August 17, 2017

I became a doctor in Charlottesville. I know white anger well.



Why Supermarket Strawberries Taste So Horrible.



The Rising Return to Non-Cognitive Skill.



If not everyone can be a scientist, who gets to choose?



The NRA Is Complicit In Stoking White Nationalist Violence.



Bury the Confederacy for Good. The meaning of public symbols is not a private matter.



Being ‘fat but fit’ is a myth.



Google is eating the open internet.



Since 1980, however, markups have increased significantly: on average, firms charged 67 percent over marginal cost in 2014, compared with 18 percent in 1980. If true (I have not read the paper) holy shit. That is staggering.



The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious.



August 16, 2017

How Big is the Biggest Possible Planet?



Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don’t Buy the Russia Story. Evidence that undermines the “election hack” narrative should get more attention.



Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Double Standard at Work in One London District.



From their commitment to toxic fuels to their corrosive influence on our democracy to their attempts to price-gouge ratepayers, it’s long past time to bring the reign of privately-owned electric utilities to an end.



This Is the Wrong Way to Fight Inequality.



Let’s talk about who leftists distrust — and why.



The ‘Ironic Nazi’ Is Coming to an End



More Americans would rather not work than take jobs for stingy wages. Completely rational.



Iron star.



People With Addictions Lured To Bogus Rehab Treatment Via ‘Body Brokers.’



Difference.



Under neoliberalism, we must professionalize our labour; we are not allowed to do useful or interesting things simply because we find them satisfying but because we must sell our labour to the highest bidder in order to survive.



One Has to Take Sides. “Many sides” aren’t promoting racism and hatred. One side is. And ours is committed to stopping them.



The dwarfs of our vocabulary.



August 15, 2017

Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning.



The soft tyranny of the rating system.



Godwin of Godwin’s Law: ‘By All Means, Compare These Shitheads to the Nazis.’



US justice is built to humiliate and oppress black men. It starts with the chokehold….



Why English is such a great language for puns.



Why is a one pound coin worth more than four pennies?



Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That’s reason for optimism.



Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech.



This American Town Was Left to Die, and Suddenly Economists Care.



How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia.



Elephants unchained: ‘The day has gone by when this was entertainment.’



Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd.



So how did my love for school change? Simple: school stopped being about learning. I checked out of school when I realized it was no longer there to teach me anything. My grades suffered but my more important self-education took off rocket-like.



The police responsible for handling a literal Nazi rally claimed they just couldn’t stand up to someone’s unemployed biker uncle.



The essence of Russellian monism.



On Charlottesville: Why the Center Is Okay with Nazis but Hates the Left. Nazis don’t threaten profits, essentially.



Inside the Long, Impossible Fight for Socialized Medicine in the US.



August 14, 2017

Google Doesn’t Want What’s Best for Us.



Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far right is creating its own corporate world.



Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High.



The Incredible Shrinking Sears. How a financial wizard took over a giant of
American retailing, and presided over its epic decline.



A Guide to the Different Levels of White Supremacist. Omitted: Corporate/Neolib Meritocrat “that’s just how the system works” white supremacist.



Where is everybody? The implications of cosmic silence.



Why Hypoxia Is So Terrifying—And So Hard to Stop.



What if men were “just polite” to each other?



Diegesis.



If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics by Marilyn Waring.



Sex dolls 2.0: The most overlooked market for sex robots are women. That will change.



You can’t short the apocalypse.



August 13, 2017

Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool.



El feminismo necesario. La igualdad de género es la causa más noble del siglo XXI. El feminismo es algo demasiado serio como para reducirlo a una pose estética o a debates que desdibujan sus objetivos.



Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Study: North Korea’s Missiles Built For Show, Can’t Hit US Mainland Yet.



Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs.



Is LIBOR, Crucial Financial Benchmark, a Lie?



Textbooks say that the moon was formed after a Mars-size mass smashed the young Earth. But new evidence has cast doubt on that story, leaving researchers to dream up new ways to get a giant rock into orbit.



I’m a Google Manufacturing Robot and I Believe Humans Are Biologically Unfit to Have Jobs in Tech.



Embrace empathy.



Weird Science: David Brooks Gets It Wrong on Google.



Sycophantic journalists and the monsters they love.



August 12, 2017

How Facebook Squashes Competition From Startups.



Libraries Are The Real Punk Rock.



Studies find the need to feel unique is linked to belief in conspiracy theories. Buy a new shirt or something. Stop stupiding up the world for the rest of us.



How your mind protects you against hallucinations.



Disability doesn’t come with extra time and energy.



Misunderstanding statistical distribution.



A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack. Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.



Death Valley Sets New Global Record for Hottest Single Month.



Towards a Political Theory of the Firm.



Lampshade Hanging.



August 11, 2017

A group of researchers from the University of Washington has shown for the first time that it’s possible to encode malicious software into physical strands of DNA, so that when a gene sequencer analyzes it the resulting data becomes a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software and takes control of the underlying computer.



A New Solidarity in the North Country. An unlikely coalition of Trump voters, lefty activists, and indigenous people is trying to stop the construction of a power line in New Hampshire. What does it bode for the future of politics?



I increasingly believe that Maslow missed something very important: that even below physical survival, there is a deeper need for social acceptance, and it manifests in all of the ways that people would rather die than live.



Tech world is dominated by people who’re smart in a tiny, narrow domain and who—sadly & wrongly—are VERY confident that’s more than enough. Not just tech. It’s all of STEM.



Even in a more bike-friendly city, bikers are far from safe. I’d never ride a bike anywhere in an American city. Never, ever.



The worst thing that happened to liberalism.



Google Cancels Meeting Intended to Address Anti-Diversity Memo. Due to right-wing harassment.



Montrealer sole resident of condo building after other units rented on Airbnb. Never used Uber or Airbnb and never will.



English language and American solipsism.



August 10, 2017

Apple Inc. staffers reportedly rebelling against open office plan at new $5 billion Apple Park headquarters.



The New Food Bogeyman.



Just as we’re repeating the Gilded Age (wealth and power concentrating in the 1%), we’re repeating the slow growth in social tensions that massive immigration produced in the early 20th C. That is part of it, but inequality is at least as important (but immigration spurs some of the push to inequality so hard to disentangle).



Tapetail, Bignose and Whalefish turn out to be the same fish.



Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests. By saying mobile is good enough, FCC could find that deployment problem is solved.



With a few brief encounters to the contrary, before 1492 CE the world was divided into two sections, two hemispheres.



The Stethoscope.



Outsmarted. On the liberal cult of the cognitive elite



How Society Creates Ability.



Google is explicitly censoring non-MSM views. Not new, but much-increased lately.



Error 404: A Look At Digital Decay. I’ve helped keep a relatively-large (~10,000 links) database, and in my experience there is about 10% link rot per year.



Our Russia Fixation Is Devolving Into an Assault on Political Discourse. Russia is a way for many different constituencies to avoid their real issues, focus on an external “threat.”



Microsoft Claims 71% Of Windows 10 Users Are Happy With Telemetry, A 29% rejection rate is actually huge because most users just click next-next-next without reading a thing, always.



CVS Charges More for Generic Drugs Paid for With Insurance, Lawsuit Claims. Claims? I thought it was common knowledge that every pharmacy, every hospital does this?



In the tech industry, sexism is in the water.



Bourdieu and Miss France — Respect for Théorie. Ignores the fact that French culture does not give anyone a pass for being an idiot, while in America all these can: being attractive (especially if a woman). Being a white male. Being rich. Etc. If that offends, look at my “don’t care” face: 😐



August 9, 2017

Bodies/Machines: Iwan Rhys Morus.



Men Have Always Used ‘Science’ to Explain Why They’re Better Than Women.