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: Crime & Sustenance
Crime:[Cr1] Like flesh-eating bacteria, brain-eating fungus will always sound like something scifi/horror to me.
[Cr2] You’d think if anyone would know what donut crumbs look like…
[Cr3] Tage Rai wants us to stop acting like mental illness causes mass shootings, on the basis that it’s unfair to the mentally ill.
[Cr4] In addition to being terrible, this story seems odd. What did she think would happen once he got out? I guess that he’d be too ashamed to say anything, or that nobody would believe him. And this one is less severe but way weirder.
[Cr5] This stands to reason, given that most people in the Witness Protection Program are themselves criminals.
Transportation:[Tr1] Bill Wirtz makes the case for rail privatization (for Europe).
[Tr2] This is going to be pretty great. I’ll be able to see the light change from the corner of my eyes that are glued to my smartphone.
[Tr3] It’s hard to overstate what an astoundingly terrible idea this is.
[Tr4] #BanCars. The argument makes sense, but good luck with that.
[Tr5] A look at ridesharing and why people can’t have nice things.
[Tr6] How insurance companies are charging minority neighborhoods more, despite similar risk profiles. The best explanation for this I’ve heard so far is that they target places where people do the least amount of comparison shopping. So a solution could be to add more transparency to that process. Auto insurance exchanges?
Food:[Fo1] It’s Popeye’s. I’m not sure what they’re complaining about?
[Fo2] Maybe Bill O’Reilly’s next book can be called Killing Applebees, which has the added benefit of letting him attack millennials.
[Fo3] The quick rise of pumpkin spice has been something to behold, though I remember the same thing with chipotle peppers going from something I’d never heard of to something on everything this side of ice cream.
[Fo4] This is how Macron loses to LePen in four years.
[Fo5] It is to our eternal shame that this wasn’t invented in the USA.
[Fo6] Gustavo Arellano writes of the death of the Nacho King, and what his life and timesmeans about cultural appropriation and food. I am skeptical of a lot of cultural appropriation, but especially when it comes to food.
Money:[Mo1] Jon Evans declares the startup era to be at an end.
[Mo2] It’s amazing how those nefarious schemers in the tobacco industry could ever have come up with such sneaky sales tactics as lower prices to increase sales.
[Mo3] Maybe conspicuous consumption deserves to be defended.
[Mo4] I feel about rent-to-own companies the way a lot of people feel about payday lenders. The existence of such a thing and how it has been implemented represents a failure of… something.
[Mo5] Mining jobs are dangerous, dirty, and underpaid. Worse yet, they may be going away.
[Mo6] I don’t expect China to overtake us any time soon, but if this is any indication of Chinese ingenuity, maybe I’m wrong.
Energy:[En1] A look at tidal power in Scotland.
[En2] This is important: Universal energy access possible by 2030.
[En4] Geothermal in Nevada!
[En5] Drill, Baby, Drill, because climate change mitigation won’t pay for itself.
[En6] A look at the psychology of onshore wind power. As someone who prefers Works of Man over Works of God, this is really lost on me. Wind farms are beautiful.