Thursday assorted links

1. Does legalizing marijuana boost housing values?

2. the subtext covers innovation in Africa.

3. Secret life of an autistic stripper.

4. Why people like exaggerated stories.

5. “They also revealed that the eventual decision about who should leave the cave first was not based on strength, but decided by the boys themselves. It was based on who lived furthest away from the cave and therefore would have the longest cycle back home.”  Link here.

6. Lawn average is over (WSJ).


Well, today certainly reduces anyone sinking time into waiting for the link clickbait portion of the MR menu.

4: I don't see how the researchers can call them exaggerated stories, when they are observationally equivalent to being better stories. And of course we are going to react more positively to people who tell better stories or who are better storytellers.

1. Does legalizing marijuana boost housing values?

Or is it just an effect of gentrification as expensive Californian money moves into poorer White rural areas like Colorado? More importantly, it is a zero-sum game - legalizing causes some houses prices to rise as people move from elsewhere causing those places they come from to decline?

2. the subtext covers innovation in Africa.

I suspect this will be very brief.

3. Secret life of an autistic stripper.

Nowhere near as bad as you might think. Not sure if I buy the autism diagnosis.

4. Why people like exaggerated stories.

How long will it take someone to work Trump into this sub-thread?

"How long will it take someone to work Trump into this sub-thread?"

Approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes?

Someone already did it at 4:23 am.

#1 - Like legalized gambling, the main attractions for weed decriminalization are tax receipts. Recently, that was an answer for a NYT crossword puzzle clue.

The 6% housing value increase doesn't offset the costs: dire plagues of liberal migrants.

in regards to your last point, I will name what I think is an exaggerated story making the rounds this morning. People are reading new releases and "gleaning" that Trump knew the names of CIA moles in Putin's circle, burned them, and they were killed. We don't know that. We can't know that from available information. That is creative writing.

On the other hand, unextrapolated stories can look pretty bad. Putin demanding McFaul and the White House "considering" it? Would it be an exaggeration that Putin is clearly messing with Trump at this point? Explicitly humiliating him?

Speaking of exaggerated stories, Tyler tries to find a way to believe the secret genius theory of Trump:

I think Tyler should be ashamed by these things. In the face of family separation, he tried on "civility." The face of electronic warfare he tried on "we do it too."

That is not contrarian enough by half. In fact that is standard Trumpian spin. Donald himself would love all three of these arguments: "There is still hidden genius. Opponents can't be civil. And we have no real moral standing in our pursuit of democracy."

And now I will go for a hike.

"Not sure if I buy the autism diagnosis."

Wake up! 21st century autism = "I think I'm Frances Ha."

It's like the Zelda Fitzgerald fixation decades ago, manic pixie dreamgirl but with an eye on the possible protected class benefits.

The article does not call her autistic. Only the link above does. The article says she has ASD or Austism Spectrum Disorder. But since systemizing can be a characteristic of ASD perhaps it should be called Autism Spectrum Order?

How debilitating nevertheless. I sure hope she didn't catch it on the internet.

Autism is debilitating, austism spectrum disorder can run the range from unemployable without special assistance to Noble Prize winner. Also, unemployable Noble Prize winner, or at least one no one wants to work with.

There appears to be a strong genetic component and detectable from a young age, so it's probably not caught from the internet. But just how gene varieties interact with the environment they find themselves in is generally murky, so perhaps the internet is a factor. Might have to have an in utero effect though.

"Or is it just an effect of gentrification as expensive Californian money moves into poorer White rural areas like Colorado? More importantly, it is a zero-sum game - legalizing causes some houses prices to rise as people move from elsewhere causing those places they come from to decline?"

Got any proof for your argument?

Marijuana should never have been made illegal. It is safer, much safer, than alcohol.

I see the criminalization of marijuana as a reflection of the bigotry of many. Remember Nixon went after marijuana to punish the hippies and the blacks. I would like to believe that America is better than that, but when we just strip children from their parents you just got to wonder.

#6 - Get a life, man! Read blogs instead.

4. Miracles are an exaggerated case of exaggerated stores. Of course, the greatest of all miracles is the resurrection of Jesus, without which Christianity, and faith, would be in vain ("vain" is the word used in (Corinthians). Faithful Christians believe in the miracle of the resurrection, and the miracle that they too will have everlasting life; if the resurrection of Jesus were myth, then the afterlife certainly is myth. What's the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? The empty tomb and eye witnesses. Grave robbers, perhaps. As for eye witnesses, it's St Paul who provides the evidence, that he was an eye witness and attests that 500 were eye witnesses. Since Paul never saw Jesus in His lifetime, Paul would make a very weak witness - it's not as though there were photos of Jesus. Other miracles performed by Jesus are mostly considered allegories, a hidden meaning revealing a larger truth. Is the resurrection an allegory? My late father in law, a Southern barrister, was known for his tall tales, the tallest of which he would precede with "this is the truth". I'm confident it was; otherwise, the tall tale would be in vain.

Think about how much a fanboy/girl of JC (as well as his enemies) would pay for a piece of him. Talk about the sum of the parts being worth more than the whole...

Re: if the resurrection of Jesus were myth, then the afterlife certainly is myth.

Nope, because many other religions also posit and afterlife with no connection to Christian mythos. In fact there is no logical connection even between Theism and a belief in an afterlife: in principle an atheist could believe in an afterlife, and a theist might not.

So in the absence of the resurrection of Jesus, Christians would nevertheless believe grandma is in heaven? Would there be any Christians? Of course,Christianity served a purpose other than the hope for an afterlife: antisemitism. Marcion taught that Jews worshiped the wrong God, the God who created the evil world, while the God of Jesus was the good God. Marcion even rejected the few parts of Paul's letters that referred to Jews in a positive way. We've come a long way since the resurrection of Jesus and Marcion. Today, many Christians believe their God will intervene on their behalf, making them rich in this life as well as in the afterlife. But true to the Marcion roots, they also believe Jews will suffer eternal damnation for worshiping the wrong God.

1: Six percent! Dude!

7. In his column today, Farhad Manjoo suggests that the U.S. borrow a page from China's playbook and fund technology, just as China funds technology: advanced manufacturing (including robotics), AI, solar, autonomous vehicles, and high-speed rail. Manjoo's argument is that it would both accelerate and disburse the development of technology. Why not rely on today's large tech companies? Majoo: the established tech industry is mainly funding the most immediately applicable technologies, life science and software. More speculative technologies don't offer an immediate payoff, and are underfunded. The Trump administration's approach isn't to provide funding for technology, but to object to China's playbook (i.e., government funding). In the initial trade negotiations with China, the U.S. negotiators demanded that the U.S. have veto power over China's fiscal policy (i.e., government funding of technology). China objected, making the point that China is a sovereign nation and will determine its own fiscal policy. Trump responded with tariffs. The U.S. will lose the technological race unless the U.S. borrows a page from China's playbook and funds technology. The alternative is war to prevent China from winning the race.

accelerate and disperse (not disburse) the development of technology

#5 is consistent with the level of judgment that the coach has displayed thus far, but I assume that it actually means that the rescuers determined that the kids were essentially all weakened to the same degree by the ordeal, so there was no harm in letting them choose their own order of exit.

3. I am a little concerned that improvements in computer animation will allow more nuanced facial expressions and eliminate the simplified/exaggerated expressions generally used today and so lessen the appeal of animation to many people on the autistic spectrum. But then I guess it would also be possible to have a "simplify expressions" mode.

#2: "On Christmas eve in 1021, eighteen people were gathered outside a church in Kölbigk, Saxony, a small town in 2nd-century eastern Germany."

How very subtextual.

I think the effect of pot-smoking autistic strippers on housing values in Africa is exaggerated.

3. Strippers aren't the same as lap dancers.

I have been told that the two universes, ahem, overlap significantly.

In 2002 in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas), lap dances at strip clubs were put into prohibition by Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson Gates. Ms. Gates resigned in 2007 amidst a bribery probe. Another indictment of America, the third world. Yes, there is a holy war being fought. Only screw the Fatwa on Salman Rushdie. It's being lost on civility and politeness. Just look at the conservative, Catholic social media starlet, Mia Khalifa.

"But it is far from clear what concessions the U.S. is getting from Russia or Putin, or how it might be possible (even in principle) to make an enforceable deal with them."

I don't know what concessions, if any, the US would like from Russia, but as far as I know, the Russian state abides by treaty obligations, except in the most extreme circumstances affecting its vital interests. Can anyone provide another counter-example, besides Crimea?

"explanations for Trump’s bizarre behavior?"

Exactly which behavior was bizarre? I haven't been following this very closely, other than that Putin and Trump had a meeting and nothing really came of it.

"They still leave Americans with a president willing to sacrifice reputation of the nation, and the stature of his office, for his own reasons."

Does TC really mean that having a meeting with the President of Russia does more damage to the reputation of the US and Office of the President than that same president meeting with leaders of North Korea or Saudi Arabia, or other recent presidents completely destroying Iraq and Libya? What am I missing?

My apologies. Wrong thread.

Perfectly reasonable questions though. The attempt of the Left to resurrect the Cold War complete with McCarthyism is very funny - if you have a bleak sense of humour.

#4. I was returning some pants. I took a short cut in a subway tunnel and fell in some mud, ruining my pants. The very pants I was returning.

Then you broke out into song and dance, belting out an alternate rendition to a popular Spongebob song, "I Soiled My Pants." Times Square Spiderman and Hairy Middle Aged Hello Kitty joined in before savagely battering you and stealing your belongings, including the soiled pants. Unfortunately, you sustained head injuries which rendered you incapable of telling exaggerated stories and attracting the best quality mate.

3. That woman is NOT autistic.

She diagnosed herself as autistic. Self-diagnosis is usually not a good idea, especially with psychological conditions, mostly because many psychological conditions exist on a spectrum and if you have symptoms that are slightly abnormal, you think you have a condition, whereas it's really just normal human variability.

Yes, and people can grow up with underdeveloped social skills for reasons that aren't autism related.
Someone who is able to teach themselves to read customers in a strip joint and fake interest in a conversation in order to get someone to spend money doesn't seem like someone with an innate disability.

Or, if you already need to fake every social interaction, a profession where most interactions follow a script has some appeal.

ASD seems about right to me. I also find it interesting that this girl found a way to get paid for all the hard work she put into learning how to fake it.

Hazel, the person who wrote this -- or character if it's fiction written for 2.5 cents a word -- would not be diagnosed with autism. People with autism generally cannot live alone or work without assistance. But this person could have Austism Spectrum Disorder or ASD which is less debilitating and people with it may be able to live and work on their own. It's a spectrum, so it covers a lot of ground.

Genetics plays a large role in it, so it is innate, if by innate you mean inborn.

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