February 22, 2016

Polysemy and Maturity.

No single human being could possibly read all of the reviews on Amazon in a single lifetime, and even reading the names of all the products would take six or seven months.

The Clinton Team Is Writing ‘Too Big To Fail’ Out Of The Financial Crisis.

The War Against Planned Parenthood Is Advancing.

The Bearded Ladies of LotR.

February 21, 2016

Cornell Food Lab Reveals That Healthy-Weight Registrants Don’t Diet. Increasingly, obesity appears to be a psychological problem.

Researchers demonstrate ‘quantum surrealism.’

Problems We Don’t Really Want to Solve.

Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is A Popular New Policy That Cost States Millions. Here Are The Results.

Stop buying old Bob Dylan albums.

U.S. Marshals Are Arresting People in Texas Who Have Outstanding Student Loans.

How Digital Storage Is Changing the Way We Preserve History.

A reasonable expectation of security software is that at worst it should make your system no less secure than would be without the software. Sadly, it often seems that such software fails to meet even this low bar.

Market for Fixer-Uppers Traps Low-Income Buyers.

If I ruled the world: Lisa Randall.

Obesity Is Hurting the U.S. Economy in Surprising Ways.

Does the desire to punish have any place in modern justice?

400,000 People Just Had Their Pensions Cut By 50%: “Going to Happen To The Rest Of Pensions in the United States.”

February 20, 2016

Quiet ‘Legal Scrub’ Of TPP Makes Massive Change To Penalties For Copyright Infringement Without Telling Anyone.

How a Basket on Wheels Revolutionized Grocery Shopping.

The IPv6 Numeric IP Format is a Serious Usability Problem. Everything about the design of IPv6 is engineeritis bullshit.

Designing a PC case from scratch.

On Marrying the Wrong Person.

Punk scientists discover fourth chord.

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now.

Sugar does not drive children insane. It has hardly any effect on their behaviour at all.

Dirty little secret: Insurers actually are making a mint from Obamacare. Well, that was its actual purpose, so…surprise?

How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2015?

The Truth About the MiG-29.

Jerry Mitrovica on Climate Change, the Slowing Rotation of the Earth, and Melting Ice Sheets.

February 19, 2016

In the aftermath of the economic crisis, renters have been caught in a devastating bind as rents have risen while incomes decline. Average rents increased by 22.3 percent between 2006 to 2014, while average incomes declined by 5.8 percent.

Copyright Professor’s Lecture Removed From YouTube Over Sony Content-ID Claim.

No Kids Or Minorities: 5 Realities Of A City For Old People.

Humans mated with Neandertals much earlier and more frequently than thought.

TP-Link confirms Wifi freedom is dead- All routers to be locked down.

Many school children avoid basic foods unnecessarily. A study on hypersensitivity to the basic foods milk, egg, fish and wheat among young school children showed that reported food hypersensitivity was eight times more common than allergies confirmed by allergy tests.

Beware of the Angry White People Supporting Hillary and Spreading the ‘Bernie Bro’ Myth.

Technical interview performance is kind of arbitrary. Here’s the data.

Period pain can be “as bad as a heart attack.” So why aren’t we researching how to treat it?

The real value of taking your business offshore.

The Greenland Shark is so Slow it Can Only Eat Something if it is Asleep, Dead or Wanders into its Mouth.

The political legacy of American slavery.

The Siege of Aleppo Is an Emblem of Western Failure in Syria.

Blakiston’s fish owl. Well owl be damned.

Negative interest rates are a calamitous misadventure.

Authorities arrest activists instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak.

February 18, 2016

The Federal Circuit Sticks to Its Guns: Patent Owners Can Prevent You From Owning Anything.

Why do so many people believe in psychic powers?


Stop Humiliating Teachers.

The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood. Maybe I’m a food snob, but any Parmesan out of a can is fucking disgusting.

Living Near A Lottery Winner Has A Surprising Downside.

The Beetles: Eighty-Nine Million Acres of Abrupt Climate Change.

Patients diverted to other hospitals after ransomware locks down key software. My consulting client got hit by ransomware — but I keep good recent backups.

That story about environmental collapse and warfare you read about in Jared Diamond’s bestseller Collapse? Totally wrong.

Hillary Clinton Should Just Say Yes to a $15 Minimum Wage.

Bosses Harness Big Data to Predict Which Workers Might Get Sick. And pregnant.

The Surprisingly Sticky Tale of the Hadza and the Honeyguide Bird.

February 17, 2016

China’s Subprime Crisis Is Here.

Is it good to be “well-adjusted” to rapacious capitalism and consumerism? What defines “mental health” (or illness) in such a culture?

Michael Hulshof left the University of La Verne in 2012 with his law degree and $145,000 in student debt. Today, that figure is about $220,000 and, by the time he’s 55, he figures it will be around $400,000. That’s when his real problems could begin.

Negotiating tactics 101. Most liberals — and nearly all liberal pundits — have little real-world experience outside of their clique so this will make not much sense to them.

The TPP would be the final death blow to American manufacturing.

Photographer: That’s Bernie Sanders in Those Civil Rights Images. The Media Is Lying. Privileged are afraid; will do anything now to smack Sanders down.

Natural foods, plants, etc., contain toxins as a part of their basic make-up. Aye. If you could manage to choke down ~10lbs of raw broccoli, its toxins would likely kill you.

“Firm Dynamics, Persistent Effects of Entry Conditions, and Business Cycles,” S. Moreira (2016).

Powerlifter. To women: it’s extremely hard to get weightlifter bulky without 3+ hours a day in the gym lifting the heaviest weights you can. Far easier for most men.

February 16, 2016

A woman’s work is never done.

Bayesian and nonlinear.

A Cluttered Kitchen Can Nudge Us To Overeat, Study Finds.

A recent Associated Press analysis found that an average of 760 Americans were killed with guns annually by intimate partners, though that is likely an undercount as it did not include children or bystanders. More than 80 percent of the victims were women.

Tooof by Art T.

Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation.

Lose Yourself in a Time-Lapse of Carnivorous Glowworms.

Why Big Soda Is Still Fighting for a Place at the Breakfast Table.


This flower, preserved in amber, may be 45 million years old.

Is Humanity Getting Better?

How American tipping grew out of racism.

February 15, 2016

It’s Not A Zero Sum Game: What gender is and what gender isn’t.

The DMCA is Broken for Filmmakers Like Me. Just broken in general, for everyone except a few rich people.

Why We Love to Fly In Our Dreams.

For obese people distances really do look further, study finds.

Americans Are Sick Of The ‘Tough On Crime’ Era.

With a few skin cells, scientists can make mini, thinking version of your brain.

Should women register for the draft? That’s the wrong question to ask about our military. Not that these are the rights ones, but it’s a start.

The crippling thing about growing up poor that stays with you forever.

February 14, 2016

Watch: tone-deaf manager announces layoffs to 1400 Carrier Air Conditioner workers whose jobs are moving to Mexico. Bet he got his bonus, though.

Download.com and Others Bundle Superfish-Style HTTPS Breaking Adware.

Intentional mis-reporting of food consumption and its relationship with body mass index and psychological scores in women.

Flowing Swarms of Animals and Other Beasts Painted on Urban Walls by ‘Pantonio.’


Where Trumps _and_ Sanders come from.

The Hillary Clinton Doctrine.

Hannes Caspar.

What passes for thermodynamics and chemistry knowledge in the Fat Acceptance community.

The fall… and rise and rise and rise of chat networks.

It’s not only Germany that covers up mass sex attacks by migrant men…Sweden’s record is shameful.

The Death of the Most Generous Nation on Earth. Little Sweden has taken in far more refugees per capita than any country in Europe. But in doing so, it’s tearing itself apart.

A story about mobs of Arab men descending on a European cathedral to rape Christian women seemed too much like a bigot’s fever dream, and I expected further reporting would debunk it. Sadly, further reporting merely expanded on the outrage. Most probably not Christian, but yeah.