Last link roundup of 2016. Happy New Year!
Stun guns and male crew: Korean Air to get tough on unruly passengers
This article is interesting for all kinds of reasons. The proffered explanation that "Asian carriers including us [Korean Air] have not imposed tough standards because of Asian culture", the claim that the offending passenger had two and a half shots of whiskey and then claimed to be blackout drunk [possible for a Korean, but not plausible in my mind], and the recent increase in violent incidents on Korean airlines.
Nine charts that show how white women are drinking themselves to death
Part of my sad, continuing series on how American women are having increasing problems with alcohol.
I'm less and less comfortable with graphic violence in videogames, but I appreciate this review of the new Doom.
Thomas Sowell was a formative influence on me. I read a number of his books in high school, and while I haven't read his column in a very long time, I think of him very fondly. Enjoy your retirement, Dr. Sowell.
Varieties of Religious Experience
Ross Douthat explores the mysteries of human life.
The volatile history of Star Wars videogames
A bit of history on LucasArts, Lucasfilm's in-house videogame studio.
The desert that revealed the ultimate ice age
A short piece about the Snowball Earth hypothesis.
A Call for a New Strenuous Age
Brett McKay at the Art of Manliness argues that we need to rediscover healthy challenges to restore our masculinity to balance.
Accounting for Thanksgiving’s Ghosts
Jacobin Mag entertains a counter-factual about what the United States would be like if disease hadn't killed most of the inhabitants of the Americas post-Columbus.