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Weekend Links!

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* C21 2015 call for papers: “After Extinction.”

* More 2014 postmortems: The Democrats Have Two Choices Now: Gridlock or Annihilation. And in Michigan: Democrats Get More Votes, Lose Anyway. Davis Campaign Marked by Failed Tactics, Muddled Messages. Stop denying the truth: The Democrats got walloped. What happened to that Democratic turnout machine? Game Change ’14. What Does It Mean for Hillary? Stop Whining About Young Voters, You Jerks. Shockingly, my call to abolish the Constitution altogether has received little traction.

* Thankfully, it’s not all bad news: I was about to hype up a Scott Walker 2016 run. Then I watched his victory speech.

* Elsewhere in the richest, most prosperous society ever to exist in human history: Ninety-year-old man faces jail for giving food to homeless people.

* The 85 richest people on the planet now have as much money as the poorest 3.5 billion.

* It’s Cheaper to Buy a Judge Than a State Senator.

* Uber Is Pushing Drivers Into Subprime Loans. If you want a vision of the future: Amazon Is Beta-Testing Uber to Deliver Packages.

What I’m not concerned with here is achieving some final and total harmony between the interests of each and the interests of all, or with cleansing humanity of conflict or egotism. I seek the shortest possible step from the society we have now to a society where most productive property is owned in common – not in order to rule out more radical change, but precisely in order to rule it in.

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing. Flipping Schools: The Hidden Forces Behind New Jersey Education Reform. Massachusetts Committed to Chasing Teachers Away.

* Are We Forgiving Too Much Student-Loan Debt? CHE is ON IT.

* What could possibly go wrong? Obama Vows to Work With Republicans on College Costs.

* Oh, right, thatBanks Urge Investors To Buy For-Profit College Stocks Now That The GOP Is Taking Back Congress.

B1i4ZGTCMAAO3IW.jpg-large* Seems like a great bunch of guys: For-Profit Groups Sue to Block Gainful Employment Rules. The estimate is that 65% of for-profit students are enrolled in programs that wouldn’t pass.

* Six years after the crisis that cratered the global economy, it’s not exactly news that the country’s biggest banks stole on a grand scale. That’s why the more important part of Fleischmann’s story is in the pains Chase and the Justice Department took to silence her.

* R0y Lichtenstein’s “Whaam!” painting is based on one of my panels from an old DC war comic. Roy got four million dollars for it. I got zero.

Violence Is Currency: A Pacifist Ex-Con’s Guide To Prison Weaponry.

* How GamerGate Is Influencing MIT Video Game Teachers. I’m wrestling with how much this needs to take over the syllabus of my “Video Game Culture” seminar next semester.

* It’s hard to study Scientology.

“For those of us born in a post-Reagan America, having operated within this system our whole lives, there can be no doubt that Michel Foucault’s thinking describes our present.”

* In search of oil realism. I’ve just submitted an abstract for a chapter title “Peak Oil after Hydrofracking,” so this is definitely on my mind.

* NYC pastor: Starbucks is flavoured with the semen of sodomites. It’s called pumpkin spice, sir.

* My evil dad: Life as a serial killer’s daughter.

* Scenes from the class struggle in the legal industry.

* Star Wars 7 has a name.

I actually don’t think this sounds terrible. I like the hint of menace I hear in “The Force Awakens,” as if the Force itself could be the enemy in the new trilogy. Who put this unelected energy field in charge of everything, anyway? Abolish the Force.

* Abolish the CW: Physicists determine that being rescued by The Flash is worse than being hit by a car.

* If you want a vision of the future: Disney announces Toy Story 4. More below the hilarity.

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* I regret to inform you the ideology at its purest contest has closed. Thank you for your submission, but we have a winner.

* In a era without heroes, his website was our last hope: Meet the Mysterious Creator of Rumor-Debunking Site Snopes.com.

* The original version of Being John Malkovich, which I have fond memories of, would have been almost completely unwatchable.

The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr.

* About 200,000 years ago, it was determined that spaceships could be powered by ennui.

* The Innocence Project was the last thing I believed in. Now I’m finally purged of hope.

* And just in time.

* And they say this society can no longer achieve great things: Reality TV’s New Extreme: Being ‘Eaten Alive’ by a Giant Anaconda Snake.

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November 7, 2014 at 8:37 am

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Saturday Links!

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* I feel certain this new photo of the Loch Ness Monster will convince even the most dyed-in-the-wool skeptic.

* I should tell you: I’m really only a vegetarian for MMA.

We, the student and precarious workers of Europe, Tunisia, Japan, the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, met in Paris over the weekend of the 11th-13th of February, 2011 to discuss and organize a common network based on our common struggles.

* At this point I don’t feel as though Wisconsin unions should be offering any “concessions” at all. If anything they should be extracting a public promise from Walker not to bother them again as long as he’s governor. (It should be about a year and change, until the results of the recall election take effect.) I learned in MMA never to help your opponent up off the mat.

* Firefighters, whose public unions are exempted by the bill, lead protestors into the capitol.

* And your all-urban-legends-are-true story of the day: the U.S. military has apparently (if this diarist at Daily Kos is to be believed) been working with persona software designed to allow a single person to manage many online personalities at once. Via MetaFilter.

A Steaming Train Rolling Down the Track Towards You Clarifies the Mind

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* Also on the Climategate front: Break-in reported at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. More here and here. Remember how the first step the Vs took way back in the original miniseries was to slander and discredit scientists? Me neither.

* The revision in Obama’s Copenhagen schedule is being optimistically read as proof a deal will be struck. More: Three Ways The Copenhagen Talks Could Succeed (Or Go Bust).

* It should be a crime to use the words “Springsteen” and “retire” in the same sentence.

The group is the foundation of Springsteen’s weightiest work and the backbone of his live marathon performances, many of which exceed three hours without interruption. The singer takes great pride in the band’s longevity and recoils when asked if this recently concluded tour might be the last with the group.

“Are you kidding me? There’s still fannies in the seats out there! People want to see this [bleep]. They want to go away and say, ‘Wow, I don’t believe what I just saw.’ And that’s something we still do.”

He lets the last word hang as if to emphasize that he is speaking of the band in the present tense, not the past.

“We’re musicians to the bone,” Springsteen says. “It ain’t easy to get us to go home. We’re traveling musicians. Everybody in that van has got the same thing in their blood and in their bones. And there’s many miles to go before we sleep.”

* Fantastic Mr. Fox the best film of 2009? That seems overly generous, but as a rabid Anderson fanboy, I’ll take it.

* ‘AirTran “hero” wasn’t on plane, airline says.’ Via Mitch. Josh Marshall had some fun with this one earlier today.

* Take David Foster Wallace’s grammar challenge. Answers here. (via Kottke)

* Statistically speaking, it was easier to get into Harvard than to get a job at this Applebee’s in the Bronx. (Thanks Maggie!)

* Max Baucus steps in shit.

* And please be advised that today cell phones don’t cause brain cancer.

It’s OK When DFW Does It

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Kevin Guilfoile at Infinite Summer has a long post about the urban-legend borrowing I described as “frustrating” in my first post on Infinite Jest. The thrust of the post is that it’s okay when DFW does it, which neither I nor Kevin himself find entirely satisfactory.

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July 9, 2009 at 12:00 am