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Weekend link dump for August 10

Now Republicans would like for you to believe that “reproductive health” and “women’s health” are two different things.

Don’t trust USB devices. Like, at all.

This guy hates being stuck in traffic more than you do.

“The [Harry] Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry.”

“In summary, it’s common for traffic light controllers to speak to each other over a 5.8GHz wireless channel (much like WiFi, but a dedicated frequency) with no cryptography, default usernames and passwords, and well-known and exploitable bugs. Oh boy. And what can we do with that?”

“Apparently, if Obama is using his executive authority to advance a policy House Republicans support, it’s a meritorious exercise of presidential authority; if he uses that same authority to aid a policy they oppose, it’s time to write up articles of impeachment.”

From the “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” department. And by “those”, I mean “us”.

How does an all female Ghostbusters reboot sound to you?

“The share of poor people living in distressed neighborhoods (those with 40 percent poverty or more) grew by nearly 78 percent during the 2000s, writes Brookings fellow Elizabeth Kneebone. And that growth came overwhelmingly in the suburbs.”

You do know that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance includes protections for pregnant women, right? This is why such protections are needed.

“Yes, you heard that right. Red states Texas and Arizona now have an employee owned and operated *gasp* “socialist” company which can provide groceries at the same or cheaper prices than Wal-Mart.”

RIP, James Brady, former White House press secretary and leading figure of the gun control movement.

More like this, please.

The case for a soda tax.

JK Rowling is a mensch.

Why American doctors might have been the the first to receive experimental anti-Ebola drugs.

From the “If you want to talk the talk, you better walk the walk” department.

Congrats to Becky Hammon, who I’m sure will be a great hire for the Spurs.

All about those stolen email addresses and what those Russian hackers might do with them.

“The Yankees are the Road Runner, who isn’t going to fall into the canyon because he doesn’t look down.”

This is probably not the best way to “prove” that you’re not a racist.

“There’s nothing immoral about taking care of your health. There’s nothing immoral about making the decision to not become a parent before you want to become one. There’s more than one way to understand religion and spirituality and God. I do have belief in God. That’s why I do this work. My belief in God tells me that the most important thing you can do for another human being is help them in their time of need.”

“An aside: the correct thing to do when three murder-eyed, placid-lipped, notoriously temperamental immortals show up on your doorstep in the nude and ask you to rank them in order of beauty is to BEG OFF.”

The subscription model works.

Remembering Mickey Leland, 25 years later.

Happy 70th birthday, Smokey Bear. And yeah, I thought his name was Smokey the Bear, too.

To my fellow WordPress users – check your plugins and make sure they’re up to date.

RIP, Jonathan Vela, a/k/a Aquaman-San Antonio.

“Ebola is exotic, frightening and headline-worthy when the virus surfaces in humans, but it’s not even a blip on the list of the world’s most important killers. If you want to worry about a cause of death, look to car accidents, influenza or even lightning strikes — all are bigger worldwide killers than Ebola.”

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