March 19, 2017

Paul Ryan’s college dream was to kick poor people off Medicaid.


The False Feminism of ‘Fearless Girl.’

What are PPP adjustments and why do we need them?

Belief in the existence of gender differences in risk attitudes is stronger than the evidence supporting it.

The Problem With Facts.

The Restless Ghosts of Baiersdorf.

Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it?

The FBI, Which Still Won’t Address Online Threats Against Women, Arrested Someone For Tweeting a GIF at a Male Journalist.

1940 @sciam article about atomic bomb: “Readers made insomnious by ‘newspaper talk’ of terrific atomic war weapons… may now get sleep.”

The Disintegration of Lancaster, Ohio.

Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America.

March 18, 2017

The Internet’s Gilded Age.

Why Are Basketball Games So Squeaky? Consider the Spiny Lobster.

How Young Feminists of Color are Transforming the Labor Movement.

The Seasons Aren’t What They Used to Be.

The First Climate Model Turns 50, And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly.

Ultra-rich protect wealth with spread of ‘family offices.’

A trap for self-driving cars.

The choice between helping the impoverished and exploring space is a false one.

The Irish Potato Famine Was Caused by Capitalism, Not a Fungus.

ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn’t “sensitive.”

If you’re a European, your body requires more vegetables and grains. Though at the same time scientists insist human populations are exactly the same in all ways….(ideologically I understand why, it’s just wrong).

The Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Bash (aka the Linux and macOS Terminal).

When machines go rogue.

March 17, 2017

Ancestral Climates May Have Shaped Your Nose. Getting punched in the face a lot shaped my nose.

SkipTheDishes Canceled Woman’s Job Interview After She Asked About Pay.

Information Avoidance: How People Select Their Own Reality.

Astronomers just found a star orbiting a black hole at 1 percent the speed of light.

Mississippi Delta Planters and Debates over Mechanization, Labor, and Civil Rights in the 1940s.

The Rising Tide of Militarism in the 21st Century: From Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump.

The politics of ethnicity thus serves, in practice, to defend and widen class inequalities.

Cultivating ignorance is often more advantageous, both institutionally and personally, than cultivating knowledge.

The Best Candidate is a Lie.

Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start.

March 16, 2017

America has spent more rebuilding Afghanistan than it spent rebuilding Europe under the Marshall Plan. Yep, inflation-adjusted.

Earth’s lost history of planet-altering eruptions revealed.

Extended spider cognition. This is the coolest ever.

It is fear, not complacency, that holds people in their jobs and in their states. Cowen’s book-selling shtick is telling the well-off what they want to hear.

The luxury of telling poor people that iPhones are a luxury.

How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace.

The future according to Cuban would be a world where the mind becomes more important, as technical skills gradually get picked up by automation and computers. I don’t like Cuban much, but think he is mostly right; learning math and tech mostly irrelevant by 2050 or so. Computers/AI will do it all better than any human.

A human behaving like a bot isn’t all that different from a bot.

We risk obscuring real sources of violence when a tweet can be considered a tool of war.

Democrats and liberals have climbed into bed with the neocons to push the “Russia-did-it” conspiracy theory as a way to “get Trump,” but this New McCarthyism has grave dangers.

March 15, 2017

Most people are secretly threatened by creativity. I wouldn’t say “secretly.” Ever tried doing anything creative in an office job?

Renewable energy now Australia’s cheapest power option.

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists.

Most of Billionaire Wealth is Unearned.

Privatization in the Ancient World.

Here’s the first 3D glimpse of how DNA is packaged up in a single cell.

Vox says left-wing economics won’t defeat Trumpism. Vox is wrong. Being Vox, “wrong” is the usual state.

Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.

Revisiting the ASCE Infrastructure Cult.

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big. Causality backwards, mostly: bad or no prospects leads to disengagement with the real world.

Saying you’re busy signals you’re rude. A bit reductive, but I mostly agree.

Parts From Hell.

The question of whether new immigrants will integrate — a better word than “assimilate,” since it emphasizes that native-born culture also changes when newcomers arrive — isn’t a trivial or racist one.

Meet the obscure microbe that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution.

Facebook already knows more about its users than they know about themselves.

March 14, 2017

The Problem With the Democratic Party in One Tweet.

Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs In a ‘Supercharged’ Evolutionary Surge.

Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs. Please transfer the wasting to whatever causes them to bark all the fucking time.

Canadian Millennials Struggle As College Degrees Don’t Guarantee Jobs. First word could be changed to “Earth.”

Fatigued Physicians Make Mistakes and Harm Patients.

One of the worst trends in red-state politics is coming to a blue state near you.

The Democratic Party has a favorability rating 11 points lower than Pence, nine points lower than Trump, and even one point lower than the GOP.

Time To Revisit The Two Cultures.

When Nothing “Left” Is Left The People Will Vote Far Right.

Battey’s Operation.

Harriet Martineau.

The digital maps that we see on our phones are different. They are created primarily for marketing rather than cartographic purposes.

March 13, 2017

Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms: Deeper soil layers more sensitive to warming than previously thought, scientists find.

Why Music Ownership Matters.

How the Amazon’s Cashews and Cacao Point to Cultivation by the Ancients.

Sneaky beetles evolved disguise to look like ants, then eat them.

The Experience of Discrimination in Contemporary America: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample of Adults.

Popularly known as the “law against social parasites” it requires those who work less than 183 days per year to pay the government $250 in compensation for lost taxes. Cue Republican heavy breathing.

We Should Practice Truth in Statistics, Even When It Hurts. Hilarious that Kevin Drum says this, but I agree with him.

Before long, no doubt, Nike or Reebok will be encouraging you to make a stand against fascism with a specially branded line of resistance sneakers.

Why Europe fails to learn.

Detect. Lock on. Intercept. The remarkable hunting ability of the robber fly.

The Law’s Emotion Problem.

March 12, 2017

Trump’s biggest job creator lives 93 million miles from Earth.

Switching names to Nicole.

Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof.

An open letter to America’s coal miners, and to America.

Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses Is Worse Than Useless.

Password Rules Are Bullshit.

Irritating left-wing guys have ruined democracy, apparently. Which might suggest it wasn’t doing so great before. The Dems have a list of scapegoats longer than the zeroes at the end of H. Clinton’s account after several Goldman “talks.”

Helpful Man Saves Woman Effort Of Telling Idea To Boss Herself.

When the Punisher, a brutal comic-book vigilante, comes to your local police department, it can’t be good.

Lyubov Popova.

Species-specific developmental timing is maintained by pluripotent stem cells ex utero.

There’s now only one US state where mug shots aren’t public records.

A long migration.

The Philosopher Queen: Rebecca Solnit.

Art forgery.

The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

Charles Peters on Recapturing the Soul of the Democratic Party. No soul left; time for something new.