May 31, 2019

Obama Bags $600,000 Payday For Single Speech In Colombia. He was always about the money, it turns out.

Being normal.

There are about 5.3bn people on earth aged over 15. Of these, around 5bn have a mobile phone.

The Harmful Consequences of the Robustness Principle.

It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to? Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week.

The relationship between peripheral blood mononuclear cells telomere length and diet – unexpected effect of red meat.

The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less.

Man Takes First-Ever Photo of Living Colombian Weasel After Finding It Standing on His Toilet.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For. The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.

The pattern of right wing radicals.

Google Should Google the Definition of ‘Employee.’ Tech companies are goosing profits by relying on contract labor, taking advantage of lax labor laws.

SR-71 Flight Manual.

The Death of Solitude.

Too Many Medicines Simply Don’t Work. A pair of new studies sheds light on an old problem: Some things doctors do are useless. Some are even harmful.

May 30, 2019

‘Dear NIMBYs’ — An Open Letter From A Homeless Woman In LA.

The indictment of Assange is a blueprint for making journalists into felons.

People talk about the infamously low quality of science journalism, but few people talk about how right-wing media conglomerations have an economic and political incentive to create a narrative in which scientists of nearly all professions are incompetent and culturally irrelevant.

An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth. Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing.

America Doesn’t Care About Its Children.

Distant Neutron Stars Could Reveal the Quirks of Quarks.

Voluntary arousing negative experiences (VANE): Why we like to be scared.

IEA: Nuke retirements could lead to 4 billion metric tons of extra CO2 emissions.

Societal values and perceptions shape energy production and use as much as new technology.

MLK vs #MeToo.

Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness. As the face of homelessness changes, politicians cling to limited policy ideas and quick fixes.

It is aggressively, chillingly ahuman, a machine signaling to machines for some algorithmic purpose whose human-centered antecedents are long lost. It is not even fake; it simply exists outside any realm where reality might matter.

14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing.

Hidden Heroines of Chaos: Ellen Fetter and Margaret Hamilton.

Databases of Ruin.

Why simplicity matters.

The Unseen Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel.

May 29, 2019

All “authenticity” actually means is white people feeling like they having a proper experience looking at other people.

Virtual black hole.

On the Trail of Tupelo Honey, Liquid Gold From the Swamps.

Researchers demonstrate constraints on symmetries from holography.

With Trump still talking about dumping undocumented immigrants on left-leaning voting districts as a classic example of the central Republican governing doctrine of fuck liberals, I am awaiting two responses. The first is that people in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Miami, New York, etc., will talk a big game about welcoming these people to their cities and doing what they can to help them. Then, their citizens will accept absolutely nothing that will actually help these people.

World Populace Actually Fine With Rich People Dying On Mount Everest. Can we send all of them there?

One of the country’s largest landlords accused of “Ponzi scheme-like” scam by SEC.

The conditions of modernity are in many ways profoundly better than those under which the vast majority of humanity lived for more or less the whole of history. But, along with its manifest benefits, modernity has brought a special range of troubles into our lives which we would be wise to try to unpick and to understand.

Atomically thin material could cut need for transistors in half.

The Best Pocket Knife.


May 28, 2019

GOP Anti-Choice Zealots Threaten to Lurch America into a Cold Civil War.

The shittiest project I ever worked on.

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing.

The richest 10% of households now represent 70% of all U.S. wealth.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create. Breaking up the social networking behemoth is one option. But first, Democrats need to start pointing the finger at regulators who won’t admit there’s a problem.

1 in 5 companies say China stole their IP within the last year.

Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s.

Underneath humanistic rhetoric about authenticity, the creation of a customer is an act of control.

The dumbest idea in liberal policymaking that refuses to die.

Rather than China becoming more Western, America is becoming more Chinese.

Nudges undermine support for substantive climate policy.

Philosophy is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do, even without a lick of education on the topic.

Particulate pollution is worse than we knew, and is damaging ‘every organ in the body.’

Power? No, Thanks, I’m Good. Feel the same way.

No, Mr. President: China didn’t steal our jobs. Corporate America gave them away. It is more complicated than this, but this is (largely) not wrong.

May 24, 2019

Billion-year-old fossils may be early fungus.

Love Your Job? Someone May be Taking Advantage of You.

Globally, one in five deaths are associated with poor diet.

How the Rural-Urban Divide Became America’s Political Fault Line. Such a conflict isn’t unique to the U.S., but the consequences are far-reaching here.

The first observation of the nuclear Barnett effect.

Live fast, die young: Study shows tiny fishes fuel coral reefs.

The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich.

May 23, 2019

Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory.

How Deep Is Boeing’s Hole?

First U.S. AIDS death: Robert Rayford, 16, died in 1969 long before the epidemic began.

Everyone’s Noticed The Oncoming US/China Cold War.

Inflation inequality in the United States is due to imbalanced product innovation.

Norway refuses to drill for billions of barrels of oil in Arctic, leaving ‘whole industry surprised and disappointed.’

Study Pinpoints Source of Banned Gas That Saps Ozone Layer: Eastern China.

Goto and the folly of dogma.

May 22, 2019

Neoliberal mentality relies on the following principles.

Amazon Begins Moving Warehouses Into Malls It Helped Put Out of Business. Amazon is partially to blame, but hedge funds and their fraudulent activities hold a great deal of the culpability.

People in higher social class have an exaggerated belief that they are better than others. Overconfidence can be misinterpreted by others as greater competence, perpetuating social hierarchies, study says.

The man who is aging too fast.

The internet that should have been.

New Proposal Would Let Companies Further Screw You Over With Terms of Service.

Why Workers Without College Degrees Are Fleeing Big Cities.

May 21, 2019


Seattle’s fair housing law is the most progressive in the country. But now, landlords are challenging it.

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt.

You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google.

After Standing Rock, protesting pipelines can get you a decade in prison and $100K in fines.

Screening and Prostate-Cancer Mortality in a Randomized European Study.

Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight. Vehicles collect a lot of unusual data. But who owns it?

E-Commerce Crushes Mall Retailers One by One. Here’s the Data. I remember when the conventional wisdom was when e-commerce sales would never go above ~$1 billion or so. This was in 1996.

TOSsed out: EFF catalogs the perverse ways that platform moderation policies hurt the people they’re supposed to protect. But the “liberals” tell me censorship is the best thing ever, and will never, ever be used to hurt them!

The New Secession. Residents of the majority-white southeast corner of Baton Rouge want to make their own city, complete with its own schools, breaking away from the majority-black parts of town.

Facebook’s Creepy Data Sharing With Phone Carriers.

Misreading the story of climate change and the Maya.

May 20, 2019

As drug prices soar, health care CEOs made $2.6 billion in 2018.

The high prevalence of intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW) in countries with high levels of gender equality has been defined as the “Nordic paradox.”

Don’t Let People Enjoy Things.

America’s Achilles’ Heel: the Mississippi River’s Old River Control Structure.

Why is it so unfathomable for someone, specifically a person in power, to admit when they don’t have the answer?

If The Foolish Democratic Establishment Nominates Biden, A Dinosaur, They Will Be Handing Trump A Second Term.

Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company.

Pangea raised $180m to buy up low-rent Chicago properties “to help poor people,” and then created the most brutally efficient eviction mill in Chicago history.

‘I’ve become very isolated’: the aftermath of near-doomed QF72. A Qantas captain’s near-death experience on the flight deck of an Airbus A330 left psychological scars and deep concern about the role of automation at 37,000 feet. Bad writing but still interesting.