October 24, 2019

New York Times abruptly eliminates its “director of information security” position: “there is no need for a dedicated focus on newsroom and journalistic security.” Sounds like they are opening things up for Chinese/other influence and surveillance.

Why Democrats Don’t Have a Plan to Save ‘Left-Behind’ America. Well, they are the deplorables, not worth saving, right?

October 23, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control.

New Study Documents Depleted Uranium Impacts on Children in Iraq. Remember this when centrists and progressives are nostalgic for George W. Bush.

Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything. How does a wild dolphin end up resistant to antibiotics?

The most popular programming languages from 1965-2019.

Why Decline Is Not Normal.

Bad Laws And The Best Of Intentions: Law Designed To ‘Protect’ Gig Workers May Destroy Journalism Freelancers.

Adam Silver Reveals The Chinese Government Asked Him To Fire Daryl Morey.

Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data. Well, at least they didn’t use “password” for the password, I guess?

Violent crime in large US cities dropped by about 4% on days with high pollen counts, likely due to the impact of seasonal allergies. Ain’t nobody bustin’ caps when they have to bust out the loratadine.

Americans, especially millennials, are embracing plant-based meat products. Propaganda working well.

Climate change is making stronger El Niños, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds.

Strange New Virus Could Represent ‘Entirely New System of Viral Evolution.’

Amazon’s “thoughtfully curated by experts holiday gift guide” consists of sponsored products that paid up to $2M to be on the list.

Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable. Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

Why haven’t Boeing’s executives been arrested?

Replacing Coal with Gas or Renewables Saves Billions of Gallons of Water.

Kouign-amann: The French pastry’s history, origin, pronunciation.

The Loudest Bird in the World Has a Song Like a Pile Driver.

Cash-Flow Zombie Netflix Extracts Another $2 Billion from Befuddled Investors. Here’s How it Tricks Up its Earnings.

U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse.

Facebook uses “authenticity” to mean that you’ve presented only accurate details about yourself online, for the benefit of someone else.

Inside the Phone Company Secretly Run By Drug Traffickers.

I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic. There are better ways of doing social justice work.

Google And Facebook Are Reading Your License Plates.

October 22, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It.

Affordable housing is disappearing. So cities are designating parking lots to sleep in.

What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100.

Electronic badge monitors workers’ conversations, toilet usage and posture.

Limiting mealtimes may increase exercise motivation.

Why the upper-middle class would benefit from socialism.

Universal free lunch is linked to better test scores in New York City, new report finds.

San Francisco is losing residents because it’s too expensive for nearly everyone.

As Homelessness Surges in California, So Does a Backlash. Tent encampments across California are testing residents’ tolerance and compassion as street conditions deteriorate.

The New War on Naturalized Citizens. The Trump administration is seeking to denaturalize and deport longtime U.S. citizens, seizing on tiny mistakes in the process and putting the status of every naturalized citizen at potential risk..

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Acidified the Ocean in a Flash. The Chicxulub event was as damaging to life in the oceans as it was to creatures on land, a study shows.

Beware the Rise of Far-Right Environmentalism. Our climate crisis may provide a powerful new set of justifications for the far right’s agenda.

Mark Zuckerberg Argues High Taxes On Wealthy Could Stifle Innovation In Human Suffering.

October 21, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

This is why you won’t be saying goodbye to email anytime soon. Good. Email is vastly superior to Slack and other such social time-wasting MBA-friendly garbage.

FireEye confirms that APT41 Group hacked TeamViewer; attackers might have accessed billions of devices.

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage.

More than half of all US doctors get money from pharma each year.

Why we should ban facial recognition technology everywhere.

Neglecting Major Health Problems and Broadcasting Minor, Uncertain Issues in Lifestyle Science.

Older people respond to the systemic stress of correctly-designed barbell training the same way everybody else does: they get stronger.

The actual story of the 737 Max crash begins with that McDonnell-Douglas purchase in 1997, 21 years before the first accident in late 2018. Unfortunately, media coverage of the crash mostly ignores Boeing’s corporate history.

October 20, 2019

What the Dark Web Can Teach Us About the Opioid Crisis.

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics – of the same quality as the original.

Childhood Obesity Is Rising ‘Shockingly Fast’ — Even In Poor Countries.

Reason Won’t Save Us. It’s time to accept the limits of how we think.

Earth and Sun.

The Sterile, Efficient Life of a Millennial.

The climate of a retrograde rotating Earth.

How to Read “Gilgamesh.”

Compared with the Swedish general population, women hospitalized for anorexia nervosa prior to age 40 years had a 53% (95% confidence interval [CI], 3%-81%) lower incidence of breast cancer; nulliparous women with anorexia nervosa had a 23% (95% CI, 79% higher to 75% lower) lower incidence, and parous women with anorexia nervosa had a 76% (95% CI, 13%-97%) lower incidence. Holy fuck.

How “Carpe Diem” Got Lost in Translation. “Carpe Diem” doesn’t actually mean “seize the day.” The fact that we understand it that way suggests we are more traditional than we like to admit.

10 Major Social Changes in the 50 Years Since Woodstock.

“Russian Asset” Is A Meaningless Noise War Pigs Make With Their Face Holes.

Without Fox, in other words, the GOP’s only popular vote win since the 1980s would have been reversed and the 2008 election would have been an extinction-level landslide.

What the Democrats aren’t talking about: Fighting the new Gilded Age with genuine populism. Extreme inequality and the racial wealth gap offer Democrats a huge opportunity. It’s not clear they will grasp it.

Why the novel matters. We can try to bend the novel to fit our politics or culture, but it will always go its own way, making itself anew.

The power of authoritarian hush money.

Cosmic Rays May Have Blasted Gigantic Sand Dunes Into Existence on Saturn’s Moon Titan.

October 19, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Teen suicides are increasing at an alarming pace, outstripping all other age groups.

Obese people are ‘drowning in their own fat’, as it blocks airways in the lungs, study finds. Healthy at every size!

Trilobite Fossils Show Conga Line Frozen for 480 Million Years. The orderly collection of ancient arthropods suggests that complex social behavior goes way back in the history of life on Earth.

White Voice.

Think young people are hostile to capitalism now? Just wait for the next recession.

China is applying tougher cybersecurity standards more widely as of Dec. 1, requiring companies to open their networks and deploy government-approved equipment. So that means China will go from having most US data to having all of it.

Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit.

It’s Time To Move Beyond The Toy Models that Guide Climate Policy.

We should be alarmed by schools’ creepy plan to monitor students.

Florida GOP leaders finally utter ‘sea level rise,’ lament ‘lost decade’.

Boeing pilot texted about “egregious” issue with 737 MAX in 2016.

Leftists often dismiss liberals and Democrats as bloodless technocrats and pallid wonks. But that’s not true of the Obamanauts. Theirs is a libidinal attachment.

I pay $21,000 a year for lousy health insurance.

Most Romans resided in insulae and did not have facilities to cook at home and relied on thermopolia to buy their hot meals. Well, most urban Romans. Rural Romans, which were the majority, are a totally different story.

October 18, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Health care debate shows the lies I told for insurance companies about ‘Medicare for All’ worked.

How Can a Star Be Older Than the Universe?

Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed.

Workers of the World, Unplug: The Fight for the ‘Right to Disconnect’.

I’m Furious That It Took Almost a Decade to Diagnose My Chronic Pain.

Feast your eyes on the first interstellar comet ever directly observed.

Rooted. What if, rather than mere props in the background of our lives, trees embody the history of all life on Earth?

When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested.

Since at least 624 BCE, people have lamented the decline of the present generation of youth relative to earlier generations.

“Fuck Work” Said The Medieval Peasant. Well, the left wants us to live like medieval peasants again, so perhaps it won’t be all bad?

Galactic Center GeV Excess.

Socialism: Converting Hysterical Misery into Ordinary Unhappiness.

Earth-Like Planets May Be Common Outside Our Solar System, Scientists Discover.

Why Don’t Rich People Just Stop Working? Are the wealthy addicted to money, competition, or just feeling important? Yes.

Senators propose near-total ban on worker noncompete agreements.

Chernobyl, Annihilation, and Stalker all exist in The Zone.