August 31, 2016

My Drowning City Is a Harbinger of Climate Slums to Come.

ISDS has increasingly become a way for rich investors to make money by speculating on lawsuits, winning huge awards and forcing taxpayers to foot the bill.

The Sad Decline of VOX: How a Once-Promising Media Outlet Became a Bastion of Neoliberal Corporatism.

POLL: 31% of Trump supporters actually support building an Atlantic Ocean wall to keep Muslims out.

How Abortion Pill Laws Hurt Women.

Ebooks are making me recall the history of mass-market publishing. Just old enough to recall when “paperback” was a huge slur against a book.

The teen birthrate has plummeted rapidly since the mid-2000s — and a new study suggests better use of birth control is entirely responsible.

Humans are the main obstacle to the driverless revolution.

August 30, 2016

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like.

Abandoned in Iraq: Inside Two Soldiers’ Harrowing Escape.

Facebook recommended that this psychiatrist’s patients friend each other.


Lightning Strike Kills More Than 300 Reindeer in Norway. Thor, chill.

Are We Really So Modern?

August 29, 2016

Firing Aversion: A Cross-Cultural Study.

What do we call a government which imposes price controls on medications? Answer: The government of every other advanced economy on the planet. Every. Single. One of them. Except for the United States.

Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies, and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data.

Boulder, Colorado’s Picklebric show why expensive cities need group housing.

Some universities using keystroke logging to catch “cheating” students.

Listen to the Sound of My Voice.

Women are woven deeply into the history of science, stretching back to ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.

My Father’s Hackberry Tree.

The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions.

Florida Man Explains His State’s Weirdness.

The Secret Justice System That Lets Executives Escape Their Crimes.

August 28, 2016

Men think any attention taken away from them, is tantamount to killing them.

Survey: Germans want a burqa ban. Worries about being overrun culturally are valid worries, contra the naive left.

A poet’s warning. Great poem. One of my favorites.

David’s Ankles.

The shrink from hell.

Policy makers and the public view the purpose of college as purely vocational, and see humanistic inquiry — the study of literature, the arts, history, anthropology, philosophy — as a waste of time and money.

Finding a Home in Language.

No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children.

SEAL Team 6 and a Man Left for Dead: A Grainy Picture of Valor.

Government Has Gutted Its Independent Research.

What I couldn’t stomach was waking up the morning after Hillary’s coronation at the Democratic National Convention to a wave of posts about how, despite her flaws, Hillary’s ascension was a victory for women everywhere.

Professors Don’t Treat Diabetes.

Are PhD Students Irrational? Excellent, excellent piece.

My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise.

Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing. Yup. Automation == factories either close to raw materials or customers depending on profitability of either.

Do dogs belong in the city?

Climate Change and the 1,000-year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn? When 80-90% of humanity is kaput.

August 27, 2016

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore.

The M/o/Vfuscator compiles C programs into “mov” instructions, and only “mov” instructions. Arithmetic, comparisons, jumps, function calls, and everything else a program needs are all performed through mov operations.

CEO Who Jacked Up The Price Of EpiPens 500% Has Long History Of Being Total Nightmare: Lying About Having An MBA Edition. Well, she behaves like she has one, and that’s good enough.

Scientists discover a ‘dark’ Milky Way: Massive galaxy consists almost entirely of dark matter.

Occam’s razor is often fetishized and misapplied as a guiding beacon for scientific enquiry.

Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change.

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You.

A universal basic income won’t stop people from working–it will change the nature of work.

Politics and Personality: Most of What You Read Is Malarkey. Appears that the vast majority of psych research is likely to be malarkey.

“Thelma & Louise” turns 25: “It’s depressing how relevant it is.” Yes, because a movie like that absolutely would not be made today, by any studio.

A new study on mice published August 24 in the journal Nature adds even more evidence supporting the potential anti-aging effect of caloric restriction and showing precisely how it happens in those animals.

You are not entitled to private information about people’s families. This is when I enjoy lying. “Yeah, I have two wives and three husbands. Lots of KY Jelly around the house, oh boy.”

If immigration doesn’t hurt jobs, then why does literally no country on the face of the earth with a functioning economy have true open borders (no visa requirements, no restrictions on non-citizens, etc.)?

Truthful lies.

How Much Slack is Left in US Labor Markets?

August 26, 2016

Liberalism and hate-based extremism.

Factoring may be easier than you think.

25 years on, here are the worst ever predictions about the internet.

Language necessarily contains human biases, and so will machines trained on language corpora.

In the words of Marxist theorist Franco Berardi, “the soul is put to work” and workers must devote their whole selves to the needs of the company.

How a Curious Condition Solved a Neuroscientific Mystery.

Global warming signal can be traced back to the 1830s, climate scientists say.

Rosetta Project.

CEO who hiked EpiPen prices says, “No one’s more frustrated than me.” Tumbrels and guillotine time.

The Need to Believe in Goodness.

Becoming Disabled.

The tragic childhood of Gypsy Rose Blancharde.

All the Choices.

It took a long time for me to realize how much of life could simply be talk, not truth.

It’s not at all surprising that so many people have basically gone gaga, as Democratic and Republican voters try to convince themselves that they really do want to vote for someone who’s literally everything they least want in the Oval Office.

Can We Talk About Your Weight? Glad to see some pushback against the idiot-infested Fat Acceptance movement.

Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool.

August 25, 2016

Giant ‘Arrows’ Seen From Space Point to a Vanished World.

How the Writer Listens: Svetlana Alexievich.

An ethnographic study of the “open evidential culture” of research psychology.

A Basic Income Would Upend America’s Work Ethic—and That’s a Good Thing.

Ang Lee Is Embracing a Faster Film Format. Can Theaters Keep Up?

Nope. Same story for math.

Why the World’s Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into People’s Houses.

Even the price of insulin is skyrocketing. Is it too early to execute every pharma exec?

Sitting Up: A Brief History of Chairs.

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000. I can’t disagree. Amazing movie.

August 24, 2016

The postmodern state is under siege from plutocrats and criminals who unknowingly compound each other’s insidiousness.

Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA.

The Ethernet PAUSE frame.

Computers trounce pathologists in predicting lung cancer type, severity.

Everything I Am Afraid Might Happen If I Ask New Acquaintances to Get Coffee.

Which Europe Now?

How San Francisco’s hippy explosion shaped the modern world. Most have little idea how intimately tied are history of modern computing and the hippy movement.

Eating Cake With Hillary Clinton.

NSA-linked Cisco exploit poses bigger threat than previously thought. All Cisco firewalls are NSA-penetrated, basically. Not conspiracy. Reality.

Mapping the Extent of Louisiana’s Floods.

A Hit Man Came to Kill Susan Kuhnhausen. She Survived. He Didn’t. I remember this. That woman is a pure badass.

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

A wide body of research suggests there’s a link between the temperature of a workplace and worker productivity. If employees are freezing, their output freezes as well.

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above.

August 23, 2016

A huge crack is spreading across one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves. Apocalypse now. And, oh yeah, for the next 1,000 years.

It Makes No Sense That Word Processors Are Still Designed for the Printed Page.