[G1] Political scientists and reporters rank states by corruption. New Jersey came out as the most corrupt, though Louisiana didn’t participate.
[G2] New Jersey wants to become the first state to regulate pet grooming.
[G3] Owen Courreges says that New Orleans looks to become the model city for anti-smoking extremism. I don’t know that this is worse than New York City, but it’s pretty bad.
[G4] Michael Carney thinks we long since ought to have replaced the SSN as our main identifier.
[G5] Does Obama’s amnesty give illegal immigrants more rights than legal immigrants?
[F1] Michael Brendan Dougherty throws cold water on those celebrating the recent news on divorce rates.
[F2] Contrary to the claims of many as well as intuitive sense, premarital cohabitation does not increase the odds of marital success. Scott Stanley asks why not?
[F3] True love waits! Or more precisely, early sex is a pathway to non-marital cohabitation, while waiting to have sex is a pathway to marriage (and better marriages, at that). Beware confounding factors, of course.
[F4] Where have all the good men gone? Maybe women shouldn’t insist on the “steady job” thing?
[M1] From Vikram Bath: What happens when you charge a Harvard Business School $4 too much for Chinese take-out
[M2] Retail fronts may be able to compete with ecommerce after all.
[M3] Legalized gambling has been a bane to lower-income Americans, but perhaps it can be used for good and not evil, to entice them to save.
[M4] Yes, yes, there’s no such thing as free shipping. The thing is, free shipping isn’t about getting something for nothing as it is about price transparency and reliability.
[M5] The Washington Post makes the case that it’s bad for poor minorities if you give them money.
[C1] The Pirate Bay is down, maybe for good. Good riddance, says a former contributor, because theys old out a long time ago.
[C2] Though they’re clearly doing so in their own self-interest, I’m quite glad that Netflix et al are trying to reverse the highly troublesome Innocence of Muslims verdict.
[C3] I don’t completely agree with the complaint here. If you want people to stop using your image for commercial purposes, you can do that. But failing to do that, it seems weird to say “We don’t mind people using our image for commercial purposes, as long as it’s not the people hosting our image.” This explanation helps a little, but not much. Still mulling it over.
[C4] GM and Ford are being sued over a new feature that allows you to rip CDs in your car.
[C5] The UK is legalizing parody works and media backups.
[C6] This story – about a game teaching pirates about the consequences of piracy – isn’t new, but still cracks me up.
[C7] Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, approaching one billion works are free to use online.
[L1] New Jersey is contemplating making lying for sex a form of sexual assault. So under this law, if a fifteen year old girl tells an eighteen year old guy that she’s legal, is she as guilty of rape as he is?
[L2] Speaking of such things, here’s an article about the gender double standard when it comes to statutory rape.
[L3] With budgets being tight and crime being low, it’s no surprise that states are re-evaluating expensive incarceration options. It is a bit of a surprise that Texas is one of the states leading the way. Perhaps they hate taxes even more than they hate criminals!
[L4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: You can’t play Russian Roulette with a Semi-Auto Handgun.
[L5] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Part of the problem is a compliant, and dare I say lazy, media who print police PR without any independent investigation or follow-up.
[T1] Detroit is stuck in Windows XP.
[T2] New York wants to give everybody WiFi, though some better WiFi than others. Before the rise of 3G and 4G, the case for municipal WiFi was stronger than it is now.
[T3] AT&T wants to know how come their 6Mbps DSL isn’t good enough for the folks of Chanute, Kansas.
[T4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Geek Squee! Holograms with haptic feedback (via ultrasound)! So cool!
[T1] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Somethings are best viewed with some time & distance. Especially when it’s a stellar collision! Very cool to watch, but I certainly would not want to be local to the event.
[E1] MIT has removed (free) lectures from its servers because classes taught by (alleged) creeps are no longer educational and informative, I guess.
[E2] From Mad Rocket Scientist: I think I have a different working definition of trauma than these kids do. I could understand if a student was a close friend or relative of the deceased, but for everyone else who has measure of separation from the involved parties, welcome to adulthood, compartmentalizing your emotions is part of what you have to learn how to do as a professional.
[E3] How sociologists made themselves irrelevant.
[E4] The title says it all: “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” is an actual science paper accepted by a journal.
[E5] Matthew Lynch argues that bilingual education should be mandatory.
[E6] When you look at admissions percentages, you’ll notice some interesting things. Some colleges that one might not consider particularly competitive nonetheless reject a lot of students. This isn’t that, but it came to mind when reading Amanda Graves’s complaint about being courted by colleges that have no intention of accepting them.
[E7] Does the college define its students, or do students define the college?
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