October 25, 2014

What Apple gets and what no one else in the industry does is that using your mobile device for payments will only work if it’s far easier and better than using a credit card.

Progressive writers could make their lives so much easier if they just became radicals.

Banks Again Avoid Having Any Skin in the Game.

Why Most of Your Body Is Younger Than You Are.

Iran hangs woman for killing her alleged rapist.

What’s The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever?

Nothing is more dangerous than taking things at face value.

Verizon Wireless injects identifiers that link its users to Web requests.

October 24, 2014

So yes, we are destroying the planet because about ten thousand people all over the world want to hang onto their current profits, which are almost all dependent upon externalities.

New Microscope Collects Dynamic Images of the Molecules that Animate Life.

Think the government must convict you of a crime before it can punish you for it? Think again.

Climate Change And Rising Violence Are Linked.

The end of pregnancy and the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

The 10 Most Expensive Flops In Television History. Supertrain? Good god.

October 23, 2014

Fremont Tech Company Paid Workers $1.21 An Hour: U.S. Dept. of Labor.


No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson’s Innovators.

Ferns send signals to decide what sex to be.

The “ruined lives” of Oscar Pistorius and Ched Evans: why do men matter more than women?

Nearly half of Florida’s beachfront is designated under state law as “critically eroding.” But that designation doesn’t limit further development; instead, it triggers taxpayer subsidies that support the status quo.

U.S. Solar Is 59 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought It Would Be Back In 2010.

Avast Antivirus Was Spying On You with Adware (Until This Week).

An A to Z of Noah Webster’s Finest Forgotten Words.

Montreal teacher, 73, loses job over film nudity more than 40 years ago.

Wait, that is a moon.

How Piracy Benefits Companies, Even If They Don’t Admit it.

The man with the golden blood.

October 22, 2014

At the very least, one could say that the smartphone creates an environment that encourages participation at a distance: participation as performance.

Sci-fi Suburbia.

The idea that Photoshop was the beginning of widespread photo retouching should make anyone familiar with the history of photography giggle.

Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress.

How an African slave helped Boston fight smallpox.

October 21, 2014

Capitalism’s Suffocating Music.

Real Jobs.

Speakers at liberal arts conference begrudgingly make case for their utility.

Ekman spiral.

32 Cities Want to Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks.

The Real Amazon Warriors.

Not so long ago, writes Benjamin Hunnicutt, a professor of leisure studies at the U. of Iowa, Americans expected technological and social progress to lead to reduced working hours.

Astrobiology: Bolts from the blue.

The Greatest Representations of Comets in the History of Art.

Yes, Amazon is abusing its power. But the publishers are also abusing the public and their writers.

“Basic” Is Just Another Word For Class Anxiety. Buzzfeed has gotten a lot better in the past year.

Classic photo.

Why do you hate men so much?

October 20, 2014

It’s All Beautiful and Nothing Lasts.

All The Items Of Clothing Women Have Been Told Not To Wear In 2014.

Had NASA believed in merit: The terrible injustice of Jerrie Cobb, who deserved to be the first female astronaut, yet never made it to space at all.

Paul Krugman’s sloppy, wet kiss.

Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming. Agreed. For better or worse, is inevitable.

October 19, 2014

The Racist Housing Policies That Built Ferguson. Applies to the rest of the US, too.

The biggest backlog in the federal government.

When Those Who Know Won’t Share.

“Why Does S Look Like F?”: A Guide to Reading Very Old Books.

Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad.

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa.

Your hippie history for today.

S’More Misrepresentation of Research. What Waiting for a Second Marshmallow Doesn’t Prove.

October 18, 2014

Americans have the most deranged attitude when something bad happens to someone. It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about, if it’s bad, it’s the victim’s fault.

The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution.

In this context, the decision to cover egg freezing reads as Silicon Valley at its most typical, deploying a hasty technological stopgap for a cultural problem.

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence against women.


The Silent Majority is Against Us.

“Wristlets,” as they [watches] were known until the 1920s, were designed for women. As the name implies, they were essentially bracelets designed for showing off jewels (and shapely wrists), and were equipped with a tiny watch face for decoration rather than practicality.

Many whites believe discrimination against whites is more prevalent than discrimination against blacks. And we call these people “fucking dumbasses.”

Icebergs off the Florida coast?

America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.

How a video game fan weathered a misogynist backlash to become pop culture’s most valuable critic.

Women Dislike Having Female Bosses More Than Men Do.

October 17, 2014

Solarpunk. As an aesthetic, this is a damn fine idea.

Why Experts Reject Creativity.

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine.

Controversial: Should Workers Be Paid For Time They Spend at Work?

FBI Director Says End-to-End Encrypted Emails Should be Illegal.

If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism.

Here’s what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops. Genetic modification is evil!

Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide.


World economy so damaged it may need permanent QE.

Placebos are odd.

Get more done by working fewer hours: Shorter days are more productive.

Scale, progressivity, and socioeconomic cohesion.

October 16, 2014

A Red State Privatization Horror Story.

Holloways: Roads Tunneled into the Earth by Time.

Evolution ever evolves.

While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens – many cast out by their religious families – quietly keeps growing.

Beyond the Bell Curve, a New Universal Law.

This Tool-Using Sniper Changed What We Think About Fish.

The science of animal consciousness.

Equal Rights for Oregon Women? Voters Can Make It So!

Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows.

US Winter Forecast: Cold, Snow to Seize Northeast; Wintry Blasts to Slick South.

We Are All Living Among the Dead.

It’s actually dangerous to think this way—that violent criminals are monsters—because that relieves us of the burden of actually having to deal with and act on the problem of violence in society.

“Stand your ground” in South Carolina: Not for abused women in domestic disputes.

October 15, 2014

Convincing engineering students to grapple with the meaning of their work in addition to its functionality was not easy.

Because Karl Marx was….

Presuming Extremism Right Out of Existence.

Green modernism would kill off the wilderness.