Linky Friday #45
[E2] Reservations contain almost a third of coal reserves west of the Mississippi, and some tribespeople are not pleased about the War on Coal. Government policy aside, the gas boom is taking its toll on Coal Country.
[H1] Hold on tight, we may be about to undergo a Sriracha shortage.
[H2] The story of the octopus that almost ate Seattle is interesting on a number of levels.
[H3] How a non-consensual rat/duck tryst created a flesh-eating platypus that terrorized Australia.
[H4] A lot of smartypantses have been pointing out that there was no mass panic over the War of the Worlds broadcast. A world in which that did occur is more interesting than a world in which that did not occur, so I choose to ignore them.
[C1] Are our public universities going private?
[C2] From Jonathan McLeod: Flinder Boyd travels across the country with TJ Webster, a street-baller who is looking for one chance to make it big.
[C3] From Vikram Bath: “[W]hen social and economic conditions were difficult, older, heavier, taller Playboy Playmates of the Year with larger waists, smaller eyes, larger waist-to-hip ratios, smaller bust-to-waist ratios, and smaller body mass index values were selected.”
[C4] Is this the beginning of the end of TV’s golden era? The patterns are potentially forming for a rut. Even so, I’d argue that recent success has been such while a rut is possible, the nature of the medium has changed outside of specific genre. Creativity is a part of it, but so is formatting. The most substantial changes are that TV isn’t so geared towards episode-friendly syndication anymore, and shows no longer require nearly such broad appeal. Those are fundamental changes, and it’s unlikely they are going away. (link via Christopher Carr)
[C5] Shockingly, receiving oral sex on an airplane will hurt your reputation.
[G1] Young entrepreneurs, meet the tax-collectors. (Kids told they have to explain why they don’t owe $200 on $14 they made at a craft sale.)
[G2] The return of the flophouse!
[G3] “The government overreach implicated in banning a harmless product because its testing regimen isn’t good enough to distinguish yogurt from mind-altering substances is apparently lost on the people who make decisions about such things.”
[G5] Esquire talks about our political center.
[G6] Deer-crossing and children-at-play signs don’t work. Sensible state that it is, Minnesota is getting rid of them.
[HC1] Darius Tahir argues that we should lift doctor-licensing restrictions. While opposition to this is always chalked up as financial – and often is – I’ve heard pushback on this even from doctors who genuinely want the shortage alleviated. There are other factors at play, both bad (professional arrogance) and good (concern over care).
[HC3] Right now, all of the talk is about how PPACA will affect individual coverage. The other side of the coin is that it will affect group coverage, as well.
[W1] That different country called the past: Rebecca Rosen unearthed the internal memo that allowed IBM’s female employees to get married.
[W3] According to the Atlanta Fed President, we have too much job stability.
[W4] Douglas Rothschild writes about the Juggalo Ethos and how it’s our future. This touches on some of my greatest fears with regard to inequality and what it will mean for our culture.