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Weekend link dump for August 25

School starts tomorrow, y’all.

Here are some photos of giant sinkholes. You’re welcome.

“So, you know, in keeping with Newton’s Laws, every bit of grandiose idiocy is matched with an equal and opposite bit of grandiose idiocy.”

How Twitter fights spambots. It’s harder than it looks.

This is the sort of thing that happens when you isolate yourself from the culture at large.

It’s tough being a Republican these days. And no, they don’t deserve any sympathy for that.

Want to go to Mars? Sure thing! Want to come back? Um, let me get back to you on that.

Here’s one way to get Facebook’s attention.

“It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking [Microsoft’s YouTube app] are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.”

An oral history (wink wink, nudge nudge) of HBO’s Real Sex. Did you know its production team was basically all women?

From the Some Guys Have All The Luck department.

That Chubby Checker app isn’t what you think it is.

The “paradox of choice” isn’t a paradox, it’s a myth.

Playboy versus Marfa.

So are the business types repelled by the crazy of the modern GOP, or is their singular focus on tax cuts for themselves enough to overcome any lingering distaste?

Good call, NCAA.

Ted and man at Princeton.

“If you go back far enough to recall that what became Medicaid was originally a Republican alternative to universal health coverage, the repudiation of their own ideas in the war on Obamacare becomes pretty much complete.”

RIP, Elmore Leonard. No author had a better track record of movies made from his books.

“Obama is the president; he’s a Democrat; the right doesn’t like him; ergo impeachment is a credible option. QED.”

Peggy Noonan is a dishonest hack. You already knew that, right?

“And if voter-I.D. laws were solely designed to prevent fraudulent voting, rather than to winnow minorities and other Democratic-leaning constituencies from the electorate, why would they be paired with a host of other measures that do not prevent voter fraud but do winnow Democrats from the electorate?”

Don’t mess with Barbie.

“More than 70 percent of the new abortion restrictions enacted in the first half of 2013 don’t include any kind of exemption for pregnancies that result from rape.”

Canadians understand they’re getting the better deal by far in Ted Cruz’s renunciation of his Canadian citizenship.

“Yes, I know this makes me the Ron Jaworski of pool dunks. I’m cool with that.”

“Rather, as reporters, we should all be careful to ask ourselves: ‘Are we exercising our due diligence when it comes to bullshit, click-bait stories about rich naked folks steaming up the bathroom?'”

Are you ready for Google football?

Finally, a scandal we can all agree is truly scandalous.

RIP, Jose Sarria, gay rights pioneer.

Even Disney princesses want equal pay. And why wouldn’t they?

WalMart’s “Buy America” program is mostly hype.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar was Bob Filner ten years ago, except for the whole “resigning in disgrace” part.

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