t as good as the Yankees’ $360 million?