Tagged: Humor

One Week Later: My Favorite Reads This Week

The Race to Save Disappearing Data: “A 2013 study of Supreme Court decisions by Harvard University Law School professors found that so-called link rot is eroding intellectual foundations of legal scholarship: Nearly half of all Supreme Court decisions up to that date and more than 70 percent of law journals from 1999 to 2012 referred to Web pages that no longer existed.” Read more…

Forbidden Data: “The new law makes it a crime to gather data about the condition of the environment across most of the state if you plan to share that data with the state or federal government. The reason? The state wants to conceal the fact that many of its streams are contaminated by E. coli bacteria, strains of which can cause serious health problems, even death. Rather than engaging in an honest public debate about the cause or extent of the problem, Wyoming prefers to pretend the problem doesn’t exist.” Read more…

Ms. Henderson’s Second Grade Class’s Math Test: “4. If Nibbler enjoyed eating Fruit Gushers at a rate of 1 gusher every 30 seconds, and it takes 20 Fruit Gushers for the toxicity level of Blue Dye-22 to reach fatal levels in a gerbil, how many minutes into recess did it take for Nibbler to permanently scar every student in Ms. Henderson’s class?” Read more…

Taxi Medallion Markets Collapse Across America: “Uber’s labor practices are deplorable, and the company uses rhetoric about ‘disrupting inefficient markets’ as cover for some really evil behavior. But the reason the rhetoric rings so true is that municipal taxi licensing is a disaster, and it’s one that was deliberately made and continued for decades thanks to the great wealth the dysfunction brought to a tiny minority, who made so much that they were able to set some of their gains aside to lobby to make things stay the same.” Read more…

Could Airbnb Help Solve The Problem Of Vacant Housing?: “‘We couldn’t find a hotel in the neighborhood, and there weren’t really any downtown,’ says Jason Roberts, founder of Better Block. ‘There was only one. At the same time, we saw a city report saying the population is decreasing and there’s this excess housing stock.’” Read more…

How Facebook Exposes Domestic Violence Survivors: “Lily’s ex might never have been able to find her profile in the first place if Facebook hadn’t asked her to display her ‘authentic name’ in order to reopen her account, which had been suspended in December of last year over her use of a pseudonym.” Read more…