May 20, 2017

New paint colors invented by neural network. “Stummy Beige” and “Burble Simp” are brilliant.

If household chemicals are wreaking havoc on the hormones of cats, what are they doing to us? Betting the obesity epidemic is at least partially related to chemical exposure.

Rapid greening of Antarctic Peninsula driven by climate change.

Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich.

Let them paste passwords.

In the World’s Most Expensive City, 1 in 10 Maids Sleeps in a Kitchen, Toilet, or Corner of the Living Room.

Why Hardware Engineers Have to Think Like Cybercriminals, and Why Engineers Are Easy to Fool. Wait, the head of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit is named Borg?

Get a Grip.

Thank Minitel for the French Election.

Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever. Made more old people paranoid and afraid than anyone in our history.

The U.S. is the most obese nation in the world, just ahead of Mexico. USA #1!

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment.

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts.

A record 107 million Americans have auto loan debt, according to data released this week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s about 43% of the entire adult population in the US.

MMA vs Wushu – A Fight Between Reality and Fantasy.

May 19, 2017

Millennials, however, shoulder more student loan debt than any other generation and face house prices that are far higher than their parents did at their age in a post-recession environment of stagnant wages. Boomers firmly believe a lot of purely fictional things about the economy.

Women who received medical abortion drugs with input from doctors online report successful terminations and few complications.

Most cities were designed around men and their work. It’s time for that to change.

America’s Cars Are Suddenly Getting Faster and More Efficient.

The older the doctor, the higher the patient mortality rate, study finds. Probably not age-related directly, IMO. Most likely tech and method related.

Where Movements Go to Die: The Democrats are Draining the Resistance’s Life.

The neural network has weird ideas about what humans like to eat.

US faces crisis as pension funding hole hits $3.85tn.

Dangerous shortage of essential antibiotics is all about $$.

Global Citizens, National Shirkers.

Notes From An Emergency.

Why the Fed is wrong to obsess about wages.

The Best Replacement for Obamacare Is Medicaid. Or Medicare, with universal eligibility.

A culture that normalizes hypercritical peers is a problem for scientists who want to reach beyond academe.

A Generation of Sociopaths review – how Trump and other Baby Boomers ruined the world.

Limitless blood supplies are ‘tantalisingly close’ to becoming reality, reveal scientists.

NIMBY regulatory regimes, house prices, and productivity.

May 18, 2017

US Household Debt Surpasses 2008 High.

If Declining Towns ‘Deserve to Die,’ Where Should Their Residents Go?

The tech sector is leaving the rest of the US economy in its dust. This is not, I must note, a good thing.

US borrows trillions to wage war in foreign lands. China helps build other nations’ transportation infrastructure to connect them for mutual trade. Which program will work better?

One Day, Three Serious News Stories That Turn Out To Be False.

New Baylor lawsuit alleges football players routinely recorded gang rapes. Funny, so much attention is focused on geek transgressions, meanwhile football players/frats/jock types commit most of the assaults and rapes. But they have the power, so not much real outcry….

A Soft Coup in the Offing?

Why raising Social Security’s ‘full retirement age’ is a bad idea.

Study: Net Neutrality Rules Did Not Harm Broadband Investment.

Exposure to psychological domestic abuse most damaging to children’s wellbeing.

Companies Steal $15 Billion From Their Employees Every Year.

Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link.

May 17, 2017

The Vegan Diet Bloggers Who Think Periods Are ‘Not Natural.’ Vegans are not natural.

Diesel engines pollute much more than we thought.

Dinosaur asteroid hit ‘worst possible place.’

The Shame of the Mortgage-Interest Deduction.

We’re Edging Closer To Nuclear War.

Florence Nightingale Was Born 197 Years Ago, and Her Infographics Were Better Than Most of the Internet’s. No computer, no calculator, no problem.

A Botanist in Swedish Lapland.

Women Are Really Not into America Right Now.

A Parliament of Owls.

A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare.

Silicon Valley has too much power.

Strapped Pension Funds, and the Hefty Investment Fees They Pay.

Rather than make-work programs or trying to slow automation, a better way to handle the declining economic value of work might be to stop recoiling in horror from idleness and start distributing its benefits more widely.

What is remarkable about Mr. Rich’s essay is that he attributes the southernization of rural America, and the consequent election of Mr. Trump, entirely to nostalgia “for a more orderly past,” without so much as a glance at the economic history of our actual country.

May 16, 2017

Hardly Anyone Paying the Hackers? Because Using Bitcoin Is Hard. Main reason why no one but a few geeks use it.

What causes that feeling of being watched?

Sears’ demise and the looting of American business.

Dramatic drops in oceanic oxygen, known as “anoxia”, which cause mass extinctions of sea life, come to a natural end – but it takes about a million years. Scientists believe the modern ocean is “on the edge of anoxia” and say it is “critical” to limit carbon emissions to prevent this.

Put it together, and you’re studying a highly variable phenomenon using a minimal treatment, using a statistically inefficient design.

Exploring the Militarization of US Police Forces.

Student Installs Plan B Vending Machine at School.

Sending Jobs Overseas.

Was Donald Trump’s surprise victory due to his voters’ racism or their economic anxiety? The right answer might be that it was both. Nuance? We can’t have that!

Now 65-80% of new mortgages are stamped with a guarantee from Uncle Sam that protects investors from the risk that homeowners default.

May 15, 2017

The Body and Us.

My questions about my grandmother’s death, of a self-induced abortion, haven’t changed since I was twelve years old. What feels new, in the Trump era, is the urgency of her story.

Remember NAFTA?

Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease.’

If this is feminism….

U.S. Customs Initiates New Officers Using “Rape Table.”

I Don’t Believe in Blockchain. Agreed. Interesting, but not a world-changing tech.

War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people.

U.S. Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create.

May 14, 2017

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Playing Video Games.

The Future of Living Alone Is Living Together. Definitely not for me (I’ve already tried it — US Army barracks) but I can see how this is appealing to many.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Just Doubled Down on the Immoral, Racist, and Counterproductive War on Drugs.

Mussel gloop can be used to make wounds knit without any scars.

The Body Is Not a Computer—Stop Thinking of It as One.

Skip the hysteria. What you need to know about the big ransomware attack.

How local governments keep poor people in jail just because they’re poor.

The DNC’s elephant in the room: Dems have a problem — it’s not Donald Trump.

Two Dead Canaries in the Coal Mine.

Nature Does Not Grade On A Curve.

Bring Back Cubicles. An impassioned plea. You know it’s bad when people are begging for the return of cubes. Bring back offices.

Markets are not natural but created, and this is especially true of housing.

Concealed Carry on Campus: Why I Resigned From the University of Kansas.

May 13, 2017

More U.S. banks are failing. How worried should we be?

A Middle Class Which Aligns with the Rich Cuts Its Own Throat.


The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth. The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

Hillary Clinton is rebranding herself as an activist. Don’t be fooled.

Global ransomware attack shows why Apple refused to hack terrorist’s iPhone. The thing about a back door is that anyone can use it.

Alan Wake will be removed from digital stores after this weekend. Expiring music licenses means modern classic can no longer be sold for download. Yay for allowing third parties veto rights on our entire culture.

How Financialization and the “New Economy” Hurt Science and Engineering Grads.

Editor Resigns Over an Article Defending ‘Cultural Appropriation.’

May 12, 2017

Tennessee makes community college free for all adults. See, impossible, just like the Clintonites and neolibs say it is!