Linky Friday #34
[C1] Over at Hit Coffee, my coblogger Sheila Tone wrote about the warning signs everybody missed in the tragic James DiMaggio case.
[C2] The audacity of banks surprises even me sometimes. Nobody should reasonably be able to expect what they’re expecting after having closed on the wrong home and wrongly sold off someone’s assets.
[C3] A cop in Alabama was fired for speaking out against quotas. The whistleblower in the Zimmerman-Trayvon case who was fired for disclosing the existence of potentially exculpatory evidence is suing the State’s Attorney office.
[C4] International opposition to the death penalty is making it difficult for us to kill people.
[C5] The plan of shooting owls to save owls makes sense, after a fashion.
[H1] The question continues of whether health insurance premiums will go up or down under PPACA.
[H2] An athlete at the University of New Hampshire gave up his college career to donate bone marrow. Don’t worry, he wasn’t paid.
[H3] A really weird story in Ohio where the Attorney General crack down on prescription… coffee mugs?
[H4] Critics of the pharmaceutical industry like to point out all that they spend on marketing rather than R&D. But what if the marketing improves the drugs’ effectiveness?
[P1] The nefariousness of Big Commerce. It makes some good points, but also some contentions that can more easily be explained by something else.
[P2] io9 has a followup on the groundbreaking paper about the weirdness of western culture previously discussed here, and how it is distorting social sciences.
[P3] Eve Tushnet takes a hard look at shame. Shaming has its place, but Tushnet is right that people are often indifferent to the circumstances that affect its effectiveness, instead looking solely at the distastefulness of the activity they would like to shame.
[P4] I found Venkat’s ideas on conspicuous production to be quite thought-provoking.
Art & Entertainment:
[E1] Something that kinda makes you feel old: The entire history of the Marvel Universe occurred after 9/11.
[E2] It’s commonly believed that Superman was inspired by Gladiator, a novel by Philip Wylie about a superpowered guy trying to make his way in the world (no costume and tights, though). Will Murray explains.
[E4] SNL is finally coming to NBC on SLC! It was kind of weird when it was running on The CW. The CW still runs Hannibal, though, in that particular market.
[E5] Cool concept photos of cloud cities.
[T1] An unexpected upside to the patent wars: Smartphones made in the USA.
[T2] To get people to move off of Windows XP, Munich, Germany is giving people Linux.
[T3] Apparently, password complexity rules. (symbol, number, cap requirement) are not just annoying, but also ineffective when compared to simple length requirements.
[A1] Some matchmakers argue that uptown divorcees are a bit too picky.
[A2] Despite what we may have been lead to believe, the GOP position on abortion is not particularly out of touch with the populace at large. Of course, it would help the Republicans if they could talk about this issue in ways that don’t actively alienate voters.
[A3] Tyler Cowen looks at Oregon’s “equity plan” for funding college education.
[A4] From Murali: President Truman was one of the biggest and most murderous war criminals in all of history.
[A5] Scientists are working at breaking the speed of light.
[A6] The legal profession is taking a closer look at bar exam failure rates.