I started a new blog on climate change.
Have you seen The Social Dilemma? Here’s the trailer:
Listen to Edward Snowden explain how your phone is always spying on you:
I’m raising money now. Do you know any philanthropists for me to talk to? Come learn more at my new web site for the Giordano Bruno Institute.
What is an MRNA vaccine? Learn in 8 minutes:
The future of energy is Thorium molten salt. Watch Copenhagen Atomics make progress in Europe. …
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Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing — ProPublica investigates
“I am a co-founder Of Greenpeace in 1971–1986. I left because they became a fundraising racket using sensationalism, misinformation and fear.” — Patrick Moore, who is fundraising to write a new book. Please consider supporting him.
Are we in the middle of a “mass extinction event” caused by humans? Uh, no, explains Michael Shellenberger.
by Willis Eschenbach
[TLDR: In this essay, reprinted by permission from WattsUpWithThat, Willis Eschenbach shows that the earth’s reaction to an increase in solar energy is non-linear. As sea-surface temperatures heat up, they come to a critical temperature that launches storms, cooling the surface. This natural thermostat is missing in almost all climate models.]
I ponder curious things. I got to thinking about available solar energy. That’s the amount of solar energy that remains after reflection losses.
Just under a third (~ 30%) of the incoming sunshine is reflected back into space by a combination of the clouds, the aerosols in the atmosphere, and the surface. What’s left is the solar energy that actually makes it in to warm up and power our entire planet. In this post, for shorthand I’ll call that the “available energy”, because … well, because that’s basically all of the energy we have available to run the entire circus. …
Friends, tomorrow Americans will roll a big 5-sided die that has Biden on 4 sides and Trump on one side. Though it’s more likely to come up Biden, since we only roll it once, it could also come up Trump. No matter what happens …
1. The person who voted for the candidate you didn’t is not less of a person, or less caring, or more stupid. Both candidates have weaknesses, and the system is poorly designed. The entire concept of representative government will probably be replaced by something else. In an imperfect system, you get imperfect candidates. …
If you haven’t seen The Social Dilemma, you should. It shows how technology companies have gone from making products and services to selling our data to advertisers, predicting our behavior, encouraging rage, and monopolizing our attention.
The guy behind it, Tristan Harris, has started a nonprofit called the Center for Humane Technology to advocate for fairer media and encourage companies to be less evil:
They are doing important work, but there is much more to do. My goal is to create a new digital ecosystem for consumers that puts them at the center.
I have been writing about this for 20 years. In 2017, I raised $21 million to build it as a blockchain project, but that wave of innovation was hurt badly by regulators. The personal data locker gives you control over all your data. It puts things in the right…
Surprise! Swordfish are doing rather well.
Stop using Google to search for health advice! Use these evidence-based databases instead.
The amazing START terrorist database — free data to help us cross the river of myths about terrorism.
Hire me to speak at your next event:
A quick math quiz — try it!
How to safely defuse someone who is wrong — article.
The full Debunking Handbook — PDF.
The AirBar turns your laptop screen into a tablet:
Just in case you still haven’t heard: drinking cow’s milk does you no good — NY Times…
Each month I publish the contrails of my Internet research journey. Here is another installment. Read, view, and learn …
Why you should hire people who have rebounded from failure, rather than been continuously successful — excellent piece by @idonethis
Tim Minchin’s wonderful graduation speech hits many agility points on the mark.
How Northeastern University gamed the rankings machine and profited handsomely. Always remember that rankings are made up and as legitimate as palmistry.
Lego bricks, which originally copied another company’s product, took many years to eventually find their current form, and included several chance occurences. They were not the result of a single bright idea, but rather years of evolution and accidents. …
This article explains why you should think about projects that have a chance to change the world in a big way. It explains the economics behind your gains this year.
Money and monetary policy are more complex than most people realize. Some think that money-printing by the Fed will create run-away inflation. People talk about “Zimbabwe” and “the seventies,” fearing that double-digit inflation will return to the US and the developed world. That’s why the price of gold has risen so much lately:
But does this make sense? Is gold really a hedge against inflation? …
Another nail in the coffin of getting regular checkups — metastudy
This video will probably change your life …
Venture capitalists and the illusion of picking the big winners ahead of time — CB Insights report
Venture capitalists strongly favor good-looking males — studySmart helmets are coming:
Science is broken — says the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine
Robert Parker Unable to Identify Wines He Has Praised — the ruthless business of wine rating and hero worship meets its match in a blind tasting. …
Each month, I publish the contrails of my web wanderings. I hope you find them enlightening and enjoyable. See my Medium.com page for previous months’ editions.
The World Economic Forum Identity Paper — worth reading.
The Black Opportunity — a book project by a young European entrepreneur — please support!
My kids love WeaveSilk.
Ergosuture — helping surgeons close up.
Adam Pisoni of Yammer on efficiency vs agility — Another great manifesto.
Should you be worried about your mercury-based fillings? I don’t think so. …