– Texas Senate approves drunken-driving crackdowns – I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, a checkpoint where you stop everyone who’s driving and make them take a sobriety test seems pretty authoritarian. Admittedly it’s only allowed for four hours a day and there are loads of exceptions, but I was pretty surprised to learn it’s legal in 39 other states. On the other hand, 1300 people die in Texas each year (well, in 2007 anyone) because of alcohol-related crashes.
– This Austin Energy power-generation game is pretty interesting. (although the sound is annoying and there’s no way to turn it off) Drives home how expensive solar power is – yikes!
– GM’s Problems are 50 Years in the Making – fivethirtyeight is still going strong! The important stat is that GM pays $7 billion a year (from 1993-2007) in retiree pension and health care. And GM has never made more than $10 billion profit in a year. This sounds almost like a Ponzi scheme – the company does great at the beginning because it’s deferring all these costs (and so can pay its workers less), but boy does it suck for them now.