Let felons vote and let them carry guns — the ultimate left-right compromise reform? Why not? Everybody believes there’s some core of constitutional rights an American doesn’t give up, no matter what they do. Felon or no felon, you have the right to free speech and the right to a trial by jury. I think voting belongs in that inner circle. I don’t really feel that way about gun ownership, but I get that a lot of people do. And — purely as a practical matter — the typical felon who’s served his time is surely more correct in feeling he needs a firearm to protect himself than, say, I do.
“Pinch my cheeks and call me gorgeous — it’s Raven!” This panel has been floating in my memory for about thirty years. CJ really likes the Teen Titans show that’s on Cartoon Network now, and watching him watching it inspired me to see if I could actually find an image. Thanks, tumblr.
Pretty sure this cartoon calculus book is the very one that was sitting on the shelf in Mrs. Levin’s 6th grade classroom, which I became absolutely obsessed with.
Do you think the most Shazammed songs are the most popular songs, or songs that best combine popularity with being a song no one knows the name of? I like that you can see the country-by-country charts: here’s Thailand, where they love Meghan Trainor, or don’t know her name.
Hey I keep saying this and now Allison Schrager has written an article about it for Bloomberg. Tenure is a form of compensation. If you think tenure is a bad way to pay teachers, and that compensation is best in the form of dollars, that’s fine; but if California pretends that the elimination of tenure isn’t a massive pay cut for teachers, they’re making a basic economic mistake.
New “hot hand” paper by Brett Green and Jeffrey Zweibel, about the hot hand for batters in baseball. They say it’s there! And they echo a point I make in the book (which I learned from Bob Wardrop) — some of the “no such thing as the hot hand” studies are way too low-power to detect a hot hand of any realistic size.