May 31, 2018

Space Is Full Of Planets, And Most Of Them Don’t Even Have Stars.

Mystery of Earth’s Missing Nitrogen Solved.

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live.

What One New England Tree Can Tell Us About the Earth’s Future.

Irradiated Food is Safe.

The Social Shaming of Racists Is Working.

Lowe’s Is Making Managers Sign Arbitration Agreements If They Want Their Bonuses. We’re going to see a whole lot more of these “voluntary” agreements after last week’s Supreme Court ruling.

New research reveals ocean waves play greater role in trapping carbon dioxide.

With tougher high-school requirements and greater pressure to go to college, summer classes are the new summer job.

The alarming statistics that show the U.S. economy isn’t as good as it seems.

The more valuable your work is to society, the less you’ll be paid for it.

‘Missing’ immigrant children: Here’s what’s really happening. Another story that was utterly misreported.

America’s Fifth Column Will Destroy Russia.

May 30, 2018

Our Broken Trust in Public Space.

Such is the triumph of the bean counters.

Plants repeatedly got rid of their ability to obtain their own nitrogen.

The impact of middle names: Middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance.

Hurricane Maria’s death toll was 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have let on, study says.

Individuals have to be shorn asunder not only from nature but also of the vision of themselves as rooted in time.

The Ancient Myth of ‘Good Fences.’

Sonic and ultrasonic attacks damage hard drives and crash OSes.

The best approaches for reducing the harm of implicit bias should aim at changing social contexts rather than changing people’s minds.

ECB research provides a withering critique of mainstream macroeconomics.

How Media Amnesia Has Trapped Us in a Neoliberal Groundhog Day.

May 29, 2018

How Falling Birth Rates Fuel Populism.

U.S. executives say that broad-based pay raises are over as automation looms.

May 28, 2018

The North’s Jim Crow. “Quality of life” laws passed in the early 1900s to enforce racial segregation are still doing that today.

These U.S. Workers Are Being Paid Like It’s the 1980s.

Who’s Afraid of Fare-Free Public Transit?

Is This the Next Big Retailer to Melt Down? Its Bonds Crashed. Vulture capitalism strikes again.

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths. China is our future.

May 27, 2018

A Primate’s Memoir.

Most scientists today live in cities and have little direct experience with wild plants and animals, and most biology textbooks now focus more on molecules, cells and internal anatomy than on the diversity and habits of species. It has even become fashionable among some educators to belittle the teaching of natural history and scientific facts that can be “regurgitated” on tests in favor of theoretical concepts. And we should call these people “goddamn idiots” and then fire them.

Of course, the nightmare SHTF situations these new preppers imagine are already happening—to people whose wealth and status don’t protect them.

‘It’s worse than murder’: how rural America became a hospital desert. Profit over people. Or wildlife. Or sense. Or living. It’s the American way.

The Incel Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Convincing You That Nothing Better Is Possible. The Dems also make these same arguments. (Of course, they are also just slightly nicer conservatives.)

21st-century teenager has no idea of 19th-century workplace awaiting him.

How digital cameras work.

May 26, 2018

The “affordable housing” conversation is quite often directed at new construction, which is the weirdest place to focus on affordability.

The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemic.

Rationalism, rationality & reasonableness.

Toys R Us collapse leaves 30,000 unemployed as vulture capitalists cash in.

Food: a class issue.

The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds. Like most things in society, we are doing air travel all wrong as we worship the “free” market.

Our entirely avoidable plunge into oblivion, as a nice poster.

Markets have a magical, quasi-mystical status within mainstream economics. They are both the original starting-point and far-reaching conclusion of mainstream economic theory. Modern economic theory is as much religion as anything scientific. Mathing it up only makes this more the case.

Photo Updates From Kilauea: The Lava Meets the Sea.

Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell.

New research suggests that the suppression of sexual thoughts among religious people only begets a greater preoccupation with sexual thoughts and fantasies. You don’t say.

May 25, 2018

Almost a quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045. New research using WHO data says 1 in 8 people will have type 2 diabetes unless more countries take action. Holy fuck. FA and HAES types should be held criminally negligent, along with fast food companies.

The future of work through the lens of Uber looks a lot like the past.

Millennials are in a deep financial hole compared to past generations.

Weekend lie-ins could help you avoid an early death, study says.

Command-line Tools can be 235x Faster than your Hadoop Cluster. Distributed and clustering is worthless (actually harmful) 90% of the time, but don’t it sound cool on a resume! Operators Arrested For Letting Money Influence Editorial Decisions. These guys are scumbags, but the charges against them seem to be utter crap, and could be used against nearly anyone. If we jailed scumbags for being scummy, about half of America would be in jail.

The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again.

How economics professors can stop failing us.

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction.

What’s normal is what’s real.

After Evergreen. These days, the left is mainly good at ridiculous witch hunts and peddling calumny and conspiracy but little else. Very sad to see.

Hi! We’re Literally Every Couple On A Real Estate Show.

Sleeping in public is taboo. Unless you’re young, white and privileged.

Overall, 21 of the 35 largest housing markets have now surpassed the peak median home value set before the recession.

YouTube Is Messing With the Order of Videos In Some User Feeds. One of the reasons I never subscribe to things like this is that I know they will eventually fuck it up just this way.

There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts.

Imposter syndrome isn’t the problem—toxic workplaces are.

U.S. Life Expectancy Will Likely Decline For Third Straight Year. As Hillary Clinton said, America is already great.

Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers, and will overtake smoking as the biggest cause of cancer within a couple of decades.

Because we are in the Stupidest Timeline, this was the plot of Charlie’s Angels.

May 24, 2018

Average Wages After Taxes, Worldwide.

High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC).

In America, corporations get to be people but workers don’t.

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

Forget “Earth-Like”—We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets.

The Cold War Culture War.

Here’s the shape of a 21st century I don’t want to see. Unfortunately it looks like it’s the one we’re going to get, unless we’re very lucky. I’d guess 2.5 – 5 billion excess deaths by 2100, many due to nuclear war essentially caused by climate change.

Advocates for open borders rely on a series of fallacies. They are unquestioned in the major news media, but easily debunked. “Open borders” is just another moronic utopian project doomed to utter failure like all utopian projects.

America’s Brand of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy. That’s just the way the “centrists” like it.

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists. Shocking no one…well, at least no one with a brain.

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware. VPNFilter can survive reboots and contains destructive “kill” function. Surprise this hasn’t happened sooner as most consumer routers are about as secure as a refrigerator.

Battle in the sky: Bald eagle and fox.

Kepler-503b: An Object at the Hydrogen Burning Mass Limit Orbiting a Subgiant Star.

Neuroscience Critics Learn How Brain Waves Link to Speech. Strict reductionism in science is (mostly) at a dead end, though it’ll take ~25 years for most scientists to realize this.

May 23, 2018

The square President. Nixon, if he’d been as “cool” as Obama, could’ve gotten away with so much more (Watergate included).

House set to approve bank deregulation legislation.

Of course US birth rates are falling – this is a harsh place to have a family.

Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them.

Hundreds of Apps Can Empower Stalkers to Track Their Victims.

Rise of the ticks.

Asteroid From Another Star System Found Orbiting Wrong Way Near Jupiter.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Responsible.

Big Brother Goes Digital.

For as long as they have existed, migraines have been trivialized as headaches or dismissed altogether. Which is clear when you look at the treatments available: Almost every drug used between 1550 B.C. and today has been a repurposed one.

A new ‘ethnicity recognition’ tool is just automated racial profiling. Potential uses include racism and, well, absolutely nothing else.

Why Millennial Precarity Should Change The Way We Think About Class.

May 22, 2018

The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as the other major industrialized nations combined.

Natural language processing is actually a technique aimed at dumbing down computers to the point where they’re able to converse with us. Yep. Voice garbage makes both computers and humans worse. It’s a dead end.

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless. Agreed. Once the well of government research ran out, big tech was lost.

Neil Gorsuch’s first major opinion is a decision allowing bosses to steal wages from their workers.