Gerry Canavan

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Friday Night Links

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* This American Life retracts their Apple documentary. More here.

* Greetings from Milwaukee: Selections from the Thomas and Jean Ross Bliffert Postcard Collection.

* Rortybomb with three ways of looking at the student debt crisis.

* China Miéville previews his new comic series Dial H for Hero.

* Inhofe on climate change: “‘I Thought It Must Be True Until I Found Out What It Cost.” Sure, that’s how facts work.

* Wisconsin GOP loses state Senate majority after surprise resignation.

* The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos. Via MeFi.

* Rick Perlstein argues the problem isn’t that conservatives are crazier than they were fifty years ago; the problem is they’re exactly as crazy as they were fifty years ago. Via LGM.

After less than three full days of deliberations, the five men and seven women of the jury found Dharun Ravi, 20 years old, guilty of invading the privacy of his 18-year-old roommate, Tyler Clementi, and his dorm-room date. 

So much intercepted information is now being collected from “enemies” at home and abroad that, in order to store it all, the agency last year began constructing the ultimate monument to eavesdropping. Rising in a remote corner of Utah, the agency’s gargantuan data storage center will be 1 million square feet, cost nearly $2 billion and likely be capable of eventually holding more than a yottabyte of data — equal to about a septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.

* I miss Linsanity. Those were simpler times.

* Americans used public transformation twice as much in 1940. That’s per capita. That’s nuts.

* Louis C.K. Withdraws as Host of Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner. Who invited him in the first place? What a terrible choice for the gig.

* Obama comes out against Amendment One. Hey, me too!

* Al Gore endorses filibuster reform. Hey, me too!

* And today in Settlers of Catan news: A Dutch public broadcasting network last month offered its viewers a board game featuring Israeli settlers who use “Jewish stinginess” and “the Anne Frank card” to colonize the West Bank. Hours of fun for the entire family!

Links for Thursday

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* Oh, good, I’m the enemy of the week again.

“I have news for you. There are a lot of universities that are as dangerous with the indoctrination of the children as terrorists are in Iran or North Korea,” said Beck.

* Dude, where’s my immigration crisis? Between 2000 and 2005, an average of 850,000 people a year entered the United States without authorization, according to the report released Wednesday. As the economy plunged into recession between 2007 and 2009, that number fell to 300,000.

* Dutchtopia: The Dutch government is getting ready to close eight prisons because they don’t have enough criminals to fill them.

* The Dune Encyclopedia is online.

* I’m looking forward to watching Obama take on the entire Democratic House caucus to fight for cuts to Social Security. Because, you know, bipartisanship.

* And you had me at “Kristen Bell Starts Twitter Campaign For Veronica Mars Movie.”

Alas Poor Holland?

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World Cup Daily has me second-guessing my endorsement of the psychic octopus. Maybe Holland will pull it off. I really don’t know.

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July 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

Alas, Poor Holland

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The psychic octopus has picked Spain. I picked Spain to win it all way back in the ESPN pool, and I suppose I’m sticking with that after watching them dispatch Germany—though I’ll be rooting for Orange.

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July 9, 2010 at 9:48 am