Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts? – Scientific American Blog Network →

There are five categories of cart users:

Returners. These people always return their carts to the receptacle regardless of how far away they’ve parked or what the weather is like. They feel a sense of obligation and/or feel badly for the people responsible for collecting the carts.

Never Returners. People who never return their carts. They believe it’s someone else’s job to get the carts or the supermarket’s responsibility, and show little regard for where the carts are left.

Convenience Returners. People who will return their carts if they parked close to the receptacle, or if they see a cart attendant.

Pressure Returners. People who will return their carts only if the cart attendant is present or if the adjacent car’s owner is present, which means they don’t have an easy avenue for abandoning their carts.

Child-Driven Returners. These are people with children who view it as a game to return carts, often riding them back to the receptacle or pushing them into the stacked lines.

I’m a Returner. As a person who cares for his cars and who is a decent human being, there is nothing more infuriating than finding damage to your car caused by a negligent cart returner. I typically park at the far ends of a parking lot (to avoid stray carts and those assholes with no concern while opening their car doors) and as I’m walking to the store entrance will occasionally collect and return stray carts, especially those that will cause damage to a car.

There really isn’t an acceptable excuse not to return a cart. Disabled or have a child with you? Ask for assistance. Raining or poor weather? Suck it up. Someone else’s job? Stop being a lazy prick.

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs – Bloomberg →

He stood there for an hour, his flesh burning inside the heated press. Someone brought a fan to cool him off. “I was just talking to myself about what my daddy had told me,” Allen says. When emergency crews finally freed him, his left hand was “flat like a pancake,” Allen says, and parts of three fingers were gone. His right hand was severed at the wrist, attached to his arm by a piece of skin. A paramedic cradled the gloved hand at Allen’s side all the way to the hospital. Surgeons removed it that morning and amputated the rest of his right forearm to avert gangrene several weeks later.

Be thankful for your cushy desk job. Parts of this read like Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle.’ Just awful.

The NBA’s secret addiction →

Slightly toasted store-brand wheat bread, crunchy peanut butter on one slice, and jelly on the other = Perfection!

Same as above, but with Nutella spread under the jelly layer = Delicious!

Same as above, but with cut-up bananas on top of the peanut butter layer = Breakfast of Champions!

Really though, you can’t go wrong with PB&J.

Interview: The bold plan to build the world’s first ship tunnel →

This morning’s unexpected deep dive subject: ship tunnels. I hope Norway proceeds with building this.

Norway’s most hazardous shipping route passes around the Stad peninsula but an ambitious plan aims to build the world’s first ship tunnel directly through the peninsula, enabling ships to travel in safety.

Why Trump EO is Still a Racist Muslim Ban | Informed Comment →

Juan Cole on Trump’s ‘new’ Muslim ban (emphasis mine):

So that’s what this whole thing is, a legally correct piece of racist garbage. It violates the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which forbids discrimination against people on the basis of their nationality. It might stand up in the courts. Slavery stood up in the courts. Jim Crow stood up in the courts. The Chinese Exclusion Act stood up in the courts. The internment of Japanese-Americans stood up in the courts. Court-sanctioned racist bigotry is a big part of American history.

I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit. – The Washington Post →

The final straw came late last month, when the White House issued a directive reorganizing the National Security Council, on whose staff I served from 2014 until earlier this year. Missing from the NSC’s principals committee were the CIA director and the director of national intelligence. Added to the roster: the president’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who cut his teeth as a media champion of white nationalism.

The public outcry led the administration to reverse course and name the CIA director an NSC principal, but the White House’s inclination was clear. It has little need for intelligence professionals who, in speaking truth to power, might challenge the “America First” orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag. That’s why the president’s trusted White House advisers, not career professionals, reportedly have final say over what intelligence reaches his desk.

Ticketmaster is a horrible company →

Ticketmaster is my least favorite shopping experiences on the internet. Each screen I click through I feel like I’m being taken advantage of. Just now, during my previous shopping experience, I decided I’ve finally had enough. If I can help it, I will never order another ticket from them again.

When I think of terrible companies, Ticketmaster is tops. From using their website, app, or in-store kiosks to purchase tickets, or even trying to call to order tickets, it’s a terrible experience all the way down. To make matters worse, Ticketmaster charges an exorbitant service fee for their terrible experience. My last two Ticketmaster purchases I paid fees of 17% and 25% of the ticket price, to simply put, reserve my spot(s) at an event.

I would love to see some disruption in concert/show ticketing either in the form of a new service/app (e.g. Uber, Lyft, OfferUp, etc.) or simply by having more artists and venues selling tickets directly to their fans.

Conservatism turned toxic: Donald Trump’s fanbase has no actual ideology, just a nihilistic hatred of liberals – Salon.com →

Conservatism has, over the decades, curdled into an ideology of hatefulness and destruction, with no real interest in building up much beyond the bank accounts of the already wealthy. One can read a billion think-pieces about Trump’s divergence from traditional conservatism, but the reality is that “traditional” conservatism doesn’t exist anymore, outside a few enclaves of (ha ha) coastal elites. Conservatism as practiced by most Republicans is an ideology built on one single principle: Pissing off the liberals. And no one excels at that more than Donald Trump.