Weekend link dump for September 25

“If there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”

How much money recording artists make from the different ways of selling their music.

Dinosaur feathers. Awesome.

“These same Republicans who are dubious of government’s ability to do anything right have an apparently bottomless faith in the capital-justice system. Everything is broken in America, they claim—except the machinery of death.”

“Maybe the real trick to exploiting the wisdom of the crowd is to recognise the most knowledgeable individuals within it.”

Why Lizz Winstead wants to make Planned Parenthood be like LensCrafters.

Imagine there’s no smoking. It’s more complicated than you might think.

It’s only called “class warfare” when our side engages in it.

That’s not a threat, Mr. O’Reilly, it’s a promise. At least, it better be.

Whatever else you might say about Rep. Charlie Rangel, he’s got balls.

Ralph Nader admires Sarah Palin. Sure, why not? She hates Democrats as much as he does.

Why yes, Mitch McConnell is a huge, two-faced hypocrite. What makes you ask? Oh, and so is Darrell Issa. I’m as shocked as you are.

I’ve never been a David Brooks fan, so his utterly predictable flipflopping is not a problem for me.

“Centrist” is the least understood and most misused word in the political lexicon.

I will admit that PETA knows how to draw attention to itself. Beyond that, I got nothing.

When you confront a bully, the bully usually backs down.

If this turns out to be true, we’d damn well better start working on warp drives.

On supporting some, but not all, of the troops.

Finally, in honor of the release of Thunder Soul, the documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band, here’s the band’s rendition of “Thank You”, originally by Sly and the Family Stone:

Awesome. Search YouTube for “Kashmere Stage Band” for more. And remember, those were high school kids.

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