Gerry Canavan

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Tuesday

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* FIFA may be cracking on goal line technology.

* As Ireland’s experience shows, austerity makes no sense as an economic policy during a downturn.

* Boing Boing highlights Buzz Aldrin’s UFO claims.

* Yglesias points out that the Presidential Succession Act makes no sense. When I found out that Robert Byrd was third in line for the presidency a few years ago I was completely aghast, and I remain thus.

* The other day we were wondering why LEGO has no real presence within the Toy Story universe. This is probably why.

* And because you demanded it: Hot Tub Time Machine sequel fodder.

A Few Links

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* If you’d been foolish enough to bet $5 that Joe Biden could walk into a Midwestern custard shop and not create some sort of national incident by uttering a mild profanity, well, it’s time to pay up.

* FIFA to address calls for technological replays in the stupidest manner possible.

* Following up on yesterday’s links, Robert Byrd has died.

* One reason why humans are special and unique.

* How a superhorse travels through time (and why).

* Rithmomachia: the Philosophers’ Game.

* And Conan the Barbarian: The Musical. It’s been that sort of week.

Sunday Night Links

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* I’ve really been enjoying the Guardian‘s World Cup Daily podcast. I’m listening to them let England have it as we speak.

* Google, still fresh from its Buzz triumph, may release a doomed “Facebook killer” later this month.

* Steve Benen has a truly fantastic post about why you can’t negotiate with the GOP.

* Now that everyone is a valedictorian, I can only wax nostalgic about the great GPA wars of yore. Team Jeremy ’97! Team Shankar ’98!

* Sad news from West Virginia: Robert Byrd is reportedly seriously ill. FiveThirtyEight answers your macabre questions about West Virginia’s replacement rules.

* And I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah W as a vowel.

Lots of Monday Links

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* Game of the day: Every Day the Same Dream. (via)

* Building the best lede ever: A self-styled Nevada codebreaker [check] convinced the CIA [check] he could decode secret terrorist targeting information sent through Al Jazeera broadcasts [check], prompting the Bush White House [check] to raise the terror alert level to Orange (high) in December 2003, [check] with Tom Ridge warning of “near-term attacks that could either rival or exceed what we experience on September 11,” [check] according to a new report in Playboy. [and mate]

* Al Franken tries to convince the Kossacks that the health care bill is good. So does Jonathan Cohn. Jane Hamsher’s 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill. Harry Reid, progressive hero? Progressive senators are still grumbling. What could still be sped up. What could still go wrong. Health care winners and losers (and don’t get caught on the wrong side of that line).

* Monster post at MyDD on our broken Senate.

* Good Christians pray for the death of Robert Byrd. Jesus wept.

* It’s only treason when Democrats do it.

* After 20 years, Sen. Whitehouse has finally figured out the Republican Party is not negotiating in good faith.

* Grist considers whether or not climate debt is a workable frame for ecological politics.

* Laredo, Texas, is now the country’s largest book desert.

* Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World. Via the Onion‘s top ten stories of the last 4.5 billion years, which I think I already linked to once with the dinosaurs story.

* And the stolen ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign has been recovered.