“We sat at the bar and struck up a conversation with Patrick, who turned out to be the manager. When he heard we had never dined there before, he immediately said, “You’ll have to try the porketta sandwich. It is what we are known for.” Perfect.”—Notes from Hibbing, Minnesota: The Quest for Porketta
“P.T.S.D. in a high-risk cohort like war veterans could actually be a physical disease from permanent brain damage, not a psychological disease,” said Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who examined the veteran. Dr. Omalu published an article about the 27-year-old veteran as a sentinel case in Neurosurgical Focus, a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The discovery of C.T.E. in veterans could be stunningly important. Sadly, it could also suggest that the worst is yet to come, for C.T.E. typically develops in midlife, decades after exposure. If we are seeing C.T.E. now in war veterans, we may see much more in the coming years.
Our legislature is seriously discussing removing the philosophical exemption while leaving the religious exemption in place? So they’re saying it’s not permissible to have a rational-yet-poorly-reasoned objection to vaccines, but it’s perfectly fine to have an irrational objection. Great…
“The counterargument to the publishers’ position runs like this: why should consumers be saddled with paying an extra few dollars just to keep competition alive? In the short term, the answer seems clear. But Richard Epstein, a professor at the New York University School of Law, pointed out, “It is not clear that lower prices are necessarily in the long-term interests of the public at large.”—Amazon Low Prices Disguise a High Cost - NYTimes.com
With the temperature nearing the 90s and the sun beating down with little to no shade across 26.2 miles, it was a brutal day for a marathon. Most of us had trained through the winter, our bodies unaccustomed to running in temperatures much above 50 degrees.
Until Monday morning, as I watched the mercury steadily rise in weather reports, I wasn’t sure about the wisdom of running. Thousands of others decided to skip the race, a very sensible decision.
When we descended from the bus at about 9 a.m. after the long ride from Boston to Hopkinton, I thought I had made a bad decision. The heat was already unbearable. Most of us were already sweating before making it to the starting line.
“It’s even worse when it’s elected officials who have to make the decision. Which congressman is going to risk his political career by standing up and saying that the cigarette lighter ban is stupid and should be repealed? It’s all political risk, and no political gain.”—Schneier on Security: Hawley Channels His Inner Schneier. Is it really all risk and no gain? Most people hate these arbitrary rules without even contemplating the security tradeoffs, because the rules are prima facie not making us more secure. I imagine there are people across the political spectrum who would vote for a politician who promises to streamline airport security while cutting unnecessary spending at the same time.
“I hope the Supreme Court next faces a surveillance technique born purely on the Internet, one in which “classic trespassory search is not involved.” If the votes hold from Jones, we might end up with what many legal scholars have urged: a retrenchment or reversal of the third-party doctrine; a Fourth Amendment jurisprudence better tailored to the rise of the Internet; and a better Constitutional balance in this country between privacy and security.”—United States v. Jones is a Near-Optimal Result. +1
Let me take you back a couple decades. As soon as Ike hit Tina, he wasn’t allowed a career. As soon as Bobby Brown hit Whiteny Houston, he didn’t have a career. And yet we still allow Chris Brown to perform. Tell me, what does that say about today’s culture and pop world? What does it say that while Ike Turner, one of the most talented men in music, died widely hated for what he did, while Chris Brown gets to sleep on a pile of fans who let hime punch them in the face. Something is very wrong with pop music, and this is what’s worse than anything else.
There’s no story here (there’s no vulnerability here), but there is a lesson: don’t plug your phone into a USB port that you don’t trust (i.e. while trying to charge up your battery from some random computer while out and about). Also: iOS users, lock your device with a passcode. Android users: keep USB debugging turned off.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.’ leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in.
"So I said, ‘All right, you son of a b**ch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4.20am on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.’
Tweet Marker is an indispensable component of the twitterverse for me. I’ve been worried about it’s future because it’s been gaining in popularity while remaining free. Now I can stop worrying, as I’ve just signed up for Tweet Marker Plus (as should you, if you use Tweet Marker).