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 #99: Flaming Big Tex Edition
[I1] The comment section of Daily Caller has been the subject of conversation here at Ordinary Times. Last year, they launched a helpful feature called “Ask a Daily Caller Commenter.” They definitely have a sense of humor about it!
[I3] Gabriel Rossman writes about the various hassles the right and left and willing and unwilling to endure.
[I4] Robin Hanson looks at liberal and conservative jobs. He echoes points that I have made in the past about how the degree of meritocracy reliability in one’s career can reinforce conservative viewpoints.
[I5] Vaclav Klaus, the Czech leader who is a hero to some libertarians, has gone rogue.
[E1] 2014 may have been the hottest year on record.
[E2] The US uses less water than it did in 1970! Can we improve on this so that we don’t have (more of) a water crisis?
[E3] Angie Schmitt says that if you love nature, you have an obligation not to live near it.
[E4] We’re fracking more than ever, and while methane emissions on public lands are up, they’re actually down, industry-wide.
[E5] China looks to improve its air and energy security by turning coal into gas, but climate change activists are horrified and some analysts don’t think it’ll work.
[E6] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Get zapped with a laser, and suddenly a metal surface is hydrophobic. The ultimate in rust & ice protection.
[A1] Hurricane Katrina may have been a disaster, but the migration it caused was beneficial.
[A2] In Valentine, Texas, the entire student body (including two girls) is on the basketball team.
[A3] A mortuary in Arkansas is missing thirty bodies.
[A4] Is Louisiana boot-shaped anymore?
[A5] Here’s a 90-minute BBC movie about Texas.
[He1] Kenneth Warner and Harold Pollack come up with a comprehensive gameplan to virtually end tobacco addiction, using just about every tool they can find. I disagree with some of it (smoking bans should not be an effort to get people to quit), but actually find myself agreeing with a lot of it and fascinated by other parts of it (the pH levels).
[He2] Even our test dummies are getting fatter. By design, in this case.
[He3] Good news! The extra saturated fat you’re eating doesn’t end up in your bloodstream!
[He4] Breast may be best, but women who go another route shouldn’t have to explain that they did so because they got cancer.
[He5] Overeating is contagious! Quick, let’s to tell the fatties that they have to stop overeating for the public good.
[Ho1] Cory Weinberg looks at modular construction in the Bay Area. I’m a fan of modular instruction (our home was so constructed), but it seems more appropriate for places where construction costs, rather than location, are the cost issue.
[Ho2] I sometimes have the suspicion that people who want greater density have in mind walking across their lawn, across other peoples’ apartments, to the store. This doesn’t really contradict that suspicion, nor does this chart.
[Ho3] On the other hand, downtown Los Angeles is responsible for 20% of housing units built, though Let’s Go LA says that this is a bad thing.
[Ho4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Printing homes. I wonder how much resistance this kind of technology will create.
[Ho5] It turns out that there are a bottom to the previously-assumed bottomless market for luxury condos in tight markets.
[T1] There may be a universe where time runs backwards.
[T2] Popular Mechanics looks at the hits-and-misses of its long ago, long term predictions about the future.
[T3] Good news! Time travel simulation has resolved the Grandfather Paradox. I barely understand a word of this article, but some of y’all are smarter than me.
[T4] A 12 Monkeys TV series? I’m totally there.