Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Sunday Night Links

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* Famous movies, behind the scenes.

* Austerity doesn’t work, Iceland edition.

* Time to Get Angry Again: All About Pussy Riot.

* I Was a Teenage Narc.

* Missouri’s next senator, ladies and gentlemen.

Senate Candidate and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) told a local television station on Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin cited conversations with unnamed doctors for the bizarre claim.

Nate Silver says there’s hope this lunacy could erase Akin’s lead overnight. Growing Number Of Conservatives Call On Akin To Withdraw After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments.

* Elsewhere in American politics: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.” I mean really.

* The headline reads, “Inmates forced into Gladiator-style fighting by St. Louis jail guards.” WHAT THE HELL AMERICA.

* College Degrees Cost 1,120 Percent More Than They Did 30 Years Ago.

* At home with Alison Bechdel.

* The birth of critical university studies.

Lenin’s Tomb tries to split the baby on Assange.

* More Mitt Romney tax return follies: he still hasn’t released his full returns for 2010. And another why-won’t-he-just-release-them theory: voter fraud!

* A Lesson Is Learned but The Damage Is Irreversible is coming back. Amazing.

* When Robert Wood Jr. disappeared in a densely forested Virginia park, searchers faced the challenge of a lifetime. The eight-year-old boy was autistic and nonverbal, and from his perspective the largest manhunt in state history probably looked like something else: the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.

* The many lives of Frédéric Bourdin.

Over the years, Bourdin had insinuated himself into youth shelters, orphanages, foster homes, junior high schools, and children’s hospitals. His trail of cons extended to, among other places, Spain, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Bosnia, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, France, Sweden, Denmark, and America. The U.S. State Department warned that he was an “exceedingly clever” man who posed as a desperate child in order to “win sympathy,” and a French prosecutor called him “an incredible illusionist whose perversity is matched only by his intelligence.” Bourdin himself has said, “I am a manipulator. . . . My job is to manipulate.”

More from MeFi.

And Sir Patrick Stewart, soliloquy on the letter B. I almost feel better.

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  1. Hmmm. Can’t help but note that you’re really bringing your linking A-game today, on Sunday,


    August 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • What’s great about Sunday is that it’s a totally untapped linking market. No one is linking anything on Sunday. It’s wide open.


      August 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  2. The links on both “Lenin’s Tomb tries to split the baby on Assange” and “More Mitt Romney tax return follies: he still hasn’t released his full returns for 2010” both go to versions of the Patrick Stewart on B soliloquy. I can’t figure out if this is social commentary or a mistaken link, but I thought I’d mention it on the off chance it’s the latter.

    Stephen Frug

    August 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    • You’re practically daring me to change them all to the Patrick Stewart link.

      I think this mistake was honestly a WordPress hiccup.


      August 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      • Fixed!


        August 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  3. […] Answering leninology from the other day: here’s Gawker’s primer on the case against Julian […]

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