speed-bumps-aheadI’ve long considered Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” was basically a scam to justify cities spending money on the preferences of its financially comfortable. Richey Piiperinen thinks it might have been something more nefarious.

We’re along way from Ted Turner’s colorization of old movies. Some of these pictures look pretty realistic.

The media has focused quite a bit on the upheavel caused by the energy boom in North Dakota. David Blackmon explains what its own oil boom means to West Texas and the Texas economy.

How the Big Sort happened.

Our best weapon against heroin addiction is being stigmatized.

Spain is preventing a vote on Catalonian independence.

Madison prides itself on its progressivity, but there are some unpleasant statistics on race under the hood. Which probably tell you more about the statitics, and the many things than influence them, than anything about racism in Madison.

It’s not for me, since I have my hair care needs taken care of at chains without so much as the twirling barber post out front, but given that my grandfather was a barber, I’ll always have an attachment to the idea of barbershops.

The French are learning English on train rides. One of my great regrets is that I never took advantage of my long commutes to get a hold on Spanish.

Jathan Sadowski argues that pushing people to code will only increase the gap between the wealthy and the poor. I personally think that we should push more people into taking programming classes not because of the coding part but because the process teaches you a lot about logic paths. But the article is probably right that for some people it might be more worthwhile that they learn more pedestrian material.

Yes! You can be fat and healthy! No, you can’t!

Meanwhile, mice may change the conversation on obesity, and a weight loss chip may obviate it.

How to have sex in communal living spaces.

David Golumbia argues that the left’s embrace of the “digital freedom” movement is a betrayal of lefty ideals.


Richard Florida has discovered that suburbs are the new swing states! Actually, they’ve always been. Even so, and despite being written by Florida, it points out some interesting things on the economic factors of suburban politics.

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2 Responses to Linkluster 2=4-2

  1. Peter says:

    I go to a fairly traditional barbershop, twirling pole and all. Okay, not entirely traditional, as all the barbers are Turkish. I have no complaints at all about the work they do.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    In the Washington, DC, barber shops (the ones with poles outside) are run by the Vietnamese. I was found that most of them are careful to operate with a no appointment, FIFO model since there is nothing that will make a government worker upset but to have to wait longer because the barber let someone cut in line. If one wants a specific barber, one has to wait longer.

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