July 31, 2019

Democrats Hear the ‘Yes in My Backyard’ Message. Eye-popping housing costs have convinced some presidential candidates that looser zoning should be a national cause. But Kevin Drum says all is good, nothing to see here!

Individuals with obesity get more satisfaction from their food.

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle. Stop obsessing over your environmental “sins.” Fight the oil and gas industry instead.

How Companies Benefit When Employees Work Remotely.

Researchers suggest that mosquitoes may have killed nearly half of the 108 billion humans who have ever lived across our 200,000-year or more existence.

People who were least healthy regarding a behavior tended to be the most miscalibrated in their percentile estimation for that behavior.

Humans Will Never Colonize Mars. Agreed. It is not a colonization candidate. Post-humans, if there ever is such a thing? Perhaps.

How Many Years Of Income It Takes To Buy A House In Every US County, Mapped.

Syracuse Reckons With Past Sins As It Figures Out Interstate 81’s Future.

Arctic Ice Is Crashing, and That’s Bad News For Everyone.

July 30, 2019

The human body is already close to thermal limits in many regions.

Nine out of ten people who attempt suicide and survive will not go on to die by suicide at a later date.

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

How much color do we see in the blink of an eye?

The Lithium Mine Buildup Is Outpacing the Electric-Car Boom.

The Golden Girls Would Violate Zoning Laws. It’s absurd how restrictive they are, given growing inequality in housing.

The Racial Origins of Zoning in American Cities.

Here is my little thread about Lightning video adapters – also known as Haywire – which are actually computers that feature Apple Secure Boot and run Darwin kernel.

Browser extensions are underrated: the promise of hackable software. Mozilla killed any possibility of these ever being worth a damn again.

Humans Interbred with Four Extinct Hominin Species, Research Finds.

The Neuroscience of Architecture: The Good, the Bad—and the Beautiful.

July 29, 2019

Joe Biden is running for president on an ‘I’m not Trump’ platform, which spectacularly failed for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Menus, sorted by decade.

The Secret History of Why Soda Companies Switched From Sugar to High-Fructose Corn Syrup.

What we get wrong about the Southern strategy.

It’s not a hate crime for a woman to feel uncomfortable waxing male genitalia.

Most YouTube climate change videos ‘oppose the consensus view.’ Scientist behind study urges platform to tweak algorithms to ‘prioritise factual information’.

New AI-Assisted Coding Tool Called ‘Amazing.’

Biodegradable plastics have existed for decades. So why aren’t they mainstream?

Has the Time Come for City-Run Public Banks?

The US is about to advance a 5-year transport bill that will massively increase funding—particularly for highways—with essentially no acknowledgement of transport’s climate-change impacts.

Facebook’s model entirely bypasses the encryption debate by globalizing the current practice of compromising devices by building those encryption bypasses directly into the communications clients themselves and deploying what amounts to machine-based wiretaps to billions of users at once.

July 28, 2019

The Death of the Mom and Pop e-Store. I miss those.

Degrees and credentials are primarily badges of compliance.

In a Lab Accident, Scientists Create the First-Ever Permanently Magnetic Liquid.

Toys R Us, Payless, and other retail collapses affect women and people of color.

Latest 737 Max Fault That Alarmed Test Pilots Rooted in Software. So we’re now testing planes the Microsoft way — release it and see what happens.

New Things in My Life.

The Mueller Fantasy Comes Crashing Down.

Is there any explanation for some people’s hatred of Bernie?

Declines in vocabulary among American adults within levels of educational attainment, 1974–2016.

If you can’t stand the heat … stop being a climate emergency denier.

More Money Than Anyone Imagined. A quick explanation for why the tech bubble never burst.

‘It’s Their Job’ Is No Excuse for Being a Bad Customer. While it’s true that service employees are meant to serve, customers need to take responsibility for making people’s lives harder.

Pelosi Concerned Outspoken Progressive Flank Of Party Could Harm Democrats’ Reputation As Ineffectual Cowards.

The “Aging Crisis” Is Actually Just a Labor Crisis for the Wealthy.

The Case for Leaving Fare Beaters Alone and Making Public Transit Free.

Ex-Host Krystal Ball: MSNBC’s Russia ‘Conspiracies’ Have Done ‘Immeasurable Harm’ to the Left.

Capitalist feminism is hardly feminism at all.

Social media as nightmare concoction.

Tech veganism.

July 27, 2019

In Search of Lost Time on YouTube. How the platform takes us to places where we ache to go again.

I Got it, Nothing Matters. Tesla, Boeing, Other Stocks: It’s Like the Whole Market Has Gone Nuts.

Mathematician Solves Computer Science Conjecture in Two Pages.


What happens when illness becomes an identity?

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours. So they are basically Windows ME PCs?

12 Years to Save the Planet? Make That 18 Months.

Tree stumps that should be dead can be kept alive by nearby trees.

Hedge Fund Managers Are Buying Your Credit Card, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi Data Hand-Over-Fist.

Moon Fever.

Charge Parents of Obese Children With Abuse.

The real problem with prisons is prisons, not profit.

How Did We Miss This Week’s Shockingly Close Asteroid Flyby?

People forged judges’ signatures to trick Google into changing results.

Disinformation’s spread: bots, trolls and all of us.

While American jobs have gotten safer in terms of limbs caught in machinery, individual companies are extremely unlikely to be held accountable for workers’ long-term stress-related health problems.

Houston’s Highway Mega-Plan: An Environmental Justice Disaster.

July 26, 2019

Is Motion Smoothing Ruining Cinema? Motion smoothing is the devil.

More millennials base dating decisions on property-buying prospects than looks, survey suggests.

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain aging.

Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics’ argument. New research shows that the recent rise in global temperatures is unlike anything seen on Earth during the past 2,000 years.

You’re very easy to track down, even when your data has been anonymized. A new study shows you can be easily re-identified from almost any database, even when your personal details have been stripped out.

There are a lot of virtues in finding double cruxes, but the one I will emphasize has to do with a kind of intellectual charity.

In the US, wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes.


The only reason anyone can attempt to claim that Barack Obama had “no scandals” is because in our bat shit crazy world, murdering, oppressing and exploiting large numbers of people isn’t considered scandalous.

So, Mueller, the savior, the chosen one, he who was going to take down Trump, has testified, and it’s a big, flat, flop.

The New York Fed is at the core of Wall Street’s corrupt model.

The man who wants to save humanity from nuclear winter. A nuclear war might make crops stop growing, so we need a backup plan.

July 25, 2019

A New Report Documents Two Years of Science Being Scrubbed From .Gov Sites.

Housing values may fall as baby boomers die off or sell off, two studies say. I concur, and I am counting on it.

Genetic mutation made humans susceptible to heart attacks – study.

Is Bruce Hay the Most Gullible Man in Cambridge? Perhaps in the world?

Philosophers should not be sanctioned for their positions on sex and gender.

“Academic mobbing” undermines open inquiry and destroys the soul of universities. What conservatives do to universities is in general worse, especially in the US, but this is also a real risk.

Constraints on the lexicons of human languages have cognitive roots present in baboons (Papio papio).

Cutting rates at this juncture simply perpetuates current bubble-like conditions and therefore will make the ultimate outcome worse when the bubble inevitably bursts.

Where Work Pays: Occupations & Earnings across the United States.

The Effect of New Market-Rate Housing Construction on the Low-Income Housing Market.

July 24, 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Banking Sector Napalm.

Rugged Individualism Cannot Save Us. Only Enlightened Collectivism Can.

We have need of a supreme antidote to realism. “I am a rational person” — has a rational person ever believed this? Strictly rational or empirical theories of knowledge can’t even stand up to a laugh test.

Community. A false shorthand for unity provides a cover for corporate interests.

Why We Should Build Cities for Our Unconscious Brains.

Some Snapshots of University Endowments.

Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake? For a century, we’ve loved our cars. They haven’t loved us back.

Even Unhatched, Birds Exchange Survival Skills. Eggs vibrate in response to parental alarm calls, then pass on the warning to nearby eggs.

Nobel Economist Says Inequality is Destroying Democratic Capitalism.

America is for the rich.