Linky Friday #73
[I1] When I first started hearing stories about unaccompanied children arriving at our doorstep, I was honestly a bit skeptical because the sources tended to be strong border hawks. But it’s happening in numbers higher than our system can handle, and is not unrelated to our border policy, and/or the perception thereof.
[I2] From Christopher Carr: Steven Hsieh on holding centers for migrant children – There should be no doubt this is a problem!
[I3] Intra-Euroland immigration into the UK is complex. While Polish Plumbers have become a shorthand, immigrants from different places have different effects and different receptions.
[I5] Leaving Russia behind.
[L1] If McDonald’s in Alaska can afford to pay their workers more than they are paid in Texas, why can’t they pay that much in Texas? Adam Ozimek response. A Walmart in North Dakota is paying $17/hr. Ahhh, the bargaining power of labor shortages.
[L2] BMW is trying training workers without degrees… and promoting them. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
[L3] Roughly 53% of LinkedIn’s and half of Yahoo’s employees are white, which is apparently “too white.” (I link to this not because I don’t think there is a problem, but because the words used here represent some of our difficulty in approaching these issues.)
[L4] A really interesting graphic reveals that more Silicon Valley has more employees from Texas than India, Mexicans outnumber Texans, a majority do not speak English at home, and people of Asian ancestry outnumber whites (except at Yahoo and LinkedIn, apparently).
[F1] We think of good dads mostly as being good for their sons, but they affect their daughters, too.
[F2] Single fatherhood is becoming more common, up from 1% in 1960 to 8% now, and from 14% of single-parent households to almost a quarter.
[W1] The hard life of liberal gun lovers.
[T1] Google Now can remember where you parked! Remembering to do this would have been very, very helpful in DC. Sorry Vikram!
[T2] Japan has awesome high speed trains. Here’s why.
[T3] Rail in the US is very expensive.
[T5] From Jonathan McLeod: In Seoul, city planners turned a cursed freeway that cut through downtown into beautiful greenspace… without causing a traffic disaster.
[T6] The case for biking without a helmet. I don’t think I can sell Clancy on this…
[E1] This student loan calculator is pretty cool. Turns out, student loan amounts for students at my alma mater are less than I would have guessed. Less than most schools I have found, in fact.
[E2] Reihan Salam thinks we need to hold colleges accountable for student outcomes. It’s an interesting thought, but for better or worse it strikes me as an incentive for colleges to pick their students wisely.
[E4] From Jonathan McLeod: Ordinary Times’ Conor Williams asks why do other parents care where I send my kid to school?
[G1] Lorenzo lays out the case for small nations.
[G2] Bobby Jindal is virtually deregulating the sale of homemade foods!
[G3] I’ve commented in the past that we don’t raise the gas tax because people are stubbornly opposed to it. I could be wrong, it turns out.
[G4] If democracy is the worst kind of government except all others, can we come up with a better one? io9 has twelve alternatives from science fiction.