Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Stonehenge! Where the Demons Dwell!

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* Rachel Maddow on fifty years of race-baiting from the right. See also Tim Wise:

The pattern is familiar. In every generation whites have hyped fears of black anger, black bigotry and the supposed desire of African Americans to exact revenge on whites. From fears about slave rebellions, to claims that integration would lead black children to knife white children in the hallways and rape white girls, to paranoia about Obama’s secret plan for “white slavery,” the cult of white victimhood has long had its charter members. Sadly, nowadays the cult has the attention of the media and a white public already anxious about changing demographics, the presence of a black president and economic insecurity. Unless the targets of their race-baiting (including the President) show the courage to push back and expose them for the venal fear-pimps they are, their methods will only get more extreme, their lies more bold, and their ability to inflict lasting damage on the nation more definitive.

* Shirley Sherrod says she might sue Andrew Breitbart, who is still lying about the entire mess. I don’t know if she has a case, but I hope she does and I hope she wins.

* Debunking the moon landing debunkers the Darryl Cunningham way.

* Lost Kafka writings have resurfaced, but the legal bureaucracy (legendarily immune to irony) is preventing their publication. There really ought to be some word for things like this.

* Sorry, local independent bookshops: Amazon has a new Amazon Student program that includes a free Amazon Prime membership for a full year.

* A “Woodhenge” has been discovered in Ohio. A wooden monument has also been uncovered near the real Stonehenge, which we visited just today. It’s clear that the aliens who ruled over prehistoric Earth loved wood. But why? Why?

* The headline reads, “Stone age dildo unearthed in Sweden.”

* Could the public option return?

* According to NASA, 2010 is on course to be the planet’s hottest year since records started in 1880. The current top 10, in descending order, are: 2005, 2007, 2009, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2004, 2001 and 2008. Climategate! Al Gore! It snowed one time in Washington, D.C.!

* And UNC has pledged to end all coal use by 2020. Sounds like a good start.

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  1. Whoa! Just today I was at Avebury, another stone henge a mere half hour away from Stonehenge! I didn’t even know you were in England. I’m up here studying Shakespeare at Oxford. What are you up to?

    (Also, this is Laura, from class! I just realised that I added you to my Google Reader without actually saying hi. Google told me to; I obey Google.)


    July 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  2. I remember the name from our class blog. Right now I’m traveling — we leave London tomorrow and head for the continent for a bit. Then it’s back to England to do some research at an archive in Liverpool.

    I didn’t realize you were studying Shakespeare in Oxford this summer. That’s fantastic. Hope it’s going well and you’re having fun.


    July 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

  3. I’d really like to see Oprah take on Andrew Breitbart. I imagine that she’d shame him in her subtly emotional way, and she would end the piece by having him do some heart-rending confession about how he’s a pathological liar. There would be both shaming and catharsis.


    July 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  4. Funniest link dump in a long time, Canavan.


    July 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

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