June 26, 2019

The Wave of Terror in American Commerce.

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication.

When NPR Is More Dangerous Than Fox News. When you tune in to “mainstream” media, you may think you’re getting an objective account when in fact you’re getting an account that’s biased in favor of war—just biased in subtler, harder-to-detect ways than the accounts on Fox News. Smarter propaganda for smarter people.

New England Is Losing Its Native Plants.

As the first of 12 presidential debates blows in at mid-week like an evil patch of bad summer weather, twenty candidates vie for the position of Ole Massa on the Democratic Party plantation, and the air is gravid with bad vibes.

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

U.S. Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei.

Planning For A Global Green New Deal.

How Americans became workaholics. It is a relatively recent development. Hmm, what could’ve caused this? Starts with “neo” and ends with “liberalism.”

June 25, 2019

Lex specialis.

New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming.

Yentl Syndrome: A Deadly Data Bias Against Women.

A Robot Has Been Stuck on Mars for Months. NASA will conduct a delicate rescue mission to free a probe trapped just inches below the Red Planet’s surface.

SESTA wiped out entire areas of the web in less than a year because internet corporations, the same ones signed up to Libra, decided that sex workers & queer people weren’t worth defending their free speech ideals for. You really think they will treat transactions any different?

Rainbow Blanket Octopus.

Hey, remember that “holy shit” explosion footage that went viral from a few days ago? Here’s the terrifying write-up of how close we came to that murdering most of Philadelphia.

The Ableist, Racist, Classist Underpinnings Of ‘Laziness’.

We know a lot less than we think about the world – which explains the allure of “simplism.” From how a zip works to Brexit, we often pretend we understand complex problems. But simplism has become a doctrine – and it is ruining our politics. Centrists, though, use the opposite to their political advantage. For them, everything is too hard and complex to attempt.

Capuchin monkeys have a 3,000-year archaeological record. 3,000 years discarded stone hammers reveal changes in capuchin diet and culture.

Facebook’s Libra Must Be Stopped. True, and also true if the string “‘s Libra” is removed from headline.

When you’re lying awake at night wondering whether you’ve done enough today, when you’re walking home from work and you wonder if you should buy groceries this week or pay rent on time, that word is capitalism.

June 24, 2019

Welcome to the Dollhouse. Great essay that completely subverts this era’s dubious certitudes.

What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We’re Screwed. The typical American has no influence at all.

Americans’ plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows.

Boeing sued by more than 400 pilots in class action over 737 MAX’s ‘unprecedented cover-up’.

A lost century in economics: Three theories of banking and the conclusive evidence.

Inclusive fitness is an indispensable approximation for understanding organismal design.

The Cinematic Life of Trees.

America’s Finest Economists Have Been Needlessly Undermining Growth, Study Confirms.

June 23, 2019

The Land Where the Internet Ends. To find real solitude, you have to go out of range. But every year that’s harder to do, as America’s off-the-grid places disappear.

Giant Squid, Phantom of the Deep, Reappears on Video.

GeoWorks: The Other Windows. I used this back then. It was pretty good.

Ghost networks of psychiatrists make money for insurance companies but hinder patients’ access to care. More of the scam economy.

Corn `Train Wreck’ Worse Than Forecast, U.S. Farmers Warn.

Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

Making a house an investment is social poison.

Viewed very broadly, the construction industry functions like a massive, decentralized, and human-powered 3D printer controlled by AutoCAD.

It takes real skill to continue to be published from a place of such undisguised unoriginality, and for that if nothing else, Sunstein deserves our admiration.

One of the great challenges of city governance these days is that NIMBYs quite sincerely believe they are not NIMBYs.

Who Gets to Own the West? A new group of billionaires is shaking up the landscape. “Stealing” would be more accurate here.

June 22, 2019

In a Colony of 40,000, Just Two Penguin Chicks Survived This Year. The planet is sounding all sorts of alarms—including with the mass death of birds.

Open borders and a massive flow of low-skill immigrants create social and political stresses, but economists tell us they boost the economy. That ignores their costs.

Generations of lawyers and judges educated at law schools in the United States have been taught to ignore this essential role of law in creating and sustaining economic power.

What is the best way of wrecking a city? Pour cars into it.

Yes, there is such a thing as a vampire finch. Yes, it is what it sounds like.

Boeing Wins.

When Joe Biden Collaborated With Segregationists. Could this dumbass be any worse?

Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000. Fuck me. I could never work there (not that I’d want to).

June 21, 2019

How to Become a Federal Criminal.

A Japanese shrub’s unique foliage arrangement leads botanists to rethink plant growth models.

America Could Spend $400 Billion on a Wall to Hold Back the Rising Seas—and It Might Not Be Enough. Not worth it. Retreat and adapt is the answer.

Mom-and-pop landlords push investor share of home purchases to 19-year high.

The rapidly growing trend of veganism is likely to become another major contributor to hidden hunger in the developed world. Veganism is not a long-term supportable human diet. Vegetarianism barely is, but veganism absolutely is not.

Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race.

Stocks are now offering the best selling opportunity in 10 years, thanks to the Fed. Mostly agreed.

It’s time to get serious about noise pollution.

An Incredibly Detailed Map Of Medieval Trade Routes.

June 20, 2019

The half dozen strangers had formed a line and started doing a little song-and-dance about how lucky we were to work for Vodafone, and how our jobs improved people’s lives every day. Work had paid for actors to come in and, literally, sing our praises.

One terrifying aspect of modern American society is our inability to heed experts’ warnings. There is always a small fringe of anti-intellectuals, such as those who today consider climate science to be a scam and deny that there are greenhouse gases. But more serious is when the majority remains deaf to warnings. Such as with massive immigration.

Crime Scene Forensic Investigator Reminds Officers To Stop Shooting At Dead Body Under Sheet.

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane. Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.

The Next Donald Trump Will Be Worse.

Regulating Big Tech makes them stronger, so they need competition instead.

Hollywood and hyper-surveillance: the incredible story of Gorgon Stare.

A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights.

Big Tech is America’s new ‘railroad problem.’ Companies that rule the internet pose a monopoly threat the US has long grappled with.

It’s A Horrible Idea To Privatize The Tennessee Valley Authority And Other Public Energy Assets.

Averting a Disastrous War with Iran.

How modern life is transforming the human skeleton. From the emergence of a spiky growth at the back of some people’s skulls to the enigmatic finding that our elbows are getting narrower, our bones are changing in surprising ways.

Vaccines: Richer countries have less confidence they are safe, survey finds.

This Creature Eats Stone. Sand Comes Out the Other End. Sounds like a rocky existence.

Emissions need to be halved to avoid 3C warming. Which ain’t gonna happen.

Groundwater pumping has significantly reduced US stream flows.

High school athletes file complaint over transgender policy. The complaint says transgender girls have been consistently winning track and field events and the policy violates federal protections for female athletes.

June 19, 2019

Robocalls Are Overwhelming Hospitals and Patients, Threatening a New Kind of Health Crisis.

The Blackness of Country Music. The foundation of all American music — blues, bluegrass, swamp grass, and everything else — is African music traditions.

Only humans relax among total strangers because that is the way our societies work. Speak for yourself.


School security? Metal detectors in public buildings? Those were the sorts of thing for which we made fun of the Soviet Union. I remember this time.

Anti-vaxxers Stole ‘My Body, My Choice’ from the Abortion Movement.

Every NIMBY’s Speech At a Public Hearing.

The specter of the giant 3: BlackRock, Vanguard & State Street are on course to control 4 votes out of every 10 cast at S&P500 comps.

Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills.

June 18, 2019

It’s popular to make sweeping statements about cattle, beef, etc. Seems everyone has a “take.” As someone for whom grazing is both a craft and a livelihood, let me remind you that there are a lot of ways to manage animals, and the issue—like nature itself—is complex.

The Rise and Fall of Visual Basic.

Gunman, killed after opening fire in Dallas courtroom, earlier posed on Facebook in plate armor with rifle and anime waifu pillow. Oh Jesus Christ.

Boeing CEO Admits Company Made Mistake By Including Automatic Self-Destruct Function On All 737 Max Planes.

Democrats must figure out how to address Blue America’s housing crisis.

As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine.

When I started talking about it and Jodi Picoult started talking about it and saying, “Women’s books are not reviewed as often,” and we were told we were lying.

Equality of opportunity is impossible.

From 7 yrs talking to middle/lower income voters (& non-voters) all across US, I believe most under-served political camp is fiscally liberal, socially conservative. Pretty much the opposite of political elites. I know the good liberals tell me I am supposed to hate Chris Arnade now, but he does valuable work no one else is doing (that’s why I am supposed to hate him).

June 17, 2019

What is Called Nuclear Waste is Mostly Unused Fuel for Molten Salt and Fast Reactors.

The Touchscreen Infotainment Systems in New Cars Are a Distracting Mess.

How a gaffer lights a set.

Just as for too long the green movement ignored the effects of environmental degradation on minority and poor populations, they — we — have also ignored the disabled. The left cares mainly about sanctimony and appearances rather than helping anyone or anything (like the planet), so this is the inevitable result.

Retail sales are sales of goods, such as cars, food, appliances, clothes, jewelry, tools, home furnishings, electronics, and the like. Retail sales do not include sales of services.

Misogyny as the gateway drug for extremists.

Corporations are given their special rights because it is assumed to be in the best interest of the public. Corporations exist, thus, to make the public better off. When they do not do so, they should be put down.

June 16, 2019

Social collapse and climate breakdown.