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- Via Racism Review, the very welcome news that Obama has appointed Cecilia Muñoz as the next director of intergovernmental affairs. Muñoz is currently senior vice president for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.
- Jacob Levy argues that civility in the blogosphere declined when comments section became the norm, because “comments sections have encouraged intra-blog rather than inter-blog conversations…. conversations among blog authors across ideological lines started to fall off after comments sections came into being.” Interesting.
- “Atlas Shrugged, updated for the current financial crisis.” Curtsy Kevin Drum.
- This puzzle game is really, really pretty. I still don’t find it as addictive as this game, however.
- “‘Modesty Squads’ Faces Legal Scrutiny in Israel.” Good!
- Bush administration scrambles to destroy more workplace safety before they leave office. Disgusting. By the way, the victims of this will overwhelmingly be male; this is exactly the sort of issue men’s rights activists should be focusing on.
- Bush’s Torture Policy Kills Americans
- Global Warming May Be Even Worse Than Scientists Have Predicted
- Hunter At Random: Gay Rights and Civil Rights
- Dissenting Justice: When Judges Are Elected, Justice Can Be Compromised.
- Deltoid: The Bush Administration’s War On Math (and cover-up of the extent of Iraqi causalities) continues.
- The “No On 8” campaign really seems to have totally failed at outreach to communities of color. In a way, this is good news. The bigger the problems with the execution of the “no on 8” campaign, the more hope we can have that future, better-run campaigns will have better outcomes.
- Good debate on settlement legality.
- Is Silvio Berlusconi a real-world version of Lord Julius?
- “From my cell I scent the reeking soul of US justice.” Curtsy: Ta-Nehisi.
- From Boing Boing: “Minuscule is a co-production of French national TV and the Disney channel. It’s a combination of real world sets and CGI insects, sans dialog. Personally, I think the lack of dialog makes the creatures more humane, and adds incredible opportunities for visual humor. Few opportunities are missed, and few fail.
There are episodes all over YouTube, and when those whet your appetite, please buy the DVD and support these comedic geniuses.”