May 12, 2019

Gone Camping: Mapping Fashion’s Foray into the Forest. Anthropocene Aesthetics, Gore-Tex, Eco-anxiety, and the Irony of White Hiking Shoes.

Google’s privacy changes are mostly marketing.

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia.

May 11, 2019

Sexuality continues to change and develop well into adulthood, finds study.

The personal finance advice racket, from Singletary to Suze Orman to the preachers of the so-called Prosperity Gospel, casts household finance as a morality play.

This Bird Went Extinct and Then Evolved Into Existence Again.

Prices for brand-name prescription drugs averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher in the US when compared with prices in the UK, Japan and Ontario, finds a new study. If Medicare used the same prices as these other places, the estimated savings to Medicare Part D would be almost $73 billion in 2018 alone.

When Inclusion Just Makes Life Easier.

Save the Recordings of School Shootings. Students are recording mass shootings in real-time. It’s more powerful than media coverage and we can’t let these witness statements vanish. But we must censor everything all the time always!

Changing the concept of “woman” will cause unintended harms. There are more things to consider than some trans activists would have you believe, argues Kathleen Stock, an academic.

American kids are 70 percent more likely to die early than kids in other rich countries. But our medical care is the greatest in the world and could not be improved in any way.

Agnotology and Epistemological Fragmentation.

Formally speaking, American companies were organized like the Communist Party.

Just buy the fucking latte.

By vacuuming up data with the latest technologies, doctors one day may produce a razor-sharp picture of each patient’s health, and then devise individualized treatments when illness appears. Nah. Will just be used by insurance companies to charge absurd premiums or deny coverage altogether.

The Emptiness of Adam Gopnik’s Liberalism.

How life on Earth affected its inner workings.

Butlerian Jihad.

Many Americans Will Need Long-Term Care. Most Won’t be Able to Afford It.

May 10, 2019

The Woman Who Invented The Modern Kitchen.

Plants and the art of microbial maintenance.

Tech Companies Are Deleting Evidence of War Crimes. Algorithms that take down “terrorist” videos could hamstring efforts to bring human-rights abusers to justice. Isn’t censorship fun?

Adversarial Examples Are Not Bugs, They Are Features.

How Did We Get Used to Out-of-Scale Cities?

Mathematicians Tame Turbulence in Flattened Fluids.

Color vision found in fish that live in near darkness.

The Myth of Convenience. Excellent piece.

May 9, 2019

Researchers Identify Sleep As A Key Reason Why Personality Traits Predict Longevity.

Dealing With Software Collapse.

Is Chinese-style surveillance coming to the west? The Chinese model is now being exported – and the results could be terrifying. Yes, it is inevitable.

Urban trees ‘live fast, die young’ compared to those in rural forests.

Equalization or Selection? Reassessing the “Meritocratic Power” of a College Degree in Intergenerational Income Mobility.

The natural numbers are unique in one sense, it is the only model of the Peano axioms in which we can compute.

Let Prisoners Vote. America is an outlier compared to other democracies.

US Bandwidth Consumption Surges As Usage Caps Pose A Looming Threat.

May 8, 2019

Bypassing Network Restrictions Through RDP Tunneling.

Early-stage detection of Alzheimer’s in the blood.

Why Would a Property Owner Oppose Neighborhood Improvements?

The most committed immigrophiles most do not personally know any such people and mostly don’t want to know or interact with them. They just want them to exist and admire the societal magic from the supposedly perform from afar.

We May Hear Others’ Footsteps, But How Do We Ignore Our Own?

Defining the Dimensions of the “Space” of Computing.

How Much Did Physicians Drive the Opioid Crisis?

The Human Cost Of FOSTA.

The Politics of Pockets.

AirPods Are a Tragedy. Some of the scientific assertions in the article are wrong, but the gist is dead on.

May 7, 2019

Elemental old-timer makes the universe look like a toddler.

Wildly Underestimated Oilsands Emissions Latest Blow to Alberta’s Dubious Climate Claims. As disaster looms, petro province lets industry call the shots.

Big Tech Is Spying on Your Wallet. How data is letting corporations wring every penny from your purchases.

Nature is in the worst shape in human history, U.N. report says. We are so, so fucked. Especially anyone under ~40.

Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies.

The First Labor Strike in History.

How China’s Social Credit System Will Erode Privacy in the West.

Phosphorene Nanoribbons.

Fining Poor People for Walking Won’t Stop Pedestrian Fatalities.

May 6, 2019

Welfare reform, 1834: Did the New Poor Law in England produce significant economic gains?

“Smart” doorlocks have policies that let landlords and third parties spy on you.

The Left Needs to Stop Crushing on the Generals.

Life Without Plastic Is Possible. It’s Just Very Hard. And moronic.

More than three million people over the age of 60 still struggling to pay off student loan debts.

Permafrost is thawing in the Arctic so fast that scientists are losing their equipment.

Why a 60-65% Market Loss Would Be Run-Of-The-Mill.

This is what’s wrong with our political system. It’s organized to get people elected, then the people we elect do the work of big companies.

Brachistochrone curve.

Algorithms Are Maximizing Profits By Colluding To Keep Prices High.

‘Deep Sleep’: How an Amateur Porn Film Set Off A Massive Federal Witch Hunt.

The energy content of ethanol is 76,000 Btu/gal, so as ethanol blending ramped up, the energy content in a gallon of gasoline fell.

On Venezuela, Tucker Airs Anti-Trump Ideas While Maddow Wants John Bolton To Be More Hawkish.

The Politics of the Green New Deal: Conventional Wisdom.

Are Women Taking the Cosmic Fall for Male Greed?

Human ancestors were ‘grounded,’ new analysis shows. Primates adapted to living on the ground, adding new chapter to human evolution.

Raising Wages Is the Right Thing to Do, and Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Your Bottom Line.

The real moral hazard is ignoring the student debt cataclysm and its effect on the economy.

May 5, 2019

Now Facebook has announced that it has permanently banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and a few other despicable people from its social platforms. What could possibly go wrong? Eventually, the left will greatly regret normalizing actions like these.

How Parasites Help a Forest Clean Up.

Of course rich people think inequality doesn’t matter. They don’t see it. About Australia, but equally true of the US.

How The ACORN Scandal Seeded Today’s Nightmare Politics. Breitbart led the charge, but Democrats delivered the killing blow. Has anyone really learned? No. If anything, the Democrats have gotten even worse.

Turns out coffee pods are actually pretty good for the environment. But they are single use, so evil! AHHH! *hair catches fire*

When did you become radicalized by the U.S. health care non-system?

How Men Became “Emotional Gold Diggers” — Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden.

Free Speech, Safety and the Triumph of Neoliberalism.

Joe Biden has nothing to offer workers of any race. He’s a corporate hack with a phony blue-collar veneer.

Lyft Says It’s ‘Not in the Transportation Business,’ So Disability Law Doesn’t Apply.

The “do no harm” criterion is a bit problematic, however, since people can also be subjected to disutility by restrictions on their speech as well as by hearing the speech of others.

May 4, 2019

Yes, ownership matters.

How Much Cheaper It Is To Rent Than Buy A Home In Every State,  Visualized.

US declining interest in history presents risk to democracy. In an ever more algorithmic world, Americans increasingly believe humanities are irrelevant. But math will save us all!

Radiocam: 1923.

Boeing’s own pilots lacked key details of 737 MAX flight-control system in tests. Why does Boeing still even exist? If I murdered 248 people, I’d be locked away forever.

Boeing relied on single sensor for 737 Max that had been flagged 216 times to FAA.

CFPB moves to limit home loan data.

Biden used his 2012 DNC speech to criticize Republicans for not supporting his administration’s proposed cuts to social security and Medicare. Seriously, fuck Biden.

No More Payoffs For Layoffs. Corporate mergers are bad news for the thousands of workers who lose their jobs. It’s a different story for the CEOs who can earn hundreds of millions of dollars from.

Killing comments won’t cure our toxic internet culture.

The Economy That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen: Booming Jobs, Low Inflation. Maybe using data from a few decades in the middle of the 20th century to set policy in the 21st isn’t such a good idea.

Just read this speech by Delrahim on advertising markets and I think it needs some annotation for the not-so-hidden meaning.

Overall, our results suggest that the nature of U.S. product markets has undergone a shift that has potentially weakened competition across the majority of industries.

Quantum sensor for photons.

Ex-YouTube Developer Reveals How He ‘Conspired To Kill IE6.’

Mockingbirds Can Learn Hundreds of Songs, But There’s a Limit.

Bus stations don’t have to be second-rate, as this one in Tilburg demonstrates. So many actualities we take as inexorable and destined are in fact choices.