May 31, 2017

Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment.

What Will Kill Neoliberalism?

The 20th-century war on women’s swimwear.

Tilting titling?

The Magna Carta was good for humans – but even better for fish.

Trump’s America may seem like a cruel new psychology experiment but US society has been sick for quite some time.

Which Companies Have the Highest Revenue Per Employee?

Yes, There is a Genetic Component To Intelligence.

Your single coworkers and employees aren’t there to pick up the slack for married people.

What Gets Called ‘Civil War’?

Persi Diaconis Mixes Math and Magic.

Renewable energy generation in the US dramatically exceeds 2012 predictions.

Supreme Court overturns Lexmark’s patent win on used printer cartridges.

May 30, 2017

In melting Greenland, scientists detect a pulse of water so massive that it warped the Earth’s crust.

Much of What We Thought About Jupiter Is Wrong. By Jove!

Rapid developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning have enabled scientific racism to enter a new era.

The Lost Joys of the Screen Saver.

Getting the front row to scream will cause them to do what they do when they get mad. They’ll use scorn and derision. They’ll mock.

There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel. This is wrong in many areas, but correct in that people are nostalgic for a past they could not afford (then or now).

Google’s Proprietary Fork of HTML Is Taking Over the Open Web.

British Airways Union Blames Massive IT Failure On Outsourcing IT Jobs To India. Likely true; quality declines precipitously when this occurs, particularly in the first five or so years.

Call to raise retirement age to at least 70. Expect to see this soon in every neolib-infected country.

“Moral injury” in veterans can be as harmful as physical wounds.

The American Dream is fading everywhere, but almost nowhere faster than Michigan.

In Praise of Lost Causes.

When every poll gets it wrong, with increasing and alarming frequency, the problem is no longer methodological but metaphysical. This is very good.

May 29, 2017

In humans, then, status stress is far more dangerous to health than in baboons – even though most people do not routinely get beaten up or bitten by their bosses.

Literary fiction is borrowing the tools of the science fiction genre. And poorly, too, for the most part.

Accused of Underpaying Women, Google Says It’s Too Expensive To Get Wage Data.

White Terrorists Killed More Americans This Week Than Refugees Have in 40 Years.

Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It.

Austerity Kills! Bank of Greece reports “Greek’s health deteriorating, life expectancy shrinks.”

Gastric bypass surgery radically improves subjects’ gut biomes.

Prisons: Too many prisons make bad people worse. There is a better way.

Zuckerberg Wants Public Funds.

How machine logic infects our tastes.

Why Saudi Women Are Literally Living ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ But I thought the burqa was literally the most feminist you could be?

Health Care? Daughters Know All About It.

Poverty, ambition & reference levels.

Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET.

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early.

Why Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor?

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff.

May 28, 2017

Windows 10 China Government Edition Allows Control of Encryption and Telemetry.

America the cruel: While hedge fund managers pocket windfalls, kids lacking lunch money are shamed.

Why Are Americans So Hostile to State-Funded Art?

Florida represents so much that’s good, bad and bizarre about the United States, all rolled into one long state.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: If I had to relive my life I would be even more stubborn and uncompromising than I have been. This guy is my favorite jerk, perhaps because he is a jerk like me.

Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late.’ Wasn’t that dude president not too long ago? Recall anything other than cosmetic action then?

How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women.

Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis. And probably more effective.

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have. If you insist on thinking of it in captilastic/neolib terms, space exploration is the biggest bargain out there.

VLA Reveals New Object Near Supermassive Black Hole in Famous Galaxy. That’s Very Large Awesome.

Jupiter’s Southern Lights.

A Shadowy Corporate Lobby Is Quietly Trying To Ban Protesting Across The U.S.

May 27, 2017

American Guns Are Fueling the Immigration Crisis That Trump Wants to Fix with a Wall.

During a hospital stay, all microbial hell breaks loose between you and the room.

Places other than New York exist, and people do things in them. Shocking to New Yorkers, I know.

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs and the Weight of History.

Single-Payer Would Cost A Third of Current Health Care Costs Per Family. Fuck Kevin Drum.

The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever.

GPA’s reward generalists, but the world rewards specialists.

Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think.

May 26, 2017

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts. Hard case to crack for sure.

The Gatlinburg Wildfires.

I wrote the SQL query in 5 mins. Why does my engineer say it will take a month? Reminds me of the programmers I’ve met (more than one!) who think because they can change the IP on their Windows box, it makes them networking experts.

The p-value reveals almost nothing about the strength of the evidence, yet a p-value of 0.05 has become the ticket to get into many journals.

There are animals that appear to offload part of their mental apparatus to structures outside of the neural system entirely.

The Science Behind the Flamingo’s One-Legged Stance.

When the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease Drugs.

Old legitimate 1000 shilling notes and newer counterfeit 1000 notes are worth about 4 U.S. cents each. Both types of shillings are fungible—or, put differently, they are accepted interchangeably in trade, despite the fact that it is easy to tell fakes apart from genuine notes.

Chrome won.

The Rise of the Liberal Conspiracy Theorist. Louise Mensch’s loony Trump fantasies fill a craving the left didn’t know it had.

A Women-Only Wonder Woman Screening Is Predictably Upsetting Dumb-Ass Sexists.

The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream. With state funding down, top public colleges are replacing lower-income students with affluent ones.

Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work.

Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: The initial pole-to-pole passes with the Juno spacecraft.

May 25, 2017

Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim. Vim is the roach motel of text editors.

‘Phenomenology of Illness’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Hall.

Pfizer announces more retractions for sacked lab head Min-Jean Yin.

Our Economic System Causes Spam and Much Else That Hurts Us.

Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections.

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say. Fred Sanford agrees.

What an Attack at an Ariana Grande Show Means for Teen Girls.

Mapping 50 Years of Melting Ice in Glacier National Park.

Renewable Energy Powers Jobs for Almost 10 Million People.

Trump budget director “hopes” millions lose Social Security benefits.

Whipple shield.

This Is the Most Complex Video of a Real Cell Ever Made.

7 Alien ‘Earths’ May Be Swapping Life via Meteorites.

Boston Globe Blocks Readers Using Privacy Modes In Browsers.

Give the US and France and the UK twenty more years of random, periodic carnage and it is likely to produce some results that seem far-fetched now.

Where do numbers come from?

Betsy DeVos would not agree to bar discrimination by private schools that get federal money.

How Do You Count Without Numbers?

May 24, 2017

Race, gatekeepers, and net neutrality. Funny how the “tech nonsense” I was warning everyone about in the 90s — that I was told “didn’t matter at all” — now defines nearly everything.

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering.

Long exposures of movies with an analog camera.

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People.’

Sick of Myself. Algorithmic identity is a means of control and consolation.