Another nail in the coffin of the “The Internet is destroying our sociability” meme.

How cheaper cocaine meant less crime. Speaking of drugs, it’s harvest time in Marijuana Country!

So our stereotypes about fast food may be mistaken. As incomes rise, so does fast food consumption.

Something to keep in mind when we tell Chris Christie to just put down the fork. What I don’t understand, though, is why we can’t just inject people with leptin? Also, more on the genetic basis for obesity. Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean that you had to work harder at it and sacrifice more than the person who is not thin. I think about food and diet and nutrition a lot less now than I did 75 pounds ago.

City people extol the virtues of the city, unsurprisingly, but it appears that city-dwellers rely on the narcotic effect of carbon monoxide to get through the hassles of the area.

The NHS declares that C-Sections should be available to all women. I have mixed feelings about it, to be honest, but a general animosity towards the expectations that doctors (all of whom work for the NHS) should have to do this.

Cricket is being destroyed by an “indecent obsession with money.” Well, why should cricket be any different? I sometimes dream of picking a sport that’s not “all about the money,” but of course as soon as it becomes popular, it becomes all about the money. And if it’s not popular, it’s not a social activity, and therefore I lose interest in it. I mean, I think Arena football (which is not all about the money) is cool, but since nobody knows anything about it, there’s no point in paying attention to it. I’ve always wanted to learn more about cricket. And I think that colleges that don’t play football should play scholarship-free rugby, just to have a new playing field without all the big boys. Until, of course, USC notices and starts its own rugby team If it gains in popularity that is. So the same basic problem.

Another cool gadget: A marriage calculator. Calculating, that is, the likelihood of divorce. My likelihood of having already been divorced is 5% and another 6% chance that we will divorce in the next several years. My wife has a 14% and 12%. I have no idea why she would be more likely to divorce than me. I would guess it is related to fact that it asked the kids question for her and not for me.

I really, really wish I’d known about this elections gadget in 2008. I hope they do one for 2012. You can see who would win what state by swings in demographics in voting and in turnout.

Should we chalk this up to the War on Drugs or the regulatory state? This, the closing of a soup kitchen because they want to regulate it like a restaurant, definitely falls into the latter category.


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6 Responses to Linkluster: Counties in Mississippi

  1. ? says:

    I have no idea why she would be more likely to divorce than me.

    Well, with 3/4 divorces requested by women, that would be the conditional expectation. I have a 13% chance of already being divorced and a 4% future chance. Mrs. ? had 13% and 5%.

  2. Samson says:

    What I don’t understand, though, is why we can’t just inject people with leptin?

    I don’t know a lot about it, but from what I remember leptin is more complicated than simply “reducing the sensation of hunger” or whatever that article says.

    The NHS declares that C-Sections should be available to all women.

    Initially I read that and I thought, “What? C-sections *should* be available to all women!” But then I realized that they are talking about elective, unnecessary C-sections, of which far, far too many are done. I remember talking about this in some detail in medical school; many, many women don`t understand that the procedure is not quite as safe as they think.

  3. trumwill says:

    Well, with 3/4 divorces requested by women, that would be the conditional expectation. I have a 13% chance of already being divorced and a 4% future chance. Mrs. ? had 13% and 5%.

    Regardless of who requests the divorce, though, a divorce is a divorce. I don’t think it’s counting only initiations of divorce. As long as marriage is a (generally) heterosexual institution, over time the chances of getting a divorce should be pretty equal. I’d think?

  4. trumwill says:

    I don’t know a lot about it, but from what I remember leptin is more complicated than simply “reducing the sensation of hunger” or whatever that article says.

    If my wife weren’t in the middle of an 11-of-14-days-on-call stretch, I’d ask her. She knows a lot of that hormone stuff and in addition to being a doc she was a biochem major. Or, you know, I could do my own dang research. 🙂

    Initially I read that and I thought, “What? C-sections *should* be available to all women!”

    Ahh, yes, I wasn’t clear on that. I’ve read that Japan does a lot of early inductions without the ill-effects we assume. I will have to look into that at some point.

  5. Abel says:

    That marriage calculator needs more work. Needs to ask if you’ve been married before (divorced, widowed), any kids from previous marriages, any past or present addictions, debt, infidelity issues, religious beliefs, etc.

  6. Abel says:

    Other things the marriage calculator could ask:

    * Whether or not your parents were divorced.
    * Whether or not you lived together before marriage.
    * Employment. Greater chance of divorce if husband is unemployed as opposed to wife being unemployed.

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