November 30, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

I Have Multiple Sclerosis. Here’s Why I Am Fighting for Medicare for All.

Further evidence for a population of dark-matter-deficient dwarf galaxies.

Class warfare: Billionaires vs. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Forces of wealth and privilege are outraged that they have to face not one, but two progressive candidates.

Mapping more of China’s tech giants: AI and surveillance.

Free transit is just the beginning.

Trillions will be inherited over the coming decades, further widening the wealth gap.

Information Is Physics.

CDs and DVDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the “disc rot” phenomenon, is more complicated.

November 29, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

How Smart Stupid People Fuck Up The World.

How the FCC Helped Pave the Way for Predatory Prison Telecoms.

The Biggest Threat to Financial Stability Is the Climate. Well, yes, because that is the biggest threat to everything.


Who are the elites?

O.K., Mayor: Why 37-Year-Old Pete Buttigieg Is Attracting Boomers. Calling himself the “retirement guy” and pitching a “Gray New Deal,” Mr. Buttigieg has crafted a message that resonates among older white Americans, helping him rocket past other candidates in some polls. What a shitweasel.

Information Theory.

Nasa’s Underwater Rover Will Hunt for Life on Distant Ocean Worlds.

Twitter’s New Rules Against Political Ads Could Silence Health Clinics, Too.

Australia’s Hector Is One of the Oddest Weather Patterns on Earth.

The Revolt of the (Military) Public.

The Car Culture That’s Helping Destroy the Planet Was By No Means Inevitable. On the Relentless Campaign to Force Americans to Accept the Automobile.

These Sheriffs Release Sick Inmates to Avoid Paying Their Hospital Bills. Inmates suffering heart attacks, on the verge of diabetic comas and brutalized in jail beatings have been released so sheriffs wouldn’t have to pay for their medical care. Some were rearrested once they had recovered.

Space-grade CPUs: How do you send more computing power into space?

November 28, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Virtual Education. We’ve still barely tapped the power of computers as we’ve tried to cram them into old paradigms.

Capitalism Makes Solutions Impossible.

Stoicism is Not Enough.

America’s Loneliest Roads, Mapped.

Transport Canada Official Says 737 MAX MCAS System ‘Has To Go’. Then the entire plane has to go, as it can’t fly without it.

Evidence for anisotropy of cosmic acceleration.

Attacking The Source: The Establishment Loyalist’s Favorite Online Tactic.

The number of newspaper employees dropped by nearly half between 2008 and 2018, from about 71,000 workers to 38,000.

Obama privately vowed to intervene in primary to stop Bernie Sanders from winning nomination: report.

Blue Whale Hearts May Beat Only Twice a Minute During a Dive. I would be pretty blue if my heart beat only twice a minute. (The anoxia, you know.)

November 27, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

What If We Called It the ‘Flax Age’ Instead of the ‘Iron Age’? Correcting the Historical Bias Against Domestic Materials.

Must we all live in fear of a visit from the actual thought police?

Study: Almost half of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings.

The white working class is a political fiction.

Not ‘Free Stuff,’ But Public Goods: Ocasio-Cortez Denounces Neoliberal Talking Points on Publicly-Funded Education and Housing. “I never want to hear the term ‘free stuff’ ever again.”

Three supermassive black holes found lurking in one galaxy.


India’s Ominous Future: Too Little Water, or Far Too Much.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac will soon let borrowers take out mortgages over $500K. That’s gonna end well.

Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime.

New Ultrasound Technology Can Detect Up To 50 Genders.

A Short Analysis of Tennyson’s ‘Nature Red in Tooth and Claw’ Poem.

‘Friendship out-of-office’ messages are all very well – until you find yourself in need.

the sunnier way to say the exact same thing is that the narrative serves as a powerful coordination mechanism and anchor of social harmony long after ardent belief fades. overturning false belief isn’t a collective action problem, as many would like to think.

November 26, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Off the Wave: A conversation with Justin E. H. Smith.

Toshiba develops way to accurately detect cancers from drop of blood.

The Architect of Modern Algorithms. Barbara Liskov pioneered the modern approach to writing code. She warns that the challenges facing computer science today can’t be overcome with good design alone.

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun.

Revolution Number 9. Why the world is in uproar right now.

U of G study says moms, not dads, more likely to perpetuate certain gender stereotypes. Does not surprise me.

The Fall of Nate Silver. His data journalism blog, FiveThirtyEight, is a political website with no politics—or rather, no politics beyond a mute approval of the status quo.

How plants adjust their body plan to cope with high temperature stress.

Hidden camera investigation reveals ‘scary’ and ‘misleading’ sales pitches to sell blue light lenses. LensCrafters, Hakim, Vogue, HBC claim lenses can help prevent serious eye diseases; experts say they’re wrong.

Imagine Being on Trial. With Exonerating Evidence Trapped on Your Phone. Public defenders lack access to gadgets and software that could keep their clients out of jail.

After Katrina, neoliberals replaced New Orleans’ schools with charters, which are now failing.


67% of U.S. adults say the federal government is not doing enough to reduce the effects of climate change, and similar shares say the same about government efforts to protect air or water quality.

Appalachia vs. the Carceral State.

US Police Already Using ‘Spot’ Robot From Boston Dynamics In the Real World.

Will There Ever Be a Me Too–Style Movement for Bad Bosses? No, because people only care about sex, not really any other form of often even-worse abuse.

Filler words.

Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit a 3 million year high.

Russian Trolls Aren’t Actually Persuading Americans on Twitter, Study Finds. Exactly what I already done said.

A Lot of Medical Providers Think They ‘Know When Y’all Are Faking.’ That has a lot to do with why women of color and transgender women don’t get the care they need. Or just women in general, and increasingly everyone else, too.

November 25, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

OK Boomer, Who’s Going to Buy Your 21 Million Homes?

Is Plagiarism Wrong?

Unprecedented ‘Architecture of Surveillance’ Created by Facebook and Google Poses Grave Human Rights Threat.

It’s time to retire metrics like GDP. They don’t measure everything that matters.

Library Socialism: a utopian vision of a sustainable, luxuriant future of circulating abundance.

The Camera, My Therapist.

Ashby’s Law.

Why are people getting worse at “The Price Is Right?”

An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever. Loss of Napster, LimeWire, a lot of BitTorrent sites, was like the burning of the Library of Alexandria.

Light pollution is key ‘bringer of insect apocalypse.’

Weight lifting offers participants a chance to pursue clear and measurable goals with outcomes that can be traced directly back to oneself. Great short piece.

Why does F = ma?

November 24, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

Lenders Brace for Private-Equity Loan Defaults.

The Captured City. The “smart city” makes infrastructure and surveillance indistinguishable. Nothing good is possible under corporate hegemony.

Thousands Dead As Missile Carrying Blue Confetti For Gender Reveal Party Accidentally Detonates Its Nuclear Payload.

The centralized security view is based on technological and economic factors that have held true for several hundred years and it has deeply entrenched itself into our thinking.

One of the more interesting phenomena in the US over the last several years is how the social contract is collapsing for elite Millennials.

I have to wonder how many other parents are claiming their kids still live at home so their friends don’t know that they can’t afford their mortgages to their excessive houses and pointless HOAs.

Trigger warnings don’t help people cope with distressing material.

Wittgenstein had never said anything about replacing the ordinary statements of ordinary people with some artificial logical language; he had argued, on the contrary, that they are – despite the antics of conceited philosophers – ‘logically completely in order, just as they are’.

How Detroit’s downtown revival mostly benefited billionaire developers.

November 23, 2019

Fuck Mozilla and fuck the Firefox developers!

What Makes an Element? The Frankenstein of Sodium Holds Clues.

Are Your Jeans Red or Blue? Shopping America’s Partisan Divide. Like Wrangler and Levi’s, more and more brands have become associated with Republicans or Democrats. Product differentiation drives sales.

A Good Hand.

Bacteria help make low-calorie sugar.

‘Knives Out’ is a criminally good time.