Gerry Canavan

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Saturday Links!

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* I feel certain this new photo of the Loch Ness Monster will convince even the most dyed-in-the-wool skeptic.

* I should tell you: I’m really only a vegetarian for MMA.

We, the student and precarious workers of Europe, Tunisia, Japan, the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, met in Paris over the weekend of the 11th-13th of February, 2011 to discuss and organize a common network based on our common struggles.

* At this point I don’t feel as though Wisconsin unions should be offering any “concessions” at all. If anything they should be extracting a public promise from Walker not to bother them again as long as he’s governor. (It should be about a year and change, until the results of the recall election take effect.) I learned in MMA never to help your opponent up off the mat.

* Firefighters, whose public unions are exempted by the bill, lead protestors into the capitol.

* And your all-urban-legends-are-true story of the day: the U.S. military has apparently (if this diarist at Daily Kos is to be believed) been working with persona software designed to allow a single person to manage many online personalities at once. Via MetaFilter.

Three for Insomnia, All Stolen from MetaFilter

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October 29, 2010 at 1:55 am

Life as a Bond Villain

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Bigger than Ellsberg

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The New York Times and the Guardian have the first reporting to come out of the 90,000 Afghan-War intelligence documents that turned up on Wikileaks. The Daily Beast has what it thinks are the 7 most shocking secrets. Charli Carpenter is skeptical there’s much here we didn’t already already know. There’s more in the comments at MetaFilter.

‘Collateral Damage Estimates’

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Just how often has the U.S. and NATO killed the Taliban in groups of 30 during 2009? The answer may surprise you. Via Atrios.

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December 11, 2009 at 12:26 am

The Taste of Thursday

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* 5 Ways Obama Can Redeem His Nobel.

* Fight Climate Change, Not Wars.

* Hard to believe a tip like this turned out to be unreliable. Via Vu.

* Scientists have apparently uncovered syntax in monkey language. And yes, I learned this from The Colbert Report.

* Matt Taibi is—act surprised—unhappy about the health care compromise.

* Let me get this straight. You have a commission proposing a package of highly unpopular legislative changes. And, in addition to having to surmount the 60-vote barrier in the Senate, which is nearly insurmountable for major legislation and which was avoided for both of the last two major deficit-reducing bills, it’s also going to impose a new supermajority requirement in the House and a 78% threshold in the commission itself?

To say that this procedure “is designed to get results” shows a very odd understanding of American political institutions. (via Steve Benen)

* “A band of no-hopers”: The American team that beat England in 1950.

* Science: “The most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.” (Thanks, Steve!)

* The Disappearing Snows of Everest.

* David Foster Wallace, “All That,” and religion. At Infinite Zombies, still chugging along.

* John Malkovich is apparently your next Spider-Man villain. But why would they scrap the Black Cat for a made-up character called “The Vulturess”? That sounds impossibly stupid.

* James Cameron, you had me at “sci-fi samurai epic.”

* And today’s chilling vision of things to come: ‘Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?’