Linky Friday #63
[I1] The law is eating away at attorney-client privilege, and the situation with the NSA is making it worse.
[I2] From Christopher Carr: A very interesting piece on the application of the wisdom of crowds to global intelligence forecasting
[T1] The chances are slim, but Russia could build a rail from New York to Paris!
[T2] According to a court in California, it’s legal to look at your smartphone while driving! The California Highway Patrol apparently plans to ignore the ruling.
[T4] In Idaho and Wyoming, speed limits may be increasing.
[Ed2] The SAT is apparently due for a revision.
[Ed3] Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe talks about our college fixation.
[P2] Republicans have a talent gap. I recently cited an article about how they pay fewer employees more. According to Patrick Ruffini and others, they need to hire more people.
[P3] It’s one of the great oddities of American politics. The wealthy tend Republican, but wealthy places tend Democratic.
[En1] Sonny Bunch argues – convincingly, though I’m an easy sell – that basic cable’s constraints are a boon to creativity. For TV shows, anyway.
[En2] Sean McElwee writes one of the better pieces I’ve read on the dearth of conservative comedy. As one who thinks it would be better if there were more conservative entertainment, I actually think comedy is probably the best place to start.
[En3] Sitcoms are generally struggling these days, but Jusef Adalian says that actually may not be such a bad thing for sitcom-lovers. If expectations are lowered by the networks, there may be more room for smarter comedies.
[En4] Mostly for my own benefit: 50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child
[En5] Louisiana has displaced California as the movie-making capital of the world (or at least the continent).
[B1] Someone on behalf of DHL pranked UPS into free advertising.
[B2] I keep getting my hopes up only to be disappointed, but once again, McDonald’s is looking at extending breakfast hours. Seriously, if Jack can do it, Mac can do it. Just pushing it back to 11 (which most other places do) would be really nice. I hadn’t heard that Taco Bell is getting into the game.
[B3] People like to argue that retailers could actually increase profits by paying their employees more. Adam Ozimek explains why this is unlikely.
[B5] I’m not the biggest fan of Apple, and think that the iPhone revolution did harm in addition to good, but I do congratulate them on the innovation that was the App Store.