Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — March 10, 2014


Happiness Brings Wealth

Economists, (or at least some of them because as we know they can never agree with each other) seem to have lost one faith and gained another. The old faith was that money brought happiness. The new one is that happiness brings money.

FCC Takes Another Swing at Net Neutrality while Netflix Agrees to Pay for Faster Streaming

In the wake of a January court ruling that struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) standards for ensuring that Internet traffic is delivered without bias—a standard industry watchers refer to as ‘net neutrality’—the agency has issued a new proposal outlining a set of rules that would ensure Internet users have equal access to the full content of the Internet. Some experts, though, don’t think these new rules will be any more enforceable than those overturned earlier this year.

Driver’s Licensing in 1935: A Response to Highway Fatalities

On February 28, 1935, the General Assembly passed the Uniform Driver’s License Act, placing in the pockets of authorized drivers the state’s official sanction for  putting them behind the wheel. The bill, sponsored by Senator Carroll Weathers of Wake County, was a response to the fact that more than 1,000 deaths had occurred on the state’s highways since the rise of the automobile 30 years earlier.

Mecklenburg May Not Pay Final $1 Million to Whitewater Center

Mecklenburg County is considering not paying a final $1 million installment to the U.S. National Whitewater Center as part of a seven-year, multiple-government subsidy to help fund the 400-acre park.

Immigration Law in the Age of Marijuana Decriminalization

In a recent New Yorker interview, President Obama described marijuana use as a “bad habit and a vice, not very different from. . . cigarettes,” and not more dangerous than drinking. The President expressed concern with the disproportionate rates of criminal punishment for marijuana use in poor and minority communities, and spoke favorably of recent efforts to legalize small amounts of the drug in the states of Colorado and Washington.

This Month in ProfHacker: Daily Writing and Synchronous Online Teaching

This is a guest post by George Williams and Jason B. Jones, the co-editors of ProfHacker, the blog about teaching, technology, and productivity in higher education currently hosted at The Chronicle. Today’s post is the first of an ongoing, monthly series in which we’ll collect some of ProfHacker’s most helpful posts and ProfHacker will, in turn, highlight what we’ve been up to here at Vitae. We’re big ProfHacker fans, and we’d encourage you to stop by there regularly if you’re not doing so already.

The No. 1 Time Management Mistake Capable People Make

Why do otherwise intelligent people find it so easy to be distracted from what really matters?

Lawyers Look to Unionize at Bloomberg Law

The efforts of Tom McGlaughlin and his colleagues may immediately impact only Bloomberg Law, but breaking the long-standing taboo lawyers have against organized labor could revolutionize the contract attorney industry that’s rapidly becoming the home to lawyers young and old.

Union County Unveils New Superhero Library Card

It’s not your typical mild-mannered library card.  In fact, the new Union County Public Library card that was unveiled over the weekend is meant to seem “super.” It features two cartoon superheroes on it drawn by local artist Al Bigley, who has worked for DC Comics, Disney and Marvel Comics, among others.

 SCOTUS on YouTube: Now, How about Real Cameras?

Surreptitiously recorded videos of Supreme Court proceedings that surfaced on YouTube last week aren’t much of a viewing experience… Yet, despite its intrinsic lack of interest, the video has created a frisson among court watchers and in the general public because it represents a flouting of a Washington taboo: the court’s ban on TV cameras.

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