1. Super Bowl sex trafficking is back in the spotlight. Bill Price covers the Indiana Attorney General’s recruitment of cab drivers to serve as the “eyes and ears” to fight the so-called scourge, one which seems more like a myth. HuffPo reports on nuns working to fight prostitution – which is conveniently juxtaposed with trafficking for the sake of sensationalism. Links to my coverage of the hysteria last year: Change.org’s petition; Traffick911′s distortion; Texas Attorney General’s misinformation; the process by which the government shacks up with activists in a fiscal feedback loop; the mathematical improbability of “10,000″ prostitutes descending on the Super Bowl.
2. Slate’s Farhad Manjoo on the “pajama craze“:
As you might expect, a whole lot of silly and just-plain-mean people aren’t happy about this nascent pajama craze. A number of school districts have banned sleeping clothes on the theory that they somehow inhibit students’ motivation. The idea, I guess, is that taking the time to dress up for school makes you ready to learn—which sounds plausible until you think about it for five seconds. Isn’t spending time worrying about what you’ll wear an even bigger distraction from academics?
Manjoo favors pajamas, though I think everyone will form an opinion based upon their subjective valuation of pajama wearing. Myself: I feel lazy and unmotivated when I walk around the house in my underwear or whatever else I wore to bed the night before. Putting on “outside pants” and a decent pair of shoes goes a long way towards switching my mind into “do something” mode. An extension of this is ironing. I wear a dress shirt and tie to work for my waiter job. How many times I’ve thought about how much better and more prepared I feel when my shirt is ironed with crisp sleeve creases versus when I just grab it from the drier and throw it on.
3. Commenter Cannon’s Cannon linked to an interesting piece written back in the 1990s by Roger Kimball which reflects on the social upheaval of the 1960s which began as campus revolution.
4. The U.S. tax system is pretty fucking progressive.
5. More research that we already knew was true: mens’ approach time of women decreases when women wear more suggestive clothing. SlutWalkers….well, let’s start calling them SlutRunners. They must run really fast to escape the fact that men are drawn to displays of sexual suggestion, and some guys will grossly misinterpret this suggestion and/or devalue the woman making the suggestion which can lead to a number of unfortunate things, including rape.
6. Michael Moore walking around with earbuds like your typical poorly-adjusted teenage idiot. He also thinks the highest marginal tax rate should be about 50%. So we went from a 0% marginal income tax rate about 100 years ago to, if Moore got his way, one that takes half of income (not including property tax, sales tax, and state tax). Do they ignore that tax rates are arbitrary and relative?