Linky Friday #56
[C1] I have qualms about leading off with a story that makes everything else here seem trivial, but Burt Likko alerts us that Ice-T is the reader for a Dungeons & Dragons audiobook. We’re still waiting to hear when he’ll make his guest appearance on My Little Pony.
[C2] The Atlantic examines what we share on Facebook. Have you shared anything from OT? What was it? Do any of you actually use those sharey buttons at the bottom?
[C3] Speaking of one-sided sharing, Lori Gottlieb (author of Marry Him Before You Die Alone) asks, “Is the trade-off of egalitarian marriage necessarily less sexual heat?”
[C4] Would you have guessed that black fathers are actually more involved with their kids’ lives than fathers of other races?
[C5] zic recommends an excerpt from M—- McA—-‘s new book on Failure at The Atlantic.
[E1] From Will Truman: Gordon Kelly argues that Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola was a genius move on par with their purchase of the ThinkPad line, and that this follows Google’s brilliance in purchasing and dumping Motorola as a pressure point against Samsung.
[E2] David Henderson notes that Paul Krugman has become a supply-sider (though for poor people). Greg Makinaw asks whether this reduction in the supply of labor will result in higher wages and answers probably not.
[E3] The popular narrative goes that rich people are right-wingers, so winning a lottery should shift your politics to the right. Somewhat astonishingly, a researcher showed that’s what happens.
[P2] When I think of companies that can’t seem to catch a break, Google, etc. do not come to mind. But Rational Conspiracy makes the argument (without making any Holocaust comparisons) that San-Francisco-influencing tech companies can do no right.
[P3] Candidates with criminal backgrounds do better in Indian parliamentary elections. (I think part of the reason is that the people there believe the criminal system can be politically motivated in who it chooses to prosecute.)
[P4] Assassinate a few Iranian nuclear scientists and no one cares, but blog about the possibility of killing them and everyone loses their minds. If you have an explanation for this behavior, please let me know.
[I1] Education-linked inequality is increasing. Said differently, even as education becomes more widely available and more widely consumed, the returns to education are higher than they’ve ever been before.
[I2] Popehat acknowledges that the otherwise sound advice to never talk to the police isn’t an equally affordable option for everyone.
[T1] Paul Thurott really doesn’t like Windows 8, and argues that the 8.1 update removes whatever strengths it had.
[T2] Penny Arcade reviews the hantavirus for mobile.
[M1] A 12-year observational study found men who consumed dairy fats were less likely to become obese. Similar cow-fat-friendly findings were found in a meta-analysis of 16 studies. Meanwhile, Seth Roberts eats half a stick of butter each day.
[S]ince [a professor] can’t teach actual empathy, they teach programmed responses. The patient is in pain? You say “I see you look like you’re in pain. That must be really hard.” Patient is depressed? You say “I see you look like you’re depressed. That must be really hard.” Patient is bleeding from a huge gaping wound in her abdomen? You say “I see you look like you’re bleeding from a huge gaping wound in your abdomen. That must be really hard.”
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