September 30, 2018


Kavanaugh’s weeping, shouting, and blaming is classic abuser behavior.

The Curse of Bipartisanship.

How Red States Stifle Blue Cities.

How Google became an architect of reality. If Google can’t find a piece of information, that knowledge simply doesn’t exist for the company’s users.

Housing Market Slows, as Rising Prices Outpace Wages.

Origins of Parasitism in Animalia. Parasitism will never fail ya.

The Rental Markets in America, from Hot to Cold.

The soup of abuse.

September 29, 2018

The Banality of Brett Kavanaugh.

The Met Digitally Restores the Colors of an Ancient Egyptian Temple, Using Projection Mapping Technology.

Madagascar Vanilla – Bracing for the Vanilla Boom.

The Identity of Shame.

Bigger Than Any Past Bubble: Beware of Soaring Household Assets. The market capitalization dwarfs the levels that preceded the housing crisis and the tech peak.

Ideology Is the Original Augmented Reality.

Christine Blasey Ford Is a Class Traitor.

Tech’s push to teach coding isn’t about kids’ success – it’s about cutting wages.

New 26,000-pound dinosaur discovery was Earth’s largest land animal. That is one big puppy.

Blasey Ford–Kavanaugh Testimony Tells a Tale of Two Internets.

Extra inventory. More sales. Lower prices. How counterfeits benefit Amazon.

2018 Small World in Motion Competition Winners.

The Salt Scam.

Women Built London’s Waterloo Bridge, But It Took These Photos to Prove It.

September 28, 2018

Scientists disproved a widely accepted idea about neutron stars with a recent observation of a high-energy particle jet.

What everyone misses about American elites.

The Apes Who (Didn’t) Learn Sign Language.

The question of expertise in psychotherapy.

New method accurately detects prions in blood.

Here’s How Millennials’ Lives Were Changed By Recession 10 Years Ago. If the Great Recession was 10 years ago, why does it feel like it was yesterday? Millennials share their stories of how their lives are still affected by last decade’s financial crisis.

Men Are Defending Brett Kavanaugh Because They’re Afraid. For once.

Missing kangaroo tracked down in South Florida neighborhood. Let it be. The alligators will get it soon enough.

Fed up by crazy hospital bills, state makes passive-aggressive T-shirts.

The New Epistocracy.

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and a crisis of elite accountability.

September 27, 2018

How Much You Have To Earn To Buy A House In The 50 Biggest US Cities, Mapped.

Fear Climate Change — and Our Response to It. Global warming will be expensive, and humanity’s irrational reaction may make it even more so.

“Housing Bubble 1,” which was called a “healthy” housing market during it, and was called “bubble” and “unsustainable” only after its collapse. However, collective memory changes, and now, this peak of the collapsed bubble has become the new-normal base of what is once again a “healthy” housing market. The index has surged 53% from the bottom of “Housing Bust 1.”

The Uncomfortable Reality of Having a Younger Boss. Who gives a shit?

Our fear that the advertising machines of Big Tech might be “hijacked” by bad political actors distracts us from the fact that these tools are already dangerous when used exactly as intended.

The Untold Story of Gun Violence. Without even pulling the trigger, men are using deadly weapons to threaten, manipulate, and terrorize their intimate partners. This form of domestic abuse is called coercive control.

Plausible home stars of the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua found in Gaia DR2.

A Unified Theory Of Keira Knightley. Knightley gets teased for playing versions of the same character, in different costumes. But her recurring role — negotiating femininity under patriarchal control — is one so many women recognize as our own.

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism.

The Secret Life of Kelp.

Paolo Sebastian “The Nightingale” Spring 2016 Haute Couture Collection.

Time to Wake Up: the Neoliberal Order is Dying.

‘We’re moving to higher ground’: America’s era of climate mass migration is here.

Florence was the second wettest storm in 70 years.

After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough.

When Do We Have Empathy for the Mentally Ill?

September 26, 2018

What happens to police departments that collect more fines? They solve fewer crimes.

The Robots Can’t Stop Us Repeating the Mistakes of 2008. Quite the opposite, really. Now you can repeat the mistakes much faster and far stupider.

Millennials Are Flocking To Cheap Rust Belt Cities.

The Great Mortality.

Yes, Government Creates Wealth.

Attempted rape isn’t boys will be boys. It’s criminals will be criminals.

Goldman Warns Of A Default Wave As $1.3 Trillion In Debt Is Set To Mature.

What are public lands?

Why a Hawk Is a Hummingbird’s Best Friend.

Do we now live in such unforgiving times that one problematic essay (or interview) guillotines a job? Yes. I consider shutting down all my blogs every day.

The Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America. No surprise, it’s Florida. I’ve personally known three people killed by cars in Florida, and I don’t know many people.

Does Implicit Bias Predict Dictator Giving? Implicit bias tests appear to be pure garbage and tell us basically nothing.

Mate Preferences and Their Behavioral Manifestations.

New Bill Will Put an End to the Out-of-Network ER Scam.

Fighting Back Against GMO Pseudoscience.

September 25, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding.

Missing the Dark Satanic Mills.

Sexism, Rape Myths and Feminist Identification Explain Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward the #metoo Social Media Campaign in Two Countries.

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US.

It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad.

These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care. It only surprises me there are any places worse than the US. (My boss’s wife was recently denied an MRI by her health insurer that was recommended by her primary care physician.)

We have a system that doesn’t allow for the admission of error when we make errors in our zeal to feel safer.

Rich people are to blame for the rise of Lyme disease.

The Most Promising Migraine Drug in Years Is Being Held Hostage by Our Healthcare Dystopia.

September 24, 2018

Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy.

Here’s your paycheck, but you gotta pay us before you can have it.

LA’s richest neighborhoods have vaccination rates lower than the poorest parts of Africa.

In reality, the US political system is like the unplugged video game remote that kids give their baby brother so he stops whining that he wants a turn to play.

Kavanaugh’s Lesson For Democrats Is That It’s Always Worth A Fight. In this case, they are fighting accidentally, so I am not sure it’s a lesson that will actually be learned.

What’s the Maximum Gravity We Could Survive?

Anthony Bourdain vs. the Tyranny of Wellness.


Why I’m done with Chrome. There is no usable browser any more. Not a single one.

Faster. Slower. How We Walk Depends on Who We Walk With, and Where We Live.

September 23, 2018

One of the most intriguing aspects of the 2007-09 financial crisis is how little understanding there is of what actually occurred.

Cornell University’s “world-renowned eating behavior expert,” Brian Wansink, has resigned following the news, per Vox, that 13 of Wansink’s studies “have now been retracted, including the six pulled from [the Journal of the American Medical Association] Wednesday.

Splurge on a Lower License-Plate Number.D rivers obsessively seek tags with fewer digits, bidding up prices as high as $675,000; ‘something people fight over a lot’. Some people have far too much money.

Low-carb diets are all a scam — and science proves it. The truth is that quality, not carbs, should be your main focus if you want to eat for a long and healthy life.

Is there an emerging political gulf between the generations? Quiggin has always been very wrong, just in ways he didn’t understand. Now he’s just really, really wrong, but knows it (a little).

How Puberty Kills Girls’ Confidence.

Applicant Who Actually Faced Punishment For Sexual Assault Clearly Not Yale Material.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Growth Rate.

Ancient Megadrought Causes Present-Day Drama. We’re living in the Meghalayan Age. But a scientific scuffle has broken out over what marks the beginning of this new geologic time period.

Two Japanese robots are now happily hopping on an asteroid. Why do robots get to have all the fun?

The intersectionality that American leftists increasingly advocate has a narrowing, not broadening effect. Here’s the salient bottom line: Follow this out, and it may lead to the collapse of the left, not its elevation.

Their minds are so twisted by racism and xenophobia that they can’t understand how global capitalism, the graduated phase-out of national sovereignty, the privatization of virtually everything, the debt-enslavement of nearly everyone, and the replacement of their so-called “cultures” with an ubiquitous, smiley-faced, gender-neutral, non-oppressive, corporate-friendly, Disney simulation of culture are actually wonderfully progressive steps forward on the road to a more peaceful, less offensive world. This is a great piece.

Our age of horror. In this febrile cultural moment filled with fear of the Other, horror has achieved the status of true art. Seasons 3-5 of The Walking Dead is some of the best TV ever made.

Why every social media site is a dumpster fire. Tribalism makes these platforms easy targets for con artists.

Anonymous stock-market manipulators behind $20B+ of “mispricing” can be tracked by their writing styles.

September 22, 2018

Debt Is a Powder Keg and Rising Interest Rates Are Matches. Different this time is not.