Linky Friday #52
[P1] According to a study, pessimism overlaps with happiness.
[P2] ESP has been debunked.
[P3] The Science Museum in London is featuring an exhibit on the history of psychology.
[P4] Here is the psychology of Winter Blues and Retail Therapy.
[L1] The New Mexico dude who was raped by cops and doctors scored $1.6m from the county. The suit against the doctors and the hospital is still outstanding.
[L2] Idaho is deprivatizing a prison.
[L3] The ranks of law enforcement are changing with rising levels of education to tackle an increasingly complex job.
[L4] The Boston Globe makes the case that Trial By Ordeal was effective… but how do you know so long after the fact who was guilty and who wasn’t to make that determination?
[H2] One of the arguments in favor of increasing insurance is that it would save the system money because people wouldn’t be abusing ER visits. Turns out, insurance increases ER visits considerably. A related Hit Coffee post here.
[H3] A neurologist makes the claim that ADHD doesn’t exit.
[A1] CNN World has some pictures of abandoned homes in Syria.
[A2] Pushed up the queue because ScarletNumbers mentioned it, here are 38 haunting, abandoned places that are fascinating to look at. Various amusement parks made the cut. I think the UFO houses in Taiwan actually look pretty cool.
[A3] Here’s a bunch of pictures of an abandoned theme park in Germany.
[A4] And lastly, a drone films an abandoned renaissance faire in the Virginia woods. (With video, in case I wasn’t clear.)
[E1] Nicholas Dawidoff explains what makes football players smart.
[E2] The Guardian argues that fans may be exerting too much influence over their favorite shows. It’s my fervent belief that comic books have been hurt immensely by focusing on fans.
[E3] I wish you could articulate and pass a law that prevented companies from doing this. If you aren’t going to sell it, then give it away!
[E4] Even though the stories themselves are dated and by today’s standards hokey, I find characters like Philip Marlowe charming in their own way.
[T1] The future of Windows. Or maybe the back to the future of Windows. We may be getting the Start Menu back.
[T2] Ubuntu (Cononical) increased their revenue in 2013, but came out twice behind.
[T3] Android app development is catching up with its marketshare.
[U1] While Chris Christie’s has been taking a hit and his general election prospects for 2016 may be hurting, he’s still polling surprisingly well, and according to one oddsmaking site is still the favorite for the 2016 GOP nomination.
[U3] A senate candidate wants to move the US capitol to Nebraska! I approve, although disagree with the rationale. Mostly.
[U4] According to Jim Russell, part of the Rust Belt’s perception problem is due to shoddy journalism.
[W1] It’s apparently not uncommon in China to send your kids to ruralia to live with the grandparents.
[W2] Japanese cars (and American ones, too), built in America, to be exported elsewhere.
[W3] In Japan, there has apparently been a cottage industry of people called wakaresaseya, whose job it is to quasi-seduce somebody into a compromising situation that you can then hold over them. Clients include people that want cause for divorce and negotiators (political and business) looking for leverage. I discovered this from a Times of London article about such an arrangement going terribly, terribly wrong. I’ve vaguely heard of this sort of thing occurring in the US and it makes a fair amount of sense (though of questionable legality). It was also shown on Melrose Place, so we know it happens.
[W4] A college acquaintance who is (or was) a freelance journalist in Syria has been missing for over a year now. It’s an epidemic.
[W5] In a strange battle in World War II, Americans, French, and Germans fought side-by-side.