October 22, 2016

This is how we do language. This is language happening.

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?


A longitudinal study of student writing finds that digital technology has not been the downfall of written expression.

Here’s What Economists Don’t Understand About Race. Article could’ve been shorter and just read: “Everything.”

What 130 of the Worst Shootings Say About Guns in America.

How Language Shapes Thought.

Brain vs body mass for mammals.

October 21, 2016

The Future Hiding in Plain Sight.

The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret.

The thermodynamic arrow of time does not determine the direction in which we perceive time’s passage.

California attorney general investigating Wells Fargo on allegations of criminal identity theft.

Flash flood footage.

How Machines Learn to Be Racist.

How the Web Became Unreadable.

Any observer outside the black hole will see all the information from the particles that fall into the black hole encoded on the horizon.

October 20, 2016

CNN Tells Viewers It’s Illegal For Them To Read Wikileaks Document Dumps. CNN Is Wrong.

What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake? No. Wrong. No way to re-capture classified ads, which was main revenue source.

Harvard pays endowment manager $11 million.

The Crushing Disappointment of L’Arpège. The restaurant L’Idiot in LA Story is based on? Or perhaps vice versa.

Why These Americans Refuse to Vote. Very doubtful that I will vote.

Russia Is Preparing For War.

Extremist militias recruiting in fear of Clinton winning election, activists say.

Fear of a Feminist Future.

Documents Show Chicago PD Secretly Using Forfeiture Funds To Buy Surveillance Equipment.

October 19, 2016

Economic Anxiety and the Limits of Data Journalism.

There is no neutral there: Appalachia as a mythic “Trump Country.”

Election angst.

The wealthy commute later, get to take more direct routes.

Airbnb is driving up the rent in your urban neighborhood.

Knowingly Taking Placebo Pills Reduces Pain, Study Finds. Not a new finding really, but still interesting.

Chilling-induced tomato flavor loss is associated with altered volatile synthesis and transient changes in DNA methylation.

Fiber optic dress. Do watch the video.

Airport Noise NIMBYism: An Empirical Investigation.

Inside Psychology’s ‘Methodological Terrorism’ Debate.

New paper: “Why most of psychology is statistically unfalsifiable.”

WikiLeaks Emails Show Clinton Aides Cowering In Fear Of Seeming To Care About The Poor.

The Slot Machine in Your Pocket.

The multibillion-dollar digital media marketplace is built, in part, on a lie.

How Clones Can Experience Unequal Economic Outcomes.

The perpetual lineup: Half of US adults in a face-recognition database.

CIA-Backed Surveillance Tool ‘Geofeedia’ Was Marketed To Public Schools.

October 18, 2016

Capitalism & loneliness.

I am a Terrible Doctor; and I’m Proud of it. These days, being a “terrible doctor” means actually doing best for your patients.

Retailers are finally realizing that starting Black Friday on Thanksgiving is a terrible idea.

The Cashless Society Is a Creepy Fantasy.

Why do women’s groups treat Bill Clinton and Donald Trump differently?

The Ruling Class’s Hatred of Trump is Different Than Yours.

Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters. So all the sub-classes of gangsters, then?

Chipotle Eats Itself.

Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone’s Fingerprints To Open Phones.

Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs. A classic.

October 17, 2016

Millennials can’t afford health insurance, adopt risky alternatives.

GMOs and Horizontal Gene Transfer. Real danger of GMOs is the companies who control them.

How our broken bail system punishes domestic-abuse survivors — and empowers abusers.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang.

Imagining a Cashless World. The final step in complete surveillance and control.

Is It Time to Desegregate the Sexes?

NAFTA is indeed the worst trade deal in history. It was a complete disaster for the working class of the United States and it was a complete disaster for the working class of Mexico.

We’re living on Caprica.

Rejecting one sexual abuser….

Investors are ill equipped for our unfathomable future.

October 16, 2016

The electorate is roiling with a desire for change, and the Democratic nominee had no clue.

Bubble Photography.

Royal Society Puts Matt Ridley And His Friends On Notice.

The Skills Delusion.

It Doesn’t Matter When You Eat.

Chinese property owners are going to have have a rude awakening.

Ecuador’s Legal Battle With Chevron Foreshadows Global Corporate Coup D’état.

Rethinking automatic insurance coverage for preventive health care.

The Excitable Mitochondria.

Media makers cast the white working class as a monolith and imply an old, treacherous story convenient to capitalism: that the poor are dangerous idiots.

How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More. The Wall Street tenet that squeezing salaries == higher profit is more religion than empiricism.

October 15, 2016

What $50 Buys You at Huaqiangbei, the World’s Most Fascinating Electronic Market.

Here’s why many young voters see climate change as THE issue in 2016.

Every year, 550,000 women in America require medical attention after an assault by a boyfriend or husband.

Piketty’s rising share of capital income and the US housing market.

Pastry Chefs Are in Demand, Why Aren’t Wages Rising? Love that the article notes (correctly, I think) that being a good pastry chef harder than being a web developer.

A new study has discovered that jumping spiders have a far acuter sense of hearing than previously thought.

The Dutch Reach: Clever Workaround to Keep Cyclists from Getting “Doored.”

Women have told us for years that Donald Trump grabbed them. Why do we only believe it when he says it?

No Matter Who’s Elected, Surveillance Powers And Programs Unlikely To Be Scaled Back.

The Affordable Care Act has not enticed enough young, healthy people into the insurance markets it created, so the people who benefit most from it also burden it. Who could have ever predicted such a thing? Oh, wait: me.

AI’s blind spot: garbage in, garbage out. We create an AI, and it’s Donald Trump.

Where Will All the Money Go When All Three Market Bubbles Pop? Some of it’s gonna go in my pocket.

Nikon DSLR with sub-zero Peltier cooling: The astronomer’s camera of choice.

Rise of the sane and angry woman.

Everything A Woman Should Know (Before She’s Groped).


October 14, 2016

Programmers really hate open floor plans. No, everyone except a few extroverts who are all terrible workers anyway hates open floor plans.

School-Disturbance Laws Have Outlawed Being a Teenager in America. If I were in school now, would be jailed twice a day.

Big soda is buying off big health orgs to keep profits and Americans fat.

Your Social Media Fingerprint.

Proxima Centauri might be more sunlike than we thought.

When You Find Out Your Neighbors Own Your House and They Try to Evict You.

Capitalism Behaving Badly.

The End of Interventionism.

If we don’t act now, all future wars may be as horrific as Aleppo.

We Were Very Wrong About the Number of Galaxies in the Universe.

Big data: Why the boom is already over. Data without wisdom is fucking useless.