Bank of America has backed off its debit fees. Awesome! Because now we can rest assured that they will simply accept a $2,000,000,000 loss and wouldn’t think of finding new and inventive ways to charge customers that to avoid the transparency that caused this backlash to begin with.

Conspiracy Alert: Whistleblowers and experts on the BP oil spill are dropping like flies, or in one case getting gobbled up like shark food.

A run-down of the anti-drug policies in major sports program. Interesting, Florida actually distinguishes between marijuana and real drugs.

Charlie Sheens new show actually looks kind of interesting. Better on paper than Two And A Half Men, at any rate. Does it stand a chance?

Righthaven, the BS legal group whose job it was to extort websites out of a lot of money, continues its descent. US Marshals have been authorized to seize their assets. It seems to have never occurred to them that somebody would fight back.

Speaking of lawyers and such, is there any reason why almost all of the articles I read about ADA-abuse are from California?

Long-time readers may remember when I was following the story of the death of Katie Granju’s son Henry. The dealers that sold him the (belatedly) fatal dose have been arrested for trafficking.

North Dakota is hiring! The downside is that you would have to live in North Dakota, and not the urban part, either. We have a numerical jobs problem in this country, but we also have a serious allocation problem. There are parts of the country where there are decent jobs and a low cost of living, but where people simply don’t wish to live.


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16 Responses to Linkluster Vierundsiebzig

  1. Samson J. says:

    Looks like a wonderful family, but of course I don’t recognize the back story.

    The downside is that you would have to live in North Dakota, and not the urban part, either.

    That’s not a “downside”. I’m given to understand that North Dakota is in the cohort of states that are still pretty awesome (also included: Montana, Idaho, and other sparsely populated, northern areas). Seriously, Will, how can you say something like this and then fail to understand the benefits of isolation and corresponding freedom?

  2. Brandon Berg says:

    Take a closer look, Samson. No backstory necessary.

  3. stone says:

    “Speaking of lawyers and such, is there any reason why almost all of the articles I read about ADA-abuse are from California?”

    Um, because Scott Johnson lives in California: http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20110508/NEWS/110509912

    He’s the one.

  4. trumwill says:

    Samson, I’m also the guy who wrote this. Today I spent five hours in the car driving Clancy to a medical appointment. The airport is the same way. Civilization has its upsides. But part of what I was thinking more culturally. The areas you refer to are good for a certain kind of person, but not as good for many more. The other part was weather, though being north of the parallel I’d imagine you lack sympathy :).

  5. trumwill says:

    He’s the one.

    And Tom Frankovich. I’m surprised there are no copycats in other states. It sounds pretty lucrative.

  6. web says:

    “Jobs where there is a lot cost of living, but where simply don’t wish to live” – this actually touches on quite a bit. Quality of life is a tough thing to analyze. Not everybody – even for a relatively princely sum of money and a correspondingly low cost of living – could live in a place with an incredibly small number of people, relatively few and highly stereotypical recreation options, little chance to socialize, and so forth.

    On the other hand, however, it turns out that despite all the right wing rhetoric, OWS are more employed than the Tea Party are.

  7. trumwill says:

    It brings to light something interesting: “I can’t find a job” is substantively different than “I can’t find a job in a place that I would like to live.” Personally, I would be sympathetic to someone who had to choose between moving to North Dakota or remaining unemployed… though less sympathetic to someone who can’t move to ND for some reason or couldn’t get a job there for some reason.

    Regarding OWS and TP, I don’t think the comparison is all that fair since it counts retirees as “unemployed.” Which they are, but it’s a different kind of unemployed than a 30 year old who is unemployed.

    Interesting all the same, though.

  8. Peter says:

    One thing OWS has accomplished is making Zuccotti Park world-famous. Before the whole thing started it was just “that plaza on Liberty Street where people have lunch,” hardly anyone knew its name.

  9. Brandon Berg says:

    Technically retirees are out of the labor force, not unemployed. Unemployment is defined as looking for work and being unable to find it.

  10. Samson J. says:

    Civilization has its upsides.

    You’re right, of course; don’t tell anyone but I recognize that I’m actually a bit eccentric.

    The other part was weather, though being north of the parallel I’d imagine you lack sympathy 🙂

    Ha, ha… yes, I do. 🙂

    Take a closer look, Samson. No backstory necessary.

    I’m afraid I still don’t get it!

  11. trumwill says:

    I’m afraid I still don’t get it!

    If the picture is a watch, look at the area where the hour-hand would be at around 5:00.

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