[WE1] In investigating why America can’t be Sweden, Thomas Edsall lays down the case that in globalism, we’re sacrificing our poor for our wealthy and the wealthy and poor abroad, and that may just be how it has to be. RECOMMENDED!
[WE2] If 33% of STEM grads having to get a career outside of STEM is supposed to be an indication that there’s something wrong with STEM degrees, what do we make of it when half of college grads are working jobs that don’t need a degree?
[WE3] Michael Petrilli looks at poverty and parenting.
[WE4] Europe’s youth unemployment numbers are scary.
[WE5] Australia is experiencing growing work-hour inequality.
[AS2] Megan McArdle has a good piece on the continued effects of racism and modern segregation. It touches on the fact that, while we cannot pretend that colorblindness exists now, it needs to be the ultimate goal. Maybe science will produce a fix. RECOMMENDED!
[AS3] Inside Higher Ed has an piece looking at Asian-American support and opposition to affirmative action. They’re really the demographic to watch, as many of the strongest voices I’ve heard on both sides of the debate come from Asian-Americans.
[AS4] I don’t usually make a point of linking to Zero Tolerance Follies because they all tend to run together, but complaining that a deaf boy’s name sign looks too much like a gun is a new one.
[AS5] Ben Bernanke has some interesting thoughts on meritocracy.
[AS6] When considering policy for the safety of children, we can be quite selective in what we will consider.
[S1] If we ever want to get to Mars, we have to figure out a way to fix the radiation problem.
[S2] Prairie voles in love…. thanks to a love drug. It’s fascinating to think about.
[S3] It turns out, partisan blinders fall away when there are rewards on the line. RECOMMENDED!
[H2] Starbucks is going smoke-free, within 25 feet of their locations. Their prerogative, of course. But e-cigarettes? Really? [ed note: Brandon made a good point about this: Adding this probably does make enforcement easier. Grumblegrumble.]
[H3] PPACA comes with a slush fund.
[H4] A doctor in South Portland, Maine, has gone all-market with his services. With posted prices and everything.
[T1] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical (Ubuntu Linux) has closed Bug #1, Microsoft’s dominant marketshare of the OS market. Not that Microsoft lost its market position, but Shuttleworth says it no longer matters.
[T2] How noise-cancelling signals could lead to a faster and more reliable Internet.
[T3] How the government and its good intentions screwed up spectrum-assignment, one of the factors leading to our mobile phone industry being in the shape it’s in. RECOMMENDED!
[A1] I suppose it’s supposed to be telling that the government has a lot of different definitions of rural. But seriously? It’s all pretty relative and different definitions are appropriate, even if maybe we do have more than we need.
[A2] Given our lack of significant life insurance on Clancy and what a jam I would be in if something happened to her, I’ve put some thought into what happens if something happens to her. One of the possibilities is Midland, Texas, which isn’t pretty, but it’s productive.
[A3] Mysteriously, Detroit’s delapidated old train station got five new windows.
[A4] The fascinating dispatches of a CIA whisteblower’s experiences in prison. RECOMMENDED!
[A5] Gray wolves may be getting off the endangered species list.
[A7] One of the SEAL unit that killed bin Laden has come out as transgendered.
[W1] Captain T&T, the superhero of Trinidad and Tobago.
[W2] Russia is joining the ranks of countries with smoking bans.
[W3] Who in Brazil thought that a Happy Prostitute ad campaign was a good idea?