What they want is for the law to bow to “consumer demand” for cheaper taxi services by granting Uber the right to ignore collective regulations on worker rights and conditions. But all this equates to is an economic transfer from the working class over to urban metropolitan elites.
February 28, 2017
Rachel Dolezal: ‘I’m not going to stoop and apologise and grovel.’ Demonizing her really improved the world, didn’t it? Did it feel good? That’s what matters, right?
Chinese factory jobs vanish as robots take over. There is no good non-paywalled version of this from FT; best I could do.
February 27, 2017
February 26, 2017
Tori Amos released “Little Earthquakes” 25 years ago today. One of the best albums ever made, along with Lorde’s Pure Heroine.
Tech jobs are already largely automated. Yes, but don’t buy the lie that somehow by magic other, better jobs get created as this occurs.
February 25, 2017
I recall travelling to Berlin and pacing the featureless platforms of a railway station for two full hours in a grinding, dreary panic, wholly unable to summon up my wits, in tears, beseeching passersby for help, and too ashamed to phone the friend I was visiting and reveal that I was weak, despairing and confused.
Spatial reasoning is only partly explained by general intelligence. Yep. My IQ as measured is pretty high. Spatial reasoning (and math ability) nonexistent.
February 24, 2017
AI and automation are about to implode blue collar jobs. Been saying this is on the way for 10 years. Now it’s here. Thanks all ya’ll for showing up.
Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices. Doubt it, but that is a huge benefit if so.
The Rise of the Mall. Not particularly well-written, but still interesting.
February 23, 2017
There Better Be Some Goddamn Aliens in This Solar System Loaded with Earth-Sized Planets. And they better be ‘muricans or we’ll bomb some freedom into ’em.
Over the last decade, L.A. County has traded high-paying jobs for low-paying ones. Areas (as all country is doing) trading $87,000/yr jobs for $20,000/yr ones does not prosperity make.
“Someone would always answer”: The sad death of the internet message board. In IMDb’s case, it’s because studios can’t control messaging, not due to trolls or hostile users.
February 22, 2017
America Has Been Screwing Over Its Veterans Since the Revolutionary War. Every vet knows this.
February 21, 2017
Low-level inflammation is the most important correlate of not only survival, but also capability and cognition at extreme old age. Note that this does not mean treating inflammation will result in you being a centenarian.
A tale of two cities: What happened when factory jobs moved from Warren, Ohio, to Juarez, Mexico. See how much NAFTA improved these people’s lives? Why, it GDPed the fuck out of ’em!
February 20, 2017
Call it “Islamsplaining”: First-world keyboard virtue-signallers have put themselves in the business of issuing fatwas. Frequent white liberal problem: telling minorities how they should feel and behave.