Linky Friday #54
[S1] From ScarletNumbers: The major league sports franchise with the longest tenure of futility is the Chicago Cubs, last winning the World Series in 1908. In the hopes of turning things around they have gotten themselves a mascot named Clark the Cub (Clark is the cross street of Wrigley Field). Deadspin decided to make Clark the Cub anatomically correct. CSNMA decided to use the Deadspin version in their story. D’oh! [NSFW]
[S2] From ScarletNumbers: The New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers played at Yankee Stadium Sunday. The game was delayed due to sun glare. To kill some time, the cast of Jersey Boys sung “Big Girls Don’t Cry”. The lyrics refer to “an alibi”. Apparently the closed captioner didn’t have access to the lyrics, so he made his best guess as to what they were singing: Deadspin D’oh! [NSFW]
[S3] Playoffs, once instituted, expand.
[J1] The markets for contracts. As in… hitman contracts.
[J2] Democrats want higher wages, Republicans argue that it would mean less jobs. Democrats hire more people at lower wages, while Republicans hire fewer people at higher wages.
[J3] Smart managers fire people quickly when they take over. For all of the complaints I hear about employment-at-will, I am pretty sure I’ve seen more bad people kept around than good people fired.
[J4] Recent research says that offshoring is overrated at least when it comes to R&D. I wonder if this is why we’re hearing less about its inevitability in the tech world. My own observational experiences are that it isn’t the threat that we have made it out to be (in the tech sector, at least). I’ve seen it tried at multiple employers, and it either doesn’t work out or when cuts are made they are made over there and not over here.
[H1] Kaiser has a good report from 2012 on why health care costs are rising. An interesting fact from it: In 1970, out-of-pocket costs for health care was 40% of the total. By 2010, that had fallen to 14%.
[H2] Doctors aren’t meeting PPACA’s EHR goals. At a basic level, EHR is a time-saver and win-win-win, but the amount that physicians are often being asked to put in them, if the economic incentives are not high enough, it may not be worth their time to do it.
[H3] There’s a new class of cancer treatment that may significant increase patients’ odds of survival. Unfortunately, it’s expensive. It’s pressuring physicians to control costs.
[B2] Public Interest Design is changing how we do things. Good.is has numerous examples.
[B3] Jim Russell argues that walkability won’t attract talent. People need transit.
[A2] South Korea is launching 5G… and its very, very fast.
[A3] Japan is aging, here’s a positive spin on how it’s adapting.
[A4] Scarlet Johansson was asked to resign her association with Oxfam due to her becoming a pitchwoman for SodaStream, an Israeli company operating on the West Bank. Among those upset about the boycott of SodaStream? Some Palestinians.
[E2] Scotland is looking towards tidal power.
[E3] Suggesting that the jobless should lose benefits for failing to speak English is something you would expect a Republican to say. Instead, it’s coming from UK’s Labour Party.
[E4] A Norwegian mountianside is cut off from sunlight for six months of the year, so they’re using mirrors.