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Weekend link dump for December 14

“Indeed, evidence continues to mount that [Obamacare] is working extremely, even shockingly, well.”

“And that’s what I’m writing about here—parents who believe that they need to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they’re still impressionable and very, very young.”

“If there’s intelligent life in the cosmos, it’s probably nowhere we can get to anytime soon.” Bummer.

Turns out that “half of all marriages end in divorce” statistic is wrong. The divorce rate is on a three-decade decline, for a variety of reasons.

“The Obama recovery isn’t just a little bit better than the Bush recovery. It’s miles better.”

Learn how to code by tracking Santa’s progress.

Joe Sheehan is not impressed by the college football playoff committee.

So it’s agreed, then, that Discovery Channel’s “Eaten Alive” special was a bad idea.

Where Rolling Stone went wrong in its reporting on rape at the UVa campus.

What Paul Waldman says.

“If tolerating broken windows leads to more broken windows and escalating crime, what impact does tolerating police misconduct have?”

“The grimly protracted process over releasing this rotten report has become less an accounting of the CIA and more about whether the American government can manage even the tiniest bit of accountability for horrific war crimes. It has long been clear that there won’t be any actual legal accountability (remember that torture unto death is a capital crime), but it seems even an official report with little practical significance is more than our system can take.”

RIP, Ken Weatherwax, best known as Pugsley from The Addams Family.

President Obama learns how to code. Republicans respond that if it isn’t COBOL it doesn’t count.

David Letterman signs off on May 20. Mark your calendars.

“The bottom line is that artists’ rights are workers’ rights. You are not being progressive or radical by denying artists the right to control their own work. You are not helping the underprivileged by making it impossible for anyone who isn’t already rich and privileged to take up artistic careers. Your pirated Taylor Swift song isn’t feeding the poor. If you want to fight the power, maybe try hacking JP Morgan instead of pirating a vampire romance for your Kindle.”

“Thanks to humans, there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in water around the world.”

Kirsten Dunst will star in Season 2 of Fargo. More details are here. I’m excited.

What Atul Gawande says.

The next time someone tells you that feminists have no sense of humor, show them this, and then laugh.

More legal issues for Uber.

I’d consider buying music on vinyl if I had a record player, but I don’t, and I don’t have anyplace to put one (or an input in my stereo console for one). Hell, I still have old vinyl that I haven’t gotten around to ripping to MP3 yet.

“ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups.”

For a guy that’s supposed to be brilliant, Ted Cruz sure is an idiot.

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  1. G says:

    see more about ” intelligent life in the cosmos” at “Why aliens probably exist” from New Scientist as a ~ 2 minute animation.