Gerry Canavan

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Friday Night

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* ‘Technically, we’re in the United States’: life for the U.S. citizens who live on the other side of the border fence.

* I saw this movie: Orangutans to Skype Between Zoos with iPads.

* Iowa Lottery officials had more questions than answers Friday as they tried to unravel the stunning mystery behind a year-old winning ticket turned in less than two hours before Thursday’s deadline for a jackpot worth up to $14.3 million.

* Elizabeth Kolbert on Obama’s (latest) climate betrayal.

* This Year Was A Statistically Fantastic One In Terms Of Staying Alive On Airplanes.

* And Slate has the 12 kinds of undecided voters
. Just a few days of this interminable primary left. Just a few days left.

In 2008, the Iowa Republican Caucus got record turnout: 120,000 people. That is to say, four percent of all the residents of Iowa. And those 120,000 people represent four hundredths of one percent of the total population of America.

Tuesday Night Linkdump

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* From the Onion: Massive Earthquake Reveals Entire Island Civilization Called ‘Haiti’.

* In an opinion issued on Monday, a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hexed a lawsuit challenging a ban on the game of Dungeons & Dragons by the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin.

* Welcome to the future: ‘Movie made by chimpanzees to be broadcast on television.’

* SCOTUSblog has a Citizens United roundup with a ton of links. Here’s another legislative fix for Citizens United that targets any company doing business with the federal government.

* Bitter Laughter has your word of the day: chronesthesia.

* ‘The most likely scenario for using combat aircraft in a U.S. war is an alien invasion’: Another day, another chart about our insane national priorities.

* The Canavan Plan for health care sanity is now “the consensus” among Democrats on the Hill, says John Podesta. Clyburn says House Democrats are on board. The usual suspects are unhappy, but the nice thing about reconciliation is they don’t matter.

* Of course, when the elites think their money is at risk, 51 Senate votes is suddenly enough.

* James O’Keefe, the gonzo journalist whose deceptively edited tapes brought down ACORN, has been arrested with four others for allegedly attempting to illegally wiretap Mary Landrieu’s office. If convicted he could spend 10 years in jail. Fox, naturally, is devastated.

* Today’s stunning evidence that paywalls don’t work.

* And Oregon voted today on whether or not to eat the rich.

David Simon Is Not Making Sense

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David Simon has written an article for Columbia Journalism Review that is absolutely, completely wrongheaded, arguing that The New York Times and The Washington Post should simultaneously erect paywalls for their online content. Contrary to Simon’s assumptions, this would only destroy newspapers faster; paywalls have never, ever worked.

What newspapers actually need to do is find successful funding models for the digital age, up to and including reestablishing themselves as nonprofit organizations if necessary. More conversation at MeFi.

Written by gerrycanavan

July 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm