July 31, 2016

How ‘Competitiveness’ Became One of the Great Unquestioned Virtues of Contemporary Culture.

Do Neutrinos Explain Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry?

Massive AdGholas Malvertising Campaigns Use Steganography and File Whitelisting to Hide in Plain Sight.

Billion-year-old air reveals surprise about oxygen on ancient Earth.

Answering the Hardest Question in Economics.


Deep Thinking About Immigration.

Democrats Are Redbaiting Like It’s 1956.

Fairness Doctrine. Its elimination is how we got Fox “News.”

US economy ‘close to stagnant for almost a year’ as growth shudders.

One Mother’s Story: How Overemphasis on Standardized Tests Caused Her 9-Year-Old to Try to Hang Himself.

July 30, 2016

We Should Not Accept Scientific Results That Have Not Been Repeated.

Is the Semi-Permanent “Gunpowder Empire” Historical Scenario Plausible? Perhaps Not….

After 100 years World War I battlefields are poisoned and uninhabitable.

TTIP: The most dangerous weapon in the hands of the fossil fuel industry. Fortunately it is probably dead.

Is there an upper limit to black hole masses?

Don’t Blame Divorce on Money. Ask: Did the Husband Have a Job?

Hillary Clinton’s Top VP Pick Lets Big Banks Know He’s in Their Corner. No matter who wins this one, it’ll be a disaster for nearly everyone.

Home Ownership at Its Lowest Level Since 1965.

Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here.

July 29, 2016

Immigration and Brexit.

Nature Pixelated.

Why poetry is good for the rational mind.

A Belch in Gym Class. Then Handcuffs and a Lawsuit. Were I in school now, I’d be arrested 1,000 times a day.

You can’t turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Climate models are accurately predicting ocean and global warming.

Britain has suffered a bigger fall in real wages since the financial crisis than any other advanced country apart from Greece, research shows.

Spot the Crisis.

Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web).

In praise of the pipe organ. A missed chance to call the piece “Piping up for the pipe organ.”

Clever koalas learn to cross the road safely.

Is the Present Worse Than Fictional Dystopias?

How the biggest companies in the S&P 500 use made-up earnings numbers. Fraud, shakedowns and shell games are omnipresent now at every level of capitalism.

Booing and Nothingness. The infantile political culture of the US gives me nausea from which there is no exit.

10 Dark Towers That Once Made The World’s Bullets.

The Man Who Invented Intelligent Traffic Control a Century Too Early.

July 28, 2016

The Typography of ‘Stranger Things.’ Is lovely. Is wonderful. Is a story in itself.

Highest-paid CEOs run worst-performing companies, research finds.

Tim Kaine, and Other Faith-Based Politics.

Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine shows how out of touch Democrats are from the country’s populist political mood.

A False Choice.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Also Very Hot.

US does 1/2 of all World’s Arms Sales, then Surprised by Global Violence.

In my country today there are people who are wondering if the Resistance had a real military impact on the course of the war. For my generation this question is irrelevant: we immediately understood the moral and psychological meaning of the Resistance. Eco from 1995.

July 27, 2016


A Terrifying Journey Through the World’s Most Dangerous Jungle.

Democratic Machine Chose Clinton Long Ago. But Why?

Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration. Here’s why we often hate new stuff.

By picking Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has revealed her true preferences and shown that her move to the left on policy issues during the primaries was simply a tactical move to defeat Bernie Sanders.

Why the movement to privatize public education is a very bad idea.

I’ll admit that I find it hard to take this ahistorical high dudgeon of the pundit class seriously. Most people are ahistorical; most people’s historical awareness could fit on back of a matchbook.

‘Sister Clones’ Of Dolly The Sheep Have Aged Like Any Other Sheep, Study Says.

Economists Give Up on Milton Friedman’s Biggest Idea.

July 26, 2016

Why Inflation Didn’t Slow Much During the Great Recession. A new dataset from CoreLogic allows us to identify one factor that was keeping inflation artificially high: It was being measured wrongly.

The downside of being happy. Favorite artists’ works (like Deb Talan’s) get remarkably worse after they achieve some happiness.

Hillary doesn’t get it: She doesn’t need to move toward the middle — she needs to move toward the anti-establishment. Not credible for her to do so, nor possible.

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things.

America Keeps Lethal Nukes All Over Europe for No Good Reason.

If you’re over 40, working more than 25 hours a week could be affecting your intelligence, new research suggests.

On positive messaging, Trump is absolutely stronger. There is no contest. Agreed 100%. Clinton message: Vote for me and things will get worse, but slower. Trump message: Let’s make things better. Who wins?

Neoliberalism Is a Political Project.

The Beginners’ Guide to Brexit: What Have We Learned So Far?

The Percentage Of Families That Can’t Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment, Mapped.

July 25, 2016

Dark matter may just be a bunch of ancient black holes.

Study: top bank execs saw the crash coming and sold off shares in their own institutions.

Gertrude Barrows Bennett, Francis Stevens. Never heard her name? Well now you have.

Free Trade Is Dead.

This much I know: Daniel Kahneman.

Can we escape the no-win choice of Jihad & McWorld and reclaim democracy?

34 Young Adult Books Every Feminist Will Love. Yes, it’s a list and yes it’s Buzzfeed, but the recommendations are very good.

The real story of Brexit is not about the UK at all and perhaps not even about the European Union. Rather it is about the rejection of incumbent expert opinion. Experts are mostly right, but much too often disastrously, catastrophically and comically wrong.

What the $@#%: Two Editors on Blogging About Swearing.

Christine de Pizan.

Religious Bric-à-Brac and Tolerance of Violent Jihad.

Scorpions and other animals that deploy toxins to survive are becoming increasingly important allies in humanity’s fight against ailments ranging from cardiovascular disease to diabetes and cancer.

That Brexit apocalypse? It just isn’t happening.

July 24, 2016

US Power Plant Primary Energy Source by 3 Digit Zip Code.

Trump’s Opponents Are Helping Him Win.

How Prisons Overtook Schools as the Foremost American Institutions.

Quantifying the effects of California zoning rules.

No, your dogs do not belong everywhere. Dog owners aren’t all dog people, but dog people are uniformly halfwit shitheads.

Eve and bones.

Open-Air Hotel by Null Stern.

“No Matter Which Way We Turned” by Brian Evenson.

You’re not alone in feeling alone: Why it’s so hard for adults to make friends. At least part of Trump’s rise explained by lack of any real community in most of West.

Don’t Count on Tech to Set You Free.

Clinton’s F-You to Progressives: This is How Trump Could Become President. With Kaine pick, Trump presidency chances went up a whole lot.

July 23, 2016

People Aren’t Cancelling Netflix Because of Price Increases, They’re Cancelling Because the Library is Shrinking.

Trump’s gender paradox: When men are feminists for their daughters but not for their wives.

US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers.

Margaret Atwood on Donald Trump, Witches, and Flying Cats. She’s wrong about screens and books, though.

Did snakes evolve from ancient sea serpents?

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Controversial Copyright Law Provisions. This will never happen; too much power/money on the line.

Can the middle class lifestyle my Seattle grandparents had ever be achievable again?

Brexit: How design made the difference. Or a difference, at least.

The Immorality and Brutal Violence of Extreme Greed.

How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart.

July 22, 2016

Last known VCR maker stops production, 40 years after VHS format launch.

Fish can recognise human faces, study finds. Anyone who has ever been around a betta knows this already.

One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men.