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Weekend link dump for October 18

“Mom says she’s busy and that you should just tell me where the thing is, because I promised not to get it.” Yes, I have had these conversations with my children. Also, too, the Lamentations of the Father are still relevant.

Money changes everything. In the case of poor children, it’s mostly for the better.

“Most robots are programmed to do crummy jobs like vacuuming and cold calling. For tech-savvy sculptor, DJ and composer Aaron Taylor Kuffner, that’s like using a sports car to haul dirt. He programs robots to play Indonesian gamelans.”

“There is no law of Peak Crazy. There is no guaranteed price for lack of compromise. There is no such thing as rock bottom. You can always dig deeper and still return.”

How to keep your city weird without keeping it in stasis.

The top 1% of the top 1% of the top 1% would like to purchase this Presidential election, please.

“As I’ve explained several times, the Republicans who refuse to stop demanding government shutdowns and debt ceiling brinksmanship are not best understood as wayward lawmakers who won’t accept any leadership. They are best understood in the parliamentary sense as being a party in their own right.”

It’s not the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

A ten-point reform plan for parole.

Wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

RIP, William Broadwater, Tuskegee airman.

Hacking Barbie could be a thing.

Law & Order: SVU will air a very Duggar episode on November 4.

Fantasy Island is coming back, with a woman in the Mr. Rourke role. No word on Tattoo.

Kids these days.

RIP, John Stone-Hoskins, one of several plaintiffs to beat the state of Texas in court on same sex marriage.

The case against Presidential term limits.

RIP, Bevo XIV, most recent mascot for the UT Longhorns, who had just this past week retired from active mascot duty after being diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus.

“The U.S. armed forces should not serve as a “cauldron for social experiments” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in Iowa, expressing skepticism about the military’s move to end its ban on black female gay transgender soldiers.”

“After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I’ve found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler aged 3 or less. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.” I guess we need more good toddlers with guns to protect us from all those bad toddlers with guns.

“Of course, there is a simpler solution. As a nation, we could stop being stupid about gambling.”

“Well, Mr. Huckabee. Your sin is showing.”

“It’s Even Worse Than It Was When We Said It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.”

Oh, those wacky graffiti artists. Gotta keep an eye on ’em.

A Yankees fan’s guide to who to root for and against in the playoffs.

The so-called “aunt sues her nephew” case is the McDonald’s coffee case of our generation, in that it is woefully, and often willfully, misunderstood. If you don’t understand that the plaintiffs (and their lawyers) in these cases weren’t the problem, you don’t understand these cases at all.

RIP, Ken Taylor, the “main hero” of the Iran hostage crisis.

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