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1. A breakdown of The Baseball Card Smile study (h/t Richard Harper). After controlling for many other factors, researches found that players with more authentic smiles – the Duchenne smile, precisely – lived longer.
2. The NFL may expand its Rooney Rule to cover assistant head coaches and coordinators. As it stands, the rule forces teams to interview at least one minority candidate for vacant head coaching positions.
3. Megan McArdle on “regulatory cascade”. As companies try to sneak around Obamacare’s rules forcing companies with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance plans for any employee that works more than 30 hour per week, the rules will be created that will end up penalizing for something far removed from the original intention of the law. The government will achieve their goal. In their idealism they create laws that don’t gel with human nature, and when that truth inevitably replays itself, they come up with heavier-handed ways to get what they want.
4. The death of D.C. dive bars: “But don’t delude yourself. We’re not looking for a true dive. We’re looking for the invented nostalgia of the idea a dive conveys but watered down for the masses.”
5. Walter Russell Mead on gun violence and the decline of psych beds after the deinstitutionalization craze of the 1960s.