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Morning Ed: Health {2016.09.28.W}( 120 )

Hospitals are looking for slightly less unfriendly ways to get paid.

How the FDA makes the media bark like a dog.

Dr Lars Aanning was called to testify on the competence of his partner in medicine. He lied.

Carl Phillips says we ought not worry about the threatening letters the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are sending to researchers.

Maybe wellness programs are not such a good thing.

Here’s an interesting look at male-female obesity variations across the world.

So, did Big Sugar corrupt science in the Fat vs Carbs wars or didn’t they?


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Morning Ed: World {2016.09.27.T}( 49 )

Brits are now free to frack about the country.

Philip Johnston wishes Nigel Farage would stop telling him why he voted for Brexit.

Iain Martin says that Labour is done and makes a connection between Facebook and a prospective center-left political party in Britain. In a scene that might look familiar, Labourites are destroying their registration cards.

It’s only cool when Trump isn’t saying it.

MJ Lee explains the day she became an American citizen.

The National Post reports on the hidden law that is costing Canadians their citizenship.

Asian sweat-shops are miserable, dangerous, and low-paying. And worst of all, they may be going away.

I can kind of understand most of what Doctors Without Borders did here, but declining to pass Daesh’s message (which both sender and recipient wanted) seems… not right.


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Morning Ed: Money {2016.09.26.M}( 61 )

This makes sense: Credit card companies have to walk a line between those who pay everything on time (bad!) and those who don’t pay at all (bad!)

Hooray! The elephant chart is dead!

More, please. I find myself incredibly frustrated that Sheetz doesn’t have this option on their app. Around here, they’re everywhere on the way to everywhere, and would be very convenient to pick something up on the way back.

Alex Knapp looks at what Garmin has done to avoid being left behind by the transition away from standalone GPS devices.

Nir Eyal wants to know if businesses have a responsibility to avoid consumer addiction. Using… q-tips as an example.

Nicole Nguyen has tried out the headphone-jackless iPhone and finds… it’s not such a big deal.

HP put a poison pill in one of its firmware updates, and soon a lot of third-party ink cartridges are about to stop working. And since they did this a while ago, there’s not much you can do about it.

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Linky Friday #185: Boys & Girls( 100 )


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[C1] The Guardian has a piece on our broken public defender system.

[C2] While I don’t worry so much that police will target parents who change diapers, I do worry that this is a convenient charge – or more likely a threat of a charge in service of a plea bargain – for someone they want to arrest for other reasons.

[C3] I… yeep.

[C4] Nerdiest bandit ever.

[C5] Be careful what you write in prison, because they might not let you read it.


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[Fm1] RJ Moeller takes issue with the “wait until you’re 30 to get married” advice. In the piece responded to, it’s hard to tell what was serious and what was more tongue-in-cheek.

[Fm2] David Lapp writes on the legacy of divorce.

[Fm3] Laurie DeRose writes of the increasing costs of cohabitation. Alysse Elhace explains why she’s not going to.

[Fm4] Should we be doing more in the way of paternity testing?

[Fm5] Mail order brides are still a thing.

[Fm6] Ahhh, the wisdom of fathers. Or parents more generally. It’s really kind of frustrating to grow up and realize how right they were and wrong you were.


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[G1] This corresponds with what I’ve heard pretty regularly: There are sex differences, even when there aren’t sex differences.

[G2] Is excessive regulation of daycare hurting women in the workplace?

[G3] Amanda Kolson Hurley says it’s okay for women to take their spouse’s name.

[G4] It’s not too surprising that people respond different between cleavage and public breastfeeding, but the attitude towards the latter is disappointing.

[G5] Women and Children First is something of a myth. The Titanic, however, remains the noble exception.


[D1] This is probably a more productive speech than the “Men are dogs. Seriously. Trust none of them.” But really, kind of dogs.

[D2] Tyler Cowen reports that assortive mating is on the rise, returning to Gilded Age levels, and that it’s contributing to inequality. Notably, though, it peaked in 1980 before falling and only recently has starting inching back up.

[D3] If you think that alpha males and hypergamy are a problem today, it was way worse 8,000 years ago.

[D4] How being nice can sabotage your dating life.

[D5] Vice looks at the dating scene of Asian Men and Black Women.


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[H1] Razib Khan is not impressed with physicians who want to withhold genetic testing from patients (and parents) that want them.

[H2] Britt Berrett takes aim at freestanding emergency rooms.

[H3] If these policies had been in place at the outset, I’d likely still be smoking. {More}

[H4] Women in the US are twice as likely as Canadians to die from pregnancy and childbirth.

[H5] I’ve linkied some bad news regarding the adoption of EMR, but here is some good news.

[H6] Gah!


[Fn1] Heeled shoes were intended to be an instrument of war, so how did they end up on women’s feet?

[Fn2] Anne Ishi looks at the enduring influence of Japan on American fashion.

[Fn3] Samuel Hammond writes a spirited defense of status competitions.

[Fn4] An interesting look at the relationship between tuberculosis and Victorian fashion.

[Fn5] Rebecca Willis argues that we’re wearing too many words.

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Morning Ed: Europe {2016.09.22.Th}( 40 )

French border measures are keeping in Italy refugees who want to be in England.

It’s like the draft, except for politics.

Walter Ellis explains how both Remainers and Leavers are self-deluded liars.

Iain Martin says his goodbye to Nigel Farage, one of the most influential politicians this century.

Owen Smith has stepped into his own Basket of Deplorables.

The Liberal Democrats do not appear to be positioning themselves to take advantage of this opportunity.

Even angels must reckon with popular opinion.

England might resent the City of London, but Nicolas Veron says that it’s about to find out how much its fates are linked.

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Morning Ed: Society (2016.09.21.W}( 101 )

Almost, North Dakota State. Almost. (The cool thing about NDSU’s success is that a little more than ten years ago, they were in Division II. Now they’re 5-0 against the top tier.

I do sort of understand this, but it’s such a great song. It was kind of weird when former Bare Naked Lady dude sang it at former New Democratic Party leader’s funeral service, though. But it did kind of work.

Ura Mulally wants to know why parents put pictures of their kids on Facebook.

Rachel Lu argues that we no longer see children as regular people, and wonders when we might do so again.

The veil of ignorance, from front and back.

A look at Microsoft’s attempts at employing the autistic.

On the rise of Japanese virginity.

When I was a youngster, the video games were much more difficult than for you spoiled kids. Contra was actually unusually difficult. One of the things I remember from it was that it was one of very few where two players could work together simultaneous. Ikari Warriors was another one. What others?

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Morning Ed: The Americas {2019.09.20.T}( 127 )

Migration in motion.

Frank A DeFilippo says that while Trump and Clinton debate what to do about immigrants, the Mexican government considers us its workplace.

This is what assimilation looks like.

Homicide rates are on the decline outside of Latin America. Unfortunately, Latin America is a big exception.

Dave Sewell argues that too many people are blaming socialism, and not capitalism, for the fall of Venezuela. Jay Jacobs of Global X, though, argues that Latin America as a whole is resurgent and explains the reasons.

Michael Brendan Dougherty has a field guide to the GOP’s complicated relationship with Putin.

Gun ownership appears to be on the rise in the US, after a steady decline.

Ugh. I have everything backed up in three places, but very little off-site. So a fire is pretty much my only vulnerability.

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Morning Ed: Creatures {2016.09.19.M}( 48 )

If these suckers ever get opposable thumbs, we should simply step aside and assure a smooth and orderly transition of power to our new catfish overlords, because we’re doomed.

Relatedly, I think we need to know exactly what they are saying. This could be critically important.

Good heavens, will the threats never end?! Dang, crows are smart. But then, we already knew that.

And beware the raven, for it may beware of you.

Bison, it turns out, have a democratic streak.

Introducing the tortoise who got around.

Speed dating: For bunnies!

This, on the other hand, will end badly.

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Linky Friday #184: Here On Planet Earth( 203 )


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[J1] The weird world of Japanese house addresses.

[J2] So it’s apparently a thing in Japan where 20 and 30 year old men are being adopted so that they can take over a family business.

[J3] In Japan, a cup of coffee and a little bit of peace and quiet.

[J4] Legos… with a twist. These are pretty cool.

[J5] Here is some Japanese slang that might confuse us.

[J6] These monsters don’t seem very scary.


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[A1] From the annals of “People are awful.” But! Here’s one survivor’s story. Good work, Oklahoma!

[A2] An interesting look at what Africa might look like without colonization.

[A3] Cattle herding has been traced back to Africa.

[A4] Stephanie Slade interviews some academics on the adverse effect of the Conflict Minerals provision of Dodd-Frank. I previously linked to a lecture by Laura Seay on the matter.


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[N1] While it’s true things are nice in Denmark, in Tyler Cowen’s estimation Danish-Americans have it ever nicer.

[N2] Norwegians are all about ghost-hunting.

[N3] Norway, it turns out, is hell.

[N4] Max Ehrenfreund explains how Scandanavians got so tall.

[N5] Scandinavia, the home of statist individualism

[N6] Estonia… the Hong Kong of Europe?


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[I1] These are some pretty awesome facts and photographs on Antarctica.

[I2] California City: The largest city never built. Not too far away from that is the Kingdom of Calsahara and its despotic leader.

[I3] Between 1975 and 2007, the Prime Minister of Australia changed hands a total of four times. Since 2007, it’s changed hands five. If this is the sort of story that interests you, here’s a series of videos outlining the united rise and divided fall of two of them.

[I4] Videos: Ghost cities of Ireland.

[I5] A story of shipwrecked sailors and slaves.


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Image by BioDivLibrary Linky Friday #184: Here On Planet Earth

[H1] What the Jurassic World may have really looked like.

[H2] Six rulers, six very rude nicknames. I’m not sure if my favorite is James the S**t or Ivaylo the Cabbage.

[H3] Before there was World War I, was there World War Zero?

[H4] “It isn’t really a question of whether African American babies were used as alligator bait, but the question is how frequent was the practice?”

[H5] Clive Thompson writes of the history of the infographic. Also, mysterious medieval maps.


[S1] Gynecological Gymnastics… from Outer Space.

[S2] Eric Betz argues that we need to be taking a trip to the ice giants while Sara Seager looks at the hunt for other life.

[S3] Food… in space! What does it taste like?

[S4] Warp drive! Warp drive!

[S5] We must go to the moon Titan, so that we can extract its oil.

[S6] A cool look on how we’re going to armor ourselves for invading Jupiter.

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Morning Ed: Europe {2016.09.15.Th}( 123 )

In light of encouraging data, some economists are upgrading their British economy forecasts, possibly negating the expected Brexit recession.

Meanwhile, Britain is trying to figure how science goes forward in a Brexit future. Meanwhile, the EU is issuing warnings to companies that might want to trade with Britain.

Some eastern Europeans may be getting antsy. They want an EU Army.

As the National Front reaches out to Russia, Nicolas Bouzou wonders what’s going on with France?

On the one hand, I think this article makes a good point about shaming overdoses, but the imagery of this is actually very important. It’s not about the parents. (We can probably do without the names and mug shots, though.)

That’s a lot of protesters.

The planned reboot of the Austrian presidential election has been delayed.

Redistricting, British style. It’s interesting to hear conservatives complain about distortions (and, for that matter, that apparently they don’t have regular update like we do).

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.09.14.W}( 332 )

An interesting look at partisan news consumption, which is not nearly as bifurcated as we think.

Adage looks at advertising and how Trump could win. (No, not buying it.)

Rethink your life choices.

Stop trying to get me to like Barack Obama it’s not going to work.

Foreign Policy recently ran a piece on Moscow’s concerns with Hillary Clinton, and they’re not backing down from it.

Hey, Politico, can’t this conversation wait until after the election?

The limits of black loyalty to the Democratic Party. Sure would be cool if another party was courting them.

Bill Gertz takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s decision to turn away a high-level Chinese defector.

American Indians appear to exist disproportionately outside partisan alignment. On the other hand, you can explain some of the conspicuous blue counties in the rural west by the existence of reservations there.

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Morning Ed: Science {2016.09.13.T}( 31 )

From Jaybird, a guide to avoiding cognitive bias.

“A popular view in philosophy of science contends that scientific reasoning is objective to the extent that the appraisal of scientific hypotheses is not influenced by moral, political, economic, or social values, but only by the available evidence. A large body of results in the psychology of motivated-reasoning has put pressure on the empirical adequacy of this view.”

A look at our internal sperm factories, and the mystery of why men find ovulating women more attractive.

Philip Cohen writes of pornography and our broken peer review system.

Well, I guess humans would need bumpers, more or less.

Ahmed Alkateeb argues that we’re lending too much credibility to scientific results that haven’t been repeated.

In 2014, Mark Carrington discussed the insurgence of data science and the methodological genocide in represents.

A neuroscientist writes of all we don’t know about the brain.

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit (PDF)

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.09.12.M}( 277 )

Jordan Ecarma explains how How I Met Your Mother is a show about dads.

Oh, man, I remember this feeling well.

David Neiman looks at how Seattle killed affordable housing, and Sean Keeley at its segregated-integration problem. {Links via Oscar}

Cartoonist Dean Haspiel says “Don’t move to Brooklyn.” (It’s actually a minor part of a longer conversation, but of course it’s the part that caught my interest.)

Oh, man.

Seth Mnookin makes the case against shaming overdosed adults, which, on the one hand, I understand. On the other hand, visuals like this are important.

Erik Piepenburg writes of the veggie burger’s ascent. When well done, some meatless burgers (usually involving black beans) are surprisingly good, even to this very carnivorous omnivore.

I doubt “plain packaging” for soft drinks ever comes to pass, but I give advocates points for consistency and demonstrating how yesterday’s strawman is tomorrow’s public health advocate.

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Linky Friday #183: Downtown( 308 )


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[Ci1] The Fall of Detroit.

[Ci2] There are more African-Americans in Idaho than there are non-college degreed whites in Washington DC.

[Ci3] That folks are leaving California and New York isn’t news, but where they (and people leaving Nebraska, Maine, and everwhere) is quite interesting.

[Ci4] Eve Tushnet looks at the right to face your judge.

[Ci5] Attention Kim! Paul Graham explains how to make Pittsburgh a startup hub.


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[Cr1] Lawyers using Craigslist to find clients may want to be careful. As for the masterminds, this seems like one of those “If you put as much effort into working as thieving and scamming…”

[Cr2] We might do better in the next cyber-war if we were willing to recruit programmers who also like to smoke pot. I remember my employer in Deseret that literally couldn’t wrap its head around the notion that the random drug testing policy imperiled the employment of our best developer.

[Cr3] Relatedly: It’s a trap!

[Cr4] John Robb talks of the terrorism tax that may be hitting Europe right now.

[Cr5] The Fall of Elizabeth Holmes. Done in, perhaps, by a single quote: “[A] chemistry is performed so that a chemical reaction occurs and generates a signal from the chemical interaction with the sample, which is translated into a result, which is then reviewed by certified laboratory personnel.”

[Cr6] This Clowns of Carolina story is getting out of control. It turns out, though, we’ve been here before.


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[T1] Ryan Miller writes of the spontaneous order of Waze (and Uber and…).

[T2] Abstractly, it would be sad to see OpenOffice go. Realistically, though, I jumped off the fence and committed to LibreOffice a long time ago and one makes the other mostly redundant.

[T3] On the one hand, I chuckle at iPhone users freaking out over the loss of the headphone jack. I’ve been without one before, and it’s really not the end of the world. Even if you don’t like Bluetooth, adapters are pretty simple (hint: keep it affixed to the headphones.). On the other hand, plan on using my current phone indefinitely because I’m addicted to removable batteries.

[T4] Maybe AI just isn’t going to happen.


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Image by Photos by Mavis Linky Friday #183: Downtown

[E1] It turns out young people don’t hate taking care of babies as much as anticipated?

[E2] A new program to cut down on truancy using washing machines.

[E3] #BanSummerVacation

[E4] From Jaybird: Outliers.

[E5] From Saul Degraw: The Chronicle of Higher Ed has the low-down on the Long Island University labor conflict.


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[S1] Iowa State’s president is on record being skeptical of bringing Houston into the conference, while it’s student government opposes bringing in BYU.

[S2] While all eyes are on the Big 12, as far as college football expansion goes, the Mountain West Conference’s commissioner is making noise about Texas. Given that they passed on UTEP and Rice earlier in the year, I suspect this might be aimed at AAC programs left behind by Big 12 expansion.

[S3] Meanwhile, football teams have a lot of players, and they eat a lot.

[S4] What’s up with all these freshman quarterbacks rockin’ the houses nationwide? Turns out, there may be something up about that.

[S5] Hero!

[S6] Victor! Thwarted! Revolution! Thwarted?


Soviet vision of the future in the 1930's.

Soviet vision of the future in the 1930’s.

[Tr1] Roomba, but for delivering the mail!

[Tr2] Fredrick Kunkle argues that Union and Management deserve one another at Metro. {via Kolohe}

[Tr3] Baltimore and Washington might be connected by High Speed Rail soon.

[Tr4] So yeah, this is pretty awesome. Though when it talks about more space, I assume it means “more places to cram people.”

[Tr5] How Google is approaching the trolly problem for its self-driving cars.

[Tr6] Maybe it’s time to move past self-driving cars to self-driving living rooms. As with just about anything, implementation of a radical redesign (from public transportation to cars, cars back to public transportation, and both to this) are going to be rather difficult to implement.

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Morning Ed: World Politics {2016.09.08.Th}( 217 )

Michael Brendan Dougherty has sympathy for the devil. In this case, Anthony Weiner.

Anoosh Chakelian looks at Labour trouble in the Welsh Heartlands.

A glance at the link between Trumpism and (paleo)libertarianism.

It’s a tragedy what’s happening in Venezuela, but it’s not necessarily all bad.

Mick Moran argues that while economists are re-evaluating things after the financial crisis, political science isn’t re-evaluating anything.

We might think that we’re basically two different societies living in two media echo chambers, but it’s not quite as simple as that.

Calling all Nathan Johnsons! Have we got the job opportunity for you!

Behold, the power of the monarchy!

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Morning Ed: Amazing {2016.09.07.W}( 20 )

I’m pretty sure this is a superhero origin story. This is certainly a super villain one.

Aaaaaaand glowing mice.

I’m pretty sure this was a movie starring Jeff Fahey, except that the arm was evil in the movie. (Seriously, though, interesting story.)

Give a girl a new arm in no time flat!

Also, new body? This will be limited by the number of available body donors, but man. Did anybody see that 80’s made-for-TV movie about the brain transplant?

This, too.

Boy, this is a tough one. On the one hand, I am a fan of cyborgia. On the other hand, I don’t like tattoos.

My. Hero.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.09.06.T}( 126 )

It seems to me the causality on this may run the other way. But I could be wrong. (Or wrongness might become me.)

I dunno. We may not be China, I don’t think I would bet against American loneliness.

The only posters I had in my dorm were anime scrolls. Compared to many of my peers, there was not a whole lot of sex had underneath them.

Comic books are a business and so it’s not surprising that creators were often screwed in their (often ambiguous) contracts, but it’s interesting how often artists in particular were screwed, sometimes in favor of “writers.”

It’s all fun and games until you get retweeted by a celebrity.

Shannon Chamberlain lost some serious weight, but don’t compliment her on it.

Remember when shopping malls were worth loving and/or hating?

The case against queues.

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Morning Ed: Labor {2016.09.05}( 32 )

To ensure it’s future, the owner of a car restorer turned his ownership stake over to his employees.

How the Soviets achieved full employment.

Hamilton Nolan reports that fidgeters don’t need standing desks.

It used to be believed that ringing a bell in a storm would disperse thunder, and so people died doing it.

The New Yorker has a good article on immigrant caregivers and the personal costs of the care they provide.

At Cracked, Michael Hossey gives seven weird and dispiriting ways that companies screw their workers.

Ryan Avent looks at why we work so hard, and says that Marx has a point.

It’s good to be an American worker.

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Linky Friday #182: The Everything( 88 )


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[Sc1] Here’s an interesting study on rats and empathy, which discovered that rates will forgo chocolate to save a drowning comrade.

[Sc2] Everything you may have wanted to know about chasing gravitational waves.

[Sc3] Geoff Watts looks at the rational and irrational fears of radiation.

[Sc4] I could be wrong, but it sort of seems to me that planets like these are too precarious to harbor advanced life. The margin-of-error being kind of small for the millions of years of evolution that would be needed.

[Sc5] Better space exploration through chemistry.

[Sc6] Nature.com has a solid list of science myths that won’t die.


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[B1] In addition to not saving money, cancer screening may not reduce overall mortality.

[B2] Most addicts – at least unpoor ones, simply grow out of doing drugs.

[B3] Given the sanitation issues, is there a reason why we don’t brush our teeth in the kitchen?

[B4] It’s no coincidence that top competitive eaters are skinny. The lack of fat gives them more room for food.

[B5] The rise and fall of Quaaludes

[B6] The effects of caffeine on the brain.


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[M1] When consuming an audiobook, your brain does mostly the same things as when reading, depending on what you’re consuming. This tracks with my own experience, where the meatier something is the better it is in text. But the difference is overestimated by some.

[M2] Scott Barry Kaufman argues that neurosis and creativity aren’t linked.

[M3] Why do we believe the viral myths we believe? Because they have the right heroes and villains.

[M4] This makes sense: There is an important distinction between resilience and endurance.

[M5] Here’s a fascinating look at visual stereotyping of people’s face. What I find interesting is when my mind draws connections between people who don’t look alike in describable features, but nonetheless make that connection.

[M6] Gabrielle Oettingen on the powerlessness of yes, and Tim Harford on the power of no.


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[So1] Linked: Cleanliness, neuroticism, and God.

[So2] Mormons and boy scouts (there is some overlap) say… Be Prepared.

[So3] Mark Naugle is an atheist attorney who helps Mormons resign from the LDS Church. Also, a story of conversion to and from the LDS Church.

[So4] Phil Zuckerman looks at our hatred of atheists.

[So5] Causality is always murky on these things, of course, but religious service attendance correlates with lower suicide rates.

[So6] A story of crime and bigotry.


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[E1] So as the oceans rise, who gets saved? NASA says we may be needing to say our goodbyes to Louisiana and Galveston.

[E2] Stop trying to get me to like the Secretary of Energy, it’s not going to work.

[E3] As if there wasn’t enough reason to hate Monsanto, they’re working to save bees.

[E4] For the sake of wildlife conservation, folks are burning ivory. Wolf Krug explains that might not be a good idea.

[E5] I’m inclined to agree… these are plants we can probably do without.

[E6] We developed TCP/IP… ants discovered TCP/IP.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.09.01.Th}( 215 )

On the future of Islam and modernity, this is a very depressing read. Cracked’s Robert Evans read every every issue of Daesh’s magazine, and reports seven things he learned.

Critics of Brexit are going to have to find a new taunt, because Scotland isn’t going anywhere.

Walter Ellis was against the Brexit, and is a little bitter about it, but he’s ready to talk moving forward.

Meanwhile, the French are less than pleased.

But how does it taste?

Texas might be the Norwegian slang for “crazy”, but Norway may be the Florida of Europe.

The story of two Canadians switched at birth, forty years later.

Attempts to defend the Burkini Ban fall flat for a number of reasons, but this is probably chief among them.

Oh no! federally-subsidized lesbian farmers in Dixie? Vote Trump!

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.08.30.W}( 59 )

New York Times Magazine peered into the (now-defunct, I guess) Facebook newsroom.

Though ostensibly about getting to know Trump supporters in Louisiana, this story is more interesting looking at a conservative woman watching the sea change around her.

But will he campaign for her?

Hillary Clinton has been finding her voice since 1993. How many times are we going to hear about how they’ve decided to Let Hillary Be Hillary?

We have entered The Era of Bad Feelings.

Conservatives are still reeling over Rush’s inadvertent reveal this week. I get what hy people are angry (I was, but am past it now), but the future of the GOP is unclear, but the more boosters who orphan Trump, the better.

Alice Speri has a good article on the stakes of a Louisiana lawsuit on prisoner air conditioning. I don’t know whether it reaches the level of “cruel and unusual” but having the ability to provide air conditioning and not doing it (and especially spending more money to not do it than it would cost to do it) is inhumane.

CBM’s call to conservatives is well worth a read.

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Morning Ed: Cities {2016.08.30.T}( 51 )

David Duke discusses the inherent conservatism of New York City.

Conor Sen argues that we shouldn’t worry about the affordability of New York, because their loss is Atlanta’s gain.

Even techies are being priced out of San Francisco, as well as startups, perhaps contributing to the rise of startups elsewhere.

Maybe the “Twitter tax break” will help.

Dianna Douglas asks why people don’t come back after their public housing is bulldozed.

Michael Lind reports that intellectuals are freaks, and the disconnect between cosmopolitans and paranoid populists is troublesome. Ironically, in Lind’s dynamic, Saul is on the populists’ side and I am on the cosmopolitans. Sort of.

Urban Kchoze compares American and Japanese land-use regulations in a really helpful manner. It definitely appears to be a manner of how regulation works rather than its existence or lack thereof.

Weird. It turns out that coming from money helps you adult in Brooklyn.

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Morning Ed Society {2016.08.29.M}( 120 )

From Jaybird: Yet Another Article That Doesn’t Make The Point It Thinks It’s Making. It’s about someone who quits drinking. She happens to be female.

Matthew Walther attended the Ark Encounter museum in Cincinnati, and has some nitpicks. He previously attended and did a write-up on Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting course.

How chimpanzees work together and deal with freeloaders within their social apparatus.

Clay Travis is gonna Clay Travis, and the jury is still out on what we should think of the LochteMess Nonstarter, but he is not wrong about the divergence between ESPN and its viewers.

Well, this is one way to keep tabs on your players.

Less than clear: How much should we penalize movies for the (alleged) sins of their creators? As has been pointed out, Roman Polanski skilled the country for child rape, and won film awards abroad.

As Chandler said in Friends, “It’s soap! It’s self-cleaning!”

Doobadoobadoobadoobadoobadoobadoobadooba BATMAN!

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Linky Friday #181: Bull’s IQ( 68 )

Latin America:

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[LA1] That’s definitely a Hell of an amusement park!

[LA2] A 2,000 square foot house, built as a cave under ground.

[LA3] Tough times for some of the endangered tribes of Brazil.

[LA4] Written in 2014, this rundown on John McAfee’s adventures in Belize is some interesting reading.


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[C1] Walmart’s cutting corners and police departments are having to pick up the slack.

[C2] In Revolutionary France, going to prison was cool because it meant you weren’t a rat.

[C3] This seems significant.

[C4] How bad exactly does food have to be in prison for ramen to become a luxury item? (Though actually, a little Ramen sounds good right about now. I’ll have to add it to the shopping list.)

[C5] Unsurprisingly, Reason’s Steve Chapman is not a fan of the burkini ban, though Nervana argues that it’s more about giving women the right not to wear one free from the social issues. Whatever the case, a problem with such laws is that they gotta be enforced.


[M1] Mother Jones spent $350,000 on a prison report that may be responsible for a change in federal policy. They only made $5,000 in ads off the ads.

[M2] Joining some other sites, NPR is getting rid of comments. It seems weird that places like NPR ever had them. The larger a site gets, the more that a sense of community is required to keep things from going crazy. Despite our (and your) periodic frustrations, we do have that here. I don’t think a news outlet can, for very long.

[M3] Jay From Brooklyn’s post on Pro-Trump reporter behavior is a good and important read. The plausible deniability is going to come in important later.

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[M4] Skye Cooley argues that Louisiana is getting less attention this time around because it has its communal act together.

[M5] Simon Dumenco argues that Gawker died of autoerotic asphyxiation, while Sonny Bunch speaks of gawker employees and monsters of history and how they come to terms.

[M6] Keepin’ an eye on the clickbait clusters.


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[E1] Student protests may be hitting their university bank accounts, as alumni donors feel alienated. {More}

[E2] It’s come to this. Sigh.

[E3] “Richard Weissbourd, a child psychologist and Harvard lecturer who has studied the admissions process in the interest of reforming it, recalled speaking with wealthy parents who had bought an orphanage in Botswana so their children could have a project to write and talk about. He later became aware of other parents who had bought an AIDS clinic in a similarly poor country for the same reason.” -NYT
(via Jaybird)

[E4] Public School Review compiles a list of the most diverse schools and states with the most diverse schools.

[E5] Before they loudly ban the laptop, professors should perhaps consider the disabled.

[E6] According to some, if you’re Jewish and off to university, prepare for anti-semitism.


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[L1] How to go about firing people.

[L2] I was sent this from Greg, and the gender gap in physician payment. From up close… it’s really rather difficult to detangle what might be sexism and what might be professional decisions on the part of women. There were some very high-paying jobs that my wife could have applied for, but didn’t because it wasn’t the sort of practice she wanted to have, but the vibe we got was that they weren’t looking for (birthing-age) women anyway.

[L3] JT O’Donnell looks at three reasons 43 year old white men think they’re more qualified than their boss.

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[L4] A GM plant in Tennessee has voted to unionize – almost unanimously.

[L5] I have a friend who is a voice actor. He’s paid more for ten seconds of instructional audio than for being in an anime production. You can probably guess as to why this would be the case. So yeah, I could expect being a sponsored content writer to be both more lucrative and less satisfying than writing what Jacob Silverman wants to write. I sort of expect those geniuses who make fast food fries get paid a lot more than most photographers.

[L6] This is a pretty amazing interactive map of what jobs are where for just about anywhere.

[L7] Turns out, it’s a bad idea to hire toxic people.

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.08.25.Th}( 157 )

I expect this sort of thing from someone out west, or maybe New Hampshire, but not Maryland.

Americans may not be as accepting of interracial marriage as they think.

Oh, man. You never read these stories about cats.

Alana Samuels looks at struggling northeastern suburbs (and small cities) as people move southward and to cities.

A new survey sheds some light on how people in poverty and outside of poverty view poverty and the government’s response to it.

She wasn’t crazy after all…

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Morning Ed: The Planet {2016.08.24.W}( 96 )

There are apparently plans to make Chernobyl a different kind of energy hub.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wants Britain to spearhead a new nuclear revolution.

NASA reports that as a biproduct of climate change, the arctic waterways are opening up.

If a solution waits around long enough, it will find a problem with which it may associate. This was actually a commonly-held view when I was growing up, though back then it was attached to a different problem. {Counterpoint}

Noah Berlatsky explains how our love of drama may be leaving us vulnerable to natural disasters.

In The New Atlantis, Jacob Hoerger writes of light pollution and what it’s doing to our views of the stars.

Woohoo! Make our coastlines industrial again!

The dazzling, worrying lakes in Antarctica.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.08.23.T}( 62 )

Ben Domenech (I assume) says that Republicans should be worried about the rise of Democratic Tories. You know, if I do end up switching sides when all is said and done, “Tory Democrat” will be a great self-description.

Why (some) veterans are sticking with Trump.

Of course he did.

YouGov has an interesting poll on why Labour voters are leaving Labour. The Brexit plays a pretty minor role. Corbyn plays a major one.

Speaking of Brexit, the sky did not fall on Britain it turns out. Or the EU, it appears, though the attitudes expressed by its leaders may be greater cause for concern than Britain’s actions. {First link via Aaron David}

It’s not just Trump. There’s something going on.

As Germany’s mainstream right wants facial recognition at transportation depots, it’s hard-right wants to bear arms.

Even angels need to worry about re-election.

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Morning Ed: Olympics {2016.08.22.M}( 24 )

Chiereka Ukogu didn’t win the silver, but thanks to a goof-up by Snoop Dogg she became a star and her inspirational story went viral.

Sarah Brown didn’t make it to the Olympics because she didn’t qualify because she had other priorities.

After an excessive celebration penalty that cost them the game, the Mongolians stripped.

I had a hard time getting too excited about that green pool because I was raised near swamps and thought water was naturally brown until I was 8 or so.

Occupy Rio made their move, pointing out that maybe instead of the Olympics they could have better schools and such. It seems to me that if the Olympics is a good deal for anybody, it’s for rising cities on the move and not already-great cities like Rio.

Tentatively, this seems kind of cool, though I suppose it’s possible there’s an argument that he should go wherever he can get the most money and then pump the money into the local economy himself.

You gotta give Abe points for style.

Because the US boycotted the 1980 Olympics, they had to improvise the closing ceremony where they were supposed to “pass the baton” to the US (which hosted the 1984 Olympics).

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Morning Ed: Vaping {2016.08.21.Su}( 5 )

“High prevalence of cough/phlegm (43.1%) and shortness of breath (34.8%) was reported at baseline with substantial reduction in their frequency at subsequent follow-up visits. These symptoms virtually disappeared very quickly in both quitters and reducers. Smokers invited to switch to electronic cigarettes who completely abstained from smoking showed steady progressive improvements in their FEF25-75% Normalization of peripheral airways function was associated with improvement in respiratory symptoms, adding to the notion that abstaining from smoking can reverse tobacco harm in the lung.”

Whenever I find myself thinking “They can’t keep up this misinformation campaign forever,” I think of smokeless tobacco and remember that they can. Welp, if worse comes to worse maybe I’ll be able to just get my nicotine from China. That’s less bad than some alternatives, though the government itself has kind of determined that it doesn’t really matter anyway.

It’s gotten to the point that I become actually floored when an article explores the health implications of vaping in a relatively fair and two-sided manner.

At Cancer Research UK, Nikki Smith took the media to task for its misleading reportage on ecigarettes, and Prof Lynn T Kozlowski tells parents whether they should worry about their vaping teenagers.

Andrew Stuttaford argues that with regard to Snus, anti-tobacco advocates are putting purity and dogma before safety and science. What’s particularly frustrating about some of these prohibitions is that they prevent companies from advertising their product for what we want people to use it for: smoking cessation.

Michael Siegel points to an encouraging study on ecigarettes. So far the data has been surprising (to me) less encouraging than I had hoped, leaving me a bit dumbfounded. It worked for me and I want it to work for everyone. The public health community is doing what it can to make sure that it will help as few people as possible.

Halo, a producer of ecigarettes, has a pretty great piece on vaping etiquette. The vaping community needs more of this.

Julia Belluz looks at the evidence we do and do not have surrounding ecigarettes, and the different approaches between the US and UK.

With nicotine and even tobacco as with sex, preaching abstinence may not always be the best policy.

{Ed Note: Because my interest in these issues far outweigh most of the readership’s, links to articles on vaping can sit in the queue for a while. So some of these are… not new, even by ITW standards.}

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Linky Friday #180: The Liberal Arts( 250 )


[L1] We clarify misunderstandings every 90 seconds.

[L2] The psychology of online bullying and trolling… written in 1847. Also, how to avoid being a creep on Twitter.

[L3] Language biases we don’t realize we have.

[L4] From Oscar Gordon: John McWhorter explains the weirdness of English.

[L5] Sarcasm is the best thing about the Internet.

[L6] Here’s an interview with a language inventor.


[M1] Chloe Angyal has a good piece about the stultification of the country music man.

[M2] Mene Ukueberuwa writes of millenials, love, and opera.

[M3] Remember Take That? I only remember that one song, and here’s why I pretty much only have that one song to remember them by.

[M4] Meghan Neal wonders why we are satisfied listening to music in two dimensions. I can already feel myself being something of a fuddy-duddy, unenthused about video (much less audio) moving to the third dimension.

[M5] Scream! To Primal Music!


[F1] Will Sloan at Hazlitt looks at movie novelization and its struggles. In high school I did a book report on the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey novelization. Hadn’t seen the movie.

[F2] I thought that everybody knew that Disney ripped off the Lion King?

[F3] This look back on Gargoyles makes me want to go back and watch all of it again from start to finish. Preferably through the eyes of a teenager or pre-teen, but even as an adult.

[F4] Alan Sepinwall ranks NYPD Blue characters. I’m glad to see that someone else liked (pre-drama) Kirkendall as much as I did. Charlotte should be at the bottom, though. Good list, though.

[F5] Does anyone else remember Marvel’s New Universe?


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[C1] Miguel Monjardino makes the case for Thucydides and why studying him remains important. The History of the Peloponnesian War was, without a doubt, my favorite classical assigned text.

[C2] Mary McGinley objects to giving the Moby Dick audiobook a British accent, and makes some pretty good points. I’m not clear why the world needs another audio Moby Dick, though.

[C3] Austin Gilkeson argues that Aragon’s claim to the throne was illegitimate. Oooh, and annotated map of Middle-earth!

[C4] The enduring influence of Alice in Wonderland in the world of video games.

[C5] Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, revisited.


[H1] The interesting history of George and Martha Washington.

[H2] Michael Hoffman has a couple pieces on the Meiji era of Japan (1868-1912), the second of which talks of their interest and fascination with the US. Also, check out this awesome nine minute video of the history of Japan.

[H3] The truth of Dr Strangelove.

[H4] Ethan Siegel explains how we stopped Hitler’s atomic bomb.

[H5] Jason Sorens explains how Greece became rich… when it was rich, anyway.

[H6] It appears maybe humans arrived in the Americans by boat.


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[T1] So humanity becomes redundant at this point, right?

[T2] I’m pretty sure this is a superhero origin story, while this sounds like a superhero death story.

[T3] Via Aaron David, the Faraday Cage for live conversation. Yeah, totally illegal in the US, but I don’t know about Britain.

[T4] Shape-shifting, amphibious drones! Actually, that’s just an application for a developed composite material that can go from sturdy to shape-shifty back to sturdy relatively easily.

[T5] Here’s what a 1987 iPhone might have looked like.Image by FelineNoir.com Linky Friday #180: The Liberal Arts

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.08.18.Th}( 223 )

Robert Evans interviews an internment camp survivor.

Jeremy Willinger argues that maybe we don’t need a “conversation” about race. (Which is probably good if so, because Charles Barkley’s latest project aside, I don’t think we’re getting a real one.)

Come on, man, there’s no reason to be mean to the cat. But seriously, what’s going on with Nebraska and cats?

This would have been an interesting experiment to run in 2012. Or 2008. Or 2004. In 2016… meh.

Remember Juanita Broaddrick?

Here’s the thing, I am not big on McMansions but I like most of these houses. Does that mean I have to vote for Trump or something?

Well, obviously.

We rock, people.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.08.17.W}( 81 )

No! Not the Hawks! Please. Never, ever the Hawks.

Steven Horwitz writes of the fragility of children… a hundred years ago.

That time when Ray Bradbury was lectured that he didn’t understand his own book, and five other misunderstood books.

Cracked looks at suicide in the Age of Twitter.

Peter Schellhase discusses the conservative vision of Hayao Miyazaki.

John McWhorter argues that we need to start accepting a paradigm-shift in writing, that people are going to start writing more how they speak.

Ever want to know what A Wrinkle in Time would look like in map form?

Harold Bloom takes on The Weight. It’s definitely one of those songs that has stood the test of time.

Robert Greene II looks at Tom Clancy and the techno-thrillers, and what they say about their audiences.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.08.16.T}( 100 )

This is not as cool to contemplate as supervillain origin stories.

Governments are needing to figure out whether citizens can volunteer for anti-Daesh military work. On the one hand, we have a history with the French Foreign Legion. On the other, this isn’t the French Foreign Legion.

Oh, well this is nice.

So where does the electricity from wind power go? Nowhere.

Introducing the black labor market in Japan.

I bet if you can cut off the fin of one of these and eat it, you’ll become immortal.

Awwwww. (Don’t touch a seal, though, ever.)

A gateway after all? Decriminalization of marijuana may have spawned the heroin epidemic.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.08.15.M}( 160 )

John Podesta won’t stop talking about aliens.

Republicans need to get some new numbers about this, because it’s suddenly very important.

I think this is correct. Paul Ryan’s numbers actually look decent now. His political career may be more hobbled by his wobbling in his support for Trump, than the degree to which he has supported him.

Just between you and me, I don’t think I’m actually going to have to remember these numbers. But I probably should anyway.

On the road with Gary Johnson! (Who really doesn’t seem like an INFJ to this INFJ.)

Somebody needs to give this guy a TV show. I’ve been reading it for a while and it’s epic.

Is Trump sabotaging his own campaign? It’s not just Republicans asking the question.

Corbyn’s takeover of Labour continues apace. All thanks to the voters. Sigh.

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Morning Ed: Entertainment {2016.08.14.Su}( 73 )

Craig Mod is moving away from digital books. I… can’t really imagine ever going back. I’m mostly looking forward to the day when ebooks start taking advantage of their greater potential. Right now they seem stuck in the land of “books, but digital” instead of what they should be “Interactive web-pages tied along a long, single story.”

Andrew Flowers looks at the complicated relationship between Spotify, music sales, and piracy.

More money is made from vinyl record sales than ad-supported streaming.

I disagree with some of the examples of antagonists who were right, but I pretty much agree about Iceman. I wrote about it on Hit Coffee here.

Todd VanDerWerff makes the case that the best sitcom of the ’90’s was NewsRadio. I’m not sure if it was the best – there’s a lot of competition – but it’s up there.

Scott Mandelson argues that Hollywood needs to do less remakes and more rip-offs. I agree from a cultural perspective, though from a financial perspective you want to retain the original audience. Remake-mania isn’t about a lack of ideas but an overabundance of caution.

Here is every Darkwing Duck entrance metaphor ever deployed on the show. (Between you and me, I think they slipped that last one there…)

I bet you want to see some hilariously bad Kindle book covers, so here you go.

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Linky Friday #179: Armies of Darkness( 67 )


[Ci1] Yallywood ascendant: Hollywood is already losing the movies, and TV may be following them out the door.

[Ci2] If you build it, people may be able to afford it.

[Ci3] Hey, cool, rents dropping in the Bay Area!

[Ci4] Robert Elmes wants to develop artists, and since he can’t do that in New York, he’s going to Detroit.

[Ci5] Not only is everyone else having trouble keeping up with rising rents in San Francisco, but the tech companies themselves are having trouble. All bleeding stops eventually, and that which cannot go on indefinitely ends eventually.


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[Cr1] Maybe I ought not be so critical of the police.

[Cr2] If you start giving to the Trump campaign, you may not be able to stop.

[Cr3] A couple years back, Radley Balko looked at the racial implications of gun control.

[Cr4] You know, if some people spent as much time, energy, and ingenuity earnin’ as they do scammin’ and thievin’, they’d be in a lot better shape.

[Cr5] Meanwhile, in Australia, the tobacco smugling racket has gone really hard core, as a tobacco executive winds up dead.

[Cr6] You do your thing, Creepy Clown.


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[E1] Here’s an interesting look inside at Facebook’s thought processes in confronting clickbait.

[E2] Should a witchcraft shop be allowed to refuse service to non-witches?

[E3] This seems like the self-driving big rig that Road Scholar has been talking about.

[E4] British MEP Dan Hannan argues that the United States needs to learn from Scandanavia’s… free-market attitudes.

[E5] According to a study, the ban on new fast food restaurants in South LA (not that anybody anywhere is trying to deny people the right to eat what they want) has not had the desired effect.


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[H1] This reminds me of our dog Lisby, wanting nothing to do with my wife when she was pregnant with Lain but not responding to when she was pregnant with Marvin.

[H2] Well, babies certainly are manipulative. Starting before they are born.

[H3] Hillary Clinton doesn’t sweat. That seems like a design error, though, because sweating is actually really important.

[H4] Pretty cool story. I didn’t know 7-11 was a brand in Japan.

[H5] Over at Hit Coffee, I wrote about harm reduction and how ecigarette proponents may sometimes go afoul of the concept even while their argument is based on it.


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[R1] This doesn’t reflect well on Trump so much as it does poorly on Evangelicals. Or maybe not, if he knows he can never, ever take them for granted, Trump may do more for them than Cruz would have. So there’s that.

[R2] It’s raining bibles in Daeshian Iraq.

[R3] Religion, Silicon Valley style.

[R4] Frances Johnson writes of life as a LGBT Mormon. And speaking of LDS and Mormons, will the issues there keep BYU out of the Big 12?

[R5] How is god supposed to speak with you when the fog machine breaks? Even the Holy Spirit has limits.

We’ll take The Fake Buddha, thankyouverymuch.


[S1] It looks like it’s finally starting to happen. The groundwork is being laid for superhero and supervillain origins.

[S2] It may have been critical humanity’s advance and a pillar to civilization, but I’m sorry to tell you that fire is problematic.

[S3] Via Jaybird, you’ve heard about double-blind studies, but what about triple-blind?

[S4] Jose Duarte writes of the importance of debunking.

[S5] Our circadian rhythms may be set by light, but for bacteria it’s metabolism.Image by SailorHitch Linky Friday #179: Armies of Darkness

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