American Football In London

It’s no secret that the NFL wants back into Los Angeles. The two questions have always been “Can we move a team there?” and “If we can’t, where do we put the other expansion team?” On the latter, Roger Goodell says London. I think that would ultimately be very unsuccessful. London couldn’t really maintain sufficient…

Vice Presidential Severance

“For the entire time Cheney was vice president, he had a secret letter of resignation pending. He wrote this letter because he saw a gap in the U.S. Constitution. If a vice president is alive but incapacitated, there’s nothing in the Constitution that allows for that person’s removal. Worried that he might find himself in that position, he created the unprecedented letter.”

Linky Friday #44

Ed note: Due to time constraints and declining interest, Linky Friday will be taking a hiatus after this week. Neat: [N1] The US Army is trying to build Iron Man. [N2] The AV Club has an interesting piece on the lasting impact of Homestar Runner, one of the first successful webseries. [N3] Thirteen gateways to…

For Your Safety and The Very Likely Marginal Safety of Others

“A fair number of accidents on the road may indeed be attributable to car malfunction of one sort or another, and the number would presumably accumulate over a large enough span, but that shouldn’t be the question. The question should be the extent to which an annual (or less) check of certain things reduces them to any significant degree. And whether each thing we are forcing people to address, in itself, would save lives. How many lives, and at what cost?”

Monday Trivia #135 [Don Zeko wins!]

California, New York, Texas. Florida, New York. Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin. Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota,…

Linky Friday #42

Science: [S1] It reminds me of the Grunions invasion from Beverly Hillbillies, but Jellyfish are invading and it looks like it could be something serious. It seems weird to me that this could be such an intractable menace. [S2] The Earth isn’t flat. Maybe the universe isn’t flat, either. [S3] According to Alex Knapp, we’re…

Monday Trivia #132 [Michael Cain wins!]

From most to least: Russia, Greece, Chile, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, Estonia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Indonesia, China, Poland, France, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Japan, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Israel, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Canada, Brazil, United States, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, South Africa, Mexico, India The statistics are the most…

The Perfect Outrage Story

A librarian in New York was fired for defending a kid who read too much and was hogging reading prizes at the library. This is probably the perfect outrage story. Conservatives can be outraged by yet another indication of our ribbon-for-everybody society (said librarian’s boss wanted to distribute the prize randomly). Liberals can be outraged…

Monday Trivia #131

Wyoming, New Mexico, California, Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Utah, Mississippi, Connecticut, North Dakota, West Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Montana, Maine, Alabama, Indiana, South Dakota, South Carolina, Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Rhode Island, Michigan, Pennsylvania,…

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White Collar Machismo

“We can’t get mothers to work more hours. We’ve tried, and failed, for forty years. Mothers won’t bite for a simple reason: if they work 55 hours a week, they will leave home at, say, 8:30 and return at 8:30 every day of the workweek, assuming an average commute time. Most moms have this one little hang-up: they want to see their children awake. Increasingly, many fathers do, too.”

Our Health Care “System”

In the past, I’ve gotten what I can only call “Fake Insurance.” Which is insurance with high deductible, minimal payouts, and the ability to cease coverage if I were to actually have cause to use the insurance I was “purchasing.” Basically, the only reason to have the insurance is to avoid a Lapse in Coverage. So, considering that I had motivation to keep coverage, and not have them cease coverage, I basically acted like I was uninsured.

Linky Friday #38

Science: [S1] We’re apparently making monkeys dumber. [S2] Our kidney shortage hits the unemployed hardest. Writing: [W1] I am quite pleased to see my friend Abel participating in the petition by LDS authors to get a uncancel a book by a gay author on account to his acknowledging his partner. [W2] Eleven words that can’t…

Sex-ed, Lies, & Protection

My sex-ed in school was… not entirely honest. And not necessarily because of the right-wingers wanting to scare me out of having sex. They lied to get us to use condoms. They said flat out that there is no difference in sensation if you’re wearing a condom and if you’re not. They said to guys…

Linky Friday #36

Residence: [R1] Recent research suggests that housing vouchers do not disperse crime, as previously thought. One thing I find interesting is that the article mentions that these vouchers are putting a lot of recipients in the suburbs. This piece is in Atlantic Cities, which loves to gloat about increasing poverty in the suburbs. If they…

Collegiate Return on Investment

Salary.com has the scoop. There aren’t any surprises, for those who pay attention to such things. It’s worth noting that the difference here actually has less to do with ROI and more to do with whether you attended public school or private. The “worst” degree, which is communications, still pays for itself 58% of the…

A Freedom Lost

Link It’s a great speech, though somewhat undermined by the fact that you’re dead for part of the first second after impact. I do like this commercial for seatbelts: Link I remember my father describing to me a commercial about life jackets. It involved a couple of kids sitting on a boatzoomed-in like, holding each…

The Benefits of Air Steerage

James Atlas complains about inequality in the skies: The choice of “snacks” on some recent flights I’ve taken include blue potato chips, a cranberry-almond bar, a packet of trail mix and — a selection I haven’t been offered before — popcorn. But it makes sense: the cabin already feels like a movie theater at the…

Pensacola Blues

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has had a bad couple of weeks. Not as bad as their marks, though. A couple weeks ago, deputies shot a man getting some cigarettes out of his car. Then a couple days ago they shot two dogs. After entering someone’s house without a warrant.