February 24, 2017
AI and automation are about to implode blue collar jobs. Been saying this is on the way for 10 years. Now it’s here. Thanks all ya’ll for showing up.
Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices. Doubt it, but that is a huge benefit if so.
The Rise of the Mall. Not particularly well-written, but still interesting.
February 23, 2017
There Better Be Some Goddamn Aliens in This Solar System Loaded with Earth-Sized Planets. And they better be ‘muricans or we’ll bomb some freedom into ’em.
Over the last decade, L.A. County has traded high-paying jobs for low-paying ones. Areas (as all country is doing) trading $87,000/yr jobs for $20,000/yr ones does not prosperity make.
“Someone would always answer”: The sad death of the internet message board. In IMDb’s case, it’s because studios can’t control messaging, not due to trolls or hostile users.
February 22, 2017
America Has Been Screwing Over Its Veterans Since the Revolutionary War. Every vet knows this.
February 21, 2017
Low-level inflammation is the most important correlate of not only survival, but also capability and cognition at extreme old age. Note that this does not mean treating inflammation will result in you being a centenarian.
A tale of two cities: What happened when factory jobs moved from Warren, Ohio, to Juarez, Mexico. See how much NAFTA improved these people’s lives? Why, it GDPed the fuck out of ’em!
February 20, 2017
Call it “Islamsplaining”: First-world keyboard virtue-signallers have put themselves in the business of issuing fatwas. Frequent white liberal problem: telling minorities how they should feel and behave.
The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto: Great for Facebook, Bad for Journalism. Deeper issue to be examined is private profit on the backs of what should be a public good: the internet, info tech in general.
February 19, 2017
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump. 4chan unlike this article claims not really a right-wing site: more anarcho-libertarian and something completely new. That said, great article.
Trump Hates the Press? Take a Number. Trump nothing new under the sun. Problem is 26-year-old journalists who have never picked up a history book.
Why Do Americans Refrigerate Their Eggs? Because we have the coolest chickens.
February 18, 2017
US Household Debt Rose To $12.6 Trillion In 2016: Biggest Jump In A Decade. Note this is the one that matters: household debt, not national debt.
February 17, 2017
Countries bombed by the USA since the end of the end of WWII. Woo! Look at all that freedom raining down.
How America Lost Faith in Expertise. Problem with expertise is how very, very often it is used to make deleterious, stupid decisions more confidently. “Trust us, we’re the experts:” Iraq, health care, crash of 2008, NAFTA, Brexit, college, etc.
The Deep State vs. Trump. Most people are utterly clueless as to what’s really going on now.
Historians can often detect social trends much earlier and better than more empirically-minded economists, among whom only a tiny minority sensed the forthcoming dangers. Most accurate sentence I’ve read so far this year.
February 16, 2017