Linky Friday: Century Edition
[Cr1] NASCAR driver Kurt Busch wants a protective order against his ex-girlfriend, who he claims is an assassin.
[Cr2] Less than wise: Taking selfies on an iPhone you just stole.
[Cr3] I was excited to hear about the Obama Administration’s plans to scale back asset forfeiture. Looks like there may be less to it than meets the eye. Darn. Still better than nothing, I suppose.
[Cr5] Joshua Neuman said no to drugs, because of this comic book. Trainspotting and Requiem of a Dream both had indentations on my views of the subject.
[Cu1] Unrealistic beauty standards for babies?! The article is (I’m pretty sure) a joke, but my wife would applaud the development, as they can’t really use real newborns and it drives her crazy when they use older babies to represent newborns.
[Cu3] According to the Washington Post, women are dyeing their armpit hair. Young people make me glad to have been young a long time ago. (But not too long ago, because 80’s.)
[Cu4] Ugly stereotype alert! Watch a bunch of body-builders debate how many days there are in two weeks.
[Ch1] From Vikram Bath: Living in an orphanage is considered to be so bad that even measuring how the kids were doing was criticized for being unethical.
[Ch2] The results from charter schools demonstrate that charter schools are not particularly more effective than assigned schools… unless you’re poor or black.
[Ch4] As our work schedules become less predictable, the daycare market adapts.
[Ca1] This is probably not good: A for-profit college investment firm now has a controlling interest in Inside Higher Ed.
[Ca2] It’s not often I say this, but I’m kind of with the rich New York lawyers on this one.
[Ca3] In the words of one of the Popehats (Patrick or Ken), “The Internet is like a huge, violent maniac who shows up occasionally and beats the shit out of unlucky mean people.”
[Ca4] From Tod Kelly: I had this story forwarded to me, and it’s utterly fascinating: a story about a internet company that had hundreds of employees despite having no product, no service, no customers, and no business plan. I almost wonder if the story isn’t a hoax; either way, though, great read.
[P1] Mitt Romney may or may not be the right man for the GOP in 2016, but a number of the arguments against him are a bit dubious. Says what it might about the GOP, he remains one of their stronger candidates both in the primary and the general. The different media response between his announcement and Bush’s has been quite remarkable.
[P2] Republicans looking to make gains among Hispanics may want to follow the Conservative Party of Canada’s example. Meanwhile, Canadian politics have apparently been picking up inspiration from American politics.
[P3] Brent Rathgeber (MP) on the Americanization of Canadian politics.
[P4] Kevin Drum explains that yes, in fact, some people do love Facebook (and Walmart!), and it speaks questionably of the person who doesn’t recognize this.
[P5] Sheldon Richman argues that some libertarians spend too much time trying to feel superior and not enough time trying to actually win people over.
[B1] Another ineffective weight-loss strategy: “Eat more fruits and vegetables.”
[B2] The case against coffee, in 1888.
[B3] Even after a global apolocalypse, people gotta eat.
[B4] Thomas Lumley says that cancer isn’t just bad luck. Not just bad luck, but I want to see what the figure (roughly 1/3 according to Lumley) if we include genetics, which I consider to be a type of bad luck.
[M1] Meet the guy who has seen it all before. Like non-stop, for the last eight years.
[M2] Colton Burpo did not come back from heaven, after all.
[M4] Tia Ghose writes about the relationship between the stress of strangers and empathy.
[S1] Lost Beagle! Found! On Mars.
[S2] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Massive ring system discovered in another solar system. I imagine this is probably what a young Jupiter may have looked like as it’s moons formed.
[S3] Also discovered… maybe… two more planets?
[S4] Intergalactic wormholes are popular in fiction, but hard in science.
[S5] Scientists had previously thought that a three-star solar system wouldn’t allow planets to form, but it may be happening.