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Morning Ed: Transportation {2017.01.03.T}( 23 )

The RV is updating for the Millennials.

Some western states are getting together to develop an electronic vehicle charging network.

Solar panel roads are finally happening.

Driving Under the Influence… of caffeine?! It doesn’t actually appear that the prosecutors are saying that you can’t drive with caffeine in their system, but it’s not really clear what they are saying.

This seems like a good way to raise some money and confuse the heck out of passengers.

This Slatepitch has gotten a lot of criticism, but… it’s not wrong.

Of the various proposals, the “sleeping rooms” idea is definitely the coolest. Though would have been cooler before the kid.

Bruce Dorminey lays out a 200 year roadmap to Proxima Centauri B.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.01.02.M}( 40 )

In 1939, Lina Medina gave birth. She was five years old.

The Israeli Army is putting autism to use.

There’s a new-ish book on the mysterious disappearing Japanese. But maybe you should skip it?

Venezuela: Lynchings every three days.

A look at the history and conflict in Tibet.

Peter Hessler looks at life along the Chinese-Russian border.

How the Soviet Union could have won (or at least survived) the Cold War.

Romania has 99 problems, but right-wing populism apparently isn’t one of them.

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Linky Friday #199: Women & Men & Space( 140 )


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[G1] Sometimes the biggest problem with women in the workplace is other women.

[G2] Some people worry that we are equating ADHD with being a boy, but maybe the gender disparity is that we’re leaving girls behind.

[G3] Some people are scoffing at this piece – and it’s really kind of asking for it – but I’ve commented that feminism will definitely make some women I know better mothers for their sons, and help them raise their sons to be better men.

[G4] Double standards! Men are especially penalized for working part-time.

[G5] Preston Jones looks at how women were treated in Gold Rush towns. Owing perhaps to the leverage that comes with a gender imbalance, it was not always as bad as we might think. There is a reason that women in the west were among the first to be given the franchise.


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[R1] Scott Stanley explains how sexual history interacts with later marriage.

[R2] Whether the above is due to external attitudes (how people react to sexual history) or internal attitudes (what we garner from our experiences) is uncertain, but here’s some stuff on the external.

[R3] Where aspects of the right and left sort of converge: Is sexual desire immoral?

[R4] This is my nomination for the least surprising data point of 2016.

[R5] What it’s like to date a sugar mama.

[R6] Isaiah Carter writes of the difficulties of Dating While Bipolar.


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[N1] Jeremy Samuel Faust was expecting a damning Surgeon General report on ecigarettes, and came away underwhelmed.

[N2] Chuck Schumer wants a recall of exploding ecigarette batteries. As someone who has actually had a battery explode, I would more prefer that the FDA not stand in the way of companies improving battery safety.

[N3] Cigarettes in film still won’t warrant an R-rating, it appears.

[N4] Some smokers do actually like smoking, and more than is sometimes supposed.

[N5] It may seem like I oppose any and all regulation of cigarettes and ecigarettes, but I think this is actually a pretty good use of anti-tobacco energy. Better than further tax increases, which are probably ineffective, and deceptively named “plain packaging laws” that are repugnant whether effective of not.

[N6] A new study suggests that at a certain point social admonition may adversely affect smokers. To be fair, that only matters if we consider smokers to be people rather than characters in a morality play – and it’s pretty clear where we stand on that.


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[M1] This is not entirely clear-cut, because norms are important, but it seems to me he ought to have been able to keep the money.

[M2] Everything you wanted to know about how to select a good CEO, and why it’s so important.

[M3] Inequality seems to effect subjective well-being… but only as a country moves up the global economic ladder.

[M4] It may turn out that if you charge users for their water, they use less.

[M5] A glimpse at the history of the credit card, and how early losses became a blessing in disguise.


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[P1] ProPublica looks at Houston’s flooding problem, which starts with the fact that the city has quite a bit of concrete.

[P2] Great! Then maybe we don’t need to worry so much about carbon taxes. (Except we do, because the comparisons are not apples-to-apples.)

[P3] Antarctica is cracking up.

[P4] I always take an All Of The Above approach to meeting our energy needs, but bonus points when we can do it with sewer sludge.

[P5] When the greenhouse effect was discovered, in 1856.


marsterraformed[S1] What if aliens don’t actually feel anything because they’re AI?

[S2] Killjoy. This is why nobody likes you, scientists.

[S3] James Poulos wants Donald Trump to take us to Mars.

[S4] On September 15, Cassini will retire and plunge to its death.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.12.29.Th}( 216 )

So yeah, what’re David Brock and Media Matters gonna do now?

Echelon Insights looks at split-ticket voting in the 2016 election. Early returns suggested there was record low ticket-splitting, but under the hood it looks less certain. I’m really annoyed they don’t work this question into the exit polls.

This is a really good rundown of how conservatives in congress are planning for the Trump Era. Mostly, it seems, by fighting yesterday’s battles against yesterday’s opponents.

Is this what the future of Democratic populism might look like?

It’s starting to look like Montana is never going to get that second congressional district, and if they pass Rhode Island in population will keep their crown as the most underrepresented state in the House.

Meet Crystal, Minnesota, home to our only libertarian government.

For better or worse, this sounds right to me. Even when the shoe fits, it is rarely a good idea to put it on in the middle of a conflict. Unless it’s someone that really values your opinion.

If you support CalExit, you ride with Putin! They’ve already opened an embassy. (See also, Texas)

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Morning Ed: Transportation {2016.12.28.W}( 97 )

Matt Shapiro argues that we shouldn’t be mad at Carrier for making the deal with Trump, we should be mad at Tesla.

I did not know that cars were designed with clay.

Some good news on auto emissions coming out of Europe. Next up, China?

Here’s an in-depth look at Germany’s new crowdfunded train.

Why the Yugo was so terrible.

We have an idea of what Interstates are or aren’t, but these push the boundaries of these definitions.

Seattle had a chance at a subway system, but blew it.

For all of the complaints about how it’s gotten worse, flying actually used to suck.

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Morning Ed: Housing {2016.12.27.T}( 68 )

Putting a price tag on sprawl in India.

Against type, Adam Ozimek argues for a tax on luxury homes.

The unbearable whiteness of tiny houses.

Joe Cortright takes issue with recent headlines about the comeback of the suburbs. We at OT have discovered how hard it is to delineate what counts as suburb and what counts as city.

What’s kind of funny about this is how it addresses the opposite of all the problems I had in Colosse. Back there, it wasn’t about making it easier to move in, but taking advantage of how hard it is to leave.

Also in Seattle, Gene Balk looks at how boarding might help.

BBC looks at abandoned mansions around the world.

Speaking of which, they’ve discovered another room in the Winchester Mansion.

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Morning Ed: Arts & Entertainment {2016.12.26.M}( 20 )

This is a great overview of what’s been happening with DC Comics, which sounds really positive. Continuity is best as building blocks, but can often become a straight-jacket.

Mortal Kombat, as you’ve never seen it before.

Michael Siegel looks at the history of the Oscars, and how well they winners have head up.

Atlas Obscura looks at Tolkien and why the Dwarves are Scottish and the Elves are royalty.

These oil paintings of astronauts and rockets are pretty awesome.

Boise State football fans are unusually well adjusted.

A nice look at a program using art therapy for orphans in Jordan.

Things I did not know: Apparently, they found the woman Same Auld Lang Syne is about. Evidently, she divorced the architect (who wasn’t actually an architect).

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Linky Friday #198: Colors of Armageddon( 113 )


[A1] Mythical beasts!

[A2] Let’s be blunt.

[A3] It seems evident to me that the qualitative heft of a sentences, written or spoken, is best contemplated in stylistic terms as opposed to such mere pedestrian substance.

[A4] Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot-How-Do-I-Say-4?

[A5] Stephen Akey discussed the imperiled English major as it valiantly makes its stand against market forces.


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[L1] Marian Tupy looks at child labor in North Korea.

[L2] It’s been argued that the cheapest solution to homelessness has been to just five them houses. Maybe jobs, too. {Ed note: Originally had wrong link. Can’t find the intended one, but new link is about the same goings-on in New Mexico.}

[L3] Spain may have to skip the siesta.

[L4] A peek into Amazon’s interview process.

[L5] I may have already done this one, but if so it’s worth re-doing: Richard Scarry’s Busy Town, rebooted for the 21st Century.


[S1] This will end badly.

[S2] David Schmitt writes about how to evaluate sex differences with statistics.

[S3] Evidence is good. Too much evidence, though, maybe not.

[S4] NASA is concerned that we’re not prepared for a surprise comet or astroid. But if we were prepared, would it really be a surprise? (Kidding. This falls into the category of Things Too Bug to Consider.)

[S5] Timothy Caulfield hates science. Well, actually, he hates some of the hyping which he finds counterproductive.


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[C1] I, too, lament the end of the custom of children referring to adults by Mr and Mrs, but that ship has sailed. {A cackling response}

[C2] Ashley McGuire looks at whether stroller bans are anti-kid.

[C3] If parental time doesn’t matter when it comes to outcomes, is it a good use of political energy to push for parental leave? Maybe. Or maybe parental time does matter

[C4] Vicki Larson takes exception to our objection to the nuclear family.


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[B1] Popular people have different brains.

[B2] The most memorable years are from 15 to 25. This seems… remarkably on target.

[B3] How advertisers creep into our brain.

[B4] Maybe Freud was right about dreams all along, and sex rules all in dreamland.

[B5] The mathematics and psychology of the lottery.

[B6] Mental Floss looks at the colors of things, and why they are that way, while Alexa Tsoulis-Reay looks at the profoundly color-blind.

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.12.22.Th}( 35 )

Ronald Bailey returns to Appalachia to find out why the people there aren’t leaving.

Some congressfolk are appealing to Obama to posthumously pardon (noted capitalist) Marcus Garvey.

Take a look at some uniquely American fossils!

Texas, it turns out, is pretty large.

From whence they came: an infographic on where our immigrants have come from, since 1820.

Is your organization too white? Rent-a-Minority says Get Ethics With Our Ethnics.

A couple years ago Adam Ozimek argued that the US is not as immigrant-friendly as we think, when you adjust for population size.

We’ve worried that Trump might be Hitler, Mussolini, Burlusconi, and David Duke, but some signs point to Warren Harding.

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Morning Ed: Energy {2016.12.21.W}( 15 )

Michael Le Page argues that Europe’s energy policies are a disaster.

From poop to power.

Jon Letman reports that Marshall Islanders are heading home as the island struggles with Climate Change and old fallout.

A glimpse on attempts to innovate wind power.

North Dakota may be seeing an oil recovery, but it may really need a pipeline

Stupid fish. Ruin everything.

Russia, fresh on the heels of its Climate Change victory, looks at what all it did with that nuclear waste.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2016.12.20.T}( 47 )

The power and potential of free Naloxone in preventing drug overdoses.

What’s a country to do if it doesn’t have enough prisoners?

The dark side of Broken Windows Policing. If it can be justified (and I do think it sometimes can) it requires a rather specific environment that we haven’t had in a while.

So, here’s the thing. We can either go down the road that says that getting kicked out of college is not that big of a deal and therefore we need a low burden of proof, or we can make the punishment life-altering. We can’t really do both.

How Daesh takes care of the families of its fallen.

Now here’s an idea: Employability certificates for ex-prisoners.

It’s been a few days now and this story still hasn’t been knocked down. Most excellent.

It turns out, you can’t use Facebook to serve notice of divorce.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.12.19.M}( 44 )

A part of me thinks this is a pretty gross misallocation of society resources. Another part of me thinks it’s cool.

Chris Patten argues that Hong Kong’s push for independent freedom is going to backfire.

James Watkins looks at the curious case of Polish populism.

After Nokia’s fall, Finland needs a new economic champion.

Respecting religion has come with a hefty price tag for Mongolia.

In Europe, a “Rent-a-Jew” project has emerged to protect the Jewish community.

It looks like Sweden is getting antsy about Russia.

“Had a friend from Belgium and I told her Hitler was good for Germany and she started crying. I was really shocked.”

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Linky Friday #197: The Next Level( 63 )


[Ec1] George Manbiot asks if McDonald’s and democracy can coexist.

[Ec2] Andy Beckett says that cities are now segregated by height. Maybe somebody can do a dystopian story on how they start building grassy connections to all of the highrises and we all end up underground. (Which, as a cavedweller, doesn’t sound that bad to me!)

[Ec3] The effects of taxes on business locations are often overstated, but this really looks like an invitation to relocate your headquarters out of Portland. {Done} {More}

[Ec4] If you just give poor people money, it looks like maybe they won’t waste it.

[Ec5] Linda McMahon being in charge of the Small Business Administration does come with a bit of irony.


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[B1] The Bob Woodruff foundation is working to help veterans with reproductive issues.

[B2] Wow. So yes. Science!

[B3] Jane the Actuary looks at how the FDA has been hindering Fertility Awareness contraceptive treatments, and wonders if recent congressional action may help.

[B4] There’s some concern that an embryo-research ban will hinder science in Mexico.

[B5] No matter how obvious the injustice, sometimes the correct outcome takes a really, really long time.


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[H1] Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, except with fears.

[H2] Have virii adapted to hit men harder than women?

[H3] Also, remission from deadly cancer through a personalized vaccine.

[H4] Exercise and psychotherapy was supposed to help most sufferers of chronic fatigue, but the study was bad.

[H5] Well, yes. Physicians recognize this sort of thing for everybody but themselves. While at the same time, they’d probably agree with this.


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Image by R.E. Barber Photography

[T1] Well gosh, this is awesome. Car accidents aside (and we shouldn’t really put them aside), my wife tends to get a lot of business after snowfreezes just with people trying to take care of their property. On the other hand, there was that thing yesterday about how such things may bring us together.

[T2] I suppose it was inevitable. Figures it would have been Russians

[T3] Bring it on! Battery life is about more than just battery life. Devices have to reserve functionality to lengthen battery lives.

[T4] This sounds right to me.

[T5] This, on the other hand, will end badly.


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[Ed1] Behold, the very highly educated Jew. What’s going on with Hindus?

[Ed2] Charter schools in New York have been increasing segregation! But… some of them were sort of doing so intentionally and not for bad reasons.

[Ed3] The importance of teaching children soft skills. As the father of a little girl with better hard skills than soft ones, this has me a bit concerned.

[Ed4] The bar exam numbers out of California didn’t look so good this year. Higher expectations or a lower breed of law school student?

[Ed5] Kid, you have no idea.


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[R1] A new paper suggests that religious LGBT are (like religious non-LGBT) happier than their irreligious counterparts. Catholics are kind of an exception, but evangelical protestants are not.

[R2] The BBC conceded that it was wrong to describe the Catholic Church as indifferent to Nazism.

[R3] Fred Karger has made it his mission to get the IRS to strip the LDS Church of its tax-exemption. So the question is, of course, how vindictive is Trump about things?

[R4] I’m not sure if Jonathan Merritt doesn’t understand evangelism or I don’t.

[R5] Batya Ungar-Sargon writes about how the Ultra-Orthodox Jews treat (what they see as) sexual impropriety.

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Morning Ed: Nature {2016.12.15.Th}( 28 )

Fish escaped pollution through evolution, it appears. Some ancient shellfish, however, couldn’t escape global warming.

Speaking of evolution, here’s a look at some theories on frog evolution.

How is these even a question? They’re cute.

Rich Cromwell explains why we need to end geese.

People, it turns out, are very bad.

File this under “articles I don’t want to read because meat tastes good and I love my pet dog.”

A long and bitter battle between Sweden and Norway: To which nation do the muskoxen belong?

Like Birds, except with cows.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.12.14.W}( 80 )

I’m holding on to this article in part to inform the name of our next child, should we be fortunate enough to have one.

Soccer continues to promote itself as the anti-sport, just in case casual sports fans start to take an interest.


Snowstorms build community!

Well, sure, but this is a pretty low bar.

Does voice technology in cars mean the end of radio? Wait, radio is still around?

Joe Mathews makes the case for “delightfully dangerous” playgrounds. Steel slides in the summer heat are sadistic, but room to fall isn’t such a bad thing.

Pearl Jam is terrible. Also, Bob Dylan.

Whatever happened to Bobby Gentry?

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Morning Ed: Media {2016.12.13.T}( 222 )

Sometimes creatures from the fever swamps surface. Here’s some background on how it became a “story.” and how our paranoid rescue fantasies played a part.

When the media goes red-baiting and starts talking about blacklists.

Jonah Goldberg warns against bear propoganda.

Huh. The Newsweek people never read the infamous “Madame President” issue of Newsweek. The picture of her signing one is probably going to go alongside “Dewey Beat Truman” in the history books.

I can’t agree with this Current Affairs piece more. The media has given us (right, left, and center) a lot of reason to be skeptical of them and the air of authority with such things as “fact checks” isn’t flying – with reason.

#OscarsSoWhite is uncanceled! It was briefly canceled because the Oscars became less white, but the guy who canceled them was fired. To be fair, he also unapologetically tweeted about it. (And, to be more fair, maybe there was more to it than that.)

How exactly did Macedonia become such an epicenter of Fake News? Is this a job Americans won’t do any more? Will Trump levy tariffs? Inquiring minds want to know!

Never tweet.

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.12.12.M}( 208 )

Tabias Wilson talks about black gay privilege.

A look at American history and the upward mobility (and/or lack thereof) of Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

We have our state boundaries, but here are our socioeconomic boundaries. {via Burt}

Barrow Alaska, one of the northernmost outposts in the United States, is no longer named Barrow.

Matt Yglesias wants to relocate a bunch of government agencies to the midwest. Unsurprisingly, the idea does have some appeal to me, though we’ve been doing it to some extent for a while now (my taxes used to go to Fresno), but if we’re not going to move the capital to Nebraska, maybe we can do more of this.

Most refugees have settled in just 10 states, though to be fair four of them are among our five most populous states and the fifth took its share a long time ago. Per capita, the states receiving the most refugees are states like Nebraska and Idaho and the Dakotas.

Perhaps it is so that as we trample on Mother Earth with our lofty development, occasionally she demands her sacrifice.

Jesmyn Ward says 2016 is the year America finally got to see the South.

If we are to see a socialist revolution, Hispanics may take a pass.

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Linky Friday #196: Natural Law( 328 )


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[F1] Michelle Minton argues that the FDA’s ratchet-down of sodium alotments is counterproductive, in part due to the fact that we’re… not actually consuming more salt?

[F2] Is Greek yogurt culturally problematic?

[F3] Locavores like local farmers more in theory than in practice. And also, want their exotic foods.

[F4] A new study suggests that high-fat foods could interfere with the executive function of adolescents.

[F5] I am definitely guilty of the “fear of being hungry” thing.


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[O1] John Likely lost more than half of his body-weight… on fast food.

[O2] Elna Baker lost a lot of weight, but then had to deal with a different problem as a lot of excess skin was left behind.

[O3] Being fat sucks because being fat sucks, that’s why you should try the golo diet. It also sucks because fat stigma sucks.

[O4] It absolutely did not work this way for me, but some research suggests that switching to ecigarettes may help prevent post-smoking weight gain! This is important primarily not because of the health implications of weight gain, but because weight gain is one of the things many would-be quitters are afraid of. (With reason: society might dislike smokers, but it hates fat people way more.)

[O5] Bad Santa!


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[P1] India is looking towards natural gas, Australia may be turning away from wind, and in the US renewable-energy folks are hoping that they’ll extend the tax credits before everything comes crashing down in January.

[P3] After Standing Rock, Native American advocates are gearing up for another battle in New Mexico. Big Oil, though, hasn’t given up on North Dakota.

[P4] Josh Kraushaar argues that Democrats need to find a better political balance between jobs and the environment. I… don’t know? I do think there might be some meta-issues going on here, and perhaps they could work on their delivery and maybe focus more on consequential environmentalism rather than the team-building sort, but there were definitely a lot of factors going into this election and given the stakes I can understand why that’s not one they might want to budge on.

[P5] If only – instead of using rail – there were some way to transport oil by way of some, I don’t know, line of pipe or something. Oh, well.

[P6] It turns out that you can’t nuke a hurricane. Well, I mean you can, but the hurricane will win out.


The RMS Titanic was such a cute little cruise boat.

The RMS Titanic was such a cute little cruise boat. you can get awesome custom graphic wrapping on the boat to make it look nicer.

[T1] Gondola! Gondola!

[T2] Meet the Wag Brigade, therapy animals for airports. Now featuring a pig!

[T3] Now you, too, can ride The Titanic.

[T4] Streetcar ridership in Cincinnati is not very good, and the quality of metro in DC is (of course) awful. But! Success in Houston? Free fares for some the car owners in Paris.

[T5] United is going to start charging for overhead bin use. As someone who is tired of watching people bend the rules of carry-ons to breaking points to avoid checking fees, I’m not too sorry to see this. This, however, I’m very sorry to see. (Actually, I doubt the airlines will go for it, so I’m not super-duper worried.)

[T6] I remember once upon a time, diesel was supposed to be good for the environment. Here is a Hit Coffee post about it (from my former coblogger).


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[W1] An anonymous academic laments a labor market that leaves people with a complete inability to have a family life and be a good scientist and keep work.

[W2] Noah Smith argues that UBI is a dead end because jobs matter in their own right.

[W3] Attention employers! Employees are apparently willing to take a 20% pay cut in order to know their schedule at least a week ahead of time.

[W4] Maybe trade and public policy really did significantly contribute to the decline of manufacturing employment.

[W5] Mark Carrigan’s thoughts on fame culture, fatalism, and our future in automation is worth reading.


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[C1] An interesting look at whether the courts can declare environmentism a right (to oversimplify, greatly). This… makes me maybe not sorry that the Supreme Court isn’t about to shift.

[C2] If the purpose of copyright law is to promote the arts, Alex Tabarrok is quite right that retroactive copyrights for the dead make little sense.

[C3] Michael Jordan owns his name in China!

[C4] Do Sofia Vergara’s frozen embryos have standing to sue? I would love Burt to write a post on this, but my inclination is not and if the contract spelled out that both parents’ consent were needed to give life to the embryos, then you need both parents’ consent. But that is predicated on the notion that embryos don’t have standing, which I guess is the crux of the matter.

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Morning Ed: Crime & Justice {2016.12.08.Th}( 144 )

African-Americans don’t want Dylann Roof to die, but whites say strap-em-down.

You can shrug this sort of thing off when it’s on a crime show, but it’s actually pretty serious.

This is buddy sitcom clever.

Want to find out how many hate crimes there are in New Jersey? The data won’t help.

Relatedly, I understand why the SPLC did that… but (unless something is being misrepresented) they should not have done that.

This isn’t really a sustainable form of punishment or societal protection. It’s basically life in prison, whether we admit it or not.

I am jack’s complete lack of surprise.

Fixed/Added Links:

“I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress. I wanted her to react humiliated. I think she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her.”

I saw a move once before and after Lain was born. A character in the movie died in the climax, leaving behind pre-toddler boy. It’s really quite remarkable how differently that hits you before and after having kids. This story reminds me of that.

The power and potential of free Naloxone in preventing drug overdoses.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.12.07.W}( 87 )

Politics may be making things worse for dogs. The adverse consequences of puppy mill laws is really quite concerning.

Lawrence Lessig wants to know why we aren’t challenging the constitutionality of the Electoral College! Actually, just the WTA aspect of it. It’s an interesting thought, though going by congressional district puts gerrymandering concerns on steroids, and any attempt to proportionalize it would need a much larger US House to work. (Wait! I have a plan!)

Okay, but what if they really are low-information voters? (Other than that they are probably better at time management and prioritization than people like myself are?

I thought that the “deplorables” comment was not good politically, but I didn’t realize precisely how bad it was.

Housing and Urban Development is has gone forward with its smoking ban in public housing, to the frustration of some. I share my thoughts over at Hit Coffee.

China: Well, this doesn’t sound good. Also, this.

But what of Good China, that is doing everything right and still has no friends? Well, except…

In case you were wondering, this is how presidents usually phone to outside people.

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Morning Ed: History {2016.12.06.T}( 42 )

Public Domain Review looks at the Operation Doorstep nuclear testing, with cars and mannequins. Related: Hitler respondsGerman nuclear physicists respond to The Bomb.

If you want to be rich, just hope that the government accidentally drops a nuke on your house.

Meet Victoria Woodhull: Presidential candidate, newspaper publisher, and stockbroker, psychic, and free love advocate… in the 19th century.

Maybe they just needed a good opera house? Did lack of culture do the neanderthals in?

Before the Internet catalogued all of human knowledge, it was index cards.

The echelon and vocabulary of blacks in slave state Louisiana are rather confusing in the age of the One Drop test.

Whatever did end up happening to the Vikings in Greenland?

Ooooh, secret societies.

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Morning Ed: Business( 217 )

The War With UI. How companies can help and frustrate its customers. It mentions Linux (KDE is mentioned in the article), which has multiple desktop environments I like, but which still has problems under the hood.

Is outsourcing overseas good or bad for a company? Well, it depends. Most of the outsourcing I’ve seen at employers (one to Russia, another to China) didn’t work out very well. (By which I mean, the programs were terminated and the work brought back.)

When delivering Christmas presents doesn’t pay the bills, they gotta get a second job.

Oooooh, co-ops!

Huh. Google went and created it’s own language. Sort of.

A new study says that Latin America and Caribbean countries need to support its self-starters. (Most particularly, entrepreneurs.)

Well, this doesn’t sound good. And it’s not something we can really blame on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the government pushing loans.

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Linky Friday #195: Pillars of Sand( 331 )


[F1] Jane the Actuary talks about contraception, and how some of the jokey forms of birth control may actually be more effective than the Pill. {More}

[F2] An important article involving the the existence of Santa Claus.

[F3] This sounds truly horrible, though there may be some context for general advertising censorship that we don’t have over here that makes it somewhat less horrible?

[F4] Family stability is improving for children born to married couples, but fewer couples are getting married. There may be reasons to cohabit, such as financial concerns, but Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades argue testing a relationship is not a good one. On the other hand, it does make women feel as good as if they’d gotten married. (Sort of.)


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[C1] Too many, and in such small portions.

[C2] Matthew Schmitz looks at cities and tribes.

[C3] Richard Florida laments the rents. But we’ve gotten some good news on that lately, potentially due to increased supply!

[C4] Matthew La Corte explains how refugees are helping struggling cities.

[C5] Utopian dreams of free private cities.

[C6] In 1956, Jane Jacobs discussed cities and development in a piece that still resonates. Lev Bratishenko, though, says we need less Jane Jacobs.


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[H1] Incompatible kidney donation is saving lives!

[H2] Well, this isn’t good.

[H3] There are various aspects of my wife’s job that can get her very worked up. This is one of them. She proverbially (and sometimes literally) weeps for patients that are kept past their time.

[H4] New Zealand is compensating organ donors! Just to recoup losses, though.

[H5] Ecstasy may be a solution for PTSD!


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[M1] Chris Beck believes that “post-truth” and “xenophobia” – the named words of 2016, are over-relied upon. Maybe? I actually think xenophobia is under-used, because people keep saying “racist” when they mean “xenophobic.” (Relatedly, Mirriam-Webster needs a hug.)

[M2] Buzzfeed is suddenly worried about unions.

[M3] Speaking of Buzzfeed, they’re taking a lot of grief for this piece. To me, the bigger criticism is less about the LGBTQ battles (politicization of everything or whatnot) but the process by which the writer went from “I hate the people on that show” to actually writing a substanceless smearish piece over the course of a few days

[M4] After Rob Ford, a Canadian journalist has some advice on how to approach Trump.

[M5] Let Trump be Trump, at least on this issue. If he doesn’t want a pet, we shouldn’t foist some poor animal on him.


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[R1] Alana Newhouse says that America’s Jews need to be Jewish again.

[R2] It’s like freemasons. Except in Germany. Involving Jews. This is not the beginning of a good story…

[R3] Christ is King! Of Poland.

[R4] An interesting discovery in Ireland.

[R5] We’ve discussed religion, TV, and The Simpsons before. Adam Gurri has a good post on the subject.


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[S1] Randall Cunningham was pretty awesome! He’s the only quarterback I ever won a Superbowl with in Tecmo Superbowl, and that was only because I never used him. Though, I guess that wasn’t Randall Cunningham, as he went by “QB Eagles” on the game.

[S2] I don’t know what’s worse, the state of college football depicted here, or that Bret Bielema comes out of the story looking pretty good.

[S3] Well, I’m glad that they’re no longer relying on the all-star game to determine home World Series field advantage, though I think they ought to give it to the league from the team that won the most interleague games.

[S4] When baseball left him behind, wrestling embraced Babe Ruth.

[S5] A good story on Superman’s Jewish Strongman roots.

[S6] San Diego is the 8th largest city in the country. The area is the 17th largest metro. Now, they are down to one professional franchise in the top five sports as the Chargersh have decided to leave.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.12.01.Th}( 90 )

Oh, joy. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but it does seem helpful that India and Pakistan are next to one another, which would make such a nuclear attack less “remote.”

Trump sympathy can show up in the most unexpected places. I mean, really.

Russians are apparently smuggling jet fuel into Syria.

Of course he is. Gettin’ out while the gettin’s good, and we may be a Faragean nation now.

There’s good news in the world to be thankful for.

Turkey is threatening the EU with a new refugee surge.

Margaret Wente wonders if women really have it better in Sweden. Well, it kind of depends on how we define “better” I would think. When given the option, sometimes women will make decisions that by some metrics make the country look worse off.

The BBC looks at countries that don’t exist and the last unmapped places on earth, while The Atlantic looks at citizens of nowhere.

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Morning Ed: Planet Earth {2016.11.30.W}( 387 )

A new study looks at the link between oil prices and inflation. Relatedly, could Texas oil prices go up due to Asian demand?

Is it too much to hope that maybe Superman’s got some equipment up there doing stuff?

Also, the rising tides in Florida, and the impact they’re having.

Environmentalists: Maybe all is not lost with Trump. Maybe the states will step up. Federalism!

Water, as a civil right.

As Donald Trump ponders an “environmental reset,” Bjorn Lomborg argues that the Paris agreement was never the solution for Climate Change.

Ronald Bailey argues that energy poverty is much worse for the poor than Climate Change. Whether that’s true or not, I definitely agree with the Iron Law of Climate Change: When policies on emissions reductions collide with policies focused on economic growth, economic growth will win out every time. Christiane Amonpour takes a different view.

The Standing Rock Sioux and other protesters would really like it if people coming in to protests would stop treating the whole thing like Burning Man.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.11.29.T}( 218 )

But it doesn’t even look like a football.

This is kind of a surprise. I really thought he’d head back to Chicago.

This, to me, is how “fact-checking” ought to work. A complicated case is explained instead of scored with pinocchios.

Marsha Gessen looks at the difficult decision that civil servants need to make. I do hope they stick around, we might need them. But I understand he might make that nigh-impossible.

Jamelle Bouie suggests that the path forward for Democrats may have been laid by none other than Jesse Jackson.

Frustrating as it may sound, Natalie Jackson is right: Neither party has a winning coalition.

In April, Thomas Berry tried to make a case for presidential-election runoffs. I have one concern and one objection. The concern is the degree to it would add more patchwork to our system. The objection is ever changing an electoral method during an election year. That said, FPTP is terrible and will always be terrible, whether as part of an electoral college or a national popular vote.

But… uhhhh… Evita is great.

Seems reasonable.

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Morning Ed: Media {2016.11.28.M}( 194 )

With one neat little trick, we can install Bernie into the White House. Alas, it’s post-truthism all around. Seriously, all around.

What happens if we switch the bubbles?

Via Saul, the media seems ill-equipped to handle antisemitism. It reads to me like they’re trying to bring this out in the open to horrify people, but I fear they are normalizing it.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes about attempts in Alabama to shield prostitution mugshots from the press.

Ouch. In truth, Vox probably gets more grief than it deserves… though it gets a lot more money than it deserves, too.

Well, this is one way to combat fake news, I suppose. The problem is that the Washington Post is running fake news stories about fake news.

Dangit, this was fake news I could have used!

Swedish media is really (rightfully) concerned about media treatment in Turkey.

Clickbait, old school!

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Speech of Senator John F. Kennedy, Cincinnati, Ohio, Democratic Dinner, October 6, 1960

Exploiting the twin themes of human misery and Yankee hatred, Castro’s campaign has met with success in almost every country – in Brazil, where both Presidential candidates found it politically expedient to appeal to pro-Castro and anti-American elements in the electorate – in Mexico, where anti-American riots followed pressure on a pro-Castro spokesman – in Guatemala, where Castro-equipped revolutionaries are a real menace – in Uruguay, where a general strike was threatened if Castro was not supported at the San Jose Conference. And – at the same foreign ministers’ conferenc – the United States suffered one of its few diplomatic defeats in the history of inter-American relations, when it was forced to withdraw its protest over Communist efforts in this hemisphere.

This is a critical situation – to find so dangerous an enemy on our very doorstep. The American people want to know how this was permitted to happen – how the Iron Curtain could have advanced almost to our front yard. They want to know the truth – and I believe that they are entitled to the truth. It is not enough to blame it on unknown State Department personnel. Major policy on issues such as Cuban security is made at the highest levels – in the National Security Council and elsewhere – and it is the party in power which must accept full responsibility for this disaster.

The story of the transformation of Cuba from a friendly ally to a Communist base is – in large measure – the story of a government in Washington which lacked the imagination and compassion to understand the needs of the Cuban people – which lacked the leadership and vigor to move forward to meet those needs – and which lacked the foresight and vision to see the inevitable results of its own failures.

Unrepentant hypocrite Colin Kaepernick defends Fidel Castro (Armando Salguero, Miami Herald, Thursday)

Cuba for more than five decades under the Castros has stifled practically any and all dissent. According to Human Rights Watch, “Cuban citizens have been systematically deprived of their fundamental rights to free expression, privacy, association, assembly, movement, and due process of law. Tactics for enforcing political conformity have included police warnings, surveillance, short-term detentions, house arrests, travel restrictions, criminal prosecutions, and politically motivated dismissals from employment.”

Now go to Google images of the Ladies In White protesting on Cuba’s streets. Kaepernick, the poster child for protest among NFL players, should do this. He would see images of women — white, black, mothers, daughters, sisters — systematically violated in one form or another by Castro’s thugs.

Dozens of protesters arrested before Obama’s arrival in Cuba
Hours before President Barack Obama landed in Cuba, Cuban officials arrested some 50 protesters of a key dissidents group, the Ladies in White.

They are harassed, spat upon, pushed and even bloodied simply because they are fighting to do in Cuba what Kaepernick does on an NFL sideline without fear or physical repercussion — just before he wears that Castro shirt to his postgame presser.

Fidel Castro is dead (Miami Herald)

Castro bragged that he would free his island of economic dependence on the United States, and he did — but only by becoming even more dependent on another foreign power based nearly 6,000 miles away in Moscow. Cuba ran up billions of dollars in debt for weapons, oil, machinery, food and other supplies. And when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba’s crippled economy imploded, bringing new hardships to a population that already had suffered decades under his mismanagement.

Hundreds of thousands fled the society Castro created. The exodus began early with the powerful and affluent and continued with former comrades who found themselves in opposition to his rule. Next to go were the middle class and professionals and, finally, just about anyone who had the courage to grab a boat or cobble together a raft for the perilous crossing of the Florida Straits.

Castro, although always controversial, once seemed to embody a fresh, youthful approach to his island’s conflicts. Few moments in Cuban history rival the euphoria of Jan. 8, 1959, when the black-bearded comandante rode a tank into Havana with his swaggering rebel fighters, making their way through streets filled with cheering throngs. President Fulgencio Batista had fled a week earlier.

Message Conveying the Government’ s Official Condolences on the Death of Joseph Stalin (1953)

THE GOVERNMENT of the United States tenders its official condolences to the Government of the U.S.S.R. on the death of Generalissimo Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union.

Statement by the President on the Passing of Fidel Castro

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

“A huge figure of modern history and 20th century socialism” – Corbyn’s tribute to Fidel Castro

“Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism.

“From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.

“For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.”

Statement by President Juncker on the passing away of Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution. With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history.
I convey my condolences to the Cuban President Raúl Castro and his family and to the people of Cuba.

President-Elect (sic) Donald J Trump Statement

Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.

Former Chilean dictator Pinochet dies at age 91 (USA Today, 2006)

The White House on Sunday marked Pinochet’s death by calling his rule a “difficult period” and commending the country for establishing a free society.

“Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile represented one of the most difficult periods in that nation’s history,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. “Our thoughts today are with the victims of his reign and their families. We commend the people of Chile for building a society based on freedom, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”

Fidel Castro was an unwavering champion of racial equality (Ronald Howell, New York Daily News)

The most telling manifestation of Castro’s determination to stand against racism came in the 1980s. That was when Cuba sent 25,000 troops to fight in Angola alongside factions opposing the old apartheid government of South Africa. Keep in mind that the United States had been phony on the topic of racial justice. It took militant protests by American college students to get the United States to finally declare, through the 1986 Anti-Apartheid Act, that it was wrong to operate a country along racial lines, as South Africa was doing.

The South African racial justice hero Nelson Mandela, who was released from prison and went on to become the country’s first black leader, traveled to Cuba in 1991 to personally thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for their support in fighting apartheid and colonialism. Through the turning of the last century, Cuba remained a significant presence in Africa, providing medical assistance and trying to strengthen diplomatic bonds.

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun (New York Times, 2013)

Racism in Cuba has been concealed and reinforced in part because it isn’t talked about. The government hasn’t allowed racial prejudice to be debated or confronted politically or culturally, often pretending instead as though it didn’t exist. Before 1990, black Cubans suffered a paralysis of economic mobility while, paradoxically, the government decreed the end of racism in speeches and publications. To question the extent of racial progress was tantamount to a counterrevolutionary act. This made it almost impossible to point out the obvious: racism is alive and well.

If the 1960s, the first decade after the revolution, signified opportunity for all, the decades that followed demonstrated that not everyone was able to have access to and benefit from those opportunities. It’s true that the 1980s produced a generation of black professionals, like doctors and teachers, but these gains were diminished in the 1990s as blacks were excluded from lucrative sectors like hospitality. Now in the 21st century, it has become all too apparent that the black population is underrepresented at universities and in spheres of economic and political power, and overrepresented in the underground economy, in the criminal sphere and in marginal neighborhoods.

In Havana, Castro’s Death Lays Bare a Generation Gap (New York Times)

With the departure of Cuba’s epic revolutionary in green fatigues, at the age of 90, the residents of Havana have not erupted so much as moved into their own emotional corners. All over this city on Saturday, indifference and relief stood side by side with sorrow and surprise as the conflicts that characterized Fidel Castro in life continued to reverberate after his death.

“He was the only leader I ever knew,” Graciela Martinez, 51, said as she mopped the floors of a cafe near the American Embassy on Saturday morning. She paused, then began to weep, thinking of her father, who fought for the revolution — and of her relatives who had fled to the United States.

“For those who loved him, he was the greatest,” she said of Mr. Castro. “For those who hated him, there was no one worse.”

Cuba, a verdant, struggling country of 11 million people that has been moving slowly toward free-market changes, finds itself again at an international crossroads. Mr. Castro died as Venezuela has pulled back financial support, facing its own political and economic crisis, and the détente engineered under President Obama threatens to be rolled back by President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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Linky Friday #194: Crime & Turkey( 101 )


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[Ec1] People willing to dispose of conveniences will be allowed to fly more cheaply than people who indulge themselves with them. Cool. (Well, up to a point. Bathrooms need to stay free.)

[Ec2] The Atlantic would like to wish you a happy holiday, you gluttonous cretin.

[Ec3] Via James K, our latest export to New Zealand is Black Friday.

[Ec4] Spain wants you to stop using cash.

[Ec5] Finally! Someone explains the NES Classic Edition to me in words I can understand. The TV thing is lost on me since I keep a laptop hooked up to our televisions.

[Ec6] Ed West explains how you can be against the elite, even if you’re pretty rich and pampered yourself. Just as the non-wealthy need the wealthy to advocate for them, so it goes in other arenas.

[Ec7] Good news! We no longer need concern ourselves with Paul Krugman’s alien invasion.


[Ed1] Some school rezoning has been delayed because this sort of thing is complicated even when there are no Republicans involved.

[Ed2] The New York Times has a good look at which states are experiencing the brain drain and the brain gain. It’s not entirely what you think. Less red vs blue and more reddening vs blueming.

[Ed3] In part because the educational divide and its effect on our politics and our nation.

[Ed4] Donald Trump to the rescue!

[Ed5] Jason Bedrick takes issue with the New York Times’ characterization of charter school research.

[Ed6] Look, if my kid has a teacher with the nickname “Paedo” I’m going to have questions. That said, there were two coaches in my school system that got in trouble for inappropriate sexual behavior, and both were pretty well known to students.


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[Eu1] Chart: Multigenerational living in Europe.

[Eu2] Rishi Sunak makes the case for free ports in the post-Brexit economy, which may not be as rosy as its advocates states.

[Eu3] Exciting! (Ack.) But no matter who is elected, PEG says France won’t be fixed.

[Eu4] Alison Smale and Steven Erlanger declare Merkel the Liberal West’s Last Defender.

[Eu5] Well this is gorgeous as hell.


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Image by JHTaylor

[C1] We need to figure out how to get people to be able to do this, so that we can send more people to inhabit the western deserts.

[C2] Don’t fish with squirrels.

[C3] Sorry, but you just can’t trust crows. Even – perhaps especially – ones that become social media stars.

[C4] Yeah, I don’t like snakes, either.

[C5] While turkeys are apparently not so into the wild.


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[L1] Two lawyers, two parrots, two tweets, one joke, much acrimony.

[L2] The headline is a bit deceptive, but I think the plaintiff actually has a point here.

[L3] This is disappointing for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s Butch Otter.

[L4] This is one of those “don’t know where to begin” stories.

[L5] This could have been a supervillain origin story.

[L6] This seems… unpleasant.

[L7] Maybe the burglar just wanted the television.

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Morning Ed: Food {2016.11.24.TGD}( 17 )

Don’t want to argue about politics over Thanksgiving? Here are some alternative things for you to argue about. Remember: Not Trump!

Eat your yolks, folks!

The 70’s was a whole ‘nother country. So much so I feel bad making fun of it because multiculturalism.

Yay for meat, it’s the best, and always has been.

Strip clubs in Florida become Turkey Day Heroes.

Maggie Koerth-Baker looks at big farms and small farms in the modern economy. {More}

From Kazzy: There are many things to love about Smitten Kitchen. One are her Zucchini Fritters. Another are the absolutely gorgeous pictures she takes of her food, both in process and the finished product; if food porn is a thing, her work is like professional fashion photography. Her posts are equal parts personal narrative and recipe, helping you connect with the food and making it even more appealing than the pictures do. She takes traditional dishes and jazzes them up, but in a way that is accessible and easily replicable; she cooks in her small NYC apartment and eschews what she calls “pretentious ingredients” like truffle oil, $10/quarter-ounce salt, and single-origin chocolate. While the recipes aren’t strictly vegetarian, most are or are at least veggie-based and give really attractive options for relatively healthy eating.



Our bakery is a flurry of activity today, making hundreds of pies for tomorrow! Check out how they do it!

A video posted by King Arthur Flour (@kingarthurflour) on

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.11.23.W}( 128 )

Archaeologists have found some evidence from 1620 Plymouth.

I like this map, though perhaps Colorado should consider making Pueblo its capital.

Reportedly, Utah and Idaho are chosen by call centers because (in addition to being educated, articulate, and willing to work for cheap) they speak accentless English. But maybe there’s no such place with that thing.

Aaron Renn writes of the synergy and codependence between urban and rural.

For every four Texans that move to California, seven Californians move to Texas. As Michael Cain has pointed out, though, there are more Californians to move to Texas than vice-versa.

Adam Ozimek looks at how we can help struggling places.

Tyler Cowen fears that racism is getting worse.

So I guess they’re thinking that the wall is going to work?

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.11.22.T}( 46 )

How an unpopular party with an unpopular presidential nominee won everything.

Is there anyone worse for science than scientists?

When someone calls the electoral college, someone’s gotta answer. Shortly after the election, Nate Silver looked at the future EC prospects of the Democrats. This is the second straight inverted result where most of the conversation leading up to the election assumed the advantage ran the other way.

Much has been written about Trump’s downscale supporters, but probably not as much about his upscale ones. I believe that when we talk about Trump supporters, we need to be clear whether we’re talking about his hardcore supporters, his median voters, and his marginal ones. Each is important in its own way.

Progress in some of the most unexpected places and ways.

Isaiah Carter shares his thoughts on the Democrats’ Failed Northern Strategy.

Donald Trump and Pat Toomey won by similar amounts, but that doesn’t mean they got the same voters.

This seems fair, I suppose, to an extent. A lot of it depends on answering the question of “What changed?” and preferably a degree of humility. But when some people flip, they often not only lack humility but start attacking me from the other side.

Lastly, the most lopsided Twitter poll I have ever conducted:

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Morning Ed: Labor {2016.11.21.M}( 66 )

Well, the CEO of LinkedIn would say this, now wouldn’t he? Will you endorse my snark skill?

Michael Prebil looks at the advantages of apprenticeships for employers.

This is being used by conservatives to say “I told you so” about minimum wage hikes, but if the ball on this is rolling declining to raise the minimum wage probably won’t stop it. The damage of all of the talk of raising it – as well as some states choosing to do so – has already been done in this particular arena.

Barry Eidlin writes in the Jacobin about the lack of a labor party in the United States.

A recent report says that, contrary to the proclamations of Ted Cruz and many Republicans, paid family leaves aren’t hurting businesses.

In this blurb I am thinking that I think that this has some good advice about writing.

Fake it till you feel it triumphs again: Optimists make better job hunters.

Some new apps will construction companies increase efficiency and smooth operations, but there are some workplace repression concerns.

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Linky Friday #193: Creatures in Crime( 327 )


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[E1] Maybe we ought to just encourage academics to blog.

[E2] This is the Democratic Party I’m going to miss. {More}

[E3] 74million takes a look at teacher attrition.

[E4] In case you missed it, Elizabeth Piccuito wrote a good piece about handling suspected plagiarism.

[E5] Will Trump have an adverse effect on international students coming here?

[E6] Last month he outlined an ambitious student debt plan. I don’t mind capping student loan repayment… if we start looking at colleges and majors where people are defaulting and adjust accordingly.


[W1] Kansas City is being invaded.

[W2] In addition to the United States of America, the Animal Kingdom of Earth may end up a loser in the Trump era.

[W3] Well, this is a very Russia story.

[W4] Save the cows! Save the cows!

[W5] Awww, snail love.

[W6] Dead fish. Lots of them. Lots and lots of them.


[P1] Carl V Philips wrote a paper on the deleterious health effects of wind turbines, which wound around to lead him to a bit of Trump-voter Empathy.

[P2] China – which, by the way, did not invent global warming – may end up taking a lead on climate change. … We’ll see.

[P3] Britain may have to choose between a greener Europe or a blacker America.

[P4] Républicain Nicolas Sarkozy is threatening trade sanctions if Republican Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris Accord.

[P5] Ooooh, corporations sliding their money into activism. {dramatic music}

[P6] Good news: We may be able to inhabit Antarctica in a couple centuries.


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[S1] Protons are really small. Like, really small.

[S2] Ooooh, some progress on fighting antibiotic resistance?

[S3] Roundest. Object. Ever.

[S4] Lee Jessim looks at the limitations of Stereotype Inaccuracy and the central problem: The lack of aggregate inaccuracy. {More}

[S5] On the other hand, what does it say about the validity of stereotypes that they can be so inconsistent?

[S6] A parasite that comes from cats alters your sex life.


[C1] A study on liberals, conservatives, and criminality.

[C2] Smooth, man.

[C3] Three cheers for Nebraska!

[C4] Never let daycare workers get bored. Bad things happen.

[C5] Maybe it was an owl that done it.

[C6] Dead dogs. Too many of them.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.11.17.Th}( 30 )

Ariel Sabar writes of the rush to save dying languages, by writing it down at least. It’s a weird thing where the same things that would have previously assured the written survival of these languages are the things killing them off.

Iraq: The land of hospitality.

Stop trying to get me to like Daylight Savings Time, it’s not going to work.

Who says libertarians never win? They won in Johannesburg! Well, a self-declared “capitalist crusader” did.

Is the International Criminal Court falling apart? First domino?

Russia has never really been a naval power, but they have a plan! The British Navy, meanwhile, is ditching the missiles. And a plan for Donald Trump.

Narendra Modi is looking at easing India’s cash crisis by eliminating low denominations and cracking down on hidden hoardes of untaxed cash. Also, a look at Indian history.

A treasure trove of sunken ships. Speaking of which, I want to do a 2:40 audio play using this video.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.11.16.W}( 192 )

Well, they’re not as smart as smart glasses, but they look smarter.

There are things we should look at doing to avoid scaring women away from STEM, but ditching Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons is a bad idea on multiple levels.

Speaking of Dungeons and Dragons, Ethan Gilsdorf says it needs to be kept in the basement. And here’s a song that makes me wish D&D had been my thing.

A look at the world’s youngest Formula One driver.

I think we’ve talked about this before, but William Newton’s piece on museum hoarding is pretty good.

A friend from high school that I never liked very much has become more interesting over the years, doing some pretty amazing things with Legos. I was reminded of him when I read this story about a bloke who does even more amazing things with Legos.

Meredith Gray (err, not that Meredith Gray) comes up with some helpful tips on how to let your beloved know that you’re currently crushed under a bookcase.

I plan to write my own, but this guide to listening to audiobooks on your smartphone is a good start.

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