March 26, 2019

When more women are decision-makers, the environment wins.

Us Broke a Big Box Office Record—Consider It the Umpteenth Reminder that Black Narratives Are Marketable.

Three lessons from the ‘failed’ Mueller inquiry.

We Already Spend More Than Medicare for All Would Cost Us.

The most reprehensible part of the admissions scandal: faking disability accommodations.

Cartrivision is such an interesting format. It was a failed 1972 (!) home video format, predating VHS & Beta. How have I never heard of this?

Build a Decentralized Web Chat in 15 Minutes. Usually I hate this kind of stuff. But that is pretty cool.

Percent dietary protein was negatively associated with total energy intake (F = 6.9, P < 0.0001) irrespective of whether carbohydrate (F = 0, P = 0.7) or fat (F = 0, P = 0.5) were the diluents of protein.

DOT launches committee to review FAA aircraft certification.

What If the Future Were Delightful? Two new books argue for the virtues of pleasure—as an end in itself, but also as a political tool.

Music labels sue Charter, complain that high Internet speeds fuel piracy.

March 25, 2019

Robert Mueller was latched onto as a savior by a lot of the same people who very deeply wanted to believe that Hillary Clinton didn’t lose the 2016 election, because if that belief could be maintained then there is no need for any kind of self-reflection about what might have led to Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election.

Why Do Wite-Out and Liquid Paper Still Exist?

Brazilian Researchers Say Smartphone Addiction Is Real, And That It’s Associated With Impaired Decision-making.

Afro-Pessimism and the (Un)Logic of Anti-Blackness.

For-profit health care will kill at least 50 million Americans over the next 30 years or so.

We imagined ourselves as samurai sword VR pirate pioneers, but it turns out we’re pointless argument vegetables growing in walled gardens, harvested for the benefit of robots that serve us ads.

Going Cashless Looks More and More Like a Capitalist Scam.

Flood Damage to Midwestern Levees, Roads, Farms May Run Well into the Billions.

March 24, 2019

What Is the World to Do About Gene-Editing?

Twittered Rage.

There’s a Concerning Trend of Pet Owners Wanting to Turn Their Carnivore Animals Vegan. Are vegans the stupidest motherfuckers on the planet, or is it the entire universe?

In defense of eco-hypocrisy.

Big Pharma’s Go-To Defense of Soaring Drug Prices Doesn’t Add Up.

The Fan-Fictioning of Robert Mueller.

Opting Out of Vaccines Should Opt You Out of American Society.

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good.

March 23, 2019

The US Desperately Needs a ‘Fiber For All’ Plan.

The story of the growth mindset is a cautionary tale about what happens when psychological theories are translated into the reality of the classroom, no matter how well-intentioned.

Billions in Toronto Real Estate Bought Anonymously, with Funds of Unknown Origin. If I had tons of cash I needed to launder, I’d definitely do it in real estate.

Our results demonstrate that people have a demand for biased news, consistent with a desire to confirm pre-existing beliefs.

It’s Not Just You.

Diverse commensal E. coli clones and plasmids disseminate antimicrobial resistance genes in domestic animals and children in a semi-rural community in Ecuado.

Why Hannah Arendt is the philosopher for now.

Housing Exploitation Is Rife in Poor Neighborhoods.

March 22, 2019

Climate Change Is This Generation’s Vietnam War. It’s an existential threat to millennials—and older Americans are standing in the way of action.

The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party.

Computer Latency at a Human Scale.

Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About.

Why Gen Z Loves Closed Captioning. I’m Gen X and I generally turn on closed captioning for any movie or show these days.

A multicellular way of life for a multipartite virus. Holy hell viruses are weird.

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

How the American fervor for deregulation contributed to the 737 Max crashes.

A Beautiful If Evil Strategy. Someone who understands the system and is therefore not a blithering idiot.

Serving is skilled labor. Despite more and more Americans working in the service industry, these jobs still aren’t generally considered worthy careers.

ask the readers: when you’re the chronically sick coworker.

March 21, 2019

More Than Meets the Nose.

Students don’t seem to be getting much out of higher education.

Rules for Autocomplete.

As air pollution gets worse, a dystopian accessory is born. The air is getting more dangerous to breathe all over the world — and a suite of companies are hoping to capitalize with a new fashion item.

New study provides evidence that we need different drugs for men and women.

Startups Lose in a Low-Rate World, and the Fed Is Blaming Itself.

Fermi Satellite clocks ‘cannonball’ pulsar speeding through space.

Dokos shipwreck.

Why rich parents are more likely to be unethical.

Sutor, ne ultra crepidam.

It just became easier for employers to dump retirees’ pensions.

Hating Big Pharma Is Good, But Supply-Side Epidemic Theory Is Killing People.

Longer is better.

Factoring the effects of climate change into real estate investments.

March 20, 2019

Barcelona Fines Landlords Who Let Buildings Sit Empty.

What’s wrong with blaming “information” for political chaos.

America today is not the America that I arrived in. Both the left and the right are arguably in a darker place, pushing their own form of tribal politics—both of which are a threat to America’s liberal democracy, whose core promise is to protect individuals regardless of their tribal affiliation.

The U.S. Wants to Keep the UN in the Dark About Geoengineering Efforts.

Affect Theory and the New Age of Anxiety.

As expected, we found a positive association between childhood musical enrichment and musical achievement in adulthood. Interestingly, however, the total variance in musical achievement as well as the relative importance of genetic influences increased with a higher level of musical enrichment. Training makes better people even better (increasing achievement and likely cognitive inequality).

Loading Dock Manifesto. Cripes, that is good writing, and I rarely say that.

One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed. This is not “time well spent.”

Surprise medical bills lead to liens on homes and crippling debt. The entire economy is becoming more and more scam-based.

March 19, 2019

The Twin Insurgency. The postmodern state is under siege from plutocrats and criminals who unknowingly compound each other’s insidiousness.

The Fed has exacerbated America’s new housing bubble. Loose monetary policy has buoyed assets but did not create meaningful supply.

Excluded by banks, minorities in California became their own lenders.

Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right – after 2,469 years.

Drug which makes human blood ‘lethal’ to mosquitoes can reduce malaria spread, study shows.

Beer and pop cans are not being recycled because car and airplane makers don’t like recycled aluminum.

Kamala Harris Celebrates Her Role in the Mortgage Crisis. The Reality Is Quite Different.

Myspace apparently lost 12 years’ worth of music, and almost no one noticed.

It takes a thousand times more water to grow an acre of crops for human consumption, than it takes to grow an acre of cow on wild range.

A recent study by the Public Policy Institute that found that annual retail prices for more than 100 top brand name medications used by chronic sufferers have, on average, more than tripled in cost since 2006.

Role of muscle loss in the age-associated reduction in VO2 max.

The Male Feminist Movement Time Forgot.

March 18, 2019

Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing, FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system.

The number of companies involved in drug development today is lower than at any time since 1914.

The Real Reason Middle America Should Be Angry. Like many “flyover” cities, St. Louis’s decline is not mainly a story of deindustrialization, but of decisions in Washington that opened the door to predatory monopoly.

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today. In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.

The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall.

Despite criticism of social media for spreading the initial video that the New Zealand terrorist live-streamed, the reality is that authorities and social media worked hard to stop the shooter and also to contain the spread of links to the video. In fact, they may have gone too far in attempting to scrub the Internet of the perpetrator’s presence, making it more difficult to understand how he was radicalized.

Why we should be honest about failure.

Making money with licenses.

March 17, 2019

Exploring the behavior of a gas as it transitions between quantum and classical states.

The Profound Emptiness of Beto O’Rourke.

How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood. Today’s ‘snowplow parents’ keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries.

Letterlocking: the long-lost art of using paper-folding to foil snoops.


Ablative Humanity.

How white supremacists fixate on an all-white Europe that never existed.

Can we handle the truth?

The Decivilization of Venezuela.

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling.

March 16, 2019

The Amazon Drama.