September 30, 2016

Police routinely misuse state and federal databases to stalk romantic interests, business partners, family, and even each other. What’s the fun of being a cop if you can’t shoot minorities and stalk people? I mean, shit.

We Are All Rhesus Monkeys.

Shadow Banking Bounces Back.

The earth will grow cold.

The history of Balloon Boy is all of cable news in one incredibly stupid story.

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door.

58 Different Terms for ‘Water.’ I know (unsurprisingly) one they don’t: swallet.

Samarium Hexaboride Crystal Blurs Metal-Insulator Line.

Law of triviality. At my company, we spend more time arguing over naming conventions than creating automation, and it pisses me off so much.

September 29, 2016

This is why the Catholic nun’s habit is no comparison. No state in the world enforces the Catholic habit over all women then punishes them for not complying. If the hijab is feminist, so is female genital mutilation. Yes, I went there.

Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good. I’m part of the last generation that got to have a really good life. Sorry, everyone else.


Just as you suspected all along: Firing middle managers is good for business.

Imagine if Donald Trump were a woman.

The rise of dark circuits.

States require more training time to become a barber than a police officer.

Urban heat islands & street trees in Philadelphia.

The Labor Market Consequences of Technology Adoption: Concrete Evidence from the Great Depression.

The Euro and the Battle of Ideas review — an impasse in Europe.

September 28, 2016

There is no empirical evidence that lower rates spur capital investment.

A simple linear trend suggests that by mid-century about a quarter of men between 25 and 54 will not be working at any moment. Suspect trend will go non-linear and will be more like 50% by 2050.

The Men Who Fetishize Mentally Ill Women.

The language the government tried to suppress.

Birth of ‘3-Parent Baby’ a Success for Controversial Procedure. Only mitochondrial DNA, so not really three parent.

Robots, Automation, and a Universal Basic Income.

September 27, 2016

Time to dismantle fraternities and the sexism, rape culture and binge drinking they encourage.

The Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages.

Incentive malus.

When Analogies Fail.

Finance is Not the Economy.

The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ mechanics of the rejection of (climate) science: simulating coherence by conspiracism.

Cost Of Prescription Skin Gel Goes From $226 To $9,561 In Under Two Years.

Burkini: l’accablant reportage australien en France aurait-il été bidonné?

September 26, 2016

The Fundamental Limits of Machine Learning.

Without a library of Platonic forms, evolution couldn’t work.

How Rape Victims’ Social-Media Feeds Are Being Used Against Them in Court.

America is full of high-earning poor people.

Looking back, it’s remarkable to realize that, in response to a single day of terror, Washington set the Middle East ablaze, turned air travel into a form of bondage play, and did away with the best of our democracy.

FAST: China’s great space telescope begins operations.

Remember how the Internet used to be good?

The only thing worse than a Clinton would be a Donald Trump.

Reframing the world.

The Industry That Was Crushed By The Obama Administration. This is a good thing, but should’ve been done to the financial industry first.

The Golden Laws of Prosperity.

September 25, 2016

Ana Castro.

Photographing American Themes in 1970s Kentucky. Check out the slideshow; great photos.

Most Dangerous Person On the Planet Today: Hillary Clinton.

Unions Are Imperfect.

California’s Soberanes Fire Is the Most Expensive in America — Ever.

What If the Entire World’s Population Lived in One City?

Don’t just blame the voter. Blame the system.

A Lesson in Unintended Consequences: How Clinton’s Policies Would Raise Effective Tax Rates for the Middle Class.

Fredau By Stef Des.

Math fail.

The world needs more Sansa Starks and Brienne of Tarths.

UN fears third leg of the global financial crisis – with prospect of epic debt defaults.

New Class War.

September 24, 2016

Obama: once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real. So he’s going to do the things he should have done in office out office. Gotcha.

Visualizing the Warmest August in 136 Years.

Remember that “Erin Brockovich” Chemical? There’s a Good Chance It’s in Your Water.

Sad reality: It’s cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses.

Meet the Woman Who Is Preserving the Smell of History.

The Politics of Pockets. The history of pockets isn’t just sexist, it’s political.

Pluto’s ‘heart’ sheds light on a possible buried ocean.

The sad demise of the rotary knob. Such a superior interface.

The Harsh, Hidden Lessons of Tree School. Tree education is full of tearing and screaming. Can you still hear the trees screaming, Clarice?

The Moon Illusion.

September 23, 2016

Trade agreements are nothing more than the takeover of the political sphere by the economic sphere.

The Truth About the Biggest U.S. Sex Trafficking Story of the Year.

When It Comes to Baskets, We’re All Deplorable.

Worst of McMansions — Encino, CA. That house…someone built that. Like, on purpose.

You can’t find lazier people than in the mainstream financial press, but their exuberant cheerleading about the purported 5.2% gain in the real median household income in 2015 surely was a new high in mendacity.

In the Wild, Goldfish Turn From Pet to Pest.

Parking While Black. The courts are about to decide if police have another legal method for harassing black citizens.

Horses Can Learn To Communicate Specific Needs To People. So they aren’t just horsing around.

Lickspittle consigliere: how the super-rich abuse their wealth managers as loyalty tests.

September 22, 2016

The Bombings of America That We Forgot.

The Rise of the Trump Academic.

The iPhone 7 Plus vs. the original iPhone: a camera showdown.

Harming children so they can prep for jobs that won’t exist and schools they can’t afford.

Fully Autonomous Robots: The Warehouse Workers of the Near Future.

Betraying Snowden: There’s a special place in journalism hell for The Washington Post editorial board.

Clinton hasn’t won over millennials. And no, sexism isn’t to blame.

Negative Effects of Immigration on the Economy. Turns out all immigrants aren’t the same, or beneficial. Imagine that.

“Where is a frown?” Americans say mouth, Brits say….

Breakfast in the Ruins.

The Cloud on Titan That Shouldn’t Exist.

A sixth sense? How we can tell that eyes are watching us. But what about gaze in the military?

September 21, 2016

Obesity gene no barrier to weight loss, study shows.

The Free-Time Paradox in America.

A theory of creepiness.

Evolution hasn’t revamped alligators in 8 million years. Extreme chompiness works.

Half of Firearms Belong to Just 3% of Adults.

Boeing–Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche. Boondoggles abound, present and past.

Sick: The biggest increase in healthcare costs in 32 years.

Why Do People Who Need Help From the Government Hate It So Much?

Fitness trackers may actually make you gain weight. “Make” is a little strong, but tech is rarely as good as just being damn stubborn.

Primitive pictures.

September 20, 2016

Laser Scans Unveil a Network of Ancient Cities in Cambodia.

Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers. The candidates tell drastically different stories about immigration. They’re both skipping half the truth.