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Linky Friday: Apple Pie( 73 )


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[Cr1] The most dangerous city in the country is… Anchorage?

[Cr2] This isn’t so bad until you get to the part where teachers get to make it a First Person Shooter.

[Cr3] A look at the psychology of mass murderers.

[Cr4] Well, no, California is not circling the drain in any meaningful sense. But they should do something about those stolen cars, it seems to me.

[Cr5] When the charge is counterfeiting, the charges can stack up.

[Cr6] The Canadian Security Intelligence Service looks at terrorism and violence in Canada, and what makes a radical.

[Cr7] 57% is a really high number. [Ed Note, this was located as part of Cr3 by accident.]


[Fr1] Zeynep Tufekci says that it’s the golden age of free speech… and it’s poisoning our democracy.

[Fr2] Jacob Mchangama looks at the history of free speech and why it matters.

[Fr3] The UK is going to have to rein in its surveillance.

[Fr4] Lindsay Lynch argues that women aren’t free to be asshole geniuses the same way men are.

[Fr5] Nathan Robinson reports that college campuses may not be the dens of leftwing totalitarianism that we have been lead to believe.

[Fr6] Prisoners in New Jersey are not allowed to read a book about how poorly the system is allegedly biased against them.


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[Lb1] An optimistic look at automation and jobs.

[Lb2] How progressive policies can lead to larger gender wage disparities. The flip side of this, of course, is that no choice is made in a vacuum. Sometimes this whole discussion feels like a snake eating its tail.

[Lb3] Watch where you’re going. Watch very closely.

[Lb4] Electric Lit has a list of the worst workplaces in literature. I really liked the one of these that I read (Then We Came To An End) so maybe I should check out the others.

[Lb5] Barton Swaim shares his father’s stories of being a repo man

[Lb6] Getting fired for political wrongthink at Google maybe isn’t just for the right of wing?


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[Wa1] No surprise, but a nuclear war with North Korea would be very, very bad. How far out from the city would you need to be to survive a nuclear blast?

[Wa2] The curious Cuba Embassy scandal continues, as they have found neurological damage among the Americans serving there.

[Wa3] Sounds like everything in Ukraine is going swell.

[Wa4] A long time ago, that left-wing hippie Donald Rumsfeld suggested that maybe taking the war to the middle east was creating more terrorists.

[Wa5] A look at the psychology of drone pilots, the remote warriors.

[Wa6] We may not be seeing covert regime changes in the near future.

United States:

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[US1] In their forever stamp, the post office depicted the wrong Statue of Liberty.

[US2] The national park service is trying to revisit Reconstruction and educated the public.

[US3] Well, this is one way to make sure that graffiti is banned and/or is removed quickly.

[US4] Sarah Jones argues that telling ruralians to move isn’t the answer. I agree it’s not the only answer, but (at least in a different political environment) is something we should think encourage. Not sure this one can be saved. And I would say this one can rot if it weren’t for the subject of the story.

[US5] Carol Graham looks at the optimism of African Americans. Hillary Clinton’s book had a good section on the bitterness of the White Working Class that touched on this.

[US6] A Chinatown mall takes shape in Boise.


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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.02.22.Th}( 42 )

[Po1] How do non-democracies become democracies? Often, the answer is hubris and the illusion of control.

[Po2] Plurality victor systems are terrible.

[Po3] Sometimes candidacies never end, when there are free dinners involved.

[Po4] Resignation not accepted.

[Po5] Pascal Boyer looks at why politics makes us stupid.

[Po6] How do active-duty candidates campaign?

[Po7] Can the center hold in Germany?

[Po8] If you’re a Republican in Houston who is disinclined to research, the Houston Young Republicans are here to help with a handy chart! I don’t know anything about any of these candidates, but the answers here are really quite interesting.

[Po9] Pew Research looks at voter files and voting behavior.

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Morning Ed: Art & Entertainment {2018.02.21.W}( 63 )

[AE1] This sounds pretty cool, but the price point is too high.

[AE2] I understand the reasoning here, and I’m not really offended by curse words, but this will make television worse and not better.

[AE3] How about we just have fewer sex scenes to worry about?

[AE4] A story of copyright and the Night of the Living Dead. One of the stronger arguments for copyrights – and corporate copyrights in particular – is that it does give studios an incentive to be stewards of the product. It’s not fully clear what’s going to happen to a lot of these properties when/if they do enter the public domain, though as this points out you still have copyrights for future iterations (and they’ll have trademarks and legal departments that might just scare everybody away anyway).

[AE5] I am unsurprised at the (false) assumption that fiction has no substantive value beyond entertainment. Though… most of the stuff we read probably doesn’t.

[AE6] Does Black Mirror exist in the Zelda universe?

[AE7] Dan Hirschman argues that we should study superheroes.

[AE8] John Harris argues that Spotify is bad for music.

[AE9] {Pouty voice} I wish my parents invested a billion dollars in me… (But seriously, how does Hulu survive and if not does post-Hulu look like the oft-predicted fragmented subscription services where each network has its own?)

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Morning Ed: Education {2018.02.20.T}( 90 )

[Ed1] This doesn’t surprise me, and not in a “kids these days” sort of way. There were similar issues when I was in college just because people didn’t know to know where they should go.

[Ed2] Oliver Batemen ponders the end of the university. I’m… not seeing it.

[Ed3] Education Realist looks at the teaching of Algebra 2.

[Ed4] One of the problems we’re going to run into when looking at underperforming schools is HBCUs.

[Ed5] The Koch’s are opening their wallets to universities, looking at criminal justice reform and foreign policy, among other things.

[Ed6] LD Burnett makes the case for the humanities.

[Ed7] Well, we just recently paid our student loans off, so it would figure. More seriously, this underestimates the potential political resentment this would fuel.

[Ed8] SpottedToad looks at Bryan Caplain’s The Case Against Education and worries that if higher education went away we would need something to replace the peripheral aspects of it. And here’s Robert Verbruggen.

[Ed9] The damage done by Flint’s water crisis appears to be staggering.

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Linky Friday: Live From Las Vegas( 106 )


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[P1] A look at hero pitbulls.

[P2] I’ve had two dogs that have beat eating one another’s poop and vomit for so long I think they’ve been trading the same bug back and forth for two weeks.

[P3] The story of two hero dogs, who woke up a probably peeved owner and brought them outside to a woman who was freezing to death.

[P4] The dog of the 20 mile journey home has a new home. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania

[P5] One way or another, pet owners are going to win this. {More}

[P6] Your dog regrets nothing.


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[R1] Russell Moore looks biblically at how to handle the revelation that people you admire has done wrong.

[R2] Is rock music getting religion?

[R3] I’m sorry, come again? Commentary from Joe Carter.

[R4] Mormon blogger Carolyn says the LDS Church needs to do more about violence against women.

[R5] A look at cults, exotic religion, old religion, and male dominance. Religious institutions reflect their cultures as well as affect them, so it’s not a surprise. But interesting all the same.


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[E1] Alden Wicker looks at how we can recalibrate our consumerism for the sake of the environment.

[E2] What if the planet demands that we have to keep some economies behind? I suppose the answer is going to depend heavily on whether or not you’re in one of those economies.

[E3] A look at the utter destruction of our coral reefs.

[E4] Ted Nordhaus is worried about our unrealistic climate change goals.

[E5] David Roberts does a really good job outlining the sometimes conflict between anti-climate change advocacy and environmentalism.

[E6] Maybe polar bears aren’t about to get slaughtered by climate change. I swear, polar bears have the best PR guys.


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[He1] This is not new information. There is some preventive care that lowers costs. Most of it doesn’t.

[He2] Japan’s emergency rooms are getting taxed, possibly to the point of collapse.

[He3] In Britain, does the NHS serve the populace, or does the populace serve the NHS?

[He4] Theodore Dalrymple writes of a surgeon who erred and was tried for manslaughter.

[He5] Imagine how much more effective this might be if they were allowed to suggest that they can help people quit smoking and/or that they are less risky than cigarettes?

[He6] For the Reason Foundation, Adrian Moore argues that health care providers ought to be able to innovate. The devil, of course is in the details. Really, though, both the public and private aspects of our system need work.

[He7] America’s worse opioid crisis of the 20th century.


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[Cr1] According to a new study, male criminals have criminal children, but female criminals apparently only do if they mate with male criminals.

[Cr2] Should Guantanamo detainees have a right to art? More specifically, a right of their art to leave the base.

[Cr3] We may have laughed, but it worked.

[Cr4] Women used to use hatpins to keep unwanted suitors at bay. Male legislators of course sought to ban them.

[Cr5] This is going the extra mile to impress a woman.

[Cr6] Gosh, says the defender of asset seizure, if you don’t let the police keep the proceeds why would they even bother busting people at all?

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Morning Ed: Diversity {2018.02.15.Th}( 127 )

[Di1] Behold, the whiteness of Seattle.

[Di2] Adam Ozimek argues that it’s too late for a wall, pointing to the consensus that the era of mass Mexican immigration is over. Kudos to Ozimek for addressing the Central and South America question, which a lot of people miss.

[Di3] Ontario lawyers, evidently, must take a pledge to support diversity.

[Di4] Japan is ramping up its immigrant workforce.

[Di5] For Wikipedia, anyway, ideological diversity produces better content. {In Science} {On Campus}

[Di6] A look at Indo-Anglians, India’s English-only citizens.

[Di7] According to Tove Lifvendahl, Sweden has taken in more refugees than it can handle.

[Di8] Jane the Actuary looks at the other dreamers: Children of legal immigrants who likely won’t be able to stay here indefinitely.

[Di9] A look at how China sees race and how the government manipulates it.

[Di0] #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

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Morning Ed: Valentine {2018.02.14.VD}( 103 )

From Will Truman:

[WT1] Leslie Loftis looks at why women say yes when they want to say no.

[WT2] I wish these couples all the best, but it doesn’t seem especially related to #MeToo unless we’re defining it as more vocal feminism.

[WT3] A journey into Ashley Madison, which is evidently still around.

[WT4] Whether in football or in romance, it’s important to have a game plan.

[WT6] I totally agree that online dating may make society less segregated… by race. On the other hand, it creates a more hierarchial dating regime, which results in disparities elsewhere (including, I would bet, social class.)

[WT7] Kristin Rae Lapore writes of the importance of adult guidance in young love and relationships. I… didn’t listen to adults a lot when I was young. It turned out they were right a lot, however.

[WT8] I’ve been re-evaluating my opposition to expensive weddings lately. Maybe they serve as a barrier to demonstrate seriousness and less serious couples will shy away or something. I’ve seen purchasing a ring do this. According to some new research, however, maybe skip the expense and just invite more people.

Scott Stanley

[SS1] Porn, yeah, it’s a thing. Will Truman adds: Whether we’re talking about media or the decisions our peers make, culture matters a great deal. Liberals grok this better in some contexts, conservatives in others, but there is no sexual freedom (or freedom to abstain) completely divorced from social norms and constants.

[SS2] This is really great and seems like a big deal. Less sex.

[SS3] In casually dating relationships, women underestimated male’s use of porn by factor of 13.

[SS4] “Liberals and conservatives liked their dating partner less after discovering that he/she was on the wrong side of the political spectrum, but only liberals became more uncomfortable.” -Rolf Degan

Nick Wolfinger:

[NW1] Why are married people having less sex? I struggle for an explanation, but a couple of interesting nuggets.

[NW2] Brad Wilcox & I write our seemingly annual article on the benefits of marriage. More: The relative death rate of unmarried people compared to marrieds increased greatly in recent decade.

[NW3] This year there’s been some serious social science suggesting that the benefits of marriage may have been overstated. The most convincing has been by Matthijs Kalmijn {PDF}. Still, there’s a silver lining in that marriage may lead us to view things more positively.

[NW4] Here: At early ages, less educated people marry more. Then there’s crossover, resulting in much higher rates for people with college degrees. In Europe: Inverse relationship between education and divorce is weakening in many European countries:

[NW5] Dating couples account for more domestic violence than spouses.

[NW6] Interesting new (gated) study shows that egalitarian gender norms reduce marriage for less educated women, increase marriage for educated women. Also, partially egalitarian areas have higher divorce rates than either low or high egalitarianism. Related: Women who do more housework are less satisfied with their marriages, divorce more

[NW7] General Social Survey data show that cheating is now much more likely among older adults. This portends a future of less adultery.

[NW8] Promiscuity hasn’t increased in decades, declined only for college-educted men.

Nick Wolfinger is a Professor at the University of Utah who has written some books about marriage & divorce. Scott Stanley is a social studies research professor investigating commitment, marriage, cohabitation at the University of Denver. You know who Will Truman is.

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Tuesday S&T( 62 )


[Sc1] Carl V Phillips looks at the (generally positive) National Academies report on ecigarettes, and why they got the gateway effect so wrong on vaping.

[Sc2] Overcommitment? Excessive optimism? Danielle Teller says that almost all of our medical research is wrong.

[Sc3] Jon Christian is explaing how Black Mirror is affecting scientific ethics.

[Sc4] Theodore Dalrymple wants to know why so much bad science is being published.

[Sc5] Avoiding social media scorn has become a criteria for science, evidently. The dynamics referred to here have always been in place, I’m pretty sure. Social media is just throwing new dynamics into the sociology of science.



[Sp1] The Challenger explosion, thirty years later.

[Sp2] Uhhh, maybe some things should go uninvented?

[Sp3] Nicole Mortillaro investigates why Canada doesn’t have a rocket program, and the brain drain that may be creating.

[Sp4] Behold, the gooey, cheesy goodness of Jupiter’s moon, Io!

[Sp5] Oooh, a zombie satellite!


[En1] Ute Collier wants more attention paid to renewable heat (which would, in turn, allow us to use less fossil fuels in producing heat).

[En2] Shell is considering the idea that Peak Oil may be a demand issue instead of a supply one, and is planning accordingly.

[En3] What if Trump isn’t wrong on solar panel tariffs?

[En4] This winter Texas’s electrical grid took a record licking, but kept on ticking. And next summer, they might need microgrids.

[En5] Good news: China’s coal consumption may have peaked.

[En6] New Jersey’s governor is going all-in on renewables.


[Te1] Measuring farts.

[Te2] Doom!!!!

[Te3] Yes and no. You can go three generations back on the Samsung Galaxy S series and still have a perfectly capable phone. But while computers have nowhere to go, there are still some interventions smartphones need to make and the market won’t really settle until they have.

[Te4] The truth is that we will probably always be able to tell when these videos are fake. The concern is that we won’t want to.

[Te5] On acclimating ourselves to our self-wiretapping.

[Te6] As Rufus pointed out to me, this article on smartphones destroying the next generation has been atop their “most popular” list for a really long time.

[Te7] The anatomy of an iPhone leak.


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Morning Ed: World {2018.02.12.M}( 129 )

[Wo1] I’m not sure what the answer is for the EU regarding defiant members, but it sure seems like this hasn’t worked.

[Wo2] Kristian Niemietz says that Brexit could have gone differently.

[Wo3] Sonny Bunch is unimpressed with The Doomsday Clock, which is set higher now than it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ditto Michael Siegel.

[Wo4] In light of recent events, maybe this wasn’t the victory that some supposed.

[Wo5] Behold, the duality of Australia.

[Wo6] I would welcome it if Venezuela would stop acting as a cautionary tale for the rest of the world.

[Wo7] The Spartans, says Gabriel Russell, were morons.

[Wo8] Up to a point, history was largely a giant game of telephone.

[Wo9] The New Orleans drainage system has a 93,000 pound Mardi Gras hangover.

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Linky Friday: Inside/Outside( 330 )


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[Sp1] Eggheads.

[Sp2] I’m with Newt. Teams should be owned by cities or players and not millionaire middlemen.

[Sp3] Of course, I actually go back and forth on player unions… except football. I mean, seriously

[Sp4] Why does home field advantage occur? Incidentally, in conference games (which gives us a control for scheduling) the home team in college football wins about 55% of the time.

[Sp5] Being a high school football coach in Texas is a well-paying gig, though increasingly job security is looking more and more like college football.

[Sp6] So now we’re publicly financing rugby stadiums. Better yet, a 43-year lease for a team in a league that didn’t exist two years ago and only played exhibitions last year.

[Sp7] Hey, look, it’s the Puppy Bowl! Uh, oh… controversy!


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[Tr1] According to Devin Leonard Penn Station is bad and it’s about to get worse.

[Tr2] Ford’s CEO wants us to move beyond cars.

[Tr3] Honestly, I’m surprised the judge so freely admits to driving a Toyota.

[Tr4] Good luck and godspeed.

[Tr5] A look at how Sweden is rethinking the safety of automobile travel.


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[Fa1] I am genuinely surprised that these women were told that ten eggs would be enough. Even with IVF and the like, the hit rate can vary a great deal.

[Fa2] Alice Bradley argues that parents should stop asking kids about their day. We’ve been pressing kind of hard on the how-was-your-day and what-did-you-do-today things, largely because we’re trying to get our girl to communicate more.

[Fa3] Are women surpassing men in the infidelity department?

[Fa4] Should it be taboo to criticize parents with “too many kids“? Or any?

[Fa5] Are fertility rates going down due to high rents? It… certainly makes sense. There are a lot of things that make cities favorable or unfavorable to having kids, and cost and space are #1 and #2.

[Fa6] There are multiple reasons not to post pictures of your kids on the Internet. Killjoys are one.


Linky Friday: Inside/Outside

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[Ho1] This is crazy for many reasons, the least of which is that open garaged doors are themselves usually ugly.

[Ho2] A look at the sausage-production of trying to regulate AirBnB.

[Ho3] California SB 827 strikes me as either a really good way to encourage increased density where it might be the most useful, discourage transit expansion, or both.

[Ho4] What’s up with the dearth of mobile homes in Iowa? I would have guessed something to do with tornadoes, but that immediately made no sense as there is no shortage in Oklahoma.

[Ho5] I’m sympathetic to the landlords here right up until they start demanding city-wide weed smoking bans in apartments. Somewhere in between preventing landlords from banning weed and a city-wide ban is a pretty straightforward solution. (In the meantime and until leases are renewed, apartments should have the option of extending their cigarette smoking bans to weed.)

[Ho6] This is probably right. Likewise, if you burn a $100 bill in front of a homeless person, you’re not making that person poor. It’s still gonna create problems, though, and it’s important to understand why.

[Ho7] Our cities need to build up, but so do our suburbs. An argument for these decisions not to be made at the local level.


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[Lb1] With contracts of adhesion, is there a difference between this and just doing away with the state minimum wage?

[Lb2] Workplace wellness programs may work… as screening mechanisms.

[Lb3] This will end badly.

[Lb4] The case for letting employees call the shots.

[Lb5] Behold, the dangers of collective bargaining.

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Morning Ed: Arts & Entertainment {2018.02.08.Th}( 137 )

[AE1] A feminist look at Die Hard, and why men can’t agree on why they hate The Last Jedi. I enjoyed it a great deal.

[AE2] Megan McArdle is worried about Netflix’s debt in pursuit of original content… much of which is not very successful.

[AE3] A look at why authors invent fantasy worlds. Also, some fantasy cities.

[AE4] This is kind of odd. The Wonder Years ended on a pretty definitive note. It would have been weird if they’d brought it back for another season.

[AE5] Are we doomed to a cinematic future that caters to the Chinese denominator? That’s probably true of theater movies, but eventually film might find the equilibrium that television did where they spend less (comparatively) and therefore can succeed with a more clarified viewership.

[AE6] I just want to point out that this is the Hollywood Reporter drawing a connection between sexual promiscuity in culture and sexual impropriety and not William S Truman.

[AE7] Deborah Cohan writes about how difficult it is for millennials to make friends. I… empathize a great deal.

[AE8] I guess I can understand ditching the Spike name, but “Paramount Network” dramatically overestimates Paramount’s brand, even among people that like Paramount movies. If they simply dusted off the UPN name, some people might recognize that and stop while flipping through channels.

[AE9] In the age of the paperback, the ebook persists. A little over a year ago, Amazon laid off some of its professional ebook prep people, giving us even less faith than before in self-publishing and ever-more fodder for kindle cover disasters.


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Morning Ed: Media {2018.02.07.W}( 75 )

[Me1] Dan Rather is just not ready to let go of the limelight. The part about Rather potentially not fitting in is cute.

[Me2] Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay carriage fees.

[Me3] The Prime Minister’s “fake news task force” is not as creepy as it sounds, but still unnerving to me on some weird base level.

[Me4] This is the greatest thing I have read all year.

[Me5] TA Frank says we’re living in a golden age of conservative print media. It’s certainly become more conflicted than it used to be, which I guess is more interesting in a way.

[Me6] There’s no way the Obama/Farrakhan picture would have made a difference in the general, though it might have in the primary. The photographer’s decision to bury it was interesting.

[Me7] Three cheers for student journalism!

[Me8] Has Texas Monthly crossed the line between journalism and promotion?

[Me9] China has a plagiarism problem.

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Morning Ed: Health {2018.02.06.T}( 21 )

[He1] The UK is dealing with a nursing shortage.

[He2] Eli Lilly’s much touted effort to as screening mechanisms.”>rid the world of Alzheimer’s was a failure, but maybe we can learn from it.

[He3] This seems like a great idea and I wish it well.

[He4] Maurizio Plescia got an allergy to some medicine and ended up being on cigarette packs as a warning against smoking.

[He5] The efficacy of kissing the booboo will never cease to surprise (and delight) me. (Yes, yes, I know that says more about homeopathy than booboo-kissing, but still.)

[He6] It’s like “kiss the booboo“, except for grownup women giving birth.

[He7] Speaking of giving birth… dear lord.

[He8] This is a pretty amazing story. (Well, many amazing stories.)

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Morning Ed: Relationships {2018.02.05.M}( 68 )

[R1] Looking for love in all the modern places.

[R2] When it comes to premarital cohabitation, the lower classes have the most to gain in saved rent and also pay the highest costs, while the well off can afford not to and we end up having to debate whether there is any cost all.

[R3] I don’t know whether it’s despite the fact I did the matchmaking sites thing or because I did that, but I have an appreciation for the more organic internet love stories in this article. (I read my future wife’s music lyric site before I met her, my future wife read my blog.)

[R4] This is an important life lesson that most people miss. Preferences are fine, but you have to figure out which ones really matter. I was terrible about this, either holding on to preferences that didn’t matter or throwing caution to the wind with ones that really did.

[R5] I’m genuinely pleased that the conversation around #MeToo is moving us to a place where we can talk a lot more freely about that area in between sex that is rape and sex that ought to be socially acceptable, without relying on marriage as a key distinction.

[R6] I don’t disagree with Holly Scheer here, no matter how much her set-up tries to set me up to. Past a certain age, anyway, after a couple years you need to start asking yourself why you haven’t moved forward and you need to be reasonably satisfied by the end of the third year or so.

[R7] Jordan Ecarma says that the solution to our ethics problem is in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

[R8] Nicholas Wolfinger looks at sex in red and blue states.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2018.02.01.Th}( 70 )

[LO1] One of my favorite things about this story is that rank-and-file probably complained to reporters expecting a sympathetic reaction. Meanwhile, on eBay

[LO2] What if convicting cops doesn’t reduce police shootings? Well, bummer, but there’s still the whole “justice” thing.

[LO3] The “11 school shootings already” figure being tossed about is, according to Becket Adams, kind of misleading.

[LO4] Outrageous! Of course, here in the US when police find a driver with a lot of money, they’ll take the money and his car.

[LO5] It turns out that crime-predicting algorithms are not good.

[LO6] Not to blame the victims, but at some point you have to start wondering if you just weren’t meant to have a lot of money on an ongoing basis.

[LO7] Tight budgets are forcing some suburban police departments to hire part-timers that they can’t easily fire, and that’s creating problems.

[LO8] A conspiracy theory about the Mattress Firm is, evidently, gaining steam.

[LO9] From Jericho to Jesus to the Cold War and beyond, Candida Moss writes about what prostitutes have given our culture.

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Morning Ed: Education {2018.01.31.W}( 64 )

[Ed1] Good on FIRE for doing the FIRE thing.

[Ed2] While you want a conviction rate above 0%, you probably want one below 100% too.

[Ed3] This strikes me as intuitively true to the point that I was probably guilty of it. Apart from a possible expectation that women need to accommodate, there is also the expectation they be polite if they don’t and so it’s easier to ask because they won’t yell at you.

[Ed4] Sometimes, objective metrics that often have disparate results can still actually be helpful to minority applicants. I wrote a bit about that at Hit Coffee a while back.

[Ed5] If only there were ways to send people to schools based on on some criteria other than precisely where they live. But more seriously (because of course that’s not what Vox has in mind), while it make sense to throw statistics out for the South, a lot of people are going to come away with this with the impression that the problem is worse in the South than elsewhere. It isn’t. Also, questionable statistics.

[Ed6] Should teaching be political? Four perspectives. It can’t be entirely apolitical, but if it’s not minimized by effort, it can go in all sorts of directions.

[Ed7] Assessing what works in the classroom is really, really difficult.

[Ed8] Chinese education institutes are invading our campuses. Perhaps Russia should have tried this.

[Ed9] Relatedly, economic professors for hire!

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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.01.29.M}( 73 )

{Ed Note: Tomorrow I am leaving town off-and-on for the next couple of weeks. If links are bad, they won’t be fixed. You might be able to track them down here, or maybe not.}

[Po1] Emina Melonic looks at leftist globalism, nationalism, and core principles.

[Po2] Classism at work: The reason we don’t have a Troglodyte/Eat-the-Rich Party is that it doesn’t have the wealthy patrons and media influence a party needs to succeed.

[Po3] Marissa Mayer is okay with being discriminated against on account of her values. {via Oscar}

[Po4] Sure. Why not.

[Po5] Is John Roberts going moderate? One way or another, either he or Breyer is likely to be the next swing vote.

[Po6] Just a reminder: We could get rid of shutdowns altogether, for the most part, if we were so inclined. Changes like this would need to be made without knowing who is going to control the House at the next cycle. Such as right now, for instance. (The specific proposal throws in budget cuts, which are unnecessary.)

[Po7] Francis Fukuyama writes about the rise of populist nationalism, and remains hopeful.

[Po8] Once you’re talking about soulmates, a lack of actual infidelity doesn’t actually matter as much as it otherwise might.

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Linky Friday: Gods and Robots( 95 )


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[Ro1] Minister of AI? Interesting concept!

[Ro2] If we thought we were afraid of AI before, imagine how much we’ll fear them when China rules them.

[Ro3] Sand mounts look like boobs, apparently.

[Ro4] Well, this is a murder mystery waiting to happen.

[Ro5] In the future, you really won’t be able to believe your lyin’ eyes or ears. The fun is just getting started.

[Ro6] Guys, maybe it’s time to pack our things. We’re doomed.


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[Re1] What’s up with Mormons and science fiction?

[Re2] Kevin Williamson looks at the Church of Satan.

[Re3] Will the Catholic Church need to resort to ordaining married men?

[Re4] Ahhh, the predictable unpredictable plot twist.

[Re5] Remi Brague writes on the Christian roots of secularism.

[Re6] Matthew Walther explains why he believes in the Devil.


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[En1] Ramez Naam on the steadiness and transmission of wind power. Naam is ever the optimist on these things (here’s a more cautious view). I am increasingly sold on the general cost of renewables, so storage and transmission are likely the two biggest challenges.

[En2] Amy Harder is skeptical of attempts to sue Big Oil like the cigarette companies. Exxon looks primed to go on the offensive against California.

[En3] Even forgetting the new terrifs, solar panels cost a lot more here than elsewhere. Is regulation to blame?

[En4] The New York Times looks at how climate change skeptics overperform in search engines.

[En5] I don’t always drink socialism, but when I do I drink mineral resource socialism. They can’t easily outsource where the oil is, and also it helps create support for more drilling. {More}

[En6] Never mind the SUV, eco-conscious wealthy people need to start applying social pressure to one another against taking private jets. It’s the holy grail of hypocrisy charges, not the least of which because it sticks.


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[Sc1] Good to know, I guess?

[Sc2] They need to work on their disaffected stare.

[Sc3] Even chickens like attractive people.

[Sc4] Andrew Gelman says cientists need to grow a thicker skin.

[Sc5] Chad Orzel argues that we need to make scientists public intellectuals.


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[Sp1] Images from the future of the Space Race?

[Sp2] Bad. Things. That’s what.

[Sp3] Beautiful.

[Sp4] Harrumph.

[Sp5] We must go to Mars.

[Sp6] I would say killjoys but I never want to make contact with aliens so I guess “whew.”


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Morning Ed: Mindspace {2018.01.25.Th}( 29 )

[M1] A study on some of the psychology of ecigarettes and smoking cessation.

[M2] Maybe, just maybe, we will somehow be able to restoring lost memories. And the curse of those who cannot forget. I don’t want to remember everything, but it would be nice to have more control over what I forget.

[M3] Why are Chicagoans seeing giant winged creatures?

[M4] We sometimes learn from fiction by confusing it with non-fiction in our minds, it appears. I have actually sometimes wondered if The West Wing didn’t have an indelible effect on the Democratic Party (or at least it’s self-image).

[M5] A look at temperamental differences within the UK and the US.

[M6] The social danger of envy. An argument against inequality, but also an argument against the politics of equality?

[M7] Step one is that the Kochs need to buy USA Today. Step two is make everyone work at night.

[M8] There are limits to the power of gratitude.

[M9] I am a believer we often sabotaging ourselves with overconfidence in willpower, and convincing one another that if we’re “really serious” about change we wouldn’t need to avoid temptation.

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Morning Ed: Media {2018.01.24.W}( 116 )

[Me1] I feel like I should somehow disapprove of this, but can’t quite bring myself to do so.

[Me2] A profile of Ashley Feinberg. If she were on the right, she’d practically own Breitbart.

[Me3] Gillibrand ’20!

[Me4] Newsweek has become 47 year old Joe McCarthy, drinking liquor on a curb and “>mumbling about Communism. But wait, what’s this?

[Me5] Did the National Enquirer bury a Trump infidelity story? Interestingly, when I was going through Fire and Fury one of the thoughts I had was that it was super-weird we hadn’t heard a lot more about infidelity. That just changed.

[Me6] The House of Lords evidently really doesn’t want journalists looking into them.

[Me7] Jack Shafer and Matthew Ingram argue that Pinch needs to sell the Times. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles… I’m coming around to the idea that media (or at least more media, especially of the print variety) should be a non-profit enterprise.

[Me8] Having no shame means never having to say you’re sorry.

[Me9] The end of an era for Huffington Post, as they’re no longer doing the “unpaid contributions” thing. Fear not, at Ordinary Times, we very much do the unpaid contributions thing.


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Morning Ed: Crime (2018.01.23.T}( 9 )

[Cr1] In a bold move, Alaska has ended cash bail. I’m not one to believe that because most of the world does one thing and we do another that we should reconsider our stance, but it would be worth our while here to look at what other countries do for a system that so obviously privileges wealth.

[Cr2] Bold!

[Cr3] Sometimes it seems like if Uber didn’t exist, a capitalist-hating creative type would have to invent them. Is Lyft this way?

[Cr4] Kate Waldman has a good piece on why USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s victims were ignored. What jumps out at me about this one is how his victims were bigger than he was, and yet still…

[Cr5] California prison guards have a very high suicide rate.

[Cr6] Danielle S McLaughlin argues that the media (and others) owe the girl who made up the hijab attack an apology.

[Cr7] Well, it’s true as far as that goes: Swans don’t judge. Probably.

[Cr8] A study from last year on sex crimes had some surprising revelations, including higher frequency of female-on-male harassment and female-on-female prison sexual abuse than previously supposed.

[Cr9] She didn’t do it! God said so.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.01.22.M}( 22 )

[Wo1] This is going to be one of the big conflicts of the century. I alluded to it in my Siege of London post. The problem for places like New York is that more citizens live outside of places like that than inside of them, and more Brits live outside London than inside of it.

[Wo2] How has Japan managed to avoid the populist revolt?

[Wo3] I… got nothing.

[Wo4] Germany is looking at re-evaluating its hate speech law, as they feel social media countries are becoming too pro-active. The framing of this as “too much power for American social media companies” seems kind of disingenuous, as they would (I think?) still have the right to enforce their own policies.

[Wo5] It strikes me that this might be something really good for churches to do more of. Especially mainline ones that seem to be looking for something to do.

[Wo6] I’m happy about the outcome but boy the prospect of binding international courts

[Wo7] This makes me thirsty just thinking about.

[Wo8] A look at the proposed Russian Internet.

[Wo9] The best way to help the world’s poor villagers is to give them a bus ticket.


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Linkonomics Friday( 231 )

Family Economics:

[FE1] Karol Markowicz has a really good piece about raising rich kids after growing up poor. This was sort of something that my parents ran into it. Not that we were rich, but we were certainly upper-middle, they were not raised with that mindset, and it caused a lot of conflict where we were raised poorer than we were.

[FE2] Relatedly, Jane the Actuary looks at Charles Murray, education, and class.

[FE3] How big of a problem is inequality, really?

[FE4] There are two kinds of people out there: Those that will pay $2 for $1 of loss prevention, and those that won’t. The IRS apparently will.

[FE5] David McKinley (R-WV) is looking at what smartphones might be able to do for the unbanked, if given some infrastructure and deregulation.

[FE6] With a lot of hard work and grit, you can escape poverty. Provided that nothing goes wrong.


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[Bu1] With corporate mergers, the water flows to New York. The coming liberal order will contain hierarchies upon hierarchies and ever taller figurative towers. The big must get bigger, and the smaller need to go.

[Bu2] More than the other ones, I really like the idea of turning dead malls into high schools. The only example was only temporary, but it seems to me there are some layout similarities.

[Bu3] Demographic problems are leaving Japanese businesses vulnerable of having no successor when the owners die.

[Bu4] In the end – except in Boston – suggested pricing doesn’t work, apparently.

[Bu5] The Minnesota’s decision to kneel at the end of the Vikings-Saints game had consequences.

[Bu6] Russians, apparently, love TJ Maxx.

[Bu7] AYFKM?


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[La1] Give them an inch… But seriously, I’ve gone back and forth of what the ideal workweek is in a post-scarcity society. The number I’ve come to is about 24 hours or so. Germany isn’t post-scarcity, but if they think they can get away with 28, who am I to complain?

[La2] What if the famous 1973 chart is wrong?

[La3] A new study from Denmark on minimum wages and youth employment.
planet. Noah Smith advocates going slow.

[La4] How the Damore case is bringing out the inner leftist of some righties, when it comes to employee rights. {More}

[La5] Emily Top explains an attempt to get rid of a potential gray area involving union violence.

[La6] Nathan Robinson wants us to be able to vote out our bosses.

[La7] It’s easy to forget how, from 2014 to 2016, employers were extremely bold in abusing H1-B laws.

World Economics:

[WE1] Is neoliberalism even a thing?

[WE2] Robert Schiller looks at narrative economics and the importance of stories in understanding.

[WE3] Are traditional Republicans winning the debate with Trump on NAFTA?

[WE4] When oil prices fell, Texas took a real punch to the gut. And yet

[WE5] Russia’s economy appears to be back to recession?

[WE6] China is expanding its international ports… including into landlocked countries.

[WE7] Meanwhile, in Tunisia

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Morning Ed: Wildlife {2018.01.18.Th}( 6 )

{W1] Never trust a frozen iguana. Also, don’t pity the frozen gator.

{W2] Well, that’s one way to address bird poop.

{W3] Global warming: Bad for everyone else, but maybe good for beavers.

{W4] Hey Australia, one of your thingies escaped to Florida. Could you go back and retrieve it?

{W5] Sheep, evidently, have one up on me.

{W6] So it’s basically like a species that has been unhappily married a really long time so everybody is tuning each other out.

{W7] This photo is amazing.

{W8] Google Street View captures the crab invasion.

{W9] Important facts about manatee and octopuses.

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Morning Ed: Vice {2018.01.17.W}( 135 )

[Vi1] Karol Markowicz is a forgiving sort.

[Vi2] In this video, a girl talks about getting weight-loss surgery and says that she had to because there’s no point in living if she’s fat. That this is used as an argument about sugar policy and not in how we treat our fat is positively galling.

[Vi3] Soon beer bottles in the UK may come with grotesque images of bloated livers on them.

[Vi4] This wouldn’t matter if it had been discovered today. Maybe it still doesn’t.

[Vi5] Not that it matters anymore, but the threat of second-hand smoke may have been more than a little overstated.

[Vi6] Due to a technicality, it’s still technically legal to smoke on government property in the UK.

[Vi7] This is definitely a collision of competing values. For conservatives, employer rights vs nannying. For liberals, employee rights vs smoking.

[Vi8] This year, the World Health Organization is now going to list gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.

[Vi9] Due to increasing concerns over artificial sweeteners, Diet Coke drinkers are switching to alternative drinks… including regular Coke.

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Morning Ed: Diversity {2018.01.15.M}( 90 )

[Di1] Texas State University is rapidly growing, and has a rapidly growing reputation for a racism problem.

[Di2] Uhm. Points for trying, I guess?

[Di3] On the one hand, a lot of these criticisms are right. On the other, shut up.

[Di4] There was a lot of pushback on this from the right, but this professor sort of says some of what they often say just using different words and somewhat different framing.

[Di5] Without black activists, there may be no New Orleans Saints.

[Di6] Responses to privilege epiphanies differentiate between those that want a better community and those that want to be better than the community.

[Di7] Rats are racist, and venture capitalist can learn from that.

[Di8] Are Canadians becoming white?

[Di9] Africa is, in fact, sending its best and brightest.


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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.01.12.F}( 94 )

[Po1] Sharon Lerner has a profile of EPA Director Scott Pruitt.

[Po1] A deeper look at apocalyptic rhetoric, and the risks it assumes. This is about the actions and attitudes it can spur (false moral clarity, unjustified extreme measures, etc), but there is also the issue of apocalypse fatigue, which I think has played a role in allowing things to reach they point they have in multiple arenas.

[Po3] When it comes to non-competitive congressional elections, the fault may lie not in the stars or gerrymandering but in ourselves.

[Po4] I might lament it becoming more common for executives to enter politics if we weren’t starting from a position so overwhelmingly populated by lawyers.

[Po5] Sometimes I have wondered if Eliot Spitzer got a bit (just a bit) of a raw deal. No, it appears.

[Po6] Jay Cost argues that the presidency is driving us nuts.

[Po7] Chris Beck argues that Trump-hatred is rational, but the hysteria needs to be dialed back because it’s not helping.

[Po8] According to Matthew Gertz, there is more to the feedback loop between Trump and Fox than we even think.

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Morning Ed: Media {2018.01.10.W}( 27 )

[Me1] We need to do a better job of differentiating between dry fact-checking statements and explaining the context of statements. The former is yes/no, for the most part. The latter is inherently subjective.

[Me2] A study looks at the role the media plays in perceptions of crime using a natural experiment in Italy.

[Me3] Nathan Robinson writes about how social justice media is undermining social justice for clicks and money.

[Me4] Breitbart can run from its endorsements, but it can’t hide. If your sole criteria is hates liberals and mainstream conservatives, you do run the risk of promoting Nazis as they do manage to piss off both.

[Me5] The creator of the concept of Fake News has regrets. It’s almost humorous how quickly this turned into an own goal.

[Me6] The good news is that in the overall “fake news” seems to mostly be preaching to the choir who are actually getting most of their news elsewhere. The bigger danger isn’t crap being made up on Facebook, but the sense of validation some of it gets on closer-to-mainstream outfits like Fox and company.

[Me7] It’s not often you hear reporter complaints about reporter pay being too high. But men’s pay is too higher than women’s pay, apparently.

[Me8] This is not a headline you expect in 2018. So are they going to start hiring reporters again?

[Me9] Eric Garland is on the warpath.

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Linky Tuesday: Hot & Cold Wars( 82 )


Linky Tuesday: Hot & Cold Wars[Wa1] UN Peacekeepers have a rape problem in the Congo.

[Wa2] The story of a soldier who served abroad and died a hero at home.

[Wa3] A Twitter thread on the rise of Milosevic.

[Wa4] Nicole Gelinas says security theater is choking the Big Apple.

[Wa5] Kurdistan is becoming a thing.


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[Es1] In a spinoff of the hit FX TV show, The Americans – San Francisco Cell.

[Es2] An interesting profile on Reality Winner, an unlikely “terrorist.”

[Es3] A look at how Russia did its thing as Washington dithered.

[Es4] Alex Finley says we need a new kind of spy.

[Es5] If Trump was installed by the Russians, why does his Russia policy look a lot like what Hillary would have done?

[Es6] Meanwhile, in years’ past, the Soviet Internet stopped a coup.


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[Te1] In some ways, old computers were actually faster than new ones are.

[Te2] Marlene Jaeckel has a different sort of story about women in technology.

[Te3] Misunderstanding my butt. All of this could have so easily been avoided at least three ways: Miscommunication, user settings, or replaceable batteries!

[Te4] China threatens to become the world leader in drones.

[Te5] Heather Wilhelm worries what technology is doing to what’s left of our social skills and common sense.

[Te6] I don’t fully understand Facebook’s business decision here. This seems like an area where they could exert some serious influence and therefore wrangle some money out of the system.

[Te7] If you can’t beat’em, join’em.


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[Ho1] When housing subsidies serve mostly to jack up the cost of housing.

[Ho2] Seattle may lose its place as a more affordable Silicon Valley. It’s looking bad everywhere, except maybe DC. (Thanks, Trump.) We are too big of a country for everybody to be trying to outbid one another for such a small parcel of it.

[Ho3] Well, shipping them to Texas is one way of dealing with the homeless.

[Ho4] What houses under $50,000 look like.

[Ho5] Noah Smith’s heart is in the right place, but there is some conflict within his proposed solutions to housing costs for the poor. Making it harder to evict will either stunt development or result in higher rent.

[Ho6] Meet a Portland developer who is trying to make legit-affordable (instead of subsidized-affordable) housing.

[Ho7] Affordable housing, but you know, not in a way that that involves building up.


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[Tr1] Icy roads are the worst and lasers are cool so awesome.

[Tr2] Google Maps is taking leaps ahead of the competition, specifically Apple. I mostly use Waze or HERE, but Google Maps is really good at telling you exactly which lane you need to be in when you’re in a complicated interchange. {More}

[Tr3] Ride-hailing services are taking their toll on airport budgets.

[Tr4] Here’s a tweetstorm worth reading on privatized rail and highways in Japan.

[Tr5] The headline of this article about in-car entertainment worried me, but it’s actually realistic about what people are going to do and that we can’t really expect them to do otherwise.

[Tr6] The Shenzhen bus service is going 100% electric.

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Morning Ed: Society {2017.01.05.F}( 17 )

[So1] What if Dr Phil isn’t actually making people better. He wrote one of those “getting your life together” books that I actually found quite helpful for a time, but hard to argue that his show is helping anyone.

[So2] Alexi Sargeant is kind of creeped out by cinema’s resurrection of the dead. I am just not feeling it. The inevitable buddy flick with Humphrey Bogart and Matt Damon gonna be lit.

[So3] I am a firm believer that we need more vacations that involve doing nothing. Maybe a cabin in the woods?

[So4] Elissa Strauss explains why kids are attracted to the “fascism” of Paw Patrol & Thomas the Tank Engine. The problem is that when you define fascism this way… it doesn’t look so bad.

[So5] Complaints about the Empire Strikes Back.

[So6] Adam Ozimek uses Star Wars to argue that art is best left to corporations.

[So7] Rick Webb gives a mea culpa over his Internet utopianism. The issues he talks about here are confronted every day on Twitter, of course, as well as regularly here at Ordinary Times and at pretty much any active venue. {More}

[So8] Robin Hanson says that norms should be automatic, and explores the implications of that.

[So9] In The Federalist, S F Kistler laments the loss of communities and neighborliness. We’ve never really had close neighborly relations except in the rural west. Which as an asocial soul I tend to be okay with.


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Morning Ed: Education {2017.01.04.Th}( 148 )

[Ed1] The case against rubrics. And, where grades come from.

[Ed2] In 2008, a professor at a “college of last resort” explains his skepticism.

[Ed3] Backlash or backlash to the backlash, depending on how you look at it, but professors are being forced off campus because of right-wing threats. {More}

[Ed4] Education Realist has some worthy thoughts about the teacher shortage. As with the doctor shortage, the question to me isn’t whether one exists but how it exists: in what places and what specialties.

[Ed5] Chad Wellmon wonders what happened to general education. Fair point about finance and football, but fraternities are on the downward slope these days and arguably one of the more traditional education things being eased out of existence.

[Ed6] Politico points out that Trump hasn’t done much to back up his talk on college affordability. Well, okay, but near as I can tell the only major politician to actually do something about college costs (instead of just shifting them around) is Rick Perry.

[Ed7] Peter Finucchio looks at a Republican prposal to forgive student loans in return for delaying social security.

[Ed8] Conor Williams wonders if white families aren’t intruding in bilingual schools. I understand the concern, but really the #1 thing bilingual schools should want is positive attention from white people.

[Ed9] Nayley Glatter wonders if it isn’t time to do away with applicant interviews. A friend who would know suggests that they’re more about alumni donations than student selections.

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Morning Ed: United States {2017.01.03.W}( 94 )

[US1] Memphis found a creative way to get around a Tennessee law instituted to protect Confederate statues.

[US2] Hurm.

[US3] When bros are bros.

[US4] We give cops a lot of crap, but we should also remember the good they do.

[US5] Ziplines over the Grand Canyon!

[US6] Sometimes plans to murder an estranged spouse can be a bit too elaborate.

[US7] Some questions sort of answer themselves, so the answer to the question of why all the bars in New Hampshire sell foods is obviously government regulations.

[US8] I approve of the Dick Clark New Year’s show having a New Orleans franchise. I suppose it’s too much to ask that they have a couple ore for the other two main time zones. Santa Fe and Las Vegas, maybe?

[US9] A look at laws going into effect in this New Year.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2018.NYD}( 61 )

[Po1] Courteous malevolence. One of the weird thing about my Twitter experience are some of the lovely people I’ve gotten to know with these wicked right-wing streaks on some issues or others that prevent me from recommending them to others. To be clear, they’re not Nazis or anything. But it can still be jarring.

[Po2] I am increasingly skeptical of articles that include the phrase “Social Justice Warriors” but I thought this piece by Thomas Varnke about the desire of some to link every social justice issue to the premier ones from yesterday was a worthwhile read.

[Po3] Everybody knows the Internet is driving us apart. But what if it isn’t?

[Po4] Jonathan Bernstein looks at the Virginia Tie and sees reasons against majoritarianism. I disagree with him on some of the specifics (I don’t favor the filibuster), but his point of conflating “democracy” as “majority rule” (and suggesting anything anything besides majority rule is minority rule) is solid.

[Po5] I thought the term “snowflake” had been around forever, but Chuck Palahniuk takes credit for inventing it. Meh. I’m not sure about that. The concept of everyone being as unique as a snowflake had been around for a while, and it was a pretty intuitive step from there to its current usage.

[Po6] The one takeaway from 2016 that seems like it might be the most long-term significant is the education divide. We are exactly one election removed from education being a poor predictor of R vs D, but there is a bit of a destiny feel about it that will lead to no good. {More}

[Po7] Reapportionment looks to benefit the south, with Florida and Texas in particular. Montana had better get that second seat, is all I’m saying.

[Po8] The economy is doing great. Why isn’t it helping Trump? The economy wasn’t the only reason he was elected, of course (there were, ahem, others), but perhaps his appeal rather depended on things going poorly. What use does an America that’s “Great Again” have for a doomsayer.

[Po9] This is a good look at Trump’s judicial nominations and why he’s done so well at the appellate level and so poorly at the trial one.


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Linky Friday: Blood Money( 133 )


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[Cr1] I’ve been listening to the John Sanford “Prey” series, all of which involve serial killers. One of the premises of the books are that serial killers are actually more common than we think, we just don’t link them. Maybe computers can!

[Cr2] Plot, counterplot.

[Cr3] Right on Crime, a pro-reform conservative outfit, points to the failures of Ban The Box.

[Cr4] Matt Walsh looks at all the things we still don’t know about the Vegas attacks.

[Cr5] Maybe their suspicions weren’t entirely misplaced.

[Cr6] A judge applauds a killer.

Business & Labor:

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[BL1] Revolution! Hamilton Nolan wants to make life tougher for the rich, and not entirely by way of political action (which they can evade anyway).

[BL2] Debt collectors in the US can be pretty nasty, but take a look at China. [NYT]

[BL3] San Francisco says no to delivery drones.

[BL4] Down with tipping culture!

[BL5] Amazon is trying to get humans and robots to work together.

[BL6] If it looks like nothing can ever change with regard to workplace sexual harassment, progress was made in an unlikely sector.

[BL7] A report on the end of retirement.


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[Sp1] Maybe a reason that colleges spend so much money on athletics program is that it attracts students. “[FAU head coach] Kiffin’s impact has transcended football. Kelly told ESPN earlier this month that FAU’s out-of-state applications for the 2018 fall semester were up 35 percent.”

[Sp2] Nothing says Alt-Right like Merry Christmas and watching the Army-Navy game.

[Sp3] Well, this looks kind of suspicious.

[Sp4] Ana Marie Cox writes about how she became a TCU football fan. It involves her relationship with dad.

[Sp5] In the middle of a celebratory parade, an Astros coach nearly died.

[Sp6] David Bixenspan argues that Vince McMahon has been making a more GOP-oriented product for years. What’s interesting is that defying some stereotypes, wrestling has among the leftier of fan-bases.

[Sp7] Relatedly, a look at wrestling documentaries. Two of the ones I’ve seen, the Ric Flair 30 for 30 and Beyond the Mat which spent a lot of time on the fate of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, were insanely depressingly. I have the ethical problem with wrestling that a lot of people do with football, where I think there is more the WWE could do than the NFL can.

[Sp8] R-S-T-L-N-E… or not.


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[X1] A first-person account of being a freelance Amazon delivery person. Reminds me of my stint of delivering flowers, except he probably never got stiffed like I did.

[X2] Snow, snow, everywhere, but not a plower to plow in Maine.

[X3] Eric T Styles writes about his stint as a first black Tiny Tim.

[X4] Matt Lewis gives lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life.

[X5] This is why nobody likes you doctors.

[X6] Just because you win doesn’t mean you won’t get left with coal.


Linky Friday: Blood Money

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[Sc1] Learning from rockets about volcanoes. A new volcano may be forming in New England… eventually. We need to figure out a way to redirect this volcanic energy to the Pacific and see if we can create a new continent.

[Sc2] Bringing glowing Avatar plants to life.

[Sc3] The good news is that science can finally give you a new head of hair. The bad news is that they may need to replace your scalp first.

[Sc4] We had some scientific breakthroughs five years ago. How did they hold up?

[Sc5] Some scientists never got their due.

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Morning Ed: Media {2017.12.28.Th}( 123 )

[M1] Hillary Clinton took a stab at being editor of Teen Vogue.

[M2] Did Matt Taibbi get a bad deal? Nah. Maybe first-person narratives joking about committing sexual assault is a bad idea.

[M3] Meanwhile, the fate of Glenn Thrush is being considered. But wait, there’s more and more! Throw in Lizza and Halperin, and at some point, enough top-flight writers and journalists will be disgraced that they could start a top-flight publication. Maybe Vice could hire them, since it would be right there in the name

[M4] Meet the Defender of the Snowden docs.

[M5] Jack Shafer writes a eulogy for the alt-weekly. This strikes me as another opportunity for the right to take advantage of the the broad left’s myopia for prestige… or maybe just a dead end medium.

[M6] It’s remarkable how quickly so much journalism turned into this.

[M7] Oops.

[M8] James O’Keefe and a Breitbart editor are somewhat backwalking their defenses of Roy Moore. I am coming around to the belief that, like Tucker Carlson, they should not be allowed to shrug off the side they decided to stand on when push came to shove. “We didn’t mean it” doesn’t make it better and may make it worse.

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Morning Ed: Love & Marriage {2017.12.27.W}( 69 )

[LM1] Millennials are high on the prospect of human-robot relationships.

[LM2] Barbara Ellen is not so worried about sex robots replacing women.

[LM3] Now it appears to be men, rather than women, who want to be in relationships. At least, in the UK.

[LM4] A look at the role genes play in when we lose our virginity.

[LM5] Periodic OT contributor Kave Harveston writes in Tempest about the bad example set by Jim Halpert and other romantic protagonists. Jim obviously wasn’t creepy because she felt the same way. But… there was no way for him to really know that, was there?

[LM6] Is spousal abuse more common in evangelical familiars? It seems to correlate (inversely) with devoutness. There is an interesting parallel here with Trump’s primary support within the GOP: It was rather weak among the devout evangelicals, but really strong among the nominal identifiers.

[LM7] Born from sin: Polygamy begets violence.

[LM8] Some new data that’s likely to give Jonathan Last some heartburn.

[LM9] A rorschachian statististic: Robert VerBruggen writes about how a fall in shotgun marriages helped lead to a generation of children born out of wedlock.

[LM0] “More attractive men use attractiveness to have more partners. More attractive women use attractiveness to have fewer partners.” -Lyman Stone

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