May 4, 2016

Are History’s “Greatest Philosophers” All That Great? No. Just first.

Donald Trump, baby boomer.

The fact that Hillary Clinton is even remotely capable of becoming President of the US is symptomatic of how corrupt and screwed up the US political system actually is.

Why European Children Are So Much Quieter Than Yours.

Scientists discover potentially habitable planets. When can I move in?

How a Worm Gave the South a Bad Name.

A Guide to Bayesian Statistics.

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sexual harassment training may have reverse effect, research suggests.

How Hillary Could Win the Election—and Lose the Country.

Workers losing Indiana factory jobs deserve to be more than political pawns. But neoliberal economists assure me NAFTA created a bazillion jobs. Invisible, non-paying jobs, but jobs!

NAFTA’s 20-Year Legacy and the Fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Inequality Kills: Top 1% Lives 15 Years Longer Than the Poorest.

Foreign kleptocrats would not be able to fleece their home countries nearly to the extent they do without help from Western enablers.

Death by GPS.

Claude Shannon.

May 3, 2016

So much about the planet’s future will depend on processes that humans today cannot directly observe — because they are occurring hundreds of meters below the sea surface where enormous marine glaciers, in Greenland and Antarctica, simultaneously touch the ocean and the seafloor.

The adage of a new Gilded Age is quite popular today, and it should be, but in this aspect, we are seeing something more similar to the Middle Ages, when descriptions of physical health and beauty went hand-in-hand with descriptions of class.

Sandra Schild by Vitali Gelwich.

Background Radiation.

“Clinton embodies a neoliberal kind of feminism which mostly benefits privileged women.”

The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves.

Keeping Wall Street Speeches Secret Speaks Volumes About Hillary Clinton. Doesn’t want to have her own “47 percent” moment.

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny.

Searching for Other Earths.

The nation’s housing recovery is leaving blacks behind.

Clay Bolt photographs native North American bees for his project “Beautiful Bees.”

May 2, 2016

What Happened to Google Maps? And what the hell happened to the font on that website? It’s appalling.

Auto-kinetic illusions.

The Unfairness of Housing Purchases Through Time.

Diary of a somebody: could I solve the mystery of 148 lost notebooks?

Why Aren’t There More Scientists? Money.

Relationship Among Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index, and All-Cause Mortality: A Cohort Study.

The Great Democratic Party Schism. Democratic party is done — will take 8-15 years to fall apart, though.

Feinstein-Burr: The Bill That Bans Your Browser.

Extremely angry with the state of academic CS research right now. Congratulations, you’ve reached end-state neoliberalism.

First performance in 1,000 years: ‘lost’ songs from the Middle Ages are brought back to life .

Berlin Is Banning Most Vacation Apartment Rentals.

Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races. Journalistic neutrality is a disservice to truth.

May 1, 2016

May Day: America’s traditional, radical, complicated holiday, Part 1.

These States Don’t Want You to Get Solar Power. High legal barriers in 10 states make it especially difficult to put solar panels on rooftops.

Those With High Scores On A Psychopath Test Are Better At Creative Thinking, The Arts.

A Jellyfish So Surreal That It Looks Unreal Is Discovered on the Enigma Seamount.

In fact, it is a double lie. My time in corporate America has shown that mostly, people do not work hard. They work long.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would worsen health crises.

The economy today has been hard on young adults.

A Mockery of Justice for the Poor.

Military-Industrial Complex.

How the UK’s Prudish Laws from the 1950s Make Sex Work Dangerous Today. Canada, US, no different.

If College Heterosexual, Cis Men were Raped More than Everyone Else.

Off the Beat and Into a Museum: Art Helps Police Officers Learn to Look. I learned to look by sitting and staring at nature for hours.

Cardiomegaly and left ventricular hypertrophy were present in all obese subjects.

Good Sleep Is More Than a Personal Choice.

From zero to 100mph in 1.2 seconds, the SuperDraco thruster delivers.

Omar Z. Robles. This photo in particular is just great.

You don’t know if that’s beef: The animals mixed into your meat might shock — and disgust — you. I’d eat dog or rat, but I’d like it labeled at least.

The Cruel Myth of the ‘Gateway Job.’

The slime mold Physarum polycephalum can learn and remember despite having no brain or neural tissues.

Silhouettes of the bomb.

April 30, 2016

Dan Loeb of Third Point Foresees a Hedge Fund “Killing Field.” Original hedge funds were countercyclical investments intended to — you guessed it — hedge against risk/losses. No more.

Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone.

The only people who have ever changed the world were a massive PITA. To make waves, have to rock the boat.

Who Died on the Job Today and Why?

Trucks Are Getting More Dangerous And Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Thank Congress.

On Love, Empathy, and Pleasure in the Age of Neoliberalism.

Meet the Doctor Behind Abortion by Drone, Mail, Boat. Gomperts is the stuff.

Who Will Debunk The Debunkers? As in etymology, many debunkings of urban legends are themselves urban legends.

Is software a neutral agent? Guess I’m different than most people; don’t want a goddamn thing auto-recommended to me, ever.

What the Talk About “Peak Apple” Says About Us.

April 29, 2016

Headline that makes no sense to people under 40.

But this Don Quixote Fallacy is not dead.

Apple’s iTunes is 13 years old—and it’s still awful.

Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana. So your malware won’t let you use the other spyware? Cool I guess.

Future Screens are Mostly Blue.

Is the U.S. Ready for Post-Middle-Class Politics? Ready or not, it’s gonna get that anyway.

How a giant space umbrella could stop global warming. Well, here we go.

The Victorians who flew as high as jumbo jets.

The Curious Case of The Dropping Life Expectancy At Birth For Non-Hispanic White Women. A Lesson in Interpretations.

The Reader Is the Protagonist. Exiting a Horror Story.

Behold the Magic of this Lonely Ghost Town in the Namib Desert.

April 28, 2016

Charitable Plutocracy: Bill Gates, Washington State, and the Nuisance of Democracy.

Why is it illegal to walk freely in most of the US?

A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows.

Where Did the Government Jobs Go? Long a ticket to the middle class, especially for African-Americans, they have become increasingly difficult to find. Bathtub-drowning is moving along apace.

Gutless Democrats Fear Fights: Why Triangulating Neoliberal Clintonites Back Big Business Over People.

Nearby massive star explosion 30 million years ago equaled detonation of 100 million suns.

Introducing Our Series on Central Appalachia.

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers.

Reality for Garment Workers.

April 27, 2016

Bodyhackers are all around you, they’re called women.

Fantasy Math Is Helping Companies Spin Losses Into Profits.


The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month.

From Retail Palace to Zombie Mall: How Efficiency Killed the Department Store.

A handful of companies employ humans pretending to be robots pretending to be humans.

the sheer irony of the fact that mary shelley wrote frankenstein when she was still a teenager. a teenage girl.

Superman v. capitalism.

Supreme Court strengthens free-speech rights of public employees.

Globalization and the communications revolution have reinforced, rather than negated, geopolitics.

Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism. Capitalism algorithm optimizes prices for largest profit. Nothing else. Need new algorithm.