Sunday links: crime pays
Rohin Dhar: What
Happens to Stolen Bicycles?
For all practical
purposes, stealing a bike is risk-free crime.
Greg Stevens: Revealed: the grubby world of comment spam. Good intro to how the annoying side of search engine optimization works.
Tracy Earles: FISA
cans CAN-SPAM: two major differences between the
Canadian and U.S. anti-spam laws.
requires that the recipient must have opted-in, and
the sender must be able to document that consent.
Timothy B. Lee: The
One Government Bureaucracy Richard Esptein Trusts.
A top-down bureaucratic process like this is prone
to a variety of systematic errors. (Bonus link: AskPatents.com:
A Stack Exchange To Prevent Bad Patents.
Also, this article from Kevin Carson covers how to
handle companies supported by state intervention:
Left-Rothbardians, Part I: Rothbard)
Lisa Knepper: How
Licensing Laws Kill Jobs.
Jestina Clayton is
the type of entrepreneur we should be encouraging if
we want to put more Americans back to work. Instead,
the state of Utah shut her down.
Maggie Koerth-Baker on abuse of the news embargo system: Authors of study linking GM corn with rat tumors manipulated media to prevent criticism of their work.
Prof. Mahmoud El-Gamal: American
Muslims, Freedom of Speech, and Cultural Divides.
One area that is clearly a point of conflict
between current American norms and current Islamic
norms pertains to freedom of speech on revered
religious figures, and those on both sides who wish
to escalate a clash of cultures have been exploiting
this point of conflict unrelentlessly.
Timothy B. Lee again: Washington’s
Wealth Is About Changing Norms, Not Engaged Rich
Washington a half-century ago had
much stronger norms against public officials becoming
influence-peddlers. That meant lobbying firms had much
less influence over the legislative process—both
because fewer of them were former public officials and
because many fewer people still in public office were
contemplating second careers on K Street. As a result,
lobbying firms couldn’t offer their clients the
same bang for the buck they can offer today....