Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday's Child

1.  Ann Coulter is priceless.  Several howlers here.

2.  As always, my good friend Sid Kilgore will have some flowery reason why the state should have, and use, these powers to abuse citizens.  Because he cares more about control than he does people.  But this is pretty icky.

3.  Some folks say health care should be more like industry, so that you can do price comparisons.  Instead, industry is becoming more like health care, where with various subsidies and cross-subsidies, none of the prices are actually real.  I think that this is not a good thing.

4. "Trigger Warnings."  So I may have to put one on my syllabus:  "This class may contain material that you don't already know or agree with."  Wait...isn't that what a class is SUPPOSED to do?  Perhaps not....

5.  Weekend at Bernie's....for six years?

6.  Students will like you if you gesture more.  I think this means Jenn Merolla must do very well.  If she couldn't move her hands, she couldn't talk at all.

7.  This Okie must have been of Scottish descent.  Lost a $20 bill?  Well, I'm going AFTER that.  And he survived. As Angus explained to me, this recalls the invention of copper wire.  It happened when two Scots disagreed over who owned a penny.

8.  You call THIS "spring break"?

9.  How could you NOT be in favor of "net neutrality"?  It sounds so useful.  Well, there's this.  And then there's this.

10.  State of Jefferson:  The Phil Special.  Eclectic.

11.  Maybe elephants don't forget.  But how do they KNOW, in the first place?

12.  Should condoms be required, permitted, or prohibited in the legal porn industry?  Stoya has a view.

13.  Some jokes.  Number 5 is quite insightful, actually.

14.  Talk about an "open house."  Had to be a bad feeling to know the camera was there....after all...that.

15.  That's a really big boar.

16.  Putin and the thug life.

17.  Fair vote?

18.  What is it like to attend a "Magic:  The Gathering" tournament?  One fat guy with a beard goes around photobombing other fat guys with their butt cracks poking out.  But I have it on good authority that this captures the look and feel (ewwww!) of MTG quite well. Lagniappe:  A video of the "action":  I like what the Tofias look-alike says at the end.  'Cause that's really the point.  (Yes, this is likely staged, but it catches the essence pretty well).

19.  Food as a moral statement.  The alternative to education now being sold as education. This critique is a bit over the top, but it is a worrisome trend.

20.  Metadata is harmless and sterile.  Not, and not.   And these people KNEW their data were being collected.  Wow.

21.  Several handsome analysts discuss shale.

22.  Okay, so there's selection.  But is that skin/eye color combo adaptive, or selected sexually?

23.  It's not hard to cut spending.  It's just not.  The problem is that no one actually WANTS to cut spending.

24.  Ladies, Jesus thinks you are FAT.  And it's not nice to displease Jesus. (How does she get her hair to do that? It's not something you see everyday).

25.  "Thuggish bullies who went too far"?  No, just another day working for the state.   (I don't fault the police...)

26.  I can't tell if this is bad, or very very bad.  But I'm sure it's not good.

27.  Our favorite headlines: Kelly Brook’s on/off Gladiator boyfriend David McIntosh pleads guilty to crashing van full of dead badgers into bus stop.  Often, you don't need to read the story if the headline is good.  But in this case, the whole story is worth reading.  And Ms. Brooks appears to have stuffed dead badgers, or SOMETHING, into the back of her pants.

28.  This Reddit thread is worth reading in detail.  Several unexpected detours.  Overall, quite enjoyable. And, what kind of asshat doesn't put the weights back?

29.  Yawn ...

30.  Firing unprofitable professors?  Or firing professors who are simply political advocates for one narrow view and who have never done any actual scholarship in the first place?


Anonymous said...

#7 reminded me of a story my departed father-in-law liked to tell.

A fellow opens the door to an outhouse and sees the occupant tossing change down the hole. "What are you doing?" Well, I dropped a nickel down there and I need to retrieve it. But, I'm not going down there for just a nickel."

MK said...

#3 the crazy prices of electric car batteries is no news. Disposing of them is also en enviro hazard. Of course this is one of the few occasions when supporters will show "blind faith in markets" and claim that prices will drop with demand.

The Volt isn't a shift in energy source, it's a shift turning cars from search goods to credence goods. Like healthcare, a producer's gold mine.

Russell G. said...

Coulter is a real world troll. Everything she says is only intended to get headlines for her. It's beyond me how anyone can take her seriously.

Road to Surf Bum said...

#22 on selection question. Adaptive = product of sexual selection just as much as product of the other natural selection forces. SS a subset of NS, though it produces all the really weird, runaway stuff. Genes underlying skin color partially independent of genes for hair and eye color. Skin color from N.S. for vit. D & folate retention. Hair and eye variability much more likely products of sexual selection.

TM Lutas said...

Net neutrality is just fine as a matter of advertising. The speed you've choked a service down to is your internet connection speed. Everything else is a bonus. Advertise that as your speed and you'll have no problems from me and most net neutrality advocates. It's not the traffic shaping that is truly the problem. It's the lying and saying you get X when you don't.