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Wednesday Links

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* This new GOP plan to steal the presidency really is something else. Kudos.

* Priscilla Wald on Contagion.

* “These are songs about growing up on a tough planet,” said Springsteen, telling reporters that when the idea of humans and aliens working side by side in an extraterrestrial labor colony first occurred to him, he immediately knew he “had to tell their story.” “The Martians aren’t trying to run away from their lives or make excuses. They’re proud of what they do and where they’re from, even if the high-impact ion-compression carbonate mining industry isn’t what it used to be.” The Onion previews the next Springsteen album, Red Dust. Via io9.

* Koomey’s law: the electrical efficiency of computation has doubled roughly every year and a half.

Imagine you’ve got a shiny computer that is identical to a Macbook Air, except that it has the energy efficiency of a machine from 20 years ago. That computer would use so much power that you’d get a mere 2.5 seconds of battery life out of the Air’s 50 watt-hour battery instead of the seven hours that the Air actually gets. That is to say, you’d need 10,000 Air batteries to run our hypothetical machine for seven hours.

* Asked and answered: How much of the Internet is actually for porn?

* And Kevin Drum’s chart of the day crows that “Obamacare is already working.”

Truly, the results are staggering.

Monday!

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* Oy: Florida federal judge voids entire health care law. Somebody wake up Anthony Kennedy, he’s got a coin to toss.

* RT @daveweigel: BREAKING: Florida Court rules Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential hopes unconstitutional

* TPM has your GOP-led voter suppression watch.

* ‘Pay China first’: don’t they deserve at least that much?

Can someone sketch me out an even moderately plausible scenario in which a moderate Republican governor who broke with his party on civil unions and cap-and-trade and then joined the Obama administration wins both the GOP nomination and the presidential election in 2012? Easy: unemployment stays above 9%.

Nearly half of Palin’s GOP backers may vote third-party if she isn’t nominated.

* Adults With College Degrees in the United States, by County. The Research Triangle really stands out. A poster at MetaFilter has a not-necessarily-illuminating comparison to the county-by-county election results from 2008.

* Nabil Fawzi, the Arab Superman. Via io9.

* xkcd learns to cook.

* IKEA Model Kitchen Demonstrates Jevons Paradox.

* And at last, some good news: the Michael Steele puppet will (almost certainly) come out of retirement.

Sunday Night Links

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Sunday night links.

* Details on the Franklin Center’s Sun Ra event this Friday.

* Nigeria has banned District 9.

* Consumer electronics and the Jevons Paradox.

* Atheists: we’re #1.

* See also: Terry Eagleton and “religion for radicals.”

* Does this video from College Humor mean it’s now okay to joke about 9/11?

* And a Daily Kos diary on Ayn Rand.

Interestingly, despite her general disdain for humanity, there were people she seemed to admire greatly, such as William Edward Hickman, whose credo, “What is good for me is right,” she described in her Journals as, “The best and strongest expression of a real man’s psychology I have heard.” But Hickman was no simple expositor of personal greed and self-interest; no mere modern day libertarian; no pedestrian practitioner of excessive self-love. No indeed. He was a sociopathic murderer. In 1927 he kidnapped a 12-year old girl from a school in Los Angeles by the name of Marian Parker, chopped off her legs, cut our her internal organs, drained all of her blood and then spread parts of her body all over the city.

Of Hickman, this sick murderer, Rand had almost nothing but positive things to say.

Written by gerrycanavan

September 21, 2009 at 2:42 am