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Weekend link dump for February 9

I keep trying to come up with a pithy summary for this and I keep failing. It’s just…I can’t even.

From the “Brevity is the soul of wit” department.

Sharknado 2: The Second One is a thing that is happening.

“Your humble, obedient servant” has always worked for me.

Cutting food stamps hurts businesses, too.

If you can’t use drones to deliver beer, then what are they good for?

Would you rent your car out if you were flying out of town?

“At a very deep level, sports are science. In fact, there are very few activities as ruthlessly and immediately scientific as head-to-head team sports.”

RIP, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Such a terrible loss.

The state of Missouri is making Sharon Keller look like a bleeding heart. Where’s the accountability?

From the “Don’t know much about history”, Music Scholarship Edition. Sure is a good thing Coke didn’t include a mixed-race family in that ad, eh?

More giant dinosaurs, please.

“This is a basic principle: until it is proven otherwise, beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s important to extend the presumption of innocence to Dylan Farrow, and presume that she is not guilty of the crime of lying about what Woody Allen did to her.”

“While the last Blockbuster video-rental store in the U.S. closed this month, the brand lives on in Mexico as an upscale chain with aspirations to sell everything from televisions to banking services.”

Should have bet the under on the length of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Bill Kristol is the best argument around that America is not a meritocracy. Well, okay, he’s tied with Jonah Goldberg for that.

New technology gives “car talk” a new meaning. You’re already seeing ads for this, soon it will be standard.

RIP, Joan Mondale, patron of the arts and wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale.

Mark Evanier’s story about being forced to take Advanced Chemistry in high school is worth reading and offers an interesting perspective on the debate over high school curricula.

“In fact, the CBO actually confirms one of the things supporters of the new law said it would do: provide people who can’t or don’t want to work full time, who want to quit their jobs to stay at home with their children or to start a new business, the freedom to do just that.”

Companies keep finding new ways to screw workers. And then their CEOs act like giant douchebags about it.

“Becoming a part of a religious organization that affiliates itself with the Antichrist is about as easy as purchasing a t-shirt on Etsy.”

Time to get young women to sign up for health insurance.

Good for CVS ending cigarette sales.

Go ahead and flash your headlights. The Constitution has your back.

Everything you ever wanted to know about The Bachelor and now wish you didn’t know.

“Many briefs were filed on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, including important support offered from members of Congress, state governments, scholars, theologians, and a number of religious businesses, groups, and organizations. But almost none of those briefs came from secular businesses. Not one Fortune 500 company filed a brief in the case. Apart from a few isolated briefs from companies just like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, the U.S. business community offered no support for the claim that secular, for-profit corporations are persons that can exercise religion.”

RIP, Richard Bull, best known as Nels Oleson on Little House On The Prairie.

Glad to hear Dr. Jen Arnold is doing better.

So much Sochi fail, so little time.

I like this view of the Hermione and Ron thing that JK Rowling stirred up. And for the record, I never thought Harry and Hermione would have been right together.

RIP, Ralph Kiner, Hall of Famer and legendary Mets broadcaster. Here’s a great story about Kiner from a Yankees fan.

It’s easy to make fun of wingnuts like Tony Perkins for constantly freaking out every time LGBT folks are depicted as normal people, but the potential consequences of said freakouts can be horrifying.

Two words: “Sherlock” Legos. There, I just solved your Christmas shopping for this year.

Call it the Worse Than Worst Weather Day, I guess.

“In sum, these state attorney generals are so blind with hatred to “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act, that they are actually suing to prevent these citizens of their states from being able to obtain health care insurance, since these individuals almost certainly would not be able to purchase it on the exchanges without the federal tax credits.”

A-Rod drops all his lawsuits and will accept his suspension.

Forty-four answers to creationist questions.

Ten Undeniable Facts about the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen sex abuse allegations.

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