HeadUpsideDownRather than taking potshots of the North Dakota oil boom from DC or NY, Maya Rao actually went to western Dakota and wrote her account. (The article itself is more mixed than the headline.)

Laura Dattaro says that we need to stop babying Mars.

Andrew Burstein argues that we need a new Constitutional Convention. I shudder at the prospect.

It turns out that there are a bottom to the previously-assumed bottomless market for luxury condos in tight markets.

That time when Londoners volunteered to give up their first born for WiFi. (It’s actually a fascinating glance at WiFi security.)

Ben Franklin: Security risk.

GM and Ford are being sued over a new feature that allows you to rip CDs in your car.

The UK is legalizing parody works and media backups.

Drew Magary writes about the problem with Problem Blogging, by way of sociological criticism of “Too Many Cooks.”

Meet Millie and Clem Mintz, married for 75 years.

State Rep Dan Flynn (R-TX) wants to abolish Daylight Savings Time in the Great State of Texas. Godspeed, Rep Flynn. Godspeed.

The source of Grubergate is apparently one of those people who lost their insurance plan on account of PPACA.

Nate Silver says we shouldn’t be worried about polls that are outliers, we should worry when there aren’t outliers.

Onion for sale! Onion for sale! The Onion, that is. Maybe.

Some have been trying to explain the 2014 results as a failure of Democrats to get out and vote. The thing is, the Democratic field operation was probably a success.

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6 Responses to Linkluster Contact!

  1. Burt Likko says:

    The link purporting to describe ripping CDs in a car engendering a lawsuit actually goes to a somewhat mean-spirited takedown of “Saved by the Bell.”

  2. Peter says:

    The real takeaway from the North Dakota article is not so much that the writer got $14 per hour for a cashier job, but that she got hired on the spot with what barely counted as an interview. In most places she would have had to submit a resume, fill out a lengthy online application, go through a phone interview, at least one in-person interview (more likely two rounds), and a background check.

    • trumwill says:

      Do they do all that for cashier jobs?

      I found it illuminating how even the screwups who would struggle in even the relatively prosperous Colosse kept being able to work.

      • Peter says:

        Back in 2010 I was so desperate to escape the straight commission life insurance pyramid scam that I was applying for ANY job that paid an actual salary. This even included K-Mart. After indicating the closest store to me, I spent 90 minutes filling out a ridiculous aptitude and personality test (“If you see another worker stealing, would you report it to your supervisor?” “List five recent challenges you have overcome.”) Upon completing this nonsense, the site informed me that there were no openings at my local store. I could apply to the several other stores within a reasonable distance, but I’d have to complete the 90-minute test for each one.

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