August 21, 2017

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem.

The truth has got its boots on: what the evidence says about Mr. Damore’s Google memo.

The Argument For Open Borders. “Open borders” only works if everyone is already identical. Violent erasure of differences furthers neoliberalism, so “open borders” is sold as some paradisaical possibility, rather than the cataclysm it would be for most.

The Dangerous Rise Of Unproductive Entrepreneurship.

Charlottesville car attack suspect has a history of domestic violence, like so many other terrorists.

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones.

From Pariahs to the Privileged: On Keri Leigh Merritt’s “Masterless Men.”

August 20, 2017

Renewable subsidies for wind and solar energy are already paying for themselves—at least in the US.

Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world. The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human.

Standing at work linked to heart disease. Sitting and standing in offices is bad? Fine, let’s just not work in offices anymore at all. Solved.

Cracking down on opioids has made life miserable for chronic pain patients.

Constant Anxiety Won’t Save the World. Spreading fear and worry about issues you care about on social media can lead to burnout rather than action.

Financing Suburbia: How government mortgage policy determined where you live.

Polish painter Anna Bilinska, Self-portrait with apron and brushes, 1887.

A rock shelter at Madjedbebe, home of the Mirarr people in Kakadu, shows humans have lived here on this continent continuously for at least 65,000 years

Google’s Anti-Bullying AI Mistakes Civility for Decency.

August 19, 2017

Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics.

The New Normal of U.S. Politics. Why the voting booth matters less than the streets.

Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin.

‘The most dangerous US company you have never heard of”: Sinclair, a rightwing media giant.

How to End Mass Incarceration.

Active Antigovernment Groups in the United States.

Neoliberalism vs OFC.

The Surprising Stories Revealed by GPS Animal Tagging.

Using a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making and allows people to take the more utilitarian action, new study shows.

August 18, 2017

What Ferguson Means Now.

Map: Where the economic recovery in the U.S. has taken hold… and where it hasn’t.

Why are men driving the conversation about the future of our neighborhoods?

Democratic leaders still haven’t learned: you can’t fight the forces of oligarchy without naming the enemy.

The Whale That Should Not Have Gotten Away. The failure to prosecute Wall Street bankers and traders for misconduct has never been fully explained. Simple. Obama just did not want to — it would’ve ruined his chances of getting mega-rich post-presidency.

Ban the Open Carry of Firearms. And disarm the police.

August 17, 2017

I became a doctor in Charlottesville. I know white anger well.

Why Supermarket Strawberries Taste So Horrible.

The Rising Return to Non-Cognitive Skill.

If not everyone can be a scientist, who gets to choose?

The NRA Is Complicit In Stoking White Nationalist Violence.

Bury the Confederacy for Good. The meaning of public symbols is not a private matter.

Being ‘fat but fit’ is a myth.

Google is eating the open internet.

Since 1980, however, markups have increased significantly: on average, firms charged 67 percent over marginal cost in 2014, compared with 18 percent in 1980. If true (I have not read the paper) holy shit. That is staggering.

The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious.

August 16, 2017

How Big is the Biggest Possible Planet?

Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don’t Buy the Russia Story. Evidence that undermines the “election hack” narrative should get more attention.

Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Double Standard at Work in One London District.

From their commitment to toxic fuels to their corrosive influence on our democracy to their attempts to price-gouge ratepayers, it’s long past time to bring the reign of privately-owned electric utilities to an end.

This Is the Wrong Way to Fight Inequality.

Let’s talk about who leftists distrust — and why.

The ‘Ironic Nazi’ Is Coming to an End

More Americans would rather not work than take jobs for stingy wages. Completely rational.

Iron star.

People With Addictions Lured To Bogus Rehab Treatment Via ‘Body Brokers.’


Under neoliberalism, we must professionalize our labour; we are not allowed to do useful or interesting things simply because we find them satisfying but because we must sell our labour to the highest bidder in order to survive.

One Has to Take Sides. “Many sides” aren’t promoting racism and hatred. One side is. And ours is committed to stopping them.

The dwarfs of our vocabulary.

August 15, 2017

Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning.

The soft tyranny of the rating system.

Godwin of Godwin’s Law: ‘By All Means, Compare These Shitheads to the Nazis.’

US justice is built to humiliate and oppress black men. It starts with the chokehold….

Why English is such a great language for puns.

Why is a one pound coin worth more than four pennies?

Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That’s reason for optimism.

Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech.

This American Town Was Left to Die, and Suddenly Economists Care.

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia.

Elephants unchained: ‘The day has gone by when this was entertainment.’

Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd.

So how did my love for school change? Simple: school stopped being about learning. I checked out of school when I realized it was no longer there to teach me anything. My grades suffered but my more important self-education took off rocket-like.

The police responsible for handling a literal Nazi rally claimed they just couldn’t stand up to someone’s unemployed biker uncle.

The essence of Russellian monism.

On Charlottesville: Why the Center Is Okay with Nazis but Hates the Left. Nazis don’t threaten profits, essentially.

Inside the Long, Impossible Fight for Socialized Medicine in the US.

August 14, 2017

Google Doesn’t Want What’s Best for Us.

Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far right is creating its own corporate world.

Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High.

The Incredible Shrinking Sears. How a financial wizard took over a giant of
American retailing, and presided over its epic decline.

A Guide to the Different Levels of White Supremacist. Omitted: Corporate/Neolib Meritocrat “that’s just how the system works” white supremacist.

Where is everybody? The implications of cosmic silence.

Why Hypoxia Is So Terrifying—And So Hard to Stop.

What if men were “just polite” to each other?


If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics by Marilyn Waring.

Sex dolls 2.0: The most overlooked market for sex robots are women. That will change.

You can’t short the apocalypse.

August 13, 2017

Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool.

El feminismo necesario. La igualdad de género es la causa más noble del siglo XXI. El feminismo es algo demasiado serio como para reducirlo a una pose estética o a debates que desdibujan sus objetivos.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Study: North Korea’s Missiles Built For Show, Can’t Hit US Mainland Yet.

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs.

Is LIBOR, Crucial Financial Benchmark, a Lie?

Textbooks say that the moon was formed after a Mars-size mass smashed the young Earth. But new evidence has cast doubt on that story, leaving researchers to dream up new ways to get a giant rock into orbit.

I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech.

Embrace empathy.

Weird Science: David Brooks Gets It Wrong on Google.

Sycophantic journalists and the monsters they love.

August 12, 2017

How Facebook Squashes Competition From Startups.

Libraries Are The Real Punk Rock.

Studies find the need to feel unique is linked to belief in conspiracy theories. Buy a new shirt or something. Stop stupiding up the world for the rest of us.

How your mind protects you against hallucinations.

Disability doesn’t come with extra time and energy.

Misunderstanding statistical distribution.