Gerry Canavan

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Links for Tuesday

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* Obligatory: So you want to get a Ph.D. in the humanities.

* Donald Brown at Penn State’s Climate Ethics blog is the latest person to suggest that corporate behavior in the face of climate change could constitute a new class of crime against humanity.

* Good Jersey, Bad Jersey: You can have new anti-bullying legislation, but Christie’s still not sure about the Hudson River Tunnel.

As the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck.

* Outraging conservatives everywhere, the Texas Supreme Court has cited international interplanetary law.

* Durham: Proud to be one-half of America’s 4th smartest city. Duke doesn’t even make the list of most dangerous colleges, though nearby NCCU clocks in at #7.

* Confirmed: the Moon has water. Let’s go back and get it.

* Crooked Timber coins the term: zero-dimensional chess.

After two years of operating at loggerheads with Republicans, Mr. Obama and his aides are planning a post-election agenda for a very different political climate. They see potential for bipartisan cooperation on reducing the deficit, passing stalled free-trade pacts and revamping the education bill known as No Child Left Behind — work that Arne Duncan, Mr. Obama’s education secretary, says could go a long way toward repairing “the current state of anger and animosity.”

Translation: Mr Obama and his aides plan a series of pre-emptive capitulations, after which the Republicans will demand the repeal of the healthcare act (or maybe abolition of Social Security). When/if that is refused, the Repugs will shut down the government, and this time they will hold their nerve until Obama folds.

* And Paul the Psychic Octopus has died. Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Off to Boston

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We’re heading up to Boston today so I can do just a little more research for the chapter. Links to celebrate:

* A writer for Futurama cooked up a math theorem just for use in the show.

* From A to Zzzaxx: An Alphabet of Marvel’s Unfortunate Supervillains. Also at io9: SF movie posters from an alternate universe.

* Has Paul the psychic octopus sold out?

* I really feel like I’ve done this one before: Silent Star Wars.

* Time to panic! The moon is shrinking.

* And of course I’m utterly  powerless to resist adorable Calvin & Hobbes mashups. Below: Calvin & Hobbes and Christopher & Pooh. I think the only one of these silly College Mindset Lists that will ever get me will be the one that reads “Calvin & Hobbes has never been in newspapers.” The strip ended in December 1995, when this year’s freshmen were 3 years old—so in terms of lived experience we’re probably already there…

I still have photos from my trip to put up, which will happen sometime, perhaps even this week. The summer of terrible blogging will continue for just a little bit longer; once we’re settled in our new apartment I may find I have something more to say again.

Quick Links

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* 4th laziest state looks a lot better than 37th in child welfare.

* Receipts are coated with BPA and your box spring is conspiring to kill you. Nothing’s going right.

* For the first time in forty years, Congress has repealed a mandatory minimum sentence.

* A federal judge has blocked much of Arizona’s documentation law from taking effect.

The law will still take effect Thursday, but without many of the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. The judge also put on hold a part of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

* Bill O’Reilly: America-hating hippie.

* How Glenn Beck cons his viewers (Goldline edition). Via MeFi.

* There is no good reason on Earth to oppose the DREAM Act.

* There is no good reason on Earth to continue making Battlestar Galactica spinoffs.

* There is every reason in the world to make a Quantum Leap film. Please do this.

* Conservatives may be willing to shrug off the possibility of rising sea levels, desertification and mass extinctions, but can they live with the risk of more Mexicans crossing the border to breathe their precious American air?

* Hopefully not while we’re there next week: “Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second.”

* I bet the $45 was well-spent.

* Oil spills, oil spills.

* To avenge Paul the psychic octopus, we must invade Iran.

* And Wookieleaks is your best source for anti-Imperial news.

A Few Links

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* Nobody knows how much milk you should drink a day, but it’s pretty likely I drink too much.

On the other side, groups promoting animal rights and veganism — including PETA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — say that cow’s milk is a nutritional nightmare that doesn’t belong in the human diet. “It’s gross,” says Dr. Neil Barnard, author and founder of the PCRM. “Milk is nutritionally perfect for one purpose: feeding a calf,” he says. “The idea that we should be drinking milk from a cow is just bizarre.”

Okay, that’s fair.

* Democracy Now reports on Haiti six months after the earthquake.

* Duke University in the news, shamelessly promoting belly-buttonism.

* A Texas company S2C Global Systems has announced that it is moving forward with a plan to ship 2.9 billion to 9 billion gallons of water a year from the small Alaskan town of Sitka to the west coast of India (near Mumbai). If the company succeeds in carrying out the shipments, the deal would represent the world’s first regular, bulk exports of water via tanker.

* And Talking Points Memo and The Big Picture (1, 2) have your World Cup 2010 methadone.

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

Last-Minute World-Cup 3rd-Place Guess

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Germany over Uruguay by a lot.

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July 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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