In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Linky Friday #79
[P1] Politico interviews several gay members of the Bush Administration.
[P2] Most Republicans support birth control.
[P3] Democrats are declaring a ceasefire on “War on Women” rhetoric.
[P4] From what I recall of the polls at the time, in 2000 roughly one in ten of Ralph Nader voters would have otherwise voted for Bush (six for Gore, three wouldn’t have voted). My father is one of them, as is a former roommate. Nader has a pitch to some folks on the right.
[P5] From Mad Rocket Scientist: “The world isn’t being destroyed by democrats or republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist — the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world. The world is being hurt and damaged by one group of people believing they’re truly better people than the others who think differently. The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love. We must not let this happen.”
[F1] On the horizon… self-repairing plastic?
[F2] In 1995, Eugene Volokh (of Conspiracy fame) made a number of predictions about the media and technology, much of which turned out to be on the money. More good predictions.
[F3] Contraception at the push of a button.
[F4] A cool new technology may wick moisture away from windows. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
Space:[S1] Everything you ever wanted to know about astronaut outfitting.
[S2] Kenneth Arnold made flying saucers famous.
[S3] The Space Station is getting a coffee machine!
[S5] Map: What an interplanetary Pangaea might look like.
[E1] The chief problem with global warming, unlike many things it is compared to, it’s an international problem with greatly differing costs among the needed participants, however hopeful some may be about India.
[E2] More metal, less emissions? Sounds good to me.
[E3] Hypocrites! People who say that they’re concerned about climate change use more electricity than those who aren’t! Ha! Actually, that’s mostly a function of confounding factors, but even controlling for them there doesn’t seem to be all that much difference.
[E4] According to a new study, locals protect their forests better than government. (via Mad Rocket Scientist)
[H1] Boom California looks at San Fransisco’s housing crunch, and by way of explaining it convinced me that whatever SF’s faults, the blame lies more with its neighbors. Like Palo Alto and its zero growth vision.
[H2] Matt K Lewis makes the conservative case for new urbanism.
[H3] Suburban homebuilders are encroaching on urban development.
[H4] Jim Russell declares The Death of Urbanization in the United States. He over-states his case as domestic migration is only part of the picture. Even so, it quite pointedly challenges “The Great Inversion” narrative and perhaps suggests a different fate for rural America than we might assume.
[A1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
[A2] The Japanese Prime Minister wants to ramp up Japan’s cool factor, but artists want no part of it.
[A3] Japan is building roads in poor countries, hoping to bolster their own economy by helping get economies around them moving.
[A4] The attempts to shoehorn a local (American) angle here notwithstanding, this story about India’s trash situation is quite interesting.
[A5] Private schools in India are an antidote to their caste system.