Gerry Canavan

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Good Friday

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* The New York State Senate just passed marriage equality 33-29, bringing the number of states allowing gay marriage to six but more than doubling the number of Americans eligible. Twitter tells me this is the first time a Republican-held legislature has passed a marriage equality provision. 44 states to go. Great news that in my own small way I’ve personally been waiting a long time to see.

* I feel so happy I can’t even get mad at news that the GOP walked away from the debt limit negotiations in order to protect tax breaks for people earning $500,000 a year. In fairness I’m pretty sure they were going to walk away from the table no matter what they were offered.

* Self-parody watch: bin Laden was looking to rebrand al Qaeda before he died.

* The streak is over: Cars 2 is the first Pixar movie to receive a “rotten” rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

* And Peter Falk has died. If I were home, I’d pop in The Princess Bride to mourn…

Friday Night!

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* Biocapital vs. cultural capital: Proceeds from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are going to a foundation dedicated to helping Lacks’ family, which has received none of the biotechnology profits derived from the HeLa stem cell line.

Reading ACA tea leaves at the Supreme Court. I think Scott mostly has this right; overturning the mandate would be an incorrect decision, I think, but a relatively inconsequential one; overturning ACA altogether would be radicalism on the level of Bush v. Gore, if not worse. I just don’t think Kennedy will do it.

* Nemesis watch: Questions for James Franco.

* Gynomite! has an interesting post about the dreams Emily experienced while she was in a medically induced coma several years ago.

* And Vizzini, socialist.

How Do You Improve the Greatest Scene in All of Cinema?

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December 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Wednesday Night Links

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* Net Neutrality hit a wall yesterday with a court decision ruling that the FCC can’t regulate broadband Internet in this way. More on what happens next from Boing Boing, MetaFilter, and Daily Kos.

* Obama has slightly tweaked national nuclear weapons policy. This is, of course, high treason.

* The Mississippi no-lesbians-at-prom debacle gets more atrocious every day.

* U.S. downgraded from “free” to “mostly free.” I’m assuming these categories work the way they do in The Princess Bride.

* Dr. Horrible as 8-bit video game.

* Just when we thought we were out: Another new Harry Potter book in ten years or so?

* Timewaster of the night: Tiny Castle.

* Josh Marshall: I’m curious whether under international law a diplomat can be expelled from a host country simply for being a raging c@#k.

* And your attention please: Slavery officially no longer relevant.

Links for the Post-Christmas Blues

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Links for your post-Christmas blues.

* In the future, all movies will have lightsabers.

* Rest in peace, Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt.

* Barack Obama is stupendously ridiculously popular.

* Al Franken is not quite so popular, but he’s looking like Minnesota’s next senator.

* Confidential for Mac users: the weird inability to change location in Finder dialogues is easily rectified.

* In the zeitgeist: people living life backwards.

* 95 Old School Games You Can Play Online. Via MeFi.

* So you’re saying we need Batman? (Thanks, Kate!)

Dreaming Up Our Own Worst Enemy

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Tim has some nice thoughts on enmity and honesty in the context of Al Qaeda’s supposed endorsement of McCain.

The point here is that the war on terror, in a historically novel way, abrogates the basic conditions of veracity that make politics a meaningful category of human discourse. If the possibility of a “terrorist” uttering a true statement is permanently witheld, there is no real enemy to fight at all–there is only our mirror image of who we are as a people. We are damned to perpetually dream up our own worst enemy–and fight ourselves to the death.

We didn’t need additional proof that I was a much less sophisticated and much more juvenile thinker than Tim, but my first reference for this incredibly silly argument was the Sicilian in The Princess Bride:

But it’s so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy’s? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me…

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October 23, 2008 at 1:46 am

Because the Oscars Have Been So Reliable Up to Now

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Oscar nominations have been announced, and The Darjeeling Limited (my review, and the many times I’ve posted about it) has been completely shut out. Inconceivable!

In its absence, I have no choice but to root for The Coens’ No Country for Old Men to sweep every category for which it is eligible and Juno to take everything else—pending, of course, my appraisal of There Will Be Blood, which I’m supposed to see this Thursday, and which I’m given to understand is pretty good.

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January 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm