Weekend link dump for October 8

Pocatello, Idaho no longer has the worst flag in North America.

“For for the fourth time since early last year, astronomers announced the detection of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space-time created by the powerful collision of two black holes.”

“On average, someone gets shot by an American toddler a little more frequently than once a week”.

“Is there any more poignant example of how Congress’ wasteful partisanship affects ordinary Americans? It’s hard to imagine one. If the lawmakers can’t act in support of a program that was enacted in a spirit of bipartisanship and serves the most truly defenseless members of society, there’s no hope for them.”

On the legalization of canoeing while drunk in Canada.

“Contrary to what the NRA may say about shooting violence, a good guy with a gun would have made no difference in Las Vegas.”

“The Second Battle of Fallujah (November-December 2004) is viewed by many as the bloodiest and most intense battle of the Iraq War. According to Wikipedia 95 Americans died over 6 weeks; 54 between November 7th and 16th. The current death toll out of Las Vegas is 58.”

People support gun control laws. Politicians – Republican politicians, in particular – do not.

RIP, Tom Petty, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

“My working hypothesis, formed years ago and supported by mountains of evidence observed ever since, is that good faith and political power are inversely proportionate in the anti-abortion movement.”

Assume you’re compromised, and take steps accordingly.”

“Archaeologists in Turkey may be on the cusp of solving a mystery thousands of years in the making after they stumbled on a tomb beneath the ruins of an ancient church they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas—known popularly as Santa Claus.”

“The early Medicaid expansion was associated with an 11 percent reduction in the number of loans taken out each month. It also reduced the number of unique borrowers each month and the amount of payday loan debt.”

Roy Moore really is dangerously outside the mainstream. He makes Ted Cruz look thoughtful.

The “IRS scandal” was a total zero. Not that anyone who made a bid deal out of it will ever admit that.

How about a statue of Fannie Lou Hamer somewhere?

RIP, Ralphie May, stand-up comedian.

“Until Americans change their minds about guns, Americans will die by guns in numbers resembling the casualty figures in Somalia and Honduras more than Britain or Germany.”

RIP, Connie Hawkins, basketball Hall of Famer who starred in the ABA and NBA.

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