September 30, 2017

Hundreds of Species Sailed Across the Pacific on Trash After the Fukushima Earthquake.

The Fed sounds a red alarm about rising inequality. Which the Fed is partially (probably 30-40%) responsible for.

How I lost my past.

The Myth of Partisan Selective Exposure: A Portrait of the Online Political News Audience.

Tom Price’s Truly Outrageous Behavior. While traveling around in private jets, he’s been trying to ensure that fewer Americans get health insurance.

How Harvard helps its richest and most arrogant students get ahead.

Carbon found in 3.95bn-year-old rocks is remnant of ancient life – researchers.

Facebook, Amazon, and Google are reviving the ill-fated “company towns” of the Gilded Age.

Amazon’s Echo Spot Is a Sneaky Way To Get a Camera Into Your Bedroom. Jeffy B wants to see you nakies.

How disabled activists turned the fight for Medicaid into a battle for civil rights.

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

ISPs want Supreme Court to kill Title II net neutrality rules now and forever. FCC may soon revoke net neutrality rules, but ISPs want immunity from regulation. Think the internet is bad now? Just wait.

What Are Cities Spending Big On? Increasingly, It’s Debt. Debt overhang across economy underestimated. Likely will be next big financial crisis.

Should Lena Dunham Adapt Hillary Clinton’s Memoir? Oh please no.

‘You will be sexually harassed’: just one of the perils of working for tips. Here’s a tip: if I see you harassing a waitress in public, I will punch you very hard.

September 29, 2017

The growing use of mandatory arbitration: Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers. Return to serfdom nearly complete.

NASA’s Mars Roomba Begins Mission To Clean Dust From Planet’s Surface.

Why We Need Stuart Hall’s Imaginative Left.

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income. A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows.

White Nationalism Is As Much Of A Threat To U.S. As ISIS, FBI’s Open Investigations Show.

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have a new theory why.

Refresh Is Sacred. But Developers know better, as they constantly tell us! (Looking at you, Mozilla.)

Stop Calling Women Nags — How Emotional Labor is Dragging Down Gender Equality.

Supreme Court poised to deal a sharp blow to unions for teachers and public employees. Serfin’ USA.

Why Won’t American Media Tell the Truth About What’s Happening in Venezuela?

The idea of monogamy as a relationship ideal is based on flawed science.

Massive Iceberg’s Split Exposes Hidden Ecosystem.

Our Open-Plan Office Failed, So We’re Moving to a Towering Panopticon.

September 28, 2017

How Big Banks Became Our Masters.

Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings.

I’m an 80-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor. Antifas Aren’t Scary. Neo-Nazis Are.

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees. Of course. Because they do not care about evidence.

The “Russian Influence” Story Falls Apart – A New Fairy Tale Is Needed.

If policymakers depict the Rohingya’s plight as a problem of religious persecution and respond to the crisis armed with that understanding, they misconstrue the situation, overlook the real culprits, and may exacerbate the violence.

Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing (Once Again) Demonstrates Why Demanding Platforms Censor Bad Speech Creates Problems. Censorship sounds good until it’s you being censored.

The gun lobby’s latest scheme: make it easier to commit crimes quietly.

I Dropped Out of College Because I Couldn’t Bear to See My Rapist on Campus.

A 20-year-old adult who goes from being obese to overweight would save an average of $17,655 in direct medical costs and productivity losses over his or her lifetime. If the same person were to go from being obese to a healthy weight, the average savings would be $28,020.

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia. Because they frickin’ feel like it, ok?

Waiving the Jones Act won’t solve Puerto Rico’s problems right now.

September 27, 2017

Getting access to birth control pills remains frustratingly difficult in the U.S.

National Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Adults in the United States.

The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art.

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass.

Forest ring.

In New York, major crime complaints fell when cops took a break from ‘proactive policing.’

Time spent thinking about the next financial crisis is not wasted.

HHS hints at major changes to Medicare that could mean higher costs for patients.

It is important to note that a lot of the people who plead for the virtues of more open immigration are in lines of work that aren’t much exposed to competition from immigrants, or worse, choose to omit the fact that they benefit via having immigrants act a servant class.

Project management: A surefire way to kill your software product.

Cool Theory Finally Explains Pluto’s Skyscraper-Sized Ice Shards.

On Returning.


Airplane Mode. Elbow-to-elbow seating, oversized comfort pets, midcabin standoffs — and passengers armed with their smartphones. A new era in air travel has some Americans tweeting mad.

Financialization impedes climate change mitigation: Evidence from the early American solar industry.

September 26, 2017

Respect the craft.

The U.S. government fails Puerto Rico once again.

Since January, Barack Obama has made at least nine paid speeches with fees up to $400,000, got a $60 million joint book deal and begun residing in an $8.1 million home.

Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering.

Nearly two-thirds of the roughly 80 million ethnic Filipinos in the Philippines live on less than $2 a day. Forty percent spend their entire lives in temporary shelters. Seventy percent of all rural Filipinos own no land.

A History of the Past: Life Reeked With Joy.

September 25, 2017

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science. Well then I should be dead already.

Bitcoin is fiat money, too.

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. The Shock Doctrine is the only doctrine we got. Also called “the rich steal everything when they can.”

Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds.

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales.

How Do You Decode a Hapax? (Also, What’s a Hapax?)

How Bill Clinton set the stage for the GOP’s war on the poor.

Nowadays, bullshit training is called “leadership training” and unashamedly taught at “elite institutions” and at expensive leadership seminars.

How She Lost.

Japan’s bomb in the basement.

September 24, 2017

Life on the Road, and in a Walmart Parking Lot.

The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind. We think we know more than we do—including how machines will behave.

Facebook’s Ad Scandal Isn’t a ‘Fail,’ It’s a Feature. What people perceive as Facebook’s “mistakes” is actually its entire business model.

It’s time to kill the web. Most web “technologies” aren’t even backward-looking, they are instead literally from the past.

September 23, 2017

Oligarchic regimes with no freedom of speech are very profitable for Zuckerberg.

Is the Milky Way actually kind of weird? It does sometimes look at me funny and lick its lips.

Among the least persuasive writers on contemporary politics, for me, is Ta-Nehisi Coates.

September 22, 2017

Beware the Open-Plan Kitchen. There’s nothing more addictively soothing than watching someone flipping homes on HGTV. Until we end up in a real-life rerun of the housing bubble.

Blame the people, not the algorithms, for Facebook’s racist ads.

Humans aren’t wired to act on complex statistical risks very well.

Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates. What the fuck happened to that guy? Has gone full Marcotte. He wasn’t a one-trick pony after all. More like half-trick.

Get Rid of Equifax. Why should private companies make money on our credit reports?

The Stock Market Has Been Magical. It Can’t Last.

How science fiction shows us the limits of science.

What Should Have Happened In Hillary Clinton’s Useless Book.

The Equifax disaster points to a much bigger problem.

September 21, 2017

See richest, poorest U.S. cities and counties based on new Census data.

Libertarians and the alt-right.

Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think.

US solar plant costs fall another 30 per cent in just one year.

Pair of deadly Mexico quakes puzzles scientists.

Obama Is Living in a Hillary Clinton Presidency. His willingness to make $400,000 speeches to Wall Street suggests that he has not adjusted to the new political landscape. Obama’s goal for a long time appears to have been to get as rich as possible.

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War.

Without opioids, our collective life expectancy would be 2.5 mos longer.

Rigid gender stereotypes tied to increased depression, violence and suicide in children.

How flying seriously messes with your mind.

Entitled drivers are getting in the way of California’s climate change efforts.

September 20, 2017

Hillary Clinton just floated the possibility of contesting the 2016 election. She should have tried contesting it while she was actually running.