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1. An interesting retweet from Richard Harper: testosterone levels for male prisoners serving time for different offenses.
2. The “view tax“. New Hampshire legislators shot down a law that placed a tax premium on properties with “pleasing views”.
3. Slate’s Amanda Hess writing again on hook-up apps. This piece is about an app called Lulu that lets women rate their male Facebook friends on various measures such as trustworthiness, attractiveness, manners, etc. Hess thinks the app is “creepy”, but it is the product of female app creators which is exactly what Hess has previously argued the app world needed. If female programmers are creating apps that play into female hypergamy, then that’s an argument against heterosexual hook-up apps on the grounds that women won’t use them the same way men will.
5. The latest outcome gap outrage: why are there so few black comic book writers? The answer that seems most parsimonious but also least popular among progressives is that black kids don’t tend to read many comic books. That’s based on observation; the comic book industry seems to be reluctant to release demographic information. At least one black comic book writer mentions the readership gap though he still laments it and thinks it needs to close.
6. The manifesto of L.A. cop killer Christopher Dorner. He’s being painted as an extreme leftist though I don’t think that accusation fits. He’s loyal to mainstream institutions as well as mainstream cultural icons. He fawns over both Obama and George H.W. Bush and is not a critical of martial institutions – the police or the military. He watches CNN rather than gathering news from extreme leftist news sites. I found the last paragraph of his manifesto praising Bill Cosby to be interesting (even though he doesn’t apply the same thinking to his rant against George Zimmerman):
Mr. Bill Cosby, you are a reasonable and talented man who has spoken the truth of the cultural anomalies within the black communities that need to change now. The black communities’ resentment toward you is because they don’t like hearing the truth or having their clear and evident dirty laundry aired to the nation. The problem is, the country is not blind nor dumb. They believe we are animals. Do not mute your unvarnished truthful speech or moral compass. Blacks must strive for more in life than bling, hoes, and cars. The current culture is an epidemic that leaves them with no discernible future. They’re suffocating and don’t even know it. MLK Jr. Would be mortified at what he worked so hard for in our acceptance as equal beings and how unfortunately we stopped progressing and began digressing. Chicago’s youth violence is a prime example of how our black communities values have declined. We can not address this nation’s intolerant issues until we address our own communities morality issues first. Accountability.”