Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting | The American Conservative
<<Where will Victoria Nuland be after January? Nuland is one of Hillary Clinton’s protégés at the State Department, and she is also greatly admired by hardline Republicans. This suggests she would be easily approved by Congress as secretary of state or maybe even national-security adviser—which in turn suggests that her foreign-policy views deserve a closer look.

Nuland comes from what might be called the First Family of Military Interventionists. Her husband, Robert Kagan, is a leading neoconservative who co-founded the Project for the New American Century in 1998 around a demand for “regime change” in Iraq. He is currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an author, and a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of a number of national newspapers. He has already declared that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, a shift away from the GOP that many have seen as a clever career-enhancing move for both him and his wife.

Robert’s brother, Fred, is with the hawkish American Enterprise Institute, and his sister-in-law, Kimberly, is the head of the Institute for the Study of War, which is largely funded by defense contractors. The Kagans work to encourage military action, both through their positions in government and by influencing the public debate through think-tank reports and op-eds. It is a family enterprise that mirrors the military-industrial complex as a whole, with think tanks coming up with reasons to increase military spending and providing “expert” support for the government officials who actually promote and implement the policies. Defense contractors, meanwhile, benefit from the largesse and kick back some money to the think tanks, which then develop new reasons to spend still more on military procurement.>>
4 days ago
California's housing crisis is drowning renters. Houston's housing boom is flooding everything.
<<In the 12 months ending in July 2015, California added just 80,000 units. Harris County, Texas, the sprawling home of Houston, added 37,000. This fits the five-year pattern. Since 2010, America’s most populous state has built 300,000 units; Harris County has built 121,000. (Texas as a whole has doubled California’s total in that time.)

The two places make for an easy comparison: California, constrained by geography and regulation, is making homeowners rich and tenants poor. (The state added nearly two million residents during that period.) In Houston, with its laissez-faire governance, lack of zoning, and endless greenfield sites, rents and home prices are essentially flat. (Employment growth there has also fallen flat due to the oil crisis, and is well below the US average.)

There’s an interesting twist here. One culprit in California’s housing shortage is the powerful California Environmental Quality Act, which is often (mis)used to contest infill development projects—rather than hilltop-clearing sprawl—and helps hold down development in the Golden State.>>
housing  urbanism  demographics  california 
5 days ago
The Impact of Computer Usage on Academic Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial at the United States Military Academy
<<Average final exam scores among stu­dents assigned to class­rooms that allowed com­put­ers were 18 per­cent of a stan­dard devi­a­tion lower than exam scores of stu­dents in class­rooms that pro­hib­ited com­put­ers.>>
education  technology  papers 
16 days ago
The Mythology Of Trump’s ‘Working Class’ Support
These figures do not even include in-kind benefits like Medicare, which, given how many of Trump's supporters are old white people, would further skew the effective income figures in this direction.
trump  politics  united-states  demographics 
18 days ago
On Diaper Stamps – MattBruenig | Politics
Note the Huggies-funded studies. File under intersection of money-driven perversion of scientific forms and conservative paternalism.
welfare  corruption 
18 days ago
Netflix's CEO is skeptical of VR because you can't binge-watch | The Verge
I've been saying something like this for a long time, although it is worth remarking that YouTube is a culturally more significant phenomenon than Netflix.
virtual-reality  media 
21 days ago
The Most Important Poll You Didn't See
<<Take all that together and you come away with pretty clear evidence that over the course of the Democratic primary young voters have become more attached to progressive politics and the Democratic party. One read of this is that the primary process itself - as divisive as it has sometimes seemed - has deepened young voters' identification with the Democratic party.>>
politics  united-states 
4 weeks ago
Uncanny Valley | Issue 25 | n+1
So real. The missing literature that the Valley needs. The funny thing is that although she names no names, I (and probably you) can recognize about 80% of the references to companies in this piece.
culture  technology-industry  silicon-valley 
4 weeks ago
Group Theory in the Bedroom » American Scientist
<<Why is tire rotation so different from mattress flipping? It is governed by a different group.>>
math  geometry  symmetry  obsessive-compulsive 
4 weeks ago
The Right Way to Practice
This article has fallen into the annoying vogue of making articles long as a kind of signaling mechanism to distinguish them from Buzzfeed-style listicles and elevate the prestige of the site publishing them. Nevertheless there is useful content here, not all novel but still perhaps useful. To save yourself time, skip the first garbage half of the article and start with the section titled "The usual approach".

Or, here is a summary:

+ Purposeful practice has well-defined, specific goals. . . . [and] is all about putting a bunch of baby steps together to reach a longer-term goal.
+ Purposeful practice is focused.
+ Purposeful practice involves feedback.
+ Purposeful practice requires getting out of one’s comfort zone.
self-development  overly-long 
4 weeks ago
America Isn't Going Broke - Bloomberg View
Exercise for the reader: guess who is served by fanning the flames of panic about the debt
economics  united-states-government 
4 weeks ago
Windows Subsystem for Linux Overview | Windows Subsystem for Linux
The VolFs/DriveFs split means using this thing is very similar in practice to using a Vagrant-managed VM. The hassle of managing port mappings and starting/stopping the VM is gone though, which is nice.
linux  windows  operating-systems 
4 weeks ago
Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind
I literally don't understand how this is possible, because it seems to me that the act of experiencing sensory input ought to be impossible if you literally cannot recall sensory input; every experience occurs over an interval of time, such that the end of the interval will make no sense if you do not have a sensory memory of the beginning of the interval. I can only think that this person suffers from some neurological disorder which makes the sensory parts of memory inaccessible to his conscious mind shortly after the experience is over.
psychology  wtf 
4 weeks ago
​a lesson in fame from the rock stars who never quite made it | read | i-D
<<My publishers nailed it perfectly on the book's back cover: "To become a star you need talent, charisma, dedication, intelligence, energy, intensity and a helluva lot of luck." I'd also add that success requires an almost pathological dedication to "making it." The people I've known or met who've achieved fame are totally committed to that one goal, which means they're relatively sober, and never get tripped up on social politics or "artistic integrity." Before this project, I only respected artists with no-sellout attitude, but now I realise that many of those who hide behind "ethics" are too scared to be pop stars.>>
culture  music-history  attention-dynamics  photography  books  to-read-maybe 
4 weeks ago
The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the "Impossible" EmDrive Thruster
It is hilarious that it takes this article (which is getting a lot of attention) N grafs to get to this caveat:

<<McCulloch’s theory could help to change that, although it is hardly a mainstream idea. It makes two challenging assumptions. The first is that photons have inertial mass. The second is that the speed of light must change within the cavity. That won’t be easy for many theorists to stomach.>>
physics  speculative 
5 weeks ago
If Sweden and Germany became U.S. states, would they be among the poorest? - The Washington Post
Bookmarking because this will no doubt get a lot of circulation, and I am awaiting the inevitable debunking. This result defies common sense and can only be obtained by leaving on the data in a patently dishonest way
economics  probable-bullshit 
5 weeks ago
Lie magnitude on random die rolling anticorrelated with intelligence - Wonkblog
Fixed the fucking awful clickbait title (n.b. the title *significantly* misstates the result of the experiment - editor should be shot).
psychology  intelligence 
6 weeks ago
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility : Scientific Reports
<<We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier's antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals. We coarsen the data spatially and temporally to find a formula for the uniqueness of human mobility traces given their resolution and the available outside information. This formula shows that the uniqueness of mobility traces decays approximately as the 1/10 power of their resolution. Hence, even coarse datasets provide little anonymity.>>
security  privacy  geoinformatics  geolocation  mobile-computing 
6 weeks ago
Orcinus: Confederate Heritage Month: The First American War Criminals
<<As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect;—stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin. Many of our men, in the heat and intensity of their feeling, exclaimed with earnestness. "Can this be hell?" "God protect us!" and all thought that He alone could bring them out alive from so terrible a place. In the center of the whole was a swamp, occupying about three or four acres of the narrowed limits, and a part of this marshy place had been used by the prisoners as a sink, and excrement covered the ground, the scent arising from which was suffocating. The ground allotted to our ninety was near the edge of this plague-spot, and how we were to live through the warm summer weather in the midst of such fearful surroundings, was more than we cared to think of just then.>>

Photos are unbelievable.
confederate-states-of-america  war-crimes 
6 weeks ago
The Volcano Gambit « RealClimate
<<To summarise, a speculative paper (that was later contradicted) about HCl emitted in a volcano 700,000 years ago is the progenitor of statements related to SO2, CO2, greenhouse gases or just “pollutants” in general, and has been associated with Mt. Augustine, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Pinatubo, Erebus and Eyjafjallajökull, with comparisons to all industrial emissions in a year, 100 years, or since the industrial revolution, all cars in a decade, or indeed a thousand years.

The volcano gambit is the universal comparison, untethered to any actual facts, and look for it to resurface again the next time a big volcano hits the news.>>
climate-change  bullshit  propaganda  conservatism 
6 weeks ago
Neural correlates of the LSD experience revealed by multimodal neuroimaging
<<When the present results are considered in relation to previous human neuroimaging studies with psychedelics, some general principles emerge. It seems increasingly evident that psychedelics reduce the stability and integrity of well-established brain networks (e.g., ref. 16) and simultaneously reduce the degree of separateness or segregation between them (e.g., ref. 42); that is, they induce network disintegration and desegregation. Importantly, these effects are consistent with the more general principle that cortical brain activity becomes more “entropic” under psychedelics (17). Furthermore, with the benefit of the present study’s multimodal imaging design, we can extend on these generic insights to postulate some more specific physiological properties of the psychedelic state and how these relate to some of its key psychological properties; namely, expanded V1 RSFC relates to the magnitude of visual hallucinations and decoupling of the PH-RSC circuit relates to the level of ego-dissolution, and perhaps also the profundity of a psychedelic experience more generally (also see refs. 9 and 10 in this regard).>>
drugs  neuroscience  psychedelics 
6 weeks ago
The Latest in a 10-Year Battle Over How California Teaches South Asian History | Colorlines
<<California reviews its textbooks every six years. For more than a decade, conservative Hindu-American groups have been lobbying the California State Board of Education to change what public-school textbooks say about South Asian history.

The groups, including the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies and the Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF), have claimed that social science and history textbooks for middle and high school students vilify Hindu culture, are orientalist in nature and are factually inaccurate.

But opponents say [PDF] the changes the conservative groups are lobbying for hide the subcontinent’s history of caste apartheid, gender disparity and sectarian violence.>>
california  education  history  asian-american-issues  religion 
6 weeks ago
Trembling hand perfect equilibrium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
#todayilearned that the generalization of the prisoner's-dilemma-with-noise problem (a.k.a. why unforgiving tit for tat is not optimal in the real world) has a rather evocative name
game-theory  noise 
6 weeks ago
<<I suggest renaming it: "False-Flag Econ 101ism". But Noah is right on the big point. This one is a beauty, for Econ 101--the real Econ 101--tells us that the first-order effect of a minimum wage is to transfer wealth from consumers and business owners to low-wage workers...>>
economics  propaganda  plutocracy 
6 weeks ago
Amazon SEC filing EX-99.1 (Jeff Bezos, 1998)
<<Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible – one-way doors – and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation. If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side, you can’t get back to where you were before. We can call these Type 1 decisions. But most decisions aren’t like that – they are changeable, reversible – they’re two-way doors. If you’ve made a suboptimal Type 2 decision, you don’t have to live with the consequences for that long. You can reopen the door and go back through. Type 2 decisions can and should be made quickly by high judgment individuals or small groups.

As organizations get larger, there seems to be a tendency to use the heavy-weight Type 1 decision-making process on most decisions, including many Type 2 decisions. The end result of this is slowness, unthoughtful risk aversion, failure to experiment sufficiently, and consequently diminished invention.1 We’ll have to figure out how to fight that tendency.>>
business  management  organizational-politics  startups  amazon 
6 weeks ago
Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion
<<The trouble for the Taylor farm started in 2002, when a Massachusetts-based digital mapping company called MaxMind decided it wanted to provide “IP intelligence” to companies who wanted to know the geographic location of a computer
. . .
But IP mapping isn’t an exact science.>>

Predictable consequences ensue for entities which consume IP geodata without thought for the provenance .
maps  geography  internet  databases 
6 weeks ago
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