Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Night Everything

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* Details are emerging about Wes Anderson’s next film, Moon Rise Kingdom:

[The film] is set in the 60s. Two young adults fall in love and run away. Leaders in their New England town are sticking the idea that they’ve disappeared and go in search of them. Norton will play a scout leader who brings his charges on a search. Willis is in talks to play the town sheriff who’s also looking, and who is having an affair with the missing girl’s mother, the role McDormand is in talks to play. Murray, a regular in Anderson films, will play the girl’s father, who has his own issues.

Let Bleeding Cool have the final word for now: “The film is set in the 60s and has a script by Anderson and Roman Copolla. The potential for obsessive compulsive production design and a soundtrack full of hipper-than-thou needle drops is actually quite frightening.”

* Why Humanities? Talks from the Birkbeck College Conference. Via @traxus4420, who smartly proclaims it the “antidote to stanley fish’s studied moronism.”

* Rep. John Shimkus, candidate for House Energy Committee chair in the new Congress, explains why we don’t have to worry about climate change. New Jersey governor and potential presidential candidate Chris Christie frets that it’s all just so complicated.

* According to the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook peak oil happened in 2006. So there’s that.

* From now on, every time you say “It’s on like Donkey Kong” you have to give Nintendo a quarter.

* Holy crap: what hospitals do with foreskins. Via Kottke.

* Child abuse at 0% in lesbian households. You read that right.

What I didn’t see was a party that supports single-payer health care, free universities, the redistribution of wealth from the top one percent, an end to corporate-owned elections. I also want a party that hopes to abolish the death penalty, the internal combution engine and the U.S. Senate, an anti-democratic body that should go the way of the House of Lords. My friend and sometime editor David Fellerath quits the Democratic Party.

* Only the super-rich can save us now: PNC Bank Will No Longer Fund Mountain Top Removal.

* Ad the co-chairmen of the Catfood Commission has returned from hibernation with a triumphant plan to fix the deficit that absolutely no one likes, not even the other members of the Commission itself.

A Few Links, and Yes Even More Palin

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A few links, and yes even more Palin.

* Great moments in disappointed Google searchers: I hope the person who was looking for “megan fox with her ass up in the air” someday finds what they need.

* World’s most obscure video game easter egg, revealed.

* Editing Infinite Jest. I think I’ve linked to a version of this essay before, but I can’t find it if I have.

* This story has everything! Operation Midnight Climax is a new web series about how the CIA used prostitutes to test LSD on unsuspecting American citizens.

* The price of oil over 25 years. And the roller coaster’s just begun. Via Matt Yglesias.

* And Sarah Palin is giving every indication that she somehow intends to run for office again. Assuming that’s really what’s going on, and it’s not something else, as I understand it the plan goes something like this:

* Quit the only relevant elected experience she’s ever had halfway through her first term. (After planning to quit “for months” and having run for vice president after just a year on the job.)

* Raise a lot of money for GOP 2010 candidates and give a lot of speeches. Hope those candidates win and become important establishment allies for her. Hope too that while she’s doing this no one remembers how she flamed out halfway through the only real elected experience she’s ever had.

* Run for president in 2012. Hope Romney and Huckabee never mention the fact that that she flamed out halfway through the only real elected experience she’s ever had. Hope that Obama and the media never mention it either.

* Profit!

Like TPM and MyDD, I strongly contend this is ludicrous. In particular, this from Josh Marshall is entirely correct and bears repeating:

To a degree it goes without saying. But it’s worth reviewing just how deeply preposterous Palin’s argument yesterday really was when she claimed that she refused to exploit the people of Alaska by serving out her full term.

When you run for governor, as for president, you run for a four year term. You commit, at least implicitly, to serving four years, though many people end up not doing that for various reasons. There’s nothing in the implied contract about running for reelection. Indeed it’s arguable that the public would be better served by a governor focusing for four years on running the state rather than laying the groundwork for their reelection.

In any case, Gov. Palin, who’s served only a little more than half her first term (remember, she was elected in 2006), announces she won’t run for reelection. And having decided that she won’t run for a second term, she concludes that it would be exploiting the people of Alaska to agree to serve out the remainder of the term they elected her to serve back in 2006. This is apparently because she’ll be a lame duck. And, she claims, lame ducks never get anything done and just spend a lot of money going on taxpayer funded junkets. So better to walk away from her job and pass it off to the Lt. Governor who no one hired to do the job at all.

We actually have states, like Virginia, in which governors are term-limited to just one (consecutive) term. Applying Palin’s logic to Virginia, anyone elected to the governorship in Virginia should immediately resign because they can’t be reelected. Applying this theory to the presidency, second-term presidents should resign in favor of their vice-presidents, again immediately upon their reelection. It makes absolutely no sense and bears no relation whatsoever to the world in which we actually live. And yet I am somehow certain that for the next three-and-a-half years we will be told over and over again how suddenly and inexplicably resigning your high office without warning because you’ve decided you don’t plan to run for reelection is simply the most natural thing in the world. It’s mavericky! You betcha.

* Okay, one more Palin one-liner, this one via William Gibson.

That crucial GOP demographic: “Despite the misstep, Palin enjoys an ability to connect with voters that cannot be taught.” –AP

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July 5, 2009 at 4:31 am

Three from MeFi

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Three from MeFi:

* “There’s Something About Mary,” the amazing story of Mary McFate, a nationally known anti-gun activist who turned out to really be Mary Lou Sapone, mole for the NRA.

* Don Hodges looks at the kill screens from Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, as well as the Defender Extra Life Bug. Bonus: The Duck Hunt kill screen.

* Another set of videos that’s been hanging out neglected in my bookmarks for way too long: David Harvey’s twenty-six-hour lecture series on Capital, Vol. 1.

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July 31, 2008 at 3:06 am

Stuff to Look At

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Stuff to look at.

* This week’s blog icon is one of my favorite pieces from Eric Joyner, whose website is a virtual treasure trove of robots and donuts. Eric, of course, is the artist who provided the cover image for Backwards City #3.

* Jacek Yerka, painter of fantasy worlds. Via RaShOmoN. The one at left is called “Pearl Harbor.”

* I enjoyed watching The King of Kong, the recent documentary about intense rivalries in the arcade community, but it’s now obligatory to follow up that admission with a link to the criticism of the film on both factual and aesthetic levels.

* And xkcd explains how it works.

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February 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm