Bakadesuyo reports on whether playing hard to get works and what the most desired age difference in relationships for men and women. Notably, marriages like mine where the husband is younger than the wife do not do as well, though cases where the man is nine or more years older do even worse.

ED Kain asks if public universities still exist. I found the title extremely offputting, but since I enjoy ED Kain’s writing, I read it anyway and am glad I did. I disagree with his conclusion. There is virtually no risk that public education will no longer be available to a large portion of the American people. That’s part of the problem: you don’t have to have any money. Nor do you need a roadmap to being able to pay back loans. You just need to be willing to sign on the dotted line. If this system collapses, the results could be horrific, but the price of college will go down to a reasonable and sane level.

Related: An article on for-profit universities. I really don’t have a problem with for-profit universities as such, but the way that we fund schools makes a lot of problems. The corners they cut wouldn’t be such a bad thing at all if they resulted in lower costs. But since costs are set by the student loan apparatus, they get the best of every world and their students often get screwed.

A disadvantage to clinging to Windows Mobile is that I can’t do cool things like this. I keep trying to find a use for my old phones other than as obsolete Pocket PCs. If they could make calls, that would be pretty cool. Maybe there is a way and I just haven’t found it yet.

The science behind helmet stickers. I’m reminded of a culture clash when I was working for Monmark-Soyokaze, a Japanese-owned company. The US branch liked to give out awards and such, but the Japanese there didn’t like the receive them because they thought individual recognition was distasteful. They struck a compromise where my boss would receive an award, but it would be unengraved and he would give it back as soon as the ceremony ended.

Why Germany’s unemployment rates are lower. Germany’s policies directed towards reducing workforce mobility stands in contrast to ours. It seemed foolish when our unemployment levels were ridiculously low, but not so foolish now. On the other hand, outside the public sector where they are often boxed in, Americans respond with great hostility towards taking a pay cut.

Is male birth control finally here? I have no fear of needles, so I could actually live with an injection.

We’re all for cleaner air and avoiding the Global Warming apocalypse, but that nuclear stuff is scary! The Swiss will be able to breathe easier now. Next time they are hit by a tsunami, they needn’t worry about a meltdown.

Microsoft makes more money off Android than Windows Phone 7.

NSFW: Naked girls with masks.

Map: CO2 emissions by county.


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10 Responses to Linkluster XXXX

  1. SFG says:

    It’s worth mentioning that the Germans are much more organized and well, obedient and likely to tolerate a pay cut; Americans are less likely to ‘take one for the team’.

    The Germans are also terrified of unemployment. Remember who got elected during the last depression?

  2. Peter says:

    It did not escape my notice (did you actually think it would?) that many of the nekkid chix with masks are in their magnificent full-flavor state. Could the anonymity which the masks accord make the women more willing to defy society’s grooming conventions?

  3. DaveinHackensack says:

    I discussed some of those German labor market policies in a Seeking Alpha article recently, “What David Brooks Doesn’t Get about Unemployment”.

  4. Mike Hunt says:

    Once again bakadesuyo is a waste of time. The article misuses the term “hard to get”.

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    I don’t know why you found the EDK headline to be off-putting. Did you find its premise to be wrong, or did you find it to be correct, but personally disappointing? I thnk that EDK is right on the money. I think that you are misusing the term “public education”. Of course college will always be available, but once upon a time the government felt it was something worth a large subsidy. The government no longer feels this way.

    The cost of college is nothing but a big scam, anyway. Imagine buying a car, but to get any discount off of the sticker price, you had to submit your tax returns…

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    On the other hand, outside the public sector where they are often boxed in, Americans respond with great hostility towards taking a pay cut.

    I would argue the opposite. In my experience, public employees yell and scream if you dare to try to even FREEZE their salaries. They keep repeating “collective bargaining” like a bunch of retards. They also always hold the position that the government can always raise taxes, so they can always afford their contractual obligations.

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    Is male birth control finally here? I have no fear of needles, so I could actually live with an injection.

    You are understating it. You act like it is an injection into the upper arm. For this procedure, the scrotum must still be cut.

    I have always found that the most effective method of birth control is to give the woman a fake name.

  5. trumwill says:

    Did you find its premise to be wrong, or did you find it to be correct, but personally disappointing?

    I find it to be the sort of hyperbolic that I find extremely offputting. If you look at how much it costs to go to an in-state public school compared to going from out of state compared to a comparable private school, the government’s funding is pretty readily apparent. The issue is that college itself has gotten ridiculously expensive so that everyone, including the state and the student, are paying more.

    In my experience, public employees yell and scream if you dare to try to even FREEZE their salaries.

    In New Jersey, it would seem. Before the fit hit the shan in Wisconsin, the unions there took a pay cut with surprising graciousness. It’s the sort of thing I almost never see in the private sector. They just lay people off instead.

    You are understating it. You act like it is an injection into the upper arm. For this procedure, the scrotum must still be cut.

    Well yeah, but it’s as simple as a vasectomy (which is an outpatient procedure). And after that, it’s shots.

  6. Brandon Berg says:

    Really, if you can’t get enough value out of college to justify taking out loans for the heavily subsidized tuition at a state school, you have no business going to college.

  7. Kirk says:

    I have always found that the most effective method of birth control is to give the woman a fake name.

    My favorite alias: Dr. Noonian Soong.

    (Lionel Hutz, used it.)

  8. Kirk says:

    Though the male birth-control article was interesting, I’d like to see some sort of RFID-controlled device installed. That way, you could a transmitter to control your potency without needing further operations.

  9. Mike Hunt says:

    If you look at how much public funding of tertiary education has gone down in the last 20 years, there is great reason for alarm.

    Also, you are right that NJ public workers should not be used to represent public workers overall. I keep forgetting how wonderful and unique my state is.

  10. trumwill says:

    If you look at how much public funding of tertiary education has gone down in the last 20 years, there is great reason for alarm.

    As a percentage of costs, yes. But has it gone down in actual dollar amounts? They’re paying a third or half of a monumentally higher bill than decades ago.

    Regarding public workers, I’m not sure what to think. I used to think that NJ was typical. And I think it actually is more common than not… but a number of unions across the country have agreed to concessions that I wouldn’t have thought. On the other hand, they’re conceding from a pretty high starting point for everything but wages (and, with wages, they often get automatic raises in a way that I don’t see in the private sector).

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