August 31, 2019

Possible Detection of a Black Hole So Big It ‘Should Not Exist.’

A municipal broadband service in Fort Collins, Colorado went live for new customers today, less than two years after the city’s voters approved the network despite a cable industry-led campaign against it. This is the way all internet access should be provided.

Deep snow cover in the Arctic region intensifies heat waves in Eurasia.

The Myth of Consumer-Grade Security.

The Symbiotic & Toxic Relationship Between Houses and Cars in America.

Greta Thunberg and the Lessons of the Sea. Greta T. is the only person I’m aware of thinking realistically about climate change.

Sexual antagonism leads to a mosaic of X–autosome conflict.

The Plan To Use Fitbit Data To Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet.

Why the humanities can’t be saved.

ProJared’s Cancellation Exposes Problem With Cancel Culture.

How Our Transport System is Biased Against Women.

August 30, 2019

Capitalism Is Making Us Sick: A Q&A With Emily Guendelsberger About Her New Book, On the Clock.

The Pro-Extinction Caucus: 61 Dems Against the Green New Deal with No Plan of Their Own.

Climate change melts 12.5bn tons of ice in Greenland 50 years earlier than predicted.

Fuck Work or Die.

Europe is warming faster than climate models projected. I suspect we’ll get near the worst of the IPCC projections, if not beyond that. The evidence is trending that way.

Early hominin skull fills in “a major gap” in the fossil record.

E.P.A. to Roll Back Regulations on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas. Steaming towards the apocalypse.

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete. Get that puppy in a rocket.

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Gay Gene,’ Large Genome Study Finds. But I knew a gay Gene once.

The Thing About Safety.

When Vegan Influencers Quit Being Vegan, the Backlash Can Be Brutal. Popular YouTubers like Rawvana and Bonny Rebecca gave up veganism to save their health. But the fallout from their fans has been immense. This is what happens when it’s a religion. Veganism is not healthful and never will be.

Why do so many people feel that the Chinese can’t possibly be OK with their government or society? It seems that many in West deem the current Chinese government/society as wrong and that any “right-thinking” person would agree and join in the fight.

Greta refuses to know her place.

Halt the use of facial-recognition technology until it is regulated.

A bizarre exoplanet is making astronomers rethink how solar systems form.

August 29, 2019

Gutting Section 230 Will Harm The Most Marginalized.

Graphene-lined clothing to prevent mosquito bites.

Twitter is public. Journalists, who work in the publishing business, can hardly claim that it is unfair to publish things that they published.

Greek temple ruins suggest lifting machines in use 1.5 centuries earlier than previously believed.

Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech.

Amazon Really Filled Its Diaper Trying to Build HQ2 in New York.

“We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination status. Health experts blame vaccine misinformation—and themselves. Slide back into the past continues.

The State of the Music Industry.

On radical cultural change and a new economics of happiness.

August 28, 2019

Replacing certain forms of consumption with other, marginally better forms of consumption is not going to save the planet.

Particles from tattoo needles found in lymph nodes.

Scientists avoid gender bias when they know they’re being tested for bias.

Clickjacking scripts found on 613 popular sites, academics say.

The Subtle Politics of Graphic Design.

Jakarta has sunk by up to 4 meters, forcing Indonesia to build a new capital. Ten million people live in the Indonesian capital, but the city is going under. Welcome to the future, motherfuckers.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Plant-based meat not good for your health.

Secret Memos Show the Government Has Been Lying About Backpage All Along. Sealed memos fought over in federal court last week show authorities have known for years that claims about Backpage were bogus.

College Board Drops Plans for SAT Student Adversity Scores.

Fracking in U.S. And Canada Linked to Worldwide Atmospheric Methane Spike.

August 27, 2019

Nestlé plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry. They won’t be happy until they destroy every spring and river in Florida.

Life on alien worlds could be more diverse than on Earth.

Tat will tell: Tattoos and time preferences.

Don’t Stockpile Poison.

Who Owns Tomorrow? For a life worth living.

Tracking online hate groups reveals why they’re resilient to bans.

Will this be the last generation to have bodies that are familiar to us?

The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials. Millennials are already in debt and without savings. After the next downturn, they’ll be in even bigger trouble.

Experiments with a single atom rule out the ‘fifth force’ theory of dark energy.

August 26, 2019

It has been found that Suillus granulatus can extract trace elements (Titanium, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Lead) from wood ash and apatite.

Heat stress that killed thousands of salmon in Alaska is a sign of things to come, scientist warns.

In 2020, Millennials and Generation Z Could Force Politicians to Deal With Climate Change. Only 20 years too late.

30 years ago: Voyager 2’s historic Neptune flyby.

Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State.

The desert gets a biocrust skin graft.

Centrists Are Going to Kill Us. Democrats are in danger of dooming the planet and the democracy by adhering to their corporate-friendly, campaign finance-motivated centrist strategy.

The Global 1% Is Destroying Democracy. Unraveling a web of dark money.

In-Play ‘Deplorables’.

The Case against Obama.

Fifty years ago, just as gay liberation movements swept cities around the world, some lesbians began to leave them. The women decamped to rural areas where they could collectively purchase property and build communities from scratch.

Blame Economists for the Mess We’re In. They share a great deal of the blame, sure, but aren’t the only culprits.

Inside America’s Dysfunctional Trillion-Dollar Fighter-Jet Program.

Americans’ love of hiking has driven elk to the brink, scientists say.

NPR Has a Blob Problem.

Should Government ‘Pick Winners’? It’s Worked Before.

Nobody’s Watching the Best Giant-Monster Movies. Colossal was pretty great.

No cushion for the Trump recession: Why this one could be worse than 2008. Even a mild downturn could hit Americans harder — the “recovery” from 2008 left too many people on the margins. Thanks to Obama, mainly, the nation is far more fragile now.

It’s 2019 – we need to talk about why most bras are still so terrible.

August 25, 2019

Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite.

Phytoplankton Population Drops 40 Percent Since 1950.

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection.

Apple Contractors Were Each Listening To 1,000 Siri Recordings a Day, Says Report.

The tragedy of digital media isn’t that it’s run by ruthless, profiteering guys in ill-fitting suits; it’s that the people posing as the experts know less about how to make money than their employees, to whom they won’t listen. MBAs are nearly all utter morons.

David Koch Still on Wrong Side of River Styx After Refusing to Pay One-Cent Ferry Tax.

“Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich. One of my favorite poems.

Canada’s old growth rain forests are being clear cut faster than the Amazon, and they won’t grow back.

For Humanity, David Koch Died Decades Too Late. David Koch was an evil man who dedicated his life to evil. Humanity will be coping with the damage he did for centuries.

The A-10 Warthog Lives To Fly Again. Only truly great plane the US has built since the 1950s.

It’s Not So Absurd To Want Greenland.

The ‘1619 Project’ Isn’t Anti-American — It’s Anti-White Identity Politics.

What the Heck Is Crab Rangoon Anyway?

Inside Ben Bernanke Inc.: The lucrative life of the former Fed chairman.

‘100-year’ floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps.

The Notre Dame fire garnered wall-to-wall cable news coverage. The Amazon fires are barely breaking through.

August 24, 2019

The New American Homeless. Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans.

‘Luxury beliefs’ are the latest status symbol for rich Americans. The upper class benefits socially from decrying its own privilege while paying no actual price for it.

U.S. Marshals Are Arresting People in Texas Who Have Outstanding Student Loans.

Joe Biden inspires no one – not even his own wife. Can we stop pretending that Joe Biden is the inevitable 2020 candidate?

Trump Has Told Friends That Gutting Medicare Could Be a Fun “Second-Term Project.”

I Visited 49 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

A new survey shows what really interests ‘pro-lifers’: controlling women.

Quantum physicists blur the lines of cause and effect, illustrating how a sequence of events can flip and co-exist at the same time.

What Glassdoor interview reviews reveal about tech hiring cultures.

Dear Democrats, the Mainstream Media Are Not Your Friends. Misplaced trust in the media has repeatedly led to disastrous debates.