June 21, 2018

Ang Lee’s Hulk Is a Bad Movie, Except for This One Amazing Thing. Brian de Palma’s Carrie used split screen, sliding panels, and split diopter to great effect.

AT&T funded democrats in California just “eviscerated” the best net neutrality bill in the country. Difference between Dems and Republicans: Dems are in favor of concentration camps only if you put the whole family in there together.

‘Omnigenic’ Model Suggests That All Genes Affect Every Complex Trait.

America’s Housing Crisis Is A Ticking Time Bomb.

The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile’. Emotional labor is much harder than physical labor. Source: have done both.

The Meaning of Freedom.

3 Problems With USB-C You Need To Know About. USB-C is the IPV6 of the hardware world: planned by the clueless, for the ignorant, manufactured by the careless and apathetic.

Poor Americans Really Are in Despair. The wealth gap is also a happiness gap.

The Roots of Trump’s Immigration Barbarity.

June 20, 2018

As Goes the South, so Goes the Nation.

The Death of a Once Great City. The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence. All major cities seem nearly identical and very, very boring. And it’s getting worse.

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country. In communities across the country, the billionaire conservatives are waging a sophisticated fight against new rail projects and bus routes.

In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence.

Climate Deniers Are More Likely to Be Racist. Why?

More than one in three drivers doesn’t know when their tires are bald. I see people driving around all the time on bald tires, and/or absurdly under-inflated ones.

At the end of 2017, 68.5 million people had fled their homes because of violence, persecution and human rights violations, the most ever recorded. The future will bring much more of this.

Think The GDPR Only Regulates Big Internet Companies? The EU Says It Regulates You Too.

Angelo Mozilo has identified the real victim of the housing bubble: Him. He is the orangest human in existence.

The machine fired me.

June 19, 2018

Aileen Milton, 67, isn’t worried about what Republicans will do to Medicare and Social Security, in part, because their reforms won’t affect her generation. “They are kicking the can down the road,” says Milton. “It’s a young-person problem.” Boomers perhaps should be the ones in concentration camps, not children.

Why We Should Teach Music History Backwards.

What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?

The Charts That Show How Big Business Is Winning.

Stop Trying to Sell the Humanities.

The Under-studied Reason why Millennial Couples are Clustering in Supercities.

Did humans evolve to innovate with a social rather than technical orientation?

Speculations on the Evolutionary Origins of System Justification.

During the Great Depression, ‘Penny Restaurants’ Fed the Unemployed.

Lessons From Making Internet Companies Liable For User’s Speech: You Get Less Speech, Less Security And Less Innovation.

CDC confirms lemon eucalyptus oil as effective as DEET.

French Political Party Voting For Mandatory Copyright Filters Is Furious That Its YouTube Channel Deleted By Filter.

Comcast will become one of the world’s most indebted companies if it buys Fox.

Decoding the Earliest Symbols. Petzinger’s book is worth reading; I have read it.

Wall Street experts are crying foul on an overlooked yet dangerous signal that a market meltdown is near. Government debt is irrelevant, but there is tons of hidden debt out there that will melt down somewhat soon.

We’re seeing the greatest asset inflation bubble in 20 years.

June 18, 2018

Only a few vendor-paid developers do almost all open-source work.

UPS’s $20 Billion Problem: Operations Stuck in the 20th Century. Truly, we have not begin to pluck even the low-hanging fruit of possible automation. We are where electricity was in 1900. That will change.

Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation for the country’s industrial might.

Amazon Crushes a Small Tax That Would Have Helped the Homeless.

Bacteria Can Eat NASA’s Spaceship-Cleaning Products.

A ‘spillover’ effect found in consensually nonmonogamous relationships.

Death by a Thousand Cuts. Privatization in education has been slow but steady. It’s already crippling many public schools.

They wobble like jelly, they tap dance: Meet the unusual frogs of the Western Ghats.

Gnome 3.28 review – Minimalism gone wrong. Gnome is utter interface garbage, fit only for children.

June 17, 2018

Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies.

The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius. Margie Profet generated solutions to seemingly intractable puzzles of biology. Then she disappeared.

New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table.

Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative.

50,000% markup for a shot makes the case for a single-payer healthcare system.

Against the Heady Glow of Neon Lights.

Getting Fired (or Laid Off) Costs You ~5 Years of Experience.

Even when monopolies appear to benefit consumers by offering free services or low prices, Khan contends that they can still be deeply harmful.

We argue that surveillance cues may have an effect only when participants have reasons to believe they are actually monitored. Thus they cannot support claims altruistic behavior between strangers is maladaptive.

June 16, 2018

New England Journal Of Medicine Retracts And Replaces Mediterranean Diet Study.


Yellow Journalism and the New Cold War.

People Can’t Pay Rent, Debt Is Insane, and the Economy Is Somehow ‘Great.’

The Ornithologist the Internet Called a Murderer.

Lessons From the Gilded Age.

The machine age is changing the nature of work. In the process, it is also transforming buildings, and making them less hospitable for human use.

DOJ Lets Cops Know SESTA/FOSTA Is For Shutting Down Websites, Not Busting Sex Traffickers. SESTA/FOSTA is for sweeping things under the rug, not helping anyone.

NIH shuts down controversial, $100M drinking study backed by Big Alcohol. Study leaders wooed industry and biased scientific framing to favor daily drinking.

The point is, the incessant Dragging and “OMG EVERYONE IS PROBLEMATIC” thing that started a few years ago really feels like it’s running its course. I honestly think your average intelligent person is getting a bit sick of it.

The Workplace Where It Was Normal for Colleagues to Bite Each Other. How bad jobs can totally warp your sense of what’s acceptable. Try joining the military.

The end of net neutrality: The US ruling elite escalates campaign of internet censorship.

June 15, 2018

Apple’s design language has killed fun in consumer electronics. I am tired of bland design, flat design, boring crap.


Most Americans’ Wages Have Declined Over the Past Year.

Antarctica is screwed and so are we.

The Avian and Wildlife Costs of Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power.

The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids. How psychology is being used as a weapon against children. Facebook et al. are pure evil and should be fucking destroyed with extreme prejudice. Let’s use those murder drones for something actually useful for humanity for once.

The Discovery of a Map Made by a Native American is Reshaping What We Think About the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

New evidence shows that our anti-poverty programs, especially Social Security, work well. The only evidence showing they didn’t work was fake conservative propaganda.

Scientists Are Sharing The Worst Stock Photos Of Their Jobs And They’re Hilarious.

The same unsolicited sext message that was rated as appropriate if sent by a woman was perceived as sexual harassment if sent by a man.

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong.

Mammalian species around the globe are becoming night-owls in order to avoid us.

Key findings are (1) genetic attributions are actually more likely to be made by liberals, not conservatives; (2) genetic attributions are associated with higher, not lower, levels of tolerance of vulnerable individuals; and (3) genetic attributions do not correlate with unseemly racial attitudes.

Utopia and work.

June 14, 2018

Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag.

How Airlines Explain Our Screwed Up Economy.

The IQ scores of young people have begun to fall after rising steadily since the Second World War, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon.

Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases. Apple hasn’t gone totally to hell, at least.

Academia is second only to the military in terms of rates of sexual harassment.

What a Nuclear Attack in New York Would Look Like. If America is attacked, the strike probably won’t come from North Korea. And it will be even scarier than we imagine.

Comcast disabled throttling system, proving data cap is just a money grab.

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming?

The Real #MeToo.

Trump has turned words into weapons. And he’s winning the linguistic war. With the full cooperation and support of the press.

Kids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations. This is one of the few cases where I am in support of jail time, because it’d be mostly affluent people who go to the slammer and this would work on them.

June 13, 2018

American toddlers are eating more sugar than the amount recommended for adults. Thank you, Fat Acceptance folks, for normalizing this.

Plot modern addresses on the Earth of 240 million years ago.

How Net Neutrality Actually Ended Long Before This Week.

It’s 2018 and USB Type-C Is Still a Mess. All the variants of USB became “standards” that standardized absolutely nothing.

Terraforming Ourselves.

Strength training in older adults: The benefits for osteoarthritis. Strength training seems to roundly benefit everyone nearly always.

Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling.

The correlation between not paying what people are worth and suicide.

Africa’s baobab trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but the oldest and largest of them are dying.

The Clock Is Ticking: “Modern Slaves Are Not In Chains, They’re In Debt.”