June 21, 2017

New Study Finds Best Way To Determine If You Are Android Still Cutting Open Forearm To Reveal Circuitry Within.

June 20, 2017

Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years.

Conspiracy theories flourish when people feel vulnerable. They thrive on paranoia. It has always been this way.

New media noncompetes are destroying the careers of young journalists.

In a typical week in the United States, 25 children die from bullet wounds, according to an analysis of data gathered by federal government agencies.

The mystery at the heart of the 2017 economy.

What If the Earth Suddenly Turned Flat?

Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation.

Do People Matter Most Or Does Property?

Every Democrat in America Should Support Medicare for All.

A fire in the world’s laundromat.

Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Run for President Again. Next president should be no more than 45, ideally no older than 40, if it all possible. And a raving socialist too, of course.

June 19, 2017

Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

Election 2017: 61.5 per cent of under-40s voted for Labour, new poll finds.

Global inequality much worse than previously thought, say economists.

Hired in 1958 as a ‘computer,’ Sue Finley talks about her long career at JPL.

What The Left Can Learn From Macron.

Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture.

Winner-take-all companies, including Alphabet and Wal-Mart, are driving down wages and destroying communities.

The CIA Assesses the Power of French Post-Modern Philosophers: Read a Newly Declassified CIA Report from 1985.

Why aren’t the BigCo’s converging on JavaScript?

June 18, 2017

Evolution Runs Faster on Short Timescales.

Overpopulated and Underfed: Countries Near a Breaking Point. A pseudo-liberal actually used the curséd word, “overpopulated?” Perhaps things are changing.

America’s Amazon Problem.

New Evidence That All Stars Are Born in Pairs.

The federal government is about to get considerably costlier and more dysfunctional.

Data I am never going to publish – A tale of sixty trees.

Amazon’s Move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers. Yup. That automation that ain’t coming is coming.

The New Republican Retirement.

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think.

Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward. I’m not sorry.

Laura Hendricks.

How cultures talk about space differently.

Increasing Pharma Profits Come from Price Bumps, Not New Drugs.

Lawmakers across the US are finding ways to turn protesting into a crime.

June 17, 2017

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Our findings suggest that both violence and drug use could be reduced by improving women’s access to better healthcare.

In Defense of Cultural Appropriation. In the main, “cultural appropriation” used to be just called “culture.”

White-collar Globalization.

Naomi Klein Is Sick of Benevolent Billionaires. A billionaire should not be a thing that exists.

Policing the power of tech giants.

A Lot of American Adults Think Brown Cows Make Chocolate Milk. With CRISPR…they will!

Why Are So Many Young Voters Falling for Old Socialists? Because old neolibs would rather the young just die unless they are making them a profit?

June 16, 2017

The Espionage Act turns 100 today. It helped destroy the Socialist Party of America and quashes free speech to this day.

Why Would Amazon Buy Slack?

America Is Violent.

Ornithologist Richard Prum on Duck Sex and Human Evolution.

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women.

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages.

We have come up with many ways to explain the decline we see around us. In reality, we’ve simply given our cities no other option.

June 15, 2017

Every time a tragedy occurs, you can rely on a wave of commentators chiding any attempt to “politicize” the situation. With today’s Grenfell Tower fire in West London, those voices were prominent immediately. And no wonder: the atrocity was explicitly political.

Obama: a Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas.

The latest trend I loathe in restaurants: No space between tables. I will not eat at restaurants that do this.

Eliminating the mortgage interest tax deduction would destroy 10 percent of home values, says one economist. Put another way: It would make them that much more affordable.

Thought Experiment. Answer: we’d nuke those aliens and their tech.

A brief burp in time.

Experimental evidence for compositional syntax in bird calls.

Lefty Cities Say They Want to Fight Climate Change, but Won’t Take the Most Obvious Step to Do It. Much “fighting” is actually just signaling.

We Are All to Blame for Uber.

A 3,000-Year-Old Treasure Map Is The First ‘Geological’ Map In History.

The roster of America’s most notorious mass shooters is populated by young, angry men who regularly displayed antisocial behavior before they carried out attacks.

June 14, 2017

Abandoning science.

The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail.

The Confederate flag largely disappeared after the Civil War. The fight against civil rights brought it back.

If You Think Fighting Climate Change Will Be Expensive, Calculate the Cost of Letting It Happen.

We see Van Gogh’s seasons of nature as an economic cycle, rather than a natural one; four utilitarian divisions of time based on what can be extracted from domesticated plants and animals by peasants, to meet the requirements of distant land owners.

Venus Shines in the Shadow of Mars. The second planet deserves more study because once it may have been like Earth. And Earth may one day be like Venus.

So-called neural networks were originally inspired by the way the brain works, but they represent a drastic simplification of a partial understanding. In fact, they are so unlike real neurons it’s really rather remarkable that they turn out to perform useful processes at all.

Rural Appalachia is facing a healthcare crisis. I fear it’s going to get much worse.

Uber is a poster child for corporate cult of personalty run amok. And Uber’s true value is negative billions.

June 13, 2017

The day of the inauguration, a millionaire was arrested for assaulting a maid and got a $50 fine. A reporter covering protests, however, faces more than seven decades behind bars.

Prototyping a Better Tomorrow.

Mortgages are unaffordable in half of America’s largest housing markets. Rental affordability isn’t so great, either.

Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit.

It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, too. Correction: economy is short term zero sum, but not long term zero sum by necessity.

Removing Trump Won’t Solve America’s Crisis. Contra idiotic Hillary supporters, Trump is symptomatic of the crisis, not causal.

A Third of All Humans Are Now Either Overweight or Obese.

Only Four Percent of Americans Actually Have Food Allergies. And the other 25 percent pretending to make it worse for those who really do.

‘Cauchy logic’ in economics.

June 12, 2017

At least 28 million Americans have experienced a spike in the cost of their prescription medications in the past 12 months. And for 4 million of them, the price was so high they walked away without their prescription altogether.

Economics textbooks transmogrifying truth — wages and unemployment.

Psychologists admit that by pushing “implicit bias” they have foisted a big cash destruction machine on society that won’t go away easily.

Everyone can see that there really is a constituency for left-wing populism. But our continued foe is the mainstream media.

How reliable are the effects of self-control training?: A re-examination using self-report and physical measures.

Study finds blacks, Latinos get worse care for neurological disorders.

Preacher carrying ‘you deserve to be raped’ sign hit over the head by baseball bat-wielding woman. Obviously asking for it; wasn’t wearing a helmet. (I stole this joke from elsewhere.)

4K Footage of Spacex’s Most Perfect Rocket Landing Yet After an Orbital Flight. Say what you want about Musk, but that is amazing, and even better in 4K at 60FPS.

June 11, 2017

The campaign of Hilary Clinton was disastrous from this perspective precisely because it combined an aggressive advocacy of cultural liberalism with an economic outlook oblivious to the problems faced by the majority of the population. It was practically an advertisement for right wing populism.

Wow! mystery signal from space finally explained.

Study: Dogs understand fair play, and not because of humans.

Customers battle Whole Foods to save a newsstand, and a way of life. Corporations destroying/hoarding culture with “rational” demands.

Beneath a veneer of classlessness, the American class reproduction machine operates with ruthless efficiency.

Ryo Minemizu’s images capture in meticulous detail the startling beauty of the tiny living things that drift in our planet’s oceans.

June 10, 2017

Baby bird discovered in 99-million-year-old amber with feathers, colour intact.


The short-term mass closing of hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles caused an immediate increase in crime. “The increase is specific to the type of crime most plausibly deterred by bystanders, and is correlated with neighborhood walkability.”

A fallacy that will hinder advances in artificial intelligence.

What Is Ailing Retail?

Jeremy Corbyn confounds critics with ‘gobsmacking’ gain.

Cheap DNA Testing Is Giving Some Insurers Even More Ways To Deny Coverage.