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Weekend link dump for February 23

Some Sharknade 2: The Second One news, for those of you (and you know who you are) that want it.

I love Paris in the modern era, because in the old days it really stank.

“Practically every big battle you see in the media arena is, one way or another, a battle between gigantic producers on the one hand and gigantic distributors on the other.” That said, the Comcast/TimeWarner merger may still have a direct effect on you and me.

The 20 best couples of comics, sci-fi, and fantasy.

On misfearing, and not believing in science when you don’t like what it says.

It’s not a crime to be drunk and annoying. Good to know.

“The truth behind Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, or whatever the hell you want to call it, as briefly explained by puppets.”

“Competition is what drives creative destruction, and it’s valuable for its own sake. We’ve lost sight of that, and it’s time to reverse course.”

Two words: Flying snakes. You’re welcome.

“But I also know that I am a useful representative sample of the abuse that happens to other women.” And now she’s a commandant in an insect army, which is all kinds of awesome.

“We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition.”

Universal voting by mail would solve an awful lot of problems.

Go read Mark Evanier on ageism, Sid Caesar, and adapting to change.

Sweden’s tax code has a lot to answer for.

“A charge of failing to return Monster-In-Law in South Carolina, however, will haunt you for life.”

How would you like to protect your online accounts with Ultrasonic Password Security? Maybe someday you’ll be able to.

Five myths of American incarceration.

Let’s talk about snake handling, which is neither literal nor biblical.

“Circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.”

“The limits of past job losses in that industry suggest increases in the minimum wage haven’t had a tremendous impact on employment, and that puts the onus on restaurants, and others opposing an increase, to explain why the next time would be different.”

The first full-time, female NFL referee could make her debut this year.

The food stamp cuts are hurting WalMart. No wonder they’re backing a federal minimum wage increase.

As someone once said, good ideas don’t need lots of lies told about them to win public support. Or putting it another way, bad ideas don’t need lots of lies told about them to garner public opposition.

See the new Pussy Riot video, with translated lyrics.

Production tax credits can really skew the way TV shows are made.

“Joe Newman recently announced his write-in campaign in Florida’s 16th District, a decision that probably would have gone unnoticed if not for the fact that he’s 101.”

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