June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby decision: The religious right won the contraception fight but lost the culture war.

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas.

The politicians who ended Jim Crow were themselves mostly racists. They were racists who knew that racism was wrong. It is possible to look at one’s own character and know that it is simply a product of experience: to say “I am racist and sexist but I still know that is wrong.”

Neko Case had the best response to a sexist ‘Playboy’ tweet.

So many wildly inconsistent ….

Discrepancy between Self-Reported and Actual Caloric Intake and Exercise in Obese Subjects.

Study shows keys to successful long-term weight loss maintenance.

For all that the national political rhetoric pays lip service to salt-of-the-Earth rural communities as the wholesome core of our national character, there’s basically no understanding of the ground-level issues and concerns of those communities.

June 29, 2014

Free markets killed capitalism: Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Wal-Mart, Amazon and the 1 percent’s sick triumph over us all.

The real story behind the war over YA novels.

Contact with criminal justice over the past several decades has been decoupled from criminal behavior.

The Central Paradox of the 21st Century.

Obama roots for the good cause but often ends up endorsing the acceptable evil on which the political class or the satisfied classes in society have agreed.

How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes?

June 28, 2014

On sex work.

HDR Is Ruining Your Photos.

America: A Review.

Make Datalove Not Cyberwar.

Is veganism child abuse? Yes.

Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?

I could not make this shit up.

You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.

What the New Kids on the Block Taught Me About Social Networks.

Why Parents Keep Shooting Their Kids.

Average Annual Inflation Rate by Decade.

The United States Of Cruelty.

The Troubling Truth of Why It’s Still So Hard to Share Files Directly.

Stop cheering me up.

50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences. Some of these as art are better than the actual films.

Pilot lands faulty fighter jet on a stool at sea.

June 27, 2014

Over NSA worries, Germany ends government contract with Verizon.

June 26, 2014

Fantastically Wrong: American Greed and the Harebrained Theory of ‘Rain Follows the Plow.’

Ford Nucleon.

The Grift Pays.

Herland (novel).

Colleges Silence and Fire Faculty Who Speak Out About Rape.

Study: Male Jurors More Likely To Find Heavier Women Guilty.

There Are Now More Displaced People Than Any Time Since WWII.

June 25, 2014

The 32 Greatest Unscripted Movie Scenes.

When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a….

So what’s the matter with San Francisco? It’s becoming a bedroom community for Silicon Valley, while Silicon Valley becomes a global power center for information control run by a bunch of crazy libertarian megalomaniacs.

A portrait of Europe’s white working class.

Somebody Up There.

Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem.

June 24, 2014

Shaka, When the Walls Fell.


How close is Jupiter to being a star? What would happen to us if it were?

The expense report.

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing.

June 20, 2014

Jon Davis’s answer to Guns and Firearms: Is it better to own a gun for self-defense, or is that more likely to cause problems?

Big Scope Status Bias.

June 19, 2014

What we Yo about when we Yo about Yo.

If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?

Rape is more long-term traumatic than combat.

Why Metrics Cannot Measure Research Quality.

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data.

I got my Master’s, couldn’t find a job and lived on food stamps. Now stop calling me a ‘welfare queen.’

June 18, 2014

Latkes and Legacies.

The fastest thing around.


Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women’s Rights: A Daughter.

The Unlisted List.

Mary Beard: humour in ancient Rome.

Housing Hit the Wall of Wall Street in May.

Neocon Kagan: Hillary Clinton Is One Of Us.

When Aaron Swartz Spoofed His MAC Address, It Proved He Was A Criminal; When Apple Does It, It’s Good For Everyone.

Where the term “Zero Day” comes from.

Dear Marc Andreessen.

June 17, 2014

The tech industry has a sickening obsession with meritocracy.

All I have to say is, fuck Google.

Is Uncertainty Delaying Hiring or Is This Just Another Make Work Project for People Who Write About the Economy?

Riddle duels with dragon bankers.

‘Cookies’ by Douglas Adams.

Quantum Randomness.

GMO Scaremongering Hurts People Everywhere.

America Is Globally Shamed For Its Pathetic Minimum Wage.

June 16, 2014

A people’s center of the United States.

We are living through a revolution in technology that is altering the relationship between information and physical things, but it is not being measured by conventional economics.

Now even the big banks are talking about technological unemployment.

Five ways the American health care system is literally the worst.

The idea of innovation is the idea of progress stripped of the aspirations of the Enlightenment, scrubbed clean of the horrors of the twentieth century, and relieved of its critics.

The Downward Ramp.

The Disappearing Universe.

June 15, 2014

This is why art is dangerous.

An OB/GYN writes to George Will about college rape.

Wildstar, Character Design, Female Objectification, Sexual Dimorphism and Biology in Video Games.


Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today?

Jevons paradox.

June 14, 2014

Soup kitchens caused the Great Depression! (Hunger Games, U.S.A.).

The Biology of Risk.

Follow Friday: @sarahkendzior, commentator, and the ‘full Kendzior.’

Mozambique Diary: Amphisbaenians.

When you grow up as a girl.

Extroverts Don’t Belong on Mars.

Drafted by the National Security State.

Koch Brothers Make Climate Activists New Target.

June 13, 2014

On rape threats and a culture that enables them.

Chart of the Day: There’s Still No Wage Pressure in the US Economy.

The bell hooks Hotline: For When You’d Rather Not Give Out Your Number.