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 #93: Ayn Rand Edition
[H1] Old Urbanist Charlie Gardner writes about mobile homes and the role they can play in increasing density, and Alana Semuels makes the case for trailer parks. And here is a map on where higher concentrations of trailers are.
[H2] I would never pay $3,000,000 for a house (much less a condo), nor do I have much desire to live in Kansas. But if these two things were indeed the case, I would be all over this. And not because I’m worried about a nuclear attack.
[H3] Also, from Michael Cain: 50 million square feet of underground industrial space is just cool.
[H4] If there is a person that washes rent-control beneficiaries more than this guy, I’d love to hear about it.
[H5] As micro-housing starts to take off in Seattle, neighborhood groups are flexing their muscle to put as much a halt to it as they can.
[H6] Maybe instead of micro-apartments, we need micro-micro-apartments! Featuring 86sqft apartments in Paris. Or, if you need something just a bit bigger, here’s a video on how you can fit 1100sqft into 420.
[C1] Ayn Rand wrote the novel Ideal in 1934, and it’s about to be published.
[C2] Mallory Ortberg writes of the glorious fashion of Ayn Rand.
[C3] I’m not a big fan of the cameos in Atlas Shrugged. I guess commercially it’s good for publicity, but like having Bill O’Reilly in Iron Man, it’s a bit jarring. It would be kind of cool if they were playing people that weren’t themselves (like Hannity appearing as a defender of the latest government initiative).
[C4] From aaron david: The true future of Video (and Music)
[C5] The methodology is kind of suspect, but it’s interesting to ponder the ramifications: Study shows whites think blacks are superhuman, magical.
[C6] Over at Hit Coffee, I write about the demise of the UAB football program.
[C7] From Glyph: The Alien Typeset of the Future!
[R1] CR Wiley argues that Shakers have liberaled themselves into oblivion.
[R3] Harper’s goes undercover with a cult infiltrator.
[R4] A WWII veteran was given a Viking funeral by the coast guard.
[R5] Zoroastrians feed their exalted dead to vultures.
[R6] Ever wondered about the Mormons’ “magic underwear“? Well, they explain it in a new video.
[R7] Speaking of Mormons, at Hit Coffee I write about the legend of blood atonement and firing squads in Utah.
[Po1] According to Kevin Drum, the problem isn’t that the Obama administration and Democrats in general don’t fight hard enough. It’s the American public.
[Po2] Politicians often follow polls, but when they don’t they have the ability to actually help shape public opinion.
[Po3] Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry explains the appeal of Ayn Rand.
[Po4] Bruce Frohnen ponders how conservatives should approach art. To “de-tilt” the political inclinations of the art and entertainment landscape, conservatives need to work harder at making better art and entertainment.
[Po5] From Saul Degraw: The Demise of the Southern Democrat.
[Ps1] New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova investigates the anti-Republican bias in social psychology. Where it comes from, how it occurs, and what can be done about it. A first-hand account from Jose Duarte.
[Ps2] Dr. Phi ponders the difference between responsibility and license.
[Ps3] The corrosive, traumatizing effects of high school.
[Ps4] Is idiocracy upon us? The Flynn Effect is allegedly in reverse.
[Ps5] E-reader readers recall the material about as well as paperback readers, except when it comes to collating the events.
[R1] Meet Millie and Clem Mintz, married for 75 years.
[R3] Jennifer Anghju Grossman gives tips on dating Objectivistly.
[R4] Breaking up isn’t what it used to be.
[L1] If you want to live the good life, head south to… Panama?
[L2] One of the shocking things, when I moved out west, was the lack of guard rails between you and some very steep falls. I was reminded of that when viewing these pictures of Bolivia’s death road, and its 15,000 foot fall.
[L3] ForeignPolicy looks at the Honduran charter cities.
[L4] In Brazil, there is a village of women looking for a few good men (who will play by their rules).
[L5] Remnants of Dixie remain in Brazil, where Conferederate expatriates set up camp after the Civil War. Here’s a video.
[V1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Vitagel – Works with the body to form a clot sufficient to stop and artierial bleed in less than 10 seconds. Wow!
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