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Weekend link dump for May 12

On Homeland and The Americans. I don’t watch the former, so I can’t comment on it. I will say that I have been struck by a parallel between The Americans and The Sopranos in the sense that as with Tony Soprano, there are only so many ways that Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings’ story can end, and most of them are bad. The effect of their actions on their children is another similarity, and a fertile avenue to explore for the latter.

And speaking of The Americans, here’s how they made the 80s come alive on the set.

“The big news is that Medicaid virtually wiped out crippling medical expenses among the poor: The percentage of people who faced catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditures (that is, greater than 30 percent of annual income) declined from 5.5 percent to about 1 percent.”

Yeah, go ahead and kill cursive. Other than signing my name, I doubt I’ve written anything in cursive in 25 years or more.

RIP, Hotmail. Long live Outlook.

“Google Glass, like the Segway, is what happens when Silicon Valley spends too much time talking to itself.” Ouch.

I figure the answer to questions like this is generally “Because it feels good”. But maybe that’s just me.

As long as workers are getting screwed, unions will be needed.

As is so often the case, it’s what isn’t illegal that’s the real scandal.

The electrons on the bus are fermions, fermions, fermions…

The Heritage Foundation is full of hacks. This should not be a surprise. And that’s just the beginning of the problem.

Putting it another way, hooking up with racists is never a good idea.

If you want to understand what that Oregon study really says about Medicaid, this is a good place to start.

Are you ready for the quantum Internet? Do the words “quantum Internet” make you feel all tingly even if you’re not really sure what it means?

Yeah, fans need to chill out about these things.

RIP, Ray Harryhausen, master of stop-motion animation.

The Hack Gap, economics edition.

Louisiana’s school vouchers are still unconstitutional.

We should listen to what Elizabeth Smart has to say about human trafficking victims and why they sometimes don’t run.

Poor Rushie. Ain’t life a bitch?

“The private sector, we’re told, is always more efficient than the public sector. Competition, you understand. But that doesn’t seem to be the case in the healthcare industry. I will allow you to draw your own conclusions.”

“At this point in the career of a scandal, or attempted scandal, there are often disagreements over whether the charges are true. But I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a scandal where I don’t even know what they are.”

“It is not surprising that sexual traffickers and other predatory men are able to harness this toxic purity culture for their evil ends.”

RIP, Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.

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