November 20, 2016

This blog is an hiatus while I take a break from the world. Expect posting to resume in approximately two weeks.

November 19, 2016

An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways. Barking dogs annoy me more than any alarm made by humans.

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends. Shit’s broke ya’ll.

Child Care Costs and Stagnating Female Labor Force Participation in the US.

Enzymes from nine organisms combined to create new pathway to use CO2.

A History of Hard Drives. My first hard drive was 30MB (yes, megabytes). It seemed like a pure miracle.

Britain has passed the ‘most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy.’ Future of the US too.

Does exposure to erotica reduce attraction and love for romantic partners in men?

Plants ‘see’ underground by channelling light to their roots.

Republicans Might Be Serious About Going After Medicare


The poison arrow frog’s toxin has an anti-toxic evil twin.

Our 86 Billion Neurons: She Showed It.

For the first time in India, the rich beg the poor to help them.

Opiate-Related Deaths in the US, 1999-2014.

A new drug dispenser may turn human beings into chemical weapons.

Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here.

November 18, 2016

Here’s what crime rates by county actually look like.

Across America, there are state laws that don’t protect women who became pregnant through rape from being forced to share their children with their rapists.

Big pharma spends more on marketing than research. Something free market blah blah….

For all the talk of the Republican Party dying, they are doing really well. I have been hearing of inevitable demographic death of Repubs for 30 years, has yet to happen.

Gigantic Shield Moves Into Place To Cover Exploded Chernobyl Reactor.

This Never Before Seen Spider Looks Like a Leaf.

The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think No, I’ve worked help desk. Not worse than I think.

Inequality Among Women Is Crucial to Understanding Hillary’s Loss.

Methyl anthranilate.

Syrian child disappointed she won’t get to be drone-striked by the first female president.

You Are Still Crying Wolf. Do not agree with all of this, but the Left has severely overstated its case IMO and Obama has committed terrible actions for which they excuse him (and is a raging corporatist to boot).

How’s That “Abundance” Thing Working Out For You?

German minister says Facebook should be treated as a media company.

November 17, 2016

The story of the Nazis’ only concentration camp for women has long been obscured—partly by chance, but also by historians’ apathy towards women’s history.

Elizabeth Warren: Obamacare “wasn’t bold enough.” Oh, really, a giveaway to the insurance companies wasn’t quite enough?

How Self-Appointed Guardians of “Sound Science” Tip the Scales Toward Industry.

Electoral representation by demographic group.

Why did Greenland’s Vikings disappear?

The New Iron Curtain.

The Two Americas of 2016.

No More Flyover Country.

Mainstream media have been quick to dismiss his [Trump’s] repeated claims about his prowess in negotiating. These same media acknowledged early in Obama’s tenure that this former community organizer could not negotiate his way out of a paper bag.

Living in the Truth Or Dying In Lies.

The Dream — and the Myth — of the ‘Women’s Vote.’

Basic Theory Intro Course. I’d add Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment and Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation to this list.

November 16, 2016

L’écrasante responsabilité de la gauche dans la victoire de Donald Trump.

Why Telling Women To Just ‘Go To Another State’ For An Abortion Is Utter BS.

The Post Virtual Reality Sadness.

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps.

60% of students are chasing jobs that may be rendered obsolete by technology, report finds.

Hillary Clinton’s Vaunted GOTV Operation May Have Turned Out Trump Voters. Holy fuck what an incompetent campaign.

If anyone doubts Bernie Sanders would’ve crushed Trump, show them this.

China’s Giant Leap Backwards.

The F-35 Stealth Fighter Is Politically Unstoppable — Even Under President Trump.

Democrats Turn Their Backs on Rural America.

More on my paper with John Carlin on Type M and Type S errors.

On metadata.

We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men.

November 15, 2016

Three Myths About Clinton’s Defeat in Election 2016 Debunked.

Barack Obama has spent eight years expanding the national security state. He will soon hand its full power to Donald Trump.

“People who are too poor to own a car,” Shoup writes in the University of California’s ACCESS Magazine, “pay more for their groceries to ensure that richer people can park free when they drive to the store.”

Some Chimps Are Putting Grass in Their Ears—For No Particular Reason.

The Supermanagerial Reich.

Trump’s Rural White America.

“We’ve survived worse than Trump” ignores the presidency’s life-and-death effects.

Paul Ryan is determined to gut Medicare. This time he might succeed.

Death of the hatchet job. Book reviewing used to be a blood sport. How has it become so benign and polite? Now impossible to tell if I’d want to read a book or not from a review.

Reckoning With a Trump Presidency and the Elite Democrats Who Helped Deliver It.

Government’s Decision to Demonetise Currency Shows They Don’t Understand Capitalism.

Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph.

November 14, 2016

“The film selection on Netflix is much worse than your average Blockbuster. It’s like a gas station DVD collection.”

It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump. Still posting election stuff. Don’t like it, there are other blogs.

Contrary to perceptions, it wasn’t all angry white men, terrified of the country’s changing hue, who swept Trump into office. Yep; otherwise, he wouldn’t have won.

How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud. Cloud only makes sense if small; beyond, it’s 10-20x $ for 1/10 the performance of bare metal.

The Democrats Screwed Up.

Liberals seem ecstatic that Trump won because it allows them to feel deliciously apocalyptic.

Facebook can no longer be ‘I didn’t do it’ boy of global media.

A special Supermoon comes—but what causes it?

Exhausted, Defeated Voters Finally Beginning To Relate To Hillary Clinton.

A Dinosaur With a Beak and Feathers Unearthed in China.

The Scientist Who Helped Amy Adams Talk to Aliens in “Arrival.”

“I want my….”

The Ancient World and our world: review of Mary Beard’s “Confronting the classics.”

they’re going to keep losing.

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class.

November 13, 2016

Fuck Everything And Blame Everyone.

The history of the BBS shows that pre-Internet social media was pretty great.

Florida voters reject utility-backed solar amendment. Got lost in the chaos, but important.

Myron Ebell, who revels in taking on the scientific consensus on global warming, is Mr. Trump’s choice to lead the transition at the E.P.A. Now comes the pain. (Though Clinton would also have done nothing about GCC.)

Russia Isn’t Actually That Happy About Trump’s Victory. Yep. Mostly Dem fantasy.

Thirteen Theses on Trump and Liberal Democracy.

The prospect before us. Been thinking a lot lately about societal one-way doors and human nature.

Women in the Military Speak Out on Sexual Trauma.

The coalition for diversity whose diversity did diversity just win? Don’t completely agree with this, but is worth consideration.

November 12, 2016

It’s Time to Dismantle the Democratic Party and Start Anew. That time was a decade ago. But yes.

Long Time Mass Surveillance Defenders Freak Out Now That Trump Will Have Control.


Traumatic stress changes brains of boys, girls differently. Interesting, but as with all studies take as provisional.

Book Review: House of God.

Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal.

Feds Can Unlock Most Devices They Need To Get Into, FBI Admits.

On epigenetics: we need both Darwin’s and Lamarck’s theories.

November 11, 2016

Even Fans Admit Chances Of TPP Being Ratified By US Soon — Or Ever — Have Just Slumped. Another great evil likely defeated.