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Weekend link dump for March 24

I understand there may be a basketball game on TV right about now…

First and foremost, what Charlie Pierce says.

“Can we challenge ourselves to come up with some new or adjunct language for mean girl? How about angry girl? Fearful girl? Insecure girl? Perhaps this would shift our conversation to one of less judgment and more compassion.”

Maybe we should just issue every little girl a superhero costume, and hope that takes care of it.

“This should not be complicated. It only becomes complicated if we make the mistake of imagining that the proper “stance” is more important than who we’re standing with.”

Don’t go to law school. It’s not a good deal any more.

How to calculate the value of pi by throwing frozen hot dogs.

“As a female blogger, I can absolutely vouch that there are men who feel horrifyingly comfortable telling me about all sorts of violent fantasies they wish to act upon my person because they’ve disagreed with something I’ve written.”

I am now counting down the days until Digg releases its replacement for Google Reader.

I sometimes feel like it should be mandatory for everyone to work in food service for at least a summer while they’re young so that later in life they can treat food workers decently. If we’re not going to pay them decently, that’s the very least we can do.

TBogg continues to be America’s foremost interpreter of Sarah Palin.

RIP, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, the woman who inspired “The Natural” by shooting baseball player Eddie Waitkus.

“Senators basically never have poor kids. That’s something members of Congress should think about. Especially members of Congress who know personally that realizing an issue affects their own children changes their thinking.”

And there’s no one for whom that lesson is needed more than Ted Cruz.

I’m not sure what kind of whim would make someone register the PopeFrancis.com domain name several years ago, but clearly it was a prescient whim.

“Yeah, if your goal is to make a bazillion dollars working for Goldman Sachs, your path to that goal will be easier if you go to Harvard or Williams, but if your goal is to have a rewarding career and live a good life, you have a lot more options.”

“Let’s make one thing clear: Fixing our cars, tractors, and cellphones should have nothing to do with copyright.”

“So what have we learned? There are a lot of options in our products that are used by very few people, and some of them can have disastrous effects.”

Some day we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me.

Michelle Shocked speaks about that bizarre, reportedly anti-gay tirade she made.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a yoga pants scandal on our hands.”

Of course, it never would have occurred to me that there was such a thing as objectivist yoga pants.

“STANDARD REMINDER: [Michelle] Bachmann was briefly considered a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Just in case anyone has forgotten that.”

Voyage I was supposed to have exited the solar system by now, but apparently they’ve been stopped at the border. OK, maybe not.

This is why the MLB Players’ Association fought for so long against random drug testing.

Dark Side Of The Moon, forty years later.

“Indeed, [the PyCon/Adria Richards] firestorm is a classic example of how the distance between people on the web can sometimes make us less understanding and empathetic to each other, not more”. The even bigger tragedy is that none of it had to happen.

Kindergartners ask the best questions.

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