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1. Alex Tabarrok – the more PC-averse contributor at Marginal Revolution (that’s a compliment) – links to research that attempts to reconcile the fact that only 5.5% of commercial patents are held by women. Tabarrok writes:
Predictably, the authors do not ask why women might self-select into non patent-intensive fields, perhaps because this would require at least a discussion of politically incorrect questions. The failure to investigate these questions leads to some dubious conclusions, notably:
Closing the [gender] gap among S&E degree holders would increase commercialized patents by 24% and GDP per capita by2.7%.
Right; and since only 10% of construction workers are women, closing the gender gap would result in many more houses.
2. I was wrong about two things on Sandra Fluke. She’s not a lesbian (though I merely brought that up as a possibility and to thumb my nose at heteronormativity) and her digit ratio isn’t what it appeared in the pictures I cited (see next link). Oopsie. But she’s still a thief or a pirate or whatever you want to call her. And she believes that politicians have to pass a “pro-woman” litmus test in order to be elected. So, she’s opposed to democracy. Also, she had no idea that birth control could be bought for $9 at a Target near Georgetown.
3. L.A. County moves to criminalize “racist” and “sexist” radio commentary.
4. At National Review, “The College Cartel” by Reihan Salam and Vance Fried.
5. After seeing infinite reiterations of Dinosaur Jr. wannabes at SXSW, Luke O’Neil is off music.
6. The black Florida Atlantic University student that went on a racial tirade against whites and threatened to kill at least a couple of white students and her evolution professor, was interviewed by a Miami TV station about the Trayvon Martin case the night before her outburst.