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Weekend link dump for October 5

A psychic tour of lower Manhattan.

“Today the media are covering the next part of this story, the inevitable outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, mostly among children who have not been vaccinated.”

Congratulations to Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair.

“There were many kinds of people represented in the march, many interests, many colors, many origins, but they all shared core beliefs — climate change is a serious problem and concerted government action is necessary — that are utterly rejected on the American right, for all intents and purposes unanimously.”

You have to be a pretty good football coach to stick around long enough to lose 200 games in your career. Congratulations to Watson Brown, brother of Mack and a former Rice head coach, for being good enough to do that.

I would pay good money to see Lost the Musical: We Have to Go Back, though I’m torn between the “70s cartoon ending” and the “80s sci-fi movie ending”. I guess that means I’d have to see it twice.

“If Alabama were a country, its rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 would place it slightly behind Lebanon in the world rankings. Mississippi, with its 9.6 deaths, would be somewhere between Botswana and Bahrain.” You would think the so-called “pro-life” movement might care about this, at least a little bit.

Again, if the tort “reform” crowd cared at all about stuff like this, I’d complain a lot less often about tort “reform”.

Here are some things we could be doing about that, by the way.

I sure hope TPM is wrong about that.

Remember, red and yellow kill a fellow. Or just don’t go around picking up snakes unless you really know what you’re doing.

I hate to say it, but the answer to this is almost certainly “No”.

Also remember, stock photos are people, too. Some of them are so much more than that, too.

Why Saturday morning cartoons are a thing of the past.

“We’ve killed roughly half of the world’s non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970.”

Netflix is set to release its first major studio film. I guess that means “straight to video” won’t carry the same negative connotations that it used to.

The keys to the postseason they won’t tell you about on TV.

“This is the point where I facepalmed so hard I gave myself a concussion.”

If extremism was considered to be a character issue, surely we would not have a Sen. Ted Cruz.

Dumb idea, Jeopardy! writers.

Should have listened to the Notorious RBG.

What Kos says.

“A group of top women’s soccer players from across the world on Wednesday sued the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA, the sport’s international governing body, alleging gender discrimination around the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which Canada will host in June.” The issue is the use of artificial turf in the women’s event.

“Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the dungeon that held Vlad the Impaler — the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s character Dracula.” See, this is why I could never be an archaeologist. I’d never enter a place like that, for fear of all of the curses that must exist on it.

Maybe they’re just trolling us. As good an explanation as any.

“But no actual human being will ever agree to stick to a scripted fate that ensures their destruction. Rogen and James Franco’s stoner comedy understood this. Left Behind can never understand this. This Is the End was an unholy mess, but it showed us humans who were recognizably human. That makes Rogen and Franco better theologians than LaHaye and Jenkins.”

Derek Jeter starts a blog and annoys at least one sportswriter in doing so.

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