Gerry Canavan

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Friday Morning What-Do-You-Mean-I’m-Procrastinating? Links

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* What’s killing us all today? More on the lost Russian space probe. Isn’t this how Night of the Living Dead started?

* At least NASA says we’re safe from solar flares. Ironically, in the wake of this official declaration of safety I’m more worried about killer solar flares than I have ever been.

* Penn State and Berkeley: A Tale of Two Protests.

* Colbert considers police violence at Occupy Cal.

* They’re protesting in Quebec, too.

* The collapse of for-profit education.

* Trailer for new Werner Herzog documentary on the death penalty: Into the Abyss.

* In Harper’sSix Questions for Slavoj Žižek.

* Twenty-One Superheroes Who Beat Up Hitler.

* At last: Gingrichmentum! I’ve been been waiting for this moment since 2009. It’s one of at least three GOP ’12 predictions I’ll claim total prescience for if it comes true.

* Penn State in context: “Connect the Dots Between Child Abuse and The Sexual Assault of Women on Campus.”

* And while we’re on the subject: the Penn State rape scandal is teetering on the brink of being totally batshit insane. I mean really.


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Republicans are now demanding that the health care bill be subject to the dreaded superfilibuster, suggesting that they think they’re going to lose their fight to scuttle it. Meanwhile, TPM and FiveThirtyEight take separate looks at the reconciliation process that could be used to pass the public option and financing aspects of the bill, while Joe Klein throws in the towel on journamalistic “objectivity” in the face of the GOP’s descent into total batshit crazitude.

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August 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Palin’s Second Gaffe

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Looks like it’s time for Palin’s second gaffe. This from ABC News:


Buckle your seat belts.

UPDATE: ABC News now has the full exchange.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.

Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but…

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

UPDATE 2: Matt Yglesias and HuffPo (and HuffPo) take on other aspects of the interview.

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September 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm


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When they told me Democrats were Satan worshippers, I guess I really should have listened.

A Durham County [North Carolina] Democratic Party official was charged Wednesday as an accessory in a sexual assault case that includes allegations that a couple held a man captive in a dog cage.

A prosecutor has said that the case may have involved Satan worship, but a defense attorney for one of the three people charged said it seemed to be consensual sadomasochism gone awry.

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July 4, 2008 at 1:36 am

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The Most Wonderfully Fucked-Up Medical Story in the History of Fucked-Up Medicine

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When all else fails, stick a live tooth in your eye cavity to avoid going blind.

FOR one father and son, the Biblical exhortation of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” has acquired a unique new meaning.

Rob McNichol’s son — also called Rob — didn’t think twice when the chance arose to help his dad to see again by giving him a canine tooth.

Father-of-eight Mr McNichol snr (57) was blinded in a work-place accident, when liquid aluminium exploded in his face in November 2005.

The surgery, Osteo Odonto Kerato Prosthesis (OOKP), involved fitting a living canine tooth with an optical cylinder and transplanting it into the eye cavity.

I’m not sure which Philip K. Dick novel this is from, but we’re living it today. Via

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March 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Scientology Orientation Video

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Atheist Media Blog has what looks like a bootleg Scientology orientation film. Hail Xenu.

Since Scientology is relatively new, you may hear the question asked: Is Scientology a bonafide religion? Let me assure you, it is, according to more than 65 court decisions around the world.

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January 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm

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This Man Is Insane; Meet Your Next President

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After a tornado tore through Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1997, Mike Huckabee refused to sign a disaster insurance bill for over three weeks because it used standard language that referred to natural disasters as “acts of God.” I am not shitting you. He really did this.

“While I realize that to some this is a minor issue, it is a matter of deep conscience with me to attribute in law a destructive and deadly force as being an ‘act of God,’ ” he eventually wrote to the bill’s sponsors, Young and Sen. Wayne Dowd. While acknowledging that “acts of God” was the “appropriate” legal term, he suggested the legislature substitute “natural disaster.”

This man is insane. Meet your next president. Via Washington Monthly.

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December 31, 2007 at 5:43 pm

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