pollenThe estate of Marion Barry is suing his kidney donor.

Washington state looks to have a 75mph speed limit. Welcome (back) to the west, Washington! Seriously, the low statewide speed limit happens when a majority of people in the state live in a place where something is appropriate for that part of the state and not necessarily the state as a whole.

Even though they tend to be net beneficiaries of tax dollars, I often wonder if secondary and smaller cities in populous states like New York, California, and Illinois would be better off if they weren’t anchored to those cities. Articles like this touch on why.

Sean Kemp argues that British politics are too obsessed with American politics.

Henry Rayhons, the guy who was arrested and charged with having sex with his wife (who had dementia) in a nursing home, was acquitted.

The System must be preserved, demonstrable innocence be damned.

Former Corinthian graduates are going on student loan strikes, while another is suing. But the colleges are shutting their doors.

Liberty University is the first FBS school to announce that it’s going to pay its students athletes the full cost of university attendance. Notably, they’re also the FBS school most anxious to move up in to the FCS.

Meanwhile, Colorado State, which like a great many schools is looking to upgrade from G5 to P5, is taking on a whole lot of debt on a bond to build a new football stadium, in addition to a plethora of student-related goodies like luxury dorms and student centers. Louisiana State, on the other hand, can’t even get a bond.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Scooter Libby got screwed.

No serious harm was meant, and no damage was done, but let’s go ahead and charge an eighth grader with felony hacking.

Jason Rabedeaux was once an attractive rising star in the world of college basketball coaching. He was found dead, fat, and wasted away in Saigon.

I recently listened to a graphic audio that was incredibly painful. It was simultaneously so busy that I had no idea what was going on, yet also quite boring. But I had to see it through to the end. Because of that, this story about “purge-watching” (as opposed to binge-watching) really resonated.

Russell Saunders got his first mammogram.

Take a quiz to find out who you should be rooting for in the UK elections! It includes a question on “non-domicile status” which I happened to read an article on a couple weeks ago.

Alex Massie writes about the two tribes of Scotland, and how the Scottish independence movement isn’t over. Meanwhile, Janan Ganesh and Daniel Larison think that English impatience is the greatest threat to the United Kingdom.


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13 Responses to Linkluster Leap Year Days

  1. Dr X says:

    First two links don’t go where they are supposed to go.

  2. Dr X says:

    Perhaps my my brain was the problem on the second one 😉

  3. Dr X says:

    My brain was also the problem on the second “my.”

  4. Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

    I see you have finally given in on the G5 name.

    Russell Saunders got his first mammogram.

    You threw such a softball that it would be unsporting for me to swing.

  5. Washington state looks to have a 75mph speed limit.

    Big deal. Cheese-eating surrender monkeys (France) have a 140 km/h (86.992 mph) speed limit.

    Even though they tend to be net beneficiaries of tax dollars, I often wonder if secondary and smaller cities in populous states like New York, California, and Illinois would be better off if they weren’t anchored to those cities. Articles like this touch on why.

    In the case of New York, one has to recall that a sizable chunk of the state is de facto off-limits to much any development (Catskills and Adirondacks), and from what a political reformer noted on his blog, upstate basically lives off NYC’s tax revenue. Upstate school districts basically work as jobs programmes, and even if you lowered the taxes, I don’t know if you’d really see that much growth because the firms that kept upstate employed don’t exist anymore, it remains to be seen if there’s any real benefit to setting up shop in some upstate city versus somewhere in the Sunbelt. Plus, the portion of state debt that was accrued by upstate wouldn’t magically go away either, if the state was to split up.

    • trumwill says:

      The news isn’t 75mph. That’s prevalent throughout the west. The news is that Washington has been an exception (I assume because of the coast-heavy population) and may not be anymore!

      Nowhere near the amount of NY is off-limits compared to most of the west (both because of logistics and federal holdings).

      I’m not sure how well the theory holds, but it’s a thought. All other things aside, upstate New York seems to have a lot of things in common with other states that are struggling. I am a little more bullish on Inland California (though in that case, you have the magnetic draw of the coast, so maybe not). But I think of the things they could offer as selling points (specifically, lower costs of doing business) if they weren’t tethered to an area with interests that diverge from their ability to do so.

      Its a theory, anyway. One with counter-examples (Spokane, Washington, being chief among them).

      • Yes, but 75mph still comes across as a bit wimpy given the tendency for Americans to buy large vehicles with fast 0-60 times compared with the rest of the world. Yet, we still have wimpy speed limits compared to much of Europe.

        Nowhere near the amount of NY is off-limits compared to most of the west (both because of logistics and federal holdings).

        Which admittedly is true given that the much of the land in the West is still held by the feds in some form or another. In contrast, NYS has sizable chunks of land that can’t be developed, and the state usually tries to be the first to buy at an estate sale in the Adirondacks. Mind you, I like to compare that region to Vermont which isn’t booming per se, but it’s not a place that people consider broke and there’s some semblance of tourism and ski industry. I suspect the development regime and tax policy makes it somewhat attractive to NYC types who want to disappear and go rural.

      • I forgot to note, IIRC, Oregon is the weird hold out on West Coast with a 65 mph limit. IIRC, California also has a 70 mph maximum.

        • trumwill says:

          Not coincidentally, Oregon is another one of those states where the bulk of the population lives along a single corridor. Moreso than Washington, even. (On the other hand, Utah’s is 75.)

          I agree that our speed limits in general are too low. This is especially noticeable in the Great Plains.

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