January 12, 2020

Noncompete agreements allow bosses to chain workers to their jobs. We need to free them.

Around half of non-cyclists view cyclists as ‘less than fully human.’

William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was.’

The Man Who’s Spending $1 Billion to Own Every Pop Song.

January 11, 2020

A scandal in Oxford: the curious case of the stolen gospel.

New research by the University of Vermont has revealed a genuine connection between childhood obesity and decreased functions in young brains.

How Facebook misunderstands free speech. Freedom of speech doesn’t matter much if only the wealthy and corporations can afford to proselytize.

Weight loss is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but scientists now believe this may be due to the fat dropping off an unexpected body part – the tongue.

Global Warming and Extreme Events.

Cash isn’t quite anonymous, it’s anonymous-ish.

Three years after the W3C approved a DRM standard, it’s no longer possible to make a functional indie browser. Which was the goal all along.

Two of America’s most popular SUVs earned ‘poor’ ratings in crash tests.

Report: Internet Users Who Call For Attacking Other Countries Will Now Be Enlisted In The Military Automatically.

The Gig Economy Is Coming for Your Job. Full-time union hotel workers are watching app-based services replace them. Who’s next?

Our null findings suggest that current sleep guidelines that recommend at least 7 hours of sleep per night may not be supported in relation to an association between sleep patterns and cognitive function or brain structure.

January 10, 2020

A shocking number of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Shocking to whom?

Capture of complete ciliate chromosomes in single sequencing reads reveals widespread chromosome isoforms.

Free Software’s Radical Past.

Current Job: Award-Winning Chef. Education: University of IHOP. The nation’s chain restaurants don’t reap much critical praise, but many high-end chefs say they got a priceless, practical education there. IHOP has consistently good food for the price. Sometimes even great, for any price.

Masculinity and the Mechanisms of Human Self-Domestication.

Never-before-seen virus may be behind mystery outbreak in China.

I’m going to explain why you’re seeing what some washed up old singer thinks all over the place. The way promotional sausage is made isnt pretty, but I think more people should know the processes involved.

Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires.

There’s a link between hiking the minimum wage and declining suicide rates, researchers say.

Four reasons why millennials don’t have any money.

Researchers Develop Universal Flu Vaccine With Nanoparticles That Protect Against Six Different Viruses.

Boeing emails show workers mocking FAA, ridiculing 737 Max’s safety.

January 9, 2020

Finland’s prime minister wants her country on a four-day workweek. Should happen everywhere. Hell, should’ve happened in 1950.

Why Are the Bad Guys Always ‘Bodybuilders’?

This Is Not the Sixth Extinction. It’s the First Extermination Event.

The problem with reinforced concrete.

The New Deal was partly motivated by a desire to kill the fake news epidemic of the Gilded Age.

It’s Not Arson, You Absolute Fucking Morons.

Manhattan’s Flood of New Condos Could Take Six Years to Sell. Need tax on value of unoccupied units. Would solve that problem right quick.

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits. $1,000 can raise a class’s test scores by as much as cutting class size by a third.

The people in power will let your country burn. The response from the Australian government and media to the country’s unprecedented fires are a bleak vision of everyone’s future. Meanwhile, clueless liberals think they have no connection to the biosphere and climate change is not serious.

Income has little to do with productivity, and little to do with the properties of individuals. Instead, income is about social position.

US finally prohibits ISPs from charging for routers they don’t provide. Yes, we needed a law to ban rental fees for devices that customers own in full.

January 8, 2020

It is a commonplace in modern stories – print, films, TV – for girls to describe guys’ approaches as evil or perversion. Husbands 7 to 10 years older were once commonplace, but are now pervy.

For Tech-Weary Midwest Farmers, 40-Year-Old Tractors Now a Hot Commodity.

Ditching coal in the US is saving lives, helping crops.

Post-Boomers cannot compete in the niche of material wealth accumulation, since it is saturated with Boomers who will not leave the battle arena until they drop dead.

Study: Walking and Cycling Rates Haven’t Changed Much Since 2001.

The programming world will increasingly be split between highly trained professionals and people who don’t have a deep background but have a lot of experience building things.

I Support Strong Women of Color Unless They Are Politically to My Left.

Fukushima’s Exclusion Zone Is Being Overtaken By Wildlife.

Pain contributed more than mental health to the rise in misuse of all drug types.

Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World. No hidden variables. No local reality. Causality disconfirmed. Done deal.

Giving corporations free money doesn’t work. Business tax incentives are one of the great policy failures of our time.

Obamaworld Hates Bernie Sanders—and Has No Idea How to Stop Him.

Cloudflare Has a Plan to Change Everything About Cloud Security. It wants to replace corporate VPNs and firewalls with its own networks. That could make it even more of an internet gatekeeper. Aww hell no.

January 7, 2020

Battery prices fall nearly 50% in 3 years, spurring more electrification. Conventional wisdom 10 years ago was that batteries would never be as cheap as they are now.

Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s. Long before GPS, drivers still wanted tech that could simplify the navigation process.

Moms’ Obesity in Pregnancy Is Linked to Lag in Sons’ Development and IQ.

Beat the clock: the surprising psychology behind being perpetually late.

The booming stock market shows America is diseased.

In other words, the characters of the prequels are like Lucas himself, striving for greatness but actually settling on incompetence of biblical proportions. This is, of course, actually much more powerful than what Lucas originally intended.

Our information ecosystem no longer assists us in reaching consensus. In fact, it structurally discourages it, and instead facilitates a dissensus of bespoke pseudo-realities.

The rise and fall of the Hummer, America’s most needlessly masculine vehicle.

January 6, 2020

Welcome to Mystery Flesh Pit National Park, One Redditor’s Colossal Feat of Worldbuilding.

Overall our results provide preliminary data to suggest that television viewing for more than 3.5 hours per day is related to cognitive decline. In older people.

Fascia encases tissues and organs and may have widespread effects. Fascia-nating article.

The Private and External Costs of Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out. Air pollution killed and will now kill thousands more people as a result.

Leadership isn’t as big a deal as people make it out to be, IF you have a vibrant organization in which people believe.

Suleimani’s assassination and the muddled moralism behind it.

Machine Learning Can’t Handle Long-Term Time-Series Data. What the fuck, how is this even possible.

When U.S. Emissions Dropped, Mortality Dropped Dramatically.

Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress.

College as an incubator of Girardian terror.

If Aristotle lived today, there is no way that he would be an Aristotelian.

Recent surveys show sharp decline in retirement wealth for typical household.

Scientists find evidence that Venus has active volcanoes. A discovery of great magma-tude.

It’s Not Just Software. New Safety Risks Under Scrutiny on Boeing’s 737 Max. Garbage plane and should never be flown again. All existing should be destroyed.

The Atom Bowl.

Do You Really Need to Back Squat?

January 5, 2020

The sad truth about our boldest climate target. Limiting global warming to 1.5˚C is almost certainly not going to happen.

Kleptocracy and kakistocracy in the 1990s Russia.

If money is the transfer of work and time, we’ve decided our kids will need to work more in the future, and spend less time with their families, so wealthy people can pay lower taxes today.

Brexit and Trump began a new era for the West.

Negative Interest Rates Aren’t Such a Departure After All. A Yale professor’s paper shows they have always been with us and challenges the notion of a normal level.

The New York Times’ First Op-Ed About War With Iran Is by a Guy Who Said There Were No Downsides to Invading Iraq.

The 1997 merger that paved the way for the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

Our Neophobic, Conservative AI Overlords Want Everything to Stay the Same.

America is guilty of everything we accuse Iran of doing.

January 4, 2020

U.S. Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani.


What’s So Hard to Understand About the Young Left?

When people want to hold you down they tell you that you’re unfit for the journey and won’t make it. That your time has passed, or that you need to stay because of the choices you made in your life.

Chesterton’s shell script.

Iconic prop house closes after 42 years in business. Oh no. I always wanted the chance to see that place, somehow.

Why “Free Stuff” Is Good. Funding public services through taxation instead of usage fees is fair and eliminates bureaucracy. We should do more of it.

Global Apathy Toward the Fires in Australia Is a Scary Portent for the Future.

It now costs the average worker a record 114 hours’ pay to buy the S&P 500.

Australia Is Committing Climate Suicide. As record fires rage, the country’s leaders seem intent on sending it to its doom. Australia to be the first first-world failed state due to climate change? (Syria was the first failed state due to it.)

Once Upon Forever Changing Times in Hollywood.

January 3, 2020

Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna.

The worship of billionaires has become our shittiest religion. Nobody should have a billion dollars, and those who do are something other than fully human.

Genetic changes in human populations occur too slowly to be responsible for the obesity epidemic. Nevertheless, the variation in how people respond to the environment that promotes physical inactivity and intake of high-calorie foods suggests that genes do play a role in the development of obesity.

It’s entirely plausible that Facebook and Tencent might be net-negative for technological developments.

As We Sow: Australian Wildfire Edition.