Linky Friday #92
[A1] State Rep Dan Flynn (R-TX) wants to abolish Daylight Savings Time in the Great State of Texas. Godspeed, Rep Flynn. Godspeed.
[A2] Batkid‘s cancer is in remission.
[A3] From Vikram Bath: Ta-Nehisi Coates bemoans the lack of attention paid to American-on-American crime.
[A4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I can’t see this working too much at the state or federal level, but city & county…? I mean, once upon a time we could trust the press to do the bulk of this kind of investigating, but in many ways, the press has been co-opted by those they should be investigating.
[A5] From Zic: In Massachusetts, it appears that ‘sidewalk abortion counselors‘ don’t want women to stop having abortion so much as they want women to stop having sex.
[Eu1] The president of France is now easier to impeach.
[Eu2] Sardinia has one of the more unique plans for secession that I am aware of. They want to leave Italy, join Switzerland, and become a charter city.
[Eu3] Santiago Mostyn looks at race and Sweden.
[Eu4] From James Hanley: Russian Mining Engineer’s photos of foxes.
[H1] Perhaps touching the Ark of the Covenant got Uzzah electrocuted.
[H2] Ancient Egyptians used d20 die.
[H3] Ben Franklin: Security risk.
[H4] The mystery of the ancient stone circles.
[H5] The mystery of giant concrete arrows on the American landscape, solved.
[F1] From Zic: Rethink what you know about high-achieving women; it’s not kids holding women back, it’s husbands.
[F2] Why families used to have more children than they currently do.
[F4] An estranged daughter in New Jersey took her parents to court over college tuition and won.
[F5] Megan McArdle goes to bat for alimony.
[En1] My latent skepticism towards solar and wind energies revolve around price (not there yet but getting closer), scalability (progress!), and reliability (hurm).
[En2] Bryan Sheffield didn’t make it as a trader, and decided instead to make millions as an oil tycoon.
[En3] Google is throwing in the towel on its renewable energy research.
[P1] Some have been trying to explain the 2014 results as a failure of Democrats to get out and vote. The thing is, the Democratic field operation was probably a success.
[P3] SimCity and the technocracy.
[P4] Andrew Burstein argues that we need a new Constitutional Convention. I shudder at the prospect.
Entertainment & Culture:
[EC1] This update on the state of DC Comics is giving me a headache. I have felt for some time that they needed to blow it all up and start over. Which it sounded like they were about to start to do, but they couldn’t even do that all the way, and now they can’t even do half-measures right.
[EC2] Drew Magary writes about the problem with Problem Blogging, by way of sociological criticism of “Too Many Cooks.”
[EC3] I disagree with a couple items on this list of comic book heroes who should never have their own franchise. Booster Gold could be kinda cool. While the Hawkman they cite wouldn’t work out so well, Katar Hol could be pretty awesome.
[EC4] Nate Silver explains that the NFL should go full-on international, also explaining why my desire to see it expand more domestically is unlikely to reach fruition.
[EC5] The good news is that if you got one of those flesh-tunnels in your ears, it can be fixed. The bad news is that it ain’t cheap. Business is apparently booming.
[V1] From James Hanley: Batman and the Joker fight at the hockey game:
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