August 24, 2018

Socialism in one country.

Odd Numbers. Algorithms alone can’t meaningfully hold other algorithms accountable.

Cleaner wrasse pass the mark test. What are the implications for consciousness and self-awareness testing in animals? This is a very fishy result. Maybe those fish were just being wrasse-holes.

We investigated cross-trait assortative mating for the traits of physical attractiveness and intelligence using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.

When and Why the World Went Wrong. After the fall of communism, the erosion of the liberal international order was inevitable.

August 23, 2018

These Economists Think Guns, Not the Crack Epidemic, Drove the ’90s Murder Boom. It was both.

‘Ugly fake scientist.’ Women say sexist attacks on the rise.

‘I know about the secret’: Men in affluent neighborhoods are getting shakedown letters.

Newly Found Enzymes Can Help Turn Type A and B Blood into Universal Type O.

Subprime Begins to Haunt Credit Card Balances.

Mainstream economics and the state.

USA official unemployment rate: the missing 15.9 million.

‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention.

Computational Complexity of P-Zombies. I agree with this. Consciousness is a hack. There could be something ridiculously smarter than a human, but not conscious (those two probably go together).


Why Social Class Matters, Even if We Don’t Agree What It Means.

Climate Change, the Rio Grande and Border Water.

North America may be overdue for a megadrought.

Found: An ancient hominin hybrid who had a Neanderthal for a mother and a Denisovan for a father. Stone Age kink.

August 22, 2018

Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses.

The Militarization of Police Does Not Reduce Crime. New research finds it does reduce public support for law enforcement.

The degree to which a society allows individuals to express biological gender differences can vary. If a society ensures that men and women have exactly the same access to all resources that this society has to offer, the biological factors could be expressed more strongly than in more repressive societies. Women and men become less similar in more egalitarian societies.

The study bolstered a growing body of research, they said, finding that social media scrambles users’ perceptions of outsiders, of reality, even of right and wrong. The human mind as evolved is not well-equipped to deal with social media (I know liberals don’t believe the brain/mind has evolved at all, but they are just wrong).

Safety culture or safety behavior?

Over- and Under-reactions in politics. This is a very good post.

Much of Western America Will Be Uninhabitable In 40 Years. Canada, we is comin’!

This is how much you’ll pay in hidden costs when you own a home.

The migration of college graduates, 1970-2000.

When we exile the aging from our auto-oriented towns, where do they go?

Why can’t my dog sit just outside the restaurant patio? I hate dog people. There should be cities just for them. Dogs and their incessant yapping are the bane of my life. Don’t like it, quit reading the fucking blog and get on the fuck outta here.

The #Resistance Has a New Grift, and Liberals Are the Perfect Mark. Is there anything in society left that is not some form of scam?

Fact checkers have a Medicare-for-all problem.

August 21, 2018

The Scientists Who Starved to Death Surrounded By Food.

It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs. The insecure nature of work is a result of decisions by corporations and policymakers.

In Search of a Bigger Boom.

Insurance copays are higher than the cost of the drug about 25 percent of the time.

My generation has to choose between a child or a career. We can’t afford both.

If You’ve Never Lived In Poverty, Stop Telling Poor People What To Do.

That’s Not Algae Swirling on the Beach. Those Are Green Worms.

Summer Weather Is Getting ‘Stuck’ Due To Arctic Warming.

The actual clientele for “green” and “ethical” products is far smaller than the share of people who advocate those, constituting what Timur Kuran calls “preference falsification.”

How a Woman Disappears from the History Books.

Venezuela’s Crack-Up Is Accelerating.

After 60 Years, I-95 Is Complete. Meanwhile, the rest of America’s roadways, rails and bridges are disintegrating.

Cisco Said to Be Cited for Bias Against U.S. Workers. Company allegedly favored visa holders in hiring, then paid them less. I briefly contracted at Cisco. Worked with a bunch of incompetents in India who did not know anything, but I am sure they were paid peanuts.

August 20, 2018

Yet even atop the highest tower in the most prestigious university we remain animals, directed by the same base-level needs and emotions that motivate living creatures from bonobos to rats.

Self-invasions and the Invaded Self.

HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook. HUD, punch Zuck in the pud.

Ongoing Purge Of Dissenting Voices Almost Claims Another Victim In Caitlin Johnstone. Many of the left voices that I used to read on Twitter are now banned. And no, they were not Russian bots. Some of them I’ve been reading before there was a thing called “Twitter.”

There is no alternative to free speech, because every controversial topic has a substantial group of people who view it as hate speech.

Migration will drive western politics for decades to come.

Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to eat Italian food, listen to reggae, or go to Yoga. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to drink tea or use chopsticks or speak English or apply algebra, or listen to jazz, or write novels.

Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today. Hume is my favorite philosopher and has been for a long time.

August 19, 2018

Fracking is destroying U.S. water supply.

We Are All Lab Rats In The Largest-Ever Monetary Experiment In Human History.

No American generation since WWII has had a more distressed start to their professional years than millennials.

How Advertisers Convinced Americans They Smelled Bad.

Single issue voter.

The real reason your company switched to an open plan office. This is not the only reason. It’s also because execs like to see the people they have power over. Additionally, with productivity decreases factored in, open offices are a huge net loss.

The Evidence Is In, and Austerity Is Declared a Loser.

Most newspaper editorials are already a watered-down product of groupthink. It’s unlikely that expanding the size of the group and encouraging everybody to bake and serve a tuna-fish casserole on the same day will produce editorials that are more interesting and persuasive than the normal fare.

Straight men ask for special accomodations for their straightness all the time.

It’s not a choice you make voluntarily as a Muslim girl, it’s a choice forced upon you by your family and community and, in some places like Saudi Arabia, by the religious police. When modern feminism declared that hijabs and burqas were feminist is when I was completely done with modern feminism.

‘Women Are So Catty’ Says Man Who Regularly Gets in Fights Over Parking Spots.

ALL of this activity was from the AOL people, who were not CREATING anything. They saw the internet as TV, and just consumed, consumed, consumed all of our paid-for content, for free.

Mirrored Installations by Sarah Meyohas Create Infinite Tunnels Strewn With Dangling Flowers.

Broken Windows and James Gunn. If some of the jokes I told in high school were permanently recorded anywhere, I couldn’t even get a job sweeping floors.

In an article in The American Interest, linguist and social critic John McWhorter argued that white liberal discourse on race has become quasireligious, with “uncannily rich” parallels to Christianity: white liberals embrace accusations of racism and confess their white privilege (original sin); and they seek a forgiveness from black people that can never be fully earned (grace). There’s also a substantial element of self-debasement and self-flagellation, McWhorter noted.

Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t.

American life is just ruinously, shatteringly expensive compared to anywhere else. Well, of so-called “developed” countries, it definitely is.

TSA Brings Body Scanning to Transit Stations. Dystopia intensifying.

I Was a Female Incel.

Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil. To preserve the status quo, global surveillance and hypercapitalism just must ignore state boundaries. Much more of this to come.

MI Fallout is Tom Cruise’s fun cartoon for grown-ups. Yes. This is why I love the MI films. They are so damn fun but you can’t think about them even for two seconds.

August 18, 2018

The Role of Women in the “Bullshit Workforce.” Why meaningless, spiritually draining jobs have long been a particular scourge for female employees.

The million-dollar brownstone that no one owned. On a quiet street in Brooklyn, a real-estate imbroglio proved nearly impossible to solve.

In Support of Free Speech.

California homeowners get to pass low property taxes to their kids. It’s proved highly profitable to an elite group. Look at all those houses that are going to be gone — washed into the ocean — in 10-30 years.

Atomic Gardening.

Here’s What Happens When We Allow Facial Recognition Technology in Our Schools.

On the Threshold of the Third Globalization: why Liberal Capitalism might Fail?

Why is the far right dominated by men?

The adaptive nature of false memories is revealed by gist-based distortion of true memories.

A Berkeley professor explains why society needs more troublemakers.

The lack of acceptance of evolutionary approaches to human behaviour.

The Creation Of New Worlds Examined Thru Myth.

They’re Falsely Accused of Shoplifting, but Retailers Demand Penalties.

As Academic Publishers Fight And Subvert Open Access, Preprints Offer An Alternative Approach For Sharing Knowledge Widely.

What all those US newspapers are getting wrong.

Growing Black Holes Within Accretion Disks.

California Is Deteriorating Into a Feudal Society of Inherited Land Wealth. The rest of the US is not far behind.

August 17, 2018

Do electrons think?–Erwin Schrödinger (BBC 1949).

The Topology of Impossible Spaces.

DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples. Culturally important macaws were traded far outside their natural range. That is remacawable.

The Go-Go’s Gave Us the Beat and So Much More. Female-led bands never get the credit they deserve.

Both Left and Right have turned against us. I disagree with some of the Left’s exact sins, but this is not wrong. The Left believes they are doing good. Alas, belief is not enough.

A Medicaid patient lost the care he’d received for 20 years. 3 months later, he was dead.

The Tech Backlash We Really Need. Silicon Valley will only be strengthened by its present scandals unless we ask deeper questions.

ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money. $200 billion already wasn’t enough?

American doctors are too educated.