Joshua Gans can’t imagine how staff and students at The Spot would be blocking the toilets with paper towels. It turns out that the problem may be caused by toilet ‘nesters‘. As commenter Alister explains "students and/or staff are using paper towels as seat-liners."
And, as Eli points out, the one thing worse than nesters who clog the plumbing by flushing their nests down down the toilet, it’s nesters who don’t. Some bloggers take a keen interest in these issues. Lauralee explains how she combines nesting with ‘hovering’ while, Aunt B at Tiny Cat Pants has a complaint about poor hovering technique.
On the subject of externalities … at Menzies House commenters are complaining that Clover Moore’s bike paths will mean more traffic congestion in Sydney. The same argument erupted earlier this year when the New Yorker’s John Cassidy started complaining about the proliferation of bike lanes in Manhattan. At Reuters, Felix Salmon argued that Cassidy had the externalities issue "embarrassingly wrong".
Last year at US blog Commute by Bike, Tom Bowden offered bike advocates some advice about how to talk to conservatives. Don’t mention climate change, he suggests: "Cycling has plenty of merit without dragging in tangential and controversial issues like Global… whatever the heck they call it this week." Keith Goetzman at the UTNE reader is livid.
At Skepticlawyer, Legal Eagle argues that complaints about environmentally unsound McMansions might actually be about class:
I think the broader agenda of ‘affluenza’ critics is in fact a deeply conservative one. It’s almost a version of ‘sumptuary laws’ – an attempt to regulate who is and who is not allowed to consume certain goods and services.
At Mother Jones Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write that Americans are working more for less. But nobody calls this a ‘speedup’: "the word we use is ‘productivity,’ a term insidious in both its usage and creep. The not-so-subtle implication is always: Don’t you want to be a productive member of society?”
At Larvatus Prodeo, Robert Merkel complains about the PM’s attitude to work:
Amongst Julia Gillard’s rhetorical sins, her exhortations to “hard work” seem to have put the notion that putting our national nose to the grindstone is the way to riches back in the popular and media consciousness. The sooner we can dispose of that idea, the better.
Hard work certainly isn’t the road to riches in journalism. At the Failed Estate, Mr Denmore writes: "the hours are long, the work involves endless and mindless churning of pregurgitated material, and the pay is lousy." But even if the hard news business is going down the toilet, there’s a need for journalism.