December 17, 2018

Increasing housing density along arterial roads just reinforces inequality.

The Unbearable Conventionality of Our Tech Betters.

Not How the Internet Happened.

We’ve seen plenty of media coverage over the past few weeks of the widening chaos in France and Britain. But there’s almost no sense that those events may be connected, still less that they have anything to do with the ongoing political turmoil in the United States. This is a critical failure.

Outsourcing the blame for why you’re failing at life, to your phone, is incredibly immature and stupid.

The Impolite Pleasure of People-Watching. Only our modern era would construe just looking around you as an invasion of privacy. What the fuck.

A young star caught forming like a planet.

The language of capitalism isn’t just annoying, it’s dangerous.

McKinsey, the standard-bearer for autocrats, looters and torturers.

December 16, 2018

Single-Family Zoning Is an Urban Dinosaur.

Economics: The Discipline That Refuses to Change. Behavioral economics upended the idea that humans act solely in their rational self-interest. So why do most undergrads barely learn anything about the field?

Why the Ivy League Clings to a Strategy of Diminishing Returns.

Humans weren’t designed to be rational, and we benefit hugely from our mental biases.

Besides their hostility to liberal democracy, the right-wing autocrats taking power across the world share one big thing, which often goes unrecognized in the U.S.: They all want to subordinate women.

Whenever I see a photo from the 1960s or 1970s, I am startled. It’s not the clothes. It’s not the hair. It’s the bodies. So many people were skinny.

The yellow vest protests are bringing down the center in France, and everyone wants credit. Right-wing nationalists claim French rioters are on their side. Don’t buy it.

December 15, 2018

Yellow Vests stand for and against many contradictory things, but are united in opposition to oligarchy.

Neurosurgery could spread protein linked to Alzheimer’s, study finds.

Johnson & Johnson shares plunge after report that says it knew about asbestos in its baby powder. Notice the focus is on its shares plunging.

One of Nature’s Smallest Flowering Plants Can Survive Inside of a Duck.

Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us.

Great thread about the importance of piracy.

Hubble finds far-away planet vanishing at record speed.

The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy. I think agglomeration is in a sense a fake effect, and a cultural choice, not some sort of natural law.

December 14, 2018

Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution? No.

The Psychology of Memory and the 2016 Election.

How Big Oil Secretly Pushed for Trump’s Car Emission Rollbacks.

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places. Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. We should’ve called it “climate weirding” because that’s going to be the actual truth of it.

Gun deaths in America reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data shows.

An Updated Theoretical Framework for Human Sexual Selection: from Ecology, Genetics, and Life History to Extended Phenotypes.

Book Notes: Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos.

Ultimate Life Hacker? Meet The Woman Who Says She’ll Do Things, Then Doesn’t Do Them.

Windows 10 Collects Activity Data Even When Tracking Is Disabled, But You Can Block It. By using MacOS or Linux. Fuck that surveillance OS.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Rescinds Nomination After Discovering The Cure Was Voted In As Cruel Prank By Popular Kids.

One more robot in a commuting zone reduces employment by about six workers.

Inside the College Union Beef Exposing Liberal America’s Elite Hypocrisy.

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology.

December 13, 2018

It Could Be the Age of the Chicken, Geologically. With 65 billion chickens consumed each year, the signature fossil of the modern epoch may be the leftovers. What’s up? Chicken butt…fossils.

The Cloying Fantasia of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” I have never seen the show, but this is a very good review.

Windows Server 2019 Includes OpenSSH. About damn time.

The Minimum Wage, EITC, and Criminal Recidivism.

A Tale of Many Cities: Industrial Networks and Urban Productivity.

Raiders of the Lost Web. If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.

Astronomers find that dark matter dominates across cosmic time.

Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath. Making a bet on climate change, the university’s $39 billion endowment has been snapping up farmland and the related water rights.

In Praise of the Long and Complicated Sentence. As someone who has written a 1,200 word essay consisting of a single sentence, I agree.

Ant Colonies Retain Memories That Outlast the Lifespans of Individuals.

December 12, 2018

What Straight-A Students Get Wrong. If you always succeed in school, you’re not setting yourself up for success in life. Learning to challenge my teachers (and thus getting worse grades) was one of the best things I ever did.

Equifax Breach Was Just as Infuriating and Dumb as You Thought.

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead.

Take It from Someone Who Has Suffered Real Physical Abuse: Words Aren’t Violence. Having been punched and beaten a lot, I agree.

This Woman Was Born With Three Fingers, But Her Brain Knew All Along What Having Five Would Feel Like. This woman’s brain knew what having five fingers felt like, even though she herself had never in her life had five fingers. But there is no human nature, right? Sure.

Some of California’s most stunning natural wonders are on the brink of oblivion.

Human time perception and its illusions. To the people who believe we perceive some sort of objective reality: LOL.


What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes.

Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species.

US Regulators Have Essentially Become Do-Nothing Institutions.

Last-Minute Push to Restore Net Neutrality Stymied by Democrats Flush With Telecom Cash. This is your great Blue Wave, fuckers.

Physicists Create Incredible ‘Quark Soup’ Droplets That Expand Like Little Big Bangs.

December 11, 2018

Super-solid helium state confirmed in beautiful experiment. That’s a solid experiment with real flow.

The Largest Conspiracy Theory Peddlers Are MSM And The US State Department. Conspiracy theories used to be almost solely the purview of the Right, so it’s strange to me to see that move so leftward.

Apps You Use Every Day Are Tracking Your Every Move.

It’s the Economies, Stupid. The key to understanding the 2018 midterm results — and the future of American politics — isn’t ideology or culture. It’s the different economies of red and blue America.

Police departments find several ways to keep cops afraid, and a lot of this fear is cloaked as self-defense and “remaining alert.”

More people get their news from social media than newspapers.

Without work, who do we become?

Big problem with much of health care analysis is we count redistribution wrong. The government giving a poor person $10,000 for a surgery that they let hospitals overcharge $5,000 for is not a $10,000 transfer to poor people. It is $5,000 to poor person, $5,000 to rich people.

Bernie Don’t Run.

The Income Level Of Different Age Groups In The US, Visualized.

Top Obama aides are running the health care front group aiming to kill Medicare for All.

Leptin- and Leptin Receptor-Deficient Rodent Models: Relevance for Human Type 2 Diabetes.

December 10, 2018

Why Tumblr Banning Adult Content Is a Serious Problem.

The contemporary rise of nationalism and populisms across the world is not some liberal order antithesis emerging from a vacuum, but rather a logical consequence of this liberal order, constituting an often reactionary ‘counter movement’ that cannot be tackled with prescriptions for increased market globalization. This is a very good paper.

The Housing Boom Is Already Gigantic. How Long Can It Last?

It’s hard to think when someone Hadamards your brain.

Uncomfortable privacy research.

Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable? If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?

When it comes to American jobs, the US could learn from its largest sex-furniture manufacturer. I did not know sex furniture was a thing. At first, I thought it was furniture you have sex with. This did not sound appealing to me.

Uber is a “bezzle,” doomed to disappoint the suckers who buy into its IPO.

December 9, 2018

Why Black Hole Interiors Grow Forever.

Men underestimate level of sexual harassment against women – survey.

Antitrust’s Most Wanted. The 10 breakups the government should be investigating — but isn’t.

How Much Longer Until the U.S. Debt Bubble Bursts? The economists who insist there is no such thing as a bubble are about get surprised…again.

The federal, state and local governments now employ a smaller share of the U.S. workforce than at any time since 1957.

Minneapolis Confronts Its History of Housing Segregation. By doing away with single-family zoning, the city takes on high rent, long commutes, and racism in real estate in one fell swoop.

The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything. Going to happen again, and faster than anyone thinks.

We have completely turned the public sphere over to multinational corporations like Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. They are our preeminent forms of communication. They provide the main conduit for news and public discussion in our society.

What science has gotten wrong by ignoring women.

When our faves let us down through ignorance and violence we rush to remind strangers of our disapproval. But in the quest for a fairer world, we should remember that the idea of moral and political purity is a figment of the imagination. It does not exist.

Battle of the old white guys: Please, no. First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?.

The Last Days of Rookie. Tavi Gevinson talks authenticity, digital publishing, and the pervasive creep of the lifestyle brand. Everything good is being destroyed by corporate power.

Academics’ Mobbing of a Young Scholar Must be Denounced. Intelligence research is dangerous.

After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words.

Further proof that millennials are the brokest generation. Fuck Kevin Drum.

The Myth of the Benevolent Postwar Corporation.

Cancer treatment may be less aggressive if you’re not part of a couple.

The partisan brain. What psychology experiments tell you about why people deny facts.

December 8, 2018

Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use.

Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials. The American system has thrown them into debt, depressed their wages, kept them from buying homes—and then blamed them for everything.