canadianpropagandaHow activists investors are improving our lives, Olive Garden edition.

Ever want to give a eulogy at your own funeral? Now, maybe, you can.

Ross Elliot argues that better suburbs make for better cities.

Fortunately for people who like their contact lenses, people in power like contact lenses, otherwise they might not be legal.

Is there really any way that gun control can work in the age of 3D printers?

I disagree with some of the examples of antagonists who were right, but I pretty much agree about Iceman.

Katerina Cizek argues that Canada needs to recognize that it is a nation of highrises.

Well this is a lovely story, if true. A man’s wife runs off with their daughter. Sixteen years later he finally tracks her down, discovers that she spent most of that time in foster care, and then is handed a bill.

According to Brookings, even controlling for the obvious factors, getting welfare correlates with unhappiness. They blame the stigma.

The rise and fall of Subway. There’s actually a case that this is less about Subway and more about the state of affairs of those who sell to those who are well off and to those who are not.

Professor Alan Matthews argues that Ireland should, in the words of Michael Brendan Dougherty, “stop making food its people can eat, start planting trees they can’t sell.”

Hayley Manguia reports that the class of 2014 is doing alright. Naturally, I’m more interested in the helpful chart about positive and negative outcomes for various majors.

Wait, there’s an equivalent of the Kelley Blue Book for… used sneakers?

Not only is the Great Inversion not really happening in the US, but Europe is suburbanizing.


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7 Responses to Linkluster Trecentoottantatré

  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    Well, that is one of the stated goals of projects like DD, making gun control obsolete (or forcing activists to attempt even greater degrees of control until they become intolerable).

  2. Michael Cain says:

    The successful lower receiver in the Wired piece was done on a computer-controlled milling machine rather than a 3D printer. I think we’re still some time away from metal 3D printing technology (eg laser sintering and subsequent heat treatment) at home.

    It’s not like manufacturing guns has been horribly hard since at least the middle of the 20th century: the WWII Sten submachine gun was designed to be fabricated using the tools found in the typical bicycle repair shop of the time. There’s been a market for Sten designs for a long time for DIY’ers who want the opportunity to fire a fully-automatic weapon.

    • Oscar Gordon says:

      Longer than that, even.

      Run a Google search for “Hardware store gun OR firearm”, lots of plans & instructions, especially if you aren’t looking for long range accuracy. Honestly, rifling the barrel is the hardest part of building a gun.

  3. Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

    getting welfare correlates with unhappiness. They blame the stigma

    Some would say this is a feature, not a bug.

    more about the state of affairs of those who are not well not.

    Not well off, you mean? Or something else?

  4. jhanley says:

    Who says Ireland can’t sell trees? The US and Canada sell trees, so why not Ireland?

    Whether you can eat what your country produces is irrelevant. If you grow something more valuable than food, you can afford to buy food and still be better off. It’s like saying Cuba should quit growing sugar cane, which is hugely valuable in the form of rum, so it can stop importing food.

  5. Not only is the Great Inversion not really happening in the US, but Europe is suburbanizing.

    Just to throw this out there, you’re not going to see large American style sprawling estates of single family homes. In most cases, it’s really real estate pressure that gets pushed out to cities within the commuter belt of a city. So while in an extreme case, you have the people that commute on France’s high speed railway network from Reims, a lot of it really tearing down some older home and swapping it for a building, or some former farmland becoming housing and local retail. Some people end up working in some industrial or business concern in the suburbs and commute via driving or mass transit, and others still work in the core using the railway network to travel.

    Katerina Cizek argues that Canada needs to recognize that it is a nation of highrises.

    I heard rumours that there are single family homes in Canada. Although, they tend to be more expensive and smaller than their American counterparts, especially with their country’s recent real estate boom*. Mind you, compared to the States, condo living is far more acceptable, but I suspect that it’s because even the bad condos in Canada are still relatively safe and livable when compared to a bad situation in the States.

    *I remember the 1990s when Canada was digesting austerity and a weak currency. Nice houses in Montreal were selling for $150K or so, which was about $100K USD back then, which sounded cheap to us in NYC. I kinda wanted my parents to move up there since it just seemed so much nicer, but little did I know that it was “starving time” up there.

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