May 8, 2018 in 1,653 words

America’s Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities

The next front in the battle over affordable housing isn’t Boston or San Francisco. It’s Boise

Pictured above: Boise, Idaho, was America’s 79th most unequal city in 2011. By 2016, it had jumped to seventh place.

“Have you considered the racket and the lights and the crowds and the traffic, and everything that’s going to happen to those of us who live here?”

It is a familiar sight in America: the public meeting, the angry residents, the housing developer trying to explain himself over the boos.

“Take the money you’ve got and get out of here,” one person shouts. A chant begins: “Oppose! Oppose! Oppose!”

Except this is not San Francisco or L.A. or Boston. It is Boise, Idaho.

And it is a preview of the next chapter in the housing crisis. Rising rents, displacement and, yes, NIMBYism are spreading from America’s biggest cities to those in its middle tier. Last year, according to an Apartment List survey, the fastest-rising rents in the country were in Orlando, Florida; Reno, Nevada; and Sacramento, California. Another survey, by RentCafe, found exactly one city with a population greater than 500,000 ― Las Vegas ― in the top 25.

Small cities are starting to face the same challenges as larger ones. Renting a two-bedroom apartment in Jacksonville, Florida, requires earning at least $18.63 per hour ― $10.53 more than the state minimum wage. In Tacoma, Washington (pop. 211,000), a property management company is evicting low-income residents so it can flip their building into luxury units. Boise, where downtown condos are going for $400,000, was the seventh most unequal city in America in 2016, a jump from 79th place just five years earlier.

And it’s only going to get worse. As the poor get pushed inward from the coasts and as young workers seek out the few affordable places left, they will arrive in America’s smaller cities ― which may not be ready to take them.

I’m 32 and spent $200k on biohacking. Became calmer, thinner, extroverted, healthier & happier.

This post is about how to use modern science and personalized medicine to make yourself healthier, more productive and happier. Every day.

Executive Summary (key points):

• I am a tech CEO who wanted to have better energy, mood, focus, happiness, confidence, willpower, intelligence, health and longevity.

• Over the last 4–5 years, my main hobby has been to get that by hacking my body and mind using a logical, science-based approach.

• As part of that I have optimized my sleep, nutrition and exercise, done thousands of tests, taken dozens of prescription drugs and hundreds of supplements (part of the pills I take every day below), worked with some amazing doctors, meditated >1000 times, did psychotherapy, took MDMA, and spent ~$200,000 on all this.

• The results have been awesome. Objectively I dropped body fat 26%=>10% (data below), got my VO2Max to ~70 (very high), improved lots of biomarkers (some examples also below, lots more here: And subjectively I feel much happier, calmer, energetic, stable, confident, focused. And intelligent, if you think of intelligence as applied ability to solve complex problems.

81% improvement in free testosterone in ~2 months

4x reduction in blood mercury in 1 year

• This blog post is an overview of what I do and why. From it I’ll start a bunch of more detailed posts.

• I include a lot of personal health data, test files, what bacteria live in my poop (yes, really). Feel free to share all this. I don’t care about my privacy.

• If you are a journalist or someone looking to discuss personalized health in a public way, I am happy to talk. I think this will have a huge impact on society (and especially significantly increase inequality — people like me will be able to enhance our performance, increase our wealth, and invest more and more into enhancing our performance further).


7 Crazy News Stories That Deserve Their Own Movies

If you spend any sort of time online, you know that weird news pops up about every 20 minutes. While there’s clearly no end to absurd things happening and no shortage of people dumb enough to enact them, some stories surpass “weird” and “stupid” and land squarely in the genuinely epic category. Here are a few incidents that deserve more than a mere 15 minutes of fame — they should get their own movies.

7. Thawed-Out Iguanas Attack A Florida Man Trying To Eat Them, Crash A Car

If you live in a place that ever gets cold, you’ve probably only seen iguanas at a zoo or in someone’s apartment during a very disastrous first date. However, if you live in southern Florida, they’re just everywhere — on the street, in the trees, even on your plate. In parts of Central and South America, these little monsters are considered yummy delicacies, known as the “chicken of the trees.” But unlike other food you can pick from a tree (including chicken), these fellas can mess you up.

Before you think about talking any shit, remember that you’ve had Taco Bell three times this week

The winter of 2017-2018 saw unusually cold weather in typically warm places. One of these was Florida, where temperatures dropped to under 40 degrees. Bad news for the iguanas, which, like any cold-blooded reptile, become “cold stunned” at such low temperatures. During the cold snap, paralyzed iguanas would simply fall out of trees, landing on roads, walkways, and even in backyards. However, from the perspective of some Floridians, it was suddenly raining delicious frozen treats from the sky. Frozen. Not dead.

Of course, Florida being Florida, one local was dumb enough to start scooping up these stunned iguanas and pile them into his car for later.

Every Google search results in CO2 emissions. This real-time data viz shows how much.


“The internet is not a cloud.”

Every Google search comes at a cost to the planet. In processing 3.5 billion searches a day, the world’s most popular website accounts for about 40% of the internet’s carbon footprint.

Despite the notion that the internet is a “cloud,” it actually relies on millions of physical servers in data centers around the world, which are connected with miles of undersea cables, switches, and routers, all requiring a lot of energy to run. Much of that energy comes from power sources that emit carbon dioxide into the air as they burn fossil fuels; one study from 2015 suggests internet activity results in as much CO2 emissions as the global aviation industry.

“Data is very polluting,” says Joana Moll, an artist-researcher whose work investigates the physicality of the internet. In 2015, to illustrate the environmental consequence of Google searches, Moll created a data visualization called CO2GLE:

(Click here to launch “CO2GLE” and see a real-time counter.)

“Almost nobody recalls that the internet is made up of interconnected physical infrastructures which consume natural resources,” Moll writes as an introduction to the project. “How can such an evident fact become so blurred in the social imagination?”

CO2GLE uses 2015 internet traffic data, Moll says, and is based on the assumption that “processes an approximate average of 47,000 requests every second, which represents an estimated amount of 500 kg of CO2 emissions per second.” That would be about 0.01 kg per request. She says these numbers are approximations, though when Quartz shared CO2GLE with Google, the company didn’t contest the math. In fact, in a 2009 estimate, Google said each query causes 0.2 grams of CO2 emissions.

Video Goodnesses
and not-so-goodnesses

After Rudy Giuliani presents conflicting ideas on the Stormy Daniels story on cable news programs, Michael Kosta wonders if he’s actually a legal genius.

THANKS to Comedy Central and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for making this program available on YouTube.

On Friday, the President told reporters that his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, would ‘get his facts straight.’ He was wrong.

THANKS to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for making this program available on YouTube.

Seth takes a closer look at the aftermath of Rudy Giuliani saying the president lied about paying hush money to Stormy Daniels, and how Trump’s legal team still doesn’t have their story straight.

Just another morning in Mr Max world.

This is a story out friend Doris wrote and drew the pictures to also. She had a copy printed for us. If you would like to see many more of her pictures with Max and his friends adventures just follow Max in Facebook




Actually good for the environment.

Manhattan’s trendy west SoHo neighborhood just got an eco-friendly new addition with 570 Broome. From the outside, the 25-story building looks like a regular luxury condo. But it’s actually the first building in the US to boast a subtle but powerful enhancement that makes it good for the planet.

The facade is coated with a spray-on solution called Pureti. The treatment, which is water-based, provides 570 Broome with the purifying power of 500 trees—which basically like taking 2,000 cars off the road for a year.

Pureti works by breaking down contaminants clogging Manhattan’s air via a photocatalytic process that transforms polluting particles into oxidizing agents. They’re then released into the atmosphere as harmless minerals. This process happens super fast—like millions-of-times-per-second fast—so that the surface is perpetually self-cleaning, minimizing operational costs for the building.

What’s more, the façade of 570 Broome is crafted from sintered stone slabs of Neolith—a materials brand that specializes in clean design. Indeed, Pureti can be applied to essentially any surface including glass, metals, concrete, and stucco, etc. It doesn’t work great on Teflon and wax, but those materials are typically not found in residential construction.

Ed. More tomorrow? Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Not?