July 28, 2017

Why are reporters calling a bill that would destroy health insurance markets and cause mass insurance loss “skinny repeal”? 1) A catchy name and propaganda work. 2) Look at who pays reporters’ salaries.

Pence: Millions losing health insurance is “the very essence of living in a free society.” It turns out that I do hate freedom.

Google enters race for nuclear fusion technology.

Spike in Online Gig Work.

Less than 15% of jobs can be plausibly said to need more study than the classic high school education.

The Curse of a ‘None of the Above’ Disease. Millions of Americans languish with elusive or poorly understood diseases. New genetic research — and some humility from doctors — might help.

The New Face of Poverty in America: Service Members and Veterans.

What’s the Matter With Little Free Food Pantries? They highlight food insecurity, without doing much to take a bite out of it.

More than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and some of them are still paying for it. In a sane world, a company like that would be destroyed, and its executives thrown in jail.

Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition.

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock.’ Fucking Christ. I wish I had not read this.

Trump has kept his promises — to Wall Street.

DNA evidence is rewriting domestication origin stories.

July 27, 2017

Jonathan Chait Is Wrong: Neoliberalism Is Real and Fundamentally Opposed to Left Principles.

New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society.

You Know the Economy Never Recovered.

Fifty-Nine Parks.

Aboard the NS Savannah, America’s first (and last) nuclear merchant ship.

Housing is an intimate need. Having a home offers a basic possibility of stability, a space to retreat to safety and recharge to fight another day; it’s not only a human right but a necessity for resistance.

Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA’s WB-57F Jets.

Rapid DHCP: Or, how do Macs get on the network so fast? Always wondered how Macs did that so quickly whereas all other OSes are snail slow.

Arbitration as Wealth Transfer.

July 26, 2017

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?

Too Many Americans Live in a Mental Fog.

Stitched up by robots: the threat to emerging economies.

Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades.

Ticks’ Numbers Are Growing, and So Is Their Territory.

‘Obscene’: 70 Top Healthcare CEOs Raked in $9.8 Billion Since 2010.

Banks Are Scheming To Dominate A Future Cashless Society.

Overlap among Spatial Memories Triggers Repulsion of Hippocampal Representations.

Yes, we can lower sky-high drug prices — other countries have done it

Norm Pace Blew The Door Off The Microbial World.

When you talk about introducing democracy, you’re talking about giving people control over their lives that they didn’t have before. And once you do that, you open up the possibility of much more radical and disruptive kinds of change.

MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM. Fuck DRM.

From the Great Wave to Starry Night, how a blue pigment changed the world.

Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius. Her husband, Claude, helped create the computer revolution, but few knew that she was his closest collaborator

July 25, 2017

Record Apartment Building-Boom Meets Reality: First CRE Decline Since The Great Recession.

How a VC-funded company is undermining the open-source community.

When Organizers Are Professionals.

Nobody puts 20% down on a house anymore. In a way, this is rational. In non-recourse states the less capital you have actually tied up in something now highly risky, the better.

This Story About Facebook Workers in Menlo Park Is Depressing as Hell.

Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder.

On Being Smaller.

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills.

Severe, chronic flooding will devastate California coast as sea levels rise, experts say.

The Democratic Party’s “Better Deal” isn’t that great.

July 24, 2017

The One Word Guaranteed to Make the Corporate Pundit Class Squirm. “Neoliberalism” isn’t a left-wing insult but a monstrous political system of inequality.

Did you know that the phrase “if it looks like a duck…” was originally about a mechanical pooing duck?

Multi-party kleptocracies rather than illiberal democracies.

We’ve screwed up the coasts so badly that an invasive species is a plus.

Solomon’s shield.

What’s Going On With the World’s Most Destructive Mud Volcano?

Spreading fake news about Putin, or Red-scare propaganda, does nothing to defeat Trump. The point is not to defeat Trump (or Putin), but rather to preserve existing Dem panjandrums.

By dismantling its copy desk, The New York Times is making a mistake that’s been made before. The MBA cloning operation permits nothing else.

How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding With Russia.

Meet Your New Landlord: Wall Street.

Banks’ greed on full display with check-cashing fee for non-customers.

Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird’s Frenzy.

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant? Orthodox economists insist “productivity” is completely accurate and relevant, when it completely obviously no longer is.

Koch came to realize that if the majority of Americans ever truly understood the full implications of his vision of the good society and were let in on what was in store for them, they would never support it. Indeed, they would actively oppose it.

A Warrant to Search Your Vagina.

Venmo and transactionality.

July 23, 2017

Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism.

Cuba’s Cancer Vaccine CIMAvax Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

The media’s war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can’t it see that?

Norway: The country where no salaries are secret.

With great size comes great McDonaldization.

What It Was Like to Be Drafted.

Regulators drop Dodd-Frank crackdown on Wall Street bonuses.

The End of Cash; The End of Freedom. Yes, with that, the corporate-government surveillance apparatus will be inescapable, inviolable.

The hidden ways your language betrays your character.

July 22, 2017

America’s hidden philosophy. When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US society.

Under Senate’s Obamacare repeal, some Americans would have to pay more than their total income for health coverage.

Amazon’s foray into groceries means more mergers of food companies, experts say. Agreed. And will be bad for everyone.

Dictionary money.

As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots.

Yes, ancient civilizations on Mars sounds crazy. And yet….

Stanford researchers found that U.S. adults who believed that they were less active than their peers died younger than those who believed they were more active – even if their actual activity levels were similar.

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world. It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong?

California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth. The maternal mortality rate in the state is a third of the American average. Here’s why.

Against History: A Lesson from Simone Weil.

A New Book Explores How Science Has Misrepresented Women.

Short Interest and Aggregate Stock Returns. In short, short sellers make short work of predicting market returns.

How Subprime Car Loans Are Ruining Lives And Repeating The Mistakes Of The Housing Crisis.

Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements.

Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice.

July 21, 2017

Attached to Our Places: The Foundation of Citizenship.

Consumer expenditure survey (illustrating the income divide).

Say Goodbye to Spain’s Glorious Three-Hour Lunch Break.

Media Consolidation Is in the Air, and John Malone Is Fanning It.

The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment.

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

Bedtime – Construct or Cruelty.

The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics.

July 20, 2017

Democrats, Wake Up and Smell The Failure.

“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet. It’s a real, powerful set of ideas.

How bosses are (literally) like dictators. Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies.

An Efficiency Comparison of Document Preparation Systems Used in Academic Research and Development.

This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit.

Pussy Riot Founder Says American Liberals Scapegoat Putin To Distract From Democrats’ Problems. Nailed it.