December 31, 2019

How Western Diet And Lifestyle Drive The Pandemic Of Obesity And Civilization Diseases.

This Won’t Change.

The maddening saga of how an Alzheimer’s ‘cabal’ thwarted progress toward a cure for decades.

In the fight against anti-Semitism, you don’t get to easily blame your traditional enemies — which, in the age of Trump, is a non-starter for most people.

Humanity’s space travel plans, 2020–2030.

How Big Companies Won New Tax Breaks From the Trump Administration. As the Treasury Department prepared to enact the 2017 Republican tax overhaul, corporate lobbyists swarmed — and won big.

The biggest business con of 2019: fleecing workers while bosses get rich. From Boeing to Whole Foods, companies are touting social responsibility as profits soar. Don’t believe a word of it.

Why Chips Are Getting Noisier.

What’s the difference between a console, a terminal, and a shell?

These results are consistent with an evolved predisposition to avoid individuals with disease signs. Implicit avoidance occurs even when participants know explicitly that such signs—here, obese body form—result from a noncontagious condition.

Contact with the justice system promotes future delinquency.

Why SUVs are getting bigger and bigger: GM, Toyota, Ford enlarge hefty vehicles.

It’s Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising.

Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines. Marine commanders did not act on dozens of pleas for additional manpower, machinery and time. When a training exercise ended in death, leadership blamed the very men they had neglected.

What Exactly Happened During Boeing’s Starliner Mission to the ISS?

Majority of bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds.

One of the world’s largest private equity firms just bought one of the world’s largest library ebook companies.

December 30, 2019

An Atomic-Array Optical Clock with Single-Atom Readout.

“Why we sleep” data manipulation: A smoking gun?


Interactive Lorenz Attractor.

The Citizens United ruling broke American democracy at the start of the decade. It never recovered.

The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table.

SJWs, incels, most extremes on the political spectrum – all view Reality As War, and any discourse as battle.

We’ve spent the decade letting our tech define us. It’s out of control.

December 29, 2019

Don’t Be Crushed By Your Own Belief System.

It’s getting more difficult to freely trade stocks as investing turns into an ‘extreme sport’ – and Bank of America warns the worst is yet to come.

FDA Approves First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines.

Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees. Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings, and get stressed. I do not underestimate it. Many plants are more intelligent than some people I’ve met.

Men Are Dismissing ‘Little Women.’ What a Surprise. The rejection of the latest screen adaptation of the beloved novel echoes a long-held sentiment toward women-centered narratives.

Targeted ads exploded this decade and the damage has been devastating.

After an amazing decade in space, these are humanity’s top achievements. I am against progressivism because it is against all this.

In the U.S., an Angioplasty Costs $32,000. Elsewhere? Maybe $6,400. A study of international prices finds American patients pay much more across a wide array of common services. According to (fucking idiot) economists, Americans pay that much because they just want to!

U.S. mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings.

What the corporate news media’s economic reporting tracks is how easy a time money has making more money.

Prettiness is the privilege we don’t want to acknowledge.

December 28, 2019

Where Rent Is $13,500, She Lives Off What’s Left at the Curb. Canners and trucks converge in a shadow economy of the streets.

Cold-blooded women can detect lies with greater accuracy than other women.

The Town That Lost Its Walmart. For a small town in Texas, the three-decade presence of the world’s largest retailer was a point of civic pride. Then, 18 months ago, all that changed.

High Humidity Leads to Loss of Infectious Influenza Virus from Simulated Coughs.

Creating injustice today does not undo the harms of the past; instead it undermines the integrity of the necessary effort to address sexual misconduct.

Who Closes Hospitals? A series of recent hospital closures points to the limits of the U.S. multi-payer healthcare system. Private provision cannot guarantee public access so long as insurance companies fuel rising costs.

Calculating the time it will take spacecraft to find their way to other star systems.

Our findings provide little evidence for benefits of diet diversity for either abdominal obesity or diabetes.

The smartphone is our era’s cigarette – and just as hard to quit. This single piece of technology has obliterated the promise of the internet and corrupted human interaction. Corporate power had something to do with it, but once the droolers got smartphones, it was done.


The justice critics aren’t interested in fictions that feel like memories. They want movies that adhere to their vision of the way the world should be.

Going entirely vegetarian reduces a person’s total emissions by only 2%.

December 27, 2019

The share of wealth held by the Forbes 400 more than doubled from $1.27 trillion in 2009 to nearly $3 trillion this year (2019).

Galactic cosmic ray model works without physics, and that is bad.

Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained.


One of Neoliberalism’s most remarkable triumphs is that it has conquered the thought patterns of the working population as we’ve seen, and yet almost nobody is consciously aware that it even exists!

How the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting to Buy the Global Youth Climate Movement.

How Some Sheriffs Force Their Inmates Into Medical Debt.

When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals.

How to Work Retail in the Middle of the Retail Apocalypse. The customer’s demand for instant gratification means juggling apps as fast as you can.


Goldman Sachs Federally-Insured Bank Loses $1.2 Billion in Interest Rate Derivative Bets.

Not everything was perfect in 1995, but I think we’ve lost something on the way. Some remarks. Great to see pushback lately against all the new terrible “design.”

December 26, 2019

Mike Bloomberg Is Plowing Millions of Dollars Into a Secretive Tech Firm Called Hawkfish.

Why the Working Class is Abandoning the Left. How a Whole Side of Politics Betrayed and Abandoned its Base — Who Reacted by Making a Suicide Pact with Demagogues.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Easter Eggs and Reference Guide.

Making Programming masculine.

Chuck Peddle Dies at 82; His $25 Chip Helped Start the PC Age.

Archaeological discoveries are happening faster than ever before, helping refine the human story.

A star in Orion is acting so strangely that some think it may go supernova.

December 25, 2019

We’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It. Like climate change, the aging of America demands a serious rethinking of the way we live.

How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren. The media has a bigger problem than liberal bias.

Voters Support the Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act.

Building a rocket is hard. But building a parachute is boggling.

The Secret Afterlife of Lost German Luggage.

UVA Irradiation of Human Skin Vasodilates Arterial Vasculature and Lowers Blood Pressure Independently of Nitric Oxide Synthase.

Critic Curtis White: Capitalism needs workers who are “stupid-smart.”

Legend With Usual Cruelties.

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized.

Why A Cadillac XLR Brake Light Can Cost More Than A Used Corolla.

Boeing Can’t Fly Its 737 Max, but It’s Ready to Sell Its Safety. The company knows travelers are wary of its plane, so it has prepared presentations with strategies for airlines to help win back the public’s trust. Plane should be scrapped and one aerodynamically sound designed.

Finding stars that vanished—by scouring old photos.

Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands.

December 24, 2019

Okay, Maybe Proofs Aren’t Dying After All.

Productivity Does Not Explain Wages.

Historians Critique The 1619 Project.

In America, it can cost $25,000 to get treated for strep throat.

Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets. The first kind of exoplanet found, Hot Jupiters still perplex and captivate 25 years later.

It Was Raining Loons.

Peeps Unveils New Boneless, Skinless Marshmallow Breasts.

December 23, 2019

Going 100% Green Will Pay For Itself in Seven Years, Study Finds.

Rural America’s Struggles: Grocers and ATMs Take Role of Banks.

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin. It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.

The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money. Ten sailors paid with their lives.

Millennials’ health plummets after the age of 27: Study finds the generation has unprecedented rates of diabetes, depression, and digestive disorders. Thank you, obesity.

The Invention of “Ethical AI.” How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation.

Managers Are Literally Obsessed With Their Employees’ Bathroom Breaks.

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For. Well, looks like we kinda did; no one forced anyone to join Facebook, etc.

How Hierarchy Can Mediate the Returns to Education.

December 22, 2019

The Decade of Citizens United. It’s hard to overstate the impact of this one devastating case on the past 10 years of American politics.

Kurt Gödel and the mechanization of mathematics. Juliette Kennedy discusses Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems: the ingenious proofs and enduring impact.

We now live in a doubly secularized age, post-religious and postcanonical. The humanities have become merely a (rather eccentric) option for a small fraction of the population.

The Cathedral and the Bizarre.