Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2 Link Log

There wasn't time for a Link Log on Friday; peddling the Portal Paper and writing this 1490-word monster of a post...

...left little time for surfing. So today there are lots of links to sort out as fast as possible, via e-mail, Google +, and Twitter. Categories here: Animals, Art, Boycott at Work, Christian, Crowding Creates Craziness, Education, Etiquette, Food (Yum), Frugal, Green, Health. Categories at Blogjob: History, Local Link, Money, Nature, Phenology, Politics, Psychology, Travel/Vacations, Weekends, Women, Writing/Zazzle;


Cruelty to animals...and Australia.


Art needs the inspiration of science. Scientists need the inspiration of art. Y'know what I don't like about a lot of the visual art I see (and, when I was buying toys for The Nephews, a lot of the toys and games on the market) is a lack of scientific information. If it's supposed to look like a bird, cat, butterfly, I want the eyes, colors, or wing shapes to look right; an image of (or story about) a moth with human-type eyes seems either stupid or creepy to me.

Boycott at Work

Target can so easily save this. Don't cave to haters--on either side. Single-user bath and fitting rooms.


Rocker Bono, a left-wing Christian, shares his testimony:

Crowding Creates Craziness

Comment from the +Allen West Republic was, "In Chicago you don't have the right to defend yourself, much less someone else." Much as some Southerners might like to file this story under "things Yankees do," similar callousness is reported from Southern and Western cities too...and in ancient Judea, in the story of the Good Samaritan. Bottom line: when people are crowded together and are hurrying to get through the crowd and have been encouraged to rely on some official person to resolve problems, you could die--from a violent attack, a heat stroke, whatever--before anyone would stop and look at your fallen body.


"Predatory institutional activity." Hmm.

My mother took a correspondence course toward an "External Degree" from a church-sponsored college. (That the school in question publicizes itself as a Christian school with Christian content in each course is relevant here.) She paid for the courses she took; she didn't go to the campus and take the on-campus mini-course to complete the degree; she was too busy doing the job she had. All was well for ten or fifteen years, and then the school--which had by then hired an old classmate, never a friend, of mine as its lawyer-in-charge-of-collection-suits!--started sending more bills for the tuition Mother had paid "plus collection expenses." By that time Mother had another job but was somewhat incapacitated by an injury.

Mother asked me to find a Maryland lawyer. The first one I called was delighted to take the case, free of charge, chortling "I'm required to take a few 'pro bono' cases each year, and this'll be a slam-dunk." We went to a special branch courtroom in Silver Spring, set up just for this kind of situation, to save everyone the trouble of going out to Rockville, Maryland. My old school acquaintance, a church member, stood up and admitted to having shamelessly harassed an old lady with a limp (however temporary) with double bills for a debt that the statute of limitations forbade collecting, even if it hadn't been paid long ago, which it had. We collected over $1000 for the inconvenience to Mother, went back to Hyattsville, ate lunch at a nice buffet restaurant and double-tipped the kid who brought us ice water just to celebrate.

And meanwhile, because other "External Degree" students who were busier, older, and/or sicker than Mother had not come to Maryland to stand up for their rights, the same judge allowed the same shyster lawyer to raise probably at least $5000 for the school. In Maryland, at least, if you're summoned to court on a ridiculous charge and don't go to court, it's considered an admission of although at least ten other people had probably paid their tuition too, years ago, and could have financed tours of Washington by going in to collect damages, the judge allowed the school to continue collecting double payments from them.

There are, and I love the way John Gresham has highlighted this in novels, far too many lawyers looking for ways to fund their practice in Maryland (and in major U.S. cities generally). Ashley Nicole Baker doesn't say whether this is the kind of thing the federal Department of Education is stepping in to "police," but if it is, I must say the universities that engage in this kind of elder abuse have brought on themselves what they get.


Miss Manners says, "Tsk! Tsk!"

Food (Yum) 

McDougall recipes, including one for asparagus:

Fun with potatoes...vegan or not, your choice:

The classic comfort food:


What happened to "Extreme Couponing"?


Thanks to the Tweeps who shared this link to a German study they say documents the persistence of glyphosate in urine. I'm really over my head in German here. The last time I tried to read a German web site, I mistranslated "train of blogs" as "travel blogs"! Can someone find/translate the specific study?


Isaac Morehouse shares a graph showing exactly how much worse--less efficient, more expensive--government intervention has made medical care: