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Roundup – Man in a Blizzard

Line O the Day:

“By the way, I swear I did not write the following sentence.

There is this strange custom called a “Keg Stand” that all kids evidently do now.

No way! Keg… stands? WHAAA? That sounds kooky. I bet those kids do it with Ugg boots on. More stuff Peter learned with his two boys from Chugalug House:

A. These college kids belong to things called “frats,” which have strange letters hanging outside. Might be Russian.
B. Did you know they sometimes put alcohol in Jello shots? And I here I thought they were just a nice pick-me-up when you had the flu.

Think there’s a chemistry between Drew Brees and Reggie Bush?

I don’t know. For you see, chemistry is a mystery, not unlike the strange college ritual known as “boat racing,” which I’m told features no boats of any kind.”

– Big Daddy Drew, In Which Peter King Learns Of This Thing Called A “Keg Stand” [KSK]

Best of the Best:

Who is Ron Paul? [National Review]

Ron Paul speaks softly and carries Mises. The eccentric, famous, and infamous Texas congressman has a frail frame and a frailer voice. “I am not powerful, but my ideas are powerful,” he says. Everybody knows his name. Everybody talks about him. But nobody can agree as to who he is.

‘Doubling Up’ in Recession-Strained Quarters [New York Times]

As their money dwindled, Ms. Maggi and Mr. Wilson looked into shelters but discovered they would not be able to stay together as a family. It took Ms. Maggi a week to muster up the courage to ask her parents. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Ms. Maggi, who has lived on her own since she was 18, working for most of that time and putting herself through community college. The young couple, however, have come to regret their decision, even as they concede they had no other choice.

What we have here is one of the great comeback stories in the history of competitive punctuation [The National Post]

On Twitter, the home of microbloggers, the octothorpe has a new career, reborn as the “hashtag.” Tweeters use hashtags to catalogue their tweets. Someone writing about Miles Davis, for instance, will tag his name #Miles. Anyone coming after will be able to find all the tweets dealing with Miles.

Boredom Enthusiasts Discover the Pleasures of Understimulation [The Wall Street Journal]

For seven hours on that Saturday, 20 speakers held forth on a range of seemingly dreary diversions, from “The Intangible Beauty of Car Park Roofs” and “Personal Reflections on the English Breakfast,” to “The Draw in Test Match Cricket” and “My Relationship With Bus Routes.” Meanwhile, some of the 200 audience members—each of whom had paid £15 (about $24) for a ticket—tried not to nod off.

Why the West Rules–For Now [Ian Morris via The Daily Beast]

The main lesson to draw from all this history is that tinkering with exchange rates and legislating against outsourcing will not stop the shift of wealth and power from West to East. The great question for the next generation is not how to stop geography from working: it is how to manage the process.

Predictions Of Today From 80 Years Ago [TechDirt]

And while Abnormal Use disagrees, I actually think physicist and Nobel laureate Arthur Compton’s prediction was pretty dead on: With better communication national boundaries will gradually cease to have their present importance. Because of racial differences a world union cannot be expected within eighty years. The best adjustment that we can hope for to this certain change would seem to be the voluntary union of neighboring nations under a centralized government of continental size.

Philippa Foot, Renowned Philosopher, Dies at 90 [The New York Times]

It was the Trolley Problem, however, that captured the imagination of scholars outside her discipline. In 1967, in the essay “The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of the Double Effect,” she discussed, using a series of provocative examples, the moral distinctions between intended and unintended consequences, between doing and allowing, and between positive and negative duties — the duty not to inflict harm weighed against the duty to render aid.  The most arresting of her examples, offered in just a few sentences, was the ethical dilemma faced by the driver of a runaway trolley hurtling toward five track workers. By diverting the trolley to a spur where just one worker is on the track, the driver can save five lives.  Clearly, the driver should divert the trolley and kill one worker rather than five.  But what about a surgeon who could also save five lives — by killing a patient and distributing the patient’s organs to five other patients who would otherwise die? The math is the same, but here, instead of having to choose between two negative duties — the imperative not to inflict harm — as the driver does, the doctor weighs a negative duty against the positive duty of rendering aid.  By means of such problems, Ms. Foot hoped to clarify thinking about the moral issues surrounding abortion in particular, but she applied a similar approach to matters like euthanasia.

‘Crash taxes’ are growing in popularity among cash-strapped California cities [Los Angeles Times]

One more good reason to drive safely in California: If you cause an accident, you may be on the hook to pay the police and firefighters who show up to help.  At least 50 cities in the state have adopted so-called crash-tax laws allowing local governments to seek reimbursement from insurance companies for the costs of sending public emergency crews to accident scenes. The fees can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If insurers don’t pay, cities can hire collection agents to seek payment from the motorists involved.

Leading conservatives openly support a Terrorist group [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]

Imagine if a group of leading American liberals met on foreign soil with — and expressed vocal support for — supporters of a terrorist group that had (a) a long history of hateful anti-American rhetoric, (b) an active role in both the takeover of a U.S. embassy and Saddam Hussein’s brutal 1991 repression of Iraqi Shiites, (c) extensive financial and military support from Saddam, (d) multiple acts of violence aimed at civilians, and (e) years of being designated a “Terrorist organization” by the U.S. under Presidents of both parties, a designation which is ongoing? The ensuing uproar and orgies of denunciation would be deafening.  But on December 23, a group of leading conservatives — including Rudy Giuliani and former Bush officials Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, and Fran Townsend — did exactly that.

Stanford Band Performs Before, Not During [MSNBC]

During a game with Notre Dame the Band’s show was entitled “The Irish, Why Must They Fight?” Using a crucifix as a baton got them banned from the campus.

Barry Melrose Needs A Beer, And Other Observations From The Behatted And Be-Styxed Winter Classic [Katie Baker on Deadspin]

The Caps and the Penguins may be the most heated of rivals, but outside the rink there was a hockey-first jolliness to most fans’ behavior. I particularly enjoyed Caps owner Ted Leonsis’s comment: “The highlight for me was two sections filled with Caps fans and Pens fans and they looked at each other and they started chanting ‘Flyers suck.’ It’s like they bonded around something.”

Upcoming NewSouth ‘Huck Finn’ Eliminates the ‘N’ Word [Publisher’s Weekly]

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic by most any measure—T.S. Eliot called it a masterpiece, and Ernest Hemingway pronounced it the source of “all modern American literature.” Yet, for decades, it has been disappearing from grade school curricula across the country, relegated to optional reading lists, or banned outright, appearing again and again on lists of the nation’s most challenged books, and all for its repeated use of a single, singularly offensive word: “nigger.”  Twain himself defined a “classic” as “a book which people praise and don’t read.” Rather than see Twain’s most important work succumb to that fate, Twain scholar Alan Gribben and NewSouth Books plan to release a version of Huckleberry Finn, in a single volume with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, that does away with the “n” word (as well as the “in” word, “Injun”) by replacing it with the word “slave.”  “This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind,” said Gribben, speaking from his office at Auburn University at Montgomery, where he’s spent most of the past 20 years heading the English department. “Race matters in these books. It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: Why 2010 Made Us Sick [Dave Barry via The Washington Post]

In other economic news, the first family, seeking to boost Gulf tourism, vacations in Panama City, where Obama, demonstrating that the water is perfectly safe despite the oil spill, plunges in for swim. Quick action by the Secret Service rescues him from the jaws of a mutant 500-pound shrimp sprouting what appear to be primitive wings. The first family hastily departs for Martha’s Vineyard to demonstrate that the water is also perfectly safe there.

Funny = Money [The New York Times]

As Principato put it, agents were encouraged to take a hands-off approach to their clients. Principato never figured out how to do that. Where other agents went home at night to their families, Principato stayed out with his clients, at comedy clubs, in backrooms, on tour, on the sets of movies and TV shows — even flying cross-country to bail them out of jail. Several of his clients speculated affectionately that they serve as Principato’s surrogate family. Referring to past clients like ex-girlfriends, he often uses the phrase “We were together,” as in, “We were together for X number of years.” When Jonah Hill left him recently to pursue his career without management, Principato told me three or four times how well he was taking it — before admitting that in fact, it had been one of the most painful events in his recent life and that he preferred not to discuss the subject any further.

If you want to live longer, then walk faster [JAMA via io9]

Your walking speed can tell a lot about you – including your life expectancy. Amazingly, your walking speed is just as good an indicator of how long you’ll live as your health history, smoking habits, and blood pressure combined.

Why are thousands of dead birds suddenly falling from the sky? [io9]

Some of the more fanciful interpretations have put these forward as signs of the Apocalypse, undoubtedly as the first act of some macabre play of bizarre death and destruction that will end in December 2012. But there are perfectly rational explanations for all of this. Still, I’ll warn you now – the explanations might be scientific, but they’re not exactly likely, and they sure as hell aren’t elegant or logically pleasing.

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Roundup – Oprah Unleashes the Bees

Line O’ The Day:

Conservatives like tariffs at borders. They also like to send young Americans off to war. They like the idea of American greatness, and they define American greatness as the ability to stick guns in the bellies of foreigners. This has been true for 350 years, and it is not likely to change anytime soon. Conservatives will put up with taxation, economic intervention, and even a draft system that sends their sons off to die, as long as their sons get to wear a uniform, and as long as they are allowed to shoot foreigners.” – Gary North, “Sitting Ducks: Why the Tea Party Movement Is Vulnerable to Economic Charlatans, Ignoramuses, and Statists” [Gary North] [ed note – I disagree with North on a myriad of issues, not the least of which his Christian Reconstructionism, but he does have solid arguments at times]

The Federal Reserve Disclosures:

Fed May Be ‘Central Bank of the World’ After UBS, Barclays Aid [Bloomberg]

Fed Withholds Collateral Data, Denying Taxpayers Gauge of Risk [Bloomberg]

Best of the Best:

India Microcredit Faces Collapse From Defaults [Lydia Polgreen and Vikas Bajaj on The New York Times]

India’s rapidly growing private microcredit industry faces imminent collapse as almost all borrowers in one of India’s largest states have stopped repaying their loans, egged on by politicians who accuse the industry of earning outsize profits on the backs of the poor.

A history of zombies in America [Annalee Newitz on io9]

The early success of AMC series Walking Dead confirms it: Though zombies have been hot for a while, they are now officially the new vampires. Why do Americans love zombies, and what does it say about us?

How do you really know what time it is? [Annalee Newitz on io9]

One of the weirdest aspects of time perception is that your brain sees things much more slowly than it hears them. As van Wassenhove put it, “If you present a beep and a flash to somebody, then record from their cortex, you’ll find that activity in the visual area will respond 50 milliseconds later. But the auditory cortex responds 12 milliseconds later.” So your brain processes what you see more slowly than it processes what you hear. Nobody is sure why this is.

Warren Buffett’s Humbug [David Stockman on Minyanville]

If Warren Buffett wants to tarnish his golden years emitting the gushing drivel that appears in today’s New York Times, he has undoubtedly earned the privilege. But even ex cathedra pronouncements by the Oracle of Omaha are not exempt from the test of factual accuracy. Specifically, his claim that “many of our largest industrial companies, dependent upon commercial paper financing that had disappeared, were weeks away from exhausting their cash resources” is unadulterated urban legend. Nothing remotely close to this ever happened.

China’s State-Planned Economy Is Doomed to Flop [David Pauly on Bloomberg News]

China won’t collapse tomorrow. Its exports continue to flood the globe, earning it money to make major investments — and amass political clout — abroad. But don’t let so-called experts fool you into thinking China has discovered a new and better way to organize an economy. State-run capitalism is an oxymoron.

Crazy Old Coots Still Bemoaning Felix Hernandez’s Cy Young Award [Barry Petchesky on Deadspin]

Yes, writers are falling for “new-fangled” (I love the Montgomery Burns-esque practice of hyphenating words that don’t need it) statistics like ERA, and strikeouts. Clearly everyone’s been seduced by the machine!

‘I hated seeing my face in the mirror’ [BBC News]

But unlike most young men, Jono has Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disorder that affected the way his facial bones developed while he was in his mother’s womb.  The condition, which is thought to affect up to one in 10,000 babies in the UK, means he has no cheekbones – so his eyes droop downwards – and he has problems with his hearing, so has a bone-anchored hearing aid.  It has resulted in several operations, numerous hospital visits and his parents giving him up for adoption 36 hours after he was born.

Deputies: S.C. motel guest falls for phone prank, trashes room to find trapped ‘midget’ [ via MSNBC]

Jones said the caller then said that a “midget” who was 4 feet 3 inches tall was barricaded in the room next to him and that he needed to help police get to him. With that, the report said, Jones took his wrench and began to break away the wallboard behind the room door. He broke through to the next room but then stopped due to complaints from other guests about the loud noises.

People will usually do the wrong thing…as long as it’s not too much work [Social Psychology and Personality Science via io9]

To test this idea, the researchers had subjects take a math test on the computer. Before the test, the subjects were informed of one of two glitches in the test. In one case, pressing the space bar would make the answers pop up. In the other, failing to press the enter key within five seconds would make the answers appear. Not surprisingly, the group that just had to sit back and let the answers appear was far more likely to cheat than their counterparts.

How Ma Bell Shelved the Future for 60 Years [Tim Wu via io9]

But why would company management bury such an important and commercially valuable discovery? What were they afraid of? The answer, rather surreal, is evident in the corporate memoranda, also unearthed by Clark, imposing the research ban. AT&T firmly believed that the answering machine, and its magnetic tapes, would lead the public to abandon the telephone.
As far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out on whether these machines are safe or even could be made safe for this application. Until then, I suggest keeping your family out of these machines and as vile as it is, either submit to a physical search or just don’t fly.

Before The Storm, After The Sunshine Band: The Prelude To Disco Demolition Night [Diane White Alexander Photography via Deadspin]

Our attention was brought to this collection of 35 rare photos taken prior to a Tigers/White Sox game on July 12, 1979. Not hours later, Comiskey Park would play host to the figurative end of the 70s, and the closest thing to a riot at an American sporting event since.

At Long Last, My Reunion With Red Meat [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]

ITALIAN SAUSAGE: I hugged it before I ate it. A+

Rejoice! Alcoholic Whipped Cream Is Here To Replace Four Loko [Boston Herald via Deadspin]

Four Loko will be gone from our (American) store shelves by Dec. 13. If you aren’t going to make your own, and you insist on consuming grain alcohol in a gimmicky fashion, there is another option: hooch-heavy whipped cream.

Road to Las Vegas: a modern-day Grapes of Wrath [Jason Massot via The Guardian]

The moral dilemmas intensified. After three years of filming, the recession hit and Vanessa lost her house and her job. I had to film scenes of her kids going hungry, knowing that, if I just gave them 10 bucks, they could eat. Vanessa understood that I had to get the story: in effect, she gave me permission temporarily to lose my humanity. The recession finally gave me a clear sense of the story, though. My film became an account of the boom and bust years, told through the experience of one family, and all played out under the neon of Vegas, where fortunes are won and lost every night.

In defence of WikiLeaks [Will Wilkinson via The Economist]

To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, and consular offices largely operate behind a veil of secrecy executing policy which is itself largely secret. American citizens mostly have no idea what they are doing, or whether what they are doing is working out well. The actually-existing structure and strategy of the American empire remains a near-total mystery to those who foot the bill and whose children fight its wars. And that is the way the elite of America’s unelected permanent state, perhaps the most powerful class of people on Earth, like it.

Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb [Ralph Raico via The Mises Institute]

But even remaining within the limits of feasible diplomacy in 1945, it is clear that Truman in no way exhausted the possibilities of ending the war without recourse to the atomic bomb. The Japanese were not informed that they would be the victims of by far the most lethal weapon ever invented (one with “more than two thousand times the blast power of the British ‘Grand Slam,’ which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare,” as Truman boasted in his announcement of the Hiroshima attack). Nor were they told that the Soviet Union was set to declare war on Japan, an event that shocked some in Tokyo more than the bombings.[19] Pleas by some of the scientists involved in the project to demonstrate the power of the bomb in some uninhabited or evacuated area were rebuffed. All that mattered was to formally preserve the unconditional-surrender formula and save the servicemen’s lives that might have been lost in the effort to enforce it. Yet, as Major General J.F.C. Fuller, one of the century’s great military historians, wrote in connection with the atomic bombings: Though to save life is laudable, it in no way justifies the employment of means which run counter to every precept of humanity and the customs of war. Should it do so, then, on the pretext of shortening a war and of saving lives, every imaginable atrocity can be justified.

A Former NFLer On “Laughing” Derek Anderson And The Football Robot Blowhards [Nate Jackson via Deadspin]

Instead, a grown man was provoked into losing his cool and dropping shitbombs all over the airwaves. So now the manufactured perception is that the quarterback not only doesn’t give a fuck about his team losing, but that he can’t keep his cool either. So let’s run his ass out of town because a couple of emotionally stunted football pedants can’t relax and laugh it off.

Lobsters Caught in China Smuggling Crackdown [The Wall Street Journal]

Lobster is the most valuable Australian seafood export, with Hong Kong and China accounting for more than 80% of the total value of live lobster exports at A$265 million in 2007-08. Lobster is also exported frozen, cooked and as tails. Japan and Taiwan are also important markets. Mr. Treloggen said the Australian industry has “obviously done something to upset the Chinese” but what that is remains a mystery. “There’s no formal banning of the product.”

Monetizing the Celebrity Meltdown [Benjamin Wallace on New York Magazine]

Barrack built his fortune making deals, and in some ways, Neverland began as just another one—a contrarian bet on a troubled asset, an operating business backed by real estate. Only in this case, the operating business was a person. Colony would bail Jackson out of his substantial debt; in return, the firm would assume ownership of Neverland, and Jackson, after a thirteen-year hiatus, would go back to work to generate new revenue. Jackson’s death, before he could carry out a planned comeback tour, turned the transaction into more of a straightforward real-estate play: Colony is fixing up Neverland and plans to sell it, at some point, for a profit. But after doing the Jackson deal, Barrack and his team began to wonder whether they might have stumbled on a whole new class of investment: the distressed celebrity.

Unemployed, and Likely to Stay That Way [The New York Times]

“After a while, a lot of European countries just got used to having 8 or 9 percent unemployment, where they just said, ‘Hey, that’s about good enough,’ ” said Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “If the unemployment rates here stay high but remain relatively stable, people may not worry so much that that’ll be their fate this month or next year. And all these unemployed people will fall from the front of their mind, and that’s it for them.”

Nashville billboards claim Jesus will return May 21, 2011 [The Tennessean]

And 171 days left until Jesus’ second coming.  That’s the message on 40 billboards around Nashville, proclaiming May 21, 2011, as the date of the Rapture. Billboards are up in eight other U.S. cities, too.  Fans of Family Radio Inc., a nationwide Christian network, paid for the billboards. Family Radio’s founder, Harold Camping, predicted the May date for the Rapture.

How Pat Summitt Ruined The Best Thing About Women’s Basketball [Emma Carmichael on Deadspin]

It has been nearly four years since the two most successful programs in women’s basketball, UConn and Tennessee, last played each other. For that, we can thank two most successful coaches in women’s basketball, Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt.

Everything you need to know about NASA’s “completely new form of life” [Science via io9]

The scientists then studied the microbes, and they discovered arsenic was found on a band of the genomic DNA. They isolated this section and found that arsenic wasn’t just stuck on top of the DNA – it had actually replaced the role of phosphorus. Arsenic had substituted for phosphorus as the backbone of the microbe’s DNA, fulfilling one of life’s most critical functions.  It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this discovery – these microbes are doing something fundamentally different from all other life on Earth.

John Salley Story Corner: Don’t Leave Your Sex Tape Next To The Answering Machine [John Salley via Deadspin]

I had a tape recorder next to my answering machine. She had pushed play on the tape recorder.

The gorgeous geek genius who helped invent the cell phone [io9]

Fans wanted to see her as a fantasy object; either performing as what they wanted or who they wanted to be. She juggled her career with motherhood, but as the constrictions grew, she left Hollywood.  Perhaps it was those restrictions that made Hedy an inventor, or perhaps it was just her intellectual curiosity. Either way, Hedy was inventing things, big and small, right up until she died. There were many utilitarian, small inventions, like a box of tissues that had its own pocket to store used tissues in. And then there was the showstopper: With musician George Antheil, she patented the ‘secret communication system’ in 1942. The frequency hopping, spread-spectrum invention allowed its users to manipulate radio frequencies. The earliest one used a piano roll to guide the hopping between frequencies. In World War II, it was used to keep torpedoes from being detected or manipulated by enemy forces.

Steve Buscemi, the Wrestler [Los Angeles Times]

Buscemi, raised in a blue-collar family on Long Island, worked as a firefighter in New York City‘s Little Italy while he took classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute, following an inclination he’d had since childhood. His father, a sanitation worker, encouraged him, as did his comrades at Engine Co. 55.

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Line O’ the Day:

“Frankly, I find female porn stars — women who get filmed having sex for money — to be less depressing than women who compete for a man’s affection on TV.” – Matt Ufford, ‘Bachelor’ Porn Parody Looks More Compelling Than ‘The Bachelor’ [Warming Glow]

Best of the Best:

Tracking Your Federal Tax Dollars [Wall Street Journal]

Where do your federal tax dollars go? Many people don’t know. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 40% thought foreign aid was one of the two largest federal-budget expenses. In reality, Uncle Sam spends $14 on Medicare—itself the second-largest expense—for every dollar spent on foreign aid.  To counter such misconceptions, a not-for-profit Washington-based group called Third Way has produced an itemized taxpayer receipt that helps show the spending issues the new Congress will face.

Baghdad attacks on Christians prompt archbishop’s call for mass exodus [The Guardian]

This morning, the terrorists who had killed 44 of Baghdad’s Christians at their place of worship, came hunting them once more – this time in their homes. They struck 10 times just after 7am in six different places in Baghdad, almost all of them Christian houses.
The Americans had no idea China’s fast-growing submarine fleet had reached such a level of sophistication, or that it posed such a threat. One Nato figure said the effect was “as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik” – a reference to the Soviet Union’s first orbiting satellite in 1957 which marked the start of the space age. The incident, which took place in the ocean between southern Japan and Taiwan, is a major embarrassment for the Pentagon.

In the ancient Amazon, children had many fathers – and women many lovers [The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via io9]

For children, having as many fathers as possible had its advantages. More dads meant more gifts and support for the child, which is known to increase a youngster’s odds of reaching adulthood. Besides, it was a rather pragmatic solution to a basic fact of life in a culture where warfare was all too common and brutal. If a child’s primary father died, he or she would have other males around to step in and act as father figures, easing the newly widowed mother’s burden.  Men also benefited from this system. Sharing paternity brought men together, cementing bonds and friendships (basically, just like Three Men and a Baby, just with less Steve Guttenberg). Indeed, one of the best ways for two men to cement an alliance was to share wives, often in a family – brothers were some of the most frequent wife-sharers.

Guys in Breach of Thrust [New York Post] and Snow Job [New York Magazine]

A new survey has found that 17 percent of men have used a bedroom ploy usually associated with women: faking an orgasm. Some of these faking fellows interviewed by The Post said they turned on the histrionics because they were bored, drunk or just not into their partner.

Mozart quells mall violence [The Press]

The number of anti-social incidents attended by city centre security guards, known as ambassadors, fell from 77 a week in October 2008 to two for the same week this year. The number of drug and alcohol-related incidents fell from 16 in 2008 to zero this year.  The number of times the ambassadors helped shopkeepers with troublesome customers has fallen from 35 to nothing.

Ky. Man Forced To Eat Own Beard [MSNBC]

“One thing led to another, and before I knew it, there were knives and guns and everything just went haywire. (Then) they cut my beard and forced me to eat it,” he said.

Ban-happy SF Targets Male Circumsion [The Washington Examiner]

The Board of Supervisors just banned toys in Happy Meals, which drew worldwide attention. Now the latest ban being proposed in San Francisco is on male circumcision.  A proposed ballot measure for the November 2011 ballot – when voters will be electing the San Francisco’s next mayor – would amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.

Democrats and the rule of law [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]

Obviously, those who screamed bloody murder over Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies but now justify or at least acquiesce to the same policies when implemented by Obama have serious issues with partisan loyalties trumping honest advocacy.  But it’s when the Obama administration reverses itself — such as with the torture photos — that one’s intellectual honesty is most conclusively tested:  one’s beliefs and principles can’t shift with Obama’s reversals if they’re to be meaningful or credible.  The same issue applies here:  shouldn’t anyone who defended Holder’s original decision on the ground that it was compelled by the Constitution, the rule of law and our values now vocally denounce Obama for his profound violations of those same doctrines?

World’s Worst Muay Thai Ref Sees No Problems With Garbage Can Lids [The Spoiler via Deadspin]

A pretty exciting Muay Thai match becomes a whole different animal after the introduction of some garbage can lids. Then it becomes a regular match again, all the while the referee does nothing. Niche sports are fantastic sometimes.

Heat Strokes, Game 10: Miami Teaches Its Pitiful Fans How To Cheer [Eric Freeman on Free Darko via Deadspin]

To be sure, the Heat haven’t started this season as they were supposed to — particularly at home — but Miami has sat on its hands even during championship runs. In 2006, Heat crowds didn’t bother to make much noise for Wade and Shaq, and the Florida Marlins haven’t caught on with local fans despite winning the World Series in two of their first 11 seasons. In most cities — in Cleveland, let’s say — this run of championships would constitute a golden age for local sports. In South Beach, they’re teaching their fans how to cheer.

Jesus Walks Like A Cowboy: Manny Pacquiao Does Dallas [Hamilton Nolan via Deadspin]

It was a very Texan kind of place, which is how I will hereafter refer to things that I don’t understand. The Gaylord reflected a particular Texan obsession with enclosing the outdoors, boasting a huge glassed-in atrium, where you could see the sun but at the same time enjoy a temperature-controlled space and many bad restaurants.

How to Make the Dollar Sound Again [Jim Grant via The New York Times]

Let the economists gasp: The classical gold standard, the one that was in place from 1880 to 1914, is what the world needs now. In its utility, economy and elegance, there has never been a monetary system like it.

Airline frequent fliers ‘radiation poisoning risks’ from space ‘solar flare’ storm activity [The Telegraph]

During one “major space weather event”, in October 2003, the FAA issued a formal warned that all routes north and south of 35 degree latitude “were subject to excessive radiation doses” and the researchers said further airline disruption was almost certain.

In Iran, Hailing Detroit With Vintage V-8’s [Jim Koscs on The New York Times]

One big difference this time: the encounter, which took place at summer’s end, did not begin on the main drag of a small Midwestern town and pursue resolution on a deserted country road. Instead, the Camaros, a pair of pumped-up early ’70s models owned by friends, faced off at the Azadi Stadium Race Track in Tehran.

Metallica Guitarist Accidentally Kicks a Child [Gawker]

During a Sydney performance of “Seek and Destroy,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is kicking balloons around the stage. He winds up, swings his foot, and—uh oh. Was that a child that just went flying?

Peter King Loves His Four-Way [Big Daddy Drew on KSK]

Wait a second. Is Peter saying Favre now refuses to talk to him because King “criticized” him? Holy shit, what a gash. “There has been a shocking decline in the quantity and quality of your toadying, Peter!”

Remember, Michael Vick Was On Pros Vs. Joes Just Eight Months Ago [AJ Daulerio on Deadspin]

By going on Spike TV he could appear in a football context, make some easy cash, not have to talk about dogs or rape stands, and maybe rebuild his public image just a little — even if it meant being touted as “the most controversial player in the NFL” in the promo reel. He did the show in March. Surprisingly, Vick had one of the most disastrous outings in PVJ history.

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