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Weekend link dump for January 5

Anyone know how to quit bringing auld acquaintance to mind?

Anonymizing data is pretty much an oxymoron.

We may yet have Anthony Weiner to kick around again.

The Jon Swift Memorial Roundup for 2013.

Would six Californias be better than one? Spoiler alert: Probably not.

Spectacular photos of abandoned places around the world.

Ah, Louie, Louie, if only you would go now.

Now we learn that Phil Robertson thinks girls should get married when they’re “fifteen or sixteen”. Who wants to ask Ted Cruz what he thinks about that?

“It seems that no one has actually been injured or attacked by any of these clown impostors, although some of the incidents have clearly frightened people and there was at least one unconfirmed report of a quasi-clown brandishing a knife. Which is in no way funny. Probably.”

Whoa there.

2013 was another bad year for psychics. Not that that will stop them in 2014, of course.

“Pay-as-you-go” is a bad idea that leads to bad public policy. Extending emergency unemployment benefits will be worth far more than any “deficit reduction” achieved by not extending them.

“Add all these up and you get a number between 9 and 10 million people who now have health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.”

One hundred things we didn’t know last year. Somewhat British-oriented, but fascinating nonetheless.

“So, all in all, an estimated 4.9 million workers will lose out on EUC compensation by the end of 2014.”

Some engagement photos you’re unlikely to see in your local society pages.

Isaac Asimov’s future wasn’t all that different than anyone else’s. Actually, Ladies’ Home Journal made some pretty decent guesses in 1900 about what life would be like in a hundred years’ time.

Five rules for talking about Obamacare now that it’s a thing and not just an abstraction.

If the media were as transparent as they want the government to be.

The two Americas will likely be with us for a lot longer.

“The Reformation helped to undermine Catholic traditions of all kinds, including its centuries of speculation on the provenance and status of Christ’s foreskin.”

“The 10th anniversary of the [Puppy Bowl] will feature guest appearances by two YouTube sensations — classic Internet fave Keyboard Cat and youthful millennial sensation Lil Bub.”

Rep. Clay Aiken (D, NC)? It could happen.

“It’s that time of year again, when the Citizens of Santa Royale, and anyone else who wants to help, vote on their favorite Mary Worth moments of the year.”

Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty, with very few negative effects. The evidence is quite strong.

RIP, Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. Kathleen Geier has a great roundup of Everly Brothers songs from YouTube.

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  1. Stephen says:

    Question for you, Charles:

    Is Method Man referring to your (retired) judge father when he raps the following on the Wu Tang Clan song Diesel Fluid:

    “They tell me only God can judge us
    But they ain’t ever met Judge Kuffner.”

    Been killing me since I heard it at the gym a few weeks ago. Thanks.

  2. Stephen – Yes. See here for the backstory:

    Apparently, they name-checked him on more than one song. I’ll have to let him know. Thanks!