Gerry Canavan

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Friday Evening Links

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Friday evening links.

* Joe the Plumber…for Congress?

* New Jersey’s Star-Ledger cuts it newsroom staff by half.

* Joe “Let’s Assume the Best” Lieberman hits another Sarah Palin question right out of the park.

[W]hen asked by The Advocate if Palin is ready to be president from day one, Lieberman said “thank God she’s not going to have to be president from day one. McCain’s going to be alive and well.”

* Palin 2012? The buzz continues!

* Republicans are at each other’s throats, and the rats-off-a-sinking-ship watch hits a new high water mark with the first Obama endorsement by a McCain advisor.

* And Barack Obama is well ahead of both Kerry and Gore, eleven days out.

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October 25, 2008 at 12:54 am

Midday Links

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Midday links.

* MTV cut down a rainforest to film a series of the world’s most trivial show, Road Rules/Real Word Challenge.

* Will the collapse of the financial markets delay professorial retirements and thereby destroy my chances of tenured employment? Phil Gramm will pay for this.

* The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Sesame Street in a desperate bid to completely evacuate its last shred of credibility. Godspeed.

* The National Endowment for the Arts announced Monday that it has begun construction on a $1.3 billion, 14-line lyric poem—its largest investment in the nation’s aesthetic-industrial complex since the $850 million interpretive-dance budget of 1985.

* That one was a joke, but the NEH has announced grants of $25,000 for the development of multidisciplinary courses on the “Enduring Questions.”

* Toronto may ban the coffee cup, or else tax it into oblivion.

* ‘Showdown or Shutdown at the Star-Ledger.’ Who mourns for Northern New Jersey’s finest journalistic institution?

* A brief history of the Cylons.

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September 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Quik Lynx

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Quik lynx.

* Is Obama too skinny to be president? Once again, the media outdoes itself.

* The newspaper crisis comes home to Northern Jersey—the Star-Ledger has announced a large-scale buy-out offer for employees, with the threat of a sale if costs are not cut.

* The Antikythera Mechanism has been decoded: it was apparently a Olympic calendar and solar-eclipse predictor.

* Episode Synopses for the Never-Aired TV Cop Drama Razor and Smith.

* The Sci-Fi Rejection Letter That Time Forgot.

* And I’ve linked to a lot of these before, but it’s neat to see them all in one place: retro posters for sci-fi travel destinations.

Charts I Like: California Edition

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After a weekend where the polls all seemed to flow Obama’s way, on the heels of a Reuters/Zogby poll this morning that puts Obama up by six in California on the eve of the primary, the Real Clear Politics rolling average for California looks like this:

And even this chart, as lovely as it is, is somewhat misleading, as it includes an outlier that puts Clinton up by 9; all but one of the rest put Obama up by a point or more. If it weren’t for the Mason-Dixon, the lines would have already crossed.

I don’t like to make predictions, especially about states I’ve never lived in, but it’s hard to see what arrests that vertical momentum in the next 48 hours. Could he actually pull off the upset of all upsets in California? With the endorsement of my hometown newspaper at his back, anything is possible.

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February 4, 2008 at 1:36 pm