July 5, 2015 Leave a comment
Managed to get out a timely Sunday quick hits even while at the beach by working ahead. Hooray for me.
1) I’m going to start with this Vox list of 31 “bite-sized” TV shows to binge, mostly because I want to find this link later for suggestions. And because it contains Party Down (easily the best TV show almost nobody’s ever heard of) and Black Mirror, which I’ve really enjoyed of late.
2) Kevin Drum on new government regulations about overtime. Of course, the business lobbyists say this will ruin American business. As Drum points out, they say that every time and they are always wrong.
3) The Upshot on how abortion and gun control are different from gay marriage.
4) The New Yorker’s Lincoln Caplan on John Roberts.
5) Just another piece further emphasizing that you really should not tell your kids they are smart. Of course, after reading Nurtureshock, I did pretty much stop doing that. Alas, regardless of what I say, Evan knows he’s damn smart, regardless of how much I praise him for hard work (especially when he doesn’t have to work hard for a good outcome). Not sure what I’m supposed to do about that.
6) Some good stuff on teenagers and risk-taking. The key? Keep them away from other teenagers:
We found that having friends in the same room doubled the number of risks that teenagers took but had no effect on adults. We then repeated this experiment using brain imaging: we scanned people while playing the same games either with or without peers able to see their performance on a monitor in another room. Not only did we once again find that the presence of peers increased risk taking among adolescents but not adults––we also found that when peers were watching, this lit up reward centers in the adolescents’ brains but not in the adults’ brains, and that the more these centers were activated, the more risks teenagers took.
7) Wasn’t sure I was actually going to read this, but got totally sucked into this Marshall Project report on life at Rikers Island from many different perspectives.
9) Nice NYT infographic (a little large to insert here) on the interesting splits this term among the Supreme Court’s conservatives.
10) I enjoyed Tim Lee’s suggestion on issues where conservatives and liberals agree and therefore, you’d think, would be able to get something done. But, Drum gets right to the heart of why nothing has gotten done on these issues:
There’s a common theme to all four of these issues: there are special interests who care a lot about them, but no real benefit for working politicians to reach across the aisle and fight back. In theory, they might have similar attitudes on these four items, but why bother doing anything about it? No one is jamming their phone lines about this stuff and no one is voting for or against them based on their positions. If activists want action on this kind of googoo stuff, they have to figure out a way to make the public care. Once they do that, they’ll have at least a fighting chance of getting politicians to care too. Until then, don’t get your hopes up.
11) Hope you saw some good fireworks. Here’s videos of the federal government blowing up mannequins to keep you safe. Great stuff.
12) The math to a lasting relationship.
13) I keep meaning and failing to do a good post on colleges, sexual assault, and the meaning of sexual consent. And failing. So just read this.