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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Links -- 5/26/2017

One thing that has changed a lot since I began this sucky blog is that now "everybody" follows the minutiae of daily politics. It's a bit because of Trump, but also a lot just because of social media. Facebook is like this politics gusher now. Once upon a time I was this weird dude who knew what was going on all the time, and now everybody I know does too.
 .... for two reasons. for one thing, I know what it's like to have a sucky blog. Second, it's unbelievable to me how many people I know who could not hold a conversation about politics a year ago are addicted to the news.

Believe it or not, I've lived in New York during the age of Uber/Lyft/other yellow cab replacement companies and still do not have the Uber app. They've always appeared to be leading a race to the bottom, workers and passengers be damned, and the only question to me has been whether they'd take the existing yellow cab service with them. I was pessimistic for a while, but Uber appears to be determined now to go it alone, trying some crazy things, like flying cars, that will never work but are aimed at separating stupid investors looking for some glitz. And, no, I don't believe their cars (or any others) will be driving themselves, outside of very controlled conditions, anytime soon.

  • This story in The Atlantic about lead poisoning in New Orleans is tragic, but it's good to see that someone other than Kevin Drum is picking up on how devastating the scourge is. It took me a while, but I'm fully on board with the idea that lead exposure caused a surge in violence in cities in the second half of the 20th Century and that decreasing that exposure accounts for much of the decrease in crime we've seen since the 1990s.
  • Speaking of American cities, Jared Kushner is a horrible slumlord. I'll bet that guy doesn't care if his tenants are exposed to lead.
  • Ed at Gin and Tacos wonders why it's become OK to be a Nazi in the United States these days, when it wasn't in the days of, well, the Nazis.
  • The irrepressible Sally Albright musters up quite the Tweetstorm about the issues we face in try to bring the Democratic Party together:

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