Items now have letters affixed to them for easy referencing in the comment section. I’m also citing the site of the article to help people avoid blowing one of a limited number of payviews for an article they are only marginally interested in.
(A) The subject of gun control and the gun culture has come up with regard to the Jevon Belcher shooting. It’s no surprise to me that athletes are more likely to own guns, but I am pretty surprised that three out of four do. I have to say that I find it particularly troubling to link events like this to gun control. The arguments for Loughner/Aurora-type shootings are smaller. Murder-suicides can occur with private possession of any gun at any time. [USA Today]
(B) Apparently, we’re about to release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West. [Blaze]
(C) Joel Kotkin looks at migration patterns within the US. As someone that wants our talent to be spread out, I consider it a positive of course that the lower-cost red states are gaining. I consider it win-win, as they’re easing population pressure in the more expensive blue states while helping the economies of the red states advance. [Yahoo]
(D) Independents display less motivated reasoning than partisans. In other words, less inclined to interpret evidence on the basis of predisposition. Of course, ultimately, everybody is subject to predisposition. Nobody who has been listening to my views on the subject should be surprised by this possibility. Of course, Half Sigma too. [Cultural Cognition]
(E) I’m too cheap to buy it, but for those interested a paper tries to make the case that the Community Reinvestment Act did indeed lead to risky lending [NBER].
(F) Jay Rockefeller is in trouble in West Virginia. So are the Democrats. The GOP tried to run on coal in Montana, but it didn’t work. But coal is not to Montana what it is to West Virginia. [TNR]
(H) It probably speaks to my geekery that I find articles about the inner workings of Amazon to be quite interesting. [IBT]
(I) Islands for sale! Islands for sale! [Yahoo]
(J) A look at the mobile war for the living room. [Business Insider]
(K) Prostitutes are more likely to have sex with a police officer than to be arrested by one. [Floating Path]
(L) Wired has a great article on medieval farm shapes and modern transportation networks. Or: Why Americans think that roads should come to them rather than settle where roads go to. [Wired]
(M) It is so weird to me that Android is winning the consumer market(share) and iPhone is winning the corporate. That’s completely backwards, and absolutely a failure on the part of Android handset makers. [GiGaOM]
(N) In football, spread offenses typically stink at defense. Opinions differ as to why. [USA Today]
(O) Americans, from a Russian perspective [NYT].
(P) Above Singapore, will there be a green mega-city rising? A part of me is always skeptical of this sort of central planning, but I am always interesting in seeing and learning from the results. And I prefer them to be happening in some other country. [Guardian]
(Q) Even if the FCC thinks the in-flight ban of electronics is dumb. I’m increasingly concerned that the airlines themselves will be a roadblock as they make money selling you satellite TV that keep you entertained for take-off and landing. [CNN]
(S) Is 200,000 miles the new normal for cars? My second-to-last car went 200k. My last car may well make it there. As someone who believes in driving cars into the ground whenever possible, I think this is fantastic. [Allstate Blog]
(T) Fortune has a glowing article on Subaru. I hadn’t realize that the shift towards being more affordable was recent. I am grateful, as it’s one of the primary reasons I own a Subaru. [Fortune]
(U) In New Zealand, they’re teaching dogs to drive cars. [Daily Mail]