February 28, 2018

The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence.

The Myth of Sound Fundamentals in the US Stock Market.

Women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts. In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women, finds researchers in a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology. This confirms everything I’ve ever witnessed in any work environment.

The Time Has Come to End Old-Growth Logging in our National Forests.

Inside the OED. I’m down with the OED (yeah, you know me).

Ad network uses advanced malware technique to conceal CPU-draining mining ads.

Don’t let NIMBYs — or weak-kneed politicians — stand in the way of homeless housing.

The Economic Gaslighting of a Generation.

Why conservatives are so obsessed with guns.

Spring is running 20 days early. It’s exactly what we expect, but it’s not good.

Doctors Have Finally Ruled Menstrual Cramps As Painful As Heart Attacks.

February 27, 2018

There are times an old-fashioned alarm clock may be a better choice than an Amazon Echo Spot. When you don’t want someone taking a picture of what you do in bed, for example. The times I don’t want someone doing that are all of the times.

These Americans will never get Social Security benefits — and we don’t mean millennials.

How poverty changes your mind-set.

Stock market gains to the richest 2% of Americans in 2017 could pay for the entire nation’s social programs.

Dismantling Public Ed. Agreed. If I had a kid, I’d never let them go to a school with armed teachers.

How did life begin? It’s Chemistry 101, but in space.

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration.

We have all the data we need: Stronger gun laws would save lives.

Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights? I get cold even on the hottest nights is why I sleep with blankets — especially my feet.

The highest form of flattery? In praise of plagiarism. The academic definition of plagiarism is simply absurd and ahistorical.

February 26, 2018

Some Thoughts About Economic Exposition in Math and Words.

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse.

From Whole Foods to Amazon, Invasive Technology Controlling Workers Is More Dystopian Than You Think.

For the NRA, ‘freedom’ means being heavily armed and scared to death. Scared people buy more guns….

Say goodnight to net neutrality as AT&T just rolled out ‘internet fast lanes’.

Horsepox synthesis: A case of the unilateralist’s curse?

There’s no good argument against letting 16-year-olds vote.

GDP, the yardstick of economic success, is choking us and the planet.

America psychopaths are inherently different from Dutch psychopaths.

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs.

The Mortgage Market Is Moving Into the Shadows.

Google is doing what the programming priesthood always does, building the barrier to entry higher, making things more complicated, giving themselves an exclusive.

February 25, 2018

After Columbine.

Basics of Space Flight.

The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked.

Against Cuteness.

We’ve Always Hated Girls Online: A Wayback Machine Investigation.

Science and art are often seen as disciplines with little in common. But research has shown that artistic and scientific creativity are closely correlated. But, but, math IQ tests are all that matter!

Are We Running Out of Trademarks? An Empirical Study of Trademark Depletion and Congestion.

We Are Hard-Coding Injustices for Generations to Come.

Study redraws family tree of domesticated and ‘wild’ horses.

These days, only around 11 percent of the working class are white men in industrial jobs.

Flowers look way more beautiful if you’re a bug.

I Was a Marine. I Don’t Want a Gun in My Classroom. The presence of a firearm is always an invitation to violence.

People don’t want to learn shit. Well, that neatly summarizes a thousand-word post I had cookin’ for my other blog.

French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food. Another change said to be “impossible” that was relatively easy.

Your orange juice exists because of climate change in the Himalayas millions of years ago. And most of what you buy in the store tastes millions of years old.

Women Were Better Represented in Victorian Novels Than Modern Ones.

Some argue — almost righteously, as if they had pounced on a major discovery — that Twitter, Facebook, etc., are private corporations, that supposedly owe us nothing: “they’re not public utilities”. Exactly, and therefore they deserve none of the public’s support.

February 24, 2018

Humans Have a Natural Teaching Instinct. Unpossible, because humans can’t have instincts because it made some liberal cry!

Prime-Age Men May Never Return to U.S. Workforce, Fed Paper Says. Look to the middle to see where that automation that isn’t happening is happening (I’m one of the ones automating that part away, btw).

Public colleges are becoming less public, fueling inequality.

Fresh Evidence for New Physics in the Universe.

The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China will host a Long March 3 rocket launch on average every 26 days during 2018, including a major lunar mission and multiple Beidou satellite launches, with total launches from the site potentially reaching 17.

HTTP still under attack.

Let the Teachers Teach. Arming teachers is such a horrendously bad idea that I have no idea how we are even entertaining it.

America’s Gun Sickness Goes Way Beyond Guns.

Reading memory formation from the eyes.

Unenlightened thinking: Steven Pinker’s embarrassing new book is a feeble sermon for rattled liberals. Pinker is a serious intellectual about like I’m a serious gymnast.

February 23, 2018

White families, by contrast, accounted for only 17% of poor people shown, though they constitute 66% of the poor population.

There’s No One Way to Explain How Flying Works.

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma.

Postal-Service Workers Are Shouldering the Burden for Amazon. Amazon is not actually at fault. Rather, it’s hatred of anything perceived as “government.”

The hypocrisy poisoning America.

House Prepared To Rush Vote On Terrible Frankenstein SESTA, Which Will Harm Trafficking Victims & The Internet.

Gartner Reports First Ever Global Decline in Smartphone Sales. Nice. Now we’ll maybe hear endless reports about how “the smartphone is dead!”

A changing of guard: After unthinkable tragedy, Generation Z emerges loud and clear.

The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims.

SEC planning to roll back Obama-era mutual fund rules. This background stuff will matter more than most of what you hear the press bloviating about.

Extreme Poverty in the US Is A Political Choice of the Powerful.

February 22, 2018

City Noise Might Be Making You Sick.

What Does a True Populism Look Like? It Looks Like the New Deal.

Study finds alcohol use to be the biggest risk factor for dementia. My mom (a very heavy drinker) went from near-complete eidetic memory to fairly bad memory due to years of high unremitting alcohol consumption.

The Winter Olympics, male & female physiology, and socially constructed bodies. Elite athlete performance difference should be about 10% male/female based on physiology in most sports, but is often far more. Non-physiological explanations thus are required.

Ky. Medicaid Changes Will Penalize For Unnecessary ER Visits. “Unnecessary.”

“Fake news”: reaction to the end of the monopoly on the narrative.

Why kids need to climb trees. A London council’s proposal to fine kids £500 for climbing trees sparks debate over children’s rights to freedom of movement and why adults think they can block it. It shocks me how many adults seem to utterly and completely forget being a kid. I cannot understand it.

Online security is a disaster and the people who investigate it are being sued into silence.

How the media erases people of color from rural communities.

February 21, 2018

Google Condemns the Archival Web.

New Data Shows Netflix’s Number of Movies Has Gone Down By Thousands of Titles Since 2010. We are now re-siloing information. This will go on for a while as it’s monetized and locked away.

Trump Can’t Kill Renewable Energy. Yep. Too late. That ship sailed about five years ago.

A new working paper from the International Monetary Fund provides empirical support for the idea that large-scale deregulation generates financial crisis.

Please Don’t Get Murdered at School Today.

Circle of life.

Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend.

How housing policy subsidizes McMansions. The true recipients of welfare are the well-off and rich.

February 20, 2018

Why 16-year-olds should be able to vote. And no one older than 65 should be allowed to stand for presidential election.

No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun.

How app developers keep us addicted to our smartphones. Keep you addicted. I fucking hate them.

In human genetics, indirect effects outnumber direct ones.

February 19, 2018

In the end, however, Perot turned out to be more right than wrong about NAFTA—and not only on economic but on political terms. Perot would not have been a good President, but would’ve scuppered NAFTA. That would’ve probably benefited the US more than any other single action in the past 30 years.

Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford.

Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI. Now.

The case for ending Amazon’s dominance.

What Babylon Berlin Sees in the Weimar Republic.

Capitalism and Communism which briefly resembled victor and vanquished, increasingly look more like Thelma and Louise; a tragic couple sent over the edge by forces beyond their control. Talk about burying the lead. Damn.

We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years.

February 18, 2018

Tidbits from a Pseudo-Medieval Kitchen.