Wednesday Linkorama

  • It’s not enough we have that silly online gambling ban. Now, we’re going to have to pay $100 billion in trade agreements to keep it.
  • Carbon capture a good option? Eh, not so much. Carbon capture is one of those things that worries me. There is a stampede to embrace this idea and little, if anything, is known about the environmental impact.
  • From my old stomping grounds, a cop roughs up two jaywalkers. Oh, it was a war veteran and his pregnant fiance. Nice.
  • Jesus, is the MPAA a bunch of lunatics. You really should see This Film Is Not Yet Rated, if nothing else for the scene of Maria Bello discussing her pubic hair.
  • 2 Responses to “Wednesday Linkorama”

    1. rpl says:

      Not that I support the online gambling, but your $100 billion remark isn’t supported by the article you linked. The article says that European gambling companies had claimed they were entitled to that compensation, but that claim was never upheld. In any event, it appears that the actual settlement will be in the form of trade concessions in the form of “liberalized markets for warehousing services, technical testing services, research and development services and postal services relating to outbound international letters,” rather than in cash penalties.

      Perversely, I think this is potentially a good thing, as it has the unintended consequence of forcing the US to hold down tariffs in areas that have secondary effects on many aspects of the economy. It’s just more grist for my theory that the best works done by government are the ones it does by accident.

    2. Mike says:

      “It’s just more grist for my theory that the best works done by government are the ones it does by accident.”

      words to live by. I’ll have to quote you on that.