Linky Friday #196: Natural Law
[F2] Is Greek yogurt culturally problematic?
[F3] Locavores like local farmers more in theory than in practice. And also, want their exotic foods.
[F4] A new study suggests that high-fat foods could interfere with the executive function of adolescents.
[F5] I am definitely guilty of the “fear of being hungry” thing.
[O1] John Likely lost more than half of his body-weight… on fast food.
[O2] Elna Baker lost a lot of weight, but then had to deal with a different problem as a lot of excess skin was left behind.
[O3] Being fat sucks because being fat sucks. It also sucks because fat stigma sucks.
[O4] It absolutely did not work this way for me, but some research suggests that switching to ecigarettes may help prevent post-smoking weight gain! This is important primarily not because of the health implications of weight gain, but because weight gain is one of the things many would-be quitters are afraid of. (With reason: society might dislike smokers, but it hates fat people way more.)
[O5] Bad Santa!
[P1] India is looking towards natural gas, Australia may be turning away from wind, and in the US renewable-energy folks are hoping that they’ll extend the tax credits before everything comes crashing down in January.
[P4] Josh Kraushaar argues that Democrats need to find a better political balance between jobs and the environment. I… don’t know? I do think there might be some meta-issues going on here, and perhaps they could work on their delivery and maybe focus more on consequential environmentalism rather than the team-building sort, but there were definitely a lot of factors going into this election and given the stakes I can understand why that’s not one they might want to budge on.
[P6] It turns out that you can’t nuke a hurricane. Well, I mean you can, but the hurricane will win out.
[T1] Gondola! Gondola!
[T2] Meet the Wag Brigade, therapy animals for airports. Now featuring a pig!
[T3] Now you, too, can ride The Titanic.
[T5] United is going to start charging for overhead bin use. As someone who is tired of watching people bend the rules of carry-ons to breaking points to avoid checking fees, I’m not too sorry to see this. This, however, I’m very sorry to see. (Actually, I doubt the airlines will go for it, so I’m not super-duper worried.)
[W1] An anonymous academic laments a labor market that leaves people with a complete inability to have a family life and be a good scientist and keep work.
[W2] Noah Smith argues that UBI is a dead end because jobs matter in their own right.
[W3] Attention employers! Employees are apparently willing to take a 20% pay cut in order to know their schedule at least a week ahead of time.
[W4] Maybe trade and public policy really did significantly contribute to the decline of manufacturing employment.
[W5] Mark Carrigan’s thoughts on fame culture, fatalism, and our future in automation is worth reading.
[C1] An interesting look at whether the courts can declare environmentism a right (to oversimplify, greatly). This… makes me maybe not sorry that the Supreme Court isn’t about to shift.
[C2] If the purpose of copyright law is to promote the arts, Alex Tabarrok is quite right that retroactive copyrights for the dead make little sense.
[C3] Michael Jordan owns his name in China!
[C4] Do Sofia Vergara’s frozen embryos have standing to sue? I would love Burt to write a post on this, but my inclination is not and if the contract spelled out that both parents’ consent were needed to give life to the embryos, then you need both parents’ consent. But that is predicated on the notion that embryos don’t have standing, which I guess is the crux of the matter.