Morning Links

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
  • Seniors learning “cane-fu” self-defense. Bonus points for use of the phrase “punk kid.”
  • Via the comments section, Florida cable company partners with local police department to have its service workers look for crimes.
  • Oh, boy. I’d actually have pegged the male-female ratio to be quite a bit more lopsided.
  • Google/Blogger kill libertarian blogger’s traffic by caving to a few readers’ objections and adding an “objectionable content” disclaimer to anyone accessing her site.
  • Conor Friedersdorf catches Ezra Klein: Pass a politically popular but less aggressive health reform bill now, then just implement the politically unpopular aspects later, when no one is paying attention and there’s no political accountability.
  • British nanny state in action: Girl with history of skin cancer in her family forbidden from wearing sunscreen at school, due to possibility of other children having allergies. I suppose the alternative nanny state policy would be mandatory sunscreen for all of the children. Everything that isn’t mandatory shall be prohibited.
  • Delta will now charge you five dollars for the privilege of paying $25 for checking your bag. Call it an “inconvenience fee.”
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  • 53 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Mojotron | 

      ChrisD, I appreciate your response and see your point about “why do I care what these guys think?” (I get that more with Klein myself) but I think a lot of that is the fact that they discuss government policy a lot of the time and it gets boringly wonky. Sullivan’s blog is more entertaining and definitely showcases more viewpoints, but I think MattY is intelligent does have an interesting take on politics, governance, and transportation (and sometimes basketball) even if I disagree or feel his conclusions are wrong (*cough* Allen Iverson *cough*). Similar to why I come here- Radley’s stuff on civil liberties is excellent even if I disagree with him or feel he’s wrong (*cough* Sarah Palin *cough*).

      Reynolds OTOH descended into hackery a while back, which is pretty sad. He’s a smart guy- smart enough to know he’s lying.

    2. #2 |  Matt | 

      I guess no one bothered to read the whole sunscreen article. The girl is in fact NOT ‘banned’ from using sunscreen but merely has to apply it with the teacher’s supervision. It sounds like the right things are going here – parents and teachers getting together and deciding what’s best for the students. Way to latch onto a headline folks :)

    3. #3 |  Dave W. | 

      Rick Klaus, a Product Manager with Blogger, posted about the controversy with Becky’s blog here and in comments on Becky’s penultimate post. He states that the issue was nudity, not political opinions.