December 12, 2019

Things that are illegal to build in most American cities now, a thread.

Weird Substances: Hagfish Slime.

Most Common Job Types by American County.

There is a naive belief, among a certain coastal set, that Trump’s demise will liberate the political order and restore sanity.

We can afford Medicare for All…and it could even deliver a huge pay raise to the middle class.

O(n^2), again, now in WMI.

The I.R.S. Sent a Letter to 3.9 Million People. It Saved Some of Their Lives.

The old made our climate mess. And the young will get us out of it.

The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy. What began as cheerful anarchy was devoured by vulture capital and ruthless consolidation.

The Decade America Terrorized Itself. The next 9/11 never came. Instead, we got Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas, and Parkland….

To solve the problem of unaffordable entry-level housing, abolish single-family zoning.

December 11, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Cities on the Front Lines. Cities can promote green energy and local deliberations—what they need is more federal resources.

Dreamers With Shovels. How the first New Deal remade America.

Boeing 737 Max Was Plagued With Production Problems, Whistle-Blower Says.

The Fury in France. Could the latest round of strikes spell the beginning of the end for Emmanuel Macron? Please let’s hope so.

Finland’s Economy Really Is Highly Socialized.

Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch. Neighbors data proves extra-revealing as Amazon police partnerships accelerate.

FONC: A Vegan Typology.

In a split second, clothes make the man more competent in the eyes of others.

Student Loans A Lot Like The Subprime Mortgage Debacle, Watchdog Says.

Medieval Reveries by Rayana Bacha.

Jason Anderson.

December 10, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

The ego depletion saga demonstrates the importance of effect sizes.

Centrifugal Machine Guns.

Life Under the Algorithm. How a relentless speedup is reshaping the working class.

Windows Shells.

America’s Missile That Uses Sword Blades Instead Of Explosives Has Struck Again In Syria.

Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites.

The ergodicity problem in economics.

Don’t mind me; go help her.

Sanna Marin of Finland to Become World’s Youngest Prime Minister. We need someone that young, but not Mayor Pete.

Desks for average height women and many men.

The retreat of “scientific selfishness,” a literature review.

The Afghanistan Papers.

‘Bhopal’s tragedy has not stopped’: the urban disaster still claiming lives 35 years on.

L.A. Adds Lanes For Cyclists To Recover From Getting Hit By Cars.

Bay Area disability advocates speak out against paper-cup bans.

The conscious consumerism movement is stalling—and I know why. I do too: because it’s fucking moronic.

I am a music historian, and with @AdrianRMG I have researched the best-selling single of every decade all the way back to 14,000BC.

Climate, not conflict, drove many Syrian refugees to Lebanon. Climate is a major obstacle for many people when they consider returning to their homeland. We’re already having climate change wars, but people are too blind to see them.

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market.

As the end nears for Yahoo Groups, Verizon pulls out all the stops to keep archivists from preserving them. Hey, yet another thing that all too many people told me “could never happen” happening.

The blood of poor Americans is now a leading export, bigger than corn or soy.

Neighborhood greenspace and health in a large urban center.

December 9, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

One instruction set computer.

Getting a good grade in a class on x is so different from learning a lot about x that you have to choose one or the other, and you can’t blame students if they choose grades.

John Wheeler’s H-bomb blues.

Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century. One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears.

Mike Bloomberg doesn’t understand he is part of the problem. Bloomberg’s wealth, and our country’s collective inequality, are intrinsically connected. He doesn’t get it.

The median age of U.S. home buyers is now 47, according to the data compiled by Deutsche Bank. In 1981, the median age of American home buyers was 31.

Witness to BART killing describes horror aboard the moving train. Wow, Sophia Humphrey is a damn superhero.

The real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.

Where the Frauds Are All Legal. Welcome to the weird world of medical billing.

Skyhawk Down. A firsthand account of a 1965 ‘broken arrow’ and the loss of Lieutenant (j.g.) Douglas Webster, U.S. Navy.

Did the Industrial Revolution Require Land Clearances, Slavery, Genocide, and Empire?

Psychological Study Of “Moral Grandstanding” Helps Explain Why Social Media Is So Toxic.

Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?)

December 8, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

The truth is there were many things in the Obama administration that should have been scandals but weren’t.

Do House Democrats want Trump to win a 2nd term?

Etymological fallacy.

Boeing 307 Stratoliner.

What Is Neoliberalism?

The Existentialism Files: How the FBI Targeted Camus, and Then Sartre After the JFK Assassination.

Dark energy might not exist after all.

Jobs, Jobs Everywhere, But Most of Them Kind of Suck.

December 7, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Clear backpacks, monitored emails: life for US students under constant surveillance.

Medicaid covers sick or dying children. But it takes ‘going to battle’ to get it.

What Worries me About “Hedonic Quality Adjustments.” An arcane device that impacts so much and papers over the struggles many Americans face in a world that is becoming increasingly unaffordable for them.

Kansas City becomes first major American city with universal fare-free public transit. Those godforsaken deplorable areas, making the non-deplorables look bad.

Here’s how much global carbon emission increased this year.

Buttigieg is wrong — free college should be free for all, including children of the rich.

Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds.

Kamala Harris Campaign Just Wasn’t Good Enough.

The Champion Who Picked a Date to Die.

December 6, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Apple’s Activation Lock Will Make It Very Difficult To Refurbish Macs.

Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change. The Trump administration’s rule change would limit states’ abilities to provide residents access to food stamps.

Why kids need recess more than ever. Can’t turn them into emotionless production robots with recess, though.

Administrative assistant jobs helped propel many women into the middle class. Now they’re disappearing.

White dwarf star covering itself with the atmosphere of a hot Neptune. First-of-its-kind system requires a rare combination of events.

Red Summer, 100 years later: 1919 was a yearlong litany of white brutality against black Americans.

Ten-Hour Time-Restricted Eating Reduces Weight, Blood Pressure, and Atherogenic Lipids in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome. And makes FA types angry: an additional benefit.

A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier.

December 5, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Sleep helps memory, right? Not for eyewitnesses.

The findings document the existence of “harbinger zip codes.” If households in these zip codes adopt a new product, this is a signal that the new product will fail.

The world’s average temperature is rising faster than previously thought, headed for a gain that may be triple the goal set by almost 200 countries.

The fall of the Berlin Wall gave South Korea hope. Not anymore.

Kamala Harris Supporter Insists Her Inspiring Message Of Something Or Other Will Always Live On.

Tiny woodlands are more important than previously thought.

Reusable plastic shopping bags are making the problem worse.

Building a More Honest Internet. I miss the old, good internet.

Public Policy Implications of the Millennial Wealth Gap.

Hoag’s Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why). Alien engineering project.

Meritocracy emphasises the power of the individual to overcome obstacles, but the real story is quite a different one.