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 #178: Crime, Death, & Urban Living
Cities:[Ci1] Because people, I assume. They’re the worst, and cities are full of them.
[Ci2] It’s hard to build affordable housing because it’s not affordable. I definitely believe it to be the case that city mice are much more worried about inequality because there are a lot more zero-sum commodities. Like real estate.
[Ci3] Aaron David passes along this pretty cool story, of a guy who used 180,000 old photos of New York to greate a Googlemap.
[Ci4] Ryan Briggs talks about gentrification, and how rather than being a tool of integration may just be a shifting of segregated racial boundaries.
[Ci5] City Journal has an interesting look at how Christchurch (NZ) rebuilt itself after an earthquake.
[Ci6] Americans have a love affair with European cities, but in looking for inspiration a couple of urbanists say we should really be looking at Canada.
Crime:[Cr1] Former inmate looking for work? Applebee’s to the rescue. (Well, at least one franchise owner.)
[Cr4] Alan Pendergast tells the story of a fourteen year old’s false confession. If you haven’t seen it, this scene from Homicide, Life on the Street is spectacular. (It’s a ten minute interrogation to get a guy to confess to a murder that nobody believes he committed.)
[Cr5] “Is this for real?”
[Cr6] Via Oscar, a look into the lives of mass killers.
[Cr7] I mean, I guess I appreciate the thought and all, but… please don’t.
Economics:[Ec1] Walmart is lowering prices in Canada.
[Ec2] Tough times for the restaurant industry.
[Ec3] Oooh, free photo editing software.
[Ec4] Vintage Soviet cars for sale.
[Ec5] Wait now, who hated the VCR? (Other than the MPAA, of course.)
Education:[Ed1] The teacher shortage may be making a comeback.
[Ed2] I’m inclined to agree with Robert Pondiscio, here. I support as many alternative models to college as we can make work, and people should be cost-conscious, but that means being aware of the costs (tangible and intangible) of not going the traditional route.
[Ed3] Maybe instead of one student loan crisis, we have three. We seem intuitively aware that the main problem aren’t people graduating with $50,000 debts from quarter-elite private schools with degrees in puppetry, but that is what we talk about when we talk about the student loan debt problem. It might be worthwhile to go with “student loan debt problems.”
[Ed4] After School Satan. If I lived in Deseret, this would have an appeal! I do wish they would separate the trolly aspect from the more positive ones, though.
Health:[H1] The hysteria surrounding the prediabetes may be causing its own problems.
[H2] I have no doubt this is true. For women, it’s the difference between being assumed a doctor and being assumed a nurse.
[H3] So, flossing is out I guess.
[H4] Beware hookah! It’s like smoking 40 cigarettes! Actually, there is some cause for alarm here, though I find it funny that one area they are better than cigarettes is that they deliver less nicotine, and we’ve recently learned that nicotine is the only bad thing in cigarettes (because ecigarettes are “just as bad” as cigarettes, because both contain nicotine).
[H5] It’s become common knowledge that low-fat diets aren’t effective, but I still find myself gravitating towards low-fat foods because I am less likely to go hog-wild eating it.
[H6] Go ahead and pick your nose. Just be sure to eat it.
[H7] Scott Alexander looks at the relationship between Schizophrenia and smoking. It’s an open question as to whether therapeutic uses of nicotine will ever be acknowledged. When does science ever win in a science vs culture battle?