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The Fall of Daddy O Five( 74 )

Diabolical parents blasted for cruel pranks that make their kids cry (New York Post)

A Maryland mom and dad are being blasted online for pulling a cruel prank on their son — which included cursing the young boy out and convincing him he had done something terribly wrong.

“Get your f–king a– up here!” the child’s mother shouts at the start of a 6½-minute video, which was posted to YouTube and shows the deranged stunt going down.

“What the f–k did you do?! What the f–k?!” she screams repeatedly, as her husband films.

“What the hell is that,” the diabolical dad says, panning out to a mess of strewn Uno cards and fake ink spilled everywhere.

“I didn’t do that!” the boy says, breaking down in tears and clutching his chest in fear.

“I swear to God I didn’t do that!” he explains frantically. “Mom and Dad, I didn’t do that! I swear!”

Maryland couple’s YouTube videos of their children spark outrage (Baltimore Sun)

As of Thursday afternoon, all of Martin’s videos except the explanation video had been deleted.

Martin tweeted Wednesday, “I’m sorry everyone but I have taken down/demonetized all videos my family’s safety is more important than fake videos.”

YouTube confirmed that Martin’s videos that violated the community guidelines were removed from the platform and that all ads were removed from the channel.

The viral outrage began after the parents posted a video titled “Invisible Ink Prank,” in which Heather spilled invisible ink on the carpet. She and her husband profusely blamed the sons, screaming profanities, as the boys dissolved into tears and swore over and over that they didn’t do it. The parents begin laughing before Martin tells them, “It’s just a prank, bruh.”

Martin did not immediately respond to requests via Twitter for comment from The Baltimore Sun.

Martin has posted similar content in the past to his YouTube channel, which has more than 763,000 subscribers and had nearly 300 videos — many of which garnered over 100,000 views.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.04.23.Su}( 201 )

Inconvenient, perhaps, but true. Actually, it’s not hard to imagine that they will fly on the winds of Trump blowblack into power, but that can easily become as temporary as the current Republican triumvirate. In particular, it’s nearly impossible to see how they ever keep the senate again.

This is a very perceptive piece on how Trump has a real problem with a lack of trusted advisors. It brings to light the question of whether any sort of outsider can ever really succeed.

So how much is The Deep State paying you to say it’s a myth?

Even Hillary’s Twitter bots don’t like her as much as Trump’s bots like him.

While I don’t think it fully explains how we got Trump, I do think that “opposition to immigraytion is racist” was a very, very helpful contributor.

It’s always good to get out of the liberal bubble.

Honestly, this isn’t the worst idea, though any such effect should only take place after January 20, 2020.

One of the things about Trump’s latest moves on H-1Bs visas is that it’s addressing (in its own way) problems that the status quo wasn’t interested in addressing.

Look, snark and partisanship aside, if Chelsea Clinton has political aspirations she is getting some very bad advice.

BONUS: After you lose an election, the most important thing is to identify the heretics within your ranks.

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Linky Friday: United Thermodynamics( 135 )


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[N1] Two words: Goth chicken.

[N2] Megafauna built tunnels. Now, of course, we have machines for that.

[N3] This will end badly.

[N4] Sorry deer, but birds have better PR.

[N5] Just a reminder that Mother Nature hates you. Especially if you fly United.

[N6] Most deepwater life glows (and for a reason).


[F1] The things you can do when places are walkable. Soon it may not matter, though.

[F2] Killjoy. More seriously, I get what they’re saying but everybody’s relationship with food is going to be different.

[F3] Carl Sr is back.

[F4] In case you’ve ever been curious about the nutritional content of people, we are not actually very nutritious.

[F5] The power of screen time: The Internet, ladies and gentlemen, can teach kids anything.

[F6] I’m not sure “damn good taco” should really be trademarkable, and even if it should the alternate spelling I think is significant.


[O1] Fat stigma has many bad outcomes, including this. “But the only problem here is that the diets are unsuccessful!” Well, okay, but almost all diets are unsuccessful.

[O2] Have we tried stigma and shame? Surely that will work.

[O3] Australia decreased its sugar consumption… and got fatter.

[O4] Well, that’s one way for a nation to lose weight.


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[E1] The US is working to try to prevent our nuclear plants from being purchased by Chinese.

[E2] Wind, solar, hydro, thermoelectric paint?

[E3] The Trans Alaska Pipeline system can handle extreme cold up to -60F, but cannot handle lethargy.

[E4] Have we reached an electricity plateau?


[D1] If you’re going gray you’re going to die! Well, you’ll die either way, but you know what I mean.

[D2] Here are some facts about death.

[D3] Happy nightmares (though I’m pretty sure one or more of those is actually a superhero origin).

[D4] Now that’s a state slogan: You can die on Mars, or you can live in South Dakota.

[D5] 19th century homes were pretty dangerous.


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[B1] Tim Wu takes aim at “attention theft” and calls for action.

[B2] I really don’t get this. Come up with a high-margin product, but then don’t manufacturer enough of it so there’s a lot of pent-up demand and retailers are padding their pockets due to the shortage, then get a supply line going, then discontinue it before everybody who wants one has one.

[B3] Sometimes it’s just a man, a dream, and unlimited access to Daddy’s capital.

[B4] Hayley Paterson on the collapse of retail, aided by banks looking askance at trying to save struggling retailers.

[B5] I, for one, will not rest until United Airlines’ reputation is so bad that they have to rebrand as Continental Airlines.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.04.19.W}( 63 )

Wait, I am pretty sure I’ve seen this entrance before. Right behind it is a party of four goblins, three orcs, and a mage.

Brazil is struggling to determine who gets affirmative action, as it tries to balance the ledger of historical sin.

The planet is a little too large for distance to actually die, from a globalization perspective. This is one of the reasons I remain skeptical of a world government ever occurring. It would have to be pretty confederated or federal, and federalization is considered de facto illegitimate by a lot of people.

It looks like Mowgli-Girl wasn’t living with the monkeys for very long?

This is literally how Kryptonians destroyed their planet.

This strikes me as going a bit overboard, to be honest, though perhaps necessary for satiating the public’s anxiety. And, of course, laws must step in when culture fails.

Tyler Cowen considers why some colonies did so much better under British rule than others.

Did Brexit lay the groundwork for Scandinexit?

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Morning Ed: Society {2017.04.18.T}( 51 )

Being too persistent in recommending a TV show can really backfire, according to science.

Well okay, but you can stack them. You don’t have to put them side by side.

This seems like sound advice.

Alex Abad-Santos digs in deeper to the comments by Marvel VP David Gabriel involving diversity in comics. Speaking of Marvel, they did take action here, pulling the issue and firing the artist.

This profile of Mike Judge is really, really good.

Scott Rosenberg contemplates the disappointment of Google Book Search.

I really like Demon Train Girl, Bored Dinner Girl, and Escape of Shame Lady. I recommend to get stock photos from which is one of best places full of variety.

I used to like ugly uniforms for the novelty, but then the Oregon Ducks made it a regular feature and it got old.

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Morning Ed: War {2017.04.17.M}( 42 )

Kaveh Waddell talks of a computer model that purports to show what a nuclear attack on Manhattan would look like.

Christopher Caldwell says that we spend too much time trying to figure what to think of Putin and not enough time on how to think about Putin.

Steven Brill seems to really like Peter Theil’s military product offerings.

Waiting for the end of the war. Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you’re coming ’cause you really started something…

The French Foreign Legion as a death cult.

The military would very much like airlines to stop taking their pilots. A high school chum became an Air Force pilot, but also had a degree from MIT and so would have been unaffected.

How do you know when hackware is done by the CIA? When it’s a 9-to-5 job

Well, this is inconvenient.

Nuke the moon!

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Morning Ed: Media {2017.04.16.Su}( 47 )

Well now, hehe.

Donald Trump may be the best thing that could have happened to CNN.

“The problem for TV producers aiming for demographic diversity on their discussion panels is that conservative commentators tend to be middle-aged men. If you are a right-wing pundit who happens to be young and female, you’re as popular as Scarlett encircled by vying suitors at the Twelve Oaks barbecue.”

Science sucks. Actually, it’s science news that sucks, which isn’t really news. But it’s making science worse.

This seems like a good idea. Only one major newspaper opposed war in Syria, and the Houston Chronicle opposed it mostly on procedural grounds.

The media landscape of conspiracies. {Related}

This is a pretty awesome story.

Poynter considers whether Dr Dao’s “troubled past” should have been considered newsworthy.

In any other administration, this would be pretty big news.

Hot damn! In her moment of personal turmoil and heartbreak, as she mourns the loss of something she thought would last forever, we’ve got a picture! Run with it! Run with it!

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Linky Friday: Sex, Sin, & Science( 150 )


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[S1] Ideally, the policy should follow the science rather than the other way around. The thing is, when I see a study about the relative less risk of ecigarettes, I can be somewhat confident it didn’t come out of the United States.

[S2] Brian Palmer argues that twin studies are useless. Alex Tabarrok responds. We could just settle this once and for all with one neat trick (errr, policy).

[S3] Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky argue that universities are protecting rogue scientists due to bad incentives.

[S4] Maybe we can file this under “Part of the Problem.”

[S5] Hurry up, I’m getting older.

[S6] Not gonna lie: I only vaguely understood this article because I recently read The Atlantis Gene trilogy.


[R1] Hook-up culture appears to be primarily a campus thing. The whole thing seems rather dependent on being surrounded by peers in a way that’s hard to accomplish without college.

[R2] Laura Kipnis is worried about sexual paranoia on campuses.

[R3] When it’s not porn addiction that’s the problem, but the perception of porn addiction?

[R4] The reasons we often think of for divorce occurring may be more likely to actually be the final straws.

[R5] Three words: Moose Sex Corridor.

Sex Crimes:

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[C1] I had missed this: Subway is being sued by Jared Fogle’s ex-wife, who believes they knew about his pedophelia and did nothing.

[C2] It turns out that targeting johns may also be bad for prostitutes.

[C3] Marina Benjamin argues that we ought to start treating rapists like regular criminals.

[C4] Reporting requirements may be hurting the fight against child abuse.

[C5] Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when Best Buy comes for you…

[C6] Not that this is the important thing, but diet and health are actually important if you want a woman to get pregnant.

[C7] Ugh.


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[Sm1] Scott Gottlieb to the FDA is starting to look like my favorite Trump appointment, though still no word on whether he’s going to do anything about the deeming regulations that threaten the industry,

[Sm2] Here is a rare public policy victory from an unexpected place. Yes, not losing counts as winning now. But seriously, it will probably help people quit smoking and maybe prevent them from starting up. {More}

[Sm3] Maybe medicinal marijuana doesn’t make things better? Canada may not care about reported medicinality, however.

[Sm4] Other smokers. That’s who.

[Sm5] In addition to the fact it will make them run from the police slower, there may be other reasons we want criminals to smoke.


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[B1] This strikes me as a good idea. You need Twitter to be free, but there are quite a few power-users who will pay for the right stuff. They could even put a generous cap of fifty tweets a day or something, and a lot of people would need to pay.

[B2] Suppliers are getting pinched as Amazon and Walmart engage in price wars.

[B3] Maybe if you want your organization to perform, you need cleaner bathrooms.

[B4] This is an interesting thought: Should fund managers have to disclose what their investment boycotts are costing their consumers?

[B5] This is inevitable, and likely positive: AirBnB is going to have to police itself to keep everyone else at bay.


[G1] Wichita State is making the jump to the American Athletic Conference.

[G2] This could save the Big 12 Conference. (Actually, the likelihood of UNC and NC State leaving the ACC is near-zero.

[G3] What was once the cure for short-term boredom was the child of a prolonged boredom.

[G4] Video games apparently need luck variables.


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Morning Ed: United States {2017.04.13.Th}( 127 )

Mara Casey Tieken points out that while we may think of rural America as being white, we probably shouldn’t.

Can we please not?

The US maybe on the verge of getting its first black saint.

The quick case for moving back to New Jersey.

A look back at The Turner Diaries, and its role in the white supremacy movement.

It’s increasingly said that disability is become the new safety net for the unemployed.

JM Opal argues that really, America shouldn’t be great again.

A look at the life of WEB DuBois. I was not aware he’d had his citizenship effectively revoked.

It seems like eventually we’re going to have to figure out where Asians fit in to the “whiteness” of tech.

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Morning Ed: Labor {2017.04.12.W}( 52 )

How to go nomad with your employment. Zapier is offering financial packages to get folks to leave Silicon Valley. For the most part, though, the future of telecommuting is always right there, in the future.

A part of me resents that job training like this is falling to the state to take care, but I’m glad it’s being done.

Oliver Burkeman says that time management is ruining our lives.

Five peculiarities of the American workplace. Also, how we stack up with Sweden.

Peter Waldman on the toll of the southern manufacturing boom. (Or to look at it another way, the cost of trying to compete with foreign manufacturers.) Relatedly, according to Howard Schneider, Alabama is as big a threat to the Rust Belt than is Mexico.

Hidden from Germany’s low unemployment are a lot of unemployed refugees.

Caroline Moss explains why waitressing prepares you for any job. That’s one job I’ve never had, but I can sort of see it.

How apprenticeships gave Europe an advantage.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.04.11.T}( 71 )

This is a pretty good window into why most people are sympathetic to DREAMER-types.

In the US as with a lot of places, they’re less concerned where you were born than whether you speak the language.

Air India has apparently lost patience with India’s political class. But not for long, I guess.

The EU may have a domestic migration problem. Such is common in the United States as the best and brightest flock to comparative few places.

Babies for sale, $1,400. Well, they were for sale, at any rate.

Things in Turkey are getting pretty bad, it seems, and not (just) from a civil rights angle.

Religious face coverings are exempt from a new rule about masks at soccer events in Sweden, so niqabs have become quite popular.

If Scotland were to become a province of Canada, we would have to consider making Albania a state.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2017.04.10.M}( 75 )

So, uhhh, what’s going on with mayors in the Pacific Northwest and rape?

Hurm. If we have the tapes, we ought to be able to use them, it seems to me.

On the other hand, they have free health care. Or had it, anyway.

Now Hiring: Execution Witnesses.

Authorities have been listening where they ought not be listening.

Twenty-five million here, twenty-five million there, and sooner or later you’re talking about real money.


Is reefer madness returning? {via Jaybird}

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.04.09.Su}( 35 )

Tod has been talking about this for quite a while now.

It looks kind of like Trugret is not really a thing. Yet.

Democrats are betting on leftism (well, lefty populism) to prevail in Montana.

What happened to all the pepes?

Dylan Matthews explains why the alt-right loves single-payer health care. It would be truly fascinating to see, if Donald Trump were to propose it, which Republicans would be on board and which Democrats would vote against.

Increasingly, Democrats want someone who will FIGHT! We’ll see how this goes.

Gerrymanders is one of the reasons that swing seats are vanishing, but not an especially big reason and it’s being used as a scapegoat for government dysfunction.

Governor Bentley has no intention of resigning.

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Linky Friday: Domestic Tranquility( 162 )


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[F1] March Madness turns out to be a very popular time for vasectomies.

[F2] Will Trump bring back family values? There is a theory that trade with China may be breaking hurting marriage in the US. Danielle Paquette at the Washington Post says maybe, Brookings says not really.

[F3] I sort of get the sense that if this had been about Alabama, there’d be a different response. (It’s 16 in Alabama, by the way.)

[F4] Sarrah Le Marquand has taken a lot of criticism for a piece titled “It should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mum” but, looking past the title, it seems to be mostly about beneficial and preferential treatment from the Australian government. I mean why should it be? Many moms can generate their own amount of money by building and getting their money back by return on renting a granny flat in Sydney.

[F5] Cohabitation: Still not stable, even in Europe.


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[Ho1] I understand the motivation behind this policy, but it’s one I could see backfiring. For instance, someone with prior evictions may be accepted on a discretionary basis unless something like this is in place. At least it exempts basement apartments and the like.

[Ho2] What could possibly go wrong? (But seriously, the last one was more complicated than a strictly subprime problem.)

[Hp3] We all know that war and the threat of war spurs innovation, but sometimes it creates housing!

[Ho4] Now, if only we had places to put these things.

[Ho5] If on the other hand we want to encourage mobile home ownership, this may be a good way to make it more workable.


[Pe1] I fear this will be Clancy, when our dog passes. If we could ever get some stability, I almost want to go ahead and get another so that we’re not dogless.

[Pe2] Long suspected, confirmed true: Dogs love their owners lots more than cats do.

[Pe3] Lies.

[Pe4] Good dog. RIP.

[Pe5] If you can step away from the Upworthyish title, this is a pretty awesome story.


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[E1] David Perry is getting rid of in-class tests.

[E2] Hehe. But maybe it’s not a joke.

[E3] Will nobody think of the vain?

[E4] Andrew Lilico says free lunches may get kids fed, but won’t improve their education.

[E5] I am completely down with this, though it screams of unintended consequences. If you hold colleges responsible for their students, they’ll spend a lot of money trying to get a better class of student, and some HBCU’s and community colleges will be extremely hard hit.


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[Ps1] Calvin always win, in the end. Jeff Wise on the guilt of pleasure.

[Ps2] If you’re not outraged, you’re not overcompensating.

[Ps3] The more you lie, the easier it gets.

[Ps4] Do you have nightmares? Bad news… (Take care of yourself.)

[Ps5] This sounds right. Of all of the factors that go into politics, the social is always the most underrated.


[He1] Depressed? Maybe it’s not all in your head. Maybe it’s in your gut.

[He2] Wow.

[He3] I agree with all of Tabarrok’s suggestions here. Including especially the “more doctors” part. Though some say there is no need.

[He4] Quick! Kill it! Kill it! Relatedly, I hold out a bit of hope that this isn’t quite as bad as it appears. A couple doctors I know say they do recommend them but almost apologetically – it wouldn’t surprise me if they answered “no” in a survey.

[He5] If patients demand it, and doctors are ready and willing to do it, does science get a say?

[He6] Get your rest. It’s important.

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Science And Technology Links 4/6/17( 75 )


From Will: Translating the lingo here, what they are talking about is having modular avionics (AVIation electrONICS) systems that all follow a common software language and hardware architecture.  Modern avionics are essentially networked purpose-built computers that tie into external sensors and internal control systems.  Back in the bad old days, the avionics computer was locked just above the pilot’s shoulder and somewhere between his ears.  Cockpit indicators, like artificial horizons, airspeed, altitude, etc. were designed to be slotted into common holes in the dashboard and hooked up to common external sensors (like pitot tubes, etc.).  That was about as standardized as it got.  Nowadays, only the simplest of aircraft are without computerized avionics.  I’ve seen restored WWII fighters with modern avionics systems tucked into the cockpit, complete with multifunction touch displays and HUDs.

Commercial and military aircraft all have complex avionics packages.  Once upon a time, those avionics systems were unique to each manufacturer, and sometimes unique to an airframe (companies might re-use pieces from one airframe to another, but you also had airframes with completely unique systems).  As you can imagine, this made for not only design headaches, but support nightmares.  Having common hardware requirements and common software APIs streamlines things quite a bit.

A new twist on an old trick.

But will they help us do the Electric Slide, or the Electric Bugaloo?

The Falcon 9 rocket has been successfully re-used.  This is a pretty big deal when it comes to reducing the cost to orbit.  Another way to keep down costs is to use a Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO).  The reasons we use multiple stages is both weight (once the fuel is used, to point in carry the empty tank around) and efficiency (the traditional bell shaped rocket nozzle has a lot of shape variation, and that variation affects how efficient it is in certain air pressure and density regimes).  Now the rocket at the link looks less like a rocket and more like Paul Bunyan’s beard trimmer, but that is what is known as a Linear Aerospike, which is a rocket nozzle that is efficient across a wide range of atmospheric conditions, which means you only need one rocket motor for the whole flight.


Despite the alphabet soup, the topic of interest is the discovery of another key part of why our bodies degenerate with age.

Lungs can make blood, who knew (no one knew, that’s why it’s interesting).  Also, we can make blood in a lab using immortal stem cells.  I just can’t but wonder what will happen to all the college students who are unable to get free pizza once every 8 weeks.

Speaking of stem cells, fixing a torn rotator cuff.  Wave of the future, folks.


Why is AI still kinda dumb?

Once more around this maypole.  It bothers me how seemingly blasé law enforcement is about backdoors and the clear danger they represent.

Microchip!  Assemble thyself!

Finally, I can put the TV remote in my couch cushion, instead of losing it between them.


Globally, coal power plants are in decline (old ones being retired, new ones not coming on-line).  Not surprising.  Especially given the interest in other sources of power (full disclosure, the CEO of Windlift is an old friend of mine from Grad School).  Related, given the intermittent nature of wind and solar, storing power in compressed air.

The polymer membrane in hydrogen fuel cells is a fragile thing, and a tear in one greatly reduces it’s ability to produce power.  New ones will hopefully be able to heal themselves, thus significantly increasing their service lives.

Storing solar power in solar cells, thanks to ferns.


Turning citrus peels into heavy metal water filters.  And here I was just using them to freshen up the sink disposal.

Turning leaves into fertilizer!  Wait, we already do that with compost?  Let me re-read… OH!  Using bionic leaves to make fertilizer!  The advantage is, no need to using petroleum to make fertilizer, and the ‘leaf’ can be plugged into the ground next to the plants.  I’d be curious to see how this would work in a farmer’s field, but I can certainly see something like this working in a garden, or a greenhouse.

I do love a nice poly-cotton blend, but the material hasn’t been very re-usable except as fill.  Note the word, ‘hasn’t’.


A liquid that can move by itself.  Do you want The Blob?  Because this is how you get The Blob!

Graphene Quantum Dots.  Not the candy.  Handy little things, from TVs to laundry detergent.

Because graphene, here is a desalination filter, and a water filter (OK, it’s carbon nanotubes, but close enough).

And for when we don’t want water hanging around, a self healing, highly durable hydrophobic coating.

Printing with liquid metal (and an introduction to shear thinning).


When I first saw Team Wendy, I was pretty sure I was going to read about how fresh (not frozen) beef was helping soldiers.  Turns out, that is not quite right.


Subatomic quantum behavior continues to surprise.

Paging Orson Krennic.  Mr. Krennic, your new toy is ready.

Man, if you can’t count on the existence of Dark Energy, what can you count on?  Seriously though, there is an important bit in there about models and how they can bite you in the ass.

How much more do we have to learn about mosquitoes before we can just up and wipe the little bastards out?


Upside, this is a cool new way for robots to manipulate things!  Downside, these guys have heard of tentacle porn, right?  Rule 34 exists for a reason, people.

These are closer to cybernetics than robotics.

Gesture controlled RC car.


Thinking about autonomous air vehicles.  If self driving cars give you the willies…

Using little plasma generators to give trucks some aerodynamic efficiency.

That is a bad-ass looking wheelchair.  And it climbs stairs.

More money for the dream of supersonic commercial flight.  Still need to figure out how to quiet the boom.

Sweet Lord Poseidon, I want one!

Image by Joe Dyer

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Morning Ed: Europe {2017.04.05.W}( 174 )

As European countries pay migrants to leave, it looks like migrants might be gaming the system for the largest payout.

Well, here’s one reason to get rid of the sanctions against Russia: Maybe they’re not working.

Andrew Lillico writes of the mixed blessing of the Brexit for Euroskeptics.

You took Britain from us, we’ll take California and Texas from you!

It looks like Scots are just ready to move on with Brexit.

Britain’s international reputation is taking a hit, and unexpectedly Ed West is getting concerned about it.

Tom Wheeldon says Fillon can win. I can’t believe we’re at a place where the most risk-averse option on the table is an independent candidate.

A look at the Trotskykite Plot.

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Morning Ed: Society {2017.04.04.T}( 130 )

Tom Townsend won the argument, in the end.

Of all the arguments that Belle should have married Gaston, the French Revolution is the biggest one.

At some point, the solution is going to be to just stop responding.

Sports is becoming a legacy institution.

Noah Berlatsky argues that 1984 was too sanitized.

Bo and Ben Winegard look more closely at what The Bell Curve actually was.

When you make fun of that loser on the Internet, you’re making fun of somebody.

There are some pretty cool photographs here.

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Morning Ed: Women & Men {2017.04.03.M}( 196 )

“Women jobs” aren’t just for women anymore. They’re also for disadvantaged men.

An interesting impromptu experiment took place when male and female coworkers swapped email signatures.

Here’s a follow-up to that NYU production with Brenda King and Jonathan Gordon. It quotes some of the feedback, which was interesting.

This is really odd to me because it seems to me like bisexuality is pretty well represented on shows (in part because, in a drama, they have twice the potential love interests). Male bisexuality is less common, but not unheard of (Nolan from Revenge for instance).

If you have pay inequality in Iceland, the government wants you to explain yourself with proof.

This is totally true. We sought out some girl clothes because people kept mistaking Lain for a boy, but they were just glitter-laden and often cheap and crappy.

As the economy improves, men may be opting out of the workplace due to health.

The British Medical Association signs off on sex-selective abortions.

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Morning Ed: Political Science {2017.04.02.Su}( 26 )

Trump’s FDA push is actually making pharmaceutical companies nervous.

How a C on a term paper ended up changing the Constitution.

Steven Shepard on how white voters fell off the Democratic radar. Relatedly, the totality of errors in polling.

I still wonder how different (or not) things would look if McConnell had simply read from this script.

Gerrymandering is a thing, but it’s not necessarily the thing.

Some new analysis suggest that the outcome of 2016 was not simply about turnout.

Pew found that by answering to a person over the phone or the web did not make much difference in polling of Trump and related things… except on one issue.

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Linky Friday: War Machines( 145 )


[P1] North Vancouver will let you go ahead and fill up your tank, but they want to make sure you know the damage they do.

[P2] Oh for heavens sake, give it up, vapor is not as bad as smoke! Oh, wait, we’re talking about something different.

[P3] Jack Fitzpatrick writes about some bipartisan resistance to environmental budget cuts.

[P4] The biggest indicator of where toxic waste sites go? Race.

[P5] It was suggested when Obama killed Keystone that he didn’t really kill it because it was about the price of oil. Well, we’re about to find out if that’s true.

[P6] Tim Worstall makes the case for plastic cups.


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[Te1] I need this. I don’t like making beds and I’m not good at it.

[Te2] Wow, Doom really can run on anything.

[Te3] Video games are really popular now and people get things as best gaming mouse for fps for shooters games.

[Te4] Farmers are hacking their own tractors to make “unauthorized repairs.”

[Te5] If we love Denmark so much, maybe we should marry its approach to broadband policy. With their broadband supplier, they´re the best in the business and without a doubt the most recommended.

[Te6] The new FCC regs seem working their way through a bit less dire than what people have been saying.

[Te7] Combine this with Crying Freeman, and you’ve got something really dangerous.

[Te8] University of Washington professor Kate Starbird says that we’re losing the information war.


marsterraformed[S1] NASA has plans, and some Indian (naturally) women figured out how to send a rocket to Mars on the cheap. Also, hey cool. And… volcanoes!

[S2] Why are we doing this? So glad you asked. To escape the robot overlords.

[S3] Maybe you should stare into the sun after all.

[S4] Alan Bean believes that aliens are out there. But out there, and not ever having actually been here.

[S5] Is there a solar tech-fix for climate change in space?


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[Tr1] Ashes to ashes, dirt to dirt.

[Tr2] Eli Dourado wants to see aviation innovation. For landing innovation, watch case for circular runways.

[Tr3] The incredible “disappearing” train. Well, it doesn’t disappear, but that’s still pretty cool.

[Tr4] I’m surprised Oklahoma isn’t more lit up on this map.

[Tr5] Autonomous car licensing in Georgia. A problem in Arizona, though.


Mar 24, 1917 - Western Mail: Britain congratulations Russians on their revolution.

Mar 24, 1917 – Western Mail: Britain congratulations Russians on their revolution.

[W1] At Angry Staff Officer, a hard tactical analysis of the Raid on Scarif in Rogue One. Relatedly, this YouTube series of stupid technologically advanced alien civilizations was kind of good.

[W2] A look at the new Russian Arctic war ship.

[W3] One of my bigger hopes is to get through the next four years without a new war.

[W4] Paul Collier says enough with the blankets, refugees need jobs.

[W5] So maybe some of the lone wolves weren’t lone. Maybe this is just something we add to the script.

[W6] Should we be worried about the rapid expansion of the Chinese marines?

[W7] Yikes. Does anyone remember the Super Soaker 2000? That thing actually hurt.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.03.30.Th}( 123 )

We spend most of our times looking to the stars, but China is looking undersea.

Flavia Dzordan writes of the erotic nature of neo-nazi fashion.

Texas is open for business… to the Israeli settlements.

Australia, it turns out, doesn’t exist. Like Idaho.

This touches on why I thought the most worrisome candidate for American Nationalism would be somebody like Joni Ernst.

Trump was wrong on the specifics, but Sweden is having some issues.

UKIP is maybe dead, perhaps making it the James K Polk of political parties.

There is concern that if we can cure deafness, we’ll be destroying a unique culture. (Actually, they use the words “cultural genocide” which probably hurts more than it helps.)

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Morning Ed: Education {2017.03.29.W}( 45 )

Take a class on bullshit. {via Burt}

Idaho contemplates teaching gun safety in school.

Charlotte Allen pushes back against a lot of the recent criticism of homeschooling.

The New York Daily News believes that the pendulum may have swung too hard and it’s become too difficult to suspend students.

Devin Pope explains the science behind college admissions, and how schools can identify the best students. This assumes, of course, that they want to identify the best students.

Brits are looking to the Chinese for math education solutions.

Stanley Fish argues that error has no right (or, more specifically, that freedom of speech is not an academic value).

Christopher Finn is concerned about the collapse of academic standards.

The privilege of protesting.

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Morning Ed: United States {2016.03.28.T}( 127 )

Alright, so next time I’m in DC

This is why you should never leave the house.

This shouldn’t be as funny as it is.

How Lyman Stone learned to love declining migration.

A map of the largest national employers of each state.

When my wife worked near a res, they actually staffed the local KFC around government check days. Better KFC than this.

Oliver Campbell takes issue with impressing white guilt upon children.

As far as the Schultz/Till thing goes, I think we need to differentiate between the desire to remove the painting from the exhibit and burning it.

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Morning Ed: Health {2017.03.27.M}( 64 )

This actually reminds me of how low the threshold for “Maybe an alcoholic” actually is within the medical community. I met the criteria at one point and I’ve always been the farthest thing from an alcoholic imaginable.

Wait, we have a treatment for Sepsis?

Benjamin Mercer argues that “plain packaging” on cigarettes is pointless. I wish we would do more to delineate between “no branding” packaging and grotesque imagery packaging. I’m interested in the effectiveness of the former, and don’t care about the effectiveness of the latter.

Saad Omer and Sara Despres argue against politicizing (or, more accurately, partisaning) vaccination, because the health impact is just too important.

It does seem like SES is something you want to control for on questions about whether moderate drinking is good for you. As a practical matter, the data never showed a sufficient difference worth altering your lifestyle over, in my opinion.

Optometrists and Opthalmologists are facing off in Florida.

New York is loosening its restriction on residents’ hours. This strikes me as wise and it has begun to appear that the pendulum swung too much in the other direction. Doctors have a lot to learn in a short time, but that could mean some have poor practice, so just in case you get a treatment you weren´t supposed to get, make sure to contact some medical negligence solicitors to have your complaints handled. Continuity is relevant, and if working more than 16 hours straight is unacceptable they’re going to need to change a lot more than just residencies.

Eat healthy, don’t smoke, exercise, get cancer anyway

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.03.26.Su}( 86 )

Andrew Heaton makes the case for an American monarchy. I see the virtues of monarchies, though I think it just runs too much against our particular national character.

Take note, Texas. {Or don’t}

Adam Gurri writes about how modern liberalism needs to reconcile itself with nationalism, to some degree, Kristian Niemietz argues that the left and right both have some hard work ahead of them fighting populism, and in Jacobin Daniel Finn argues that there’s no going back on Brexit.

Eric Kaufmann looks at the relationship between Muslim immigration and backlash, and how the latter can be prevented.

Minnesota has done right by going left.

Jeff Spross argues that the Democrats should go full-throttle for full employment. Tim Bartik, though, says it’s not feasible.

Maybe it was the US’s role to primarily be the cautionary tale in others’ stories?

Is disagreement becoming personal prejudice? I don’t know. What I do know is that if you are ever – ever tempted to tag something as the “last acceptable prejudice”… just don’t.

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Linky Friday: Guns & Briefcases( 49 )


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[Ci1] Ed West wants to know why we don’t use architecture that makes us happy? (Especially given that it commands a premium in excess to the cost.)

[Ci2] Mercer has its list of Quality of Living ranking of cities. Everybody to Vienna!

[Ci3] Stefan Al writes of the interweaving of malls and their urban surroundings.

[Ci4] A ghost city in China is filling up.

[Ci5] Tyler Cowen says the future of San Francisco may be Monaco.

[Ci6] Suburban sprawl is harshing songbirds’ mating buzz.


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[Cr1] I wouldn’t really mind lowering blood alcohol limits to .05% nearly as much if we didn’t treat .05% like .15%. Contrary to the billboards, buzzed driving is not the same as drunk driving.

[Cr2] Jesse Singal points to a new approach against campus sexual assaults that may have some potential.

[Cr3] After being fined for wasting police time about a stalker, Shana Grice was killed by the stalker.

[Cr4] David Perry went to Washington with a message from disabled Americans: Stop killing us (and allowing us to be killed).

[Cr5] Inauguration Day arrests turned into an information bonanza for police.

[Cr6] Jacob Sallum has a run down of the sexual panic that has lead to our sexual predator laws.

[Cr7] The original, indisputable narrative behind the JCC bomb threats keeps getting jammed.


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[L1] The importance of the Oxford comma (to a bunch of workers who went to court for overtime pay).

[L2] This… does seem kind of like a bum settlement.

[L3] At Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic wonder how things move forward if the relationship between Judges and Trump is personal.

[L4] Copyright trolling isn’t dead yet.

[L5] It’s not a positive development to hold lawyers accountable for the clients they defend.

[L6] It does seem to me there would be some liability here.


[B1] Noah Smith argues that it’s not actually crazy to bring manufacturing back to the US.

[B2] Physical books are making a comeback, and it’s millennials leading the way. Simon Jenkins says the novelty has worn off.

[B3] A matter of trust, and the science behind it, and how employers can try (try!!) to encourage it.

[B4] Will Knight writes about how the gig economy algorithms may be rigged, and they’re trying to get you to work yourself to death.

[B5] Hollywood Reporter has more on the toll that “Peak TV” is taking on Hollywood writers.

[B6] Well, I suppose this is one way for some of these free sites to get ad revenue.


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[M1] The FBI has arrested the tweeter that gave Kurt Eichenwald a seizure, and the story of how they did so is interesting. I don’t have a problem with going after the guy, though some do.

[M2] The Independent Journal Review started out with a lot of potential, but became the latest example of why modern conservatives can’t have nice things. (See also, The Federalist.)

[M3] Fake News, Japanese Edition.

[M4] Lee Stranaham has quit Breitbart (yet again), and wants them to stop sucking up to Trump.

[M5] Iain Martin writes of the misinformation we’re getting from Britain (and who’s giving some of it to us).

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Science and Technology Links 3/23: Einstein Condensates Are Not Headphones!( 33 )


Bell Helicopter is kicking around some new ideas for rotary wing styling.  Of note, morphing rotor blades to allow for mission optimization, rotorless tail (I suspect there is a powerful air jet coming out that mesh on the tail boom), see around fuselage, and more usage of electric motors to power subsystems.

Saturn’s filled dumpling moon.

New planet definition, which actually makes sense.  A size based definition is easier to apply.  The major planets still remain as the top dogs, since they are the primary bodies in their respective orbits, and Pluto gets to be a planet again (like it really cares, but people gotta anthropomorphize…).


I have no idea why this style of architecture appeals to me, but it does.

Bio and Medical

I love the human stories of how science happens, as much as I love reading about when science and engineering go utterly pear shaped.  Meet Slava Epstein, who was part of a team that figured out a way to culture bacteria that did not want to grow in a petri dish (thus opening up to study vast amounts of the 99% of bacteria that don’t like petri dishes).  The breakthrough came down to a very quick brainstorming session that was severely time constrained, because there was a wife whose attitude was, “I don’t care if you’re trying to save the world, don’t you dare be late for date night!”

Seriously, read that link, it’s a fun story.

More vat meat.  This time, chicken!

Cardiovascular disease?  I had that once, went to doc, got a shot, cleared right up!

Cyber-nano retinas for the blind.  We do live in an amazing time.


This is neat, but it’s pure science.  There is no obvious path from this discovery to petabyte microSD cards.

This one, however, might have a much better chance of making it into consumer products in the near future.  The short:  using very fast laser pulses to allow electrons to move through semiconductors with little to no resistance.  This is essentially using lasers to turn semiconductors into superconductors, for just a tiny fraction of a second.  It’s intriguing.

Quantum Key Encryption in your phone.  Man, if we think law enforcement is whining about personal encryption now…


Flettner Rotors on cargo ships.  The first question is obviously, what in the hell is a Flettner Rotor?  It’s basically a tall, spinning cylinder.  It takes advantage of the Magnus Effect to produce lift.  If a ship has a Flettner Rotor, and the wind is off the beam (from the side), the crew can start the rotor spinning and it will produce a lift force perpendicular to the wind direction, which would be forward (or aft, but they’d spin it so the force is forward).  The small amount of energy needed for spinning is significantly offset by the amount of force generated, so you can throttle back the main engines and maintain speed.

Thinking about installing solar panels?  Want to get an idea how much solar potential your house has?  Google can help.

Sunlight and nanoparticles turn plant matter into hydrogen gas.  That’s it, no additional energy inputs needed.

Icewind vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT).  I’m happy to see more outfits working to normalize this tech, especially when it comes to residential or other small scale wind power applications.

Storing solar energy in chemical bonds.  Good idea, but I balk at the conversion rate.  I mean, a 100+% increase is awesome, but you are still only converting 1.1% of the solar energy into a chemical bond.  That’s something that is not quite ready for prime time.


Here is another story of the humans behind science, although this one is a bit longer in scope.  The Channeled Scablands is a region in Eastern Washington that long defied explanation, until one guy turned conventional wisdom on it’s head.  It’s on my list of places to explore with Bug when he gets older.

The confluence of events that gave rise to ‘Snowball Earth‘.  Stuff like this always reminds of the bit from George Carlin.  Let’s be honest folks, environmentalism isn’t about saving the Earth from us, it’s about saving the Earth for us.  Anyone tells you different, tell ’em to check their privilege.  ;-)


A very durable oil sponge that won’t absorb water.  Oil absorbent materials aren’t terribly novel, so I almost didn’t add this one, until I read this:

“The technique offers enormous flexibility, and can be adapted to other types of cleanup besides oil in seawater. You could attach a different molecule to grab any specific substance you need,”

Nanoscale 3D printing.

Finally, a use for old eggshells and flavorless tomatoes!

Always excited to see another entry in the list of ways to make plastic from things other than oil, but I just know the blue skinned people are going to find a way to use this to justify their insanity.

Non-toxic Seebeck generators.  Also, they are much cheaper than the old tech.  Win win.


“A combined fiber laser in the 60 kilowatt range…”
“Hey, just what you see on the shelf, pal”
“I see it, right there, from Lockheed.”


Supersolids, which are solids that behave like superfluids.  Yes, Bose-Einstein Condensates are just weird.

Time Crystals. I’ve mentioned these before, but they continue to fascinate, so here is a bit more information.

One collision at nearly light speed, evidence of 5 new particles for physicists to get excited about.  CERN/LHC does seem to be justifying its expense.


This one was brought to my attention by Michael Cain in the comments of a previous post.  The guy who invented the Lithium Ion battery has gone one better and invented a battery that has higher energy densities and doesn’t try to burn a hole through your leg or down your airliner.  Put it in transportation because of the implications for electric vehicles.

I admit it’s intriguing, but I want to see it in action.  I’d also be curious about durability, and replaceability.

I wouldn’t mind have a 3 wheeler for just getting myself to work and back, but I’m betting Toyota has an eye on dispatched autonomous vehicles.  Something like this just fills a nice fat niche in that space.  And speaking of autonomous dispatched vehicles



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Morning Ed: World {2017.03.22.W}( 231 )

For The Conservative Online, Madhav Das Nalapat writes about the relationship between India, it’s politicians, and English.

A look at how Japanese mountain towns are dealing with depopulation, and millennials moving in.

What a horrible story. Relatedly, a critical look at our Post-WW2 occupation of Germany.

Beware the ghosts of the presidential residence of Brazil.

Is Poland going to become the South Dakota of the EU?

Visa-free travel to the EU has hit a roadblock, as the EU has suspended it due to the US denying the same to some EU countries. [Disregard, as others have pointed out it was a non-binding resolution.]

Well, if they do come here, at least they may have a decent skepticism of socialism, no?

Chris Beck argues that folks were too quick to dismiss Trump framing of Sweden as a country in trouble. The problem I had with the “Everything Is Great in Sweden” is if everything is great why are the Sweden Democrats ascendant and why has the government been acting the way it has?

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Morning Ed: Labor {2017.03.21.T}( 140 )

I think the only job where this happens in the US is to be an astronaut.

Unless I were desperate for a job, this would be a dealbreaker for me.

Fixing employee morale may be simpler than we think.

Well-worn territory for around here, but… gulp. Alan Watts was arguing that UBI was the only way back in the 60’s. On the other hand, we can really only identify one occupation that automation has completely eliminated.

Soda taxes giveth jobs, and they taketh jobs away.

Allard Dembe is suspicious of a four day workweek (4/10). He seems to be relying pretty heavily on research of the deleterious effects of 60 hour workweeks, though.

Take off work! Go shopping!

Take off work! We need to know if you’re a crook!

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.03.20.M}( 67 )

So that’s how John McClane knew Hans was a bad guy.

Full circle: Millennials are learning etiquitte.

I think we’re past the point where introversion, or shyness, is especially countercultural or transgressive or whatever. People are putting it on their college application letters. {More}

Liel Leibovitz calls Billy Joel the Donald Trump of pop music, and Noah Berlatsky contemplates the anti-semitism of Casablanca.

What’s up with all of the violent little girls in cinema? DC Comics did this a while back with one of their batgirls, a mute killing machine gone straight.

The only one of these Disney Afternoon video games I ever played was Darkwing Duck. It was pretty good, though.

Chris Morgan looks at the legacy of HP Lovecraft.

Arrogance is not as off-putting as we think, even for obnoxious people.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.03.19.Su}( 10 )

James Bloodworth argues that we should be wear of prolier-than-thou politics. {Via Roland Dodds}

When politicians want it bad enough, they can indeed be bipartisan.

Musa al-Gharbi is worried about the Democrats’ current demographic crisis. Meh. “Past performance is no guarantee of future results” was true in 2015 and is true now. Related: Is the Post-Millennial generation (Gen Z) taking a hard right?

Jay Cobb (aka JayFromBrooklyn) investigates why Trump officials aren’t coming clean about their meetings with Russians.

Thomas Massie has come to realize that a lot of his fans didn’t like his libertarianism so much as the crazy.

Trolls International (Macedonia Branch) maybe didn’t just work for Trump, but Bernie Sanders too.

Emmett Rensin wants you to give political violence a chance. Freddie, rather brutally, begs to differ.

California is making a play for frustrated EPA staff.

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Linky Friday: Technopolis( 94 )


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[C1] Joel Kotkin argues that you can’t turn Los Angeles into Chicago with old town revitalization, and instead focus on making the suburbs the best they can be.

[C2] The suburbs are dying! I hope nobody tells the millennials!

[C3] Los Angeles has a pretty basic problem.

[C4] Some industrious and tourism-minded city in the US should totally buy this and become an anime mecca. Someone on Twitter recommended Bethlehem. I think it would be especially brilliant for a city associated with steel.

[C5] What’s kind of interesting about this piece from Aaron Renn about the limits of what Gigabit Internet can provide cities looking to be tech hubs is that Kansas City enjoys a reputation as a pretty decent place to find tech work. Or maybe that makes his point, as a lot of it is on the Kansas side of the border rather than Kansas City proper (which has the Internet).


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[R1] Peter Beinart explains how godlessness aided the rise of Trump and the current political environment. (Not that he would phrase it that way.)

[R2] Terryl Givens on the relationship between Mormonism and (other) Christianity.

[R3] All is not well in the Church of England.

[R4] This touches on why my wife has no interest in working in another Catholic hospital. Most places she’s been, the standard is “You don’t have to provide the service, but you do have to give them a referral.” As an ethical obligation, I think that’s about right in non-emergency situations.

[R5] Re look at faith and medicine in Israel, and Hmong in the United States.


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[E1] Of all the potential energy sources that could be developed, it’s turning emissions into energy that makes me the most giddy.

[E2] The US Shale Industry: Tan, rested, and ready? The drills are pumping in Texas again, as well as other places. Less so for North Dakota. (My man in Midland says “We’re still doomed.”)

[E3] I almost wonder if they didn’t actually discover this oil last year, and kept quiet for fear of a creative Executive Order, because the outlook for getting to drill sure looks an awful lot better now than it would have then.

[E4] Solar doesn’t need Uncle Sam’s help anymore, says Noah Kirsch.

[E5] Jacobin points to alleged Canadian misdeeds involving mineral exploitation and other things. Did Canada run over Jacobin’s dog or something, because they sure hate our neighbors to the north.


[S1] Fish, it turns out, don’t like space.

[S2] Watch the Earth hurl through astroids, which is actually less disconcerting than our solar system flying in space.

[S3] FiveThirtyEight has a really neat series on the effect going to Mars will have on humans.

[S4] Killjoy doesn’t even begin to describe Sam Kriss.

[S5] Back to the moon?

[S6] The story behind a Soviet mission to save a dead satellite.


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[Tr1] How United Airlines is going to great lengths to keep its crews out of Venezuela.

[Tr2] Commutes are getting longer.

[Tr3] Americans are not yet sure about riding in robocars.

[Tr4] When I was a kid and I got in trouble, I never lost the ability to drive, because preventing people from driving is a burden on everyone else. This is especially true for grownups. If you have more than one truck on the road at once california fleet maintenance is necessary for you.

[Tr5] Ambitious transportation plans in Paris and Berlin. And more

[Tr6] The solar roadway is not working out as well as we had hoped.


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[Te1] This will end badly. As will this. I mean, seriously.

[Te2] So what is Twitter?

[Te3] Bring back your dead! Bring back your dead!

[Te4] I wish Hughes all the success with this. I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of DSL any time soon, but more options are better (and some people have very few options.

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Morning Ed: United States {2017.03.16.Th}( 44 )

This contains comparatively few surprises, except the scarcity of green in the South (Texas especially).

If it didn’t have the word “WICHITA” on it, this would be better than all but a few state flags.

Wesley J Smith explains leaving California.

How California got and stays rich: It brings wealthy people in, and ships the rest to Texas (and other states). Jay Cobb comments.

Patrick McKenna writes up some of the history of Irish-Americans transitions from being black to being white, and slaves’ and post-slaves’ troubles with them.

Travel industry folks are warning: Trumpism is bad for tourism.

Meet Center, North Dakota. Which, coincidentally, is the center of North America.

Meet Lily, South Dakota. Images of a near ghost town (population 4).

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Morning Ed: Immigration {2017.03.15.W}( 80 )

This sounds right to me: Public opinion can’t be allowed to dictate immigration policy, but should take a significant role in shaping it.

Greece reminds me a bit of Louisiana.

This is useful context, but not quite the argument people think it is. I have difficulty imagining anybody moved by “Wait, so it’s a civil infraction rather than a criminal one? I guess it’s okay then.”

South Africans are getting antsy about migrants and has their eye on white landowners.

According to Jane the Actuary, the historical immigrant to the United States wasn’t rich, but wasn’t necessarily as poor as advertised.

This makes some sense: As illegal immigration abates, immigrants as a group are becoming more educated.

Kyle Smith doesn’t expect Canada’s open arms to last.

Mexico is opening “Migrant Defense Centers” at their consulates.

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Morning Ed: Europe {2017.03.14.T}( 9 )

Ed West isn’t sure how pro-union brexiters are going to thread the needle. Chris Deerin says Scotland should bide its time, and Alex Massie is concerned about how much they were going to rely on oil.

Why hasn’t Ireland seen a rightwing backlash movement? Because its populists are on the left? Because (like Scotland) it’s so overwhelmingly white? Because, as the title suggest, Ireland’s always been [excrement]?

Matt Bruenig and Lyman Stone debate whether the small population of Nordica hindered or helped them on their road to being a utopia.

I don’t know, I think this could be defensible, depending on the law.

Matthew Lynn believes that Britain should consider a tax holiday. A year-long tax holiday.

The lasting effects of Nazi propaganda.

Oooh, oooh, will they have a bone in their nose I hope they have a bone in their nose! (From 2014)

Stick a wizard in here and you have a superhero origin.

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Morning Ed: Crime {2017.03.13.M}( 43 )

This strikes me as a good way to filter out all but the most gullible.

Crime may be down nationally, but there could be a reason that perceptions of crime may be up, in some places. It’s not hard to imagine some people seeing their own communities get worse and then (wrongly) extrapolating that to major cities where crime is actually down.

This seems like the contemporary equivalent of making the family pay for the executioner’s bullet.

The law enforcement potential of policy body cameras goes beyond policing the police.

Law enforcement is complaining that encryption is too greatly hindering their efforts.

Blackmail is illegal, it turns out, even if you’re a lawyer.

Can we try a man for attempting to murder a mannequin? Is this different than a man who plans sex with a catfishing cop pretending to be someone under age?

Laws step in when culture fails.

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