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Weekend link dump for May 5

It was Cinco de Mayo, I was down on the bayou…

Here’s a video of a cat, dressed as a shark, chasing a duckling while riding on a Roomba. Also features a dog in hammerhead shark costume, because of course it does. If this doesn’t represent the pinnacle of the Internet, I don’t know what would.

Ron Paul returns to his roots, surrounded by crazy people.

“There is little sense in shouting against the wind, but the blog—the blog as a thematically or personally coherent space containing an individual’s or a subject’s specific interests, commitments, attitudes—was a great thing, and its decline is saddening.”

Here’s a fascinating story about a comedian allegedly stealing the act of another, who happens to be there to see it. It all takes place during an audition for “America’s Got Talent”, and it wasn’t the stolen-from comedian who pointed out the apparent theft.

“As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the [Civil War], it is amazing to consider that offspring of those who fought are still among us. It doesn’t seem possible that the math could add up. But it does.”

Twenty Sony World Photography Award winners.

“Even if you believe, as I do, that the predators are not confused and can’t be educated, there are two good reasons to believe that consent education can make the climate better.”

One could argue that Disney villains are better role models for girls than Disney princesses.

What will the etiquette rules for Google Glass be?

Sometimes, late isn’t better than never.

RIP, Alan Wood, who provided the flag for that iconic photo of the Marines at Iwo Jima.

This is what the fight for marriage equality is all about.

“I don’t see any good reason for the rest of us not to remind the world that the majority of elected Republicans in the country have pledged their allegiance to someone with some pretty damned unsavory connections.”

Women’s soccer needs to take concussions seriously, too.

Maybe if Twitter wants news organizations to beef up their security, they should provide them some better tools for doing so.

“The future is extremely hard to see through the lens of the present.” Always in motion the future is.

As is TBogg with Sarah Palin, Charlie Pierce is our foremost interpreter of Maureen Dowd.

Perhaps a Plan C is in order, Mr. President.

If nothing else, I hope this recent bout with austerity-mania helps cure the notion that austerity is good public policy during down times.

“Unlike other types of crimes, [cellphone theft] is a crime that could be easily fixed with a technological solution.”

Yogi Berra is a mensch.

We need to view bicycling as more transportation than exercise if we want to get more people to bike.

“There’s wrong, there’s very wrong and then there’s Niall Ferguson.”

You know what they say about payback.

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  1. Ross says:

    Regardless of the efficacy or safety of Plan B, I can’t think of a good reason why it, or any other medication, ought to be available to minors without the knowledge and consent of a parent.

  2. Ross says:

    Deductibility of pay shouldn’t be conflated with wanting austerity for others. If CEO pay under $1 million is deductible, there’s no logical argument for not allowing deduction of pay over that amount. It’s all legitimate business expense.