Cities:[Ci1] Ed West wants to know why we don’t use architecture that makes us happy? (Especially given that it commands a premium in excess to the cost.)
[Ci2] Mercer has its list of Quality of Living ranking of cities. Everybody to Vienna!
[Ci3] Stefan Al writes of the interweaving of malls and their urban surroundings.
[Ci4] A ghost city in China is filling up.
[Ci5] Tyler Cowen says the future of San Francisco may be Monaco.
[Ci6] Suburban sprawl is harshing songbirds’ mating buzz.
Crime:[Cr1] I wouldn’t really mind lowering blood alcohol limits to .05% nearly as much if we didn’t treat .05% like .15%. Contrary to the billboards, buzzed driving is not the same as drunk driving.
[Cr2] Jesse Singal points to a new approach against campus sexual assaults that may have some potential.
[Cr3] After being fined for wasting police time about a stalker, Shana Grice was killed by the stalker.
[Cr4] David Perry went to Washington with a message from disabled Americans: Stop killing us (and allowing us to be killed).
[Cr5] Inauguration Day arrests turned into an information bonanza for police.
[Cr6] Jacob Sallum has a run down of the sexual panic that has lead to our sexual predator laws.
[Cr7] The original, indisputable narrative behind the JCC bomb threats keeps getting jammed.
Law:[L1] The importance of the Oxford comma (to a bunch of workers who went to court for overtime pay).
[L2] This… does seem kind of like a bum settlement.
[L3] At Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic wonder how things move forward if the relationship between Judges and Trump is personal.
[L4] Copyright trolling isn’t dead yet.
[L5] It’s not a positive development to hold lawyers accountable for the clients they defend.
[L6] It does seem to me there would be some liability here.
Business:[B1] Noah Smith argues that it’s not actually crazy to bring manufacturing back to the US.
[B3] A matter of trust, and the science behind it, and how employers can try (try!!) to encourage it.
[B5] Hollywood Reporter has more on the toll that “Peak TV” is taking on Hollywood writers.
[B6] Well, I suppose this is one way for some of these free sites to get ad revenue.
Media:[M1] The FBI has arrested the tweeter that gave Kurt Eichenwald a seizure, and the story of how they did so is interesting. I don’t have a problem with going after the guy, though some do.
[M2] The Independent Journal Review started out with a lot of potential, but became the latest example of why modern conservatives can’t have nice things. (See also, The Federalist.)
[M3] Fake News, Japanese Edition.
[M5] Iain Martin writes of the misinformation we’re getting from Britain (and who’s giving some of it to us).