Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Wednesday

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* In case you missed it, I have pieces in Reviews in Cultural Theory and American Literature online now.

* Mission accomplished: Obama has lost everyone. Well, almost everyone.

* “Something of a waterloo for publishing”: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications are suing four librarians at Georgia State University for making portions of electronic copies of articles available to students when the text is places on reserve in the library, which is likely protected under fair use.

* Closing arguments in California today in the determining the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

* Celebrating Bloomsday all over: 1, 2. Thanks Tim!

* How to keep someone forever: create a sick system. Via MeFi.

* The 2010s will bring you edgy Fraggles.

* A secret history of beloved Northern New Jersey field trip site the Cloisters.

* And Flickr has hidden posters of the long-sealed-off Notting Hill Gate Tube station.

Procrastination Is Important

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* Finally, a job for which I am qualified: Chinese companies are temporarily hiring white men to pose as fake businessmen.

* You had me at “International Planet of the Apes comic covers.”

* You had me at anti-BP art.

* Given that GDP is an abstract metric with little relationship to the happiness of unhappiness of actual people, it’s no surprise to find that the BP oil spill will likely boost U.S. GDP.

* Science! Scientists are to map Ozzy Osbourne’s genetic code in a bid to find out how he is still alive after decades of drug and alcohol abuse. Via Facebook.

* Where Americans are moving.

* And a book I will inevitably buy: The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.

Hastily Composed Monday Night Links

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* Imagine BP’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster happening every single year, with little or no public outcry, no media coverage, and all but silence from government and the companies involved. Welcome to Nigeria.

* Environmentalism can’t succeed until it confronts the destructive nature of modern work.

* The fifty most queried words at nytimes.com. Via Steve, and MeFi.

* Reenactments of the Robert Green “Hand of Clod” goal from the England-U.S. game.

* Tales of Future Past is your retrofuture warehouse. Via Gravity Lens.

* How to destroy a black hole. Also via Gravity Lens.

* And some science fiction names for your baby. Also also.

Friday!

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* Rubber is yet another movie about a tire that kills humans using telepathic powers after witnessing his family and friends burn in a tire fire at the hands of a human. Via (who else?) Vu.

* Kottke links to audio of David Foster Wallace’s memorable “This Is Water” commencement speech.

* Forgive the unhappy juxtaposition: Seed considers whether intelligent people are more likely to commit suicide.

* And the Big Picture returns to the Gulf with more devastating photographs.

No More 11-Dimensional Chess

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Obama loses Jon Stewart. A quirk of our system of adversarial political reporting is that the strongest arguments against Obama’s handling of the oil spill are relegated to boutique outlets like Rolling Stone; because Republicans are unable to argue that Obama’s should have done a better job cleaning up after their Caligulan corruption, it is not discussed. I’m glad to see Stewart let loose like this; maybe someone else in the media will notice.

Tuesday Afternoon Links

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* “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

* Glenn Greenwald has a must-read piece on actually existing media bias.

* Good news / bad news: Democratic Party leaders in Arkansas think Blanche Lincoln will lose tonight. Richard Burr way ahead of the competition in NC.

* Fifty weird U.S. laws.

Alaska
Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.

Well lock me up. Via Boing Boing.

* Also via Boing Boing: Science proves children of lesbians are better at everything. Finally another use for my beloved “lesbocracy” tag.

* TNR has a soccer blog.

* And David Foster Wallace has an undergraduate thesis that’s about to be published: “Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will.” Look for it this December, or don’t, it’s your choice…

How Much Oil Is Deepwater Horizon Leaking?

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We still have no clue.

A University of California researcher and member of the Obama Administration’s Flow Rate Technical Group said Monday that BP’s leaking Gulf oil well could be leeching 20 times as much oil as the company originally claimed.

In little noticed comments to McClatchy Newspapers, the researcher, Ira Leifer, noted that even BP itself estimated the worst-case flow of an oil leak in the Gulf could reach 100,000 barrels a day.

“In the data I’ve seen, there’s nothing inconsistent with BP’s worst case scenario,” Leifer was quoted as saying.

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June 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Must-See Cartoon of the Day

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June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

‘The Texaco Scenario’

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June 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

Friday Night!

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* This year’s answers to Infinite Summer are here: Insurgent Summer on the one hand and Ulysses Summer on the other. If I weren’t traveling then I’d do at least one.

Rachel Maddow has been doing very good work on location at the oil spill. There’s more at her site.

* Will oil from Deepwater Horizon hit North Carolina beaches? Check back this July.

* Controversy at the Spelling Bee!

* And the World Cup reminds us why you should never take your eyes off the North Koreans, not even for a second.

Drill Baby Drill

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June 4, 2010 at 10:15 am

Three for Wednesday

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* The Hobbit, illustrated and in Russian.

* The New Yorker has your list of 20 writers under 40 to be jealous of. Only two are younger than I am, so at least I still have that.

* And the Department of Energy says we won’t be nuking the oil spill. Killjoys.

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June 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Jesus Christ.

Media Outlet: CNN

Deadline: 04:00 PM EST – 2 June

Query:

Looking for pitches: The Good Side of the Oil Spill – if there is any.

Tuesday Night Links

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* “Don’t talk to the cops” just got a little more complicated. One of the knocks against Sonia Sotomayor was that she’s be too prosecutor-friendly, so it’s good to see her on the right side on this:

Today’s decision turns Miranda upside down. Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent—which, counterintuitively, requires them to speak. At the same time, suspects will be legally presumed to have waived their rights even if they have given no clear expression of their intent to do so. Those results, in my view, find no basis in Miranda or our subsequent cases and are inconsistent with the fair-trial principles on which those precedents are grounded.

* Justice department to launch criminal investigation of BP. More here. Could the oil spill end BP? If the government chose to prosecute BP under the Clean Water Act, it could fine the company $4,300 per barrel leaked into the Gulf — fines independent of the liability cap. If the government won those damages, BP would currently be on the hook for $116 billion — enough to bankrupt the company immediately. Related: Robert Reich says Obama should put the company in receivership. And it looks as if BP has given up trying to contain the spill before the relief wells are completed this August.

* Peter Jackson being coy about whether he’ll now direct The Hobbit.

* Marvel as Stephen Stromberg makes an important point in a very stupid way.

* Heat wave in Northern India kills hundreds as temperatures approach 120 degrees.

* Six astronauts begin simulating this week a 520-day mission to Mars.

* Behold, the Wikipedia game.

* And you had me at “Japanese construction firm Shimizu Corporation has developed a series of bold architectural plans for the world of tomorrow.” Via Tim.

There’s No Problem Nuclear Weapons Can’t Solve

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Nuke the well? Sounds like trouble.

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May 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm