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July 23, 2009


Stepping in for the Linky

Tony Hsieh at Zappos

Since the Robot Linky on the right has been down for a while now (system problems, hopefully resolved soon) I thought I'd put some interesting links up here through the day.

  • Amazon is acquiring Zappos. Nice move, as long as they keep everything exactly the same: Zappos is everything you could want in online shopping. The head, Tony Hsieh (above) will still be in charge.
  • Times has a good article on the young woman with a $23,148,855,308,184,500 negative balance on her Visa debit card this month. 12,000 other customers had similar crazy charges that rivaled the gross world product.
  • Manhattanites respond to news that they live in the state's thinnest county. The Times interviews representatives of the borough's "disparate subcultures of the skinny," (i.e. if you're well-off, you're probably thin) with everyone's height and weight included. Pretty fascinating, especially that 42% of the Manhattan population being overweight or obese now means that we're "skinny". All relative, I guess.
  • Maybe the Cambridge cop who arrested Henry Louis Gates, Jr. can claim that he's not racist just because he investigated a break-in call, but he cannot claim he's not racist because he once performed mouth-to-mouth on a black Celtic, in 1993.
  • It's now legal in Tennessee and Arizona (and 14 other states) to bring your concealed gun into a bar, though you're not supposed to drink if you're armed. Bar owners are complaining that they'll be responsible for refusing to serve "designated shooters." Times article includes a clip from Colbert.

categories: Business, Culture, NYC
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It also turns out that cop from Cambridge trains officers in racial profiling. I stand by my first reaction when I heard this: we will never know the truth of the story because both urban police officers and pompous academics are annoying and never admit they're wrong.

Posted by: T-Rock at July 23, 2009 6:23 PM

We don't know exactly what happened, and I agree that neither party is ever going to back down, it's true.

But one thing we do know is that HLG got arrested for offending a police officer who was in his house for what was ultimately no good reason. The cop could have said he was sorry to have bothered him and made his way out instead of handcuffing him and taking him into custody when the cop never should have been in HLG's house in the first place.

Posted by: amy at July 23, 2009 11:17 PM

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