December 10, 2018

Why Tumblr Banning Adult Content Is a Serious Problem.

The contemporary rise of nationalism and populisms across the world is not some liberal order antithesis emerging from a vacuum, but rather a logical consequence of this liberal order, constituting an often reactionary ‘counter movement’ that cannot be tackled with prescriptions for increased market globalization. This is a very good paper.

The Housing Boom Is Already Gigantic. How Long Can It Last?

It’s hard to think when someone Hadamards your brain.

Uncomfortable privacy research.

Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable? If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?

When it comes to American jobs, the US could learn from its largest sex-furniture manufacturer. I did not know sex furniture was a thing. At first, I thought it was furniture you have sex with. This did not sound appealing to me.

Uber is a “bezzle,” doomed to disappoint the suckers who buy into its IPO.

December 9, 2018

Why Black Hole Interiors Grow Forever.

Men underestimate level of sexual harassment against women – survey.

Antitrust’s Most Wanted. The 10 breakups the government should be investigating — but isn’t.

How Much Longer Until the U.S. Debt Bubble Bursts? The economists who insist there is no such thing as a bubble are about get surprised…again.

The federal, state and local governments now employ a smaller share of the U.S. workforce than at any time since 1957.

Minneapolis Confronts Its History of Housing Segregation. By doing away with single-family zoning, the city takes on high rent, long commutes, and racism in real estate in one fell swoop.

The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything. Going to happen again, and faster than anyone thinks.

We have completely turned the public sphere over to multinational corporations like Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. They are our preeminent forms of communication. They provide the main conduit for news and public discussion in our society.

What science has gotten wrong by ignoring women.

When our faves let us down through ignorance and violence we rush to remind strangers of our disapproval. But in the quest for a fairer world, we should remember that the idea of moral and political purity is a figment of the imagination. It does not exist.

Battle of the old white guys: Please, no. First wave of 2020 panic: Is Biden vs. Bernie really the best Democrats can do?.

The Last Days of Rookie. Tavi Gevinson talks authenticity, digital publishing, and the pervasive creep of the lifestyle brand. Everything good is being destroyed by corporate power.

Academics’ Mobbing of a Young Scholar Must be Denounced. Intelligence research is dangerous.

After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words.

Further proof that millennials are the brokest generation. Fuck Kevin Drum.

The Myth of the Benevolent Postwar Corporation.

Cancer treatment may be less aggressive if you’re not part of a couple.

The partisan brain. What psychology experiments tell you about why people deny facts.

December 8, 2018

Median Household Income, Poverty Rates and Computer and Internet Use.

Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials. The American system has thrown them into debt, depressed their wages, kept them from buying homes—and then blamed them for everything.

Why we miss the wasps. Wasps are a mirror held to our planet. When they do well, we all do well.

It has never been clear to me why in terms of discrimination, diversity, and representation so many academics can see clearly things like race, gender, or sexual orientation while class apparently just isn’t a thing.

America’s Elderly Are Losing $37 Billion a Year to Fraud. There was some study that “showed” elderly people aren’t more susceptible to scams. I believe that study was BS.

You need neither PWA nor AMP to make your website load fast. There has been a trend of new “revolutionary” techniques on the Web that basically let you do stuff possible decades ago.

The Influence of the Evolutionary Past on the Mind: An Analysis of the Preference for Landscapes in the Human Species.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils The Ugly Truth About Being Poor In America.

New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust. I said this…in 2006.

Very low calorie diets trialled by NHS to tackle diabetes. The FA crowd is going to be very angry.

How the Cashless Economy Shuts Out the Poor.

Like Nazis.

Empirical evidence on how US border wall expansion 2010-2007 reduced Mexican immigration & changed wages.

Millions of Americans Could Face Surprise Emergency Room Bills in January.

Welcome to Our Modern Hospital Where If You Want to Know a Price You Can Go Fuck Yourself.

Thread on the eve of what is being dubbed in France as “Black Saturday”.

Trump Administration Guts Office Designed to Protect Farmers from Ag Monopolies. This will matter more than about anything Trump has done, but will not attract notice because it’s not theater for the left or right.

December 7, 2018

A UC Riverside professor’s first-of-its-kind study explores the neural underpinnings of cute aggression. I have never experienced this. I have just plain aggression.

Yes, student loans really are making millennials go broke.

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free.

Gustatory disgust triggering feelings of moral disgust did not replicate.

Ali’s Dictionary of Accepted Ideas. A thread.

You Drive Your Kids to School Because the Neighborhood Doesn’t Feel Safe. The Neighborhood Doesn’t Feel Safe Because Everybody Drives.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison, the Most Important Person You Never Heard Of, Dead at 87. Knew of him, but didn’t know he invented the Viewmaster. I think every single kid born between 1970-1980 had one of those.

The credibility of acted screams: Implications for emotional communication research. People could not tell the difference beyond chance levels.

With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation. Instead, it’ll look like The Road.

An Insect Flees Danger. Suddenly, It Picks Up a Tiny Hitchhiker.

Doomsday Economics: The Fundamentals Are Strong? Great bit of writing.

December 6, 2018

Why Do Hospitals Hate Sleep So Much?

Elizabeth Holberton — Inventor of Breakpoints. Our second pioneer is no other than Elizabeth “Betty” Holberton, one of the six original programmers of the ENIAC. Half the stuff in the comp world was invented by women, who were later driven out.

A woman tries to set out on The Hero’s Journey only to find that Joseph Campbell didn’t believe that women take The Hero’s Journey. She must instead embark on The Lady Hero’s Journey.

Verdict Is In: Food Stamps Put Poor Kids on Path to Success.

You probably need more silence in your life. I need mostly silence.

Tumblr’s Porn Ban Is Off to a Predictably Stupid Start.

Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click.

Noncompete Agreements Are Bad for Employees and the Economy.

Greenland ice sheet melt ‘off the charts’ compared with past four centuries.

What millennial panic stories — like “killing” canned tuna — tell us about Boomer guilt.

December 5, 2018

Consumer debt on track to top $4 trillion by 2019.

The Prophet of Envy.

The Road to Racism is Paved with Good Intentions.

Collectively, these results provide little support for the social roles account of sex differences in mate preferences.

We are living through the nadir of American literature. Especially poetry. Good god, especially poetry. Instagram has made stars out of young men and women who have literally read fewer than 5 books their entire lives.

Tumblr’s Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online.

Thomson Reuters to cut 3,200 jobs in next two years. The news provider said it would cut the number of offices around the world by 30 percent.

Effects of creatine supplementation on performance and training adaptations. Appears to do something.

These 5 Numbers Explain Why the French Are in the Streets. The first article I’ve seen that is mostly right (if still incomplete), instead of wrong directly or by omission.

Never, Ever Forget The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks did real reporting, thus had to be destroyed by the press that does not.

The Utter Failure Of FOSTA: More Lives At Risk… And Sex Ads Have Increased, Not Decreased. This is Mozilla-like, in that the failure mode was completely predictable but feckless loons supported it anyway.

Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says.

Single workout can boost metabolism for days.

December 4, 2018

Book Review: ‘Future Sounds: The Story of Electronic Music.’

Want Someone to Care About Climate Change? Make It Personal.

Physicists Spot Four Black Hole Collisions, Including the Largest One Ever Recorded.

No model in practice: a ‘Nordic model’ to respond to prostitution? Nordic model increases violence to sex workers, trafficking. Which is about what you’d expect.

Without an Obamacare penalty, many are planning to drop health plans. The consequences could be dire. Obama was a fucking fool to have this penalty as part of the plan, no matter its spreadsheet benefits.

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction.

News Networks Fall Short on Climate Story as Dolphins Die on the Beach. Capitalism and dealing with climate change are 100% incompatible.

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reaches Bennu, and it will bring a piece of the asteroid back to Earth.

3 Women Accused Neil deGrasse Tyson of Sexual Misconduct. He Says Evidence Matters, and He’s Right. I have no love for this dude, but evidence does matter.

Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10. Umm. Ok then.

December 3, 2018

Solar panels now cost less. Thank government policy.

Salaried workers beware: GM cuts are a warning for all.

“Generation Wealth” documentarian Lauren Greenfield on how the rich are destroying civilization.

The Cruelty Is the Point.

Light trucks and SUVs impose significant externalities on people around them, including a lack of visibility, headlight glare, and serious safety risks in a crash.

If the Future Is Nonbinary, It’s a Bleak One for Women.

You Can’t Feel ’Em, if You Can’t See ’Em.

In Which Our Hero Explores the Depths of European Discontent….

New research finds there is no “right thing” to say when you want to be supportive.

Wired that way: genes do shape behaviours but it’s complicated.

Curtains for the Clintons. Can’t believe I’m linking to Dowd, but it’s actually good.

Proposed Regulations Would Allow the Majority of US Homes To Be Bought and Sold Without Being Appraised by a Human. Wow, this is a remarkably terrible idea.

Ecological fallacy. One of Mozilla’s main problems in “designing” Firefox.