Linky Friday #102: Protest Edition
[S3] Is political correctness a creativity-booster?
[S4] Fernando Hurtado argues that sometimes words are weapons, and should be treated accordingly.
[S5] Niamh McIntyre proudly explains how she prevented a debate on abortion at her university (Oxford).
[S6] Anne Applebaum argues that human rights – such as freedom of expression, doesn’t belong to the anonymous.
[E1] I’ve mentioned before that Texas is one of the few states even if you account for college cost inflation (Illinois and North Dakota being two others), that spend more on higher education than it did in 1987. Perhaps as a result, Texas A&M just swiped the University of Washington’s president.
[E2] Libby Nelson agrees with Peter Thiel (and LeeEsq and myself) that the Ivy League could be quite a bit bigger.
[E3] A new study gets closer to asking what I consider to be the most pertinent questions to ask on the question of whether college is a good idea: What happens when we look at the more marginal cases. When trying to figure out someone whose academic record would place them at Fresno State, we don’t need to consider the wage premiums of places like Berkeley.
[E4] You can make teachers happier by doubling their pay, but it won’t necessarily help student learning.
[E5] Online classes work! According to a study, anyway.
[L1] A lot of elite investment firms and the like wouldn’t hire a Super Bowl hero.
[L2] Christopher Flavelle claims that Canada shows that the minimum wage has minimal effect.
[L3] Mike Rowe continues his transition from American icon to conservative icon as he announces his skepticism of a minimum wage hike.
[L4] Hmmm. Increasing professional responsibility increases symptoms of depression in woman, decreases them in men.
[L6] Employers are using Big Data to find employees who are less likely to leave, and have discovered (among other things) that members of two social networks are likely to stay but four or more aren’t. Xerox took the data and cancelled recruitment drives at gaming conventions.
[P1] From aaron david: An orbital simulator for up to 4 bodies.
[P2] The UK has given the go-ahead to DNA-spliced three-parent children.
[P3] Full-blown LibreOffice may be coming to Android, if they can just slip the app by 4mb. I’m not sure I understand the alleged cap, though. I tried downloading an app the other day only to discover it was 3gb large.
[P4] If you have $1,000,000 to spend, there’s a mech robot for sale.
[P5] In what is potentially very important for Africa right now and may be important to us in the future, scientists are working on a steam machine that turns fecal material into drinkable water.
[C1] Carnell Alexander has a warrant out for his arrest for being a deadbeat dad, for a child that isn’t his. Michigan does not have a paternity fraud (or mistaken paternity) law to protect non-fathers. The topic is up for debate in Washington state.
[C2] Jailbreak! Some women in Brazil escape from prison by fooling guards into thinking that there is a mass orgy in their future.
[C3] If you want the police to check up on a relative after they’ve had surgery, that might not be a good idea.
[C4] If you kill a classmate, taking a selfie with the corpse is a bad idea.
[C5] The police want Waze to remove its cop-spotting feature. With Nokia Here now available, that’s one of only a couple reasons I use Waze at all these days.
[V1] In graphical form… how vaccines prevent measles outbreaks. It shows transmission rates at various vaccination rates. Pretty cool.
[V2] The Incidental Economists want everybody to get their vaccines, but Aaron Carroll wants us to stop asking politicians gotcha questions about vaccines, and Bill Gardner wants us to stop hating on the parents.
[V3] I’d kind of expect Salon to hedge a bit on the vaccination issue. Instead, they giggle at an efforts to troll Amazon reviews of an anti-vax book.