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.

The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay.

How Corporations Have Destroyed Our 20th Century Literary Heritage.

Boeing’s folding wingtips get the FAA green light.

The Old Allure of New Money.

The recent mass shootings in the US all have one thing in common: misogyny. Plenty of misogyny in the rest of the world, but no other developed nation that worships firearms.

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions.

May 21, 2018

Abandoning a generation in the land of the gun.

Study finds growing wealth gap between seniors and families with children.

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style.

“The country’s 80 percent losers, and growing every day.”

Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.

How Judea Pearl Became One of AI’s Sharpest Critics.

May 20, 2018

France to fine men up to €750 for wolf-whistling or making sexual comments to women.

The Atlantic trots out a familiar argument blaming the upper-middle class for income inequality. It’s wrong.

Texas school had a shooting plan, armed officers and practice. And still 10 people died.

Why Photography’s B&W vs Color Debate Is No Debate At All.

Facebook is tracking you on over 8.4 million websites.

A new analysis by The Washington Post found that more people have been killed at schools so far in 2018 than have been killed while serving in the U.S. military, based on data from Defense Department news releases.

Resentment of Crazy-Rich Americans Isn’t Just Envy. People are bothered by a sense that the system is rigged and unfair. People are rightly disturbed by the reality of the situation.

40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington. Am sure every major city has dozens if not hundreds of these. They are cheap and effective, so of course they do.

Student debt crisis watch: pay $18,000 of your $24,000 loan, owe $24,000.

Is nature continuous or discrete? How the atomist error was born.

May 19, 2018

Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as audits surge.

APOD: 2018 May 18 – Attack of the Laser Guide Stars.

How NASA’s Mission to Pluto Was Nearly Lost.

Electronics for extreme environments.

May 18, 2018

Community Colleges and how easy it is to make fun of someone else. Community colleges provide a better actual education than the vast majority of four-year universities.

There’s no denying it — a student loan crisis is coming.

Almost half of US families can’t afford basics like rent and food. That’s ok, they can eat FREEDOM and live in LIBERTY.

Yes, Neoliberalism Is a Thing. Don’t Let Economists Tell You Otherwise. Economists like to use the colossally stupid Cosma Shalizi-like argument that if you can’t point to something labeled “neoliberalism” somewhere, that it doesn’t exist.

The U.S. birthrate hits another record low. Even women in their 30s are having fewer babies.