Yes, airlines are squeezing you

Yes, airlines are squeezing you

Consumerist – Though seat size may vary from airline to airline, Cohen notes that the average distance between rows of seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s, to around 31 inches today. Your backside is getting the squeeze, as well, as the average width of an airline seat has also […]

First the Technocrats came for Paul Newman

First the Technocrats came for Paul Newman

LEARN HOW TO USE SMART METERS – Motorists parking in Downtown Tucson, 4th Avenue and around the University of Arizona campus can pay for metered parking via the GoTucson smartphone app from Park Tucson. Payment also can be made via a mobile website or local phone number. In the video linked below, Tucson 12 shows […]

Seattle law strips landlords of choice of tenants

Seattle law strips landlords of choice of tenants

Appalling: a new law in Seattle aims to strip property owners of all choice among tenant applicants, requiring them to take the first comer who meets their preannounced guidelines. Does it violate the Constitution? The Pacific Legal Foundation intends to find out on behalf of Chong and MariLyn Yim. [Daniel Beekman, Seattle Times] When the […]

Could be 20 gallons of pee in a swimming pool

Could be 20 gallons of pee in a swimming pool

Lifehacker – This month the Journal of the American Chemical Society published a study that estimated there might be as many as 20 gallons of urine in a large swimming pool. To test for pee, scientists measured the concentration of an artificial sweetener that’s commonly found in processed food and able to pass through the […]

Porn really is bad for you!

Porn really is bad for you!

The man, identified only as Joji, was found dead in his flat by a cleaner in Japan. The 50-year-old had such a huge porn collection that it weighed in at six tonnes. He was only discovered when his landlord went to the flat over unpaid rent. Not clear whether he died and fell into the […]

Bar ethics complaint against Kellyanne Conway

Bar ethics complaint against Kellyanne Conway

Fifteen professors recently filed a misconduct complaint against Kellyanne Conway with a D.C. bar disciplinary committee over things she has said in support of President Trump. Prominent legal ethicist Steve Lubet argues — and I agree — that this “dangerously misguided” complaint would set a terrible precedent if it somehow succeeded. Last week Paul Alan […]

EU in Energy/Climate bind

EU in Energy/Climate bind

The Guardian reports the European Union will “vastly overshoot” its Paris climate pledges unless its net emissions from coal-fired power plants are ended by 2030. Europe’s 300 coal plants still generate a quarter of the continent’s power, and if they all continue to produce power until the end of their planned operating lives, the EU […]

Great Police blotter!

Great Police blotter!

Lowering the Bar – Police say a California man promptly decided to return a van he had just stolen after noticing that it had a dead body inside. Since he had stolen the van from a mortuary, it’s a little surprising he didn’t check to see if the van was occupied before he drove it […]