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Everything Is Terrible Tuesday Links

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* The Department of Defense has finally admitted it lost enough money in Iraq to fund 6 EPAs. Who could have predicted packing $100 bills into untracked pallets would turn out badly?

* Lots of climate change news today. The 1981-2000 January temperature average is officially a full degree warmer than the 1971-2000 average. The media won’t connect wildfires to rising temperatures. The twenty-first century as a century of disasters.

* More good news: here comes water scarcity.

* It looks like a CIA agent will take the fall for higher-ups be indicted for war crimes related to torture at Abu Ghraib.

* And right-wingers on the Wisconsin Supreme Court steal another one for the plutocrats in ruling that the state’s Open Meetings Law doesn’t apply to the legislature. Of course it doesn’t.

The Fight Goes On

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May 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thursday! Wisconsin, Optical Illusions, the Death of the Public University, and More

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* Some genuinely breaking news: Wisconsin’s anti-union bill was just struck down for violating the state’s open meetings law.

* …the curious thing about this report is that it dances around policy questions, but doesn’t ask a single one directly, or name a single policy that has shaped the higher education landscape.  “The public” is asked to confine its thoughts to individual success; “college presidents” are asked to ruminate on the mission of college.  But the two are never articulated as part of the same system, or as having a mutual set of interests that are social and organically intertwined.  And this, I would argue, is because neoliberal government policies, and right-wing political demagoguery, have sold the ideology of “low taxes” and “small government” so successfully that the moral commitment of the state to nurture an educated citizenry has entirely evaporated from the equation.

Ohio hates John Kasich. But GOP voters love Herman Cain; he’s outpolling Pawlenty now, and nearly tied with Gingrich and Ron Paul.

* Steve Benen notes that Jon Huntsman is so liberal he could probably be a credible candidate in the Democratic primary in 2016. As I noted on Twitter the sad thing is that’s really as strong an argument against Democrats as it is for Huntsman.

* And just a little bit of awesome: your optical illusions of the year.

Tuesday Links – 2

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* Nate Silver sets out to quantify the electoral impact of killing bin Laden.

* Ezra Klein with the latest on health care reform and the courts.

* Krugman: So, let’s get this right: the adults are the people who, bad manners aside, don’t know the first thing about the programs they’re so eager to dismantle. And we’re supposed to take their advice because they’re wise men, don’t you know.

* Elitot Spitzer on the Republican war against the weak.

* And Roger Ebert weighs in on the class war.

If it is “socialist” to believe in a more equal distribution of income, what is the word for the system we now live under? A system under which the very rich have doubled their share of the nation’s income in 25 years? I believe in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. Isn’t that an American credo? How did it get twisted around into an obscene wage for shameless plunder?

Four for Thursday

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* Study estimates that illegal immigrants paid $11.2B in taxes last year, unlike GE, which paid zero.

* Wis. Dems To File Recall Signatures Against A Fifth Republican State Senator.

* Major hydrofracking spill in Pennsylvania.

* Related: BP Ready To Resume Oil Spilling.

LONDON—A year after the tragic explosion and oil spill that caused petroleum giant BP to cease operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced Wednesday that it was once again ready to begin oil spilling. “People said this company might never rebound from last year, but we’re here and ready to do what we do best,” said BP chief executive Robert Dudley, who confirmed that the company had already successfully conducted small test spills and that full-scale spilling operations could resume as early as July. “We’ve reorganized and regrouped, and now we’re ready to put the faulty blowout preventers on the wellheads and watch them pump raw crude petroleum right into the environment.” BP stock jumped $14 a share following the announcement.

Thursday Links

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* A major aftershock has hit Japan, a 7.4. The tsunami warning originally issued has been lifted, which should limit the damage. I hope that country gets a break soon.

* Democrats are filing papers to recall a second GOP state senator in Wisconsin. Guys, collect them all!

* Now Alec Baldwin wants five more years of 30 Rock. Just not with him on it.

* My Student, the ‘Terrorist.’

* Ursula K. Le Guin: How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books.

* And the Independent has your list of fifty books every eleven-year-old should read.

Wednesday!

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* Now she’s just showing off: Duke’s own Julia Gaffield has found a second copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. I’m in that dissertation working group, by the way, so at least half the glory is mine. At least half.

* Ian Sales celebrates SF “mistressworks.” There’s a 91-book version here, on which Xenogenesis is still inexcusably absent.

* What happened to the peace movement?

* Huge turnout in the special election last night for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Right now the race is too close to call, with pro-labor candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg up by just a few hundred votes.

* Glenn Beck fired “transitioned off.”

* Alec Baldwin says next season of 30 Rock will be the last. NBC disagrees.

* And just coming over the wire: Donald Trump is as awesomely incompetent at politics as he is at business. I can’t wait for 2012.