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Why the Fires in the Amazon Are So Bad. The Fires in the Amazon Were Set on Purpose. Leaked documents show Brazil’s Bolsonaro has grave plans for Amazon rainforest. Thank goodness someone lost their job over this.

* But wait! There’s an easy solution to this! Can Mars Be Made Habitable in Our Lifetime?

* Elsewhere in the that’ll-solve-it bin: What if We All Ate a Bit Less Meat?

2 Scholars Will Leave MIT’s Media Lab Over Its Director’s Financial Ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

Want to Be an English Professor? It Gets Harder Every Year.

Mesa College English Professor Showed QAnon Video in Class, Students Say.

* Justice corner! The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks. ICE Shut Down a Hotline for Detained Immigrants After It Was Featured on Orange Is The New Black. Customers Handed Over Their DNA. The Company Let the FBI Take a Look. Precrime didn’t even work in the movie!

* What’s going on with Milwaukee’s population?

* ‘Forever chemicals’ detected at low levels in Milwaukee tap water for the first time.

Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money.

* The Ultimate List of What Star Trek You Should Watch Before Picard.

Hasbro’s new Monopoly for Millennials game is an insulting experience.

* Tenured law professors behaving badly.

* The arc of history is long, but Major U.S. Phone Companies Agree to Plan to Combat Endless Robocalls.

A Brief History of Peeing in Video Games.

* And MIT scientists prove you’re just lazy.

Last Night Wednesday

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* David Simon unjukes a stat.

* We move more earth and stone than all the world’s rivers. We are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere all life breathes. We are on pace to eat to death half of the other life currently sharing the planet with us. There is nothing on Earth untouched by man — whether it be the soot from fossil fuels darkening polar snows or the very molecules incorporated into a tree trunk. Humanity has become a global force whose exploits will be written in rock for millennia. Welcome to the Anthropocene.

* Via @zunguzungu, who has been all over the UVA story: Wendy Brown on online education.

High quality liberal arts on-line education is not cheap: where it has been modestly successful in providing a decent education, as at the UK’s Open University, it does not break even–far from it. Why? Open University courses are built by teams of researchers, are annually refreshed, and are intensively staffed by high-level academics. OU is an expensive tax-supported operation, designed from the beginning for workers and other students unable to leave homes or jobs to obtain a college education.

* “Julian Assange” is a bit, right? It’s got to be a bit. He wouldn’t be the first person to live for decades in an embassy.

* Why is spam so terrible? A new paper argues it’s a way of weeding out people too smart to fall for spam.

* Poll: Former Supreme Court clerks think the mandate is done for.

* LEGO anatomy. Via Kottke.

* Infinite Jest! Live! On Stage! One Entire Day Only!

* And I must admit, I’m a little verklempt: Life in Hell has finished.

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* Writing in Dissent, Feisal G. Mohamed uncovers the real crisis of the humanities: English departments.

* Remaking the University at MLA: The View from 2020.

* Any new technology of war is first developed in the colonies before its deployment in the metropole: Miami PD will become the first local police department to use unmanned drones. Via MeFi.

* Are we living through the spamocalypse?

* Did comprehensive exams make me as smart as I’ll ever be? A sobering thought!

* Taibbi v. Boehner. Bonus: Deficit hawk Boehner can’t name a single federal program he’d cut.

* If the answer to this puzzle is really “What would happen if the entire human race became immortal?”, I may have to start watching Torchwood.

* Blographia Literaria wants to spend winter on Mars, reading Kim Stanley Robinson.

* And Neil sends in the latest entry in soccer’s beloved “unbelievable near-misses” genre.

Friday

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* The headline reads, “Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant.

* Death comes to Celebration.

The owner of a failed security business barricaded himself in his soon-to-be foreclosed home, shot at deputies and then killed himself in this well-groomed Central Florida town built by Disney. The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town’s first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values even though authorities said the two were not connected.

* Today’s worst person in the world: Oleg Nikolaenko, the 23-year-old Russian responsible for 10 billion spam emails a day.

* Or maybe it’s still Jan Brewer.

* Chris Christie, conservative of the year.

* Deconstructing “Gimme Shelter.” Really neat.

* And the best science fiction for each of the eight planets, with appearances from long-time favorites Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars), Olaf Stapledon (Neptune), Kubrick/Clarke (Jupiter), and Pohl/Cornbluth (Venus). Notably absent: Vonnegut (Mercury, Mars, Saturn…) and poor benighted Uranus.

Spam Problem Fixed

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Confidential to people using Duke Webmail: If you’re on the “literature” mailing list and have been getting bombarded with spam over the last 24 hours, the problem is finally fixed, and you can start looking at your email again.

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November 22, 2007 at 1:43 pm

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New Yorker roundup: Today I put aside an hour or so and caught up on the New Yorkers I hadn’t been reading the last few weeks—which means I’ve now got a bunch of good articles to link to.

* Dept. of Entomology: Where have all the bees gone?
* Annals of Technology: A brief history of email Spam.
* The article everybody and their mother linked to, the look inside the CIA’s “black sites.”
* Shouts & Murmurs: Aesop In The City.
* The Lost Poems of Joe DiMaggio.

Enjoy.

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