Lunchtime on humpday. Time to clean out the links. I have a few items for you…
- Don’t Mess with Detroit. Detroit is reeling from the fact that the latest census shows they have shrunk 25% in population. So they are defending their turf…. from Toledo. Specifically, a group of Jeep Dealers in Toledo who adapted the Chrysler slogan “Imported from Detroit” to be “Imported from Toledo”. Chrysler has told them to stop using the slogan.
- Be Careful What You Wish For. Two stories about good ideas gone wrong. In California, there was a 2009 state law that created voluntary state certification for massage therapists. The intent was to make it easier for legitimate massage therapists to work anywhere in the state. The problem is not all cities reacted quick enough to the new law—in particular, Los Angeles, which didn’t establish regulations for when and where massage parlors could open. As a result, there is now a flood of erotic massage parlors in Eagle Rock. You think they would have learned from medicinal mary-jane. The NY Times is also learning about unintended consequences. You know their new paywall… well it has a loophole for visitors from Twitter or Facebook. So some smart guy created a Twitter aggregator that simply tweets a link to every article. The NY Times wants it shut down.
- Are You Sure You Want To Know? Movie theatres are up in arms about potentially having to disclose the calorie counts and health statistics for movie snacks (for a large popcorn can be almost 1,500 calories!). For those of you in the Bay Area, you might not want to know the safety of those bridges you’re driving over.