Weekend link dump for January 4

New year, same old linkdumps.

“Microsoft and Google don’t agree on much, but they’ve presented a united front against the hotel industry, which is trying to convince government regulators to give them the option of blocking guests from using personal Wi-Fi hotspots.”

Anyone who really wants to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and abortion should be in favor of this. It’s never that simple, of course.

A brief history of the Hail Mary pass.

Looks like Neil deGrasse Tyson got a troll costume for Christmas.

“I think the public want nerdy details more than many in the media realize.”

“There are reasons to think that taxes, unless they reach very high levels, don’t have a big effect on how much people work.”

The Jon Swift Memorial Roundup for 2014 is now up.

Happy birthday. Try not to die.

I don’t know why any respectable newspaper publishes George Will.

“The President of Argentina has adopted a young Jewish man as her godson to stop him turning into a werewolf.” OK then. As Fred says, you can’t argue with the results. Sadly, you can fact check them. You know what they say about ugly facts and beautiful stories.

About THAT kid in your kid’s class.

“The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.”

Some common misconceptions about the way the criminal justice system works, which may be relevant to you Serial fans.

Grover Norquist is wrong. Film at 11.

Is this the end for Internet Explorer?

Maybe in 2015 we’ll finally settle the question of whether raising the minimum wage will destroy all economic activity on the planet, or help lift people out of poverty.

Oh, Play-Doh. I mean, wow.

Then again, it could have been worse.

RIP, Edward Herrmann, versatile character actor.

RIP, Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York.

RIP, Stuart Scott, ESPN anchorman.

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