Linky Friday #118: Evil Dentists, Haunted Mansions, and the Scent of the Dead
[O1] Erik Kain’s piece on outrage culture is worth a read, in which he starts with this story where Internet Avengers managed to get two elderly hearse drivers fired on account of their need for sustenance.
[O2] Here’s an incredibly sad story of a woman who, on a plane, was texted by her husband that he was going to commit suicide, and the flight attendants wouldn’t let her try to call him to talk him out of it.
[O3] Bryan Lowder seems to really want to put gays in a pretty small box.
[O4] I found #CancelColbert to be silly until I realized that it was just a catchy phrase to raise a pretty ordinary complaint, and found the backlash against Suey Park to be kind of overdone. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig wrote a piece on Park, and Freddie and Jay Caspian Kang had a dialogue about it.
[O5] The “bake my cake” argument, in reverse. A jeweler in Canada who opposes same-sex marriage agreed to make a wedding ring for a gay couple, and the gay couple is upset and wants their money back.
[L1] A DC councilmember wants to restrict charges of assaulting an officer to people who actually assault officers.
[L2] Courts in West Virginia ruled that drug addicts can sue their physicians even if they admit they have obtained the drugs illegally. Frances Coleman argues that bad pain doctors make things more difficult for good ones.
[L3] This pediatric dentist is the supervillain of the nightmares of young children.
[L4] Even though she lost, and I’m not on board with the anti-circumcision movement, I am with Heather Hironimus here. Circumcision should require the ongoing consent of both parents.
[L5] The atrocious ‘Innocence of Muslims’ ruling has been reversed.
[L6] The Supreme Court rules that two states can’t tax the same income. Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, and Sotomayor were in the majority, and Ginsburg, Scalia, Thomas, and Kagan dissented. This will be of limited utility when state borders have sales tax on one side and income tax on the other, however.
[Pr1] From Oscar Gordon: Hover Trike! Oooh, fun!
[Pr2] Australian researchers may have a breakthrough on Alzheimer’s.
[Pr3] From Oscar Gordon: Self-healing concrete via bacteria.
[Pr4] From Oscar Gordon: Energy generating rubber -- soon to be found in the rubberized floor of crossfit gyms everywhere.
[Pr5] I… don’t even know how to feel about this: How would you like a perfume that smells like a dead loved one?
[Pr6] I love this: Peeing on a particular wall in Germany was becoming such a problem, they invented a way so that the wall will pee back.
[Pr7] SF author/former marine biologist Peter Watts wants to know Do we really want to fuse our minds together? (via Glyph)
Cities & Towns:
[CT1] From Oscar Gordon: Old ships become new towns.
[CT2] Purple City has a post about edge cities, looking at Chicago and Houston (which, by the way, is very large). An eye-opening tidbit in the second part, the reverse commute in Houston (people starting in town and driving to the suburbs for work) is worse than the traditional commute inside the city’s loop.
[CT4] It might indeed be “good for cities” to take cars off the road. Except that it’s not what people want.
[CT5] A haunted ghost town is hiring residents.
[Po1] From aaron david: Time heals all wounds?
[Po2] How employers are attempting to influence their employees’ vote.
[Po3] In Virginia, it requires 40 hours of training to be a badge-carrying “conservator of the peace”, and 1,500 to be a barber.
[Po4] During a window in which Alabama had gay marriage, they had a problem with local clerks declining to perform their duties. A new law being passed seeks to prevent that from happening by relieving them of those duties (via aaron david)
[Po5] Leonard Pitts laments the equating of politics and moral character.
[Po6] While it’s as possible for him as it is for a couple other candidates, I’m not very bullish on Jeb Bush’s chances at the GOP nomination.
[S1] Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill has turned twenty. It’s unfortunate that Ironic is the song that will always be remembered from a CD that’s pretty good from end to end.
[S2] Elian Gonzalez is all grown up, and while he would like to visit the US seems happy in Cuba as an engineering student. He’ll share some pictures on Facebook when he “gets enough internet to open a Facebook account.”
[S3] At Hit Coffee, I point to two eccentric mansions and in the comments Murali tells a ghost story.
[S4] If you’ve never heard the song Crossing Muddy Waters, you should. Here you go: