[Ed notes: Comments this week will be monitored very closely. Please be respectful. Also, a new feature has been added, “Tweet of the Week”, which speaks for itself as to what it is. Sometimes it will be a very well made point. Other weeks it will be something along the lines of the below.]
[H1] Nobody knows how the FDA deeming regulations are going to work in practice, which has been great cause for concern. I’m happy to see that the general counsel to HaloCigs seems somewhat optomistic.
[H2] Here is some reason to be pessimistic about antibiotic resistance.
[H3] The American Society of Anesthesiologists has announced that fasting is no longer needed during labor. To which my wife said “Halleluja!”… she’d not been enforcing it anyway because it was pointless. Also, a hospital in California explains how it reduced c-section rates. Clancy takes a non-interventionist tact, so she could certainly approve.
[H5] A stupidity virus exists, apparently.
[E1] Woohoo! Seattle is moving back school start times.
[E2] The Chronicle of Higher Education looks at how student loans are subsidizing college athletics programs and its arms race.
[E3] I’m actually just a slight bit sympathetic to this spoiled young lady, if her story is accurate: her parents really should have taught her better.
[E4] I understand why colleges like out-of-state students, but don’t understand why so many students want to go to college out of state. Isn’t cost supposed to be a pressing issue? I understand some cases, if you live in Wyoming or something (though usually then states will often help you go out-of-state if they don’t offer your program), but there seems to be something else at work here.
[E5] Marcus Winters takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s portrayal of charter schools as succeeding-through-skimming.
[B1] The currency route, the Norwegian prince, and fishmongering.
[B2] The rise and fall of Subway. And that was before Jared blamed his pedophilia on his sandwiches. There’s actually a case that this is less about Subway and more about the state of affairs of those who are not well off.
[B3] Alex Tabarrok takes issue with Ursula K Le Guin’s anti-Amazon screed, and makes a good point.
[B4] It seems to me that there ought to be a middle ground to Facebook’s real-name policy.
[B5] From Jaybird: This story about the CEO who paid everyone $70K turned WEIRD.
[P1] This tool that allows you to input voting totals and get delegate totals for the GOP primaries is cool, but alas did not tell me what I wanted to hear. Rather, it convinced me that I have to take a Trump nomination more seriously than I had been.
[P4] Argentina turns to capitalism.
[P5] At last! Gilmentum!
[G1] Do gay rights advocates have Chief Justice John Roberts to thank for Obergefell?
[G3] The latest in Pennsylvania: You do not have a right to see pornographic emails at the attorney general’s office, despite Kane’s efforts.
[G4] No slippery slope here. They just jumped right on down.
[G5] It turns out, legalizing pot leads to more pot-related hospitalizations.
Society:[S1] With the Fifth of November come and gone. Bradley J Birzer writes about how V for Vendetta represents the graphic novel at its best.
[S2] Also, the secret history of the graphic novel.
[S3] An… enterprising individual figured out how to use 23andme’s website to allow webmasters to block people from websites on the basis of their ancestry.
[S5] Gabrielle Glaser takes aim at Alcoholics Anonymous. I hear mixed things about its effectiveness, but I assume regardless it will endure because it makes for good television so it will probably always have popular culture at its back.
Tweet of the Week:
From Sweden; oddly mesmeric: “all posters except posters about posters being prohibited are prohibited” pic.twitter.com/HKQqPVo3Kb
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) May 20, 2014