peecolaPolitical scientists and reporters rank states by corruption. New Jersey came out as the most corrupt, though Louisiana didn’t participate.

Ben Domenech (I assume, with caution) wrote a piece in The Federalist arguing that feminists should get some of the credit for the falling abortion rates.

Britain is expanding the definition of child abuse. Widely. As skeptical as I sometimes am of our own system, I can always say “At least we’re not Britain.”

Clickhole tells the inspiring story of young Alex Lambert, who overcame bullying by changing those aspects of his personality that were causing other kids to pick on him.

Even as we experience the Golden Age of Television, we’re also experiencing a sitcom recession. Josef Adalian considers what can be done about it.

Nuclear power is making a comeback in China, and an Airbnb-type company is making a splash.

Randal Olson looks at unique American baby names, and wonders what caused the upsurge in the 1970’s.

Can text messages be used to increase med compliance?

With budgets being tight and crime being low, it’s no surprise that states are re-evaluating expensive incarceration options. It is a bit of a surprise that Texas is one of the states leading the way. Perhaps they hate taxes even more than they hate criminals!

Biblical literalism doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means.

Kevin Drum explains that yes, in fact, some people do love Facebook (and Walmart!), and it speaks questionably of the person who doesn’t recognize this.

Why dogs kick when you scratch their belly.

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11 Responses to Linkluster Brooklyn

  1. I like the Sillman article and am going to bookmark it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. (FYI, the Lambert link seems to go to the sitcom site.)

  3. fillyjonk says:

    Yeah, I wanted to read the Lambert article. Because while it seems like a strategy….and it probably would have worked for me, I was a weird kid and got teased for it….still, it seems awful to have to change who you are to avoid bullies. I mean, if I had played dumber in school I probably would have had more friends, but to what end?

  4. fillyjonk says:

    I found it by searching. Ah. I see, now. Not at all what I expected….and I feel somewhat vindicated 🙂

  5. Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

    I know Clickhole is being tongue-in-cheek, but it would help some people to be less obnoxious. Yes, kids too.

    Will, did you know any kids named Alex growing up who should have been less obnoxious?

  6. fillyjonk says:

    Well, I remember concluding at 13 that I could totally change who I was to fit in….and even then I probably wouldn’t, the damage was done, and I’d never be popular, so why make myself miserable? I suppose if I had figured that out at **5** when there was still time, I could have had a chance. (As a kid, I was a little pedant/egghead who cared about grades and who cried easily. In other words, fun to tease. If I could have just toughened up and not answered the teacher’s questions in class maybe I’d have had a chance)

    I dunno. People tell me being popular is overrated but I’d still like to have had the chance to conclude that on my own.

  7. Φ says:

    To quote Saletan again, “This isn’t what secular people tend to think inerrancy means.” But whose fault is that?

    I don’t see this as much as I did even 30 years ago, but it was not uncommon to find people who, confronted with a Biblical challenge to whatever secular orthodoxy, would reply, “Well, you can’t take that literally . . . .” “Literalism”, therefore became a poor but convenient shorthand for resistance to chucking (or reinterpreting as a metaphor for capitalist oppression or what-have-you) those bits of scripture resistant to the liberal project.

    The GSS question on this topic always bothered me. On the one hand, opton 2 (“inspired”, etc.) was the technically correct answer. But in was obvious that commentators would interpret it as a measure of religious commitment in which option 1 got the highest score. So “literalism” got a boost that way.

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