Daily Glimpse November 27, 2013

Daily Links From Glimpse From a Height

  • Google Interiors
    Google is adding the interiors of some foreign train stations and airports to its StreetView. The article says that that makes it aimed at overseas travelers, but I think it’s still aimed at Americans.  I’ve rarely had a problem figuring out an American airport, and I can see where a foreign airport might be laid […]
  • Doctor, Have You Washed Your Hands
    Via IDEO. Resembling an Apple computer mouse, the SwipeSense device clips easily onto hospital scrubs, recording every time users disinfect their hands. Together with wall-mounted proximity sensors, the system wirelessly tracks hand-washing practices, allowing doctors and nurses to see and download daily, weekly, or monthly reports, much like a FitBit, Nike Fuel Band, or other […]
  • Blurring the Lines
    Aaron Renn of the relentlessly engaging Urbanophile posts on the need for our legal structure to change to accommodate peer-to-peer, where people more efficiently share resources rather than owning a lot of unused or idle capacity: But beyond the sheer efficiency gains, I think it’s under appreciated in developed countries how economic informality can create […]
  • Hot Stove League
    Yes, the game does change. I’ve heard some fans comment that pitchers from the ’60s did not seem to throw with as much exertion as today’s hurlers, and therefore did not throw as hard. That may have been true of some pitchers in 1965, but certainly not Maloney. Although no radar gun was in evidence […]
  • The Missiles of November
    Ana Palacio provides a Cold War nuke analysis redux: That Iran’s push to acquire the capacity to produce nuclear weapons is partly motivated by security concerns cannot be denied. Nationalism, however, is a more important factor. It is not just that all the great powers have nuclear weapons; the problem, from Iran’s perspective, is that […]
  • Richard Samuelson on Immigration and Group Rights
    A conversation with Richard Samuelson about Constitutional principles, American exceptionalism, and immigration. It’s based on his article in last summer’s Claremont Review of Books on the subject.  In it, he makes an argument I’ve long favored, that Jews are only secure in a country where civil rights are individual, rather than group: The more elements […]
  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement As a Modus Vivendi
    At Lawfare, a refresher course in the various level of international commitment: It is true that most non-proliferation agreements are concluded as Article II treaties, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  But the Iran agreement lacks some indicia of formality, is short term, does not appear to affect state law, and apparently can be implementedwithout legislation […]

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