June 24, 2016

Just because rules are dumb and you are smart, that doesn’t always mean that you get to take advantage of them.

The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet.

The IMF’s chief said while the U.S. economy was “overall, in good shape,” it needed to overcome declining labor-force participation, lower productivity growth, income inequality, and “very high levels” of poverty.

Clinton’s private e-mail was blocked by spam filters—so State IT turned them off. Now if someone had only blocked all the drone Hellfire missile spamming she and Obama did.

Difference between poor and non-poor getting arrested.

We believe we know good talent when we see it, yet we usually don’t—we’re terrible at evaluating people objectively.

Fish out of water are more common than thought.

The gun lobby can’t have its cake and eat it too. Well, it can and it has — while the rest of us eat bullets.

Between the political correctness of the left and the patriotic correctness of the right, it’s hardly surprising that so many Americans stumble blindly toward the future in a fog of manufactured ignorance, sedulously shielded from the historical insights that could give them a clue about the troubled landscape about them or the looming disasters ahead.

June 23, 2016

Souring Chicago’s sweet treat: Corporate greed, American unions, and moving the Oreo to Mexico.

Giving Young People an Alternative to College.

Depression and PMS as culture-bound syndromes rather than biological entities.

PayPal has demanded that we monitor data traffic as well as all our customers’ files for illegal content. They have also asked us to provide them with detailed statistics about the files types of our customers sync and share. Paypal might not be the worst company ever, but it’s trying hard.

Hundreds of genes seen sparking to life two days after death.

Fossil fuel companies impose more in climate costs than they make in profits. And banks in 2008-2009 lost more money than all banks in history had ever made in profits.

Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid.

Below 64°F, European diesels emit nitrogen oxide at an alarming rate.

If you kill the headphone jack, you need to replace it with something better.

The Marriage of TV and the Internet: Watching You Watching.

Reason Magazine From 1976 Is Hilarious.

June 22, 2016


The enormous problems with using the war on terror as the basis for gun control.

The Panama Canal Expands.

Near Rawalpindi, a Pakistani city less than 10 miles southwest of Islamabad, a moderator-vetted user added a park in the shape of an Android robot peeing on an Apple logo. Moderators removed it after another user posted a screenshot on Facebook.

New crop varieties ‘can’t keep up with global warming.’

Why is “chmod -R 777 /” destructive? Linux is not into polyamory.

How, in the space of a few years, has “paid trolling” gone from a questionable advertising practice to a political technique being openly used by the U.S. Democratic front-runner?

Yet Another Failed Attempt to Discredit Bernie Sanders, Courtesy of the New York Times. The mainstream press really deeply abhors him.

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance.

Senate overwhelmingly votes to require women to register for the draft.

How American Politics Became So Ineffective.

Questioning Immigration is Not Racism. Ex-fucking-actly.

Get your free cyanide poisoning here.

For men, the importance of safe sex depends on how hot their partner is. What.

Pension Holders Need a New Retirement Plan, Not Stock Tips.

As Expected, Robots Are Taking Over Call Center Jobs.

Men Exiting Workforce as Low-Wage Jobs Vanish.

June 21, 2016

More young people voted for Bernie Sanders than Trump and Clinton combined.

Robotic Motion Planning in Real-Time.

Billion-dollar brain training industry a sham—nothing but placebo, study suggests.

TARP: A love story in 43 tweets.

The rumored methodological wars in political science are not the wars actually being fought.

If your memory fails, are you still the same person?

A free lunch may be all it takes to persuade a doctor to prescribe a brand-name drug instead of a cheaper generic.

Coffman engine starter.

I have a prob­lem late­ly: When I look in the mir­ror, I see a left-wing ex­trem­ist.

Google Sees DMCA Notices Quadruple In Two Years. Better framing: Censorship quadruples in two years.

FA really has a soothing narrative, when you think about it. Look at how many social problems it actually solves by arguing they are not problems at all.

Guns. Gay rights. Islamic extremism. Immigration. Latinos. Guns. Playing out just 20 miles from where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, in a state slowly receding into the rising seas, it felt like Disney Dystopia — just in time for Election 2016.

June 20, 2016

Why is scientific sexism so intractably resistant to reform? In short because all science is done within a society that is also structurally deeply sexist.

Startup CEO (Unwittingly) Explains Biggest Problem in America’s Unemployment Crisis. Still true; recruiters try to poach me constantly, did not occur when I didn’t have a full-time job.

Amazon is just beginning to use robots in its warehouses and they’re already making a huge difference.

“Full Spectrum Dominance” Around the Globe, A Swelling Precariat at Home.

Smile, you’re in the FBI face-recognition database.

Why Are Defense Policy Wonks So Ineffectual?

While cruise missile, like the Tomahawk, are assumed to be conventional high explosive, deserving a conventional response, using a ballistic missile against a nuclear power might receive a mistaken nuclear response.

Paragoge. Paragoge is very characteristic of North Florida speech.

Neither terrorism nor football can stop the resistance in France.

Sex is a costly molecular kind of wizardry – why evolve it?

Andrew Cockburn, Victory Assured on the Military’s Main Battlefield. (Been paying more attention again to military stuff as chance of major powers war due to climate change is going ever up.)

A Nuclear Weapon That America Doesn’t Need.

Hillary Clinton invokes unlikely allies on the stump. Feint left, lurch right.

June 19, 2016

Stalking the Wild Groundnut.

Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer.

The richest Americans take heavy advantage of the tax code’s many deductions. So Rep. Gwen Moore has an idea: She wants rich Americans to get drug-tested before they can get those tax benefits.

Study: Waste heat major source of national warming.

Seventy years of exploitation: The enduring plight of California’s farm workers.


How Climate Change Unleashed Humans Upon South America’s Megabeasts.

So if you graduated from college just before the Financial Crisis at the tender age of 25, you’re now among the “older job seekers,” at 35, who have to start concealing their age.

The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them.

June 18, 2016

Well it beats working in an office or at Burger King.

Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism.

Female employment rate as a % of male employment, EU and EFTA.

Watch the Painstaking Art of Making Movie Sound Effects. Foley is wholly cool.

Toward a More Reflective Planet.

Like Comcast, Google Fiber now forces customers into arbitration. Google has now fully dropped the “don’t” from their slogan.

Europe Is About To Create A Link Tax: Time To Speak Out Against It.

CIA Chief Just Confirmed “War on Terror” Has Created A Lot More Terrorists.

The Disadvantages of Being Stupid. Excellent piece; high IQ is fetishized, and in most areas is mostly useless.

The Parasite Underground. A shadow network of patients are trying to treat their own debilitating diseases — by infecting themselves with gastrointestinal worms.

How good do I have to get at swimming.

The Fantasies Of Terrorism.

Clinton supporters’ newest delusion about Bernie Sanders.

June 17, 2016

Should zoning rule out virtually all of the kinds of buildings that already exist in your city or neighborhood?

470 million-year-old meteorite is unlike any other found on Earth.

3 Reasons ‘Can I _____ and Still Be a Feminist?’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask.

This Job Market Slump Started a While Ago. I have a weird knack for joining companies that grow larger in bad times, luckily.

Let’s Learn From Australia: Semi-Automatic Weapons Bans Work.

Control and Fear: What Mass Killings and Domestic Violence Have in Common.

Our nation can’t afford past-its-sell-date economic orthodoxy.

‘Stairway to Heaven’ a ripoff? What copyright law doesn’t acknowledge about the creative process.

Family of AR-15 Inventor Eugene Stoner: He Didn’t Intend It for Civilians. ‘Course not. It’s a weapon designed to kill people.

Do You Have Reliable Transportation? The unsubtle classism of not being hired.

Pantone Foods by Lucia Litman.

Why Democrats Are Becoming the Party of the 1 Percent.

June 16, 2016

A “Long-Term” Stock Exchange Could Promote Innovation—If It Ever Happens. I suggested something similar way back in the 90s.

Most politicians aren’t your friends. Their job is to fleece you for corporate masters.

Gun Rights: The Least That Can Be Done.

Celery: Why?