January 8, 2019

A 70% Marginal Rate on Top Incomes Is A Good Start, But It Doesn’t Go Far Enough.

Tennessee doctors make a fortune kicking disabled people off Medicare.

New Yorkers ‘Have the Opportunity Seattle Didn’t’ as They Prepare for War With Amazon.

Stronger men live longer. This study only assessed men. Same almost certainly applies to women, too.

Footprints in the snow.

January 7, 2019

You Can’t Trust What You Read About Nutrition.

The Real Reason Women Quit Tech (and How to Address It).

Great Oxygenation Event.

Increasing and Diminishing Returns – Africa’s Opportunity to Develop.

Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not. US study finds some people needlessly avoid foods while others do not have life-saving medication. That having a fake food allergy became trendy is one of the most puzzling things I’ve ever seen.

Europe is a continent in crisis – where lo-vis people now wear high-vis jackets. Outside their prosperous cities, the hinterlands of France, Germany, Italy and beyond are hitting back.

“It’s Crucial to Break Up Facebook.” Columbia law professor Tim Wu on The Curse of Bigness, neo-Brandeisian antitrust, and the lessons we should learn from the first Gilded Age.

It is truly funny that people form packs to hound workers and help corporations castigate labor in the name of progressivism.

Developer experience is trumping user experience. Explains a lot of what happened to Firefox.

January 6, 2019

The Sharp Decline In Original Movies In Hollywood From 1980 To 2018, Charted.

$800 Million in Taxpayer Money Went to Private Prisons Where Migrants Work for Pennies.

Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Top Tax Rate Is a Moderate Policy. Yeah. I’d go for 90% on any income above $500,000, no billionaires allowed, and no private housing.

The university at the end of the world. In a time when academia is increasingly globalized and yet increasingly insular, what is a university for?

What Can We Learn From Past Visions of the Technological Future?

Misunderstanding Liquidity, Misunderstanding QT.

The Strange, Uplifting Tale of “Joy of Cooking” Versus the Food Scientist.

The delightful dancing video of AOC that is being circulated right now* is actually part of a pretty storied, if now mostly forgotten, remix culture phenomenon. If you’ll allow me….

Chaos and control: the story of the web.

Attacking The Neoliberal Ideology.

Milky Way to face a one-two punch of galaxy collisions. The Large Magellanic Cloud will hit us before Andromeda can get here. Damn imperialist galaxies.

That realization recast my recent struggles: Why can’t I get this mundane stuff done? Because I’m burned out. Why am I burned out? Because I’ve internalized the idea that I should be working all the time.

Pretty much everything in American mainstream liberalism ultimately boils down to advancing mass murder, exploitation and ecocide for profit while waving a “yay diversity” banner so that the NPR crowd can feel good about themselves while signing off on it.

Even More Americans Have Stopped Biking To Work. People do not have money to pay hospital bills after being struck by cars.

January 5, 2019

Mainstream Media Is Blowing Its Coverage Of Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test. Tribal leaders and Native people say the senator is an ally — and they support her look at her ancestry. But hardly anyone asked them. Warren is an actual threat to the status quo. Of course the mainstream media will never give her a fair shake.

Is This The Worst Thing The WSJ Has Ever Published?

Revealing hidden spin: Unlocking new paths toward high-temperature superconductors.

I’m In The ‘Anyone But Biden’ Camp. Me too.

Google shifted $23 billion to tax haven Bermuda in 2017: filing.

Must Writers Be Moral? Their Contracts May Require It. “No way. I’m not signing that,” a New Yorker writer said when she saw the terms. Fuck that. I want my writers immoral and a bit wild. Or more than a bit.

Plague of Justinian.


So why do people play this game of saying ‘we must reduce the deficit?’ Well that’s an ideological question more than anything else. You might hear that America could go bankrupt, but that is a ridiculous notion.

January 4, 2019

Scientists Have Been Studying Cancers in a Very Strange Way for Decades. By growing cells in unrealistic liquids, they may have inadvertently skewed the results of their experiments.

Quitting Facebook & Google: Why Exit Option Democracy is the Worst Kind of Democracy. Janet Vertesi on what it means to have a principled rejection of technology.

There’s a Reason Many Voters Have Negative Views of Warren—But the Press Won’t Tell You Why. The media have focused on her comparatively low approval ratings—but not the misogyny that drives them.

MythBusters Was Banned from Talking About RFID Chips By Credit Card Companies. And I’m told that corporations don’t control completely what we see and hear.

Big Pharma ushers in new year with price hikes on hundreds of drugs.

Inside the global elite’s bag of financial tricks.

Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048.

SNAP Work Requirements Don’t Increase Employment, But They Do Hurt People Who Need the Program Most.

Long-Term “Buy & Hold” Crushed Stockholders in Largest Markets Except US & India. But for the US, Luck’s Running Out. Buy and hold is for chumps.

The risk of developing multiple comorbidities, including T2DM, significantly increases with obesity. Other risks incude cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and cancer.

Towns And Cities Keep Ditching Comcast To Build Their Own Broadband Networks.

Useless Knowledge Begets New Horizons. And it’s surprising how very often that “useless” knowledge turns out to be very useful indeed.

One thing that volatile markets teach you is discipline. If they don’t, you won’t be playing in them very long.

January 3, 2019

How the Valley treats its experienced people. To a lesser extent, this applies to the tech world in general.

Companies’ pursuit of high profits is making the rich richer at everyone else’s expense, according to new research. New? We done knew.

Kuleshov effect.

Flat Design vs Traditional Design: Comparative Experimental Study. Flat design fails. No surprise there.

Increased Privatization of the VA Has Led to Longer Waits and Higher Costs for Taxpayers.

Carrying Tasers increases police use of force, study finds. Cambridge experiment with City of London police found that, while rarely deployed, just the presence of electroshock devices led to greater overall hostility in police-public interactions – an example of what researchers call the ‘weapons effect’.

Death is no leveller if some live much longer than others.

Humans control complex objects by guiding them toward stability.

Revisiting the Greenbelt Towns, a Forgotten 1930s Attempt at American Utopia.

Jordan B. Peterson: Climate Change Denier & Faux Lover Of Science. An even bigger putz than I thought.


A new way to look at the data: Similarities between groups of people are large and important.

What could have wiped 3km of rock off the entire Earth? Some evidence for the cause of geology’s Great Unconformity.

The scientific case for eating bread. Published, peer-reviewed evidence on bread and human health, and most of what you’ll find suggests that bread is either benign or, in the case of whole-grain types, quite beneficial.

What a Student Loan ‘Bubble’ Bursting Might Look Like.

Cursive Is Dumb.

How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public.

STAMPing on event-stream.

January 2, 2019

FizzBuzz in 10 languages.

Long Life Vehicle.

What We Learned From a Year of Americans ‘Risking It’ Without Insurance. Their stories from the trenches reveal a broken health insurance system that is increasingly out of reach.

The One Issue the Left and Right Can Agree On. Even Tucker Carlson and Goldman Sachs are talking about the pernicious impact of monopolies in the U.S.

Living paycheck to paycheck is disturbingly common. But people just want to pay more for healthcare!

Big Tech May Look Troubled, but It’s Just Getting Started. I thought the future would be cooler.

The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms. This writer is not very good, but still interesting.

Like many western progressives, modern feminists are not prone to view non-westerners as moral agents and can only see Muslims in the west as victims of colonialism or other such nonsense and are all too happy to embraces powerful symbols of sexual coercion such as the hijab and niqab as liberating…somehow.

Scientists: ‘Time is ripe’ to use big data for planet-sized plant questions. An actual valid use for big data.

Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It. Blue Peacock may have been one of the strangest inventions of the Cold War.

My perspective lies at the intersection of their intellectual critique of neoliberalism and the political sociology of the @NiskanenCenter worldview.

‘They destroyed me.’ Wells Fargo’s mistake forced her to sell her home.

When a Developer Comes for Your Little Neighborhood Park.

The role of the representative agent was to obliterate all meaningful distinctions between large groups of people whose social positions differ, by focusing on the observation that everybody is an “agent” who tries to maximize income under a set of constraints.

January 1, 2019

The PowerPoint Philosophe. Waiting for Steven Pinker’s enlightenment.

Banishing Truth.

The Trouble With Uplift.

Black Achilles. The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether?

Estrogen, meonpause, and women’s mental health.

Year in Fitness: How Exercise Keeps Us Young. Scientists are only now beginning to understand the many microscopic changes that occur when we exercise.

Hearing Loss Threatens Mind, Life and Limb.

December 31, 2018

As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions.

How Governmental Failure Amplified the Devastation of California’s Carr Fire.

Don’t get fooled by the customer service survey blame game.

An introduction to Georg Cantor’s transfinite paradise.

‘Reasonable doubt’ makes great TV drama, but it’s killing the planet.

The Case for Moral Disengagement from American Politics.

Researchers found that increases in physical activity tended to be followed by increases in mood and perceived energy level. This beneficial effect was even more pronounced for a subset of the study subjects who had bipolar disorder.

The Symbolic Wall.


Going Viral: 6 New Findings about Viruses.

Trade group including Facebook, Google to ‘oppose’ EU climate efforts.