January 23, 2017

US announces withdrawal from TPP.

The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz. Anyone who uses Facebook is a chump. Don’t get angry at me; you’re the one who fucked up.

Technological Solutionism, Existential Entitlement, and Insights from Star Trek DS9.

Signals intelligence and the management of military competition.

Hillary would surely have lost against any middle-of-the-road Republican candidate. History will note that she was an arrogant but incompetent Democratic candidate who lost against a rather bad Republican candidate, one who lacked support even from his own party. Trump won barely, but she lost completely. In a time of chimpanzees, she was an archaea.

As we start a new era, see the similarities between Obama and Trump.

Thomas Schelling, Methodological Subversive. Real results from a non-math-contaminated mind.

The Rebel Girl.

Gene-edited animals face US regulatory crackdown.

Great Lakes System Profile.

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next.

Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, and yet are being starved of funding.

marianne breslauer, la fotógrafa que desafió los roles tradicionales.

January 22, 2017

A liberalism that needs monsters to destroy can never politically engage with its enemies. It can never understand those enemies as political actors.

Apology: On Jonathan Chait’s Obama.

Without a path from protest to power, the Women’s March will end up like Occupy. Most of Left “protest” is feel-good drum circle bullshit, not busting heads metaphorically and literally. All counterproductive.

Biden Frantically Cleaning Up Trashed Vice President Residence At Last Second.

The man who tried to photograph thoughts and dreams and the relation to modern fMRI.

How bundling benefits sellers and buyers. Except falls apart when subsidization occurs of products that I think have zero or negative value.

The left must combat rentier capitalism.

Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars.

Sorry Folks, Flying Cars Are a Distraction.

Sex Workers Protest Shutdown of Backpage’s Adult Ads Section Following Gvt. Pressure. Human trafficking via BP (and elsewhere) in the US mostly a myth. Shutdown will harm tens of thousands of women, increase murder rate of sex workers.

Everybody Hates Cornel West.

Dormant Orchids Need Fungi to Rise Again.

Reality under Barack Obama and Donald Trump will not be too different. Mostly agree with Brand. Drone murders will continue. Austerity will be the norm. Etc.

Ending the Crisis of Complacency in Science. To survive the Trump administration, scientists need to invest in a strategic vision that mobilizes social change. Scientists like to fancy themselves neutral observers. That only works in times when things aren’t completely fajangled.

January 21, 2017

All Russian puppets?

Le Pen Moves Into Lead in French Race, Le Monde Poll Shows.

Simulated Annealing.

In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Not What the New York Times Reported.

At the High End, Investment Success Is Luck.

The world needs a better spreadsheet.

The lost art of 3D rendering without shaders.

I’ve said this many times in the last eight years, and I’ll say it again: Obama’s greatest failure was in not taking out our domestic enemies right after he was elected.

When They Came from Another World.

The Austerity of the Obama Years.

Shifting diets in Bronze Age China point to gender inequality.

Paper Adaptations.

Robotic devices like lettuce thinners and grape-leaf pullers have replaced so many human hands on U.S. farms in recent years that many jobs now held by illegal workers may not exist by the time Donald Trump builds his promised wall.

Somehow, though, pundits and activists who fly to their keyboards at a moment’s notice to denounce the erasure of women and people of color in any other context are eagerly cooperating in the erasure of women and people of color in this one case.

January 20, 2017

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs.

Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60.

Amazon is going to destroy more American jobs than China ever did. Agreed; AMZN is both efficient and intent on automation.

The backfire effect: The cognitive bias that will ruin productive discussion.

The Illusions Driving Up US Asset Prices.

A Bullet Misses Its Mark, and Then Takes a Fatal Detour.

Can America’s national parks survive?

Having realized that the world is not a programming problem, AI obsessives want to make it into a programming problem, by designing a God-like machine.

These tech companies position themselves as heroes. They talk about “changing the world” constantly. Yet all they do is churn out technology for rich, white dudes in their 20s/30s who live in big cities and want apps to fill in the blanks for what mommy used to do.

Amazing photos of tiny moons as Cassini orbits among the rings.

This is how American health care kills people.

January 19, 2017

Management theory is becoming a compendium of dead ideas.

Google and the Miseducation of Dylann Roof.

In the Texas prison system, illness is just another way for the state to profit on the back of inmates.

Rent in December soars to highest growth since start of recession.

Democrats: Left in the Lurch.

Tom Friedman Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing About the Future. Or the present. Or the past.

Keynes’ critique of econometrics — as valid today as it was in 1939.

According to Obama, 7 years is about right for an American hero like Chelsea Manning. Obama always manages to convince the liberal naïfs of his greatness with his most despicable actions. Amazing skill, really.

January 18, 2017

Trump and Gorbachev.

The two most common occupations in the United States are retail salesperson and cashier.

Deficits Matter—But Not in the Way Paul Krugman Thinks They Do.

Parts of United States are heating faster than globe as a whole.

The Milky Way Stole Some of Its Outer Stars from Another Galaxy.

The Coming Crusade Against Public Education.

The Unbearable Whiteness of La La Land.

Class War Trumps Hate.

Why Medical Advice Seems to Change So Frequently.

January 17, 2017

Adam Tooze reviews ‘How Will Capitalism End?’ by Wolfgang Streeck. Bloodily.

The Privacy Threat From Always-On Microphones Like the Amazon Echo.

Disbelieving alieving.

An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus.

Minimum Wages and Productivity.

Corporate Governance.

Human Thought in a Dark Room – Idiot Meme About Science. This meme would’ve appealed to me when I was 10. I grew up.

Being rude to your child’s doctor could lead to worse care.

We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.

Probability of secure hash function collisions with proof. The probability of my mom’s collision with hash during the 1970s was 100%.

Martin Luther King’s Economic Dream: A Guaranteed Income for All Americans.

January 16, 2017

Programming in the early days of the computer age.

Cracking 12 Character & Above Passwords.

Structural racism is immune to identity politics.

Cosmological and Biological Reproducibility: Limits on the Maximum Entropy Production Principle.

Remembering Zygmunt Bauman: Social Media, Sorcery, and Pleasurable Traps.

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries.

Is Europe Disintegrating?

The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics.

Economic Realities in America: By The Numbers.

Corporate America is Inching Even Closer to a Constitutional Convention.

Pinecone Man.

The Embarrassments of Chronocentrism.

Splendor and misery of adaptation, or the importance of neutral null for understanding evolution.

January 15, 2017

The Popular Impact of Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem. If you think you need to mention the Incompleteness Theorem or Schrödinger’s damn cat to make some point, you really don’t.

Heuristics Work Until They Don’t.

Edward Lucas remark.

Harvard, Too? Obama’s Final Push to Catch Predatory Colleges Is Revealing. This is an actual good thing the Obama admin achieved.

Liberals are drunk on a political poison called intersectionality. It has good insights, but outside academia leads to tendentious squabbles, no coalitions.

Obama’s Other Legacy: “The Greatest Disintegration of Black Wealth in Recent Memory.”

Young adult workers today earn $10,000 less than young adults in 1989, a decline of 20 percent.