October 20, 2014

Had NASA believed in merit: The terrible injustice of Jerrie Cobb, who deserved to be the first female astronaut, yet never made it to space at all.

Paul Krugman’s sloppy, wet kiss.

Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming. Agreed. For better or worse, is inevitable.

October 19, 2014

The Racist Housing Policies That Built Ferguson. Applies to the rest of the US, too.

The biggest backlog in the federal government.

When Those Who Know Won’t Share.

“Why Does S Look Like F?”: A Guide to Reading Very Old Books.

Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad.

Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa.

Your hippie history for today.

S’More Misrepresentation of Research. What Waiting for a Second Marshmallow Doesn’t Prove.

October 18, 2014

Americans have the most deranged attitude when something bad happens to someone. It doesn’t matter what we’re talking about, if it’s bad, it’s the victim’s fault.

The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution.

In this context, the decision to cover egg freezing reads as Silicon Valley at its most typical, deploying a hasty technological stopgap for a cultural problem.

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence against women.


The Silent Majority is Against Us.

“Wristlets,” as they [watches] were known until the 1920s, were designed for women. As the name implies, they were essentially bracelets designed for showing off jewels (and shapely wrists), and were equipped with a tiny watch face for decoration rather than practicality.

Many whites believe discrimination against whites is more prevalent than discrimination against blacks. And we call these people “fucking dumbasses.”

Icebergs off the Florida coast?

America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.

How a video game fan weathered a misogynist backlash to become pop culture’s most valuable critic.

Women Dislike Having Female Bosses More Than Men Do.

October 17, 2014

Solarpunk. As an aesthetic, this is a damn fine idea.

Why Experts Reject Creativity.

Key Democrats, Led by Hillary Clinton, Leave No doubt that Endless War is Official U.S. Doctrine.

Controversial: Should Workers Be Paid For Time They Spend at Work?

FBI Director Says End-to-End Encrypted Emails Should be Illegal.

If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism.

Here’s what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops. Genetic modification is evil!

Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide.


World economy so damaged it may need permanent QE.

Placebos are odd.

Get more done by working fewer hours: Shorter days are more productive.

Scale, progressivity, and socioeconomic cohesion.

October 16, 2014

A Red State Privatization Horror Story.

Holloways: Roads Tunneled into the Earth by Time.

Evolution ever evolves.

While life gets better for millions of gays, the number of homeless LGBT teens – many cast out by their religious families – quietly keeps growing.

Beyond the Bell Curve, a New Universal Law.

This Tool-Using Sniper Changed What We Think About Fish.

The science of animal consciousness.

Equal Rights for Oregon Women? Voters Can Make It So!

Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows.

US Winter Forecast: Cold, Snow to Seize Northeast; Wintry Blasts to Slick South.

We Are All Living Among the Dead.

It’s actually dangerous to think this way—that violent criminals are monsters—because that relieves us of the burden of actually having to deal with and act on the problem of violence in society.

“Stand your ground” in South Carolina: Not for abused women in domestic disputes.

October 15, 2014

Convincing engineering students to grapple with the meaning of their work in addition to its functionality was not easy.

Because Karl Marx was….

Presuming Extremism Right Out of Existence.

Green modernism would kill off the wilderness.

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan.

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized.

Krugman, trolling….

Why is the recovery so weak? It’s the austerity, stupid.

The Kids These Days Know More Than You Probably Think.

French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war.

Extinction Pop.

First world problems? Not a thing. People who say shit like “first world problems” are massive racist, imperialist, dismissive assholes.

What $1,000 In Rent Gets You In 12 U.S. Cities.

Police Pleasantly Surprised To Learn Man They Shot Was Armed.

October 14, 2014

Job Search Red Flags & Due Diligence.

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind.

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College.

ISPs Are Throttling Encryption, Breaking Net Neutrality And Making Everyone Less Safe.

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person.

We Must Not Ignore the Troubling Truth About LGBT Rights in Muslim Countries.

Hauling junk.

Being a consumer within capitalism is now the way to absolve yourself of your sins, so as long as you buy from the “right” people.

War on Women Update.

Startup Crunches 100 Terabytes of Data in a Record 23 Minutes.

October 13, 2014

Vocabularies of the economy.

On art.

How genes can influence children’s exam results.

Woman Fired Day After She Complained Coworker Rubbed Her Buttocks. HR exists to protect the company, not you.

Half of All Summers Will Soon Be Boiling Hot for Hundreds of Millions of People.

The Space Shuttle’s Controversial Launch Abort Plan.

What do black holes look like?

The most astounding marathon outlier of all time is Paula Radcliffe. Her 2003 world record of 2:15:25 is nearly three minutes faster than any other woman in history.

Property Rights Dispute In San Francisco.

The Birth of the Pill.

October 12, 2014

16-Year-Old Accused Of Stealing Backpack Spends 3 Years In Jail, Never Convicted.

Black people are Americans, one of the oldest classes of Americans. It is crucial to understand this. We are not seeking integration into someone else’s burning house. We built the house. It belongs to us as much as it belongs to anyone.

The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction.

Women don’t owe you anything.

“Never give a sword to a woman who can’t dance.” – Ann Leckie and Ancillary Sword.

Modern science…has gone from promising extraordinary new worlds of the future – to become a powerfully conservative force that holds progress back and tends to keep people in their place.

How to serve a warrant: 1972 versus today, by Lt. Harry Thomas.

Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over.”

What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security.

The rich tend to behave badly, but their bad behaviors are often socially accepted; a behavior that would be seen as inappropriate by a poor person is seen as a minor offense by the rich. (See: casual drug use.)

The iguana wasn’t charged.

Outlawing abortion is now the compromise position.

October 11, 2014


Yours, Mine, but Not Ours. Why the politics of national security means that we’re all living in failed Hobbesian states.

The sound of little hooves in the night.

Cohen is a ghost on Twitter: “American lit dudes classified as “genre” anything that wasn’t about a young white guy who just arrived in or just left new york”.

How did Twitter become the hate speech wing of the free speech party?