February 22, 2017

The last big crime of a dying political establishment in Brussels.

Subprime auto lender facing FTC inquiry over GPS-tracking kill switches.

Used Cars Can Still Be Controlled By Their Previous Owners’ Apps.

Liberal Hatred for Susan Sarandon is a Symptom of People Who Refuse to Acknowledge Their Own Failure.

Spills From Fracking Are Worse Than We Imagined.

Colleges Lost Billions to Hedge Funds in 2016.

Our Miserable 21st Century.

America Has Been Screwing Over Its Veterans Since the Revolutionary War. Every vet knows this.

U.S. life expectancy will soon be on par with Mexico’s and the Czech Republic’s.

Therapy Experience in Naturalistic Observational Studies is Associated with Negative Changes in Personality.

February 21, 2017

Electorate would be more willing to abide by advice of expert-class if expert-class wasn’t viewed as having messed up so many big things.

Low-level inflammation is the most important correlate of not only survival, but also capability and cognition at extreme old age. Note that this does not mean treating inflammation will result in you being a centenarian.

Meritocratic Myths.

A tale of two cities: What happened when factory jobs moved from Warren, Ohio, to Juarez, Mexico. See how much NAFTA improved these people’s lives? Why, it GDPed the fuck out of ’em!

Long-distance Uber, Lyft drivers’ crazy commutes, marathon days, big paychecks.

Brain pollution: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia.

Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets.

Outrage vs Hazard.

For all the screams about “fake news” the worst purveyors of false news in the past 20 years were the mainstream media who sold the Iraq war for George Bush; with the most prestigious newspaper in America, the New York Times, making the flagship effort. Nailed it.

The reasons for our left or right-handedness.

Why the notion of “race” persists in science.

Austerity was a bigger disaster than we thought.

February 20, 2017

The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times, whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.

Bernie Sanders just proposed a law to save millennials’ retirements.

‘From bad to worse’: Greece hurtles towards a final reckoning.

Labor in the Ancient World – Summary.

Call it “Islamsplaining”: First-world keyboard virtue-signallers have put themselves in the business of issuing fatwas. Frequent white liberal problem: telling minorities how they should feel and behave.

We need to build a new system: one that will balance economic growth with sustainability and human flourishing.

What do we really gain if we win the right not to check our work-related email only to squander it on clicking, half-mesmerised, that “update” button on Facebook or Twitter?

Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph.

The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto: Great for Facebook, Bad for Journalism. Deeper issue to be examined is private profit on the backs of what should be a public good: the internet, info tech in general.

The Great Moon Hoax (1835).

February 19, 2017

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump. 4chan unlike this article claims not really a right-wing site: more anarcho-libertarian and something completely new. That said, great article.

Liberals: Stop Trying to Own Conservatives By Their Own Logic…They Do Not Care.

Trump Hates the Press? Take a Number. Trump nothing new under the sun. Problem is 26-year-old journalists who have never picked up a history book.

The long rise in profits is mostly just the flip side of falling interest rates.

Life forms that could be 50,000 years old found in caves in Mexico.

The Congo River’s rapids are so intense that fish species diverge in close proximity.

Pharma industry shuns Trump push for radical shift at FDA.

Some thoughts on the cost problem.

There is no reason to believe that Baby Boomer retirement is even a sliver of the cause as to why the Great “Recession” has proved to be a permanent (so far) break in trend.

Why Do Americans Refrigerate Their Eggs? Because we have the coolest chickens.

The Democrats’ central weakness comes from being a party of business but having to pretend otherwise.

February 18, 2017

Andrew Sullivan extols a pre-Trump past that bears little resemblance to the grotesque reality of American society.

Magnetized Planters Allow Your Garden to Levitate in the Air.

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis.

Game On. East vs. West, again.

Migration to America took long enough for evolution to happen on the way.

Self-Described Liberals And Democrats Had Lots of Gay Friends.

US Household Debt Rose To $12.6 Trillion In 2016: Biggest Jump In A Decade. Note this is the one that matters: household debt, not national debt.

Saturn V fuel consumption expressed in elephants.

Dole Food Had Too Many Shares.

The Company You Work For Is Not Your Friend.

February 17, 2017

Internalizing objectification: Objectified individuals see themselves as less warm, competent, moral, and human.

Rates of female sexual violence and aggression.

What Mirrors Tell Us About Animal Minds.

Countries bombed by the USA since the end of the end of WWII. Woo! Look at all that freedom raining down.

The Democrats’ Immigration Problem.

Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought.

A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world — a long-predicted result of climate change that could have severe consequences for marine organisms if it continues.

Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories.

How America Lost Faith in Expertise. Problem with expertise is how very, very often it is used to make deleterious, stupid decisions more confidently. “Trust us, we’re the experts:” Iraq, health care, crash of 2008, NAFTA, Brexit, college, etc.

After Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, Life Rebounded Rapidly, Fossils Suggest.

The Deep State vs. Trump. Most people are utterly clueless as to what’s really going on now.

Historians can often detect social trends much earlier and better than more empirically-minded economists, among whom only a tiny minority sensed the forthcoming dangers. Most accurate sentence I’ve read so far this year.

Even Karl Marx underestimated the economic anxiety of workers.

February 16, 2017

New Office Sensors Know When You Leave Your Desk. Hiding devices in lights and ID badges, your boss can legally track you everywhere but the bathroom.

Apple Will Fight ‘Right to Repair’ Legislation.

Nickel-and-dime socialism.

The Deep State Politically Assassinated Michael Flynn.

Leading candidate for Trump’s science advisor calls climate change a cult.

Four measures of wage growth: prospects for further meaningful wage growth are dimming.

There’s more slack in the labor market than thought.

These tiny beetles have evolved to ride ants like horses.

Patients treated by foreign-educated doctors less likely to die, study finds.

Womanhood Redefined. Much wrong with this piece, but also much right. Worth thinking about.

February 15, 2017

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments.

We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not.

The “magic number” of people needed to create a viable population for multi-generational space travel has been calculated by researchers. It is about the size of a small village – 160.

Very precisely cut steel.

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn.

Animal crackers.

The more minutiae we measure, the less respect we have for taste or experience.

Private pharma is a stupid way to invent and produce drugs anyway. They spend more on advertising than on research, they sponge off publicly-funded research, and they have vast incentives towards palliatives because a pill a day for life is far more profitable than a cure.

When the USSR discovered anti-gravity, and other architectural fantasies.

Wizard-hat amoeba gets named after Gandalf.

Most new, high-priced cancer drugs don’t even extend life for 10 weeks.

February 14, 2017

Revenge of the Lunch Lady.

Fifth-grade Catholic youth team forfeits season rather than kick girls off.

‘The Great Shame of Our Profession.’ How the humanities survive on exploitation.

Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters. Propaganda works.

Eroding exceptionalism: Internet firms’ legal immunity is under threat. If it kills Facebook, I am for it. (Said only somewhat tongue-in-cheek.)

Wich is the correct interpretation of the great modern weakening?

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine.

H-1B reduced computer programmer employment by up to 11%, study finds.

There is a popular notion that men and women are very different in their cognitive abilities. The evidence for this may be weaker than you expect.

Who are you calling Malthusian?

February 13, 2017

Obama Leaves Post-It On Counter With Quick Note Explaining How To Use Extralegal Surveillance Apparatus.

Bumblebees Are Dying Out Because They’re Too Fat to Mate. The American future?

Hillbillies and Cultural Capital.