Linky Friday #74
[L1] Food establishments continue to dip their toe in automation.
[L2] We Americans work less than we think we do.
[L3] It’s the least educated and least skilled where unemployment tends to be highest. Yet theirs is also the sector where the job market is improving the fastest.
[L4] Former Leaguer Ryan Noonan co-drafted a report on manufacturing since the Great Recession. 646,000 jobs added from 2/10 to 5/14!
[M1] Amazon is relegating Hachette’s wears until or unless Hachette agrees to terms more favorable to Amazon. Commentary on the issue has almost all been sympathetic to Hachette. At the Guardian, Barry Eisler takes a different view.
[M2] Black markets on the web may lessen drug violence.
[M3] Non-complete clauses are becoming more common, and Alex Tabarrok argues this represents a threat to innovation.
[M4] Norwegian Air wants to making international flights cheaper for Americans, and United and Delta want to stop them.
[M5] Men’s Journal explains the genius of Subaru.
[C1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Smearing campaigns against those who were defense attorneys.
[C2] Can we use lasers to catch drunk drivers?
[C4] Emily Bazelon and Daniel Drezner point out that there are tradeoffs involved when trying to combat sexual assault on campus, and have some sensible suggestions. Shorter version: Higher standard of proof, but harsher punishments.
[C5] What did addicts learn from DARE? How to smoke crack.
[C6] The state government has legalized marijuana, the federal government has suggested that it will not pursue such cases, and yet here we are.
[C7] German prison inmates want to unionize.
[R1] Patrick Ruffini looks at the data wars between Democrats and Republicans, and how the latter is trying to catch up.
[R2] TW Shannon may have lost, but League alum Jamelle Bouie explains how the GOP needs more black politicians and fewer black personalities.
[R3] Physicians used to be a Republican constituency, but not so much these days. I wrote about the shift in 2011. The Obama Administration has done a lot to reach out to primary care docs, which is where a lot of the shift is occurring.
[R4] Republicans talk about wanting to reduce government, but British Conservatives are working hard it.
[R5] According to Pew (Warning: as reported by Townhall), the notion that the political dynamics of the US have primarily been a case of the right moving rightward and the left standing still (or dragging to the right) is inaccurate.
[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.
[T6] The case for biking without a helmet. I don’t think I can sell Clancy on this…
[F1] Marriage rates track with all sorts of good outcomes on both an individual and societal level. Steve Waldman thinks that promoting marriage on that basis is a bad idea. Education tracks similarly, and Scott Sumner explains why promoting education on that basis is a bad idea.
[F2] Paging Former Mayor Bloomberg: Divorce is linked to obesity in children.
[F3] Related to a recent post of mine… Kay Hymowitz says that parental self-expectations are making parents miserable.
[F4] Idahoans are having lots of sex to get pregnant. Washington DCers, maybe less so.
[H2] While we’re looking at such things, what’s up with administration costs?
[H3] Transparency in health care pricing, though, may be worth a look.
[U1] Daniel Drezner thought his experience in Ukraine was outdated because it’s been twenty years. Turns out, he’s wrong.
[U3] Former Ukranian President Viktor Yushchenko (right)has recovered, somewhat, from the alleged KGB poisoning that disfigured his face.
[U4] Many in Europe want to become what the Ukraine is trying to escape.
[A1] Fifty states… as high school kids. I want to meet Louisiana and Idaho (unless Idaho actually is armed). I think I was Montana.
[A2] What would happen if we let states draw their own boundaries and how would that effect transportation? He has also looked at why states are an anachronism and why they matter. Meanwhile, in France, President Hollande is trying a bit of statecraft…
[A3] In New York, a black man driving his white wife to work was reported for being an illegal cab driver.
[A4] Sprawl, in animated GIF form.
[A5] Remember the whole Faces of Meth thing from Oregon? I was reminded of that when looking at these pictures of housing in Detroit.