October 25, 2016

The AT&T-Time Warner deal would be a disaster for the public interest.

Why won’t anyone admit that America is fighting 5 wars?

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential.

How Post-Watergate Liberals Killed Their Populist Soul.

Canadian pilots no longer have to fly real aircraft to keep valid licences.

Young Minds in the Era of American Depravity.

Begonia species adapted to deep-shade conditions display blue leaf iridescence, a striking form of structural color originating from specialized chloroplasts.

October 24, 2016

The future: where borrowing is the norm and ownership is luxury. Turns out I hate the future.

So here we are, going about our lives, and all the while the Voyagers are out there, hurtling onward.

Lab-Grown Meat Is the Future of Food. Agreed. Is inevitable.

Looking at Apple as one of the “leaders” in this dry, corporate future dystopia we’re being dragged down into, I’m forced to beg, and grovel: please, for the love of god, can we at least make this future look cool?

Women Will Direct Every Episode of Jessica Jones Season 2.

The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys.

Study Finds that Ocean Could Suffocate by 2030.

What World Are We Building?

To protect endangered species from extinction, the ecological community must become more politically involved. Also because we are one of the endangered species.

Women Who Hate Trump, but Aren’t With Her: The misogyny of the 2016 campaign has stifled critiques of Clinton from progressive feminists and people of color.

Having your data stored in the index is not enough to be found.

Batteries May Trip ‘Death Spiral’ in $3.4 Trillion Credit Market.

October 23, 2016

How can you tell if someone is kind? Ask how rich they are.


Very was originally used to indicate that something was true or real, as in the phrase ‘he was a veri prophett’ in William Tyndale’s Bible of 1526.

What’s new in education research? Impact evaluations and measurement – October round-up.

Japan’s koseki system: dull, uncaring but terribly efficient.

New study of newborns’ telomere length found that obese and overweight mothers risk shortening the lives of their children by up to 17 years.

Marginal evidence for cosmic acceleration from Type Ia supernovae.

Thanks to the 40-hour work week, there’s not a lot of spare time to fit in both socializing, recharging, and everything else that needs to be done in adult life.

Vanity Fair teen sex story: Nancy Jo Sales is wrong about teenagers, sex, and the internet.

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone.

October 22, 2016

Google Quietly Handed Over Your Name And Account Info To Its Ad Network.

Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams. VPN everything.

This is how we do language. This is language happening.

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?


A longitudinal study of student writing finds that digital technology has not been the downfall of written expression.

Here’s What Economists Don’t Understand About Race. Article could’ve been shorter and just read: “Everything.”

What 130 of the Worst Shootings Say About Guns in America.

How Language Shapes Thought.

Brain vs body mass for mammals.

October 21, 2016

The Future Hiding in Plain Sight.

The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret.

The thermodynamic arrow of time does not determine the direction in which we perceive time’s passage.

California attorney general investigating Wells Fargo on allegations of criminal identity theft.

Flash flood footage.

How Machines Learn to Be Racist.

How the Web Became Unreadable.

Any observer outside the black hole will see all the information from the particles that fall into the black hole encoded on the horizon.

October 20, 2016

CNN Tells Viewers It’s Illegal For Them To Read Wikileaks Document Dumps. CNN Is Wrong.

What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake? No. Wrong. No way to re-capture classified ads, which was main revenue source.

Harvard pays endowment manager $11 million.

The Crushing Disappointment of L’Arpège. The restaurant L’Idiot in LA Story is based on? Or perhaps vice versa.

Why These Americans Refuse to Vote. Very doubtful that I will vote.

Russia Is Preparing For War.

Extremist militias recruiting in fear of Clinton winning election, activists say.

Fear of a Feminist Future.

Documents Show Chicago PD Secretly Using Forfeiture Funds To Buy Surveillance Equipment.

October 19, 2016

Economic Anxiety and the Limits of Data Journalism.

There is no neutral there: Appalachia as a mythic “Trump Country.”

Election angst.

The wealthy commute later, get to take more direct routes.

Airbnb is driving up the rent in your urban neighborhood.

Knowingly Taking Placebo Pills Reduces Pain, Study Finds. Not a new finding really, but still interesting.

Chilling-induced tomato flavor loss is associated with altered volatile synthesis and transient changes in DNA methylation.

Fiber optic dress. Do watch the video.

Airport Noise NIMBYism: An Empirical Investigation.

Inside Psychology’s ‘Methodological Terrorism’ Debate.

New paper: “Why most of psychology is statistically unfalsifiable.”

WikiLeaks Emails Show Clinton Aides Cowering In Fear Of Seeming To Care About The Poor.

The Slot Machine in Your Pocket.

The multibillion-dollar digital media marketplace is built, in part, on a lie.

How Clones Can Experience Unequal Economic Outcomes.

The perpetual lineup: Half of US adults in a face-recognition database.

CIA-Backed Surveillance Tool ‘Geofeedia’ Was Marketed To Public Schools.

October 18, 2016

Capitalism & loneliness.

I am a Terrible Doctor; and I’m Proud of it. These days, being a “terrible doctor” means actually doing best for your patients.

Retailers are finally realizing that starting Black Friday on Thanksgiving is a terrible idea.

The Cashless Society Is a Creepy Fantasy.

Why do women’s groups treat Bill Clinton and Donald Trump differently?

The Ruling Class’s Hatred of Trump is Different Than Yours.

Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters. So all the sub-classes of gangsters, then?

Chipotle Eats Itself.

Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone’s Fingerprints To Open Phones.

Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs. A classic.

October 17, 2016

Millennials can’t afford health insurance, adopt risky alternatives.

GMOs and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Real danger of GMOs is the companies who control them.

How our broken bail system punishes domestic-abuse survivors — and empowers abusers.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang.

Imagining a Cashless World. The final step in complete surveillance and control.

Is It Time to Desegregate the Sexes?

NAFTA is indeed the worst trade deal in history. It was a complete disaster for the working class of the United States and it was a complete disaster for the working class of Mexico.

We’re living on Caprica.

Rejecting one sexual abuser….

Investors are ill equipped for our unfathomable future.

October 16, 2016

The electorate is roiling with a desire for change, and the Democratic nominee had no clue.

Bubble Photography.

Royal Society Puts Matt Ridley And His Friends On Notice.

The Skills Delusion.

It Doesn’t Matter When You Eat.

Chinese property owners are going to have have a rude awakening.

Ecuador’s Legal Battle With Chevron Foreshadows Global Corporate Coup D’état.