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Employee loyalty isn’t just unrewarded, it’s actively penalized.

In a world where computers are better drivers and legal scholars than people, at what point do people become economically useless?

Tom Chiarella decided that he wanted to to, at age forty-six, take up smoking. Not liking it, he nonetheless persisted.

First they came for the Redskins. Then, the Cougars! Back when I was in middle school, another middle school opened up and the kids overwhelmingly wanted “Cobras” to be their mascot. It was shot down because admin assumed that it must be a gang thing.

Titan has a mysterious object on it, and an atmosphere older than Saturn’s.

Roy Peter Clark takes an aggressive stand for the passive voice. Like the double-negative, this is one of those things I was taught was wrong that was only wrong in certain (though common) circumstances.

Japan is building roads in poor countries, hoping to bolster their own economy by helping get economies around them moving.

How Japan is rebuilding old Tokyo, away from crowded density and towards higher density.

In Iceland, you can’t name your daughter Harriet (or any other name that’s not on a list). Though I am against such things, for reasons freedom-loving and logistical, when I was substitute teaching there were times when I wished parents had less freedom and a list from which to choose.

America’s fastest growing metro has no crime, kids, or cars.

Over twenty years later, Batman The Animated Series remains an animation marvel and will doubtlessly be remembered long after its successors The Batman and Beware the Batman.

Alexis Madrigal takes aim at sitcoms’ doofus dads. This is one of the areas that both sides feel put upon. Men because they believe it makes them look bad, women because they believe it increases their sphere of responsibility.

Jim Russell declares The Death of Urbanization in the United States. He over-states his case as domestic migration is only part of the picture. Even so, it quite pointedly challenges “The Great Inversion” narrative and perhaps suggests a different fate for rural America than we might assume.

Mauricio Estrella used computer passwords to change his life.

In 1995, Eugene Volokh (of Conspiracy fame) made a number of predictions about the media and technology, much of which turned out to be on the money. More good predictions.

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  1. Japan is building roads in poor countries, hoping to bolster their own economy by helping get economies around them moving.

    FWIW, the real benefit is that the Japanese are trying to beat the Chinese into those markets, so hopefully they’ll remain client states that lean toward consumption of Japanese capital products. At the consumer level, this means cars and other appliances, but at the institutional level, it means buying trains and construction equipment which pumps up profits of Japanese firms.

  2. Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

    I can’t believe I am going to be watching college football on August 28, but on Fox Sports 1 tonight at 10, I will be watching Rutgers play Washington State. For some reason, the game is being played in Seattle, even though Pullman is clear across the state. Tim Brando and Joel Klatt will be on the call.

    Since this is technically Labor Day weekend, the season can start this early. The next time this happens will be 2025. Of course in the meantime the NCAA can change the start date of the season.

    Since the Yankees played a day game, I am going to have the Giants preseason game against the Patriots on at 7:30, but I won’t be paying too much attention to it.

    The best matchup of the day is taking place right this second: Texas A&M vs South Carolina. Of course, without Manziel and Clowney, this game has lost a lot of cachet. And yes, this also means that a conference game is taking place on August 28. Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer are calling the game on the SEC Network.

    • trumwill says:

      Washington State’s stadium holds less than 40k, so big games are often played in Seattle. Also, probably more alumni there than in Pullman.

      • trumwill says:

        So I may have exaggerated with “often” and “big games” but it looks like about one a year. Perhaps to keep the alumni engaged.

        • Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

          1) Rutgers takes the lead with a TD pass 16 seconds in.

          2) Sideline reporter Jenny Taft notes that this is the 12th home game in Seattle since 2002 (which is when then stadium opened). She also said that this will be the last one. The WSU AD said that the team doesn’t need the “buzz and exposure” that the game provides.

          3) A ton of people came to the game dressed as empty seats.

        • trumwill says:

          Looks like it’s a good game.

          Temple beat the crap out of Vandy. Louisiana-Monroe beat Wake Forest.

          New Mexico State beat up on Cal Poly. That’s not notable, since NMSU is FBS and Poly is FCS. What’s most notable is that Vegas was betting on Poly.

          I am avoiding the Southern Tech game. No cable, and I don’t have time to spend the game glued to my phone watching the game in “STU gains 9 yards on Williams run up middle, 5 yard ESU penalty declined.”

          Looks like Boise State may be done as a national power and that Peterson got out while the getting was good. Or maybe not. I have long felt like Boise would end up a Fresno State. Someone to be wary of, but not the constant BCS-buster (or whatever we end up calling it) that they have been. They really should have taken advantage of their opportunity to get a more respectable university name.

        • Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

          I keep forgetting how long the games are in college football.

          I would be very annoyed if I stayed up to watch Rutgers lose. Which I did last year, when Rutgers lost to Fresno State in overtime in another Thursday night opening game on the west coast.

  3. says:

    The article about people becoming economically useless picks up on a theme regularly discussed by LotB. The likelihood of replacement by AI/IT makes me more bitter about health care reform. During the relatively few years that a younger physician may have a job before being obsoleted, he will make much less money than his predecessors did. Since it now takes more time and expense to train to the level that will secure a job than it did thirty years ago, the impact on people’s lives will be magnified. Imagine coming out of fellowship in one’s early 30’s with $300,000 in educational debt and only being able to hold a job that pays less than $200k for a few years before possibly being relegated to unemployment forever. That may be the lot of young physicians in all specialties within 10 or 20 years.

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