Gerry Canavan

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Monday Night Links

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* “The Foundation Movie Inches Closer to Being the Worst Film Ever Made.”

* Jesse LaGreca, a member of the Occupy Wall Street protests, talks to Fox News.

* Michael Lewis on debt, Vallejo, and the coming California disaster.

Crane is a lifelong Democrat with no particular hostility to government. But the more he looked into the details, the more shocking he found them to be. In 2010, for instance, the state spent $6 billion on fewer than 30,000 guards and other prison-system employees. A prison guard who started his career at the age of 45 could retire after five years with a pension that very nearly equaled his former salary. The head parole psychiatrist for the California prison system was the state’s highest-paid public employee; in 2010 he’d made $838,706. The same fiscal year that the state spent $6 billion on prisons, it had invested just $4.7 billion in its higher education—that is, 33 campuses with 670,000 students. Over the past 30 years the state’s share of the budget for the University of California has fallen from 30 percent to 11 percent, and it is about to fall a lot more. In 1980 a Cal student paid $776 a year in tuition; in 2011 he pays $13,218. Everywhere you turn, the long-term future of the state is being sacrificed.

* There was a moment during the 2008 convention that I thought Brian Schweitzer might be the Democrats’ best candidate for 2016. I’m starting to maybe feel that way again.

* Baby pictures of famous authors.

* Having a Facebook account means the boss is always watching, even before you’re hired.

* And Think Progress goes inside the denial-industrial complex.

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