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.

Dressing Your Station

if you’re in your thirties or forties and you enjoy video games or superhero movies, well that’s what you enjoy. There is something tragic about being expected not to. Life is too short. But appearance? That strikes me as a place where it’s quite easy to conform.

Trumwill’s Trek: Tunnel Vision

We arrived last night (picture to come). Our house, it turns out, is kind of a dump. With what we’re paying for it, we’re not all that surprised. In addition to the affordability, the signs were there. The AC isn’t working very well. That’s a more pressing issue. Internet gets hooked up tomorrow. The movers…

Trumwill’s Trek: Sailing Through Seneca

Our time in Seneca was spent almost uniformly on the tollway. Which is very efficient, both because they make lots of money and we have little distraction. On the other hand, we also spent remarkably little time in the state outside the gated Interstate and do little in terms of local commerce. We should be…

Question For Chicago Peeps

It’s looking like we may be passing through Chicago with a little too much proximity to rush hour. Back home in Colosse, you can avoid the worst of it by taking a loop around the city. Is there any option in Chicago that would allow us to avoid the worst of the traffic by bypassing the city (or the city’s core)?

Trumwill’s Trek in Trumanverse

I meant to post about this at the outset, but time got away from me. So I have a plan for a series of posts where I am going to take a picture of every Trumanverse state I cross through. This includes Minnetaria, where I will never be more than a mile or two from the border. When it’s all done, I’ll add links to all the pictures and bump this post up, where it’ll be an index for all […]

Targeted Compensation

A frequent topic of conversation lately here at The League is compensation for organ donors. Sally Satel, a recipient of an uncompensated donation, recently made the case for compensated donation at Slate. This post isn’t about the merits of that particular argument (so please, let’s not rehash it). Rather, it’s about this passage: Kidneys can be donated by the living. Indeed, roughly half of all donors are friends or loved ones of recipients. To induce more strangers to save a […]

Open-Sourcing Linky Friday

So here’s the deal: I have one Linky Friday post ready and I need two. So you are invited to provide the second! 1) Send an email to my gmail account (trumwill at). Include the link and between one and three sentences of commentary. If you have more than that to say on the article, put it in a comment. 2) Since it may not be appearing until next week, I would not recommend an article that is particularly time-sensitive […]

Pronunciation Nation

At long last, proof that southerners are the only people who use correct words and pronounce them correctly! I actually do have most of the southern affectations listed here. Some of them I didn’t know were even regional. Does nobody else know the difference between a highway and a freeway? Seriously?! And it’s definitely lawy-er,…

The Rehabilitation of Mike Tyson

The recent conversation about Chris Brown reminds me of something I have been wanting to write a post on for a little while. Ever since I saw one of the closing episodes of last season of How I Met Your Mother. Mike Tyson had a guest role helping the main character take care of a…