Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Wednesday Links

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* …American University professor Allan Lichtman, “whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election,” says Obama is a shoo-in. My two-pronged election formula [(1) Is everything terrible? (2) Is one of the parties visibly insane?] put Obama’s chances at 50-50. I guess we’ll see.

* Yes please: DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is planning on disbursing a $500,000 grant in November for interstellar starship research.

* Crimes against the future: “The Murdoch Media Empire Has Cost Humanity Perhaps One or Two Decades in Battle Against Climate Change.”

* ‘Overhyped’ Hurricane Irene Likely To Be One Of The 10 Costliest Disasters Ever.

* 25 Corporations Paid More To Their CEO Last Year Than They Paid In Taxes.

* Stephen King’s Under the Dome will come to Showtime.

* Shaviro on post-continuity.

In my book Post-Cinematic Affect (2010), I argue that American commercial filmmaking has, in the last decade or so, been increasingly characterized by what I call the stylistics of post-continuity. This is a filmmaking practice in which a preoccupation with moment-to-moment excitement, and with delivering continual shocks to the audience, trumps any concern with traditional continuity, either on a shot-by-shot level or in terms of larger narrative structures.

* Play around with this and make some art with fractals.

* And a very happy birthday to #7,000,000,000.

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  1. I think you meant “major” corporations. Many corporations pay no or almost no taxes since they’re shells or have small (or at least apparently small) profit.

    Alex Chaffee

    August 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    • Don’t blame me, blame ThinkProgress…

      gerrycanavan

      August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

  2. How about some sort of Alternative Minimum Tax-like thing where a major corporation (definition left as an exercise for the reader lawyers) in which, if the tax is lower, then they pay at least what they pay the CEO? Or treble that?

    Stepehn Frug

    August 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm


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