- Online dating is changing our relationships by lowering the cost of moving in and out of them. In semi-related news, Esther Dyson discusses the "attention economy" where people "pay" attention to those who "sell" it. This idea is compelling for people participating on Facebook, Wikipedia and blogs; it also highlights the importance of delivering value for people's scarce attention.
- A useful comparison of the safety of travel by airplane, train and car, and an update on attempts to kill the FAA's useless policies about using electronic devices on planes (it's not about safety!)
Two years in prison and/or pay $2,000 for using your phone?
- The mafia is involved in renewable energy schemes. No surprise, since the mafia business model takes advantage of government failure.
- Don't like that oil pipeline (e.g., Keystone XL)? No problem -- railroads will haul the oil at a greater cost and greater risk of spills and pollution. Enviros shoot themselves in the foot, again. Related: National Geographic on fracking and methane and a good cartoon on energy density.
- A funny and accurate rant on politicians:
When I was reporting on Wall Street, I used to be told with some regularity that government was needed to counteract the short-term thinking of the business sector, who never thought much beyond the next quarterly earnings report. This now seems as quaintly adorable as picture hats and daily milk deliveries. An ADHD day trader with a cocaine habit and six months to live has considerably more long-term planning skills than our current congress.