June 24, 2017

Where Would We Be Politically If Hillary Clinton Had Won?

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson.

No hot food for you.

Against Murderism.

How the United States became a ‘second-tier’ country.

Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease.

Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets.

Explanation and critical realism.

Ancient oak’s youthful genome surprises biologists.

Discrimination as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from French Grocery Stores.

Something happening here.

June 23, 2017

The 1% in U.S Will Own 70% of Wealth by 2021: Study.

Mitch McConnell overcame polio with the help of the government.

Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses.

The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations.

Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten.

How the Pill Made the American Economy Great.

America’s Massive Retail Workforce Is Tired of Being Ignored.

Facial Recognition Is Coming To US Airports. That “implausible” dystopia so many sf authors wrote about? Yeah, it’s happening.

How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State.

The US Government Wants to Permanently Legalize the Right to Repair.

McDonald’s Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement of Cashiers With Kiosks.

June 22, 2017

Mississippi is rejecting nearly all of the poor people who apply for welfare.

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin.

Conglomerates Didn’t Die. They Look Like Amazon.

Without cultural appropriation I contend that we would have little culture of any sort worthwhile at all. Indeed, we’d all be sitting in caves still, banging two rocks together.

We Are Inches From A New World War, And Clintonists Are To Blame.

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor. The US, too.

New CAA study says diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets. Something that has been obvious to everyone except Hollywood execs for 20+ years.

The end of the cosy game of politics.

The Use and Abuse of ‘Information’ in Biology.

When Sleeping In The Car Is The Price Of A Doctor Visit.

Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon’s Cloud.

How Conspiracy Theories Changed Our Way of Thinking.

Crimson Tidings.

June 21, 2017

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge.

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer’s combined. “Fat but fit” is a comforting fiction.

Power Causes Brain Damage.

Private Power, Public Values: Regulating Social Infrastructure in a Changing Economy.

He threw $25 million down the drain and nothing happened to him in a world in which a woman who is 10 minutes late for her minimum wage retail shift because the school bus didn’t show up to get her kid not only gets fired but is confidently told that she deserves nothing better.

Unions, Workers, and Wages at the Peak of the American Labor Movement.

Lionfish Are Eating Fish We Didn’t Even Know Existed.

On currency.

It’s not the government’s job to say if ‘Slants’ is too offensive. Or ‘Redskins.’ The problem is — contra social justice warriors who for some reason trust the gov’t if it appears to be on their side — when they decide “social justice” is a slur. Or your preferred word or term.

New Study Finds Best Way To Determine If You Are Android Still Cutting Open Forearm To Reveal Circuitry Within.

June 20, 2017

Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years.

Conspiracy theories flourish when people feel vulnerable. They thrive on paranoia. It has always been this way.

New media noncompetes are destroying the careers of young journalists.

In a typical week in the United States, 25 children die from bullet wounds, according to an analysis of data gathered by federal government agencies.

The mystery at the heart of the 2017 economy.

What If the Earth Suddenly Turned Flat?

Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation.

Do People Matter Most Or Does Property?

Every Democrat in America Should Support Medicare for All.

A fire in the world’s laundromat.

Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Run for President Again. Next president should be no more than 45, ideally no older than 40, if it all possible. And a raving socialist too, of course.

June 19, 2017

Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

Election 2017: 61.5 per cent of under-40s voted for Labour, new poll finds.

Global inequality much worse than previously thought, say economists.

Hired in 1958 as a ‘computer,’ Sue Finley talks about her long career at JPL.

What The Left Can Learn From Macron.

Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture.

Winner-take-all companies, including Alphabet and Wal-Mart, are driving down wages and destroying communities.

The CIA Assesses the Power of French Post-Modern Philosophers: Read a Newly Declassified CIA Report from 1985.

Why aren’t the BigCo’s converging on JavaScript?

June 18, 2017

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales.

Overpopulated and Underfed: Countries Near a Breaking Point. A pseudo-liberal actually used the curséd word, “overpopulated?” Perhaps things are changing.

America’s Amazon Problem.

New Evidence That All Stars Are Born in Pairs.

The federal government is about to get considerably costlier and more dysfunctional.

Data I am never going to publish – A tale of sixty trees.

Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers. Yup. That automation that ain’t coming is coming.

The New Republican Retirement.

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think.

Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward. I’m not sorry.

Laura Hendricks.

How cultures talk about space differently.

Increasing Pharma Profits Come from Price Bumps, Not New Drugs.

Lawmakers across the US are finding ways to turn protesting into a crime.

June 17, 2017

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Our findings suggest that both violence and drug use could be reduced by improving women’s access to better healthcare.

In Defense of Cultural Appropriation. In the main, “cultural appropriation” used to be just called “culture.”

White-collar Globalization.

Naomi Klein Is Sick of Benevolent Billionaires. A billionaire should not be a thing that exists.

Policing the power of tech giants.

A Lot of American Adults Think Brown Cows Make Chocolate Milk. With CRISPR…they will!

Why Are So Many Young Voters Falling for Old Socialists? Because old neolibs would rather the young just die unless they are making them a profit?

June 16, 2017

The Espionage Act turns 100 today. It helped destroy the Socialist Party of America and quashes free speech to this day.

Why Would Amazon Buy Slack?

America Is Violent.

Ornithologist Richard Prum on Duck Sex and Human Evolution.

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women.

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages.

We have come up with many ways to explain the decline we see around us. In reality, we’ve simply given our cities no other option.

June 15, 2017

Every time a tragedy occurs, you can rely on a wave of commentators chiding any attempt to “politicize” the situation. With today’s Grenfell Tower fire in West London, those voices were prominent immediately. And no wonder: the atrocity was explicitly political.

Obama: a Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas.

The latest trend I loathe in restaurants: No space between tables. I will not eat at restaurants that do this.

Eliminating the mortgage interest tax deduction would destroy 10 percent of home values, says one economist. Put another way: It would make them that much more affordable.

Thought Experiment. Answer: we’d nuke those aliens and their tech.

A brief burp in time.