Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Monday Midday

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* Some in the Obama administration want the expansion of the increasingly misnamed war in Afghanistan to include drone attacks on cities in Pakistan the size of San Francisco:

“If we don’t do this — at least have a real discussion of it — Pakistan might not think we are serious,” said a senior U.S. official involved in war planning.

Well, we certainly can’t have that. Via Kevin Drum, who says “history is rhyming.”

* Following up on earlier posts: Timo tracks down more fake English in response to this post while this morning’s Muppet post prompts Eli to report that the Jim Henson biopic The Muppet Man is both promising and doomed.

* Meanwhile, President Lieberman remains the talk of the Internets. Does Joe have principles? (Only one.) Is Joe smart? (Not really.) What are our options now? (Not many.) Did Lieberman really endorse the Medicare buy-in compromise he’s now rejecting just three months ago? (Of course he did.)  Is it time for reconciliation? Josh Marshall still says no. Open Left says it doesn’t matter how, just get it done. There are even conflicting reports that the White House may be backing Lieberman’s latest tantrum. Taibbi weeps.

* ‘Philosophy prof won’t go to jail for making unofficial Derrida translations available to students.’ Jail’s too good for him!

* Also at Boing Boing: ‘Man returns library book due in 1955.’ What I like about this story is that he specifically took advantage of a late-book amnesty to do an almost $2000 fine. Kafka weeps.

* In the Yes Men’s first transatlantic action, an email purported to be an official Environment Canada press release this afternoon announced an incredibly ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. It also went on to commit Canada to paying 1% and eventually up to 5% of its GDP in 2030 to help poor countries adapt to climate change.

* The New Yorker analyzes China’s climate and energy policy.

* Signs of what could be a previously unknown ancient civilization are emerging from beneath the felled trees of the Amazon. Also via MeFi.

* “James Chartrand” tells the story of how picking a male pseudonym got her more freelancing gigs and more money for them. Via MetaFilter.

* The end of Haloscan. Looks like I helicoptered out of Blogspot just in time.

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  1. That report is not that the White House is backing Lieberman’s tantrum, it’s that Reid should move swiftly to accommodate him. The only dispute seems to be the speed of action involved. Reid seems irritated, rightfully, and wants to at least wait until the CBO analysis comes in. The White House wants a bill by Christmas, because otherwise, it starts to complicate their ability to enact the rest of the legislative agenda.

    Shankar D

    December 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm

  2. That’s certainly a more fair description.

    I hope they do make Christmas. I’m so sick of this.


    December 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  3. […] a comment » I posted yesterday about “James Chartrand,” the female freelancer who took up a male pseudonym and […]

  4. I think a Henson biopic could be great, but I have to agree with Lisa Henson when she says, “But it would be irresponsible to make a biopic that would be all made up.”

    A biopic sounds great. This biopic…maybe not so much.


    December 15, 2009 at 11:28 am

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