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Weekend link dump for October 15

What not to order at a chain restaurant, according to the people who work at them.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, though probably not right away.

The Babel Fish is coming.

It’s decorative gourd season, y’all.

“About half of fetuses with serious anomalies won’t be detected until an ultrasound at 20 weeks. It’s also after this gestational age that other pregnancy complications can occur that endanger women’s lives, such as ruptured, infected membranes or severe preeclampsia. Contrary to what the far-right claims, pregnancy does kill women.”

“What’s a urinal fly, and what does it have to with winning a Nobel Prize?”

RIP, Y.A. Tittle, Hall of Fame quarterback and easily the most famous person named “Yelberton” ever.

“The Corker episode is perhaps a case study of a delusion still affecting too many senior Republicans: that they can use him without being used by him. It is hard to feel too much sympathy for them if Trump does not hold up his end of whatever bargain they believed they had, given the collateral costs—the damage to vulnerable groups, the enshrining of bigotry, and, indeed, the heightened risk of a third World War—that were always built in. But the most useful lesson might be that Republicans actually did, and do, have choices.”

Kakistocracy is back, and we are experiencing it firsthand in America.”

In case you needed another reason to think Bret Stephens is an idiot.

“[Mark] Zuckerberg needs to testify before Congress in an open hearing about Facebook’s business model and the design priorities for its algorithms, and defend his view that Facebook is not responsible for what third parties do on its platform.”

“This, too, is rape culture. Rape culture is not about demonizing men. It is about controlling female sexuality. It is anti-sex and anti-pleasure. It teaches us to deny our own desire as an adaptive strategy for surviving a sexist world.”

“In virtually every oppressive workplace regime—and other types of oppressive regimes—you see the same phenomenon. Outsiders, from the comfort and ease of their position, wonder why no one inside the regime speak ups and walks out; insiders know it’s not so easy. Everyone inside the regime—even its victims, especially its victims—has a very good reason to keep silent. Everyone has a very good reason to think that it’s the job of someone else to speak out.”

George Strait is a mensch.

“The home of Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator and American treasure, is among the residences that have been lost to the wildfires currently raging in Northern California”.

“Lawsuits filed in the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 58 people dead face several obstacles–including a 2005 federal law that protects gun manufacturers and sellers from civil claims brought by gunshot victims.”

“Americans often have a reputation for brashness and rudeness. But in the end, we’re not too rude. We’re simply too nice to rude people.”

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