Linky Friday #78
[L1] Uber drivers are protesting outside company headquarters. Maybe they should unionize. Or demand a medallion system.
[L2] Whether he intends to or not, Mike Rowe seems on his way to becoming a Republican icon.
[L3] Mexican bazillionaire Carlos Slim has some interesting ideas on labor, suggesting that we should work longer hours (11 a day), shorter weeks (3 days per), over more years (9 more years). The main question I have about it is whether the 11 hour days would cause a decrease in productivity.
[L4] Flextime is apparently a nice perk that you should never actually use. Here are some tips for waking up earlier. One of the best decisions I ever made about such things was to never, ever use the snooze button again.
[L5] Peter Cappelli argues that non-compete clauses punish the wrong party. It’s become increasingly popular for college football coaches to have buyouts so large that only the schools that would hire them can pay it.
[L6] In a world where computers are better drivers and legal scholars than people, at what point do people become economically useless?
[C2] The effects of gambling (and casinos) on the poor is abysmal. These are the sorts of issues that really test my libertarian self (and kind of kick his ass, actually).
[C3] I’ve long thought that we need to do away with summer vacation. I should have, but didn’t, consider that this argument is made stronger by a class component.
[C4] It’s pretty convenient for both sides to ignore rural poverty. Republicans don’t like to admit that some of their home turf is disproportionately poor. Democrats like to consider the poor “theirs.”
[C5] Soleil Ho argues that foodie trends hurt low-income families.
[C6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I think Nick Hannauer might be right. Wealth gap is hurting the recovery. This is from S&P, and not some progressive outfit.
[I1] Jason Brennan argues if closed borders are so good, why not close more of them? The same argument can be applied to trade. It’s a bum argument, though, because nations have a central (even if federalized) governing authority and there are expectations of reciprocity (and generally beneficial ones) among citizens of a country that don’t exist in the same context globally.
[I2] The government is using pop music to try to keep Central Americans from sending their kids here.
[I3] I don’t expect RedState to be a voice of reason in the immigration debate, but I thought this post was actually petty good.
[I4] Ecuador tried its hand at open immigration. It didn’t work out so well.
[A3] Gene Demby has a good write-up about violence in Chicago.
[A4] How much should bankrupt Detroit pay to keep its wonderful art? Does $185,000,000 seem right?
[A5] From Christopher Carr: Transporting Ebola patients internationally and into major urban centers for research seems like a very stupid idea.
[A6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Because despite warnings of, “Hey, be careful, that slope is slippery!”, people always got slide down it. Case in point, a gay bar coming under fire for not being inclusive to all gay people because of it’s dress code. I get why people wanted the wedding people who discriminated against gay people to feel the heat, but this is just silly.
[A7] The GAO says that there was gross mismanagement in the PPACA rollout. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
[W1] When I did my Links Across America thing on July Fourth, I really should have had an entry for Denmark. Also, a 1988 TNR piece on the international reaction to the American Revolution.
[W2] One of those subjects that leaves me entirely clueless on ethics and morality… making contact with isolated tribes like those in Brazil.
[W3] A 260-foot crater has appeared in Siberia.
[W4] The bizarre story of the Dutch cyclist who had tickets to two Malaysia Airlines flights that met with a tragic end.
[W6] Here’s a list of inventories from soldier’s kits from 1066 to 2014. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)