friday linked list: ferguson protests, drunk driving, working at amazon

(thanks to Pai, I think, for the new name!)

The Ferguson Protests Worked – interesting look at why civil unrest is sometimes necessary to make change happen.

A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving – neat, although I don’t think that full abstinence is necessary for all alcoholics. (see this Atlantic article) I do think that one of the things we’re going to look back on in astonishment in 50 years is that we let everyone drive 2 ton vehicles next to each other down the highway at 65 miles per hour.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace – this is a big exposé about working at Amazon that ran a few weeks ago. It started a lot of conversations at work…that environment sounds pretty toxic!

– Target is moving away from gender-based signs for toys and such. Hooray!

The Real War on Families: Why the U.S. Needs Paid Leave Now – the US is just embarrassingly bad here. (thanks Jessica!)

Call off the bee-pocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high – yay, I think!

A Former Baltimore Cop Explains, on Camera, Why Police Are So Violent Toward Black Men – informative and kind of chilling.

Oracle security chief to customers: Stop checking our code for vulnerabilities – there is a kernel of truth in there that automated scanners can find a lot of false positives. But saying that their software is secure because they have some certifications is pretty ridiculous…

High Tech Hope for Repelling Mosquitoes – sounds promising. (thanks David!)

In California, Millions of “Shade Balls” Combat a Nagging Drought – clever!

The Moon crossing the sunlit face of the Earth – neat!

Say hi-diddily-ho to a Ned Flanders-themed metal band – um, sure, why not!

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