Monday, September 16, 2013
Not as bad as the press made it look... Big surprise there, right? Friend Aleck L. alerted me earlier today to the news reports about “lots of people” making racist tweets about the selection of an Indian-American for Miss America. Reason's Shikha Dalmia (self-proclaimed “Indian American in residence” at Reason) has a sober and positive take on it. Big take-away: the “lots of people” reported in the press turns out to be exactly 16 people. Just 16 tweets out of hundreds of thousands...
You just never know... what you're going to find on Amazon. They have entire product categories I had no idea existed! I stumbled across this article and went looking for the product on Amazon to see if it was for real. I couldn't find it – but I did find this at the top of my search. My favorite review:
Thanks to this product my anus now actually glows in the dark. It helped me find my way during a black-out, though I had to walk backwards and bent over.
California, boldly going where nobody else is stupid enough to go – enabling illegal immigrants to become licensed lawyers. As if our lawyers weren't problem enough already!
a WSJ article, tell an interesting story about union membership. On the left, you see that overall union membership has declined to almost half the level it was just 20 years ago. On the right, you see steep declines in the private sector, while public sector union membership rates are basically flat. I read this as evidence that unions no longer serve a compelling purpose in the private sector, but in the public sector they've got a very effective racket going – and their members know it.
The future of education. The story of a Mongolian boy genius who is learning electrical engineering by taking (free) online courses by MIT. If education is the true goal, this is the way to do it. Combine this with certification decoupled from university attendance (IOW, prove you know your stuff and you can get a degree without even attending a university) and you've got something industry would slaver over. Which means, of course, that they'd help pay for it, if someone can figure out how to organize it...