October 17, 2018

Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent. In America’s tech capital, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

It will take 3 to 7 million years for mammals to recover the evolutionary diversity that humans have destroyed. That’s more than 10x longer than our species has existed for.

Why New York Has So Many Empty Storefronts.

Hilton Hotels’ Efficiency Tradeoff.

‘Lifeboats’ Amid the World’s Wildfires.

The Measure of Homer.

Sorry, dear millennials, but we may have screwed you for life.

The idea that action against climate change will ‘destroy the economy’ couldn’t be more wrong.

There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be the Best. Humans have the unique capacity to fuck anything up.

Capitalism’s Final Solution Is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse.

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss. Killing everything is not going to be a long-term successful strategy for us, no matter what the anti-science right or the clueless left believes.

Is Antagonistic Pleiotropy Ubiquitous in Aging Biology?

Fired Up by Morality: The Unique Physiological Response Tied to Moral Conviction in Politics.

ExxonMobil CEO Depressed After Realizing Earth Could End Before They Finish Extracting All The Oil.

Vasquez Always Dies.

None of the major technological transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries were the product of the private sector acting alone and responding only to the market.

Fiscal Dishonesty from CNBC and Our Treasury Secretary.

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene.

The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good Phone. But Maybe Phones Have Gone Too Far. They have. In some ways, worse than opioids.

October 16, 2018

Obama’s policy on Bush’s crimes is how Kavanaugh got to the Supreme Court.

Why #Resistance TV shows are so hard to watch.

It’s Already Here.

What Happened to the Night Children?

‘Do Not Track’ Privacy Tool Doesn’t Do Anything.

A roadmap to agriculture that’s sustainable and climate-neutral. No one will say it, but the only real option is fewer people. Many fewer. We’ll get that — the hard way or the easy way. Probably the hard way.

What the Left Misses About Nationalism. The perception of a common national identity is essential to democracies and to the modern welfare state. 100% correct.

Housing Market Is Raising Serious Red Flags. Decline was inevitable, even though it “could never happen again.”

Why we should lose the words “pedestrian” and “cyclist.”

October 15, 2018

Men Have Been Telling Women to Shut Up for at Least 3,000 Years. Well, we got it half right.

The left mob.

As a visit to any local library or magazine rack will easily confirm, there are now so many more than two cultures that the problem has really become how to find the time to read anything outside one’s own specialty. This is Pynchon from 1984. The world is now at least 100x more complex. Cognitive inequality is a real concern in such a world.

Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?

The U.S. Needs to Crack Down on White-Collar Crime.

A True Story.

How the Deep State made Commander Kavanaugh — an intersectional analysis.

Insulin sensitivity was cut in half after 10 days of no exercise. (Frequent exercise helps prevent or even reverse diabetes.)

October 14, 2018

Is Chronic Anxiety a Learning Disorder?

Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture. Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either. PC culture, even for the things it gets right, is extremely stifling and restrictive and absolutely no fun even for the people it’s “protecting.”

How to Write About a Vanishing World. Scientists chronicling ecological destruction must confront the loss of their life’s work and our planet’s riches.

High Self-esteem Is Not Always What It’s Cracked Up To Be.

Why US public transportation is so bad — and why Americans don’t care.

We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late. We also need about 6 billion fewer people. Neither one is likely.

Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla head. Whoa, someone from Mozilla said something intelligent? Huh. But she is 100% right.

Marvel Fires Star Wars Author For Bad Reasons. Told you the censorship train would crash into the left much harder than the right. Why? Because the left is a threat to corporate profits, and the right is not.

Obesity rates in OECD countries.

Does using models really make economics a science?​

Elon Musk Wants Tesla Gigafactory Employees to Live on Site in Mobile Homes. When will he issue company scrip and start playing “Sixteen Tons” over the loudspeakers?


Hidden algorithms could already be helping compute your fate.

Water Service Provision and Peacebuilding in East Timor: Exploring the Socioecological Determinants for Sustaining Peace.

On Cash.

America, From Sears To Google (Or Why Silicon Valley Is Set Up For “The Mother Of All Government Smack-Downs.”)

In Defense of Politicizing Hurricanes.

October 13, 2018

The Case for Climate Pessimism. My best guess is we’ll do nothing for the next 20 years, things will get quite bad, then we’ll try geoengineering out of desperation and 5-6 billion people will die as a result of all of it.

Why Catastrophic Climate Change is Probably Inevitable Now. How Capitalism Torched the Planet by Imploding Into Fascism.

Cancer is so expensive to treat that 42% of patients deplete their entire life’s assets to afford treatment within the first 2 years, according to a new study. In the US. In the rest of the world, not so much.

Contrary to a lot of guilt-tripping pleas for us all to take the bus more often to save the world, your individual choices are probably doing very little to the world’s climate.

The Political Economy of the Working Class.

Amid Market Rout, Decade of “Financial Repression” Ends, Capital Preservation Suddenly is a Thing. Cap pres was a thing with me already.

Rising Health Care Costs Means a Job Doesn’t Equal Security.

Why Are Trump Supporters Offering People ‘Free Helicopter Rides’ Online?

Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Rule of Pampered Princelings.

Women don’t act as one. The question is why so many people are still surprised that they don’t, even after the election of 2016. The Left is all about prizing the individuality of women…until they treat them like robots that most vote exactly the way they’ve been “programmed.”

Development and Security.

Psychological Origins of the Industrial Revolution.

Adam Smith’s two economies.

With Market Hot, Landlords Slam the Door on Section 8 Tenants.

The land price argument and why it fails.

In a corporatist system, wherein there is no clear line between corporate power and government power, corporate censorship is government censorship. I know this censorship spree would hit the left harder, but of course they would not believe that until it occurred. Look who’s getting de-platformed now?

Geometric pies.

Exposure to opposing views on social media can increase political polarization.


The only individual action that matters is voting for people who care about climate change.

Ethnography is the opposite of the political echo chamber. It’s the antidote to that queasy feeling I get after 10 minutes on Twitter.

‘We Need Answers’: Florida Residents Increasingly Desperate for Food and Shelter.

October 12, 2018

How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American. If someone wrote this as fiction, they’d be laughed out of the editor’s or producer’s office.

Medicaid Expansion and the Opioid Epidemic. New evidence that expansion reduces overdose mortality and increases treatment access.

Visualize the Entire Global Economy in One Chart.

This is 18 Around the World — Through Girls’ Eyes.

Rising test scores . . . reported as stagnant test scores.

The Later Wittgenstein.

How Will 6% Mortgage Rates Deal with Housing Bubble 2?

The economic and the political crises we are witnessing are not really crises. Meaning that they are not events of limited duration that you can expect to be over.

Percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001.

Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women. GIGO. True for “AI” as for anything else.

October 11, 2018

Sloppy science bears substantial blame for Americans’ bad eating habits.

Wide Streets as a Tool of Oppression.

Plants Can’t Talk. But Some Fruits Say ‘Eat Me’ to Animals.

Anti-Wind Farm Activism Is Sweeping Europe—and the U.S. Could Be Next. Could the human race in general be any stupider?

Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem. Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation: How do you know whether a quantum computer has done anything quantum at all? I had no idea this problem had been solved. Cool.

Twin studies indicate that between 30% and 60% of the phenotypic variance in personality, as assessed by a variety of instruments, is genetic in origin.

The All-Women Team of Scientists That Trekked to the Heart of Kilauea Volcano’s Eruption.

Are millennials really to blame for the decline in the liberal arts? Increasing college tuition means adults have more power over their children for longer. I wonder if this isn’t also responsible for the modern liberal belief that a woman has no agency of any kind before she’s ~35, that she’s essentially a child? (Also, why does this not apply to men?)

October 10, 2018

Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise.

Generative adversarial network.

How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out. For forty years, the physicist at U.C.L.A. has been uncovering the outer solar system’s secrets. Few scientists know more about the mysteries of Jupiter and its icy moons.

Climate change denial should be a crime. Bold. I like it. I like it a lot.

This sketch of the ways that bacteria appear in popular culture is also a sketch of ourselves. What our research demonstrates is that bacteria are a kind of vehicle for fears of what we might be, and of aspects of ourselves and our society that we find it difficult to confront directly.

The Death of the IPO. The number of IPOs is declining, and that could mean that small investors are getting shut out of the most lucrative deals.

Geoengineering Is Inevitable. Agreed. It’s terrible and inevitable.