September 22, 2018

Debt Is a Powder Keg and Rising Interest Rates Are Matches. Different this time is not.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Crisis. Once upon a time in southwest Virginia, coal barons took the region’s wealth. Now, opioids sap its will.

Firefox continues to send telemetry to Mozilla even when explicitly disabled.

Why We Must Save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump Administration.

Apple Will Judge Call, Email Activity To Assign Users a ‘Trust Score.’ Fuck Apple. Fuck Google. Fuck them all.

FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers.

Intestines modify their cellular structure in response to diet.

A ProPublica analysis found that black people and Native Americans are under-represented in clinical trials of new drugs, even when the treatment is aimed at a type of cancer that disproportionately affects them.

Glass Insects Small Enough to Balance on the Tip of Your Finger by Wesley Fleming.

The Dangers of DNA Testing. In a new study, 74 out of 108 crime laboratories implicated an innocent person in a hypothetical bank robbery.

Bummer about your medical emergency, but your claim is denied because you didn’t call in advance.

Karl Marx and the case of the never-ending theft.

Causal understanding is not necessary for the improvement of culturally evolving technology.

Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle intervention.

September 21, 2018

Aeolian mode.

Why The Couch Often Kills Your Gym Routine: Humans Simply ‘Hardwired’ For Laziness, Study Finds. It took becoming a paratrooper to overcome my innate laziness. Do not recommend.

Conspiracy Theories: Evolved Functions and Psychological Mechanisms. I am not sure I buy this, but it is interesting.

Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now.

High contamination possibility here.

Termites Are Actually Shrunken Cockroaches. Wood you believe it?

The problem with essays like this one, and with so much other social commentary these days, is that it posits social behavior as endlessly mutable and thus perfectable. More is hardwired than nearly anyone wants to admit OR is only alterable with near-total cultural, social, and environmental change (that is, not likely).

Norbert’s gambit.

The Racism v. Economics Debate Again. Political scientist Tom Ferguson is well along on a granular analysis of voters who flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump. The data overwhelmingly show it was economic issues that led to the change. Shocking no one except those who don’t care one whit about truth (centrists).

A line of Colorados from the Equator to the North Pole using the Mercator projection.

It’s easy to ridicule the Chinese but how many people right over here can’t wait until everybody is assigned a scorecard with a list of transgressions against speech codes and “murderous thoughts”? She’s absolutely right. That will be de facto here, if not de jure, soon enough.

Louisiana Pipeline Protesters Charged with Felonies.

September 20, 2018

NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Has Spotted Its First Exoplanet.

Why We Should Lower the Voting Age in America. And lower the age to be president to 30, and bar anyone older than 65.

Mark Zuckerberg Profile Reveals Origins of Facebook (FB) Problems.

You’ll miss Trump one day. His successor (even if not his immediate successor) will be worse. Bet on it.

Oldest-known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land.

Quantum observers with knowledge of quantum mechanics break reality.

Canon Fodder.

The Earliest Hominins: Sahelanthropus, Orrorin, and Ardipithecus.

The Unequal Distribution of Catastrophe in North Carolina.

September 19, 2018

How Birds Survived the Asteroid Impact That Wiped Out the Dinosaurs.

DNA Analysis Reveals a Genus of Plants Hiding in Plain Sight.

The Great Chinese Art Heist.

Software disenchantment.

The Fall of Men Has Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Frankfurt kitchen.

Short Selling Is a Tough Business.

September 18, 2018

Exactly How Many Women Does a Guy Have to Attack Before You Conclude He’s Got Problems With Women?

The ‘Me Too’ Movement Hits McDonald’s. I am pleasantly surprised that the movement is helping more than already-rich white women. Did not expect this.

The Rise and Demise of RSS. Most of the best of the web is dead and dying. Corporate facsimiles remain, useful only to simpletons, beneficial to no one.

The Office That Became a Circus of Barking Dogs. “Bring your pet to work” might seem like a great company perk. But it can tear workplaces apart. Bring your dog to work, see me eating it for lunch later.

Cleansing thermonuclear fire.

IBM Is Being Sued for Age Discrimination After Firing Thousands. IBM, HP and others have been doing this for years.

Study: people tend to cluster into four distinct personality “types.”

My research shows that when people feel threatened they want ‘tighter’ social norms, with profound consequences for politics.

Throughout the mess, the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury had been permitting the largest banks in the country to funnel as much cash as they wanted to their shareholders ― even as it became clear those same banks could not pay their debts. Lehman itself had increased its dividend and announced a $100 million stock buyback at the beginning of 2008.

It’s been an especially bad summer for mosquitoes. These fish can help. Mosquitofish are awesome.

September 17, 2018

Google dismantles the web, cont’d.

Entanglement allows one party to control measurement results.


Why Have US Electricity Sales Surged in 2018, after Stagnating for Years?

‘No Country For Old Men’ Never Underestimates Its Audience.

Until we realise the need for a new economic model, we risk another financial crash. It’s not a risk; it’s a certainty.

New global study reveals the ‘staggering’ loss of forests caused by industrial agriculture. If the earth had 500 million people, we’d not face this, and could use very little farmland as we could avoid using sub-optimal land altogether.

Bacteria in a Dinosaur Bone Reignite a Heated Debate.

Our inner narrator gives us continuity and a sense of self. Essentially what Westworld argued.

Trump protects al Qaeda in Syria. The Resistance applauds. The “Resistance.” This so-called resistance is a fiction, so fictional they don’t even know they are fake.

10 Brilliant Retellings of Classical Myths by Female Writers.

It’s hard to remember all the editorials in The Guardian about how since nobody had found the gene for IQ yet, genes don’t matter, science is fake, and Galileo was a witch.

BBC short story prize selects all-female shortlist for fifth time. Judged blind. Not surprised; pretty high-quality studies show women are significantly better than men at writing on average, so I’d expect to see them dominate about 90% of such things in a fair world.

The Marathon World Record Shattered by Eliud Kipchoge. Modern marathon runners basically run at a dead sprint for 26 miles straight.

September 16, 2018

What people prefer and what they think they prefer in short- and long-term partners. The effects of the phase of the menstrual cycle, hormonal contraception, pregnancy, and the marital and the parenthood status on partner preferences.

Bigger Phones, Bigger Watches, Forever and Ever. It won’t be too long before the only phone you can get is the size of fucking briefcase.

Why do people get motion sickness? Science has theories, but no answers.

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users. It fits a pattern that tells us that Google sees everyone as having equal value, which just isn’t true. Mozilla has a history of doing this, and see how well it’s worked out of them.

Yes, let’s wipe out Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too.

Small Investors Are Prey, Again, for the Wolves of Wall Street.

September 15, 2018

The bank bailout of 2008 was unnecessary. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke scared Congress into it.

We’re Measuring the Economy All Wrong.

Almost Half of US Cellphone Calls Will Be Scams By Next Year, Says Report.

Why 95.8% of Female Newscasters Have the Same Hair.

Gender bias is all too real — and dangerous — in the doctor’s office.

Brain’s Dumped DNA May Lead to Stress, Depression.

September 14, 2018

Despite centuries of efforts to make standardised French the language of all of France, Occitan, which is intrinsically tied to the local culture, could not be suppressed.

Slaves to speech suppression are masters of nothing. This is a little too extreme for me, but I do agree that language bans/alterations like this are mostly wasted effort and wheel-spinning.

Democrats Can Block the Kavanaugh Nomination If They Want To.

This recent occupational health study found that a 1% decrease in the unionization rate equates to a 5% increase in worker fatalities.

What We Know About Art and the Mind.

Apple Is Deleting Bought Films From iTunes Accounts – And Don’t Expect A Refund. Piracy is the only answer.

ThinkProgress Censored By Facebook After Cheerleading Facebook Censorship.

Why Real-World Problems Go Unresolved and What We Can Do about It: Inferences from a Limited-Resource Model of Successful Intelligence. I often call intelligence our “hoodwinking engine” because I believe it mostly evolved to deceive other humans.

So Contact is one of my favorite sci-fi movies, and part of why is about how “real” it feels. It’s far less fantastic-feeling than most sci-fi. Part of that is the contemporary setting, sure, but the visual direction plays a big part of it. Editors are the most underappreciated worker(s) on any film.

The Shaming of Geoffrey Owens and the Inability to See Actors as Laborers, Too.

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free.

A quick simulation of Hurricane Florence done without climate change. Simple analysis suggests global warming boosts Florence’s rain by 50 percent.

September 13, 2018

Pharma chief defends 400% drug price rise as a ‘moral requirement.’ It’s also my moral requirement to guillotine the fuck out of people like this.

120 Years Later, Tolstoy’s ‘Resurrection’ Still Spot-on About The Prison Industrial Complex.

In Search of the “Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Bring back the headphone jack: Why USB-C audio still doesn’t work. Modern computing is replacing tried and true working items with garbage that doesn’t function and never will and if you complain you get told that you just “hate change.” No, motherfucker, I hate broken everything.

Full-fat dairy foods linked to lower disease and death rate. One of the main reasons people distrust science in general is nutritional science has been full of absolute bullshit for 50+ years.

Partisan Divides in Views of Many Countries – but Not North Korea.

Post-crash economics: have we learnt nothing?

The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again. (That’s a Warning Sign.)

Gender equal countries heighten sex differences in personality to an even larger degree than previously thought, making this one of the best replicated findings in psychology.

How the Financial Recovery Sacrificed the Middle Class.