Tumbling ‘Round the Intertubes–May 27, 2013

1. The Urban Dictionary makes it to the courtroom.2. A Franco-American Memorial Day commemoration.3. Yes. Let's.4. Since this links to a spoiler FAQ, you obviously should not read it if you want to avoid spoilers. But you should read it if (a) you don’t care about avoiding spoilers; and (b) you want to laugh so hard that you …

Some Good Economic News, for a Change

We have been so used to bad economic tidings ever since the onset of the financial crisis that it is hard to remember what good news reads/sounds/looks/smells like. But courtesy of Tyler Cowen, we have some cause for optimism:THE state of the economy is far from ideal, but some very definite positives are brewing. It’s …

Reforming the D.S.M.

I am no expert on mental health issues, so I don't know whether objections to the D.S.M. are all that valid, but this article struck me as being very interesting:When Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, came out swinging with his critiques of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental …

The State of Play Leading Up to the Iranian Presidential Election

As noted before, the notion that there is anything resembling democracy in Iran is nothing short of laughable. More can be found here on how the election has quickly turned into a farce. The BBC informs us--in what is, perhaps, the understatement of the year--that "[b]y the standards of democratic countries, presidential elections in Iran are …

On Correlation

We've really got to stop thinking that it necessarily constitutes causation. And yes, I know that it's tempting to think that the decline of market share for Internet Explorer can lead to a lessening in homicidal tendencies.(Hat tip: William Easterly, via social media.)

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

To wit:Benjamin Srigley saw several pit bulls attacking an 11-year-old boy, so he ran into his home, retrieved his handgun, ran back, and shot one of the dogs. A bicycle policeman arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and shot the other two dogs. Here comes the twist: This incident happened in Washington, D.C., and even though …