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Happy Passover, folks!
- Last week, I posted about Steve Perry, former “Thundercats” and “Timespirits” writer, who is in pretty dire need of help. This week, cartoonist Walt Simonson (whose 1980s Thor run is widely considered the best that character has ever been done) is ebaying the above drawing to help Steve Perry out. At this moment, the high bid is $2000 (!), and there’s still six days to go. Sometimes it must be really, really cool to be Walt Simonson. Plus, no one draws big-ass capes the way Walt Simonson draws big-ass capes.
- A long-delayed missive on “childhood obesity”, from a onetime obese child. If only Michelle Obama would read this…
- Predator Theory. “…of the 120 rapists in the sample, 44 reported only one assault. The remaining 76 were repeat offenders. These 76 men, 63% of the rapists, committed 439 rapes or attempted rapes, an average of 5.8 each (median of 3, so there were some super-repeat offenders in this group). [...] Lisak & Miller also found that the repeat rapists in their survey were responsible for a broad array of violent acts, including intimate partner violence and child abuse.”
- Fugitivis comments on the above-linked Predator Theory post.
- The Kaiser Foundation has a two-page, pdf summary of the Affordable Care Act that’s pretty good.
- This is great. “When Salinger was 7 she became plagued with nightmares about the film ‘Monster House’. Strangely, through a friend, I knew the screenwriter Dan Harmon (@danharmon, Creator of ‘Community’ on NBC). So one day, in early 2008, I wrote to him….”
- Nothing whatsoever of any importance happened to Social Security this week. And at Dollars and Sense, learn how to fix the entire Social Security “shortfall” in one simple step.
- If someone would pay you the same money (and the same benefits) as your current job to be chased by a bear for 10 minutes a day (workdays only), would you do it?
- How Might We Measure Race Without Reifying It?
- We Hate the Government But Want More Government Jobs
- In West Bank Palestinian Childhood Is Cut Short – It’s the Law
- Outrageous Treaty Nonsense, or The Copyright Tail Wagging the Internet Dog
- White Backlash: Yes, It’s Real
- I Died in a Law & Order: SVU Bus Wreck and Lived to Tell the Tale [Law And Order: Svu]
- Abra-Cadabra: NBC’s Community Makes Burqa Jokes
- Revisiting the Paradox of the Chess Queen
- Broken down by race, the trends for education achievement scores in the US look pretty good.
- Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices
- 11 predictions for the health-care reform bill
- Citizens United doesn’t treat corporations like people. It treats them better than people.
- I haven’t yet listened to this Douglas Adams lecture, but I want to.
- J.D. Shapiro, screenwriter of Battlefield Earth (which just won a Razzie Award for the worst movie of the decade), discusses his participation. “No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn’t really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those.”
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