December 31, 2018

As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions.

How Governmental Failure Amplified the Devastation of California’s Carr Fire.

Don’t get fooled by the customer service survey blame game.

An introduction to Georg Cantor’s transfinite paradise.

‘Reasonable doubt’ makes great TV drama, but it’s killing the planet.

The Case for Moral Disengagement from American Politics.

Researchers found that increases in physical activity tended to be followed by increases in mood and perceived energy level. This beneficial effect was even more pronounced for a subset of the study subjects who had bipolar disorder.

The Symbolic Wall.


Going Viral: 6 New Findings about Viruses.

Trade group including Facebook, Google to ‘oppose’ EU climate efforts.

December 30, 2018

Public housing should embody a promise: free housing for all, free of segregation. Reserving it only for the poorest undermines that promise.

The Malaysia Scandal Is Starting to Look Dire for Goldman Sachs.

It Is Both Ridiculous And Dangerous To Make Domain Registrars Liable For Content On Domains.

Remittance man.

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are The Decision To Leave A Job Won’t Be Yours. A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older US workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible.

An Honest Stock Market Update.

Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreaks Are Exposing Crumbling U.S. Public Health Infrastructure.

There was no relationship between obesity and poverty — until high-fructose corn syrup.

Do You Believe in Eye-Beams?

Employers and Their Lackeys Have Lied About the Minimum Wage Since 1938.

Liberalism Beyond Markets.

Looking for China’s spies.

December 29, 2018

A team of arborists has successfully cloned and grown saplings from the stumps of some of the world’s oldest and largest coast redwoods, some of which were 3,000 years old and measured 35 feet in diameter when they were cut down in the 19th and 20th centuries.

There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past. At Washington’s Hanford nuclear site, failing infrastructure and make-do plans as the West prepares for a new round of radioactivity.

More and more laws are treating a fetus as a person, and a woman as less of one, as states charge pregnant women with crimes.

The role of sex in the genomics of human complex traits.

New Horizons set for humanity’s first ever Kuiper Belt rendezvous.

Scientists model Mercury’s glaciers.

A life on the tracks.

US Housing Market to Get Uglier in Near Future. Prettier for me and anyone else looking to buy.

‘Wallet biopsy’: Organ transplant often depends on patient’s finances.

Gun suicides rise to highest level in 40 years.

Greenland’s Rapid Ice Melt Persists Even in Winter, Study Finds.

December 28, 2018

This usefully illustrates one of the problems with share repurchases: Companies have a nasty habit of purchasing their own stocks at the top of the market.

USA Today Serves Different Site to EU Visitors That Is Way Faster Than Regular Site.

The only people who won’t benefit from Medicare for All are the insurance industry CEOs profiting off people’s pain.

Rare species of Dracula ant snaps up record for world’s fastest animal movement.

How exercise reduces belly fat in humans.

52 things I learned in 2018. No. 29, about “rule of thumb,” is completely false etymology. Several others are dubious as well.

The fact that an industry established a decade ago so quickly whittled down to one dominant player, which an incumbent cigarette giant then bought into, suggests that our Second Gilded Age is a monopoly-creation machine.

December 27, 2018

Three-quarters of newspaper stories about Jeremy Corbyn fail to accurately report his views, LSE study finds. The same was true of Sanders in the US.

Why Data Is Never Raw. On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment.

Declining Snowpack over Western US Mapped at a Finer Scale. Since 1982, some parts of the West have had a 41 percent reduction in the yearly maximum mass of snow, according to new UA-led research.

Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance.

Economic growth is slowing all around the world. Most was fake growth.

Why Social Science Needs Evolutionary Theory.

Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, Harvard Study Shows.

What The 1990s Tell Us About The Next Housing Bust.

December 26, 2018

Two years later, I still miss the headphone port. Stupidest fucking decision ever to remove this.

Nothing unites our political class like the threat of ending our never-ending war.

Endless War Has Been Normalized And Everyone Is Crazy.

Who punishes promiscuous women? Both women and women, but only women inflict costly punishment. Most slut shaming done by women also matches my experience.

The Pleasure of Assessing and Expressing Our Likes and Dislikes.

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting. Being a kid now sounds like absolute hell.

In Defense Of Powell’s Restoration Of Price Discovery.

The Trouble with Mathematics and Statistics in Economics.

December 25, 2018

Neural Networks Are Essentially Polynomial Regression.

Projecting Confidence. How the Probabilistic Horse Race Demobilizes the Public.

This is the architecture trend that needs to die in 2019. No. More. Open. Offices.

The thousands of words in the language are a swirling mass constantly on the move. Again, when one piece moves, threatening a gap or an overlap, something else moves too. The individual, short-term change is random; the overall, long-term change is systemic.

Beto O’Rourke is the new Obama. And that’s the last thing we need.

Consciousness: The last 50 years (and the next).

The Internet of Unprofitable Things.

New global migration estimates show rates steady since 1990, high return migration.

December 24, 2018


USA ranked 27th in the world in education and healthcare, down from 6th in 1990.

Mary Poppins shows us how we’ve changed since 1964.

Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.

Seeing pictures of food with calorie information not only makes food less appetizing but it also appears to change the way your brain responds to the food, according to a Dartmouth-led study published in PLOS ONE.

Don’t blame democracy’s decline on ignorance. The problem lies deeper.

Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals.

The US is becoming more like Europe.

The dollar store is America’s new invasive species.

December 23, 2018

Why people don’t drink: It’s none of your business.

Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything. Moderates are much better at figuring out when they’re likely to be mistaken.

Amoeba finds approximate solutions to NP-hard problem in linear time. So, amoebae are smarter than we are? I believe it.

Howler monkey study examines mechanisms of new species formation.

It’s easier if we stay silent and pretend it’s not happening. Because if we speak out about violence against sex workers, we will be blamed for living a “risky” lifestyle. We will be fingered the Whore.

Doing state-owned enterprises right.

The Power of Explanation.

Nothing Goes to Hell in a Straight Line, Not Even Stocks. But a whole generation of investors has never been through a Nasdaq-bubble unwind, and they’re shocked.

Fighting Rent-to-Own Racism This Christmas.

The Year of the Old Boys. It’s hard to overstate the extent to which childish masculinity revealed itself in 2018 as the engine of power in America.

Melting Arctic ice is now pouring 14,000 tons of water per second into the ocean, scientists find.

December 22, 2018

Body Positivity Is a Scam. How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions. Again.

Big Pharma Fights Proposal to Keep It From Looting Medicare.

These are angry tears, tears that demand gluten-free justice.

The Imagined Threat of a Woman Who Governs Like a Man. The very idea of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using her power has the men in Washington running scared.

The Bubble’s Losing Air. Get Ready for a Crisis.

For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain.

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Breakthrough Ultrasound Treatment To Reverse Dementia Moves To Human Trials.

How Rambo Went From Tragic Figure to Macho Icon.

Exercising on polluted city streets does more harm than good, research suggests. The damage done by breathing in traffic fumes outweighs the benefits of physical activity, scientists found. Yes, it’s the Daily Mail but the study seems legitimate (I’ve only glanced at the actual paper).

Confused Elites.

The internet is an unwelcoming place to the disabled.

Women’s prominent role in the gilets jaunes movement should be no surprise. Struggles against the high cost of living have long made it possible for women to highlight and politicize the particular burdens we face.

Since these fingerprints were so consistent across the respondents, there is some evidence pointing towards a primarily biological – rather than a learned – origin of the bodily maps of feelings.

Apollo 8’s Earthrise.