November 26, 2014

Will copyright law stop you from working on your car in the near future? Answer: Yes, and everything else, too.

As New York City Considers Criminal Justice Reforms, Police Unions Stand in the Way.

The police are so militarized that they amount to a domestic army, stationed in every city.

Economics Is a Dismal Science for Women.

Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it.

Meet the house that inequality built: 432 Park Avenue.

New Imperialism is upon us.

The unknown crocodiles.

Paintings By Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen.

Economic Growth Starting to Show Real Signs of Life. Not widely shared, though.

Mockingjay and feminism: Why Mockingjay Is the “End of Men” Movie of the Year.

How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court.

The Baffling and Beautiful Wormhole Between Branches of Math.

November 25, 2014

Forget “Calm.” The Urgent Anger of Michael Brown’s Mother is Refreshing.


These Are A Few Of My Favorite Species: Gasflame Nudibranch.

Yes, the Obama administration’s green loans are unprofitable. They should be. From nuclear energy to the internet to literally thousands of other discoveries, government science funding has been enormously productive and beneficial to both business and society.

Jill Tarter.

The Case Against Early Cancer Detection.

The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn’t Really Exist.

Still Here, Part 1: A Memoir.

More Patents Does Not Equal More Innovation.

When Nouns Verb Oddly.


Be a mercenary towards people with money. Be generous and giving to good people without it. Molly Crabapple rocks all my socks. Every pair. And the singles, too.

Still Disgorging.

November 24, 2014

Samantha Cristoforetti.

The tech industry is in a bubble—but not the one you’re thinking of.

The 9 rarest plants in the world.

If You Want To Fix U.S. Broadband Competition, Start By Killing State-Level Protectionist Laws Written By Duopolists.

Noted for later: liquidity, up front costs, privacy, AI (and more).

Magical Contamination.

Ugly America.

For Goldman, Government Gift From 2008 Crisis Keeps Giving.

From Stuff White People Like to #NotYourShield: How irony is killing activism.

Lexical bling: Vocabulary display and social status.


How Much Water?

The Irritating Gentleman.

November 23, 2014

Young boy with toy gun shot by Cleveland police.

On Shakespeare.

When the Time Comes We’ll Need to Step Up the Fight Against TPP’s Secret, Anti-User Agenda.

3 Billion Gallons of Highly-Toxic Fracking Waste Dumped Into California Drinking Water Supply.


These books and films are not popular because we want to escape to Katniss Everdeen’s world. They are a phenomenon because we suspect her world is our own.

Rokeby Venus by Velázquez, Audrey Wollen.

In Praise of Idleness.


Sexual Assault, UVA, and faculty acting in solidarity.

Tomoe Gozen.

How Not to Disrupt Women’s Bodies. Jesus Christ what is wrong with these fucktards.

There’s a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why.

Study: Doubling Saturated Fat in the Diet Does Not Increase Saturated Fat in Blood.

November 22, 2014

Hard To Think Straight: Processing Prejudice.

There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters.

Statistical Inference for Everyone.

How To Be Secret.

The Secret Life of Passwords.

David Brooks is a rhetorical construct.

Why Big Companies Spend So Much Money On Washington. Very high return on investment. Logically, they should spend more.

The History of Abortifacients.

Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance.

Falling Wages at Factories Squeeze the Middle Class.


November 21, 2014

systemd-redux, the end of Linux.

Science fantasy and evolutionary psychology.

The mask of sanity.

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds.

Harkin On Keystone: Let’s Stop ‘Digging The Graves Of Our Grandchildren’.

Net Neutrality Emails Reveal a Cozy ‘Social Network’ Between the FCC and Telecoms.

The Bitterwood Bible & Other Recountings by Angela Slatter.

We Just Had the Hottest October on Record.

La Malinche.

10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist.

Jerks will be jerks.

My Rachel Carson Story.

Why competitive people are often dumb and boring.

November 20, 2014

What Americans Have Forgotten About The Era Before Roe v. Wade.

After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply.


The scars of class.

Restaurants are feeling the heat in crackdown on wage theft.

There is no good reason for Obama not to make a really significant change to the overtime rules except that he, like most Democrats in Washington, actually believe that corporate leaders are correct when they talk about “burdensome regulations” and themselves as “job creators.”

The US is destroying its university system so the rich can get just a little bit richer.

Some thoughts on QE.

Robohouse Project Pumped Simulated Sweat And Breath Into Empty Homes.

Jiffy (time).

So who is Coriolanus? He turns out to be, essentially, John Galt — or Mitt Romney, or Leung Chun-Ying.

Comedian John Hodgman: Feds should lay down ‘broadband like Eisenhower laid down interstates.’

Want to afford a house? Move to Ohio. Pass.

Buffalo Police Department Shot 92 Dogs in Three Years in Raids. One of the Officers Has Killed 25 By Himself.

November 19, 2014

This is beautiful.

“On the last two nights of my final flight, I slept on the flight deck, my sleeping bag strapped beneath the overhead windows. The position of the shuttle put Earth in those windows, so when I woke up the whole world was out there in front of me—in that moment, just for me alone.”

ISIS and the Intimate Kill. By the way, the “study” about only 15 percent of military personnel firing weapons is utter, utter bunk.

Back to the healthcare debate.

6 links that will show you what Google knows about you.

Questions To Ask An Interviewer To Detect How Female-Friendly A Company Is.

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World.

It’s not kids but husbands that hold women’s careers back.

Labor Unions and the Rust Belt.