While anything that talks about “superiority” and “German” is inherently unnerving, I thought this insight on German reunification was fascinating.

An unbelievably cool tool that lets you see the impact of a meteor hitting the earth. And you get to choose the size, density, distance, and trajectory of the meteor!

Rod Dreher writes of hate as an element of style. Dreher brings up several good points about the obnoxiousness of it all.. and yet how we are better off for their existence.

Joel Kotkin continues to fight the good fight against the meme that people are fed up with suburbia.

A curious pair of statistics: smokers outearn non-smokers in their first job, but nonsmokers’ wages grow much fast.

An interesting look at who’s dropping out of the labor force.

How doctors approach death.

Reporters are credulous, studies show.

How to make your Windows PC boot faster.

The most expensive street drunk in Tacoma. Total tab: Approximatly $2,407,100.


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8 Responses to Linkluster: Known Metals

  1. Kirk says:

    I love this phrase from the meteor-impact calculation site:

    “Your position was inside the transient crater and ejected upon impact.”

    What a great bumper-sticker that would make.

  2. Peter says:

    Can you choose an impact location for the meteor strike? Teheran would be a nice tasty target.

  3. Kirk says:

    Regarding your “alcohol” pic, this song by Brad Paisley…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3zkkLckeyM

  4. SFG says:

    I knew an oncologist who said, “If I found out I had lung cancer, I wouldn’t call my oncologist, I’d call my travel agent.”

    There is a point the article doesn’t mention in that physicians, particularly in private practice, get paid for the delivery of futile care. An ICU doc in a hospital who gets paid a salary has no incentive either way and probably just feels bad.

  5. Samson J. says:

    How doctors approach death.

    I didn’t care for this article, or find it particularly accurate. In my experience doctors are as short-sighted and ostrich-headed about death as anyone else.

    Merry Christmas, Will!

  6. trumwill says:

    Regarding your “alcohol” pic, this song by Brad Paisley…

    Country music knows how to do good alky songs. Here’s another one.

  7. trumwill says:

    There is a point the article doesn’t mention in that physicians, particularly in private practice, get paid for the delivery of futile care. An ICU doc in a hospital who gets paid a salary has no incentive either way and probably just feels bad.

    It depends at least to some extent on what the doctor does. There are some doctors who make their living on heroic care (futile or otherwise). Less so with primary care doctors. My general sense is that the drive towards heroic measures is more pushed on by patients and, as often than not, the families of patients who want to keep fighting long after the principal has given up. This is all second hand, though.

  8. trumwill says:

    I didn’t care for this article, or find it particularly accurate. In my experience doctors are as short-sighted and ostrich-headed about death as anyone else.

    Maybe. I haven’t known any dying doctors, to date.

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

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