Linky Friday #69
[L1] Jordan Weissman isn’t against raising the minimum wage, but thinks Seattle’s $15 proposal is a bad idea.
[L2] SeaWorld’s trainers are no longer allowed in the water with orcas.
[L3] It would say something irredeemably ugly if having worked at McDonald’s hurt your career. Fortunately, despite the recent study, it’s not quite that simple.
[L4] The “zero hour contract” is definitely indicative of a problem in the labor market. It’s hard for me to see it as not revolving around a worker surplus.
[G1] The crisis in Russia has spawned a (somewhat minor) identity crisis in Germany. My mind has replaced the old “West Germany” with “Germany”… which leads me to forget that it’s not quite that simple.
[G2] Germany is often hailed as the superstar of the European economy. It hasn’t always been that way. In fact, it wasn’t that way pretty recently.
[G3] Slate has an article about Germany’s Coal Pits and the nation’s difficulty in kicking its coal habit.
[R1] Scandal! On multiple levels! A homeopathic drug company was exposed when it was discovered they put actual drugs in their products.
[R2] Cuba is complaining that forcing plain tobacco packaging is anti-capitalist.
[R3] Mark Kleiman writes up a potential hole in the lead-crime theory.
[R4] One way to reduce drunk driving may be to elongate pub hours.
[R5] Baylen Linnekin looks in on bans on sharing food with the homeless.
[P1] David Jarman looks at how the Daily Kos has changed congress. As interesting as that, however, is a look at the general shifts that have occurred in congress.
[P3] Immigration may turn Texas purple, but internal migration may be turning it redder.
[P4] Tony Switzer touts Australian PM Tony Abbot’s sensible conservatism.
[T1] The Verge doesn’t let it’s writers look at the traffic numbers for fear that it will taint the process.
[T2] ArsTechnica looks at the first two Ubuntu smartphones.
[T3] According to Matt Asay, more companies are using open source, and not because it’s free.
[T4] According to Quartz, Dropbox wants to “own your phone.” I’m pretty sure Google already owns mine.