Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Monday Links

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* A tale that grew in the telling: The Hobbit is officially a trilogy. Oh, all right, I’ll allow it.

* 84-minute David Foster Wallace TV interview from 2003. Go ahead, I’ll be here when you’re done.

* Symbolism a bit on the nose, don’t you think? Ancestry.com is claiming Barack Obama is descended from the first slave in America—on his mother’s side.

* Postscript on the Society of Control: Twitter can predict when you’ll get sick a week before you do, with 90% accuracy.

* Just remember, the Koch brothers can buy anything, but they can’t buy science.

* What everyone is linking today: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance.

Predatory For-Profit Colleges Pay Executives Based On Corporate Profitability, Not Student Outcomes. Meanwhile, 86% of these companies’ revenue is coming from the federal government.

A proposed court-supervised agreement filed today will ease restrictions for transgender people born in Illinois to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their correct gender.

* The People of the Future have finally come to collect Chris Marker. Rest in peace.

* And today in obscenity: Sexual Assault Victims Charged Up To $1,200 In Wisconsin For Cost Of Their Rape Kits. That’s not okay at all.

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  1. “Ancestry.com is claiming Barack Obama is descended from the first slave in America—on his mother’s side.”

    It’d be totally awesome if this were true, but based on JM’s summary, it sounds like an awful lot of maybes and special pleadings are involved, i.e. you basically have to define things and assume other things so that it works out.

    Alas.

    Stephen Frug

    July 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm


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