The controversy over whether the media should call Trump’s racist tweets “racist,” explained

Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8:32 PM

Peter Baker, in a July 14 New York Times “news analysis” article about President Trump’s decision to go on a racist Twitter tirade about four progressive first-term women of color in the US House of Representatives, demonstrates a very clear sense of who Trump is and what he’s all about.

Trump’s racist Twitter tirade about “the Squad,” explained

Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:32 PM

Donald Trump has a decades-long track record of racism that includes everything from calling for the execution of innocent teenagers to breaking fair housing law.

Is Medicine Overrated?

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:32 PM

For years I have ranted about the flaws of medicine, especially when it comes to mental illness and cancer. But my complaints are mild compared to those of Jacob Stegenga, a philosopher of science at the University of Cambridge.

“Send her back” is where racism and authoritarianism meet

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:22 PM

“Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!” It’s hard not to feel chills when you watch the video of a Trump rally in North Carolina where this chant, directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, breaks out.

How to Build a Panopticon

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10:17 PM

In 2017, Orlando’s police department signed up to be one of the first in the country to pilot Amazon’s new facial recognition software, Rekognition, which it offered to the agency for free.

The Fed’s New Message: The Economy Can Get a Lot Better for Workers

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 9:52 PM

Sometimes, ideas can bounce around the intellectual fringes for years before eventually being embraced by the powerful. On Wednesday you could watch it happen in real time, on cable television.

Shenzhen Tech Girl Naomi Wu, Part 2: Over the Wall and into theĀ Fire

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 5:32 PM

Translator and copy-editor’s note: On several occasions, Naomi Wu has been treated with suspicion for accepting assistance with her written English.

Shenzhen Tech Girl Naomi Wu: My experience with Sarah Jeong, Jason Koebler, and ViceĀ Magazine

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Translator and proofreader’s note: There are large parts of this document that don’t parse well either from Chinese or from Naomi’s written English into more fluent English. In trying to do so, some of the emotion that Naomi is trying to convey would be lost.

The Good News: The Job Market Is Solid. The Bad News: The Job Market Is Solid.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Friday’s numbers take some of the immediate worries off the table, but they don’t mean that all is well in the U.S. economy. The best news to be found in the June jobs numbers, released Friday morning, is in what they don’t show.

Interest Rates Just Keep Falling. Economic Orthodoxy Is Falling With Them.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Investors expect even lower growth and inflation; this isn’t the way it’s supposed to work.

Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by exsanguination—that is, by draining it of blood—the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned this week.

Trump’s Push For Citizenship Data Could Still Be Used For Gerrymandering

Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:04 PM

After two weeks of reversals and uncertainty, there won’t be a question about citizenship on the 2020 census after all.

Ricing up Org Mode

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:54 PM

This is a short post pulling in my comment on a /r/unixporn submission where I document my Org mode dotfiles for a word processor like interface. The aim is to recreate a rice I submitted on /r/unixporn some time back. Shown below is a demo of what the thing actually looks like.

Trap Chess Keeps Players On Their Toes

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Chess is a game that originated so long ago, we don’t have concrete information as to its origins. Rules have changed throughout history, and many continue to study and experiment with the game.

This changed how I think about love (with Aliso... by The Ezra Klein Show

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 1:35 PM

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