December 31, 2016

The Origin of Cities – Part 1.

Full employment.

If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama. Obama has laid all the groundwork Trump needs for a crackdown on reporters. Agreed, Obama has been pure evil in this area.

The real incomes of about two-thirds of households in 25 advanced economies were flat or fell between 2005 and 2014. Without action, this phenomenon could have corrosive economic and social consequences.

Cost of U.S. healthcare now 800% higher per person than it was in 1960, even when adjusted for inflation. Conclusion is idiotic, but facts are correct.

NPR reported that between 2009 and 2015, the Army separated more than 22,000 combat soldiers for misconduct after they had received diagnoses for mental health problems or traumatic brain injury. Yeah, that’s the Army I know.

Why bullshit is no laughing matter.

Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all.

After Culture: Reflections on the Apparition of Anthropology in Artificial Life, a Science of Simulation.

Understanding the populist backlash.

December 30, 2016

Darling Nikki.

How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence From Project STAR.

Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them. The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

How Jukin Media Built a Viral-Video Empire. Was thinking how much of this article would’ve been incomprehensible to someone from 1990.

Five unexpected lessons from the Ashley Madison breach.

The very decline of the economic and political power of the working class and the weakening of labour organizations and social democratic parties, have helped obscure the economic and political roots of social problems.

Studies on stress show that what is most stressful isn’t being in charge but being held accountable for outcomes over which you have little or no control.

We Are All Princes, Paupers, and Part of the Human Family. And princesses.

Zipf’s Law Arises Naturally When There Are Underlying, Unobserved Variables.

December 29, 2016

What’s Happening to the Bees and Butterflies? I remember “moth snowstorms” in N. Florida; haven’t seen that since I was 8 or 9.

“Ain’t nobody registering no damn guns.”

They Thought They Qualified for Student Loan Forgiveness. Years Later, the Government Changes Its Mind.

If anyone was rendering Clinton into a synecdoche of anything, it is the upscale urban women who identify with her.

Maybe We Haven’t Seen Any Aliens Because They’re All Dead Agree; estimate tech life of civ under similar evo pressures to ours at ~10,000 years.

UDP vs. TCP.

Permanently obliterating the financial security of helpless families with no or bad insurance as a loved one dies slowly and painfully of a chronic illness is a nice little profit center for providers.

More Doctors Demand Payment Upfront.

If trade, competition, and technological progress are to power the next phase of capitalism, they will have to be paired with government interventions to redistribute the gains from growth in ways that Thatcher and Reagan declared taboo.

Economists versus the Economy.

Trans-Siberian Railway: a view from Moscow to Vladivostok – a photo essay.

Android Ransomware Infects LG Smart TV. We really are living in the future. Alas, it is a dystopia.

People’s underestimation of AI. Yep. Big revolution on the way, almost no one sees it.

Some People’s Brains Are Wired for Languages. Me. And anti-wired for math.

December 28, 2016

Sorry, Liberals. Bigotry Didn’t Elect Donald Trump. And neither did the Russians.

Women’s Work.

Study: Depression Up Among Teenage Girls Able To Perceive Any Part Of World Around Them.

An abuser’s emotions are as likely to be too big as too small.

The Roots Of The Democratic Debacle.

New Life Along Washington State’s Elwha River.

Against the Politics of Fear.

Medical detectives raced to save a man from a rare, ‘universally lethal’ disease.

These Online Services Offer Birth Control Without Visiting a Doctor.

Why Skee-Ball Doesn’t Change.

Donald Trump is right: Free trade is broken, but his “fix” would only make things worse.

December 27, 2016

Why America’s roads are so much more dangerous than Europe’s.

In Defense of the Electoral College.

The Novelist and Critic Siri Hustvedt Raises an Eyebrow at Science.

Wind & Solar Are Cheaper (Without Subsidies) Than Dirty Energy. As recently as 6-7 years ago, conventional wisdom was this could never, ever, ever happen.

How Disabled People Are Harmed by Authoritarian Tendencies In UI/UX Design.

World War Three, by Mistake.

Researchers “Translate” Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot.

The Quiet War on Medicaid.

In Russia, It’s Not the Economy, Stupid.

Missing Credentials.

A Historical Lens For Machine Vision.

How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans.

The Logical Space of Algocracy (Redux).

Charles Dickens on Seeing the Poor.

Why did the phonologist….

The farmer who built her own broadband.

December 26, 2016

How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse. All research is useless…until it isn’t.

How—and Why—Did Fruitcake Become a Slur?

Trump’s Nuclear Boast Is Obama’s Modernization Plan.

If progressives are to join in the fight against authoritarianism in the United States, they will need to create powerful political alliances and produce long-term organizations that can provide a view of the future that does not simply mimic the present.

Castro’s Cuba: A public health phenomenon in the ’90s showed the effects of national weight loss. Shockingly, the FA community is completely wrong about everything.

The Lies at the Heart of Our Dying Order.

The Swedish Approach to Road Safety.

When political beliefs are challenged, a person’s brain becomes active in areas that govern personal identity and emotional responses to threats, USC researchers find.

Mathiness: not just a problem of macro-economics.

December 25, 2016

A “contribution” theory of what a proper distribution of income might be can only be made coherent if there are constant returns to scale in the scarce, priced, owned factors of production.

How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.

The Minimalist Beauty of a Renaissance-Era Geometry Book.

Fake News and the New McCarthyism.

Why Identity Politics Fails. Absolutely spot on.

The ultimate answer to “government is useless.”

Arrests Are Often Deadly.

Real-Life Rogue One: How the Soviets Stole NASA’s Shuttle Plans. Unlike Dem fantasies, all this actually happened.

A Female Afghan Pilot Soars and Gives Up. Some cultures just hate women. I know the Left has trouble dealing with this; doesn’t make it false.

Traditional economics is mathematically sophisticated without representing the fundamental features of the macro-economy. And completely ignores sociology.

Miss Marple and the Problem of Modern Identity.

When they lost their jobs, or struggled to stay afloat as incomes stagnated and costs rose, they were repeatedly told that their misfortune was their fault.

Against busyness.

Vous pensiez avoir un physique unique? Un photographe réunit de parfaits inconnus ressemblant à des jumeaux.

To Go the Way of the Great Auk: the Clintons and the Media.

US Government Quietly Starts Asking Travelers for Social Media Accounts.

December 24, 2016

Now so quick to ignore data.

Birth of a W sex chromosome by horizontal transfer of Wolbachia bacterial symbiont genome.

Clapper gives the least untruthful answer about the Russians and the election.

I agree with Dani Rodrik when he sees globalization as fundamentally reducing the field of feasible economic policies for each nation-state.

Avalanche statistics suggest Tabby’s star is near a continuous phase transition.

Did Neanderthals speak? Did dinosaurs roar? And when did birds begin to sing? The soundscape of deep time is coming back.

Artificial intelligence is going to make it easier than ever to fake images and video.

The Feminist Message of the Dudes in Force Awakens.

These loyalists have made clear their desire to implant into the public psyche the idea that Hillary is not responsible for her defeat — it was the fault of a whole bevy of sinister exogenous forces.

Why I Hate Theater.

German Media Aids Merkel in “Culture of Denial.”

In Sentencing Radical Pacifists, Judge Miles Lord Assailed “Worship of the Bomb.”

How cooking vegetables changed humanity 10,000 years ago.

Zappos is struggling with Holacracy because humans aren’t designed to operate like software.

Why I Still Don’t Buy the Russian Hacking Story.