July 31, 2017

It’s Your Money But You Can’t Have It: EU Proposes Account Freezes to Halt Bank Runs.

Lack of Hope in America: The High Costs of Being Poor in a Rich Land.

Monetary policy is relatively powerless in the context of the real economy. It has a lot of influence over asset markets. Monetary policy is really about distribution.

Europabrucke, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, opens in Switzerland.

Hundreds of libraries are now serving federally funded summer meals to children to ensure that they don’t go hungry.

In short, there’s virtually no thread of progressive social movement history in which leftists did not play an early role — and were usually heaped with scorn for their efforts.

The Soviet InterNyet. Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet.

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Have a Black Problem—He Has a Pundit Problem.

Is the world really better than ever? If you’re a rich white man in the Northeast, yep!

The history of calling artists “sellouts.”

Democrats Will Do Anything To Win…Except Change.

July 30, 2017

Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that.

School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved.

Segmented Glass Sculptures Inspired by Cell Division by Jiyong Lee.

West Virginia Tries To Improve Broadband Competition, Incumbent ISPs Immediately Sue.

Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe.

We’re doing to the atmosphere today what cataclysmic volcanoes did 250 million years ago.

Kamala Harris’ Whorephobia Is Sadly No Surprise.

Why Social Media Platforms Should Think Twice Before Banning Adult Content.

Price Dispersement and Bargain Hunting

From the Enlightenment to the Dark Ages: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right.

July 29, 2017

Time to Solve the Student Debt Crisis.

The Tesla Model 3 Is More Than an Electric Car―It’s a Landmark in Automotive History. Or to hear leftists tell it’s pure evil and bad and bad bad bad as are all big projects and better visions of society except deprivation and sacrifice. Ah, religious beliefs.

Living with Endometriosis, an Agonizing Disease with No Known Cause or Cure. Why won’t doctors take menstrual pain seriously?

“Ban the box”: Laws against asking prospective hires about their criminal history are hurting black applicants. Liberals do not focus enough on unintended effects of policy. “Feel good” policy isn’t always (or even usually) best policy….

How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food.

14 Years After Decriminalizing Drugs, Portugal’s Bold Risk Paid Off.

Lotte Laserstein – Im Gasthaus (In the Restaurant), (1927).

The Crisis Of The French Socialist Party: Does It Still Have A Future?

A Bay Area developer wants to build 4,400 homes where they may be sorely needed. Here’s why it won’t happen. That area of the country is so screwed.

We may have even less time to stop global warming than we thought.

Richard Rorty: Life, Pragmatism, and Conversational Philosophy.

July 28, 2017

Why are reporters calling a bill that would destroy health insurance markets and cause mass insurance loss “skinny repeal”? 1) A catchy name and propaganda work. 2) Look at who pays reporters’ salaries.

Pence: Millions losing health insurance is “the very essence of living in a free society.” It turns out that I do hate freedom.

Google enters race for nuclear fusion technology.

Spike in Online Gig Work.

Less than 15% of jobs can be plausibly said to need more study than the classic high school education.

The Curse of a ‘None of the Above’ Disease. Millions of Americans languish with elusive or poorly understood diseases. New genetic research — and some humility from doctors — might help.

The New Face of Poverty in America: Service Members and Veterans.

What’s the Matter With Little Free Food Pantries? They highlight food insecurity, without doing much to take a bite out of it.

More than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and some of them are still paying for it. In a sane world, a company like that would be destroyed, and its executives thrown in jail.

Tiny pillars put light and sound in a quantum superposition.

Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock.’ Fucking Christ. I wish I had not read this.

Trump has kept his promises — to Wall Street.

DNA evidence is rewriting domestication origin stories.

July 27, 2017

Jonathan Chait Is Wrong: Neoliberalism Is Real and Fundamentally Opposed to Left Principles.

New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society.

You Know the Economy Never Recovered.

Fifty-Nine Parks.

Aboard the NS Savannah, America’s first (and last) nuclear merchant ship.

Housing is an intimate need. Having a home offers a basic possibility of stability, a space to retreat to safety and recharge to fight another day; it’s not only a human right but a necessity for resistance.

Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse from NASA’s WB-57F Jets.

Rapid DHCP: Or, how do Macs get on the network so fast? Always wondered how Macs did that so quickly whereas all other OSes are snail slow.

Arbitration as Wealth Transfer.

July 26, 2017

Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?

Too Many Americans Live in a Mental Fog.

Stitched up by robots: the threat to emerging economies.

Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades.

Ticks’ Numbers Are Growing, and So Is Their Territory.

‘Obscene’: 70 Top Healthcare CEOs Raked in $9.8 Billion Since 2010.

Banks Are Scheming To Dominate A Future Cashless Society.

Overlap among Spatial Memories Triggers Repulsion of Hippocampal Representations.

Yes, we can lower sky-high drug prices — other countries have done it

Norm Pace Blew The Door Off The Microbial World.

When you talk about introducing democracy, you’re talking about giving people control over their lives that they didn’t have before. And once you do that, you open up the possibility of much more radical and disruptive kinds of change.

MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM. Fuck DRM.

From the Great Wave to Starry Night, how a blue pigment changed the world.

Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius. Her husband, Claude, helped create the computer revolution, but few knew that she was his closest collaborator

July 25, 2017

Record Apartment Building-Boom Meets Reality: First CRE Decline Since The Great Recession.

How a VC-funded company is undermining the open-source community.

When Organizers Are Professionals.

Nobody puts 20% down on a house anymore. In a way, this is rational. In non-recourse states the less capital you have actually tied up in something now highly risky, the better.

This Story About Facebook Workers in Menlo Park Is Depressing as Hell.

Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder.

On Being Smaller.

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills.

Severe, chronic flooding will devastate California coast as sea levels rise, experts say.

The Democratic Party’s “Better Deal” isn’t that great.

July 24, 2017

The One Word Guaranteed to Make the Corporate Pundit Class Squirm. “Neoliberalism” isn’t a left-wing insult but a monstrous political system of inequality.

Did you know that the phrase “if it looks like a duck…” was originally about a mechanical pooing duck?

Multi-party kleptocracies rather than illiberal democracies.

We’ve screwed up the coasts so badly that an invasive species is a plus.

Solomon’s shield.

What’s Going On With the World’s Most Destructive Mud Volcano?

Spreading fake news about Putin, or Red-scare propaganda, does nothing to defeat Trump. The point is not to defeat Trump (or Putin), but rather to preserve existing Dem panjandrums.

By dismantling its copy desk, The New York Times is making a mistake that’s been made before. The MBA cloning operation permits nothing else.

How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding With Russia.

Meet Your New Landlord: Wall Street.

Banks’ greed on full display with check-cashing fee for non-customers.

Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird’s Frenzy.

Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant? Orthodox economists insist “productivity” is completely accurate and relevant, when it completely obviously no longer is.

Koch came to realize that if the majority of Americans ever truly understood the full implications of his vision of the good society and were let in on what was in store for them, they would never support it. Indeed, they would actively oppose it.

A Warrant to Search Your Vagina.

Venmo and transactionality.

July 23, 2017

Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism.

Cuba’s Cancer Vaccine CIMAvax Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

The media’s war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can’t it see that?

Norway: The country where no salaries are secret.

With great size comes great McDonaldization.

What It Was Like to Be Drafted.