Time Magazine’s “Seeking My Race-Based Valentine” has some information that’s eye-opening; the print edition includes a graphic with even more info. Following their lead, I went to OKCupid’s blog: “Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back.” If you’re an Indian male, there’s a 20.8% chance that a woman you send a message on OKCupid will even respond (and yes, there are a few other ethnic groups hovering around the low 20’s). All I gotta say is: I didn’t think I was striking out that much. On a serious note – I wonder if something like this matters for whether people read this blog in the first place. That reply rate – despite the nature of the site it concerns – is way too low to not take seriously.
David von Drehle, “Why Crime Went Away” – not the greatest title, because it’s probably the case we’re throwing everyone and their mother in prison to generate the relative safety we have. To say the least: an important article.
Radley Balko, “Take the Money and Run” (h/t aldaily) – again, in a country where property rights are the primary way liberty is protected, this is beyond outrageous. When the state has a compelling interest and the power to steal property from citizens under the flimsiest of pretenses and little or no accountability, “corruption” is too kind a word.
Megan McArdle, “Tax and Spend, Everyone” – from the article: The problem is, neither party is willing to go where the money is. You cannot fund our budget deficit with tax increases on the rich. The people who make over $250,000 control a large share of national income. But not that large. Your ability to tax tops out somewhere–and not at 90%. Eventually, avoidance, evasion, and changed work habits start rapidly eroding your gains. Nor can you fund it with unspecified cuts in spending, not even pork. Pork should be cut because it’s a waste–but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to social security, medicare, defense, veterans affairs, and other things that Republicans don’t really want to mess with.