Linky Friday #87
[P3] With all of the talk of whether the Tea Party has hit the end of its road in primarying candidates, but it turns out that the entire “primary surge” may be a myth.
[F1] Noah Smith argues that liberals are rescuing marriage with their views on premarital sex, cohabitation, and so on. This is an argument that has an empirical basis. So what does the data say? (Note: I’m not referring to overly broad state-to-state data.)
[F2] Let’s take something with all of the downsides of cohabitation, and validate and formalize it! I’d say “If you’re not sure, then cohabitate.” Except that cohabitation’s track record isn’t particular good. Instead, if you’re not sure, focus on “Why am I not?” and go from there.
[F3] In marriage, men see trouble with the existence of negatives, while women are more likely to notice the absence of positives.
[F4] From Christopher Carr: And also because a Jesuit is pope.
[F5] How to talk to babies about Marxist theory.
[R1] Is Britain undergoing a baby boom?
[R2] College educated women are getting married before having kids, but they’re the only group that is.
[R3] It is estimated by some that one in ten father-child relationships are a result of false paternity. That, it turns out, is likely bunk.
[R4] Laurie DeRose has a fascinating piece on how couples resolve conflicts over childbearing (ie how many children to have, if any). It’s surprisingly less a gender issue (he gets his way, or she gets hers) even in countries with little gender equity. The tie-breaker seems to be, as much as anything, social norms.
[H1] Maureen O’Connor writes about the ethical minefield of “ethnic plastic surgery.”
[H2] A lot of patient care isn’t as exciting or mysterious as it is on TV.
[H3] Depending on how the courts decide on the subsidies, declining to set up state exchanges may have been the smart move.
[H4] Walmart continues its efforts into entering the business of primary care.
[H5] Even if no other measures are taken, transparent health care pricing may pay a crucial role in lowering health care costs.
[H6] Before physicians make a lot of money, they make less than a lot of money.
[E1] Drill, baby, drill, has become a bipartisan mantra.
[E2] Advances continue to be made on the storage side of the renewable power equation.
[E3] A lot of fracking workers think that frack-work is a-okay.
[E4] Dubai knows that the oil wells will run dry. They’re already working on their next phase.
[E5] China bet big on Shale Gas, and it hasn’t worked out.
[E6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Solar not so good. I’d be interested to see the costs if you broke out solar thermal from Photovoltaic…
[T1] Slow down… for the dragonflies!
[T2] Chris Reed argues that California’s politicians and media are stuck in the 80’s with their love of light rail, when game changing driverless cars are right on the horizon.
[T3] Ruben Santamarta says passenger jets vulnerable to cyberattack.
[T4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: A freaking hoverboard! OK, so it needs a metal surface to float against, being magnetic, and it sucks batteries like a firehose, but still…
[V1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: We’ve all had days like this…
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