Gerry Canavan

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Links for the Weekend

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* Obama makes an unexpected post-election bid for the Canavan bump: NASA May Unveil New Manned Moon Missions Soon.

* Charlie Stross visits 2512.

* China Miéville offers a brief history of the recent filmic ideology of the necessity of walls against zombie hordes.

* ORCA shrugged. More here, here, here, here. This is still, essentially, poll denialism, but it’s fascinating that the Romney campaign put so much stock in a system whose basic assumptions they’d never bothered to test.

* MetaFilter tries to hash out America’s new marijuana laws. Mexico says legalization “changes the rules of the game.”

This image posits that the juridical distinction between slave and free is isomorphic with today’s cartographies of parliamentary politics; it implies that today’s Northern liberals have inherited, and protect, the precious freedom(s) denied to so many in the antebellum world. It implies that the rupture of the Civil War was not much of a rupture—continuity is the name of the game here. It thus elides the discontinuous rupture of black political subjectivity: the image would have us believe that today’s political cartography retains the form adjudicated 162 years ago by the desires and compromises of (mostly) white men, all of whom in some fashion profited from the political and juridical de-subjectification of blacks throughout the Americas.

* Reddit gets ready for Puerto Rico by designing some 51-state flags.

* Is everyone on the autism spectrum?

* 68 Percent Of American Voters See Global Warming As A ‘Serious Problem.’ There’s a culture war and Democrats are winning. What The 2012 Election Would Have Looked Like Without Universal Suffrage. Colorado Establishment: Republicans must improve or die. I liked, and forgot to link, what Freddie said the other day:

It occurs to me: part of the problem with our political media and analysis is that they always define Republican victory in terms of political direction and Democratic victory in terms of extremity. That is, a Republican victory is seen as a repudiation of liberalism, while a Democratic victory is seen as a repudiation of extremism. One suggests a push towards the right is the mandate of an election; the other suggests a push towards the center is the mandate of an election. Just another way in which the media pursues a “heads conservatives win, tails liberals lose” narrative.

* But don’t get too excited: in times of Democratic strength their leaders just turn on them and enact the austerity measures the Republicans are too weak to enforce themselves. We saw it with Obama, and California’s about to see it with Jerry Brown.

* Senators lining up behind filibuster reform.

* Ohio seeks to just rig the vote in the face of the Republican demographic implosion. Let’s Kill the Electoral College So We Never Have to Pay Attention to Ohio and Florida Again.

* And the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. Prediction: pain… UPDATE: Supreme Court Appears Ready to Nuke the Voting Rights Act.

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  1. “it’s fascinating that the Romney campaign put so much stock in a system whose basic assumptions they’d never bothered to test.”

    During the Bush years I realized that the concept, let alone the practice, of “due diligence” had been discarded by the Republicans. Add the Romney GOTV machine as one more data point.

    Orca might also be seen as an example of magical thinking and/or the misapplication of the completion backwards principle.

    kgus

    November 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  2. If the SC concludes that the DOJ monitoring voting in Southern states is discriminatory toward Southern white people, perhaps Congress can respond by monitoring voting everywhere. I know I’d certainly like to see the DOJ tossing out the House redistricting map that’s made Pennsylvania such a focus of scorn after the election. I know gerrymandering can be kind of fun when it’s being done by your side, as occurred this cycle in Illinois and Maryland, but in California, it appears that the map from the independent commission has resulted in *greater* gains for Democrats than a Democratic-made map, the focus of which tends to be targeting a few Republicans but mostly making Democratic incumbents more cozy.

    Dan Watson (@watsdn)

    November 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  3. Re: Stross: I dunno. The more I read about global warming the more I think that *any* scenario with the premise that there won’t be a “total collapses of technological civilization” is hopelessly optimistic. Certainly ruling it out b/c it’s rare in the historical record strikes me as silly — warming like we’ve seen is unknown in the historical (as opposed to the geological) record, too.

    Stephen Frug

    November 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm


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