Weekend link dump for October 25

I’m not saying it’s aliens, but I’m not saying it’s not aliens, either.

The buildings that used to be Pizza Huts, and the people who love to photograph them.

“A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper.” How can you not want to read the rest?

“It’s tosh. It’s snobbery and it’s foolishness. There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories.”

Yeah, I have cable and don’t see that changing any time soon. Cutting the cord feels like way too much work, and as a sports fan there’s no way I’m going to do without access to live events on my TV. I agree that the market for these services sucks, but right now for me the other choices are not even close to being an improvement.

“We may come to see Pope Francis as the Will & Grace of climate change.”

“This provided an excellent opportunity for a longitudinal study of balloon evolution, as measured by lifting capacity.”

Is the right to transport big-game carcasses an inviolable one?

“Still, as I wrote in May when Hersh’s story first appeared, his account of the bin Laden raid is a farrago of nonsense that is contravened by a multitude of eyewitness accounts, inconvenient facts and simple common sense.”

On the Geoff Marcy scandal.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven”.

“The Democratic Party, in other words, is facing an apocalypse if the Supreme Court moves further to the right, and the only way for them to stop this apocalypse is to hold on to the White House.”

“With the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau becoming the next prime minister, a significant roadblock to an international climate agreement in Paris in December is now clear.”

“If this were a problem with, say, American Airlines mileage awards, it would have gotten about as much attention as the Space Shuttle exploding or the Obamacare website melting down. That’s because lots of upper-middle-class folks use these miles, and so do lots of journalists. But RushCard is mostly used by the invisible poor. It turns out that RushCard’s problems have been big news for the past week in a few places that cater to either the hip hop community or looking out for the poor, but in the mainstream press it’s been mostly ignored. That’s probably because very few mainstream journalists either use RushCard or know a lot of people who do.”

Det er helt texas, as they say in Norway.

After 14 seasons and hundreds of explosions, Mythbusters is coming to an end. I’m bummed, though not nearly as bummed as my daughters are.

“So they’re willing to let $20 billion go down a black hole and pay $2 billion extra in order to prevent Obamacare from helping the needy. It’s hard to fathom, isn’t it?”

RIP, Cory Wells, singer for Three Dog Night.

“Well, now we’ve got the Benghazi hearings and my mother said that the Republicans grilling Hillary reminder her of her ex-husband. All of those 60’s and 70’s grudges against upper-class feminists have been set aside, courtesy of the House Benghazi Committee.”

RIP, Maureen O’Hara, star of movies like Miracle on 34th Street and The Quiet Man.

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