Linky Friday #89: The Tick Edition
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[E1] Shouldn’t The Economist know better than to pretend that job scarcity and falling wages in Japan are not paradoxical?
[E2] Clay Shirky is not particularly sympathetic to Amazon, but he’s not really sympathetic to the publishers, either. It’s been interesting watching lots and lots of people rally around an industry that very recently was found to have engaged in price collusion. More from PEG.
[E3] A peek into the sinister world of debt collection. It’s a very gripping story.
[E4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I found the line, “It’s a given” to be true. I found it fascinating why women seem to not be getting the message.
[Cu2] Tanya Basu writes about the gender politics of pockets (and smartphones). It does seem to me that a lot of women’s clothes are impractical. Then again, I’m the guy who wears a phone holster and thinks everybody should be wearing utility belts (or at least belts, for chrissakes).
[Cu3] The biggest thing holding back Google Fiber, apparently, is television and our reluctance to actually cut the cord. Will HBO’s and CBS’s decisions to offer Internet-only subscriptions change that?
[Cu4] The Saturday morning cartoon is finito. For those longing for a bit of nostalgia, here are the Saturday morning TV schedules in the eighties.
[Cu5] WB/DC is ramping up its movie-making to compete with Disney/Marvel. I look forward to some of it, but they should focus on TV, though. They’re good at TV.
[Cu6] Rugby is one of those sports I have long wanted to learn about. Boosters are looking to raise its profile in the United States.
[Cu7] ESPN has a neat feature on college football walk-ons.
[Cr2] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Near me, an angry/hurt kid from a well-to-do family decides to shoot 5 kids (three girls & his two cousins). He then killed himself. This has all the hallmarks of media frenzy (shooting, at school, love triangle). Three innocent girls are dead & this is all over the media.
[Cr3] From Mad Rocket Scientist: In California, drunk guy mows down three girls with his car on Halloween, and the media frenzy is not so much. Certainly the calls for something to be done are muted. But dead is dead, no matter how you got that way.
[Cr4] It’s a good thing that barber shops are so tightly regulated, because it gives SWAT teams the opportunity to poke around in service of the War on Drugs.
[Cr5] A woman in Nashville fights a legal battle against charges that she neglected a child that she didn’t know.
[Cr6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: You mean I can kill two of my big issues at once? Stop putting everyone in jail for every little thing, and you’ll cut down on gun violence? Awesome!
[G1] I barely use flavoring, but attempts to ban flavored ecigarettes make me want to bang my head against the wall. if you’re worried about ecigarettes as a “gateway” (which I’m not, but if I were…) then why in tarnation do you want to insist that ecigarettes taste as much like real cigarettes as possible?
[G3] I didn’t know this, but the IRS charges a penalty if you pay your taxes with cash. This created a problem for marijuana shops since the same government that created the circumstances that keep them unbanked.
[G4] Government corruption is good for infrastructure spending, bad for education and health care spending.
[G5] From Michael Cain: This week’s George Will column on things Republicans should do immediately includes opening the Yucca Flats spent-nuclear-fuel repository. I knew it would be coming, but I thought it would be a few months before conservatives, who normally are against the federal government imposing on states, started urging it: “Let’s move spent nuclear fuel thousands of miles, much of that across states with no reactors that don’t want it on their roads and rails, and store it in a repository in a state with no reactors that doesn’t want it.” In the middle of the one of the three US power grids where nuclear is disappearing the fastest. Yeah, I admit I’m bitter; if it’s so eff’ing safe, why don’t you keep it in *your* backyard?
[G6] Most of us didn’t know that we had Ebola drugs waiting in the wings the next time there was an outbreak. Turns out, we may have Dick Cheney to thank for that.
[G7] Without irony, MoveOn.org was spreading the word about a “little-known tool” Republicans will nefariously exploit if they win the Senate, called “reconciliation.”
Animals:[A1] Turns out, a dog-year isn’t seven human years after all.
[A2] A panda in China figured out that it pays to fake being pregnant.
[A3] Crawfish are awesome. Unfortunately, they’re doing a number on Scotland (and their trout-fishing more specifically) right now.
[A4] There are ticks that make people allergic to meat, and they’re spreading. These creatures must be eradicated.
[A5] The heartwarming story of an Arizona dog that finds new purpose in a kitten shelter.
[A6] Why dogs kick when you scratch their belly.
Tick image copyright FOX, 2001, Otter image from the US Dept of Interior
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