Wednesday Linkorama

Non-Political Links:

  • A double whammy, from Lenore Skenazy, first on the assumption that all men are perverts, then on the death of the merry-go-round. Abby road a merry-go-round a week ago and loved it. But they are slowly vanishing under liability concerns.
  • So this. I know the television ratings for the world series will be down, but I’m fricking psyched for it. Two teams that are easy to cheer for, each of which has waited 50+ years for a title. How can you not love that?
  • Political Links:

  • A conservative tears D’Souza apart. One reason I refused to go onto the “Obama is Evil” train is because I took that ride to crazy town before during the Clinton years. I decline to do so again.
  • The Nanny State strikes again, this time shutting down open air restaurants. One more reason I’m glad I no longer live in Maryland.
  • States want to micromanage public universities. While I would like to see more accountability in the universities, this is not the way to do it. One more reason I’m glad I no longer live in Texas.
  • And another reason not to live in Texas. You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.
  • The latest estimates of the human cost of the Iraq War. Note that these estimates, while horrifice are a tiny fraction of the much-ballyhooed (and deeply flawed) Lancet study. This is not an indictment of the US military — with any other force, the casualties would be higher. But it’s reminder of what you’re contemplating when you go to war.
  • Finally, NASA begins an organized and fact-based pushback against Big Climate Skepticism. One of the few good things about Climategate may be that climate supporters will have to actually argue and prove their point, rather than assuming everyone agrees with them.