Link(s): Wed, Jul 14th, 1pm

[In case it needs to be said: I don’t agree with every word of everything I link to. –L.]

BP cleared to start pressure test on blown well
Another Reason To Lower, Not Increase, Social Security Retirement Age

California’s unemployment crisis takes many forms. One of the most pernicious is that it disproportionately impacts young workers, 34% of whom are unemployed in California today (in this case, “young” is defined as ages 16 to 19). Many young workers, unable to go to college and needing to support themselves and their families, are having an extremely difficult time finding work. This not only cripples their financial position here in 2010, but has lasting negative impacts on their lifetime careers and earning potential.

One reason they’re having a hard time finding jobs is that they’re competing against workers who shouldn’t be in the workforce at all. A San Francisco Chronicle article today showed that working seniors outnumber working teens. In the article, “seniors” are defined as people age 65 and older: [etc]

Raising a Little Wallaby

Meet the Cincinnati Zoo’s newest little Parma Wallaby joey. This species of wallaby is the smallest in the genus Macropus, which includes all kangaroos, wallaroos and some wallabies. Extremely shy in the wild, Parma Wallabies were thought to be extinct until the mid 1960s, when a small hidden population was discovered in the swampy forests of Kawau Island off the coast of New Zealand.

VA to issue new rules on disability claims for PTSD
[Elder Law Prof Blog]

The government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder to receive disability benefits…

Financial Reform Legislation: Conference Committee Action
[Banking Law Prof Blog]

This week’s CSBS newsletter has a great summary of amendments to the “base legislative text” so far…

Arizona superintendent of schools seeks to recover funds from district that allegedly allowed Mexican students to attend schools
[Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

[Oh, Arizona. Stop it. -L]

FCC’s Fleeting Expletives Policy is Unconstitutionally Vague
[Constitutional Law Prof Blog]

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit ruled today that the FCC’s “fleeting expletives” policy for broadcast television is unconstitutionally vague.

Autotrash – Automatically take-out the trash
[Ubuntu Geek]

Autotrash is a simple Python script which will purge files from your trash based on their age or the amount of free space left on the device.

Vote now for an awesome new Ubuntu help platform
[OMG! Ubuntu!]

Spend a minute today to help make the lives of yourself, other Ubuntu users and even the dear developers who toil so hardy over code that little bit easier…

Jungle Cat Mimics Monkey to Lure Prey—A First
[National Geographic News]

Sure it’s a “poor imitation,” but an Amazon cat’s unprecedented monkey call shows surprising “psychological cunning.”

Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing
She rose from the waters, gun in hand, to bring justice to the West

I just love this interpretation of the Lady of the Lake, by San Francisco artist Winona Nelson.