April 30, 2015

How Hollywood Keeps Out Women.

What You Want To See.

Large swaths of the center-left establishment (especially among the foundations that fund things) are besotted with dreams of technocracy and bipartisan civility.

How many iPhones can fit in a 747?

Take Some Pills for Your Hysteria, Lady: America’s Long History of Drugging Women Up.

In Praise of Vulgar Feminism.

Dear white Facebook friends: I need you to respect what Black America is feeling right now.

April 29, 2015

How to sneak chocolate into American movie theaters.

Welcome to Pariahville.

Childhood bullying causes worse long-term mental health problems than maltreatment.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Threaten our Climate.

Boston Globe Misapplies Economic Theory to Defend High Drug Prices.

With a cut, a filmmaker can instantaneously replace most of what is available in your visual field with completely different stuff. This is something that never happened in the 3.5 billion years or so that it took our visual systems to develop.

April 28, 2015

This Microsoft ad paints a terrifying future where employees are working literally 24 hours a day.

10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens. The media serves those who own it.

As Cognition Slips, Financial Skills Are Often the First to Go.

Declining Investment in Basic Research.

Why would an animal lose its brain?

Everyone gets HTTPS interception wrong – just don’t do it.

A Taste of Cosmology.

I accidentally shared a porn link, but no one questioned the integrity of those who spread the story.

Why Are States So Reluctant to Prosecute Gun Negligence as a Crime?

Her “job” will begin to drive her crazy—paranoid, depressed, deluded—in a matter of years if she continues doing it. No human psyche can bear that kind of relentless, systematic abuse.

Growing Up as a Girl Surrounded by Fuckweasels.

April 27, 2015

Bill Maher, American hero: Laughing at religion is exactly what the world needs.

Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principles.

End of the lyne.

Pathogen-avoidance mechanisms and the stigmatization of obese people.

On Safety, Fear, and Walking Home Alone at Night as a Woman.

As twins get older, the degree of difference between them grows as they are subjected to increasingly different environments.

We often think of depression as a disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Not only is this idea empirically flawed, but it has drawn our attention away from the important social and psychological aspects of mental illness.

What Bias Lighting Is and Why You Should Be Using It.

Libertarianism…would have us get rid of government because of its fairly minor oppression of us, and replace it with totally unaccountable private parties that could and would oppress us far more.

Colorado prison ‘a high-tech version of hell.’

IQ tests to non-Westerners.

April 26, 2015

Cities and States Pay Massive Secret Fees to Wall Street.

Water Scarcity Is Helping Radicalize the Middle East.

Sometimes a place is perceived as a barren wasteland because it is a barren wasteland.

In viewing labor as a kind of activity, the metaphor assumes that labor can be clearly identified and distinguished from things that are not labor.

No, William Shakespeare Did Not Really Invent 1,700 English Words.

Cats, on the other hand, actually train us to respond to what they want us to do.

How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color.

There’s a Reason Gay Marriage Is Winning, While Abortion Rights Are Losing.

Video of Rich White Dudes Being Massive Assholes.

April 25, 2015

In major step, eight women make it through Ranger School’s grueling ‘RAP Week.’

The World is Not Enough: The Transgressive Villainesses of James Bond.

3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing? Nope.

Virus hiding in our genome protects early human embryos.

How adult, how manly is it to shoot abortion doctors, schoolchildren, pedestrians, fleeing black teenagers?

Wormhole Entanglement and the Firewall Paradox.

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers.

Colleges Are Raising Costs Because They Can. Obvious result of more money (loans, grants) chasing ~same product.

A five-step guide to not being stupid.

Words for cutting: Why we need to stop abusing “the tone argument.”

Good for the daughter but not for the wife.

April 24, 2015

The Biggest Threat to the Earth? We Have Too Many Kids.

Office designers find open-plan spaces are actually lousy for workers.

The Feds Say One Schmuck Trading From His Parents’ House Caused a Market Crash. Here’s the Problem.

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other.

Winning SCRABBLE and the Nature of Expertise.

The Preference For Sons in India And China.

The cynical lie that ”fat is fabulous” and why plus size bloggers should never be considered role models for young women.

April 23, 2015

Have a couple of field guides and bird books in the house, keep them within easy reach; when you find yourself wide awake in the predawn dark and the goblins and trolls start to work, grab those books and start reading about birds.

Inside the Hellscape Where Our Computers Go to Die.

Another (incredibly trivialized) attack on Social Security.

The Myth About Women in Science? Bias in the Study of Gender Inequality in STEM.

The Secret History of “Eeny Meeny Miny Mo.”

Here’s how much each U.S. state has warmed since the first Earth Day.

I am a cook in the US Senate but I still need food stamps to feed my children.

What I am saying, again, is that for a very brief and limited slice of time, I got to experience what it’s like to be someone who is disabled and how people — normal, presumably not terrible people — deal with them in their world.

Forgotten Failures of African Exploration.

April 22, 2015

Women of Reddit, when did you first notice that men were looking at you in a sexual way? How old were you and how did it make you feel? Apocalypse, please be soon.

Why We Let Prison Rape Go On.

Trees With Names.

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership.

Attention is a resource, convertible into actual money.

The Logical Failures of Food Fads. Why studying the humanities can help you live a healthy life.


April 21, 2015

When police become ‘armed bill collectors.’

MPAA Strategized On How To ‘Tell The Positive Side’ Of Internet Censorship.

Please consider the impacts of banning HTTP. Requiring HTTPS always is a terrible idea.

Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy.

Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.

3.46-billion-year-old ‘fossils’ were not created by life forms.

Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment. Why fundamental research is incredibly important.

1.5 Million Missing Black Men.

April 20, 2015

The fact that rape, assault, and fear of being murdered can cause PTSD is not news, yet national interest and funding to address PTSD has been linked almost entirely to war.

​”Talking to a doctor is like talking to a man, even if it’s a woman: You have to make them think that whatever they’re going to do was their idea,” the day nurse said.

We Spend $600 Billion a Year on Defense, but Couldn’t Stop a Mailman From Landing His Gyrocopter on the Capitol Lawn.

Data on California’s water usage kept secret to protect biggest users: golf courses and tech execs’ homes.

How bad have things gotten with law enforcement in this country? Bad enough that we’re applauding a police officer for not killing a suspect.

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes.

Myths of the American Revolution.

Out of This World Cosplay — Samantha Cristoforetti in a Star Trek uniform in actual space.

If Earth never had life, continents would be smaller.

Wild Chimpanzees Look Both Ways before Crossing the Road. Cool, but not surprising; I had a cat that did that.

Game Design Is Always Political I’m Not Even Exaggerating Here.

“Safe Spaces” And The Mote In America’s Eye.

April 19, 2015


Private bus startup Leap hit with complaint under US disabilities law.