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Weekend link dump for January 18

John Travolta will star as Robert Shapiro in the FX anthology American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. This is a thing that will happen.

“If we ever build a Moon base, I think we should absolutely build a big swimming pool there.”

So what does the E in “Wile E. Coyote” stand for, anyway?

The leap second on June 30 is going to cause some problems for the Internet and related devices. But not for Google, because nothing causes problems for Google.

“A nine-ton block of sandstone that was pulled from a Utah mountain late last year holds the biggest fossil trove ever found of the giant predatory dinosaur known as Utahraptor.”

What JK Rowling says.

An open letter to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. And a good followup as well.

Go home, Dick Morris. Nobody likes you.

“ACCORDING to data gathered by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), deaths caused by cars in America are in long-term decline. Improved technology, tougher laws and less driving by young people have all led to safer streets and highways. Deaths by guns, though—the great majority suicides, accidents or domestic violence—have been trending slightly upwards. This year, if the trend continues, they will overtake deaths on the roads.”

The only way Obama could have avoided unified Republican opposition is just to not support any significant legislative initiatives. I’m sure this is Caldwell’s preferred outcome — he’s arguing in transparent bad faith here — but it’s absurd to think that historians will be incompetent enough to think that Obama is to blame for Mitch McConnell’s legislative strategies.”

“At the office, the encouraging reactions of the younger partners make me hopeful that a commitment to family won’t necessarily mean a future of depreciated income and stunted professional advancement. But if it does, I can live with that tradeoff. I’d far prefer it to a future of maximized career potential and personal regret.”

“Here are a few thoughts about how a federal breach law could produce fewer yet more meaningful notices that may actually help prevent future breaches.

I agree, this would indeed be hell.

“Is it possible that Ari Fleischer was totally wrong about a position he advocated in public with total certainty?”

“A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the Agriculture Committee’s chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.” What could possibly go wrong?

“Do I think any of this should be a social requirement for real women in the real world like it was in days of yore? No and no. Is it how my fantasy self would be attired in my self-insert pulp fanfic? So very much yes.”

Farm animal winter wear. Go on, you want to know what a goat coat looks like.

“Because contrary to what NBA owners argued during the lockout, owning an NBA team is a really good financial deal, even if some of them are losing money on an operating basis.”

It’s very expensive being poor in America.

“My toaster shouldn’t be more advanced than the NFL’s on-field technology.”

From the “And STAY out!” department.

“Meet Eclipse, a two-year-old black lab-mastiff mix who knows how to take the bus three stops to a downtown dog park … by herself.”

RIP, Lowell Paxson, founder of the Home Shopping Network.

Sharknado 3 is a thing that will happen. It will be set in Washington, DC, and will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” on a scale previously achieved only by Ted Cruz. (I may have made that last bit up.)

“Larry, the only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another. That is the message that I’m sending out. I don’t have an agenda.”

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