Trump’s Approval Rating Is Incredibly Steady. Is That Weird Or The New Normal?

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:54 AM

If there’s one thing that’s been consistent about President Trump’s time in office, it’s his approval rating.

Abolishing the future; why how we do policy is wrong, all wrong

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5:19 PM

Three things have made me think about why the way we do policy is wrong; the European Parliament passed the Copyright Directive, privileging IP over everyone else and locking in the current Big Tech players it affected to despise; climate breakdown rumbled on through a wave of public protests with n…

Conspiracy Theories Can’t Be Stopped

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8:43 AM

Shortly before killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques, the man arrested for the Christchurch massacre posted an online manifesto that alluded to the “Great Replacement” — a racist demographic theory that stokes fears of white people becoming, effectively, extinct.

Rights of Nature, but not natural rights ?

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:23 AM

There’s an interesting article by Anna Grear in Aeon, criticising the idea that Nature should have human-style rights, and linking to the website of the Centre for Humans and Nature, which has lots more interesting discussion.

Stranger Things: Season 3 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:22 PM

William Gibson Has a Theory About Our Cultural Obsession With Dystopias

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 8:03 AM

All week long, Vulture is exploring how dystopias have been imagined in popular culture. Few authors have crafted more vividly realized future worlds than William Gibson.

A Dead Whale with 88 Pounds of Trash in Its Stomach Washed up in the Philippines

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 8:03 AM

The young male Cuvier’s beaked whale was discovered on Saturday with “16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and multiple shopping bags,” Darrell Blatchley, owner of the D’Bone Collector Museum in the Philippines, wrote on Facebook.

Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 8:03 AM

For plenty of Americans, recycling is practically second nature.

Getting Real About Rural America

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:16 PM

Nobody knows how to reverse the heartland’s decline. Things clump together; the periphery cannot hold.

Alma The Talking Dog Might Win Some Bar Bets

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have a brain-computer interface that can measure brainwaves. What did they do with it? They gave it to Alma, a golden labrador, as you can see in the video below. The code and enough info to duplicate the electronics are on GitHub.

Beto O’Rourke was a member of the US’s oldest hacking group

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Beto O’Rourke used to be part of the United States’ oldest hacking group, something he and former members kept under wraps until now, the former representative from El Paso, Texas said in an interview with Reuters. O’Rourke announced his bid for the presidency yesterday.

Don’t Blame Robots for Low Wages

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Progressives shouldn’t fall for facile technology fatalism. The other day I found myself, as I often do, at a conference discussing lagging wages and soaring inequality. There was a lot of interesting discussion.

The Power of Petty Personal Rage

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Straw police, hamburger paranoia and the state of the right. Today’s column is about plastic straws, hamburgers and dishwashing detergent. Also Captain Marvel.

A clue to why ice ages got much longer

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:46 PM

If you’ve read about the “ice ages” of Earth’s recent history before, you probably learned that the cyclical rhythm of these climate changes is controlled by several reliable cycles in Earth’s orbit.

State Department rescinds award for Finnish journalist over Trump criticism: report

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:21 PM

The US State Department planned to honor a prominent Finnish journalist this month — and then rescinded her award, reportedly because of her public criticism of President Donald Trump.