Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Friday Morning Time Slip

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* Ambrose Bierce, inventor of the emoticon. Via @unrealfred.

* Joni Mitchell v. Bob Dylan.

* How to tell time on Mars. Via MeFi, which highlights Kim Stanley Robinson’s scheme in the Mars trilogy:

And then it was ringing midnight, and they were in the Martian time slip, the thirty-nine-and-a half-minute gap between 12:00:00 and 12:00:01; when all the clocks went blank or stopped moving.

* Statistics about TV in America. Also via MeFi.

* Nobody wants Reagan on the $50.

* Another case for Diane Wood.

* Michael Steele has acknowledged a four-decade-long Southern strategy, which seems like a big admission for a sitting RNC chair to make.

* Independent Weekly asked me to write a short piece about campus green initiatives in the Triangle for their Green Living Guide this year. Here it is, minus the sort of necessary if impolitic critique of consumer “choice” that was the subject of John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark’s talk last night. (Video of the talk will be up soon.) Like Foster and Clark my opinion is that these sorts of initiatives may be morally praiseworthy, and even efficacious at the margins, but that they are ultimately fundamentally incomplete, something akin to reupholstering the deck chairs on the Titanic.

* I’ll just say it: I don’t think people should try to pay their doctors with chickens.

* Functional immigration law or rational climate policy? Apparently we can’t have both.

* And the only thing that can stop this asteroid is your liberal arts degree.

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  1. Joni Mitchell: “In a way, I think I entered straight into my tragedian period, as my work is set against the stupid, destructive way we live on this planet. Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.”


    April 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  2. Prioritizing immigration reform over a climate/energy bill seems like a big, big mistake and smacks of political calculations. As it is, we’re going to get a less-than-ideal climate/energy bill. What are we going to get after the midterms when Republicans have control of the House and Dems have a two-seat majority in the Senate? Plus the House has already passed the climate/energy bill, and Lindsey Graham, the key Republican on both issues, wants to move that issue himself.

    Pass a climate/energy bill and run on an immigration bill.

    Shankar D

    April 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  3. I agree with most of that, but I don’t think I agree that Republicans will definitely take the House. I know the trends look bad, but the GOP is still in full-on shooting-itself-in-the-foot mode. They might, but I have hope.


    April 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  4. Okay, but the point is that they will gain seats and momentum, and it will be very difficult to pass Waxman-Markey next year.

    I think there’s a greater need to act soon on climate/energy than on immigration reform. And I think the latter is more likely to attract Republican support than the former.

    Shankar D

    April 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

  5. Yeah, I think you’re right on those of those points.


    April 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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