Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Busy Summer Links

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* Do kids make you unhappy? Science says yes. But parenting’s not so bad in social democracies with a proper safety net. Reserve your freezer space now.

* In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day. Steve Benen does the math: “If my math is right*, that means BP’s skimming and removal efforts are operating at less than 0.2% of the promised capacity. The oil giant only exaggerated its abilities by a factor of 500.”

* Why democracy doesn’t work: incumbents get a bump when the local college football team wins.

* Daily Kos still hasn’t given up hope for Democratic Senate gains in November.

* When I grow up, I want to go to Glenn Beck University.

* And Glenn Greenwald wants to repeal Godwin’s Law.

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