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 #168: The Soviet Roc
Cities:[Ci1] People moving out and people not being born: Whet Moser looks at Cook County’s population loss. Within ten years, Chicago could be overtaken by Houston.
[Ci2] Lyman Stone says it’s time to let Atlantic City die.
[Ci3] Arthur Books wants to get America moving again! To places where there are jobs and opportunity available.
Health:[H1] I very much did not realize that online breast milk sharing was a thing.
[H2] Huh. Racially distinct names correlate with life longevity.
[H3] Some are becoming concerned that residency hour caps have gone too far.
[H4] EMR is the future, but physicians aren’t happy with it, don’t think it’s saving money or time, don’t think anyone cares about the time it’s not saving, and have security concerns that apparently can’t be voiced.
Education:[E1] The New York Times editorial board is recognizing that we’re pumping out too many college graduates for the jobs available, and then has a series of largely unrelated and counterproductive proposals on how to address it.
[E2] I give this article mega-points for its title, and it’s interesting to boot!
[E3] Chris Beck writes of the “law school prices [for] blue collar skills” in culinary schools.
[E4] Leon Neyfakh looks into the business of Russian academic fraud.
Science:[S1] At Unz Review, Anatoly Karlin breaks down Soviet scientists by ethnicity.
[S3] LSD turns you into a baby.
[S4] Ever wonder what abandoned Soviet space shuttles look like? Here ya go.
[S5] Jupiter’s ice moon Europa moves up the colonization list as its oceans may be somewhat like our own.
Crime:[Cr1] Crimea is having a problem with… sand theft?
[Cr2] Noah Feldman talks about how the Soviets stole a Van Gogh.
[Cr3] This was an episode of Numb3rs! Minus the whole Ukrainian bit, anyway.
[Cr5] Well this kind of smells.
Film:[F1] It was common – and is still common – for villains in American film to be Russians. Apparently, that isn’t reciprocal. Less surprisingly, the KGB tended to be heroes, though now they’ve got superheroes.
[F2] BitTorrent legend YIFY speaks out on the rise of torrents and what can be done to fight it.
[F3] Dick Tracy wasn’t a particularly good movie, but it was visually marvelous.