October 2, 2014

Hundreds of US police forces have distributed malware as “Internet safety software.”

‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson: How Women Shaped Technology.

Laser-Guided Sea-Monkeys Show That Tiny Animals Can Move Mountains of Seawater.

The Republicans In ‘Republicans Are People Too’ Ad Are All Stock Photos.

An Iconic Phone Before the iPhone.

USSR used nuclear bomb to stop gas well blowout in 1966.

Terminal that mimics a CRT.

Today in media history: In 1982 journalists described a new technology called the compact disc.

Why can’t you track periods in Apple’s Health app?

Netflix Signs Adam Sandler to Exclusive Four-Movie Deal. Why, Netflix, why?

Sexist dress codes don’t just sexualize girls. They tell boys it’s okay to be out of control — and they need to go.

One-Third of the World’s Women in Prison Have One Striking Thing in Common. They’re locked up in the United States. All 201,200 of them.

This might be why Windows 10 isn’t called Windows 9.

October 1, 2014

“Payment on an Unpaid Basis.”

Sarah Kendzior on Twitter: “Needless credentialism — and high cost of credentials — prevent youth from having influence in own communities. This then sold as “apathy”.”

College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators.

A game created “as if games were the only medium on Earth”.

The Illusion of “Natural.”

Eric Holder didn’t send a single banker to jail for the mortgage crisis. Is that justice?

The Supreme Court That Made It Easier to Buy Elections Just Made It Harder for People to Vote in Them.

The green snot taking over the world’s rivers.

Meet the Prison Bankers Who Profit From the Inmates.

U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple-Google Encryption of Mobile Data.

The US is an unreal country.

The Internet Has a Problem(atic).

September 30, 2014

Likewise, some people who seem to be allergic to coffee or chocolate are actually just aversely reacting to ground up cockroach parts sprinkled into those products.

Windows 10 command prompt finally gets dragged into the 21st century.

What will we do if the system can no longer create jobs? An interview with Anselm Jappe.

To “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” is to succeed by dint of your own efforts. But that’s a modern corruption of the phrase’s original meaning. It used to describe a quixotic attempt to achieve an impossibility, not a feat of self-reliance.

The South’s victim complex: How right-wing paranoia is driving new wave of radicals.

$4.35 to get your own money – ATM fees surge again.

A Short History of the Executioner.

The Vicissitudes of the Market Would Be a Big Improvement.

5 Awful Things I Learned as a Child Laborer (in the USA).


Here’s Yet Another Rage-Inducing Scam in the American Health Care System.

Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule for deliberate practice is wrong: Genes for music, IQ, drawing ability, and other skills.

September 29, 2014

When she was a young teenager in the early 1960s, Hillary Rodham wanted to become an astronaut and she wrote to NASA asking how she could go about it. Someone from the space agency wrote her back to tell her girls didn’t get to be astronauts.

Today In the New Gilded Age.

Photos of the Week: 9/20-9/26. Particularly good this time.

On sex work.

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics.

The postmodern moment was a desperate way to take what could otherwise only be felt as a bitter disappointment and to dress it up as something epochal, exciting, and new.

Obama’s Long Battle to Cut Social Security Benefits.

Dentists Say You Need to Floss. Science Says You Don’t.

Historical Mega-storm surge in Florida.

In Louisiana, Rape Victims Are Billed Thousands of Dollars for Hospital Exams.

A Sea Story.

Neurokernel — An open source platform for emulating the fruit fly brain.

With New Ad Platform, Facebook Opens Gates to Its Vault of User Data.



September 28, 2014

400 years of referential inequality.

Femme removes femininity from the discursive shadow of masculinity and thereby strips from it any connotation of subordination or inferiority. Butch takes markers of “masculinity” and divests them of their association with maleness or manhood.

Is your body mostly microbes? Actually, we have no idea.

Security cruft means every exploit lives forever.

Gentrification has always been a top-down affair, not a spontaneous hipster influx, orchestrated by the real estate developers and investors who pull the strings of city policy, with individual home-buyers deployed in mopping up operations.

People seem to reflexively romanticize small-scale democracy, but it’s exploitable and breakable in many ways.

This Bizarre “Aragonite Flower” Grows from the Damp Ceilings of Caves.

Don’t Look Now, It’s A Leopard Dive-Bomb.

Digging Through the World’s Oldest Graveyard.

September 27, 2014

Useless Creatures.

Do We Have an Internal Calorie Counter?

Owl family wakes up to find GoPro outside its burrow.

New Analysis Shows Global Exposure to Sea Level Rise.

Rapist first sentenced to 31 days gets 10 years in prison.

Wanting A Trial By Jury Is Not A Crime. So Why Do We Treat It Like One?

FBI Director Angry At Homebuilders For Putting Up Walls That Hide Any Crimes Therein.

The Days They Changed the Gauge.

Doesn’t need more cowbell, say cows.

Watch This Amazing Female Russian Cosmonaut Shut Down a Sexist Reporter.

How did the ‘Berlin patient’ rid himself of HIV?

Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate.

September 26, 2014

Ferguson, the Foreclosure Crisis and America’s Hedge-Fund Landlords.

Shonda Rhimes: A screenwriter’s advice.

If you take a page out of Kanye’s book and acknowledge how good you think your work is, you’re a narcissistic egomaniac; if you feel lucky for being recognized like Taylor, you’re faking modesty for praise. It’s no wonder so many of us struggle to reconcile success with humility and gratitude.

American movies ignore women. The rest of the world isn’t any better.

Every corporation has become, at the root, a financial company, adept at moving money around on paper and little else.

Newly released CIA documents exonerate once-shamed journalist Gary Webb and his story of Contras and Californian crack cocaine.

Pawpaw: The Trendiest Fruit You’ve Never Heard Of. Well, I’ve heard of it. And it’s great.

The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years.

Sorry I’m Not Sorry.

Force of nature gave life its asymmetry.

The Body Electric.


▶ Gerda Lerner – “We had to fight every inch of the way and against constant resistance.”

The Racist Myth of MSG and ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.’

This corporate push to encourage tipping is repugnant in the extreme.

How To Check If Your Mac or Linux Machine Is Vulnerable to Shellshock.

September 25, 2014

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum.

Non-Fiction: “On the Guns of Archimedes.”

Click track.

Australia Was a Leader on the Environment—Until Climate Change Deniers Got Ahold of the Government. We. Are. Fucked.

The first L shaped US ‘recovery.’

Retrotransposons ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.

Major, internet-exploitable bug in Bash is wormable.

Phases of the American Civil War.

Readers Predict in 1936 Which Novelists Would Still Be Widely Read in the Year 2000.

Why should employers ever suspend workers?

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough.