Linky Friday #85: Designated Hitler Edition
[S1] Jonathan Chait evidently loves football more than he hates conservatives, and that’s saying a lot. A lot of the criticism of “football” has to do with the NFL and NFL-level play. Where we need to really be looking is at the levels where everybody plays. What are the risks for someone who plays through high school and then stops? College then stops?
[S2] How Teddy Roosevelt saved football.
[S3] Once upon a time, there was a brave soul who stood up to popular opinion in order to do the right thing. His name was George W. Bush, and he lost valiantly.
[S4] Should baseball change the rules to account for defensive innovations stiffling offenses?
[S5] The atrocity that is the Designated Hitter rule was a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
[E1] Michael Hallatt thought that Trader Joe’s should be available in Canada, and so he became a smuggler and created Pirate Joe’s. (link via Vikram Bath & Burt Likko)
[E2] Josh Barro makes the straightforward case that no, unbundling cable would probably not save customers money.
[E4] From James Hanley: Dumpster living done right.
[R1] Eek. A vasectomy-cancer link?
[R2] In Japan, an assemblywoman’s attempt to talk about how the government can support child-rearing women (in a country with a demographic problem looming so large they’re actually considering immigration as a solution) was greeted with jeers.
[R3] The lesbian couple in Ohio that is suing the fertility clinic for inadvertantly giving them a black baby says that it’s not about race. Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon agrees! The legal case seems pretty clear, but in my view there are some lawsuits you don’t file even if you can.
[C1] Jonathan McLeod is tired of Canadian cities trying to be cool for Europeans. The shorthand back home was “World Class”, as in “We have to pursue my favored policy because we want to be world class” as in “If we don’t do this, people who don’t live here will laugh at us.” (“This” usually being some variation of greenbelts, rail, and/or “smart growth”.)
[C2] While I’m not surprised that millenials are moving to the suburbs, I am a bit surprised at the apparent urban baby boom.
[C3] Fargo Uber Alles! The Gateway to the West has been named the best small city for businesses and careers. (For anyone wanting to attribute that to the oil boom, just so you know it’s on the other side of the state. Here are some other booming towns and cities.
[C4] Urban heat islands are cooking our cities. Summer differentials of seven degrees for Las Vegas, six for Albuquerque, five for Portland, four for Seattle.
[G1] Maybe political polarization isn’t so bad, if the alternative is Rhode Island.
[G2] Paging Rambling Rod: The case for a land value tax.
[G3] According to John Henry Thompson and Andrew Quinn, providing housing to poor families doesn’t actually change outcomes much. They argue this has implications for the “just give them money” debate.
[G4] From Kazzy: California water officials are flagrantly ignoring and violating water restrictions during drought.
[Tr1] Laws against texting and driving still don’t work.
[Tr2] The dangers of helicopter parenting? Teens who talk on cell phones while they drive are as often as not talking to their parents. Or so they say…
[Tr3] Trams are a waste of money.
[Tr4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Narrow city streets are safer, wider highway lanes are safer.
[Tr5] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Another step closer to the flying car.
[Te1] The Free State Project (wherein a bunch of libertarians moved to New Hampshire) has had a little success, but increasingly according to Kashmir Hill they’re turning to technology to set people free.
[Te2] The Internet filter of a school district in Connecticut decided to start blocking conservative websites. Obviously, this is an issue of funding and if we gave the Internet filterers more of it, they would not have to gang up only on conservative websites…
[Te4] Microsoft considered – and hasn’t ruled out – renaming Internet Explorer to escape its sketchy reputation.
[Te5] From James Hanley: Melting concrete with sound (shocking!).
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