July 17, 2018

The Neutrino Trappers.

Space Photos of the Week: Mars Has Spiders in the Springtime.

How Twitter Degrades Discourse and Encourages Distortions: Illustrated by Ex-Pentagon Official Ryan Goodman.

So what is the source of the myth that those in the past must have died young? One is to do with what we dig up.

People on food stamps may no longer be able to shop at farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets may soon be unable to accept EBT cards electronically. America. Greatest nation on the planet. Nay, in the entire universe!

High cost of bias: Diminishing marginal returns on NIH grant funding to institutions. We overfund prestigious institutions, and underfund more productive but less prestigious ones.

The psychology behind why journalism paywalls still don’t work.

July 16, 2018

San Francisco is so expensive, its new mayor has never been able to afford a home there.

Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don’t shut up about civility and shout about our democracy dying.

Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left.

American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage.

In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states.

Mike’s Hammock Modern Home in Nokomis, Florida. This is a tiny-ish house done right. Pretty great.

Everyone Has an Accent.

The Company That Makes Mechanical Keyboards Clack. Clacky keyboards are the best keyboards. My girlfriend and I are both in the Click Clack Clique.

There is no such thing as unskilled labor, only underappreciated/undervalued labor.

U.S. lawmakers are redistributing income from the poor to the rich, according to massive new study.

July 15, 2018

There’s a Disturbing Reason Europe Has Stayed So Peaceful For So Long. A disturbing reason…that worked, and worked for a very long time? Liberals are fucking apeshit pants-on-head crazy. They’d prefer worldwide conflagration and endless war to not having open borders. Fuck we are doomed.

Maybe We Should Give Up On NIMBY Cities. Yes. The agglomerative effects are mostly cultural, and culture can be changed. No reason to have millions of people packed into unaffordable and unlivable cities.

But the human aspects of reality are most of what matters to us, and these vary from culture to culture, since different cultures have different conceptual systems.

Democracy Against Capitalism: Capital In A Fiat Money World.

Could architecture and design do anything to alleviate ‘walmartism’?

‘Eighth Grade’: Why 13-Year-Olds Aren’t Allowed to See a Movie About Themselves. That is so very American.

Once every election outcome is treated as an open question, the outcome ends up being either heavily influenced or outright decided by the permanent, non-elected institutions of the state: courts, bureaucracy, and, in truly failed states, the military.

The Rise and Fall of the Family-Vacation Road Trip.

NIRP Did It: I’m in Awe of How Central-Bank Policies Blind Investors to Risks. The next crash is going to be epic. For those who can afford it, don’t go full prepper, but do have some extra food on hand.

In Farm Country, Grappling With the Taboo of Talking about Climate Change.

If Microsoft Made Office Equipment. This is great.

Sovereignty Without Borders.

How big should your house be?

Nurses in Vermont are on strike not just for better pay, but for a system that puts patients over profits.

Are fungi making us sick?

Field of Study in College and Lifetime Earnings in the United States.

July 14, 2018

Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains.

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice. A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers. Indeed. My passions are tasing in the face men who harass women and taking over planets. Not much of a career in either of those.

African Multiregionalism: The New Story of Human Origins. Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.

Canadian immigration sentences to ponder.

Straw Bans Hurt Disabled People. What does that matter when doing some useless corporate-friendly action that makes you feel good about yourself?

The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Sticking with the Wrong Choice.

July 13, 2018

Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth.

The Value of Life and the Metaphor of Choice.

The Roles of Self-Socialization and Parent Socialization in Toddlers’ Gender-Typed Appearance.

July 12, 2018

What determines value?

Why It’s Hard to Recognize a Black Hole.

How the capitalist class is strangling the American economy.

Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer’s Disease.

Capitalism Is Ruining Science.

The only good online fandom left is Dune.

July 11, 2018

Extreme heat linked with reduced cognitive performance among young adults in non-air-conditioned buildings.

Diversity in the hands of the white power elites—political and corporate—is an advertising gimmick.

Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors.

‘No Poach’ Deals for Fast-Food Workers Face Scrutiny by States.

Impossible color. I sometimes see as many as six impossible colors before breakfast.

Six Lies on Trade.

July 10, 2018

MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics. It Encourages and Rewards Them. It is very important to keep the fiction of centrism alive.

A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come. Meanwhile, the left was concerned with advocating for open borders and identity politics. Wise decision that was.

How a Microsoft font brought down Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Google’s keyword voids. I remember when Google actually used to find useful things. No more.

No Savings? No Problem. These Companies Are Helping Home Buyers With Down Payments.

Yellowstone National Park Concerned About Competing ‘Yello-Stone Natural Park’ Built Right Across Street.

Europe has probably passed the point of no return, beginning a journey to a new society whose outlines cannot yet be seen. It will be a very bad one indeed for most women.

July 9, 2018

High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too.

The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work.

What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die?

America Celebrates Lateral Move From Monarchy To Corporate Rule.

Why recycling won’t save the planet.

We are all trapped in the “Feed.”

The Bulk of Software Engineering in 2018 is Just Plumbing.

July 8, 2018

Without a defined “we”, also known as the nation-state, there’s no welfare.

It is not a coincidence that this flare of civilizing discourse is being shot out by pundits and politicians at a moment when promises of investment in infrastructure give way to the construction of concentration camps.


Informational Autocrats.

Why the USA Isn’t Going Bankrupt.

Connection between stress and autoimmune disease affirmed by massive 30-year study.

Africa Has Likely Never Been Hotter in Recorded History.

Things that happen in Silicon Valley and also the Soviet Union.

Air pollution may account for 1 in 7 new diabetes cases.

Floating Between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres May Have More Water Than Earth.

“Mirror Images” by Eleanor Pearson.

July 7, 2018

In short, the list of obvious things in the gorilla clip is extremely long. And that’s the problem: we might call it the fallacy of obviousness.

List: 17 Real-Life Would-You-Rathers I, a Woman, Have Had to Ask Myself.

A Double First in China for Advanced Nuclear Reactors.

San Francisco hospital treated Korean tourists’ baby with a nap and a bottle of milk formula. The bill was US$18,000.

The results provided no support for the similarity hypothesis: there was no evidence for a positive association between partner similarity and the three well-being measures. I’ve always been very suspicious of the similarity hypothesis.

“A nation of immigrants” is Reaganite / neoliberal propaganda, absent during New Deal / Great Society.

Survival of the Richest. The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind.

Spiders Use Earth’s Electric Field to Fly Hundreds of Miles.

By Attacking Ocasio-Cortez, the Right Is Accidentally Selling Socialism.

American elections are a battle of billionaires. We are merely spectators.

Underwater photographs by Barbara Cole.

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me. An American family’s struggle for student loan redemption.

Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers. Perhaps by necessity, most women are much more picky about their partners than men. Most college-educated women outright refuse to even consider a man who is not, for example. (Don’t tell me this is not true; I know it is. First-hand experience here.)

July 6, 2018

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight. Our TV is very, very stupid for just this reason (it’s really just a monitor).

Man accused of killing 3 after judge denies ex-wife’s request to have his guns taken away.

Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware? I use MacOS. I don’t have bloatware. (And yes, I am a snob about it.)

A Multi-Story Metallic Splash by Pere Gifre Drops Through the Center of a Madrid Hotel.

According to a new government report, about a million people appear to have been priced out of the market for health insurance last year. ObamaCare working great. Just ask Drum and Marcotte.

In the wake of the primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there’s been a dramatic shift in mainstream liberal opinion—in the media, on social media, among politicians, activists, and citizens—toward Sanders-style positions. People who were lambasting that kind of politics in 2016 are now embracing it—without remarking upon the change, without explaining it, leaving the impression that this is what they believed all along. Yes. Very odd to see. And once again, “nothing has changed” according to most.