Linky Friday #47
[P1] Progress! Bill Gates’s condom challenge is about to be met! This is important!
[P2] Aspartame includes E Coli feces. Which goes to show how awesome is: it can make bacterial feces taste good.
[P3] A fax machine… to copy life onto Mars!
[P4] Google Books got a favorable ruling from the courts, and according to Tim Lee we will all benefit.
[W1] Bring the apprentice model to the US.
[W2] Big Data is making some real headway on the human resources front.
[W3] The senate proposal to raise the minimum wage is very robot-friendly.
[W4] A town in Wyoming was sold to a Vietnamese man, who hopes to use it to launch a coffee empire.
[S1] From Mike Schilling: Marvin Miller once more denied entrance to the Hall of Fame.
[S2] In 1992, Nugget II, the University of Southern Mississippi live mascot, died in a cloud of controversy. The case is back on.
[S3] A Chicago Bear is retiring to become a firefighter.
[C1] Mormons tend to like things upbeat, which presents problems in a cultural scene that prefers the dark.
[C2] US Airways tried to kick a blind man and his dog off a flight when the dog got restless after a couple hours on the runway. The passengers revolted.
[C3] Go through Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Acceptance and hang a left to end up back at segregation and intolerance.
[C4] Dating is one of the few areas where racial preferences are considered to be completely acceptable. Here are some statistics revealed by online dating.
[C5] Jack Hunter, the Southern Avenger, wrote a really good piece for Politico on how the identity came to be. It provides a lot of good background into why a lot of people are as they are, and why certain groups are as well.
[G1] From Christopher Carr: A thought-provoking article from Al Jazeera on the lonely denouement of whistle-blowers.
[G2] An Iowa truancy law wants you to drop the dime on your homeschooling neighbors. As an aside, we can have truancy laws, or we can require childhood vaccination to attend school, but I’m not sure we can do both.
[G4] Regulation in DC is taking down a food truck icon.
[G5] “Without the hidden compartment law, we would not have had any charges on the suspect … We apparently caught them between runs, so to speak, so this takes away one tool they have in their illegal trade. The law does help us and is on our side.” The tool in question being the ability to not charged with a felony due to the technicality that they did not find any drugs in your car or any proof that you are actually a drug dealer.
Health & Safety:
[H1] From Christopher Carr: One possible reason why America’s poor are paradoxically overweight.
[H2] New York is making the case that it no longer matters who can breathe whose air, we don’t want to watch people smoking (or looking like they are). Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport is setting up a vaping zone.
[H3] More distracting to drivers than mobile phones? Children. And since mobile phones are as bad as drunk driving, kids make drunk drivers out of the lot of us.
[H4] I feel let down that the local McD’s didn’t take part in the McRib comeback. People love to hate McRib’s, and love to love them because they’re supposed to hate them, but ultimately they’re not much different from McNuggets.
[H5] Here’s an argument against density: It allows you to smoke in your own home.
[H6] Our post-antibiotic future is a scary one! Not to worry, though, Megan McArdle is really worried about it, and I’ve been duly informed that if she thinks it’s bad than it’s either actually good or it’s not happening. Whew.
[E1] India’s next prime minister may be banned from the United States.
[E2] From Christopher Carr: A truly poignant an haunting photo-essay from beginning to end.
[E3] From James K: The New Zealand Defence Forces have done an “It Gets Better” video.
[E4] Speigel had an interesting article on Germany’s energy shortage. (Via Jamez Aitch, I think)
[B1] From Christopher Carr: Pilots have near-death and out-of-body experiences when subjected to extreme gravity. Relatedly, a great place to start any Wikipedia binge and reason why future spaceflight will be increasingly robotic.
[B2] The story of a pilot who had a near-death-out-of-body experience… except with proof? (Link via Jaybird)
[B3] From Mark Thompson: Apparently, the entire universe is a hologram.