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Morning Ed: Entertainment {2018.04.18.W}( 28 )

[E1] I used to watch classic Saturday Night Live and SCTV on Nick-at-Nite when I was young. I tuned in for the SNL but rapidly came to like SCTV better.

[E2] A review of American Recordings and a look at the late days in the career of Johnny Cash.

[E3] Noah Berlatsky explains that everything we need to know about the police, we can learn from Frank Drebin of Naked Gun.

[E4] The Latinos have a pretty good case here. It’s an interesting question as to “why” given that they are behind not just whites but other minority groups.

[E5] If you don’t like a book, stop reading it.

[E6] This is an outstanding article on an outstanding song.

[E7] Unless congress screws it up, this will hopefully be cause for annual celebration.

[E8] The Expanse really lived up to the hype. After watching the TV show I immediately dived into the books and I’m four in with no interruptions.

[E9] I always considered Jack Ingram to be a talented, but ultimately shallow musician. Looks like I may need to give him another chance.


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Tax Day 2018: Taxation Is or Isn’t Theft?( 129 )

Tax Day 2018 always brings out the cries of “Taxation is Theft!” from many, especially some of our friends in the libertarian/conservative contingent. But is it, and where on the spectrum of “taxes are too low for the social contract to be effective” to “taxation is theft and oppressive forced funding of tyrannical government” should we be aspiring to with tax policy? As in all things, opinions vary.

Representative of some on social media on Tax Day 2018 is Charlie Kirk with his deep thoughts on the matter:


MJFleck, from last years Tax Day, goes against the libertarian grain with a nay:

You work your ass off, then the government forces you through laws enforced by government agents to cough up a certain percentage and give it to Uncle Sam. Now, here’s the interesting part: you do get a return on your investment. Granted, it’s a forced investment, and the returns you get back may not always be what you particularly endorsed or asked for, but you do get something back. Therefore, by definition, taxation is not theft. And when libertarians go around claiming that it is all the time, it harms the movement. Why? Because as a growing activist movement we want–need–intellectuals on our side. People who are smart, eloquent, savvy, and educated. People with influence. People with respected professions and public visibility (the good kind, of course). And the cold, hard truth of the matter is that smart people already know that taxation is not theft, and calling it theft (especially going so far as to compare it to outright armed robbery) will only continue to deter those who actually know how taxation works.

And of course, some think that taxation is not only proper, but underutilized, as argued by Paul Waldron:

In your average social democratic European country, you pay more taxes, but you also get a lot in return: universal health coverage, free child care, generous paid family leave, and free college, for example. If you’re Danish or French or German, there are certain things you just don’t have to worry about, things that keep us Americans up nights.
All of that is a choice. We choose to make health care a privilege, not a right. We choose to pay teachers so little they’ve been forced to walk off the job. We choose to have high rates of child poverty, and some of the highest levels of inequality in the industrialized world. Those are choices we make, and they start with how much we’re willing to raise in taxes.

So as Tax Day 2018 winds down, where do your thoughts fall on this 229th year of American taxation with representation?

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Tuesday S&T IV( 21 )


[Sm1] Does the Android brand matter? Given their dominance in the marketplace, it’s almost a badge of honor the extent to which it doesn’t.

[Sm2] Apple and company should have a very strong case to make here, but operating in bad faith over the years has an effect.

[Sm3] Tom Warren misses Windows Phone. I never used Windows Phone, but I only stopped missing Windows Mobile a couple years ago.

[Sm4] Bad news everybody, according to The Nation cell phones are going to kill us after all.

[Sm5] This is not surprising. Despite being more of a techie than most, I have returned items that I later discovered weren’t working right due to user error. I’m still not gonna cheat and start reading manuals, though.

Artificial & Virtual:

[AV1] They had me at Kafka! But seriously, there’s a lot of potential here. I was reminded of the Soaring ride at Disney World, which was pretty amazing.

[AV2] Politics, AI, and sexy math in France.

[AV3] When it comes to automating people out of the job, looks like chemists might be next

[AV4] When my wife was trying to get privileges for doing colonoscopies, they recommended that she play Mario 64. So this seems like a good idea.

[AV5] As always, I embrace our cyborgian future.

[AV6] Now playing in Portland: A ridiculous science fiction movie except it’s not a movie.


[Sp1] If aliens are trying to contact us, I propose we leave a message “Thank you for trying to contact humanity, but we’re all dead and despite whatever your sensors may be telling you our entire planet is nothing but a series of volcanoes and radioactive waste. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.”

[Sp2] NASA won’t be buying Falcon Heavy rockets, despite the relatively low price tag.

[Sp3] I’ve become interested in when we started learning that there weren’t any advanced civilizations on our surrounding planets, so of course I found interesting this article about how telescopes ruined everything (not really). –

[Sp4] What to do about space debris?

[Sp5] Coming soon: The Aurora Station Space Hotel, for under $10,000,000 a stay.

[Sp6] Due to a “quirk of nature” we got to see another star, further than any we’ve seen before.

[Sp7] An interesting question: What role does religion play in our space policy?


[Tr1] Huh. If you want to avoid jetlag, avoid eating on the flight. (And other flying advice.)

[Tr2] Polka dots could save lives.

[Tr3] This, like my “What if you designed a car that looked like it was driving backwards” idea, are both kind of neat and probably a hazard due to distracting other drivers.

[Tr4] Ugh. I can get legroom by getting economy plus, but I don’t think I can upgrade bathrooms as easily.

[Tr5] Mistakes were made, and stationary cars were given tickets.

[Tr6] NASA is working to silence the sonic boom, allowing us to fly a lot faster.

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Morning Ed: Media {2018.04.17.T}( 10 )

[Me1] Once upon a time Ted Kennedy objected to a Reader’s Digest article and had them investigated.

[Me2] This corresponds with what I’ve been saying, which means it is likely correct.

[Me3] A magazine that styles itself Vice fretting about the unsettling excesses of free speech is Peak Current Year.

[Me4] Fox News is the least trusted cable news network, reports Fox News. (For the record, they planned to and did show the graphic in question. It was just apparently out of order.)

[Me5] Tanya Gold has an unusually good – perhaps the definitive – look at Milo Yiannopoulos.

[Me6] Ben Smith’s autobiographical piece on his stint in Eastern Europe during the fall of the Iron Curtain is a really fascinating read.

[Me7] One of the unfortunate side effects of the rise of Trump is how it elevated Sarah Kendzior, who was not a credible perspective before Trump and didn’t magically become one just because she hates Trump a lot too.

[Me8] I think there are places for paid and unpaid contributions and both models are fine, but when you advertise pay you need to pay.

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Morning Ed: Health {2018.04.16.T}( 7 )

[He1] Accountable Care Organizations were supposed to save money, but they haven’t. I was mildly optimistic about this one, so I’m disappointed.

[He2] I’m thinking maybe we need to start reaching out to Venezuelan doctors and being flexible about residency requirements. {More}

[He3] Not that we didn’t already know this, but Facebook has some boundary problems.

[He4] Well, that’s one way to get a juror on your side: Former Offspring drummer turned OB/GYN saves juror during his own Bay Area malpractice trial.

[He5] I wouldn’t necessarily assume that the World Health Organization actually cares about having all the facts.

[He6] To the extent possible, I prefer vaccinations remain voluntary. But boy I want to nudge like hell.

[He7] This is one area where I could see price controls actually working well. California is an interesting place that on the one hand may be better able to get away with it due to the desirability of living there (people getting squeezed won’t want to leave) but is complicated by the rather successful Kaiser model out there.

[He8] You’ve heard of being buried alive, but a woman in Russia was apparently embalmed alive.

[He9] This is not the first study to show that cigarette taxes end up pushing people towards public assistance. Maybe they just work as a back way transfer from national and state governments to state and local governments.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.04.15.Su}( 64 )

[Po1] A surprising number of people would give up their right to vote in exchange for a pay raise.

[Po2] Tories are improving their standing among gay voters, apparently. There are a lot of similarities between the left and right in the western world, but the gay vote and the Jewish vote are two areas where we tend to deviate. Most likely due to religious dynamics more that differ here compared to elsewhere, I would guess. {Addendum: Piece is old. My bad.}

[Po3] The Atlantic has an interesting article comparing and contrasting “terrorist and criminal” governments in the Middle East and South America.

[Po4] A long (and kind of academic) look at the state of British democracy over the past decade. Also: Killjoy!

[Po5] There are some legitimate concerns here, but a whole lot more political entitlement and racism.

[Po6] John Marini writes more about how the ruling class rules, and how it has ruled over time.

[Po7] I’ve got to give Trump credit for good policy here.

[Po8] At The Week, Damon Linker and Rachel Lu look at the future of the center and right in the new political world. {Via Marchmaine}

[Po9] Good news! It’s no longer as big of a deal for the Dutch to insult their king.

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Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth( 111 )


Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth[Ln1] Eliot Cohen wants more complex truths, and more patriotism, in our history.

[Ln2] Well, at least this is cheaper than a Texas high school football stadium?

[Ln3] Confirming every data point I’ve seen on the subject: US school funding is actually progressive! Differences in local tax collections tend to be offset by state and national spending.

[Ln4] A look at academic and intellectual freedom in Sweden.

[Ln5] Illinois is losing college students to the University of Alabama and other out-of-state schools, demonstrating (a) the power of college football, and (b) a real problem for Illinois, which between 1987 and 2012 actually ramped up per-pupil spending more than almost any other state. {More}

[Ln6] Between you and me, it seems like Liberty University may have a freedom of speech problem. Shocking.


Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth[Hi1] If you have a disability and are looking for work, maybe you should keep the disability to yourself.

[Hi2] In the future, will we be interviewing with robots for jobs? Also, they may become our research assistants.

[Hi3] Once we have our child situation settled, it will be good not to have to worry about this as much.

[Hi4] Maybe I should rename the Kansas City Plan into The Iowa Plan. Meanwhile, Neel Kashkari says that if they want workers, they need to pay up. I’m told they’re still not training people, so that too.

[Hi5] William Bryk talks about when applying for jobs was his job.

[Hi6] Jessica Clarke looks at how employers can and should handle situations where they are asked for references for employees that were fired for sexual harassment.


Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth[Wk1] Give’em an inch

[Wk2] Dylan Matthews argues for labor representation on corporate boards, which is kind of a popular idea.

[Wk3] If being aggressive, rude, and disrespectful is just part of your culture, can you still be fired for it?

[Wk4] Asher Schechter looks at labor market consolidation and how it hurts worker leverage regardless of unionization rates.

[Wk5] Sean McElwee and others talk about why Democrats should embrace a federal jobs guarantee and it may be gaining traction. In an interesting snippet, we find out that poor Republicans are more ready and willing to tax the wealthy than are rich Democrats.

[Wk6] Eli Amsel can’t afford New York’s new minimum wage. I’m still in “wait and see” mode, we’ll see if there’s any scale to this. If it’s likely to work anywhere, though, one would think it would be NYC.

[Wk7] Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds BUT NOT FOR THESE WAGES!


Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth[Da1] Bridget Phetasy talks of re-entering the dating market in the modern age. I think that if, heaven forbid, something happened to my wife, I’d be more content to be a single dad that re-enter the arena.

[Da2] When it comes to waiting, I don’t believe more is always better and from a practical (as opposed to spiritual or moral) standpoint I don’t think you need to wait until engagement, but I do think we go too fast regularly enough that “slow down” is generally good advice.

[Da3] When it comes to casual sex, women are choosier than men… but not when it comes to long-term mates.

[Da4] Marriage proposals should be like asking witnesses questions on the stand: Don’t ask if you don’t already know the answer.

[Da5] There are some thoughts that really only seem profound when you’re in college.

[Da6] Facebook really is ruining everything.


Linky Friday: Friday the Workteenth[Pr1] Among the religious, scientific reasoning ability doesn’t correlate with beliefs in evolution.

[Pr2] Martyn Wendell Jones takes a look at Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

[Pr3] How Billy Graham defeated Communism.

[Pr4] In The Atlantic, praise of Mormon family night.

[Pr5] {Wrong link, can’t find right one}

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The Ballad of the Outlaw( 24 )

The Ballad of the Outlaw

Slayings not forgotten, Ray Lewis not forgiven (Brent Schrotenboer, USA Today, 2013)

“My nephew was brutally beaten and murdered and nobody is paying for it,” Baker’s uncle, Greg Wilson, told USA TODAY Sports. “Everything is so fresh in our mind, it’s just like it happened yesterday. We’ll never forget this.”

Only Lewis pleaded guilty in relation to the case: for obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. He originally was charged with two counts of murder but struck a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against two of his companions that night, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.

Lewis never directly linked his two friends to the killings, and they were acquitted. Lewis had testified that Oakley, Sweeting and another man had gone to a sporting goods store the previous day to buy knives. Baker’s blood later was found in Lewis’ limo. Having fled the crime scene, Lewis told the limo’s passengers to “keep their mouths shut.” The white suit Lewis was wearing that night — on Super Bowl Sunday — never was found.

“I’m not trying to end my career like this,” Lewis said in his hotel that night, according to the testimony of a female passenger in the limo.

He didn’t. For his punishment, Lewis received one year of probation and a $250,000 fine by the NFL.

Johnny Manziel reaches agreement to dismiss domestic violence charge (ESPN, 2016)

The allegations stem from a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel, a confrontation that continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and that a valet disregarded her pleas for help.

The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the driver’s seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but then he dragged her back inside and hit her. {…}

On Monday, an employee of an Austin bar filed a lawsuit against Manziel, seeking up to $1 million in damages. The plaintiff says his nose was broken when Manziel punched him.

NFL Execs: Johnny Manziel’s ‘Potential Is off the Charts’ Amid Comeback Attempt (Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report, Four Days Ago)

NFL executives reportedly think Johnny Manziel’s potential is “off the charts,” according to B/R’s Mike Freeman, as the quarterback attempts to make an NFL comeback. {…}

“My bottom line is that there is no doubt in my mind that someone should sign him,” he noted. “I’ve seen enough of the quarterback skill. His endurance has not been an issue. I’ve never been around Johnny Manziel until this moment in time, but I see a very quick arm. I see very active eyes. He sees things and particularly when he’s on the move, those classic Johnny Manziel plays, I’ve seen those come up here.” {…}

It’s unclear if Manziel will catch on with an NFL team, but if he doesn’t, he’ll likely continue his career with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who Seifert reported “covet” Manziel. Regardless, it appears Johnny Football will be on the field next season.

49ers release statement on charges filed against Reuben Foster (Brad Almquist, KNBR, Today)

More than an hour after the Santa Clara District Attorney Office charged 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster with felony domestic violence, the 49ers released a statement regarding the case.

“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster,” the 49ers said in a release. “We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”

It remains to be seen how CEO Jed York and general manager John Lynch will proceed with the Foster case, but the organization has not released the 24-year-old linebacker, yet. Last year, the 49ers released Tramaine Brock one day after he was arrested for felony domestic violence.

Foster faces charges of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon – all felonies, according to the DA’s report. Foster will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. in San Jose Thursday.

Seahawks postpone Colin Kaepernick visit after QB refuses to commit to stop kneeling: report (Evan Grossman, New York Daily News, Today)

The Seattle Seahawks postponed a meeting with Colin Kaepernick when he refused to stop kneeling during the national anthem, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Seahawks are in the market for a backup QB. Kaepernick has said he would stop protesting against police brutality and racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but apparently he is not willing to guarantee he won’t ever take a knee again. That, according to Schefter, may have scared the Seahawks, who have already parted ways with outspoken activists Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman this offseason.

“The question of how he will handle the anthem this year came up and caused that visit, at the very least, to be postponed, and possibly canceled, depending on how you look at it,” Schefter said on “NFL Live” Thursday afternoon.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2018.04.12.Th}( 65 )

[LO1] I didn’t know the first thing about the creator(s) of Ren & Stimpy, including whether it was a single guy or a Parker/Stone like duo. But even with that I’m not surprised to hear that Ren & Stimpy was created by a sexual cretin.

[LO2] Because we shouldn’t elect them to begin with.

[LO3] What’s interesting about this map is how the prairie provinces in Canada have some of their highest homicide rates, and their counterparts in the US have some of our lowest.

[LO4] When your anti-Muslim rhetoric scares anti-Muslim activists, that’s really something.

[LO5] The problem with the notion that everybody was wrong about the Pulse shooting is that those who weren’t wrong were called bad names.

[LO6] Maybe it’s time to talk about white gangs in Mississippi.

[LO7] The Menendez brothers are reunited.

[LO8] Wow, this story is really something awful.

[LO9] From straw to law.

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Morning Ed: Sports {2018.04.09.M}( 155 )

[S1] How the baseball teams got their names. Can you imagine how much a corporation would pay to get what the Colt gun company shunned?

[S2] This is an unrealistic feel-good plot.

[S3] Sister Jean is problematic, y’all.

[S4] “Stop trying to save the mayor’s life and get out of the sumo ring, lady.”

[S5] HBO has a movie about Joe Paterno out. I’ve been noticing lately that the Sandusky Truthers are making a disturbing amount of headway in some respectable quarters of public opinion. Unfortunately, the motivations of Penn State fans to believe the accusations are not true are probably a lot more intense than the motivation for us to believe that they are, and evidence doesn’t always matter.

[S6] Sandlot, a story about boys playing baseball in the 60’s, is problematic in its treatment of girls.

[S7] Kareem Abdul Jammar resents the NFL’s desire to banish the witches.

[S8] A look at the relationship between college basketball and the Catholic Church.

[S9] Johnny Manziel appears poised to get a second chance. Good thing he didn’t kneel during the national anthem or anything really problematic.

[S0] Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Morning Ed: Media {2018.04.06.F}( 105 )

[Me1] Should reporters stop doing “off the record“?

[Me2] Breitbart needed Bannon, it seems. Or it needed to be on the outside so it could rally the people against the powerful, or something.

[Me3] According to the Intercept, some secret rules are making it easier for the FBI to track journalists.

[Me4] I guess I don’t feel the same sense of alarm with this article. Live by the Facebook, die by the Facebook. It doesn’t seem that they were targeted so much as Facebook just evolved in how it does things.

[Me5] Media fixation on death tolls may be costing lives, in the longer run. One thing I did like about Parkland is how little time we’ve spent talking about Cruz. That may save lives.

[Me6] Looking at some of the fallout from the Sinclair script. Jack Shafer is unimpressed with critics’ arguments, and Matt Welch makes some solid counterarguments, with anti-Sinclair counterarguments coming from… the National Review?

[Me7] The media’s tendency to treat routine behavior as nefarious because Trump is doing it and is also legitimately terrible is kind of exhausting.

[Me8] This is so stupid.

[Me9] Remember Jessica Lynch?


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Morning Ed: Cities {2018.04.05.Th}( 50 )

[Ci1] There has been a “sea change” in the architecture community over glass skyscrapers.

[Ci2] A look at the future of New York City’s skyline.

[Ci3] The Rust Belt’s loss, the Sun Belt’s gain, and a great new term called “mesofacts.”

[Ci4] It’s important to get female input in city design. Or perhaps have women designing them alongside men.

[Ci5] If Chile is a ridiculously contrived country that would be laughed out of any fantasy map (and it is), New Orleans is a stupid unrealistic one.

[Ci6] Speaking of New Orleans, meet the unexpected beneficiaries of Hurricane Katrina: evacuees.

[Ci7] If you’re looking for the most cultured city in the US, maybe you should look at the middle (and not just Chicago).

[Ci8] North Carolina’s cities are doing well by African-Americans.

[Ci9] Nashville is becoming the bachelorette capital of the country. I’m not sure there is a city in the country with more upward potential than Nashville.

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Morning Ed: World Politics {2018.04.03.T}( 78 )

[WP1] I can relate to this. As I’ve mentioned before, I only first really understood Trump’s appeal by looking at him through the eyes of my 16 or 17 year old self.

[WP2] Macron may not be an ideal symbol of the globalism and the new world order.

[WP3] Peru’s problems indicate how much electoral systems matter… but they’re not all that matter. What a mess.

[WP4] This, but for the United States.

[WP5] Well this makes sense. Opposing views are the worst.

[WP6] Frederic Guirinec writes about the rise and future of Hungary’s Viktor Orban. Michael Brenden Dougherty wrote about him recently in the National Review, as has Joshua Muravchik. The National Review published a piece by Orban in early 2017.

[WP7] Libertarians are the smartest about politics. Science says.

[WP8] Richard Burke reports on a Republican H1-B reform plan that has a lot of potential.

[WP9] April Glaser takes a look at Cambridge Analytica’s Caribbean operations.

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Morning Ed: Housing {2018.04.02.M}( 38 )

[Ho1] Theresa May blasts NIMBYism, but has a history of her own.

[Ho2] There are some interesting ideas here, but it all starts from a questionable premise. Home ownership rates and rent as a portion of income are both in line with peer countries and, if anything, the former may be higher than is optimal for us.

[Ho3] On the one hand, this is entirely true. On the other, if they’re willing to buy it that’s the market at work. On the other-other hand, one of the problems with inequality is that – contrary to the notion that Paul’s wealth doesn’t hurt Peter, it specifically allows people to buy other people out of affordable housing like this.

[Ho4] A Seattle Court rules that Seattle can’t prohibit landlords screening tenants, if they meet qualifications. Seattle progressives have found a nemesis.

[Ho5] Lionel Shriver says that immigration is playing a role in the London housing crisis. This argument has been made a lot for California and has, I fear, exacerbated anti-immigration tensions. Including among people I know that otherwise lean left.

[Ho6] Moorestown, New Jersey, is trying to make affordable housing and renew a shopping center by building houses around the mall.

[Ho7] Grain palaces. Need I say more?

[Ho8] Brexit comes through again!


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Linky Friday: Feed Kill Chain( 93 )


Linky Friday: Feed Kill Chain

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[Fo1] I feel like this profoundly misunderstands the relationship between bacon and life.

[Fo2] Can’t it be both? What if it’s crafty genius is what makes it so delicious?

[Fo3] The biggest problem with the Big Sugar theory of dietary recommendations is that there were moneyed interests on both sides of that debate.

[Fo4] Woah! Your family recipe is so famous that it’s being lifted by mayonnaise producers!

[Fo5] Boo hiss!

[Fo6] What we really need, though, are cows that love getting eaten.


Linky Friday: Feed Kill Chain

Image by Internet Archive Book Images

[Cr1] We’re more interested in punishing the guilty than compensating the victims.

[Cr2] Pitchfork talks to survivors of concert violence and it’s really fascinating.

[Cr3] A day in the life of the Drug Courts.

[Cr4] Algorithmically determining what makes a good prosecutor.

[Cr5] There are a million ways to kill people, so the state of Oklahoma is not deterred.

[Cr6] Not gonna lie: I’m impressed.

[Cr7] How to steal a half-million from a university and become a model.


[Wa1] An interesting story I did not know: The role Michigan State University in the Vietnam War.

[Wa2] Jason Kuznicki talks The Haitian Revolution. The podcast Revolution did a series on it that I hope to listen to, soon. More on Jason and revolutions.

[Wa3] When it came to surprise attacking Hawaii, the sequel was worse than the original, for the Japanese.

[Wa4] If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter you might be a spy! This actually brings to light some interesting questions. A robust online identity may actually be kind of hard to fake.

[Wa5] How the Soviets secretly mapped the world.

[Wa6] Women in the military is changing military helmets.


[He1] A look at what Rhode Island is doing to boost vaccination rates.

[He2] Well, this isn’t as bad as that Kenya brain surgery thing, and I guess no harm is actually being done in the strict sense, but nope-ity-nope-nope.

[He3] We are caught between an epidemic and people in pain. Physicians may not be as responsible for the opioid crisis as we’ve thought.

[He4] The New York Magazine has an interesting look at doulas.

[He5] Right out of Big Tobacco’s Playbook!

[He6] This is probably the most important thing going on in medicine right now.


[Ms1] Benny Belvedere looks at consciousness and Westworld, and argues that the latter got the former wrong.

[Ms2] “Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake coming down from the trees in the first place, and some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no-one should ever have left the oceans.”

[Ms3] Ed West writes about the need for heroic ideals.

[Ms4] This will end badly.

[Ms5] Tessa Abagis and Aeon look at the potential of brain stimulation, when combined with learning. My wife has had some success with neurofeedback, which is a different form of brain manipulation.

[Ms6] Is free choice an illusion? How magicians and the like manipulate our decision-making. Also subject to manipulation is our memory.

Image by Humphrey King Linky Friday: Feed Kill Chain

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Morning Ed: Economics {2018.03.29.Th}( 83 )

[Ec1] As it turns to markets, things may be turning around in Argentina. I have three foreign leaders on my screensaver slideshow: May, Macron, and Macri.

[Ec2] If your “Case Against Google” leans heavily on the anti-trust case against Microsoft having had a positive effect by spurring innovation, you’re not going to convince me.

[Ec3] Asher Schechter makes the case that mergers are bad for innovation. This is an area where my views have drifted left to some degree. On the other hand… it actually makes a good deal of sense if the prospect of getting bought out by big companies encourages people to innovate with small ones.

[Ec4] Philip Berne argues that Samsung should ditch Android. They’re #1, but I’m skeptical their hold is that strong. It would be good news for LG and HTC, though.

[Ec5] When unemployment rates get low enough, employers eventually start re-evaluating hiring practices. Though it seems perhaps some, of course, start lobbying the government for foreign workers so that they might not have to.

[Ec6] Creative destruction requires destruction. Otherwise, you get graphing calculators.

[Ec7] How pharmaceutical company Novartis is bribing docs for prescriptions. All we ever got is coffee mugs and t-shirts, so I can only assume my wife is honest.

[Ec8] Chelsea Follett writes of the sexist origins of socialism. Meanwhile, Kristian Niemietz argues the distinction between Nordic social democrats and socialists.

[Ec9] Economics, globalism, and the fall of Troy.

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Morning Ed: Sports {2018.03.28.W}( 24 )

[Sp1] College football attendance may be moving in the wrong direction, and AdoptedAggie blames conference realignment. Meanwhile, mixed signals in Texas.

[Sp2] President Uhuru Kenyatta wants golf in Kenya public schools, to promote the sport.

[Sp3] A look at attempts to revamp cricket.

[Sp4] I think this is a good idea. Maybe not for every game, but for a lot of them. They need to get to the kids while they’re young.

[Sp5] These all sound like some pretty good ideas for handling the NBA/NCAA problem. I am also on board with this idea, from Steve Kerr, and would probably go a step further and let anybody hire an agent on a three-month window/contract while exploring the possibility of going pro. I also like the hockey model as a possible way to give student athletes more flexibility. Charles Barkley, on the other hand, wants the kids to get off his lawn.

[Sp6] Meanwhile, tragedy in the NBA’s existing development league as a 26-year old player drops dead on court.

[Sp7] It’s not quite the same without the guided turtle shell missiles, but still looks fun.

[Sp8] It feels like there has to be more to the story than this.

[Sp9] There’s a cricket scandal in Australia! I don’t know cricket very well, but I guess it sounds like Phil Niekro.

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Morning Ed: Transportation {2018.03.26.M}( 151 )

[Tr1] Given all my priors, I an oddly sympathetic to the idea of free public transportation.

[Tr2] Gustavo Arellano wants to improve bus service, instead of widening roads. Traffic and commutes times are one of those things that we say is a problem but don’t actually act like is a problem.

[Tr3] Looks like our railroads won’t be made safer by the proposed deadline.

[Tr4] Has the Age of the Hyperloop finally come? And also hydrogen trains!

[Tr5] Setting aside the article’s anti-CNN and anti-anti-Trump slant, it’s a fair question: Why do all of the airports go to CNN? Well, because CNN made the effort and mostly because of the alternatives, probably. Fox and MSNBC have each picked sides, more or less, while CNN is bad in a pretty generic way. Anyway, Fox will always have auto repair places and fast food establishments.

[Tr6] Oy. Well, I mean good I guess, but I start getting antsy after four hours.

[Tr7] Joel Kotkin looks at what autonomous cars will do to the suburbs.

[Tr8] Saudi Arabia is will do to the suburbs.”>opening up airspace for Israel.

[Tr9] There is some concern that too much mapping is being done by men. OpenStreetMap seeks to fix that. OSM is the street map used by a lot of the freebie Android navigation apps. The maps are pretty solid.

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Linkworld: God, War, and Housing( 175 )


[Ru1] Boy, the Russians are getting in trouble everywhere.

[Ru1] This is brilliant. (I feel like I already posted this one, but just in case…)

[Ru1] Germany’s precious position with Russia seems like the sort of thing that will prevent its Chancellor from ever being the Voice of the West.

[Ru1] A look at Russia’s secret military labs.

[Ru5] A look at The Russian Playbook.


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[As1] Heroes exist, people.

[As2] Well, I guess strippers are one way of getting people to show up at your funeral.

[As3] Jun Pak describes what he sees as the real problem with Trump’s meeting with Kim.

[As4] A turn of events in China. Historically, the leader of the Chinese government has been relativity inconspicuous given the size and importance of the country compared to other world leaders. Is that changing?

[As5] China is looking to tie travel restrictions with low “social credit.” One can imagine some technocrats over here getting some ideas, though more along the lines of what the UK did.

Middle East:

[ME1] What could go wrong with finding The Gates To Hell?

[ME2] Erdogan, man. Erdogan. Remember when we wanted him to win over the coup?

[ME3] As Daesh falls, former fighters fade homeward.

[ME4] Crime, intrigue, and war in the Middle East. Oh, and falconing.


[Eu1] In case you wanted to piss off Europeans, here is a handy guide.

[Eu2] Was King Arthur really a Roman?

[Eu3] Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is worried about Macron’s anti-religious policies and how they might (further) alienate Muslims. Meanwhile, some anti-terror success.

[Eu4] Concern from Catholics as the Social Democrats in Sweden want to close down religious schools (possibly to pick up some anti-Muslim votes).

[Eu5] After Rotherham came others and not Telford.

[Eu6] Alex Massie argues that the Tories are behind the times and still haven’t grasped the significance of devolution.

[Eu7] Sorry, sir, the paperwork says you’re dead and there’s just nothing we can do about it.


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[Ca1] A landlord is moving from San Jose to Colorado… and some of his tenants want to go with him.

[Ca2] In California housing wars, it’s Liberal against Liberal.

[Ca3] California, man. The main issues I have with California are that it’s crowded and expensive, both of which coincide with those findings curiously.

[Ca4] Meanwhile, Virginia Postrel argues that the Golden State is made more expensive on account of our deference to cars.

[Ca5] Electricity prices rising fast in California.

[Ca6] A new study suggests environmental regs do not play much of a role in California’s housing shortage.

United States:

[US1] In all but four states, African-Americans get more pollution than whites.

[US2] Dixie wins!

[US3] I think Kolohe may be right that this is an atomic wedgie, but… yikes. Maybe avoid Civil War stuff altogether? (Or, at least, from the Southern side.)

[US4] A battle between a border property owner and border control.

[US5] This article on threats and destruction of private property is remarkable neutral.

[US6] Since nobody can afford to live in houses, Seattle is having to consider to what extent they should be allowed to live in their cars.

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Morning Ed: Relationships {2018.03.22.Th}( 39 )

[Re1] I’m not surprised about alcohol vs pot here, though a little about alcohol vs ecstasy. I guess it’s a product of selection. If you’re open for doing ecstasy, you’re probably more open to having sex generally, whereas alcohol is a more general social drink.

[Re2] I can sort of understand this at the outset of a relationship, though if you’re still doing it after a year you might want to reassess.

[Re3] It turns out waving the Jolly Roger proudly has dating consequences.

[Re4] The modern difficulties of dating in the old school. (Or what 1930’s erotica can teach us about dating.)

[Re5] Read some 300-word love stories.

[Re6] Scott Stanley writes “advice to singles” if they want to avoid later divorce. It seems notable that people with these characteristics tend to marry other people who marry these characteristics.

[Re7] He swiped right, she swiped with a samurai sword.

[Re8] Divorce and religion make for complicated family law.


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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.03.21.W}( 116 )

[Po1] The line-item veto evidently has little effect on state budgets. I primarily oppose it because it tilts the balance of power too much.

[Po2] The slow walk of corporate America from right to left continues to be interesting to watch.

[Po3] It used to be that size and scope of government different under rightward and leftward governments, but that ceased to be the case in the 90’s.

[Po4] A peak into the GOP’s dark money machine.

[Po5] Has the left been remade by message board culture? Has the entirety of politics?

[Po6] What if it’s not that we’re so polarized so much as it is that the neutrals are just stepping off?

[Po7] If you’re in politics, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. So maybe Bush should have eaten that broccoli.

[Po8] Jamie Palmer’s piece on the alt-right, paleoconservatism, and the compare and contrast with Neo-Nazism, fascism, and white supremacy, is worth a read. And another article on Uncle Steve’s role in its genesis.

[Po9] Maurice Casey looks at the relationship between the Suffragettes and Communism. Neither here nor there, but in the 70’s my mother just went down the ballot and voted for all the women candidates, only later to discover that she’d voted for a couple Communists.

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Tuesday S&T III( 51 )

Social Media:

[SM1] Facebook is going to ruin privacy. The last moment I thought my pseudonym was safe was the moment before I thought about Facebook. Beyond that, Twitter has has demolished the distinctions between my two identities. I don’t know if he knows who I am, but the guy who introduced me to my wife is now following me on Twitter.

[SM2] How should social media sites handle “non-offending pedophiles“?

[SM3] Some entrepreneurs are monetizing their Twitter presence.

[SM4] Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie argues that Facebook could have avoided some of the interpersonal misery it has inflicted but chose not to. Google+ did almost exactly what she was talking about and it sounds better in theory than in practice. Even with different circles, people would slip up quite a bit.

[SM5] In a fascinating piece, Andrew Maratz went into the moderation community of Reddit to see how they tick and why they do what they do.

[SM6] I sort of regret all of the material I sent solely to Facebook, and will probably regret a lot of Twitter, too. On the other hand, I still haven’t rescued my old blog and at some point Hit Coffee’s archives are likely to go down. But for the time being, I am at least able to put out what I want when I want.


[Cy1] This will end badly.

[Cy2] Joseph Cox writes for Vice that we have less to fear from sophisticated hackers than we think.

[Cy3] Russian Troll Factories are hiring. The bot issue may be overrated, however.

[Cy4] A twitter story of Twitter bots. Related, this is a bad idea.

[Cy5] A look at menacing behavior and online harassment. Among the findings: Women are more likely to complain about harassment, men are more likely to be harassed. Of course, men are more likely to have harassment coming, probably…

[Cy6] Dark times in the world of Steven Universe and fanart. Problems exist on rightward social media – there was recently an all-out war between two factions to which I have historically been friendly – but nothing like this.


[Sp1] How we may go about mining astroids.

[Sp2] Ooooh, rogue satellites. Kind of sucks this is another thing that’s going to have to be heavily regulated, but it kinda is.

[Sp3] Scientists are concerned that the polar magnets may be flipping.

[Sp4] Space changes a man… though maybe not that much.

[Sp5] Well, this seems complicated, but probably less complicated than terraforming other planets as “just in case” measures.

[Sp6] Mapping the South Pole from space.


[En1] A lot of cities are getting a majority of their electricity from renewables, which is encouraging. The list!

[En2] Ever and always, right around the corner.

[En3] How we go about integrating renewable energy into the power grids.

[En4] The oil is flowing in New Mexico, and everywhere.

[En5] According to Amy Harder, Trump has been a friend to the oil companies when it comes to oil policy, but not when it comes to other policy.

[En6] According to a new study, ExxonMobile didn’t really pull a Big Tobacco on misleading the public.

[En7] Ooooh, we may soon be getting power from plants.

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Morning Ed: Society {2018.03.19.M}( 212 )

[So1] Robert VerBruggen reviewed a new book about violence and video games, and comes away with a wariness of the politics of science and the threat of moral panic masquerading as scientific fact.

[So2] Confession time: I never got in to Dungeons and Dragons much. I was the Game Master for a superhero RPG, though, and that did produce some characters I’ll use some day.

[So3] Learning from Jane Austen cosplay.

[So4] Sonny Bunch wants to know if any of the TV shows from the current Golden Age will stand the test of time. I actually think a lot will still be watchable and entertaining in fifty years, but I think the days of culture-defining shows are lost through fragmentation.

[So5] Smokey the Bear may be a buzzkill, but he is apparently really effective.

[So6] A look at repetition in song lyrics.

[So7] Ashley McGuire argues that “body positivity” is counterproductive because it focuses on, well, the body. Bethany Mandel, last November, argued that we need less positivity and more modesty.

[So8] Behold, the power of gray. Everything should be gray by default.

[So9] Amber A’Lee Frost is concerned that the exaltation of the domestic is a negative development.

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Linky Friday: A Conspiracy Of Us( 57 )


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[C1] Tyler Cowen invites you to test your favorite conspiracy theory. I tend to grade mine by how much incentive all of the participants have not to defect. It’s hard to have a big conspiracy where somebody doesn’t profit by being the first mover, or stand to lose a lot by not being the first mover.

[C2] If you’re interested in conspiracies, feel free to take a course!

[X3] This is… really fascinating.

[C4] Some conspiracy theorists were arrested outside Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, where that mass shooting occurred last year.

[C5] Similarly, conspiracy theories surrounding shootings may become a bigger deal, with actual evidence!


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[Me1] This is an interesting, introspective look from a journalist who was ejected from the profession.

[Me2] David Boaz takes a look at an alternate universe where the media accurately reported the current state of affairs.

[Me3] Ron Judd is really worried about local media. This is one of the reasons that, while I am not a big fan of the de-regulation that allows companies to stock up television channels, I am glad that they’re taking down the archaic wall between newspapers and television stations.

[Me4] The satanic ritual abuse craze was not solely the fault of the authorities. They had help.

[Me5] The problem with Fake News may be more on the demand side than the supply side.

[Me6] A story of purposeful ignorance in the face of a Trump presidency. The local news editor responds.


[Lb1] How to rock a job interview with a robot, and also bigots and misogynists.

[Lb2] Another look at the double-edged sword of Nordic family economic policy.

[Lb3] Work-life integration sounds an awful lot like the work-life “harmony” that recruiters pitch to my wife in lieu of “balance.”

[Lb4] Underneath the surface, the German labor market may be softer than it appears.

[Lb5] I’m still not entirely sure what to make of this story. So far only covered in a couple of tabloids, which means that either they are being misleading or the rest of the press is passing on an interesting story.


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[Ec1] How to retire at 32.

[Ec2] This will probably end badly.

[Ec3] Teeth aren’t worth what they used to be.

[Ec4] Stan Lee has a sketchy history of his own (albeit not on the scale of Bob Kane), but even so this is unfortunate.

[Ec5] Conor Sen, citing soup, argues that inequality is likely to shrink with competition driving profit margins downs.


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[Fa1] What if instead of being an indicative of failures to launch, adults living with their parents is actually a matter of taking responsibility for their parents?

[Fa2] Lyman Stone argues that feminist family-friendly policies won’t do much to boost the fertility rate. We don’t really know what policies – if any – might boost the fertility rate however, and this may be something conservative natalists may have to implement to demonstrate a commitment to the fertility issue rather than using the fertility issue as a vehicle for existing priorities.

[Fa3] I’m genuinely surprised that they thought ten eggs would be enough. I mean, you can never have enough to be sure, but given the stakes this is not something you want to cut it close on. (Also, don’t put all of your eggs in, ahem, one basket.)

[Fa4] Men who want children are less likely to want to do the thing that usually creates them.

[Fa5] Mary Wakefield argues that women are delaying children and having fewer of them because of commitment-phobic men. Maybe? From what I understand, in the US women have surpassed men in a desire not to commit. Could the issue over there be one of the big ones over here: A lack of marriable men?

[Fa6] By the standards of the framing of the issue in Kentucky, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are in favor of thirteen year olds getting married.


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[St1] When it comes to mental health, the medical community tends to un-know what it knows.

[St2] The vast majority of people reportedly concerned with obesity in this country don’t care if she’s actually healthy.

[St3] Loneliness is bad for you. To get on my favorite soap box, combine this with the fact that stress is bad for you and maybe-just-maybe society is doing more harm to the health of the obese than the obesity is.

[St4] Briahna Joy Gray argues that there are better ways to try to politically move people than shame. Shame can be a powerful weapon in the right circumstances, a useless one in many, and it’s not easy to tell which is which.

[St5] OTOH, no one really cares.

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Morning Ed: Diversity {2018.03.15.Th}( 164 )

[Di1] Christopher Lebron takes issue with Black Panther’s treatment of African-Americans (as opposed to Africans).

[Di2] The problem of gender imbalance in entertainment is actually something of a recent phenomenon.

[Di3] What is a township to do when it’s wrongly (or at least questionably) put on the SPLC’s Hate Map?

[Di4] Robert VerBruggen has written some pieces (contra Vox) skeptical of the notion of resegregation, and points to a study suggesting immigration may be helping prevent resegregation.

[Di5] Huh.

[Di6] Tiffany McLain writes about the whiteness of being white and raising biracial children.

[Di7] Awesome: Skin tone appears to play a limited role in the ability of Hispanics to assimilate.

[Di8] Meet Italy’s first black senator, who is not quite what we might expect.

[Di9] Kazakhstan is protesting the possibility of Chinese land buyers.

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Morning Ed: Art & Entertainment {2018.03.14.W}( 134 )

[AE1] I really don’t get it. The CIA and military establishment were as often as not the bad guys on that show. What, precisely, were they paying for?

[AE2] As The Sun discovers lit criticism via Frankenstein, Sian Cain has a list of newly controversial literature.

[AE3] What if BNL’s One Week is actually about terminal domestic violence? I doubt it, but it wouldn’t be their first song about or involving domestic violence.

[AE4] What happened to Brendan Fraser. There was a whole thing about him on the TV show Wrecked where characters debated whether or not it would get national attention if he disappeared on a presumed plane crash. I thought it would have been great if he had guess starred in one fashion or another.

[AE5] When Harvey Weinstein wanted to make cuts to Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli responded by sending a samurai sword.

[AE6] Marvel is going back to its whitebread basics, and David Barnett is unhappy. Diversity question aside, Marvel copying DC’s tendency to make the comic book storylines unrecognizable to people who saw and enjoyed the most recent hit movie is the height of insanity.

[AE7] Siding with Killmonger in Black Panther has become the new Defense of the Empire, but Bossip says that to like him is to dislike black women.

[AE8] Spotted Toad is less impressed with To Kill a Mockingbird and Ann Althouse thinks it can be dropped from standard curriculum.

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Morning Ed: Immigration {2018.03.12.M}( 38 )

[Im1] If we want to combat illegal immigration, e-verify may be the most singularly effective way of doing so.

[Im2] The retirement of an ICE agent and a Montana labor agency worker, in protest.

[Im3] Well, this sounds like a bad thing.

[Im4] Chinese immigration to Australia is causing a shift in attitudes towards Taiwan and the Taiwanese immigrants.

[Im5] Japan may make it easier to immigrate anime artists. Here’s a related Twitter thread.

[Im6] Harsh, but fair.

[Im7] The consequences of the administration pulling the rug out of fast track citizenship for soldiers. {More}

[Im8] Immigrants in South Africa are increasingly victims of anti-foreigner violence.

[Im9] Maybe people weren’t clear on which country was supposed to be paradise?

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Linky Friday: Here, There, Everywhere( 139 )


[Ho1] This argument would make more sense if housing were a luxury good instead of a necessity. If people need umbrellas, then somebody is going to look at the umbrellas nobody is bidding on and get them because everybody needs an umbrella.

[Ho2] Rent control doesn’t work in India, either.

[Ho3] Graeme Archer worries that Tories are going to pay a price over housing costs.

[Ho4] On Twitter, Alon Levy thinks YIMBYism has a chance in the US.

[Ho5] Alex Tabarrok argues that housing regulations subsidize mansions.

[Ho6] According to Issi Romem, Zillow is driving up the prices of homes and, ironically, making the market stickier.


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[Sc1] Alex Massie objects to Theresa May’s tuition fee plan.

[Sc2] “observed country variations in teacher cognitive skills are significantly related to differences in women’s access to high-skill occupations outside teaching and to salary premiums for teachers.”

[Sc3] This is the thing that really worries me about student debt, not private school graduates who scored six figures of it.

[Sc4] The demographic hump may put universities in the fight for their lives.

[Sc5] While I tend to be optimistic about technology and college, but I’m really not sure Apple would have a whole lot to add to higher ed. Google might, though!

[Sc6] Noah Smith writes about what universities do to make cities great… and what they don’t do. I know it’s against my brand, but it’s unfortunate how many universities we have in small cities while a lot of urban schools are considered commuter afterthoughts.


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[Wo1] A look at women in management. The good news is that it’s happening more, the bad news is that all the effects of that are not positive.

[Wo2] Sit back, relax, and get some work done without compromising your health.

[Wo3] Maybe all is not lost with the millennials.

[Wo4] I’m really not sure about the conclusion to this piece, but some data suggests young men with college degrees are having a tough go of it in the labor market.

[Wo5] Did whoever came up with this idea get a bonus for it? Or did they get fired? Maybe they got this.

[Wo6] I’m honestly not sure how scalable the West Virginia teachers strike is. It’s a good model for teachers and maybe emergency responders of various stripes, but few are going to have the leverage they are in terms of immediate need and difficulty of replacing.


[H1] A first-person account of lupus.

[H2] Kentucky is going down the dark road on eye care and prescription requirements. I have complained about it before. Now I get my glasses from China and they don’t care.

[H3] Medical Economics looks at the lack of emphasis on primary care in our system. It’s…. hard to have a focus there when you don’t have the personnel.

[H4] The framing of this article is awful, but it has a ton of interesting statistics.

[H5] In the shadow of Uber Health, one woman is paying the price for helping people make their doctors’ appointments.

[H6] There’s performing surgery on the wrong patient, and there’s performing brain surgery on the wrong patient.

[H7] Rob Verbruggen points to a study suggesting that anti-overdose drug Naloxone is doing more harm than good. Kevin Drum is skeptical.


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[Ou1] A look at the evolution of whale calls.

[Ou2] I feel like that many penguins living where we won’t go must be planning an invasion.

[Ou3] I mean, I guess I’m sympathetic to the boar, but isn’t this what hunting was invented for?

[Ou4] Gross!

[Ou5] I have seen the future and it involves therapeutic owls. They have many uses.

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Morning Ed: Mindspace {2018.03.09.Th}( 21 )

[Ms1] You make terrible life choices. Here’s why.

[Ms2] A look at the recent history of lying. {via Rufus and Oxford U Press}

[Ms3] I often say that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder should be called Attention Control Deficit Disorder, or something of the like, because it’s not about how much attention you can give something but how much you control where your attention is going. But maybe that’s a more universal problem than I supposed.

[Ms4] A look at what we can learn about the psychology of scarcity by looking at the psychology of abundance.

[Ms5] Julie Beck looks at the limits of memory, and how it forces our system to purge memories of books and movies.

[Ms6] This will end badly. As the saying from Strange Days goes, “Memories are meant to fade.”

[Ms7] Or maybe memories are a virus.

[Ms8] The subtextual communication of depression.

[Ms9] People at risk of depression may be the only people who are better off sleeping less.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2018.03.07.W}( 111 )

[LO1] We look back at this sort of thing with horror, but it’s not as far removed from our current culture as we might think.

[LO2] This story is amazing: A con-man steps into the identity of a missing kid due some money, but it turns out the kid is dead and the killer was inside the family.

[LO3] A speculative look at the history and psychology of male violence.

[LO4] Beware the power of fear, for you do not always know what will be unleashed. When we talk about kids being unsafe, a fair chunk of that is on us. And more.

[LO5] This link was recommended from Maribou. My sister-in-law does a lot of work with the tribes in Alaska and a lot of it sounds just harrowing and almost hard to believe.

[LO6] This wouldn’t have happened had she not put her car in the way of a police officer going 94 miles an hour while off-duty. Well, I mean, she wasn’t driving, but still… it was about the car seat or something.

[LO7] I am skeptical of this plan’s efficacy, but the potential upsides of this are great and the downsides relatively marginal, so I wish it all the best.

[Lo8] Good for him.

[LO9] The bite that bites: Junk forensic science has put innocent people away.

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Tuesday S&T II( 107 )


[I1] Is the age of the blog coming to an end?

[I2] How do we have a past and future when the Internet is forever?

[I3] Sounds legit.

[I4] I hate to say it, but I think Getty has a point here. If you want to see an image on a site, I don’t have a problem with site proprietors (who are spotting bandwidth and often created or paid for the image) saying that you need to load the page.

[I5] Freedom’s just another word for the second to last thing you have to lose.


[Sc1] One way to be able to make better guesses at the heritability of genes is to have lots of kids.

[Sc2] Daniel Sarewitz recounts how science got its mojo, lost it, and what it needs to do to save itself.

[Sc3] I’ve been pondering the role urban heat islands could play in theoretical inhabitation of really cold places, so I found this story quite interesting.

[Sc4] Teenagers are enemies of science.

[Sc5] The ultimate longitudinal study: The data of us.

[Sc6] A look at a fraudster’s sham science of food.


[Sm1] The Blackberry carries on. I don’t own one, but I like the idea of some business-oriented phone-maker out there.

[Sm2] Wait, other people don’t name their smartphones?! We have to for our mobile hotspots and bluetoothing, if nothing else.

[Sm3] I’m sure Apple will be fine as market-share isn’t their bag, but I should have known never to worry about Android’s fate because it has a model that’s much more conducive to Asia.

[Sm4] Apple repair centers keep accidentally calling 911.

[Sm5] A mobile phone network on the moon? Cool, I guess. Maybe we can get one in Madison County, Montana?

[Sm6] This gives a real full circle vibe.


[Te1] There is an itch to regulate 3D printers and the Internet of Things. That itch that comes at higher rates from those in the industry.

[Te2] Well, maybe it’s not such a bad thing if the AI doesn’t recognize you!

[Te3] Apple has apparently outsourced some of iCloud to Google.

[Te4] I’m really surprised that Dropbox is looking at going public, given that they have more competition than ever and are hemorrhaging service partnerships. I was momentarily skeptical of Spotify’s decision to go public, but I had no idea what share of the market they held.

[Te5] A look at towers in Beijing that measure pollution.


[Sp1] Black holes are bigger and growing faster than scientists expected.

[Sp2] But… but it can’t just go away!

[Sp3] What if Earth had rings? What kind could it have?

[Sp4] When it comes to space exploration, Africa doesn’t want to be left behind.

[Sp5] The space race is patriarchy, y’all.

[Sp6] Some new thoughts on dark matter. {More}

[Sp7] Aliens!

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Morning Ed: Economics {2018.03.05.M}( 83 )

[Ec1] If underdeveloped countries don’t want them, what are we going to do with all our old shirts? Seems like we should move away from them basically being baubles for events.

[Ec2] According to a couple of economists, Sweden is (or was in 2008) worse than the US in terms of inequality.

[Ec3] So, basically, Venezuela and Berkeley. Oh, and Salon.

[Ec4] According to Jillian Keenan, West Africa is having a libertarian moment.

[Ec5] I feel like I shouldn’t be as uncomfortable with personalized pricing as I am.

[Ec6] A look at McDonald’s and behavioral economics.

[Ec7] Scott Sumner is worried about our banks. Most precisely our small banks because he thinks that’s where the most moral hazard is.

[Ec8] What if everything we know about the Dutch tulip bubble was basically from The Onion?

[Ec9] How Wakanda avoided the resource curse, and how it could better use its natural resources.

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Morning Ed: Media {2018.03.04.Su}( 29 )

[Me1] Critics of fake news have become a major carrier of the fake news contagion.

[Me2] It was an open question, but Politico succeeded. It probably says something bad about us that it did.

[Me3] Tough job.

[Me4] Familiar: Jeremy Corbyn puts the media on notice.

[Me5] They called him Pink.

[Me6] I’m impressed that she doesn’t really miss a beat.

[Me7] There is some truth to this. Some of it is that she is so unqualified for the job she had (in a way that Favreau wasn’t for “speechwriter”) and took an indeliberate route to the position, some of it is that she didn’t go to the right schools, some of it is that she works for Republicans, but some of it really is likely because she’s female.

[Me8] I cannot tell you how shocked I am. In fact, I haven’t been this surprised since… the Vice revelations.

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Morning Ed: Cities {2018.03.01.Th}( 176 )

[Ci1] A look at urban population decline. It’s not just that they’re losing people, but they’re losing families.

[Ci2] Rema Hanna looks at how the largest cities can reduce traffic congestion. Or, at least, try.

[Ci3] I agree with this. Cities need to produce success on their own terms. States, too, which is why attempts to tell California it needs to be more like Texas or Texas that it needs to be more like California are missing something important.

[Ci4] A look at the shrinking cities of China.

[Ci5] I love the UHaul Urban Index. Not the least of which because it usually tells me things I like hearing.

[Ci6] Nathan Robinson laments the loss of cities’ souls.

[Ci7] A look at the urban renewal of Pittsburgh.

[Ci8] Lexington going straight from parking minimums to parking maximums tells us a lot about the regulatory instincts.

[Ci9] I have a fondness for the idea of rebooting cities and starting them from scratch. Like say, maybe, a capital in Nebraska. Related: Behold or beware the smart city.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.02.28.W}( 105 )

[Po1] A political sexual harassment story with a spin.

[Po2] Ryan Cooper wants to trash the Constitution. I will take note that he sees the same loophole in the immutable senate that I do. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though.

[Po3] I remember when right-wing scams were supposed to be an indication of the inherent differences between the conservative and liberal coalitions.

[Po4] Relatedly, perhaps, it turns out a well-known study about how conservatives fall for fake news had some real problems. And also.

[Po5] Matt Singh cautions against confusing Britain’s economic liberalism with social liberalism.

[Po6] Noam Gildron argues that the left needs to embrace national solidarity. I don’t know that they’re going to need to embrace it, but they are going to need to (continue to) acknowledge it.

[Po7] One of the reasons that gerrymandering has gotten worse is because we’ve gotten better at it. {More}

[Po8] Has time let Jeremy Corbyn off the hook? Maybe, but I think he shares in common with Trump the fact that a lot of things that would kill other politicians were baked into his persona early on and can’t really hurt him now.

[Po9] Mussolini v2.0.

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Morning Ed: Society {2018.02.26.M}( 175 )

[So1] I find the case against best friends thoroughly unconvincing.

[So2] Day care centers for the aging.

[So3] Whatever else you might say about him, the dearly departed was ready for the zombie apocalypse.

[So4] Language comes, language goes. At the rate we’re going eventually language will be reduced to Twitter lingo.

[So5] Trav Mamone comes to the defense of gender neutral pronouns. I, of course, agree. I do wish we would settle on something other than “they” of course.

[So6] In my typical “split the difference” fashion, I say you should wear socks if you’re wearing pants (or nightgown) but not if you’re sleeping in your underwear.

[So7] From Rufus: I’ve been fascinated with the art world’s decision to make Chuck Close a signal case on harassment.

[So8] A retrospective on Mr Rogers Neighborhood. I remember Mr Rogers much more fondly than Sesame Street. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood kind of pales in comparison, but Lain likes it a lot more than the fuzzy copies of the original show I have.

[So9] Helen Dale writes of Brexit, the Anglosphere’s left-leaning artistic community, and the ramifications of partisan art that needs government support.

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