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Lyman Stone wants you to know that Oklahoma City is America and San Jose is not. It’s all America, of course, but some places are more representative than others. (Wasilla, of course, is not especially representative.)

Utah’s tech community is making some waves, and some people don’t like it.

I tend to be sympathetic to second-tier schools that want to hold on to their athletics programs, but Eastern Michigan is one of the few I simply can’t find much justification for. Their senate faculty agrees.

Johannes Haushofer got some publicity for his CV of failures, the degree programs and academic positions he was rejected for. It’s meant to inspire a keep-at-it attitude. Anna Peak has a more dour one.

I once had a(n IT!) job that was so miserably boring that we would draw straws to see who got to sweep the floors, so while I don’t approve of this lawsuit I can sort of understand the trauma.

As the “Public Health” community comes to a consensus that ecigarettes are a menace to be contained, some are still fighting the good fight. Kevin Fenton of Public Health England gives them a relatively clean bill of health.

Ross Douthat’s piece on conservatism’s defeat is worth reading.

First there was polygyny, then came STDs, then came monogamy.

Laurie DeRose writes of the increasing costs of cohabitation.

IJR looks at where, when, and how women experience street harassment.

Sweden is experiencing white flight.

Online dating fifty years ago?

What the Jurassic World may have really looked like.

Lifehacker debunks some traffic ticket myths. Some of them aren’t myths so much as “A lawyer might be able to do it, but you are less likely to.” Like Marco Rubio, I hired a traffic lawyer who got me out of a ticket where I was pretty clearly guilty.


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12 Responses to Linkluster Alekseyevka

  1. mike shupp says:

    Talking about “white flight”, that Swedish Surveyor web site is up for sale now. Nobody’s there.

  2. fillyjonk says:

    I’m thinking that a “CV of Failure” like that second one probably isn’t something a person should publicize if they want to get/keep an academic job.

    • trumwill says:

      It’s the contribution of someone that has given up. Or maybe believes that any publicity is good publicity…

      • fillyjonk says:

        Maybe. But the blanket “Tenure track faculty are snobs who won’t talk to contingents” is off putting. As is the gripe about having to pay her own way at conferences – I’m tenured full professor and I have to pay my own way at conferences. (Granted, I’m in a less precarious financial position than she is – but those of us at smaller, teaching-oriented schools are not as well off and isolated as some people think)

        If someone applied to work in my department with that kind of attitude, I admit I’d be hard pressed to want to vote to hire them. Yes, adjuncting sucks but…..we once had to vote to non-renew someone because they were outright abusive to students and colleagues. So I worry about “attitude problems” in future colleagues.

  3. Michael Cain says:

    Re conservatism’s defeat… Has conservatism seriously even been in the game? The last 125 years has clearly been won by the moderate progressive side. It’s been bumpy, but there’s no doubt at any point about who’s been winning overall.

    • Oscar Gordon says:

      Depends on what you view the purpose of conservatism to be. Is it successful only if it rolls back changes, or manages to cause stasis? Or is it successful if it merely acts as a damper, keeping things from moving at the speed of the most impassioned?

      • aaron david says:

        Indeed, this is one of the central problems of conservatism-what is it? Then again, one can ask the same of liberalism-change for the sake of change, or toward a planned future?

      • Brandon Berg says:

        Arnold Kling used to talk about a race between economic growth and government metastasis. In this model, economic conservatism is successful to the degree that it can hold back the growth of government enough to keep it growing more slowly than the economy as a whole.

      • Michael Cain says:

        So, just to pick an example, single-payer will be okay once enough people believe in it strongly enough, but in the meantime it’s important to maintain a hideously complex and inefficient method of health care finance?

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