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Morning Ed: Society {2016.10.25.T}( 143 )

I was literally thinking last week how cool it would be to have a new Winnie the Pooh story.

The experts aren’t always right, and sometimes they even conflict with one another. So when experts collide, what are we to do?

What are birds? What is art? A philosophical investigation. {Via Jaybird}

The UCF-UConn rivalry remains one of the craziest in college football. I don’t mean “unpredictable” crazy so much as I mean “obsessed stalker” crazy.

This will end badly.

Noah Berlatsky argues in favor of fan influence in popular art.

Beware the black-eyed, for they have traveled through time.

Declutter your life by reserving all fish and giving none.

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Morning Ed: The Circus {2016.10.24.M}( 81 )

They didn’t get to silence Trump on Facebook, but did nick Dennis Prager on YouTube.

Weird, you’d think if anyone would share Trump’s animosity towards illegal immigrants, it would be Native Americans. (As an aside, we’re not especially anxious to have That Discussion, but my Native American brother-in-law-in-law maaaaaaay be voting for Trump.)

Between this and the scary clowns, it’s been a rough year for circuses.

Well, I guess it’s a good thing that the Democratic campaign bus is no longer full of crap.

Marine Le Pen says that in the battle against Islamic terror, Jews (and others) must make sacrifices.

President Hollande has some loose lips.

From cranks to the governing party, the Pirate Party may be a part of Iceland’s next governing coalition.

The Jester strikes back!

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Linky Friday #189: Tattooed Introversion( 193 )

Crime:

[C1] The question may boil down to: When you own stuff, do you really own it?

[C2] Being a girl.

[C3] Operation Smoke and Mirrors: It didn’t happen if the Chicago Police Department head honchos say it didn’t happened.

[C4] KKKanada.

[C5] For kids, Virtually Life Without Possibility of Parole gets the death penalty.

[C6] A group of Asian-Americans wants to abolish prisons. (The article is an interesting look at the history of Asian-Americans and the prison system.)

[C7] Anarchy in Pennsylvania! In the 1680’s, that is.

Business:

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[B1] Marco Marandiz wishes that Silicon Valley would get to work actually solving real problems. Maybe they should do a start-up where they do a blood test with just a few drops of blood or something.

[B2] Well this doesn’t sound good. I wonder how is Madrigal Elektromotoren is doing.

[B3] This explains their attempts to crack down on misbehavior: Salesforce and Disney don’t want the Twitter Trolls.

[B4] Navigating tattoos in the workplace. I’m not a tattoo guy, but people outside particularly open-to-such-things of society where they cannot be covered up baffle my conservative soul.

[B5] Samsung: From bad to worse to video games. I’ve been going back and forth on whether my next phone should be Samsung or LG, but will I have a choice?

[B6] Apple may not lead the self-driving car revolution after all. Getting into the car business seems a bit more difficult than getting into the phone business.

Health:

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[H1] There are more opioid prescriptions than people in Louisiana.

[H2] If your life is feeling incomplete, maybe suicide is the answer.

[H3] Tattoos with a cause. I have to get over my anti-tattoo biases, but it sounds really cool.

[H4] The degree to which generic drugs are identical to the name brand may be overstated, which is unfortunate in multiple respects.

[H5] An eight year old on a mission.

Romance:

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[R1] Madison Moore explains how difficult flirting is with the introverted.

[R2] Sometimes when women allude to having a boyfriend, they’re really just gently blowing you off. These men are OUTRAGED!

[R3] Cohabitation doesn’t seem to filter out bad couplings, and isn’t likely to endure as a marriage, but it does make women feel as good as if they’d gotten married. Scott Stanley takes some issue with that, though.

[R4] Unsurprisingly, I am on Team Separate Bedrooms, when feasible. Spousal benefits come with being married.

[R5] According to The Onion, more Americans are putting off marriage (until ultimatums are issued).

Self:

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[S1] There’s lots of money in tattoo removal.

[S2] When is the concept of us a fiction created by Big Data?

[S3] Tania Lombrozo argues that there are no controls in evaluating how events shaped our lives, and so we should beware of the fictitious cause-effect we assign to them.

[S4] Smartphones as “companions to our emotional lives.”

[S5] This does correspond with my own experience. I really do divide my life into where I was living at any particular time (even within Colosse). Even so, I’m tired of moving.

[S6] Jessica Abel explains that if you’re thinking too much about how great something you’re going to do is going to be, you’re not doing the thing that’s supposed to be great.

[S7] Introvert. Asshole. Hero.

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Morning Ed: Food {2016.10.19.W}( 124 )

Wasabi KitKats are something I must try.

Bitter living through Bitrix.

We might associate it with American hippies or religious nuts, but anti-GMO sentiment in the US has nothing on Norway.

Ferris Jabr went to Peru and learned about potatoes from their apparent evolutionary birthplace.

Buy local! Or not, whatever. The BBC reports that the food miles argument is pretty bunk.

So… what exactly is Mountain Dew?

You, too, can make Taco Bell food. When I feel too lazy to go out for food, though, I feel doubly too lazy to prepare something that requires effort.

Peter Meehan says that mustard is the king of condiments! I think foods that use condiments should be pluralistic democracies, myself. There is room for mustard, mayo, and ketchup.

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Morning Ed: The Planet {2016.10.19.W}( 44 )

Jon Ware wants a worldwide explosion in green infrastructure.

Our coal ash recycling efforts appear to be going well!

The Manhattan Institute says that to go completely renewable, we’d need the landmasses of Texas and West Virginia.

Desalination is almost certain to be the answer to droughts and water shortages eventually, but Justin Fox reports that we’re a long ways away.

In Washington state, meanwhile, there may be a compromise.

A look at what the relationship between fracking and earthquakes is and isn’t.

Josiah Neeley wants to know why conservatives are so fond of geo-engineering as a potential remediation for global warming.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.10.18.T}( 64 )

Love is in, chastity is out: A look at how what men and women want in marriage has changed.

Without a conference home, many have suggested that New Mexico State would drop to FCS and join the Big Sky. They have $1.4 million reasons to resist, however.

Kevin Clark writes of the NFL’s age problem. Most, though not all, of this cries out for a development league. The rest… as we start worrying about concussions, I think we’re just going to get used to inferior play for a while until things get sorted out.

Jack Bauer may be gone from 24, but we may get Tony Almeida! It would be cooler if we got him without the baggage that the series left him with. Which was a problem with that show generally, how it burned through characters.

We all mourned David Bowie’s death, but none of us could appreciate what it portended. {Via Aaron David}

It looks like gender differences in spatial tasks may dissipate if you simply reframe the terminology.

Judith Shulevitz looks at the conflicting aims of privacy and equality as it pertains to gender and transgenderism.

Lauren Young explains how Candid Camera puts conformity theory to the test.

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.10.17.M}( 260 )

Like some other cities, Kansas City is awkwardly split between two states, but they’re trying to work together. Good! Both states need a strong Kansas City.

Houston needs to hire call banks out of Utah and Idaho, which have the most affordable and conscientious phone agents in the country. It might prevent things like this.

The prisoners are going on strike.

When talking about whether the media fumbled this election, it’s important to make distinctions between print media and television media. The former ran the spectrum, the latter really lost their way.

A $15 minimum wage really does seem like a bad idea to me. If you don’t trust me, trust Democratic advisors.

Broadband providers are hoping to turn poor areas into loss leaders for future profits.

These suckers need to be sent back to Australia. I mean, I don’t know that they’re from Australia or anything, but I assume.

Peter Ubel explains why he believes the government’s efforts to fix primary care came up short.

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Linky Friday #188: Master of Muskiton( 122 )

Crime:

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[C1] For professional clowns, the creepy clown craze is actually rather scary.

[C2] Interesting and counterintuitive: When men outnumber women, crime rates are lower.

[C3] This is the sort of story that, when I see it on a TV show, I think the screenwriters are being manipulative. The same goes for this. Egad.

[C4] Not a bad gig, if you can get it.

[C5] I will bet money that at some point or another this guy said that his problem with girls is that they don’t appreciate nice guys. Update: Hoax/misunderstanding!

Education:

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[Ed1] A teenager in Britain who didn’t know what the word “lottery” meant. Or else it wasn’t made clear, in which case he learned a valuable lesson about what people in positions of authority tell you.

[Ed2] Reading? Who needs it! This is actually sort of how I learned to love audiobooks. It may not be the ideal way to consume stories, but the way I do it costs me almost no time.

[Ed3] Gosh, with that kind of money, you could get a football coach for a season.

[Ed4] EducationNext looks at the “teacher pay gap” and finds that teachers aren’t making less than they used to be (but also aren’t making more).

[Ed5] Kay Hymowitz says a new study demonstrating racism on the part of preschool teachers may be more nuanced than reported.

Religion:

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[R1] James Poulos wonder if Elon Musk is religious enough to colonize Mars.

[R2] I’ve been on the cusp of getting my hate on for evangelicals, but maybe I should take a deep breath.

[R3] Freddy Gray talks about life defending pedophile priests.

[R4] So it turns out that the Temple Mount is not really connected to Judaism. Or something. {Note: This was discussed here yesterday}

[R5] Oklahoma’s governor is urging residents to pray for black rain.

Progress:

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[P1] It looks like the geeks are giving up on the fake island.

[P2] Meet Moore’s Law’s evil twin.

[P3] Oh thank god.

[P4] How mustard gas lead to chemotherapy.

[P5] “Yes, there are a lot of people who would like to be able to work on a computer at home. But would they really want to carry [a portable computer] back from the office with them? It would be much simpler to take home a few floppy disks tucked into an attache case. For the majority of consumers, a second computer for the home office is usually an inexpensive clone of the one at work. Not only is such an alternative more convenient, but it is more cost effective as well. In fact, one ends up with better technology. ” –NYT, 1985

Energy:

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[En1] What politicians know that David Roberts apparently doesn’t is that “no more new fossil fuels anywhere” is like saying “No more sin.” I mean, I guess unlike a lot of sin it can be regulated in theory, but in practice if that’s what is required then we need to focus on handling the fallout of the looming disaster.

[En2] Fluctuation problems in a wind farm in South Australia caused some blackouts.

[En3] Wind farms are also killing a wider footprint of birds than we realized.

[En4] So does this mean the next time someone calls me a climate change denier I can point out that Hillary Clinton does, too?

[En5] Peter Burrows isn’t so sure about Elon Musk’s SolarCity plans.

[En6] The everlasting aftermath of Deepwater Horizon.

Science:

marsterraformed[S1] Okay, let’s say we get people on Mars. How do we get them off Mars?

[S2] Watch atoms keep their distance.

[S3] This sort of thing is not helpful to science.

[S4] Gabriel Rossman has some smart words about excessive statistical controls, where if you don’t like the effects of X, you simply control for X.

[S5] Experts are not so expert as we are lead to believe. So when should we believe them?

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Morning Ed: Health {2016.10.13.Th}( 108 )

Kidney donations may be very much a public good, but what about regrets? Meanwhile, Tina Rosenberg looks at the kidney market in Iran.

Marco Bronx explains what he learned from chronic pain.

Well, maybe Soylent isn’t the future after all.

Trippin’ and Codin’.

This… is a tough story to read.

So is this one, though they aren’t otherwise related.

Could subliminal messaging and positive stereotyping help smooth the aging process?

I already knew this, but in case you didn’t: Don’t get sick or injured in July.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.10.12.W}( 106 )

A look at Brazilian Love Motels.

Sigh.

Via Aaron David, another article on the CIA’s infiltration of the mid-century art community.

Chuck Yeager apparently really doesn’t like the Brits.

The Trump Taj Mahal has closed. I hear it’s really gone to pot, like much of Atlantic City. Which actually makes me wish I had visited there, under different circumstances.

Well this should surprise nobody, though I am a bit surprised by how far inland some of the red goes.

Given that a lot of sign language is spoken-language related, and that some of the affectations used in sign language relate to culture, it’s not surprising that sign language isn’t global.

The power of diversity! Or is it the power of segregation? Either way, our interconnecting world may be ill-equipped to innovate and face future challenges.

Tyler Cowen explains how the suburbs may benefit from tech.

Today, Alex Balk had to write about Ken Bone.

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.10.11.T}( 178 )

Charles Mudade explains how Uber and Lyft reduce taxi cab racism.

That’s what I’ve been saying! Sometimes creative industry is more about what the creators want to create than what consumers want or need to consume.

NFL viewership is plummeting. Should networks be worried?

Given what he did to the USFL, I suppose it makes sense Donald Trump would destroy the NFL, too.

Turn on the lights: Men are better that way.

Is Law & Order SVU going soft on crime? It’d be weird if they deviated from their Freaks Everywhere formula.

Erik P Hoel ponders what books can offer that television and movies can’t. Different stories lend themselves to different media, and there are some stories that are simply better told in print. The biggest thing, though, is that books require less capital and so allow for more individual effort and experimentation.

Noah Berlatsky reviews The Day After, which was featured in the most recent season of The Americans. I hear a lot about how that movie scared people, but for me the Cold War was winding down when I saw it.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.10.10.M}( 66 )

Bruce Anderson says that Theresa May and Ruth Davidson are the future of the Conservative Party now. {More}

The Brexit may be hard.

British expats will now all be allowed to vote. I thought the fifteen year cutoff was pretty reasonable, to be honest. That (or maybe even just ten) is about what I would favor if we ever did away with the electoral college.

Farage is back! Albeit temporarily.

Jay Cobb (aka JayFromBrooklyn) explains why it’s okay to vote for Hillary, even if you’re conservative.

Megan McArdle has a worthwhile tweetstorm on Republican disaster management and how it conforms with how a lot of businesses behave.

The Obama administration is looking at the possibility of an adopt-a-refugee program.

Obamacare was written with jobs in mind, which may have been a bad move.

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Linky Friday #187: Your Money Or Your Life( 243 )

Crime:

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[C1] Hey, we can prevent gun violence. Or we can not. Up to us?

[C2] Congress would like the TSA to please stop confiscating breast milk, which has been an ongoing problem, and rights ignored are worse than rights denied.

[C3] How did we end up with so many cops in schools? Unions, of course. Speaking of which

[C4] It’s not just Muslims: A high schooler in Oregon was suspended for a homemade charger.

[C5] If you’re going to burn your cheating ex’s car, make sure that you burn the right one.

[C6] Meet the Dallas Cowboys’ fixer.

Money:

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[M1] Ruth Graham on the rising costs of raising children, pertaining to child care.

[M2] Don’t follow your dreams: Merrit Tierce wrote a successful book and then went broke.

[M3] Noah Smith says that trade with Asia is pulling Americans west. {Related?}

[M4] Huh: spouses often don’t know how much one another brings in.

[M5] New Coke was easily the biggest fiasco in soft drink history. Despite its infamy – or perhaps even because of it – I’m surprised they never tried a re-release. I bet a lot of people would love to get another chance to try it and see if it was as bad as remembered/advertised.

[M6] The hardship of being obscenely rich.

Nature:

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[N1] It’s the “again” that I can’t get over.

[N2] In the vein of “If you shoot at the king, don’t miss”… If you hit a deer, hit it hard, because it might hit back.

[N3] Should I just rename the Nature section the Australia section?

[N4] Killjoy.

[N5] Bees going extinct does sound like it might be a problem. Maybe we can release some genetically modified bees into the ecosystem, though. You know, ones that don’t sting.

[N6] The story of a man and a cat.

Health:

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[H1] So what else can we add to stuff to improve the population? (Other than fluoride, I mean.)

[H2] From Vox, the radical origins of vegetarianism.

[H3] Some civic-minded investors are asking Walmart to stop selling so much meat.

[H4] If you don’t want your children to get asthma, get a cow as a pet.

[H5] There was a burst of economic activity at the FDA deeming turnover and grace period. That makes sense. I know my hardware provider released a whole spate of new products right under the wire, while like convenience stores I am waiting for the shoe to drop on the companies that aren’t going to be able to comply with PMTA.

[H6] Even if you’re a skeptic of Big Pharma, you ought to keep in mind that at some point you’re not just going after icky corporate entities, but also their suffering, struggling, saved customers.

Work:

[W1] Maria Teresa Hart explains her start-up snob experience. She sounds as insufferable as she describes herself, but we all go through phases.

[W2] Some good advice from Robert Heinlein about writing.

[W3] Wayne Hale writes about accident investigations and why they take so long.

[W4] Colorado’s biggest paper is evidently striving to find out how close to the bone things can be cut.

[W5] The Wall Street Journal has a cool piece on the tech jobs that are landing in flyover country.

[W6] Matthew Yglesias makes the case that small employers pay less.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.10.06.Th}( 35 )

Given that this is Canada, I was thinking the headline “Can an atheist lead a Protestant Church” was in reference to a legal question (can a pastor be fired for being an atheist) rather than a religious question.

The Chinese housing bubble may have an expiration date.

Well this doesn’t sound good.

Saudi Arabia is going gregorian.

Abortion in Poland is illegal except for rape, incest, the woman’s life, or irreparable damage. Some are seeking to change that by losing the exemptions.

After a recent high-profile defection, South Korea’s leader wants more.

The Americas Society explains the barriers to and history of a US-Mexico wall.

This is a terrible story. I can barely imagine.

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Morning Ed: Listicles {2016.10.05.W}( 69 )

I always thought the GoBots origin was way more interesting than Transformers. Cracked has a list of dark toy origin stories.

Cobra-La was so damn stupid. Anyway, here’s 17 facts about the international terrorist organization.

Here at 10 hit songs detested by the artist.

You know what’s a popular policy? Requiring voter ID is a popular policy. So, too, is early voting. The lesson here is to ignore popular policies among voters about voting.

“Okay, I’ll be up front and admit Street Sharks wasn’t exactly the vanguard of the women’s rights movement. That said, here’s what I managed to scrape together to show that Street Sharks was a feminist show years ahead of its time.”

But I like mayo, though. It’s actually a really good base to add stuff to.

Need some extra money, guy? Here you go.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.10.04.T}( 63 )

The creator of Pepe the Frog is voting Hillary and Katy Perry and Madonna are… whatever.

Toby Young is skeptical that a broad-left anti-Tory coalition is going to succeed. Which would be good for the Tories, because they may be heading into a civil war over Brexit.

Go, Maine, go! Next up, primaries!

Terrell Jermaine Starr explains how elderly black women may put Hillary Clinton in office.

Hillary Clinton is going after my vote so hard I am getting to the point that I would feel bad not giving to her.

See, computerized voting never actually seemed like a good idea to me.

Given that it’s one of the Trumpiest states in the country, Democrats holding the governorship of West Virginia would be quite the accomplishment.

I haven’t dismissed any friendships, or had any friends dismiss me, over Trump support. But there are some relationships that aren’t going to be the same.

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Morning Ed: Education {2016.10.03.M}( 123 )

In two separate referenda, Colombians reject peace and Hungarians reject immigration. The former was very close but valid, the latter was almost as lopsided as a vote can be (98% vs 2%), but invalidated due to turnout.

Jessica Leigh Hester writes about the importance of free museums.

Spain: Homework strike! Homework strike!

Yes, absolutely.

At Harvard, George Orwell would apparently be a B- student.

Sigh. It seems like Tennessee is at the center of a disproportionate number of these stories.

One of the issues with our school system is the bundling of schools and real estate. Conor Williams says that a number of those Millennials feel the same way.

When we talk about the costs of college, we should also talk about the opportunity costs of college. In the first part of my career, it seemed like the experience from when I worked while I was in college helped more than the college degree, though that did change as time passed.

Far from being too stigmatized, in Massachusetts there are waiting lists for vocational schools. {More}

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The Next Frontier?( 14 )

Ghosts of Mars (HQ-Trailer-2001)

Terraforming Mars review: Turn the “Red Planet” green with this amazing board game (Nate Anderson, Ars Technica)

Terraforming Mars is a board game inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson’s hard sci-fi “Mars trilogy.” Though not endorsed by the author, Sweden’s Jacob Fryxelius has enlisted his family members to produce a science-driven game that is pure homage to Robinson’s classic series; even the players in the manual’s examples are named “Kim,” “Stanley,” and “Robinson.”

The goal is simple: make Mars habitable. Forget Matt Damon as the primitive first “Martian”; Terraforming Mars takes place much further in the future and unfolds over centuries, ending with a green and blue map of a Red Planet covered with cities, vegetation, and oceans.

The result is one of 2016’s real board game surprises. Though buzzed about in the runup to Gen Con, Terraforming Mars had nothing like the hype of Scythe or Seafall. Yet Stronghold Games sold out its stock on the first day, and despite some serious art and component weaknesses, the buzz from those who played the game was red-hot. Terraforming Mars, people said, was flat-out fun.

Elon Musk’s Dream For Colonizing Mars Just Took A Massive Step Forward (June Javelosa, Futurism)

Today, Musk outlined his SpaceX Mars architecture in an attempt to prove that this mission is something that humanity can undertake and complete. He began by noting that going to Mars, becoming a multiplanetary species, is not merely a choice—it is a necessity. “We will stay on Earth forever, and eventually there will be an extinction event…and the alternative is to become a spacefaring and multiplanetary species—That’s what we want.”

The problem is, we don’t have the technological capabilities to get to the Red Planet. “Right now, you cannot go to Mars for infinite money.” To that end, the biggest hurdles that Musk outlined is making our technologies and making them economically viable. He emphasized the need to make moving to Mars the same cost as the median price of a house in the United States. According to Musk, that this the only way to make a truly sustainable society on Mars, as it would ensure that people could actually afford to move there.

Elon Musk Mars mission will send people to die on Red Planet on hope of colonising it (Andrew Griffin, The Independent)

Tech billionaire Elon Musk plans to send people to die on Mars so that his private space company can colonise it, he has said.

The PayPal co-founder’s private space company, SpaceX, intends to stake its claim on the Red Planet and have people living on it within decades, he said at an event announcing his plans for our nearest planet.

The trip will make use of the company’s Mars Vehicle – a specially designed spacecraft built for sending people to other planets. It can carry 100 people to Mars in just 80 days, he said.

Why didn’t Elon Musk mention where colonists will live on Mars? And how will they survive? (Alessandra Potenza and Loren Grush, Verge)

During his hour-long announcement of the SpaceX Mars colonization plan, CEO Elon Musk didn’t say where exactly Martian colonists will live once they arrive on the planet — and how exactly they’ll survive given the harsh environment.

Musk seemed particularly unconcerned about solar radiation. “The radiation thing is often brought up, but it’s not too big of a deal,” he says. There is a “slightly increased risk” of cancer, he says, and there will probably be some sort of shielding. He talked of creating an artificial magnetic field on Mars to deflect high-energy particles, especially to protect colonists from solar flares. But Musk didn’t provide any information of how this magnetic field would be created.

Musk says SpaceX’s goal is to build the transport system, like building the Union Pacific Railroad. “Once that transport system is built,” Musk says, “there’s a tremendous opportunity for anyone who wants to go to Mars and create something new or build the foundations of a new planet.” People will be able to go to the planet and build “anything from iron refineries to the first pizza joint.”

Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Already Spending ‘Tens Of Millions’ On Spacecraft To Colonize Mars (Alex Knapp, Forbes)

Musk went over quite a few details regarding the spacecraft that SpaceX is developing. The company intends the system to be fully reusable, from the booster rocket to the spacecraft itself, which would make return trips from Mars using fuel produced on the Martian surface. To that end, Musk said the company intends to focus on a mix of methane and oxygen to fuel the spacecraft, since the materials to create more fuel – carbon dioxide and water – exist in relative abundance on Mars.

Another key detail is that to reduce the size of the rocket needed to go to Mars, the primary spacecraft will actually be refilled in Earth orbit before firing its rockets to head to Mars. Musk noted that it wouldn’t be necessary to just send one spacecraft at a time. Since there would be two years in between the best orbital alignments between Earth and Mars to make the journey, there’d be time, he said, to get multiple ships into orbit that could then all leave at the same instant. The average length of the trip, he said, would be between 90 and 120 days.

“The Mars Colonial Fleet would depart en masse,” he said. “Much like Battlestar Galactica.”

How Crazy Is Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars? (Maddie Stone, Gizmodo)

A critical goal of the Red Dragon missions will be to test and refine propulsive landing technology for entering Mars’ atmosphere, descending, and touching down softly. All robotic missions to the surface of Mars so far have relied on parachutes to slow their descent through the atmosphere, but the Dragon-2 is going to be the heaviest human-made object to touch the Red Planet by a wide margin—and that means it’ll need beefier brakes. No doubt, SpaceX intends for the this propulsive braking technology to feed forward into more ambitious, crewed missions to Mars, which, based on some of the details we heard yesterday, will feature spacecraft that are utterly enormous by modern standards.

It isn’t clear how many uncrewed Red Dragon missions SpaceX hopes to fly to Mars, nor is it clear how much these interplanetary test-runs will cost. In July, Jim Reuter, deputy associate administrator for programs in NASA’s space technology mission directorate, told Space Policy News that he estimates SpaceX will be spending some $300 million on the program.

NASA will also be making a contribution to the Red Dragon missions, mainly in the form of engineering consulting, which Reuter has valued at roughly $32 million worth of time over four years. In exchange for advice and communications support during SpaceX’s robotic missions to Mars, the space agency will be privy to precious flight data collected during the Dragon-2’s entry, descent, and landing—data that it will likely need to inform its own strategy for getting boots on the Red Planet’s surface in the 2030s.

Seeking to make Earth expendable is not a good reason to settle other planets (The Economist)

MARS has been much possessed by death. In the late 19th century Percival Lowell, an American astronomer, persuaded much of the public that the red planet was dying of desertification. H.G. Wells, in “The War of the Worlds”, imagined Martian invaders bringing death to Earth; in “The Martian Chronicles” Ray Bradbury pictured humans living among Martian ghosts seeing Earth destroyed in a nuclear spasm. Science was not much cheerier than science fiction: space probes revealed that having once been warmer and wetter, Mars is now cold, cratered and all-but-airless.

Perhaps that is why the dream of taking new life to Mars is such a stirring one. Elon Musk, an entrepreneur, has built a rocket company, SpaceX, from scratch in order to make this dream come true. On September 27th he outlined new plans for rockets that dwarf the Apollo programme’s Saturn V, and for spaceships with room for around 100 passengers that can be refuelled both in orbit and on Mars. Such infrastructure, he says, would eventually allow thousands of settlers to get there for $200,000 each—roughly the median cost of an American house. To deliver such marvels in a decade or so is an order tall enough to reach halfway to orbit itself (see article). But as a vision, its ambition enthralls.

How odd, then, that Mr Musk’s motivation is born in part of a fear as misplaced as it is striking. He portrays a Mars colony as a hedge against Earth-bound extinction. Science-fiction fans have long been familiar with this sort of angst about existential risks—in the 1950s Arthur C. Clarke told them that, confined to Earth “humanity had too many eggs in one rather fragile basket.” Others agree. Stephen Hawking, a noted physicist, is one of those given to such fits of the collywobbles. If humans stick to a single planet, he warns, they will be sitting ducks for a supervirus, a malevolent artificial intelligence or a nuclear war that could finish off the whole lot of them at any time.

You can live in South Dakota.

{Thanks to CK MacLeod and Chris for their contribution of the Economist article and the movie trailer respectively.}.

Feature Image by Trumwill, adapted from the work of Daien Ballard and an image from NASA.

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Linky Friday #186: Guns, Bombs, & Dead Raccoons( 180 )

Cities:

[Ci1] Richard Florida talks about sprawl’s ongoing triumphs, but Justin Fox says we don’t need to surrender.

[Ci2] Apartment in San Francisco, or castle in France?

[Ci3] Wendell Cox explains why increasing density doesn’t increase affordability. Not if done by fiat, anyway.

[Ci4] Dammit. Okay, everybody move to Canterbury now!

[Ci5] I don’t know, this looks kind of cool. I’m a fan of unique structures. But it might do more good in Tampa or somewhere than Manhattan (though I’m informed that the place in Manhattan isn’t really Manhattan.

Resources:

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[R1] In terms of carbon neutrality, hydropower may not be all its cracked up to be.

[R2] Karen Mahon feels betrayed by the Trudeau government.

[R3] I’ve commented before that I am open to a carbon tax provided that it’s revenue-neutral. According to Greg Ip, environmentalists in Washington are saying no deal.

[R4] Goodbye World, we’re doomed.

[R5] Which is too bad, because apparently we managed to decouple economic growth and carbon pollution too late, and alsotoo energy use and renewables are getting an upgrade thanks to Big Data.

[R6] New Mexico is taking a hit with the most recent oil bust, and investors are becoming increasing skeptical of OPEC’s ability to hold prices.

[R7] If you haven’t seen a movie, and the movie involves an oil company, assuming that the movie makes the oil company look good is a really weird assumption. (Sonny Bunch reports on Twitter that it does not, in fact, make the oil company good.)

Wildlife:

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Image by lorentey

[Wi1] Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. And so it was with this snake.

[Wi2] It’s like sending your rival a dead fish, except skunks and raccoons.

[Wi3] Wait, is saving crocodiles supposed to make me like markets?

[Wi4] Sloths & Moths: An enduring partnership.

[Wi5] When birds don’t have to worry about predators, they can really get down and boogie. (Video)

Crime:

[Cr1] The Christian Science Monitor has a good article on grandparents raising the children of their opioid-addicted children. My wife runs into this a lot.

[Cr2] The mythical clowns in the woods become real.

[Cr3] Leon Neyfakh wonders if the media should downplay the murder strike. When the headlines don’t match the image you wish to convey, change the headlines? (Actually, it’s a very nuanced take on a complicated concern.)

[Cr4] Nothing to stop the bad guy buy a good woman with a gun. Unless they violate department store policy.

[Cr5] Some PUA’s crossed the line into rape. Here’s the story of the victim who took them down.

[Cr6] Sorry I tased you.

[Cr7] Crazy Eddie died this month. Here is the story of his rise and fall. It’s kind of interesting that apparently at no point did they intend to be a legitimate, non-criminal enterprise.

War:

[Wa1] Recently department former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres claims to have stopped Netanyahu from bombing Iran.

[Wa2] Attention Mr Blue! A great New Yorker article on the Spanish Civil War, and the Americans who fought in it. {via Saul}

[Wa3] In a small plot of land in Northern France, Americans have buried their dishonorable dead from World War II.

[Wa4] Alex Rawnsley and David Brown write of the history and folly of the Limited Nuclear War.

[Wa5] Meet Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the deadliest female sniper in history. And Gertrude Sanford, who outsmarted the Nazis by playing dumb.

[Wa6] Here’s a fascinating 1918 video on plastic surgery (on disfigured soldiers) in 1918.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.09.29.Th}( 84 )

So hey, about sex and politics. Liberals tend to be both more ambitious and less satisfied with their sex lives than conservatives.

Trump seems to be having difficulty finding mosques for photo ops.

None of the Above is kicking some 7-Election arse.

Go, Obama, go!

How pigeons choose their leaders.

While the US only had two debate participants, we tell other countries to have more. Maybe we should take from the page of the GOP primaries and have an undercard.

Residents in Boris Johnson’s Turkish ancestral homeland are willing to forgive him.

I maintain my prediction that whatever happens, the two parties will be Republicans and Democrats. I could be wrong! I’m not so sure about the proposed party’s name, however.

I agree with this: Let pictures be taken.

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Morning Ed: Health {2016.09.28.W}( 120 )

Hospitals are looking for slightly less unfriendly ways to get paid.

How the FDA makes the media bark like a dog.

Dr Lars Aanning was called to testify on the competence of his partner in medicine. He lied.

Carl Phillips says we ought not worry about the threatening letters the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are sending to researchers.

Maybe wellness programs are not such a good thing.

Here’s an interesting look at male-female obesity variations across the world.

So, did Big Sugar corrupt science in the Fat vs Carbs wars or didn’t they?

Doom.

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Morning Ed: World {2016.09.27.T}( 49 )

Brits are now free to frack about the country.

Philip Johnston wishes Nigel Farage would stop telling him why he voted for Brexit.

Iain Martin says that Labour is done and makes a connection between Facebook and a prospective center-left political party in Britain. In a scene that might look familiar, Labourites are destroying their registration cards.

It’s only cool when Trump isn’t saying it.

MJ Lee explains the day she became an American citizen.

The National Post reports on the hidden law that is costing Canadians their citizenship.

Asian sweat-shops are miserable, dangerous, and low-paying. And worst of all, they may be going away.

I can kind of understand most of what Doctors Without Borders did here, but declining to pass Daesh’s message (which both sender and recipient wanted) seems… not right.

Gulp.

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Morning Ed: Money {2016.09.26.M}( 61 )

This makes sense: Credit card companies have to walk a line between those who pay everything on time (bad!) and those who don’t pay at all (bad!)

Hooray! The elephant chart is dead!

More, please. I find myself incredibly frustrated that Sheetz doesn’t have this option on their app. Around here, they’re everywhere on the way to everywhere, and would be very convenient to pick something up on the way back.

Alex Knapp looks at what Garmin has done to avoid being left behind by the transition away from standalone GPS devices.

Nir Eyal wants to know if businesses have a responsibility to avoid consumer addiction. Using… q-tips as an example.

Nicole Nguyen has tried out the headphone-jackless iPhone and finds… it’s not such a big deal.

HP put a poison pill in one of its firmware updates, and soon a lot of third-party ink cartridges are about to stop working. And since they did this a while ago, there’s not much you can do about it.

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Linky Friday #185: Boys & Girls( 100 )

Crime:

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[C1] The Guardian has a piece on our broken public defender system.

[C2] While I don’t worry so much that police will target parents who change diapers, I do worry that this is a convenient charge – or more likely a threat of a charge in service of a plea bargain – for someone they want to arrest for other reasons.

[C3] I… yeep.

[C4] Nerdiest bandit ever.

[C5] Be careful what you write in prison, because they might not let you read it.

Family:

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[Fm1] RJ Moeller takes issue with the “wait until you’re 30 to get married” advice. In the piece responded to, it’s hard to tell what was serious and what was more tongue-in-cheek.

[Fm2] David Lapp writes on the legacy of divorce.

[Fm3] Laurie DeRose writes of the increasing costs of cohabitation. Alysse Elhace explains why she’s not going to.

[Fm4] Should we be doing more in the way of paternity testing?

[Fm5] Mail order brides are still a thing.

[Fm6] Ahhh, the wisdom of fathers. Or parents more generally. It’s really kind of frustrating to grow up and realize how right they were and wrong you were.

Gender:

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Image by LlGC ~ NLW

[G1] This corresponds with what I’ve heard pretty regularly: There are sex differences, even when there aren’t sex differences.

[G2] Is excessive regulation of daycare hurting women in the workplace?

[G3] Amanda Kolson Hurley says it’s okay for women to take their spouse’s name.

[G4] It’s not too surprising that people respond different between cleavage and public breastfeeding, but the attitude towards the latter is disappointing.

[G5] Women and Children First is something of a myth. The Titanic, however, remains the noble exception.

Dating:

[D1] This is probably a more productive speech than the “Men are dogs. Seriously. Trust none of them.” But really, kind of dogs.

[D2] Tyler Cowen reports that assortive mating is on the rise, returning to Gilded Age levels, and that it’s contributing to inequality. Notably, though, it peaked in 1980 before falling and only recently has starting inching back up.

[D3] If you think that alpha males and hypergamy are a problem today, it was way worse 8,000 years ago.

[D4] How being nice can sabotage your dating life.

[D5] Vice looks at the dating scene of Asian Men and Black Women.

Healthcare:

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Image by Wonderlane

[H1] Razib Khan is not impressed with physicians who want to withhold genetic testing from patients (and parents) that want them.

[H2] Britt Berrett takes aim at freestanding emergency rooms.

[H3] If these policies had been in place at the outset, I’d likely still be smoking. {More}

[H4] Women in the US are twice as likely as Canadians to die from pregnancy and childbirth.

[H5] I’ve linkied some bad news regarding the adoption of EMR, but here is some good news.

[H6] Gah!

Fashion:

[Fn1] Heeled shoes were intended to be an instrument of war, so how did they end up on women’s feet?

[Fn2] Anne Ishi looks at the enduring influence of Japan on American fashion.

[Fn3] Samuel Hammond writes a spirited defense of status competitions.

[Fn4] An interesting look at the relationship between tuberculosis and Victorian fashion.

[Fn5] Rebecca Willis argues that we’re wearing too many words.

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Morning Ed: Europe {2016.09.22.Th}( 40 )

French border measures are keeping in Italy refugees who want to be in England.

It’s like the draft, except for politics.

Walter Ellis explains how both Remainers and Leavers are self-deluded liars.

Iain Martin says his goodbye to Nigel Farage, one of the most influential politicians this century.

Owen Smith has stepped into his own Basket of Deplorables.

The Liberal Democrats do not appear to be positioning themselves to take advantage of this opportunity.

Even angels must reckon with popular opinion.

England might resent the City of London, but Nicolas Veron says that it’s about to find out how much its fates are linked.

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Morning Ed: Society (2016.09.21.W}( 101 )

Almost, North Dakota State. Almost. (The cool thing about NDSU’s success is that a little more than ten years ago, they were in Division II. Now they’re 5-0 against the top tier.

I do sort of understand this, but it’s such a great song. It was kind of weird when former Bare Naked Lady dude sang it at former New Democratic Party leader’s funeral service, though. But it did kind of work.

Ura Mulally wants to know why parents put pictures of their kids on Facebook.

Rachel Lu argues that we no longer see children as regular people, and wonders when we might do so again.

The veil of ignorance, from front and back.

A look at Microsoft’s attempts at employing the autistic.

On the rise of Japanese virginity.

When I was a youngster, the video games were much more difficult than for you spoiled kids. Contra was actually unusually difficult. One of the things I remember from it was that it was one of very few where two players could work together simultaneous. Ikari Warriors was another one. What others?

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Morning Ed: The Americas {2019.09.20.T}( 127 )

Migration in motion.

Frank A DeFilippo says that while Trump and Clinton debate what to do about immigrants, the Mexican government considers us its workplace.

This is what assimilation looks like.

Homicide rates are on the decline outside of Latin America. Unfortunately, Latin America is a big exception.

Dave Sewell argues that too many people are blaming socialism, and not capitalism, for the fall of Venezuela. Jay Jacobs of Global X, though, argues that Latin America as a whole is resurgent and explains the reasons.

Michael Brendan Dougherty has a field guide to the GOP’s complicated relationship with Putin.

Gun ownership appears to be on the rise in the US, after a steady decline.

Ugh. I have everything backed up in three places, but very little off-site. So a fire is pretty much my only vulnerability.

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Morning Ed: Creatures {2016.09.19.M}( 48 )

If these suckers ever get opposable thumbs, we should simply step aside and assure a smooth and orderly transition of power to our new catfish overlords, because we’re doomed.

Relatedly, I think we need to know exactly what they are saying. This could be critically important.

Good heavens, will the threats never end?! Dang, crows are smart. But then, we already knew that.

And beware the raven, for it may beware of you.

Bison, it turns out, have a democratic streak.

Introducing the tortoise who got around.

Speed dating: For bunnies!

This, on the other hand, will end badly.

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Linky Friday #184: Here On Planet Earth( 203 )

Japan:

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[J1] The weird world of Japanese house addresses.

[J2] So it’s apparently a thing in Japan where 20 and 30 year old men are being adopted so that they can take over a family business.

[J3] In Japan, a cup of coffee and a little bit of peace and quiet.

[J4] Legos… with a twist. These are pretty cool.

[J5] Here is some Japanese slang that might confuse us.

[J6] These monsters don’t seem very scary.

Africa:

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[A1] From the annals of “People are awful.” But! Here’s one survivor’s story. Good work, Oklahoma!

[A2] An interesting look at what Africa might look like without colonization.

[A3] Cattle herding has been traced back to Africa.

[A4] Stephanie Slade interviews some academics on the adverse effect of the Conflict Minerals provision of Dodd-Frank. I previously linked to a lecture by Laura Seay on the matter.

Nordica:

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Image by Moyan_Brenn

[N1] While it’s true things are nice in Denmark, in Tyler Cowen’s estimation Danish-Americans have it ever nicer.

[N2] Norwegians are all about ghost-hunting.

[N3] Norway, it turns out, is hell.

[N4] Max Ehrenfreund explains how Scandanavians got so tall.

[N5] Scandinavia, the home of statist individualism

[N6] Estonia… the Hong Kong of Europe?

Islands:

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Image by Simon Matzinger

[I1] These are some pretty awesome facts and photographs on Antarctica.

[I2] California City: The largest city never built. Not too far away from that is the Kingdom of Calsahara and its despotic leader.

[I3] Between 1975 and 2007, the Prime Minister of Australia changed hands a total of four times. Since 2007, it’s changed hands five. If this is the sort of story that interests you, here’s a series of videos outlining the united rise and divided fall of two of them.

[I4] Videos: Ghost cities of Ireland.

[I5] A story of shipwrecked sailors and slaves.

Historia:

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Image by BioDivLibrary

[H1] What the Jurassic World may have really looked like.

[H2] Six rulers, six very rude nicknames. I’m not sure if my favorite is James the S**t or Ivaylo the Cabbage.

[H3] Before there was World War I, was there World War Zero?

[H4] “It isn’t really a question of whether African American babies were used as alligator bait, but the question is how frequent was the practice?”

[H5] Clive Thompson writes of the history of the infographic. Also, mysterious medieval maps.

Space:

[S1] Gynecological Gymnastics… from Outer Space.

[S2] Eric Betz argues that we need to be taking a trip to the ice giants while Sara Seager looks at the hunt for other life.

[S3] Food… in space! What does it taste like?

[S4] Warp drive! Warp drive!

[S5] We must go to the moon Titan, so that we can extract its oil.

[S6] A cool look on how we’re going to armor ourselves for invading Jupiter.

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Morning Ed: Europe {2016.09.15.Th}( 123 )

In light of encouraging data, some economists are upgrading their British economy forecasts, possibly negating the expected Brexit recession.

Meanwhile, Britain is trying to figure how science goes forward in a Brexit future. Meanwhile, the EU is issuing warnings to companies that might want to trade with Britain.

Some eastern Europeans may be getting antsy. They want an EU Army.

As the National Front reaches out to Russia, Nicolas Bouzou wonders what’s going on with France?

On the one hand, I think this article makes a good point about shaming overdoses, but the imagery of this is actually very important. It’s not about the parents. (We can probably do without the names and mug shots, though.)

That’s a lot of protesters.

The planned reboot of the Austrian presidential election has been delayed.

Redistricting, British style. It’s interesting to hear conservatives complain about distortions (and, for that matter, that apparently they don’t have regular update like we do).

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Morning Ed: Politics {2016.09.14.W}( 332 )

An interesting look at partisan news consumption, which is not nearly as bifurcated as we think.

Adage looks at advertising and how Trump could win. (No, not buying it.)

Rethink your life choices.

Stop trying to get me to like Barack Obama it’s not going to work.

Foreign Policy recently ran a piece on Moscow’s concerns with Hillary Clinton, and they’re not backing down from it.

Hey, Politico, can’t this conversation wait until after the election?

The limits of black loyalty to the Democratic Party. Sure would be cool if another party was courting them.

Bill Gertz takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s decision to turn away a high-level Chinese defector.

American Indians appear to exist disproportionately outside partisan alignment. On the other hand, you can explain some of the conspicuous blue counties in the rural west by the existence of reservations there.

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Morning Ed: Science {2016.09.13.T}( 31 )

From Jaybird, a guide to avoiding cognitive bias.

“A popular view in philosophy of science contends that scientific reasoning is objective to the extent that the appraisal of scientific hypotheses is not influenced by moral, political, economic, or social values, but only by the available evidence. A large body of results in the psychology of motivated-reasoning has put pressure on the empirical adequacy of this view.”

A look at our internal sperm factories, and the mystery of why men find ovulating women more attractive.

Philip Cohen writes of pornography and our broken peer review system.

Well, I guess humans would need bumpers, more or less.

Ahmed Alkateeb argues that we’re lending too much credibility to scientific results that haven’t been repeated.

In 2014, Mark Carrington discussed the insurgence of data science and the methodological genocide in represents.

A neuroscientist writes of all we don’t know about the brain.

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit (PDF)

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.09.12.M}( 277 )

Jordan Ecarma explains how How I Met Your Mother is a show about dads.

Oh, man, I remember this feeling well.

David Neiman looks at how Seattle killed affordable housing, and Sean Keeley at its segregated-integration problem. {Links via Oscar}

Cartoonist Dean Haspiel says “Don’t move to Brooklyn.” (It’s actually a minor part of a longer conversation, but of course it’s the part that caught my interest.)

Oh, man.

Seth Mnookin makes the case against shaming overdosed adults, which, on the one hand, I understand. On the other hand, visuals like this are important.

Erik Piepenburg writes of the veggie burger’s ascent. When well done, some meatless burgers (usually involving black beans) are surprisingly good, even to this very carnivorous omnivore.

I doubt “plain packaging” for soft drinks ever comes to pass, but I give advocates points for consistency and demonstrating how yesterday’s strawman is tomorrow’s public health advocate.

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Linky Friday #183: Downtown( 308 )

Cities:

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[Ci1] The Fall of Detroit.

[Ci2] There are more African-Americans in Idaho than there are non-college degreed whites in Washington DC.

[Ci3] That folks are leaving California and New York isn’t news, but where they (and people leaving Nebraska, Maine, and everwhere) is quite interesting.

[Ci4] Eve Tushnet looks at the right to face your judge.

[Ci5] Attention Kim! Paul Graham explains how to make Pittsburgh a startup hub.

Crime:

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[Cr1] Lawyers using Craigslist to find clients may want to be careful. As for the masterminds, this seems like one of those “If you put as much effort into working as thieving and scamming…”

[Cr2] We might do better in the next cyber-war if we were willing to recruit programmers who also like to smoke pot. I remember my employer in Deseret that literally couldn’t wrap its head around the notion that the random drug testing policy imperiled the employment of our best developer.

[Cr3] Relatedly: It’s a trap!

[Cr4] John Robb talks of the terrorism tax that may be hitting Europe right now.

[Cr5] The Fall of Elizabeth Holmes. Done in, perhaps, by a single quote: “[A] chemistry is performed so that a chemical reaction occurs and generates a signal from the chemical interaction with the sample, which is translated into a result, which is then reviewed by certified laboratory personnel.”

[Cr6] This Clowns of Carolina story is getting out of control. It turns out, though, we’ve been here before.

Technology:

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[T1] Ryan Miller writes of the spontaneous order of Waze (and Uber and…).

[T2] Abstractly, it would be sad to see OpenOffice go. Realistically, though, I jumped off the fence and committed to LibreOffice a long time ago and one makes the other mostly redundant.

[T3] On the one hand, I chuckle at iPhone users freaking out over the loss of the headphone jack. I’ve been without one before, and it’s really not the end of the world. Even if you don’t like Bluetooth, adapters are pretty simple (hint: keep it affixed to the headphones.). On the other hand, plan on using my current phone indefinitely because I’m addicted to removable batteries.

[T4] Maybe AI just isn’t going to happen.

Education:

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Image by Photos by Mavis

[E1] It turns out young people don’t hate taking care of babies as much as anticipated?

[E2] A new program to cut down on truancy using washing machines.

[E3] #BanSummerVacation

[E4] From Jaybird: Outliers.

[E5] From Saul Degraw: The Chronicle of Higher Ed has the low-down on the Long Island University labor conflict.

Sports:

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Image by Ken Lund

[S1] Iowa State’s president is on record being skeptical of bringing Houston into the conference, while it’s student government opposes bringing in BYU.

[S2] While all eyes are on the Big 12, as far as college football expansion goes, the Mountain West Conference’s commissioner is making noise about Texas. Given that they passed on UTEP and Rice earlier in the year, I suspect this might be aimed at AAC programs left behind by Big 12 expansion.

[S3] Meanwhile, football teams have a lot of players, and they eat a lot.

[S4] What’s up with all these freshman quarterbacks rockin’ the houses nationwide? Turns out, there may be something up about that.

[S5] Hero!

[S6] Victor! Thwarted! Revolution! Thwarted?

Transportation:

Soviet vision of the future in the 1930's.

Soviet vision of the future in the 1930’s.

[Tr1] Roomba, but for delivering the mail!

[Tr2] Fredrick Kunkle argues that Union and Management deserve one another at Metro. {via Kolohe}

[Tr3] Baltimore and Washington might be connected by High Speed Rail soon.

[Tr4] So yeah, this is pretty awesome. Though when it talks about more space, I assume it means “more places to cram people.”

[Tr5] How Google is approaching the trolly problem for its self-driving cars.

[Tr6] Maybe it’s time to move past self-driving cars to self-driving living rooms. As with just about anything, implementation of a radical redesign (from public transportation to cars, cars back to public transportation, and both to this) are going to be rather difficult to implement.

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Morning Ed: World Politics {2016.09.08.Th}( 217 )

Michael Brendan Dougherty has sympathy for the devil. In this case, Anthony Weiner.

Anoosh Chakelian looks at Labour trouble in the Welsh Heartlands.

A glance at the link between Trumpism and (paleo)libertarianism.

It’s a tragedy what’s happening in Venezuela, but it’s not necessarily all bad.

Mick Moran argues that while economists are re-evaluating things after the financial crisis, political science isn’t re-evaluating anything.

We might think that we’re basically two different societies living in two media echo chambers, but it’s not quite as simple as that.

Calling all Nathan Johnsons! Have we got the job opportunity for you!

Behold, the power of the monarchy!

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Morning Ed: Amazing {2016.09.07.W}( 20 )

I’m pretty sure this is a superhero origin story. This is certainly a super villain one.

Aaaaaaand glowing mice.

I’m pretty sure this was a movie starring Jeff Fahey, except that the arm was evil in the movie. (Seriously, though, interesting story.)

Give a girl a new arm in no time flat!

Also, new body? This will be limited by the number of available body donors, but man. Did anybody see that 80’s made-for-TV movie about the brain transplant?

This, too.

Boy, this is a tough one. On the one hand, I am a fan of cyborgia. On the other hand, I don’t like tattoos.

My. Hero.

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