Gerry Canavan

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Cheat Codes Won’t Save Your Soul and Other Tuesday Night Links

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* Via Vu, Buzzflash has the 50 best protest signs of 2009.

* When I first heard about Sketchy Santas, I too was skeptical. But I think you’ll agree the results speak for themselves.

* zunguzungu on the UC crisis.

…the scandal of the administration’s conduct is not the fact that they’re cutting services while raising fees, at least not in and of itself. In bad economic times, some kind of response is necessary. The scandal is that Mark Yudof and the regents are using the crisis of the moment to push forward a plan to privatize the UC system that has long been in the works and is geared to be permanent. And they are doing it by assuming “emergency powers” which allow them to arbitrarily overturn the precedents and policy that would otherwise explicitly prevent them from doing so, everything from caps on the amount that student fees can be raised to the contracts they’ve signed with university employees to the “Master Plan” for higher education that the state of California established fifty years ago. So if we want to talk about “Sacramento,” then let’s do so. But we need, then, to talk about two things: first, how the Republicans that run California through the governor’s mansion have been trying to privatize the state’s public education for a very long time, and, second, how the regents and Mark Yudof have been using the rhetoric of “crisis” to push that agenda through, bit by bit and step by step, replacing the UC’s traditional system of shared governance with a system of top-down corporate management.

* Yet another health care compromise shot down by Senate moderates. (UPDATE: Maybe not?)

* North Carolina’s constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office. Via MeFi.

* Harlan Ellison v. God.

* Ze v. The War in Afghanistan.

* Fox News v. basic math. More here.

* Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and “think tanks” in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change. It’s no surprise that those very same organizations are now doing everything in their power to please their benefactor by drawing attention to the so-called “Climategate” scandal involving hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in England.

* Today at the Infrastructurist: How Can the U.S. End Its Oil Dependence for Good?

* Why Republicans Stopped Believing in Climate Change: “The growing skepticism among Republicans, with no matching shift among Democrats, suggests that the changes measured in this poll may be a reaction to having a Democrat in the White House rather than a shift in underlying attitudes toward global warming,” said Keating Holland, CNN polling director.

* Ted Gayer’s testimony to Congress in favor of a carbon tax. Related: Cap and Trade Won’t Work for Climate, It’s a Scam.

* Nuclear explosions since 1945. Kind of related: Maps of Jurassic Park.

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  1. Further proof that being a centrist means you don’t have to believe in anything.

    Pete

    December 9, 2009 at 11:49 am


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