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Linky Friday: Godly Pursuits( 132 )

Religion:

[R1] Russell Moore wants Christians to know that religious freedom also applies to non-Christians! This genuinely seemed better understood a decade ago than now, though we’ve always had problems with it. Nic Bourbaki has more.

[R2] Somewhat relatedly, here’s how Roy Moore tries to square his belief in religious freedom with the belief that it doesn’t extend beyond Christianity.

[R3] This complaint ties into conversations we’re had around here about religion in television. There are Muslims on TV, but not usually especially observant ones. There are Jews on television, but same deal. Even protestants. The main exception seems to be Catholics, and even then when they meet their priest there’s usually a line about how they stopped going to church.

[R4] Lyman Stone says that the emptying of Mainline churches may have some serious political implications.

[R5] A look at St Louis Park, the Jewish hub in the Twin Cities.

Food:

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[F1] Don’t worry, there is no restaurant bubble.

[F2] No.

[F3] Killjoys.

[F4] This “food hall” thing seems both snooty and appealing and I’m not proud of that.

[F5] Markham Heid writes on lying food labels. Looking at portion sizes seems obvious, but the other packaging making the portion sizes seem larger than they are seems like something worthy of scrutiny.

Sports:

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[Sp1] Huh. Trying to turn gaming into a traditional league with cities and everything.

[Sp2] David Hill reports a potential poker scandal.

[Sp3] There’s no shame in it, in my opinion. Should the day come when I need Rogaine and Rogaine might help, I’m definitely not too proud.

[Sp4] Ryan Locthe was cleared. Do we care? Should the “left wing sports media” have any regrets?

[Sp5] We didn’t just have the Negro Leagues here, but Japan did its own thing. Maybe we have more to learn from them.

Education:

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[Ed1] Freddie is really worried that provocations in the culture wars are about to lead to a massive defunding of higher education.

[Ed2] Jonathan Wai argues that the SAT is too easy, and selective schools should look to something harder. The argument makes sense, but I suspect the selective schools like the ability to pick between identical scores even (perhaps especially) if that is unfair to the disadvantaged.

[Ed3] Meanwhile, SAT scores are actually going down, while GPAs are going up. That 38% figure for the nineties contradicts my experience, though. Not just in my school, but in others as well. In any event, this is a problem for those that want us to stop using the SATs altogether.

[Ed4] Learn your Bible, and other works of religion.

[Ed5] This article on Texas Instruments’ “staggering monopoly” in high school mathematics is interesting, but I can’t see through the nostalgia. I never had a TI-8x because my parents got me a Casio, which I am still bitter about to this day. (All of the good games were on the TI.)

Health:

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[H1] There are drugs to help avoid opioid overdoses. We need them badly and more than ever and the pharmaceutical companies know it.

[H2] Laura Hercher writes about genetic testing and its consequences.

[H3] It looks like propylene glycol – apart from simply not being burning tobacco when vaped – may have health benefits. I actually turned out to have a bit of a reaction to PG, which I only discovered as I switched to more VG-centric ejuice.

[H4] Be this as it may, I would still probably rather have Medicaid than nothing.

[H5] Nah. Still don’t care.

Economics:

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[Ec1] Orly Lobel talks of companies poaching employees and poaching IP from competitors. It can be an awfully thin line sometimes.

[Ec2] Even so, this is a pretty huge step back for Idaho, which needs all of the competitive advantages it can handle. Idaho has a talent surplus, but it does employers no good if they can’t come in and hire people.

[Ec3] We associate anti-globalization with the populists and the masses, but increasingly economists aren’t so sure.

[Ec4] Postmodern advertising (going all meta) has become a thing, but Coca-Cola built an entire brand around it.

[Ec5] Freddy (not Freddie) writes in defense of corporate paternalism.

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Morning Ed: Cities {2017.07.20.Th}( 56 )

[Ci1] Henry Grabar wonders why all of these cities that say they want to fight climate change aren’t taking the most obvious steps.

[Ci2] Conor Sen has some suggestions for how malls can reinvent themselves as community centers.

[Ci3] Matheiu Vaillancourt wishes cities would stop touting autism-friendliness.

[Ci4] Mexico City may be abolishing its parking minimums! Yay! But they may be instituting maximums! Boo! Seriously, is it that hard to let the market sort it out?

[Ci5] Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote a piece on how the suburbs die. I’m not especially convinced that the Connecticut experience is going to be generalizable to the rest of the country.

[Ci6] The new hiptown in Australia is Adelaide.

[Ci7] Phoenix can’t seem to grow fast enough. Look, I’m as happy to flip mother nature the bird and say we will build cities wherever we want to build cities as any redblooded American, but that’s what we have Las Vegas for.

[Ci8] An interesting look at revitalizing the suburbs.

[Ci9] Almost a century ago, folks projected that our cities would be a lot more communistic than they turned out to be. (But hey, at least there’s a church!)

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Morning Ed: Society {2017.07.19.W}( 52 )

[So1] It turns out that Shakespeare isn’t the only sort of classics some conservatives can’t get on board with.

[So2] American television is dominating foreign stream sites. Unsurprisingly, the EU has implemented a quota.

[So3] Everything you never wanted to know about our collective sexual desires. Among other things, they’re not especially realistic.

[So4] Oh, man, remember Tremors? I never did see any of the sequels and never saw much reason to, so I’m not sure I’m going to watch the proposed TV show.

[So5] Luigi used to be the smart one, so why did he become the scared one? Maybe he just wasn’t the smart one.

[So6] The lesson here is never trust the Internet.

[So7] EDK: “If you can’t even monetize Trump’s shenanigans properly, what’s the point? Twitter, it’s time to take one for the team and close up shop.”

[So8] Matt Shapiro has some interesting background on the emotions of CG.

[So9] I remember the Neo Geo!

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Tech Tuesday 7/18/17 – Hagfish Edition( 36 )

Aerospace

Aero1 – Radiation in space is a serious concern.  A new space suit may help with that.  And if it is cheaper and

lighter weight than gold foil, it could protect satellites as well.

Aero2 – The USS Bruce Willis is all set to… Oh, wait, that’s not it’s name.  And it doesn’t involve oil rig workers, or drills, or cheesy nuclear warheads.

Aero3 – Getting a good look at Jupiter’s wine stain of a storm.  And if you are tired of hearing about the Jovian, here is Pluto once again.

Aero4 – Runaway stars.  Likely the result of a bad relationship that finally exploded.  How fast are they moving?  400 kps plus whatever orbital speed they had at the time of escape.

Aero5 – New ceramic coating may give new momentum to hypersonic vehicles (Mach5+).

Aero6 – For some reason, this sounds really familiar, but it’s being presented as new research (maybe I saw the working paper?).  Anyway, owl wings and wind turbine noise.

Aero7 – Using a gecko to clean up space junk.  Well, a robotic gecko.  OK, a robot with gecko inspired grippers.

Bio-Medical

Bio1 – Purple, anti-oxidant rich ric… oh, never mind, the anti-GMO folks will just destroy those crops as well.  Yeah for the purity of Gaia…

Bio3 – Vitamin A rich bana… This is just asking for trouble, people.  Just stop trying to help the poor an malnourished with science and evil GMOs, there are moral souls at stake here!

Bio2 – A vaccine for killing tumors.

Bio3 – Storing data in DNA.  I mean, we actually did it, a whole video.  And a computer virus and an Amazon gift card.  One TB of data, 150 grams of DNA.

Bio4 – A soft, fully functional, 3D-printed artificial heart.

Energy

Enrg1 – I would be surprised if something like this would scale to compete directly with a HAWT or VAWT, but it certainly could work on the small scale, or as an large scale array, since they could probably be sited much closer together.  Actually, a CFD simulation of a field of these would be pretty interesting…

Enrg2 – A technology demonstrator using Formic Acid as an energy source.  For those of you not familiar with formic acid, it’s HCOOH.  So what the tech does is extracts the H2 and releases the CO2.  The CO2 is then recycled to make more formic acid.

Enrg3 – Plans to build the worlds largest flow battery, in a giant salt cavern.

Environment

Env1 – Remember the Deepwater Horizon?  Remember how most of the oil from the broken well head never made it to the surface where we could clean it up?  Remember how a lot of it also just sort of vanished?  Well, it didn’t vanish, it got eaten, by a microbe.  And now we know which one.

Env2 – This one is for Kristin, in honor of her post.  And if concrete isn’t your thing, how about origami?

Materials

Mat1 – The secret to long standing Roman marine concrete?  Seawater.  Figuring this out will have long term benefits, not just by allowing us to build stronger, more durable piers and wharves, but sea walls as well, not to mention concrete hulls for floating houses, or whole islands.

Mat2 – Graphene to the rescue once again, this time in dialysis machines that are 10 to 100 times faster than current designs.

Mat3 – Artificial spider silk made at room temperature, without solvents or large energy inputs, that is non-toxic and 98% water.  I will now sit here and eagerly await the day when I can order my very own Spider-Man webshooters from Amazon.

Physics

Phys1 – Redefining the kilogram through Planck’s Constant.  In your everyday existence, having a super precise measurement standard for a unit of mass is no big thing, but it’s pretty damn important regardless.  Being able to mathematically define that standard through a physical constant not only alleviates the need to maintain physical representations of those standard measures, it also makes the standard open source, in that when you need to re-calibrate highly sensitive measuring equipment, you don’t need to wait for one of the standards to become available, you just dial it in mathematically.

Phys2 – Oh LHC, Charmed, I’m sure.

Technology

Tech1 – Smart windows are getting smarter by being self powered.

Tech2 – New materials to speed up recharge rates.

Tech3 – Introducing the worlds sharpest laser!  Wait, what?  How is a laser sharp?

Tech4 – A 34 ft LED flat screen.  Yes, that is feet, not inches.

Tech5 – Using the fuel to form the nozzle.

Transportation

Tr1 – That is certainly ambitious.  Good luck, Volvo.

Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful

Www1 – Oh look, it’s a revolutionary dumb-waiter, for people

Www2 – Our stupid obsession with the perfect lawn.

Www3 – What happens when Cthulhu sneezes all over the road.   Take a moment to read the whole FAQ, it’s amusing.

 

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Morning Ed: Gender {2017.07.17.M}( 83 )

[Ge1] It turns out, if you make resumes gender-blind it hurts women. Which suggests…

[Ge2] According to a population-based study on sex differences, women aren’t actually more empathic than men (though think they are) and don’t behave more altruistically than men in experimental tasks.

[Ge3] According to a study, gender differences in receptivity to sexual offers are different in precisely the direction we would expect.

[Ge4] Ruth Graham defends being someone else’s wife.

[Ge5] This is definitely a thing. Some of it is simply that a lot of women prefer it, or are okay with it… though even that has a dubious component to it. My wife always planned to allow people to use her first name but found that she had a harder time getting her patients to take her seriously, so it’s Dr Himmelreich.

[Ge6] If we’re going to go there, I think there is a stronger argument that elementary school is geared far more towards female assumptions rather than male.

[Ge7] Salary gaps among movie stars is one of those cases where people have to navigate between hyperbolic complaints that don’t hold up, complaints that do, and everything in between.

[Ge8] To avoid eating disorders, marry ugly.

[Ge9] Aaron Neil argues that we should stop worrying about the gender gap in the First World.

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Morning Ed: Media {2017.07.16.Su}( 20 )

[M1] The Moscow Times (primary English-language paper of the city) is no longer running print editions.

[M2] Appalachia is getting a lot of attention, but is having to work to find its own voice amidst the various voices being assigned to it.

[M3] Joseph Bottum takes a look at Milo’s new book.

[M4] Heather Bryant writes about the media’s blue collar problem. It makes a fair amount of sense that as media jobs become more competitive with fewer to go around, and our media and culture become more national and hierarchial, we can expect the participants to be more and more well-heeled.

[M5] “Why haven’t they condemned this!” Maybe it’s because they never heard about it.

[M6] The writer who broke the Star of David at the Chicago Dyke March has been unceremoniously reassigned. {More}

[M7] When it comes to search engines and media outlets, it’s really not clear who should be paying whom.

[M8] For an industry that relies on communication, it’s really remarkable how tone-deaf some members of the media can be.

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Linky Friday: Lawyers, Guns, & Money( 145 )

Labor:

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[Lr1] This could well be the challenge going forward: If robots do displace human workers, will the latter be compensated? A look at what economists think.

[Lr2] Chelsea Follett on the costs of closing sweatshops. For my part, if we’re going to try to intervene on their behalf, I’d want to focus our efforts almost 100% on safety.

[Lr3] Robert Samuelson isn’t so worried that the labor shortage is going to be a problem.

[Lr4] As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with robots, now goats are taking our jobs.

[Lr5] A new Harvard study says that higher minimum wages are bad for small businesses.

Law:

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[Lw1] Rick Horowitz is concerned about California dumbing down the bar.

[Lw2] Make legal alternatives available, and piracy falls. Gerry Daly has some additional thoughts.

[Lw3] When Big Porn stands with you, can you possibly fail?

[Lw4] One does not expect them to make such threats so publicly.

[Lw5] A Brit recently acquitted on rape charges wants the ability to name his accuser.

Economics:

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[Ec1] If you care about the welfare of the native northerners, go thank Amazon today.

[Ec2] Oliver Wiseman wonders if globalism can be rehabilitated.

[Ec3] Ad repetition on streaming sites really is quite irritating. I can imagine it resolving itself with more advertisers, but can also imagine it getting worse with more targeting (I get 10,000 ads for shoes, you get 10,000 ads for eyeglasses).

[Ec4] I am learning to sit back, relax, and hope that targeted advertisers get better. {More} {But uh oh}

[Ec5] Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Technology:

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[Te1] The FCC has declared that pay phones are no longer worth regulating.

[Te2] Brilliant.

[Te3] In 2017, an argument has to be made against sex robots.

[Te4] And next they came for the transcription jobs

[Te5] This was made to be a terrorist plot in a season of 24.

Crime:

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[Cr1] Google Home (or a similar device) appears to have called the sheriff and prevented a domestic conflict from turning into something far worse.

[Cr2] It wasn’t just Rotherham.

[Cr3] A look at why it’s so difficult to keep problem cops off the street, and to keep them from getting back on the street somewhere else.

[Cr4] Hatery, fakery and 4chan: The dark side of the web.

[Cr5] 400 defendants, $1,300,000,000 in alleged healthcare fraud.

War:

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[Wa1] What is Russian for Stormtrooper?

[Wa2] There are no good answers for the North Korea problem.

[Wa3] Hillary’s hawkishness may have cost her the presidency.

[Wa4] At the rate we’re going, I’m going to be disappointed if the F-35 doesn’t fart gold out of its exhaust.

[Wa5] Allegedly, a Navy whistleblower was fired for his whistleblowing.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.07.13.Th}( 136 )

[Po1] David Brooks got a lot of grief for his questionable sandwich anecdote, but Sonny Bunch and Phoebe Malz Bovy both had some thoughtful commentary on the issue.

[Po2] Vikram once described Paul Krugman as the exemplar of what politics does to your brain. In that Twitter conversation, we were introduced to Jason Briggeman’s ideological profile on Krugman. (PDF)

[Po3] The main problem with multimember congressional districts in the US House is its sheer size. Constituencies are already too large and without a substantial increase in House size this would make them larger.

[Po4] Matthew Walther writes on the Lincoln Chafee, the last of the WASPs.

[Po5] It was a bad bumper sticker (or a bad proposed one), but a bumper sticker isn’t as big of a deal as the attitude behind it. And the attitude itself might not be the worst against that competition… but that’s what I spent most of 2016 believing.

[Po6] Tom Pepinsky writes about religion being replaced by ethnonationalism.

[Po7] This is bound to end up in the courts, as the Rain God says, and I don’t see how Seattle wins. The upshot to the proposal is that it will encourage couples living in sin to get married to stay under the threshold.

[Po8] This is why political parties should have less specific names.

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Morning Ed: Sports {2017.07.12.T}( 11 )

[Sp1] An interesting thing about the NHL pushing college hockey is that unlike the NFL, they have a robust minor league system and aren’t entirely dependent on college.

[Sp2] The problem with this plan is that I’m pretty sure people would rather watch Texas and LSU play than Texas Southern and Southern, even if the latter actually has better players.

[Sp3] Our cricket association – which apparently we have – was kicked out of the ICC.

[Sp4] Oops.

[Sp5] The NFL’s advertising juggernaut is taking a hit.

[Sp6] He should really just give up smoking, because I don’t think Arturo Garcia’s wife is ever letting him go out for cigarettes again.

[Sp7] Doping (well, cocaine) scandal in the world of greyhound racing!

[Sp8] Did Pawtucket finally figure out how cities can avoid getting screwed on stadium deals?

[Sp9] I know people play hurt sometimes, but this hard core.

[Sp0] Hey, we’ve all been there. Speaking of lacrosse, their games are appearing regularly on Twitter. It’s a really good publicity as it has increased my interest in lacrosse. They should (maybe along with rugby) set up a network on Pluto TV.

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Morning Ed: Transportation {2017.07.11.T}( 69 )

[Tr1] The flying cars are finally coming! To the 2020 Olympics, it turns out.

[Tr2] I was thinking to myself as I was filling up how the existence of the diesel pump seems like a tribute to the yesterday’s forgotten tomorrow.

[Tr3] Maybe Louis CK had it all wrong and it turns out that being unhappy will make things better.

[Tr4] How the FAA killed Uber for planes. I could make a case that Uber for planes would be good for the environment because more people per load, or that it would be bad if it subsidizes more plane trips in the overall.

[Tr5] I think I’ve linkied a piece before on supersonic flight and the ban thereon, but here’s an argument for lifting it.

[Tr6] While I did expect this to an application of autonomous cars, I didn’t expect it to be one of the earlier ones.

[Tr7] Airlines really need to stop doing this sort of thing. They say it was a mistake in ticket-scanning, but I’m honestly a little skeptical and am worried that airlines might really start seeing toddler seats as seats they can give to someone else in a jam.

[Tr8] Essential Air Service can be justified, but Hagerstown is not really an appropriate use for it. I suspect this is one of those things you have to do to get to 60 senate votes.

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Morning Ed: Education {2017.07.10.M}( 57 )

[Ed1] Matt Reed wants to know why we subsidize meal plans at elite universities but not cafeterias at community colleges.

[Ed2] Was a UCLA instructor canned for having the wrong politics, or was he just a bad teacher?

[Ed3] This has a bit of an “everything old is new again” vibe, as it describes the IT sector becoming what it used to it.

[Ed4] Weed is, apparently, not so good for the academics.

[Ed5] California’s economy is good, revenues are up, and there are no Republicans in power there to blame for anything, but here they are.

[Ed6] San Diego school district’s online tests are really easy to cheat on. All of the incentives for everybody involved are for the kids to graduate.

[Ed7] An interesting glance at a high school’s math curriculum debate, and the compromise that was reached.

[Ed8] Richard Black is worried that Corbyn’s “student bribes” are going to wreck Britain’s future. Stephen Bush says that the plan to abolish tuition is good politics for Labour, even while it’s not great policy for them (or the country).

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Linky Friday: Planet Justice( 93 )

Family:

[F1] A look at the single mother culture in Iceland, for better and worse.

[F2] Nicholas Wolfinger on Sex in Red and Blue America. Republicans have more sex! But mostly because they’re married.

[F3] If you want to know why conservatives are skeptical of contraception as a solution to abortion, here is a peek. Personally, I think we have to start getting very specific of what type of contraception we’re talking about. Depo has a very different failure rate than the pill, hinging quite a bit on compliance rates.

[F4] Holy cow, Europe. And I sometimes think we wait too long…

[F5] Samuel Hammond makes a pretty convincing case in favor of cash in lieu of childcare coverage. The AEI, meanwhile, reports that childcare coverage wouldn’t be enough to increase labor force participation.

[F6] Bethany Mandel takes issue with Hollywood’s notion of an amicable divorce.

Law:

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[L1] The case for judicial term limits seems pretty strong to me. The only papal deathwatches should be in the Vatican.

[L2] It has come to the attention of many that we don’t let people use food stamps for toasted sandwiches. Not only that, but the talk right now is to restrict it further. Courtesy of Public Health rather than the GOP tightwads, if it matters.

[L3] This touches on why I don’t believe anything is ever going to enter the public domain ever again (unless the creator/owner so chooses).

[L4] Government leaks are a problem every administration, especially lately. But not the Supreme Court.

[L5] From behind the bench to behind bars.

Crime:

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[C1] Police chiefs trying to diversify their departments are having some difficulty.

[C2] We may have caught Ms. Winner, but Marcy Wheeler is worried that we may not be able to prevent the next Mr Snowden.

[C3] Gotta give them points for ingenuity.

[C4] I’m really not sure we want to go down this road.

[C5] This is not supposed to happen.

[C6] Alex Tabarrok looks at bank robberies in Italy, which are evidently quite numerous.

[C7] Back in 2015, Uncle Steve looked at when crime does pay.

Planet:

[P1] Meltage (but not too much meltage) in Antarctica and sinking in Louisiana.

[P2] I read enough of these articles and start to think that, in the end, energy is just going to end up nationalized in most places.

[P3] Coal is making a comeback in Asia.

[P4] Well drat, the experimental carbon-recapturing coal plant in Mississippi, is scrapped.

[P5] If carbon-free nuclear fusion really is coming, I can’t imagine investors wouldn’t be lining up for a piece of that action, so I have difficulty believing our contribution would be making the difference.

[P6] China is building a tree city to fight pollution.

[P7] Jason Hickel points out that the Paris Accord relied on negative emissions to a degree that haven’t really panned out. It all reads to me like a need to basically plan for the worst.

Space:

[S1] Dammit, no. I need this! {More}

[S2] Wait, a 10th? It says a lot about humanity’s boundless optimism that the artist’s rendition has land and water on it.

[S3] I regret to inform you the alien engineers are at it again.

[S4] Vaguely related to our conversation recently about seasteading, but introducing Asgardia, the space-nation. Digital piracy appears to be a motivator. Seems to me they ought to try to keep this hush-hush until *after* they have the satellite up.

[S5] NASA is working on asteroid defense. This is probably easier than setting up a contingency planet somewhere so the race can survive impact. Less cool, though.

[S6] Return to the Moon! Japan’s got a plan.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.07.06.Th}( 81 )

[W1] Russians regret nothing.

[W2] If we’re not careful, the toilets may start getting tired of our crap and revolt.

[W3] In Brazil a law that you must vote and must learn philosophy.

[W4] The US has quietly released the papers on the Iran coup of 1953.

[W5] Marian Tupy argues that we all have a lot to learn from Hong Kong.

[W6] In an effort to get people to come forward, they’re giving amnesty to people who illegal subletted their Grenfell apartments.

[W7] As Macron tries to take on the unions, Rupert Darwall cautions the Tories against following the French example.

[W8] As a heatwave strikes Britain, and officeworkers have rights. And students

[W9] A story of intrigue and Russian collusion.

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Morning Ed: Health {2017.07.05.W}( 112 )

[H1] Why aren’t more smokers switching the vaping? Because every conceivable advantage of doing so has been undermined by public health advocates.

[H2] No.

[H3] Oooh, human heart regeneration!

[H4] I the event of a cardiac arrest, drones may be useful to you than paramedics. Or maybe a self-driving car will just deliver your doctor.

[H5] The Mormon obsession with genealogy continues to pay social dividends to everybody else.

[H6] Coca-Cola is worried about off-label uses for its product.

[H7] This seems more like a story on the need for OTC birth control and/or the provider shortage than a story about birth control per se. {And in Europe}

[H8] Hospitals in ruralia are struggling mightily, PPACA didn’t save them as people had hoped, and the proposed replacement could make things worse.

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Morning Ed: United States {2017.07.04.Tu}( 31 )

[US0]

[US1] North Carolina has a new island.

[US2] I was prepared to side with the school here, but really they’re just being an ass. They have the right to do what they want as far as this goes, but I’d be less inclined to send my kid there than if they simply let the girl play on the boy’s team or had just let the matter drop after they won.

[US3] A smartphone app saves an Iowa baby’s life, and a mother in Texas dies saving her child.

[US4] Politico explains how New York City created Donald Trump.

[US5] Tanvi Misra writes on how Asian-Americans remade suburbia.

[US6] Sometimes my wife and I yell at the TV things like “Why is that ‘Memphis native’ speaking with a Georgian accent?!”

[US7] We could just move the Court there anyway, you know?

[US8] The sincerity and suffocation of life in the midwest.

[US9] Here’s a list of the 20 quirkiest cities in the US. Austin, New Orleans, and Portland taking the first three spots doesn’t surprise me… but Kansas City’s presence on the list (#8) does!

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Morning Ed: Labor {2017.07.03.M}( 63 )

[L1] Adam Ozimek argues that that the science is not settled on the minimum wage, and that both sides need to operate with a bit more humility. Case and point!

[L2] Minimum wage success? Wall Street is really excited about McDonald’s putting some service industry folks out of work.

[L3] Meanwhile, in Denmark, there are some clear effects of minimum wage for employment. That said, in this particular case degree of substitution availability in that case is pretty high.

[L4] Among other things, UBI reportedly lowers stress levels and encourages work.

[L5] Female LDS employees can now wear pants to work, and also get parental leave.

[L6] If you want to make some bank in Kanssas, get a degree as an electrical lineman.

[L7] Rebecca Knight has some tips on convincing your boss to let you work from home. In my observation, the job and the employer matter a lot more than your persuasiveness.

[L8] This isn’t the first time we have freaked out over automation.

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Linky Friday: I Fought The Lawd( 126 )

Law:

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[L1] To be guilty of fraud, do you have to actually have defrauded someone?

[L2] I think we want to be pretty careful before we start making exceptions to this.

[L3] Zillow picked on a young blogger previously linkied here, but the blog won.

[L4] Comcast allegedly misunderstood what “cutting the cord” means.

[L5] A Canadian court wants to compel Google to delist websites with certain illegal content (in this case, bootleg and unauthorized songs and movies).

[L6] Judicial activism I can get behind.

War:

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[W1] A Canadian sniper just got a record-breaking killshot.

[W2] We metaphorically sank the battleship.

[W3] The personal archives of Daesh fighters introduce us to their dark and dramatic private worlds.

[W4] Matt Hipple argues that any space corps belongs with the Navy.

[W5] The dark history of the engineering of the VX Nerve Agent.

[W6] Seems like Los Alamos needs to shape up.

Religion:

[R1] The New York Times looks at the partisanship of pastors.

[R2] Is Muslim theocracy a product of the failures of western secularism?

[R3] With the Ark Encounter theme park having gone bust, Ken Ham blames atheists and fake news.

[R4] The Smithsonian is finding God! Well, not quite, but I suspect you know what I mean.

[R5] “[A]mnesty for assault victims.”

[R6] Church, but for the secular.

Media:

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[M1] Adam Gurri argues that actually hot take culture is good.

[M2] Lee Smith argues that Facebook is destroying the media. Sure seems like something always is.

[M3] The media lost interest in the Steve Scalise shooting a lot more quickly than it did the Gabby Giffords one. One the one hand, we didn’t have a president that was as good at drawing media attention as the current one is. On the other, I’m not sure that’s why.

[M4] Jonathan Kay, Damon Linker, and Bret Stephens (listed in descending order of worthiness) all take aim at Twitter. Kevin Drum for the defense.

[M5] China is putting up a ban on livestreaming, because it’s too hard to censor.

[M6] It’s definitely to CNN’s credit they took decisive action, but given the givens they need to take extra care to be careful from the outset. Also, Vice?

Politics:

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[Po1] As go the suburbs, so goes the state.

[Po2] Seems like maybe there was more policy could do about illegal immigration than the last couple presidents let on.

[Po3] Karl Smith suggests that libertarians exist.

[Po4] Stephen Daisley laments how Labour went to the left until it ended up on the right. Trump’s name doesn’t come up, but if you’re not inclined not to see some parallels, you just might…

[Po5] Also: How the British left went mad for Bolshevism and ignored the purges.

[Po6] And lastly, how Labour was saved by George Osborne and Ed Miliband.

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Science and Technology June 27th( 64 )

Aerospace

Aero1 – Three stellar nurseries, one giga-pic!

Aero2 – Orbital ATK has successfully tested it’s Ori… oh who cares, it’s a video of a rocket motor shooting flames everywhere.  Enjoy!  (Here is the press release, if you really want.)

Aero3 – A solar powered airplane.  I expect solar powered military recon UAVs will be not far behind.

Aero4 – The Paris Airshow happened last week, so there are fun things to look at.

Aero5 – Yes, NASA wants to probe Uranus.  Are you done laug… no?  Do you need more time to finish, or maybe to grow up?  Seriously people…

Aero6 – Just how many actual planets are out past Pluto?

Aero7 – The US SpaceCorps Wants You!

Aero8 – Magnetic Space Tugs, for de-orbiting, or formation flying.  Both are pretty significant tasks in space.

Agriculture

Ag1 – Vertical farming, no dirt.  One thing I wonder: different soils give different flavors to different crops, thanks to trace elements in the soil that get drawn into the plant.  Do setups like this try to recreate that flavor palette?

Ag2 – Can we stop trying to turn food into fuel now?  I’m all for growing plants that can be easily converted to fuel sources, but let’s stop using food crops and/or prime ag land to do it.  This is where GMOs can really make a difference.  People may care about what they put into their bodies, but most people don’t give a hoot about what goes into their tank.  If we have to grow corn for ethanol (and I’m not convinced we do, I seem to recall a variant of sugar cane, or maybe sorghum, that wasn’t fit for food and could grown in marginal soil – and that is assuming ethanol is ideal; vegetable oil has more energy), let’s not impact food sources to do it.

Ag3 – I’ve seen mushrooms turned into packing material, and even converted to plastic, but grown into a structure like a building, or furniture.  That’s neat.

BioMedical

Bio1 – I don’t even pay attention to news bits about nutrition anymore.  Except perhaps to mock them.

Bio2 – I’m pretty sure I will see the end of organ donation before I see the end of my life.

Bio3 – Turns out we all can play 11-dimensional chess.  Except Trump, he’s still stuck at 2.

Bio4 – Eat yer damn broccoli!

Bio5 – Antibacterial soaps do more harm than good.  Personally, I agree, because I think immune systems need something to do.

Bio6 – Micro-needle patches instead of shots.

Bio7 – Using plastic to try and save coral reefs that are being killed by climate change.

Energy

En1 – Solar paint that splits ambient moisture into hydrogen and oxygen.  Will this be the end of PV cells?

En2 – A scalable solar desalination system.  The key word here is “scalable”.

En3 – Seawater batteries.  For real, MIT says so.

En4 – Taming runaway electrons in fusion reactions – Achievement Unlocked!

Physics

Phys1 – Quantum satellite communication – Achievement Unlocked!

Phys2 – Speaking of telecommunications… 100 year old barrier breached – Achievement Unlocked!  Now… ummm… any electrical engineers out there care to explain this to the forum.  I think I kinda understand this, but I don’t ever recall learning about this barrier, so I’m not entirely sure I understand it.

Phys3 – Turns out, when you hit something with a light a billion times brighter than the sun, things get weird.

Phys4 – Speaking of weird, what the hell, water?

Technology

Tech1 – Using WiFi to see through walls is nothing new, but using a pair of drones to setup the WiFi field and see through walls is a novel approach.

Tech2 – A flexible, transparent, 77″ OLED display.   I can’t wait to see this on sale at Costco.

Tech3 – GE is building a one cubic meter laser sintering printer.

Tech4 – Speaking of 3D printing and lasers – making graphene foam.  With sugar.

Tech5 – Tiny camera, no lens.

Tech6 – Bio-mimicry is at it again.  This time, moth eyes will help reduce phone screen glare.

Tech7 – A sound that is inaudible to people, but can be heard by every microphone.  Nope, it’s not the start to some riddle.

Tech8 – Whop-whop-whop-whop-pew-pew-pew.

Transportation

Tr1 – Print on demand tire treads.  Well, it’s an airless tire, and I like that.  But I doubt it will be as smooth as the video makes it out.

Tr2 – Everyone heard about the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Crystal, right?  It’s looking like the main culprit is a ship autopilot, but I doubt the officers and bridge watch of the Fitzgerald will get out of this unscathed.

Tr3 – Getting rid of traffic lights with autonomous cars.  Not surprised this is coming out of Singapore.

Tr4 – A MagLev vertical and horizontal movement elevator.  I believe Gene called them ‘Turbolifts’.

Tr5 – Lowering the boom on da BOOM!

Weird and Wonderful

WW1 – A green city isn’t a crazy idea, but it would involve some engineering to prevent the plants from tearing the city apart (seriously, have you ever seen what a wisteria can do in the space of a few years?).

 

 

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Morning Ed: Crime {2017.06.28.W}( 56 )

[Cr1] Look, but don’t touch. It’s important.

[Cr2] Ever get the impression we may not be giving CIA agents enough work to do?

[Cr3] Good news, pregnant woman! You can murder now.

[Cr4] In a couple years, John Walker Lindh is going to be a free man.

[Cr5] I had an awful lot of difficulty explaining the St Louis cop shooting to my wife. Also, some experts on the Philando Castile shooting.

[Cr6] Microsoft has really scaled back its anti-piracy efforts with Windows, but I don’t think this was what they had in mind.

[Cr7] North Carolina courts have repealed revoked consent. Sounds like something the legislature is going to need to address.

[Cr8] This is just surreal and is the sort of thing that’s going to make me a libertarian.

[Cr9] Body cams, not jut for the sake of defendants!

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Morning Ed: Wildlife {2017.06.27.T}( 15 )

[W1] It’s like a folding chair or a guitar, except silk for a spider.

[W2] Those pictures of goats on cliffs always weird me out. Goats on trees similarly. Turns out, they’re useful up there.

[W3] Turtles are becoming collateral damage in Britain’s hunger for prawns.

[W4] For $15,000, you can help scientists watch sharks.

[W5] Attack of the giant squid! Also, sea pickles invade our Pacific Coast!

[W6] Return of the library cat. And introducing the tall ship cats.

[W7] Meanwhile, pumas really hate Rush Limbaugh.

[W8] Dracula vs bears.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.06.26.M}( 135 )

[W1] The UK is looking at a potentially massive brain drain from Brexit. Also, slumpity-slump slump.

[W2] Iraq has an illegal hunting problem.

[W3] It’s honestly a weird time to be writing about the danger of seasteading, as most projects seem to be on the decline and/or abandonment stage. It’s not wrong about the impracticalities, though it makes a series of interesting moral assumptions.

[W4] Some beautiful and fascinating pictures of Antarctica.

[W5] Catherine Rampell warns that millennials won’t save the west.

[W6] For people above a certain age, remembering Czechoslovakia helps. The rest, I guess, need an ad campaign.

[W7] Don’t ask fate to spare you twice.

[W8] Not sure “stuck” is the word I would use here. I mean, it could be that these places are just so genuinely loved that people don’t want to leave! Vox has more mobility: Who leaves, who doesn’t leave, and what kinds of places people leave and don’t leave.

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Linky Friday: Doomed, Gloomed, and Unfed( 186 )

Science:

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[Sc1] I don’t understand why more people don’t take stuff like this seriously. It must be because they dislike science and intelligence.

[Sc2] Brian Boutwell cautions against allowing fear of how bad people receive scientific results to affect whether scientific results are released.

[Sc3] Honestly, I don’t really know what this means, but the pictures seem cool.

[Sc4] To fund research, some scientists are starting to have to get creative.

[Sc5] The broader issue indeed. “The broader issue is that they seem eager to have reached the conclusion that they reached.”

[Sc6] This sounds more shocking than it is. If it makes the news, it’s new and different. If it’s new and different, it’s more likely to be wrong.

[Sc7] There may be a deregulation (well, a lifting of some of the constraints) of social science research.

Technology:

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[T1] This will end badly. This will end badly. I know you’re getting tired of hearing about how “this will end badly” but come on!

[T2] This is either really neat or really dystopian and I’m not sure which.

[T3] I think I’ve seen this anime before..

[T4] Thomas Winslow Hazlett says that we could have had cell phones much sooner if only the government had allowed it.

[T5] Leon Neyfakh says that we can get rid of air conditioning and it wouldn’t be too bad. All we’d have to do is almost entirely change the way we live our lives (and where we live).

[T6] The New Atlantis looks at virtual reality and abstract imagination spaces as a moral ideal.

Food:

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[F1] Introducing the dog-eat-dog world of the chicken we consume.

[F2] Lyman Stone argues that avocado toast is ruining everything.

[F3] In an April’s Fools prank gone wrong, PETA unleashed something horrible upon us.

[F4] Building a better cow. Or, at least, a less flatulating one.

[F5] Don’t start a fight with a pig unless you’re ready to finish it. Also, wear a cup?

[F6] Matthew Walther explains how Chuck E Cheese is one of the best bars in America. {Counterpoint}

Energy:

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[E1] A look at the future of the hydrogen economy. I very much like “scalable” and “low cost.”

[E2] Oil, goal, natural gas, ruined mayonnaise

[E3] Are we looking at a solar energy trade war?

[E4] Is it a paradox? Or just a matter of not snorting your own stash?

[E5] In Mississippi they’re opening a clean coal plant so clean there’s no coal.

[E6] Trump wants to build solar and wind stations on his Wall. I still think the key is Taco Bell franchises (because, obviously, “run for the border.”)

Space:

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[Sp1] Looking for life on Europa.

[Sp2] Jupiter has a 69th moon!

[Sp3] This is a supervillain origin story, I’m pretty sure. This one may be, too.

[Sp4] Brianna Rennix wants to know why libertarians seem to own space fantasies these days.

[Sp5] This article on the gravitational force of Earth is interesting. That picture, though, is freaky as heck.

[Sp6] Teehee!

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.06.22.Th}( 191 )

Jason Kuznicki’s has a good piece on how to improve the social politics of libertarianism and Andrew Sabl writes about (classical) liberalism beyond markets.

It’s far from the most important thing, but one of the big lessons I learned in the 2016 campaign are the clear lines between liberal and left, which (combined with a fracture on the right) is one of the reasons you might see me using umbrella terms like “leftward and “rightward” to describe people. In any event, Nathan Robinson argues that there can be no unity among Democrats, but there must be collaboration.

CityLab has a piece on the politics of wealth in London. It’s not just the US where wealthier places are veering left, and the reasons are not necessarily what we might initially think.

Shadi Hamid argues that for multiculturalism to work, we need a liberalism that accommodates.

Michael Brendan Dougherty argues that bringing the DUP into coalition with the Tories makes the coalition more representative of Britain. What’s interesting about the DUP is how much its social views misalign with (and are way to the right of) the Northern Ireland’s electorate. NI being stuck between Sinn Fein and the DUP – and the inability of the center-left SDLP or center-right UUP to make any headway is one of the biggest Pick Your Extremism cases in the world and a pretty substantial indictment of FPTP elections.

Emmanuel Macron is kicking some ass and taking names.

Things Canada chooses to spend its money on and a regulatory snafu in Cambridge.

Maybe Governor Abbott hates old trees because one of them put him in a wheelchair?

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Morning Ed: Housing {2017.06.21.W}( 39 )

Alykhan Pabani decided to stop paying rent. And not by buying a house.

AirBnB to the rescue!

Nobody likes a tattle-tale… except the hotel industry.

New York struggles to put together affordable housing, and many are suggesting that the people the mayor turned to aren’t helping.

Housing prices in each state. Few surprises, though state-to-state comparisons are less than illuminating because most states have some combination of expensive and inexpensive housing. It’s all about where you are.

Leonid Bershidsky makes the case against tall public housing. One problem is that nobody wants to live there.

Robert Colvile argues that Tories need to get more people into houses, or they are doomed.

Intellectually, I agree with this. Realworld, we just joined the ranks of homeowners and come on!

Become a homeowner at $1/sqft per month! That’s almost twice what we pay, though. Ahhh, economies of scale.

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Linky Tuesday: The Planet( 182 )

Asia:

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[As1] One of the weird things about China is how there are cities with the population of Chicago that you’ve never heard of because it’s like the 23rd largest in the country. Meet Harbin, at the intersection between China and Russia.

[As2] If it were employees instead of investors, this would be a legendary job quit story. Maybe it can be recast as an Ayn Randian protest or something.

[As3] A look at one city in China’s one-dog policy. This is bad for more than one reason, but one of them is that I think it’s good to have more than one pet so they can keep each other company.

[As4] There’s gold up in them there hills flammable ice in the South China Sea.

[As5] North Korea’s propaganda machine is falling apart.

[As6] Clarrissa Sebag-Montefiore explains how China gives short people the short shrift.

Ecopolitics:

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[Ec1] I doubt too much comes of this, in part because they don’t really care, and in part because the more open they get the more to goals are going to move.

[Ec2] We need a carbon tax. Our corporate income tax needs to be reduced dramatically or eliminated. I have an idea! (Too regressive, I’m sure. Still on board with a pass-through.)

[Ec3] Trump may be old school on energy, but renewables are doing pretty well in his political stomping ground.

[Ec4] Not surprising: Climate-skeptics are trying to appeal to vapers.

[Ec5] Denmark is coming down on (the subsidies for) electric cars and other green projects.

[Ec6] Fortunately, we can start deregulating coal and such over here. Woohoo! And, in any event, we may run out?

[Ec7] Here’s the next battle in the world of oil pipelines.

Europe:

[Eu1] Europe is facing a cosmopolitan gap, that could bring trouble for the EU.

[Eu2] It may surprise you to hear me say this, but dominant centrist parties are bad and something to be avoided. Even if Macron is good in the short term, it would be preferable if En Marche either went the way of Kadima and got chewed up from both sides or they replaced the Socialists as the center-left party.

[Eu3] Alex Massie writes of liberalism, the Liberal Democrats, and how Britain’s inherent liberalism hurt the Liberal Democrats.

[Eu4] So apparently Russians are killing people on British soil?

[Eu5] Well, kids and Germans do love to tattle.

[Eu6] Should Belgium even exist? probably not, though it’s a helpful example of the sort of country that needs a creative constitution.

Environment:

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[En1] Sometimes if seems like climate change is an onion, where you peel one layer of danger only to see another.

[En2] Paging Bill Nye, paging Bill Nye. (Is this an evolutionary advantage for climate denialism?)

[En3] Manufacturing a better microbead. Well, a more environmentally friendly one at any rate.

[En4] The deep sea is sometimes like space in all of its mysteries… except that there is definitely life down there.

[En5] The story behind the most famous photograph of Chernobyl.

United States:

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[US1] Unsurprising that Delaware – given that they have such high abortion rates even for a blue state – becomes the first state to pass the first law to ensure abortion rights in the event that Roe is reversed. Meanwhile, in Missouri

[US2] While jogging on a familiar, overgrown, wooded trail near her home on a recent warm afternoon, Rachel Borch thought to herself, “what a beautiful day.” Little did she know she was about to be attacked by a rabid raccoon she would end up killing with her bare hands.

[US3] There are some news items (like hunting boars from balloons) you really expect to come from Texas or Florida or something and not Canada.

[US4] How Reality Winner got herself caught. Turns out, we perhaps shouldn’t trust millennials with government secrets.

[US5] Arizona’s confederate monuments are… pretty recent. If there’s one thing worse than a Confederate state flashing its history, its a non-confederate state wishing it were.

[US6] Robert Greene has a good piece the politics of southern losing.

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Morning Ed: Education {2017.06.19.M}( 129 )

[Ed1] Yasmin Nair is concerned that there are no renegade academics anymore. This touches on a point I’m coming to, which is for all the conservative hair-ripping about the leftward drift of academics, I think it’s more of a consolidation towards a sort of High Liberalism that is also giving the old school left the shaft. It’s pretty easy to learn new things, but plumbing can be very difficult so if you just moved into a new dorm or house and are having issues with the pipes, then visit Peoria Plumbing Company to get some assistance. If you’re in the California and need orange county plumbing, visit their page to see what they can do for you.

[Ed2] It’s not enough to merely be a minority. College recruiters also expect you to play the part.

[Ed3] Awwww.

[Ed4] Behold, the power of liberal arts degrees at tech companies. {More}

[Ed5] Freddie points to a study suggesting trade schools have their limits.

[Ed6] While many here seek to reform our education system, parents abroad want to import it.

[Ed7] One neat little trick to paying off student loans: Generous parents.

[Ed8] The world of student debt forgiveness for physicians is really quick tricky (we could have paid off the student loans years ago but it wasn’t a good idea to!), but sounds more simple than compared to that for teachers.

[Ed9] The correlation (or lack thereof) between income and education spending by state:

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Linky Friday: Blood & Sweat( 209 )

Crime:

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[C1] German Lopez interviews someone that says we can’t blame the War on Drugs for mass incarceration. Xenocrypt has been calling this (and making other interesting observations) for a while.

[C2] Stephanie Cohen wants more juvenile delinquents to read. Well, wants them to be made to read.

[C3] As best as I can tell, this story is legitimate. Which makes it interesting that it seems to have picked up almost exclusively by rightward tabloid outfits. (Daily Mirror, a leftward tabloid, being the exception.)

[C4] This is one of those plots they put on a legal show as comedic relief to the main, darker plot.

[C5] Ruth Graham looks at collisions between church, medicine, and the law.

[C6] A case of mistaken identity.

Health:

[H1] Yes, but would it still be worth living?

[H2] Wow.

[H3] Sweden has figured out how to prevent people from dying from smoking, and tobacco control advocates will never forgive them for it.

[H4] OF course, the greatest trick they’ve pulled off in the US is for tobacco to become a class issue without being considered a class issue. Once you’ve done that, there are no more competing interests to get in your way.

[H5] If we’re worried that Trump is losing his mental faculties, there are better ways to test for it than remote diagnosis over television sets.

[H6] The ethical questions here are manifest. This isn’t the only area where “What if knowing less is more?” comes into play.

[H7] To be honest, I worry more about antibiotic resistance than I do climate change, but maybe I just need to have a little more faith.

Labor:

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[L1] Don’t work while on vacation. Not even a little bit. (Also, porn.)

[L2] Walmart would like its employees to do it a favor, while their driving home anyway. I would like them to specify how the compensation is going to work.

[L3] This is pretty much every bored dayjobbers dream.

[L4] WordPress is closing its gorgeous San Francisco office because nobody was using it.

[L5] Jane the Actuary is skeptical of the concept of self-insured family leave.

[L6] This is a cool story not only because Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are good, and because it was a janitor that came up with the idea, but because the janitor was actually rewarded.

Government:

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[G1] Adam Ozimek touts some of the reasons that property taxes are better than Georgian land taxes.

[G2] Some of these lists of ways democracy is different overseas are simply a product of having a Westminster system and at least one of them applies to many states as well.

[G3] Benjamin Straumann argues that republicanism, in the classical sense was something of a smokescreen during the founding of the United States.

[G4] Turns out, it’s not so difficult to start up a shell company. Even for a cat.

[G5] CapX looks at attempts to disrupt poverty by moving people around.

[G6] The Courier looks back at Scotland’s smoking ban, ten years in. Bar owners have not been pacified.

Media:

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[M1] I wonder if Sling and some of the others are going to carry the new CNN spinoff channel.

[M2] Bill deBlasio sounds like Donald Trump when talking about the media, but it’s totally different.

[M3] I have long wondered if Law & Order SVU has been the scripted TV show with the most deleterious effect on society. James Shanahan and Michael Morgan argue that – for reasons similar to my views of SVU – all sorts of television lead to Trump.

[M4] If we were to pass a law saying something like “No non-competes unless you’re paying the more than $75k a year or giving the an option for a stake in the company” I would be okay with that.

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Science and Technology Links – June 15th – Micro Magnets Edition( 44 )

Aerospace

AS1Embiggened!  I was there a few years back when they were still fabricating assemblies, and even then, it was obvious how big it was going to be.

AS2: Sending a probe to the sun.  Like, into the stellar atmosphere, where things can get awful crispy.

AS3: I know it was secret at the time, but these days, it’s damn near a trope of Science Fiction.  Still, it’s an interesting tale of speculative science and engineering and politics.

AS4: A planet hotter than its star.  And hoo boy! you just know some fascinating nuclear chemistry is happening every second in that orbit.

Architecture

Arc1: I like this style of house design.  I wish it was more popular, but it doesn’t lend itself well to density the way boxes do.  It does, however, lend itself to storm resistance (you hearing me, you idiots in Florida?!).

Arc2: Google’s London pad

BioMed

Bio1: Exploring the deep and finding inspiration for new horror and monster movies.

Bio2: A universal flu vaccine, from the nose.

Bio3: Cannabinoids shown to enhance tumor-killing effects of chemotherapy drugs, and help with the weight loss.  Can we talk about rescheduling it now?

Bio4: Talk about a buzzkill!

Bio5:  Wait, I heard about this movie, it doesn’t end well.

Computing

Comp1: Anyone remember that Mork & Mindy episode where Mork shrinks down to a tiny size and falls into a strange microscopic world?  It’s like that, but with computer chips.

Energy

E1: Super cheap solar cells also demonstrate impressive durability.

E2Serious science cheapened by clickbaity headline

Environment

Env1: I get the argument that we shouldn’t worry about CO2 because it’s just plant food.  It’d hold more water if we weren’t always so busy cutting down the really big plants that lock up all CO2 (you know, the trees, like in rain forests, that keep getting cleared for farmland).  Still, what nature can’t do

Env2: I don’t think anyone though micro-beads would be such a problem back in the day, but they are.  Or were.

Materials

Mat1: After the rubber hits the road, put the rubber in the road. (Another in the list of, “Why haven’t we done this before?”)

Mat2: Once more with carbon, this time it’s hard, but also stretchy.  That definitely runs counter to expectations.

Physics

Phys1Muons and Magnetic fields

Phys2: Remember when a story like this would get all manner of “Physicists” to crawl out from under rocks to tell us how it was going to destroy the world?  Those were the days.  Now people are creating tiny black holes and nary a panicked squeak from the Doom Squad.  Also, that’s a hella powerful laser.

Phys3: 2D magnets could promise even thinner electronics.

Politics

Pol1: Encouraging scientists to become politicians, like this lady.

Robotics

R1: Better than monster trucks, in my opinion.

Transportation

Tr1: A two-seater quadrocopter.  Honestly this is probably our best bet for flying cars.  The Quad design is light and easy to control, such that even children can learn to fly them.

Tr2: I was just talking about this last week, and here China has gone ahead and built exactly what I was talking about.

Tr3: I suppose if we are going to do this, developing some standards ahead of time is a good idea. (link to pdf)

Weird and Wonderful

WW1: This is pretty cool, and the next logical step in design.

WW2: I loved the hell out of the original, I am very excited to see what they do with it now.

 

 

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Morning Ed: Society {2017.06.14.W}( 463 )

[S1] The burden of stuff. Well, of having too much stuff.

[S2] It’s… pretty logical that people with socially unacceptable views would be anxious about society coming down too hard on the expression of unacceptable views.

[S3] Freddie offers some good advice to young writers.

[S4] Bert Gambini explains why we root for villains.

[S5] A Cowboy Bebop live action TV show could be amazing, atrocious, or anywhere in between… all with roughly equal probability.

[S6] Everything you ever wanted to know about being Barney. I have aggressively steered Lain away from Barney, with some success. Fortunately, there is a lot of other really good stuff out there.

[S7] The old CleanFlicks debate was an illuminating experience for me, as I learned sometimes politics is more about who is on what side rather than the issues at stake. Those that wanted the studios to be able to shut CleanFlicks down have less of an argument here, though, though unlike CleanFlicks there are actual contracts with the creators to consider.

[S8] RIP Adam West, who wrote a pretty great op-ed on video games back in 1983.

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Morning Ed: Money {2017.06.13.T}( 141 )

[M1] A look at China’s banking system. This is not promising.

[M2] Melinda Cooper on how neoliberals and conservatives teamed up to bring down the welfare state with talk of, among other things, familial responsibility.

[M3] Once upon a time, neoliberal wasn’t a smear. To some, it still isn’t!

[M4] A lot of comic book plots (especially Joker-related ones) involve abandoned amusement parks. They ought to involve abandoned shopping malls. It is interesting to think back to when shopping malls were relevant enough to be hated.

[M5] There’s definitely some truth to this. I recently realized that $10/mo of my money as going to an outfit that I had thought went out of business. It was a peculiarity that I didn’t find it sooner, but that never would have happened when money was tighter and might not have happened now if Clancy were still working.

[M6] Somebody needs to explain to these people the wonders of single payer in Canada. Maybe employers, too. (Congrats, West Virginia!)

[M7] America may have a problem with the wealthy pretending they’re not wealthy. I think he’s too quick to assume that there aren’t strategic reasons for the 90% not to include the next 9% with the 1% and say, in essence, “we mean you” to a lot more people. From a policy standpoint, though, there are only so many 1%ers to milk. Also, Phoebe Maltz Bove has a really good response.

[M8] We want social mobility, but maybe not too much social mobility. The most interesting tidbit: liberals are more likely to favor the perpetuation of the upper middle class than conservatives. Perhaps because they have faith in the meritocracy?

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Morning Ed: War {2017.06.12.M}( 53 )

[W1] Ooooh, I want one.

[W2] If there’s a nuclear war with Russia, here is where you don’t want to be. I remember back in the Persian Gulf War I had a teacher that convinced us that nuking Colosse was a distinct possibility.

[W3] The Department of Defense is leaving the citizenship of soldiers in limbo.

[W4] A look at the last days of Saddam Hussein.

[W5] A look at fighting extremist groups in Syria.

[W6] Buzzfeed has a good article on Mosul, demonstrating again how effortlessly it alternates between journalism and trash. Ditto an article introducing us to Venezuelan government minders.

[W7] Daesh families are worried about turning tables.

[W8] Millennials lack nuclear bloodthirst, evidently.

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Morning Ed: Person and Beyond Person( 39 )

Body:

Health photo

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[B1] Please, please, pretty please let this work out!

[B2] If grotesque “plain” packaging doesn’t work, will they stop doing it? Haha no.

[B3] City Journal looks at a buffet model of healthcare delivery.

[B4] Man, even I don’t hate specialists this much. And frankly, this seems like a bit of a sop to primary care providers (though it’s not like they need the business). There is some truth to it, though!

[B5] Stanton Peele wonders if Trump would be a lot better if he just drank. While I do agree somewhat with Peele on the alcohol question, there are arguments in here that wouldn’t be accepted in any context other than as a knock against all the right targets (Trump, Bush, The South, religious conservatives, backwards Americans, etc.), from correlation/causation concerns to the notion that the willpower involved in moderate drinking (as opposed to abstineence or gluttony) is a mark of good character.

Mind:

[M1] Do you have nightmares? Maybe you’re just messed up in the head.

[M2] Neuroscientists found out that they don’t know what they thought they did about how memories work.

[M3] Your addiction to social media was well cultivated by social media.

[M4] I get what is being said here, but a culture needs its rituals.

[M5] Sometimes shaming is actually in the best interest of the shamed, and not just the product of the shamers’ whims.

[M6] We outsource our knowledge to the World Wide Webs, spiders outsource their thinking to literal webs.

Education:

Evergreen State College photo

Image by kelp

[E1] A lot of my views on this depend a lot on the specifics that the article doesn’t provide, but any sort of blanket ban or official and significant double standard would indeed be problematic.

[E2] Alan Jacobs says we need to get a grip about young people and colleges and so forth.

[E3] This makes a lot more sense to me than Missouri’s enrollment issues. Evergreen State is a niche product that relies on nigh-open enrollment with lots of other options.

[E4] I propose we just stop doing summer vacation.

[E5] Over Mom’s objections (and attempted bribes), I did prom dinner at a park with food from Wendy’s. This guy, though, took it to the next level.

Science:

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[S1] I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

[S2] If ESP rules, then science drools.

[S3] The story of Clair Patterson’s war on lead.

[S4] Aaron Carroll says that science needs to stop incenting positive results. Scientists, it turns out, respond to incentives. This matters in other contexts, too.

[S5] From Greginak: A mix of romance and physics. No it’s not Neil DeGrasse Tyson slash fic.

Gender:

[G1] The patriarchy is falling down on the job.

[G2] Noah Berlatsky makes the case for the boring male romantic lead.

[G3] Jordan Breeding cracks a list of Six Backward Ideas Hollywood Still Has About Men.

[G4] Markets in everything, including sexual assault allegation insurance in Japan.

[G5] Well, which is it? Should we close women’s prisons or treat women more fairly?

Religion:

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Image by YLegrand

[R1] Does Marvel Universe have a god? I thought it was an interesting thing in the Wildstorm universe where they actually say definitively “No god.”

[R2] The secret wires over cities.

[R3] Calls for a secular Indonesia?

[R4] Stephanie Slade writes about the ACLU’s targeting of Catholic hospitals.

[R5] Helen Andrews puts Pontius Pilate in contest.

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Morning Ed: Culture {2017.06.08.Th}( 127 )

[C1] Shame on Alamo Theaters for promoting such patriarchial anti-feminism. And also right-wing.

[C2] An interesting look at the relationship between HL Mencken and the African-American literary community.

[C3] This is possible, but far from inevitable. Especially as it pertains to the Big Ten, which is likely to have its own network in one form or another and more teams in their bundle does them more good than, say, the ACC or (especially) the Big 12 (if one still exists).

[C4] There are actually some good ideas here, running the gamut from reasonable to ideal-but-unfeasible. On the payment thing, I’d much prefer a system where professional teams put dibs on players by paying them while they’re in college. They should also send them to a Chiropractor in Richardson TX because lots of players get injured and that could get rid of all their pain.

[C5] I am skeptical of the notion that free music on YouTube isn’t having some sort of deleterious effect on record store revenues, though consider the “asymmetrical power of the takedown regime” hard to do anything about without a false positive problem (which we’ve seen even now). So I’m not sure that’s where it leaves us. {Point} {Counterpoint}

[C6] Okay, but to me this sort of defeats the purpose of going on a cruise.

[C7] LGTQ.

[C8] I’m not saying we deserve Trump. I’m just saying I understand why fate thought it was a fair play.

[C9] Hel-lo NURSE! {More}

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Morning Ed: Crime {2017.06.07.W}( 115 )

[Cr1] The secret story of a fake documentary and the insurrectionist Bundy family.

[Cr2] Is “self-defense” a racist concept of privilege?

[Cr3] Uhhh, yeah. Good luck there, Bill.

[Cr4] Interview With a Pirate. (Or, at least, one of the biggest facilitators of piracy.

[Cr5] Good god.

[Cr6] Because videos are tougher, some are sending family flipbooks to inmates.

[Cr7] It’s hard not to read this story and not think of Steve Earle’s Ellis Unit One.

[Cr8] If the story holds up, no jury convicts.

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Morning Ed: Science Fiction {2017.06.06.T}( 43 )

[SF1] Frank Tipler wants more people to know about quantum mechanics and parallel universes.

[SF2] Ethan Siegel looks at parallel universes and explores the question of Other Yous.

[SF3] Paul Davies writes about time travel and changing history. How would it all work, anyway? I want to write a novel about a time traveler just so I can call it Undo Influence.

[SF4] Are we even real?

[SF5] Scientists claim they can now prove parallel dimensions! As always, the question is whether the reality where Mitt Romney is president realizes that, to the Monitors, their reality is called The Control Group.

[SF6] Math, vampires, and the annihilation of humanity. Also, Frankensteins. But by all means, let’s make robots with artificial intelligence.

[SF7] And a look at the multiverse! My view as to whether or not we are living in Liebniz’s “best world” or Schopenhauer’s “worst world” has altered over the last couple years…

[SF8] Tom Sorell writes of the limitations of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics.

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Morning Ed: United States {2017.06.05.M}( 280 )

Well, I suppose it makes sense for somebody to make some money off the Big Sort.

This is interesting. It’s not often the Great Plains converge with BosWash.

And here’s a map of the closest top-tier college football program to your county.

In case you ever wanted to know what happened to all of those emails sent to Hillary Clinton.

Gillian Brockell writes about the racism that flight attendants have to put up with.

Harsh!

Virginia Postrel says we need some new stories.

You will never guess why Mary Kay Letourneau and her husband are getting a divorce.

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