Posts Tagged ‘Planet of the Apes’
* The headline reads, “Belgian firefighters soak police in protest.”
* Dana Gould IS Dr. Zaius AS Hal Holbrook AS Mark Twain. Thanks, John Hodgman.
* Breaking: Corporation exploits tax loophole to avoid paying taxes, receive bogus tax refund. MUST CREDIT GERRYCANAVAN.WORDPRESS.COM.
* Greg Sargent explains Obama’s contraception win today.
* More good news for Obama: the unemployment rate is dropping faster in swing states.
* And on the pop-culture beat: When Buffy had an abortion.
* ‘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.
* 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.
* There’s really only one label for the pathetic exercise we’ve just witnessed in South Africa: deceit. The whole climate-change negotiation process and the larger political discourse surrounding this horrible problem is a drawn-out and elaborate exercise in lying – to each other, to ourselves, and especially to our children. And the lies are starting to corrupt our civilization from inside out.
* Aaron Bady: The case for making a storm in the ports. I feel certain 90% of the impetus for this piece was the desire to use that pun.
* Oh, UVM. You know better.
* Plutocracy watch: More than 80 percent of giving to Super PACs so far has come from just 58 donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics analysis of the latest data, which covers the first half of 2011. The Republican groups have raised $17.6 million and the Democratic groups $7.6 million. Those numbers will balloon, with American Crossroads, the main Republican Super PAC, aiming to raise $240 million.)
The exceptions are two public employee labor unions, whose massive donations match those of some of the largest moguls. The rest are individuals with vast fortunes at their disposal.
* Ladies and gentlemen, Andy Serkis: Official plot synopsis for The Hobbit. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director shares his sequel plans.
* Government shutdown, again? Really? Well, I guess it’s been a few weeks…
* Finally, a job for which I am qualified: Chinese companies are temporarily hiring white men to pose as fake businessmen.
* You had me at “International Planet of the Apes comic covers.”
* You had me at anti-BP art.
* Given that GDP is an abstract metric with little relationship to the happiness of unhappiness of actual people, it’s no surprise to find that the BP oil spill will likely boost U.S. GDP.
* And a book I will inevitably buy: The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.