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 #172: Boom
[B2] Britain has its own north-south divide when it comes to violent crime.
[B4] A Japanese view of 19th century England, from someone who’s never been.
[B7] BBC looks at the courtship of US and British intelligence, which started in the 1940’s and is still going strong.
[Eu1] Russian prisons are terrible. Here’s how you can get out. Well, how people other than you might, so you (like myself) would likely be hosed.
[Eu3] What is it about fascism (and totalitarianism in general) that makes it so that they are really good at iconography?
[Eu4] I can’t sufficiently recommend this Kevin Simler piece on national borders explained, as he put it, as “agency in a hostile ecosystem.”
[Eu5] David Bell looks at some myths about the French Revolution. Some are more interesting than others, but #2 was the most interesting to me. Also interesting is the degree to which contraband smuggling might have been a cause of the French Revolution. And about 14,000 images of the French Revolution make me wish I was fluent in French.
[Ed2] While the University of Texas at Austin seeks diversity through affirmative action, Texas A&M went another route.
[Ed3] It turns out, giving away condoms may not be the best way to reduce teen births. At least, not without counseling.
[Ed4] Third grade? I didn’t learn cursive until the fifth, and that was back when it was a relevant skill.
[Ed5] Japan Times looks at the Japanese custom of having kids clean up the classroom. Note, however, that contrary to rumor they do actually employ custodians.
[Ed6] Here’s a helpful chart showing what people are majoring in. Increasingly, it’s not Comparative Folk Dancing.
[H1] Opioid control is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, addiction. On the other… enforcement.
[H2] Vaping is not just for nicotine. I am increasingly envisioning a future wherein I will be assuring police officers that my vaporizer has marijuana in it and not nicotine so leave me alone.
[H3] Some people may veer away from certain kinds of meat because of something called Boar Taint Sensitivity.
[H4] I’m not quite this bad off, because I have a diminished rather than absent sense of smell, but I can sympathize.
[H5] Ian Leslie explains The Sugar Conspiracy, wherein scientists who were trying to raise the red flag about the dangers of sugar was ruined for it.
[H6] Coffee reorganizes the brain! Quick! Regulate it! I’ll bet the flavoring they put in it is just to addict children.
[F1] No, CT May is wrong. Ghostbusters really was a good film, and holds up pretty well.
[F2] When it comes to movies, businessmen are always the villains.
[F3] Orange and blue are the new black, at least when it comes to movie posters.
[F4] I’ve seen the first 45 minutes of Frost/Nixon five times (movie day substitute teaching), though I’ve not yet seen the second half. I wondered why @dick_nixon objected to it so since I thought the characterization of Nixon was on the whole kind of affectionate. Turns out, I needed to see the second half.
[F6] Introducing Y’allywood.