[G1] Sean Kemp argues that British politics are too obsessed with American politics.
[G3] Alex Massie writes about the two tribes of Scotland, and how the Scottish independence movement isn’t over. Meanwhile, Janan Ganesh and Daniel Larison think that English impatience is the greatest threat to the United Kingdom.
[G4] Benjamin Schwarz argues that urban planners are demolishing Britain’s working families.
[G5] As overboard as I believe our CPS goes sometimes, at least we aren’t Britain, where parents are being warned that they will be reported if kids play the wrong video games.
[A1] Washington state looks to have a 75mph speed limit. Welcome (back) to the west, Washington! Seriously, the low statewide speed limit happens when a majority of people in the state live in a place where something is appropriate for that part of the state and not necessarily the state as a whole.
[A2] Even though they tend to be net beneficiaries of tax dollars, I often wonder if secondary and smaller cities in populous states like New York, California, and Illinois would be better off if they weren’t anchored to those cities. Articles like this touch on why.
[A3] From Oscar Gordon: Today on “Politicians Desperately Seeking Relevancy.”
[A4] From Oscar Gordon: That’s one way to indicate to a union that you aren’t interested.
[L1] It is becoming increasingly apparent that Scooter Libby got screwed.
[L2] The System must be preserved, demonstrable innocence be damned.
[L3] New York has high cigarette taxes, which results in a significant black market. Much of which comes from Virginia. So what responsibility, if any, does Virginia have here? There are some interesting parallels here with NY:VA::USA:Mexico.
[L4] The estate of Marion Barry is suing his kidney donor.
[L5] No serious harm was meant, and no damage was done, but let’s go ahead and charge an eighth grader with felony hacking.
[L6] Henry Rayhons, the guy who was arrested and charged with having sex with his wife (who had dementia) in a nursing home, was acquitted.
[U2] Saul bait via Oscar Gordon: Why should states fund university philosophy departments?
[U3] Liberty University is the first FBS school to announce that it’s going to pay its students athletes the full cost of university attendance. Notably, they’re also the FBS school most anxious to move up in to the FCS.
[U4] Meanwhile, Colorado State, which like a great many schools is looking to upgrade from G5 to P5, is taking on a whole lot of debt on a bond to build a new football stadium, in addition to a plethora of student-related goodies like luxury dorms and student centers.
[U5] Louisiana State, on the other hand, can’t even get a bond.
[U6] Jason Rabedeaux was once an attractive rising star in the world of college basketball coaching. He was found dead, fat, and wasted away in Saigon.
[H1] Russell Saunders got his first mammogram.
[H2] From Christopher Carr: My wife was wondering why we hadn’t seen lychees at the supermarket lately and found this.
[H3] The Science of Ouch: Why it hurts so much when you stub your @$*@ing toe.
[H4] News I can use: Facts about urine, including how to train yourself to pee less often.
[P1] From Oscar Gordon: This makes me just want to build my own printer…
[P2] This will not only add economic efficiency to consumer products, but will be great for those of us who are allergic to waste.
[P3] From Road Scholar: An alternative to carbon sequestration?
[P4] David Shultz wants to know if you’ll be able to read modern-day articles in 1,000 years, with an eye towards antiquated hardware. To answer his question, I think the answer is “yes” for text, due in large part from the transition from binary to marked up text. You won’t necessarily have the formatting, but you’ll have something readable. I’m less sure about image files, and skeptical about anything dynamic like video games or interactive anything.
[C1] I recently listened to a graphic audio that was incredibly painful. It was simultaneously so busy that I had no idea what was going on, yet also quite boring. But I had to see it through to the end. Because of that, this story about “purge-watching” (as opposed to binge-watching) really resonated.
[C2] From Glyph: Daniel Scotto asked if I was Herman Kahn, which led me to this not-new but very-interesting profile of the man
[C3] Christopher Carr passes along this link about where binge drinking occurs most in the US.
[C6] Ben Schwartz argues that we are in an age of a comedic bubble and satirical excess.
[C7] This video – Via Oscar – cannot be unseen, and since life is long, you’re likely to see it at some point. So go ahead and watch it now. I can’t say you won’t regret it, but you will have satisfied the inevitability: