June 27, 2017

In a hundred years, when historians and whoever deals with economic issues look back (hopefully not economists as we understand them), they aren’t going to be that impressed that Western Capitalism outlasted Soviet Communism by forty or fifty years.

Job applicants over 40 filtered out by employers.

Why didn’t great painters of the past reach the level of realism achieved today by many artists? Realism isn’t as real as you think.

The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified. I’m horrified and I live here.

Push on with the ‘great unwinding’, BIS tells central banks.

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists.

Operation Tracer.

How Pro-Life and Anti-Abortion Culture Kills Women.

In Towns Already Hit by Steel Mill Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs.

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy.

June 26, 2017

Technological change and the future of financial intermediation.

TSA considers forcing airline passengers to remove books from carry-ons.

The tyranny of Twitter: How mob censure is changing the intellectual landscape. Twitter is the place for leftist virtue signaling.

Public library use in U.S. highest among Millennials. And now that Boomers don’t visit them anymore, they want them gone. Pull that ladder up, weld shut the access port.

The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence.

The WaPo strikes another blow for the Deep State against Russia.

E-Trade’s New Ad Campaign Is Everything That’s Wrong With Capitalism.

Democrats are still obsessed with Jill Stein. They should start obsessing over nonvoters instead. “In Michigan, the 2016 undervote was sizably larger than the Stein vote, and dwarfed Trump’s margin of victory.”

Silicon Valley has a bad habit of “inventing” things that already exist.

Working-class women are too busy for gender theory – but they’re still feminists.

Dislike of candidates or campaign issues was most common reason for not voting in 2016. Those wily Russians, making bad candidates look bad. What will they do next!

(Geo)Political Risk and the Price of Oil.

June 25, 2017

Debunking detox, diets and wellness.

Escaping the Inferno.

Found in an old manuscript.

It Is Humanly Impossible to Be a Good Newspaper Columnist.

Examples of Cool Capitalism. Much if not all of the supposed-left policing of behavior is neoliberlism at work destroying labor rights (the world is better off if even unpleasant people/”deplorables” have jobs).

Taking On the Frat Boys.

San Francisco Is Burning. A series of strange and unsettling fires in the Mission District have people wondering: Are the city’s landlords using arson to drive out low-income tenants?

Political Opponents Overestimate the Extremity of Each Other’s Ideologies but Underestimate Each Other’s Certainty.

Men Can Be So Hormonal.

Centrist Democrats are now the great defenders of social justice? Please.

June 24, 2017

Where Would We Be Politically If Hillary Clinton Had Won?

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson.

No hot food for you.

Against Murderism.

How the United States became a ‘second-tier’ country.

Scientists say they have found the first direct evidence that the immune system does attack the brain in Parkinson’s disease.

Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets.

Explanation and critical realism.

Ancient oak’s youthful genome surprises biologists.

Discrimination as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from French Grocery Stores.

Something happening here.

June 23, 2017

The 1% in U.S Will Own 70% of Wealth by 2021: Study.

Mitch McConnell overcame polio with the help of the government.

Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses.

The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations.

Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten.

How the Pill Made the American Economy Great.

America’s Massive Retail Workforce Is Tired of Being Ignored.

Facial Recognition Is Coming To US Airports. That “implausible” dystopia so many sf authors wrote about? Yeah, it’s happening.

How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State.

The US Government Wants to Permanently Legalize the Right to Repair.

McDonald’s Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement of Cashiers With Kiosks.

June 22, 2017

Mississippi is rejecting nearly all of the poor people who apply for welfare.

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin.

Conglomerates Didn’t Die. They Look Like Amazon.

Without cultural appropriation I contend that we would have little culture of any sort worthwhile at all. Indeed, we’d all be sitting in caves still, banging two rocks together.

We Are Inches From A New World War, And Clintonists Are To Blame.

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor. The US, too.

New CAA study says diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets. Something that has been obvious to everyone except Hollywood execs for 20+ years.

The end of the cosy game of politics.

The Use and Abuse of ‘Information’ in Biology.

When Sleeping In The Car Is The Price Of A Doctor Visit.

Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon’s Cloud.

How Conspiracy Theories Changed Our Way of Thinking.

Crimson Tidings.

June 21, 2017

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge.

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer’s combined. “Fat but fit” is a comforting fiction.

Power Causes Brain Damage.

Private Power, Public Values: Regulating Social Infrastructure in a Changing Economy.

He threw $25 million down the drain and nothing happened to him in a world in which a woman who is 10 minutes late for her minimum wage retail shift because the school bus didn’t show up to get her kid not only gets fired but is confidently told that she deserves nothing better.

Unions, Workers, and Wages at the Peak of the American Labor Movement.

Lionfish Are Eating Fish We Didn’t Even Know Existed.

On currency.

It’s not the government’s job to say if ‘Slants’ is too offensive. Or ‘Redskins.’ The problem is — contra social justice warriors who for some reason trust the gov’t if it appears to be on their side — when they decide “social justice” is a slur. Or your preferred word or term.

New Study Finds Best Way To Determine If You Are Android Still Cutting Open Forearm To Reveal Circuitry Within.

June 20, 2017

Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years.

Conspiracy theories flourish when people feel vulnerable. They thrive on paranoia. It has always been this way.

New media noncompetes are destroying the careers of young journalists.

In a typical week in the United States, 25 children die from bullet wounds, according to an analysis of data gathered by federal government agencies.

The mystery at the heart of the 2017 economy.

What If the Earth Suddenly Turned Flat?

Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation.

Do People Matter Most Or Does Property?

Every Democrat in America Should Support Medicare for All.

A fire in the world’s laundromat.

Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Run for President Again. Next president should be no more than 45, ideally no older than 40, if it all possible. And a raving socialist too, of course.

June 19, 2017

Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

Election 2017: 61.5 per cent of under-40s voted for Labour, new poll finds.

Global inequality much worse than previously thought, say economists.

Hired in 1958 as a ‘computer,’ Sue Finley talks about her long career at JPL.

What The Left Can Learn From Macron.

Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture.

Winner-take-all companies, including Alphabet and Wal-Mart, are driving down wages and destroying communities.

The CIA Assesses the Power of French Post-Modern Philosophers: Read a Newly Declassified CIA Report from 1985.

Why aren’t the BigCo’s converging on JavaScript?

June 18, 2017

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales.

Overpopulated and Underfed: Countries Near a Breaking Point. A pseudo-liberal actually used the curséd word, “overpopulated?” Perhaps things are changing.

America’s Amazon Problem.