Linky Friday #36
[R1] Recent research suggests that housing vouchers do not disperse crime, as previously thought. One thing I find interesting is that the article mentions that these vouchers are putting a lot of recipients in the suburbs. This piece is in Atlantic Cities, which loves to gloat about increasing poverty in the suburbs. If they think really hard about it, they might see a connection here and consider the implications of it.
[R2] The next step up from microapartments: skinny-homes!
[R4] Is Sioux Falls the next boom town? I was looking at it last year and it has a surprising amount going for it. It needs people, and lots of people from elsewhere are looking for work…
[R5] The gender imbalance in China may be distorting real estate prices.
[H1] Buzzfeed’s piece on eight foods allowed in America but banned elsewhere – with the very, very clear implication that whenever we disagree with enlightened countries we are wrong – got attention and praise from people I know that I felt really should have known better. Here is a takedown.
[H2] As America gets fatter, disapproval of fatness is not abating. Maybe we need to also turn our hadred to mice and marmosets. According to David Sirota, we should certainly start hating on men. (Seriously? Instead of being more compassionate towards women?)
[H3] Stem cells may render root canals moot because it could generate teeth that replace themselves. I have no clue if the science will pan out on this, but if I were an investor, I’d be looking at dental medicine. I think there is enormous potential for growth there.
[S1] Slate exposes eight science myths. We’ve been learning the hard way that ideas about the lifespan of certain insects has been misrepresented.
[S2] Presenting, the lock-picking cockatoo!
Energy & Environment:
[EE1] People are worried about the environmental impact of oil pipelines. Maybe we should be more worried about the environmental impact of oil trains.
[EE2] Why is Obama suddenly trying to argue about the jobs the XL pipeline won’t add? Maybe because of the water contamination a federal study says fracking chemicals aren’t causing. Or maybe he’s worried about the Saudis.
[EE3] I still remained baffled by this notion that global warming is going to cause untold disasters, but we should be very cautious about nuclear because… there might be an accident? Germany is making the shift away from nuclear… right back to coal. Is this progress?
[L1] Geek stereotypes may be keeping women out of computer science. This is less flattering to women than geeks, in my opinion. Whatever, though, as long as they don’t force anybody to take down their Star Trek posters.
[L2] Will Wilkinson, inspired by Tim Lee, ponders how the right and left look at labor compensation.
[L3] From the NYT, the costs and benefits of flexible labor markets.
[E1] One of the more interesting things going on with the movie-making industry is the increasing Chinese influence. Maybe.
[E2] The Hollywood formula, in a nutshell.
[F2] When you think about it, from a plot perspective, World War II is pretty implausible. I definitely would have written the villain differently.
[F3] The Wyoming Senate race has gotten a lot of attention due to Liz Cheney’s decision to enter it. Perhaps more interesting is the ex Neo-Nazi mercenary.
[F4] Cops with cameras: Good for civilians, good for cops. It’d be good if they had cameras, since we can be arrested for using them.