Weekend link dump for July 24

“In the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.”

“Based on those loose criteria, here is our complete ranking of 44 fake presidents.” Because, why not?

If cybersquatting were an Olympic event, this guy would be the gold medal winner.

Cash-strapped towns are un-paving roads they can’t afford to fix.

Show this to anyone who claims Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both awful.

“If I talked like Donald Trump, I’d get sent to the principal’s office immediately.”

“Indeed, based on the mountain of court records churned out over the span of Mr. Trump’s career, it is hard to find a project he touched that did not produce allegations of broken promises, blatant lies or outright fraud.”

I have no love for Tom Brady, but I must agree with this. The lesson here is that Roger Goodell is always the greater evil.

“What would be best, though, is if [Taylor] Swift recognizes the opportunity — favor, really — that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have presented her for what it is.”

And as always, the lawyers will have their say.

More reasons to be wary of Pokemon Go, in case you needed them.

“But even without the plagiarism, Melania’s speech was bad.”

“We debate the definition of fascism and just what governmental structures it involves. But setting that largely academic and unhelpful debate aside, this is precisely the kind of febrile victimology and demands for aggression and revenge against enemies that gives rise to it.”

“In other words, per pound, fireflies are brighter than the Sun.”

“Indiana Gov. Mike Pence served five terms in Congress and worked his way up to a leadership role in the House. Since he has sealed his Congressional records until December 2022, we’ve done what we can to dig up the best reporting on Donald Trump’s would-be vice president.”

RIP, Garry Marshall, longtime TV and film writer, director, producer, and actor.

The Demon Chipmunk case, which is unfortunately not as exciting as it sounds.

A tiny little wall now surrounds Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

RIP, Rep. Mark Takai, first term Congressman from Hawaii who was diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer.

An oral history of Big Trouble In Little China, one of my very favorite movies.

RIP, Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite and friend of the Reagans.

RIP, VCRs. You had a good run.

“To put this all into perspective, if Vladimir Putin were simply the CEO of a major American corporation and there was this much money flowing in Trump’s direction, combined with this much solicitousness of Putin’s policy agenda, it would set off alarm bells galore. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration.”

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