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Weekend link dump for November 8

“So the question remains: When a crime lab screws up, whose responsibility is it to clean up the mess?”

And then read this and ask yourself why we should be surprised when there are effectively no consequences for that kind of behavior.

A-Rod the Analyst. Turns out he’s pretty good at it.

“It has taken the alcohol industry decades of lobbying to roll back many of the restrictive, public health-oriented regulations established after the end of Prohibition. Booze industry executives must look with envy upon the emerging marijuana industry, which can use the ballot initiative process to achieve complete regulatory capture from day one.”

“And that question is this: what, at the end of the day, is the point of a teacher?”

Halloween is over, and the Angry Santa Elf is back.

RIP, Thaddeus Lott, Houston educator known for some unconventional techniques.

Medicaid expansion was indirectly on the ballot in three states this year.

Why do people hate bicyclists, anyway?

There’s a new Star Trek series in the works, though mostly for CBS’ new VOD platform. I endorse everything Fred says about what the new show should do. As for who should be Captain, I make it a tossup between Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro 4Eva!) and Gina Torres.

“Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.”

Where you should have gone Trick or Treating.

The Chipmunks on downers.

“US pollution regulators said late Monday that the Volkswagen emissions-test cheating scandal now includes Porsche, the brand that was run by VW’s new CEO.”

Obama + kids = Internet gold.

“Here’s your first look at the Harry Potter prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“.

“But if your educational advantage comes, in part, from well-disciplined classrooms, and the way you keep those classrooms in order is by frequently suspending disruptive students, it makes it harder to suggest district schools would be more successful if they followed charter schools’ lead on everything.”

Bush family follies. When will we get a reality show about them?

I don’t use Twitter much but was on it while returns were coming in on Election Day, and it was more than a little surreal seeing all those Bloggess mortification stories in among the political news. Definitely brightened things up for me, I’ll say that.

Ozzy Osbourne’s triumphant return to the Alamo.

RIP, Melissa Mathison, scriptwriter of ET and ex-wife of Harrison Ford.

Note to Ben Carson: Lying about military experience has sunk a whole lot of careers.

RIP, George Barris, custom car maker who built the Batmobile.

RIP, George Franklin Henry, Tuskegee Airman and retired NYFD firefighter.

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  1. Gary says:

    There are undoubtedly plenty of cyclists who offend by breaking traffic laws, but I suspect the real reason they are so hated is the same reason we are offended by ethical vegetarians and those who are more physically fit than ourselves. It is one thing to annoy people by pretending to be better than we are, but downright loathsome to prove that they actually are.